Press Release, Orleans County Tourism
KENDALL – “Pieced Together” is the first documentary film about the American quilt square trail movement. Directed by Peabody Award-winning veteran of ABC News, Julianne Donofrio, “Pieced Together” tells the story of how one woman’s love for her mother changed the American landscape and saved her life after job loss, breast cancer, and multiple health concerns.
The film will be screened at the David J. Doyle Kendall Jr./Sr. High School auditorium on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 at the school, 16887 Roosevelt Highway.
This event is free of charge and sponsored by Partyka Farms and Orleans County Tourism. The film runs 53 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Julianne Donofrio and local Country Barn Quilt Trail organizer, Lora Partyka.
The film tells the story of how Donna Sue Groves had an idea. She wanted to pretty up an old barn for her mother Nina Maxine, a celebrated quilter, by hanging a wooden square painted to look like a traditional quilt block.
A community organizer by trade, Groves thought why stop with just one square? So she got together with her neighbors in Adams County, OH and created a driving trail of squares hung on barns to attract tourists looking for a day trip who might stop and spend money on gas, food, or crafts made by local artists. The first quilt square, an “Ohio Star,” was hung on the Lewis Mountain Herbs & Everlastings farm in 2001; the idea sparked a grassroots phenomenon and a new form of American public art.
Nina Maxine finally got her quilt square, a green and purple “Snail’s Trail,” in 2003.
Donofrio stumbled upon her first quilt square in Tennessee in 2009, and learned of Donna Sue Groves through a “pink” web page created by the quilt trail organizers in Garrett County, MD. They were raising funds for Donna Sue who had lost her job and was battling breast cancer.
“I guarantee you, that had it not been for the quilt trail community, that I would not be here today,” says Donna Sue Groves.
Now over 40 U.S. states and parts of Canada have quilt square trails, including one in Orleans County that was organized by Lora Partyka in 2006. There are more than 260 trails and countless squares found on barns, garages, and fences from California to Tennessee to Prince Edward Island. Donna Sue never planned on creating a cross-country community but it is this very community of friends and strangers that is helping her put the pieces of her life back together.
“I feel honored to witness and document what will one day be a chapter in our American history,” says Director/Producer Julianne Donofrio.
“Pieced Together” debuted at the National Quilt Trail Gathering in 2016 and was an Official Selection of the 2016 River’s Edge International Film Festival, the 2018 Ocean City Film Festival, the 2018 Ozark Foothills FilmFest, and the 2018 Great Western Catskills International Film Festival. “Pieced Together” won Best Documentary Short Feature Film at the 2017 Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival and the Audience Award: Feature at the 2018 Indy FilmFest. Julianne was an official presenter at the 2017 & 2018 Appalachian Studies Association Conference in Blacksburg, VA and Cincinnati, OH.
KENDALL – The Marine Corps League/Holley Hounds donated school supplies – backpacks, blankets, binders etc. – to Kendall Elementary just before the start of the school year.
Pictured from left include Sharon Bennett, Marine Corps League Auxiliary; Urb Bennett, board member for Marine Corps League; and Sharon Smith, Elementary School principal.
Mr. Bennett said Jeff Brian, commander, and Ray Madigan senior vice commander, supported the effort to help local school children. The Marine Corps League is based in Holley.
ALBION – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office has named the school resource officers who will be working full-time this school year at two school districts in Orleans County.
Deputy Alex Breuilly will be working in Kendall and Deputy Jason Barnum will be at Lyndonville. Both districts are paying the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office $100,000 annually to have a deputy work full-time in the school districts from Sept. 1 to June 30 each school year. The districts and the county have approved agreements for three years.
Breuilly and Barnum both met with community members during open houses this week at the school districts.
“I’m very excited,” said Sheriff Randy Bower. “It’s awesome news.”
The Sheriff’s Office will fill the two positions that are now vacant on road patrol. During the summers, Breuilly and Barnum will also be available for road patrol for the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office has wanted an expanded presence in Lyndonville and Kendall, the two schools in the northern part of the county that do not have a full-time police presence in their communities.
The contracts with the school resource officers will include 125 hours of overtime so the officers can attend some after-school activities, athletic events and the prom, Bower said.
The officers will provide security for the schools, and also educate students with anti-bullying programs, anti-drug education and also guide them in using a new STOP DWI Driving Simulator, where students and other users can see the effects of driving while texting, drowsy or if they are impaired or intoxicated.
‘America has lost one of its true heroes’
ALFRED – A Kendall native who served during World War II with the Tuskegee Airman died on Aug. 22 at age 92.
