Find us on Facebook
Fashion show at Shelby features styles over 200 years
Posted 17 June 2018 at 5:46 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf

SHELBY – Partly visible at left are Shane Cia in a 1900’s gown and Trish Stacy as a flapper girl, who are waiting to take the stage in the fashion show Saturday during the Town of Shelby’s 200 anniversary celebration. The other models are Paula Dresser (with parasol) in a 1930’s afternoon dress, Jodie Zacher as a 1940’s war bride, Lynne Johnson as a 1960’s go-go girl and Peter Beach in a polyester pant suit from the 1970s.

Shelby’s bicentennial celebration featured a fashion show at the auditorium of Oak Orchard Elementary School on Saturday. The fashion show included apparel from each decade capped off a day full of historic events.

Megan Ortt, left, wife of State Sen. Robert Ortt, volunteered to model this 1920’s dress in the Town of Shelby ’s vintage fashion show Saturday. With her is Pat Briggs in a 1920’s outfit.

Orleans County legislator Lynne Johnson waits to present a proclamation to the Town of Shelby prior to Saturday’s fashion show commemorating the town’s 200th anniversary. She modeled a go-go girl outfit from the 1960s, with boots she actually wore in her marching band in school.

Provided photo: Narrator Georgia Thomas describes the outfits worn by Allan and Ginny Kropf, who portrayed Alexander and Betsey Coon during a fashion show Saturday to commemorate the Town of Shelby’s 200th anniversary. The Coons were the first settlers in the town.

Memorabilia from the town of Shelby’s 200 years filled the hall and auditorium of Oak Orchard School Saturday, where a fashion show of apparel from each decade capped off a day full of historic events, which included self-guided driving tours of the town, a video and refreshments at the town hall and proclamations by Shelby deputy supervisor Ken Schaal, Congressman Chris Collins, Senator Robert Ortt, Assemblyman Mike Norris, Legislator Lynne Johnson and Medina Mayor Mike Sidari.

Provided photos: Town Historian Alice Zacher, who organized the fashion show and helped spearhead the town’s bicentennial celebration efforts, is presented flowers. Town Clerk Darlene Rich is at left.

Several dignitaries presented proclamations for Shelby’s 200th anniversary. From left include Deputy Town Supervisor Ken Schaal, Town Clerk Darlene Rich, Congressman Chris Collins, State Sen. Rob Ortt, Assemblyman Michael Norris, County Legislature Chairwoman Lynne Johnson and Medina Mayor Mike Sidari.

Return to top


Firefighters put out fire in soybean field in Barre
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 June 2018 at 2:32 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

BARRE – Albion firefighters Charlie Monacelli uses a leaf blower to push back a fire to try to keep it from spreading in a soybean field on Long Bridge Road this afternoon. Monacelli was trying hold back the fire until trucks arrived with water.

Firefighters were called to the field owned by Hugh Dudley at 12:55 p.m. today. A neighbor had a small brush fire this morning near a creek by the field. The neighbor thought it was extinguished but the fire about three hours later spread to the soybean field. Barre Fire Chief James Neal said about 1 ½ acres of soybeans were damaged by the fire. Neal said there is a chance some of the plants could bounce back later this growing season.

Albion and Barre firefighters, including Jerry Bentley at left, stamp out some of the fire.

Charlie Monacelli of Albion, left, and James Neal, the Barre fire chief, are in the field on fire.

Barre firefighters Brian Bentley and Amanda Dixon hose down the perimeter of the field.

Barre firefighters Kara Bentley, left, and Brianna Caldwell try to smother some of the hot spots in the field.

Doug Bentley, a long-time Barre firefighter, spent part of his Father’s Day watching his son Jerry and grandchildren, Kara and Brian Bentley, work to put out the fire while temperatures were in the high 80s.

Return to top


Town of Shelby celebrates 200th anniversary
Posted 17 June 2018 at 12:05 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf

SHELBY – The Town of Shelby celebrated its 200th anniversary on Saturday. One of the highlights of the celebration was a fashion show at Oak Orchard Elementary School auditorium, featuring apparel from 1818 to 2018.

