Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm



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. 






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.


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 9:03 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 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.”

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:06 am


File photo.

Around 3 o’clock this morning a fire broke out at 71 Covington St. in the Village of Perry. 

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Silver Springs, Castile, Warsaw, and Mount Morris fire departments responded to the scene with Fire Chief in Charge Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby. 

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Perry Police Department, Perry Department of Public Works, NYSEG, and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty fire stations included Wyoming and Leicester fire departments.

The fire was said to have started due to a malfunctioning hot air furnace, causing $60,000 in damages to the home.

Firefighters were at the scene for four hours putting out the blaze with no injuries reported.

The Covington home housed two apartments, which resulted in two families being displaced and in need of assistance by the Red Cross. A total of six people were affected by the fire.

Monday, February 13, 2017 at 2:26 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Wyoming.

The Wyoming County Drug Task Force (DTF) arrested two men in connection with drug sales in the county.

On Feb. 2, 23-year-old Bishop Williams, of Le Roy, was arrested for allegedly selling Suboxone in May in the Village of Wyoming. 

He is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. 

He is held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

An 18-year-old Warsaw man was arrested Feb. 8 and charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

He is accused of selling amphetamines on two occasions in 2016 while in the Village of Warsaw. 

He was released into the pretrial program.

Due to his age at the time of the alleged crimes, his name is being withheld as he may be eligible for youthful offender status.

The Wyoming County DTF includes members from the Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Arcade, Attica, Perry and Warsaw police departments.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents that suspected illegal drug activity can be reported to the confidential drug tip line at (585) 786-8965.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 3:57 pm

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo has announced its dean's list for the fall 2016 semester. To be on the list, a student must have achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Students named to the dean’s list include:

    • Maura Cupicha, of Wyoming;

    • Elijah Buck, of Warsaw;

    • Jamie Irwin, of Perry;

    • Samantha Pawlicki, of North Java;

    • Spencer Head and Kassandra Johnston, both of Attica; and

    • Ryan Madden, of Arcade.

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Genesee Community College (GCC), including all seven campus locations in Warsaw, Arcade, Batavia, Albion, Dansville, Lima, and Medina, recently announced the dean’s list, provost’s list, and president’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

Dean's list honorees include:

    • Summer Beitz, Alicia Dylag, and Joelle Reiner, all of Attica;

    • Quinn Konfederath and Candace Bliss, both of Bliss;

    • Briona Terray, of Cowlesville;

    • Alyssa Witkowski, of Java Center;

    • Caitlin Pietron, of Pike;

    • Megan Gerde and Angela George, both of Strykersville;

    • Leanna Smith, Bethany Messe, Ciera Rinehart, Alicia Rast, Marissa Allard, and Caleb Miller, all of Perry;

    • Ashley Davis, of Portageville;

    • Heather Herrmann, of Silver Springs;

    • Shelagh Neeley, Makayla Irwin, Samantha Flint, Michael Cedrone, Manoj Rai, Allison Robb, and Sondra Lucas, all of Warsaw;

    • Kali Wright, Samantha Parsons, and Kaeleigh Bean, all of Wyoming;

    • Kaitlin Erb, Dylan Smoot, William Plume, Craig Fitzgerald, Amanda Fuller, and Tyler Marble, all of Arcade; and

    • Kory Debeau, of North Java.

Students named to the dean's list have earned a quality point index of 3.50 to 3.74.

Provost's list honorees include:

    • Abigail Skillman, of Arcade;

    • Casey Callahan, Nathaniel Washington, Shirl Clark, Marilyn-Lacy Leto, Lisa Deahn, and Julie Slepinski, all of Attica;

    • Stephanie Kehr, of Java Center;

    • Julia Chojnacki and Rachel Werner, of Varysburg;

    • Andrea Harter, Andrea Prince, and Hillary Shaffer, all of Perry;

    • Kristen Stephany, Zachary Brewer, Ashley Carney, and Delores Cedrone, all of Warsaw; and

    • Christopher Herrmann, of Wyoming.

Students named to the provost's list have maintained part-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75.

President's list honorees include:

    • Zachary Harrigan, Steven Boje, Katie Simar, Andrew Hyman, Zachary Wiedemann, Courtney Westberg, Ashley Miller, and Meghan Potter, all of Arcade;

    • Brittany Anderson, Nicholas Shadbolt, Gina Glor, Sydney Breton, Ryan Napieralski, John Burek, Rachel Beck, Courtney Schaller, Savannah Bartosik, Matthew Langerman, Samantha Long, and Brandon Storch, all of Attica;

    • Padraic Brazeau, of Cowlesville;

    • Barbara Brown and Brooke Tisdale, both of Gainesville;

    • Holly Benkleman and Adrian McMahon, both of North Java;

    • Anthony Wolowiec, Madeleine Weisenburg, and Olivia Herrmann, all of Strykersville;

    • Jeffrey Mincer, of Varysburg;

    • Patrick Rice and Adam DeLaVergne, both of Perry; 

    • Paul Torrey, of Silver Springs; and

    • Megan Hollister, Michelle LaBelle, Collyn Frank, Jennifer Cummins, Sarah Ushurova, Aaron Almeter, Micaela Van Buren, Amanda Pahuta, and Tracy Stevenson, all of Warsaw.

