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Month: November 2018

Santa has lots of fans at Medina library

Posted 30 November 2018 at 11:30 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Santa Claus visited the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina on Friday evening for a pajama storytime. There were about 75 kids in attendance, who shared their Christmas wish list with Santa.

The library has hosted the Santa pajama storytime event for the past 36 years.

Jenna Snook, 5, of Albion shares a picture she colored for Santa.

Santa leads the group in some singing and exercises.

Zachary Smith, 4, of Medina was picked to hold one of Santa’s white gloves.

Santa reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Iszabella Eaton, 4, of Medina shares a wish list with Santa.

Santa asks the kids to leave out chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk on Christmas Eve.

Suzanne McAllister, the children’s librarian, passes out some Santa Dust for the kids to take home.

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Correction: Water sample with elevated lead was at laundry room, not Laundromat

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 November 2018 at 10:04 pm

An article posted on Nov. 28 about the two water samples in Lyndonville with elevated lead levels stated that they were from an outdoor hose bid and a Laundromat sink. The article misstated the sample was from a Laundromat and should have said it was taken from a laundry room sink.

The article has been corrected. To see it, click here.

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Lady Tigers score narrow victory; Lady Rams win Roy-Hart Tournament opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 November 2018 at 10:00 pm

Improving to 2-0 on the young season, Lyndonville edged past visiting Rochester Academy Charter 38-36 this evening in a non league girls basketball game.

Two free throws and a basket by Alecia Hinkson and a pair of free throws by Anna Lewis down the stretch helped the Lady Tigers lock up the victory.

Lewis scored 8 of her game high 16 points in the final stanza. Hinkson finished with a total of 11 and Savannah Poler 6.

Lyndonville held narrow leads of 10-7 after one period 19-16 at the half and 26-22 at the three-quarter mark.

The Lady Tigers next face Holley in the championship game of the Kendall Tournament at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Roy-Hart 53, Holland 39
Featuring a balanced attack, the host Lady Rams defeated Holland 53-39 in the opening round of the Roy-Hart Tournament.

Ashley Hill scored 11, Maddie Fry and Meghan Washington 10, Mallory Steiner and Shelby Wolf 8 and Lexie Lovewell 6 to spark Roy-Hart which led 20-13 at the half.

Roy-Hart will next face Oakfield-Alabama in the championship game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Oakfield-Alabama downed Tonawanda 48-16 in the other semifinal contest.

Elba 73, Albion 28
Building up a commanding 36-15 half-time advantage, Elba went on to defeat visiting Albion 73-28 in a non league game.

Brynn Walczak scored 22, Maddie Muehlig 14 and Leah Bezon 11 to lead the way for Elba which was up 49-22 after three quarters.

Lexi Wolck led Albion with 7.

Medina vs. Tapestry ppd.
Because of a scheduling error by the host school the Medina at Tapestry non league was was postponed.

Medina swimmers sweep Byron-Bergen

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 November 2018 at 9:57 pm

Medina opened the swim season on a high note as the Seahorses swept host Byron-Bergen in a non league meet this evening winning the boys’ competition 121-41 and the girls’ 100-75.

The Medina boys were led by a trio of individual event double winners including Chris Goyette (200 Individial Medley, 500 Freestyle), Hunter Heil (100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke) and Ray Paull (50 and 100 Feestyle).

Hannah Heil was a double winner for the Medina girls taking both the 50 Free and 100 Free.

Albion also scored a sweep over host Oakfield-Alabama winning the boys meet 57-37 and the girls’ competition 55-30.

Matt Kovaleski doubled in the 50 Free and 100 Breaststroke for the Albion boys while Amelia Sanchez took both the 50 Free and 100 Free for the girls.

In another non league meet, host HAC swept to a doubleheader win over Roy-Hart.

Carter Green was a double winner in the 200 and 500 Freestyle events and Will Rickard took both the 50 and 100 Free for the Roy-Hart boys.

Tigers best Racers; Hawks down Raiders

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 November 2018 at 9:04 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Zach Johnson reaches for a rebound from Rochester Academy Charter’s Larry O’Heal during the Tigers season opening win over the visiting Racers this evening.

Pulling away in the second quarter, Lyndonville went on to defeat visiting Rochester Academy Charter 82-69 this evening in a season opening non league boys basketball game.

Leading by a narrow 17-14 margin after the first period, Lyndonville used a 22-13 second quarter scoring surge to move out to a 39-27 half-time advantage.

Up by only two, 21-19, the Tigers put together a 12-0 run to key the big quarter as Nathan Hydock and Nathan Poler both had a pair of buckets during that spurt. Poler had a total of 9 in the period, Hydock 5 and Matt Hess 4.

