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Holley Elementary students had a festive Friday on last day of school before holidays

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 25 December 2016 at 11:26 am

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Photos by Kristina Gabalski

HOLLEY – There was lots of red, Santa hats, and reindeer antlers made of construction paper on Friday when Holley Elementary School had a Winter Sing Along led by members of the chorus and band.

This photo shows teachers, staff and students teaming up with visual aids for a rendition of “Must be Santa…”

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Students and their teachers in the audience enjoy singing along with the chorus.

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Holley Elementary Chorus Director Sally Martin, left, and Band Director Hannah Bock dance while students sing “Jingle Bell Rock.”

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The Holley Elementary Band brass section plays “Heaven and Nature” (Joy to the World).

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Holley cheerleaders bring holiday joy to nursing home residents

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 December 2016 at 7:55 am

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HOLLEY – The Holley cheerleading squad, which includes 30 girls and two boys, visited The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center on Thursday evening.

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The cheerleaders presented each resident of the nursing home in Albion with a Christmas card and a teddy bear. They also sang a few songs to some residents.

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“The kids were so wonderful and took time to chat with the residents and wish them Merry Christmas,” said Heather Kelley, the cheerleading coach. “It is an amazing experience! We are going to organize a trip back for Valentine’s Day.”

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$10K grant approved for Hillside chapel restoration

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 21 December 2016 at 6:16 pm
Photo by Kristina Gabalski: The Clarendon Historical Society is working to restore the chapel at Hillside Cemetery.

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: The Clarendon Historical Society is working to restore the chapel at Hillside Cemetery.

CLARENDON – The Clarendon Historical Society this week received a $10,000 grant from the Orleans County Foundation/Curtis Foundation for restoration of the historic Medina Sandstone non-denominational chapel in Hillside Cemetery.

“Their continued support of this project as well as others in Orleans County, demonstrates their active interest in the betterment of our community through engaging with organizations working to improve a variety of programs and places,” Clarendon Historical Society member Erin Anheier said of the Orleans County Foundation/Curtis Foundation.

The Historical Society previously received grants from the Foundation for exterior mortar repointing and window restoration for the chapel.

Historical Society President Melissa Ierlan said the funds will help cover incidentals and the anticipated need of hiring professionals for the restoration process, which will be in compliance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

She said she is “thrilled people are still granting us money, considering how long it is taking us to get through this process.”

Ierlan explained there has been much time-consuming paperwork involved in the restoration process, and she is humbled by the support the project has been shown.

Hillside Cemetery was placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 2013 with the chapel being a major contributing asset, Anheier said.  In 2014, the Landmark Society of Western New York named the chapel to their “Five to Revive” list.

The chapel was built in 1894 of locally quarried Medina Sandstone, she said, and is a “fine example of Gothic Revival architecture.”

Restoration plans include replacing the slate roof with new slate, rebuilding the stained glass windows and refurbishing the interior.

“Once restored, the chapel is envisioned as a community meeting place for events such as lectures, art shows, musical presentations and weddings. Work is anticipated to begin early in 2017,” Anheier said.

The Historical Society’s fund-raising campaign for restoration of the chapel began in 2014 and Anheier said tax deductible donations have been received from community members, through grants, and from entrance fees for Historical Society-sponsored events at the cemetery and chapel to support the project.

The Historical Society  is “very appreciative of the support and encouragement they have received from the local community and look forward to holding events in the refurbished chapel,” Anheier said.

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Holley approves $6M in school construction bids

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: The Holley Elementary School is shown on Monday. The school will receive several upgrades in the final phase of a capital project next year.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 20 December 2016 at 6:48 pm

HOLLEY – The Board of Education on Monday approved $6 million in school construction bids, the final phase of the school district’s $30 million Capital Improvement Project.

Steve Perrigo of Turner Construction presented BOE members with the low bids from R.B. Mac Construction in Lockport – $2,263,000 for general construction work; Lloyd Mechanical in Hilton – $2,945,000 for HVAC and $224,000 for plumbing work;  and Hewitt Young Electric, LLC in Rochester – $599,500 for electrical work.

“We were thrilled with the number of bidders,” Perrigo told the BOE. “The numbers came in below budget. You are in a healthy position going forward.”

Perrigo called the bidders “qualified and responsive.”

The district has stated the improvements are being made at zero tax impact to local taxpayers.

Perrigo and Becky Cokelet of SEI Design Group presented the board with an overview of the final phase of the project before the vote on the bids.

Cokelet explained that the project, which was approved by district voters in December 2014, was broken into phases to facilitate work linking up with the release of funding. She said the scope of the project has not changed.

The final phase will be completed in 2017 and includes work at both the Elementary and Middle School/High Schools as well as site work.

Six new tennis courts will be constructed. One current tennis court will remain and a second current tennis court will be transformed into two half-basketball courts, Cokelet said.

She described facilities upgrades which include replacement of heating, ventilating and air conditioning units in the Elementary and Middle School/High School.

