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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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Kendall celebrates 80th anniversary of elementary school

Staff Reports Posted 13 June 2017 at 12:33 pm

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KENDALL – The Kendall school district celebrated the 80th birthday of the elementary school on Friday. Roger Herman, who is 90, happened to be in the school on the first day it opened after Christmas break, back when it was a K-12 school. Herman is joined by his wife, JoAnn, and their great-grandson, Louie Conte.

He addressed students during the celebration at the school. He is the father of Carol D’Agostino, the high school principal.

Sharon Smith, the elementary principal, also addressed students during a slide-show of historical images. Roger and JoAnn Herman are joined by their great-grandchildren.

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Kendall Lions start ‘Lending Library’ at Partyka’s

Provided photos: The Kendall Lions Club set up a Lending Library at Partyka’s Farm Market, increasing access to books for the children in the community. Pictured, from left, include: Lion President Michael Cusimano, cabinetmaker Greg Meisenzahl, Lion Helen Unterborn and Lora Partyka.

Posted 12 June 2017 at 10:30 pm

Press Release, Kendall Lions Club

KENDALL – The Kendall Lions are excited to announce the opening of the Kendall Lions Lending Library at Partyka’s Farm Market.

To encourage the young readers in our community we have set up a bookshelf with gently used books that children can borrow.

An ongoing focus of service for Lions around the world is literacy. The Lions Reading Action Program is a 10-year commitment to increasing reading and literacy rates. It’s a call to action for every Lions club around the world to organize service projects and activities that underscore the importance of reading and address specific needs related to literacy within their own community.

Research shows that “Young children who have access to books in the home and are read aloud to regularly have the best chance of becoming successful readers.” (Catherine Snow, Peg Burns and Susan Griffin, 1998)

The purpose for our lending library is to support and promote the love of reading in our youngest community members by providing easy access to books.

Parents help their child select a book from our bookshelf to take home and enjoy. When they are finished, they return it to the book shelf for others to enjoy and select another book.

As a bonus, children are invited to participate in our reading incentive. By reading 10 books over the summer they can receive a free small ice cream cone from Partyka’s. They can track of their reading on the summer reading recording sheet found on the bookshelf and when complete turn it in for a free cone.

Kendall Lions give their heartfelt thanks to Lora and Jeff Partyka for giving our library a home and sponsoring the reading incentive, to Greg Meisenzahl for donating his talent and building a beautiful bookcase and to Karl Driesel for donating the wood.

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Kendall team completed 10-week Girls on the Run challenge

Staff Reports Posted 12 June 2017 at 5:32 pm

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ROCHESTER – A Kendall team ran a 5-kilometer race Saturday evening, the culmination of a 10-week training program.

There were about a dozen girls in grades 6-8 from Kendall in the Girls on the Run program, with running buddies in the high school. Lindsay Hammer, Tracie Heise, Amy Leone and Leanne Zito all served as the advisors.

The 5K on Saturday was the Monroe Community College’s Brighton campus.

“They had hundreds of girls running from all over the county,” said Julie Christensen, Kendall Central School superintendent. “It was fun to watch all these girls push themselves to achieve.”

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Kendall Republicans announce endorsements for town offices

Staff Reports Posted 6 June 2017 at 8:03 am

KENDALL – The Town of Kendall Republican Committee has announced its slate of candidates for town offices for this November’s election.

The committee backed all of the incumbents up for election except Town Clerk Amy Richardson. She has the Conservative Party endorsement. Richardson didn’t pursue the Republican endorsement and the committee decided to endorse Janet Bolton, committee member John Becker said.

The other endorsements include:

• Tony Cammarata for Town Supervisor

• Warren Kruger for Town Highway Superintendent

• Bruce Newell and Wayne Martin Jr. for Town Council

• Debra Drennan for Town Justice

Bolton is a first-time candidate. She is retired after more than 20 years at BOCES (WEMOCO).

“Janet will bring a high level of professionalism, efficiency and customer service to the Town Clerk’s Office, as well as being a Notary Public,” the Republican Committee said in an announcement. “The focus of the Kendall Republican Committee is as always to support candidates who provide a high level of value and service for the taxpayer’s dollars.”