Those on the president's list comprised of full-time students who earned a quality point index of 3.75.

GCC offers over 65 academic programs and certificates, including the new Marketing and Social Media concentration within the Business Administration program. Additionally, the new Nanotechnology degree with ECC focus’s on the microscopic scale for jobs in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, medicine, and photovoltaics.

The college has seven campus locations throughout Western New York, as well as through its online learning program. College housing is available at College Village, Batavia. 

For further information about all of GCC's opportunities, go to www.genesee.edu.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 11:44 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Breakfast, Wyoming, events.
Event Date and Time: 
February 19, 2017 -
8:00am to 12:30pm

Wyoming Hook & Ladder is hosting an All You Can Eat Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at 26 Main St., Wyoming.

The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 10 years old, and free for children under 5 years old.

The menu includes: ham, sausage, regular and buckwheat pancakes, regular or “baked” French toast, locally made maple syrup, scrambled eggs, shredded hash browns, sausage gravy with biscuits, frittata, fruit and a “sweet treat,” orange juice, coffee, tea, milk.

Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Middlebury, Wyoming, Perry, Warsaw, pavilion, Bethany.



Quick thinking on the part of homeowners Joe and Kathleen Barrett likely saved their home from being engulfed in flames Thursday evening. 

The call came in as a report of a “structure fire” at 1510 Route 19, Middlebury. When crews arrived, they saw smoke coming from the area near a light fixture in the ceiling.

Firefighters from Wyoming, Perry, Perry Center, Warsaw, Pavilion and Bethany fire departments were on the scene to locate the source of the smoke, which turned out to be an electrical malfunction.

Crews were able to locate the smoldering fire using a thermal imaging camera to check for “hot spots” along the wall and ceiling in the home. Firefighters opened up the ceiling area to expose the smoldering insulation and extinguish the fire.

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Wyoming Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Smith was Wyoming County Emergency Services and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department.

Although there was not an active fire, crews were on the scene for two hours. 

The estimated loss was $10,000, with no injuries reported.






Monday, January 2, 2017 at 1:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accidents, Wyoming, Middlebury, Warsaw.

Icy road conditions Dec. 28 contributed to a one-car accident on East Bethany Road, Middlebury.

Carson A. Garwood, no age or hometown provided, was said to have been driving northbound on East Bethany when she lost control of her vehicle when she encountered black ice. 

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say she slid off the road, striking a utility pole on the passenger side of the vehicle, which injured passenger Michael T. Allen, no age or hometown provided.

Allen lost consciousness and suffered a shoulder injury during the mishap and was taken via Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. 

Medical officials say his injuries were non-life-threatening.

Medic 80, Warsaw Ambulance, Wyoming Fire Department, and Ott’s Collision assisted deputies at the scene.

On Dec. 29, deputies responded to a single-vehicle accident on Oatka Road at Merchant Road.

Tarah D. Childs, 18, of Rushville, was heading west on Oatka when deputies say she failed to negotiate the curve at Merchant. Childs' car left the road and overturned, coming to rest on the seasonal section of Merchant Road near Keeney Road.

Deputies say she lost control of her car due to her speed and the snow-covered road conditions. 

After assistance in getting out of her vehicle by Warsaw Police Officer Nick Wright, she was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was later released.

Assisting Warsaw Police at the scene included the Sheriff’s Department, Warsaw Fire Department, and Medic 80.

No charges were filed in either accident.

Friday, December 23, 2016 at 4:53 pm


Press release (photo from Congressman Collins' website):

Schoolchildren in Wyoming County were among the students in New York’s 27th Congressional District to send more than 2,000 holiday cards to troops serving at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and abroad. The cards are due to be delivered before Christmas Day.

Students from Perry, Warsaw and Wyoming central school districts not only sent cards, but also personalized letters and creative crafts as part of Congressman Chris Collins office’s annual Holiday Mail for Troops project.

“Our annual Holiday Mail for Troops project is a great opportunity for our community to show its support for the service men and women who will be away from their loved ones during the holidays,” Collins said. “Thank you to all of the students, teachers, businesses, and community advocates who helped send over 2,000 holiday cards to the men and women serving at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.”

Each year, Congressman Collins’ office reaches out to all NY-27 elementary schools to join together to show appreciation during the holiday season for the service members located at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. In addition to the Wyoming County students, kids from Depew, Hamburg, Colden, North Tonawanda, Eden, Orchard Park, Elma, Lima, Niagara Falls, Batavia, Kendall, Mount Morris, Geneva, East Pembroke, Barker, Albion, Victor, Sanborn, Buffalo and York elementary schools participated in the project.

