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Albion man’s pasta sauce gaining a following, including at Tops

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 February 2020 at 11:02 am

‘People are caught off guard to have a homemade taste in a jar.’ – Darrin Albanese

Photos by Tom Rivers: Darrin Albanese is shown with jars of Albanese’s Finest Gourmet Pasta Sauce on Monday after they were freshly made by Permac in Bergen. Albanese has the sauce at about 25 locations in Western New York and soon it will be available at many Tops stores.

ALBION – Darrin Albanese for years enjoyed cooking for family and friends. He liked to see their exclamations, especially with his homemade spaghetti sauce.

Some of his friends liked it so much they insisted he make more batches and put it in jars for them to take home.

Albanese, 52, uses natural, fresh ingredients with no added salt or sugar. He has tweaked the recipe from his mother Theresa and father David.

“I’ve always enjoyed cooking, especially for when people come over,” Albanese said.

Last year, after prodding from friends and his daughter Kaleigh, he decided to make the sauce available as a business.

He worked with Cornell University’s Food Venture Center to test the shelf life of the sauce and affirm the scheduled process for a manufacturer to make the sauce in bigger batches.

In late October, he had the first jars available of Albanese’s Finest Gourmet Pasta Sauce. ANG Shur Sav in Churchville was the first store to put it on its shelves. Now Albanese’s Finest is at about 25 locations, and soon will be sold at several Tops stores.

Albanese has been doing tastings at many of the sites and that has fueled many of the sales of the traditional Italian marinara sauce.

“People tell me it has an undeniable taste,” Albanese said. “People are caught off guard to have a homemade taste in a jar.”

The jars are 24 ounces and include fresh spices and herbs.

Permac Enterprises in Bergen manufactures the sauce for Albanese, and about 160 others. Jamie Lloyd, co-owner of Permac, said Albanese has one of the fastest trajectories of any of the businesses the company has worked with the past 16 years. Lloyd said securing a purchase order from Tops, less than four months after the first jars went on the market, is very unusual. It’s hard to get shelf space in the bigger grocery store chains.

He said Albanese has a quality product, and he is a good promoter, connecting with stores and doing many tasting events for people to try the pasta sauce.

“You got to make sure everybody knows how good it is,” Lloyd said. “It’s up to them to get out and market it.”

Albanese said he takes the sauce on the road, often driving 100 miles or more a day, offering samples to store managers or owners. If the store agrees to sell the sauce, Albanese will try to set up tastings for people to try the sauce on pasta or bread.

The label was designed by Darrin Albanese and includes a photo of his daughter Kaleigh, who encouraged her father to make the sauce available to more people. The label also includes a swan, which has been Darrin’s nickname since childhood. “I wanted to show her if you put your mind to something you can do it,” Albanese said.

Once they taste the sauce, the sales are easy, he said. He sold seven cases, about 80 jars, at a tasting at the Miller’s Bulk Foods on Route 104 in Ridgeway. He had to drive home to Albion when he ran out of jars at a tasting at the Runnings store in Brockport.

Albanese is pleased with the early success of the product. He is looking to make a meat sauce available in May.

When he was a teen-ager, he worked at his family’s restaurant, Albanese’s Restaurant & Lounge, which was open for about 20 years on Route 31 in Albion. He also did dishes at Tillman’s Village Inn.

Albanese said he feels like the timing is right for Albanese’s Finest. He sees a public wanting higher-quality foods, that are all natural and taste like they are homemade.

He knew his family and friends liked his pasta sauce. The reaction these past four months has proven the sauce has appeal beyond his immediate circle.

He recalled his first tasting on Nov. 15 at Skip’s Meat Market on Ridge Road in Greece. He had the sauce in a crockpot. There was a line of people wanting to try the sauce. They gave him an enthusiastic response.

“It’s fun to know something you came up with that people enjoy it,” he said. “The experience at Skip’s Meat Market solidified that even strangers like my sauce.”

