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Local 4-Hers share public presentations at district event
Posted 17 April 2018 at 10:21 am

Provided photo: William Gregoire, Grace Gregoire, Hugh Gabalski and Luke Gregoire, all Orleans County 4-Hers, took part in Western District Public Presentations on Saturday at Erie County.  Amelia Sidonio and Zach Neal also participated in the event.

Press Release, Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension

Six Orleans County 4-Hers traveled to the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg in Erie County on Saturday morning for Western District 4-H Public Presentations.

The six were part of a group of ten chosen to move on from the county to district level of competition based on their scores at the county level event held in February.

Participating Saturday were Luke Gregoire of Murray, who presented on “Frogs”; William Gregoire of Murray who presented on “The History of Guns”;  Grace Gregoire of Murray who presented on “Hedgehogs”; Zach Neal of Albion who shared “How an Accordion Works”; Amelia Sidonio of Holley who presented on the “Feed a Bee” pollinator project; and Hugh Gabalski of Byron who shared “My NERF Arsenal.”

Zach Neal of Albion explains how an accordion works during his presentation at Western District 4-H Public Presentations.

The annual 4-H Public Presentations program provides 4-H youth with an opportunity to develop skills needed to research and organize information into an interesting and creative presentation and present it before an audience, said Kristina Gabalski, Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Program Coordinator.

“Orleans County was well-represented at the District event,” she said. “Our youth were scored by evaluators at the district level, and took part in an awards ceremony emceed by Erie County Legislator John Mills.”

4-Hers participating in the April 14 District event will be eligible to take part in a first-ever NYS 4-H Communications Institute to be held June 2-3 at Cornell University.

Amelia Sidonio of Holley presents on the “Feed a Bee” pollinator habitat project.

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Mother Nature is throwing area high school spring sports teams a nasty curve
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 April 2018 at 8:31 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Monday’s steady rain did nothing to help the playing conditions of area diamonds like this one at Lyndonville.

After a long winter most everyone no doubt looks forward to spring – sunshine, warm temperatures and a chance to enjoy outside activities.

Unfortunately, as is all too often the case in Western New York, Mother Nature doesn’t seem to want to cooperate with the calendar much to the dismay of area high school spring sports teams, and this season has been no exception.

Monday’s steady rain, which washed out over a dozen local baseball and softball games and tennis matches, follows up on last week’s series of rain, snow and wind postponements, all of which has left the early season schedules disrupted to say the least.

Those Monday rainouts included the Albion vs. Roy-Hart, Medina vs. Newfane and Wilson vs. Akron Niagara-Orleans League baseball and softball games as well as the Lyndonville vs. Notre Dame, Kendall vs. Elba and Alexander vs. Holley Genesee Region League softball contests.

And the forecast for the next few days puts a big question mark over the schedule for the rest of the week.

“The weather this spring (as well as last year), has definitely presented many challenges with regards to scheduling contests,” said Medina High Athletic Director Eric Valley. “The number one priority is the safety of our student-athletes.  As the spring rolls along that may mean that we will not be rescheduling some of the non-league games in order to get all our league contests completed.”

“I feel the worst for the players and coaches who are left with the uncertainty of what each day has in-store for them, a game or another indoor practice,” said Albion Athletic Director Randy Knaak. “The biggest frustration with this type of Spring is making sure that all of the changes are confirmed with the players, coaches, assignor, umpires, grounds crew, transportation, supervision, parents, and the athletic trainer.  Albion is very fortunate to have an outstanding grounds crew who is provided with all the necessary equipment and materials to keep our fields up and running during these difficult times. ”

Unfortunately, ever since the sectionals were expanded to open sectionals and the state playoffs were started the regular season has been condensed and pushed up earlier on the calendar which makes getting games in at a time of spring when the weather is most unpredictable a real challenge.

Now leagues such as the local N-O and G-R are playing league games before April 10 because the seeding meetings for sectionals are in mid May. This season, for example, the cutoff date for playing league baseball games in Section VI is May 17 with the season ending meeting slated for that same day. Sectionals are slated to begin on May 18 with the class finals on May 24 which is the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend.

