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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica, letchworth, Warsaw, Perry.

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At a recent Partners for Prevention coalition meeting, three School Resource officers (SRO) were recognized for their efforts in keeping county schools safe – Warsaw Village Police Officer Tim McGinnis, Perry Village Police Officer Holly Royce, and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputy Ivan Carasquillo.

McGinnis is the SRO for the Warsaw Central School District. 

Students and faculty say:

“Always greeted with ‘hello, how are you?’ …Never hesitates to take the time to have conversations with adults and students.”

“His presence makes us all feel safer. Kids feel like they can talk to him about things in and out of school.”

“Every morning I’m greeted with a wave and a smile. Makes you feel safe knowing he is only a phone call away if he’s needed.”

“He puts his personality into the job. He always listens and has an open door policy.”

“You always feel comfortable going to him with any problems and he is always willing to help.”

“He’s a good person.”

Royce is the SRO for the Perry School District. 

Students and staff say:

“Officer Royce makes us more comfortable with her around.”

“She shows us we don’t have to be afraid of cops, we can trust them.”

“If there is an issue it’s nice to know someone ready to step in and knows what they are doing.”

“She talks with the students and makes them feel more comfortable.”

Carasquillo is the SRO for both Attica and Letchworth central schools.

Staff and students had this to say:

“Deputy Ivan is easy to talk to.”

“He’s always personable.”

“Everybody knows Deputy Ivan.”

“We are glad he’s at the school. He’s a nice man and knows how to protect the school.”

“He’s really funny and nice to be around. We feel safe.”

“Deputy Ivan is someone you can count on to diffuse a situation with his calm personality. He makes our school a better place.”

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Castile, letchworth, Warsaw.

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Sentencing was handed down in Wyoming County Court this afternoon in the case of the drowning deaths of two young boys last June in Letchworth State Park, Castile.

Tyler Jennings, 34, of Farmington, and Chad Staley, 32, of Rochester, were each sentenced to five years probation. However, if either man violates his condition of probation, the court could impose a term of one-and-one-third to four years in prison.

Jennings and Staley pled guilty Feb. 7 in the deaths of brothers 9-year-old Dylan and 6-year-old Preston Giangregorio, of Rochester. Both men pled to one count of criminally negligent homicide.

See related: Two men charged in June Letchworth drowning deaths pled guilty

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, letchworth, news.

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Press release, photo submitted:

The Letchworth Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) has selected D. Todd Campbell as the district’s next superintendent. Campbell is expected to begin on July 3 pending contract negotiations.

“The search process was rigorous and the Board of Education truly values the input we received from the various stakeholder groups, including staff, and community members who met with the candidates to help us make a final decision,” said Letchworth’s Board President Richard Wilcox. “We are confident that Mr. Campbell will lead our district through the issues we face in our region. With his leadership, we will work together to deliver the best education possible for our students.”

Campbell has been the principal of Wayland Elementary School in the Wayland-Cohocton School District since 2003. During his tenure as principal, Wayland Elementary has been recognized by New York state as a High Performing/Gap Closing School. Buffalo’s Business First Magazine has placed Wayland Elementary School on the Top 50 Elementary Schools in this region. 

As principal, Campbell is responsible for the education of 326 students and he supervises 60 faculty and staff members. He creates and manages the instructional budget for the school and also is responsible for all curriculum development and implementation. 

From 2000 to 2003, he served as the principal of Perry Middle School where he facilitated the opening of a new middle school. This included the move of students and staff from two separate buildings and the creation of a new middle school program. Previously, he served as the assistant principal at Perry Elementary School. 

He began his career in education in 1991 as a teacher at Letchworth Central Schools.

Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science from Houghton College, Houghton, and a master’s degree from The College at Brockport, Brockport. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from Brockport.

“I am blessed and honored to have the opportunity to be the next superintendent of Letchworth Central Schools. The district has a long tradition of solid leadership and what impresses me the most are the people. They are kind, dedicated and passionate about what they do for students each day,” Campbell said. “I am excited to form new friendships and positive relationships with the students, staff and Board of Education as I begin this new journey.”

