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Fly fishermen return for annual tournament at Archery Club
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 October 2017 at 4:04 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

WATERPORT – The St. Mary’s Archery Club on the Oak Orchard River has welcomed about 50 participants in the club’s annual fly fishing tournament from today through Friday.

The fishermen include Joe Harkay, front, who made a 400-mile trip from New Jersey to fish in the tournament. Harkay, 79, is a past champ of the event.

He has been a regular at the Oak Orchard River the past decade. He used to go to the Salmon River at Pulaski, but Harkay said the crowds are big and it’s much more costly to fish up there.

“They’re all gentlemen here,” he said about the fishermen. “This is pure fishing.”

The Oak Orchard is deeper than usual and that has made it tougher to catch fish because they are harder to see in the water and they are more elusive. Harkay likes the challenge.

“The fish have a better chance,” he said. “At the (Waterport) Dam the fish are corralled. The fishermen there are meat hunters.”

The Archery Club runs a catch-and-release tournament with prizes for the biggest Chinook salmon, brown trout, Atlantic salmon and steelhead.

Out-of-state participants have come from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut and two from South Korea.

It is a beautiful day to be on the river with the sun shining and high temperatures at about 70.

The Oak Orchard River is a popular spot in the fall with anglers trying to catch big salmon and trout.

Ben Smith, 12, peers into the water, trying to see a salmon. Ben was fishing with his father and two younger brothers. They traveled about 300 miles from near Harrisburg, Pa.

Shane Smith, right, fishes with his youngest son, Beckett, 7. Shane is the father of Ben Smith, in the above photo. Ben’s other brother, Brayden, is 10. The three brothers had a friendly rivalry to see who could catch the biggest fish.

Shane has been fishing at the Oak Orchard for nearly 30 years, first going with his father. Now it’s a three-generation trip for the family.

Duane Putnam, a member of the Archery Club, has a batch of French fries ready for the fishermen. Jeff Holler, in back, checks on chicken. The Archery Club is serving breakfast and lunch daily through Veterans’ Day on Nov. 11. There is a cost for the meals, and a $10 fee to park at the club to go fishing.

The club last year built a new pavilion to extend the kitchen. Putnam and Holler said the extra space has made it much easier to have food ready for the fishermen.

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Troutburg looks to become year-round community in Kendall
By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 18 October 2017 at 9:58 am

KENDALL – Town Board members Tuesday evening heard from residents of The Cottages at Troutburg who expressed their concerns over plans by the owner of the development to convert from a three-season to a four-season community.

Currently, there are six cottages which have been sold and several residents told council members they want to be certain that the conversion of their cottages to four-season homes be done by a reputable, independent contractor and in compliance with town codes.

They said they are worried that the assistance which owner/manager Jack Howitt is offering is not enough to make the cottages four-season ready.

“We are all very committed to making this community a success, but we feel like the owner blatantly disregards the original concept of the community in order to make a profit,” residents stated in a letter sent to the board dated Oct. 10.  In the letter, they spelled out three areas of concern including the conversion of current properties, security and safety.

Residents say the development still does not have security gates and the original large lake house on the property as well as a vacant cottage are rented out the owner to anyone. The Cottages at Troutburg is located at a former Salvation Army Camp along Lake Ontario.

“In the email from the owner, he stated that a benefit of converting to four season will be ‘cross country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, possible ice fishing and skating,’” a group of residents wrote to council members. “The cottage owners’ issues with this is that it may not be rented out to strangers who will have total access to the community when days are much shorter.

“These are not just frivolous weekend cottages and are, in fact, primary homes to some,” the residents informed council members. “When we bought, we were committed to the idea that was sold to us, and actually signed contracts for a three season community. Now, the whole concept of what we purchased is being changed and we feel our concerns are being ignored at every turn and we have no say.”

In a separate, anonymous letter to Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata, a writer stated that there are residents who are happy with the change to four season.

“We feel it would be both beneficial to the town and the residents. We have also heard prospective buyers would buy if it was a four season community which is why we believe the sale of the cottages have been challenging,” according to the letter.

In a letter to Supervisor Cammarata from Jack Howitt, he writes that he believes the change will assist The Cottages with sales efforts.

