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October 7, 2012 - 2:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, sports, Milestones.

Press release:

The coach who took the women's volleyball team to conference championships and launched the men's volleyball program, two exceptional women's basketball players, and a hoops star who now coaches the Genesee Community College Cougars were inducted into the GCC Athletics Hall of Fame during the third annual Homecoming celebration.

The following outstanding athletes were inducted:

•    Volleyball Coach Ben Guiliano, a native of Spencerport, led GCC's women's volleyball squad from 1978-1987, amassing three conference championships and one regional title. He also launched the men's team and coached softball during his tenure at GCC. His coaching skills also helped build strong volleyball teams at Rochester Institute of Technology, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Creighton University and Pfeiffer University. He currently guides the Keuka College Women's Volleyball Team, and over a 30-year career, Guiliano's teams have earned an overall record of 546 wins and 396 losses. He lives in Branchport.

•    Basketball standout Mary Loree, from Arkport, excelled for the GCC Lady Cougars in 1978-79 on several sports teams, notably as a two-year starter for the basketball, field hockey and softball teams. Loree was named to the1978 women's hoops squad at the Empire State Games, and helped lead her GCC teammates to the NJCAA National Tournament. She also served for 20 years in the Army, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 2009. Her duties included providing worldwide communications for the White House during the administrations of presidents William Clinton and George W. Bush, which earned her the Presidential Service Badge. Loree now makes her home in Alexandria, Va.

•    Lynn (Jensen) Northup, Class of 1993, is an Attica native who excelled as a shooting guard for the GCC Lady Cougar's basketball program in the early 1990s. Her career highlights include five games during which she scored more than 30 points in a single game, and five three-point baskets in a single game. Northup attended Houghton College and is a physical therapist for the Avon Central School District. She resides in Churchville with her husband and three children.

•    Class of 2003 basketball star Terry George has come full-circle at GCC. The Batavia resident was a two-time All-American and Region III Player of the Year for the men's team, and was an integral member of the 2002-2003 squad inducted into the Genesee Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. He still holds the college record for career points, with 1,370 over his two-year playing career with the Cougars, and was on the first GCC squad to earn an NJCAA National Tournament berth. George continued playing hoops at the College of St. Rose, and returned to GCC in 2007 as assistant coach for the men's basketball team. In 2011, he was named interim head coach, and this year, took over the reins as permanent head coach.

To learn more about GCC's outstanding athletics programs, visit:

October 2, 2012 - 3:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, business, GCEDC, Milestones.

Mark Masse, senior vice pesident of operations of the Genesee County Economic Development Center, was recently selected by Buffalo Business First as a "40 Under 40" honoree for 2012.

An independent panel of professionals identified Masse as one of Western New York's outstanding young leaders. Masse's professional success with the GCEDC and his community involvement made him a logical choice for this top award.

Masse is a graduate of Le Roy High School and Nazareth College of Rochester with a degree in accounting, and is a certified public accountant in New York State. He had been with Freed, Maxick & Battaglia for 15 years before joining the GCEDC.

He specialized in small business issues that deal with corporations, subchapter S corporations, partnerships and individuals.

At the GCEDC, Mark's key roles and responsibilities cover program management of all its real estate development and infrastructure projects, overseeing office operations, and engaging in sales and community development.

Read his full biography here:

October 2, 2012 - 1:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, welcomes Sarah M. DiBacco, of Batavia, as a member of the Class of 2016. DiBacco graduated from Batavia High School.

Each first-year student participates in St. Lawrence University's innovative First-Year Program, an introduction to the liberal arts curriculum taught in residence halls by faculty teams. Clear writing and speaking skills are stressed, and careful advising is provided for all students.

Some 669 first-year students from 34 states, as well as 56 international students, have joined the St. Lawrence student body.

Located in Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,300 students, founded in 1856. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet.

Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

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September 25, 2012 - 2:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, Milestones, charles ruffino.

Press release:

In recognition of his long service and deep commitment to Genesee Community College, Board of Trustees Chairman Charles R. Ruffino received the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Service on Sept. 22, at the annual conference of the New York Community College Trustees Association.

The award was established by the New York State Community College Trustees Association in 1986 to acknowledge longstanding and exemplary trustee service. Mr. Ruffino's affiliation with GCC dates back to 2002, when he was appointed by the governor as a GCC trustee.

