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Month: June 2015

Albion U17 booters rally falls just short

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

A big second half rally came up just short as Albion dropped a narrow 4-3 decision at LeRoy this evening in a Rochester District Soccer League U17 Division game.

LeRoy, which avenged a recent 4-2 loss to Albion with the win, roared out to a commanding 3-0 half-time advantage.

Albion though came battling back in the second half getting two goals from Brylie Hapeman and one by Ally Page but came up one tally short. Aubrey Lewis assisted on the goal by Page.

Now at 4-1, Albion next hosts York at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Bradley has top 10 Ironman 70.3 finish

Contributed Story Posted 30 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photo – Scott Bradley during the 13.1 mile run portion of the Ironman 70.3 at Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.

Lyndonville native Scott Bradley earned the first top 10 finish of his pro triathlete career at the Ironman 70.3 in Raleigh, N.C. on May 31.

In posting a career best total time of 4:09.27, he finished 10th out of 24 competitors in the Male Pro Division and out of 2,156 overall competitors.

The competition opened with the 1.2 mile swim and Bradley came out of the water 20th out of 24 male pros which was the most he had beaten out of the water in his four professional races.

He then made his biggest move on the leader board in the bike competition, which is his strongest event. He finished the bike in 14th place, riding the 56 miles in a personal best time of 2:10.07. It was the third fastest bike time among any of the competitors.

He also did a personal best time in the 13.1 mile (half marathon) of 1:22.02 which was the 11th best time of any of the competitors.

In besting his own previous best by over 5 minutes he made another strong move up the leader board. After 6.7 miles he was still in 14th place trailing No. 13 by 40 seconds and No. 12 and No. 11 by 2 minutes and 40 seconds. However, he passed all three over the next 6 miles before turning the last corner about .4 of a miles from the finish line.

At that point he set his sights on the 10th place runner, about 75 to 100 yards ahead of him. He put on a late burst and passed the runner to earn the coveted top 10 finish by a narrow one second margin.

Bradley then just missed another top 10 finish when he placed 11th in both the Pro Male Division (22 competitors) and overall (2,279 competitors) at the Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, Quebec on June 21 with an overall time of 4:09.50.

He came out of the water 21st out of 22 Male Pros with a personal best time of 29:45 but had trouble shedding a new wet suit and left the transition in 22nd place.

Again though he made his biggest move up the leader board in the bike competition finishing the 56 miles in 2:12.25 and in 13th place. This was the ninth fastest bike among all the competitors.

Keeping the momentum, he picked up two more spots on the half marathon run finishing the 13.1 miles in a time of 1:22.39. for an 11th place finish.

“In past years, Scott would climb the leaderboard on the bike, but he would be fortunate if he was able to not lose a few spots during the run.  That he is now able to gain spots on the run is a huge step forward this year,” said Scott’s dad, Wes Bradley.  “Breaking the 30 minute barrier in the swim was a nice improvement, but realistically he is targeting the 27 minute range in order to be able to finish in the money.  Again in Mont-Tremblant, the top 8 Male Pro finishers received a paycheck.  As in Raleigh, Scott was pleased with his performance.  Though it was a few seconds slower the IM 70.3 Raleigh, this was a much more difficult bike and run course, so finishing so close to his Personal Record from Raleigh was very positive. ”

Bradley, who is currently on vacation from his position as Intern Coordinator at Wayne Central School, now has three more competitions scheduled over the summer. He will compete in the New York City Triathlon on July 19, the Ironman 70.3 in Calgary, Alberta on July 26 and the Ironman 70.3 Timberman in Gilford, N.H. on August 16.

Roy-Hart evens Midget ‘A’ record

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

Rebounding from an early 4-0 deficit, Roy-Hart rallied to edge visiting Wheatfield/Cambria 7-5 this evening to regain the .500 mark at 2-2 in Lockport Midget ‘A’ League action.

Roy-Hart used three-run scoring bursts in both the third and fourth innings to key the comeback. Austin Walker had a two-run single in the third and Aaron Metz an RBI single in the fourth.

Roy-Hart later tacked on an insurance run in the sixth on an RBI double by Austin Heschke.

Walker, Metz and Al Xapsos each had 2 hits on the evening.

