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Month: July 2014

Medina QB attends Elite Prospects Camp

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

Contributed Photo – Medina High quarterback Jason Hellwig, left, meets here with Aaron Nance, a wide receiver at the University of Louisville and a coach at the Top Prospect Elite Camp which Hellwig attended this past weekend at the University of Oklahoma.

Incoming Medina High senior quarterback Jason Hellwig competed at the National Underclassmen’s Top Prospect Eilte Camp held this past Saturday at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

During the 7 on 7 competition, Hellwig helped his team go 3-0 in the round-robin portion. He threw a touchdown pass in each game including the game winner with just 15 seconds remaining in a 12-6 opening game win. His team then lost in the championship game 25-12.

Hellwig was ranked the No. 4 incoming senior quarterback at the camp by NUC’s national evaluator.

NUC’s Elite Camp,  their final camp of the year, was attended by players from all over the country, with the highest number of participants coming from Texas.

Hellwig, who has started at quarterback for Medina the last two years, already holds the Mustangs career record for touchdown passes with 29.

Cobblestone Museum will host lectures on WNY, Orleans medical history

Staff Reports Posted 31 July 2014 at 12:00 am

GAINES – The Cobblestone Society Museum will kick off a new four-part lecture series next month about medical care and its history in Western New York.

The lectures all begin at 4 p.m. on Sundays at the Cobblestone Church, 14389 Ridge Rd. There is a $5 suggested donation. That price includes admission to an exhibit about early physicians and medicine in Orleans County.

That exhibit is in the first floor of the historic church and highlights more than 20 doctors from the county. The exhibit includes some of their tools and equipment, including a bag used for house calls. (Orleans Hub will feature that exhibit in a separate article to be posted soon.)

The lecture series is designed to bring more visitors to the museum and highlight pioneering medical care in the region.

The following lectures are planned at the museum:

The Development of Buffalo’s Medical School

Dr. Ronald Batt

Dr. Ronald Batt from the University at Buffalo will be the first speaker in the series on Aug. 17.

Founded on May 11, 1846, The University of Buffalo was established to train local physicians in the Buffalo area. Opening in 1847, the University welcomed Millard Fillmore as the first chancellor. He filled the position in a part-time capacity while serving as President of the United States. The establishment of Buffalo’s Medical School represents an important part in the growth of Western New York.

Batt is a professor of clinical gynecology at SUNY University at Buffalo. His master’s thesis was focused around the development and formation of Buffalo’s Medical School and the history of the Buffalo area.

The museum will have a special artifact on loan for this event: a death mask of Dr. Roswell Park. Several masks were cast following Dr. Park’s death in 1914, including those in the collections of the Buffalo Historical Society and the University at Buffalo’s Medical Sciences Library. This is believed to be the third of three that were cast.

The Search for Health: Sanitariums and Health Resorts of WNY

Erica Wanecski of the Medina Historical Society will discuss health resorts during a lecture at 4 p.m. on Aug. 31.

Wanecski has worked in the medical field for more than 20 years. She currently works in the education field with deaf children.

Provided photo – Pictured is the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Mich. It first opened in 1866 as the Western Health Reform Institute and was operated by John Harvey Kellogg (inventor of corn flakes) in the mid-1870s.

With an interest in history, she became curious about the history of the Castle on the Hill, a health resort and sanitarium in Dansville. She researched health spas, patent medicines and other medical-related topics. This presentation will focus on the history of Sanitariums and Health Resorts in Western New York.

Sanitariums existed during a time when medicinal treatments for ailments such as Tuberculosis were non-existent. The concept of health resorts and sanitariums developed into an idea similar to luxury resorts where members of the middle and upper class would travel away from home to experience state-of-the-art medical treatments guaranteed to improve their quality of life.

Trivial Tales of Orleans County Physicians

Orleans County Historian Bill Lattin will give this lecture at 4 p.m. on Sept. 14. Lattin will share human-interest stories from his up-and-coming book.

The program will include stories about several of the physicians featured in the Cobblestone Museum exhibit and others who have practiced throughout the area in the last 100 years.

Come join us as we hear the history of Orleans County’s finest physicians, told from an amusing and entertaining perspective.

Dying on Script: A Look at Victorian Attitudes Towards Illness and Death in the 19th Century

Derek Maxfield, GCC professor

Derek Maxfield, a history professor at Genesee Community College, will give a lecture, “Dying on Script: A Look at Victorian Attitudes Towards Illness and Death in the 19th Century.”

Maxfield’s presentation at 4 p.m. on Sept. 28 will explore the effects of medicine on the lives of families during the Victorian era. Looking back, many would consider the attitudes relating to death to be a morbid fascination or obsession.

