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Posted 29 October 2020 at 7:00 am

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Holley and Kendall girls post G-R soccer wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 October 2020 at 9:38 pm

Holley defeated host Attica 3-1  this evening to improve to 8-1-2 in Genesee Region League girls soccer competition.

Samantha Bates scored in the first half for Holley off an assist from Hayley Skidmore.

Kayleigh Neale then scored twice in the second half for the Lady Hawks as Allyson Skehan earned the assist on the second tally.

Emma Brady made 6 saves in goal for Holley.

Kendall  romped to a 7-2 win over visiting Attica to improve to 5-4-1 in G-R action.

T’Mia Kitchings and Lizzy Woodams both scored two goals for Kendall as Madison Jacob, Grace Levett and Regan VanDusen each scored one.

In another G-R game, Alexander downed visiting Lyndonville/Medina 7-0.

Mustangs down rival Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 October 2020 at 9:18 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Dan Mandujano (10), who scored two goals for Medina/Lyndonville, works around Albion defender Aidan Smith during the Mustangs win at Vets Park this evening.

A quick three goal burst late in the first half provided all of the scoring as Medina/Lyndonville blanked rival Albion 3-0 in a Niagara-Orleans League boys soccer game this evening at Vets Park.

Dan Mandujano scored what proved to be the game winning goal for the Mustangs on a header off an assist from Nate Dillenbeck with 12:25 remaining in the first half.

Medina/Lyndonville’s Sebastian Zilempe and Albion’s Jack Ludwick battle for control of the ball.

Mandujano scored again less than two minutes later at 10:31 when he tallied off an assist from Jacob Corser.

Dillenbeck upped the Mustangs lead to 3-0 five minutes later when he scored on a header off an assist from Alex Barry with 5:17 to go in the half.

Zack Fike earned the shutout in goal for the Mustangs.

Medina improves to 5-3-1 in N-O action after a slow 0-3 start to the league season.

Albion finishes the N-O campaign at 0-10.

Roy-Hart 3, Wilson 2

Roy-Hart stayed in the N-O title chase with a 3-2 win over Wilson as the Rams finish the league season at 7-3.

Trent Choate scored all three goals for the Rams, one in the first half and two in the second. Noah Stern earned the assist on all three goals.

Roy-Hart now needs Newfane (5-4) to defeat Akron (6-2-1) on Saturday afternoon at Newfane in order to claim the N-O title. An Akron win will give the Tigers the title.

Albion goalie Jeff Brown makes a save on a shot by Medina/Lyndonville’s Nate Dillenbeck.

Medina businesses were determined to give out candy for Beggars’ Night

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 October 2020 at 8:07 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Kathy Blackburn dressed as Cinderella and hands out boxes of candy and treats to a lineup of vehicles for beggars’ Night in Medina.

The event is normally in Medina’s downtown with about 1,000 kids dressing up in costumes and going to each business for candy.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the big crowd of children wasn’t allowed by the Orleans County Health Department. The state has capped gatherings to no more than 50 people.

Medina Area Partnership brainstormed how the event could continue and decided to do it drive-through at the Medina Central School campus.

MAP members filled more than 600 boxes and bags with candy. About 500 were gone in the first hour. The event was advertised as 5 to 7 p.m., but cars were lined up by 4:30.

Cindy Robinson hands a happy kid a box of treats.

Kathy Blackburn gets more boxes of treats ready for kids. Many of them dressed up in costumes for Beggars’ Night.

“The kids have had a rough year,” Blackburn said. “The Medina Area Partnership thought it would be great for the kids to continue Beggars’ Night. So many things have been taken away from them this year. We didn’t want to take Halloween away from them, too.”

Medina is having trick-or-treating on Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the village.

Karen Canning, the GLOW traditions program director and coordinator, is dressed in a Day of the Dead mask. Cannign has helped organize big Day of the Dead celebrations in Medina in recent years.

There won’t be a big party this year, but there are craft supplies, including materials to make a mask like hers. Those supply are at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library and the Orleans County YMCA.

