ALBION – Holy Family Parish in Albion will host a forum on Tuesday on domestic violence and its impact on children and the community.
Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone will be among the speakers at the forum, which begins 6:30 p.m. at Holy Family’s Lyceum, 106 S. Main St. The program will be on second floor of the Lyceum. An elevator is available.
Other panelists include Doris Valentin, Buffalo Diocese Counselor; and Dan Green, Catholic Charities, Tri-County Coordinator of Domestic Violence Programs. They will share their perspectives, exploring the extent of this problem (estimated to be in as high as a quarter of all homes), what’s being done and what the community can do to help.
Bob Golden, a retired Orleans County Probation director, helped to organize the program for Tuesday, Sept. 27. He cited the example of former Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice, who knocked his then fiancé unconscious with a blow to the head in an elevator. Golden said the Baltimore DA gave Rice lenient punishment for the crime. Golden said Rice received an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, which means no conviction or jail time as long as Rice doesn’t break any other laws.
The forum will explore the following:
• Impacts on Children – Witnessing your mother being beaten, even once, (and domestic terror generally continues) has a profound and measurable effect on learning, judgment and behavior for all your life. So states a 2-year study of 17,000 Americans, conducted by Kaiser Co. and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. It was reported in a 4-part series in National Catholic Reporter. About one-third can recover from the experience, given other positive adult role models and treatment, Golden said.
• Domestic Violence and Mass Murderers: Several studies show that mass murderers have abused their wives, partners and many are under “Orders of Protection” when they do commit their atrocities.
• Firm Enforcement: Experiments and studies in several cities have shown that firm enforcement, including some jail time (even a short sentence) has a major impact on future behavior of the assaulters and dramatically reduces murders rates, Golden said.
ALBION – A Medina man was scheduled to be sentenced today for possibly 90 to 120 days in the Orleans County Jail.
But County Court Judge James Punch said a plea deal may be off after District Attorney Joe Cardone said Roy Bishop allegedly made threatening comments to a witness through Facebook.
Bishop, 42, was working for Medina Transport as a driver, and was allegedly using his job to facilitate drug crimes, according to the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.
Bishop in court today agreed to pay $120 in restitution to the Task Force for drug buy money.
Bishop’s attorney, Jon Ross Wilson, said his client doesn’t have a computer or a Facebook account, so he doesn’t see how Bishop could have been threatening a witness.
Judge Punch said he wanted to review Cardone’s claim of witness intimidation. Bishop is due back in court Oct. 17.
“I’m not saying you are doing it, but if you are, you better stop,” Punch told Bishop.
In other cases today, two people pleaded guilty.
• Yoel Martin Pena, 40, pleaded guilty to third-degree possession of a forged instrument. As part of a plea deal, he will not be sentenced to more than 364 days in jail. The charge also was downgraded from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Pena was originally charged in February 2012 when he and Felix Darias allegedly had 47 fraudulent credit cards that they used at the Albion Wal-Mart.
The two were Miami, Fla. residents and were charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Pena faced the additional charge of third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument because he allegedly had a fake South Carolina driver’s license.
Darias was sentenced for the crime, but Pena fled the area. He was picked up recently in Texas and extradited to Orleans County.
District Attorney Joe Cardone had offered Pena a plea deal on Monday for attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, which can carry up to 4 years in state prison. However, Cardone said he reviewed the case and possession of stolen or fraudulent credit cards is considered less of a crime than having stolen cash.
The change in the severity of the charge means Pena was looking at a maximum of one year in jail instead of four years in prison. With the plea deal, the sentence will be no more than 364 days in jail. That maximum sentence, at one day less than a full year, increases the chances that Pena can stay in the country and not be deported.
He will be sentenced on Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.
• Evan Shaffer, 23, of Lee Road in Albion pleaded guilty to violating his probation. He admitted to being charged with driving while intoxicated in Brockport on July 5. (Shaffer said he is challenging the charge because he only consumed one beer prior to driving.)
