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April 20, 2011 - 2:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones.

Citizen soldier Robert Davis, of Le Roy, has reenlisted in the New York Army National Guard, continuing his commitment to serve his community, state and nation.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General, announced made the announcement.

Sergeant 1st Class Davis will continue his service with the Troop A 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition).

"Over the past three years, the New York Army National Guard has come from far below authorized strength to 100-percent strength," Murphy said in remarks to the force. "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 www.dmna.state.ny.us or www.1800goguard.com.

April 18, 2011 - 6:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, poetry, Milestones.

After receiving a record number of entries, the Alfred C. O'Connell Library at Genesee Community College has awarded prizes to seven student poets in its 10th Annual Student Poetry Contest.

Seventy-four poems from 38 poets were entered this year, making the largest number of poets and the biggest pool of poems to date.

First Prize went to Leanne Serrato for her work, "Wisdom of Water."

The award ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 in the Alfred C. O'Connell Library. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, third and fourth, as well as an award for a total body of work. This award highlights the poet whose submissions reflected overall high quality. Students were allowed to submit up to three poems.

In addition, two awards will be presented in the Math Poem category. Math faculty at Genesee offer extra credit to students who write a math-related poem and enter it in the contest.

Winners earn a certificate, a journal for future creative writing and are allowed to select an additional prize from an impressive group of gift certificates and prizes donated by local businesses and campus organizations.

This year the contest was supported by The Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, Darien Lake Theme Resort, Genesee Country Village and Museum, AVI Foodsystem, Inc., The Campus Shop, GCC Student Activities Office, and The New Courier.

First-prize winner Leanne Serrato is a nontraditional aged student at the college who has returned to GCC to further her education. She has already earned a BS degree in Zoology and a master's degree in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. She aspires to enroll in GCC's Nursing program, building on her existing knowledge base.

"My ultimate goal is to combine nursing with my background in education," she said.

Leanne wrote "Wisdom of Water" in the '90s when she was taking a lot of science classes.

"I used to try to learn concepts such as chemical bonding in terms of human relationships to better understand them," she said. "This particular poem I wrote after becoming tired of hearing my friends constantly complain about unhealthy relationships they were in, yet they wouldn't change anything.

"One of my friends was actually planning her life around a guy she really didn't love and that inspired this poem."

All winning poets are listed below:

First Prize: Leanne Serrato -- "Wisdom of Water"

Second Prize: Laura Neri -- "Daddy"

Third Prize: Christina Mortellaro -- "Distortion"

Fourth Prize: Katie Clemm -- "Desire"

Body of Work Award: Jennifer Curry --  "Oh Baby, What Fools We have Been,"   "untitled," and  "Art in Me"

Math X: Shannon Mulrain -- "Numbers"

Math Y: Jade Scott -- "My Relationship with Math"

Here is the winning poem by Leanne Serrato.

"Wisdom of Water"

Do oxygen atoms sit around planning

their lives based on who they are next to (Carbon, Hydrogen etc)?


If a couple of hydrogen atoms happen by,

oxygen-with its electronegative personality,

enters into a bond (short-lived as it may be)

with those Hydrogens

forming water

Is water forever?


Does water think that now, since it is water, it better stay water?


Throw in some heat-

get a little steam.

Drop the mercury-

get a crystal lattice.

That is the wisdom of water-

it knows when

it is time

to move on.

April 18, 2011 - 6:25pm

Today, Genesee Community College announced the Genesee County students who are among 612 on the Dean's List for the Fall 2010 semester. These students earned a quality point index (grade-point average) of 3.50-3.74.