Georgia Thomas, commentator for the vintage fashion show, goes over her notes just before the show at Oak Orchard School.

From left, twins Charlene Pratt and Shelby Town Clerk Darlene Rich and Marian Fry are all decked out in their 1930’s outfits, as they stand in front of a video playing at the Shelby Town Hall on Saturday morning.

Alice Zacher, Town of Shelby historian, and David Green, a member of the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Department, stand in front of a row of vintage automobiles on display at the fire hall during the Town of Shelby ’s 200th anniversary observance Saturday.

This row of vintage automobiles represents a vehicle from every decade. In front is a 1935 Plymouth owned by Pete Cramer of Gasport. The oldest was a 1920 Model A owned by Dennis Bailey of Middleport.

Return to top


With dairy farms struggling, Collins promotes initiatives to increase milk consumption
Posted 17 June 2018 at 8:10 am

Press Release, Congressman Chris Collins

LE ROY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) toured Stein Farms in Le Roy on Saturday to discuss dairy issues he has been leading in Congress that deal with the decline in milk consumption and economic challenges facing dairy farmers.

Collins announced a letter he sent with 11 of his colleagues to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue encouraging the agency to continue advertising campaigns such as “Got Milk?”.

“Years ago, messages that resonated with all Americans included ‘Got Milk?’ and ‘drink milk, love life,’ and we saw some of our favorite celebrities with milk mustaches,” said Collins. “The fact is, this type of marketing works. In recent years, we’ve seen an overall decline in milk consumption, which has created tough economic times for our dairy farmers and we are hoping Secretary Perdue can provide some additional help.”

Milk prices have dropped over 9 percent since 2014, and are expected to continue to decrease given the decline in milk consumption and Canada’s unfair trade practices, Collins said.

The bipartisan letter voices support of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which is responsible for programs dedicated to educating consumers and increasing the consumption of fluid milk. Past AMS campaigns successfully helped push the consumption of milk as it competes with other beverage products on the market.

Collins’ letter requests that the USDA not only continue these programs but also look for other ways to boost our nation’s dairy industry and has the support of members from across the country. To read a copy of the letter, click here.

Representing one of the nation’s leading dairy producing districts, Collins has been a strong advocate for issues related to nutrition, labeling, trade, and immigration as they impact our nation’s farmers.

“I want to thank Congressman Collins for helping raise the awareness of the situation dairy farmers are going through right now, and his help in showing New York consumers the benefit of having dairy as part of a healthy nutritious diet,” said Dale Stein, co-owner of Stein Farms. “So have that extra glass of milk, that serving of cheese and yogurt. Enjoy that ice cream on a hot summer afternoon and know in doing so you are also helping your local dairy farmer.”

The following members of Congress also weighed in on the issue:

“I care about the struggling dairy farmers across our district, and I am proud to stand with them through difficult times,” said Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23). “Low milk prices and unfair Canadian dairy tariffs are causing tremendous harm. I am happy to urge our Agriculture Secretary to pull out all the stops so that we can provide relief for dairy farmers.”

“After traveling across the district and meeting with numerous people in the dairy industry, I understand the problems they face each day,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22). “Farm milk prices are dropping at an alarming rate and in order to stop this trend, we are asking Secretary Perdue to look into ways to boost our nation’s dairy industry and promote dairy consumption. The dairy industry is the backbone of our rural communities and I encourage the USDA to work to support all of our vital dairy farmers.”

“Dairy farmers play a vital role in Ohio’s agriculture economy,” said Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16). “It is important that we continue to look for ways to promote the dairy industry and protect the dairy farmers who are so important to our local economy.”

“Dairy products are nutrient-rich and have many positive health benefits for consumers. It’s essential that American families are informed about the positive health benefits of dairy products so they can make the most-informed consumer decisions,” said Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07). “That’s why it’s imperative that the USDA continue to their efforts to raise awareness through the Dairy Research and Promotion Program. Secretary Perdue has been an incredible ally for dairy, and I am hopeful that he will continue to work with us to make sure families know of the dairy options available to them.”

