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Lyndonville seeks nominations for ‘Educator of the Year’

Staff Reports Posted 11 January 2018 at 3:26 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: John Bailey, an elementary music teacher, accepts the award last June for Educator of the Year. That was the first time the school district awarded the honor. Lyndonville seeks nominations for the second annual award.

LYNDONVILLE – The Lyndonville Central School District is currently accepting applications for the 2nd Annual Educator of the Year Award, to be named in June 2018.

Parents, students, and community members are eligible to nominate a Lyndonville educator for this special honor. Applications need to be submitted by February 9, 2018.

The Educator of the Year will also receive a $1,000 grant to be used for special programming in their department or grade level.

John Bailey, an elementary music teacher, was the first recipient of the award last school year.

Nominees for the award must have completed 4 years of teaching at Lyndonville.

Nominees should also:

• Be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher;

• Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;

• Have a strong sense of values, integrity and professional ethics;

• Actively collaborate with colleagues, administration, parents and families;

• Demonstrate innovative 21st century skills and continuing professional growth;

• Have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues;

• Play an active role in the school community

Applications can be found by clicking here.

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Lyndonville store sold winning $64K lotto ticket on Tuesday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 January 2018 at 1:28 pm

LYNDONVILLE – A Lyndonville store sold a first prize ticket in NY Lottery’s Take 5 game on Tuesday. The prize is worth $64,259.

NY Lottery says the winning ticket was sold at the E-Z Shop on West Avenue. The winning numbers were 1–7–12–25–30.

There were 283 people who got four out of five numbers correct and those tickets are worth $340.50. There were 8,262 tickets with three numbers correct and those are worth $19 each. NY Lottery reported that 84,498 tickets received free play prizes by getting two out of five numbers.

Every night at 11:21 p.m., five winning numbers are randomly selected from 39 numbered balls in a special draw machine, under the observation of an independent auditing firm.

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Yates proposed law would ban wind turbines within 3 miles of Lake Ontario

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 January 2018 at 10:55 am

YATES – The Town Board is proposing revisions to the Wind Energy Facilities Law that would ban wind turbines from within 3 miles of the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Town Supervisor James Simon said that follows a recommendation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which sees the 3-mile buffer along the shoreline as an important flyway for birds.

Yates held a public hearing on Monday on the proposed changes to its law. The current law in Yates calls for minimum setbacks from the lake of 1,800 feet or 4.5 times the turbine height.

Somerset also is proposing a 3-mile buffer from the shoreline. Apex Clean Energy has proposed siting about 50-60 turbines that would be up to 600 feet high in the two towns.

Other changes in the law include:

• Reducing the allowable noise decibels to “residential receivers” from 45 during the day (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) to 42, and from 40 at nighttime to 39 decibels.

• The current setbacks from non-participating property lines is a minimum of 3 times the turbine height for land with houses or buildings, and 4.5 times the turbine height for vacant land. The proposed change increases the minimum setback to a half-mile (2,640 feet) or 6 times the turbine height, whichever is greater.

• The setback from roads and public right-of-ways is a minimum of 1,800 feet or 3 times the height of a turbine. Yates is proposing to increase that to a half-mile or 6 times the turbine height.

• The setback from the boundary of the Village of Lyndonville is currently 1,800 feet or 4.5 times a turbine height. Yates wants to increase that setback to a minimum of 1 mile.

• The setback from the boundaries from other towns is currently 1,800 feet or 3 times a turbine’s height. Yates is proposing a half-mile setback or 6 times a turbine’s height, whichever is greater.

• The setback from residences is currently 1,800 feet or 4.5 times a turbine height. Yates is proposing to increase that to a half-mile or 6 times a turbine’s height.

• In addition, Yates is now proposing setbacks of 1 mile from schools, churches, and cemeteries. The town law currently doesn’t include setbacks for those sites.

The proposed changes go to the Orleans County Planning Board for review this month on Jan. 25. Simon said the revised law is expected to be voted on by the Town Board in February.

