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Month: September 2019

Lady Rams nip Lady Tigers in overtime

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2019 at 10:11 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Ceci Santo tries to keep the ball away from Lyndonville/Medina defender Miranda Zelazny during the Lady Rams overtime win over the Lady Tigers this evening at Vets Park..

A goal in the final seconds of the second 10 minute overtime period earned Roy-Hart a narrow 2-1 win over Lyndonville/Medina in a non league girls soccer game at Vets Park this evening.

Ceci Santo scored with only 50 seconds remaining to earn Roy-Hart the win.

Santo also pulled the Lady Rams even at 1-1 when she scored with 12 minutes to go in regulation time.

Lyndonville/Medina had grabbed a short lived 1-0 lead just three minutes earlier on a goal by Ella Lewis.

Kendall 9, Notre Dame 0
Kendall erupted for three quick goals in the first 12 minutes to key a 9-0 victory over visiting Notre Dame this evening in a Genesee Region League game.

Alezya Brown scored two goals and Lizzy Woodams one in the first 12 minutes to get Kendall off and rolling.

The Lady Eagles also got two goals from both Katie Pearson and Brianna Wakefield on the evening as well as one each from Woodams, Grace Levett and Julia Coble.

Woodams also had two assists as Hailee Mitchell, Levett, Wakefield and Madison Jacob one each.

Kendall improves to 6-1 in the league and 9-1 overall.

Morgan Allis of Lyndonville/Medina works the ball around Roy-Hart’s Reanna Perkins.

Field Hockey
Roy-Hart (5-2) nipped Kenmore (1-6) 1-0 in overtime in a Niagara-Orleans League game on a goal by Abby Ander assisted by Cheyenne Stilwell and Sam Choate.

Wilson bested defending champion Akron 25-7, 25-20, 26-24 leaving the two teams ted for the N-O League lead at 6-1.

In a non league match, Notre Dame downed Albion 25-10, 25-16, 25-11

Roy-Hart booters trim Kendall

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2019 at 10:04 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Trent Choate puts out a foot to block Kendall’s Michael McCue from gaining control of the ball as Nik Gutierez moves in to support.

A lone early goal proved to be just enough to earn Roy-Hart a 1-0 victory over visiting Kendall in a non league boys soccer game this evening.

Trent Choate scored the contest’s lone goal 15 minutes into the first half on a breakaway off an assist from Aidan Bligh.

Colby Hancock earned the shutout in goal for the Rams making 4 saves.

Kendall goalie Mason Kuhn made a couple of big stops in the second half to keep the Eagles close. (Click here to see Kuhn makes a diving save off a corner kick.)

Roy-Hart, which next hosts Medina/Lyndonville at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in a key contest for the Niagara-Orleans League lead, improves to 7-3 while Kendall slips to 5-3-2.

Kendall’s Derek Edick and Roy-Hart’s Clayton Keyes battle for the ball.

Medina golfers cap 12-0 regular season

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2019 at 10:00 pm

Medina downed Roy-Hart 255-282 at Shelridge this afternoon to complete a 12-0 Niagara-Orleans League golf regular season.

Ian Wagner took medalist honors for the Mustangs with a 37 as Aidan Paul added a 38 and Trevor Luthart a 43.

The season ending N-O All League Tournament will be held on Thursday at Willowbrook.

Hoag Library will add mural and seeks public’s help in picking design

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2019 at 5:32 pm

Either swans, eagles or hawks will be painted flying over canal

Courtesy of Hoag Library: This design by artist Stacey Kirby Steward shows swans flying over the Erie Canal.

This design features a hawk over the local landscape.

ALBION – Hoag Library wants to hear from the public on the best avian creature to feature in a mural in the main meeting room.

An anonymous donor is covering the cost to have artist Stacey Kirby Steward paint the mural. It will feature either swans, hawks or eagles flying over the Erie Canal.

Hoag Library welcomes the public to vote for a design. Voting must be done in person at the library until Monday, Oct. 7.

The mural will be above the kitchenette in the Curtis Meeting Room. This is the second art project at the library by Kirby Steward, an Albion native who lives in Spencerport. She designed the stained-glass window with swans.

Last year, she finished a 24-foot-long mural of Santa Claus in a sleigh over downtown Albion. She also painted murals inside the lyceum for the Catholic Church in Albion.

She has done several large-scale public art projects between Middleport and Greece, often with themes about the Erie Canal.

Once the voting results are tallied, the library’s board of trustees will consider the next steps in the process.

Kirby Steward also proposed a design with eagles up high over the local canal.

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Chris Collins resigns from Congress

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2019 at 3:52 pm

File photo by Tom Rivers: Chris Collins speaks during the Orleans County Republican Rally in October 2018.