“Dairy farmers across the country are struggling to stay afloat in the face of low milk prices and new trade threats. While there are no easy solutions to these challenges, USDA has played an important role in spurring demand for dairy through advertising and marketing campaigns made possible by dairy checkoffs,” said Congressman Peter Welch (VT-at large). “I encourage USDA to continue supporting these efforts, and will do all I can to keep supporting the industry.”

Return to top


Young riders get tips for racing at Crusaders Motorcycle Club
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 June 2018 at 3:16 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

RIDGEWAY – Braelyn DiMatteo is in front of the line with this group of riders during today’s training class at the Crusaders Motorcycle Club. The Crusaders have been holding a free training session for riders, ages 4 to 8. This is the third year the Crusaders have held the clinic at the race track on Culvert Road.

The class provides young riders with basic riding/racing skills. The 22 participants are being taught what all the different colored flags represent, how to watch for the green race light and to practice their starting skills.

The riders are learning how to maneuver around the corners. By the end of the day, all the riders are expected to pick up their speed. The 50cc bikes go about 20 to 30 miles per hour in the races.

Besides teaching safety and riding skills, the Crusaders want to boost the number of new riders. The first year of the training class, there were six riders and then 12 last year.

Brad Hazel, 28, is one of the track’s top riders. He helped lead the class today.

“We’re teaching them riding techniques,” Hazel said. “We’re trying to get them in the sport so we can show them it’s not as dangerous as people think.”

Hazel’s son Bryson, age 5, is one of the riders in the class today.

“If you start ’em young and get their technique when they are young, it will really help them in the long run,” Hazel said.

Kevin Hazel, president of the Crusaders, watches the riders and shouts encouragement. He encourages the young riders to keep their elbows up, look ahead and concentrate on the racetrack. Kevin is Brad Hazel’s father.

After a short break, Danny Shuler gets his helmet back on and is ready to ride.

These riders head off the track after taking a few laps.

Amy Hazel, center, and Brandi DiMatteo pass out popsicles during a break. The temperatures have been in the mid-80s.

The Crusaders kick off their 61st racing season on Sunday with the first race at 12:30. There are usually about 500 spectators and 130 riders for each of the five races at the track.

Return to top


Bullard Park hosts first Color Fun Run as fundraiser for Class of 2019
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 June 2018 at 11:49 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Chase Froman is doused in colored corn starch during this morning’s Color Fun Run at Bullard Park. The Albion Class of 2019 organized the fundraiser with help from the Albion Running Club.

There were 75 participants and they could run the 1-mile loop up to three times.

This was the first time a Color Fun Run was in Orleans County. The events are popular ar Darien Lake and bigger city venues.

Gina Sidari, an Albion sixth grader, leads a pack of her friends at one of the stations. Gina won the award for “most colorful.”

These Albion High School students are at the beginning of the Color Fun Run before they were covered in corn starch.

Eleanor Oliver of Spencerport was one of the youngest participants.

Connor McQuillan gets colored up at the finish line.

Pam Allen strikes a pose at the finish. She did the event with her daughter, Trinity.

Alyce Miller and several of her friends and family enjoyed the Color Fun Run.

Return to top


Bogues dedicated estate to caring for children of Orleans County
By Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian Posted 16 June 2018 at 7:54 am

“Overlooked Orleans” – Vol. 4, No. 24

Alice McIntyre Bogue and Virgil Bogue

ALBION – Ninety-five years ago, the Virgil Bogue Home for Dependent Children opened its doors to young children in need of a home due to the “loss of their parents or the inability of their parents to support them.”

In the years leading up to the establishment of the Bogue Home, as described within the “Bogue and Allie Families” genealogy published in 1944, children in public orphanages were often adopted out, their parents unable to learn of their whereabouts until reaching the age of 21. It was the vision of the Bogues to change that and provide care for children until conditions or circumstances changed, allowing the family to reunite.

