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Kendall student will be part of first virtual Girls State program

Staff Reports Posted 30 June 2020 at 11:55 am

Provided photo: Madison Nardi and about 400 other students will be part of the first virtual Girl State program. The program runs from June 28 to July 12.

KENDALL – Madison Nardi, who will be a senior at Kendall in 2020-21, will be attending the first ever virtual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

Madison is one of 400 young women selected to attend the 79th American Legion Auxiliary Girls State session.  As part of the annual program, outstanding students are chosen from their local high schools to spend a week learning about the inner workings of state, local and county government. Madison is sponsored by the Jewell Buckman Auxiliary Unit in Holley.

This premier leadership conference is designed to provide practical insight into the workings of the government, promote youth civic engagement, instill a sense of pride in America, and empower the next generation of women leaders, providing them with a network that lasts a lifetime.

Madison Nardi is a rising senior at Kendall High School. She is active in many ways in her school and community, including varsity volleyball and various other clubs.

The program included workshops lead by a political instructor, presentations on women in leadership, Activities that inspired patriotism and pride, as well as information on the American Legion Auxiliary.

“The ALA Girls State experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young women across our state and while we couldn’t hold the program in person, our team worked hard to ensure that this cohort of High School Juniors get to learn some of the important principles of democracy and about the American Legion Auxiliary ” said Jennifer Farley, American Legion Auxiliary Girls State chairman. “Our hope is that after attending the virtual ALA Girls State, the girls will be inspired to participate in the democratic process, volunteer in their communities and be filled with patriotism and pride.”

ALA Girls State:​ The American Legion Auxiliary’s marquee Girls State program, first presented in 1937, is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States.

The program epitomizes the ALA’s mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels.

To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org​.

For more on the Girl State program, click here.

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Kendall commencement allows grads to celebrate together on lawn at Fire Department

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 June 2020 at 2:30 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – Hailee Mitchell (left), the salutatorian, and Katherine Pearson, the class valedictorian, walk past a 2020 sign at the beginning of the Kendall commencement on Friday evening.

The district held the celebration on the Kendall firemen’s grounds, where there is usually the carnival.

The state set a maximum size at 150 people for graduation ceremonies, unless people were in cars. Kendall decided to have an outdoor ceremony and allow families to drive-in and park.

The 51 graduates had seats on chairs that were spaced six feet apart to meet the state’s social distancing guidelines.

Carol D’Agostino, the high school principal, addresses the graduates and the crowd. She is joined on stage by Lisa Levett (left), president of the Board of Education, and Julie Christensen, district superintendent.

The stage was donated for use by Kludt Farms. Christ Farms decorated the stage for the event.

Sarah Delmont, one of the class advisors, hands out masks that she made for all of the seniors. They had the Kendall logo on them.

Isaiah Curtis-Korn heads to the stage for his diploma. He is wearing a mask for Kendall’s Class of 2020.

Kasandra (Cliff) Hopkins, the salutatorian for Kendall’s Class of 2002, delivered the commencement address. She works as administrator of the Northway Surgery & Pain Center near Albany. Her mother is Kendall teacher Renee Cliff.

Hopkins has been an EMT, registered nurse and earned a master’s degree in nursing.

When Hopkins gave her speech in 2002, it was to her classmates whose senior year started with the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This year’s senior class was born not long after the 9-11 attacks.

“The world is constantly changing,” she said. “Each generation has a challenge to rise up to.”

The pandemic has been disruptive, but Hopkins said it has also given students more time with their families. Students have needed to adapt to on-line learning and using more technology.

Hopkins quoted from the lyrics of “Be a Light” by Thomas Rhett.

“In a time full of war, be peace

In a world full of hate, be a light

When you do somebody wrong, make it right

Don’t hide in the dark, you were born to shine

In a world full of hate, be a light.”

Hopkins said it isn’t a coincidence Kendall picked the eagle as a mascot.

“We are proud and we are made to soar,” she said.

David Klafehn takes photos of a memorable graduation ceremony at Kendall.

Elizabeth Sutphen stands on the stage before receiving her diploma.

