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Roy-Hart honors fall season athletes

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 November 2020 at 9:07 am

Putting the  finishing touch on a fine fall season, which saw Roy-Hart earned both boys and girls Niagara-Orleans League soccer titles, the Rams held their awards ceremony this past week.

Earning Most Valuable Player Awards were Jay Heideman (cross-country), McCarthy Lang and Carter Green (golf), Justine Laverty and Lexiss Diel (offense varsity field hockey), Becca Berner and Claire Halstead (defense varsity field hockey), Trent Choate (offense varsity soccer), Dominic Peracciny (defense varsity soccer), Kara Choate (girls varsity soccer), Ava DiGiacomo and Abby Glyshaw (modified field hockey), Jayden Swygert (defense boys JV soccer), Jack Johnson (offense boys JV soccer), Grace Trembley (offense girls JV soccer) and Emma Marsillo (defense girls JV soccer).

Most Improved Player awards were presented to Samantha McIntyre (girls cross-country), Lawson Wallworth (boys cross-country), Nate Beyer (golf), Alayna Kowalski (modified field hockey), Christian Lates (boys varsity soccer), Amelia Konstanty (girls varsity soccer), Braden Ricker (boys JV soccer) and Hannah Giroux (girls JV soccer).

The Coaches Awards were presented to Julia Miles (girls cross-country), Bryan Baes (golf), Miah Glena (field hockey), Dillen Giertz (boys varsity soccer), Brooke Livergood and Mya Quinn (girls varsity soccer), Cayla Burch (modified field hockey), Caleb Verratti (boys JV soccer) and Sophia Santella (girls JV soccer).

Five Year Awards were presented to McCarthy Lang (golf), Aidan Bligh (soccer), Clara Jones (soccer) and Mya Quinn (soccer).

Recipients of the Rampage Award were Jay Heideman, McCarthy Lang, Lexiss Diel, Justine Laverty, Kara Choate, Dom Peracciny, Nadia White, Peter Martillotta and Trent Choate.

Medina lights Christmas tree at Rotary Park to kick off holiday celebration

Photos by Tom Rivers: David and Trudi Schwert are pictured in Medina’s Rotary Park this evening after a tree-lighting celebration. The Schwerts will serve as grand marshals of the 12th annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, which this year will be a reverse parade at Medina Central School, with motorists driving by stationary floats.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 November 2020 at 9:02 pm

David and Trudi Schwert honored at tree-lighting, will serve as parade grand marshals on Saturday

MEDINA – The village held a low-key tree-lighting ceremony this evening at Rotary Park to avoid drawing a big crowd to the park at the corner of Main and East Center streets.

But the event was still a chance to show appreciation for David and Trudi Schwert. The couple moved to Medina in 2010 and immediately became involved in community causes, including helping to plan the annual Parade of Lights. They would raise money for the event, distribute cards promoting the event in the community, and help with staging the floats at the Olde Pickle Factory before they went on a route in front of several thousand people.

This evening’s tree-lighting was the first they had been to because that event is normally just before the start of the parade. They couldn’t be at those tree lightings because they were helping to organize the order of the floats and lighted fire trucks.

Mrs. Schwert served as a parade marshal, walking on the route on Park Avenue, helping to make sure the floats were moving at a steady pace before they turned onto Main Street.

The couple will serve as a parade grand marshals on Saturday, doing a ribbon-cutting at 5 p.m. and they driving the first car on the parade route through the Medina school campus, starting at the elementary school and going past six parking lots with floats until going past the high school. It’s a “reverse parade” that ends on Maple Ridge Road.

Trudi Schwert, right, said the Medina community has been very welcoming to her and her husband. She spoke during a tree-lighting ceremony this evening. Jim Hancock is second from right.

The Schwerts aren’t part of the parade committee this year. They praised the organizers for finding a way to keep the event going during a pandemic with restrictions on crowd sizes. This time there won’t be a crowd. Everyone will pass by the floats in vehicles.

“It really is a brilliant idea,” Mrs. Schwert said.

She and her husband have been married 55 years. They raised three children. They both worked at Alfred State College with Mr. Schwert a biology professor and Mrs. Schwert working as a director of academic advising.

