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Month: July 2017

Tri City nips Albion in Midget ‘A’ game

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 July 2017 at 9:14 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Liam Ward bangs out a hit for Albion during this evening’s narrow Midget ‘A’ League loss to Tri City at Barre Town Park.

Unable to overcome a big early deficit, Albion dropped a narrow 10-9 decision to Tri City this evening in a Lockport Midget ‘A’ League game at the Barre Town Park.

Tri City jumped out to a 9-0 lead by scoring 4 runs in the first inning on 5 hits and 2 errors and 5 more in the second on 3 hits and a pair of errors.

Albion though came battling back beginning with a 3 run second inning scoring burst keyed by 2 walks and a single by Harrison Brown.

Brown, who had a total of 3 hits on the evening, also singled during a two-run third inning as Nate Fearby added a run producing sacrifice fly.

Albion then tallied 4 times in the fifth frame aided by 3 walks, a single by Brown and a sacrifice by Liam Ward to cut the deficit to 10-9 but could not plate the equalizer.  Ward had a pair of hits including a double.

Vinnie Zona registered 9 strikeouts for Albion in a relief role on the mound.

Now at 4-4, Albion is slated to close out the regular season with a doubleheader at Orchard Park on Saturday.

Farm to Table Dinner moves from Main Street to Gallagher barn

Staff Reports Posted 31 July 2017 at 7:49 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: The inside of the Gallagher is pictured last summer for a wedding reception.

MEDINA – With a chance for rain on Thursday evening, organizers of the second annual Farm to Table dinner have decided to move the event from a closed off section of Main Street to the historic Gallagher barn on North Gravel Road.

The Orleans Renaissance Group organizes the event as a fundraiser for the Canal Village Farmers’ Market.

“The weather for Thursday is too risky – 60 percent chance of thunderstorms,” said Chris Busch, the ORG president.

The group had considered Aug. 10 as a rain date, but the Lois McClure schooner will be stopping of in Medina that evening as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Erie Canal.

As organizers discussed the logistics of a rain date, they took into account not only potential weather problems but the impact of the McClure event, issues with rescheduling equipment rentals and the difficulty in notifying dinner attendees on short notice.

All things considered, they arrived at the conclusion the most ideal solution would be to have an alternative site… but where?

“As we pondered the problem, someone suggested The Gallagher” said Cindy Robinson of the ORG. “It seemed like the perfect solution so we enquired and they have generously consented to serve as the dinner’s rain site.”

The Gallagher barn, pictured on July 2, 2016 when it hosted its first wedding, is an iconic landmark on North Gravel Road.

Martin and Jenna Bruning opened the Gallagher as an events center last year, hosting several weddings and receptions.

“The Gallagher is a stunning historic farm in Medina,” said Kara Zambito of Zambistro, which is catering the meal. “You couldn’t ask for a better alternative location than that for a farm to table event. We’re grateful to Martin and Jenna Brunning for this wonderful kindness.”

Martin and Jenna Brunning purchased the historic William J. Gallagher barn on North Gravel Road in 2015. Built in 1882, it is a well-known local historic landmark, 40’ x 110’, with a pasture ringed by iconic cobblestone fence posts. The Brunnings have spent the last two years restoring and transforming the site into an event facility.

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Medina hosts lacrosse camp

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 July 2017 at 5:13 pm

Photos by Mike Wertman – Medina High varsity Coach Gordy Luthart here helps Liam Seitzer with his stick work during this morning’s opening session of the Medina Lacrosse Club’s camp.

In addiction to a variety of skill stations covering stick work, shooting and passing this morning’s session also featured some three on three games allowing the youngsters to practice their skills.

Busy gridiron day at Albion

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 July 2017 at 5:09 pm

Photo by Mike Wertman – NFL teams have already begun training camp and this morning the annual Albion Football Camp held its opening session. The camp features a number of skill stations for linemen, receivers, running backs and quarterbacks. Here running backs go through an agility drill.

Photo by Mike Wertman – Workers were busy laying sod this morning following the installation of a new drainage system at the Albion High football field. The Purple Eagles are scheduled to open the season at home against Springville on September 1.

Hawley has 3 town hall meetings Saturday in Orleans County

Staff Reports Posted 31 July 2017 at 4:42 pm

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) will have three town hall meetings on Saturday. The public is welcome to attend to discuss local issues and to express any questions or concerns they might have, Hawley said.

