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Fair food is popular in return to Knowlesville for holiday weekend

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 July 2020 at 8:45 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

KNOWLESVILLE – Some candy apples are lined up in a food booth at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds. They were prepared by Scott Kolassa of Churchville, who runs a taffy, candy apple, cotton candy and fudge booth, as well as a lemonade stand.

The fairgrounds is hosting a fair food fest today, Saturday and Sunday. There are eight vendors for the food fest.

The event was popular today, with 200 people in the first hour, despite temperatures in the mid-80s.

Karen Spierdowis and her son Cole of Albion were among the customers. Spierdowis said she missed taffy from the fair. She also wanted to show support for the vendors who are an important part of the fair experience.

Scott Kolassa has lots of classic fair foods ready in his booth.

The event went from 4 to 8 p.m. today and will return from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Kolassa’s late father Sy started the family business about 65 years ago. Kolassa and the other fair food venders have seen nearly all of the fairs and festivals be cancelled this summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension in Orleans County agreed to host the three-day event, with social distancing in place and people wearing masks.

Robert Batt, the Extension director, said the fair has long relationships with many of the vendors and wanted to help them during a tough time when so many of their events had been cancelled.

The week-long Orleans County 4-H Fair is among the popular events that is cancelled this year. Batt knows people are missing the festivals and fairs. He thought the food fest would give people a taste of the fair, and also help the vendors.

People are given takeout containers and need to return to their vehicles after getting served. (They are to enter and exit from the west side of the fairgrounds on Taylor Hill Road.)

Jennifer Pontillo, owner of Divine Swine, is serving pulled pork, brisket, fries, and a smoked chicken dinner with watermelon salad and corn bread.

The Elba resident also owns an Italian restaurant in Geneseo. She appreciated the chance to return to the fairgrounds, even on three hot days.

“These are very uncertain times if you’re in the restaurant and food business,” Pontillo said. “I’ll take the opportunity to make money.”

Jack Kolassa, owner of The Big Cheese, prepares a grilled cheese sandwich. Jack is a third generation fair food vendor. His father is Scott and his grandfather is Sy. Jack is assisted in the booth today by Connor Starr at right.

The Big Cheese also sells Buffalo chicken grilled cheese, corn dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers.

Jack said the fair and festival season has been busy time for his family for more than a half century – until this year.

“This is something I never could have imagined,” he said about so many cancelled events. “But we’re a resilient bunch.”

Taffy is ready at Scott Kolassa’s booth.

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Busy league action and a hole-in-one at Hickory Ridge

Contributed Story Posted 3 July 2020 at 4:09 pm

Contributed Photo – Heather Tschetter

It was another good week for golf at Hickory Ridge as three leagues reported in and another hole in one was registered.

The Tuesday Night Ladies league once again has Deb Wood leading the gross with a 43 on the back nine.  Patty Pfister and Judy Schuth were close behind with a 46.  Diane Abel and Pfister both shot 36 to share low net with Schuth who carded a 37 net.  Wood and Able both had birdies.

The Men’s Thursday Night League reports in for the first time this season.  Bennett and Budde lead the standings with 72 points.  Dresser and Flansburg are in second with 56 followed by Foos and Stedman and the team of Drury and Nagy each tied with 56.  The Millers are in fifth with 54 points.   Ken Hinkson shot low gross with a 38 and he shared low net with Dan Hartman with 29.  Hinkson also recorded two birdies.

Although scores were not reported the standings for the Friday Night Mixed Couples League have been posted.  Jim and Marcia Zambito lead with 129 points.  Dave and Melissa cotter are in second with 130 points and Mike and Joan Ayotte are in third with 136 points.  Five other teams are within two points of the leader board.

Finally, another ace for a Hickory Ridge golfer.  On June 19, Heather Tschetter recorded a hole in one on number 3 using an 8 iron for the 130 yard hole.  Witnessing were Deb Wood and Ed and Karen Berlew.

Advice to graduates: don’t pile up debt, work hard, be kind

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 July 2020 at 2:15 pm

Orleans Hub readers share wisdom with Class of 2020

Photos by Tom Rivers: The 51 members in Kendall’s Class of 2020 walk towards the firemen’s grounds for commencement on June 26. Graduation was held outside with families and friends watching from their vehicles.

There are 422 graduates in the Class of 2020 from the five public school districts in Orleans County.