Virgil Bogue was born on June 25, 1851 at Elba, New York to Dan Harris Bogue and Lucy Maria Turner. One of seven children born to the couple, he attended local schools in Elba and later enrolled at the Cary Collegiate Seminary in Oakfield and the LeRoy Academy until reaching adulthood. At the time, Elba was known as Pine Hill and a local businessman named Elias Pettibone operated a small nursery in the area. Charles Bogue, Virgil’s older brother, was taught the art of tree grafting by Mr. Pettibone and later shared this skill with his younger siblings.

In 1875, Virgil opened his own nursery at Albion with stock grown from his brothers’ nurseries and in the following year on January 27, 1876, he married Alice McIntyre, a local girl from Elba. According to historian Cary Lattin, at the peak of his business along with the nurseries of his brothers “…would have made the largest nursery in the world.”

For one reason or another, the Bogues did not have any children of their own. According to Lattin, “It has been said that in his younger years Mr. Bogue was not fond of children and was frequently cross with small trespassers who attempted short-cuts across his property.” At some point in time, he had a change of heart. Virgil and Alice believed that there should be an institution for the purpose of caring for children whose parents had passed away or fallen on hard times; should circumstances change, every effort should be made to reunite the children with their family.

This vision was entered into the will of Mrs. Bogue on January 16, 1909, that “…as soon as possible after my death, unless such corporation shall have been already organized, to cause to be organized, under the Membership Corporation Law, in the State of New York, a corporation for the care and maintenance of children under twelve years of age residing in the County of Orleans who are in need of a home by reason of the loss of parents to support them, such corporation to be known as, The Virgil Bogue Home for Dependent Children.” It is interesting to note that Alice added the stipulation for the institution to be named for her husband.

The organization was to consist of nine individuals, including Virgil Bogue, Isaac S. Signor, Charles Bidelman, Albert C. Burrows, Rollin A. Flagg, Walker Hannington, J. Sawyer Fitch, Burton Reed, and Lafayette H. Beach, who would serve as directors. In her final direction, Alice indicates that should the organization not be established, the residual of her estate should go to the Town of Elba to support the schools. Following Alice’s death May 12, 1911, incorporation papers were drafted just five months later on October 11, 1911. Virgil held regular meetings of the Board of Directors until his death on October 6, 1922. His will set forth the stipulations for investing his estate, allowing the organization to draw from the interest of investments to operate the Home.

Initial plans to open the Bogue Home involved the use of Bogue’s orchard on Clarendon Road in Albion, but the Board of Directors felt that it was disadvantageous to remove the Home from the boundaries of the village where it had access to the municipal water and sewage systems. Instead, the Bogue property on the northwest corner of Clarendon Street and East Avenue was selected as the site for the Home; all of the family’s furnishings remained in the home when it opened on November 1, 1923.

Mrs. Martha Howard, mother of Charles W. Howard, was selected as the first matron of the Home; Mrs. Ada Dawson was selected to assist her. The Bogue Home quickly became a valuable resource for families who had fallen on hard times, housing anywhere from two to twelve children at a given time for over twenty years. On March 8, 1946, Mrs. Howard resigned her position as matron due to illness and the directors voted to cease operations effective March 15, 1946. Six months later, Margaret McCabe was hired to fill the vacancy left by Howard and the Home reopened its doors for three more years until a lack of funds forced the directors to shut down, yet again, on October 1, 1949. Due to the language within Virgil Bogue’s will, the corporation was handcuffed to the amount of funds it could invest. By the 1940s, the amount of interest gained from securities and bonds was no longer sufficient to support the operation of the institution.

Around 1963, it was determined that there was little need for this type of home as the State preferred to send children to foster or boarding homes. As a result, the Bogue Home for Dependent Children changed its name to the Bogue Fund for Dependent Children, sold the Bogue Home, and voted to turn over its income to the Child Welfare Association of Orleans County. Over the years, the organization continues to support scholarships and other endeavors in line with the intentions first set forth by Virgil and Alice Bogue over 100 years ago. In 2016, the Bogue Fund deposited a collection of records relating to the foundation of the corporation, which are now accessible to researchers in the County Department of History.

