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Group will discuss Parkway future at meeting today in Kendall

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 January 2020 at 8:45 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: The western end of the Lake Ontario State Parkway runs along 12.7 miles in Orleans County.

KENDALL – The Lake Ontario State Parkway Steering Committee will meet today in Kendall to discuss the future of the recreational route.

The 7 p.m. meeting at the Kendall Town Hall will include a review of alternatives for the Parkway. The public is welcome to attend the session.

The Genesee Transportation Council in Rochester and Orleans County have been studying the future of the Parkway, looking at possible alternatives for the westernmost 12.7 miles of the Parkway that runs along the lake through Kendall and part of Carlton. Altogether, the DOT spent about $14 million on the paving projects.

At today’s meeting, some of the alternatives will be presented as well as estimated costs of implementation. The committee will evaluate some of the future concepts for the Parkway.

Today is the committee’s first meeting in about two years. Since the last meeting, the state Department of Transportation has repaved stretches of the Parkway near Kendall and Hamlin.

The committee has mulled some ideas for the Parkway, including closing the northern side, currently the western lanes, and have the Parkway be a regular two-lane state road on the south side.

That would free up the northern side for possible housing development. Except, in many places, there wouldn’t be enough room north of the road to accommodate new development because the Parkway is too close to the lake.

The Transportation Council also is considering closing off either the north or south sides to traffic and designating one side for cyclists and snowmobiles. But County Legislator Ken DeRoller has said snow doesn’t seem to “stick” too well on the Parkway surface.

And the state would need to modify the interchanges if traffic was allowed on only one side. The cost of redoing the interchanges might negate any maintenance savings from closing off one side to traffic, DeRoller said.

The committee looking at the Parkway also is considering a reduced speed of 40 miles per hour for the Parkway, or perhaps an elevated speed limit to make the road faster for motorists.

DeRoller has said he favors more maintenance and paving in the current Parkway setup. He thinks the roadway should be better marketed as a connector to popular state parks at Lakeside Beach in Carlton and Hamlin Beach. Those two state parks together draw 443,000 visitors annually, DeRoller said. They each have about 250 camp sites.

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Kendall highway superintendent honored for 30 years of service

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 December 2019 at 5:05 pm

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KENDALL – The Town of Kendall had a party on Thursday for Warren Kruger in recognition for his 30 years with the town’s highway department.

Kruger is the second from right. He is pictured with Kendall Town Board members, from left: Margaret Lynn Szozda, Bruce Newell, Barb Flow and Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata.

Previous town supervisors also attended the celebration for Kruger.

The town supervisors shown with Kruger include, from left: Jack Gillman, John Becker and Tony Cammarata.

Some of the current and previous town highway employees as well as Kruger’s family joined the party.

A cake with an image of a plow truck was served at the party.

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Kendall Scouts fill 30 goodie bags for local veterans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 December 2019 at 8:38 am

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ALBION – Boy Scouts in Kendall Troop 94 made 30 large goodie bags for Orleans County veterans, and delivered them on Tuesday to the Veterans Service Agency to be distributed to local veterans. The Scouts and their adult leaders are pictured with Nancy Traxler, director of the Orleans County Veterans Services Agency.

This is the second straight year the scouts passed up exchanging Christmas gifts and instead used the money they would have spent on gifts to make these goodie bags. Scouts and their families each donated an item to include in the goodie bag as well as homemade cookies.

There were about two dozen Christmas cookies in each bag along with water bottles, gloves, socks, hand warmers, hand cream, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, along with a handmade ornament depicting the Kendall War Memorial.

Each goodie bag also had a thank you note and a Christmas card signed by each scout.

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Kendall student wins oratorical contest in Orleans County

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 December 2019 at 6:23 pm

Provided photo: Pictured from left include John Pera, county commander of the American Legion; William Barnosky of Albion, third place; Lauren Miller of Kendall, second place; Ethan Kuhn of Kendall, first place; and Gary Befus, contest chairman for the Legion.

MEDINA – Medina High School on Saturday hosted the 83rd annual oratorical contest through the American Legion in Orleans County.

Ethan Kuhn of Kendall won first place and Lauren Miller of Kendall was second. William Barnosky of Albion placed third.

Students presented an 8 to 10 minute prepared oration on a US Constitution topic of their choosing.

Kuhn and Miller both advance to the District level contest to be held in Kenmore in January.

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Kendall’s community Christmas tree is lighted up for the holidays

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 December 2019 at 10:29 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – The Kendall community last Wednesday had a tree-lighting celebration for this Christmas tree at the town gazebo across from the elementary school on Kendall Road.

These photos, taken this evening, also show the new war memorial that was dedicated on Sept. 29. The war memorial was led by four Boy Scouts who each took charge of part of the memorial for their Eagle Scout project.

The 39-foot-long brick wall features granite plaques highlighting the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and the War on Terror. Alternating the granite plaques are concrete medallions representing the five branches of the military.

Three flag poles stand tall behind the brick wall. The center American flag pole is 35 feet high, with two 30-foot flag poles representing the State of New York and Orleans County standing on either side. The memorial is lit from dusk to dawn.

There is a bench by the memorial. The bench includes a quote by Joseph Campbell: “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

The war memorial project was led by four Boy Scouts – Ryan Barrett, Noah Rath, Jayden Pieniaszek and Brian Shaw.

The tree-lighting celebration last Wednesday included a supper with Santa at the elementary school cafeteria. The Kendall Community Band also performed at the event.