Joe Nolan picked up the win on the mound allowing 3 hits and striking out 7 in five and two-third innings work.

The loss drops Wheatfiled/Cambria to 1-2.

The other two scheduled games, Lockport at Medina and Akron at Albion, were postponed due to wet grounds.

“A’ League action resumes on Thursday with Albion at Roy-Hart, Medina at Lyndonville and Wheatfield/Cambria at Lockport at 6 p.m.

‘A’ League Standings: Medina 1-0, Akron 2-1, Lyndonville 2-1, Roy-Hart 2-2, Albion 1-2, Lockport 1-2, Wheatfield/Cambria 1-2

Midget B suspends season

Down to just three teams, the Lockport Midget ‘B’ League has suspended its schedule for the rest of this season.

The ‘B’ League started the season with four teams but because Somerset has been unable to field a team, the lineup was reduced to just three squads- Albion, Lyndonville and Medina.

League officials indicated that they are planning to resume Midget ‘B’ League competition next year.

Holley moves to acquire Diaz homes

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 30 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Kristina Gabalski – This house at 10 Jackson St. in Holley is currently owned by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is expected to soon be transferred to the Village of Holley Development Corporation and then sold.

HOLLEY – The eight “Diaz homes” that have sat empty for more than a decade will soon be on the market.

Members of the Board of Directors of the Village of Holley Development Corporation on Monday evening authorized Board President Daniel Schiavone to work with the EPA to make two minor changes to an agreement with the federal agency before signing the contract.

Once the village and the EPA also sign the agreement, ownership of the homes will be transferred to the Development Corporation and the Board of Directors will decide how to move forward to sell the properties.

Under terms of the agreement, the EPA will receive 50 percent from sale of each of the properties – after closing costs and not counting legal fees.

“I think this is the best deal we are going to get,” Schiavone told board members. “I’m not sure if it’s in our best interest to keep negotiating. There is a buyer for all these homes. Anything will sell if the price is right and it’s our mission to get these homes inhabited and back on the tax rolls.”

He explained the EPA wants to show they didn’t just hand over the properties after spending millions of dollars in cleanup costs.

Schiavone will now work with the EPA to settle two items in the agreement before it is signed by the three parties involved: Clarification regarding how lead abatement is defined and making sure language is correct referring to the Village and the VHDC.

The EPA wants lead abatement done in the homes before they go back on the market, but did not make clear if such abatement could be accomplished per New York State guidelines.

The Development Corporation does not have funds to pay for abatement and Schiavone explained the EPA has suggested the cost could be built into the sale contract of the homes. Additionally, acronyms for the village and the Development Corporation were swapped in places in the agreement and need to be corrected, he said.

The homes are scattered in the area along and off South Main Street (Rt. 237) in the southwest portion of the village, in the neighborhood where the Diaz plant was located.

The properties include: 26 South Main, 27 South Main, 37 South Main, 38 Geddes, 6 Jackson, 10 Jackson, 11 Jackson and 14 Jackson.

The EPA purchased the homes following a chemical leak at the Diaz plant in January 2002.

The homes have been cleared by the EPA of contamination, with the exception of lead, which exceeds EPA levels, Schiavone explained.

“All have been appraised by the EPA,” he noted. “It’s not as disastrous as you might think.”

Schiavone said it is possible the Development Corporation could stand to gain as much as $200,000 to $250,000 from the sale of the homes. Those proceeds will “… allow this organization to move on to other projects in the community,” he said.

The Board of Directors additionally appointed Jeff Martin as group’s real estate attorney during the Monday meeting. Schiavone said Martin has agreed to no upfront costs for his services. He will be paid after the Development Corporation receives funds from the sale of the homes.

The Holley Village Board might move on signing the agreement at its next regular meeting, July 14. The Development Corporation meets again July 27 at 7 p.m.

Holley Village Trustee Skip Carpenter attended Monday’s meeting and said the EPA this summer is expected to install a new waterline on South Main Street to aid in cleanup efforts at the Diaz site. The water line project will also involve installation of new sidewalks.

Carpenter explained the EPA eventually will bring in additional power to facilitate future cleanup at the site.

“The cleanup is sizable,” he noted, but said there is no word on when that work will take place or how long it will last.

