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Another 1st place for Medina band, with state competition 2 weeks away

Posted 14 October 2018 at 1:44 pm

Courtesy of Medina Marching Band

The Victor Marching Band hosted a competition on Saturday with 11 bands performing on a chilly but dry night.

In SS1 Medina earned 1st place with a score of 84.45 followed by East Irondequoit in second with 81.50.

Other winners were Marcus Whitman in SS3 with 68.50; Hilton in LS3 with 74.50; Webster in LS2 with 79.85 and Cicero-North Syracuse in the National class with 89.50.

Medina will next perform on Oct. 20 at Orchard Park.

The state championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse will be on Sunday, Oct. 28. There is still time to get a seat on the spectator bus by contacting Jim Steele at 585-317-9389.

For true marching band enthusiasts there will be 53 bands performing in 6 divisions starting at 8 a.m. Medina performs in SS1 at 6:54 p.m.

The other divisions are SS3 starting at 8 a.m., SS2 at 10:15 a.m., LS3 at 1 p.m., LS2 at 2:50 p.m., SS1 at 6:15 p.m. and National at 8:10 p.m. As an added treat the University of Buffalo performs in exhibition at 5 p.m. and the Syracuse University at 9:54 p.m.

Tickets for the Dome are available at the door for $19 for adults and $13 for Seniors and children 12 years and under. Parking is $10. There is a new Dome policy which prohibits backpacks or purses. Only allowed bags are clear plastic vinyl and cannot exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″ or you can use a gallon plastic bag. Additional info can be obtained at

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Walk raises about $20K to end Alzheimer’s

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 October 2018 at 9:56 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – More than 100 people walked 2 miles on Saturday, including a stretch along the Erie Canal, to raise funds to support people battling Alzheimer’s.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s returned to Medina on Saturday. Last year the walk was in Lewiston. The event was expected to raise $20,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, said Lynn Westcott, the director of development for the Western New York Chapter.

The money funds programs in Orleans County, including support groups, care consultations, educational programs and a help line (1-800-272-3900).

For more on the WNY chapter, click here.

Some of the walkers pass the canal bridge by State Street Park and head to the towpath by the Erie Canal.

Signs at the park offer stark statistics about the disease.

Randy Bushover, right, served as emcee of the kickoff rally at State Street Park.

This group heads up Route 31 to State Street Park to conclude the walk.

Sienna Garcia Mathewson of Albion carries a purple flower which signifies she has a lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s.

The different colors of the flowers have different meanings. Blue flowers represent a person battling the disease. Purple is for a person who lost their battle with the disease. Yellow signifies a caregiver. Orange is for a general supporter of the cause. Personal messages were written on the flowers.

Mary Lou Tuohey hugs her daughter Nicole after Nicole cut the ribbon to kick off the walk. Nicole sold about 1,500 paper links at $1 each to create a chain for the starting line. Nicole raised money through her mother Mary Lou’s business, Case-Nic Cookies in Medina. They sold elephant cookies that added a new link to the chain. Nicole raised the money in memory of her grandma and grandpa.

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Medina Lions Club, Forrestel Farms team up for scarecrow festival

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 October 2018 at 8:48 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Isabel Casewell, 12, of Medina makes a scarecrow on Saturday at Forrestel Farms, which hosted the scarecrow festival. The Medina Lions Club organized the event. For the first time in 10 years, the event was hosted by Forrestel.

The new venue allowed the Lions to offer more activities and games, and for participants to also tour the horse farm and see other animals.

The Shelby Volunteer Fire Company served chicken barbecue dinners. Other agencies were part of the event, including the United Methodist Church at the food booth, Boy Scouts, the Sheriff’s Department offering child IDs, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and GCASA.

Chance Sochia, 11, of Medina works on his scarecrow.

Pete Kaiser of the Lions Club helped with the assembly of many of the scarecrows.

Many of the clothes come from the MAAC Thrift Shop.

Students in Medina High School art classes painted the faces on the scarecrow heads. Iroquois Job Corps students made the stakes for the bodies, with the wood for the stakes is donated by Matt Mundion.

A scarecrow is put together on one of the operating tables.

