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Article on man waiting for kidney transplant shows need for more organ donors

Posted 7 May 2018 at 7:10 pm


Ginny Kropf’s article “Medina Man… waiting for Transplant” explains the lack of organ donations from one man’s perspective. An excellent portrayal of the human costs from the transplant bottleneck.

To put it in a blunter terms: Nationally, New York State is lowest in donor percentage (excluding Puerto Rico).

In New York State, County Donor percentage is lowest in Orleans County. Lowest of the low!


I don’t know but civic leaders and educators could certainly increase awareness of this life-saving process.

David Drake


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Reader pleased to see Ginny Kropf’s byline in Orleans Hub

Posted 5 May 2018 at 2:00 pm


As an everyday reader of Orleans Hub it was a welcome sight when I found a story earlier this week with Ginny Kropf’s name attached to it. She is a welcome addition to the staff of The Hub.

I have enjoyed her articles and columns for many years in The Daily News. She has such a way to tell a story or write about an organization that is not seen much anymore. Her many years of reporting on local news and writing columns on human-interest stories have always been a good read. She is just another reason to check out the Hub everyday.

Pete Toenniessen


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Re-opening of art gallery adds to community’s cultural life

Posted 3 May 2018 at 7:29 am


It is said that culture enriches a community, by making it a more attractive and interesting place to live. Culture encompasses music, drama, literature, and art. All of these components add color and liveliness to the life of the community. They add depth and broaden horizons.

Our local communities host many musical events throughout the year, through the schools, churches and Miss Amy’s Studio B. Our local schools produce fabulous plays and musicals.  Literature is abundantly available in our outstanding local libraries and the programs they offer.

But what has been missing is a venue to display artwork, particularly the artwork of the many artists in our area. An art gallery is a place where local artists can show their work to the public, a place where people can come to discover and enjoy art, and where they might even be inspired to try making art themselves. Art can be uplifting, art can enrich, art can foster creativity and imagination, art can be fun, art can be contagious!

To add the “art part” of culture to the community, Kim Martillotta-Muscarella will be re-opening the Art Gallery at 227 N Main, Albion, with an exhibit of her recent paintings. The opening reception is Friday, May 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a full program of exhibits scheduled for the summer and fall, opening to the community on the First Friday of every month.

Connie Mosher


Ginny Kropf is a welcome addition to Orleans Hub

Posted 2 May 2018 at 7:41 pm


I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the recent articles by Ginny Kropf. While I always enjoy Hub articles in general, Ginny’s articles add a special flavor! It was a pleasant surprise to see her name appear.

It was my privilege to meet her some years ago; the quality and attention to detail of her writing (and reporting) is second only to the quality of her kind personality!

Her work is of the highest quality, and I thank you for sharing it with us all.


Elianna Quatro


Medina teachers were sensitive in explaining loss of colleague to elementary students

Posted 30 April 2018 at 10:45 pm


I attended school last week at Oak Orchard Elementary with my granddaughter who is in Mrs. Lonnen’s class. I didn’t know what to expect but I was amazed at how well the staff explained the situation to the kids and allowed the kids to react and ask questions.

But also I realized these adults’ hearts must have been breaking during this. They handled everything and everyone with skill and softness. No one can prepare for tragedy but when people do so well, it is a blessing well noted.

Thank you Medina school staff for meeting our children’s needs. My thoughts are with you during your time of mourning.

Cindy Troy


A change in legal representation in Yates against wind project raises questions

Posted 30 April 2018 at 10:41 pm


This letter is in response to several letters written regarding the change in Town of Yates legal representation.

The Town of Somerset has spent 10 times the legal fees compared to the Town of Yates fighting the wind project. Both towns are in the same place legally in this battle against an unwanted wind project. Both towns are waiting on an application to the State Sighting Board. Which Town would you say spent their limited resources in the most economical way?

I would also ask Mr. Hoffman how successful Somerset was in their legal action against the Met Towers? As a resident of Somerset, I can understand why you would be critical of those who opposing the Town of Yates joining your legal team. Why not find a partner who is willing to reduce your costs while adding to theirs. A 50/50 split of legal cost seems to be a balanced solution to a  project which is less than 30 percent located in Yates.

Edward Urbanik


Yates officials made a good decision in joining Somerset with same attorney to fight wind turbine project

Posted 24 April 2018 at 12:00 pm


The Yates Town Board is to be congratulated for its recent decision to join forces with the Town of Somerset in retaining Dennis Vacco from the law firm Lippes, Mathias, Wexler, Friedman LLP as the town attorney representing them in matters associated with the proposed Lighthouse Wind project. It is a win/win situation for both towns in their effort to stop the industrialization of our rural community.

Mr. Vacco, a principled attorney, has vast legal experience and is unique in that he is one of the few Western New Yorkers that have held statewide office. His credentials are beyond question. Critics are totally misguided.

