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Kendall elementary students plant orchard by school

Photos courtesy of Kristina Gabalski: Students at Kendall Elementary School work to plant a school orchard on Friday morning.

Posted 15 June 2019 at 2:27 pm

Press Release, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County

KENDALL – Members of the Kendall Elementary-based 4-H Club and Kendall Elementary students joined forces last week to plant a school orchard.

The project was a joint effort between the school and the 4-H Club, which meets regularly during the school year, as a community service project.

“We proposed to idea to Sharon Smith, Kendall Elementary Principal, last year and she enthusiastically supported the project,” said Kristina Gabalski, Orleans County 4-H Program Coordinator. “School orchards provide educational and nutritional benefits to students by providing a place to learn about nature, grow plants and produce food. The orchard at Kendall Elementary will be a living classroom and a laboratory without walls where students can study everything from botany to art, as well as relax and be refreshed by its beauty.”

Principal Sharon Smith works with Kendall Elementary students to plant a tree in the new orchard.

The Kendall Elementary School orchard is located just outside the south wing of the school where it will be easy for students to access as well as care for the planting.

“The spot will also provide some protection from wind and receive lots of sun all year,” Gabalski said.

The orchard includes six trees: two Enterprise apples (a new disease-resistant variety); two Northern Spy apples (a heritage variety); one Blake’s Pride pear; and one Stanley plum.

The trees were donated by Sara’s Garden Center in Brockport, which has also enthusiastically supported the project. Additionally, Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension received a $500 grant from Gro More Grassroots Grants presented by the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening. Grant funds were used to purchase garden tools, mulch and additional supplies for the orchard.

Sharon Smith said she foresees the orchard having a prominent place in the Kendall community for years to come.

“The more children we involve in this, and the more families in the community who become involved in this, will mean that this orchard is valued and protected for many decades,” she said.  “Students will take these skills and this love back home and apply it in their own gardens with their own families, and eventually with their own children as adults.”

Gabalski would also like to acknowledge the support and help of Dan Brundage, Kendall Elementary Buildings and Grounds Manager, and his staff for their guidance and enthusiasm in making the orchard a reality.

“We have an amazing relationship between Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4-H, and Kendall Elementary,” she said. “It is so exciting to be able to work together on projects like this that enhance the quality of life in our community.”

Members of the Kendall Elementary 4-H Club place trees before they were planted on June 7.

Kendall Elementary students are framed by foliage from one of the fruit trees while they work on planting another.

Students dug holes, planted trees and watered and mulched the new transplants.

The newly planted Kendall Elementary School Orchard with the school in the background.

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$100K in scholarships awarded during Albion Class Night

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 June 2019 at 12:04 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Jessy Cruz hugs Barbara Parker, the mother of the late Brandon Parker, who was 9 when he passed away on Feb. 23, 2011.

Jessy was awarded the Brandon Parker Memorial Scholarship during Class Night on Friday, when about $100,000 were presented to the Class of 2019.

Brandon was a member of the class. He also was a big wrestling fan. His family created the scholarship for a senior involved in the wrestling program.

Avalina Hand, the valedictorian of the Class of 2019, accepts the Jake Patterson Memorial Award, which goes to the top-ranked student in the class. Assistant High School Principal Katharine Waite presents the scholarship to Avalina.

Jay and Kelly Kovaleski, both teachers at Albion, presented two scholarships in memory of their son, Nicholas, who passed away in 2011 from leukemia. The Nicholas Kovaleski Memorial Scholarship goes to two seniors who demonstrate excellent character and citizenship. Tess Pettit accepts the award from Kelly Kovaleski and Bryce Pritchard accepts his from Jay Kovaleski.

This year’s class night included five new scholarships. The Albion Alumni Foundation manages $88,000 of the awards.

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Medina Scouts and veterans retire American flags in annual ceremony

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 15 June 2019 at 9:15 am

Photos by Ginny Kropf

MEDINA – Parents, Scouts and veterans stand at attention as they prepare for their annual flag-retirement ceremony on Flag Day at the Scout camp on School No. 10 Road.

Demonstrating the proper way to dispose of the American flag has been a tradition on Flag Day for Cub and Boy Scouts in Medina for nearly a decade.

