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Medina center offers many holistic health services

Photos by Tom Rivers: These four women are working together at The Missing Peace, a site at 510 Orient St. in Medina. From left include: Sharon Houseknecht, holistic life coach; Anna Cichocki, owner of The Missing Peace who sells non-toxic personal care products; Katie Crooks massage therapist; and Beth Joy, a personal trainer who leads pilates classes and serves as a fitness coach.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 March 2017 at 1:09 pm

4 businesses working together at ‘The Missing Peace’

Anna Cichocki sells non-toxic personal care products.

MEDINA – Four women who have developed their own businesses in holistic health have joined forces in Medina at The Missing Peace. The site, in a dramatically renovated former Medina sandstone warehouse, has been repainted and decorated to facilitate feelings of calmness.

Anna Cichcocki is the owner of The Missing Peace, and she recruited the other businesses to join her in a one-stop location.

“We have multiple services in one location,” Cichocki said at 510 Orient St., which is about on block from Route 31 on the east side of the village.

Cichocki sells soy-scented candles, Shakeology by Beachbody (nutrition supplements), Richway BioMats, and Pure Haven Essentials – safe, non-toxic personal care products. She also does astrology card readings.

She wanted The Missing Peace to offer more holistic wellness options for the community and reached out to people with other skills and services.

“Anna has pulled us all together,” said Sharon Houseknecht, who does nutritional consultations, Reiki, ear coning, foot spa detoxifications and energy balances. She also offers smoking cessation services to help people with their addiction to nicotine.

Sharon Houseknecht has been working in holistic health for three decades.

Houseknecht was one of the first in the area to promote holistic health about 30 years ago. She used to drive into Rochester and Buffalo for most of her clients. Houseknecht said there is increasingly demand for the services.

“I think Medina is ready,” she said. “When I started 30 years ago, I was criticized. Now we are more accepted. I’m not against medicine, I just think we can use both.”

Houseknecht works with a lot of people seeking relief from muscle pains, allergies, stress and sinus issues. Her client was once predominantly women. Now, she is seeing more and more men for the services. She is certified as a natural health professional, Reiki master and as a herbalist.

Beth Joy is a personal trainer who runs pilates and PiYo classes.

Beth Joy offers nutrition advice and leads fitness classes, including pilates and PiYo. She is a personal trainer and Beachbody coach.

She likes the space at The Missing Peace and the easy connections for her clients with the other businesses on site.

“We all feed off of each other,” she said.

Katie Crooks has worked as a massage therapist since 2008, based out of a site on Main Street above Blissett’s.

Crooks is a licensed massage therapist who offers Swedish massage, medical massage, pregnancy massage, hot stone massage, and Young Living Essential Oils. She also can work off site at events and parties.

“People want more natural health,” Crooks said. “If you take care of your body, it can last.”

Katie Crooks has worked as a massage therapist since 2008.

Cichocki became more interested in natural health after her youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism. Cichcocki said her daughter responded to a modified diet with a focus on healthy foods. Cleansing and detoxing, which removed heavy metals from her body, also have helped her daughter.

Cichocki, Joy and Houseknecht all took a class for small businesses run by the Orleans Microenteprise Program. The MAP class helped them see a growing market for their services, and a strength in working together.

They initially were looking for a site on Main Street, but couldn’t find a spot with enough space and with adequate parking. They are using about 2,000 square feet out of the 24,000-square-foot building, which gives them room to expand.

Cichocki likes how they repurposed the building, which was constructed in 1914.

“We took something that was old and gave it a new purpose,” she said.

For more on The Missing Peace, click here.

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Orleans has one of biggest population declines among NY counties since 2010
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 March 2017 at 11:13 am

The population is down in New York in the latest population estimates form the Census Bureau, which shows declines in 46 out of 62 counties.  Orleans County has one of the steepest drops, according to the data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Orleans County had 42,883 people in the 2010 Census. It is down by 1,538 residents to 41,345, based on the 2016 population estimates. That drop of 3.57 percent ranks as the 55th most out of 62 counties.

