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More photos of parade participants in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 November 2017 at 8:23 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – The Parade of Lights on Saturday included nearly 40 organizations or businesses that created floats for Medina’s popular event. The top photo shows the Medina Marching Band, including current students and alumni. They are performing in front of the judges’ stand on Main Street.

Orleans Hub has already posted many photos from the parade. Here are some more.

PAWS Animal Shelter in Albion

N.O.E.L. Rock Youth Group

Baxter Healthcare in Medina

Hartland Carriage

Canal Village Farmers’ Market in Medina

Navarra’s Greenhouse in Albion

Orleans Community Health

State Sen. Rob Ortt

Bob Pastecki of the Mark Time Marchers

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Winners named in Medina’s Parade of Lights

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 November 2017 at 5:18 pm

Takeform takes the grand prize for its scene of Medina

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – The winners of the 9th annual Parade of Lights have been announced with Takeform taking the grand prize. The Medina company designs signs and creates architectural graphics for many hospitals and other businesses.

Takeform put its skills on display with its float, which included a scene of Medina on a flatbed trailer. The company receives $500 for first place and a plaque.

Here is the other side of the Takeform float.

“There were so many good ones, it was particularly difficult this year,” said Jim Hancock, the parade chairman. He thanked judges from Pride Pak, the Bank of Castile and Western NY Energy for their work in determining the winning entries.

The other winners will receive $200 and a plaque. They include:

Star Award – Matt CM Contracting for a candy cane themed float

Littlest Elf Award – Cobblestone Girl Scouts

Phoebe Kirby, right, and the Girl Scouts looked like big presents on their float.

Community Spirit Award – Little Bits 4-H Club, which had a Whoville theme. The Albion FFA, pictured in back, also had a Whoville-themed float.

This member of Little Bits waves to the crowd on the parade route.

Santa’s Pick Award – Bentley Brothers, which also had two other units – giant presents on wheels.


Religious – Calvary Tabernacle Church pulled a float with a lighted up cross and a manger scene behind. In back in photo is the Little Bits 4-H Club with their Whoville float.

Not-For-Profit – Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund

The Knights/Kaderli’s float included a large present. The fund provides assistance to families in Orleans County where a loved one is fighting cancer.

Business/Commercial – Weedman Lawn Care

Service Clubs – Medina FFA, which a theme, “Green Acres is the place for me!”

Fire Company – Lyndonville Fire Company

Other – Orleans County Sheriff’s Dept.

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Fire departments enjoy friendly rivalry at Parade of Lights

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 November 2017 at 2:45 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Several local fire departments decorated fire trucks with lights and ornaments in Saturday’s Parade of Lights in Medina.

The top photo shows a fire truck from the Medina Fire Department headed down Main Street.

Lyndonville’s fire truck was heavily decorated for the parade. The truck is shown in the staging area before the parade at the Olde Pickle Factory.

A Lyndonville firefighter is covered in lights and stands on the back of the fire truck for an added element in the the department’s display.

The East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company put lights on a fire truck and also had a sleigh with a reindeer on top of the truck.

The Shelby Volunteer Fire Company had multiple units in the parade with all-terrain vehicles serving as reindeer pulling a “sleigh.”

The Middleport Fire Department from Niagara County joined the fun.

Tim Cooper of Medina debuted this restored historic Medina fire truck in the parade.

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Local authors create new children’s books

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 November 2017 at 9:51 am

MEDINA – The Book Shoppe in Medina hosted two local authors for book-signings on Saturday.

Daniel Mault, left, is the author of The Cost of Gold, A True Fairytale. Jessie Miller, right, illustrated that book and also wrote her own book, Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans.

Mault lives in Cheektowaga and is a third grade teacher at Roy-Hart. His book tells the story of two children, Maggie and Henry, who meet a golden frog, which grants their wish to live in a castle and be royalty. However, they miss their family that they were forced to leave behind.

“This fairytale will leave you thinking about what really matters in life, and open a dialogue with children about what they cherish most in their lives,” according to a review on Amazon. Click here for more information.

Miller, 28, is a 2007 graduate of Medina High School who works as a freelance illustrator. She earned an animation degree at Edinboro University.

Her book is about a rooster that wears skinny jeans, despite some ridicule from its friends.

“It’s about not being afraid to be yourself,” she said.

For more on her book, click here.

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500 toys donated in one-day drive to support local kids

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 November 2017 at 9:24 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – A one-day toy drive resulted in 500 toys being donated plus about $700. The toys were dropped off on Saturday at Canalside Tattoo on Main Street in Medina. Shawn Ramsey, left, is owner of Canalside. He is pictured with Andrew Szatkowski, organizer of the toy drive.

The toys will be given to Community Action of Orleans & Genesee and the Medina Area Association of Churches, which will distribute them to families in Orleans County.

Szatkowski put together 20 packages to entice donations of toys or $5 that will be used to buy presents. With every donation, people were given a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the 20 “Medina Experience” packages.

Szatkowski thanked the community for their generous donations.

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Medina’s festive day included fireworks

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 November 2017 at 11:02 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Before the big Parade of Lights, Medina celebrated with fireworks in the downtown.

There was about a 15-minute show just before the parade at 6 p.m.

The fireworks and parade brought a throng of people to the downtown.

There were numerous activities throughout the day as part of the Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration.

Medina has Main Street decorated for the holidays.