Windows and doors will be replaced in the Elementary School, which will also have two new playgrounds and a new bus loop to separate busses from car traffic.

Superintendent Robert D’Angelo has said he looks forward to the completion of the project and the benefits that it will bring to students and the community.

“The entire project has provided the district with one of the finest facilities in Western New York, from both an instructional and extracurricular standpoint,” D’Angelo told Orleans Hub.

“Over the past few years, it’s been great to see the community enjoy using the track and fitness center, attending performances in the auditorium, and noticing the improvements made at-large for students, especially at the Middle School/High School,” he said. “Our long-term goal is to maintain it as a state-of-the-art school facility and learning environment.”

The district superintendent said he is very happy about the number of contractors who bid on the project and the final tally of all bids, which came in under budget.

“The district is in an outstanding position financially for the remainder of the project,” he said.

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Brother of soldier killed in Vietnam gives book to library about ‘Holley Boys’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 December 2016 at 1:20 pm

‘Vietnam Reflections’ tells story of 8 men from Holley who died in Vietnam War

Provided photo: Don Sisson presents a copy of the book, Vietnam Reflections by Michael T. Keene, to the Community Free Library in Holley. Sandra Shaw, library director, accepts the book from Sisson, whose brother Ronnie P. Sisson was killed in Vietnam on Dec. 16, 1965.

Provided photo: Don Sisson presents a copy of the book, Vietnam Reflections by Michael T. Keene, to the Community Free Library in Holley. Sandra Shaw, library director, accepts the book from Sisson, whose brother Ronnie P. Sisson was killed in Vietnam on Dec. 16, 1965.

HOLLEY – The family of one of the eight Holley men killed in the Vietnam War donated a copy of a book to the Community Free Library in Holley.

The book, ‘Vietnam Reflections’ by Michael Keene, profiles the eight men from Holley who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

Ronnie Sisson was one of the eight from Holley who died in Vietnam. Don Sisson gave a book to the library in memory of his brother.

The death of Ronnie Sisson and the seven other soldiers from Holley is one of the highest per capita losses from the war of any community in the United States.

Michael Keene, a Vietnam War veteran from Pittsford, interviewed family and friends of the eight Holley soldiers for his book.

Other Holley soldiers featured in the book include: John P. Davis, David Duane Case, Howard L. Bowen, Gary E. Bullock, Gary Lee Stymus, George Warren Fischer Jr. and Paul Scott Mandracchia.

Keene will be signing copies of the book and giving a talk about ‘Vietnam Reflections’ on Jan. 14 at the American Legion in Holley from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Murray-Holley Historical Society will be serving punch and cookies during the event.

Marsha DeFillipps, the Murray-Holley historian since 1979, praised Keene for his effort with the book, which she said is receiving positive reviews from the community.

“It’s great that he did this undertaking, especially not being a local guy,” she said. “It’s a fantastic book.”

She said the book is a tribute to the community and its patriotism.

“We’ve had a lot of sacrifices through the years with all of the wars,” she said.

Every year on Flag Day, elementary students march down Main Street past DeFillipps’ home in the village. The students wave flags and go to the Historical Society Depot where citizenship awards are presented.

“We’re one of the few schools that sill does a big Flag Day,” she said.

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Mayor: Holley’s water is safe to drink with metallic odor, taste

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 14 December 2016 at 12:24 pm

HOLLEY – Residents who have noticed a metallic odor and taste in their water don’t need to worry that the water is unsafe.

Village of Holley Mayor Brian Sorochty said this morning that tests results of village water have come back from the Orleans County Health Department showing the water is fine.

“There is no reason not to drink or use the water,” Sorochty said. “There is no boil water advisory, people can use their water as normal.”

The mayor reported to Village Board members during their meeting Tuesday evening about the metallic odor and taste sporadically affecting tap water for some residents and businesses in the village.

The village began flushing hydrants on Tuesday and is adding additional chlorine in an effort to combat any unpleasant taste or smell.

Sorochty explained during the Village Board meeting that the water the village receives from the Monroe County Water Authority has a high pH level, which “eats up chlorine.” The village receives some of its water from its own well in addition to water from the MCWA, he said.

Trustee Connie Nenni, who works for the Holley Central School District, said the odor had affected some of the fountains at the school and some district employees who live in the village noted they had experienced minor skin irritation.

The process of flushing the system appears to be helping. Sorochty said this morning that some residents have reported an improvement in their water since flushing began. Officials are not certain what caused the change in odor and taste.

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Holley celebrates tree lighting, welcomes Santa

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 11 December 2016 at 7:26 pm

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Photos by Kristina Gabalski

HOLLEY – A Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Fire Truck is covered with colorful Christmas lights as it makes its way around the Public Square in the village Saturday evening for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade.

The parade featured trucks decorated with Christmas lights.

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Here, the village’s Electric Department truck is decked-out for the holidays.

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The back of one of the fire trucks featured a waving Santa inflatable.

