Wyoming County

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 1:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, fire, Arcade.

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Although the house has since been razed, money was the prime mover for the March 2015 back-to-back fires on Liberty Street in the Village of Arcade.

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     Jody Nelligan

“She lied about the fire under oath when she was actually deposed,” said Wyoming County Assistant District Attorney Vincent Hemming in court transcripts. “This was someone that started a fire in a house, with children in that house, for money.” According to court transcripts dated Feb. 2, Jody Nelligan, 40 of Orchard Park, admitted to the Wyoming County Probation Department of intentionally setting fire to the home to “get the renter’s insurance policy.” Additionally, up until her guilty plea Oct. 27, Nelligan “continuously lied about this fire for a substantial period of time.”

Hemming also noted that Nelligan has no drug or alcohol issue “whatsoever,” but did ask the Court to consider incarceration as part of any probationary sentence.

The matter was seen before Wyoming County Judge Michael Mohun.

On March 23, 2015 a fire broke out in the basement of a Liberty Street home in Arcade. Arcade, Strykersville, Yorkshire, Chaffee-Sardinia, and Harris Corners fire departments were on the scene for three hours, under the direction of Fire Chief in Charge, Arcade Fire Chief Tom Beirsdorf putting out the fire. Standing by at empty stations were Bliss and Sheldon fire departments.

The following day, several surrounding fire companies responded to the home for a second time for a fire that began in a second-floor bedroom closet. Following the fires, Nelligan, another adult, and four children were being assisted by the Red Cross and family members. The four family cats were also saved. 

Arcade, Yorkshire, Harris Corners, Bliss, Strykersville, Chaffee-Sardinia, and Sheldon fire companies were on the scene for five hours battling the blaze. They were assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Arcade Electric, and the Arcade Police Department. Standing by at empty stations were Bliss and Holland fire departments.

On July 1 of last year, Nelligan was charged with setting both fires – two counts of arson in the second degree, a Class B felony; and two counts of perjury in the first degree, a Class D felony.

In October she had pled guilty and on Feb. 2 she was sentenced.

At the time of her sentencing, Nelligan was facing up to six months in jail and five years probation.

Nelligan’s attorney, Andrew Pace, reiterated to the Court that she has taken full responsibility for the fires. He also quotes a probation officer as saying she is “extremely apologetic, very distraught with what happened, and since we left court at our last appearance, she has taken steps to help remediate what can only be described as a myriad of mental health issues.”

Additionally, she has no criminal record and is working with a mental health counselor weekly, a psychotherapist monthly, and her primary care physician to coordinate all of her medications.

Pace stressed to the Court in his memoranda how “essential it was that we try and get Jody back to her family,” because she is the primary caregiver of not only her four children, but her sickly father and her husband as well.

When Mohun gave Nelligan an opportunity to speak, she again apologized for the fires and told the Court it would not happen “ever again.”

“I am a mom and I have four children,” Nelligan said. “Two of my children are special need children and they need my care daily and I have my father, who I’m a caregiver for. He’s 70 years old and I would really hope that you would impose probation on me and not jail time because I need to be home with my family.”

Mohun then asked the defendant if the family she spoke of was the same family that was in the house when she set fire to it. To which she had said her father was not present at the time of the fires, but her children were.

“And now you’re asking not to put you in jail because you want to be a mother to these children that you put at risk?” Mohun questioned.

Nelligan admitted that it was a “bad choice,” to which Mohun said it was “probably a most horrific choice that anyone could make, let alone a mother.”

Due to the fact that she is working with a counselor and receiving medication for her illness, this gave the judge pause. Mohun noted that if there was no constraint on sentencing, a state prison sentence may have been appropriate.

“You put the lives of your children at risk,” Mohun said. “For what? For money. It’s an extraordinary tale that is told in this prosecution where you put money ahead of your children’s safety. You put them at risk. That is certainly not a motherly instinct.”

With that said, however, Mohun agreed with Pace that she has taken steps to “come clean” and did not think her children should “suffer any more for your criminal behavior.”

“Every day you are with those children is a blessing, and I hope you don’t put them at risk anymore because this is a revocable sentence,” Mohun said.

According to New York Penal Law 60.01 a revocable sentence  shall be deemed a tentative one to the extent that it may be altered or revoked in accordance with the provisions of the article under which it was imposed, but for all other purposes shall be deemed to be a final judgment of conviction.  

