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Adam Hoot named to Dean’s List at Marietta College

Staff Reports Posted 17 May 2018 at 8:21 am

MARIETTA, OHIO – Marietta College’s Adam Hoot of Medina, New York, has been named to the Spring 2018 Dean’s List.

Any full-time Marietta College student completing at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.74 is recognized as a Dean’s List student for that semester.

Hoot is a member of the Class of 2018, and is majoring in Petroleum Engineering. Hoot is also a graduate of Medina High School.

16 graduate from LPN program at BOCES

Provided photo: The following graduated from the LPN program at the Orleans/Niagara BOCES: front row, from left: Keiona Cannon, Gabrielle Smith, Kelli Tubinis, Sonja Vasiliou, Amy Lagace, Kassidy McFall, Patricia Rinehart and Mary-Lyn Adkins. Back row: Robert Seyler, Hannah Kinkaid, Alexandra Mante, Sarah Matthews, Brittany Falcone, Renne Leonarczyk, Shannah Bosley and Brittany Bennett.

Posted 16 May 2018 at 1:45 pm

Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – A huge congratulations to the 16 students who graduated from the Orleans/Niagara BOCES Practical Nursing Program. Successful completion of the program entitles the graduates to apply to take the New York State Licensing Exam.

Mary-Lyn Adkins, Brittany Bennett, Shannah Bosley, Keiona Cannon, Brittany Falcone, Hanna Kinkaid, Amy Lagace,  Renee Leonarczyk, Alexandra Mante, Sarah Matthews, Kassidy McFall, Patricia Rinehart, Robert Seyler, Gabrielle Smith, Kelli Tubinis, Sonja Vasiliou were recognized at a ceremony and received their nursing pins to commemorate their journey to become a nurse.

Karen Kwandrans, Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Health Occupations coordinator, said she is very proud of the graduates and the program.

“We recently received word that we were ranked the number six program out of 61 by Annual!”

The Practical Nursing Program is currently testing for the next class beginning July 2018. Go to for more information.

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Josephine Seitz celebrates 100th birthday at Orchard Manor

Provided photos: Josephine Seitz, front center, is pictured with family and friends during a 100th birthday party today at Orchard Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Medina. Front row includes Josephine Seitz and Arlene Winters. Back row, from left, includes Pat Wechter, Diane Mazur, John Fearby, Maryann Fearby, Stephen Mazur, Marian Fry, Steve Seitz, Judy Preston, Ann Rook, Corey Winters, Alisha Foss, Bob Rook, Al Preston and Dennis Winters. Missing from the photo: Christina O’Donnell, Francis & Diane Domoy.

Posted 15 May 2018 at 11:15 am

Courtesy of Orchard Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

Josephine blows out her candles with a little help from her daughter, Liz Winters. Josephine’s son Steve Seitz is in back.

MEDINA – Josephine Seitz celebrated her 100th birthday today at Orchard Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center surrounded by family, friends, residents, and staff.

Born in Buffalo, Josephine (Mazur) Seitz was raised on a farm in Shelby. She came from a large family with seven siblings. Josephine raised two children and now has three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

According to her daughter Liz, Josephine was a good cook, making the best vegetable soup around.  “Jo” loved spending time in her vegetable and flower gardens and other hobbies included canning and cooking.  She was very family oriented.

Josephine was always a friendly neighbor. Josephine’s daughter Liz found out years later through old neighbors that “Jo” would tie bags of vegetables to their doors. To this day, Jo makes her daughter bring in potatoes, zucchini and summer squash for Orchard Manor staff, to continue the tradition. Josephine’s son Steve is known as the “Candy Man” for providing candy for Josephine to have in her room to share with the staff and her visitors.

When asked about reaching 100 years old, Josephine said she attributes it all to working hard her whole life.

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Sarah Boyle of Kent to graduate from SUNY Potsdam

Staff Reports Posted 15 May 2018 at 10:22 am

POTSDAM – The State University of New York at Potsdam will recognize nearly 900 candidates for graduation during the College’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony on May 19.

Sarah Boyle of Kent is set to graduate magna cum laude from SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health.

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges – and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students.

2 sisters from Medina earn top honor in Girl Scouts

Posted 14 May 2018 at 12:29 pm

Press Release, Girl Scouts of Western New York

MEDINA – Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce sisters Jessica, 17, and Sarah Grancelli, 19, of Medina as 2018 Gold Award Girl Scouts. They will be recognized on June 2 during the Gold Award Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester.

Jessica Grancelli

Jessica’s project, Playing with STEM, consisted of adding puppets, books, games, and storage materials to the new interactive play space at Oak Orchard Elementary School. These materials will enhance the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) experience of children who use the interactive playroom twice a week. Jessica also made the current science literature library more accessible for teachers and students by organizing hundreds of books and producing a list with all of the titles and subjects.

STEM was also a focus for Sarah’s project, Space for STEM. Sarah organized and created science activities and games for a science night at Oak Orchard Elementary School. There were more than 350 people in attendance. The students used these games and activities to learn about space science. Sarah also created and published a book relating space and geography that will help students understand their place in the world. The materials she created were saved and are available as part of the science materials available to classroom teachers from Kindergarten to third grade at the school.

Sarah Grancelli

Sarah stated, “I love science and believe in the importance of STEM education. Girl Scouts taught me to be a leader. I learned to help others before myself and to make the world a better place. I developed courage and confidence as I learned to pursue my goals.”

Jessica commented, “Girl Scouts has taught me independence and to give back to the community.”

The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts. The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills.

The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities.