There are also instructional videos for celebrating the Day of the Dead on

Mariachi De Oro Mexican Grill on Maple Ridge Road also has an ofrenda on display at its outdoor patio. An ofrenda or home altar includes bright aromatic marigolds, with petals forming a path to lead the souls home.

Candles give welcoming lights and incense gives additional guidance and guards against unfriendly spirits. Photos, mementos and favorite foods of loved ones are placed on the altar in this Mexican tradition to honor ancestors.

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Orleans, Genesee each report 1 new Covid-19 case

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 October 2020 at 4:42 pm

Orleans has 33 new confirmed cases in past week, while Genesee has 25

Orleans and Genesee counties are each reporting one new confirmed case of Covid-19 today. Since a week ago, there are 33 new cases in Orleans and 25 more in Genesee.

In Orleans, the new case today is a Gaines resident in the 50s. The individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments said.

Orleans has now had 399 people test positive for Covid since March.

The county has 9 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

Orleans also is reporting three more recoveries who have been removed from the isolation list. One of the positive individuals also is hospitalized.

In Genesee County, the new case is a Pembroke resident in the 60s. The individual was on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

Genesee County has now had 375 people test positive for Covid since March.

Genesee also has 9 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

The Health Departments also is reporting two Genesee residents are hospitalized due to Covid.

Genesee County was informed on Thursday that a student at the LeRoy Junior/Senior High School has tested positive for Covid-19. The last day the student was in the school was Tuesday, October 27. All contacts have been identified and have been placed under mandatory quarantine.

Statewide Data: There were 2,255 positive tests for Covid out of 146,885 for a statewide positivity rate of 1.53 percent.

The positive testing rate in all focus zone areas is 2.75 percent, while the rate outside the focus zones is 1.38 percent.

“We cannot become complacent and risk going backwards,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “We continue to closely monitor the data and handle micro-clusters as they happen, as well as watching what is happening around us as cases surge again across the country.”

More from the Genesee and Orleans County health Departments:

Flu Tracking:  For the 2020-2021 Flu Season we will provide data on Fridays on the current influenza activity.  To check the data, click here.

For the current week, ending date Oct. 24, Genesee County has 0 cases and Orleans County has 1 case. There are 62 cases statewide. This data is influenza that is confirmed by laboratory testing.  Not everyone seeks testing for confirmation of the flu.

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650 pounds of pills, sharps collected at Drug Take Back event

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 October 2020 at 3:39 pm

ALBION – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office collected 650 pounds of unused medication and sharps last Saturday during a drive-through Drug Take Back event at the Public Safety Building.

There were about 100 vehicles that pulled in with residents dropping off unused pills and sharps, said Sheriff Chris Bourke.

Law enforcement this year has now collected 1,057 pounds of unused or expired medication, and sharps, Bourke said.

The medication will be incinerated. The Drug Take Back events are a chance to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal and help prevent prescription drug abuse, accidental poisoning and also protect the environment.

About 9,500 pounds of medication and needles have now been collected in the county since 2012, Bourke said.

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Use the power of the ballot to do good and fight ignorance

Posted 30 October 2020 at 3:27 pm


I have always thought very proudly of myself as an educator. Although I was only a teacher by trade for 16 years, deep down inside I have always been and always will be a teacher.

As you mature and evolve into an adult with a compassion for shared learning experiences and a commitment to fostering academic excellence in your students you are constantly invigorated by their successes, as well as their challenges. It is truly the greatest profession to which you might aspire; it is an honor to be an educator.

I mention this not that the intent of this letter is to be about me, but it is about how truly valuable a quality educational experience is at any level, in any community and at any time in history.

Very sadly and very honestly when I awoke the morning of November 9, 2016, I was overcome with the realization that the public educational system of the United States had failed us. And I felt guilty and ashamed because despite our best efforts to educate and enlighten our students; ignorance had won, and America had lost.

