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Kendall’s Barn Quilt Trail includes 40 designs of local pride

Posted 18 October 2021 at 12:12 pm

These three quilt patterns are among 40 on the Kendall Barn Quilt Trail. From left they include “The Farmer’s Daughter,”  “Twisting Star” and “Railroad Crossing.”

“Illuminating Orleans” – Vol. 1, No. 24

By Catherine Cooper, Orleans County Historian

KENDALL – Colorful quilt patterns have adorned barns in the Kendall area since 2006 when quilting enthusiast, Lora Partyka, first suggested the idea of a local quilt trail which generated a great deal of local enthusiasm.

Soon the 4’x 4’ hand-painted squares which depict designs that signify the property or the owner’s interests were to be seen on many barns and the initiative was the focus of tourist interest.

• The Farmer’s Daughter quilt pattern is on Countyline Road at Partyka Farms. Lora’s design was the first to be displayed. Lora is a fifth generation farmer’s daughter on her father’s side.

Railroad Crossing on Kendall Road was selected by Jeanette and Bill Behnke. Bill was a conductor for the Kodak Industrial rail system. This design also reflects local railroad history. The property is close to the old Hojack Line which was instrumental in the development of Kendall as a shipping center for the abundance of locally grown farm produce.

Train service began in 1876. Several industries developed around the railroad station: grain storage, cold storage, dry-houses, coal-yards. As transportation methods changed, the Hojack Line became defunct in the 1970s, having served the area for one hundred years. Two buildings which used to be on the railroad property, a small shed and a red octagonal building, were relocated beside the Behnke barn.

Twisting Star is on Bropst farm on Peter Smith Road features this dramatic design selected as it was a personal favorite and reflects the constancy of the beauty of the area as well as the changes caused by time and climate

These are but a few of the over 40 barn quilts in Orleans County. As we are celebrating Heritage Season, a leisurely country quilt-spotting drive might be in order.

Can you find this barn?

New pastoral team serving at Faith Covenant Fellowship

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 18 October 2021 at 11:50 am

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Sue and Sam Hershberger share duties at the Faith Covenant Fellowship church at 11945 Million Dollar Highway, Medina. They arrived from Oklahoma after the previous pastor left.

MEDINA – A small church on the edge of town has welcomed a new pastor and his wife.

The Rev. Sam Hershberger and his wife Sue arrived from Oklahoma, where he was in between pastoring jobs. Searching online, they discovered Faith Covenant Fellowship at 11945 Million Dollar Highway was looking for a pastor, after the church’s had left.

Moving from Oklahoma to Western New York wasn’t that big of a change for them as they are formerly from Ohio and still have family there. The couple has five children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They had left Ohio in 2006 to attend Rhema Bible College in Broken Arrow, Okla.

The pastor does the preaching and Sue takes care of the administrative duties, the pastor said.

“The congregation has been very welcoming to us,” he said.

His first sermon at the new church was preached via Zoom from their home in Oklahoma. He would like to being offering his sermons here online in 2022.

Faith Covenant Fellowship was founded by Jerry and Pat Grimes of Medina. Their daughter Amy Miller has stayed as worship leader.

The pastor said his sermons are Bible-based, where the spirit is free to move. He uses Bible principles adapted to real life.

“He preaches faith and healing,” Sue said.

The church also has a children’s ministry run by Chad Wirth, and a nursery all set up, ready for growth, Sue said.

Every other month, they have a potluck dinner.

They welcome the community to join them for Sunday worship or prayer meetings and Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Currently, the couple is living in the Millville United Methodist Church parsonage, while they search for a home to buy.

Faith Covenant Fellowship just east of Medina has welcomed a new pastor and his wife. They hope to grow the congregation, which meets at 10 a.m. Sundays for worship.

Vets Park to host soccer doubleheader Tues.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 October 2021 at 10:36 am

Medina’s Vets Park will host an opening round sectional soccer doubleheader on Tuesday.

At 3:30 p.m. No. 7 seed Medina/Lyndonville will host No. 10 Tapestry in a Section VI Class B1 boys playoff game.

