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Posted 3 August 2020 at 7:00 am

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Medina’s standards in historic district have worked to the envy of other small towns

Posted 4 August 2020 at 1:15 pm

Editor:

This is in response to the Form Foundation’s letter with their petition on Change.org.

The Foundation compares their first project to the Montreal Mural Festival and the Buffalo Albright Knox Public Art Program. They then state that their project should essentially have little or no oversight, guidelines or regulation. Neither of the previously mentioned programs operates that way.

Guidelines, standards, application processes and juried reviews are the norm in the art world. Only graffiti “artists” who unlawfully and without permission deface buildings, bridges, signs, rail cars, trucks and buses operate without regulation. They violate the law, deface and damage property. The cleanup cost to the taxpayers is high. There are much better ways to spend those funds.

The Foundation’s stated goal is to bring “Cultural Modernism” to Medina. The Foundation should consider the possibility that people come to Medina to get away from “Cultural Modernism” and return to a simple rural small town quiet way of life. They state that they want to “be present” and “garner outside social and economic interest” in the village. Again could it be that people come here and businesses locate here so that their employees can be present in a village that is free of cultural modernism and rich in the atmosphere of small town rural America.

Tim Hungerford and Teresa Misiti detail at length the review process they went through prior to renovating their Main Street building. Not mentioned is the later review of their business signs and the sidewalk café structure. This review did by the way include all elements of the rear façade despite their claim to the contrary.

Also not mentioned is that their first choice for the design of the Main Street façade was to eliminate the classic historic store front elements and replace them with a totally modern design. This design was reviewed and unanimously rejected. They talk of findings by the National Parks Service relative to their design and qualification for preservation tax credits. What is not mentioned is that all other agencies including the State Office for Historic Preservation defer to the local review Board and the local law for local preservation matters.

They claim that the code has been “arbitrarily enforced based on the myopic and often vindictive whims” of the Planning Board members. Also that code enforcement efforts have been lacking and that projects in the Historic Preservation District have taken too long in their estimation.

In truth the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals operate under comprehensive New York State laws as well as within the detailed provisions of the law within their responsibility. The Village regulations for historic preservation are based on the State Historic Preservation Office model and were reviewed and approved by that office before they were adopted. Application reviews and decisions of the Planning and Zoning Boards are made under strict provisions of New York State law. Decisions are required by law to be based on findings of fact in the matter being reviewed.

What the Foundation sees as “overly bureaucratic” is how the State of New York protects people such as them and ensures that local boards are not arbitrary, capricious, myopic or whimsical. Medina’s boards are extremely well trained and have long been recognized by their peers and by applicants before them as being fair, comprehensive, detail oriented, helpful and highly professional.

As Code Enforcement Officer I have, on numerous occasions, had applicants for projects large and small tell me what a pleasure it was to work with the Planning and Zoning Boards. They comment that our local laws and regulations, by being comprehensive and detailed, make their job as applicants easy. They know going into the review what is required in detail, making for a quick and simple approval process.

Likewise, code enforcement in the village has for the past 20 plus years set very high standards. Scores of violations of the New York State Property Maintenance Code, The New York State Fire Code, Village Code and Zoning Regulations have been cited each and every year. Are we perfect, of course not. Code enforcement is by its very nature an ongoing process constantly striving to maintain a level of compliance that is realistic and attainable for the local conditions and economics. As those factors improve, incidence and compliance improves to the next level.

Again, the Village of Medina program has been recognized for years throughout Western New York for being professional, fair, knowledgeable, and helpful. The Foundation however found code enforcement in the village lacking. When they violated the law it was followed by enforcement action and violation notices as required.

Historic preservation and careful accurate restoration of buildings and structures can be a long, expensive and frustrating process. The majority of people involved in it realize that it is well worth it. They do it because they love the buildings and realize the value and rewards in preserving our architectural history.

In the process surprises, sometimes unpleasant, are to be expected. Costs often soar and the time to completion expands. This is especially true of individuals with limited funds often doing most of the work themselves while being dedicated to a perfect finished result. There is no set formula or time limit.

