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Eva Marie Janofsky earns master's degree from Lee University

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Eva Marie Janofsky of Batavia graduated with a Master of Science in Athletic Training from Lee University during the 187th commencement exercises on May 6. Janofsky was among more than 560 students who received undergraduate and graduate diplomas. Congratulations on this academic milestone!

Ryann Stefaniak earns bachelor's degree from Nazareth college

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Ryann Stefaniak of Batavia graduated Summa Cum Laude from Nazareth College with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a minor in Anthropology during the 96th Commencement ceremony on campus at the Golisano Training Center on Saturday, May 13.

Wilkes University announce Le Roy graduate Morgan Sullivan

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Morgan Sullivan of Leroy, received a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Nursing from Wilkes University. The degree was one of over 650 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at its 76th spring commencement ceremonies on May 20 in the McHale Athletic Center in the Simms Center on Main, 169 South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre. 

Alumn brings passion and love for ND as new assistant principal

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Lindsay Warner 

The Notre Dame Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Mrs. Lindsay Warner has been named Assistant Principal, effective July 1. James Sutherland, Board of Trustees president, said, “We are very excited to welcome back a member of our own ND Family to such an important leadership position. Lindsay brings a passion for education and a real love of Notre Dame. We are confident that her return brings continuity and respect to our traditions and values.”

Mrs. Warner brings a vast array of talents and skills, having been in education and leadership for many years. Her intelligence, strong interpersonal skills, and intentional, values-driven leadership style are a strong match for Notre Dame. She believes in student-centered education and has demonstrated a commitment to upholding the potential of every student. Lindsay is a 2001 graduate of Notre Dame and previously served as a varsity coach and faculty member. 

She was the founder of ND’s award-winning business program and was notably awarded the New York State Business Teachers Association’s outstanding new business teacher in 2015. For the last 6 years, Lindsay has served in and out of the classroom at the WNY Tech Academy as a teacher, work-based learning coordinator, program promoter, recruiter, and social media coordinator/developer.

When asked about this opportunity, Lindsay said, "I am grateful to have a place on the leadership team at Notre Dame. Mrs. Lindner and I share common goals: to positively impact the culture of Notre Dame, model an authentic love for learning, and tirelessly promote the value of an education rooted in faith. It is an honor and privilege to be here, and I am looking forward to earning the trust and respect of this school community!"

Please join the Board of Trustees, staff, and faculty of Notre Dame in welcoming Mrs. Lindsay Warner back to her alma mater and to her new position.

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Four local students set to graduate from SUNY Potsdam

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The State University of New York at Potsdam will recognize the Class of 2023 during the College's 203 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 20. During Commencement, SUNY Potsdam honors students who have either earned their degree or are eligible to graduate during that calendar year.

Local graduates include:

  • Harmony Parker of Pavilion, who is set to graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaeological Studies
  • Erin Parnapy of Byron, who is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre
  • Paola Perez Matos of Oakfield, who is set to graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice Studies
  • Megan Privatera of Leroy, who is set to graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education

Junior Achievement Announces Winners of Spring Virtual Stock Market Challenge

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During the month of April, 618 WNY students participated in a lively, month-long competition of trading through their participation in the Junior Achievement Virtual Stock Market Challenge. Students represented twenty schools from across WNY and competed to take top prize.

Prior to the JA Stock Market Challenge, JA provides their JA Take Stock in Your Future curriculum to introduce students to basic concepts about how the market works and the impact of current events. The curriculum also includes a series of self-guided extension activities for students to engage in deeper learning about the stock market and investing.

Wells Fargo is the Presenting sponsor of this unique and interactive JA learning experience, with one competition held earlier this school year and another session during this spring semester.

The competition was held online and allowed students to experience the real-life stock market in a simulated environment. Students chose to compete as individuals or as teams. Participants began with a $25,000 starting portfolio and were encouraged to make transactions throughout the month. Leaderboards were dynamic and shared weekly using the hashtag #JAWNYStockMarketChallenge.

