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Month: January 2016

Medina wants county to pick up stray dogs

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 January 2016 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – For years Medina police officers or a village animal control officer have picked up stray dogs and cats in the Village of Medina and maintained a dog pound at the police station.

But the Village Board, feeling the strain of tight budgets in recent years, did away with the part-time animal control officer. Police officers would still pick up animals, and Jose Avila volunteered to maintain a dog pound, feeding the dogs and cleaning kennels and cages for the animals.

Avila retired as police chief a month ago.

Village officials have been trying to work out a deal with the county for animal control services. Village residents pay for the service in their town taxes, Deputy Mayor Mike Sidari said. Dale Stalker, a Shelby town councilman, confirmed that village residents pay in their town taxes for animal control.

Medina and Shelby officials have reached out to the county about picking up animal control services in the village, and Sidari said the county responded it doesn’t have the staff to assume those duties.

Village Trustee Marguerite Sherman said during last week’s Village Board meeting she wants the county to put in writing that it is refusing to provide animal control for the village.

In the meantime, new police chief Chad Kenward said the village should look at hiring a part-time employee to care for animals, walking and feeding dogs, and cleaning the kennel. The police officers can continue to pick up animals in the short-term.

Village Board members said the county should provide the service, picking up animals and taking them to the county animal shelter in Barre at the routes 98 and 31A intersection.

In other action at last week’s meeting:

The Village Board gave Kenward permission to move the chief’s office from the police station upstairs to the second floor of City Hall in the former judge’s chambers. Kenward said that would give him more space and allow the current chief’s office to be used for an interview/interrogation room.

“I can hardly breathe in their right now,” Kenward said about the cramped office.

The board also gave Kenward permission to go ahead with a $3,600 engine repair for one of the police cars.

Medina, Lyndonville cagers face key games this week in title races

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 January 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – With the title races in the stretch run Medina’s Jalin Cooper, left, and Lyndonville’s Eddie Schildt will help lead their respective teams into a pair of key contests this coming week.

Looking to claim the Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball title for the first time in seven years, Medina faces a pair of key contests this coming week.

Currently at 10-0 and in first place by two games, Medina , which last captured the N-O crown during the 2008-09 season, visits Wilson (6-4) on Tuesday and then hosts rival Albion (4-6) on Thursday.

Wilson has won three in a row and four of the last six since dropping a 63-33 decision at Medina the first week of January.

Battling to stay in the N-O title hunt, runner-up Roy-Hart (8-2) will visit Akron (0-10) on Tuesday and host Newfane (5-5) on Thursday.

Streaking Lyndonville, which is battling to claim the Genesee Region League Division 2 title, visits Kendall on Tuesday and then hosts Notre Dame on Thursday.

The Tigers, who are currently chasing Elba (16-1 overall) in the race for the Division 2 title, defeated Kendall 77-42 but lost to Notre Dame 92-79 in December. The Tigers will host Elba to close out the regular season on February 9.

Lyndonville, which has won eight games in a row is currently at 9-2 in the league and 13-4 overall.

The Medina girls will also visit rival Albion on Friday in a matchup of teams both currently at 5-5 in N-O action.

The annual N-O girls All-League individual swim championships will be held at Newfane on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The Week’s Schedule

Girls Basketball – Kendall at Rochester Academy Charter, 6:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball– Albion at Barker, Medina at Wilson, 6 p.m.; Newfane at CSAT, Roy-Hart at Akron, 6:30 p.m.; Alexander at Holley, Lyndonville at Kendall, 7 p.m.
Girls Basketball – Akron at Roy-Hart, 6 p.m.; Wilson at Medina, CSAT at Newfane, 6:30 p.m.; Barker at Albion, 7 p.m.
Swimming – Girls All-League Meet at Newfane, 5:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball – Holley at Oakfield-Alabama, Lyndonville at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball – Newfane at Roy-Hart, 6 p.m.; Albion at Medina, Wilson at Barker, CSAT at Akron, 6:30 p.m.; Notre Dame at Lyndonville, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball – Barker at Wilson, Akron at CSAT, 6 p.m.; Roy-Hart at Newfane, 6:30 p.m.; Medina at Albion, Attica at Holley, Elba at Kendall, 7 p.m.
Swimming – N-O vs. G-R girls meet at Gates-Chili, 6 p.m.

