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Kendall Lawn Chair Ladies will take season off due to Covid-19

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 April 2020 at 9:35 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – One of the most popular performers at local parades, the Kendall Lawn Chair Ladies, is taking off the season due to concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Lawn Chair Ladies are pictured above at last year’s Albion Strawberry Festival on June 8, 2019.

They are leaving open the chance for returning in the fall, if it is deemed safe to have public gatherings.

The Lawn Chair Ladies have been performing locally the past eight years.

“Okay, so we put off this decision for as long as possible: The Kendall Lawn Chair Ladies are cancelling their 9th marching season,” the group posted on its Facebook page. “Rehearsing in a group and participating in parades doesn’t seem like the smartest thing to do right now. We’ll look toward possible fall events, but for now we’re hunkered down, with our lawn chairs and boas tucked away. Sorry to disappoint our fans, but we’ll be back again as soon as is wise!”

Kim Corcoran and the Kendall Lawn Chair Ladies performed to “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra on Jun e 20 at the Kendall Firemen’s Carnival Parade. The group has been a crowd favorite for several years.

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Signs let Kendall teachers and staff know they are missed

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 April 2020 at 8:24 am

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KENDALL – These signs were placed in front of the Kendall Junior-Senior High School to greet school staff this morning. Kendall students put the signs there to let the teachers and staff know they are missed.

“These signs were in front of the school when I arrived this morning,” said Carol D’Agostino, the school principal. “Our teachers, aides, secretaries, and custodians are working hard to support our students. Our bus drivers and cafeteria staff help every week to make and deliver food. It is amazing that our students wanted to recognize the outstanding staff at Kendall.”

“All of the parents and students appreciate each and everyone of you! Thank you for all the time you have taken from your own lives through this to reach out to all your students, whether to teach, comfort or just check in. Thank you for taking the time to put packets and lesson plans together. Thank you for making meals, and thank you for delivering them, thank you for delivering technology so the students can continue to learn! Thank you for zooming as chaotic as it can be, seeing your faces helps our students feel hope through a difficult time. Thank you for continuing to keep our schools clean and grounds looking beautiful. Thank you for helping us all through this!

“WE APPRECIATE YOU ALL!!! We miss you all!

“Stay safe and healthy”

Kendall PTSA

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Kendall accepting PreK and kindergarten registrations for 2020-21 school year

Posted 6 April 2020 at 6:48 pm

Press Release, Kendall Central School

KENDALL – Kendall Central School is accepting PreK and kindergarten registrations for the 2020-21 school year.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the Kendall universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) or kindergarten program and would like a registration packet mailed to you, please email Registrar Terri Kroth at with your name, address, phone number and the program your child is eligible for.

Parents are asked to mail the completed registration packet back by April 30. The mailing address is Kendall Elementary School, Attn: Registration, 1932 Kendall Rd, Kendall, NY 14476.

Copies of birth certificates, proof of residency, immunization records and any applicable custodial paperwork will be collected at a later date.

If you have any questions and cannot email, please feel free to contact Elementary School Principal Heather Eysaman at (585) 659-8317, ext. 1401.

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Kendall will deliver all school meals beginning today – no more pickup at school

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 March 2020 at 8:29 am

KENDALL – The school district beginning today will be delivering all meals to students by bus, with a pickup at the Junior-Senior High School no longer an option.

Kendall will deliver bagged breakfasts and lunches by bus to children age 18 and younger who reside in the district. Children do not have to be enrolled in the district to receive meals, according to a notice from the district.

All meals will be delivered via school bus to homes between 10:30 a.m. to noon according to the following schedule:

• Meals delivered on Mondays will be for Monday and Tuesday.

• Meals delivered on Wednesdays will be for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

• For Spring Recess Week, four meals will be delivered on Monday only.

“Please place a bin by your front door so our staff can safely leave meals in it,” according to a letter to the community from Julie Christensen, Kendall school district superintendent. “Please monitor delivery so food temperatures are maintained safely.”

Kendall parents picking up meals will have them delivered to their home beginning today. For families already on the distribution list no action is necessary.

To be added or removed from the meal distribution list, email Cindy Wolck at or call at 585-659-8317.

School instructional materials will be delivered on Wednesdays to students.

“Thank you for your patience as we modify our practices to keep our school family safe while school is closed. We miss our students!” Christensen said in her letter to the community.

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Kendall community joins in birthday greeting caravan

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 March 2020 at 7:54 pm

Students, teachers also welcomed chance to connect – at 6 feet apart

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – Lucas Jones, his sister Mary and their mother Karen decorate their vehicle with a Happy Birthday sign.

