Jacobs commends Iroquois Job Corps for prepping students for careers in construction

Posted 10 September 2021 at 11:20 am

Provided photos: Congressman Chris Jacobs toured the Iroquois Job Corps on Thursday. He commended students for preparing for careers in trades and healthcare.

Press Release, Congressman Chris Jacobs

SHELBY – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) toured the Iroquois Job Corps Center in Shelby on Thursday.

“Our region, and much of the country, faces an aging workforce in trades and a lack of younger, qualified individuals to carry the torch. That is why the work the Iroquois Job Corps is doing is so critical,” Jacobs said. “This center, and ones like it around the country, are giving young adults hands-on training in various trades that have immediate career potential following their graduation. In addition, they are providing young adults in high-risk situations with a second chance and the opportunities and resources to succeed.”

Jacobs’ visit included a tour of the carpentry, medical care, electrical, masonry, and educational facilities at the Iroquois Job Corps campus in Medina. In addition, Jacobs met with instructors and students from the various programs to learn about the work they are doing and the opportunities available.

“I commend the leadership team and the instructors at the Iroquois Job Corps Center for the incredible work they are doing and the impressive education they are providing. This center is integral to maintaining our region’s strong workforce and economic prosperity,” Jacobs said. “I urge any young adult considering a career in the trades to reach out to the center to learn more about the opportunities available.”

Jacobs saw up close how students are skilled with tools.

State approves $167K from solar company to Shelby, Barre for review of 200 megawatt project

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 September 2021 at 1:09 pm

BARRE – Two state administrative law judges have awarded $167,200 in intervenor funding to the towns of Barre and Shelby for its legal and engineering expenses to review an application for a 200 megawatt solar project covering about 2,000 acres in the two towns.

Michele M. Stefanucci and Anthony Belsito, administrative law judges, on Sept. 2 awarded $122,200 to Barre and $55,000 to Shelby. That was the exact request from each town.

As part of the application through the state Office of Renewable Energy Siting, the solar company needs to provide up to $1,000 per megawatt or up to $200,000 total for municipalities, non-profit organizations and other groups that apply for some of the funding to hire experts to review the application.

Community Energy Solar is proposing to construct and operate “Hemlock Ridge Solar.” The project was initially presented as “Orleans Solar” but Community Energy has modified the name. (Many of the solar arrays are proposed to be along Hemlock Ridge Road in Barre.)

The project is proposed to be about 80 percent in Barre and 20 percent in Shelby in a sparsely populated part of the two towns near the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. A substation would also be in Barre for the project.

The facility site will be located on approximately 2,094 acres, of which approximately 1,268 acres will be occupied by facility infrastructure and maintained for the life of the project, estimated to be at least 30 years, the company states in a filing with ORES. (Click here to see documents submitted to the NYS Department of Public Service about the project.)

The two towns, in their letters to the state requesting intervenor funds, said the money would allow the towns to defray “the cost of legal, environmental and engineering consulting services.”

The consultants will assist the towns in determining whether the proposed facility is designed to be sited, constructed, and operated in compliance with applicable local laws and regulations. Lawyers hired with the intervenor funds can also assist the towns with developing a host community agreement and a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes), which is revenue to be shared among the local taxing entities.

20th annual East Shelby swap meet returns to fairgrounds Sept. 18-19

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 8 September 2021 at 12:37 pm

KNOWLESVILLE – The Orleans County 4-H  Fairgrounds will be the site Sept. 18 and 19 of the 20th annual “September to Remember” to benefit the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company.

David Green of East Shelby started the first event 19 years ago as a swap meet for collectors of antique and vintage vehicles. He had a 1953 Buick at the time, which he drove in parades when he was campaigning for sheriff.

He knew when he and other antique car buffs needed parts for their vehicles they had to travel to Carlisle, Pa., where they have one of the biggest automotive swap meets in the country. Carlisle has more than 7,000 vendors and as many as 2,200 vehicles for sale, Green said.

“If you collect old cars and you’re looking for a part, like a simple tail light, you can’t just go to the store and buy one,” he said.

The first swap meet was at the East Shelby Fire Hall and it was a huge success, Green said.

