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Many people and organizations contributed to summer parks program in Albion

Posted 1 August 2017 at 12:29 pm

Editor:

I would to thank the many people and organizations who contributed to the growth and success of the Village of Albion Recreation Summer Parks Program.

The following organizations visited the parks with great messages for the youths attending: GCASA, Genesee Orleans Youth Bureau, Orleans Health Department, and other volunteers. The Recreation Department set up field trips once a week to the Oak Orchard Bowling Lanes.

Thank you to the following who contributed to the Annual Senior Citizens Picnic: Orleans Community Action, Wal-Mart of Albion, Crosby’s of Albion, Tops of Albion, Albion Fire Department and Jerome Pawlak’s Food Center of Albion.

The 15 Park Supervisors did a wonderful job of providing a fun, safe and exciting time at the parks each day. Well over 150 children signed up for the Summer Parks Program at the two village parks throughout the summer, which started on June 21 and ended on July 28. This was another banner summer for the Parks Program.

Special thanks to Annette Grillo Finch and Heide Wyant from the Orleans Community Action for busing the children on the field trips and for the annual Children’s Carnival. Thanks go out to the Albion Central School District for being the host of several sport clinics this summer. Thanks to the Batavia Daily and the Orleans Hub for their coverage of the summer program.

Thanks to the Village of Albion Trustees, Mayor, Village Office Staff, Parks Maintenance Department and the Recreation Committee all for their support throughout the summer.

John J. Grillo

Village of Albion

Recreation Director

Gaines town supervisor candidate says town government should be ‘open book’

Posted 31 July 2017 at 9:33 am

Editor:

I’d like to take the opportunity to formally introduce myself as the endorsed Republican Party candidate for Supervisor in the Town of Gaines.

My name is Joseph (Joe) Grube. My wife, Lori, and I make our home on West Bacon Road. Over the years since moving into our home, we’ve had the opportunity to meet, get to know, and become friends with many new people, along with turning long acquaintances into new friendships. Through those relationships, we became more involved in the affairs of our community and wanted the opportunity to provide our skills, knowledge, and insights where needed.

Before I go on, a little more about myself. I have been involved in some sort of public service my entire adult life, and even as a child. I grew up in the Town of Otto, in Cattaraugus County, and lived there until moving to Orleans County in 2011. Growing up, I spent countless hours with my parents involved in our fire department, and joined that department immediately upon turning 18. I served in many leadership roles there over my 25 years of membership, including 7 years as Chief of the Department. I now serve the residents of the Albion area through my active membership in the Albion Fire Department, which I joined in 2013.

In my professional life, I worked for the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office for 24 years, first as a public safety dispatcher, then as a Deputy Sheriff, working through the ranks and retiring in 2011 as Captain, where I was responsible for the Communications Division of the agency, including supervision of 20 plus employees and direct responsibility over budgets exceeding $1.6 million. Since retiring from law enforcement, I’ve worked in the private sector in the public safety technology industry. I’m currently a regional manager for the leading provider of 9-1-1 Center call processing and networking technology in North America, where nearly all our customers are government public safety agencies.

I’ve also had the opportunity to serve the public in elected positions in the past. I was previously a Councilman and Deputy Supervisor in the Town of Otto. Otto is a very small town of just over 800 people. Living my entire life in rural areas along with my years of experience in both the public and private sector, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and experience on the workings of government. I intend to put all of that to good use in the Town of Gaines!

The Town of Gaines needs a change. Keeping taxes in check is smart and a high priority, but it certainly isn’t everything when it comes to running the town. There are three elected officials in the town that really set the stage for success. Supervisor, Clerk, and Highway Superintendent. These three officials need to work in harmony to provide the best services that can be provided within the fiscal limits available, and they need to be allowed to have their skills put to the best use to enhance our town.

Our infrastructure and services should be maintained at a level that makes our community a desirable one in which to live and do business. Our town government should be an open book to the residents. Meetings should be informative and open to input. Information about the town and its health should be freely available without having to jump through hoops. Special Meetings and Executive Sessions should be held very sparingly, and only when necessary. The town should be using technology to enhance access to the residents who do not have time to drop everything and attend a meeting, only to have it go into executive session and learn nothing.