Last week Orleans Hub asked readers if they had any advice for graduates. We posed the question on our Facebook page. We received more than 100 comments from the community.

Here are some of the words of wisdom shared by Orleans Hub readers:

Jocelyn Cutler smiles with her diploma during one of three graduation ceremonies celebrated at Vets Park in Medina on June 26. With attendance capped by the state at 150, Medina split the class of 110 into three groups.

Brody Hoffmeister: “I’d say to the class of 2020 that this unprecedented time represents how life truly is.. a rollercoaster outside of school. Just when you think everything is going as planned and your goals are within reach sometimes you are thrown a totally different direction and it’s sometimes completely 100 percent out of your control. Character is built through adversity, not when everything is great. As a business owner in Medina, my advice to you is to find an occupation that you LOVE getting up everyday and doing and strive to become the best at it. Stay humble in your beginnings, treat others with respect and remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day! Congratulations to the Class of 2020!”

Rick Majeski: “It’s been a difficult year. Obstacles have been thrown at you. Don’t let them distract you from your goals. This is a temporary obstruction to your success of making the world a better place

“Stay focused on the goal you’ve set, and then go get it. Don’t let this little distraction stop you from becoming a great influence in the world we live in.”

Jennifer Martin: “You were created for such a time as this. Stay focused on what is important. Make decisions carefully. Be kind. Use your time wisely. Live with honor, love, and respect.”

Chelsey Vick: “Slow down and really take in the small moments. Never give up on what you want and most of all don’t forget to live!”

Amanda LeClair: “Don’t let this year of disappointments change your outlook on life. Always look for the silver lining. Life is hard and unfair but how you handle it makes a difference!”

Riley Seielstad: “Meet as many people from as many different backgrounds as you can. Listen to them about their past and teach them about yours. Love everyone, especially when it is hard to do so. Learn all viewpoints of every subject and don’t be afraid to change your opinion when you are presented with new information! Work hard, but take risks and go on adventures because those are the moments you remember most.”

Mark Thomas, a Holley middle and high school English teacher, helps organize this group of graduates during the June 27 commencement. There were 81 students in Holley’s Class of 2020. The district held graduation with a drive-in ceremony in the high school parking lot.

Cary Swanger Yaeger: “Find your passion and go for it. If you do what you love, it won’t seem like work!! Be prepared to work hard but don’t knock others down to get there. You’ll find out who your real friends are when the setbacks happen. Cling tight to them, they’re the ones who’ll help you do great! Congratulations Class of 2020!!”

Wendy Birkett-Riegel: “Be kind, remember who you are and where you came from. Don’t let anyone tell you taht you can’t do it. And the best piece of advice I was ever given, never talk politics, religion or money with your friends, because those three subjects no one can ever agree on!!! Congratulations!!!!”

Sharon Lampo: “Always have a backup plan, and backup skills. Be kind, be respectful and listen to your elders. We didn’t get here without advice from ours.”

Rose Allard: “Be true to yourself. It’s great to experiment and explore, but don’t lose track of your values and who you are inside. Don’t be easily influenced or try to be something in order to please others know yourself and always know your limits. Always remember your family and your roots.”

Kit Trapasso: “Live life to the fullest. Look and explore options. Be kind to yourself and others. Speak your mind but be willing to listen others as well. Be heard but respect other views as well. Work hard and be proud of your accomplishments but please don’t boastful. Praise others. Lastly, find love and hold on to those who you love and who love you.”

Provided photo: Skyler Munn of Lyndonville had a decorative vehicle for Lyndonville’s graduate parade last Friday. He was one of 45 members of Lyndonville’s Class of 2020.

Wesley R. Pickreign: “Your destinies are not predetermined. Your lives, whether you are successful, happy, and healthy will be determined by the choices you make each and every day. The right choice are often not the easy choices. If you consistently make the right choices you will have a happy, successful, and healthy life.”

Lori Laine: “Be kind to yourself and others, stay focused on where you are heading, smile even when it takes a little effort, work hard, play outside whenever you can, love your fellow man. Don’t ever forget where you came from, you may need to go back there someday.”

Erin Smith Casillo: “You don’t plan for a crisis but you can prepare for one. Always have a savings to tap into if needed. Learn how to cook for yourself. Be humble enough to ask for help, be grateful and say thank you. And keep a roll of TP on hand because you never know when s*** may hit the fan!

“There are two types of people in this world. Those that are prepared for whatever life throws at them. And those that wish they were. Be the first type.”

