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Month: April 2018

Medina teachers were sensitive in explaining loss of colleague to elementary students

Posted 30 April 2018 at 10:45 pm


I attended school last week at Oak Orchard Elementary with my granddaughter who is in Mrs. Lonnen’s class. I didn’t know what to expect but I was amazed at how well the staff explained the situation to the kids and allowed the kids to react and ask questions.

But also I realized these adults’ hearts must have been breaking during this. They handled everything and everyone with skill and softness. No one can prepare for tragedy but when people do so well, it is a blessing well noted.

Thank you Medina school staff for meeting our children’s needs. My thoughts are with you during your time of mourning.

Cindy Troy


A change in legal representation in Yates against wind project raises questions

Posted 30 April 2018 at 10:41 pm


This letter is in response to several letters written regarding the change in Town of Yates legal representation.

The Town of Somerset has spent 10 times the legal fees compared to the Town of Yates fighting the wind project. Both towns are in the same place legally in this battle against an unwanted wind project. Both towns are waiting on an application to the State Sighting Board. Which Town would you say spent their limited resources in the most economical way?

I would also ask Mr. Hoffman how successful Somerset was in their legal action against the Met Towers? As a resident of Somerset, I can understand why you would be critical of those who opposing the Town of Yates joining your legal team. Why not find a partner who is willing to reduce your costs while adding to theirs. A 50/50 split of legal cost seems to be a balanced solution to a  project which is less than 30 percent located in Yates.

Edward Urbanik


Holley approves village budget without tax rate increase

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 April 2018 at 10:32 pm

HOLLEY – The Village Board approved a budget this evening for the 2018-19 that keeps the tax rate at$15.65 per $1,000 of assessed property.

The $1,120,521 budget includes $268,190 for office, $360,200 in the DPW, $294,700 for the police department, $140,279 for employee benefits and $64,652 for general debt.

There also is $410,634 budgeted for the water department and $167,429 for the sewer department. Those departments are funded by user fees.

“I’m extremely pleased with the budget,” said Brian Sorochty, the Holley mayor. “The board the last two years has done a good job managing spending, and holding the tax rate.”

He also praised the village department heads for working to pare down their expenses to keep the tax rate from increasing.

Although the tax rate will remain the same, the village will collect 1.27 percent more in taxes, from $836,965 to $847,596.

The village’s tax base is up by 0.59 percent or $319,274, from $53,846,841 to $54,166,115.

The village is working on three large grants that will address new sidewalks and water infrastructure. Construction could start in late fall or spring.

Holley also was approved for a $165,600 state grant on Feb. 1 to develop a brownfield opportunities area program.

The Holley grant will complete a Brownfield Opportunity Area Nomination for 813 acres with 55 potential sites, according to the state announcement. The objectives include identifying opportunities surrounding the former high school in the downtown core; improved housing and income opportunities for residents; identifying strategies to reduce commercial vacancies; identifying opportunities at the Diaz Chemical site remediation; leveraging the Erie Canal; improving wayfinding in the Village; preparing design guidelines for the Public Square; and improving the village’s vitality.

Sorochty said the village clerk and code enforcement officer will be working extra hours for the village to implement this grant, which is part of Holley’s 15 percent local share for the project.

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Rams sweep two; Mustangs, Purple Eagles win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 April 2018 at 9:14 pm

Roy-Hart swept to a doubleheader victory over visiting Wilson by scores of 10-9 in 12 innings and 4-3 to maintain sole possession of the Niagara-Orleans League baseball lead at 7-1.

Roy-Hart first pushed across a run in the bottom of the 12th inning to nip Wilson in the completion of suspended game. The contest had been suspended by darkness earlier in the season deadlocked at 5-5 after seven innings.

The Rams scored the decisive run as Al Xapsos singled, advanced on a single by Charlie Bruning and came home on a bunt single by Jake Bruning.

In the regularly scheduled contest, Roy-Hart erased a 3-1 deficit by scoring three times in the bottom of the sixth to nip Wilson 4-3.

Charlie Bruning and Charlie Brigham both had RBI singles in that decisive frame as an error plated the other tally.

The losses drop Wilson to 2-3.

Medina 19, Barker 5
Medina improved to 5-2 in N-O competition with a 19-5 victory at Barker.

Matt Saj had 5 hits, including two doubles and a triple, to lead the Medina attack as Nate Sherman added 3 hits and AJ Seefeldt, Brian Fry and Zach Fike 2 each. Fry’s hits included a triple.

Chris Goyette, Brett Riemer and Seefeldt shared in the pitching duties for the Mustangs.

Evan Ecker had 2 hits, Preston Harris a triple and Nick Brandt a double for Barker which slips to 0-9.

Albion 14, Newfane 3
Eupting for seven quick runs in the first inning, Albion went on to defeat Newfane 14-3 in an N-O game at Genesee Community College.

