Lyndonville/Yates

Lyndonville will host PreK/kindergarten registration during July 4th celebration

Posted 18 June 2021 at 11:35 am

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

LYNDONVILLE – Lyndonville Central School will be hosting a pre-kindergarten/kindergarten registration and information event on Monday, July 4, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the Lyndonville 4th of July celebration.

Staff will be available in the lawn in front of the school (Main Street location) to help families/students sign up for the 2021-22 school year and gather contact information for younger children in the community. Staff will also answer questions about Lyndonville’s PreK and kindergarten programs, complete craft projects and read stories to children.

The district received a NYB5 Transition grant from the NYS Department of Child & Family Services to help fund this outreach program.

Lyndonville is currently accepting registrations for both their PreK and kindergarten 2021-22 programs. If you are a resident of LCSD and your child will be 3, 4 or 5 by December 1, 2021, they are eligible to enroll. For more information, please see the district’s website: Lyndonville Central School District (lyndonvillecsd.org) or call (585) 765-3122.

This project is supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDGB5), Grant Number 90TP005902, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

Top 10 grads at 4 districts recognized with return of banquet

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 June 2021 at 12:36 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

LYNDONVILLE – Four school districts in Orleans County recognized the Top 10 graduates at a banquet on Tuesday evening at the White Birch Golf Course. This is the 35th annual Academic Excellence Awards celebration in the county.

The top photo shows five of Medina’s top graduates, including from left: Carina Kingsbury, Hannah Kenward, Carter Green, Alwyn Cayea and Brooklyn Brown.

Each of the Top 10 students received a medallion and certificate for their academic achievements. These medallions were presented to the Medina students.

Last year’s Top 10 banquet was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The banquet recognized the top students at Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville and Medina school districts. Albion does a separate honors convocation where students with a cumulative GPA of 90 percent or higher are recognized.

This year’s banquet for the Top 10 was scaled down with no keynote address or presentations from state legislators and other dignitaries. Organizers were trying to keep attendance below 150 to avoid proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.

The Top 10 graduates at the four districts include:

  • Holley: Karl Biedlingmaier, Amya-Omar Cancino, Kasey DeFrank, Andrew Drechsel, Brandi Heffernan, Erin Kelly, Allyson Skehan, Hayley Skidmore, Annalise Tinkous and Callie Updike.
  • Kendall: Grace Allen, Willow Clark, Kylie Davenport, Jacob Esposito, Madison Jacob, MacKenzie Jenks, Ethan Kuhn, Lauren Miller, Joseph Nettles, Karlee Robb and Brianna Wakefield.
  • Lyndonville: Alexander Barry, Olivia Braley, Nathan Dillenbeck, Lynlee Hong, Dylan Jisa, Erin Kiefer, Emma Maynard, Zayda Moyle, Cameron Paniccia and Sydney Wilson.
  • Medina: Suvi Biesinger, Brooklyn Brown, Alwyn Cayea, Carter Green, Hannah Kenward, Carina Kingsbury, Emma Roush, Evie Schultz, Sydney Watts, Amanda Woodruff and FaithAnn Vanderwalker.

These students from left include: Brianna Wakefield, Karlee Robb, Joseph Nettles, Lauren Miller, Ethan Kuhn, MacKenzie Jenks and Madison Jacob.

Grace Allen is presented her medallion by Julie Christensen, the district superintendent at Kendall.

Lyndonville’s Top 10 are recognized at the banquet at the White Birch Golf Course.

Nate Dillenbeck, Lyndonville’s valedictorian, accepts his medallion and certificate for his academic excellence.

Amya-Omar Cancino of Holley is congratulated by Brian Bartalo, Holley’s district superintendent.

Lyndonville district honors nurse, 2 teachers as staff member and educators of the year

Photos by Tom Rivers: These three were recognized by the school district on Monday. Jennifer Trupo (left) and Dan Dragula were named educators of the year, and Mary Bateson-Kurz, the school nurse who was named staff member of the year.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 June 2021 at 11:36 am

LYNDONVILLE – The school district on Monday honored a nurse as staff member of the year and two teachers as educators of the year.

Mary Bateson-Kurz – dedicated school nurse the past 20 years

Mary Bateson-Kurz, the school nurse the past 20 years, was named the first recipient of the staff member of the year. She has always been a dedicated nurse for Lyndonville students, but took on an even bigger role this past school year during the Covid-19 pandemic, said Jason Smith, the district superintendent.

