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Lyndonville school district has new solution for community feedback

Posted 7 January 2017 at 9:52 am

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

LYNDONVILLE – Lyndonville Central School wants to stay connected to its community. So, it’s making it easier than ever to reach district leadership with its recently launched cloud-based communication solution, Let’s Talk!

“With social media channels and online conversations compounding chatter at the bus stop, on the corner, and in our schools, it can be difficult to feel confident that we fully understand our community’s views and priorities,” said Jason Smith, district superintendent. “That’s why we launched Let’s Talk!, making our administrators easily accessible and giving our entire community a voice in district decision making.”

Let’s Talk! is a two-way, online communication solution that helps school and district administrators identify opportunities for engagement, spot potential crises, and build stronger relationships with parents, teachers, staff, students, and community members.

It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Users simply open the Let’s Talk! tab at www.lyndonvillecsd.org and select a topic to start a conversation. They may submit anonymously, or leave their contact information for a personal response.

Lyndonville’s Let’s Talk! page invites comments, questions, and suggestions about key topics like special education, transportation, technology, capital projects, athletics, and events, and provides a place to reach both district schools, the superintendent’s office, and the Board of Education.

For more information about Let’s Talk!, contact Lori Lamay at (585) 765-3101

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Lyndonville sets Feb. 13 for vote on $10.7M capital project at school

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 January 2017 at 11:34 am

LYNDONVILLE – School district residents will vote on Feb. 13, determining whether a proposed $10.7 million capital project will go forward.

School officials will have a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday (Jan.9) on the project. That meeting will be at the Lyndonville Middle-High School Library on Housel Avenue.

The project includes many improvements at the Housel Avenue campus, and doesn’t include any work at the now closed former elementary school.

Lyndonville already has its local share of the project set aside in reserve funds so no additional local money will be needed to pay for the project, said Jason Smith, the district superintendent.

The projects identified include roof work, new air-conditioning (currently only 1/3 of school has AC), interior renovations (including removing a wall and adding two classrooms), lighting improvements, and site work that will add parking spaces and improve traffic flow. It will also add a clearly designated drop-off spot for parents taking their children to school.

The athletic fields will also be improved with drainage, new dugouts, fencing and electric service.

Voting on Feb. 13 will be from noon to 7 p.m. in the auditorium lobby at the school.

For more on the project, click here.

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County passes resolution against turbines by lakeshore, saying they could endanger future of Niagara Falls base

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 December 2016 at 9:37 am

ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature made it official on Wednesday, passing a formal resolution against industrial-size wind turbines within 40 miles of a military installation.

Congressman Chris Collins has introduced the “Protection of Military Airfields from Wind Turbine Encroachment Act” in an effort to ensure that any new wind turbines located within a 40-mile radius of a military installation will be deemed ineligible for renewable energy tax credits.

The Orleans County Legislature on Wednesday followed Niagara County Legislature in supporting the legislation introduced by Collins.

The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station employs over 2,600 people and contributes over $200 million a year to Western New York’s economy, Collins said. Many of the employees live in Orleans County, said Legislator Lynne Johnson, R-Lyndonville.

She said the “Wind Turbine Encroachment Act” would help protect the Niagara Falls installation “from any future closure attempt.”

Apex Clean Energy is proposing to construct about 70 wind turbines that could peak at over 600 feet. The turbines planned for Somerset in and Yates would be at least 25 miles from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Apex said the turbines wouldn’t have a negative impact on the base. The company has been consulting with the Department of Defense and Niagara Falls Air Force Reserve Station regularly “to ensure that any concerns regarding the base’s operations are resolved before the project is built,” Cat Strumlauf, Public Affairs Associate for Apex, said on Nov. 29 when Collins announced Wind Turbine Encroachment Act.

Two Yates officials – Town Supervisor Jim Simon and Councilman John Riggi – thanked the Legislature for supporting the legislation pushed by Collins.

Simon said the Niagara Falls base has a long history with changing aircraft and missions.

“The debate on the Air Reserve Station is ongoing,” Simon said, calling the site a “critical asset” for the community and country.

Riggi said the Collins bill would help keep “encroachment” away from the base. Riggi said he worries the tall turbines could give the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) a reason to shut down the base in the future.

