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June 21, 2019 - 2:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Milestones, American Legion, Boys State.

Submitted photo and press release:

The New York State American Legion Boys State program will be held June 27th to July 2nd at Morrisville State College, Morrisville.

The American Legion Boys State is a unique summertime educational program for boys entering their senior year of high school.

The program focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governmental bodies and elected public officials. It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of state government while providing training in practical citizenship, leadership and character through a non-partisan lens. 

The American Legion Boys State program consists of classroom work, lectures and hands-on activities that promote learning by doing. Each participant is known as a “citizen” and becomes an integral part of the process assuming specific responsibilities as an elected or appointed official.

The American Legion Posts, local businesses, or other civic organizations pay the delegates' enrollment fees. 

The Genesee County American Legion Committee is proud to be sponsoring the following 2019 Boys State delegates:

  • Zachary Anderson -- Batavia High School
  • Zeshan Armstrong -- Batavia High School
  • Aiden Cornelius -- Oakfield-Alabama High School
  • Grantham Gilligan -- Le Roy High School
  • Zachary Hannon -- Byron Bergen High School
  • Jake Hill -- Le Roy High School
  • Ryan Manges -- Oakfield-Alabama High School
  • Alexander Pratz -- Oakfield-Alabama High School
  • Dylan Rykert -- Oakfield-Alabama High School
  • Gavin Schmidt -- Batavia High School
  • Cameron Smith -- Le Roy High School
  • Keith Szczepanski -- Notre Dame High School
  • Charles Urbanczyk -- Pavilion High School

About The American Legion 

The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

June 9, 2019 - 5:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Glenn S. Loomis Post 332, American Legion, veterans, batavia, video.
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Glenn S. Loomis Post 332, Batavia American Legion, celebrated its 100th Anniversary on Saturday in Centennial Park.

May 19, 2019 - 10:15pm

 

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On Saturday, Botts-Fiorito American Legion Post #576, hosted the American Warrior Festival, organized by Dan Clor, leader of the rock band Weapon-X. The party included a cornhole tournament, open bowling, and later in the night, live rock-'n'-roll.

March 15, 2019 - 1:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in steve hawley, news, American Legion, NYS Boys State.

Press release:

As a result of Gov. Cuomo and the State Senate failing to include the New York State American Legion Boys State program in their individual budget proposals, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has taken action.

Hawley, along with more than 40 other lawmakers, have signed onto a letter calling for the program’s full restoration that will be sent to legislative leaders and the governor ahead of the April 1 budget deadline.

The Boys State program melds aspiring high school seniors with American Legion counselors and active duty Marines during a weeklong training seminar at SUNY Morrisville.

The students engage in physical fitness, teamwork building and leadership training exercises while also learning the intricacies of state government.

“This is a unique program that brings together active service members, veterans and high school students eager to become future leaders and active in civic affairs,” Hawley said, “including $150,000 in a budget that is expected to total over $175 billion is a small investment we can make to help the future leaders of New York grow and excel.

"Students from every region of the state attend this program and I urge the governor and legislative leaders to restore this funding and keep the Boys State program vibrant and active.”

September 12, 2018 - 12:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Botts-Fiorito Post #576, American Legion, Le Roy, news, notify.

Press  release:

Botts-Fiorito Post #576, American Legion, Le Roy, would like to announce with great pride and pleasure Robert Boyce as its selection for the 2018 “LeRoyan of the Year Award.”

Robert, or “Bob” as he is known to most, was born in Hamburg and graduated from Hamburg High School. Upon completion of high school, he joined the Army and served in Korea, after which he was honorably discharged. He then continued his education at The University of Buffalo.

Bob came to Le Roy with his family in 1968 to join the Ernest Townsend & Son Insurance Agency, now known as Tompkins Insurance Agencies. He and his wife, Beth, have three children, daughters Ann (Alan) Nordyke, and Tracey (Jim) Carter, and son David Boyce. They also have six grandchildren.

Bob immediately became active in the community by first joining the Le Roy Jaycees. Today, he continues service with the Le Roy Rotary Club, where he has been active for 45 years and served as president in 1975. The R.E.A. Milne Scholarship arm of the Rotary is of special interest to him.

He was president of the Genesee Community College Foundation for three years, was appointed a trustee of GCC by the Genesee County Legislature in 2014, and presently serves as vice-chairman on the Le Roy Republican Committee. Bob is also one of two trustees of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.

Bob has also been a member of the board of the Le Roy Ambulance Service for 27 years and has been president for the past 13 years. One of his goals for the ambulance service is to make sure it continues to be a viable service in our community with quality pre-hospital care.

