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Local father and son win 90-mile canoe challenge in Adirondacks

Posted 16 September 2021 at 2:15 pm

Courtesy of Alicia Vanderwalker

Photos courtesy of Alicia Vanderwalker: Todd Vanderwalker and his father Dan compete in the Adirondack Canoe Classic, a 90-mile event over three days.

The Adirondack Canoe Classic — known as the 90-Miler — is an Adirondack tradition dating back to 1983. The annual event, which takes place over three days in September, takes paddlers from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, the first 90 miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

The first 3 years of the race, Hartland resident Dan Vanderwalker competed winning 1st place all three years with then partner Kurt Knisley for his first and third year and Greg Denzel for his second year. Vanderwalker went on to compete and win several other areas races during that time.

In 2019 Dan’s 38-year-old son, Todd competed in the race with his 16-year-old daughter FaithAnn, proudly carrying on his father’s legacy and taking home 1st place in their class.

In 2020 due to Covid the race was cancelled and this year when it was announced that the race would go on Todd was hopeful to compete again, he even entered and won a 10-mile Round the Mountain Canoe race with his son David in the spring extending his families paddling experience.

It was not looking like Todd would be able to compete in the 90 miler though as his daughter, FaithAnn just left for college and his son had athletic commitments that weekend. It was then that Todd talked to his dad about his desire to still compete and the duo spent the summer training weekly to be ready for the race. Dan lost almost 30 pounds during the 3 months of training and both paddled, walked and ran 2-3 times weekly to build endurance. Todd’s goal was just to be able to complete the race with his dad and create memories, but not Dan. He said if he was doing it, he was in it to win it.

The race was held Sept. 10-12 and started with 238 boats on the water. Competitors race canoes, and kayaks in various classes of size, style and amount of racers ranging from one-man canoe or kayaks to war canoes that held multiple paddlers.

Dan and Todd Vanderwalker hold their first place awards for winning the competition.

In order to compete in the canoe classic event organizers through the Northern Forest Canoe Trail advise that you must: “Be prepared, mentally and physically. The 90-Miler is a backcountry race — when on the course, you are often miles away from immediate medical care or rescue. The weather can be very hot or very cold, and wind is almost always a factor. There are mile-long portages, big open lakes, twisty beaver-dammed streams and shallow rivers with so many twists and turns it is hard to keep track of where you are.”

The course description is as follows:

  • Day One – Start at Old Forge on Old Forge Pond; paddle and carry through the Fulton Chain of Lakes; and then continue on to Raquette Lake, the Marion River and the Eckford Chain of Lakes ending in Blue Mountain Lake. DISTANCE: 35 miles CARRIES: Four (3.5 miles total).
  • Day Two – Start at Bissell’s on Long Lake; paddle down Long Lake and into the Raquette River; carry around Raquette Falls; and then continue on the Raquette to a finish at the NYS Raquette River Boat Launch on Routes 3 & 30 (approximately 5 miles east of the village of Tupper Lake). DISTANCE: 30 miles CARRIES: One (1.25 miles total).
  • Day Three: Start at Fish Creek Campground; paddle down Upper Saranac Lake and carry to Middle Saranac Lake; and then paddle across Middle Saranac Lake and into the Saranac River, carrying around the Upper State Locks. Continue into Lower Saranac Lake and another section of the Saranac River; carry around the Lower State Locks; and then continue across Oseetah Lake and Lake Flower to finish the race at Riverfront Park in Saranac Lake Village. DISTANCE: 25 miles CARRIES: Three (0.5 mile total).

The Vanderwalkers had Todd’s wife, Alicia, pit crewing for them. Alicia’s job was to meet them at portages to provide hydration, supplementation and encouragement. She also shuttled them from one place to the next each day as each night they stayed in a different state campground on the route.

On Saturday Alicia even borrowed a local residents canoe to get out to the duo as they paddled to get them fresh drinks, gel packs and sports bars so they did not have to lose momentum paddling toward shore because there was no portage in the area.

It was a weekend filled with memories, wild and windy weather several boats capsizing and in the end a legacy that continues as Dan and Todd took home first place in the C-2 Mens Masters Class bringing Dan’s paddling legacy full circle.

