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July 22, 2021 - 1:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, batavia, corfu, alexander, elba, Stafford, Oakfield.

 Buffalo State College is pleased to congratulate the students from Genesee County who completed the requirements to earn their baccalaureate degrees in Spring 2021.

  • Carli Bogue, of Elba

  • Jenna Huntington, of Elba

  • Michelle McEwen, of Stafford

  • Angelina Miconi, of Batavia

  • Miranda Schiller, of Alexander

  • Samantha Tatarski, of Corfu 

  • Alysa Urbanczyk, of Oakfield

Buffalo State is a State University of New York (SUNY) college located in Buffalo. It offers 79 undergraduate majors as well as many minors and certificate programs. Every year, thousands of students benefit from Buffalo State's community engagement, hands-on learning opportunities, and affordable SUNY tuition. Buffalo State also offers more than 60 graduate programs.

July 20, 2021 - 6:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, elba.

A motor-vehicle accident is reported on Main Street between Church Street and Oak Orchard Road in Elba.

Injuries are reported.

Elba fire dispatched. Mercy EMS, including a second ambulance requested to the scene.

UPDATE 6:57 p.m.: A first responder reports no vehicles blocking traffic. Two vehicles are parked in the driveway of a house.

UPDATE 6:58 p.m.: Only one vehicle had people in it. A third ambulance requested to the scene because three children were involved.

UPDATE 6:59 p.m.: Mercy Flight is not available.

UPDATE 7:03 p.m.: Darien Byron ambulance requested to the scene.

UPDATE 7:04 p.m.: Route 98 from Church Street to Oak Orchard is being shut down.

UPDATE 7:10 p.m.: An officer informs dispatch there was a single vehicle "occupied times five" struck a parked vehicle.

UPDATE 7:20 p.m.: Three children are being transported in three separate ambulances to Strong Memorial Hospital.

UPDATE 8:14 p.m.: Elba assignment back in service. The roadway is reopened.

July 15, 2021 - 4:30pm


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July 11, 2021 - 4:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, video, music, arts, entertainment.
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July 11, 2021 - 4:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, elba.

Kyley Pascarella, of Elba, earned their Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from SUNY Canton. Pascarella was among the graduates recognized as part of the Class of 2021.

President Zvi Szafran urged graduates to use their knowledge to help their communities rebound after the COVID-19 pandemic at the college's in-person Commencement Ceremony held May 15.

"Think about your strengths and how they can be used to enact positive change in your communities as we heal from the past year," he said. "You have a once in a generation chance to have a seat at the table as the country continues to implement its collective reset, breaking out from old thinking patterns and seeking new ideas.

"As a SUNY Canton graduate, you've been taught to analyze and to problem solve. These skills won't just be helpful to you in your career but to society as a whole."

Nearly 800 students were eligible to graduate from the college. The top three bachelor's degrees awarded, in order of popularity, were Health Care Management, Criminal Investigation and Management. The top three associate degrees awarded were Nursing, Veterinary Science Technology and Criminal Justice.

The college captured a video of the 2021 Commencement Ceremony and also created a special virtual commencement video. A complete list of all graduates also runs on www.canton.edu.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials.

As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 22 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities.

The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.

July 8, 2021 - 4:48pm

From the National Weather Service office in Buffalo:

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect until 5:15 p.m. EDT for Southeastern Orleans and Central Genesee counties.

At 4:30 p.m. EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Oakfield, or near Batavia, moving east at 35 mph.

Up to 70 mph wind gusts pose a hazard, according to radar. Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings. Locations impacted also includes Darien Lakes State Park, Attica, Corfu, Elba, Alexander, East Bethany, and Interstate 90 near exit 48.

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

UPDATE 4:54 p.m.: A low-hanging cable wire and possibly a tree are reported down in the roadway in Elba in the area of 4119 Lockport Road. A first responder says the roadway is partially blocked. The roadway will be shut down at Route 98 and Lockport Road. Spectrum is notified; no ETA.

UPDATE 5 p.m.: The Elba chief says the cable line has been cleared; now removing other debris before reopening roadway.