During his tenure, Mr. Ruffino served as a board liaison to the College Foundation Board of Trustees and served on numerous committees that address student housing, the foundation's risk-management program, and new academic program development. He also participated in numerous presentations delivered at national conferences.

As chairman of the board for the past three years, Mr. Ruffino stayed abreast of the key financial issues that impact higher education to ensure the college meets its goals without compromising the quality of its programs and services.

He has been instrumental in nurturing key relationships with the college's sponsor, the Genesee County Legislature, and with various community partnerships, including the Genesee County Economic Development Center and local school districts.

He spearheaded the construction of the Roz Steiner Art Gallery at the Batavia Campus Center and the successful lease of the former Dansville Middle School for the recent relocation of the Dansville Campus Center. Mr. Ruffino also guided the board and the institution through the successful search for a new college president.

"Most times, trustees serve for two years, but Mr. Ruffino was elected to a third year term as chairman because of the high regard and respect the other trustees have for him and his leadership," GCC President James Sunser said in nominating Mr. Ruffino for the Rapp Award and highlighting his service to the college.

Mr. Ruffino is a retired administrator for the NYS School for the Blind and current member of the school's Board of Visitors. He actively served the community as a member of the Batavia School District Board of Education, as a city councilman, and as a Genesee County legislator. He and his his wife, Janet, reside in Batavia, where they enjoy spending time with their son, two daughters and four grandchildren.

Upon completion of his term on the board at the end of June of this year, the Genesee Board of Trustees unanimously named Mr. Ruffino a Trustee Emeritus in honor of his outstanding service and commitment to the college and students.

September 18, 2012 - 2:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in Basom, elba, Oakfield, byron, Le Roy, Pavilion, corfu, darien center, Milestones, bergen.

Genesee Community College named 633 students to Spring 2012 Dean's List. Students earned a quality point index of 3.50-3.74.

This year's honorees, with their hometowns, are listed below:


Staci Casper
Andrew Greene


Ashley Spangenburg
Jason Birch
Luke Stacy
Amanda-Kay Sands
Jeanette Menzie
Garrett MacDonald


Reed Olmstead
Morgan Midwick
McKenna Downey
Charlotte Donahue


Laura Holovics

Darien Center

Michelle Waldo
James Odell


Lauren Hughes

Le Roy

Corrie Doeller
Debra McKnight
Rachael Panepento


Alyssa Esola
Cady Glor
Zaneb Silmi
Katie Engle


Jamie Haentges
Taylor Lafferty
Sydney Case
Sarah Nugent

Genesee Community College offers more than 60 academic programs and certificates, including the brand new Veterinary Technology A.A.S. degree and Polysomnographic Technology A.A.S. degree, (the study of sleep disorders).

Genesee is accessible through seven campus locations throughout Western New York in Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lima, Medina, and Warsaw, as well as through online classes in the Distance Learning program.

College housing is available at College Village, just a three minute walk from the Batavia Campus. With small class sizes and state-of-the-art technology both inside and outside of the classroom, Genesee Community College is known for being 'high-tech' and 'high-touch'. Find out more at

September 18, 2012 - 2:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in byron, Milestones.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the adjutant general, announced the recent reenlistment of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Staff Sergeant Charles Jensen, of Byron, has reenlisted to continue service with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry.

September 18, 2012 - 1:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, business, Milestones.

Deborah Gallo, the managing attorney of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates Western New York Office in Batavia, has been reelected president of the Western New York Banking and Credit Association (WNYMBCA) for a sixth term.

She has earned the important distinction of serving as president for the most number of terms in the history of this organization.

Members of the WNYMBCA include bankers, servicers, brokers, vendors, attorneys and other prominent community professionals. The WNYMBCA provides education, legislative information, and networking opportunities in the Western New York region including the areas of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

As the longest-serving president in the history of the WNYMBCA, Gallo has amassed an impressive number of achievements and a solid record of service for the organization and the Western New York area.

As a junior partner and the managing attorney of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., Gallo has helped facilitate numerous volunteer opportunities for the law firm's staff members to give back to the Batavia, Buffalo are Rochester communities.

Since 2004, Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates have coordinated an annual gala to benefit the Hunter’s Hope Foundation and raise money for Krabbe Disease and other leukodystrophies. Gallo and her staff members not only plan the annual fundraiser but also serve as event staff throughout the evening.