Campbell will replace Julia Reed who is retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:39 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, environment, letchworth.

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Pictured from the left: Stella Glosser, Cheyanne Wick, Joe Fisher, Cherie Glosser and Lauren Crandall, all of Warsaw High School.

Information compiled from a press release, photo submitted​.

Warsaw Central School was Wyoming County’s winner of the 2017 Trailside Envirothon held recently at Letchworth State Park. This is a regional competition for high school students, including those in Wyoming and Allegany counties. Since 1991, this annual event has been held at the park’s Trailside Lodge. 

The daylong competition tests teams of students on their knowledge of five different subjects: forestry, wildlife, soils, aquatics, and a current issue – Agriculture Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship. Organizers say students spend a significant amount of time studying for the event in both the classroom and after-school study sessions. 

On the day of the Envirothon, students break into teams of five and are given 30 minutes to complete a test at each given station. Exams include questions on identifying an animal by its fur, measuring the board footage of a tree, and using reference materials to determine a soil type. When the 30 minutes are up, an event official sounds a horn, only then can the students move on to the next station. 

During lunch, the test scores are tallied, afterward, the winners are announced. While Warsaw was the winner for Wyoming County, the Cuba-Rushford School District was the winner for Allegany County.

The winning team from each county then advances to the New York State Envirothon, which will be held May 24 and 25 at Hobart William Smith College, Geneva. There, top teams compete for an opportunity to go to the National Envriothon event. 

The program is hosted by the Wyoming and Allegany counties Soil & Water Conservation districts (SWCD). Staff from each, along with volunteers from Wyoming and Allegany counties USDA, FSA, and NRCS, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation – Letchworth State Park, and members of the community, make the program possible.

Officials say essential support is provided by school districts and science teachers, and local residents and businesses that donate supporting funds. 

In addition to its educational programs, the Wyoming County SWCD provides programs and technical services to help residents and communities protect and improve the water quality and other natural resources of the county. 

To learn more visit www.wcswcd.org or call (585) 786- 3675.

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:11 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, letchworth.

Press release:

The Letchworth Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) has named two finalists for the district’s next Superintendent. 

“The search attracted a number of qualified individuals from across the state. We are confident that one of these candidates will be the best to lead our district,” said Board of Education President Richard Wilcox. “The search process garnered a pool of highly qualified individuals.”

The two finalists are Matthew Wilkins and D. Todd Campbell. 

Wilkins is currently the principal of Letchworth High School, a position he’s held since 2006. During his time as principal, he has expanded agricultural and technical programs at the high school, added Advanced Placement courses, and collaborated with the administrative team to develop a master schedule. His responsibilities as principal also include assisting with the budget planning process to develop a balanced secondary and extracurricular annual budget. As the principal he oversees 45 staff and faculty and 280 students. 

Wilkins has spent his entire career – more than 20 years in education – at Letchworth Central schools. He began teaching in 1996 as a K-12 Physical Education teacher.

He holds a bachelor of science degree, as well as a master’s degree from The College at Brockport. Wilkins also earned his Certificate of Advanced Study in School Business Administration from Brockport. He holds New York State certifications in Physical Education, School Administrator, and Supervisor and School District Administrator.

D. Todd Campbell is the principal of Wayland Elementary School in the Wayland-Cohocton School District. Campbell has served in this role since 2003. During his tenure as principal, Wayland Elementary School has been recognized by New York state as a High Performing/Gap Closing School. Buffalo’s Business First Magazine has placed Wayland Elementary School on the Top 50 Elementary Schools in the state. 

As principal, Campbell is responsible for the education of 380 students and supervises 66 faculty and staff members. He creates and manages the instructional budget for the elementary school and also is responsible for all curriculum development and implementation at this school. 

From 2000 to 2003 he served as the principal of Perry Middle School where he facilitated the opening of a new middle school. This included the move of students and staff from two separate buildings and the creation of a new Middle School Program. Previously, he served as the Assistant Principal at Perry Elementary School. 

He began his career in education in 1991 as a teacher at Letchworth Central schools.