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Kendall’s FIRST LEGO team earns big award at UR competition

Staff Reports Posted 9 December 2019 at 9:39 am

Students created website for town library

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Kendall’s FIRST LEGO team, only in its second year, won the “Innovative Solution Award” on Sunday during a regional competition at the University of Rochester with 44 teams.

Team members include Madison Hults, Alek Odalovic, Dominic Dellaquila, Caleb Schumacher, Caleb Schneider, Robert Henry, Cody Johnstone, Alex King, Seth Pray and Carter Alt. The student coach is David Elliott, and adult coaches are Jackie Nielsen and Wendy O’Hearn.

The team also won the “Champions” award in November during a qualifier tournament in Churchville-Chili. That award recognizes the team that most embodies the FIRST LEGO League experience by fully embracing their Core Values of discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork and fun, while also achieving excellence in both the robot game and innovation project.

Kendall started the program last year. For this year’s competition, students were tasked with finding a problem with a local building or public space. The Kendall students first believed that there wasn’t a town library, but after completing some research, they discovered there is a small one located in the Kendall Town Hall.

They visited the library and met Eileen Grah, the librarian, along with town officials Barb Flow and Tony Cammarata. They discussed with them the importance of a library and book access for kids in Kendall, especially over school breaks. Through these discussions, they discovered that one problem the library faces is lack of exposure. Many students and their parents are unaware of the library’s existence as a resource in our community. There is no way to know what books are in the library since they do not have a public database.

Students decided that the best way to raise awareness of the library and increase patronage was to create a website for the library with a searchable database of books. The students learned how to code a website in HTML, CSS and Javascript, and they created the following website The team hopes this website will be a helpful tool in promoting literacy in Kendall.

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USDA announces funding for water district in Kendall

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 November 2019 at 8:05 am

KENDALL – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $672,000 in funding for a water project in the Town of Kendall.

The USDA will provide a $384,000 grant and a $288,000 loan to create the West Kendall Road Water District #10.

This project will be located along Roosevelt Highway (Route 18) in an east-west direction and northerly along West Kendall Road. This will include replacing 6,500 linear feet of water main. This project will extend public water service to 19 residential users that currently do not have safe potable water, the USDA said.

Water-quality testing indicates a significant portion of the residents’ individual wells have coliform bacteria, which the Health Department indicates does not meet standards and are a threat to the health of residents, according to the USDA.

The USDA also approved more than $4 million for a water project in the Town of Sweden in Brockport. The town will construct a waterline on Lake Road and Redman Road. The project will extend an existing public water system to residents that currently have poor quality and quantity of water. The USDA is providing a $2,000,000 loan and $2,327,000 grant for the project.

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Community members give Kendall students mock job interviews

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 November 2019 at 1:55 pm

Photos courtesy of Carol D’Agostino, Kendall Junior-Senior High School principal

KENDALL – Seniors at Kendall Junior-Senior High School did their mock job interviews this morning, with help from 29 volunteers in the community.

The top photo shows Scott Fisken, right, interviewing student Noah Walter about his interest in the construction industry.

Olivia Reed communicates with Robert Schall, a member of the Air Force, through Skype.

Hannah Stewart is interviewed by two members of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, Investigator Shannon Brett, left, and Deputy Ashleigh Poler.

After the interviews, the seniors wrote thank you notes. Elizabeth Sutphen and Noah Rath work on their letters.5

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Kendall town officials discuss local government with students

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 October 2019 at 2:26 pm

Photo courtesy of Carol D’Agostino, Kendall school principal

KENDALL – Town officials spent part of today at the Kendall Junior-Senior High School, talking about local issues with Kendall’s government classes.

The top photo shows Town Board member Barb Flow, Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata and Town Board member Lynn Szozda with students in a class taught by Joe Petrosino.

The town officials were invited to the school so students could better understand how town government functions, and the duties of the local officials.

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Soldier on home for leave surprises kids at Kendall Elementary

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 October 2019 at 1:53 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – Shyller Elusma waits outside the cafeteria at the Kendall Elementary School today. Elusma, 27, is home on leave for about a week.

He is stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas. He hasn’t been home since Christmas.

Elusma walks through the cafeteria, where many of the students were encouraged to wear red, while and blue as part of Red Ribbon Week.

Elusma is tackled by his kids, Amara and Jenady. His son Jeremiah also gave him a big greeting.

To see a video of Elusma surprising his kids today at Kendall Elementary, click here.

There are big smiles when Elusma greeted his wife Amber and children, Amara in first grade, Jeremiah in kindergarten and Jenady in fourth grade.

Mrs. Elusma works in the cafeteria at the school. She orchestrated the surprise visit today with help from the school and her co-workers.

Jan Traino, a cafeteria worker, makes sure a big poster welcoming Elusma is securely in place.

Elusma is held tight by daughter Amara. He joined his kids for lunch in the cafeteria.

Elusma is from Orlando, Florida. His wife is from Barker. They like the small-town atmosphere in Kendall.

“I love it here,” he said. “The community is amazing. It’s a great place.”

Elusma is a specialist in the Army. He joined 7 years ago and wants to make it at least a 20-year career. He enjoys the camaraderie among the soldiers and being part of a team that serves the country. He was deployed to Poland for two months earlier this year. He has been training at Fort Riley for the past eight months.

Heather Eysaman, the school principal, was happy to help accommodate Elusma’s visit today.

She started as the principal on Oct. 1, and said Kendall is a caring community.

“It’s special for us because he has three students here and his wife works here, too,” Eysaman said.

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