July 8, 2021 - 12:41pm

From Pauli Miano:

The Elba Betterment Committee is pleased to announce the first concert in their summer concert series -- EBC Music and More 2.0 this Saturday, July 10 at the Elba Village Park.

Rockin' the Gazebo at Elba Village Park

It is located in the center of the Village on east side of Main Street.

Music starts at noon with Bobby and the Pedestrians, a local Reggae rock and roll band that will introduce listeners to a didgeridoo while they combine their original style with familiar tunes that will have you singing along and asking for more.

Second in the lineup (at about 2 o'clock) is the ever popular Genesee Ted who will be bringing the '60s and '70s rock we all love with a mix of old-school country.

Closing the day (at about 4 p.m.) will be the hard-rocking Savage Cabbage. Expect some Grand Funk Railroad and Bad Company mixed with a little Marshall Tucker, and of course, Johnny Be Good.

Tying it all together on our smaller stage will be the acoustic stylings of The Elba Guys -- John, Tom and Lee, who will be familiar to most from their long local music past. This is our first venture into the "festival" business, and after the raging, but unfortunately, restricted response we had last summer, we expect this to be a fun, musical event for the whole family.

Bring Your Own Lawn Chair, Lots of Food and Drinks to Purchase

Bring your lawn chair, and have lunch and maybe even dinner in beautiful Elba. BEST (Building Elba School Together) will be serving Andy's Pizza and and ice cream from Zuber Farms; Mac Daddy's Ultimate Mac 'n' Cheese; Center Street Smokehouse and Pub Coffee Hub will be there with their trucks as well.

Eli Fish Brewing Co. will be bringing the beer, and Circle B Winery the wine -- what more do you need? And last but not least (sometimes it's OK to eat dessert first) will be Lori's Delectable Edibles (think cake bites, brownies and cookies) and her delicious Bubble Tea.

Get Yours! Onion Capital of the World T-shirts

The Betterment will be selling their Onion Capital of the World T-shirts and conducting a 50/50 raffle and invites other nonprofits to contact us if you would like to have a booth or stand at any of our events.

Taking a Free Will Donation for the Down Syndrome Parent Support Group

There is never a charge for all of this great music, but we will be taking a free will donation to the Down Syndrome Parent Support Group of Genesee County. This wonderful organization provides support and encouragement to individuals with with Down Syndrome who reside in the GLOW area. Representatives will be at the park to talk to anyone who is interested in joining or assisting this group.

This and all of our summer concerts is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NYS Council on the Arts with the Support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and administered by GOART!

Our second show will be in August. Look for more information to come.

July 7, 2021 - 11:49am

Submitted photo and press release:

On Tuesday, the Elba Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) announced it has named Gretchen Rosales as the district’s next superintendent. Rosales is expected to begin in her new post mid-August.  

“I am thrilled to continue my service to the Elba Central School District in the new role of Superintendent," Rosales said. "I feel a great responsibility to the school and community, as my roots are here.

"I am looking forward to collaborating with other schools in the area to further the needs of rural schools, while focusing on the traditions of the Elba community. Now is an exceptional time to be a leader in education; I am humbled and excited to take on this position."

School Board President Michael Augello said Rosales possesses the key qualities that the board is seeking in a superintendent. 

“As a visible and engaged leader, we are confident that Gretchen Rosales is the best choice for our district. We look forward to working with Gretchen as we deliver the best education possible for our students,” Augello said. 

Rosales is the principal of Elba Junior/Senior High School, a position she has held since 2019. Previously, she was the assistant principal of Alexander Middle/High School. From 2015-2017, she served as an instructional support specialist and middle school department chair at the Kendall Central schools.

Rosales began her career in education in 1998 as an English as a Second Language Teaching Assistant/Long-term Spanish Substitute for Elba Central schools. Her teaching experience is extensive in both the private and public-school systems.

Along with teaching at Elba Central Schools, she has taught at St. Anthony’s School, El Campo High School in Texas, and Kendall Central Schools. Rosales also taught at the college level and was an adjunct instructor at Genesee Community College.

