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Oak Orchard Health buys OTB site, 2 other properties on Route 31

Photo by Tom Rivers: The former Off-Track Betting parlor at 317 West Ave. in Albion, as well as the green house at left, were acquired by Oak Orchard Health, which runs a healthcare site next door.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 October 2016 at 11:20 am

ALBION – Oak Orchard Health is looking to expand healthcare services in Orleans County, including dental and possibly vision and behavioral health, after acquiring three sites on Route 31 in Albion.

Oak Orchard purchased the former Off-Track Betting Corp. site at 317 West Avenue, as well as a next-door house, and a vacant parcel. The sites are next to Oak Orchard’s existing Albion health care site.

“We know there is a great need in Orleans County for health services and we look forward to filling some of that need,” said Jim Cummings, chief executive officer for Oak Orchard.

Oak Orchard, a Federally Qualified Health Center, will work on securing financing for a new site on the newly acquired properties. The current site is cramped. A bigger new building would allow Oak Orchard to add medical professionals and will become the main healthcare site for Oak Orchard in Albion, Cummings said.

The existing site may become the site for vision, dental and behavioral health services, Cummings said. Oak Orchard will work with the Orleans County Health Department and State Department of Health to assess services that could be provided by Oak Orchard.

The green house by the OTB will be torn down, Cummings said. The OTB parlor, which is set back from the road, may stay and be used for storage and for Oak Orchard’s maintenance staff. The new building might go in front of the OTB building.

Oak Orchard will work with an architect for the new building. If the financing, and state and local approvals fall into place, Cummings said the new site could be ready in about two years.

“We’re moving on our plan for more medical space,” he said. “That is our broad-based goal because the needs in Orleans are significant for health and dental.”

Oak Orchard is marking its 50th anniversary in the community this year. Oak Orchard was originally founded by the University of Rochester in 1966 to provide health care for migrant farmworkers. Oak Orchard has expanded to an integrated health center with services for all community members. Oak Orchard has sites in Albion, Lyndonville, Brockport, Warsaw and Hornell, as well as a mobile dental unit.

Oak Orchard Health recently received a perfect score during an operational site visit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health and Services Administration’s Bureau of Primary Health Care.

Oak Orchard successfully fulfilled all 19 program requirements – an accomplishment that places Oak Orchard Health among a very small number of community health centers nationally to achieve this score, Cummings said.

The health center was measured on clinical, quality, financial, and operational performance and practices during the in-depth review. The operational site visit results provide a comprehensive assessment of the health center’s compliance and performance status.

“An operational site visit that results with no negative findings is very rare and a testament to the dedication put forth each day at Oak Orchard Health,” Cummings said. “I am proud of our team and its successful efforts to deliver high quality health care to our community.”

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Kendall BOE members praised for volunteer service
By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 20 October 2016 at 9:37 am

Some water fountains, classroom sinks test too high for lead

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: Pictured include, from left, in front: Kendall Elementary Principal Sharon Smith, Board of Education Vice President Charles Patt, Board of Education member Lisa Levett, Board of Education President Nadine Hanlon, Board of Education member Martin Goodenbery and Jr./Sr. High School Principal Carol D'Agostino. Next week is Board of Education Week and October is National Principals Month. (BOE member Chaley Swift is missing from photo.)

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: Pictured include, from left, in front: Kendall Elementary Principal Sharon Smith, Board of Education Vice President Charles Patt, Board of Education member Lisa Levett, Board of Education President Nadine Hanlon, Board of Education member Martin Goodenbery and Jr./Sr. High School Principal Carol D’Agostino. Next week is Board of Education Week and October is National Principals Month. (BOE member Chaley Swift is missing from photo.)

KENDALL – Members of the Kendall Central School Board of Education and Elementary and Jr./Sr. High School principals were recognized during Wednesday evening’s regular meeting of the school board.

Superintendent Julie Christensen read proclamations declaring Oct. 24-28 Board of Education Week and October National Principals Month. Christensen presented BOE members with coupon books provided by the Kendall PTSA.

“We appreciate all your work,” she told board members. “We know we could not do the work without you.”

In her report, Jr./Sr. High School Principal Carol D’Agostino said recent assemblies featuring the Sweethearts and Heroes anti-bullying program were very successful. She said the event has led the school to make new efforts to prevent bullying behavior.

