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Boaters Against Cancer has busy second annual event this weekend

Photo by Tom Rivers: The second annual Boaters Against Cancer event will be Friday through Sunday at Bald Eagle Marina in Kendall. This group has helped organize and promote the activities. They include, from left: Gail Grigg, president of BAC; Ray Roberts, vice president of BAC; and Susan Oschmann, general manager of the marina.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 July 2017 at 8:43 am

Flotilla, food trucks, bands and other activities planned at Bald Eagle Marina

Provided photos: Scott Harris of Oakfield fought bravely against male breast cancer for almost four years. He was a boater for his entire life. He grew up boating with his parents at Oak Orchard Yacht Club. Harris owned several boats over the course of his life and was a member of Eagle Creek Yacht Club. He is survived by his wife Karen; children Nick, Cory and McKenzi; and grandson Tanner.

KENDALL – Last year boaters at the Bald Eagle Marina wanted a flotilla and an event to raise funds for boaters and their families fighting cancer.

The Bald Eagle boaters wanted to honor the memory of two close friends who died from cancer. Scott Harris and Phil Lance, two long-time boaters at the marina, both fought the disease.

A flotilla in their memory and other activities raised $14,000 for the newly formed Boaters Against Cancer. The BAC will hold its second annual flotilla and memorial event this weekend.

The Harris-Lance Flotilla will start Saturday at 1 p.m. It costs boaters $100 each to be part of the flotilla.

There are two nights of entertainment, food trucks, a memorial bonfire and lantern send-off. There will be a silent auction with two half-day charters up for bid, as well as a trip to a Syracuse Orange basketball game with Roosevelt Bouie, a Kendall star who went on to be one of Syracuse’s most popular players of all time.

Boaters Against Cancer has given away three $2,000 grants to families of boaters battling cancer.

“It’s helping families get through the hard times,” said Ray Roberts, vice president of BAC.

The money is focused on quality of life issues. Boaters Against Cancer said they want more requests to help families who are battling cancer.

Phil Lance, “Canada Phil,” battled colon cancer for about two years. He began boating as a youth while fishing with family. He held many boating certifications and was a member of Eagle Creek Yacht Club. His boating adventures took him all around Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and throughout the province of Ontario. He is survived by his wife Jill, her children and grandchildren.

“We have more money to give away,” said Gail Grigg, president of the organization.

She would like to see more BAC chapters open around Lake Ontario – and the country.

Bald Eagle is under new management. Susan Oschmann is the general manager. Her father, Jacobus “Jim” Oschmann, received one of the BAC grants last year. It allowed the family to take a fishing charter in Florida last December. It proved to be a great bonding time for the family, Susan said.

Another BAC grant paid for a lift chair for a woman battling cancer. Another grant funded a trip to a Boston hospital for a boy with cancer and his family. That boy from Canada is the grandson of a boater at Bald Eagle.

Grigg said the BAC funds are open to the boating community beyond Bald Eagle Marina.

The events this weekend also are a time of fellowship during a stressful past three months due to the high Lake Ontario water levels. Gregg praised Bald Eagle Marina for hosting the event, and working hard to keep the marina open.

Bald Eagle spent about $70,000 to strengthen its breakwall due to the dangers of erosion and flooding from the high lake.

The marina has managed to draw more boaters this year, and currently has 100 of its 105 dock slips full.

Oschmann said the marina will make room for transient boaters this weekend, and also becomes the non-boating community to the events.

“Come and see the good that is going on in the lake, and not just the disasters,” Grigg said.

For more on Boaters Against Cancer, click here.

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DOT will pave 12 miles of Route 18 in Kendall

Staff Reports Posted 7 July 2017 at 12:49 pm

8 miles on Parkway in Monroe County will also be paved

KENDALL – The state Department of Transportation will pave 12.3 miles of Route 18 this year in Kendall, from the Carlton-Kendall town line heading east to Sand Road near Route 272.

He project is estimated to cost $600,000. It’s part of $18.5 million in paving projects this summer and fall covering 130 miles in the Finger Lakes region, which includes Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties.

The DOT also is paving 8 miles of the Lake Ontario State Parkway between Route 19 and Payne Beach Road in the towns of Hamlin and Parma in Monroe County. That will cost $5.8 million, according to a news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

“Safe and reliable infrastructure is the backbone of any economy and this funding will help ensure roadways across the region remain in good repair and able to meet the needs of New Yorkers, businesses and visitors alike,” Cuomo said. “This administration has made an unprecedented investment in rebuilding New York’s transportation network, work that will improve the quality of life for residents and lay the groundwork for future growth and prosperity.”

