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Union for COs reacts to third delay on raise since March

Posted 26 September 2020 at 7:50 pm

‘Throughout this pandemic our members have put their own health and the health of their families at risk going to work each day serving the people of New York.’

Press Release, New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association

NYSCOPBA has learned that Governor Cuomo has deferred the contractually required 2% wage increase for the third time since the Covid pandemic began in March.

The raise, which was originally scheduled to occur in April, and was originally delayed to October 1, now has been pushed back until January of 2021.

This once again is a slap in the face to the brave men and women in law enforcement and those on the front lines who are tasked with keeping order in our state’s prison systems and our mental health facilities. Throughout this pandemic our members have put their own health and the health of their families at risk going to work each day serving the people of New York.

We understand the dire fiscal crisis facing the state but they should honor the commitment they made to our members. They face some of the most dangerous working conditions in the state and deserve to be fully compensated for the work they do.

From the first day of this crisis we have had to fight DOCCS and the State for the basic needs to protect our members while they continued to go to work. NYSCOPBA needed to purchase masks for staff that the state initially refused to supply. They wouldn’t initially acknowledge the need for basic protection for our members which was extremely troubling.

We advocated for the suspension of dangerous practices like transporting inmates and inmate visitations, to minimize the spread of the virus. In the meantime, over 1,000 members contracted the virus and several died as a result.

Our members are continually ignored and forgotten by the Governor, majority members of the State Senate and Assembly. They all enjoyed significant raises at the beginning of the year and now are denying hard working state employees a miniscule 2% raise.

It is the blue collar union workers that helped navigate us through this crisis, not our elected leaders in Albany.

Our union will continue to advocate on behalf of our membership, who have been essential in getting us through this crisis. We will do everything in our power to make sure the state honors its commitment.

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Travel Thoughts by Kim

By Kim Pritt, Contributor Posted 26 September 2020 at 6:00 pm

Let’s go on an adventure together … to Kentucky!

A grave monument at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KY –
I’d love to know the story behind this one!

I had several adventures in mind as I thought about this edition of “Travel Thoughts By Kim” and had pretty much decided on one in particular. But, a new friend suggested I check out a travel blog he enjoys – “Tennessee Crossroads” – and while I was skimming through it, it kept reminding me of my trip to Kentucky last year. Yeah, I know, it should have reminded me of Tennessee, right? Well, I’ve been to Tennessee a few times, but it has been many years ago, now, so memories are a bit faded. I want to do a visit to Tennessee, again – in fact, I had considered a trip to the Memphis area this spring (I still have “cry on Elvis’ grave” on my bucket list) and I had a trip to Nashville booked for this November. But, unfortunately, this year resulted in a lot of cancelled plans. So, Tennessee will have to wait. No, reading through that travel blog really got me reminiscing about my time in Kentucky, so that’s what I want to share with you this time.

In 2019, I was able to spend time in the last three states that finished off my “visit all 50 states” bucket list item. Kentucky was my # 48…..Colorado and New Mexico wrapped up the list in September and October. I went to Kentucky the last week in August. I thought it was going to be a “check the box” trip – didn’t think there’d be much to do or see there. But, I was so wrong! It was a 5 day trip – two travel days and three full days to explore. In that time, I put 460 miles on my rental car and traveled another ~150 on a bus tour and still wished I had more time to do more! I absolutely loved Kentucky and everything I did while I was there. Let me try to condense all the wonderful things I crammed into three days into one short story for you all.

I decided to fly into Louisville as my base for the trip. I stayed at the Radisson, Louisville North in Clarksville, Indiana which is just across the Ohio River from Louisville. So, I drove across a huge bridge between Kentucky and Indiana over the Ohio River at least twice every day. Across the parking lot from the hotel was a dinner theater – Derby Dinner Playhouse. I checked out their web site and found their current production was “Million Dollar Quartet” – the story of the night of Dec 3, 1956 when Sam Phillips got Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis together for the first and only time for a jam session and made Rock and Roll History at Sun Records. I was exhausted after a long day in airports, but couldn’t resist – I went and saw a totally awesome live performance that blew me away!