The biggest population losses have been in upstate rural areas: Hamilton (down 6.22%), Delaware (5.12%), Tioga (4.48%) and Schoharie (down 4.36%).

The net migration for Orleans was down 1,497 since 2010. The Census reports that 1,762 people left the county and only 265 moved in since 2010. The change in natural increase (the difference between the number of deaths and births) was also down by 41 people.

In Western New York, only two counties saw population increases: Erie and Monroe, which are the largest counties in the region.

Monroe, which includes Rochester, was up 0.45 percent or by 3,325 people, while Erie County, which includes Buffalo, increased by 1,916 people or by 0.21 percent.

The smaller, rural counties in WNY all decreased in population since 2010. They include, from highest percentage of loss:

• Chautauqua, down 4.00 percent or by 5,400;

• Allegany, down 3.76 percent or by 1,842;

• Orleans, a decline of 3.57 percent or 1,538;

• Cattaraugus, a drop of 3.32 percent or 2,666;

• Wyoming, down 3.25 percent or by 1,371;

• Genesee, a decline of 2.43 percent or 1,462;

• Niagara, down 2.18 percent or 4,729;

• Livingston, down by 1.47 percent or by 960.

The Empire Center has an analysis of the latest population estimates, which show an overall decline in the state. The losses upstate were more than the gains in the New York City area. Click here for more information.

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Wine Trail will push to have 150 new signs out this year
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 March 2017 at 7:48 am

Photos by Tom Rivers: The current road signs for the Niagara Wine Trail don’t stretch into Orleans or Monroe counties. This photo shows the sign of Route 104 near the Orleans/Niagara countyline.

More than three years after the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the Niagara Wine Trail through Orleans County and into Rochester, road signs will be erected to note the trail extends east of Niagara County.

The state set aside money for the signs in 2011. But securing permits from the state Department of Transportation has taken some time. The Niagara Wine Trail has been working across three counties, and with two different DOT zones.

“There are a lot of new locations and some replacements,” said Cate Banks, executive director for the Niagara Wine Trail.

She expects 150 new signs will in place this year. She said State Sen. Rob Ortt’s office has been helpful working through the approval process with the the DOT.

The new signs will highlight the expanded Wine Trail. The Governor in October 2013 approved the extended trail. The new boundaries include:

• Route 104 between the Ferry Avenue/Route 62 intersection in Niagara Falls and Route 390 in Monroe County. That will be known as “Niagara Wine Trail Ridge.”

• The complement to the Ridge route is the “Niagara Wine Trail Lake,” which follows Route 269 north from its intersection with Route 104 at the Niagara-Orleans County Line to Route 18. It then runs west to Route 425, then south to Route 62 and along that route until its intersection with I-290 in Amherst.

The Orleans County Legislature on Wednesday read a proclamation declaring April as “Wine Month” in Orleans County. Cate Banks, executive director of the Niagara Wine Trail, and Bryan DeGraw, owner of 810 Meadworks in Medina and vice president of the Wine Trail, are pictured with Ken DeRoller, a county legislator.

There are 21 wineries on the Niagara Wine Trail, with 15 in Niagara, four in Orleans and two in Monroe.

The four in Orleans include:

• 810 Meadworks, 113 West Center St., Medina

• Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, 10609 Ridge Rd., Medina

• Schwenk Wine Cellars, 1456 Bills Rd., Kent

• Salamaca Estate Winery, 2660 Hindsburg Rd., Albion.

The Orleans County Legislature last week issued a proclamation, declaring April as “Wine Month” in the county.

The proclamation states New York is the country’s third largest grade and wine producer with 1,631 family-owned vineyards that generate 25,000 jobs. More than 5 million people visit those vineyards and wineries annually, according to the proclamation.

“The Legislature recognizes that our wine and craft beverage industry helps to showcase the county’s agriculture, beauty, promote numerous quality of life activities, and bolster tourism and the local economy,” the proclamation states.

For more information on the Niagara Wine Trail, click here.

