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Milestones include engagement, wedding and birth announcements as well as job promotions, military service and similar personal accomplishments of you and your family that you wish to share with the community.

June 6, 2014 - 12:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, Milestones.

Kayla Casper, a Genesee County Youth Court member and a senior at Elba Central School, was one of the 50 Youth Court members who applied for the Association of New York State Youth Courts Scholarship. The ANYSYC awarded three scholarships and Kayla was awarded one of them.

To qualify for the ANYSYC scholarship, the Youth Court member must be a graduating senior and a member of a Youth Court Program that paid membership dues to ANYSYC in 2013. The applicant must enroll in a two- or four-year program at an accredited college/university. The individual must be of good moral character, have demonstrated civic responsibility through volunteerism, and have a good strong desire to make a contribution to his/her community.

The process included an application, an essay including educational goals, career goals, why they are deserving of this scholarship, and what being a member of a Youth Court has done for them, along with two letters of recommendation. On behalf of ANYSYC, Kayla was awarded $500 to put toward her college education where she will be attending Cazenovia College.

June 5, 2014 - 11:48am
posted by Billie Owens in byron, Milestones.

Christina E. Baker, of Byron, received a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University on May 10, 2014.

Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

June 5, 2014 - 11:28am
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones.

Andrea Stefani, of Batavia, was among the recipients of 48 doctor of physical therapy degrees and 668 master's degrees conferred by The University of Scranton at its post-baccalaureate commencement on May 31 in the Byron Recreation Complex.

Stefani earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with a major in Physical Therapy from The University of Scranton.

Programs with the most graduates at Scranton were MBA, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, occupational therapy and human resources.

Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, IHM, president and CEO of St. Joseph's Center in Scranton, was the principal speaker at the Jesuit university's graduate school commencement.

"Many times, we find that the most vulnerable, those we seek to assist, bring tremendous meaning and understanding into our lives. They demonstrate courage, trust, fidelity and acceptance in such a positive way that they become the ones providing the greater good and life lessons. They are our inspiration and able to change all of us for the better," Sr. Maryalice said in her address, noting that it is "especially significant to be honored by The University of Scranton in its 125th anniversary year."

University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., also addressed the graduates and their guests. Degrees were conferred by Father Quinn to candidates presented by W. Jeffrey Welsh, Ph.D., dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education.

May 30, 2014 - 11:00am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Dominican College of Blauvelt is pleased to announce that Kelli Rees McClurg, a resident of Batavia, was granted a degree, ME, from the College during commencement on May 18.

The aim of Dominican College is to promote educational excellence, leadership, and service in an environment characterized by respect for the individual and concern for the community. The College is an independent institution of higher learning, Catholic in origin and heritage. In the tradition of its Dominican founders, the College fosters the active, shared pursuit of truth and embodies an ideal of education rooted in the values of reflective understanding and compassionate involvement. Learn more about Dominican College at

May 28, 2014 - 3:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, bergen.

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named 304 students to its spring dean's list.

Mackenzie Lynn Heale, a senior Criminal Justice major from Bergen, is one of them.

Dean's list status is awarded to full-time students who have earned a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

May 27, 2014 - 2:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Local photographer/artist Susan Meier (whose work was featured recently at the Blue Pearl Yoga studio) was selected to exhibit at the Todmorden Papermill Gallery in Toronto, Canada, as part of the CAPIC show. (Canadian Assoc. of Professional Image Creators).

Meier also received four awards from the Batavia Photography Club at its annual awards ceremony this year.

May 27, 2014 - 1:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Sweta Kolisetti, of Batavia, whose major is Food Science, has been named to the dean's list at Clemson University for the Spring 2014 semester.

To be named to the dean's list, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Ranked No. 21 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel.

May 27, 2014 - 1:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, 4-H.

From the Cornell Cooperative Extention of Genesee County

Congratulations to the Genesee County 4-H youth who competed in the 2014 State 4-H State Public Presentations and the State 4-H Horse Communications Event at Cornell University in Ithaca on Saturday, May 17, 2014!

Representing Genesee County at the 4-H State Public Presentations event was Melissa K., who gave an illustrated talk titled "Meat Madness" in which she classified the various cuts of pork in a bracket to see which cut would come out on top. She received a 182 out of 190, which earned her a Gold Seal award.

Representing  Genesee County at the 4-H State Horse Communications Event was Alexandria (Jomni) T., who gave an illustrated talk titled "No Hoof, No Horse" in which she discussed the importance of maintaining horse hooves along with describing the types of tools a farrier uses to keep horse hooves healthy. She received 6th place out of 10 in the Junior Individual category.