N-O Standings

Boys Basketball: Medina 10-0, Roy-Hart 8-2, Wilson 6-4, Newfane 5-5, Albion 4-6, Barker 4-6, CSAT 3-7, Akron 0-10.
Girls Basketball: Wilson 11-0, Newfane 9-2, CSAT 6-4, Albion 5-5, Medina 5-5, Barker 3-7, Roy-Hart 1-9, Akron 1-9.

Ridgeway honors dedicated firefighters, installs officers for 2016

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 January 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

RIDGEWAY – Glen Busch II and Valerie Childs, who got engaged to each other on Wednesday, both were honored for their service to the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday.

Busch received the President’s Award from outgoing president Mike Kelly. He cited Busch’s work as treasurer, and for attending many fire calls as well as training courses.

“He puts a lot of time and effort into this place,” Kelly said.

Childs received the Chief’s Award from Don Marchner, the outgoing fire chief.

“Anything you ask of her, she’s there,” Marchner said.

Childs last year took an inventory of all the equipment – turnout gear, helmets, radios and pagers – and now does an annual inspection of all the equipment.

Childs, 31, also is the new president of the Fire Company, the first woman in that role in the Fire Company’s 63-year history. She joined in July 2013, four months after she and Busch started dating. She went to a few calls with Busch, waiting in his truck before she became a member. She decided to join, “rather than just sitting there twiddling my thumbs.”

Busch assumed she wanted to be a social member. But Childs took classes for scene support. She has a goal this year to take the class so she can drive fire trucks, including the big pumper-tanker.

“If you told me five years ago I would be president of a fire company and winning an award I would have laughed at you,” Childs said.

Busch, 32, joined the Fire Company in 2011. He was volunteering with Cub Scouts, and three of the Scouts were sons of Kristin McAdoo, the EMS captain.

“She inspired me,” Busch said about McAdoo. “I saw what they do.”

He also wanted to be a firefighter in memory of his brother, who died at age 10 from leukemia. Jeffrey Busch wanted to be a firefighter and when he was battling leukemia was made an honorary fire chief by the Warsaw Fire Department in Wyoming County, where Busch grew up.

Busch has worked the past 15 years as a campus safety officer for Hilbert College in Hamburg. Childs works as a technician at Baxter Healthcare in Medina.

Ridgeway Fire Company officers take the oath of office, including Francis Woodward in white. Others pictured include, from left: Guy Scribner, first assistant chief; James Marciszewski, deputy chief; Valerie Childs, president; and Melissa Hansler, vice president.

Other officers include: Rick Tuohey, second assistant chief; Patrick Kelly, captain; Jason Bessel, lieutenant; Mike Kelly, fire police captain; and Kristin McAdoo, EMS captain.

Other executive committee members include: Glen Busch II, treasurer; Laurie Marchner, secretary; Stacey Seefeldt, Kristin McAdoo and Katie Tuohey as directors; and Todd Hansler, sergeant at arms.

Ladies Auxiliary Officers are sworn in, including, from left: Tracey Hendrick, president; Melissa Hansler, vice president; and Donna Lockwood, treasurer. Other officers include Effie McAdoo, secretary; Harriett Petrie, chaplain; and Michelle Lechner, flag bearer.

Fire Chief Francis Woodward holds an axe while firefighter Charles Smith announces names of members who died in 2015. Valerie Childs would ring the bell three times in their memory.

The Fire Company’s memorial service, recognized two charter members: Gary Ehrenreich as a firefighter and Marjorie Canham in the Ladies Auxiliary. They were the last living members from when the Fire Company formed 63 years ago.

Jack McCarthy, the former fire coordinator in the county, also was remembered during the memorial service.

Charles Smith and Valerie Childs hold new axes given to the Fire Company by Harriett Petrie, right, in memory of her husband, Larry Petrie. Those axes will be used by the honor guard at funerals, parades and other events.

Rob and Rachel Kaiser, owners of Wildwood Lake KOA Campground in Medina, were given an award for helping raise money for the Fire Company and for giving firefighters a discount to use the campground. Francis Woodward, the fire chief in back, is a regular at Wildwood.

New playground, other improvements headed to County Marine Park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 January 2016 at 12:00 am

File photo by Tom Rivers – This staircase will be replaced as part of an improvement project at the Orleans County Marine Park on Route 98 in Carlton

CARLTON – A new playground with a Jungle Gym and swing set are expected to installed this spring at the Orleans County Marine Park, with additional upgrades to follow at the park.