Amber Salonen is happy after receiving her diploma.

Parents and family members of the graduates watched the ceremony from the back of pickup trucks and from lawn chairs.

Brianna Drennan accepts her diploma from Carol D’Agostino, the high school principal. They each kept an arm’s length away.

Hailee Mitchell delivers the salutatorian speech. She praised the small-school atmosphere at Kendall which nurtures students. She commended her classmates for pushing through the past three months, especially with the disappointments of having the senior trip, spring fling and spring sports all cancelled.

Julie Christensen, the district superintendent, praised the community for its support of the students during their school career, and especially since mid-March when the pandemic hit.

She said the Class of 2020 is high-achieving. Among the 51 students, 56 percent were on the honor roll every marking period of high school.

Mason Kuhn is congratulated by Carol D’Agostino. Mason served as one of the class officers.

Katherine Pearson gives the valedictory address. She said a “silver lining” in the pandemic is students graduate knowing they are loved by the community.

She thanked local residents for adopting seniors and giving them gifts during the quarantine. She also said teachers showed their love and commitment to students with a parade by every students’ home and by being creating in their online lessons.

Pearson said her family suffered the loss of her uncle, Wayne Younglove, on June 9. He lived an adventurous life and enjoyed riding snowmobiles, going boating and racing cars. She urged her classmates to follow his example and be brave in trying new things and exploring the country and world.

“I’m graduating with 50 other amazing people who will do wonderful things in life,” Pearson said.

Chloe Tonas decorated her mortarboard on her graduation cap. She and her classmates gathered outside the Kendall fire hall before the ceremony.

Chloe thanked the school administrators for working out a graduation where the class could be together and many family and friends could attend.

These graduates walk by the large 2020 sign created for the ceremony.

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Kendall student, soon to graduate, adopts a teacher who believed in her

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 June 2020 at 9:14 pm

Photo courtesy of Crystal Botello: Alma Botello stopped by Kelly Picardo’s home today and presented her with a basket of goodies. Picardo was Alma’s teacher in third and sixth grades. Picardo helped Alma build her confidence in the classroom.

KENDALL – The Kendall community has adopted seniors in high school, showering them with gifts and goodies since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alma Botello, 18, had two different people adopt her. She appreciates the efforts of the community to make her and her classmates feel some love at the end of the senior year, which has been disrupted since mid-March.

They have been doing on-line learning at home and haven’t been allowed inside the school.

Alma and her mother, Crystal Botello, thought it would be a nice gesture to adopt one of Alma’s teachers who made a big difference in Alma’s school career.

Alma immediately thought of Kelly Picardo, Alma’s teacher for third and sixth grades. Picardo was a constant encourager, and helped Alma build her confidence in the classroom, especially with her least favorite subject of math.

“She was always there and she was a voice in the back of my head, telling me, ‘You can do this,’” Alma said this evening by phone.

She and her mother filled a basket with treats and pool toys, and stopped by Picardo’s home today.

Alma has stayed in touch with Picardo over the years, visiting Picardo’s classroom in the elementary school for open houses. Alma has younger siblings in the school.

She has stayed in touch with Picardo, and continues to hear her voice in her head when the schoolwork is difficult.

“Mrs. Picardo always said I could do it,” Alma said.

She will graduate on June 26. Then she will enroll at Genesee Community College and plans to work at a childcare center. Her goal is to become a special education teacher.

“Mrs. Picardo definitely inspired me,” Alma said. “Being a teacher is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

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Kendall has nearly 4 times voter turnout; school budget passes

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 June 2020 at 7:59 am

KENDALL – School district voters passed the budget, a proposition for transportation and elected two Board of Education members.

The district counted 822 absentee ballots for the budget on Tuesday. That turnout was nearly four times the 217 people who voted in the last election on May 21, 2019. There wasn’t in-person voting this election and budget vote due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Proposition No. 1 – school budget, passed 581 to 241. The $17,603,596 budget is down slightly from the $17,774,362 in the 2019-20 school year. The budget will increase taxes by 1.99 percent. 