Return to top


Christian School sends off final class from old Medina High School

Photos by Tom Rivers: Hayley Farewell gets a hug from teacher David Stacey during a graduation and achievement night on Thursday for the Orleans County Christian School. Farewell thanked Stacey for the many he helped her get through her algebra class.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 June 2018 at 8:10 pm

Orleans County Christian School will move this fall to Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship

Hayley Farewell, left, and Abbygal Fuller graduated from the Orleans County Christian School.

MEDINA – The Orleans County Christian School celebrated the graduation of three students on Thursday, bringing the number to 32 who have graduated from the school since it started in 1996.

The first five years were at the Harvest Christian Fellowship church on Route 31 in Albion. After five years the school moved to Medina at Calvary Tabernacle Assembly of God, which uses the old Medina High School at 324 Catherine St.

The Christian School uses the northeast wing of the old school, and it’s been a great fit, said Linda Strickland, administrator of OCCS.

“This has been the perfect building for us,” she said. “It has an auditorium, hallways, big classrooms, the gymnasium.”

But the school is moving out, headed to the Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship on South Gravel Road in Shelby. The old high school has been purchased by Roger Hungerford and Talis Equity and will be renovated into apartments.

“It is bittersweet leaving this building,” Strickland said. “Calvary Tabernacle has been very good to OCCS, and we will be eternally grateful for their hospitality.”

Vince Iorio, pastor of Calvary Tabernacle, welcomes the audience to the graduation and achievement night program. Iorio graduated from the old Medina High School with the Class of 1972. He said the church has been proud to partner with OCCS the past 17 years.

Hayley Farewell

There were 21 students enrolled at OCCS this school year in grades 1 through 12. Three students – Hayley Farewell, Abbygal Fuller and Camille Pollock – graduated on Thursday, when many alumni returned for the final graduation program and achievement night at the old high school.

Farewell delivered the graduate address on Thursday. She has been a student at the school for eight years, and praised the staff for their support, especially since her mother, Christina Ashton, died on June 27, 2016.

“The OCCS staff has been there for me in the worst time of my life and the best time,” Farewell said.

She has been a student the past two years at the Orleans-Niagara BOCES, taking classes in the security and law enforcement program. She will attend St. John Fisher College in Rochester this fall to study law enforcement. Her goal is to become a state trooper.

Linda Strickland, school administrator, congratulates students during achievement night.

Russ Peters, pastor of Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship, said the church is pleased to welcome the school starting in the fall.

Abbygal Fuller was praised by Strickland, the school administrator.

“She is always willing to try and she conquers,” Strickland said. “OCCS is better because Abby walked our halls.”

The other graduate, Camille Pollock, was unable to attend the ceremony because she has a key role in a dance recital. She was expected to be presented her diploma during the recital.

Strickland said the school is Christian based, and has a weekly chapel service. The small-school atmosphere is nurturing for students, she said.

“There is a need in the county for this school,” Strickland said. “As long as they need, we’ll stay open.”

Many of the students have struggled in the public schools before coming to OCCS.

“We focus on what you can do,” Strickland said. “We’re here primarily for the Christian education, but we’ve also become a comfortable place for people to learn and be themselves.”

Return to top


3 injured in accident this afternoon in Gaines
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 June 2018 at 5:31 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

GAINES – Albion firefighters and an Orleans County Sheriff’s deputy check on the driver of a car that went off the road after an accident just before 4 p.m. today at the intersection of Gaines Basin and Albion-Eagle Harbor roads.

The driver of the car, a woman, was taken by COVA to Strong Memorial Hospital with injuries that deputies say are not life-threatening.

The driver of this truck in front was ticketed for failure to yield when he entered the intersection, Undersheriff Chris Bourke said. The driver and his daughter were taken by Medina Fire Department ambulance to Medina Memorial Hospital for injuries that aren’t serious, deputies said.

Return to top


Devastating plant disease for potatoes and tomatoes detected early this season
Posted 15 June 2018 at 3:26 pm

Farmers, gardeners urged to keep watch for late blight

Press Release, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Image from NC State University: This photo shows a potato late blight lesion

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today urged New York’s home gardeners, greenhouse growers, and vegetable farmers to look for and report any suspicions of late blight in their tomato and potato plants and crops this summer.

