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Roy-Hart baseball wins, overall Section 6 Class B champ
Staff Reports Posted 26 May 2018 at 3:22 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman: The Roy-Hart baseball celebrates after winning, 12-9, this afternoon against Olean in Orchard Park. The win makes Roy-Hart the overall Class B champ in Section 6.

Roy-Hart, now 18-2 on the season, next plays at Frontier Field in Rochester next Saturday at 2:30 p.m. vs the Section 5 champ.

Check Local Sports later for more on today’s game.

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Fundraiser today supports new uniforms, equipment for Albion youth football program
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 May 2018 at 11:58 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Noah Harrison, 8, of Albion does push-ups today at Bullard Park as part of a push-up-a-thon fundraiser to support AYSAP, the Albion Youth Football and Cheerleading program. His father, Saul Harrison (in back), is one of the coaches for Albion youth football.

The program has four divisions of football teams and cheerleading squads from ages 6 to 13 for football and 6 to 14 for cheerleading.

AYSAP is having a “Family FUNdraiser” today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bullard Park to raise money for new uniforms and shoulder pads for the 120 football players in the program. There are prize raffles, kickball, food and beverages, and 50/50 drawings.

Molly Preston of Preston’s Lawncare and Landscaping presents a check for $250 to support the football program. Her son, Boe, is one of the players. The Prestons are joined by coach Saul Harrison, left, and Geno Allport, the commissioner.

These boys practice some of their plays. They are eager for the season the start in the summer.

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Orleans County built Soldiers & Sailors Monument to honor local Civil War sacrifice
By Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian Posted 26 May 2018 at 9:03 am

Community rallied again in 1970s to preserve ‘The Tower’

‘Overlooked Orleans’ – Volume 4, Issue 21

Passing through the sandstone arch of Mount Albion Cemetery, one may catch a glimpse of the towering monument atop the highest point in the area. The Soldiers & Sailors Monument is perhaps the most impressive and beautiful war memorials in our area, but the true significance of the shrine is often overshadowed by the novelty and “thrill of the climb” up the winding steel staircase.

There is a commonality between the circumstances surrounding the efforts to erect this monument to the memory of over 450 men who lost their lives during the Civil War and the war itself. In the face of grave sacrifice, a community struggled to memorialize the hundreds of young men, sons, brothers, and fathers, who left the security of home for ideals far greater than themselves.

Efforts to construct a county-wide memorial were initiated in 1864, but the association struggled to raise the necessary funds to complete the project. In 1868, the Orleans County Monument Association was established with Ezra T. Coann, H. J. Van Dusen, E. K. Hart, Joseph Cornell, Calvin Beach, John N. Proctor, Charles A. Harrington, John Hull White, Walker Mattison, Seth Spencer, Henry A. King, and Hiram Sickels as directors. Fundraising was slow, but the group was persistent in their labors. By 1874, the organization had raised $3,000 and construction began soon after with an additional $2,000 from the Cemetery Association. On July 4, 1876, as the nation celebrated its centennial, Orleans County dedicated the newly completed Soldiers & Sailors Monument.

“The Tower” remained a permanent fixture on Albion’s horizon and over the years became a destination for local youth, with varying intentions, who trekked to the top. Time chipped away at the monument and by the 1970s was in significant need of tender care and attention. The Orleans County Historical Monument Corporation, with involvement from notable local residents including C. W. Lattin, Harold Breuilly, and Donna Rodden, shouldered the burden of raising the necessary funds to restore the local landmark. With over $20,000 raised, the tower was repaired and rededicated on July 4, 1976; the centennial of the monument and bicentennial of the nation.

On two separate occasions, the community labored tirelessly to preserve the memory of local soldiers. Although erected to memorialize those who sacrificed their lives during the Civil War, perhaps the tower is more a monument to the perseverance of a community; a community that values the preservation and understanding of the past. With a monument that is 142 years old and a cemetery celebrating 175 years, we are fortunate to have such breathtaking landmarks scattered throughout our area.

It may be fitting to share a few brief notes of interest pertaining to Civil War veterans from Orleans County. Thousands of men would enter into service with the Union Army, some would never return, yet many would return with permanent physical and mental scars from the horrors of battle.

• Jennie Curtis of Albion traveled to Washington, D.C. following the Battle of Bull Run to care for her brother who was reported as seriously wounded. On one occasion, she dared to venture out on horseback to determine the location of Confederate lines when she was taken prisoner and accused of being a spy. She was eventually released and spent time caring for sick and wounded soldiers.

