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Lyndonville making temporary roof repairs to school

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 March 2017 at 12:13 pm

Photos courtesy of Jason Smith

LYNDONVILLE – A roof contractor is on site at Lyndonvlle Central School making a temporary repair to a section of the roof after strong winds on Wednesday ripped part of the rubber membrane off.

Some of the membrane also peeled back and needs to be secured, said Jason Smith, the district superintendent.

The roofing company brought 50-pound pavers that will hold down the membrane as part of a temporary fix. Smith said the district has reached out to the State Education Department to see if state aid could be expedited for an emergency repair that would also last long-term.

The temporary repair should be complete by later today, Smith said.

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Lyndonville opens fire hall, village office as warming station

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 March 2017 at 9:33 am

LYNDONVILLE – Mayor John Belson announced this morning that the Lyndonville Fire Hall is open as a warming station. The fire hall is located at 148 North Main St.

Belson said there is a big room for residents to warm up at the fire hall. If the fire hall becomes too crowded, the Village Office is also open at 2 South Main St.

National Grid reports that nearly 11,000 customers remain without electricity in Orleans County. The company didn’t give an estimate for when power would be back on. On its website, National Grid reported it is “assessing condition” in Orleans County.

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Yates officials support resolutions from Association of Towns, including home rule in siting wind energy projects

Posted 2 March 2017 at 5:14 pm

Press Release, Yates Town Board

YATES – The Yates Town Board and Highway Superintendent Roger Wolfe are very pleased with the results of the 2017 Association of Town Legislative Program Resolutions passed on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, in New York City.

In particular, the Town of Yates is fully supportive of the resolutions titled, Increase Highway and Bridge Funding, Address Unfunded Mandates, and Support Constitutional Home Rule in the Siting of Wind and Solar Energy Facilities.

“These resolutions, passed unanimously by nearly 200 town delegates from across New York State, will become the legislative program for the association in its dealings with the governor, the state legislature, and state agencies,” said Jim Simon, Yates Town Supervisor, who was the delegate selected by the Town Board to represent Yates.  “It is good to know that the association will champion these resolutions in Albany, and we hope that people in positions of authority listen.”

Resolution No. 2, Increase Highway and Bridge Funding, states, “… that the Association of Towns calls upon the Governor and Legislature to increase funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) and ensure that the PAVE-NY and BRIDGE-NY programs are fully funded for the lifespan of these programs.”

Roger Wolfe, Yates Highway Superintendent, praised the association for shining a light on the need to increase funding for highways and bridges.  “These funding programs help Yates not only with near-term paving of town roads and repair of culverts, but they help fund long-term needs as identified by the 2013 NYS Association of Towns Highway Superintendent’s Needs Study.”

Resolution No. 4, Address Unfunded Mandates, states, “…that the Association of Towns calls upon the Governor and the Legislature to enact comprehensive mandate relief legislation that provides permanent and full funding of existing and future mandates and requires legislation to include thorough local fiscal impact notes regarding the actual expense of implementing said legislation.”

Jim Whipple, Yates Councilman, sees the importance of mandate relief across many areas of municipal government. “Every time Albany implements policies, they need to consider the impact it will have on municipalities like the Town of Yates – we should have our voices heard early and often whenever mandates are being considered much less developed and imposed.”

Resolution No. 9, Support Constitutional Home Rule in the Siting of Wind and Solar Energy Facilities, states, “that the Association of Towns supports the constitutional rights of local governments to decide how land will be used within their jurisdiction, which is closest to the citizens of that region; and be it further resolved, that the Association of Towns seeks amendments to the Article 10 state siting procedures to involve local governments and communities more in the siting of industrial wind energy facilities.”

According to John Riggi, Yates Deputy Supervisor, “Any law, like Article 10, which places the final decision about industrial zoning with a siting board consisting of five unelected bureaucrats in Albany and only two members from the local communities, is a clear violation of home rule.”

The Town Board members include Jim Simon, John Riggi, Jim Whipple, Wes Bradley and Brad Bentley.

