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$750 million available through NY’s regional economic development program

Posted 11 May 2021 at 4:15 pm

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched Round XI of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, officially kicking off a new decade of economic development in a post-pandemic recovery.

The 2021 funding round includes more than $750 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application opened on May 10, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to begin applying for assistance from dozens of state programs for job-creation and community development projects.

“We’re announcing a new decade of the Regional Economic Development Councils so that regionals all across the state can plan their own economic rebirth and come up with their own smart and daring plans to rebuild, and New York State will fund it,” Cuomo said. “We’ve done this before and it’s worked tremendously well, but it’s more important this year than ever before because the stakes are higher this year than ever before.”

Over the past 10 years, the Regional Economic Development Councils have revitalized the state’s economy from the ground up through a community-based and performance-driven approach to economic development. This year, New York State will again leverage the expertise of the REDCs to invest $750 million in strategic, regional efforts to drive the recovery in every corner of the state.

Round XI includes core capital and tax-credit funding that will be combined with a wide range of existing agency programs totaling approximately $750 million. The core funding includes $225 million in grants and tax credits to fund high value regional priority projects. The budget also makes over $525 million in resources from state agencies available to support community revitalization and business growth consistent with the existing REDC plans through the CFA process.

In order to be responsive to the immediate needs of the development community and as the state is making crucial investments to generate economic activity, the $150 million in grant funds from Empire State Development will be made available to projects on a continuous and competitive basis this round.

Round XI Awards

The Regional Councils will identify and recommend priority projects that will be eligible for up to $150 million in capital funds on a rolling basis, meaning projects will be reviewed throughout the round. An emphasis will be placed on project readiness and alignment with each region’s strategic plan. Additionally, projects within each region will also be eligible for a share of $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits to help attract and grow business in the region. Projects from all 10 regions submitted through the CFA will be eligible for over $525 million in other state agency funds, which are available on a set timeline. Regional Economic Development Councils will review these projects and provide scores that reflect how well a project aligns with a region’s goals and strategies.

The 2021 REDC Guidebook and list of available resources is accessible by clicking here. The CFA – available by clicking here – opened on Monday, May 10, and the deadline for applications is Friday, July 30 at 4 p.m.

The REDC process continues to improve the State’s approach to economic development, creating regional strategies for bottom-up, economic growth and streamlining the State funding application process. To date, through the REDC competition, more than $6.9 billion has been awarded to more than 8,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, which project to create and retain more than 240,000 jobs statewide.

To date, through the REDC competition:

  • Western New York REDC has been awarded $620.4 million for 890 projects;
  • Finger Lakes REDC has been awarded $721 million for 950 projects;
  • Southern Tier REDC has been awarded $702.3 million for 764 projects;
  • Central New York REDC has been awarded $789.8 million for 801 projects;
  • Mohawk Valley REDC has been awarded $697.7 million for 721 projects;
  • North Country REDC has been awarded $682.2 million for 690 projects;
  • Capital Region REDC has been awarded $673 million for 933 projects;
  • Mid-Hudson REDC has been awarded $713.6 million for 914 projects;
  • New York City REDC has been awarded $615.9 million for 819 projects; and
  • Long Island REDC has been awarded $727 million for 885 projects.

Albion announces plans for in-person graduation ceremony

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 May 2021 at 2:28 pm

Graduates limited to 3 guests unless state changes guidelines

ALBON – The school district announced today there will be an in-person graduation ceremony with the entire class together on June 25. The event is being moved from the usual high school gym to outside at the football stadium.

Last year there wasn’t an in-person graduation for the Class of 2020 due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Instead, the district did in-person graduations for each student one at a time, and then compiled a video for the class. The group wasn’t together for the ceremony, but did drive around campus together the evening of commencement.

The district announced graduates will be limited to 3 guests for commencement. That could change if the state changes the guidelines and allows more people. Right now, the state guidelines allow a maximum of 500 people at outdoor venues and they don’t need to show proof of a vaccine or negative Covid test. Last year the cap for graduations was 150 people. (If the state becomes more restrictive on the crowd size, the district said it will communicate any changes as soon as possible.)