At the close of competition, Junior Achievement of Western New York (JAWNY) is pleased to recognize our top three winners. Taking 1st place was Greta Nordwall from Jamestown High School, 2nd place Allison Wormley from Batavia High School, and 3rd place Maddison Dennis from Batavia High School.

Allison Wormley said, “It was a really great experience being able to see what the stock market was like and I loved having the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Maddison Dennis said, “I really enjoyed learning about the stock market and getting the chance to be involved, it really improved my understanding of the market. I definitely did not expect to win!”

Rounding out the Top 5 rankings are:

4th place: Connor Burkestone – Niagara Falls High School

5th place: Anna Baratta- Niagara Falls High School

Participating Schools:

Erie County: Alden High School, Amherst High School, East Aurora High School, Eden High School, Hamburg High School, Kenmore East High School, Pioneer High School, St. Francis High School

Niagara County: Lockport High School, Niagara Falls High School

Genesee County: Alexander High School, Batavia High School, LeRoy High School

Chautauqua County: Cassadaga Valley High School, Falconer High School, Jamestown High School

This program is not possible without support from our partners: Wells Fargo, Presenting Sponsor; additional support from: Delta Air Lines; HSBC Bank USA N.A.; The Lenna Foundation; Bryant & Stratton College; Bank on Buffalo; Tops Friendly Markets; Zgoda & Associates CPAs, PC; Perry’s Ice Cream; PwC; Reid/Crosby’s; Seneca Foods Foundation; Deloitte; Evans Bank; KPMG; Lawley; Linde LLC; Lippes Mathias LLP; National Fuel; Phillips Lytle LLP; SEFCU; West Herr Auto Group; WSF Industries, Inc; Assure Partners Buffalo; Financial Trust Federal Credit Union; Freed Maxick CPA’s; L&M Wealth Management; Lakelet Capital LLC; Northwest Bank; and TriMain Development LLC.

Proceeds from the JA Virtual Stock Market Challenge support Junior Achievement’s financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career & work-readiness pathway programs for kindergarten-12 grade students. For more information about Junior Achievement programs, visit

Local Residents Earn Award from WGU

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The following local residents have earned an Award of Excellence at Western Governors University. The award is given to students who perform at a superior level in their coursework.

  • Sabrina Richley of East Bethany has earned an Award of Excellence at Western Governors University Leavitt School of Health.
  • Tammy Russell of Le Roy has earned an Award of Excellence at Western Governors University College of Business.

Holland Land Office Museum’s Java with Joe E. changes time, presenters

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The Holland Land Office Museum’s Java with Joe E. presentation by David Reilly originally scheduled for Thursday, May 25 at 2 p.m. has been cancelled. It has been replaced by the following program: the HLOM is proud to announce the next edition of our Java with Joe E. series on Thursday, May 25 at 9 a.m. This month's presenter is our Director Ryan Duffy. His presentation, “Genesee County Civil War Medal of Honor Soldiers,” details the lives, service, and deeds of the four Civil War soldiers with a connection to Genesee County, who were awarded the Medal of Honor. Admission is free and coffee and donuts will be provided. Please contact the museum at 585-343-4727 or if you plan to attend.

CCE of Genesee County Board of Directors Meeting

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County Board of Directors meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on May 23. The meeting will be at the Extension at 420 E. Main St. and is open to the public. For more information, please contact Yvonne Peck at or 585-343-3040 x123.

Quincey Williams is newest Le Roy Botts-Fiorito member, 2023 Poppy Girl

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Quincey Williams

The Le Roy Botts-Fiorito American Legion Unit #576 welcomes Quincey Williams as the newest Junior Member and our 2023 Poppy Girl.

Quincey is 8 years old and in 2nd grade at The Wolcott St. School in Le Roy. She is the daughter of David and Mindy Williams and the granddaughter of David and Beverly Hyde and Jim and Peggy Williams.

