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ALBION – The Village of Albion will officially celebrate the new improvements at Bullard Park on Saturday. There will be a ribbon-cutting at 6 p.m. with an open mic concert to follow at the amphitheater.
That stage and performing venue is part of a major upgrade at the park, which also includes a new splash pad and a utility building with bathrooms.
The spray park opened last week on June 8 and has been a big attraction.
“I’m so happy,” said Ron Albertson, a member of the Rock the Park Committee that helped raise money for Bullard and organizes an annual music festival.
He stood on the stage recently at the amphitheater and was impressed.
“It’s absolutely beautiful,” Albertson said. “It’s better than I imagined.”
The Rock the Park Committee started about 8 years ago, initially with a focus to replace some aging playground equipment. The playgrounds were improved, but the committee had its sights on turning the park into a destination with the splash pad and amphitheater.
The latest project is part of about $800,000 in upgrades to Bullard, Albion’s most popular park on Route 31.
The village in December 2016 was awarded a $499,605 state grant for the Bullard projects. The village also received $97,500 from the county and $45,000 from the town of Albion, money that was through a revolving-loan fund by the Orleans Economic Development Agency.
The Albion DPW committed to $166,370 of in-kind services as part of Albion’s local share for the state grant. The DPW took down a pavilion and storage building in 2019 to make way for the new utility building. The DPW also ran a new sewer line across Route 31 near the Bullard entrance. That sewer line will service the park.
The DPW also ran 600 feet of waterline for the splash pad and utility building, several feet of sewer line, and did the electric service for the amphitheater.
“We worked hard on this for eight years,” Albertson said. “Now look at what we got.”
The public and musicians are welcome to the open mic evening. The band Zero will perform first and will remain the house band throughout the evening. However, other bands and performers are expected to have a turn. The music is expected to go until 9 p.m., but could go longer if there is a lineup of musicians.
“I’m excited and this has obviously been a long time coming,” said Zack Burgess, a member of the band Zero, a village trustee and Rock the Park member. “It’s exciting to have something like this in our hometown.”
The open mic will be a chance for many musicians to play on the stage in its debut, rather than one band.
“Being a community effort to make this happen we wanted to open it up to the community,” Burgess said.
Jumping out to a 7-0 first quarter lead, Depew went on to defeat Medina 18-2 this afternoon in a Class D Division lacrosse game at Vets Park.
The Wildcats went on to hold commanding leads of 13-1 at the half and 14-2 after three quarters.
Zaric Boyce and Mitchell Silversmith scored the goals for Medina which finishes the D Division season at 5-5.
Press Release, Congressman Chris Jacobs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) delivered a floor speech this afternoon in support of his legislation, the Help Wanted Act, and to raise concerns about the problems being caused by labor shortages nationwide.
Remarks as prepared for delivery:
“I rise today in support of my legislation the Help Wanted Act, which would reinstate work search requirements for unemployment benefits and end disincentives for work.
“We have now gotten two jobs reports that fell far short of projections.
“Meanwhile, it was reported there was a record 9.3 million job openings.
“In my home of Western New York, there are reports that restaurants are turning customers away, when they need them most, because they are short staffed.
“In February, the Congressional Budget Office published a report stating our economy would return to pre-pandemic strength without additional government spending.
“Yet, the President and Democrats forced through a highly partisan and unrelated $2 trillion package.
“The result is it has now become more lucrative to stay home than seek employment – to the detriment of our economic recovery.
“Vaccines are rolling out, the CDC has updated their guidance, and positivity rates are dropping.
“It’s time to get back to work.”
Jacobs introduced the Help Wanted Act in May to address growing labor shortages in the United States in part from the enhanced unemployment benefits included in the last Covid-19 relief package.
Recently, the National Federation of Independent Business reported that 48% of small businesses surveyed were unable to fill open positions. Jacobs’ legislation currently has cosponsors from nine other states facing similar problems.
