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Winners of the 2017 Orleans County ‘Heritage Heroes’ announced

Posted 20 April 2017 at 11:48 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: Alice Zacher, the Shelby town historian, speaks after a new historical marker was unveiled in September 2015 at the Millville Cemetery on East Shelby Road. Zacher wrote the application to have the marker paid for by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. She will be recognized on May 5 with C.W. “Bill” Lattin Award for Excellence in Municipal History.

Press Release, GCC

MEDINA – Now in its fourth year, the Orleans County Heritage Heroes Awards were created in 2014 as a way to recognize the efforts of those who give their time, hard work and resources to preserve and protect local heritage. Often unnoticed, the efforts of those honored help to ensure that the history of Orleans County will be passed to the next generation.

The 2017 class of Heritage Heroes will be recognized in a ceremony at Genesee Community College’s Medina Campus Center in Medina, NY, on Friday, May 5th at 7 p.m.

According to Derek Maxfield, associate professor of history at GCC and a member of the executive committee that chooses the winners, “It is vitally important that we take the time to honor these deserving folks. Not only does it shine a spotlight on their efforts, but it reminds us that it is up to us – the living generation – to take the steps necessary to preserve our heritage for future generations.”

This year’s Orleans County Heritage Heroes are:

• Jim Hancock has always been preservation minded and is a very high profile advocate for Orleans County history and culture. As president of the Medina Sandstone Society, Jim has had some pretty big shoes to fill with the passing of Bob Waters. One of the originators of the society, Jim has been instrumental in the creation of the Sandstone Hall of Fame. Jim has also been a major force in the creation of the John Ryan School of Historical Excellence at Medina Central School. As the former chairman of the Erie Canal Task Force and the present leader of the Christmas Parade of Lights and leadership in the Medina Tourism Committee, one has to wonder if this man ever sleeps.

• Ken McPherson personifies what it means to be a Heritage Hero as gregarious keeper of the flame. A graduate and advocate for the Charles Howard Santa School, “No one has done more to keep Charlie Howard’s legacy alive in his hometown,” according to Phil Wenz when he presented Ken with the Charles W. Howard Award in 2015. A thirty year veteran Santa Claus, Ken has amassed an impressive collection of Howard memorabilia and is on the committee to erect a memorial to Howard in downtown Albion.

Richard and Shirley Nellist work as a team, and they have painstakingly prepared detailed records for the eleven cemeteries in the Town of Ridgeway – over 11,000 burials all told, which are now loaded into the Orleans County Genweb system online and available for anyone doing genealogical research. Active members of the Medina Historical Society, Richard and Shirley have both served on the Board of Trustees.

Gretchen Sepik brings history to life with her engaging and inspirational portrayals of Erie Canal Sal, Susan B. Anthony, Mary Jemison and Beatrix Potter. In 2009, the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council awarded Gretchen a grant to adapt her character Erie Canal Sal into a children’s book. As it is the 200th anniversary of the building of the Erie Canal, it only seems appropriate to honor Gretchen for her work educating young people about “Clinton’s Ditch.”

• The C.W. “Bill” Lattin Award for Excellence in Municipal History will be awarded to Alice Zacher. As historian for the Town of Shelby from 1981 to 1995 and 2006 to the present, Alice is a true inspiration and a tireless advocate of local heritage. In 2012, Alice published “Slate Boards and Hot Soup: A History of One-Room Schoolhouses in the Town of Shelby.” Through this she not only did her part to preserve the history and culture of the one room schoolhouses, but she donated all of the proceeds to the Millville Cemetery. Clearly, another of her passions, Alice has worked to raise funds to preserve the chapel at the cemetery, secured a historic marker from the Pomeroy Foundation, and took the lead in getting the cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places. An active member of the Medina Historical Society, Alice is presently cataloging artifacts donated to the society.

Those selected as Heritage Heroes could be of any age but had to be living residents of Orleans County. No posthumous nominations were accepted. History professionals and GCC employees were also not eligible for the award, nor were those serving on the award selection committees. The selection committees were made up of staff and students of Genesee Community College, community members and history professionals.