Other probation violations include using marijuana, missing appointments with his probation officer, drinking alcohol, and not continuing a substance abuse treatment program. (Shaffer said he completed the program, but was asked to keep going by a counselor.)
Shaffer has been on probation after being convicted of attempted burglary in the third degree in Genesee County in 2014. He will be sentenced on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. and faces a maximum of 1 to 3 years in prison.
David Perry Sr. also faces charges for child pornography
By Tom Rivers, Editor
ALBION – Orleans County Court Judge James Punch set Nov. 1 for jury selection for a trial against a Kendall man faces numerous charges for crimes against children.
Jury selection will start at 1 p.m. on Nov. 1 with the trial to continue the next day.
David P. Perry Sr.
David P. Perry, 67, of Norway Road was arrested on March 9 for multiple charges related to sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of five girls ranging in age from 13 to 15. In May, Perry was arrested and charged with 15 counts of possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child less than 16 years old.
Approximately 15,000 images of suspected child pornography were found on Perry’s devices that were submitted for analysis. Many of the images found were children between the ages of 2 and 9 years of age, Undersheriff Chris Bourke said when Perry was charged in May.
David P. Perry Sr., 67, of Norway Road allegedly forced juvenile victims to smoke marijuana and drink alcoholic wine and vodka over several months in 2015. At times, the victims would reportedly consume these substances to the point of becoming impaired and intoxicated, Bourke said.
He was charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child because Perry would allegedly make five girls undress, then he would perform various criminal sexual acts and sexual abuse, according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office. It is also alleged that Perry would force the victims to pose for pictures while undressed or partially dressed.
The judge set the trial date after District Attorney Joe Cardone told Punch that a plea deal couldn’t be reached. Cardone said he wants Perry to serve a sentence for both sexual abuse crimes and the child pornogrpahy, with the sentences added together, rather than a concurrent sentence where Perry would only serve a sentence for the most severe crime.
“He wanted a better deal,” Perry’s attorney David Morabito told Judge Punch in court this afternoon.
Cardone said he isn’t offering a better deal for Perry, given his serious charges.
The Kendall resident blurted out in court that he “really hasn’t been offered one,” referring to a plea deal.
Punch chided Perry for his comment, telling him he should let Morabito, the attorney, speak on his behalf.
Morabito said he wanted a Huntley hearing to determine if some evidence could be suppressed. Punch set that hearing for 10 a.m. on Oct. 7.
The judge also moved back a civil trial set for early November so the trial could get started against Perry.
“When you have young witnesses that takes priority,” Punch said.
Perry remains in the Orleans County Jail on $500,000 bail.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation allowing New Yorkers to be buried with their pets at not-for-profit cemeteries.
“For many New Yorkers, their pets are members of the family,” Governor Cuomo said. “This legislation will roll back this unnecessary regulation and give cemeteries the option to honor the last wishes of pet lovers across New York.”
The bill (S.2582/A.2647) will allow humans to be buried with their cremated pet with the cemetery’s written consent. Cemeteries will also be required to place all payments for the pet internment in its permanent maintenance fund and provide customers with a list of charges pertaining to the burial of the pet. This legislation will not apply to cemeteries owned or operated by religious associations or societies.
Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer said, “For years now, New Yorkers have desired to have their pets interred in their grave, and cemeteries will now be able to offer this burial option as a result of this new law. I am pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed it into law.”
Assemblyman James F. Brennan said, “When this bill becomes law, owners and their pets will finally be allowed to have their pet interred with them. The pet/caregiver relationship is a very special one and I am happy that this relationship will finally be honored.”
Company files public involvement plan for ‘Heritage Wind’
Photo by Tom Rivers: Ben Yazman, Heritage Wind project developer for Apex Clean Energy, is pictured in this photo from may by the Barre town water tower.
By Tom Rivers, Editor
BARRE – Apex Clean Energy has filed a Public Involvement Plan for a wind energy project in the Town of Barre.