Other paving and repair work in the region include:

• 14.9 miles on Route 5 from Route 77 to Wortendyke Road (County Route 37) in the towns of Pembroke and Batavia, Genesee County ($1.5 million)

• 7.7 miles on Route 19A from the Allegany/Wyoming county line to Route 436 in the town of Genesee Falls, Wyoming County ($1.1 million)

• 6.6 miles on Route 15 from the Steuben county line to the village of Springwater in the town of Springwater, Livingston County ($600,000)

• 29.2 miles on Route 390 from the Thruway to Route 590 in the towns of Brighton and Henrietta, Monroe County ($1.1 million)

• 6.9 miles on Route 14 from Route 104 to the village of Sodus Point in the town of Sodus Point, Wayne County ($600,000)

• 3 miles on Route 370 between Route 104 and Westbury Road in the towns of Wolcott and Butler, Wayne County ($1 million)

• 2.4 miles on Route 247 from just north of County Route 18 to Routes 5&20 in the towns of Gorham and Hopewell, Ontario County ($400,000)

• 11 miles on Routes 5&20 between Lakeshore Drive and the Seneca/Geneva town line in the towns of Hopewell and Seneca, Ontario County ($3.4 million)

• 6.3 miles on State Route 14 from Castle Point Road to Randall’s Crossing in the town of Milo, Yates County ($400,000)

• 14.8 miles on Route 14A from Penn Yan to the Ontario county line in Penn Yan, Yates County ($1.2 million)

• 7 miles on Routes 5&20 between Route 96A and Waterloo in the town of Waterloo, Seneca County ($840,000)

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Carnival remains small-town tradition at Kendall

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 July 2017 at 8:56 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – The carnival returned to Kendall on Thursday for its annual three-day run. This photo shows a carnival worker giving a girl some tips on shooting the targets at one of the games.

The annual event is organized by the Kendall Fire Department and continues until Saturday night.

The Kendall Firemen’s Carnival is the last one in Orleans County. Firefighters say it takes a big group of volunteers, plus community support, to keep the event going.

Dawn DiRienzo of DiRienzo’s Concessions is back at the carnival for the fourth time. She lives in Freedom.

Kayla Cole, 9, of Kendall and her grandmother, Judy Snyder of Kendall, play I Got It, a popular spot on Thursday night.

Players gather under the big tent for the I Got It game.

Tom Drennan and the Kendall firefighters serve clams, one of the hot items at the carnival.

Bonnie Gekoski, a Kendall firefighter since 1995, prepares beef on wick.

Kurt Forest auctions off one of the many items as part of the sale that generates funds for the Fire Department.

Louie Conte, Sammy Conte and Luca D’Agostino, all of Kendall, get ready to go down the giant slide.

Michael Nauden, 23, of Kendall takes a basketball shot at one of the carnival games.

“I’ve seen a lot of my classmates,” said Nauden, a Kendall grad. “The carnival brings the community together.”

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Kendall Carnival returns – ‘Kiddie Parade’ promotes patriotism

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 6 July 2017 at 11:59 pm

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

KENDALL – Kendall residents Adriana Schiavone, 7, dressed as Betsy Ross and Landon Schiavone, 5, as Uncle Sam in winning first place in the Patriotic Division during the Kiddie Parade at the Kendall Carnival.

The annual Kendall Fire Department Carnival opened on Thursday with the “Kiddie Parade” making its way south on Kendall Road (Rt. 237) to the carnival grounds by town hall and the fire hall.

Kiddie Parade participants had several “divisions” from which to choose for costume inspiration: decorated bike rider; superhero; music group; patriotic; character and miscellaneous. The “Milk and Cookies” competed in the character division.

A group in the patriotic division chose to salute those in the U.S. Armed Forces.

A Kendall fire truck joined the procession in the parade.

The three-day carnival continues until Saturday night.

The “Jellyfish” comprised of “Kendall Alumni Kids” took Best of Show for the Kiddie Parade. he little ones in the wagon are sporting jellyfish “caps” made from plastic bowl covers.

A pair of carnival-goers rides the Ferris Wheel.

The Kendall Carnival runs through Saturday with the Firemen’s Parade set for Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday features human foosball at 11 a.m.; a cruise-in car show from 4 to 7 p.m., the Kendall Community Band at 5 p.m., 7th Heaven at 9 p.m., a chicken BBQ at 5 p.m. and fireworks.