“I always try and stay as connected as possible with the concerns and issues important to my neighbors, and to achieve this I’m going to be hosting several town hall meetings this Saturday,” Hawley said. “I encourage everyone to attend at least one of the meetings in Murray, Albion or Medina. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.”

The schedule for town hall meetings includes:

• Murray Town Hall, 3840 Fancher Rd., Holley, from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

• Carlton Town Hall, 14341 Waterport-Carlton Rd., from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.

• Medina Village Office, 119 Park Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

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AnJo U14 Bombers score three wins

Contributed Story Posted 31 July 2017 at 3:23 pm

An extra inning win highlighted the AnJo Bombers U14 team’s recent string of three straight victories.

The Bombers scored 4 times in the eighth inning to capture a back-and-forth game from Boston Badgers by an 8-4 score.  A two-run single by Cade Littman highlighted that uprising which snapped a 4-4 tie.

The Bombers took an early lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Reed Albee.

Later the Bombers  knotted the game at 4-4 in the fifth inning as  AJ Seefeldt had an RBI single.

In all the Bombes had 8 hits in the game including 2 each by Albee and Thomas Furmanski.

Joe Watson pitched six strong innings before  Seefeldt took over and closed out the game with two shutout innings.

Defensively Bombers did not commit a fielding error with Rylend Callicutt shining in centerfield. The play of the game came in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and the potential winning run on third. The ball was scorched down the first base line and Colin Fragale made a diving catch to send the game to extras.

The Bombers next downed the Amherst Panthers 16-2 as Jon Gillings led the  way with 5 singles.

The Bombers grabbed a quick first inning lead on a fielder’s choice by Seefeldt, a single by Callicutt, and a single by Albee.

The Bombers capped off the win with 5 runs in the seventh inning on a double by Fragale and singles by Cade Littman, Gillings and Albee.

Gillings, Littman, Callicutt, Albee, Fragale, Joe Watson, and Seefeldt each collected multiple hits as the Bombers banged out a total of 22 base raps.

Watson pitched a complete game allowing six hits and no earned runs.

The Bombers then  took the lead for good in the fifth inning to capture a back-and-forth game from Team Valle by a 7-6 score.  The game was tied at 5-5 when Callicutt grounded out, scoring one run.

Callicutt, Watson, Furmanski, Littman, and Juan Lebron each managed one hit to lead AnJo Bombers 14U.

Furmanski and Callicutt combined on the hill for a six hitter allowing only three earned runs.

Lyndonville man, 20, faces numerous drug charges

Staff Reports Posted 31 July 2017 at 2:58 pm

Hunter L. Green

LYNDONVILLE – A Lyndonville man faces numerous drug charges after being arrested today following an investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin, fentanyl and prescription Suboxone, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force is reporting.

Hunter L. Green, 20, of 11411 East Yates Center Rd. was charged with 2 counts each of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (Class B felonies) and two counts each of both criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree (Class D felonies).

Green was arraigned in the Town of Albion Justice Court by Town Justice Joseph Fuller, and was committed to the Orleans County Jail on $100,000 bail – cash or bond. Green is to return to the Albion court on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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Cuomo says Collins’ push to repeal SAFE Act puts New Yorkers at ‘profound risk’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 July 2017 at 2:28 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released a statement in response to Congressman Chris Collins news conferences today, where the local congressman is highlighting his plan to repeal the SAFE Act in New York.

Collins is unveiling the “Second Amendment Guarantee Act,” which he said would serve as a means to repeal the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act at the federal level.

Collins said the SAFE Act is a “blatant encroachment of citizens’ Second Amendment rights.” He said repealing the SAFE Act has been a priority since Governor Cuomo signed it into law on Jan. 15, 2013.

Collins is holding press conferences on Monday at the Rochester Brooks Gun Club and the Hamburg Rod and Gun Club. If signed into law, Collins said the Second Amendment Guarantee Act would limit the authority of states and localities to regulate conduct, or impose penalties or taxes, in relation to rifles or shotguns.

Cuomo issued this statement this afternoon:

“In 2013, following the Sandy Hook tragedy, New York State rose to the occasion and passed the toughest gun safety laws in the nation. Democrats and Republicans came together to ban assault weapons from coming into the state, ban high capacity magazines and keep guns out of the hands of the dangerously mentally ill, while safeguarding the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners.