Medina, despite what the Foundation thinks, is firmly in the 21st century. We have capitalized on our rich store of historical assets and charming small town atmosphere to attract new residents as well as new business and jobs. Existing businesses have expanded. The occupancy level in the Central Business and Historic Preservation District is fantastic. Streetscapes and infrastructure have been improved. Millions of dollars have been invested. Medina is a shopping, dining and history visitor destination.

Medina is a premier Erie Canal village. People come in great numbers from Rochester, Buffalo and far beyond for all these reasons and some they don’t fully understand. They come because in some intangible way it just feels right and good. It is the America they imagine and remember, free from the cares and distractions of modern life. Newspaper and magazine articles, online articles, visitor guides economic impacts and visitation numbers bear this out. It is not about “cultural modernism” in which you can be submerged in any urban and suburban area. It is about the small town of your memory and imagination right here to bring you peace and enjoyment.

Tim, Teresa and their Form Foundation could have pursued a goal of public art in Medina in an inclusive, orderly and open manner. They could have sought out the appropriate officials and boards to discuss a way to move forward in an acceptable and legal manner. This is how civic matters and business is conducted.

Instead they consciously and deliberately chose a path of confrontation. They did as they pleased, ran afoul of the law, then proclaimed shock, frustration and dismay at the reaction they provoked. In my opinion, it was calculated from the beginning to play out just this way as a means to present themselves as innocent folks abused by bloated government and to garner attention and sympathy to advance their plan.

In closing let me say that I believe Medina has a great future. All the key elements are in place. It is ours to build successfully or foolishly squander. Is public art a part of that future, it could be and I hope that it is. That said, if a cartoon alligator waving a Buffalo Bills pennant in the Historic Preservation District is the best we have for a first effort, it is over before it starts. I sincerely hope the Form Foundation can step back, evaluate and reconsider their plan, presentation and rhetoric and become a serious, inclusive and valued contributor.

Martin Busch

Middleport

Busch is the recently retired code enforcement officer for Medina.

NY adds Rhode Island to travel advisory, Delaware and Washington DC come off list

Posted 4 August 2020 at 12:15 pm

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that an additional state meets the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days.

The newly-added state is Rhode Island. Delaware and Washington, D.C. have been removed. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

“Our progress in New York is even better than we expected, thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers,” Cuomo said. “Our numbers continue to decline steadily, and for the third straight day in a row, there were no reported deaths in New York City. But we must protect that progress, which is why today we are adding another state to our travel advisory. We cannot go back to the hell we experienced just a few months ago – and surging infection rates across the country threaten to bring us back there – so we must all remain vigilant.”

The full, updated travel advisory list, includes 34 states: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The list also includes Puerto Rico.

The governor also said today that of the 70,993 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 746, or 1.05 percent, were positive.

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Fair food vendors return on Friday, Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 August 2020 at 11:42 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Fair food vendors are shown on July 3 during the first fair food fest at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds. Eight vendors will be at the fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday.

KNOWLESVILLE – Fair food fest II will be this Friday and Saturday at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds.

There will be eight vendors open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the two days. The fairgrounds hosted the first fair food fest on July 3-5.

Three of those vendors will be back, and there will be five others who weren’t at the first event. This time there will be a vendor who makes sugar waffles and one with blooming onions.

With many fairs and festivals cancelled this summer, the vendors have been hurting financially. The Cornell Cooperative Extension in Orleans County wants to support the vendors who have been part of the fair for many years and also give the public a taste of the fair.

Orleans County cancelled the week-long fair, which was scheduled for last week, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions on events with large crowds.

The vendors on Friday and Saturday include: Renko’s Sausage, The Big Cheese, Kitchen Maid Taffy, Orleans County Fair’s French Fries, Sugar Waffles, Blooming Onion, Blue Groove Coffee Cart and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade.

Social distancing and face coverings are required for attendees.

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Kendall can accommodate all students for in-person learning

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 August 2020 at 10:13 am

District adds extra class in kindergarten and first grade to space out students

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Kendall Elementary School is pictured last evening in Kendall. The district’s reopening plan would welcome all students back for in-person learning with precautions in place.

KENDALL – The school district’s reopening plan would allow for in-person learning at all grade levels from Pre-K to Grade 12.