She was praised for being “a calming influence in the storm” and an “essential member” of the district’s team that makes safety decisions for the schools. Bateson-Kurz sorted through ever-changing regulations from the state and made those guidelines understandable to students, parents, faculty and staff, said Sharon Smith, the district’s director of instruction and student services.

Bateson-Kurz responds to numerous emails, voicemails and texts from parents and staff, often on weekends and in the evenings.

The school nurse position has become more demanding with changing mandates and regulations from the state and federal governments, and some students with complex health needs, said Dr. Aaron Slack, middle-high school principal.

Bateson-Kurz assumed a leadership role with the district the past year, handling an increased workload and stress with “a calm, wise and supportive voice amidst the ever-shifting myriad of bureaucratic guidance and directives related to COVID safety and reopening,” Slack wrote in his nomination for her.

Bateson-Kurz , in accepting the award, thanked parents for their cooperation in the past year. They screened their children before sending them to school, and kept them home if they had Covid symptoms. She acknowledged the challenges for families when students needed to stay home if they were determined to be a close contact with someone who had Covid.

She praised the district staff for their increased efforts with keeping the school clean this past year.

“It has been a community effort,” she said about fighting the spread of Covid and keeping the schools open all year for in-person classes.

Bateson-Kurz will receive a $500 grant from the district for receiving the award. She will use that towards the cost of buying an audiometer which can help screen children as young as 3 for hearing acuity. It performs the test in English and Spanish.

Jennifer Trupo – Lyndonville grad connects with students at her alma mater as music teacher

Jennifer Trupo was recognized as one of two educators of the year. A music teacher, she works with elementary and high school students as K-12 vocal and general music teacher. She also directs the high school music in a combined production with Lyndonville and Medina students.

Kristina Best, a Lyndonville music teacher, was among the nominees for Trupo. Best said her colleague is resilient and “the most positive person I know.” Trupo has brought stability to the music program, and allowed students to flourish, Best said.

“One of the things that sets Jen apart is her incredible ability to connect with students at all levels,” Best said. She can be teaching kindergarten one period and high school the next, and she does it flawlessly.”

Several students also nominated Trupo for the educator of the year. Brian Cunningham, a senior, has been in the chorus, musicals and select chorus for many years with Trupo. He said he is grateful he has had the privilege of being her student.

“She has an unbelievable ability to reach out to even the most close-minded student and inspire them to put their best foot forward and help them to be the best version of themselves they can be,” Cunningham said in his nomination letter. “Mrs. Trupo is a daily inspiration to not only me, but to countless other students and teachers.”

Alissa Klinetob, another student, said Trupo “is a smiling face in the halls and a ray of sunshine through school.”

Trupo was awarded $1,000 for winning the award and she said she would use it to purchase ukuleles for her students.

She praised many of her former teachers when she was a student at Lyndonville. They were the role models for her to pursue teaching.

She has built a level of trust with her students where they feel comfortable taking risks and expressing themselves.

“I go out of my way every day to show and tell my students that I care about them as people and that they are loved by me, and in turn they respond to me because they know it to be true,” Trupo said. “I would have zero success in the classroom if this wasn’t the case.”

Dan Dragula – science teacher praised for use of humor, creative class lessons

Dan Dragula teaches physics and astronomy at Lyndonville. He also is a class advisor and happily helps build sets for the school musical, and is a go-to person with sound, electrical, lights and technology.

Dragula received numerous nomination letters from current and former students, who praised his use of humor, creative experiments and passion in helping the students to understand complex concepts.

Dragula has been teaching at Lyndonville since 2013. He said he struggled in the beginning and didn’t feel like students were understanding the material. He continues to modify his teaching style, looking for ways to engage all students.

He was praised by the district for being a highly effective teacher, even with students who have been remote during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He was nominated for the award by Kristina Best, a music teacher, who called him “the epitome of a caring educator.” He is also a great resource to the other teachers.

“He helps anyone and everyone, and he truly wants to see if teacher succeed,” Best said. “He wants to help out simply for the joy of helping others and giving our students the best possible experience during their school careers.”

Parents also nominated Dragula and praised him for using a positive attitude and humor, as well as technology to help the students learn.

