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Fundraiser on Aug. 1 will help Lyndonville family pay for seizure alert dog

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 July 2020 at 9:03 am

Provided photos: Roman is a seizure alert response dog in a training program by Canines 4 Hope in Palm Beach, Fla. Jade Moore, an incoming junior at Lyndonville, looks forward to meeting Roman next month. Roman will be trained to alert Jade’s family and friends if she is having an epileptic seizure.

LYNDONVILLE – There will be a fundraiser on Aug. 1 to help a Lyndonville family pay for a seizure alert dog.

The Grove Inn United Methodist Church will host Parker’s Pitt Barbecue, which will serve pulled pork with two side dishes from 1 to 4 p.m. The church is at the former Apple Grove Inn at 11004 W Center St. Ext.

Elizabeth Moore needs about $8,000 more to pay for Roman, a dog being trained by Canines 4 Hope in Palm Beach, Fla. She has $10,000 so far for the dog, with $2,500 raised through donations and $7,500 earned by working overtime at Mizkan, a vinegar plant in Lyndonville.

Her daughter, Jade Moore, epilepsy and needs to be careful around loud noises, and bright and flashing lights – which are often unpredictable. She never knows what will trigger an epileptic seizure.

She can’t watch the Lyndonville fireworks because of the exploding colors and tries to stay clear of the loud booms. Even her brothers need to be careful with the sounds and screens from video games if Jade is closeby.

The seizures aren’t always started by a thunderous noise or flashing light. Sometimes they strike while she is sleeping.

Jade will be a junior this year at Lyndonville. She has had seizures at school, with the ambulance called. It’s worrisome for her and her family, and the school, because her breathing will often slow down during a seizure.

Jade’s mother stays close to Jade at night and may need to spring into action if there is a seizure. The family, including Jade’s siblings, keep emergency pills on them to give to Jade to help bring her out of a seizure.

Each day she takes 10 different pills to help stave off the seizures. Her mother said the medication seems to work for a few weeks, then the seizures start up again and doctors try other medicines.

The family had an new challenge last month when their home burned down on Townline on June 1. They lost all of their belongings. They have since moved to Ridge Road and remain in the Lyndonville school district.

Tickets for the Aug. 1 benefit are $11. Elizabeth Moore said people can text her or call to reserve tickets at (585)735-5501. The event is drive-through only.

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Lyndonville-Yates ask water users to conserve the next 4 days

Posted 7 July 2020 at 3:39 pm

Press Release, Lyndonville Mayor John Belson

LYNDONVILLE – Due to the long period of warm temperatures and lack of precipitation the Lyndonville-Yates municipal system is nearing their maximum daily pumping capacity.

Any extra measures that users can voluntarily do to reduce water consumption and high volume use for the next four days would be greatly appreciated. If voluntary conservation measures are unsuccessful, mandatory conservation may be enacted.

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‘We’ll come back bigger and better’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 July 2020 at 3:35 pm

No Fourth of July community celebration in Lyndonville due to Covid-19; Lions Club looks forward to next year

File photos by Tom Rivers: With no fireworks in Lyndonville today, we pulled out our file photos of past shows, including this one from July 4, 2018.

LYNDONVILLE – There are no fireworks in Lyndonville tonight. The community in recent years has hosted one of the biggest Fourth of July fireworks shows in Western New York, about 40 minutes of big booms and bright lights.

The Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions on crowd sizes prompted the Lyndonville Lions Club to cancel a festival that includes a parade, arts and crafts vendors, chicken barbecue, tractor pull and fireworks show.

This would have been the 46th annual event by the Lions Club.

The fireworks show usually begins with a lighted up American flag and many colorful fireworks. This photo is from July 4, 2016.

Wes Bradley has been the fireworks chairman since 2006. He normally checks in on the crew from Young Explosives during the day, and brings them a chicken barbecue and beverages.

During there fireworks show, there are many hundreds of people on the school lawns, sitting on blankets and lawn chairs.

“There really isn’t a way to socially distance this,” he said.

People pull up on side roads to watch the fireworks. The line up by the bridge and at the Veterans Park.