Kendall is fortunate to have the space in classrooms where students can social distance at 6 feet apart, district superintendent Julie Christensen said during a forum last week.

Kendall would add extra classes in kindergarten and first grade which would put the average class size in those grades at 12-13 students. In second through fourth grade, the average class size would be 13 to 16 students.

That is if the families choose in-person learning. Kendall will also give parents and guardians the option of remote learning for students. In 438 surveys, about 5 percent said they will choose the remote option for students.

Students who do remote learning can log on and be a part of some classes through Zoom video conferencing.

The district plans to stagger the end of class periods in the middle and high school levels, so all of the students don’t spill out into the hallways at once.

The district will offer the array of classes, including music, art and physical education.

Kevin Watson, middle school principal, and Carol D’Agostino, the high school principal, both said students and teachers will be working diligently to meet state standards while also having fun at school. The district has new bleachers at the soccer field, with more room. They could be used for homecoming and some other events at school.

“We’re working on ways to get out of classroom so they’re not cooped up,” Watson said during the forum on July 28.

The reopening plan was submitted to the state on Friday and posted to the district’s web site. (Click here to see the document.)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will announce by the end of the week whether schools will be allowed to offer in-person classes to start the school year.

Screenshot from Kendall community forum: Kendall will have desks spaced out at least 6 feet apart, with hand sanitizer, signs about proper hygiene and fountains for filling water bottles only.

In Orleans County, Kendall and Lyndonville both said they could offer in-person classes at all grade levels, every school day. Albion and Medina said they could do in-person each day from Pre-K to Grade 6, with a hybrid at grades 7 to 12, with two cohorts alternating in-person and remotely. Holley is looking at two days of in-person learning and three days of remote for all grade levels.

Smaller schools have an advantage because they can space their students out more in a classroom. Bigger schools don’t have the space or staff to meet the social distancing requirements of 6 feet apart in classrooms.

Kendall will require masks be worn on buses, in hallways and when social distancing isn’t possible. Students, once they are seated at their desks, won’t have to wear masks because they are 6 feet apart.

Wearing a mask is a “non-negotiable,” Christensen said in the community forum. If students refuse they will be directed to remote learning.

The district will provide “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches will be served with students eating in the cafeteria, overflow areas and in classrooms to ensure social distancing. Students in remote learning can also have lunch but it has to be picked up at the school.

Kendall also plans to add two day cleaners for sanitation, with those cleaners sanitizing bathrooms, door handles, classrooms when teachers at lunch and other parts of the school buildings.

The district also plans to make Chromebooks or tablets available for all students. Kendall will be prepared for a shift to remote learning if a change in the health statistics prompts the state to close schools. Last school year, Kendall students were forced to do remote learning beginning on March 16 until the end of the school year in late June.

Parents and guardians will need to do a daily health screening before they send their children to school. If kids are sick or have temperatures at 100 degrees or more, they should stay home.

“This is where we really need your help as parents,” Christensen said. “We are asking you to be partners in this.”

The reopening plans aren’t final documents. After the governor’s announcement this week, districts will continue to work on the reopening plan the next month before school is scheduled to start.

“Things are subject to change,” Christensen said.

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Schools shouldn’t teach nationalistic agenda, and shouldn’t gloss over hard truths

Posted 4 August 2020 at 9:07 am

Editor:

In a recent letter submitted to the Orleans Hub, the author advocated for schools to instill a sense of patriotism and avoid political correctness. I worry that this is an inefficient and dangerous use of an educational system.

A simple definition of the term patriotism may be in order for a clearer idea on the subject to arise. At its base level, most would agree that patriotism is a love for one’s country. This is not a terrible thing in and of itself and can result in passionate people pushing the country to better itself.

I worry that this definition does not fit the previous author’s use of the term, however. A better word for the situation that Mr. Lauricella describes may be nationalism, where one feels a superiority over other nations and looks past their own nation’s failings (which, of course, every nation has). Nationalism breeds selfishness and arrogance. At the height of its influence it dragged European nations into the first World War and the United States into its many 20th Century conflicts. Nationalism is not something to instill in our students.