Lyndonville’s Nathan Poler tries to keep the ball away from RAC’s Joseph Vazquez.

Lyndonville maintained a 15 point, 60-45, advantage at the three-quarter mark as Zach Johnson scored 10, including a pair of threes.

Johnson finished with 18, Hydock and Poler 15, Nathan Dillenbeck 10, Hess and Russell Stephens 8, Casey Winiecki and Evan Horn 4.

Albert Tomlin took game high scoring honors for the Racers with 31 as Daniel Garcia added 15.

Holley 49, Barker 34
Jumping out to a 38-22 half-time lead, Holley went on to down host Barker 49-34 in a non league contest.

Matt Wilson and Carson Major both scored 12 and Matt Skehan 10 to lead the way for Holley.

Dan Ober and Andrew Callaghan both scored 8 and Nick Brandt 7 for Barker.

Mustangs trim Wolverines in season opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 November 2018 at 8:57 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Brian Fry goes up for a layup against Buffalo Academy of Science defender Sean Johnson during the Mustangs season opening win over the visiting Wolverines this evening.

It took a late scoring burst to lock up the win as Medina downed edged visiting Buffalo Academy of Science 69-61 in a non league boys basketball opener this evening.

Leading by a narrow one point, 58-57, margin with 2:35 remaining, Medina put together a key 8-0 run to help clinch the win.

Nate Sherman had two layups and Izaiah Rhim a layup and a rebound bucket during that stretch which upped the Mustangs lead to 66-57.

A three by Wayne Vote did help the Wolverines cut the deficit to 66-61 but Jarin Rhim answered right back with a timely three-point play off a turnover for a 69-61 lead with eight seconds to go to put a lock on the victory.

Nate Sherman puts up a shot for Medina as Juyar Jones tries for the block for the Wolverines.

Izaiah Rhim finished with 21, Sherman 18, Tyler Chinn 11, Brian Fry 10, Jarin Rhim 7 and Vincent Montague 2 for the Mustangs.

The Wolverines, which went the entire game with an iron man five, had Ibanhim Osmani with 21, Sean Johnson 20 and Vote 18.

Down 15-12 after the opening period, Medina rallied into a 20-15 lead by opening the second stanza with an 8-0 run on two layups by Fry, one by Izaiah Rhim and a jumper by Chinn.

However, the Wolversines answered with a 12-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back threes by Vote, and went on to hold a 27-23 lead at the half.

Medina though regained the lead for good by outscoring Science 21-10 in the third period.

Izaiah Rhim and Sherman both had 8 points and Jarin Rhim 4 during that stretch as the Mustangs took a 44-37 lead at the three-quarter mark.

The Wolverines though stayed close cutting the deficit to just one, 58-57, with 2:35 remaining after back-to-back threes by Osmani.

However, Medina turned back the challenge closing with an 11-4 run to claim the victory.

Izaiah Rhim and Sherman again both scored 8 to lead Medina down the stretch.

The Mustangs next visit Kenmore East on Monday in another non league game.

MST Seneca 71, Roy-Hart 40
Roaring out to a 32-13 half-time advantage, host MST Seneca went on to defeat Roy-Hart 71-40 in a non league game.

Charlie Brigham scored 10 and Reed Albee 7 for Roy-Hart.

St. Vincent DePaul donates to Community Kitchen

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 November 2018 at 3:22 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Society of St. Vincent DePaul in Albion donated $500 to the Community Kitchen this afternoon.

Cas Pruski, left, is president of St. Vincent DePaul and Tom Noon, right, is a member. They presented a check to Faith Smith, the volunteer director of the kitchen which is based at Christ Church on Main Street.

The Community Kitchen serves about 500 meals throughout the month on Friday evenings. The effort is made possible through donations and volunteers.

“It helps us immensely,” Smith said about the $500 donation.

The food is prepared and served through volunteers. The first Friday, workers from Baxter Healthcare in medina team with Christ Church members in preparing and serving the meal, followed by The Lord’s House in Waterport the second Friday, Holy Family Parish the third Friday, the Albion Free Methodist Church the fourth Friday and the West Barre United Methodist Church the fifth Friday.