Albion has set 2 p.m. on June 26 and June 27 as potential rain dates. The ceremony also will be live-streamed on the district’s YouTube channel.

Cuomo says Pfizer vaccine could be approved this week in NY for people 12 to 15

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 May 2021 at 1:57 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the Pfizer vaccine, currently the only one permitted for people ages 16 and 17, could get emergency authorization later this week for 12- to 15-year-olds as well.

The federal Food and Drug Administration on Monday expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine to include people ages 12 to 15.

“This is an encouraging step in the ongoing battle against this global pandemic,” Cuomo said in a statement today. “The Covid-19 vaccine is our best weapon to defeat the virus, and we’re taking all the appropriate precautions to ensure the safety and effectiveness of our vaccine program.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory committee, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, will meet publicly on Wednesday to review data and discuss whether to recommend the vaccine for this age group to the CDC director.

Following that review, Dr. Howard Zucker, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, will meet with the state’s Clinical Advisory Task Force and make a final recommendation, “which means we could have full authorization for vaccinations to begin for 12- to 15-year-olds here in New York as early as Thursday,” Cuomo said.

“As we have with the authorization of each Covid-19 vaccine and subsequent changes, we will use science and data to determine the safest path forward for New Yorkers,” Cuomo said.

Historic Childs: Preserving history has been labor of love for ‘Dee’ Robinson

Posted 11 May 2021 at 8:50 am

By Doug Farley, Cobblestone Museum Director   

The Hamlet of Childs is fortunate to have a history that is one of its greatest assets. The recording of that history, as well as its preservation, has been the labor of love for many local historians, including the subject of today’s essay, Delia “Dee” Robinson, shown above center.

Dee’s roots and interest in history got started in her hometown of North East, PA. After finishing high school there, she graduated from Clarion State Teachers College in 1969. She was very fortunate to travel extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Mexico. Dee took her graduate work at Geneseo and is a certified media specialist.  She then worked as a school librarian for Wayne Central School District at Ontario Center NY from 1969-1974.

We will start Dee’s journey as local historian with her family’s arrival in the Hamlet of Childs in 1976 when she and her husband William purchased a cobblestone home in Childs, shown above at right.  It was that purchase that alerted Dee to the larger picture of cobblestone masonry construction in the region, and the organization that was formed in 1960 to preserve and safeguard this architectural resource, The Cobblestone Society and Museum.

Dee immediately became interested in the history of her own home and started checking deeds, census records and old maps for more information.  Dee said, “In order to find out about one piece of property, you have to find out about the one next door.”  This, of course, led to conversations with other residents which led to her interest in much more than just cobblestone homes, but also the storied history of Gaines, itself.

With the Cobblestone Museum in the same neighborhood, Dee found people with common likes and interests and soon became a valuable volunteer and board member.  The Museum received its Provisional Charter from the NYS Education Department in 1961, and Absolute Charter six years later.

One of the purposes listed in the chartering document was “to establish a museum and library as a headquarters for the collection and dissemination of information concerning the cobblestone art and all related aspects of regional art and history.” It was Dee Robinson that moved this goal one step closer to fruition when she approached the organization’s board of trustees to offer her services to help create a library that specialized in books, printed matter and photographs that detail the history of approximately 900 cobblestone structures built between the 1820s and the Civil War. The epicenter of this construction is located at Rochester NY, fanning out with a radius of about 60 miles.

As a result, the Cobblestone Resource Center was established in early 1982 with Dee Robinson appointed Research Director. By this time, the Cobblestone Society had been very fortunate to have already amassed an amazing collection of research materials through the efforts and generosity of three of its founding trustees, Cary Lattin (left), Robert Frasch (right) and William Shelgren (center).

