Varysburg

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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Friday, June 2, 2017 at 5:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Gainesville, Java, Varysburg, Strykersville, Attica.

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A fire on Devinney Road in Gainesville broke out early this afternoon, sending crews from Gainesville, Java and Varysburg fire departments to the scene.

Standing by at empty stations included Attica and Strykersville fire departments. Wyoming County Emergency Services assisted on scene.

There were no injuries reported at the time of this post.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 1:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Varysburg.
Event Date and Time: 
June 7, 2017 -
8:30am to 10:30am

Press release

Locating affordable, accessible housing has long been a crucial need of senior citizens and people with disabilities who wish to live independently in the community.  

Hosted by Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR), landlords in Wyoming County are invited to a free, buffet-style breakfast, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. June 7 at Byrncliff Resort & Conference Center, 2357 Humphrey Road, Varysburg.

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Varysburg.

Mary Eckstein, of Varysburg, graduated from UAlbany with a degree in public health fundamentals and principles.

UAlbany offers more than 120 undergraduate majors and minors and 125 master’s doctoral, and graduate certificate programs. 

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, health, Varysburg, Warsaw, Silver Springs.

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As Mental Health Awareness month comes to a close, the Wyoming County Mental Health Department recently hosted a recognition breakfast at Byrncliff Resort & Conference Center, Varysburg. 

Awards were given out for Outstanding Business of the Year – Silver Lake Marina, Outstanding Community Member – Village of Warsaw Police Chief Pete Hoffmeister, Outstanding Community Organization – Restore Sexual Assault Services, and a Special Recognition Award was presented to former Mental Health Department Director of Community Services Nancy Balbick.

Silver Lake Marine, 4213 W. Lake Road, Silver Springs, was recognized for offering an opportunity to Joe Jackson. Silver Lake Marine President Quinn Bellamy was able to customize the job for Jackson to be able to help him be gainfully employed.

“My first memory with Joe was at our wedding reception in the showroom 14 years ago,” Bellamy said. “At one point in the reception, after the standard dances, a song came on that I would be prone to dance to. So I was dancing alone at the reception, when lo and behold, cutting the rug with me was Joe Jackson. Now we are together in that same showroom working side by side.”

Hoffmeister was nominated for his integrity. 

“We found in this man a place of respect, heart, and help,” Joann Robb said. “He is caring, compassionate, helpful, approachable, and kind-hearted. He can be trusted. We can call upon him for help with the assurance that help will be provided.”

“I surround myself with people who help and they make me look good,” Hoffmeister said. “I was born and raised in Warsaw and will serve the community until the day I retire.”

Restore Sexual Assault Services, specifically Outreach & Education Specialist Lauren Berger, was recognized for the protection and counseling of the most vulnerable in the community and collaborative efforts with assisting organizations.

“While Lauren is always hanging around our meetings, what I remember the most about her was at the 10th anniversary of the Suicide Prevention Walk,” Balbick said. “At the balloon launch, Lauren wrote and spoke a meditation that was important and needed to be heard by the people who were there. Restore is a better organization with her.”

Balbick received special recognition for her impact on thousands of lives throughout her career.

“In the same paper that headlined John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, there was an article written on mental health in which those same words could have been written today,” Gordon Lew said. “We must continue to bring awareness and services to those afflicted with mental health issues – and Nancy does just that."

Balbick began her career in the Foster Care field, and then the Child Protective Services Unit, before moving on to the Genesee County Mental Health Department. It was there that she found her passion, got her degree, and shortly thereafter, began her work with the Wyoming County Mental Health Department.

Although she has worked for the department for a dozen or more years, she recently retired from her county position to open a private practice in Warsaw.

In addition to the award presentations, guest speaker Megan Stapley, of Suburban Adult Services Inc. (SASI), spoke about High Hurdles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program. The program, developed in 1997, is designed to provide a therapeutic riding experience for children with developmental disabilities. 

High Hurdles currently serves riders from 3 to 83 years old. The program helps clients feel more in tune with themselves by working toward a goal without the feeling of working, program officials say.

“There was a boy who wouldn’t speak,” Stapley said. “He would use noise, but the sound never meant the same thing twice. With horse therapy, he would mimic the sounds used to train the horses. He started using the ‘whoa’ sound to get the horse to stop or the ‘click’ sound to get the horse to trot. He started using vocalization as a means to get the animal to do something.”

Through the activity on a horse, instructors say it is more the horse teaching the rider than the counselor teaching them. According to Stapley, some of the horses even choose their own riders.

“Some of them (horses) do better with certain conditions or choose riders that have certain afflictions.”

For more information about High Hurdles click here.

For more information about the Mental Health Department click here, or call (585) 786-8871. 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm

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Its mission is to bring schools and businesses together to provide opportunities for youth to have a stronger workforce.

The Wyoming County Business Education Council (BEC) named Jeff Fitch, owner of Signlanguage, as its 2017 Outstanding Business Partner in Education at its annual breakfast meeting held at the Byrncliff Resort & Conference Center, Varysburg.

Signlanguage opened in the summer of 1986 after Ron Bouchard, Dave Caito and Fitch discussed and made samples of what they thought would be a unique type of sign for Western New York. Jumping at the opportunity, the trio began producing sandblasted and carved redwood signs.

The company’s first big sign produced – a 3- by 8-foot beauty – was purchased by Byrncliff.

By 1989 the business had increased so much it allowed Fitch to work full time.