“It is certainly is a very different year,” Bradley said today. “We’re disappointed we can’t do what we always have done for the village and town.”

Bradley spent part of the morning trimming a trim at his yard. He is grilling chicken this afternoon and he and his wife will have a friend over later for dinner. Bradley plans to watch the fireworks on TV.

He is looking forward to next year, when he hopes a big crowd can again descend upon Lyndonville for the parade and fireworks.

“We’ll come back bigger and better,” he said. “My plan for next year is to have the largest fireworks show we’ve ever had. I expect next year we’ll have a super crowd.”

The fireworks are reflected in Johnson Creek in this photo taken from Veterans Park on July 4, 2014.

The Lyndonville Lions Club posted this message on its Facebook page: “Our club would like to wish everyone a very happy, safe, and healthy 4th of July. We may not be together this year, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Words can not express how much we will miss celebrating with you. We love you Lyndonville!! Blessings to you all.”

Shaun Kelly of Kent and other family members release five Chinese lanterns on July 4, 2017. The family does it in memory of Shaun’s nephew, Trenton Nelson, who died at age 16 on June 2, 2015 after being fatally stabbed in Rochester.

Lyndonville has been the place to be in Orleans County for the Fourth of July for decades.

This fireworks watcher takes in the sights and sounds of the show from a lawn chair on July 4, 2013.

These fireworks are shown through a row of trees next to the school’s soccer field in this photo from July 4, 2015.

Last year’s fireworks show ended with a spectacle of sound and light in the sky.

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Lyndonville capped virtual graduation with a parade

Provided photos: Kaci Wittmeyer, left, and Faith Chaffee decorated a vehicle and joined their classmates for a senior parade through the Lyndonville community on Friday evening. The school district held commencement virtually and then celebrated the graduates with a parade.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 June 2020 at 2:01 pm

LYNDONVILLE – The school district held its gradually virtually for the first time on Friday. The district recorded students accepting their diplomas and compiled those videos that were presented online on Friday. (Click here to see the video.)

The video also included student speeches by Class President Faith Chaffee, Valedictorian Oskar Heinsler and Salutatorian Evan Horn.

District Superintendent Jason Smith and High School Principal Aaron Slack also addressed the 45 graduates. Dan Thurber, pastor of Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, gave the invocation and benediction in the service.

The district also announced many of the scholarship winners during the commencement program.

Class President Faith Chaffee said the class has persevered during a stressful few months. She thanked her parents and said teachers at Lyndonville went “above and beyond” for students during the pandemic.

She also praised class advisor, Dan Dragula, for helping the class during an unforgettable year.

“We still made some amazing memories together,” Chaffee said in her speech. “Not only are you guys my classmates but you are my family.”

Evan Horn, the salutatorian, said the Lyndonville class is very close and connected. He said online learning was a challenge, but the Lyndonville students pushed through it.

“No matter what seems to happen, how good or bad, we always have each other,” Horn said.

He thanked the teachers and coaches for their influence.

Horn said Gov. Cuomo’s daily news briefings proved the value of learning statistics, block graphs and numbers. The governor held daily briefings for 96 straight days to update New Yorkers on the coronavirus and had a powerpoint with slides of data about Covid-19 cases.

Horn urged his classmates to continue preparing for the future.

“This is the century we go to Mars,” he said. “Stay dedicated, work hard and help change this world forever.”

Oskar Heinsler gave the valedictory address. He said his classmates hold the record for most senior skip days. They have been out of the school building since March 13 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

While he had the highest grades in his class, Heinsler said there are other types of intelligence, including the ability to give public speeches. That is a skill that he said he lacks.

Heinsler thanked his classmates, teachers and coaches for having such a good impact on him.

“I thank God for letting me be born to my parents and for letting me grow up in such a wonderful place,” Heinsler said.

Trey VerCruysse rides in the parade through the town.

Jason Smith, the district superintendent, thanked healthcare workers and first responders for their services during the pandemic.

Teachers and staff also should be commended for their work with students during the pandemic, Smith said.

“Now to our seniors, your senior year was not what it was meant to be as it was cut short due to this pandemic,” Smith said.

The graduates had 2,341 days of school during their 13 years. He highlighted some of their experiences through elementary, middle and high school.