Fundraiser on Oct. 17 will support baby Koleson and his family

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 September 2021 at 11:48 am

MEDINA – There will be a fundraiser on Oct. 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. at leonard Oakes Estate Winery to support newborn baby Koleson Meakin, and his parents, Brady and Dominique.

Koleson was born Aug. 31 with Lissencephaly, which is a rare, gene-linked brain malformation characterized by the absence of normal folds in the cerebral cortex and an abnormally small head.

Pam Eaton of Hometown Wellness Center is organizing the benefit to assist the family with the cost of caring for Koleson.

“They are great people,” Eaton said about the young couple.

Dominique Meakin works for Eaton as one of the instructors of the wellness center on Pearl Street.

Eaton said there has already been a strong response from the community with donations, gift certificates and baskets.

“It goes to show what a community will do for each other when needed,” Eaton said.

Eaton said people can reach out to her through Facebook or by calling (585) 409-3452 to make donations or to volunteer at the event.

The event at Leonard Oakes will include orchard rides, live music and the basket raffle.

Governor suspends state hiring freeze implemented during pandemic

Posted 16 September 2021 at 11:14 am

Hochul cites state’s improved financial position

Press Release, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the suspension of the state hiring freeze through the end of the fiscal year, supporting Covid-19 recovery efforts.

The hiring freeze suspension comes after the Governor released the updated State Financial Plan projecting $2.1 billion in revenue above projections as the economic recovery beats expectations. While agencies are now able to hire without first obtaining a waiver from the Division of the Budget, they must prioritize hiring for their core missions and continue to prudently manage their resources.

“As we continue to combat the pandemic, we must keep New York moving forward and that includes building our workforce to ensure we can support New Yorkers at the highest level,” Governor Hochul said. “However, we must continue to act responsibly and prudently with the state’s finances as we work to slow the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 and help to ensure all businesses and New Yorkers remain safe.”

Lifting the hiring freeze through the end of the fiscal year will enable state agencies to grow their workforces after the number of workers in Executive Agencies declined from approximately 118,000 full-time employees to approximately 107,500 full-time employees between March 2020 and August 2021, driven by attrition.

Jacobs wins award for being ‘champion’ of adult education

Posted 16 September 2021 at 11:11 am

Press Release, Congressman Chris Jacobs

ORCHARD PARK – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) has been awarded the Adult Education Champion Award presented by the Coalition on Adult Basic Education.

Jacobs was presented the award by Lisa Lee – Executive Director of CORE Learning Centers and State Advocacy Fellow for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education.

“Congressman Jacobs answered our call and advocated tirelessly on our behalf to get funding released – preventing further shut-downs and staff lay-offs – giving our students with continued educational opportunities and access to needed services,” Lee said. “As a State Advocacy Fellow and member of the Coalition on Adult Education and member of the New York Association of Adult Continuing and Community Education, I am proud to honor Congressman Chris Jacobs’ efforts as a Champion for Adult Education in NYS and across the country.”

The Adult Education Champion Award is awarded to legislative leaders for their work advocating for the needs of adult learners. They are awarded as part of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.

“Congressman Jacobs has been a long-time supporter of adult literacy efforts in Western New York and across NYS. He has championed our mission and recognizes the importance of all people being able to read, write and speak English in order to be most successful in life,” said Tara Schafer, executive director Literacy Buffalo Niagara. “We would like to congratulate Congressman Jacobs and thank him for advocating on behalf of Literacy Buffalo Niagara and the 147,000 people that struggle with literacy in our region.”

“I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this award from the Coalition on Adult Basic Education,” Jacobs said. “I have spent my professional career tirelessly advocating for quality education for our Western New York students, and I will continue that advocacy for years to come. I want to commend CORE and Literacy Buffalo Niagara for the incredible work they are doing to help adult learners realize new opportunities and reach their full potential. It is important work, and I will continue to be a strong federal partner with them to ensure our students get the resources they need.”

Albion and Medina face interdivisional foes

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 September 2021 at 10:08 am

Albion will host Wilson at 7 p.m. Friday and Medina will visit Lackawanna at 1 p.m. Saturday for interdivisional football games.