Late blight is a plant disease that has the potential to cause devastation to these crops, infecting and destroying the leaves, stems, fruits, and tubers of potato and tomato plants. Photos and additional information of late blight on potatoes and tomatoes can be found by clicking here.

“Late blight is a serious plant disease that can wreak havoc on the state’s tomato and potato industry, which ranks high nationally in production,” said Commissioner Ball. “We want home gardeners, greenhouse growers and vegetable farmers to be vigilant and, at the first sign of late blight, report the finding to the Department and a local Cornell Cooperative Extension office so action can be taken as quickly as possible to prevent the spread of this extremely harmful disease.”

Late blight was detected in several tomato plants in Onondaga County as a result of an inspection conducted by the Department’s Division of Plant Industry, and confirmed this week by Cornell University’s Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic. The plants were destroyed and inspectors will continue to monitor field plantings of tomatoes. The late blight strain detected was not one of the known or common strains.

Late blight was first discovered in the United States in the early 1840s, devastating crops across the northeast. It was also responsible for the Irish potato famine in the mid-nineteenth century.

Growers can identify late blight of potato and tomato by looking for black/brown lesions on leaves and stems. In humid conditions, visible white spores appear. As many lesions accumulate, the entire plant can be destroyed in only a few days after the first lesions are observed. The plant disease thrives in humid, wet conditions and can spread quickly from field to field, and over several miles.

Home gardeners should monitor for late blight as it can be transferred from the home garden to commercial operations. If home gardeners observe tomato plants with late blight symptoms, the Department urges them to contact their local Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) for assistance. It is important not to compost any diseased plant material.

Greenhouse growers should contact the Department’s Division of Plant Industry at 518-457-2087 if late blight is suspected. In addition, commercial vegetable growers should survey their tomato and potato fields for late blight and watch the blight forecast, which predicts disease incidence and directs growers to apply fungicides to protect plants.

If a commercial vegetable grower suspects late blight on their crops, they should work with a local CCE office or regional vegetable specialist, who can help commercial growers select the appropriate fungicide to treat the crops. Vegetable growers should employ standard late blight management procedures. Because we do not know if the strain detected is sensitive to fungicides containing mefenoxam, growers should use fungicides with other active ingredients and should be certain to rotate chemistries. Organic growers will want a product with copper.

Dr. Christine Smart, Professor of Vegetable Pathology and Director of the School of Integrative Plant Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, said, “Cornell is working as quickly as possible to learn more about the strain of the pathogen identified here in New York.  We are glad to partner with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to help potato and tomato growers manage late blight.”

Return to top


Albion Elementary celebrates Flag Day, good citizens
Posted 15 June 2018 at 10:47 am

Photos courtesy of Albion Central School: Kamryn and Kendall Peruzzini escort their great-grandfather Ron Ayrault into the Flag Day assembly on Thursday. He is seen wearing his Navy uniform. He served during the Korean War.

ALBION – The Albion Elementary School’s annual Flag Day assembly was celebrated on Thursday. Sixty-five veterans and active duty service men and women attended the assembly as invited guests.  Students that invited veteran family members and friends to the ceremony escorted them into the assembly.  Prior to the event, veterans submitted photos while serving their Country.  The photos were used to create a video that was shown as they entered the assembly.

The entire school recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and the “Albion Alma Mater.”  The elementary honors band performed patriotic selections for the crowd including “Legacy of Heroes” and “All Hail the Conquering Hero.”

Each grade level performed their own patriotic song that they learned during music classes. Kindergarteners sang “Our Beautiful Flag,” first graders sang “America,” second graders sang “God Bless America,” third graders performed “There Are Many Flags,” fourth graders sang “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” and fifth graders sang “Fifty Nifty United States.”

Each classroom selected students as flag bearers and lead the procession into the assembly. These students are in line and waiting for the assembly to begin.

Students process into the assembly.

Steve Ames is escorted into the assembly by his grandchildren Alysa and Tyler Ames.