“We expect this to increase, to some small extent, the number of full time residents of Kendall, increase town tax revenue, and increase the prospects for success of this slow moving project,” he said.

Howitt requests town approval for four-season use of the Cottages going forward.

Residents of Troutburg were notified of the change in an email from management. The notice states that current residents will not be affected by the change unless they choose to have their leases amended to allow four-season use of their site.  Management states hot boxes (the cottages do not have basements) will be upgraded at no charge with a four-season choice.  New cottage sites will be leased year-round.

“Four season owners will pay 100 percent assessed taxes rather than the present 80 percent,” the notice states. “The additional tax cost for all season use is quite gentle at approximately $49/month for a cottage that cost $140,000.”

The notice states that this is a one-time offer to present residents and contract holders to have their lease modified free of charge and with no rental adjustment other than a small increase in RE taxes.

“Troutburg Management will be paying the difference in taxes to the Town of Kendall for current residents who remain three season. The single tax bill that comes to The Cottages with this charge will now reflect 100 percent assessment for all cottages.”

Residents attending Tuesday’s Town Board meeting told Supervisor Cammarata they will be satisfied if they are assured winterizing of their cottages will be done correctly to meet the standards of a four season residence.

Council members took no action on the issue Tuesday evening.

• In other matters, the board heard from residents Trudy and Bob Slocum, who live in the area of Norway and Lake Shore Roads, and who would like the town to expand public water into their neighborhood.  They presented the board with signed petitions of residents in the Lake Shore/Kendall Road/Norway Road area who would like public water.

Cammarata said the town has been working diligently to create water districts and that West Kendall Road is next in line.

“We appreciate the work you have done,” Cammarata told the Slocums. “A staple of life is water, and we’ve been working for five years getting water districts in place. We do want to get you water. For Kendall to grow, we need water.”

The town would take the petitions to the town’s engineer to discuss moving forward, but because of the process involved in creating a water district, it could be sometime in 2019 that a water district would actually be in place.

Town of Kendall is now accepting partial tax payments

Kendall property owners now have the option of making partial payments for or on account of taxes, special ad valorem levies or special assessments under certain terms and conditions.

Council members approved the partial payments in September to help taxpayers who are having difficulty paying their real estate taxes on a timely basis.

Partial payments can be made from January 1 through April 30 and there is no limit to the number of partial payments a taxpayer may make on a tax bill for a particular tax map parcel, but it must be at least $200.

The partial payments provide, “tax relief for people having difficulties,” Supervisor Cammarata said.

By allowing for partial payments during the tax collection period, residents can avoid or decrease penalties charged against the unpaid balance.

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Speakers give Albion community some inspirational advice
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 October 2017 at 9:42 am

‘Parents, it’s OK to push our children’

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Dr. Adolph Brown III and his team of motivational speakers visited Albion on Tuesday to meet with students, teachers and community members. Brown gave high-energy speeches throughout the day. He is pictured on Tuesday night in the middle school auditorium.

Brown is speaking at schools across the country, with a message about “character, choices and consequences.”

Brown grew up without a father. He praised the nurturing influence of his grandparents in setting high expectations for him. Brown had the Albion crowd give a round of applause for all the grandparents.

Brown spoke about the “Three B’s” – Breathe, Believe in Yourself, and Bounce Back.

He urged people to take a breath when they are being challenged or in a struggle. He urged the group to being generous in praising others, to help people to believe in themselves.

Brown said resilience, the ability to bounce back, is a critical in overcoming challenges. He urges school districts and families to adopt a “growth mindset” and not a fixed mindset. A growth mindset focuses on hard work, discipline and overcoming challenges.

“Parents, it’s OK to push our children,” Brown said.

Brown’s team on Tuesday included three other motivational speakers, including Jahzeel Mumford, a Top 10 pop star and an actor on Tyler Perry shows. One of the photos on the screen shows him singing with Mariah Carey, and also break dancing.

Mumford emphasized hard work, even as a young kid, is critical to success. He played the cello as a young boy, a time when he said it was far from cool. But that helped him develop his skills as a musician.

