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Month: August 2019

Medina youth gridders score three wins

Contributed Story Posted 31 August 2019 at 9:45 pm

The Medina youth gridders compiled a 3-1 record today in Niagara Orleasn Football Association (NOFA) competition.

The Medina Colts defeated host Pembroke 20-7 in the Mini Division games on touchdown runs by Kendrick Russaw, Trey Rhim and Tavarias Griffin along with a pair of extra point runs by Rhim .

The Medina Broncos downed Pembroke 28-7 as MacKoy Hall had three touchdown passes on the day, two to Jerrell Nealy and one to Trey Shine for 65 yards. A 65 yard TD run from Christian Moss capped off the scoring.

In the Beginners Division contest, the Medina Ponys dropped a narrow 18-13 decision to Pembroke. The Ponys got two touchdown runs from Marcel Lamar and an extra point run from Liam Skowneski but a second half touchdown by the Dragons proved to be the difference.

The Varsity Division game saw the Medina Stallions best Roy-Hart 43-7. The Stallions offense was clicking on all cylinders starting with a touchdown run from Kaedon Cleveland followed by a two point conversion pass from Cleveland to Julian Woodworth.

Cleveland scored again on the ground, then Cole Callard hit Jacob Rissew for a TD pass and Amari Soule hit Julian Woodworth on the half back option pass for the fourth score before half time.  Soule then scored one of his own on the ground and Brody Fry finished off the scoring with a short touchdown run. Cole Callard went 5 for 5 on extra point kicks to round out the scoring.

Albion girls edge Holley for tourney title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2019 at 9:41 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Abby Scanlan brings the ball up field as Sarah Harrington (5) and Rylee Secor (14) defend for Holley during the Purple Eagles tournament title win over the host Lady Hawks this evening.

All of the scoring came in the second half as Albion trimmed host Holley 3-2 this evening in the championship game of the Lady Hawks annual soccer tournament.

Albion got off to a fast start in the second half quickly building up a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes.

Albion’s Olivia Bieber drives the ball up field against Holley defender Skyla Milazzo.

Abby Sanlan broke the scoreless deadlock as she tallied just 1:26 into the half on a breakaway off an assist from Mariah Plain.

The Purple Eagles doubled their advantage at the 30:04 mark  when Brittney Spies-Hunt scored off assists from Olivia Bieber and Scanlan

However, Holley came battling back to knot the score.

Moving up from a defensive to a front line position, Olivia Radford got Holley on the scoreboard with a goal at 23:36 off an assist from Sierra Apicella.

That same combination clicked again with just 8:41 remaining as Radford scored on a shot rebound off an assist from Apicella to pulll the Lady Hawks even.

The last goal and the victory though belonged to Albion as Scanlan scored the game winner with just only 3:57 to go off an assist from Claire Squicciarini.

Now at 2-0, Albion next will compete in the Kendall Tournament as the Purple Eagles will face the host Lady Eagles in the opening round at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Holley, which is now 1-1, will next visit Byron-Bergen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Genesee Region League opener.

Holley’s Olivia Radford works toward the goal as Alexis Creasey and Paige Derisley move in to defend for Albion.

Lady Rams shutout Lady Hornets

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2019 at 3:42 pm

Scoring twice in each half, Roy-Hart posted a 4-0 victory over visiting Oakfield-Alabama/Elba this afternoon in a non league girls soccer game.

Kara Choate had 3 goals and an assist, Mallory Steiner a goal and Grace Parker an assist for the Lady Rams.

Roy-Hart is now 1-1 after dropping a narrow 2-1 decision to visiting Niagara Falls on Friday. CiCi Santos netted the Lady Rams lone goal.

Roy-Hart opens the Niagara-Orleans League season at Wilson on Friday.

Albion blanks Akron in N-O soccer opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2019 at 3:13 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Angel Rosario keeps possession against Akron’s Caleb Suckow during the host Purple Eagles win over the Tigers this afternoon.

A quick two goal scoring burst late in the first half keyed Albion to a 3-0 victory over visiting Akron this afternoon in the Niagara-Orleans League boys soccer season opener.

It was a very successful debut for new Coach Casey Flynn as Juan Santiago scored what proved to be the game winner for Albion off an assist from Angel Rosario with 6:15 to go in the first half to snap a scoreless deadlock.

Alex Gibson then quickly made it 2-0 when he scored with 1:40 remaining in the half.

The Purple Eagles then put a lock on the win when Rosario scored seven minutes onto the second half.