One of many Rickhouses at Willett Distillery – a rickhouse is the building where the aging process occurs at all the distilleries

Louisville, itself, didn’t impress me much – it is a huge city with lots of traffic and a bit hard to get around. I’m not much of a big city kinda girl, so I was a bit out of my comfort zone, but that’s OK – it was just the base for my exploration. I did do a little driving around the city with no particular goal in mind and found some cool things to look at – including a really cool historic water tower, Thomas Edison’s home, and Louisville Slugger Field – all of which were great photo ops, but I didn’t take the time to explore further. But, the rest of the trip…..WOW!!!

Day one started with a stop at Cave Hill Cemetery right in the heart of downtown Louisville. It was really odd to find this huge and absolutely stunning park-like cemetery in the middle of a busy city. I love old cemeteries – especially ones with so much history, character, and beauty. Cave Hill didn’t disappoint. Established in the mid-1800s, it has rolling hills, lakes, streams, abundance of nature, and lots and lots of stunning statues and memorials – some of the most unique and elaborate I’ve ever seen.

It is also home of Louisville’s National Cemetery for veterans. I planned to just do a quick drive through and find the two most famous residents – Colonel Sanders and Muhammad Ali – and move on to the next stop on my Day One Agenda, but it was all so gorgeous and there were so many photos I felt compelled to take, that I ended up spending over two hours there. I could have easily spent another couple hours if I didn’t have admission tickets to the Ark Encounter to get to. If you’re ever in or near Louisville, do yourself a favor and spend some time in Cave Hill Cemetery – you won’t regret it. For now, be sure to click the link at the end of this article that will take you to my blog post with the photos I took – so amazing!

Barton Distillery is home of the World’s Largest Bourbon Barrel

After my wonderful morning at Cave Hill Cemetery, I drove about an hour and a half to Williamstown, KY to visit the Ark Encounter. The Ark Encounter sits on 200 acres and is a 510 foot long, 85 foot wide, and 51 foot high replica of Noah’s Ark with life-like exhibits of how life on the biblical ark would have been like. What an awesome experience. It was absolutely fascinating to go through and includes a small zoo with many of the animals that would have been on Noah’s Ark. And, you can even ride an actual camel while you are there! Definitely a must see – but, don’t cut your time short – it’s an easy 4 or more hour visit. I didn’t include the nearby Creation Museum – maybe on another trip.

Day two was devoted to an eight hour Bourbon Tour. It was an expensive tour – they pride themselves on small focused groups with detailed, informative tours and it was so worth the price. The tour I was on was in a large SUV with me and three young guys from Australia and the guide. We had so much fun – the guys treated me like their long-lost aunt – and I learned a lot about Kentucky and bourbon. I’m not a bourbon/whiskey drinker, but thought the distilleries would be interesting and how can you go to Kentucky without doing something along the Bourbon Trail?

It was a wonderful tour and I actually got a new appreciation for bourbon. We traveled about 150 miles in eight hours and visited five distilleries (two unscheduled additions our guide made to make our tour a bit nicer) – Maker’s Mark, Willett, Heaven Hill, Barton, and Jim Beam – and the day also included a nice lunch at a beautiful Country Club. I learned that “all bourbon is whiskey, but all whiskey is not bourbon” – there is a very strict list of requirements by law to be able to put the word “bourbon” on a whiskey label and that 95% of the world’s bourbon is made in a triangle area in Kentucky that I toured that day. The distilleries were stunning and so interesting – I’m really glad I spent the day with my three new young friends from Australia tasting bourbon. Be sure to click on the link at the end of the article that takes you to the Bourbon Trail blog post for tons of information about Kentucky and the distilleries – so fascinating.

