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Month: January 2018

Roy-Hart cagers surge past Emerson

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 January 2018 at 9:12 pm

A big third quarter scoring burst keyed Roy-Hart to a 68-54 victory over visiting Emerson this evening in a non league boys basketball game.

Breaking away from a 30-30 half-time deadlock, Roy-Hart took charge by outscoring Emerson 25-9 in the decisive third period.

Noah Kindron scored 7, Jake Bruning 6, Blake Halstead 5, Charlie Bruning 4 and Charlie Brigham 3 to lead a balanced attack during that stretch as the Rams opened up a 55-39 advantage at the three-quarter mark.

Jake Bruning then hit two threes down the stretch to help the Rams close out the win.

Jake Bruning finished with 23 points, Kindron and Charlie Bruning 14 and Brigham 10.

Roy-Hart next visits Medina at 6:30 p.m. Friday in a Niagara-Orleans League game.

Wilson 57, Barker 28
Wilson improved to 5-3 in N-O competition with a 57-28 victory over Barker.

Nate Fox scored 22 and Jake Miller 13 to lead the way for Wilson while Preston Harris had 7 for Barker.

Wilson built up a 32-9 half-time advantage as Fox scored 9 and Miller 8 in the half.

W-C girls roll past Lyndonville

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 January 2018 at 8:48 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Anna Lewis looks to drive against Wheatland-Chili defenders Jenna LaMere, Lindsey Clar and Hannah Callaghan durign the host Lady Tigers loss to the Wildcats this evening.

Savannah Poler puts up a shot for Lyndonville against W-C defender Jenna LaMere.

Plagued throughout by a rash of turnovers, Lyndonville dropped a 61-29 decision to visiting Wheatland-Chili this evening in a Genesee Region League girls basketball game.

Alyssa Seiheimer scored 25 and Jenna LaMere 20 to spearhead the attack for W-C which improves to 14-3.

Ella Lewis scored 12, Alecia Hinkson 7, Anna Lewis 6 and Miranda Lembcke 4 for Lyndonville which slips to 4-12. Ella Lewis and Hinkson both had a pair of threes.

W-C jumped out to a 13-4 first period lead as Seiheimer tallied 7 and LaMere 5, both including a three.

Seiheimer then erupted for 14 points, including a pair of threes, in the second period to help W-C extend its lead to 22, 30-8, at the half.

W-C stretched its advantage to as much as 37, 45-8, midway through the third period which finished with the Wildcats up by 30, 48-18. LaMere scored 11, including three threes, during that stretch.

Writer says she knows from personal experience how wind turbines depress property values

Posted 31 January 2018 at 8:09 pm

Editor:

At a January 29, 2018 Somerset public hearing to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Somerset residents, the town voted unanimously to pass local law revisions to limit noise and height of tall structures.

This, in keeping with the World Health Organization’s guidelines for daytime and nighttime noise, within the one and a quarter mile siting from residents’ homes, and to preserve the rural character of the town of Somerset. The Town Board also chose to follow guidelines of US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding safety of migratory species which frequent the Lake Ontario corridor.

Thank you to the Town of Somerset!

Unfortunately, at this same public hearing one speaker chose to attack me by citing personal financial information, public record about a farm I had owned and sold in Orangeville, NY, in an (albeit unsuccessful) attempt to make his point that property values do not suffer from industrial wind turbines.

I choose here to address Mr. Floyd Koerner’s lack of complete and accurate information regarding the sale of my Wyoming County farm after a wind project there had been erected. He claims I made a substantial profit. He conveniently omitted some salient facts from what I will now supply as the real story.

Coincidentally, in the interests of full disclosure, Mr. Koerner has a signed contract with Apex. Signers with wind developers are aware that the contracts stipulate that leasees will support and promote the industrial wind project even in court, which explains his cheerleading the Apex cause at Somerset’s public hearing. Since 2014, I have been very vocal in my new home of Somerset in relating my experiences with industrial wind and its effects on my Orangeville neighbors, I make a convenient target for Mr. Koerner and for Apex.

I now, once and for all, would like to set the record straight!

Deciding in 1991 to restore a house built in 1863 despite the cost, my husband and I gutted the Orangeville house to the timbers, built an addition, stripped the roof and replaced it with new plywood and shingles. We also added new plumbing, furnace, electrical, and septic. We built a new 30’ by 50’ barn, restored an old barn, and painted others.  We hired someone to rework 30 acres of land, as my horses would have been severely injured on the rough fields.

