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Fire District voters approve up to $950K for new ladder truck in Holley

Photos by Tom Rivers: Holley firefighters practiced a bail-out drill tonight on Thomas Street across from the fire hall. They used the ladder truck to get to the second floor window.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 September 2017 at 11:03 pm

HOLLEY – Voters in the Holley Joint Fire District approved spending up to $950,000 for a new ladder truck this evening.

The vote was from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the fire hall and the resolution passed, 43-2.

The new truck will have a 100-foot ladder. It will replace a truck that is about 20 years old with a 75-foot ladder. Holley bought the current ladder truck as a used fire truck in 2008.

These blueprints show the new fire truck for the Holley Joint Fire District. The new truck would have a 100-foot-long ladder, compared to the 75 feet on the current one.

The truck has been plagued with electrical and hydraulic problems in recent years, as well as rusted structural components, said John Totter, chairman of the Fire District’s board of commissioners.

“We had to put a big chunk of change into it last year to keep it going, to increase the sale-ability and to make it safe,” Totter said about the current ladder truck.

The Fire District is working with the Rosenbauer Group on the new fire truck. The district needs to wait 20 days to make sure no objections are filed with the election. Totter said he is hopeful the district can sign a contract with Rosenbauer before the end of the year. It will take about a year from then for the truck’s delivery. Totter said December 2018 is a reasonable target date for the truck.

The bays in the firehall don’t leave much room to get in a fire truck. The new truck will have to be customized in height and length to fit in the fire hall.

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Governor says NY hospitals face ‘devastating cuts’ with healthcare repeal
Posted 19 September 2017 at 8:01 pm

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today called on Congress to immediately rescind the federal government’s devastating cuts in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments that will go into effect Oct. 1 unless Congress acts.

Billions of federal dollars to hospitals will be cut beginning Oct. 1, impacting services to low-income and the uninsured. This will cut critical federal funding known as Disproportionate Share Hospital payments that reimburses hospitals through the Medicaid program for uncompensated health care costs.

At the same time, Governor Cuomo is calling on New York’s Congressional Delegation to fight the latest and most drastic attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act—the Graham-Cassidy Senate health care bill—that would cut $18.9 billion annually from New York’s health care system by 2026 and jeopardize health care coverage for 2.7 million New Yorkers.

“The federal government is still trying to decimate our health care system by targeting the quality of care low income Americans are able to receive,” Governor Cuomo said. “Health care is not a privilege or something for those we have the means to afford care—it is a fundamental right. In New York, we are standing up and calling on Congress to immediately rescind impending hospital cuts that will devastate our public and safety hospitals before they take effect on October 1st and reject these last minute, dangerous attempts to repeal the ACA through the Graham-Cassidy bill.”

New York will be hit with the largest DSH cut in the nation and also faces disproportionately higher cuts. New York accounts for 14.5 percent of total DSH funding, but is bearing 16 percent of the national-wide DSH cuts. The $2.6 billion cut to New York State by 2025 is significantly higher than that borne by other states, including California ($1.2 billion), New Jersey ($1.2 billion), and Texas ($1 billion).

The governor said the cuts will decimate New York’s hospitals and fall hardest on its public and safety net hospitals that can least afford it:

Over the next 18 months alone, cuts in reimbursement for uncompensated care will cost New York hospitals more than $1.1 billion, representing more than one-third of all DSH funding to New York State.

By 2025, the cuts will take away more than $2.6 billion annually from the amount hospitals should receive for providing uncompensated care to low income and uninsured New Yorkers.

Ultimately, these cuts will impact all 219 hospitals across New York State. However, they will disproportionately impact public hospitals and safety net institutions serving 2.8 million New Yorkers.

Governor Cuomo also called on Congress to stop the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill, Congress’s latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill uses block grants and per capita spending caps to dramatically cut Medicaid funding for New York.

Graham-Cassidy will put 2.7 million New Yorkers at risk of losing health coverage and cost New York $18.9 billion annually by 2026 according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, “Once again, Republicans are proposing deep cuts to Medicaid that will imperil the well-being of millions of New Yorkers, especially our rural communities, the elderly, and children, resulting in a staggering financial burden for taxpayers. The Graham-Cassidy bill is an obvious attempt to contain the political damage done by July’s failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and it should be rejected along with planned cuts to services provided by hospitals for low-income and uninsured patients.”