The awards ceremony on May 5 is open to the public, but seating is limited. A reception will follow the ceremony featuring light refreshments.

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Cosmetology students show skills at hair and makeup competition

Posted 18 April 2017 at 1:44 pm

Provided photos: Teachers Sue Lindke and Anne Carnahan are pictured with first-place junior students Paige Gagliardi (Roy-Hart) and Kimberly Rastelli (Roy-Hart).

Press Release, Orleans-Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – Cosmetology students in Anne Carnahan’s and Sue Lindke’s classes at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center recently spent a day creating elegant evening hairstyles and outrageous fantasy looks for their annual runway show.

The juniors created evening looks and the seniors were given the task to come up with a creative theme for their designs.  Local beauty professionals judged the looks and declared the following students the winners of the competition:

Junior – Evening Look

1st Place – Kimberly Rastelli (Royalton-Hartland) with her model Paige Gagliardi (Royalton-Hartland).

2nd Place – Heaven Flood (Lyndonville) and her model Hayley Nierssberger (Lyndonville).

3rd Place – Karlie Orsak (Barker) and her model Sierra Ribbech (Barker).

Seniors – Fantasy Look

1st Place – Jordan Mount (Lockport) and her model Alanna Atkin (Lockport).

2nd Place – McKenna Carpenter (Newfane) and her model Hannah Yocum (Albion).

3rd Place – Cameron Tucker (Albion) and her model Joelle Fiannaca (Medina).

Teacher Anne Carnahan is pictured with first place seniors – Jordan Mount (Lockport) and Alanna Atkin (Lockport) – and teacher Sue Lindke.

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Pennysaver wins 12 design awards at NY competition

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 April 2017 at 1:56 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Lake Country Pennysaver won 12 graphics awards for advertisements and a specialty publication by the Free Community Papers of New York. Pictured, from left, included Jayme Privitera, senior graphic designer; Karen Sawicz, publisher; and Marissa Olles, art director.

ALBION – The Lake Country Pennysaver won several awards in the annual graphics competition through the Free Community Papers of New York.

The association held its annual meeting in Saratoga Springs, and the Lake Country Pennysaver won 12 awards for ad designs. That includes a second place in general excellence and a second place for a specialty publication – the annual Community Directory. The awards were presented on April 8.

The Pennysaver is part of Lake Country Media, which also owns and runs the Orleans Hub. The office is at 170 North Main St., Albion.

Karen Sawicz serves a publisher of both operations. She praised the graphic designers and sales staff for working so well together, and for turning around the ads so quickly.

Marissa Olles of Albion serves as art director. The St. Bonaventure graduate joined the Pennysaver as a part-time proofreader in 2005 and worked her way up to art director.

“We’re proud of how efficient we are,” she said about the staff.

The Pennysaver staff enjoys working with so many small business owners, helping them with ads and promotions to boost their businesses, Olles said.

“We are in Orleans County,” Olles said. “You don’t have to go into the city for professional design services.”

Privitera of Le Roy said she and the staff research the latest trends in layout, with color schemes and photographs.

“We have a real clean, professional and modern look to our ads,” she said. “Everything looks cohesive right down to the last detail.”

Amy Fox also works as a graphic designer for the Pennysaver and Orleans Hub.

The Pennysaver is celebrating its 70th year this year. Sawicz’s parents, Vincent and Gwen St. John, owned the Pennysaver beginning in 1960.

The Pennysaver endured the prolonged power outage last month and still met the Thursday layout deadline. Sawicz said the Pennysaver has had continuous publication every week, except during the Blizzard of ’77.

The Pennysaver won awards in the following categroies:

The Pennysaver was recognized for its annual Community Directory.