“Winners say ‘try me’ and not ‘Why me?'” he said.

Meghan Shanley, an international Soul/R&B music recording artist and former Miss Virginia, urged the group to keep trying after an initial setback. It took her three tries to win the Miss Virginia pageant. That title paid for her college loans.

She lived in Nashville for 12 years as a musician before recently moving to Atlanta. She urged students and their parents to be open to new challenges and to not just do what’s comfortable.

Javier Trejo is an educator, mentor, youth advocate and tech guru. He shared his story of coming to the United States as a boy from Mexico. He wanted to play basketball and worked hard at his skills, practicing with a hoop and backboard he paid for himself in his backyard. Trejo graduated and now is a big advocate for education.

He stressed putting in the hard work. Many people with lots of talent and resources don’t have the dedication to hone their skills, he said.

“Every dream has a challenge,” Trejo said. “You have to learn to walk before you can fly.”

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Albion sectional game to highlight busy four day stretch of postseason football action
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 October 2017 at 7:30 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s JaQuess Harrison, shown here picking up yardage during the recent loss to Dunkirk, and his Purple Eagle teammates will look to avenge that setback when they visit Dunkirk on Friday night in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class B playoffs.

Local high school football fans can enjoy postseason contests each of the next four nights.

The feature game will be on Friday as No. 6 seed Albion visits No. 3 Dunkirk at 7:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Section VI Class B playoffs.

This contest will be a rematch as the Purple Eagles dropped a narrow 18-15 decision to the Marauders two weeks ago in a key clash of unbeatens at Dunkirk for the B-2 Division title.

The sectional appearance will be the first for Albion since 2011 while Dunkirk is the defending Section VI Class B champions.

Both teams bring 6-1 season records into the contest as Albion is looking to keep the momentum from a 51-22 victory over rival Medina/Lyndonville while Dunkirk is looking to rebound from a 15-8 upset loss to rival Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton.

“The Dunkirk game was a great game. It was a tough one to lose but our kids came back strong against Medina and now they are now even more determined this time,” said Albion Coach Adam Krenning. “We know each other well now and we’re making some adjustments to what we saw. We just have to play hard and put up another good battle up front.”

Quarterback Bryce Pritchard, who has thrown for 7 touchdowns and run for 4, leads the Albion offense. Four of those TD passes have gone to Nate Moore and 2 to JaQuess Harrison who has also had a big season on special teams with 2 punt returns and 1 kickoff return for scores.

Ugene Harrison has led the Purple Eagles ground attack with 11 rushing touchdowns. He and Pritchard each had a TD run in the narrow loss to Dunkirk.

Quarterback Jaziah Rivera scored a pair of touchdowns for Dunkirk but it was workhorse running back Quantavis Kleckley with over 200 yards rushing and a TD who  really keyed the Marauders attack.

The victor will advance to a semifinal matchup against the winner of Friday’s No. 7 Depew (4-3) at No. 2 Cheektowaga (6-1) contest.

The other Class B quarterfinals will have No. 8 Pioneer (5-2) at No. 1 Lackawanna (6-1) and No. 5 Newfane (6-1) at No. 4 Maryvale (6-1). The sectional appearance is the first for Newfane since 1993.

Medina/Lyndonville hosts Alden in B Bowl semi

Thursday evening Medina/Lyndonville entertains Alden at 6:30 p.m. in the semifinal round of the Class B Chuck Funke Memorial Bowl.

The contest will also be a rematch as the Mustangs outlasted the Bulldogs 58-34 in a wild B-3 Division contest two weeks ago.

Quarterback Izaiah Rhim threw for four touchdowns and ran for three more during that high scoring contest.  He has a total of 13 passing touchdowns to six different receivers on the season including 4 to Jalin Cooper, 3 to Mason Lewis, 2 to Brendan Luthart and Brian Fry and 1 to DaRon Bellan and William Braswell. He has also rushed for 9 TDs. Braswell has also rushed for 5 touchdowns.

Medina/Lyndonvile brings a 4-3 record into the contest while Alden is 2-5.

The other semifinal will have Burgard (2-5) at Olean (2-4).

