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Canadian cyclists ride around Lake Ontario in fundraiser for cancer patients

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 July 2017 at 10:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – This group of nine cyclists from Canada rode through Orleans County on Friday as part of the “Tour Du Lac” – a week-long bike ride around Lake Ontario to raise money for Wellspring, an organization that serves cancer patients and their families in Fonthill, Ontario.

The cyclists covered about 90 miles on Friday and rode along Route 31 while passing through Orleans County. They stopped for lunch at Bullard Park in Albion.

The group pictured includes, form left: Dan Toppari, Kyle Boggio, Len Stolk, Paul Allen, Larry Boggio, Graham Repei, Frank Adamson, Ian Forbes and John Yardley.

Six of nine cyclists are members of Rotary clubs in Canada. They have been riding about 90 to 100 miles since the trip started on Sunday. They rode to Lockport on Friday.

Today they complete the trek in Canada at Welland and expect to have raised about $90,000 to support the Wellspring organization which provides free programs to men, women and children living with cancer, as well as their caregivers and family and friends.

Two of the cyclists ride in Bullard Park on Friday. They stopped for a short respite and lunch provided by the Albion Rotary Club.

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Albion Alumni Foundation awards $74K in scholarships

Photos courtesy of Albion Alumni Foundation: These four Albion graduates were awarded scholarships through the Albion Alumni Foundation They include, from left: Shannon Broda, Megan Leight, Sierra Chudy and Skyler Smith.

Posted 18 July 2017 at 10:26 am

Press Release, Albion Alumni Foundation

ALBION – The Albion High School Alumni Foundation takes great pride in making a difference for a lifetime for the Albion Central School District community – alumni, students, teachers, and friends. The main focus of the Foundation is a Scholarship Program that continues to grow and benefit more students every year.

Each year at the Class Night celebration, the Foundation presents scholarships to graduating seniors who meet the criteria of each specific scholarship. These awards provide financial assistance so that our bright young scholars may continue their educational goals and be successful in their future endeavors.

The funding for the scholarships are made possible through memberships and gifts from AHS Alumni, as well as individuals or organizations that contact the Foundation to establish a scholarship. The Foundation manages the funds and awards the scholarships annually during the Class Night event, along with other scholarships that are awarded that evening.

In 2017, the Foundation added seven new scholarships to the portfolio, bringing the total scholarships managed by the Foundation to 31. This year, the Foundation awarded 30 of 31 scholarships to 42 students totaling $74,400.

Here are the results of the 2017 scholarships managed and awarded by the Albion HS Alumni Foundation.

Albion High School Alumni Foundation Scholarships

These $1,500 (4) scholarships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement, school and community activities, and potential for future accomplishment. Originally established in memory of those alumni who have given their lives in the service of our country, these scholarships are awarded on behalf of more than 10,000 people around the world that have graduated from Albion High School. Four awards of $1,500 each will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipients are: Shannon Broda, Skyler Smith, Sierra Chudy and Megan Leight.

Paul R. Haines Memorial Scholarship

This $1,500 scholarship, awarded annually by the Foundation, is made possible through gifts from the Haines family and friends. It is awarded based on academic achievement, community involvement, and potential for future accomplishment. When possible, preference will be given to a student pursuing a career in international relations or a similar field. An award of $1500 will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipient is Karina Rosario.

Smith Foundation Challenge

Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually by the Foundation to students entering the second year of college. The awards were made possible through gifts from the Edwin J. and Blanche K. Smith Foundation, Inc. All recipients of first-year scholarships from the Alumni Foundation are eligible. Preference is given to students pursuing a course of study in engineering or science.

This year’s recipients are Bethany Bowman and Randal Blacker.

Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics, Inc. It is awarded to a student who has shown academic achievement, participation in community and school activities, and potential for future accomplishment. Preference is given to a student pursuing a major in engineering or finance. An award of $1000 will be presented by the Alumni Foundation upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipient is Samuel Slick.

