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Month: February 2016

Leap Day babies enjoy special birthday once every 4 years

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 February 2016 at 12:00 am

Provided photos – Dell Stork is 84 today, or 21 if measured by Leap Day birthdays every four years. This photo was taken on June 17, 2012.

MEDINA – Most people can celebrate the anniversary of their birth every year. But for a few local residents that birthday anniversary comes every four years.

Dell Stork is one of the Leap Day babies. The former Medina fire chief was born 84 years ago today. He joked today he is actually only 21.

“I’m going to try to have one beer,” he said. “I can drink legally after all of those years.”

Stork typically celebrates his birthday on Feb. 28 or March 1. As a kid, his family would stretch out the birthday over a couple days when it wasn’t a Leap Year.

Several people called him today to wish him a happy birthday, which he appreciated.

File photo by Tom Rivers – Amy Sidari is pictured at the Cabaret at Studio B where friends and family celebrated her birthday on Saturday.

Amy Sidari is 48 today, but she said she is calling it her twelfth birthday, the same as her son Kyle. Sidari, owner of Gotta Dance by Miss Amy and the Cabaret at Studio B, welcomed her friends and family to a birthday gathering on Saturday. About 100 people showed up at the dance studio on West Bank Street in Albion.

“It was so great,” she said about the party. “It was so full of energy and it was a loving time.”

Sidari has a 9-year-old daughter who will be 13 in four years. That has Sidari thinking she will have a 13th Leap Day Party in four years, when she said she and her daughter will both be 13.

Sidari said her family through the years has made her feel special for about a week near her birthday, including on non-Leap Day years.

Brian Bentley of Barre is 20 today, celebrating his fifth Leap Day birthday. Brian graduated from Albion in 2014 and then finished from Ohio Technical College with a degree in heavy diesel in December 2015.

He now works at Milton CAT in Batavia and is an active volunteer with the Barre Fire Company. He is an assistant mechanic at the Fire Company. His mother Terry Bentley sent in this photo and wished him a happy birthday.

Brockport man sentenced to 7 years in prison after rape conviction

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 February 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Brockport man, 29, was sentenced to seven years in state prison today after a jury convicted him on Dec. 7 of second-degree rape.

Matthew M. Edwards of West Ridge Road continued to profess his innocence today during sentencing. Edwards was found guilty by a jury of 13 counts of second-degree rape, 13 counts of second-degree criminal sexual act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Edwards allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old girl in the Village of Holley between July 4 and Aug. 30, 2014.

District Attorney Joe Cardone asked Orleans County Court Judge James Punch to sentence Edwards to state prison. Cardone said Edwards has extensive criminal history, including other sex crimes.

Larry Koss, attorney for Edwards, said Edwards in past cases has admitted his crimes and pleaded guilty. If Edwards had pleaded guilty to the more recent charges, he could have reduced his prison sentence in a plea deal, Koss said. But Edwards has been consistent in denying the charges.

“I’ve done a lot of things in my life that I’m not proud of,” Edwards said during sentencing this afternoon. “I’ve made a lot of bad choices. But I didn’t do this. I didn’t do these crimes. I deserve to go to prison but not for this crime.”

Edwards said he has struggled with drug and mental health issues. He said he would use his time in prison to work on those problems.

“I’m tired,” Edwards said. “This isn’t the life I want to lead.”

Judge Punch said a jury found Edwards guilty.

“I have no quarrel with the jury’s verdict,” Punch told Edwards. “You need to come to grips with what you did in this case.”

The judge also said there would be 15 years of post-release supervision for Edwards, and ordered that he pay a $1,000 victim fee, $325 court surcharge, $50 DNA fee, and $50 sex offender registry fee. The judge also issued an order of protection for the victim.

2 arrested for allegedly selling crack cocaine in Medina, including taxi driver

Staff Reports Posted 29 February 2016 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – Two people have been charged, including a taxi driver, for allegedly selling crack cocaine in the Village of Medina, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force is reporting today.