Social norms developed around extended periods of mourning, a dictation of mourning dress, and exorbitant and extravagant funerals. A “Cult of Death” seemed to develop as families invested in mourning art, jewelry made from the hair of deceased loved ones, post-mortem photographs, and expensive cemetery monuments adorned with symbolism.

Maxfield will highlight a unique aspect of Victorian culture, representing the “final stage” in the 19th century treatment of severe medical ailments.

The lecture series is made possible through Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Albion captures Batavia Junior League diamond championship

Contributed Story Posted 31 July 2014 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photo – Albion’s victorious Batavia Junior League championhip team includes, in front from left, Eddie Stritzinger, Nick Neilans, Mackenzie Donahue, Brady Meakin and Alex DeSmit. In back are Justin Stritzinger, Jordan Wolcott, Assistant Coach Aaron Pappalardo, Evan Pappalardo, Tristan Torres, Tony Vallejo-Miller, Dylan Sherman, Jake Buzzard, Jon “Moose” Strobele, Assistant Coach Pete Stritzinger and Coach Scott DeSmit.

An extra-inning thriller, Albion squeaked past the Pirates 3-2 in the Batavia Junior League championship game Wednesday night at Chris Ball Memorial Ball Field.

Justin Stritzinger put Albion ahead with a two-out single in the top of the eighth, scoring Evan Pappalardo, who stroked a long double to center and took third on a passed ball.

Albion pitcher Brady Meakin and the defense then held the Pirates in the bottom of the eighth, with Pappalardo making a sliding backhand grab at shortstop on a ripper by the Pirate’s Jerry Reinhart.

Both teams fought their way into the championship with one-run wins in the playoffs.

The Pirates on Tuesday defeated Oakfield 13-12. Albion edged the Diamondbacks 4-3.

The Pirates and Albion split their series during the regular season, both one-run games.

Wednesday’s game started quickly for the Pirates, with Reinhart slugging an RBI triple off Pappalardo and Alex Jones following with an RBI single.

Pirate starting pitcher Ryan Webster shut down Albion for the first three innings before Alex Jones took the mound.

Albion mounted a comeback in the sixth, with Mackenzie Donahue drawing a walk and later scoring on a passed ball, making it 2-1.

Nick Neilans singled for Albion and scored on a slash to right field by Alex DeSmit, tying the game.

Meakin, who took over for Pappalardo in the third, held the Pirates to one hit over five innings.

Stellar defense from third basemen Jordan Wolcott and Dylan Sherman, along with two running outfield catches by Antonio Vallejo-Miller supported Meakin’s effort.

The game went into extra-innings, with Webster returning to the mound for the Pirates in the top of the eighth.

DeSmit and Meakin both grounded out to second but Pappalardo drilled a double to deep center.

Stritzinger lined a single to right-center, scoring Pappalardo and giving Albion the lead.

The Pirates had the top of the order in the bottom half.

Meakin walked the first batter but followed with a strikeout.
Catcher Jake Buzzard threw out the runner attempting to steal second.

Meakin walked the next batter and with two outs, Pirates’ slugger Reinhart was on deck.

Reinhart scorched a hard grounder to Pappalardo, who from his knees fired the ball to DeSmit at second for the final out.

The Pirates, the top seed, finished the season 9-3. Albion was the third seed and finished 9-2.

Key Midget ‘A’ game postponed

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

Today’s heavy rains washed out this evening’s Lockport Midget ‘A’ League schedule including the key Lyndonville at Medina battle for first place was well as the Akron at Roy-Hart game.

Lyndonville at 9-4 currently holds a half game lead over 8-4 Medina. The game is tentatively scheduled to be made up next Thursday.

Prior to that both teams have games slated for next Tuesday evening with Lyndonville at Lockport 1 and Medina hosting Lockport 2 in a doubleheader.

The Roy-Hart vs. Akron game is slated to be made up on Monday.

Lockport 1 is currently in third place at 7-6 followed by Roy-Hart 6-7, Lockport 2 4-7 and Akron 3-9.

In Midget ‘B’ League action, Medina is scheduled to host Somerset at 5 p.m. Friday at Vets Park. The teams are slated to finish an earlier season rain interrupted game at 5 p.m., which is in the fourth inning, and then play a full makeup game.

The Midget ‘B’ standings currently has Lockport in first place at 6-2 followed by Medina 4-3, Roy-Hart 1 5-4, Somerset 2-4 and Roy-Hart 2 2-6.