Lyndonville woman pleads guilty to grand larceny and could be sentenced to state prison

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

Others are arraigned in County Court on drug charges

ALBION – A Lyndonville woman admitted in Orleans County Court on Monday that she stole about $1,500 of items – rare coins, medicine, a computer, jewelry and a bayonet.

Renee Brown, 35, of Eagle Street was arraigned on fourth-degree grand larceny on Monday. She pleaded guilty to the charge and could face a maximum of four years in state prison.

She also faces charges of criminal mischief in the second degree for slashing tires and grand larceny for using someone else’s credit card.

Brown is in jail on $10,000 bail and will be sentenced on Sept. 14.

In other cases in County Court:

Judge James Punch set bail at $200,000 for a Medina man charged with grand larceny and petty larceny.

Joseph Allegue Jr., 50, was charged on June 24 with the crimes after he allegedly stole someone’s wallet at the Aldi store on Maple Ridge Road in Medina.

Allegue has five prior felonies, five prior misdemeanors and five times he failed to appear at court dates, Punch said in setting the bail.

Two Rochester men were arraigned for criminal sale and possession of drugs in Orleans County in early 2014.

Tony Thompson, 48, of Dale Street in Rochester has been charged with criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

Kenneth Thompson, 49, of Dale Street in Rochester has been charged with four counts each of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Holley booters score road victories

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

Holley’s U15 and U17 teams both scored road victories Monday evening in Rochester District Soccer League competition.

Improving to 4-3-1, the Holley U15 team defeated Mt. Morris/Dansville 3-1.

The Holley U17 squad stayed undefeated at 7-0 by nipping Pavilion 1-0 at Genesee Community College.

John Mounts scored a goal in each half for the Holley U15 team which also got a second half tally by Andrew Moseman.

The Holley U17 team edged past Pavilion on second half goal by Derek McArthur.

Making it five shutout wins in seven games, the Holley defense was led by the quartet of James Skehan, Tyler Hill, Dylan McKay and Ryan Moseman.

A road trip wasn’t as kind to a short handed Albion U19 squad which dropped a narrow 1-0 decision in a rainy contest at Churchville on Sunday evening.

Albion, which slips to 2-3, played two players short throughout.

Sunday’s rain caused the postponement of the Albion U17 at Hilton game.

Albion doctor retires after more than 4 decades

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

Dr. Satya Sahukar has been a committed pediatrician

Photos by Tom Rivers

Dr. Sahukar addresses a crowd of well wishers during a retirement reception in his honor at Oak Orchard Health.

Dr. Nancy Ciavarri thanks Dr. Satya Sahukar for his mentorship and service to the community.

ALBION – Dr. Satya Sahukar retired today, more than 44 years after he started as a pediatrician in the Albion community.

He was recognized at a reception at Oak Orchard Health’s Albion site this afternoon at 301 West Ave. He is pictured next to Dr. Nancy Ciavarri, the chief medical officer for Oak Orchard, and some of Sahukar’s family, friends and colleagues.

Sahukar worked at Arnold Gregory Memorial Hospital in Albion and then Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport, before both of those small town hospitals closed. The past eight years he has worked at Oak Orchard Health.

“He has been committed to the community,” said Jim Cummings, the chief executive officer for Oak Orchard Health.

Cummings said physicians and professionals used to make long-term commitments to a community, but these days there is a lot of moving around.

“He is from a generation when doctors stayed,” Cummings said.

Sahukar was recruited to work in Albion by cardiologist John Fernandez, who is now retired. Sahukar grew to love Albion and the local residents. He and his wife, Mary Janet Sahukar, raised four children in Albion. Mrs. Sahukar is a nurse.

Sahukar joined the Albion Lions Club in 1975 and has remained an active member. He made himself available for families and children, although he tried to guard his Monday bridge nights.

“I really liked the community once I started knowing the people,” Sahukar told the group at his reception. “I just love the community.”

Dr. Nancy Ciavarri, the chief medical officer for Oak Orchard, has worked with Sahukar for several years.

“He has been a mentor to many of the younger physicians,” she said at his reception today.

Sahukar kept a “calm demeanor” in his job and surrounded himself with very good nurses and staff, Ciavarri said.