Her specialized training includes restorative practices in instruction and discipline, and creating inclusive schools and trauma-informed teaching.

Rosales has many honors and awards including as the two-time recipient of the Kendall Junior/Senior High School Teacher of the Year Award. She earned the HEB Excellence in Education Award while teaching in Texas. 

Rosales earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, as well as, a Master of Science in Spanish and Secondary Education from SUNY Geneseo. She holds two Master of Science degrees from SUNY Stony Brook, one in Higher Education Administration and another in Educational Leadership and Administration. She holds New York State Certifications in Spanish 7-12 and as a School District Administrator. Rosales also earned her teaching certifications in Texas in Spanish 6-12 and English as a Second Language K-12. 

Kevin MacDonald, District superintendent of Genesee Valley BOCES, acted as the search consultant and noted that the search process was a true collaboration between the Board of Education, district staff and community.

July 2, 2021 - 6:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, schools, education, news.

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Among the highlights of Elba's graduation, this past weekend were four fathers from the Class of 1991 (that's 30 years ago for those of you counting) who shared in watching their daughters graduate with the rest of the Class of 2021.

Michael Augello, school board president, handed a diploma to his daughter Taylor.

Pictured from left: Madison Harrington and her father Aaron. Miah Werth and her father Steve. Leah Bezon and her dad Steven, and Taylor Augello and her dad Michael.

Photo by Laura Luft.

June 28, 2021 - 4:04pm

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Four top 10 seniors from Alexander, Elba, Pembroke and Notre Dame high schools are the recipients of the 2021 Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarships administered by the Arc of Genesee Orleans.

The $1,000 scholarship award winners, Annie Kochmanski, Taylor Augello, Lauren Filter and Isabelle Cooper are planning to pursue careers related to healthcare or working with those with a disability.  

Annie Kochmanski (top inset photo right) -- Alexander Central, will begin her studies in the teacher education transfer program at Genesee Community College, transferring to Keuka College to study Special Education and American Sign Language.

The Darien resident plans to become a teacher for individuals who are deaf/hearing impaired. In 2020, before school closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Annie was involved in Alexander’s Big Buddy program, paired with a student in the elementary school, and was also an intern/teacher assistant for the second and third grades.

This experience solidified Annie’s decision to become and educator.

“I know that helping special needs students is where my heart lies,” Annie said in her scholarship application.

Taylor Augello (inset photo at left) -- Elba Central, will attend Genesee Community College for nursing and plans to one day become a Nurse Practitioner.

A scholar/athlete at Elba, Taylor said she has chosen nursing as her career path, because she has seen how individuals, especially those with disabilities can struggle.

“Knowing that I can help people with disabilities will fulfill my childhood dreams of helping others,” Taylor said.  

Lauren Filter (inset photo below right)-- Pembroke Central, has been accepted to Daemen College and plans to study Nursing, setting her sights on one day becoming a Certified Registered Nurse anesthetist (CRNA). “In a hospital, I will be working with people of all abilities,” Lauren said, adding, “There needs to be compassion, empathy and understanding that individuals (with disabilities) have complex communication needs.” As a certified lifeguard, Lauren has taught swimming lessons to children with a variety of swimming skills, special needs and learning disorders.  

Isabelle Cooper (below left inset photo) -- Notre Dame High School, is from the Town of Pavilion.

In the fall, she will be attending Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa., in the Physician Assistant program.

In her scholarship application, Isabelle said, “I hope to one day work in a neurology practice with children with developmental delays.”

Isabelle has more than five years’ experience in the YMCA’s Challenger Sports program, volunteering with children with special needs.

In 2019, she took on the leadership role of running the Challenger Tennis program.

About the Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarship

Now in its 16th year, the Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarship is presented to area high school seniors planning to further their studies in human services, special education or related fields.

It is in honor of Mary Anne Graney, a special education teacher, who died in 2004.

The scholarship is funded by the Friends & Family 5K, scheduled this year for Sept. 18 in Elba.

