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Kendall starts community reading project

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: Kendall Jr./Sr. High School Librarian Alicia Charland, second from left, leads a discussion of the book, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, during the first Kendall Reads event Thursday evening at Kendall Jr./Sr. High School. Refreshments were also part of the evening.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 25 March 2017 at 10:49 am

A book display at the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School Library featuring this year’s Kendall Reads book selection as well as the 2017 Rochester Reads book selection and books with related topics.

KENDALL – Many great things grow from small seeds, and that may also prove to be so for the Kendall Reads community reading program, which is just getting its start.

Community members gathered at the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School Library on Thursday evening to review the book chosen for the first-time event:  The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary Pearson.

Librarian Alicia Charland said she based the program on the Rochester Reads program in Monroe County, initiated by Writers & Books, a non-profit literary center.

The Kendall program has the same goal as the Rochester program: to encourage people to connect to others through literary reading and discussion and through the shared experience of literature.

This year’s Rochester Reads event includes local libraries, colleges and senior centers.

“This is just the beginning,” Charland told adult participants who gathered for the book discussion Thursday.

Kendall students were also welcomed to read the book and will have their discussion during school hours. Charland hopes Kendall Reads will truly become a multi-generational event.  She and participants discussed a number of questions regarding the book and how it affected them.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is set in the near future in America and explores bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity, including where to draw the line with fast developing technological medical advances.

The book’s main character, 17-year old Jenna, awakes from a coma with no memory of her former life.  She is told her name is Jenna Fox and her parents show her movies of her past, but Jenna questions if she is really the same girl she sees on the screen.

“I like books that raise ethical questions and that make me think,” Charland said.

She hopes the annual program will grow each year.

“It’s all about getting people together and talking about the same book,” she said.

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Marina plans improvements in Kendall, including restaurant by the lake

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 March 2017 at 9:21 am

ALBION – The Bald Eagle Marina, a site with grand plans about a decade ago, will see some dramatic improvements this year.

A restaurant planned for the second story of the clubhouse will finally be finished this year with the restaurant to open at the site at Lakeland Beach Drive.

The marina has a new owner, John Tsyupa of Webster. He is committed to making the site a destination, including dredging the harbor to bring in larger boats.

The Orleans County Planning Board approved the site plan for the marina in 2007. Many of the improvements a decade ago haven’t been completed.

The new owner is amending the site plan, and it went before the Planning Board on Thursday evening, gaining unanimous approval.

“We’d love to see the business flourish because it has been in an up and down state,” said Dan Strong, a Planning Board member and code enforcement officer.

The new owner has proposed some changes to the original plan put forward in 2007. The parking spaces will be reduced by 14 from the original plan of 264. The 250 is still more than enough to meet the town code of 187 for the site, town officials said.

A 20-by-30-foot structure originally proposed for the wastewater treatment plant has been eliminated with the wastewater equipment now to be located within an existing 100-by-200-foot structure to the west.

The final site plan amendment includes a 25-by-40-foot open pavilion on the westerly side of the peninsula at the marina.

In other referrals, the Planning Board:

• Recommended the Town of Carlton approve a special use permit for Sue and Cyril Fetzner, who want to start the Lake Country Barn for outdoor weddings and other events at 1678 Oak Orchard Rd.

The Fetzners would have tents for the events, and would be working with a caterer for food and beverage services.

The Fetzners are hoping to start in June. Most of the events are expected to be on weekends, with music and bar activities ending by 10 p.m. and all people off the site by midnight.

The Fetzners won’t be using the barn on site for weddings or events. The barn provides a rustic feel, which Mrs. Fetzner said is currently popular for weddings.

• Backed the Town of Kendall’s push to extend a moratorium another six months for industrial solar energy projects in the town.

The town is working to address large-scale solar projects. The town’s zoning ordinance currently doesn’t address industrial-scale solar projects.

The Town Board received draft zoning regulations for large-scale solar on Tuesday. The town would like additional to determine how to best site the projects in Kendall, including height exemptions, access, and what zoning districts would allow the projects.

• Recommended the Town of Shelby approve a site plan and special use permit for a farm pond at 11205 West Shelby Rd., where Haleigh Clarke wants a duck pond that would be approximately 50 by 50 feet and 12 to 15 feet deep.

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Dollar General in Kendall approved by County Planning Board

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 March 2017 at 10:17 pm

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.

KENDALL – The Orleans County Planning Board, in its second look at the site plan for a Dollar General in Kendall, gave its support to the project this evening.

The Planning Board last month voted against the project because the application was missing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for how stormwater will be handled.

That plan was in the application this time, and the application was unanimously approved. The project needs a final vote by the Town of Kendall Planning Board.

The 9,100-square-foot store on Route 18 would be near the Kendall Road (Route 237) intersection, across the road from Greenwood Cemetery.

