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Bill named for Orleans girl killed in 2009 accident again passes State Senate
Posted 24 January 2017 at 3:41 pm

Legislation would penalize drunken passenger who is supervising inexperienced driver

Press Release, State Sen. Robert Ortt

The New York State Senate today passed Abbagail’s Law, a bill (S373) sponsored by Senator Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) that would make it illegal for an impaired licensed driver to ride as a car passenger while acting as a supervisor for a driver who holds a learner’s permit.

“An individual just learning to drive should not be put in unnecessary danger because of the irresponsible and reckless decisions of a supervising adult under the influence,” said Senator Ortt. “Dozens of supervising drivers who are drunk or high on drugs are being let off the hook, because of an egregious loophole in the law. Abbagail’s Law will save lives, deter individuals from putting children at risk, and fully hold that licensed individual accountable. It’s time for the Assembly Majority to pass this common-sense legislation once and for all.”

Abbagail’s Law first passed the Senate in 2011 and every year after. This year marks the seventh consecutive time the Senate has acted on the bill. The legislation has never passed in the Assembly.

Abbagail’s Law would make it a misdemeanor to act as a “supervising driver” while drunk or under the influence of drugs, and a felony for aggravated “supervising driver” cases. A “supervising driver” is a licensed car passenger who is considered responsible for an individual operating the vehicle with a learner’s permit.

The bill is named for 8-year-old Abbagail Buzard of Orleans County. Abby was killed in September of 2009 in a rollover crash with her 17-year-old cousin at the wheel. The cousin, who was driving with a learner’s permit, was under the supervision of Abby’s intoxicated father. The inexperienced driver lost control of the car and crashed, killing Abby almost instantly. Abby’s father, the supervising adult who was under the influence of alcohol, could not be held responsible for her death.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

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Holley grads from 2016, now in military, attend basketball game
Posted 24 January 2017 at 1:34 pm

Photo courtesy of Holley Central School

HOLLEY – Close to the holidays, some familiar faces were seen at a Holley Middle School/High School home basketball game. Five students from last year’s senior class attended the game together in their military uniforms. They are pictured from left: Ronnie DeWaal and Ross Pinson from the Marines, Thomas Kelly Jr. from the Air Force, and Clarence Moyer and Santino Morales from the Army.

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Snow making roads slick, visibility poor
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 January 2017 at 12:27 pm

ALBION – This photo taken around noon today shows Keitel Road in Albion looking south towards the canal bridge.

About 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected today. It has left roads slick with at least three accidents in Orleans County today, including a two-car collision with injuries at about 11 a.m. in Clarendon on Upper Holley Road.

This photo shows a field by Keitel Road in Albion with a barn in back.

The snow is falling by a canal sign next to Densmore Road.

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Minor injuries after head-on collision on Route 31
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 January 2017 at 10:54 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Two people sustained minor injuries following a head-on collision at about 10 a.m. today on Route 31 on the section between Densmore and Transit roads.

Albion firefighter Rob Connor, left, was on the scene along with Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputy Meredith Papponetti, right.

The driver of the silver-colored Jeep Liberty SUV was headed eastbound when the driver lost control of the vehicle due to slippery conditions, another deputy said at the scene. The Liberty crossed the center of the road and struck the blue Chevy. The driver of the Liberty was treated at the scene for a minor injury by the Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance.

The driver of the Chevy also had minor injuries. He was taken by COVA to Strong West in Brockport.

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Orleans legislator sees progress on many fronts for county
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 January 2017 at 9:13 am

Lynne Johnson, vice chairwoman of the Orleans County Legislature, speaks during Friday’s Legislative Luncheon for the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce.

GAINES – Orleans County has made progress on many fronts by tackling neglected infrastructure – roads, bridges, culverts, building roofs – while also getting closer to bringing high-speed Internet to underserved pockets of the county.

That was the message from Lynne Johnson, vice chairwoman of the County Legislature. She addressed nearly 100 people on Friday at the annual Legislative Luncheon put on by the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce at the Village Inn.

“2016 was a great year for Orleans County,” Johnson said at the luncheon.

She sees many positive developments for 2017.

Pride Pak’s construction of a 68,000-squarefoot vegetable and processing facility in Medina topped the economic development efforts last year, Johnson said. She praised the Orleans Economic Development Agency, led by Jim Whipple and Gabrielle Barone, for working with Pride Pak to make the company’s $12.5 million investment a reality.

