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Health Department warns of rabid kitten found in Holley

Posted 9 September 2019 at 2:24 pm

Local officials want to know if kitten is part of litter with rabies

Courtesy of Orleans County Health Department: This map shows an area in Holley where people may have been in contact with a rabid kitten.

Press Release, Orleans County Health Department

This kitten with rabies was picked up in Holley on Sept. 2.

HOLLEY – The Orleans County Health Department is seeking help in finding anyone who came in contact with a 6-8 week old female, white and brown kitten in the Village of Holley in the area of West Albion Street, Woodside Court, West Avenue and Routier Street.

On the morning of Monday, September 2, Holley Animal Control was sent to pick up an injured kitten. The kitten had rabies and has died.

“We are looking to see if anyone may have handled the kitten and/or if it is from a litter of kittens that may have also been exposed to rabies,” stated Paul Pettit, Director for Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “The purpose in locating where the kitten was will help us know if anyone else or their pets may have been in contact with this animal. Rabies is transmitted from saliva or being bitten by an infected animal.”

It is important to make sure all pets are vaccinated against rabies as it is a deadly virus.

Orleans County will have the next free rabies immunization clinic on Saturday, October 12, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Orleans County Highway Building at 225 West Academy Street, Albion.  As a reminder, do not touch wild or stray animals as they may have rabies and you most likely will not be able to tell the animal is sick.

Anyone with information on the kitten is asked to contact the Orleans County Health Department at 585-589-3278.

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‘Honoring Heroes’ golf tourney raises $20,000

Posted 4 September 2019 at 8:08 pm

Provided photo: Members of the McNeil family along with Kevin and Cindy Diehl present Amy Tausch with a $20,000 check. Kneeling is Tim Wright. The front row, from left, includes Eric Bison, Amy Tausch, Cindy Diehl, Faye McNeil, Michele Bison and Tammie Miller. Back row is Jeff Miller, Kevin Diehl, Kathy Snyder and Chris Miller.

Courtesy of Owen Toale

HOLLEY – The eighth annual Honoring Heroes Golf Tournament was recently held at Hickory Ridge Golf Resort. The tournament – benefitting the New York Warrior Alliance, Home of Operation Wounded Warrior – netted the organization $20,000.

Funds will be used to serve wounded military personnel and their families in the area. In addition to providing financial support to the military members and their caregivers, the organization has conducted over 11 missions to Walter Reed Military Medical Center with supplies to aid the patients. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer staff and no administrative or travel costs. Amy Tausch is the founder of the organization and continues to lead it.

Two years ago one of the driving forces behind the tournament passed away. Mac McNeil worked tirelessly raising funds and getting donations for the tournament. His help, along with  that of Kevin and Cindy Diehl – owners of Hickory Ridge – helped make the tournament the success that it has become.

The future of the tournament was up in the air last year with the passing of Mac but the McNeil family, along with others, worked to make last year’s tournament successful and continued on with the event this year.

The memory of how hard Mac worked to help the veterans pushed all the volunteers to once again come through with a success. Now with the recap of this past tournament, plans are underway for the 2020 tournament next July.

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3 grade levels at Holley will have laptops this school year

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 September 2019 at 9:06 pm

9th-graders get to take the computers home

Photos by Tom Rivers

HOLLEY – Jim DiSessa, a Holley business and computer teacher, assists freshman Trent Wright with logging onto a laptop that will be assigned to Trent his next four years of high school.

Holley is making laptops available this school year to students in first, fifth and ninth grades. The district plans to phase in the laptops over the next four years, each time introducing them to first-, fifth- and ninth-graders. Ninth-graders can take them home while first- and fifth-graders use them only at school.

“I think it’s great,” DiSessa said. “The students can work from anywhere and go at their own pace. It will help get them career and college ready.”

The laptops and software are being paid for with money from the state through the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014. The state approved about $540,000 in the first phase of Holley’s technology upgrades through the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014.

Ed Connor, network administrator for Holley Central School, helps distribute the laptop computers to ninth-graders. The computers are made by Lenovo  Education Services and have a Windows 10 operating system. Each student also received a power cord and carry bag for the computer.

Holley has $1,311,463 in state funds through Smart Schools. The district was notified in July that it approved Holley’s plan to offer touch-screen laptop computers to about 225 students in grades 1, 5 and 9.