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Orleans expected to press Congressional action to ban turbines within 40 miles of NF Air Base

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 December 2016 at 9:43 am

ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature has a resolution on the agenda Wednesday, supporting Congressman Chris Collins and his proposal to keep industrial-size wind turbines away from military airfields.

Apex Clean Energy is proposing to build about 70 wind turbines that would reach about 600 feet high in Somerset (Niagara County) and Yates (Orleans County).

Collins on Nov. 29 introduced legislation that would curb the installation of wind turbines in close proximity to military installations, such as the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls.

Collins worries the turbines would have a negative impact on the Air Reserve Station, perhaps jeopardizing the site in the future when its up for review.

“This air base employs over 2,600 people and contributes over $200 million a year to Western New York’s economy,” Collins said on Nov. 29. “Massive wind turbines built in such close proximity to military installations, such as the ones being proposed in Western New York, can negatively impact a base’s potential new missions and its future operations. I will do everything in my power to ensure the viability of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.”

Congressman Collins introduced the “Protection of Military Airfields from Wind Turbine Encroachment Act” in an effort to ensure that any new wind turbines located within a 40-mile radius of a military installation will be deemed ineligible for renewable energy tax credits. Full text of the legislation can be read by clicking here. A companion bill was introduced in the United States Senate by Senator John Cornyn, R-TX.

The Niagara County Legislature already has passed a resolution in support of the “Turbine Encroachment Act,” and the Orleans County Legislature has a resolution on the agenda for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Orleans resolution says the turbines would be “a navigational hazard” that would harm the mission of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Losing the base would be an economic hit for the region and also could reduce the “military readiness of the United States,” according to the Orleans resolution.

Apex Clean Energy said the turbines would be more than 25 miles from the Air Reserve Station. Their proximity is a “non-issue,” the company said.

“Apex Clean Energy takes the safety and readiness of our military very seriously, and we work closely with the Department of Defense and its services to ensure our wind energy facilities do not adversely impact military missions,” Cat Strumlauf, Public Affairs Associate for Apex Clean Energy, said on Nov. 29 after Collins issued his news release.

Apex has been consulting with the Department of Defense and Niagara Falls Air Force Reserve Station regularly “to ensure that any concerns regarding the base’s operations are resolved before the project is built,” Strumlauf said.

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Lions Clubs do eye screenings for Lyndonville students

Posted 15 December 2016 at 8:42 pm

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Provided photos, Lyndonville Lions Club

LYNDONVILLE – Leah Gerety (pictured at left), a member of the newly formed Lyndonville Leo Club, helps elementary students line up for eye exams at the school.

Members of the Lyndonville and Medina Lions Clubs worked together on Nov. 29 to do complete vision screenings for 75 students in grades K-8 in the Lyndonville Central School District.

Lyndonville Lions Lynne Johnson and Bruce Schmidt, along with Medina Lions Jim Hancock and Christine Thompson, examined the eyes of the children in the Lyndonville school nurse’s office.

The students were escorted to and from the eye exams by Lyndonville Leo Club members Leah Gerety, Hunter Fuller, Tyler Coyle, Dustin Solomon, Tamara Huzair, Sawyer Wilson, Chris Clark, Shantel Benedict, Faith Chaffee, Allyson Deslatte and Savannah Poler. The Leo Club includes high schoolers who do community service projects.

Results of eye exams with specific findings were sent home with the students along with a letter encouraging a full eye exam.  The Lyndonville Lion’s Club will assist families, as needed, with the full eye exams and/or with securing glasses if necessary.

Lyndonville Lion’s Club members Bruce Schmidt, left, and Lynne Johnson are joined by Jim Hancock of the Medina Lion’s Club while the club organized an eye-screening event on Nov. 29 at Lyndonville.

Lyndonville Lions Club members Bruce Schmidt, back left, and Lynne Johnson are joined by Jim Hancock of the Medina Lions Club while the club organized an eye-screening event on Nov. 29 at Lyndonville.

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Lyndonville lights up 61 trees for holidays

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 December 2016 at 9:20 pm

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Photos by Tom Rivers

LYNDONVILLE – A boy looks at some of the Christmas trees that were lighted this evening in Lyndonville. There are 61 trees decorated by community residents and organizations.

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This is the fourth year Lyndonville has displayed the decorated trees at Veterans Park. There were 26 trees in 2013 followed by 43 in 2014 and 54 last year.