If elected Supervisor, you’ll see these things put into place as quickly as possible. Town meetings will be open, informative, and honest. The Town Hall will be a place where you’ll be welcome to come in and do business with our employees, and they’ll be happy to help you in any way possible. They will be empowered to do the right thing for our constituents. To serve the public they are employed by.

I hope to have the opportunity to meet many, many more people over the coming months and share my thoughts and ideas directly with you, as well as listen to yours about how you feel the town government should function. We will work together to bring the Town of Gaines to new highs!

Thank you,

Joe Grube

Candidate for Supervisor

Town of Gaines

Dog parks can be wonderful for pets and their owners

Posted 27 July 2017 at 8:52 am

Editor:

I do not live in Medina but wanted to share an experience we had on a recent vacation in Maine. We were looking for a place to stop, have a snack and walk our dog.

We came across a dog park and stopped. It was wonderful. It was large and the dogs ran free. They were all well behaved and all owners cleaned up after their animal. It was expected and honored.

In contrast, we stopped on the interstate with a small pet area. It was deplorable. It was very small, the gate didn’t close (so pets had to stay on leash) and the garbage had not been picked up in weeks.

If you’re going to do it, do it right.

Grace Denniston

Waterport

Candidate appreciates fair and free elections, urges community to vote in upcoming primaries

Posted 27 July 2017 at 8:44 am

Editor:

I felt privileged on this morning (July 26) to witness one small cog in the wheel that makes up our democratic process here in Orleans County.

More town offices will be having primary elections this September 12, than at any time in recent history, perhaps ever. To a political junkie like myself, this would be cause to celebrate, but this one is even more personal, as I am on the ballot for Murray Town Supervisor.

The Orleans County Board of Elections held a blind drawing this morning to decide ballot position for all the upcoming primaries. Many of the candidates for public office were in attendance.

Town by town, the drawing was conducted in the same fashion. A small index card with each candidate’s name was inserted randomly into a book, face-down, with only a small portion protruding. These cards were then pulled out by volunteers from other towns in attendance. The first card pulled out was the top spot on the ballot, and in cases of three or more candidates for one or two positions, the cards were pulled to determine ballot order from the top down.

Many are blissfully unaware that there will be primary elections this year. Unfortunately, turnout for such elections are historically low. I would love to see the County of Orleans reverse this trend, as many important races can be impacted by the primaries.

I will grant you that the excitement generated in this drawing might pale in comparison to that of a large sporting event, yet it is another simple mechanism in the process of a free and fair election. Furthermore, the outcome of a sporting event does not have a direct impact on your life, whereas the outcome of an election may.

The concept of free and fair elections is something we seem to take for granted. We should instead appreciate that we are guaranteed this right, and understand that we are blessed by our founders and those who came after, who established these rights. Further, we should be grateful for those who facilitate, maintain, and protect these rights for us.

In closing, if you routinely pay homage to our veterans and service members, there is no better way to honor them, and truly show your appreciation than to exercise the right that their continuing sacrifice guarantees for you. Exercise your right to vote on Primary Day, September 12!

Respectfully,

Robert G. Miller

Murray

Apex project brings needed revenue and opportunity to Yates

Posted 26 July 2017 at 2:40 pm

Editor:

I have four children who have graduated from the Lyndonville school district, all starting at kindergarten. When they joined the track team they practiced in the parking lot. For their home meets they went to Barker because Barker had a wonderful all-weather track bought with tax money from the power plant. Each time we went there everyone would talk about all the other great advantages the students had.

I would love to have a stronger tax base for the Lyndonville school district. These children, if they can find jobs in the area, are going to be paying my social security. They need the best opportunities available.

I know that SOS knocked on the doors of all the residents of the town of Yates convincing them that Apex was a threat to their very existence. At a recent town meeting I sat next to a SOS supporter when the board was discussing the recent problem with flooding of the homes on the lakefront. It was stated that before anything could be done in the water the DEC would have to approve it. The home owner next to me (under her breath apparently unaware I heard) said she wasn’t waiting for that. The same person that told the residents of Yates that wind turbines were bad for the environment doesn’t really care about that and is only looking out for herself.

