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Month: September 2017

Ale in Autumn is showcase of Medina businesses

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2017 at 11:58 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – There were about 700 people on the annual Ale in Autumn beer-tasting tour in downtown Medina on Saturday. That event is also a showcase for businesses that welcome in the beer-tasters.

The top photo shows Sonya Moss, left, and her cousin Ann Negron at Habichuela’s, a Puerto Rican restaurant at 701 S. Main St.

“It brings in a lot of new people, as well as some of our regular customers,” said Moss.

Habichuela’s opened in June 2016 and participates in Ale as well as Wine About Winter, the wine-tasting event organized by the Medina Business Association.

Moss said about 700 people were expected to come through the door at Habichuela’s for Ale in Autumn. Habichuela’s served tastes of Mortiz, a pale ale from Barcelona, Spain.

Rosenkrans created this sign to welcome the Ale in Autumn crowd. The event is a chance to have the ale tasters see the business, which includes a gift shop.

“We have 700 people who are coming inside and they’re going through the entire store,” said Michelle Leffler, the pharmacy manager at Rosenkrans, which served an Italian beer.

Nicole Baumgart of Canalside Tattoo pours samples of a Mexican craft beer called Pay the Ferryman.

“This gives an introduction of who we are and what we do,” said Shawn Ramsey, Canalside owner. “Many have said they’ve never been in a tattoo parlor before. Many are taken by how clean and open and bright it is.”

Proceeds from the event will help the Medina Business Association with improvement projects in the downtown business district.

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Community rallies for Barre woman who needs lung transplant

Photos by Tom Rivers: Wendy and Mike Sanders are pictured with their granddaughter Payson this afternoon after a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Wendy, who needs a lung transplant.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2017 at 10:41 pm

ALBION – A Barre woman was diagnosed seven years ago with pulmonary fibrosis. Normally, a person can go 3 to 5 years after the diagnosis before a transplant is needed.

Wendy Sanders has exercised, lost weight and tried to stay upbeat since the diagnosis. She thinks that has given her extra time. But doctors at the Cleveland Clinic tell her she needs a transplant soon.

Her friends, family and even strangers rallied behind her today at a spaghetti dinner and basket raffle. They raised $8,600 to help cover costs outside of insurance for her to stay in Cleveland for about three months after the transplant. Sanders is waiting for notification when she will be on the list for a transplant.

Victoria Flugel, left, Mark Montanari and Sandy Sanders are among the kitchen volunteers. They had served 300 spaghetti dinners by about 5 p.m., with another rush expected at about 6 p.m. when corrections officers completed their shift. The dinner was held at the QWL building by the Albion Correctional Facility.

Sanders said she appreciates the response from the community. She has made many friends through jobs with ATB Staffing Services and at the Albion Correctional Facility. Her husband Mike has worked the past 21 years with the Medina Department of Public Works.

Wendy Wells, Sherry Montanari and Sandy Sanders were key volunteers in the benefit today, which included 137 baskets to be raffled off.

Mr. Sanders said his wife has been a model patient since her diagnosis.

“She has done everything the doctors have asked her to do,” he said. “She has been so positive. She doesn’t complain.”

Mrs. Sanders said she has good days and bad days. She was grateful today was a good day where she could connect with friends, including some she hadn’t seen in years.

On bad days the inflammation in her lungs can feel like an asthma attack.

The QWL Building in Albion on Washington Street was a busy place for the benefit for Wendy Sanders.

Many people donated baskets for the event. Mr. Sanders said Pudgie’s, Pride Pak and Root Brothers all donated either vegetables or rolls for the dinners.

He appreciated the turnout from the community, including man of his co-workers and Medina residents who he knows through his job with the DPW.

“The people here bent over backwards,” he said.

Donations can be deposited directly at Medina Savings and Loan in an account set up as The Sanders Trust for Wendy Sanders, or they can be mailed to: The Sanders Trust for Wendy Sanders, 13210 Ridge Road, Albion, NY 14411.

Ray Flugel sells raffle tickets at the benefit for his sister-in-law.

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Kendall Scarecrow Fest puts creativity to the test

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 30 September 2017 at 9:37 pm

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

KENDALL – A song-themed scarecrow display promotes the upcoming Dessert Caberet at Kendall Jr./Sr. High School on Nov. 4. These scarecrows were part of today’s Kendall Community Scarecrow Festival, which proved a popular event.

Sunshine and crisp autumn temperatures brought families out to both the Kendall Fire Hall and the Kendall Community Park for festivities including a Farmer’s Market, local vendors, food, a basket auction, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, pony rides, wagon rides, a balloon artist and more.

