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Month: October 2018

Cobblestone Museum will present awards during annual meeting Nov. 10

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2018 at 9:45 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers: The Rochester Area Community Foundation has provided $44,000 in grants for the Cobblestone Museum to work on three cobblestone buildings built before 1850. Some of the grant funds were used to repair the windows of the Cobblestone Universalist Church, which was constructed in 1834. The Foundation will be recognized on Nov. 10 as the museum’s “Community Partner of the Year.”

GAINES – The Cobblestone Museum will recognize several key supporters during an annual meeting at noon on Nov. 10 at Tillman’s Village Inn.

The public is welcome to attend to annual meeting to hear about the past year at the historic site. Officers and trustees will also be elected for the museum, a National Historic Landmark with buildings on Route 104 and Route 98 in the hamlet of Childs.

In 2016, the museum started presenting awards to supporters and volunteers.

This year’s winners include:

• Community Partner of the Year – The Rochester Area Community Foundation which has provided $44,000 in grants the past two years for a series of building improvements on the three cobblestone buildings that are pre-1850.

A grant for $23,000 went towards restoring windows and some repointing on the Cobblestone Church, as well as work on the next-door Ward House, which was built around 1840. The stairs on the house have been crumbling and were fixed with the grant funds.

A grant for $21,000 this year is focused on the schoolhouse from 1849. The schoolhouse will soon get a new roof, repaired masonry and fresh paint on the window trim and soffits near the roof.

• Business Partner of the Year – Hurd Orchards for many years has promoted group tours for the museum. Hurd Orchards touts the museum in the community and with the farm’s customers. Hurd also has collected funds for the museum, a total that has been on the rise.

The late Betty Hurd was an early supporter of the museum and the Cobblestone Society more than a half century ago. She has instilled a love of history and the cobblestone buildings in her daughter Susan Hurd and granddaughter Amy Machamer.

David Mitchell, left, donated this couch made by George Pullman in the 1850s to the Cobblestone Museum. Mitchell is pictured with Doug Farley, the museum’s director, in the Danolds Room on the first floor of the Cobblestone Church.

• Pullman Award – This is a new award given to recognize a generous donation that enhances the collection at the Cobblestone Museum. In July, David Mitchell donated a couch made by George Pullman, when he was a furniture manufacturer in Albion, before he moved to Chicago and developed the Pullman’s Palace Cars for the railroad industry.

Mitchell acquired the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Homes in Albion and Holley. The Albion funeral home had a Pullman couch. Mitchell made that couch a stipulation of the sale of the funeral home. He then donated it to the museum.

• Proctor Award is named for the founder of Childs who helped establish the Cobblestone Church. The award is given to someone who goes above and beyond to assist the museum in an extraordinary manner. The museum is presenting three Proctor Awards to recognize people for their efforts in 2018.

• Gail Johnson developed and coordinated a Membership Dinner and the Underwriting component, plus new initiatives for Development and Membership. That work resulted in about $40,000 for the museum. She has welcomed new donors to the museum. She also is a significant donor herself, offering the museum land, barns and monetary gifts.  She also volunteered in many roles this past season.

Maarit Vaga dressed as Cobble the Museum Mouse for the Cobblestone Museum at the Holley June Fest parade. She rode in a 1911 Reo truck owned by Russ Bosch of Clarendon.

• Maarit Vaga organized a Progressive Organ Concert on May 12 and also prepared the main dinner which was served at Christ Episcopal Church. The concert and meal were very popular with the participants. Vaga also wore the Cobble the Mouse costume in local parades to promote the museum.

• Gregory Lawrence of Holley has been working to digitize a collection of about 3,500 photographs of 700 cobblestone structures in New York State, images from Robert L. Roudabush between 1976 and 1980. The images and scans of maps from 21 counties will be available online through the Cobblestone Museum and the Landmark Society of Western New York.

• Volunteer of the Year (2 winners)

• Gerard Morrissey has been a dedicated volunteer as a docent, stepping in whenever he is needed, including the Ghost Walk on Oct. 6 when he portrayed Rufus Brown Bullock, the former Georgia governor who grew up in Albion and moved back to his hometown after his career.

• Marty Taber was one of the coordinators of the Ghost Walk, and wrote the script for the different characters highlighted on the tour. He also helps the museum by giving tours, working on landscaping, and with buildings and grounds projects.

The annual meeting is open to the public. The deadline to RSVP is Nov. 5. For more information, call the museum at 589-9013 or click here.

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Resident disappointed no Barre officials attended session on conflicts of interest

Posted 31 October 2018 at 8:09 pm


No Town of Barre board members or Heritage Wind LLC (Apex Clean Energy) members attended a meeting on Oct. 30 at the Hoag Library. Brad Jones discussed conflicts of interest and environmental impacts from wind energy and Article 10 laws.

