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Holley celebrates opening of community garden

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: The new Holley Community Garden is completely fenced-in, with access by way of the white garden shed.  Rainwater is being collected via gutters on the shed roof.  Sue Persia said the beds contain screened topsoil, "Nutri-Brew" - consisting primarily of brewery waste.  The composed material adds nutrients to the soil and conditions it.  Persia said it is very helpful in providing pH levels which are excellent for plant growth.  Additionally, dry, aged and bagged cow manure was provided by grant funds.  All raised bed soil-mix materials are organic, Persia said.  She provided those who have rented beds with information on organic, homemade disease and pest sprays.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 27 May 2017 at 5:56 pm

Young violinist John Patt provided music for the event.  He played “The Star Spangled Banner,” an appropriate choice for Memorial Day Weekend.

HOLLEY – No seeds have been planted, no vegetable transplants set in place, but the newly created Holley Community Garden is already reaching its goal of bringing the community together.

“This is wonderful,” Myron Holley Garden Club member Sue Persia said Saturday morning during an event celebrating the official opening of the garden. “This is going to be a catalyst for the community… a place to interact with neighbors… a place for the community to work together to make something positive happen. What better way than to go back to the soil?”

Community residents and leaders gathered at the garden at 10 a.m. for a ribbon cutting and refreshments. The event also provided an opportunity for those who have already rented a 4′-by-8′ raised garden bed to get to know each other.

The garden is located off the north side of State St. (Rt. 31) on the east side of the village where there is ample room for raised growing beds.

The garden came together quickly this spring when the Clarendon Lions Club and the Myron Holley Garden Club agreed to supervise the project, which was facilitated by a $15,000 grant through the Orleans County Public Health Department. The grant was supplied by the Medical Reserve Corporation under the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Association of City, County and Health Officials.

“We are glad to see the grant put to good use,” Al Cheverie of the Orleans County Health Department said.

Holley Mayor Brian Sorochty and Al Cheverie of the Orleans County Health Department cut the “green” ribbon on the garden shed to officially open the Holley Community Garden.  Sue Persia looks on. Persia read a favorite garden poem:  “There is always music in the garden… but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.”

Holley Mayor Brian Sorochty said local resident Brenden Bedard informed him of the opportunity.  He said he realized the Holley community could take on the project after the Clarendon Lions and Myron Holley Garden Club agreed to supervise construction and care of the garden.

“It’s a match made in heaven,” Sorochty said. “It is a worthwhile project and very heartwarming. I’m grateful for everything everybody has done.”

Community residents enter the garden for the first time.

Sorochty noted in addition to the Orleans County Health Department, Lions and Garden clubs, many people have been involved in making the garden a reality, including the Holley Village Board, Village Clerk Deborah Schiavone, Village of Holley Department of Public Works and Sara’s Garden Center.  The garden will be organic, Sue Persia said.

Sue Persia says she is planning monthly educational events at the garden.  There are still beds available for rental.  The fee is $20 per year and participants must sign an agreement  to abide by the garden rules.

More information is available at the Holley Village Clerk’s Office, Clarendon Town Clerk’s Office, Holley Community Free Library and the Holley Community Center, or call 585-638-5750.

The garden shed acts as a doorway to the garden and also houses an array of garden tools and wheelbarrows.

Watering cans are lined up and ready for duty.

The first community members to rent raised beds pose in front of the garden. Friends Jennifer Anderson and Mylynda Kuba -pictured on the right side of the sign – say they are excited about the garden. “We are discussing what we are going to put in,” Kuba said. Anderson purchased the very first bed for Kuba as a birthday present. The two say they are looking forward to expanding their ability to garden. They can easily walk or ride bikes to the site. Kuba and Anderson became friends several years ago when they met during the Holley June Fest 5K race. They say the Community Garden will be another way to meet people in their community.

Two standing planting beds will make gardening easier for those with mobility challenges.  Eventually, the garden may be completely handicapped accessible, Mayor Sorochty and Sue Persia say. Sorochty said the village provided wood chips for mulch in the garden-bed area.  He said many of the chips came from trees and limbs downed during the March wind storm.  Holley Department of Public Works Superintendent David Nenni worked to create a parking area for the garden.  Village electric will also be connected to the site.