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Local organizations, businesses and residents pay $30 to sponsor a tree, and then they have to decorate it.

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Santa Claus arrived at 5 p.m. and flipped the switch to light up the trees.

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The trees will be lighted each evening until just after New Year’s.

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Santa makes triumphant return to Lyndonville

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 December 2016 at 8:58 pm

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Photos by Tom Rivers

LYNDONVILLE – Santa Claus waves to a crowd on Main Street when he arrived by horse-drawn sleigh at 5 p.m. today for Lyndonville’s community Christmas celebration.

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Santa meets the crowd with Wes Bradley, emcee for the event which included Christmas caroling and the lighting of 61 Christmas trees at Veterans Park.

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A crowd waits at Veterans Park for Santa to flip the switch, lighting up the trees decorated by community organizations and residents.

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Santa is joined by Teri Woodworth, the village clerk, at the “North Pole Electric Company,” which had a switch to turn on the power for the lights.

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Santa also met with children inside the Village Hall. Here is Santa greeting Zachary Barnum, 5, of Lyndonville, who asked for a remote-control Monster Truck. Teri Woodworth, the village clerk, is in back as one of Santa’s helpers.

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Elijah Kingdollar, 5, of Yates asked Santa for a camera and suction boots.

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Santa also met with Grayson Buffin, 1, of Lyndonville.

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Before Santa arrived, the Lyndonville High School chorus sang Christmas carols in front of the library.

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61 trees will be lit up at Lyndonville for Christmas celebration

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 December 2016 at 9:55 am
File photo by Tom Rivers: Lyndonville last year had 54 trees decorated by the community at Veterans Park. This year the celebration has grown to 61 trees. Santa will stop by the park at 5 to flip a switch, turning on the lights.

File photo by Tom Rivers: Lyndonville last year had 54 trees decorated by the community at Veterans Park. This year the celebration has grown to 61 trees. Santa will stop by the park at 5 to flip a switch, turning on the lights.

LYNDONVILLE – In 2013, Lyndonville started a Christmas event where trees would be decorated by community members and then lit up at Veterans Park.

Lyndonville saw the tree display in Oakfield and its success in bringing the community together and adding a festive display for the holidays.

The first year Lyndonville had 26 trees decorated, and that grew to 43 in 2014 and then 54 last year. Today there will be 61 trees lit up. They will be displayed at the park until just after New Year’s.

Local organizations, businesses and residents pay $30 to sponsor a tree, and then they have to decorate it.

The lights will be turned on for the trees today at 5 p.m., when Santa arrives.

Teri Woodworth, the village clerk, helps coordinate the event. She isn’t surprised to see it grow each year.

“This is a very strong community,” she said. “We’re a small community, but people come out and stand for what we’re about it.”

The Christmas in Lyndonville began at 8 this morning with a community breakfast at the Lyndonville Presbyterian Church. There are events throughout the day, including horse-drawn sleigh rides from 2 to 4:45 p.m., caroling at Veterans Park from 4:30 to 5 p.m., Santa’s arrival and tree lighting at 5 p.m., visit with Santa at Village Hall from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and a Christmas choir LaLaPalooza at the Presbyterian Church.

Click here to see the full schedule.

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Apex says Lighthouse Wind has no negative impact on Niagara Falls base

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 November 2016 at 8:19 pm

Company responds to Congressman Collins’ proposed legislation to ban federal tax incentives for projects near military installations

(Editor’s Note: Apex Clean Energy sent this response to Congress Chris Collins continued statements that the proposed Lighthouse Wind project could jeopardize the Niagara Falls Air Force Reserve Station. Collins issued a press release today that he has introduced legislation that would eliminate federal tax credits for wind turbines if they are located within 40 miles of a military installation.)

Here is the statement from Cat Strumlauf, Public Affairs Associate for Apex Clean Energy:

“Apex Clean Energy takes the safety and readiness of our military very seriously, and we work closely with the Department of Defense and its services to ensure our wind energy facilities do not adversely impact military missions. Related to Lighthouse Wind, we have been consulting with the Department of Defense and Niagara Falls Air Force Reserve Station regularly to ensure that any concerns regarding the base’s operations are resolved before the project is built.

