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Standpipe from 1934 taken down after water system connected to new water tower
Photos by Tom Rivers
ELBA – The water tank that has been a part of the Elba landscape since 1934 came down just after 1 p.m. today. The standpipe held about 300,000 gallons of water.
It has been replaced by a new 750,000-gallon water tank that serves the village and also a growing water system throughout the town. (Elba has sent construction of phase 7 of its town-wide water district out to bid.)
The water tank landed with a loud thud and unleashed a lot of mud, including several chunks that hit the Orleans Hub editor.
Iseler Demolition of Port Hope, Mich. brought of team of welders to take apart the tank. Iseler cut out sections on the bottom of one side of the tank, the same method used to cut down a tree.
Once an opening was cut out at the bottom of the tank, Iseler cut loose the last bolt used to help hold down the tank. The standpipe seemed to groan and then toppled over.
Iseler employees then went to work cutting the tank into pieces. Most of it will be recycled. Some small pieces will given to people village and town officials and people who worked on the project.
Elba Town Supervisor Donna Hynes was given the plaque on the tank on Monday, which noted when it was constructed. She has the plaque at the Town Hall right now.
Elba Mayor Norm Itjen said the water tower has been up his entire life and the entire lives of most local residents. The structure, which was about 80 feet high, could be seen several miles away down Route 98 from Batavia.
Itjen said he is pleased the community has upgraded its water system, with new waterlines, a new water tank, and a different water provider. Elba was using a well off Barrville Road. Elba switched to the Monroe County Water Authority about two years ago.
Itjen said the community has been water quality and the new water lines and water tower have boosted water pressure by about 10 to 15 pounds for most water customers.
Before the upgrades, the village Department of Public Works was frequently called into duty to fix leaking water lines.
The welders go to work taking the water tank apart.
Iseler expects to have the tank gone on Wednesday.
Here is how the two water tanks looked at about noon, about an hour before the standpipe was taken down.
Massachusetts also on list but travelers from there don’t have to quarantine for 14 days
Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that California has been added to New York State’s Covid-19 travel advisory.
No areas have been removed. The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
Neighboring state Massachusetts now meets the criteria for the travel advisory, in addition to Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. However, given the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between the states, a quarantine on these states is not practically viable. That said, New York State highly discourages, to the extent practical, non-essential travel between Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania while they meet the travel advisory criteria.
“We know Covid is spreading at increased rates in other states and New York State is not in a hermetically sealed bubble,” Cuomo said. “The numbers are a reminder that Covid is still here and continues to spread in communities across the state, particularly when people choose not to follow the safety protocols in place to control the virus.”
The full list of 43 states and two territories on the travel advisory now includes: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.
“We continue to see outbreaks linked to mass gatherings at houses of worship, at weddings and funerals, and other events where the virus can quickly spread,” Cuomo said. “Now, 45 states and territories meet the requirements for our travel advisory. We cannot let our guard down and risk going backwards in New York. It’s going to take the work of all of us to remain vigilant. Stay NY Smart – wear a mask, socially distance and follow the public health guidance. It’s there to save lives.”
Press Release, Save Ontario Shores
YATES – Local opposition to a proposed industrial wind turbine project in the towns of Somerset and Yates has increased significantly according to a new survey commissioned by Save Ontario Shores.
• 83% of the residents who participated in the survey in late August and early September said they were opposed to the Lighthouse Wind project, which calls for the construction in the two Lake Ontario shoreline communities of 47 turbines that would be 600 feet or taller. Including 240-foot long blades.
In 2015, the Town of Somerset’s survey showed that 67% of respondents were opposed to the project; SOS’s survey in Yates that year showed 78% were opposed.
“After five years, any lingering doubts about the level of opposition to this project has evaporated,” said SOS President Pam Atwater. “Governor Cuomo and project developer Apex should look very closely at these survey results and acknowledge that the project is not acceptable to our communities.”
In latest survey, 2,148 surveys were mailed to Somerset and Yates residents; 31% were returned to the Buffalo accounting firm Lumsden & McCormick, LLP, which tabulated the results. The survey margin of error is +/- 3%.
• The respondents also said they opposed industrial wind projects in the Great Lakes because of the negative impact it will have on fishing and boating (78% concerned); the legacy pollutants (chemicals remaining in the environment long after they were first brought into use – 78% concerned); and the number of birds and bats that would be killed by industrial wind turbine blades operating in the lake (84% concerned).
