Wyoming County Free Press

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 3:40 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Wyoming County Free Press.

Regretfully, we've decided to close down the Wyoming County Free Press. We're sorry it's come to this, but this venture was starting to prove too costly.

We thank our readers.

The past 18 months or so have been a struggle. We haven't been able to find a reliable sales rep so there was no way to grow the business. We've explored lots of options to try and overcome this difficulty, but nothing came together.  

Julia Ferrini has done an outstanding job as our community editor. Her fans among our readers will be happy to know she will continue covering news locally. She's taken a job with the Country Courier. We're happy for her. She worked hard and stuck with this project even as she knew growth had become a struggle. That kind of loyalty is hard to find these days.

Thank you to all of the advertisers who supported the Wyoming County Free Press

Thank you to all of the community leaders, those in and out of government, in the fire services and in law enforcement who supported our journalistic efforts and helped make them easier.

Howard B. Owens


Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 10:57 am
posted by Howard Owens in Wyoming County Free Press.

The Wyoming County Free Press has an immediate opening for a local resident who shares our passion for helping local businesses thrive.

We believe local businesses are essential to strong local communities and our news site is built around the idea of providing both purely local news and support for local business owners. If you share that vision of helping to promote a strong local business community and want to help us do it, please contact Howard Owens at howard@thebatavian.com.

This is a commission-only, contractor position. You will set your own work schedule. You will be asked to provide reports on your calls and appointments and commissions. We also reimburse for mileage and reasonable business expenses.  

You will have the best chance of success if you have prior sales experience and good communication skills.

Strong computer and Internet use skills and knowledge of social media are also strongly encouraged in candidates.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 5:34 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Wyoming County Free Press.


This is our new bumper sticker. If you would like one, they're free, but we do need a self-addressed, stamped envelope to send it to you.

Mail your envelope to the Wyoming County Free Press, 200 E. Main St., #5, Batavia, NY 14020.

If you are a local business owner and would like a few of these bumper stickers to hand out to your customers, e-mail howard@thebatavian.com.

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 11:32 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County Free Press, announcement, Castile.

Press release:

Letchworth State Park and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo announced the formation of a formal partnership aimed at providing greater hands-on educational experiences and research opportunities at the new Letchworth Nature Center. As part of the five-year cooperative agreement, the college will help develop and identify educational opportunities, research and environmental restoration projects, programming, and exhibits at the new center.

The new state-of-the-art Letchworth Nature Center is a centerpiece project of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NY Parks 2020 initiative. With construction set to begin this spring, the Letchworth Nature Center will serve as a welcoming gateway and educate visitors to the park's natural offerings, rich geological history and diverse ecosystems.

"In all seasons and settings, parks can be the greatest classrooms - facilitating hands-on connections and a deeper appreciation for our valuable natural resources," said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. "With spectacular scenery, magnificent waterfalls, and rich geological and cultural history, Letchworth State Park offers infinite opportunities for exploring diverse interests. I'm so pleased this partnership will encourage students to enhance their education through studying and experiencing New York's natural world."

The agreement not only adds another layer to the center's educational mission, it also continues the public-private model being used to build the new facility. To date, approximately $1.7 million has been raised toward a $2 million private fundraising goal for the project - thanks to the efforts of the Campaign for the Letchworth Nature Center and the many generous donors who have given to the project.

"The partnership between Letchworth State Park and SUNY Geneseo underscores the significance of this remarkable natural landscape. The Nature Center will encourage the public to learn about and fully appreciate this park's resources and history, and ultimately lead to a renewed commitment to environmental stewardship and education," said Peter Humphrey, chair of the Letchworth Nature Center Campaign Committee.

Letchworth State Park and SUNY Geneseo have already been working together informally for many years. The college has long utilized Letchworth as a teaching tool for its environmental studies program, using the park's unique geographic features to fuel student research projects and aid in data collection. Letchworth has also benefited from student assistance through park internships, and work/study programs.

"I am delighted to see the formal establishment of this partnership between Geneseo and Letchworth State Park," said Interim SUNY Geneseo President Carol Long. "The agreement will open the door for additional exciting applied research and learning opportunities for our students, and we are pleased to share these experiences with our community."

As a year-round American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and sustainable facility, the center will provide a more formal educational setting for Geneseo students to continue their research and instruction. Students will benefit from the inclusion of state-of-the-art classroom space, a butterfly and biosphere garden, and specialized exhibitry detailing the natural diversity of Letchworth State Park.

As part of the new partnership agreed upon in a Memorandum of Understanding, SUNY Geneseo will provide up to $75,000 in teaching, display, and research equipment to be used in the Nature Center and in research projects undertaken by students at the college and Letchworth State Park staff. An advisory committee will oversee design elements and contributions from the university as construction plans for the center move forward.