HANYS President Bea Grause said, “Healthcare is complicated, but one thing is plain and simple: every New Yorker, regardless of their ability to pay, deserves access to healthcare when they need it. We need our congressional delegation, including Republicans and Democrats, to stand together to protect our health care and oppose devastating federal cuts. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for bringing us together today and for his enduring commitment to standing up for health care in New York State.”

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More than 300 lakeshore property owners in Orleans have sought state aid for flooding damage

Photo by Tom Rivers: Members of the National Guard work to set up sandbags by the shoreline in Kendall in May. The high lake levels and punishing waves have taken on a toll on many properties.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 September 2017 at 5:53 pm

A $15 million state fund to provide assistance for lakeshore homeowners with property damage has attracted a lot of interest In Orleans County.

There have been 329 property owners who have pursued the program, said Sue Boss, director for PathStone’s flood relief program in Orleans County. Of those, 25 have received funding and 255 have met the criteria for funds, she said.

The applications for funding are due Sept. 29.

“I think when the dust settles we’ll receive over 400 applications from Orleans County,” Boss said today.

PathStone is administering the program on behalf of the state in Orleans County.

PathStone has made 113 site visits, and held numerous meetings near the lake with property owners. It will have staff available on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PathStone’s Albion Office at 140 N. Main St. This is a chance to accept applications and required documents.

Of the applications submitted, 10 were denied. The state set a threshold for income if the damaged property was a secondary home. If the total annual income of the occupants exceeded $275,000, they weren’t eligible for a grant.

The state has given priority to funding for senior citizens and disabled residents, with higher emphasis given if the projects involved septic systems or flooding in the house. Damage to the shoreline is considered less of a priority, Boss said.

The state capped the grants at $50,000. The Orleans grants are averaging about $30,000 so far.

For more information on the program, click here.

Fundraisers set up to help children whose parents were killed in car accident
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 September 2017 at 5:02 pm

Randy and Becky Harrier died in a car accident Sunday by the Orleans County Fairgrounds after being rear-ended.

KENT – The community is rallying behind the Harrier family, which suffered the loss of husband and wife, Randy and Becky Harrier, from a car accident Sunday on Route 31 by the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The Harriers have three children: Andrew, 18; Kari, 14; and Amber, 10. Andrew recently graduated from Kendall. His two sisters are students at Kendall.

“It’s been very tragic for all of us in the community,” said family friend, Dawn Gardner.

A GoFundMe has been established to help the family and the three kids. At 4:50 p.m. today, 131 donors had given $6,555 to support to the cause. (Click here for more information.)

A meal train has also been set up, and community members have committed to providing meals through mid-October with more openings available after that. (Click here for more information.)

Kendall will also be accepting nonperishable food items, cash donations, toiletries and cleaning products at the Concession Hut at home soccer games until Sept. 30. T-shirts for $10 will also be for sale during homecoming next week, Sept. 30, with proceeds going to the family.


Gardner said additional fundraisers are being planned. Gardner, Jessica Mitchell, Sharon Kuhn and Paula Browe are coordinating the fundraisers.

“We want to help the family,” Gardner said. “Randy and Becky were known for their smiles, their laughter and for bending over backwards for other people even when they were struggling themselves.”

Photo by Tom Rivers: Carlton firefighter Randy Harrier is pictured on April 30 showing a thermal imaging camera to his daughters, Amber, 10; and Kari, 13. It was part of an open house recruitment effort at the Carlton Rec Hall. Randy Harrier joined the Carlton Volunteer Fire Company in 2002.

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Car show raised $2,605 for Hospice
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 September 2017 at 3:59 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – A car show on Sept. 9 attracted more than 100 cars, the largest turnout in the five years for the event at Bullard Park. The car show is a benefit for Hospice of Orleans. Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes is the sponsor of the car show, which is organized by Becky Karls.