Nelligan was convicted of attempted arson in the third degree and sentenced to five years probation, $26,075.55 in restitution, and fees and surcharges.

See related: Unknown cause sparked the first fire at a Liberty Street home in ArcadeArsonist responsible for setting two fires at a Liberty Street home, ArcadeAn Orchard Park woman pled guilty to setting fire to an Arcade home last year

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm

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Members of the Perry Center, Perry, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Warsaw, and Cuylerville fire departments, and Perry Ambulance paid tribute Saturday afternoon to long-standing member J. Richard “Dick” Brick, who passed away earlier this week.

Brick, 93, had been a member of the Perry Center Fire Department for 68 years, serving as president and secretary/treasurer during his tenure. In addition to his active volunteerism with the fire department, he spent eight years on the Perry Ambulance Squad, was an emergency medical technician, served as an elected assessor, and was on both the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board.

For J. Richard Brick’s full obituary click here.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Rice wished to thank all the departments and members who put the tribute together. 

 

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Friday, February 24, 2017 at 5:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, announcements, Perry.

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Front row, from left: seniors Alysha Jones, Iesha Cole, Brittnay Woodworth and Emma Humberstone.  

Back row, from left: Autumn Baker, Morgan Laraby, Taryn True, Gipsie Prickett, Coach Cheryl Hayes, Danielle Frazier, Brice Blackmore, Rachael Hinz and Ashlee Safford.

The Perry Varsity Cheerleaders competed Feb. 17 at the LCAA League Championships held at Caledonia-Mumford.  

In Division 3, First Place went to Perry, Second Place to Geneseo, and Third Place went to Keshequa.

Senior cheerleaders were also afforded a chance to compete individually. The top three cheerleaders from this competition will represent Livingston County in the Ronald McDonald game. 

Perry’s own Lesha Cole took First Place with a near-perfect score of 209 out of a possible 210.

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 4:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, environment, firefighting, Warsaw, DEC, announcements.

Press release:

Foam used by some fire departments may now be listed as a hazardous substance. On Feb. 1, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) filed a Notice of Adoption with the New York State Department of State to amend Part 597, Hazardous Substances Identification, Release Prohibition, and Release Reporting, effective March 3.

The regulation classifies perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA-acid), ammonium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA-salt), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS-acid), and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS-salt) as hazardous substances at the request of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). 

The amendments finalized the:

    •  addition of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA-acid, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) No. 335-67-1), ammonium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA-salt, CAS No. 3825-26-1), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS-acid, CAS No. 1763-23-1), and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS-salt, CAS No. 2795-39-3) to the list of hazardous substances at 6 NYCRR Section 597.3;

    • allowance for continued use of firefighting foam that may contain PFOA-acid, PFOA-salt, PFOS-acid or PFOS-salt to fight fires (but not for training or any other purposes) on or before April 25, even if such use may result in the release of a reportable quantity (RQ), which is otherwise prohibited; and 

    • correction to the list of hazardous substances by providing units for RQs.

The final rule-making documents, including the Assessment of Public Comment, are available on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/104968.html

See related: Firefighting foam may contain newly listed hazardous substances

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 4:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Business, Warsaw, Castile.

Press release:

Proving that a minute can matter, Tompkins Bank of Castile is launching its third round of the quarterly Community Minute Challenge. Each quarterly winner is awarded $2,500; by the end of the contest, a total of $10,000 will have been provided in much-needed funds to local not-for-profit organizations.

“The response to the Community Minute Challenge has been tremendous, and we’re thrilled to be able to help shine a light on the important services that are provided by not-for-profit organizations in our area,” said John McKenna, Bank president and CEO.

The third round will begin February 27 and run through March 13. The winning organization is determined by public voting on the Bank of Castile Facebook page, where visitors can watch the one-minute videos produced by participating nonprofits and then vote for their favorite. Each video explains how the nonprofit would use the awarded funds. The six organizations competing in this round are:

    • Wyoming County Community Action (Wyoming County)  

    • Al Sigl Community of Agencies (Monroe County)

    • Batavia Rotary (Genesee County)

    • Focus on the Children (Livingston County)

    • Genesee Amateur Hockey Association (Genesee County) 

    • Villa of Hope (Monroe County) 

To show support for the initiative and cast a vote, participants should “like” the Tompkins Bank of Castile Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TompkinsBankofCastile and click on the Community Minute Challenge app. They can then select their favorite nonprofit after watching the one-minute videos. Individuals can vote once per day during the contest period.