June 19, 2021 - 4:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Onion Queen, elba, news.

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Taylor Augello was crowned the 2020 Onion Queen in a ceremony in the Elba Village Park on Friday evening.

The 2021 Onion Queen will be crowned in September.

  • Madison Harrington was first runner-up.
  • Lily Thompson was second runner-up.
  • Fanny Venegas was third runner-up.

Photos by Debra Reilly.

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June 16, 2021 - 8:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, sports, softball.

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The Elba Lancers softball team came into the post-season as the #6 seed in the Class D2 Section V tournament and put together a string of wins carrying them to the championship game yesterday against Friendship.

Nice run but it came to an end with a 10-0 loss.

The Lancers finish the season with a record of 7-11.

Photos by Debra Reilly.

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June 15, 2021 - 3:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, news, elba, scanner.

A motor-vehicle accident involving two passenger vehicles and a tractor-trailer is reported in front of the Village Park in Elba, 40 S. Main St. Unknown injuries. The location is between West Avenue and Drake Street Road.

A first responder says one of the vehicle ended up at 18 S. Main Street. Elba Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 3:27 p.m.: Some Speedy Dry is needed to soak up a spill. One of the vehicles involved is a black SUV.

UPDATE 3:28 p.m.: A first responder says to "back it down" -- only minor injuries. Medics are on scene. A tow company is called.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: Command calls for traffic to be shut off at Mechanic Street.

UPDATE 4:08 p.m.: Mechanic Street and South Main are being reopened.

June 14, 2021 - 4:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in stumblin' inn, arts, entertainment, music, elba, news, notify.

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Jim Goff, an icon of the local music scene for decades, passed away this weekend, according to an announcement by his family on The Stumblin' Inn's Facebook page.

Goff and his brother Stephen "Stork" Goff owned and operated the famous bar and music venue for nearly four decades, until a fire destroyed the 150-year-old building in Elba in July 2018.

Stork passed away in March.

An obituary about Jim Goff is not yet available.

According to his family's statement, Goff succumbed to cancer.

It reads, in part, "The Goff family has suffered so much loss this year but this one is the hardest to swallow. My dad was so incredibly kind, caring, compassionate, and selfless. He supported so many local bands and charities, he brought together so many friends and families, creating unforgettable memories for all of us."

Photos: File photos from a 2018 benefit for the Goffs

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June 12, 2021 - 9:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in golf, sports, elba.

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Press release:

The Elba/OA Lancers Golf Team completed the perfect season Friday, winning their third Section V Class C Golf Team Championship in the last five golf seasons.

In the new Sectional format, the Lancers started their day at Caledonia Country Club defeating the Kendall Eagles by a score of 173-238. CJ Gottler, the 2021 Individual Sectional Champion, was the medalist with a three-over round of 38 on the par 35 front 9. Brayden Smith (43), Jake Walczak (45), and Travis Wiedrich (47) were the other scoring golfers for the Lancers. Lilly Tobin was the Eagles low golfer.

As the Lancers stayed loose following their semifinal match, they awaited the winners of Byron-Bergen and Gananda. Byron-Bergen was able to knock off the top seeded Gananda by a score of 190-203.

The Lancers and the Bees then were set to square off in the all Genesee Region Class C Final. CJ Gottler and Travis Wiedrich dominated with a 1-under 36 and a 43, respectively, on the par 37 back 9. Brayden Smith (46) and Jake Walczak (47) rounded out the scoring group for the Lancers, while Peyton Yasses and Cooper Colantonio also shot well with tying scores of 52.

The Lancers finished the season at a perfect 13-0 overall (10-0 League) while winning their fourth Genesee Region Division Title in five years and their third sectional title in that same time frame. CJ Gottler was also back to back individual Section V Class C champion.

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more photos, click here.

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June 12, 2021 - 9:00am


4608 Bridge Road, Elba. Open House - THIS SUNDAY 1 - 3 p.m. Sitting on seven acres, this three bedroom, two bathroom property is located in the Elba Central School District. Enjoy the view from the above Trex deck, which leads you down to the concrete patio via spiral staircase. The finished walk-out basement has a sliding glass door leading to the pond, barn and the beautiful gazebo!