Pictured, from left, include: Josh Mitchell from Christopher Mitchell; Bonnie Reigle, an accounting and development assistant for Hospice; and Becky Karls.

The event raises money through entry fees, food vendors, raffle tickets and an auction.

Photo courtesy of Scott Schmidt: There were about 100 cars on display at the car show on Sept. 9.

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Holley resident pleads guilty to 1st degree sex abuse, could face 5 years in prison
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 September 2017 at 1:15 pm

ALBION – A Holley resident pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court on Monday to first-degree sexual abuse.

David L. Durbano, 32, of Ridge Road admitted to sexual contact with a girl under age 11 in April.

The charge normally carries a maximum sentence of 2 to 7 years in state prison. As part of a plea deal, Durbano will face up to 5 years in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 27.

He could also face 3 to 10 years of post-release supervision and will be a registered sex offender.

Durbano pleaded guilty to the highest charge in the indictment.

In other cases:

• Kenya L. Yawn, 22, of Rochester pleaded guilty to petit larceny for stealing about $2,000 from the Albion Walmart Supercenter on March 2. Yawn allegedly took a television, modem, Fitbits, hard drives and other items from the store.

District Attorney Joe Cardone asked Yawn who was in the vehicle with her to help with the crime.

“That’s for me to know and for you to find out,” she replied.

The terms of her plea did not include cooperating with the investigation, but Judge Sara Sheldon said she would take any assistance into account when sentencing Yawn.

Yawn faces a maximum of a year in jail when she is sentenced on Jan. 8.

• A 17-year-old girl from Rochester pleaded guilty to promoting prison contraband in the second degree. The girl, who could be given youthful offender status, allegedly tried to pass heroin and Alprazolam (also known as Xanax) to two inmates at the Albion Correctional Facility, a women’s prison, on March 26.

She could face up to a year in jail when she is sentenced on Dec. 18.

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Safety trailer seen as big boost for fire prevention efforts at local schools

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: Pete Sidari of the Albion Fire Department shows Holley Board of Education members the exterior of the Orleans County Fire Safety Trailer. It will eventually have educational illustrations covering the exterior.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 September 2017 at 10:36 am

HOLLEY – Young people across Orleans County will be able to learn the fundamentals of fire safety in a very hands-on way once a new educational trailer and staff are ready.

Peter Sidari of the Albion Fire Department and Dale Banker, director of Orleans County Emergency Management, spoke to members of the Holley School Board of Education Monday night to give them an understanding of the educational opportunities the trailer will provide to elementary students through on-site visits and assemblies at local schools. Sidari is also the fire safety educator for the North Greece Fire District.

The county was able to obtain the trailer through $75,000 in grant funding obtained by State Senator Robert Ortt.

The Fire Safety Trailer (house) was delivered Aug. 24 and its interior is designed to look like a typical home with a kitchen, hallway and bedroom. With special effects, presenters are able to mimic what it would be like to be in a burning building and guide students on the safe way to escape, meet up with other family members outside, and call for help.

“It helps us to teach fire escape planning,” Sidari explained.  “It’s a hand-on approach to teaching fire safety. Our hope would be that students take the information home to their families.”

He elaborated on the special effects in the trailer which include smoke alarms, a fog machine (utilizes theater fog), a simulated burning trash can, a hot door (not hot enough to cause injury, Sidari noted) and an exterior phone system which will allow students to call and speak with emergency officials just as if they were reporting a real blaze.

The trailer helps students practice what they would do if they ever found themselves in a burning building. Different styles of windows are also part of the trailer design, allowing students to see how varying styles of windows open.

Sidari said it may take some time to get the program fully up and running. Emergency Management hopes to have the trailer at the Orleans County 4-H Fair in the future as well.

He told Orleans Hub the trailers have been effective teaching tools in other locations and recounted two success stories: a young boy who went through one of the programs was able to save his grandparents during a fire, and a college student was able to safely get out of her housing during a fire by remembering what she had learned from a fire safety trailer program while in grade school.

The fire safety programs will be available at no cost to local school districts, Sidari said.