“It was so successful we decided to move it to the fairgrounds, where we had lots of room outside,” he said.

Green has had several old vehicles and now owns a 1980 short box Chevrolet truck and a 1978 Buick Regal Limited.

The Swap Meet has grown over the years to include food, a craft and antique show, flea market and car and truck show.

For $10, a vehicle owner can enter his car or truck he wishes to sell in the car corral.

The event is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will feature a truck show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday will have a car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Ladies Auxiliary will provide beef on weck, chili, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, cold drinks and donuts.

Vendors will be set up in the Lartz Building. One hundred vendor spaces are available, Green said.

There will be a $5 charge for parking, but admission is free. Proceeds benefit the East Shelby Fire Company, and help make up the revenue lost with the loss of bingo and their chicken barbecue.

Knights of Columbus donates $2,500 to Warrior House

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 3 September 2021 at 8:35 am

Photo by Ginny Kropf: Members of Medina Knights of Columbus posed behind a kneeling soldier and cross to present a check for $2,500 to Pete Zeliff at the Warrior House on Salt Works Road. From left are Howie Gardner from the Knights, Zeliff and Dave Bellucci with the Knights.

MEDINA – The Warrior House on Salt Works Road has been designated by the Knights of Columbus as the recipient of a check for $2,500, representing the proceeds of their recent golf tournament.

The Knights have been having a golf tournament for 25 years, said Dave Bellucci, who was on the golf committee with Jim Mirand, Archie Washak and his wife Amy, Howie Gardner, Bob Fox, Karen Carlton, Kevin Bogan, and Mike and Martha Krupa.

Mirand said the committee wishes to thank all the volunteers who helped on the golf course, as well as those in the kitchen assisting with the banquet. He said thanks also go out to all the golfers, members and guests who generously supported the tournament and basket raffle.

The golf tournament was started to benefit a scholarship in memory of the late Larry Schrader, but recently the Knights decided to support the Warrior House and its programs for veterans.

Skip Draper, a member of the Knights, said they used to earn money by having fish fries, but had to discontinue them when Covid hit.

He also said it had been suggested they sponsor a veteran on Assemblyman Steve Hawley’s trip to Washington, D.C., but that would only help one person, where a donation to the Warrior House would benefit multiple veterans.

The Warrior House is also going to benefit from a promotion at Arby’s Roast Beef in Batavia. During the month of October, Arby’s owner Bill Meland has agreed to donate 10 percent of his proceeds to the Warrior House.

Pete Zeliff, who lived on Johnson Road in Middleport, donated the land and house for the Warrior House about 12 years ago to use as a retreat and hunting preserve for veterans. Since then, beds have been built in the home, where up to nine veterans can be accommodated for goose hunts and deer hunts annually.

“This donation will help support our programs going forward,” Zeliff said of the Knights’ check.

The Warrior House and hunting preserve are located on 100 acres of land, which Zeliff has dedicated to providing recreation for veterans. Zeliff’s mother Kathy Zeliff volunteers to cook meals for the veterans when they are at the Warrior House for a weekend hunt.

Zeliff and his wife also recently purchased the former Yellow Goose in Oakfield, which they have turned into the Oakfield Food Pantry. More and more veterans are taking advantage of that, Zeliff said.

6-year-old’s produce stand is a hit in East Shelby

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 August 2021 at 5:38 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

EAST SHELBY – Nathan Gray, 6, is shown at his produce stand on East Shelby Road this afternoon.

Nathan started selling produce from the stand last month. He grew most of the vegetables with his father Justin Gray at their home on Dunlap Road. That is a low-traffic area so they decided to sell the produce from a spot in Nathan’s grandparents’ front yard just south of the East Shelby Fire Hall.

Nathan and his dad Justin are shown at the stand this afternoon. Justin has had a garden for years and his son likes to help him grow vegetables. Some of the items are from other growers, but Mr. Gray said about 90 percent comes from their garden.

Nathan wanted to sell some produce to make some money to go towards a small 4-wheeler. He also welcomes the chance to chat with customers who stop by.

“He has the gift of gab,” his dad said. “He likes to talk to people.”