It is inconceivable to me that any woman could have voted for POTUS in 2016 or could so again in 2020 as he is a misogynist who treats women as chattel. In the same way, I cannot believe that any African American or member of any ethnic minority group could support him knowing that he is a racist autocrat who has put your children in cages and unapologetically embraces radical White Supremist terrorists like the Proud Boys.

Although I had not been a teacher for quite some time, in 2016 I felt personally guilty that the national electorate had failed our nation and elected a President who lacks integrity and dishonors the truth with impunity.

It does not take a constitutional scholar to know that this man was not who our Founding Fathers had envisioned in their design of this great nation.

Socrates, who was among the greatest of the Ancient Greek philosophers, believed that knowledge was the ultimate virtue, best used to help people improve their lives. He wrote that “The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”

It is imperative today and always that we use our gift of the ballot for good and be proud that as an educated populace we are empowered to reject the evils of ignorance; even when found in residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

RBG ut vos RIP.

Doug Miller


Gillibrand wants to extend Erie Canalway Commission, which is due to sunset in 2021

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Canal Culvert is pictured this afternoon on Culvert Road in Ridgeway. This is the only spot where motorists can drive under the Erie Canal.

Posted 30 October 2020 at 3:05 pm

Press Release, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

On the week marking the 195th anniversary of the Erie Canal’s opening, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul D. Tonko held a press conference on Thursday to call to extend the authorization of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission. The members both announced legislation this week that would extend the Commission’s authorization from its current sunset date of September 30, 2021 to September 30, 2034.

“The Erie Canal is a part New York’s rich history of innovation. Since its construction it has been a critical part of our economy, most recently as a central part of our tourism economy in Upstate New York. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has helped sustain strong communities for the millions of New Yorkers who call the Erie Canal Corridor home,” said Senator Gillibrand. “As we approach the bicentennial of the Erie Canal, we must ensure the Commission has the full support of Congress to continue to implement the Canalway Plan and protect and provide access to the historical, cultural, and environmental resources the canal provides. I’m proud to introduce this bicameral legislation with Congressman Tonko to reauthorize this important program for years to come.”

“For nearly two centuries, our Erie Canalway has acted as a staple of our region’s history and heritage as well as a vital source of economic energy, generating hundreds of millions of dollars for the Upstate New York economy each year,” Congressman Tonko said. “We must work to protect and preserve our Canalway, which gives so much to our communities. I am proud to join with Senator Gillibrand in introducing this commonsense legislation to put our Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission on sound financial footing and deliver the resources necessary to ensure our precious waterway can be enjoyed for generations to come. I thank the many members of our New York delegation who are supporting this effort and I call on our colleagues in the House and Senate to pass this extension and assure a vital future for one of our nation’s most historic sites.”

Barbara Blanchard, Chair of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission, said, “We truly appreciate Congressman Tonko and Senator Gillibrand’s steadfast support of the more than 200 communities that are connected by our legendary waterways. Erie Canalway heritage-based activities are producing positive community and economic development results that benefit millions of upstate New York residents. We look forward to working with all of our partners at the federal, state and local levels as we keep up this exciting momentum.”

The legislation has bipartisan, bicameral support, with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Representatives Brian Higgins (D-NY), Joe Morelle (D-NY), John Katko (R-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY), Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), Antonio Delgado (D-NY), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY).

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Write-in candidate in Shelby questions nomination process by town GOP committee

Posted 30 October 2020 at 2:48 pm


If you look on the Orleans Hub Letters to the Editor, you will see a letter written by Pat Eick. This is why we need change in the Town of Shelby. Her letter is highly inaccurate.

Not only was Ryan Wilkin’s application turned in past the deadline that it was due, but Pat Eick (Republican Committee Chairperson) was not even present at the time of the interviews. So my question is how can she talk as if she was there first hand and knows how the interviews went with each candidate?