Albion and Wilson, which have not met on the gridiron since 1990, are both off to 2-0 starts to the season.

The Lakemen are coming off a 20-0 win over Cleveland Hill which saw quarterback Tyler Yousett throw three touchdown passes.

The Purple Eagles, which bested Maryale 22-7 last weekend in a B North Division contest, are led offensively by quarterback Amari Jones who had thrown 4 TD passes, 3 to Javon Jones and 1 to Tyler Gibson.

The Albion defense has yielded only 9 points in two games.

Lackawanna, which defeated JFK 42-8 last weekend, is 1-1 on the young season. The Steelers, which last faced Medina in 2018, hold an 8-3 lead in the series with the Mustangs.

The Mustangs offense is led by quarterback Xander Payne who had thrown for 6 touchdown passes including 2 both Jarin Rhim and Greg Thompsn and 1 each to Joe Cecchini and Iverson Poole.

Defensively, the Mustangs have given up just 6 points in two games.

Roy-Hart/Barker/Lyndonville will host Maryvale in a B North Division game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Silverbacks are 0-1 and the Flyers 0-2.

In Section V 8 Man Division competition, Holley will visit Wellsville at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Merged 4-county Arc GLOW welcomes employees who want rewarding career

Provided photos: (Left) Stephanie and Arc’s Kristen Ace show off a completed puzzle. Ace said it’s an amazing feeling to make a difference each day in the lives of others. (Right) Jessica Stevens and Joe at his Arc home in Warsaw. According to Stevens, she loves to learn about the individuals she serves and help them plan for their future.

Posted 16 September 2021 at 10:02 am

Press Release, Arc GLOW

The Arc New York chapters serving the GLOW region invite Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming County residents to “Grow with GLOW” and discover the rewards of a career as a Direct Support Professional.

Soon to be named Arc GLOW under a pending merger, Arc of Genesee Orleans and The Arc Livingston-Wyoming are participating in a statewide job fair on September 23 in Batavia and Mount Morris.

“The coordinated effort highlights the flexible, meaningful and rewarding positions available, supporting people with intellectual/developmental disabilities in their homes and day programs across our four counties,” said Martin Miskell, Arc GLOW executive director.

Direct Support Professionals provide integral support to individuals, such as assisting with communication, providing on-the-job coaching, and helping with daily living needs. DSP team members play a critical role in helping ensure that individuals with disabilities can fully participate in their communities.

“This is work that matters, work that is meaningful and it’s the opportunity to feel proud of the difference DSPs make in the lives of individuals we serve.  It’s a true calling to care,” the executive director said.

Arc GLOW Director of Human Resources, Christa Hartigan, says new Direct Support Professional team members can expect flexibility and the opportunity to advance.

“We offer stability and a generous benefit package,” she said. “If you have been wondering what’s next, it’s time to find your future and grow with Arc GLOW as a Direct Support Professional.”

The September 23 job fairs scheduled in Genesee and Livingston counties will be held at the following locations and times:

  • Arc Community Center, 38 Woodrow Road, Batavia from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Arc Admin. Building, 18 Main Street, Mount Morris from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Remember, this is work that matters and an opportunity to make a positive influence on the lives of others,” Miskell said.

Direct Support Spotlight

Kristen Ace, an Oakfield native, first started working at Arc after college and returned in 2018 as a Relief Direct Support Professional in residential. She now works full time at Arc’s Day Habilitation Center in Elba as a Day Habilitation Specialist, and describes her job as very rewarding.

“I love what I do and I love being here to help, advocate and teach,” she said. “I go home happy, knowing that I’ve made a difference and look forward to going in tomorrow. I smile knowing the ladies I work with had a great day. I’m glad I decided to come back to the Arc and begin my career!”

Jessica Stevens, an Arc staff member from Leicester, is the Assistant Site Supervisor at Arc’s Warren IRA residence in Warsaw. According to Jessica, she enjoys finding all the good about the individuals she serves in the residential program.

