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Kendall War Memorial lighted up for first time last night

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 August 2019 at 9:38 am

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KENDALL – The Kendall War Memorial, which is under construction at the Town Park, was lighted up Thursday evening for the first time after electricity was installed.

The 36-foot-long brick wall for the memorial is done, and three flag poles are up. The wall includes granite rectangles that highlight wars including the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War 1, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and the War on Terror.

The project is a joint effort by four Boy Scouts – Ryan Barrett, Noah Rath, Jayden Pieniaszek and Brian Shaw – each working to become an Eagle Scout.

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Kendall Scouts getting close to completing war memorial

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 August 2019 at 12:49 pm

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KENDALL – The 36-foot-long brick wall for the Kendall War Memorial is done, and three flag poles are up. The wall includes granite rectangles that highlight wars including the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War 1, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and the War on Terror.

There also are concrete medallions on the wall for the five branches of military service.

The project is a joint effort by four Boy Scouts each working to become an Eagle Scout.

Ryan Barrett, Noah Rath, Jayden Pieniaszek and Brian Shaw have joined forces in the project.

Six granite rectangles highlight wars where Kendall soldiers fought for the country.

Ryan led the first phase, which is complete and includes putting in the foundation for the wall, a stone memorial and three flag poles. Two of the poles are 30 feet high and one for the American flag is 35 feet. Barrett will be the first to receive his Eagle. His Court of Honor ceremony is Aug. 19.

Jayden Pieniaszek is leading the second phase which includes construction of the brick wall, which is 36 feet long, 3 ½ feet wide and 4 feet tall.

Noah Rath is heading up phase three which includes the medallions for each five branches of military. Rath will also lead the efforts to get the electricity set up so the memorial and sidewalk can be lighted up at night.

Brian Shaw is coordinating phase four which includes final grading and planting of cedar trees behind the memorial, which will provide a buffer for the neighbors and also enhance the site. Shaw also led the work to for the plaques on the memorial for the different wars where Kendall soldiers served.

Th Scouts have sold 120 memorial bricks which will go by the edge of the walkway for the memorial. Thy would like to sell 60 more bricks, which are $100 each, said Ken Spohr, the Scoutmaster. Click here to see the Facebook page for the memorial where there is a form about ordering a brick.

Most of the project is complete, Spohr said, with lighting and landscaping to done.

“To see where it is now is truly amazing,” Spohr said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of what they’ve done.”

Spohr praised the Scouts for working on the project this summer, while all have been juggling jobs.

Brian Shaw works on the landscaping, laying beds for bricks that will line the edge of the sidewalk, so people aren’t walking on the bricks. Nick Wolf, a local scout at right, helps with the project.

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Kendall marina hosts ‘Boaters Against Cancer’ events this weekend

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 2 August 2019 at 12:32 pm

KENDALL – After a group of boaters lost two friends to cancer, they banded together four years ago to sponsor “Boaters Against Cancer” to help fellow boaters and their families affected by cancer.

Dave Bentley and Gail Grigg of Albion are heading up the fourth annual Harris-Lace Flotilla Saturday at Bald Eagle Marina and Lure’s Restaurant.

Scott Harris of Oakfield and Phil Lance of Canada are the boaters who lost their lives to cancer.

A hundred boaters are expected to participate in the event Saturday, which will feature more than 20 vendors, live music from 4 to 10 p.m., a basket raffle, duck races, wine and beer tasting and fireworks over the lake at 10 p.m.

Each year, the boaters have planned on a flotilla in memory of the two men, but the lake hasn’t cooperated, and they haven’t been able to do it, Bentley said. He hopes this Saturday will be different.

The boats will tie up in the lake to demonstrate how boaters support each other and to commemorate fallen cancer victims and their families. In case the lake is rough on Saturday, the flotilla will be rescheduled until Sunday (again if the lake conditions allow).

Bentley said the event is open to the entire public, and he hopes other boaters and boat lovers will come and support their efforts.

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Kendall FD welcomes new fire truck, improvements to fire hall

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 July 2019 at 8:44 am

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KENDALL – The Kendall Fire Department last Sunday put a new 2019 International Rosenbauer into service. The fire truck, Engine No. 12, is a pumper and was manufactured out of Michigan.