• Lt. Col. Rufus B. Bullock of Albion traveled south to Augusta, Georgia to work with the Southern Express Company. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he accepted a commission as lieutenant colonel with the responsibility of overseeing telegraph, railroad, and freight interests in Georgia. At the conclusion of the war, he was elected as governor of Georgia in 1868.

• Maj. Thomas Bell, 8th N.Y. Cavalry – developing a fondness early on in life for theater, Bell allegedly spent two years with Edwin Booth’s company in Alabama before engaging in the foundry business at Albion. After the war, he introduced an article into U.S. law giving veterans preference in civil service appointments.

• Pvt. Otis McOmber, 76th N.Y. Infantry – Carlton native enlisted in 1863 and was mustered into service with the “Cortland Regiment.” At the Battle of the Wilderness, his unit was surrounded by Confederates and taken prisoner. He spent over 11 months at Andersonville Prison where he survived by bribing Confederate soldiers with money sewn into the breast pocket of his coat. His brother Charles was killed at Fredericksburg and brother Lorenzo died during service with the 17th N.Y. Light Independent Artillery.

• Pvt. Herbert Taylor, 140th N.Y. Infantry – Clarendon native Herbert Taylor was with his regiment at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 and repulsed the attack on Little Round Top. Making the ultimate sacrifice, he is believed to be the only Orleans County native to have died at Gettysburg.

• Pvt. Isaac Hawkins, 54th Massachusetts Infantry – Medina resident Isaac Hawkins enlisted with the all African-American regiment once headed by Col. Robert Gould Shaw and made famous by the 1989 film “Glory.” Hawkins was captured at the Battle of Olustee in Florida, spending over a year at Andersonville Prison Camp and on one such occasion allegedly received 250 lashes as punishment for an unknown reason.

• Maj. Angelo Paldi, 1st Michigan Cavalry – a native of Italy, Paldi was a respected painter and solider who allegedly served with the French Army in Algeria and Spain before immigrating to America. Serving under Gen. George Custer for a short period of time, it was Paldi’s suggestion to form a regiment of Hussars, or heavy cavalry, modeled after the regiments of Europe. After the war he moved to Albion, his body is interred at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Albion.

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Holley elementary students lead Memorial Day observance at school
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 May 2018 at 6:05 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

HOLLEY – Charlene Favata, president of the VFW Auxiliary in Holley, carries the American flag out of the Holley Elementary School gymnasium after a Memorial Day assembly this morning.

Elementary students took the lead in the organizing and running the event, with help from teachers’ assistants Jennifer Morgan and Alexis Downey, and Tim Artessa, the school’s assistant principal.

Students in the chorus sing, “Fly High, You Grand Old Flag,” during the assembly.

Sloane Kruger, a fifth-grader, and Alexis Downey, a teacher’s assistant, were among students and staff who shared, “Because of their sacrifice …” Downey said because of the sacrifice of soldiers she can teach children, while Sloane said because of that sacrifice she can learn in school.

Julianna Thomas, a fifth-grader, served as an emcee of the assembly. Her grandfather, Jeff Thomas, was among the veterans recognized for his military service.

Leigha and Layne Walker, who are sisters, read the poem, “In Flanders Field,” a poem written in World War I.

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Morgan: Leigha, right, and Layne Walker read the poem in front of about 550 elementary students.

These prekindergarten students, including Brielle Carpenter, show their patriotism during the assembly.

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FMC recognizes employees, first responders with military service
Posted 25 May 2018 at 4:19 pm

Provided photo from FMC

MIDDLEPORT – FMC Corporation’s Agricultural Solutions Plant in Middleport this week hosted a special luncheon to observe National Military Appreciation Month by honoring FMC employees, contractors and community first responders who served or have family members who served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Among those representing service in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines (first row, left to right) are: Bonnie Difino, Lori Porter, Juan Carmona and Ed Dunn. Second row: Kevin Little, Dwight Wadsworth, Roland Johnson of the Middleport Police Department, FMC Plant Manager Roberta Kloda and Mark Wolcott.

FMC’s Agricultural Solutions facility in Middleport formulates and packages a number of key product lines to protect over 100 crops in more than 75 countries worldwide. Plant operations date back to 1904 with FMC acquiring operations in 1943.