To honor Bob, the 50th annual LeRoyan of the Year Award Dinner will be held on Oct. 6. Social hour is at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:45 p.m., at the American Legion at 53 W. Main St., Le Roy.  Tickets are available at the American Legion or at Mickel’s Nickels at 80 Lake St. Le Roy. Cost is $25 per ticket.

July 27, 2018 - 1:50pm

Press release:

On Sunday, Aug. 5, the Botts-Fiorito Post #576, American Legion in Le Roy will be conducting the fourth annual Ceremony for the Disposal of Unserviceable Flags.
 
The ceremony will take place at the Northwoods Sportsmen Club, located at 8402 Gulf Road in Le Roy.
 
Anyone with flags that need to be disposed of may drop them off at the American Legion Post, located at 53 W. Main St.
 
Anyone interested in attending and joining in this ceremony are invited to be at the Northwoods Sportsman Club at 1 o’clock sharp, with the ceremonial presentation conducted by the Post Commander, followed immediately with the burning of the flags.
June 18, 2018 - 10:36am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Boys State, American Legion, Le Roy, news.

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This year's delegates to Boys State from Genesee County school gathered in Le Roy on Thursday for a meet-and-greet at the Botts Fiorito American Legion Post #576.

This year's delegates are: Adam Drake, Byron-Bergen; Jared Fregoe, Byron Bergen; Matthew Grover, Batavia; Zakariah Jantzi, Batavia; Erik Maier, Oakfield-Alabama; Roan Mallaber, Le Roy; Maxin McKenzie, Le Roy; Kyle Mott, Oakfield Alabama; David Pillo, Batavia; Reece Tresco, Le Roy; and  Hagan Triftshauser, Notre Dame. 

Boys State is a program of the American Legion nationally and was founded in 1935 to help educate young men on free, democratic government.

May 7, 2018 - 8:48am
posted by Lisa Ace in American Legion, breakfast, Le Roy.
Event Date and Time: 
June 3, 2018 - 8:00am

Sunday June 3rd-

All You Can Eat Breakfast! 

8:00am - Until 

  

At the AMERICAN LEGION

Post#576 

53 WEST MAIN 

LE ROY, NY 

  

Open to all members and guests, please join us. 

 

March 30, 2018 - 8:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in veterans, Botts-Fiorito Post #576, American Legion, Le Roy, news.

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Members of Le Roy the American Legion Botts-Fiorito Post honored Vietnam War veterans at their Legion Hall on National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

More than 60 people attended the service, according to Adjunct Jerry Diskin.

Diskin noted the day honors veterans who generations ago were not necessarily given the respect they deserved upon their return from the war in which more than 500,000 U.S. military personnel served and where 58,200 U.S. servicemen and women lost their lives. U.S. involvement in Vietnam spanned five presidential administrations, from Eisenhower to Ford.

The last combat troops left Vietnam on March 29, 1973.

President Barack Obama proclaimed March 29 Vietnam Veterans Day in 2012. President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 last year marking March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. 

Photos by Joan Fernaays.

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March 21, 2018 - 11:36am
Event Date and Time: 
April 7, 2018 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Chicken Parmesan / Pasta Dinner
Saturday April 7th

American Legion LeRoy, NY Post#576
53 WEST MAIN LE ROY, NY 14482

4:30pm – 7pm or Sold Out

Take Outs Available

$10.00

Open to all members and guests, please join us. 

May 24, 2017 - 9:45am

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Press release:

The Botts Fiorito American Legion Auxiliary 576 announces that the 2017 Poppy Girl is Ellison Williams, who is a third-grader at Wolcott Street School in Le Roy. She is the daughter of Dave and Mindy Williams, Granddaughter of Dave and Bee Hyde and Jim and Peggy Williams.

She comes to the Auxiliary from a long line of American Legion Members her Great Grandparents were  Hank and Mary Zimmerman. Ellison participates in dance and also enjoys drawing, playing basketball, volleyball and swimming.  

Ellison will be at Tops Market on Saturday with Poppies please stop by to meet her. Also, Poppies will be available at Tops Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m.
With Ellison are Town Supervisor Steve Barbeau and Village Mayor Greg Rogers.
May 18, 2017 - 10:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in American Legion, Le Roy, news.

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Press release:

Empire Girls State is an educational Americanism program developed to offer a better perspective of the practical government operations and to emphasize the integral part that individuals have within a democratic government.

This program, which has been accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, is a nonpartisan attempt to teach the love of “God and Country” to America’s youth.
 
This year the program will be held at SUNY Brockport, qualified high school juniors are selected to participate in a weeklong, educational experience with hands-on workshops on government and the political process, designed to create a government from the county to the state level.
 