Then at 6 p.m. No. 8 Lyndonville/Medina will entertain No. 9 Greece Odyssey in a Section V Class B1 girls playoff contest.

In other schedule changes for Tuesday, No. 3 Roy-Hart will now host No. 14 Salamanca in a Section VI Class B2 boys playoff game at 4 p.m. and No. 9 Kendall will face No. 8 Bolivar-Richburg at 5 p.m. at Attica in a Section V Class C2 girls contest.

Blue Mass urges blessings on first responders

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 October 2021 at 9:05 am

Photos courtesy of Alan Worgo

ALBION – Local firefighters and law enforcement officers are shown with Rev. Richard Csizmar, pastor of Holy Family Parish, and members of Gates Keystone Club before a Blue Mass on Sunday at Holy Family.

This is the sixth year the parish held a Mass to honor and pray for law enforcement officers, corrections officers, coroners, firefighters and medics.

The Gates Keystone Club (Police Pipes and Drums) provided music for the service. The band formed in 1998 to “for the purpose of honoring our fallen brothers and sisters and to participate at official ceremonial events.”

The Knights of Columbus, Council 1330, has pushed for the Blue Mass locally.

Medina Marching Band takes 1st again with highest score of 14 bands

Posted 18 October 2021 at 8:43 am

Photo and information courtesy of Medina Marching Band

VICTOR – The Victor Marching Band hosted a competition on Saturday with 14 bands from around Western NY competing. Despite the ominous prediction, the weather held out allowing all of the  bands to compete.

In SS1, Medina earned 1st place with a score of  88.85 followed by East Irondequoit in 2nd with 85.75.

There were 4 bands in the SS3 class and Norwich earned 1st place with a score of 76.40 followed by Marcus Whitman in 2nd at 76.35, Leroy in 3rd at 74.90 and Falconer-Frewsburg in 4th with 72.45.

The LS3 class had 2 competitors with Greece earning 1st place at 80.05 followed by Hilton with 78.55.

Webster led the LS2 class with a score of 84.80 followed by West Seneca in 2nd place at 83.50 and Orchard Park in 3rd place with 79.95.

There were 3 National bands performing and Victor earned 1st place with 88.55, Lancaster in 2nd at 88.30 and Jamestown in 3rd with 83.55.

Medina’s next competition is Saturday in Greece.

The NYS Field Band Championships are on Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.  Travel time from Medina is approximately 2 1/2 hours and parking at the Dome is usually $10 a car. Tickets can only be purchased at the Dome and are $19 for adults, $13 for senior citizens 65 and older, and $13 for and students 18 years and younger. This ticket price is for the whole day.  Everyone must wear a mask while in the Dome except while eating. This is for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. If you are bringing anything into the Dome it must be in a clear bag and not very big.  SS1 class begins at 5:30 p.m. and Medina performs at 5:45 p.m.

Bills honor Geno Allport as Fan of the Year

Contributed Story Posted 17 October 2021 at 5:46 pm

Contributed Photo – Geno Allport is congratulated by his son Tre and Albion youth football players after receiving word that he has been honored as the Buffalo Bills Fan of the Year.

Western New York to be sure has a legion of ardent Buffalo Bills fans and there is probably none more so than Albion’s Geno Allport.

He’s a fan that the Bills look at as very special as the team has selected Geno as the Buffalo Bills Fan of the Year.

“It definitely caught caught me off guard. It’s very humbling,” said Geno whose family has had Bills season tickets for nearly 50 years.

“My son Tre apparently sent in a nomination for the Buffalo Bills NFL Fan of the Year. And I was surprised by the Buffalo Bills, family and friends on Thursday night with this news,” he added.

“This to me is a Family of the Year award. Our parents got their season tickets back in 1974 (which is why 74 is on the jersey). This is about all of us,” said Geno who for many years has very active as a coach and commissioner of the Albion youth football program, a member of the Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) Executive Board and the NFL’s USA Football program for youth..