The honorees, their hometowns and attendance status, are:


Jake Nadolinski, full time


Daniel Dudek, part time

Sabrina Herman, full time

Clayton Miller, part time

Teresa Morris, full time

John Ognibene, full time

Laurie Schwab, part time

Cindy Schwartz, part time

Stacy Wirth, full time

Lacey Wolfley, full time


Kassondra Conrad, full time

Andrew Greene, full time

Danielle Hirtzel, full time

Ely Winnie, part time


Jenise Albert, part time

Valeria Antonetty, part time

Jessica Barone, full time

Christopher Blachowicz, full time

Ann Brade, part time

Alex Brasky, part time

Katherine Clemm, full time

Neil DeLillo, part time

Richard DelPlato, part time

Nicole DiSalvo, full time

Erin Dobbertin, full time

Melissa Dorman, full time

Ian Dries, full time

Delores Dyer, full time

Ashley Falcone, full time

Charles Ferraro, full time

Kaelie Grazioplene, full time

Rachel Guppenberger, full time

Kimberly Gutzmer, full time

Brett Hake, part time

Shauna Hutchinson, part time

Kimberly Ianita, full time

Jessica Jaszko, full time

Katie Kosciolek, part time

Gregory Kryman, full time

Jenna Lynn Leach, full time

Shelly Lopez, full time

Elizabeth Martin, full time

Emily Mott, full time

John Mullen, part time

Colleen O'Donnell, full time

Daniel Oquendo, full time

Joseph Pedro, full time

Theresa Pellegrino, part time

Joshua Que, full time

Meagan Roese, full time

Amy Roggow, part time

Erin Ruzzi, full time

Erin Schafer, part time

Joseph Schlossel, part time

James Schnellinger, part time

Amber Shea, full time

Trisha Smith, part time

Brian Sprague, full time

Kathryn Svensen, part time

Mark Temperato, part time

Wendy Walker, part time

Todd Warren, full time

Katelyn Wickson, part time

Caitlin Wilkinson, full time

Mercedes Wollek, full time

Cameron Wright, full time


Karen Beaney, part time

Ryan Chatham, full time

Carrie Cooper, part time

Samantha Elliott, full time

Amanda Heale, full time

Gary Heale, part time

Kelsey Hill, part time

Cynthia Mack, part time

Rebecca Mosher, full time

Tavy Shippers, part time

Ashley Spangenburg, part time

Miranda Tardy, full time


Kevin Jackson, full time

Mark McLaughlin, full time

Timothy Nicholas, full time


Eric Allen, full time

Shannon Bartlett, part time

John Bernardini, part time

Patrick Betz, full time

Stacy Brockway, part time

Joseph D'Amato, full time

Lisa Falkowski, part time

Melissa Gardner, full time

Jessica Gerould, full time

Ashley Ingram, full time

Jamie Johnson, full time

Tracy Kearney, full time

Victoria Rebmann, full time

Kara Rykert, full time

Ashlin Thuman, part time

Dana Wolbert, full time


Larissa DeMuth, part time

Abigail Engel, full time

Nadine McClurg, part time

Alexander Muench, full time

Rebecca Piechowiak, full time

Michelle Waldo, full time


Sarah Baird, part time

Karen DeFelice, full time

Ian Lawson, part time


Lucinda Barber, part time


Michael Anauo, full time

Keenan Hughes, part time

Christopher Johnson, part time

Jeana Pfalzer, full time

Danyelle Scarborough, part time


Jennifer Beherns, part time

Joeylyn Berl, part time

Jacob Bortle, part time

Ashley Carney, part time

Jason Coniber, part time

Chad Cummings, part time

Margery Fitzsimmons, part time

Jamie Givens, part time

Bridget Grayson, part time

Anthony Macaluso, full time

Sharlene Majors, full time

Melissa Meadows, full time

Brenda Melton, full time

Caleb Nicodemus, full time

Joel Pitts, part time

Bethany Roth, full time

Katherine Stearns, part time

Jeremy Tiede, part time

Duane Weber, part time

Bradley Wight, part time

Sharon Wynn, full time


Kari Adams, full time

Amanda Bachorski, full time

Ariel Bentkowski, full time

Kristen Casper, full time

Julie Mendez, full time

Kendra Moak, full time

Sara Mooney, full time

Nathan Oaksford, part time

Veronica Rebert, full time

Maria Sanders, full time

Olivia Waldron, full time


Matthew Berkemeier, part time

Daniel Case, part time

Marie Hart, part time

Jeannie Kirch, part time

Brian Leach, full time

Emily Mess, full time

Julia Sallade, full time

Deborah Schroeder, full time

Peter Sherman, part time

James Smart, full time


Amber Carmichael, part time

Jacob Cone, part time

Mark Williams, part time

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, 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 out of the classroom, Genesee Community College is known for being "high-tech" and "high-touch." Find out more at <http://www.genesee.edu >.