The committee will include:

  • Richard Parker, Genesee rregional Director
  • Roland Beck, Letchworth State Park Manager
  • Brian Scriven, Historic Site Manager
  • Douglass Bassett, Environmental Educator
  • Jim Kernan, Assistant Professor of Geography, SUNY Geneseo
  • Kristi Hannam, Assoc. Professor of Biology, SUNY Geneseo
  • Nicholas Warner, Assist. Professor Planetary Geology, SUNY Geneseo
  • Russell Judkins , Associate Professor of Anthropology, SUNY Geneseo
  • Dennis Showers, Distinguished Service Professor / School of Education, SUNY Geneseo
  • Jordan Kleiman, Associate Professor of History, SUNY Geneseo
  • Dan DeZarn, Director of Sustainability, SUNY Geneseo
  • Sue Ann Brainard, Reference and Instruction Librarian, SUNY Geneseo
  • Erica Leicht, Student, SUNY Geneseo

"The SUNY Geneseo/Letchworth State Park partnership will offer countless learning and service opportunities," said Jim Kernan, assistant professor of geography at SUNY Geneseo and advisory committee member. "Many students have already been involved in park projects, and completed research studies that they have presented at academic conferences. We expect that many more students will be able to study, volunteer, and learn in Letchworth State Park in the future. The Nature Center will enrich their learning experiences and better prepare them for graduate studies, careers, and engaged citizenship."

The Letchworth Nature Center is expected to break ground in May 2015. To learn more about the nature center, or to support the Campaign for the Letchworth Nature Center by donating, visit:www.letchworthnaturecenter.org.

• About the Campaign for the Letchworth State Park Nature Center

The Campaign for the Letchworth State Park Nature Center is a public/private partnership with plans to erect a $6.1 million Nature Center on Letchworth State Park grounds. The result of nearly five years of planning, the Letchworth Nature Center will be a 5,000-square-foot, year-round, sustainable facility that will offer educational and interpretive programming to the 750,000 visitors that Letchworth welcomes through its gates each year. Meeting and classroom space, a research lab, and state-of-the-art exhibits are included in the design of the center - all of which will enhance the visitors' understanding of the unique history, geology, and environment found in Letchworth State Park.

The fundraising efforts are being spearheaded by the Letchworth Nature Center Campaign Committee, and include representatives of the Genesee Regional Parks Commission, the Open Space Institute's Alliance for New York State Parks, and the Natural Heritage Trust. Private donations are being matched two to one by public funds. The campaign has raised $1.7 million dollars in private funds towards a $2 million goal, and will be matched by $4 million in state funds.

To learn more about the Letchworth Nature Center or to donate to the project, visit: www.letchworthnaturecenter.org.

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 9:02 am

Marie L. Gardner, 44, of Attica, was charged with five counts of unlicensed dogs and issued an appearance ticket of more than three dogs in a residence without a proper permit. The Attica Police Department responded to a landlord/tenant dispute and allegedly discovered several violations in a village apartment. While investigating the complaint, Officer Petritz allegedly found deplorable living conditions in Gardner’s apartment. Additionally, there were allegedly five dogs of mixed breads and a number of cats also living in the apartment. Furthermore, it is alleged that animal feces and card board boxes were found throughout. Wyoming County Dog Control Officer Justa Goodell was contacted in response to the dogs allegedly being unlicensed. The Wyoming County Building/Codes Department was also contacted by the landlord to investigate the living conditions in the apartment. At the initial time of the complaint, all the animals appeared to be healthy and well fed. The charges by the Attica Police Department will be handled in the Village of Attica Court at 10 a.m. Jan. 26 ad the unlicensed dog charges will be handled in the Town of Attica Justice Court at 1 p.m. Jan. 29.

Brandon C. Baker, 39, of Gainesville, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and insecure plate. Baker was stopped for a traffic infraction and allegedly found to be operating a vehicle with three active suspensions for failure to pay a fine on his New York State driver’s license. Baker is scheduled on Feb. 16 to appear in the Village of Warsaw Court.

Jeremy M. Lapiana, 25, of Cohocton, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, unlicensed operator and insecure license plate. Lupin was stopped for a  traffic infraction and was allegedly found to be driving alone with a learners permit, which was allegedly suspended for failure to answer a summons. Lupin is due in the Village of Warsaw Court Feb. 16.

Kyle J. Snyder, 26, of Colony Run, Attica, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on an appearance ticket. Snyder turned himself in at Batavia PD. The original charge was aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd. Snyder posted $200 of his $500 fine, released and scheduled to appear again at a later date.

Robert E. Saari, 33, of Alleghany Road, Attica, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on an aggravated unlicensed operation charge, 2nd. Saari turned himself in. He posted $500 bail and was released.