He notes that with this honor he was asked by the Bills what he was doing in February? “I said hopefully watching my team. And they told me, I was receiving 2 tickets to the Super Bowl. So, my son Tre and I will be heading out to Los Angeles in February. Hopefully our Bills will be playing and more that day!” he said.

“I’ve been very fortunate in life to be a part of great families. My Allport family, my Albion Purple Eagle football family, my Vertus (the High School in Rochester where he teaches) Warriors family and of course, our Bills family,” he added.

Soccer sectionals set to begin Tuesday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2021 at 5:38 pm

Section V and Section VI soccer playoff competition will get underway on Tuesday while the Niagara-Orleans League field hockey and volleyball seasons will both wrap up early this week.

Weekly Schedule
Football – Akron at Medina, 7 p.m.
Field Hockey – Medina at Roy-Hart, Akron at Wilson, Newfane at Barker, 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball – Medina at Akron, Roy-Hart at Newfane, Albion at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.

Section VI Boys Soccer – Tapestry at Medina/Lyndonville, 3:30 p.m., Albion at Maryvale, 5 p.m.; Salamanca at Roy-Hart, 6:30 p.m.; Newfane at Alden, 5 p.m.; Akron at Fredonia, 7:20 p.m.
Section V Girls Soccer – Greece Odyssey at Lyndonville/Medina, 6 p.m. at Vets Park.; Alexander at Holley, 6 p.m.; Kendall vs. Bolivar-Richburg, 5 p.m. at Letchworth.
Field Hockey – Akron at Kenmore, 7 p.m.
Volleyball – Akron at Medina, 6:30 p.m.

Section V Boys Soccer – Perry at Kendall, Holley at East Rochester, 6:30 p.m.
Section VI Girls Soccer – Depew at Albion, 3:30 p.m.; Akron at Alden, 5 p.m.; Newfane at Falconer/Cassadaga Valley, 6 p.m.
Volleyball – Newfane at Akron, 6:30 p.m.

Football – Albion at Medina, Lake Shore at Roy-Hart/Barker/Lyndonville, 7 p.m.

Medina to host Akron on Monday in key showdown for C North Division title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2021 at 4:07 pm

The division title and a high seed for the upcoming sectional playoffs will be on the line as defending champion Medina hosts Akron in a key C North Division contest at 7 p.m. Monday at Vets Park.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina quarterback Xander Payne.

Medina is 4-0 and Akron 3-0 in C North competition. The Tigers also have one more division game to play against Cleveland Hill on Friday while the Mustangs will close out the regular season by hosting rival Albion that same evening.

Akron’s offense is led by quarterback Travis Fry who has passed for 563 yards and 9 touchdowns and rushed for 343 yards and 4 TDs.

Randy Hibbard is the Tigers leading rusher with 578 yards and 9 touchdowns while Chris Bergman is the leading receiver with 18 catches for 348 yards and 6 TDs.

Medina’s offense is likewise led by quarterback Xander Payne who has passed for 946 yards and 17 touchdowns including 5 to Greg Thompson, 4 each to Joe Cecchini and Jarin Rhim, 3 to Iverson Poole and 1 to Cayden Lilleby.

The Medina ground attack has been led by Poole with 357 yards and 4 touchdowns, Noah Skinner with 355 yards and 3 TDs and Robert Arnold with 178 yards and 3 TDs.

The teams have played three common division opponents. Against Newfane Medina won 40-0 and Akron 22-21; against Wilson Medina won 44-13 and Akron 38-20 and against Tonawanda Medina won 62-0 and Akron 20-14.

The Mustangs hold a 40-17-5 lead in the all-time series with the Tigers.

C North Standings: Medina 4-0, 6-0; Akron 3-0, 5-1; Wilson 2-2, 4-3; Cleve Hill 2-2, 3-4; Newfane 1-3, 3-4; Tonawanda 0-5, 0-7

Candidate for Yates Town Board says current officials out of touch with community

Posted 17 October 2021 at 12:21 pm


I decided to run for the Yates Town Board not because I need the aggravation but because what I have seen happen over the last 6 years I find disturbing.