Holley also will replace SMART boards with 33 touch-screen flat panels that are “Smart TVs.” The $540,000 also will allow Holley to upgrade existing security cameras and add more of them, as well as updating software for the cameras.

Holley still has nearly $800,000 left in the Smart Schools money. If the state approves another phase of laptops, Holley could accelerate its schedule for laptops for students, said Brian Bartalo, district superintendent.

The plan now is to do three grade levels – 1, 5, and 9 – each of the next four years.

Susan Cory (back right), the middle/high school principal, addresses ninth-graders and their parents this evening. She went over a use policy and student expectations for the laptops. Students will be expected to charge their computers at home, and not bring the power cords to school. “We are trusting that you will use these responsibly,” she said.

The computers were distributed this evening at Holley.

Students and their parents signed a user agreement, which includes $25 insurance each year. That covers accidental damage, theft (with a police report), and electrical surge damage. Replacing a damaged laptop costs $650.

Students are to use the laptops in a way consistent with the district’s Code of Conduct. Each laptop contains the district’s filtering software.

Holley teachers were trained over the summer on how to use the laptops in the classroom.

Brian Bartalo, the district superintendent, was pleased to see the excitement from students and their families during the open house and computer distribution.

“It really levels the playing field,” he said.

The district will be surveying to see which students don’t have internet access at home and will try to find a solution. Bartalo said most of the coursework can be downloaded at school and students can then work on it at home on their computers, even if they don’t have internet access.

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St. Rocco’s Italian Festival remains a popular Labor Day weekend tradition

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 September 2019 at 4:03 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

HULBERTON – Noelle Borello, 4, of Albion tosses a ping pong ball towards bowls of gold fish at the kiddie game section of St. Rocco’s Italian Festival in Hulberton this afternoon.

Noelle had several close throws but didn’t win a goldfish.

Luci Borello, 7, is Noelle’s sister. She got a ball in a bowl and won a fish.

Gail Christ of Murray gets powdered waffles and friend dough ready for the big crowd. The weather was ideal for the festival, with no rain and no intense heat.

The annual festival is a fund-raiser for the Catholic parish in Holley and Kendall, which includes St. Mary’s Church in Holley and St. Mark’s in Kendall.

The food is a big draw, especially the eggplant parmesan. Church volunteers prepared 157 pans of eggplant parmesan. Meatball sandwiches, pasta fagioli, pizza and shells also were popular.

A building that was once used by a quarry company was turned into a dining hall with an Italian theme for the festival.

Ron Vendetti cooks spaghetti in the kitchen. Vendetti has volunteered as a cook at the festival for more than 25 years.

Church volunteers started cooking on Wednesday to have the food ready for today.

Sal DeLuca tosses a bocce ball during a game. There are 29 teams for today’s tournament. DeLuca last year won first place and $600 on a team that included his sons, Zach, Seth and Josh.

The bocce players try to get a close as possible to the smaller white ball.

Zach DeLuca gets ready for his shot. Zach, 26, now lives in Bergen. He and his brothers have been playing on a team with their father the past six years.

“We like the competitiveness,” Zach said about the tournament. “We also like seeing so many of our friends who we grew up with.”

There were St. Rocco’s shirts and whimsical Italian shirts and hats for sale. This shirt – FBI – stands for Full Blown Italian.

About 50 items, including this bike, were available in a basket auction.

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Holley FD welcomes new ladder truck, other improvements

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 August 2019 at 11:07 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

HOLLEY – The Holley Fire Department welcomed a new ladder truck in June. The $800,000 truck with a 100-foot-long ladder is shown in the June 8 parade in Albion.

The truck replaces one from 1999 that had a 75-foot ladder. The old truck was sold for $75,000 to the Five Mile Point Fire Company near Binghamton.

The old truck was plagued with electrical and hydraulic problems in recent years, as well as rusted structural components.

Harris Reed, the Holley fire chief, shows some of the features on the truck, including compartments for saws and other equipment.

State Sen. Rob Ortt secured a $65,000 state grant for equipment on the truck, including hoses, nozzles, adapters for hoses, rescue ropes and air packs.

Harris Reed holds a combination spreader-cutter extrication tool that was donated to the Holley FD by Jeff Lyons, a dealer for Genesis Rescue Systems. Lyons gave the tool to Holley after the Barre Volunteer Fire Company upgraded with new Genesis tools. Barre’s old tools were a trade-in and Lyons gave them to Holley because they were well-matched to fit the new fire truck.