In addition to her dedication to the Hunter’s Hope Foundation, she also established teams of employees from the Batavia Office of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates to participate in the walkathon to benefit multiple sclerosis and The Buffalo News Kids Day. For the latter, RR&A staff members sold special edition newspapers to benefit Variety, the Children’s Charity, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, the Robert Warner MD Center for Children with Special Needs and Children’s Charities of Western New York.

Gallo is a graduate of Pace University School of Law in White Plains, and she received her undergraduate degree from Iona College in New Rochelle. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Monroe County Bar Association, and Erie County Bar Association.

September 18, 2012 - 1:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in byron, Milestones.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the adjutant general of the New York Army National Guard, announced that Staff Sergeant Charles Jensen, from Byron, has reenlisted to continue service with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry.

"Over the past three years, the New York Army National Guard has come from far below authorized strength to 100-percent strength," Murphy said. "Our priority is to provide ready forces for both state and federal missions and readiness starts with maintaining our strength."

"We have more than 16,000 men and women in the Army and Air National Guard with each individual member having an important role."

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit or

On the Web:

August 23, 2012 - 4:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones, charles ruffino.

Press release:

Batavia Downs officials are proud to announce that Charles R. Ruffino has been named the Italian-American of the Year. Mr. Ruffino will be honored with a special trackside ceremony on Friday, Aug. 31th, between the seventh and eighth harness race of the evening.

Charles Ruffino was born in Batavia and grew up on the Southside in the tight-knit community surrounding St. Anthony's Church. Within this neighborhood is where he developed a strong work ethic and commitment to community service.

Chuck attended St. Anthony's School, graduating from Batavia High School in 1957. He completed his education with a master’s degree from Buffalo State and began work as a teacher for the visually handicapped at the New York State School for the Blind. From teaching, Chuck entered into administration and transferred to the State Education Department as a regional associate and back to the State School as the assistant superintendent.

Along the way Chuck also served on the Batavia School Board of Education, as a councilman-at-large for the City of Batavia, as a legislator for Genesee County, on the Board of Visitors (currently chairman) for the State School for the Blind, as coordinator for US TOO, a cancer-support group and most recently a trustee for Genesee Community College.

It should be noted that next month he will be presented with the Charles Rapp Award as the outstanding college trustee by the New York State Community College Trustee Association in Albany.

On a personal level, Chuck’s family has always come first. He and his wife, Janet, celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. They raised three accomplished children and now enjoy the accomplishments of their four grandchildren.

Friends and family wishing to join Chuck Ruffino are asked to call Mary Bucceri at 343-3750, ext. 468, to make a clubhouse reservation.

August 6, 2012 - 9:25am
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Le Roy, corfu, darien center, Milestones.

The following students were named to the Spring 2012 Dean's List at Buffalo State University.

  • Valerie Klug, a business administration major, from Corfu


  • David Dupre, a business studies major, from Corfu


  • Kimberly Schildwaster, a career and technical education major, Oakfield


  • Brittany Moose, a fashion and textile technology major, from Le Roy


  • Rachel Pettys, a hospitality administration major, from Darien Center


  • Stephanie Esten, a hospitality administration major, from Oakfield

To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours. Founded in 1871, Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive college in the SUNY system offering more than 165 undergraduate and 62 graduate programs in the arts, sciences, professions, and education.

August 6, 2012 - 9:21am

Genesee Community College proudly announces that the following students are among 540 students who were named to the President's List for the Spring 2012 semester. Students honored on the President's List have maintained full-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an A) or better. (The college also maintains a Dean's List comprised of students who earn a quality point index of 3.50 to 3.74. Genesee's Dean's List will be released in the next several weeks.)

