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Holley nips Pembroke in OT sectional thriller
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 October 2017 at 10:47 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Kayden Servais, who scored the game winning goal, here takes a shot as Cyle Felski comes in to defend for Pembroke during the Hawks double overtime sectional victory this evening.

In a wild finish, No. 3 seed Holley scored with only three seconds remaining in the second 15 minute overtime period to nip visiting No. 6 Pembroke 2-1 this evening in the quarterfinals of the Section V Class C-1 boys soccer playoffs.

Holley sent everyone crashing to the net on the play which started with a corner by Andrew Moseman. In the wild scramble which ensued Kayden Servais was credited with scoring the goal off an assist  from Matt Wilson.

Holley’s Matt DeSimone battles for control of the ball with Pembroke’s Casey Shaw during the host Hawks overtime sectional win this evening.

“Everyone was up there crashing,” said Holley Coach Dan Orbaker. “It’s wonderful for the boys. It’s pretty good to get that ‘W'”.

Holley grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the first half as Erik Balys scored off an assist from Moseman.

However, Pembroke battled back to knot the contest on a goal by Sunny Kittisack with 18:03 remaining in the second half.

Regulation play ended deadlocked at 1-1 and neither team could score in the first 15 minute overtime.

However, the action picked up in the second overtime.

First, Holley had one shot rattle off the cross bar and another just miss the net off a corner.

Pembroke answered back with strong pressure as Holley goalie Patrick Bower had to make two clutch diving saves in the final four minutes  before the Hawks finally scored the game winner in the final three seconds.

The Hawks and Dragons had played to a pair of one goal decisions during the Genesee Region League season. Each team won on their home field as Pembroke took the first 3-2 in overtime and Holley the second 1-0.

The victory advances Holley, whih improves to 9-5-3, to the semifinals next Wednesday against No. 2 Williamson which downed No. 7 Marcus Whitman 6-0 .

Holley’s Andrew Moseman brings the ball up field as DeSimone supports and Pembroke’s Patrick Wolford is along side.

Kendall girls down Kearney to gain semis
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 October 2017 at 10:32 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Hailee Mitchell tries to keep the ball away from Bishop Kearney’s Amata Valentini during the host Lady Eagles sectional win this evening.

Rebounding from an early deficit, No. 4 seed Kendall rallied to defeat visiting No. 12 Bishop Kearney 3-1 this evening in the quarterfinals of the Section V Class D-1 girls soccer playoffs.

Improving to 14-4, Kendall now faces  No. 1 Wheatland-Chili, a 4-0 victor over No. 8 Alfred-Almond, in the semifinals next Wednesday at a site to be determined. W-C downed Kendall 3-1 during the Geneesee Region League season.

Kendall’s Taylor ReQua brings the ball up field.

Kearney grabbed a 1-0 lead when Kaia Goode scored on a breakaway with 11:49 remaining in the first half.

However, Kendall answered right back with a pair of goals in the final four minutes to the half to move on top for good.

Kendall knotted the contest on a penalty kick goal byTaylor ReQua with 4:47 to go. The Lady Eagles then took the lead on a goal by Michela Hanlon with just 40 seconds remaining on a rebound shot off a corner kick by ReQua.

That same combination Hanlon from ReQua later added an insurance goal midway through the second half.

Katherine Pearson made 5 saves to earn the win in goal for the Lady Eagles.

The Lady Eagles also downed Kearney by a narrow 1-0 margin early in the season at the Kendall Tournament.

Kendall’s Michela Hanlon drives toward the goal.

Church in Knowlesville continues Apple Fest tradition for 40-plus years
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 October 2017 at 5:21 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

KNOWLESVILLE – It was apple mania today at The United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest which celebrated its annual Apple Fest. The church, which includes the United Methodist congregations in Millville and Knowlesville, prepared 156 apple pies and 56 gallons of apple butter. Some of those jars of apple butter are pictured in the top photo.

The church also served meals with roast beef, salt potatoes and and a Waldorf salad that includes apples. This photo shows Betty Lou Standish, left, scooping out the Waldorf salad and Joelle Brown, center, getting a roast beef sandwich ready.

There were 24 vendors at a craft fair, including Corina Stockmaster of Medina, who made these bracelets. Stockmaster is a jewelry artisan.

“Anyone can learn to do this,” she said. “It just takes patience. I like making new creations.”

Jim Nicholson of Medina holds a yellow tuna fish he made with a woodworking art known as intarsia. He takes pieces of wood and puts them together to create his artwork.

Paulette Orlowski of Albion using plastic canvas to create sports, holiday and Teddy Bear themed collectibles.

Lisa Fitzak of Albion made many fall floral creations.

Norene Higgins of Albion created these bears, moist heat bags, towels and other items.

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Hawks tame Lions in Bowl semifinal 37-0
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 October 2017 at 4:51 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Camron Labarge races by Wellsville’s Anthony Geer to score his second punt return touchdown of the afternoon during the Hawks Bowl win over the visiting Lions.

Three long special teams touchdown plays highlighted Holley’s 37-0 romp over visiting Wellsville this afternoon in the semifinals of the Section V Class C-1 Connors and Ferris Bowl.

Camron Labarge ignited that scoring spree when he returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown just 2:19 into the game to put Holley on top to stay 7-0 as Ryan Andrews added the first of his four extra point kicks.

Holley’s Zach VanAmeron sacks Wellsville quarterback Aiden Cook.

The Hawks quickly made it 14-0 five minutes later when Jacob Affronti scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, a tally he set up himself with a big 49 yard gain on the previous snap.