The situation for baseball teams has become even more critical with the addition of a much needed pitch count rule last year. That certainly compounds the problem for coaches trying to have enough pitching in a compacted regular season. And when coaches have to add fitting in makeup games because of weather postponements the problem is really magnified.

Akron varsity baseball Coach Greg Bell has voiced the opinion that the section should return to a schedule where league games would be played up until the Memorial Day weekend and sectionals held after the holiday.

In light of the combination of a compacted schedule, pitch count requirements and uncertain weather that is certainly a suggestion that it seems would go a long way to easing the situation. It would not only give leagues more days to get their games in but would also allow them the opportunity to start the league season a bit later when the chance for better weather improves.

In addition, returning to the old Section VI rule where teams had to have a .500 league record to qualify for sectionals could also help ease the situation. By decreasing the number of teams involved it would reduce the number of rounds needed and thus reduce the length of the playoffs..

Valley rightly notes that “the league schedules are generated almost a year in advance so it is very difficult to predict when conditions will be ideal to be competing safely outside.  As a league there have been many discussions about when the season should be started and when sectional play should begin.  The state sets all the dates for the state tournaments, then the section decides when we will begin our play based on that.  As a league we are at the mercy of the schedules given to us by the state and section.”

He adds, ” I have not been involved with any of the discussions at the section level, but I know that this has been a concern.”

Area N-O and G-R diamond coaches are no doubt hoping that by the time the next full round of games are scheduled on Wednesday that the weather will be improved enough for those contests to be played.

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Melissa Barnosky, first Albion student to win state oratorical title, competes in Indianapolis
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 April 2018 at 8:09 am

Senior from Kentucky wins national oratorical contest

Melissa Barnosky

ALBION – After winning the state title, Melissa Barnosky competed this weekend in the national American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program – “A Constitutional Speech Contest.”

Barnosky, a senior at Albion, became the first Albion student to win the state title on March 3 in Albany. That earned her a trip to Indianapolis for the national competition.

She was one of 53 state or department champions at nationals in the 81st annual contest. On Saturday, she faced off in the quarterfinals with the champions from Maine, Maryland, Ohio, North Dakota and Louisiana. The Ohio representative advanced to the semifinals.

Barnosky won the school, county, district and zone competitions. She earned a $6,000 scholarship when she won the state competition. Last year she was third in the state.

The students all needed to give an 8-10 minute prepared speech on the U.S. Constitution and citizen duties and obligations to the government. If a contestant goes over or under the time frame, there are penalty points. Barnosky also had four prepared speeches that are 3 to 5 minutes long on other assigned topics.

“We are so proud of her,” said Sue Starkweather Miller, Community Schools director for Albion Central School. “What an accomplishment. She worked hard.”

Barnosky plans to attend The College at Brockport this fall to major in journalism and broadcasting. She said she enjoys public speaking, researching history and preparing her speeches.

“She is very, very poised,” Starkweather Miller said. “She has really delved into the information. She is very interested in the Constitution.”

The national competition was won by a senior from McCracken County High School in Paducah, Ky. Carlissa Frederich earned an $18,000 college scholarship and first place. She advanced to the championship through three rounds of intense competition. She was sponsored by American Legion Post 73 in Murray, Ky.

In her prepared oration, Frederich compared the Constitution to the powerful Grand Coulee Dam. “Much like the dam was built to create and harness power, our forefathers built the Constitution to create and harness power – to empower the government to act at a national level, but harness that power so it did not infringe upon individual liberty.”

“The founders believed our rights came from God to the people who could then loan a very limited amount of that power to the government through the Constitution,” she added. “The Constitution ensures rights. Exercising these limits government. Limited government maintains rights, completing the cycle and creating a type of ordered liberty.”

In each round of the weekend competition, orators delivered a rehearsed 8- to 10-minute address and a randomly assigned 3- to 5-minute oration on a constitutional topic, each without the benefit of notes and in front of a live audience, including the judges.