Omar Peterson and Kolin VanGorder shared in earning the shutout in goal.

Albion will next participate in the Byron-Bergen Tournament next Friday and Saturday.

To see Coach Flynn address the team at halftime, click here.

Albion’s Conner Hollenbeck works to get around Akron defender Clint Syroczynski.

It’s scrimmage Saturday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2019 at 3:03 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Tune up action for next weekend’s season openers shifted into high gear this morning as Medina hosted a seven team scrimmage at Vets Park which also included Albion, Roy-Hart, Newfane, Wilson, Batavia and LeRoy. Each team had four offensive and four defensive eight minute long sessions. Here Tyray White carries the ball for Albion in a session against Medina. The Purple Eagles will host Newfane in the season opener on Friday. (See Albion’s Deyonci Farley break off a big run in this video.)

Here Brian Fry of Medina/Lyndonville/Barker works to evade a pair of Wilson tacklers. The Mustangs. will open the season at Lew-Port on Friday. (See Medina quarterback Jarin Rhim attempt a pass into the end zone in this video.)

Here Roy-Hart running back Zach Duewiger fights for yardage against Albion. The Rams will host Wilson in a Class C North Division opener on Friday.

Oak Orchard Health receives $82K quality improvement award

Posted 31 August 2019 at 1:42 pm

Press Release, Oak Orchard Health

BROCKPORT – Oak Orchard Health has received an $82,503 Quality Improvement Award from U.S. Health and Human Services.

OOH was recognized in three categories: Clinical Quality Improver, Advancing Health IT, and delivering Patient-Centered Care.

Quality Improvement Awards are given to the highest performing health centers nationwide as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year. Patient Centered Medical Home is a model of care that puts patients at the center of care, which builds great relationships between patients and their clinical staff.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance commended Oak Orchard Community Health Center on Achievement of Recognition for Systematic Use of Patient-Centered, Coordinated Care Management Processes.

Oak Orchard Health – with locations in Brockport, Albion, Lyndonville, Warsaw and Hornell – was one of the centers receiving this certificate of recognition in all locations. Oak Orchard Health was recognized and awarded for their high quality work in being a PCMH. OOH has been a Patient Centered Medical Home since 1973.

“Oak Orchard Health has always endeavored to put our patients first,” said Mary Ann Pettibon, CEO of Oak Orchard Health. “It’s great to be recognized for something that has always been a core part of our mission.”

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Registered voters should help political party members get petitions signed

Posted 31 August 2019 at 1:35 pm


I would just like to inform readers about people serving on the committees for political parties.

I was surprised that when I knock on doors that a good number of people do not know what I do.

I volunteer my time and gas to help potential candidates get on the voting ballot.

I go door to door of members of the party I belong to. I do it because potential candidates need a certain number of registered party members to qualify for a name to go on the party line on the ballot.

I would like voters to understand when they pick a party that the party needs them at petition time and ballot time.

Also committee people are voted in, so I need them to sign only if they want me. I also will listen and see if there are any issues that need to be addressed at committee meetings.

An American voter has liberty to help choose America’s government. Because this affects the voter’s life and his family and friends it is something to cherish and be proud of. At the right level of elections it could affect the world. That is why I volunteer.

So in closing please sign and  help us committee members keep America great.

Best regards,

Steve Colon


Farmers Hall at Cobblestone Museum gets new foundation, other work

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 August 2019 at 11:13 am

Building was Kendall Town Hall, moved to museum in ’78

Photos by Tom Rivers

GAINES – Kevin Breiner, a mason from Brockport, works on one of 14 new concrete piers underneath Farmers Hall at the Cobblestone Museum.

The building was previously the Kendall Town Hall. It was taken apart and reassembled in 1978 at the Cobblestone Museum on Route 98, just south of Route 104.

A $12,000 grant from the Elizabeth Dye Curtis Foundation in Orleans County is paying for the work on the foundation, and also for collar ties to firm up the rafters.

The building was sagging. The additional foundation support will stop that, and the turnbuckles will keep the building from spreading apart.

The Farmers Hall is among a row of buildings at the Route 98 section of the museum that includes several relocated structures, including a harness shop, print shop and several outhouses.

Farmers Hall was originally constructed in 1855, and served as a Universalist Church for several decades. In the 1870s, the German Lutherans became owners of the building and used it for services. It later became Kendall’s Town Hall.

The building now functions as an exhibition hall for 19th and early 20th century farming implements.