They were part of a caravan of vehicles that drove through Kendall today sharing birthday greetings with children who have been homebound much of the past two weeks and haven’t been able to have a typical birthday party. There haven’t been any birthday recognitions at the school, with it being closed, and kids also are encouraged not to have friends over.

The Kendall school district, like the others and Orleans County, announced on March 14 they would be closed until further notice due to health concerns with the spreading coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that public schools in the state would be closed until at least April 15.

Mary Jones, 15, a freshman at Kendall said she misses her friends and being in class in person. She has been doing her schoolwork at home, and connecting with some of her teachers and classmates online through Zoom.

“Being at home without your friends it lonely and boring,” she said.

Jones was preparing to be in the school’s musical production of Annie. She hopes the show can go on, somehow.

Her brother Lucas, 13, is an eighth-grader. He was going to help with the musical in stage crew. He also was on the tennis team, which hasn’t been able to practice the past two weeks. The season is very much uncertain right now.

Lucas and his sister said they are trying to keep up with their friends through social media but it’s not the same as seeing them in person.

Their mother Karen Jones has been a Kendall bus driver the past seven years. She is still driving bus for the school during the closure, delivering meals and even schoolwork to students.

Kolby Primmer, left, and Eric Warren are both seniors at Kendall. They hadn’t seen each other in a couple weeks. They maintained social distancing at the Kendall Elementary School parking, where the vehicles gathered for the birthday caravan.

Kolby said the uncertainty with when school could reopen is hard for seniors.

“We don’t know what will happen with the senior trip or graduation,” he said.

The senior class is planning a trip to Philadelphia in late May. Commencement is scheduled for June 26.

Eric Warren, the other senior, said he welcomed the chance to see some classmates today.

“All of my friends go to school and that’s the only time I can see them,” he said.

Kolby Primmer and this mother Margaret decorate their vehicle for the processional.

Patty Longrod, a substitute aide at Kendall, decorates her vehicle with a birthday greeting. Her husband, Dana Longrod, is a fifth grade teacher at Kendall. He joined his wife in the caravan today, eager for a chance to see students and other community members.

Mr. Longrod, a teacher for 34 years, a couple weeks ago prepared a packet of schoolwork to last a month for his students who are at home. Longrod said he’s never experienced any kind of prolonged shutdown like this during his career, with a return date unknown.

“It’s sort of a work in progress,” Longrod said. “None of us have ever dealt with this situation. We’re seeing what works and what needs to be improved.”

Longrod said the spring is usually a highlight of the year with field trips and many engaging activities for the kids.

“I can’t wait to get back to class,” he said. “It’s a fun job.”

These people brought some school pride for the trek around town.

Kadence Schoonmaker, a Kendall third-grader, helps decorate her family’s vehicle for the trip around town today.

“It’s a great opportunity for the kids to see each other,” said her mother, Lindsay Schoonmaker. “She has been inside the past two weeks and has been losing her mind.”

The vehicles head north on Route 237. They traveled along several roads in town.

To see a video of the cars heading out of Kendall Elementary School, click here.

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Virtual Spirit Weeks promote school pride during shutdown

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 March 2020 at 10:23 am

Provided photo: Penny Cole, a secretary in the Holley Junior-Senior High School and the varsity cheerleading coach, wore an orange “Evan Strong” t-shirt in honor of Evan Valentine, a Holley junior who is fighting leukemia the second time. “I’m wearing the shirt of my favorite Super Hero, Evan Valentine,” Cole posted on Facebook. “His super power is strength, courage and determination. He continues to fight his arch enemy everyday and always with a smile on his face. As with all super heroes, there is a fight against the enemy, but in the end, the super hero wins. Stay strong Evey, you WILL win!”

Some local school districts are doing virtual spirit weeks to help students stay connected and to promote school pride during a school shutdown due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Holley and Kendall both start their spirit weeks today while Lyndonville’s will be next week. Students and staff are encouraged to dress up on theme days and post photos on social media.

Here are the days for the spirit weeks.

Kendall (March 23-27)

Monday: Blue Monday – Wear Kendall Blue.

Tuesday: PJ Day! – Stay comfy and cozy in pajamas.

Wednesday: Outdoor adventure – Take a photo or video being active outside.

Thursday: Reading Day! – Take a photo or video of reading by yourself or to a family member or pet.

Friday: Dance Party – Bust out your best dance moves!

(Post photos to Twitter: @kendalleagles, @KendallElement1 or @KendallJrSrHigh

Instagram: @kendallelementaryschool)

Holley (March 23-27)

Monday: Superhero Day – Post a photo of yourself dressed like a superhero in honor of all hospital workers, first responders, grocery employees and anyone else considered an essential worker during this time.

