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Village trustee, who is also business owner, wants car show to continue

Posted 5 April 2017 at 2:20 pm


The car show is a great thing for Medina, and brings the community together. I have enjoyed it with my family for several years. I would like to see the car show and the business district work together toward a common goal of benefiting the community.

There has to be a middle ground where community events and the business district work together for the good of the community. Compromise is needed on all sides.

Sometimes statements out of context can cause visceral reaction.

I don’t want to see the car show come to an end. Looking forward to a great summer for the car show and business alike.


Tim Elliott

Medina Village Trustee

4 town supervisors say governor’s push to protect Long Island viewshed should also include rural NY

Posted 5 April 2017 at 2:08 pm


It is with professional appreciation that we extend this note of thanks to Governor Cuomo for taking a courageous stand establishing a state-wide 30-mile setback standard for industrial wind turbine emplacements.

Clearly, he understands the adverse impacts of poorly sited industrial wind turbines on human health, the environment, property values, the economy and quality of life.

According to the transcript published in The Legislative Gazette, in his January 10, 2017 State of the State address at Farmingdale State College, Mr. Cuomo stated the following: “I’m calling on LIPA [Long Island Power Authority] to approve a 90 megawatt wind farm. It’s enough to support 50,000 homes. They will not be visible from the beach. They will be 30 miles southeast of Montauk. Not even Superman standing on Montauk Point could see these wind farms.”

To whom did Mr. Cuomo make this statement? According to the Watertown Daily Times, he was addressing: “Well-heeled Long Island summer residents who want green power but do not want their views of the ocean to be dotted with 550-foot high turbines.”

It is good to know that Mr. Cuomo is stepping forward to protect the aesthetic viewsheds of our fellow New Yorkers living in the Hamptons on Long Island. We agree with Mr. Cuomo regarding the critical importance of protecting beautiful landscapes for property values, tourism, recreation and economic development.

We, the undersigned Town Supervisors from upstate NY, represent constituents in towns on the Lake Ontario littoral and the Thousand Islands. We may not represent “well-heeled millionaires of the Hamptons” but we do represent rural NY residents who are overwhelmingly objecting to wind projects in order to protect their property values and viewsheds.

They don’t want to live next door to industrial-scale wind energy factories. They don’t want to see the red-blinking lights atop the turbines, all night, every night for the rest of their lives. Nor do they want to be subjected to the audible and inaudible noise the turbines produce. We look forward to Mr. Cuomo publicly stating that all New Yorkers are equal and that we should all be provided the same environmental justice protections, not just the millionaires on the Hamptons.

We heartily thank Mr. Cuomo for ensuring that we now have what the State of New York considers a reasonable wind turbine setback, a setback that protects people, wildlife, the environment and quality of life of all New York’s residents. A 30-mile setback from industrial wind turbines is now the standard.

Thank you, Governor Cuomo.

Very truly yours,

Daniel M. Engert, Town Supervisor, Somerset, Niagara County, NY

James J. Simon, Town Supervisor, Yates, Orleans County, NY

David M. Storandt Jr., Town Supervisor, Clayton, Jefferson County, NY

John J. Culkin, Town Supervisor, Henderson, Jefferson County, NY

Coach appreciates community support for Holley-Kendall Wrestling Team

Posted 4 April 2017 at 10:34 am


The Holley-Kendall Wrestling Team and Coaching Staff would like to thank the many people and organizations who helped organize and contributed to the growth and success of the Holley-Kendall Wrestling Program throughout the wrestling season.

Several events were conducted and without their help, assistance and support, these events would not have been successful. The following events that took place in which many volunteers were needed: Holley-Kendall JV and Varsity Wrestling Tournaments, Holley Hawk Wrestling Club, Junior Wrestling Club, Gold Force Wrestling Club Tournament, Gold Force Wrestling Club Open Mats, and the Holley-Kendall Wrestling Banquet.

All your contributions, generosity, assistance and efforts did not go unnoticed. Your loyalty and dedication to the program is the main reason why programs and student athletes achieve success.

Thank you once again!


John J. Grillo

Head Wrestling Coach

Tarzan production by Albion students was very impressive

Posted 2 April 2017 at 8:58 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: Kerchak, played by Victor Benjovsky, is killed by a bounty hunter. The other gorialls, including Kala (Matilda Erakare) mourn the loss in this scene from Tarzan.


As we watched the ACS production of Tarzan, there suddenly seemed to be a shortage of English superlatives, and it was easy to see why some who saw it Friday came back again on Saturday.

