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Richburg-Wirt Historical Society Receives Bartoo Grant

The Allegany County Area Foundation, recently presented a check for $4,381.96 to the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society (RWHS). This money comes from the earnings of the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society Endowment Fund which is held and managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation. This fund was created by the estate of Beatrice S. Bartoo. It was the vision, tireless efforts and financial support of Frances and Beatrice S. Bartoo that made the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society and Museum a reality back in 2001.

President Melanie Johnston said, “We are grateful for the foresight that Frances and Betty Bartoo had when they created the Frances and Betty Bartoo Endowment for the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society.  We rely on it every year to help us with our general expenses, maintenance and repairs, and for our community outreach and educational projects. One of the larger maintenance projects we completed this year was the repair and replacement of our bell tower roof.

We have a busy fall planned and invite the public to attend any or all of the following events, which are free and open to the public.

On Monday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m., former Bolivar resident George Bradley will bring his program, “The Civil War Experience South of the Border” to our monthly meeting at the museum, 243 Main St., Richburg, NY. A large number of men from southern Allegany County went to war with the 85th New York Infantry, known as the Plymouth Pilgrims, which was captured en masse at Plymouth, NC early in 1864.  As a result, many of these men (12 from Bolivar) died in Andersonville prison. A few local boys travelled across the state line and ended up with the 46th Pennsylvania Volunteers who fought against rebel general Stonewall Jackson and for General William Tecumseh Sherman. George will discuss the battles these men fought in, and will emphasize the experience of some of the men who had close ties to the Bolivar-Richburg area.

We are partnering with the Richburg Colonial Library and bringing author Marlies Adams DiFante to the Bolivar United Methodist Church on Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m. She will tell the poignant story of her being trapped as a child in Germany during World War II. She traveled with her family in 1939 back to Germany to say their last goodbyes to her mother’s terminally ill father, found themselves in the clutches of Hitler’s power, and were forced to remain for seven years. Autographed copies of her book, Queen of the Bremen (The True Story of an American Child Trapped in Germany During World War II), will be on sale.

The week of September 24-30, we will be participating in the Third Annual Allegany County History Awareness Week at the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, NY. This year’s theme is the end of World War I, World War II, and the homefront. We will have many items related to this theme on display all week.

On Monday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the museum, we welcome Janet Wahlberg who will give a special presentation on the Navajo Code Talkers. Wahlberg, a retired registered nurse and a volunteer at the Fenton History Center, will share her knowledge of how the Navajo code talkers came to be a part of the U.S. Military during World Wars I and II.

We look forward to our annual visit from the BRCS fourth graders in October and our “Night at the Museum” (held in conjunction with the Richburg Colonial Library.) 

We meet the first Monday of the month March through November at 7:00 p.m. at the museum, located at 243 Main St., Richburg, NY. Unless otherwise stated, all of our meetings are free and open to the public.For more information about the museum please call 585-928-9478.”

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 9.4 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will here in our county, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the attached picture (L to R):Alice Dunbar, RWHS Secretary; Tricia Grover, RWHS Trustee; Melanie Johnston, RWHSPresident; and Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director.

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The Conrad and Kathryn Church Landscaping Fund Benefits the Village of Andover

The Village of Andover recently received a grant check for $4,640.82 from the Conrad and Kathryn Church Landscaping Endowment Fund which is managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation. This grant money will be used for tree pruning in the village of Andover.

In 2001, the Village of Andover received a gift of some 400 trees of various species from Conrad and Kathryn Church. Mr. Church, who passed away the following year, hoped to restore the canopy of trees he recalled from his boyhood in the village. As the former owner of Genesee Valley Nurseries, Inc. in Belmont, he had made his living by growing and selling trees. He saw them as an important part of the community’s landscape.

The Conrad and Kathryn Church Landscaping Fund was established in 2007 for the purpose of maintaining Andover’s trees. The village is able to draw upon the fund’s earnings for tasks such as pruning, fertilizing, disease control and evaluation by an arborist.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 9.4 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or send an e-mail to: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the attached picture (L to R): Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation, and David Truax, Mayor of Andover.

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Scio Central School Receives ACAF Grant for Swim Program

     The Allegany County Area Foundation, recently presented a check for $1,500 to the Scio Central School. This grant money will help support a summer swim program for the students attending the Scio Central School.

Cristy McKinley, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, has been working closely with the YMCA and district personnel to set up the Scio summer swim program. This program will promote the development of swimming as a life skill. More information on this program will be provided by the school once the details have been finalized.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 9.4 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will here in our county, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the attached picture (L to R): Cristy McKinley, Director of Curriculum & Instruction at Scio and Leslie Haggstrom, ACAF board member.

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Leadership Allegany Receives ACAF Grant

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $600 grant to Leadership Allegany.   This money will be used to sponsor a participant in the Leadership Allegany Program. On hand to accept the award was Laura Hunsberger, a participant in the current Leadership Allegany cohort. Laura is the executive director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County.

Leadership Allegany is a joint initiative of Houghton College, The Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, and Alfred State College. The program, established in 2009, provides a dynamic learning environment where adult professionals who live, work or have a vested interest in Allegany County grow their leadership abilities, create connections, and impact their communities. Participants meet two times a month for ten months, including a full-day opening retreat.

Industry days provide participants with an in-depth, insider’s view of Allegany County industries through the professionals who lead them – including government, the judicial system, manufacturing, agriculture, and many more. They engage in site tours, hear from speakers, and enjoy panel discussions.

Curriculum sessions challenge participants to dig deep into their leadership values using the Social Model for Leadership, developed by the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA. They begin by exploring their own personal strengths, moving gradually from the self to small group engagement to community impact.

Participants work in small groups throughout the year to plan an industry day and conduct a community service project that supports individuals or service organizations in the county. Participants also write a personal leadership development plan.

For more information about Leadership Allegany please visit their web site at:http://www.leadershipalleganyny.org. They can also be reached at: 585-567-9621.

For more information about the Allegany County Area Foundation, please send an e-mail to:director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org or call 585-808-8444. Their next grant deadline is on August 30th, and their grant application is available online.

In the picture (L to R): Laura Hunsberger, a participant in the current Leadership Allegany cohort and Denis Dahlgren, executive director of the Allegany County Area Foundation.

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YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR FOUNDATION, YOUR LEGACY

The Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages donations totaling more than $9 million and uses the proceeds from those funds to encourage educational, social, cultural and civic projects benefiting the residents of Allegany County. The Foundation awards scholarships to individuals and grants to community organizations. It also helps organizations secure their futures by managing endowment funds and ensures that individuals’ desires for a legacy come to fruition by administering funds to benefit the areas or organizations they specify.  For more information please contact the Director at:director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org or call 585-808-8444.

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