The 2-million member American Legion developed the contest to encourage young people to improve their communications skills and to study the U.S. Constitution. More than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded over the history of the contest.

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GO Art! will honor Lisa Roeseler, retiring Medina music teacher
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 April 2018 at 8:35 pm

Bryan DeGraw, owner of 810 Meadworks, finalist for an award

Lisa Roeseler

BATAVIA – The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council will present its first Genean Awards on April 28, and a Medina music teacher will receive the artist of the year.

Lisa Roeseler, a music teacher and director of Medina High School’s A’Cappella Choir, will be recognized with the individual artist award on April 28 during GO Art!’s celebration at its historic building, 201 East Main St.

Roeseler started at her career in Medina as a music teacher Towne Primary School in September 1986 and moved to the High School in September 1987. She has been a popular teacher at Medina, with her vocal ensembles performing in the community, especially the annual holiday concert by the A‘Capella Choir at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

When she started, she had 17 students in Mixed Chorus and 43 in A’Cappella. The Mixed Chorus now averages 85 to 90 students and A’Cappella now averages 92 to 100.

The debut Genean Awards will honor the Genesee Chorale as Organization of the Year.

An Orleans County resident is a finalist for the Supporter (of the cultural sector) of the Year. The award will go to either Bryan DeGraw, co-owner 810 Meadworks; Diana Kastenbaum, owner of Pinnacle Manufacturing in Batavia; or Brian Kemp, owner of T-Shirts Etc. in Batavia.

File photo by Tom Rivers: Bryan DeGraw, co-owner of 810 Meadworks with his wife LaRissa, is pictured in the tasting room of the business at 113 West Center St., Medina.

DeGraw and his wife LaRissa opened 810 Meadworks in downtown Medina on Nov. 30, 2014. They make mead products and have a tasting room. The DeGraws also have run a concert series at the “beegarten” in the back of the building at 113 West Center St.

GO Art! wanted to create its own unique awards “like the Oscars or Tony awards for GENesee and OrlEANs Counties, to recognize a few of the amazing people and organizations we have within our counties,” said Gregory Hallock, executive director.

The awards will be presented during a Swing Fling, April 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, click here.

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Orleans sets ground-breaking for April 25 for addition to government center
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 April 2018 at 5:42 pm

Courtesy of Wendel

ALBION – Orleans County officials will have a ground-breaking program at 2 p.m. on April 25 for a new addition to the County Administration Building.

Invitations were sent today for the ground-breaking of the “Government Center” – the County Administration Building with the 23,000-square-foot addition.

The County Legislature on March 28 accepted five construction bids totaling $7,006,600 for the addition of the building at 14016 Route 31. Alternates for $495,900 push the total bids accepted to $7,502,500. In addition, the county will pay the Wendel firm $900,000 for construction administration, project coordination, additional design services, commissioning services and grant administration.

Construction is expected to start next month and continue for 15 months until the building is ready for the Health Department, Board of Elections, information technology department and the Legislative office and staff.

The County Legislature has approved a maximum bond of $10,063,881 for an addition the building on Route 31, behind the nursing home. The bond is expected to be significantly reduced due to grants for the project. The county has already been approved for a $3,682,748 state grant towards the project and State Sen. Robert Ortt also secured a $200,000 state grant.

The Board of Elections and Public Health Department currently are leasing space from Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services. Comprehensive purchased the former county-owned nursing home for $7.8 million in January 2014. The county has been leasing space from Comprehensive for Elections and Public Health because those offices are part of the nursing home complex.

Moving those offices from those sites will spare the county from paying those lease payments. The money the county was paying for the lease will go towards paying the debt for the addition.

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After study of local law enforcement, no push to end village police
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 April 2018 at 12:23 pm

Agenda for shared services and consolidations doesn’t include radical change to local law enforcement

Photo by Tom Rivers: The sign for the police station for the Holley Police Department is shown on Thomas Street. Roland Nenni is currently Holley’s police chief.

