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Month: January 2017

Holley-Kendall grapplers score two wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 January 2017 at 9:52 pm

Holley-Kendall closed out regular season by scoring a pair of non league wrestling wins this evening at Holley by scores of 72-18 over Wilson Magnet and 46-28 over Brighton.

Jayden Pieniaszek, Dawson Custer, Jeremy Browe, Braxton Leary-Hart, Nate Silversmith and Chad Miller all scored pins for the Hawks against Wilson Magnet. Miller had the fastest fall of the evening in just 16 seconds.

James Sharp then had a pin for the Hawks against Brighton as Eli Stanton added a decision win.

Holley-Kendall next competes in the Section V Class BB tournement this weekend at Byron-Bergen.

Newfane girls rally past Albion

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 January 2017 at 9:38 pm

Trailing 25-24 at the half, Newfane used a 15-6 third period scoring surge to key a 54-35 victory over visiting Albion this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball lame.

Paige Emborsky scored 15 points, Emily Foltz 12 and Olivia Littman 7 along with 12 rebounds to spark Newfane which regains the .500 mark at 4-4.

Emily Blanchard scored 14 and Caitlynn Snook 12 for Albion (4-3) which played without season long scoring and rebounding leader Chanyce Powell who has a foot injury.

Albion grabbed the 25-24 half-time lead on a late three by Nicole Eldred.

Wilson 64, Roy-Hart 34
Defending champion Wilson improved to 7-1 by downing Roy-Hart (0-7) 64-34 as Rachel Senek had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Kayla Neumann 10 points and 7 steals.

In one other N-O game, Akron (3-4) bested Barker (1-6) 46-27.

Lydia Dewart scored 12 for Barker.

Barker cagers post win over Akron

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 January 2017 at 9:28 pm

Getting back on the winning track, Barker defeated host Akron 66-43 this evening to improve to 4-3 in Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball competition.

In other N-O action, Newfane (7-1) defeated Albion (1-8) 64-42 and Wilson (5-3) downed Roy-Hart (3-5) 60-36.

Nate Luckman poured in a game high 29 points to lead the way for Barker as Eddie Wasnock added 18 and Malik Smith 10. Wasnock also had 11 rebounds and Luckman 8 assists.

Mason Schultz scored 12 for Akron which slips to 1-8.

Barker jumped out to a 23-14 first period lead as Luckman scored 17 during that stretch.

The Raiders went on to hold leads of 35-23 at the half and 49-28 at the three-quarter mark.

Newfane 64, Albion 42
Kyle DeVoogel and Max Weber each scored 18 to lead Newfane past Albion 64-42. Weber also had 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals.

Leading 31-19 at the half, the Panthers used a 22-8 third period surge to lock up the win as DeVoogel hit two threes.

Kory Reynolds had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Albion.

Wilson 60, Roy-Hart 36
Leading by a narrow 24-22 margin at the half, Wilson used a 25-12 third period scoring edge to key the 60-36 win over Roy-Hart. Connor Seeley had two threes and Justin Daul a pair of baskets to lead that uprising.

Seeley finished with 19, Daul 14 and Nate Fox 10.

DJ Davis scored 14 and Jacob Bruning 9 for Roy-Hart.

Lyndonville uses late surge to down Kendall

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 January 2017 at 9:10 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Eric Neace puts up a layup against Kendall defenders Mason Kuhn (22) and James Longrod (24).

Putting together a strong stretch run, Lyndonville posted a 59-46 victory over visiting Kendall this evening in a Genesee Region League game.

Breaking away from a 38-38 tie early in the final period, Lyndonville erupted with a 18-6 scoring burst to break the contest open.

Eric Neace had two jumpers and a layup, Zach Johnson a rebound basket and a layup and Jacob Hoffee a three and a jumper during that decisive uprising which vaulted the Tigers out to a commanding 56-44 lead with 1:15 remaining.

Lyndonville’s Corey Hydock looks to drive against Kendall defender Collin Lewis.

Neace, Johnson and Corey Hydock each finished with 15 and Johnson 11 for the Tigers as Nathan Poler added 2 and Josh Tombari 1.

James Longrod scored 17, Nate Warters 11, Collin Lewis 10 and John Rath and Mickey Gardner 4 for Kendall which played without season long scoring and rebounding leader Brandon Miller who is out with an injury.

Kendall jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead at the outset on threes by Longrod and Warters. Layups by Longrod and Gardner kept the Eagles up 12-9 at the end of the period.

Trailing 19-15, Lyndonville put together a 12-0 run in the second period on three baskets by Hydock, one each by Hoffee and Johnson and two free throws by Neace for a 27-19 lead. The Tigers were up 27-21 at the half.