The County Legislature on Wednesday voted to spend $19,497 for a new playground system from Miracle Recreation Equipment Company in Syracuse.

Additional work planned for this year includes new shore power at all 36 docks for boaters, and a new stairway and walkway on the north side of the park.

All of the projects, including the playground, could total about $166,000. The state is providing a $81,500 matching grant for the upgrades. The Oak Orchard Neighborhood Association is chipping in $3,287 towards the local share of the projects.

Snow stays away in this week’s forecast

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 January 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A barn is pictured by a field between County House Road and Route 31A late this afternoon.

After a warm weekend with temperatures in the 50s, the freezing cold will stay away for much of this week, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast includes highs of 42 on Monday, 40 on Tuesday, 53 on Wednesday, 32 on Thursday, 33 on Friday and 35 on Saturday.

Those temperatures are a contrast from February in 2015, which was coldest month in recorded history in Western New York. Buffalo averaged a temperature of 10.9 degrees and never once went above freezing last February.

3 Medina, 2 Albion matmen earn N-O titles as Newfane retains league crown

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 January 2016 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photos – Albion’s duo of Blake Aina and Preston Flugel, in front, along with the Medina trio of Colby Petrie, Joe Velez and Chaise Prest all captured titles this afternoon at the annual Niagara-Orleans League Wrestling Tournament held at Wilson.

Medina had a trio of individual weight class champions and Albion two at the annual Niagara-Orleans League Wrestling Tournament held today at Wilson.

Joe Velez (126), who earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler Award, heads the Medina trio which also includes Colby Petrie (106) and Chaise Prest (113).

Velez, a repeat champion, edged past Akron’s Johnny Fieblekorn 3-1 in his title match while Petrie nipped Newfane’s Ryan Nugent 1-0. Prest was the only competitor in his weight class.

Albion’s duo of Preston Flugel (120) and Blake Aina (138) both repeated as N-O champions. Flugel decisioned Newfane’s Nick Voelker 9-5 in his title bout while Aina blanked Newfane’s Julian Nixon 7-0.

Newfane, which captured the team title to lock up a third straight N-O title, led the way with five champions including Andrew Lucinski (99), Charlie Johnston (132), Paul Dunbar (145), Adam Nowicki (152) and Jake Kubala (182). Dunbar, Nowicki and Kubala are all repeat champions.

Medina’s Joe Velez earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler Award.

In the title bouts, Lucinski pinned his Newfane teammate Luke Tice in 3:17, Johnston decisioned Brent Bachman of Barker/Roy-Hart 8-1, Dunbar pinned Andrew Schafer of Barker/Roy-Hart in 1:47, Nowicki decisioned Robbie PeQueen of Akron 13-4 and Kubala scored a 15-0 technical fall win over Wilson’s Aaron Weich.

Newfane, which went 5-0 during the dual meet portion of the season, won the tournament with 292 points. Akron edged out Barker/Roy-Hart for second place 191.5-191.0.  Albion finished fourth at 106 followed by Medina 91 and Wilson 66.

Barker/Roy-Hart had a trio of champions including Cameron Swick (160), Sam Dauphin (220) and Kirk Fay (285).

In the title matches, Swick pinned Akron’s Brady Jenson in 3:45, Dauphin decisioned Akron’s Caleb Cray 5-1 and Fay pinned Medina’s D’John Brown in 3:50.

Rounding out the group of 15 champions were Akron’s Ethan PeQueen (170) and Wilson’s Matt Morgan (195).

The 15 league champions include, in front, Preston Flugel (Albion), Chaise Prest (Medina), Colby Petrie (Medina and Andrew Lucinski (Newfane. In the middle row are Joe Velez (Medina), Charlie Johnston (Newfane), Paul Dunbar (Newfane), Adam Nowicki (Newfane) and Blake Aina (Albion). In the back row are Cameron Swick (Barker/Roy-Hart), Jake Kubala (Newfane), Ethan PeQueen (Akron), Matt Morgan (Wilson), Sam Dauphin (Barker/R-H) and Kirk Fay (Barker/R-H).

In the finals, PeQueen scored a 16-1 technical fall win over Newfane’s Tyler Skidmore and Morgan nipped Newfane’s Chris Johnston 5-3 in overtime.

Albion had a trio of third place finishers in Jacob Delamarter (99), Cade Aina (120) and Tim Drake (195).

