Strawberry Festival welcomes parade entries for June 11 in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 May 2022 at 12:06 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: A Strawberry Shortcake character waves to the crowd during the Albion Strawberry Festival parade on June 8, 2019, the last time there was a Starwberry Fest parade in Albion. The character was among several people in costume from Enchanted Princess Parties of Rochester. The parade returns on June 11.

ALBION – Organizers of the Albion Strawberry Festival are welcoming participants in the parade on June 11.

The floats don’t need to be grandiose displays, said June Persia, festival organizer.

She wants to see businesses, community organizations and agencies put together floats for the parade from the school on Route 31 and then down Main Street to the canal.

There wasn’t a festival in 2020 or 2021, but it returns for the 35th year on June 10-11.

There are already about 10 marching bands in the parade. Persia would like more community groups, partly to space out the bands so they aren’t playing over each other.

She also wants the floats to showcase a vibrant and dynamic community.

“This parade is all about just having a good time,” she said. “Just come out and enjoy being a part of the parade.”

There are forms about the parade rules on the festival website (click here). The main guidelines are to avoid political messages and keep the display family-friendly.

The festival has about 50 craft vendors committed so far, plus 14 food vendors. There will be a 5k/8k race, the turtle race, a car show, a new 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a pie-in-the-face fundraiser, bounce house, I Got It game and other activities.

Albion school budget passes; Wadhams and Ocie Bennett elected to BOE

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 May 2022 at 8:57 pm

ALBION – Voters approved a proposed $38,298,690 school budget today with a 406-98 margin, and also elected Wayne Wadhams to the Board of Education as well as Ocie Bennett Jr., who was a write-in candidate.

Wadhams received 394 votes and Bennett 347. Kevin Doherty, a former board member, received 156 votes. Wadhams and Bennett start five-year terms on July 1. Wadhams is a retired Albion teacher and Bennett worked 20 years for Albion as an aide, teacher assistant and coach. He now works for Vertus High School in Rochester as a physical education teacher and football coach.

The school budget doesn’t increase taxes. The budget keeps the tax levy at $8,449,039. This is the 14th time in the past 16 years the taxes haven’t gone up.

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to come out and vote today,” said Mickey Edwards, the district superintendent. “Support from the community is vital to continuing the success of our students and staff here at Albion. We look forward to another great year ahead with the passing of the 2022-2023 budget.”

Voters also approved the following propositions:

  • Bus purchases at $550,000 – 427 yes votes, 72 no votes.
  • Hoag Library funding at $648,964 – 380 yes votes, 124 no votes
  • New capital reserve fund – 394 yes votes, 106 no votes

Voters go to polls for school budgets, propositions and BOE candidates

Photo by Tom Rivers: Albion school district’s new electronic sign on Route 31 promotes the budget vote on Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 May 2022 at 10:23 pm

ALBION – Residents in the five school districts in Orleans County will go to the polls Tuesday (May 17) to vote yes or no for school budgets and propositions, and also to elect members to the boards of education.

None of the districts are proposing tax increase more than 2 percent.

Eligible voters need to be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old and a resident of the district for at least 30 days before the vote.

Here are snapshots from each district:

ALBION – The district is proposing a $38,298,690 budget that doesn’t increase taxes. The budget keeps the tax levy at $8,449,039. This is the 14th time in the past 16 years that taxes have either stayed the same or decreased.

Voting is from noon to 8 p.m. in the elementary school gym.

Albion also is presenting a proposition to establish a Capital Improvements Reserve Fund for acquisition, construction, reconstruction, expansion, renovation, alteration and improvements of buildings, facilities, sites and real property in the district, or the district’s share of any projects undertaken by the Orleans-Niagara BOCES. The district wishes to cap the amount at $15 million.

Albion is proposing to transfer $13,831,050 to that capital fund from the District’s Retirement Contribution Reserve Fund. That is the amount the state comptroller’s office said the account is overfunded.

Other propositions include bus purchases at $550,000 and $648,964 for Hoag Library. The money for the library is down 10.3 percent after Hoag paid off its mortgage.