However, Kendall battled back with a 13-2 run in the third period on a three and a layup by Lewis, a jumper and layup by Longrod and buckets by Gardner and Warters to regain a 34-31 lead.

Lyndonville though answered with a 5-2 run to close the period and rally into a 36-36 tie at the three-quarter mark on a layup by Johnson.

The teams then traded baskets at the outset of the final period before the Tigers put together their decisive 18-6 stretch run uprising.

Lyndonville is now 4-7 in the league and 7-9 overall while Kendall is 2-8, 3-13.

Alexander 63, Holley 37
Building up a 29-15 half-time advantage, Alexander went on to post a 63-37 G-R win over visiting Holley.

Matt Genaway and Chris McClinic each scored 14 to set the pace for Alexander.

Andrew Moseman scored 11 and Dalton Major 8 for Holley.

Kendall’s Nate Warters goes up for a layup against Lyndonville defender Corey Hydock.

Kendall’s Mickey Gardner puts up a shot against Lyndonville defender Zach Johnson.

2 plead guilty in large cocaine bust

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 January 2017 at 4:52 pm

ALBION – Two men charged in Orleans County’s largest cocaine bust pled guilty today in Orleans County Court and could face up to 7 years in state prison.

Daniel Guzman

The two men were arrested on June 17 when they were allegedly trying to smuggle a kilo of cocaine from Texas into Orleans County.

Daniel Guzman, 29, of Houston, Texas and Luis Alberto Sanchez-Garza, 31, of Mexico each are in jail on $500,000 bail.

Luis Alberto Sanchez-Garza

They pled guilty to criminal possession of controlled substance in the second degree.

Guzman has at least one prior felony while Sanchez-Garza doesn’t have a prior felony but is an illegal alien who would likely be deported after serving his sentence, District Attorney Joe Cardone said this afternoon.

Law enforcement searched a vehicle on June 17 after getting a warrant. Police heard from an informant that Guzman and Sanchez-Graza were allegedly bringing the cocaine to Orleans County.

Police, including the Albion K9, searched the vehicle that was stopped on East Avenue in Albion and found 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cocaine hidden in the engine compartment.

Cardone praised law enforcement for intercepting the cocaine, which was targeted for sale in Orleans County. Getting the drug off the street spared the community some misery from the drug, Cardone said.

The two will be sentenced in April.

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Frontier believes it has resolved concerns with quarry by refuge

Photos by Tom Rivers: Shelby residents attended a meeting Monday at Town Hall to hear a presentation from Frontier Stone about its proposed quarry on Fletcher Chapel Road.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 January 2017 at 12:47 pm

‘We went from this being no harm to being a great asset to the refuge over time.’ – Kevin Brown, attorney for Frontier

Sam Gowan, president Alpha Geoscience, discusses the hydrogeology at the proposed quarry site and the impact of dewatering on the refuge and neighbors’ wells.

SHELBY – Frontier Stone had a team of scientists and attorneys at the Shelby Town Board meeting on Monday, presenting how the company has worked for years on a plan to address environmental impacts of the project that touches the northern boundary of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

Frontier’s studies and plans show the project will not have a negative impact on groundwater, wildlife at the refuge, or companies in nanotechnology at the STAMP site on the other side of the refuge in Alabama.

The proposed quarry would be built in four phases over 75 years, with the first phase to be 11.6 acres in the first 8 to 10 years.

When phase one is complete, that area will be turned into a reservoir, with water to be released to help the refuge during drought or other low water periods, said Kevin Brown, an attorney for Frontier.

The company hydrogeologist has a plan that turns the quarry into an asset for the refuge by supplementing water to the site, Brown said.

“We went from this being no harm (to the refuge) to this being a great asset to the refuge over time,” Brown told the Shelby Town Board during a presentation on Monday. “This could actually be what the refuge needs with climate change.”

He noted the drought last summer, and the potential for more weather extremes with climate change. The quarry, by helping the refuge with water in the future, could make the 11,000-acre site more resilient, Brown told the Shelby Town Board.

Frontier plans to pump 554,000 gallons of water daily to quarry the stone.

Sam Gowan, president Alpha Geoscience, has worked with Frontier since 2008 on the project in Shelby. Gowan said the site is planned to eventually have two reservoirs and can alternate discharges to the refuge, providing needed water.

“2016 was a real eye-opener for where we’re heading with drought conditions,” he said.

The quarry could discharge into the refuge, “which would be a great asset” during droughts or low water flows, he said.

Jason Kappel, senior geologist for Continental Placer, said a swath of the Lockport formation runs through Shelby, but the proposed quarry site is thick, 115 to 120 feet of the stone, and it’s close to the surface.

