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January 16, 2018 - 2:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones.

Daniel Weaver, of Le Roy, was named to the dean's list at Lehigh University in the Fall 2017 semester.

Dean's list status is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

For more than 150 years, Lehigh University (lehigh.edu) has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the nation's most selective, highly ranked private research universities. Lehigh's four colleges - College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Education and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science - provide opportunities to 7,000 students to discover and grow in a learning community that promotes interdisciplinary programs with real-world experience.

January 16, 2018 - 2:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, Le Roy.

Amy Lowe, Class of 2020, from Le Roy, was named to the dean's list at Bucknell University during the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year. A student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean's list recognition.

Located in Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is a highly selective private liberal arts university that offers majors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and social and natural sciences, along with broad opportunities outside of class, to its 3,600 undergraduates. Graduate programs are available in select disciplines. Students benefit from a small student-faculty ratio of 9:1, personal attention from faculty, leadership opportunities, and excellent graduation rates and career outcomes.

January 13, 2018 - 4:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Le Roy, Milestones.

The State University of New York at Potsdam recently named 882 students to the President's List, in recognition of their academic excellence in the Fall 2017 semester. The SUNY Potsdam students were honored for earning top marks by President Kristin G. Esterberg.

The students included:

  • Lily Hamill, of Batavia, whose major is Literature / Writing
  • Hannah Rosicka, of Le Roy, whose major is Politics

To achieve the honor of being on the President's List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges-and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit http://www.potsdam.edu.

January 13, 2018 - 4:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, Oakfield, Le Roy.

A total of 1,534 SUNY Oneonta students earned dean's list honors for the fall 2017 semester. To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying a course load of 12 hours or more.

Dean's list honorees include:

Ciera Baker, of Oakfield (14125)

Jacquelyn Carson, of Le Roy (14482)

Located in the hills of Central New York, SUNY Oneonta is a midsize, public, liberal arts and sciences college with a pre-professional focus. The college enrolls approximately 6,000 students in a wide variety of bachelor's degree programs and a number of graduate certificates and degrees.

January 6, 2018 - 2:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Milestones, Darien.

Press release:

Hon Gary A. Graber, Town Justice, Town of Darien, recently completed the Special Consideration for the Rural Court Judge Course, a six-week Web based course provided by the National Judicial College.

Judges in rural courts throughout our nation share a unique circumstance marked by these issues: isolation, underfunding, lack of collateral social services in the community, and a high public profile.

This faculty-led online course shares techniques and experience from rural judges in meeting these challenges, and provides tools and suggestions to the participants which can be adapted in their courts as circumstances warrant.

This course is tailored to rural court judges in more sparsely populated communities and jurisdictions. This faculty-led online course offers a convenient way to learn skills particular to the special nature of judging within a rural area.

Key topics included:

  • Identify areas of professional and personal isolation resulting from your service on a rural bench;
  • Analyze the role of a judge on the Adjudicator and Agent-of-Change Continuum;
  • Identify and analyze provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct addressing issues of particular challenge to the well-known rural judge;
  • Identify the ethics pitfalls in dealing with disruptive defendants and litigants;
  • Analyze how the rural judge can remain involved in his or her community within the context of proper judicial conduct;
  • Recognize the threats to judicial independence resulting from recent efforts to inject politics and social or economic agendas into court decisions;
  • Identify the purpose and limits of the inherent power of the court and how to effectively deal with other branches of government;
  • Create a plan to deal with threats and emergencies;
  • Recognize the phenomena of implicit bias.

Since its founding more than 50 years ago, The National Judicial College has been the nation’s premier judicial education institution. The NJC pursues its mission of "education | innovation | advancing justice" with the support of individuals and organizations dedicated to preserving and improving the rule of law.

Its supporters include scores of active and retired judges and attorneys along with government agencies and private foundations. Teaching at the NJC is a high honor, and most NJC courses are taught by judges who volunteer their time. The same is true of the members of the NJC’s boards of trustees and visitors.

Justice Graber has served as a NJC faculty member since 2008.

December 5, 2017 - 3:55pm

Press release:

On Jan. 1, Assistant District Attorney Melissa L. Cianfrini will be promoted to the reestablished position of First District Attorney, Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman announced this afternoon.

Cianfrini has been with the office for nearly eight years and has been a litigation attorney for 18 years.

Friedman said that he has been very pleased with the initiative, work ethic and legal skills demonstrated by Cianfrini; that their partners in the criminal justice community have given him nothing but positive feedback about her performance as a prosecuting attorney.

He is very confident, he said, that his office and the community will continue to be well served by First Assistant District Attorney Cianfrini.

