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Month: May 2015

Recalling Holley’s run of three straight sectional diamond titles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photo – Pete Selden helped hurl Holley to three straight sectional titles from 1995-1997.

Holley’s 6-2 victory over East Rochester on Friday in the Section V Class CC championship game brings to mind the Hawks sensational run of three straight sectional diamond titles which began just 20 years ago.

It was an outstanding run from 1995 to 1997 led by by sparkling pitching and hitting of Pete Selden.

Holley shutout Genesee Region League foe Byron-Bergen 5-0 to capture the Class B championship in 1995. The Hawks then downed rival Kendall 7-1 for the Class CC crown in 1996 and bested Wellsville 6-4 for the CC title in 1997.

Selden literally powered Holley to the 1995 title victory over Byron-Bergen as he hurled a two hitter with eight strikeouts and also belted a grand slam home run in the third inning. An RBI single by Scott Bartlett plated the first run of the decisive five run uprising which also included an error, a walk and a single by Doug Williams.

The Hawks had advanced to the finals by defeating Marion 10-2 in the opening round, nipping Warsaw 1-0 in the quarterfinals and downing Bolivar-Richburg 9-2 in the semifinals.

Selden hurled a two hitter with 17 strikeouts and Keith Topham singled in the game’s only run in the win over Warsaw.

In the semis, Holley scored six quick runs in the first inning highlighted by triples by Bartlett, Mike Mele and Don Cater. Bartlett also picked up the win on the mound pitching a two hitter with two strikeouts.

In the 1996 Class CC title contest, Holley used a five run third inning scoring burst to key the 7-1 victory over Kendall. A two-run double by Don Cater and a two-run single by Williams highlighted that decisive uprising which provided more than enough support for Selden who went the distance on the mound scattering six hits and striking out five.

All nine starters contributed to Holley’s 13 hit attack as Bartlett had three, Topham and Brandon Smith two and Dan Cater, Williams, Selden, Don Cater, Jim Austin and Josh Davis one each.

The Hawks had advanced to the title contest by defeating Cuba-Rushford 13-4 in the quarterfinals and Warsaw 8-3 in the semis.

The Hawks pounded out 17 hits in the quarterfinals, including four by Bartlett. In the semis, the Hawks broke away from a 2-2 deadlock by scoring three times in the fifth inning on a two-run double by Smith and an RBI single by Don Cater. Selden hurled the final four frames allowing only one hit and striking out six.

In the 1997 Class CC title game, the Hawks scored five quick runs in the first inning to key the 6-4 win over Wellsville. A double by Topham, who also picked up the win on the mound, ignited that uprising which also included a two-run single by Eric Collyer, an RBI single by Brad Williams and an RBI sacrifice by Selden. On the mound Topham scattered 5 hits and strike out 2.

Holley had advanced to the CC finals by defeating Warsaw 7-4 in the first round, Kendall 1-0 in the quarterfinals and East Rochester 10-8 in 9 innings in the semifinals.

Selden hurled a one hitter with nine strikeouts against Kendall. The Hawks then scored twice in the ninth to outlast East Rochester. A double by Jeremy Rowley drove in the game winner and a sacrifice by Smith then plated an insurance run.

After besting Wellsville for the Class CC title, Holley’s postseason run continued as Section V had joined in participating in the state playoffs.

Holley then defeated Caledonia-Mumford 9-4 in the Section V Class C state qualifier as Selden had a big day on the mound and at the plate. He hurled a one hitter with 14 strikeouts in five innings of work on the mound and also hit a pair of two-run homers to spearhead the Hawks attack.

Keeping the momentum, Holley then nipped Section VI champion Falconer 3-2 in the Far West Regional. Karl Grann, Doug Nicholson and Smith took turns contributing RBI singles while on the mound Selden hurled a four hitter with 16 strikeouts.

That victory propelled Holley into the Class C state semifinals at Little Falls where the Hawks dropped a narrow 5-3 decision to Carle Place.

Holley did jump out to an early 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Brad Williams in the second inning and a home run by Topham in the third.

However, Carle place pulled even with 2 runs in the third and then took the lead for good with 2 more in the fourth.

Holley did pull to within 4-3 in the fifth as Topham singled and scored on a sacrifice by Selden but the Hawks could get no closer.

It was a memorable three year sectional championship run for Coach Mick VanDeMar’s Holley squad which went 52-8 over that stretch including 16-3 in 1995, 17-1 in 1996 and 19-4 in 1997.

Animal shelter benefit brings big community response

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Friends of the Orleans County Animal Shelter put on a benefit today at The Pillars in Albion. It was a big draw with about 200 baskets up for raffle.

The Friends expected to raise at least $4,000, with the proceeds to help with spaying, neutering, vaccinations and some of the medical costs for animals.

“The community has been very supportive,” said Kathy Smith, the county’s animal control officer.

She thanked the many businesses and organizations that contributed to today’s benefit, as well as the volunteers that organized the event.

The Friends has a board of directors with five members and a dedicated corps of about 20 volunteers that serve at the animals shelter, located at the corner of routes 98 and 31A in Barre.

Nancy Miles, a retired Albion town clerk, is among the volunteers and board members.

Sgt. Todd Draper of the Medina Police Department and K-9 Kye did a drug detection demonstration.