Two board seats also will be up for election. They are currently filled by Kathy Harling and Wayne Wadhams. Both positions are five-year terms. Wadhams is seeking re-election. Former board member Kevin Doherty also is on the ballot. Ocie Bennett is mounting a write-in campaign.

HOLLEY – The district is proposing a $26,982,000 budget for 2022-23 that would increase taxes by 1.95 percent.

Voting will be in person at the Holley Middle School/High School from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The tax levy increase is below the district’s allowable tax cap of 2.793 percent, said Sharon Zacher, the district’s assistant superintendent for business.

The budget maintains all current educational programs and represents a 3.18 percent budget-to-budget increase. Zacher said contractual obligations and inflation of supplies and materials are the main reasons for the budget going up.

The ballot also includes a proposition to establish a capital improvements reserve fund at a maximum of $6 million. Zacher said the fund is needed as the district begins to prepare for the next capital improvement project.

Proposition 3 is to authorize purchasing new school buses as a maximum of $334,000.

Proposition 4 would be authorizing the district to collect $194,966 for Community Free Library, which is up from the $189,287 for 2021-22.

There are two candidates for two three-year terms on the Board of Education – Tracy Van Ameron and Anne Winkley. Van Ameron and Winkley both are currently on the board, and Winkley is the vice president.

KENDALL – The Board of Education and school administrators have put together a $19,822,921 budget for 2022-23 that doesn’t increase taxes.

Voting will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kendall Town Hall, 1873 Kendall Rd.

The budget keeps the tax levy at $4,964,656, and decreases spending by $157,808 to $19,822,921.

There will be four propositions on the ballot on May 17. The budget is proposition one.

Proposition two is to spend up to $250,000 from a Transportation Bus Reserve Fund to replace transportation vehicles of the district.

Proposition three establish a Capital Reserve Fund for up to $5 million for a future capital project.

Proposition four is electing a member to the Board of Education for a five-year term. Current board member Lisa Levett, who is the board president, is running unopposed.

LYNDONVILLE – The district is presenting a $15,704,953 budget that increases spending by 2.9 percent or by $438,157 from 2021-22.

The budget calls for a 2 percent tax increase, or by $90,564 to $4,618,740 for the tax levy.

Voting will be from noon to 8 p.m. in the Stroyan Auditorium.

The budget maintains all current programs, including music, athletics and extracurriculars, and also keeps a school resource officer and on-campus space for a mental health counselor.

“The proposed 2022-23 school budget allows for a rigorous instructional program, while providing for the health and safety of all our students,” Sharon Smith, interim district superintendent, said in the budget newsletter.

Besides the budget, there are propositions to collect $119,183 for the Yates Community Free Library (up from $116,718 in 2021-22) and to spend up to $145,000 for a 64-seat passenger bus.

Four people are running for three spots on the Board of Education, including James Houseman and incumbents Vernon Fonda, Harold Suhr and Kristin Nicholson. The terms are for three years.

MEDINA – The district is proposing a $39,884,316 school budget that calls for a 2 percent tax increase, the first in a decade in Medina.

The board and Mark Kruzynski, the district superintendent, said the “runaway escalation of utility costs” is the biggest factor in the tax increase. The district still remains below the state-imposed tax cap, Kruzynski said.

Voting is from noon to 8 p.m. at the District Office Board Room.

The budget represents a 1.43% increase over 2021-2022. The proposed budget maintains all programs and staffing, increases student support services, purchases three large school buses and one wheelchair bus, adds new cafeteria tables for Oak Orchard Primary School, and returns a high school musical to the Medina auditorium.

The tax levy, what Medina collects in taxes, increases from $8,641,861 to $8,814,697.

Two candidates – Scott Robinson and Debra Tompkins – are running for two three-year terms on the Board of Education.

Albion 7th graders dedicate panel to Sheret family at former Legion site

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 May 2022 at 11:03 am

Photos by Tom Rivers: This group of seventh-graders and their teacher Tim Archer dedicated this interpretive panel on Friday at Central Hall on East Park Street. The building, currently used by the county treasurer’s office and historian, used to be the Sheret American Legion Post. The post is now located on Gaines Basin Road at the former Pap Pap’s Par 3 golf course. Pictured from left, going up and then back down, include: Wesley LeFrois, Lily Brigham, Maylie Fisher, Anna Grillo, Gillian LeBaron, Tim Archer, Julianna Newbould and Mackenzie LeFrois.

