Fourth of July

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 9:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Fourth of July.

Press release:

The New York State Police issued a total of 10,435 tickets statewide during the Fourth of July STOP-DWI enforcement campaign between July 1 and midnight July 4.

During the 96-hour campaign, which was funded by the governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, State Police used sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, ticketed distracted drivers, and conducted underage drinking details.

Troopers arrested 240 people for DWI and investigated 152 accidents, which resulted in 248 people being injured and three fatalities.

As part of the enforcement, troopers also targeted speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. There were 4,115 tickets issued for speeding, 245 for distracted driving, 603 for seat belt violations, and 274 for the Move Over law.

During last year’s Fourth of July enforcement campaign, the State Police issued 10,882 total tickets and arrested 206 people for DWI.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 10:03 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Arcade, Fourth of July.


A Village of Arcade employee straightens a flag along Main Street in the Village.

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 2:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, Fourth of July.



(File photos)

The Warsaw Fire Department will be holding its 61st annual carnival July 1 through 4 at the Village Park, Liberty Street, Warsaw.

The event kicks off Saturday with live music by West of the Mark at 9 p.m. in the beer tent. Proceeds benefit the department’s Rescue Squad.

On Sunday, the midway opens at noon (until 9 p.m.) with the Ball Cheeze Psychotics playing in the beer tent from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m..

The fun continues at noon Monday on the midway and at 3 p.m. with a chicken barbecue. The day rounds out with the annual parade at 7 p.m. on Main Street, and ends with the band 7 Days from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m..

The carnival wraps up the Fourth of July holiday Tuesday with Devil Dog Entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight, with fireworks by Young Explosives Corporation, Rochester, sometime in-between (10:30 p.m.).

The midway is open from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, with unlimited ride wristbands available for use between 1 and 5 p.m.. The midway is provided by American Amusement Rental. 

For more information contact the Warsaw Fire Department at (585) 786-2468.



Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 11:39 am



One hundred feet in the air allowed me a different perspective on a 60-year annual tradition. 

Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins took me up on the ladder truck to get a nighttime view of the carnival and fireworks. What an amazing experience to see so many people in the community milling about for this event.

See our Facebook page for more photos.












The above photo was taken by Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins.

Monday, July 4, 2016 at 12:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, Parade, Fourth of July.



It was a fine evening for a parade Sunday as a throng of people lined the streets and sidewalks of Warsaw's Main Street and beyond. 

For more photos see our Facebook page. 











Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:28 am



Jam in the Valley 2015 file photo.

Check out the events happening this weekend around Wyoming County:    

    • Kick off the Fourth of July weekend today with Jam in the Valley at Buffalo Hill Village, Route 20A, Varysburg.

Jam has been hailed as having New York State’s best fireworks show and two-day country music festival. This year’s artists include Jake Owen and Sam Hunt.

Jam in the Valley runs through July 2. For more information about the event visit or call (585) 535-7447.

    • Don’t forget to check out the Warsaw Fire Department’s Fourth of July Carnival at the Warsaw Town Park, Liberty Street. 

The event runs from noon July 1 until the last fireworks explode July 4. The annual parade will be held at 7 p.m. July 3 and the fireworks display will be held at 10:30 p.m. July 4.

The carnival will have ride for kids and adults and a chicken barbecue. For more information visit or call (585) 786-2468. 

    • As part of the Village of Wyoming’s 100th birthday celebration, the Middlebury Historical Society is having an Ice Cream Social from 2 to 5 p.m. July 3 at Middlebury Academy, Main Street, Wyoming. 

    • Landowners along the shoreline of Silver Lake will light flares and create a Silver Lake Ring of Fire beginning at 9 p.m. July 3

For more information about the event call (585) 237-6310.



Warsaw Fireman's Carnival 2015 file photo.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm



(Wyoming County Free Press file photos by Julia Ferrini.)

In the words of narrator Oscar Goldman from the 1970s series “The Six Million Dollar Man”: Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man...Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.

So the Warsaw Fireman’s Carnival isn’t exactly a man, or a person for that matter, but the fire department didn’t let the setback of last year’s festivities impact this year’s. They forged ahead, used technology, and secured a vendor to host the carnival rides for the annual celebration in an effort to make the event “more like it was in years past” – better, stronger, faster.