ALBION – The village mayors, town supervisors and county legislators are talking about sharing more services and possibly consolidating some functions, including code enforcement, water service, grant writing, information technology and perhaps other services.

The group met on April 5 to discuss several possibilities that could reduce overall costs and perhaps result in better service.

Law enforcement, however, won’t be part of the discussion, right now. Village officials declined to even mention the issue at the April 6 meeting.

The village police departments and Orleans County Sheriff’s Department will continue to do some specialized training together, but there is no push to dissolve a village department and have the county Sheriff’s Office step up its patrols in a village.

“The leadership at the various villages have expressed reservations for a number of reasons,” said Chuck Nesbitt, the county’s chief administrative officer. “It has to come from the villages. They’re the ones who have to vote or not vote.”

The local entities worked with a consultant, CGR in Rochester, on a law enforcement efficiency study. CGR’s work showed there would be significant tax savings for the villages of Albion and Medina – about $6 to $8 per $1,000 of assessed property – if they dissolved their departments and then the county took over. (Doing so would also raise the county tax rate by an estimated $2 per $1,000 if all of the village police departments dissolved and deputies were hired to work in the villages.)

Holley, which also has a police department, wouldn’t see as much savings because it’s department is staffed with many part-timers. Having full-time deputies patrol the village ultimately wouldn’t reduce costs in Holley, according to the study. (Lyndonville only has one part-time officer.)

All of the villages joined the county in voting to do the study. However, the villages haven’t embraced the findings.

Medina Mayor Mike Sidari has told the law enforcement committee he wants to keep the village police. He said there hasn’t been a push by village residents to end the local department.

Albion had a village election last month and three candidates who made keeping the village police a focus of their campaign were all elected, although it was close.

Eileen Banker received 250 out of 614 votes to win election in a three-way race that included Joyce Riley, 211 votes, and Kevin Doherty, 153. Riley and Doherty said they were open to looking at all villages expenses and making tough decisions. That didn’t mean they favored dissolving the police department, but they said they were willing to give the department rigorous scrutiny. Although Banker won, she didn’t receive an overwhelming mandate. She received 41 percent of the vote.

The Republican duo of Gary Katsanis, 306 votes, and Stan Farone, 300, eked out a win over Democratic Party candidates, Jason Dragon, 274 votes, and Sandra Walter, 264. Dragon and Walter said they didn’t think the police department, which costs the village about $1.2 million annually, was affordable for the village. Having a county-wide force, doing the primary patrols in the villages, would spread out the cost for all taxpayers. Dragon said village residents pay for law enforcement in both their county and village taxes.

A state grant paid $36,000 towards the study while the county paid CGR $38,000 for its work. The county isn’t going to press the issue, Nesbitt said.

If village residents want to pursue the issue, they could always petition to have a police department dissolved. Ultimately, if a village wanted to consider a dissolution of the village police, residents would decide the fate in a public referendum.

To see the law enforcement study, click here.

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Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day
Posted 16 April 2018 at 11:16 am

Hospice of Orleans will have staff at Walmart today

Press Release, Hospice of Orleans, Inc.

ALBION – Hospice of Orleans, Inc., along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making, an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).

As a participating organization, Hospice of Orleans is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with New York state laws. These resources are available by clicking here.

Specifically, Hospice of Orleans staff is welcoming the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Walmart in Albion with free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Kellie Spychalski, CEO of Hospice of Orleans. “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

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After serious car accident in December 2016, NY’s ‘Queen of Country Music’ is back on stage

Photos by Tom Rivers: Josie Waverly, center, leans on Gina Sidari, the daughter of Amy Sidari, left. Waverly will be performing on June 30 at the Cabaret at Studio B, which Sidari runs on West Bank Street in Albion. Waverly of Hilton has performed there several times. She has performed all over the country as a headliner as well as an opening act for many of Nashville’s leading entertainers such as Tim McGraw, Charlie Daniels, Loretta Lynn, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 April 2018 at 8:24 am

Josie Waverly has long been a popular performer

Josie Waverly portrayed Patsy Cline during a concert at Medina High School on July 20, 2013. About 150 people attended the event, which was a fundraiser for the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company.