ALBION – An interpretive panel was dedicated on Friday for the Sheret family, where brothers Sgt. James Sheret and Pvt. Egbert Sheret were killed in action on the same day, Sept. 29, 1918.

The two fought in World War I and were killed on the Hindenberg Line. They were in the 108th Infantry, the only men to break the Hindenburg Line that day.

James Sheret led a charge on German defenses at the Hindenburg Line and was slain after killing German soldiers in two hostile posts with his revolver, and then attacking the enemy in a machine gun nest. Sheret was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army’s second highest military decoration for soldiers who display extraordinary heroism in combat with an armed enemy force.

His brother Egbert was a machine gunner.

Another brother, Andrew, was the company’s bugler and was severely wounded during the engagement. A fourth brother, John G., served in the Navy and survived the war.

The Honor Guard gave a gun salute at the close of Friday’s ceremony at Central Hall.

The building was a school from 1882 to 1934, and then was the home of the Sheret American Legion Post from 1935 to 1980. The post then moved down South Main Street at what is now the Main Street Store before moving to the former clubhouse of a par 3 golf course on Gaines Basin Road.

Lily Brigham, a seventh-grader, sings “America the Beautiful.”

County Legislator Don Allport spoke at the ceremony and thanked the students for highlighting the sacrifices of the Sheret family.

“Freedom isn’t free,” he said. “We need to make sacrifices so some day down the road they will look back at say thank you to us, too.”

County Historian Catherine Cooper said the Sheret brothers are heroes, and their parents and family also should be acknowledged for persevering despite their broken hearts.

The family lived on West Park Street and attended the First Presbyterian Church.

The Sheret brothers – James and Egbert – and their family were ordinary people leading ordinary lives, without capes or superpowers, “who found themselves put to the test in extreme circumstances,” Cooper said.

She said the Legion posts in Orleans County bear the names of heroes: Butts-Clark in Medina, Jewell Buckman in Holley, Houseman-Tanner in Lyndonville and Sheret in Albion.

“The thing about heroic actions is that they are elicited suddenly, without warning,” Cooper said. “There’s no time to stand back to analyze the pros and cons of an action when the enemy is upon you or the house is burning. The innate ability to react in a heroic manner must already exist, be a part of a person’s character. James did not hesitate when he came upon the enemy.”

Ron Ayrault, a local veteran and member of the Honor Guard, recalled seeing the citations and displays at the building when it was a Legion Post. Ayrault, 90, said he would visit with many of the veterans who would spend time in the building. He said the community had a lot of fun in the building at dances and dinners.

“I have so many happy memories of this place in the 1940s,” he said.

Ann Jacobs, regent with the Orleans County chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, said the DAR was grateful to be part of the project honoring the Sheret family. The DAR provided some of the funding for the panel.

Before the service, the students cleaned the gravestones at the Sheret family plot at Mount Albion Cemetery.

Scouts set flags at 2,000 veterans’ graves in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 May 2022 at 12:11 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Leo Gotte, a Cub Scout in Albion, places a flag at a veteran’s grave at Mount Albion Cemetery this morning.

Leo and other Cub and Boy Scouts joined Girl Scouts and two members of the American Legion in setting 2,000 flags by veterans’ graves this morning at Mount Albion and at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Gabby Greean, a Girl Scout, carefully sets a flag by a veteran’s grave at St. Joseph’s Cemetery along Route 31.

The veterans’ section at Mount Albion received many flags this morning. Dan Flanagan, right, is the Scoutmaster for Troop 164 in Albion. Ben Metcalf, second from left, is the Cubmaster. Metcalf has been helping set flags at veterans’ graves since he was a kid more than 25 years ago. Lincoln Metcalf, 4, is at left and helped the scouts set the flags.

Kylee Cere, a daisy scout, looks for markers at the veterans’ graves at St. Joseph’s.

Sebastian Stritzinger, 7, is a Cub Scout who brought a lot of energy to the solemn duty this morning.