Holley’s lead increased to 17-0 at the half on a 34 yard field goal by Andrews with just 21 seconds remaining in the second quarter.  Labarge had back-to-back pickups of 17 and 12 yards to highlight the drive.

The Hawks defense also had a big first half as Matt Hahn had 3 tackles for losses, Zach VanAmeron 2 and Jeremy Mallett an interception.

Holley’s other two big special teams scoring plays came in the second half as Affronti returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to make it 24-0  and then Labarge had a 55 yard punt return for a TD with 3:6 remaining in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.

Earlier in the final quarter, Nick Schutz had a 5 yard touchdown run, a tally set up by runs of 28 yards by Labarge and 14 by Michael Passarell.

Defensively for the Hawks in the second half, Mallett forced a fumble which was recovered by Affronti and Labarge had an interception.

Regaining the .500 mark at 4-4, Holley will next visit league rival Attica in the C-1 Bowl championship game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.  Attica blanked Wayland-Cohocton 23-0 in the other semifinal. The Blue Devils blanked the Hawks 35-0 in the season opener.

Nick Schutz scores a touchdown for Holley.

Historian seeks to set the record the straight about ‘spiteful sale’ of Proctor homestead
By Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian Posted 21 October 2017 at 8:38 am

“Overlooked Orleans” – Volume 3, Issue 43

ALBION – The trial of George Wilson, accused of murdering his wife Alice in 1887, remains one of the most infamous stories in Orleans County. His trial and execution is a tale filled with speculation and accusation, while the later story of District Attorney William P. L. Stafford is shrouded in spite and hatred following his upsetting defeat in the 1895 election for County Judge. Despite its popularity, much of the story exists as hyperbole and conjecture concerning Stafford’s motives following his embarrassing loss.

I was contacted by Gerard Morrisey following my article featuring John Newton Proctor and kindly reminded that the property, which was so scandalously sold to the Catholics by William Stafford, was in fact sold by his wife Clara. It is important to trace the lineage of the property itself to better understand the situation in which the Staffords were faced with in 1896. It is also important to note that in 1848, New York passed the Married Women’s Property Act that gave married women the right to own real and personal property that was not “subject to the disposal of her husband.”

John Newton Proctor entered the employ of William Gere upon his arrival in Albion and shortly after married Gere’s daughter, Orcelia. Gere and Proctor’s partnership was dissolved upon the death of Gere in 1865 and the subsequent death of Gere’s son Isaac in 1866. The Proctors lived on the Gere parcel at the intersection of West Park and Main Streets until Orcelia’s death on March 7, 1888. Upon her death, Mrs. Proctor bequeathed to her husband “the House [and] premises situate[d] in Albion aforesaid in which I now reside [and] being the same premises which my parents lived at the time of their death;” a clear indicator of who owned the property.

The parcel fell under the ownership of Mr. Proctor for a very short period of time, as his untimely death on February 11, 1889 transferred the property again. Proctor clearly expected his wife to predecease him as his will left everything to his wife with no mention of children. The result was a transfer of all property, real and personal, to his daughter Clara Stafford, which in addition to the beautiful and stately brick residence also included a commercial parcel in downtown Albion and other parcels throughout the area.

The traditional narrative revolving around the parish of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church says that ex-District Attorney Stafford, a “disgruntled Baptist,” sold his property to the congregation. In fact, it was Clara Stafford who sold the parcel to the Catholics, as it was not her husband’s property to sell. In 1895, William Perry Lucian Stafford made a daring charge at the position of County Judge, challenging Isaac S. Signor to a battle for the Republican nomination. When Stafford was nominated over Signor, the Republicans shifted their attention to attacking the credibility of Stafford as a candidate and allegedly encouraging many local voters to defect to the Democrats. Ben S. Dean of Jamestown sent a lengthy letter to the editor in early October of 1895 stating locals were spreading stories that “Mr. Stafford was buying beer for the Polanders” and slinging other outrageous accusations. In closing he wrote, “it is not good politics to have a Democratic County Judge in office in a Presidential year.”

Later stories suggested that Republican voters were “tricked” at the caucuses, which resulted in W. Crawford Ramsdale’s 279-vote victory over Stafford in the election. Stafford later told newspaper editors that Irving M. Thompson of Albion was behind his defeat, becoming defiant after his nomination, and encouraging other Republicans like Edwin Wage, R. Titus Coann, Isaac Signor, and others to follow suit, throwing “all the ice water he could on the Republican ticket.” It was clear that Stafford’s distaste for the Republicans was more of an issue than lack of support from the Baptists.

Local lore claims that Stafford sold his house to the Catholics, uprooted his family (including his deceased children), and relocated to California. The February 18, 1896 indenture notes that Clara Stafford was already living in Los Angeles at the time of the transfer. The parcel, sold at $9,000 (or approximately $262,000 today) included the “brick dwelling house, brick barn, and brick tenant house.” Mrs. Stafford reserved use of the dwelling house until May 1, 1896 and the use of the attic for “the storage of her personal effects” until April 1, 1897; the transfer was signed by her, not Mr. Stafford, and makes no mention of her husband.

The other piece of local lore involves the anecdote that Mr. Stafford required that the Catholics build their church as close to the street as possible, as to block the view of the Baptist edifice. This is likely exaggerated as no written claim to this exists, however, the local papers published a notation that highlighted the Baptist’s displeasure with the sale. The writer notes that the parcel of land was sold by Mrs. W. P. L. Stafford, but the agreement could be broken at the cost of $500. The Baptists were concerned that the “chanting, responsive reading, etc. of the Catholic service [would] cause great annoyance to their own services during the summer months when the windows…would be apt to be open.”