3-year-old Kylie, visiting from Texas, and 8-year-old Quin, of Kendall, enjoy the train kiddie ride at the midway.

3-year-old Evan, of Kendall, digs into a bag of blue cotton candy. His mom, Jen, got a rainbow snow cone.

Dr. Moxy provided musical entertainment Thursday evening in the beer tent.

Dave Cole serves up clams – one of the most popular offerings Thursday evening in the Kendall Fire Department food pavilion.

Colleen Clary dusts an order of waffles with powdered sugar.

Linda Kludt, back center, turns out fresh waffles assisted by Diane Furness.

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2 Aqua Dams installed in Kendall to protect shoreline property

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 June 2017 at 10:19 pm

Photos courtesy of Dale Banker, director of the Orleans County Emergency Management Office

KENDALL – Two temporary, emergency dams were set up in Kendall today by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

One water-filled dam was placed along 250 feet of Knapp Shores with another one 600 feet long on the Ed Rose shoreline. The National Guard installed that Aqua Dam.

The dams were filled with lake water by the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

New York debuted the Aqua Dams to fight the Lake Ontario flooding and erosion on June 13 when the dams were installed in the Town of Greece in Monroe County and in the Village of Sodus Point in Wayne County.

The water-filled dams can be rolled quickly, effectively and at less cost than sandbags to protect property, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on June 13 while viewing the dams.

“These temporary dam systems are the latest step in that comprehensive effort, and we will continue to think out of the box to help the region prevent further damage and return to normal,” Cuomo said on June 13.

State officials successfully tested these movable, emergency dam systems in several flood prone areas affected by rising Lake Ontario flood waters to ensure this technology properly conforms to the terrain, withstands waves, and holds back water.

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Kendall grads told be bold and courageous

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 24 June 2017 at 7:32 am

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

KENDALL – Carol D’Agostino, Kendall’s Jr./Sr. High School principal, presents a diploma to Alanna Gordon on Friday during commencement at the school auditorium. Gordon was one of 54 graduates. She has passed the NYS Boards as a CNA and hopes to work in a nursing home.

District Superintendent Julie Christensen addressed the crowd. She 77 percent of the Class of 2017 graduated with at least Regents diploma and 72 percent are entering college. Five percent of the class are entering the Armed Forces.

Christensen told graduates that graduation is a process that continues every day of their lives.  “Your fireworks begin today,” she said, “reach for the stars … work hard, exhibit a passion for your chosen path … be bold, be courageous, be your best.”

Members of the Color Guard, Matthew Murray and Allen Tonas, present the flags. Miguel Aguirre and Lyndsay Wright served as Marshals.

Members of the Band Ensemble, directed by Ashlea Strouse, perform “America the Beautiful.”

Graduate Alexis Payton gives the invocation. District Superintendent Julie Christensen is at left.

Salutatorian Chelsea Wright told graduates as they complete this chapter of their lives, there is no way to escape change.

“When faced with challenges we do not crumble, we must learn to adjust as we go,” she said.  “You will be the ones who change the world.”

Wright will attend St. Bonaventure University in the fall and major in accounting.

The 2017 Commencement Address was given by Kendall Class of 2000 graduate Michael Turbeville.  Turbeville returned to Kendall as a high school teacher in 2006, but decided to change careers and graduated from the Police Academy in 2015.  He now works for the Rochester Police Department in the Lake Section.

Turbeville advised graduates on “How to Succeed According to Turbs.”

He challenged them to take a step back and slow down. “You don’t have to have life figured out,” he said.

Turbeville also told graduates to be kind.  “No one has ever said, ‘this has been a great day,’ from the back seat of a police car,” he said, and noted he deals with the challenges of police work through kindness.

“I think of how I want to be treated,” Turbeville said.  “You can respond with anger and fear or love and kindness. Different and bad are not synonyms. We can disagree and still be kind.”

Lastly, he advised students to be humble as they make their way into the next phase of their lives.

Cooper James Rowley receives his diploma. He will attend Monroe Community College in the fall, majoring in agriculture and food studies.

Elizabeth Rath gives the valedictory address. She challenged her fellow graduates to, “jump out of your comfort zone … take this passion, this excitement and drive it into the world.”

Rath said the compassion and support graduates have received all their lives from family and friends in the Kendall community have given them a strong base as they move forward. She will study biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester this fall.

James Longrod gives the benediction.

With class officers facing fellow graduates, tassels are moved from right to left, to signify commencement is completed and they have graduated high school.

The Kendall Class of 2017 acknowledges the crowd before leaving the stage.