The company tells the state Public Service Commission it wants to build a 200-Megawatt project in Barre. This is the second project Apex is working on in Orleans.
The Charlottesville, Va. company has proposed Lighthouse Wind for the towns of Yates and Somerset near the southshore of Lake Ontario.
Apex has been working on the Barre project for several months, meeting with landowners and community members. Ben Yazman, project developer for Apex, said the project has been well received by many landowners.
“We have been talking to many stakeholders in and around the project area for months,” Yazman said. “There is widespread interest in this project and we look forward to this formalization of the process with the filing of our final Public Involvement Program. We want every stakeholder to have a clear path to providing input to our project, and I encourage any interested parties to reach out to us directly to schedule consultations.”
Apex is required to file a draft Public Involvement Program (PIP) plan under Article 10 of the Public Service Law. The PIP is designed to inform and gather input and involvement from the public and interested agencies on the Heritage Wind project throughout the Article 10 process, which Apex expects will take two to three years to complete, Yazman said.
Local officials and residents are welcome to submit comments for 30 days from the Sept. 23 filing of the PIP. The Department of Public Service will review the draft PIP, and will determine if it is adequate or if Apex needs to take additional measures for public involvement.
Yazman said Apex will be opening an office soon in Orleans County. He said members of the Apex team working on Heritage Wind can be reached at 585-563-5137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the office is established, the Heritage team will welcome the public to stop by if they have questions or want information on the project. Community members can also schedule a more formal meeting or presentation.
Yazman said the entire town of Barre is under review for the project except for a 2-mile buffer around the Pine Hill Airport. Local wind monitoring confirms that the area under consideration is ideal for a project of this size, which Yazman said will produce enough safe, pollution-free energy to power approximately 53,000 U.S. homes.
Heritage Wind will create jobs and generate a new source of long-term revenue for the local community, the company said in a press release today.
“The total direct financial impact to the region is likely to be in the millions of dollars over about 30 years, with additional indirect economic benefits greatly exceeding that number,” Apex stated in the press release.
Local officials joined Ben DeGeorge of the DeGeorge Property Group on Friday for a ribbon-cutting and open house for the Orleans Business Center, a new business incubator at the Arnold Gregory Office Complex, a former hospital on South Main Street in Albion.
The following are pictured, from left: Jamaal Stevens, vice president of operations for DeGeorge; Ben DeGeorge; Donna Saskowski, executive director of The Arc of Orleans and Genesee ARC (a tenant at Arnold Gregory); State Assemblyman Steve Hawley; Diane Blanchard, manager of the Microenterprise Assistance Program in Orleans County; State Sen. Robert Ortt; and Michael Kracker, deputy chief of staff for Congressman Chris Collins.
DeGeorge bought the building from Ray Lissow in December 2014. DeGeorge said Lissow was creative in redeveloping the former hospital hospital, a 56,000-square-foot building that closed in the late 1980s.
The building is now home to 16 different tenants, including six that have moved to Arnold Gregory in the past year. The new incubator is in the suite that was used by Dr. John Thompson, a family physician who has moved out of the area.
The Orleans Business Center has 4,000 square feet. There are rooms for 10 to 12 units who can share a copier, signage, WiFi, a conference room and a gym.
Samantha Marchincin, left, is the first tenant in the Orleans Business Center. She is pictured with Diana Blanchard, manager of the Microenterprise Assistance Program.
Marchincin took the 10-week small business training program run by MAP last spring. She has started a business, Muze, that offers social media services for musicians.
The 200 square feet of space in the incubator “is just perfect for me,” she said. She wanted a low-cost physical space for the business. If Muze grows, she said she would like for a bigger location.
That is the goal of the incubator, to offer professional space to a new business. DeGeorge and economic development officials hope the business will outgrow the incubator and settle into a storefront or bigger office space.
“This is an affordable business startup,” Blanchard said.
