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May 24, 2019 - 12:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, Milestones.

Two students from Corfu were named to the dean's list at Paul Smith's College during the Spring 2019 semester.

Each earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.

  • Megan Krebs
  • Carley Sformo

About Paul Smith's College

At Paul Smith's College, it's about the experience. We are the only four-year institution of higher education in the Adirondacks. Our programs -- in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship and the sciences -- draw on industries and resources available in our own backyard while preparing students for successful careers anywhere. For more information, visit paulsmiths.edu.

May 20, 2019 - 2:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, batavia.

Margaret R. Cecere, of Batavia, is among more than 1,750 students named to the Spring 2019 dean's list at Kutztown University.

To be eligible for the dean's list, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.60. 

About Kutztown University of Pennsylvania 

Founded in 1866, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is a proud member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education located on 289 acres nestled in the beautiful East Penn Valley in Berks County, between Reading and Allentown, Pa. KU is just two hours from New York City; 90 minutes from Philadelphia. 

As the region's center for excellence in academics, culture and public engagement, KU's programs and reputation for quality offer students the opportunity to discover lifelong avenues of learning and discovery. KU students select from more than 100 areas of study within four colleges in a diverse liberal arts academic environment.

To complement their studies, KU's NCAA Division II athletics program with 21 varsity sports joins the more than 160 student clubs and organizations providing students with a variety of activities for learning and discovery.

May 16, 2019 - 5:42pm

Photo of Tate Fonda with her parents, Tina and Dwayne Fonda Sr.

Submitted photo and press release:

BATAVIA -- Tate Fonda, a sophomore at Batavia High School, will be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Mass., June 23-25.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.

The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Tate's nomination letter was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Tate will represent Batavia High School based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Tate will join students from across the country and hear Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

“This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, founder, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Tate Fonda are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers are: online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance, and much more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career.

Based in Washington, D.C., and with offices in Boston, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address the need for more physicians and medical scientists by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity in these careers.

For more information visit www.FutureDocs.com or call 617-307-7425.

May 16, 2019 - 3:41pm

Le Roy Village Mayor Greg Rogers, Poppy Girl 2019 Celeste Vescovi, and Le Roy Town Supervisor Steve Barbeau.

Submitted photo and press release:

The Botts-Fiorito American Legion Post #576 has selected the 2019 Poppy Girl, who will be featured in the upcoming Memorial Day Parade in Le Roy on Monday, May 27.

Little Miss Celeste Vescovi will reign as this year's Poppy Girl. She is a kindergartener at Wolcott Street School in Le Roy.

Celeste is the daughter of Sara and John Vescovi and granddaughter of Barb and John Vescovi and Christa Coulon. Also she is the great-granddaughter of the late Don Vescovi (Clarky), past commander and adjutant of Botts-Fiorito Post 576.

Celeste enjoys dance, bowling and singing, especially karaoke; also reading is a favorite pastime.

You can meet Celeste in Le Roy on Memorial Day -- at the American Legion Post, and distributing traditional red crepe paper poppies at Tops Market (128 W. Main St.).

The symbolic flower is given out by the American Legion Auxiliary to raise money and to commemorate the sacrifice of so may men and women who have died fighting for their country. (To learn more about the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program, click here.)

Le Roy's Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 27th, starting at the American Legion (53 W. Main St.) at 10:30 a.m., and ceremonies will follow at 11 o'clock in Trigon Park.

For previous coverage on 2019 Memorial Day plans in Le Roy, click here.

May 15, 2019 - 4:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, genesee county.
It's May 15, so everyone in Genesee County, let's say a big "Happy Birthday!" to our very own Jeanette and John Jankowski, the brother-and-sister twins pictured below.

May 14, 2019 - 2:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, batavia.

Kirsten Brinkman, Batavia High School Class of 2017, was named to the 2019 Spring dean's list at the University of South Carolina with a 3.625 GPA.

She is studying for a bachelor’s degree with a double major of Criminology/Criminal Justice and Sociology.

Her parents are Rodney and Sabrina Brinkman, formerly of Batavia, and she is the granddaughter of Janet Brinkman and the late Donald Brinkman, also of Batavia.

