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Month: March 2014

County backs naming creek for female pioneer in Gaines

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 March 2014 at 12:00 am

File photos by Tom Rivers – Al Capurso has been working for about a year to have the federal government name a creek in honor of Elizabeth Gilbert, a pioneer settler who moved to Ridge Road in Gaines in 1807. In this October file photo, Capurso is pictured on a walkway above the creek next to Gaines Carlton Community Church.

GAINES – For about a year Al Capurso has been working to line up support and evidence that an unnamed stream in Gaines and Carlton should bear the name “Gilbert Creek.” Those efforts could pay off soon with a formal decision of support from the U.S. government.

The Orleans County Legislature was the latest to back the effort of naming a creek for a pioneer settler along Ridge Road. The Legislature voted last week to support the naming. The Gaines and Carlton town boards also support “Gilbert Creek.”

The decision lies with the Board on Geographic Names through the U.S. Department of Interior. The group meets next month and Capurso believes he has compiled all the data to sway the board.

If the board approves the name for the local creek, Capurso plans to have a dedication ceremony at noon on May 24. A reception will follow inside the church fellowship hall.

He was driving along Brown Road last year with his son Kenny when they saw the stream and wondered about its source and if it had a name. They discovered the creek begins from feeder sources south of Route 104 near Brown Road. It then marries Procter Brook in Carlton, and then flows into the Oak Orchard River.

Capurso said it meets three standards for naming a creek: The feature is currently unnamed; The stream has an independent and distinct source of flow; and it is historically significant.

About 200 years ago the stream must have caught the eye of Elizabeth Gilbert and her husband, identified in historical records only as “Mr. Gilbert.” They arrived with their two children and a niece in 1807. They picked a spot next to a stream near where the Gaines Carlton Community Church now stands on Route 104, close to the intersection with Brown Road.

A historical marker by the church notes the efforts of Mrs. Gilbert as a pioneer settler.

Early settlers liked to build log cabins close to a source of water. The Gilberts chose the north side of Ridge Road, building their home where there was a rise in the land. The cabin is long gone, but a historical marker notes the pioneering efforts from Mrs. Gilbert. Her husband died in 1808, leaving her to raise the children, and tame the nearby wilderness.

“My passion is certainly pioneer history,” Capurso said today. His family paid to have a historical marker placed on the Courthouse Square last year for a pioneer settler in Albion.

Capurso is preparing a wooden sign for “Gilbert Creek” that would match the one for “Proctor Brook” by the Cobblestone Society Museum. He wants to complement the museum, which is a National Historic Landmark, the only site in the county with that designation.

Medina booters score 3 indoor wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 March 2014 at 12:00 am

All three Medina teams scored victories over the weekend in Kenan Indoor Soccer League competition.

In the Junior Division, Medina nipped Zimmi’s Auto Service 5-4 to improve to 3-4.

Trevor Hare and Sherri Kowal each scored two goals and Destiny Satkowski one for Medina.

In the Senior Division, Medina 1 improved its second place record to 4-2-1 by romping past Zimmi’s Auto Service 11-4.

Barry Rogenmoser poured in five goals to lead the Medina attack. Katie O’Connor netted two and Scott Barber, Josh White, Brennen O’Connor and Zach Dlugosz one each.

The front-running Medina 2 team boosted its record to 7-1 with an 8-3 victory over Citizen’s Bank.

Brian Anderson led the way with four goals. Anthony Pane added two and Collin Dunn and Alyssa Mahnke one each.

Lady Eagles return veteran group

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Getting set to lead the Kendall softball team into the upcoming season is this veteran quartet of Kari Hurlbutt, Shauna Ricker, Taylor Kingsbury and Olivia Welch.

With a good returning nucleus in the lineup, Kendall is prepping for the upcoming Genesee Region League softball season.

Heading the Lady Eagles veteran contingent is the returning starting quartet of seniors Kari Hurlbutt (outfield/shortstop), Shauna Ricker (outfield), Olivia Welch (catcher) and junior Taylor Kingsbury (shortstop/third base).

Freshman Chelsea Wright, who hurled the final five games last spring, handles the all important pitching position.

“She got some good varsity experience and I think she’s ready to go,” said Coach Jeff Parizek of his young hurler. “She’s played tournament ball and she’s looking really good.”

The Lady Eagles roster also includes seniors Jorden Ammerman (first base/third base/outfield), Nicole Browe (second base/outfield), Emma Bouchard (second base), Maria Albanese (first base) and Amanda Jones (outfield/infield) along with juniors Sarah Gardner (outfield), Brianna Jurs (second base), Brooke Butterfield (outfield), Kali Haskins (outfield/infield), Carley Lester (third base/second base), Hannah Evans (second base/shortstop), Sky Brice (outfield) and Becca Pearson (infield/outfield).