Skye Rotoli, 15, of Medina welcomed the public to meet this llama named Peaches.

Kim Smith of Barre had many baked goods available at the festival. She has a commercial kitchen out of her home on Eagle Harbor Road.

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Old Medina HS transformed by artists

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 October 2018 at 11:16 pm

Show with 29 artists continues on Sunday

MEDINA – The former Medina High School on Catherine Street has been transformed by artists for a special three-day show that continues on Sunday.

The high school is hosting 29 artists, including Virginia Melynk of Buffalo, shown with her creation using triangular shapes made out of spandex that utilize geometric patterns.

Melynk submitted a proposal to be part of the “PLAY/GROUND” initiative. Artists were given free rein to create in old classrooms, stairwells, hallways and other space in the school.

“It’s getting to engage in an old space and make something new out of it,” she said.

The opening night show on Friday attracted about 400 people, with many from Buffalo.

The show will be open for a final day on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10, and is free to children 12 and under.

Jonathan Casey gave the back entrance of the school a radical new look.

The gym showcases art and has stops for people to create their own artwork.

Michael Hungerford, regional director for Takeform Architectural Graphics in Medina, sits in the stairwell of the school near a large papier-mâché alligator, created by Bethany Krull.

Hungerford read about a similar project as PLAY/GROUND in a vacant warehouse in New York City. Hungerford knew the old Medina school would be vacant for several months this year. His uncle Roger Hungerford acquired it from Calvary Tabernacle Assembly of God Church and has plans to create apartments out of the school. First, Hungerford is working to renovate the former Bent’s Opera House on Main Street.

Michael pitched the idea of the art installations in the school and the Roger backed the project.

“It is so far beyond my expectations,” Michael Hungerford said. “The work is amazing.”

A closeup of the alligator created by Bethany Krull.

Hungerford said PLAY/GROUND introduced many people to Medina who had never seen the community before, including many of the artists. They had a very positive reaction to Medina.

“I’ve enjoyed seeing the response to Medina, even from the artists who like it,” Hungerford said. “They see cheaper property, which appeals to them because many artists are on a limited budget. This project has planted a seed to get people to Medina, and to the younger people here to see that something like this exists.”

Kyla Kegler of Buffalo created “Thin Space.” She welcomes people to get in the space with the balloons.

Some of the art visitors today get a close look of the exhibit created by Nando Alvarez Perez of Buffalo, who is from Oakland. His artwork is his vision of an ideal classroom setup, with lots of color on the walls, beanbags to sit on and reading nooks.

Kyle Butler of Buffalo created this apparatus for animations. He moves the squares around to create different images. The Michigan native welcomed the chance to create artwork without the pressure of sales.

“Everybody gets a classroom,” he said. “It’s a rare artistic opportunity.”

Colleen Toledano made this piece with pink foam, which proved popular for photos.

Amanda Browder first created “Spectral Locus” for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in 2016, when large colorful fabric was draped on three buildings in Buffalo. The “Spectral Locus” is in the auditorium of the former school.

Bethany Krull made this hand-built porcelain creation she calls, “Your Very Own Mythical Creature.” It is in the hallway of the former school.

The plain white walls in the hallways are no longer.

Even the stairways were given a new vibe by the artists.

Elizabeth Cooper of Medina also is a featured artist. She created angels doing acrobatic moves in one of the stairwells. Todd Belfield of Jeddo Mill Antiques assisted with the installation.

“It’s fabulous,” Cooper said. “Everybody has very interesting stories on how they got started.”

Cooper has the angels doing acrobatics. The rings are from barrel hoops. She is impressed with the variety of art work in the project.

“I feel like this is a spark for something very interesting happening in Medina,” Cooper said.

For more on PLAY/GROUND, click here.

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Sourced Market recognized by Chamber as New Business of the Year

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Darlene Hartway, right, and her children Katie Misiti and Travis Hartway arrange merchandise in their store near Millville. Sourced Market and Eatery has been named New Business of the Year by the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 13 October 2018 at 8:28 am

MILLVILLE – Pursuing a dream has led to a local family being named New Business of the Year by the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce.

