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Last Night Perry- Family Fun Planned

Billy T —  Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Seeking something new to do on December 31st? Look no further! Come to Last Night Perry, where unique performances join our line-up to thrill, enthrall and entertain you. Read on to learn about all-new premier performances by regionally known artists. Last Night Perry takes place on Tuesday, December 31st at the Perry Elementary School on 50 Olin Street, from 5:00 pm through midnight.


Comedy Hypnotist – TG Rivers – New! 

Feel the excitement as audience members become the stars of this family-friendly show! You won’t believe your eyes when people you know pull some outrageous on-stage stunts. Whether you are in the audience or part of the performance, comedy hypnotist TG Rivers will keep you mesmerized in this laugh-out loud performance. We dare you to join in the fun! TG Rivers is sponsored by Hart’s Insurance Agency and by Delaval Direct, A Division of Delaval, Inc.


Miché Fambro 

Miché is that rare performer who blends stunning guitar work, remarkable vocals and a sparking stage personality into a fantastic show. Miché has toured the U.S. and Canada with music that fuses elements of flamenco, jazz, classical, pop and soul with high energy and a light-hearted sense of humor. Look closely, and you ‘ll see that even his (upside down) guitar playing method has a style that is uniquely his own. Miché is sponsored by J.N. White Designs.


The Nimals – All New Show!

Last year’s appearance by the Nimals was a hit! This year, these colorful and realistic creatures are back with an all-new stage show. The puppets will also be part of this year’s Street Fair. While out in the hall, take a close look – creator Adam Kreutinger takes up to 40 hours to make each creature! The Nimals’ stage show is sponsored by Wegmans Geneseo, and the hallway appearance is sponsored by the Perry Shopper.


Balloon Sculptures – a new work of balloon art.

Janice Spagnola of Air Sculpture is taking on a new challenge this year. She will be crafting a bovine beauty, all out of balloons. Check back throughout the evening as her creation, sponsored by Family Furniture, takes shape.


Last Night Perry Photo Booth 

Gather your family and friends and step into the photo booth! Smile, make goofy faces, pose with a prop, laugh and have fun. Seconds later you can pick up your complimentary Last Night Perry photo strip. The photo booth is sponsored by Paddock’s Breeding Service


Balancing Workshop with AIRPLAY

Long time Last Night favorite AIRPLAY will teach an all-new workshop on how to live a balanced life.  Try balancing on a cane or a rolled newspaper, on your hand or your face, or balancing on one foot. Balance is the key to everything! This well-balanced workshop is sponsored by Country Line Electrical Distributors



These new Last Night Perry activities, all returning performances and Sports Night Perry are covered in the admission price of $5, with a $20 maximum for a family of five. Children under school age are free. Light dining is available from 5:30pm on.


Last Night Perry 2013 is produced by a committee of the Perry Rotary Club and other community members and is supported by over 60 individuals and community businesses. Last Night Perry is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature.


For more information on Last Night Perry 2013, call 585-237-5375, visit Facebook or consult


Houghton to Host 27th Annual arts & Crafts Show

Billy T —  Thursday, December 5, 2013

Houghton_campus_logoHOUGHTON NY, December, 4, 2013 - On December 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Houghton College will be hosting its 27th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair.  Vendors from across Western New York will be selling pottery, jewelry, baked goods, soaps, garlands, wreaths, and much more in the Reinhold Campus Center.   Houghton students are also contributing handmade jewelry, letterpress prints, and ornaments to the fair.

Each year, the Arts and Crafts Fair is held in the beginning of December, and provides community members and students a unique opportunity to find something special for the holidays.   Last year, there were over 75 vendors offering everything from handmade one-of-a-kind works of art to Pampered Chef products.  “This event is really a one-stop shopping,” commented a current Houghton student.  “I was able to buy almost all of my Christmas gifts for my friends and family.”

The fair represents a solid opportunity for the vendors as well.  It costs a mere $15.00 to reserve a booth for both days and the fair provides exposure to hundreds of shoppers.  There are limited openings remaining for vendors.

For more information about the Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair, contact Ashley Hackett, or call: (585) 567-9210.

HOUGHTON NY, September 25, 2013 - The Houghton College Choral Union, an accumulation of all the singers on Houghton’s campus, will join with the Rochester Oratorio Society on the stage of Wesley Chapel on at Houghton College on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. as part of homecoming weekend. General ticketing is $10 at the door or in advance at

The choirs will perform Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with a professional orchestra and a number of professional soloists.  The concert marks the local premiere performance of “Cantate Domino,” by David Horace Davies, assistant professor of composition studies at Houghton, which was commissioned for the occasion.

This year’s Artist Series features five professional performances throughout the year. Other performances will include the Rastrelli Cello Quartet on November 8, Ning An on January 24, Europa Galante on February 10, and Robert Joubert on March 29. Season tickets can be purchased for $45, or  single event tickets for $15. For more information or to purchased tickets, please visit: .