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Holley Mayor Brian Sorochty reads off the names of those remembered with Memory Bulbs on the 2016 Village Tree. The names and donors were read just prior to the lighting of the tree in the Public Square. Sorochty said it was an honor for him to take part in the ceremony for the first time as mayor.

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Residents gather in the Public Square in Holley to await the lighting of the village’s holiday tree.

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The Holley Village Holiday Tree just after being lit Saturday evening with the moon in the clear night sky behind.

 

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Following the parade and tree lighting, Holley residents headed to the warm fire hall for hot cocoa, cookies, pizza and a visit with Santa.

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The Holley Fire Hall was a popular spot following the parade and tree lighting.

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Holley School District will wrap up capital project in 2017

Provided photos: A new kitchen/dining hall is part of the improvements at the Holley Middle School/High School.

Staff Reports Posted 9 December 2016 at 11:38 am

HOLLEY – The construction will continue at Holley Central School in 2017 as part of the final phase of about $30 million in improvements to the district campus.

The work planned for next year includes:

• New tennis courts will be constructed, and some existing tennis courts will be renovated to become basketball courts. This will add another physical education teaching station and allow community use of the courts when school is not in session.

• Both the Middle School/High School and Elementary School will have heating, ventilating and air conditioning units replaced.

• The Elementary School will have windows and doors replaced, which will increase overall energy efficiency.

• There will also be two new playgrounds next year at the Elementary School, along with a new bus loop to separate busses from car traffic.

Throughout the phases of the Capital Improvement Project, large transformations have taken place at the school district.

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A complete renovation of the Middle School/High School has been accomplished, providing a state-of-the-art library media center (pictured), auditorium, dining hall and classrooms. A new bus loop and student drop off loop also were created.

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A completely new Transportation Center now houses a bus wash bay, which helps extend the life of the busses and keeps them in better shape.

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A new football stadium and an all-weather track were installed for the use and enjoyment of all district residents.

“The entire project has provided the district with one of the finest facilities in Western New York, from both an instructional and extracurricular standpoint,” said District Superintendent Robert D’Angelo. “Over the past few years, it’s been great to see the community enjoy using the track and fitness center, attending performances in the auditorium, and noticing the improvements made at large for students, especially at the MS/HS. I look forward to the end of the project, and all the additional benefits it will bring to the students and community. Our long-term goal for the campus is to maintain it as a state-of-the-art school facility and learning environment.”

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Some Holley school locations test high for lead, but not at drinking fountains

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 December 2016 at 4:04 pm

HOLLEY – The school district had some sinks test positive for elevated lead levels, but none of the drinking fountains were too high for lead.

“We are very fortunate that no drinking fountains in the entire district were cited,” the district stated on its website. “Mainly sinks used for hand-washing were detected.”

Holley and other school districts in the state are now required by NY to test for lead in any water sources. NY is requiring action for any water source with lead at 15 parts per billion or more.

The district has taken the following corrective actions:

• All outlets detected have been taken out of service.

• Signage will be attached to each affected outlet stating “Do not use for drinking water.”

• Holley will clean the aerators, re-test the first draw, and flush samples to identify if the problem is at the outlet or interior plumbing.

• The district will replace the affected outlets with approved fixtures and re-test.

• Holley will develop a protocol for future testing, although the state does not require the next sampling event to occur until 2020.

The following locations exceeded the 15 ppb threshold:

• Elementary School – faculty sink (93.0 ppb), bathroom sink (20.0 ppb), bathroom sink (16.0 ppb), classroom sink (17.0 ppb), faculty sink (100.0 ppb), kitchen sink (18.0 ppb), classroom sink (31.0 ppb) and another classroom sink (33.0 ppb).

• Junior-Senior High School – kitchen sink (40 ppm) and kitchen sink (16.0 pub).

• Woodlands Pavilion – bathroom sink (19.0 ppb), bathroom sink (26.0 ppb) and a kitchen sink (18.0 ppb).

(Samples at the Woodlands Stadium and transportation facility were all below the state action level.)

The school district’s website includes a comment from the district as well as the report on the testing. Click here for more information.

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About 150 attend Christmas party at Holley library

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 4 December 2016 at 8:37 am

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Photos by Kristina Gabalski

HOLLEY – Santa made an appearance and had gifts for the youngest attendees on Friday night during the annual Community Christmas Party at the Community Free Library in Holley.

More than 150 people enjoyed an evening of music, Christmas stories and a visit with Santa. Library Director Sandra Shaw says the event hosted by the library is a popular one for Holley residents.

“It’s something we do for the community to say ‘thank you’,” she said at the party on Friday night.

The evening included Christmas Carols, a performance by the Holley Middle School/High School Women’s Choir, Mrs. Claus reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, a basket raffle, a visit from Santa and refreshments.

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Susan Persia plays piano while those attending the annual Christmas Party sing carols.

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“Mrs. Claus” reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas to enthusiastic youngsters.

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The Holley Community Christmas Party drew a large number of people for an evening of family events including signing Christmas Carols and reading holiday stories.

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Members of the Women’s Choir from Holley Middle School/High School perform at the library.

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