Pride Pak also is considering two expansions in the future in Medina, with 200 workers eventually on the payroll. It opened in Medina in November with 40 employees.

Orleans County’s unemployment rate has also fallen to its lowest level in a decade, Johnson said.

Orleans took on an $8 million bond to tackle a series of infrastructure projects from 2015 to 2017, including six bridges, six culverts, and new roofs on some of the county buildings. The county also built two new pole barns for the Highway Department.

The county also purchased a paver for the Highway Department that is available for other municipalities. The Highway Department last year paved 29 miles of roads, more than doubling the previous high.

Orleans officials have been pressing the state for several years about the weight restrictions or closures with many of the canal bridges in the county, as well as the deterioration of the Lake Ontario State Parkway.

The state has about $20 million-plus approved to work on canal bridges and the Parkway, Johnson said on Friday.

The state has set aside $14 million to improve the Parkway in 2017-18 with most of the work upgrading the Parkway in Monroe County near Orleans. The Parkway paving includes $8.97 million to pave the road from Route 19 east to Payne Beach in 2017, and then $5.2 million to pave the Parkway from Route 19 in Hamlin to Route 237 in Kendall in 2018.

The Department of Transportation’s 5-year plan, which runs until 2020, doesn’t include paving for the Parkway west of 237 in Kendall.

A five-year capital by the State Department of Transportation, however, includes repairs to the lift bridge on Main Street in Albion, and $13 million to rehab six other canal bridges in Orleans County.

Gov. Cuomo last week also announced $2,989,000 for four other bridges in the county, including $1.045 for the Portage Road bridge over Fish Creek; $1.140 million for the Monroe-Orleans County Line Road bridge over East Branch Sandy Creek, $630,000 to Orleans County for South Holley Road over a branch of Sandy Creek, and $174,000 to the town of Albion for a small bridge on Clarendon Road over West Branch Sandy Creek.

Johnson has been the county’s point person for efforts to extend broadband Internet into Orleans. The county has teamed with Niagara County in the Niagara-Orleans Regional Alliance to press the state for more high-speed Internet coverage.

The effort received good news late last year when Charter Communications announced it would serve most of the remaining gaps for coverage in Orleans as part of its merger with Time Warner. The state is requiring Charter to extend service to an additional 145,000 homes and businesses in New York over four years as part of the merger.

Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey said a two-county alliance has advanced projects in Orleans and Niagara counties.

In Orleans County, there are about 3,600 households without access to high-speed Internet, but that number would shrink to 77 as part of the merger.

Charter would also make significant improvements in Niagara County, reaching all but 943, with most of those gaps in rural eastern Niagara County.

“The broadband has been a long struggle and we’re not done,” said David Godfrey, a Niagara County legislator who has been teaming with Johnson on the broadband push through NORA.

The high-speed Internet is critical for attracting and keeping residents, who need the service for homework, job searches and a desired quality of life, Godfrey said. Businesses need the service to file many reports and to be competitive in the marketplace.

Godfrey said the extended service will fill a need, “so we are no longer deprived and discriminated against because we are rural counties.”

NORA also has been working together to oppose a new lake level plan for Lake Ontario. A plan approved by the bi-national International Joint Commission has been approved, despite concerns that it would lead to more erosion and bigger fluctuations in water levels on the southshore. Johnson said she is optimistic the Trump Administration will overturn the plan.

NORA also has been pushing for a dredging plan and federal funds to ensure harbors, including Oak Orchard, are dredged on a regularly basis to prevent a buildup of sediment that could make the harbors impassable for boaters.

“We are working on a long-term mechanism to dredge our harbors,” Johnson said.

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Accident closes Route 31 near fairgrounds
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 January 2017 at 8:38 am

KNOWLESVILLE – An accident involving a tractor-trailer and a car has shut down Route 31 this morning between Wood Road and Taylor Hill Road on the west side of Albion near the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The accident occurred on the curve of Route 31 near Wood Road. There is one reported injury, according to a dispatcher.

No additional information is available.

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3 are sentenced in County Court today
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 January 2017 at 8:17 pm

ALBION – Three people will be spending time in either the county jail or state prison after being sentenced in Orleans County Court today.

Daniel P. Musson, 24, of Chili Avenue in Rochester received the longest sentence, 1 ½ to 3 years in state prison for grand larceny.