From what I was told at the interview before I left from the committee “just so you know there is another interview from an application that was turned in tonight.” So was it that Mr. Wilkins interview went better than mine or was it the result of a friend doing a friend a favor without the community’s best interests in mind? It clearly has nothing to do with him being the stronger candidate.

If the Shelby Republican Committee would have done a little research, they would have found out that Ryan Wilkins has many views which are contrary to many members on the Town Board. He was a registered Democrat from 12/13/05-3/2020 and then changed to non-affiliated from 3/2020-6/30/20 when he changed to Republican effective 6/30/2020.

Not only that but there seems to be some confusion amongst the Shelby Republican Committee from the Letter to the Editor from Pat Eick. She claimed Mr. Wilkins was chosen to fill the vacancy due to Kenneth Schaal’s passing, but that wasn’t the case. The position that was open, was Jeff Smith (Councilman) being he moved to Town Supervisor after the Supervisor resigned

FYI, the Hub must have been notified because they edited the article rather than leave it and post a whole new article. Is this the direction you want to see our Town moving towards? People that hold elected office that are unsure of what’s going on?

Also I think it’s important that the Town of Shelby residents know where Mr. Wilkins stood on the following proposal from a few years back.

Mr. Wilkins was a big advocate of the dissolution of Medina (One Medina) which would’ve merged Ridgeway, Medina and Shelby, as can be seen in many of his posts on social media.

This would’ve had a huge impact on our community by raising property taxes for anyone outside the village (Shelby & Ridgeway), and could have resulting in lose our police department, losing  our paid Village Fire Department and losing our ambulance service.

Those are just a few of the things we would be impacted by in our community and we can’t have someone sitting on the board that thinks let’s just throw the burden onto those people in the Towns neighboring the Village of Medina.

Instead of dissolving our Village I myself think we need to continue to find ways to share services and cut costs with the Village of Medina. I’ve been a registered Republican for the past 18 years or since I was able to register. I will always consider all views from everyone in the community when making a decision and will always try to make the best decisions for the Town of Shelby. We have to preserve the values, land and the community that makes us who we are as Town of Shelby residents!

Craig Stalker

Write-in candidate Shelby Town Councilperson

(Editor’s Note: Eick contacted the Orleans Hub soon after her letter was posted and apologized for making a mistake about the vacancy, which was then corrected to say the seat was open due to Jeff Smith being appointed town supervisor.)

Governor urges people to get a flu shot

Posted 30 October 2020 at 2:23 pm

‘This fall could be a one-two punch for infection as we manage the start of another flu season while working diligently to keep the Covid-19 virus at bay.’ – Governor Cuomo

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded all New Yorkers to get a flu shot to prepare for the flu season, which usually begins in October and runs through May. The New York State Flu Tracker launches today. The tracker displays daily and weekly flu data and provides timely information about local, regional and statewide flu activity.

“This fall could be a one-two punch for infection as we manage the start of another flu season while working diligently to keep the Covid-19 virus at bay,” Governor Cuomo said. “I’m reminding all New Yorkers that getting a flu shot not only protects you from the flu but will allow us to direct vital healthcare resources to fighting the next wave of the COVID-19 virus.”

During the 2019-20 flu season, there were 22,217 flu-associated hospitalizations in the state and 13 pediatric deaths.

“I cannot stress enough how important it is to get your flu shot to protect yourself this season against the dual threat of Covid-19, which can mimic flu symptoms,” said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “The ability to track activity for both viruses on a daily basis will help identify trends and help the Department put the appropriate public health measures in place. I also want to remind New Yorkers that contracting the flu does not mean you cannot contract Covid-19 and vice versa.”

The New York State Department of Health recommends that anyone over six months of age get vaccinated for the flu to protect themselves and others during the upcoming flu season. Click here for locations to get a flu shot.

Adults aged 65 years and older, people with certain chronic medical conditions, young children and pregnant women are among those at highest risk for serious flu complications, which may require hospitalization and could result in death.

Since the flu virus can spread through coughing or sneezing, it is especially important for family members and people who have regular contact with high-risk individuals to be vaccinated.