Lyndonville announces plans today to move ceremony inside at auditorium on June 24
Four of the five school districts in Orleans County are planning to have graduation outside.
In the pre-Covid era, Holley was the only district in the county that typically would have graduation outdoors. The district for many years had graduation at the soccer stadium before shifting to Hawk Stadium, the football and track facility that is a close walk from the middle-high school.
Other districts in the county – Albion, Kendall and Medina – will be having their ceremonies outdoors. Lyndonville was planning an outdoor ceremony but today announced it would have commencement inside at the school auditorium like it did in pre-Covid years.
LYNDONVILLE – The district moved the service inside after Gov. Andrew Cuomo eased some restrictions on Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to have a return of our time-honored graduation ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2021!” the district superintendent, Jason Smith, posted today on the school website and social media.
Lyndonville will be making a big change for this graduation. It will be held on a Thursday, instead of the fourth Friday in June. Lyndonville’s ceremony will be 7 p.m. on June 24.
Albion, Kendall and Medina are all planning 7 p.m. ceremonies on Friday, June 25. The graduation celebrations will be outdoors and the services could be pushed back a day if there is inclement weather.
ALBION – The district usually has graduation in the high school gymnasium. This year it will be at the football field.
Last year, when schools were limited to no more than 150 people at commencement, Albion opted to record each student receiving his or her diploma individually and then compiled a video.
This year the students will all be together for graduation. The crowd will sit on the football field, between the 20-yard lines, with the grads in the bleachers.
If it’s raining on June 25, Albion will move the ceremony to 2 p.m. on June 26. If it’s raining then, June 27 at 2 p.m. is the next option.
The graduates will walk from the community entrance at the back high school parking lot, up the driveway and enter the football stadium from the east gate facing the elementary school. Faculty will line up and create a tunnel for students to pass through. After the ceremony, the graduates can gather on the grassy area between the football stadium and high school parking lot. That differs from the past when the graduates and their families would congregate in front of the high school.
KENDALL – The district normally has graduation in the school auditorium. Last year it had a drive-in ceremony on the Kendall fire department grounds with most families watching from their vehicles.
This year the ceremony will be at the recently upgraded soccer field.
MEDINA – Commencement is usually in the auditorium but this year will be at Vets Park with the entire class together. Last year’s graduation was split into three services at Vets Park to try to stay under the 150-person cap. That included three groups of about 37 grads and they were each allowed three tickets for family.
Next Friday, June 25, the entire class will graduate at the same time. (In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to noon on Saturday, June 26.)
HOLLEY – The district last year had graduation in the high school parking lot. That way the school could stay under the 150-person cap because each vehicle counted as one person as long as the people in the vehicle stayed together.
The district won’t have to worry about that this year. Graduation is back at Hawk Stadium and each grad will be given 7 tickets for friends and family to attend the ceremony at 10 a.m. on June 26. (If inclement weather forces Holley to be in the auditorium, only 4 red tickets can be used per graduate.)
“This has been one crazy year, but we made it and we are finishing the year for the Class of 2021 as traditionally as possible,” the district posted on its website.
This coming December 28th, I will have lived in the town of Murray 79 years. That is really a long time. I started taking interest in politics when my good friend and neighbor, Reed Beebe, was the zoning offer around 1969 (some 52 years ago).
Mr. Beebe was a very fair person and worked hard to accommodate everybody so they could get into business without becoming a burden to other people in the town.
I remember my cousin Tom DePalma being supervisor, followed by my cousin James Piedimonte. They worked very hard to keep taxes down. I believe we paid around $2.00 per thousand. I also served on the planning board for 24 years from September 1990 to 2014. We all worked very hard for the people in the town, trying to make the town a better place to live for everybody.
A couple years ago, Joe Sidonio made a decision to run for Supervisor, promising to lower taxes and he did (1.6%); get to the bottom of these water leaks and he did and reduced costs to the taxpayer every place that he could, and he did. Many of these savings are not only for one year but many years to come.
