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4 arraigned in Orleans County Court for grand larcenies
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 September 2016

ALBION – Four people were arraigned in Orleans County Court on Monday for felony grand larceny crimes.

The following all pleaded not guilty and were arraigned by Judge James Punch:

• Michael W. Oldfeld, 48, of Franklin Street in Dansville appeared in court and was arraigned on two counts of third-degree grand larceny and one count of scheme to defraud in the first degree.

Oldfeld had contracts in Orleans County to build pole barns. He allegedly accepted down payments and money for work on the barns, but did not complete the jobs, District Attorney Joe Cardone said. Oldfeld is likely to face similar charges in other counties, the DA said.

The judge set bail at $10,000 for Oldfeld.

• Maria C. Conte, 28, of Pearl Street in Medina was arraigned on two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny. She allegedly took a credit card from another person and used it to take out about $2,000 from an ATM, the DA’s office said.

Her bail was set at $1,000.

Daniel P. Musson, 24, of Chili Avenue in Rochester was arraigned for third-degree grand larceny after he allegedly took jewelry on Aug. 9 worth about $3,000. He also faces charges of first-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree (for allegedly having more than 500 milligrams of cocaine), and criminal possession of stolen property (for allegedly having someone else’s credit card).

Bail was set at $15,000.

• Christopher M. Bescherer, 34, of Lattin Road, Albion, faces one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree for allegedly stealing cylinders on May 27. He also was arraigned for criminal contempt in the second degree for violating an order of protection.

Bail was set at $15,000.

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Students in building trades program spruce up gazebo at BOCES
Posted 27 September 2016

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MEDINA – The Building Trades students in Matt Anastasi’s class at the Orleans/Niagara BOCES have been putting their talents to good use by sprucing up an old gazebo on the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center grounds. The students have been doing repair work on the roof and the structure and have built a picnic table for staff and students to use.

Pictured include, from left: Ross Tetrault (Royalton Hartland), Travis Wissinger (Royalton Hartland) on roof, George Schlegel (Medina) on scaffolding, and Noah Tillotson (Lockport) in the gazebo.

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Marker will be dedicated Oct. 8 at Hillside for soldier killed at Gettysburg
Posted 27 September 2016
 File photo by Tom Rivers: Herbert Charles Taylor is buried at Hillside Cemetery. This photo shows his grave, which is in the historic section of the cemetery.


File photo by Tom Rivers: Herbert Charles Taylor is buried at Hillside Cemetery. This photo shows his grave, which is in the historic section of the cemetery.

By Tom Rivers, Editor

HOLLEY – A historical marker will be dedicated at 11 a.m. on Oct. 8 at Hillside Cemetery for Herbert Charles Taylor, the only Orleans County resident believed to have been killed in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Seventh-graders from Albion in Tim Archer’s service learning class took the lead on getting the marker, which is funded with a grant from the Pomeroy Foundation.

The 30-minute dedication ceremony will include an Abraham Lincoln impersonator and Civil War re-enactors.

Taylor was killed on July 2, 1863 during the Battle of Gettysburg. He was a member of New York’s 140th Volunteer Infantry, which made a daring charge at Little Round Top.

During the battle, soldiers from the 4th and 5th Texans released a volley of fire, sending bullets into the 140th, including a bullet that pierced O’Rorke’s neck killing him instantly, Orleans County Historian Matthew Ballard wrote Oct. 3, 2015 in his local history column for the Orleans Hub.

“With every step, the men stumbled and tripped along the face of the rocky hill,” Ballard wrote. “Coming within close distance of the enemy line, many Confederates chose to surrender rather risk the possibility of death from Union gunfire and bayonet. The sudden fury of Union bayonets halted the Texans dead in their tracks.”

Without the aid of the exhausted men of New York, the outcome of July 2nd could have been far different, Ballard wrote.

“It was during this act of bravery that Pvt. Taylor of Holley was killed,” Ballard wrote.

Hillside Cemetery on Route 237 is owned by the Town of Clarendon. The cemetery will also host a Ghost Walk beginning a 7 p.m. on Oct. 8, and will feature many prominent residents in the cemetery. Proceeds from the Ghost Walk will go towards the restoration of the Hillside chapel.

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Barre town supervisor says he’s heard no opposition so far to ‘Heritage Wind’
Posted 27 September 2016
File photo by Tom Rivers: A row of trees is pictured at sunset last March on East Barre Road in Barre. The town is eyed for a 200-megawatt wind turbine project.