These Girl Scouts helped set flags at Mount Albion and St. Joseph’s cemeteries. In front from left are Kylee Cere, Elise Mateo, Gabby Greean and Eva Mateo. Back row: Emmaline Gailie, Hannah Olles, Neveya Barnes and Aniela Wilson.

Eva Mateo set many flags at veterans’ graves this morning at St. Joseph’s and Mount Albion.

Kevin Christy, the Legion commander, thanked the Scouts for their help this morning. The Legion will place about 800 more flags at 10 other smaller flags in Barre, Albion, Gaines and Carlton.

The Legion is preparing for a Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. on May 30. The parade is expected to return to the route before Covid: from the intersection of West Park Street and Main Street proceeding to the front of the Middle School.

Albion honors 38 soon-to-be-grads with GPAs at 90 or higher

Photo courtesy of Albion Central School: The group of honor grads are pictured in the high school gym after a dinner catered by Zambistro in Medina. This is the first time the event was held at the gym. Previously it was at Hickory Ridge Country Club in Holley.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 May 2022 at 5:14 pm

ALBION – The district honored soon-to-be graduates on Thursday who have attained grade point averages at 90 percent or higher during the four years of high school. The students were recognized at the annual Academic Honors Convocation Dinner.

The event is normally held at Hickory Ridge Country Club but this time was held in a transformed high school gym with food catered by Zambistro in Medina.

There are 38 seniors at a 90 percent GPA or higher, including: Alicia Allen, Carson Bader, James Beach, Katelyn Beach, Valentina Beato Herrera, Olivia Bieber, Lauren Brooks, Elisa Bropst, Jeffrey Brown, Collin Capurso, Hannah Coolbaugh, Nicolina Creasey, Angel Cruz Cruz, Ann Faery, Ethan Ferchen, Jacob Foote, Rowan Ford, Tyler Gibson, Emily Graham, Kenzi Hapeman, Emily Harling, Samantha Johnson, Leah Kania, Adrian Kingdollar, Alyson Knaak, Kyle Kuehne, Charley London, Allison Mathes, Sydney Mulka, Hannah Papponetti, Leah Pritchard, Reuben Rivers, Belen Rosario Soto, Aurora Serafin, Aidan Smith, Paris Smith, Presley Smith and Colleen Usselman.

Photos by Tom Rivers: Valentina Beato Herrera, one of the honor grads, is congratulated by Board of Education member David Sidari. Other board members from left include Margy Brown, Kathy Harling and Kurt Schmitt.

The gym turned into a venue for the meal and awards presentation.

Greg Madejski, Ph.D, the Class of 2006 valedictorian at Albion, gives the keynote message to this year’s honor grads advice on Thursday during an Academic Honors Convocation Dinner. Madejski urged the group to be problem solvers and make a plan for action.

The keynote speaker for the event was Class of 2006 valedictorian Greg Madejski, who works on biomedical problems.

He earned a degree in microelectronic engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010 and earned his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester in 2018.

He is a laboratory engineer for the Integrated Nano Systems Center at the University of Rochester.

Madejski also is the co-founder and CEO of Parverio, a company focused on combating nanoplastic contamination. That company researches detecting microplastics in water.

Madejski enjoys climbing, singing with the Rochester Oratorio Society and is a cantor at the Holy Family Parish in Albion.

He urged the honor grads to be problem solvers.

“I encourage you to not rest on your laurels because there’s so many interesting problems out there, and we need your help,” Madejski said.

A key component of being a problem solver: curiosity. “How does this thing work? What does this one thing do when I change inputs?” he said. “How can this be done better?”

He shared how he was working in a research lab and accidentally breathed on a chip when it was close to his face. He wouldn’t recommend that.

It was a humid that day. His breath opened a new fabrication strategy and that process went on to detect over a million pieces of DNA in a row, a record for the time. He learned to observe and make changes in a process.

Madejski said being a problem solver means taking care of yourself – and being honest with yourself. He said at times he has struggled with anxiety and depression. He focuses his time on activities that bring him joy.

He recommended to the grads they have a plan, and ask for help when they need it.

He urged them to run the risk of being wrong and of being unpopular.