Although it was long believed that Stafford’s role in the prosecution and execution of George Wilson led, in part, to his defeat in 1895, his challenging of conventional party politics was viewed as the likely culprit. After his departure from Albion, he remained connected to the area through family and friends, visiting on occasion until his death on September 17, 1919. The story of Stafford’s spiteful sale of his house to the Catholics may not be entirely true, but it remains an intriguing part of Albion’s history. After all, legends are often rooted in truth.

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Marauders oust Purple Eagles in sectionals
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 October 2017 at 12:03 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Ugene Harrison goes over the top trying to gain yardage during the Purple Eagles sectional loss at Dunkirk this evening.

A long field goal just before halftime ignited defending champion No. 3 seed Dunkirk to a 25-7 victory over visiting No. 6 Albion this evening in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class B playoffs.

Trailing 7-6, Dunkirk moved on top to stay as Devaun Farnham-Dejesus connected on a line drive 45-yard field goal with just 10 seconds remaining in the opening half for a 9-7 Marauders lead.

Farnham-Dejesus also made a 28-yard field goal for the only points of the third quarter upping the Marauders lead to 12-7.  A big 34 yard gain on a burst up the middle by Jaziah Rivera on the first snap of the second half ignited that scoring drive.

Albion quarterback Bryce Pritchard pushes  Dunkirk tackler Quantavis Kleckley away.

Dunkirk put a lock on the victory when Quantavis Kleckley broke loose for a 40 yard touchdown run without 6:03 remaining the the fourth quarter. Farnham Dejesus, who added the extra point kick to make it 18-7, also scored a touchdown himself in the final minute on a 1 yard run to make the final 25-7.

Albion jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Demetrius Gardner and an extra point kick by Justin Robinson with 9:38 remaining in the second quarter.

A key first down pickup by quarterback Bryce Pritchard on a fourth down gamble at the Albion 29 kept that drive alive. Brilliance Johnson followed up with a 19 yard run to move the Purple Eagles into Mauraders territory. Pritchard then hooked up with JaQuess Harrison for a big 42 yard gain on a deep sideline pattern moving the ball to the Marauders 6 setting up Gardner’s short TD carry.

However, the Purple Eagles could not find the end zone again.

Sparked by runs of 18 and 12 yards by Gardner the Purple Eagles did drive to the Dunkirk 19 yard line late in the half. The Mauraders defense though stopped that advance.

Bolstered by that stand the Marauders offense then drove to get the go ahead field goal by Farnhma-Dejesusl just before half-time sparkd by a big 26 yard pass competition from Farnham-Dejesus to Sabian Smith.

Still trailing by only five at 12-7, Albion did drive to the Dunkirk 23 late in the third quarter after an 18 yard pass completion from Pritchard to JaQuess Harrison. However, a sack for an 11 yard loss on third down stymied that advance.

That proved to be Albion’s last scoring threat as the Purple Eagles did not cross midfield in the final quarter.

The Marauders also downed the Purple Eagles 18-15 two weeks ago at Dunkirk in a key clash of unbeatens for the B-2 Division title.

Albion finishes the season at 6-2 while Dunkirk advances to the semifinals at 7-1.

Purple Eagles back Demetrius Gardner tries to run out of the grasp of Quantavis Kleckley.

Albion girls upend top seed in B-1 sectionals
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 October 2017 at 11:36 pm

Rebounding from an early deficit, No. 8 seed Albion rallied to upend host No. 1 City Honors 3-1 this evening in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class B-1 girls soccer playoffs.

City Honors grabbed a quick 1-0 lead just 10 minutes in but Albion answered right back with two quick goals just three minutes apart midway through the half to take the lead for good.

The Purple Eagles pulled even on a goal by Mariah Plain at the 20 minute mark and then took the lead on a tally by Brylie Hapeman at the 23 minute mark.

Albion added an insurance goal in the second half by Claire Squicciarini.

Elisabeth Baker earned the assist on Albion’s fnal two goals.

Sydney Mulka made 8 saves in goal to anchor the Purple Eagles defense.

Improving to 10-6-2, Albion will next face No. 5 Alden in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Williamsville North. Alden ousted No. 4 I Prep 6-0.

Niagara-Orleans League champion No. 2 seed Newfane also advanced to the B-1 semis with a 3-2 win over Springville on goals by Kayleigh Daniels, Emily Foltz and Erica Flagler.

In Class B-2 quarterfinal action, No. 2 Akron defeated No. 7 JFK 8-0 as Kara Sequin had 5 goals, No. 3 Southwestern downed No. 6 Roy-Hart 5-1 and No. 4 Wilson blanked No. 5 Eden 4-0.

NY has $1.25 million available in grants for new farmers, veterans in agriculture
Posted 20 October 2017 at 2:35 pm

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $1.25 million in funding is available through two grant programs designed to assist farmers across the state. The New Farmers Grant Fund helps new and early-stage farmers, and the New York State Veterans Farmer Grant Fund supports farms owned and operated by military veterans. Both programs are designed to promote growth and development in the state’s agriculture industry.

“Agriculture remains a major sector of our economy and by supporting the development of early-stage farmers, these businesses will continue to provide fresh, local produce for New Yorkers across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “This grant fund will bolster our agricultural industry by providing both veterans and farmers the support they need to expand, and thrive.”

New Farmers Grant Fund

Now in its fourth round, the $1 million New Farmers Grant Fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 to assist with up to 50 percent of eligible project costs. To qualify, all farm business owners must be within the first ten years of having an ownership interest in any farm business, and the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm. Eligible project costs include the purchase of machinery, equipment, supplies, and the construction or improvement of agricultural structures.

