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2 veterans’ groups in Medina donate to K9 program

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 March 2018 at 10:56 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Two veterans’ groups, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, each presented checks this morning for $200 to Lt. Todd Draper of the Medina Police Department. Draper is also the handler/partner for Kye, the department’s K9.

Steve Johnson, left, is commander of the American Legion in Medina and Jim Freas, right, is commander of the VFW post.

Draper said the $400 will go into the department’s K9 account. Draper is hopeful there will soon be a new vehicle for the K9. The current vehicle is from 2008 with more than 120,000 miles.

Kye is a Belgian Malinois that works each day with Lt. Todd Draper. Kye joined the department in 2012.

David Kusmiersczak, a member of the American Legion, joins Freas in greeting Kye this morning.

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Medina hosted 21 Winterguard units for Colorburst show

Staff Reports Posted 12 March 2018 at 8:32 am

Provided photos: The Medina Mustang Cadet Guard includes, front row, from left: Madison Owens, Ava Chambers, Kailey Steele and Raelyn Baker. Middle row: Alayna Smith, Brooke Woodrow, Brooklyn Garrow and Kiana Cleveland. Back row: Phallon Rivera, Kayleigh Wright, Kendra Lonnen, Gabriella Flores-Medina and Bianca Islam.

MEDINA – The Medina Mustang Band hosted its Winterguard show, “Colorburst” on Saturday with 21 guards  from Western NY and Canada performing.

In the Novice class, Medina took 2nd place while the Cadet guard took 1st place with a score of 64.88.

In Regional A, the Gates-Chili JV guard won 1st place with a score of 73.28. In the A1 class, Batavia won 1st with a score of 72.09.

The Magic of Scout House, an adult group from Canada  in the Senior class, won 1st place with a score of 73.42. The Ventures, another guard from Canada in the Independent A class, won 1st with a score of 76.13.

Medina Varsity Winterguard includes front row: Brianna McMullen, Sabrina Quiros, Erin Dietz, Sarah Goodin and Kaela Grosslinger. Middle row: Talishiona Feitshans, Aries McMurray, Destiny Jones, Avery Vanderwerf and Haily Hurt. Back row: Melanie Poynter, Danielle Schmidt, Laura Washak, McKenna Callard, Paige Martin and Alyssa McMullen.

Medina’s Varsity Guard in the Scholastic A class took 1st place with a score of 76.29. Victor’s Varsity Guard in the Scholastic Open class won 1st place with a score of 76.30.

The event was well attended and the weather cooperated making travel much easier for the guards and spectators. This show is a major fundraiser for the Band Boosters. Medina’s next performance is Saturday, March 24, in Corning before the Championships on April 7.

Medina Pony Cadet Guard includes kneeling, from left: Mila Molina, Kylie Poynter, Analise Warner and Brook Twiss. Standing: Hannah Spark, Elaina Bitsai, Kaylee Twiss, Ki’Mani Poole, Adrianna Brege and Kaiana Garner.

Chuck Baker sent in this photo of his granddaughter, Raelynn Baker, who is in Medina’s Cadet Guard. Her mom, Diana Baker, is an instructor in the program.

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Medina churches want to bring back baccalaureate service

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 March 2018 at 4:24 pm

MEDINA – The Medina Area Association of Churches is working with the Student Association to bring back baccalaureate, a religious service for impending high school graduates.

The service is scheduled for June 10 at a site to be determined. The service will be largely student led, said Vince Iorio, pastor of the Calvary Tabernacle Assembly of God.

Iorio has been with Calvary for 11 years and Medina hasn’t had baccalaureate during that time. Some communities have the service, which are optional for students and often located in a church or off campus, but sometimes the services are at school auditoriums.

Dan Doctor, Medina Central School’s director of community outreach, is the speaker for baccalaureate.

The MAAC is calling the event a “moving forward” service, Iorio said.

“We want the graduates to know they aren’t going out alone, that God is going with them and God has a plan for their lives,” he said. “We want them to take that with them.”

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2 charged after police find cocaine and fake money in Medina

Staff Reports Posted 5 March 2018 at 4:40 pm

Photo courtesy of Medina Police Department

MEDINA – Two people are facing drug charges after a home search on March 1 by the Medina Police Department and NYS Parole.

