Class of ’74 plants memorial tree at 40th reunion

Provided photos Posted 18 July 2014
ALBION – The Class of 1974 from Albion High School gathered for its 40th reunion last weekend with friends and family. The class dedicated a memorial tree by the elementary school in honor of 16 late classmates. (Classmate Becky Allen Prophet is pictured above.)

The class honored the following: John Beam, Kevin Campbell, Kathy Evans, Terry Hatch, Beth Hollenbeck, John Landauer, Jackie Marquart, Richard Newton, James Niederhofer, Cathy Pinson, Larry Pratt, Gary Ruhlen, Darlene Shuler, Denise Szklany, Celeste Ward and Gary Williams.

The reunion planning committee wanted to do something special for their classmates. Committee member Linda Hickein Roberts suggested the class purchase a tree and the group heartily endorsed buying a crab apple tree that was planted in the spring.

The symbolic empty chair and a table adorned with photos of the 1974 classmates being honored were displayed in front of the tree during the dedication. As each name was read, a bell was rung and a rose was handed out to a family member or friend who attended to represent each classmate.

“We dedicated this tree as a living, growing legacy for the Albion High School Class of 1974,” said Kim Wright Pritt, a member of the class who spoke at the dedication. “Its beauty will live on as a symbol of the bonds we shared with our friends for many, many years to come."

The classmates gather for a group photo.


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Albion adds hitching posts, panel to explain them

By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 18 July 2014
ALBION – Last week the Albion Department of Public Works installed two hitching posts and a carriage step next to the Presbyterian Church and a village parking lot on Main Street. On Thursday the DPW put up an interpretive panel that explains the historical relics.

Albion and Gaines have many of these artifacts from horse-and-buggy days. The stand up in front lawns on many side streets and along Ridge Road. (Medina also has many but it looks like Albion and the 14411 area can claim to be king of hitching posts and carriage steps.)

I helped facilitate this project with the Albion Main Street Alliance. Local residents pitched in and bought the two hitching posts – as well as two others – from Fred Pilon in Albion. The carriage step was donated by the Albion Free Methodist Church. The step went with a next-door house that was leveled about five years ago.

Another one of the hitching posts is planned for downtown in a sidewalk by Krantz Furniture. I am on the agenda for Wednesday’s County Legislature meeting at 3:35 p.m. I’m going to ask the group to accept the other hitching post and put it in the courthouse lawn next to the historical marker about a pioneer resident. That marker was installed last year and recognizes the pioneer family who built a log cabin where the County Clerk’s Building now stands.

The interpretive panel was designed by The Lake Country Pennysaver in Albion and manufactured by Takeform Architectural Graphics in Medina. A Main Street grant paid for the panel.


There is another one about Downtown Albion and the community’s historic districts that should be installed soon. That one will be in Waterman Park about a half block south of the canal.


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Golf tourney raises $4k towards van for veterans

Photos by Tom Rivers Posted 17 July 2014

HOLLEY – The Albion Rotary Club held its annual golf tournament at Hickory Ridge in Holley today. The event is expected to raise about $4,000 with the money to be given to Orleans County Joint Veterans Counci. The organization will use it to help pay for a van to transport veterans to medical appointments.

Teams played in a best-ball format. The winning men’s team (pictured above) shot a 60 for 18 holes. That group includes, from left: Dan Krisher, Gary Hill, Wayne Barry Jr. and Paul Burgess.

The winning women’s team shot a 70 and includes, from left: Barb Budde, Sherry Palmeri, Kelly Froman and Mary Guzik.

The winning mixed team hit a 62 and includes, from left: Richard Schechter, Cindy Perry, Bill Gajewski and Marc Shurtz (not pictured).


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Albion wants LDC to fix up homes, push economic development

By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 17 July 2014
ALBION – A decade ago Albion village officials pushed to create a local development corporation that would focus on economic development and housing renewal.

In 2005, a board of directors was named to the LDC and the group was ready to pursue grant funding and partnerships. Ed Salvatore was the mayor at the time. In March 2006 he lost his re-election bid by 2 votes. The Albion Housing and Economic Development LDC lost steam and never got going.

Dean London was police chief back then and favored the LDC and its push to turn around vacant properties. London is now Albion’s newly elected mayor and he wants to activate the LDC. He met on Wednesday with some of the LDC board’s original members: Salvatore, Richard DeCarlo Sr., John Gavenda and Ron Vendetti.
London said the group needs to pursue 501c3 status to become eligible for more grants. The LDC also needs more board members.

“We’re in the initial stages of organizing the board,” he said after Wednesday evening.

He sees many vacant houses or homes that are in disrepair. Many of the sites require more investment in repairs than the houses could be sold for. The LDC could find housing grants that could be used to help offset some of those renovations, to make repairing houses financially feasible for homeowners.

The village worked with PathStone (the former Rural Opportunities) about a decade ago with some of these projects, where PathStone received the grant and upgraded houses, sometimes spending $20,000 to $40,000 on overhauls. The houses were then sold at a loss for the costs to renovate them.

However those projects resulted in owner-occupied homes and less blight in neighborhoods.