Campbell earned a bachelor of science from Houghton College, Houghton, and a master’s degree from The College at Brockport. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from Brockport.

Wilkins and Campbell will visit the district today for final interviews with stakeholder group representatives. Final interviews with the Board of Education will conclude each candidate’s visit. The anticipated start date for the new superintendent is July 3. 

The new superintendent will replace Julia Reed who is retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Kevin MacDonald, district superintendent of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, who is acting as search consultant, said the Board has developed and implemented a rigorous and transparent search process.

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 4:13 pm

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The students filed in noisily, as students do, into the bus garage. Once they were situated in their seats, the bus garage bay doors opened. The noisy students quieted at once. Before them three of their friends were involved in a car crash following a night of partying. One of their classmates was injured, one was taken away in handcuffs, and one was dead, her blood trailing down the passenger-side door, pooling onto the roadway.  

Teens in 11th and 12th grade at Letchworth High School were witness to the possible consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs during a DWI crash simulation held at the school Friday afternoon.

Over the loudspeaker the students hear the call of the dispatcher. Within seconds, a siren went off. Within minutes, the first cop cruiser pulled into the parking lot, seconds later, the first ambulance.

“These are the same kids you hang with, play sports with, enjoy life with. In an instant they go from joy and laughter to pain and tears,” said Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph. “Imagine you are a victim of this crash…this alcohol-related crash. You experience pain and anxiety caused by the metal and plastic bending and crushing around you as the vehicles collided. You are sitting in a pool of your own blood experiencing pain and suffering that no one should ever have to go through. You are sitting there helpless as you are waiting for help to arrive. Your fear turns to shock.”

As Rudolph was speaking, rescue personnel continued to arrive. The voices of the first responders are calm as they are assessing the situation. Medical responders are now on scene. A multitude of people are working feverishly to stabilize the driver who is still alive and sitting next to her now-dead friend. 

The driver in the other car is looked over for injuries and asked to step out of the vehicle, all the while the sounds of saws and extraction equipment break the seemingly chaotic scene. 

A white sheet is placed over the driver to protect her from the broken glass. Her passenger is covered with a white sheet and left alone as EMS focus their attention on the teen who is still alive.

Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began recording alcohol-related statistics in 1982, the number of persons under 21 killed in drunk driving crashes decreased 80 percent. In 1982 there were 5,215 crashes. In 2015 there were 1,021. These fatalities account for 10 percent of the drunk driving fatalities in the United States. 

“When you are talking and you are looking at them (students) there isn’t horseplay going on, they aren’t talking, they are looking past you, paying attention to the scene. You can see it in their eyes that this could happen.”

The crash simulation is made possible by Partners 4 Prevention, School Resource Officer and Wyoming County Sheriff Deputy Ivan Carrasquillo, the NYS Troopers, the Silver Springs and Castile fire departments, Mercy Flight, the Wyoming County Coroner’s Office, District Attorney Donald O’Geen, and the Letchworth Central School SADD Club members and parent volunteers. 

The event, hosted by the Gainesville Fire Department, was intended to highlight the dangers of driving under the influence during the prom season. One third of all alcohol-related teen traffic deaths occur between April and June, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with vehicle accidents ranking as the top cause of death for those between 12 and 19 years old. In fact, 1,000 young people die annually during prom and graduations celebrations, according to the National Traffic Administration.

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Monday, March 6, 2017 at 9:46 am
posted by Howard Owens in letchworth, Sports.

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Pole vaulter Nate Crane is a team of one for Letchworth, so he trained with Batavia indoor track team this season.

In the pole vault he placed sixth in the NY Federation and fourth among state competitors at the state championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island. He cleared 14' 6" and will compete next weekend at the Indoor National Championships at the Armory in Manhattan.

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, letchworth, accident, deaths, drownings.
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       Chad Staley       Tyler Jennings

The two men charged in the deaths of brothers 9-year-old Dylan and 6-year-old Preston Giangregorio, of Rochester, each pled guilty to one count of criminally negligent homicide.