The winners will meet for the Class B Bowl title on October 26 at Pioneer.

Holley hosts Wellsville in C-1 Bowl semi

Holley will also be in bowl action as the Hawks host Wellsville at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals of the Class C-1 Connors and Ferris Bowl.

The Hawks bring a 3-4 record into postseason while the Lions are 2-5.

This will be the second postseason meeting between the teams as Holley downed Wellsville  27-12 in the semifinals of the 2014 Connors and Ferris Bowl.

The Hawks offense has been sparked by running back Camron Labarge with 8 touchdowns and quarterback Jeremy Mallett and funning back Jacob Affronti with 4 each.

Roy-Hart/Barker hosts East Aurora/Holland

The busy four days of gridiron action begins this evening when Roy-Hart/Barker hosts East Aurora/Holland in a matchup game at 6 p.m. at Middleport.


High waters have Chinook salmon making deeper runs into Orleans County
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 October 2017 at 6:25 pm

Lots of salmon have made it to Albion

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – This Chinook salmon was spotted today in Sandy Creek near the culvert under the Erie Canal. There were several other Chinook near this one in Sandy Creek (on the north side of the canal) at about 2:30 p.m.

It’s the annual fall salmon run, where Chinook swim upstream to spawn. Usually they don’t get too far. The streams and creeks usually aren’t deep enough for fish to go many miles into Orleans County.

This isn’t a normal year, however. The high Lake Ontario waters and recent heavy rains have streams deeper. That has Chinook salmon reaching spots they aren’t usually seen.

“We have high water all over the place,” said Mike Waterhouse, the county’s sportsfishing promotion coordinator. “It’s not a typical year.”

He has heard reports from people who saw Chinook jump up and over fallen logs to keep moving in local streams.

I wondered how far the fish could go in Albion. I stopped by Bullard Park after seeing the fish by the canal.

Someone left a fishing rod and reel by Sandy Creek at Bullard Park.

Sandy Creek is pretty shallow near the park. I followed the creek, which has many small waterfalls and a big culvert for the railroad. I didn’t see any salmon.

This culvert is impressive, but I didn’t see any fish in this part of Sandy Creek. The railroad tracks run over the culvert.

I headed over to Community Action, which is on the south side of the Canal by Sandy Creek. I was curious if any of the salmon swam through the culvert under the canal.

A waste weir is used to empty water from the canal. Initially I thought any fish on this side of the canal (the south side) would have a traumatic experience being shot through the water from the waste weir. But I think Sandy Creek runs underneath this concrete. This spot is behind Community Action on State Street, west of Brown Street.

I saw one salmon right away that had made it to this side. The fish seemed to be relaxing. The bubbles are from roaring water from the waste weir.

I wondered how far the fish could keep going. It’s difficult to get down here and the water isn’t very deep in spots, but I could see the fins of some fish coming out of the water a little farther down the stream.

This was one of two dead fish I saw (and smelled) down here. This was a monstrous fish.

This is the end of the road for the salmon. This waterfall would be impossible to get past, unless the salmon could pole vault. There were about 25 huge salmon in this area, swimming in a circle.

This is the spot where the salmon have been stopped in their spawning run. They’re hard to see in the photo, but there were about 25 at the base of the waterfall. I wonder where they will go?

Some of the salmon swim in Sandy Creek near the waterfall.

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Kendall students join ‘Seen Enough Tobacco Day’
Posted 17 October 2017 at 12:23 pm

Provided photo: Kendall seventh-grader Cameron Faulks warns about the dangers of smoking.

Press Release, Tobacco-Free WNY

KENDALL – Youth in Kendall and across New York State declared Friday, October 13, as the first-ever “Seen Enough Tobacco Day.”

The day gives youth a chance to protect themselves and other children from the billions of dollars of tobacco promotions in places where they and other youth can see and be influenced by them. The goal is to put an end to youth smoking and other tobacco use.

Youth advocates of Reality Check New York and Kendall Junior-Senior High School showed their community they’ve “Seen Enough Tobacco” in graphic and creative ways outside their school. Students chalked the walkway with alarming statistics on tobacco promotion. They also posted and carried colorful posters and hand signs encouraging them to take action as well.