Tuesday: Crazy Hair Day – Post a photo with your craziest hairstyle.

Wednesday: Pajama Day – Post a photo of yourself in your favorite pajamas.

Thursday: Jersey Day – Post a photo of yourself in your favorite team jersey in honor of all the athletes whose seasons are on hold right now.

Friday: School Spirit Day – Post a photo of yourself in your favorite Holley gear of wearing the school color of red.

(Post photos to Twitter: @HolleyCSD and @Holley_MS_HS)

Lyndonville (March 30-April 3)

“Let’s have some fun together, while staying home and practicing social distancing!” the district states on its website. School administriators will pick a winner each day who will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

Monday: Top Instagram – Post the best Instagram photo you take today making it look like you are on vacation in your own home.

Tuesday: Top TikTok – Post your best original TikTok!

Wednesday: Best Prankster – Happy April Fool’s Day! Post a video or picture of your best prank today. Please make sure your prank is safe! Have some fun with your siblings or parent/guardian!

Thursday: Throwback – Post a picture from your baby or elementary days! Or a picture of you in the best old school clothes you can find in your house.

Friday: LCS Spirit – Post a picture wearing orange and black gear.

(Photos should be posted to LCS social media using the hashtag #LCShomespirit – Facebook: LCS Student Council, Insta: StudentC_LCS, and Twitter: @StudentC_LCS)

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Power fully restored last night in Kendall after utility poles toppled in wind

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 March 2020 at 9:30 am

Photos courtesy of Kim Corcoran

KENDALL – The electricity was fully restored in Kendall at about 1:40 a.m. in Kendall after several utility poles snapped on Kendall Road at 1 p.m. on Friday due to powerful winds.

National Grid had new poles in place and the power back on for all of its customers about 12 hours later, although many customers came back on line much sooner.

About 1,500 National Grid customers initially lost power.

Kim Corcoran took these photos. The poles came down near the Kendall Elementary School.

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1,500 lose power in Kendall after utility poles snapped by wind

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 March 2020 at 3:40 pm

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KENDALL – The powerful wind gusts snapped a series of utility poles on Kendall Road this afternoon at about 1 p.m., knocking out electricity for about 1,500 National Grid customers. This is near the Kendall Elementary School.

The power company said 1,490 customers were without electricity after the poles were snapped. The outage was down to 983 at 3:30 p.m.

National Grid is estimating a full restoration at 4:30 p.m.

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Schools are serving meals for hundreds of students

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 March 2020 at 8:56 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Kendall teachers Tonya Lustumbo (left), a fourth grade teacher, and Amy Conine, a high school math teacher, helped distribute meals on Tuesday at Kendall Junior-Senior High School. The school district served 200 meals on Tuesday.

KENDALL – Three school district provided meals for 800 students on Tuesday. That number will grow today when Holley and Albion start meal programs for students who are home due to schools across the state being shutdown for at least the next two weeks.

Medina on Tuesday provided 490 breakfasts and 490 lunches. Lyndonville served 100 breakfasts and lunches, while Kendall provided 200 “grab and go” meals.

The two Kendall teachers worked together to distribute the meals to families who pulled up in vehicles. Kendall delivered 70 meals to residences while the rest were picked up by parents.

Kendall delivered 70 of the meals, while the other 130 were picked up at the school. The meals are available for any child under the age of 18 who resides in the school district.

“We are taking it day by day in the number needed,” said Julie Christensen, Kendall Central School superintendent. “Families who did not pick up a meal today may do so at a later time. I want to thank our outstanding staff who assisted with preparing the bags, distribution of the bags and managing the planning. We had volunteers from our food service staff, bus drivers, teachers, aides, nurse, clerical, custodial and administrative staff on site assisting with smiles and true compassion for our families.”

In Kendall, families can contact Cindy Wolck at with questions about delivery.

ALBION – Students in the school district (or a parent of an ACS student presenting ID) may pick up meals beginning today. Parents need to fill out a short form available by clicking here so the district can have the right number of meals ready for each location.

Meals will be available Monday through Friday beginning Wednesday at the following locations:.

• Albion Elementary School (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.)

• Oak Orchard Estates (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

• Lydun Drive Extension-Canal Town Commons (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

• Elks’ Lodge (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

• Barre Center Presbyterian Church (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

• Carlton Recreation Hall (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

HOLLEY – Beginning today Holley is providing free “grab and go” meals (breakfast and lunch) to all children ages 18 and under. This food distribution plan will continue for the duration that schools are closed.