Wallace “Wally” Higgins was born in Kendall. He joined the U.S. Army on Dec. 10, 1943, before finishing high school. He served until March of 1947. He was assigned to the Army Air Corps and trained with the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
“America has lost one of its true heroes,” said State Sen. Cathy Young of the Southern Tier. “However, his legacy endures and his spirit lives on in our hearts.”
During a presentation to the Kendall Lions Club in June 2015, Higgins talked about encountering racial segregation and discrimination for the first time after entering the service and training in Pre-Flight at the Tuskegee Institute.
As soon as he turned 18, Higgins enlisted in the Air Corps. Having already attended Civil Air Patrol classes in Rochester during his senior year of high school, Higgins was interested in pursuing aviation.
After initially reporting to Fort Dix, New Jersey, Higgins was sent to Biloxi, Mississippi for basic training and aptitude testing. As a result of his skin color and proficiencies, Higgins was selected to be part of the Tuskegee Airmen experiment in Alabama, where he trained in Pre-Flight and Primary Flight training, including solo runs in the P-17 Stearman.
Following 11 months at Tuskegee, a downturn in the war in Europe resulted in less pilot training and Higgins was transferred to the 1909th Engineers Aviation Battalion. Severe illness also prevented him from completing his training and with the conclusion of the war in Europe, he was transferred to the Pacific Theatre.
A sergeant in charge of an all-black, 30-man platoon, Higgins served in Saipan and Okinawa building roads, airfields and ammunition storage buildings.
After being honorably discharged on March 17, 1947, attended the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University. While a student there, he met and married Norma Miller. They were married 64 years and raised four children. She passed away on Dec. 24, 2015.
The husband and wife stayed in Alfred. Mr. Higgins went on to become an Associate Professor at the university, retiring in 1985.
He was a member of Alfred Lions Club for 50 years and spent decades in community service. In May 2015 he was inducted into the Veterans Hall of Fame in Albany.
“It was my honor to induct Sergeant Higgins into the Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame in 2015 and an even greater privilege to have the opportunity to get to know this extraordinary man,” said State Sen. Cathy Young. “A loving father, husband and active member of our community, Wally’s life was dedicated to service. Despite his achievements, he lived his life with great humility, kindness, compassion and excellence. Everyone he met was a friend.”
In 2015 he was presented a Congressional Gold Medal for his military service by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed.
“Although he lived during a time when racial discrimination and segregation were still terrible realities in many parts of the United States, his patriotism never wavered and he willingly risked his life for our nation,” Young said.
A memorial service with full military honors for Higgins will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Union University Church in Alfred.
KENDALL – The Orleans County Sheriffs’ Office and the Town of Kendall Fire Department, in cooperation with the Kendall Central School District, will conduct an active shooter exercise at the Kendall High School on Saturday at 9 a.m.
The training exercise will consist of officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Holley Police Department and Albion Police Department as well as emergency first responders from the Kendall Fire Department and Monroe Ambulance.
Approximately 20 volunteers will be at the exercise to role play as either students or staff.
Press Release, Kendall Lions Club
KENDALL – On April 18, the Kendall community suffered a terrible tragedy. A single mother and her 14-year-old son died from carbon monoxide poisoning. As the entire community grieved, we began to realize that their deaths were preventable.
At the Kendall Lions Club Board of Directors meeting on April 19, we committed $5,000 to provide a free carbon monoxide detector to anyone in the Kendall Central School District who needed one.
We sought to partner with the five volunteer fire departments who service school district residents, the Orleans County Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross. A meeting was held on May 1 with representatives from the Kendall Lions Club, the fire districts, the High School Principal and the Board of Education President.
It was agreed that the school would get the word out about the Carbon Monoxide Detector Giveaway to families in the district and the BOE President would notify the County Office for the Aging and the Department of Social Services to inform district residents who did not have children in the school. The EMO for Orleans County agreed to contact the Red Cross. Several of the Fire Departments agreed to deliver and install the detectors.
An informational letter was published in the June edition of the school newsletter and information booths have been planned for various community events in the summer and fall to notify community members and provide sign-up sheets.
A booth at the recent Kendall Firemen’s Carnival had 84 people sign up. Kendall Home Grown Days in August, High School and Elementary School Open Houses and the Kendall Scarecrow Festival in the fall will provide further opportunities for community residents to sign-up for a free detector.
Dale Banker, director of Emergency Management Office in Orleans County, contacted the Red Cross which agreed to provide training on the proper ways to install carbon monoxide detectors as well as free smoke detectors to accompany our carbon monoxide detectors.
The president of one of the fire companies involved in this project has been researching the best detectors to purchase and determined that they will cost between $32 and $38 apiece. With such a positive response to our first outreach, we estimate that we will be installing 300 carbon monoxide detectors in our community.