“I get to learn about their past, their dreams and goals and what’s helped mold them into the person they are today,” she said. “Assisting people out of rough patches, reminding them of all they are, and making my guys laugh is definitely a favorite part of my job.”

Stevens’ career at Arc began in the Day Habilitation program. During the height of the pandemic, she picked up extra shifts in the residential department, and transferred there when she realized how much the enjoyed it.

Heritage Wind accepting applications for community grants

Posted 16 September 2021 at 9:13 am

Press Release, Heritage Wind

BARRE – The Heritage Wind Community Grant Program is now accepting applications for its Fall 2021 grant cycle.

The program provided more than $9,000 during its last cycle to support local organizations working to build healthy communities, increase environmental sustainability, foster economic development, and promote education, including Community Action of Orleans and Genesee, Supportive Care of Orleans, The Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern, Medina Fire Department, Town of Barre (Powering the Park), Orleans Community Health Foundation, Orleans-Recovery Hope Begins Here, Christ Church Community Kitchen and United Way of Orleans County.

Local organizations working in the Town of Barre or the broader Orleans County community are encouraged to apply. Grants are typically awarded in $250 to $4,000 increments, with priority given to proposals that demonstrate meaningful impacts to the greatest number of area residents.

We will be accepting applications until October 29 on our website (click here).

The four focus areas for the Heritage Wind Community Grant Program are:

  • Building Healthy Communities – Programs that support public health, good government, open communication, citizen resources, and/or enhance the quality of life in the community.
  • Economic Development – Apex Clean Energy supports and encourages the entrepreneurial spirit. It is part of our mission to serve as a catalyst for economic opportunity and development within the communities where we operate.
  • Environmental Sustainability – Programs that possess a strong link to environmental revitalization, sustainability, or education thereof, empower residents to be stewards of the environment, and/or encourage partnerships to address environmental concerns and sustainability.
  • Promoting Education – Programs that support educational institutions, the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and training programs for careers in the wind industry. This may include curriculum development, literacy, school readiness, and other initiatives that help students grow into young leaders. Vocational training institutions that help build a skilled workforce are also included and encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Brian O’Shea at, by phone at (952) 393-2986 or Anna Mathes at or (585) 590-2254.

Cobblestone Museum brings back membership dinner and auction

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Larry Albanese and Dick Remley ham it up with a pair of puppets from a Dutch store in Jakarta, Indonesia, which were donated to the Cobblestone Museum’s auction Wednesday night at Carlton Firemen’s Recreation Hall.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 16 September 2021 at 8:21 am

CARLTON – The Cobblestone Museum brought back its annual dinner and fundraising auction at Carlton Firemen’s Recreation Hall on Wednesday evening. The crowd was smaller than in recent years, due to concerns over the rising cases of Covid, said Cobblestone director Doug Farley.

“However, we are glad to be back in business again,” Farley said. “This is a great kickoff for our Welcome Center, and it’s good to see people out and enjoying themselves. The money raised tonight will go a long way in helping get the Welcome Center going.”

Dick Remley, finance committee chair and head of the committee to raise money for purchase of the c. 1830 home formerly known as Fair Haven Treasures, said the Visitor’s Center will not only be for the Cobblestone Museum, but for all of Orleans County.

“It couldn’t be more centrally located,” Remley said. “In fact, in the 1800s, Childs was the county seat for a day. This house will give us room to show movies to tourists, ample space for parking and indoor bathrooms, all things we don’t have now.”

He explained their goal is to add a meeting room for up to 100 people, where they can have educational programs all year long and provide office space for Orleans County Tourism.

“This will be a one-stop location for information regarding all of Orleans County, including the Medina Railroad Museum to the fishing industry,” Remley said.

Doug Farley, left, director of the Cobblestone Museum at Childs, scans the audience as former sheriff Randy Bower solicits bids on donated items.

Remley is very encouraged at the support the project has already received. So far $400,000 of the $750,000 goal has been raised for the project. Click here for more information.

“We’ve only been fundraising for four weeks and we are already at more than 50 percent of our goal,” he said. “The Cobblestone Museum is the only National Historic Landmark in Orleans County and we are on the road to making sure it continues for a long, long time.”