The Cobblestone Board agreed with Dee and gave her permission to set up a library in a small area of the Museum’s Gift Shop located in the lower level of the Cobblestone Universalist Church. Members of the board are shown here in April 1983 assembled for the Annual Meeting at the Village Inn, including: (Left-right, First Row) Marcia Hart, Josephine Howard, Ruth Daggar, Ruth Applegate, Don Ross and Patrick Roundtree; Orleans County Planning and Development.  (Second row) Evelyn Lyman, Edgar Clark, Bill Lattin; Museum Director, Dick Cook, Harold Root, Paul Haines, Delia Robinson, Resource Director.

In 1984, having already outgrown its space, the research materials were moved into the room, seen here, a space most thought would be more than adequate for its purpose. Well, in 1991, another move to gain more space was needed, this time into what would later become known as the Danolds Room, in honor of local pioneers, Charles and Mary Jane Danolds.

The final move came about in 2002 following the Museum’s acquisition of the Brick House from the H&A Superette and Liquor Store, next door.  Moving the Resource Center, then 20 years old, was no small feat. Board member Evelyn Lyman took on the gargantuan job of designing the interior, purchasing storage units and transferring an enormous collection of books and archival materials. At the dedication, the entire ground floor was dedicated as the Robert W. Frasch Room, a space the library still occupies today.

Dee Robinson served with distinction in her role as Research Director for the Museum from 1982 to 2012, a 30-year span of time. During that time she helped acquire several hundred books on local history (a portion of the book collection is seen here in 2010) with an emphasis on cobblestone construction, and created about 900 hanging files that provide information and pictures on all known cobblestone buildings.

In that same time she wrote grants to support her efforts and to expand the collection of research materials. After submitting one grant request to the New York State Council of the Arts in the 1980s, the Museum was pleased to learn that NYSCA had not only approved the grant, but wrote back and asked Dee to request a larger amount of funding because the scope of her work was so important to this region. When Robert Frasch passed away in 1990, he, too, was very favorably impressed with Dee’s efforts. He provided a substantial endowment that he earmarked to be used to help maintain the Research Room for posterity.

Dee’s interest in local history goes far beyond just cobblestones. In 1982, during Bill Lattin’s tenure with the Town Board of Gaines, he recognized Dee’s interest in local history and requested she be appointed as Deputy Town Historian serving with J. Howard Pratt who was Town Historian. Mr. Pratt is shown above right with Stanley Vanderlaan, left.

Dee’s appointment was the first of its kind in Orleans County. Over the years, Howard Pratt, who lacked a town office of his own, had collected a large amount of material that he kept at his own home. Dee served in the Deputy Historian position until 1988 when Howard Pratt died at the age of 99. Dee Robinson became Town Historian shortly thereafter. Then, following in the precedent already established, she appointed Janice Barnum Thaine to become her Deputy Historian, a very wise choice.

In addition to her role as local historian, Dee served as President of the NYS Municipal Historians, a state wide organization of government historians representing nearly all of the cities, towns and villages across the state. She served in that role with distinction for many years.

Concurrent with her other accomplishments, in 1996, Delia accepted a position as Reference Librarian at the Swan Library local history room, a position that later transitioned and continues to today at the Hoag Library at its new headquarters building on Main Street in Albion.

Dee has also written six local history books including “Historical Gaines 1809-1984,” published for the Town of Gaines Sesquicentennial.  Seen here at a book signing are Bill Lattin (left), Dee Robinson (center), and Ronald “Butch” Radzinski, Town of Gaines Supervisor.

Other titles include, “Cobblestone Buildings in Orleans County NY,” a photo-filled book with many outstanding examples of cobblestone masonry in the county; “Details of Cobblestone Masonry,” “Historical Amnesia,” which focused on the forgotten history of Orleans County’s pioneer women, and “To Preserve and Educate (Vol I & II);” written to celebrate 25 and 50 years of Cobblestone Society history.

Copies of each of these publications are available at the Cobblestone Museum Gift Shop or online at CobblestoneMuseum.org. Dee has also coauthored numerous other books and publications.  She continues to offer talks and presentations for the Hoag Library and other community organizations, and has contributed to articles in “Time Life Books.”