Launched in August 2016, the Community Minute Challenge has awarded $5,000 to date. The first-round winner was Going to the Dogs Rescue in Wyoming County, an organization dedicated to helping homeless pets find loving forever homes. The second-round winner was ARC of Genesee Orleans, a resource of choice for people with disabilities and their families in both Genesee and Orleans counties. Photos of the previous winners are available upon request. A fourth round of the Community Minute Challenge will launch later this year.

Tompkins Bank of Castile is a community bank with 16 offices in the five-county Western New York region. Services include complete lines of consumer deposit accounts and loans, business accounts and loans, and leasing. In addition, insurance is offered through an affiliate company, Tompkins Insurance Agencies. Wealth management, trust and investment services are provided through Tompkins Financial Advisors. Further information about the bank is available on its website, www.bankofcastile.com.

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, news.

The Wyoming County Court system works with a collaborative effort across multiple agencies to combat the opioid and heroin problem facing the county. 

Working within a system of best practices, the Court, District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the county jail, Spectrum Human Services, Department of Veteran Affairs, Literacy West NY Inc., and the Wyoming County Probation, Health, and Mental Health departments have developed a systematic approach for those who commit crimes relating to drug offenses.

The approach also serves as a starting point to help addicts “kick the habit” and give offenders the tools to reenter society as productive members of their communities.

“When the Treatment Court first began almost 14 years ago, participants addicted to opiates was a rarity,” said Wyoming County Judge Michael Mohun during this month’s Board of Supervisors meeting. “The court dealt with alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, designer drugs and non-opiate prescription pill abuse, primarily. Today, more than 70 percent of the participants are diagnosed as opiate dependent – primarily heroin.”

Formerly called Drug Court, Treatment Court not only handles those who have a drug problem, but also those with an alcohol or mental health issue. Other assistance involves aiding with health insurance – oftentimes a hurdle to gaining access to treatment – for outpatient or inpatient services. 

“The idea behind changing the name is that we are handling not only people who have a drug problem but also alcohol and mental health issues,” said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. “We are also handling veterans who also have these problems but because they are veterans they have access to other services and we help them connect with those services. We also have people on our team who are experts (called navigators) with dealing with health insurance issues, which is a big hurdle to gaining access to treatment (either outpatient or inpatient). Also, by having this broader title we are open to other addictions or issues that may arise that were not usually part of the basic drug court model.”

Those who enter Treatment Court are held accountable for their actions via weekly court appearances, random home visits by the Probation Department, weekly drug testing, regular attendance and active participation in counseling, as well as maintaining or finding employment. Additionally, participants in the program are given an opportunity to reduce their criminal charges.

“It’s a diversion program,” O’Geen said. “Participants are not only given the opportunity for recovery, by also a reduction in sentences. Approximately 80 percent of the cases we’ve had, sentences were reduced.”

“The Treatment Court process has evolved into a unified system of care with an integrated cross-systems approach support by nontraditional community partnership,” Mohun said. “This unique team offers a wide open door of hope for each individual qualifying for the program.”

Prior to being accepted into the program, candidates are interviewed and assessed by James Messe, the Treatment Court coordinator. He establishes the necessary level of treatment for each individual and assesses what entitlements they have or may need.

Additionally, he secures in-patient treatment for those who are unable to remain in the community.

According to officials, probation is the key. For the program to work, it works in thirds – want, force, or hiting rock bottom.

“The program works because a person like Gene (Traxler) is on participants to help them gain employment, structure and get back on the right track.”

Traxler, a senior probation officer with the county Probation Department, has been working with the program since its inception in 2003. His focus is to supervise each and every Treatment Court participant. 

“In treatment, it’s also a rule of thirds,” Traxler said. “A third of the people that start never relapse. A third of the people relapse a couple of times, and a third are chronic relapses no matter what the consequences are. There is also positive peer pressure in the program to succeed.”

Drug testing of each participant is both random and scheduled. These tests ensure sobriety, officials say. However, testing is just one portion of the multifaceted approach. Contact with treatment agencies, family members, employers, and other service providers verify attendance, compliance, and employment. 

Additionally, if a participant violates the conditions of the program, they are “sanctioned” and sentenced to a week in jail. Once the week is up, the person then may be eligible to continue with the program – with the caveat that the participant reenters the program as if starting from the beginning. However, there are only so many chances a person is given. If a participant continues to violate the terms of the program, they are removed from the program, charged with their original crime and sentenced accordingly. 