I did a lot of driving and saw a ton of stuff on Day Three. I started out just down the street from my hotel in Clarksville, Indiana. I saw signs for Falls of the Ohio and, since I love waterfalls, I had to check it out. I discovered it wasn’t a waterfall, after all. It was a series of rapids caused by lime stone tables along that section of the Ohio River resulting in the world’s largest exposed fossil bed and it was awesome! The photos I took nowhere near do it justice….so beautiful! From there, I went to Churchill Downs where I took the walking tour and learned all about the history of the famous horse track – very interesting. I capped my time at the Downs with a stop in the bar for a Mint Julep – I was told it was against the law to go to Churchill Downs without having one, so……hahaha! It cost me $12 for the experience – I had a couple sips and left the rest. It was actually pretty good, but oh-so very strong and I had a long drive and day ahead of me, so thought it was best to just say I tried one and move on.

Mounted Police Horse named Albion in the Mounted Police exhibit at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY

After Churchill Downs, I started out on a little over an hour and a half drive to Lexington with plans to go to the Kentucky Horse Park and whatever else grabbed my attention along the way. The first side trip that caught my eye was Frankfort – the capital of Kentucky. Frankfort is a lovely little town with an amazing capital building and the home of the original Bourbon Ball candy.

I couldn’t resist a stop at the Rebecca Ruth Candy Museum to get some of her historic Bourbon Balls and other sweet treats. It seems that Ruth Booe is the Mother of the Bourbon Ball and started a candy business with her friend, Rebecca, in 1919 and kept it going until 1964, when her son took over the business.

Back on the road, I saw signs for Historic Georgetown and knew I had to check it out. It was a quaint little town with lots of charm and shops. I finally made it to Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park, where I took a horse and buggy tour led by two gorgeous Clydesdale horses. Definitely worth the long drive. On the way back to Louisville, I found a highly recommended “hole in the wall” BBQ restaurant out in the middle of nowhere – Red State BBQ – and had the best beef brisket dinner I’ve ever had! For sure this place can be the poster child for “don’t judge a book by the cover” and one you really should put on your “to do” list if in the Lexington area! Also, venturing out beyond Louisville gave me the joys of seeing the absolute beauty of the great state of Kentucky – rolling hills and miles and miles of horse farms, board fences, and the deepest blue grass I’ve ever seen in my life.

I really loved Kentucky and hope I can go back, someday, to see more of their gorgeous state. My only regret? Underestimating it and not planning more time while I was there.

If you’d like to see more photos and lots of great info on my amazing trip to Kentucky, you can visit these posts on my blog:
Cave Hill Cemetery
The Ark Encounter
Bourbon Tour
Churchill Downs and Kentucky Horse Park

Happy Adventuring!

Historic Childs: The Cobblestone Universalist Church continues as focal point of museum

Posted 26 September 2020 at 10:45 am

Provided photos courtesy of Cobblestone Museum: The Cobblestone Universalist Church was erected in 1834 on Ridge Road, just east of Route 98. It is the oldest cobblestone church building in North America.

(Editor’s Note: This is the seventh 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 Society & Museum Director

In 1833, the First Universalist Society was organized at Fairhaven (now Childs) and a building committee consisting of John Proctor, Joseph Billings, and William W. Ruggles was selected.  The First Universalist Church just east of the four corners in Childs was built by John Proctor in 1834 and given to the congregation.

Built in the Federal style, the Universalist Church represents the oldest cobblestone church in North America. Bricks were used for lintels and the sills were fashioned from wood. Masons used the depressed hexagonal or “Gaines Pattern” of mortar embellishment.

The inscription on the front of the church reads, “ERECTED BY THE FIRST UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY: AD 1834. GOD IS LOVE.”

In 1960, the State Board of the Universalist Church declared the Childs church abandoned and had considered selling it. Church services were no longer held there, and in fact, the church had been converted into a cabbage storage facility.

To avoid potential demolition by commercial interests, the Cobblestone Society Museum was formed and purchased the building. It was during this time, in the 1960s, that the museum carefully repaired and restored the interior and exterior.

In July of 1964, thanks to a generous donation from John Brush, the church’s tower was reconstructed and installed in the same location as the original tower.

The interior of the church is arranged to look as it would have in the 1880s and is included in public tours offered at the Cobblestone Museum.   Here, “Elderberry Jam,” a local fiddlers group, entertains a full house crowd in 2019.

Weddings continue to be held in the church, just like they would have in the earliest days in Childs.