Jacob Corser, a senior, said Dragula is much more than a physics and science teacher. He fixes broken Chromebooks, builds sets and works on the light configurations at musicals.

“He gives so much of himself while still being an amazing teacher and person,” Corser said in his nomination letter. “I’m beyond grateful for all he has done for the school, my life and the lives of the students.”

Dragula said his focus for students isn’t just memorizing facts and formulas. Like Trupo, he wants students to feel safe to take risks in class and not be afraid of failure.

“My desire isn’t that I produce mindless robots with extensive scientific knowledge,” Dragula said. “I want smart, thoughtful, ethical students that use their knowledge and learning to better their lives and the lives of those around them.”

Retiring teacher grateful for career at Lyndonville

Jeff Gress is retiring after 29 years as a teacher and coach at Lyndonville.

The school district also recognized Jeff Gress on his impending retirement after 29 years at Lyndonville. He was hired as a technology teacher in 1992, and was a dedicated coach in wrestling, volleyball and track and field. He was also a GCC approved instructor, teaching Lyndonville students engineering and architectural drawing classes.

Gress was always willing to take on new challenges for the district, said Jason Smith, the district superintendent.

Two years ago he led Lyndonville’s new FFA chapter. He has served on other district committees and has brought a servant’s heart to the position while setting high expectations for students and athletes, Smith said.

Gress said he is happy his career was spent at Lyndonville.

“I love our district,” he said. “I love everything about it.”

• Lyndonville also awarded tenure to teachers Alisha Duffina and Maegan Suhr

Millennium Roads working with authorities to determine cause of fatal accident

Posted 13 June 2021 at 9:10 am

‘We are overcome by grief and appreciate the support of those who have reached out to us.’

Press Release from Millennium Roads

YATES – On the morning of June 8th, a tragic incident occurred at the headquarters of Millennium Roads. As a result of this accident, one man lost his life, and another remains in critical condition.

The men were servicing a tanker truck when the accident occurred. The tanker had been used to transport Lignin, a byproduct of paper production that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation defines as a non-hazardous substance.

There were no witnesses at the scene therefore existing news reports cannot be substantiated. No further information is available at this time as authorities are still conducting an open inquiry into the cause of the incident.

The principals of Millennium Roads have issued following statement:

While the investigation into the cause of this tragedy is ongoing, we are providing the information we do have to the public at this time.

In the process of flushing out a tanker, Keegan Bayne (19) and Chase Johnson (35) were somehow overcome for a reason that has yet to be determined.

We are devastated that Keegan passed away at the scene. Chase Johnson, the operations manager for Millennium, was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

To Keegan Bayne’s family and loved ones, words cannot express the depth of sadness we feel for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The status of Chase Johnson’s condition will be updated by his wife via social media only.

Everyone at Millennium Roads is working diligently with authorities to determine the cause of this tragic accident. We are overcome by grief and appreciate the support of those who have reached out to us. Thank you for keeping both families in your thoughts and prayers.

We ask the media for the time and respect to grieve and process this terrible tragedy.” – Jeff and Lynne Johnson, owners of Millennium Roads

Save Ontario Shores urges opposition to wind turbines in lakes Ontario, Erie

Posted 7 June 2021 at 1:04 pm

Press Release, Save Ontario Shores, Inc.

YATES – Save Ontario Shores, Inc., the grassroots organization opposed to plans to erect dozens of massive industrial wind turbines in the lakeshore communities of Somerset and Yates, is calling on members of the public to take part in The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Great Lakes Wind Feasibility Study Public Feedback Session.

The virtual event will be held Wednesday, June 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Registration for the event is required – click here.)

“How many towns, marinas, boaters, and those in the tourism business along Lake Ontario and Lake Erie are aware of a feasibility study to look at the possibility of placing industrial wind turbines in the lakes Ontario and Erie?” asked SOS President Pam Atwater. “As we speak with stakeholders we realize that most are not aware of this study. It is crucial for residents to voice their concerns about the negative impacts this project will have on the quality of life for lakeshore residents.”

“In Somerset we are particularly concerned as one of the locations where transmission lines could come onshore would be at the Somerset Beowulf property where they would use the existing transmission lines,” Atwater said. “That would put the turbines right off our shore. New York State has an expansive amount of Great Lakes shoreline and it is an enormous resource to the local economy. Millions have been spent over the past decade to restore the Great Lakes environment. Now the state is spending a million dollars to decide if it is feasible to industrialize it! And as is standard practice in New York, the rural communities and businesses who would be most impacted are not brought to the table.”