Steve Johnson from the American Legion, left, watches a Scout place flags in the fire during a flag retiring ceremony Friday night at the Scout camp on School No 10 Road.

Dozens of Scouts, their parents and members of the American Legion and VFW in Medina gathered at the Scout camp on School No. 10 Road Friday night to burn piles of worn and torn flags.

As Scouts unfolded one flag and demonstrated how the stripes were separated from the blue field of stars, they were reminded this was not a “flag burning,” but a “flag retirement.”

Piles of flags lay on the ground waiting to be properly disposed of Friday night by Scouts in Troop 28 and 35, and Pack 28 and 35 at their Scout camp on School No. 10 Road in Medina. Also participating were members of the American Legion and VFW. Talking in back are Gary Blackburn of Ridgeway and Dave Kusmierczak of Medina, a member of the American Legion and VFW.

This giant flag supplied by Veterans Services Agency Director Earl Schmidt was among the dozens of flags burned in a flag-retirement ceremony Friday night by Scouts and veterans in Medina.

Scouts separate the stripes on an American flag to demonstrate the proper way to dispose of it at a flag retiring ceremony Friday night.

Three of the Scouts who read the meaning of each part of the flag were Tyler Miller, Cade Miller and Jon Thomas. They explained the red stripe signifies the blood shed for our freedom; the white stands for the burning tears shed by Americans who lost their sons; and the blue field is for truth and justice, like the stars that fell from heaven. The stars also represent the 50 sovereign states of our union.

Dave Kusmierczak, a member of the American Legion and VFW, said he has been coming to this ceremony on Flag Day for at least eight years. He said they also retire flags at the Conservation Club on Memorial Day weekend.

Flags which have become too worn to use can be dropped off all year at the VFW on East Center Street, the American Legion on North Main Street, Ace Hardware on East Center Street or the Veterans’ Service Agency office on Route 31 in Albion.

Alicia Vanderwalker, chaplain for Troop 28 and Cubmaster of Pack 28, helps a Scout deposit a flag in the fire.

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Holley Flag Day tradition includes big parade, citizenship awards

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 June 2019 at 5:24 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

HOLLEY – Maizy Ehrhardt, a Holley fifth-grader, is all decked out in red, white and blue during the elementary school’s Flag Day celebration this morning.

More than 500 elementary students walked from the elementary school to the Historical Society depot past the Public Square. Students sang patriotic songs and the elementary school band also performed the “Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” and “My Country ’Tis of Thee.”

Lindsay Cooper, a kindergarten teacher, joined her students in wearing red, white and blue on the patriotic day.

Holley has been celebrating Flag Day with a parade through the community for 62 years. It is one the highlights of the year for the school and community.

Ryker Knight, a fifth-grader and a Boy Scout, served as one of the student emcees for the program today.

The program included the presentation of the Catherine B. Press awards, which went to fifth graders, Grant Smith and Caydence Merkley. This is the highest good citizen award at the school district. It was started by Catherine Press, a school secretary. The award goes to students who display character, respect, citizenship, kindness and responsibility.

A student in each classroom was recognized with a “Good Citizen” award. Those students include:

• Pre-kindergarten – Keyana Vicens, Nora Restivo and Emma Marquez.

• Kindergarten – Noah Heller, Isabella Roselli, Alivia Dorland and Aryanna Mogle.

• First grade – Yliazit Cortes, Lauren Fredendall and Savanna Antram.

• Second grade – Jayden Miller, Angel Vazquez-Mendoza, Carsyn Mogle, Cayden Vangelder and Zakkerya Jenks.

• Third grade – Brianna Pellegrino, Max Milazzo and Kailyn Robinson.

• Fourth grade – Haidynn Mullins, Oliver Fox and Isla Schultz.

• Fifth grade – Landen Goodrich, Ryker Knight and Grant Smith.

• Sixth grade – Chris Mosier, Frances Caraballo-Vazquez, Cora Hudzinski and Donovan Hendrick-Hayes.

These students make their way down Route 31 during the parade.

Albion and Holley Police Chief Roland Nenni, left, and Albion Lt. David Mogle helped direct traffic during the parade that passed through the intersection of routes 31 and 237.

These students wave flags while walking through the Public Square.

