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Monday, January 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Tree and power lines down on Reuben Road, Alabama

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A tree entangled with primary power lines is reportedly down and blocking the roadway at 7444 Reuben Road on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. Traffic is being shut down at Reuben and Ledge roads.

Alabama Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 6:24 p.m.: A Sheriff's deputy on scene says the power lines are intact but they are pinned underneath the tree. National Grid is being contacted so it can shut off power on the lines and thereby enable crews to remove the tree.

UPDATE 8:41 p.m.: Power is restored, the tree is removed, the road is open and Alabama fire units are back in service.

Monday, January 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Stafford students named to Deans' List at Herkimer County Community College

post by Billie Owens in Milestones, Stafford

Matthew R. Riggi, of Stafford, has been named to the Deans' List at Herkimer County Community College. Majoring in Travel & Tourism: Hospitality & Events Management, Riggi was one of 600 students to earn academic honors for the fall 2011 semester.

The Deans' List recognizes students who have earned an average from 3.25 to 3.8 for that semester.

Herkimer County Community College is a unit of the State University of New York, located in Herkimer, about 20 miles east of Utica.

Monday, January 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Three local students make the Deans' List at St. Bonaventure University

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The following area students have been named to the fall 2011 Deans' List at St. Bonaventure University:

  • Anthony Zambito, a fourth-year student from Elba. He is majoring in Political Science.
  • Chelsie Hixenbaugh, a first-year student from Le Roy. She is majoring in Elementary Education/Special Education.
  • Kristin O'Gee, a fourth-year student from Le Roy. She is majoring in Elementary Education/Special Education.

Inspired for more than 150 years by the Catholic Franciscan values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them.

Monday, January 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Hawley holds public outreach meeting Thursday afternoon City Centre

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is hosting his regular monthly outreach meeting for Genesee County residents at the Batavia City Centre on Thursday, Jan. 26.

It will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room, second floor.

“The meeting will provide the people of Western New York with an opportunity to share their thoughts on how to improve the quality of life in our area,” Hawley said. “I strongly encourage all local citizens to attend this event.”

Monday, January 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Info session planned for GCC's vet tech program

Press release:

Anyone who loves animals and is considering a veterinary career should mark Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at Genesee Community College on the calendar.

The Veterinary Technology program of Genesee Community College will be holding an information session at the Batavia campus from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Conable Technology Building, room T102, followed by a special presentation of "The Reptile Guys" at noon in the Forum.

The "two-legged" program allows attendees to first learn about careers in Veterinary Technology, the value and benefits of GCC's new Vet Tech program, and a fitting opportunity to enjoy a reptile show featuring local experts in the field of ectothermic vertebrates.

The Veterinary Technology program is one of the newest degrees added to GCC's curricula, and recently introduced a cooperative agreement with the Genesee County Animal Shelter to include a wealth of hands-on learning opportunities.

The information session will explain the two year curriculum careers available after graduation, NY state licensure requirements, and the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Understanding GCC's application and admissions process, as well as the academic requirements and program pre-requisites will also be covered.

"The Reptile Guys," Gary and Scott, own a pet shop in Spencerport and have been refining their reptile show for the past nine years. They include all types of reptiles in their shows such as pythons, boa constrictors, alligators and many types of lizards providing a "fun, hands-on, experience for both children and adults." They not only introduce numerous reptiles, but also educate attendees on the best care for them.

GCC's Vet Tech students learn about veterinary nutrition, pharmacy, pharmacology, surgical nursing and anesthesiology pertaining to animal care, as well as general studies such as communication and mathematics. The cooperative agreement with the Genesee County Animal Shelter provides students with hands-on training in clinical and agricultural settings.

Under the extensive oversight of GCC's Vet Tech program, second-year students enrolled in the College's Veterinary Technology program work alongside the staff and volunteers at the Animal Shelter located on West Main Street in Batavia.

The agreement is beneficial to students and also the inhabitants of the Genesee County Animal Shelter as GCC students aid in most facets of the shelter's daily operation including such as feeding, cleaning, and kennel duty, as well as reception, client education, transport and record keeping.