Proposition No. 2 for Transportation Fund Usage, passes 605 to 219. The vote authorizes the district to spend up to $250,000 from a transportation bus reserve for transportation vehicles.

Board of Education members: Bryan Hardenbrook was elected to a five-year term with 673 votes, and Rachel Fisken was elected to 3-year term with 645 votes.

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‘It’s time for every person to step up’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 June 2020 at 10:04 pm

Kendall held Black Lives Matter demonstration on Saturday

Photos courtesy of Mark Washington

KENDALL – About 20 people participated in a Black Lives Matter demonstration on Saturday in Kendall from noon to 2 p.m.

The demonstrators stood at Kendall’s main intersection at Route 18 and Kendall Road.

Ruthie Seabolt and her mother, Cynthia Blosenhauer, were the lead organizers of the event.

“It’s time for every person to step up and pay attention,” said Seabolt, 21, who will be a senior at the University of Rochester majoring in international relations and political science.

She wanted her small town to show its support for the Black Lives Matter movement against racism and police brutality.

She admitted she was nervous and a little scared before the demonstration. She didn’t know what kind of response there would be.

There were a few of what felt like angry stares. But there were far more supportive beeps from the motorists.

“It was actually really nice,” Seabolt said this evening. “We got a lot of honks.”

One African American woman stopped her car and came over and spoke to the group.

“She said it’s good to see people stand up,” Seabolt said.

One of the demonstrators on Saturday holds a “Black Lives Matter” sign in Kendall.

Seabolt attended a Black Lives Matter protest a week before in Brockport. She is pleased to see the demonstrations have gained a national following, and have spread to other countries.

The protests started in response to the killing of George Floyd, who was in custody of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. Floyd was on the ground and died after being held down for nearly nine minutes while an officer had his knee on Floyd’s neck.

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Classic car catches on fire in Kendall, owner uses extinguisher to prevent spread

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 June 2020 at 6:41 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – Jack Gillman is pictured with a 1966 Ford Thunderbird in his barn behind his house I  Roosevelt Highway.

The engine started on fire this afternoon and was spreading through the car. Gillman, a former Kendall town supervisor, called 911 and then used two fire extinguishers to keep the fire contained to the car.

His neighbor Dan Hance also came over with a fire extinguisher to prevent the car from being totally engulfed in flames.

Justin Niederhofer, an Orleans County fire investigator, looks at the engine to pinpoint the cause.

Gillman has been working to restore the car the past 20 years. It only needed to be painted before he was finished. He drove the car earlier today.

He said the engine was flooded out and the carburetor backfired, causing a spark with caused the engine to catch on fire. The flames melted the battery, wiring and the brake system.

Gillman isn’t giving up the car. He said if he can find another engine he thinks the car could be on the road in about a month.

Kendall firefighters were dispatched to the scene just before 4:30. They were able to ensure the fire was put out.

“Luckily he had a fire extinguisher and was able to knock it down,” said Jordan Willis, a captain with the Kendall Fire Department.

Gillman said without the fire extinguishers the entire barn likely would have caught on fire.

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Kendall Scout earns his Eagle, Scouting’s highest rank

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 June 2020 at 11:37 am

Jayden Pieniaszek helped build Kendall’s war memorial

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – Jayden Pieniaszek puts on his Eagle Scout neckerchief with help from Ryan Barrett, left, and John Rath, who are both Eagle Scouts. John Patt is in back.

Pieniaszek, 18, had his Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony on Tuesday in Kendall at the town’s gazebo on Kendall Road.

Pieniaszek is a member of Troop 94. He earned 30 merit badges with the troop.

For his Eagle Scout project, Pieniaszek teamed with three others Scouts to build a war memorial for Kendall. That memorial was dedicated on Sept. 29

Jess Markel, senior district executive for the Iroquois Trail Council, presents a framed certificate to Pieniaszek, congratulating him on earning Scouting’s highest rank.

Jayden, 18, starts a job today as an electrician with Micro Instruments in Rochester. He also will be in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Jayden presents a mentor pin to his father, Todd Pieniaszek, in appreciation for taking him on scouting camps and adventures.