The Fire Department will have an open house soon so the community can get an up close look at the truck and see other improvements.

The department also had the Stone Jug building with the cobblestone wall remortered by Paul Zeppetella of PAZ Masonry in Albion. Local fundraisers paid for that work.

Other fundraising also paid to have the fire chief’s office remodeled with slate flooring. Local contractor Chris Barrett completed the job.

The Fire Department also is in the process of bidding out landscaping around the fire hall.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support,” said Eric Maxon, the fund drive chairman.  “This is a very caring community. We appreciate your help so we can, in turn, help you!”

The Kendall Fire Department would like to thank the community for their support and personal help for making the 2019 Kendall Carnival a huge success, Maxon said.

The winners for the raffle include 1st place ($1,500), Heather Banker from Kendall; 2nd place ($250), Charlene Urquhart from Kendall: 3rd place ($250), Ron Burrstone from Kent.

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125 attend first event for Kendall Alumni Association

Staff Reports Posted 23 June 2019 at 9:30 am

Photos courtesy of David Klafehn, a member of Kendall’s Class of 1986

KENDALL – The Kendall Alumni Association held a launch celebration and reunion party on Saturday, and about 125 people attended the event, including graduates, their children and grandchildren. Many alumni toured the recently renovated school, turned pages of decades of yearbooks, and caught up with old friends.

Multiple generations of graduates joined together for this picture in the school cafeteria. Pictured from left are: Tacha Gennarino (’90), Mary Gaesser (’78), Robert Wilson (’17), Maya Rutland (’16), JoAnne Hill (’82), Eileen Hill (’81), Taylor Rutland (’16), Sue Klafehn (’60), Pat Suhr (’57) and Carol Klafehn (’66).

John Richards (’86), Mike Hill (’86) Dave Sedore (’85), Jason Glather (’87), Dan Hill (’80) and Mike Golden (’87) provided live entertainment during the event.

The newly formed Alumni Association also held softball and volleyball games.

Madison Rath (’17) and Morgan Rath (’15) get some help from Ron Gaesser (’83) while looking in a yearbook and trying find their parents, Chuck and Melissa Rath, and Aunt Julia and Aunt Tricia.

Larry Klafehn (’60) took some time to look at his plaque and others in the Kendall Athletic Hall of Fame.

Renee Sheelar (’89), Paula Browe (’89), Sue Kyle (’89) and Tina Visconte (’89) caught up with Gary Kent (’62) and shared a few stories. Kent taught social studies at Kendall.

Some of the members of the Alumni Committee and the band get together for a picture – Melissa Rath (’84, AC), Mark Porter (’88, AC), John Richards (’86, AC), Mary Gaesser (’78, AC), Carol D’Agostino (77, AC), Jason Glather (’87), Paula Browe (’89, AC), Mike Hill (’86, AC), Karen Gaesser (’85, AC), Dave Sedore (’85) and Mike Golden (’87).

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Small class at Kendall ready to make big impact

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 June 2019 at 7:50 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – Anna Oakley, salutatorian for the Kendall’s Class of 2019, speaks at commencement on Friday evening at the Kendall Junior-Senior High School.

This year’s class has 41 students. That is a small group by size for Kendall. Oakley said the class has a strong bond and will leave a big imprint on the community and world.

She urged the students to push themselves and go outside their comfort zones. The world is melting pot, and Oakley urged her classmates to be open and accepting of others.

She will major in Integrative Neuroscience at Binghamton University.

The class sits on stage at the start of graduation.

Julie Christensen, the district superintendent, welcomed the community and graduates. She said the small-town roots for the class have given them a solid foundation as they begin the next stage of their lives.

The students have developed strong relationships with their classmates, staff and teachers. She said a small-school environment is an asset, fostering close relationships and confidence among the students.

Matthew DiNatale and his classmates wait in the gym just before the start of the ceremony.

Carol D’Agostino, the high school principal, gives some last-second instructions to students before they head out of the gym.

The class walks out of the gym and down the hall to the auditorium for commencement.

John Rath, center, is the class valedictorian. He has his cap off for the national anthem. Mason Kuhn carried the American flag while Brian Shaw holds the New York State flag. Those two are both headed to Boys State.

