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Month: September 2016

Holley booters blank U Prep

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2016 at 11:59 pm

Improving to 8-2-2, Holley blanked visiting University Prep of Rochester 3-0 this evening in a non league boys soccer game.

Holley grabbed a quick 1-0 lead on a goal by Andrew Cary just four minutes into the game.

The Hawks later locked up the win with a pair of penalty kick goals, the first by Derek McArthur in the first half and by Cary in the second half.

Boys Volleyball
Sodus 20-25-25-19-25, Lyndonville/Medina 25-18-23-25-19

Lyndonville/Medina dropped a close five set 20-25, 25-18, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19 decision to visiting Sodus this evening in a boys volleyball match.

Mason Pecoraro had 12 spiking kills, 8 service aces and 2 blocks; Christian Hahn 9 kills, Chris Goyette 4 aces, 3 kills and 6 assists and Federico Rosario 8 digs for Lyndonville/Medina.

Steelers edge past Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2016 at 11:51 pm

In a sea-saw battle host Lackawanna nipped Albion 30-26 this evening in a B East Division football game.

Albion grabbed a 6-0 lead with 34 seconds to go in the opening quarter on a 7 yard touchdown run by Tommy Mattison.

The Purple Eagles then fell behind 8-6 early in the second quarter but rebounded with two late touchdowns on a 72 yard run by Mattison with 4:37 to go and a 23 yard scoring pass from quarterback Bryce Pritchard to Nate Moore with just 12 seconds remaining to regain an 18-8 lead at the half.

This time the Steelers answered back with two touchdowns in the third quarter to regain a 22-18 lead.

Albion though battled back one more time to reclaim the lead one last time at 26-22 on a 3 yard touchdown run by Meach Gardner and a two-point conversion pass from Pritchard to Kory Reynolds with 9:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.

However, the last rally and the win belonged to the Steelers as Danny Elvers scored on a 14 yard run and Noble Smith added the two-point converse carry for a 30-26 lead with 3:49 remaining.

Albion did mount one last drive but the threat was stopped on downs inside the Lackawanna 30.

Mattison finished with a total of 230 yards rushing while Gardner led the Purple Eagles defense in tackles with 13.

In making it three wins in a row Lackawanna improves to 2-1 in the division and 3-2 overall while Albion slips to 1-3, 1-4.

Hawks sting Hornets for first G-R victory

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2016 at 11:38 pm

Scoring a touchdown in each quarter, Holley defeated Oakfield-Alabama/Elba 27-6 this evening at Oakfield earning the Hawks their first Genesee Region League victory of the season.

Colin Papaj had 222 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns and Zach Day 84 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns to lead the Holley offense as Ryan Andrews tacked on 3 extra point kicks.

Dalton Moyer had 15 tackles and Day and Glen Thrower 11 each to lead the Holley defensive effort which also included an interception by Jeremy Mallett which set up a Hawks touchdown.

Papaj scored on an 8 yard run in the first quarter and a long 95 yard run in the second quarter to give Holley a 14-6 lead at the half.

Day then scored on runs of 5 and 6 yards in the second half to lock up the Hawks victory.

Holley is now 1-2 in the league and 2-3 overall.

Mustangs romp to clinch tie for B East title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2016 at 11:29 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Jalin Cooper runs past Depew’s Eric Riederer during Medina/Lyndonville’s title clinching win over the host Wildcats this evening.

Exploding out to a three touchdown first quarter lead, Medina/Lyndonville ended a two decade long title drought by romping to a 50-15 victory at Depew this evening to clinch at least a tie for the B East Division title.

Making a successful quest to secure at least a share of their first division title since 1997, the Mustangs wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as Jalin Cooper broke loose on a sweep around right end for 69 yards and a touchdown on the second play of the game.

Cooper tacked on two more touchdowns before the quarter was over, the first on a 31 yard pass reception from quarterback Izaiah Rhim and the second on a 7 yard run, to make it 22-0.

Rhim added two-point conversion passes to Dustin Joy and Eric Neace to compete the wild opening quarter’s scoring.

A fumble recovery by Tyler Howard set up the second touchdown while Neace had a 28 yard run and Jake Cotter a 19 yard run to highlight the third scoring drive.


Dustin Joy hauls in a two-point conversion pass for the Mustangs.

“It’s a huge win for us. The kids came out strong,” said Mustangs Coach Eric Valley. “We got to the edge rushing and completed some good passes on offense and our defense played strong. ”

Depew did cut the deficit a bit to 22-8 when Austin Pilley scored on a 16 yard run and quarterback Jon Wolf passed to Kyle Law for the two-point conversion with 1:42 to go in the second quarter.

However, the Mustangs wasted no time in getting that one back as Cooper returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown to up the Mustangs lead to 30-8 at the half.

Rhim stopped Depew’s final drive of the half with n interruption at the Mustangs 18 yard line.

Cotter boosted the Mustangs advantage to 38-8 with an 11 yard touchdown run with 6:09 to go in the third quarter as Cooper added the two-point conversion run.