“Nobody starts a business to win awards or to be recognized,” Fitch said. “We are in business to make a profit and stick around a few years… then it became five, then 10, then 15, and now it’s like ‘Wow! I’ve been digging holes for 31 years.’ “

In other business matters:

One of the BEC’s biggest highlights of the year was providing a Junior Achievement program at Warsaw Central School as a 6:30 a.m. class, says Executive Director Linda Leblond.

“The kids are there that early in the morning and they are intent to learn,” Leblond said. “We had a record number of Junior Achievement programs this year. Each of our schools are recognizing the importance of the Junior Achievement.”

The program is a self-contained business educational program that meets New York State education standards, officials say. 

“Because of the endless number of volunteer in the county to step up to the plate, we’ve been able to expand our Career Days to include agribusiness this year. More than 1,500 students were able to participate.”

In addition to the volunteers, Marquart Farms donated 700 bags of potato chips for the participating students.

“We are fortunate to have those days and volunteers,” Leblond said.

And the success of the Junior Achievement Program was seen recently when Leblond was getting things organized for the annual meeting. The center pieces on the tables were flower boxes with a chalkboard front. Positive, inspiring words were written on the board. The idea came about from doing mock interviews years ago where members of the BEC asked students to name five adjectives to describe themselves. 

“My niece came to visit me in the office and asked about the flower boxes. So I told her,” Leblond said. “She asked what kind of words and I said positive words. Then I asked her, ‘If I were a boss and you came to me for a job and I asked you to give me five words to describe yourself, what would they be? She said 'honest.' And I asked her for another one, and she said 'dependable.' So I said ‘You’re on a roll. I need 23 more.’ And she did it. She came up with them and wrote them on the boxes. And it give me great pleasure knowing that what we are teaching…the kids are getting it.”

Third-grade students at Letchworth Central School have been learning about city management in the Our City Program. Third-grade teacher Tyler King heads the program that helps students learn why things are where they are in a city, town or village. 

In addition to learning about city planning, economics was a big part of the program.

“The kids played a game similar to the game of Life,” King said. “They have bank accounts and learn how to balance a checkbook and pay bills. It gives them a glimpse of what their parents take care of on a regular basis.”

They children also had an opportunity to have a business model for a restaurant, for example, and they also learned how news is spread in today’s world.

Older students were given an opportunity to create a business plan and pitch it to “potential investors.”

Gipsie Prickett decided on a school store called The Hive, and Madeleine Goulet developed a plan for a hotel and waterpark combination called Slide City. 

The Perry High School students developed the concepts and presented their ideas to a panel of five investors. At the end of their presentations, participants of the meeting cast their votes for the best business idea.

Other accomplishments of the BEC include:

    • College preparatory opportunities for high school students; 

    • Professional development for teachers; and 

    • Collaboration with Marquart Trucking, Gainesville, to offer a BOCES program at its facility.

BEC Board of Directors:

    • Business members include: Jeffrey Fitch, owner of Signlanguage; Sonia Dumbleton, of Five Star Bank; Rachell Becht, human resource and safety manager at Koike Aronson Inc.; and Steve Hull, human resource director at Morton Salt;

    Education members include: Julia Reed, superintendent at Letchworth Central School; Jessica Hibbard, Genesee Community College; Ben Halsey, superintendent at Pioneer Central School; Joseph Englebert, superintendent at Warsaw Central School; Daryl McLaughlin, superintendent at Perry Central School; and Kathleen Schuessler, superintendent at Wyoming Central School; and

    • Members-at-large include: Donald O’Geen, Wyoming County District Attorney; Andrea Aldinger, director of Wyoming County Youth Bureau/Office of the Aging; Roxanne Dueppengiesser, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Brent Hastings, Town of Eagle supervisor; and Vanessa Zeches-McCormick, Town of North Java supervisor.

2017-2018 Slate of Officers are:

    • Julie Donlon, assistant superintendent at Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, president;

    • Brianna Stone, branch manager of Tompkins Bank of Castile, Warsaw branch, vice president;

    • Bryce Thompson, superintendent at Attica Central School, treasurer; and

    • Connie Almeter, director of nursing at Wyoming County Community Hospital, secretary; and Norbert Fuest, Apple Tree Consulting Services, past president.

“One thing that hasn’t changed has been the support for the BEC,” Donlon said. “The BEC was established in 1980. Since then, this countywide agency has ensured programs can flourish because the programs can now cross county lines. With the increase in students participating, the programs can continue to grow.”

Currently, the BEC has more than 250 members, which include business members, financial support and volunteers.

And who won the vote for the best business idea? Slide City.

For more information on the BEC visit http://www.wycobec.org/ or the office in the Ag & Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:21 am

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A passing motorist first noticed the fire at 5905 Curriers Road, Java, around 7:45 p.m. Monday. The driver checked to see if anyone was home and called 9-1-1.

Fire crews from Strykersville, Arcade, North Java, and Sheldon fire departments responded to the blaze under Fire Chief in Charge Strykersville Fire Chief Brian Ash. Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Department, and Strykersville Squad 10. Standing by at empty stations were Harris Corners, Varysburg, and Yorkshire fire departments.

Firefighters were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours battling the flames, which caused $200,000 in damages. The house was a total loss.

While no injuries were reported, three people lived in the home and are being assisted by family and friends.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Friday, March 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, announcements, Cowlesville, Varysburg.

The Cowlesville Fire Company, 361 Clinton St. (Route 354), Cowlesville, will have a warming center from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 9 p.m..

Anyone in need of a warm place to go is welcome.

The Varysburg Fire Department is now open and is available for anyone who is in need of an overnight warming shelter.

UPDATE 4:31 p.m.: The Pavilion Fire Department,11302 Lake St., Pavilion, will be operating a warming center until 9 p.m..

For more information, call (585) 584-3937.

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