Nathan will be a second-grader at Medina next month. He said he likes to meet people who stop by the stand.

“A lot of the people are nice,” he said.

Right now corn and tomatoes are the most popular items. They have a lot of pumpkins that will be ready in the fall. The Grays expect the will keep Nathan’s Produce Stand going until early November.

“We’re trying to teach him that hard work pays off,” Mr. Gray said.

Photo courtesy of Justin Gray: Nathan Gray operates a rototiller and works the soil this spring. He said he gets out early in the morning to work in the garden.

Water will be shut off in Shelby on Thursday at Furness Parkway, Charles Street

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 July 2021 at 9:01 am

SHELBY – The town will shut off the water on Thursday for about 30 homes on Furness Parkway and Charles Street.

The water will be shut off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. so the Niagara County Water District can do maintenance on a water vault to alleviate pressure variations. Dale Root, the town highway superintendent, said there are complaints from residents on the two streets about water pressure going from too high to too low.

Niagara County Water District will work on a pressure regulator, taking it apart, cleaning, readjusting and reinstalling it.

The two streets are off Route 31 between the Tops plaza and Salt Works Road.

Shelby woman looks to develop family entertainment center at farm

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 6 July 2021 at 1:47 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Andrea Walton walks down the driveway of her family farm on Maple Ridge Road in Medina where she plans to develop a family entertainment venue. She recently graduated from the Microenterprise Assistance Program.

MEDINA – Andrea Walton’s proposed new business – an entertainment venue at her family farm – isn’t going to happen overnight.

The Medina resident who was one of the graduates from the recent Microenterprise Assistance Program plans to create the entertainment center at the family farm on Maple Ridge Road. Walton grew up on the farm at 11412 Maple Ridge Rd., a daughter of Sharon and the late Walter Hurd.

Andrea Walton points to Oak Orchard Creek, which runs through her family farm on Maple Ridge Road. Her plans include a miniature golf course where she is standing, gem stone mining and an ice cream stand.

“There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle and I will add one piece at a time,” Walton said.

Her plans for what she is calling the Donkey’s Barnyard are to build a miniature golf course along the bank of Oak Orchard Creek, which runs through the property. Then she wants to have gemstone mining for children, U-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, petting zoo and playground for kids. One of the barns will become an ice cream and hot dog stand.

Walton works for a wholesale plumbing and heating contractor in Batavia and looked at developing such a site 12 years ago. She took an entrepreneurial class then, but the plans fell apart, she said.

“The idea has been back in my head for a long time,” she said.

She decided to take the Microenterprise Assistance Program class for the networking opportunities and potential to work with other entrepreneurs. The program is run through the Orleans Economic Development Agency.

Walton’s parents bought the farm in 1961. The land is rented out now, but Walton plans to repurpose part of it for her venture.

“I want this to be a place where families can have fun,” Walton said.

Her goal is to be able to start construction on the miniature golf course by next spring.

County planners give OK to entertainment farm, used car sales businesses in Shelby

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 July 2021 at 8:19 am

Board backs Albion battery storage regulations, storage addition for Ridgeway book and toy business

ALBION – The Orleans County Planning Board reviewed several proposals at its meeting last month and gave its recommendation for approval for an entertainment farm with a putt-putt course in Shelby, as well as other proposals.

Andrea Walton is proposing a recreational facility with putt-putt golf, an ice cream stand, gem mining, pumpkin sales and a corn maze at 11412 Maple Ridge Rd. Walton plans to utilize existing buildings on site without new construction.

The Orleans County Planning Board recommended the Town of Shelby approve the site plan for the outdoor recreational facility and activities, which are in an industrial zone.

In other action on June 24, the Planning Board:

• Recommended approval for the site plan and a special use permit for a used car sales business at 5138 South Gravel Rd. in Shelby.

Todd Walter plans to use the site as a pickup location for vehicles that are bought online. He plans to remodel an existing garage and add a 20-by-80-foot lot north of the garage. Walter will be limited to no more than 25 vehicles being offered for sale at the site.

• Backed an 11,200 square-foot addition for product storage at 3161 Fruit Ave. in Ridgeway. Living Waters America LLC, a Christian book and toy business, is adding more room to an existing 4,605 square-foot structure.