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H.S. spring sports season set to begin
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 March 2017 at 5:44 pm

Weather and field conditions permitting, the area high school spring sports season is scheduled to get underway this week.

The competition is slated to begin Monday as the Medina lacrosse team hosts Lockport in a non league game at 7 p.m. at Vets Park.  The Mustangs will then host Gowanda at 5 p.m. Wednesday and visit Salamanca at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Class D contests.

The Medina baseball team has two games scheduled as the Mustangs will host Maryvale on Thursday and Williamsville South on Friday, both non league contests at 4:45 p.m.

Also facing a bust three game week of non league competition is the Albion softball squad which is slated to visit Lew-Port Wednesday, Lockport Thursday and then host Spencerport on Saturday.

Week’s Schedule

Lacrosse: Lockport at Medina, 7 pm.

Softball: Albion at Lew-Port, 4:45 p.m.
Lacrosse: Gowanda at Medina, 5 p.m.

Baseball: Maryvale at Medina, 4:45 p.m.
Softball: Albion at Lockport, 4:45 p.m.; Cheektowaga at Medina, 7:30 p.m.

Baseball: Lyndonville at Barker, Holley at Albion, 4:30 p.m.; Williamsville South at Medina, 4:45 p.m.
Lacrosse: Medina at Salamanca, 5:30 p.m.

Baseball: Alden at Albion, 12 p.m.
Softball: Spencerport at Albion, 1 p.m.

Tuberculosis remains a concern in United States
Posted 26 March 2017 at 3:21 pm

By Nola Goodrich-Kresse, Public Health Educator/Public Information Officer for Orleans County Public Health

World TB Day was Friday, March 24th. This annual event pays tribute to the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB).

This year’s theme: “Unite to End TB”. To that end the Orleans County Health Department Public Health Nurses will be offering TB tests at two migrant camps.

Although TB is preventable and curable, many people in the United States still suffer from this disease. Anyone can get TB, and our current efforts to find and treat inactive (sleeping) TB infection and TB disease are not enough.

“We know some people are more at risk of becoming infected with TB,” said Brenden Bedard, Director of Community Health Services at the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “People who have conditions that make the body weaker, such as those with HIV infection, those who have been recently infected with TB, those who inject illegal drugs, elderly people and others who have weakened immune systems may find it harder to fight TB germs. Testing is important so we can identify those who have the infection and treat them early on.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) up to 13 million people in the United States are estimated to have latent tuberculosis infection.  Latent TB infection is a condition in which a person is infected with the TB bacteria, but does not currently have active TB disease and cannot spread TB to others.  However, if these bacteria become active and multiply, latent TB infection can turn into TB disease and able to spread to others.

TB is spread through the air from one person to another.  The TB germs are passed through the air when someone who is sick with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks, laughs, sings, or sneezes. Anyone near the person who is sick with TB disease can breathe TB germs into their lungs. The germs can live in your body without making you sick and you will not be able to pass the germs to others. If the germs wake up or become active in your body and multiply, you will get sick with TB disease.

If you have been around someone who has TB disease, you should go to your primary care provider or local health department for tests. There are two tests to help detect TB infection: a small TB skin test or TB blood test.  The skin test is used more often. A small needle is used to put some testing material, called tuberculin, under the skin. In 2-3 days you return to the health care worker who will check for a reaction to the test.

In some cases, a TB blood test is used to test for TB infection. This blood test measures how a person’s immune system reacts to the germs that cause TB. Other tests may also be used to see if someone has TB disease and they may include a chest x-ray and/or a sample of sputum (phlegm that is coughed up from deep in the lungs).

If someone has TB infection, he or she may need medicine to prevent getting TB disease later. It is important that any medicines prescribed by your primary care provider are taken exactly as you are told. TB disease can also be treated by taking medicine. It is important that all medicines prescribed for TB disease are finished, even if you are feeling better.  If you stop taking the drugs too soon, you can become sick again and it might be harder to treat the infection.

It is important to follow your primary care provider’s instructions in order to fight the spread of TB.