In 1993, the Cobblestone Church, parsonage and District School #5 were designated the Cobblestone National Historic Landmark District, the highest distinction recognized by the National Department of the Interior.  The latter two sites will be presented in future articles.

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NY would be better served trying to keep its residents rather than imposing quarantine

Posted 26 September 2020 at 10:18 am


Being a former NYS resident, it’s been great to be informed by the Hub of local and state news. As I write, NYS has 35 states under its “quarantine” list issued by Governor Cuomo.

My state, Florida, is on his list. He says he has done a great job with his discipline that he has conducted of his control with the virus prevention. Death toll in NYS from the virus is 32,708. With a population of 1,000,000-plus more people in Florida, coronavirus deaths here are 13,961. With 900 people moving here per day to make Florida their permanent residences, Governor DeSantis gave up the “quarantine” but has kept virus death toll down.

It has propped up the TV and radio stations with receiving Michael Bloomberg’s $100 million to enhance the Biden campaign here in Florida. Another shot in the arm was Tom Golisano’s (left NY to be Fl resident) contribution of three Golisano Children’s Hospitals here in Southwest Florida.

As Gov. Cuomo says, we’re “New York Tough.” Maybe spend more time in preventing New Yorkers from leaving than “quarantine” those entering.

Charles Woodworth

Englewood, Florida

Holley girls soccer team looks to keep rolling

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 September 2020 at 10:04 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Returning Genesee Region League All-Stars Halee Passarell, left, and Kayleigh Neale will help lead the Holley girls varsity soccer team into the upcoming Genesee Region League season.

Anchored by a large group of a dozen returnees, Holley is looking to keep the momentum going from last year’s 10 win season heading into the upcoming Genesee Region League girls soccer campaign.

Seniors Halee Passarell (Midfield/Forward) and Kayleigh Neale (Defender/Midfield), who both earned G-R All-Star honors last fall, and freshman Samantha Bates (Midfield/Forward), who was an Honorable Mention selection, head Holley’s veteran contingent.

Passarell had a team high 13 goals and 7 assists, Bates 7 goals and 4 assists and Neale 5 goals and a team high 14 assists last season.

The Lady Hawks veteran group also includes seniors Skyla Milazzo (Midfield/Forward), Allyson Skehan (Defender/Midfield), Hayley Skidmore (Defender/Midfield), Amya Cancino (Midfield/Forward), Allison Lyndaker (Midfield/Forward) and Rylee Secor (Defender/Midfield) along with junior Tatum Gagne and freshmen Emma Bradley (Goalie/Midfield), Jailyn Bishop (Defender/Midfield) and Isabella Thom (Defender/Midfield).

“We’ve got a pretty good core back,” said Coach Renee Wolf. “Our middle is pretty strong so I think we should definitely do well.”

The Lady Hawks graduation losses included G-R All-Stars Sarah Harrington (Midfield/Forward) and Olivia Radford (Defender/Forward and Honorable Mention selection Rachel Killian (Defender/Midfield). Radford had 10 goals and 9 assists and Harrtington 3 goals and 3 assists last year.

Holley is scheduled to open the G-R season at home on October 6 against Notre Dame.

Schedule (games at 7 p.m.):

October: 6 – Notre Dame, 8 – at Wheatland-Chili, 10 – at Kendall, 13 – Byron-Bergen, 15 – Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, 20 – Kendall, 22 – Wheatland-Chili, 24 – at Byron-Bergen, 26 – Alexander, 28 – at Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, 30 – at Attica.

November: 3 – vs. Lyndonville at Medina, 5 – Pembroke

Local veterans’ organizations need more members

Posted 26 September 2020 at 8:48 am


I am a U.S. Army veteran having served my country in Germany. I have seen the ravages of war. I go to the VA for my health care. The VA has become a great place for veterans to get care. Veterans receive of the types of help from the government.

Many of these benefits have come about by the efforts of veterans’ organizations through the years. Now these organizations are facing a decline of membership. They need the veterans to become members. The membership of American Legion posts of Orleans County is falling to a point that some may not be able to survive. Sad, but true.