The evening continued with dinner catered by Zambistro, followed by a live auction with former sheriff Randy Bower as auctioneer. Bower egged the crowd on to secure the highest bids for each item. There was a variety of donated items, and when there was an occasional item with no opening bid, Bower started the bidding himself.

There were bargains to be had, such as 10 one-day park hopper passes to Disney World, valued at $150 each, which the bidder got for $200, and a pen and ink painting by Roger San Miguel, whose paintings are said to bring $4,000 to $6,000, which went to the highest bidder for $200.

Two unusual puppets from a Dutch store in Jakarta, Indonesia, were more than 100 years old and brought laughs when Remley and Larry Albanese started dancing around with them.

A silent auction followed with three dozen unique items and a basket raffle.

This was the Cobblestone Society’s third annual membership fundraising dinner. Next year’s membership dinner will be May 11 at the Carlton Recreation Hall.

Editor’s Note: Museum Director Doug Farley reported the event on Wednesday raised $10,000 for the museum.

Marty Taber, left, holds a painting by the late Roy Bannister as Larry Albanese points to a bidder during the Cobblestone Museum’s live auction Wednesday night.

Masks required at state-regulated child care facilities for children age 2 and up

Posted 15 September 2021 at 10:07 pm

Governor also announces masks must be worn at state-certified substance abuse and mental health facilities

Press Release, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a series of universal mask requirements designed to protect New Yorkers against the highly contagious Delta variant and the recent surge in Covid-19 infections statewide.

The requirement applies to New York State Office of Children and Family Services-licensed and -registered child care centers, home-based group family and family child care programs, after-school child care programs and enrolled legally exempt group programs during operational hours.

Implementing the mask regulation in child care programs will provide consistency between child care program children and school children, many of whom often share the same buildings.

New masking requirements will also apply to congregate programs and facilities licensed, registered, operated, certified or approved by the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Addiction Services and Supports, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

This includes but is not limited to certified residential and day programs, inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, substance abuse programs, juvenile detention programs, juvenile residential facilities, congregate foster care programs, runaway and homeless youth, domestic violence and other shelter programs. These requirements apply to anyone medically able to tolerate wearing a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

“With the Delta variant on the rise, requiring masks at state-regulated child care, mental health, and substance abuse facilities is a key part of our broader strategy for slowing the spread of the virus, reopening our economy safely, and protecting vulnerable members of our population,” Governor Hochul said. “For children under 12 who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, masks are the best line of defense against Covid-19 infection. This new mask requirement ensures that children in our child care facilities receive the same protection as children in our schools.”

The new mask requirement in child care facilities brings New York State into compliance with federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance issued in July that recommends universal indoor masking for anyone age two and older who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and is medically able to wear a mask. It also brings child care facilities in alignment with school masking requirements announced on Governor Hochul’s first day in office.

Because the Delta variant is so highly transmissible, there have been large increases in cases across all age groups. Because children under 12 years of age are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine, there have been large increases in cases among children, which translates to higher numbers of severe cases. Additional protective measures will help to keep New York’s children safe at this important time.

OCFS Commissioner Sheila J. Poole said, “We have heard from many parents and residents of congregate settings asking that the state require masking because child care and congregate residential programs will not require that protection without a state requirement. We want to keep all children and staff in child care programs, as well as staff and residents of congregate residential programs, safe from the spread of infection and wearing a mask is the best tool we have. Children want to be like the adults around them and will easily adapt to the mask wearing requirement.”

Lady Rams shutout Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 September 2021 at 9:58 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Kaitlyn Mettler scores her second goal of the evening past Albion defender Aurora Serafin and goalie Sydney Mulka during the Lady Rams win over the host Purple Eagles this evening.

Pulling away down the stretch, Roy-Hart blanked host Albion 3-0 this evening in a key early season Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer game.

Kara Choate scored what proved to be the game winner for Roy-Hart just nine minutes into the first half off an assist from Kaitlyn Mettler.

It remained a tight 1-0 contest until late in the second half when Mettler scored a pair of goals on breakaways with 11 and 4 minutes remaining to finally put a lock on the win for the Lady Rams.