Steven James Snyder, 25, of West Avenue, Attica, is charged with petit larceny. Snyder is accused of shoplifting from Kmart.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 10:19 am
posted by Howard Owens in Wyoming County Free Press.

We're pleased this morning to announce the launch of the Wyoming County Free Press, a new sister publication of The Batavian covering Wyoming County.

Just as The Batavian is all about Genesee County, the Wyoming County Free Press will be all about Wyoming County. The news will be Wyoming County news and the businesses who sponsor it will be locally or regionally owned with locations in Wyoming County.

The news will be free, just like it is on The Batavian, and we won't disrupt your news reading experience with pop-up ads, animated ads or require you to answer survey questions. (We'll also respect your privacy by not gathering personal data to distribute to multinational media conglomerates for so-called "targeted advertising.")

We will endeavor to provide wide-ranging coverage of Wyoming County so that people in Wyoming County both have a good idea of what's going on in their community, as well encourage greater community involvement and interest.

We're optimistic about this new venture. The feedback from the people in Wyoming County that we've spoken with so far has been fantastic (look at all of the local businesses that have already agreed to help support our effort).

The feedback has confirmed there is a need in Wyoming County for a news site that covers all of Wyoming County and just Wyoming County. There's no other news service meeting that need.

We're optimistic because we believe six years into The Batavian that our model of news and local business marketing is popular with readers and local business owners. The Batavian has become the most popular news source in the GLOW region and is supported now by more than 150 local businesses.

We're also heartened and encouraged to venture out by the success of Orleans Hub. Tom Rivers has done a terrific job of bringing community news to Orleans County and he and his publishing partner have been rewarded with strong support from the local business community. That helps prove there is a real hunger in all communities for online news that is timely and comprehensive.

Thank you to all the readers and sponsors in Genesee County who have supported us, making it possible to continue to grow as a business. If the Wyoming County Free Press works as well as we anticipate, it will help us do more to serve both communities better.

Please tell your friends about the Wyoming County Free Press and ask them to support our sponsors.

Meet our Wyoming County Editor - Julia Ferrini
Billie and I are excited that Julia Ferrini has agreed to be the Wyoming County Free Press's inaugural editor. She's an experienced journalist having worked for newspapers in Delaware and on the Southern Tier. You may have noticed her byline on several stories on The Batavian over the past couple of months. We've gotten great reviews of her work from the people she's covered while freelancing for us.

Julia is a mother and resident of Eagle in Wyoming County. A native of Western New York, Julia has lived in the area for 16 years since returning from Delaware.

She has worked in a few other fields over the years, but says, "While I dabbled in other career choices, I kept coming back to the one that I just can’t escape, telling the stories of a community through photographs and writing."

Julia can be reached at julia@wyomingcountyfreepress.com.

Thanks to Lucie Ann Griffis for all of her hard work over the past six weeks lining up our initial sponsors for the Wyoming County Free Press. Lucie will continue to traverse Wyoming County, meeting with small business owners, as we work to build the necessary support for the Free Press to be an ongoing success. Lucie can be reached at lucie@thebatavian.com.

Of course, none of this would be possible with the always hardworking and dedicated Lisa Ace, our sales and marketing coordinator. Lisa can be reached at lisa@thebatavian.com.

Our office number is (585) 250-4118.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:22 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Wyoming County Free Press.

UPDATE: We anticipate our official launch coming tomorrow, Sept. 3.

This site is the future home of a brand new online news site serving Wyoming County, N.Y.  

The Wyoming County Free Press will be a sister site of The Batavian. The Batavian has served Genesee County since May, 2008, and has become the most popular news source and the top business promotion vehicle in Genesee County.

The Wyoming County Free Press will operate much the same, with the same philosophy as The Batavian. We will cover news of Wyoming County and only news of Wyoming County. The businesses that promote their goods and services through the Free Press will all be Wyoming County businesses.

We will concentrate on breaking news and community news, from the minor (sometimes very minor happenings) to the big stories.

We will provide a forum for community discussion (and just like The Batavian, real names will be required to participate).  

This site right now is in what developers call "beta." That means it's under development. Links are broken, or point to the wrong place and some information is merely copied over from The Batavian and hasn't been updated for the new site yet. We're planning to officially launch the Free Press on Sept. 1. So long as you see this post at the top of the home page, it means we're still in "beta."

Feel free to poke around. If you have questions or comments, e-mail Publisher Howard Owens at howard@thebatavian.com.

We look forward to serving this community with an eye toward seeing Wyoming County thrive and residents becoming more connected and involved. We hope you will support us by supporting our sponsors and telling your friends about the new Wyoming County Free Press.

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