“All of those days mattered and were special,” the superintendent said.

Shantel Benedict gets a ride on a motorcycle during the parade.

Dr. Aaron Slack, the high school principal, said the past three-plus months were “an educational odyssey most of us never could have imagined.”

The graduates deserve praise, Slack said, “for their incredible dedication to learning.”

The limited high-speed internet access in the community “created a double whammy for a huge numbers of students,” he said.

“I’m incredibly proud of you for defying the threats to your learning,” Slack said in his address to the graduates.

The procession of vehicles with graduates makes its way through town.

Sawyer Wilson, president of the Student Council, also announced that this year’s yearbook is dedicated to two recent Lyndonville graduates who were killed in a car accident on Oct. 10, 2019. Brooke Allen, 21, and Ricky Forder, 20, were on their way to work at Lake Ridge Fruit, an apple packing facility on Route 104 in Gaines.

Brooke Allen was a devoted mother to her son, River. Brooke, a 2016 Lyndonville graduate, loved the outdoors. She was in band and chorus, played volleyball and attended Orleans-Niagara BOCES for cosmetology.

Richard Forder, a 2018 Lyndonville graduate, enjoyed fishing and spending time with his nephews. He was a key player on Lyndonville’s playoff basketball teams.

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Legion in Lyndonville has new trolley to take veterans in parades

Posted 26 June 2020 at 2:54 pm

Press Release, Steve Goodrich, commander of Houseman-Tanner Post 1603 in Lyndonville

Provided photo: Seated in photo is Miss Anna Stelianou and Houseman-Tanner Post member Carl Boyle. Note: Masks were taken off only for this picture then immediately put back on.

LYNDONVILLE – The Houseman-Tanner Post 1603 American Legion on Sunday took possession of a new ADA-certified trolley to be used in parades.

This is the capstone of a three-year project. The previous trolley was extremely difficult to enter or exit for the older veterans and over time had become unserviceable. Once the decision to replace it was made, the post began fundraising.

July 4th raffle tickets and a Labor Day yard sale as well as generous donations made by individuals made this project possible. The trolley sits much lower than the previous unit. It can seat 9 with room for up to 3 wheelchairs, something impossible with the old trolley. Access is through two wheelchair ramps and there are seatbelts and wheelchair tie downs for all passengers.

The initial payment was sent to the contracted builder Diversified Golf Cars Inc. of Orlando, Fla. one week before the lockdown was announced.

This project would not have been possible without the very generous donation made by Miss Anna Stelianou. To pay our respects to Miss Anna, the Houseman-Tanner Post will be dedicating the trolley in the memory of her brothers – all veterans – Fred, Peter, George, Menel and Ernest, who all served inworld War II or the Korean War.

Commander Steve Goodrich, Adjudant Joseph Hausler and post members John Follman and Carl Boyle stopped by Anna’s home to make sure she was the first to see and set foot on the new trolley on June 24th.

Lastly, the Houseman-Tanner Post wants to specifically thank the businesses and individuals who made generous donations that helped make this possible. Businesses: Canalside Tattoo, Gordon-Fisk, H.H. Dobbins, Hometown Energy, Lake Wine & Spirits, Oak Orchard Canoes, Wildwood Campgrounds, Whipple Realty and Wiley’s Riverside Marina.

Individual Donors: Anna Stelianou, Ethel Valentine, Mike Dagobert and Bob Burtwell.

Due to Covid-19 there haven’t been any meeting and no upcoming meetings are planned for the foreseeable future. Sadly this also applies to parades. The trolley is being stored for now. We hope to see everyone in the not too distant future.

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Lyndonville school budget approved, Thurber elected to BOE

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 June 2020 at 9:31 am

LYNDONVILLE – School district voters passed the school budget, approved funding for buses and the library, and also elected Jerod Thurber to the Board of Election.

The absentee ballots were counted on Tuesday. The district, like others in the state, didn’t do in-person voting due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The district had 581 people vote for the budget, compared to 159 during the last election on May 21,2019.

• School budget, approved with 432 in favor and 149 opposed: The $14,698,217 is up by $526,516, mainly due to increased bond payments. The budget increases the tax levy by 2 percent.