Tyler Jennings, 34, of Farmington, and Chad Staley, 32, of Rochester, pled to the charge in Wyoming County Court Feb. 15 before Judge Michael Mohun. This charge is a Class E felony with a maximum sentence of one-and-one-third to four years in prison.

In the case of criminal negligence, the carelessness required is appreciably more serious than that for ordinary civil negligence, said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. 

By definition, a person acts with criminal negligence with respect to a death when that person engages in conduct which creates or contributes to a substantial and unjustifiable risk that another person’s death will occur, and when he or she fails to perceive that risk, and when that risk is of such a nature and degree that failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.

Both men were each originally charged with: two counts of manslaughter in the second degree, a Class C felony; two counts of criminally negligent homicide, a Class E felony; and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor.

The original charges stem from a five-month investigation that began June 11 by the New York State Park Police. 

Jennings and Staley were with five children, 5 to 12 years old, in a restricted area of Letchworth State Park June 11. All seven patrons were in the water directly above the Lower Falls when they lost their footing and were swept over the 70-foot waterfall, resulting in the deaths of Dylan and Preston.

According to O’Geen, the two defendants and five children made their way toward the Lower Falls so they could see the falls up close. The children were then allowed to enter the water. When the swift current began to sweep the children away, the two men were unable to keep them and themselves from going over the falls. 

Staley was stuck on the brink of the falls for almost two hours until he was saved by the Wyoming County Rope Rescue Team. Three of the children and Jennings were rescued June 11, but the brothers were not recovered until June 12 and June 14.

During the plea discussion, both men admitted that through their negligence, they caused the deaths of the two boys.

“This has been a difficult and emotional case for all involved and it is my hope that this disposition will begin to bring closure to the families involved, justice for Dylan, Preston and all the children, and at the same time send a message that danger/warning park signs matter as they are there to protect the public,” O’Geen said. “Hopefully, Dylan and Preston’s deaths will not be in vain and park visitors will learn from this preventable tragedy by following the rules of the park going forward.”

The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation report and adjourned the case until 2 p.m. May 17 for final sentencing. 

Both Staley and Jennings continue to be released on their own recognizance until their court date.

See related: Two men charged in June drowning deaths at Letchworth State Park

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm

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The following were in Wyoming County Court Jan. 31 before Judge Michael Mohun.

Tyler Jennings was in court for motions. His case was adjourned to Feb. 15 for an appearance and March 8 for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Chad Staley was in court for motions. His case was adjourned to Feb. 15 for an appearance and March 8 for a Huntley Hearing. 

The following were in county court Feb. 1 before Mohun.

Chivone Gheorghe was in court for a Huntley Hearing. The decision has been reserved and the case adjourned to March 2.

Heidi Hopkins, who is accused of a crime in Perry, pled not guilty to two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, all are Class B felonies. Motions are scheduled March 30. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Roy Lawrence, who is accused of a crime in Perry, pled not guilty to two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, all are Class B felonies. Motions are scheduled March 30. Bail was set at $25,000 cash and $50,000 bond.

The following were in county court Feb. 2 before Mohun.

Grayson Stock, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor. He waived his right to appeal and is scheduled for sentencing April 27.

Jody Nelligan, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to five years probation and restitution of $26,075.55. She was convicted of attempted arson in the third degree.

Katrina Chandler, who is accused of a crime in Attica, pled not guilty to two counts of forgery in the second degree, both are Class D felonies, and two counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor. The case is adjourned to April 27 for pre plea investigation.

Tammy Miller, who is accused of a crime in Attica, had her case adjourned to March 3 for trial.

John Townley, who committed a crime in Eagle, pled guilty to criminal mischief in the third degree, a Class E felony. He waived his right to appeal. The case was adjourned to April 27 for sentencing.

Jerod Trebian, who committed a crime in Silver Springs, had his case adjourned to Thursday for sentencing.

Ryan McDanel, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to two counts of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, both as Class D felonies, and attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class E felony. Motions are scheduled for March 30. Bail continues at $2,500.

Dekota Leiser is accused of a crime in Warsaw. Leiser's case is adjourned to Wednesday. 