Elizabeth Balcom Smith Scholarship

This $4,000 award is presented by the Foundation in memory of Elizabeth Balcom Smith. Mrs. Smith graduated with the AHS Class of 1939 and was a highly respected family therapist. This scholarship, made possible through a generous contribution from Barbara Balcom, is awarded in recognition of academic achievement, school and community activities, and potential for future accomplishment. An award of $4,000 will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipient is Angela Tarricone.

Golden Performance Award

This $500 award was originally established in 2003 through funds raised by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation as part of Amanda Haines’ and Samantha McGrath’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project and has been continued by the Foundation. It is awarded to a person who has been involved in the performing arts throughout high school. Preference is given to a student who is pursuing further education in the performing arts.

This year’s recipient is Evan Steier.

Jim and Susie Fraser Health Careers Scholarship

This $500 scholarship has been established by Jim Fraser (Class of 1970) and Susie Glassner Fraser (Class of 1972) to provide financial assistance to students who aspire to enter the healthcare field and demonstrate financial need. This $500 scholarship is administered by the Albion HS Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Calandra Prentice.

Dr. Lee Minier Science Scholarship

This $500 scholarship, established in 2008, is in memory of Lee N. Minier, Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Anatomy. Because of Lee’s lifelong thirst for knowledge and for a deeper understanding of the complexities of the universe, this scholarship shall be presented to a senior who demonstrates a true love and respect for the sciences, in particular Biology, Paleontology, Astronomy, and Chemistry. This scholarship is now administered by the Foundation. An award of $500 will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipient is Jared Hollinger.

Sue Salchak Fetzner is pictured with Jared Hollinger, winner of the Harry W. Salchak Science Scholarship.

Albion Alumni Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship was established in 2010 by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation and is given annually to the senior who has shown the greatest achievement in multiple facets of the performing arts at Albion High School. Preference will be given to a student who is continuing a post high school education in the performing arts or a related field (i.e. Music Education, Music Performance, Drama, Theater Arts, Music Business, etc.) The winner will be determine by the AHS music and theater faculty. An award of $1,000 will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipient is Shannon Broda.

Coach Richard Diminuco Scholarship for Athletic Excellence

This $1,500 scholarship will be awarded annually by the Foundation in recognition of Coach Richard Diminuco, who served as AHS head varsity football coach for 30 years and athletic director for 26 years. It is awarded to an outstanding athlete who displays good character and academic achievement. Preference will be given to a student who will be participating in college level athletics and/or pursuing a career in physical education. An award of $1,500 will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipient is Chanyce Powell.

Harry W. Salchak Science Scholarship

A $2,500 scholarship, established in 2012, is in memory of Harry W. Salchak, who taught earth science, chemistry, and physics at AHS for 35 years. It is awarded annually by the Foundation. This scholarship was established by Earl and Reva Smith, who lived in the Albion district for 29 years and appreciated his contribution to education, and by the Salchak family in honor of excellence in his life and teaching. It will be awarded to an outstanding graduating senior who demonstrates a passion for the sciences and who will be enrolled in college majoring in and pursuing a career in a science or engineering field. This $2500 award will be presented upon successful completion of the first semester of college.

This year’s recipient is Jared Hollinger.

A.B. “Dick” Eddy “Service Above Self” Scholarship

This $1,250 scholarship is awarded in memory of Dick Eddy, a community leader, businessman, and Rotarian, who committed his life to the principle of Service Above Self. Established in 2012 by the Rotary Club of Albion, this scholarship is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated a personal commitment to community service and leadership, and displays high potential for future accomplishment. An award of $1250 will be presented upon successful completion of college by the Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Vivian Rivers.