Primax Properties/Bohler Engineering MA of Albany is developer of the project. The store will have 36 parking spaces at 1873 Kendall Rd., on land currently owned by Walter Steffen.

The stormwater management plan includes a pocket wetland in the northeast portion of the site, multiple dry swales located near the perimeter of the parcel, and some storm drains.

The application was unchanged from last month, except for the stormwater drainage plan.

“Nothing has changed, there is just more detail,” said Dan Strong, a Planning Board member and code enforcement officer.

Andrew Kludt, the Kendall Planning Board chairman, said the town would like to see sidewalks leading to the store, but that isn’t part of the Dollar General application.

He praised the developer for altering the design from the typical Dollar General.

“I like that it has a barn look,” Kludt said.

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Kendall creates new water district for residents on Creek Road

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 22 March 2017 at 9:16 am

Town supervisor praises community for helping residents during prolonged power outage

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: Engineer Mike Schaffron of LaBella Associates answers questions during a public hearing at Kendall Town Hall on Tuesday evening regarding the formation of Water District No. 9.

KENDALL – Town Board members Tuesday evening approved resolutions establishing Water District No. 9 for Creek Road.

The estimated maximum cost of the project is $215,000.  Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata said the town has received a $150,000 State and Municipalities (SAM) Grant to help cover a portion of the cost of the district, with the remaining $65,000 to be financed through bonds.

Several residents from Water District No. 9 and surrounding districts attended the meeting and asked questions during a public hearing which was held before the vote. One resident questioned if the new district would create a burden regarding water capacity of districts currently in place as well as water districts No. 7 and No. 8, which have not yet been constructed.

“Closing the loop on water districts No. 7 and No. 8 will help a lot of residents,” Cammarata said.

Engineer Mike Schaffron of LaBella Associates agreed that Water District No. 9 would be of benefit to other water districts by improving water flows.

A Creek Road resident asked if the water lines will be installed by the town. Schaffron said that because of funding, the water district, “Cannot be constructed by the town itself.”

Residents also questioned if there is a timeline in place for construction of water districts Nos. 7, 8 and 9.

Cammarata said work on Water District No. 7 on Norway Road will likely begin around Labor Day and be completed sometime in November.  Water District No. 9 would be constructed after that. Water District No. 8, which Cammarata said also covers a portion of Creek Road by Carton Road and then west to Kendall Road, will likely be constructed last.

In another matter, Cammarata commended the Kendall community for their efforts in keeping the Town Hall open as an American Red Cross warming center during and after the March 8 wind storm.

“I would like to say thank you to board members (Margaret Lynn) Szozda and (Barb) Flow and (town clerk) Amy Richardson for their help during the storm,” Cammarata said. “I would also like to say a big thank you to Warren Kruger, our Highway Superintendent.”

Those without power were able to come to the town hall during the storm and for several days after. Cots and some food items were provided. The Kendall Lions Club and the local Brownie Troop donated cookies and water, both Supervisor Cammarata and Councilperson Flow said.

“The community really banded together,” Cammarata said. “We were one of only two towns in Orleans County to have a heat and shelter area. We all endured and we as a community came together. This town is a great place with great people.”

Cammarata said he is working to make sure the town hall or the high school will be available to residents during any emergencies in the future.

“That is my promise to the people of Kendall,” he said. “I want everyone to know that if there is an emergency, they have to place to go where they will be safe.”

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Michael Paduchak served his country long after WWII

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 March 2017 at 8:19 pm

Kendall man recognized posthumously by Congressman Collins

Photos by Tom Rivers: Congressman Chris Collins presents an American flag that flew over the Capitol building in Washington D.C. to Nadine Hanlon in honor of her late father, Michael Paduchak.

ALBION – Congressman Chris Collins honors a veteran each month in his eight-county district who not only served their country in the military, but went on to be dedicated to their community.

He found an ideal example of that veteran in Michael Paduchak, who Collins named his “Veteran of the Month” for March.

Paduchak spent about two years in the Army, enlisting during World War II. A staff sergeant, he fought in France and Germany, one of two to survive in his unit. Paduchak often spoke at Veterans Day and Memorial Day events, speaking of the loss of many of his friends during the war and his gratefulness to have survived.

After the war, he returned to Kendall and ran a 200-acre farm, served as the Kendall town supervisor for 32 years, which also included one of 10 seats on the former Orleans County Board of Supervisors. He is pictured in many photos of the Board of Supervisors in the legislative chambers, where his daughter Nadine works as clerk of the Legislature.

Michael Paduchak served in World War II, one of only two to survive from his unit.

“This is an individual who served his country,” Collins said about Paduchak, who passed away at age 91 on Jan. 21, 2017. “This is someone dedicated to service.”

