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Month: June 2019

Albion Raptors down Falcons in U17 soccer

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 June 2019 at 9:24 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Paige Derisley slides to kick the ball out of the host Raptors defense end during this evening’s win over the Rush-Henrietta Falcons.

A pair of first half goals proved to be just enough to earn the Albion Raptors a narrow 2-1 win over the visiting Rush-Henrietta Falcons this evening in a Rochester District Youth Soccer League U17 Division game.

Albion jumped out to a 2-0 lead as McKenzie Harmon scored off an assist from Abby Scanlan about 20 minutes in and then Kendall Derisley netted what proved to be the game winner in the last 10 minutes of the half.

The Falcons cut the deficit to 2-1 with a goal just before half-time to round out the scoring as neither team could find the net in the second half.

The Raptors improve to 4-2 while the Falcons slip to 2-7-2.

Kendall Derisley, who scored the game winning goal for Albion, advances the ball up field.

Sandstone tops Rotary in Albion Midget game

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 June 2019 at 9:17 pm

Sandstone outlasted Rotary 11-9 Thursday in a free scoring Albion Midget League game.

Setting the tone at the outset, both teams scored three times in the first inning as Brayden Ryder had a two-run single for Sandstone and Noah Harrison and Garrett Miller RBI singles for Rotary.

Ryder also had a two-run single to highlight a big six run third inning for Sandstone which later scored what proved to be the decisive two runs in the fifth frame as Elliot Trapiss had an RBI single.

Trapiss and Ryder both finished with three hits for Sandstone as Harrison and Xavier Boyd each had two for Rotary.

Sandstone is now 4-3 and Rotary 3-3.

New farmers’ market opens in Albion on Sundays

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 June 2019 at 5:44 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Westside Market, a new farmers’ market in Albion, was open for the second week today at the former Billy’s Pub location at 438 West Ave.

The top photo shows Stymus Farms and Kirby’s Cider Mill with some of their early season offerings. They will both have more available later this summer and fall.

The market is open on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will continue through Oct. 27.

Brian Alexander, co-owner of Dubby’s Wood Fired, pulls a pizza out of the oven. Dubby’s debuted at the Albion Strawberry Festival earlier this month.

Brian and his wife Rebecca Alexander live in Carlton. They have a special breakfast pizza – sausage, gravy, potatoes, eggs and cheese (with a drizzle of maple syrup) – they serve at the Albion market.

Steve Culmo of Dubby’s cuts the slices of the breakfast pizza.

Heather Allchin, co-owner of The Hot Spot, grills hot dogs and hamburgers. Her daughter Leah Pawlak also made cookies that were for sale. The Hot Spot debuted on May 1 and has been based at the parking lot for Ace Hardware in Albion.

Allchin said the new farmers’ market is very visible on Route 31 with good parking.

Other vendors today included OG Primitive with crafts and farmhouse décor and Johnny Bee Good Honey from Albion.

Dorothy Daniels is the market manager. Her late father, Ralph Dollinger, owned the site, which previously was used as the office space for GCASA.

Daniels said she wanted to see the space be put to good use.

“This town didn’t have a farm market,” she said. “It’s something for the community.”

Anyone interested in being a vendor can contact Daniels at

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11 children from Orleans headed to Sheriff’s summer camp for a week

Posted 30 June 2019 at 4:37 pm

Provided photo: Orleans County Sheriff Randall Bower, left, is sending 11 children, ages 9 to 12, to a camp for a week in Penn Yan.

Press Release, Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower

ALBION – Orleans County Sheriff Randall Bower is sending 11 deserving children to the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute Summer Camp.

The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is located on Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of Yates County, for a week of wholesome summer fun..

Now in its 43rd year of operation, the camp will accommodate over 900 boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 from across New York State this summer. The campers attend at no charge.

Made possible by the generous financial support of the Honorary Members of the Sheriffs’ Institute, the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp provides a solid recreational program while stressing basic values and good citizenship.

“The campers get an insider look at the world of law enforcement,” said Sheriff Bower. “By working with and learning from the sheriffs and deputy sheriffs at the camp, the kids develop a deeper respect for and understanding of the men and women who enforce our laws.”

Campers participate in typical camp activities, like archery, sailing, boating, hiking, and talent shows. They also experience technical and safety demonstrations by deputy sheriffs such as scuba diving, K-9 handling, bicycle safety and boating safety.