For more information about TB, talk with your primary care provider or visit

For information about Orleans County Health Department, call 589-3278 or check out our website at:  Visit Facebook and Twitter: the user name for both is OrleansCoHealth.

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Students on Kendall’s Code of Conduct Committee suggest end to banning hats in school
By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 26 March 2017 at 1:55 pm

School will look to add more healthy options at ‘Eagle’s Nest’

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: Ninth grade students Skylar Ammerman and Garrett Sheffield present to Kendall Board of Education members during a public hearing on the Code of Conduct.

KENDALL – The Kendall Board of Education is currently considering annual updates to the district’s Code of Conduct. During the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, board members heard from two students who have been part of a committee preparing recommendations.

“We love to have student support,” Kendall Jr./Sr. High School Principal Carol D’Agostino said.

Garret Sheffield and Skylar Ammerman, both ninth-graders, are student members of the Code of Conduct Committee.

“They volunteered,” D’Agostino said of the students. “They had ideas for making the code stronger.”

During their presentation, which was part of a public hearing on the Code of Conduct, Sheffield and Ammerman said they felt the code’s ban on students wearing hats during the school day should be removed.

“We think it’s a great way to express yourself,” they said regarding hats. “We know that some people feel headwear can be offensive, but we feel students should have the right to express who they really are.”

They also said they felt the “Eagle’s Nest” – an in-school cafe which provides beverages and snacks before and after school hours – should provide more nutritious flavored waters and juice drinks instead of coffee drinks and sodas.

The students also felt they should be able to use their phones for calls during lunch periods.

D’Agostino reported to board members following the public hearing regarding the changes that have been proposed in the code. She said the committee worked to reflect student input in the process and that there is still some work to be done.

“There will be no hats,” D’Agostino said regarding headwear, but efforts will be made provide more healthy options at the Eagle’s Nest.

“We will strive to be more health conscious,” she said.

Board President Nadine Hanlon noted that the in-school cafe was created to give students choices for snacks outside of school hours as an alternative to walking to a convenience store.

In other business, board members approved the creation of a library club. Jr./Sr. High School librarian Alicia Charland told the Orleans Hub she hopes to create a “maker space” in the library for students. The maker space allows for student creativity through up-cycling and recycling projects. It is a space for participants to create something and explore their interests.

Charland said she already has two sewing machines which have been donated for the program.

D’Agostino commended Charland for her enthusiasm.

“She has so many ideas about how to get kids excited about reading, we are blessed to have her,” D’Agostino told board members.

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Girl Scouts get creative in cupcake wars competition

Photos by Tom Rivers: It was Cupcake Wars for the Girl Scouts in the Cobblestone Service Unit today. Shayla Higgins made these cupcakes to look like wolves. They were made with homemade light vanilla butter cream frosting. The head of the wolf is a fudge brownie decorated using marshmallows.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 March 2017 at 10:20 pm

Event raises $1,000 for Cobblestone Service Unit of Girl Scouts

ALBION –  There were 38 entries from Girl Scouts in a cupcake war competition today. The cupcakes needed to have an animal theme. This was the first year the Girl Scouts tried cupcakes for their an annual auction, which for many years featured cakes.

The cupcakes proved popular among bidders at an auction, with the event raising exactly $1,000.

Rori (left) and Shayla Higgins, sisters, watch bidders try to buy hedgehog themed cupcakes made by their mother, Jenn Higgins, one of the leaders of the Scouts in the Cobblestone Service Unit. Danielle Coia served as auctioneer at the QWL building. The hedgehog cupcakes were among the most desired, selling for $45.

These panda-themed cupcakes were made by Alexis Hand

Provided photo: Kaitlynn Basinait, 8, was the grand champion with these cupcakes that look like chicks. Judges based he winners on appearance and taste.

Other winners include: Daisy – Evalyn Ryan; Brownie – Neveya Barnes; Junior – Abrielle Shuler; Cadet/Senior/Juliettes – Rebekah Thompson.

Rori Higgins made these cupcakes that look like border collies with a few sheep.

These pig cupcakes were made by Sesilia Cruz-Kelley.

