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Month: May 2019

Blood drive in honor of Ridgeway firefighter results in 59 pints

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 May 2019 at 10:01 pm

Provided photos: The American Red Cross sets up for a blood drive today at the Ridgeway Fire Hall.

RIDGEWAY – A blood drive today in honor of Ridgeway firefighter Glen Busch II resulted in 59 pints of blood. That came from 47 donors, including 12 who were double-red givers.

This is the second blood drive in honor of Busch. The first one on Nov. 30 included about 70 donors.

Busch, 36, has been promoting the blood drives. He said he is thankful for donors because he needed 178 blood transfusions last year while battling serious health issues.

Busch has mostly recovered from a splenic artery aneurysm, a stroke, a pulmonary embolism and a collapsed lung.

The blood drives at Ridgeway included many donors who are firefighters, and also members of the Crusaders Motorcycle Club. That club has its races on Culvert Road in Ridgeway. The season opens on Sunday.

Busch returned to work in February as a social welfare examiner for the Orleans County Department of Social Services. His wife Valerie works at Baxter Healthcare in Medina and also is an active Ridgeway firefighter.

This sign promotes today’s blood drive in honor of Glen Busch II.

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Medina Yanks, Cubs post youth baseball wins

Contributed Story Posted 31 May 2019 at 9:59 pm

The Woodroe Realty Medina Yankees improved to 5-0, with an 11-7 win against the Medina Blue Jays Thursday.

Brody Fry led the Yankees batting  with a single, double and triple, 2 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. Tyler Kroening added 2 singles, 1 RBI and scored twice. Tyler Allen had 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s also scoring twice, Colton Smith a single and an RBI and stole home base to score one run, Kolton Fletcher a double, Timmothy Vasquez went 3 for 3 and scored once, and Aiden Wisniewski and Jimmy Dieter each scored a run.

Fry and Kroening carried the load pitching. Fry had 8 strikeouts over the first 3 innings and Kroening had 7 strikeouts over last 3 innings . He sealed the  victory in last inning with good defensive play to field ball and a put out a first base.

Braiden McEwen Miller had two home runs for the Blue Jays  one over the left field fence. Brady Christaansen had a perfect bunt that helped score two runs. The Jays also had great outfield play from Avion Johnson who caught a ball at the warning track.

Medina Cubs 12, Roy-Hart Yankees 6
Excellent pitching for the Cubs by Luke Grimes with 8 strikeouts and Vinny Gray with 4 strikeouts.

Great catching by Ryan Pegelow, Frankie Stevens and River Jones.

The Cubs batting included a base hit by Henry Winters, doubles by Frankie Stevens and Ryan Pegelow and a home run by Briley Allen.

Lady Tigers late rally falls short in C3 final

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 May 2019 at 7:46 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Megan Krisher dives into third base after banging out an RBI triple ahead of a tag by Keshequa’s Payton Powers during the Lady Tigers sectional final loss to the Indians this evening at Batavia High School.

A last ditch rally fell just short as top seeded Lyndonville dropped a 10-8 decision to No. 3 Keshequa in the Section V Class C3 softball championship game this evening at Batavia High School.

Trailing 10-4, Lyndonville came battling back in the bottom of the seventh inning getting the bases loaded with just one out on a hit batter, and singles by Anna Lewis and Alecia Hinkson.

Lyndonville’s Cassie Boyce connects for a single driving in the Lady Tigers first run.

Megan Krisher then singled in two runs, and after a second out and a single by Jennalee Riemer, Cassie Boyce doubled in two more to cut the deficit to just two at 10-8 with two runners still aboard.

However, the Lady Tigers could get no closer as Keshequa finally got the final out on an infield popup to close out the win and claim the title.

Earlier, Lyndonville battled back from an early 4-1 deficit with two runs in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI double by Hinkson, her second in three innings, and an RBI triple by Krisher but the 4-3 margin was as close as the Lady Tigers would get.

Keshequa answered right back with three runs in the top of the fourth on a two-run double by Ashley Gillen and an RBI single by Payton Powers who also had a two-run single in the fifth to make it 9-3.

Lyndonville finishes the season at 17-2 and Keshequa advances with a 14-7 record.