This year's Genesee Community College Spring 2012 President's List honorees, with their hometowns, are listed below:


Danielle Hirtzel
Jessica Pfalzer
Theresa Rainey
Elias Seward
Leah Snyder


Russell Jackson


Elizabeth Jarnot
Charles Lee
Lindsay Stumpf


Tiffany Harrington
Richard Lucas
Stacy Maskell
Arlene Olmstead
Adrienne Payne
Danielle Thom


Angel Alexander
Stacy Brockway
Rachel Doktor
Tracy Kearney
Michael Kraus
Kyle Maurer
Kayla Meyer
Alyssa Reeb
Dawn Roberto
Dawn Smith
Trevor Spiotta
Dana Wolbert

Darien Center

Shannon Bates
Kylynn Bank
James Erb
Matthew Herod
Hannah Zimmermann

East Bethany

Autumn Atkinson
Julliane Ingalls
Alec Kirch
Bryce Kirch
Sarah Lawson
Janet Gohlke

East Pembroke

Anthony Nati


Michael Anauo
Nicole Beardsley
Richard Dorf
Chapin Guthrie
Chelsie Pangrazio
Samantha Walker

Le Roy

Kevin Callahan
Andi DeBellis
Eric Hayes
Stephanie Heisler
Jeanice Howard
Gregory Humphrey
Donald Kahm
Mark McAvoy
Cody Niccloy
Willard Prevost
Michele Rast
Bethany Roth
Heather Schroeder
Brenda Sheflin
Denise Simcick
Michael Sullivan
Conor Tomaszewski


Deena Hernandez


Della Balduf
Jonathon Cassiano
Lindsay Chatt
Benjamin Cherry
Angela Larmon
Laura Ostrowski
Sara Read
Joseph Sullivan

Meghan Vandersteur


Samantha Barclay
Patricia Brown
Wendy Edwards
Kaleigh Kingsley
Jonathan White

South Byron

Halle Davalos


Michelle Jackson


Genesee Community College offers over 60 academic programs and certificates, including the new Veterinary Technology (Vet Tech) and Polysomnography (Sleep Tech) programs. Genesee is accessible through seven campus locations throughout Western New York, as well as through online classes in the Distance Learning program. College housing is available at College Village, just a three minute walk from the Batavia Campus. With small class sizes yet state-of-the-art technology both inside and out of the classroom, Genesee Community College is known for being "high-tech" and "high-touch."

August 6, 2012 - 8:55am
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, bergen.

The State University of New York at Potsdam awarded more than 920 undergraduate and graduate degrees during its 2012 Commencement ceremonies on May 19 and 20.

The graduates included Meghan Smith, of Bergen, NY, who earned a bachelor's degree in Biology.

SUNY Potsdam prepares students to act as engaged global citizens and to lead lives enriched by critical thought, creativity, and discovery. Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges.

To find out more, visit

August 6, 2012 - 8:52am
posted by Billie Owens in darien center, Milestones.

Christopher Snyder, son of Amy and Wayne Snyder, of Darien Center, has enrolled for fall 2012 admission at Rochester Institute of Technology. Christopher will study bioinformatics in RIT's College of Science and is a 2012 graduate of Alexander Central High School.

Christopher has been awarded: the Robert Hollwedel Technical Scholarship; the Thomas Ricci Jr. Scholarship; the Senior High Student Council Award; the Attica Area Garden Club Scholarship; the Student Council Class Spirit Award; the Joseph M. Collins Scholarship; the Mark Klossner Swimming Scholarship; the Debbie Belz Memorial Environmental Science Scholarship; the A. Warren Dayton Memorial Scholarship; and an RIT Presidential Scholarship.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging science, sustainability, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

August 6, 2012 - 8:27am
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announced the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Richard Purse, of Le Roy, serving with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry is promoted to the rank of Specialist.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber citizen soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit or

On the Web:

July 28, 2012 - 5:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, Milestones.


Mr. and Mrs. John and Genia M. Best of Pembroke, NY, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Maria Best to David Richard Urban Jr., son of David Sr. and Kathrine Urban of Pembroke, New York.
The future bride is a 2008 graduate of Pembroke High School and a 2012 graduate of Alfred University, with a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors. She is employed as an electrical engineer at General Electric Aviation Division in Norwich, New York.
The future groom is a 2007 graduate of Pembroke High School and 2011 alumni of Alfred University with a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice. He is employed as an armed bank protection officer for Bank of America in Buffalo, New York.
A September 2013 wedding is planned. The couple will reside in the central New York area.
July 28, 2012 - 3:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, Le Roy, Pavilion, Milestones.

Two local residents have reserved places as freshmen at SUNY Oswego. Fall classes will begin Aug. 27. They are:

Olivia Griep, of South Street Road in Le Roy (Pavilion Central School).
Connor Clark, of Junction Road in Pavilion (Pavilion Central School).