According to NYSERDA: “The study will consider existing and emerging technologies for fixed and floating turbines (including icing considerations unique to the Great Lakes), new technology development timelines, geospatial conditions, resource assessment, regulatory processes, permitting requirements and risks, potential conflicts, costs and economic opportunities, electrical infrastructure, and overall cost-reduction pathways.”

“The fact that floating turbines are not likely due to ice issues, means that development would be limited to lake depths of 197 feet or less until new technologies emerge,” Atwater said. “This would still allow for offshore wind development throughout much of New York’s Lake Erie waters, but limit development to within a couple miles of shore within New York’s Lake Ontario waters.”

An August 2020 survey commissioned by SOS found 83 percent of Somerset and Yates respondents opposed to plans by the state to allow for installation of industrial wind turbines up to 10 miles off the shores of Lake Erie and one to two miles off Lake Ontario’s shores.

“These distances are far less than the 30 miles offered to shoreline areas off Long Island,” said SOS Vice President Kate Kremer. “If these offshore industrial wind projects are allowed to proceed, they will have a devastating impact on eco-tourism, fishing and boating, and recreation which people now enjoy in an unencumbered manner.”

Residents can also email NYSERDA with their feedback about the feasibility study: greatlakeswind@nyserda.ny.gov.

To see the link to NYSERDA’s feasibility study, click here.

Lyndonville students win rural schools’ video contest

Posted 5 June 2021 at 8:16 am

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

The video intersperses photos with student-drawn maps of local landmarks and organizations, including the Lyndonville Fire Department. Other sites are also featured, including the popular Shoe Tree.

LYNDONVILLE – Lyndonville’s fifth and sixth-grade art students won first place in the Rural School Association’s Video Contest: “Our School, Our Community.”

Thirty students in Amanda LeClair’s art class worked together to create the award-winning video.

“As a class we had just finished working on artistic maps of Lyndonville, inspired by artist Aaron Meshon,” said LeClair. “When we saw the theme of the RSA Video Contest, we thought our maps would fit perfectly.”

The class developed a script and each student had an opportunity to record their voice describing special places in Lyndonville that make their school and community great. The colorful maps they created in art class were featured along with pictures of the actual destinations.

Representatives from RSA will be attending Lyndonville’s Elementary Awards Ceremony on June 18 to present certificates and a $500 check.

Click here for a link to Lyndonville’s first place winning video.

Lyndonville’s 4th of July celebration will include arts & crafts, live music

Posted 1 June 2021 at 10:08 am

Fireworks will go on, but parade cancelled until next year

Press Release, Lyndonville Lions Club

Photo by Tom Rivers: Bruce Schmidt and Lyndonville Lions Club members serve chicken barbecue dinners on July 4, 2019. This year’s dinner will be take-out only, but people are welcome to bring a lawn chair and eat on the school lawn and enjoy live music.

LYNDONVILLE – With newly updated state Covid regulations, the Lyndonville Lions Club is able to release additional details regarding this year’s schedule 4th of July festivities to take place in Lyndonville.

The spectacular fireworks show remains scheduled with a start time of 10 p.m. The Lyndonville Lions want everyone to know that this year’s fireworks show will consist exclusively of “high shots.”

This will allow spectators to view the fireworks from virtually anywhere in and around the village. Importantly, this variation allows spectators to remain in or on their personal vehicles, practice social distancing and still enjoy the fireworks to their full extent. The length of this year’s show, the largest in the region, remains the same as in previous years.

Additionally, the Lyndonville Lions will be serving 500 chicken barbecue dinners beginning at 1 p.m. on July 4th. Due to rising food costs, this year’s dinners will be $12 each. Pre-sale chicken barbeque tickets may be purchased from any member of the Lyndonville Lion’s Club as well as at the Lyndonville Branch of M&T Bank at the corner of South Main Street and Maple Avenue in Lyndonville.

This year’s chicken barbecue will begin serving at 1 p.m. from the cafeteria area at Lyndonville Central School and will be takeout/drive-thru only. Diners are encouraged, however, to bring a blanket or portable chairs and enjoy their dinner on the school grounds while also enjoying several live music performances taking place there.