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Kendall approves solar permit process for residential use

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 22 June 2017 at 9:51 am

KENDALL – The Kendall Town Board has adopted a standardized residential/home business/non-commercial solar permit process which also moves the town closer to Clean Energy Community designation.

The New York State Energy Research and Development  Authority (NYSERDA) is offering a $2,500 grant to municipalities which adopt a uniform NYS solar permit process. Town of Kendall Code Enforcement Officer Paul Hennekey has advised the Town Board that the state process is consistent and compatible with the Town’s zoning code and permitting process.

Under the NYS Unified Solar Permit process, a permit fee of $20 for each application is established. Town leaders said that cost is consistent with current town fees.

Councilperson Bruce Newell said the adoption of the state solar permit process moves the town forward on one of four high impact actions necessary for Clean Energy Community certification and additional grant funds.

“We are making good progress,” Newell said during Tuesday’s meeting.

The New York State Unified Solar Permit process streamlines the approval process for local solar projects. Additionally, Kendall is moving forward on other high impact actions including energy reviews and energy tracking – a benchmarking policy which tracks and reports energy use in municipal buildings.

Newell said Kendall is also working to convert lighting in municipal buildings to LED as well as street lighting to LED.

As part of the LED street light conversion effort, Town Board members passed a resolution authorizing the supervisor to sign a non-disclosure agreement with National Grid- subject to review by the town attorney.

“This moves us towards overall certification,” Newell said.

He added that the Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council has informed him that small communities like Kendall can aggregate LED lighting together with other small communities in order to obtain additional support from National Grid in the process.

Governor Cuomo announced the $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative last August.  The initiative supports local government leaders across NY State to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable development projects in their communities.

It also advances the Governor’s Reforming the Energy strategy by demonstrating the importance of communities in helping New York reach its goal of 50 percent of the state’s electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030.

United Shoreline praised for advocacy for shoreline property owners

Councilperson Newell and Supervisor Tony Cammarata discussed the United Shore effort by residents along the Lake Ontario shoreline to band together as a group to advocate at the local, state and national levels for residents and businesses adversely affected by the high water levels of Lake Ontario this spring and resultant flooding and property damage and loss.

The group met for the first time Friday, June 16, and plans a second meeting this Friday at the Hamlin Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Newell and Cammarata said United Shore is trying to be a voice for south shore property owners along Lake Ontario.

“It’s a small group of people we hope will grow much larger,” Cammarata said. “The group wants to contact representatives on a repeated bases…. you don’t have to be a lakeshore resident to join, you can join to help your fellow neighbor.”

Earlier in the meeting, Supervisor Cammarata commended Kendall Highway Superintendent Warren Kruger for his continuing work to help residents along the shoreline and assist the state and Army Corps of Engineers in its work.

Cammarata said officials from Homeland Security have walked the shoreline from the Town of Yates east to talk to homeowners and businesses and assess damage in Orleans County.  If the agency finds there is at least $27 million in damage along the entire south shore, the governor can petition President Trump to declare the flooding and damage a major disaster, opening up FEMA monies and more assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers beyond technical support, Cammarata said.

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Kendall Lions give awards, including ‘Citizens of the Year’

Staff Reports Posted 18 June 2017 at 8:57 am

Provided photos: Bill and Dorrie Hardenbrook were honored as Citizens of the Year by the Kendall Lions Club on Thursday. They are pictured with John Becker, right, a member of the Lions Club.

KENDALL – The Kendall Lions Club held its annual Officer Installation and Awards dinner on Thursday at the Kendall Fire Hall.

The Lions Club honored Bill and Dorrie Hardenbrook as as Citizens of the Year. The Hardenbrooks were honored for their extensive service to the community especially through their many years of work with the Kendall Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary.

The following were also recognized:

The Lions honored Kendall Highway Superintendent Warren Kruger (left) with a special Appreciation Award for his outstanding service to our community with special thanks for his leadership in the recent windstorm and lakeshore emergencies. He is pictured with Tony Cammarata, the Town Supervisor and Lions Club member.

Lion Candy Minigiello was honored as Lion of the Year for her service to the club and community. She is pictured with Lions Club President Tom Minigiello.

The highest award available for the Lions Club in New York State, the Robert J Uplinger Distinguished Service Award, was presented to Lions Don and June Knapp and outgoing president Lion Tom Minigiello. These honorees poses the highest examples of Lionistic character, ideals, purpose and service.