In addition to the Treatment Court program, medical services within the jail are equally important. The jail medical services works collaboratively with the treatment team to address every participant that is in Treatment Court. The jail nurse, either Cheryl Glaus R.N. or Laura Dutton R. N., attends the weekly meetings to identify participants who may exhibit withdrawal concerns, medical or mental health issues, and their need to continue taking medications while incarcerated.

“It is estimated that 20 percent of inmates in jail and 15 percent of inmates in state prisons have a serious mental illness,” Mohun said. 

Officials say mentally ill inmates are often jail management problems and are more likely to contemplate suicide. Those in Wyoming County that work with inmates regularly agree that mentally ill inmates have increased in the jail in the last several years. However, the regular, on-site presence of a mental health professional providing mental health services to inmates decreases management problems and safety issues. 

Mitchell Kibler, of Spectrum Human Services, provides the outpatient mental health and chemical dependency treatment services to Treatment Court participants. Part of the treatment is group and individual therapy sessions, as well as medication assisted treatment for opiate addiction. Two such medications used included Suboxone and Vivitrol.

Suboxone combines buprenorphine, an opiate, with naloxone, an opiate blocker. This daily oral medication requires strict testing and physician supervision. Vivitrol is purely an opiate blocker and given once a month by injection. These medications are used in conjunction with either inpatient or outpatient treatment.

The county’s Mental Health Clinic provides outpatient mental health services which focus on co-occurring disorders. 

Literacy West works with individuals in earning a high school equivalency diploma, should they need one, as well as offering work readiness classes and career coaching. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs works with veterans to assess eligibility for services through the Veterans Administration (VA). Efforts are then coordinated to determine the appropriate level of care after diagnosis as well as treatment at the various VA facilities located in Batavia, Buffalo, Bath and Canandaigua.

“Whether the primary problem is mental health or addiction, the treatment team utilizes weekly meetings to review the participant’s status,” Mohun said. “The Court is in tune with the need for timely and efficient screening and assessment. This helps to identify all challenged areas and to link them with the necessary treatment modalities.

“The Treatment Court offers an opportunity to link treatment, vocational training, supportive living, educational needs, and employment opportunities while working toward goals of hope and recovery and a chance to break the vicious cyclical nature of an addict involved in the criminal justice system.”

According to Mohun, of the 57 graduates between 2011 and 2015, 12 (22 percent) had been rearrested since graduation – 44 (78 percent) were not. Of the 12 who were rearrested: four were for drug-related offenses; one was for an alcohol-related offense; two were rearrested for theft or property crimes; one for a domestic-violence-related crime, and four were for “other” charges. 

Of the 16 who graduated from Treatment Court in 2016, only one has been rearrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (no drugs were involved.)

“The mug shots are a telling sign,” Traxler said. “Once they are clean, they are no longer living in a fog.”

The people who graduate that don’t go back into the program is a more telling sign, O’Geen says. 

“It’s a tough program. Some just give up,” Traxler said.

“Graduation means something,” O’Geen said. “They earned it. They truly earned it. Success is a person maintaining sobriety and a law-abiding life for 12 successful months.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, court, Perry, Warsaw, Attica, news.

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The following were in Wyoming County Court Feb. 22 before Judge Michael Mohun.

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    Charles Braun

Charles Braun, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years post-release supervision, plus fees and surcharges. The sentence is to run concurrently with his Livingston County Sentence. He was convicted of attempted rape in the first degree, a Class C violent felony.

See related: Charles Braun pled guilty to attempted rape

The following are from State Correctional facilities in Attica. 

Bail is set for state inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmates current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmates sentence is about to expire the bail will kick in on the new case and the inmate would be turned over to the Wyoming County Jail while the new case is pending; and

    • When bail is placed on an inmate it follows the inmate so when they are moved to different facilities it is one way for them to be found and also the state system knows there is another case still pending.

Rodney Webster pled guilty to conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled for April 12.

Javon Woods had his case adjourned to March 13.

Terrance Milton was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison. He was convicted of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current sentence. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Abida McIntosh was sentenced to one-and-two-thirds to three-and-one-half years in prison, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Andrew Mott pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a Class A misdemeanor. The case has been adjourned to April 12. Bail was set at $5,000.