“Enough is enough! Each town, not the state, should decide for itself how best to contribute to a more sustainable future that is in harmony with the values and character of each community,” said Town of Yates Supervisor Jim Simon. “Our town is working with local farmers on the possibility of a renewable energy biodigester to convert cow manure into biogas. This initiative is proof that a community can contribute to the governor’s renewable energy goals while staying true to its rural character and residents’ desires.”
“Our town as well as all towns should be able to decide what is best for our community and residents, not the state,” said Town of Somerset Supervisor Jeff Dewart. “There is an 1,800-acre industrial site in Somerset that is closed. It would be a good place to put a solar farm and a data center, along with a multi-use site including a park for our town. This would demonstrate that our community is contributing to the governor’s renewable goals.”
• An overwhelming number, 89%, oppose legislation approved early this year by New York State giving Albany substantial power to rapidly review, evaluate and permit the siting of industrial wind turbine and solar energy projects with decreased opportunity for public or local municipality input.
Recent studies have estimated that using industrial wind and solar projects to meet the governor’s renewable energy goals will require hundreds of thousands of acres of land in Upstate New York, which currently produces 88% of its electricity from zero emissions generation (largely hydro-electric and nuclear). Downstate uses 70% fossil fuel generated electricity. 88% of the survey participants said Upstate New York was being asked to bear an unfair burden in order to meet the governor’s energy goals.
This survey is released as Governor Cuomo’s renewable siting office has draft regulations and standards that when finalized will decrease citizen and municipal voices and options, will lighten requirements for developers and speed up the siting process for projects so large that they will change the character of a region. Out-of-state developers profit at the expense of rural communities, rural habitat and wildlife in Upstate New York that is already saturated with zero emissions electricity.
“This is not just an assault on local rule – it’s an all-out declaration of war by the governor,” said Yates Town Board Member John Riggi.
• 86% of the respondents support establishing local moratoriums to study and develop standards for battery storage safety and transmission line construction before any new industrial wind and solar projects are constructed.
“We are calling on Governor Cuomo to explore alternative ways to reach statewide climate goals, and not force massive industrialization on communities like Somerset and Yates whose residents clearly do not want them and whose environment, economy and community character would be harmed by them,” Atwater said. “He should be developing an energy policy that brings together New Yorkers, not one that tears communities apart.”
MEDINA – The Medina Area Partnership was able to work out the details this morning for having Beggar’s Night on the Medina school campus this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Orleans Hub this morning had an article that the location would be at the Olde Pickle Factory. That gave the Medina Area Partnership an option after the Orleans County Health Department shared its concerns about having the event at Rotary Park.
Having the event at the school will reduce potential neighborhood impacts. MAP didn’t want a long line of vehicles backed up on a residential street.
Motorists on Friday should enter the school campus on Maple Ridge Road and will exit on Gwinn Street.
Scott Robinson, MAP president, said the Medina Police Department recommended the school, saying it would be much easier to manage the traffic.
Families participating in Beggars’ Night should stay in their vehicles. Medina merchants and MAP members will be handing out about 600 take-home boxes or bags of candy.
Medina also is allowing trick-or-treating on Halloween from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the village.
Press Release, Lyndonville Central School
LYNDONVILLE – Katy Franks, a special education teacher for Lyndonville Central School District, was honored with a teacher educator award from Brockport State College.
She received Brockport’s Marguerite Hare Browne/Gerald L. Browne School-Based Teacher Educator Award (grades 7-12) for her outstanding dedication to SUNY students.
“Lyndonville Central School is proud to have Katy Franks as a teacher and a mentor to future educators,” said Lyndonville Superintendent Jason Smith. “She has worked for the district for over 15 years and is a true asset to our team.”
Franks is an exceptional school-based teacher educator who supports 7-12 teacher candidates enrolled in SUNY Brockport’s teacher certification program in the Department of Education and Human Development. To be nominated for this award, Franks demonstrated an exemplary performance as a teacher and has provided numerous opportunities for SUNY Brockport student-teachers to gain valuable experience working with students.
Although Franks is not “technically each (Brockport) student’s teacher of record, she is amazing and invests deeply in ensuring our adolescent level students placed at Lyndonville get rich experiences working with students with disabilities throughout their student-teaching,” stated Allison Wright of Brockport State College.
Franks is “very professional and always willing to go above and beyond,” said her previous direct supervisor, Anne Marie Holland. “She is a great role model for student teachers, field placements and for the new teachers she has mentored over the years.”
$1.3 million grant program for lead-based paint hazards expanded throughout Genesee, Orleans counties
Press Release, Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments
This week, October 25-31, is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which is a time when families, community organizations, and local governments join efforts in the fight against lead poisoning in their communities.