On the lecture circuit, Dee presented several hands-on workshops on Cobblestone Masonry in the 1980s, a series for which she received the New York State Preservation League Architectural Heritage Year Award.  Other programs Dee continues to present include: “Women’s Victorian Language,” “Local Women in History,” “Building Preservation,” and “The History of Childs;” which includes the history of the Village Inn and other enterprises.

In an effort to recognize the work of Dee Robinson and other local historians, she was given the Orleans County Heritage Heroes Award in 2016.  Shown here receiving the award at that time are (l-r) Melissa Ierlan, Dee Robinson, Peg Wiley, Al Capurso and Tim Archer.

A wise man once said, “Choose a job you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life.” Delia Robinson has built on this axiom and said, “I still love my work, and that’s why I am still working.”

Nominations sought for Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame

Photos by Tom Rivers: This stone carving of a face is part of the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia, which was named to the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame in 2017.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 May 2021 at 8:16 am

MEDINA – The Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame cancelled last year’s induction due to Covid-19 restrictions which made the committee reluctant to travel around the state and into Pennsylvania for site inspections.

The committee also didn’t feel right inviting the owners of the sandstone sites for a celebration, while Covid was so prevalent in the community.

But the Hall of Fame committee is ready to accept nominations again and to go on site visits. An induction ceremony is planned for 2 p.m. on Oct. 21 in Medina’s City Hall.

The Hall of Fame committee is seeking nominations for prominent buildings made of Medina Sandstone that are well-maintained and architecturally significant.

Since the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame was created in 2013, the society has inducted churches, public buildings, private buildings and other ornamental buildings/structures, such as the Civil War Memorial at Mount Albion Cemetery. There have now been 29 inductees and 59 nominees into the exclusive club.

People can nominate a site by filling out a form: www.sandstonesociety.org/hof-nominations.

This year’s class could include nominations from previous years not already selected, and any new nominations received by June 30.

Criteria for consideration shall include age, beauty, longevity, structural soundness, and architectural uniqueness. If possible nomination information should have full background and documentation, and, at the very least, should give a name and phone number to be contacted for further information or a website.

The Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia opened in 1889. It was built of Medina sandstone. The site utilizes gray Medina sandstone and red sandstone from Albion. It was built in a Richardson Romanesque style, with rounded windows and arches.

Hospital CEO sees many growth opportunities for Medina Memorial

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 11 May 2021 at 7:15 am

Marc Shurtz speaks at annual Twig banquet; Twigs donate $8k for new oven

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Georgia Thomas of Medina,, a member of Laurel Twig, holds a hanging basket she won at the Twig banquet Monday night at Zambistro’s.

MEDINA – The 29 members who attended Medina Memorial Hospital’s Association of Twigs banquet Monday night was by far the smallest number in the organization’s 68-year history.

News, however, shared by Orleans Community Health CEO Marc Shurtz and Foundation director Heather Smith reflect a much bigger picture.

Shurtz and Smith were guests at the annual banquet which used to highlight the dedication of Twig members in supporting the hospital. Due to Covid, however, and many programs and services being cut back, there were no achievement awards to be announced this year.

Twig president Jeanne Crane welcomed members and guests, saying that although their numbers were sparse, they still managed to get together.

Orleans Community Health CEO Marc Shurtz is introduced by Association of Twigs president Jeanne Crane at the Twig banquet Monday night at Zambistro’s. Shurtz announced several areas of growth at the hospital.

Crane, who retired in 2003 as Risk manager and Infection Control manager at the hospital, was called back to work during Covid, to assist the Orleans County Health Department in administering vaccine at its clinics.

She praised the members for their past dedication, saying, “Service to humanity is the greatest form of art.”

Shurtz told the members he was nearing the end of his first year as CEO, a year he called “an exciting one.”

He announced the culture inside the hospital is shifting.

“The hospital has shrunk for a lot years, but now we are working on growth,” Shurtz said.