More than $1 million was awarded to 27 new and early-stage farms across the state in the third round of the New Farmers Grant Fund. Since its launch in 2014, the program has provided nearly $2.5 million to over 65 farms across the state to expand operations and improve profitability.

Veterans Farmer Grant Fund

A new $250,000 grant program, the New York State Veterans Farmer Grant Fund, will also provide grants of up to $50,000 for up to 50 percent of eligible project costs. To qualify, at least 50 percent of the farm business must be owned, operated and controlled by a veteran, as defined in the program guidelines. The farm must also have a minimum of $10,000 in farm income; however, this program is not limited to beginning farmers. Eligible project costs are the same as for the New Farmers Grant Fund.

Empire State Development, in consultation with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, administers the grant funds. The applications and guidelines for the New Farmers Grant Fund and the Veterans Farm Grant Fund are available online. The deadline for submission is January 26, 2018.

These grant programs are central to the state’s efforts to grow New York’s agricultural industry through strategic investments in the next generation of farmers. Currently, the average age of New York farmers is approximately 55. At the same time, there is greater interest from women, veterans, new Americans, and others in beginning a career or starting a second career in farming.

This year, at the direction of Governor Cuomo, the State Department of Agriculture and Markets established a Beginning Farmer Program, including a one-stop shop, to help these groups overcome obstacles to entering the profession and maintaining a successful agricultural operation in New York. Through the program, the Department launched a statewide listening tour to address challenges facing early-stage farmers and to provide information about existing resources available to them. Additional resources for new or prospective farmers are available on the Department’s website, or by contacting the one-stop shop at (718) 722-2668 or

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Governor Cuomo has brought a new focus to advancing agriculture in New York State and because of his commitment, there are so many new opportunities. Innovative initiatives like these grant programs are helping to pave the way for the next generation of farmers, including our veterans whose experience in the military make them uniquely qualified for jobs on the farm. We are proud to help administer this critical funding and support the future of our industry.”

New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher said, “Securing capital is one of the greatest challenges for beginning farmers looking to get their new businesses off the ground. These grants can be the seeds to growing the future of farming, and New York Farm Bureau appreciates the focus on new farmers who have much to offer the agricultural community, including veterans who possess unique skills well suited for farming.”

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Republicans thank long-time treasurer, judge for their public service
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 October 2017 at 11:07 am

Retired judge urges community to back Sanford Church as county judge

Photos by Tom Rivers

LYNDONVILLE – The Orleans County Republican Party held its annual fall rally on Thursday and presented gifts and gratitude to Susan Heard and James Punch for their long tenures in public office. Heard is retiring after 24 years as county treasurer, and Punch retired July 29 after nearly 27 years as county judge.

Jim Punch is shown addressing more than 200 people at the fall rally at the White Birch Golf Course. Punch said the Republican leaders took a chance on him in 1985 when he was 29 and running for district attorney. That was the biggest endorsement of his career, and began a 32-year journey of public service in his home county.

Punch served as DA for 5 five years before being elected judge. He retired before his term ended. He felt comfortable knowing Sanford Church, the county’s public defender, was willing to serve as judge. The judge referred to some recent letters to the editor on the Orleans Hub, criticizing him for retiring before the term was up when he knew Church was willing to run for the position.

Punch urged the Republicans to push to get Church elected.

“Before I retired I did want some assurance the office would be respected by someone we trust,” Punch said at the rally.

Sandy Church thanked Republicans for their support in his campaign for county judge.

The retired judge said Church has the experience, integrity, decency and kindness to serve as an effective judge for the community.

“Sandy is my friend and if you worked with Sandy for 30 years he’d be your friend, too,” Punch said.

In their many interactions in the courtroom over three decades, Punch said Church never asked for special treatment, an indication of his high morality and respect for the judge’s position.

The retired judge noted that Church has strong support from the attorneys in the county who have all seen him in action in the courtroom.

Church has worked the past 20 years as public defender, representing indigent defendants in felony prosecutions, as well as overseeing the public defender’s office. Church has worked as an attorney for 32 years, including as an assistant district attorney for Punch and Joe Cardone, as well as two other DAs.

Church, a former member of the Albion Board of Education, has practiced law in all of the courts a county judge will preside.

Church admitted he is a low-key person who is making his first run for a countywide elected office.

“Thank you for your faith in me,” he said at the GOP rally. “I will try to live up to it.”

Susan Heard speaks at the fall rally at the White Birch Golf Course. Ed Morgan, left, is the County GOP chairman. Jim Punch is at right.

Heard started in the treasurer’s office 40 years ago when she was 18 on a summer work program. Back then she was planning on a career as a dental assistant.

But Heard liked the job at the Treasurer’s Office. She worked her way up in the Treasurer’s Office under then Treasurer Mary Basinait. Heard thanked the Republican leaders in the county for their support over the years. She also commended the employees in the Treasurer’s Office, the attorneys, town clerks, county department heads, chief administrative officers and residents who she all worked with.

Marcia Tuohey, the late chairwoman of the Orleans County Legislature, was Heard’s favorite county leader. “The lady in the hat, she was a woman in charge,” Heard said.

Kim DeFrank of Murray, Heard’s deputy treasurer, is unopposed in running to succeed Heard as county treasurer.

Heard doesn’t want to fully retire. She is running for the Gaines town clerk on Nov. 7.