May 9, 2019 - 3:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, Le Roy.

POTSDAM -- Five SUNY Potsdam students were recently inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, during a ceremony held on May 2.

The inductees included Hannah Rosicka, a Politics major from Le Roy.

In order to be inducted into SUNY Potsdam's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, students must have attained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher in politics courses at the College.

SUNY Potsdam's Department of Politics aims to teach, energize, support and inspire students. The facts, theories and skills students learn are designed to help them succeed personally, professionally and as community members and citizens of the world. SUNY Potsdam students pursue the study of politics to prepare for careers in law, government, foreign service, public policy, social action, teaching, business or some combination of these fields. To learn more, visit http://www.potsdam.edu/academics/AAS/Pols.

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 3,600 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.

May 9, 2019 - 2:35pm
Above, Chapter V representative Patrick Irving and essay winner Brianna Bromley.
Submitted photo and press release:

Batavia High School senior Brianna Bromley was recently recognized by Chapter V of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as the recipent of the female winner of the 2018-19 Student-Athlete Essay Scholarship Program.

She read her essay at the annual Dennis E. Fries Luncheon at the Burgundy Basin Inn. She was presented a plaque and scholarship money from the association.

On the plaque was written: "Your essay, which documents how high school athletics have enhanced your educational experiences, was selected as the best entry from your Chapter of the NYSAAA. We salute you and thank you for helping our organization illustrate the many ways that athletics positively influences the lives of student-athletes."

The winning essays from each Chapter of the NYSAAA were then sent to the NYSPHSAA. Brianna was chosen as the 2019 Female State Winner at the NYSAAA annual conference in Saratoga Springs.

She received a plaque and scholarship money from the NYSPHSAA honoring her for "the best entry in the State."

This is the second time that a BHS senior has received these two prestigious awards. Jennifer Adams was a recipient in the 2007-2008 school year.

May 7, 2019 - 1:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in Pavilion, Milestones.

Tiffani Bragg, of Pavilion, has been named a Legacy Leader at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Legacy Leadership program celebrates the leadership and contributions that graduating female-identified students have made to the RIT community during their time on campus.

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 partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.


April 22, 2019 - 3:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in county highway superintendent, NACE, news, Milestones.

Press release:

Genesee County Highway Superintendent Timothy Hens was installed as president of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) at their recent annual meeting and technical conference In Wichita, Kan. His term will run through April of 2020.

NACE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association in its 63rd year, representing more than 2,400 county road officials and related professionals in the United States and Canada.

In the U.S., local roads account for about 75 percent of highways and roads, or 2.93 million miles. Counties manage 1.74 million miles of those roads. Counties also own 231,000 bridges and operate one-third of the nation’s transit systems.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve the nation’s county road professionals this year,” Hens said. “With infrastructure a national priority, I look forward to engaging with policymakers and stakeholders to ensure county road infrastructure receives the attention needed to provide our nation with a safe, reliable transportation network to compete in today’s global economy.”

Included, as part of the installation of officers, was a celebration of Genesee County’s longtime Principal Financial Clerk Laura Mullen who works for Hens. Mullen also worked for former Highway Superintendent Robert Carrier who also served as NACE President from 1964 to 1965. Mullen has been an employee with Genesee County since 1957.

Hens, a 1993 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, has served as Genesee County Highway Superintendent since 1998. As superintendent he functions as the county engineer and oversees the operation and maintenance of all county-owned infrastructure and equipment, including roads, bridges, parks, facilities, airport and water system.

April 18, 2019 - 4:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, Pavilion.

Lydia Milligan, of Pavilion, has been named to the Elmira College dean's list for the Winter 2019 term.

Full-time undergraduate students registered for at least 12 computable credit hours and earning a term grade-point average of 3.6 or higher at the end of Term I or Term II are placed on the dean's list at the College.

Founded in 1855, Elmira College is a private, residential, liberal arts college offering 30-plus majors, an honors program, 17 academic honor societies, and 20 Division III varsity teams.