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Amber Alert issued for missing baby in Wayne County
Staff Reports Posted 25 May 2018 at 1:34 pm

Owen Hidalgo-Calderon

SODUS – An Amber Alert has been issued in the search for a missing baby in Wayne County, whose mother has been slain.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department activated the New York State Amber Alert this morning. The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a child abduction that occurred on Joy Road in Sodus at about 9:48 a.m. on May 16.

Owen Hidalgo-Calderon is a Hispanic male, approximately 14 months old with short, brown hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 2 feet and weighs about 30 pounds. Owen is known to need asthma medication.

The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that he is in imminent danger of serious physical harm or death, according to Amber Alert.

Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department at (866)-NYS-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.

On Thursday, deputies said they had recovered the body of 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, who is Owen’s mother. The body was found in a wooded area behind a home on Joy Road in Sodus where Selena was living with her boyfriend Alberto Ebarado Gutierrez-Reyes. He has been charged with tampering with evidence. The Sheriff’s Department told Rochester media he could face further charges after the results of an autopsy are released.

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Holley names 3 finalists for next school superintendent
Staff Reports Posted 25 May 2018 at 1:08 pm

HOLLEY – The Board of Education at Holley Central School has chosen three finalists for the district’s next top administrator. The finalists are:

• Frank Bai-Rossi – Principal, Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District

• Brian Bartalo – Principal, Hilton Central School District

• Dr. Anthony Cook – Superintendent, Diocese of Rochester Schools

“Our Board is delighted with the qualified candidates we’ve selected to be finalists,” said Board President Brenda Swanger. “We look forward to welcoming the community at the upcoming Meet the Finalist forums so everyone has the opportunity to interact with these three experienced educational leaders.”

The three finalists are scheduled for individual day-long school visits that include a Meet the Finalist community forum from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Holley Middle School/High School Auditorium, 16848 Lynch Rd. The forums will give staff and community members the opportunity to meet each candidate, ask questions, and submit feedback forms to the board. The schedule is as follows:

• Tuesday, May 29: Frank Bai-Rossi

• Wednesday, May 30: Brian Bartalo

• Thursday, May 31: Dr. Anthony Cook

“In keeping with Holley’s focus on instilling a passion for lifelong learning, the members of the Board of Education have been diligent in their efforts to choose a new leader for their administration,” said Jo Anne Antonacci, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES District Superintendent and Search Consultant. “The Board will continue its commitment to soliciting feedback from Holley district staff and residents in the final stages of this process.”

The BOE will announce the new superintendent sometime in June, with the goal to have the superintendent start Sept. 1.

Frank Bai-Rossi

Frank Bai-Rossi is the principal of the Midlakes Middle and High School in the Phelps-Clifton Springs School District. He previously served as an assistant principal at Penfield High School for seven years. Prior to becoming an administrator, Bai-Rossi began his career in education at Hillside Children’s Center as a special education teacher. He spent the first eight years of his public-school career working as a special education teacher in the Greece Central School District. While in Greece, Bai-Rossi served as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) to help implement a Small Learning Community Grant and provide professional development.

Bai-Rossi received a Master of Science in Education from Nazareth College and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Canisius College. He completed the Superintendent Development Program through SUNY Oswego and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Alfred University. Bai-Rossi is married and has three children; he is an avid golfer and a die-hard Bills fan.

Brian Bartalo

Brian Bartalo is currently the principal and International Baccalaureate Head of School at Hilton High School, a post he has held since 2005. From 1999 until 2005, Bartalo was an assistant principal at Hilton HS. Prior to that, he served for one year as the dean of students at Hilton HS. In 1988, Bartalo began his teaching career as a special education teacher at Merton Williams Middle School in the Hilton Central School District, where he taught and coached until 1998.

Bartalo holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY Buffalo State, a Master of Science in Education from Syracuse University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Administration from The College at Brockport. He is also the director of the Genesee Valley Rotary Camp, a camp for children with special needs. Bartalo and his wife Marcia, a counselor at Brockport High School, live in Brockport and have two sons, Jakob, 23 and Nathaniel, 20.

Dr. Anthony Cook

A life-long Rochester resident, Dr. Anthony Cook has served area schools as a teacher, coach, mentor and administrator for 14 years. Since 2013, Cook has held the position of superintendent for the 18 Diocese of Rochester Schools, serving 3,400 students. Cook oversees schools located in Auburn, Avon, Brighton, Canandaigua, Charlotte, Chili, Corning, Geneva, Greece, Elmira, Horseheads, Irondequoit, Penfield, Penn Yan, Pittsford, Rochester, and Webster. Prior to being selected as superintendent, Cook was the principal at Seton Catholic School, located in Brighton.