“We’ve got a good nucleus back with our seniors and our experience,” said Parizek. “We’ve got three of our top five hitters back . We want to improve and we look to be competitive.”

Kendall, which went 5-9 in G-R action and 8-12 overall last spring, looks to open the G-R season April 7 at Pembroke after having scheduled games Tuesday and Wednesday against Alexander and Holley postponed due to snowy field conditions.

Highlighting Kendall’s season will be the Lady Eagles first trip to the Disney softball complex in Orlando, Florida over the spring break.

Kendall’s schedule is as follows:
April 1 – Alexander, ppd.
April 2 – Holley, ppd.
April 7 – at Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.
April 9 – Attica, 4:30 p.m.
April 13 – vs. Byram Hills at Disney, 2 p.m.
April 14 – vs. Jefferson at Disney, 12 p.m.
April 15 – vs. Hacock at Disney, 4:30 p.m.
April 16 – vs. Monroe at Disney, 4 p.m.
April 22 – Oakkfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.
April 26 – Byron-Bergen, 1 p.m.
April 28 – at Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.
April 30 – at Elba, 4:30 p.m.
May 1 – Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
May 7 – at Holley, 3:30 p.m.
May 9 – Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.
May 12 – at Attica, 4:30 p.m.
May 13 – at Alexander, 4:30 p.m.
May 15 -f at Byron-Bergen, 4:30 p.m.
May 16 – at Wheatland-Chili, 4:30 p.m.

Bald eagle is spotted in Barre

Staff Reports Posted 31 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Pamela Moore

BARRE – Pamela Moore and her husband were out for a drive on Sunday and they spotted a bald eagle along Gillette Road.

Moore said that was a first for her, to see a bald eagle in the county that wasn’t in a cage.

“We were very excited to experience this together for the first time in our 50 years!” she wrote to the Orleans Hub.

Moore also sent us pictures of a Snowy Owl during the winter.

Trick photography in 1890s shows an Albion man pictured twice

Posted 31 March 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian

ALBION – Don’t be fooled by this image. It is a trick photograph of the same man.

George Ball is pointing a revolver at himself on the other side of the table.

This “shot” was taken in the late 1890s at the studio of Pollo R. Stillman, a photographer in Albion.

Noted the painted backdrop often seen in old time group photos. Stillman gets an A-plus for this clever manipulation of two images into one in his darkroom.

Employee buys Lake Breeze Marina at Point Breeze

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Gatlen Ernst is no stranger to the business

Photos by Tom Rivers – Gatlen Ernst and his fiancée Danielle Daniels are pictured on a dock in front of Ernst’s Lake Breeze marina. Ernst closed on the property last Thursday, acquiring the business from Doug and Janice Bennett.

POINT BREEZE – The Lake Breeze Marina has a new owner, and he is well-known to customers and the Point Breeze community.

Gatlen Ernst, 30, closed on the sale last Thursday, acquiring the business from Doug and Janice Bennett. Ernst worked for them for 10 years.

“He’s been a good employee and he had the desire,” Mr. Bennett said. “Everybody likes Gatlen and everybody knows him. It should be a smooth takeover for him.”

The marina has 44 dock slips, nine storage barns for boats, and a main service building with gas, diesel, propane and boating supplies, parts and accessories.

“This has been a dream of mine since I started working here,” Ernst said at the marina today. “I love being outside and working with the customers.”

When he was hired 10 years ago, Ernst mowed the lawns and did other odd jobs at the marina. Ernst was 20 at the time, working during the summer while he was a college student. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nazareth College with a concentration in entrepreneurship and marketing.

He praised the Bennetts for investing in the business and steadily upgrading it. They added six storage buildings and expanded the main service building and shop.

“We improved it, and Gatlen was part of it,” Bennett said.

Gatlen Ernst is keeping the two mechanics at the marina and also added a new mechanic. The group includes, from left: Gary Simmons, Ernst, Doug Farewell and Ben Diltz.

Ernst is renaming the business to Ernst’s Lake Breeze Marina. He is keeping two full-time mechanics, Doug Farewell and Gary Simmons, and also has added another mechanic. Ben Diltz of Kent joins the marina after graduating from the Marine Mechanics Institute in Florida.

Ernst has another new face at the business: his fiancée Danielle Daniels. She knows about the commitment to make a small business succeed. Her father, Mike Pilon, co-owned Dale’s Supermarket in Albion for many years.

Ernst is the sole owner of the marina business. He purchased the real estate in a partnership with Rod Farrow, a Lake Breeze customer. Farrow is an apple farmer who lives on the other side of the Oak Orchard River.

