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County closes offices due to winter storm

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 March 2017 at 8:00 am

All five school districts in county closed for second straight day

Orleans County is closing its county government buildings today due to the winter storm. Employees of Buildings and Grounds, Highway, the Emergency Management Office, Sheriff’s road patrol and jail should report as normal.

All Oak Orchard Health Centers – Albion, Lyndonville, Brockport, Warsaw and Hornell – including WIC offices will be closed again today.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension in Orleans County is also closing today due to the storm.

The Albion, Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville and Medina school districts are all closed today for the second straight day.

Genesee Community College also has closed all of its campus locations, including the sites in Albion and Medina.

Clarendon town offices closed today.

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Closings for March 15, 2017

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 March 2017 at 7:40 pm

(Updated at 10:57 a.m. on March 15, 2017.)

• The meeting for the law enforcement efficiency committee, looking at possible shared services or consolidation, is cancelled for this evening.

• With Albion schools closed today, the Tarzan preview and basket auction will now be next Wednesday, March 22, at the Albion First Baptist Church from 6 to 7 p.m. for putting tickets in baskets and from 7 to 8 p.m. for the preview and announcing basket winners.

• Hoag Library in Albion is closed. A Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester meeting scheduled for 5:30 at the library has been cancelled. The next meeting will be April 5 at Hoag.

• Albion Central School is closed on Wednesday including all afterschool activities.

• Holley Central School is cancelled.

• Kendall Central School is closed on Wednesday.

• Lyndonville Central School will be closed.

• Medina Central School is shut down for the day.

• Orleans County Christian School is closed.

• Genesee Community College also has closed all of its campus locations, including the sites in Albion and Medina.

• Orleans County is closing its county government buildings today due to the winter storm. Employees of Buildings and Grounds, Highway, the Emergency Management Office, Sheriff’s road patrol and jail should report as normal.

• All Oak Orchard Health Centers – Albion, Lyndonville, Brockport, Warsaw and Hornell – including WIC offices will be closed again today.

• The Cornell Cooperative Extension in Orleans County is also closing today due to the storm.

• The Albion Area Ministerium has cancelled this week’s Lenten gathering due to the severe winter storm. The next gathering will be Wednesday, March 22, at noon at Christ Church. The gatherings are from noon to 1 p.m. and open to the community. Remaining 2017 dates include March 22 & 29, and April 4.

• Albion Town Justice Joe Fuller is closing Town Court on Wednesday due to the winter storm. Those cases will be rescheduled for 9 a.m. on April 19.

• Clarendon town offices closed today.

• Gaines Town Court is cancelled for Wednesday and the cases moved to 3 p.m. on March 22 at the Gaines Town Hall, 14087 Ridge Rd.

• Yates Town Court is closed today due to inclement weather.

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Albion Town Court closed for Wednesday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 March 2017 at 5:46 pm

ALBION – Albion Town Justice Joe Fuller is closing Town Court on Wednesday due to the winter storm.

Those cases will be rescheduled for 9 a.m. on April 19.

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More closings for today, March 14, 2017

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 March 2017 at 1:47 pm

The winter storm is intensifying this afternoon, prompting two organizations to close early.

• Oak Orchard Health is closing its sites at 3 p.m. today in Albion, Brockport, Lyndonville, Hornell and Warsaw.

• The Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA) is closing its Albion and Batavia locations at 4 p.m.

• Orleans County Legislature Chairman David Callard has authorized early dismissal for all county employees at 4 p.m. except for Highway/Buildings and Grounds and the Sheriff’s Department.

• Gaines Town Court is cancelled for Wednesday and the cases moved to 3 p.m. on March 22 at the Gaines Town Hall, 14087 Ridge Rd.

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GCC closes all campus centers today, including Albion and Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 March 2017 at 8:16 am

Holley and Murray offices also closed, and meetings canceled

Genesee Community College has closed all of its location in the the four GLOW counties for today, including the campus centers in Albion and Medina.

Other cancellations:

• The Village of Holley has closed the village office and cancelled the Village Board meeting for this evening.

“The Village of Holley Office is closed today due to the winter storm,” said Brian Sorochty, the village mayor. “Key staff will be working today to maintain village streets and services. The scheduled Village Board meeting for tonight has been rescheduled to Monday, March 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. Please visit the village website to see the updated meeting calendar.”

• The Town of Murray also is closing the town offices and won’t have its meeting this evening. Murray Town Supervisor John Morriss said the town bills will be paid at a workshop meeting on Thursday and most of the other agenda items for this evening will be moved to the April regular board meeting.