We are pleased and I feel blessed to have Joe. First – he is accountable; Number two – he is a successful businessman, and the town is a business and needs a successful businessman at the head.
I have talked to Joe and as soon as he gets the rest of the loose ends repaired, he will go ahead with the other things that would help the town – like help the people to get free of drug and alcohol addictions; work with tourism to being more money in the town to help the businesses and generate money to relieve the tax burden.
I could go on and on with all the things he is thinking of but I would simply like to end saying – in the 52 years of being around politics in the town of Murray, I have never seen a man work so hard to accomplish so much in a year and one half than Mr. Sidonio.
We are blessed to have him. So please get out and vote for him June 22. By the way, if you get a chance, give him a call at the town of Murray buildings and let him know how glad and thankful he is on your team (585-638-6570). He would love to hear from you.
Albion and Medina will both face new opponents to open the high school football season over the Labor Day weekend.
Albion will open the season at home on Friday September 3 against the merged Roy-Hart/Barker/Lyndonville team which will be beginning its first season of 11 Man competition after playing 8 Man this past spring.
Medina will also open the season at home on September 3 against first time foe Bishop Timon.
Medina’s schedule includes three Saturday games while Albion and Roy-Hart/Barker/Lyndonville each have one Thursday and one Saturday contest.
The traditional Albion vs. Medina game, which was not able to be played this spring, will be renewed on Friday October 22 as the Mustangs will host the Purple Eagles in the regular season finale.
Albion’s Schedule: Sept. 3 – Roy-Hart/Barker/Lyndonville; Sept. 10 – at Maryvale; Sept. 17 – Wilson; Sept. 24 – at Burgard; Sept. 30 – Lew-Port; Oct. 8 – Cheektowaga; Oct. 16 – at Maritime; Oct. 22 – at Medina.
Medina’s Schedule: Sept. 3 – Timon; Sept. 11 – at Newfane; Sept. 18 – at Lackawanna; Sept. 24 – Akron; Oct. 2 – at Cleveland Hill; Oct. 8 – at Wilson; Oct. 15 – Tonawanda; Oct. 22 – Albion.
Roy-Hart/Barker/Lyndonville’s Schedule: Sept. 3 – at Albion; Sept. 10 – at Lew-Port; Sept. 18 – Maryvale; Sept. 24 – Maritime; Oct. 1 – at Burgard; Oct. 7 – Pioneer; Oct. 15 – at Cheektowaga; Oct. 22 – Lake Shore.
Photos by Tom Rivers
LYNDONVILLE – Four school districts in Orleans County recognized the Top 10 graduates at a banquet on Tuesday evening at the White Birch Golf Course. This is the 35th annual Academic Excellence Awards celebration in the county.
The top photo shows five of Medina’s top graduates, including from left: Carina Kingsbury, Hannah Kenward, Carter Green, Alwyn Cayea and Brooklyn Brown.
Each of the Top 10 students received a medallion and certificate for their academic achievements. These medallions were presented to the Medina students.
Last year’s Top 10 banquet was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The banquet recognized the top students at Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville and Medina school districts. Albion does a separate honors convocation where students with a cumulative GPA of 90 percent or higher are recognized.
This year’s banquet for the Top 10 was scaled down with no keynote address or presentations from state legislators and other dignitaries. Organizers were trying to keep attendance below 150 to avoid proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.
The Top 10 graduates at the four districts include:
- Holley: Karl Biedlingmaier, Amya-Omar Cancino, Kasey DeFrank, Andrew Drechsel, Brandi Heffernan, Erin Kelly, Allyson Skehan, Hayley Skidmore, Annalise Tinkous and Callie Updike.
- Kendall: Grace Allen, Willow Clark, Kylie Davenport, Jacob Esposito, Madison Jacob, MacKenzie Jenks, Ethan Kuhn, Lauren Miller, Joseph Nettles, Karlee Robb and Brianna Wakefield.