• General Excellence, Division A up to 15% Editorial content – SECOND PLACE – March 27 and April 3 Pennysavers were submitted in their entirety

• Advertising Design Contest – FIRST PLACE AND SECOND PLACE – ads submitted by Jayme Privitera

• Best Restaurant Ad: B&W – SECOND PLACE – The Basket Factory

• Best Single Ad: B&W up to 12″ in length – FIRST PLACE – Seever Construction

• Best Single Ad: Color over 12″ in length – FIRST PLACE – Sunrise Door

• Best Single Ad: Color over 12″ in length – SECOND PLACE – KFC

• Best Institutional Ad: B&W – FIRST PLACE – Pat’s Long Bridge Repair

• Best Institutional Ad: B&W – SECOND PLACE – B&L Landscape

• Best Single Ad – Local Agency Design – FIRST PLACE – Elderwood by Gelia Media

• Separate Publication, 8.5″x12″ mag standard or ltwt. newsprint – SECOND PLACE – Community Directory

• Community/Customer Service – Good Will – SECOND PLACE – Pet of the Week campaign

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2 local residents promoted in Army National Guard

Staff Reports Posted 11 April 2017 at 3:33 pm

Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Jordan Wolcott from Albion and assigned to the 105th Military Police Company received a promotion to the rank of Private.

Zachary Farruggia from Holley and assigned to the Company D (Forward Support Company Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition, 427th Brigade Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

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Kendall farmer recognized as NY corn champ

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 April 2017 at 11:58 am

Press Release, National Corn Growers Association

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – As the American farmer strives to meet the growing demand for corn required to satisfy increasing world demand, one area grower has been honored for their efforts through the 2016 National Corn Yield Contest.

The national contest, sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association, recognizes farmers from across the country for their exceptional efforts.

Matt Kludt

Matt Kludt of Kendall placed 1st in the state in the C: A No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated Class with a yield of 298.5 bushels per acre. The hybrid used in the winning field was Pioneer P0843AM.

Kludt was one of 400 state winners nationwide. The 2016 contest participation included 7,979 entries from 46 states. Of the state winners, 18 growers – three from each of six classes – were named national winners, representing nine states.

The average yield among national winners was 374.7 bushels per acre – greater than the projected 2016 U.S. average of 175.3 bushels per acre. Five of the national winners recorded yields of 400 bushels or more per acre.

“This harvest, the world witnessed the incredible bounty U.S. corn farmers can provide to meet the growing need for food, fuel and fiber both in our nation and around the world,” said NCGA President Wesley Spurlock, a corn grower from Stratford, Texas.

“Our contest participants demonstrated that America’s farmers continue to strive for excellence while adopting state-of-the-art tools which help them meet those goals,” Spurlock continued. “The top yield in this year’s contest – a tremendous 521.3968 bushels per acre achieved by Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, GA – is a testament to these efforts.”

Farmers are encouraged through the contest to utilize new, efficient production techniques. Agronomic data gleaned from the contest reveal the following:

• Average planting population for the national winners was 39,111 seeds per acre, compared to 34,110 for all entrants.

• National winners applied an average of 311.06 pounds of nitrogen, 84.61 pounds of phosphorus and 180.83 pounds of potassium per acre.

• Average commercial nitrogen use per bushel of yield was 0.83 pounds for the national winners and 0.83 pounds for all entrants.

• 33.33 percent of the national winners applied trace minerals, compared to 37.04 percent of all entrants.

• Use of manure as a fertilizer was consistent. 33.33 percent of national winners applied manure, compared to 14.91 percent of all entrants.

The winners were recognized March 3th at the 2017 Commodity Classic, the premier convention and trade show of the U.S. corn, soybean, sorghum, wheat and equipment industries, held this year in San Antonio, TX.

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4th Madejski brother from Albion earns his Eagle

Provided photos: The four Madejski brothers from Albion all now have attained their Eagle rank in Boy Scouts. The brothers include, from left: Greg, Giovanni, Joe and James. They are pictured at Joe’s Court of Honor celebration today in the Lyceum at Holy Family Parish.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 April 2017 at 10:35 pm

Joe follows brothers, Greg, James and Giovanni

ALBION – Joe Madejski is now an Eagle Scout, the fourth of the Madejski brothers to earn the highest rank in Scouting.