She thanked his family “for allowing him to care for the community.”

Sahukar said he plans to stay in the Albion community and play more bridge and golf.

A journey to highlight ability

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

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – John Robinson is making his third ride along the Erie Canal, going 363 miles from Buffalo to Albany. He is pictured at about 11:15 this morning with his wife Andrea. They are close to the Main Street lift bridge in Albion.

This time the journey has been harder. The rain has softened the towpath, making it mushy and requiring more push from Robinson to move his adaptive use bicycle.

Robinson is pictured on East Bank Street, headed to the former Grammar School on East Academy Street.

Owen Robinson, 12, joins his parents Andrea and John on the bike ride, which took a brief detour off the canal today in Albion so the family could meet residents served by The Arc of Orleans County.

Robinson, 46, stopped in Albion late this morning. He visited developmentally disabled residents served by The Arc of Orleans County. Robinson, who was born without arms and legs, was given a big reception and he happily greeted residents and posed for pictures.

He has made promoting abilities and skills of the disabled to businesses and government officials. He wants people with disabilities to have a shot at employment. When they can’t work, he wants there to be services in place so they can remain part of the community.

John Robinson is praised by Donna Saskowski, executive director for The Arc of Orleans County. She also leads the state ARC chapter in Genesee County.

“We’re doing everything we can to advocate for people with disabilities at the local, county, state and national levels,” Robinson said during a reception at the former Grammar School in Albion, where The Arc provides services. “We’re trying to make a better life and a better economic opportunity for people with disabilities.”

Robinson in October was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his efforts to connect disabled residents to jobs.

Robinson lives in the Albany suburb of Glenmont. He is managing partner and CEO of Our Ability, a company that supports people with disabilities.

Robinson meets with local developmentally disabled residents.

He recalled when he first stopped in Albion two years and was struggling on the bike ride. He didn’t think he would be able to get to Albany, about 300 miles away.

But a big crowd of residents, including local officials and many disabled residents, gave him a huge welcome, including a quilt with blocks showing their support for his trip.

Robinson keeps that in his office. He is also a motivational speaker and he shares how the enocuragement from the Albion group lifted his spirits during a trying time.

“You guys inspired me to keep going,” Robinson told a group of about 30 people today. “I mention Albion, NY, and Orleans County every where I go.”

Andrea Robinson rides behind her husband John and their son Owen as they go down East Bank Street today in Albion.

The Robinsons started today’s trip in Medina and plan to go to Spencerport at the end of the day. It will take about two weeks to travel the canal.

They are traveling with Robinson’s business partner Doug Hamlin, a para-palegic who is using an adaptive use bicycle. Hamlin was slowed today because of the rain and soft towpath.

Robinson said he hopes their example will inspire the community to look past the disabilities and see the abilities in everyone.

He said he was encouraged after the visit at The Arc today.

“Everybody in here has a will to live and has a family that wants the best for them,” he said. “We’re trying to send the message that we are people with ability.”

For more on Robinson and Our Ability, click here.

Medina grads will be going places

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

Photos courtesy of Chris Busch – These Medina graduates pose for a photo at commencement on Friday. The trio includes, from left: Jacob Roeseler, Brian Bogan and Samuel Busch.

MEDINA – The 115 members of the Class of 2015 will begin the next stage of their lives with accomplishment.

Jeff Evoy, the district superintendent, noted that 63 percent of the class earned Regents diplomas with 29 percent at Advanced Regents (Honors).

“In the fall, our graduates will leave us with a strong foundation built here in Medina,” Evoy said at commencement on Friday.

Nearly two thirds or 65 percent of the class will attend either two- or four-year colleges, about 10 percent will be off to trade schools, 5 percent have joined the military and 20 percent will search for employment opportunities, Evoy said.

The superintendent highlighted five students who joined the military: Victoria Carter, Air Force Reserves; John Derting, Air Force; Nick Erway, Army; Brett Pecoraro, Marine Corps; and Jacob Covert, Marine Corps.