• Recommended Town of Albion approve its proposed law to regulate battery energy storage systems. Albion establishes a tier 1 storage system (capacity less than 600kWh) and tier 2 (more than 600 kWh).

Building permits will be required and an electrical inspection must be conducted with the systems. The tier 2 systems will be subject to a public hearing, and adjoining landowners within 500 feet of the property must be notified within 10 days of the hearing. The hearing notice also needs to be printed in a newspaper with general circulation.

The tier 2 systems shall be enclosed by an 8-foot high fence and with a self-locking gate. The tier 2 system also should have screening from adjacent properties “to the extent reasonably practicable” using architectural features, earth berms and other landscaping.

The one-hour average noise generated by the battery storage systems also shall not exceed a noise level of 60 dBA as measured at the outside wall of any non-participating residence or occupied community building.

The operators also need to have procedures for a safe shutdown, de-energizing or isolation of equipment under emergency conditions to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injuries.

Albion also includes decommissioning requirements for the systems, requiring them to be removed if they haven’t had any electrical storage for six months. Applicants for the systems will need to have a decommissioning plan for the projects.

Old Tyme Day returns to East Shelby Church on July 18 with penny pie

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 1 July 2021 at 2:14 pm

File photo by Tom Rivers: Eli Pask and Evan Allen play their instruments to “When the Saints Go Marching In” as part of a parade through West Jackson Corners, a hamlet created by the church. This photo was taken in July 2017. The popular event will be back on July 18.

EAST SHELBY – After an absence last year due to Covid-19 restrictions, Old Tyme Day will return to the East Shelby Community Bible Church and its miniature village, West Jackson Corners, on July 18.

The celebration will begin with a church service at 10 a.m., followed by an afternoon of festivities in the miniature village across the street. There will be old-fashioned crafts on display, including candle making, woodworking, sewing, the blacksmith shop, corn husk dolls and weaving.

Another highlight will be old-time games for children and the opportunity to have an old-fashioned picture taken. One of the favorite games is a David and Goliath-style activity, where children shoot the giant with a slingshot, but instead of stones, they shoot gumballs.

Visitors can take a horse and wagon ride or a trip to the East Shelby Cemetery for a tour. Many local residents who were active in the early years of the church are buried there.

The barn on the edge of town has goats to pet, and for entertainment there will be dancing, a band concert, a gospel concert and other music performed throughout the day.

For lunch, visitors can buy a hotdog, lemonade, popcorn, homemade pie and homemade ice cream – all for a penny each or a donation.

At the miniature candy store, everything is only one cent.

A raffle will take place at 3:30 p.m. to give away certain craft items.

Mrs. Claus will welcome visitors to her Christmas shop, or they can stop for a class at the one-room schoolhouse.

All are welcome to join in the festivities, eat lunch and see how people lived more than a century ago.

East Shelby Community Bible Church is located at 5278 East Shelby Rd., one mile south of East Shelby.

Shelby firefighters grateful for new gear and air packs through grants and fundraisers

Photo by Ginny Kropf: Shelby Volunteer Fire Company is saying thanks to several grant providers and to the community for their support, which has allowed them to purchased much needed safety equipment. Posing in front are Tim Petry, president, holding a Gary Sinese Foundation decal; Dawn Petry, steward; Vincent Viterna, firefighter; Crystal Luckman, lieutenant; and Deegan Bragg, firefighter. Standing in rear wearing their eight new sets of gear are, from left, Robert Schaal and Christopher Montalvo, firefighters; Tiffany Petry, EMS lieutenant; Tim Fearby, past chief; John Palmer, vice president; Joe Kyle, past assistant chief; Gary Lamar, past president; Trevor Fox, firefighter; and Jason Watts, chief.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 30 June 2021 at 3:33 pm

SHELBY – In spite of a difficult year coping with a pandemic and loss of their major fundraisers, the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company has a lot to be thankful for.

Tuesday night, they met to show off new turnout gear which was purchased with one of several grants they recently received.

The firefighters then put on their eight sets of new turnout gear, and provided a picture of 16 new Scott air packs, which the grants allowed them to purchase.