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Collins wants IJC to address ‘failed’ lake plan
Posted 20 October 2017 at 9:31 am

Press Release, Congressman Chris Collins

WILLIAMSVILLE – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) condemned claims by International Joint Commission (IJC) Chair Lana Pollack that Plan 2014 and the IJC were not responsible for Lake Ontario’s shoreline flooding this past spring.

Collins and other elected officials, including Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and community leaders all along the Lake Shore have been vocal about the lake-level regulation plan that leaves the south shore of Lake Ontario in danger of historic erosion. During a speech at a conference on Great Lakes restoration and in an interview with the Democrat & Chronicle, Pollack said that Lake Ontario flooding was not a result of Plan 2014.

“Ms. Pollack and the IJC have failed the people of Western New York, especially those that have experienced devastating damage to their businesses and property,” said Collins. “Instead of working to fix the problems and make sure destruction like this does not occur again, the IJC is passing the blame and making excuses.”

After first reviewing the plan in 2013, Collins took the lead alongside state and local elected officials to speak out against the negative impact the plan would have on the Lake’s shoreline and the region’s economy. Plan 2014 increases the frequency by which Lake Ontario’s water levels are raised and lowered, significantly increasing the annual costs of shoreline maintenance and negatively impacting Lake Ontario’s rapidly deteriorating shoreline.

Despite concern from local elected officials, the IJC and the State Department, under the Obama Administration, forged ahead with Plan 2014 in December 2016 as Obama’s term was coming to an end. Record high water levels during the spring and summer of 2017 have caused unprecedented damage to property owners, businesses, and municipalities along Lake Ontario.

“Lana Pollack and the rest of the IJC need to be replaced. I have confidence that the Trump Administration will act quickly to appoint commissioners who understand the needs of Lake Ontario residents and will work with their Canadian partners to address these critical issues,” added Collins.

Collins has met with both President Trump and Vice President Pence and urged for the replacement of all IJC commissioners. On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence joined Collins and Western New York families in Lancaster for a tax roundtable at Performance Advantage Company. In July, Collins joined President Trump on Air Force One for a trip to Long Island. During both meetings, Collins shared his concerns about Lake Ontario’s shoreline flooding, the IJC and Plan 2014.

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2 state legislators mulling run for governor say defeating Cuomo is imperative in 2018
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 October 2017 at 9:16 am

Photos by Tom Rivers: John DeFrancisco, a state senator from Syracuse, speaks during Thursday’s Orleans County GOP Rally.

LYNDONVILLE – Two leaders of the Republican conference in the State Legislature are both considering a run for governor. Brian Kolb and John DeFrancisco are united in saying Andrew Cuomo must be defeated for a third term in 2018.

“We have to figure out who will go after the current governor, who definitely has to be replaced,” said Kolb, the Assembly minority leader.

Both Kolb and DeFrancisco spoke at the Orleans County Republican Rally on Thursday at the White Birch Golf Course. They both say the Republican Party needs a strong candidate who can topple Cuomo.

DeFrancisco, 70, is the Senate Majority Leader in Albany, the second in command. The Syracuse resident has nearly 30 years as a state legislator. He said he is willing to be the candidate. But if the party decides on someone else, he said Republicans need to unify with a focus on unseating Cuomo.

“The time is right,” DeFrancisco told more than 200 people at the White Birch. “It’s a question of getting the right candidate and getting the backing of the Republican Party.”

Cuomo would appear to heavily favored in the election. He has $25 million in his campaign warchest, and Democrats have a significant enrollment advantage statewide over Republicans. But DeFrancisco says George Pataki faced a similar daunting challenge in 1994 when he ran against Mario Cuomo. Pataki at the time was a state legislator after serving as mayor of tiny Peekskill.

DeFrancisco said it feels like déjà vu as Andrew Cuomo pursues a third four-year term. Both Cuomos were talked about for possible runs for U.S. president while they were long-serving governors.

DeFrancisco said both presided over significant population losses and economic decline upstate, while pushing a liberal social agenda on the state.

DeFrancisco said the governor pursues headlines at the state expense, whether sending state resources to Puerto Rico or firefighters to California.

“Everything he does has a purpose, and that is to benefit himself,” DeFrancisco said. “He wants to promote his national image.”

DeFrancisco also faulted Cuomo for not admitting mistakes and looking to blame others.

“Everybody makes mistakes,” DeFrancisco said. “If you make a mistake own up to it.”

He would favor across-the-board tax cuts, rather than targeted tax breaks and incentives for some businesses.

“We got to have everyone benefit,” he said.

State Sen. Rob Ortt introduced DeFrancisco.

“He’s a fighter,” Ortt said. “He fights everyday for the values of Upstate New York and Orleans County.”

Ortt has been in the State Senate for about three years.

“We have an ever-increasing tyrant for a governor who thinks the Legislature is there to applaud his political theater,” Ortt told the crowd.

DeFrancisco and Kolb both said they worry about the population loss in New York.

Brian Kolb said the state needs to reduce regulations and taxes on businesses or else it will continue to lose residents.

The population is down in New York in the latest population estimates from the Census Bureau, which shows declines in 46 out of 62 counties. Orleans County has one of the steepest drops. 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 out migration of residents to other states has deprived New York of $4.6 billion in income to other states, Kolb said.

Kolb, 65, is a Canandaigua resident who co-founded the North American Filter Corporation, which manufactures air, gas and liquid filtration systems.

His private sector experience has showed him the need to reduce taxes and regulations that make it difficult for businesses to grow and succeed in New York State.

Kolb made a point to thank Charlie Nesbitt of Albion, the former state assemblyman. Nesbitt was a leader in the Republican Conference when Kolb was one of five candidates pursuing a seat to the district in Canandaigua. Nesbitt supported Kolb and helped get him elected. Nesbitt went on to be the conference leader in Albany. Kolb has held that position for more than eight years.