Students will be pursuing degrees ranging from neurosciences to cyber security. Evoy said Medina’s Class of 2015 is heading to Canisius College, Clarkson University, Pace University, Wells College, Houghton College, RIT, Nazareth College, Hamilton College, Kent State University, George Mason University, the University of Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Elmira College, Case Western Reserve, SUNY Oneonta, Rensealear Poly Technical Institute, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Oswego, Niagara University, Ithaca College, University of North Carolina, Hilbert College, Roberts Wesleyan College. A number of students will attend the following community colleges: Alfred State, NCCC, GCC, ECC, Sandy Hills CC, Canton and Bryant and Stratton.

The Class of 2015 includes 115 graduates, who received their diplomas on Friday at the Medina High School Auditorium.

In his message to graduates, Evoy focused on the importance of persistence and hard work.

“If you get knocked down you must rise again and come back twice as hard,” Evoy told graduates.

He shared the example of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, whose life was featured in the movie, Rudy. Ruettiger dreamed of playing football for Notre Dame. After high school, he worked for his father in a steel mill. Rudy was undersized and suffered from dyslexia. He decided to attend Holy Cross by Notre Dame to boost his grades. It took four tries before Notre Dame accepted him as a student.

With the help of dedicated teachers and tutors and his commitment to his school work, Rudy got the job done, Evoy said. Rudy played on Notre Dame’s scout team and appeared in a game, sacking the quarterback to end the contest.

“Think about how his life may have turned out had he not believed in himself,” Evoy said. “I can guarantee that you will have many struggles in life, but it is how you react to adversity that will determine success or failure. Work through these struggles and learn from them. The difference between success and failure, more often than not, is a little extra effort. When you face adversity battle it with tenacity and always believe in yourself.”

Medina juniors carry the 54-foot-long Daisy Chain into the auditorium for commencement. The Daisy Chain is a lot of hard work. It takes about two days to build it. It’s a Medina tradition going back about a century.

Earlier this month at the Top 10 dinner for the graduates from four Orleans County school districts, Aaron Knights addressed the group. Knights grew up on a farm in Medina. Today he is an attorney in Washington, D.C.

Knights discussed the importance of hard work with the Top 10 graduates.

“He told the audience that he knew coming from a farming family that he would never be outworked,” Evoy said. “He applied this hard work ethic to his chosen profession, law.”

Medina graduates are joining thousands in the region and millions around the country in accepting diplomas and starting a new phase of their lives.

“Nothing will be given to you and your work ethic may be the one thing that separates you from the crowd,” Evoy said. “Simply put, there is no substitute for hard work.”

Planning Board approves more grain storage at ethanol plant

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

Photo by Tom Rivers – Western New York Energy wants to add 800,000 bushels of grain capacity to the plant at the corner of Route 31A and Bates Road.

ALBION – The Orleans County Planning Board backed a plan to boost the grain storage capacity for the ethanol plant in Medina by 800,000 bushels.

Western New York Energy submitted a site plan for a 105-foot wide by 142-foot high steel silo. A conveyor system at the top of the bin would increase the height to 155 feet.

The added space would increase grain reserves from 17 days to 30 days, providing greater capacity when deliveries could be impeded by inclement winter weather, county planners said.

The project will cost about $2 million, Michael Sawyer, WNY Energy chief executive officer, told the Orleans Hub during a previous interview.

Construction for the project is expected to run from July through September. It will be on existing developed land that is south of the current corn silos that have 1 million bushels of storage space with two 500,000-bushel grain bins.

In other action last Thursday, the Planning Board:

Approved the site plan for James Lustumbo of Medina to build a 49-unit storage facility on West Avenue, bordering Maple Ridge Road.

Lustumbo wants to build the units in two phases, with 25 in phase one and 24 in phase two. The units would be 150 and 200 square feet. He plans to call the business, Lakewood Storage Facility.

Recommended the Town of Albion approve the site plan, permit request and setback variances for Michael Donnelly to operate a motor vehicle repair shop at his home at 3406 Eagle Harbor Rd.

Donnelly plans to use an attached garage to operate the business, including snowmobile, ATV and small engine repair.

Donnelly needs a 0.5 foot variance from the 15-foot minimum residential setback, a 14.2 foot variance from the minimum 50-foot canal right of way setback and a 19-foot variance from the 20-foot minimum for a driveway setback.

Planners said there is no practical remedy for reducing the variances short of abandoning the project.