Sue Persia said 4-Hers created clever garden markers.  Those attending the event were welcome to select one.

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Holley students remember soldiers’ sacrifices during assembly

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 26 May 2017 at 6:38 pm

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

HOLLEY – Elementary School students held their Memorial Day Assembly this morning with local veterans in attendance as honored guests.

The Posting of the Colors ceremony was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the Star-Spangled Banner with the Elementary Chorus and Concert Band.

“They were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways,” sixth grader Andrew Thomas said before introducing the honored guests. “Thank you for answering the call to duty.”

Andrew said the assembly is a way for students to say they remember and appreciate those veterans who are able to attend as well as those who, “are here in spirit…. you are very important to us and hold a special place in our hearts,” Andrew said. “Thank you simply isn’t enough.  We are forever indebted to your service.”

The “Holley Boys” – the eight young men from Holley who died during their service in the Vietnam War – were especially remembered with teams of two students at a time reading excerpts from Michael T. Keene’s book, Vietnam Reflections:  The Untold Story of the Holley Boys. The students paid tribute to the eight. Here, students read excerpts about John Davis, who was survived by three children, and David Case.

Next to be remembered were Ronald Sisson and Howard Bowen.

Next Gary Bullock and Gary Stymus were remembered. Stymus was killed in action 50 years ago yesterday, on May 25, 1967.

Lastly, George Fischer and Paul Mandraccia were remembered.

Hannah Bock directs the Elementary Band’s performance of The Lone Eagle March.

Members of the Elementary Chorus perform God Bless America under the direction of Sally Martin.

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Fox from famed taxidermist in Clarendon refurbished and back on display

Photos by Tom Rivers: Carl Akeley was only 16 when he preserved this fox in Clarendon. Akeley would go on to become one of the world's most acclaimed taxidermists. The fox is on display at the Cobblestone Museum after a $6,000 refurbishment.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 May 2017 at 3:51 pm

Cobblestone Museum has fox from Carl Akeley

Provided photo: Carl Akeley is pictured with a leopard in Africa that he killed with his bare hands after it attacked him.

GAINES – Two years ago, a fox in a display case at the Cobblestone Museum was missing an eye, with its fur matted. The animal, then about 135 years old, was in rough shape and wasn’t given a prominent spot at the Cobblestone Museum.

But it was an early example of Carl Akeley’s taxidermy work. Akeley, who grew up in Clarendon, stuffed the fox when he was 16. It was an ambitious effort after he started with birds. Akeley would become one of the world’s most renown taxidermists and remains an industry legend 153 years after his birth.

He earned acclaim after stuffing the giant elephant Jumbo, and made several trips to Africa, hunting animals and displaying them in New York City at Akeley’s Hall of Mammals in the American Museum of Natural History.

Locally, he gained renewed prominence three years ago when the Clarendon Historical Society celebrated his 150th birthday.

Jay Kirk, author of the Carl Akeley biography “Kingdom Under Glass,” was the featured speaker during a program about Akeley on May 21, 2014. Kirk chronicled Akeley’s life during the golden age of safaris in the early 20th Century.

Akeley’s adventures connected him with Theodore Roosevelt, P.T. Barnum and George Eastman. Akeley died in 1926 and is buried in Africa.

The taxidermist community worked with the Clarendon Historical Society last year to put a monument at Hillside Cemetery in honor of Akeley. Donors, many of them taxidermists around the world, contributed to have the $8,000 monument in Akeley’s honor. The monument is in the shape of the African continent and the stone is black African granite.

The memorial includes a quote from Akeley, who survived being mauled by an elephant and vicious bites on his arm from a leopard. “Death Wins! Bravo! But I Laugh In His Face As He Noses Me Out At The Wire.” The stone will note Akeley’s birth, May 19, 1864, and his death, Nov. 17, 1926.

When Clarendon made a big push to recognize Akeley, retired Orleans County Historian Bill Lattin told Clarendon Historian Mellisa Ierlan the Cobblestone Museum had an early example of Akeley’s work.