Miles said the shelter could use funds so its smoke alarm system sends signals to dispatch if there is an alarm. The shelter could also use a new laundry machine for blankets and towels for the animals, and a walk-in tub to make it easier to give dogs a bath.

“I absolutely love animals,” Miles said. “They need somebody to speak up for them.”

Tony McMurtie, co-owner of The Pillars, made the facility available for the benefit. He adopted a dog from the animal shelter that proved a good pet.

Wendy Kenney, a board member for Friends, wasn’t surprised by the turnout, despite the rain.

“A lot of people have pets and a lot of people have adopted from us,” she said.

Lt. Chris Bourke, the K-9 handler with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, talks about Kim the K-9 before they did a demonstration showing the dog’s tracking abilities.

Lots of rain, cooler temperatures in forecast

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – This photo shows the Oak Orchard Lighthouse at Point Breeze on Thursday evening, when temperatures were in the 80s.

It will be much cooler today with a high near 48 with showers and patchy fog, according to the National Weather Service.

The Weather Service is warning of potential hazardous weather late this afternoon and evening for Orleans and much of western and central New York. The region could see ¾ to 1 ½ inches of rain.

“A cold front will stall to the south of the region this morning,” the Weather Service said. “A wave of low pressure will form on this cold front and advance northeastward along the boundary. This wave of low pressure will bring another round of moderate to significant rainfall this late afternoon and evening to Western New York and the across the region tonight.”

The forecast shows more rain on Monday with a high of 45, followed by a high of 61 on Tuesday and 66 on Wednesday. By Thursday, the high will be up to 75 with 81 on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Tango gets music lovers moving at Albion concert

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Victoria Perez, singer with the Buffalo Tango Orkestra, performs on Saturday night at The Pillars in Albion as part of an event that included tango lessons and dinner.

The Orkestra was welcomed to Albion as part of a concert series by the Orleans Renaissance Group.


Prior to the concert, Travis Widrick and Tiniko Natsulichvili (pictured) led a group in tango lessons. Widrick teaches tango classes in Buffalo. For more information, click here.


Paul-Joseph Struckmann plays the violin for the Buffalo Tango Orkestra during Saturday’s concert.

Fog rolls down Erie Canal

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The change in weather, from the 80s to the 40s, has left a lot of fog in Orleans County today, especially along the Erie Canal.

This photo shows the Brown Street canal bridge at about 4:15 p.m.

This tugboat, between the Main and Ingersoll street lift bridges in Albion, has a veil of fog this afternoon.

The fog runs along the canal in this photo looking west at the bend in the canal between the Brown and Ingersoll street bridges.

The fog rolls along the canal in this photo looking east from the Ingersoll Street lift bridge.

This tugboat stands out in the fog.

Albion firefighters try to fill the boot

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Members of the Albion Fire Department have been at the routes 31 and 98 intersection today with their annual “Fill the Boot” fund-raising drive. The top photo shows Stan Farone, right, and Dale Banker, long-time members of the department.

This photo shows Marty Stirk, right, and Matt Francis on Route 31, east of Route 98.

Dale Banker, right, also did a shift earlier today with Jeremy Babcock.

A century ago, Club 469 was popular saloon in Albion

By Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian Posted 30 May 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Operated by Mathew Ciszek, an Austrian-Polish immigrant, the old “Club 469” served as a saloon and bottling works for the community of East State Street during the first quarter of the 20th century.

A 1910 Orleans County Business Directory entry indicates that the business had expanded considerably and the Ciszeks were dealing in coal and wood in addition to the saloon and bottling business. After Mathew’s untimely death in 1910, his son Frank took control of the business.

This image, taken sometime between 1910 and 1915, depicts the interior of the bar room of Ciszek’s Saloon located at 113 East State Street. The original bar rested along the west wall, was moved to the east wall later on, and finally returned to the west wall with the opening of the Crooked Door Tavern.

Along the foot of the bar rests several spittoons as well as a luggage bag balancing on the foot rail. Near the ceiling are two large boxes that appear to contain taxidermy mounts. Two pints of beer on the bar indicate that several men ducked out of the way for this photograph. The man in the image is believed to be Frank S. Ciszek.

Mustangs have All-League track trio

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman

The Medina/Lyndonville track teams had a trio of champions including, from left, Matt Cochrane, Holly Heil and Jalin Cooper, at the recent annual Niagara-Orleans All-League meet held at Roy-Hart. Cochrane, a senior, was a double winner in the 400 and triple jump while Heil, a junior, won the 400 and Cooper, a freshman, captured the 200. Heil also placed second in the 800 as did Cooper in the 100 while Cochrane added a third place finish in the high jump.

Medina 12U Fillies roll to second win

Contributed Story Posted 29 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Scoring 5 quick runs in the first inning and 4 more in the second, the Medina 12U Fillies went on to defeat the Amherst Thunder 19-9 on Thursday.

Medina later scored 2 runs in the top of the sixth on a Camri King home run and 6 more in the top of the seventh to lock up the victory.

Lacey Kenward had 4 hits for the Fillies. King and Lexi Hare both had 3 and Micaela Erway and Brooklyn Brown 2 each.

Defensively, Erway had 3 putouts in right field.

Grace Cook took home the “Tuff Cookie” Award for her performance behind the plate.

The Fillies next visit the Amherst Miracles on June 3.