The Orleans Hub named Jayden, the three other scouts and their scoutmaster as “Outstanding Citizens” in 2019 for their efforts in building the war memorial for the community. The Orleans Hub planned an awards celebration on March 18 for all of the Outstanding Citizens. But that program was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Those awards for the Kendall Scouts and their Scoutmaster were presented on Tuesday during Jayden’s Court of Honor.

Pictured from left Ryan Barrett, Brian Shaw, Noah Rath, Jayden Pieniaszek and Scoutmaster Ken Spohr.

Four Scouts took a different phase of the memorial as part of their Eagle Scout service projects.

Ryan Barrett led the first phase, which included putting in the foundation for the wall, a stone memorial and three flag poles. Two of the poles are 30 feet high and one for the American flag is 35 feet.

Jayden Pieniaszek led the second phase which includes construction of the brick wall, which is 39 feet long, 3 ½ feet wide and 4 feet tall.

Noah Rath headed up phase three which includes the medallions for each five branches of military. Rath also had the electricity set up so the memorial and sidewalk can be lighted up at night.

Brian Shaw coordinated phase four which includes final grading and planting of cedar trees behind the memorial, which provides a buffer for the neighbors and also enhances the site. Shaw also led the work for the plaques on the memorial for the different wars where Kendall soldiers served.

Ken Spohr offered guidance to the Scouts, but let them lead each phase. Spohr tracked the donations and expenses for the project. He drove the Scouts to community presentations, as well as one in Albany at the State Capital.

He also has many connections with businesses and organizations, and he was able to point the scouts to people who could handle the masonry, and other work with the memorial.

Spohr announced on Tuesday that 260 memorial bricks have been sold that line the sidewalk to the monument.

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Holley, Kendall school superintendents join Monroe County school leaders in denouncing racism

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 June 2020 at 10:27 am

‘Our school communities have the power to turn pain and prejudice into healing and understanding. Let this moment in history be defined as a tipping point – a moment to truly come together.’

The school district superintendents at Holley and Kendall have joined Monroe County school leaders in a joint statement, denouncing racism and acknowledging “that discrimination exists in all of our communities.”

Brian Bartalo, Holley Central School superintendent, and Julie Christensen, Kendall Central School superintendent, are among 23 district superintendents pledging to take action to equity and inclusion for all students.

The statement from the 23 superintendents is as follows:

We, the superintendents of Monroe County school districts, stand together against racism.

We acknowledge that discrimination exists in all of our communities. We see it in the bias that exists within our districts. We see it in the trauma that hatred and oppression inflict on our students and families. We see it in the educational inequities that continue to perpetuate glaring disparities in student outcomes.

We know that the fight against racism, oppression and hate cannot fall solely on families of color or within the confines of only some school districts. We all must lead this transformation together. That’s why today, we are publicly committing to leading the change that will create lasting equity in our schools.

We will listen, and learn from those who have experienced these tragedies and who live with the fear and pain of racism every day. We take responsibility for educating ourselves and will be intentional in rebuilding our education system which has not served underrepresented student populations well.

All Monroe County school superintendents pledge to:

  • Assess policies and practices in order to ensure equality in hiring practices, provide access to high quality instruction, and decrease disproportionality in student achievement and discipline
  • Accelerate professional development in areas including culturally responsive education and restorative practices
  • Participate in the Regional Equity Network to promote equity in schools across the county
  • Partner with BOCES and the University of Rochester Center for Urban Education Success to develop common units of study to be included in the curriculum across all of our schools that will focus on how race, class and inequities have shaped Monroe County from 1964 to today
  • Listen and respond to the voices of our students and families of color, respect and value their experiences and perspective
  • Engage our students in student-led change initiatives (i.e., ROC2Change)

We stand united in our support of equity and inclusion and we claim schools as a place of love and acceptance for all. Our school communities have the power to turn pain and prejudice into healing and understanding. Let this moment in history be defined as a tipping point – a moment to truly come together.

Our children deserve better and we will do better.