“Charlie’s heart is for our state and our country,” Kolb said at the GOP rally.

Kolb also commended Ed Morgan, the county’s Republican Party chairman, for his work promoting candidates around the state.

“Ed is a giving soul,” Kob said. “He’s one of the greatest people I’ve met in this business.”

Kolb has declined offers before to run for Congress and U.S. Senate. But he is interested in running for governor because he said state policies are driving away residents and burdening those that stay in the state.

“We have to reverse the out migration,” he said. “We have to make it better for your kids and my kids.”

Both Kolb and DeFrancisco said they are traveling the state to see if they can generate enthusiasm among Republicans for their candidacies. Neither has officially declared a run for governor.

Both Kolb and DeFrancisco travelled to Lyndonville with much of the trip on the Lake Ontario State Parkway. Both said it was a very bumpy ride and the road desperately needs state attention.

“The first thing I will do as governor is fix the Lake Ontario State Parkway,” DeFrancisco told the Republican crowd to cheers. “It was like driving on railroad tracks. It was absolutely ridiculous.”

Ed Morgan, the GOP chairman, joked he sent both guest speakers Mapquest directions that took them to the Parkway, rather than Route 104 or Route 18.

Morgan said he expects more Republicans to show interest in pursuing governor against Cuomo. Morgan said he hasn’t picked a candidate at this point. He said Kolb and DeFrancisco “are both very good men.”

DeFrancisco was the much more loquacious of the two on Thursday, talking far more and with more edginess than Kolb. DeFrancisco told the Republican candidates in town and county races to win big in the contested races, which would send a message to Cuomo.

“Beat the hell out of your opponents, punish your opponents, so they will never run against you again,” DeFrancisco said. “That will start the momentum to defeat Andrew Cuomo.”

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4 sites inducted into Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2017 at 6:10 pm

Presbyterian Church in Albion, Batavia library, Rochester cemetery and Jamestown church join exclusive club

Photo by Tom Rivers: Four new inductees were added to the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame this afternoon, including First Presbyterian Church in Albion, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia, and First Lutheran Church of Jamestown. Pictured in front from left: Cathy Vail, CFO for Holy Sepulchre; Lynn Sullivan, CEO of Holy Sepulcre; Tim McGee, elder at First Presbyterian Church in Albion; and Twyla Boyer, First Presbyterian’s pastor. Back row: Brenda Gagliano, Holy Sepulchre’s records coordinator; Dan Nagle, pastor of First Lutheran Church in Jamestown; Jim Jacobs, facilities director for Batavia City School District which owns and maintains Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia; Rob Conrad, director of Richmond Memorial; and Chris Dailey, superintendent of Batavia City School District.

MEDINA – The Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame inducted four new members into the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame, bringing the number of inductees in the HOF to 24 since the first class was inducted in 2013.

The new inductees include the First Presbyterian Church in Albion, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia, and First Lutheran Church of Jamestown.

The Presbyterian Church is the ninth site from Orleans County in the Hall of Fame. Genesee has its first entry with the library in Batavia. Jamestown and Chautauqua County are also making their debut in the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame with the First Lutheran Church. Holy Sepulchre is second site from Rochester to join the HOF.

The Hall of Fame Committee – Jim Hancock, David Miller and Don Colquhoun – make road trips to all of the nominees and do research on the buildings. Hancock, the Sandstone Society president, said he has developed a far deeper appreciation for the local quarried stone.

“We have been truly amazed over the years of the multitude of buildings that are still standing from a seemingly indestructible building material,” Hancock.

The Hall of Fame inductees all deserve praise for maintaining what are often cavernous structures, Hancock said. All of the inductees today shared stories of recent costly renovations, from mortar repointings to new slate roofs.

The following were inducted in the Class of 2016, with the descriptions courtesy of Medina Sandstone Society:

• First Presbyterian Church of Albion

Jim Hancock, right, reads the plaque about the First Presbyterian Church in Albion, which was represented by elder Tim McGee and pastor Twyla Boyer.

The First Presbyterian Church is a beautiful example of rose colored Medina Sandstone. The church commissioned famed architect Andrew Jackson Warner from Rochester to come up with a design for the new church.

It is rumored that the building committee told the architect they wanted a building like his First Presbyterian Church he built in 1871 in Rochester, but with a steeple taller than the Albion Baptist Church. The steeple was to be 175 feet, taller by 15 feet. Construction began in 1874 and completed and dedicated in 1875 and for over 140 years the bells in the majestic bell tower have been calling worshipers to service every Sunday.


Boyer spoke during the Hall of Fame induction at Medina City Hall, where the plaques are on display. She said the Albion congregation has been a dedicated steward of the building.

“It is a beautiful church,” she said. “It is a pleasure to be there.”

McGee said the congregation has tackled a recent major interior renovation and last year had to fix the slate roof.

“We continue to make progress preserving the church,” he said. “It’s just beautiful inside.”

• Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia

Rob Conrad, the library director, praised the Batavia City School District for its ongoing maintenance of the historic site.

The Richmond Memorial Library is a beautiful example of light gray Medina Sandstone and red Albion stone. The style is Richardsonian Romanesque and was designed by Rochester architect James Cutler. The Richmond Library employs the style of two-tone sandstone in a random ashlar pattern with a battered foundation and a steep gable roof.

Mrs. Mary Richmond donated a piece of land at the rear of the family property and construction of a library began on July 11, 1887 and was dedicated on March 12, 1889. Mrs. Richmond donated $24,000 towards the cost and insisted on using local labor to build this magnificent building.