Another resident of Lakeshore Road approached me after the meeting telling me that because I don’t live on the lake shore and the wind turbine was not in my back yard, that of course I would want them. Yet another SOS supporter that is in this fight for themselves. However, I know for a fact that the turbines will not actually be in his back yard or he wouldn’t support SOS.

I ask those people who remain on the Lighthouse Wind Project, is it because of all the fairy tales the SOS agent told you or because you fear you may be publicly mocked? Please speak up and let your Town Board know what you really feel about a new business bringing in more income to this area.

I also discovered at that Yates town meeting that SOS supporters have said that the Lyndonville School District doesn’t need any additional tax money because they have terrific teachers and that is all the children need to succeed. As much as I wholeheartedly agree (more than you could ever imagine) about the teachers there, I think they want to be properly paid and have resources available to do the best job possible. I also think that the supporting staff does too. No new tax money means no need to improve connectivity and technology. But now I know I will vote no on all the future school budgets because the school doesn’t need any more tax money.

I have heard the argument from people in the Village of Lyndonville for many years about those who live part time at the lake are always trying to make changes in the town. The cottage owners respond that even though they live there part time they pay taxes too. So true but I wonder if we removed the taxes we get from those who don’t want to vacation in the Town of Yates due to commercial wind turbines and add in the revenue from both Apex and the additional income tax the homeowners with turbines will be paying, then who has the stronger argument then?

I understand a supporter of SOS is an owner of a car dealership. I work at one too. Maybe this example will be understood. Would you think that we shouldn’t hire a salesman that previously worked for a different franchise because they would tell customers to go down the street and buy a car? That is the same way of thinking that SOS uses for Apex’s military expert, Dave Belote. Doesn’t it make sense to hire someone with experience in the field you need answers in.

SOS is looking to laypeople with no experience that are announcing that wind turbines will cause the closure of the Niagara Air Base. In fact, the head of NFARS Colonel Janik announcement months ago that Lighthouse Wind is a non-issue for the base, yet SOS continues to beat this drum.

I urge the Town of Yates board to act as a board and not individuals and do what is legally right, do what is best for the community, bring opportunities to all of Yates, and don’t worry about “Not in my back yard.”

Sincerely,

Nancy Palmer

Medina (Lyndonville School District)

Serious citizenry needed for republic to thrive

Posted 26 July 2017 at 9:07 am

Editor:

After studying the United States Constitution under teachers such as Dr. Harold Rakov—and teaching about it for 34 years—it is hard for me to think I could appreciate it much more than I do.

But only time will tell whether the efforts by the “Founding Fathers” to create a foolproof republican system were successful.

To work as they intended, the Constitution—and the republic it bestowed upon us—require a serious commitment from our citizenry. Our country is not on auto-pilot as a result of the design put in place by men far more experienced with tyranny than we.

We are where we are 230 years later largely because WE haven’t done OUR “homework” and viewed OUR responsibilities with the gravity they deserve.  Without a renewed commitment to our duties as informed citizens, as well as a willingness to get engaged, we are headed for a national crisis to rival any we may have studied in American History.

Thomas Jefferson may not have had a crystal ball, but he was totally convinced that a free press was an absolutely essential prerequisite in a working republic that would be a lasting tribute to those who pledged our “lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” to bring about.  Any persistent effort to discredit the press and silence critics of those in power is—wittingly or unwittingly—an attack on an institution vital to a representative democracy.

The existence of a concerted attempt to erode public confidence in the independent judiciary undermines yet another institution the public and a democratic society can ill afford to have subverted.

Convincing those who participate in elections that significant numbers of people vote illegally—even if it is not supported by fact—has the potential to build dangerous cynicism within the electorate. Once such disinformation raises public doubts about the validity of election outcomes, the decision not to bother voting becomes all the more likely. Roughly half the population seems to believe that nothing will change regardless of who gets elected as it is.