United Way director leaving Orleans for job at RIT

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

Lisa Ireland is first director for merged Orleans agency

File photo by Tom Rivers – Lisa Ireland, executive director for the United Way of Orleans County, joins campaign chairman Charlie Nesbitt last Sept. 11 in unveiling the $325,000 fund-raising goal. Ireland served as the United Way executive director the past three years.

MEDINA She led two Orleans County United Way charters through a merger, helped the combined organization raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local agencies and spearheaded a “Day of Caring” on Sept. 11.

Lisa Ireland said it has been an honor to serve as executive director of the United Way of Orleans County the past three years. But she is leaving the position next month to take a job at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She will be working in the development office, raising money for scholarships.

The United Way in Orleans used to have Eastern Orleans and Western Orleans chapters. Now they are unified with an office in Medina. The United Way set a campaign goal last September to raise $325,000 for 20 different agencies.

“It’s an amazing, amazing job,” Ireland said. “With 20 agencies you see a whole variety of different work. You’re able to touch a lot of lives.”

The United Way is seeking a new director. Candidates should send their resume and cover letter to Bill Hungerford, board chairman at For more information on the position, click here to go to the United Way website.

Ireland said she will be available through the end of August to help with the transition to a new director. It’s a busy time for the agency as it plans for a new fund-raising campaign and also the Day of Caring on Sept. 11. On that day volunteers go out and work with many community service projects.

“We purposely chose Sept. 11 wanting to turn a day of tragedy into something positive,” Ireland said.

Ireland grew up in Albion and lives in Brockport. She was just elected president of the Board of Education in Brockport. Prior to the United Way, she was director of the Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern and the development director of Hospice of Orleans.

“I’ve worked 12 years in human services in Orleans County,” she said. “It’s been such an honor to work with everyone in Orleans County.”

Albion teen leads humanitarian initiative in Uganda

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

Joyce LaLonde spends 6 weeks in Africa

Provided photos – Joyce LaLonde talks to a Primary School about the construction and importance of pit latrines as part of a sanitation and hygiene campaign.

ALBION – Joyce LaLonde spent six weeks this summer in Africa, digging holes for latrines, giving presentations to Ugandan women about family planning, and connecting with local officials and other humanitarian organizations.

LaLonde is only 18 and just finished her freshman year at Syracuse University, where she is double majoring in international relations and broadcast and digital journalism. She led a group of 13 other Syracuse students on the project through the Nourish International humanitarian organization based in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Syracuse University students, including LaLonde in front row at left, are pictured on the last day of work with half the group wearing Nourish International shirts, and others wearing Global Health Network of Uganda shirts.

The work in Uganda convinced LaLonde that she wants to be involved in international service work.

“This is definitely what I see myself doing,” she said. “This is something I’ve always been passionate about, seeing everyone around the globe as sisters and brothers.”

Her team from Syracuse worked with local Ugandan residents and the Global Health Network of Uganda. LaLonde said the Syracuse students were focused on doing sustainable projects that would be maintained long after the students left. (To see a 5-minute video about what they did, click here.)

They worked with residents to build three latrines for families with disabled members. They dug 20 -foot holes for the bathrooms. LaLonde and the team made small structures of concrete and bricks.

Students work hand-in-hand with community members to build a latrine.

The team made drying racks after using machetes to cut bamboo. They made washing stations and garbage pits.

The Syracuse team included 13 young women and only one man. LaLonde has experience in humanitarian projects. She went on a church mission trip in April 2013 for 10 days in Peru. She went with her youth group at the First Presbyterian Church in Albion for another project in Michigan.

The trip to Uganda was much longer, and LaLonde said the six-week commitment is a minimum to build relationships and trust with the local residents.

“You definitely need time to make a sustainable impact,” she said.

Nourish International members lead family planning education with women in Aber Village, Uganda.

The Syracuse group made a two-year commitment to the community in the Oyam District of northern Uganda. LaLonde and her team will be back next summer.

A group of Syracuse students last fall pushed to start a Nourish International chapter. They moved quickly to arrange and organize the trip to Uganda, partnering with the Global Health Network Uganda. Nourish International is not affiliated with a church.

“It’s service work,” LaLonde said. “It’s putting others before yourself.”

A representative from University of Southern California, Syracuse University (Joyce LaLonde – third from left), local government members, and GHN(U) executive director cut ribbon to officially begin partnership.

The students wanted to work in Africa. LaLonde said the culture has always fascinated her.

She was in charge of recruiting and training students for the trip. The group also raised $7,000 for its supplies in building the latrines and other projects. Each student also had to raise the money to cover their airfare and expenses. LaLonde said many in the Albion community helped her with those costs.

besides the physical projects in Uganda, students also led sessions with the Ugandans about sanitation and hygiene, financial literacy, sexual and reproductive health, and business education for women’s groups.