The Nancy Elaine LaGamba Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship has been created in honor of Nancy Elaine LaGamba’s life by her husband, Ron. Nancy was a school teacher in the public school system and lived in the Albion area for over 30 years. Nancy devoted her life to helping all children meet and exceed their educational goals. Nancy was a proud American and she relished any opportunity to express her love for her country. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving Albion High School student who has demonstrated commitment to Albion High, church and community, and self-improvement over the student’s high school career. An award of $1000 will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college or trade school by the Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Angela Tarricone.

The Dr. Paul Mahany Family Scholarships

These $2500 (up to 5) scholarships have been created in memory of Kathryn Mahany Kerrigan, who grew up in Albion. Her father, Dr. Paul Mahany, died when Kathryn was only 13 years old and it was the Albion community which stepped in to help her mother raise Kathryn and her brother Paul. With scholarship assistance from the community, Kathryn went on to become a nurse practitioner and nurse mid-wife, with an additional degree in public health. She spent her life helping under-served women and children in areas of greatest need from New York to California. It was her wish to return in some measure the kindness and support that she received when she was growing up in Albion. These scholarships are awarded to seniors based on academic achievement and financial need. Preference will be given to a student who is pursuing further education in nursing and other service-oriented professions. An award of $2500 will be presented to each recipient upon successful completion of one year of college or nursing school by the Foundation.

This year’s recipients are Savanah Wirth, Donato Rosario, Bailey Maier and Mackenzie Luft.

Hoag Scholarship

The $10,000 four-year scholarship was first awarded in 2013. The scholarship has been established by Courtenay and Maurice (Class of 1961) Hoag to provide financial assistance to a student so as to earn a Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Engineering. The Foundation awards two scholarships annually at $10,000 over four years and is paid at $2,000 per year upon successful completion of each year of college – one for Chemical Engineering and one for Engineering. The recipients must continue in an engineering major over the four-year scholarship period.

This year’s recipients are Joseph Madejski and Celeste Hoffman.

Panek Family Farm Agriculture Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship was started in 2014 by the Panek Family Farm through the Albion High School Alumni Foundation. It assists students pursuing an agriculture degree or entering the agriculture industry. The Panek family started farming in 1982 and have been active members of the agriculture community ever since. The Panek family strongly believes in the Albion Agriculture Program and in supporting young people in their pursuit of agriculture careers. An award of $1,000 will be given annually and presented upon successful completion of one semester of college or, for those entering agriculture directly, following a review of career progress after 6 months.

This year’s recipient is Carly Fox.

The Rex & Marilyn Horton Scholarship

This $500 scholarship has been established in memory of Marilyn Horton by Rex Horton and Renovation Lodge # 97 of Freemasons. $500 will be presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a personal commitment to community service. Preference will be given to a student pursuing a career in culinary arts or a vocational trade. This $500 scholarship is administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Lauren Freeman.

The Wayne A. Burlison Memorial Scholarship

This $500 scholarship, established in 2014 by Wayne’s wife and son, is supported by Albion School employees, various musical groups that Wayne was involved in, the Albion Running Club, and family and friends. this is in honor of the memory and legacy of Wayne A. Burlison, a beloved music educator in the Albion School Community. The recipient of this award should be one that reflects the values and behaviors as modeled by Mr. Burlison. With a strong passion for music and the fine arts, he was also a person of integrity and perseverance, believing that all can achieve in ways they hope to grow. He sought to find ways to help others learn, especially when facing adversity. Mr. Burlison loved both the school and his community, showed compassion towards others, and was dedicated and committed to his family. Mr. Burlison was often quoted as having said “Everything we do is a choice, including how we react to the situations around us. What choice will you make?”; as well as “Can’t isn’t a word, try again”. Primary consideration will be given to students that are active in the fine arts or music in high school, and show good academic standing and/or growth. Applicants do not necessarily need to pursue a college degree in music or fine arts, but must state how they will continue to be active in music or fine arts as they attend college. This $500 scholarship is administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipients are Evan Steier, Samuel Slick and Freeman Lattin.