Every Friday video clips are shown about bullying and students receive a daily quote about, “how we should treat each other,” D’Agostino said.

She explained the school would be forming a “Mosaic Club” where students can meet to discuss and provide support to each other regarding issues such as domestic violence or sexual identity. D’Agostino said the club would be a “safe place for kids to come together to support each other and educate our school.”

Christensen reported that there are currently 388 students in the elementary school and 297 in the Jr./Sr. High School for a total of 685 students in the district, down from 718 a year ago. Elementary Principal Sharon Smith said her school had just registered five new students on Wednesday.

Christensen also reported on results from the second round of water tests for Kendall Schools.  Initial tests showed lead levels above acceptable levels in newly renovated areas, but Christensen said those systems were flushed and now only one classroom sink in the Jr./Sr. Science wing retested above acceptable levels. All others tested well below the acceptable threshold. The affected sink will be posted as unacceptable for drinking, but is safe for hand washing, she said.

In the Kendall Elementary School, six outlets located in low-use classrooms/restrooms tested above the acceptable threshold for lead. Christensen said of those six, four are located in limited-use office areas. She said signs in those areas indicate sinks should only be used for hand washing and three affected water fountains will be shut off until they are replaced.

Finally, Board of Education members approved the agreement with Holley Central School to combine wrestling teams.

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County offices are back open this morning after water main break
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 October 2016 at 7:36 am

ALBION – The county offices will reopen this morning after a water main break forced the County Administration Building, Public Health, Mental Health and Elections to close at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Town of Albion Highway Department and Village of Albion Department of Public Works worked to fix the break and had the water back on at about 10:30 p.m.

The problem also affected The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center – the former county nursing home – which had to rely on bottled water.

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WWII and Korean War vets visit memorials in D.C. 
Posted 19 October 2016 at 9:02 pm


Press Release, State Sen. Rob Ortt

WASHINGTON, D.C. – State Senator Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) today led two dozen local veterans in the second annual Western New York Warriors Flight to Washington, D.C. to visit several war memorials dedicated in their honor.

Prior to takeoff, the American Legion Stephen Sikora Post 1322 held a special sendoff ceremony at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport for the 24 World War II and Korean War veterans.

“During last year’s trip, it was touching to see the outpouring of emotion from our veterans,” said Senator Ortt. “This daylong trip allows members of the Greatest Generation, who are now in their 80s and 90s, and other generations of Americans who have bravely served our country, to travel to the nation’s capital to see their monuments for the first time. The World War II Memorial wasn’t completed until 2004, so sadly, many members of our Armed Forces who served in that era did not get to see the historic tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters. This WNY Warriors Flight is a way for us to honor our veterans and to show that we are forever grateful to the millions of Americans who served and the thousands who died protecting our country and our liberties. It’s our way of giving back to our nation’s heroes.”

The veterans were chaperoned by local volunteers as they traveled around the nation’s capital. The group visited the National WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, the “Changing of the Guard” ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, among other notable sites. During an emotional wreath laying ceremony at the WWII and Korean War memorials, the group paused to reflect on the lives lost in service.

The Patriot Guard Riders concluded the trip with a Welcome Home Ceremony at the Buffalo airport. Several members of the Patriot Guard lined the arrival area with the American flag at their sides, and saluted and thanked each veteran for their service.

The WNY Warriors Flight was made possible with a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, making the trip free for the veterans. Other partners included the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce and Health Systems Services, which provided wheelchairs for the vets. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Transportation Security Administration and Southwest Airlines also helped to make the trip an enjoyable experience.

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Law enforcement investigating bank robbery in Elba on Tuesday
Posted 19 October 2016 at 3:38 pm

101916_elba2Press release, Genesee County Sheriff’s Department

ELBA – At approximately 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, the Genesee County Emergency Dispatch Center (9-1-1) received a report from a teller at Elba M&T Bank, 7133 Oak Orchard Road (Route 98), Elba, that the bank had been robbed.

A description of a vehicle involved in the robbery was given to dispatchers and patrols from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police responded.

The bank teller observed the get-away car and license plate number and reported it to dispatch, along with a description of the two robbers. The car was described as a silver Dodge Stratus, which traveled northbound on Route 98 upon leaving the bank.