In solidarity,

The Superintendents of the Monroe County Council of School Superintendents – BOCES I, Daniel White; BOCES 2, Jo Anne Antonacci; Brighton, Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.; Brockport, James Fallon, Interim; Churchville-Chili, Lori Orologio; East High School, Shaun Nelms, Ed.D.; East Irondequoit, Mary Grow; East Rochester, Richard Stutzman, Interim; Fairport, Brett Provenzano; Gates Chili, Christopher Dailey;

Greece, Kathleen Graupman; Hilton, Casey Kosiorek, Ed.D.; Holley, Brian Bartalo; Honeoye Falls-Lima, Gene Mancuso; Kendall, Julie Christensen; Penfield, Thomas Putnam, Ed.D.; Pittsford, Michael Pero; Rochester City, Lesli Myers-Small, Ed.D.; Rush Henrietta, Lawrence Wright; Spencerport, Daniel Milgate; Webster, Carmen Gumina; West Irondequoit, Aaron Johnson, Ed.D.; Wheatland-Chili, Deborah Leh, Ed.D.

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Kendall will have drive-through celebration for school retirees

Staff Reports Posted 2 June 2020 at 9:44 am

KENDALL – The school will have a drive-through celebration for retirees on June 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The community is welcome to attend the event at the elementary school bus loop.

This year’s retirees are Rosemary Childs, Peggy Warren, Tonya Lustumbo, Becky Joseph, Katie Koutras and Kevin Murray.

Participants are urged to remain in their vehicles and maintain social distancing during this event. A rain date will be June 18.

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Construction starts next week on new Kendall water district

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 June 2020 at 8:44 am

KENDALL – Construction will start next week on a new water district in Kendall, Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata.

Water District No. 8 will serve about 50 homes on portions of Norway, Creek and Kendall roads. It will also close loops with districts 7 and 9.

The town received a $500,000 grant for the district and also a low-interest loan for about $840,000 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The state Department of Transportation gave the notice to proceed, the last step in the process, Cammarata said.

The system is expected to be operational in early November.

“We’re very excited about this,” Cammarata said this morning. “We hope to have them up and running this year.”

The waterline ensures residents in the district will have safe drinking water and don’t have to worry about the quantity. It won’t run dry.

Cammarata said the town has pushed to expand waterlines, and also is pushing for Water District No. 10 on West Kendall Road.

“Moving forward the town overall is a better position to entice future residents to move into our community if water is available,” he said this morning. “In order to successfully support our school district and our community, water is needed. It is a staple of life.”

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Westbound lanes of Parkway between 237 and 98 to close for lakeshore erosion repairs

Staff Reports Posted 21 May 2020 at 11:10 am

CARLTON/KENDALL – The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that following Memorial Day, the westbound lanes of the Lake Ontario State Parkway, between Route 237 and Route 98 will close for approximately one month.

The closure of the westbound lanes in Kendall and Carlton is necessary to accommodate repairs being made to the Lake Ontario shoreline, just north of the parkway, by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.

Westbound traffic along the parkway will be detoured at the Route 237 exit and use Route 18 to continue west.

The road is expected to re-open to vehicular traffic by the end of June, though work is weather dependent and subject to change, the DOT said.

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Q&A: In disrupted school year, Kendall principal strives for student connections

Photos by Tom Rivers: Carol D’Agostino leads the Kendall Junior-Senior High School as principal. She worries about students who may feel isolated because they have been doing remote learning for more than two months now.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 May 2020 at 8:58 am

‘I want my seniors to know that I am here to serve them and we’re going to do the best that we can to provide them with experiences that are meaningful, and provide them with as many experiences as possible.’

KENDALL – Carol D’Agostino has worked as Kendall junior-senior principal the past 16 years. She grew up in Kendall and graduated in the Class of 1977. She and her husband Phil have three adult children and 10 grandchildren who are all in the Kendall school district.

D’Agostino is a two-time cancer survivor. She said she feels blessed to live and work in a close-knit supportive community.

On Tuesday, during an interview at the junior-senior high school, she talked about some of the challenges for the school, which has been closed to students since March 16 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Question: I know this isn’t a Hurricane Katrina situation, with activities being cancelled and the school closed, but you can you speak to the sense of loss that students are experiencing?