The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is a program of the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, Inc. The Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979 with the mission to assist the office of the sheriff in advancing education in the criminal justice community, preventing juvenile delinquency, and supporting victims of crime and their families. Visit

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County Legislature meets for first time in new chambers

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 June 2019 at 9:15 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature held its monthly meeting on Wednesday and for the first time met in the new chambers as part of the addition to the County Administration Building on Route 31. The new meeting room is part of a 23,000-square-foot addition to the building.

David Kusmierscak of Medina sat in the front row for the Legislature’s first session in the new space..

David Kusmierscak is a chaplain and gave the invocation at the meeting. He has been giving the prayer at each meeting for several years.

From left in back include county legislators Bill Eick, Skip Draper and Don Allport; County Attorney Kathy Bogan; Chuck Nesbitt, chief administrative officer; and Lynne Johnson, chairwoman of the County Legislature.

County legisators stand for the pledge of allegiance, including from left: Bill Eick of Shelby, Skip Draper of Medina, and Don Allport of Gaines.

Niagara-Orleans Dairy Princess Hayley Roehling of Akron was the first person to speak before the Legislature. She spoke about the many nutritional benefits of milk. She urged people to try more dairy products. She said dairy farmers take care of their animals and the land.

County Legislator Bill Eick, a retired dairy farmer in Shelby, presents a proclamation to Hayley Roehling, the Niagara-Orleans dairy princess, that declares June as Dairy Month.

Jim Whipple, chief executive officer of the Orleans Economic Development Agency, speaks during a public hearing about a grant opportunity to continue the Microenterprise Assistance Program, which assists small businesses.

The new meeting room can accommodate about 60 people, which is about twice the seats as the former meeting room in the historic County Clerks’ Building at the Courthouse Square. Sheriff Randy Bower and Jeff Gifaldi, an investigator with the Sheriff’s Office, are in the front of this photo with their backs to the camera.

The Legislature met in the Clerks’ Building since 1982. Prior to that, the Legislature and the former Board of Supervisors, met in a first floor courtroom in the County Courthouse.

Besides a larger meeting room for the Legislature, the 23,000-square-foot addition also includes offices for the legislative staff, the Health Department, Board of Elections and information technology department.

The building is connected to the current County Administration Building with the addition on the south side. The current CAB includes the Department of Social Services, Job Development, Tourism, Planning and Development, Office for the Aging, Department of Motor Vehicles and Personnel.

The building at 14016 Route 31 West is located on a hill behind the nursing home.

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United Way golf tourney raises nearly $10K

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 29 June 2019 at 9:36 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf: This team of Dan Maciejewski of Orchard Park, Jeff Lowry of Buffalo, Lidia Santos of East Amherst and Mike Hofer of Lancaster represented Western New York Blue Cross/Blue Shield at United Way of Orleans County’s golf tournament on June 21 at Shelridge Country Club. Because a number of their sales reps work in the Orleans County area, they wanted to show their support for United Way.

MEDINA – This year’s golf tournament to benefit the United Way in Orleans County saw an increase in golfers and more net revenue for the organization.

This year’s 80 golfers was up from the 56 in last year’s tournament, said Dean Bellack, United Way executive director.

The tournament is a significant fundraiser for United Way of Orleans County, and raised $9,537 after expenses for the United Way.

“Support for this year’s golf tournament to benefit United Way of Orleans County grew significantly, and the money raised grew as well,” Bellack said.

David Bilson of Amherst, an employee of Brunner in Medina, practices putting before the golf tournament at Shelridge Country Club.

Dave Cook of Lyndonville, an avid golfer and longtime board member of United Way of Orleans County, was chairman of the tournament at Shelridge Country Club. His team, which included Mike Bielak, Sharon Zacher and Jeanne Whipple were the mixed team winners.

Cook thanked the many sponsors and supporters who assisted to make the tournament and fundraiser a success.

“The money raised goes towards services for individuals of Orleans County, through our agency partners,” he said.

The winning men’s team was from Hartway Motors and was comprised of Lionel Rhim, Donnell Holloway, Josh Bennett and Dylan McEwan.

The United Way in Orleans County helps 14 agencies who assist people with emergency shelter and fuel, and provide meals for seniors, camps for the disabled, education for at-risk teens, exercise programs, hospice care and other services.