Provided photo: The Akeley fox had lost a lot of color and had deteriorated after more than a century. But the Clarendon Historical Society, Cobblestone Museum and other community members were determined to have the animal refurbished by a professional taxidermist.

The community was able to raise abut $6,000 to give the fox some needed attention. In July 2015, Ierlan took the fox to George Dante, a professional taxidermist in New Jersey. Dante, owner of Wildlife Preservations, gave the fox new life. When the case with the fox was opened, the fox’s missing eye was found. Dante put the eye back where it belonged.

He gave the fox a new tail, which had to be dyed to match the fox’s body. Dante also had to replace the fox’s feet and fill in some gaps by the ears.

He vacuumed the body and the fur popped back up. He also replaced the bird as part of the display. Akeley had the fox with feathers in its mouth. Dante kept the scene created originally by Akeley nearly 140 years ago.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Ierlan: John Janelli, left, is past president of the National Taxidermy Association. He is pictured with George Dante and the refurbished fox at Dante’s studio in New Jersey.

Irelan, the Clarendon historian, brought the fox back to Clarendon on May 10. The fox was on display in Clarendon for over a week during the kickoff of the Clarendon Historical Society’s season. On Monday, the fox returned to the Cobblestone Museum in the Proctor Room in the basement of the Cobblestone Universalist Church.

“It was in rough shape,” Ierlan said about the fox’s condition two years ago. “I knew George would do a good job but he exceeded our expectations. Carl would be proud.”

Doug Farley, the museum director, said there will likely be a reception and program about the fox in September as part of the Orleans County Heritage Festival in September.

This fox was stuffed by Carl Akeley nearly 140 years ago. It is back on display at the Cobblestone Museum after getting some needed attention. The fox used to be in Farmer’s Hall at the museum, but now is displayed inside the Cobblestone Universalist Church, the most prominent building at the museum on Route 104 in Gaines.

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Holley students give canal park a clean sweep

Staff Reports Posted 25 May 2017 at 10:25 am

Provided photos

HOLLEY – The newly formed Interact Club at Holley led a clean sweep of the canal park on Wednesday. The Interact Club opened the effort up to other students, and about 70 joined the effort with students from Baseball, Softball, Unified, Football, Cheerleaders, National Honor Society, Junior National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and both Student Councils.

“All wanted to do something nice for the community,” said Samantha Zelent, a school social worker and Interact advisor. “The Holley DPW was absolutely amazing in making this work for the kids.”

The students pushed for the clean up in time for the Holley June Fest set for June 3.

Senior Interact Club members Andi Carpenter and Katie Morgan use teamwork to get trash out of the pond.

Varsity Cheerleaders Maddie Rowley and Alessia Giancursio look for elusive trash at the park.

These middle school students helped with the clean up.

Members of the Varsity Baseball Team also were out hunting for trash in the park system.

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Historic marker unveiled for Revolutionary War soldier who lived to be 107

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: Orleans County Historian Matt Ballard, Town of Clarendon Historian Melissa Ierlan, Orleans Veterans Services Agency Director Earl Schmidt, Orleans County Legislator Don Allport, members of the Orleans Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Rochester Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Gaines Historian Al Capurso, Samuel Cook descendants and community members gather at the grave of Revolutionary War veteran Lemuel Cook at Cook Cemetery Saturday morning for the unveiling of a New York State Historic Marker. The Orleans County Historian and the Orleans County Historical Association contributed to the funds to purchase the marker.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 20 May 2017 at 11:01 pm

Lemuel Cook, who is buried in Clarendon, was last pensioner from Revolutionary War

CLARENDON –  Fourth generation great-granddaughters of Lemuel Cook – Cindy (Cook) Barker, Deborah (Cook) Dey, Diane Johnson and Valerie Johnson unveiled the New York State Historic Marker dedicated to Cook, a Revolutionary War soldier and the last official pensioner of the war, during ceremonies Saturday morning at Cook Cemetery on Munger Road in Clarendon.

The four women traveled to Clarendon from Michigan to attend the ceremony and descendants of Cook still living in Orleans County also attended.

Cook was the first of his brothers to enlist with the 2nd Connecticut (Continental) Light Dragoons, and served the duration of the American War for Independence. He came to North Bergen following the war in 1821 and eventually settled in Clarendon on South Holley Road around 1832.