She is also using the Arnold Gregory for weekly classes for the MAP class after meeting in the Hoag Library in Albion. Arnold Gregory is more of a business setting and the MAP class has access to a bigger classroom space, with a bathroom and kitchenette, Blanchard said.
Some of the other tenants at Arnold Gregory include The Arc of Orleans Rainbow Preschool, Catholic Charities, Dr. Rumble (dentist), Lake Plains Medical (doctor’s office), Restore, Neil Lewis (chiropractor), Different Strokes Massage, utility company field office, Miracle Ear, Pathstone, Northpoint Chapel, Mental Health Association of Genesee and Orleans Counties, Keeler Construction, Venture Forth (home care agency) and New Direction Youth and Family Services.
The Arc also opened a coffee and snack shop in the the lobby by the main entrance last year. DeGeorge said about 275 people visit the building each day.
By Nola Goodrich-Kresse, Public Health Educator for Orleans County
September is National Preparedness Month! In our area we generally think of snow and ice-related emergencies, however it is also important to be ready for threats caused by flooding, high winds, earthquakes, fires, chemical spills and infectious diseases.
Thankfully, getting prepared for all types of emergencies is made easier with the assistance of Mobile Apps like Ready Genesee, Orleans Aware and FEMA.
These apps are similar in nature in that all connect consumers to weather alerts, planning features and information on available shelters. Apps like these are user-friendly and give consumers the tools to take part in their own preparedness, which will positively impact the outcome of any emergency.
If you live, work, or visit Genesee or Orleans Counties download the Ready Genesee (click here) and Orleans Aware (click here) Apps, which are available on apple and android devices, as well as in English and Spanish too.
“The Emergency Management Offices and Health Departments in both counties teamed up to have these apps made available in an effort to have a local focus,” said Bill Schutt, Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Management Services. “County officials can use this app not only to get information to users before, during, and after emergencies in a more direct and modern way but also to share knowledge on a regular basis too.
“Since Ready Genesee and Orleans Aware became available to download earlier this year, the counties have utilized the apps to notify users of road closings, a boil water notice, a gas leak, rabies clinics, as well as sharing of informational articles on the recent drought, Zika virus, Lyme Disease and lightning safety,” Schutt said.
If you don’t travel to either county, the FEMA app is a good, reputable option too but it is important to note that users will not receive notifications or general information from their county officials, stated Schutt.
Features of Ready Genesee and Orleans Aware Mobile Apps
My Plan: By answering five simple questions, the app will create a customized emergency supply checklist and plan based on your family’s needs, including pets and relatives with special needs.
Alerts: Get information from the National Weather Service and local county officials. Local officials can instantly inform you of situations including, but not limited to, road closings, evacuation notices, boil water notices, gas leaks, an active shooter or missing persons.
My Status: With the push of a button let friends and loved ones know “I’m Safe” or “I Need Help.”
EvacMap & Shelters: Find evacuation routes and shelters with on and offline mapping.
Need to Know: E-books on various topics including Public Health Emergencies, Need to Know Preparedness for Pet Owners, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Floods and Fire Safety.
Services: Have contact information to services helpful in an emergency
“The full potential of these new apps will be recognized more so as different emergencies arise and I predict that utilization will increase too,” stated Al Cheverie, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Genesee and Orleans. “After downloading your App, please take the time to collect the emergency supplies for your home and car. Being ill prepared for a situation where you are unable to leave your house or car can be dangerous if certain supplies such as necessary medications, blankets, food and water aren’t on hand.”
SHELBY – Organizers of the Metro 10 race presented a $1,000 donation to the Warrior House of WNY on Saturday. That site in West Shelby provides a hunting retreat for wounded veterans.
About 300 participated in the 5- and 10-mile races on Aug. 20 in Albion, where runners pick a team, either Rochester or Buffalo. Rochester has won the first two Metro 10 events. (Next year’s event will be Aug. 19, with the race starting and ending at Bullard Park.)
The photo shows race organizer Thom Jennings, left in center, with former US Marine Corporal Ed Spence of Operation Injured Soldier.