“I can say without reservation that the education I received here allowed me to navigate college, graduate school and studies abroad in another culture,” Madejski said. “You have a fine quality of education to compete and excel in a variety of settings. What you do with your well-earned knowledge and learning will matter more than simply gaining it. I challenge you to be an active problem solver wherever they arise in your lives and for our community.”

Emily Harling shakes hands with board member Wayne Wadhams after receiving a certificate for earning a GPA at 90 percent or higher. Parents of the graduates then presented them with their honor cords.

The seniors have fun singing Albion’s alma mater. The Class of 2022 is set to graduate with an outdoor ceremony at the football field on June 24 with June 25 reserved as a rain date.

The four other districts in Orleans County – Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville and Medina – will honor their top 10 graduates during a program on June 14 at the White Birch Golf Course in Lyndonville.

Royalty announced for next month’s Strawberry Festival

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 May 2022 at 12:46 pm

Provided photo

ALBION – The royalty for the June 10-11 Albion Strawberry Festival has been announced. Pictured from left include Princess Anna Grillo, King Jeffrey Brown and Queen Faith Bennett.

This year’s festival has a theme of “Together We Serve.” The committee that picked the royalty looked for students active in the school and community. The students also needed to submit either a video, short story or poem about themselves.

The festival returns this year after being cancelled in 2020 and 2021. The royalty will be featured in the parade on June 11 and also serve as festival ambassadors.

7-year-old donates framed diamond art to Albion FD

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 May 2022 at 10:50 am

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ALBION – Braelynn Monnier, 7, of Albion stopped by the Albion fire hall on Thursday to present a framed diamond art of firefighter equipment to Albion Fire Chief Rob Conner.

Braelynn’s grandfather, Robert Monnier, worked about a month on the diamond art project, and made the wooden frame.

Braelynn wanted to show her appreciation to the local firefighters. Chief Conner let her sit in the front seat of a fire truck, which made her very happy.

Albion urged to keep in-person AP classes in high school

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 May 2022 at 9:36 am

ALBION – The Board of Education has been asked to maintain all of the district’s Advanced Placement courses, which are rigorous, college-level classes.

However, Albion only has a few kids in many of the classes. Albion would like to have at least 12 in the AP courses.

The district instead is shifting from some in-person AP classes to the Apex Learning platform, which offers AP classes online.

Several parents of students who want to take AP classes sent in letters to the board, asking Albion to reconsider and offer AP in-person.

(Editor’s Note: Marsha Rivers, wife of editor Tom Rivers, sent in one of the letters.)

Matt and Crystal Hand and their daughter Samantha all sent in separate letters, asking Albion to keep the AP program with in-person instruction.

Mr. Hand said the AP classes are an “important marker for college” and “help students reach their full potential.”

If a class-size minimum is needed, Hand suggested Albion better promote the program within the district and partner with other schools to offer the classes.

Mrs. Hand said many of the current sophomores and juniors in high school planned their schedules out in recent years so they could take AP classes next year, which now aren’t available.

“They shouldn’t be penalized because there aren’t enough students,” she wrote. “They rose to the challenge and are thriving.”

Jody O’Connor, mother of a student who wants to take AP next year, said Albion’s “dedicated and talented staff” have shown they can teach the classes and have their students excel.

Heidi Pask, mother of a student who wants to take AP next year, said the district should offer high-level classes for hard-working students who are going to college.

Not offering the AP classes puts Albion students at a disadvantage with students form other schools who have the AP background, she said.

Samantha Hand, a junior, wants to take AP calculus, AP physics and AP statistics next year. Those college-level will save her on tuition and prepare her for college, she wrote in her letter.

Kathy Harling, the Board of Education president, said the issue will be on the board’s agenda for its June 6 meeting and will be discussed in more detail.

Albion High School welcomes senior citizens back for food and games

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 May 2022 at 5:20 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Collin Capurso, a member of the Student Council at Albion High School, serves desserts to Albion senior citizens today after lunch in the school gym.

The Student Council brought back Senior Citizen Day today after the event was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions and concerns.

About 50 senior citizens and guests attended the event today, which included performances by the jazz band and high school chorus. There also was student art on display on the monitors.

Senior citizens also ate breakfast at the school, played Bingo, painted rocks and enjoyed other activities.