The Houghton College Choir will also be performing this concert on the stage of Carnegie Hall as members of the National Sacred Honor Choir in March of 2014 with the same orchestra and soloists.  Houghton College is sponsoring the National Sacred Honor Choir, a gathering of Christian musicians from across the country who are serious about implementing their faith into the sacred choral orchestral masterworks. “It’s an intentional opportunity for Christians to gather and explore what it means for Christians to perform music,” said Johnson.

“Performing locally will give the Houghton community a chance to see this selection without the need of traveling to NYC in the spring,” said Brandon Johnson, professor of vocal music and conducting at the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College.

The National Sacred Honor Choir will gather in New Jersey for three days of rehearsals prior to the performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 9 2014.

The featured pianist for these concerts is Dr. William Newbrough, Houghton College professor of piano. He received his Bachelor’s from the University of California at Berkeley and Doctorate from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University.

A veteran performer, Newbrough has won many international and national piano competitions and performed in numerous solo, chamber music, and concerto engagements in 10 countries. Newbrough was the only American of nine pianists worldwide chosen to perform at the prestigious Franz Liszt International Masterclasses and Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Vocal soloists include:                                                                                  

–Rebecca Witty, soprano, received her bachelor’s degree in music performance from Houghton College and a master’s degree in vocal performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music.

She has received the 2009 Renee Fleming Award, was chosen as the Concerto Competition winner in 2010 and was sent to represent Eastman in the Kennedy Center’s “Conservatory Project.”

–Paul Williamson, tenor, received his bachelor’s degree in music from Houghton College and a master’s degree in opera performance from State Glinka Conservatoire of Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.

He has received outstanding reviews from Opera Canada for his numerous performances on the operatic and concert stages of Canada.

–Mitchell Hutchings, baritone, is professor of voice and opera at Houghton College. Mitchell received a bachelor’s of music in voice performance from Western Carolina University, and a master’s degree of music in voice performance from the Florida State University College of Music. Hutchings has sung with numerous opera companies and festivals, having notable roles.

–Kimberly Prins Moeller, mezzo-soprano, received a professional performance certificate in Voice Performance from Penn State University, a master s degree of arts in voice performance from Montclair State University, a bachelors of Music in vocal music education from Houghton College, and is currently pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree in voice performance at the University of Arizona.

She has appeared with St. Andrews’s Bach Society, American Chamber Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists, Penn State Opera and the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival in Germany.

–Kelley Hijleh, soprano, is professor of voice at Houghton College. She holds a bachelor ‘s of music and a graduate performance diploma from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

Hijleh has appeared as a soloist with many philharmonias and symphonies and has sung professionally with the Washington Opera chorus, the Delaware Singers, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Southern Tier Symphony, the Olean Community Orchestra Academy and Chorus and the Orpheus Chorale.

–Robert Joubert, bass, holds a master’s of music degree in voice performance and a bachelor’s of music degree in trumpet performance from the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College.

He won 1st place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition for the Central New York/Finger Lakes Region in 2006 and has recently appeared with the Bronx Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in New York and the Philadelphia Opera Collective.

To learn more about homecoming, the Artist Series, the National Sacred Honor Choir or the soloists,

Troops in Afghanistan to Run Oak Tree Race

Billy T —  Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A diverse field of American and international runners will participate in the Oak Tree Half Marathon and 5K this year over 6,700 miles from Geneseo, NY where the race will be held for a ninth consecutive year.  During planning for this annual running race, organizers were contacted by soldiers serving in northern Afghanistan interested in holding a version of the race there.

oakAndrew Kless, a reservist serving as a Combat Engineer with the Regional Support Command – North at Camp Mike Spann conceived the concept saying, “A race here gives us something to look forward to.”  As an Oak Tree participant numerous times, Andrew reached out to Race Director Benjamin Gajewski to determine if an overseas version of the event would be possible.

Through a series of emails, Benjamin and Andrew arranged details for the event to create as close to an Oak Tree Half Marathon experience as possible for the soldiers.  The Oak Tree Race committee is packaging running bibs, finisher medals, and race shirts and will send them to Camp Mike Spann.  Runners on the base will start at precisely 1630 hundred hours on September 1st, the same moment that runners start in Geneseo at 8am (0800 hundred hours)

Along with other Western/Central New York reservists at Camp Mike Spann, Andrew has been training and looking forward to the race.  Despite Andrew’s current deployment he won’t have to miss one of his favorite fall races.

While the Afghanistan race will be held concurrently with the race in Geneseo, soldiers will not have nearly the scenic running experience as locals will have.  The Geneseo Oak Tree course features land protected by the Genesee Valley Conservancy and passes hundreds of acres of beautiful Oak Grove savannahs.  The course was specifically setup to showcase these protected fields and forests.  In contrast, the Afghanistan course is a secure 1km square within the confines of Camp Mike Spann.  The loop has a one inch gravel surface packed into dirt, is roughly 20 feet wide, with walls 15 feet high.  The soldiers will need to complete 21 loops to cover the 13.1 mile race distance.