101916_elba1The two suspects were wearing face masks, gloves and dark-colored hoodies. The get-away car was located approximately 1/10th of a mile north of the bank and it looked like the suspects got into another vehicle and fled.

Investigation revealed that the silver Dodge Stratus was stolen from the Spencerport area and the license plates were stolen from the City of Rochester.

The amount of money stolen is unknown, but it is believed to be not substantial.

Investigation is continuing by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and FBI.

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Parkway named one of ‘Five to Revive’

Provided photo by Landmark Society of WNY – Credit Richard Margolis: The Lake Ontario State Parkway runs near the lakeshore in Orleans and Monroe counties and has been in need of paving and repair in recent years.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2016 at 2:24 pm

Landmark Society calls Parkway a top preservation priority

ROCHESTER – The five top preservation priorities in the region for the Landmark Society of Western New York includes the Lake Ontario State Parkway, a road which residents and elected officials have tried to draw attention to due to deteriorating conditions in recent years.


Photos by Tom Rivers: The Lake Ontario State Parkway has two westbound and eastbound lanes. The road is bumpy in spots with cracks and pockmarks, especially just across the Orleans County line in Hamlin. Many of the off-ramps are in bad shape.

The Landmark Society announced its annual list of “Five to Revive.” The group has picked five priorities each year since 2013.

It has previously named the old Holley High School (2013) and Hillside Cemetery and Chapel in Clarendon (2014) to the list. That designation has drawn interest from a developer for the old school in Holley and grant funds for the chapel at Hillside.

The Parkway is 35 miles long, including 12.7 miles into Orleans County. The road ends near the Lakeside Beach State Park in Carlton. The Parkway includes bridges that go over the Oak Orchard River

The Landmark Society noted the road is one of only two state parkways built in western New York. It was constructed beginning in the late 1940s. It was originally planned by Franklin D. Roosevelt to connect Fort Niagara to the Thousand Islands.

“The Lake Ontario State Parkway is architecturally significant as a designed historic landscape in the tradition of earlier parkways in New York State, featuring a picturesque curving route, rustic sandstone bridges and buildings, and park-like landscaping, offering scenic views of Lake Ontario and the surrounding countryside,” the Landmark Society stated.

The bridges over Oak Orchard River were built for the Lake Ontario State Parkway, which ends abruptly 2 miles west of the river.

The bridges over Oak Orchard River were built for the Lake Ontario State Parkway, which ends abruptly 2 miles west of the river.

The organization said the Parkway needs significant investment.

“A part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway, the Parkway could present an opportunity for reuse as a multi-purpose recreational corridor, with road maintenance costs decreased as the Parkway’s use and appeal is diversified to better serve varied groups of users,” the Landmark Society said.

Other sites on the “Five to Revive” include:

  • Former Rochester Brewing Company complex, Rochester, NY
  • Downtown Perry Block of Commercial Buildings, Village of Perry, Wyoming County
  • Dove Block, City of Geneva, Ontario County
  • The Traditional Trades

In listing the traditional trades, the Landmark Society said there is a shortage of trained professionals in carpentry, masonry, stained/decorative glass, painting, roof repair, metalwork, and window restoration with historic buildings.

“Without a new generation of craftspeople to take over, we are approaching a crisis level of diminishing resources and knowledge to care for our historic resources,” the Landmark Society stated. “Rehabilitation of historic buildings has increased exponentially during the past several decades, providing employment opportunities for craftspeople who are trained in these specific skills.”

The organization said other communities have developed trade schools and preservation skills programs.

“This the fourth year that The Landmark Society of Western New York is announcing the Five to Revive list to call attention to key properties and priorities for revitalization in western New York,” said Wayne Goodman Executive Director.

“The Five to Revive initiative is proving to be very successful and continues to showcase our ongoing efforts demonstrating that preservation and adaptive reuse are effective strategies for revitalization in Western New York,” said Tom Castelein, Vice-President of Preservation on The Landmark Society Board who chairs the Five to Revive initiative.

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Medina ER says it is committed to high-quality care ‘as quickly as possible’
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2016 at 12:22 pm

Quick Questions with Dr. Richard Elman and Mackenzie Smith

Photos by Tom Rivers: Dr. Richard Elman serves as medical director of the Emergency Room at Medina Memorial Hospital. He is pictured with, from left: Amanda Luckman, secretary of the ER (sitting); MacKenzie Smith, nurse manager and stroke coordinator (in back); and Maria Piotrowski, a registered nurse.