Laura Monacelli-Harvey: “Set your goals and obtain a career that you love, always stay true to your heart, respect your fellow man, be kind…always! Remember your family and adults who stood by you through your years who loved and encouraged you. Blessings to all of you.”

Pam Spink: “Think for yourself! If things don’t seem right, ask and find out why! Be your own leader, but remember to be kind! Set goals and know they can be adjusted if need be. Life throws us a few curve balls, but you have got this!”

Thomas Hollenbeck: “Keep striving for your goals. You’ve proved that even the uncertainty cannot stop you. Keep your faith alive and do your best at everything you do. Enjoy the moments and cherish your memories.”

Aurora Burr: “Be safe, stay healthy, have fun, and retain your humanity!”

Benjamin Wahl: “Don’t go into debt buying nice things. The people you are trying to impress won’t be in your lives when your still paying it off. Live within your means. Listen to your parents advice, sounds cliche but I wish I had. Have fun, these are the best years of your lives.”

Carly-Grace Woodworth: “Cherish all moments with any and all loved ones. The best thing you can do is realize the amazing beauty and love around at the exact time it is happening. It won’t be as easy to remember in the future and it’s a glorious feeling.”

Amy Jenks: “When life gets hard remember it’s temporary. It will pass even when it seems like it won’t. I promise you it will.”

Elizabeth Ann Furmanski: “Don’t take 8 a.m. college classes if you can avoid it. No matter how much of a morning person you think you are, because you’ll soon realize it’s not the same as waking up for high school.”

Randy LeBaron: “Don’t treat others how they treat you but rather how you would want to be treated. You can’t always control your circumstances (what happens to you) but you can always control your attitude (how you choose to respond). When in doubt—be kind.”

Janet Holliday Williams: “You were born when the world was mourning 9-11 and now you’re graduating during an unprecedented time in our lives. YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! Be kind, love hard, be an ally.”

Photo courtesy of Sue Starkweather Miller: Albion has five sets of twins in the Class of 2020. They include, bottom to top: Brilliance and Breanda Johnson, Paige and Kendall Derisley, Patrick and Laiken Ricker, Kyle and Abbie Pappalardo, and Colby and Masey Ferchen. They are among 135 graduates at Albion.

Sara Marie Mathes: “Never have regrets because everything happens for a reason – take it as a lesson learned and grow from it. Travel, build new relationships, love fearlessly, dream BIG, work hard and forgive!”

Alaina Boyce: “Get out of your hometown for a while. The world has so much to offer and there’s so many opportunities for you.”

Theresa Tracy Brien: “Keep reaching. Stay better, not bitter. Always be thankful. Stay true to yourself. Listen to your intuition – It’s usually correct. Always make adventures! That’s what keeps you young.”

Robin Wehling: “Remember your roots. You have endured & conquered so much in your life. Take your inner core to make more changes in this world but always remember your family, friends, & community was always there for you.”

Ivy Blair: “Congratulations to all of you. What is happening now is just one of life’s tests. You will face many more challenges throughout life, let how you handle this represent the rest of life’s challenges. You will be all the better for it.”

Amy Suzanne: “Don’t make fun of the town where you came from too much. It helped make who you are. They try to build small towns like this in the South and out West that don’t come close with history & charm. Go away & see the world. And maybe come back to your hometown & shine it up & make the region better somehow.”

Katie Elizabeth: “When it is safe to travel again DO IT and go far away from your hometown, start investing your money early, do not go into debt with fancy things, use your ability to VOTE and create a better future, THERE ARE ZERO limits to what you put your mind to. If you are smart, have a strong work ethic and kind you can get yourself into and out of any circumstance. Money comes and goes. Wear sunscreen and wear a seatbelt. Last one….. PEOPLE REMEMBER HOW YOU Make them FEEL. Congrats class of 2020”

Cherrie Monnier: “Question everything. Read the opposition’s view. Challenge yourself. The world is not what your parents tell you. It’s not what social media tells you. It’s not what the mainstream media tells you. The world reacts to you and you react to it. Learning about others helps cultivate a better understanding of yourself which in turn will lead to better, more fulfilling interactions. Through this mindset, you can find your way.”

Holli Nenni: “If you finished your senior year deprived of typically senior activities, you are prepared for whatever curveballs life throws at you later!”

Pamela Hodom: “Be the very best you can be and don’t ever let go of your dream. Treat others with respect and make the time and effort to give back to others less fortunate. Remember your roots, as they will hold you up in a storm.”