What runners in both locations will share is the challenge and accomplishment of training and completing a 13.1 mile run.  Of the soldiers training, Andrew said “I think for some, it will be the greatest physical accomplishment they take from the deployment.  Soldiers who never considered running 13.1 miles are getting the courage up to take on this challenge.”  Here in the United States, Andrew’s wife is training for the Oak Tree and plans to step to the line on September 1st.

The Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K is a fundraiser for Genesee Valley Conservancy, a not-for-profit land conservation organization working in the Genesee River watershed.  The Conservancy has protected 14,400 acres of forests and farmland and owns three nature preserves open to the public.  Race Director Benjamin Gajewski, who is also Executive Director of the Conservancy said, “Our goal each year with the Oak Tree Race is to put on a high quality experience for all participants and to raise the funds necessary to continue the Conservancy’s mission of protecting important habitat and farmland.”  The Oak Tree Half Marathon is the Conservancy’s largest fundraising event.

The race is in its 9th year and organizers pride themselves on the uniqueness of the event.  Describing the event, Gajewski said “We try to make the Oak Tree Race stand out, from the hand-made finisher medals, the bagpiper on Nations Road, to the historic aircraft flyover.  The race has beautiful scenery, tremendous volunteers, and a unique charm that is unlike other races in the region.  Holding a simultaneous Oak Tree Race in Afghanistan seemed right in line with offering runners a unique race experience.”

For many of the soldiers, as with locals, the Oak Tree will be their first half marathon.  The committee waived the registration fees for troops in Afghanistan that would normally be charged to cover the costs of finisher medals, bibs, and shirts.  “We’re spending extra money to do this, but it seemed like the right thing to do.  This is a neat opportunity to give Andrew and his peers a reminder of home while they are deployed” said Benjamin.  Andrew will be forwarding a participant list, finisher times, and photos from the event so everyone in Geneseo can see how the troops did.  While the soldiers’ times will not be mixed into the official Oak Tree results, they will be posted alongside local results to recognize the accomplishment of completing a half marathon run.

Close to 50 soldiers are expected to toe the line on September 1st while an estimated 750 runners will be at the line in Geneseo.  Soldiers serving at Camp Mike Spann are part of a NATO operation to provide support to the Afghan army as they take over responsibility for their own security.  Serving alongside Americans are other coalition soldiers including Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, Finns, Montenegrins, Croats, and Canadians.

Andrew is looking forward to 2014 when he will be back in the United States and running the Oak Tree in Geneseo again.  Race organizers look forward to hearing how the race goes in Afghanistan and hope to see some of the soldiers join Andrew next year in Geneseo.

To find out more about the Oak Tree Half Marathon and 5K, visit the Genesee Valley Conservancy website at  You can also follow the Oak Tree Half Marathon on facebook to see photos and results from Geneseo, Afghanistan, and to watch live streaming video of the race in Geneseo.


Following New York City’s lead, two down state senators have introduced a bill that would raise the minimum age for cigarette purchases from 18 to 21 statewide.

If passed, New York would become the first state to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s not talking about running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 and he’s not waiting to see if any other democrat runs.Cuomo said Monday on public radio’s “Capitol Pressroom” there is “no truth” to speculation that he is talking about presidential politics and strategy.

The governor says he’s focused on his 2014 run for a second term as governor.

Hillary Clinton is often touted as a potential 2016 contender

Turkey hunting starts Wednesday

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, April 29, 2013


Blue faced turkeys

Blue faced turkeys

Spring turkey hunting season is set to begin Wednesday and will run until May 31st.

The State DEC estimates 100,000 hunters participate in the spring event.

Hunters will need a permit as well as a small game hunting or sportsman license and use only shotguns or handguns loaded with shot or a bow and arrow.

Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise until noon. The take is limited to two bearded turkeys for the season and only one per day.

New York flag

Assemblyman Bill Nojay has proposed a bill which would drastically reduce pay for legislators.

Its in response to the Governor’s proposal to increase legislators’ salaries and make the job a full-time position.

Nojay says, “Instead, let’s cut Legislators’ pay to $35,000 and cut the time they spend in Albany.”

The last pay increase for State Legislators was in 1999. Currently, the annual base salary is $79,500.

NY State Captial Building, Albany

NY State Captial Building, Albany

A proposed law to deter parents from leaving children alone in the car passed in New York’s State Senate on Tuesday.

The bill would make it illegal to leave a child under eight years old alone in a vehicle in extreme hot or cold weather.

The bill is now headed to the State Assembly

An investigation into how an upstate New York man accused of raping a child and killing her mother defeated a monitoring bracelet he was supposed to be wearing has concluded the probation department mishandled numerous alerts from the device.

The federal court report says there were 46 “tamper” or “no motion” alerts during the nine weeks 29-year-old David Renz wore the device after a child pornography arrest, but they went largely ignored by probation officials. The report says some weren’t checked because the monitoring service had recommended dismissing alerts lasting less than five minutes as likely false alarms.

The device was found at Renz’ home after his arrest on charges he raped a 10-year-old girl and stabbed her mother to death during a carjacking near Syracuse on March 14.