From left, Dean Bellack, director of United Way of Orleans County; Jodi Gaines, board member and official scorer for the annual United Way golf tournament; and Bill Hungerford, a board member whose father Van was instrumental in starting United Way in Western Orleans County back in the 1950s, helped to promote the golf tournament.

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Oak Orchard Elementary students cap school year with carnival, bike rodeo

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 29 June 2019 at 9:04 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf

MEDINA – Students at Oak Orchard Elementary School in Medina celebrated Carnival Day last week with a bike rodeo. Third-grader Janelle Stalker negotiates a figure-eight during the bike rodeo for kindergarten through third-grade.

Its purpose, according to Patrolman Rick Messmer, is to teach children how to ride a bike safely.

Patrolman Rick Messmer marks out the course. Students, who brought their own bikes and helmets to school, had to weave in and out of cones and stop at a designated spot.

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Clarendon Farmers’ Market opens for the season

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 29 June 2019 at 8:18 pm

Vendors will be at Historical Society on Thursdays

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Suzanne Stymus shows of a quart of tomatoes in her booth at the Clarendon Farmers’ Market, which opened for the season on Thursday.

Nyla Gaylord, manager of the Clarendon Farmers’ Market, sits by her banty rooster, which she brought to opening day of the market on Thursday, along with frozen roasting chickens to sell.

CLARENDON – Clarendon Farmers’ Market opened for the season on Thursday afternoon, with a handful of vendors and music by the Fox Den Band from Brockport.

Nyla Gaylord is not only the market manager, but a vendor also. She brought frozen roasting chickens, which she raises.

Opening day saw a few vendors, but Gaylord said it will pick up as the season progresses.

In fact, she was excited about one local grower who said he will have fresh corn on the cob next week.

Big Dog BBQ from Holley was also a nice addition to market, Gaylord said. Owner Ed Rice said this was his first time at the market and he is looking forward to increased participation by vendors and customers.

Suzanne Stymus was doing business selling tomatoes, broccoli, beets and cucumbers. The Barre resident said her family farm, run by her husband Dennis and his father Edward, likes to sell locally.

Gary and Rita Casale of Clarendon had their homemade beef jerky. They heard about the market from the town historian, Melissa Ierlan.

“And we love Nyla and wanted to support the market,” Gary said.

Another vendor was set up with plants and handmade items.

The market will be open at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays throughout the summer at the Clarendon Historical Society at 16385 Church St. next to the Town Hall.

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Local trio earns All-State softball honors

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 June 2019 at 8:13 pm

Contributed Photos – Local All-State softball honorees, from left, Alecia Hinkson, Lyndonville, Maddie Fry, Roy-Hart and Brittney Marks, Kendall.

A trio of local players have earned spots on the All-State softball squad.

Roy-Hart senior catcher Maddie Fry has been named to the Class B 5th team; Lyndonville senior outfielder Alecia Hinkson to the Class C 5th team and Kendall junior shortstop Brittney Marks to the Class D 4th team.

Fry, a four time first team Niagara-Orleans All-League honoree, hit .615 this season with 6 doubles, 5 triples, 3 home runs and 31 RBIs.

Hinkson hit .435 with 3 doubles, 1 triples and 29 RBIs.

Marks hit .456 with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 13 RBIs and 21 runs scored.

Hinkson and Marks were both Genesee Region League All-Stars.

Holley’s Class of 2019 celebrates commencement in the sunshine

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 June 2019 at 4:44 pm

Rain stayed away for outdoor ceremony at Holley

Photos by Tom Rivers

HOLLEY – After the graduation ceremony this morning at Holley Hawks Stadium, the 63 members of the Class of 2019 gathered near the scoreboard and tossed their caps high, an annual tradition after commencement.

The rain stayed away the ceremony was able to be outside.

Clarence Moyer, a member of the Class of 2016, was on stage for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. His brother Dalton is a 2019 Holley graduate. Abrianna Kruger (back left) is the class president who welcomed the crowd for commencement. Michaela Williams, right, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Moyer is shaking hands with Brian Bartalo, the district superintendent, and Susan Cory, the high school principal.

William Lavender crosses the stage to accept his diploma today.