The D.A. also expressed his gratitude to County Manager Jay Gsell for supporting the re-instatement of the First Assistant District Attorney position and to the Genesee County Legislature for understanding the need for the D.A.'s office to once again have someone in this role.

November 27, 2017 - 3:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, Announcements, Darien.

Submitted photo and press release:

Hon. Gary A. Graber, justice in the Town of Darien, recently delivered a presentation regarding the role of the judiciary in cases they may hear involving the holders of the commercial driver’s license.

This was one of many classes held for the constitutional county court judges within the State of Texas during their fall session in Galveston on Nov. 16.

One of the most important assets of being a judge is to ensure public safety to insure the public’s trust and confidence in the courts. Each judge handling traffic court cases must be extremely aware how the federal law is adopted and applied by the states and stakeholder responsibilities insuring safe operation by those possessing a commercial driver’s license and the vehicles they operate.

Justice Graber, a member of the faculty at the National Judicial College, Reno, Nev., has been routinely lecturing on these subjects to criminal justice personnel both within New York and throughout the country since 2008.

November 18, 2017 - 5:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones.

Scott Meyers, 22, of Le Roy, recently began an 11-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program. Meyers, based out of the regional campus in Sacramento, Calif., is currently serving on his first project. 

Founded in 1994, AmeriCorps NCCC is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Over the past 23 years, more than 1 million Americans have served the nation through the family of AmeriCorps programs.  Currently, about 80,000 people serve in AmeriCorps programs nationwide each year, with about 2,000 of those in AmeriCorps NCCC.

As a Team Leader, Meyers is responsible for managing the daily activities of 12 to 14 Corps Members on their service projects.  He serves as a role model, educator, safety manager, and liaison between the campus and project sponsor.  He began his term of service with a month training in September.

Meyers then assisted with Corps Member training, which began in Sacramento in mid-October. This training emphasized teamwork, leadership development, communication, safety, and project preparation.

Twenty-three teams composed of 279 Corps Members and Team Leaders began service projects in November throughout the Pacific region and areas affected by recent hurricanes.  Some of these projects include supporting wildfire response and recovery in California and Washington, renovating transitional housing for homeless youth in Wyoming, and assisting with hurricane recovery in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, among a variety of other projects.

There are four additional NCCC campuses located in Denver, Baltimore, Vinton, Iowa, and Vicksburg, Miss., each of which is a hub for its respective area of the country.

Before joining the NCCC, Meyers graduated from Le Roy Jr. Sr High School in June 2013, then attended State University of New York Brockport, which he graduated from in 2017 with a degree in Political Science.

Meyers said, “I joined AmeriCorps NCCC to serve communities around the country, and develop my leadership skills.”

Meyers is the son of Carol Meyers.

AmeriCorps NCCC members, all 18 to 24 years old, complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In exchange for their service, they receive $5,815 to help pay for college.

Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, team building skills, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, they can indeed make a difference.

AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.nationalservice.gov/nccc.

November 14, 2017 - 3:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, batavia, education, news, Announcements, Milestones.

Press release:

Kimberly Curry, an accounting student at Genesee Community College, has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Curry is one of only 207 nationwide Phi Theta Kappa members who will receive this scholarship. Nearly 1,000 applications were received this year. Recipients are selected based on their academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for these scholarships with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides Leaders of Promise Global Scholarships, earmarked for international students.

Curry proudly served in the Army from 1987-1991 and then was called back up again during Operation Desert Storm.

"This scholarship really means a lot to me, especially considering my time in the armed forces. It is one way to ensure that veterans like me can obtain the college credentials we need to succeed and give back to our communities," Curry said.

This scholarship foundation also encourages recipients to participate in Society programs to develop leadership skills and position themselves to become future leaders in their communities. The scholarship funds help to provide these opportunities as well. Curry certainly took advantage of this chance and joined a new organization in Rochester called the Southside Junior Sting, part of the local Pop Warner organization.

The Southside Junior Sting had one primary responsibility; to ensure that every child or young adult who wanted to participate in organized football had the financial means to do so. The group organized fundraiser events throughout the community to make sure that every person could play. During her time with this group, Curry met some amazing and dedicated leaders and connected to her community and the kids they were helping.

With more than three million members in nearly 1,300 chapters across nine nations, Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing academic achievement of community college students, helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. Visit www.ptka.org to learn more about Phi Theta Kappa.

October 27, 2017 - 4:28pm

Press release:

The Genesee County Office of Emergency Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Christina Marinaccio as County Fire Instructor for Genesee County effective October 2017.

