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NY changes quarantine rules, allowing out-of-state travelers to test out

Posted 31 October 2020 at 5:52 pm

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however, covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form (click here). Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. The new protocol is effective Wednesday, November 4.

“New York is the third lowest positivity rate in the nation and New Yorkers should be very proud of what they’re doing,” Cuomo said. “However, travel has become an issue – the rest of the states pose a threat. We’re going to a new plan given the changing facts, and the experts suggest we shift to a testing policy. So there will be no quarantine list; there will be one rule that applies across the country. We bent the curve of this virus by following the data and the science, and we are continuing that approach with these new guidelines.”

For any traveler to New York State from out of state, exempting the contiguous states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:

For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain seek another Covid test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:

  • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
  • However, the traveler must fill out the traveler information form upon entry into New York State, and take a Covid diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

Local health departments will validate tests, if necessary, and if a test comes back positive, will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well.

All travelers must continue to fill out the traveler information form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.

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Vote for American ideals over country dominated by private wealth

Posted 31 October 2020 at 5:29 pm


People have or will have voted soon. I just heard an astute observation. “Where or what is the Republican platform?” Indeed, they did not adopt one.

The final saw is “People are not dying from Covid; the huge increase in deaths this year is a billing issue.” Some platform.

In fact, if most of the country voters turn out for Biden it will mean that issues like good health and economy through subsidized private insurance and stimulus to avoid depression won. It will be an endorsement for good equal pay, taking on climate change, helping farm trade,  inclusiveness and the like. We will have adopted what was once tilted towards modern Democratic concerns

That would be what happened in the 1830s when the Whig party members voted in the Democratic Party’s ideas. The Whigs disintegrated and all that remained was the “Do Nothing” faction which was anti-Irish, anti-Germany, anti-Catholic, anti-immigration and anti-Italian – to point these folks were barred from public employment in some cities. It too quickly fell apart under its own weight once exposed to the light of democracy.

Hatred over good ideas is not sustainable in a democracy. Epithets over ideas is not sustainable in a democracy. That’s the history lesson, here and elsewhere.

So in a few days, or weeks, we will find out if we are still a capitalist democracy or a country dominated by private power, private wealth with rulers and undeserving  and contemptable servants. When the election is viewed according to these issues and not epithets this is a heck of an inflection point.

It’s the same point we were at when the Declaration of Independence was penned and stated: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the               pursuit of Happiness.”

In it the laws of nature and God to advance these rights were declared to take priority over the laws of government and man. They are the greatest sentences in our founding document.

In sum this election is about the historic fight of personal rights against hate by voting to advance our founders’ reliance on natural law to  secure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.

Tory or Patriot? Your vote marks you and history awaits.

Conrad F. Cropsey


Hanlon deserves enthusiastic support for county clerk

Posted 31 October 2020 at 5:19 pm


I would like to take this opportunity to go on record as enthusiastically endorsing Nadine Hanlon for the office of County Clerk.

Nadine is an exceptional individual and a professional of the highest caliber. Having been in public service to my community for over thirty-five years, I have both seen and worked with many tremendous individuals – Nadine is one of the finest I have ever met.

I won’t go into detail with regard to her professional experience and qualifications. They have been well publicized throughout the campaign and they are sterling. There is, however, more that I would like to offer as you decide who will lead the Office of County Clerk in the future.

I have known Nadine Hanlon both personally and professionally for thirty years. Nadine has worked effectively and efficiently in the Clerk of the Legislature office for fourteen years. She brings excellent credentials to this position and also holds the Records Management Officer position for the County.

The County Clerk’s duties require thorough, timely and accurate filing of official records. The department oversees both the Department of Motor Vehicle’s Office and the Pistol Permit Office within the County. It requires the level of professionalism, experience, and personal attention that Nadine Hanlon readily possesses.

She has a thorough understanding of the importance of superior work in all tasks that she undertakes and has the requisite personal attributes to deal cordially with the public. She is exceptionally dedicated and stands ready to work the long hours needed for the position. There are precious few in any field today who could claim to possess the depth of knowledge, character, savvy and preparedness that she has.