The library was named after her son Dean Richmond, Jr., who died in his youth. Mrs. Richmond, noted for her charity, then donated the library to the Union Free School District. The Richmond Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was registered on July 24, 1974.


Rob Conrad, library director, said he and the staff are thrilled to see the library go into the Hall of Fame. He praised the Batavia City School District for its ongoing commitment to maintain the site. Conrad said he is impressed by the communities that rallied their dollars to build such impressive buildings in the region, using Medina Sandstone.

“You see the beauty of the buildings and their ingenuity,” he said.

• Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester

Lynn Sullivan, CEO of Holy Sepulchre, accepts the award for cemetery.

All Souls’ Chapel, designed by noted architect Andrew Jackson Warner, was built in 1876, and has become the centerpiece of the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y. The small but graceful building features a steep slate roof, supporting hammer beams, and exquisitely designed stained glass windows featuring the 14 stations of the Cross made in Roermond, Holland.

A companion 100-foot bell tower built in 1886 houses a six crypt mausoleum, the final resting place for the Bishops of the diocese including Bishop Bernard McQuaid, the founder of the cemetery. The Chapel as well as the two gate houses and 1.36-mile stone wall surrounding the cemetery are all made of beautifully preserved and restored red Medina Sandstone.


Holy Sepulchre is “synonymous with Medina Sandstone,” said Lynn Sullivan, the cemetery’s chief executive officer. The cemetery is committed to keeping up the historic chapel and bell tower.

“We love Medina Sandstone,” she said. “It’s what the cemetery is known for.”

• First Lutheran Church in Jamestown

The Rev. Dan Nagle is proud of the church in Jamestown, which has 1,100 seats and spectacular stained-glass windows.

First Lutheran congregation was organized by Swedish immigrants in 1856. The construction of their present beautiful cathedral made entirely of red Medina sandstone was started in 1892 and completed in 1901.

It is a magnificent structure and includes a 153-foot-tall bell tower which still functions today. The congregation takes great pride in maintaining the beauty of the church which dominates the city’s skyline.

Many internal and external improvements and restorations have occurred over the years. The interior includes a historic 1901 Hook and Hastings pipe organ rebuilt in 1955, two tiered seating, and numerous beautifully detailed stained glass windows.


The Swedish immigrants who founded the church mortgaged their homes ensure the construction would move forward at the church, the Rev. Dan Nagle said.

He leads the church today and remains humbled by the sacrifice and vision of the congregation in the 1890s.

For more on the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame, click here. (The plaques were are made and donated by Takeform Architectural Graphics in Medina.)

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Ortt joins officials in cutting ribbon for new fire safety trailer
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2017 at 4:40 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers: State Sen. Robert Ortt joined local fire officials and county legislators in cutting a ribbon of cautionary tape used at emergency scenes.

The following are pictured, from left: Jeremy Graham of the Albion Fire Department, a member of the committee that researched the trailer; Jerry Bentley of the Barre Volunteer Fire Company, who also was on the committee; County Legislator Bill Eick; Ortt; County Legislature Chairman John DeFilipps; Dale Banker, county emergency management coordinator; Pat Eick, secretary for the Emergency Management Office who has processed much of the paperwork for the grant; and Fran Gaylord of the Holley Fire Department and a member of the committee. (David Hydock, Pete Sidari and Mike Young were also on the committee.)

Ortt was able to secure $75,000 in state funds through the State and Municipal Facilities Capital Funding Program or SAM.

The trailer is being used in educating the community on proper fire safety. Local firefighters have already taken it to the five school districts in Orleans County for students to practice exiting through a window in case of a fire, and to learn about smoke in a building (the trailer has a fog machine) and also to not open a hot door (the trailer can heat up doors).

Albion firefighter Jeremy Graham gives Rob Ortt a tour of the trailer, which has a simulated kitchen, hallways and a bedroom.

“This trailer will be a great tool for Orleans Emergency Management and the fire departments of Orleans County,” Ortt said. “By learning from the visual and interactive approach that these trailers provide, children and families in our community will be more equipped and knowledgeable should an emergency arise.”

Orleans County Emergency Management will use the Fire Safety Trailer in conjunction with 12 fire departments in the county to educate children and families.

“The Orleans County Fire Safety Trailer will be used to teach individuals the fundamentals of fire safety in a hands-on way,” said Dale Banker, the director of Orleans County Office of Emergency Management. “The grant from Senator Ortt will enable us to visit Elementary Schools – teaching our children the safe way to escape a burning building, meet up with family members outside, and call 911 for help.”

Fire departments in the county have previously needed to have fire trailers brought in from outside the county to help teach fire prevention, or they typically went without a “fire house.”

“We are thankful to Senator Ortt for helping to provide high-quality fire safety education to kids across Orleans County,” DeFilipps said. “This piece of equipment has the potential to save lives by teaching valuable lesson. If this safety trailer helps even one child, it will surpass our expectations.”

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Governor says 4 places in NY, including Rochester/Buffalo, could accommodate Amazon’s headquarters
Posted 19 October 2017 at 2:27 pm

Cuomo cites Erie Canal as example of NY’s initiative

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a letter to Amazon Founder, Chairman & CEO Jeff Bezos as part of New York’s responses to the Amazon HQ2 RFP (request for proposal for the company’s second headquarters).

The letter accompanied each of New York’s four submissions to the RFP: Buffalo/Rochester; Syracuse/Utica/Mohawk Valley; Albany/Capital Region; and New York City/Long Island/Mid-Hudson.

