Albion man wins $300K in Lotto

By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 16 April 2014

ALBION – Bruce Good has worked in downtown Albion for many years as a real estate agent for Morrison Realty. He has been a faithful customer at Fischer’s Newsroom, buying a few scratch-off tickets most days.


Today, Good won the jackpot, a $300,000 prize on a Double Triple Cashword.


“I hit the mother lode,” Good said late this afternoon. “It’s a game changer. It’s nice to know there will be a nest egg for retirement and that I can help out some friends and family if they need it.”


Good thought the $5 ticket initially was worth $2,500. The game is like a crossword puzzle and the more words on the ticket, the better. (Click here to see a sample ticket.)


Good thought he had nine words, which is worth $2,500. It was also on a triple word, which jumped the prize to $7,500.


However Gary Withey, owner of Fischer’s, checked the ticket and it showed 10 words, the most possible. That is worth $100,000. The jackpot then jumped to $300,000 because of the triple word.


“I was in the right place at the right time,” Good said.


Withey has owned Fischer’s for 19 years and this is the biggest winner since he and his wife Denise bought the store.


“All we ever wanted to do was make a living and make somebody rich,” Withey said.


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‘Rebuild Bullard’ sets $50,000 fund-raising goal

Photos by Tom Rivers

The Albion Lions Club, Village of Albion and community members are trying to raise $50,000 to update playground equipment and make other improvements at Bullard Park.


By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 16 April 2014

ALBION – Some of the equipment may go back 50 years, and some of the playground apparatus have been removed or modified due to safety concerns.


Bullard Park is in need of an update, said Dale Brooks, superintendent for the Department of Public Works.


The village sought state funding in 2012 and 2013, but both grant applications were denied. Brooks and the village want to forge ahead with improvements.


The “Rebuild Bullard” Committee met Tuesday and set a $50,000 fund-raising goal. That should be enough to put in new playground for bigger kids and make other improvements.


However, the committee hasn’t established a priority for the first project at Bullard. Recreation Director John Grillo believes a spray park would be a major draw to the park, bringing people from throughout the county.

Some of the equipment at the park goes back generations.


However, the village needs to run water and sewer lines to a central location for the spray park, and Brooks would like to see bathrooms and a changing area built for a spray park. He will seek construction estimates for the infrastructure, spray park and bathroom. That should be well in excess of $50,000.


Brooks would prefer to first address safety issues with the playground. The village has updated equipment at Pee Wee Park, a section of Bullard for toddlers and younger children. The spot with playground equipment for older children hasn’t been updated in many years.


“My concern is the safety part,” Brooks said at a meeting at Hoag Library.


Brooks is also a member of the Albion Lions Club, and the club is helping to raise funds for the project. Lions Cub President Bill Robinson said the fund-raising and improvements will likely take years. But he wants to get started “so the children’s playground is a safe place to play and the park is a credit to the community.”


The committee brainstormed several fund-raisers including a Battle of Bands, car wash, bowling tournament, dunk tank at the Strawberry Festival and donations that would go into a village account designated for the park.


Brooks and Grillo also would like to see neighboring towns provide some funding for the park because it is used by children and families outside the village.


The improvements will depend on the money coming to fruition. However, Brooks said some safety improvements may be required by the village’s insurance provider.


The committee will meet next at 7 p.m. on May 20 at Hoag Library.


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Fresh coat of paint for 98

Photos by Tom Rivers Posted 14 April 2014

ALBION – The state roads in the village of Albion got a fresh coat of paint for center lines and other road markings today.


The top photo shows Accent Stripe Inc. of Orchard Park working on the cross walk at the intersection of Beaver Street and Route 98.


Earlier in the day they were in front of Rite Aid on the south side of the routes 98 and 31 intersection. The rain in late afternoon sent the crews home early.


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3 Albion sisters released from hospital after crash

By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 13 April 2014

ALBION – Three sisters who were in a car accident Saturday morning have all been released from the hospital, and their mother is thankful they weren’t seriously injured.


Kayla Strickland, 18, of Albion suffered a broken neck but she could have been paralyzed if her neck had twisted, her mother Linda said this afternoon. Kayla will have to wear a neck brace for about 12 weeks.


“It could have been much worse,” Mrs. Strickland said. “I’m thankful to God and the guys who worked on her.”


Medina and Ridgeway firefighters responded to the scene. Kayla was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital. She was released today.