I worry that Mr. Lauricella has not visited a classroom in quite some time. As someone who has substitute taught and is currently in graduate school for secondary education, I may be able to assist in updating Mr. Lauricella to today’s educational climate. As far as I am aware, the Niagara-Orleans and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES programs still supply many students with a robust technical education that prepares them to work in trade jobs.

Most students are also competent in science, mathematics, social studies, and ELA by graduating. It is, after all, a graduation requirement for most high schools. Additionally, the Common Core, while lacking in its implementation, seeks to ensure that high school students graduate with college-ready (not necessary) skill sets. The educational world may not be perfect, but it is not quite so dystopian yet.

As for the concerns over the violence in the country, they are somewhat warranted. Everybody should be leery of those seeking to exact violence onto others. However, I do not agree with the causes of these incidents being found in the classroom. Multiculturalism has always existed in this country; any St. Patrick’s or Dyngus Day parade is evidence of that. There is no singular American Experience.

Still, this does not mean that students do not read the Constitution. They are taught the Bill of Rights, elastic clause, and judicial review. However, they are also taught that, according to the United Nations definition, the treatment of Native Americans in the United States is a genocide.

They are taught that the founding fathers owning slaves does actually make them racist (most people alive during that time were). They are taught that the United States instigated a war with Mexico to buy the American South-West for $10 million less than they offered Mexico for California alone. It is arrogant to paint a picture of America that does not have the United States as the villain every once in a while. Just like it would be arrogant if I were to assume I have always been justified in every action I have taken. This is not brainwashing, this is the past as it happened.

I love my country. I know that it has given hope to millions of people for a better life. I know it has also committed terrible acts to harm the lives of millions. It is ignorant to ignore these incidents in favor of the myth of American Exceptionalism. Instead, I want my country to be better and improve. That requires telling students the truth and hoping that they love and care enough about the U.S. to come closer to achieving the ideals of all men being created equal and securing the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is patriotism.

Kyle Thaine

Gaines

Medina 12U plays in Canandaigua tourney

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 4 August 2020 at 7:43 am

Continuing to get in plenty of work on the diamond, the Medina Mustangs 12U Travel team competed in the Canandaigua Tournament this past weekend.

Colton Smith and Vinny Gray led batting with 7 hits each over the weekend’s four games.  Brady Christaansen and Nate Gibson each had 6 hits; while Tyler Kroening, Preston Woodworth, and Luke Duffina each had 5 hits. Carter Woodworth added 4 hits, and Brody Fry 3 hits.

Good pitching efforts were turned in by Fry, Kroening, Preston Woodworth, Lukas Grimes, Gray, and Carter Woodworth.

“The team was very competitive over the course of four games and it was a very good learning experience,” said Coach John Dieter.

Medina went 0-4 in the tourney.

U10 openers washed out

Rain washed out Monday evening’s scheduled season opening games in the U10 Division of the new Orleans County Short Season Baseball League.

Those games included Medina Red vs. Carlton, Barre/Rotary vs. St. Mary’s and Elba vs. Medina Blue.

The U10 Division is also scheduled to play at 6 p.m Wednesday with Rotary/St. Mary’s at Carlton, Medina Red vs. Medina Blue at Butts Park and Barre at Sandstone.

The league’s U12 Division is scheduled to begin play at 6 this evening with Rotary vs. St. Mary’s/Barre at the Midget League Field, Sandstone at Carlton and Elba at Medina.

New congressman needs to work for people who have suffered during pandemic

Posted 3 August 2020 at 9:52 pm

Editor:

To the unemployed citizens of WNY, NYS Department of Labor says we are recovering from the worst economic downturn in 75 years. Job losses were greatest in the leisure and hospitality sector, the “service industry.”

Future unemployment benefits are questionable. These are dark, scary times. Please don’t be embarrassed; use your local food pantry. Besides income, you probably also lost a most basic human right, health care during a pandemic.

Our new Congressman Chris Jacobs seems to be confused. Jacobs was elected to a position of service. Jacobs is the only WNY representative who voted to discontinue the Affordable Care Act option for health insurance. Fortunately, the bill didn’t pass. This is not the behavior of someone who “serves” us.

