Clarendon

Fresh pavement for 237 in Clarendon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 June 2021 at 8:29 am

Photos courtesy of Don Welch

CLARENDON – Route 237 is getting repaved in Clarendon, from the Clarendon corners to the Holley village line.

Don Welch took these photos on Wednesday of Highway Rehab Corp., repaving the road. Their machines heat the road surface with gas torches, then dig up the hot asphalt, mix in some oil, and lay it back down, Welch said.

It takes 3 machines to do one lane of the road. A vibratory roller follows the paving trucks and leaves the recycled surface smooth as new. A top layer of asphalt will be added after they’re done, Welch said.

Fast-moving fire destroys barn in Clarendon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 May 2021 at 4:32 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

CLARENDON – Firefighters hose down the spot where a barn stood before being destroyed by a fire this afternoon.

The property at 5414 South Holley Rd. is owned by Gary Helms. It is located south of Route 31A between Gladden and LaDue roads.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 3:01 p.m. Black smoke spewed into the air and could be seen from several miles away.

The barn was devoured by the fast-moving flames.

Orleans County fire investigators were at the scene. No additional information is available.

Tree service replaces tangled flag at Clarendon park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 April 2021 at 8:28 am

Photos courtesy of Melissa Ierlan

CLARENDON – Jeremy Arnold (right), owner of Arnold’s Tree Service in Holley, and his friend and employee CJ Stevens replaced the flag at Clarendon Town Park on Route 237 on Thursday.

The previous flag was tattered and tangled at the top of the flag pole.

Melissa Ierlan, the town historian and code enforcement officer, called Arnold to see if he could replace the flag. He responded within minutes.

Ierlan gave him the new flag to replace. She keeps many flags to update ones at town cemeteries and the historical society.

Arnold and Stevens are both veterans and were glad to help with the task.

Arnold used his bucket truck to free the tangled flag from the pole.

Stevens secures the new flag to the park that includes the Clarendon waterfalls.

Clarendon couple seeks to help others who have lost loved ones to addiction

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 April 2021 at 11:46 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Leigh and Chuck Kinsey of Clarendon are leaders of a new Missing Angels group at Orleans Recovery – Hope Begins Here. They are shown with a portrait of their son, Mark, who passed away at age 35 after an overdose on June 1, 2019. The Missing Angels group has been meeting since January with smaller in-person gatherings or through Zoom videoconferencing.

ALBION – A Clarendon couple who lost their son to an overdose is leading a group, Missing Angels, to help others with their grief.

Chuck and Leigh Kinsey are the parents of Mark Kinsey, who passed on June 1, 2019 at age 35. Mark battled substance use since he was 17.

He was home for five weeks while in recovery but died after taking heroin with lethal fentanyl. Two people from Holley went to state prison for providing the highly dangerous drug.

The Kinseys say there are many local families who have endured the loss and grief of a loved one from an overdose.

“We want people in the community going through this to know they are not alone,” Mr. Kinsey said. “There are other people out here willing to talk about this and share their story.”

They have been leading Missing Angels since January. There are meetings through Zoom videoconferencing the first Thursdays each month, and in-person gatherings the third Thursdays. The meetings are at Orleans Recovery – Hope Begins Here, Suite 190 at the Arnold Gregory Office Complex, 243 South Main Street in Albion.

Don Snyder, president of Orleans Recovery, said the organization wants to be a resource for the community and also help overcome the stigma of people suffering from addiction. Snyder is retired a prison chaplain.

“As a person of faith and as a chaplain, I’ve always cared about people are hurting,” Snyder said.

Orleans Recovery started about five years ago by local clergy, former Sheriff Randy Bower and other community stakeholders. Snyder said the group backs the Missing Angels program to help families and loved ones of people who have died in an overdose.


‘We feel the grief process will be never ending. But we have a path that we’ve been down that we want to share with people.’ – Chuck Kinsey


Snyder is thankful the Kinseys have stepped forward to lead the group, and give it structure and compassion.

“This is not a therapy,” Mr. Kinsey said. “This is a place where you can set up your own path for recovery.”

Mr. Kinsey, who is retired as the computer services director for Orleans County, said his son started with substance use at age 17, “unbeknownst to us.”

Mark Kinsey worked as a cook for nearly two decades. He was creative and full of life, his mother said.

The family tried many approaches to push him to long-term recovery. He seemed to be in a good place in his recovery just before his fatal overdose.

“We tried tough love,” Mrs. Kinsey said. “But we showed him how much we love him.”

