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Kendall celebrates homecoming with festive parade

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 29 September 2017 at 11:25 pm

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

KENDALL – Homecoming weekend is underway at Kendall Central School. The sun came out Friday evening following rain showers and thunderstorms just in time for the Homecoming Parade which made its way down Kendall Road (Rt. 237) to the Jr./Sr. High School campus.

Members of the Class of 2021 (Freshmen) chose a “Back to the 50’s” theme for their float. Each class float featured a different decade.

The Class of 2020 (Sophomores) chose to feature the roaring 20’s with “Opening Night.” The float included flappers and gangsters from the 1920’s era.

The Class of 2019 (Juniors) float featured a 1980’s theme with a Rubik’s Cube, Pac-Man, M-TV,and Michael Jackson.

Kendall’s Senior Class chose a 1960’s theme for their float with flower children, peace-niks, and lots of tie-dye.

A tribute to the July 1969 Lunar Landing was also a part of the Senior Class Homecoming parade entry. Jeremy Browe said he hung on to the flagpole to stay upright throughout the parade.

Members of the Kendall Class of 2018 pose for a photo with their float following the parade.

The Alumni Soccer Game took place following the parade.

The Kendall Faculty Association held a silent basket auction to benefit their scholarship fund.

Class of 2014 Kendall alum Nicole Browe holds up a Hearts for Harriers T-shirt.  The shirts were available during Homecoming with proceeds going to help the Harrier family. Randy and Becky Harrier were recently killed in a car accident near the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds. They are survived by three children.

Families gathered in the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School gym following the parade for the annual carnival.

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Kendall may establish town park by Lake Ontario

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 20 September 2017 at 8:14 am

KENDALL – Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata on Tuesday noted that at this point, while only in its “embryonic stages,” Town Board members are discussing the possibility of the town receiving the deed from the state for property at Thompkins Circle located in the northwest corner of the town on the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Town Board member Lynn Szozda said she recently went to look at the site with town Highway Superintendent Warren Kruger to discuss if the town might possibly locate a park on the site.

Szozda said when Kendall Central Schools hosted meetings last winter regarding ways to attract families to move to Kendall, one focus group noted that the town is located on the Lake Ontario shoreline, but there is really no public access to the waterfront for residents.

“It might be a place to put a park in Kendall,” Szozda said. She indicated that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is willing to donate the land to the town.

Supervisor Cammarata said the idea merits consideration. “We have no community park,” he noted. “Maybe it is something we can think about and have a steering committee.”

He said he hopes to keep Kendall moving forward for the benefit of residents and, “be innovative… we need to do things in a positive manner.”

Town Board members said they could develop the site as much or as little as residents desire.

Board member Bruce Newell pointed out that such a project is a perfect example of the kind of input Orleans County will be looking for regarding the amendment of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

He said the committee working on the plan has discussed creating “vista” areas along the lakeshore at various exits off the Lake Ontario State Parkway for the public to be able to enjoy scenic views.

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More than 300 lakeshore property owners in Orleans have sought state aid for flooding damage

Photo by Tom Rivers: Members of the National Guard work to set up sandbags by the shoreline in Kendall in May. The high lake levels and punishing waves have taken on a toll on many properties.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 September 2017 at 5:53 pm

A $15 million state fund to provide assistance for lakeshore homeowners with property damage has attracted a lot of interest In Orleans County.

There have been 329 property owners who have pursued the program, said Sue Boss, director for PathStone’s flood relief program in Orleans County. Of those, 25 have received funding and 255 have met the criteria for funds, she said.

The applications for funding are due Sept. 29.

“I think when the dust settles we’ll receive over 400 applications from Orleans County,” Boss said today.

PathStone is administering the program on behalf of the state in Orleans County.

PathStone has made 113 site visits, and held numerous meetings near the lake with property owners. It will have staff available on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PathStone’s Albion Office at 140 N. Main St. This is a chance to accept applications and required documents.

Of the applications submitted, 10 were denied. The state set a threshold for income if the damaged property was a secondary home. If the total annual income of the occupants exceeded $275,000, they weren’t eligible for a grant.

The state has given priority to funding for senior citizens and disabled residents, with higher emphasis given if the projects involved septic systems or flooding in the house. Damage to the shoreline is considered less of a priority, Boss said.

The state capped the grants at $50,000. The Orleans grants are averaging about $30,000 so far.

For more information on the program, click here.

Kendall welcomes students, families at annual back-to-school open house

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: Joseph Barbuto, left, watches as Justine Barbuto snaps a photo of their daughters, 3-year old Ada, who is entering Pre-K, and 7-year old Adeline, who is entering second grade. They attended an open house at the school district on Thursday evening.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 1 September 2017 at 8:46 am

KENDALL – The school district held its annual open house on Thursday, and the community turned out to check out classrooms, meet teachers, and eat chicken barbecue dinners.

Dawn Gardner, Sports Boosters secretary, gets some help selling chicken barbecue tickets from 6-year old Ella Rae Mitchell. Donations also were taken during the dinner for the Red Cross in aid of Hurricane Harvey victims.

Gardner said the chicken barbecue is the major fundraiser for the Sports Boosters.