Representative Jacobs will be up for reelection in November. Our vote is power in a democracy.

Carol Nochajski

Wilson

Another day, another double rainbow

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 August 2020 at 9:42 pm

KENDALL – Dawn Gardner sent in this photo of a double rainbow that appeared today at about 7 p.m. on West Kendall Road. The double rainbow emerged after the sun came out following a heavy rain.

There was also a double rainbow on Sunday in Orleans County.

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Ortt, Senate Republicans say hearing on nursing homes leaves unanswered questions

Posted 3 August 2020 at 6:18 pm

Press Release, State Sen. Robert Ortt and Senate Republican Conference

ALBANY – NYS Senate Republicans today renewed calls for the Senate to use its subpoena power after empty testimony from DOH Commissioner Howard Zucker left grieving families whose loved ones died in nursing homes without new information about why this tragedy occurred.

NYS Senate Democrats allowed Commissioner Zucker and Gareth Rhodes, representing the Executive Chamber, to testify on their own volition. Both presented a convenient power point presentation that relied solely on findings of a DOH-issued report that blamed the deaths of over 6,500 seniors on coronavirus spread among staff and family visitation instead of a March 25 order that allowed coronavirus positive patients to be sent directly from hospitals into nursing homes.

The presentation echoed the narrative presented by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“Today the Senate Republican Conference came to get real answers for our families, but the Department of Health Commissioner came without any data and simply parroted the official story line of the Cuomo Administration,” said Senate Republican Conference Leader Rob Ortt.

“We again renew our call to use the Senate’s subpoena power, which enables us to obtain records and vital testimony from any person in the DOH and the Cuomo Administration involved in this so we can finally get the answers New Yorkers deserve.”

Commissioner Zucker could not provide any answers as to the real death toll among the nursing home, assisted living, and long term care population, either. New York is the only state that does not count the deaths of residents who died in the hospital after transfer. This data was never factored into the DOH report.

The actual number of deaths could be as high as 10,000 to 11,000 individuals.

Zucker could not answer specific questions on the March 25 order, which he did not bring with him.

“It’s incomprehensible that after Republicans called for an independent investigation, use of subpoena power and more to get answers for the people that the DOH Commissioner would come without knowing basic facts about this crisis,” said Ranking Member of the Investigations Committee Senator Tom O’Mara. “Commissioner Zucker acknowledged that he understood that the data on deaths of a nursing home resident with COVID transferred to a hospital where that resident ultimately died would be a significant topic of interest to the Legislature at today’s hearing, yet he came totally unprepared to address accurate nursing home death statistics despite having two weeks to prepare for his testimony. The lack of answers presented today at the Democrat-controlled hearing highlights the reason we need to use subpoena power to provide New Yorkers with real information about what happened and how to prevent this from happening as we move forward.”

Commissioner Zucker used part of his time allotment to deliver his presentation and questions were limited to members of the Investigations, Aging, and Health Committees.

“The DOH relies on a narrative with incomplete data,” said Ranking Member of the Health Committee Senator Patrick Gallivan. “Today, the DOH Commissioner failed to provide the Legislature with the complete number of deaths among nursing home residents, which includes those who died in the hospital. We must go into the next hearing with the use of the Senate’s subpoena power to finally get answers. Until this happens, we cannot say that New York State is doing everything it can to ensure the safety of our loved ones.”

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Orleans has 1 new Covid-19 case, while Genesee has 5 more

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 August 2020 at 4:46 pm

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments said there is one new confirmed case of Covid-19 in Orleans and five more in Genesee since Friday.

Orleans has now had 277 people test positive for Covid-19. The new case is a person in the 50s from Yates. The individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive, the Health Departments reported this afternoon.

The county also has 27 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. One resident from Orleans is currently hospitalized due to Covid-19.

Genesee’s 5 new cases bring the total to 261 who have tested positive in Genesee. The new cases include residents of Batavia, Elba and Pembroke. One is in the 20s, one in the 40s, another in the 50s, one in the 60s and the other resident is in the 70s.

The individuals were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

Genesee also has 33 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. One Genesee resident is hospitalized.

Genesee is also reporting five more recoveries from Covid-19, bringing that total in the community to 196.