Collins also presented Hanlon with a Congressional Commendation in honor of her father, as well as two “challenge coins” from Collins that include the Boy Scout motto of “Do Your Best.” Nadine and her brother John each received one of the coins from Collins. John lives in New Hampshire and watched the presentation by live video today.


Paduchak pushed for the creation of Community Action in Orleans County, and served on its board for about 40 years. Hanlon now serves on that board.

“He was very community oriented,” Hanlon said about her father. “He wanted to make sure people would get services who needed them.”

Hanlon is also president of the Kendall Board of Education. She said her father instilled community service in his children.

World War II veteran Michael Paduchak, right, and George Bakeman, a member of the Marine Corps League in Albion, salute during the flag-raising ceremony in July 2013 to kick off the Orleans County 4-H Fair. Paduchak was a dedicated member of the Honor Guard.

He was a member of the Kendall Fire Department for more than 60 years and also was chairman of the Orleans County Soil & Water Conservation District, and served on that board for more than 30 years.

Paduchak didn’t just serve on boards. He often was picked to lead the groups, whether the Town Board, Board of Supervisors, Community Action or Soil & Water.

“He kept a calmness in things,” Hanlon said. “He had his opinions but he wanted to hear others’ opinions as well. He never held grudges.”

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After days of uncertainty, show goes on in Kendall

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: Sophomores Hanna Hofstra and Ryan Barrett star as Winnifred and Dauntless in the Kendall High School production of Once Upon a Mattress.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 12 March 2017 at 9:55 am

2 more performances today of Once Upon a Mattress

KENDALL – Utility crews continued to work on power lines just down the road, but the lights were at Kendall Junior/Senior High School which meant this year’s school musical – Once Upon a Mattress – could open on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Power outages from Wednesday’s windstorm meant students had to “adapt to changing scenarios,” drama director Michael Billotti said, but the opening performance, only one day delayed, went off without a hitch.

Billotti spoke to the audience prior to the show. “Going into this week we had the usual stress of show week,” he said. “We weren’t thinking, ‘What if the lights were not going to be on?’ To say it has been an unusual show week in an understatement.

“We found solutions to each obstacle,” Billotti said. “At the beginning of the week we talked about the old adage that the show must go on… we did not know how telling those words would be.”

Daniel Lauritzson is the show’s musical director. The final two shows are set for Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door. Tickets purchased in advance are good for any performance.

Kierstyn Christensen, the Wizard, puts Princess #12, played by Brianna Drennan, to the test.

The Royal Family – King Sextimus, played by senior Kenneth Price, Queen Aggravain, played by junior Megan Hardenbrook, and Prince Dauntless, played by Ryan Barrett – show their disappointment at the latest marital prospect for the prince.

Sir Harry, played by junior Caleb Henion and Lady Larken, played by sophomore Anna Oakley, pledge their love for each other as they sing, “A Little While.”

Winnifred, played by Hanna Hofstra, sings of being “Shy” shortly after being brought to court by Sir Harry as a potential bride for Dauntless.

Winnifred, played by Hanna Hofstra, is introduced to King Sextimus, played by Kenneth Price, as the Jester, played by Olivia Reed, and Dauntless, played by Ryan Barrett, look on.

Winnifred, played by Hanna Hofstra, is joined by Dauntless, played by Ryan Barrett as they sing, “The Swamp Home” about her humble beginnings…

Queen Aggravain, played by Megan Hardenbrook, prepares to place the pea at the bottom of a mattress-stacked bed, in order to test Winnifred’s appropriateness as a bride for Prince Dauntless.

Senior Clancy Frearson as the Nightengale, sings an entrancing lullaby as Winnifred goes to sleep.

Winnifred, played by Hanna Hofstra, finds it impossible to sleep on top of the mattresses with the tiny pea placed underneath.

Once Dauntless and Winnifred become engaged, the Jester, played by Olivia Reed, and the Minstrel, played by Sarah Knapp, remove objects from underneath the top mattress which were the real cause of Winnifred’s unrest.

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Red Cross shelter will shift to Kendall Town Hall

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 March 2017 at 4:46 pm

KENDALL – The American Red Cross is moving its shelter in Orleans County from Medina High School to the Kendall Town Hall.

Kendall Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata said Red Cross officials will be at the Town hall beginning at about 7 p.m. to get the building ready for residents to stay overnight.

The building will have cots, food and beverages.

“We will also arrange rides,” Cammarata said.

The Town Hall at 1873 Kendall Rd. has a generator, restrooms, running water, and a coffee machine. Local Girl Scouts have also dropped off cookies.

There were four residents who stayed overnight at the Red Cross shelter in Medina last night. The brunt of the power outages remain on the eastern end of the county in Kendall, Murray and Clarendon, said Dale Banker, the county’s emergency management coordinator.

“The east side is definitely more adversely effected,” Banker said.