Breakfast and lunch meals will both be available at the same time for pick-up from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. our five distribution locations. (Click here to fill out a survey to help the school district prepare meals for each site.)

For questions or concerns about getting access to food, please contact the elementary or junior-senior high school, or the food service office (638-6318 Ext. 2566).

The food distribution sites include:

• Holley Elementary School (back bus loop)

• Clarendon Town Hall (parking lot)

• Thomas Estates (bus stop loop)

• County Line Trailer Park (Gulf Road & County Line Road)

• Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Fire Hall (parking lot)

Look for the Holley school bus at each pick-up site. Staff will be there to assist.

LYNDONVILLE – The district on Tuesday started offering grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches available for all Lyndonville students at no cost. Families may pick up meals via the drop-off loop off Housel Avenue on the campus from 8 a.m. to noon this week. Beginning next week, meal service hours will be from 9 to 11 a.m. If families have transportation needs or questions, call 765-3101 or email

MEDINA – The school district has breakfast and lunch available to students between 11 a.m. and noon each day at the following locations:

• Pine Street Park: corner of Pine Street and Park Avenue

• MAAC Thrift Depot: corner of Starr Street and Orient Street

• Orleans County YMCA Parking Lot: 306 Pearl Street

• Former Towne School Parking Lot: 181 Bates Road

• Shelby Fire Department Parking Lot: 4695 S. Gravel Road

• Knowlesville Volunteer Fire Company Parking Lot: Knowlesville Road

• Oak Orchard Elementary Bus Loop

Students must be present, when possible, to receive their meals, Marc Graff, assistant superintendent, said in a letter to the community.

“We will monitor the distribution process and make any necessary adjustments as needed,” Graff said. “We wish to thank all of our students, families and staff for their understanding and patience as we work through these unprecedented times.”

For more information, click here to be directed to the district’s website.

Provided photo: Kendall staff are pictured in the school cafeteria with meals that were prepared for students on Tuesday.

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Kendall schools make bagged meals available beginning today

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 March 2020 at 8:48 am

KENDALL – The school district is closed until further notice but beginning today will continue to provide meals to students age 18 and younger who reside in the district.

Bagged breakfasts and lunches will be available to all students between 10 a.m. and noon each weekday at the Junior/Senior High School Cafeteria.

Parents are asked to remain in their vehicles and drive around to the back of the school (closest to the varsity soccer field) where a school representative will deliver the meals directly to the vehicle, Julie Christensen, the district superintendent, advised the community in a letter on Monday.

If a parent or guardian is unable to pick up the breakfast/lunch, contact Cindy Wolck at 659-8317 to have meals regularly delivered to a residence.

Kendall will have a school representative be responsible for recording the family name and the number of meals issued to each family. Christensen said parents need to be prepared to share their child’s name at the time of pickup.

“On behalf of the staff at KCSD, we are thankful for the support of our families and students during this challenging time,” Christensen wrote in her letter. “The district will monitor the distribution process throughout the week and make any necessary adjustments as needed.”

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Kendall also closes town offices to public

Posted 16 March 2020 at 1:25 pm

From Tony Cammarata, Kendall Town Supervisor

KENDALL – Due to the rapidly escalation of the COVID-19, coronarvirus, the Kendall Town Hall and highway department offices will be closed to the public.

The Kendall town clerk will be available by appointment only. Please phone (585) 659-8721 or email:

Town meetings will temporarily be closed to the public as permitted by Governor Cuomo’s executive order 202, which modifies the rules of open meetings.

Please deposit any necessary documents in the drop box, located by the front door. Include your name and phone number so we can contact you if necessary.

We regret this decision. In the best interest of our community it has become necessary to help prevent the spread of the virus. This is a routine precautionary measure and not a cause for panic.

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Kendall closing school beginning on Monday until further notice

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 March 2020 at 3:10 pm

All 22 school districts in Monroe County will be closed

Photo by Tom Rivers: Kendall Central School will be closed beginning on Monday.

Kendall Central School will be closed beginning Monday until further notice.

The closing also means no sports practices or extracurricular events. Kendall announced the news in automated phone calls to the community at 3 p.m.

The district said it will provide updates on its website and through social media.

All 22 public school districts in Monroe County also will be closed until further notice, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said this afternoon.

He made the announcement following the second confirmed case of coronavirus in Monroe, this time involving an employee at the Greece arcadia Middle School.

Here is the statement issued by Bello this afternoon:

“After consultation with Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Mendoza and the Superintendents of all 22 Monroe County School Districts, all Monroe County public schools will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice.

“Staff may be asked to report depending on the individual district needs.

“This closing includes all school-related activities, including sports and other extracurricular activities.