Pablo Sanes pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled for April 12. Bail was set at $5,000.

Darrell Carthon was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Shaquor Smith pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled for April 12. Bail was set at $5,000.

Brian Atkins was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current sentence.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to March 13.

Wesley Kirkland pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. The case has been adjourned to April 12. Bail was set at $5,000.

John Harris pled guilty to two counts of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled April 12.

Ricky Morris pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled April 12.

Jayshawn Williams pled guilty to attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled April 12.

Lindell Cox had his case adjourned to March 15.

Diquan Wells was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current sentence.

Neil Allen was in court for motions. His case has been adjourned to March 13 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 following were in Wyoming County Court before Mohun Feb. 21.

Kenneth Fullen, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony. Sentencing is scheduled March 30. He is held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Christian Manley, an inmate at a State Correctional facility in Attica, had his case adjourned to March 9.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 3:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Castile, fire, crime, Business, news.

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 Amy S. Goodenow

Amy S. Goodenow, no age provided, of Castile was charged with arson in the third degree, a Class C felony, for allegedly setting a fire that destroyed a Castile business.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office says, during the early morning hours of Feb. 15 a fire broke out at the Castile Diner, 125 S. Main St., Castile. When deputies arrived at the Main Street restaurant they noticed a “working structure fire” and say Goodenow was at the scene at the time of the incident.

After both a fire and criminal investigation, officials determined that the fire was intentionally set. 

Although Goodenow owns the business, the contents and building are owned by Steve Gitsis.

Members from Castile, Silver Springs, Gainesville, Bliss, Pike, and Nunda fire departments were on the scene for close to five hours putting out the flames. 

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, and the Village of Castile. Standing by at empty fire stations included Perry, Warsaw and Fillmore fire departments.

Goodenow, who was jailed on $5,000 cash bail and $10,000 bond, subsequently posted bail and was released. 

She is due in the Village of Castile Court at 7:30 p.m. April 3.

See related: Castile Diner fire remains under investigation

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Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:20 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, arts, Wyoming, ACWC, fiber arts.
Event Date and Time: 
March 4, 2017 -
9:30am to 4:00pm

The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) is hosting the Fiber Flurry Fiber Arts Festival at the Wyoming Inn, Main Street, Wyoming, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:17 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Wyoming, ACWC, arts, fiber arts.

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Press release (photo submitted):

The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) is hosting the Fiber Flurry Fiber Arts Festival at the Wyoming Inn, Main Street, Wyoming, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4.

“It’s a great way to meet new people, learn something new and get your hands on some beautiful fiber,” said Kathryn Hollinger, Fiber Flurry coordinator at the ACWC.

The Flurry includes classes, vendors and opportunities to socialize with fiber artists. Fiber arts festivals are popular for participants of all levels to try techniques from master artists in two-hour workshops. 

Classes include: beginning embroidery, kumihimo, yarn dyeing, hairpin lace, tatting, yoga for knitters, tambour (frame) embroidery and knitting a tiny top-down sweater. 

Reservations are required for classes, and the brochure is available at the ACWC’s website.

The event also includes a popular feature from other regional Fiber Arts Festival: a section where local wool, yarn and fiber producers show and sell their wares. Vendors include: Propanicus Moon Yarns, Trollbridge Farm, Stoner Hill Farm, May Apple Farm, Firefly Farm, Peartree Farm, Heavenly Valley Farm and Acorn Fiber Works. 

Shopping is available all day and it's open to the public with no reservations required.

For participants who knit or crochet, there is a Fiber Challenge competition using last year’s special edition yarn. People who want to take part can pick up skeins of the challenge yarn at the ACWC gift shop and knit or crochet a piece to enter for a People’s Choice Award. Special Edition “Snowflake” Yarn for next year’s challenge will be for sale at the Flurry as well.

Additionally, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea will be available. 

New this year, artist Beth Ely Sleboda will perform FiberSong, a performance that combines dance, poetry and music during afternoon tea. 

Participants can sign up for part of the day, lunch or the full day. People who sign up for the full day (two classes, lunch and tea) will receive the special edition “Snowflake” challenge yarn for free.

Registration forms, with class descriptions and schedules may be downloaded from www.artswyco.org or can be mailed to you by calling the ACWC (585) 237-3517, ext. 102.

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 NYSCA Decentralization Site for Community Arts Grants. 