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June 10, 2021 - 2:34pm

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June 10, 2021 - 1:19pm
posted by Press Release in baseball, sports, elba.

Press release:

Elba bowed out of the Class D2 Section V tournament, losing a pitcher's duel 3-1 in boys varsity baseball action Wednesday night.

Senior hurler Andrew Hare was spectacular for the Lancers, striking out 14 while allowing just three hits but it wasn't enough.

Trailing 1-0 for most of the game, Elba finally managed a run in the top half of the sixth inning. Junior Caden Muehlig drew a lead-off walk and then moved to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt by sophomore Jake Engle. Muehlig would move to third on a passed ball on the next pitch. After an attempted suicide squeeze didn't work out, junior Connor Scott smacked a two-out double to deep right-center field to plate Muehlig with the tying run. Scio got out of the inning when pitcher Cam Loucks induced Hare into a short groundout.

In the bottom half of the sixth, Scio, who had been held hitless all day, suddenly got hot at the plate. Three straight hits by the Tigers, including a double to deep right-center by Cory Bolzan that scored the go-ahead run, highlighted the inning. The Tigers would add an insurance run shortly after when an infield hit by Loucks was misplayed by Elba.

Loucks went the distance for Scio, striking out five and walking three while surrendering just the one hit.

The Lancers finish the season at 4-9 while Scio will play Northstar Christian in the semifinals on Friday.

June 10, 2021 - 12:08pm
posted by Press Release in elba, 2020 Onion Queen pageant, news.

Submitted photos and press release:

There are 10 contestants seeking the crown of 2020 (yes, 2020) Elba Onion Queen. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual pageant was cancelled last year. The organizers are excited to bring this back to the community with an incredible slate of young ladies who will graduate at the end of this month.

The 2020 Onion Queen will be crowned at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18th at the Elba Park gazebo. At 6 p.m., a short "caravan" will take place with the contestants riding down Main Street and to the gazebo to begin the crowning at 6:30.

Please stay tuned toward the end of the summer, early fall for details regarding the 2021 Onion Queen contest.

Taylor Augello

Taylor is the daughter of Michael and Tracy Augello. She has resided in the Town of Elba for many years, along with the rest of the Augellos. She cherishes family moments and spending holidays together.

Taylor is proud of the relationships she has built with her family. She enjoys playing basketball, reading, going on walks with her Mom, hunting and shooting trap with her Dad and going on leisure rides with her sister.

Taylor has participated in National Honor Society, basketball, volleyball, Conservation Club and Student Athletic Association.

After graduation Taylor plans on attending Geneee Community College for the Nursing Program in order to obtain her RN and she would ultimately like to become an NP.

Leah Bezon

Leah is the daughter of Candy and Steven Bezon. She wrote that she comes from a long line of farmers in Elba. Her father, Steven, is a third-generation farmer who continues to run their family farm.

Leah says that her parents have instilled their work ethic and dedication into her and her siblings.

Leah enjoys being a three sport athlete at Elba Central School. She was thrilled to score her 1,000th point at a home basketball game and have the community celebrate with her.

She also has been a member of the Genesee County 4-H Beef Club for several years. Leah plans to go into the criminal justice field and will attend Genesee Community College for her first two years then plans to transfer to SUNY Brockport.

Madison Cline

Madison is the daughter of Nicole Scouten. She said her Mom and Stepdad are very hard working and she has three sisters and four brothers who are all very unique.

Madison enjoys baking desserts, she says it is very peaceful and always fun to try making things she has not tried before. Madison also enjoys taking her little brother on walks while watching after him.

During high school she was on the cheer and softball teams, Student Athletic Association, and in the National Honor Society. Madison plans to attend Daemen College for four years to earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and then continue on for her Ph.D in Psychology and work as a psychologist.

Madison Harrington

Madison is the daughter of Aaron and Danielle Harrington. She has participated in Student Athletic Association, Student Council, National Honor Society, Masterminds, SADD, Multicultural Club, FFA, soccer, volleyball and tennis.