When they retired from Alfred, they bought a campgrounds in Houghton. They ran that for 15 years before selling that business. They were looking for a small town near Rochester and decided on Medina.

“We came to visit on a Saturday and everybody who passed us said hello,” Mrs. Schwert said. “People were so friendly to us.”

The two wanted to involved in the community and joined the effort to put on the big parade. Mr. Schwert also has been active on the board of trustees for the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library and Mrs. Schwert is very involved at the First Presbyterian Church of Medina.

The tall Christmas tree was lighted up for the first time this evening for the holiday season. Takeform in Medina made the letters along the edge of the park with Christmas messages.

Jim Hancock, chairman of the Parade of Lights, said the Schwerts and other volunteers have been essential in the annual event.

“It takes a whole village,” Hancock said. “They have been with us from the very beginning.”

Saturday’s “reverse parade” will include about 20 floats and decorated vehicles. Hancock said the parade committee wanted to keep the event going, even though it will look different this year.

“It’s going to be a nice array of trucks and floats,” Hancock said. “It will be a nice diversion with so many things being cancelled this year.”

Albion businesses urge community to ‘shop small’ on Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 November 2020 at 4:39 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: This group helped plan Small Business Saturday in Albion. They are pictured in Tara Thom quilt shop on East Bank Street. Pictured from left include Courtney Henderson (owner of Milk and Honey) and her daughter Lair Alchin, Maureen Bennett (owner of A Lil’ Cottage Chic), Tara Thom (owner of Town and Country Quilt Shop), Beth Schorer, (owner of Beth’s Sewing Box) and Cliff Thom, who assisted in planning the event.

ALBION – Many of Albion’s locally owned businesses are working together in a Small Business Saturday event, urging people to give the local merchants a chance and not spend so much money online with Amazon or through the Big Box stores.

The local stores tomorrow are offering a “shop hop” where people have a chance to win a $100 gift card through members of the Albion Merchants Association. That’s if people get a passport for the event stamped by 10 locations. If they get it stamped by five businesses they have a chance at winning a gift basket.

Many of the stores in the downtown, on Ridge Road and the Arnold Gregory Office Complex will have in-store specials and prizes.

The AMA wants the community to know the stores have been resilient during the pandemic, and together they offer a variety of merchandise and services.

“People say we don’t have anything in Albion but we literally have everything,” said Courtney Henderson, owner of Milk & Honey in Albion, a women’s and children’s clothing boutique.

She is one of the businesses offering discounts for Small Business Saturday, as well as exclusive “swag bags” for the first 10 customers who spend $100.

She is one of the 10 locations on the shop hop. The others include Laura Loxley Vintage Inspired Goods, Town & Country Quilter, The Flying Needle and Thread, Beth’s Sewing Box, The Olde Dogge Inn, How Sweet It Is Bakery (pop up shop at Tinsel), Downtown Browsery, Red Check Rustic and The Backroom – Pretty Sweet Bakery & A Lil’ Cottage Chic.

Saturday’s shop hop will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a country fair at Arnold Gregory’s and Dubby’s Wood Fired Pizza will be at Tinsel’s from noon to 5 p.m.

$5.9 million upgrade to emergency radio system expected to be ready in December

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 November 2020 at 12:10 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Workers from Upstate Tower Inc. last week are shown doing final work and inspections on the new 180-foot-high radio tower by the Orleans County Public Safety Building on Route 31.

This is one of four new radio towers in the county. Upstate Tower also installed two other 180-foot-high towers in Kendall near the school’s bus garage and in Yates on Millers Road near the water tank.

The other tower is 150 feet high near the Holley water tank on Route 237.

Upstate Tower is doing final inspections on the 700/800Mhz L3 Harris P25 Digital Public Safety Radio System. The county received a $5,897,141 million grant from the state for the project, which includes access roads, antennas, microwaves, shelters, standby generators, propane tanks and security fences.

Finger Lakes Communications, a contractor for L3 Harris, will be doing final hookup and system testing from Nov. 30 through Dec. 11, with the final cut-over expected in late December, said Dale Banker, director of the Orleans County Emergency Management Office.

The $6 million upgrade will strengthen communications between multiple jurisdictions and agencies.

