Category: Press release

Akron Fire Company to Provide Free Preparedness Classes to the Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 10, 2019

Akron Fire Company is pleased to announce a series of free programs to our community that will prepare all for emergency situations. AFC recognizes that emergency services are vital; however prevention and preparedness will make these services more effective especially during a large scale event or serious incident. The ability of the citizen to mitigate the problem before first responders arrive can reduce the loss of life and property. Currently scheduled courses include Fire Prevention and Preparedness for the Family, Opioid Overdose Recognition & Use of Naloxone for Reversal, Emergency Radio Communications for the Public. All training will be at the Akron Fire Hall, 1 Main St. Akron, NY 14001 at no cost to the participants.

Fire Prevention and Preparedness for the Family – September 25 6:30 PM
The Akron Fire Company has a distinguished Fire Prevention Program brought to our children every year at school. We will be bringing this training to adults either as a refresher or to bring new material that may have changed. Presented will be information and hands on training including Smoke and CO detectors, Fire Extinguisher use and operation (hands on training), what to expect to happen as first responders arrive, how to communicate an emergency effectively and more. Learn to prepare and not to panic.

Opioid Overdose Recognition & Use of Naloxone for Reversal – October 15th 6:30 PM
The Erie County Department of Health will provide training to on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. This training includes how to use the aerosol version of naloxone (Narcan) to reverse the overdose. There is no cost to attend this training. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Naloxone is a benign drug. If it is administered when an individual is not experiencing an opioid overdose, no harm will come to the patient. Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to recognize the signs & symptoms of an opioid overdose, administer naloxone (Narcan) properly, and take necessary follow-up steps.

Emergency Radio Communications for the Public – November 13th 6:30 PM
Akron Fire Company will present a program teaching the basics of Emergency Communication to keep the public informed, request emergency assistance, and communicate with family during an emergency situation. This program will be presented by Amateur Radio Operator Jason Ladd KD2QDR and will include cell phone applications for emergencies, national and local alert systems, scanner types, GMRS, FMRS, and Ham Radio. Displays of various radios will be onsite as well as demonstrations an hands on opportunities.

For more information contact:
Jason Ladd 716-601-9697
Or Akron Fire Company on Facebook


**PRESS RELEASE** SUNY ECC Workforce Development Responds to the Growing Number of Tech Jobs in the Buffalo Market.

SUNY Erie Community College Division of Continuing Education is excited to introduce a new Full Stack Web Development course beginning in September, 2019.

The goal is to meet the growing demand for Tech Jobs in the Buffalo, NY area.

The course is a result of Mark Hoeber, Dean of Continuing Education at SUNY Erie and his own family story. Mark’s son, Jordan, graduated from UB with a degree in computer engineering in 2016. At the time, the lack of suitable employment opportunities in Buffalo forced his son to take a position with Amazon in Seattle, Washington. Since then, the demand for developers in Buffalo has increased significantly. In 2019, his son received several employment offers in his field from the Buffalo area. This enabled him to move back to Buffalo, closer to his family, friends, and fiancé.

In response to the growing demand for tech jobs, SUNY Erie partnered with UB computer science and engineering graduate students to develop the Full Stack Web Development Course. One of the main objectives was to structure the training in a way that simulates the real-world business environment. This 15-week hybrid course will immerse students in highly focused and intensive hands-on on training leading to entry level employment.

The instructor, David Adkins, is Vice President of Technology at The Buffalo News and manages the largest website in the region. David has over 20 years of experience developing websites using a variety of technologies in a variety of industries such as local media, real estate, and payment processing. His dedication and technical expertise enable him to competently assist students with in-person lab and live coding sessions.

There is no doubt, the technology boom for software/web development has finally hit Buffalo hard. ECC’s course covers front and back end web development by implementing the most in-demand technologies and languages such as HTML, CSS, ReactJs, Bootstrap, JQuery, ExpressJs, SQL, and API integration in an agile fashion.

The course is recommended for anyone with an Associate degree or higher who would like to enter the field of web development.

Perry’s Ice Cream Fall Seasonals Have Arrived!

*Press Release*

New Cinnamon Bun and Signature Pumpkin Pie Available Now

Akron, N.Y. – August 20, 2019 – Just in time to bring an abrupt end to summer and usher in warm drinks and indulgent baked goods. Perry’s Ice Cream Company, Inc., a Great Lakes regional brand and Upstate New York’s #1 ice cream choice is launching a new fall limited edition flavor, Cinnamon Bun and bringing back its classic seasonal favorite, Pumpkin Pie.

Cinnamon Bun, available in 1.5 quarts, is cinnamon ice cream with cinnamon graham and white icing swirls. Pumpkin Pie, available in 1.5 quarts, is pumpkin ice cream with swirls of whipped cream ice cream and pie crust pieces.

“At Perry’s, we lead new product development with our passion for innovation, backed by consumer trends. Cinnamon buns continue to grow in popularity among baked goods and makes for a perfect spiced cinnamon companion to our Pumpkin Pie,” said Nichole Buryta, manager. “Don’t forget to wrap up in your coziest scarf for the full sensory experience.

Pick up these fall flavors while they last! Perry’s will be making way for its delicious winter seasonals faster than you can say “Pumpkin Spice”.
Perry’s limited edition fall seasonal flavors are now available at a number of local retailers across New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia including Dash’s Market, Shurfine, Tops Markets and Wegmans Food Markets.
Additionally, these flavors will be available in Raleigh, North Carolina at Wegmans (opening September 29). Select Perry’s scoop shops will also carry Pumpkin Pie.