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Crosby’s has kept going in Kendall despite power outage

Photos by Tom Rivers: Edith Brodie, a Crosby’s employee in Kendall, checks the coffee machines just before the lunch rush today. She said coffee has been a big seller since the power was knocked out in Kendall about 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 March 2017 at 2:03 pm

Store has been busy for residents needing gas, coffee and food

Missie Merritt slices a pizza that just came out of the oven.

KENDALL – The Crosby’s convenience store on Route 18 in Kendall has been a popular place the past two days while most of the town has been shut down without electricity.

Crosby’s has kept going after fierce winds knocked out power in the community at about 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The company brought in a generator three hours after the power outage so people could still buy gas and the store could serve up pizza, coffee and other food.

The store opens at 5:30 in the morning and customers are ready for their coffee.

“I’m thankful they are here and the people here are so helpful,” said Diane Howard of Kendall.

She said she has stopped by Crosby’s twice daily to buy several coffees for her family. She also has brought home pizza and other food.

After the power was knocked out Wednesday, Crosby’s stayed open. Its cash registers are battery powdered in case the electricity goes out. A generator was brought in three hours after power was lost, and the store was able to operate the gas pumps. The store has only been able to accept cash because the debit and credit card machines depend on cable, which has been knocked out. Crosby’s does have a working ATM for customers.

“We’ve been much busier than normal,” said Missie Merritt, one of the employees.

She said coffee, gasoline, kerosene and propane have been big sellers.

She praised Crosby’s for getting a generator on site soon after the power was out because the store has been critical to helping residents cope without electricity.

Judy Hammond of Kendall fills up a container with gasoline that she said she would use for a generator to keep some appliances going in her house.

Judy Hammond of Kendall stopped by this morning to get gas for a generator. She has a wood stove in her garage and has fans set up to blow heat into her house.

The generator also is keeping her refrigerator and freezer going, and allowing her to have some lights on.

“It’s a pain but hopefully we’ll have power on back soon,” she said.

A resident on Route 18 near Peter Smith Road made this sign thanking the utility company workers for their efforts to restore power and services to the community.

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Kendall senior citizens shrug off power outage

Photos by Tom Rivers: Ellen Smith, manager of the nutri-fair site at Kendall, serves coffee and snacks before lunch today. She encouraged more senior citizens to attend the group, which meets Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 March 2017 at 1:21 pm

‘It’s hard for the younger people who are always on the computer. But I never used one.’ – Fred Conradt, 85, of Kendall

Fred Conradt urged people to be patient during the power outage.

KENDALL – Kendall residents are nearing 48 hours without electricity. Fred Conradt, 85, just shrugs his shoulders.

Conradt spent his first eight years without electricity. His house didn’t get it until 1939.

“It’s hard for the younger people who are always on the computer,” Conradt said. “But I never used one.”

He joined some of his friends at the Kendall Town Hall today for lunch and card games. The Town Hall is a nutri-fair site on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Conradt said older residents don’t mind occasional inconveniences when the power goes out.

Kendall remains the hardest hit from the electricity outages. Nearly the entire town remains without power, 1,276 of the 1,279 National Grid customers. The company says it expects to have Kendall restored by 11 p.m. today. But on Thursday, National Grid said Kendall would be back by 10 p.m. last night.

Conradt said he is willing to be patient.

“Think about it, it’s quite a job to set a pole and then change all of the wires,” he said.

He feels fortunate to have natural gas so his house isn’t freezing.

Ellen Smith, 80, is the manager of the nutri-fair site. She said the temperature in her house is down to 54 degrees. The high temps are in the 20s today and could drop to 9 degrees tonight.

That worries Melissa Blanar, director of the Office for the Aging in Orleans County.

Her staff reached out to 300 senior citizens without electricity on Thursday. Many are staying with other relatives, or their power is coming back.

The OFA directed them to warming centers and the Red Cross shelter at Medina High School.

But so far, there have been few takers. Blanar said the plummeting temperature tonight is a concern if the power outage continues.

She also worries some people may try to keep their houses warm in unsafe ways, perhaps by keeping a stove open.

The Kendall Town Hall is one of four warming centers in the county. The others are at the Lyndonville Fire Hall, Hoag Library in Albion and the Eastern Orleans Community Center at 75 Public Square in Holley.

Amy Richardson, the Kendall town clerk, said only a few residents have used the Town Hall as a warming station since it was designated as a spot on Thursday. She said a couple residents came in to charge their phones.

Many Kendall residents also have lost phone and cable access. Even the Town Hall’s phones are out of commission.

“Many of the residents are independent and have generators,” Richardson said.

Fire Chief Mike Schultz said the Fire Department pumped three basements on Thursday and two this morning. He said the residents are persevering through the extended outage, but he worries about the very cold temperatures coming tonight and over the weekend.

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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.

Provided photos

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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