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Kendall students compete in Legion’s oratorical contest

Staff Reports Posted 16 November 2018 at 8:51 am

Photo courtesy of Kendall Central School

KENDALL – Five students competed in the American Legion’s Oratorical Conetst at the school on Wednesday. The students who competed include, seated, from left: Victoria Weed, Olivia Reed, Lizzie Sutphen, Hailee Mitchell and Noah Rath.

They are pictured with local veterans and supporters, as well as Kendall High School Principal Carol D’Agostino (left) and Katie Driesel, AP US history teacher, right. Some of the others in the photo include Charles Eberhardt, Robert Miller, John Kenney, Urb Bennett, Sharon Bennett, John Heise, Donna McGee, Alfred Pulcino III and John Pera.

Noah Rath won first place with Olivia Reed in 2nd place, and Hailee Mitchell in 3rd place. They will advance to the county competition next month in Medina.

The students need to give an 8-10 minute prepared speech on the U.S. Constitution and citizen duties and obligations to the government.

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Kendall gives state champion soccer team a huge welcome home

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 November 2018 at 7:28 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – A throng of Kendall community members welcomes home the 2018 Class D state girls soccer champions just before 5 p.m. today at the Kendall Junior-Senior High School.

The Kendall girls won the first team state title in the school’s history today, after defeating Fort Ann 1-0 in a game at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Many fire trucks from Kendall, Holley, Fancher-Hulberton-Murray and Hamlin escorted the team back to the school. The caravan of fire trucks met the team on Route 104 at Redman Road and led them back to the school with detours to Morton and some of the side roads, to extend the trip.

Kendall was going to escort the team back with a fire truck, even if they lost in the semi-finals on Saturday. After winning that game and then taking the championship today, the other neighboring departments joined in the celebration brigade.

“It’s a great way to celebrate the girls,” said Mike Kludt, one of the Kendall fire commissioners.

Fire Chief Mike Schultz put out the call to the volunteer firefighters, “and there was no shortage of drivers,” Kludt said.

Nick Schicker, a member of the fire police for the Kendall FD, helped with traffic control. He has been following the team, which is powered by many underclassmen.

“To pull that off at that young age is impressive,” Schicker said.

The team joins for a cheer in the school cafeteria, where a large crowd celebrated the state title.

Pam Barchet, the Kendall coach, joins the team in thanking the community for their support. About 200 Kendall fans attended the games for the state tournament, wearing Kendall blue and cheering on the team with pom poms and cow bells.

“There was a whole sea of blue in the stands and that really pushed us to make you proud,” she said told the community gathered in the school cafeteria, where a celebration cake was consumed.

Nick Picardo, the school’s athletic director, is next to Barchet. He noted the state championship was the first team title for Kendall. He said the championship will inspire more teams to push more teams to strive for excellence.

“This is the beginning of a resurrection for Kendall sports,” he said.

Roosevelt Bouie, in back behind Barchet, hustled home to Kendall to welcome the team back. Bouie works as a TV analyst covering Syracuse University basketball games. Bouie is a former Syracuse star. The 1976 Kendall graduate also played on four Sectional winning teams for Kendall. Those teams might have won the state title but the season stopped at Sectionals when he played.

Bouie said he still remembers the fire trucks welcoming home the Sectional champs in the 1970s.

“In Kendall the whole town comes out to support you,” he said.

He had to hurry this afternoon to get back to Kendall to be part of the homecoming for the new state champs today. The team arrived about 4:45 p.m.

“This is Kendall, where it all started for me,” said Bouie, holding a blue cow bell to show the team his support.

The bus carrying the team pulls into the main entrance at Kendall with many fire trucks following.

“It was just amazing,” Julie Coble, one of the team’s players, said about the fire truck escort and the cheering crowd that awaited at the school.

The players step off the bus and are basked in praise from the crowd.

Carol D’Agostino, right, takes a video of the team getting off the bus with the crowd giving them an enthusiastic welcome. D’Agostino had tears watching the team and community at the welcome home celebration.

She said about 200 Kendall community members attended each of the weekend games, with the Kendall crowd outnumbering the fans for the other team for the championship. Kendall also sent a spectator bus for both games on the weekend.

She praised the four fire departments for welcoming home the team.

“This is a big deal for our community,” D’Agostino said about the win.

The awards for the team are proudly displayed for winning the Genesee Region League, Regional Champions for Class D, Sectionals and the State Championship.

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Kendall gives girls soccer team a big sendoff for state tournament

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 November 2018 at 11:44 am

Photos courtesy of Carol D’Agostino

KENDALL – The Kendall varsity girls soccer team is headed to the state soccer tournament. The team was celebrated this morning with a pep rally at the high school. The players then walked the halls of the elementary school where students cheered for them and handed them good luck posters.

The top photo shows Lizzie Sutphen, right, and Hailee Mitchell headed down the halls with very enthusiastic elementary students clapping and cheering.

“We’re so proud of our girls,” said Carol D’Agostino, the high school principal. “The team has represented the school in such a positive light. They are true ambassadors for our school.”

The soccer team gets together during the pep rally.