ALBION – Josie Waverly of Hilton was on her way to Albion to sing in a benefit concert on Dec. 3, 2016 when she was rear-ended at a stop light at Redman and Ridge Road in Clarkson. Waverly would suffer herniated disks in her neck and back. The injuries have made it hard for her to take in the deep breaths for singing her country music. Waverly has had to cut back on her performances. She used to hit the stage 200 times a year. Now she is performing about 50 times a year, including an upcoming concert on June 30 in Albion at the Cabaret at Studio B. It will be her first time performing in Albion since the accident.

“It’s hard to take in a lot of air to sustain the notes and hit the high notes,” Waverly said during an interview last week at the Cabaret. “I still have my voice but (the injury) affects how I use my voice.”

Waverly has been diligent in physical therapy and exercises which has allowed her return to singing. This is her 30th year singing as a professional. She is dubbed as “New York State’s Queen of Country Music.” She has performed in the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and opened for major country music stars, before crowds of 20,000 people. She has opened for Tim McGraw, Charlie Daniels, Loretta Lynn, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban and many others.

Waverly said she gives every performance her all, whether it’s for the 20,000 at a major concert venue or much-smaller venues. The Cabaret at Studio B seats about 100 and Waverly said she likes the intimate setting, where she can chat with some of the concert goers.

“The people are so good to me here,” Waverly said about the Cabaret. “It is a pleasant, homey place.”

Josie Waverly performed as Dolly Parton during a benefit on Oct. 15, 2016 that was a roast of local contractor Jim Babcock. Waverly performed a spoof of the Parton song, “9 to 5,” in describing a kitchen repair gone wrong.

Waverly performs with her country music band, and also has developed other shows including “My Gal Patsy” which is her tribute to Patsy Cline. (She performed “My Gal Patsy” to a sold-out crowd of 600 on Friday at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.)

With her “Queens of Pure Country” show, Waverly sings songs from nine famous entertainers, such as Dolly Parton, Kitty Wells, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Dottie West and Reba McEntire.

“I’m just using the gift the Lord gave me to bring joy to other people,” she said. “That’s the big thing.”

Waverly, an active grandmother to five grandkids, said staying away from the stage wasn’t an option.

“I have to stay singing and doing what I love to do,” she said.

Amy Sidari, owner of the Cabaret, has become a close friend for Waverly, and is working as Waverly’s publicist and promotions agent.

Sidari is working on bringing about 20 shows to the Cabaret this year, which is in its sixth season. Sidari has a long-term goal of opening a bigger performance venue in the second floor at 28 West Bank St.

When people call for tickets for some of the shows at the Cabaret, they often ask how Waverly is doing since her accident. Sidari is pleased Waverly will be back in Albion on June 30 and then again on Dec. 15 for a holiday concert in her Patsy Cline character.

“It’s a treat for the Albion community to have someone of Josie’s caliber,” Sidari said.

Josie Waverly, a popular local singer, is also a children’s book author. She has written three children’s books about Josie the Butterfly. She visited Albion on March 30, 2016 to share the story of “Josie the Singing Butterfly” and to promote early childhood literacy.

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Ice storm, thankfully, didn’t cause widespread destruction
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 April 2018 at 7:06 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Some icicles hang from the Main Street lift bridge over the Erie Canal on Sunday.

The ice storm from Saturday night through Sunday didn’t cause widespread power outages and destruction. It still left the county with a coating of ice, and that prompted many churches to cancel their Sunday services.

The weather has changed to a heavy rain and there is a chance for a little bit of snow on Tuesday morning.

A flood watch is in effect for Orleans County and western New York from 1 a.m. tonight until 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

A branch is coated in ice by the canal. The stairs for the Ingersoll Street lift bridge can be seen in the background.

The Albion sign on the Ingersoll Street lift bridge took a direct hit from the ice and wind.