For more information regarding local opportunities in 4-H Youth Development call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or e-mail [email protected]

May 25, 2014 - 2:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, bergen.

Bergen’s newest Marine is PFC Aaron K. Inzinca, who graduated on May 23rd, 2014 from the United States Marine Corps, Mike Company Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island, S.C.

Aaron is a 2013 graduate of Byron Bergen Central School and is the pride of Brian & April Stone of Bergen. Following SOI training at Camp Geiger, PFC Inzinca will be furthering his education in aviation mechanics in Jacksonville, Fla.

May 25, 2014 - 1:50am
posted by shelly mathers in Milestones, wedding.

Mr and Mrs Marc Unger

Erika Sobczak and Marc Unger were married April 11, 2014, at Veterans Memorial Park in Henrietta.

The Rev. Jack Porcello performed the private outdoor ceremony.
The best man was Michael Dionese of Rochester. The maid of honor was Tara Pariso of Elba.

The bride is the daughter of William and Kim Sobczak of Batavia.
The groom is the son of Dave Unger of Attica and the late Michele Unger.

The newlyweds reside in Batavia NY.

May 20, 2014 - 2:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones.

Nearly 300 students were candidates for graduate degrees during commencement exercises May 17 at Emporia State University. Students from this area and their degrees are:

  • Brennan James Briggs, of Batavia, master of science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation;
  • Julie M. Savage, of Bergen, master of science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Founded in 1863 as Kansas State Normal -- the state's premier institution to educate teachers -- Emporia State University offers 42 undergraduate and 27 graduate degrees in the School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Management and The Teachers College. SLIM also offers a Ph.D. program.

May 20, 2014 - 2:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones.

Batavia native David Wolcott, a senior Clinical Health Studies major in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College, was recently awarded the Professional Excellence Award.

The Professional Excellence Award is given in recognition of undergraduate student(s) who exhibit excellence in one or more of the following areas: leadership, clinical practice, service, professionalism, academics, or scholarship.

May 15, 2014 - 4:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in Pavilion, Milestones.

Dakota Kegler, son of Cindy Kegler and Bill Kegler, of Pavilion, has enrolled for 2014-2015 admission at Rochester Institute of Technology. Dakota is in the Mechanical Engineering Technology -- BS program in RIT's College of Applied Science and Technology and is a 2014 graduate of Pavilion Central School.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. In addition, the university offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT enrolls 18,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

May 15, 2014 - 3:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Elisha Myers, of Batavia, received a bachelor of science degree in Network and Computer Security at SUNYIT's 40th annual Spring Commencement May 10 in the Wildcat Field House on the SUNYIT campus in Marcy.

More than 650 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded in 2013-2014 were eligible to participate in the ceremony.

SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, is New York State's public institute of technology, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in technology and professional studies.

May 15, 2014 - 3:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Sarah M. DiBacco, of Batavia, was inducted into the St. Lawrence University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. A member of the Class of 2016 at St. Lawrence, DiBacco is majoring in chemistry. She graduated from Batavia High School.

Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes students who are successful in academics, athletics, community and campus service, the performing arts, and journalism. The members of Omicron Delta Kappa strive to promote leadership on campus.

May 14, 2014 - 2:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, alexander, Milestones.

Press release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce four students have been named 2014 recipients of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. They are Michelle Nagle, Yuki Sasao, Emmeline Vacanti and Kelly Wetherby were recognized recently at an awards ceremony in Albany. Each recipient received a framed certificate and a medallion, which is traditionally worn at Commencement.

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence and extracurricular achievements. Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor's Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award.

This year's honorees from Genesee Community College:

Michelle Nagle, 19, is a key member of the GCC women's volleyball team. She has earned honors as athlete of the week and was named the Western New York Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2013, when she helped the Cougars capture their 18th consecutive Region III Division II title. Nagle, a native of Randolph, is studying Tourism and Hospitality and dreams of one day becoming an event planner. She's spent spring semester 2014 in Orlando, Fla., participating in the Disney College program. Michelle plans to continue her education at Niagara University. She's glad to have started at GCC. "I enjoy the small class sizes and the teachers are friendly and caring." Michelle is the daughter of Tim and Loni Nagle. She has a brother, Travis, and a sister, Jessica.