Photos by Tom Rivers: Dr. Richard Elman serves as medical director of the Emergency Room at Medina Memorial Hospital. He is pictured with, from left: Amanda Luckman, secretary of the ER (sitting); MacKenzie Smith, nurse manager and stroke coordinator (in back); and Maria Piotrowski, a registered nurse.

MEDINA – Some of the new faces at Medina Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room may look familiar to community members.

Dr. Richard Elman is the ER’s medical director. He worked for the hospital in the 1990s. He returned when the hospital in August partnered with TeamHealth, a physician services organization, to provide staffing for the ER, which serves about 10,000 patients annually.

TeamHealth started work in the Medina ER on Aug. 1. It has five full-time staff and six part-timers working at Medina. That includes physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. TeamHealth works with about 3,000 hospitals in the country.

The ER’s nursing staff is also managed by MacKenzie Smith. She grew up in Medina and was working at a large hospital in Rochester before returning to work in her hometown about 1 ½ years ago. Smith also is coordinator of the designated stroke center at the hospital.

Smith said the ER has been focused on improving care and providing it “as quickly as possible.”

She is pleased with that push for excellence. The ER also has updated equipment with computers mounted in the two trauma rooms, new nurses’ stations and cabinetry. Wireless scanners and redone floors are coming to the ER, which includes seven rooms, plus a triage room.

The two ER leaders were interviewed last week at the hospital.

Question for Dr. Elman: Why do you think so many hospitals are contracting with TeamHealth for ER services, rather than trying to do their own staffing?

Answer: There is a lot you can do when you are that large. They are a very well-oiled organization. They provide a lot of resources and support to all of their members. There is continuous education, best practices – how should this ER be running and what can we do more efficiently – that is offered to us and there are expectations that we implement these processes as we move forward.

Question: Have you already identified processes that could be improved in Medina?

Answer (Dr. Elman) : Oh we’ve already started making some changes since we’ve been here.

Answer (Smith) : Dr. Elman is also the chairman of emergency medicine for Catholic Health Services.

Answer (Dr. Elman) : I spent the last 13 years as chairman and facility medical director for South Buffalo Mercy Hospital. Over the last year and half I’ve been chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine for the Catholic Health System. (Medina and the Catholic Health System have an affiliation.)

Question: What are some of the things that are improved at the Medina ER?

Answer (Smith) : It’s fair to say things are improved. Dr. Elman is working on new policies and really bringing us up to speed for a lot of evidence-based practice and to provide the best care and treatment for our patients.

Answer (Dr. Elman) : I work about 10 shifts a month here on average so I’m actively involved not just in the administrative aspect but the clinical aspect. So I walk the walk. I work here and see what issues there are and what we can do to improve it. I work collaboratively with MacKenzie and the team we have down here – nurses, aides, PAs and our docs – to communicate the messages we need to get through, about how we want to change what we’re doing.

MacKenzie Smith and Dr. Richard Elman are pictured in one of the trauma rooms with a new mounted computer, which makes it quicker to enter and check medical data.

MacKenzie Smith and Dr. Richard Elman are pictured in one of the trauma rooms with a new mounted computer, which makes it quicker to enter and check medical data.

Question: If there is down time what does a doctor do here?

Answer (Dr. Elman) : I’m doing paperwork, or the schedule, chart review or working on policies. I do a lot of my administrative work in the down time.

Answer (Smith) : I do want to point out is that even though they are a national organization, TeamHealth is very involved with each individual hospital. The regional medical director is coming down in November for an EMS education night over at Medina Fire Department. They are very forthcoming with doing education.

Question: What do you think the community should know about the ER?

Answer (Dr. Elman) : We are focused on efficient quality care, reducing or improving turnaround times so patients aren’t spending hours in the ER when they don’t need to be here, to instilling best practices in medicine and in patient health.

Question: Are there statistics on that?

Answer: We’re in the process of bringing in a new electronic medical record. Once that process is completed we’ll have the ability to run reports. We look at door-to-provider time. That national goal is 30 minutes for the patient to see a provider within 30 minutes of arrival. We look at turnaround times for discharged patients, and percentage of patients who leave without being treated or against medical advice. There are national statistics or thresholds, and our goal is to be under them. Those will all be focuses of what we do.