Nadine also possesses sound management skills, communication capabilities and problem solving expertise. She is focused, has integrity and discretion, and enjoys a well-earned reputation for reliability. She is of good character; trustworthy; is someone in whom you can be confident; is someone with whom colleagues can work well. Moreover, she is also a good and decent person.

All of these attributes in addition to her considerable experience make her the candidate of choice for the job. Period.

Throughout my own life, I have known people who’ve made an undisputed impact in the lives of others; people who will long be remembered for having made a tangible difference through their service to others. Nadine Hanlon is one of those people.

Much more could be written here at the risk of losing the most important part of what needs to be said: Nadine Hanlon is extremely dedicated to her vocation and has proven herself to be an invaluable asset to the County of Orleans and its citizens. Simply put, public service and service to others are her calling. It is obvious she has so much to offer. The County of Orleans is indeed lucky to have Nadine Hanlon and will be a better place because of her.

It is my privilege and honor to endorse Nadine Hanlon for Orleans County Clerk– the Republican endorsed candidate and the candidate endorsed by Senator Robert Ortt.

Vote integrity, leadership, professionalism and experience. Vote Hanlon.

Christopher M. Busch


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Albion girls make it six wins in a row

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 October 2020 at 4:59 pm

Coming on strong after a slow 1-3 start to the season, Albion made it six wins in a row by downing host Barker 4-2 this morning to close out the Niagara-Orleans girls soccer season.

Abby Scanlan had three goals and one assist, Leah Prichard a goal and an assist, Claire Squicciarini an assist and Nikki Creasey an assist for Albion which will take a 7-3 league record into the sectionals.

Paige Sutch scored both goals for Barker.

Akron 7, Newfane 0

Kara Sequin scored five goals to lead Akron (4-5-1) to a 7-0 win over Newfane (2-7-1).

Newfane win earns Roy-Hart N-O soccer title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 October 2020 at 4:58 pm

Roy-Hart got a huge help this afternoon to claim the Niagara-Orleans League boys soccer championship as Newfane nipped Akron 1-0.

Roy-Hart finishes the season in first place at 7-3 just ahead of 6-3-1 Akron. Newfane winds up in third place at game back at 6-4.

Trevor Heschke scored the lone goal for Newfane which avenged an earlier season 3-1 loss to Akron.

Roy-Hart split a pair of one goal decisions with Newfane this season winning the first 4-3 and losing the second 1-0.

Stalker would serve Shelby well as town councilman

Posted 31 October 2020 at 4:50 pm


I would like to ask that all Shelby voters to join our family and friends in voting for Craig Stalker as a write-in candidate for Councilman for the Town of Shelby.

Being born and raised in Shelby, Craig would like to serve the residents on the Town Board. We know he will have the best interests of the residents while keeping spending and our taxes down.

Craig’s father (the late Dale Stalker) served many years on the Shelby Town Board. Craig’s dad instilled the values of the town in him at an early age. Therefore he would like to follow in his father’s footsteps working for the people of the Town of Shelby.

We know Craig will do a great job therefore we are asking you to join us in supporting Craig Stalker by writing his name on the ballot for Councilman of the Town of Shelby.


Sharlene Pratt


Holley booters blank rival Kendall

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 October 2020 at 4:41 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s JJ Strathern sends the ball towards the goal as Tory Raufeisen and Joe Nettles converge for Kendall. The action took place during the host Hawks win over the rival Eagles this afternoon.

Taking the season series two games to one, Holley defeated visiting rival Kendall 3-0 this afternoon in a non league boys soccer game.

JJ Strathern scored what proved to be the game winning goal for Holley with 11 minutes to go in the first half.

Kendall’s Michael McCue looks to pass.

It stayed a tight 1-0 game until Nathan Nothnagle scored for the Hawks with eight minutes to go in the second half.

Nothnagle also scored again with 1:24 remaining to cap off the win as Kayden Servais earned his second assist of the day.

Broek Ostram earned the shutout in goal.

Both teams missed on a penalty kick opportunity, Kendall in the first half and Holley in the second.

Holley is now 9-2 and Kendall 4-7.

Earlier this season the teams split a pair of Genesee Region League contests. Holley won the first 4-3 in overtime and Kendall the second 2-0.