Reanna Perkins earned the shutout in goal for Roy-Hart, an effort which included a pair of big saves on the first half on Albion shots from close range.

Roy-Hart is now 2- 0 and Albion 1-1 in N-O action.

Albion’s Aly Knaak battles with Roy-Hart’s Allie Trombley for control of the ball.

G-R Girls Soccer

Byron-Bergen blanked Kendall 6-0 and Alexander edged Lyndonville/Medina 2-1 in Genesee Region League games.

Nia Gray scored 3 goals to lead the way for Byron-Bergen while Ella Lewis netted the lone goal for Lyndonville/Medina.

Non League Girls Soccer

Holley trimmed visiting Wilson 1-0 in a non league game as Bella Thom scored the lone goal for the Lady Hawks off assists from Jailyn Bishop and Samantha Bates.

Layne Walker made 7 saves to earn the shutout in goal.

Rams, Mustangs post N-O boys soccer wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 September 2021 at 9:53 pm

Roy-Hart opened defense of its Niagara-Orleans League boys soccer title with a 9-0 win over visiting Albion (0-2) this evening.

Peter Martillotta scored 4 goals, Brandin Masters 2 and Nik Guttierez, Aiden Guild and Trent Choate 1 each for the Rams.

Medina/Lyndonville evened its N-O record at 1-1 with a 2-1 win at Newfane (1-1) on first half goals by Sam Kingsbury off an assist from Roman Heisker and by Cole Seefeldt from Cole Callard.

In the other N-O contest, Akron (1-0) edged Wilson (1-1) 3-2 as Cole Fleming scored 2 goals and Sean O’Shaughnessy 1.

Kendall rallies for G-R volleyball win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 September 2021 at 9:50 pm

Kendall rallied past Oakfield-Alabama 23-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-19 in a Genesee Region League volleyball match this evening.

Loren Pilon had 5 kills, 5 aces and 15 digs; Madison Shonitsky 10 assists and 12 digs and Madison Delaquila 5 kills and 2 digs to lead the way for Kendall.

Colbi Heineman had 5 kills and Kyrsten Sutliff 3 kills for O-A.

Medina tops Buff Sem in field hockey

Three players contributed goals as Medina blanked host Buffalo Seminary 5-0 this afternoon in a non league field hockey game.

Alex Strong and Penelope Schalck each scored 2 goals and Dakota Alexander 1 for Medina as Arianna Bloom earned the shutout in goal.

Getting vaccinated should be a responsibility, not a choice

Posted 15 September 2021 at 9:34 pm


In the Sept. 15, 2021 Washington Post, columnist David Von Drehle talked about how heroes like Jonas Salk, Sabin, Hilleman, Ruth Bishop and others changed our lives for the better by their invention of vaccines to eliminate encephalitis, Asian flu, measles, rubella, mumps, scarlet fever, polio, rotavirus and others.

How many of us would have died in our infancy if not for our state and federal governments declaring that the vaccinations were essential for our survival?

Von Drehle asked how many of us were born deaf and blind because of rubella, scarred by smallpox, paralyzed by polio or died at an early age because of tuberculosis. Probably very few of us, because we live in the age of vaccines.

I think he is correct in saying that vaccination today is not a choice, it is a responsibility.

Jack Capurso

Albion High School 1960 graduate

Ashburn, Va.

Fisher-Price’s Corn Popper named finalist for Toy Hall of Fame

Courtesy of Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester: The National Toy Hall of Fame announced the 12 finalists for induction into the hall: American Girl Dolls, Battleship, billiards, Cabbage Patch Kids, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Mahjong, Masters of the Universe, piñata, Risk, sand, The Settlers of Catan, and toy fire engine.

Staff Reports Posted 15 September 2021 at 3:41 pm

Fisher-Price: The Corn Popper has been an enduring toy since it was first introduced in 1957.

ROCHESTER – The Fisher-Price Corn Popper is one of 12 finalists for 2021 induction into The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame.

The toy is popular with very young children who are beginning to get steady on their feet.

“The bright, flying balls and popping sound also help to stimulate the senses, promoting curiosity and discovery,” the Hall of Fame stated in a writeup about the Corn Popper.