Sourced Market and Eatery’s owners Charles and Darlene Hartway and their children – Katie Misiti, Travis Hartway and Nathaniel Hartway – will be recognized with other winners at the Chamber’s 20th annual Awards Dinner on Oct. 18 at White Birch Country Club in Lyndonville.

Charles comes from a farming background, but went to work at Hartway Motors in Medina, the dealership owned by his parents, Chuck and Bonnie Hartway. When Chuck decided to retire, Charles and his sisters became partners in the dealership, until he decided to sell his interest and pursue his love of farming.

He and Darlene, with their seven children, bought a dairy farm in South Dakota and moved there.

After several years, a neighbor wanted to expand and offered to buy their land and entire equipment. They decided it was time to move back to Medina .

Charles started a certified organic farm on Fruit Avenue, while Darlene took a microenterprise class sponsored by Orleans County IDA. Katie and Travis also graduated from the class.

From left, Travis Hartway, his mother Darlene Hartway and his sister Katie Misiti stand among a sea of pumpkins on display at their store, Sourced Market and Eatery, which was named New Business of the Year by the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce.

In November 2017, the family opened their store on Maple Ridge Road, Sourced Market and Eatery, featuring an array of organic products and locally sourced food.

“We want customers to know where their food comes from,” Darlene said.

All of the family is involved in the business.

Three of their sons run Hartway Brothers Farm near Millville, land once owned by their grandfather. The boys, Nathaniel, Justin and Franklin, grow squash and pumpkins for the market. Nathaniel also works for a farmer in Bliss.

Katie plans the menu every week, handles the majority of work in the kitchen, and also coordinates catering events. Travis is the baker and is often at the counter serving customers. He said one of their most popular features is the “to-go” salads. An example might be an Asian sesame, ginger and quinoa salad. Lunches are also popular, with offerings such as a beet reuben. There are also lentil, Greek and fall harvest salads.

The store sells farm-raised beef from the Bannister family at The Bridges, as well as duck, rabbit, Polish and Italian sausage, lamb and pheasant, all USDA inspected. Their daughter Bailey is married to Robert Bannister. The Bannister farm not only supplies all the beef for the store, but a lot of the apples, peaches and nectarines.

Daughter Martha works at Mile 303, the new restaurant in Medina, and once a month, Darlene collaborates with Mile 303 to do a brunch. A different style of food is featured each time, she said.

Sourced Market and Eatery also carries honey, cheese, jams and jellies, maple syrup, juices, tofu, gluten-free and vegan options and yogurt bowls.

Since opening their doors, they have already expanded and added a room for dining and displaying more produce.

Darlene grows the herbs and some of the vegetables she uses in a garden outside the store’s door.

The store and eatery are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (eatery closes at 2 p.m.). Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (eatery is open all day). Starting in November, the business will open at 8 a.m. every day instead of 7 a.m. on Tuesday through Friday.

They are not open for supper, but the nutritious meals at Sourced sell for $8 to $9 and are a big hit.

“They are healthy, home-cooked and reasonably priced,” Darlene said. “Today’s special is lemon grass beef with jasmine rice and steamed green beans. We do as much farm-to-table as possible.”

Travis said they thought of themselves as being small and an “underdog,” so winning the Chamber recognition was a pleasant surprise.

“This area is growing and has a lot of new business, so we are surprised and very honored by the Chamber award,” Darlene said.

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Chamber honors veterinarian in Barre as Business of the Year

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 12 October 2018 at 3:53 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf: George and Iva McKenna, owners of Country Lane Veterinarian Services on East Barre Road, work together in the business they have run since 1990. The couple’s efforts have earned them the honor of being named Business of the Year by the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce.

BARRE – The Orleans County Chamber of Commerce has chosen a Barre couple with a lifelong love of animals as the Business of the Year.

George McKenna grew up on the family farm where and he and his wife Iva run Country Lane Veterinarian Services.

“We milked 35 cows and I didn’t like crop work or machinery repair very much, but I really enjoyed working with the cows,” George said, as he petted his youngest daughter Jenny’s new Bernese Mountain dog during an interview in his office.

The decision to become a veterinarian was probably made the day he and his dad were driving to Batavia for parts and they passed a large dairy farm.

“Dad said that farmer has got it made – one son is a veterinarian,” George said. “I thought, ‘That’s something I’d like to do.’”