Madison is also heavily involved with 4H, Fur and Feather Club, Dog Club, Teen Club, Market Poultry and holds office in many of the clubs. She is also a member of ARBA and National Belgian Hare Club.

Madison enjoys spending time at her “funny farm” and taking care of all her different animals. She will attend Alfred State College for four years, with hopes of earning a Veterinary Technology bachelor’s degree. Madison will also play on the women’s soccer team at Alfred State.

Madison Muehlig

Madison is the daughter of Drew and Erika Muehlig. She wrote that her family loves Elba and she is very prideful of the learning environment at Elba Central School.

She is a three-sport athlete and the Valedictorian of the Class of 2021. Madison participates in basketball, soccer, softball, Student Athletic Association, National Honor Society, Principal’s Cabinet, all while playing travel basketball year-round.

She also enjoys runs around the village, drawing freehand, going out to eat with family and friends and attending local sporting events.

Madison has been admitted to the Physical Therapy program at Daemen College where she plans to study for her Doctorate.

Kiah Rosendale

Kiah is the daughter of Heather Rosendale. She enjoys going on hikes, walks and going to museums.

Kiah wrote that her Grandma has taught her how to bake, cook and even shared new art techniques with her. She also says one of her hobbies is art and her Dad showed her many sculpting techniques.

She loves outdoor activities such as camping, archery and fishing.

In school, she is the Senior class and Yearbook Club treasurer, and has participated in Trivia Team, Masterminds, Student Council, National Honor Society, Future Teachers and HOBY Leadership Conference.

Kiah plans to attend Genesee Community College for two years then seek further education to achieve a Bachelor of Secondary Education degree in Science.

Lilliana Thompson

Lilliana is the daughter of Jeremy and Kim Thompson. She along with her parents and three siblings are very sports oriented. She says that supporting the community is a big part of who they are.

Liliana participates in soccer, basketball, softball, volleyball, Chorus and school plays. She also competes at Divine Dance Studio on the competition team. Liliana enjoys drawing, singing, going to church and adventures with her family at the lake.

She plans to play lacrosse during her off season. Liliana will attend Geneee Community College in the fall where she will continue her soccer career and study Elementary Education.

Fanny Venegas

Fanny is the daughter of Sandra Salcido and Jose Venegas. She says that the Elba community and especially the Elba Central School have been a great place to live and go to school. Fanny cannot imagine living anywhere as special as Elba.

She has enjoyed studying Graphic Arts at BOCES and has been a student athlete participating in many sports. Good health is important to Fanny and she enjoys cross-country, soccer, indoor and outdoor track.

After graduation Fanny will attend RIT, she plans to be a member of their cross-country and track teams. Her goal is to some day help her family buy a house in Elba that will be their home.

Brynn Walczak

Brynn is this daughter of Brian and Kim Walczak. She has been a three-sport athlete and high honor student at Elba Central School. Brynn wrote that her parents and twin brothers have been her number one supporters.

She has enjoyed playing soccer, basketball and softball and is proud of being a part of Elba’s five back to back sectional titles. Brynn scored her 1,000th point in basketball this year and was named the 2021 GR All-Star in basketball and soccer.

She has also participated in National Honor Society, Student Athletic Association, Genesee County Youth Bureau Leadership Conference and several basketball and soccer camps.

After graduation she plans to attend Daemen College to major in Physical Therapy and possibly participate in a sport.

Miah Werth

Miah is the daughter of Steven and Trisha Werth. She is currently a senior at Elba Central School where she is an active member of the FFA and serves as the chapter President.

Miah was also selected as the 2020 Genesee County Dairy Princess.

During her high school career she taken part in volleyball, basketball, track, Student Athletic Association and the 4H Beef Club.

Miah says that her favorite activity is volleyball and she enjoys spending time with her friends.

After high school Miah will attend Genesee Community College for Humanities and Social Science. Her passion is to help people feel better about themselves and she hopes to become a mental health counselor.

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