For pictures of some of the 2,000 cards Collins’ office collected this year, visit the office’s Flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskK9C23W.

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 2:20 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Wyoming, holiday.



Children’s voices raised in song settled over the crowd gathered for the annual Gaslight Holiday Celebration held in Wyoming Saturday. Up until four years ago the annual celebration was called the Dickens Festival, but was renamed to highlight a feature the community is known for – the antique lamps that still line the streets.

The community event featured performances by Wyoming Central elementary and middle school students, students of Wyoming piano teacher Marsha Leuer, and a special performance by brother and sister Liam and Emma Raines, of Wyoming.

Residents meandered through craft and vendor tables and children enjoyed character drawings by Mr. Scribbles and face painting provided by Mugsy the Elf.

The event is hosted by the Wyoming Library and made possible through a grant by the Wyoming Foundation and the scores of volunteers that plan and work the celebration, says Cheryl Northup, library director at Wyoming Library.











Friday, December 2, 2016 at 3:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Wyoming, Middlebury, Castile, Perry.

Andrea Stern-Manley, 46, of Wyoming, was charged Nov. 29 with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, all as misdemeanors; failure to keep right, moving from lane unsafely, and refusal to take a pre-screen device. The charges stem from a rollover accident on East Bethany Road, Middlebury. Wyoming County deputies say Stern-Manley’s vehicle had rolled, coming to final rest on its side, subsequently trapping the woman in the vehicle. Once removed from the vehicle she was arrested for DWI. She is accused of refusing a breath test and had her driver’s license suspended for refusing. She was jailed in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. She is due in Middlebury Town Court Dec. 5. Wyoming Fire Department and Warsaw Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Jermaine C. Felton, 41, of Utica, was arrested Nov. 23 on a warrant from 2013 for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. In June 2011, Felton was charged and a warrant issued after he allegedly took a vehicle from the Village of Perry without the owner’s permission. In November, Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies stopped him on Route 390 in Avon. During the stop, the deputy learned about the active warrant. Felton was turned over to Perry Police and jailed in Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail or $2,000 bond. He is due in Perry Village Court Dec. 6.

Cheryl Figoura, no age provided, of Castile, was charged Dec. 1 with unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operator in the third degree, operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Perry Police accuse Figoura with driving on South Main Street in the Village when the license plate reader on the patrol car “hit” on her vehicle. She is due in Perry Village Court Jan. 17.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 11:21 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Wyoming, holiday.
Event Date and Time: 
December 3, 2016 -
9:00am to 8:30pm

The annual Gaslight Holiday Celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Wyoming. 

Events include an artisan craft show, basket auction, a gingerbread house contest, a visit from Santa and Mugsy, Mr. Scribbles, light lunch, refreshments, and music.

Additionally, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. a tree lighting and community potluck dinner will be held at Wyoming Village Hall, 18 S. Academy St. (Route 19), Wyoming.

Monday, November 28, 2016 at 3:22 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Perry, Java, Eagle, Warsaw, Wyoming.

Press release:

More than $14,000 in grant funding from the Wyoming Foundation has been awarded to 12 Wyoming County nonprofit organizations. The foundation is a geographic division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Grants were awarded to programs in Wyoming County that increase job readiness and connect local youth to the county’s arts and cultural gems. 

“The Wyoming Foundation Council is committed to addressing the needs of the county and its residents,” said Wyoming Foundation Council Chair, Scott Gardner. “We are honored to support specific programs that benefit the quality of life for the residents of Wyoming County and continue to honor the generosity and commitment of our clients and volunteers.”

The 2016 grant recipients include: 

    • Arts Council for Wyoming County

    • Beaver Meadow Audubon Center

    • Cattaraugus and Wyoming Counties Project Head Start

    • Eagle Free Library

    • Perry Central School District

    • Perry Rotary Foundation/Read Around Perry

    • Project Read of Wyoming County

    • Stevens Memorial Community Library

    • Wild Spirit Education 

    • Wyoming County Business Education Council

    • Wyoming County Community Action 

    • Wyoming County Free Circulating Library Association

The Wyoming Foundation was established in 1974 by Dr. James MacCallum as a way to strengthen the quality of life in Wyoming County by encouraging charitable giving, assessing and responding to the community’s changing needs and serving as a springboard for local charitable activities. Since then, the foundation has actively supported cultural, educational and human services programs throughout the county. For more information about the Wyoming Foundation’s granting process, visit www.wyomingfoundation.org. 

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. For over 95 years, it has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. www.cfgb.org.

Monday, November 21, 2016 at 9:00 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, storm, winter, Castile, Warsaw, Arcade, Java Center, Wyoming.

NYSEG customers are reporting a power outage this morning in Castile, Warsaw, Arcade, Java Center and Wyoming. 

At this time, approximately 20 households are affected.

If you have a power outage, let us know.

UPDATE 9:07 a.m.: Approximately 1,300 NYSEG customers are without power in Wyoming County this morning. Parts of Perry are also reportedly without power.


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