I threw my full support behind this board. I really thought that things would be different. I campaigned for them. Our committee even endorsed the supervisor at the end of his first term.

This board has raised taxes 6 years in a row with 2021 being the highest at 15.29%. There is also an absolutely unacceptable comptroller audit. Click here for the full report.

The public called for change of our bookkeeping and of the yearly auditor that missed the errors. Our A account was missing 86,000 dollars that to this day is still not fixed. It has caused much hardship for the town. There was a cheaper more competent alternative. Why was there not a change made? Our Supervisor said I quote. “I get to pick the book keeper.” Now the taxpayers are paying more and also paying $14,000 yearly on top of that for software for this “private firm.”

For the first time the town had to bond out in 5-year payments the purchase of a new tractor mower for the highway department at $105,000. A lot of money but town always had saved in reserves. Are we broke? Mismanaged? Supervisor said it’s the last administration’s fault. He has an obsession to put in motion everything in the comprehensive plan update. There were 5,553 surveys sent out with 740 returned in western Orleans. Between 3 towns that’s 13.4%. This should have been DOA. I was told that this was a real good amount of responses by the supervisor, according to the people who were getting many thousands for writing it.

A $2.5 million upgrade to our “remote” town park even though the people living around it were vocally opposed to it. That fell on deaf ears. It has really burdened one in-park property owner. Unclear how much the taxpayers will be paying for yearly maintenance. It’s $10,000 now. Will that double, triple? Also an obsession to obtain the NYSEG property and take $23,000 off the tax rolls for a nature reserve for the park. Other plans include a sidewalk to nowhere. A double-wide sidewalk at the edge of the village with a bike path down to Shadigee. What do you do when you arrive for the few that will use it? All private lanes. A loss of privacy for all, easements needed?

A proposed bike path/nature trail from 63 to Morrison Road down to the park. Did I mention the million-dollar renovation to the town hall? The upstairs with an elevator. Couldn’t we build a new town hall with a million dollars? The $20 million bio-digester that the town will own. They are talking to everyone but the local farmers. All of this obtained through grants. Millions and millions of dollars worth. All of the high maintenance from these projects that bring in bring in no money will be paid for by our small tax base indefinitely. The taxpayers will also have to come up with hundreds of thousands of dollars in matching money for these grants and grant fees. Will a certain area foundation be willing to do more “secret votes” to obtain the matching money again?

The Town broke the agreed contract with our volunteer fire company. Town is responsible for 81 percent, village 19 percent of fire budget. Town refused to pay $15,400 that would go toward a new pumper.

They did pay 2 payments this year but less the $15,400 in the contract. Would have cost the village and town $25,000 each to litigate. Not worth it so our fire department and the public gets the shaft. They passed Oct. 14 an overly generous 4-year union contract that totally disregards the small tax base in this town and economic climate. Then they voted to move forward a budget that raises taxes.

My conclusion is this board is out of touch with the people that they are supposed to serve. It has become controlling and completely self-serving. This is why I am running for a councilman’s seat to make sure money is used properly, to do the town business and put priorities first.

We take in a certain amount of money every year. That’s what you have to live within just like the people that you tax. If there’s any money left you give it back to the people in a tax cut.

I will be your voice. I will be ethical, frugal, and take the oath of office and your constitutional rights seriously. Stop the Tax and Spend.

I ask for your vote on November 2nd on the Conservative or The Lyndonville Taxpayers First line.

Thank you.

Paul Lauricella


Forecast includes highs in 50s, 60s this week

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 October 2021 at 9:25 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: The sun sets last week in this photo on East Park Street in Albion.

The high temperatures this week won’t be in the 70s like last week. The National Weather Service in Buffalo is forecasting highs in the 50s and 60s this week in Orleans County.

Today will reach a high of 56 and be partly sunny, followed by 55 and sunny on Monday. Tuesday will be sunny with a high near 65, followed by sunny with a high near 68 on Wednesday.

The latter part of the week includes a mostly cloudy Thursday with a high near 65, followed by a high of 55 on Friday, and 54 on Saturday, according to the Weather Service.