Chris Collins is out as the area’s congressman. He has submitted a letter of resignation from Congress today, with the letter going to Nancy Pelosi, House speaker, and also to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Collins is resigning a day before a change-of-plea hearing in an ongoing federal insider trading case.

Collins is accused of tipping off friends and family that the stock for Innate Immunotherapeutics, a pharmaceutical company, was about to take a steep dive. Collins was on Innate’s board and was a major investor in the Australian firm. He was indicted in August 2018.

He managed to hold off Nate McMurray, a Democrat, in a close re-election fight last November in the heavily Republican district. Collins was first elected to Congress in November 2012.

He leaves more than a year remaining on the current two-year term. Gov. Cuomo will decide whether there will be a special election or if the position will be unfilled for more than a year.

Collins was arrested along his son Cameron, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron’s fiancé. They were charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud, one count of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count each of making false statements to the FBI.

Collins has been stripped of his committee posts in the House since not long after the indictment. He remained active in the eight-county district in the past year, attending many Eagle Scout ceremonies, Republican rallies and picnics, and other community events.

Collins has been a strong advocate for Donald Trump and was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump’s candidacy.

Nate McMurray, who is running again for Congress, issued this statement:

“The real victims of Collins’ crimes are the people of his district that he repeatedly lied to about his guilt. Collins and Republican party insiders robbed his constituents of the representation they need on important issues like the rising cost of healthcare, the opioid epidemic, and the fight for good paying jobs. They all failed us, so I’m going to keep talking about the critical issues Western New Yorkers face every day, because that’s what public service should be about, working to make other people’s lives just a little bit better.”

State Sen. Rob Ortt also is running for Congress as a Republican. He issued this statement:

“It is vital that we continue to have a strong, conservative voice representing the residents of New York’s 27th Congressional District and elect a candidate who will defend President Trump’s agenda. I am the only candidate in this race who has proven that they are willing to do both. It is time that we send a battle-tested patriot to Washington who will stand up for our district, stand up to the Party of Impeachment, and push back against the radical socialists running our nation’s Democrat Party.”

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Rams Wall of Fame inducts 5 new members

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2019 at 12:55 pm

Contributed Photo – Festivities at Roy-Hart’s Homecoming this past Friday included the induction of five new members into the Proud To Be A Ram Wall of Fame including Betty Bridge, Ted Coates, Curt Snowden, Paul Merritt and Bruce Ryder. Roy-Hart Athletic Director John Grzymala, left, is shown here with the induction honorees including family members representing Betty Bridge and Ted Coates, Curt Snowden, Paul Merritt and family and Bruce Ryder and family.

Dukes joins Loughlin’s football Wall of Fame

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2019 at 12:44 pm

Contributed Photo – Medina’s Homecoming festivities at Friday’s football game included the induction of Kevin Dukes as the 12th member of the John “Pinky” Loughlin Football Wall of Fame. Dukes, who is shown here in front of the photo banner placed in his honor at Vets Park, was a four year varsity player for the Mustangs from 2003-2006. He holds the Mustangs single season records for touchdown (26), points (180) and yards rushing (1,748) all set in 2006. He also holds the career marks for touchdowns (57), points (375) and yards rushing (3,913).

4,000 attended art show at former Medina High School

Photo by Tom Rivers: Claire Ashley of Chicago created the large inflatables in the gym at the former Medina High School during the PLAY/GROUND art show from Friday to Sunday. There were also art stations and family activities available to try in the gym. Ashley calls her installation piece, “Celestial Boulders (Unseen Organs).” She likes to transform mundane materials into inflatable painted sculptures and performative props.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2019 at 12:29 pm

MEDINA – The PLAY/GROUND art show at the former Medina High School attracted 4,100 people from Friday through Sunday, more than double the attendance during the event’s debut last year.

The immersive art experience included works by 34 artists, who encouraged people to interact with the pieces.

Talis Equity and the Hungerford family worked to put on the show with Resource: Art in Buffalo. The school is currently mostly vacant and will be turned into apartments. Right now Talis and the Hungerford family are working to redevelop Bent’s Opera House.

The preview party on Friday was sold out with 750 people, many coming by shuttle from the Hotel Henry in Buffalo.

“There is excitement in the air,” said Medina artist Tom Zangerle, who attended the show on Saturday afternoon. “This is just fantastic.”

In “Newton’s Clock,” artist Michael Bosworth used the elements of a pinball machine to create a series of interactive works.

Amanda Besl set up “Persphone,” an ethereal forgotten greenhouse at the bottom of the stairs. “Are the contents languishing within or bursting to escape their confines?” participants were asked.

In “Rolling Thunder,” by Tom Holt and Quincy Koczka, skateboarding ramps were painted and turned into artwork.