Branches have ice on them by the North Point Chapel (former United Methodist Church in Albion) but the ice wasn’t as thick as feared in the storm forecasts.

The icy sidewalks made it difficult to walk around Albion on Sunday morning.

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Smoke alarm alerts homeowner in late-night fire in Albion
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 April 2018 at 5:27 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Firefighters were called to a house fire with thick smoke at about 3:30 this morning. The homeowner, Mary Kuhn, was awakened by a smoke alarm and that likely saved her life, said Harry Papponetti, the Albion fire chief.

Albion, Barre and Medina firefighters put out the fire at the house across from Mount Albion Cemetery on Route 31. (Holley and Carlton firefighters provided mutual aid by filling in at the Albion Fire Hall.)

No one was injured and the damage appears to be limited to the back corner of the house. Fire investigators are determining the cause.

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After ice storm, area to see heavy rain, flooding
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 April 2018 at 4:11 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman

BARKER – A willow tree was toppled by the wind and ice storm today at Lake Ontario at the boat launch for Golden Hill State Park.

The area was spared widespread damage and power outages from the ice storm. Orleans County now will face heavy rains and flooding, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

Big waves head towards the shore near the Golden Hill State Park in Barker, just west of the Orleans County line.

A flood watch is in effect for Orleans County and western New York from 1 a.m. tonight until 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Orleans County is expected to get 1 to 1.5 inches of rain tonight and Monday. Warmer temperatures during this time will also melt any ice left on the ground which will runoff into area creeks and rivers, the Weather Service said.

Small streams and creeks, low-lying and poor drainage areas may experience minor flooding tonight through Monday. Larger streams and rivers will take longer to respond with minor flooding possible later Monday into Tuesday, the Weather Service said.

Tuesday the county could get a half inch of snow before 11 a.m. The high is forecast to reach 40 on Tuesday, and 45 on Monday.

A tree split and fell on Carmen Road just north of Middleport.

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400 lose power in Lyndonville after tree falls on Main Street
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 April 2018 at 2:09 pm

Photos courtesy of Amy Lewis

LYNDONVILLE – There were 400 National Grid customers without power in the Lyndonville area after a tree fell on South Main Street near the village line this morning around 11.

National Grid is estimating power will be restored for the affected area by 3:15 p.m. By 2 p.m., the number without power was down to 142.

National Grid has more than 2,000 line, tree and service workers on alert due to the ice storm in upstate. The company reports there are 1,525 customers without power in upstate out of 1.6 million customers.

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‘This is crazy’ as ice encrusts the county
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 April 2018 at 9:57 am

No widespread power outages so far

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Keith Merchant, left, and Tony Navarra, both part of the Buildings and Grounds crew for Holy Family Parish, shovel ice off the sidewalk in front of the Albion church this morning. Most of the churches are closed today.

“This is crazy,” Navarra said about the blast of winter weather.

He is retiring in June after leading the parish’s Building and Grounds Department.

An ice storm warning remain in effect for the county until 2 p.m. Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower also has issued a travel advisory urging extra caution from drivers until this afternoon.

Many of the trees at Courthouse Square in Albion are coated in ice.

There doesn’t seem to be too much damage from the storm. There aren’t widespread power outages. There are 83 National Grid customers without electricity in Orleans County and they are estimated to be restored by 11 a.m., according to the power company.

Even these birds by the Post Office in Albion are wondering what happened to spring.

The Presbyterian Church in Albion is pictured in the background of this photo.

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Purple Eagles, Lady Rams are road warriors
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 April 2018 at 8:29 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion pitcher Thomas Furmanski (shown here in action last spring) and his Purple Eagles teammates are playing the season on the road because of delays in field renovation work as is the Roy-Hart softball team.

Because of unexpected delays in completing field renovation work both the Albion baseball and Roy-Hart softball teams are playing all of their games on the road this season.

However, the travel doesn’t seem to be causing any problems to date as the defending tri-champion Lady Rams are off to a 3-0 start and the Purple Eagles are 2-0 after the opening week of Niagara-Orleans League competition.