According to the U. S. Surgeon General, “advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies have been shown to cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults.” The day is part of the overall statewide “Seen Enough Tobacco” initiative.

“We know that most adult tobacco smokers first tried tobacco as kids,” said Maansi Bansal-Travers, PhD, a research scientist with the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute who focuses on tobacco advertising and promotion.  “Decreasing exposure to tobacco products and tobacco advertising is critical to decreasing youth smoking today.”

“The average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13,” said Reality Check member and Kendall eighth grader Shaylee Stoner. “We need to make people in our community aware of this and take action.”

“Reality Check is a youth-led, adult supported movement,” said Reality Check coordinator for Tobacco-Free GLOW, Shelly Wolanske. “These youth work hard not only for ‘Seen Enough Tobacco Day,’ but every day to advocate for change and create a tobacco-free generation.”

Findings on youth tobacco use and tobacco industry marketing in places where children and young adolescents can see them indicate:

  • The average age of a new smoker is 13 years old, and 90 percent of adult smokers say they first tried smoking by age 18.
  • The U.S. tobacco industry spent an estimated $9.5 billion on advertising and promotion of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in 2013. This includes nearly $220 million annually in New York State, or nearly $602,000 a day.
  • Stores popular among adolescents contain almost three times more tobacco marketing materials compared to other stores in the same community.

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Longtime medical examiner talks to students about dangers of addiction, and what can be a difficult profession
Posted 17 October 2017 at 12:08 pm

Provided photo, from left: Security and Law Enforcement teacher Steve Browning, Tyshen Finn (Newfane), Chloe Pilc (Royalton Hartland), Neal Hodgson, Courtney Garver (Lyndonville), Anthony Hanel (Barker) and Security and Law Enforcement teacher Dudley Gilbert.

Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – Security and Law Enforcement teachers Steve Browning and Dudley Gilbert recently invited retired medical examiner Neal Hodgson to speak to their juniors at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center.

Mr. Hodgson talked to the students about his former career and showed the students an autopsy video and some photos from cases that he worked on. He talked to then about cases that made an impact on him and what they may encounter as law enforcement when attending accidents or crime scenes.

Mr. Hodgson has been lecturing to students from elementary schools to colleges for over 50 years. He is known for being frank on his experiences and brings up subjects like opiate addiction and what he believes will be a rise in suicide in young adults who won’t be able to hide their addiction once they graduate from school.

“I have been preaching about this epidemic for years and no one would believe me and now it is happening everywhere from inner cities to affluent neighborhoods.”

Chloe Pilc, a student who attended the lecture, says she found the autopsies interesting as well as Mr. Hodgson’s observations and reactions.

“He showed a photo of a little girl that was beaten to death and he got very emotional. I want to be a police officer and you have to think about that; you will see sad things like that.”

Classmate Tyshen Finn says he wants to go into the military. It would be hard to deal with dead bodies. “There was a crazy amount of information that he showed us. Some of it was very graphic.”

Armanie Abrahams, a student, said he was shocked when Mr. Hodgson said that in their combined classes that one out of eight would become addicted. “I started counting around the class and how many people that would be, that is a lot of kids.”

Darien Monaghan says he thought Mr. Hodgson was very down to earth.  “I had a chance to talk to him and he told me no cop wants to be the one to go to the morgue. I really don’t think that would bother me if I had to. I found it interesting what is inside a human body and in some ways my imagination was worse than what actually does happen.”

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3 arraigned in County Court for felonies in Orleans County
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 October 2017 at 11:53 am

ALBION – Three people were arraigned on felony charges in Orleans County Court on Monday.

Darren Marker, 32, of Medina faces the most serious charges, including first-degree robbery.

He allegedly was in a vehicle on Main Street in Medina at 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 8 when he pulled out a knife and threatened the victim. Marker allegedly already owed the victim $110 after borrowing money with no intention of paying it back, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Marker also allegedly stole cellular phone power banks from Crosby’s.

He faces charges of second-degree menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of petit larceny, and criminal mischief in the fifth degree.