• Proposition #2, Yates Community Library, approved in 379-202 vote: The $108,873 for the library is up by $5,123 or 4.94 percent from the $103,750 in 2019-20.

• Proposition Transportation for bus purchase, approved 447-134: The district will spend up to $130,000 for a new 64-seat bus, using money from a transportation reserve fund. It will replace a bus No. 90 from 2010.

• Board of Education: There were five candidates for one seat on the Board of Education. Jerod Thurber was elected with 205 votes. Other candidates include incumbent Kelly Cousins, 186; Ralph Smith, 95; Ace Strickland, 48; and Jeanne Crane, 40.

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Lyndonville senior class will have a parade after virtual graduation on June 26

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 June 2020 at 3:55 pm

Students encouraged to decorate vehicles for ride through community

Photo from Lyndonville Central School: Some of the senior class members are pictured at a pep rally earlier this school year.

LYNDONVILLE — The school district is encouraging the Class of 2020 to decorate a vehicle for a post-graduation parade on June 26.

The parade will start at 8, following the online premiere of a video of graduation. Students have been recorded receiving their diplomas from school administrators.

The video will be available to watch online at 6:30 p.m. Seniors are encouraged to start arriving in the school parking lot at 7:45. Students should decorate their vehicles in black and orange before arriving to the parking lot. The students also are asked to display their name prominently on the passenger door.

The parade will begin at 8 p.m. Community members and families of the graduates are welcome to stand on the sidewalk or next to their vehicles to celebrate the senior class.

The parade route includes:

  • Head out on Housel Ave. and turn right onto Main St.
  • Go south on Main St. and turn left onto Lake Ave.
  • Continue east on Lake Ave. until it turns into Willowbrook Dr.
  • Head north on Willowbrook and then turn left onto Maple Ave.
  • Head west on Maple Ave. toward Main St.
  • Turn right onto Main St. and head north to Rt 18
  • Turn right onto Rt 18 and head east
  • Turn left onto Morrison Rd. and head north
  • Turn left on to Lakeshore Rd. and head west
  • Turn left onto Rt 63 and head south until Rt 18
  • Turn right onto Rt 18 and head west
  • Turn left onto Murdock Rd. and head south
  • Turn left onto Mill Rd. and head east
  • Turn left on to Marshall Rd. and head north
  • Turn right on to Angling Rd. head south until Postle Rd.
  • Turn left on Postle Rd. and head east toward Rt 63
  • Turn left on to Rt 63 and head north
  • Turn right onto South Townline Rd.
  • Head east to Swett Rd. and head south to Ridge Rd.
  • Turn left onto Ridge Rd. and head east to Oregon Rd.
  • Turn left onto Oregon Rd. and head north to Rutherford Rd.
  • Turn right onto Rutherford Rd. and head east to Oak Orchard River Rd.
  • Turn left onto Oak Orchard River Rd. head north to Townline Rd.
  • Turn right onto Townline Rd. and head south to Ridge Rd.
  • Turn left onto Ridge Rd. heading east to Kenyonville Rd.
  • Turn left onto Kenyonville Rd. and head north. Cross the Kenyonville Bridge to Oak Orchard River Rd.
  • Turn left onto Oak Orchard River Rd. head south
  • Stay right and head west on Platten Rd head west until Townline Rd.
  • Turn right onto Townline Rd. head north until Alps Rd.
  • Turn left onto Alps Rd. head west until Goodwin Rd.
  • Turn left onto Goodwin Rd. and head south until Platten Rd.
  • Turn left onto Platten Rd. and head west to Maple Ave.
  • Continue west on Maple Ave. until Main St.
  • Turn right onto Main St. head north to Housel Ave.

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Thrift shop in Lyndonville reopens today

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 10 June 2020 at 9:29 am

Hope Resales rearranges store to allow more social distancing

Provided photos: Some of the baby clothes donated to Lyndonville United Methodist Church’s thrift shop are on display in the Fellowship Hall, waiting for the store’s opening on Wednesday. All are priced at 25 or 50 cents.