MEDINA – The Jamestown Red Raiders presented a show called, “Crazy Train,” during Saturday’s Fall Festival of Bands at Vets Park in Medina.
There were 13 bands that performed for about five hours at the Fall Festival of Bands. The competition attracted about 800 spectators.
The Medina Mustang Band enters the field for competition. The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary this school year. There will be a 50th anniversary performance and reunion on May 29, 2017. Click here for more information.
Here are the scores from Saturday:
• Small School 3: 5th place – 59.9 – Falconer; 4th place – 61.05 – Marcus Whitman; 3rd place – 62.8 – Girard; 2nd – 64.3 – Pioneer; 1st place – 67.55 – Jordan Elbridge.
• Small School 2: 1st place – 74.15 – Northwestern.
• Small School 1: 1st place – 79.6 – Medina.
• Large School 2: 3rd place – 75.19 – Orchard Park; 2nd place – 75.75 – Webster; 1st place – 80.4 – Cicero-North Syracuse.
• National: 2nd place – 80.1 – Jamestown; 1st place – 80.55 – Lancaster.
Andrew Roof, drum major for Jamestown, leads the band before a big crowd at Medina.
The band from Cicero-North Syracuse gets in position at Vets Park. Cicero-North Syracuse had the top score, 80.4, for bands in the Large School 2 class. Only Lancaster, in the National class, had a higher score during the competition at Medina.
Cicero-North Syracuse presented a show called “Wild, Wild West.” Students travelled back in time to the Wild, Wild West with saloons, cowboys, outlaws a legendary sheriff who maintained law and order. Stephen Schermerhorn is drum major for the band.
The Mustangs take their positions on the field. Nick Bogan, back to camera, is the back field conductor, staying in sync with Drum Major Madison Holland.
Medina band members make their first move of the show, getting in position as a matador. This year’s show is called “The Matador.” The band took spectators to “the coliseum” to witness a bull fight.
The band used colorful props, flags and Colorguard costumes while playing fiery and exciting Latin compositions to tell stories of bullfighters. Madison Holland, on platform, is drum major for the Mustangs.
Medina Band Director James Steele is joined by his son Robert in leading the band onto the field. They have blowpops in their mouths because staff are not allowed to yell instructions to the band once the show starts.
Randy Allen serves as announcer for the competition and gives the Medina Mustangs and enthusiastic introduction.
Orchard Park performed a show called “Labyrinth.” The band marched in patterns as if attempting to get out of a maze. Student Alyssa Strade, far left, is drum major.
Orchard Park performs at Medina. The band finished third among in the Large School II Class.
The Webster Marching Band, led by Drum Major Bella Altieri, performs a show called “Autumn Sky Sketches.” Webster came in second among the large schools.
ALBION – It’s still early, but a big crowd has turned out for the spaghetti dinner and basket raffle to benefit a memorial scholarship in honor of Brandon Bruski. St. Mary’s Athletic Club on Moore Street is hosting the benefit.
Bruski, who was 18 when he was killed in a car accident about a decade ago. His mother, Bonnie Velez, has been awarding a $250 fine arts scholarship to a graduating senior the past nine years.
Brandon graduated from Albion in 2006. He was a hard worker with a creative side. He enjoyed art. He had just finished his first year at Monroe Community College, when he fell asleep while driving and was in a fatal crash. He was also working with his mother at the Bonduelle vegetable packing facility in Brockport.
Marsha Gaddis of Albion looks over some of the gift baskets at the scholarship benefit today. There are about 100 baskets up for raffle. The benefit continues until 7 p.m.
ALBION – Kory Reynolds, a senior on the varsity football team, leads the team in charging through a banner onto the football field last night during the Homecoming game vs. Depew. For game highlights of that game and other local teams, click here to go to Local Sports.
The pep band, including the tuba section, added to a festive night at Spierdowis Field in Albion for Homecoming.
