Closing of Brown’s Berry Patch by far most-viewed story of 2015

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 January 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Brown’s Berry Patch announced on March 3 it would close its retail operation, a popular site along Route 18 in Carlton for about three decades.

When the Brown family announced on March 3 that it would close the retail operation of Brown’s Berry Patch, the story on Orleans Hub went viral throughout Western New York.

The site for about 30 years was a very popular agri-tourism site, providing fun for families throughout the region. The Brown family opted to retire from the retail side of the business, while continuing to grow apples and other fruit. The family has been farming in Carlton since 1804.

The closing of Brown’s was by far the most-viewed story on Orleans Hub in 2015 with 25,322 “clicks,” about 15,000 more than the No. 2 story.

Bob Brown stands next his wife Deborah during the dedication of a Peace Garden on Oct. 5, 2013. Brown’s ancestors helped fight the British during the War of 1812. Paula Savage, the Peace Garden Foundation president, is at right.

Here are the other most-viewed stories from 1 through 10.

1. Brown’s Berry Patch will close retail operation

2. Sheriff’s Office Mourning Loss of Deputy Erin Fuller

Many of the police officers who attended the funeral on Sept. 19 for Deputy Erin Fuller included a black band over their badges in honor of Fuller. This photo shows the badge worn by Deputy Josh Narburgh.

3. 17 Charged in Big Drug Bust

4. Father of 12 Leaves Legacy of Love in Medina

Photo by JC Photography (Jesse Colmenero) – The Bellan family is pictured in the fall 2014 at Mount Albion Cemetery. The group includes, front row, from left: EmmaLee and Karina; Second row: MiKayla, Richie, Da’Ron, Austin and Elizabeth; Back row: Briana, Porter, William, Kyson, Bryce, Kim and Brian. Mr. Bellan and his wife have 12 children, including eight who are adopted.

5. Truck Driver from Medina Killed in Wyoming County

Photo by Tom Rivers – Emil Smith is pictured doing a blacksmith demonstration in August 2012 with his friend George Borelli. Smith hosted the event at his property on Route 63, just south of the Village of Medina. Smith, 54, was driving a truck in Wyoming County when he was killed in an accident.

6. 17-Year-Old Gets State Prison for raping younger sister

7. Man Drowns After Jumping off Kenyonville Bridge

A 67-year-old man drowned on Aug. 6 after jumping off the Kenyonville Road bridge in Carlton. Several fire departments and law enforcement agencies responded to the recovery effort. The man was from Cincinnati and was in town with friends for a charter fishing trip.

8. Mercy Flight Takes 2 From Car Accident in Ridgeway

9. Sheriff Identifies People in Serious Ridgeway Accident

Two people were seriously injured in a one-car accident on July 19 on Horan Road in Ridgeway. The car left the road and the back end crashed into a tree. The driver of the vehicle was pinned and it took firefighters and Lyons Collision more than an hour to free the driver, who was then taken by Medina ambulance to a Mercy Flight landing zone.

10. Crooked Door Closes in Albion