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Union recognizes employees with 25 years or more of service at jail, dispatch

Posted 19 March 2018 at 7:54 am

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ALBION – The union for employees at the county jail and dispatch center recently recognized employees, including some recent retirees, with 25 years of more of service to the county.

The following, from left, received plaques for their 25 years or more of service: Kevin Kaderli, Beverly Taylor, Nancy Daniels, John Mignano, Sheriff Randy Bower, Bill Oliver and Allen Turner. Absent from event were Charles Dingman, Sue Emerson and Wayne Litchfield.

The Orleans County Sheriff Department Local 2966 organized the celebration, which was held at the county jail on March 8.

Each of the recognized employees, including Allen Turner, received a plaque.

Sgt. Michael Christopher, a corrections officer at the county jail, is president of the union. He is pictured with Sheriff Randy Bower.

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2 Lyndonville students picked for Girls State

Staff Reports Posted 14 March 2018 at 8:31 pm

Pictured, from left: Ritajane Isaacson (Alternate), Carly-Grace Woodworth (Citizen), Lillian Strickland (Citizen), and Cathy Fox, Orleans County Chairperson for the American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State. Missing from photo: Joyce Stamp (Alternate).

LYNDONVILLE – Carly-Grace Woodworth and Lillian Strickland, juniors at Lyndonville High School, 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 1–7.

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 Carly-Grace and Lillian being selected as Citizens; Ritajane Isaacson and Joyce Stamp as Alternates in the event a Citizen is unable to attend. All candidates interviewed were from the Lyndonville school district.

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 girls who are juniors in high school 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 Units.  Cathy Fox serves as the Orleans County chairperson for the American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State.

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Dr. Madejski to be appointed president of the Medical Society of the State of New York

Staff Reports Posted 8 March 2018 at 3:49 pm

Dr. Tom Madejski

MEDINA – A local physician, Thomas J. Madejski, will be appointed president of the Medical Society of the State of New York at its upcoming meeting on March 24 in Buffalo.

Madejski, an Albion resident, works in Medina with General Physician, P.C., on Ohio Street. He is also president of the medical staff at Medina Memorial Hospital, as well as medical director of the Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center in Albion, Absolut Care in Gasport, and Hospice of Orleans County.

As president of the Medical Society, Dr. Madejski will oversee all the public health and legislative activities of the state’s principal professional organization for physicians and will work to protect and defend the rights of all patients in New York state.

“Dr. Madejski has been a tireless supporter of MSSNY’s legislative priorities and has been a champion of both physicians’ and patients’ rights during challenging times,” said Dr. Paul Hamlin, chairman of MSSNY’s Board of Trustees. “We look forward to his leadership as he takes office as president of MSSNY.”

Dr. Madejski is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy and The School of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice Palliative Care.

“I am honored to have been elected to lead the Medical Society of the State of New York for the upcoming year,” Madejski said. “MSSNY is the leading voice for physicians in New York State, working for patients, and our physician members and their healthcare teams, to improve the health of our patients and the delivery of healthcare in New York State.”

“During my 25+ years with MSSNY I am proud to have worked on a wide range of issues including: advocacy for HIV testing and treatment for newborns, electronic interchange of health data with privacy protections, reducing social ethnic and other healthcare disparities, and the opioid crisis in WNY, and throughout the state, among many others. MSSNY will continue to work to advocate for improved access and the betterment of health for our patients at both the state and federal levels.

“I am also thankful and honored to be a part of General Physicians, and Kaleida, which have been supportive of my involvement and also committed to improving the health and lives of our patients, friends and families.”

2 from Orleans re-enlist in National Guard

Staff Reports Posted 6 March 2018 at 1:06 pm

Two soldiers from Orleans County recently re-enlisted in the Army National Guard.

Specialist Kyle Otto from Holley re-enlisted and will continue service with the Headquarters and Service Company, 642nd Support Battalion.

Staff Sergeant Robert Reis from Kent re-enlisted and will continue service with the Company D, 3-126th Aviation.

The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state’s executive agency responsible to the Governor for managing New York’s Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.

“New Yorkers count on our citizen soldiers to be ready and be there when disaster strikes,” said Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General. “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.”

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Albion student wins state oratorical contest

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 March 2018 at 10:33 pm

Melissa Barnosky advances to National Competition April 14-15 in Indianapolis

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Melissa Barnosky, an Albion senior, is the American Legion New York State oratorical contest champion. She won the event today in Albany. She is pictured with Lee Brusino, Zone 5 chairman for the Legion.

Barnosky won a $6,000 scholarship today. She advances to the national competition on April 14-15 in Indianapolis.

Barnosky also made it to the state competition last year and finished third.

Melissa won at the school and county levels. She came in second at the district level to qualify for the zone competition, which she won to advance to the state contest.

Students in the competition deliver a prepared speech on the U.S. Constitution and citizen duties and obligations to the government. The speech must be 8-10 minutes in length. If it is over or under, there are penalty points.

The students also prepare for several assigned topics on various amendments. The students do not know which assigned topic they will have to present until 5 minutes prior. The assigned topic is randomly chosen by one of the members. Then the contestant is informed of the topic.  The speech needs to be 3 to 5 minutes in length without penalty points.