Fairgrounds hosts 6th graders for 51st annual Conservation Field Days

Staff Reports Posted 31 May 2019 at 5:42 pm

Photo courtesy of Kristina Gabalski, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County

KNOWLESVILLE – Daena Ford of Braddock Bay Raptor Research returned this year with live raptors during the 51stannual Conservation Field Days at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds. This phot shows students learning about a Merlin, a small falcon, which hunts small birds for food.

The Fairgrounds hosted the event on Tuesday and Wednesday with sixth-graders from all five districts in Orleans County.

They learn about conservation-related topics including the environment, wildlife, tick safety, wild edibles, raptors, bird migrations and other issues.

Mike Elam of the Orleans County Federation of Sportsmen teaches students about Lake Sturgeon with the help of materials from NY Sturgeon for Tomorrow.

Rachael Kiefer, a leader of an Orleans County 4-H dog club and member of the Orleans County 4-H Dog Program Development Committee, teaches students about dog handling, training and agility skills.

Students closely examine “fake” bagels in search of ticks as they learn about tick safety and avoiding Lyme Disease.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service shared many examples of macroinvertebrates – organisms large enough to be seen by the naked eye and lacking a backbone, which inhabit all types of running waters.

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Mustangs, Rams to meet in Class B state qualifier; Class C2 title test is next for Tigers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 May 2019 at 3:57 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina and Roy-Hart will collide for the Section VI Class B title and a berth in the state playoffs Saturday at Canisius College. Here during regular season action Roy-Hart’s Tom Russo III puts the tag on Medina’s Brian Fry at second base.

For the second year in a row rivals Medina and Roy-Hart will meet in a key sectional baseball title contest.

Last spring, the teams met in the Section VI Class B2 championship game with the Rams emerging with a narrow 4-2 win over the Mustangs.

Now, the Mustangs and Rams will clash for an even bigger prize, the overall Section VI Class B title and a beth in the state playoffs, when they meet at 3 p.m. Saturday at Canisius College.

Medina advanced by downing rival Albion 10-6 for the Class B1 title on Thursday while Roy-Hart bested Gowanda 5-1 to repeat as Class B2 champions.

Interestingly, Medina, which brings a 19-2 record into the state qualifier, has lost to only one team this season and that team is Roy-Hart.

The Mustangs captured the Niagara-Orleans League championship with a 10-2 record but those two setbacks, both in extra innings, came at the hands of the Rams by narrow margins of 5-3 in 8 innings and 1-0 in 9 innings.

Medina will be looking to earn its first trip to the state playoffs since 2003 while Roy-Hart will be looking to make a return trip.

Last spring, after defeating Medina 4-2 for the B2 title, Roy-Hart went on to down Olean 12-9 for the overall Section VI B title and Midlakes of Section V 10-1 in the Far West Regional before bowing in the state semifinals to Seton Catholic of Binghamton 7-1.

Section V Class C2
Top seeded Lyndonville will face No. 7 Bolivar-Richburg in the Section V Class C2 championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia.

Lyndonville, which is 17-1 on the season, defeated No. 12 Cal-Mum 9-4 in the semifinals while Bolivar-Richburg upended No. 3 Geneseo 13-2.

Lyndonville students see mock sobriety test, court appearance

Staff Reports Posted 31 May 2019 at 3:26 pm

Provided photo

LYNDONVILLE – Seventh-graders of Lyndonville, in classes taught by Joe Suhr, were able to get a close look at the local justice system. After studying government and the constitution, the students witnessed a mock field sobriety test and arrest by Deputy Jason Barnum, who works as Lyndonville’s school resource officer.

After the arrest, the students followed the defendant into the Town of Yates Court and heard from Kathy Bogan, a Medina attorney, and Town Justice Don Grabowski.

Students learned about trial procedures and career paths to becoming a police officer, lawyer and judge.