As the instructional leader, he established processes for curriculum development and managed capital improvement projects, including a state-of-the-art science classroom. Cook is a certified New York State Administrator and Teacher, holding a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Rochester’s Warner School, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Geneseo and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY Geneseo. He lives in North Greece with his wife Amy, and two daughters, Leah and Nora.

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American Legion makes sure veterans’ graves in Lyndonville are honored for Memorial Day
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 May 2018 at 9:15 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

LNDONVILLE – Carl Boyle, a member of the American Legion in Lyndonville, was among a small group of volunteers who placed flags at 504 veterans’ graves in Lyndonville cemeteries on Thursday.

Boyle said the number of veterans to honor on Memorial Day increases each year. Boyle is shown at Lynhaven Cemetery in Lyndonville. Legion members and other volunteers also set flags at four other cemeteries.

Weldon Barnum, another American Legion member, eyes veterans’ graves at Lynhaven to set flags.

Lyndonville will observe Memorial Day on Monday with a parade starting at 9 a.m. at the Catholic Church on Lake Avenue and ending near the library on Main Street. A ceremony will be held there. The Yates Community Library has arranged to have many flags in the school front yard.

Steve Goodrich, commander of Houseman-Tanner Post 1603 in Lyndonville, presented a certificate of appreciation to Luke DiFato of Lockport on Thursday. DiFato, 16, volunteered a few days last summer to remove lichens, mold and mildew from veterans’ gravestones. This headstone was covered in lichens last summer, and could barely be read.

Photo courtesy of Steve Goodrich: This picture from last summer shows the lichens growing on the headstone.

Goodrich heard that Wet & Forget was effective as a moss, mold, mildew and algae stain remover. The solution doesn’t need pressure washing or scrubbing. Goodrich heard that DiFato was looking to do community service with a veterans’ project. He applied the Wet & Forget last summer and the solution knocked off the lichens from the headstones, many of which are more than a century old.

The Town of Yates is now interested in having Wet & Go used on other headstones that have lichens. Goodrich said the town is looking for volunteers to apply the solution. Interested volunteers should contact the Yates Town Hall (585) 765-9716 and leave a message for Goodrich to contact them.

Luke DiFato helped place flags on veterans’ graves at Lynhaven Cemetery on Thursday afternoon.

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Hawley hopeful legislation will pass for school resource officers, charitable gaming
Posted 25 May 2018 at 7:52 am

Press Release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley

When the Legislature returns from Memorial Day break, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) will be garnering support and fighting for new legislation he is optimistic will move forward before the Legislature adjourns for summer break beginning in late June.

Hawley has amended legislation to further expand rights for charitable gaming organizations such as churches, fire departments and not-for-profits to build on the successes of the  Charitable Gaming Act that became law last year. Hawley’s bill would allow raffle tickets sold on the Internet to be purchased by any resident regardless of their location. Current law only allows for raffle sales in the county by which the charitable organization is operating or any contiguous county.

“This is about continuing to modernize our antiquated charitable gaming laws and allowing the wonderful organizations that conduct these raffles to sell tickets all over the state,” Hawley said. “There are tens of thousands of churches, fire departments, non-profits, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs across New York that are struggling to still provide great community resources while dealing with these outdated regulations.”

On the heels of Barbara Underwood’s appointment to fill the last several months of Eric Schneiderman’s term as New York attorney general, Hawley is making a renewed push for legislation that would return power to the voters in the case New York’s comptroller or attorney general resigns or passes away. Currently, the Legislature has the power to hand-pick candidates to fill these vacancies no matter how long of a term is left to serve, while Hawley’s bill would require a statewide election.

“We have seen far too many statewide elected officials leave office in disgrace, and setting aside the need for more honest government officials, the citizens of this state should always have the supreme right to elect who they wish, not the Legislature,” Hawley said. “This legislation is about protecting our democratic process and sanctity of elections, and I am hopeful it will gain much support after recent events.”

Following the string of deadly school shootings in recent months, Hawley has introduced new legislation that would allow school districts to employ retired police officers as school safety officers and continue to receive their retirement benefits. In March, Hawley sent a public letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie requesting $50,000 for each school across the state to hire resource officers.

“This is about priorities, and I cannot think of a priority more preeminent than the safety and security of our students,” Hawley said. “My bill includes $50,000 in state funding per school to offset the cost of hiring security officers and an increase of the cap for retired police officers who are receiving a pension in order for them to earn between $30,000 and $50,000 per year.”