Chastity Brace, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and a five-year order of protection was issued. She pled guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. Brace, who waived the right to appeal, was also arraigned on criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class D felony; unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, a Class E felony; and menacing in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Additionally, she admitted to a violation of probation which caused her probation to be revoked and she was resentenced to one year in prison with one year post-release supervision.

Julie Dutton, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to obstruct emergency medical services, a misdemeanor. She waived her right to appeal. She is scheduled for sentencing March 16.

Cory Goodenow, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to one-and-one-half years in prison and three years post-release supervision. An order of protection was issued, and he is responsible for court fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted rape in the second degree, a Class E felony.

Tracy Phillips, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge. She was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony.

Eugene Matteson Sr., who is accused of a crime in Wyoming County, had his case adjourned to March 30.

The following were in county court before Mohun Feb. 6 and are from State Correctional Facilities in Attica.

Ronald Montgomery pled guilty to assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. He waived his right to appeal. Sentencing is scheduled April 12.

Billy Ray Staton was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to March 2.

Jonathan Smith was in court for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant. The case has been adjourned to March 2.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, announcements, swimming, Perry, letchworth.

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Jacob Patrick in 100-meter butterfly.

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LCAA All-Stars -- Jacob Patrick, Jeremy Zerbe, Sam Matthews, Zack Walton.

The results for the Perry/Letchworth high schools' swim team from the Livingston County Athletic Association (LCAA) swim meet in Bath on Jan. 21 are as follows:

Sam Matthews broke the Perry 200-meter IM (individual medley) record and earned Fourth Place overall in the 500 freestyle, and Sixth Place overall in the 200-meter IM. 

Porter Matthews earned 16th place overall in the 100-meter backstroke and qualified for sectionals. 

Zack Phillips earned 16th place overall in 100-meter breaststroke. 

Nate Manning qualified for sectionals in 200 freestyle.

Jacob Patrick, Jeremy Zerbe and Sam Matthews were named LCAA All-Stars for Perry and Zack Walton for Letchworth.

Information submitted by Daryl McLaughlin. Photo credit: Chip Matthews​.

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Nathan Manning off the blocks in the 500-meter freestyle.

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Zack Phillips in 100-meter freestyle.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 6:23 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, school, Arcade, Castile, letchworth, Warsaw.

School closings and delays for Wyoming County Dec. 15:

    • Castile Christian Academy – Closed

    • Letchworth Central School – Delayed two hours 

    • Pioneer Central School – Delayed two hours

    • Genesee Community College Warsaw campus – Closed

Monday, November 21, 2016 at 6:58 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, Perry, education, letchworth.

Perry and Warsaw central schools are closed today, Nov. 21.

Letchworth Central School is delayed two hours.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11:57 am

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The Little Free Library in the Arcade Village Park.

Press release:

Wild Spirit Education recently placed a Little Free Library (LFL) in the Attica Memorial Park to promote literacy and reading outdoors. The LFL was funded in part by the Wyoming Foundation. 

The LFL was one of four placed throughout Wyoming County as part of the Stories In the Woods program presented by Wild Spirit Education. Other libraries are located at Beaver Meadow Audubon, Letchworth State Park and Arcade Village Park.

The idea behind the Little Free Library is to borrow a book or to leave a book. When you take a book out, either leave a new one behind or return the book you borrowed at a later date. Although the premise of this library is a nature theme, any topic book is welcome in the library. You can also just sit at the bench nearby and enjoy reading while being outdoors in nature.

For more information about Wild Spirit Education go to www.wildspirit.org or www.facebook.com/wildspiriteducation.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 9:12 am
posted by Robert Henry Jr. in letchworth, Warsaw, Perry, Mount Morris, football, Varsity, Undefeated, Homecoming, 10/14.

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The undefeated season of the Letchworth/Warsaw football team concludes at homecoming with a 28–6 victory of the Perry/Mount Morris.