“This project will greatly improve radio system coverage for the 1,300 system users and improve public safety for all residents of Orleans County,” Banker said.

The NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services provided the nearly $5.9 million grant through the Office of Interoperable Communications. Banker, who serves as 700/800 MHz Radio System Administrator, also credited the support and efforts of the Orleans County Legislature, Orleans County Treasurer’s Office, Emergency Management staff and grant personal, Orleans County DPW, the Orleans County Radio Advisory Board and County Attorney Kathy Bogan.

“I also want to thank the Village of Holley, Kendall School District and Village of Lyndonville for their great partnership and cooperation allowing Orleans County to have ground lease agreements to co-locate our tower sites on their properties,” he said.

Medina will be busy on Saturday for Olde Tyme Christmas celebration

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 27 November 2020 at 9:25 am

Photos by Tom Rivers: Cobblestone The Girl Scouts in the Cobblestone Service Unit won the “Littlest Elf Award” for their float in the Nov. 24, 2018 parade.

MEDINA – In spite of the Covid pandemic, the village of Medina has found ways to celebrate their annual Christmas in Medina, scheduled on Saturday.

While the annual Christmas in Medina will have a different look this year, there will be a celebration on Saturday, which will conclude with the Parade of Lights in a reverse format.

Cindy Robinson and Kathy Blackburn are the annual chairs of the day-long event in Medina, which will begin with the Home for the Holidays 5K at 9 a.m. That event is sold out.

Residents are invited to join merchants for Shop Small Saturday, with specials being offered by many local small town merchants.

One local shopper is Karen Sawicz, owner of the Orleans Hub and Lake Country Pennysaver, who prefers to shop as much as possible with small local merchants in Orleans County, because she believes they are the backbone of the county in providing jobs as well as goods and services.

Shopping local and supporting small town businesses is crucial to their existence, especially with the hardships caused by the pandemic.

Due to Covid restrictions, visits with Santa on Saturday will be at the Senior Center on West Avenue this year. Children and parents can enter through one door and exit through the other, thereby adhering to social distancing. Masks will be required and there will be no sitting on Santa’s lap this year.

Santa and Mrs. Claus’ schedule for their appearances at the Santa House in Rotary Park throughout the holiday season will be posted on Medina’s Olde Tyme Christmas Facebook page and in store windows.

Here is map for the “reverse parade” on Saturday at the Medina school campus. The floats will be stationary and people will pass by them in vehicles. The entrance is on West Oak Orchard Street at the Oak Orchard Elementary School drive. Vehicles will exit on Maple Ridge Road near the high school.

The fourth annual Parade of Lights Toy Drive, led by Andrew Szatkowski, also had to adapt this year, and instead of collecting toys downtown, they are hosting a “Santa Hat Drive” at the start of the parade. Volunteer elves with Santa hats, much like a fireman’s boot drive, will be at the parade to collect spare change. All donations will go directly to local groups to help make a brighter Christmas for kids in Orleans County.

The Cutest Little Elf contest has gone virtual this year. Pictures can be submitted to Medina’s Olde Tyme Christmas Facebook page from this Saturday through Dec. 12. Winners will be based on how many “likes” a photo receives. Prizes will be provided by hometown businesses.

The Children’s Window Scavenger Hunt theme this year will be “The Night Before Christmas Mouse.” Entry forms are available online at and at the English Rose Tea Shoppe, 527 Main St.

The Canal Village Farmers’ Market will take on a Christmas theme every Saturday until Christmas. The market is located at the corner of West Avenue and West Center Street.

The traditional children’s activities offered by downtown merchants will be available this year for two weeks – on Saturday through Dec. 12 (unless otherwise noted) during each business’s regular hours. This is to avoid large crowds which might violate Health Department recommendations.

Shoppers can enter to win an electric toy train by dropping off a non-perishable food item at the English Rose Tea Shoppe and receiving one raffle ticket for each item donated. Donations will be given to the Medina Food Pantry. Also at the English Rose Tea Shoppe, kids can pick up their special Santa Claus stationary to write their letter to Santa. Letters can be mailed in a special mail box in front of Rotary Park. The Tea Shoppe will also be handing out free samples of their most popular teas.