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Roy-Hart captures first Section VI baseball championship with win over rival Medina
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 May 2018 at 12:14 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart pitcher Jacob Bruning, right, celebrates in the arms of third baseman Ben Schwab as the Rams completed a sectional championship victory over rival Medina Thursday evening at Gowanda. A happy Charlie Brigham moves in to join the celebration.

Making an early lead stand up Roy-Hart captured its first Section VI baseball championship by edging past Niagara-Orleans League rival Medina 4-2 in the Class B2 title contest at Gowanda Thursday evening.

All of Roy-Hart’s scoring in fact came in the first two innings.

The Rams grabbed a quick lead in the first inning on a two-run single by Charlie Brigham as a single by Jacob Bruning and two walks loaded the bases to set up the threat.

The Rams doubled their advantage by plating two more runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Al Xapsos and an error.

Roy-Hart first baseman Charlie Bruning catches the ball just before Medina’s Trevor Luthart touches the bag.

Medina, which left runners stranded at second and third in the second inning after a walk, a single by Chris Goyette and a sacrifice bunt by Trevor Luthart, capitalized on a two-run error in the third frame to cut the deficit to 4-2. Singles by AJ Seefeldt and Brian Fry and a walk loaded the bases to set up the opportunity.

However, Medina could not cross home plate again.

The Mustangs twice got a runner aboad in the fifth frame but both times the runner was pick off, first by Rams pitcher Jacob Bruning and then by catcher Noah Hardy.

Medina then got a leadoff double by Brett Riemer in the sixth but again couldn’t capitalize as Jacob Bruning, who came on in relief in the fourth frame, retired the next three batters in order on two infield popups and a strikeouts.

Jacob Bruning then closed out the Rams historic win by striking out the side in the seventh.

“It’s special. We really wanted this one ” said Jacob Bruning whose Rams finished in the runner-up spot in last year’s B2 playoffs. “We came up short last year so as a team we really wanted this one. It was a tough game. Medina has a very good team and Trevor pitched real well.”

Bruning allowed 2 hits and struck out 7 over the last four innings.  Walker Samanka, who hurled the first three frames for the Rams gave up 3 hits and struck out 5.

Luthart went the distance on the mound for Medina scattering 5 hits and striking out 6.

Roy-Hart will next face B1 champion Olean for the overall Section VI Class B title and a berth in the state playoffs at noon on Saturday at Orchard Park High School. Olean defeated Fredonia 12-8 in the B1 final.

Roy-Hart, which captured the N-O title, split a pair of regular season meetings with Medina which was making its first appearance in the sectional finals since 2005.

Medina first baseman Zach Fike gets the ball just before Roy-Hart’s Noah Hardy touches first.

Roy-Hart tops Medina to win Sectional title in baseball
Staff Reports Posted 24 May 2018 at 10:33 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman: The Roy-Hart baseball team is thrilled after winning the Section VI Class B2 baseball championship tonight, 4-2 versus Medina. The two Niagara-Orleans rivals played in Gowanda.

The Roy-Hart softball team also played for the Sectional title today but was defeated 9-6 by Eden.

Check Local Sports later for more information.

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Albion Rotary Club awards 3 scholarships
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 May 2018 at 3:15 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Albion Rotary Club awarded $3,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors today. Pictured, from left, include Hailey Bader, Rotary Club President Mike Bonnewell (who is also the school district superintendent), Justin Robinson, Bonnie Malakie (Scholarship Committee chairwoman) and Riley Seielstad.

Hailey Bader won the Dick Eddy “Service Above Self” Scholarship, a $1,250 award that is given to a student committed to community service and leadership, and who displays high potential for future accomplishment. Hailey has been active in chorus, band, drama, Rotary Interact, as a class officer and on the varsity tennis team. She has a passion for dance. She will study marketing and dance at The College at Brockport and would like to run her own dance studio after college.

Riley Seielstad won the $1,250 Edward Archbald Memorial Scholarship, given to a senior who shares Archbald’s love of sports, recreational activities, community service and work experience. Riley has been a class officer all four years of high school, and has been active in the theater program and band, including serving as a drum major for the marching band. She also has been active with the 4-H program and in horseback riding. She will major in allied health at Otterbein University in Ohio with a goal for a career in occupational therapy.