Marinaccio is an active member of the Le Roy Fire Department and the Genesee County Emergency Support Unit. She is currently employed as a City of Batavia firefighter.

Her responsibilities as County Fire Instructor include conducting fire training and instruction in fire prevention and control in accordance with the New York State Fire Training Program.

October 19, 2017 - 4:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, Milestones.

Jenna Lawson, from Corfu, has been named a Presidential Scholar for the 2017-18 school year at SUNY Geneseo.

Lawson is among 15 new Geneseo Presidential Scholars, top-achieving members of the senior class who also serve as ambassadors for the college. They represent a variety of academic areas and exemplify the college's institutional values.

To receive the honor, a student must hold a minimum grade-point average of 3.6 and have earned at least 70 credits.

They also must demonstrate academic achievement across the curriculum, affirming Geneseo's values of excellence and innovation. Examples of such achievement could be involvement in major directed studies, substantial overseas studies, independent research, conference presentations, significant artistic projects and/or record of creativity. They also must demonstrate an active involvement with the community.

SUNY Geneseo is a premiere public liberal arts college dedicated to developing socially responsible citizens with skills and values for a productive life.

September 26, 2017 - 3:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in Basom, Milestones.

Alyssa M. Baumler, of Basom, took part in an internship in summer 2017 through SUNY Oswego's Center for Experiential Learning. A senior majoring in Wellness Management, Baumler interned with Healthfirst -- Health Fitness Corporation in New York.

The Center for Experiential Learning at Oswego places students in internships and career awareness opportunities that allow them to earn college credits while garnering valuable life experience.

During the last year, more than a thousand Oswego students took part in experiential learning while working at hundreds of businesses, nonprofit agencies and government offices and on campus in dozens of departments and programs -- not counting the hundreds of student teachers working in area schools.

About SUNY Oswego

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive. U.S. News Media Group counts SUNY Oswego among the top public regional universities in the North for 2018, and the Princeton Review includes Oswego in its 2018 college guidebook "The Best Northeastern Colleges" and in its national list of "Green Colleges."

A 156-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls about 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.

For more information visit oswego.edu.

September 26, 2017 - 2:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, batavia.

Major General Anthony P. German, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Samantha Futter, from Batavia, serving with the Company A (Distribution), 427th Brigade Support Battalion 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 www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com.

September 26, 2017 - 2:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, batavia, bergen, Pavilion.

The University at Albany congratulates the more than 3,300 students who graduated at its 173rd Commencement from May 19-21.

Anthony Misisco, of Pavilion, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in Spring 2017.

James Pisaturo, of Bergen, graduated with a Master of Science in Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology in Spring 2017.

Jessica Dudek, of Batavia, graduated with a Master of Science in Professional Accountancy in Spring 2017.

September 26, 2017 - 2:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, bergen.

SUNY New Paltz has released the dean's list for outstanding academic achievement during the spring 2017 semester.

Dean's list designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade-point average in a semester with a full-time course load.

The College is proud to congratulate Sabrina Wright, of Bergen, for being named to the spring 2017 dean's list.

September 26, 2017 - 2:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, bergen, Le Roy, byron, batavia, darien center.

Some 3,500 students graduated during Rochester Institute of Technology's 132nd commencement celebration, held in May, including:

Michael Barnard of Bergen (14416), who graduated with a BS in criminal justice. 

Juliana Blackburn-Baskin of Batavia (14020), who graduated with a BS in international business. 

Michael Burns of Batavia (14020), who graduated with a BS in management information systems. 

Cassandra Golda of Bergen (14416), who graduated with a BS in international business. 

Erica Hickey of Byron (14422), who graduated with a BS in advertising and public relations. 

Ryan Hochreiter of Le Roy (14482), who graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering. 

Rachel Kobel of Bergen (14416), who graduated with a BS in environmental sustainability, health and safety. 

Alexis La Boy of Le Roy (14482), who graduated with a BS in civil engineering technology. 

Samantha Mitchell of Batavia (14020), who graduated with a BS in business administration-accounting. 

Maryssa Peirick of Batavia (14020), who graduated with a BS in diagnostic medical sonography. 

Russell Schultz of Le Roy (14482), who graduated with a BS in computer science. 

Courtney Smith of Batavia (14020), who graduated with a BS in political science. 

Christopher Snyder of Darien Center (14040), who graduated with a BS in bioinformatics. 

Ryan Warner of Batavia (14020), who graduated with a BS in physics. 

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the United States.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnershipsinclude campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

September 12, 2017 - 1:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in CG legislature, gregg torrey, news, Milestones.