Marker has “an extremely extensive record” outside of New York, District Attorney Joe Cardone told Judge Sara Sheldon. He asked for high bail to be set for Marker, who has a wife in Rochester and grandparents in Medina.

Sheldon set bail at $100,000 cash and $200,000 property bond.

In other cases:

• Jocelyn Munn, 22, of South Lyndonville Road in Medina was arraigned for fourth-degree grand larceny after she allegedly stole jewelry worth more than $8,500.

She pleaded not guilty. The judge agreed to have Munn screened for a judicial diversion program. If Munn completes that program, the felony charge would be dismissed and she would instead be sentenced to a misdemeanor.

• Vanessa Trouerbach, 26, of Rochester was arraigned for third-degree burglary and petit larceny. The former Orleans County resident and a codefendant allegedly entered a garage on Monroe-Orleans Countyline Road on June 21 and stole tools.

The judge issued an order of protection for the victim and will have Trouerbach screened for the diversion program. Monroe County residents are usually ineligible for the program, but the judge agreed to have Trouerbach screened to see if she would be a good candidate for diversion.

• A Medina man has declined all plea offers and will go to trial beginning on Oct. 30 for first-degree assault, which could carry a maximum of 25 years in state prison.

Jessy Miller, 30, allegedly beat up another person and then left the scene without calling for an ambulance on Dec. 17 during a party at Ricky Place in Medina.

The victim was hospitalized and had to be put in a coma as part of his recovery, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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2 plead guilty for having drugs brought into Orleans Correctional Facility
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 October 2017 at 11:21 am

ALBION – Two people admitted they tried to have drugs brought into the Orleans Correctional Facility, a medium-security men’s prison on Gaines Basin Road.

Jaquan Hill, 22, of Suffolk County is serving a six-year sentence for first-degree burglary. A trial against him for promoting prison contraband in the first degree was set to start on Monday. A jury had been seated.

Hill, who had rejected plea offers in the case, decided to plead guilty to a reduced charge of attempted prison contraband in the second degree. The charge normally carries as a maximum of 2 to 4 years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, Hill will face a maximum of 1 ½ to 3years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 8.

A woman who brought drugs to the prison to give to Hill also pleaded guilty on Monday to promoting prison contraband in the second degree, a misdemeanor that normally carries a maximum of a year in jail.

Kamaljot Kaur, 25, of Coram (eastern New York) was sentenced to time served in jail. She faces other more serious charges in another jurisdiction.

Kaur apologized for bringing drugs into the local prison.

“There’s no excuse for it,” she told Sara Sheldon, the acting Orleans County Court judge. “I didn’t think it through. I’m not a person who normally deals drugs. I was in a rough spot.”

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2 from Albion face charges for allegedly selling heroin, cocaine
Staff Reports Posted 17 October 2017 at 10:51 am

Pete W. Leiben

ALBION – Two people were charged on Monday after an investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin and cocaine from the city of Rochester to the Albion area, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force reported.

Teaira L. Reamsnyder

The Task Force and the Albion Police Department on Monday arrested an Albion couple on charges of possession with intent to sell after a vehicle stop on South Main Street in the Village of Albion.

Task Force members seized a small safe disguised as a reading book that contained a quantity of heroin and cocaine packaged for sale, the Task Force reported today.

Police arrested:

Pete W. Leiben, 39, and Teaira L. Reamsnyder, 22, both of 27 North St. They both have been charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (Class B felonies) and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree (a Class B felony).

Leiben and Reamsnyder were arraigned in Albion Town Court by the Town Justice Joseph Fuller, and were both committed to the Orleans County Jail on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. Both are to return to Town Court on Oct. 18 at 9 a.m.

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Holley Elementary School will debut new report cards
By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 17 October 2017 at 9:36 am

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: Holley Central Pre-K teacher Amie Callen, left, received the Soaring to New Heights Award from Elementary School Principal Karri Schiavone during the Board of Education meeting Monday evening.

HOLLEY – The elementary school will soon unveil new student report cards with a 4-point scale that indicate how students are progressing towards meeting standards.

“There will be no more A’s, B’s or C’s,” Eelementary School Principal Karri Schiavone told the Board of Education on Monday.