Who loves this stuff?  Those who wish the United States of America would go away, that’s who!

Presidential historians such as Douglas Brinkley and Michael Beschloss might suggest we take a long, hard, thoughtful look at Article 3 in the document The Founders labored so strenuously to provide for future generations.

Sincerely yours,

Gary F. Kent

Albion

Yates councilman questions Apex claims about turbines and their threat to bald eagles

Posted 21 July 2017 at 9:27 am

Editor:

To continue my recent editorial: Apex Clean Energy attended the Clay County Iowa Supervisor’s Meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2017 to discuss concerns raised regarding the Upland Prairie Wind Project currently proposed for Clay and Dickinson Counties in Iowa.

In addition to the presentation of Mr. Christopher Ollson, a presentation was also made by Mr. Dave Phillips, APEX Director of Wildlife and Environmental Permitting. You may remember Mr. Phillips as the person who has, many times, indicated there is no danger to the environment or to animals from the Lighthouse Wind Industrial Wind Turbine Emplacement Project. During his presentation to the Clay and Dickinson County Board of Supervisors, he indicated the following:

“There (are) very few bald eagle collision mortalities. In the course of the wind industry in the U.S. there’s only been 21 documented collision mortalities of bald eagles. … We have over 50,000 operating turbines in the U.S. so that’s really an astoundingly low number … and I’d rank eagles as a low risk species, simply because of their behavior. They tend to fly during the day, they’re not necessarily distracted when they’re flying around turbines, and the turbines are generally cited away from their preferred habitat, which in most parts involves open water. … The probability of eagles being killed is extremely low,” Phillips said.

Not sure where Mr. Phillips gets his data from. He does not give any reference to generally accepted data. As such, his indication that there have been only 21 confirmed eagle kills in the history of wind turbines is anecdotal at best. Trading anecdote for anecdote, I’ve personally seen pictures of more than 100 eagle kills and I didn’t really work that hard to get to the photos.  Many photos, taken by those that will trespass onto property in order to get to the truth that the wind industry is not owning up to; turbines are killing significantly more eagles than the Wind Industry would like for us to believe.

Turbines kill a massive number of eagles for one simple reason:  Unlike Mr. Phillips’ assertion that “They tend to fly during the day, they’re not necessarily distracted when they’re flying around turbines”, eagles do tend to fly during the day and the reason they are not distracted by turbines is that they never see their death coming. They fly with their eyes trained downward looking for prey and don’t see the turbine-blade coming to deal the death blow.

And then the coup-de-grace. Mr. Phillips stated the following in public when defending his data-less eagle soliloquy:

“…turbines are generally cited away from their preferred habitat, which in most parts involves open water. … The probability of eagles being killed is extremely low.”

Huh?!?!  Then if APEX is so concerned about eagle kills, why are they proposing to site this project along the shores of the one of the largest surface freshwater areas on Earth, Lake Ontario??!?!

Where is the truth from APEX and their people? It is nowhere to be found, because they say whatever they need to say to gain support for their Industrial Wind Turbine Emplacement Projects.

In closing, we must remember that APEX is a business that believes Governor Cuomo and the State are on their side. As such, they will say and do anything to get their way. This is why Governor Cuomo and the State Siting Board must support the Towns of Yates and Somerset in stopping this project in its tracks…NOW!

Governor Cuomo are you listening?!

John B. Riggi

Councilman, Town of Yates

Resident urges fact checking claims by turbine opponents

Posted 19 July 2017 at 8:48 pm

Editor:

Reading Mr. Riggi’s recent Letter to the Editor reminds me of the importance to verify what you hear and read. We all must dig deeper for information and fact check often!

This is highlighted by Mr. Riggi’s inaccurate statements regarding noise levels. He says tractors and lawnmowers have a decibel level of 45; this is false.  I came upon this conclusion by talking with local farmers and researching credible online sources. After this research, I found that the decibel range of tractors and lawn mowers is closer to 90 dBa. He is off by 200 percent!