“It’s an event by the community for the community,” said Becky Charland, who helps to organize the festival.

Many local farms, businesses, and community organizations sponsor the event, Charland said.

Those attending the festival voted for their favorite scarecrow. “Haired-up” by Katie Zarcone and crew was the first place winner.

Zarcone ran the popular hair painting booth at the festival and said she was thrilled to take first place. Zarcone has come in 2nd place at the Scarecrow Festival on several occasions.

Taking 2nd Place was “Rockin Robin” by the Buzzard family. They used straw and dried grasses to form their scarecrow.  The theme of this year’s festival was “Your Favorite Song.”

Third place went to the Kurt Charland family for “Old McDonald Had a Farm.”  Alicia Charland said the scarecrow was placed at the Kendall Town Hall to draw attention to the newly installed “Little Free Library.”

Charland said the library was donated by the Kendall High School Class of 1997, “in memory of classmates lost, but not forgotten.”  Anyone is welcome to take a book from the little library as well as make a donation.

Little Free Libraries are meant to inspire a love of reading, “build community and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges,” Charland said.

The Kendall Little Free Library is easily accessible from the ramp leading into the Town Hall.

Logan Cole, 3, of Kendall gets his face painted during the festival.

The HooDoo Daddies Band performs from the Gazebo in the Community Park.

The Shuknecht Family of Clarendon – Jered, Katie and 4-year old Elliot – show off the scarecrow they made to take home.

Hayden, 5, and Avery Wahl, 3, enjoy the table set up by the Seneca Park Zoomobile. They are from Holley and are joined by their mom, Megan.

Paige Beers, 14, Anika Kolinsky, 12, and Marina Woodward, 13, decorate pumpkins.

Michaila Moore, 12, of Brockport paints her pumpkin in the pumpkin decorating tent….

These are the winners of the pumpkin decorating contest.

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Lady Eagles complete Homecoming sweep

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2017 at 6:25 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Michela Hanlon works the ball away from Oakfield-Alabma/Elba defender Fanny Venegas during the host Lady Eagles Homecoming win over the visiting Lady Hornets this afternoon.

Kendall’s Katherine Pearson tries to advance the ball past Oakfield-Alabama/Elba’s Madison Harrington.

Snapping a two game losing streak Kendall scored a 3-0 Homecoming victory over visiting Oakfield-Alabama/Elba this afternoon in a Genesee Region League girls soccer game.

Michela Hanlon scored what proved to be the game winning goal for Kendall at the 20 minute mark of the first half.

The Lady Eagles then broke the contest open with two quick goals early in the second half as Hanlon scored at the 14 minute mark from Taylor ReQua and Megan Hardenbrook tallied just two minutes later off an assist from Brooke Lawson.

Hannah Ulmen earned the shutout in goal making 2 saves.

Kendall improves to 7-3 in the league and 9-4 overall.

Kendall spikers best W-C
Kendall scored a straight set 25-12, 25-8, 25-12 Homecoming win over visiting Wheatland-Chili this afternoon in a Genesee Region League volleyball match.

Jenna Regan had 14 spiking kills, Shianna Patten 27 of 28 servicing, including 11 aces, Brittney Marks 10 assists and 2 kills and Jessica Coble 4 kills and 1 ace to lead the way for the Lady Eagles.

Cross-Country, McQuaid Invitational

The Albion girls cross-country team placed eighth out of 38 teams in the medium sized schools unseeded race at the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester today.

Alanna Holman placed 18th in a time of 19:17 and Emma Mathes 21st in 19:21 to lead the Purple Eagles.

Kendall’s Brianna Wakefield works around Oakfield-Alabama/Elba defender Alexa Cory.

Eagles best rival Hawks for Homecoming win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2017 at 6:13 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman — Kendall’s Nate Warters jumps over Holley goalie Patrick Bower as he makes a save during this morning’s Homecoming game which saw the host Eagles down the rival Hawks. Moving in on the play is Noah Walzer.

Kendall goalie Hunter Menze stops a header by Holley’s Dalton Major.

A quick three goal scoring burst in a span of just five minutes late in the first half keyed Kendall to a 3-1 Homecoming victory over visiting rival Holley this afternoon in a Genesee Region League boys soccer game.

Kendall snapped a scoreless deadlock when Nate Warters scored with 6:46 to go in the first half off an assist from John Rath.

The Eagles then quickly ballooned the lead to 3-0 when Warters scored again on a header from Nick Richardson with 2:35 remaining and Rath scored off an assist from Mickey Gardner with just 1:01 remaining.

Holley got on the scoreboard when John Mounts tallied with 27 minutes to go in the second half but the Hawks could not find the net again.