Mr. Koerner attempted to make the case that in purchasing the property for $55,000 and selling it for $245,000 that I had made a substantial profit. Without the details, it would certainly appear that way, but since he omits mention of those costly improvements, it is meant to mislead.

Well, which is it, Mr. Koerner? You allege that wind farms boost property values. That means my 100-acre farm which brought only $245,000, should have brought $500,000 to $600,000. You proved my point, also illustrated by Michael McCann, a certified 30-year real estate appraiser who has conducted oft-cited studies of plunging real estate values in proximity to industrial wind projects all over the US. Evidently, Mr. Koerner’s figures were the equivalent of shooting himself in the foot.

Mr. Koerner evidently enjoys referencing my farm at public events.  He has brought it up at a Yates Town Board meeting as well. What’s more, my farm was also featured in a color brochure (again, without details) sent out a few years ago by none other than Apex. Maybe it’s time for Mr. Koerner to beat a different drum when he speaks in public forums.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Pictures of renovation upon request!

Cathi Orr

Somerset

Yates and Somerset officials shouldn’t send Letters to the Editor in official town capacity

Posted 31 January 2018 at 7:39 pm

Editor:

When Letters to the Editor are signed as Supervisor or Councilman/Councilwoman for the Towns of Yates & Somerset, it is an unfair representation.

I certainly do not agree with your way of thinking in Yates and I am sure there are some residents in Somerset who would also agree with me. I think you have a right to your personal opinion, however, as board members you do not speak for all residents of both townships.

Therefore, your letters should be signed as a resident only.

Rebecca Winters

Town of Yates

(Editor’s note: Orleans Hub will often note the titles of writers if they are elected officials.)

County legislator praised for speaking out on Parkway, but writer wonders why silence from legislators on other local issues

Posted 31 January 2018 at 7:22 pm

Editor:

The fact that Orleans County Legislator Ken DeRoller considered the interests of Orleans County residents and recently weighed in on the future of the Lake Ontario State Parkway was a breath of fresh air whether one agrees with his view or not. (I heard today from a charter boat owner first hand that the condition of the Parkway is affecting tourism adjacent to the Lake.) DeRoller’s statement represented a much-needed dose of leadership.

It would be/have been refreshing and appropriate in my opinion to have County Legislators reveal similar leadership instincts where disgraceful Canal tree cutting is/was concerned. Perhaps I missed them, but where were our Legislators on that disgrace? It didn’t take a degree in rocket science to anticipate what would very likely happen once the cutting progressed in Monroe County. Looks like those who stand up really do get counted on occasion.

Where have our overpaid Legislators (Ken Longer’s comments on the Gaines Town Board may apply elsewhere as well) been on turning Yates and Barre into industrial wind farms (Sorry, but wind ‘farms’ are for abandoned oil fields and barren areas good for little else)  to the detriment of the County’s environmental and wildlife habitat assets? Oh well, giving away County assets hasn’t cost them yet.

When have we heard any of our Legislators—and I may have missed them—indicate where they stand on the somewhat controversial proposed stone quarry in proximity to The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Shelby? What if it actually does “drain the swamp”? Of course, it would be impacted negatively regardless.

The selection of an “old guard” Legislator to chair the group (in place of one who had nothing to do with past errors in judgment) suggests that, rather than look forward, the majority has decided there are no regrets about the many errors in judgment made by the three who are way past needing replacement.

When you’re good at shifting the blame, it just keeps working.

Sincerely yours,

Gary Kent

Albion

Medina High tennis Coach Chris Horgan receives several major awards

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 January 2018 at 5:17 pm

Contributed Photo – Medina High tennis Coach Chris Horgan here receives the USTA Eastern’s Virginia and Chuck Landis High School Coach of the Year Award from USTA Eastern President John Klennen and Executive Director Jenny Schnitzer at this past weekend’s awards dinner at White Plains.

When it comes to enjoying playing, coaching and teaching the game of tennis it would be tough to top the enthusiasm and dedication of Medina High Coach Chris Horgan.

A coach and clinician for 30 plus years, Horgan’s dedication and enthusiasm for sharing his love of the game of tennis with others has earned Horgan several prestigious awards recently.

This past weekend Horgan received the USTA Eastern’s Virginia and Chuck Landis High School Coach of the Year Award in ceremonies held at White Plains.

The award, which Horgan has now received twice, is given “to a high school tennis coach who has shown exemplary leadership, enthusiasm and team building skills.”