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Several from Orleans named to RIT Dean’s List for fall semester

Staff Reports Posted 27 February 2018 at 7:54 pm

ROCHESTER – The following students from Orleans County made the Dean’s List for the fall semester at the Rochester Institute of Technology:

• Dakota Clay of Kendall, who is in the business administration-management program.

• Alyssa Hering of Albion, who is in the diagnostic medical sonography program.

• Michael Matela of Kendall, who is in the civil engineering technology program.

• Carson Zgoda of Medina, who is in the medical illustration program.

• Ganna Yaroshchuk of Holley, who is in the diagnostic medical sonography program.

• Nicholas Bogan of Lyndonville, who is in the chemical engineering program.

• Jessica Smith of Lyndonville, who is in the film and animation program.

• Amber Smarpat of Albion, who is in the illustration program.

• Kyle Appleman of Albion, who is in the mechanical engineering program.

• Morgan Zona of Holley, who is in the diagnostic medical sonography program.

• Stella Russo of Medina, who is in the physician assistant program.

• Traci Westcott of Holley, who is in the photographic and imaging arts program.

• Brady Smith of Holley, who is in the civil engineering technology program.

• Nicholas Ettinger of Albion, who is in the electrical engineering technology program.

• Riley Starr of Lyndonville, who is in the mechanical engineering program.

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.

Medina native opens Chick-fil-A near Syracuse with big crowd lined up

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 February 2018 at 11:20 am

Photo courtesy of Andrew Szatkowski: Medina native Jimmer Szatkowski speaks during a grand opening celebration this morning for a new Chick-fil-A in Cicero, near Syracuse. Szatkowski’s brother Andrew of Medina made the trip for the restaurant’s kick off.

The Chick-fil-A opened at 6:30 this morning and there were more than 150 people waiting in line by 6 in the morning, according to a report from the Syracuse Post-Standard.

The new Chick-fil-A is the first in Upstate New York. Jimmer Szatkowski worked 20 years with IBM as a supply chain executive. He decided to make a career change and left Raleigh, NC and returned to upstate to work on opening the Chick-fil-A.

Szatkowski told the Post-Standard he was drawn to Chick-fil-A’s focus on community service. Chick-fil-A has a custom of awarding its first 100 customers a free meal each week for a year.

Of the first 100 this morning, Szatkowski randomly selected some of the customers and they spent the morning helping at the Samaritan Center, Syracuse’s biggest soup kitchen, and the Francis House, a home for people with a terminal illness.

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Tessa White of Medina named to Conference All-Academic Team at Paul Smith’s

Staff Reports Posted 19 February 2018 at 1:26 pm

PAUL SMITHS – Tessa White of Medina was named to the Yankee Small College Conference’s Fall 2017 All-Academic Team.

White, a student at Paul Smith’s College who was honored for participation in cross country, majors in Criminal Justice.

Student-athletes with grade-point averages of 3.2 and above are eligible for the honor. Forty-three Paul Smith’s students made this year’s list.

Paul Smith’s College is the only four-year institution of higher education in the Adirondacks.

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GCASA named one of 2018’s ‘Best Companies to Work for’ in NY

Staff Reports Posted 9 February 2018 at 1:17 pm

Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA) has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State for 2018.

The agency is one of 27 organizations recognized with 15-99 employees. The New York State Society for Human Resource Management has been recognizing “Best Companies” for the past 11 years.

“As a non-profit organization it is often difficult to be competitive with compensation and benefits offered by the for profit sector,” said John Bennett, GCASA executive director. “Here at GCASA, we are always looking to enhance employees’ day-to-day job satisfaction in meaningful ways. Being honored as a best company is the result of servant leaders, a dedicated professional staff and a wonderful board of directors.”

GCASA will be honored at a public awards dinner to be held in Albany at the Marriott on April 18.  During the event, GCASA will learn its rank among the 27 companies in the category for small employers with 15-99 U.S. employees.

GCASA has been serving Genesee and Orleans counties for over 40 years. Services include prevention education and outpatient and residential treatment for individuals with substance use disorders, and an employee assistance program.

The New York State Society for Human Resource Management created the awards in 2007. The society evaluates and ranks the best places of employment. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in New York, whose practices benefit the state’s businesses, economy, and workforce.

To be considered for participation, organizations had to fulfill specific registration eligibility requirements, then participate in a two-part survey of employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as workplace practices and policies. Best Companies Group, an independent firm that manages Best Places to Work programs on state, regional and national levels around the world, conducted the survey, then evaluated the results and determined the best places of employment in the Empire State.

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Cameron Morgan of Medina named one of 10 ‘Take Five’ scholars at UR

Staff Reports Posted 8 February 2018 at 10:50 am

ROCHESTER – Cameron Morgan, a Medina graduate, has been named one of 10 “Take Five Scholars” at the University of Rochester. He will be able to enroll for a fifth year at UR tuition-free.

Morgan is a senior majoring in brain & cognitive sciences and linguistics. He will do coursework on the theme of Disability, Stigma, and Identity. Morgan is the son of Dean and Mary Morgan.

The University of Rochester accepted 10 students into the Take Five Scholars Program. This program enables select undergraduates to enrich their academic experience by enrolling for a fifth year of study tuition-free. A signature program in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences and Hajim School of Engineering and unique in American higher education, Take Five broadens the scope of an undergraduate education by allowing students to explore new subjects outside their major area of study.

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