LYNDONVILLE – Hope Resales, the community thrift shop run by the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, will reopen today, after being closed for nearly three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ruth Hedges, who was instrumental in starting the thrift shop in March 2019, said they are excited to see their customers and be open for business again, although it will not be “business as usual.”

Ruth Hedges has Hopes Resales ready for today’s reopening.

In keeping with government regulations on reopening in light of the virus, the store has been totally cleaned and disinfected. Hedges has purchased new, longer racks to create more room in the aisles, allowing for social distancing. The store has been painted and merchandise rearranged.

Customers will be limited to eight in the store at a time. As per Health Department recommendations, parents are asked not to bring children, due to sanitary concerns. Everyone will be required to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer at the door. For anyone who doesn’t have a mask, one will be provided.

Hedges asks anyone who doesn’t feel good or has tested positive for the coronavirus to please not visit the store. She also said anyone with a medical condition who is fearful of visiting the store while it is open may call her at (585) 866-9133 to set up a private appointment.

Hedges said they were fortunate to have ample merchandise in stock, although they are in need of good summer clothing, especially children and women’s shorts, as well as small appliances and other household products.

They do have to limit donations, however, as they do not have room to store things.

Another improvement is obtaining a credit card machine. While they haven’t received it yet, Hedges said she thinks it will contribute to increased sales.

They have also added a corner for antiques. Hedges was able to sell some antique blue Currier and Ives china in the Grist Mill pattern online. She said they still have a few pieces left.

She added they have also been blessed with an enormous donation of beautiful baby clothes in sizes 0 to 24 months. All are priced at 25 to 50 cents, and because there are so many, they are on display in the Fellowship Hall.

Household goods are neatly displayed at Hope Resales in the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, which will reopen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

When the thrift shop opened, it was their goal to serve God’s people, at home and abroad, Hedges said. Its name was taken from Scripture in Romans 12:9-13, which talks about hope and helping others.

Due to a very successful first year they contributed half of their net proceeds to the church and the other half to mission projects. These included donations to Care Net, Ministry of Concern and Camp Rainbow. Every month, except during the pandemic-caused closing, they donate $200 to the Lyndonville Food Pantry. They also sponsored a Cuban Methodist minister and her family at $150 a month and supported a young girl from Buffalo in her mission journey.

“We haven’t been able to do any mission work while our income was shut off,” Hedges said. “So we will be happy to get back to our missions.”

Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and continuing every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Additional hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

Hope Resales in located in basement of the Lyndonville United Methodist Church at 102 North Main St.

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Lyndonville announces educator of the year

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 June 2020 at 12:59 pm

District also approves tenure for teachers, principal

LYNDONVILLE – The district announced its educator of the year during Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

Bliss Thurber, a sixth grade teacher, will receive the honor and will be recognized at a future Board of Education meeting when the restrictions on crowd sizes are increased. Right now, the meetings are limited to no more than 10 people.

“Bliss is truly an exceptional teacher and is known for creativity, innovation, and will be receiving a $1,000 grant from the District for a special project in her classroom,” said Jason Smith, the district superintendent.

Thurber has utilized technology in her classroom, and also is co-leader of the AVID program for grades kindergarten through 6.

• RETIREES – The district also announced four staff members are retiring: Diane Thurber, clerical; Nikki Robison, teacher aid; Kathy Payne, bus driver; and Dave Balcer, director of Buildings and Grounds.

“We thank each of these retirees for their dedicated service to our community and district, and I look forward to recognizing them at a future Board of Education meeting,” Smith said.

• TENURE – The Board of Education approved tenure for the following: Paula Bachman, math teacher; Cassandra Fleck, school counselor; Jenna Goheen, elementary education; Amy Kingsbury, elementary education; Amanda LeClair, art teacher; Shane Phillips, health education; Alisha Schwarzott, English Language Arts teacher; Elissa Smith, elementary principal.

• MEMORIAL TREE – The district also accepted a $500 donation from Roger Miller to plant a flowering cherry tree in memory of Charles Prahler, who passed away on April 15. Prahler, 95, was an active member of the community, including with the Lyndonville Lions Club.