They need new members to become energized as their membership is getting older and becoming unable to keep their programs helping veterans and civilians.

“Veterans helping veterans.” Become a member and fight to keep your benefits and continue to help others.

Carl Boyle


Congressman votes to treat some as second-class citizens

Posted 25 September 2020 at 9:31 pm


Congressman Chris Jacobs once again shows his totally grotesque subservience to President Trump. In a vote on the House Resolution, (H.R. 908), that condemns all forms of anti-Asian racism, Mr. Jacobs voted no.

The bill reads: “The resolution recommits U.S. leadership to (1) prioritize language access and inclusivity in communication practices and (2) combat misinformation and discrimination that puts Asian-Americans at risk.”

This is what our Congressman voted against. Our congressman favors treating Asian-Americans as second class citizens. I am reminded of a poem by Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller: “First they came for…”.

But in this case you could substitute migrant farm workers for the first one attacked by Mr. Jacobs and now Asian-Americans. Chris Jacobs’ blatant racism needs to be called out and he needs to be voted out of the House of Representatives. I strongly urge voting for Nate McMurray this November. Thank you.

William Fine


Shelby fire destroys barn, badly damages apartment and workshop

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 September 2020 at 7:06 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

SHELBY – A fast-moving fire devoured a barn on West Shelby Road late this afternoon. The barn is owned by Darrel Barnes. The fire also badly damaged a workshop and apartment owned by Barnes.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at about 5 p.m. Barnes had removed a section of the barn and was burning some of the old wood. He said the fire sparked to the barn and quickly spread. He tried to put it out with a hose, but the fire quickly engulfed the barn in flames.

“I couldn’t believe all of a sudden it was whoosh,” he said. “I couldn’t put it out.”

Barnes said no one was injured in the fire.

Shelby, Medina and several other fire companies were at the scene, using tankers to haul water to put out the flames.

Orleans County fire investigators were also on the scene to confirm the cause.

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Orleans has 3 new Covid-19 cases to report today, Genesee has 2 more

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 September 2020 at 4:42 pm

Orleans had 9 confirmed cases this week

Orleans County is reporting 3 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today, making it 9 new cases this week and 314 total since March.

The 3 new cases are residents of Carlton and Gaines. One of the individuals is in the 20s, another in the 40s and other is in the 60s, according to the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

The individuals were not on quarantine prior to testing positive. There are also 4 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.

Genesee County received 2 new positive cases of Covid-19 today, bringing the total to 8 this week and 299 since March.

The two new positive cases reside in Bethany with one of individuals in the 20s and the other in the 50s. The individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.

Genesee also is reporting 3 more recoveries and they have been released from mandatory isolation.

Genesee also has 6 new individuals on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. Genesee also is reporting 1 resident is hospitalized due to Covid.

To see an online map of confirmed cases in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, click here.

• State-wide data: Governor Andrew Cuomo reported that there 908 positives cases on Thursday out of 94,818 test results reported to the state or 0.95 percent.

“New Yorkers’ ability to stay vigilant and conscientious toward their fellow citizens is critical as we continue to battle Covid-19 throughout the state,” Cuomo said. “That mindset—that I wear a mask not just to protect myself, but to protect you as well—is what will get us through to the other side.”

Today’s data includes:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 511 (+11)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 93
  • Number ICU – 154 (+9)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 76 (+4)
  • Deaths – 7 (Total Deaths – 25,446)

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Kendall celebrates homecoming with some changes

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 September 2020 at 4:13 pm

No tug-of-war or parade, but still lots of fun

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – Waylon Peet carries a Kendall flag while he and the senior class make their entrance on the soccer during a homecoming celebration this afternoon at Kendall Central School.

The seniors won the homecoming competitions.

There will be a drive-in movie at the school parking lot this evening from 6 to 9 p.m. to cap the week.

Each class from the junior high, freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors had a representative compete in different events, including the hula hoop.

Kendall normally has a pep rally in the gym for homecoming but the rally was moved outside to the bleachers and the soccer field.