The submissions are supported by a full complement of state incentives, including Excelsior tax credits tied to potential job creation and other assistance with the development of office space, workforce development, educational programming and research collaborations.

The submissions follow Amazon’s recent move to expand its presence in New York in September with the addition of a 359,000 square-foot administrative office at 5 Manhattan West, creating 2,000 new, high-paying jobs. Last month, Governor Cuomo also announced a new $100 million Amazon fulfillment center in the Global Logistics Park on the West Shore of Staten Island, which will support the creation of 2,250 new, full-time jobs.

Since 2012, Amazon has invested $9 million into an innovative Fashion Photography and Videography Studio in Brooklyn, creating over 50 direct jobs and supporting more than 300 jobs. In 2014, Amazon established a 350,000 square foot administrative office at 7 West 34th Street, creating over 500 jobs.

The text of the letter is available below.

Dear Jeff and Team:

Commercial innovation is embedded in New York’s DNA. When the Erie Canal opened in 1825, it reduced shipping time from New York City to Buffalo from twenty-one days to six, and it cut the cost to ship a ton of goods from $100 to $5. Consumers suddenly had access to much greater choice at much lower cost – exactly the kind of innovation Amazon delivers.

The Canal transformed commerce across the country by connecting the Eastern seaboard with the west, and it wove the Empire State and its economy together in ways that are relevant to Amazon today. From the booming tech industry to our vibrant film industry, from agriculture and food processing to logistics to aerospace and drone testing, we lead in the industries that align with your company. Add to that our world-leading position in finance, fashion, marketing, merchandising, and advertising and it’s clear we can help Amazon continue to achieve exponential growth.

This engineering marvel taught us a vital lesson about the importance of transportation. Two centuries later, New York is in the midst of a similar renaissance with a $100 billion transportation infrastructure program – the most ambitious in our history. Transformative investments in airports, train halls, subways, roads and bridges from the tip of Long Island to the shores of Lake Erie and everywhere in between make New York the place to move goods and people.

Most importantly, we have the workforce to help Amazon grow. Our skilled, educated, and diverse workforce provides Amazon with the human capital that is at the heart of your business. A global company needs to welcome global ideas, talent, and experiences into its organization, just as we have so proudly welcomed remarkable people from around the world to the New York State family throughout our history.

Our record of accomplishment in New York speaks for itself; over 1 million new jobs in recent years, the best bond rating in over fifty years, lower taxes for every New Yorker, unprecedented infrastructure investments, the country’s most robust array of colleges and universities focused on education and research in disciplines relevant to Amazon, and the best workforce in the country.

As New Yorkers, we believe that economic progress and social progress go hand in hand. We’ve led the nation in passing marriage equality, paid family leave, and $15 minimum wage. This year we announced the Excelsior Scholarship, the first-in-the-nation program to make college education 100% tuition-free for thousands of students from working-class and middle-class families.  From our K-12 tech education initiatives to the Excelsior Scholarship program, the Empire State is building the workforce talent pipeline of tomorrow.

New York is submitting proposals from every corner of our great state, but we are one New York – and we will work with you to create the greatest possible benefit to Amazon and to all New Yorkers.

Our State motto Excelsior means “Ever Upward.” Join us by locating HQ2 in New York State so we can grow ever upward together.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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Holley boys, Kendall girls will host soccer sectional games Saturday
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 October 2017 at 12:20 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Madison Jacob and Holley’s Jacob Downey and their teammates will host Section V sectional quarterfinal games on Saturday.

No. 3 seed Holley will face a very familiar foe as the Hawks host No. 6 Pembroke in the quarterfinal round of the Section V Class C-1 boys soccer playoffs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The teams split a pair of meetings during the Genesee Region League season with the Dragons taking the first 3-2 in overtime at Pembroke and the Hawks the rematch 1-0 at Holley.

Pembroke advanced by nipping No. 11 East Rochester 5-4 in the pre quarterfinals.

Holley brings an 8-5-3 record into the sectionals while Pembroke is 9-8.

The victor advances to a semifinal round meeting on October 25 with the winner of the No. 2 Williamson vs. No. 7 Marcus Whitman contest.

In a girls Section V Class D-1 quarterfinal, No. 4 Kendall will host No. 12 Bishop Kearney at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The contest will be a rematch of an early season meeting which saw the Lady Eagles edge Kearney 1-0 in the Kendall Tournament.

Kendall, which is now 13-4, advanced by blanking No. 13 Pavilion 4-0 in the pre quarterfinals while Kearney, which is 9-7-1, upended No. 5 Naples 2-1.

The victor will then face the winner of the No. 1 Wheatland-Chili vs. No. 8 Alfred-Almond contest in the semifinals on October 25.

Section VI playoffs
The No. 8 Albion girls will face top seed City Honors in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class B-1 playoffs at 5 p.m. Friday at Johnnie B. Wiley Field in Buffalo.

The Purple Eagles advanced by nipping rival Medina/Lyndonville 1-0 in overtime in the pre quarterfinals.

In Class B-2 girls competition on Friday No. 6 Roy-Hart visits No. 3 Southwestern, No. 4 Wilson hosts No. 5 Eden and No. 2 Akron hosts JFK, all at 3:30 p.m.

In boys Class B-1 quarterfinal action, No. 2 Newfane hosts No. 7 Oracle at 3:30 this afternoon.

Also at 3:30 this afternoon in Class B-2  No. 5 Roy-Hart visits No. 4 Olmsted, No. 3 Wilson hosts No. 6 Riverside and No. 2 Akron visits No. 2 Southwestern.

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