Quincey plays softball and participates in wrestling, takes piano and violin lessons and loves listening to music. Quincey also enjoys fashion and designing and making clothes. Her favorite time is spent with her family, camping and going on vacation and especially spending time with her brothers and sisters and her dogs.  

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BHS Class of 1973 reunion set for July 7-8

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The Batavia High School Class of 1973 is observing its 50th reunion this summer and has invited graduates from earlier and later years to join the celebration.

The reunion schedule lists a meet-and-greet at 7 p.m. on July 7 at Ri-Dan’s on West Main Street Road and a dinner from 4-10 p.m. July 8 at the Batavia Downs Gaming grandstand on Park Road.

The cost of the buffet dinner, which features DJ Tommy B, is $50 per person if paid by June 1 ($60 per person after that date).

Both events are open not only to Class of 1973 graduates and guests, but also to those from the BHS classes of 1971-75.

Al those attending must complete a special form, which is available by contacting Debbie Best at 585-343-2548 or at

Paula Campbell will be honored at the women Lamplighters awards

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On June 7, the New York State Judicial Commission on Women in the Courts – Eighth Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee will host its biennial celebration of Women Lamplighters in the Law Awards Luncheon in the Greenhouse Room at the Hotel Lafayette, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, at 11:45 a.m. The following honorees will be recognized for their leadership and outstanding contributions to the general and legal communities:

  • Mary Jane Nevins, Esq., Retired Attorney, Cattaraugus County 
  • Lee Ann Lazarony, Dunkirk Treatment Court Coordinator 
  • Kelly Buckley, Chief Clerk, Erie County Family Court 
  • Michelle Parker, Esq., Executive Director, ECBA Aid to Indigent Prisoners Society 
  • Ayoka A. Tucker, Esq., Attorney, Civil and Family Law 
  • Antonia Gillison, Retired Secretary to Hon. Kevin M. Carter, Administrative Judge, 8th Judicial District 
  • Paula A. Campbell, Esq., Deputy County Attorney, Genesee County 
  • Hon. Laura Wagner, Support Magistrate and Justice of Town of Royalton, Niagara County 
  • Jamie Summers, Surrogate’s Court Chief Clerk, Orleans County 
  • Jennifer Wilkinson, Esq., County Attorney, Wyoming County 
  • Colleen Gibbons, IDV Resource Coordinator, Supreme/County Courts, Erie County 
  • Helen Z.M. Rodgers, Esq. (Posthumously), one of the first two women graduates at Buffalo Law School, class of 1899; activist in the women’s suffrage movement and was president of the Women Workers’ Suffrage League; In 1949, she was named as Buffalo’s Outstanding Business Woman by the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

The NYS Judicial Commission on Women in the Courts – Eighth Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee is proud to continue its biennial tradition of recognizing the significant contributions of women in Western New York who have made a positive impact on the legal profession, the courts and the judiciary. In an era when we witness challenges to women’s rights at home and around the globe, we are pleased to shine a light on the positive contributions these remarkable women have made in our communities.

Byron-Bergen teachers get their Spoonful of Sugar Sweets during Teacher Appreciation Week

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Byron-Bergen teachers with Spoonful of Sugar Sweets truck.
Byron-Bergen teachers with Spoonful of Sugar Sweets truck.

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On Monday, May 1st, to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week, the Bergen Business and Civic Association handed out cookies to the teachers at Byron-Bergen Central School District to show love and appreciation for all that they do. 

Spoonful of Sugar Sweets created these beautiful and delicious cookies, and we handed them out from her vintage 1964 camper-turned-sweets truck. 

"We were thrilled to bring lots of smiles to the educators and staff that are such an important part of not only our families, but the whole Byron-Bergen community," said Nicky Russell.