These service-oriented high school juniors are both scholar athletes that rank prestigiously at the top of their class. Sponsored by the local Auxiliary Unit #576 of Le Roy are Camryn Arthur, of 8631 North Street Road, Le Roy. Daughter of Robert and Justine Lathan-Arthur, her two older sisters are Casey and Kylynn. Camryn is currently Junior Class President at Le Roy Central and plays both varsity soccer as well as varsity tennis.
 
Attending Pavilion Central High School is Kimberly Davis (alternate), of 11050 River Road Pavilion. Kimberly is the daughter of Dale and Susan Davis and has one older brother, Christopher, and a younger sister, Anna. Kimberly is currently Junior Class Treasurer and plays for her school's soccer, basketball and track varsity teams.
 
This Empire Girls State program creates a mythical 51st state allowing students to learn the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society. These young women work tirelessly throughout the week as their participation allows them a greater understanding of their role within a democracy.
 
With the expertise of the department of Americanism chairman, 360 high school juniors from across the state will also learn proper flag etiquette during their week at Girls State. Students will participate in the creation and execution of either a flag lowering or raising ceremony. The citizens will also receive information on some of the programs that are important components of the organization.

August 8, 2016 - 10:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Botts-Fiorito Post #576, American Legion, Le Roy, news.

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Photos and info submitted by Jerry Diskin.

The American Legion post in Le Roy, Botts-Fiorito Post #576, conducted a flag disposal ceremony Sunday afternoon, burning flags that had been dropped off with the Legion and deemed no longer serviceable.

The ceremony was held at the Northwoods Sportsman Club on Gulf Road with the assistance of the Le Roy Volunteer Fire Department. 

There were approximately 335 flags disposed of in the ceremony, including the giant flag that was replaced on the Orcon Industries building on Lake Road.

The ceremony was conducted by Post Commander Don Schafer. 

The ceremony is based on Public Law 344, passed by the 94th Congress in 1978:

"When the flag is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should not be cast aside or used in any way that might be viewed as disrespectful to the national colors, but should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning or by some other method in harmony with the reverence and respect we owe to the emblem representing our country.”

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June 15, 2016 - 9:22pm
posted by James Burns in genesee, American Legion, Boys State, news.

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Above, the 11 students representing Genesee County in Boys State pose at the Botts Fiorito American Legion post in Le Roy during Wednesday evening's meet and greet. They will be heading to Morrisville for a weeklong educational experience starting June 26th. 

American Legion Boys State is an educational program for students to learn and experience government legislation. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935. 

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. Expenses associated with attending this program are paid by the sponsoring American Legion Post.

The high school students representing Genesee County are:

From Sackett-Merrill-White Post #575 -- Brandon Burke, Russel Cunningham, Ryan Richardson, Colin Noeth

From Hiram G. Luhman Post #626 -- Campbell Andersen, Christopher Lemley, Jacob Walton, Caleb Walcott

Botts Fiorito Post #576 -- Joshua Laurie, David Privatera, Jacob Steffenilla

For more information on the Boys State, contact Dennis McCumiskey at the American Legion Post in Le Roy at 585-768-8597.

There is also a Girls State. For more information, click here.

 

June 15, 2016 - 8:58pm
posted by James Burns in genesee, American Legion, Boys State.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935. 

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.

The HS students representing Gensee County are:

From Sackett-Merrill-White Post #575- Brandon Burke, Russel Cunningham, Ryan Richardson, Colin Noeth.

From Hiram G. Luhman Post #626- Campbell Anderson, Christopher Lemley, Jacob Walton, Caleb Walcott.

Botts Fiorito Post #576- Joshua Laurie, David Privatera, Jacob Steffenilla

October 17, 2015 - 7:32am
posted by Billie Owens in veterans, American Legion, batavia.

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American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett visited Batavia Friday and spoke with veterans at the VA Center.

His Fall Meetings in communities nationwide are aimed at publicizing three things, primarily: the Walk with Veterans campaign to raise awareness about veterans; the VA healthcare system and its value; and role the Amercian Legion plays in fighting for veterans' rights regarding education, jobs, and mental health/reintegration services.

He told the local group that he believes the Veterans Administration is a system worth saving, that it provides greatly needed services for veterans and their families.

Barnett mentioned the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, which the legion successfully lobbied in favor of, state licensing credits, the expanded GI Bill of Rights and new educational opportunties, including the ability to transfer educational benefits to spouse or children.

"We're fighting for benefits that affect them," he said. "We fight for veterans and their families."

Asked about efforts to shore up declining membership, especially among younger vets, Barnett said education and awareness are key. They can't help fix problem if they aren't aware of them.

Since active duty military personnel and National Guards reservists can't lobby legislators about proposed defense cuts, Barnett said, so it's imperative that newly retired and non-active personnel fill that gap, both for the sake of U.S. safety and preparedness, and the benefits and services at stake.