- Lyndonville: Alexander Barry, Olivia Braley, Nathan Dillenbeck, Lynlee Hong, Dylan Jisa, Erin Kiefer, Emma Maynard, Zayda Moyle, Cameron Paniccia and Sydney Wilson.
- Medina: Suvi Biesinger, Brooklyn Brown, Alwyn Cayea, Carter Green, Hannah Kenward, Carina Kingsbury, Emma Roush, Evie Schultz, Sydney Watts, Amanda Woodruff and FaithAnn Vanderwalker.
These students from left include: Brianna Wakefield, Karlee Robb, Joseph Nettles, Lauren Miller, Ethan Kuhn, MacKenzie Jenks and Madison Jacob.
Grace Allen is presented her medallion by Julie Christensen, the district superintendent at Kendall.
Lyndonville’s Top 10 are recognized at the banquet at the White Birch Golf Course.
Nate Dillenbeck, Lyndonville’s valedictorian, accepts his medallion and certificate for his academic excellence.
Amya-Omar Cancino of Holley is congratulated by Brian Bartalo, Holley’s district superintendent.
MEDINA – Scouts from Pack and Troop 28 at the United Methodist Church and Pack and Troop 35 from St. Mary’s Church met with veterans from the Butts-Clark American Legion Post at the Conservation Club on Bates Road to conduct their annual flag burning ceremony.
The Scouts and veterans have been celebrating Flag Day for 27 years by properly disposing of American flags which are no longer serviceable, said Frank Berger, a veteran and former Scout executive.
Scoutmaster Tim Miller explained the ceremonial burning.
“These served as a reminder of our nation and those who served us well,” he said.
In the past, flag burning ceremonies were also conducted at the Scout cabin on School No. 10 road, but the area did not have accessible parking, so it was decided not to have it there this year, said Frank Berger, a veteran and former Boy Scout executive with the Iroquois Trail Council.
Used flags are collected throughout the year at various locations in the Medina area, including the American Legion. Then they are brought to the annual flag burning ceremony, which begins with a reading on the proper disposal of the flag. Burning is the only proper way to dispose of an American flag which is no longer suitable to be flown.
HOLLEY – A man has been charged with attempted murder in the first degree after he allegedly lunged at a Holley police officer, attempting to stab him.
A Holley police officer was dispatched to the Holley waterfalls on Frisbee Terrace at 6:11 p.m. on Tuesday for report of a suspicious male walking around with a knife antagonizing people, said Robert Barton, Holley’s police chief.
Upon arrival, the officer approached David J. Simoni, 32, who was sitting on a park bench who did not respond to any of the officer’s questions. The officer then spoke with other individuals in the park to investigate the incident, Barton said.
When the officer returned to Simoni, who was still sitting on the bench, a physical altercation ensued as Simoni lunged at the officer, Barton said. During the altercation, the man attempted to stab the officer with a knife, Barton said.
With the assistance of nearby citizens, the officer was able to disarm Simoni and then the officer utilized his taser to cause the male to disengage. The male was taken into custody without further incident.
Simoni has been charged with attempted murder 1st degree, criminal obstruction breathing, attempted aggravated assault, menacing, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a weapon. He was transported to the Orleans County Jail.
Western New York is home to an incredible amount of agriculture. In fact, in 2017, NY-27 ranked the number one congressional district in the entire state for agricultural sales. An impressive achievement, one that makes me proud to represent our farmers on the House Agriculture Committee in Congress.
As many of you may know, June is National Dairy Month. A month dedicated to recognizing the importance of dairy to our culture, our economy, and our health. Let’s start with some statistics. In 2017, NY-27 alone accounted for $538,665,000 in milk sales produced from over 280,000 cows, second in the entire state. New York consistently ranks in the top five dairy-producing states in the entire country as well.