“The Yates Town Board has a deeper understanding of the rural character and local home rule values of our community as a result of our ongoing work in the Western Orleans Comprehensive Plan and the Lake Waterfront Revitalization Program committees,” according to a statement from the Town Board. “There is a growing body of research from reputable agencies, organizations, governments and municipalities which indicates significant risks to the public health, safety and welfare as a result of the increasingly recognized deleterious effects of poorly sited industrial wind turbines on human health, avian and bat habitats and flyways, noise and light pollution, hydrology, property values, prime agricultural land, tourism, scenic views, recreational areas, public gathering places, open spaces and cultural and historical resources.”

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Shadigee once home to shipping pier

By Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian Posted 6 January 2018 at 8:07 am

“Overlooked Orleans” – Volume 4, Issue 1

YATES – Another year has passed, and I often wonder if I will have enough “new” material to write 52 articles. Reflecting on the number of requests for information that flow through my office on a weekly basis, I started thinking about the number of questions I have received about the various New York State historic markers.

Although the State no longer funds the purchase, installation, or upkeep of these important monuments, those installed since the program started in 1926 showcase locations that are significant to the development of our communities. Perhaps utilizing some space in this column will help add to the information cast upon these blue and gold signs.

In 1989, an Urban Development Corporation grant was used to install fifteen historic markers in towns and villages throughout Orleans County. The project was initiated through the Orleans County Tourism Board and is noted on each marker as “Orleans County Community Pride” (Bill Lattin wrote about this project in his column Bethinking of Old Orleans vol. 11, no. 39). Each marker was cast from heavy aluminum by the Walton-East Branch Foundry in Walton, NY and installed by the respective highway departments for each municipality. These markers now cost around $1,300, but were less than half of that total when this project was undertaken.

These signs, such as the one installed at Shadigee to mark the location of Yates Pier, serve a valuable purpose in pinpointing significant historical sites that no longer exist. As the marker reads, a 275-foot-long pier was built in 1850 by Nathan Gilbert to ship lumber and grain by way of Lake Ontario. H. A. Botsford served as a customs agent at the location which also served as a docking area for passenger ships and freighters.

Situated approximately one mile north of Yates Center, a business venture was started by area farmers who hoped to create a pier from which to ship wheat and other grains to Canada and eastern New York. George Lane, a prominent farmer from Newfane, held the majority stock in the company and the 26-year-old Nathan Gilbert of Yates was selected to construct the pier. In 1852, Jonathan Edgecomb of the Orleans County Committee on Farms indicated in a report to the New York State Assembly that Berrick Gilbert, father of Nathan, operated a large farm near the lake in Yates which occupied some of the finest land in the county. A warehouse was constructed near the pier upon the old Chamberlain & Simpson warehouse site, which was swept into the lake several years prior.

Lane relocated from Newfane to Lockport in 1856 where he opened a nursery business selling fruit and ornamental trees. Erastus M. Spaulding took over the shipping business until he entered the Army during the Civil War, to which his brother Henry and another man, O. D. Phelps, took over the business. In 1873, Richard Barry opened a lumber yard near the pier dealing in pine and cedar shingles, yellow cedar posts, fence boards, and lath, as well as plaster water lime and cement, which he “kept constantly on hand and sold cheap for cash.”

Yates Historian Virgina Cooper noted that the site was prominent among fishermen as well, including Harvey Moon and George G. Thayer who were mentioned specifically in the 1870s. Yet just like Oak Orchard Harbor, this site became a destination for pleasure seekers, many whom opted to stay at the Ontario House operated by Silas Hopkins (the site now occupied by the water treatment plant). Upon the hotel’s reopening in 1876 after renovations, the building offered a large dining room, a 20×60 foot hall for dancing, two croquet courts, boats “with experienced men to attend them,” large swings, and bathing houses; it was destroyed by a fire in 1925.