Kendall won the Class D Far West Regional soccer championship Saturday with a thrilling 1-0 victory over North Collins at Webster Thomas High School. Hailee Mitchell’s team leading 27th goal of the season with just 3:48 remaining earned Kendall the victory sent the Lady Eagles to the state semifinals for the first time since 2003.

Kendall will face Central Regional champion Cincinnatus High from Section III in the semis at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Homer High School near Cortland. Kendall is 16-5 and Cincinnatus 19-0-1. Cincinnatus edged Downsville (Section IV) 1-0 in the Central Regional. The other state semi will match Fort Ann (Section II) vs. Parishville-Hopinton (Section X). The state championship game will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Thompkins Cortland Community College.

Students and staff cheer for the team during the pep rally.

Lizzie Sutphen, left, and Kiersten Rodas, right, join their team in boarding the bus.

The Kendall team includes seven freshmen, five sophomores, four juniors and only three seniors. This is Kendall’s first trip to the state semis since 2003, when coach Pam Barchett was a player.

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Kendall FD uses donations to upgrade cobblestone meeting hall, truck

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 November 2018 at 12:22 pm

Photos courtesy of Eric Maxon: The cobblestone building next to the Kendall fire hall has new windows paid for by donations to the fire department.

KENDALL – The Kendall Fire Department would like to thank the Kendall community for its financial support from a recent fund drive, said Eric Maxon, treasurer for the Fire Department.

About 300 people responded to a May letter campaign. Those donations allowed the department to do $9,400 worth of improvement projects.

That includes new windows at the cobblestone meeting hall by the fire department and new windows in the kitchen. The window project cost about $4,600, Maxon said. The department is also getting quotes for new cement on the cobblestone on the front that building.

Kendall also a put new cap and sliding floor on the back of the 1981 pickup truck to carry more equipment. Kendall uses this vehicle for smaller calls. The truck repairs for $4,800 were also funded with donations, Maxon said.

Donations for the ambulance went for a $2,400 engine repair and for supplies and general upkeep on the ambulance.

Maxon said the department welcomes more volunteers for the ambulance squad. Kendall is one of the few non-charging ambulances in the county. Anyone with interest in being a medic can check the department website for more information. An application can be downloaded. Or people can call the firehall at 585-659-8082 and leave a message

Maxon said the department will likely send out another letter seeking donations in May. The firefighters appreciate the support which allows them to maintain the firehall and equipment.

“We live in a very giving community,” Maxon said.

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A special gift at Kendall’s Homecoming

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2018 at 9:42 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Saturday’s annual Homecoming celebration at Kendall was a special one for members of the Eagles Class of 1988 as they donated three picnic tables to the school in memory of a trio of their deceased classmates – Pat Regan, Mike Hart and Kevin Banker. Their names are engraved on the tables. Shown here seated at the table at the left are the family of Kevin Banker including Heather Banker, Sharon Bennett, Urb Bennett, Meghan Snyder, Libby Snyder, Laura Snyder, Rebecca Banker and Bradley Snyder along with members of the Class of 1988 including Connie Herring, Patricia Urguhart, Doug Urguhart, Chris Stock, Michelle Barrett and Mark Porter. Seated at the table at the right are the family of Pat Regan including  Rosanne Regan, Heather Regan, Jenna Regan, Britney Regan, Kailie Regan and Marie Tisack along with the following members of the Class of 1988 Members of the class of 1988 Connie Herring, Patricia Urquhart, Doug Urguhart, Chris Stock, Michelle Barrett and Mark Porter. Editor’s Note: This article was updated to correct the last names for four of people in the photo.

A closeup view of the plaques honoring the deceased members of the Kendall Class of 1988.

Kendall hosts screening of documentary film about barn quilts

Provided photo: Donna Sue Groves and her mother Nina Maxine Groves are pictured at the barn quilt trail in Adams County, Ohio, which started a movement on barn quilt trails, including in Kendall.

Posted 14 September 2018 at 4:41 pm

Press Release, Orleans County Tourism

Julianne Donofrio

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.

Photo courtesy of Lynne Menz: About 300 students at Kendall Junior-Senior High School watched “Pieced Together” this morning at the school. The film’s director, Julianne Donofrio, discussed the film with students. There will be another showing of the film on Saturday at the school as part of the Orleans County Heritage Festival. The screening is brought to the public by Partyka Farms, Orleans County Tourism and the GCC Student History Club.

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Marine Corps vets donate to school supplies to Kendall Elementary

Staff Reports Posted 14 September 2018 at 3:31 pm

Provided photo

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.

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School resource officers named for Kendall, Lyndonville

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 August 2018 at 10:55 am

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.

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Wallace Higgins, Tuskegee Airman from Kendall, dies at 92

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 August 2018 at 8:07 am

‘America has lost one of its true heroes’

File photo: Wallace “Wally” Higgins addresses the Kendall Lions Club in June 2015. He was a member of the Alfred Lions Club for more than 50 years.

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.

Wallace Higgins is pictured with State Sen. Cathy Young when he was honored at Albany in May 2015 when he was indicted into the Veterans Hall of Fame.

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.

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Kendall High School will host active shooter training exercise on Saturday

Staff Reports Posted 1 August 2018 at 7:20 am

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.

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