Located in the Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York, Elmira's undergraduate and graduate student population hails from more than 20 states and nine countries. Elmira is a Phi Beta Kappa College and has been ranked a top college, nationally, for student internships.

The College is also home to the Center for Mark Twain Studies, one of four historically significant Twain heritage sites in the United States, which attracts Twain scholars and educators from around the world for research on the famous literary icon.

Proud of its history and tradition, the College is committed to the ideals of community service, and intellectual and individual growth.

March 29, 2019 - 6:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in tompkins financial corporation, business, news, Milestones.

Press release:

Tompkins Bank of Castile is celebrating its 150th anniversary this spring. Together with our partners at Tompkins Insurance Agencies, and Tompkins Financial Advisors, we plan to acknowledge this important milestone in a number of ways and at several key events throughout the year.

The anniversary celebrations will kick off at the original Tompkins Bank of Castile branch on May 1 and continue at the bank’s annual WNY informational shareholders meeting on May 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford.

A century and a half is certainly a long time, but it’s even more impressive when you consider that fewer than 5 percent of the banks currently operating today in the United States have been around as long as Tompkins Bank of Castile. What’s even more impressive is that Tompkins’ mission and values have remained the same, allowing us to consistently perform at a level ranking among the best in the industry. 

“For years, we’ve taken great pride in supporting the communities where we operate,” says John McKenna, president and CEO of Tompkins Bank of Castile. “We look forward to serving our customers for the next 150 years.”

Tompkins Financial Corporation is committed to creating long-term value for its clients, communities, and shareholders. Based in Batavia, Tompkins Bank of Castile serves the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties and beyond), Rochester, and recently expanded into Buffalo with the opening of the new Amherst location.

“We believe in the power of the local people working together to help our communities grow and thrive,” McKenna continued.

Since 1869, Tompkins has valued its employees and invested in the communities they serve by volunteering and donating to charities, nonprofits and civic organizations.

The Bank is a subsidiary of Tompkins Financial Corporation, which is also parent company to Tompkins Trust Company, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Tompkins Insurance Agencies and Tompkins Financial Advisors.

Together, Tompkins operates a total of 65 banking offices serving throughout New York and Pennsylvania. The Corporation as a whole takes pride in providing its clients with the highest-quality financial products and exceptional service.

March 28, 2019 - 6:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in Stafford, Milestones.

Fiona O'Connor, of Stafford, was among 31 Baldwin Wallace University students who spent the fall 2018 semester learning off campus.

With support from the BW Study Abroad Center's Independent Study program, students created individualized immersion experiences in Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Washington, D.C., and on the high seas. 

O'Connor, a graduate of Le Roy Central School, traveled to Washington, D.C., for an individualized immersion experience at The Washington Center (TWC). As the largest independent, nonprofit academic internship program in the country, TWC brings together exceptional and dedicated college students; civic, governmental and business leaders; hundreds of colleges and universities; scores of public and private internships; and more than 50,000 alumni. Founded in 1975, TWC is a unique educational center based on a fully integrated mix of professional experience, academic coursework and real-life challenges. TWC works to arrange the very best internship opportunities in Washington by coordinating with highly regarded companies, international organizations, nonprofits, and key government agencies and offices.

The BW Study Abroad Center engages students through global exploration and off-campus study that enhances personal growth, educational enrichment and career development as part of the university's liberal arts effort to cultivate contributing and compassionate citizens. Through faculty-led and independent study abroad opportunities, students can build strong communication skills, enhanced critical thinking and personal confidence from trekking the unknown.

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,000 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 80 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.

March 22, 2019 - 2:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, Milestones.

EL DORADO, Kan. -- Pamela Smielecki, of Pembroke, sang in the annual Spring Concert performed by the Butler Community College Vocal Music Department.

This concert was the second of a three-concert series: “From Page to Stage.”

The 120-voice Concert Choir including the Chamber Singers, Headliners, Butler Ladies and A Cappella entertained the crowd each evening with the Jubilate Deo masterwork by Dan Forrest. The master work included seven different movements ranging in tempo, language and tone.

The Vocal Music faculty includes Valerie Lippoldt-Mack, chair of Vocal Music and Dance, as well as Matthew Udland, Chad Ingram and Nick Engels.