John Totter served as chairman of the Holley Joint Fire District and was critical in developing a financial plan to pay for the new fire truck. Totter passed away at age 57 on Feb. 13.

There is a plaque in the truck to recognize Totter’s work on the truck.

Harris Reed gives the truck a drive in the village on Thursday evening. The truck was manufactured by Rosenbauer in Minnesota.

“It rides like a Cadillac,” Reed said. “It doesn’t have the thump and bump like the old one. It’s a smooth ride.”

The truck also has a Knox Box next to the driver’s seat with a master key. That key can open Knox Boxes in the downtown and at apartment buildings. The keys to the buildings are in a Knox Box, which spares firefighters from breaking down a door if there is a fire or emergency at the building.

A firefighter needs to enter a code to have access to the key in the fire truck.

Reed said the Knox Box gives firefighters easier and faster access to a building, and also will save the doors for property owners.

It is a tight squeeze fitting the new fire truck in the fire hall. The doors are 12 feet high and the truck is 11 feet, 10 inches high. The manufacturer had to put smaller tires on the truck and build a smaller cab so it would fit in the fire hall.

The ladder on the new truck is Montreal Blue. “It looks sharp,” said Harris Reed, the fire chief.

The longer ladder gives the Fire Department more reach for structures on fire, and also provides more room away from a collapse zone.

The new fire truck has an iPad tablet mounted in front of the passenger’s seat. It gives a map to a scene, and can show an image of a house. Reed said all of Holley’s fire trucks have the iPads. The technology is especially helpful when Holley is called for mutual aid outside its fire district, where firefighters aren’t as familiar with the landscape.

The image of houses and fire hydrant locations also helps firefighters. Many houses do not have clear property numbers. Seeing the image takes away some of the guesswork when firefighters show up on a scene.

The Holley Fire Department will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 8. Community members are welcome to check out the new truck and equipment, and also consider joining the department as members. Reed said the Holley Fire Department has about 50 members, with 20 to 25 who are active in responding to calls.

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Holley church provides ideal setting for documentary of famed preacher, Charles Finney

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 August 2019 at 8:49 am

Photos courtesy of I Am Rochester

HOLLEY – Dick Grout of Lima portrays Charles G. Finney during filming on Saturday of the documentary, I Am Rochester. The film crew shot footage inside the First Presbyterian Church of Holley.

Finney was an abolitionist preacher who pushed for many social reforms, including equal education for women and African Americans. He taught at Oberlin College in Ohio, which accepted students without regard to race or sex. He served as Oberlin’s second president from 1851 to 1866.

Garrett Wendt, right, is director/producer of the documentary, and Stephen Morse is a camera operator.

Wendt is working on the documentary as a ministry through the LifeTree Fellowship church in Rochester.

 I Am Rochester highlights the spiritual history and revival fires that burned in the Rochester region, once known as the “Burned-Over District,” an area made up of the six counties of the Greater Rochester Metropolitan Area of the Genesee River Valley.

The film presents rarely shown perspectives of local people who became global change agents of freedom and justice, such as Finney, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.

Saturday’s filming included many extras in costume, including local Civil War re-enactors. The story being filmed occurred on Sunday, Aug. 14, 1853, and tells the true story of a dire situation which ends in supernatural renewal. The East Shelby Community Bible Church provided some of the costumes for the cast in the pews.

Dick Grout preaches as Charles G. Finney during Saturday’s filming in Holley. The Charles Finney School loaned filmmakers Finney’s actual pulpit from the Rochester Revival of 1830-31.

The scene shot in Holley is based on events at Finney’s church in Oberlin on August 14, 1853.

“We were unable to get the needed extras for the film shoot at First Church of Oberlin, as many Ohio re-enactors were here in NY at the Genesee Country Village & Museum for the big Civil War weekend,” Wendt said in an email. “We had a short window to film in Oberlin as they were about to do renovations on Finney’s church building. So we shot outside of the building to establish our story as happening there.”

The crew was in Oberlin last month for footage there. With that sanctuary unavailable for filming, Wendt tried to find a suitable church in the Rochester area.

The sanctuary at the Holley church provided an ideal setting for the documentary.