Student Council members Meganne Moore, back left, and Lucy Rivers serve brownies to the senior citizens, including Jane Sidari in back. The seniors were very sociable with the students. The Office for the Aging also assisted with the event today.

“We called and they were so excited to be back,” said Sawyer Green, the Student Council advisor. “It’s a great way for our kids to connect with the community.”

Leo Bolton, left, and Nick Andrews play the trombone with the Jazz Band.

Doris Kelley enjoys dessert and the music during lunch. Donna Laubacher is at right. She served on the Board of Education for many years.

Albion student asks district to allow day to drive tractors to school

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 May 2022 at 10:49 am

ALBION – The Albion Board of Education has been asked to have a designated day in the school year when students can drive a tractor to school.

Samantha Basinait, a junior and member of the FFA, made the request during Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting.

She said other nearby schools, including Elba and Attica, have a day where students with farm backgrounds can drive to school on a tractor.

Basinait suggested the students be allowed to do it during FFA Week, which was just celebrated at Albion from May 2-6.

“It would raise awareness for how important agriculture is to our community,” Basinait told the Board of Education.

The students wouldn’t bring the tractors down Route 31. Instead they would bring them down Clarendon Road and enter the school campus from the side parking lot by the elementary school, Basinait said.

The students would bring their tractors well before the start of the school day to avoid the bulk of the traffic at school, and leave later in the afternoon after the buses are gone.

She was joined by her mother Dawn Basinait., who went over the rules for the Attica tractor day. Students aren’t allowed to have passengers and can’t be towing anything. No garden tractor are allowed at Attica’s tractor day.

Mrs. Basinait said the students who would be driving the tractors have been using farm equipment for years and are very responsible.

Kathy Harling, the Board president, said the board doesn’t respond to requests on the spot, but it will be considered.

Albion to dedicate new panel on Friday in honor of Sheret brothers who died on same day in WWI

Courtesy of Tim Archer and Grade 7 Service Learning Class at Albion: This display for an interpretive panel about the Sheret family will be dedicated at 11 a.m. on Friday at Central Hall on East Park Street, which used to be an American Legion Post.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 May 2022 at 10:02 am

ALBION – An interpretive panel highlighting the service and sacrifice of the Sheret family will be dedicated on Friday at Central Hall, the county-owned building on East Park Street that is home to the treasurer’s office and Department of History.

That red-brick building also was a school from 1882 to 1934, and then was an American Legion Post. It was the home for the Sheret Post, named in honor of the Sheret brothers who died on the same day in World War I.

The 11 a.m. ceremony on Friday will unveil a panel just rght of the front steps that provides details about the Sheret family. The public is welcome to attend the dedication.

The building from 1935 to 1980 was home to Sheret Post #35 American Legion. General Pershing called Sgt. Sheret “one of the hundred heroes of WW1.”

A member of Co. F. 108th Reg., NY Volunteer Infantry, Sgt. Sheret was killed in action on September 29, 1918 during the attack on the Hindenburg Line. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for the bravery of his actions.

Pvt. Egbert Sheret, a machine gunner, was also killed in action that day.

Another brother, Andrew, was wounded at that battle, but survived. A fourth brother, John G. served in the Navy and survived the war.

The brothers were the sons of John Galashan Sheret Sr. He came from Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1886 and worked as a block breaker in the quarries. He married Anna Wickizer of South Ausman, Susquehanna County, Pa. in 1891.

Albion seventh-graders will speak about the Sheet family during the ceremony on Friday, which will also include remarks from County Legislator Don Allport, County Historian Catherine Cooper, Sheret Post leader Philip Warne, local veteran Ron Ayrault, Orleans DAR Regent Ann Jacobs. The Honor Guard will also offer a gun salute.

Sign goes up for Burlison/Christopher walking trail at Bullard Park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 May 2022 at 8:36 pm

Photo courtesy of Marsha Rivers

ALBION – A sign is up at Bullard Park for the Wayne Burlison and Judy Christopher Memorial Walking Trail. The 3,800-foot-long crusher-run path goes around the perimeter of Bullard Park.