Justin Robinson was awarded the $500 Rotary Career Advancement Prize for a senior committed to community service, school activities and work experience. Justin has played soccer and football for Albion, while being active in the FFA and band. He works part-time at his family dairy farm in Albion during the school year, and full-time during the summer. He will attend Cobleskill University to major in agriculture business with an emphasis on dairy management. He plans to work at the family farm after college.

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Engine power loss preceded April 24 helicopter crash in Gaines
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 May 2018 at 11:37 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Firefighters and neighbors worked to put out a fire after a helicopter crashed on April 24 in a field on Route 279.

GAINES – The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report on the cause of an April 24 crash of an experimental helicopter in Gaines.

Alan Heard, 64, of Waterport had taken off about 2 p.m. that day in an Mosquito XE. He was seriously injured when the aircraft crashed and burst into flames in a field across from the Gaines Valley Aviation Airport on Route 279.

The NTSB reported that the helicopter experienced a partial loss of power shortly after takeoff. Mr. Heard began looking for a place to land before the engine experienced a total loss of power. “The helicopter did not have adequate main rotor rpm to autorotate and, as a result, it impacted hard upon landing,” according to a report in Rotar & Wing International.

Click here to see the article.

Mark Bennett of Waterport had been driving by and saw the helicopter preparing to take off. He pulled over to watch and saw it crash. Bennett climbed through an electric fence ran to Heard, getting him free from the wreckage. Heard’s clothes were on fire. Bennett cut Heard’s shirt off and was able to extinguish the flames.

Heard was transported to Strong Hospital in Rochester by COVA Ambulance.

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Many food service students at BOCES already have jobs
Posted 24 May 2018 at 11:17 am

Provided photo: Front row, from left – Alexzandra Schlegel (Medina), Erin Dietz (Medina) and Shaniece Bailey (Lockport). Second row – Shamaria Howard (Medina), Joseph Gates (Medina), Mrs. Kronenberg, George Dueno (Lockport), Ms. Kronenberg, Kayla Stribling (Lockport) and Franco Eaton (Lockport). Back row – Jarrett Mason (Lockport).

Press Release, Orleans-Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – Students in Jessica Kronenberg’s VIP (Vocationally Individually Paced) Food Service Program at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center are already shining in the workplace.

“I am so excited to tell everyone their accomplishments,” said Mrs. Kronenberg. “I think it a great power of example to motivate my other students who have yet to enter the workforce.  I want them to leave here with the confidence to pursue their goals.”

The Food Service Program is designed to meet the needs of students who require smaller learning environments to be successful and is geared for 11th and 12th graders, with the option of students being able to stay in the program until they are 21 years old.

“It is an exploratory course for students with an overview of food preparation, global and gourmet foods, commercial foods, food science and food service operations,” Mrs. Kronenberg said. “It also helps to prepare them for employment with teaching them job interviewing skills and how to work well with others.”

Jarrett Mason, an 11th grader, recently was made a manager at McDonald’s in Lockport.  “I help to train new crew members or assist crew members.  I have worked there for a year and I really like my job a lot.”

He said that Mrs. Kronenberg has really helped him with getting the promotion.

“This class has taught me a lot about customer service,” Jarrett said. “I really like helping out at the events at the school.”

One of her other students, George Dueno, is employed at the Fieldstone as a host, busser and dishwasher. He is working with a graduate from the Culinary Arts program at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center, Dan Gunther. Chef Gunther graduated from James Atzrott’s program in 2010 and went to the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (N.F.C.I.) after graduation. He is now the head chef at the Lockport restaurant.

Joseph Gates is a senior and works at Fitzgibbons Public House in Medina as a prep and line cook.

“This class has helped me with getting my job,” he said. “I will be attending D’Avolio Culinary Arts School in Buffalo this summer.”

One of the students, Shamaria Howard, also a senior, has been taking on the role of mentor to many of the students in the class.

Mrs. Kronenberg said she has other students who have pursued jobs other than food service and have been very successful as well.

“Alexandra has worked at Darien Lake for many years and Kayla has opened a Dollar Tree,” Kronenberg said. “I feel confident that all my students will be successful when they leave here.”

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Sons of the Legion place 1,300 flags on veterans’ graves in Medina
Staff Reports Posted 24 May 2018 at 10:40 am

Provided photo

MEDINA – Members of the Sons of the American Legion in Medina on Wednesday evening placed 1,300 flags on veterans’ graves at four cemeteries in Medina, just ahead of the Memorial Day holiday.

Pictured, from left, includes: Gary Hill, Wayne Hale, Don Seitz, Dave Cook, Doug Higgs, Colin Zimmerman and Guy Eaton.

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