Public Service

Learn to Save Money Heating Your Home

Billy T —  Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Are you letting the Deep Freeze steal much of your paycheck?

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County wants to help you save some of those dollars you’re spending on heating your home! Spend a couple hours with Energy Educator Nancy Reiglesperger in our FREESave Energy Save Dollars class on Tuesday, February 10, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Dansville Library, 200 Main Street, Dansville.

The best way to save money is to pay less in your energy bills. So we are going to concentrate on reducing those winter energy bills by discussing a few no-cost or low-cost conservation ideas. Those who have attended previous workshops have raved about how important and timely this information is. Don’t miss out on these money-saving tips!

Each participant will receive a FREE energy saving item. Please help us plan for the number of attendees by calling to register your space at 607-664-2300.

Empower New York Workshops are sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and developed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension and NYSERDA. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Summer Saturday Art Series in Perry N.Y.

Billy T —  Monday, July 15, 2013

The July 20th Summer Saturdays Arts Series will have you stomping your feet to the music of Maria Gillard and learning about knitting. GIllard performs on Saturday, July 20 from 10AM-noon as part of the Summer Saturdays Arts Series which takes place at the Perry Festival Plaza on Main Street in downtown Perry.

Musician Maria Gillard’s inviting stage presence and rich alto voice will enthrall her audience. Her original songs are a mix of folk, blues and swingy jazz that invoke universal themes like love, family, and relationships. Julia Figueras of WXXI radio says “Maria Gillard sings from the soul, with a clear-eyed vision that cuts straight to your heart. Every time Maria sings, I learn something more about me”. At the market, Maria will sing old standards, kid-friendly songs and her original compositions – you’ll find her stage energy compelling and contagious!

And artisan Mara Rooney of Warsaw’s Dancing Goat Yarn Shop will be knitting with ruffle yarn. Mara enjoys explaining this and other knitting techniques.

Over 15 farm vendors will present a variety of the best produce and homemade products summer has to offer at the Perry Farmers’ Market. The market runs from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm. Visitors will find pleasant, shaded outdoor seating in a festive downtown atmosphere. Snacks, meals and drinks are available – a great opportunity to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of a Western New York summer!

This year’s free Arts Series runs each Saturday through September Meghan Hauser at (585) 237 5375 or visit

The Summer Saturdays Arts Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered in Wyoming County by the Arts Council for Wyoming County. We are also thankful for the generous donation of time and talent from Arts Series participants.

Registration Open for 2013 Oak Tree Race

Billy T —  Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Registration for the 2013 Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk is now open. The Oak Tree Race, Livingston County’s largest running race, is gearing up for its ninth year. Held annually on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, the event consists of a half marathon, 5k, and kids fun runs that will take place September 1 this year.

123The half marathon course travels through the historic business district of Geneseo before heading out to Nations Road, passing 2,850 acres of lands conserved by the Genesee Valley Conservancy (GVC), the race beneficiary.

The 5K course features the National Historic Landmark District of Geneseo and passes two properties protected by GVC, including the John Chanler Island Preserve that is open to the public daily. Both races begin and end at the Geneseo Central School.

Organizers look forward to another record breaking year as the event grows in popularity locally and regionally. Race Director Benjamin Gajewski stated “the Oak Tree Race is growing because it has a unique local small town flavor – the historic village of Geneseo and the Oak Tree savannahs along Nations Road – but it also provides the amenities that runners look for in a quality race: electronic chip timing, amble volunteer support, tech shirts, and a great spread of post-race food.”

In 2012, Geneseo resident Bobby Henchen won the 5K for a second consecutive year, and his third Oak Tree win, with a time of 16:01. Connecticut resident Sabrina Rautter took the women’s division in 19:41. In the half marathon Ryan Lumb of Pittsford won in 1:21:14, and female Christa Meyer of Fairport, 1:27:10. There were 650 finishers last year and Gajewski expects to see finishers top 700 this year.

The Oak Tree is supported by many local and regional businesses that value the work of the Genesee Valley Conservancy and understand the importance of being a part of the communities they serve. Topping that list again this year is The Bank of Castile, Tompkins Insurance Agencies, and Tompkins Financial Advisors.

