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Kendall FD given stuffed animals to help calm kids who ride in ambulance

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 February 2017 at 7:34 pm

The is photo shows the stuffed animals and blankets that were donated.

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KENDALL – Today the Kendall Fire Department received a generous donation of stuffed animals and blankets from a local family.

The toys and blankets will be available to children riding the Kendall ambulance to help calm them down, Fire Chief Mike Schultz said.

The top photo shows, from left: Kendall FD Chief Mike Schultz, Ava Newbould,  Peyton Shuler, Bryson Shuler, Danny Shuler, Camden Holt, Phillip Newbould, Kendall Newbould, Julianna Newbould, Abrielle Shuler, Mallory Holt, SJ Finucane, Riannon Newbould, and Kendall FD EMS Captain Sue Maslyn.

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Planners want more information on Dollar General project in Kendall

Courtesy of Orleans County Department of Planning and Development: The proposed 9,100-square-foot store in Kendall could look like this, according to this image submitted to the Town of Kendall.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 February 2017 at 10:02 pm

KENDALL – The Orleans County Planning Board voted to send back a referral seeking the board’s support for a new Dollar General in Kendall.

The board met this evening and determined the application needed more information, mainly with the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Planners wanted to see Dollar General’s plan for how stormwater will be handled.

Dollar General said stormwater would be treated on site and released to an existing drainage ditch. However, the company needs to submit a SWPPP.

Until that is done, the layout of the site for the building and parking lot can’t be fully determined because the drainage issues aren’t completely resolved, members of the Planning Board said.

“What is presented could change,” said Planning Board member Kirk Myhill of Shelby.

He said he supports the project, a new 9,100-square-foot store on Route 18, near the Kendall Road intersection. The new store would be across the road from Greenwood Cemetery.

The Dollar General would be owned by Primax Properties/Bohler Engineering MA of Albany. It is looking to build the store with 36 parking spaces at 1873 Kendall Rd., land owned by Walter Steffen.

Primax Properties wants to use 1.9 acres for the project, which would include the store, parking lot, access, lighting, landscaping and utilities.

The store would be on Route 18, about 300 feet west of Kendall Road (Route 237). The Kendall Elementary School is about 600 feet north of the proposed site. It is located in a General Business District.

Once the uncertainties with the drainage plan are resolved, the board said it would support the project.

“The SWPPP could affect the drainage and then the layout of the property,” said Tom Keeler, a board member from Barre.

The board voted 11-1 to send the referral back to Kendall for more information. Terry Brown of Carlton was the lone nay vote against sending it back to Kendall.

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Kendall LEGO workshop keeps kids busy on vacation

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 23 February 2017 at 6:17 pm

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

KENDALL – The Kendall Recreation program hosted its 2nd Annual LEGO Workshop on Tuesday afternoon at the Kendall Elementary School. The popular event drew students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and is planned for the February break week.

Brother and sister, Dominic and Ashlyn Heirigs, ages 7 and 4,  worked together on their LEGO HEXBUG habitat station. Participants could create freehand LEGO sculptures, build specific LEGO vehicles with plans, send LEGO creations down a zip line and more. This year, Alicia Charland, Rachel Fisken and Rev. Steve Meyer worked to organize the workshop.

11-year old David Ramsey, 9-year old Caleb Schneider and 6-year old Ryland construct LEGO scenes for the green screen station.

A LEGO Workshop participant wears a t-shirt with the caption: “Building Innovation and Friendship Brick by Brick.” Participants collected stars during the workshop which they earn by showing they are a team player, using their creativity, working hard at each station for at least 15 minutes and cleaning up.

Chris Nettles, 10, concentrates as he works on his LEGO creation:  “Underground Bank.”  Chris was working at the free building station.

The workshop featured more than building with LEGOs. Here, participants used materials such as small red cups, popsicle sticks, play dough and paper towel tubes to construct “bridges” that would hold 21 elephants. Coby, 5, closes in on his goal.

Fort building was an activity for the hallway. Five-year old Cora stretches up to add height to her fort.

David Elliott, 11, (left) waits as Kendall 9th Grader Eric Warren prepares to launch David’s LEGO creation down the Zip Line. Kendall High School students help out during the workshop.

Participants colored LEGO figure pictures for Kendall native Jon Volkmar who is serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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DOT will study Route 18 by Kendall school to determine if speed reduction needed

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 23 February 2017 at 2:58 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: There was a fatal car accident last month at the Route 18 and Norway Road intersection, not far from the school entrance.

KENDALL – The New York State Department of Transportation will complete a study before deciding whether the speed limit outside the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School on Rt. 18 (Roosevelt Highway) will be reduced.

“We are anxiously awaiting their response,” Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata said during the Town Board meeting on Tuesday evening.

Many community stakeholders have pressed the DOT for the study, seeking a speed reduction, including the Town Board, Kendall Central School Board of Education, the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce, the Orleans County Legislature, the Kendall Lions and Leo clubs, and other local residents.

The current speed limit is 50 miles per hour in front of the school.

County Legislator Ken DeRoller attended Tuesday’s Town Board meeting and reported that the study will take place in the very near future. He is pleased the state is looking into the issue.

“It is a very important issue for our community,” DeRoller said. “We are encouraged we have the right players at the table.”

He explained that the study will cover the stretch of Rt. 18 from Kendall Road (Rt. 237) to Norway Road, and that the state typically considers a span of 1,320 feet in front of a school to be a school speed limit zone which, “should be 10 miles per hour lower than the adjoining limit,” DeRoller said.

In November last year, Kendall Town Board members passed a resolution asking the state to drop the speed limit in front of the school from 50 mph to 20 mph. Town Board members said the current speed limit is creating dangerous conditions for students.

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Firefighters do controlled burn at Kendall house

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 February 2017 at 11:55 am

Photos courtesy of Dale Banker

KENDALL – Firefighters used a controlled burn to take down a house at 2180 Peter Smith Road this morning.

Firefighters from Kendall, Holley and Carlton were able to use the controlled burn for some training. The Orleans County Emergency Management Office also was at the scene. (Dale Banker, the EMO coordinator, provided these photos.)

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Kendall Lions sell nearly 1,000 chicken dinners to benefit woman fighting cancer

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 February 2017 at 6:56 am

Photos courtesy of Helen Unterborn

KENDALL – The Kendall Lions Club held its annual chicken barbecue on Feb. 4 and sold 864 dinners, with proceeds to go to Paula Mattison-Prince, who is fighting cancer.

This photo shows Lions Club members in the serving line, including Gayle Ashbury, Dan Peckham, Steve Cliff, Tony Cammarata and Bob Furness.

The Lions Club does the fund-raiser every year, and picks someone from the community as the beneficiary of the funds. The Lions Club next month expects to present a check to Mattison-Prince, with the money to help her with her medical expenses.

Phil Haight, Blaine Young and Cary Wright work in the barbecue pit.

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Dollar General proposed for Kendall

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 February 2017 at 2:21 pm

KENDALL – A Dollar General store is proposed in Kendall for Route 18, near the Kendall Road intersection. The new 9,100-square-foot store would be across the road from Greenwood Cemetery.

The Orleans County Planning Board will review the site plan for the project on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. The board meets in Conference Room C of the County Administration Building on Route 31 in Albion.

The store is planned for a site in Kendall’s General Business District.

The board will also consider the following referrals:

• Request for a six-month moratorium on installation of freestanding or ground-mounted solar energy systems in Murray.

• Request for amendment of the Shelby zoning map, reclassifying Hamlet District at Maple Ridge Rd., West Avenue Extension, and South Gravel Road to General Business District.

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Kendall school wears pink for principal battling breast cancer

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 February 2017 at 4:23 pm

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KENDALL – Teachers and staff at the David J. Doyle Junior-Senior High in Kendall wore pink T-shirts on Monday during an assembly in honor of Carol D’Agostino, the school’s principal the past 12 years.

D’Agostino, in front holding flowers, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery today.

On Monday, the school had a surprise assembly with all the students and staff wearing pink for the school’s principal.