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Lyndonville wins state academic decathlon

Provided photos: Lyndonville High School’s Academic Decathlon team includes: Trevor Thaine, Sierra Blanar, Brooke Keifer, coach Paula Reimann, Devon Allen, coach Kristine Mostyn, Rebecca Schoolcraft, Thomas Bummer, Jessica Smith, Paige Gardner, and Natalie Allen.

Posted 27 February 2017 at 1:08 pm

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

LYNDONVILLE – The nine-member team from Lyndonville High School won the New York State Academic Decathlon Championship held at SUNY College at Brockport on February 24-25 to claim its first overall title in that competition.

Lyndonville has been a contender for the title for over two decades, winning the Small School State Championship several times and placing regularly in the top four, but this was its first overall state win, defeating second place West Genesee High School from Syracuse.

The state title is determined by the highest scoring school, regardless of size, and Lyndonville was the smallest school in the competition.

The Lyndonville squad, coached by Paula Reimann and Kris Mostyn, earned the right to compete in the United States Academic Decathlon National Finals in Madison Wisconsin in late April.

The Academic Decathlon is widely considered to be one of the premier academic competitions for high school students in the country, and the level of study is well beyond most high school curriculum.  Each team is comprised of three students with A averages, (Honors division), three students with B averages (Scholastic division), and three students with C averages (Varsity division) who compete against participants from within their respective divisions.

The United States Academic Decathlon establishes a yearly theme for the competition, which is made up of 10 academic events:  math, science, economics, literature, music, art, social science, speech, interview and essay writing.  This year’s theme was World War II, and the topics of all of the written academic tests related to that era.

Awards are set on an Olympic model, where gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each category for each grade point division.  Each student competes for individual medals and their total scores count for the team total.  Teams began preparing for this event at the beginning of the school year and qualified for the state tournament by placing highly in their regional competitions.  The five schools competing in this year’s finals were Lyndonville, Mesa Charter School (Brooklyn), West Genesee, Westhill, and Tully (Syracuse area).

Lyndonville’s team consists of Devon Allen, Natalie Allen, Sierra Blanar, Thomas Bummer, Paige Gardner, Brooke Kiefer, Rebecca Schoolcraft, Jessica Smith, and Trevor Thaine.  The team collected a total of 30 medals out of the total possible 90 medals available to win in the tournament.

Medal winners for Lyndonville were:  Trevor Thaine (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze), Brooke Kiefer (2 gold, 3 silver), Rebecca Schoolcraft (3 gold, 1 bronze), Jessica Smith (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), Thomas Bummer(1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze), Sierra Blanar (1 silver, 2 bronze), Natalie Allen (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze), and Devon Allen (1 bronze).

In addition to winning the state title and the most medals, Lyndonville’s Coach Paula Reimann was recognized with a plaque for her more than 25 years of dedication to the Academic Decathlon Program.  Lyndonville team member Thomas Bummer won the Trevor Cook Memorial Spirit Trophy, dedicated to the memory of the former Lyndonville team member who died in service to our country.

Although some financial support for the cost of their trip to the National Tournament in April is provided by the New York State Academic Decathlon, the majority of those costs are left to the school district and team to raise.  If any organization or individual would like to contribute, please contact Lyndonville Central School at 585-765-2251. Click here for more information on a GoFundMe for the team.

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Medina and Lyndonville village elections have unopposed candidates

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 February 2017 at 9:48 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: Owen Toale, left, and Todd Bensley are unopposed in the March 21 village election at Medina.

Two villages in Orleans County will hold elections on March 21 for positions on the Village Board. The candidates in Medina and Lyndonville are all unopposed.

The deadline for submitting petitions passed on Feb. 14.

In Lyndonville, Mary Kage is the lone candidate for a two-year term as a village trustee. Kage was appointed to the board in September, filling a vacancy created when Jim Tuk resigned. The election on March 21 is for the final two years of Tuk’s term. Lyndonville’s election is from noon to 9 p.m. at the Village Hall.

In Medina, two incumbents are uncontested for re-election. Owen Toale and Todd Bensley are seeking two-year terms on the board. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 615 West Ave.

Toale is a retired publisher of the former Journal-Register in Medina. Bensley teaches AP government and participation in government in Medina, and also is the village historian.

There aren’t any positions up for election in Albion, and Holley holds its election in June.