“Each individual school district will share more specific information regarding their plans for food, social supports, remote instruction, and other operational procedures with their individual communities.

“The Monroe County Health Department and school leaders will be reviewing this on a week-to-week basis — and providing an update by midday Friday.

“The City of Rochester will be announcing its efforts regarding food distribution and support for children and families tomorrow morning at a 10 a.m. press conference at the Emergency Operations Center.”

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Kendall hosts 250 students for All-County Music Festival

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 March 2020 at 10:24 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – Benjamin Davis served as the guest conductor of the elementary band during Saturday’s All-County Music Festival at Kendall. The band included 73 students from Albion, Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville and Medina school districts.

Davis is the band director at the East Aurora Union Free School District. He also is a composer and arranger of band music.

Elementary students perform at the All-County Music Festival. The band performed four selections, including “Quintus” by Larry Clark, “Maesong” by William Owens, “Drive” by Mark Williams and “Sing, Sing, Sing” arranged by Michael Story.

Jillian LeBaron of Albion plays the trombone for the elementary band. Each of the five school districts sent some of their top musicians for the festival.

Saturday’s event included 73 students for the elementary band, 93 in the junior high chorus and 75 students in the high school band. There was also an All-County Music Festival last month that featured the elementary chorus, junior high band and high school chorus.

The festivals are organized by the Orleans County Music Educators Association.

Jacqueline McLean served as guest conductor for the junior high chorus. She has taught the past 11 years at Le Roy, leading the junior and senior high choir programs.

The junior high chorus performed five songs – “Cantar! (Sing!),” “I Dream a World,” “Festival Sanctus,” “Mairi’s Wedding” and “You Will Be Found.”

Elaina Huntington of Medina sings a solo during the festival with the junior high chorus. Elizabeth Whipple of Lyndonville and Ryder Jones of Medina also were soloists.

Staff Sergeant Joshua Meyer directs the senior high band. Meyer is a trumpet player with the 198thArmy Band. He has been a member of that band for eight years and toured with them in Alaska, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina and Hawaii.

The senior high band performed “America, The Beautiful,” “John Williams: The Symphonic Marches,” “Children’s March” and “March: Grandioso.”

Dan Grabowski of Albion plays the trumpet in the senior high band.

Staff Sergeant Joshua Meyer addresses the crowd. He thanked the parents and school districts for supporting the students and music in the schools.

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Girl Scouts in Kendall decorate cookies, paint pots with Hospice residents

Staff Reports Posted 4 March 2020 at 12:13 pm

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ALBION – Girl Scouts from Troops 82257 and 82127 in Kendall spent Saturday afternoon at the Martin-Linsin Residence for Hospice of Orleans County. The Scouts teamed with residents to decorate chocolate dipped cookies and paint clay pots to plant succulents in.

Bottom row, from left, include: Ava Newbould, Peyton Shuler, Jemma Nash and Mallory Holt. Back row: Abby Robb, Julianna Newbould, Abrielle Shuler, Kendall Newbould and Riannon Newbould.

These Scouts get prepared to paint the clay pots. They include, from left: Peyton Shuler, Jemma Nash, Mallory Holt, Julianna Newbould and Abby Robb.

Julianna Newbould and Peyton Shuler help a resident transplant a succulent plant.

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Kendall Scouts thank bricklayers union for help with war memorial

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 February 2020 at 2:48 pm

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KENDALL – The four Boy Scouts from Kendall who led the effort to build a war memorial in the community on Monday thanked a bricklayers union for its help with the project.

Jason ReQua of Kendall is secretary-treasurer with the union, BAC #3, in Rochester. He helped build the 39-foot-long brick wall. Other union members who helped and provided guidance with the project include organizer Robert Sotir, JATC Coordinator Arthur Miller and previous Local 3 President Anthony DiPerna.

Pictured include front row, from left: Brian Shaw, Jayden Pieniaszek, Secretary/Treasurer Jason ReQua, Noah Rath and Ryan Barrett. Back row: JATC Coordinator Art Miller, President-Rick Williamson, organizer Robert Sotir and Kendall Troop 94 Scoutmaster Ken Spohr.

The 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 five branches of the military. In addition, there are three flagpoles that stand tall behind the brick wall. The memorial is respectfully lit from dusk to dawn.

The Eagle Scouts presented BAC Local #3 with a granite plaque as a thank you for contributing to the community service project.

Founded in 1865, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers represents craftworkers in the trowel trades across the United States and Canada including bricklayers, stone and marble masons, cement masons, plasterers, tilesetters, terrazzo and mosaic workers, and pointers/cleaners/caulkers.

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