1234The Oak Tree was established to support the conservation work of the Genesee Valley Conservancy. GVC has overseen the protection of 14,400 acres of important farmland and forests in its 23 year history. Most recently, GVC has offered unique public access opportunities at the Indian Fort Nature Preserve and John W. Chanler Island Preserve, respectively in the Town and Village of Geneseo. Open daily, year-round, these properties give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

While the Oak Tree is focused on runners and walkers, Gajewski welcomes spectators to the event, “runners love to be cheered on and we encourage those not running or walking to line the Village streets to watch.” The Half Marathon begins at 8am and the 5k begins at 8:15. For the safety of the runners Village roads will close during the race including Main, Center, Highland, and North. Roads will reopen as the last runner passes.

To register for the race or find out more information visit the Genesee Valley Conservancy online at or stop by their office at One Main Street, Geneseo.

Quietly this past winter a group of volunteer community leaders, committed to the future of Noyes Health, began to meet. Jon Shay, Foundation Board Chairman, Bill Bacon, Les Cole, Jim Coniglio, Tim Costello, Ralph Kerr, John Quinlan, Tom Wamp, Maureen Wolcott, along with Cynthia Oswald, Foundation Director, and Amy Pollard, President and CEO of Noyes Health had two goals in mind-revitalize the Foundation in preparation for the Emergency Department building project, and lay the groundwork for a sustainable foundation that would raise visibility for the hospital and build on existing community ties for years to come.

Right out of the gate, the Foundation Board applied for a $75,000 grant for the Emergency Department Project from the Indianapolis based, Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation. This past month the Foundation learned that they had received the full amount of their request.

On April 12th the announcement was made that E. Philip and Carole Saunders, along with the Saunders Foundation, would contribute the leadership donation to the Emergency Department project of $750,000. The project was officially named the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department.


This spring the Foundation turned its focus to the creation of a Campaign Cabinet for the building project which, through extensive fundraising efforts, would serve as community ambassadors. Jon Shay and Les Cole stepped forward to lead the Campaign Cabinet as co-chairs, and Bill Bacon, Tim Costello, Marian Crawford, Mary Crowell, Ann Dawson, Dr. Robert Bonvino, Barb Frazer, Mike Johnsen, Terry Lowell, Dave Mance, Cynthia Oswald, Michelle Paroda, Amy Pollard, John Quinlan, Tom Wamp and Maureen Wolcott. E. Philip and Carole Saunders serve as honorary chairs for the group.

The Campaign Cabinet held its first successful Donor Cultivation Event at Scovill’s Grill in Dansville on June 11th and will be holding more events around the region this summer and into early fall. Soon the Foundation and Cabinet will be reaching out to the community to become part of this much needed hospital project.

As the Foundation moves quickly, some of their other endeavors are an Annual Gratitude Dinner, a thank you to our most philanthropic givers. This year’s dinner will be held at Scovill’s Grill in August and is sponsored by TLI, Inc. and Teaching & Learning Institute President Ralph Kerr.

The Noyes Health Foundation is also partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension on a 4H community service project, Pillows for Patients. 4Her’s will be sewing pillowcases in bright prints for patients of the new emergency room to take home when they are discharged. CCE 4H will have a display at the Hemlock Fair and community members can even try their hand at sewing pillowcases.

Noyes Health Foundation and Marketing Department will be a sponsor of this year’s Dansville Chamber of Commerce Chalk Walk on July 20th. “This is a great main street event for local families and visitors alike. Connecting to businesses, organizations, and events that benefit the communities we serve is important to the Foundation”, said Cynthia Oswald, Director of the Foundation and PR for Noyes Health.

For more information on Noyes Health and the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department Project visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page or contact Cynthia Oswald, Foundation Director at or 585-335-4323.


HOUGHTON, N.Y. – Twenty-nine senior business majors at Houghton College have scored in the top five percent in a nationally administered test designed to examine their knowledge in the field of business.

The Business Major Field Test was administered at 585 institutions to 80,708 undergraduate students. It is intended to compare the skills and knowledge of the brightest business students at each school to those at similar institutions, in order to improve instruction and learning.