The Task Force says a driver for Medina Transport used the taxi to sell crack cocaine and transport a drug dealer to customers, and also transport customers to the drug dealer. The owner of Medina Transport didn’t know the taxi driver was using the taxi for the crimes, the Task Force reported today.

The following were arrested on Friday:

Reginald A. Kendrick

Reginald A. Kendrick, 40, of 703 Church St., Apt. 2, in Medina was charged with eight counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree (Class B felonies), eight counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (Class B felonies), and four counts of conspiracy in the fourth degree (Class E felonies).

Kendrick was arraigned in Ridgeway Town Court by Town Justice Joseph Kujawa. Kendrick was remanded to the Orleans County Jail without bail due to his previous criminal history, the Task Force reported.

Kendrick is to return to Town Court at 6 p.m. on March 3. He also is wanted on a drug charge out of the State of Georgia.


Roy W. Bishop

Roy W. Bishop, 42, of 11345 Main St., in the Town of Shelby was arraigned on three counts of both criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (Class B felonies) and five counts of conspiracy in the fourth degree (Class E felonies).

Bishop works for Medina Transport as a driver. He was using his job to facilitate the drug crimes, said Joseph Sacco, supervising investigator for the Task Force.

Bishop was arraigned by Ridgeway Town Justice Joseph Kujawa and remanded to the county jail on $50,000 bail. Bishop is to return to Town Court at 6 p.m. on March 3.

Further arrests and charges are pending in the investigation, Sacco said.

Backing Trump to run government as a business doesn’t make sense

Posted 29 February 2016 at 12:00 am


Recently Mr. Ed Morgan, Orleans County Republican Party Chairman, said “Government should be run as a business and not political.”

This is a popular notion among a great many Republicans and some Democrats. Without thinking too hard about it, it would appear to make sense. Those popularizing this notion feel this way because they see business as more efficient.

This must be the case, so the logic goes, or the entity in question would lose market share and go bankrupt. Only the fit survive. But on closer inspection nothing could be more nearsighted, unimaginative or wrong.

We all like efficiency. But efficiency in the private sector means profit. To suggest the government be run as a business is tantamount to desiring it to seek profit. The problem in a nutshell is that, “Not everything that has social value is profitable, and not all that is profitable has social value.”

Reality TV, pornography, fashion, gambling and selling illegal drugs are of questionable social value, but there is little doubt they are extremely profitable ventures. Furthermore – our public schools, libraries, fire and police departments, our national military forces do not exist in the private sector – yet they could not exist at all if they were required to be profitable. Our military is not supported by magazine subscriptions and half-price sales.

How many people do you know would like to see a local fire department sales rep stop by with a brochure that outlines your three different levels of fire protection – please choose the one that best suits your needs and budget.

A business may upgrade and maintain their facilities to stay competitive or increase sales. But they don’t create or maintain roads, bridges, an electrical grid, environmental standards, traffic laws, economic and monetary commerce standards or much of anything else that facilitates and regulates their ability to do business in the first place – and that everyone gets to use free-of-charge. The reason you may wait in a long line to get a passport or driver’s license is because its nonsensical to outsource things like these – as a profitable business might do.

When a business has a belligerent employee, that employee is generally terminated – or in Donald Trump’s TV land, “You’re Fired.” But what if the belligerent isn’t an employee but Syria. Or China. “You’re Fired” sounds like a really bad joke, doesn’t it.

And while a lot of folks are enthralled with the notion of an “outsider” shaking things up in the political field, it’s worth noting that Congress is made up of 535 politicians. So anyone going into a field of politicians as an “outsider” is nearly guaranteed to stay in that position, an outsider. In other words, Peyton Manning doesn’t hit a lot of home runs, but that’s not because he’s a lousy quarterback, it’s because baseball isn’t his game.

Donald Trump has been very successful at many things. He’s also getting sued for $40-million and has declared bankruptcy several times over. That’s business. I get it.

But it’s not the way our country should be run.