Sara Di Donato painted life-size images of girls from different eras for “If These Walls Could Talk.” The installation was in a bathroom. Di Donato, a painting and drawing professor at Brockport State College, wanted to show “the performance of girlhood in the present is a reverberating echo of the past, yet constantly fluid and changing.”

Kari Achatz made “Betwixt,” patterned passageways and shadows. She wanted participants “to be seen and unseen at the same moment.”

“Into the Void”  was a popular installation, with many people posting images of the space on social media. William Quintana and Christa Trautman made a set of six telescoping, brightly colored boxes to replace the traditional four walls. “The bright hues are meant to entice users to explore the space further and immerse themselves in the unknown well of color.”

People check out “Medina Green,” by artist Nate Hodge of Brockport, in a former locker room in the school.

The art show included a Medina artist, Kathryn Granchelli. She created a Zen garden-like  installation. She filled the room with sand and paper-clay sculptures. She said the exhibit was inspired by her travels in the deserts. She runs a nanny referral agency for families in New York City, Los Angeles and abroad. She is also is an accomplished artist.

Granchelli welcomed the chance to be part of PLAY/GROUND in her hometown.

“I really think it’s great for Medina to experience something outside the norm,” she said.

Ani Hoover created the “Shade Garden” in a stairwell. She made the display out of plastic bags, thrifted lampshades and lighting hardware. She sought to take neglected materials and transform them into “an unconventional oasis of light and shadow.”

Julian Montague expanded on the murals in the hallways he started last year.

People check out “Safe Space,” created with cardboard and white plaster by Rich Tomasello with help from 150 students at Kenmore, Town of Tonawanda and Starpoint schools. The installation addresses the anxieties of growing up in American schools where lockdrown drills are commonplace.

Marquis Burton and Tara Sasiadek’s “Wave and Shore” installation was popular. The artists encouraged participants to pause and take in fresh sensations.

Carina and the Six String Preacher perform in the auditorium at the school on Saturday afternoon. Musicians performed in the space over the weekend.

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Former Medina teacher leaves legacy with $35K scholarship fund

Posted 30 September 2019 at 11:07 am

Provided photo: Medina school officials celebrate receiving funds for a new scholarship. Pictured from left include: Ed Grabowski, attorney for the estate of Mariann R. Holcomb; Arlene Pawlaczyk, Board of Education president; and Mark Kruzynski, superintendent of Medina Central School.

Press Release, Medina Central School

MEDINA – Medina High School will begin to give out a new scholarship this year in honor of a former teacher.

Ed Grabowski, attorney for the estate of Mariann R. Holcomb, presented a check at the Medina Central School District’s Board of Education meeting on Sept. 26 in the amount of $35,274.86. The new scholarship will be given in Mrs. Holcomb’s name.

Mariann R. Davies-Holcomb, a former business teacher at Medina High School, passed away on January 17, 2018. Mrs. Holcomb taught Keyboarding, Business Communications, Personal Typing, Business Math, Office Practice, Recordkeeping, Introduction to Occupations, Business Law and Business Dynamics from 1974 until her retirement in 1997.

As part of her estate, she left money to fund a scholarship to be awarded annually to a deserving Medina business student who is graduating and going to college.

The Medina Central School District is honored and appreciative of this generous gift.

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DOT plans $15 million project to upgrade Main Street lift bridge in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2019 at 10:57 am

Meeting on Oct. 17 about project that will close bridge in 2022-2023 for major repairs

Photo by Tom Rivers: Cyclists are pictured on July 8 by the Main Street lift bridge as part of the annual Cycle the Erie Canal trip.

ALBION – The Main Street lift bridge in Albion is slated for $15 million in repairs and construction work beginning in 2022, with the project keeping the bridge closed for 18 months until 2023.

The state Department of Transportation will discuss the project during a public information meeting on Oct. 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hoag Library, 134 South Main St.

The bridge was originally built in 1914. It typically closes a few days each year for short-term repairs. It is one of 16 lift bridges on the Erie Canal, and one of seven in Orleans County.

The DOT said the work includes installing high-strength galvanized steel to replace the steel floor  system and select truss members.

Updates will also be made to the mechanical and electrical components of the lifting mechanisms. The lift tower will also be rehabilitated.

In addition, the bridge railing and guide rail on the bridge approaches will be improved and bridge will be repainted.

The DOT will have the project done the same time contractors work on the lift bridge on Route 19 in Brockport.

“Due to the unique work required, there are cost savings associated with combining lift bridge rehabilitations,” the DOT said in an advisory.

The DOT anticipates the design for the Albion bridge will be completed in June 2021, with construction expected in 2022 and 2023.

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