Butler Community College, an Aspen Institute Top 150 U.S. Community College with nearly 9,000 students, offers nearly 85 degree programs and 30 professional certification programs. The college’s main campus is in El Dorado, Kan., but it has centers in five other communities. For more information about Butler, visit www.butlercc.edu

March 11, 2019 - 2:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, corfu, Stafford.

The following students have been selected for inclusion on the dean's list for academic achievement during the Fall 2018 semester at St. Lawrence University.

Quinn D. Audsley, of Corfu, is a member of the Class of 2020 and is majoring in Sociology.

Margaret M. Graney, of Stafford, is a member of the Class of 2022.

To be eligible for the dean's list, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on a 4.0 scale for the semester.

About St. Lawrence University

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York. 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. Visit www.stlawu.edu.

February 23, 2019 - 1:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, Oakfield, Milestones.

Two SUNY Oswego students from Genesee County completed their baccalaureate studies in fall 2018. Commencement, with faculty in full academic regalia, took place in December.

A student who graduates with honors is indicated by the traditional Latin phrases summa cum laude, with highest honor (grade averages of 3.8 to 4.0); magna cum laude, with great honor (grade averages of 3.6 to 3.79); and cum laude, with honor (grade averages of 3.30 to 3.59).

Brittany L. Morrill of Gabbey Road in Corfu completed a bachelor of science degree in Marketing.

Michaela J. Hale of South Pearl Road in Oakfield completed a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, in Spanish.

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive. U.S. News Media Group counts SUNY Oswego among the top public regional universities in the North for 2019, and the Princeton Review includes Oswego in its 2019 college guidebook "The Best Northeastern Colleges" and in its national list of "Green Colleges."

A 158-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.

Visit oswego.edu for more information.

February 23, 2019 - 1:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, darien center.

Maria Fontaine, of Darien Center, was named to the Cazenovia College dean's list for the Fall 2018 semester. Those named to the dean's list have achieved a 3.5 or better grade-point average.

Cazenovia College is an independent, coeducational college near Syracuse offering bachelor degree programs in the liberal arts and professional studies in an exceptional community environment, with academic and cocurricular programs devoted to developing leaders in their fields.

Cazenovia has been named a "Best College" for 15 consecutive years and a "Best Value" by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit www.cazenovia.edu.

February 15, 2019 - 1:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, elba.

Emily Tomczak, of Elba, was named to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester at Jamestown Community College.

Students earned at least a 3.50 grade-point average while enrolled in at least 12 degree credits to be named to the dean's list.

Tomczak is enrolled in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at JCC.

About JCC

Founded in 1950, Jamestown Community College was the first community college certified in the State University of New York system. JCC offers courses on the Jamestown Campus in Jamestown and Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean. JCC also offers courses at the North County Center in Dunkirk.

JCC is a comprehensive, regional, open access, student-centered institution that embraces academic excellence and meets the service area's learning needs in diverse ways. JCC programming includes liberal arts transfer degree programs, career programs, community service, developmental education, and business and industry training. The college's partnership with the greater community contributes to the social and intellectual improvement, economic development, and cultural enrichment of Western New York.

February 11, 2019 - 5:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, byron.

Garrett Lee Chapell, of Byron, has been recognized on the dean's list at Norwich University for the fall 2018 semester.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

Norwich University is celebrating its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich's mission to train and educate today's students to be tomorrow's global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university's strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

February 11, 2019 - 3:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, Le Roy, batavia, Pavilion, Oakfield, bergen, Stafford.

The State University of New York at Geneseo has announced its dean's list for the Fall 2018 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 on the dean's list from your area include:

Emily Carney, of Pavilion 

Madison Rodgers, of Pavilion 

Mika Swanson, of Le Roy  

Analiese Vasciannie, of Le Roy 

Ashley Montgomery, of Bergen 

Jaidyn Smith, of Stafford 

Emily McCracken, of Oakfield 

Thomas Grammatico, of Batavia 

Madison McCulley, of Batavia 

Mica Pitcher, of Batavia  

Quinn Schrader, of Batavia 

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

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