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Lyndonville holds off on passing immunization policy for 2020-21

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 June 2020 at 11:21 am

Board member doesn’t want students to be ‘guinea pigs’ if new Covid-19 vaccine becomes available

LYNDONVILLE — The Board of Education decided to table a policy for 2020-21 that would require all students to have mandated immunizations.

The district this school year adopted a policy, following the state’s lead, that no longer allows religious exemptions for required vaccines. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed that bill last July, repealing religious exemptions for required vaccines.

The Lyndonville Board of Education on Monday was set to vote on the policy again, but board member Vern Fonda said he is concerned the state may require districts to have all students take a Covid-19 vaccine. That vaccine isn’t available yet.

Fonda said he is concerned there could be unknown ill-effects with that new vaccine, if it becomes available.

“I don’t want my children or children of my friends to be guinea pigs for the Covid-19 vaccine,” Fonda said during Monday’s meeting.

Other board members agreed to hold off on adopting the policy, to see if the state provides any direction on the issue.

The only accepted exemption now for students from immunizations is a valid medical reason where a doctor certifies that a vaccine may be detrimental to a child’s health.

For children without a valid medical exemption, they can remain in school for 14 days at the start of the school year, to give them time to provide evidence of the required immunizations. An out-of-county or out-of-state transferee has 30 days to provide the district with evidence of the mandated immunizations, according to the district policy.

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Lyndonville offers personalized graduation for seniors

Photos courtesy of Lyndonville school district: Isabella Carrasquillo gets a horse-and-ride to the school last Friday when the district presented her and her 44 other classmates with her diplomas. Her family arranged for the carriage ride.

Posted 8 June 2020 at 9:13 am

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

Class President Faith Chaffee shared a message with her classmates: “Congratulations Class of 2020! Even though this wasn’t how we dreamed graduation would be, we made the best of it. I wish you the best of luck in your futures endeavors.”

LYNDONVILLE – Lyndonville Central School began their personalized graduation ceremonies on Friday for each of their 45 graduates.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the strict restrictions in place by the CDC, the Class of 2020 was unable to have a traditional graduation ceremony. After weeks of meeting, researching and planning, the officers of the Class of 2020, parent advisory panel and school administrators decided to create a personalized graduation ceremony for each senior that was videoed and will be shared through YouTube.

In cap and gown, each senior walked into the Stroyan Auditorium to the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance. Select family members watched with pride as their child was welcomed by Superintendent Jason Smith, High School Principal Dr. Aaron Slack and a representative from the Lyndonville Board of Education. Dr. Slack provided a highly personalized speech for each senior reflecting on special moments throughout high school.

“After working with most of these young people for the past six years, it was a rare opportunity to share the many reflections and memories acquired along their pathway toward graduation,” said Principal Slack. “This was not something that a traditional graduation ceremony affords. I will carry many found memories of the Class of 2020 and wish them the very best in their future endeavors.”

After the ceremony, the graduate and family were able to have pictures taken by a professional photographer. Each graduate was given a personalized cookie from Case-Nic Cookies and a wrapped gift from Superintendent Smith. Graduates were told to open the gift following the superintendent’s speech that will be shared during the full gradation video to be aired on June 26 at 6:30 p.m. This video will include speeches from the Class President Faith Chaffee, Valedictorian Oskar Heinsler, Salutatorian Evan Horn and school administrators. A link to view the video will be provided on the district’s website prior to June 26.

Johnathan Slingerland was joined by his family during the diploma presentation last Friday.

Following the June 26 Graduation Ceremony video, the district will be holding a vehicle parade so the community can honor and celebrate with the Class of 2020. This event will be coordinated with local officials and all participants and spectators must follow the social distancing requirements. A parade map and additional information on this event will be posted on the district’s website.

“This was an extremely special and personalized day for each graduate and their family, and I was honored to be a part of,” said Superintendent Jason Smith. “Thanks to our senior class officers, parent advisory panel and my graduation staff for their exceptional leadership in planning the event. We look forward to premiering our entire graduation on June 26 and hope the community will join us for the vehicle parade to honor the Class of 2020.”

Dr. Aaron Slack, high school principal, offered a personalized speech for each graduate, including Danielle Weldon.