For more information on membership or advocacy in the arts, visit www.artswyco.org.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:08 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, Warsaw.

Karl Daningburg, a senior mechanical engineering major at Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., has been named to the dean's list with distinction for the Fall 2016 semester. 

Daningburg is a 2013 graduate of Churchville Chili Senior High School, Chili, and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Todd Daningburg (Jeanne), of Warsaw.

Students eligible for the dean's list have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 to 3.59; for the dean's list with distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the dean's list with high distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

Grove City College (www.gcc.edu) is a private liberal arts school that offers education in a thoroughly Christian environment.

Founded in 1876, the college is committed to the principles of faith and freedom, a pioneer in independent private education and accepts no federal funds. It offers its 2,500 students degrees in more than 60 majors in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering and music. It is located on a 188-acre campus north of Pittsburgh, Pa. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and routinely ranked among the best colleges and universities by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others. It is one of the Top Conservative Schools in the country, according to The Young America's Foundation and a Christian College of Distinction.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo has announced its president's list for the fall semester 2016. To be on the list, a student must have achieved an A in all coursework (4.0 grade point average) while taking at least 12 credit hours.

The following students were named to the list:

    • Dillon Ramsey from Arcade;

    • Jayden Wolcott from Silver Springs; and

    • Nicole Forti and Thomas Forti, both of Wyoming.

SUNY Geneseo is a public liberal arts college dedicated to developing socially responsible citizens with skills and values for a productive life.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:00 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, Perry.

Elijah McWhinney, of Perry, was named to the dean’s list at The College of Saint Rose, Albany, for the fall 2016 semester.

McWhinney is one of 751 students to achieve this mark of academic excellence. To make the dean's list, he had to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieve a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 with no grades of D, F, Incomplete or Pass/Fail.

The College of Saint Rose (www.strose.edu) is a progressive college in the heart of New York's capital city.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Warsaw, Wyoming.

The following Warsaw students have been named Presidential Scholars for the fall 2016 semester at Clarkson University:

    • Anthony Joseph Monteleone, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

    • Rachel Lynn Samardak, a senior majoring in biology.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.

Joseph Malloy, of Wyoming, a freshman majoring in engineering studies, was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester at Clarkson University.

Dean's List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

Clarkson University, Potsdam, also has additional graduate programs and research facilities in the Capital Region of New York, and Beacon. Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with more than 50 programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:23 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Wyoming.

Abigail Aman, of Wyoming, was one of 28 students inducted into the Kappa Omicron chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemical Honor Society. A ceremony was held Feb. 10 in Cowles Hall, Elmira College, Elmira.

Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a national chemistry honor society founded in 1919 at Davidson College. The original fraternity was created to promote academic excellence and undergraduate research scholarship in chemistry. In 1931, the fraternity became a co-educational honor society.

Today, there are more than 70 active Gamma Sigma Epsilon chapters throughout the United States. The society is governed by a national executive council of elected officers and meets in biennial conventions for the purpose of governance, fellowship, and scientific exchange.

Elmira College is a private, coeducational, Phi Beta Kappa college founded in 1855. The college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,200 full-time mostly-residential students. It is the guardian of Quarry Farms where Mark Twain summered for decades and where he wrote many of his most iconic novels and is today a research center for visiting Twain scholars. 

The College has been ranked as a Best College in the Northeast by the Princeton Review and a Top Tier national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report, which also ranked Elmira College as a leading college, nationally, for student internships. The Philadelphia Inquirer cited the college campus as “picture postcard perfect.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:58 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, agriculture, DEC, Warsaw.
Event Date and Time: 
March 21, 2017 - 8:15am

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) is offering a pesticide applicator training session and recertification course from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 21 at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw. The exam begins at 1 p.m..

This session is geared for individuals planning to take the Core and Category Pesticide Certification exam specific to the focus of their work. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, agriculture, Warsaw, DEC.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) is offering a pesticide applicator training session and recertification course from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 21 at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw. The exam begins at 1 p.m..

This session is geared for individuals planning to take the Core and Category Pesticide Certification exam specific to the focus of their work. 

If applying for Core Recertification credits, you must bring your Pesticide Certification ID card with you. This session will carry 3.50 Core Recertification Credits. This course is open to those seeking private or commercial category Pesticide Applicator certification. 