Deb Arlington: “Be smart and think about your actions especially wearing a mask and social distancing! Focus on a goal!”

Joel David: “You only live once. Life is not a dress rehearsal. There are two things in life that can not be taken from you: Education and Experience. Get as much of each as you can! Play hard and work harder! NOBODY OWES YOU ANYTHING!”

Louise Cotter Mana: “Be kind always, and don’t sweat the small stuff.”

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Albion Rotary Club has changing of the guard, with virtual swearing-in

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 July 2020 at 10:49 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

POINT BREEZE – Dick Remley holds up a plaque and pin which he received on Thursday in appreciation for his leadership as Albion Rotary Club president in 2019-2020.

Remley, the Albion town supervisor, acknowledged it was a very unusual year for the club, which has been meeting since mid-March through the Zoom video conference.

Thursday was the first time the club had an in-person meeting in more than three months.

Marlee Diehl, in red shirt, is the club’s new president. Thursday’s meeting was held at her home overlooking the Oak Orchard River. (Her husband Bill Diehl has twice served as Albion Rotary Club president.)

The club typically meets Thursday’s for lunch at Tillman’s Village Inn. The club is hoping to return to regular in-person meetings soon.

Most of the club’s fundraisers and events have been cancelled in 2020.  The club looks forward to 2021 and a return of the St. Patrick’s Ham Dinner, Strawberry Festival and a fishing derby. The club will celebrate its 100thanniversary in 2022.

Diehl, a retired recruiter and past district governor for Rotary, is sworn in as new club president by Frank Adamson. He administered the oath by phone. Adamson is a Canadian and couldn’t be with the Albion Rotarians in person due to the Peace Bridge and other U.S.-Canada crossings closed to nonessential travel.

Frank Adamson administers the oath of office to Albion Rotary Club board members. Adamson leads a district that includes about 70 Rotary clubs in Western New York and Ontario, Canada. He is a member of the Rotary Club in Fonthill, Ontario.

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Medina school bus driver retires after 41 years

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 July 2020 at 9:10 am

‘I loved my kids. All of these kids become like nieces and nephews to me.’

Provided photo: Susan Brabon drove a school bus for Medina for the past four decades.

MEDINA – Susan Brabon never liked working in an office. She preferred to be outside and on the go.

For 41 years she drove a bus for Medina Central School. She has retired from the job.

“People say, ‘How can you stand that job with the screaming kids?’” Brabon said. “I loved my kids. All of these kids become like nieces and nephews to me.”

Brabon majored in business in high school. She was 18 and working a 9-to-5 job in an office when the mother of one of her co-workers would stop in between bus runs. Brabon liked to drive and the schedule appealed to her. The breaks between runs would give her a chance to do errands.

She went to the Medina bus garage at 18 to inquire about being a bus driver. She was told to come back at 21.

She returned and started a career that lasted more than four decades.

She also met her husband through the job.

Wayne Brabon worked as a mechanic in the bus garage and also did a bus run for Medina students to the Orleans-Niagara BOCES. He is retired after 31 years.

He sent in this note of celebration on his wife’s retirement:

“Congratulations to Susan Brabon

June 30, 2020 she retired after 41 years of service as a bus driver with Medina Central School.

She started in October of 1979. She never had an accident or a driving violation in all of those years.

She had had perfect attendance for over 30 of those years.

She will truly miss her kids the most, having been on the same run for over 35 years.

In some cases she was taking the grandchildren of the kids she started with to school.

She loved her job and her kids. That’s what kept her there for so long.

Finally, with the amount of time served (and the impact of the virus), it’s time to stay home.

She says goodbye to her friends and many beloved kids.

From her proud husband, Wayne Brabon”

Mrs. Brabon for 35 years had the same bus run on Maple Ridge Road (Route 31A) going to Millville and the Albion town line. She also did a prekindergarten bus run, and drove numerous Medina sports teams to their games and also took the marching band to many competitions. The marching band trips were often a 15-hour day for the bus driver.

She said there are more rules and regulations these days for bus drivers. She said it is a great job with a chance to connect with many children.

“On my bus there weren’t any discipline problems, we all got along,” she said. “I wasn’t too strict or too easy.”