Alyssa Winder was among the graduates in cap and gown on Friday. A video of ceremony will be shown on June 26, when there will be a vehicle parade with graduates after a video of the ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Yates cancels summer recreation program due to Covid-19

Posted 28 May 2020 at 11:42 am

Press Release, Town of Yates

LYNDONVILLE – The Town of Yates regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Summer Recreation Program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Town wants to thank the many supporters of this program, including the Village of Lyndonville, the Lyndonville Area Foundation, the Lyndonville Central School District and the United Way.

The Town looks forward to offering the program again in the Summer of 2021.

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On quieter Memorial Day, Lyndonville honored veterans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 May 2020 at 11:19 am

Photos courtesy of Steve Goodrich

LYNDONVILLE – The American flag is lowered at Lynhaven Cemetery in Lyndonville on Memorial Day.

It was a quieter Memorial Day observance in Lyndonville on Monday with no parade or official ceremony.

But the local American Legion Post and other community members honored the sacrifice of soldiers.

At Veterans Park, the Houseman-Tanner American Legion Post 1603 set up a POW/MIA table in front of Lyndonville’s Veterans Park.

Joseph Hausler, Adjutant of the Houseman-Tanner Post, played Taps. 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.

The Yates Community Library organized this display of American flags on the school grounds next to Johnson Creek.

“We hope you enjoy this time of reflection and thankfulness, remembering that Americans have endured obstacles and suffering in the past and have overcome these hurdles by sticking together to become the strong nation of communities that we are,” the library stated at the display.

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Lyndonville school district adds 2 WiFi spots in community

Posted 15 May 2020 at 9:23 pm

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

LYNDONVILLE – We are proud to offer extended WiFi for the community during this time of Covid.

We have strategically positioned at two locations access points in our community. These mobile units are active and are positioned in the parking lots of the White Birch Golf Course and The Oak Orchard Assembly of God on Route 104.

The range of these access points mounted on the Lyndonville School vans is approximately 200 feet. Please park near these vehicles while practicing social distancing when accessing the WiFi wireless interent service.

After arriving onsite you may need to refresh your list of WiFi access points to have the unit appear.

The network name is: Kajeet SmartBus

The password is smartbus (all lower case)

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Lyndonville Foundation gives nearly $40K to local causes, including food pantries

Posted 11 May 2020 at 2:29 pm

Provided photo: Lyndonville Area Foundation board members present a check for the food pantry at Lyndonville Presbyterian Church. Pictured from left include Doug Hedges, Board Director and Treasurer of Lyndonville Area Foundation; Pastor Martha Mitchell of the Lyndonville Presbyterian Church; and Dave Cook, Board Director and Foundation Grants Committee member.

Press Release, Lyndonville Area Foundation

LYNDONVILLE – At its quarterly meeting on April 28, the Lyndonville Area Foundation’s Board of Director’s expedited nearly $40,000 in grants throughout Orleans County to assist with Covid-19 related challenges.

Included in these were several food pantries that had exhausted supplies for the need due to high unemployment rates and other Covid-19 related issues.

As a result of the current pandemic the Foundation was faced with an unusual volume of requests for financial assistance. Foundation President Darren D. Wilson applauds the members of the Foundation’s Grant’s Committee for their work and diligence in sifting through and prioritizing the many grant applications they were faced with.

While the Lyndonville Area Foundation’s mission and by-laws ensure any program or project funding provided by it be distributed in a manner that directly benefits the citizens within the communities of Lyndonville and the Town of Yates, the Foundation’s Board of Directors recognizes that current conditions do not reflect normal times and determined to provide temporary assistance to communities as disperse as Medina, Kendall and Albion.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors also voted to approve funding grants to Hospice of Orleans, the Lyndonville Central School District, Lyndonville Lions Club, Orleans Country Adult Learning Services, the Lyndonville Volunteer Fire Department and the Lyndonville office of Oak Orchard Health along with Praising Kids Child Care Center in Medina.

“The final decisions are not always easy,” Wilson said. “However, the members of our Foundation’s Board work together, have a deep understanding of our community, can always be counted on to make the right decisions and I have a deep respect for all of them.”

The Foundation’s Board meets again at the end of July.

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