Lead poisoning in children can lead to hyperactivity, reduced cognitive (thinking) ability, and other permanent, negative health effects. One of the goals of the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments (GO Health) is to spread awareness of this public health issue and to increase lead poisoning prevention throughout our communities.
“Lead poisoning can be prevented!” said Paul Pettit, Public Health Director in Genesee and Orleans counties. “The key is to keep children from coming in contact with lead. Take time this week to learn about ways to reduce your child’s exposure to lead in their environment and prevent its serious health effects.”
This year, the Center for Disease Control has compiled three themes for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week:
• Get the facts: Most childhood lead poisoning occurs when children swallow or inhale dust containing lead, often from lead-based paint which was commonly used throughout homes until 1978. Children ingest (eat) lead when they put their hands or other dust-covered objects, such as toys, in their mouth, eat paint chips or soil contaminated with lead, and inhale lead dust, particularly during home renovations or other paint disturbances.
• Get your home evaluated: Although the use of lead was banned from products such as paint since 1978, many homes in our communities still have remnants of old lead paint in them. Old, chipping paint, particularly around window sills, door frames, banisters and porches pose a serious health risk, especially in young children who tend to spend most of their time crawling or playing on the floor.
• Get your child tested: A blood test is the only way to discover if your child has been exposed to lead resulting in a detectable blood lead level. New York State requires that health care providers test all children for lead at age 1 and again at age 2.
Health care providers are required to ask parents/guardians about their child’s exposure to potential lead hazards up until 6 years old. If there is any suspected exposure in that time frame, another blood lead test may need to be administered.
In New York State, the goal is to have 80% of children tested for lead at these ages. Local data shows that the screening rates among children in Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties fell below the state goal in 2019. Lead testing and early detection can prevent long-term health problems for your child and their future. Make sure to talk to your child’s doctor about lead screening at their next appointment!
Funding may be available to help make your home lead safe. In January 2020, the Genesee County Health Department (on behalf of GO Health) received a $1.3 million federal HUD grant to address lead-based paint hazards in homes and rentals throughout the City of Batavia and the Village of Albion, including installation of replacement windows, paint, siding, and other home repairs. Specifically, the grant targets low-income households with children under the age of 6; this includes homeowners and landlords with low-income tenants.
Recently, Genesee County was able to revise the grant target area to include all areas within Genesee and Orleans counties, making potential grant funding available to qualified applicants throughout both counties.
“Lead hazards exist in older homes all over Genesee and Orleans counties,” said Darren Brodie, Lead Program Coordinator for Genesee and Orleans counties. “We want every eligible resident to have a chance to apply for these funds, and we’re prepared to help them through the process.”
For those who don’t know whether they qualify as low-income, as defined by HUD, the information can be found online or by contacting the Health Department directly. This target area expansion is expected to go into effect in November of 2020, and the Health Department is currently accepting applications county-wide for both Genesee and Orleans in anticipation of the expansion.
For more information on the GO Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Program, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, or for general information on lead hazards and the negative effects of lead poisoning, call the Genesee County Health Department at (585) 344-2580 x5507, or email health.GOlead@co.genesee.ny.us.
Lead hazards in the home won’t go away on their own. Lead poisoning prevention starts with YOU!
It is very disheartening and disappointing to read letters from individuals, some previously considered to be very respectable and intelligent, who now appear to be so badly deceived and denying the truth of facts readily available to anyone seeking the actual truth of the matters we are facing in the upcoming election.
I find myself agreeing with many of the tenets espoused by the Republican who has disavowed President Trump, but only on principle: stop watching and formulating an opinion from mainstream media (fake news), rejecting political labels, having an open mind, seeking out the facts, don’t blindly adopt the opinions of others, expose media manipulation, etc.
Yet I still must ask myself, “Where on earth did this writer conclude that President Trump hates the military and rejects family values?” Yes, the President despises what “government institutions” have become: corrupt, treasonous, untrustworthy, self-serving, haters of freedom and all things good and patriotic.
This has been called “the swamp” or “deep state.” These parts of our government have been working to destroy American values and freedoms and need to be exposed and brought down. As a political outsider, the President has brought America to the greatest level of economic prosperity the world has ever experienced.
If the virus had not been released from China, our economy would be at a level never seen before in history. Despite the pandemic setback, President Trump has brought our economy back again and it is now only being constrained by leftist socialist state governors and mayors who want the economy destroyed in order to embarrass the President.