Two-run singles by Harrison Brown and Austin Dugan highlighted the decisive first inning uprising for Albion which was also aided by 4 walks and an error.

Bryce Pritchard had 2 hits on the day for Albion including a double.

Thomas Frmanski pitched the first 4 innings to earn the win on the mound as he allowed 4 hits and struck out 5. Nate Fearby hurled the final three innings giving up no hits and striking out 2.

Albion improves to 6-2 in the league while Newfane slips to 1-7.

Holley ‘9’ edges past Lyndonville

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 April 2018 at 8:55 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville first baseman Noah Heinsler puts the tag on Holley’s Brandon Dillenbeck during the Tigers loss to the host Hawks this afternoon.

Holley rallied late to edge past visiting Lyndonville 6-5 this afternoon in a Genesee Region League baseball game.

Trailing 5-4, Holley first pulled even by scoring once in the bottom of the sixth as Ryan Andrews singled and came home on a passed ball.

The Hawks then scored the game winner in the bottom of the seventh on a fielders choice play off the bat of Matt Skehan.

Earlier, Lyndonville tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning on a triple by Kane Flynn and a single by Nate Dillenbeck.

Holley went back up 4-2 in the fourth on a two-run single by Nick Shutz.

The sea-saw action continued in the top of the sixth as Lyndonville first retied the game at 4-4 on a two run home run by Zach Johnson and then took what proved to be a brief 5-4 lead on a passed ball.

Flynn finished with 2 hits for Lyndonville as did Andrews for Holley.

Attica 4, Kendall 1
Two quick runs in the first inning on an error and a pair of hits keyed Attica to 4-1 G-R win over Kendall.

Mason Kuhn had 2 hits and a run producing sacrifice for Kendall.

Sammy Lammes started on the mound for Holley as did Bryce Seddon for Lyndonville.

Lyndonville girls down Byron-Bergen

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 April 2018 at 8:36 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Kassandra Norman delivers a pitch for Holley during the Lady Hawks loss to visiting Notre Dame this afternoon.

Lyndonville rolled to a 21-6 victory over visiting Byron-Bergen this afternoon to improve to 5-1 in Genesee Region League softball competition.

Gracie Johnson picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Tigers allowing 5 hits and striking out 2. She also banged out 5 hits at the plate including 3 doubles and a triple.

Anna Lewis, Alecia Hinkson and Natalie Ostrowski each had a pair of hits for the Lady Tigers. Lewis and Miranda Lembcke both bang out doubles.

In other GR action, Notre Dame trimmed host Holley 4-1 and Pembroke blanked Kendall 15-0.

Jocelyn Chilton had 2 hits and Jade Hoffarth 1 for Holley.

Kassandra Norman registered 4 strikeouts in the circle for the Lady Hawks.

Holley, Albion, Roy-Hart, Akron net wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 April 2018 at 8:31 pm

Improving to 3-1 (4-2 overall) Holley shutout visiting Attica 5-0 this afternoon in a Genesee Region League tennis match.

Aaron Strathearn, Cheyan Palmer and Kristina Yaroshchuk all scored straight set wins in singles competition to lead the way for Holley.

The Hawks also got victories from the doubles teams of Dalton Thurley-Steven Morgan and Eli Bibby-Jake Peters.

Albion 3, Newfane 2 1/2
Wins by Matthew Kovaleski and Victor Benjovsky at the first two singles spots and by the first doubles duo of Nate Smith-Chase Froman keyed Albion to a 3-2 1/2 Niagara-Orleans League victory over Newfane.

Zach Lundy won at third singles for Newfane which also got doubles wins from the duos of Alexa Littman-Erica Flagler and Noah Everett-Ben Pusateri.

Albion is now 4-2 and Newfane 1-6.

Akron takes two from Barker
Akron stayed perfect at 6-0 in N-O competition by sweeping a doubleheader from Barker (0-6) by the identical score of 5 1/2-0.

Nate Chubb, Brandon Meek and Will Chubb both scored a pair of singles wins for Akron.

The Tigers also got a twin bill sweep by the doubles duos of Morgan Wdowka-Skyler Earle, Maggie Leeds-Harry Fitzgerald and Sarah Hoefler-Shannon Miller.

Roy-Hart 4 1/2, Wilson 1
Straight sets wins by the singles trio of Patrick Sheelar, Madigan Lang and Evan Birkemeier led Roy-Hart past Wilson 4 1/2-1 as the Rams improve to 4-1.

Cameron VanBuren and Noah Kindron also posted a win at first doubles and Kayla Hagen and Kody Hayes at third doubles for the Rams.


Medina, Albion, R-H post N-O softball wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 April 2018 at 8:14 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Cora Payne delivers a pitch for Medina during the Mustangs win over Barker this afternoon at Vets Park.

Improving to 6-1 Medina blanked Barker 17-0 this afternoon in a Niagara-Orleans League softball game at Vets Park.