Madejski had his Court of Honor celebration and ceremony today. His brothers – Greg, James and Giovanni – attended the event, their first time all together in more than a year. (They also wanted to see Joe perform as Terk, one of the lead roles, in Albion’s musical, Tarzan.)

Greg, 28, was the first to reach the Eagle Scout milestone, followed by James, 27, and the Giovanni, 24.

The Madejskis have been active in Scouting in Albion for about two decades. Besides the four brothers, their father Tom has been Scoutmaster and is a past president of the Iroquois Trail Council. The boys’ mother, Sandra, was a den mother and has served in numerous roles for Troop 164, currently the advancement chairwoman.

Jackie Madejski, the brothers’ sister, has been a supporter of her brothers. She worked at Dittmer, a Boy Scout Camp in Phelps. She is pictured with James, Joe, Giovanni and Greg.

Jackie Madejski, the boys’ sister, also had a role in Boy Scouts, working at Camp Dittmer, a Scout camp in Phelps.

Scouting has been a good family activity, Mrs. Madejski said. She enjoyed meeting so many other Scouts and their families.

Tom Madejski said Scouts teaches responsibility, gradually giving the boys more and more freedom.

“It gives them a chance to get comfortable being uncomfortable,” Madejski said. “It’s a chance to be on their own.”

The four brothers – and sister – have taken varied career paths.

Greg is a graduate student at the University of Rochester, working in biomedical engineering. For his Eagle project, he put in a garden and did landscaping by Medina Memorial Hospital, a garden that still remains by the hospital.

James earned a degree in dramatic writing from SUNY Purchase and lives in Los Angeles, working in the film industry in script development.

For his Eagle project, he did a survey for the Medical Society of the State of New York.

“It was the first time in a major way I had to research something I didn’t know,” James recalled at the Madejski home in Eagle Harbor. “In the film industry, you communicate with people you don’t normally communicate with.”

Giovanni earned a degree in industrial and systems engineering and is currently a ski instructor in Colorado, embracing the outsdoors life that is a big part of Scouting. Giovanni has been a ski instructor for a year.

He said there is a strong fraternity among the Eagle Scouts, a mutual respect for the hard work and commitment to earn the rank.

He is pleased to welcome his youngest brother in the group.

“We’re all completionists,” Giovanni said about the brothers.

For his project, Giovanni designed, raised money and led the construction effort for a patio on the back end of the Eastern Orleans Community Center in Holley.

(Jackie Madejski, 22, earned a theater degree at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She graduated about a year ago and is working in theater in DC.)

Joe said he is grateful for Scouting, for the chance to experience the outdoors, and meet so many friends. For his Eagle project, he made a prosthetic hand for a woman who was a patient at Medina Memorial Hospital. Joe used a 3D printer to make the prosthetic. The project was also intended to give Medina Memorial some exposure to 3D printers for prosthetics.

Joe designed the prosthetic and used the printer at the UR where Greg is working as a grad student.

Joe will soon decide where to attend college to pursue a degree in biochemical engineering. A university in Chicago is in the running. If Joe goes there, the brothers said that would put one of them in four different time zones.

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2 from Medina will represent Orleans at Girls State

Photo courtesy of Marguerite Dixon: These students were interviewed recently by the Orleans County American Legion Auxiliaries for the chance to attend Empire Girls State. The group includes, from left: Alyssa Beyer, Grace Flores (Alternate), Paige Gardner, Hannah Sones (Citizen) and Brigid Keller.

Staff Reports Posted 29 March 2017 at 4:58 pm

Medina High School juniors, Hannah Sones and Grace Flores, were recently selected to represent the Orleans County American Legion Auxiliaries this summer at Empire Girls State to be held at The College at Brockport, July 2–8.