What sources has this opinion writer used to conclude Biden is not a socialist? Listen to his own words, confusing though they are, as he describes his “plans for America.” If you want actual facts and truth, go to the “Democrat Party 2020 Agenda” which Biden and Bernie Sanders both signed and agreed to.
Take the effort to find the truth, as my wife and I did recently. It is long, 110 pages, and will take you 90 minutes to read in its entirety. We barely could sleep that night after reading it. If Biden is such a moderate, then why has he picked one of the most radical socialist advocates as his running mate, who most certainly will take over as President once Biden steps aside?
The Bible says “My people (God speaking) are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Those who sincerely seek the truth will find it. Those who refuse to seek the truth will remain ignorant and be happy to do so. As for me and my family, we want the real truth.
MEDINA – The Village Board on Monday evening approved shifting Beggars’ Night from Rotary Park in downtown Medina to the parking lot of the Olde Pickle Factory at 711 Park Avenue.
The change will allow for families to drive through and not leave their vehicle.
Beggars’ Night will be this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. (or for as long as supplies last). There will be about 600 take-home boxes or bags of candy available. Merchants and members of the Medina Area Partnership will be handing out the candy.
The event has always been in the downtown with a long line of costumed children going from business to business for candy.
But Covid-19 protocols didn’t allow that, or a mass gathering at one location.
Trick-or-treating is allowed on Halloween from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the village.
Three unanswered second half goals powered Holley to a 5-2 victory over visiting Alexander this evening in a Genesee Region League girls soccer game.
Breaking away from a 2-2 deadlock Holley got two goals from Kayleigh Neale and one from Samantha Bates in the second half to claim the win.
Hayley Skidmore and Allison Lyndaker scored in the first half for Holley which improves to 7-1-1.
Wheatland-Chili 2, Kendall 1
Host Wheatland-Chili trimmed Kendall 2-1 in a G-R contest as Niyah Rosado scored both goals.
Brianna Wakefield scored for Kendall which is now 3-4-1.
Attica 4, Lyndonville/Medina 2
Tessa Boyce scored off an assist from Gracie Johnson and Ella Lewis netted the other goal for Lyndonville/Medina in the 4-2 G-R loss at Attica.
I was born and raised in the town of Shelby and knowing the values of the people of Shelby, I have decided I would like to get involved and make a difference in our wonderful town.
I have been a registered Republican since I was old enough to vote.
I am residing here with my wife and 4 children and feel this is the perfect place to raise a family or grow a business with many opportunities.
Politics run in my blood as my father, Dale, served for many years as town of Shelby Councilperson until his untimely death in 2017.
I spent 2 1/2 years on the Republican Committee where I was able to demonstrate my capability building strong working relationships with fellow elected officials.
I pride myself in my ability to exercise clear communication skills and being a collaborative team member. I am a quick learner that has attention to detail and an excellent multi-tasker.
I am also dedicated, loyal and honest.
I would be honored to receive your vote and support as a write-in candidate for Town of Shelby Councilperson.
Number of workers in county down by 1,100 in past year
Orleans County’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in September, a big drop from the 9.8 percent in August.
The 9.8 percent unemployment rate in August was the first time it dipped under 10 percent since April when it was 15.9 percent. Then the unemployment rate was 11.5 percent in May, 10.8 percent in June and 12.7 percent in July.
The total number of people working in the county has dropped from 17,000 in September 2019 to 15,900 last month, according to the state Department of Labor.
The number of people unemployed increased from 700 to 900 from September 2019 to September 2020.
The 5.5 percent unemployment rate compares to 3.9 percent in September 2019.
Statewide the unemployment rate was 9.4 percent in September, compared to 3.6 percent in September 2019. Nationally the rate was 7.7 percent in September, compared to 3.3 percent a year before.
The unemployment rates for other nearby counties include (with the rate for August in parentheses):
- Erie, 6.7 percent (10.8 percent)
- Genesee, 4.8 percent (8.1 percent)
- Livingston, 4.6 percent (7.6 percent)
- Monroe, 6.6 percent (10.5 percent)
- Niagara, 6.6 percent (10.9 percent)
- Wyoming, 4.4 percent (7.5 percent)
The highest rates in the state are in New York City with 18.8 percent in the Bronx, 14.1 percent in Kings, and 13.8 percent in Queens.
The lowest rates include 4.0 percent in Hamilton County, 4.1 percent in Yates County and 4.3 percent in Tompkins County.
Jumping out to big first half leads, Albion and Roy-Hart both scored road victories this afternoon in Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer competition.
Roy-Hart improved to 6-2 by defeating Barker 4-0 and Albion boosted its record to 5-3 by downing Akron 5-2.