Samuel Slick accepts the St. Gobain Technical Fabrics Scholarship from Albion Alumni Foundation Board President Chris Haines.

Glassner Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2015 by the family of the late Jake and Dorothy (Dottie) Glassner to honor their parents who gave and in return received so much from the Albion community. Besides raising eight children in Albion, their tireless efforts in local government, community and social services, and service clubs were instrumental in making Albion a great place to live, work, and play. The scholarship is made possible through gifts from the Glassner family and is awarded based on financial needs of the student. The annual award is administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation and will be a minimum of $500 – this year the award is for $1,400.

This year’s recipient is Kastriot Bela.

John Panek Memorial Scholarship

This $2,000 scholarship was established in 2015 in memory of John Panek by the Panek family. This award will be given to a student that has been very active in Agriculture classes and the FFA and is pursuing a degree in agriculture. John Panek believed that if you work hard and dream big you can achieve whatever you desire. This $2000 scholarship will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Emilie Barleben.

Ronald L. Sodoma Memorial Scholarship

This $1,500 scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Ron Sodoma, Superintendent of Schools and educator in the Albion Central School District for 35 years. The scholarship, made possible through gifts from the Sodoma Family and friends, is awarded to a senior who best demonstrates RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and OPTIMISM. These Character Education Traits were highlighted under Mr. Sodoma’s leadership in the Albion Central School District as it moved into the millennium. To be eligible, a senior must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 80%, and he/she must be pursuing some form of higher education (e.g. trade school, community college, college, or university) after graduation. This $1,500 scholarship was first awarded in 2016 and will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Samuel Slick.

Masonic Renovation Lodge # 97 Scholarship

This $750 scholarship has been established by Renovation Lodge #97 through the Albion High School Alumni Foundation, and has been enhanced by a gift in honor of Dick and Mildred Cook. It is presented to a graduating senior who is pursuing any type of training in a medical field. This $750 scholarship was first awarded in 2016 and will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Elizabeth Furmanski.

Edward B. Archbald Memorial Scholarship

This $1,250 scholarship has been established by the Rotary Club of Albion in memory of Ed Archbald, a farmer, philanthropist, outdoorsman, and 70-year member of Rotary. It is presented to a graduating senior pursuing a college education who shares Ed’s love for sports, recreational activities, community service, and work experience. This $1,250 scholarship was first awarded in 2016 and will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Clara Stilwell.

David R. Long Agricultural Scholarship

This $2,500 scholarship was established by the Long and Pritchard families to honor the late David Long. Mr. Long, who graduated with the class of 1961, had a distinguished career in promoting the field of agriculture. The scholarship is awarded to an active member of the FFA who is pursuing higher education in agriculture or a related field. This $2,500 scholarship was first awarded in 2016 and will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Emilie Barleben.

D’Andrea Family Scholarship

This $2,500 scholarship was created in remembrance of Elio, Albert, Peter, Anita and Ida D’Andrea. It is awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated high academic achievement, a love for the Albion community, and a strong sense of personal integrity. This $2,500 scholarship was first awwarded in 2017 and will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Jared Hollinger.

Brandon Bruski Memorial Scholarship

This $400 award has been established by family and friends of Brandon Bruski, who was an outstanding art student in high school. An award is given to a senior who has chosen to pursue a degree in Fine Arts. This $400 scholarship was established in 2017 and will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This scholarship was not awarded in 2017.

The Ralph and Pearl Poelma Good Neighbor / Community Service Scholarship

“Anything worth doing at all is worth doing well.” That was Ralph Poelma’s quote in the 1934 Albion High School Yearbook. And that’s the spirit with which Ralph and Pearl Poelma lived their lives. Whether it was working hard on their diversified farm into their late eighties, or being actively involved in their church, the Albion Lions Club, Red Cross blood drives, or many other community service opportunities, Ralph and Pearl Poelma were exemplary role models for a positive work ethic, integrity of character, active community involvement, and a genuine concern for others. This scholarship was established in their memory by their family and is administered through the Foundation. It is presented to a senior who has demonstrated in his or her high school years the same important values the Poelmas exhibited in their lives. This scholarship was first awarded in 2017 and will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation. In 2017, there were two $1000 scholarships awarded.