We truly believe this humanitarian project will go a long way to ensure the safety of countless members of our close-knit rural community.
KENDALL – A new public waterline is going into the ground along Norway Road, from Route 18 to Creek Road. The project has been years in the making.
“This is a monumental day for the Town of Kendall,” said Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata.
This is the first new water district under construction in about a decade. The Norway Road project include 23 housing units as part of Water District No. 7.
The total project cost is estimated at $860,000. A federal USDA grant through Rural Development will cover $525,000 of the cost with the district property owners paying off a $335,000 low-interest loan for the remainder.
The highway departments at Kendall and Hamlin are working together to install the 8-inch watermains, hydrants, and service laterals.
Hamlin is being paid $226,245 for its work on the project. The materials are just over $200,000. There are also engineering, legal and other expenses.
Construction is expected to be complete in early August with lawn restorations to follow.
Kendall and Hamlin have worked together installing water mains on about five or six other projects, said Steve Baase, the Hamlin water superintendent.
Cammarata said that is example of shared services with the town towns working together to reduce costs and get a project complete.
Kendall officials had to work with a myriad of government agencies for the project to proceed, including the USDA, Rural Development, Monroe County Water Authority, the Orleans County Health Department, the Town of Hamlin and other entities.
“It’s a long and tedious road, but it’s very worthwhile,” Cammarata said. “We have to look to the future and the future is water.”
Another small water project, District. No. 9, is expected to soon go out to bid and be constructed this year. That project will extend the waterline from District No.7 where it ends at Creek Road. From there it will run past six houses to Carton Road.
The town is also working on District No. 8 that will include 50 to 60 homes on Kendall Road. That project should be under construction in 2019.
In addition, residents have petitioned for public water on Lakeshore Road and Center Road. The town expects to have a public meeting this fall to gauge if there’s more interest for public waterlines in the town.
Residents have been vocal with their concerns about inadequate water quantity and quality with some of the residential wells, town officials said.
The additional waterlines could lead to more development with new home construction in Kendall, Cammarata said.
“A lot of builders say they won’t build without water,” he said.
Photos by Tom Rivers
KENDALL – Kelley’s Heroes from Caledonia performs in Friday’s parade for the Kendall Firemen’s Carnival. There was a long lineup of fire trucks, bands and community floats during the parade.
The three-day carnival concludes today.
Gary Kludt drives a 1923 Model T carrying the Kendall Singers, who are members of the Kendall Lions Club.
The Cosgrove Middle School drumline from Spencerport performed in the parade.
Lloyd Christ of Holley brought his tractor, “It’s Only Money,” in the parade to promote the Murray Tractor Pull on July 14-15. The tractors will compete at a track developed by Christ on Groth Road. He competes in the heavy super stock class.
Kim Corcoran is the leader of the Kendall Lawn Chair Ladies. The group is a crowd favorite. They perform at many local parades.
These kids carry the banner for the Carlton Volunteer Fire Company. They include, from left: Ridgeley Graeham, Emma Dumrese and Alivia Dumrese. This was the first time kids have carried the banner for the fire company.
This boy enjoys a ride in a Bergen fire vehicle. There were 15 fire companies in the parade.
South Byron firefighters are acknowledged by the crowd.
John Becker once again served as the parade announcer. He was joined on a review stand by local officials, including County Legislator Ken DeRoller at right.
The Alexander Fireman’s Band gave a spirited performance.
Wrestlers promote their program and toss candy to kids along the parade route.
The crowd gave a standing ovation to the Vietnam Veterans of American, Chapter 20 out of Rochester.
Local Girl Scouts also joined the parade.
Boy Scouts urged others to join the program.
The drumline for the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps in Dansville made the trip to Kendall. The White Sabers will be back today in Kendall at 4 to perform at the Fireman’s Carnival.
Some of the highlights today include:
• Lawn Tractor Pulls at noon
• Fire Prevention Safety Trailer at noon
• Cruise in Car Show from 4-7 p.m.
• Ride Matinée from 1-5 p.m., and 6-10 p.m.
• Chicken BBQ at 5 p.m.
• 7th Heaven from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
• Fireworks at 10:30 p.m.
The parade concluded with riders from Lone Oak Stables in Kendall.
Photos by Tom Rivers
KENDALL – A Kendall home at 2091 Orchard Drive was engulfed with flames this afternoon and badly damaged the house. The residents in the house weren’t home at the time of the fire. Their pets were all able to get out safely.
Justin Niederhofer, an Orleans County fire investigator, is shown in this photo.
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at about 5:30 p.m. Multiple fire departments were on scene to get the fire out.
Orleans County fire investigators are on scene to try to determine the cause. No additional information is available.