So it looks like all of the residents in the Town of Barre have to fight off Apex Clean Energy and Heritage Wind LLC on their own as the Town of Barre board members count all the money from the lease agreements that they have signed  and don’t forget they can not say anything because they all have a no-speak policy in their lease agreements with Heritage Wind LLC.

Please note all Town of Barre board members and the lawyer for the Town of Barre were invited to this meeting. Heritage Wind LLC and Apex Clean Energy also was invited, but none were present for the meeting.

William Nacca


Barker faces Eden in Class C field hockey final

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 October 2018 at 5:40 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker goalie Paige Sandolfini, at right, and her Lady Raider teammates will take on Eden for the Section VI Class C title on Thursday at Williamsville North.

Top seeded Barker will look to keep the momentum from last week’s 3-2 overtime semifinal win over Niagara-Orleans League rival Akron when the Lady Raiders face another challenging test in No. 3 Eden for the Section VI Class C field hockey championship at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Williamsville North.

Eden advanced to the finals by blanking No. 2 Roy-Hart 2-0 in the semis.

Eden is 11-5-2 overall having played a schedule primarily against Class A and B teams.  The Lady Raiders have defeated Iroquois 2-1 and tied Pioneer 2-2 who are meeting for the Class B title. They have also defeated Sweet Home 2-1, Amherst 2-0 and Williamsville South 2-1.

For Barker, gaining a berth in the finals has become virtually an annual part of the schedule. Since 2002 when the state went to a three class system (A, B and C) for the playoffs the Lady Raiders have advanced to the sectional finals every year but one. The Lady Raiders have compiled a 12-3 record in the finals since 2002.

Barker’s last title win was in 2016 with a 1-0 shootout win over Akron. Last fall Akron bested Barker 2-1.

Barker last met Eden in the finals in 2013 claiming a 3-1 victory. Last fall Barker nipped Eden 1-0 in a marathon shootout in the quarterfinals.

Barker, which is 13-1 including league and sectional games, has been led offensively by Katrina Clare with 26 goals. Rachel Hurtgam has added 12 goals, Emily Wagner 8, Lena Fazzolari 7 and Natalie Bruning and Ciara Gregoire 6 each. Bruning also has had 9 assists, Clare and Gregoire 4 and Hurtgam and Fazzolari 3.

“After playing Eden last season in a marathon game in the quarter finals we knew they were going to have a strong team this year. Them being the in the finals is no surprise to our coaching staff or players. We are very aware of their key victories this season and tightly contested games against some of the best teams in the ECIC,” said Coach Jeff Costello. “One thing is for sure…A maroon and white Raiders team will be crowned champion at Will North on Thursday. All kidding aside, we know that they are a strong defensive team and have a fantastic goalie. As was mentioned earlier we saw them last season in the post season and we have also scouted them several times this season. The waiting game since semis is over and our girls are eager to get the game started. As Ciara Gregoire recently stated in a team huddle, “We just need to go out and play field hockey!”

The victor will face Section V’s East Rochester in the Far West Regional on Saturday at Penfield at 7 p.m..

Workplaces embrace costumes on Halloween

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2018 at 2:45 pm

These employees at Five Star Bank in Medina dressed up for Halloween today. They include, from left, Tammy Yaskulski, Joleen Bessel and Erika Myhill.

Photo by Tom Rivers: These staff members at Hoag Library in Albion also embraced the chance to get in costume for Halloween. They include Children’s Librarian Teresa Gaylord as Little Red Riding Hood, Wendy Peters, and Dirk Climenhaga as a chicken.

Staff at the Office for the Aging in Orleans County wore a variety of costumes, including several with a hippie theme.

The staff at Dr. Thomas Madejski’s office in Medina enjoyed the holiday today.

Many employees at Takeform Architectural Graphics in Medina dressed up for Halloween.

This group works in Dr. Madejski’s Albion office.

Anyone else with other workplace photos of people in costume can send them to

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Flood Watch issued for Orleans County, WNY

Photos by Tom Rivers: The Brown Street bridge over the Erie Canal in Albion is pictured on Tuesday.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2018 at 2:22 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch from 5 p.m. Thursday until 5 p.m. Friday for Orleans County and much of Western New York.

A period of widespread moderate to heavy rain will develop Thursday afternoon and continue through early Friday morning across all of Western New York. Rainfall amounts of 1.5 to 2 inches are expected Thursday through Friday.

This heavy rain will fall on already saturated soils. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall may result in minor flooding of poor drainage areas and small creeks from late Thursday afternoon through early Friday morning, the Weather Service said.

The leaves of these trees by the Erie Canal, just east of the Ingersoll Street bridge, are pictured on a bright Tuesday afternoon in Albion.

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Clarendon town clerk continues Halloween tradition at town hall

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2018 at 11:14 am

Photo courtesy of Melissa Ierlan

CLARENDON – Susan Colby, the Clarendon town clerk, has once again dressed up for Halloween at work, an annual tradition she has done for at least 20 years.