Over the last four years, there have been a total of 33 pediatric flu-associated deaths in New York State and an average of 19,318 flu-related hospitalizations each year. In January 2019, during the severe 2017-2018 flu season, Governor Cuomo signed an emergency Executive Order allowing pharmacists to administer the flu vaccine to children ages 2 to 18. Subsequently, the Governor passed legislation codifying the order into law. During the 2019-2020 flu season, 56,264 flu shots were administered by pharmacies to children under the age of 18 in New York State outside of New York City.

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Early voting surge continues with nearly 3,000 ballots already cast in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 October 2020 at 1:22 pm

ALBION – The early voting numbers continue to far exceed the in-person ballots cast early a year ago.

Orleans County had 536 early voters on Wednesday and then 406 on Thursday. That followed the 476 early voters on Monday and 530 on Tuesday.

Early voting started last weekend and there were 364 on Saturday, followed by 332 on Sunday.

That puts the six-day total at 2,644 in-person votes before the Nov. 3 election. That represents 10.9 percent of 24,265 active registered voters in the county.

The 2,644 early voters far exceeds the number of early voters in the 2019 general election when only 374 people used the option over nine days. That was the first time people could do early voting in person in Orleans County.

Early voting continues until Nov. 1 at the Board of Elections at the Orleans County Administration Building on Route 31. The hours include:

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 1 (Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The county has also seen a big increase in requests for absentee ballots with 2,885. That is up from the 952 received in 2016 during the last Presidential election.

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Medina teachers continue Maple Ridge cleanup effort

Posted 30 October 2020 at 1:10 pm

Provided photo and article from Medina Central School

MEDINA – Medina Teacher Association members spent a fall day cleaning up Maple Ridge Road. The teachers have been doing this for 20 years and adopted the stretch of highway which they clean in the spring and fall every year.

The 23 participants who took part this year stayed socially distanced as they cleaned up the roadside.

Todd Bensley, a high school social studies teacher, said it is a great opportunity for them to give back to the community.

“It’s a way to support the MTA’s efforts in the community and give myself and my colleagues a chance to see each other outside of the school day and connect with teachers in other buildings at our district,” Bensley said. “We even found a $20 bill!”

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Law requiring rear seatbelt use takes effect on Sunday

Posted 30 October 2020 at 9:47 am

Press Release, AAA Western and Central New York

New York’s new rear seat belt law goes into effect Sunday, November 1, requiring all passengers to wear a seat belt in the back seat of a motor vehicle, including passengers of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

Until now, passengers over age 16 were not required to wear seat belts in the rear seat in New York. The new law, championed by AAA New York State, will save lives and prevent injuries across state roadways by requiring all occupants in a motor vehicle to buckle up. Unbelted rear passengers account for eight injuries per day across New York State.

The state pioneered auto safety in 1985 as the first state with a law that required passengers wear seat belts in the front seats of passenger cars. But New York has lagged requiring the use of seat belts in rear seats, with 289 unbuckled rear seat passengers killed, and 25,596 injured from 2010 to 2019.

“As an advocate for traffic safety, AAA supports the new law requiring rear seat belt use in New York. While critics may claim that we don’t need another traffic law, research shows that states with rear seat belt requirements consistently have higher overall seat belt usage rates and seat belts are proven to save lives,” said Elizabeth Carey, Director of Public Relations at AAA Western and Central New York.

According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), teens and young adults 16-24 are least likely to buckle up and most likely to die compared to any other age group in New York State.  Seat belt use unequivocally reduces risk of injury and death for all vehicle occupants. Rear seat occupants who fail to buckle up are:

  • 2 times more likely to be killed
  • 8 times more likely to be seriously injured
  • 2 times more likely to kill a front seat occupant by becoming a projectile

The current fine for an unbuckled front seat passenger is $50 dollars. The fine will remain the same and will be extended to unbuckled back seat passengers as well. New York will join 30 other states which have implemented similar laws.

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