Phil Warne is escorted into the assembly by his granddaughter Ella Froman. Ron Brown is joined by his grandson Caleb Wolfe.

Alilyah Lissow reads her winning poem to the audience.

All students could enter a Flag Day Poem contest. Over 200 entries were submitted and judged. The grade level winners read their poems during the ceremony. Winners are pictured in the front row, from left: Kasia Robinson (second grade), Sawyer Whittier (first grade) and Madysin Austin (kindergarten). Back row: Alilyah Lissow and Camryn London (fifth grade), Eden Diehl (third grade), Abigail Kincaid (fourth grade).

Fifth grade student Adrian Figueroa-Fuentes also was recognized with an art award. He won the poppy poster contest and received the Patrick DiGirolamo Award for advanced art.

Kindergarten students sing “Our Beautiful Flag.”

Wendy Whiting, a representative from the NYS Attorney General’s Office, presented the “Triple C” award to, from left: Ava Woolston, Kaiden Froman and Rori Higgins. The Triple C Award celebrates students who display courage, character and commitment in their daily lives at home and in school. This award is presented each year during the Flag Day assembly.

Return to top


Sponsored Post
Posted 15 June 2018 at 10:32 am

Link to Partyka Farms on facebook


Albion kicks off concert series by canal
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 June 2018 at 10:29 am

Photos courtesy of Kim Pritt

ALBION – The Ghost Riders performed Thursday evening to start Albion’s Concerts on the Canal. Bands will perform every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at gazebo behind the Albion Fire Department on Platt Street.

New this year the Albion Canalside Cruise night will be held during the concerts.

The Albion Fire Dept. will be selling food and beverages at each of the concerts. This photo shows from left: Jim Peruzzini, Al Cheverie, Fred Piano and Matt Francis.

The concert series is sponsored by the Village of Albion and the Rhode Island Foundation with support from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Orleans Regionals Arts Council.

The lineup for the rest of the series includes:

• June 21: Jonesie & the Cruisers (Classic Rock)

• June 28: The Lonely Ones (Folk/Americana)

• July 5: Who Dats (Classic Dance Rock)

• July 12: Blind Leading the Blind (Contemporary Rock)

• July 19: The Dave Viterna Group (Classic Rock, Oldies, Blues)

• July 26: Triple Play Bank (Classic Rock)

• August 2: Creek Bend (Bluegrass)

Return to top


Video shows Holley candidate forum
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 June 2018 at 9:27 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Six candidates running for the Holley Village Board were part of a candidate forum on Wednesday evening at the Holley Junior-Senior High School Auditorium. Pictured up front include mayoral candidates Shawn O’Mara and Brian Sorochty, and trustee candidates Connie Nenni, Alexa Downey, Robyn Schubmehl and Kevin Lynch. Michael Bonafede served as moderator and Sandy Heise, Krista Wiley, Chris Sartwell and Judith Koehler were question screeners.

A video of Wednesday’s candidate forum for the Holley is now available on the Lake Country Media YouTube channel by clicking here.

The Lake Country Pennysaver and Orleans Hub sponsored the forum on Wednesday at the Holley Junior-Senior High School Auditorium.

The video is 1 hour, 32 minutes and shows candidates giving opening and closing statements, and responding to questions submitted by the audience.

The candidates for the election on Tuesday include Shawn O’Mara and incumbent Brian Sorochty for mayor; and Alexa Downey and Robyn Schubmehl for village trustee, challenging incumbents Connie Nenni and Kevin Lynch.

Voting is from noon to 9 p.m. at the village office.

Return to top


Green earns berth in USGA Junior Nationals
Contributed Story Posted 15 June 2018 at 9:21 am

Contributed Photo – Medina High sophomore Melanie Green, who recently captured the state high school golf championship, has earned a berth in the upcoming USGA Girls National Tournament. Green, who is shown here with her swing Coach Nick Semuta, earned the berth with a top finish at a qualifier tournament held Thursday at Windber Country Club in Salix, Pa. She shot a 74 to tie for first place and in a playoff round won a spot to play in the nationals which will be held July 16-21 at the Poppy Hills course at Pebble Beach, California.