April 18, 2011 - 4:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, civil war, Milestones.

At a ceremony preceding the last lecture in the Civil War Lecture Series at Genesee Community College last week, the winners of the essay contest were announced to a packed audience.

Seven students were recognized for essays on the topic, "What did/does the Civil War mean for American Identity?"

At the event, instructor Derek Maxfield noted the fine quality of all of the entries. In fact, five of the entries garnered first-place votes. Students receiving honorable mention included: Nicholas Pitcher, Brady Hawkes, Gabe Necoechea and Jessica Hollister – all four are from North Star Christian Academy in Rochester. Third place went to Matthew Sisto, second place to John Cole – both also from North Star Christian Academy, and first place was awarded to Sarah Lawson. Lawson is a homeschooled student from the Batavia area.

GCC Bookstore Manager Christopher Sackett was on hand to make the awards. Sackett and Barnes & Noble Booksellers generously donated gift cards of $100 for the first-place winner, $50 cards for the second- and third-place winners, as well as water bottles with the GCC logo. In addition to the first three places, four honorable mentions were recognized.

"In short, we thoroughly enjoyed the series," Maxfield said. "The folks who attended were enthusiastic, well-read and eager for us to continue offering a lecture series of this kind. Many even asked for copies of the lectures, which we are looking into."

April 15, 2011 - 2:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, Milestones, child care center.

Barbara Pangrazio, the lead teacher for the Toddler Room at the Genesee Community College Association (GCCA) Child Care Center, has been awarded a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children.

While all child care center's staff are trained and supervised, the CDA Credential is a particularly prestigious award. It was given by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., an organization that represents the early childhood education profession.

CDA is one of the few national initiatives to improve early childhood education and care by evaluating and recognizing the skills of individual care givers, like Pangrazio, who provide exceptional care. The first credential was awarded more than 30 years ago, and now 49 states plus the District of Columbia include CDA in their childcare licensing regulations.

"Barbie is valuable asset to our center," said Staci Williams, director of GCCA Child Care Center. "I'm extremely proud of her hard work and her new credentials. Barbie, along with the rest of our staff, strongly believes in developing the skills that foster quality service and care for our children."

The GCCA Child Care Center offers complete childcare services for infants 6-weeks old to preschool-aged children. The fully renovated center has extensive developmental resources and introduces educational programs each day. Nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks are also provided along with safe, sleeping facilities for restful naptimes.

As part of the CDA assessment process, every candidate for the CDA Credential is observed working with young children or families by an early childhood professional. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop children's physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and healthy learning environment.

The Child Care Center is open to the public during fall, spring and summer semesters in tandem with the college's academic schedule. Priority availability is granted to the children of the students, staff and faculty.

For further information on CDA, contact the Council for Professional Recognition at 2460 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20009-3547, or call the council at (800) 424-4310.

April 11, 2011 - 6:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Le Roy, Milestones.

Two students from Genesee County were among 3,000 undergraduates nationwide who presented the results of their research projects at the 25th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at Ithaca College (March 31 to April 2).

Selection to the conference was competitive. Some 440 American colleges and universities were represented.