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It’s almost game time for the Medina Mustangs

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 June 2019 at 1:04 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman

BINGHAMTON – The Medina Mustangs baseball team takes infield practice just before 1 p.m. today.

Medina is in Binghamton for the Class B state semifinals against Schuylerville. The game starts at 2 p.m. at Broome Community College with the victor advancing to Saturday’s state title contest at Binghamton University.

Medina brings a school record 21-2 mark into its second ever appearance in the state semis. The Mustangs advanced by defeating LeRoy 10-2 in the Far West Regional.

Schuylerville, which is 17-7, is making its first ever appearance in the semis.

Orleans Hub will post updates to game. Sports editor Mike Wertman and photographer Cheryl Wertman are at the game.

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Ronan Tynan will return to Medina for concert on Oct. 5

Staff Reports Posted 14 June 2019 at 7:31 am

Provided photo: Ronan Tynan, an acclaimed tenor, first performed in Medina on Sept. 17, 2016.

MEDINA – The Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the return of one of the world’s great voices to Medina. Irish tenor Ronan Tynan will be back in Medina on Oct. 5 for a concert at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He performed to a sold-out crowd of 650 at St. Mary’s on Sept. 17, 2016.

“Dr. Tynan absolutely electrified a sold-out, capacity audience in 2016,” said Chris Busch, chairman of the ORG. “People came from as far away as California to see him perform here. Experiencing one of the world’s great tenors in the incredible setting of St. Mary’s sanctuary was absolutely breathtaking. This is a must-see concert event and will sell out very quickly.”

The ORG has worked to promote cultural events and preservation projects in the community for more than decade, putting on first-rate concerts highlighted by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the world-renown a cappella quartet, Anonymous 4.

Tynan’s performance in 2016 was ORG’s biggest event to date. The concert sold out with 650 in the historic church. Extra chars had to be retrieved from the balcony and other rooms to accommodate everyone. Tynan’s powerful voice filled the church, and he had the audience laughing with some of his stories. He was joined by his accompanist, Bill Lewis.

Tynan has performed at historic events around the world. His memorable renditions of “God Bless America” have been heard at the World Series, The Belmont Stakes, and other momentous events.

He is a Sony recording artist who has released more than 10 titles, four of which have achieved platinum status. Additionally, between 1981 and 1984, Tynan amassed 18 gold medals and 14 world records while participating in the Paralympics. Nine of his records haven’t been surpassed.

Tynan has also performed for four U.S. Presidents. He performed as a single soloist at the funeral of President Ronald Reagan and most recently at the funeral of President George H. W. Bush. As well, Tynan has sung for two Popes– Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica and Pope Benedict at the Concert of Hope.

Tickets are on sale now and available online at All are general seating.

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Lyndonville 4th-graders portray famous figures

Photos courtesy of Lyndonville Central School: Alviia Goigova portrayed Amelia Earhart, the first woman aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Posted 13 June 2019 at 4:47 pm

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

LYNDONVILLE – The Lyndonville fourth-grade roster had famous names such as Steve Irwin, Rosa Parks and Barack Obama for one afternoon. Students last week participated in a Biography Wax Museum as a culminating event to a research project.

Nicole Adamson’s students studied historical figures and popular names prior to the event. The students created poster displays about the individuals and had a start “button” on the poster. The fourth-graders stood still in front of their posters until a visitor pressed the button. The students then came to life as the characters and shared facts about themselves.

“My favorite part of the project was to dress up as Amelia Earhart,” said fourth-grader Alviia Goigova. “She was brave enough to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.”

Sarah Corser as Marie Curie, a physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

Each student ended their speech with an inspirational wish for their visitor.

“I hope I inspire you to keep trying and persevere,” said Sarah Corser as she portrayed Marie Curie.

“I hope to inspire you to help injured animals,” said Logan Gerling, who was Steve Irwin.

“I hope to teach you to do anything if you try hard enough,” said Grant Freeman as Jackie Robinson.

Nicole Adamson’s fourth-grade class portrayed many famous figures, including King Tut, Edgar Allen Poe, Harriet Tubman, John F. Kennedy, Charlie Chaplin, Steve Jobs and Helen Keller.

Grant Freeman as Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. He played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. He won the most valuable player award with the Dodgers.

Logan Gerling as Steve Irwin, “The Crocodile Hunter” who was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist and television personality.