The new report cards will, “measure students’ mastery of learning standards, we want them to master standards,” she said.

Schiavone provided board members with a draft of the new report cards elementary students will be receiving this school year.

“You are the first to see this,” Schiavone told the BOE. “It is a totally different way of reporting to parents.”

Schiavone said the school has been working for three years to develop a report card that is standards based.

Report cards will indicate when students have met district and state standards. “You can’t put a percentage on that,” Schiavone said.

Holley Central Board of Education members were honored during Monday’s regular meeting for their service to the district.  School Board Recognition Week is October 23-27.  Each board member received a travel mug filled with candy. The mugs have a district logo on one side and a note of thanks on the other side for the time and dedication members give to students, staff and the Holley community.

She explained report cards will also show an assessment of students’ learning behaviors such as participating in school discussions and demonstrating behaviors good students have.

Schiavone said the school will plan a parent information night for primary and intermediate grades before the First Quarter report cards are sent home.

“We want clarity for parents,” she said.

In other action at the board meeting:

• Pre-K teacher Amie Callen received the Soaring to New Heights Award. Schiavone said Callen had applied for and received a $500 scholarship to obtain books for her classroom library.

“I know the time and energy she puts into her classroom,” Schiavone said of Callen, who was nominated for the award to recognize the extra effort she makes to provide learning supplies for her students.

• Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES district superintendent Jo Anne Antonacci reported to board members regarding the services BOCES is currently providing to the district.

During her report, she commended Holley graduate Steven Klatt, whose team from Braised in the South, recently won the Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race.”

The 31-year old Klatt studied culinary arts at BOCES and was a student of chef Kevin Bedard.

“It’s a wonderful accomplishment,” Antonacci said. “Congratulations to all of you.”

Antonacci said Klatt’s success is evidence of what students can accomplish after graduation, and that students of BOCES programs find meaningful employment. “It’s a tribute to the culinary program,” Antonacci said.

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Murray man claims innocence and will go to trial for sex abuse
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 October 2017 at 8:27 am

ALBION – A Murray man declined a plea offer on Monday that would have reduced the charges of first-degree sex abuse to attempted sex abuse.

Joseph Quarella, 41, of Skyline Circle is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl between July and December 2016.

A plea offer from District Attorney Joe Cardone would have reduced the maximum charge from a violent felony to a non-violent crime.

Quarella was asked by Sara Sheldon, the acting Orleans County Court judge, if he would accept the offer.

“No,” he said. “I’m not because I didn’t do anything.”

Judge Sheldon then set Nov. 13 for a trial against Quarella. He was arraigned on May 22 for two counts of rape in the first degree, two counts of rape in the third degree, two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, and six counts of sexual abuse in the third degree.

He has been in jail since then on bail of $250,000.

In other cases in County Court:

• A Rochester man was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation for grand larceny in the fourth degree.

Devon Robinson, 23, admitted in a past court appearance that he part of a break-in with a truck where $8,000 in cash was stolen. Robinson said he smashed the window of a truck in Clarendon on Oct. 19, 2016.

There are two other codefendants in the crime. The judge ordered Robinson to pay a third of the $8,000 restitution or $2,666.

• Matthew Engert, 26, of Holley pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, an A misdemeanor, for punching another inmate in the head at the Orleans County Jail on Feb. 14.

Engert faces up to a year in the county jail when he is sentenced on Dec. 18.

• Jason M. Hirtreiter, 29, of Medina pleaded guilty to obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree, which has a maximum sentence of a year in jail.

Hirtreiter admitted in court that on May 13 he pulled a witness away from two Medina police officers who were trying to interview the person. He will be sentenced on Dec. 18.

• A Rochester man had to be led out of court by several Orleans County Sheriff’s deputies after he screamed expletives and pounded his fists on a table.

Victor T. Simmons, 46, is facing 13 counts of drug charges for allegedly selling heroin and cocaine in Albion.

Simmons was upset Monday because he said one of his motions or court filings wasn’t submitted by his attorney, Mark Lewis.

“I have a f—— Constitutional right to be heard,” Simmons yelled.

Judge Sheldon told him all of his arguments can be heard at trial.