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Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award: Bruce Landis

Photo by Tom Rivers: Bruce Landis is pictured in July at the Orleans County 4-H Fair with a display of his portraits, commercial photographs and other work.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 September 2017 at 8:22 am

‘I just love creating memories for people.’

Bruce Landis is being honored by the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce on Friday with its “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Landis, 61, has worked locally as a photographer since 1974. As a kid growing up near Lyndonville between Waterport and Kenyonville, he worked on a small dairy farm owned by Don and Linda Hobbs. They later sold him the site at 13382 Ridge Rd., the base of his photography business since 1978.

When Landis was thinking about a career as a teen-ager, his former pastor at the Kenyonville United Methodist Church urged him to follow a passion. For Landis, that was taking pictures, even back then.

He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and started his photography business, Photos by Bruce, at age 17 in 1974.

Question: Why have you stayed with this for 43 years?

Answer: I love photography. The adrenaline rush of people able to take someone who says, ‘I hate having my picture taken’ and to be able to get something that they absolutely love in end is really great. I love that. It’s very rewarding. One of the most rewarding things I do is when I photograph a special needs person. It’s a challenge because you never know exactly what the parents expect. When you get something that you love and they love, and it brings tears to their eyes, you don’t have to pay me for that. That’s all the payment I need.

Question: I know you do a lot of Little League teams, dance studios, weddings, groups and portraits.

Answer: One of our specialties is large group photos. It’s a lot of work to do that. If I take an assistant or an intern with me, they are always surprised that the photography part for a class reunion is maybe four or five minutes, where the setup, if you have to build some type of risers, might be 45 minutes or an hour.

Question: In looking at many historic photos, it seems people put a high value on nice portraits over a hundred years ago, whether a man in his shop or even the sports teams from decades ago. Back then, they wanted a professional to take the photos.

It seems to me being a professional photographer today is harder with all of the people with Smart Phones taking pictures, and they seem happy with photos that are ‘OK.’

Bruce Landis gets a group of Albion honor grads ready for a picture in May 2016 during a convocation at Hickory Ridge Country Club.

Answer: Yes, that’s true. And the selfie has degraded the level of acceptance of what people will think is good. They’ll take a selfie and a duck flips and think, ‘Wow, this is great. I love it.’ So someone comes along with a Smart Phone or picks up a camera at BJ’s and thinks now I’m a professional photographer. Or they may take something that’s a little bit better than a selfie, and not see beyond that.

A lot of times people will look at two different photos and not know why one is better than the other. But they will look at one and say, ‘This one is so much nicer and I don’t know why.’ It’s like with retouching. If you can tell a photo has been retouched, you’ve overdone it. You want it to look natural. I want a natural, real look to photos, rather than the plastic, and overdone.

Question: Not only are people OK with selfies, but they don’t seem to print out pictures very much. What I’ve noticed in the news business, even for obituaries, many people do not have a good picture of a relative. I think about the old days, over 100 years ago, it seems like families insisted on having a good picture of their uncle or whichever family member.

Answer: The printed picture is invaluable. The Professional Photographers Association of America right now has a program where we are trying to promote people to actually print their photos. I talk to people everyday where they have photos on their cell phone and they show me. I say, ‘Do have those backed up someplace? Are they any place other than your phone?’ Because when you walk out of here , you could drop your phone in a mud puddle or step on it or break it or something.

People say they are on the cloud, but the cloud is hackable, or you could lose a connection. It’s better than just having them on your phone. But get them on your computer or back them up to a CD. Or make real photographs.

My wife’s cousin passed away last week and his wife has like 15 family albums. When the grandkids come over, they love to flip through those albums and talk about the pictures that are in there. The kids aren’t going to know where to look on a computer. ‘What did you file them under? Do you know the year the picture was taken?’

Question: Did the Chamber give you a sense with why you are getting the Lifetime Achievement Award?

Answer: No. I thought I was kind of flying under the radar.

Bruce Landis took this senior portrait of 2015 Albion graduate Aaron Burnside. It won first place in an international competition by the Professional Photographers of America.

Question: Well 40 years is a long time of capturing important moments.