“Now, in a blatant political ploy, Chris Collins is turning his back on New Yorkers and putting millions of people at profound risk. By fighting to roll back vital legislation that protects the people of the Empire State, Collins is demonstrating once again that he is beholden to no one but the gun lobby and entrenched special interests.

“This disturbing bill puts New Yorkers in harm’s way – and to make it worse, there is no basis for it. None. The courts have resoundingly upheld New York’s law as consistent with the Constitution. We understand that Washington is in turmoil right now – we just ask that they don’t do anything to set back the progress we’ve been able to make despite them.”

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Two 4-Hers win calves in scholarship program

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 July 2017 at 1:55 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

KNOWLESVILLE – Two Orleans County 4-Hers won calves at the Orleans County 4-H Fair last week as part of a scholarship program through the Dairy-Beef Club. Justin Robinson, 17, of Albion won this Hereford calf.

He will care for the animal over the next year and then show it at next year’s fair.

Kaitlin Bennett, 8, of Barre won this Jersey calf.

The calf winners submitted applications that were by a committee that included representatives from the local ag industry.

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Exhibit on farmworkers ‘needs to be seen’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 July 2017 at 10:20 am

ALBION – This photo shows workers at a dairy farm in northern New York. It’s part of a photo exhibit by Lisa Catalfamo-Fiores from Kingsbury, near Glens Falls. She took a series of photos over two years that show farmworkers. She also travelled to Mexico to show the photographs to the workers’ families.

“DREAM of America: Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants” is on display at The Salih Gallery in Albion until Aug. 19. The gallery at 24 East Bank St. is open Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“It needs to be seen, especially in Orleans County because we have a significant population of migrant workers,” Idris Salih, gallery owner, said during an opening reception. “It’s a compelling exhibit. It has an emotional pull to it. It is intimate.”

Photo by Tom Rivers: Maria Gomes Neilans is shown with some of the pottery she created through the “Voices from the Earth” program, which will be displayed in a gallery in Albion through Aug. 19. She is shown with Deborah Wilson, who leads a pottery at the World Life Institute in Waterport. Farmworkers make the pottery, which is entirely handmade from earthenware clay. Most are glazed in an array of lively colors. They range from baking dishes and platters to fanciful garden fountains and jars with tropical vines and lizards.

Catalfamo-Fiores lives on a small farm in Kingsbury with her husband Omar, 20 milking goats, 250 chickens, and 4 dogs. A school social worker for the past 18 years, she is also an advocate and volunteer with her local Hispanic community.

Her photos represent separated family members of Latino workers in the North Country.

“Consistently, the message conveyed while visiting families was one of sadness and frustration,” Catalfamo-Fiores writes in a message as part of the exhibit. “However, in each home visited I was welcomed warmly and shown gracious hospitality. Parents spoke of longing to physically embrace children and in some cases, grandchildren they have never met. Children of workers eagerly listened for any details of their parents’ lives here in New York. Wives spoke of the challenges of raising children alone and the struggle of daily life so far from their spouses. Most poignant, I arrived as a stranger and after these emotional visits, left with a feeling of authentic connection and appreciation.”

A worker named Chuy is an assistant herdsman at a dairy farm in northern New York.

Chuy started working at a dairy farm in Northern NY in 2004 when he was 17. He is now the assistant herdsman at dairy farm. He financially supports his wife and daughter locally, and his parents and younger brothers in Mexico.

“I miss the hugs…” Chuy, with tears in his eyes, told the photographer.

Catalfamo-Fiores showed Chuy’s mother a picture of her son working at a dairy farm.

“This is the first picture I’ve seen of him in six years,” Chuy’s mother said. “His youngest brother was 1 year old when he left for the U.S. I’m longing to see and hug my son.”

The photo exhibit will be on the move, going on tour around the state. GO-Art! is the first arts council to display it after its debut last year in Glens Falls.

Gregory Hallock, GO-Art! executive director, pushed to have the exhibit displayed locally.

“There is so much negative press about immigration,” Hallock said. “This is a chance to see another side. I want people to have some empathy.”

This family in Mexico holds photos of loved ones that working at farms in northern NY.

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