“The idea was to give her strength so she knows we’re behind her,” said Kevin Watson, the school’s assistant principal.

The district sent a letter home with students last week in grades 7-12, informing them that D’Agostino had a recurrence of cancer. She first battled the disease 25 years ago.

D’Agostino is expected to be out of work for six to eight weeks.

The principal addressed the students during the assembly, saying she was determined to beat cancer.

“She told them they don’t need to be afraid of the word, ‘cancer,’’” Watson said.

He orchestrated the assembly on Monday, and pushed to have t-shirts for all students and staff. He wanted D’Agostino to see all the pink shirts to know she has strong support at the school. Watson said D’Agostino is a caring leader for the school, often visiting students in the hospital and going above and beyond in numerous ways.

“She does so much for so many people in this little town,” Watson said.

This photo shows the student body, about 300 students, wearing pink shirts in honor of D’Agostino. The Sports Boosters and sales from the other shirts will cover the costs for the students’ shirts.

D’Agostino is hugged by students at the assembly on Monday.

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Stars come out for Kendall Dessert Cabaret

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 11 February 2017 at 10:25 am

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

KENDALL – Brandi Stephens sings the Cup Song (When I’m Gone) accompanied by a chorus of “cups” on Friday evening when the Kendall Music Department and Kendall Music Boosters held their annual Dessert Cabaret to benefit the school’s music programs.

The evening included vocal and instrumental music, desserts and a raffle. Theme baskets, which were part of the raffle, were on display before the first half of the musical performance.

Caleb Henion performs a solo as part of My Funny Valentine.

Those attending the Dessert Cabaret enjoy their sweets while Mr. Veit  and Mrs. Zito perform prior to the evening’s Act II in the auditorium which featured performances by the Senior High Jazz band, members of the Jr./Sr. High Band, Senior High Chorus and other students.

Kierstyn Christensen and Michela Hanlon served as emcees for the evening.

Kenny Price, on trombone, plays Andante and Allegro by Barat, accompanied on piano by Mr. Jeremy Rath.

Members of “The Band” perform Hey Brother.

Act I of the performance wrapped up with two songs from Vocal Effect: My Funny Valentine and Sun and Moon from Miss Saigon.

Sarah Knapp, “Knappers,” sings and plays her original song, Saturn.

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Kendall school district will partner with OCALS for peer tutoring

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 28 January 2017 at 2:15 pm

KENDALL – The school district is beginning a partnership with OCALS – Orleans County Adult Learning Services, a literacy organization that currently partners with Lyndonville, Holley and Albion school districts.

OCALS provides free and confidential literacy services to residents of Orleans County and contiguous areas and utilizes trained volunteers to assist students based on each individual student’s literacy needs.

Carol D’Agostino, Kendall’s Junior/Senior High Principal, told the Board of Education this week that OCALS will allow the district to get “peer tutoring back up and running.” OCALS will provide services twice each week during the 8th period.

D’Agostino said the partnership is part of an overall effort to build relationships between the school district and county-level organizations and agencies.

“We would like to see continued networking with services in Orleans County,” she said, “to build positive relationships and maximize everything we can do for our kids.”

D’Agostino said the district is also inviting community residents to take part in the “Kendall Reads Event” which includes Kendall High School Library’s first “Community Read” planned for Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m.

Community members are encouraged to read The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson and join in a discussion of the book at the March 23 event, which will also include light snacks.  All ages are welcome to take part.

“It will build a sense of literacy in the community,” D’Agostino said. “It’s an exciting thing for the whole community.”

Copies of the book will be available at the high school library. For more information call 659-8959.

Members of the Board of Education on Wednesday also briefly discussed the preliminary school budget for the 2017-18 school year.

Superintendent Julie Christensen said the district anticipates a 1.4 percent increase in Foundation Aid which she said is operating aid the district receives from the state.  The tax cap for 2017-18 is 1.26 percent compared with .12 percent under the current budget.  Christensen said health insurance rates are expected to increase by 12 percent, while pension costs are expected to go down.

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