The Lyndonville Lions will also open their fundraising hotdog stand on the school grounds and will be serving hotdogs and refreshments beginning at 11 a.m. until sold out. The daily festivities will once again include an extensive Arts & Crafts Show featuring handcrafted items from local vendors. The Arts & Crafts Show will be held on the front lawn of Lyndonville Central School and runs all day.

As reported earlier, despite the recent relaxation of Covid restrictions, the Main Street Parade remains cancelled for this year with the expectation of its return next year. It is the hope of the Lions Club that NY State regulations/guidelines will be relaxed further prior to July 4th.

The Lyndonville Lions remind everyone to stay safe and request that everyone follow state Covid guidelines at the time for safety and social distancing.

POW/MIA table in Lyndonville sends message to remember the fallen

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 May 2021 at 1:37 pm

Photos courtesy of John Follman

LYNDONVILLE – A display at Veterans Park on Main Street remembered POWs and those missing in action. American Legion Houseman-Tanner Post members Joe Hausler, John Follman and Steve Goodrich set up the display for the second Memorial Day.

There wasn’t a traditional Memorial Day observance in Lyndonville for the second year due to Covid-19 concerns.

But local veterans had flags at veterans’ graves and created the public display at the park for the community to reflect on the sacrifices of veterans.

Garbage and recycling collection ceases on Wolf Lane, Willow Lane in Yates

Posted 28 May 2021 at 3:23 pm

Narrow private fire lanes don’t have enough space for trucks to turn

Press Release, Orleans County chief administrative officer

YATES – We are fortunate to having a countywide solid waste program for all of our residents.  We attempt to provide this service to all residents who reside on our town roads, county roads, state roads and even fire lanes. However fire lanes are private property that do not have a standard for width or right-of-way that municipal roads are required to maintain.

We work with Modern Disposal Services to ensure that their commercial equipment may safely and efficiently service our community. However, there are instances when certain areas or fire lanes are not able to be safely navigated to service the resident’s solid waste or recyclable items.  When that happens, in an attempt to resolve the situation, we contact the town and residents to inform the parties of the challenges we have in that area.

Unfortunately it has come to our attention that the junction of Wolf Lane and Willow Lane in the Town of Yates does not allow for a safe turn for the commercial trucks that are used in servicing these households for our solid waste collection and collecting the recyclables.

Therefore the residents of Wolf Lane and Willow Lane will need to bring their solid waste and recycling to the roadside of Lakeshore Road effective on your next scheduled pickup date. Since these are private lanes, we have no control to resolve this issue so the new location for solid waste and recyclable service will be at the roadside of Lakeshore Road.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this creates for the residents of Wolf Lane and Willow Lane in the Town of Yates,” said Jack Welch, Chief Administrative Officer for Orleans County. “We hope that the residents of these two lanes are able to work together to resolve this issue so that service may return in the future.”

Lyndonville student earns GCC degree before graduating from high school

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 May 2021 at 2:26 pm

Emma Maynard wouldn’t let painful scoliosis stop her from academic goals

Emma Maynard graduated in a virtual commencement this past Saturday at Genesee Community College. She next graduates from Lyndonville Central School on June 25.

LYNDONVILLE – A Lyndonville High School senior already has earned a degree, a month before graduation at Lyndonville.

Emma Maynard, 17, on Saturday received her associate’s degree from Genesee Community College. She took classes at GCC the past three years during the school year, and also over the summer and a winter term. She earned her degree in computer information systems and now plans to go to Roberts Wesleyan College this fall for a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Maynard took her GCC classes online, even before the Covid-19 pandemic. She said time management is the key to completing college work, while also doing her high school classes.

“I was determined to do it,” Maynard said today.

She admitted to a friendly rivalry with her sister Cassie, 20, who just earned her associate’s degree from Niagara County Community College. Emma wanted to graduate the same time as her sister.

Emma excelled at GCC, and was on the Provost’s List every semester. This year she was vice president of Phi Theta Kappa and earned the All State Academic Team Award from the organization.

Emma will receive her diploma on June 25 at Lyndonville, where she is ranked fifth in the class. Emma noticed one big difference between high school and college classes.

“In high school the teachers are much more strict,” she said.