An initial search by parole officers located a small amount of marijuana, a baggy containing cocaine, and pills field identified as Hydrocodone and Ecstasy. A corresponding K-9 search of the apartment located an additional 13.2 grams of cocaine and 10.1 grams of marijuana, Medina Police said today.

Law enforcement officers also located are a large sum of money in high denominational bills, as well as three counterfeit $100 bills.

As a result of this joint investigation, the Medina Police Department arrested Collen Poole and Rebekah Champlin and charged both with:

• Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, more than one half ounce, a Class B Felony.

• Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, intent to sell, a Class B Felony.

• Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, a Class A Misdemeanor.

• Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a violation.

Both were arraigned in the Town of Ridgeway Court. Poole was remanded to the Orleans County Jail with no bail. Champlin was remanded to the Orleans County Jail with $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

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No one injured after vehicle plows into Dollar General in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 March 2018 at 4:15 pm

Provided photo

MEDINA – A driver rammed through the side of the Dollar General in Medina this afternoon, damaging the west side of the store on Maple Ridge Road.

The incident occurred at 2:54 p.m. Orleans County dispatch said no one was injured. The Medina Police Department, Medina Fire Department and Lyons Collision have been on the scene.

Photo courtesy of Robert Schuck

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Medina Savings & Loan to merge with Generations Bank

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 March 2018 at 10:32 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Tim Moriarty, president and CEO of Medina Savings & Loan for the past 22 years, is pictured at the bank’s Medina site in this photo from 2013.

MEDINA – A bank with roots in Medina since 1888 announced today it will be merging with another bank.

Medina Savings & Loan Association will merge with Generations Bank with Generations the surviving entity, according to a news release from the two institutions.

Seneca-Cayuga Bancorp is the holding company for Generations Bank. The merger is expected to increase Seneca-Cayuga’s consolidated assets from $291 million at December 31, 2017 to $344 million.

Medina’s existing branch offices – Maple Ridge Road in Medina and inside the Wal-Mart on Route 31 in Albion – will become branch offices of Generations Bank and are expected to operate under the name “MSL, a division of Generations Bank” for at least two years after completion of the merger.

Additionally, two members of Medina’s board of directors will become members of the boards of directors of Generations Bank, Seneca-Cayuga and The Seneca Falls Savings Bank, MHC, the mutual holding company of Generations Bank and the 56.9% majority shareholder of Seneca-Cayuga.

“We’ve always focused on our community and what our banking clients need,” said Tim Moriarty, president and chief executive officer of Medina. “We feel that this merger is an excellent opportunity to enhance the services to and convenience for our customers and the communities we serve. Partnering with Generations will allow us to continue providing our customers with a high level of personalized service and local decision-making while preserving our values of our community bank culture.”

Medina Savings & Loan last year completed a 768-square-foot addition on the western edge of the existing 3,480-square-foot building on Maple Ridge Road. The bank in the past decades experienced growth with commercial loans, commercial checking, various types of consumer loans, home equity lines of credit, growth in the bank’s residential construction program, and expanded depository services.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, depositors of Medina will become depositors of Generations Bank and members of the MHC, and will have the same rights and privileges in the MHC, as if their accounts had been established in Generations Bank on the date established at Medina.

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with Medina Savings and Loan,” said Menzo Case, president and CEO of Generations Bank. “We are very familiar with Medina, its conservative approach to banking and its deep roots in the communities it serves. We are very excited about the future of our combined company.”

As part of the transaction, Seneca-Cayuga will issue shares of its common stock to the MHC in an amount equal to the fair value of Medina as determined by a third-party appraisal. These shares are expected to be issued concurrent with the completion of the merger.

Because the transaction is structured as a merger with a mutual entity, no purchase price is being paid in connection with the transaction. As a result, the transaction is not expected to be dilutive from a capital or earnings perspective to Seneca-Cayuga’s stockholders while increasing its earnings base. In addition, the transaction could be expected to add to Generations’ value should it ever implement another stock offering or a second step stock conversion.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018. The transaction is subject to certain conditions, including the approval by Medina’s depositors and customary regulatory approvals.

Luse Gorman, PC, Washington, D.C., acted as legal counsel to Generations Bank and Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP acted as legal counsel to Medina.