Roy-Hart built up a 3-0 half-time advantage on two goals by Kara Choate and one by Ava Owens. Choate also netted the Lady Rams lone second half goal.
Albion likewise built up a commanding 4-1 half-time lead on two goals by Abby Scanlan and one by Claire Squicciarini who also had two assists on the afternoon.
Scanlan and Nikki Creasey added second half goals to help lock up the win for the Purple Eagles.
Kara Sequin and Natalie Karmazyn scored the goals for Akron which slips to 2-5-1.
Wilson 3, Newfane 2
Undefeated (8-0) Wilson downed visiting rival Newfane 32 this evening to clinch at least a tie for the N-O title.
Lilly O’Lay, Leah Cloy and Rian Faery scored the goals for Wilson.
Anna Chunco scored both goals for Newfane which is now 2-5-1.
Former Judge Punch recently wrote a gracious letter simply asking people to fact check. He did state the conclusion of his careful analysis but did not insist, demand, or argue any facts. (I do that.)
His, Punch’s letter got a nicely written, but curious reply that dismissed his letter as being contrary to fact. It was sad and off point as the writer repeatedly threw in bogus statements of fact as examples to show Judge Punch was misguided when he encouraged fact checking.
The last time around Donald Trump only had to throw stones at Clinton and Obama. This time he can blame his two years of failures with a Republican Congress, his former cabinet members, two of his attorneys, two of his National Security Advisors, two Chiefs of Staff, the FBI doing its job, jury verdicts, Russian disinformation about Ukraine etc., his FBI director, and any personality who does work for Fox (to name a few). He wants to claim he is a White Knight coming to the rescue.
The writer of that letter was simply overloaded by all these bogus claims and, if he fact checked, he only looked at a few facts. The ones he wanted to believe he simply repeated or else he would have had to admit his own moral compass was upset.
In other words I bet this Trump supporter – like most – has fallen so far down the rabbit hole from traditional moderate or conservative Republican into Trump’s ineffective and populist theatrics that he did not know how to face up to his mistaken reliance on the web of lies that has ensnared him.
Fact checking is time consuming. Here is a link to 8 reputable fact-checking websites. Be sure to really check facts and vote.
Our local businesses and governments needs massive support. Not spending money to test and trace has us headed to economic disaster as we fall behind our economic competitors. Making the same mistakes as President Hoover who limited spending, when spending was actually critical, thus letting the bottom drop out again will ruin all but the investor class who can move money offshore.
P.S. And thank you to both the Republican and Democratic election officials who made my voting here in Orleans easy and effortless. Our vote and peaceful transition has been and, if we are smart, should remain the standard for the free world!
Conrad F. Cropsey
Orleans County has 19 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the last update on Friday.
The new positive cases reside in Albion, Barre, Carlton, Clarendon and Murray. The individuals are in the age groups of 0-19, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s and 80s, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.
Two of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
Five of the new cases are students at Albion Central School. All five are hybrid learners – two at the high school, one at the middle school and two at the elementary school. Hybrid learners attend in-person two days a week.
Four of the students had not been in school for the week prior to testing positive. The Health Department determined there is no need to do further contact tracing in the school for those students.
Contact tracing regarding the fifth student has been completed. Staff members and parents of any students who were identified as being close contacts have been notified by the Health Department.
The individuals are under mandatory isolation and will remain there until fully recovered, the Health Department said this afternoon.
Contact tracing is in process. Individuals identified by the Health Department as being close contacts either have been contacted or will be by the Health Department contact tracers and they will be placed under mandatory quarantine.
Orleans has now had 385 people test positive for Covid-19 since March.
The county is also reported one resident is hospitalized due to Covid-19, the first hospitalization in the county from Covid in several weeks.
Orleans also has 16 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
Genesee County received 5 new positive cases of Covid-19 and has now had 354 people test positive since March.
The new positive cases reside in Alabama, Bergen, Bethany and LeRoy. The individuals are in their 20s or 60s.
The individuals were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, according to the Health Department.
Genesee also is reporting two more recoveries and those individuals have been released from mandatory isolation.
The county has two people hospitalized due to Covid-19.
Genesee also has 13 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
The local Health Department also is reporting that a resident previously reported as positive at Premier Genesee, a nursing home in Batavia, has now been identified as a negative Covid patient. That individual has been removed from the local numbers of confirmed cases.
Click here to see an online map of the 64 confirmed cases in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, which includes 10 in Genesee, 37 in Orleans and 17 in Wyoming.