Alexandra Peracciny Photography on the second floor at 519 Main St. will be offering a holiday photo card/frame kit. Also, a complimentary photo booth will be set up in the studio from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.

At Case-Nic Cookies at 439 Main St, kits to “Frost Your Own Cookie” will be sold for $1, with the proceeds going to the Medina Food Pantry.

Creekside Floral at 509 Main St. will offer a surprise “take and make” craft to complete at home.

Children can pick up a picture at Blissetts, 449 Main St., for a coloring contest. Pictures should be returned to blissetts by Dec. 12 to be entered to win a prize.

At the Book Shoppe, 519 Main St., there will be a take and make snowman bookmark craft.

Upscale Overstock at 339 North Main St. will offer a different take home kids’ craft each week.

Also at 339 North Main St., Mandeo’s Candy Shoppe will have cups of hot chocolate (with surprise ingredients, such as a peppermint stick or chocolate spoon) to make at home. Cost is $3 and proceeds will be donated to Anchoring Hope of New York and Buffalo Sabres Warriors Sled Hockey Program.

The Downtown Browsery at 413 Main St. will offer a take and make Santa ornament and a letter to Santa on which children can put their wish list. It can be returned to the Browsery and put in the Letters to Santa mailbox. The Browsery is also one of the locations for the MAAC collection barrels, and shoppers are encouraged to drop off a new toy to help make Christmas special for those less fortunate.

Since Canalside Tattoo can’t host the toy drive this year, they got together with Erin Townsend Photography to make 2021 calendars which they will sell for $30.

A variety of take and make crafts will also be available at Lyric & Lizzy Boutique, 335 North Main St.

Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way to the Medina Theatre after a parade through the downtown last year on Nov.30 when they rode in an old Medina fire truck. This year they will be at the Senior Center on West Avenue. Children and parents can enter through one door and exit through the other to adhere to social distancing. Masks will be required and there will be no sitting on Santa’s lap this year.

Anyone who brings a small baby item to Herbalty Collage will receive a “Stress-Free Holiday Bath Soak.” Baby items will be donated to Care Net of Greater Orleans.

Shoppers can drop off a gift for children and/or teenagers in the MAAC barrel at Ashlee’s Place, 116 East Center St.

As is the tradition, the day will be topped off with the spectacular Parade of Lights, which definitely has a different look this year. There will not be the traditional fireworks, but Instead of the parade passing by the spectators, the parade will be stationary and the spectators will drive by it. This is to eliminate the big crowds which usually gather on Main Street.

This year, cars will enter the parade route on West Oak Orchard Street at the Oak Orchard Elementary School drive near Genesee Street. Genesee Street will be closed to traffic. Cars are to proceed to the parade entrance and follow the route through the school campus, exiting at the high school on Maple Ridge Road. The parade will start promptly at 5 p.m., immediately after a ribbon cutting near Vets Park with parade marshals Dave and Trudy Schwert. Parade floats will be on display until 8 p.m., according to parade chairman Jim Hancock.

Lyndonville honors fall sports athletes

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 November 2020 at 8:54 am

Capping off the season Lyndonville High honored its fall sports athletes in a ceremony this past week.

For girls varsity soccer, Lily Jo Carpenter received the Coaches Award while Ella Lewis was named Most Valuable Player and Erin Kiefer the Most Improved Player.

Lewis, who led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 14 goals, has also earned Genesee Region League All-Star honors. Carpenter, Kaylee Nesbitt, Brooklyn Brown, Carina Kingsbury, Emma Roush and Gracie Cogovan all received Honorable Mention.

For boys variety soccer, Russell Stephens was named the Defensive MVP and Nathan Dillenbeck the Offensive MVP.

Dillenbeck, who led the team in scoring with 23 goals, has also earned first team All-League honors as have Stephens and Casey Winiecki. Jack Whipple was a second team honoree while Anthony Moule and Alex Barry were Honorable Mention selections.

For cross-country, Michael Marker was named the MVP and Austin Gardner the Most Improved runner.

For boys JV soccer, Owen Mank was named the Defensive MVP, Sebastian Temich the Offensive MVP and Mason Nicholson the Midfield MVP.