Rath said he feels fortunate to have attended Kendall. He said being on the soccer, basketball and baseball teams helped develop his leadership skills. He enjoyed the community spirit at the school, especially at homecoming.

“It is a small school and everyone knows everybody,” he said before the ceremony.

He will be attending Oswego State College to major in Business Marketing.

Tanner Jubenville, a Kendall grad and current reporter for 13 WHAM in Rochester, addressed the graduates. Nadine Hanlon, president of the Board of Education, is at far left, next to Julie Christensen, the district superintendent.

After Kendall, Jubenville graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2015 with a degree in journalism and mass communications. He has worked in the news business for four years, the first two in Elmira and the last two in Rochester.

Jubenville was an announcer at sports games while at Kendall. He said he was scared when he was at his commencement from Kendall less than a decade ago.

His advice to the graduates was to follow the “three B’s.”

First, “be yourself,” Jubenville said. When he was at Kendall, he weighed more than 300 pounds, and then added 30 more his first semester at St. Bonaventure. Jubenville then got serious about exercising, eating well and living a healthy lifestyle.

He loved St. Bonaventure but it took some time to fit in and make friends. He had to force himself to stay at the college initially when he was homesick. He developed many deep friendships with his classmates and professors at St. Bonaventure.

Second, he said to “Build your circle.” Jubenville said people will only develop deep friendships by being a good friend to others.

“You get what you give,” he said.

Third, “Bend but don’t break.” Jubenville said the news business can be difficult, with long hours and low pay, especially for people breaking into the profession.

When he was at Elmira for two years, he often felt alone and was consumed with the demands of the job. He is grateful for the opportunity to work in Rochester and be closer to family and friends.

He began his speech with a crisp 50-dollar-bill. He then crumpled it, but noted it hadn’t lost its value.

“You will be tested at work, and with your friendships and relationships,” Jubenville said. “Remember you can bend but don’t break.”

Jessica Coble has a message on her graduation cap, “She Believed She Could Do So She Did.” She will study radiation therapy at Erie County Community College. She enjoyed going to Kendall.

“It has been a blast,” she said. “You are so close with everybody.”

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DOT puts big sandbags by shore to help protect Parkway from erosion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 June 2019 at 3:23 pm

Photos courtesy of State Department of Transportation

KENDALL – The New York State Department of Transportation this week has put many bulk sandbags that are approximately 3,000 pounds each at two locations in Orleans County. The sandbags will help protect the Lake Ontario State Parkway from erosion.

The high water levels in Lake Ontario are chewing away some of the shoreline along the lake.

The DOT worked at a section in both Kendall and Carlton, placing the sandbags by using an excavator.

The Carlton location is in the area of Reference Marker 1055, just east of the Lake Shore Drive exit. The Kendall location is Reference Marker 1091, about 1 ¼ mile West of Route 237.

The larger bulk bags were tied to guiderail posts that were driven into the soil.

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Kendall Carnival, earlier than usual this year, gets a big welcome back

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 June 2019 at 8:25 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – Joey Cooper, 5 months, has his ears covered during the Kendall Fireman’s Parade on Thursday. He is held by his grandmother, Debbie Rockow. Joey’s parents are Ben and Amanda Cooper.

The family enjoyed an hour-long parade to kick off the Kendall Fireman’s Carnival. Normally the carnival is in July, but the date was moved up due to the schedule for the company that provides the rides/midway.

Despite the change in the schedule, a big crowd of community members watched the procession of floats, marching bands and fire trucks. Lloyd Christ of Murray brought his big tractor to promote the Murray Tractor Pull on June 29-30 on Groth Road.

Ken DeRoller, an Orleans County legislator from Kendall, acknowledges friends in the crowd on Kendall Road. Many local elected officials and candidates were part of the parade, many making a pitch for votes at the June 25 primaries.

Kendall Town Councilwoman Margaret Lynn Szozda is in the 1959 Thunderbird with former Town Supervisor Jack Gilman.

Aiden Barnard, 9, joined his grandfather Warren Kruger in the parade. Kruger is the Kendall highway superintendent who displayed many campaign signs on his 1929 Ford pickup.

Kim Corcoran and the Kendall Lawn Chair Ladies performed to “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra. They have been a crowd favorite for several years.

A member of Head Over Heels Acrobatics & Dance in Holley impresses the crowd with a handstand during the parade.