Colby, left, dressed up as the Mad Hatter. She is joined by Geary Shenck as a Keystone Cop and Linda Barrett as the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland.

Shenck is retired as the county’s animal control officer. He continues to write a monthly column – “Tid Bits” – for the town newsletter, The Clarendon Gazette. Barrett is the deputy town clerk.

“We like to have fun here,” Colby said about the town hall atmosphere.

Many residents have stopped by the building today to see what Colby and her coworkers would come up with for Halloween today.

“I love Halloween,” she said. “It’s one of my favorite holidays.”

If anyone else has workplace photos to share of people dressed up for Halloween, feel free to send to

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Rain might stop for trick-or-treaters on Halloween

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2018 at 10:24 am

Photos by Tom Rivers: Mount Albion Cemetery is a great place to go for a walk right now with the fall foliage in its glory.

Trick-or-treaters won’t have to dodge snowflakes this evening, which has been the case on some recent Halloweens in Orleans County.

Today is forecast for a high of 59 with a 100 percent chance of rain, about a tenth to a quarter of an inch. The rain should stop before 5 p.m. So costumed children shouldn’t have to worry about getting soaked while going door to door later.

Thursday is forecast for a high of 48 with more rain, about a quarter to a half inch expected with a chance for heavy rain overnight on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

Friday is forecast for a high of 52 with a 90 percent chance of more rain, from a half inch to ¾ of an inch.

The leaves have changed colors and most are still hanging on the trees at Mount Albion, a historic cemetery on Route 31.

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Deadline for letters to the editor for Nov. 6 election is noon Thursday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2018 at 9:40 am

The deadline to submit letters to the editor for the election on Nov. 6 will be noon on Thursday, Nov. 1. Letters should be sent to Writers are urged to keep the letters to 500 words or less.

There are several state and federal races on the ballot, including a few local town races – an Albion town justice, a Gaines Town Board member, a Murray Town Board member and a Shelby Town Board member.

Voting on Nov. 6 will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Click here to see a list of polling sites in Orleans County.

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Voters urged to choose wisely in the 27th Congressional race

Posted 31 October 2018 at 8:19 am


I urge your readers to consider the implications of their votes in the November 6th election for our 27th Congressional district representative.

Under a veil of carefully orchestrated suspicion, the once highly regarded (I still regard them with admiration) Federal Bureau of Investigation this year arrested at least two incumbent members of the United States House of Representatives.

Just as shoplifters, they are innocent until proven guilty.  But each—apart from the process of their arrests—has been separately indicted by a federal grand jury.  As I understand it, these Congressmen are out on bail awaiting trial.

Though my travel has been limited in the past year, I have seen only one sign for our incumbent member of Congress in three counties. We all know, however, that the absence of a sign in your yard is not necessarily an indication of how one votes.

On election day, each of us must answer only to ourselves.

Sincerely yours,

Gary F. Kent


Kendall girls earn state soccer playoffs berth

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 October 2018 at 9:53 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall goalie Katherine Pearson stops a shot as Hinsdale’s Ashley Chapman looks for a rebound. The action took place during the Lady Eagles state qualifier victory over the Bobcats this evening at Fillmore.

A lightning quick goal in the first three minutes ignited Kendall to a 2-0 victory over Hinsdale in the Section V Class D girls soccer state qualifier game this evening at Fillmore.

Kendall, which last qualified for the state tournament in 2003, will face Section VI champion North Collins in the Far West Regional at 5 p.m. Saturday at Webster Thomas High School.

The Lady Eagles wasted little time in getting on to the scoreboard as Lizzy Woodams netted her 6th goal of the season just 3:20 into the game.

Kendall’s Brianna Wakefield brings the ball up field as Elizabeth Przybyla defends for Hinsdale.

“We peppered them with shots early so it was just a matter of time before we got one and that one really set the pace of the game for us,” said Kendall Coach Pam Barchet.

Kendall goalie Katherine Pearson, center defender Lizzy Sutphen and their defensive mates did the rest in registering the shutout.

Pearson, who had a total of 14 saves on the evening. made one big save early on a Hinsdale direct kick and then had a busy second half making some 10 saves. Sutphen repeatedly cleared the ball out of the Kendall defensive end helping to set up the Lady Eagles attack.

“Our defense did a fantastic job,” said Barchet. “It was a whole team effort.”

The Lady Eagles, which controlled play for mush of the evening, especially in the first half, finally opened up a little breathing room when Brianna Wakefield scored her 9th goal of the season with 15:16 to go in the second half.

Kendall, which advanced to the qualifier by defeating Fillmore 2-1 for the Class D1 title, improves to 15-5.

Hinsdale, which finishes the season at 15-5, advanced by downing Andover 4-2 for the Class D2 crown.

Kendall’s Hailee Mitchell looks to send the ball up field as Lindsey Veno defends for Hinsdale.