Holley administrators, teachers and Board of Education members (wearing the black robes) lead the Class of 2019 to the Holley Hawks Stadium this morning. The ceremony used to be held at the Woodlands soccer field, but is now at the Holley Hawks Stadium where there is more seating.

The students take their spots at the start of commencement. From left include Emily Bibby, Ethan Bibby, Jocelyn Cervone and Jocelyn Chilton.

Xi Lin stands to be recognized after winning the award for the graduate “who showed the biggest heart, enthusiasm for high school, and brought happiness and laughter to all those around them.”

Matt Skehan and Brian Bartalo, the district superintendent, embrace after Skehan was presented his diploma. Skehan won several awards during graduation including one of the new $512 scholarships in memory of Floyd Hanes, a fiery Holley soccer player who wore No. 12. Haines passed away on May 24 at age 43.

Kory Puente is recognized with one of the awards. Holley presented about $25,000 in awards and scholarships today.

Anastasiya Yaroshchuk smiles after being presented her diploma by Susan Cory, the high school principal. Matt Hennard, middle-high school social studies teacher, is the announcer.

Aaron Strathearn, the class president, announces the class gift of $500 for flowers and trees in memory of Holley students and alumni who recently passed away.

Abrianna Kruger, the class salutatorian, gives her speech. She will be majoring in political science at Geneseo State College.

She congratulated her classmates on their achievement of finishing high school. They are all starting from the same position for the next stage of their lives, she said. They won’t be defined by their grades, or misses or “lates.”

She urged them to go out and gain new perspectives. She quoted from Dr. Seuss in, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

Shawna Lusk gives the valedictory address. She is headed to Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester this fall to major in nursing.

She thanked parents and teachers for helping the graduates attain success in high school.

“We should always embrace our Holley roots and the supportive community we have here,” she said.

Lusk urged her classmates to find contentment, even in difficult situations.

“Find joy in all circumstances,” she said. “If you focus on the positives nothing will get you down.”

Shawna Benzn, a special education teacher, was picked by the Class of 2019 to deliver the commencement address. Others on stage include from left: Suzanne Lepkowski, a high school English teacher, is the class advisor; Brenda Swanger, Board of Education president; Brian Bartalo, district superintendent; and Susan Cory, the high school principal.

Shawna Benzn gives the commencement message, and urges students to face their fears. Benzn said she is honored to give the commencement speech, but it also terrified her. She said she wanted to show the graduates they should put themselves out there, even when they are scared or nervous.

Shawna Benzn said she was honored to give the commencement address, but had to overcome some fears to give the speech.

They could be asking someone on a date, pursuing a promotion, or learning a new skill. That doesn’t mean they will always get what they want, she said.

She offered a four-step plan for overcoming fears:

• Evaluate your fear: “Does that thing you fear really have the power to hurt you?” she asked.

• Find your cheerleader: She said her husband told her she should accept the request to give the speech and that she would do great. The Holley students have supportive friends, staff and teachers they can always reach out to for a pep talk.

• Don’t think “What if?” but instead think, “What will I be missing out on?”: Don’t just imagine bad outcomes with something that makes you fearful, Benzn said. Consider a scary situation instead as an opportunity for personal growth, a chance to make new friends, or perhaps more money.

• Look backward to look forward: Holley students have already conquered many fears, from getting on a school bus when they were 4 or 5 years old, to learning to read and write, perform on stage or on the athletic field.

They came to school in prekindergarten or kindergarten knowing few people and were surrounded by hundreds of strangers. They would go on to make lots of friends.

Some of the students have been on school trips outside of the state and country. Three international students in the Class of 2019 came to Holley after leaving their families and familiar surroundings for nearly a year. Those students include Janne Grasshoff and Teresa Szcepanski of Germany, and Basile Guillo of France.

“Some of you have dealt with trauma and loss and you still got here every day and did what you needed to do,” Benzn said.

These three relax after receiving their diplomas. They include, from left, Damyan Famoly, Garrett Farrow and Braden Ferranti. Ferranti received one of the biggest scholarships today. He and Ethan Bibby each won the $5,000 “Make All The Difference” scholarship.

Cade Aina, left, and Erik Balys move over their tassels after the district superintendent said the class met the standards of graduation.

Matt Hennard, middle-high school social studies teacher, high-fives students as they make their way towards the scoreboard for a group photo.

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