Of course, the site was not without its fair share of misfortunes. In October of 1873, the Young America, a propeller vessel departing from Oswego and bound for Cleveland, broke down at 4 p.m. on October 22nd, two miles above the pier. Eventually the vessel drifted towards shore and ran aground, taking on water. A tug boat was dispatched to retrieve the vessel soon after. Five years later on August 24, 1878, eighty people from Shelby, Ridgeway, and Medina boarded the tug J.J. Morely from the pier for an excursion trip to Port Hope, west of Coburg, Ontario. The vessel departed at 8:30 a.m. and did not arrive until 3 p.m. The rough seas caused quite the commotion, “badly stirring up” the passengers, “particularly the Misses.” In the hopes of avoiding the turbulent waters, the passengers stayed overnight, but the return voyage was considered far worse than the prior trip!

When Isaac Signor published Landmarks of Orleans County, New York in 1894, he noted that there were no remnants or any indication that a pier ever existed at the site. In 1981, County Legislator Frank Berger pushed the issue of constructing a fishing pier on the site.

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Lyndonville names ‘Spirit of Christmas’ decorating winners

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 December 2017 at 11:30 am

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LYNDOVILLE – The Thompson family at 14 South Main Street is one of Spirit of Christmas award winners for their outdoor decorating.

The Lyndonville Lions Club named the winners of the annual Spirit of Christmas awards. Plaques were presented to the following families who exhibited extra special Christmas spirit in their outdoor decorating this year.

The Seaman Family at 1559 North Lyndonville Road

Gary and Cindy Newman at 1545 North Lyndonville Road

Terry and Carla Woodworth at 106 South Main Street

Mr. Julio Tice at 8 Eagle Street.

“Thank you to all Lyndonville residents who do such a beautiful job of showing their Christmas spirit,” said Anne Marie Holland, president of the Lyndonville Lions Club.

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Lyndonville, Yates work together to pursue Main Street funding

Photo by Tom Rivers: A block of Main Street in Lyndonville, which is largely vacant, is pictured last month. The Village of Lyndonville and Town of Yates are pursuing grant funds for the downtown.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 December 2017 at 10:04 am

LYNDONVILLE – Town and village officials are working together to pursue grant funds to help with downtown business development.

The Village of Lyndonville and Town of Yates each contributed $1,500 to hire LaBella Associates to pursue grants for Main Street. LaBella assisted Medina with its recent Main Street grant.

The town and village are first pursuing a $20,000 state grant to help with a downtown development plan. If that grant is successful, the village and town want to then pursue a Main Street grant from the state that would likely be several hundred thousand dollars.

The target area for the grants is both sides of Main Street from Riverside Street – north of Johnson Creek – to Eagle Street. John Belson, mayor of Lyndonville, said several of the buildings are vacant and a grant would help the building owners with repairs and renovations.

The village and town are first going after the smaller $20,000 planning grant, hoping that would help them put together a stronger application for the bigger Main Street grant.

“Maybe if we get this one it will open the door up to some others,” Jim Simon, Yates town supervisor, said about the grant.

The applications may also have a better chance of funding because the town and village are applying together, rather than one municipality taking the lead.

The village reached out to the town on the application. Simon said town officials support the effort to revitalize the downtown.

“Anything that is good for the village is good for the town,” Simon said.

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Results from survey in western Orleans show desire for better streets and jobs

Staff Reports Posted 15 December 2017 at 9:50 am

More than 700 residents and landowners in western Orleans County responded to a lengthy survey covering everything from transportation to housing to inter-municipal cooperation.

Those results are now available for download and review on the Orleans County webpage and will be used to inform the Comprehensive Planning Process. (Click here to see results of the survey.)

The survey asked 93 questions and included responses from residents in the villages of Lyndonville and Medina, and the towns of Yates, Shelby and Ridgeway.