Musson allegedly took jewelry on Aug. 9, 2016 worth more than $3,000 and faced additional charges of first-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree (for allegedly having more than 500 milligrams of cocaine), and criminal possession of stolen property (for allegedly having someone else’s credit card).

Musson was ordered to pay $3,775 in restitution for the stolen jewelry and Judge James Punch issued an order of protection for the victims in the crime.

Musson apologized to the victims and said he will focus on overcoming his drug addictions.

“You’ve been offered a lot of help in the past and it just hasn’t worked,” Punch told Musson.

• Frank Ranallo Jr., 46, of Chestnut Street in Medina was sentenced to six months in jail after he admitted in court on Jan. 9 to entering a house on Salt Words Road on June 24 without permission. Ranallo also allegedly took two guns.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said the guns have been recovered and restitution isn’t needed.

“I’m very sorry for my actions,” Ranallo told Judge Punch.

• A Niagara Falls man was sentenced to 60 days in jail and probation for criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.

Kenneth O. Bess, 23, allegedly drove the vehicle for a burglary at an Albion home on Aug. 18, 2014.

Two people have pled guilty and one was found not guilty at a trial for the burglary. Bess had a smaller role in the crime, but Punch said Bess still needed to be punished.

Punch said the crime was “terrible” and destroyed the quality of the life for the victimized family and their neighborhood.

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Holley woman, 20, was killed in Kendall car accident on Sunday
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 January 2017 at 5:20 pm

Rebekah Hoak is shown in this photo on her Facebook page.

KENDALL – A Holley woman, 20, was killed in the car accident on Sunday in Kendall.

Rebekah Hoak was a home-school student who then went to Genesee Community College and was on the Dean’s List. On her Facebook page, she says she studied Health and Fitness at GCC, and currently was working at T.J. Maxx.

Her Facebook page is filled with Bible verses. Her introduction on Facebook states: “Why hello, I’m Rebekah. Today is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice & be glad in it!”

Time Warner Cable News reported that Hoak was making a food delivery to a friend on Sunday afternoon. The news organization quoted Hoak’s pastor from the Hamlin New Testament Church.

Hoak was driving with a friend, Sarah Lusk, 19. Hoak was on Norway Road when she failed to yield right of way and drove onto Route 18. Her vehicle was struck by a car headed westbound. Richard E. Millard, 56, of Kendall was driving that car.

Hoak was pronounced dead at the scene. Lusk was taken to Storng Memorial Hospital, and is listed in satisfactory condition, Channel 13 in Rochester reported.

The accident remains under investigation. Chief Deputy Michael Mele said on Sunday that fog may have been a contributing factor in the accident.

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Credit card ‘skimmer’ also found at Hamlin gas station
Staff Reports Posted 23 January 2017 at 1:18 pm

HAMLIN – A credit card skimming device was also found at a Hamlin gas station on Friday, the same day the device was discovered at the Crosby’s gas station in Kendall.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said the skimmer was found inside a gas pump at the Crosby’s in Hamlin, 1449 Lake Rd.

“A technician from Reid Petroleum said that it appeared the suspect used a special tool to open the pump and place a skimming device inside of the gas pump,” John Helfer, spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release. “The skimming device was not visible from the outside. The device consisted of a ribbon wire with a microchip attached to it. It is not known how long the device was attached to the pump.  A similar skimming device was found at the Crosby’s in Kendall.”

The investigation in Hamlin is ongoing, Helfer said.

Anyone who purchased gas at the Hamlin gas station using a credit card is advised to check their credit card statement and call 911 if any fraudulent activity is found, he said.

In Kendall, anyone who notices any fraudulent activity should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 585-589-5527.

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Hawley says he’s working on state legislation to keep turbines from military bases
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 January 2017 at 12:30 pm

File photo by Tom Rivers: This photo from Oct. 14, 2015 shows some of the 400-foot-high turbines in Sheldon, Wyoming County. Apex Clean Energy is proposing a project that would have about 70 turbines more than 600 feet high in the towns of Yates and Somerset.

In November, Congressman Chris Collins  (R-Clarence) announced he introduced legislation that would curb the installation of wind turbines in close proximity to military installations, such as the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls.

Now, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, said he is working on similar state legislation. Hawley on Friday said he and Assemblyman Michael Norris, R-Lockport, are working together to craft the legislation.