Over the past 10 years, Houghton business students have traditionally scored in the top 5-10 percent nationally, and scored in the top-five percentile this year when compared to schools across the nation and in New York. Out of 20 selected comparison Christian schools, Houghton ranked in the top two.

Houghton student, William (Spencer) Adams ’13 ranked in the top 1 percent of those tested. This puts Adams in the top 800 students out of more than 80,500 who took the exam.

“The high performance on this exam reveals the ’I want to make a difference’ mindset of Houghton’s business student,” said Ken Bates, chair of the business and economics department at Houghton. “We’re blessed with a steady stream of pretty unique, intrinsically motivated, thinking and caring students.”

The questions on the exam span the full scope of business and include areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, management and global business issues. At Houghton, the test is also used to calculate 10 percent of a student’s grade for his or her senior business course.

“Our faculty is committed to helping students develop their gifts and skills, and they bring to that task a combination of academic training and real-world experience that serves their students well,” said Linda Mills Woolsey, dean of the college. “Their work in building ’hands-on’ experience into their courses — projects like tax preparation clinics, managing an endowment fund, working with regional businesses and non-profits on marketing plans — prepares our students to take the lead in their chosen fields.”

Business students at Houghton receive expert faculty instruction backed up by years of real-world experience in marketing, public relations, advertising, management, human resources, leadership, accounting, finance, law, entrepreneurism, small-business management, profit and not-for-profit experience. This, matched with the practical nature of upper-level business courses, accounts for the exceptional and consistent results within the department.

Students that participated in the testing this year were: Alyssa Acomb, William Adams, Michael Amico, Susanne Black, Anastasiya Bogatova, Kendra Brown, Jessica Coates, Chris Confair, Jody Crikelair, Amy Dial, Katelyn French, Shawn Gillis, Amara Graham, Katelyn Hodgkins, Laura Kageruka, Dan Larson, Kimberly Lockard, Mitchell Matson, Kimberly Michlich, Sergio Nalvarte, Peter Mewcombe, Mark O’Brien, Justin Peck, Austin Rudd, Seth Shay, Jonathan Smith, Lauren Stabley, Lauren Tousley and Andrea Ypma.

HOUGHTON, N.Y. – The Greatbatch School of Music has added six new commercial music courses to the Houghton College catalog as well as hiring John Buteyn to be the assistant director of technical arts.

“The commercial music program will add depth and breadth to the overall scope of the Greatbatch School of Music,” says Stephen Plate, dean of the school of music. “Music industry is a growing and progressive field of study and one in which the jobs are prevalent. Our course of study will prepare the music students for productive lives in the musical and technical arts. Our instructors are experienced and credentialed, and our facilities and equipment are top notch. These developing courses of study will add to the scope and professionalism of the entire college.”

Intro to Music Business (MBCM 206) will be the first new course offered in fall semester 2013, while Recording and Studio Technique (MBCM 308) will be offered spring 2014. These classes are in addition to the Pro Tools courses that are already being offered, and it is the expectation that the final four commercial music courses will be offered in fall semester 2014. This will bring the total number of commercial music hours available to Houghton College Students up to 24 credit hours.

Kevin Jackson, director of sound and recording for Houghton, said, “The commercial music classes will provide Houghton students with a hands-on, real-world experience, which will equip them with the skills that are highly sought after in the commercial music industry today. The courses will focus on the critical areas of commercial music, from the technology, software and hardware available today to advanced mixing, mastering, listening and recording studio techniques.”

Intro to Music Business is a three-credit evening class with no prerequisites or co-requisites required for it. The discussions in the class will cover many facets of music, recording, film and television, and how each segment intersects and relies on each other. The class will be taught by John Buteyn.

Buteyn has a wealth of audio and lighting experience as well as a master’s degree in music technology from Georgia Southern University. Buteyn will take over the chapel audio-visuals, lighting and other duties, along with teaching a selection of new course offerings.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join Kevin Jackson and the technical arts team, as well as teach some of the new courses in commercial music,” says Buteyn. “There are so many students with a passion for ministry in technical arts and commercial music, and I am thrilled for this opportunity to educate students with the knowledge needed to serve and succeed in numerous music fields.”