Among the uses most encouraged by survey respondents were farmers’ markets and groceries, followed closely by light industrial and/or manufacturing enterprises. Job creation efforts were ranked as “very important” to develop and/or improve among 80 percent of respondents.

Oft-cited concerns were a lack of well-paying jobs in the area as well as a lack of jobs for skilled laborers. On a positive note, when asked their most serious concern regarding their homes, 64 percent of respondents indicated they were satisfied with their current residence.

During the creation of the Western Orleans Comprehensive Plan in 1999, a similar survey was distributed. A notable change in the intervening years is a marked increase in residents’ concerns regarding the conditions of streets and roads – a 14 percentage point increase in respondents considering their condition to be a “very serious problem.”

A committee of western Orleans elected officials and residents met Wednesday. The group is working with the Orleans County Department of Planning and Development to update the Comprehensive Plan. Those changes will be the focus of public meetings in the future.

The survey and updated plan also can be used to bolster grant applications for sidewalks and other infrastructure.

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Lyndonville Lions Club names Peace Poster winners

Posted 6 December 2017 at 2:00 pm

Provided photos: The top three finalists with their posters, from left: Karlee Rounds, Aasiya Huzair and Amanda Garza.

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

LYNDONVILLE – Karlee Rounds, an eighth-grade student at Lyndonville, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Lyndonville Lions Club.

In total, 48 eighth-graders participated in the contest. The entries were narrowed down by Amanda LeClair, art teacher, and then by Leo Club officers. The final six posters were ranked by Lions Club members. Certificates were presented to the top three poster creators, along with an honorable mention.

Amanda Garza placed second in the Lyndonville competition with Aasiya Huzair placing third. Julianna Scribner was recognized with honorable mention.

Karlee Rounds’ winning poster: “Peace and Love Have No Borders.”

Rounds’ poster, “Peace and Love Have No Borders,” was among more than 450,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the program to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

Rounds’ poster was sent on to the District Governor in November.

View past international grand prize winners at Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million members in 210 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.

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Lyndonville will light up 68 Christmas trees on Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 November 2017 at 2:34 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

LYNDONVILLE – The village’s Christmas celebration continues to grow. Saturday will be the fifth Christmas tree lighting at Veterans Park. The number of decorated trees is up to 68, the most since the celebration started in 2013.

Community organizations and residents pay $30 to decorate a tree. This year there are 18 new organizations participating this year.

The Hughes and Whipple families decorated this tree, “To honor Lyndonville, a wonderful community to raise a family.”

The celebration starts at 8 a.m. with a community breakfast at the Lyndonville Presbyterian Church. There are many activities throughout the day, including horse-drawn carriage rides, a basket raffle, wine tasting, caroling, and other events, including Santa’s arrival at 5 p.m. Santa will flip the switch to turn on the lights for all 68 trees.

Click here to see the full schedule of events.

This tree was decorated in memory of Clayton and Gerrie Fletcher.

The angel at the top of this tree honors the memory of Megan Dix, who was shot and killed on Aug. 25. This tree was decorated for Dix by her family, the Duncansons.

The Lyndonville Bus Garage is among the many community organizations to decorate a tree.


This photo from Dec. 3, 2016 shows a boy among the trees after they were lighted up for the first time. The tree lighting will be 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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Lions Club does vision screenings for Lyndonville students

Staff Reports Posted 21 November 2017 at 8:07 am

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LYNDONVILLE – The Lyndonville Lions Club worked together with the Medina Lions Club and the Lyndonville Leo Club last Thursday to screen the vision of 104 Lyndonville Central School District students in grades PK-6.

There were 10 students found to have vision issues who will be recommended for further follow up with their family eye doctors. Letters will be sent to the parents of those children requiring follow up.

The Lyndonville Lions Club is willing to assist families with the follow up process should that be necessary. This is the second year in a row that the Lions have screened the students in Lyndonville. The Lions Club hopes to make it an annual event with the continued help of the school district Leo Club, which includes high school students.

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