To put in the concrete piers to shore up the foundation, 3-foot-deep holes were dug around Farmers Hall.

The museum was recently notified it has been awarded a $17,810 grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation for more preservation/restoration work at Farmers Hall.

Kevin Breiner works on the foundation project on Thursday.

The grant will pay for new gutters for the building and for repainting the trim.

This grant brings the total funding received from RACF in the past three years to about $62,000. The Rochester Area Community Foundation previously gave a grant for $23,000 that 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 had been crumbling and were fixed with the grant funds.

A grant for $21,000 last year focused on the schoolhouse from 1849, paying for a new roof, repairing masonry and a fresh paint on the window trim and soffits near the roof.

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Writer unfairly tarnishes Barre family, town officials

Posted 31 August 2019 at 9:28 am


This is in response to Andrea Rebeck’s letter from August 28. I don’t know how she can speak knowledgably about the conduct of Clear Skies when she hasn’t been at most of the town meetings and doesn’t live in Barre anymore.

Charles Mathes’ letter stating that Clear Skies has been acting out and being rude at meetings was correct. All you need to do is watch the Town Board meetings that Robin Nacca so kindly provides for us to see for yourself. It seems that their mission at each meeting is to yell, hurl insults, and badger people with falsehoods about turbines, so they will eventually win out. That strategy has been used by other anti-wind groups around the country. It isn’t everyone from that group, but a small number turn each meeting into a three-ring circus.

It was totally inappropriate to go after the entire Mathes family! Leaseholder families have taken a lot of hits from Clear Skies, regularly being called greedy, their names being submitted to the Attorney General, and being harassed at meetings. This was just another shameful swipe at them!

It was also inappropriate to suggest that the town officials are taking kickbacks from Apex to support the project. She has no evidence of this and suggesting it only feeds into the paranoia that the group has been promoting.

The town officials have done a lot of research and are doing their best to ensure that Barre will get the best deal out of having such a large economic investment. To suggest that town officials have taken paybacks is further proof of their disrespectful behavior.

Apex is not employing a divide and conquer strategy. They cannot control how the community handles them simply doing business. As adults, we should all have control over our own behavior. The suggestion that they are making millions and not sharing it with the town is another paranoia tactic. Please give me the name of any company that is going to give you most of their profits!

However, the town will get a good amount that will help the town, taxpayers, and school. Regarding the laws on developing wind projects being weak and ineffective, Heritage Wind is in the Article 10 process which is one of the most strict and litigated permitting processes in the nation. Not only is it strict, but Apex was required to give Clear Skies $35,000 dollars to fund their fight against the project.

Many Barre residents and taxpayers are struggling, and the revenue from this project will help everyone. Aside from that, my support for this project is not just about monetary gains, but the fate of our planet. We need this project to give future generations the hope that they will have a planet to live on. If Clear Skies succeeds in destroying Heritage Wind, just know that the turbines will come at some point. In a few short years, the opinions of the anti-wind groups will be totally disproven.

Chris Loss


Veteran quintet leads Albion volleyball squad

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2019 at 9:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Leading Albion into the upcoming volleyball season will be this quintet of veterans including Bri Johnson, Logan Conlon, Rylee Pearles, Ashlyn LeBaron and Shakyeliz Luna.

Looking to improve upon last year’s 2-8 Niagara-Orleans League record, the Albion volleyball squad is led this season by a group of five veterans.

That quintet includes seniors Bri Johnson and Ashlyn LeBaron along with juniors Logan Conlon, Shakyeliz Luna and Rylee Pearles.

The Purple Eagles are also looking to juniors Eowyn Pate, Arianna McGurn and Alexis Grandy and freshman Maya Knaak.

“We lost two key seniors but we have a strong returning group and we look to keep improving,” said Coach Melody Beecher.

The Purple Eagles will open the N-O season at Roy-Hart on Wednesday.

(Matches at 6 p.m. unless noted)
September: 4 – at Roy-Hart, 5 – Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m., 7 – Albion Tournament, 8 a.m., 10 – Akron, 12 – at Newfane, 16 – at Wilson, 18 – Medina, 20 – at Lyndonville, 6:30 p.m., 23 – Batavia, 26 – Roy-Hart, 30 – Notre Dame, 6:30 p.m.
October: 2 – at Akron, 3 – Newfane, 9 – Wilson, 10 – Attica, 6:30 p.m., 15 – at Medina, 18 – at Kendall, 6:30 p.m.; 19 – at North Tonawanda Tournament, TBA.