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Albion finishes 3rd in first season in Clay Target League

Provided photo: The newly formed Albion High School Clay Target Club is competing for the first time this in the New York State Clay Target League. Pictured from left include: Gina Fox, Chris Rice (coach), Cole London, Ryan Uderitz (coach), Zac Albright, Drew Caldwell, Mike Donahue (coach), Austin Aman, Shane Hastings, Jordan Boccacci-Phillips, Ryan Krenning (kneeling), Sawyer Braley, Ben Hickman, Austin Furness, Patrick Brien, Alex Rustay, Jacob Fuller, Nick Sacco, Jeff Atwell (coach) Tim Brien (coach). Missing from photo: Jessica Fox, James Hapeman, Max Hapeman and Will Trembley.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 May 2019 at 1:05 pm

ALBION – The Albion High School Clay Target Club just finished its spring season and finished third out of eight teams. Albion is in a conference with South Seneca High School, Midlakes, Marcus Whitman, Holley, Caledonia/Mumford, Iroquois and North Collins.

“In our inaugural season we did pretty well finishing third,” said Jeff Atwell, one of the coaches. “We had several standout student athletes in our conference.”

Alex Rustay, Patrick Brien, Nicholas Sacco, Sawyer Braley, Ryan Krenning, Shane Hastings and Lacey Standish all finished in the top 25 in the conference. Alex Rustay and Patrick Brien earned All-State Honors finishing in the top 100 out of approximately 1,700 student athletes from all across New York.

The next competition will be the State Championship in Cicero in June followed by the National Championship in Michigan in July.

The spring league officially started April 14 and continued for five weeks. All of the Albion team members participate at the Barre Sportsmen’s Club.

The Albion team competed against other schools that do their trap shooting on their home trap fields. They compare their scores online. Shooters try to hit 50 targets, which are sent out of a machine at 43 miles per hour.

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Lakeshore flood watch in effect Sunday to Tuesday

Photo by Tom Rivers: A dock in the Oak Orchard Harbor is shown on a foggy Tuesday afternoon. The water levels are up this year in Lake Ontario and tributaries.

Staff Reports Posted 31 May 2019 at 12:54 pm

A lakeshore flood watch is in effect from 6 p.m. Sunday until 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

The flood watch includes the counties of Orleans, Niagara, Monroe, Wayne, northern Cayuga and Oswego counties.

“The combination of very high lake levels and moderate to strong northwest winds will result in greater wave action and an increase in lakeshore flooding on the southern shoreline of Lake Ontario,” the Weather Service said.

Lakeshore flooding may increase, especially in bays, inlets, and other low-lying areas along the shoreline with wave action producing an increase in shoreline erosion, the Weather Service said.

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Annual opportunity to join Ag District starts next month

Photo by Tom Rivers: A tractor is pictured Tuesday in a field by Lakeshore Road in the Town of Carlton.

Posted 31 May 2019 at 12:38 pm

Press Release, Orleans County Department of Planning and Development

ALBION – Orleans County is accepting enrollment of additional parcels in certified agricultural districts during the month of June, pursuant to New York State Agricultural and Markets Law.

This annual 30-day window is for inclusion of property which is predominantly viable agricultural land. During this time period, land may only be added and not removed from an agricultural district. This opportunity does not replace enrollment in an existing agricultural district during the eight-year, formal review process, but allows a once-a-year opportunity for a property owner to request that the County Legislature add parcel(s) to Orleans County Consolidated Agricultural District No. 1 (District C-1).

At the conclusion of June, requests for inclusion in agricultural districts will be reviewed, in order, by the Orleans County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, the Orleans County Legislature, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Enrollment forms are available from the Orleans County Department of Planning and Development. Completed and signed forms should be sent by June 30th to:

Timothy German

Orleans County Department of Planning and Development

14016 Route 31 West

Albion, NY 14411

The agricultural districting program provides eligible operations right-to-farm protection, among other benefits. Last year, 116 acres were added to District No. 1 during the annual enrollment process. Please note that requesting enrollment during this 30-day time period is not a guarantee that your property will be added to an existing agricultural district. Moreover, it will not automatically qualify your property for a reduced agricultural property tax assessment. For information on obtaining a reduced agricultural property tax assessment, please contact your local assessor.

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Medina Unified team scores playoff win

Contributed Story Posted 31 May 2019 at 8:50 am

The Medina Unified basketball team defeated Salamanca 35-31 in the season finale Thursday to capture third place in the sectional playoffs.

The Mustangs were led by Jackson Tuohey with 14 points. Tuohey also earned the Character Athlete Player of the Game award.