On a night where temperatures reached down close to 40 degrees, Letch-Saw dominated the game with 300 yards of offense, led by an imposing and diverse running game. The Tigers rushing attack saw 10 players touch the ball, including four individuals scoring touchdowns.

While possessing the ball for more than 30 minutes of the game, the team stifled the Hornets on defense as well. Jake Ziegler led the defensive effort with five tackles and two interceptions, as well as two other interceptions from the team.

Perry/Mt. Morris' lone score on the night came from a fumble recovery by Chase Prickett, which was returned 43 yards.

The Tigers complete their regular season undefeated at 7–0, and take their streak into Sectionals. Perry/Mount Morris is 1–6 on the season.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm

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The gloomy day didn't keep people away from the 41st annual Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show Sunday afternoon.

The three-day event is typically held during the Columbus Day weekend each October. Located at the park’s High Banks Recreation Area, several dozen booths and tents are set up with artists, artisans, and crafters' wares. Additionally, there are a number of mouthwatering smells in the air, that if you follow your nose, you are certain to find a tasty treat at one of several food vendors.

The $10 park entrance fee allows you free admission and parking for the show.

The event is sponsored by the Arts Council for Wyoming County and continues Monday. 

See related: Photos: Plenty of savory delights at Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:22 pm

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"Frog" by Brook Tisdale.

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"Freshly Squeezed" by Emma Herman.

(Photos submitted.)

The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) is celebrating Arts in Education by revealing the finalists for its first All County School Art Calendar & Exhibition. The ACWC received 180 images and then chose 31 semifinalists. 

This August, during the Wyoming County Fair, the public helped to vote on the finalists for the first All County Art Calendar & Exhibition.

“The ACWC promotes young artists throughout the year, so we thought it was natural to create a 2017 calendar that celebrates their art,” said ACWC Executive Director Jackie Hoyt.

Artwork came from students in kindergarten through 12th grade from all public schools in Wyoming County and the Castile Christian Academy. In addition to the calendar, the ACWC presents two All County Youth Art Shows for both kindergarten through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades every year.

“We choose to reveal the finalists during Arts in Education week to highlight the importance of our local schools’ Arts Programs and Art Teachers in helping to make the arts part of students’ lives in Wyoming County every day,” Hoyt said.

Every finalist and Wyoming County Arts Educator will receive a complementary All County School Art Calendar. The Calendar will be printed later this year and will be distributed at the ACWC, Main Street, Perry.

The 2016 Wyoming County All County Art Calendar finalists are:

K-8 grades finalists are:

    • Kyle Carpenter, and teacher Tressa Smith; and Jordyn Stachowiak, and teacher Tressa Smith; all of Attica Middle School;

    • Alessio Giordano, and teacher Bethany Heibel; of Warsaw Elementary School;

    • Ella Hite, and teacher Kim Alfes, of Warsaw Elementary School;

    • Logan Horner, and Brooklyn Mazur, both with teacher Debra Pytlak; all of Arcade Elementary School;

    • Madison LoTempio and Katarina Szymczak, both with teacher Mr. Daggett; all of Pioneer Middle School;

    • Katie Perl, and teacher Gwynne Wetherall, of Letchworth Central School;

    • Erin Snyder, and teacher Mrs. Lewinski, of Attica Elementary School; and

    • Rachel Wick, and teacher Mrs. Campbell, of Castile Christian Academy.

9-12 grades finalists are:

    • Jeremiah Zerbe, and teacher Ms. Mignano, of Perry Central School;

    • Brook Tisdale, and teacher Cindy Johnson, of Letchworth Central School; and

    • Emma Herman, and teacher Kathryn Dembinski, of Warsaw Middle/High School.

For more than 40 years, the ACWC has created opportunities to bring arts into their rural communities through programming, grants, and art events. The ACWC is also Wyoming County’s New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Site for Community Arts grants. For more information on membership or advocacy in the arts, visit www.artswyco.org.

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"Untitled" by Jeremiah Zerbe.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 8:29 pm

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Diane A. Wood, of Arcade, was a popular teacher at Pioneer Middle and High schools, where she taught for 33 years. She was a member of the Arcade United Church of Christ Congregational, a member of the Arcade Free Library Board of Directors, and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma -- Beta Gamma chapter. She passed away in October 2010.