The grave of Lemuel Cook at Cook Cemetery was recently reset after the headstone was knocked down during the wind storm in March.  The Orleans Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution supported efforts to reset it. The DAR worked with the Town of Clarendon and Brigden Memorials on the project.

Orleans County Historian Matt Ballard said Cook saw action at the Battle of Brandywine and Yorktown and met General George Washington – whom Cook, “held in high regard,” – on two occasions.

Ballard read Cook’s own account of his first meeting with General Washington, who asked Cook his name and was impressed with Cook’s horse.

“That’s a right smart mount you have,” Washington told Cook. The second time the two met, General Washington remembered Cook by name and the impressive horse, Ballard said.

Cook died on May 20, 1866, at the age of 107.

Earl Schmidt, director of the Orleans Veterans Services Agency said Cook fought for us and his service will never be forgotten. “We are here to make sure veterans are never left behind,” Schmidt said.

Orleans County Legislator Don Allport said Cook embodied the spirit of all American patriots who, “Stood up against the most powerful nation in the world.” He and other local officials thanked the Orleans County Legislature for their assistance in helping to recognize Cook with the historic marker.

Members of the Rochester chapter of The Sons of the American Revolution wore Revolutionary soldier uniforms and honored Cook with a primitive gun salute after the unveiling.  They brought reproductions of several flags used by the military during the Revolutionary War. The flag at the right with 13 white stars on a blue field was General George Washington’s flag.

Members of the Orleans Chapter of the DAR placed a wreath at Cook’s grave following the unveiling of the historic marker.

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Refugee who found new life in Rochester shares inspirational message with Holley students

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: Sandra Uwiringiyimana (center), poses with Holley Community Free Library Director Sandra Shaw(left) and Holley Middle School/High School Librarian Lisa Osur (right) following Uwiringiyimana's book talk at the school on Thursday.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 19 May 2017 at 7:08 am

Author Sandra Uwiringiyimana speaks to students and community members in Holley on Thursday afternoon.

HOLLEY – Students at Holley Middle School/High School were inspired and challenged to be “an agent of change” Thursday afternoon by African-born author Sandra Uwiringiyimana who spoke about her book, How Dare the Sun Rise.

She writes about how she survived a massacre, immigrated to the United States, and overcame her trauma. The book was released May 16.

The 22-year old Uwiringiyimana was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and enjoyed what she described as “a happy childhood” and a “fulfilling life” in her conflict-stricken homeland, until the age of 10. That’s when rebel groups sought to kill her and members of her tribe because of their dialect and physical characteristics.

“We were made to feel subhuman, as if we didn’t deserve to live in the Congo,” Uwiringiyimana said.

Her family was forced to flee from their home, but were ambushed during the attempt. A man came up to the window of their vehicle and punched Uwiringiyimana’s six-year old sister in the face.

“It was then I discovered hate,” Uwiringiyimana said.

That memory is what lead her to write about her experiences, Uwiringiyimana said.

She encouraged students and members of the Holley community to become agents of change – to break the cycle of hatred between different people – as she is trying to do.

“We must see each other’s humanity first,” Uwiringiyimana said.

In 2004, the refugee camp where Uwiringiyimana’s family was living was attacked. Uwiringiyimana watched as her 6-year-old sister was killed and other members of her family were wounded.

Uwiringiyimana signs books following her talk at the school.

Eventually, surviving family members were able to immigrate to America and settled in Rochester where Uwiringiyimana went to Mercy High School. She is now a student at Mercy College.

Uwiringiyimana told the students she understands their daily struggles, particularly after her experiences as a refugee.

“High School can be difficult, especially if you feel like an outsider,” she said.

Uwiringiyimana told the audience she has worked to turn tragedy into triumph and that they can do the same

How Dare the Sun Rise is published by Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books.

“You are never too young to change the world,” Uwiringiyimana said. She encouraged students to start with the choices they make on a daily basis.

“You can’t make change globally if you don’t make change at home,” she said.

She encouraged them to take an interest in others and offer kindness and support.

“It’s not enough to be a nice person,” Uwiringiyimana said. “You have to express that.”