Answer: You hear in schools about the number of times people will change jobs. Well for me it was working on a dairy farm as a youth, as a teen-ager in school. When I was going to RIT, I worked at a fish market in Greece, NY, and then I became a photographer. So that’s three climbs in 40 years. I think I’m on the low end of the average.

Question: It seems like photographers tend to come and go, especially if you try to have your own location or building for the business. I think one change for the professional photographers might be, I don’t want to call them hobby photographers because they’re better than that, but people who do it as a side business. It seems like that might undercut you for the portraits and weddings. It seems likes there are a lot of those photographers working at it as a part-time business.

Answer: There are. It is easy to get into. Weddings seem to be an introductory way to get into the business for a photographer. Well, some couples don’t feel like they have money, but they have a friend who has a nice camera, so they decide to have him take their wedding pictures.

And that’s something where if you take a portrait of somebody and they don’t like it, you can take it again. But if the bride is walking down the aisle and she looking down or something’s not right with that, you can’t do it again.

People need to understand the importance or if they have an idea that this is the most important time of my life, then I want it documented properly.

The other thing, you can’t walk into a wedding, or any job, without backup equipment. I always have two of everything. It’s mechanical.

Landis is shown in a lift last July trying to get a nice photo of the grease pole competition.

Question: Has it got easier with digital because you don’t have to change the film at a wedding?

Answer: Yes.

Question: I know when I took wedding pictures, I had to be thinking ahead and time it so I had enough film for when the father was walking the bride down the aisle. I had two cameras going, actually.

Answer: We used to photograph the high school graduations.

Question: That would be tough with film with hundreds of kids.

Answer: At the time I’m working with a camera that had 15 exposures on it. I had the inserts of the camera lined up on the floor next to me. I just grabbed the next one, put it in, and winded it in between the announcement of one student to the announcement of the next person’s name. I had a real good relationship with the person that was doing the announcing. They would watch me and they would nod, or I would nod and say I’m all set. Father Csizmar was real good with that, too, back in the days of film. He would pause a little bit while I was changing film while I photograph First Communion kids.

Question: I’m impressed in observing you that you still have enthusiasm in taking pictures. You’re not just going through the motions.

Answer: You know when my wife (Sue) retired, people asked me if I was going to retire, too. I said, ‘If I retire, I’d want to take pictures so why should I retire?’ I’m going to keep on doing what I’m doing because I really do enjoy it.

We do some underwater photography, part of it is portraits, but the major portion of that is commercial photography.

That sparked an interest because I am a professional scuba diver also.

Question: Yes, I was going to ask about that.

Answer: I started in 1974. There was a scuba diving course over at GCC in Batavia. I was originally certified there. You can’t dive alone. There was no one to dive with so I kind of let it slide until my daughter got into college and my son into the Navy. They were both learning to scuba dive.

(Bruce retook course with his daughter, Liz, in 1990s.) I’ve since taken all kinds of courses. I’m certified to dive under ice in the wintertime, and as a rescue diver after taken a search and rescue course. Something I never want to use, but I’m also certified with First Aid, and oxygen administration. You never want to use any of that, but if I had to, I have the certification.

Provided photo: Bruce Landis is also a professional scuba diver.

We also do a lot of aerial photography. I was talking to a realtor the other day, and there’s a property I’ve done an aerial photo for the owner. They had a photo taken by a drone. Most drones are like really wide camera angles. With the background it looks like you can see the curvature of the earth. The buildings are all leaning to the side. It’s not the right angle. I called and said I would be happy to let you use this photo because that (one taken by drone) is not a good representation of the property. The realtor is going to get her own drone. I told her I would help her with the settings so you don’t get the distortions.

Question: Is there a favorite part of being a photographer?

Answer: There is nothing like taking someone who is shy, their chin is against their chest and you just barely get them to look at you through their eyes, and you get them to overcompensate, you do something up by the ceiling so its gets their face up to the camera, then you come down quick and their eyes come back down and you have a split second to get the photo before their chin goes back to their chest again.

Question: That is a good gift for their family, to have that picture forever. It seems like you’re willing to get on lifts, and ladders and you-name-its. It isn’t just a matter of pointing the camera at someone.