Holley’s Nathan Nothnagle sends the ball up field as Derek Edick comes in to defend for Kendall.

Barker nips Akron to gain share of N-O field hockey lead; Medina tops Newfane

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 October 2020 at 3:32 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Akron’s Sophia Jones tries to get the ball past Barker goalie Courtney Hillman and defender Ella Gooding. The action took place during the Lady Raiders key win over the host Lady Tigers this morning.

Avenging an earlier season shootout loss, defending champion Barker nipped host Akron 1-0 this morning to gain a share of the Niagara-Orleans League field hockey lead.

Akron is now 10-1 and Barker 9-1.

Barker scored the game’s only goal on the Lady Raiders lone shot of the morning as Madison Gancasz tallied off a corner opportunity three minutes into the second quarter.

Akron’s Laicy Karczewski battles with Barker’s Addison Szafranski for the ball.

Ella Gooding inserted the ball to start the decisive corner opportunity as Lena Fazzolari and Addison Szafranski picked up assists as Gancasz finished off the play.

The goal was the first Akron has allowed this season.

“We got the one shot and we made the most of it” said Barker Coach Jeff Costello whose defense kept the Lady Raiders in the game.

Akron had a whopping 12-2 advantage in corners and an 11-1 edge in shots.

“That was the best we’ve done at clearing the ball,” said Costello. “They got their shots but we were able to limit their second chances. We made some changes on how we defend and we tightened up and did a much better job of clearing the ball.”

Courtney Hillman earned the shutout in goal for the Lady Raiders whose defensive unit was anchored by Fazzolari, Gooding and Ashlin Cole.

Barker will close out the N-O season by visiting Kenmore on Tuesday and Newfane on Thursday while Akron’s lone remaining game is at Kenmore on Thursday.

Medina 4, Newfane 3

Medina trimmed host Newfane 4-3 as Lydia Fox had two goals and an assist, Sophia Cardone a goal and an assist, Abi Blount a goal and FaithAnn Vanderwalker two assists.

Medina is now 3-6-2 and Newfane 1-9.

Kenmore 1, Wilson 0

Kenmore (4-5-1) made it three wins in the last four starts by trimming Wilson (2-9) 1-0.

Barker’s Lena Fazzolari tries to keep the ball away from Akron’s Laicy Karczewski.

Newfane cross country takes N-O league titles again

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2020 at 2:48 pm

Medina’s Cameron Castanon and Arian Cayea lead boys race; Kylie Bowman of Newfane is N-O league champ for girls

Photos by Tom Rivers: Cameron Castanon of Medina heads to the finish line in winning the Niagara-Orleans League title today in Barker in a time of 17:31.

BARKER – Newfane’s cross country team swept the Niagara-Orleans League titles today in Barker.

The Newfane girls made it six straight titles. They scored 23 points and their first five runners were all in the top 10, led by Kylie Bowman is 1st, Leah Siegmann in 3rd, Taylor Heschke in 4th, Catalena Ersing in 6th and Marina Ersing in 9th.

Kylie Bowman of Newfane finished first in the girls race in 19:50, the only one to break 20 minutes among the girls.

The Newfane girls topped Akron (60 points), Wilson (89 points), Albion (98 points), Barker (100 points), Roy-Hart (164) and Medina (178 points).

The Newfane boys have now won the league title four straight years. They had five of the top 12 spots and were led by Nick Baes in 4th, Andrew Cuzzacrea in 6th, Connor Cuzzacrea in 7th, Jayden Reynolds in 9th and Austin Burkhard in 12th.

Newfane’s 38 points topped Medina (47), Barker (76), Albion (117), Roy-Hart (130), Akron (139), and Wilson (175).

Mike Heitzenrater, Newfane coach, said the team stayed motivated during the summer, even with uncertainty whether there would be a season. There won’t be a state meet, but there will be Sectionals in about two weeks in Bemus Point. With no state meet, Heitzenrater said Newfane is putting a greater focus on the league and Sectionals.

He praised Kylie Bowman, the freshman who won the race.

“She worked all through the summer regardless if whether there would be a season or not,” Heitzenrater said.

Bowman switched from soccer to cross country last season. She was second to Lauren Wagner of Akron at the 2019 N-O League race. This year they switched places.