The Kinseys said holidays are difficult for families who have lost loved ones prematurely to an overdose. They observe Mark’s birthday on Jan. 9 and acknowledge the anniversary of his death on June 1.

They encourage families and loved ones to journal, create a memorial corner in their homes in honor of their loved ones. That corner can be a spot to mediate and pray.

“We feel the grief process will be never ending,” Mr. Kinsey said. “But we have a path that we’ve been down that we want to share with people.”

The number of drug overdose deaths increased 27 percent during the pandemic to 88,000 during the 12-month period ending in August 2020, the leader of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy said Thursday.

The Kinseys and Snyder of Orleans Recovery said the opioid overdoses remain a crisis, even though it has been knocked out of the news for much of the past year.

“This is an epidemic that will be with us a lot longer than Covid-19,” Mr. Kinsey said. “There is no vaccine for opioid use.”

Some users can be hooked after the first time they try opioids, and can descend into “full-blown substance use disorder” that often leaves them powerless to fight the addiction.

The Kinseys said their group will be advocating for more service sin Orleans County for people fighting addiction, including daily methadone clinics for people in narcotic addiction.

Snyder said talking about the problem can help the community better respond to people in addiction and offer support for their families.

“There is still a stigma that drives people underground,” Snyder said. “People are overdosing. We’re losing a lot of people.”

For more on the Missing Angels program, contact Orleans Recovery, 585-210-8750, or email orleansrecoveryhope@gmail.com for details on meetings and other programs.

Firefighters respond to fire, smoke-filled house in Clarendon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 November 2020 at 1:03 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

CLARENDON – Many local firefighters responded to 4581 Holley-Byron Rd. to a house that was filled with smoke after a fire in a side wall.

Nobody was home in the house owned by Will Grathouse when firefighters were dispatched to the scene at about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The top photo shows the ladder truck from Holley. There were also personnel from at least Clarendon, Holley, Fancher-Hulberton-Murray, Albion, Barre and South Byron fire departments, as well as Monroe Ambulance, the State Police, Orleans County Sheriff’s Office and the Orleans County Emergency Management Office.

Smoke spews from the windows in the top floor of the house.

Firefighters broke windows in the first floor of the house to let out smoke.

Earl Jenks of the Clarendon Fire Company was at the controls for Clarendon’s ladder truck.

Doug Bentley of the Barre Volunteer Fire Company was among the group of firefighters who were at the scene well past midnight.

No other information is available.

Governor announces $357 million in road projects, including resurfacing 237 in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 October 2020 at 12:06 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $357 million in funding road improvement projects in every county of the state, including $1.2 million to resurface Route 237 from the Genesee County line through Clarendon, the Village of Holley and Town of Murray.

These infrastructure renewal projects will incorporate the use of environmentally conscious construction techniques such as warm-mix asphalt and cold in place asphalt recycling that can be applied at significantly lower temperatures, thereby reducing fuel consumption and decreasing the production of associated greenhouse gas emission during construction, Cuomo said in a news release.

These techniques also allow existing materials to be reused and can reduce the amount of materials that would otherwise be trucked to landfills. The projects announced today are currently being designed and construction will begin next spring.

“New York continues to lead the nation in demonstrating that infrastructure investments supporting economic growth can be balanced with protecting our precious environmental and natural resources,” Cuomo said. “These investments are laying the foundation for sustained growth in tourism and business development while enhancing the resilience of the supporting infrastructure.”

This funding, administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, will support 135 paving projects and the renewal of approximately 1,740 lane miles of pavements across New York State.

Other nearby projects include:

• Genesee County: $1.3 million to resurface Route 98 from Route 20 to the City of Batavia (South Limit) in the Towns of Alexander and Batavia.

• Livingston County-Monroe County: $27.5 million to resurface I-390 from Routes 5 & 20 (Exit 10) to I-390 (Exit 12), including mainline and ramps, in the Town of Avon, Livingston County and in the Towns of Henrietta and Rush, Monroe County.

• Wyoming County: $1.2 million to resurface Route 98 from Route 20A to Route 354 in the Towns of Sheldon, Bennington, and Attica, Wyoming County.

• Erie County: $12.8 million to resurface I-290 From I-190 to I-90 in the Towns of Amherst and Tonawanda.

• Erie County: $2.1 million to resurface Route 263 (Millersport Highway) from Route 270 (Campbell Boulevard) to Route 78 (Transit Road).

• Niagara County: $5.6 million to resurface I-190 Northbound from Route 384 (Buffalo Avenue) to Route 31 (Witmer Road) in the City of Niagara Falls and the Town of Niagara.

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Clarendon site used for food distribution for first time this morning

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 October 2020 at 10:02 am

Agencies wait to hear if program will be extended into November

Photos by Tom Rivers

CLARENDON – Volunteers and representatives from Community Action of Orleans & Genesee gave out boxes of food this morning in Clarendon in the parking lot for the rec hall and Clarendon Volunteer Fire Company on Route 31A.

This was the first time a food distribution was at the spot in Clarendon. The previous ones in Holley during the Covid-19 pandemic have been at the former Jubilee parking lot and then at the Holley school district.

Volunteers including Mark Dickinson of the Iroquois Job Corps put in boxes in trunks of vehicles. There were about 300 boxes and each one contained about 30-40 pounds of produce, dairy and meat.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding the Farmers to Families Food Box Program through the end of October. There isn’t an indication yet if the program will continue in November.

The schedule for the rest of the month in Orleans County:

  • Friday, October 23rd – Ridgeway Fire Department, 11392 Ridge Road, Medina – no lines before 8 a.m. The entrance will be on Horan Road and the line will be facing north towards Ridge Road. Exit will be on to Ridge Road
  • Friday, October 30th – This event will be at the Community Action Main Street Store, 131 S. Main Street.

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New memorial for first responders in Clarendon hit with graffiti

Photos courtesy of Melissa Ierlan: A memorial for first responders in Clarendon was hit with graffiti on Saturday. The granite plaque hasn’t been placed in the spot where there is graffiti. That plaque states the memorial honors “the men and women who put their lives on the line when the lives of others are in danger.” The sandstone on top was donated by a family from Brockport.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 September 2020 at 9:45 am

CLARENDON – A new memorial for first responders at Hillside Cemetery was hit with graffiti on Saturday.

The memorial isn’t done. A granite plaque will be installed by winter. The memorial is an Eagle Scout service project led by Jeremy Crandall.

The memorial is near the entrance in the cemetery along Holley-Byron Road near the Holley water tank. Many firefighters from Holley and Clarendon are buried in that section of the cemetery, said Melissa Ierlan, the town historian and code enforcement officer.

The granite plaque is 2 feet by 4 feet. It is expected to be installed before winter.

Jeremy’s brother Jacob also did an Eagle Scout project at Hillside. In 2016, he finished a veterans’ memorial with a 30-foot spun aluminum flag pole with a pentagon-shaped concrete base inlayed with five granite stones, bearing the insignia of each branch of the US military.

Ierlan said the graffiti will likely be removed before the plaque is placed on the memorial for first responders. The inlay will cover the paint.

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Crosby’s celebrates renovations at stores in Holley and Clarendon

Provided photos: The Holley Crosby’s reopening celebration included from left: David George, director of operations, Reid Stores, Inc.; Doug Galli, vice president, Reid Stores; Brenda Thompson, district leader, Crosby’s; Paul Quebral, president, The Reid Group; Robin Silvis, president of the Holley Central School District Board of Education; Paul Hendel, town of Murray councilperson; Marsha DeFillips, town of Murray historian; Tara Phelps, director of operations, Subway; Kevin Lynch, mayor, village of Holley; Kathy Quarantello, assistant team leader, Crosby's Holley; Cindy Cotropia, team leader, Crosby's Holley; Sean Westphal, sales associate, Crosby's Holley; Tricia Hobson, assistant team leader, Crosby's Holley; Melissa Delosh, sales associate, Crosby's Holley; Elizabeth Ontiveros, sandwich artist, Subway Holley; April Larkin, sandwich artist, Subway Holley; Janine Carlson, sales associate, Crosby's Holley; Angelica Kavanaugh, sales associate, Crosby's Holley; Duane Clark, sales associate, Crosby's Holley; Kayla Pagano, sales associate, Crosby's Holley; Kevin Noon; Ken Clark, business development agent, Subway; Eileen Banker, representative from the office of State Assemblyman Stephen Hawley; and Dan Okun, director of sales and merchandising, Reid Stores.

Staff Reports Posted 24 August 2020 at 4:05 pm

HOLLEY – Two Crosby’s convenience stores in Orleans County recently completed a series of renovations and remodeling projects.

“Crosby’s is committed to providing the best possible experience for our customers throughout the region, and we’re glad to be able to offer new services and amenities for guests at our Orleans County stores,” said Doug Galli, vice president and general manager of Reid Stores/Crosby’s Convenience Stores. “We know many of our customers turn to their locally owned Crosby’s as a one-stop shop, and the expanded selection and services in our Holley and Clarendon stores allows us to better deliver everything they need.”

In Holley, customers can enjoy the same array of fresh food options, as well as Crosby’s signature breakfast selections, pizzas and calzones. This location also features a Subway sandwich shop for customers, in addition to a new f’real milkshake and smoothie machine. Customers can also fill up their tank with Crosby’s brand regular fuel and “90-rec,” an ethanol-free 90-octane unleaded gasoline blend.

Dignitaries and officials at the Clarendon reopening include, from left: David George, director of operations, Reid Stores, Inc.; Brenda Thompson, district leader, Crosby’s Clarendon; John White, member of The Reid Group Board of Directors; Nicole Dobo, assistant team leader, Crosby’s Clarendon; Lexianne Seewagen, sales associate, Crosby’s Clarendon; Kali Kent, sales associate, Crosby’s Clarendon; Thomasa Sanderson, team leader, Crosby’s Clarendon; Paul Quebral, president, The Reid Group; Richard Moy, town of Clarendon supervisor; Kevin Noon; Sabrina Lipowski, territory sales advisor, Reid Petroleum; Eileen Banker, representative from the office of State Assemblyman Stephen Hawley; Dan Okun, director of sales and merchandising, Reid Stores; and Doug Galli, vice president, Reid Stores.

The remodeled Clarendon store offers a range of fresh food options, including chicken tenders, wings, fries, pizza logs, mozzarella sticks and mac n cheese bites. The store also features made-to-order subs from the Sub Shoppe, pizza and calzone options – including breakfast pizza – and Crosby’s selection of convenient breakfast sandwiches to go. The store has also added a fountain soda machine with a selection of Pepsi products, and a new f’real milkshake and smoothie machine, offering guests a cool treat – an especially great option during these hot summer days. The Clarendon store also offers Marathon brand regular, premium and diesel fuel, as well as kerosene.

Guests at the renovated stores may also use the free Wi-Fi and on-site ATM, exchange propane tanks, use the air machine, purchase Memo money orders and play New York State Lottery games. Each store also features Slush Puppie iced beverages and fresh fruit options, and both locations accept SNAP and EBT benefits.

The Clarendon store is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, and the Holley store is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

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New headstone set for Revolutionary War vet in Clarendon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 July 2020 at 8:21 am

Photos courtesy of Melissa Ierlan

CLARENDON – Thomas Brintal, who served in the Revolutionary War, has a new headstone in Maplewood Cemetery on Route 237 in Clarendon.

Brintal was a sergeant with Doolittle’s Regiment in the Massachusetts Line. He lived to be 86, dying on Aug. 18, 1830.

His original headstone was lying on the ground in two pieces.

“It was so degraded, and dark and stained,” said Town Historian Melissa Ierlan.

She set the new headstone on Sunday. She wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., requesting the new headstone for Brintal. The VA shipped the new stone to the Town Hall.

Ierlan made the request to the VA after one of Brintal’s descendants, a veteran who currently lives in Colorado, asked the VA for the new headstone for Brintal but was unsuccessful.

Ierlan sent the VA a photo of the original headstone, and the VA agreed to a new one.

Brintal isn’t the only Revolutionary War soldier buried at the pioneer cemetery. Augustus Sturges also is buried there.

Clarendon is also home to Lemuel Cook, a veteran of American Revolution. Cook was the last living pensioner from that war. He died on May 20, 1866, at the age of 107. Cook saw action at the Battle of Brandywine and Yorktown and met General George Washington. He is buried at Cook Cemetery on Munger Road.

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Brush fire burns 5 acres of farmland in Clarendon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 July 2020 at 5:09 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

CLARENDON – Clarendon firefighter Jonathan DeYoung sprays water on the perimeter of a field on South Holley Road at about 4 p.m. Debbie Chilson is driving the truck.

Firefighters were dispatched to scene near the Munger Road intersection at 3:15 for reports of a brush fire. A farmer was working in the field when a spark from the machinery may have ignited the field of straw, said Fire Chief Jim DeYoung.

There are currently dry conditions on the ground, and temperature was in the mid-80s when the field caught on fire.

About 5 acres of the field burned. It made it look like the mucklands, the black soil nearby. Holley, left, and Clarendon brought their brush trucks and sprayed water on the edges initially to keep the fire from spreading into the woods, DeYoung said.

Holley and Clarendon also brought tankers with more water to the scene.

Rick Cary of the Holley Fire Department sprays water from Holley’s brush truck. Chris Chilson is the driver.

Cary waters the edge of the field by South Holley Road where there was a row of utility poles.

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237 reopens in Clarendon, reduced to one lane

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 July 2020 at 8:45 am

CLARENDON – Route 237 has reopened after a tanker rolled over and spilled several thousand gallons of liquid nitrogen fertilizer on Monday afternoon.

The tractor trailer flipped when it rounded the curve between Hinds Road and Church Street. The area near the accident is limited to one lane and there are flaggers out to slow traffic while crews work on the cleanup.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response Team and a private contractor are working on the cleanup.

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Crews stop leak of liquid fertilizer in Clarendon, working on cleanup at Route 237 site

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 July 2020 at 8:42 pm

Provided photos from Orleans EMO: The Monroe County Fire Bureau Hazmat Team works to contain the leak on an overturned tanker.

CLAREENDON – Emergency response crews have stopped the leak of liquid nitrogen fertilizer after a tractor trailer rolled over at 3:30 p.m. on Route 237 in Clarendon.

The crews are expected to be there for a while longer on the cleanup, the Orleans Emergency Management Office said.

The spilled product poses no significant health risk and is primarily an eye and skin irritant. Air quality monitoring is being done in the area of the scene, with no adverse readings are being indicated at this time, said the Orleans EMO.

The Clarendon Fire Company and Monroe Ambulance were dispatched to the accident in the area of 4602 Holley-Byron Rd. Upon arrival Clarendon firefighters reported a tractor trailer on its side with liquid nitrogen dumping from the top hatch of the trailer, and the driver out of the vehicle sitting on the side of the road.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Monroe Ambulance.

The tractor trailer was carrying approximately 6,100 gallons of liquid nitrogen fertilizer at the time of the accident. As of 5:45 p.m., Monroe County Fire Bureau Hazmat Team was able to stop the leak. At this time, crews are working to drain the remaining liquid nitrogen from the tank, before the truck and trailer can be removed, the Orleans EMO said.

The accident shut down a section of Route 237 between Church Street and Hinds Road.

The NYS DEC Spill Response Team is on scene and monitoring the situation and assessing the potential environmental impact.  Holley-Byron Road (Route 237) remains closed at this time between Church Street and Hinds Road in the Town of Clarendon.

At this time the following agencies have been involved with the response: Clarendon, Holley, Fancher-Hulberton-Murray, Barre and Albion Fire Departments, Orleans County Emergency Management, Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Ambulance, Monroe County Fire Bureau, NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Police, National Grid, A.D. Call and Son’s, and Kerhaert’s Towing.

“It was quite a team effort,” said Dale Banker, Orleans County EMO coordinator. “Great work by all.”

Albion, Kendall and Brockport are standing by to cover jobs in the eastern and central portions of the county. Crews will be on scene for quite some time this evening as cleanup efforts continue, the Orleans EMO said.

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Photos: Tanker leaked liquid fertilizer after flipping on 237 in Clarendon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 July 2020 at 6:45 pm

CLARENDON – An Orleans Hub reader sent in these photos of a tanker after it flipped at about 3:30 p.m. on Route 237 at the curve near the Hanson quarry.

The tanker leaked several thousand gallons of liquid fertilizer with nitrogen.

Route 237 is shut down between the Route 31A intersection and Hinds Road.

The State Police is handling the situation with assistance from many local fire departments, the DEC Spill Response Team, Monroe County Hazmat Team and other first responders.

The tanker rolled into the cattails at the curve, which is a wetland.

The driver of the truck was taken by ambulance. A person who was one of the first on the scene said the driver didn’t appear to have serious injuries.

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Tanker spills thousands of gallons of liquid fertilizer on 237 in Clarendon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 July 2020 at 5:41 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

CLARENDON – Numerous fire departments and hazmat response crews are in Clarendon after a tanker flipped on the curve on Route 237 and spilled thousands of gallons of liquid fertilizer with nitrogen.

The accident happened at about 3:30 p.m. Route 237 is shut down between the Route 31A intersection and Hinds Road. The tanker flipped on the curve near the Hanson quarry.

Media are not allowed close to the scene. The State Police is handling the situation with assistance from many local fire departments, the DEC Spill Response Team, Monroe County Hazmat Team and other first responders.

The tanker rolled into the cattails at the curve, which is considered a wetland.

The driver of the truck was taken by ambulance. A person on site said the driver didn’t appear to have serious injuries.

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