Temich led the team in scoring with 17 goals and 3 assists. Nicholson had 4 goals and 6 assists and Trenton Muck 1 goal and 1 assist. Owen Mank provided strength on the defensive side and Payton Grabowski in goal was 5 for 5 on stopping penalty kicks.

Albion residents urged to ‘Deck the Town’ and decorate their homes

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 November 2020 at 8:29 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: This home on South Clinton Street is pictured on Thanksgiving in Albion. The Albion Merchants Association wants to see more houses decorated for the Christmas holiday.

ALBION – The Albion Merchants Association is offering $900 in gift cards to homeowners who decorate their houses for the upcoming Christmas holiday.

The AMA is hosting its first “Deck the Town” contest, with a goal to spread joy and make the community shine bright, the group said.

The contest includes a $500 gift card to AMA businesses for first place, a $300 gift card for second and a $100 gift card for third. Voting will be done by the public through Facebook. People are welcome to submit photos of exterior of their decorated homes through the Albion Merchants Association’s Facebook page or by email,

Voting will be done through a Facebook album. All submitted entries will be posted with photo and address (no names, but address for public viewing). The winners will be chosen based on the most likes. Winners will be announced December 25th and receive a gift card redeemable at AMA businesses.

The eligible houses need to be located between Route 31A and 104, and between Lattin Road and Eagle Harbor Road.

The photos need to be submitted from Nov. 28 thru Dec. 15. Winners will be announced Dec. 25 and receive a gift card redeemable at AMA businesses

DWI arrests far fewer in multi-agency saturated patrol by local law enforcement

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 November 2020 at 8:31 pm

Law enforcement agencies in Orleans County worked together in a county-wide DWI saturation patrol from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 3 a.m. today.

This year’s detail involved the same amount of patrol officers yet the amount of vehicle stops that were conducted was nearly half of what we have seen in past years, said Roland Nenni, police chief in Albion and Holley.

“This is attributed to the early closing of establishments that sell alcoholic beverages and persons taking safety precautions as a result of the ongoing pandemic,” Nenni said in a news release. “At times during the detail vehicular traffic was nonexistent. The reduction in persons utilizing highways on what is typically one of the busiest nights of the year also shows that people are taking the threat posed by Covid-19 serious.”

There was one person charged with driving while intoxicated during the patrols. Past details have resulted 15 in more arrests for driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.

“This is positive news in our efforts to reduce accidents caused by intoxicated drivers,” Nenni said. “The reduction of DWI arrests is a positive and motivating factor when these types of details are conducted. Many believe that law enforcement want to make more DWI arrests during these details, however we like to see the opposite.”

The agencies involved in the detail included the Albion, Medina and Holley police departments; Orleans County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police.

In the past the detail has included logistical support from the Orleans County Probation Department, New York State Parole, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Border Patrol. But due to the risk posed by Covid-19 on officers, the detail only utilized law enforcement road patrol personnel for this year’s detail.

This is the seventh year a Saturation Patrol was conducted and the 10th year a focused detail was done. Nenni said the local law enforcement agencies are committed to making the roadways safe for all who travel upon them.

Police release name of mother, 31, who died in Royalton accident

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 November 2020 at 6:44 pm

ROYALTON – The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a 31-year-old mother who was killed in a car accident in Royalton on Wednesday evening.

Danielle Dujenski of Machias was driving a vehicle on Lewiston Road with her husband Garrett Dujenski, 30, and their five children, ages 1 to 11. They were struck by a vehicle driven by Daniel Verratti, 65, of Royalton. The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said Verratti was traveling on Griswold Road and failed to stop at stop sign at 7:33 p.m. on Wednesday.

Mrs. Dujenski and one of her children, 2 ½, both died from injuries sustained in the accident.

Four other children remain in intensive care with two children in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit at Oishei Children’s Hospital. Another child is in guarded and critical condition in the PICU, and the fourth child is in guarded condition, but stable in the Intermediate Care Unit, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Mr. Dujenski is listed in stable condition in the trauma ICU at ECMC.