This year’s recipients are Emily Blanchard and Clara Stilwell.

The Jake and Anna Vreeburg Scholarships

These scholarships have been established in memory of Jake and Anna Vreeburg by their family; instilled in us the value of education, which gives you a jump start in life and provides a safety net toward your future. They exemplified the American dream; our parents emigrated from Holland in 1950, became citizens in 1955, had a sustainable slaughterhouse business by 1960, and also moved into their own home in 1960. After Jake’s death, Anna stayed in Albion to raise her seven children. This is a time for us to give back to the community that provided guidance, friendship, support, and a sense of community. These scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who have a strong passion for their chosen field of study and who have demonstrated a commitment to community service. These scholarships were first awarded in 2017 and are administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation. In 2017, one $1,250 college scholarship and one $750 trade school scholarship were awarded.

This year’s recipients are Kari Ashworth – College, and Donato Rosario – Trade School.

The Inge Hume Elementary Education Scholarship

This $250 scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Inge Hume, a primary school teacher in the Albion Central School District. This scholarship, made possible through gifts from family and friends, is awarded to a graduating senior pursuing a career in elementary education or a similar field. This $250 scholarship was first awarded in 2017 and will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Carly Fox.

The Robert P. Van Deusen Memorial Scholarship

The Albion Primary School staff, friends, and associates first established this scholarship in June 1983 to to honor Primary School Principal Bob Van Deusen, who served in that role for 23 years, mentoring both the students and teachers in his care. Its value was enhanced in his memory with additional funding from family and friends in 2016. The award of $1,500 goes to a senior who will pursue post-high school education, and who has shown an interest in working with young children; one who has been active in the Scouting program; and whose career goals will deal in a human services field, including teaching or nursing. This $1,500 scholarship was added to the Albion High School Alumni Foundation portfolio in 2017 and will be administered by the Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Evan Steier.

The Moore Family Scholarship Fund

This $500 scholarship is awarded in recognition of academic achievement, school and community activities, and potential for future accomplishment. The scholarship has been established by Ann R. Moore and Robert H. Moore to encourage students to seek higher education. This $500 scholarship was first awarded in 2017 and is administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is Katherine Mann.

Again, the Albion HS Alumni Foundation congratulates all scholarship recipients and wishes the best of luck, happiness, and success in all future endeavors!

To help support our scholarship programs:

  • You may contribute to our general scholarship fund or give to any specific scholarship by sending in a donation to The Albion High School Alumni Foundation, Inc. at PO Box 345, Albion, NY 14411. Specify “General Scholarship Fund” or the specific scholarship you wish to support.
  • Click on the “MyLocker” link on the right hand side of the main page of our web site (www.albionalumni.org) to purchase personalized apparel and gear – a portion of the proceeds goes directly to our General Scholarship Fund
  • Click on the “Donate” button on the right hand side of the main page of our web site (www.albionalumni.org) to make a donation via Paypal
  • If you would like to establish a NEW scholarship, you may contact us in writing at The Albion High School Alumni Foundation, Inc. at PO Box 345, Albion, NY 14411 or scroll down to the bottom of the web page and use the contact feature to drop us a note.

Thank you to all who support our mission!

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2 from Orleans make Dean’s List at Binghamton University

Staff Reports Posted 18 July 2017 at 9:53 am

BINGHAMTON – Two students from Orleans County – Kali Benjovsky of Albion and Julia Smith of Kendall – have made the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

This honor recognizes students who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls over 17,000 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Alfred State graduate from Holley wins a top award

Staff Reports Posted 16 July 2017 at 8:07 am

Provided photo: Orvis Award for Excellence Winners at Alfred State include, from left: Jacob Fassett, Heather Fumia, Dr. Skip Sullivan, Elisabeth Wolff, Gordon Trahan, and College Council Chair Pat Fogarty. Not pictured: Michael Shoemaker.