Frontier’s team went through its plan for mitigating noise, dust, and other impacts on the neighborhood and refuge.

The company will have seismographs to measure ground vibrations from blasting near the quarry and the STAMP site.

The DEC reviewed the company’s plans and found there were no issues to be resolved with blasting, noise, dust, STAMP, Job Corps, dewatering and surface water discharges, or wildlife, including short-eared owls and northern harriers.

The DEC hasn’t issued a final permit yet for the project. Frontier also needs to get a permit from the town, but first needs to get the final OK from the state DEC.

The company also needs the zoning to be changed for the area along Fletcher Chapel Road to allow an industrial use in a residential-agricultural area.

Town officials asked Frontier what happens to the site after its projected 75 years of quarrying. The company’s plans show two lakes or reservoirs that would be 35.2 acres and 156.1 acres. Who would pau to pump water from the reservoirs to the refuge at that point, Town Supervisor Skip Draper asked.

Brown, the Frontier attorney, said that hasn’t been determined.

“This is something we haven’t fully resolved,” Brown told the town officials. “We can resolve it.”

Draper said he doesn’t want it to fall on the town or the refuge to be the caretaker of the quarry when the stone is exhausted from the site.

“We really need a mechanism for pumping water from the site after 75 years,” Dan Spitzer, an attorney for Shelby, told Frontier.

Brown said the project has been in development for about 15 years with Frontier stepping up to resolve concerns raised by the DEC and community.

The company is planning 30-foot high berms to shield some of the dust and noise. Frontier also will pay to have Fletcher Chapel Road upgraded to accommodate the truck traffic from the site.

Town Supervisor Skip Draper, right, and Dan Spitzer, an attorney for the town, listen to a presentation on Monday from Frontier about its proposed quarry in Shelby.

The company expects 30 truck trips per hour, with 15 coming and going during the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. operational hours from Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Most of the truck traffic would come from Route 63 and Oak Orchard Ridge Road.

Frontier was asked why it wants to have a quarry by the refuge. Jason Kappel, senior geologist for Continental Placer, said a swath of the Lockport dolomite formation runs through Shelby, but the proposed quarry site on land owned by Chester Zelazny is thick with 115 to 120 feet of the stone. It’s also close to the surface. Other spots in the town don’t have such a thick swath of the stone, and it’s often farther down below ground, Kappel said, calling the stone on Zelazny’s land “a sweet spot.”

Frontier plans to quarry 350,000 tons of a stone a year from the site, but that number will depend on the market demand, Kappel said.

Brown, the Frontier attorney, said the quarry will fill a need in Western New York, providing high-quality aggregate.

Spitzer, the town attorney, asked Brown if the company would prepare an overall climate change impact study, because Brown emphasized the project would be an asset to the refuge. Spitzer wondered if the overall impact on the environment, including truck hauling, was considered in terms of climate change.

Brown said such a study isn’t required by the DEC. He would see if Frontier’s owner, David Mahar, is interested in spending the money for such a study.

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Ortt introduces legislation to allow military recruiters and ROTC members to carry firearms

Posted 31 January 2017 at 12:14 pm

Press Release, State Sen. Robert Ortt

Senate Majority Task Force on Counterterrorism and Public Protection member State Senator Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) today introduced a pair of bills that would better protect members of the New York National Guard and ROTC from active shooter situations or domestic acts of terrorism.

Senator Ortt’s bill (S2921) is mirrored after federal legislation that took effect late last year. Ortt’s bill would allow military personnel at National Guard Recruiting Centers and ROTC units to carry firearms while on duty. In a separate piece of legislation (S2920), policies would be established to improve the security and protection of recruiting centers and ROTC units across the state.

Senator Ortt, combat veteran of the New York Army National Guard, said, “Our New York National Guard and ROTC personnel are a key piece of our United States Armed Forces. We need to recognize that in this day and age, they are terrorist targets on our home soil. This legislation will bring New York in line with federal policy and ultimately go a long way in protecting our service members.”

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) said, “Domestic terrorist attacks have skyrocketed in recent years and military bases and centers have become frequent targets. No matter the military branch in which they serve, it is paramount to provide the utmost protections to our dedicated servicemen and women. As a veteran, I know the dangers our members of the military face, and this legislation will allow them to defend themselves in the event of an attack. I am proud to support Sen. Ortt’s efforts and sponsor same-as legislation in the house to help New York get up to speed with federal legislation that is already in place.”

In November of 2016, due to a number of active-shooter attacks on military bases nationwide, the Department of Defense issued federal policy authorizing U.S. military personnel to carry firearms on base. Prior to the DOD directive, members of the U.S. Armed Forces and DOD personnel were not allowed to carry personal firearms on military installations.