Albion scores two youth football wins

Contributed Story Posted 17 October 2021 at 9:23 am

Contributed Photos – The Albion Mini squad quartet of Landyn Galligan, Matthew Schomski, Traper Croft and Heyden Almonte team up to make a tackle during Saturday’s game.

Albion took two out of three games from Newfane in Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) competition on Saturday.

Beginner Division
Newfane 15 Albion 0

Camden Holt had 79 yards rushing, Jayce Torres 12 and Harrison Froman had 9 yards for Albion.

The Albion defense was led by Holt with 11 tackles, Jayden Russo 4, Torres 4 and Liam Saporito 3.

Jonah Elsenheimer picks up yardage for the Albion JV squad.

The Beginner Eagles finish the season at 4-4.

Mini Division
Albion 14 Newfane 0

Another huge defensive game by the Mini Eagles who only allowed 49 points this year. Landyn Galligan had 14 tackles, Anthony O’Neal 10, Michael McElwain 5, Heyden Almonte 5, Traper Croft, Brycen Potter and Gavin O’Bracta 4 each.

Almonte and Galligan both had 60 yards touchdown runs. Giovanni LaMartina caught a PAT from Croft.

The Mini Eagles finish the season at 5-3.

JV Division
Albion 19 Newfane 6

Jonah Elsenheimer had a big day on offense for Albion with 120 yards passing and a touchdown and 81 yards rushing with 2 TD’s. Rocco Sidari also had a 39 yard TD reception, Jack Conn 41 yards receiving and Luke Bedford 33 yards. LJ Simmons had 40 yards rushing, Sidari 17 yards and Boe Preston 14 yards.

Chris Almonte led the defense with 12 tackles and a sack. Sidari 5 tackles, Bedford and Thailer Seibert 3 each. Stryker Sanders had a sack, Seibert a fumble recovery and Edwin Dudley had 2 pass deflections.

Albion will be the #3 seed in the playoffs and take on #2 Attica on Saturday.

Playoffs will be in Medina on the 23rd. The semifinal round Schedule will be as follows:

9 a.m Varsity – #2 Medina vs #3 Batavia
11 a.m. Varsity – #1 Newfane vs #4 Holley

1 p.m. Mini – #2 Pembroke vs #3 Attica
3 p.m. Mini – #1 Batavia vs # 4 OAE

5 p.m. JV – #2 Attica vs #3 Albion
7 p.m. JV – #1 Batavia vs #4 Pembroke

Beginner Championship on the 30th
#1 Barker RH vs #2 Medina

Votes sought for scarecrow contest in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 October 2021 at 9:13 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – This scarecrow of the Hulk is among 30 to 35 on display in downtown Albion in a contest. Community members are welcome to vote for their favorite scarecrows.

The ballots are available at the Downtown Browsery and Krantz Furniture. The categories are: Most Traditional, Scariest, Cutest and Funniest.  Voting runs through Monday, Oct. 25.

The winners will be announced in the “Dining & Entertainment” section of the Lake Country Pennysaver in the Saturday, Oct. 30 edition.

The Bigfoot scarecrow has been on the move. Here he is shown in front of the former Swan Library at the intersection of Main and State streets.

Historic Childs: The Voting House

Posted 17 October 2021 at 7:00 am

By Doug Farley, Cobblestone Museum Director – Vol. 2 No. 39

GAINES – One of the very unique buildings located in the Hamlet of Childs is a historic “Voting House,” given to the Cobblestone Museum in 1999.

This interesting structure was donated to the Museum by the Town of Hamlin in Monroe County. Mary Smith, Town of Hamlin Historian, explained that the old voting house dated back to 1909.  The exact date that the building was taken out of service for voting is not certain, but can be estimated to be sometime around 1970.  But, what is known, is that the building had reached a high level of deterioration over the years. The photo above shows the building at the time of its arrival at the Museum in the fall of 1999.