Fire company president Tim Petry said the fire company can’t say enough thanks to Jay Grasso, owner of G&G Municipal Consulting and Grant Writing, who wrote the Gary Sinise grant for $50,000 and a USDA Community Facilities Loan Grant for $61,000. Petry also issued heartfelt thanks to the community, whose response to a mail-in fund drive resulted in enough money to purchase five sets of gear at $2,500 each. Petry said they were especially thankful to the community, whose donations, in spite of Covid, were greater than other years.

Petry said the fire company first learned about applying for a grant when they were contacted by the Gary Sinise Foundation, asking if we could use some extra gear.

“How about we buy you eight sets?” Petry was asked.

The Gary Sinise Foundation was founded by award-winning actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise in June 2011. Sinise is known for his support of active-duty service members, veterans, first responders and their families. It has headquarters in Central Florida and San Diego.

The Shelby Volunteer Fire Company then contacted Jay Grasso of Spencerport, operator of G&G Municipal Consulting and Grant Writing, asking him to pursue the grant. The result was a $50,000 grant from the Gary Sinise Foundation. Grasso also wrote a grant to the USDA Community Facilities, which resulted in a grant of $61,000.

Provided photo: Shelby Volunteer Fire Company lined up their 16 new Scott Air Packs, which they were able to purchase with receipt of two grants. They are lined up in front of the new ladder truck, which was put into service in July 2020.

In addition to the grant from the Gary Sinise Foundation for eight sets of turnout gear, the fire company was able to purchase 16 Scott Air Packs with two bottles each.

In an e-mail to the fire company, Grasso expressed his satisfaction at helping the fire company with its operation.

“We are honored to assist the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company and they residents they serve with our grant writing assistance,” Grasso said. “Writing the successful Gary Sinise grant and the USDA Community Facilities Loan Grant was a team effort between G&G staff and fire department members. These grants will provide turnout gear and SCBA to department members. This vital gear will protect firefighters as they serve their community in dangerous conditions. I wish to personally thank department president Tim Petry for his hard work and dedication to these complicated grant applications.”

The fire company has also applied for a grant to purchase a grain bin rescue kit.

“With Covid, we lost revenue from hall rentals, as well as all our other fundraisers, so it is a blessing to get these grants,” Petry said.

He also noted the fire company put a new ladder truck into service in July 2020.

East Shelby Auxiliary welcomes back spring basket raffle on June 12

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 30 May 2021 at 12:23 pm

Organization’s fundraising efforts have been hurt during pandemic

EAST SHELBY – Relaxing the Covid restrictions couldn’t some soon enough for many, including the East Shelby Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary.

Like every other fire companies, businesses and organizations in the country, activities had to be canceled or put on hold due to the pandemic, but now things are changing.

Bronwyn Green

With the increase in Covid vaccinations and decrease in cases, the Auxiliary has decided to go ahead with a spring basket raffle and fundraiser June 12 at the fire hall. They are calling it “We’re Back Basket Raffle.”

Auxiliary president Bronwyn Green said they have done basket raffles through the years during other fundraisers, such as their His and Hers’ Raffle, usually in April, and Casino Night in the winter. The firefighters have also done one during the “September to Remember” event at the fairgrounds, which was also canceled last year.

“As you can imagine, our coffers took a big hit last year due to the Covid pandemic restrictions,” Green said.

Green explained how important these fundraisers are to the Auxiliary and the Fire Company.

“The money the auxiliary raises goes toward equipment for our kitchen, donations to philanthropic causes, for recognition of members’ milestones in the Auxiliary and to support the firemen and women in our company,” she said. “Through the years, the money we have raised has helped to remodel our kitchen, purchase chairs for the new tables in the firehall and to provide equipment for the firemen, to name a few causes. This past year we were unable to provide a gift to the department, as our fundraising opportunities were stripped away by the pandemic.”

In addition to the basket raffle, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 12, the Auxiliary will have a side raffle of a $200 gift certificate to the soon-to-be-opened Bent’s Opera House. This generous donation can be used by the winner to have dinner at the Harvest Restaurant or a night at the hotel. In addition, there will be a lottery tree door prize giveaway.