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For better a society acknowledge the many facets of white privilege in America

Posted 3 July 2020 at 8:38 am


While wholly accurate, I don’t feel Mr. Fine’s recent letter addresses the subject directly. I’m a white male, neatly dressed and of a certain age. As a result, white society infers on me white privilege. As I’m living proof of it – to deny its existence is to be either blind or foolish – or both.

White privilege means I can pass through any airport in the country and never get so much as a raised eyebrow from TSA agents. I don’t fit their profile. Likewise, if I am pulled over for a traffic violation I am not perceived in any way as being guilty of anything more than traveling a few miles over the posted speed limit. Again, I don’t fit the profile. No retail store clerk has ever followed me nor have I been observed by security personnel out of fear I’m there to shoplift.

I can walk onto any college campus in the country and not be assumed to be there as a result of some affirmative action program. I can also steal $65-billon from nearly 5,000 people (a-la Bernie Madoff) and not end up with four police officers sitting on top of me – one with a knee on my neck.

Indeed, if I am on the street and talking to a person of color a patrol officer will much more readily assume I’m the one being accosted in some way and offer assistance only to me. This actually happened to me. Incidentally, the black gentleman I was talking to was a federal circuit court judge. My privilege also means I don’t have to work twice as hard for two-thirds the pay – a reality that includes not only people of color, but half the population (women).

If I were non-white, none of this applies. If I were not white, I would spend my days knowing full well I am being viewed with some degree of suspicion – about my lifestyle, my employment, my motives, everything. It’s just not right.

Society gave me my white privilege – so society has to take it back. I can’t relinquish it on my own or by denying it exists. I do believe all men are created equal – or we’re all God’s children, if you will. I know for a fact we’re long overdue to either act like we believe that or just admit we’ve been lying to ourselves all along.

Darren D. Wilson


Law enforcement will increase DWI patrols this weekend

Staff Reports Posted 3 July 2020 at 8:23 am

Courtesy of Orleans County Sheriff’s Office

Local and state law enforcement agencies will have increased patrols for driving while intoxicated this weekend.

Orleans County Sheriff Chris Bourke said the local law enforcement agencies will have an increased presence from today through July 6.

“July 4th can be a dangerous time on our roadways due to the increase in parties and festivities,” Bourke said.

Although it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2018 stats revealed a yearly total of 10,511 drunk driving deaths, which an average of one person killed every 50 minutes.

Bourke urges people who have been drinking to plan for a safe way to get home by calling for a ride from a sober friend, family member, taxi, public transportation or Uber.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo also said New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions during the 4th of July holiday.

State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel.

“While the July Fourth weekend is a time to celebrate and spend time with family and friends, too often drinking leads to poor decisions when it is time to go home,” Cuomo said. “To ensure safety on our roads this holiday, State Police and local law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired driving of any kind. I urge all New Yorkers to act responsibly and make arrangements to find a safe way home – never drink and drive.”

Last year, the State Police issued nearly 13,410 vehicle and traffic tickets during the 4th of July weekend. Troopers arrested 249 people for DWI and investigated 187 crashes, which resulted in two fatalities.

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Decision day near for youth football season

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 July 2020 at 8:07 am

The decision on whether or not there will be a youth football program locally this season will be decided at a meeting of the Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) Board of Commissioners on July 9.

Practice sessions for the NOFA season traditionally begin the last week of July but like other sports activities the league has been put on hold due to restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

NOFA’s Executive Board met recently and discussed several possible options for the season and the Board of Commissioners is slated to decide on one of them at the July 9 meeting.

The options include postponing the start of practices until late August when the high school teams begin practice and then have an abbreviated season of about six games.

The options also include canceling the season.

In addition, there is an option to cancel this season and instead play it next spring from March to May.

Also involved in the board’s consideration are the many guidelines that must now be followed both involving player safety and for the hosting of a game.

“That’s where we are at right now,” said Executive Board member Geno Allport. “A best case scenario would be that we would start practice later and have a condensed season. The worst case would be we would cancel the season. And there are a lot of guidelines that would have to be followed. We will just have to see what the commissioners want to do. The main thing is as much as we love football the safety of everyone involved must come first.”

Pilot not injured after ultralight flips in field

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 July 2020 at 8:50 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers

CARLTON – An ultralight plane is upside down in a squash field on Gaines Road in Carlton this evening. Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Marsceill is on scene with Carlton firefighters.

The pilot, James Retzlaff of Burt, needed to do an emergency landing after the engine stopped. He was able to circle the field and land the ultralight at about 7:30 p.m. However, the dirt was loose and the plane dug in and flipped over on the landing, said Sheriff Chris Bourke.