“We want to seek loans and grants and invest in housing,” London said about the LDC. “We could also pursue loans for business start-ups. The possibilities are endless. We just need to get it finalized.”


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Race organizers share record proceeds from Albion run

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Albion Running Club leaders present a check for $1,000 to The Care Net Pregnancy and Family Center of Greater Orleans. Pictured, from left, includes Running Club leaders Brian Krieger, Jack Burris, Care Net nurse Sara Moore, and her husband Mark Moore, who is also one of the race organizers for the Strawberry Festival.


Staff reports Posted 15 July 2014
ALBION – Leaders of the Albion Running Club passed out checks to several local organizations, money that was raised from the June 14 Strawberry Festival 5k/8k.

The race had a record number of participants – nearly 300 – and that resulted in more money to give away.

Brian Krieger and Jack Burris present a check for $750 to the Rev. Randy LeBaron, pastor of the Free Methodist Church and Mike Neidert, who is going on the mission trip to Peru.

The Running club wrote five checks for $2,360 collectively. That topped the $2,100 given away last year when 274 runners and walkers completed the course.

The Running Club gave $1,000 to The Care Net Pregnancy and Family Center of Greater Orleans; $750 to support a mission team from the Albion Free Methodist Church that is heading to Peru for humanitarian work; $400 to the Community Kitchen at Christ Church; $160 to Hospice of Orleans; and $50 to Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance.


The race was dedicated to the late Wayne Burlison and Judy Christopher. Burlison was one of the Running Club founders and an Albion music teacher. He died from cancer on March 26 at age 36.

Christopher, former owner of Phoenix Fitness, organized the race for about two decades. She died from cancer at age 70 on Aug. 3, 2013.

Mark Moore presents a check for $400 to Faith Smith, manager of the Community Kitchen. Brian Krieger and Jack Burris join Moore for the presentation.


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Albion band among finalists for Rochester competition

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Dylan DeSmit, left, and Zack Burgess perform for the band Zero. Other band members include Brad Maxon and Ross Burgess.


By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 14 July 2014
ALBION – A group of Albion musicians are among five finalists in a Rochester competition, where the band with the most online votes gets to perform in Genesee Valley Park before a crowd that could be in the thousands.

Zack Burgess, front man for the band Zero, thinks this could be the big break for the band, Zero. It won a head-to-head battle on Thursday at Rochester Institute of Technology to advance to the finals.

Zero wants to perform at the 25th annual Ten Ugly Men Festival on July 26. The five finalists all won head-to-head band battles to advance to the finals. The winner will be determined by the most online votes through the website for 100.5 The Drive. (Click here to see the list of five finalists and to vote.)

“We want to get the exposure and bigger venues in the Rochester market,” said Burgess, who plays guitar and sings for the band that plays ’90s alternative rock and grunge. “This could be the foot in the door for the Rochester market.”

The band has been playing together for the past 18 months. So far it has performed mostly at venues in Orleans County. It will be at Shay’s in Albion this Friday with a concert beginning at 10 p.m.

Burgess and Zero are also working with the Lions Club on a music festival on Aug. 23. Several bands will play at the Elks Club with proceeds used to fund renovations at Bullard Park.


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Orleans rolls out red carpet for cyclists

Photos by Tom Rivers Posted 14 July 2014
ALBION –  After a big welcome reception in Medina on Sunday night, about 500 cyclists on the Erie Canal are being treated today to refreshments and greetings in Albion and Holley. The top photo shows a group of cyclists by two welcome tents in Albion.

The cyclists come from 34 states and four foreign countries. They are riding about 400 miles along the Erie Canal in the 16th annual “Cycling the Erie Canal” ride organized by the Parks and Trails Network.

Wendy Hinkley, the branch manager for Five Star Bank in Albion, gives directions to cyclists this morning in Albion. She volunteered in a welcome tent organized by the Albion Main Street Alliance. Carolyn Ricker, left, and the Albion Merchants Association also had local merchandise and brochures available.

Many of the cyclists stop for a snack and to stretch their legs in Albion.


The Pullman Memorial Universalist Church also opened for tours and the Cobblestone Society Museum offered a shuttle bus to the museum complex in Gaines.

Karie Deegan and Debbie Karas try to make the cyclists feel welcome this morning in Albion.

Some of the cyclists who approached the Main Street lift bridge in Albion pulled out their cameras to get a photo.


The cyclists are also being welcomed in Holley. Mayor John Kenney will be part of a welcoming committee at the village’s canal park. Kenney and members of the Murray-Holley Historical Society will be serving coffee, pastries and refreshments.


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3 artists make debut at Marti’s on Main

Photos by Sue Cook
Diana Dudley stands with her drawings. She focuses mostly on human faces.


By Sue Cook, staff reporter Posted 13 July 2014
ALBION – Three new artists are featured at Marti’s on Main art gallery at 229 North Main St. For all three, it is their debut show as artists.

Brandon Blount-Carpenter is a local photographer and sculptor that Martillotta approached to ask about having space in the gallery.


