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:

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.

Dollar General gets final approval for new store in downtown Lyndonville

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 April 2021 at 12:15 pm

Crosby Whipple building will be demolished to make room for new building

Photo by Tom Rivers: A developer will knock down the Crosby-Whipple building at 30 North Main St. and replace it with a 7,600-square-foot Dollar General with 29 parking spaces. This photo was taken in December.

LYNDONVILLE – A new Dollar General store is coming to Main Street in Lyndonville after the company secured the approvals last week during a joint meeting of the Village of Lyndonville Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.

That follows a vote on March 25 by the Orleans County Planning Board in support of the project.

The Broadway Group in Huntsville, Alabama is the developer for the project. The company is proposing to demolish the Crosby Whipple building at 30 North Main St. and then build the new 7,600-square-foot store. That size store is the smallest model offered by Dollar General, said Tara Mathias, development manager. Most of the Dollar Generals are more than 9,000 square feet.

The parcel of land on Main Street doesn’t give enough room for that size store. The developer is seeking a variance on the rear setback. The village code requires a 50-foot setback from the rear and Dollar General is asking for 30.5 feet, with a variance of 19.5 feet needed.

The Village ZBA approved that variance as well as one allowing for a 9-foot-high retaining wall by the side of the building facing Johnson Creek. The code calls for a maximum height of 6 feet on a retaining wall. The size of the lot didn’t allow enough room to grade the space for a smaller retaining wall, Mathias said during last month’s Orleans County Planning Board meeting.

The code also calls for vegetative buffer as a visual screen, but that wasn’t possible on the east side of the building where there is a 20-foot easement for a waterline. There will instead be a 6-foot-high stockade-style fence on the rear perimeter of the property.

Mathias said the company designed the new store in a way to fit in on a historic Main Street. The store would have 8 to 10 employees and offer convenience for Lyndonville shoppers. Dollar General has another store 3.75 miles away at the corner of routes 63 and 104 in Ridgeway.

Construction could start in June or July with the new site operational before the end of the year, village officials said today.

Lyndonville district not happy with new state requirement for mask wearing

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 April 2021 at 8:56 am

School has allowed students to not wear masks when spaced out 6 feet or more

LYNDONVILLE — The school district has had students for in-person classes five days a week throughout the school year. They haven’t been required to wear masks when at their desks, which are spaced apart 6 feet or more.

But new guidance from the State Department of Health on Friday requires masks to be worn at all times by students, except when they are eating. The state reduced the social distancing from 6 to 3 feet. The state also advised that partitions set up in many classrooms and on desks aren’t encouraged because they aren’t proven to be effective.

“Our Board of Education and I fully realize and appreciate that this new required regulation will not be well received by the majority of our community, as the survey results in the summer overwhelmingly supported reduced mask use,” Jason Smith, the district superintendent, wrote in a letter to the community on Tuesday.

Lyndonville will be shifting to a new mask policy on Friday, requiring the face coverings to be worn except at meals.

“I also question and am frustrated by the timing of such a new regulation at this point in the year, as our school has been and is fully committed to a safe, responsible, and reasonable reopening plan where we are providing in-person instruction five days per week,” Smith said. “All that being said, the Board and District are engaged in advocacy and lobbying efforts with local and state officials to address these concerns.”

Some of the board members want to take legal action against the state for requiring the mask policy in cases where social distancing is possible at 6 feet or more.

Lyndonville student artists create videos for rural schools contest

Posted 12 April 2021 at 10:06 am

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

LYNDONVILLE – Artists in Lyndonville Central School District’s Photography, Studio Art and 5/6 grades recently created videos for the annual Rural Schools Association Video Contest: Our School, Our Community.

Students were instructed to create a video 3 minutes or less that shows the rural school-community connection. Videos could include music, narration, documentaries or short plays. Although school staff were able to assist, each video was required to be student directed. A grand prize winner will be selected from grades K-8 and 9-12 and each will receive $1,000. Additional prizes include: first prize of $500, second prize of $300 and finalist awards.

Lyndonville Central School will share each of the seven videos that were created on social media throughout the month. The videos are currently on the district’s YouTube channel. Links are below for you to enjoy!

Click here for submission number 1.

Click here for submission number 2.

Click here for submission number 3.

Click here for submission number 4.

Click here for submission number 5.

Click here for submission number 6.

Click here for submission number 7.

Lyndonville family sickened, temporarily displaced due to CO leak

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 April 2021 at 9:05 am

LYNDONVILLE – A Lyndonville couple and four children have been temporarily displaced from their South Main Street home after a carbon monoxide leak on Saturday night.

Jessica and Kris Skowneski and their family were transported by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. They have been released and are staying in a hotel.

Their pets also received veterinary care, including oxygen.

A family friend has set up a GoFundMe account to assist the family with their expenses.