Retzlaff, 74, wasn’t injured from the incident. He was able to walk away and was checked out by Carlton firefighters. He declined to be transported by COVA ambulance.

Retzlaff had been flying for about 1 ½ hours before having to an emergency landing just north of the Gaines Valley Aviation Airport.

Provided photos

Members of the Sheriff’s Office help move the damaged ultralight to a trailer. Chief Deputy Jeff Gifaldi, center, Undersheriff Mike Mele and Sheriff Chris Bourke, back right, helped to move the aircraft.

Sheriff Bourke said further examination of the ultralight showed the plane most likely ran out of gas, which caused the engine to conk out.

The plane is hauled out of the field.

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Orleans and Genesee each have 1 more confirmed case of Covid-19

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 July 2020 at 4:15 pm

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments reported that both counties have one more confirmed case of Covid-19.

Orleans has now had 267 people test positive, while Genesee has had 225 cases.

In Orleans, the new positive case is a person from Clarendon in the 50s. The person wasn’t on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

In Genesee County, the new positive case is a person from Oakfield in the 20s. The person was on mandatory quarantine.

Genesee doesn’t have any residents currently hospitalized with Covid-19, while Orleans has seven.

More information from the Health Departments:

• Fourth of July/Social Gatherings: Now that summer is in full swing and with the Independence Day holiday and graduation parties picking up it is important to limit the number of contacts people have.

According to the Governor’s Executive Order, regions in Phase 4 may have gatherings of 50 people or less. Make sure you are practicing social distancing especially if you have underlying health conditions or are over 65 years old. Wear masks/face coverings whenever you are out in public, especially if you cannot maintain a 6-foot space between non-household members. Wash or sanitize your hands and shared items often.

The most important thing to remember is if you are having any type of symptoms to STAY HOME! Some of the symptoms people have been reporting are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste and/or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, headaches, fatigue nausea or vomiting and/or diarrhea.

• Travel Advisory: New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut announced that travelers from states with high coronavirus rates will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

As of today the states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Texas.

Those violating could be subject to a judicial order and mandatory quarantine and potential fines. These states may change at any time.

• Community Testing Sites:

  • WellNow Urgent Care: 4189 Veterans Memorial Drive Batavia, NY 14020.
  • Rochester Regional Health Urgent Care: 16 Bank Street Batavia, NY 14020. (Rochester Regional Health has transitioned COVID-19 evaluations from the tents at 127 North Street to Urgent Care)
  • Oak Orchard Health: 301 West Ave Albion, NY 14411. Call (585) 589-5613 to be screened and to schedule an appointment – no walk-ins.

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Heat wave hits Orleans, WNY

Photos by Tom Rivers: Two kayakers enjoy a leisurely pace on the Oak Orchard River this afternoon on a sunny day.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 July 2020 at 3:50 pm

Hot temperatures have hit Orleans County and Western New York. The high temperature today will reach 90 degrees in Orleans County.

Friday and Saturday, which is the Fourth of July, will both be sunny with highs at 86. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 89, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

In Orleans County, the highs are then forecast to be 89 on Monday, 93 on Tuesday, 92 on Wednesday and 91 on Thursday.

A fishing boat and a kayaker both are on the Oak Orchard River headed to the harbor and Lake Ontario.

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Holley school’s free summer breakfasts and lunches start July 6

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 July 2020 at 3:03 pm

Children in program don’t have to be Holley residents

HOLLEY – The school district will begin offering free breakfasts and lunches on Monday to children ages 18 and younger.

Holley has hosted the program the past five summers. Children in the program don’t have to be Holley school district residents. There isn’t an income level threshold and pre-registration isn’t required.

“It’s always been our intention to provide meals to the children of Holley over the summer,” said Brian Bartalo, Holley school district superintendent. “However, we didn’t typically find many children from other districts participating in this program in the past. This year’s circumstances may be different, as many area families are in greater need, given the challenging economic situations many face. We’re happy that the Holley CSD can support the children in our area.”

Holley is offering the meals in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program runs through Aug. 14.

Transportation will not be provided by the district for this program.

The grab and go meals, which consist of one breakfast and one lunch per child, may be picked up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Elementary School Back Bus Loop.

Adults may also purchase breakfast and lunch during this program. Breakfast is $2.65 and lunch is $4.45.

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