Click here to view to see an online map of confirmed cases in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Currently there are 12 active cases in the three counties.

• State update: Gov. Andrew Cuomo today reported there are 536 people hospitalized with Covid-19, the lowest since March 17.

The intubations is down to 62, the lowest since mid-March. There were three confirmed deaths from Covid-19 in the  state, including none in New York City for the second straight day.

Of the 51,839 test results reported to New York State on Sunday, 545 or 1.05 percent, were positive.

More from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Department:

• Discrepancy with state data: We only report the numbers that are directly received to our departments. NYS data has been off due to some results being linked to people with one of our county’s addresses but actually don’t live in either county. These results are transferred to the appropriate county of residence, but are not reflected in the state’s daily updates.

• Facilities: There are currently no new positive cases of residents in any of the non-county regulated facilities in Genesee or Orleans counties.  If we have any changes we will re-post the graph with updates which will include all previous confirmed cases and number of deaths.

• Travel Advisory: New York is requiring travelers from the following 34 states with high coronavirus rates to self-quarantine for 14 days: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The list also includes Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

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

• Be alert for scam artists: The Genesee and Orleans County Health Department staff will always identify themselves, their position, and the reason for their visit or phone call. All staff have county provided identification badges that have their pictures.

In the event you are approached by someone stating they are from the health department without a clear reason for their visit or phone call, do not let them in your home, do not give them any information and call 911.

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Medina will allow partial payments on overdue water bills during Covid-19

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 August 2020 at 3:54 pm

MEDINA – The Medina Village Board is giving water users  a break in the village policy of insisting on full payment of late water bills.

The village sends out the bills quarterly. It allows 21 days after a bill is due before notifying the water customer the water will be shut off.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the village didn’t send out a shut-off notice. But now about a dozen users are facing two quarterly bills, with some of them in the $900 to $1,000 range.

One landlord, Matt Mundion, asked the village to allow partial payments to make the bills more manageable for water customers.

Village Trustee Tim Elliott said he supports the partial payments because the village is likely to get some revenue rather than being more likely to get nothing from those water customers. If the bill isn’t paid and the water is turned off, the landlord is usually stuck with the full bill.

Accepting a partial payment can create an “accounting nightmare” for the village clerk’s office, which typically has only accepted full payments in the past, and has only let the payments lag for a quarter, said Debbie Padoleski, village clerk-treasurer.

The village has only allowed partial payments in the case of a big water leak resulting in a very large bill.

The Village Board, which met Saturday after last Monday’s meeting was cancelled due to the big rainstorm, agreed that water customers with two late quarterly bills must pay at least the full amount of one of those quarters to keep the water from being shut off. The second quarter bill needs to be paid before the next bill comes out in three months.

In other action at Saturday’s meeting:

• The board accepted a bid for $27,961 from Delacey Ford in Elma for a new Ford F150 truck for the Water Department.

• Voted to have Auctions International sell old playground equipment and bikes. This doesn’t include the Snail at Pine Street Park. The Snail is staying, Mayor Mike Sidari said.

• Agreed to allow the Medina cross country team to use Boxwood Cemetery for two home meets on Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, if the season is allowed in the fall. The Village Board made one stipulation that any paint with directional arrows needs to be on grass and not the roads in the cemetery.

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Several from Orleans on Dean’s List at Alfred State

Staff Reports Posted 3 August 2020 at 2:01 pm

ALFRED – Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost at Alfred State College, has announced the Dean’s List of academically impressive students for spring 2020. To be listed, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours for the semester and earned a 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0. For the most recent semester, the dean’s list includes 980 students. In addition, 293 of these students achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA. The 4.0 GPA students are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Those students honored were enrolled full-time in either the School of Applied Technology; School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology; or the School of Arts and Sciences.