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Lyndonville school project passes, 106-19

Photo by Tom Rivers: The entrance to L.A. Webber Middle-High School is pictured at Lyndonville Central School. A capital project for $10.7 million in improvements to the school district was approved by district residents today.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 February 2017 at 9:33 pm

LYNDONVILLE – District voters today passed a $10.7 million capital project, 106-19, allowing a series of improvements to go forward.

The “yes” votes accounted for 85 percent of the total.

State aid will pay for most of the costs, but Lyndonville will have to pay $4.5 million. The district already has that saved over 10 years in a capital reserve account. District Superintendent Jason Smith said there will be no added increase to local taxes because of the project.

The proposed project includes the following work at the school district:

• Cafeteria – Full renovation and air conditioning

• Auditorium – Adding projector, sound system, LED lights, and stage lighting (LED).

• Gymnasiums – Refinish floor, remove partition and add screen, backstop motors, backstop safety straps, paint, LED lights, and air conditioning and LED lights in JV gym.

• Classrooms that don’t have air conditioning will receive AC with /HVAC installation/repairs. Many classrooms would get new doors, ceiling repairs, and window treatments.

• Building-wide projects – Masonry work, replace skylights, intruder door security, replace public announcement system, replace old electric panels, generator upgrades, fire/safety system upgrades, exit sign work, and exterior LED lights.

• Bus Garage – New roof, door work, electric upgrades, emergency lights and generator, water main, and extend bus garage parking lot.

• School Parking Improvements – Separate school bus drop-off zone, separate parent drop-off zone, storm drainage improvements, stormwater management facility, sidewalks and curbs, parking lot pavement, striping and signage, and restoration and landscaping.

• Varsity Soccer Field Improvements – Widen soccer field to west, two 15’x30’ bleacher pads, 4’ chain link spectator fence, two pre-manufactured dugouts, and netting – south line.

• Varsity Baseball Field Improvements – Replace existing scoreboard, 4’ chain link spectator fence, 6’ chain link outfield fence, two pre-manufactured dugouts, two bleacher pads, and power to existing batting cage.

• Track Parking Area Improvements – Water system with backflow prevention and yard hydrants, sanitary service for future building, electric service (from bus garage), parking lot pavement, striping, signage and lighting, restoration and landscaping, high jump equipment, and pole vault equipment.

• Softball and Baseball Field Improvements – 4” under drain along first and third baselines, 4’ chain link outfield fence, two pre-manufactured dugouts, and softball backstop and fencing.

The work would be done in two phases. Design for the first phase will begin shortly with the goal of submitting the project to the New York State Education Department in spring 2017, the district stated.

The goal is to have Phase One out for bid and awarded by fall 2017 with roof construction happening near the end of 2017 and into early 2018.

Phase Two of the project would begin to be designed in March 2017 and plans will be submitted to SED at the beginning of 2018. Review for the second phase of the project will take longer than the first, so the construction would not begin until fall 2018 with completion in 2019, the district stated on its website.

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Lyndonville voters determine fate of $10.7 million capital project today

Photos by Tom Rivers: The parking lot and driveway in front of Lyndonville Central School is pictured on Saturday. A capital project would add parking spaces and a separate drop-off zone.

Staff Reports Posted 13 February 2017 at 10:31 am

Voting is from noon to 7 p.m. at school auditorium

LYNDONVILLE – School district residents today will go to the polls from noon to 7 p.m. to decide whether a $10.7 million capital project will go forward.

Voting is at the school in the Stroyan Auditorium. Voters must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, and a resident of the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote.

The $10.7 million project addresses maintenance and improvements on the L.A. Webber building, bus garage and surrounding grounds. The Lyndonville Board of Education unanimously voted for the capital project on Dec. 12. The project needs an OK from the community to move forward.

State aid will pay for most of the costs, but Lyndonville will have to pay $4.5 million. The district already has that saved over 10 years in a capital reserve account. District Superintendent Jason Smith said there will be no added increase to local taxes because of the project.

The proposed project includes the following work at the school district:

• Cafeteria – Full renovation and air conditioning

• Auditorium – Adding projector, sound system, LED lights, and stage lighting (LED).