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Lots of creativity and community spirit go into parade floats

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 November 2017 at 10:37 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – There were nearly 40 floats in today’s Parade of Lights in Medina. Some of the entries are shown in the parking lot of the Olde Pickle Factory, which served as a staging area for the floats.

This was the ninth annual Parade of Lights and the event continues to draw big crowds to downtown Medina and caps off Medina’s Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration.

Matt C.M. Contracting made this giant candy cane. The generator stopped when the candy cane made it to Main Street so most of the crowd was unable to see it lighted up.

Matt Mundion of Matt C.M. Contracting tries to get another strand of lights working on his candy cane. Mundion is the three-time grand champion of the event.

Katelyn Schlager of the Little Bits 4-H Club gets her Grinch make-up on for her role in the club’s Whoville float. Brook Lux’s hand is showing. She was the makeup artist.

Bo Gobeli, a den leader for Cub Scout Pack 35 in Medina, adjusts the flag pole in the float. John Dieter, the cub master, also makes some last-minute adjustments before the parade.

Dustin Shaffer of Bentley Brothers works on stringing lights for the business’s float.

Baxter Healthcare in Medina participated in the Parade of Lights for the first time. Employees created a toy shop theme on the float.

Takeform Architectural Graphics also made its debut in the parade and featured several cutouts depicting Medina landmarks.

Teaghan Freeman of Le Roy is dressed as an angel for the Mark Time Marchers. She is joined by her parents, Yvonne Freeman, left, and Jeff Freeman.

Ian Becker of the Roy-Hart FFA puts a finishing touch on the sign, “Support Our Troops.” FFA students did all of the work on the float.

Several veterans joined the Roy-Hart students on the FFA float including a Marine, Bradley Mandaville of Barker, standing.

Weedman in Albion makes its way down Main Street during the popular parade.

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Parade of Lights will include 38 participants

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 November 2017 at 3:05 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Jim Hancock, chairman of the Parade of Lights, is pictured with Frosty the Snowman today at the Medina Historical Society.

The Parade of Lights starts at 6 p.m. at the Olde Pickle Factory and includes 38 participants, Hancock said. The parade heads down Park Avenue before reaching Main Street.

There will also be a tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at Rotary Park. Frank Berger, the grand marshal of the parade, will light the tree.

There will also be a fireworks display in the downtown at 5:45 p.m.

The Albion FFA won the grand prize in last year’s parade. The float had a Candy Land theme with about 10,000 lights.

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Santa arrives in Medina joined by pets on parade

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 November 2017 at 2:03 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Santa Claus greets a child in Medina after a parade through the downtown. Santa will be at the Medina Theatre for three hours meeting children. Cindy Robinson, right, is president of the Medina Business Association, which is one of the organizers of today’s Olde Tyme Christmas celebration in Medina. (Click here to see the schedule of events.)

Emma Underhill, 6, of Elba won the “most spirited elf” award in the Cutest Little Elf Costume Contest.

Debbie and Paul Goodwin of Medina have their dogs dressed for the holidays in the pet parade. Mrs. Goodwin is walking Luna and her husband has Sadie.

Luna, Debbie and Paul Goodwin’s dog, waits for the parade to get started. The dogs assembled at the Medina Historical Society on West Avenue before taking the trek down Main Street.

Shelby Green, drum major for the Mustang band, and her bandmates practice Christmas songs before the parade at noon.

Shelby Green directs the band during a practice. It was drizzling out but the band played on.

Medina students, Hunter DeHollander and Abby Wilson, dressed as elves to help raise money for the Decorate Medina Committee.

Daisy Duke, owned by Kathy and Kevin Bogan, is ready for the parade to get started.

These two wave to the crowd while getting a ride in a Medina fire truck.

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5k race gets runners in the Christmas spirit

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 November 2017 at 11:11 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Heide Cornell of Sanborn is all smiles when she crosses the finish line this morning during the 5th annual Home for the Holidays 5K in Medina. Cornell is dressed as “The Baker” from a Christmas story.

Her friend, Jay Weber, dressed as the Gingerbread Man.

The 130 runners take off at the start of the race in the Canal Basin. Many wore Santa hats and holiday costumes. The 130 participants is the most since the race started in 2013.

Proceeds from today’s race are going to Medina’s LOYAL youth baseball program and a reading program at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library.

Brennan Root, 22, of Medina is in the home stretch of the race, which he won in a time of 16:45, nearly 3 minutes ahead of the second place finisher.

“It was awesome,” Root said about the race. “Everyone was so supportive. The Christmas vibe is awesome.”

Martha Gardner, 18, of Medina was the top female to finish in a time of 20:34.

Kathleen Donhauser gets off to a good pace at the start of the race.

Medina natives Megan Sidari and Lauren Ickowski ran together in the race. The two friends now live in Arlington, Va. Megan is the daughter of Medina Mayor Mike Sidari and Brenda Sidari. Lauren is the daughter of Sam and Diana Barber.

Jose Quiros, 40, and his daughter Sabrina, 15, run together near the finish. The two Medina residents both won age group awards with a time of 23:07.

Ed Russell, 75, of East Amherst crosses the finish line with his dog, Samantha. Russell was the fastest in the 70-and-over group with a time of 31:24.

Steve Karas, 68, of Barre is in the Santa spirit during the race.

These participants wave to the crowd at the start of the race.

To see the schedule of events in Medina today for the Olde Tyme Christmas celebration, click here.

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