Not only is dairy a regional economic cornerstone, it’s part of our culture. Our region has been built by generation after generation of family farms working tirelessly to provide nutritious dairy products. Towns across our region celebrate dairy farmers every year; we hold parades and festivals, farmers markets are flooded with delicious products, and schools routinely bring children to dairy farms to learn more.
It is not enough to solely celebrate this industry as part of our heritage – we need to ensure it is a thriving part of our future. For you, that means buying local dairy products whenever possible to support our great family farms. This not only helps farmers, but it also helps the countless small businesses that collaborate with producers to make exciting new products.
I also understand that this is not a one-sided effort; that is why I have prioritized supporting dairy farmers, especially with my role on the Agriculture Committee. In Congress, I have called for action to compel Canada to uphold dairy market expansion provisions included in the USMCA. Just last month the new U.S. Trade Representative acted on this request to start a formal process to challenge Canada’s dairy tariff rate quota program, which has hurt exports of American dairy products to Canada. Enforcement efforts like this will provide new opportunities for our dairy farmers to thrive.
I have also been working tirelessly to increase broadband access. As recently as 2017, 21% of farmers in our region did have reliable internet access. As operations become more advanced, lack of internet access will be a major barrier to increased success. As such, I recently cosponsored the Broadband for Rural America Act to target funds directly to hardest-to-reach rural communities.
Finally, dairy farming only survives if there is an eager and well-trained new generation to carry the torch. I am a strong supporter of programs to get our children more engaged in a career in agriculture. I believe we need more programs to develop interest and show our young adults there is an exciting and fulfilling career in farming.
Dairy Month gives us a chance each year to celebrate dairy farming at the forefront, but the fact is this industry supports our region and our families year-round, especially this past year. Say thanks this year by buying some extra milk, cheese, ice cream, or any of your other favorite dairy products!
Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27)
Primary season is here, a very important time for registered Republicans from the Town of Shelby. Please take some time from busy schedules to vote. Voting may be done early or on primary day, June 22.
Since 2018 the Town of Shelby Board has seen the passing of Councilmen Stalker and Schaal, and the resignation of Supervisor Houseknecht. We lost their experience, knowledge of town operations, and their dedicated service.
Current councilmen, William Bacon and Stephen Seitz, have been encouraging me from my first day on the Shelby Town Board. Their knowledge, experience and encouragement were a tremendous help as I moved from councilman, to deputy supervisor, and then supervisor in a little over two years.
The Covid crisis was a real test of all the town council members. Councilmen Bacon and Seitz were a helpful, guiding force during the troubles of the past year.
Councilmen Bacon and Seitz are key members of a Town Board that is dealing with numerous proposed projects in Shelby such as solar, wind, town-wide broadband, and a pedestrian bridge over Oak Orchard Creek. The next year will bring many decisions about how to use the federal stimulus funds.
Please return them to the Shelby Town Board. We need their experience and dedication.
Shelby Town Supervisor
MEDINA – The Fillipelli family, which owns Tim Hortons in Medina, is shown with members of the Szatkowski family, who are raising money for ALS research and services. Medina native Jimmer Szatkowski in April was diagnosed with ALS.
Pictured from left include: Jennifer Fillippelli, Joey Fillipelli, Giuseppe Fillipelli, Betty Szatkowski (Jimmer’s Wife), Jimmer Szatkowski, Andrew Szatkowski, Sara, Lukin, and Wyatt Szatkowski
The Szatkowski family sold ‘Team Jimmer’ bracelets at Tim Hortons on May 25. The Fillippelli family agreed to donate $1 for every Team Jimmer bracelet that was sold that day. The Fillippellis donated $716 toward the cause. Altogether, the fundraising effort totaled $8,545.50 on May 25.
“It was an awesome day,” said Andrew Szatkowski. “Medina really showed up, and the Tim Hortons crew really shined! I really cannot thank the Fillipelli family enough, they have been incredibly generous, and we are blessed to call them friends.”