She said the friendships she made in Rochester and the encouragement of others helped her to see that it was important to tell her story

Uwiringiyimana is the first of her tribe to write a book about their experiences, and she now gives of her time as a human rights activist and spokesperson for refugees.

“I put a face to the issue,” she said. “When you hear the word refugee, picture me.”

Uwiringiyimana works to help girls in rural communities in the Congo. “A lot of kids don’t have the luxury of dreaming,” she said.

Through the Jimbere Fund (a non-profit organization which fights poverty in the Congo), Uwiringiyimana assists refugees and helps educate young women. She told students to become involved in local community organizations which help others.

“I live my life with my heart and mind opened to other people,” she said. “I want to be inclusive… it was (extremist) thinking that took (my sister’s) life. How could I embrace the notions that killed her?”

Following her speech, Uwiringiyimana signed copies of her book in the Holley Middle School/High School foyer.

Claudia Drechsel, a soon-to-graduate senior, has already read the book and was able to have it signed. She said she was thrilled with the book and with what Uwiringiyimana told the audience.  Drechsel was especially moved by Uwiringiyimana’s courage.

“She said exactly the things that should be said, it was so personal. She touched on so many important issues,” Drechsel said. “It was really great.”

“Her story was inspiring to me,” eighth-grader Arrianna Ianello said. “I tend to take things for granted.” Uwiringiyimana taught her that good can come out of suffering and tragedy, Ianello said.

The author visit was made possible by the Holley Community Free Library and the Holley Rotary Club.

Library Director Sandra Shaw and Holley Central Superintendent of Schools Bob D’Angelo were both impressed by the talk and the response from students. Both said they know the visit will make a lasting impression on students and they hope to be able to offer similar programs in the future.

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Holley approves budget, propositions

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 May 2017 at 10:42 pm

HOLLEY – School district voters passed the budget, propositions and elected two members to the Board of Education today.

There were three candidates on the ballot for two open seats (3-year terms) on the Board of Education. Incumbent Robin Silvis received the most votes, 337, followed by Andrea Newman at 291. Salvatore DeLuca Jr. wasn’t re-elected to the BOE, coming in a close third with 280 votes.

The proposed $24,500,000 budget was approved, 346-167. The budget is up by $100,000 or 0.4 percent and will increase the tax levy by 1.35 percent.

Residents also voted on these propositions:

• Authorizing the purchase of school buses (two large and two small), a pickup truck, grounds maintenance equipment and choral risers – at a total cost not to exceed $496,600 – approved 326-188.

• Proposition No. 3 – support of the Holley Community Free Library. The proposed library budget for the 2017-2018 school year is $125,247 – passed 384-134.

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Renovation of old Holley High School delayed, but developer still determined

File photo by Tom Rivers: Nelson Leenhouts, chairman and CEO of Home Leasing, addresses a crowd on Nov. 11 outside the former Holley High School. Leenhouts wants to redevelop the site into senior apartments and the village offices. Home Leasing wasn’t approved for financing through a state program, but the company said it will try again.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 May 2017 at 11:03 am

HOLLEY – A plan to transform the former Holley High School into senior apartments and village offices has been delayed after a state agency didn’t approve financing to assist with the project.

“Home Leasing remains committed to the transformation of the former high school into quality affordable senior housing and updated Village of Holley offices,” said Nelson Leenhouts, chairman and CEO of Home Leasing. “We will update our application and resubmit for the next funding round this fall.”

Home Leasing is proposing a $17 million project at the former school, which has been vacant for about a decade. The company wants to create 41 mixed-income apartments for seniors, new village office space, and restore the auditorium for public events.

Holley village officials are disappointed the project wasn’t included in this year’s competitive State Homes and Community Renewal financing round, Mayor Brian Sorochty said.

The funding is critical for the project to move forward. The mayor said that only one in three applications are typically selected annually, so this result is not uncommon.

“While the delay is disappointing to us, we remain confident that this worthwhile plan will happen soon due to the strength of the development team, the overwhelming support of our residents, our elected officials and the Landmark Society,” Sorochty said.  “A re-purposed Holley High anchors our vision for an active and vibrant Village Square.”