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Concert by canal in Albion cancelled this evening

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 June 2019 at 3:51 pm

ALBION – The kickoff concert for Albion’s “Concerts on the Canal” series this evening has been cancelled due to rain in the forecast.

Sweet Tumbleweed will make up the concert on Aug. 22. The band plays soft rock, Americana, blues and country.

The concert series is every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gazebo behind the Albion fire hall.

The concert lineup for 2019 includes: June 20, Crandall, Wood and Main; June 27, The Trellis Cooper Band; July 11, Eagle Creek; July 18, Creek Band; Aug. 1, The Dave Viterna Group; Aug. 8, Jonesie & the Cruisers; Aug. 15, Who Dats; and Aug. 22, Sweet Tumbleweed.

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Albion Rotary presents $3,000 in scholarships

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 June 2019 at 3:31 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Albion Rotary Club awarded $3,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors today. Pictured, from left, include Harrison Brown, Mckenna Boyer and Jacob Ettinger. They are pictured by the Rotary sign outside Tillman’s Village Inn.

Harrison Brown won the $1,250 Edward Archbald Memorial Scholarship, given to a senior who shares Archbald’s love of sports, recreational activities, community service and work experience. Harrison is an Eagle Scout who has been active in the FFA. He also was a captain for the varsity soccer team, which enjoyed a winning season this fall, and was a leader on the swim team which won a Sectional title. He will be in the Army ROTC as a student at Cornell University. He would like to be the eighth generation of his family to work with the Brown fruit farm, which started 214 years ago.

Mckenna Boyer won the Dick Eddy “Service Above Self” Scholarship, a $1,250 award that is given to a student committed to community service and leadership, and who displays high potential for future accomplishment. McKenna has been her class president, and has been active in the school’s music program, as well as the Rotary Interact Club. She has volunteered at Rotary events, including the golf tournament, St. Patrick’s ham dinner and the hot dog stand at the Strawberry Festival. She will be majoring in business at Genesee Community College.

Jacob Ettinger was awarded the $500 Rotary Career Advancement Prize for a senior committed to community service, school activities and work experience. Jacob has been active in the school’s music program and also performs in the quartet known as The Billies. He also is on the masterminds and chess teams. He wants to be a civil engineer and will begin his studies this fall at GCC majoring in engineering science.

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Albion summer parks program will continue but not at Bullard

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 June 2019 at 7:11 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: The summer park supervisors in Albion include, front row, from left: Mckenna Boyer, Preston Flugel and Gerardo Solis. Back row: Kiara Smith, Caitlynn Snook, Kaitlyn Van Skiver, Laureen Freeman and Sarah Graham.

ALBION – The Village of Albion will continue its summer parks program, but this summer the program will be at Veteran’s Park at the corner of Linwood Avenue and Brown Road.

There will be park supervisors on duty from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday through Friday. They will lead supervised recreational games and activities. The program starts on Wednesday, June 26, and continues until Friday, July 26.

There will arts and crafts, water games, obstacle courses, bowling trips at Oak Orchard Lanes and many other activities. A senior citizen picnic is planned for July 23. A GaGa Ball Pit also has been added at Veteran’s Park for this summer, said John Grillo, the recreation director for Albion.

The program is free to children in the Albion school district. Parents and guardians are urged to attend registration the first week of the parks program to meet the supervisors and fill out important paperwork.

The summer parks program is usually based at Bullard Park, but that site on Route 31 is under construction with a new splash pad, amphitheater, bathrooms and other improvements.

Veteran’s Park is smaller than Bullard and that will make it challenging for some of the games, especially for the older kids. The popular children’s carnival won’t happen this year because there isn’t enough space at Veteran’s Park for the event.

The parks program holds several weekly camps. Those camps will continue this summer, except for baseball. That camp has been at Bullard, but there isn’t enough room for it at Veteran’s Park.

The parks program will also offer the following camps: wrestling for grades 6-12 at the Albion High School gym, July 1-5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; volleyball for grades 6-12 at Albion HS gym, July 1-5, from 10 a.m. to noon; tennis for grades 5-12 at Albion HS tennis courts, July 8-12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and tennis for grades 5-12 at Albion HS tennis courts, July 15-19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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