They also work closely with the on-duty licensed veterinary technologist or veterinarian in checking vital signs, collecting and processing of blood and fecal samples, ear cleaning, administering medications, and diagnostic testing.

The program is overseen by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) which ensures each and every procedure is documented, follows appropriate animal protocol and that the facilities are inspected a minimum of two times a year. The shelter is also inspected by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA/ APHIS).

Genesee students do not perform animal experiments of any kind. All animals cared for by GCC students are supervised by a NYS licensed veterinarian and licensed veterinary technician, each with more than 20 years of veterinary clinical experience.

For further information, please contact Kathy Seweryniak at 343-0055, ext. 6187, or [email protected].

For further information on The Reptile Guys, go to: http://thereptileguys.com.

Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Batavia man charged with DWI after allegedly plowing into porch on Watson Street

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Scott C. Fauth, 24, who lives at 106 Evans St. in Batavia, was charged with driving while intoxicated, having a BAC of .08 percent or greater, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident following an incident at 1:54 a.m. this morning.

Fauth was arrested by Batavia police after a report of a car accident in which the defendant's car allegedly struck a house at 6 Watson St. in the city. This caused damage to the enclosed front porch. Fauth allegedly fled the scene by driving off.

Fauth and his damaged vehicle were located at his residence by Officer Darryle Streeter. Subesquently, the defendant was deemed to be intoxicated at the time of the accident.

He was also charged with driving at a speed not reasonable and prudent, failure to keep right, driving on a sidewalk, unsafe backing, and displaying a forged/fictitious inspection sticker.

Fauth was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Batavia City Court at 9 a.m. on Feb. 1.

In addition to Streeter, the incident was investigated by Officer Eric Bolles.

Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Time to order spring flowers to benefit HomeCare & Hospice Foundation

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The HomeCare & Hospice Guild is accepting pre-sale orders for the 18th Annual Spring Bouquet Sale. Proceeds will benefit the HomeCare & Hospice Foundation.

Pre-sale orders and payment must be placed by Feb. 1. Flowers will be delivered to businesses on March 6 and 7. On-site sales at local businesses will begin March 7. Flowers can also be purchased at HomeCare & Hospice offices and online at www.homecare-hospice.org.

“By purchasing a Traditional Bouquet for $8 or a Bouquet of Hope for $16, you can make a difference," said Linda Cummings, development manager. "Your dollars help support home care and hospice patients in your community."

Volunteers are needed to help sort on the day of delivery and to help deliver flowers to businesses in Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. People willing to help should contact Cummings at (585) 343-7526.

HomeCare & Hospice, a nonprofit United Way agency, provides specialized medical care and social/emotional support for patients and families coping with life-limiting illness in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Genesee and Wyoming counties. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Two-car accident in Le Roy

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A two-car accident is reported in Le Roy on East Bethany -- Le Roy Road, between Munson Street and Cole Road.

No word on injuries. Le Roy Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 12:06 p.m.: Le Roy Ambulance Service is on scene. Responders are told to come in non-emergency mode. The accident involved a utility pole.

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.: Traffic is being slowed to one lane, but the scene will clear very soon.

UPDATE 12:14 p.m.: Le Roy assignment is back in service.

Friday, January 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Today's Deals: Alex's Place, Center Street Smoke House, Alabama Hotel, Kravings, and more!

post by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Batavia Downs Grandstands Bar & Grille, 8315 Park Road, Batavia, NY: A full menu, salad bar and drinks in one of the region's most popular entertainment venues. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50. (Must be new or current Players Club member to redeem.)

Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, NY: Fine dining in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Lunch and dinner, steak, prime rib and seafood. Ask about Bohn's catering services and banquet facility. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Clor's Meat Market, 4169 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: For the best, most flavorful, juiciest chicken or hamburger in town, hands-down, stop by Clor's. Oh, and the steaks are great, too. And the sausage. Clor's also serves lunch and dinners from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Salsa & Curry, 13 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: An authentic Mexican restaurant, offering all of your favorite dishes from enchiladas and burritos to tacos and fajitas, as well as daily Indian food specials. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Greg'ry's Bakery, 13 North Lake Road, Bergen, NY: The bakery offers a variety of the finest cakes, cookies, pies, cupcakes, breads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and so much more. Each treat is made the same as it has been for decades and baked right here. Come in and sample some for yourself! We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Kravings, Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Kravings offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Jagged Edges Salon, 4140 Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia, NY: Jagged Edges Salon is a walk-in and appointment salon for men, women and children. It is a fun, welcoming salon that offers all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, perms, styling/updos, treatments, and facial waxing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Bourbon & Burger Co., 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Batavia's newest burger joint offers more than two dozen different types of tasty hamburgers. Our menu also includes a variety of sandwiches, appetizers and an extensive beer list, plus a full bar. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, NY: Authentic Southern BBQ, from ribs to brisket with all the fixin's. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Alabama Hotel, 1353 Lewiston Road, Basom, NY: A historic and legendary tavern and restaurant. The Alabama Hotel is famous for its fish fries, but also serves a variety of top-quality entrees, featuring Certified Angus Beef. Now with expanded hours. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

SOLD OUT

Friday, January 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

Serious accident at Route 63 and Fargo Road

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A serious motor-vehicle accident is reported at Route 63 and Fargo Road, which is near Little Canada in Bethany. A passerby who called it in said it looked like a head-on collision of a tractor-trailer and a pickup truck. There are two three victims, one with a head injury.

Bethany Fire Department and Mercy medics are en route. A deputy on scene reports southbound Route 63 is to be shut down. Mercy Flight is called to the scene.

Pavilion is asked to shut traffic down at Route 63 and Route 20, which is Texaco Town. Stafford is asked to shut down traffic on Town Line Road.

UPDATE 11:08 a.m.: Another ambulance is needed. One victim is refusing treatment but the medic "won't let him." The 53-foot trailer of the big rig is intact. It is loaded with 18 tons of laundry detergent.

UPDATE 11:11 a.m.: Mercy Flight will be landing in a cornfield east of the accident site.

UPDATE 11:13 a.m.: Traffic will be shut down at Route 63 and Little Canada Road.

UPDATE 11:14 a.m.: Mercy Flight has landed.

UPDATE 11:25 a.m.: Mercy medics are headed to UMMC with one patient on board.

UPDATE 11:28 a.m.: The patient going to UMMC is coming in for evaluation with complaints of general aches and pains. He is 33. In an unrelated call, a man near the accident scene called dispatch to say his rear window was blown out of his vehicle and he believes he was shot at. He asked that a deputy respond and law enforcement on scene says one will but they are all tied up at the moment.

UPDATE 11:33 a.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne and headed to Strong Memorial Hospital. Roadways are being reopened. Another victim is also being taken to UMMC. The male is suffering from broken ribs and shoulder pain.

UPDATE 12:51 p.m. (by Howard): We'll have more on the accident later this afternoon or evening after the Sheriff's Office releases its report; however, it appears that the driver of the blue pickup truck didn't stop at the intersection and turned left onto Route 63 into oncoming traffic. The semi-truck driver said he barely had time to react before hitting the smaller truck head on.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Three-car accident with injuries on Lewiston Road, Alabama

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A three-car accident with injuries is reported in the area of 1633 Lewiston Road, near Church Street. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 5:13 p.m: A county highway truck on scene says there are no injuries. But dispatch reports that a caller involved in the accident says she's hurt. Medics are continuing to the scene. A county employee advises responders to use caution: "As you get out on Lewiston Road, it gets nasty and you can't see." Now a person asks if the DOT has been informed that "the roads are nothing but a sheet of ice." Dispatch replies that the DOT is aware of the situation and has in fact been calling about it.

UPDATE 5:21 p.m.: Traffic is backing up near the scene. Alabama Fire Police are instructed to shut down Knowlesville Road.

UPDATE 5:24 p.m.: Traffic police are told to shut down eastbound traffic at Lewiston and Alleghany roads. Response times are going to be delayed because of severe white-out conditions.