Question: Does Medina have to submit an annual report?

Answer (Smith) : It’s a running report more for our measures of patient care and delivery, for chest-pain patients, for stroke patients, those are the metrics that we have to submit and are held accountable for. The turnaround time and the door-to-provider time is ongoing. There are some variances for that. There is some wiggle room. If your volume is very high or if your acuity is very high that makes up for the times that you are not.

Really the metrics that are reportable would be the stroke and chest pain, and the very patient-centered metrics. We are a stroke center so we have rigorous metrics we have to do for that.

We are very efficient at knowing what can be treated here and what we have to ship out. A lot of times we do have to ship out to the higher level of care facilities. But we are very efficient with our times for that. We also have a very close collaboration with Medina Fire in getting our patients out. They have a very quick time for getting patients out of here for transfers. It’s not always a common thing at other facilities. We’re fortunate to have Medina Fire.

Question: Do you have a sense of what percentage you’re able to handle here without sending to ECMC or another larger hospital?

Answer (Smith) : It all depends on what the patient is presenting for. If it’s a trauma patient they really need to go to a trauma center. Our job is to stabilize those critical patients. And that’s what we need to be excellent in: stabilization. Knowing when to get them out, we do that very quickly and efficiently.

Answer (Dr. Elman) : We can primary care. We don’t have a lot of specialists. Anybody with a complicated medical problem – a heart attack or a stroke or a trauma, or a lot of patients may be getting medical care at other tertiary care centers in Buffalo or Rochester – those patients we will probably have to transport. It’s what is best for the patient in each case.

Dr. Richard Elman enters data into the computer in the Emergency Room at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Richard Elman enters data into the computer in the Emergency Room at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Question: If there was no ER in Medina, what would happen for the community?

Answer (Dr. Elman) : They would have to go to Batavia, Lockport, Rochester or Buffalo on their own. We can treat a fair amount here and we can stabilize what we can’t treat.

Answer (Smith) : It would be detrimental for our community. Our ER is vital for the community. It is vital for businesses coming to the community.

If you are having a cardiac arrest or if you’re loved one is having a cardiac arrest or respirator distress, it’s a very long ride to the city.

Question: How many stroke patients do you have a year?

Answer (Smith) : Last year we were between 60 and 75.

Question: Do they then go by Mercy Flight after getting the clot-busting drugs?

Answer (Dr. Elman) : It depends on their condition and whether Mercy Flight is flying based on the weather outside.

Answer (Smith) : If not they would go by Medina Fire and that’s why I say our collaboration with Medina Fire is very important. We have a very close working relationship.

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Kendall accepts donation for cemeteries
By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 19 October 2016 at 9:37 am

‘Kendall’s Finest’ display planned for Town Hall

File photo by Tom Rivers: This chapel at Beechwood Cemetery was built in 1898 with Medina sandstone. This photo was taken in the fall of 2015.

File photo by Tom Rivers: This chapel at Beechwood Cemetery was built in 1898 with Medina sandstone. This photo was taken in the fall of 2015.

KENDALL – A donation by Partyka Farms will help the Town of Kendall improve its cemeteries.

Town Board members Tuesday evening passed a resolution which makes budget adjustments to accommodate the $350 donation which was raised from proceeds of dinners served by Partyka’s during Kendall Homegrown Days. The resolution splits the donation evenly between Greenwood and Beechwood cemeteries, with $175 allotted to each.

Town Council members discussed potential improvements projects with Highway Superintendent Warren Kruger. Kruger suggested sealing or painting the building at Greenwood Cemetery which is made of concrete blocks, and purchasing doors for the “chapel” building at Beechwood Cemetery.

Supervisor Tony Cammarata said the doors or wrought iron gates, would need to be durable and Town Clerk Amy Richardson said she would provide council members with input provided to the town by retired Orleans County Historian Bill Lattin regarding what materials would maintain architectural period integrity.

Councilperson Wayne Martin, Jr. reported on the progress of the “Kendall’s Finest” project. The town is working on a display of photos of current active duty military personnel from Kendall to be placed on a wall in the meeting room at the Town Hall. A wooden plaque with the words “Kendall’s Finest” will be stained, Martin said, and all branches of the military will be represented.