In Japanese, Yuki Sasao's full name looks like this 笹尾 侑希. The 20-year old came to GCC from Fukuokoa, Japan. She's pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts and Business Administration and plans to continue her education at a SUNY four year school, with the ultimate goal of becoming a CPA (Certified Public Accountant). Yuki plays lacrosse for GCC and earned Academic All Conference from the Western New York Athletic Conference and Exemplary Academic Achievement from the National Junior College Athletic Association. She is also a work study student, an officer in three clubs and an active member of the college's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, for which she is the web developer. At GCC Yuki says she has found "lots of help from faculty and staff, unlimited possibilities and affordable tuition!" She is the daughter of Matsumi and Kiyotaka and has two siblings, a sister Haruki and a brother Kouki.

Emmeline Vacanti is a Teacher Education Major at GCC and hopes to one day become an elementary school teacher. She is a President's List student and an active member of Education Club, through which she has participated in many service-learning projects and professional development workshops. This semester she is participating in the Disney College Program, working at the theme park in Orlando, Florida. Emmeline loves GCC for "all of the diverse opportunities including numerous clubs and studying abroad." Upon graduation, she plans to continue her studies at Nazareth College. A native of Alexander, Emmeline graduated from Alexander Central School in 2011. Emmeline is the daughter of Michael and Peggy Vacanti and has two siblings, Eliza and Ben.

Kelly Wetherby, 20, came to GCC because of its highly regarded Fashion Merchandising program. She's studying both Fashion Merchandising and Event Planning and dreams of one day being a wedding planner. Following her studies at GCC, she plans to transfer to Buffalo State for one year and then complete her senior year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She's grateful for GCC professors. "They take the time to not only teach us the material but motivate us to continue learning outside of the classroom as well," she says. Kelly hails from Allegany, NY and is a 2012 graduate of Allegany-Limestone High School. She is the daughter of Dean and Deanna Wetherby.

"We salute these exemplary students," said GCC President James Sunser. "They have maximized the opportunities GCC offers and serve as an example to all students. With hard work comes success."

Recipients of Chancellor's Awards have an overall GPA of 3.8 and records of significant contributions to their campuses and communities. This year 274 students were recognized for their remarkable achievements.

"Students honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence truly embody the power of SUNY," said Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. "As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities across New York State."

May 9, 2014 - 1:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones, bergen.

Nazareth College is pleased to announce 73 new members in the 2014 Class of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Two are from Genesee County: Kathleen O'Donnell, of Batavia, and Courtney Taylor, of Bergen.

May 9, 2014 - 1:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, business, Milestones, allstate.

Press release:

As a business leader and involved citizen in the Batavia area, Allstate exclusive agency owner Jason Juliano has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2014.

The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country. This designation is being presented to Juliano for his outstanding business performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of his agency’s work.

“The Premier Agency designation is not just about Jason’s successful business results,” said Eva McIntee, Allstate New York’s field vice president. “The honor also demonstrates Jason’s commitment in being accessible to customers and using knowledge to help ensure customers have the insurance products they need to protect themselves and their family.”

Juliano’s agency is located at 590 E. Main St. in Batavia and can be reached at (585) 344-1400 or <>

May 8, 2014 - 3:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Le Roy, Milestones.

Press release:

The Le Roy Jr./Sr. High School “Marching Knights” became stars of their own Disney show on April 25 when they entertained guests at EPCOT Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. They traveled over 1,000 miles from Le Roy to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program.

The student performers, under the direction of Bradley Meholick and Tim Denmark, put on a musically delightful show as they marched through the Canadian Pavilion in World Showcase toward Future World taking them past Space Ship Earth.

Their performance included The Foundations' “Build Me Up Buttercup” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” By being part of this special show production, the students got an inside look at what it is like to be a professional in the entertainment industry.

This was the marching band’s second visit to the resort since their 1997 march at EPCOT Park.

Vocal, instrumental and dance ensembles from around the world apply to perform each year as a part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests. Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney Parks in the more than 25-year history of the program.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-603-0552.

May 3, 2014 - 4:48pm

Press release:

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office recently filled two vacant correction officer positions with the hiring of East Bethany resident Jeremy J. Cypress and Bergen resident Jason E. Johnston.

The two correction officers graduated in a class of 15 from the Niagara County Basic Corrections five-week Academy earlier this year. Officer Cypress was the Class President.

Training included instruction in the care and custody of inmates, inmate supervision, defensive tactics, firearms training and other topics pertaining to corrections.

Sheriff Gary T. Maha stated, "Correction officers Cypress and Johnston will be great assets to the jail."


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