Kendall youth baseball players tossed candy to the crowd. The players were given a ride in the parade by Lake Ontario Shore Development.

Vietnam Veterans of America based in Rochester marched near the front of the parade. They received a standing ovation from many in the crowd.

The Alexander Fireman’s Band plays for the crowd.

Callie Updike, center, performs with other members of the Holley-Kendall marching band.

Karen Jensen, a member of the VFW auxiliary in Hamlin, had fun in the parade.

The honor guard for the Kendall Fire Department leads the group in the parade.

To see a schedule of events at the carnival, click here.

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Kendall forms Alumni Association and will have first reunion party June 22

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 June 2019 at 9:29 pm

KENDALL – There is a new organization for graduates of Kendall Central School. The Kendall Alumni Association will hold a launch celebration and reunion party on June 22.

That happens to be the finale of the Kendall Fire Department Carnival, an annual event that brings many alumni to town.

The Alumni Association welcomes graduates to walk with a float for the parade at 7 p.m. on June 20. Kendall graduates can wear their varsity jackets or other Kendall clothing while they ride in a wagon or walk in the parade.

The Alumni Association plans to hold the annual reunion celebration during the carnival weekend. This year the carnival is earlier than usual so Kendall could accommodate the schedule for the amusement ride provider.

Kendall graduates are welcome to attend reunion events on June 22, beginning at 10 a.m. with coffee and donuts served to the classes of 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014.

There will be alumni softball and volleyball games. An alumni band also will play at 11:30 a.m.

The events are at the Kendall Junior-Senior High School, 16887 Roosevelt Hwy.

Click here to see the group’s Facebook page.

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Kendall elementary students plant orchard by school

Photos courtesy of Kristina Gabalski: Students at Kendall Elementary School work to plant a school orchard on Friday morning.

Posted 15 June 2019 at 2:27 pm

Press Release, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County

KENDALL – Members of the Kendall Elementary-based 4-H Club and Kendall Elementary students joined forces last week to plant a school orchard.

The project was a joint effort between the school and the 4-H Club, which meets regularly during the school year, as a community service project.

“We proposed to idea to Sharon Smith, Kendall Elementary Principal, last year and she enthusiastically supported the project,” said Kristina Gabalski, Orleans County 4-H Program Coordinator. “School orchards provide educational and nutritional benefits to students by providing a place to learn about nature, grow plants and produce food. The orchard at Kendall Elementary will be a living classroom and a laboratory without walls where students can study everything from botany to art, as well as relax and be refreshed by its beauty.”

Principal Sharon Smith works with Kendall Elementary students to plant a tree in the new orchard.

The Kendall Elementary School orchard is located just outside the south wing of the school where it will be easy for students to access as well as care for the planting.

“The spot will also provide some protection from wind and receive lots of sun all year,” Gabalski said.

The orchard includes six trees: two Enterprise apples (a new disease-resistant variety); two Northern Spy apples (a heritage variety); one Blake’s Pride pear; and one Stanley plum.

The trees were donated by Sara’s Garden Center in Brockport, which has also enthusiastically supported the project. Additionally, Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension received a $500 grant from Gro More Grassroots Grants presented by the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening. Grant funds were used to purchase garden tools, mulch and additional supplies for the orchard.

Sharon Smith said she foresees the orchard having a prominent place in the Kendall community for years to come.

“The more children we involve in this, and the more families in the community who become involved in this, will mean that this orchard is valued and protected for many decades,” she said.  “Students will take these skills and this love back home and apply it in their own gardens with their own families, and eventually with their own children as adults.”

Gabalski would also like to acknowledge the support and help of Dan Brundage, Kendall Elementary Buildings and Grounds Manager, and his staff for their guidance and enthusiasm in making the orchard a reality.

“We have an amazing relationship between Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4-H, and Kendall Elementary,” she said. “It is so exciting to be able to work together on projects like this that enhance the quality of life in our community.”

Members of the Kendall Elementary 4-H Club place trees before they were planted on June 7.

Kendall Elementary students are framed by foliage from one of the fruit trees while they work on planting another.

Students dug holes, planted trees and watered and mulched the new transplants.

The newly planted Kendall Elementary School Orchard with the school in the background.

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