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Medina hosts WinterGuard competition on March 10

Staff Reports Posted 5 March 2018 at 8:23 am

Provided photo: The Medina Cadet guard competes at Lancaster on Saturday.

MEDINA – Medina will host a WinterGuard competition this Saturday at the high school with 22 guards competing. The event begins at 4:35 p.m. and includes the three guards from Medina.

“It is a great opportunity to see these students and adults perform without having to travel too far,” said Kathy Dreyfus, publicity chairwoman for the Medina Mustang Band.

The Boosters also want to thank the community for supporting the Basket Raffle on March 3 after postponing it because of inclement weather on Friday.

All three of Medina’s WinterGuard units competed at Victor on Feb. 17. The Novice Guard came in second place while the Cadets took first place with a score of 57.58. The Varsity guard earned first place in the Scholastic A class with a score of 68.26.

This past Saturday, two of the Medina guard units traveled to Lancaster for competition. The Cadets won first place in their class with a score of 61.51 along with the Varsity guard taking first place in the Scholastic A class with a score of 73.28.

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Sacred Heart Club serves lots of Lenten fish fries

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 March 2018 at 9:16 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Chloe Nashwenter is part of the team of volunteers in the kitchen at the Sacred Heart Club, serving up about 150 fish fry dinners.

Sacred Heart serves Lenten fish fry dinners and also offers chicken finger dinners with fries.

Sacred Heart has been doing Lenten fish fries for about 15 years. They are a good fundraiser for the club, and also a chance to welcome community members to the site on North Gravel Road.

Mike Hartway, president of Sacred Heart, gets the tartar sauce ready. Sacred Heart will be serving the dinners every Friday right up to Easter. Hartway said the proceeds from the dinner go towards a big Christmas party for Sacred Heart members’ children and grandchildren, as well as some other kids in the community.

Mike Miller runs the kitchen for the Sacred Heart Club. He said the club’s members step up and work together for the fish fry dinners.

Another dinner is ready to go.

Mike McCauley sings and plays his guitar on many Fridays during the Lenten season at the Sacred Heart Club.

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Mural featuring many characters from children’s books now complete at Lee-Whedon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 March 2018 at 10:41 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Judith Villavisanis, an artist, spent more than a month creating this mural on the south wall in the children’s section of Lee-Whedon Memorial Library. She finished the “Worlds of Wonder” mural on Monday.

Villavisanis is a former Albion resident who now lives in Florida. Villavisanis in 2014 created the new entrance leading to the children’s section. That entrance resembles a giant book and features many characters from children’s books, such as Wilbur, the pig from Charlotte’s Web.

Her latest project is a tribute to two people who each served the library for over 20 years: Maryellen Dale as President of the Board of Trustees and Elaine Jamele as Children’s Librarian.

Villavisanis is shown working on the mural on Feb. 7. She is painting Pegasus, the mythical winged devine stallion, one of most recognized creatures in Greek mythology.

The boy in the lower right is The Little Prince.

Peter Rabbit appears in this cutout hanging from the ceiling near the mural.

The library has books by the mural that are the inspiration for many of the characters featured in the large painting.

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell appear in the mural above the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.

The cow jumped over the moon from the popular nursery rhyme, “Hey, diddle, diddle,” by Mother Goose.

Villavisanis included characters for younger children through teens, and also drew from different eras. This character is of Mary Poppins, who became popular after a 1964 Disney film. She first appeared in a series of children’s books starting in 1934.

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It’s last call for O’Brien’s Tavern owner who is ready for new challenge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 February 2018 at 9:22 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Today is the last day for Alicia Hogan as owner of O’Brien’s Tavern on Main Street in Medina. Hogan, left, is pictured with her daughter Allie Hogan at O’Brien’s just before an open mic night. When Hogan started as owner 6 ½ years ago, there was an open mic the first night.

Many musicians are expected to be part of the celebration tonight.

The Irish pub has a long tradition in Medina, with Hogan saying the site has been a bar for more than a century.

Hogan said she looks forward to a new chapter in her life, but will miss the O’Brien’s customers.

“The bar business is a hard business,” she said. “I love this place, and I love the people. I pretty much know everyone by first name.”

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