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Albion, Lyndonville-Medina musicals both are big winners at Stars of Tomorrow

Photos by Tom Rivers: Qasim Huzair plays the role of Uncle Fester in Lyndonville-Medina’s production of The Addams Family in March. Qasim won a “best supporting actor” award from the Stars of Tomorrow. The “Dancesters” in back also received a “Tip of the Hat” award.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 May 2018 at 11:01 am

Both named outstanding musicals, among many awards

ROCHESTER – Two high school musical productions in Orleans County were big winners Thursday night at the Stars of Tomorrow competition in Rochester, which recognizes the top school musicals in the Rochester area.

Albion and Lyndonville-Medina both won the top award for outstanding musical. Albion, which competes with many large suburban schools in Division B, performed Godspell on March 23-24 and Lyndonville-Medina, in Division D, performed The Addams Family from March 23-25.

Enoch Martin (Judas), Victor Benjovsky (Jesus) and Laiken Ricker (disciple) perform a high-energy song in Godspell, Albion’s musical in March.

Both programs won many other awards and five students from the two programs also advanced in an individual competition where the winner goes to the Jimmy Awards program in New York City in June.

Lyndonville-Medina won the following awards for The Addams Family:

• Outstanding musical

• Outstanding Dance Ensemble

• Outstanding Acting Ensemble

• Outstanding Orchestra

• Outstanding supporting actor for Brian Cunningham, Qasim Huzair and Jacob Corser

Christian Hahn, center, portrays Gomez Addams, the patriarch of the family. He is shown with Brian Cunningham, left, who portrayed Pugsley Addams and Cora Payne, who portrayed Gomez’s wife Morticia. The three all received awards for their performances.

• Outstanding leading actor for Christian Hahn

• Outstanding leading actress for Cora Payne and Layna Viloria.

• Future Stars – Meagan Hardner

• Special Recognition – Grace Masse and Miranda Lembcke

• Tip of the Hat – Ethan Bowie, Sarah Cochrane, Zayda Moyle and the Dancesters.

(Hahn, Huzair, Payne and Viloria advance to round 2 of the Stars on May 24.)

Albion won the following awards for Godspell:

• Outstanding Musical

• Outstanding Dance Ensemble

• Outstanding Singing Ensemble

• Outstanding Acting Ensemble

• Outstanding Orchestra

• Outstanding supporting actor for Enoch Martin

• “Tip of the Hat” recognitions from the adjudicators for Nate Grammatico, Riley Seielstad, Emma Tower, Sophia Zambito, Matt Kovaleski, Richard Flanagan, Miranda Smith and the Albion HS Special Olympics Club

(Enoch Martin advances to round 2 of the Stars on May 24.)

Sophia Zambito, left, and Riley Seielstad, center, both were recognized by judges.

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2 Army National Guard soldiers from Orleans receive award for 2017 hurricane response

Staff Reports Posted 9 May 2018 at 3:21 pm

LATHAM – Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General of New York, announces the recent award recognitions for members of the New York Army National Guard who participated in the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support missions following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017.

Two soldiers from Orleans County are receiving the Humanitarian Service Award:

Pfc. Jordan Wolcott from Albion and Sgt. 1st Class John Anstey from Holley both served in the U.S. Virgin Islands from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26, 2017. They served with the 105th Military Police Company of the New York Army National Guard.

“The support of our New York National Guard in the Caribbean following Hurricanes Irma and Maria was nothing short of exceptional, and our soldiers are the reason for that success,” German said. “Our citizen soldiers are used to responding here at home, so the effort to move troops and equipment to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands presented unique challenges. The presentation of the Humanitarian Service Medal is a great reflection of our soldiers’ commitment to serve others.”

The Department of Defense approved the Humanitarian Service Medal on March 29, 2018 for soldiers who provided meritorious participation in operations of a humanitarian nature. More than 400 Army National Guard Soldiers will be eligible to receive the award. Presentations will be made at the unit level at a future date.

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Medina student wins first in SkillsUSA competition

Staff Reports Posted 3 May 2018 at 10:43 am

Photo courtesy of Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA — Destiny Satkowski, a senior at Medina High School, recently won first place in the New York State Skills USA competition.

Satkowski competed in the health occupation pro portfolio in the Allied Health II program.

Another Orleans County student at the Orleans-Niagara BOCES also placed in the competition. Justin Corser of Lyndonville was third in the technical computer application in computer technology.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

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Orleans-Niagara BOCES, NCCC both have top-ranked LPN programs

Staff Reports Posted 2 May 2018 at 5:46 pm

Two local licensed practical nurse programs are among the top ranked in the state, according to the latest rankings by the Annual

Niagara County Community College was ranked third in the state and the Orleans-Niagara BOCES was sixth out of 67 programs.

The rankings are largely based on NCLEX-PN exam first-time pass rates over the past several years. The NCLEX-PN exam is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licensure.

NCCC earned a 98.15 overall score for third in the rankings with the Orleans-Niagara BOCES at 95.39 for sixth.

To see the full rankings, click here.

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Gabriell Struble of Albion named outstanding student leader at Cazenovia

Staff Reports Posted 2 May 2018 at 10:42 am

CAZENOVIA – Gabriell Struble of Albion was honored at Cazenovia College’s 15th Annual Student Leaders Celebration. Struble was recognized as a Leader Scholar (above 3.70 GPA).

The event recognized the remarkable contributions students, staff, and faculty made to enrich the Cazenovia College experience. Those honored play various roles and contribute in different ways to creating a positive campus-life environment. Cazenovia College is an independent, co-educational college near Syracuse, offering bachelor degree programs in the liberal arts and professional studies.