Rhim had pass completions of 27 yards to Ronnie Koonce, 19 to Cooper and 10 to Mason Lewis and Neace added a 14 yard run to highlight the 80 yard drive.

An interception by Lewis at the Mustangs 20 set up that opportunity.

Koonce then ran 30 yards for one touchdown and Lucas Porter 15 for another TD in the fourth quarter to round out the Mustangs scoring parade. Porter had a big 38 yard run to set up his TD.

The Mustangs improve to 4-0 in the division and 5-0 overall while Depew slips to 1-3, 1-4.


Ronnie Koonce goes up to grab a pass reception for the Mustangs over Wildcats defender Dakari Applewhite.


Mustangs linebacker Eric Neace sacks Wildcats quarterback Jon Wolf.

Albion PD adds body cameras for officers

Provided photos: The Albion Police Department will begin using body cameras on Saturday.

Posted 30 September 2016 at 5:43 pm

Press Release, Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni

ALBION – The Albion Police Department is proud to announce that beginning Oct. 1, the last component to our Video Recording Program will be operational.

The Albion Police Department has had video systems, commonly known as “Dash Cams,” in police vehicles, as well as a video system monitoring the police station on Platt Street for several years.

Body cameras will now be worn by Albion police officers. A policy is in place which outlines when the video systems are to be used.

Video and audio recording devices are designed to assist and compliment officers in the performance of their duties. Video and audio recordings are used to record certain duty-related activities, thereby creating a visual and/or audio record of the incident as a supplement to the officer’s observations and reports.

The policy that has been developed is not intended to describe every possible situation where the system may be used; however, there are many situations where the use of the video and audio recording is recommended and required.

The use of video recordings by police officers are not intended, expected or designed to capture every aspect of police contact or operations. However, they are used as a tool to capture portions of events and to give better insight to an incident or contact.

The Albion Police Department tested eight different body cameras before a selection was made. The camera that was selected was found to more closely meet the needs of the department over the others that were tested.

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Wilson makes it 3 straight N-O golf titles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2016 at 5:13 pm

Wilson locked up a third straight league title by taking top honors at the annual Niagara-Orleans All-League golf tournament held today at Willowbrook.

Wilson, which made it 40 straight league wins by posting a perfect 12-0 regular season record, garnered 437 points to win the tournament.

Roy-Hart finished in the runner-up spot with 453 followed by Medina 474, Albion 518, Barker 519, Akron 527 and Newfane 548.

Medina’s Ian Wagner took the individual medalist honors by a whopping 11 strokes with a round of 72.

Wilson’s Connor Seeley finished second edging out Roy-Hart’s Hogan Lang in a one hole playoff after the two had finished the regulation 18 holes deadlocked at 83.

Wilson’s duo of Jonah Miller and Nate Fox finished fourth and fifth with scored of 85 and 87 respectively followed by Roy-Hart’s Murphy Lang and Albion’s Nick Penna both with rounds of 89 and Wilson’s Patrick Seeley and Newfane’s Tyler Wagner both with 90’s.

OTB returns to Albion as EZ-Bet

Photo by Tom Rivers: Brenda Richardson, the front end manager at Save-On Beverage Center and Pawlak’s Save-A-Lot, is pictured by a self-service machine for people to place bets on horse racing at the Save-On Beverage Center.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2016 at 3:43 pm

ALBION – A long-time Off-Track Betting parlor closed on Feb. 27 after about four decades in Albion.

The Albion area still had many dedicated horse-racing fans, but not enough to justify the expense of keeping a betting parlor in the small town, Western Regional Off-Track Betting officials said at the time.

However, OTB has partnered with a local business to bring back a betting site. It’s not an official OTB parlor, but the new EZ-Bet at Save-On Beverage Center gives racing fans a place to bet by using a self-service terminal.

OTB also installed four TV screens for customers to watch the action.

The EZ-Bet opened on Sept. 24 (last Saturday) at Save-On Beverage Center, 320 West Ave. There will be a grand opening on Oct. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. with some prizes.

There were 72 OTB parlors about 30 years in the Western New York, but that has been pared down to 25. However, the EZ-Bets are a way for OTB to offer a betting option in person without high overhead costs. WROTB now has 28 EZ-Bets. The one at the Save-On site, just across the street from the former OTB location, is the first in Orleans County.

“It’s a way to get into smaller markets,” said Sean Schiano, director of branch operations for WROTB, which is based in Batavia. “We can’t have all of the brick and mortar locations. This is a way to be in small towns and smaller cities.”

Schiano said the sites give a boost to the host businesses. They give up a little bit of space, and get added foot traffic to their sites. Most of the EZ-Bets are at restaurants or bars. There are some in bowling alleys and convenience stores. Those businesses typically are open later than OTB parlors, which benefits many customers, Schiano said.

One customer at the EZ-Bet in Albion today said he is grateful for the local place to wager. He didn’t like having to drive to Batavia to bet since the OTB closed in Albion about seven months ago. Although OTBs have seen a drop in betting in recent years, the customer, who asked that his name not be used, said there are still many local OTB diehards who enjoy betting on the horses.