Press release:

Genesee County Legislator Gregg Torrey is being honored by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) for graduating from the NYSAC County Government Institute. The ceremony will be held at the NYSAC Fall Seminar in Syracuse on Wednesday.

The County Government Institute is an educational collaboration between NYSAC and Cornell University to provide training to county leaders. Curriculum includes required courses on building consensus, financial management, ethics, management, and the foundations of county government.

“The NYSAC County Government Institute has been a great platform to meet with County Leaders throughout the State to discuss the issues that we all face,” Torrey said.

William E. Cherry, NYSAC president and Schoharie County treasurer, hopes for experiences such as Torrey’s.

“The County Government Institute equips county officials with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to address the challenges and opportunities of leadership, and to engage in civil dialogue with constituents as well as fellow leaders,” Cherry said.

Torrey is currently serving his second term as a Genesee County legislator. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation, and on the Public Service Committee. In addition to his work with the county, Torrey works as a commercial real estate agent and licensed real estate appraiser across New York State and is the is the managing partner of Springbrooke Properties LLC.

“The Institute’s vigorous curriculum prepares county leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the increasing demands of local government leadership in now and in the future,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario.

CGI courses are offered at NYSAC’s upcoming Fall Seminar in addition to an annual Legislative Conference in February, and Finance School in May. Courses are also offered regionally throughout the year, and enable county leaders to stay up-to-date on timely issues and opportunities in local government.

“This [Institute] has allowed me to bring new information and ideas back to Genesee County and has made me a more effective legislator,” Torrey said.

For more information about the County Government Institute, visit www.nysac.org/cgi.

The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving the counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate and advocate for Member Counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.

September 7, 2017 - 4:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Milestones, Oakfield, girl scouts.

Press release:

Girl Scouts of Western New York Troop 42141 from Oakfield made a trip to Cabarete located in the Dominican Republic this past July. 

Girl Scouts Ava Flores, Abby Gardner, Emma Osborn, Regan Burgett, Taylor Wells, along with troop co-leaders Kelly Flores, Stephanie Burgett, and Robin Woodams spent the week-long trip making new friends with some local girls who are now starting their own Girl Scout troop!

They did a beach cleanup and also did volunteer work with a boys group called Inspiredr. The girls also had the opportunity to have fun snorkeling and learning authentic cultural dances. 

The girls also held an exciting bridging ceremony where they moved up from Cadettes to Senior Girl Scouts as they zip lined across the jungle canopy! A bridging ceremony acknowledges accomplishments achieved at a certain age level of Girl Scouts and advances them to the next program level.

The girls added that the trip fulfilled their personal mission statement, commenting, “The purpose of our trip is to expand our limits, have cultural experiences, make new friends, and have fun!”

To learn more about Girl Scouts of Western New York, visit gswny.org.

August 7, 2017 - 2:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, batavia.

Mario Rosales Jr., a 10th-grade student at Batavia High School, was selected as the Staff Honor Cadet at the 2017 Buffalo training.

Mario was selected by the Navy Sea Cadet Corps commanding officers for the honor. Cadets from several divisions across various states attended the training. Mario served as the company commander for the Alpha company and is also a petty officer in the Sullivan's Division.

Mario is a member of the varsity cross-country and track teams at Batavia High School and works part-time at Ed Arnold Scrap Processors during the summer. He is the son of Mario and Gretchen Rosales, of Batavia. He is the grandson of Al and Sue Rosemark, from Elba, Vicki Brownell, of Albion, and Antonio and Virginia Rosales, of Mexico.

August 2, 2017 - 3:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, darien center, Gary A. Graber.

Gary A. Graber, town justice in Darien and Darien Center, attended the National District Attorneys Association's Commerical Driver License/Commerical Motor Vehicle Conference in Cincinatti, Ohio, this summer.

He spoke, from a judicial perspective, on Commerical Vehicle Law.

In a July 6 letter thanking him for his contribution to the conference, National Traffic Law Center Director Thomas Kimball wrote:

"Dear Judge Graber:

"On behalf of the National Traffic Law Center and all the participants in our class, let me extend out deepest gratitude for your valued contribution to traff safety at NDAA's CDL/CMV Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, was June 15-16, 2017.

"Your judicial perspective on Commercial Motor Vehicle Law was extremely informative and very well received. Many participants commented on how helpful your discussions were, especially as it relates to the topic of Masking.

"We recognize the substantial time and energy you put into your teaching segments and arranging your visit.

"Thank you again for your contribution and your consistent partnership with the National Traffic Law Center."

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