He attended Canisius College for two years and applied to Cornell. He was placed on a waiting list. He would apply again and wasn’t accepted until his third try. He got his bachelor’s degree there after two years and then went to Auburn, Ala., where he graduated in 1988.

He and Iva have four grown daughters, all of whom have been involved in their business.

“A lecturer once said if you can fill one scrapbook with thank-you notes, then that’s an accomplishment,” George said. “I have more than 10. Our take on an animal hospital is all our clients are our friends. New clients are just friends we haven’t met yet.”

He and Iva consider their clients very special to them.

“We like to make sure everyone who comes through our door feels welcome, whether it’s a client or an employee,” George said.

A lot of young people who have come to work for the McKennas went on to become veterinarian technicians, and that makes both George and Iva proud.

Veterinarian George McKenna of Albion and his daughter Jenny play with her new puppy, a rare Bernese Mountain Dog.

Country Lane does a lot with service animals, having done fundraisers for them, and they care for the Sheriff’s dog. They also support local baseball and soccer teams.

The business employs six, including the McKenna’s daughter Kerri Richardson, who is their business manager.

George used to treat most animals, but he gave up horses 20 years ago, preferring to focus on small animals, such dogs, cats, cows and pigs.

Iva said they were honored and pleasantly surprised to learn they were being honored by the Chamber of Commerce.

The awards dinner will be Thursday night at White Birch Golf Course in Lyndonville.

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County highway doing in-house culvert work

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 October 2018 at 2:59 pm

Provided photos

RIDGEWAY – The Orleans County Highway Department installed big pieces of concrete this week for a new culvert on Culvert Road in Ridgeway, just south of Ridge Road.

The Highway Department made the concrete decking and other concrete pieces for the culvert, and then installed the components.

By not hiring the job out to a contractor, the county saved significant money, county officials said.

Labella Associates did the engineering work, the only outside firm hired for the job.

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Metro 10 will stay in downtown Albion

Photo by Tom Rivers: The runners in the 10-mile Metro 10 race gather at the starting line on Main Street on Aug. 18. The start and finish of the race shifted from Bullard Park to downtown Albion this year.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 October 2018 at 2:23 pm

Last-second change proved to be better for start and post-race party

ALBION – The Metro 10, a race that pits runners from Rochester and Buffalo, has had three different courses in its first four years.

This past race on Aug. 18 was stressful for organizers because the course had to be changed on short notice. The state Department of Transportation wouldn’t approve a permit to use Route 31 because that road was getting milled.

Route 31 covered the first 2 miles of the race and the last half-mile from Butts Road to Bullard Park. Not having access to 31 also meant Bullard Park couldn’t be used for the start and finish, with a post-race party to follow.

Rather than cancel the event, organizers shifted to the downtown for the start and finale of the race. A survey of runners showed they overwhelmingly preferred the downtown site over Bullard, said Thom Jennings, the race organizer.

“I thought it looked beautiful having everybody lined up on Main Street,” he told the Village Board on Wednesday.

He met with the board and asked for a three-year commitment to have the race on the third Saturday of August, and have the start and finish in the downtown businesses district.

The race just finished its fourth year and has now had three different 10-mile courses. Jennings is looking to have continuity in the course.

He also thinks having the race in the downtown gives the merchants and community a better chance to piggyback on the presence of about 400 runners. (The runners also have the option of doing a 5-mile course. A 10-mike bike event was added this year.)

Board members voted to support having the race in the downtown the next three years. Four of the five board members also participated in the bike race on Aug. 18.

Jennings said the race was able to raise about $3,000 for the Warrior House, which offers a hunting retreat in Shelby for wounded veterans.

“We’re just hoping to grow the event and do something good for the community,” Jennings said.

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Yates officials defend 50-50 legal split with Somerset

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 October 2018 at 9:17 am

Apex is planning 47 turbines in two towns, with 8 in Yates

Photo by Tom Rivers: Yates Town Supervisor Jim Simon said the two towns, Yates and Somerset, working together and sharing costs is best chance to stop Apex from building a project “that would eviscerate our local laws.”