“JV and Varsity athletes, both boys and girls, take shifts and work as a team to make sure the dinners are delivered,” Gardner said.  Funds raised from the event have enabled the Boosters to cover half the cost of the boys and girls baseball and softball scoreboards and as well as lights on the varsity athletic fields and construction of dugouts. “It also funds our sports scholarship.”

Sports Boosters award 12 of the $100 sports scholarships each year.

Chicken is cooked outside the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School on Thursday evening for the Kendall Central School Sports Boosters Chicken BBQ.

Inside the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School cafeteria, members of Kendall Central JV and Varsity Sports teams assemble the BBQ chicken dinners.

Stacey Esposito, left, enjoys a chicken BBQ with sons Jacob, 14, and Joshua Esposito, 11, prior to open houses held at both the Jr./ Sr. High School and Kendall Elementary School. The Espositos live in Kent. Jacob is entering ninth grade and Joshua is entering sixth grade.

Both the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School and the Kendall Elementary School were open Thursday evening, allowing students to find their classrooms and meet their teachers before school officially begins on Tuesday, Sept. 5. They were also able to set up lockers and leave school supplies for next week. Here, Pre-K student Addison Schultz hangs an apple with her name outside her classroom in the Elementary School.

Students and their families filled the hallways at Kendall Elementary Thursday evening. Students were able to drop off supplies at the school, find their classrooms and talk with teachers before classes begin next week.

A clothing exchange was held in the elementary school cafeteria during the open house.

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Kendall’s Home Grown Days provides summer fun for community

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 20 August 2017 at 2:32 pm

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

KENDALL – Addison Schultz, 4, and Charlotte Schultz, 3, both of Kendall, play a fishing game at the St. Mark’s Catholic Church booth.  Their grandparents were visiting from Florida and enjoyed sharing the activity with their granddaughters.

Wet conditions resulting from afternoon rain showers cancelled the family kick ball game and outdoor movie, but Kendall Home Grown Days brought neighbors together Saturday evening for food, games and entertainment at the Kendall Fire Department. The magic show with Amazing Magic Joe was able to go on as scheduled.

The Kendall Food Cupboard had one of the most popular booths with “Kendall Rocks” rock painting.  Kendall Food Cupboard director Marty Goodenbery said the rocks can be hidden anywhere for people to find. Those who find the rocks are asked to post a photo of the rock on the Kendall Rocks Facebook page and then hide it again.

Goodenbery said the activity has been popular in other communities and he feels Kendall Rocks will help people to learn about the Kendall Food Cupboard.  “We want to spread the word that we are here,” Goodenbery said.

The “Kendall Rocks” painted rocks featured many cute and inspirational themes.

Austin Werth, 11, and Colton Werth, 6, both of Kendall, work on their “Kendall Rocks.”

Marty Goodenbery holds his “Kendall Rock.” He said he may place it somewhere outside the Kendall community.

Addison Kludt, 7, works on a project in the booth sponsored by Kludt Farms, which promoted healthy eating. The wording in the upper left-hand corner of the sheet read: “Putting junk in your belly, will turn it to jelly. Where it’s at is veggies and fruits, be strong and healthy says Farmer Kludt.”

Local businesses set up booths in the Kendall Fire Hall for shopping.

Lora Partyka and Zina Goodenbery of Partyka Farms served up the Beef on Weck Dinner.  Hot dogs were also available.

Although wet conditions from earlier rain cancelled the family kick ball game,  there was still outdoor fun including a Hay Maze sponsored by Patt Brothers Farm and games of “Four Square in the Air,”  which featured one server and three players volleying the ball over pipes from square to square.

Kendall Home Grown Days continued today at 10 a.m. with Community Worship at the Gazebo with refreshments afterwards.

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Lakeshore flood warning issued for today until 5 p.m.

Photo from United Shoreline: This photo on the United Shoreline Facebook page shows a Kendall backyard being battered by waves from Lake Ontario on Monday.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 July 2017 at 9:26 am

Another lakeshore flood warning has been issued for Orleans, Niagara and Monroe counties today until 5 p.m.

The combination of a high Lake Ontario and wave action may worsen flooding in low-lying areas along the shore, the National Weather Service in Buffalo said.

The shoreline has been pounded by waves since Sunday, said Dawn Herbeck of Kendall, a leader with the United Shoreline organization.

“It’s really bad right now,” she said at about 9 this morning. “We had a quiet four weeks but it’s been hell on wheels the past few days.”

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Boaters Against Cancer has busy second annual event this weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on Boaters Against Cancer, click here.

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DOT will pave 12 miles of Route 18 in Kendall

Staff Reports Posted 7 July 2017 at 12:49 pm

8 miles on Parkway in Monroe County will also be paved

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

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

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

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

Other paving and repair work in the region include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Carnival remains small-town tradition at Kendall

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

Photos by Tom Rivers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kendall Carnival returns – ‘Kiddie Parade’ promotes patriotism

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

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

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

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

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

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

A Kendall fire truck joined the procession in the parade.

The three-day carnival continues until Saturday night.

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

A pair of carnival-goers rides the Ferris Wheel.

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

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

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

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

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

Colleen Clary dusts an order of waffles with powdered sugar.

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

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