Varysburg

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 12:08 pm

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Hidden Valley Animal Adventure is getting ready for fall with safari tours running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from Sept. 5 through Oct. 29, including Columbus Day Oct. 9.

From Sept. 8 through 30 tours run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the park, 2887 Royce Road, Varysburg. Check the calendar at hiddenvalleyadventure.com for October’s hours and special events.

Celebrate the harvest with the park’s Fall Harvest Sundays Sept. 10, 17 and 24, and Oct. 1 and 8. In addition to its Wild Safari tours, there will be a corn maze, demonstrations, games, crafts and more.

Stir in Halloween on Oct. 28 with the dinner theater production of “Witches Brew.” And on Nov. 25, ring in the Christmas spirit with “All She Wants for Christmas.”

Both productions are presented by Enchanted Cabaret and include dinner.

For tickets to the shows or more information about other events at the park visit hiddenvalleyadventure.com or call (585) 535-4100.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 12:44 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg, CCE.
Event Date and Time: 
September 26, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is offering a three-day Master Food Preserver workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26 through 28 at Camp Wyomoco, 2780 Buffalo Road, Varysburg.

The workshop is for those who would like to go beyond the basics of home food preservation for either personal use or to help others learn how to safely preserve food. This course is the first step toward becoming a CCE Master Food Preserver.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 12:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg, CCE.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is offering a three-day Master Food Preserver workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26 through 28 at Camp Wyomoco, 2780 Buffalo Road, Varysburg.

The workshop is for those who would like to go beyond the basics of home food preservation for either personal use or to help others learn how to safely preserve food. This course is the first step toward becoming a CCE Master Food Preserver.

Using the safest, most updated information available, participants will learn the science of food preservation including food safety. They will also gain hands-on experience with boiling water bath canning, pressure canning, jelled products, and quick pickling. Additionally, registrants will be shown demonstrations of freezing, drying and fermentation.

The cost of the workshop, $350, includes lunch each day. Preregistration is required by Sept. 15.

To register online click here or call CCE at (585) 786-2251 or email registration information to drg35@cornell.edu.

For more information visit http://wyoming.cce.cornell.edu/ or contact Don Gasiewicz at (585) 786-2251 extension 113 or via email at drg35@cornell.edu.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg.
Event Date and Time: 
September 10, 2017 - 10:00am

Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, Royce Road, Varysburg, is hosting First Responders Appreciation Days at the park Sept. 8 through 10.

All first responders (police, fire, emergency medicine) are invited to take a Wild Safari Tour for $16 with ID/badge.

For more information visit http://hiddenvalleyadventure.com/banquets/ or call (585) 535-4100

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg.
Event Date and Time: 
September 9, 2017 - 10:00am

Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, Royce Road, Varysburg, is hosting First Responders Appreciation Days at the park Sept. 8 through 10.

All first responders (police, fire, emergency medicine) are invited to take a Wild Safari Tour for $16 with ID/badge.

For more information visit http://hiddenvalleyadventure.com/banquets/ or call (585) 535-4100

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg.
Event Date and Time: 
September 8, 2017 - 10:00am

Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, Royce Road, Varysburg, is hosting First Responders Appreciation Days at the park Sept. 8 through 10.

All first responders (police, fire, emergency medicine) are invited to take a Wild Safari Tour for $16 with ID/badge.

For more information visit http://hiddenvalleyadventure.com/banquets/ or call (585) 535-4100

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, cars, Varysburg, car show.

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The Varysburg Fire Department held its annual Junkyard Reunion Sunday afternoon at the Vincent Almeter Park, Varysburg. 

The fundraising event draws classic and antique vehicles from around New York and neighboring states.

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Monday, July 10, 2017 at 8:21 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg, Jam in the Valley.

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The 24th year of the Jam in the Valley country music event came to a close Saturday night with a performance by country music artist Toby Keith and a fireworks display.

The annual shindig is held at Buffalo Hill in Varysburg.

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Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg, Toby Keith.

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The final performance at the Jam in the Valley by country music artist Toby Keith drew a crowd numbering in the thousands.

The three-day event, held at Buffalo Hill, Varysburg, culminated Saturday night with additional performances by A Thousand Horses, Sasha McVeigh, and Maggie Baugh.

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Monday, July 10, 2017 at 4:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Varysburg, Sheldon, Warsaw.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office reports several arrests at the Jam in the Valley event held July 6 through 8 at Buffalo Hill, Varysburg.

On July 6, deputies say they discovered a 45-year-old woman attempting to harm herself with scissors and took custody of her pursuant the Mental Hygiene law.

She was taken to the Wyoming County Community Hospital for minor injuries and a mental health evaluation.

A 17-year-old female from Angola was arrested for assault in the third degree.

Deputies say, Southern Tier Security Officers were strictly enforcing non-permitted or non-wrist-banded people from entering or remaining on the Jam in the Valley property. The teen is accused of entering the property unlawfully and biting a Southern Tier Security Officer attempting to apprehend her.

She was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $150.