He said patient satisfaction is a big focus, but to make it work, they first have to make sure their employees are satisfied.

The recently announced closing of Lockport hospital opens up new opportunity for Medina, Shurtz said.

“Lockport is planning to build an ER with 10 rooms behind Home Depot on Transit Road, and any patient needing hospitalization will be shipped to Mount St. Mary’s in Lewiston,” he said. “That opens the door for us to be the community hospital. We will now be the closest by mileage and time for EMS responders from Barker and Newfane. Our focus now is to be ready for this growth.”

Editor’s Note: Catholic Health said the 10 in-patient beds will allow people to be admitted for care. If patients need surgery or a higher-level care they would be transferred to another hospital.

Shurtz said Medina is already seeing Lockport care providers sending patients to them for lab work and tests. Medina has had a daily census of about eight patients per day, with a goal to expand to 18 to 20 a day.

“The sky’s the limit for us,” Shurtz said.

Medina Memorial Hospital opened a Wound Care Center a year ago, whose operator has one of highest healing rates in the nation.

Orleans Community Health is expecting to bring cardiology back into the area, starting in June or July.

Shurtz said Medina surgeon Dr. Misiti had donated his practice to the hospital and they plan to expand general surgery by including Dr. DiBenedetto.

Two empty wings on the south side of the hospital will be turned into a patient waiting area, as part of the hospital’s $350,000 improvement project. This includes installation of an elevator going up to the first floor.

“We are excited to get Medina Memorial Hospital back to growing again,” Shurtz said.

Smith added a list of projects for which the Foundation has been trying to raise money.

“We were working on the money for late nurse Nancy Albanese’s memorial, when Covid hit and we had to stop,” Smith said. “We have the money totally raised and hope to start work again.”

The $350,000 in renovations and improvements is spread across the entire Orleans Community Health, Smith said. Some of the money will be raised by the golf tournament, Treasure Island and a mega drawing.  Projects include $10,000 for privacy walls for the registration area; $8,000 for a new oven in dietary; $40,000 for new signage for the hospital and dialysis; three new patient care beds at a cost of $10,000 each; and a bariatric bed at a cost of $25,000.

The Pharmacy Department is in need of new monitor system for temperature control, which can alert personnel at home on their cell phones. They can also regulate the device from home, eliminating the need to drive from the city in the middle of the night.

Smith said the Pharmacy hasn’t had new cabinetry since the 1960s, and it is in need of new windows, all at a cost of $95,000.

The hospital also needs new IV pumps, for which they are looking for a grant.

As was customary for Twig when it was fully operational, the membership Monday night voted on a donation to the hospital. They chose to donate the $8,000 for the new oven in dietary, as that is something which would benefit patients and employees.

The evening concluded with a drawing for six hanging plants. Winners were Jean Benson, Ethel Valentine, Pat Rizzo, June Bush, Georgia Thomas and Janet Blount.

Union for correction officers sues NY over HALT law on solitary confinement

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 May 2021 at 9:18 pm

ALBANY – The union representing correction officers in New York has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit to repeal the state HALT legislation that limited solitary confinement in state prisons to 15 days.

The State Legislature passed the HALT Solitary Confinement Act and it was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 31.

This legislation limits the amount of time an incarcerated person can spend in segregated confinement to 15 days, clearly defines and reduces the number of disciplinary infractions eligible for segregated confinement, and exempts certain vulnerable populations, including the young, elderly, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and individuals with a serious mental illness.

The New York State Corrections Officers Benevolent Association filed its lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albany.

The group said the legislation was hastily passed without any significant input from stakeholders, and will further restrict inmate discipline that was already significantly watered down by the New York Civil Liberties Union Settlement with the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in 2012.

Since then, NYSCOPBA said assaults on staff, inmate-on-inmate assaults and contraband have risen dramatically while the inmate population continues to dwindle. Assaults on staff are up almost 100 percent and inmate-on-inmate assaults have increased 85 percent during the same time period that the inmate population has decreased by 20,000, the union said.