Answer: This is true. I remember years ago when they were bringing fish to Lake Ontario. I remember looking at that and thinking the best angle really would be out in the water. There wasn’t a boat available so I ran to my car and changed into my not-so-good clothes. I walked out into the water with my expensive film camera. I love the photo because you see the fish coming out of the pipe into the lake. You see the people and the observers and the workers. You see the truck, and the American flag in the back. That was the picture.

You try to visualize. Every picture I take I see it in my head before I take it. I say that’s how it ought to be, now I need to do the chemical part to get it there.

Question: There is definitely an artform to being a good photographer?

Answer: One of the most important things is to have a knowledge and be comfortable with the technical aspects of it so you’re not thinking about, ‘Do I need to put this light here, do I need to change this setting?’ That stuff all becomes automatic. It’s like breathing. You know what you need to do and you do it automatically.

Question: Why do you go to the Orleans County Fair every year, for the entire week?

Answer: I see people there I don’t see, except at the fair. I see some of my classmates. It doesn’t matter how much advertising I do, unless people see the actual photographs, they might realize this is different than their selfie. They might see I do aerial photos. They will see there are photos underwater and they may ask where I took that. So it gives people a chance to see my wares.

We also have 60 to 80 photos over at the nursing home. They’ve been up there for years and years since they did the addition (completed in 2007). I asked them, ‘What are you going to put on the walls?’ and they said they didn’t know, that it was a real expensive process to get artwork.

I told them every year at the County Fair we have about 40 feet of wall space that is 8 feet tall that we fill with photographs. In the studio I can hang up about eight of them in my reception area. I have an archives full of photos. We put them up at the Nursing Home and they have been there for many years.

I was thinking of taking them down or changing them up, but a lady came up to me that is the last few days of her mother’s life, all that she could talk abut was that family portrait outside of where her room was and how she really felt like those people were part of her family and life. It just really touched me that images can have a profound effect on someone, especially in the last part of their life.

Question: Why have you stayed in Orleans County, Bruce?

Answer: I love it here. It’s where I grew up. It’s where I know people. I’ve worked for other photographers. Different photographers will call up and say, ‘Hey we need some help, can you photograph this wedding on whatever date?’ So I’ll go into the city.

People tend to be, do I dare say more honest, more appreciative of what you do here. In the city it’s more cutthroat. I can get probably double the price if I go into the city, but it’s not about the money. Our tagline is, ‘Creating for you memories that last a lifetime.’ And that’s what I do and what I want to do. I don’t want to get into cutthroat in downtown Rochester or Buffalo.

Question: It seems like a lot of weeknights and weekends.

Answer: I didn’t do too bad with the kids while they were growing up with their sporting events and so on. But Saturdays you could be out 10 to 12 to 14 hours for a wedding and then Sunday it’s hard to stay awake in church. Then you’re kind of dead to the world on Sunday when the kids want to do something.

There are a lot of 6- and 7-day weeks, but then again I like what I do. I just love creating memories for people.

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Assembly forum Tuesday in Batavia will focus on domestic violence
Posted 18 September 2017 at 7:15 pm

Press Release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley

BATAVIA – The New York State Assembly Minority Steering Committee will be hosting a forum to address the complex issues involved in the prevention of, and response to, domestic violence in our communities.

Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda), Steering Committee Chairman, will join Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C,I,Ref-Holbrook) and Assemblyman Joseph Errigo (R,C,I,Ref-Conesus) on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Genesee County YWCA, 301 North St., Batavia.

Representatives from non-profit service providers, community-based domestic violence experts, law enforcement and the criminal justice system, and from families and those with firsthand experience of the devastation domestic violence can inflict have been invited to attend and provide feedback.

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Ag & Markets warns of contaminated raw milk at Medina dairy
Posted 18 September 2017 at 6:52 pm

Press release, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

MEDINA – Richard A. Ball, commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, today warned consumers in Orleans County and the surrounding area not to consume unpasteurized raw milk from the Martin Yoder Farm due to possible Campylobacter jejuni contamination.

The Martin Yoder Farm is located at 2594 Murdock Rd., Medina. To date, the Department has not been notified of any illnesses associated with this product.