On July 7, the same 17-year-old was arrested again and charged with identity theft in the third degree. She is accused of attempting to identify herself as another person to gain entry into the festival.

She was jailed in lieu of $750 cash bail.

In both incidents, she was arraigned in the Town of Sheldon Court.

Also on Friday, Alexandra Mortiz, 20, of North Collins, was arrested for unlawful possession of alcohol. She was issued an appearance ticket and released.

Travis Snyder, 34, of Buffalo, was arrested for unlawful dealing with a child in the first degree. He is accused of providing alcohol to a minor. He was arraigned in the Town of Sheldon Court and put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $750 cash bail.

On July 8, Amanda Nolan, 34, of Elma, was arrested for assault in the third degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, following a domestic incident investigation in the campground area. She was arraigned in the Town of Sheldon Court and release on her own recognizance.

Charles Loster, 35, of Buffalo, was arrested for assault in the second degree, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Deputies say Loster was approached by police for his behavior in the concert venue. During the confrontation a scuffle ensued which caused a minor injury to a deputy.

Loster was arraigned on the Town of Warsaw Court and held without bail. The injured deputy was able to resume his duties at the event.

Rachelle Reuillard, 45, of Lockport, was arrested for disorderly conduct. She is accused of causing a disturbance in the concert venue. She was issued an appearance ticket and removed from the event.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 10:44 pm

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Press release

The New York State Police in Warsaw, along with the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office are investigating a fatal motor-vehicle accident that occurred earlier today on Route 20A in the Town of Orangeville.

At approximately 11:45 a.m., a vehicle being driven by Joshua D. Huntress, of Mayville, was traveling west on Route 20A when he crossed into the eastbound lane and struck two oncoming motorcycles, each with a passenger.

One of the motorcycle passengers, Tomasa Martinez, 66, of North Tonanwanda, was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The three other bikers were transported to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, where they are being treated for their injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against Huntress.

See related: Fatal accident temporarily shut down Route 20A in Orangeville

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Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm

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An accident involving two motorcycles and a car shut down Route 20A at Route 98 in Orangeville for approximately four hours this afternoon.

New York State Troopers say a sedan traveling westbound on Route 20A crossed over the centerline of traffic and struck two motorcycles headed east. Of the five people involved in the collision, four were on motorcycles.

Two people were taken via Mercy Flight and one via North Java Ambulance to ECMC in Buffalo. Two others were taken via Warsaw Ambulance to Wyoming County Community Hospital, where one person died as a result of their injuries.

Assisting State Police on the scene included the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Varysburg Fire Department, Attica Ambulance, and Warsaw and North Java ambulance and traffic control. Wyoming Fire Department also provided aid as they were coming from the Jam in the Valley event at Buffalo Hill, Varysburg.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 5:20 pm

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Country music artist Brett Eldredge closed out Friday night's show at Jam in the Valley with a lot of energy hovering in the air.

Other artists in the lineup at Buffalo Hill, Varysburg, included: Brothers-Osborne, The Church Sisters, 90 West, and Jordyn Stoddard. Tonight's headliner is country music star Toby Keith, followed by Jam's annual fireworks display.

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Friday, July 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Jam in the Valley, Varysburg.

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Country music band Old Dominion headlined Thursday night's concert at the Jam in the Valley at Buffalo Hill, Varysburg. 

Other artists performing included: Rough Stock, Eric Van Houten, and Cody Johnson.

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Friday, July 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

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Above the din of thousands of voices is the sound of a steel guitar and a southern twang. The Jam in the Valley annual country music fest draws boot-stompin’, cowboy hat wearin’ fans from Wyoming and neighboring counties to Buffalo Hill in the Hamlet of Varysburg.

While the venue provides security in the campgrounds and concert area – Southern Tier Security and CSC Security – JiTV also contracts with the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police for additional law enforcement detail, and Wyoming County Emergency Services as its emergency response team.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services, the county’s Health and Buildings and Codes departments, the Board of Supervisors, the New York State Department of Transportation, local fire and EMS (Emergency Medical Service) providers, and the State Police have been planning for the shindig since last year's ended.

“Due to the Public Assembly Permit required by the County's Local Law and other State and Local permits required for an event this size, there are many agencies involved in the planning and meetings occur throughout the year,” said Sheriff Greg Rudolph.

Over the course of the three-day Jam, approximately 450 total man-hours are dedicated to law enforcement. Of those hours, approximately 370 are by the Sheriff’s Office and 80 by the NYSP. The total number of man-hours aren’t tallied until after the final day.

Police provide enforcement in the campgrounds, stage area, and concert/crowd area. They also have a dispatcher at the command post, officers at traffic posts, and after-hours EMS security detail.

Although JiTV contracts for EMS services with local emergency responders, volunteer personnel from the North Java, Arcade, Wyoming, Sheldon, and Varysburg fire departments, and Bennington Fire Company also help out. In turn, JiTV makes a donation to each department.