Heather Fumia of Holley is one of five graduating seniors to receive a very prestigious award from Alfred State at commencement in May. Heather, a top ten graduate at Holley in 2013, is a magna cum laude graduate from Alfred with dual degrees in Forensic Science Technology (BS) and Biological Sciences (AAS).

Fumia earned the Orvis Award for Excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, and character. This award honors Paul B. Orvis, a former president of Alfred State and State University of New York dean for two-year colleges.

Heather attended Alfred on a full academic scholarship and was in the Honors Program and the founder and President of the Alfred State Health and Wellness Club. The accomplishments include the Emerging Pioneers Leadership Program and Peer Tutor.

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Corrections officer awarded Liberty Medal for thwarting kidnapping while off duty

Provided photo: Tommy Brice, a corrections officer at the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion, is pictured wearing the State Senate Liberty Medal and holding a Senate Resolution. Brice is pictured with State Sen. Rob Ortt and Brice’s wife, Cassie.  

Posted 10 July 2017 at 5:36 pm

Press Release, State Sen. Rob Ortt

Senator Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) today awarded the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to Tommy Brice, a corrections officer at the Orleans Correctional Facility who potentially saved the life of a 16-year-old girl after he prevented her kidnapping in 2016.

The New York State Senate Liberty Medal is the highest honor an individual can receive by the state Senate. Similar to the national Congressional Gold Medal, the award is bestowed upon individuals who have merited special commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts and achievements on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers.

On May 16, 2016, Brice stopped at a gas station in Albion on his way home from work. While pumping gas, he noticed a young girl walking down the street with an older man following closely behind her. Brice said the girl looked uncomfortable and nervous as the man repeatedly approached her trying to talk to her.

He noticed the girl attempted to walk faster to try to get away from the suspicious man. At that point, Brice decided to intervene and immediately drove up to the girl to ask her if something was wrong. When she started crying, Brice instantly called the police. Brice then followed the man back to a local motel and waited for police to arrive. When the police entered the man’s motel room, they found four knives lined up on the bed. The man told police he had intended to abduct the young girl.

Senator Ortt said, “Correction Officer Brice went above and beyond the badge. Like so many members of law enforcement, Correction Officer Brice’s decisive action thwarted a kidnapping and dangerous, life-threatening situation. His instincts, training and quick thinking most likely saved that little girl’s life and are worthy of this honor. I am proud to recognize him today for his bravery and heroic actions.”

Last month, Brice earned the Medal of Merit from the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for his courageous actions that day. Brice is a seven-year veteran of the Orleans Correctional Facility.

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Several students from Orleans named to Dean’s List at RIT

Staff Reports Posted 10 July 2017 at 4:14 pm

ROCHESTER – The following Orleans County residents made the Dean’s List for the 2017 spring semester at Rochester Institute of Technology:

Zackary Waild of Medina, who is studying biochemistry.

Tabby Golda of Albion, who is studying biomedical engineering.

Dakota Clay of Kendall, who is studying business administration-management.

Colm Cooper of Medina, who is studying business exploration.

Michael Fischer of Albion, who is studying chemical engineering.

Brady Smith of Holley, who is studying civil engineering technology.

Samuel Henry of Medina, who is studying computer science.

Alyssa Hering of Albion, who is studying diagnostic medical sonography.

Nicholas Ettinger of Albion, who is studying electrical engineering technology.

Jonas Hartway of Medina, who is studying illustration.

Amber Smarpat of Holley, who is studying illustration.

Ian Smith of Lyndonville, who is studying imaging science.

Erika Edwards of Waterport, who is studying interior design.

James Cooper of Albion, who is studying mechanical engineering technology.