Our country doesn’t have the luxury of filing for bankruptcy protection and it can’t plead innocent in a court of law. Businesses can, we can’t. I wish Mr. Morgan appreciated these realities more.

Darren Wilson

Local GOP made poor choice in endorsing Trump

Posted 29 February 2016 at 12:00 am


I normally keep my opinions to myself, especially about politics, but the recent decision by the Orleans County Republican Party to endorse Donald Trump for President has forced me to break my silence.

Donald Trump has proven himself to be a xenophobic, bigoted, racist who would be a disaster for the country if elected. The things he has said about women should be enough by themselves to convince people. I have not heard of a single world leader saying anything favorable about him except Putin. That’s enough for me.

I fail to see how our local party leaders think Trump would be good for us. He wants to build a wall to keep Mexicans out. Tell me who will pick our apples and harvest the vegetable crops that our county depends on.

If you criticize or disagree with Trump he calls you names and insults you. Not very presidential.

The man seems incapable of speaking in complete sentences.

We can do better.

I have been a registered Republican for over 40 years. It’s not the party it once was. The only reason I haven’t switched parties yet is so that I can vote against Trump in the primary.

Ronald Mathes

Storm will bring snow and ice on Tuesday, Wednesday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 February 2016 at 12:00 am

The waterfalls in Clarendon along South Holley Road and Pumping Station Road near Holley is pictured last week. The east branch of Sandy Creek runs by here near the Holley Rod and Gun Club.

A storm will hit the area on Tuesday, bringing 5 to 10 inches of snow in Orleans County by 10 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Buffalo is reporting.

The Weather Service says snow and ice will make travel difficult, especially for the morning commute on Wednesday.

Icicles hang from a limb in the waterfalls along South Holley Road.

Kendall youth wrestler wins tourney

Contributed Story Posted 29 February 2016 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photo
James Fox of the Kendall Youth Wrestling Club captured top honors Sunday at the Fairport Tournament by going 4-0. He scored a 15-10 decision win in his first match and then registered pins in his next three matches with the fastest being in just 12 seconds.

Lyndonville high schoolers join community reading effort

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 February 2016 at 12:00 am

3 students win essay contest about ‘Black River’

Provided photos – Three Lyndonville High School seniors – Jenna Doran, Jasmine Plummer and Amanda Blackburn – read “Black River” and were picked as essay contest winners, earning a chance to have lunch with author S. M. Hulse of Spokane, Wa. Hulse will visit Lyndonville on March 11 as part of a three-day stint in the area for “A Tale for Three Counties.”

LYNDONVILLE – The three-county reading effort “A Tale for Three Counties” continues to grow each year from its initial effort that was focused among libraries in Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties.

The effort in recent years has expanded to Genesee Community College, with students reading and discussing the book, and the college planning lectures to address themes in the novel.

The 14th annual event for the first time includes a local high school reading the book and discussing it in classes. Lyndonville High School is using the book Grade 11 Pre-Advanced Placement English, Grade 12 AP English, and Grade 12 English.

About 45 Lyndonville students read the book and discussed the writing style, character development and themes in their classes. The students also entered an essay contest through “Tale” and three students – Jenna Doran, Jasmine Plummer and Amanda Blackburn – were picked as contest winners, a prize that includes lunch with the author.

S. M. Hulse of Spokane, Wa., author of “Black River,” will visit the three counties March 10-12. She also will be at Lyndonville to meet with students on March 11.

Lyndonville’s 11th grade pre-AP class discusses Black River during a recent class.

“We wanted to promote reading in general and connect to a larger community project,” said Jason Smith, superintendent of Lyndonvlle Central School.

He has read many of the 14 books through “Tale” and participates in the book discussion at Yates Community Library. He also was asked to read a couple books under consideration for “Tale” this year.

Smith likes how the “Tale” books are set in small towns, and include up-and-coming authors who visit the area.

“It’s an authentic learning experience where you can interact with the author,” he said. “The books are rich with dialogue, setting, themes and memorable characters.”