Mallory Holt, 6, holds her cupcakes while Danielle Coia, the auctioneer, is pleased to see another bid. Mallory’s Panda-themed cupcakes sold for $30.

Aubrey Gannon made these Panda cupcakes.

Loreli and Evalyn Ryan made the monkey cupcakes with chocolate whipped frosting, vanilla wafers and candy for eyes. The sisters are Daisies.

Eowyn Pate made the “pupcakes” that resemble puppies.

The turtle cupcakes were made by Rebekah Thompson.

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Kendall innovation committee focusing on community improvements
By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 25 March 2017 at 2:09 pm

KENDALL – Members of the Kendall Community Innovation Advisory Committee (KCIAC) provided members of the town board with an update on their work and areas of focus during the Town Board’s regular meeting this week.

KCIAC Chairman Glen Spellan provided council members with a list of focus items.

“We’ve been meeting for nearly two years,” he said and explained that the committee would like to take a greater interest in what is happening during Town Board meetings.

The list of focus items includes the clean up of the four corners; maintenance of the Lake Ontario State Parkway; extension of water lines; sewers within the hamlet; the Kendall marina and Lake Ontario water levels; connecting the community Pavilion, Kendall Central School athletic fields, the town hall property and Kendall Fireman’s field with walkways and trails as well as providing an all-season pavilion for community use; the Cottages at Troutburg; and the Kendall Post Office.

Orleans County Legislator Ken DeRoller is a Kendall resident and member of the KCIAC.  He noted the Kendall Post Office window service hours are very limited. There is no window service after 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

“The Kendall Central School District is our biggest employer and school is still open at that time,” he said.  The committee hopes to open up conversation regarding postal service and ensuring the U.S. Post Office in Kendall remains open, DeRoller said.

Kendall Supervisor Tony Cammarata said the Town Board would review the committee’s focus list during a work session. He said he uses a “traffic light” scenario to prioritize goals.

“Green lights are for things that we should keep doing the way we are doing; yellow lights are for things we are doing, but could improve; and red lights are for things we are not doing or what we are doing and should stop altogether,” he explained.

The KCIAC includes members from the community who meet monthly to discuss, evaluate and list proposed community improvements with the goal of improving the quality of life in the Town of Kendall.

In other business Tuesday, Town Board members accepted a $4,098 grant from the state Justice Court Assistance Program. Councilwoman Barb Flow said the funds will be used to purchase a new automatic electronic defibrillator and new cabinet case for the foyer in the town hall.  Council members approved spending $1,111.99 of the grant on the new defibrillator.

Flow said the new cabinet will have plexiglass doors and replace a glass-door cabinet. She said the plexiglass will be a safer option.

Council members also passed a resolution extending the town’s moratorium on industrial solar energy facilities.  The local law will give the Planning Board additional time with creating a code for industrial solar energy facilities.  The local law extends the moratorium up to 6 additional months, but Cammarata said the Planning Board will likely  not need that entire time to finish its work.

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Kendall starts community reading project

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: Kendall Jr./Sr. High School Librarian Alicia Charland, second from left, leads a discussion of the book, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, during the first Kendall Reads event Thursday evening at Kendall Jr./Sr. High School. Refreshments were also part of the evening.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 25 March 2017 at 10:49 am

A book display at the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School Library featuring this year’s Kendall Reads book selection as well as the 2017 Rochester Reads book selection and books with related topics.

KENDALL – Many great things grow from small seeds, and that may also prove to be so for the Kendall Reads community reading program, which is just getting its start.

Community members gathered at the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School Library on Thursday evening to review the book chosen for the first-time event:  The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary Pearson.

Librarian Alicia Charland said she based the program on the Rochester Reads program in Monroe County, initiated by Writers & Books, a non-profit literary center.

The Kendall program has the same goal as the Rochester program: to encourage people to connect to others through literary reading and discussion and through the shared experience of literature.

This year’s Rochester Reads event includes local libraries, colleges and senior centers.

“This is just the beginning,” Charland told adult participants who gathered for the book discussion Thursday.