Bowman said the Newfane runners pushed each other in a friendly way.

“I really like being on the team,” she said. “It’s like a family.”

Lauren Wagner of Akron, the defending N-O League and Sectional champ, was second in today’s race in a time of 20:09. She is shown leading Taylor Heschke of Newfane, who finished fourth in 20:30. They are pictured at about the halfway point in the 5-kilometer race.

Cameron Castanon of Medina won the boys race in a blistering 17:31. He held off a pack that included his teammate Arian Cayea who was second in 17:36, Reuben Rivers of Albion in third (17:37), Nick Baes of Newfane in fourth (17:38) and Jay Heideman of Roy-Hart in fifth (17:39).

Christian Held, the Medina coach, said it was an exciting race with the five in the front pushing each other so hard.

“They were all going for it today,” Held said. “It was so much fun to watch.”

Arian Cayea of Medina, right, finished second in 17:36, edging Reuben Rivers of Albion, third (17:37); Nick Baes of Newfane, fourth (17:38); and Jay Heideman of Roy-Hart, fifth (17:39).

The Medina boys were second and were 5-1 during the season, a significant turnaround from a year ago when the team was in last place at the league race.

“They are really hungry,” Held said. “They have grown and they have worked hard. I couldn’t ask for a better group of kids.”

Cameron Castanon has won every race he’s been in this fall.

“He is a natural runner, who just runs, and runs, and runs,” his coach said.

Held also praised Arian Cayea who was second and made a strong move at the finish.

“He is a worker who likes to hunt people down,” Held said.

Castanon said the team stayed active in the summer. He ran and also did a lot of biking to prepare for a season that was in doubt due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“Mentally it’s been a hard season,” Castanon said about the uncertainty and often solo runs. “But you get out of it what you put into it.”

Alanna Holman of Albion was fifth today, finishing ahead of Catalena Ersing of Newfane. Holman, a senior, earned first team all-league for the fourth straight year.

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As clocks turn back tonight, AAA advises drivers and pedestrians to be extra cautious

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2020 at 11:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: These geese didn’t adhere to social distancing or size limits on mass gatherings while on Johnson Creek in Lyndonville on Friday. It’s going to get darker an hour sooner starting Sunday after the clocks are turned back tonight.

Are you struggling with dark mornings? It’s about to change. With daylight saving time ending Sunday, November 1 at 2 a.m., Americans will “fall back” and set their clocks back one hour to standard time. While many motorists will enjoy an extra hour of sleep, they need to be aware of the time change and potential distractions to their normal routine. There are added dangers that can come as a result of a time change, especially behind the wheel.

An earlier sunset and darkness can lead to an increase in the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured by vehicles. Therefore, drivers, pedestrians, joggers, walkers and bicyclists will need to use safety measures so they are seen on the roads. AAA advises motorists and pedestrians to remember the following tips to stay safe:

AAA Tips for Motorists

  • Always watch out for pedestrians when backing up in parking lots or driveways. Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible.
  • Leave more following room. In the morning, when the sun is in your eyes it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing. Use sunglasses and your sun visor.
  • Be mindful of children and others who are outdoors in the afternoon and evening as it gets dark earlier.
  • Remember to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
  • Pay attention and eliminate all distractions including cell phones and car clocks that are off by an hour.

AAA Tips for Pedestrians

  • Cross only at intersections or crosswalks. Look left, right and left again and only cross when it is clear. Do not jaywalk or cross between parked cars.
  • Evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step out into the street.
  • Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
  • See and be seen. Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing and/or accessories.
  • While walking, pocket the cell phone and avoid listening to headphones at a volume that prohibits you from hearing approaching danger.

Daylight saving time begins on March 14, 2021.

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Local Health Department urges people to socially distance, limit size of social gatherings

Posted 31 October 2020 at 8:51 am

Wedding in Clarendon with more than 100 people has resulted in at least 30 Covid-19 cases

Press Release, Genesee and Orleans Health Departments

With the recent increase in positive cases of Covid-19 and reports of various events occurring it is important to remember there are still restrictions in place due to Covid-19.