The new HALT legislation will result in more violence in state prisons, with violent inmates getting a free pass when they hurt staff members and other inmates, NYSCOPBA said today in a news release.

“Today’s federal lawsuit is the first step to NYSCOPBA finally saying enough is enough!” said NYSCOPBA President Michael Powers. “It is unacceptable that our members continue to get attacked and receive little or no support from our elected officials who choose to turn a deaf ear to those men and women who provide safety and security for all New Yorkers.

“The stories of staff getting viciously attacked and injured are endless and will continue without any meaningful reform to these short-sighted policies,” Powers said. “Instead of catering to the inmates, our members deserve the respect and support of every state legislator they have sworn to protect.”

The lawsuit filed by Lippes, Mathias, Wexler, Friedman LLP and names the defendants – Gov. Andrew Cuomo, DOCCS and Anthony Annucci, acting commissioner of DOCCS.

In enacting HALT, the defendants have created “a substantial and imminent risk that correction officers, correction sergeants and non-violent incarcerated individuals will be seriously injured or killed,” the lawsuit states.

The suit says the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees public employees the right to be free “from state-created danger.”

The State Legislature and governor, in passing the HALT legislation, have shown “a deliberate and callous indifference to the lives and safety of correction officers, correction sergeants and peaceful incarcerated individuals in the general population of state prisons that shocks the contemporary conscience,” the lawsuit states.

The suit states the inmate population is down from 54,865 in 61 prisons in 2012 to 34,446 in 52 prisons in 2020. While the inmate population is down dramatically, the percentage of the inmate population with a violent crime conviction is up from 79.2 percent in maximum security prisons in 2011 to 86.4 percent of the inmates in maximum security sites in 2021.

In medium-security prisons, the percentage of inmates with violent crimes is up from 54.6 percent in 2011 to 65.8 percent in 2021.

The lawsuit also states conditions have improved for inmates in segregated housing. Beginning in 2018, DOCCS issued electronic tablets with ear buds/head phones which allow up to 6 hours of phone calls a day for greater access and support from family and friends, as well as educational materials, music, books and games. Those tablets are provided at no cost to the incarcerated individuals. In 2018, inmates in segregated housing made 2,039,237 calls from the tablets lasting about 36 million minutes.

Those inmates are allowed weekly visits, religious counseling, programming, access to law library materials and correspondence, according to the lawsuit.

“For years, NYSCOPBA has implored DOCCS and statewide elected officials to take a hard look and research why violence against all staff, sworn and civilian, was increasing in prisons across the state,” the union said. “Those concerns, unfortunately took a back seat to advocacy groups who continued to push a progressive criminal justice agenda that plain and simple endangered every one of our members.”

NY will require vaccinated students for in-person classes at SUNY, CUNY this fall

Posted 10 May 2021 at 8:22 pm

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the SUNY and CUNY boards will require proof of vaccination for all students attending in-person classes this fall, and encouraged all private universities and colleges to adopt the same guidelines.

“More than 60 percent of the population here in New York has gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, but we remain aggressive in our efforts because the reality is we are seeing a decline in the vaccination rate not only here in our state but nationwide,” Governor Cuomo said. “There is no factual argument against the vaccine, and there is no excuse not to get your shot. This vaccine is the weapon that will help us win the war on Covid, and so I urge everyone who still needs to take it to do so quickly at one of our many sites across the state.”

All New York State mass vaccination sites are now open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first come first serve basis. The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot.

In addition, all vaccine providers are encouraged to allow walk-in appointments for eligible New Yorkers. People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so on the Am I Eligible App or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX.

People may also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available, or visit vaccines.gov to find information on vaccine appointments near them.

Lady Tigers down Blue Devils

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 10 May 2021 at 8:11 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Addison Dillenbeck lays down a bunt during the Lady Tigers win over visiting Attica this afternoon.

A quick four run first inning scoring burst ignited Lyndonville to a 10-3 victory over visiting Attica this afternoon in a Genesee Region League softball game.