Smith said she welcomes more volunteers and donations. For more information, contact her at (585) 319-1578 or by email,

Alice Mathes, center, has help with the turkey and gravy from her granddaughters, Lillian Mathes, left, and Allison Mathes. The West Barre United Methodist Church is preparing this evening’s dinner at the Community Kitchen. Meals are served from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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Albion woman grateful to serve as new pastor of Lyndonville Presbyterian Church

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Albion native Martha Mitchell has been called as the new pastor of Lyndonville Presbyterian Church. She is shown here with some of the food which has been collected for the 80 food baskets the church will give away for the holiday, in cooperation with the Foodlink Food Pantry.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 November 2018 at 1:55 pm

Martha Mitchell, new pastor at the Lyndonville Presbyterian Church, stands at the altar, which has been prepared for the church’s LaLaPoolaza Community Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.

LYNDONVILLE – Retirement has afforded Martha Mitchell to follow a career path which has been a long-time dream – to become a pastor.

“The opportunity to serve here in Lyndonville and follow my second career is a real blessing,” said Mitchell, who has been called as pastor of the Lyndonville Presbyterian Church. “This is a calling I’ve had since I was young.”

Mitchell began her duties at the Lyndonville church Oct. 9, after the death of the Rev. Catherine Benjamin.

Mitchell grew up in Albion, where she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Tom Gardner, pastor of the Holley Presbyterian Church, also grew up there with her.

After high school, she attended college and became a teacher at Albion High School, where the Rev. Sue Thaine, now moderator of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley and pastor at the Albion First Presbyterian Church, was a student of hers.

“We are a faith family, and after all these years it is wonderful to have the opportunity to do ministry together,” Mitchell said. “It’s a coming home.”

After retiring as a teacher, Mitchell attended Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She did two internships, one in Batavia with the Rev. Roula Alkhari and the second with the Rev. Benjamin in Lyndonville.

She was preaching in Stone Church Presbyterian Church in Bergen when she got the call to come to Lyndonville.

Having done the six-month internship with the Rev. Benjamin, Mitchell said the people already knew her.

“They have been very welcoming,” she said. “I am very fortunate to step into such a vibrant ministry.”

The Lyndonville Presbyterian Church houses the Foodlink Food Pantry, which is run by the Lyndonville-Yates Ministerial Association. All the churches in the area collect food for the pantry, which will provide baskets of food and gifts for 80 families this Christmas. The Presbyterian church buys the turkeys.

“This church makes such a big difference in the community,” Mitchell said.

The first Saturday of every month, the church puts on a community breakfast, starting at 8 a.m.

She said it is her goal to grow the church, but with purpose.

“We will listen to how the Holy Spirit leads us forward,” the pastor said. “We want to be a welcoming, safe place for all people to worship.”

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C North, B3 Div. All-Star football teams listed

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 November 2018 at 11:45 am

Two Roy-Hart seniors, quarterback Charlie Brigham and lineman Ian Whitford have earned Honorable Mention on the C North Division All-Star football squad.

Wilson has placed four players on the first team including senior quarterback Steve Frerichs, junior tight end Declan Faery, senior wide receiver Marcel Wilson and junior linebacker Drew Westmoreland. Frerichs was named the division’s Co-Player of the Year.

The Lakemen also have four second team selections in senior offensive lineman Aaron Horvath, sophomore offensive lineman Ben Mahar, sophomore defensive lineman Anthony Dispenza and junior defensive back Brayden Dunlap.

Wilson’s quintet of senior Andrew Hadsell, juniors Mitch Mahar, Robert Atlas, Marc Dolyk and Brayden Thompson all received Honorable Mention.

Akron has three first team honorees in senior quarterback Brandon Orr along with senior defensive linemen Timothy Longwell and Millard Young.

The Tigers second team selections include sophomore running back Andy Mietz, senior offensive lineman Carter Jensen, senior linebacker David Kalinowski and junior linebacker Nick Wood.

Akron also had junior Brian Covell and sophomore Mitch Dugan receive Honorable Mention.

Newfane has placed three players on the first team of the B3 Division All-Star squad including junior running back Jayden Heers, senior wide receiver Reese Casinelli and senior defensive lineman Jonah Wisniewski.

The Panthers also have three second team honorees including senior quarterback Shayne Harrington, senior offensive lineman Ty Casinelli and junior wide receiver Josh Everett.

Newfane’s trio of senior Zach Aniolowski and juniors Chance Caccamise and Garrett Srock all earned Honorable Mention.

BOCES teachers join ‘Movember’ mustache effort

Posted 30 November 2018 at 9:22 am

Photo and information courtesy of Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – Male staff members at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center have become a little more hairy during the month of November. It was for the annual event of Movember and its goal is to change the face of men’s health.

Pictured include teachers Matt Anastasi, Peter Jablonski, Mike Schultz, Dudley Gilbert and Bill Leggett.

Movember encourages participants to grow moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide. Its aim is to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the numbers of preventable deaths.

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