Horgan has also received the USTA Eastern’s Western District Coach of the Year Award and the Buffalo Tennis Hall of Fame Committee’s High School Coach of the Year Award for the Buffalo area.

Horgan has also been informed that he is receiving the Northeast Section Coach of the Year Award for Boys Tennis as selected by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Federation of High School Coaches Association. The Northeast section includes New York and New Jersey along with the six New England states.

“Tennis is a great sport and I am honored and humbled that I should be selected for such honors,” said Horgan who has been involved in helping others learn and enjoy tennis in many ways over the past three plus decades. In addition to high school coaching, his efforts have included being involved in training coaches, giving clinics and instructional programs, serving as a coach for the Empire State games and as a 25 year member of the Section VI Boys Tennis Council.

“I love getting people involved in the sport,” said Horgan who has coached the Medina tennis team for the past 17 years guiding the Mustangs to a 160-52 league record and seven Niagara-Orleans championships including the last two and five of the last six years.

Prior to that he coached the Roy-Hart tennis team for 13 years leading the Rams to a 124-46 record and five N-O titles.

At the end of last spring’s season Horgan also received the state Boys Tennis Coach of the Year Award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

DEC will detail proposed $5 million cleanup of former Abex site in Medina

Staff Reports Posted 31 January 2018 at 5:06 pm

MEDINA – The state Department of Environmental Conservation will detail a proposed $5.1 million of the former Abex Manufacturing facility in Medina at 3959 Bates Rd. The DEC will present a cleanup plan during a public meeting at 6;:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Ridgeway Town Hall, 401 West Ave.

The public can make comments at the meeting, or submit them during the 45-day comment period.

The site was originally part of the 48-acre parcel known as the former Abex Corporation Foundry. The 48-acre parcel was subdivided in September 1992 into 2 parcels – 36.7 and 12.3 acre parcels. The 12.3-acre parcel that contains the former foundry buildings was purchased by Brunner International. The 36.7-acre parcel ownership was transferred from Abex to MCG Intermediate Holdings Inc. in 1995 and then in 2006 to County of Orleans Industrial Development Agency.

The former foundry was constructed in the early 1950s. Prior to development the parcels were undeveloped woodland and tilled farmland, according to the DEC fact sheet.

The lagoons were used to collect wash water from the foundry process as well as storm water discharge. The former foundry and manufacturing facility used foundry sands for the casting of metal parts. Foundry sands and waste have been identified across the site and within the settling lagoons. Settled foundry sands in the lagoons was reclaimed for reuse at the former foundry facility by staging adjacent to lagoons or were collected for disposal.

Several Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments were conducted on the site and the adjoining Brunner parcel from 1990 to 2008, the DEC said. The Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments indicated the disposal of remaining foundry sand inventory on site, accumulation of sediment in two of the lagoons, reclaimed foundry sand was staged near the lagoons, and total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) concentrations in foundry sand disposal area exceeded state standards and guidance values.

A spill of Dasco Kleen and Dasco ARC 417 occurred December 1999 at a pond located behind the former foundry building. A review of past site development and use indicates that site disposal of waste occurred primarily on the western half of the site while the eastern portion of the site has remained largely unaffected by site operations or disposal.

A remedial investigation was conducted under a DEC approved work plan. A total of 159 environmental media samples were collected for laboratory analysis. Investigational activities included:

• Groundwater monitoring well installation and groundwater sampling

• Soil borings and subsurface and surface soil sampling including the lagoons and drainage swales/ditches at the site,

•  Soil gas sampling, and

• Surface water sampling.

The laboratory results indicate that the surface and subsurface soil, groundwater, and surface water are impacted above the DEC’s standards and guidance levels for semi-volatile organic compounds and metals, the DEC said.

The impacts appear to be a result of historical activities conducted at the site. Based on the investigation results, the DEC is recommending that the site be remediated.

The remedy proposed for the site includes the following:

• The excavation of all soils in the lagoon areas and along the perimeter of the site that exceed the industrial or protection of groundwater soil cleanup objectives (SCOs).

• The soil/fill material excavated will be transported off-site for disposal at a permitted landfill facility.

• Site restoration activities will include backfill of the excavation areas with clean fill and restore the site to existing grade.

• A cover system will be installed at the site which will include the placement of one foot of cover across approximately 9.50-acres of the site.

• A Site Management Plan will be developed. The Site Management Plan will include an Institutional and Engineering Control Plan that identifies site use restrictions and engineering controls.