The new federal policy, however, does not apply to a state’s National Guard, which is a division of Military and Naval Affairs. The decision as to whether to arm state Guard personnel is at the discretion of Governors and State Adjutants Generals. Currently, military recruitment center employees are unarmed. Ortt’s bill would change that.

Ortt’s other bill (S2920) would implement stronger defense policies at National Guard recruiting centers and ROTC units. The legislation would make necessary changes to recruiting centers and ROTC units to better protect and defend employees, recruits, visitors and other individuals against any acts of violence or terrorism.

Building security at recruiting centers and ROTC units would be strengthened by installing metal detectors, bulletproof glass, video surveillance equipment, and barricades. Changes would also include relocating recruiting or training centers to armories or other secure locations.

Senator Ortt first introduced this bill in the summer of 2015 shortly after five service members were shot and killed at a military recruitment station and naval training center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The legislation passed the Senate in June of 2016.

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Shake on the Lake will return in 2017 – with Lyndonville students

Photo by Tom Rivers: Performers from Shake on the Lake perform Shakespeare last July 31 at the Orleans County Marine Park. The travelling troupe, based in Wyoming County, will be back in Orleans County this year, partnering with Lyndonville drama students.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 January 2017 at 10:21 am

Provided photo: Darren Wilson (center), president of Lyndonville Area Foundation, presents a donation from the Foundation to Lyndonville Central School Superintendent Jason Smith and Music Teacher Jennifer Trupo to sponsor “Shake on the Lake” this spring and summer, featuring Lyndonville students.  One performance will be at school on May 5 and then there will be two performances, August 8-9, at the Yates Community Library, and Yates Town Park, respectively, at 6 p.m.

LYNDONVILLE – A theater group that performs Shakespeare will be back in Orleans County this year, performing with students from Lyndonville.

The Lyndonville Area Foundation has provided funding for Shake on the Lake to team with local students in performing Shakespeare on May 5 at Lyndonville Central School, and then Aug. 8 at the Yates Community Free Library and Aug. 9 at the Yates Town Park.

Shake on the Lake will also do a two-week theater camp in late April/early May for Lyndonville students.

The Foundation is providing funding for the program and the school district will provide rehearsal space and use of equipment, said Jason Smith, the district superintendent.

Shake on the Lake started in 2011 with a goal to bring Shakespeare to rural Western New York. The group is based in Silver Lake, Wyoming County.

Last summer Shake on the Lake toured in five counties, including a July 31 performance at the Orleans County Marine Park at Point Breeze.

For more on Shake on the Lake, click here.

Legion closes in on Euchre League leader

Contributed Story Posted 31 January 2017 at 10:00 am

Legion defeated Vets Club 40-30 Monday to close to within two points of Medina Euchre League leading Sacred Heart which dropped a narrow 36-34 decision to JR Wilson.

Sacred Heart is now 617-573 on the season with Legion close behind at 615-575 followed by JR Wilson at 597-593 and Vets Club at 551-639.

League competition continues on February 6 with Vets Club at Sacred Heart and JR Wilson at Legion.

Hawley supports forfeiting pensions for ‘corrupt lawmakers’

Posted 31 January 2017 at 8:03 am

Assemblyman proposes 3-day ‘aging’ period for Messages of Necessity

Press Release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) proposed a measure on the Assembly floor on Monday that would require a two-thirds vote of the house for Messages of Necessity to be accepted when issued by the governor. Legislation is usually subject to an “aging” period of three days before it can be voted on, but Messages of Necessity are issued by the governor to forgo this process and rush a vote on important and/or controversial legislation, as was done with the SAFE Act.

“Messages of Necessity should only be used in extreme circumstances, and all legislation should be subject to proper vetting and examination instead of being irresponsibly rushed through the legislative process,” Hawley said. “This tactic is often used to pass legislation before the public and media have time to criticize it, and that is cowardly. I am disappointed this proposal was voted down by the Assembly Majority but I will continue to beat the drum for ethics reform in Albany.”

The Assembly also took the next step toward stripping pension and retirement benefits from corrupt lawmakers today by passing a constitutional amendment which has been championed by the Assembly Minority for years.

“I was pleased that the Assembly passed our pension forfeiture bill today and took an important step toward breaking down Albany’s culture of corruption and malfeasance,” Hawley said. “Corrupt lawmakers should never be allowed to collect a taxpayer-funded pension after betraying the public trust, and I am proud to have voted for this measure.”

If the bill passes the Senate this year, it must be approved by voters as a statewide referendum before becoming law.

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