The following Orleans County students were among those recognized:

  • Erin Smith of Albion, Healthcare Management *
  • Erik Balys of Holley, Heavy Equipment Operations
  • Brandon Dillenbeck of Holley, Mechanical Engineering Tech
  • Melody Purtell of Holley, Radiologic Technology *
  • Jessica Sedore of Holley, Nursing (AAS/BS) *
  • Mikala Smith of Holley, Architectural Technology
  • Dalton Thurley of Holley, Mechanical Engineering Tech
  • Hanna Waterman of Holley, Nursing (AAS/BS) *
  • Austin Clay of Kendall, Digital Media and Animation
  • Keegan Bayne of Lyndonville, Machine Tool Technology
  • Olivia Hill of Medina, Healthcare Management
  • Dylan Nicholson of Medina, Digital Media and Animation
  • Jacob Stehlar of Medina, Technology Management
  • Meadow Washak of Medina, Mechanical Engineering Tech

Schools should teach less PC, more patriotism

Posted 3 August 2020 at 1:54 pm

Editor:

Recently the county school superintendents submitted a letter condemning the violent acts against police, citizens and property which I thank them for standing up, but what are they as heads of their districts going to change to assure this does not happen in the future.

Public schools and the curriculum they allow in big part created this monster. You all have to push back. Starting back in the late ’60s with the elimination of prayer then having to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Corporal punishment was removed. The shame of the non-nuclear family was removed. 1979 the Department of Education was formed and was infiltrated with the ’60s beatniks and communist sympathizers. With each administration it became worse especially during a Democrat presidency. The destructive teachers unions have not helped in the least.

The ’80s and ’90s ushered in new think. God was taken out of everything. Children came home and told their parents my teacher told me you can’t discipline anymore they will call Child Protective Services and you will go to jail. Then a child’s self esteem was more important. Underachievers held back the higher learners. Textbooks had all the answers in the back.

Red ink to correct wrong answers was off limits because it was too aggressive and hurt the feelings of children. Then there were no wrong answers. Recess was illuminated and the daily run around the gym and young children especially young boys were who are naturally hyper magically came into a newly manufactured syndrome called ADD and ADHD and were drugged into submission merely so they could be controlled.

Bad behavior was rewarded. A child is allowed say to a principal, a teacher, a superintendent, a bus driver the most vile foul language and make threats, throw tantrums, be violent and the punishment they would get is time out to play video games, an in-school suspension with transportation provided by the taxpayers. The history of our own country and our constitution glossed over with only how evil this country is and how the founders were slave owners and stole land from the Indians. In sports everyone gets a trophy. Everyone gets to be on the team even if you are a detriment.

Patriotism, love of country, American exceptionalism, American culture and the fact that just by being born on this soil made you better than anyone else in the world was replaced with a new God. Environmentalism, children being taught we are destroying the planet, showing them a proven false documentaries like Al Gore’s Earth in the Balance. Scaring them to death with unproven climate change calamity and telling them capitalism, the life blood of our country is the root cause of this and their parents’ and grandparents’ lifestyles are causing planetary destruction indoctrinating fear, hopelessness and hatred for their elders.

Instead of teaching reading, writing , arithmetic, American history and science minus the political slant they are taught political correctness, multiculturalism, that they are global citizens, anti-bullying, I need a friend benches, common core, to embrace the homosexual LGBTQ agenda, handed out condoms and birth control, that racism is hiding in every corner, and this year the completely revisionist history of the 1619 project and white fragility. To hate and guilt themselves for the way they were born and the white color of their skin.

Stop pushing and pushing that everyone has to go to college from the grade schools. It is not for everyone. Many students are so ill-prepared. Many don’t know what they are going for except that everyone is told they are supposed to go. They obtain worthless degrees and incur massive debt and a polluted mind.

Many can’t read or perform math skills past the 8th grade. They sure don’t know any kind of history. When they come out they can’t find a job and are transformed into these people you condemn that are out on the streets right now destroying and defacing everything. Little socialist, Marxist, communists screaming racism that hate our law enforcement with full intent on cancelling everyone and everything that they deem are wrong with the main focal point being destruction of western civilization and the very country that gave them all they have the USA. The Democrat communists elected leaders in these cities and states taught in the same education system allow this to go on.

I want you superintendents to pay attention to this because what I have illustrated here is probably only a fraction of what you allow to go on in your schools. Most of you have gone through this type of indoctrination in college, don’t think we are fooled. If you are truly sincere in what you wrote then you will look within because your system groomed these children’s minds long before the Marxist professors got their hand on them.