Albanese’s Finest is currently available in Orleans County at the following locations:

Albion – Save-A-Lot and The Back Room Bakery

Holley – Hurd Orchards

Kendall – Partyka Farms

Medina – The Bread Basket. Miller’s Bulk Food, LynOaken Farms and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

To see the full list of locations, check the Facebook page for Albanese’s Finest.

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DePaul expects spring construction start for 40 new apartments in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 February 2020 at 10:17 am

DePaul in July 2018 presented these renderings of how the building would look in Albion, including new sidewalks by the property on Liberty and Beaver streets.

ALBION – Construction of a 40-unit apartment project is expected to start this spring, after several years of lining up financing.

DePaul Properties of Rochester last year took down three houses on Liberty Street, between the railroad tracks and Beaver Street.

That block will be home to the DePaul Boxcar Apartments, which will have 36 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units. The one bedroom units can have up to two people and the two-bedroom apartments have room for up to four people.

“We expect tenants could begin to move in in November 2021,” said Gillian J. Conde, vice president for DePaul Properties. “We will update that projection as we go – weather is always the largest factor.”

DePaul will have staff on site to oversee the apartment complex, and also to take residents to appointments with a DePaul van.

DePaul is designing the project to support people with disabilities, including senior citizens and veterans. The organization will do extensive background checks for credit, criminal and sex offender history and evictions.

“DePaul is excited to bring new housing to the village and looks forward to being an active member of the Albion community,” Conde said.

DePaul is calling the property the Boxcar Apartments to reflect its location next to the railroad.

The new apartments will be created to fill the need for housing for persons earning up to $31,800 for a single person and a family of four earning up to $45,420, Conde said.

“The site will be enhanced with safety features that allow ageing in place, with details that address mobility issues, lighted ADA bathrooms and appliances,” she said in an email this morning. “Twenty of the apartments will offer on-site supported housing supports for persons that are frail-elderly or those with in recovery for mental health. All units are one-year leases with an on-site property manager, full-time maintenance person and nights and weekends security.”

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Albion woman has been bowling 60 years, since Oak Orchard Lanes opened

Photos by Tom Rivers: Elsie Boring, 80, takes aim at the pins at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 February 2020 at 3:51 pm

Elsie Boring enjoys the friendships and competition at the bowling alley

Elsie Boring lines up her shot at Oak Orchard Bowl, where she has been a regular since the Albion business opened in 1960.

ALBION – Oak Orchard Lanes is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. One of the constants over those six decades has been Elsie Boring, one of the top bowlers in the ladies’ league.

Boring, 80, started bowling at age 20 with her late husband Chet. She bowled with him in a couples’ league and bowled with women on Tuesday nights.

She had the top average for many of those years. Currently, her five-woman team is ranked third out of the 10 teams in the league. The team is known as Franny’s Angels in honor of the late Fran Nayman. For many years he was the team’s sponsor.

Boring enjoys the chance to see friends once a week at the bowling alley on Route 98. Many of the other bowlers in the league are young enough to be her grandchildren.

“It’s enjoyable,” she said. “It’s a night out.”

Boring, when she was in her 60s, was carrying a 175 average for the season. She has bowled a 248 game before, and often broke 600 for a three-game series, including one day when she had three games at exactly 201.

She is disappointed she isn’t at that level anymore. She said arthritic knees make it hard to bend down on her follow through. She currently has a 117 average.

“I can’t do what I used to do anymore,” she said.

She is using a lighter ball these days, down from 15 pounds to 9 pounds. The lighter ball doesn’t get the same pin action as a heavier ball.

But her teammates said she is still consistent and formidable at the bowling alley. Boring throws a straight ball with a slight hook at the end.

“She has always been a tremendous bowler,” said Marcia Zambito, an alternate on the team.

Bowling has been a big family activity. Boring’s late husband Chet enjoyed the sport, and the couple taught their children – Susan, Darlene and Brett – to love the game as well. Susan bowls in the same league with her mother, on a different team, and currently has the highest average, 185, among the 50 bowlers in the league. Her brother Brett bowls in the men’s league and has a perfect 300-game to his credit.

Elsie Boring, 80, remains a key contributor on her five-women team in the ladies’ league.