Interviews were held at the Jewell Buckman American Legion Post #529 in Holley. Candidates were interviewed by members of the American Legion Auxiliaries from Orleans County which resulted in Hannah being selected as Citizen and Grace as an Alternate in the event a Citizen is unable to attend. Other candidates who participated were Alyssa Beyer and Brigid Keller from Medina and Paige Gardner from Lyndonville.

Empire Girls State is an American Legion Auxiliary sponsored program. Empire Girls State is a week-long, educational experience with hands-on workshops on the political process designed to create a government from the county to the state level.  This mythical 51st state allows the participants to learn the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society.

Annually, High School principals, with the help of teachers and guidance counselors, identify Junior girls who are in the upper third of their class academically and who possess outstanding qualities of leadership, character, honesty, scholarship, cooperation and maturity.  Those girls identified and who are interested will then submit their name and resume to the Auxiliary Unit for consideration.  Final selection is made by the local American Legion Auxiliary Unit. Cathy Fox serves as the Orleans County chairperson for the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

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4 Lyndonville students have award-winning photos in Rural Schools contest

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 March 2017 at 5:23 pm

Photo courtesy of Lyndonville Central School

LYNDONVILLE – These four Lyndonville students hold their award-winning photos in the Rural Schools Association Student Photo Contest. The students include from left: Victoria Wagner, Skyler Lear, Devon Allen and Jessica Smith.

Students were asked to submit photographs of their schools, their community or their surroundings. RSA has already used some of these photos for the cover of the organization’s testimony before the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Feb. 14.

The photos will also be displayed at Lyndonville Central School and at the Yates Town Hall.

Devon Allen took this photograph, entitled, “Community Red Barn.”

Victoria Wagner took this picture, entitled, “Johnson’s Creek on School Grounds.”

Jessica Smith’s award-winning photos feature Johnson’s Creek & the Lyndonville Library, and also one of a tree by Johnson’s Creek.

Skyler Lear’s photo shows a swan swimming on Johnson’s Creek.

To see all the winning entries in the contest, click here.

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3 local residents re-enlist in National Guard

Staff Reports Posted 14 March 2017 at 11:59 am

Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the State National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

• Sergeant Thomas Leggat of Albion reenlisted to continue service with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry.

• Sergeant First Class William Kelly of Holley reenlisted to continue service with the Company B (Maintenance), 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

• Specialist Joshua Brewer of Lyndonville reenlisted to continue service with the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition).

“New Yorkers count on our Citizen Soldiers to be ready and be there when disaster strikes,” German said. “And our nation counts on our soldiers when duty calls for overseas service. I congratulate our members for choosing to stay in service and striking that balance between military duties, education or employment commitments and family obligations.”

“Every one of the men and women serving in our 16,000 strong Army and Air National Guard plays an important role and these soldiers who continue to reenlist provide experience and continuity for whatever challenges lay ahead for our New York National Guard family.”

Congressman will honor the late Michael Paduchak today

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 March 2017 at 9:36 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: Michael Paduchak was honored on Dec. 2, 2014 for his service to the Orleans County Soil and Water Conservation District. He served on Soil & Water’s board of directors for more than three decades. He is pictured with Ed Morgan (left) the Soil and Water board chairman, and Dennis Kirby, manager of Soil & Water.

ALBION – Michael Paduchak, a World War II veteran who was a long-serving Kendall town supervisor and local farmer, will be recognized as “Veteran of the Month” today by Congressman Chris Collins.

The congressman will posthumously honor Paduchak, a staff sergeant in the Army from 1944 to 1946. Paduchak in 2009 received 10 medals, badges, lapel and buttons, including the Bronze Star for bravery in a time of combat. Those medals were awarded 63 years after he completed his service, fighting in France and Germany.

Paduchak would lead the Kendall town government for 32 years and was a member of the Kendall Fire Department for more than 50 years. He passed away at age 91 on Jan. 21, 2017.

His daughter, Nadine Hanlon, is clerk of the Orleans County Legislature. She and other family members will receive a Congressional Commendation and an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Collins is scheduled to present the commendation in honor of Paduchak at 2 p.m. today at the County Clerks Building, 3 South Main St.

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