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Albion school accepts bench in memory of Brennan Moody

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 August 2019 at 1:49 pm

ALBION – The Board of Education accepted a memorial bench from the Class of 2019 in honor of their classmate, Brennan Moody, who was killed in a car accident on June 18.

Photos by Tom Rivers: Brennan Moody performed in many school musicals for Albion.

The Class of 2019 donated $1,367.73 to purchase the bench in memory of Brennan. The bench will be placed outside the chorus and band rooms at the high school. Brennan was heavily involved in the band, chorus and musical programs at the school.

The Board of Education on Monday also presented the class officers with leadership and character awards for helping their classmates and community after the loss of Brennan. Three other classmates were in the accident and one, Sean Weis, also sustained serious injuries.

Kathy Winans, the class advisor, nominated the officers for the award. She said they handled the tragedy “with amazing character, grace and sensitivity.”

The officers attended calling hours, the funeral service and reception for Brennan. They had magnets made and distributed at the funeral service with Brennan’s image performing in the role of John the Baptist from the musical, Godspell. “Brennan Moody – Always in our Hearts,” the magnets read. “Because I knew you I have been changed for good.”

The Class of 2019 officers for Albion were recognized with leadership and character awards on Monday by the Board of Education. Pictured from left include Kirk Allison, class treasurer; Harrison Brown, secretary; Kate Krieger, vice president; and McKenna Boyer, president. Kathy Harling is president of the Board of Education.

The officers had guitar picks made with Brennan’s name to be shared with his classmates for graduation. The officers also struck a balance with graduation, making that a celebration as well.

Margy Brown, a BOE member and Harrison’s mother, also praised Winans for guiding the class and the officers through the tragedy.

“The leadership you have shown these kids they will take through their lives with them,” Brown said.

There will be an “Albion Strong” benefit with a chicken barbecue beginning at 3 p.m. this Sunday at The Gallagher, a barn and event center at 244 North Gravel Rd. in Medina.

The event will support the Moody and Weis families.

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Albion school district passes policy requiring immunizations for all students

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 August 2019 at 9:32 am

ALBION – The Albion school district has followed the state’s lead in requiring all students to be immunized and to no longer allow religious exemptions for vaccines.

The Albion Board of Education approved the new policy during its meeting on Monday. The district last school year had seven students out of the total enrollment of about 1,800 students opt out of immunizations due to religious reasons, said Michael Bonnewell, the district superintendent.

Those students need to get their vaccines or they won’t be allowed at school, under the new policy.

The only option for not being immunized is proof from a physician that certifies the vaccine is detrimental to the student’s health.

“Except for this exemption, the District may not permit a student lacking evidence of immunization to remain in school for more than 14 days, or more than 30 days for an out-of-state or out-of-country transferee who can show a good faith effort to get the necessary certification or other evidence of immunization,” according to the policy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 13 signed legislation to end religious exemptions for vaccines, after one of its worst outbreaks of measles in years.

“The science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe,” Cuomo said in a statement after signing the legislation. “This administration has taken aggressive action to contain the measles outbreak, but given its scale, additional steps are needed to end this public health crisis. While I understand and respect freedom of religion, our first job is to protect the public health and by signing this measure into law, we will help prevent further transmissions and stop this outbreak right in its tracks.”

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Tax rate plunges by $1.03 for Albion Central School

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 August 2019 at 1:15 pm

ALBION – The tax rate for Albion Central School is $14.44 per $1,000 of assessed property for 2019-20, which is down $1.03 from 2018-19 school year.

In 2018-19, only Barker at $15.21 was less than Albion at $15.47 per $1,000 of assessed property.

The Albion Board of Education approved the tax warrant on Monday, setting the tax rate at 6.7 percent lower than the previous year.

Although the tax rate is down, the district will be collecting the same amount in property taxes, $8,449,094, as in 2018-19. This is the 11th time in the past 13 years the school district has either kept taxes flat or reduced them.

Th tax rate is down due to rising assessments in the school district following a reassessment in most of the towns that are in the school district. Ridgeway didn’t do a town-wide reassessment so that town’s tax rate for the Albion school district will be down by 12 cents to $15.35, instead of a drop to $14.44.

Those whose tax assessments increased by more than 6.7 percent from a year ago will actually pay a higher school tax bill despite the low tax rate. Those with assessments that dropped or increased less than 6.7 percent will pay less in Albion school taxes in 2019-20.

Derek Vallese, the school district’s business administrator, said Albion had the second lowest tax rate in 2018-19 among school districts in Orleans, Niagara and Genesee counties. The new rates haven’t been set yet by all of the districts.

After Barker at $15.21 and Albion at $15.47 in 2018-19, the rates in the three counties include: Niagara Falls, $15.71; Lyndonville, $16.35; Kendall, $17.02; Lewiston-Porter, $17.07; Pembroke, $19.00; Starpoint, $19.67; Pavilion, $20.43; Elba, $20.56; Roy-Hart, $20.83; Alexander, $21.15; Wilson, $21.42; Oakfield-Alabama, $22.16; Medina, $22.46; Batavia, $22.79; Holley, $22.79; Newfane, $23.36; Byron-Bergen, $24.11; Lockport, $24.74; and Le Roy, $24.83.