Also, Katherine Hilburger, of Elba, who last studied at Niagara University, will begin her studies at SUNY Oswego.

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive. U.S. News named it among the "Top Public Regional Universities in the North" for 2012, the Princeton Review and USA Today named SUNY Oswego to their 2012 list of 150 "best value" colleges and universities in the nation, and the Princeton Review included Oswego in its 2012 college guidebook "The Best Northeastern Colleges."

A 151-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls more than 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.

June 29, 2012 - 3:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, Milestones.

Lauren Burhans, of Elba, has earned High Honors for the spring semester of the 2011-2012 academic year at the University of New Hampshire.

Students named to the Deans' List at the University of New Hamsphire have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance. Students with a 3.5 to 3.69 average are awarded high honors.

June 29, 2012 - 3:07pm

The College at Brockport, State University of New York, recently honored students who excelled academically by naming them to the Deans' List for the Spring 2012 semester. Students who earn a GPA of 3.70–3.99 are named to the Deans' List with Honors (***), while students who achieve a 3.40–3.69 are named to the Deans' List.

The honorees, and their hometowns, are:


Krystal Rivers

Lori Stellrecht


Mary Cocking

***Joanna Menzie

***Samantha Elliott

***Melanie Monroe

***Shane Chatham

Danielle Lovett

Kathleen Lovett

Harjit Singh

***Brian Burgay


***Patricia Johnston

Melissa Dilcher

Melissa Hale

Darren Kwiatkowski

Capri Sullivan


Casey Herman

East Bethany

Amanda Boulden


Torianne Cavallo

Bronson Cole

Le Roy

***Danielle Ford

***Gena Korn

***Antonio Madau

***Christina Mancuso

***Joseph Patton

***Emily Kovatch

***Abigail Graham

Katlyn Brooks

Chelsea Dillon

Chelsey Macomber

James Mangefrida

Jason McElroy

Danielle Merica

Joel Pitts

Justin Toland

***Lyman Rhodes

***Katherine Rogers


Kristen Casper

***Samantha Denton

Zackary Kibler

Shelby Kielbasa


***Theresa Raponi

Sarah Merritt

South Byron

Kallee Stein


***James Mignano

The College at Brockport offers 50 undergraduate majors, more than 40 graduate programs as well as 24 teacher certification programs. The college has been rated among the "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, a "Best Regional University" by U.S. News & World Report, and a "Best Value" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

June 21, 2012 - 1:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, elba, Milestones.

A community project aimed at encouraging reading for pleasure and building relationships has earned kudos for a learning specialist at Genesee Community College.

Sue Chiddy, of Elba, was honored recently by the Nioga Library System for her efforts to engage GCC with the public library initiative called "A Tale for Three Counties." The outreach project encourages people to read a chosen book, discuss it with friends and neighbors at local libraries or in chance meetings on the street, and then meet the author at the conclusion of the program.

It was launched by public libraries in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties nine years ago, and Chiddy brought the college onboard in 2005. Her efforts earned her Nioga's Outreach Award, which was given to her during the Nioga Board of Trustee's annual dinner last month at Terry Hills Banquet Facility in Batavia.

Chiddy helps GCC students embrace reading for pleasure through the college's developmental reading classes. She says "A Tale for Three Counties" is a dynamic and motivating program that she hopes instills the value of reading in her students, and motivates them to build relationships by discussing what they've read with classmates and neighbors.

"I am honored to receive the award, but I feel honored every time I notice students, faculty and staff reading the year's selected 'Tale for Three Counties' book," Chiddy said. "It's a pleasure to see the college community participating in the community at large."

The award, which includes a $75 honorarium to be used for the purchase of library materials to further outreach goals, is granted to nominees who show a commitment to providing library services to populations that have limited access to such services.

This past year, GCC's participation included the reading of Yannick Murphy's "The Call," which details the life of a small town veterinarian. Instructors in 21 of GCC's classes used the book as a learning resource and the library distributed more than 400 copies.

June 20, 2012 - 3:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Stafford, Milestones.

Erin O'Connor, of Stafford, has been placed on the Gettysburg College Deans' Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in Spring 2012.

Students with a quality point average of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for a semester's work are placed on the Deans' Honor List.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.




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