Asked about the alarming rate of suicides among young veterans, he noted that every day 22 veterans take their life. Barnett said the VA is branching out in its efforts to help self-healing, "with less reliance on narcotics, over-medication that may have occurred in hospitals nationwide."

Plus, they've help develop creative programs to help war-weary vets meld back into society and overcome bad experiences, citing a program that pairs vets with horses in Saratoga and another equine program in Montana. There's also the "Dogs for Heroes" program.

And no one is better suited to understanding the wounds of war better than other veterans, Barnett said.

Photo and information provided by our news partner, WBTA.

September 8, 2015 - 11:48am

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(Photo by Howard Owens; Bill Fox walking in yesterday's Labor Day parade in Oakfield.)

Press release:

The Le Roy American Legion, Botts-Fiorito Post #576, is proud to announce this year's selection for "LeRoyan of the Year" -- Mr. Bill Fox, a well-known local contractor, having maintained his business, "Bill Fox & Son, Construction and Remodeling, LLC" in the area for over 25 years.

Bill is married. He and his wife of 34 years, Anne, have three children, sons Bill Jr. "Billy," and his wife, Mady; Andrew, and daughter Marisa. Billy and Mady have two children, Farrah and Easton. 

An integral part of the community, Bill has devoted countless hours in support of local sports programs, participating when and where he could as his kids progressed through soccer, baseball and football.  He has lent his hand in contributing time and effort to school sports projects including such things as a new trophy case, after a  Section V championship.

He has been instrumental in organizing support groups to meet and "Welcome Back” veterans returning from "Honor Flights" from Washington, D.C., at the Rochester Airport. In addition, he has organized Christmas visits at the Veterans Administration Facility in Batavia and has sponsored ice cream socials there as well.

Bill has a strong interest in community awareness projects and leading educational programs involving hunting, hunter safety and animal awareness. He continues to instruct the DEC Hunter Safety program for youth; and has conducted numerous animal education programs for nursery schools and preschool children in the area.

One of Bill's strongest endeavors involves the "Shooters Committee on Political Education" or SCOPE. Bill has served as the Chapter chairperson for Genesee County for two years and was previously the secretary for three years. He continues to serve as the second vice-president of the New York State SCOPE organization.

Bill strongly believes in several essential principles, the Constitution and our God-given rights and his local community. In his own words: "Being an area businessman myself, I firmly believe that we should shop and do business locally. I am all for helping to keep businesses alive in Le Roy."

For these reasons, and many more we feel very pleased to present Mr. Bill Fox as the 2015 “LeRoyan of the Year," the 47th recipient of this prestigious Award.

Tickets for this year’s Award Dinner are available at the American Legion. Cost is $20 per person.

June 8, 2015 - 9:44am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, American Legion.

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The Alabama American Legion hosted a Hogs and Heroes ride and pig roast Saturday, which include a ride to Medina, then Stan's Harley-Davidson, then to Attica's American Legion Hall, and back to Alabama for a pig roast.

Photos submitted by Timothy Burch.

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January 23, 2014 - 12:59pm
Event Date and Time: 
February 16, 2014 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Servicemen’s Club Breakfast!
On Sunday, February 16th, we will be hosting another breakfast from 8 AM – NOON
AMERICAN LEGION Post#576
53 WEST MAIN ST., LE ROY, NY
 
All you can eat only $6.00 per person.
Includes Eggs & Omelets cooked to order: Toast, Biscuits &
Gravy, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries, Pancakes, French Toast, Waffles
& Syrup, Coffee & Juice
May 21, 2013 - 4:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, American Legion.

Village of Le Roy Mayor Greg Rogers purchases a poppy from Sundae Duyssen, Miss Poppy, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 576.

Photo and information below submitted by Suzanne Duyssen.

Sundae is a first-grade student at Wolcott Street School in Le Roy. She dances ballet at Fusion Dance and participates in many events/walks for muscular dystrophy and many other causes. Sundae loves school, country music, playing games, shopping and art. She is very excited to be Miss Poppy 2013 and represent the Le Roy American Legion and its many members by helping distribute poppies at TOPS in Le Roy on Saturday and marching in the Memorial Day Parade with many of her family members. Sundae’s great-aunt, Maureen Maher, was a past Miss Poppy.

Sundae is the daughter of Dan and Suzanne Duyssen, of Le Roy, and sister of Jack Duyssen. She is the granddaughter of Bob and Ann Duyssen, of Le Roy, and Rose (and the late Pat) Maher, of Bergen. Sundae is also the great-granddaughter of Dorothy (and the late Elliot) Pickell and Kathleen (and the late Robert) Maher.

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