I was recently asked by an observer, what exactly is a Voting House? The concept of having a unique and separate building that is only used for voting once or twice a year seems pretty foreign today. I admit that in my lifetime, I have seen the evolution from “voting booths,” which were actual booths, usually closed off with curtains, to the present day system of electronic voting machines that are delivered to select locations when needed for voting, but I never voted in a Voting House.

The history of voting in Orleans County pretty much follows the trend of all voting in this country, from paper ballots or “tickets” to mechanical voting devices.  The invention of the later is credited to Jacob Meyers, who operated a company that made safes in Rochester, NY.  His introduction of the Meyers Automatic Voting Booth set the course for a trail of successors that even today, follow his model.

Meyer’s voting machine used many of the same security measures he built into his safes, and in many ways, the first voting machines resembled a large vault, about ten feet square containing two doors at the front and no windows.  The voters would enter through the door on the right. The poll watcher would then close and lock the door while with the aid of kerosene lamps for lighting, the voter pressed in a series of knobs next to the names of their candidates.

When finished, the voter would exit through another door and slam the door shut.  This process would lock the exit door, record the vote and release the lock on the entrance door, allowing the next voter to enter.  Meyers declared that his new voting machine would “protect mechanically the vote from rascals and make the process of casting the ballot perfectly plain, simple and secret.”

The first application of the Meyers machine in the United States came on April 15, 1892 in the Town of Lockport when at 8:45 a.m., incumbent supervisor, John G. Freeman, entered the machine and cast the first mechanical vote for his own re-election. The “Lockport Union” reported that six persons voted in the first minute – a truly remarkable feat.

For the benefit of those who could not read, the slate of candidates for each party were printed in different colors – yellow for Democrats, red for Republicans and blue for the Prohibition Party.  The newspaper went on to report that the voting was “unquestionable, untrammeled, incorruptible and correctly counted.” (It would be safe to presume there were no “hanging-chads.”)  Within a minute after the polls closed at 5:30 p.m., the re-election of Supervisor Freeman was announced and within minutes, the name of every other successful candidate was also known.  It was a remarkable feat in a day and age when voting results usually required many hours or days of counting paper ballots by hand.

Even the old voting “booths” that I remember used to take up a lot of real estate in a polling place and were generally stored at the voting site which also created storage issues. However, I really have never seen or frequented a voting house in my lifetime, so I thought the question pertaining to voting houses to be pretty valid.

We know for a fact, that the voters in the Town of Gaines would have exercised their Constitutional authority to participate in free, local elections by entering their vote within the town’s polling place. This was first accomplished through paper ballots placed in a ballot box, and eventually progressed to mechanical registry by pulling a lever on a voting machine.

Voting House (lower left above) on Courthouse Square, Albion. As seen from Christ Episcopal Church, c. 1930.

Former Orleans County Historian Bill Lattin remembers seeing voting houses used in various locations in Orleans County, although they were gone when he was old enough to vote. In the early 1900s, Voting Houses for each voting district were placed on a flat-bed wagon and pulled by horses to sit within the voting district.  They placed them between the sidewalk and the street, but they usually extended out into the road.

An old Voting House now used for storage on West Academy Street, Albion.

Bill recalls seeing a photo of a Voting House at the Court House Square in Albion and an old Voting House on West Academy Street. After Election Day, the Voting House was again carted off to be stored on county property. Primary voting at that time took place in September, so the Voting Houses were left in place from Primary Day in September to Election Day in November.

Larger municipalities used Voting Houses, but small towns used public buildings for voting, similar to today. Cary Lattin, Bill’s father, served as a Voting Inspector in the Town of Gaines and fulfilled his duties at the Voting District #1 in the old Town Hall. He served as a Republican Inspector along with Nellie Vagg. The two Democrat Inspectors were Mae Wolfe and Mrs. House. Gaines also had other Voting Districts, some casting ballots in the Schoolhouse at Eagle Harbor and others at the East Gaines Church. The number of voting districts was controlled by state law based on population density.