Riley Starr of Lyndonville, who is studying mechanical engineering.

Carson Zgoda of Medina, who is studying medical illustration.

Traci Westcott of Holley, who is studying photographic and imaging arts.

Stella Russo of Medina, who is studying physician assistant.

Emily Joslyn of Kent, who is studying psychology.

Matthew Witte of Medina, who is studying software engineering.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

Orleans-Niagara BOCES leader recognized for veterans’ outreach program

Staff Reports Posted 6 July 2017 at 9:08 am

Dr. Clark J. Godshall

Dr. Clark J. Godshall, superintendent of the Orleans–Niagara BOCES, was recently honored by the Association of School Business Officials International with its 2017 Pinnacle of Excellence Award for an innovative outreach program that provides education and support to the community’s veterans.

What began as elementary school students’ desire to help local homeless and disabled veterans blossomed into a collaboration among education providers, community-based organizations, veterans’ agencies, and the public to bring awareness to and help the vast number of veterans in the county in need of food, shelter, skills, and support.

Godshall championed the development and implementation of several initiatives to reach out to adults and veterans, including Literacy Zone, a continuing education adult literacy program that welcomes all veterans and their families to participate in activities to increase literacy, obtain a GED, learn computer skills, and improve job-readiness skills. An annual community luncheon and event honors and thanks local veterans and their families for their service.

“This program encompasses ‘lifelong learning’ at its best,” Godshall said. “It has changed many lives for the better.” These programs also provide opportunities for the local K–12 students to give back to the community by volunteering.

As the Pinnacle of Excellence Award recipient, Godshall will receive $5,000, Virco furniture for his school system valued at $5,000, an all-expenses-paid trip to the ASBO Annual Meeting & Expo in Denver, CO, and a crystal Pinnacle of Excellence Award.

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Top seller for turtle, duck tickets says persistence is key

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 July 2017 at 8:36 am

‘Don’t be too pushy,’ said Jarred Saj, who helps organizations raise money

Jarred Saj helped sell tickets for the duck race held on July 4 in Lyndonville. Saj sold 85 tickets, the most of anyone, in the benefit for Hospice of Orleans.

LYNDONVILLE – Two local organizations are thankful for the salesmanship skills of Jarred Saj, a Medina man who was the top seller for both the Strawberry Festival and Hospice of Orleans for their recent derbies.

Saj, 37, sold 115 tickets for the turtle race during the Strawberry Festival, which is organized by the Albion Rotary Club and other community volunteers.

There were about 900 tickets altogether sold at $5 each or 5 for $20.

Saj also agreed to help Hospice sell tickets for its duck race held on Tuesday. Saj was the top seller at 85 out of about 1,500 total sales.

He had his biggest effort in 2014 when he sold 300 tickets for the turtle race. But Saj said he was hounding people too much to sell that many.

“I like to help the non-profits and my community,” Saj said. “I have the time and I like to keep myself busy.”

Saj asks his friends, and stops by the offices for the Arc of Genesee/Orleans, and finds many staff members who buy the tickets. He said the face to face sales work best. He also pushes for buying the tickets in blocks of 5, rather than one each. (You get a better price buying 5 at a time and increase your chances for winning.)

Saj started selling the turtle tickets for the first time about six years ago when Deb Boyer, former turtle race organizer, asked for his help.

She appreciated his efforts so much that Saj was recognized during the 2014 parade, and presented with a keepsake toy turtle.

Saj said there is a fine line in selling the tickets. “Don’t be too pushy,” he said.

He finds many people are happy to buy tickets to support the organizations. They also like having a chance to win the top prize of $500.

Brittany Dix, director of development of Hospice, appreciated Saj’s efforts to sell the duck tickets.

“He’s very helpful and wants to be involved,” she said. “He’s enthusiastic.”

Dix said many people sell tickets, usually maxing out at 20. Saj went way beyond that.

“It’s completely voluntarily,” she said. “He found time.”