“I looked all around the rural areas surrounding Rochester for an old church with wooden pews, a center aisle, and 1800s pipe organ in the front of the sanctuary,” he said. “First Presbyterian of Holley fit the bill! I met with Pastor Tom Gardner and one of his leaders, Don Welch, who surprisingly was born in Oberlin, and later attended Oberlin College, where Finney had been president! They were so gracious to allow us to film this exciting story in their beautiful sanctuary.”

Wendt said that B.T. Roberts, founder of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, was friends with Finney and visited him in Oberlin. That college would serve as a model school for Roberts with the college in Rochester.

“Finney was a great abolitionist and a pioneer in the church to elevate women,” Wendt said. “Oberlin College is known to be one of the first schools in America to accept African Americans and women as students.”

Dick Grout portrays Charles G. Finney during a critical scene in the film.

Wendt is aiming for the film to be released on Feb. 2, 2020. He wants every congregation in the six-county Rochester area to share it with their church. It will also be available through streaming and DVD purchases.

He is hopeful it will inspire Christians to see the power of what God can do in a community. He also wants the Rochester area to better understand its identity during an important time in the church’s history when it pushed for equal rights and abolition.

For more on I Am Rochester, click here.

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Holley has scheduled power outage Tuesday for 6 hours

Staff Reports Posted 18 August 2019 at 7:09 pm

HOLLEY – The Village of Holley will have a scheduled power outage on Tuesday starting at 3 p.m. and will last for approximately 6 hours.

The outage is related to a major utility pole replacement work that needs to be completed in the village.

The following streets will be effected: South Main from the under pass to the red light, North Main/ School Fireman’s field, West Albion/ Woodside Court/ Holley Grove, Jackson, West Avenue, High Street, Day Street, Orchard Street, West Union, Ray, Franklin, East Albion, Park, Morgan, Perry, Van Buren, Geddes from West Albion to the Public Square, and the Public Square from Thomas to Wright.

For questions contact the Water/Electric Department at (585) 638-6367.

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Holley church will be filming location for documentary on reformers who changed the world

Photo by Tom Rivers: The sanctuary at the First Presbyterian Church of Holley is shown July 14 during a special service for the 200th anniversary of the congregation.

Staff Reports Posted 15 August 2019 at 8:54 am

HOLLEY – The documentary, “I Am Rochester,” will film the climactic scene at First Presbyterian of Holley on Saturday.

This scene features a prominent historical figure of Rochester’s history, abolitionist preacher Charles G. Finney. The filming also includes a surprise historical celebrity whose identity will be revealed when the film is released.

“I Am Rochester” highlights the spiritual history and revival fires that burned in our region, once known as the “Burned-Over District,” an area made up of the six counties of the Greater Rochester Metropolitan Area of the Genesee River Valley.

The film presents rarely shown perspectives of local people who became global change agents of freedom and justice, such as Charles G. Finney, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Saturday’s filming will include more than 40 extras in costume, including local Civil War re-enactors. The story being filmed occurred on Sunday, Aug. 14, 1853, and tells the true story of a dire situation which ends in supernatural renewal.

The public is welcome to peek behind the scenes and attend a short prayer at 11:30 a.m. Major filming is a closed set and scheduled from noon to 6 p.m.

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Civil War-era quilt finds a fitting home in Holley

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 13 August 2019 at 7:50 am

Roy Bubb bought the quilt during auction to benefit Cobblestone Museum

Photo by Ginny Kropf: Ann Raskopf of Olcott and Roy Bubb of Holley renewed acquaintances after meeting on a bus trip in May to view cobblestone structures in the Rochester area. They first met at the Cobblestone Society’s annual membership dinner and fundraising auction, where Bubb was the successful bidder on a Civil War-era quilt she donated.

HOLLEY – Roy Bubb had long been looking for a suitable coverlet for his bed, which dates back to the Civil War era, when he decided, for the first time, to attend the Cobblestone Society’s third annual membership dinner and fundraising auction last spring.

When Ann Raskopf of Olcott inherited a trunk of heirloom quilts, she was faced with the dilemma of finding a proper home for them – one in particular, a Love Apple quilt dating back to the Civil War era.

The two would meet when Raskopf, a member of the Cobblestone Society Museum at Childs, decided to donate the quilt to the Cobblestone’s membership dinner and fundraising auction on April 30.