Bill noted that the Voting Houses were “always painted battleship grey.” They had two doors, with the door on the left used as an entrance and the door on the right side of the house used for an exit only. Bill said, “The exit door didn’t even have an outside doorknob to prevent people from entering the wrong door and disrupting the voting process.” The buildings were heated with a kerosene stove and lit with kerosene lamps.  Inside the building, a railing was placed to separate someone who was voting from people waiting to vote. There were lots of windows to provide illumination.

At some point in history, towns, cities and villages stopped using voting houses and instead enlisted the help of churches and other community buildings to serve as temporary polling locations.  The rest of the year, the sites continued in their normal course of business.

The Voting House that was given a new home at the Cobblestone Museum was one that had originally been commissioned by the Monroe County Board of Elections in 1909. It was used in the city of Rochester until it was taken out of service. Town of Hamlin Historian Mary Smith acquired it for part of a Town of Hamlin Museum, made up of several small buildings, located just north of Walker, NY. When it was decided to no longer have a Town Museum, Mary Smith offered the former Voting House to the Cobblestone Museum. Highway Superintendents in both Hamlin and Gaines assisted with moving the structure. The remaining buildings at the Walker, NY site were removed and the lot was cleared.

All this having been said, the Voting House at the Cobblestone Museum was a welcome addition to the Museum campus in 1999. A great deal of restoration work was completed at that time. Don Ross and Dick Cook rewired the building for lighting and Ken Root helped install a system of shelving units.

This allowed the historic structure to become a place to display used books for sale to the general public as a fundraiser for the Museum. This purpose has continued, even to this day, with a wide selection of hardcover and softcover books, none more than $1. The Book Building is located behind the Cobblestone Church and is open pretty much around-the-clock until snow flies. Plastic bins are located outside the Book Building to accept used books from community members.  All of the proceeds from the book sales have provided valuable funds over these twenty some years to help cover Museum expenses.

A beautiful Garden Court was also added in 2000 that was made possible by a donation from Marcia Hart Conrad in memory of her father, Homer C. Brown and her mother Marcia Brown Hart. A Bronze Plaque was also donated by Glen and Irene Woolston of Waterport and placed on the Voting House.

The photo above shows the Book Building’s official opening with Cobblestone Museum Treasurer Don Ross and President Mary Anne Braunbach cutting the ribbon.  The addition of the Book Building was a big part of the Museum’s 40th Anniversary Celebration in the year 2000.  (By the way, the celebration went off without a hitch in spite of all of the “Y2K” hoopla that was prevalent in the year 2000 when doomsday pundits believed computers would melt down in a tizzy when they rolled over from 1999 to the new millennium.)

There were a lot of activities that took place at the Museum on September 10, 2000 to celebrate this milestone 40th anniversary.  Here is a list of volunteers who made the celebration possible:

Katie Anderson, Weaving

Nancy Berger, Dried flowers

Nancy Breslawski, Corn husk dolls

Bonnie Beiswenger, Dulcimer

Mary Anne Braunbach, Helper

Sandy Chimenhagen, Basket weaving

Doris Clune, Weaving

Ed Cornwall, Antiques Appraisal

Nancy Ellington, Rug hooking

Elsie Epke, Harvest soup

Bob Gleason, Printing

Betty Gleason, Helper

Lyla Gutman, Refreshments

David Heminway, Historic engines

Betsey Hoffman, Quilts

Katie Laine, Hostess

Bill Lattin, Docent

Evelyn Lyman, Harvest soup

Terri McLaren, Soap making

Marva McCracken, Music

Bruce Midkiff, Masonry

Louie Molisani, Quilts

William Nestle, Tickets

Don Newcomb, Blacksmith

Lois Ormond,Quilts

Debbie Radzinski, Quilts

Marjorie & Gloria Recchia, Victorian Dolls

Nancy Rhodes, Music

Dee Robinson, Herbs

Janet Root, Quilts

Ken Root, Chair caning

Stella Robinson, Spinning

Susan Rudnicky, Carving

René Schasel, Tickets

Linda Schwartz, Refreshments

Marilyn Staines, Tatting

Merwin Staines, Tickets

Janice Thaine, Docent

Russell West, Farm tools

Andy Wheelock, Farm tools

Mustangs to open soccer sectionals at home

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 October 2021 at 4:06 pm

No. 7 seed Medina/Lyndonville will host No. 10 Tapestry in the opening round of the Section VI Class B1 boys soccer playoffs at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Mustangs, which defeated Tapestry 4-0 in a non league game during the regular season, bring a 10-5-1 record into the sectionals.