Megan Suttell, daughter of Oakfield residents John and Kathleen Suttell, presented "Privacy and Individual Rights to Freedom of Speech: A Battle in the Courtroom."

Allyce Barron, daughter of Le Roy residents Bruce and Marie Barron, presented "Chunking v. Immersion."

The undergraduate researchers presented work from a broad array of subject areas, including the humanities, social sciences and many professional fields as well as the fine and performing arts.

In addition to oral presentations and poster sessions, the conference included a visual arts component along with dance, drama/theater and music performances.

"The National Conference on Undergraduate Research is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study," said Thomas R. Rochon, president of Ithaca College.

"Welcoming presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum, this annual conference celebrates undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps improve the state of undergraduate education."

April 11, 2011 - 3:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, Milestones.

This is from Pembroke School:

Eighth-graders from Pembroke School hit a milestone as they stomped around in D.C. this year; This is the 40th year for the school trip.

With their fearless leader Mr. Kinal leading the way, students departed to Maryland Sunday morning and arrived back home last Tuesday (April 5) evening.

The trip included a stop at Gettysburg on the way down. Mr. Kinal and an entourage of teachers, staff and friends worked very hard to make it yet another successful trip.

It was a very exciting and memorable experience for all. Students explored the various monuments and memorials within Washington, D.C., with their own personal tour guide, Mr. Kinal.

A warm welcome by parents, teachers and staff stood waiting as firetrucks escorted the buses to the school from Darien. The song "Proud To Be An American" played on the bus and all the passengers sang as they returned home to the high school.

It was an amazing end to an amazing trip!!! Thank you to everyone who made it happen!!!

April 4, 2011 - 6:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in agriculture, Milestones.

The Finger Lakes District 4-H Dairy Cattle Quiz Bowl Contest was held on March 19 at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County in Canandaigua.
Thirty seven 4-H youth representing Cayuga, Genesee, Ontario, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties participated. They demonstrated their knowledge of the dairy industry through individual and team competitions in three divisions.

They vied for the opportunity to represent the Finger Lakes District at the New York State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest to be held on Saturday, April 30 at Cornell University and at the Novice Invitational to be held on Aug. 25 at the New York State Fair.
These youths earned the highest individual scores and will advance to New York State level 4-H Dairy Cattle Bowl:
J. Lawson, C. Minde, K. Hight, Z. Abbott, will be coached by K. Minde
A. Bennett, I. Stewart, C. Rogers, E. Maslyn, will be coached by M. Bennett
E. Andrew, E. Facer, S. Sullivan, K. Warner, will be coached by C. Andrew
The primary objective of 4-H Dairy Cattle Bowl contests is to provide an opportunity for youth enrolled in a 4-H dairy project to demonstrate their knowledge of dairy-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. It is hoped these contests will prove to be an educational experience for both participants and spectators.
For more information about the 4-H Dairy Cattle Quiz Bowl contact Debbie Grusenmeyer at (607) 255-0656 or via email at [email protected] or www.ansci.cornell.edu/4H/dairycattle <http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/4H/dairycattle> .

March 31, 2011 - 1:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in byron, Milestones.

The Association for Conservation of Recreational and Natural Spaces, Inc. -- ACORNS -- announced the winners of its second black and white nature photography contest.

Top honors went to Mark Kulikowski, of Byron, for his photo titled “Butterfly," a close-up of a Monarch butterfly on milkweed blossoms.

“I took the photo while at the park for a family reunion," Kulikowski said. "I go to the park often with my family.”

Second Place went to George Squires, also of Byron, for “Winter in the Park,” a photo capturing the majesty of the park in winter.

Honorable Mention went to Peggy Tirrell, of Avon, for “Through the Trees II” and to Kulikowski for his photo titled “Frog."

The winners were selected by a panel of judges, including Jim Taillie, president of ACORNS.

“We were impressed with the quality of the entries," Taillie said. "The photos truly reveal the beauty and diversity in the Genesee County parks. Our panel of judges had a difficult time choosing the winners.”