Ducks float down Johnson Creek during the duck race on July 4 in Lyndonville.

 

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55 students earn certificates for improving English at World Life Institute

Provided photos: New U.S. citizens, Maria Castaneda and Julio Escobar, received certificates from their citizenship teacher, Cheryl Lieberman, center between students. Linda Redfield Shakorr, left, serves as English language teacher and coordinator at World Life Institute.

Posted 3 July 2017 at 1:07 pm

Press Release, World Life Institute

WATERPORT – World Life Institute Education Center honored 55 adult students, including 4 new citizens, for their accomplishments in citizenship education, English language improvement and pottery skills on June 28 in Waterport.

The adult education program is a partnership between Orleans-Niagara BOCES and World Life Institute. On hand to congratulate students were Dr. Clark Godshall, superintendent of the Orleans-Niagara BOCES and BOCES board member Maureen Kaus.

Susan Diemert, BOCES literacy specialist, directly in charge of the program, presented new citizens and English language learners with beautiful certificates for their achievements.

Dr. Linda Redfield Shakoor, English language teacher and coordinator at World Life Institute, acted as emcee of the event, attended by more than 75 people.

World Life Institute and the Orleans-Niagara BOCES congratulated 55 students for improving their English.

New U.S. citizens, Maria Castaneda and Julio Escobar, received certificates from  their citizenship teacher, Cheryl Lieberman, while Susan Diemert draped leis of red white and blue around their necks to welcome them to their new status.

Diemert also gave a special recognition Linda Redfield, who earned her Ph.D. from Niagara University this spring. New citizen student, Emilio Gomez, stated how he can now vote for the first time in a U.S. election and can travel more freely as well as help his family more.

Dr. Redfield noted how agricultural workers have more challenges becoming citizens due to language, literacy, and technology gaps as well as economic and immigration policy challenges. The adult education program in Waterport assists each student with the entire educational process.

Citizenship and English language teachers at World Life Institute teach daily morning and evening classes that help agricultural workers overcome obstacles to becoming citizens. This year, seven new agricultural workers are enrolled in the citizenship class and anticipate taking their tests in the next 18 months.

Most students spend at least two years in weekly evening classes improving their English and studying U.S. history and government to pass the U.S. citizenship test. Teachers help students through the long application process and speak only English to primarily Latino students.

In addition to Dr. Redfield, teaching responsibilities at the Waterport site are shared by Cheryl Lieberman, Deborah Wilson, Monica Beck, Gejlana Carter and Harris Lieberman.

World Life Institute also teaches pottery classes in a program that receives support from the Geneses-Orleans Regional Arts Council

A classroom in the Waterport facility was devoted to a display of new pottery creations by students in the World Life Institute-GO Art! sponsored Voices from the Earth program. The program offers weekly classes and periodic workshops that provide the opportunity for agricultural workers and their families to learn pottery skills.

“These classes  not only teach artistic skills but provide a relaxing, creative outlet for agricultural workers whose jobs are stressful, both outdoors in apple fields and indoor  in greenhouses,” said Deborah Wilson, lead teacher for Voices.

Gregory Hallock, Executive Director of GoArt! was present to help congratulate the students and encourage them to continue in their creative endeavors.

While the majority of students come from Mexico, Intergrow Greenhouses interns from Ukraine, China, Viet Nam, Brazil, and Honduras received recognition.

The evening wrapped up with the students and their families breaking open a piñata from Monte Alban in Medina.

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Albertson earns degree from The College of Saint Rose

Staff Reports Posted 30 June 2017 at 9:16 am

ALBANY – The College of Saint Rose congratulates Gregory Albertson of Albion for earning a Bachelor of Science as a member of the Saint Rose Class of 2017.

The College of Saint Rose is a dynamic, progressive college in the heart of New York’s capital city where teaching is the first priority. The Saint Rose experience empowers students to improve themselves and the world around them.

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