YATES – Town officials were praised and criticized on Thursday evening for agreeing to a 50-50 split in legal costs with the Town of Somerset, an arrangement Yates approved in April.

Last week Apex Clean Energy unveiled a layout for 47 wind turbines in Lighthouse Wind. Of the 47, eight are planned for Yates or 17 percent of the total.

That has some residents thinking the town should only pay 17 percent of the legal fees from Dennis Vacco and his law firm Lippes, Mathias, Wexler, Friedman LLP.

Susan and Harvey Campbell both said Yates is paying far more than its fair share.

Mrs. Campbell said Somerset has more resources for its 50 percent. The town has money from a PILOT with the power plant and Niagara County has also chipped in with the legal bills.

“We’re going to support them to stop a project that could lower our taxes,” Mrs. Campbell said during Thursday’s meeting. “I think that’s ridiculous.”

The Yates Town Board was working with Hodgson Russ, a Buffalo law firm. The town decided to have joint legal counsel and went with Dennis Vacco and his law firm. Vacco is a former state attorney general.

Kate Kremer, vice president of Save Ontario Shores, praised Yates for going 50-50 with Somerset.

“Unequal funding would give us a lesser voice,” said Kremer of SOS, a citizen organization opposing Lighthouse Wind.

She expects the costs will accumulate with briefings, depositions and hearings with the project. It makes the most sense to have one legal team, she said.

Other residents spoke in favor of the equal split in legal fees.

“We’re fighting this together,” said Judy Esposito of Yates.

Town Supervisor Jim Simon said on surface it may look like Yates should only pay 17 percent of the costs. He said the full footprint of the project isn’t known with access roads, transmission lines, substations, concrete mixing stations and other impacts. That could push Yates’ “share” of the project above 17 percent.

Simon said he wants Yates to have an “even voice” in the legal fight, in determining the direction of the counsel.

Vacco, as former attorney general, also is an asset because the large-scale turbine projects are now reviewed in Albany by a state siting board. Vacco “understands the dictatorial system” from the state, Simon said.

He noted the administrative law judge from the state urged the towns to share legal representation. That was in January 2016 at a hearing about intervenor funds, the $70,350 Apex needed to provide the two towns and Save Ontario Shores for the initial response in the project’s application.

The judges approved $40,350 for Somerset, followed by $20,500 for Yates, and $9,500 for Save Ontario Shores.

The entities are expected to be approved for another $200,000 in intervenor funds if the application proceeds. Those funds help the towns and citizen groups hire experts and lawyers to review the application.

Simon said the two towns have passed local laws to keep the turbines from within 3 miles of the shoreline and at least a half-mile from residences and a half-mile from the property lines of landowners who don’t have leases with Apex.

The company is planning for turbines that don’t meet those regulations.

“None of the turbines are legal,” said Yates Town Councilman John Riggi, citing the setbacks and lake buffer zone.

Yates has $20,000 budgeted for legal costs this year. That includes $8,500 to Andrew Meier as the municipal attorney. The town has nearly maxed out the $20,000 this year, Simon said.

Next year, Yates has budgeted $18,000 for legal costs. Next year Meier might not attend many of the Town Board meetings and instead be available by phone, which will reduce his costs.

Simon said the intervenor funds will help with the legal expenses if Apex proceeds with its application.

The town supervisor said Yates needs to protect the community from the project and fight for the integrity of its municipal laws.

“By hiring a joint legal team we stand the best chance of stopping Apex from eviscerating our local laws,” he said. “We need a legal team that will fight not only this company but the Siting Board that wants to shove it down our throats.”

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Salmon, fishermen make annual fall trek to Orleans tributaries

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 October 2018 at 9:36 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

LYNDONVILLE – Two friends hold the Chinook salmon they caught this evening in Johnson Creek near the Lyndonville Dam.

Frank Bradley, left, is from Warren, Ohio, and his friend James Read is from Greenville, Pa. The two come to Orleans County to fish two or three times a year.

The fall salmon run draws many out-of-state fishermen to the county. One of the anglers is shown near the dam while the sun is setting just before 7 p.m.

There were several fishermen near the spot just before the dam. The salmon traveled several miles through Johnson Creek but could get no farther because of the dam.

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