Collins in late November introduced the “Protection of Military Airfields from Wind Turbine Encroachment Act.” It would ensure that any new wind turbines located within a 40-mile radius of a military installation will be ineligible for renewable energy tax credits.

“Our military installations are crucial to the security of our nation,” Collins said on Nov. 29. “This legislation ensures that military installations like the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station can fully operate without potential interference from wind turbines, some of which can be as tall as 600 feet.”

Apex Clean Energy is proposing “Lighthouse Wind,” a project that would have about 70 turbines more than 600 feet high in the towns of Yates and Somerset. The company said the project wouldn’t have a negative impact on the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Hawley said he also opposes the Article 10 process where a state-appointed siting board has the say in approving or rejecting large-scale wind energy projects.

“Article 10 has been a horrendous thing,” Hawley said.

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Churches want to help with opioid crisis
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 January 2017 at 12:04 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: Russ Peters, pastor of the Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship Church in Shelby, speaks during Friday’s Legislative Luncheon at Tillman’s Village Inn.

GAINES – As the community, state and country grapple with how to respond to an opioid crisis resulting in numerous overdose deaths, local churches in Orleans County are willing to help.

Russ Peters, pastor of the Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship in Shelby, said he has led several funeral services for people who have suffered fatal overdoses.

Drug addictions are plaguing the community, Peters said during Friday’s Legislative Luncheon attended by about 100 people. That event at the Village Inn was organized by the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce and offered a forum to discuss issues.

Peters said several church leaders have formed Pastors Aligned for Community Transformation (PACT). Last week, PACT had prayer sessions at 6 p.m. from Monday through Friday at different churches. The opioid crisis is among the leading concerns for churches, Peters said.

PACT last year led discussions about addictions, the opioid crisis and overcoming barriers that keep people in poverty. Debbie Davis is founder of the faith-based “One Voice,” a non-profit organization that works with people fighting addictions in West Virginia. She met with the PACT leaders and the community last June to discuss how churches in her community reached out to people struggling with addictions and feelings of hopelessness.

Sheriff Randy Bower said the Sheriff’s Office has strengthened a partnership with 77 churches in the county.

“We will be reaching out,” Bower said during the Legislative Luncheon.

The Sheriff’s Office last year started a program in the county jail to help people with addictions.

“It’s near and dear to my heart,” Bower said. “We want to help these people.”

Bower said assisting people with addictions will reduce crimes, because many larcenies and burglaries are committed by people trying to fuel drug cravings.

Bower noted the governor’s budget includes $200 million more in the fight against opioid addictions.

The state earlier this month announced it would fund a methadone clinic in Batavia, open to people in Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties, helping them to fight opioid addictions.

“It’s a very serious issue,” State Assemblyman Steve Hawley said. “It touches every strata.”

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NY to promote winter tourism with free weekend of snowmobiling for visitors
Posted 23 January 2017 at 10:37 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Rich Kilger of Clarence rides into the Culvert in February 2016 as part of the “Covered Bridge Challenge” for snowmobilers. The Culvert is the only spot where motorists can ride under the historic Erie Canal.

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled a new marketing campaign designed to increase visitors and generate interest in New York State’s top winter tourism attractions and destinations.

The winter marketing campaign, which will include two new television advertisements, will run in media markets throughout the Northeast and promote New York as a world-class winter destination.

The Governor also announced New York State’s annual Free Snowmobiling Weekend for all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers, will run from Friday, February 3, through Sunday, February 5, 2017.

“Increasing upstate tourism continues to be a top priority for our administration and with this ad campaign and free snowmobiling weekend, we are building on our past success, and leveraging our natural assets to bring more visitors to New York during the winter season,” Governor Cuomo said. “I encourage New Yorkers and tourists alike to visit these unparalleled winter destinations and snowmobile trails and take advantage of all New York has to offer.”

The winter marketing campaign features two 30-second I LOVE NEW YORK television advertisements showcasing the Empire State’s diverse recreational and family-friendly activities, while reminding viewers of the various attractions that make New York State a world-class winter destination. The ads are slated to run from January 20 through February 19 in major markets in New York and across the Northeast, including Pennsylvania, Ohio and Connecticut, as well as Montreal and Toronto, Canada.

The first ad focuses on winter sports and recreation destinations, and informs viewers that New York has more ski mountains than anywhere else in the United States. It also promotes several Upstate attractions, including the Kissing Bridge and Canalside in Western New York; Plattekill Mountain in the Catskills; West, Gore and Whiteface mountains in the Adirondacks; and Allegany State Park in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region.