Ernst will be handling the day-to-day operations. He sees a lot of potential in Point Breeze, which was named the “Ultimate Fishing Town” last year by the World Fishing Network.

“I’m optimistic that there’s room for growth,” he said. “The river is beautiful. It’s great for fishing.”

Ernst and his crew are ready to start the boating season. It generally runs from April 1 to Oct. 31.

“We’ll be launching boats this week,” he said. “People are anxious.”

Holley track squads have good numbers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Veteran members of the Holley boys and girls track team include, in front, Jimmy Williams, Isaac Miller, Martin Beadle and Phil Haughton. In back are Paige Whittier, Emily Radford, Claudia Passarell, Sam Barniak, Nicole Blackburn and Lexi Reyngoudt.

Bolstered by a large turnout of nearly 60, the Holley High boys and girls track teams are prepping for Wednesday’s scheduled Genesee Region League opener at Alexander.

“Our numbers are outstanding,” said Assistant Coach Dan Goodwin. “It’s definitely the largest group we’ve had so we’re excited about the numbers. We have a great core of athletes both boys and girls.”

Holley’s season will be highlighted by the opening of the Hawks new track facility on April 23 against Byron-Bergen and Attica.

“We’re looking forward to that. It’s a great thing,” said Goodwin of the new facility.

The Holley boys squad is led by seniors Jimmy Williams (200, 400, relays), Isaac Miller (shot-put, discus), Phil Haughton (jumps, shot, relays) and junior Martin Beadle (distance, relays, steeplechase).

Williams was first in the 200 and second in the 400 and Beadle first in the steeplechase and third in both the 800 and 1600 at the G-R All-League meet last year.

Setting the pace for the Holley girls squad are seniors Nicole Blackburn (hurdles, high jump, relays), Lexi Reyngoudt (jumps, hurdles), Paige Whittier (shot-put, discus) Claudia Passarell (sprints, long jump, pole vault) and Monica Murlo (middle distance, hurdles) along with juniors Emily Radford (distance) and Sam Barniak (shot-put, discus, relays).

Blackburn placed third in the high jump, Passarell third in the long jump and Reyngoudt seventh in the pentathlon at the G-R All-League meet.

Holley’s schedule is as follows:
April 2 – at Alexander, 4 p.m.
April 17 – at Waterloo Invitational, 10 a.m.
April 23 – Byron-Bergen and Attica, 4 p.m.
April 26 – at Alexander Invitational, 10 a.m.
April 30 at Oakfield-Alabama, 4 p.m.
May 2 – at Victor Invitational, 4:30 p.m.
May 7 – Byron-Bergen and Pembroke, 4 p.m.
May 9 – at Marion Invitational, 5 p.m.
May 12 – Kendall and Wheatland-Chili, 4 p.m.
May 15 – G-R steeplechase/pentathlon at Wheatland-Chili, 4 p.m.
May 17 – G-R All-League meet at Oakfield-aalbama, 9 a.m.

Some major earth-moving at the former Harbor Pointe

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

CARLTON – Lynn-Ette and Sons has been busy the past month transforming the former Harbor Pointe Country Club from a golf course into farmland.

I drove by on Route 98 today and was stunned by the transformation. Many trees have been taken down in the past month at the site.

Lynn-Ette bought the golf course earlier this month from the Cardone family, which owned it for 33 years. A drop in golf play and a rise in corn prices in recent years prompted a change in use for the site.

The golf course opened 50 years ago on Route 98 in Carlton. The course opened in 1964 as the Oak Orchard Country Club.

Security guard is a writer and steady presence at CRFS

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Art Buongiorne, 87, impresses with work ethic

Photo by Tom Rivers – Art Buongiorne of Albion works as a security officer and also does some administrative work for CRFS. He is pictured with Jodi Gaines, the CRFS chief executive officer.

ALBION – He is a friendly face at the entrance for Claims Recovery Financial Services at its East Avenue complex, the former Chase site.

Art Buongiorne is also an inspiration to the staff of 600 workers, a testament to a hard work ethic and a good heart.

Buongiorne works weekends as a security officer for CRFS. He also works during the week at the business, doing administrative work such as printing copies, sorting, collating and other tasks.

Buongiorne is 87. He said he’s been blessed with good health. He credits that to vitamin supplements, exercise and his Christian faith, as well as cutting back on sugar and carbs.

“It’s staying healthy and doing it God’s way,” said Buongiorne, who puts in 40-plus hours each week at CRFS.

He is a Holley native and a World War II veteran. He and Mary, his wife of 65 years, raised six children.

Buongiorne, a former carpenter, was working in security for a Rochester bank until he was 83. He was laid off. He wanted to keep working and was hired about two years ago by G4S, a company contracted for security by CRFS.