Black River includes some mature themes, but they weren’t too challenging for Lyndonville students, Smith said.

The story centers on Wes Carver, a retired corrections officer who is coping with the loss of his wife to cancer. Carver also returns to the Black River community for the parole hearing of an inmate who tortured Carver during a prison riot two decades earlier. That inmate badly broke Carver’s fingers, preventing him from playing the fiddle, one of his passions.

The novel explores faith, forgiveness, fatherhood and revenge.

For more on A Tale for Three Counties, click here.

National Grid provides $15,800 grant for Dobbins expansion in Lyndonville

Staff Reports Posted 29 February 2016 at 12:00 am

LYNDONVILLE – National Grid has approved a $15,800 grant to support the expansion and upgrade of cold storage facilities in Lyndonville for H.H. Dobbins Inc.

Dobbins has invested $3.4 million to construct a new, state-of-the-art controlled atmosphere for its affiliate that stores, packs and ships apples around the world. The new technology allows Dobbins to improve its storage capabilities while reducing its energy costs.

“It has been an honor to continue a business started by my great grandfather and make the updates necessary to stay competitive in the 21st century,” said Ward Dobbins, owner and managing member. “We are grateful for partners like National Grid who embrace our vision and our dedicated employees who are integral to our continued progress.”

National Grid announced today it is also providing $50,000 to D.A. Tufts Co. to support its renovation of a key building in Batavia’s downtown area. D.A. Tufts is investing more than $400,000 for a mixed-use renovation of the 5,200-square-foot building that anchors the corner of East Main Street and Harvester Avenue.

The adaptive reuse of the structure will include both commercial and market-rate residential space. The grant is from National Grid’s Main Street Revitalization program. The grant helped make possible the upgrades needed to convert the structure to have highly efficient mechanical systems and a fresh and stylish new look.

National Grid’s Economic Development Grant Program maintains a strong focus on site development, urban revitalization, strategic marketing, and facilitating customer growth through infrastructure assistance, energy efficiency and productivity improvement. The program reflects an increasing emphasis on sustainable development, the efficient use of existing energy infrastructure, and the strategic deployment of renewable generation technologies.

Lady Tigers have G-R All-Star

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 February 2016 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Aubrey Lewis, Lyndonville

Lyndonville junior guard Aubrey Lewis has been named to the Genesee Region League All-Star team.

A two-year starter, Lewis led Lyndonville in scoring this season with 229 points for an average of 11.4 per game. She also had 131 rebounds, 78 steals and 66 assists.

Lyndonville senior Jasmine Plummer and junior Makenzie Muck both received honorable mention.

Muck led the Lady Tigers on the boards with 149 rebounds. She also scored 191 points (9.5 ave.).

Plummer had 136 rebounds, 89 points and 30 steals.

Kendall’s duo of junior Lizzie Rath and sophomore Taylor ReQua also both earned honorable mention.

ReQua had 154 points, 145 rebounds, 84 steals and 57 assists.

Rath had 125 points, 106 rebounds, 75 steals and 70 assists.

The 12 member first team G-R All-Star lineup also includes senior Aralyse Johnson from Pembroke, junior Olivia George from Alexander, senior Taylor Clar and sophomore Abbey Callaghan from Wheatland-Chili, senior Hannah LaGrou and sophomore Kylie Schlagenhauf from Oakfield-Alabama, senior Rebecca Krenzer and sophomore Margaret Sutherland from Notre Dame, senior Kierra Perl from Attica and senior Alex Reigle and sophomore Emily Reynolds from Elba.

Also receiving honorable mention are Elizabeth Russell from W-C, Kenydie Mott from Oakfield-Alabama, Olivia Kohorst and Emma Patterson from Pembroke, Bethany Ezard from Byron-Bergen, Jayna Wright, Karli Phillips and Bret Stephens from Alexander, Tatiana Draper from Elba and Callie McCulley from Notre Dame.