UPDATE 5:48 p.m.: Two flatbed tow trucks are called to the scene. The roads are going to be reopened now.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm

One-car rollover, no injuries, in Alexander

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A one-vehicle rollover accident, with no injuries, is reported at 10216 Alexander Road. Alexander Fire Department is responding. The location is in the area of Bloomer's Dairy Farm.

UPDATE 5:02 p.m.: The vehicle is leaking fluids. A responder says "The roads are slipperier that they look."

UPDATE 5:05 p.m.: A responder on scene reports that there's another accident on the same road (Route 98) about 50 feet away. It involves two cars and there are parts laying in the road. A State Trooper is en route.

UPDATE 5:07 p.m.: The vehicle leaking fluid is spewing gasoline. "It's springing right out." The second accident scene up the road also has no injuries. Law enforcement units are headed to both.

UPDATE 5:19 p.m.: The second accident involving two vehicles has cleared without any assistance. Both driver left the scene before, or soon after, help arrived.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Caberet 2012 is Feb. 11 to benefit St. Jame's and Community Action

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The annual benefit Cabaret is set for 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 at St. Jame's Episcopal Church. It's located at 405 E. Main St. in the City of Batavia.

The event is for adults. Cost is $20 and includes desserts and hors d' oeuvres. There will be basket raffles and entertainment by Jon Seiger and Bev Miller.

Proceeds benefit the church's restoration fund and Community Action of Orleans & Genesee.

Phone 343-7798 for tickets.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Pre-sale orders being taken for hospice guild's 18th Annual Spring Bouquet Sale

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The HomeCare & Hospice Guild is accepting pre-sale orders for the 18th Annual Spring Bouquet Sale. Proceeds will benefit the HomeCare & Hospice Foundation.

Pre-sale orders and payment must be placed by Feb. 1. Flowers will be delivered to businesses on March 6 and 7. On-site sales at local businesses will begin March 7. Flowers can also be purchased at HomeCare & Hospice offices and online at www.homecare-hospice.org.

“By purchasing a Traditional Bouquet for $8 or a Bouquet of Hope for $16, you can make a difference," said Linda Cummings, development manager. "Your dollars help support home care and hospice patients in your community."

Volunteers are needed to help sort on the day of delivery and to help deliver flowers to businesses in Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. Persons willing to help should contact Cummings at (585) 343-7526.

HomeCare & Hospice, a nonprofit United Way agency, provides specialized medical care and social/emotional support for patients and families coping with life-limiting illness in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Genesee and Wyoming counties. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

GCC announces student of the month for November

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Press release:

Genesee Community College announced Wednesday that Emily Patrick has been named November Student of the Month.

Patrick is a work study student in the Student Activities office. The nominations received on her behalf were glowing regarding her excellent customer service skills, her willingness to take on a challenge and to go above and beyond what is asked of her. She was noted as a "breath of fresh air" in the classroom, always positive and motivated, and she has acted in a mentor-like manner to the first-semester students in class.

She shows commitment, energy and intelligence, and is able to translate these personal traits into proactive ideas and solutions.

Patrick is involved in numerous activities on campus and is currently one of two student bloggers for the college. Her blog entries can be found at www.GCCCampusBlog.wordpress.com. She has also been featured as a "Face of Genesee" in the television ads for GCC.

"I chose GCC because the Batavia campus is only 20 minutes from my house and provided a good stepping stone for both my parents and I between high school and a four-year college," Patrick said. "I'm lucky I get to work in the Student Activities office and get to meet so many interesting people through the position."

She is 20 years old and is a 2010 graduate of Alexander Central School. She is currently a General Studies major and upon graduating, she hopes to attend the University of Buffalo to major in legal studies. An ambitious student, Emily dreams of one day being the president of the United States.

Emily, a resident of Batavia, is the daughter of Laurie and Christopher Patrick and the sister of David Patrick.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

GCC announces employee of the month for November

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Press release:

Genesee Community College on Wednesday announced that Julie Caswell has been named November Employee of the Month. Caswell joined the staff in the fall of 2008 and has become a great asset to the college.