Kendall students were also welcomed to read the book and will have their discussion during school hours. Charland hopes Kendall Reads will truly become a multi-generational event.  She and participants discussed a number of questions regarding the book and how it affected them.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is set in the near future in America and explores bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity, including where to draw the line with fast developing technological medical advances.

The book’s main character, 17-year old Jenna, awakes from a coma with no memory of her former life.  She is told her name is Jenna Fox and her parents show her movies of her past, but Jenna questions if she is really the same girl she sees on the screen.

“I like books that raise ethical questions and that make me think,” Charland said.

She hopes the annual program will grow each year.

“It’s all about getting people together and talking about the same book,” she said.

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Family-owned grocery and dry goods stores once were prolific in small towns
By Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian Posted 25 March 2017 at 9:41 am

“Overlooked Orleans” – Volume 3, Issue 13

In the years preceding massive department and grocery stores, smaller family-owned dry goods and grocery stores occupied the storefronts of small-town America. This image shows the store owned by James Bailey of Albion, taken sometime in the late 1890s.

Bailey was raised on a 240-acre farm on the Transit Road and sometime in the 1850s entered the employ of Harvey Goodrich, a grocer and dry goods dealer at Albion. After a short stint with that interest, James entered the produce business with Charles Baker and worked under his employ for nearly 15 years before starting his own grocery store. During his time with Baker, Bailey developed a sizable farm west of Albion, later owned by John H. Denio on land now occupied by the Albion Correctional Facility.

Herbert J. Bailey, pictured center, was brought into the trade in 1882 when the business became known as James Bailey & Son. The father-son duo also built a large fruit house capable of holding 8,000 barrels near the railroad freight house on West Academy Street, one of the first in the area.

This store was located at 61 Main Street in the Swan Block on the corner of North Main and West Bank streets, now occupied by Five Star Bank. The reflection in the right window shows the Empire Block; one can faintly make out “Law Office” in the upper windows where Church & Currie and Kirby & Hughes had their offices. In the left window is a reflection down East Bank Street where one can slightly see the portico of the Orleans House, now a municipal parking lot across the street from the Village of Albion offices.

Standing to the left of Bailey is George Hess who worked as a clerk in the store. Hess started with Bailey after 1892, so we know this photograph was taken sometime between then and prior to the death of James Bailey in 1899, when Herbert took full ownership of the business and changed the name from James Bailey & Son.

The storefront is filled with merchandise commonly carried by local grocers. A hammock hangs on a hook on the left, situated next to a large pile of pineapples. For those who preferred to grow their own produce, seeds of all kinds were offered. The display inside consisted of canned fruits and vegetables, including peaches, apricots, pineapple, tomatoes, succotash, lima beans, Bartlett pears, and baked beans.

Two massive barrels of salt sit to the right, shipped in from LeRoy and the right window includes a nice display of canned and bottled goods as well as a tall stack of Quaker Oats. The store located to the left was owned by Dr. Charles Burrows, who operated a drug store once owned by George Barrell, and the boot and shoe store to the right, owned and operated by Orville Taylor.

Herbert was a respected businessman and a Republican in politics. He was elected Village President in 1903, the first Republican elected to that position. In 1882 he married Mary Sawyer, the daughter of Hon. John G. Sawyer, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Cooperative Extension, FFA promote ag in the classroom

Provided photos: Molly Kotarski reads “The Grapes Grow Sweet,” this year’s book for Ag Literacy Week. Kotarski is the Ag in the Classroom Educator for the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Orleans County.

Staff Reports Posted 25 March 2017 at 8:48 am

Missy Call, 4-H Administrative Assistant, helps second graders chart taste preferences. She is also helping with Ag Educator responsibilities for the next three months to support the program.

Second graders in the five Orleans County school districts just participated in Ag Literacy Week from March 20 to 24. The students learned about the NYS grape industry, with a program that included science and math skills.

The Ag Literacy Week program is an annual event focused on introducing a book about an area of NYS agriculture and providing a lesson related to the topic that connects with Common Core. This year’s book, The Grapes Grow Sweet, teaches about the process of growing and harvesting grapes.

