Yates County students receive Finger Lakes Health scholarships

Anthony Thompson, of Dundee Central School, and Brooke Dinehart, of Penn Yan Academy, recently received scholarships from Finger Lakes Health Foundation.

Dinehart received the Kitty Wigsten Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a graduating Penn Yan senior who plans to pursue career studies in health care services. Dinehart plans to study nursing at Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia.

Thompson received the Ruth Soules Scholarship, a $1,000 award given annually to a Dundee student planning to pursue a career in nursing or other health care field. Thompson plans to study nursing at Finger Lakes Community College.

For information, call 315-787-4050 or visit flhealth.org.


Farmington Town Clerk awarded Masters Municipal Clerk title

The International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) has recently awarded the prestigious title of Masters Municipal Clerk (MMC) to Farmington Town Clerk Michelle Finley.

After receiving her Certified Municipal Clerk status in 2013, Finley continued her studies at Cornell University in the intensive professional studies program to obtain the Master level for municipal clerks.

There are approximately 28 town clerks in New York state who are registered Master Municipal Clerks.

The IIMC “actively promotes the continuing education and professional development of municipal clerks worldwide”. Participants in the educational program learn administrative skills critical to good government. Necessary “to local governments is to keep pace with growing demands of their communities and the changing needs of the residents” whom the town clerk serves.

“Michelle has worked very hard to get her Masters Municipal Clerk (MMC) status. It is a great accomplishment and this will ensure that Farmington is served by one of the most qualified Town Clerks in New York State,” said FArmington Supervisor Peter Ingalsbe.

“Farmington is one of the fastest growing communities in our county … with over 160 new constructions built in the last year,” said Finley. “My job is to first serve the residents of our community. What better way to do so than to continue my education to learn about new and amended laws which help me serve the residents (and our government) more efficiently”.

Finley is running, thus far uncontested, for a third term this fall.