Her mother, Jen Maynard, said she is impressed her daughter pushed so hard in the classroom with her high school and college courses, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“She did a great job with this,” Jen Maynard said. “I’m thoroughly impressed she was able to accomplish this goal.”

Emma also did it while enduring the painful effects of scoliosis. That condition required her to wear a back brace 21 hours a day for four years, where she couldn’t bend her back. She had a spinal fusion surgery in February and she said she feels much better, with less pain and more movement.

Emma said she made friends with GCC students despite being fully remote. She looks forward to the fall to being at Roberts Wesleyan in-person for classes and student life.

American Legion in Lyndonville will observe Memorial Day without parade

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 May 2021 at 9:32 am

Provided photos: The Houseman-Tanner American Legion Post 1603 set up a POW/MIA table in front of Lyndonville’s Veterans Park for Memorial Day in 2020.

LYNDONVILLE – The American Legion Post in Lyndonville has decided against doing a Memorial Day parade this year on May 31 and there won’t be a public service.

The Legion will have a POW/MIA Table set up near the flagpole on Memorial Day morning at Veterans Park.

“Flags will be placed in the cemeteries,” said Steve Goodrich, commander of the Houseman-Tanner Post. “The Fallen will be remembered.”

This is the second Memorial Day where there won’t be a parade and public service. Goodrich said the Post is acting out of concern for the members. Many of them are elderly with health issues, Goodrich said.

“I simply refuse to place these gentlemen at risk,” he said.

He expects the parade and a public service will be back on schedule in 2022.

“I look forward to being able to return to our full observances  next year,” Goodrich said.

Joseph Hausler, Adjutant of the Houseman-Tanner Post, played Taps during a Memorial Day Observance about a year ago. Steve Goodrich, the Post Commander, also was present for the service where the names of people were read from Lyndonville who are currently serving in the military.

2 in Lyndonville-Medina musical recognized by Stars of Tomorrow

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 May 2021 at 10:03 am

Sophia Cardone and Qasim Huzair advanced to second round of regional competition, also picked as ‘fan favorites’

Provided photo: Qasim Huzair, a Lyndonville senior, portrayed Professor Bhaer and Sophia Cardone, a Medina senior, starred as Jo in the musical Little Women, which was performed by Lyndonville and Medina students online in March.

Two stars from the Lyndonville-Medina musical program are among 32 picked as “fan favorites” in the Stars of Tomorrow, a regional competition that recognizes high school students in the Greater Rochester area by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League.

Qasim Huzair, a Lyndonville senior, and Sophia Cardone, a Medina senior, both are in the on-line voting competition. Click here to see the fan favorites.

They each have videos posted on the Stars of Tomorrow website. Click here to see Huzair and click here to see Cardone.

Huzair and Cardone also were picked among 57 performers by Stars of Tomorrow and they advanced into the second round of 30 semifinalists for their vocal and acting skills.

The Stars of Tomorrow in a normal year would send adjudicators to a performance of a musical to assess acting, singing, dancing, ensemble, tech and other parts of the show. But that isn’t happening this year with most of the musicals limited to performance shown online with no in-person crowd.

Last year’s spring musicals were cancelled when schools shut down for in-person learning in mid-March.

Huzair and Cardone have both been recognized for their theatrical skills in prior years by Stars. They have been part of the combined Lyndonville-Medina musical program for several years.

The Stars this year judged videos of the two performing and put them in the initial group of 57. They then advanced to the second round. They didn’t make it to the final 10. They are however among the 32 “fan favorites” and online voting continues until 10 a.m. on May 18. Click here to see the group of 32. The winning male and female in that competition advances to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City this summer.

Jennifer Trupo, the Lyndonville-Medina musical director, said Huzair and Cardone are both powerhouse performers.

“They are just so wonderful, both of them,” Trupo said. “They are just both so talented and to see them both grow as singers and actors. They have blown me away. I am really, super-super proud of them.”

Photos by Tom Rivers: Sophia Cardone played Sister Mary Lazarus, a spunky nun in Sister Act, which was performed in March 2019.

Both have performed in comedic roles and more serious parts. This past March, Cardone was Jo in Little Women, and Huzair played opposite her as Professor Bhaer. Three years ago he played Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, singing about his love for the Moon. He won a “best supporting actor” award from the Stars for that role.