The capital project also includes funds to widen the soccer field to west, add bleacher pads, a chain link spectator fence, dugouts and netting.

• Gymnasiums – Refinish floor, remove partition and add screen, backstop motors, backstop safety straps, paint, LED lights, and air conditioning and LED lights in JV gym.

• Classrooms that don’t have air conditioning will receive AC with /HVAC installation/repairs. Many classrooms would get new doors, ceiling repairs, and window treatments.

• Building-wide projects – Masonry work, replace skylights, intruder door security, replace public announcement system, replace old electric panels, generator upgrades, fire/safety system upgrades, exit sign work, and exterior LED lights.

• Bus Garage – New roof, door work, electric upgrades, emergency lights and generator, water main, and extend bus garage parking lot.

• School Parking Improvements – Separate school bus drop-off zone, separate parent drop-off zone, storm drainage improvements, stormwater management facility, sidewalks and curbs, parking lot pavement, striping and signage, and restoration and landscaping.

• Varsity Soccer Field Improvements – Widen soccer field to west, two 15’x30’ bleacher pads, 4’ chain link spectator fence, two pre-manufactured dugouts, and netting – south line.

• Varsity Baseball Field Improvements – Replace existing scoreboard, 4’ chain link spectator fence, 6’ chain link outfield fence, two pre-manufactured dugouts, two bleacher pads, and power to existing batting cage.

• Track Parking Area Improvements – Water system with backflow prevention and yard hydrants, sanitary service for future building, electric service (from bus garage), parking lot pavement, striping, signage and lighting, restoration and landscaping, high jump equipment, and pole vault equipment.

• Softball and Baseball Field Improvements – 4” under drain along first and third baselines, 4’ chain link outfield fence, two pre-manufactured dugouts, and softball backstop and fencing.

If the project passes today, the work would be done in two phases. Design for the first phase would begin shortly after the project approval by voters with the goal of submitting the project to the New York State Education Department in spring 2017, the district stated.

The goal is to have Phase One out for bid and awarded by fall 2017 with roof construction happening near the end of 2017 and into early 2018.

Phase Two of the project would begin to be designed in March 2017 and plans will be submitted to SED at the beginning of 2018. Review for the second phase of the project will take longer than the first, so the construction would not begin until fall 2018 with completion in 2019.

For more on the project, click here.

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Harold Scribner honored for 50 years of service as Lyndonville firefighter

Photos by Tom Rivers: Harold Scribner, second from left, is pictured with his sons, Bill (left), Guy (third from right) and grandson, Josh Ames, during the Lyndonville Fire Department’s annual fire installation banquet on Saturday at the Carlton Recreation Hall. Harold Scriber has honored for 50 years of service to the Lyndonville Fire Department. His son Bill recently retired from the Albion Police Department and now works for the VA in Batavia. Guy is an active member of the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company and Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance in Albion, and Josh works as a professional firefighter for Newton Township in Ohio. Josh grew up in Lyndonville.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 February 2017 at 3:44 pm

LYNDONVILLE – Harold Scribner was honored Saturday with numerous proclamations and a ceremonial firefighter axe in appreciation for his 50 years of service to the Lyndonville Fire Department.

Scribner traces his passion for serving the community as a firefighter to when he was in Boy Scouts and learned First Aid.

“It’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing, knowing you’ve helped people,” Scribner said on Saturday.

I addition to serving the Lyndonville Fire Department, Scribner spent 17 years with Medina’s Rescue Squad and 10 years with COVA in Albion. He did that while working 36 years as a chemical operator for FMC in Middleport.

“I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie with the firemen,” he said. “I am friends with firefighters in fire companies from all over.”

Scribner is still very active with the Lyndonville Fire Department, going on about 200 calls a year. He is captain of the fire police.

“He’s rock steady,” said Scott Buffin, the Lyndonville fire chief in 2016. “He is a good guy who goes above the call of duty.”

Scribner received citations or proclamations on Saturday from Congressman Chris Collins, State Sen. Rob Ortt, Assemblyman Steve Hawley, the Orleans County Legislature, the Village of Lyndonville and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.