Linda Weller of the Albion Board of Education asked if Albion was offering less to students given the low tax rate.

Michael Bonnewell, the district superintendent, said Albion has significant budget savings by contracting transportation and food services.

“We also run pretty tight contracts,” Bonnewell responded during Monday’s meeting.

The district includes many benefits for retirees, but not some of the more costly benefits, Bonnewell said.

He also said the district hasn’t had to cut programs in the past 10 years, while others with higher tax rates have reduced extracurricular activities and had big reductions in staff. Albion has gradually reduced some positions the past 15 years in response to a declining student enrollment.

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2 new Albion BOE members sworn into office

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 August 2019 at 7:28 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Gregg Boose Sr. signs the oath of office as new member of the Albion Board of Education during the board meeting in Monday. Derek Vallese, the business administrator and district clerk for Albion Central School, administers the oath for Boose, a retired corrections officer.

Joyce Riley also was sworn in as a new board member on Monday. Boose and Riley were both appointed to board last month with their terms starting on Monday.

They fill vacancies from the recent resignations by Steve LaLonde and Marie Snyder.

Boose and Riley both narrowly lost elections to the board in May. During that election Linda Weller had the most votes with 323 followed by 290 for Sidari. They were elected to five-year terms. Boose received 284 and Riley, 221.

Riley, a former board member more than two decades ago, worked as a registered nurse and later supervised an ambulatory surgical unit in Washington, D.C., overseeing 200 employees. When she retired, she moved back to Albion in 2015.

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3 houses taken down in Albion to make way for DePaul project

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 August 2019 at 4:23 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – A contractor is removing three houses on Liberty Street to make way for a 40-unit housing project proposed by DePaul Properties of Rochester.

DePaul last week started demolishing three unoccupied houses on Liberty Street, between the railroad tracks and Beaver Street.

The three houses are behind the Hoag Library. This photo was taken from just outside the children’s library.

DePaul is planning to have 36 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units. The one bedroom units can have up to two people and the two-bedroom apartments have room for up to four people.

DePaul will have staff on site to oversee the apartment complex, and also to take residents to appointments with a DePaul van.

DePaul is designing the project to support people with disabilities, including senior citizens and veterans. The organization will do extensive background checks for credit, criminal and sex offender history and evictions.

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Bands rocked Bullard Park in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 August 2019 at 9:13 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – 7th Heaven caps a day of music at Bullard Park on Saturday during the Albion Summer Festival featuring Rock the Park.

Michael Giarrizzo, left, plays guitar and sings for the band, while Terry K. is the lead singer and Dave Quick is the bass player from Kendall.

The band delighted the crowd with music by AC/DC, Billy Idol, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Don Henley and others.

Phil LaTona of Churchville plays the drums and Eddie K., Terry’s brother from Medina, is on keyboards.

Five bands played under the big beer tent from 3 to 11 p.m., including Shotgun Pauly, The Trellis Cooper Band, Zero, The Who Dats and then 7th Heaven.

Dave Quick lays down the bass for 7th Heaven.

Terry K., a Medina native, fires up the crowd. The concert started with “Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol, “Hysteria” and “Armageddon It” by Def Leppard, and “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” by AC/DC.

7th Heaven had the crowd dancing under the big tent.

The crowd enjoys the concert under the tent. Soon a new amphitheater will be done as well as other park improvements.

Zack Burgess, right, and Dylan DeSmith perform with the band, Zero. Burgess led the band in its opening number, singing “Blow At High Dough” by The Tragically Hip. Burgess served as co-chairman of music festival with Ron Albertson of the Albion Lions Club.

Dylan DeSmit is lead guitarist for the band. He followed Burgess by singing “Hard to Handle” by The Black Crowes.

Mike “Thunder” Warren, the bass guitarist, led the band’s performance of “T.N.T.” by AC/DC.

Alex DeSmit pounds the skins as Zero’s drummer.

The musicians enjoyed the stage with the lighting and a fog machine.

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Musicians are rocking at Bullard Park today

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 August 2019 at 12:45 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Joel Hurlbert, an Albion native who now lives in Lockport, and Stacy May perform with the band Unorthodox today during the Albion Summer Festival featuring Rock the Park.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the festival will feature acoustic musicians, with bands then performing from 3 to 11 p.m. under the beer tent.

This is the sixth annual Rock the Park to benefit improvements at Bullard Park.

Jonathan Koch of Lockport plays the violin for Unorthodox.

Albion native Gregg Albertson kicked off the festival this morning at 11. Albertson, 26, lives in Nashville and performs with the band, Quigg Hollow, which will soon be releasing its first album. Gregg’s father, Ron, is co-chairman of the Albion Summer Festival along with Zach Burgess.