Winter travel is responsible for 21 percent of New York’s total tourism, accounting for more than $13 billion in direct visitor spending in 2015. More information on winter tourism in New York State is available at www.iloveny.com/winter.

Free Snowmobiling Weekend

Governor Cuomo also announced the state’s annual free snowmobiling weekend will be held in communities across New York on Friday, February 3, through Sunday, February 5, for all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers. Registration fees will be waived for properly registered and insured out-of-state snowmobiling enthusiasts wishing to explore New York’s 10,500 miles of trails.

Currently, out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers are required to register their snowmobiles with New York State before hitting the State’s trails, stretching from the Hudson Valley to the North Country to Western New York. Snowmobile registration costs $100, but is decreased to $45 if the snowmobiler is a member of a local snowmobile club. This fee will be waived for out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers during the promotional weekend, provided they are properly registered and insured in another state or Canada.

During free snowmobiling weekend, town registration fees will also be waived for all in-state, out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers.

The state’s snowmobiling community generates total economic impact of approximately $868 million, according to a 2011 study by the State University at Potsdam. The promotional weekend will provide a boost to local small businesses and help to promote the state’s vast network of snowmobile trails, which are groomed and maintained by more than 230 local snowmobile clubs across the New York State.

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Many locals participated in women’s marches in DC, NY

Photos by Tom Rivers: A crowd of about 10,000 people marched in Seneca Falls on Saturday, a small town about a 2-hour drive from Orleans County. Seneca Falls is the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, where Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others gathered in 1848. Leaders of the march on Saturday called Seneca Falls “sacred ground” in the quest for women’s rights.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 January 2017 at 11:04 pm

‘This march was the seed that needed to get planted’

A woman holds a sign during the Women’s March on Saturday at Seneca Falls. The Seneca Falls marchers outnumbered those in Rochester and Buffalo. Many of the marchers in Seneca Falls were drawn to the community’s historical role in the women’s rights movement.

Many local women on Saturday joined the Women’s March in Washington. D.C. or “sister marches” closer by in Buffalo, Rochester or Seneca Falls. An estimated 3.7 million participants joined in about 500 marches in the country.

Heather Rutherford, 41, of Medina took a bus from Buffalo to Seneca Falls. She taught school in North Carolina, and worked with a student population that was largely Latino. She knows many of these students and their families are uneasy with a Trump Administration.

Donald Trump in his campaign pushed to build a wall on the Mexican border and talked of deporting undocumented immigrants.

“I fear for them and the problems they may have the next four years,” Rutherford said about her former students and their families.

She also worries about minorities, Muslims and gay couples who are now legal marriages.

“I know there are a lot of people afraid right now,” she said.

There were many men at the Women’s March in Seneca Falls.

Rutherford said the march lifted her spirits and has inspired her to get more involved politically.

“I didn’t go as anti-Trump,” she said. “He is the President. We just want our voices to be heard.”

Many of the marchers held signs proclaiming support for equal pay and equal rights for women, “science,” marriage equality, “kindness” and the environment.

Rutherford said she is concerned for the planet, especially if Trump rolls back environmental protections and tries to get out of climate change agreements with other countries.

“I’m worried about the future as far as the environment goes,” she said. “The EPA is not focusing on what it should be, protecting our water and animals.”

Trump and his press secretary didn’t comment on the marches on Saturday, but the President tweeted this message this morning: “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”

Trump followed that with this message about an hour later:

“Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”

‘We need to hold our elected officials accountable’

Photos courtesy of Andrea Newman: Andrea Newman of Holley attended the Women’s March in Buffalo. Her daughter Lily made the sign.

Andrea Newman attended the Women’s March in Buffalo, joining about 3,000 other people in Niagara Square.

Newman, 37, said she “followed Bernie Sanders closely,” during the Presidential campaign.

She said the big turnouts all over the country should send a message to Trump to support women’s issues, work towards a sustainable planet and ensure equality for all Americans.

“I was very turned off by Trump’s agenda, especially with the environment and his position on public education is worrisome,” she said.

Newman said the march in Buffalo was peaceful, and a time for many groups who feel marginalized to come together.

“I felt a need and a calling,” she said about the march. “It doesn’t stop here. We need to hold our elected officials accountable.”