Bubb is also a member of the Cobblestone Society and when he attended the auction, the quilt caught his eye.

His bedroom set came from the family of Holley resident Corinne “Kitty” Potter Moore, who had been given the furniture as a wedding gift by her grandparents prior to the Civil War. When the last heir in the family died, the contents of their house were left to Bubb.

For some time, he had been looking for a new quilt for his bedroom.

Raskopf, in the meantime, had shirttail cousins in Jamestown who owned a four-story home. When she helped clear it out, they found a trunk in the attic, which a cousin said hadn’t been opened in years and he didn’t know what was inside.

Inside were four quilts. One was tattered (which Raskopf eventually sold at a garage sale for $15); another was called a Nine-Patch pattern; one was the Love Apple quilt; and one in a Wild Geese pattern, she has decided to keep.

Raskopf contacted quilt appraiser, Linda Hunter of Lockport, who spent several hours talking to her about the quilts, which are all hand-appliqued.

The Love Apple design is a Pennsylvania Dutch influence, while the Nine-Patch has pen and ink prints from 1883 of famous people, such as Alexander Graham Bell, and the names of famous families in the Jamestown and Dunkirk areas. She decided to send the Nine-Patch quilt to a relative out of state.

Provided photo: The Love Apple quilt is shown during April 30 at the Cobblestone Society Museum’s annual membership dinner and fundraising auction.

“Then I wondered, ‘What am I going to do with the other one,’” Raskopf said. “I’d always been interested in the Cobblestone Museum, and I knew director Doug Farley from Newfane for years. Then I read online about their fundraising event.

She contacted Farley and asked if the Cobblestone would like a quilt. He told her they already had several, but they were relatively new ones.

“I told Doug I’d drive to the museum and show it to him,” Raskopf said.

The Love Apple quilt is 76 x 90 inches, in turkey red and green.

“I told Doug I envisioned this quilt in a lovely old house – maybe of cobblestone or brick – on a lovely old bed,” Raskopf said.

While Bubb’s home in Holley isn’t very old, he previously lived in an 1810 Cape Cod in New Hampshire, and then in an 1825 house in Clarendon. But his bed is from the Civil War era.

The quilt he was currently using on his bed had been made by an aunt 40 years ago, and he wanted a change so he could rotate them.

Bubb, 88, attended the Cobblestone’s auction, where Raskopf was seated near the Love Apple quilt.

“I didn’t know if anyone would be interested in something like this,” Raskopf said. “Thank heavens Roy was there.”

“Barb Filipiak of Medina started bidding on the quilt,” Bubb said. “I knew her, but I didn’t care. I wanted that quilt.”

He got it for $120, which Raskopf considers a “steal.”

“I was more thrilled when I met him and discovered he was originally from Williamsport, Pa.,” Raskopf said. “That is Pennsylvania Dutch country and this quilt, considered ‘Country Cottage,’ has a Pennsylvania Dutch influence. I guess ‘What goes around, comes around.’”

Raskopf and Bubb would meet again in May when they both went on a bus trip with the Cobblestone Museum to visit cobblestone structures in the Rochester area.

That’s when they made a date for Raskopf to visit Bubb’s home and see the 1800’s Love Apple quilt on his Civil War-era bed.

They both agree she couldn’t have found a better home for her quilt.

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Transit Road and Telegraph Road canal bridges in Murray to close for repairs

Staff Reports Posted 2 August 2019 at 4:12 pm

MURRAY – The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that the bridges carrying Transit Road and Telegraph Road over the Erie Canal in the town of Murray, Orleans County, are scheduled to close to vehicular traffic on Monday as part of a previously announced project to rehabilitate seven Erie Canal bridges throughout Orleans County.

Transit Road over the Erie Canal is expected to close for approximately six months. Telegraph Road over the Erie Canal is expected to close for approximately ten months. Detours will be posted at each location directing motorists to nearby canal bridges.

The state is spending $10.7 million on the seven bridges in the county. The DOT said the work on these bridges will include installing high-strength galvanized steel to replace steel floor systems, low chords, gusset plates, and truss elements.

Bridge railing and guide rail on the bridge approaches also will be improved and each bridge will be repainted. The alignments and profiles of the bridges will not change.

The  seven single-lane truss bridges were constructed between 1909 and 1914.

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