The Albion Running Club contributed $5,000 towards the trail, which was installed last fall by the Village of Albion Department of Public Works, with assistance from a private contractor with a milling machine.

The 5-foot-wide walking trail is the last piece of an $800,000 improvement project at Bullard, a village park on Route 31. Other upgrades include a new splash park, amphitheater, utility building with bathrooms and a pavilion.

The trail is in memory of Wayne Burlison, an Albion elementary music teacher who died at age 36 from colon cancer on March 26, 2014. Burlison was an active member of the Albion Running Club and he promoted fitness in the community and led a Couch to 5K program called Run for God.

Christopher ran Phoenix Fitness in downtown Albion and organized the first 19 Strawberry Festival races. She started the 5k and 8k races at the festival initially to give members of the gym needed a fitness .

Christopher passed away from cancer at age 70 on Aug. 3, 2013.

Her family also ran the Four C’s Marina for many years. Judy also was the first woman elected to serve on the Albion Town Board. She was a long-time member of the Albion Rotary Club and served on the Swan Library Board of Trustees.

New electronic sign installed today for Albion school district

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 May 2022 at 1:57 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – This photo taken at about 1 p.m. shows employees of Toth’s Sports installing a new Daktonics message display system.

It replaces a manual sign along Route 31 that promotes school events. The old sign near the tennis courts became unusable and was removed last month, said Mickey Edwards, the district superintendent.

The sign is about 10 feet wide with columns another 2 feet. The sign is about 10 feet high.

The district is using American Rescue Plan Act funds to cover the cost of $85,870 sign, which includes removal of the old sign and bushes.

That total doesn’t include the cost of a new electric line installed from the high school to the sign by Suburban Electric of Albion.

The new sign is expected to be updated daily and could be operational later this afternoon.

Albion musical brings home many awards at Stars of Tomorrow in Rochester

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 May 2022 at 11:19 am

4 from Albion honored for outstanding performance in leading role

Photos by Tom Rivers: Leah Kania is Fiona and Rowan Ford is Shrek in Albion’s production of Shrek the Musical which received several awards on Thursday night at the Stars of Tomorrow event in Rochester. Kania and Ford also were recognized for outstanding performance in a leading role.

ROCHESTER – The Albion High School production of Shrek the Musical won many awards on Thursday night at the Stars of Tomorrow in Rochester, including four awards for outstanding performance in a leading role.

The Stars of Tomorrow is a program through the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. It judges and recognizes musicals from 25 schools in the Rochester region. Albion is up against many of the much larger suburban districts in Monroe and Ontario counties.

The Albion students recognized for outstanding performance in a leading role include: Leah Kania as Fiona, Rowan Ford as Shrek, Myles Miller as Donkey and Jeffrey Brown as Lord Farquaad.

In addition, Leah Kania, Myles Miller and Rowan Ford are candidates to represent Rochester in a New York City competition – the National High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards. Online voting starts at noon today. Click here for more information.

Myles Miller was named an outstanding performer in a leading role for her energetic and often hysterical turn as Donkey.

Jeffrey Brown shined as Lord Farquaad, the villain of the musical. He is short in stature and a ruthless ruler with many insecurities. Here is shown facing an uprising from the Fairytale Creatures.

Albion’s performance of Shrek was honored for the following:

  • Excellence in student orchestra
  • Excellence in acting ensemble
  • Excellence in production crew.

Other individual awards included:

Natalie Baron received a Tip-of-the-hat award for her performance as Pinnochio.

Hannah Coolbaugh starred as the Mad Hatter.

• Special Recognitions to Ethan Merrill and Hannah Coolbaugh. Ethan Merrill ran the lighting board and never missed any if the 220 cues for the production.

• In addition to being the Mad Hatter, Hannah Coolbaugh was a Duloc Dancer, one of the 3 Blind Mice, Rat Tapper and a Knight. She was dance captain and choreographed the number in 3 Blind Mice.

• Kaitlynn Basinait was a Rising Star recipient. A middle schooler, she stepped in to run one of the spotlights.

This year was a welcome return to performing in front of a live audience for the Albion drama program. The musical in 2020 was cancelled due to Covid. Last year’s show was performed without an audience and then shown online through a video. Students also were able to take the stage this time without masks.