Lyndonville trio places at Lew-Port Tournament

Lyndonville had a trio of place finishers at the Lew-Port Tournament.

In earning first place finishes for the Tigers, Tom Follman went 4-0 at 152 and Dustin Joy 3-0 at 138.

The Tigers also had Dustin Hinkley place third going 3-1 at 160.

Holley matmen compete at Avoca Tourney

Patrick Purtell went 3-1 with two pins while Dalton Moyer and Erik Balys were both 3-2 with two pins and Robert Towsley 2-3 for Holley at the Avoca Tournament.

Despite scandal, man who bought Pullman furniture business became prominent Albion leader

By Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian Posted 30 January 2016 at 12:00 am

Volume 2, Issue 5

ALBION – George W. Ough, pronounced “Uff”, was born on Feb. 12, 1827 at Cherry Valley, NY. As a child, he worked on the family farm in Otsego County until he reached the age of 14, when he moved north to Fort Plain, New York to work as a store clerk.

Following a short stay in Lockport, Ough later moved to Albion where he operated a crockery store, which he later sold to purchase the furniture business formerly owned by George M. Pullman. Ough’s eldest daughter, Jennie, later married Cassius M. C. Reynolds who would eventually take over the business located in the Ough Block on North Main Street.

By the late 1890s, Ough had the distinction of being one of the longest tenured members of the Albion Board of Education, of which he was a founding member. After he was elected to his first term as President of the Village of Albion, he resigned his position on the Board of Education. Following his second term as Village President, he moved into a position as assessor for Albion.

His time in office was brief, remaining in the position for two terms. Ough was active in numerous local organizations serving as a member of the Swan Library Association and Chief Engineer of Albion’s Fire Department. Following years of public service, he retired to a large farm located in Kent, one that was regarded as one of the best orchards in the Western New York fruit belt. He was also active in horse racing, quite frequently leasing the race track at the county fairgrounds.

After a contested horse race in 1900, Fred Parker of Elba and the National Trotting Association brought a suit against Ough and his bay gelding named Doctor H. Parker claimed that Ough purchased the respected racehorse Tally-Ho from Michigan and changed its name to disguise the horse’s race times. The Trotting Association determined that Doctor H was in fact Tally-Ho and that Ough’s winnings, totaling over $200, should be forfeited. In addition to this forfeiture, Ough was suspended until he paid for an official change of name.

Ough’s unscrupulous practice with horseracing was not his first questionable scandal. In the mid-1880s papers across New York ran front-page news about an absolute divorce suit filed against Annie Ough by her husband. Wed in 1875, George had his eyes set on Annie Cummings, a youthful and wealthy widow from Shelby.

The honeymoon phase was short-lived and issues began to surface in the relationship. Annie stated that George demanded immediate control over the wealth from her previous marriage. When she refused, she claimed that he forced her and their daughter Georgia out of the home. Naturally, George asserted that this was untrue and that his wife was adulterous in their marriage.

When news broke that Ough named several prominent men from Albion and Medina as co-respondents in the suit (men he claimed his wife had extramarital affairs with), the story spread like wildfire and “scandal-mongers” throughout the county took to spreading gossip about the couple. Among those named in the suit were the prominent entrepreneur and land owner, Charles H. Moore of Albion, proprietor of the Albion House, Marvin Warner, and the prominent and well-respected Medina attorney, Stanley Filkins.

The case was one of the first for the newly seated Judge Lambert. Represented by Hon. John Hull White, president of the Albion Board of Education, the case was delayed on numerous occasions until the judge finally issued a nonsuit, which Ough quickly appealed. Annie Ough was assisted in her defense by Stanley Filkins, the same man named by Ough in the original suit. The accusations were so damaging that Filkins’ own wife filed for divorce shortly after the case hit the papers.

Despite this scandalous dispute, Ough was regarded as one of Albion’s most prominent and well-respected citizens.

Medina cagers romp past Akron

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 January 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Jared Zinkievich tries to put up a shot as Akron’s Gates Abrams tries for the block during the Mustangs home court win over the Tigers this afternoon.

Steadily pulling away, Medina romped to a 63-33 victory over visiting Akron this afternoon in a makeup game to improve to 10-0 and maintain a two game lead in the Niagara-Orleans League title race.