She has taken on added responsibilities and is always looking for ways to improve the safety of the college community. Particularly, her involvement in implementing the Integrated Campus Security Initiative (ICSI) grant is notable. She has been working closely with the vendor to ultimately complete the installation of the access-control system and surveillance cameras for the Batavia campus and the campus centers.

Caswell routinely conducts numerous safety-related training programs for Buildings and Grounds, Public Safety, and the entire college community. She is knowledgeable, helpful and regularly steps up where and when needed without being asked. Her professionalism and positive attitude serve as a role model for others.

She began working at GCC as an environmental, health and safety technical specialist. Last July, she became the acting director of Safety and Environmental Health. She currently oversees all environmental, health and safety and security-related programs; ensures compliance with all local, state and federal environmental, health and safety regulations; conducts environmental, health and safety, and security-related trainings; and coordinates emergency preparedness and response planning.

Caswell holds a certificate of Environmental Management Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, an associates degree in General Studies from GCC, a bachelor's degree from SUNY Brockport and will soon complete a master's of Public Administration from SUNY Brockport. Prior to working at GCC she worked as an environmental, health and safety consultant in private industry.

"My favorite aspect of working at Genesee Community College is the variety of projects that I get to work on and the team environment," said Caswell, who lives in West Chili with her husband, Kris.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Corfu student awarded scholarship at Alfred State College

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Bobbie Jo Norton, 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 in 2012 from Pembroke Central School and intends to enroll in the accounting program.

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

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Four local students make the Deans' List at Paul Smith's College

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Four local students were named to the Deans' List at Paul Smith's College during the fall 2011 semester. Each earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction. They are:

Craig Holland, of Bergen

Alison Liedkie, of Le Roy. She was also named an Adirondack Scholar, having achieved a cumulative average of at least 3.8.

Mercedes Mosher, of Le Roy

Benjamin Nicodemus, of Le Roy. He was also named an Adirondack Scholar, having achieved a cumulative average of at least 3.8.

Paul Smith's College is on the shores of Lower St. Regis Lake. It's the only four-year institution of higher education in the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park of New York State.

It offers programs in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship, the sciences, and several others, and draws on industries and resources available "in our own backyard" while preparing students for successful careers anywhere. On the web: www.paulsmiths.edu.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Le Roy High School senior receives $15,700 annual scholarship

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Hannah Presher, of LeRoy, has been awarded approximately $15,700 per year for the "Excellence in Education Scholarship" to attend Alfred State College.

She is slated to graduate in 2012 from Le Roy Jr. / Sr. High School and intends to enroll in the nursing program.

The "Excellence in Education Scholarship" (free tuition, room [double occupancy] and board) is awarded to students who possess a 93 or better high school grade-point average through their junior year and who have achieved at least a 1,200 combined SAT score or a composite ACT score of 26; students must apply for financial aid. Recipients must maintain a required GPA to continue to receive funding in subsequent semesters.

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Alfred State College announces Deans' List for the fall 2011 semester

Stephen J. Havlovic, vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State College, has announced the Deans' List of students for the fall 2011 semester.

Students from both the Alfred campus and the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville are selected for the Deans' List if they maintain a 3.50 grade-point average (GPA) out of a possible 4.0. The 4.0 GPA or straight "A" students are indicated with an asterisk (*).

The following Genesee County students were among those recognized:

Brandon Richardson, of Basom

*Nicole Binns, of Corfu

Ethan Willard, of Darien Center

*Kailynn Stacy,  of Elba

Nicholas Weibel, of Elba

*John Langdon, of Bergen

Quentin Humphrey, of Le Roy

Morgan Presher, of Le Roy

Edward Cigno, of Le Roy

*Christopher Locke, of Le Roy

*Christian Dermody, of Linwood

Thomas Parmenter, of Pavilion

Alfred State College offers associate degrees in 52 programs in the fields of agriculture, health, business, vocational, and engineering technology, as well as liberal arts and sciences. There are also 19 baccalaureate degree offerings.

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