The State has set in place orders on the importance of physical and social distancing to limit the spread of this novel virus that impacts people differently.

In some situations distancing is not being followed and has led to the spread of Covid-19. Through contact tracing and investigating cases it has been made apparent social distancing guidelines were not followed. Recently a wedding, with over 100 people in attendance, impacted at least 9 counties across the state. This event has led to no less than 30 people testing positive so far, between guests and other secondary contacts from one event.

With Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) this weekend it is important to remember to minimize exposure through keeping with smaller gatherings and social distancing. The more people a person is in contact with and for longer periods of time the greater the risk of being exposed to and transmitting Covid-19. If you are sick, experiencing Covid-19 or flu symptoms, are in isolation or quarantine, do not participate in any holiday activities until you are cleared and symptom free.

Limiting social contact is challenging for many people but there are still ways to be in contact without being in their physical presence. Consider having your “gatherings” over social media platforms. You can still connect and have fun in the safety and comfort of your own home.

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2 retiring jail corrections officers recognized for 25 years of service

Posted 31 October 2020 at 8:12 am

Provided photos: John Mignano, left, and David Pollock both recently retired after 25 years as corrections officers in the Orleans County Jail.

ALBION – Two leaders among corrections officer sin the Orleans County Jail were recently retired on their retirements. John Mignano and David Pollock both worked 25 years as corrections officers and were lieutenants.

Lt. Michael Christopher sent in the following in the following information about Mignano and Pollock.

John Mignano

John Mignano started full time on Oct. 1, 1990 and retired on June 29, 2020. He was promoted to rank of sergeant after five years as a corrections officer and then was promoted to lieutenant on February 2000.

He was in charge of ordering cleaning materials and inmate products for many years. He took pride in having a clean jail and personally supervised it on the administrative level on a nearly nightly basis.

He is also known to have received over a dozen funny nicknames over his career from staff and inmates. He plans on spending a lot of time with his two young grandsons and has always been an avid German Shepherd owner.

He also is a big Harley Davidson owner and follower often going to Sturgis, South Dakota for the bike rally. He and his wife Janet have frequented the Full Throttle Saloon that was a popular TV series for a few seasons. Interestingly, they have become friends with owners Michael and Angie Ballard.

David Pollock

David Pollock started full time as a corrections officer on Aug. 22, 1995. He retired on Sept. 12, 2020. He was promoted to sergeant in March 2000, and then was promoted to lieutenant in January 2002.

He was also certified NYS instructor, most notably an excellent firearms instructor. He took the most pride in being very precise on facility paperwork, organization, documentation and storage.

He and his wife Sharon plan on spending time with their very young and newly born grandchildren from both his son and his daughter. Interestingly his wife retired from her job the day before his last day.

His retirement decision was made much easier knowing he would get to spends lots of time with the grandchildren and his wife. They spend a lot of time going to craft shows and toy train shows together and both are animal lovers. Dave has a huge hobby of collecting train sets, post cards and is a huge world history buff.

Both John and Dave had farewell parties on June 29th and Sept 10th, respectively.  The parties were put on by the Orleans County Sheriffs Employee Association Local 2966.

Many current and former employees attended both parties. Both had pizza, wings, cakes and laughs.

Superintendent Scott Wilson, Sheriff Christopher Bourke and Undersheriff Michael Mele attended both parties and presented both with recognition plaques and certificates of appreciation.

Union Vice President Michael Christopher presented both with plaques for their 25 years of service to Orleans County. Christopher has started a 25-year Orleans County employee recognition wall at the jail and in 911 dispatch. The two retiring lieutenants make it seven officers on the 25-year jail wall.

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Historic Childs: Harness Shop, relocated to Cobblestone Museum, showcases skilled trade from another era

Posted 31 October 2020 at 7:48 am

Photos courtesy of the Cobblestone Museum: The Harness Shop was moved to the Cobblestone Museum grounds on Route 98 in 1987. Several structures have been relocated and preserved at the museum.

(Editor’s Note: This is the 12th article in a series about historic Childs in the Town of Gaines. The hamlet of Childs lies just north of Albion at the intersection of Routes 104 and 98. In 2019, Childs was selected to be on the Landmark Society of Western New York’s “Five to Revive” list. In 1993, the federal U.S. Department of the Interior declared the Cobblestone Museum in Childs a National Historic Landmark, the first site in Orleans County with that distinction.)