Lion Don Knapp, a member of the Clarendon Lions Club and his wife June, a member of the Kendall Club are Lion’s Lions. In addition to exemplary service to their own clubs and several other local clubs they are active at both the district and state levels. During the winter months while living in Florida the volunteer their service to the Bradenton Lions Club.

Tom Minigiello, the club’s outgoing president, quickly assumed a leadership role after joining the Kendall Lions Club. He served two terms as president as well as being an active participant in club service.

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100-plus attend kick off meeting in Kendall for shoreline property owners

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 June 2017 at 5:15 pm

Provided photos

KENDALL – A newly formed group, United Shoreline, met on Lomond Shores West in Kendall on Friday evening, discussing the erosion and flooding damages from the high Lake Ontario. There were about 120 people who attended, including Kendall Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata.

“Anytime you have a group with a vision that is positive – they’re not looking to be negative or riotous – they’re all concerned citizens and taxpayers,” Cammarata said today. “They’re looking to get some assistance from our governor and president. They’ve taking some major losses and are looking for some assistance.”

Kendall Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata and Highway Superintendent Warren Kruger spoke to the United Shoreline group on Friday evening.

United Shoreline wants the International Joint Commission to look an alternative plan to for regulating lake levels. The new Plan 2014 took effect for the first time this year. There was record rainfall in April and May, pushing the lake level to about 2 1/2 feet above normal.

United Shoreline wants to help document the damages to properties, and let government officials know the damage has hurt many property owners in small towns, including Kendall, Carlton and Yates in Orleans County.

Dawn Herbeck, one of United Shoreline’s organizers, said much of the media attention on the erosion damage has focused on the Town of Greece.

“This isn’t just Greece’s problem,” Herbeck said. “This is the Somerset’s problem, this is Carlton’s problem – it’s all of our problem.”

Residents put pin tacks at spots on the map that have seen significant land losses from the high lake levels.

Cammarata said the state has offered programs to help homeowners and municipalities with some of the losses from the erosion. The town and residents are looking for more information on the programs from the state, including $7 million to assist homeowners with interior and exterior damages.

PathStone is helping property owners pursue funding in that program.

“The state is trying to do the right thing,” Cammarata said today. “I think it’s a work in progress.”

Officials from Homeland Security were out inspecting damage in Yates, Carlton and Kendall in the past 10 days. Cammarata said the damage may exceed the federal disaster level, which could bring additional funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

He also shared a request from the Coast Guard that any barrels used to mark docks or help weigh down property be marked with a red X to identify the barrels as nonhazardous containers.

United Shoreline is happy with the turnout – 120 at the first meeting. The group had to shuttle people to the meeting using golf carts because Lomond Shores is a one-lane beach road.

“We were very pleased considering we’ve only been in existence for about a week,” Herbeck said.

United Shoreline will have additional meetings in other lakeshore towns, trying to build numbers to give the group more clout in advocating for the riparians – the shoreline property owners.

The next meeting will be Friday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hamlin Town Hall Gymnasium, 1658 Lake Rd, Hamlin.

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Lakeshore property owners form new group to press for change

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 June 2017 at 7:05 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: These backyards in Kendall were flooded from the high Lake Ontario in early May. Many residents have lost chunks of their backyards due to erosion, with the lake getting closer to their houses.

KENDALL – A new group – United Shoreline – has formed to send a strong message on behalf of the thousands of residents and property owners along the southern shore of Lake Ontario.

United Shoreline will have its first public event on Friday at 7 p.m. at 16031 Lomond Shore West in Kendall.

“We need to unite and get a louder voice,” said Dawn Herbeck, one of the organizers of the group. “This is effecting all of us. It’s encroaching our homes right now.”

United Shoreline is reaching out to Orleans County residents, property owners, government officials and other stakeholders who want to find solutions for the high lake levels that have been eroding land, threatening homes and businesses.

Herbeck would like to see the organization spread to include Niagara, Monroe and other communities along the lake.

She sees strength in numbers with the organization pressing for answers and solutions to high waters.

There is a sense of urgency because many residents, including Herbeck, have lost big chunks of land due to the erosion.

Herbeck is a resident of Kendall along the lake since 2014. Many of her neighbors have homes along the lake that have been in their families for generations.

They have lost docks, stairs and lots of land to the lake in the past two months. It’s not uncommon to see trees floating by, Herbeck said.

The group wants to form committees to be tasked with working on issues for the lakeshore property owners.

Friday’s meeting on the street at Lomond Shore West will help the group measure the interest in United Shoreline.

“It’s not a complaint session,” Herbeck said. “We need to move forward.”

For more information, contact the group by email at

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