The pep rally included observing a moment of silence for Richard J. Gilman Jr., who would have been a senior this year. He died on April 18, 2018 due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Zack Barrett, a sophomore, had the longest soccer kick during one of the events. The school added more events and didn’t do some favorites, including the seniors vs. teachers in tug-of-war due to Covid-19 concerns.

Carol D’Agostino, the high school principal, welcomes students to the homecoming rally. She urged them to spread out – and have fun.

“It’s different but it’s good,” she said about the homecoming week activities. “It’s just good to have some fun.”

The Kendall classes won’t be doing a parade this year for homecoming. They still did hall decorating and dressed up for spirit days with different theme. Instead of the parade, each class had space in front of the school for s display about a movie genre.

“We know it’s not like usual,” D’Agostino told the students. “But we’re real excited to have a homecoming at Kendall.”

Joe Nettles, a senior, was speedy while bobbing for apples and then having to sprint. Only one kid could use the bobbing tub.

Seventh- and eighth-graders are spread out on the soccer field for the homecoming rally and competitions.

These students compete in a water balloon toss.

Waylon Peet gets soaked with a tub of water.

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Food distributions resume next week, with 1 box instead of 3

Photo by Tom Rivers: Volunteers and a food distributor get boxes of produce, meat and dairy ready on Sept. 18 at the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company. There was a long line of vehicles on Horan Road for the distribution.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 September 2020 at 11:50 am

The food distributions will resume next week in Orleans County, but there will be one box instead of three. There may be some additional fruits and vegetables available as well depending on Foodlink’s supply.

There have been three sets of boxes – dairy, meat and produce – at most of the recent distributions. Instead of the three boxes boxes, it will be one combination box, said Melissa Blanar, director of the Office for the Aging in Orleans County.

The box will be approximately 30-40 pounds and contain 10-12 lbs. of produce, 5-6 lbs. of dairy, 5-6 lbs. of meat and a gallon of milk, she said. Foodlink may also have some extra fruits and vegetables.

Another change will be the food will all be delivered by Foodlink instead of another distributor. Sometimes that other delivery truck has been delayed, leaving a long line of vehicles backed up at the distribution sites.

Here is the schedule for October:

• Friday, October 2nd – Community Action Main Street Store. 131 S. Main Street, Albion

• Friday, October 9th – no delivery this week

• Friday, October 16th – NEW LOCATION at Clarendon Fire Hall, behind the Fire Hall at 16169 E. Lee Road (Route 31A). No lines before 8 a.m., line up to the east on 31A-north side of 31, if needed, north on Hulberton Road.

• Friday, October 23rd – Ridgeway Fire Department, 11392 Ridge Road, Medina – no lines before 8 a.m. The entrance will be on Horan Road and the line will be facing north towards Ridge Road. Exit will be on to Ridge Road

• Friday, October 30th – Community Action Main Street Store, 131 S. Main Street, Albion.

All events have a tentative start time of 9 a.m. They may start earlier depending on when the truck arrives and volunteers are ready. No event will start prior to 8 a.m., Blanar said.

She also urged people to stay to the side of the road while waiting and do not block driveways.

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Hickory Ridge crowns Cup winners

Contributed Story Posted 25 September 2020 at 11:22 am

Contributed Photos – Paula Knaak and Jeff Dobson have captured Hickory Ridge Cup titles

The prestigious Hickory Ridge Cup recently concluded the competitive tournament schedule for the Hickory Ridge Golf Association.

The two day all handicap event crowned winners for male and female  association members.

Winning for the women was Paula Knaak who posted a 139 net for the event.  Close behind was Deb Wood who netted 142 followed by a tie between Brenda Powers and Melissa Cotter at 155.

On the men’s side first year member Jeff Dobson narrowly beat out Jim Zambito 148-149 to claim the title.  Randy Knaak and Werner Stumpf shared third place with 152.

Trophies for the years events will be distributed at the year end scramble on October 3.

The final standings for the Ladies Nights Out  Tuesday Night League had the team of Marcia Zambito and Brenda Powers taking this year’s title.  Deb Birkins and Patty Pfister took second place with Judy Schuth and Di Hennekey finishing in third just ahead of Cheryl Ferguson and Vicki Brawn.