The winner will visit No. 2 Lew-Port in a quarterfinal contest on Thursday.

Also in Class B1, No. 13 Albion will visit No. 4 Maryvale on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

In Section VI Class B2 openers on Tuesday No. 3 Roy-Hart will host No. 14 Salamanca/Cattaraugus Little Valley at 6:30 p.m., No. 11 Newfane will visit No. 6 Alden at 5 p.m. and No. 9 Akron will visit No. 8 Fredonia at 7:30 p.m.

In Class C, No. 4 Wilson will host No. 5 Chautauqua Lake at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Section VI Girls Soccer pairings
In a Section VI Class B1 girls playoff opener, No. 7 Albion will host No. 10 Depew at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will visit No. 2 East Aurora on Friday.

In Class B2 on Wednesday, No. 12 Akron visits No. 5 Alden at 5 p.m. and No. 11 Newfane travels to No. 6 Falconer/Cassadaga Valley at 6 p.m. No. 3 Roy-Hart will host the winner of the Newfane-Falconer game on Friday.

In Class C, No. 4 Wilson will host No. 5 Randolph on Friday.

Section V Boys Soccer Pairings
In a Section V Class C1 opener No. 10 Holley will visit No. 7 East Rochester at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will visit No. 2 Williamson on Saturday.

In Class C2, No. 6 Kendall will host No. 11 Perry at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will visit No. 3 HAC on Saturday.

Section V Girls Soccer Pairings
In a Class C1 opener No. 5 Holley will host Genesee Region League foe No. 12 Alexander at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

In Class C2 No. 9 Kendall will face No. 8 Bolivar-Richburg on Tuesday at a site to be determined. The winner will visit top seeded York on Thursday.

In Class B1, No. 8 Lyndonville/Medina will host No. 9 Greece Odyssey on Tuesday at a time to be determined. The winner will visit top seeded Palmyra-Macedon in the quarterfinals.

Jacobs, in opposing debt ceiling, undermines country’s financial health

Posted 16 October 2021 at 1:16 pm


Congressman Chris Jacobs voted against raising the debt ceiling. Raising the debt ceiling allows the government to pay for spending already allocated, included spending approved by Mr. Jacobs.

Republicans added $7.8 trillion to the debt just during the Trump administration. Historically, Republicans have added more to the national debt than Democrats. PolitiFact reported (7/23/19), that under President Ronald Reagan “the federal deficit went from about $78.9 billion at the beginning of Reagan’s presidency to $152.6 billion at the end of it.”

At the end of George H. W. Bush, the debt was $255 billion, an increase of $181.3 billion.

At the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency there was a surplus of $128.2 billion. George W. Bush “left office in 2009 with a federal deficit of roughly $1.41 trillion.” That is we went from a surplus of $128.2 billion to a deficit of $1.41 trillion.

President Barack Obama “left the presidency with a deficit of approximately $584.6 billion, which is more than halving $1.41 trillion.”

“President Donald Trump Treasury Department reported that Washington is on track to post a $1.1 trillion deficit by the end of September.” Remember this report was printed in 2019 before the pandemic and the end of Mr. Trump’s presidency.

Mr. Jacobs’s vote wasn’t just foolish it was irresponsible. Moody’s Analytic in a report issued 10/7/21 stated that such an event (a default on the debt), would cause 6 million to lose their jobs and the unemployment would climb to 9%.

A report by the Congressional Accountability Office in 2012 found that even the brinkmanship of 2011 cost taxpayers $1.3 billion and drove up interest rates on homes and cars. Mr. Jacobs’s vote to willingly and knowingly undermine our nation’s financial health is below the dignity of someone representing Western New York.

William Fine