The town currently has several photos but Martin is hoping for more. “I know there are a lot of (local) young men and women in the service,” he said.

Council members discussed holding a special ceremony prior to Veterans Day in November to dedicate the wall, inviting the families of military personnel who are pictured.

“It is important to honor these men and women who sacrifice for us everyday,” Cammarata said.

Councilperson Barb Flow reported on Clothing Closet dates at the Concordia Lutheran Church. Children’s clothing for infants through age 18 will be available for free on select Tuesdays and Saturdays at the church located at 1769 Kendall Rd.

The dates and times are: Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to noon; Nov. 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to noon; Dec. 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; and Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to noon.

Donations of children’s clothing is also accepted during those times. To make other arrangements call 585-734-3239.

Councilperson Flow also said The Kendall Community Band will be performing Nov. 22 at the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium to benefit the Kendall Food Cupboard.  Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to support the Food Cupboard. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and will include a mix of patriotic songs, show tunes and big band music.

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Holy Family Parish in Albion will have a ‘Blue Mass’ for first responders on Sunday
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2016 at 9:23 am

ALBION – Police officers and first responders from throughout Orleans County are welcome to a “Blue Mass” at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (Holy Family Parish).

The Albion Knights of Columbus Council 1330 is sponsoring this Mass, and encourages police officers, firefighters, medics, coroners, correctional officers and other first responders to attend.

“The Knights would like to take this opportunity to demonstrate their respect and gratitude for all that have and for those currently serving through the offering of this Mass,” said Greg Dugan, the grand knight. “In addition, we remember our fallen who have given their lives protecting us.”

The Knights of Columbus Color Corp and The Gates Keystone Club (Pipers and Drums) will be participating and the Rev. Richard Csizmar will serve as celebrant and homilist.

First responders are urged to arrive a half hour before the Mass and gather outside the church for a solemn processional inside St. Joseph’s on West Park Street.

Following the service there will be a reception at the top floor of the Lyceum next door.

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Poll shows big Clinton lead in NY
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2016 at 8:05 am

Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead for president over Donald Trump in New York in the latest poll by Siena College.

The poll results, released this morning, show Clinton leading Trump, 54-30 percent, with the election about three weeks away. The poll also showed Gary Johnson (Libertarian) getting 5 percent and Jill Stein (Green Party) with 4 percent support.

Clinton’s lead is up from 51-30 about a month ago.

“New York is poised to be a blue presidential state for the eighth consecutive election,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “Clinton gets stronger support from Democrats than Trump gets from Republicans and Clinton has now opened a 17-point lead with independents, up from just two points last month.”

Clinton has a lopsided 56-point lead in New York City, and also leads by nine points in the downstate suburbs and six points upstate, Greenberg said.

“While Clinton leads among men by 16 points, she has a 31-point lead with women,” Greenberg said. “White voters side with Clinton by eight points, however she bests Trump by 74 points with black voters and by 49 points among Latinos.  She leads among Jewish voters by 41 points and Protestants by 24 points. Catholic voters are evenly divided with 44 percent each supporting Trump and Clinton.”

The poll also shows Sen. Charles Schumer with a big lead for re-election over Republican challenger, Wendy Long. Schumer is up 66-27 over Long, according to the poll, which was conducted Oct. 13-17 by telephone calls conducted in English to 611 self-identified likely New York State voters.

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Master Gardeners have tips on growing gourds, building worm bins and holiday wreaths
By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 19 October 2016 at 7:33 am
Photo by Kristina Gabalski: An autumn gourd display is shown at Hurd Orchards in Holley. Master Gardeners will explain how to grow, dry and craft with ornamental gourds during their annual Fall Education Series underway now at Orleans County Cooperative Extension. 

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: An autumn gourd display is shown at Hurd Orchards in Holley. Master Gardeners will explain how to grow, dry and craft with ornamental gourds during their annual Fall Education Series underway now at Orleans County Cooperative Extension.

KNOWLESVILLE – Master Gardeners will cover several topics in upcoming workshops, from managing woodlots to building worm bins.

The next program in the 2016 Orleans County Master Gardeners’ Fall Education Series is “Creating Your Forest Management Plan” on Monday, Oct. 24, with Jena Buckwell. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Education building’s Harrington classroom at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds in Knowlesville.