Her family wanted to honor her memory and provide a fund to help children of all ages. A golf tournament – her favorite sport – was held in her name. The event raised more than $3,700.

Her husband, Frank Wood, then approached Beta Gamma – an organization for professional women educators – and offered the proceeds. The money was to be given to teachers who designed a project that could use extra funding not supplied by the school.

The grant money was awarded to 14 teachers – elementary to high school level – at five county school districts: Letchworth, Perry, Pioneer, Warsaw and Wyoming. The teachers included: Lindsay LoBianco and Stephanie Hogan, from Pioneer; Kathy Wysocki, Amanda Paganin and Kara Bonn, from Letchworth; Ruth Ann Fultz, Jennifer Siepierski, Megan Beikirch, Jacqueline Curcio, and Laurie Semmel, from Warsaw; Holly Cox, coordinator of three projects from Wyoming; and Emily Reagan, from Perry.

The programs submitted were “extraordinary and varied” and were on such topics as culinary skills, horticulture and gardening, and wildlife and nature studies. The funds will also be used for specialty textbooks featuring high interest readings in science and social studies, invitations to professional speakers, field trips, and the purchase of ungraded iPads and laptops. 

One of the projects called for collaboration between high school and elementary school students in the construction and use of a “buddy bench.” This two-seater bench will be placed on the playground to encourage the formation of new friendships, event organizers reported.

The first round of grants was awarded, and programs implemented, in the fall and spring of the 2015-16 school year. The second round of funding will be implemented during the 2016-17 school year.

Beta Gamma plans to do a storyboard to showcase the “creativity and ingenuity” of the teachers and present it during its fall meeting. Additionally, the group hopes to bring a storyboard showing all the projects funded by the grants to next year’s Wyoming County Fair.

Friday, April 1, 2016 at 9:05 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcement, Attica, letchworth, Perry, Warsaw.

Press release:

For the first time, local high schools will have a way to see, share and promote the everyday outcomes of each of their alumni at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Merit, whose platform "connects the dots" between high school, college, and career for students and institutions, recently announced the rollout of free Merit accounts. The accounts include more than 28,000 high schools in the United States. 

Administrators at local high schools now have access to a free Merit account, showing them alumni successes, who is studying abroad, participating in clubs or earning scholarships. Each high school also has a free public Merit page that showcases alumni outcomes. A sample of local high schools and their Merit pages include:

    • Attica Senior High School Merit page: http://attica.ny.meritpages.com

    • Letchworth Central High School Merit page: http://gainesville.ny.meritpages.com

    • Perry High School Merit page: http://perry.ny.meritpages.com

    • Warsaw High School Merit page: http://warsaw.ny.meritpages.com

"Most high schools are left in the dark about alumni outcomes after graduation, with – at best – only general information about admissions and progress available at a high price," said Colin Mathews, founder and president of Merit. "That makes it impossible to help current students see role models for college success, and for high schools to track outcomes in real time."

Merit has partnered with more than 250 colleges and universities that use the company's platform to document, promote and share the everyday activities, achievements, and outcomes of their students. Since launching in 2013, Merit has shared those updates with high schools via a free weekly e-mail digest; now, those digests will link to a free Merit account that's customized for every high school in the United States. Principals, guidance counselors, and other administrators or teachers will be able to log in and see stories about former students' current success at college.

The free high school Merit accounts include regular, real-time updates added by colleges and universities about each school's alumni; a directory of every college in the Merit network with analytical tools to discover alumni based on their interests and accomplishments; a customizable public Merit page for each high school that they can use as a landing page for students, families, and friends to discover stories about alumni; and more.

"These high school accounts are the next step in our mission to connect the dots between high school, college and career for every student -- not just the lucky or the privileged," Mathews said. "Every student at our partner institutions helps to chart a journey of success, and sharing those stories helps those students stay on course while marking the path for younger people to learn from and follow themselves."

For more information about Merit visit www.meritpages.com.

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