Anchoring the defense for Kendall was goalie Hunter Menze who made several key saves.

Kendall is now 3-4 in the league and 5-6 overall while Holley is 1-4-1, 5-4-2.

Albion 1, CCA 0

Albion nipped host CCA 1-0 this afternoon in a non league soccer game as Harrison Brown netted the lone goal with 15 minutes to go in the second half off an assist from Tom Hollenback.

Devin Gaylord earned the shutout in goal.


Holley’s John Mounts takes a shot on goal as the Kendall trio of goalie Hunter Menze, Kohl Morgan and Nick Richardson.

Kendall’s John Rath drives against Holley defenders Nathan Nothnagle and Matt DeSimone.

Holley’s Dalton Major drives the ball up field against Kendall’s Nick Richardson..

Mustangs down Rams in JV football

Contributed Story Posted 30 September 2017 at 6:04 pm

The Medina Mustangs JV squad improved to 4-1 by defeating the host Roy-Hart/Barker Rams 32-16 this morning,.

Emmanual Taylor and Bobby Geiger had big days to pace the Mustangs offense.

Taylor scored three touchdowns, two coming on passes from quarterback Jarin Rhim, with a third on the ground and also ran for a two point conversion. Taylor finished with 114 rushing yards and 92 receiving yards.

Geiger ran for two touchdowns and rolled up 145 yards on the ground.

The Mustangs defense did its part as well, forcing seven turnovers in the game.

Tyler Chinn intercepted two passes and Colby Petrie picked off one.

Geiger recovered two fumbles while Jacob Golding and Mario Fidanza each recovered one.

The JV Mustangs will host their first home game of the season next Saturday at Vets Park against Alden at 10 a.m.

Rotary golf tourney raises $5K for Office for the Aging

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2017 at 4:28 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Organizers of the Albion Rotary Club’s recent golf tournament presented a check for $5,000 on Thursday to support programs at the Office for the Aging in Orleans County.

Melissa Blanar, left, is the OFA director. She accepts the check from Cindy Perry, center, and Becky Karls, who are both members of the Rotary Club and active volunteers for the golf tournament, which was held July 20 at Hickory Ridge Country Club.

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State Senate issues proclamation in honor of 80th anniversary of Santa School

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2017 at 9:45 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – State Sen. Robert Ortt issued a proclamation from the State Senate this week honoring Charles W. Howard “for a lifetime of exceptional dedication to bringing love, joy and the holiday spirit to the hearts of millions.”

The proclamation was presented Thursday during the Albion Rotary Club meeting. Phil Wenz portrays Santa Claus year-round at the Santa’s Village theme park in Dundee, Illinois. Wenz also is a Santa historian and coordinates annual Santa conferences, which have twice been in Albion. He worked with Ortt on having the proclamation in honor of Howard, who started a Santa Claus School 80 years ago in Albion.

Wenz, left, is pictured with Madelyn Genovese, communications director for State Sen. Robert Ortt, David Holland and Jane Holland, who is Howard’s granddaughter. Dave and Jane live in the Buffalo area.

Charles W. Howard, left, is pictured with a Santa in training in this historic photo.

Jane thanked the Albion community for keeping her grandfather’s memory alive.

“This village and town will always be a special part of our family,” she said.

Howard started the school with three students On Sept. 27, 1937, Wenz said. The school would grow in the following years, and newspapers and magazines did features on the school, which raised Howard’s profile. In 1948 he was Santa in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and did that every year until 1965.

He expanded the school in Albion and developed Christmas Park at the corner of Phipps Road and Route 31.

“This small amusement park would become well known all over New York and the surrounding states, bringing children and families to experience a little bit of Christmas throughout the year,” according to the proclamation from Ortt.

Howard ran the school from 1937 until his death in 1966. The school continues today in his name at Midland, Michigan.

For more on the school, click here.

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Department of History holds collection of 1893 World’s Fair Tickets

By Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian Posted 30 September 2017 at 8:46 am

“Overlooked Orleans” – Volume 3, Issue 40

The collections within the Department of History contain newspaper clippings, genealogies, published histories, and photographs, but a number of interesting artifacts and ephemera items serve as a window into Orleans County’s material culture.

This photograph shows a collection of souvenir tickets from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Illinois. The collection once belonged to Dr. Frank Haak Lattin, a dealer in natural specimens, a physician, and Assemblyman from New York.

Nearly 125 years ago, the United States prepared to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the new world in 1492. In order to host this massive event, 200 new but temporary buildings were constructed upon 600 acres of land using neoclassical architecture. A large central pool represented the long cross-Atlantic voyage of Columbus four centuries prior, a true symbol of American exceptionalism. Dedicated on October 21, 1892, the fair officially opened to the public on May 1, 1893 and ran through October 30, 1893. In addition to the celebration of this monumental occasion, the fair served as a representation of Chicago’s rebirth after the Great Fire in 1871; the city rising from the proverbial ashes.