“This is our first event where the public will be allowed in the fire hall,” Green said.

Guests must adhere to Covid guidelines in effect at the time. Tickets may be purchased on site for the basket raffle or the Bent’s Opera House drawing. There will also be hot dogs, chips and beverages for sale. The drawings may be observed at 3 p.m. in person or online on Facebook with Eli Howard.

“This event is so important for several reasons,” Green said. “We miss our supporters tremendously. We have been a successful fire company auxiliary in East Shelby since the 1950’s. Our company is our community. We have so many faithful supporters year after year, after year, after year – even if they aren’t lucky enough to have a winning ticket. They continue to come through for us in so many ways. We get to know them when they sit in our firehall and joke with our members, eat our food, drink our beverages and socialize with us and with one another. Our friends of the East Shelby Fire Hall have supported our events and sat in the same seats every year. Plain and simple – we miss them.”

A second reason events like this are so important is that the fire company needs training and equipment, and the money raised by Auxiliary fundraisers enable them to help the fire company any way they can.

The third reason is hall improvements are going to be needed, something that is never ending, Green said. And finally, the fire company has many veteran members who have made the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company what it is today.

“It is an organization of which both firefighters and our auxiliary members are beyond proud, and we owe it to these veterans, our supporters and the communities we serve to help maintain that pride in our company,” Green said. “We could not do it without the help of our faithful supporters.”

Green added they would welcome any donations of baskets or services from community members, should anyone wish to contribute.

East Shelby Ladies Auxiliary recognizes dedicated members, including two for 50 years

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 28 April 2021 at 7:09 am

Provided photos: Gerry Zinkievich, left, of East Shelby and Doris Antinore of Albion were recognized at the April meeting of the East Shelby Ladies Auxiliary for 50 years of membership. Debbie Green was elected vice president of the East Shelby Ladies Auxiliary.

EAST SHELBY – The East Shelby Ladies Auxiliary recognized its slate of officers and dedicated members at its April meeting.

President Bronwyn Green said because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the fire company did not have its annual banquet in March this year, so members were honored at the regular meeting.

The slate of officers recognized were Bronwyn Green, president; Debbie Green, vice president; Sawyer Green, secretary; Carol Lonnen, treasurer and chaplain; sunshine, Jessie Green; historian, Wanda Dingman; three-year trustee, Shirley Printup; two-year trustee, Elaine Newton; and one-year trustee, Sue Green.

Gerry Zinkievich and Doris Antinore each received certificates for 50 years of membership. Other service certificates were awarded to Sue Green, 35 years; Debbie Green, 40 years; and Marcia Walter, 45 years.

Other special recognitions included the Steward’s award, which was presented to Sawyer Green for her service to the fire company during the 2020 year; and the Ladies Auxiliary President’s Award, given to Carol Lonnen.

During the past year and restrictions due to Covid-19, the Auxiliary has been conducting most of its business through its phone tree, Bronwyn Green said.

Sawyer Green, left, has been elected secretary of the East Shelby Ladies Auxiliary. Carol Lonnen, treasurer and chaplain of the East Shelby Ladies Auxiliary, was presented with the President’s Award at their April meeting. The award would have been presented at the annual banquet, which was canceled this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Beef slaughter plant in Shelby approved by OC Planning Board

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 April 2021 at 11:56 am

SHELBY – The Orleans County Planning Board gave its support for a new agricultural processing facility at 4765 South Gravel Rd.

Phil and Dawn Keppler are applying to build the new 9,640 square feet beef slaughter plant would be part of the SK Herefords Premium Beef farm, which is owned by the Kepplers and David Schubel. The new processing facility will only serve the beef animals raised by SK Herefords.

“Slaughtering facilities are few and far between, and they are expensive,” said Jim Bensley, the county’s planning director.

SK Herefords currently sell the beef to many farm markets in Western New York. The new processing facility will include space for a retail outlet for the meat. The processing facility also will have an inspector from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Planning Board recommended the Town of Shelby approve the site plan, issue a permit and also approve a variance because the project is 7 feet short of the 500 feet required in the Shelby code for distance from a neighboring property line. The facility would be 493 feet from the northern property line.