Weather permitting, and that is certainly the key phrase these days, both Albion and Roy-Hart both face key diamond tests this coming week.  The Purple Eagles are slated to visit defending champion Roy-Hart on Monday and then face Wilson on Wednesday and rival Medina on Friday.  The Lady Rams will face Albion on Monday and Medina on Wednesday.

On the tennis courts, defending N-O champion Medina has three key home matches upcoming against Roy-Hart on Monday, Wilson on Wednesday and Newfane on Friday.

The Medina lacrosse team, which because of a combination of the Easter break and several weather related postponements has not played a game in three weeks, is slated to host Wilson on Tuesday, visit defending champion Akron Thursday and then entertain Brockport on Saturday.

Weekly Schedule
Baseball: Lyndonville at Lima Christian, 4:30 p.m.; Medina at Newfane, Albion at Roy-Hart, Wilson at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
Softball: Alexander at Holley, Kendall at Elba, Lyndonville at Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.; Newfane at Medina, Roy-Hart at Allbion, Akron at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
Tennis: Roy-Hart at Medina, Barker at Wilson, Albion at Akron, Holley at Byron-Bergen, Elba at Kendall, 4 p.m.

Baseball: Oakfield-Alabama at Holley, Notre Dame at Kendall, 4:30 p.m.; Barker at Holland, Newfane at Wilson, Albion at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
Softball: Barker at Pembroke, Holley at Oakfield-Alabama, Roy-Hart at Grand Island ,4:30 p.m.
Tennis: Akron at Barker, Wilson at Roy-Hart, 4 p.m.
Lacrosse: Wilson at Medina, 5 p.m.

Baseball: Oakfield-Alabama at Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.; Roy-Hart at Medina, Barker at Akron, Albion at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
Softball: Lima Christian at Holley, Oakfield-Alabama at Kendall, Pembroke at Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.; Wilson at Albion, 4:45 p.m.; Roy-Hart at Medina, 7 p.m.
Tennis: Wilson at Medina, Barker at Newfane, Albion at Roy-Hart, Notre Dame at Kendall, 4 p.m.
Track: Kendall at Holley, Lyndonville at Oakfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.

Baseball: Kendall at Northstar, 4:30 p.m.
Track: Medina at Roy-Hart, Wilson at Albion, Akron at Newfane, 4:15 p.m.
Lacrosse: Medina at Akron, 5 p.m.

Baseball: Holley at Attica, Kendall at Byron-Bergen, 4:30 p.m.; Albion at Medina, Wilson at Barker, Akron at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.
Softball: Kendall at Alexander, Lyndonville at Attica, Holley at Wheatland-Chili, 4:30 p.m.; Albion at Medina, Newfane at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
Tennis: Newfane at Medina, Barker at Albion, Roy-Hart at Akron, Oakfield-Alabama at Holley, Kendall at Alexander, 4 p.m.

Baseball: Roy-Hart at Alexander Tournament
Softball: Barker at Alexander Tournament
Lacrosse: Brockport at Medina, 7 p.m.

N-O Standings
Baseball: Albion 2-0, Roy-Hart 2-0, Akron 1-0, Medina 1-1, Wilson 0-0, Newfane 0-2, Barker 0-3
Softball: Roy-Hart 3-0, Medina 2-0, Akron 1-1, Wilson 1-1, Albion 1-2, Barker 1-2, Newfane 0-3
Tennis: Medina 1-0, Akron 1-0, Roy-Hart 1-0, Barker 0-0, Albion 1-1, Wilson 0-1, Newfane 0-2

Home, Garden & Outdoor Show cancelled today due to weather
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 April 2018 at 8:14 am

KNOWLESVILLE – The second day of the Home, Garden & Outdoor Show at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds has been cancelled today due to the ice and wintry weather.

Saturday there was a record crowd of nearly 500 people for the show in the first two hours before the weather took a turn and it got cold and windy, said Becky Charland, the Chamber director.

The winner of a raffle will be announced mid-week.

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