The following received awards during the fire installation banquet for their service in 2016, from left: Dave Hydock, Chief’s Award; Tyler Heidemann, Firefighter of the Year; and Ken Starr, President’s Award.

Other Lyndonville firefighters were also recognized with awards on Saturday.

Tyler Heidemann was named “Firefighter of the Year” by Scott Buffin, the fire chief in 2016. Heidemann, 23, has been an active firefighter for four years, eager to attend training to improve his skills.

“Hs is a quiet leader who always wants to learn more,” Buffin said. “He’s got the fire in the belly to be a firefighter.”

Dave Hydock received the Chief’s Award for leading a committee that worked on replacing a 30-year-old rescue truck with a new one. The new truck is expected to be ready next month. Hydock has volunteered for 37 years with the Lyndonville Fire Department.

Ken Starr received the President’s Award. He has been a member of the LFD for 33 years. He was praised “for taking care of all the little problems around the hall.”

The 2017 officers for the Lyndonville FD include:

• Line Officers – Chief Ben Bane, First Assistant Chief Steve Bane, Second Assistant Chief Lee Kistner, Fire Captain T.J. Heideman, EMS Captain Scott Buffin, Lieutenant Mike Heideman, Fire Police Captain Harold Scribner, and Chaplain Wes Bradley.

• Executive Officers – President Anna Schuner, Vice President Mike Tabor, Treasurer James Wells, Secretary Pam Durow, and WNY Delegate Morgan Gerety.

• Auxiliary Officers – President Teresa Carvalho, Vice President Nicole Kistner, Treasurer Anna Schuner, and Secretary Pam Durow.

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$4K grant from Lyndonville Foundation will with tutoring program at school

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 February 2017 at 8:13 pm

Provided photo: Don Colquhoun, vice president of the board of directors for Orleans County Adult Learning Services, accepts a $4,000 check from Lyndonville Area Foundation board members Jason Smith, left, and David Cook, right.

LYNDONVILLE – A $4,000 contribution from the Lyndonville Area Foundation will allow the Orleans County Adult Learning Services (OCALS) to expand its tutoring program for students and adults.

OCALS for the past two years has had tutors available for fifth-graders.

The $4,000 from the Foundation will pay for supplies and some supervision some tutors can work with first-graders, other students and adults from the community, said Don Colquhoun, vice president of the OCALS board.

The organization has tutors ready to serve the Lyndonville community. Colquhoun said students can be referred to the program by teachers or parents, and adults can make self-referrals.

Colquhoun said OCALS is working to expand tutoring and literacy services to other school districts as well.

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Shake on the Lake will return in 2017 – with Lyndonville students

Photo by Tom Rivers: Performers from Shake on the Lake perform Shakespeare last July 31 at the Orleans County Marine Park. The travelling troupe, based in Wyoming County, will be back in Orleans County this year, partnering with Lyndonville drama students.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 January 2017 at 10:21 am

Provided photo: Darren Wilson (center), president of Lyndonville Area Foundation, presents a donation from the Foundation to Lyndonville Central School Superintendent Jason Smith and Music Teacher Jennifer Trupo to sponsor “Shake on the Lake” this spring and summer, featuring Lyndonville students.  One performance will be at school on May 5 and then there will be two performances, August 8-9, at the Yates Community Library, and Yates Town Park, respectively, at 6 p.m.

LYNDONVILLE – A theater group that performs Shakespeare will be back in Orleans County this year, performing with students from Lyndonville.

The Lyndonville Area Foundation has provided funding for Shake on the Lake to team with local students in performing Shakespeare on May 5 at Lyndonville Central School, and then Aug. 8 at the Yates Community Free Library and Aug. 9 at the Yates Town Park.

Shake on the Lake will also do a two-week theater camp in late April/early May for Lyndonville students.

The Foundation is providing funding for the program and the school district will provide rehearsal space and use of equipment, said Jason Smith, the district superintendent.

Shake on the Lake started in 2011 with a goal to bring Shakespeare to rural Western New York. The group is based in Silver Lake, Wyoming County.

Last summer Shake on the Lake toured in five counties, including a July 31 performance at the Orleans County Marine Park at Point Breeze.

For more on Shake on the Lake, click here.