To see a list of OTB and EZ-Bet locations in WNY, click here.

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Albion 8th-graders use sewing skills to make pillows, ponchos for breast cancer patients

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2016 at 2:24 pm


Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Students in Kim Toombs’ Introduction to Technology and Careers class, including Alexa Grandy in yellow shirt, made 90 ponchos for breast cancer patients.

The eighth-graders at Albion Middle School also are working on 100 post-surgery pillows, and 50 smaller pillows. They will be delivered by the class of 22 students next Friday on a field trip to the Pluta Cancer Center through Strong Memorial Hospital, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, and Highland Hospital in Rochester.


Kim Toombs, right, gives pointers for making a poncho to student Leeanna Montanarella. Toombs is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in July 2014. After surgery, she completed chemotherapy and radiation in January 2015.

“This is a service-learning project where kids give to the community and not always be on the receiving end,” Toombs said.

It’s also a chance for the teacher to give back to the Pluta Cancer Center, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, and Highland Hospital, where she received care.


Annalise Steier works on one of the ponchos. Students in Toombs’ class last year made 70 ponchos. But this year the students have been fast learners and eager to work on the projects. That allowed Toombs to boost the number of ponchos to 90.


Maurice Taylor Jr. shows two of the pillows and Quinn McCue wears one of the ponchos made by the class.

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Federal budget includes $36 million for WNY Veterans’ Cemetery in Pembroke

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2016 at 1:56 pm

PEMBROKE – Orleans County veterans and their spouses are about two years away from being able to use a new national cemetery, said Earl Schmidt, director of the Veterans Service Agency in Orleans County.

He is pleased by Thursday’s announcement by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer that the House and Senate have approved an appropriations bill that includes $36 million for the National Veterans’ Cemetery in Pembroke.

The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Obama soon. The funding provides for construction of a 132-acre cemetery in Pembroke.

Schmidt said the cemetery will be a close option for veterans and their families. The closest National Veterans’ Cemetery is in Bath.

“It’s a huge cost saver for veterans,” Schmidt said. “You’re maintained, secured and honored every day.”

The cemetery provides free markers, burials and ongoing maintenance to veterans and their spouses.

Schumer said the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is currently completing its planning and design phases and is set to wrap up the Environmental Review process by the end of November. However, federal funding for the next phase – the construction phase expected to start in 2017 – had not yet been determined until Schumer intervened. Schumer successfully included the $36 million in the appropriations bill passed by both the House and the Senate, and it is now poised to be signed into law.

“The inclusion of this critical $36 million in federal funding into the final appropriations means the newest Veterans’ Cemetery in Pembroke is finally set to become a reality,” Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. “I am confident this will be signed into law by the President expeditiously – because our local veterans and community leaders in Western New York and the Rochester-Finger Lakes region have worked too long and too hard to help make this cemetery a reality to watch it stall in the construction phase.”

The 132- acre site on Indian Falls Road in Pembroke is located approximately 30 miles from Buffalo and 48 miles from Rochester.  The cemetery will provide a fitting burial option to approximately 96,000 currently underserved veterans and family members living in Western New York, Schemer said.

According to guidance provided by the VA on cemetery development timelines, it can typically take up to 24 months to complete the cemetery master planning and design process.  Following the completion of that phase, the construction phase typically requires 24-30 months to compete, with early-use burial areas made available approximately 12 months after the start of construction.

Now that the $36 million to fund the construction is secure, the VA anticipates it will begin solicitation of a General Contractor to award construction.  Solicitation and contract award is anticipated to require approximately 6 months, Schumer’s Office said.

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State group will feature artwork by Orchard Manor resident

Susan Christie created this artwork that will be featured in the 2017 “Art From the Heart” wall calendar.

Staff Reports Posted 30 September 2016 at 11:55 am
Provided photo: Orchard Manor Administrator Martin MacKenzie, left, is pictured with resident Susan Christie. Jamie Murphy, Orchard manor’s activities director, is in back.

Provided photo: Orchard Manor Administrator Martin MacKenzie, left, is pictured with resident Susan Christie. Jamie Murphy, Orchard manor’s activities director, is in back.

MEDINA – Susan Christie, a resident of Orchard Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Medina, was recently honored at a reception to celebrate her artistic achievement.

Christie’s artwork is one of 13 chosen of 87 submissions that will be featured in the 2017 “Art From the Heart” wall calendar.

The art competition is sponsored by The Foundation for Quality Care with the New York State Health Facilities Association.

“Art From the Heart” is an opportunity for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in New York state to share their artwork.

Christie, a self-taught artist since the age of nine, said she has used artwork to help cope with abuse she experienced in her past.

“I express myself through my art,” she said. “The more I express myself, the more I blossom and heal.”

Jamie Murphy, Orchard Manor activities director, encouraged Christie to enter the contest. Murphy asked Christie what she enjoys most about creating art. Christie replied, “I like to start with a piece of paper and end up with a face staring back at me or a pretty picture.”

Proceeds from the Art From the Heart calendars will benefit the Foundation for Quality Care.

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