Cardone played a very zany nun in Sister Act two years ago. But she has shown she can do much more than the characters that get laughs, Trupo said.

“There is so much depth to her,” Trupo said. “She can do anything.

Trupo still regrets that last year’s show, Mama Mia, was cancelled due to Covid. Cardone had a lead role with the character of Donna, the mother of Sophie and owner of the hotel Villa Donna. Trupo said Cardone would have wowed the audience.

Qasim Huzair starred as Uncle Fester in the Medina-Lyndonville’s production of The Addams Family in March 2018. He sings about his love for the Moon. Huzair won a “best supporting actor” award from the Stars of Tomorrow.

Huzair has been transformed through the music program, starting with performances of Bruno Mars songs with karaoke at the Orleans County 4-H Fair, to chorus at Lyndonville and the musicals.

“He used to be so timid and shy,” Trupo said. “He has just blossomed. He has a high-tenor range and his voice is so beautiful. He is a super humble, kind, genuine kid.”

Lyndonville announces Top 10 grads for 2021

Posted 7 May 2021 at 8:33 pm

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

LYNDONVILLE – Lyndonville Central School District is proud to announce the Top 10 Seniors from the Class of 2021. This recognition reflects the weighted cumulative grade point average of the students throughout their high school careers, including the first through third marking periods of their senior year.

Nathan Dillenbeck is the valedictorian, and Alexander Barry is the class salutatorian.

The remaining students are listed alphabetically: Olivia Braley, Lynlee Hong, Dylan Jisa, Erin Kiefer, Emma Maynard, Zayda Moyle, Cameron Paniccia and Sydney Wilson.

“We are proud to honor the hard work and perseverance of these scholars, particularly given the challenges of the past school year,” said Lyndonville Middle-High School Principal Aaron Slack. “Saluting our Top Ten graduates has been a proud school tradition for over three decades, and this group is more than worthy to take their place among our school’s highest achieving graduates.”

Please join us in congratulating these dedicated scholars.

Lyndonville flushing water mains and hydrants next week

Posted 7 May 2021 at 2:42 pm

Press Release, Lyndonville Village Office

LYNDONVILLE – The Village of Lyndonville will be flushing all water mains and hydrants from May 10 to May 14.

Flushing will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. each day. No disruption of service should occur. This may cause discolored water for a period of time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the fire hydrant flushing, please contact Terry M. Woodworth – Supt. of Public Works at 585-765-9312 or Teri M. Woodworth – Clerk-Treasurer at 585-765-9385.

Lyndonville will celebrate the 4th with fireworks, but no parade

Posted 30 April 2021 at 4:38 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers: Fireworks always provide big exclamation point on the Fourth in Lyndonville. This photo was taken on July 4, 2018.

Press Release, Lyndonville Lions Club

LYNDONVILLE – After a one year hiatus, the Lyndonville Lions Club is moving ahead with efforts to bring back its 4th of July celebration to the Village of Lyndonville.  While some uncertainties remain, current guidelines indicated a safe return of the annual festivities with some modifications.

Noticeably absent this year will be the Main Street Parade.

“It was just not in the cards again this year,” the Lions Club stated. “But as an alternative, a number of the live bands normally appearing in the parade will be asked to appear outdoors in a concert-type setting throughout the afternoon of July 4th.”

It is the hopes of the Lions Club that the day will also feature the return of the annual arts-and-crafts show and booths along with the Lions’ Club fundraising hotdog-and-drink stand.

The Lions’ will  be hosting their traditional chicken barbecue dinner. This year’s chicken dinner will be modified to take-out only. While there will be no indoor dining available this year, everyone is encouraged to bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy their chicken barbecue in a picnic-style setting while also enjoying the live music performances.

Of course, no July 4th in Lyndonville would be complete without the spectacular evening fireworks show – one of the largest in the region.

“We have not cut back at all on this year’s show.” Wes Bradley, Lions’ Fireworks Chairman, assures everyone. The fireworks show begins at 10 p.m. with viewing possible from your vehicle only. Due to current restrictions, there will not be access to the school grounds for viewing.

Detailed information will follow regarding the chicken barbecue/craft show/vendors/band times. The Lyndonville Lions reminds everyone to follow current NY Covid protections and guidelines including masking and social distancing.

This photo from July 4, 2017 shows a big crowd and a long line of fire trucks down Main Street for the parade.