• The Gaines Town Court office is closed today but there will be court on Wednesday.

• Clarendon Town Hall closed today. Usually open noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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Church closings for March 12, 2017

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 March 2017 at 3:25 pm

The Eagle Harbor United Methodist Church has canceled the Sunday service due to power outage.

Albion businesses have many activities today for Hometown Holiday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 December 2016 at 10:32 am

Santa will make appearance at old Swan Library

File photo by Tom Rivers: Mrs. Claus is pictured here during Hometown Holiday in December 2013. She will be back at Knight’s Pride today from noon to 3 p.m.

File photo by Tom Rivers: Mrs. Claus is pictured here during Hometown Holiday in December 2013. She will be back at Knight’s Pride today from noon to 3 p.m.

ALBION – The Albion Merchants Association has many activities planned today for the fifth annual Hometown Holiday.

Children can make ornaments (at MMIM), make reindeer dust (at Lynne Marie Hair Boutique), play holiday games, write letters to Santa and eat cookies.

Mrs. Claus will be at Knight’s Pride from noon to 3 p.m. and Santa will be available to meet youngsters at the old Swan Library from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

The activities are all free go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (although not all locations will be participating the full six hours).

Here is a list of some participants: SnL Sweet Escapes, cookie decorating; Digital Ink Arts, holiday games; Tease, cookies and hot cocoa; Xpress Fitness & tanning, reindeer raffle; Hazy Jade Gift Shop, Santa hand print art; Uptown Browsery, snowman ornament; Olde Dogge Inn, pine cone ornament; Downtown Browsery, letter to Santa; and Save-A-Lot, coloring contest.

There will also be an elf hunt, where people can win a ticket for the reindeer raffle if they find an elf. The Merchants also have a 12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt.

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2 injured in 3-car crash on 104 in Ridgeway

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 September 2016 at 3:59 pm

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RIDGEWAY – Two people were taken by ambulance to hospitals following an accident with three vehicles this afternoon on Route 104, between Knowlesville and Culvert roads. The top photo shows firefighters working to cut the battery after the driver had been removed from the vehicle.

The driver was eastbound on 104 and turned to go into the driveway at a house where a bride and her bridesmaids were getting ready. The driver pulled in front on a pickup headed westbound, according to an Orleans County sheriff’s deputy.

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These trucks collided after the driver of the pickup truck at left attempted to avoid a vehicle that crossed into the westbound lane suddenly at 1:15 p.m. A passenger in the vehicle at left was taken by ambulance. A deputy at the scene said none of the injuries were serious.

Wine walk at nature preserve is popular at Lyndonville

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 August 2016 at 6:47 pm

Wine Walk at Robin Hill Nature Preserve

LYNDONVILLE – The Orleans County Chamber of Commerce put on its first wine walk on Thursday at the Robin Hill Nature Preserve in Lyndonville.

The Chamber was expecting about 25 people for the event and nearly 100 showed up to sample wine, mead and Steampunk Cider from four stops and explore the 45-acre nature preserve.

Bryan McGraw of 810 Meadworks

Bryan DeGraw, left, of 810 Meadworks in Medina serves samples of mead to Emily Cebula of Lyndonville, her daughter Margaret Mink of Rochester, and Margaret’s husband Josh Mink.

Cebula said she has long admired the Robin Hill property, which includes 250 varieties of trees on Platten Road in Lyndonville.

Robin Hill

William and Mary Smith built this Medina sandstone house from 1948 to 1952.

Today, Doug Pratt lives in the house created by his grandparents. Pratt has created the Robin Hill Foundation with an educational mission. He has opened the property up to colleges, and also the community.

The pond at Robin Hill

William Smith planted a variety of trees to attract birds to the property.

Robin Hill

William and Mary Smith created the site after their daughter Lucille died from Scarlet Fever at age 19. They named it Robin Hill.

Lauren Stack of Leonard Oakes

Lauren Stack, a server from the Leonard Oakes Estate Winery in Medina, serves Riesling to Donna Merritt and her daughter Melissa Ryczek, both of Holley.

Jerod Thurber, a manager at Leonard Oakes, said Robin Hill is a great setting for events, including wine tastings. Thurber and DeGraw are both on the Chamber’s board of directors. Thurber said he expects the wine walk will return next year at Robin Hill.

Thurber is so enamored with Robin Hill, he built his home on the edge of the property.

“It is a valuable asset,” he said about the preserve. “We need to figure out how to promote it and make sure it’s here forever.”

Clarence Pratt's grave

Robin Hill includes the grave for Clarence Pratt, a World War II soldier.

 

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