Cora Payne hurled a one hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the way for Medina. She also helped herself at the plate by banging out a two-run double.

Ryenn Oliver and Morgan Allis both had a pair of hits for the Mustangs.

Albion 21, Newfane 0
Natalie DiCureia and Brylie Hapeman both banged out 4 hits and Lexi Wolck and Janae Doty had 3 to help power Albion past Newfane 21-0.

Doty had a home run and a total of 5 RBIs, Wolck a home run and DiCureia a triple and 4 RBIs.

In the circle, Erin Doty hurled a 2 hitter with 1 strikeout.

Albion is now 3-4 and Newfane 0-7

Roy-Hart 22, Wilson 4
Staying undefeated at 8-0, Roy-Hart downed Wilson 22-4 as Mallory Steiner struck out 14 in the circle and drove in 5 runs at the plate.

Maddie Fry and Kayla Brown both had 4 hits for the Lady Rams and Jayden Townsend 3 including a pair of doubles.

The loss drops Wilson to 3-2.

Simulator shows students impact of driving while texting, impaired

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 April 2018 at 7:32 pm

Photos courtesy of David Klafehn

KENDALL – Jeremy Browe drives the new STOP DWI Driving Simulator on Friday at Kendall during the Senior Bash.

Sheriff Randy Bower, front left, Chief Deputy Michael Mele and other Kendall students and parents get a close look at the simulator.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office used a grant from the New York State STOP DWI Committee to purchase a driving simulator where students and other users can see the effects of driving while texting, drowsy or if they are impaired or intoxicated.

The simulator changes the landscapes to resemble driving in a city or in a rural area.

Dylan Spellan gives the simulator a try.

“It was a huge hit and a great learning experience for the kids to experience what it’s like to text and drive, drive when drowsy and what it would be like if you drink and drive,” Sheriff Bower said. “They learned a lot from it.”

The sheriff would like to take the simulator to other school districts, community events including the Orleans County 4-H Fair and also make it available for drivers’ education classes.

High School Principal Carol D’Agostino also got behind the wheel of the simulator. Deputy Torry Tooley offers some tips.

Kendall seniors gathered for a photo and urged each other not to drink and drive, especially in the upcoming prom and graduation party season.

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State approves $100M for paving due to brutal winter, including $1M for 31 in Albion

Staff Reports Posted 30 April 2018 at 1:48 pm

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $100 million in state funding to repave and enhance roadways impacted by the harsh weather this past winter.

One of the projects is in Orleans County and includes $1.0 million to resurface Route 31 in the Village of Albion.

The state funding will support 84 projects and the renewal of nearly 1,000 lane miles of pavement across the state, including at least one project in every county and New York City, according to the governor’s announcement.

The new funding, awarded through the Harsh Winter Paving Initiative, is in addition to nearly $300 million previously committed for projects that repave approximately 1,600 lane miles of road across New York State. The unprecedented infrastructure investment will make state highways safer and more efficient, while encouraging local commerce and tourism. The projects will take place throughout the summer and into fall, and will be completed this year, Cuomo said.

“These investments are critical to our transportation system and essential for community growth and regional economic competitiveness,” the governor said. “By infusing more than $100 million in state funds to revitalize our roads, we are enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers while ensuring every traveler remains safe throughout the Empire State.”

The State Budget included $65 million in Extreme Weather Recovery funds for locally-owned roadways, and this additional $100 million investment will support the renewal of state-owned roadways. This critical funding is supported through the New York State Department of Transportation’s five-year capital plan and is in addition to the $743 million provided in this year’s budget in direct state aid to local governments for road and bridge repair and modernization.

Orleans County is in the Finger Lakes Region, where the state approved $12.3 million to pave 155 lane miles of the roads in Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Seneca counties. The projects in the Finger Lakes include:

• $1.1 million to resurface Route 89 from Canoga to Routes 5 and 20 in Seneca County.

• $1.0 million to resurface Route 31 in the Village of Albion in Orleans County.

• $1.0 million to resurface Route 36 from Route 31 to Route 531 in Monroe County.

• $430,000 to resurface Route 65 from Erie Canal to Route 31 in Monroe County.

• $957,000 to resurface Route 20 from Route 36 to Route 5 in Livingston County.

• $1.5 million to resurface Route 89 from Route 31 to Route 104 in Wayne County.

• $1.5 million to resurface Route 245 from Route 247 to Route 14A in Ontario County.

• $1.0 million to resurface Route 19 from Randall Road to Route 33 in Genesee County.

• $1.0 million to resurface Route 78 from Route 19 to Route 362 in Wyoming County.

• $763,000 to resurface Route 260 from Route 104 to Route 18 in Monroe County.

• $1.3 million to resurface Route 15 from Spring Water to County Route 71 in Livingston County.

• $652,000 to resurface on Routes 414, 79 and 54 in Schuyler and Yates counties.

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