While North Java firefighters provide basic life support services, advanced life support services are contracted with Monroe Ambulance. Bennington, Arcade and Varysburg’s members provide ATV units. Additionally, several other departments send EMTs to assist, says Emergency Services Director Anthony Santoro.

“On the fire side, Wyoming and Sheldon fire departments provide fire protection,” Santoro said. “The Wyoming Fire Department is providing a brush-type truck for any calls out in the campground area, while the Sheldon Fire Department is providing an engine for the fireworks Saturday night.”

There is EMS coverage 24/7 beginning at 10 a.m. July 5 through 10 a.m. July 9. Responders provide two different levels of service: off-peak hours, which consist of roughly four to six EMTs between 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; and peak hours run from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily -- staffed with roughly 15 to 20 basic EMTs and three paramedics. The paramedics operate the rehab tent.

“This tent is to treat people who have over indulged themselves and get them back on their feet,” Santoro said. “This saves the issue we have had in the past with transporting all these patients to the hospital.”

To save the emergency room from being inundated with that type of patient, and people who may suffer from some degree of heatstroke, four EMS tents and an ATV unit is on hand throughout the event.

“We have the county command post in service and all calls for service are coordinated through that,” Santoro said. “Every year is vastly different on how busy we are. Some years we are swamped while others are pretty quiet.”

And this year?

Well...it’s safe to say that all emergency responders involved hope to have an uneventful time.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 2:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Perry, Varysburg.

An overheated electrical circuit sparked an early morning fire at 68 Genesee St. in the Village of Warsaw today.

Firefighters from Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Perry, and Perry Center fire departments responded to the Genesee Street address around 1:30 a.m..

Assisting crews and Fire Chief in Charge Warsaw Chief Joe Cummins included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Warsaw PD, and NYSEG. Standing by at empty fire stations included Varysburg Fire Department.

Crews were on the scene for three-and-one-half hours with no reported injuries.

The fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damages.

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 12:44 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg.
Event Date and Time: 
July 30, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Varysburg Fire Department will be holding its 18th annual Junkyard Reunion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 at Vincent Almeter Memorial Park, routs 98 and 20A, Varysburg. 

There are no fees for the antique and classic car show. Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 cars.

For more information call (585) 535-7874. 

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Varysburg, Warsaw, Silver Springs.

Nathan G. Safford, 27, of Silver Springs, was charged June 16 with: unlawful fleeing of a police officer in the third degree; reckless driving; failure to stop for a red light; speed in excess of 65 in a 40-mph zone; speed in excess of 100 in a 55-mph zone; operating out of class; and unsafe passing. He is held in the Genesee County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. He is due in Pembroke Town Court July 11.

Bruce C. Smith, 71, of Varysburg, was charged June 15 with moving from lane unsafely, driving while intoxicated, and driving with a BAC of .08 percent or higher. Deputies say Smith was driving south on Route 98 when he attempted to turn left into his driveway. Subsequently, he allegedly missed it by about 20 feet and ended up driving into his front yard, striking a large bush. He was arrested for DWI after allegedly refusing field sobriety testing at the scene. He was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where he was then charged with the above offenses. He is due in the Town of Sheldon Court June 26.

Willie B. Pugh III, 43, of Allen, Texas, was charged June 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Pugh was stopped on Route 20A, Warsaw, for allegedly driving without any license plates. Deputies say, although he was able to provide temporary registration paperwork, his New York State driver’s license was found to have two active suspensions for failing to answer two out-of-state traffic tickets. He was arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court where bail was set at $500 cash or $2,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court June 26.

Jasmine S. Morales, 19, of Perry, was charged June 16 with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the third degree and unlicensed operator. Perry Police say Morales took her mother’s vehicle without consent. She is due in Perry Village Court Aug. 1.

Philip M. Arcuri, 31, of Warsaw, was charged June 16 with: criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree; criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument; unlawful possession of marijuana; moving from lane unsafely; and failure to use designated lane. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say Arcuri was arrested following a property damage motor-vehicle accident in the Town of Pavilion. He is also accused of possessing an undisclosed amount of heroin and marijuana. He is due in the Town of Pavilion Court July 11.

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Varysburg, Warsaw, education.

Wyoming County residents Jamie Schwab, Jacob Miller and Rachel Samardak graduated from Clarkson University May 13.

Schwab, of Varysburg, received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in chemical engineering, chemistry minor, biology minor. Miller received a master of engineering degree in mechanical engineering, and Samardak received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in biology, chemistry minor – both are from Warsaw.

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

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm

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Friday’s fire on Devinney Road still remains under investigation.

The dispatch center received an emergency call around 3:30 p.m. June 2, about a house fire at 0 Devinney Road, Wethersfield, which was totally consumed by flames, say officials with Wyoming County Emergency Services.

Crews from North Java, Gainesville and Varysburg fire departments were on the scene for three hours putting out the blaze.

Fire Chief in Charge, North Java Assistant Fire Chief Brian Boorman was assisted at the scene by Emergency Services. Fire departments standing by at empty stations included Attica and Strykersville. 

There were no injuries reported.

The house and contents are deemed a total loss.

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