New York is the third highest ranked state in grape production.

Over the week each participating classroom received a copy of the book. Students also completed a tasting of white and purple grape juice and made comparisons between each. They graphed the results of this tasting as well as completing a Venn diagram.

When discussing the difference in taste they learned about different varieties of grapes as well as how soil quality and other factors directly impact taste and appearance of the final product.

Cooperative Extension Ag in the Classroom educators Molly Kotarski and Missy Call went to Lyndonville, Holley, and Kendall Schools. In Albion and Medina, members of each school’s FFA program visited second graders.

The Ag in the Classroom team is currently looking for schools, daycares, and other youth organizations who are interested in agricultural programming or activities focused on agriculture. For more information, call the Cooperative Extension Office at 585-798-4265.

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Cuomo, Collins react to pulled health care vote in Washington
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 March 2017 at 5:10 pm

With too few votes in the House of Representatives for a new health care law, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the legislation for a vote this afternoon.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo fiercely opposed the plan this week. He issued this statement:

“This week, Washington showed the people of this nation a disgusting display of government at its worst.

“We saw Members of Congress openly bribe one-another at the expense of their own constituents, racing each other to decimate New York’s healthcare system while attempting to ram through a piece of legislation that would jeopardize the healthcare of 24 million people and supported by only 17 percent of Americans.

“Some Republican Members of Congress apparently forgot who put them there in the first place. So let me remind them: you are elected to fight for your constituents – not hurt them. For the first time in my life, I witnessed New York elected officials pound their chest proudly while cutting nearly $7 billion in funding for the people they serve, tripping over themselves to cut taxes for millionaires while simultaneously cutting healthcare services for seniors, women, and the disabled and killing jobs across the state.

“This bill appears to be on life support for now – it should be killed once and for all.

“Republicans leadership may have counted on the complexity of the issue to confuse the debate, but at the end of the day it’s actually quite simple. This Congress tried to play the people of this nation for a fool – they were wrong, and they lost.”

Congressman Chris Collins, R-Clarence, supported the proposed American Health Care Act. He issued this statement:

“I am extremely disappointed with today’s result. This bill, while not perfect, was a solution that would have ended the Obamacare nightmare that Western New Yorkers have had to endure for too long. By increasing competition and giving people the power to make their own choices with their own health care, the American Health Care Act would have been a drastic improvement over the healthcare system Obamacare has left us with.

“Despite today’s result, this process has provided the opportunity to push for reforms vital to Western New York, specifically my amendment to force Albany to end its unfunded mandate on New York’s counties once and for all. I will continue advocating for that critical measure going forward and will remain resolute in my commitment to the taxpayers in my district.”

SUNY College at Brockport building new $21 million residence hall

Courtesy of The College at Brockport: This rendering shows the four-story residence hall planned for The College at Brockport.

Posted 24 March 2017 at 4:04 pm

Photos courtesy of The College at Brockport: Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul attended an event at The College at Brockport to announce the new residence hall.

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

BROCKPORT – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the construction of a new, $21 million, 256-bed residence hall at SUNY College at Brockport.

Under the design-build method, both design and construction services are provided through a single contract to help expedite projects and provide savings. The project is financed through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s SUNY Dormitory Facilities Program and is being built by DASNY. Ground is expected to break in May 2017 and the project is scheduled for completion in summer 2018.

“The construction of this new residence hall at SUNY College at Brockport is another example of this administration’s commitment to investing in modernizing and updating our colleges and universities across New York,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “Keeping our university campuses competitive and up-to-date is vital to ensuring we attract the best and brightest to lead New York into the future.”

The residence hall will be constructed using an innovative panelized construction system that allows wall components of the four-story building to be built in an off-site factory at the same time site work and foundations are being prepared. The building will be steel construction with concrete floors. It will have fire-safety features, including full sprinkler and fire alarms systems, as well as state-of-the-art security systems and card access throughout.

