Courthouse dome may be illumined in school colors for grads

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 May 2020 at 10:19 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: The courthouse dome was purple in this photo from Oct. 6, 2015 to highlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

ALBION – Orleans County would like to light up the county courthouse dome in the different school colors to celebrate the high school graduates of 2020.

Albion school officials asked that the dome be illumined in purple in honor of the graduating class. County officials want to honor that request and also would like to celebrate students from all five districts – Albion, Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville and Medina.

John Papponetti, the DPW superintendent, is trying to get the colors to make it happen, county legislators said during their monthly meeting on Wednesday.

In other action on Wednesday, legislators presented several proclamations and special recognition awards including:

• Recognizing National Police Week in Orleans County

National Police Week is set aside to honor America’s law enforcement community for their hard work and dedication in protecting and serving their local communities. The Orleans County Legislature recognizes the Orleans County Deputy Sheriff’s, Albion Police Officers, Medina Police Officers, Holley Police Officers, the New York State Police, and all other law enforcement officials during the week, which was May 10 to May 16.

• Special Recognition Awards to Community Action of Orleans & Genesee, Office for the Aging and the Calvary Cupboard

The County Legislature recognized the three groups for their efforts coordinating Foodlink distributions in Albion and Medina. The three organizations were commended “for helping our residents during this uncertain time in our history and appreciate your services in helping provide comfort and security during times of need by our residents and their families.”

• Proclamation of Older Americans Month in May

“We urge every resident to recognize older adults and the people who support them as essential members of our community.”

• Recognizing Orleans County Correctional Officers

National Correctional Officers Week was May 3-9. The corrections officers at the county jail provide care and custody of about 600 inmates a year.

“Our dedicated Corrections Officers have the responsibility to operate a safe and secure detention facility in compliance with the New York State Corrections Law and with regulations set forth by the New York State Commission of Corrections,” County legislators said.

Legislature Chairwoman Lynne Johnson also noted that no inmates or jail staff have tested positive for Covid-19. She praised Sheriff Chris Bourke and Jail Superintendent Scott Wilson for keeping the virus out of the jail.

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