Her 16-year-old twin sisters, Laura and Lilly, were taken by ambulance to Medina Memorial Hospital. They had bumps and bruises, but no injuries, their mother said.


“I am praising God in every way possible that they are all home today,” Mrs. Strickland said.


Kayla, a student at Genesee Community College, was driving her twin sisters home after the three attended a all-nighter at Calvary Tabernacle Church in Medina. Kayla fell asleep at about 7:40 a.m. while driving a 2005 Ford sedan on Knowlesville Rd. The vehicle went off the east side of the road into a field and overturned, coming to rest on its side, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department reported.


Kayla attended the Orleans County Christian School at Calvary Tabernacle, where her mother is the school administrator. Kayla's twin sisters are both juniors at the school.


The church hosted an all-night youth event that included a praise worship team, preaching, games and fun activities, their mother said.


She and her husband Curt thanked the community for their prayers after the accident.


“I’ve heard from a lot of people and it’s very comforting,” she said.


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Egg hunt extravaganza

Communities host celebrations throughout Orleans

Photos by Tom Rivers Posted 12 April 2014

ALBION – Youngsters ages 7 to 9 run to get Easter eggs during an egg hunt this morning on the Courthouse lawn in Albion.


Community Action of Orleans and Genesee organized the event that included about 1,000 eggs.


Community Action will have another egg hunt in Holley today. Participants should gather at the Eastern Orleans Community Center at 1 p.m. for the event.

Nathalie Holmes, who is almost 2, picks up an egg with her father Doug Holmes. He is the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Albion, which hosted some of the egg hunt activities this morning.


There were also egg hunts in Medina, Lyndonville and Kendall today.

The Easter Bunny made an appearance inside the Presbyterian Church. Jaxson Reamer, 6 months, of Lyndonville sat on the bunny’s lap. Jaxson was at the event with his mother, Maranda Reamer, who is a volunteer with Community Action.

Tweety Bird joined the Easter Bunny in visiting with children. Autumn Rhoades, 3, of Medina was happy to meet the bird. Autumn is joined by her aunt Jenia Rhoades of Medina.


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3 Albion sisters hurt in Ridgeway crash

Girls were returning from overnight activity at church

Press release, Orleans County Undersheriff Steve Smith Posted 12 April 2014

RIDGEWAY – Three sisters from Albion are hospitalized this morning following a one-car rollover crash in the town of Ridgeway.


The incident occurred at about 7:40 a.m. in the 2800 block of Knowlesville Road.  Kayla M. Strickland, 18, of Albion, was operating a 2005 Ford sedan travelling north on Knowlesville Rd., when the vehicle ran off the east side of the roadway into a field and overturned, coming to rest on its side.  Kayla’s twin 16-year-old sisters, Laura and Lilly Strickland, were both passengers in the car.


All three girls had to be extricated from the wreckage by Ridgeway firefighters.  Kayla was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester by MercyFlight helicopter.  The twins were both transported to Medina Memorial Hospital by Medina Fire Department ambulance.


At the time of the crash, the girls were returning home from an overnight activity at their church.  Kayla told Sheriff’s deputies that she fell asleep at the wheel. There does not appear to be any other contributing factors in the crash.


The incident was investigated by Deputy J.W. Halstead, assisted by Deputy K.J. Colonna and Sergeant D.W. Covis.


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Farm comes to Albion school to cap off FFA Week

Photos by Tom Rivers, editor Posted 11 April 2014

ALBION – The Albion FFA chapter hosted its annual Mini-Farm Day today when hundreds of elementary students visited livestock, tractors and other farm equipment.


In the top photo, fourth-graders feed a llama under the care of FFA member Elizabeth Bentley.


“We’re bringing the farm to the kids,” said Adam Krenning, FFA advisor and agriculture teacher. “It’s hard to take a field trip to a farm so why not bring the farm to them.”

Elizabeth's cousin Brian Bentley discussed tractors with a group of students. Kast Farms, Panek Farms and Bentley Brothers all brought over tractors and equipment for the exhibit.

Aaron Burnside shows some of the tractors. There were track tractors and ones with tires. The tires were taller than many of the students.

Riley Kelly, a senior, brushes the feathers on a duck he brought for the Mini-Farm Day. Students brought in all of the animals, except for the pigs. They came from Poverty Hill Farms in Albion, which is owned by the Neal family.


Today’s Mini-Farm Day capped off FFA Week at the school. The Albion chapter last year hosted the state FFA convention. Medina is hosting that event for more than 1,000 students across the state from May 8-10.


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