Fisher-Price ran a manufacturing site in Median from 1970 to the late 1990s. It also produced the Little People in Medina, and they were inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2016.

The Corn Popper debuted in 1957. Today it sells for $9.99.

The 12 finalists for induction into the hall announced today include American Girl Dolls, Battleship, billiards, Cabbage Patch Kids, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Mahjong, Masters of the Universe, piñata, Risk, sand, The Settlers of Catan, and toy fire engine.

From this group three inductees will be announced on Nov. 4.

“These 12 toys represent the wide scope of playthings—from one of the most universal playthings in the world like sand to a game-changing board game like Risk to the popular adult game of billiards,” says Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections. “Whether old or new, for kids or adults, all 12 of these toy finalists greatly influenced the world of play.”

The National Toy Hall of Fame is accepting votes from the public from September 15 to 22 as part of a “Player’s Choice” ballot at The three toys that receive the most public votes will be submitted and will join the other top-three submissions by members of the National Selection Advisory Committee.

The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame recognizes toys that have engaged and delighted multiple generations. Criteria for induction include: Icon-status (the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered); Longevity (the toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations); Discovery (the toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play); and Innovation (the toy profoundly changed play or toy design).

To date, the following 74 toys have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, which was established in 1998.

Construction starts in Carlton to rebuild Lakeside Park Road

Google Maps: This map shows the peninsula in Carlton that includes Lakeside Park Road, which was battered by flooding and erosion in 2017 and 2019.

Posted 15 September 2021 at 3:03 pm

Press Release, NYS Department of Transportation

CARLTON – The New York State Department of Transportation announced that construction has begun on a $261,000 resiliency project awarded to the town of Carlton, Orleans County, through the State’s Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI).

The shoreline along Lakeside Park Road, which runs along a peninsula of land located in between Lake Ontario and Johnson Creek, has experienced degradation due to repeated flooding events. The shoreline erosion has caused the access road to become unusable, resulting in the loss of land protecting homes, and approximately 300 linear feet of public water line at risk of being exposed and compromised.

This project seeks to mitigate future flooding and reduce the erosion of the Lakeside Park Road, while ensuring safe access for residents and emergency responders, and protecting critical infrastructure.

State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, “Flooding and extreme weather have plagued the town of Carlton and surrounding areas, causing disruption on local roadways and issues for the local communities especially during emergency situations. The Department of Transportation is always proud to partner with our local and state REDI partners to serve these shoreline communities. With this project we are building back stronger to ensure access to local residents and emergency personnel during extreme weather events. Our continued goal is to build a more resilient infrastructure that will stand up to what mother nature sends our way.”

Resiliency measures to be implemented in this project include:

  • Construction of a new access road
  • Placement of riprap stone along the shoreline to protect the public water line during future high-water events

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Town of Carlton Highway Department uses a payloader to carry pallets of sandbags across a washed out section of Lakeside Park Road West on June 2, 2019. A chunk of road washed out from Lake Ontario flooding. Residents at three houses needed to walk through the washed out road to reach their houses. The road will protected with riprap in one of the REDI projects.

Senator Robert Ortt said, “By attending to the issues surrounding Lakeside Park Road, New York State and the REDI Commission are taking proactive measures to ensure not only the safety of local residents but are also addressing the issue of erosion that may further impact the ability of first responders to access the road. This forward thinking will also protect critical infrastructure utilities located along the road and will minimize the potential impact of any naturally occurring emergencies in the future. I applaud New York State and the REDI Commission for identifying this situation and implementing the necessary solutions.”

Assemblyman Stephen Hawley said, ​“Preserving the shoreline means preserving our local economy, and giving the people who live and travel along Lakeside Park Road the peace of mind they deserve in their daily lives. I am very pleased to see this proactive project break ground, and hope all goes well as the project proceeds.”

Town of Carlton Supervisor Gayle Ashbery said, “The flooding that occurred in 2019 caused severe erosion along the shoreline of Lakeside Park Road, leaving critical infrastructure exposed and vulnerable. The town of Carlton is pleased that through our partnership with New York State, the shoreline will be stabilized, and the waterline will be protected.”