Mark Johnson grills hamburgers for the Albion Lions Club, which is one of the organizers of the today’s festival. There are several other food vendors, and arts and craft vendors at the event.

Jeremiah James, an Albion native who lives in South Carolina, owns Blue Groove Cold Brew. He is selling nitro tea and nitro coffee today. Johnson said he is looking to return to his hometown of Albion to open a coffee shop.

Jim Navarra is giving free wagon rides around the park.

The music schedule for today includes:

11 a.m. – Gregg Albertson plays the acoustic stage

11:45 a.m.  – Unorthodox plays the acoustic stage

12:30 p.m. – Highway 31 plays the acoustic stage

1 p.m. – Kids games open

1:15 p.m. – What About Jane plays the acoustic stage

2 p.m. – Burial Harbor plays the acoustic stage

3 p.m. – Beer Tent opens

3 p.m. – Shotgun Pauly plays the beer tent stage

4:15 p.m. – The Trellis Cooper Band plays the beer tent stage

5 p.m. – Craft and Artisan Vendors close

5:30 p.m. – Zero plays the beer tent stage

6:45 p.m. – The Who Dats play the beer tent stage

8:30 p.m. – 7th Heaven plays the beer tent stage

11 p.m. – Festival closes

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Many free activities will be available at National Night Out on Tuesday

Posted 3 August 2019 at 8:56 am

Press Release, Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni

Photo by Tom Rivers: Madison Schultz, 2, of Medina sits on the lap of her aunt Sami Lynn Denniston, 7, of Middleport during the National Night Out last Aug. 7 at Bullard Park in Albion. Mercy Flight brought a helicopter to the event. Children were welcome to sit in the pilot’s seat and get a close up of the aircraft which is used to transport people with life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

ALBION – The Albion Police Department would like to remind everyone that National Night Out at Bullard Park is a few days away. The event will be held next Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will have more participating agencies taking part than we have ever had before.

Our mission is simple. We want an event where families can come for a night and be entertained at no cost and eat for free in an environment that is free of violence, alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Our goal is to have those that attend walk away with a positive contact that can assist with any needs a person may need. We strive to make this event a one-day event that lasts all year long.

This year’s event will include many demonstrations from law enforcement, fire and EMS along with over 50 other organizations providing entertainment and give-a-ways. Mercy Flight will be arriving at with an aircraft that everyone is welcome to tour and sit in.

We will have bikes on hand for kids to ride in an obstacle course with police officers and to receive a free bike helmet. There will also be free food and water for everyone.

We are very excited to be doing a “Battle of Belts” competition again this year to promote vehicle passenger safety. The competition entails teams of 4 who compete to see who is the fastest getting into car and fastening their seatbelts. Each contestant then must switch seats and again fasten their seat belts. The time ends when each person has sat in each seat in the car. This event is fun to participate in and even more fun to watch. There is still time to enter and details can be found on the event Facebook Page.

A Webinar was hosted by the Population Health Collaborative where Chief Nenni gave insight on what the National Night Out Event in Orleans County is all about. It can be viewed by clicking here. Come out and enjoy a night of fun.

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Motorcyclist killed in Albion accident on Brown Road

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 August 2019 at 10:30 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: A member of the State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit is at the scene of a fatal accident at the corner of Brown Road and East Bacon Road.

ALBION – A motorcyclist died this evening after hitting a pickup truck that was turning from East Bacon Road onto Brown Road.

The motorcyclist was going in excess of 100 miles per hour when it struck the truck on the side of the vehicle at about 7:30 p.m., said Chief Deputy Michael Mele of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

Mercy Flight took the motorcyclist to Strong Memorial, where he was pronounced dead.

The Sheriff’s Office isn’t releasing the motorcyclist’s name, pending notification of family.

Mele said the motorcyclist is from Rochester and was riding on Brown Road, headed south with another motorcyclist riding behind, also from Rochester.

Mele said the driver of the truck didn’t see the motorcyclist. The driver told officers he felt like he was hit by an explosion.

The driver of truck wasn’t seriously injured and went to Medina Memorial Hospital.

Mele said the section of Brown Road just north of the intersection has a slight hill, making it difficult to see far down the road. The motorcyclist’s speed also made the black motorcycle difficult to see for the driver.

“Speed was definitely a factor,” Mele said.

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Albion PD releases video from attempted robbery at convenience store

Posted 1 August 2019 at 6:45 am

Press Release, Albion Police Department

Two people seek money from Crosby’s, north of the canal, on Monday night in Albion.

ALBION – The Albion Police Department is continuing to investigate the attempted robbery that occurred at the Crosby’s North convenience store on July 29.

In an attempt to identify the suspects involved, the Albion Police Department has released clips from the security camera footage of the incident.

The videos can be viewed on the Albion Police Department’s Facebook page by clicking here.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Albion Police Department at (585) 589-5627 or Orleans County Dispatch Center (585) 589-5527.

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