File photo by Tom Rivers: A row of trees is pictured at sunset last March on East Barre Road in Barre. The town is eyed for a 200-megawatt wind turbine project.

By Tom Rivers, Editor

BARRE – In Yates and Somerset, there are numerous signs showing either support or opposition for Lighthouse Wind, a 200-megawatt wind energy project proposed by Apex Clean Energy.

Signs say “Apex Go Home” or “Too Big, Too Close.” Others urge the community to “Harvest the Wind.”

Members of Save Ontario Shores, a citizens group opposed to the turbines near the lakeshore, have had rallies against the project.

In Barre, where Apex has been laying the groundwork for a 200-megawatt project, the project hasn’t yet faced opposition from Barre residents.

In fact, Barre Town Supervisor Mark Chamberlain said he hasn’t heard any complaints from Barre residents about “Heritage Wind.”

It’s still early. Apex announced Monday it has filed a draft Public Involvement Plan. The company will be meeting with residents, local officials and other community stakeholders. Apex said it will soon open an office locally.

Chamberlain said Ben Yazman, project developer for Apex, has been at recent Town Board meetings and has been meeting with landowners.

“They’ve certainly made themselves known in the town,” Chamberlain said. “I haven’t heard any gripes. People are wondering about leases.”

Apex officials said Barre has the wind strength and access to transmission lines, as well as lots of land in farming community that would work for the turbines. Yazman said the turbines take up a ½-acre of land and will provide landowners and the community steady annual revenue.

Apex believes it can work within the town’s zoning for turbines. Barre allows turbines up to 500 feet high.

The Town Board doesn’t have a final vote on the project. A seven-member State Siting Board, with two local representatives, makes that decision.

A project has yet to complete the new Article 10 siting process for turbines. Officials in Orleans and Niagara have gone on the record opposing Article 10 because it takes away local control and gives the state the power to approve the projects.

“It’s a long, long process,” Chamberlain said. “No one has made it through yet.”

Apex officials have said they need enough leases with landowners for a project to even be considered by the Siting Board. Yazman said Barre residents have been receptive so far to leasing land for turbines.

“If people want it and people sign up, that’s the determining factor,” Chamberlain said. “If they can’t get enough people to sign up, they’re dead in the water.”

The town supervisor said he doesn’t plan to push for or against the project.

“I will try to stay neutral,” he said. “I’m not going to lobby one way or the other.”

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Forum will focus on domestic violence and its impact on community
Posted 26 September 2016

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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.

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Taxi driver may have threatened witness so plea deal could be off
Posted 26 September 2016

2 plead guilty to other crimes in Orleans County

By Tom Rivers, Editor

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.

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Judge sets trial for Kendall man facing charges for sexual abuse against children
Posted 26 September 2016

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.

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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.

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Cuomo signs legislation allowing people to be buried with their pets in the same cemetery
Posted 26 September 2016

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

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.”

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Apex will pursue 200-megawatt wind energy project in Barre
Posted 26 September 2016

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.

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 info@heritagewindpower.com.

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.

For more on Heritage Wind, click here.

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Albion firefighters to respond to fire in village
Posted 26 September 2016

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Photos by Tom Rivers

A house at 128 West Park St. is ventilated this morning after firefighters were called for reports of a structure fire at 8:15 a.m.

Dark smoke spewed from the upstairs of the house. Police say tenants were all safely outside.

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Firefighters broke several windows and were using fans to get the smoke out of the house.

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Albion Fire Chief Harry Papponetti, center, gets hoses off the truck for firefighters.

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New business incubator opens at Arnold Gregory site in Albion
Posted 26 September 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mobile Apps make it easier to be prepared for emergencies
Posted 25 September 2016

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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.”

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Warrior House receives $1,000 from Metro 10 race in Albion
Posted 25 September 2016

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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.

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Bands put on a show at Vets Park in Medina
Posted 25 September 2016

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Photos by Tom Rivers

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.

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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.

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Andrew Roof, drum major for Jamestown, leads the band before a big crowd at Medina.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Randy Allen serves as announcer for the competition and gives the Medina Mustangs and enthusiastic introduction.

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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.

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Orchard Park performs at Medina. The band finished third among in the Large School II Class.

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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.

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Big turnout for Bruski memorial at St. Mary’s
Posted 24 September 2016

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Photos by Tom Rivers

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.

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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.

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