The contest encourages visitors to enjoy Genesee County parks. Photographers were required to submit photos that were taken at either the Genesee County Park and Forest in East Bethany or the DeWitt Recreation Area in Batavia.

The winning photos are displayed at the Nature Center in the Genesee County Park and Forest and are available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. on weekends as staff and volunteers are available.

The Nature Center is located at 11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany. All photos can be also viewed on-line at: http://acorns.shutterfly.com/pictures.

For more information contact Julia Garver at 343-8514 or [email protected], or go to http://acorns.shutterfly.com/.

ACORNS  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization formed to support the Genesee County parks by assisting with environmental programs and park maintenance, offering recreational opportunities and promoting the parks. Call 344-1122 for more information.

March 24, 2011 - 9:34am
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Alabama, Milestones.

Zonta Club of Batavia-Genesee County has named an Oakfield-Alabama High School student as a winner of the Young Women in Public Affairs Award.

Kasey Edgerton won and will be presented with a check for $500 to
encourage her to achieve her educational and career goals. Her application
will be entered in the Zonta International District #4 award competition.

The Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award competition,
established in 1990, is open to young women who are seniors in high school.
The program is designed to encourage women to pursue decision-making
positions in their communities in order to impact the policies that affect the lives of women in the community and throughout the world.

Applicants are asked to reflect on their lives, their commitment to the communities in which they live, and the issues that the nations of the world must address to
improve the lives of their people.

The Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs program looks to the young women of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Edgerton was selected for this honor because of her commitment to her school and her community. Throughout high school she has been a participant in Drama Club, Scholastic Bowl, Future Business Leaders of America, Batavia Player Youth Theater and volunteering as a Junior Counselor for HOBY.

In addition, she has been a member in Student Council, Elementary and Community School Organization (E.C.S.O.) and the Reach Out program.

She plans to continue to serve her community and aspires to study English and Japanese Studies at SUNY Albany to establish a career as an ESL teacher.

Zonta International, with headquarters in Chicago, is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women.

March 24, 2011 - 9:25am
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones.

Jennifer Vereecken, of Bergen, a senior at Byron-Bergen High School has been nominated to represent New York as a National Youth Correspondent at the 2011 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.

Vereecken has the opportunity to join a select group of students from all over the country for an intensive study of journalism and media. She was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

National Youth Correspondents will participate in hands-on, experiential learning through decision-making simulations that challenge them to solve problems and explore the creative, practical and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media.

The experiential portion of the program is complemented by speakers who are well-known leaders in the field. These presenters range from prominent journalists to CEOs of major media outlets, and from researchers to recent college graduates.

With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, The Washington Journalism and Media conference offers aspiring journalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience.

The week long program, held at George Mason University's state-of-the-art campus, will encourage and inspire young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.

The Washington Journalism and Media Conference will be held July 10-15.

March 17, 2011 - 2:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in Richmond Memorial Library, Milestones.

Nancy Mortellaro has been named the 2011 Richmond Memorial Library Friend of the Year.

Friends of the library will host a public reception in the Gallery Room at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15 and the award presentation will be at 4 p.m.

The annual award recognizes an individual or group whose interest and support of the library has been exceptional.

Consideration is given to people who generously give of their time and talent to help with library-sponsored programs, or who have worked toward promoting the mission of the library within the community.

March 15, 2011 - 2:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, Milestones.

Alyssa Reeb, of Corfu, has been awarded a $1,000 per year "Educational Foundation Academic Distinction" scholarship to attend Alfred State College.

She is slated to graduate this year from Pembroke Central School and intends to enroll in the undeclared major program.

The scholarship, based on scholastic achievement, is from the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., according to Deborah Goodrich, associate vice president for enrollment management at the college.

Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Alfred State College offers some 52 associate degree programs, 19 baccalaureate degree programs, and three certificate programs.


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