Oak Orchard Bowl is celebrating its 60thanniversary this month. Randy Hanks, owner of the bowling alley since 2006, said Boring stands out as a league bowler during all 60 years of Oak Orchard’s existence. (It was originally Oak Orchard Lanes but changed its name to Oak Orchard Bowl in 2004.)

Boring, who is retired after 32 years as chief clerk for Orleans County Family Court, remembers when all 18 lanes were used by the league, and then a second group of teams would play later at night, for 36 teams total. Sneezy’s Bowling in Albion also hosted leagues. That 8-lane alley closed in 1997.

She is encouraged to see a lot of women in their 20s and 30s are bowling in the league, which runs for about 30 weeks from November to April with a weekly charge of $12. That price hasn’t changed in years.

Pat Hellert, 81, is another long-time bowler. The retired Albion fourth-grade teacher at Albion has been a teammate with Boring for many years and has been in the ladies’ league for at least a half century. Hellert is carrying a 123 average this season.

Pat Hellert jokes with Alishia Foss, 27, of Brockport. Foss, a Medina native, was bowling opposite Hellert on Tuesday. Foss said the older bowlers in the league are inspiring.

“Watching them bowl and throw the ball down the lane is so cool,” she said.

Pat Hellert and Elsie Boring look forward to see each other and their friends Tuesday night during the ladies’ bowling league.

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Gordmans celebrates grand opening in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 February 2020 at 10:13 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Janice Rice, the store manager for Gordmans in Albion, cuts the ribbon at about 9 this morning at the Route 31 plaza.

Gordmans opened today after being changed over from a Peebles. Gordmans is a retailer with designer name brand apparel, home decor, gifts, fragrances, clothing and other items.

“We have put the fun back into shopping,” Rice said during the ribbon-cutting.

Gordmans employees joined in the ribbon-cutting. Rice thanked the 25 workers for “putting in long, long hours” to get the store ready for the customers. The store was closed from Feb. 8 until today to get ready for the grand opening.

Gordmans and Peebles are both owned by Stage Stores, with Stage buying Gordmans in April 2017. Peebles opened in the Albion plaza in 2007. Gordmans has switched over 13 former Peebles stores in New York.

Perk Banker and Liane Hill, center, were among the first group of customers to check out the store. The first 100 customers today will receive a Gordmans insulated tote bag and have an opportunity to win a $50 gift card or a $5 shopping card.

Albion Mayor Eileen Banker presents Janice Rice, the Gordmans store manager, with citations from the Village of Albion and also State Assemblyman Steve Hawley. Banker is Hawley’s chief of staff.

The Albion mayor thanked Gordmans for keeping the store in Albion.

“We are very much appreciative that you have stayed in the area,” she said.

Jen Ashbery, the Albion High School principal, accepted a ceremonial check for $1,000 from Gordmans for the school.

The store has 20 percent off specials for opening day for people who take out a Gordmans credit card.

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250 attend annual Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 February 2020 at 8:50 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Ron Ayrault of Holley dances with his great-granddaughters – Kamryn and Kendall Peruzzini, and Emma Ayrault – during the 22nd annual Father-Daughter Dance on Friday at the Ronald L. Sodoma Elementary School in Albion. About 250 people attended the event, which was organized by Harvest Christian Fellowship.

This group of girls has fun at the dance.

Brennan Blowers of Batavia dances with his daughter, Eleanora

The Rev. Tim Lindsay, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, dances with his granddaughter, Alexis Eckerd.

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Gordmans will celebrate opening Tuesday in Albion at former Peebles

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 February 2020 at 4:48 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: The former Peebles location at the Route 31 plaza in Albion will have its grand opening on Tuesday as a Gordmans store.

ALBION – Gordmans will celebrate its grand opening on Tuesday at the former Peebles store at the Route 31 plaza in Albion.

The Peebles store is changing over to a Gordmans, a retailer with designer name brand apparel, home decor, gifts, fragrances, clothing and other items.