Jimmer Szatkowski is Andrew’s brother. Jimmer, 48, is a Medina native. He now lives in the Syracuse area and owns two Chick-fil-A restaurants, with sites in Cicero and Clay.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
“We have hope that there will be a cure; however ALS research is underfunded,” the “Team Jimmer” cards stated that were included with the bracelets. “We need funds to make this Cure possible!”
I am very encouraged that this election cycle, in particular, this year’s Primary Race for Carlton Town Clerk, has voters taking the initiative to become as informed as possible in regards to the two candidates and why this Primary is necessary.
As chairman of the Carlton Republican Committee, I would like to offer some insight as to why we, the Committee, endorsed the incumbent, Karen Narburgh.
To paraphrase McKinney’s Town Law §30, the basic job description for a Town Clerk is to be:
• Custodian of all Town Records, including, but not limited to all meeting minutes, the Ordinance Book, and deeds of conveyances
• Receiver of all monies due the Town (taxes, water bills, etc.)
• Maintainer of the Town’s signboard for legal postings
• Issuer of licenses and permits
In addition to the above, Karen has proven countless times, the actual job description should also include:
• A genuine desire to see that the Town is managed in a positive manner for growth
• Taking pride in being a customer service professional by knowing the residents and landowners
• Being attentive to the resident’s needs and having the ability to resolve issues at the basic level, in a timely fashion, often immediately
• Commitment to being available, whether herself personally or her staff, at any time day, night, or weekend as events arise
• Having the ability to recall prior situations and their outcomes in order to maintain continuity
• Demonstrating knowledge in the various, current programs, and being able to coordinate with each (REDI, LWRP’S, Solar, Wind)
• Being an effective liaison between the Town Board and sub-set boards and positions (Planning, Zoning, Highway and Water Depts., Assessor, Courts)
• Professionally able to work with outside contractors and consultants to better maintain Town assets
These attributes are not ones we are born with. They are developed over time and honed in with dedication, determination, and experience. The Town of Carlton and Karen have committed a lot of time, effort, and resources to give the residents of Carlton a Town Clerk to be proud of.
There is no hidden agenda as to why the Carlton Republican Committee made Karen our endorsed candidate. We, as a Committee, are charged with the duty of putting forward the best and most qualified candidates to serve the Town’s best interests.
That, is in fact, what this position is all about, public service to the community, of which Karen has excelled at.
Scoring in six different innings, Roy-Hart downed host Albion 13-3 this afternoon in a Niagara-Orleans League baseball game.
Braydon Hy had 3 hits for the Rams as John Conley, Noah Stern, Ryan Mettler and Jake Gould each had 2. Hy and Gould each banged out a double and triple and Mettler a double.
A total of five Ram pitchers combined for a 5 hitter with 6 strikeouts as Thomas Russo II, Hy and Gould each threw two innings.
Roy-Hart will now host Albion on Wednesday in the completion of a rain suspended game. Following that contest the Rams will then host Akron.
Akron blanked Newfane 16-0 this afternoon as winning pitcher Jakc Klodzinski and Aiden Wild both had 4 hits.
N-O Standings: Medina 12-0, Roy-Hart 8-2, Akron 8-3, Wilson 5-7, Newfane 4-8, Albion 3-8, Barker 0-12.
Wilson 7, Roy-Hart 4
Wilson downed Roy-Hart 7-4 this afternoon to take over sole possession of second place in the N-O softball standings at 7-3 as the Lady Rams slip to 6-4.
Trailing 4-2, Wilson rallied for five runs in the sixth inning aided by four errors.
Julia Faery had 2 hits for Wilson as did Reanna Perkins and Emma Livergood for Roy-Hart.
N-O Standings: Akron 11-0, Wilson 7-3, Roy-Hart 6-4, Medina 5-5, Albion 4-6, Barker 3-7, Newfane 0-11.