Mr. Verratti was treated and released from Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Several fire departments responded to the scene, including Medina, Middleport, Alabama, South Lockport, Rapids, Terry’s Corners and Wolcottsville. Mercy EMS, Tri-Town Volunteer EMS and Mercy Flight also responded.

Second person in Royalton accident dies from injuries

Staff Reports Posted 26 November 2020 at 1:45 pm

ROYALTON – The driver of one of the vehicles in fatal collision in Royalton on Wednesday evening has died, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported today in an update from this morning.

A child was also killed in the accident, and four other children remain in intensive care with two children in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit at Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Another child is in guarded and critical condition in the PICU, and the fourth child is in guarded condition, but stable in the Intermediate Care Unit, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the vehicle with the children was pronounced dead at ECMC, and the front passenger is listed in stable condition in the trauma ICU at ECMC.

The sole occupant of the other vehicle was treated and released from Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. That vehicle was southbound on Griswold Street and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Lewiston Road and Griswold Street.

That caused the collision with the other vehicle with seven occupants that was eastbound on Lewiston Road, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Names of all the parties involved are not being released at this time.

Giving thanks for communities that stand together during times of challenge

Posted 26 November 2020 at 10:58 am


Another Thanksgiving is upon us. Truly one of the most American holidays, it is a wonderful day to help us remember the good things life has given us. Amidst dropping temperatures and fewer daylight hours, it is a great  time to get warm and gather with loved ones safely, eat well and fill your spirit.

This year is obviously different. We’ve been fighting this pandemic for nearly nine months now, and I, like many of you, am growing more and more concerned with the restrictions placed on us.

But I think it’s important to remember why these guidelines are in place. With the colder weather comes the cold and flu season, which will further strain our healthcare system and threaten our more vulnerable populations, particularly the elderly. Obviously, the state is in no position to make demands and requirements about how citizens choose to gather in their private homes , but please be sure to follow guidelines where you can.

Among the many things to be thankful for this year – friends, family, health, comforts, joy – is the fact that this state, our communities, have stood together through these trials and tribulations, and we worked together for the betterment and well-being of our loved ones and neighbors. That is something to be truly thankful for. And now that we’re reaching the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s as important as ever for us to remain vigilant in our fight against this pandemic.

Stay safe, stay well, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley


(Hawley represents the 139th District, which consists of Genesee, Orleans and parts of Monroe County.)

When the Albion vs. Medina rivalry football game was played on Thanksgiving Day

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 November 2020 at 9:15 am

Contributed Photos – Albion’s regulars for the 1936 season included Rosato, H. Dragon, T. Colella, G. Dragon, D.L. Stirk, Pask, Buckley, Morrow, Monacelli, Woods, D.H. Stirk and Barrett.

Today for sports fans watching football on TV is as much a part of Thanksgiving as the turkey dinner.

For Orleans sports fans the long standing Albion vs. Medina high school football rivalry was once the feature event on Thanksgiving Day.

From 1924 to 1936 the rivalry contest was played on Thanksgiving afternoon often in very challenging playing conditions.

In fact, three of those games (1926, 1928 and 1934) ended in a 0-0 tie as game stories report that in each case the field was a sea of mud.

The other 10 contests saw the teams both emerge with five victories.

Albion won the first Turkey Day Classic 12-2 in 1924 as John Donovan scored both touchdowns.

Medina answered back with a narrow 12-6 win in 1925 on touchdowns by Herb Blount and Brit Cooper.

Then sandwiched between the two muddy 0-0 ties in 1926 and 1928 Medina claimed a 19-6 victory in 1927 as John Kelly scored two touchdowns.

Medina’s most lopsided win in the Turkey Day series came by a 31-6 margin in 1929.

The following year was much closer as Medina nipped Albion 6-0 on a fourth quarter touchdown by Montgomery who recovered a teammate’s fumble at the goal line and plunged over the line for the score.

Medina also scored a slender 6-0 win in 1933 on a TD by Red Howe.

Albion closed out the Thanksgiving Day series by winning four of the last six contests by margin of 19-6 in 1931, 14-0 in 1932, 24-12 in 1935 and 27-0 in 1936.

Edward Nesbitt, John McKenna and John Page took turns scoring touchdowns for the Purple and White in the 1931 game while Don Armstrong accounted for both scores in the 1932 contest.