It is unlikely that anything I could say would do justice to the effort’s excellence.  In a more populated area, the show might have run for many weeks were it not for the reality of the school schedule. If there has been a better high school musical in Orleans County, I would love to know what it was.

One thing I do know, Gilbert and Sullivan it was not. Every aspect of the production was impeccably done, and the attention to detail incredible. The overall effect was essentially spellbinding. The fact that amusing lines often got little reaction was testimony to how enthralled the audience was with what it was experiencing.

If there were lines delivered without exquisite timing, diction, expression and, particularly in Jane’s case, enunciation in accent, there were very few. The characters were generally delightful. As captivated as one may have been—as I was personally within the first three minutes— one could understandably have missed a ‘hiccup’. A theater critic may have noticed one, or two. My wife and I did not.

Attempting to itemize what stood out is probably pointless. The characters were perfectly cast. It is hard to imagine their expressions, body language, gestures, deliveries and voices being much better in an academy of performing arts in a major city. Drama is hardly my thing, but, to me, the acting was superb.

The set, costuming and makeup, dance, acrobatics, music, solos and duets, and direction made Albion Central School’s performance of Tarzan a “perfect storm” spectacle, one unlikely to be forgotten by its audiences.

Congratulations to all involved for an event that had some of us so taken in as to be on the verge of tears—or otherwise emotionally engaged—from beginning to end.  As someone who loved teaching for thirty-four years, I would urge Gary Simboli to continue sharing his talents as a teacher for as long as he is able.

Sincerely yours,

Gary Kent


Survivor urges community to be vigilant about child abuse

Posted 2 April 2017 at 8:01 pm


As many people know, there are months dedicated to “domestic violence awareness” and “breast cancer awareness”, as well as many other causes. However, what many people don’t know is that April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month.

Child abuse is an uncomfortable and sensitive issue to discuss. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that it is happening every day across the United States. Annually, more than 700,000 children are abused in the United States. As a result of abuse and neglect, an estimated four to seven children die each day at the hands of their abusers. Like sexual assault, the perpetrator is most likely to be someone close to the child—90% of abusers are parents or a relative of the child.

It is imperative that we all familiarize ourselves with the signs of child abuse and report it if we suspect that a child is being abused. You can be the reason that a child survives and gets a second chance. I was that child. I am a survivor. Please, stand up and act when you suspect that this injustice is taking place!

Child Protective Services Hotline: 1-800-342-3720

James White


Heritage Wind project would bring needed revenue to Barre

Posted 30 March 2017 at 10:32 pm


It was with great interest that I read your article on the proposed Barre Fire Hall. This would be a wonderful thing for Barre – not just from a safety perspective, but the Community Center would be a much needed anchor for bringing the residents together for many important community events.

The recent wind storm is a perfect example when 636 of 927 customers served in the Town of Barre were without power. The new proposed Fire Hall and Community Center would have served as a Community Warming Center.

Since the original price tag of $1.4 million was voted down in 2014, the costs have increased nearly double to $ 2.5 million. But something else has also increased, and that is a possible funding source for the new Fire Hall and Community Center.

Barre residents have the opportunity, through Heritage Wind, to reap the wonderful community benefits of a wind farm. Local taxing jurisdictions (County, School, and Town) would share the estimated $1.6 million per year. This is over and above what the participating land owners would be paid.

Barre’s Town portion would give them a great jump on this needed Fire Hall and Community Center. I feel certain that the Town of Barre residents will continue their methodical review of the Heritage project as they have done so far. They will logically and rationally look for the facts and follow the Article 10 process in hopes of bringing new prosperity to their hometown.

I would encourage others to look into wind energy and how it can revitalize our counties, our schools, and our towns. Look for the facts, rather than hearsay, and realize what a great opportunity we all have in front of us!

Howard Pierce


Hospital CEO thanks doctors for their service to community

Posted 30 March 2017 at 5:00 pm


National Doctors’ Day, which is celebrated today, March 30, provides us with an excellent opportunity to reach out and thank our area physicians for their many contributions to ensuring high caliber healthcare in this community.

Regardless of the setting in which they provide care or administrative leadership, physicians make a tremendous difference in the lives of countless patients and family members each and every day.

The various programs and facilities of Orleans Community Health have the great privilege of collaborating with a number of specialists, hospitalists, medical directors and primary care physicians throughout Orleans County and Western NY.