Buckwell will discuss how woodlot owners can develop a forest management plan and how to use that plan to meet land use goals, work with local conservation agencies, and make the most of your land.

On Nov. 14, Brenda Radzinski will present “Ornamental Gourds” at 6:30 p.m. in the Harrington Classroom.  Radzinski will discuss growing and drying ornamental gourds and preparing them for decoration and birdhouse building. Examples of completed decorative and birdhouse gourds will be available for viewing.

Jena Buckwell returns On Nov. 28 with “Build Your Own Worm Bin.” The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Harrington Classroom.

Participants will learn how to build their own eco-friendly year-round compost bin and how to care for it.  Learn the benefits of using worm castings to enrich your garden soil and get your own bin started off right.  The program includes one bin and 500 worms.

The ever-popular “Wreath and Centerpiece Making” workshop is set for Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Trolley Building.  Master Gardeners will guide participants through the process of creating a Holiday centerpiece or wreath with fresh greens. Learn which greens last the longest, basic floral design, and how to care for your centerpiece or wreath. Please bring pruners and gloves.

Registration is required for each program.  Register via email at or by calling 585-798-4265 ext. 26. There is a charge for each program. Click here for more information.

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Brockport college plants a tree for former muck farmer

Photos courtesy of The College at Brockport, State University of New York – Matthew Yeoman photographer: Frank Sacheli, a former Brockport mayor, accepts a proclamation from the current mayor, Margaret Blackman, during a tree planting ceremony last week in his honor. Heidi Macpherson, the college president, is at left.

By Staff Reports Posted 18 October 2016 at 6:31 pm

Frank Sacheli chats with people at the dedication last week. He worked on his family’s onion farm before going to The College at Brockport, State University of New York. He graduated in 1945.

The College at Brockport, State University of New York

BROCKPORT – A former Brockport mayor whose family owned a muck farm in Barre was honored with a tree planted in his name last week.

Frank Sacheli is a proud graduate of The College at Brockport, State University of New York. He served as president of Brockport Alumni Association, and was inducted in the Alumni Association’s Hall of Heritage in 1990.

The college celebrated Sacheli with a tree-planting ceremony on Oct. 11 with a reception at the Alumni House after the ceremony.

Sacheli has lived in Brockport for 73 years. He is well known for owning the Landmark Hotel in the late 1940’s, and for his family onion farm in Orleans County.

After serving in World War II for two years, Frank graduated from Brockport State College in 1945. Twenty years later, he was elected mayor of the Village of Brockport, a role he would fill for four years.

Frank married Patricia Curtin in 1946, and as a widower became a faithful friend of Antoinette Ercolano. He is the father of Kathleen, John, Anne and Elizabeth. He freely shares his expertise in euchre and gin, continues to enjoy golf and his garlic/vegetable garden, and remains an avid supporter of his community and church.

On behalf of the Village Board, Mayor Margaret B. Blackman proclaimed October 11, 2016 as Frank Sacheli Day in the Village of Brockport.

The tree is planted on the front lawn of Hartwell Hall.

The tree is planted on the front lawn of Hartwell Hall.

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Sales tax is down in Orleans so far this year
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 October 2016 at 6:10 pm
Photo by Tom Rivers: The Cobblestone Museum was open last Sunday for an antique quilt and textile show.

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Cobblestone Museum was open last Sunday for an antique quilt and textile show.

ALBION – Sales tax collections through the first nine months of the year are off last year’s pace by about 2 percent. When you’re talking more than $11 million, that 1.89 percent difference means $220,080 less for the county government.

The county relies on sales tax to maintain services and ease pressure from raising the property tax.

Orleans isn’t alone in seeing a sale tax drop through the first three quarters of the year. Genesee’s sales tax revenue is down 2.24 percent so far this year, a drop of $639,509 to $27,886,429, according to data from the New York Association of Counties. (Orleans sales tax revenue for the first three quarters adds up to $11,441,534.)

Of the 62 counties (including the five boroughs of New York City), 22 are experiencing declines so far this year with the average decrease 1.8 percent.

“These latest sales tax numbers continue what we have been seeing for the last few years – very uneven sales tax collections,” said Stephen J. Acquario, NYSAC’s executive director. “There appears to be no clear pattern, but downstate is faring better than most regions as well as a few other better performing parts of the state.”