Albion BOE member resigns, saying actions misconstrued in allegations of profiling

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 September 2020 at 11:13 am

ALBION – An Albion Board of Education member has resigned after allegations from a parent that she called the police on three 10-year-old boys in a racially motivated incident.

Elissa Nesbitt said she there was no racial profiling when she called 911 in late August, asking an officer to check on three boys by the stone wall on Hazard Parkway, facing Main Street.

The police came and took the boys’ names and dates of birth. One of the boy’s mothers saw it as racial profiling, that Nesbitt wouldn’t have called the police if the boys weren’t black.

Nesbitt resigned from the board on Saturday, insisting there wasn’t any racism involved, just concern about the boys being unsafe near a busy street.

“It is unfortunate that my actions have been misconstrued and mischaracterized,” Nesbitt wrote in her letter of resignation. “I thought this was a community that looked out for one another and I did what I thought any parent should do.”

Nesbitt said she is resigning also out of concern for the health and safety of her and her family.

Kathy Harling, the Board president, issued a statement on behalf of the board today, citing Nesbitt’s statement that the incident had become a distraction for the board. Harling said an investigation in the incident is ongoing.

“The investigation will continue until completion, and the Board does not intend to make any further comments regarding the allegations or the investigation until that time,” Harling said.

Nesbitt was elected to the board in May 2018 and took office to a five-year term on July 1, 2018.

Harling said the board will discuss filling the vacancy during its October meeting.

Nesbitt previously served as a trustee for Hoag Library before joining the Board of Education. She and her husband Chuck have two young children in the district.

“When I set out to run for the school board my vision was to work hard to make ACS a better place for every student it serves,” Nesbitt wrote in the letter. “Working together with my fellow board members, we’ve accomplished a great deal and many things are currently in motion. For that, I’m proud. I have the utmost respect for and confidence in this board.”

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Albion soccer squad gets some gridiron help

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 September 2020 at 11:04 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Senior Alex Gibson, who earned All League honors last year, will help lead the Albion varsity soccer team into the upcoming season.

Hit hard by graduation, the roster of the Albion boys varsity soccer team is getting a welcome boost from several members of the Purple Eagles football squad whose season has been postponed until spring.

The football playrs joining the Purple Eagles include the wide receiver trio of seniors Chris Shabazz and Anthony Freeman and junior Tyler Gibson along with Zac Olles and Jahmeek Riley.

The additions are a good boost for the Purple Eagles which return only seven players from last year’s squad after 13 graduated.

“The football players will really help us,” said Coach Casey Flynn. “They’s got speed and the athleticism and drive they bring will certainly help us .”

The Purple Eagles returning group is led by senior forward Alex Gibson (5 goals, 2 assists) who earned N-O All-League Honorable Mention.

The veteran group also includes seniors Jacob Thom, Zac Albright and Colburn Spierdowis along with juniors Caleb Hyde, Blake Stornelli and Josh Martin.

The Purple Eagles graduation losses include first team All-League honoree midfielder Angel Rosario (8 goals), second team selections midfielder Juan Santiago and defender Spencer Sietman, Honorable Mention picks goalie Omar Peterson and forward Conner Hollenbeck along with forward Sam Sanchez and defender Cole London.

“It’s going to be different on offense with our graduation losses but the football guys should help with our depth and speed,” said Flynn.

Albion, which went 3-6-1 in the league and 5-10-2 overall last fall, is scheduled to open the N-O seasonal home on October 5 against Newfane.


October: 5 – Newfane, 6:45 p.m.; 7 – at Roy-Hart, 6:45 p.m.; 9 – Akron, 6:45 p.m.; 14 – at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.; 16 – Medina, 6:45 p.m.; 23 – at Newfane, 4:30 p.m.; 28 – Roy-Hart, 6:45 p.m.; 30 – at Akron, 4:30 p.m.

November: 2 – Wilson, 6:45 p.m.; 5 – at Medina, 4:30 p.m.