The estimated cost to implement the proposed remedy is $5.1 million. Oversight of the cleanup activities will be provided by the DEC.

The DEC is accepting written comments about the proposed remedial action plan for 45 days, from Feb. 2 through March 19.

For more on the proposed cleanup, click here.

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Collins, Slaughter agree on need for Great Lakes resiliency funding

Staff Reports Posted 31 January 2018 at 4:35 pm

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (R-Clarence) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-Fairport) often disagree in Congress but the two are in accord on the need for federal funding to protect the Great Lakes.

They are among 18 members of Congress who signed a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Civil Works) R.D. James requesting sufficient funding for the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study (GLCRS) in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed this study to coordinate a strategy across the Great Lakes states to efficiently and effectively manage and protect the Great Lakes coastline.

The Great Lakes coastline drives a yearly $14 billion tourism and recreation economy, Collins said in a news release today. High water levels, recent storms, and severe weather occurrences have had devastating impacts on shorelines erosion and coastal communities. The GLCRS would allow communities to become better equipped with information on how they can protect their shorelines during storms.

“This study would be the first of its kind, making it immensely helpful to shoreline businesses and homeowners who can so quickly experience devastating financial losses during severe weather,” Collins said. “After a year of unprecedented floods along Lake Ontario, the shoreline economy was hit hard and individuals are struggling to pay for damage to their property. As we work to replace the commissioners on the International Joint Commission (IJC) that implemented the failed Plan 2014 responsible for getting us into this mess, we are doing everything we can to prevent future devastation.”

“The Great Lakes are home to 20 percent of all surface fresh water on the planet. More than 26 million people rely on them for commerce, transportation, drinking water, and recreation. Good stewardship of this precious resource in not a Democrat or Republican issue – we all have an interest in investing in a vibrant future for communities along the Great Lakes. That’s why I’m joining with my colleagues to push the administration to include funding for this important study in its budget request for the upcoming fiscal year,” Slaughter said.

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145 entries submitted to reimagine state canal system

Photos by Tom Rivers: Runners gather on a bridge in Seneca Falls over the Seneca-Cayuga Canal, which is part of the state’s canal system. This photo was taken on Dec. 9 when Seneca Falls hosted “It’s A Wonderful Run,” a 5K race with more than 5,000 participants.

Posted 31 January 2018 at 2:18 pm

Tolls for recreational boaters will be waived again on canal in 2018

Press Release, NYS Canal Corp.

The New York Power Authority and New York State Canal Corporation announced that 145 entries have been received for a $2.5 million competition that seeks the best ideas to enable the state Canal System to become an engine for economic growth and a world-class tourism destination.

“I am excited at the positive response to our Reimagine the Canals competition,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of NYPA, which runs the Canal System as a subsidiary. “It’s apparent that this competition has sparked a lot of creative thinking about how to ensure New York’s canals can prosper today and in the decades to come.”

A statue of Amelia Bloomer, a women’s rights activist, is part of the Sculpture Trail in Seneca Falls.

Submissions for the Reimagine the Canals Competition came from nine states and seven nations, including from as far away as India and Vietnam. Eight finalists are expected to be announced in April, with the final winning entries slated to be named in September.

The goals of the competition include soliciting programs and initiatives that promote the Canal System as a tourist destination and recreational asset and as a source of sustainable economic development. Initiatives were also sought that uphold the heritage of the Canal System, which marks its centennial this year, as well as the long-term financial sustainability of the Canal Corporation.

“This is a rare opportunity to forge a new direction for an iconic asset that shaped not only the history of this state, but the nation as well,” said Brian U. Stratton, Canal Corporation director. “I’m confident many great ideas will emerge from this competition that point toward a bright future for our canals.”

Entries were submitted on two separate tracks, one for infrastructure; the other for programs that have the potential to increase recreational use and tourism.

A global panel of judges will select up to eight finalists, who will receive up to $50,000 to further develop their proposals for the final round. The judges will then recommend two or more winners, who will receive $250,000 to $1.5 million, depending on the scope of the project.

The Canal Corporation Board of Directors, at the NYPA and Canals Board Meeting, on Tuesday also approved a plan to waive tolls for recreational vessels in 2018, as the State continues to commemorate 200 years of Erie Canal history by marking the 100th anniversary of the current 524-mile Canal System’s opening in 1918.