The 40 counties seeing gains are up by an average 2.9 percent, according to NYSAC. New York State’s sales tax share is up 2.8 percent or by $264.1 million to $9.707 billion.

Orleans has the seventh-largest decline as a percentage. Those with higher losses include: Genesee, -2.24 percent; Chemung, -2.63 percent; Hamilton, -4.08 percent; Herkimer, -4.35 percent; Cattaraugus, -4.52 percent; and Washington, -4.96 percent.

There is still another quarter left for sales tax. The holiday shopping season boosts the numbers in the final quarter.

County officials in the statewide organization are fretting about the numbers so far this year.

“Sales tax continues to be a critical revenue source for counties,” said William E. Cherry, NYSAC president and Schoharie County treasurer. “It is an offset to property taxes. Strong sales tax revenues can reduce our reliance on property taxes. That is why we remain concerned about these trends that have unfolded since the beginning of the Great Recession.”

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Medina man out of jail while awaiting sentencing for drug charge arraigned for assault
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 October 2016 at 10:30 am

ALBION – A Medina man who was out of jail and awaiting sentencing for a drug crime was arrested on Sept. 7 after allegedly getting in an altercation with another person and stabbing that person, causing non-life-threatening injuries.

Michael D. Thompson

Michael D. Thompson

Michael D. Thompson, 49, was arraigned in Orleans County Court on Monday for second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and second-degree menacing.

Thompson entered a not guilty plea in court. Judge James Punch set bail at $50,000 and issued an order of protection for the victim in the alleged assault.

The latest charges against Thompson will be prosecuted separately from the drug charge. Thompson pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance, which carries a maximum of 2 ½ years in state prison.

In other arraignments on Monday:

• Adam Gallo, 31, of Eagle Harbor Road in Albion was arraigned on 3 counts each of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, one count of criminal sale of marijuana in the fourth degree, and one count of criminal sale of marijuana in the third degree.

Gallo was charged on Sept. 14 and was allegedly selling marijuana and marijuana wax, a highly potent form of concentrated marijuana.

District Attorney Joe Cardone told Judge Punch that Gallo also allegedly been intimidating an informant. Gallo denied that through his attorney Michael O’Keefe. Punch told Gallo to avoid the informant. If Gallo is threatening the informant, the judge said Gallo will be held in jail without bail. Gallo is currently out of jail after posting $10,000 bail.

• Marcie Conlon, 43, of Holley was arraigned on several felonies, including forgery in the second degree, falsifying business records in the first degree, criminal diversion of prescriptions or prescription medication in fourth degree, petit larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.

Conlon is currently in jail for violating conditions of probation, including driving while intoxicated. The latest charges stem from an alleged crime in April 2015 when she was working at the Iroquois Job Corps in Shelby. Conlon allegedly took a prescription sheet from physician’s assistant and wrote a prescription for student. Conlon then allegedly used the Ativan, a prescription for anxiety, for herself.

• Sherri L. Bartenstein, 35, of Middleport was arraigned for three counts each of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. She allegedly sold Clonazepam, which is used to treat anxiety or panic disorders, from May 11-18, and on June 21.

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3 plead guilty in county court and could face time in jail or prison
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 October 2016 at 9:39 am

ALBION – Three people pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court on Monday and could be sentenced to either state prison or the county jail.

A Lyndonville man admitted to having cocaine and selling on March 16 in Ridgeway. Jarred Hodgins, 28, of South Townline Road pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum sentence for 4 years in state prison.

He will be sentenced on Jan. 3 at 2 p.m.

• Dustin Herzog, 27, of Albion pleaded guilty to petit larceny. He admitted to stealing chainsaws from Nesbitt Farms, a Waterport fruit farm where he was working.

Herzog said he sold some of the chainsaws at pawn shops.

He could face up to a year in jail when he is sentenced on Dec. 12 at 2:30 p.m.

• Heather Pratt, 32, of Countyline Road in Kendall admitted to driving while intoxicated in Kendall on Sept. 11, 2016. She registered a 0.16 Blood Alcohol Content. She has a previous DWI in December 2013.

She could be sentenced to up to six months in jail when she is sentenced on Jan. 3 at 2 p.m.

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