By Doug Farley, Cobblestone Museum Director

In the 1800s, before the advent of the horseless carriage, it was very common to find one or more harness shops in every community as shown above in the list of harness businesses in Orleans County.

The typical harness maker could reproduce over 50 different leather goods used to make a horse’s harness, any of which could break down due to heavy use and weathering.

The typical harness shop also carried metal fasteners for harnesses, currycombs, lap robes, harness oil, gloves, whips, ointments and much more.

Harness maker P. Henry Peters is shown here at the entrance of his harness store in Albion.  A sampling of the numerous types of leather goods he produced is seen in the store windows and also on the life-sized horse mannequin he moved outdoors in fair weather.

The Hamlet of Childs is now home to the J. G. Peters Harness Shop, a building which was built by Starr Chester in 1838 in the Town of Gaines. It originally was used as a shoe store until Chester’s death in 1880. The next owner, Gates Knickerbocker, purchased the building for $30 and moved it to another location in Gaines where it served as a jewelry and clock repair business until his death in 1914.

The photo above depicts the Knickerbocker clock repair store in the late 1800s. A series of owners used the building for other purposes including a gun repair shop, paint shop, cycle depot and as a rental property in the mid-1900s.

The little shop passed to the Cobblestone Society in 1987 when owner Rose Welles, notified Cobblestone Museum director C. W. Lattin that she would donate the building to the Cobblestone Museum complex. Shown above (left) is Delia Robinson, Town of Gaines Historian; C. W. Bill Lattin, Rose Welles, and Janice Thaine, Gaines Deputy Historian.

In more recent years, the little shop had been used as living quarters in connection with the Chatterbox Restaurant located next door. Here we see the building in 1987 as it is being prepared to be moved to the Hamlet of Childs.

The building was moved intact, one mile down Ridge Road, to the Cobblestone Museum campus on August 28, 1987 through courtesies performed by Rice Homes of Barre Center, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department and the Town of Gaines.

The Cobblestone Museum accepted the donation of the building with a plan to relocate its own collection of harness making equipment from the lower level of its Cobblestone Church where it was displayed.  The leatherworking tools had been gifted to the museum in 1963 from the estate of John G. Peters.

Peters was born on July 4, 1877 and served a three-year apprenticeship under Reuben Pridmore, harness maker, in Albion. In 1909, Peters opened a harness shop of his own in Lyndonville. In 1918, Mr. Peters “saw the handwriting on the wall,” and knew tractors were taking over for horses.

He decided to take up shoe repair to earn his livelihood when the harness business became a thing of the past. Following Peters’ death, his family donated his entire collection of artifacts associated with his business to the Cobblestone Museum.

On July 9, 1989 the building was dedicated on the Cobblestone Museum campus as the J. G. Peters Harness Shop. The building was fully restored to house the Peters Collection. Over 50 members of the Peters family attended the celebration with a full family reunion, including a group photo in front of the restored harness shop.

There were innumerable men such as John Peters who manufactured and repaired harnesses around the turn of the 20th century. The J.G. Peters Harness shop serves today as a memorial not just to one man, but to an entire trade. Peters represents the countless craftsmen who plied their trade for hundreds of years, providing needed and valuable services to their communities.

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Holley and Kendall girls post G-R soccer wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 October 2020 at 9:38 pm

Holley defeated host Attica 3-1  this evening to improve to 8-1-2 in Genesee Region League girls soccer competition.

Samantha Bates scored in the first half for Holley off an assist from Hayley Skidmore.

Kayleigh Neale then scored twice in the second half for the Lady Hawks as Allyson Skehan earned the assist on the second tally.

Emma Brady made 6 saves in goal for Holley.

Kendall  romped to a 7-2 win over visiting Attica to improve to 5-4-1 in G-R action.

T’Mia Kitchings and Lizzy Woodams both scored two goals for Kendall as Madison Jacob, Grace Levett and Regan VanDusen each scored one.

In another G-R game, Alexander downed visiting Lyndonville/Medina 7-0.