The Department recommends that any consumers who purchased raw milk from the Martin Yoder Farm immediately dispose of it.

Campylobacter jejuni is a common cause of food poisoning. Symptoms typically develop within two to five days after exposure and include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever and malaise. These symptoms generally last about seven days but Campylobacter jejuni has been linked to incidents of Guillain-Barre syndrome, which may occur weeks after exposure.

A recent sample of the milk collected by an inspector from the Department was found to be contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni. On Sept. 13, the producer was notified of a preliminary positive test result. The Martin Yoder Farm immediately voluntarily suspended sales of the product. Further laboratory testing, completed on Sept. 15, confirmed the presence of Campylobacter jejuni in the raw milk sample. The producer is now prohibited from selling raw milk until subsequent sampling indicates that the product is free of harmful bacteria.

Consumers who may have purchased this product and have questions may call the Department at 518-457-1772.

Raw milk does not provide the protection of pasteurization. Pasteurization is a process that heats milk to a specific temperature for a set period of time. Pasteurization kills thebacteria responsible for numerous illnesses and diseases such as listeriosis, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria and brucellosis. Pasteurization of milk is recognized internationally as an effective means of preventing outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, including campylobacteriosis.

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Carlton man succumbs from injuries in Sunday accident
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 September 2017 at 4:47 pm

Photo from State Police: Rebecca and Randy Harrier both died from injuries in a car accident Sunday at the intersection of Route 31 and Taylor Hill Road.

Randy Harrier was active Carlton firefighter since 2002

KNOWLESVILLE – The husband of the woman who died in a car accident on Sunday near the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds has also died from his injuries.

Randy Harrier, 39, was a passenger in a 1996 Chevrolet Corsica in the fatal collision. The car was rear-ended by a 2007 Ford Taurus driven by Matthew Stanton, 22, of Medina.

Rebecca Harrier, 38, had stopped to make a left hand turn when the vehicle was hit from behind, State Troopers said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her husband was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital. Mr. Harrier was a volunteer firefighter with Carlton. The Fire Company confirmed that he died today.

The Harriers have three children.

Mr. Harrier was an active member of the Carlton Volunteer Fire Company since 2002. He most recently served in the fire police and as a driver. He also has been a mechanic and interior firefighter for Carlton.

“He was one of those people who no matter what was going on at the fire hall always had a smile on his face,” said Justin Niederhofer, Carlton’s assistant fire chief.

Harrier worked for Orchard Dale Fruit Company.

State Police are investigating the accident. They said alcohol and drugs are not a factor in the accident that occurred at about noon on Sunday, when the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company was holding a car show, flea market and swap meet at the fairgrounds.

Carlton firefighters have posted this on Facebook in memory of Randy Harrier.

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Holley native advances to finals in Food Truck Challenge

Food Network: Nick Hunter, Steven Klatt (center) and Brandon Lapp are teammates in Braised in the South which has advanced to the finals of the Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race.” Klatt, a Holley graduate, is the son of Ryan Klatt and Susan Colby, the Clarendon town clerk.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 September 2017 at 1:30 pm

Holley native Steven Klatt and his teammates on Braised in the South have advanced to the finals of a Food Network show after Sunday’s show in Athens, Ga.

Klatt and Braised have been the top team the past two weeks in the “Great Food Truck Race.” The show airs on Sundays at 9 p.m.

The competition features Southern-style food. The Great Food Truck Race started with seven teams, but each week one is eliminated, the team with lowest sales.

Braised in the South is based in Charlotte, South Carolina. It will face Mr. Po’ Boys from Dallas, Texas, in the finals.

The Clarendon Rec Hall will be open for a viewing party this Sunday for the finale.

“We’re very excited,” said Susan Colby, Klatt’s mother and the Clarendon town clerk. “We’re very proud of him.”

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Conservatives and Democrats back candidate for county judge
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 September 2017 at 12:27 pm

Tonia Ettinger, attorney in Rochester, endorsed to run against Sanford Church

Tonia Ettinger

Two political parties in Orleans County have endorsed a Rochester attorney to run for county judge against Sanford Church.

Tonia Ettinger has been endorsed by both the Conservative Party and Democratic Party.