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Byron-Bergen teachers with Spoonful of Sugar Sweets truck.
Byron-Bergen teachers with Spoonful of Sugar Sweets truck.
Byron-Bergen teachers with Spoonful of Sugar Sweets truck.
Byron-Bergen teachers with Spoonful of Sugar Sweets truck.
Byron-Bergen teachers with Spoonful of Sugar Sweets truck.
Byron-Bergen teachers with Spoonful of Sugar Sweets truck.
Byron-Bergen teachers with Spoonful of Sugar Sweets truck.

GLOW Solid Waste to host free paint recycling collection

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For the first time, the GLOW Region Solid Waste Management Committee is holding a paint ONLY collection. The program is being held as a result of the NYS Paint Stewardship Law that was passed in 2019 and went into effect on May 1, 2022. It is being paid for by fees collected by retailers that sell a specific list of paint products. At GLOW’s 2022 household hazardous waste collection in Batavia, over 40,000 lbs. of these products were collected and recycled. 

Green Sheen Paint will do the collection, which will be held on Saturday, June 10, in Pavilion. It is expected that this collection will result in less paint coming into GLOW’s August collection in Mt. Morris, resulting in shorter wait times at that collection.

In order to participate in the collection, residents must make an appointment. Appointments can be made online by going to GLOW’s website, and clicking on the link for the collection they want to attend. Those without internet access can call 585-344-2580 ext. 5463, 585-815-7906 or 800-836-1154

The collection is open to residents and businesses in the Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming county regions. Materials must be in original containers no more than larger than 5 gallons in size. All materials are accepted at NO CHARGE. Locally Sherwin Williams retailers and Crocker’s Ace Hardware in LeRoy also accept eligible products on an ongoing basis. Information on those and other locations can be found at

Acceptable materials include but are not limited to:

  • LATEX and Oil base paint, primers, sealers, under coaters
  • Varnishes, lacquers and shellacs
  • Deck sealers, floor coatings and textured coatings
  • Metal coatings and rust preventatives
  • Waterproofing, concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellants

Unacceptable materials include those below and more:

  • Tar or bitumen-based products
  • Aerosol cans
  • Auto and marine paints
  • Aluminum paint

Mary Hecht retires from Genesee County Sheriff's office after 23 years of service

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Financial Management Assistant Mary Hecht is retiring after 23 years of service with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. She worked her last shift on April 28.

Mary began her career on January 10, 2000, at the Genesee County Jail as a part-time Account Clerk-Typist. During her tenure, she held several titles that included Financial Clerk-Typist, Senior Financial Clerk-Typist, Principal Financial Clerk and in 2015, was appointed to her current Financial Management Assistant position. Mary received a Distinguished Service Award, a Commendation, and a Meritorious Service for continuous excellence.

“Everyone here at the Sheriff’s Office wishes Mary the very best in her future,” stated Sheriff Sheron.

Byron resident Ana Mateos Inducted into SUNY Oneonta's First-Generation Students National Honor Society

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Ana Mateos of Byron was one of 69 first-generation students inducted into SUNY Oneonta's second class of the Alpha Alpha Alpha national honor society during a ceremony on April 23, at Morris Hall.

Alpha Alpha Alpha, known as Tri-Alpha for short, was founded in 2018 to recognize and celebrate the hard work and academic success of first-generation university students. Students qualify for induction into Tri-Alpha if they meet the following criteria: Students qualify for induction into Tri-Alpha if they meet the following criteria: The student has earned at least 30 credits/semester hours in the academic year toward an associate degree or baccalaureate degree; the undergraduate student has achieved an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale; and neither of the student's parents, stepparents, nor legal guardians, completed a bachelor's or associate's degree.




Daemen announces Fall 2022 Dean's List

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Daemen University's Dean's List for Fall 2022

  1. Lindsey Coniber from Le Roy
  2. Riley Lampart From Corfu
  3. Bryce Walker From Byron
  4. Nicole Olszewski From Alexander

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