The alleged “excessive legal expenditures” incurred by the Town of Somerset reflect the costs necessary to defend against a lawsuit relating to the siting of two Met towers in the town. Somerset maintained that the siting of these towers was a class I SEQRA action as they were in fact part of the Lighthouse Wind project with far-reaching environmental consequences. Apex disagreed and sued to force an approval. This is an example of the extent to which Apex will go to impose their will on a community that has demonstrated again and again over the last 4 years, that industrialization of our community with large wind turbines is unacceptable. The Yates Met Tower approval involved no such lawsuit.

With regard to the Somerset Power Station effect on our community, it was in fact an economic engine for the entire area. It employed 120 or more individuals, had an annual payroll in excess of $11 million annually and was privately financed. The Barker School District benefited from the tax base. Be reminded that this district encompasses a section of Orleans County including a portion of the Town of Yates. No number of industrial wind turbine projects will ever replace the economic contribution of that plant. It is tragic that it is being driven out of business by Governor Cuomo’s misguided energy policies with no thought of conversion to natural gas, a plentiful and clean-burning fuel.

It time to stop running loose and fast with facts and figures and recognize that our elected officials are carrying out the will of the people, something they were elected to do. We must all unite behind them and send Apex home. This is what the people want.

James C. Hoffman

Town of Somerset

Lakeshore residents pay a lot in taxes, despite many only living part-time in community

Posted 23 April 2018 at 11:45 am


A recent letter to the editor regarding the industrial wind factory project by Apex Clean Energy of Virginia states:

“Lastly, you have the 10% to 15% lake privileged, who always complain about unfair high taxes.”

As one of the “privileged” I would like to make it known that our family has never once complained about “unfair high taxes” nor have I heard any of my lake neighbors complain about “unfair” high taxes.

I am not sure what the 10-15% percent represents here … 10-15% of the citizens, of the taxpayers? Of the tax revenue? Of the voters? What does this have to do with the Right to Farm? I can tell you what lake dwellers who are part time residents don’t get: tax reduction of any sort regardless of age or economic status. We don’t complain about that either.

Most of us are subsidized only by our own hard work. We do not need to be denigrated for that.

The combining of legal forces by Somerset and Yates is intended to reduce the legal costs to both towns imposed on us by Apex Clean Energy’s industrial wind project called Lighthouse Wind, a project that has been rejected by a majority of the citizens in both towns. I applaud the Yates Town Board members who are looking out for that majority. I believe that is the way the founding fathers intended this country to operate.

Unfortunately, Article 10 has taken away Home Rule and this tenet of democracy in NY state.


Susan Dudley


Gilman family appreciates support from community after tragic loss of mother and son

Posted 22 April 2018 at 5:04 pm


We (the family of Jo and RJ Gilman) would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our friends and community for their outpouring of support during this incredibly difficult time. The loss that we feel is incredible. Jo and RJ were treasured members of our family and we are doing our best to cope with such a senseless loss.

Jo was a devoted mother, sister, aunt and friend. She welcomed all with coffee, a smile and a listening ear. RJ followed his mother’s lead and made the happiness and laughter of others a priority. You didn’t need to be blood to be family when it came to either of them. This loss is devastating for all who knew them.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 28, with calling hours from 2 to 4 p.m. and a service to follow immediately at First Baptist Church in Albion. Interment will be held privately.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help ease the financial burden left in the wake of this tragedy. Click here to see the GoFundMe.


The Gilman family

Yates resident should be outraged at Apex, not Town Board, for legal costs

Posted 21 April 2018 at 11:31 am


In an April 19, 2018 letter to the editor, Mr. Howard Pierce chastises three of the relatively new elected Yates Town Board members for making what he considers an unwise fiscal decision. He is angry that the Town of Yates is going to join forces with the Town of Somerset in the last remaining legal battle against Apex Clean Energy and the Lighthouse Wind Project. I believe his anger should be targeted at Apex and not at our town representatives.

Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Virginia (Virginia still has no industrial wind turbines), snuck into our two towns almost 5 years ago and started signing up lease holders before the general public was even aware they were here. When the general populations of both towns did find out about the proposed project, surveys in both towns were conducted and roughly 67 percent of the populations of both towns were opposed to the Lighthouse Wind Project being built. Despite this fact, Apex still touts that they have “widespread community support.” This translates to mean they have enough leases and land to proceed with at least part of the project.

Apex could have done the honorable thing and cancelled the project after finding out the results of the two town surveys. However, because of Article 10, which takes away our home rule, and the chance of making mega millions of dollars if the project is built, Apex has stuck around. As a result, the two towns have had to pay wind attorney fees for several years, like the ones Mr. Pierce mentioned, to try and prevent Apex from building the Lighthouse Wind Project. No more Apex means no more wind attorney fees.

In closing, I am one of the 10% to 15% of the “lake privileged” but have never complained about unfair high taxes here. I did submit a letter to the Hub awhile back stating I was paying lower taxes in Yates than in my previous location. I also mentioned how the seasonal “lake privileged” keep year-round resident taxes lower.

If 67 percent of Yates has said NO to Apex, and only 10% to 15% are the “lake privileged”, there must be a whole lot of “non-lake privileged” people here who also oppose the project. It is Apex who could have, and still could, save the two towns many thousands of dollars by not proceeding with the Lighthouse Wind Project.

Jim Bansbach

Town of Yates

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