The carnival runs from Friday through Monday at the Warsaw Village Park. The festivities begin Friday night at the beer tent with a live band. Depending on the weather and crowds, rides could also start Friday.

Too late in the season last year, the vendor used in previous celebrations by the Warsaw Fire Department cancelled their booking for the 2015 annual event. With such short notice, the department’s carnival committee was unable to secure another vendor for the festivities – a huge blow to the department's budget.

“The carnival is the largest fundraiser we have all year,” said carnival chairman and First Assistant Fire Chief Adam Richter. “It offsets expenses that are not part of the village budget.”

This year, the 60-year tradition continues with the midway provided by American Amusement Rental. Like in years past, there will be rides for all ages, games, food, and live entertainment in the beer tent.

“We secured this vendor a year ago,” Richter said. “There is a lot of effort and a lot of man hours put into getting this event together. We want to build it up stronger than last year and make adjustments from last year.”

This year’s games also include “Darto” – “just like Bingo but different.” 

“You use corn instead of the marker and each ticket gets a prize. However, the prize must be picked up the same day the game is won.”

While the game’s origins is somewhat hazy, an antiquated game board was recently found – origins unknown – and there are holes in the board similar to what one would find in a dart board.

“We aren’t exactly sure how or when the game started or even if we play it the same way it was played from the beginning! But it is a lot of fun.”

In addition to the midway and games, the carnival will also feature:

    • Grounds opening at noon daily, with rides until 9 p.m.;

    • Tickets for the rides are: $1 for one, $10 for 12, $20 for 26, and $15 for unlimited rides from 1 to 5 p.m.;

    • Live music at the beer tent performed by The Trolls (Saturday), and 7 Days (Sunday) 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 1 through July 3, and Scott's Rockin' (Monday) from 8 p.m. to midnight July 4; 

    • A chicken barbecue at the American Legion Hall, on park grounds, will be held from 3 p.m. until sold out July 3. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and younger. Meals can be picked up or eaten there;

    • The parade starts at 7 p.m. July 3 beginning at Court Street and ending at the park; and

    • Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. July 4.

For more information see their Facebook page.





Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 2:38 pm



Jam in the Valley closed out the event with performances by Dallas Smith, Parmalee and Chris Young Saturday night, rounding out the evening with the annual fireworks display. While the start of the festival was somewhat soggy, the remainder of it turned out to be beautifully summer-like. 

More photos can be found on our Facebook page.











Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 11:29 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Fireworks, events, Warsaw, Fourth of July.



The grand finale of the Warsaw Fire Department's Fourth of July celebration was a spectacular fireworks display on the Village Park grounds Saturday night.

More photos can be viewed on our Facebook page. 











Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Fourth of July, Warsaw, events.



People lined Main Street, Warsaw, donning patriotic colors and waving flags Friday evening to celebrate our country's independence. 

More photos can be found on our Facebook page. 











Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 3:39 pm


July 2

Warsaw Firemen’s Fourth of July Carnival — Warsaw Firemen's Fourth of July Carnival runs through July 4. Inflatables, food, fun, and live entertainment will be had at the Warsaw Village Park, Liberty Street, Warsaw. Fireworks are scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 p.m.. For more information call (585) 786-2468 or visit

Jam in the Valley – A two-day country music festival featuring national artists. Food vendors and camping are available as well. Fireworks will be July 4. For more information visit

July 3

Ring of Fire — Landowners light flares along the shore of Silver Lake. Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m.. Handicapped access at Silver Lake State Park. Free. (585) 237-6310. Silver Lake State Park, East Lake Road, Silver Lake.

Warsaw Parade – Begins at 7 p.m. at the Warsaw High School, Court Street to Main Street, Warsaw. 

July 4

All-American Wednesday — Hot dogs on the grill and ice cream novelties at Curriers. Train departs at noon. For ticket information, call (585) 492-3100 or go to Arcade & Attica Railroad, 278 Main St., Arcade, NY 14009.

Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, history, Fourth of July, Bennington.


"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” So said John Stark in a letter to his comrades in 1809 commemorating the Battle of Bennington.

While the slogan “Live free or die,” is perhaps more familiar than the battle itself, the Bennington Flag memorializes the event in which the Town of Bennington got its name.

According to the National Park Service, the British put in motion an ambitious campaign designed to isolate New England from the rest of the colonies. The goal was to crush the American rebellion.