“Remembering Akron” Project to capture the stories of the town and it’s people


Do you remember those stories Granddad use to tell? Or the tales of World War II in France that Uncle Bob would tell? Maybe you recall Grandma spinning yarns about her childhood on the prairie. Unfortunately, all too often, we lose those stories when we don’t write them down or record them and then cannot pass them to the next generation.
This summer the folks at the Akron C. Dee Wright Community Ctr. intend to capture these stories before they are lost. Through a series of interviews, beginning July 16 th , the “Remembering Akron/Newstead Project” will create a collection of podcasts that will subsequently be made available to the public.

Through the auspices of the Akron C. Dee Wright Community Center, and a generous grant from an anonymous donor, the project will feature interviews conducted by Genesee Community College history professor Derek Maxfield. Each interview will be recorded, turned into a podcast and then uploaded to a website hosted by the community center for the public to access and enjoy. The podcasts will also be archived for future generations.

While many of the interviews will be scheduled in advance, the community center will host a project Open House on Saturday, July 27 th , from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. On that day, folks are invited to bring in their parent, grandparent or anyone with stories they would like captured. Interviews will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person interviewed will receive a copy of the recording as a keepsake as well as a photo of the interview with Prof. Maxfield.

Over the course of the summer, the Remember Akron/Newstead Project hopes to collect 15 to 20 interviews and subsequently have the podcasts available by the end of August. Anyone interested in being interviewed or anyone that knows someone that they would like interviewed, may contact Walt Rosonowski at the C. Dee Wright Community Center or Derek Maxfield at

Akron MHP-Victory in New York *press release*



See below. New York state has passed Bill A8281 (and signed by the governor), MH Action, who the Akron MHP had been working with, breaks down what the bill states that will really help our mobile home park from predatory investors like SCI.

All your letter writing, phone calls, and emails, to legislators, has paid off.

We hope that this bill will help push SCI, even more, to sell the park back to us.

Also below is a link to the the actual bill A8281

Akron Mobile Home Par Tenants Association

From MH Action

A decade ago, manufactured homeowners on Long Island started pushing for rent stabilization. In December, families in Akron decided enough was enough and went out on rent strike. This past year, residents in Sullivan County took their corporate owner to task for code violations. Over the past six months, seniors, families, veterans, immigrants, and people with disabilities who call manufactured home communities home joined together to take action as part of the multi-racial, intergenerational statewide housing movement — the Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance.

Leaders from manufactured home communities across New York and across the country called elected officials, wrote letters, testified at hearings, and rallied arm-in-arm with our tenant allies to demand that the New York State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo heed our call for housing justice.

It can be hard to pin-point exactly when the political winds started to shift towards our vision for housing justice — a vision that every family has a decent, affordable home in a healthy and vibrant community.

But we do know why those winds shifted. Because we organized.

One of the four MHAction legislative action teams made up of community leaders and staff making their voices heard in Albany at the Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance’s May 14th Day of Action: Matt Chapman (IA), Azucena Garza Bulger (TX), Laura and Chris Sprankle (UT), Rosa Pizano (CA), Linda Reynolds (IL), Carl Mazza (FL), Susana Pimento (TX), Kevin Borden (NY), Liz Voigt (NY) with New York Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz.

Our movement made enormous leaps this year in New York with new protections that block greedy landlords from imposing unjustified rent hikes and trapping people in abusive rent-to-own contracts. We are excited to take this momentum into other fights we are waging in California, Iowa, Utah, Illinois, Florida, Delaware, New Hampshire and beyond, and to continue pushing forward for more wins in New York.

We made giant strides, but there are still more steps we need to take to ensure everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Let’s take this victorious moment to reflect together on our journey for housing, racial, economic, and gender justice. Let’s thank each other for our efforts.


MHAction National Core Leadership Team

P.S. See below for an outline of the policy advances that range from rent justification to reforms to rent-to-own contracts to homeowners’ rights.

Overview of Policies Won in New York:

— Rent Protection: The bill adopts the first protections against unjustified rent increases for manufactured home residents in New York. Community owners cannot increase rent (including all rent, fees, assessments, charges, and utilities) more than 3%, except if justified by an increase in operating expenses, property taxes, or costs directly related to a major capital improvement. Residents can sue in court if a rent increase above 3% is not justified. Even if an increase above 3% is justified, the rent increase cannot go above 6%, unless the court approves a temporary hardship exception.

— Tenant rights if existing or prospective owner is going to change the use of the property: If the community owner is going to change the use of the property and no longer operate it as a manufactured home community, the community owner cannot evict tenants for 2 years and can be ordered to pay each homeowner up to $15,000. Also, if the community owner receives an offer from a buyer and the buyer is going to change the use of the property, then the homeowners and tenants must be given 140 days to put together their own offer and have the right to purchase the community.

— Reforms to rent-to-own contracts: Rent-to-own contracts must clearly detail specific information about the home and the payments so renters understand the terms, and they cannot charge any additional fee at the end of the contract for transfer of ownership. If a tenant with a rent-to-own contract is evicted, the community owner must refund all the rent-to-own payments. The bill also clarifies that a tenant with a rent-to-own contract is a renter until ownership transfers and the community owner is responsible for warranty of habitability and major repairs until ownership is transferred.

— Requirements for lot rent leases: Leases must include Homeowner/Tenant Bill of Rights that will be developed by the Department of Homes and Community Renewal. If the community owner does not offer a lease, the tenant has all the same rights has a leaseholder and cannot be evicted except for allowable reasons (such as non-payment of rent). Also, a community owner cannot increase rents under tenants are offered a lease.

— Reforms to other fees imposed by community owner: Tenants only have to pay attorney’s fees to a community owner if ordered by a court. And late fee can’t be more than 3% of what tenant owes and can’t be imposed before 10 days after due date.

For the full Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 click here: