OC Historical Association brought Sunday tour to Hillside Cemetery

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 August 2021 at 2:44 pm

Provided photos

CLARENDON – Melissa Ierlan, Clarendon town historian, leads a tour of Hillside Cemetery in Clarendon and Holley on Sunday evening.

It was part of a series of Sunday evening tours this month organized by the Orleans County Historical Association.

The Historical Association planned five programs on Sundays in August. They all start at 6 p.m. The series ends this Sunday with a presentation by Bill Lattin, retired Orleans County historian. He will present “Telling Tales Out of School” from his book, “Trivial Tales.” This program will be at the Gaines Basin School, 3286 Gaines Basin Rd. in Albion.

The tour on Sunday in Clarendon included a look inside the chapel at the Hillside Cemetery which has received significant preservation work in recent years with work on the roof, repointing and repairs to the windows.

The time inside the chapel included music played by organist Scott Schmidt, who shared old and familiar tunes.

Crew works to fix water main break on 31A in Clarendon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 August 2021 at 9:45 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers

CLARENDON – Village of Holley employees including Matt Campbell (in the excavator) are working late tonight to fix a water main break on Route 31A in the Town of Clarendon.

This is the primary 12-inch waterline from the Monroe County Water Authority that feeds the town’s water districts.

There is currently widespread low water pressure because the water needed to be shut off near the leak at about 7:45 p.m. This spot is between Thomas Estates and Akeley Manor on Route 31A, just west of Hall Road and Countyline Road.

This photo was taken at about 9 p.m. The workers were waiting for National Grid to show up and give the OK for the crew to dig down and find the leak, and “cut it and clamp it” on the watermain. That would be a repair to the waterline.

Campbell is Holley’s superintendent of water and electric. He is shown in the excavator scooping water out of the spot where they will be working. The crew is hopeful the water main will be fixed tonight.

Clarendon hears pros and cons of allowing marijuana dispensaries to set up shop

Photos by Tom Rivers: Nyla Gaylard of Clarendon urges the Clarendon Town Board to opt in and allow marijuana dispensaries to be located in town. She is speaking during a public hearing on Tuesday. Town Board members in the photo include Town Supervisor Richard Moy, left, and Allen Robinson.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 July 2021 at 3:44 pm

CLARENDON – The Town Board heard from residents on Tuesday in support of allowing marijuana dispensaries to set up shop in Clarendon and those opposed to it.

The state is giving municipalities until Dec. 31 to decide whether they will opt out of allowing marijuana dispensaries, where people could purchase adult-use cannabis products. The municipalities also need to decide by the end of the year if they will opt out of allowing onsite consumption at businesses such as a smoking lounge.

Nyla Gaylord urged the Clarendon Town Board to allow the dispensaries. There are already sites in Rochester where people can purchase marijuana legally for medical reasons, she said, and those sites tend to be nondescript or “innocuous” buildings with little impact on the community.

Clarendon Town Supervisor Richard Moy said similar-size towns as Clarendon in other states have collected $10,000 or more per month in revenue.

“We can’t escape the reality that marijuana is here to stay,” Gaylord said during a public hearing. “I would much rather see marijuana sold legally rather illegally by someone with an array of other drugs.”

The towns and villages can’t overstep the state and ban recreational use of marijuana. But the towns and villages can prohibit dispensaries and smoking lounges.

That disappointed residents Dick Conklin and Richard Williams, who don’t want to see marijuana use encouraged through legalization. They said they worry drivers will be “stoned” and put others at risk on the road.

“We’re talking about people who use it to get loaded,” Conklin said.

Richard Moy, the Clarendon town supervisor, said he expects other nearby towns and villages will allow the dispensaries. If it’s not available in Clarendon, Moy said he expects local residents will go to the dispensaries nearby and then use the marijuana in Clarendon.

“They could buy it in Brockport or Albion and bring it back here, but those towns get the revenue,” Moy said.

If the municipal board for a village or town decides to opt out, residents could still push a permissive referendum, with the matter going on the ballot.

Municipalities could also decide to opt out, and later decide to “opt in” and allow the dispensaries and lounges.

Chris Caufield urged Clarendon to hold off on opting in, and see how other towns and villages handle dispensaries, and see the impact in tax revenue.

The state has approved a 13-percent excise tax on marijuana with a breakdown that includes 9 cents for each taxable sale to the state, 3 cents to the municipality that has the dispensary, and 1 cent to the county.

Municipalities that opt out wouldn’t be eligible for the 3-cent share of the 13-percent sales tax.

Gaylord and Moy both said Clarendon would likely receive significant tax revenue if there were marijuana dispensaries in town.

Moy said the Town of Basalt in Oregon receives between $10,000 and $15,000 per month in marijuana tax revenue, while Garibaldi in Oregon receives between $8,000 and $10,000 per month.

The municipalities could also adopt zoning and limit the locations for dispensaries, including establishing certain distances from schools, churches and other houses of worship.

2 from Clarendon earn Eagle Scout rank

Photos courtesy of Melissa Ierlan: (Left) Eagle Scout Jacob Crandall helps his brother Jeremy Crandall put on his Eagle Scout neckerchief. (Right) Eagle Scout Dalton Thurley helps Cody Tanis put on his Eagle Scout neckerchief.

Posted 21 July 2021 at 9:50 am

Article courtesy of Melissa Ierlan

CLARENDON – Two Boy Scouts from Clarendon were celebrated on Monday during their Eagle Scout ceremony at the Disciples First Methodist Church.

Jeremy Crandall and Cody Tanis were joined by their family and friends as well as other scouts and scout leaders. Crandall for his Eagle Scout project led an effort to build a first responders’ monument in Clarendon’s Hillside Cemetery. Tanis led a project to scrape and paint the one-room schoolhouse at the Clarendon Historical Society.

Scoutmaster Jak Kohmann delivered a speech in which he stated the less than 4 percent of people who enter scouting attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

Scout committee member Ron Boyd read the Eagle Scout Challenge that described the following:

  • The foremost responsibility of an Eagle Scout is to live with honor
  • The second obligation of an Eagle Scout is loyalty
  • The third obligation of an Eagle Scout is to be courageous
  • The fourth obligation of an Eagle Scout is to be cheerful

Another critical responsibility of an Eagle Scout is service

Pictured from left include Jak Kohmann, Ron Boyd, John Crandall and Chris Nothnagle. They were recognized with the Camp Dittmer Heron Award. Paul Niggli, not pictured, also was included in the honor.

Ron Boyd also presented plaques to John Crandall, Chris Nothnagle and Paul Niggli in memory of his son Austin James Boyd who was born October 18, 1990 and died suddenly October 28, 2009 in a car accident. Austin was an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 59 of Clarendon, Lodge Chief of Ashokwahta Lodge #339 BSA, student at Monroe Community College and a 2009 graduate of Holley Central School District.

The Camp Dittmer Heron Award plaque was awarded to these men for grounds clearing and expanding the Brownsea program area 2010-2019, and their dedication and commitment to the Camp Dittmer year-round camping program and the youth of the council.

Pictured from left include Jak Kohmann, Cody Tanis, Jeremy Crandall, Jennifer Lemcke, Lisa Crandall and John Crandall.

Cody Tanis and Jeremy Crandall presented pins to their parents and also pins to people who they consider mentors.  After the ceremony there was pizza and refreshments as well as a cake.

Clarendon highway chief fears ‘total disaster’ coming from dead ash trees

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 July 2021 at 7:59 am

CLARENDON – Tracy Chalker, the Clarendon town highway superintendent, has already had to spring into action four times recently with highway workers to remove fallen ash trees from Clarendon roadways.

The ash trees in town have been decimated by the emerald ash borer, which have caused widespread destruction to ash trees throughout the country.

“It will be a total disaster in four, five years with ash trees coming down,” Chalker told the Clarendon Tow Board on Tuesday.

Town Councilman Allen Robinson said the state and county should consider a pre-emptive plan to take down trees off the right-of-way that are in danger of falling into roads and taking down wires.

“There’s a lot of dead trees,” Robinson said. “There will be a lot of trees that will be flopping in the roads.”

Town Supervisor Richard Moy said he has been taking an informal inventory of the ash trees, and they are in big numbers around town.

“There are so many of them,” he said.

Chalker and the highway workers were praised by Town Councilman Marc Major for their speedy response in removing the trees. Major is also a volunteer firefighter and he said the highway workers are quickly on scene when a tree comes down in the road.

United Methodist congregations in Albion, Clarendon celebrate merger

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 July 2021 at 2:54 pm

Church will meet at Clarendon location and be known as Disciples First United Methodist

Photos by Tom Rivers

CLARENDON – Randy Moore pulls the cover off the new sign for a merged church – Disciples First United Methodist Church, which brings together the Disciples UM Church and the Albion First UM Church.

Moore, a member of the board of trustees for Disciples, was joined by Leslee Lockwood of the Albion congregation in unveiling the sign at about 11:30 a.m. after the first service of the newly merged church.

Leslee Lockwood and Randy Moore cut the ribbon on the new sign for the church on Route 237, south of the Village of Holley.

The two congregations have been sharing a pastor for nine years. The pastor previously would travel to Albion and then to Clarendon for services until the Albion members started attending the Clarendon site about 18 months ago.

The two congregations each voted on April 25 to formally merge. Today was the first service for the merged group.

Linda Glantz is the church’s pastor. During her sermon today she spoke about Lego toy blocks, which are simple plastic bricks but can be used to build elaborate structures.

“They have a basic design, but the magic is in the way they fit together,” she said. “They are designed to be connected.”

Glantz said the new church is stronger with both congregations together. Disciples First UMC will have a focus on three core values of faith, family and friends.

“God created us for community,” she said. “Like Legos we are designed to fit together.”

James Shaw, a Boy Scout in Troop 59, served as a acolyte this morning and lit one of the candles at the altar. The church has been a longtime sponsor of a Boy Scout troop.

Vonda Fossitt, the district superintendent and former pastor of Albion First UMC, speaks during the service today with lay leaders from each congregation – Christine Shade of Disciples and Rachel Marasco of Albion First. Fossitt said Disciples First United Methodist Church “is duly organized for the glory of God, the proclamation of the gospel, and the service of humanity.”

In addition to unveiling the new sign, the church planted a maple tree on the lawn.

Richard Moy (left), Clarendon town supervisor, joined in the celebration today and helped plant the tree. Terry Wilbert of the Albion First UMC is back in center and Randy Moore, right, guides the tree into the ground. Moore, 45, has attended the church since he was 9.

Marcy LaPenna served bowls of ice cream while other church members prepared popcorn, hot dogs and other food for a picnic for about 75 people.

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 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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