Newman said she was discouraged when Trump was officially inaugurated on Friday.

But the feeling on Saturday, “was just the opposite.”

This photo at the Buffalo march includes a sign opposing local Congressman Chris Collins, the first member of Congress to publicly endorse Trump.

‘We’re not extremists or crazy’

Provided photo: Nikki Calhoun is pictured at the Women’s March in Rochester on Saturday.

Nikki Calhoun, 34, of Le Roy joined about 1,500 other marchers in Rochester at Washington Square Park.

Calhoun is a member of the GLOW Progressive Group on Facebook, reaching out to people in the four local rural counties of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming.

She said the rural counties are dominated by Republicans, causing many Democrats to feel left out of the local political process.

The march on Saturday gave a chance for progressives to connect and build a network.

“In rural counties, Democrats are in hiding,” she said. “Knowing there are like-minded people made a difference for a lot of people.”

She said the marchers wanted to send a message to not pull back on hard-fought equality gains.

“It was nice in Western New York where we’re not that big to see all of those people come out,” Calhoun said. “We’re not extremists or crazy.”

She carried a sign – “Resist” – for the march.

“It was such a wonderfully diverse group of people,” she said. “It was really amazing.”

Former Congressional candidate joins 500,000 in D.C.

Photos courtesy of Diana Kastenbaum: About a half million people marched in Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Saturday.

Diana Kastenbaum of Batavia joined her daughter Millicent Kastenbaum, an intern for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, at the march in D.C. The official estimate for D.C. was 500,000 at the march. (Los Angeles drew the biggest crowd on Saturday with 750,000.)

“It felt like there must have been a million people there,” Kastenbaum said about the march in the nation’s capital. “The streets were so clogged.”

It was an uplifting experience, seeing so many people coming together.

“It was absolutely massive,” Kastenbaum said. “It was so empowering and wonderful. There were men with their sons. There were older women who had trouble walking. It was such a diverse group of people.”

Kastenbaum ran for Congress in the 27th Congressional District as a Democrat last year versus Chris Collins, the incumbent Republican. Collins cruised to victory in a heavily Republican district.

But Kastenbaum isn’t giving up on trying to advocate for women’s healthcare and help for the middle class. She hasn’t decided about running for Congress again. But she urges women to look at running for elected offices, including the myriad of local positions.

She worries about cuts or dismantled healthcare programs for women. Her sign in the march said, “NY-27 Stand With Planned Parenthood.”

“We will fight him if he tries to take away things that have been part of our institution for years,” she said.

She said the women’s marches have mobilized millions, including many who weren’t politically involved.

“This march was the seed that needed to get planted,” Kastenbaum said. “I think we have put him on notice that we will not go away quietly.”

Diana Kastenbaum, right, was part of the march in Washington, D.C.


Carol Pritchard of Albion, center, sent in this photo of herself at the march. She is with Teresa Wheeler, left, and Allison McCloat.

“It was such an honor to be a part of everything this past weekend,” Pritchard said in an email.

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1 dies in Kendall accident
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 January 2017 at 6:40 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – One person died in a two-car accident this afternoon in Kendall on Route 18 at the Norway Road intersection, just east of the Kendall Junior-Senior High School.

This photo shows Glenside Automotive in Holley hauling away one of the damaged vehicles at about 4:45 p.m. when the roads were reopened to traffic.

Michael Mele, the chief deputy for the Sheriff’s Department, released this statement:

“The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal two car accident in the Town of Kendall.  At Approximately 1:53 pm two cars collided at the intersection of Route 18 and Norway Rd. Preliminary investigation showed that one car was traveling northbound on Norway Road when it failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign.

“The second vehicle was west bound on Route 18 and struck the vehicle in the intersection. Names of the drivers and passengers are being withheld pending notification of family members.

“The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police, Kendall and Morton Fire Departments.  The accident is still under investigation. Foggy roads may have been a contributing factor in the accident.”

Firefighters direct traffic and help clean up at the scene of a fatal car accident this afternoon.

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Serious accident in Kendall on Route 18
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 January 2017 at 5:19 pm

KENDALL – Route 18 near at the intersection at Norway Road was the scene of a serious accident at 1:58 p.m. today. The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident and is expected to release more information soon.

The road was reopened at 4:45 p.m.

Firefighters from Kendall, Hamlin and Morton were on the scene.

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