I encourage you to conduct your own research and fact check. Wind energy is one of the safest energy generation forms today. In 2016, the wind generated avoided the equivalent emissions of 33.7 million cars. It’s creating cleaner air and that means less adverse health effects from air pollution, like asthma and respiratory issues.

Linda Fisk

Lyndonville

Public should be wary of friendly deer at Point Breeze

Posted 17 July 2017 at 7:54 am

This deer has become popular at Point Breeze, taking food from residents and allowing the public to pet it. Here it is pictured walking on a dock at one of the marinas.

Editor:

I read with great interest about the yearling buck that has been hanging around the Point Breeze area following people, begging for food, allowing people (even children) to pet it and walking out on the cement pier.

This is very disturbing to me as with all the reporting on this deer not once has the tick problem that exists with the deer tick and Lyme disease been mentioned. This disease is very serious and if not identified early can lead to life crippling issues. The disease is carried by the deer tick which is very small as compared to the dog tick and can be difficult to notice until it is too late. And yes we have it in Orleans County and if you check with the Medina Veterinary Clinic there has been a lot of cases of it with pets this summer.

Anyone who spends time out side around vegetation (birders, hikers, bank fishermen, nature photographers, farmers, hunters and etc.) need to be aware of this problem. These ticks can even exist in your back yard if deer frequent that area. Checking yourself out for ticks, using tick repellent on pants and blousing pant cuffs are good defenses against having a problem with these ticks.

If you find a tick attached to you the damage may have already been done and you need to visit your doctor. Usually a “bulls eye” rash will develop where the tick had attached himself but this is not always true.

How the tick is removed after it has attached itself to you is also important. The head, which is the part that will carry the disease, can easily be broken off and left embedded in the skin which will still transfer the disease. One method for removal that is advised is to use a pair of tweezers to gently pull the tick out of the skin without breaking the head off put this can be tricky. A better way is to put liquid soap on a cotton ball and hold it on the tick and skin for about 30 seconds, the tick will let go and be tangled in the cotton ball.

Unfortunately this deer at Point Breeze has obviously been illegally raised by someone since it was a fawn and is so imprinted on people that it will need to be removed from the area. Folks don’t realize how powerful or quickly a deer can turn dangerous with those sharp hooves.

The other thing that is unbelievable to me is that the head of the wildlife department in the DEC office at Avon did not mention this Lyme disease problem when interviewed and stated that it was a doe when it is quite obvious is a button buck.

He is a year old now and will have sharp little spikes that can be very dangerous come September when they harden and mating season kicks in in October.

Wild animals, even when they seem to be tame, are still wild and can turn nasty at a drop of a hat and people need to realize it is not Disney World out there.

Douglas H. Domedion

Outdoor Columnist for the Lake Country Pennysaver

People, not monkeys, have rationale to not imitate bad behavior

Posted 13 July 2017 at 6:44 am

Editor:

Twenty years ago I often asked my classes to reflect on how monkeys differed from people. The simplistic point I hoped would be thought provoking was that monkeys tend to imitate, whereas people—ideally—tend to differentiate between that which is worthy of imitation and that which is not.

Being more thoughtful than monkeys, one might hope people would not do what is dumb merely because they were aware that someone else had set a precedent for “dumb”.

When a person disrespects another based on anything superficial, it should not matter who has done the disrespecting. If an unemployed person, a junior high student, a U.S. Senator, a criminal, or a corporate C.E.O. mocks another person for their occupation, religion, race, social station, or whatever, it shouldn’t matter who has behaved badly. Bad behavior is bad behavior, and there is no excuse for imitating it the way a monkey arguably might.

When confronted by ignorant intolerance, we can imitate, or resolve to respond more thoughtfully and become determined to treat all targets of unreasoned disrespect more respectfully than we may have in the past.

This is possible even if we have always tried to treat people respectfully regardless of inconsequential differences such as the uniforms they may wear at work, the color of their skin, their accents, what they call the buildings they may worship in, or something else.

How we respond to bad behavior is a measure of our humanity.

Sincerely yours,

Gary Kent

Albion

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