She graduated from Medina High School, earned a bachelor’s degree at Geneseo State College and her law degree at the University at Buffalo School of Law.

She worked as an attorney in Albion before joining the Legal Aid Society in Rochester about nine years ago.

Al Lofthouse, chairman of the Conservative Party, and Jeanne Crane, chairwoman of the Democratic Party, both said they wanted Orleans County voters to have a choice on Nov. 7.

Church, an attorney for more than 30 years, has worked as the county’s public defender for about two decades. He has widespread support among attorneys in the community, including James Punch, who retired after nearly 27 years as county judge on July 29.

In her job with Legal Aid, Ettinger works with low-income clients from birth to age 21, representing them in various proceedings, including abuse, neglect, guardianship, paternity, custody, visitation, orders of protection, juvenile delinquencies, persons in need of supervision, and termination of parental rights. Prior to joining the Legal Aid Society, Ettinger worked in private practice. She was president of the Orleans County Bar Association from 2008 to 2010.

Ettinger doesn’t have to live in Orleans County to be a candidate. If she is elected, she would have to move back to the county, Crane said.

“She is a local person,” Crane said.

The Orleans County Democratic Party Committee recently decided not to cross-endorse Republican candidates for county-wide positions, Crane said.

The committee is impressed by Ettinger’s resume and commitment to service, Crane said.

The Orleans County Conservative Committee endorsed her unanimously.

Ettinger issued this statement to the Conservative Party:

“I am the oldest of four children,” Ettinger said. “I moved around a lot as a child, changed schools many times and was the first in my family to go to college. My mother and step-father divorced when I was 10 and so I was essentially raised by a single mother. I do not come from a wealthy family and we struggled with poverty. I often cared for my younger siblings so my mother could work. My college and law school tuition was paid by loans, financial aid, scholarships and my employment wages. I started working as soon I was able and continued working throughout high school, college and law school.

“At a young age, I knew I wanted to make a better life for myself, and that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. I know some of my clients face many of same challenges I did and I am always hopeful that being a source of support and encouragement they too will realize that they can overcome life’s obstacles, whether big or small. Being able to make even a small difference in the lives of these families has fueled my passion for public service and I am ready to bring that passion to the judiciary.”

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Kent woman, 38, killed in accident Sunday by fairgrounds
Posted 18 September 2017 at 11:36 am

Press Release, State Police

KNOWLESVILLE – State Troopers on Sunday investigated a two-car fatal collision on State Route 31 in the Town of Ridgeway, by the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds.

A 1996 Chevrolet Corsica was stopped, waiting to turn left on Taylor Road on State Route 31 at 11:59 a.m. A 2007 Ford Taurus was traveling westbound on State Route 31, and failed to stop and struck the rear end of the Chevy.

The operator of the Chevy, Rebecca A. Harrier, 38, of Kent, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger of the Chevy, Randy L. Harrier Jr, 39, was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital and is in guarded condition.

The operator of the Ford, Matthew D. Stanton, 22, of Medina was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Alcohol/drugs are not a factor in this collision. Troop A, Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Collision Reconstruction Unit also assisted in this investigation. This is still an ongoing investigation.

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Absentee ballots give Bob Miller win in GOP Primary for Murray town supervisor

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 September 2017 at 10:04 am

MURRAY – Robert Miller was behind Joe Sidonio by 7 votes after the polls closed on Tuesday for the Murray town supervisor. But after the absentee ballots were counted this morning, Miller emerged as the victor for the Republican line.

Miller dominated the absentees, getting 19 to 5 over Sidonio. (There was another absentee that didn’t have a vote for town supervisor.)

Miller was the endorsed Republican candidate, but Sidonio, a frequent critic of the Murray Town Board, forced a primary.

Miller, a retired state trooper, will face Sidonio again in the Nov. 7 general election because Sidonio has the backing of the Conservative and Independence parties.

Miller ended up with 274 Republican votes to 267 for Sidonio. John Morriss, the incumbent town supervisor, isn’t seeking re-election.

The absentee ballots have been under lock and key until they were presented this morning just before 9:15 a.m.

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