Albion’s last two wins in the Turkey Day series capped off outstanding seasons for the Purple and White which won 24-12 in 1935 to finish at 6-1 and 27-0 in 1936 to complete an undefeated 8-0-1 campaign.

Tommy Colella, who went on to star at Canisius College and then with the Cleveland Browns, scored two touchdowns in both of those contests. Henry Dragon also scored once in the ’35 game and twice in ’36. Joe Rosato scored Albion’s first touchdown in the 1935 game.

The following year the rivalry contest was moved up to Armistice Day (now Veterans Day) and continued to be played on that day until 1958 when it became part of the regular season schedule.

Medina’s 1934 squad included, in front, White, Hare, Garrett, Bacon, Clapp, Monagan, Root, Palmer, Acer, Clark and Hagerman. In the middle row are Stilwell, Smith, Lynch, Rumsey, Hay, Pegelow, Padoleski, Wanecski and Maines. In the back row are Coach Evans, R. Clark, Heveron, Hungerford, Ward and Prahler.

Gaines Basin Road canal bridge reopens after major repairs

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 November 2020 at 9:10 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Traffic passes over the Gaines Basin Road canal bridge this morning. The bridge has reopened after a major rehabilitation.

The bridge has been closed since March 23. It is one of seven canal bridges that have been upgraded as part of a $10.7 million initiative by the state Department of Transportation.

Crane Hogan Structural Systems in Spencerport was the contractor. The company installed high-strength galvanized steel to replace steel floor systems, low chords, gusset plates and truss elements.

The  seven single-lane truss bridges were constructed between 1909 and 1914.

The bridges in the $10.7 million project include Bennetts Corners Road in the Town of Murray, Telegraph Road in the Town of Murray, Transit Road in the Town of Murray, Densmore Road in the Town of Albion, Gaines Basin Road in the Town of Gaines, Bates Road in the Village of Medina, and Marshall Road in the Town of Ridgeway.

Child killed, 7 others injured in Royalton car accident

Staff Reports Posted 26 November 2020 at 9:02 am

ROYALTON – A child was killed, and four other children and two adults were injured on Wednesday evening, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported today.

There was a two-car collision at 7:33 p.m. at the intersection of Lewiston Road and Griswold Street.

Responding patrol units, fire personnel, EMS units arrived on scene of the accident and provided immediate first aid.

Initial investigation at the scene revealed that one vehicle was southbound on Griswold Street and the other vehicle was eastbound on Lewiston Road. The vehicle on Griswold Street failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection, causing the collision, the Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release.

The eastbound vehicle, traveling on Lewiston Road, had a total of seven occupants in the vehicle. The two adult occupants in that vehicle were transported via ambulance to Erie County Medical Center.

The remaining occupants of the vehicle consisted of five children. Four of those children were transported by ambulance and Mercy Flight to Oishei Children’s Hospital.

A fifth child from that vehicle was transported by ambulance to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport. That child was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The sole occupant of the southbound vehicle on Griswold Street was transported by ambulance to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Names of the parties involved are not being released at this time, pending notifications of family members. Current conditions of the parties involved in the accident are not available at this time as they are being evaluated.

The accident is currently being investigated by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Unit.

Medina Lions Club, DPW get State Street Park ready for holidays

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 25 November 2020 at 6:36 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf

MEDINA – Employees with the village of Medina strung lights on this giant Christmas tree next to the cannon in State Street Park on Tuesday.

The two Department of Public Works employees worked high in their bucket trucks to string Christmas lights in this tree at State Street Park.

Decorating the park for the holidays has been a tradition for Medina Lions for several decades, and this year is no exception.

The Christmas display which extends the full length of State Street Park is an annual tradition in Medina. The manger and Three Wise Men are just part of the extensive display, which Medina Lions put up on Saturday.

Lions’ members spent several hours putting up the decorations, which run almost the entire length of the park and include the Manger scene, Three Wise Men and Advent wreath.

Lion Dean Bellack said this a favorite project of the Lions and members support it wholeheartedly. More than two dozen members showed up to help put up the decorations, he said.

After the holidays, the Lions will remove the decorations and store them away for next year.