“I saw some of his photography through a friend on Facebook, and I told him that I liked his stuff,” Martillotta said. She kept an eye on his creations.


“Last fall, I said to him ‘Perhaps you should sign up and have a show,’” said Martillotta.

Brandon Bount-Carpenter stands with his photograph of fungi inside a rusted-out can. Fungi are his main focus, but he finds several other subjects to photograph on his trips into the woods.


Blount-Carpenter’s works focus on detail that people often overlook in nature. Brandon spends five or six hours in the woods at a time. He sets out looking for mostly fungi, but captures other photographs as he goes along.


A lot of his art stems from his time in the woods with his grandfather, the late Don Cook. His grandfather, a wildlife photographer, taught him patience and to look for the subtle. Blount-Carpenter captures things that he wants to share with the world.


“My photos are capturing not just the big picture, but also the little small-scale macro pictures, stuff that people overlook,” he said. “Within each of the images are tiny details that sneak out at you. It gives people an idea of what they can see if they just go for a walk, relax, enjoy themselves and really open their eyes and look.”


Brandon uses items found in nature, such as wood, skulls or feathers, and incorporates them into sculptures.


“I reclaim a lot from nature,” he said. “Whatever I find I tend to use in my sculpture work. It’s sort of an ironic satirical take on how man treats nature and nature’s resilience and it’s ability to bounce back to kind of become something else that man didn’t think it really was.”


Diana Dudley brought Martillotta drawings to look at before. Dudley had been coming to the shows at Marti’s for six years, and it was suggested that she make a premiere show at the gallery. Dudley then suggested that her son Mark Robinson should also have his first show at the same time. Martillotta thought it was a great idea.


Dudley draws mostly people and faces, though she also has a select number of still-life pieces displayed as well.


“I was born with the ability to sketch people. I reproduce what I see. I have to be looking at something. I don’t do anything out of my head,” she said.


She added,” If you really take a look at faces, you notice how very different they are.”

Mark Robinson explains that this painting, “Monacelli's Quarry” is located right here in Albion. He sees it when he walks his dog and enjoys the way the elements of light and water come together in the setting.


Robinson draws and paints with a wide variety of subjects, both real and surreal. Most of his paintings are of landscapes.


“When you have a live figure to work from, it kind of juices you up,” he said.

“Landscapes can be the same way. Another thing that keeps people happy and alive is just to be in nature. If you go for a walk in the park, you get an immune boost that’s way above what you get walking on a treadmill. If you have a painting of an outdoor scene, it helps give you just a little of that boost.”


Robinson continued, “I draw my inspiration from people who are very competent like Albrecht Durer or M.C. Escher. Everybody alive today has the opportunity to learn from all these teachers of the past. You don’t have to limit it to your teacher or your class. The world is your class. Take your lessons there.”


Marti's on Main does not have set hours. Instead, the public is invited to stop by during the day throughout the month to view the works.


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SCOPE registers voters and educates at rally

Photos by Sue Cook
Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, was in Albion and talked about gun laws.

By Sue Cook, staff reporter Posted 12 July 2014
ALBION – Speakers at a rally today pushed Second Amendment advocates to register to vote and urge their friends and neighbors to also be more active in the political process.

"We need to stand up and use the power of the ballot box to enhance our freedom," said Bob Lonsberry, a talk show host for WHAM 1180 in Rochester.

He was the lead-off speaker today for a rally organized by SCOPE. More than 100 people attended the "Our Constitution & Voter Registration" rally at St. Mary's Athletic Club in Albion.

The band Dr. Moxy started the day with music while those attending the rally explored the stands. They played patriotic and American music including some music by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Bob Lonsberry addresses the group in Albion gathered at St. Mary's Athletic Club.


Lonsberry said that many states, including neighboring Pennsylvania, have more rights and freedoms than what New York allows.

Lonsberry encouraged those in attendance to go to their neighbors and say, “I don’t know if you vote, or if you’re registered to vote, but I hope you’d think about it. We’ve got to get people to care.”

Chris Moss also addressed the crowd. He is running for lieutenant governor alongside Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.

“You guys are doing what we need you to do: register the voters and spread the message. The Safe Act and getting it repealed is one of our number one priorities,” said Moss.

Moss also said there were other issues that needed to be addressed. Property taxes, the ability to attract new businesses, cutting off pensions for people convicted of crimes, term limits and he also wants to address corruption in Albany. Fresh views are needed in Albany, he said.

Several groups were set up with displays including the NRA, SCOPE and Repeal NY Safe Act, New York Revolution, Register & Vote, Shooters Committee on Political Education and Stop Common Core.

Moss says that as his time as sheriff, the changes to the laws that limit things such as clip capacity are not, in his view, making things safer. He says that in his experience criminals are not abiding by the laws. He wants everyone to hear the message about what the gun laws are and are not doing.

“We don't talk to Republicans as Republicans or Democrats to Democrats. We give our message to New Yorkers. We can make this state a better place to live,” said Moss.

Other speakers for the day also echoed the message of how important voting is to have your opinion heard. They encourage everyone to get educated on the issue and to vote accordingly.


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