Jalin Cooper scored 18, Justin Morgan 14 and Tyler Ames 13 to lead the balanced attack for Medina as Daryl Haynes added 9, Dylan Lewis 3 and Mason Lewis, Brad McPherson and Tyrellis Atkins 2 each.

Gates Abrams took game high scoring honors with 23 for Akron which drops to 0-10.

Leading by a narrow 6-4 margin, Medina began to pull away by closing the opening quarter with a 14-5 run.

Back-to-back threes by Morgan and Dylan Lewis ignited that uprising. Ames followed up with three straight baskets on two layups and a rebound bucket as he Mustangs opened up a 20-9 lead.

Keeping the momentum, the Mustangs opened the second quarter with a 13-4 run to stretch the advantage to 20 at 33-13.

Haynes tallied 7 on a 3, a layup off a steal and a layup, and Cooper 6, on two rebound baskets and a jumper off a turnover, during that run as the Mustnags went on to hold a 21 point, 39-18, advantage at the half.

The Mustangs stretched the lead to 31, 57-26, at the three-quarter mark as Cooper and Morgan both scored 6 and Ames 4 in the third period.

Medina next visits Wilson on Tuesday.

Medina’s Johnny Salone tries to save the ball from going out of bounds.

CSAT 56, Albion 47

Snapping a four game losing streak, CSAT downed visiting Albion 56-47 this afternoon in another N-O League make-up contest.

Shaun Wilson took game high scoring honors with 21 for CSAT which held leads of 15-7 after one quarter, 26-22 at the half and 43-36 at the three-quarter mark.

Tommy Mattison scored 14 and Jacob Buzard 10 for Albion as Kory Reynolds added 7 and Brady Meakin and Tyler Rotoli 5 each.

CSAT is now 3-7 and Albion 4-6 in N-O competition.

N-O Standings

Medina 10-0, Roy-Hart 8-2, Wilson 6-4, Newfane 5-5, Albion 4-6, Barker 4-6, CSAT 3-7, Akron 0-10.

Notre Dame 76, Kendall 56

Jumping out to a 21-13 first quarter lead, Notre Dame went on to defeat visiting Kendall 76-56 this afternoon in a Genesee Region League game.

Luca Zambito scored 25 and Tyler Prospero 15 to set the pace for Notre Dame.

Colton Breslawski scored 15, Jacob Ramsdell and Brandon Miller 10 and John Rath and Nathan Warters 8 for Kendall.

Attica 77, Holley 44

Roaring out to a 44-15 half-time advantage, Attica went on tot defeat visiting Holley 77-44 this afternoon in a G-R contest.

Colden George poured in a game high 33 points and Owen Thompson added 17 to lead the way for Attica.

Nick Passarell led Holley with 19 as Zach Vacarrelli added 8 and Isiah Flow 6.

Medina youth cagers down Barker

Contributed Story Posted 30 January 2016 at 12:00 am

The Medina youth basketball team defeated Barker today to improve to 5-0 on the season.

The high scoring duo of Jarin Rhim and Emmanual Taylor led the way for Medina, each netting 24 points. Aiden Pitts added 10, Chris Johnson 9, Lavonn Guy 6, and Robert Arnold 2.

Medina is next in action on at 2 p.m. February 6 at home against Newfane.

Villages have limited resources to build up downtown business districts

Posted 30 January 2016 at 12:00 am


I read the letter on Jan. 24 which was part of a challenge from Orleans Hub to promote Orleans County.

While the letter succeeded in promoting the school districts, it took an unnecessary shot at the communities that support these schools. As a property owner and taxpayer in Lyndonville I am pleased to see that the schoolchildren of the LCSD are excelling in the various categories listed.

I am not so pleased to read what the writer inserted next:

“As one drives through the crumbling and near empty downtown blocks of each village, there is a temptation to believe that the cultural identity and importance of Albion or Holley or Lyndonville have disappeared with the Erie Canal.”

Why write that? The very same property owners that are directly taxed by the school districts and the same districts are paid by New York State, also pay county, town and village taxes. They are paying to maintain these districts as well as keeping some semblance of order where they live.

There is a limited pot of money to draw from, especially when the County and State governments tightly control what is returned to the taxpayers. Keeping empty downtown blocks from crumbling is not such an easy task. Downtown blocks would be better off with thriving businesses, which are short supply.

James Tuk
Editor’s Note: Mr. Tuk is deputy mayor of the Village of Lyndonville.