Gordmans and Peebles are both owned by Stage Stores, with Stage buying Gordmans in April 2017. Peebles opened in the Albion plaza in 2007.

Gordmans has switched over 13 former Peebles stores in New York. They will all have their grand opening on Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m.

Those New York locations include Albion, Geneseo, Geneva, Gouverneur, Hornell, Hudson, Johnstown, Malone, Newark, Ogdensburg, Oneida, Penn Yan and Sidney.

At the ribbon cutting ceremonies, Gordmans will donate $1,000 to a local school at each of the 13 stores.

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Albion makes pitch to HGTV for ‘Hometown Takeover’

Photo by Elliott Neidert: This photo was taken with a drone in February 2017 and shows the historic downtown business district in Albion.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 February 2020 at 3:45 pm

ALBION – Two downtown business owners, Amber Mogle and Courtney Henderson, have led an effort to have Albion be considered for the “Hometown Takeover” by HGTV.

They have submitted a 2-minute, 12-second video showing the downtown and historic sites in Albion, highlighting some of the deterioration and the potential. The video starts with a drone image showing the Courthouse Square. (Click here to see the video.)

“They did a great job highlighting the positives in the village,” said Mayor Eileen Banker.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Courtney Henderson, left, and Amber Mogle pushed to enter Albion in Hometown Takeover, an HGTV series. They both run businesses on East Bank Street.

She is one of three community leaders who make an on-air pitch in the video. Banker said she is proud to have grown up and stayed in Albion.

“We are a home-grown hometown,” Banker said in the video, while standing on an East Bank Street sidewalk. “People grow up and raise their families here.”

Dan Monacelli, a retired Albion school principal, speaks in the Pratt Opera House on the third floor in downtown Albion.

“What we’re looking for is someone to come on back in this town and give us the spark that we need so we continue to grow and stay close,” he said in the video.

Amy Sidari, owner of Gotta Dance by Miss Amy and the Cabaret at Studio B, is shown outside her business on Bank Street.

“Things are alive here in Albion, New York and they can even get better,” she said. “HGTV we need your help, looking for you.”

Henderson and Mogle narrate the video, which shows many scenes from the community’s business district, neighborhoods, the Erie Canal and popular sites, such as the tower at Mount Albion Cemetery.

“Albion is Friday Night Lights, Albion is family dinners, Albion is Sunday morning church. We are a small but mighty town, filled with love, history and diversity.

“Our community comes together in times of joy and celebration. More importantly our town comes together in times of heartache and loss.”

They highlight famous residents – Charles Howard who started a Santa Claus School, George Pullman who lived in Albion before striking it rich with the railroad industry, and Grace Bedell, the girl who wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln, encouraging him to grow a beard.

“Albion is the home of the Santa Claus School which reminds us every day to believe, to believe in magic, believe in ourselves and believe in our little town and all of its potential,” the video states.

Henderson and Mogle said the downtown business owners are committed to the community, and keeping their historic buildings alive.

“As individuals we are doing our best with revitalization efforts but our historical buildings on Main Street need and deserve more of a facelift than we are capable of doing alone,” they state in the video. “A Hometown Takeover in Albion, New York would improve our community and make lasting impact on the quality of life for our residents.”

Henderson and Mogle a week ago decided to push to enter the contest after seeing people post about it on Facebook. People wanted to see Albion enter, but no one seemed willing to take the lead.

Mogle set up an on-line fundraising page, seeking $1,000 to hire a videographer. That fundraising pitch went live at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. The next morning it was halfway there. It’s at $1,350 as of 3:30 p.m. today.

Albion graduate Joram Bierdeman was hired to make the video. Henderson wrote the script on Saturday morning. Bierdeman arrived that morning for filming and completed the video by Sunday. It has more than 2,000 views on YouTube.

Henderson and Mogle both said they’re happy to see such positive feedback on social media to the video.

“I feel like it summarizes Albion,” Henderson said today from her women and children’s clothing shop, Milk and Honey. “It was fun to put together and see it come alive.”

Henderson, 31, and Mogle, 30, have become big Albion boosters. Henderson is president of the Albion Merchants Association. They are optimistic about the community.