Buongiorne works Fridays and Saturdays for that company. He impressed the CRFS staff with his dedication and outgoing personality.

Jodi Gaines, the company CEO, found duties for Buongiorne so he could increase his pay.

“I’m really blessed by it,” he said. “They’ve created a job for me.”

Buongiorne has written three books, and is trying to get them published. In one of his writings, “Faith Builders,” he writes about the power of God. He credits his Christian faith for helping him break away from alcoholism when he was a young man.

Buongiorne also writes about Italians who settled in the Holley area and became very successful as entrepreneurs and public servants. Buongiorne includes Jodi Gaines, the former Jodi Penna, in that book he has titled, “The Italians and Why They Came.”

“Art has been a great addition,” Gaines said. “He is hard-working and dedicated.”

State title run highlights big hockey season for Albion junior

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photo – Albion High junior Monica Benjovsky helped the Monroe County Youth Hockey Edge U16 team reach the state finals.

Capping off a memorable season, Albion High junior Monica Benjovsky recently helped lead the Monroe County Youth Hockey Edge U16 team to the New York State Amateur Hockey state championships.

Monica, who plays defense, is in her third year with the Edge which lost to Potsdam in the state championship game.

Seeded No. 1 from the West Division, the Edge went 2-1 in the opening round of the tournament of the state tournament, then defeated defending champion St. Lawrence 2-1 in the semifinals before dropping a 3-1 decision to Potsdam in the finals.

“They are the  greatest group of girls and I have amazing coaches,” said Monica of her Edge team.  “Playing with them has been enjoyable every step of the way.  A great moment was the championship game in the New York State Amateur Hockey League State Tournament.  It was a good hard fight and I am so very proud of the determination and commitment of my team.  We played our hearts out.  Such a good memory.”

Monica, who also plays varsity soccer and tennis at Albion High, has been enjoying skating on the ice for virtually all of her life.

“I started skating with my older sister Kali and twin brother Dyer when I was 3,” she said.  “My grandpa had purchased my sister some figure skates.  She wanted to take figure skating lessons, so we all took learn to skate lessons at the same time.   We have an older cousin, whom we have always idolized, that plays hockey.  Once my twin brother Dyer and I learned how to skate, we thought that we might like to be like our cousin Kyle and play hockey too.  Dyer and I started playing hockey when we were 5.”

And Monica, who is also talented in the classroom ranking 11th in her class, credits her close ties with her twin brother as key in keeping her involved with and enthused about playing hockey.

” Funny story, just shorty after I started hockey, when I was probably 6 or 7, I had decided that I didn’t really want to play anymore.  BUT!!!, I  felt that couldn’t quit because I would be letting Dyer down.  At the time, I felt like I needed to take care of him and that he needed me,” she said. “It wasn’t the case of course, but I like to mother him, haha.   I am so thankful that I didn’t give in to my feelings on not letting Dyer down, otherwise, I wouldn’t be playing today. I played on the same team with him and his friends until I was 14.   The majority of the boys on that team have stayed together until this very day.  I became so close to them, consider them family, and will always cherish those memories with that team.”

Contributed Photo – Monica Benjovsky in action for the Edge U16 team.

And though she plays other sports, Monica’s heart certainly belongs with hockey.

“This might sound corny, but I love the feel of the ice on my blades, the sound the blades make on the ice, the smell of the fresh cut ice, the coolness of the rink”, she said.  “It’s in my blood, I crave those feelings. I love the physical demands of the sport, to be in shape, to push myself to the next level, to keep pushing regardless of how tired I am.  I love the bonds that I make with my teammates and their families.  I love my teammates families. I love the game itself.  There is literally no greater game that the game of hockey. ”

She also credits one of her long-time coaches for her success on the ice.

“I had a coach for a number of years when playing with the boys that has been the most influential person in my hockey career.  His name is Coach Adam Driscoll.  He is my favorite memory and favorite coach from all my years in hockey,” said Monica.  “He gave me so much confidence in my abilities.  He has so much faith in what I can accomplish.  To this day,, he still takes interest in my hockey and supports my endeavors.  He is a incredible person and an incredible role model as well.”

Monica, who is now busy practicing with the Albion High tennis squad along with her brother Dyer and sister Kali, looks forward to continuing her career on the ice.

“I hope to continue with the Edge girls team for the 2014/15 hockey season,” she said.  “The year after that, I plan to attend college with hopes of playing ladies hockey for a college. ”

Monica, whose edge team played in both the Great Lakes Girls Hockey League in Western New York and the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League in Canada this season, will be attending a Rush Hockey Showcase in Toronto in June, a Rush Hockey Camp in Toronto in June and the Boston Bean Town Classic Showcase Tournament in July.