The project also includes 10 parking spaces on the west side of the facility, and a loading/unloading area on the south side. The building would be set back 80 feet from the road.

The project needs a final OK from the Town of Shelby Planning Board.

In other action:

• The Orleans County Planning Board also recommended Shelby approve the site plan for an antique retail sales business at 4237 South Gravel Rd. in General Business District.

Filomena’s Favorites, which has about 25 vendors currently on East Center Street in downtown Medina, is looking to relocate to the former Old Mill Run restaurant.

Some students return to Iroquois Job Corps with more headed to the center

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 8 April 2021 at 10:04 am

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Students studying to be clinical medical assistants learn to draw blood at the Iroquois Job Corps Center.

MEDINA – Like so many companies and schools, the Covid pandemic took a toll on students and learning at the Iroquois Job Corps.

Luke Kantor

The Job Corps was shut down in March 2020 when orders were issued to send all Job Corps students home and put a temporary hold on admitting new students. They didn’t start bringing back students until November, when they were allowed back in small groups.

In December 2020, it was announced the Job Corps’ new year would begin under the leadership of Education and Training Resources headquartered in Bowling Green, Ky. ETR formerly managed the Iroquois Job Corps for a number of years and won the contract back in December, according to Center Director Dennis Essom in the December newsletter.

Luke Kantor, manager of Outreach and Admissions/Career Readiness/Career Transition, said during the pandemic students were on distance learning and now some would prefer not to come back in person. Students at home were issued Chromebooks and wireless hotspots, and instructors created virtual classrooms to work with students, so they could continue their education.

A student lays bricks in the masonry class at Iroquois Job Corps. Bricklaying is one of half a dozen careers students can train for at the Job Corps.

As of March, 40 students were on site and 110 were waiting to get in. Each group brought back to the Center must quarantine for two weeks. The Iroquois Job Corps Center has the capacity for 225 students.

Training is offered as a certified nursing assistant, clinical medical assistant and in electrical, carpentry, bricklaying and painting fields, as well as high school equivalency.

Kantor said a student who graduates from the bricklaying program can start working with a union at $42 an hour. He also said a student can’t learn bricklaying on a computer. They need to be on site.

The bricklaying program has recently acquired a new piece of equipment called a brick mule. It is a mix of robotics and masonry, Kantor said. It can pick up blocks as heavy as 200 pounds and put them in place.

The goal of ETR and Job Corps is to promote more connections to the community. There is a focus on bringing in more local students, rather than those from the big cities, Kantor said. A Community Relations Council, which meets four times a year, and Work Force Council, which meets twice a year, are made up of members from the community.

Also, the Job Corps is encouraging females to train the fields of skilled trades, such as carpentry, stone/brick masonry, commercial painting and electrical.

Kantor also noted the Job Corps not only works with at-risk students, but those who’ve done well and graduated from high school and BOCES.

“If they are looking for extra training, we can provide it,” he said.

Kantor said staff is working on a virtual job fair and with a virtual military recruiting meeting.

Retired sheriff honored for 60 years of service to East Shelby Fire Company

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 March 2021 at 10:39 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: David Green, second from left, is presented a “Special Recognition Award” from Orleans County Legislator Bill Eick and an award from the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York by Dale Banker, the county’s emergency management coordinator. Debbie Taylor, the East Shelby fire chief, joined Green at the County Legislature’s chambers for the awards for his 60 years of service with the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company.

ALBION — David Green, a retired Orleans County sheriff and fire coordinator, was recognized during Wednesday’s County Legislature meeting with a “Special Recognition Award” for his 60 years of service to the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company.

“Through you selflessness and extreme commitment as a firefighter in your community your efforts have provided a positive impact on the health and safety of the residents of the fire district,” the citation stated from the Legislature.

Dale Banker, the county’s emergency management coordinator, also presented Green with a proclamation from the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York for the 60 years of volunteer service.

The County Legislature also recognized Charles Ralph for his 50 years as a member of the East Shelby Fire Department. Mr. Ralph wasn’t at Wednesday’s Legislature meeting.