A strong working rapport with these physicians is greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all of the programs and facilities of Orleans Community Health, which include a 24/7 Emergency Department, Stroke Care Center, Medical Surgical Unit, Transitional Care Unit, Skilled Nursing Facility, Surgical Services, Physical, Occupational and Speech Rehabilitative Services, Cardiac Services, Lab Services, Respiratory Care, Wellness Services, Occupational/Work Place Health, Primary Care/ Walk In Medical Care, and two Dialysis Centers.

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, leadership and staff of Orleans Community Health, I appreciate the chance to publicly recognize and thank our area physicians for their impressive commitment to outstanding care. Because of them, residents of our community are able to receive the very best healthcare services close to home.

Wendy Jacobson

President / Chief Executive Officer

Orleans Community Health

Obstructionists should give up baseless arguments against Lighthouse Wind

Posted 29 March 2017 at 1:44 pm


If the news is true that State Senator Rob Ortt has been indicted and that Representative Chris Collins is scurrying with his tail between his legs after the collapse of the national health care legislation he championed, S.O.S. (Serve Our Selves?) has lost two of its biggest supporters in the halls of legislative power.

Their demise may not be inevitable, but it will be excruciatingly harmful to their political stars. Will Rob find few friends in Albany now who will talk to him, let alone seek his advice? Collins faces a similar fate: Chris who?

Both men failed to do their homework relating to the Article 10 application for the planned windmill farm stretching across swaths of Yates and Somerset. They were suckered into the untruths about the dangers imposed to the Niagara air base by the windmill farm.

Now that the missions cobbled together to breathe life into the Falls facility have radically shifted, the phony-baloney bogeyman espoused by S.O.S. and their political lackeys seems pathetically irrelevant. The myth of the physical threat and the dangerous radar-interference evaporates. Some of the local political leaders are sophisticated enough to recognize that radars are being replaced by satellite and cellphone technology, emasculating their proximity argument.

The Somerset board, like a petulant child, approved the two MET towers last week, but only after imposing odious requirements on them that are not required on any other such structures in their town.

Where were these same Luddites when the coal pollution belching Somerset power plant was being planned? Sometimes, it seems like the Somerset board is just trying to shake down Apex like they did Senator Maziarz when he got them three-quarters of a million dollars for Barker schools because the obsolete Somerset plant wasn’t generating the obscene tax revenue it did in its heyday.

If the disgracing of their parochial championing pols isn’t enough, they both may need a good “slap in the face” to come to their senses: stop your obstructionist follies. Let the Article10 process proceed. You’re both beating a dead horse.

Ralph E. Smith


Governor should lead by example with climate change

Posted 28 March 2017 at 8:45 pm


Gov. Cuomo is quick to announce climate change is real and not be wished away by rhetoric or denial.

The Governor should follow his own rhetoric. He may be one of the largest individual consumer of fossil fuel in the state. His numerous trips, be it by plane or helicopter, to different states and countries use massive amounts of fossil fuel. This all to forge his dreams of a future presidential run.

The Governor could care less about the climate change if it impacts his lifestyle. I just wonder how large his carbon footprint is?

If he was truly concerned about climate changes, he would lead by example. Judging by the continual decline in state population, his policies and vision has helped lower New York’s carbon footprint. He has aggressively fought climate change by forcing people to leave the state.

Edward Urbanik


Great Lakes budget cuts should be opposed to protect critical resource

Posted 27 March 2017 at 3:28 pm


The Great Lakes are a global, national, and local treasure.  These inland seas are an important industrial artery, and they provide drinking water, fishing, boating and tourism opportunities, as well jobs for millions of Americans and Canadians.

Since 2009, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has promoted pollution control, shoreline improvement, fish and wildlife protection, and invasive species monitoring and abatement.

Now, the White House is proposing to slash funding for the GLRI by 97%. Because of this cut, the Army Corps of Engineers announced last month that they would delay a major report concerning ways to prevent Asian Carp invasion of the Great Lakes. In some locations in the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, Asian Carp have consumed so many aquatic resources that they have pushed out 97% of the native fish species. In these areas, boating has become dangerous because the carp jump high into the air, sometimes knocking people overboard. Defunding the GLRI will bring these deadly invaders ever closer to our own waters.

Orleans County’s current and future economic status is closely tied to the health of the Great Lakes and their tributaries. Those of us lucky enough to live here get our drinking water from Lake Ontario, fish and boat in its waters, enjoy its waterfowl, and benefit from tourism dollars must oppose plans to defund the GLRI.

A Facebook group called “All Hands On Deck” has been formed to this end. Please consider joining this group and participating in efforts to preserve the Great Lakes for ourselves and future generations.

Sandy Chenelly