For two months, General John Burgoyne led his army down the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor toward Albany with apparent ease, capturing several American forts along the way.

However, in August, he desperately needed provisions, cattle, wagons and horses. Burgoyne then sent an expeditionary force to the town of Bennington, Vt.. 

In the meantime, Stark and a force of 1,400 militiamen left New Hampshire to traveled to Manchester, Vt.. Stark got word of Burgoyne’s raid on Bennington and moved his force there.

Between Aug. 14 and 16, the British Army and its Canadian, Indian, and Loyalist supporters faced Patriots defending their new found independence. While the victory may have seemed to have been a minor one for the Patriots, it contributed to the defeat of the British at Saratoga a few months later, and thus helped decide who would win the Revolutionary War.

Stark is credited with the victory for the colonists citing his actions in the Battle of Bennington contributed to the surrender of Burgoyne’s Northern Army.

The Bennington flag is a version of the American Revolutionary flag with slight differences:

    • There is a large ‘76 in the canton;

    • The arrangement of the 13 stripes has the white stripe being the outermost color as oppose to the red one;

    • The stars have seven instead of five points;

    • The blue canton is shorter than on other flags.

According to local legend, the original Bennington flag was carried off the field by Nathaniel Fillmore, of Bennington, Vt., and passed down through the Fillmore family. At one point, Nathaniel’s grandson, President Millard Fillmore, of East Aurora, had owned the flag. 

Another legend claims the flag belonged to the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont, and well as Gen. Stark. This version is the most accepted story of the Bennington Flag.

One legend of the flag’s origin claims that the original Bennington Flag was carried off the field by Nathaniel Fillmore, a resident of Bennington Vermont, and passed down through the Fillmore family, and was, at one time, in the possession of President Millard Fillmore (East Aurora), Nathaniel's grandson. Another claim is that a version of the flag belonged to the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont, as well as General John Stark, and it is this one that is generally accepted to have been at the battle.

Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Fourth of July, New York State Police.

Press release:

The New York State Police (NYSP) and local law enforcement will increase patrols to crack down on drivers who violate the law this Fourth of July weekend, Friday through Monday.

"The Fourth of July is known for its fun and fireworks, but New Yorkers should also remember it can also be fatal if they don’t make the right decision,” said NYSP Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico. “Our Troopers will be out to identify and arrest any motorist who is driving drunk or impaired. Be safe this holiday weekend, allow plenty of time to travel, put down your cell phones and don’t get behind the wheel if you have been drinking."

"Enjoy the Fourth of July holiday weekend throughout Western New York,” said Major Michael Cerretto, Troop A troop commander. “Fourth of July is a time for celebrating, it’s also a time to drink responsibly. Stay alert on the roadways by not texting and driving."

Last year, the New York State Police issued more than 10,200 vehicle and traffic tickets during the Fourth of July weekend. Troopers arrested more than 180 people for driving while intoxicated and responded to more than 650 accidents, two of which resulted in fatalities.

During the enforcement, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Troopers will also be targeting the illegal sale of alcohol to minors.
Law enforcement will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to move over for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road when they travel.

During the campaign, Troopers will be using both marked and unmarked State Police vehicles. The unmarked cars blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Data shows that the Fourth of July holiday period is especially deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the Fourth of July weekend in 2013 there were 512 people killed in crashes, of those 199 (39%) had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher.

This campaign serves as a reminder that driving drunk not only puts lives at risk, but that those who drive drunk could face arrest, jail time, and substantial fines and attorney fees. The average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.

In addition to jail time, drunk drivers face the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates and dozens of unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, lost time at work, and more.

The NYSP and NHTSA recommend the following to prevent drunk driving:

    • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
    • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
    • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
    • Use your community’s sober ride program;
    • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
    • And if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

This targeted enforcement effort is funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and STOP-DWI, a comprehensive and financially self-sustaining highway safety program that allows participating counties to qualify for the return of all fines collected for alcohol and other drug-related traffic offenses.

The NYSP will also be partnering with the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada, Niagara Regional Police, and the Surete du Quebec in the Safety Without Borders Initiative. This initiative is an effort to mitigate safety threats resulting from high traffic volumes in the vacation areas on both sides of the borders in the greater Niagara Region, the Thousand Islands, and the St. Lawrence Montreal Gateway. Safety Without Borders has proven effective in mitigating traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths.

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