Although centered in Chicago, the World’s Exposition featured numerous connections to Western New York and Orleans County. Frederick Douglass, once a resident of Rochester, was selected to serve as the national delegate for Haiti. Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed the University of Rochester campus and countless parks in the Western New York area, was responsible for the layout of the fairgrounds.

The Mines & Mining Building used to house representations of America’s rich coal, oil, and steel resources was designed by Solon Spencer Beman, the same man who later designed the Pullman Universalist Church in Albion. Some historians have argued that the World’s Fair in 1893 was the first time that the term “Windy City” was used to refer to the city of Chicago. Charles Anderson Dana, who as a boy lived at Gaines Basin and later served as the editor of the New York Sun, was credited with coining that phrase.

Two of Orleans County’s own were present at the Fair, overseeing exhibitions in the Anthropology building. Frank Hamilton Cushing (Barre), the noted anthropologist and ethnologist who specialized in the study of the Zuni Indians in New Mexico, and Frank Haak Lattin (Gaines), a purveyor in natural specimens and publisher of The Oologist, both participated in the Exposition.

Lattin’s exhibit of natural specimens occupied nearly 2,000 square feet of space and his participation in the Fair provided him with the opportunity to purchase the collection once belonging to Col. Ezekiel Jewett consisting of over 50,000 shell specimens.

Visitors were provided with a number of different tokens and keepsakes to take away from the Fair. Coins and medallions were cast for distribution, but others chose to hold on to the tickets that guaranteed them entrance into the Exposition. Approximately 60,000 individuals were provided with “portrait tickets” that featured images of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Christopher Columbus, Georg Friedrich Handel, and an image of a Native American chief based largely on stereotypes. Each image was meant to represent a distinct period in American History.

These “season tickets” ensured exhibitors ongoing access to the Exposition between May and October, which would explain why Lattin retained at least one set of tickets; it is presumed that his wife was provided the second set. Since these tickets were used for ongoing access to exhibit areas, these slips of paper were often torn, bent, folded, or dropped in puddles of water resulting in wrinkles and splotched ink, but these tickets remain in excellent condition.

Also included in the set are two one-day tickets purchased at a cost of $.50, or approximately $14 today. These guaranteed visitors access to the Fair on the same day the ticket was purchased; children received “special” tickets at half-price. Other tickets, like the “Manhattan Day” and “Chicago Day” tickets provided limited access to special events during the Fair. On Manhattan Day, New York’s finest including the president of Columbia University, the mayor of New York City, ex-mayors, congressmen, clergy, judges, and commissioners all enjoyed fine dining and entertainment; Chicago Day, on the other hand, set a world record for event attendance with 751,026 people participating.

Of course, the Columbian Exposition was a place of many firsts, introducing Quaker Oats, Shredded Wheat, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and the Ferris wheel to American society, the Fair also gave rise to America’s first serial killer, H. H. Holmes, who was recently suspected of being Jack the Ripper.

We are remarkably fortunate that pieces of history like this still exist locally!

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Lyndonville/Medina spikers nipped in 5 sets

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 September 2017 at 11:57 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Mason Pecoraro goes up to block a tip for Lyndonville/Medina during this evenings’ five set loss to Sodus at Medina.

Lyndonville/ Medina dropped a sea-saw five set decision to visiting Sodus 23-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-17, 15-13 this evening a in a boys volleyball match at Medina.

Mason Pecoraro had 15 spiking kills, 6 assists and 4 blocks, Luke Isaacson 6 aces, Christian Hahn 3 kills, Chris Goyette 5 assists and 2 kills, Bryce Seddon 3 kills and Jack Masse 3 aces for Lyndonville/Medina.

Girls Volleyball
Alexander 25-25-24-25, Lyndonville 18-20-26-23
Alecia Hinkson had 5 kills and 16 digs and Cassie Maynard 7 aces for Lyndonvillr in the four set Genesee Region League loss to Alexander.

Oakfield-Alabama/Elba 25-25-25, Holley 12-11-19
McKayla Hilchey had 5 kills and 4 aces, Brianna Smith 4 aces and 6 kills and Kylie Schlagenhauf 3 kills, 2 aces and a string of 10 straight service points to lead Oakfield-Alabama/Elba.

Ava Kohut had 2 aces, 2 kills and 6 digs for Holley.

Christian Hahn sets for Lyndonville/Medina as Chris Goyette readies to receive the ball.