Answer: The way many adults feel is things could be much worse, and it could be, but when you are a teen-ager in high school, these events – your baseball season, the musical – it’s very, very important to these kids. Because we’ve had this virus, a lot of this has been taken away from these kids. And they’re isolated. They are social beings. They want to be with their friends and now they are isolated in their homes. So this does take a toll on our students.

And it may not be a hurricane but it is still devastating to them, and especially for our seniors. These events are really important to them.

I want my seniors to know that I am here to serve them and we’re going to do the best that we can to provide them with experiences that are meaningful, and provide them with as many experiences as possible.

So when we do yearbook distribution, and that’s for all of the kids, we want to make that a fun event that kids look forward to.

We hope to do a senior walk. It’s been our tradition for our seniors to walk through the elementary school. So this year my plan is, if I can pull this off, is to gather the kids at the gazebo. We’ll hand out the caps and gowns and then walk to the fire hall. So we’ll still have a processional in front of the elementary school, making sure that we social distance and wear masks when needed so really to provide memorable moments for our students.

They may not be like we’ve always been able to provide traditionally. But maybe they will be a little bit better.

And even after graduation, if we do have a drive-in graduation, then have a parade similar to the celebration we do for Sectional winners, a parade through the town.

We’re trying to do everything we can. Our parents have been great. They are so supportive. Whatever we can do we will make happen.

Portraits of the 51 members of Kendall’s Class of 2020 are displayed by the front entrance of the junior-senior high school. The display is also up at the main intersection in town, at routes 18 and 237.

Question: What about the students in grade 7 through 11? You see a lot for the seniors, but what about the other kids who are also missing out?

Answer: They are. That’s important to think about. The plays, the concerts. Our kids are musicians and they look forward to the end of the year concerts and we’re not able to do that. So for all of the students there is a real sense of loss.

So that is the significance of what we’re dealing with here. And also being optimistic that next year will come and we’re going to get through this together and we will be able to put things back into place for kids to look forward to. Next year we’re going to make that an awesome year because we’re going to have a new set of seniors and a new set of juniors. Our eighth-graders are going to be in their first year of high school. It’s important for every student at wherever they are in the sequence of their education.

Question: How hard has this been for teachers?

Answer: I can say without a doubt that I am extremely proud of the staff. They have gone out of their way to connect with kids. We’ve had close communication with the school counselor, Mrs. Bauer, and myself. We’ve done home visits to help kids stay on track and earn their graduation credits.

I think that is critical to make sure we’re thinking about every student and their continuum of education and make sure we’re meeting their needs.

Carol D’Agostino helps a student get ready during graduation last June. The students waited in the gymnasium before entering the auditorium for the ceremony. This year’s commencement will be different.

Question: For you personally, as a person in the midst of this, what has been the hardest?

Answer: When you’re in a job like being a principal, you’re here to serve the community and the students. You want to make every event as special as you can and that has been taken away from us.

It is really hard not to be able to do things for kids. I think Kendall is a special place. I like to be with the students. I like to be with the teachers and it’s been really hard to be isolated from them.

But what I love to hear is kids telling me how much they miss coming to school.

I think that’s a process that we’re all working through. For our teachers they have had to learn how to teach all over again. My analogy is for our teachers it’s like their first year of teaching all over again. And for our students it’s like their first year of college. We’re all learning how to learn and how to teach in a different world, and they’re doing a great job.

Question: Do teachers come to the building very often?

Answer: Not very much. They will trickle in once in a while to pick up resources or to close up something in their classroom. We’ve really tried to keep them at home to make that safe. They have the opportunity to access the building but mostly they work from home.

Question: It must be weird to come to the school in March, April and May, when normally it’s bustling and to have it be so quiet with just a few people here.

Answer: Many days I’m here by myself in the office. The secretaries don’t come in every day.

But we still have graduation. We have a program to create. We have an awards ceremony we are preparing. We have a Top 10 recognition that we’re doing June 1. We have Honor Society induction that we’re doing Thursday via Zoom. Junior National Honor Society induction was last week so we’re really committed to making memorable experiences for our students the best that we can.