“I love this place,” said Mogle, who turned a former pizza shop into a hair salon, Roots. “I see the potential. I feel like our town is so beautiful and I don’t think people realize it.”

HGTV is looking for towns with a population less than 40,000, communities with great architecture longing to be revealed, and a Main Street that needs a facelift.

“If they choose us they will be blown away by the beauty of this town,” Mogle said.

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Air-quality survey of Albion elementary building shows no significant issues tied to cancer concerns

Photos by Tom Rivers: The Ronald L. Sodoma Elementary School, shown on Tuesday, was found to not have any significant indoor air quality issues.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 February 2020 at 4:52 pm

ALBION – An expert did an indoor air investigation of the Ronald L. Sodoma Elementary School and found no significant issues that would account for a high rate of breast cancer.

The Albion Teachers Association has been pushing for an environmental assessment of the building. The ATA said there is a high breast cancer rate among the teachers and staff.

The ATA in May told the Board of Education that the ATA counted 25 teachers and staff who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. That includes cafeteria workers, clerical staff and teacher aides, as well as teachers.

Nellie Brown speaks during a community meeting in Albion on Jan. 31, 2019.

The district reached out to Nellie Brown, director of the Workplace Health and Safety Program for Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, for the indoor air study.

Brown was at the district on Sept. 23 and Sept. 30 for an indoor air investigation of the school building, which is 179,300 square feet. The original school was built in 1957 with remodeling in 1965, 1985, 2000-2002, and 2004. The building occupancy includes 850 students and 98 staff.

Brown’s report was given to the school on Jan. 17. The Board of Education discussed it during its meeting on Monday.

“In general, our building was well built, has been well cared for and well maintained,” said Michael Bonnewell, the district superintendent.

The district will give the report to James Bowers, an epidemiologist who studies diseases for the state Department of Health.

Kathy Harling, the Board of Education president, said she was pleased with the findings in the report.

Brown in her investigation focused on five areas:

1. Insufficient ventilation: The carbon dioxide measurements showed there is sufficient ventilation, and temperature and humidity meet requirements by the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers).

Brown did suggest that the district’s buildings and grounds staff mow grass away from uninvent air intakes. (There were some grass clippings on the air intakes at courtyard A and B.)

Brown also made other observations: no HVAC at the band office, room G7 has an air-conditioner but no ventilation; An AccuTemp oven should be moved further down the range hood for better exhaust; Room J11 restroom exhaust vent draws poorly – the vent screen is covered in lint and needs regular cleaning; Both the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms exhaust have little to no flow – the system needs to be evaluated for operation; Restroom exhausts for J1 and J2 had slow flow – all other restroom exhausts worked well.

2. Inside sources of air contaminants: Consider upgrading vacuum cleaners to HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) if not already using. Recommendations were made to discontinue products/dispensers of perfumes and fragrances, and to discourage the use of products not purchased through the school district’s purchasing program. (The district buys environmentally products from the “green list” but some teachers and staff were bringing in their own cleaning products.)

3. Outside sources of air contaminants: No significant issues.

4. Biological sources of air contaminants: There have been historical water problems. Carpeted classrooms have carpet right up to the sinks/water fountains. The infrared moisture meter indicated numerous rooms with drips and splashes of water on the carpet. As moist areas can lead to mold or bacterial growth, it is desirable to have hard flooring in front of sinks/water fountains.

Removable, cleanable floor mats could be located at exterior doors; this is very useful to stop dirt and moisture being tracked into the building where they can provide habitat for fungal growth in carpets.

Water stains were observed on the ceiling in several rooms. While these were found to be nonactive as per the infrared moisture meter, potential sources of the moisture should be identified and resolved. Care should be taken to make sure that moisture from watering plants does not wet carpet so as to prevent fungal growth in carpet. Plants should not be allowed to drop debris into the univents.

5. Building fabric sources of air contaminants: No significant issues.

(Click here to see Brown’s more detailed report from her investigation. You have to scroll through the information from Monday’s Board of Education meeting to get to the report.)