This is the second straight year that tolls—normally $25 to $100 for a season pass, depending on the size of the vessel—have been waived. Last year, recreational boaters traveled for free to celebrate the bicentennial of the start of construction for the Erie Canal. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Barge Canal’s first opening to traffic.

The New York State Canal System, the third generation of the iconic Erie Canal which opened in 1825, today includes the Erie, Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca and Champlain Canals. It was formerly called the Barge Canal, which was built, starting in 1905, to accommodate larger vessels and better enable the canals to compete with railroads for freight traffic.

This year’s navigation season on the Erie Canal is slated to begin May 15 and will run through Oct. 10. The Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca and Champlain canals are expected to be fully open by May 19.

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Schumer, Gillibrand want better plan from Army Corps to protect Great Lakes shoreline

Photo by Tom Rivers: Waves pound the shoreline at Lighthouse Christian Camp in Barker on Aug. 5, 2017.

Posted 31 January 2018 at 1:55 pm

Press Release, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with members of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force, today urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study in the president’s FY2019 budget request.

Following the damaging flood waters that impacted New York’s Lake Ontario shoreline communities last year, causing millions of dollars in damages, the senators said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) needs to fund a new study to develop an infrastructure strategy for the future management of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River coast. The Great Lakes Coast Resiliency Study will identify vulnerable areas and identify measures to increase resilience.

According to the senators, “Without such a plan, management strategies would continue to address coastal flooding through a piecemeal approach that is inefficient and limited in effectiveness.”

The study, which was proposed by the three USACE Great Lakes District Offices (Chicago, Detroit, and Buffalo) to USACE headquarters for funding consideration this year, would be the first of its kind to coordinate a strategy across the Great Lakes states to most efficiently and effectively manage and protect the Great Lakes coastline from future flooding events.

“After the devastating Lake Ontario flood waters that eroded shorelines and inundated homes, business, and infrastructure causing millions in damages, we need to bolster our Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River shoreline and make it more resilient against any future flooding,” said Senator Schumer. “Just as after Superstorm Sandy the Army Corps created a plan that is now making New York’s Atlantic shoreline more resilient, we need the Army Corps to greenlight this plan to protect New York’s Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and St. Lawrence River shorelines. It is imperative that we protect the Great Lake coastline and this study is the first step to doing just that.”

“While communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline continue to recover from the disastrous floods over the last year, we must also do everything we can to prepare against future risk,” said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “This study by the Army Corps of Engineers is a critical first step to assess the vulnerabilities that exist and identify the measures that can be taken to protect the families, businesses, and ecosystems along the shoreline. I will continue to fight for whatever funding is necessary to ensure the safety of these communities, and I urge all of my colleagues to join me in this effort.”

The senators explained how recent events demonstrate the devastation and destruction that severe weather events and flooding can have on our nation’s lake coastlines and communities. In particular, the Great Lakes coastline faces numerous threats, such as erosion, flooding, nutrient runoff, and aging infrastructure.

The senators explained that it is vital to protect the Great Lakes’ 5,200-mile coastline, as well as the 4.2 million people who live within two miles of the coastline. The coastline is also critical to a robust economy and tourism industry in the Great Lakes, which includes 60 commercial harbors, a maritime economy valued at $17.3 billion and generating 293,000 jobs, a $14 billion Great Lakes recreation, and tourism economy, and a diverse ecosystem of features such as wetlands, bluffs, dunes and beaches, and species that are either threatened or endangered.

The senators said that this study is a top priority for the three Army Corps Districts (Chicago, Detroit, and Buffalo) surrounding the Great Lakes as well as the Army Corps’ Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, but requires approval by the USACE headquarters. In addition, it also has the support of New York State, six other Great Lakes states, the Great Lakes Commission, and several federal agencies with missions in coastal management, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and U.S. Geological Survey. These partners have recognized the need for regional collaboration to ensure the most efficient use of resources to protect the Great Lakes coastline.

The senators also explained that after Superstorm Sandy, the USACE completed a similar multi-year study – the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study – that enabled local communities to better understand changing flood risks and to provide tools to help those communities better prepare for future flood risks. There is no similar study for the nation’s Great Lakes Coastline.  The senators said this new Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency study is now needed to fix this significant gap.

The senators thanked the Army Corps for their consultation and said that the results of the study will be used to make the coastline throughout the Great Lakes more resilient and to support a more strategic expenditure of state and federal funds.

“It is vital that the Army Corps include this study in their FY2019 budget so that the Great Lakes can be protected for generations to come,” Schumer and Gillibrand said.

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