Simmons said he was “being bullied” with the threat of a trial. He became angry and was led out of the courtroom by deputies. Simmons yelled more expletives on the way out.

Lewis, the attorney, asked the judge to release him from representing Simmons. Lewis is the second attorney to work with Simmons on the case after Simmons claimed the the first one wasn’t doing a good enough job.

“I’m at wit’s end with this guy,” Lewis told the judge. “I don’t want to be subjected to this anymore.”

Judge Sheldon asked Lewis to give it one more try. If a new attorney was appointed to the case, that lawyer would likely have the same challenges, she said.

She said she would read over the grand jury transcripts in the case and have Simmons back in court on Oct. 23.

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Church volunteers have been busy with addition at Harvest Christian Fellowship
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 October 2017 at 6:20 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – John Gerhardt is up high working on a 5,000-square-foot addition of Harvest Christian Fellowship. Gerhardt, a member of the church’s board of directors, is among a dedicated group of volunteers working on the addition.

The church broke ground on the addition in June. The addition will be used as a sanctuary with room for up to 250 people at 560 East Ave., across from Bullard Park.

Volunteers are doing about 90 percent of the work on the new building.

Gary Derwick climbs a ladder while carrying lumber for the trusses. Derwick said the church is hoping to have the new roof on next week, and to have the building enclosed before winter.

Ken Smith works on the project late this afternoon.

Once the new sanctuary is finished, the church plans to use the existing sanctuary, which seats about 140, for a fellowship hall, and programs for youth and community life, said Tim Lindsay, the church’s pastor since it started in 1987.

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2 have minor injuries after accident with dump truck in Murray
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 October 2017 at 5:26 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MURRAY – John Totter, a Holley firefighter, sweeps up some of the debris from an accident this afternoon on Route 31 at the Hindsburg Road intersection.

Two people in a car have minor injuries after an accident that occurred at about 4:30 p.m. The two people were traveling eastbound on Route 31 when an initial investigation shows a dump truck pulled into the intersection at Hindsburg Road, an Orleans County Sheriff’s deputy at the scene said. The dump truck was on south side of Route 31 when it entered the intersection.

Firefighters from Holley and Fancher-Hulberton-Murray, as well as personnel from Monroe Ambulance check on the two people with minor injuries. Their vehicle came to a stop in a resident’s front yard. The accident closed a section of Route 31. The accident is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

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Care Net has new location, ultrasound machine
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 October 2017 at 1:24 pm

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ALBION – The Care Net Center of Greater Orleans has a new location at 168 South Main St., Suite #2. The organization, which started nearly 27 years ago, moved late last month from the Freeze Dry building on West Avenue across from McDonalds. Freeze Dry is expanding and needed the additional  office space.

Care Net is happy with its new offices in a highly visible plaza that includes Subway, KFC, Family Dollar, Chia Sen and Rent-A-Center.

“It’s really a blessing,” Kimberly Scott, Care Net executive director, said about the new location.

Care Net served 539 clients in 2016. The center has a pro-life mission and provides services for free, including pregnancy testing, parenting classes, limited ultrasounds, STI testing and education, and material aid for enrolled clients.

Photos by Tom Rivers: The new Care Net offices, which opened on Oct. 3, include four material aid rooms, up from one at the former location. Jocelyn Wilson, left, is the client advocate and Kimberly Scott is the executive director. They are pictured in a material aid room, a “Blessing Boutique” for girls, which includes lots of clothes.

There is also a material aid room with clothes and supplies for boys.

Sally Grout, the nurse manager, is pictured with a new ultrasound machine that Care Net purchased for $13,000 in June. The ultrasound machine confirms heart beats and pregnancies. Care Net held several fundraisers to pay for the machine, and also received donations from the Knights of Columbus and the recently disbanded Habitat for Humanity.

The offices have new carpet and paint throughout the suite. The staff includes, left to right, Jocelyn Wilson, Sally Grout, Kimberly Scott, and Sharon Sugar, the office manager.

Care Net is open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointments. The organization has its annual “Walk for Life” this Saturday at Mount Albion Cemetery at 10 a.m., with registration starting at 9 a.m.

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