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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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Kendall’s Katherine Pearson named DAR ‘Good Citizen’

Staff Reports Posted 3 February 2020 at 4:04 pm

Photo courtesy of Kendall Central School

KENDALL – Kendall High School senior Katherine Pearson was selected as the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen of the Orleans Chapter. She demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. She is pictured at left with Principal Carol D’Agostino.

The award includes a $200 scholarship. Pearson was required to write an essay about participating in Empire Girls State program. The focus of the scholarship is patriotism and being proud to be an American.

Pearson is an active student. She is a three-sport varsity athlete (soccer, basketball and softball). She also is an officer in the Principal’s Club, vice president of AFS, performs in the musical, and she sings in the school’s elite choral group, Vocal Effect.

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Kendall 4th-grade teacher receives Golden Apple Award from WROC

Posted 3 February 2020 at 11:53 am

Press Release and photos from Kendall Central School

KENDALL – Kendall fourth grade teacher Justin Staebell recently received a Golden Apple Award. He was surprised by WROC-TV (Channel 8) News Anchor Lia Lando on Jan. 9 with his award.

Justin Staebell is pictured with Anthony Seymour, who nominated his teacher for the award.

The Golden Apple Award recognizes teachers making a difference in their communities. The segment airs weekly on WROC-TV and Staebell’s episode aired on Jan. 21. Click here to see it.

Staebell was nominated for the award by student Anthony Seymour. Anthony, with the help of his mother, nominated Staebell for helping him make the transition to a new school and classroom easier.

“Anthony’s ability to talk to everyone in class helped him fit in this year,” said Staebell. “He came in with a smile every day and ready to learn, so he made his own transition easy.”

Staebell was very surprised to receive the award. He said the last time a teacher at Kendall Elementary School received this award was close to 20 years ago, but he thought that would be a nice goal to achieve for himself someday. He comes from a family of educators and has five children of his own.

“This award is just as much about the kids the teacher has as the teacher himself,” he said.

He told his class the story of a student that he tutored every day one summer.

“She hated it and would cry every day,” he said. “She really struggled that year.”

He recently ran into her parent, who told him how she was getting ready to graduate college this year and become a nurse.

“Her father told me, ‘You made her feel like she could do it, and she has,’” he said. “That story makes me feel great to know that I had an impact on her. I am so proud of her.”

Staebell is often asked by graduating seniors to attend their commencement ceremonies, which demonstrates the impact he has on students who have long left his fourth grade class.

At the January Student of the Month assembly, Principal Heather Eysaman presented Staebell with an actual golden apple.

“I’m just one of the apples on a golden tree here at Kendall Elementary,” he told the audience.

WROC-TV (Channel 8) News Anchor Lia Lando visited Mr. Staebell’s fourth grade classroom.

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Kendall Lions served nearly 1,100 chicken dinners in benefit on Saturday

Posted 3 February 2020 at 8:40 am

Photos courtesy of Helen Unterborn: Kendall Lions Club members Cary Wright, Doug Urquhart and Kyle Sayler cook the chicken halves on Saturday during the Lions Club’s annual Chicken BBQ.

Press Release, Kendall Lions Club

KENDALL – It was a bustle of activity and high energy at the Kendall United Methodist Church on Saturday as the Kendall Lions Club demonstrated the club’s motto, “We Serve.” The Lions held their annual Winter Chicken BBQ to aid a community member in need.

This year’s recipient is Phil Haight, who suffered a severe head injury from a fall in October. Phil is very active in the community serving in the Kendall Fire Department and several years as a Lion. This year Phil’s contributions to our annual auction to benefit the food cupboard netted over $500.

Lions Club member Phil D’Agostino gives Leos Club members from Kendall Central School some instruction on how to serve at the drive-through.

The Chicken BBQ is led by Lion Phil D’Agostino along with the active support of the Lions, Leos and community members who sell advance tickets and prepare the meal. Thursday, Lions met at the school to prep the cabbage for the salad and beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday the Lions were out in full force at the BBQ pit cooking over 1,100 chicken halves.

Inside the church hall Lions and Leos worked to package the dinners and distribute almost 1,100 dinners in two hours. Community members were able to drive through and receive the meals, often adding an extra donation to the cause. Any remaining dinners were donated to several families in the community.

The Kendall Lions is truly appreciative of the community for their outstanding support and the service provided by our Lion and Leo members as we again offered support to a community member in need.

Lions Club members Bob Furness, Dan Peckham and Randy Unterborn along with Greg Speer prepare the dinners.

Julie Bunn and Barb Bartkowiak, both Lions Club members, bag over 1,000 dinner rolls.

Community member Blaine Young and Lions Bob Gaylord and Rob Fagan turn the chickens.

Lions Candy Minigiello, Craig Herman and Randy Unterborn prep the cabbage. Craig also has been in charge of cooking the salt potatoes for most BBQs.

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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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