“Lighthouse Wind has received a letter directly from the DoD Siting Clearinghouse stating the project is ‘unlikely to impact military testing or training operations in the area.’ More recently, a top official at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS), confirmed that the base’s new KC-135 mission makes the wind turbines a nonissue for the base. According to the military’s own experts, Niagara County residents can be confident that Lighthouse Wind will pose no current or projected mission impact on Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, which is more than 25 miles from the Lighthouse Wind project area.

“While Apex is expert in the development of wind energy projects, we believe it is appropriate to trust the expertise of the DoD Siting Clearinghouse, as well as that of local military experts and advisors, to assess the potential risk of wind energy projects to their own bases. We believe our professional national security experts are doing their duty and acting in the best interest of our nation, the communities in which they operate, and our armed forces.

“Any structure over 200 feet proposed throughout the country is required to undertake a rigorous system of review by the DoD and FAA required prior to construction. Lighthouse Wind is in the pre-application phase, and as such has not proposed specific turbine models or heights as of yet.  When this final proposal is made, the DoD and FAA will have the chance to weigh in again with their approvals through these review systems.”

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Congressman Collins introduces legislation to ban turbines within 40 miles of military installations

Posted 29 November 2016 at 4:01 pm
File photo by Tom Rivers: The 400-foot-high wind turbines in Sheldon, Wyoming County, are pictured in October 2015.

File photo by Tom Rivers: The 400-foot-high wind turbines in Sheldon, Wyoming County, are pictured in October 2015.

Press Release, Congress Chris Collins

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Chris Collins (R-Clarence) today introduced legislation that would curb the installation of wind turbines in close proximity to military installations, such as the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls.

Recently, Apex Clean Energy has proposed a plan to build 70 turbines amid farms and towns throughout Niagara County. The impact that this plan may have on the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station has raised significant concerns from local residents and lawmakers.

“I cannot condone any activity which puts the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station’s future operations and viability at risk,” said Congressman Collins. “This air base employs over 2,600 people and contributes over $200 million a year to Western New York’s economy. Massive wind turbines built in such close proximity to military installations, such as the ones being proposed in Western New York, can negatively impact a base’s potential new missions and its future operations. I will do everything in my power to ensure the viability of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.”

Congressman Collins introduced the “Protection of Military Airfields from Wind Turbine Encroachment Act” in an effort to ensure that any new wind turbines located within a 40-mile radius of a military installation will be deemed ineligible for renewable energy tax credits. Full text of the legislation can be read by clicking here. A companion bill was introduced in the United States Senate by Senator John Cornyn, R-TX.

“Our military installations are crucial to the security of our nation,” continued Congressman Collins. “This legislation ensures that military installations like the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station can fully operate without potential interference from wind turbines, some of which can be as tall as 600 feet.”

“The Department of Defense has been increasingly engaged to express either reservations or objections to potential wind projects across the country, on the basis of military readiness issues and conflicts with military radar systems,” said Dan Engert, Somerset Town Supervisor. “The Lighthouse Wind project in Somerset is very poorly sited for a number of reasons, and I do not think it’s in our government’s best interest to expand wind energy at the expense of military readiness. I am very grateful that Congressman Collins and Senator Cornyn recognize this impact and have introduced legislation in both chambers that will force corporate wind developers to site projects far and away from military installations, like the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.”

“I fully support Congressman Collins’ proposed legislation to protect military installations from encroachment from industrial wind turbine projects,” said James Simon, Yates Town Supervisor.  “The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station has a positive economic impact on the Town of Yates.  We are fortunate that the skies above the Town of Yates not only have unrestricted airspace for low flying military aircraft and drones, but also provide unimpeded radar coverage for national defense.”

“We are grateful to Congressman Collins for taking the initiative to propose legislation that will work to protect the future of our air base and the thousands of families and workers who rely on its continued operation,” said Pamela Atwater, President of Save Ontario Shores.  “Save Ontario Shores pledges its full support to this proposed legislation and we look forward to its enactment.” Save Ontario Shores is a local group that was formed to address the concerns relating to the health, safety and welfare of Town of Yates and Town of Somerset taxpayers and residents, in regards to the Lighthouse Wind project being proposed by Apex Clean Energy.”

Congressman Collins has previously taken steps to address this issue. In December 2015, Congressman Collins authored a letter to the Department of Defense and Federal Aviation Administration officials expressing concern about a proposed wind turbine project along the Lake Ontario Shoreline. Full text of the letter can be read by clicking here.

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