Gracie Johnson, Chloe Stinson and winning pitcher Haley Shaffer all had singles, Addison Dillenbeck a bunt single and Lorelei Dillenbeck a double in the big first inning for Lyndonville.

Haley Shaffer delivers a pitch for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Tigers picked up a solo run in the fourth and then tacked on three runs in the fifth on a wild pitch and a two run error. A single by Ella Lewis and an error set up the threat.

A two-run single by Brooke Robinson in the sixth capped off the Lady Tigers scoring.

Shaffer, Lewis and Addison Dillenbeck each finished with two hits.

In the circle, Shaffer allowed 6 hits and struck out 7.

Improving to 3-1, Lyndonville next host Pembroke on Wednesday.

Pembroke 25, Holley 1

A big 12 run first inning scoring burst powered Pembroke to a 25-1 win over Holley in another G-R contest.

Halee Passarell had a double and Rachel Howard and Julia Buck both had singles for Holley.

Notre Dame 10, Kendall 9

Notre Dame rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, aided by four errors, to earn a narrow 10-9 win over Kendall in a G-R game.

Sara Mattle had two hits, including a double and 3 RBI, and Shelby Kruger an RBI double for Kendall.

Kendall tops Attica, Oakfield-Alabama downs Holley in G-R tennis

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 10 May 2021 at 7:54 pm

Kendall took two of the three singles matches and both doubles matches in posting a 4-1 win over Attica and Oakfield-Alabama did likewise in downing Holley 4-1 this afternoon in  Genesee Region League tennis matches.

Kendall 4, Attica 1

First Singles: Tory Raufeison (Kendall) d. Zackery Conrad 6-2, 6-4

Second Singles: Devin Edick (Kendall) d. Alex Bialek 6-1, 6-4

Third Singles: Travis Kauffman (Attica) d. Eric Woodhams 6-0, 6-0

First Doubles: Tobias Passer and Joshua Esposito (Kendall) d. Calvin Metzger and Will Minkel 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

Second Doubles: Kari Harrier and Steven Strapp (Kendall) d. Libby Kibler and Ruth Metzger 6-1, 6-0

Oakfield-Alabama 4, Holley 1

First Singles: Cavan Bennage (Holley) d. Danica Porter 6-4, 6-2

Second Singles:  Max DeMare (Oakfield-Alabama) d. Cora Bennage 6-2, 7-5

Third Singles; Mason Cadieux (Oakfield-Alabama) d. Jalen Tette 6-0, 6-0

First Doubles:  Jared Graham and Randy McIntire (Oakfield-Alabama) d. James Tette and Mason Neale  6-4, 6-1

Second Doubles: Zach Missel and Shawn Tobolski (Oakfield-Alabama) d. Kirsstin-Louisse Althoff and Ashanty Gonzalez 6-2, 6-1

Lyndonville ‘9’ scores victory over Attica; Holley-Kendall surges past Pembroke

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 10 May 2021 at 7:45 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Anthony Moule goes high to get a throw at first base during the Tigers win over visiting Attica this afternoon.

Three early runs proved to be more than enough as Lyndonville downed visiting Attica 3-1 this afternoon in a Genesee Region League baseball game.

Lyndonville scored twice in the second inning on an error after a single by Jack Whipple, a fielders choice play and a walk set up the opportunity.

The Tigers added what proved to be a big insurance run in the third inning on a fielders choice play. A walk and a single by Whipple set up the threat.

Rolland Balcerzak delivers a pitch for the Tigers.

Rolland Balcerzak went the distance on the mound for Lyndonville scattering 3 hits and striking out 9.

The Blue Devils lone run came in the sixth inning.

Now at 2-1, Lyndonville next visits Pembroke on Wednesday.

Holley-Kendall 13, Pembroke 3

Trailing 3-1, Holley-Kendall exploded for a total of 12 runs during the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to earn a 13-3 victory over host Pembroke in another G-R contest.