This image shows the steamer Arundell approaching Oak Orchard Harbor around 1904 or 1905. Built by the Bell Iron Works at Buffalo in 1879, this iron hull steamer was operated along the southern coast of Lake Ontario during the summer months through 1910.
When this photograph was taken, the Arundell was owned and operated by the Cole & Holt Lines of Bay City, Michigan and was brought each spring to Lake Ontario by way of the Welland Canal. The steamer frequently carried Orleans County passengers during picnic days and pioneer events.
The company advertised “Good meals on steamer at 50 cents,” and “No dust, cool breeze and a pleasant time guaranteed” for its excursion trips across the lake. These relaxing jaunts included stops at Olcott Beach, Point Breeze, Charlotte, Sodus Point, Fairhaven, Oswego, Cape Vincent, and Clayton; the typical cost of a round trip ticket from Olcott to the Thousand Islands was $5 per person. During the earliest years of operation around the Buffalo Harbor in the 1880s, a ticket would run approximately 50 cents for gentlemen and 25 cents for women and children.
In 1904, the company operating the steamer was charged in the death of George Reed of Niles, NY, a passenger who boarded the previous year for an excursion trip to the Thousand Islands. Reed’s wife claimed that the employees and agents on board the Arundell got her husband “beastly drunk” and stowed him away in a bunk below deck. When reaching Fairhaven, the crew allegedly carried the semiconscious man to shore and left him there. At some point the man regained his composure and attempted to find his way inland but stumbled into the water and drowned. The $15,000 lawsuit did not appear to have any long-term effect on the operation of the steamer.
The steamer suffered an unfortunate accident in 1908 when she travelled too close to the shores of the St. Lawrence River and ran aground on the Fineview Shoals near Wellesley Island. She was towed to Kingston and placed in dry dock for several weeks for repairs; the accident set the company back several thousand dollars.
Shortly after this image was taken, the steamer was sold to the Crawford Transportation Company of Chicago, who used her as a ferry on Lake Michigan until she suffered a tragic fire and burned in 1911. Although her time as a transportation vessel was not over, her time as the “Queen of Lake Ontario” was complete. The Arundell was rebuilt, sold, and renamed Brewster in 1921. The steamer sank after a collision with the Sterling Lake on the James River in Virginia in 1922.
Photos by Tom Rivers
KENDALL – It’s Homecoming in Kendall and students celebrated the special week with a parade on Friday evening. This year, classes had to create floats in a biome theme. The top photo shows the junior class with their rainforest-themed float. They are headed down Route 237 near the Kendall Elementary School.
These junior high students join the parade with their float which was in a savanna theme.
Sarah Pieniaszek, a senior, is in a boat on top of the seniors’ float which is in an underwater theme.
These two seniors, Kacey Menge (left) and Lizzie Rath, carry goldfish on the parade route. Rath is dressed as a mermaid.
The senior float makes its way down Route 237 before heading to the junior-senior high school, where there were games and a carnival for the community, as well as an alumni soccer game.
Sophomores, including Anna Oakley (left), created a float with an alpine theme.
The freshmen made a Cowboys and Indians float. Kendall’s Homecoming continues today.
ALBION – Enoch Martin has an “Albion Batman” painted on his face while he was part of the pep band during the Albion homecoming game vs. Depew.
Albion cheerleaders and the Eagle mascot rooted for the Purple Eagles during their game vs. Depew in front of the big Homecoming crowd.
Albion graduates Marissa Olles (Class of 2000) and Crystal Hollenbeck (Class of 2001) sold popcorn and Albion High School merchandise from the alumni booth at the football game.
Bruce Landis took this group photo of the Class of 2017.
Provided photo: The Homecoming royalty was crowned during the pep rally this afternoon. The group includes, from left: King/Queen – Sam Slick, Vivian Rivers; Prince/Princess – Demetrius Gardner, Natalie DiCuriea; Duke/Dutchess – Connor McQuillan, Brylie Hapeman; and Lord/Lady – Chase Froman, Kendall Derisley.