The spaces in the building will be built to foster student learning and collaborative study, including a smart classroom, multi-purpose room, and other features to enhance student interaction. The new 256-bed residence hall on the campus near Rochester will be designed and constructed to LEED-Silver standards under the U.S. Green Building Council’s sustainability and energy efficiency guidelines.

“SUNY College at Brockport’s new state-of-the-art dorm will house 256 students in residences equipped with the latest security and energy-efficiency features, including a smart classroom,” said Lieutenant Governor Hochul during the announcement of the contract awarded today at the college. “Using the design-build strategy to construct the new residence building will translate into a streamlined timeline and budget. As the foundation is being laid, the rest of the building will be rising at another site, ready to be put in place when the ground work is done.”

College at Brockport President Heidi Macpherson speaks during today’s announcement for the new residence hall, which is expected to be ready by the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

The design-build method uses a procurement process that factors in both quality and cost, and ensures that the State’s MWBE participation goals are fulfilled. Governor Cuomo implemented design-build for the $3.98 billion project to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River. The “New NY Bridge” project will form the centerpiece of the region’s transportation system, remains on budget, and scheduled to open in 2018.

Gerrard P. Bushell, DASNY President & CEO said, “For New York State to continue to win the competition for the world’s best minds, we must ensure our campuses have best-in-class living and learning facilities. Design-build’s speed and efficiency enables DASNY to better provide SUNY Brockport and its students with an attractive place to live and learn while lowering housing costs for students in the SUNY system.”

The College at Brockport President Heidi Macpherson said, “We’re proud to be the first campus in recent memory in the SUNY system to team up with DASNY on a design/build and panelized construction project. Doing so allows us to provide our students with a high quality, affordable residence hall and continue to make The College at Brockport a great place for our students to live and learn.”

Contractors for this project include Purcell Construction Corp. and Mach Architecture.

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Medina man, 81, dies from injuries in accident Thursday
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 March 2017 at 2:55 pm

Photo from State Police: The roof of this car was torn off after the car went underneath the trailer of a semi on Thursday.

ALABAMA – A Medina man has died from his injuries in a car accident Thursday morning in the Town of Alabama.

Purcel E. Buzard, 81, was pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital on Thursday, the State Police announced today.

Troopers responded to a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of the Route 77 and 63 in Alabama at abut 9:35 a.m.

The investigation reveals that a 2017 Kenworth tractor-trailer turned off Lewiston Road onto Route 77 southbound.

A 2004 Mercury traveling southbound on Route 77 failed to stop at the stop sign and went underneath the trailer of the semi, which severed the roof.

The operator of the Mercury, Donna L. Wolter, 69 suffered head injuries and the passenger, Purcel E. Buzard, also sustained severe injuries. They were taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital. The Mercury ended up striking a building and a 2000 Ford before coming to rest.

This is still an active investigation, the State Police said today.

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Orleans Youth Board wants to honor outstanding youth
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 March 2017 at 9:46 am

2 adults also will be recognized for service to kids

ALBION – The Orleans County Youth Bureau seeks nominations of outstanding youths, and also adults who volunteer and work in careers on behalf of youths.

The nominations are due March 31, and the award-winners will be recognized on May 11 during the 35th annual Youth Recognition Banquet.

The Youth Bureau wants to recognize youths for community service or for their “extraordinary role” within their families. Examples of eligible youth award winners might be someone who helps developmentally disabled students at school, serving as a tutor or volunteer “hugger” at the Special Olympics. The Youth Bureau also has recognized youths for part-time jobs after school to help their family pay the bills.

The Youth Bureau wants to recognize community service where school credit isn’t given. Nominees must live in Orleans County and be ages 14 to 21.

Nomination forms are on the Youth Bureau website. Click here for more information.

The Helen R. Brinsmaid Memorial Youth Worker Award goes to a paid professional who works with youths, including administrators, caseworkers, counselors, school personnel, juvenile justice workers and others that work with youth and families.

The Eileen Heye Adult Volunteer Award goes to an adult volunteer who is a role model for youths and gives of his or her time to better the life of a child.

For more information contact the Youth Bureau at 585-344-3960.

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