Question: The Top 10 recognition, how would you do that?

Answer: Our plan is to do it in the east parking lot. We will follow the same format that we have always done. We will read a little bio about each student. They will stay in their cars. When their name is called, Mrs. (Julie) Christensen, the district superintendent, and Mrs. (Lisa) Levett, the Board of Education president, will hand them their plaque and medallion and then they’ll go back to their car.

My plan is to have some desserts that we can take to the cars. Just to have a little celebration.

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Kendall cancels annual firemen’s carnival due to Covid-19

File photos by Tom Rivers: The Kendall Firemen’s Carnival, an annual tradition for generations, includes carnival games, rides, a parade and lots of food and live music. 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.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 May 2020 at 7:02 pm

KENDALL – The Kendall Fire Department has announced it is canceling the annual firemen’s carnival due to public health concerns with the Covid19 pandemic.

Kendall is the last fire department in Orleans County that puts on an annual carnival with midway rides. The three-day event was planned for June 18-20.

“We believe for the safety of the community as a whole it would be irresponsible of us to continue with the carnival,” Kendall Fire Chief Bryan Hardenbrook posted on the fire department’s Facebook page. “The very nature of the event is getting closer with your neighbors. This choice was a hard, but necessary one. We care about each and every person in the community and we believe this is the right decision to keep people safe.”

The carnival is a big fundraiser for the Fire Department, besides being a fun community gathering.

“It is what keeps the lights on and maintains our buildings and grounds,” Hardenbrook said.

He thanked the community for its strong support over the years with its attendance at the carnival.

“You always show up and show how much you care,” he said. “Year after year you come in droves and ride the rides, have dinner, enjoy the bands in the beer tent, and just have a good time at the Carnival.”

The fire department is working on a craft show and vendor fair for Aug. 28-29.

The midway rides are a popular draw to the annual Kendall Firemen’s Carnival. Many fire departments used to put on an annual carnival. Kendall is the last one in Orleans County that still does the big event. It won’t be happening this year due to concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic.

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75-mile parade in Kendall honors Class of 2020

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 May 2020 at 10:08 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – Faculty and staff from Kendall Central School went on a 75-mile  trip throughout the school district on Friday afternoon, going by the homes for the 51 members in the class. The vehicles honked horns to celebrate the seniors.

The caravan included three school buses, a Kendall fire truck, and several faculty and staff in their personal vehicles.

A day earlier, Junior-Senior High School Principal Carol D’Agostino went to all of the homes and placed signs celebrating the in their front yards.

Provided photos: Amber Salonen, left, and her friend Alma Botello pose with their signs, which were delivered on Thursday. They have been best friends during high school.

Carol D’Agostino, the school principal, organizes the lineup for the parade.

D’Agostino said the district and the Kendall Faculty Association are trying to make seniors feel special during a difficult end of their senior year. The students have been out of school since March 16 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They continue to do remote and on-line learning from their homes.

The caravan on Friday lasted three hours as the vehicles went by all the addresses for Kendall’s Class of 2020.

The school sign lets students and teachers know they are missed.

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Kendall cancels Memorial Day observance scheduled for May 30

Photo by Tom Rivers: Boy Scouts and veterans hold a large American flag during a Memorial Day observance at Greenwood Cemetery in Kendall on May 30, 2018. Brian Shaw, a Boy Scout in Troop 94, is in back center, holding the flag.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 April 2020 at 8:58 pm

KENDALL – The Kendall Town Board has decided to cancel the community Memorial Day observance on may 30 due to concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic.

The observance rotates each year from one of Kendall’s three town cemeteries. The observance is also on May 30, which was the official day for the holiday until it was changed to be the last Monday in May. Memorial Day used to be known as Decoration Day. The holiday was celebrated on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.

The service usually attracts about 75 to 125 people with local firefighters, scouts, Kendall students, veterans and senior citizens gathering to pay homage to veterans who died in service to the country.

Tony Cammarata, the town supervisor, said he was concerned about the potential health risks to the public with a gathering of that size.

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