LaLonde was impressed by the sense of community in Uganda. The students were there during prime farming season. Ugandans got up early to work on their farms at 6 a.m. After working with their crops, they then pitched in to dig the latrine holes and complete other physically challenging projects.

The Syracuse group arrived on May 25 and stayed until July 6.

“I had a great team and we met a lot of incredible people,” LaLonde said.

One of the beneficiaries of the project accepts a bucket from Joyce LaLonde at the closing ceremony of the partnership.

Lions Club helped keep downtown Albion clean a half century ago

Posted 31 July 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin, Orleans County Historian

ALBION – Back around 1960 the Albion Lions Club provided trash barrels for downtown Albion. They were painted silver with black letters stating, “Help Keep Albion Clean.”

Shown here, from left, are Kenneth Scharett from Scharett & Mitchell Funeral Home; “Ted” Church, an attorney from Church and Church; and Mayor John D. Robinson.

The A & P Food Store shows in back of Ken Scharett’s head while “Jack” Robinson wipes the can clean.

Medina student attends select ag program in Iowa

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

Photo by Tom Rivers – Adam Eick, right, is pictured with his FFA advisor and teacher Todd Eick of Medina during last week’s Orleans County 4-H Fair. The two are cousins.

MEDINA – A conference in Iowa assembled 49 outstanding agriculture students from 26 states in a highly competitive program. One of those students, Adam Eick, is from Medina and looks forward to running his own farm someday.

He attended the New Century Farmer Program from July 14-18 in Johnston, Iowa, learning about the global marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends and risk management. Eick was able to network with other emerging farmers and experience some of the latest developments in agriculture technology.

“I see a bright future in the ag industry,” Eick said. “This conference solidified that because people have to eat.”

Eick, 19, is entering his sophomore year at Morrisville State College. He plays offensive lineman on the college’s football team.

Eick is from a dairy farming family. This summer he is a paid intern at Lamb Farms in Oakfield, working in the herd health program.

He was the only student from New York picked for the New Century program. Todd Eick, Adam’s teacher and FFA advisor at Medina, gave Adam a strong endrosement for the program.

“It was a great opportunity for Adam,” said Mr. Eick, who is Adam’s cousin. “He is a young man with a bright future. It’s been nice watching him grow up from a little boy to the young man he is becoming.”

Adam said he may move out West after college to work and perhaps own his own farm.

“There’s something about the Midwest that gets me excited about agriculture,” he said.

Niagara Nationals win Cougar Classic

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

Led by a good nucleus of Medina and Albion area players, the Niagara Nationals captured top honors at the Rochester Cougar Classic held this past weekend in Greece.

The Nationals went 3-0 during pool play outscoring their opponents 35-4 and then defeated the Elmira Jr. Pioneers 9-7 in the semifinals and the host Rochester Cougars 10-0 in the title contest.

Going into the playoff bracket on Sunday the nationals were the No. 2 seed. Taking on the Elmira Jr Pioneers first, the Nationals jumped out to a commanding 7-1 lead behind strong pitching and timely hitting.

However, the Pioneers fought their way back behind some defensive miscues and timely hits to tie the game at 7-7.

In the bottom of the fifth inning the Nationals were able to push across two runs behind a double by Brian Fry.

In the sixth, Chris Goyette took over on the mound to close door and secure the hard fought victory.

The Nationals then took on the Rochester Cougars in the championship contest. The Nationals jumped on them early with a run in each of the first three innings behind some timely two out hits from Goyette and Liam Ward.
The Nationals pitching staff dominated the Cougars and the defense was outstanding as stealing several hits away from the Cougars.
The Nationals eventually pulled away from the Cougars and won the game 10-0. Contributing in all aspects of game all weekend from pitching, defense, hitting and base running were Nathan Sherman, AJ Seefeldt, Ward, Goyette and Trevor Luthart. Fry was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player for his defense and timely hitting.

The Nationals will wrap up their season this weekend in the Battle at the Falls Tournament held in Niagara county.

Band plays Classic Country for Albion

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

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Joe Szalay sings for the band, Creekside Classic Country, during tonight’s concert in downtown Albion on East Bank Street.

The band members include, from right to left: Dave Nolan on guitar, Rebecca DeBoard on vocals, and Joe and Cindy Szalay.

There are two more concerts in the series: the Fauxtones with Zero opening at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7, and the Triple Play Band with Painted Silence opening at 6 p.m. on Aug. 14.