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Kendall community observes Memorial Day at Beechwood Cemetery

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 30 May 2017 at 10:59 pm

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

KENDALL – Boy Scouts and local veterans prepare to fold a large United States flag during a Memorial Day observance today at Beechwood Cemetery.

The flag is folded 13 times during the process. Marietta Schuth read the meaning of each fold as it was accomplished.

A parade makes its way north on West Kendall Road on its way to Beechwood Cemetery on Tuesday evening. The Town of Kendall observes the Memorial Day holiday on May 30 – the traditional Decoration Day.

The parade reaches the Beechwood Cemetery.

Kendall Supervisor Tony Cammarata thanked members of the Town Board and the the Kendall Town Clerk for their efforts to organize this year’s ceremonies.  He said Memorial Day offers an opportunity to show, “respect for the men and women who offer themselves up in defense of this nation…. and put service before self.  We also honor those who paid the ultimate price. Never forget, never forget, never forget,” Cammarata emphasized, how fortunate we are in this country to have a volunteer force of men and women willing to defend Americans.

Members of the Kendall High School chorus sing The Star-Spangled Banner.

State Senator Robert Ortt said he particularly enjoys participating in ceremonies in Kendall each year.  Ortt is a veteran from the war in Afghanistan. He said he remembers everyday four soldiers with whom he served, who did not come home.  “I came home because somebody else did not,” he said.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley said that among American holidays, “perhaps there is none more sacred than Memorial Day. It is our sacred duty to honor those who defend our United States and our fallen heroes.”

Those in attendance listen as Kendall High School students read the Role of the Honor Dead.

Kendall Town Council members Bruce Newell and Barb Flow place a wreath at the grave of a veteran.

The playing of Taps by a member of the Kendall Community Band concluded the ceremonies. After the first trumpet player completed his playing, another trumpet player at the back of the cemetery echoed by playing Taps a second time.

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Rain doesn’t stop benefit walk in Kendall

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 26 May 2017 at 8:26 am

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

KENDALL – Damp weather forced the National Honor Society 27th Annual Spring Walk in Memory of Grace Lang, Amber Liese and Libby Jurs inside Kendall Jr./Sr. High School Thursday afternoon.

Students, teachers, administrators, family and friends of Lang, Liese and Jurs walked the halls inside instead of walking laps outside on the track.  Organizers said participants made 20 “laps” around the school between 3 and 4:30 pm.

Kendall Jr./Sr. High School Principal Carol D’Agostino (in blue Team Libby T-shirt) walks with her “team” including members of Libby Jurs’ family. D’Agostino said the annual Walk is one of the many ways the Kendall community comes together to help others.

“It’s an opportunity to celebrate their lives,” D’Agostino said of Lang, Liese and Jurs.

Grace Lang was a Kendall school nurse who died of cancer in 1990.  Amber Liese was a Kendall student who died of cancer shortly after graduating in 2010, and Libby Jurs, also a Kendall school nurse, died of cancer in 2015.  D’Agostino noted money raised helps to fund cancer research.

A photograph of Libby Jurs welcomed participants to the fundraising event.

Participants in the Grace Lang, Amber Liese and Libby Jurs Walk make their way through the halls of Kendall Jr./Sr. High School.  Organizers said they hope the event will raise more than $1,000.

The hallways became congested at times as participants made their “rounds.”  Organizers said more than 40 people took part in the 2017 Walk which benefits the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, Teens Living with Cancer, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, Kendall Volunteer Ambulance and the Kendall Senior National Honor Society.

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Kendall town supervisor thanks community for rallying during lake crisis

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 18 May 2017 at 10:50 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Members of the National Guard place sandbags along a residential property in Kendall on May 7.

65,000 sandbags and counting

KENDALL –  Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata is sending out, “One big thank you to the Kendall community for your help in trying to resolve this crisis with mother nature.”

Residents and organizations have worked hard to help homeowners and property owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Cammarata made his comments during the regular meeting of the Kendall Town Board Tuesday evening.

“I would like to extend a personal ‘thank you’ to Warren Kruger and the Highway Department for all their work, time and effort to help the residents of this town,” Cammarata said.