Bonnewell said the district has already addressed many of Brown’s findings. The district hasn’t yet replaced carpeting with tile by sinks in classrooms. Bonnewell said there is some concern that tile could be slippery if it gets wet.

Brown also met previously with the cleaners and buildings and grounds staff to over the materials they use for cleaning the school. She provided an indoor environment training program to staff on April 12 and June 10.

Brown also spoke for an hour during a community meeting on Jan. 31, 2019, outlining numerous chemicals that can be potential causes of breast cancer or endocrine disrupters.

Brown, during that meeting last January, said determining the causes of elevated breast cancer rates is challenging due to the complexity of the disease and many risk factors involved. It also takes a long time for breast tumors to develop, at least a decade after an exposure to a carcinogen.

(Click here to see an Orleans Hub article from Feb. 1, 2019, headlined, “No easy answers in determining if Albion teachers have elevated cancer rate.”)

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Albion student defends title in spelling bee

Posted 5 February 2020 at 2:55 pm

Photos courtesy of Albion Central School: The top 3 in the Albion Middle School Spelling Bee include, from left: second place winner, Ben O’Conner; first place winner, Adam Burlison; 2nd place (tie) winner, Finn McCue.

Press Release, Albion Central School

ALBION – Adam Burlison is the Albion Middle School Spelling Bee winner. This is the second year in a row that Adam has won the local spelling bee and will compete at the regional level.

He competed against 24 other students in grades 6 through 8 in the Albion competition.

It took 13 rounds to weed the spellers down to just three finalists. Finn McCue and Benjamin O’Conner were tough spellers and lasted until the 15th round when Finn misspelled the word “solace” and Ben misspelled the word “proximal.”

Adam spelled “misdemeanor” correctly in the 15thround. To win the contest, Adam had to spell the round 16 final word correctly, or Finn and Ben would have a chance to correctly spell the word and continue in the contest.

Adam’s  winning word was “hymnal.”

The audience erupted into applause when Adam spelled the word correctly.

Adam received a certificate from Middle School Principal Brad Pritchard and now moves on to the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 29 at 10 a.m. in the Le Roy High School Auditorium.  He will compete against other local winners in the GLOW region.

Mrs. Bonnie Baldwin registers the spellers for the bee. Baldwin coordinated this year’s event.

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At Living Wax Museum, Albion 4th-graders educate with portrayals of famous people

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 February 2020 at 12:43 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Kahleb Dozier portrays Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, during this morning’s Wax Museum at the Ronald L. Sodoma Elementary School in Albion. Kahleb shared how Elvis was a big star, but would die at age 42 in 1977 from an overdose of prescription drugs.

This is the second year students in Cheryl Rightmyer’s and Shani Farce’s fourth-grade classes researched and dressed up as famous people. The 42 students in the two classes helped make their costumes and brought along props to highlight their characters.

The students would sit still almost like statues. After someone pressed a sticker to represent a button, the students came to life and portrayed an influential person, either in the past or present.

Besides learning about the notable people portrayed at the wax museum, the students also built their confidence in delivering a public presentation.

Kasia Robinson portrays Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks. She is best known for her instrumental role in the Montgomery bus boycott. On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks rejected an order from a bus driver to give up her seat and move to the “colored section” in the back of the bus. She was arrested. Her defiance inspired the black community to boycott the Montgomery buses for over a year.

Jonathan Soule is Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, politician, inventor, civic activist and statesman. As a scientist, he made many discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove.

Tyriek Johnson portrays Harry Houdini, a master illusionist and stunt performer.

Maci Manicki presents Jane Goodall, who is considered the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. Goodall has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues for more than a half century.

Makenzie Cook is Anne Frank, a victim of the Holocaust who wrote about her family’s two years in hiding from 1942 to 1944. Her diary is one of the world’s best known books.

Adelaide Pettit highlights Rachel Carson, an American marine biologist, author and conservationist whose book Silent Spring helped advance the environmental movement. That book led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides. Carson inspired an environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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