The Landmark Society of Western New York has named the school one of its “Five to Revive.” That designation helped raise awareness in the Rochester region for the building.

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Holley dresses up for Kentucky Derby to raise funds for OC Animal Shelter

Provided photos: This group wore fancy hats on May 5. They include, from left: Teacher Lynnette Short, PE Teacher Jill Klotzbach and Secretary Roxanne Wagner.

Posted 16 May 2017 at 8:36 am

Press Release, Holley Central School

HOLLEY – The Holley Middle School/High School celebrated Kentucky Derby Day this year by hosting a hat fundraiser to support the Orleans County Animal Shelter.

Students, faculty and staff donated money to wear their fanciest hats on May 5. Normally, wearing hats to school is against the dress code. In just one day, $150 was collected and sent to the shelter on Gaines Basin Road in Albion. The Physical Education Department and Student Council jointly sponsored the fundraiser.

Annually, the PE Department displays fun facts about the Kentucky Derby. The horse race takes place on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. Holley students learn about the traditions surrounding the Derby. PE staff also post photos of the horses racing each year and students select who they think will win the race.

This year, Math Teacher Patti Gauer conducted a special math lesson involving horse racing. If her students answered math problems correctly, they moved their horses further down the “track” posted in the gym.

As part of the school-wide celebration of Kentucky Derby Day, students also received a special lunch from the cafeteria staff, consisting of a southern chicken sandwich, chocolate pie and lemonade with mint leaves. The cafeteria staff is pictured with their special Derby lunch items.

From left: students Julianna Drewry, Rosa Bender and Helana McLean cast their vote for which horse will win.

PE Teacher Jill Klotzbach and Principal Susan Cory wear their Derby hats.

Part of the Holley MS/HS Kentucky Derby display includes a horse with a Holley marker.

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Historical marker will be dedicated Saturday for Revolutionary War soldier in Clarendon

Posted 15 May 2017 at 10:58 pm

Provided photos: An eventual settler of Clarendon, Lemuel Cook would earn the distinction of the oldest pensioner of the Revolution at the time of his death on May 20, 1866 at the age of 107.

Press Release, Orleans County History Department

CLARENDON – This Saturday at 10 a.m. the Orleans County Department of History in conjunction with the Orleans County Historical Association and Clarendon Historian will host a dedication ceremony for a new historic marker at the Cook Cemetery in Clarendon.

The Orleans Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will participate with a wreath laying ceremony following the unveiling of the marker – the Rochester Chapter Sons of the American Revolution will offer a primitive gun salute dressed in patriot attire.

Lemuel Cook, a young man from Connecticut, enlisted with the 2nd Connecticut (Continental) Light Dragoons to serve for the duration of the American Revolution. During his service, he met Gen. George Washington on at least two occasions and saw action at the Battle of Brandywine and Yorktown. Cook migrated to North Bergen in 1821 and later to Clarendon around 1832, eventually settling on the South Holley Road near Munger Road, just a short distance from his final resting place.

Upon his death in 1866, Lemuel Cook was regarded as one of the oldest pensioners of the American Revolution, a title that genealogists and historians have challenged over the years. What is known for certain is that Cook was the last official pensioner of the war, the last surviving veteran of the war whose service was proven with discharge papers signed by Gen. Washington himself.

The marker for Lemuel Cook will be dedicated at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Recently toppled by the massive windstorm in March, the Orleans Chapter DAR has generously supported efforts to reset Cook’s headstone, working with the Town of Clarendon and Brigden Memorials in Albion.

The program is free and open to the public.

The Department of History will begin the process for selecting the next spot for a historic marker following this program. Input from the community is appreciated and more information will be made available about the process.

Mount Albion tour planned for May 28

The Orleans County Department of History also will host a tour of Mt. Albion Cemetery over Memorial Day weekend on May 28th, starting at 2 p.m. The group will assemble at the cemetery chapel, departing at 2:05 p.m.

Although the tour will spotlight local veterans, not all of the stories will focus on military service. The tour is a prelude to the regularly scheduled series taking place Sunday afternoons in August. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather; guests should expect the tour to last approximately 90-120 minutes and cover several sections of the cemetery.The tour is free and open to the public with no tickets required.