Individual responsibilities with CCE include:

    • Preregister with CCE for the training session only, by calling Don Gasiewicz at (585) 786-2251 or emailing him at drg35@cornell.edu. There is a $20 fee for extension enrollees and a $25 fee for non-enrollees. Any questions regarding the certification class can be directed to Gasiewicz as well.

    • You need to purchase the required training manual(s) from the CCE office. Manuals for all categories must be ordered through CCE. Once you know which manual(s) you need, contact Gasiewicz to purchase and/or order. Questions regarding which manual(s) you may need to order, must be directed the NYSDEC at (716) 851-7220.

Individual Responsibilities with New York State DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation)

    • DEC pesticides test. The pesticide exam is conducted by the DEC and is held at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center at 1 p.m. March 21.

    • NYSDEC requires advance registration to be eligible to take the certification exam. If you are planning to take the exam, you must first call the NYSDEC Pesticide Division at (716) 851-7220 to discuss eligibility.

    • If you are eligible, DEC will send you an exam packet, which you must fill out and return to them with your examination fee of $100. You must be preregistered with DEC to take the exam. No walk-ins will be allowed. All questions regarding your certification should be directed to the DEC.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, Business, Warsaw, healthcare.

Press release:

Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center (R-AHEC), Warsaw, recently received a $607,616 in funding for healthcare and workforce development programs. The Health Workforce Retraining Initiative (HWRI) funding was awarded by the New York State Department of Health and Labor.

The time period covered by this grant is Jan. 1, through Dec. 31, 2018.

Since 2001, R-AHEC has completed several successful cycles of HWRI funding and provided training opportunities to 7,052 healthcare professionals. With the new grant award, more than 2,500 healthcare professionals are expected to be trained. 

The trainings topics will include: Computer Skills of Short Duration, Healthcare Leadership, and LPN Training. 

Under this grant, healthcare employers in Wyoming County, as well as counties in Central and Western New York, and the counties surrounding the Rochester area, may be eligible to receive training for their employees.

R-AHEC is committed to assisting and supporting healthcare employees in reaching their professional goal and in providing the highest quality healthcare possible through the Health Workforce Retraining Initiative.

For more information on this program, contact Kathy Wood at info@r-ahec.org.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 3:39 pm

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Press release (photo submitted):

Aurora Players will open its 83rd season with its premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities,” on Feb. 24, with Varysburg resident Mary Eckstein portraying Polly. The play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, will be performed in the Roycroft Pavilion in Hamlin Park, Buffalo.

Eckstein last appeared on the Players' stage as Amanda Wingfield in 2015’s “The Glass Menagerie.” A public health nurse at the Wyoming County Health Department, she has been active in local community theater for 38 years.

“I enjoy the challenge of studying and developing a variety of character types and the exhilaration of performing before a live audience,” she said.

“Other Desert Cities” is a story of the Wyeth family, who love each other – fiercely – despite their very different world views. 

The daughter, Brooke, arrives home one Christmas with a memoir of her late brother Henry. About 25 years previously, he had been involved with a radical group that bombed a recruitment center, resulting in a death. Brooke’s parents, Reagan Republicans who value the status quo and have left this traumatic experience behind, do not want to reopen old wounds. However, Brooke is a writer and psychologically needs to write this to get out of a depression. All she wants to do is tell the truth, but the truth is much more complicated than she realizes. 

Eckstein chose to do this play because of how true-to-ktcklablife the characters are.

“I welcomed the opportunity to perform in a new and contemporary piece, and one which requires the skill of portraying a character whose life is closer to fact than fiction,” Eckstein said.

Katie Buckler, Kris Kielich, Mary Moebius and Rick Sweet, also star in the play. The production is directed by Thomas Durham, assisted by Joe Cassidy.

Performances are: 8 p.m. Feb. 24 – 26, March 3 – 5 and 10 – 12. It will also have a post-show talk with Durham and the cast after the show Feb. 25 and March 4.

All Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets – $15 for adults and $14 for seniors and students –  visit www.auroraplayers.org or call (716) 687-6727.

The show contains adult languages and situations. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, Warsaw, mission, food pantry.

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Photo submitted

The United Church of Warsaw's  F.A.C.E (Faith And Caring Encounter) Group completed their "SOUPer Bowl" mission Feb. 5. Their goal was to collect 51 cans of soup to coincide with the Super Bowl 51. 

The youth group collected 144 cans for the Warsaw Food Pantry, says Lisa Johnson, of United Church of Warsaw/Warsaw Food Pantry.

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