Holley-Kendall moved on top to stay by scoring three runs in the fourth inning highlighted by a double by Jorden Ostrander.

Winning pitcher Miles Lammes and Ostrander then had run producing hits during a five run fifth inning uprising. Lammes also had an RBI double and Braxton Zarpentine a  run producing single during a four run sixth inning.

Lammes and Ostrander both finished with three hits and Zaprentine two as Broek Ostrom, Jared Strathearn and Michael Samens each chipped in with one.

On the mound, Lammes allowed only one hit and struck out 14 in six innings of work.

Now at 2-2, Holley-Kendall next hosts Byron-Bergen on Wednesday.

Frost advisory in effect tonight for Orleans, most of Upstate

Photos by Tom Rivers: These ducks are part of the collection of farm animals at Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, Livingston County. They are shown on Sunday. This museum opened over the weekend for its 45th season.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 May 2021 at 5:25 pm

A frost advisory has been issued tonight for Orleans County and all of western, central and northern New York.

Temperatures will drop to the low to mid-30s and will result in frost formation, the National Weather Service in Buffalo said.

The advisory is in effect from midnight to 8 a.m. The frost could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if left uncovered.

The Weather Service urges people to take steps to protect tender plants from the cold.

The high temperatures the next few days include mostly sunny and 52 on Tuesday, sunny and 56 on Wednesday, sunny and 62 on Thursday and partly sunny and 63 on Friday.

These sheep enjoy the outdoors and don’t mind the passersby at the Genesee County Village and Museum.

Hawley hosting 3 town hall meetings in Genesee County on May 22

Posted 10 May 2021 at 4:47 pm

Press Release, Assemblyman Steve Hawley

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) will  host a series of town hall meetings in Genesee County in the towns of Pavilion, LeRoy and Bergen on May 22.

Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss local issues and share any questions or concerns they have with Hawley. Social distancing and other health and safety protocols will be followed during this event.

“After having to suspend last year’s town halls due to Covid-19, I am excited to have the opportunity to speak with residents and discuss their concerns directly,” Hawley said. “The budget that passed recently is the largest and possibly the most consequential in our state’s history, though frankly I fear those consequences will be negative,  so I am eager to hear from people in the district in regard to how they feel about it and how it affects their lives.”

Town Hall meeting schedule for May 22:

  • Town of Pavilion, 10 a.m. to 10:45a.m., Pavilion Town Hall on 1 Woodrow Drive.
  • Village/Town of LeRoy, 11 a.m. to 11:45a.m., LeRoy Village Hall, 3 West Main St.
  • Village/Town of Bergen, noon to 12:45p.m., Bergen Village Hall, 11 North Lake Ave.

2 Assembly members hosting e-waste recycling event in Batavia

Posted 10 May 2021 at 1:56 pm

Press Release, Assemblyman Steve Hawley

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) and Assemblyman David DiPietro (R,C,I-East Aurora) will be hosting an electronic waste recycling event with Sunnking from 8:30 a.m. to noon on May 15 at the parking lot of 5130 E. Main Street, next to National Grid, in the town of Batavia.

Any e-waste including cell phones, computers, monitors, printers, and more will be accepted for recycling at this event, though pre-registration online is required.

Those interested in attending this event can pre-register by clicking here.

“Electronic waste is some of the hardest and most expensive to dispose of,” Hawley said. “This event will provide residents from throughout the area with a convenient and economical way to dispose of their electronic waste, giving people the opportunity to do some spring cleaning, while also preventing their old gadgets from becoming pollutants.”

Medina begins Buffalo Soccer League season

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 10 May 2021 at 12:48 pm

Medina is off to a 1-1 start to the season in the 2nd Division of the Buffalo & District Soccer League.

Medina opened the season with a 1-0 win over the Kingsmen as Adam Cifelli scored off an assist from Greg Husung.

Then on Sunday Medina dropped a 2-0 decision to the Revolution.

Medina next faces LaSalle at Niagara Falls next Sunday.