He noted the innovative process Kruger, the highway superintendent, designed to fill sand bags utilizing the town’s salt spreaders. The National Guard, inmates, Kendall residents and residents from neighboring communities have been working the past two weeks to fill sandbags and distribute them to residents along the lakeshore.

“We had filled 65,000 sandbags as of yesterday, it’s probably above that by now,” Cammarata said.

He also thanked Assemblyman Steve Hawley, State Senator Robert Ortt, Governor Cuomo’s Office, the National Guard, the Kendall Fire Department and Ladies’ Auxiliary for their assistance.

The Ladies’ Auxiliary, the Masonic Temple, the Kendall Lions and community members have worked to keep the National Guard and sandbag volunteers fed each day with breakfast and lunch. Cammarata said donations of food have also come from Tops, Wegmans, Pizza Shack and many others.

He thanked the Fire Department, local churches and the Kendall Central School District for their efforts to mobilize volunteers for the sandbagging efforts, and Town Clerk Amy Richardson for her efforts in obtaining necessary permits for residents trying to save their property.

“Kendall is a special community,” Cammarata said.  “People in Kendall always come together when there is a crisis. From the bottom of my heart I thank everyone in Kendall. We are people helping people and will continue as we try to curtail mother nature in this dilemma we are facing.”

“I can’t say enough praise,” Council member Barb Flow said during her report, regarding the volunteer efforts of those in the community to help residents along the lakeshore.

Cammarata read two letters from lakeshore residents thanking the town, the highway department and volunteers for their assistance.

Jim Locicero of Bald Eagle Drive called the sandbags and assistance in placing them, “a gift from heaven.”

Barry Scorse of Lomond Shore praised the highway department’s quick response. “They’ve done a tremendous job,” Scorse wrote.

In other business, Flow gave a brief update on the Dollar General project from Planning Board Chair Andrew Kludt, who has been communicating with the engineering firm. The new site plans are being drawn to reflect conditions required by the town in approving the project. Construction will likely begin in September, Kludt indicated.

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Kendall passes school budget, elects two BOE members

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 May 2017 at 9:54 pm

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: Jeremy Browe, an 11th-grader, calls out to passers-by outside the Kendall Elementary School to bring in customers for the Class of 2018 Hot Dog Cookout during school budget voting Tuesday evening.

KENDALL – The proposed school budget for $17,415,783 passed, 183-50, during today’s vote.

The budget increases taxes by 1 percent, from $4,669,245 to $4,715,842.

• Voters also approved a proposition to spend up to $250,000 from the School Bus Reserve Fund to buy motor vehicles for the district, including passenger buses. That passed, 184-48.

• Residents also elected two members to the Board of Education. Lisa Levett, 182 votes, was elected to a five-year term and Jason ReQua, 176 votes, was elected to a term for just over a year, running from May 17, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

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Kendall, Medina make U.S. News list of top high schools

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

Kendall and Medina both earned “Silver Medals” and made the list of high-performing high schools in the latest ranking by U.S. News and World Report.

The news publication posted its annual ranking of the 22,000 high schools in the country, and Kendall placed 2,295th and Medina 2,468th, which puts them near the top 10 percent.

In New York, Kendall was ranked 181st and Medina, 195th. The U.S. News’ Best High Schools List is compiled by first analyzing how well students performed on qualifying high school state assessments such as Regents Exams in Algebra 1 and ELA.

The high schools identified as over performing were then ranked nationally in terms of college readiness, using participation and success in the Advanced Placement program. U.S. News then awarded more than 6,040 gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top-performing schools.

“This is great validation at how well our staff does in preparing our students for post-secondary education and careers,” said Mark Kruzynski, the Medina school district superintendent. “We are very proud to once again receive this honor and be able to recognize the dedication of our students, staff and the community to make Medina High School one of the best high schools in the country.  This award is truly an achievement that the entire district can celebrate, as the success we have in the high school builds upon the foundations our students have received at Oak Orchard and Clifford Wise Intermediate Middle School. Congratulations to the entire Medina Central School District.”

Kendall is also a repeat winner.

“This honor respects the hard work and commitment by the entire staff and community of Kendall,” Julie Christensen, Kendall Central School superintendent, said when Kendall was recognized last year.

To see the breakdowns, visit

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