Two generations of children and teachers have been intellectually damaged by liberalism and progressivism. They are parents now. You must concentrate on this next generation in kindergarten and forward to reverse this madness. Are you up to the job?

The rioting in the cities are being promoted and funded by the Democrat and communist party. ANTIFA, Marxist BLM and radical Islam are all joined together now to take down this country. They learned this hate in the American education system. Teach the children to love our country and our Flag, show respect to adults, that learning is a lifetime experience and smarts don’t come in young adulthood. That police are there to protect them. Stop with the political correctness.

Citizens be careful who you elect to your school broad. Any board for that matter. Know what they believe. Civilization depends on it that how critical it is.

Paul Lauricella

Yates

3 recently plead guilty in County Court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 August 2020 at 12:28 pm

Courthouse begins to reopen with grand jury, some in-person appearances

ALBION – Orleans County Court is gradually reopening although it isn’t fully reopen to the public.

The court is doing some in-person arraignments and some defendants have taken plea offers. Some court proceedings continue through Skype.

Last week the first grand jury was seated since mid-March, when the court systems were largely shut down in the state. The grand jury usually meets in the Public Safety Building but was moved to the main courtroom in the County Courthouse to allow for more social distancing.

Last month, three people pleaded guilty in county court and accepted plea offers.

Those cases include:

Ronald R. Cook Jr., 36, of Cobleskill, pleaded guilty on July 29 to one count of third-degree rape. He admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old girl who he met through the 4-H program.

Cook could face up to 6 months in the county jail and 10 years on probation when he is sentenced on Oct. 14.

Deon Jackson, 20, of Medina pleaded guilty on July 2 to second-degree burglary after a home invasion in Medina. He allegedly entered a Medina residence without permission on July 3, 2019 with a BB pistol, and took $1,700 in cash.

As part of the plea, he faces a maximum of five years in state prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 19.

Kelly Morrison, 45, of Medina pleaded guilty on July 8 to third-degree attempted arson for allegedly setting her house on fire on May 11, 2019 on Gwinn Street.

Morrison faces up to five years in probation and must pay any “reasonable restitution.” She will be sentenced on Sept. 9.

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Cuomo signs bill allowing ice cream and frozen desserts to be made with liquor

Posted 3 August 2020 at 11:53 am

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S7013/A8732) authorizing the manufacture and sale of ice cream and other frozen desserts made with liquor in New York State.

The legislation will help New York’s dairy farmers, liquor and craft beverage producers, dairy processors and manufacturers, food retailers and restaurants meet the increasing consumer demand for these new and innovative products.

“The craft beverage industry has experienced explosive growth in New York and with that comes a responsibility to advance regulations that help ensure long-term viability, protect consumers and provide farmers with opportunities to increase their business,” Governor Cuomo said. “This legislation will further grow a burgeoning industry and boost small businesses while helping to put them on a path of sustained growth that empowers both producers and consumers.”

The measure would limit the percentage of alcohol in ice cream to not more than 5 percent of alcohol by volume, and would require the same product labeling and warning statements similar to confectionary that contain wine, beer or cider.

Recognizing the value that craft manufacturers have for not just their own businesses, but for the State’s entire economy, Governor Cuomo has worked to create new licenses, modernize laws, relax regulations, cut taxes, eliminate fees and launch innovative promotional campaigns to make it easier to start and grow new craft manufacturing businesses. Since the Governor’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, the number of farm-based licenses has increased by over 190 percent, from 282 in October 2012 to 823 today.

New York now ranks in the top five in the U.S. for its number of craft beverage producers in every category. The state ranks first in U.S. for the number of hard cider producers, second in craft breweries and distilleries, and fourth in the country for the total number of wineries.

Senator Rachel May said, “New Yorkers are already able to responsibly enjoy beer, wine, and cider infused ice creams. Thanks to this bill, vendors will now be able to offer their customers another delicious treat. This legislation will help New York’s dairy industry and our liquor and craft beverage industries at the same time. I am very grateful to the Governor for signing this into law, and I look forward to sharing some maple bourbon ice cream with him at next year’s State Fair!”

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