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Public hearing set for July 18 on Western Orleans comprehensive plan

Staff Reports Posted 6 June 2018 at 1:53 pm

SHELBY – Residents in western Orleans County are welcome to attend a public hearing on July 18 to comment about a comprehensive plan for the towns of Shelby, Ridgeway and Yates and the villages of Medina and Lyndonville.

The plan covers a broad array of topics, including socioeconomic trends – housing; land use – zoning and development; infrastructure and utilities; environment; historic, cultural, and municipal resources; parks; open space and recreation; economic development; transportation; and sustainability.

For each topic area, the plan summarizes existing conditions, identifies issues and opportunities and outline recommendations and action items.

A committee with officials from the municipalities has been working on the plan for about 18 months. The Western Orleans Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee has completed a draft of the plan, a 339-page document that is available by clicking here.

The July 18 public hearing and information session begins at 6 p.m. at the Shelby Town Hall, 4062 Salt Works Rd.

“The draft WOCP is the result of 18 months of hard work by Committee members and the Orleans County Department of Planning and Development,” said Yates Town Supervisor Jim Simon, who also chairs the Committee and is responsible for revising the WOCP.

He urged western Orleans residents to review the plan and provide some input. Comments can be directed to the Orleans County Department of Planning and Development – the agency facilitating this process. Copies of the Plan and comment forms can be found at the town and village halls of Shelby, Ridgeway, Yates, Medina and Lyndonville, the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, and the Yates Community Library.

Comments should be submitted to the Orleans County Department of Planning and Development at 14016 Route 31, Albion NY, 14411. Additionally, an electronic comment form can be found on the Department’s webpage.

Questions about the WOCP or the public involvement process should be directed to Sarah Gatti at the Orleans County Department of Planning and Development by phone at 585-589-3187 or email at sarah.gatti@orleanscountyny.gov.

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Millville Cemetery monument stands as a remarkable local landmark

By Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian Posted 28 April 2018 at 8:08 am

“Overlooked Orleans” – Vol. 4, No. 17

Gravesite of Asa C. Hill – Millville Cemetery, Shelby, NY

SHELBY – Our rural communities are filled with strikingly beautiful landscapes and recognizable landmarks scattered throughout the region. As I passed through Millville this week, I thought about one of my favorite “little” landmarks in Shelby, a cemetery marker that has always grabbed my attention since I first visited Millville Cemetery.

The stone is rather remarkable, aside from its overwhelming appearance, towering over the seemingly smaller stones placed around it. Rarely does an attractive statue such as this adorn the burial site of an individual and perhaps its location in a rural cemetery makes it all the more unique. Yet the story of Asa Hill, the man memorialized by the granite obelisk and stoic soldier standing guard, adds a degree of mystery to the stone itself.

A native of Shelby, Asa Cummings Hill was born August 19, 1837 to William and Clarissa Miller Hill. When the South seceded from the Union in April of 1861, Asa found himself drawn to military service like so many other local men as indicated by his enlistment on November 14, 1861. Over a month later on December 22nd, he was mustered into service as a private with Company D of the 28th New York Volunteer Infantry along with a number of other men from Medina.

Of the four shields that adorn the base of Hill’s monument, the southern face notes his service, stating that he was wounded in action on August 9, 1862, captured, and sent to Libby Prison before his eventual exchange and discharge from service on January 13, 1863. A detailed description of an enlisted man’s service carved upon his headstone surely indicates a closer connection to his service than might appear on the surface. With that curiosity, I thought it worthwhile to peruse the pages of C. W. Boyce’s A Brief History of the Twenty-Eighth Regiment New York State Volunteers, which highlights the unit’s service and what transpired on August 9, 1862.

On that date, Union and Confederate forces converged upon a location known as Cedar Mountain, often called Cedar Run by the Confederates and occasionally referred to as Slaughter’s Mountain after a nearby landowner. This particular morning was exceptionally hot, as Sgt. William Lewis recalled, upwards of “100° to 109° in the shade,” and Union forces were told to hold their position in the face of oncoming artillery fire and light skirmishing. Following an impromptu conference between commanding officers, it was decided that the available units should advance upon the Confederate battery in an effort to capture it. As Union artillery was poised to direct fire upon a section of woods occupied by the enemy in advance of the attack, Gen. Nathaniel Banks prematurely commenced movement of his troops.

Asa C. Hill, Standing Atop Cemetery Monument at Millville Cemetery

Sgt. Lewis, the color-bearer for the 28th New York, led the charge with fixed bayonets at double quick and immediately after the advance commenced, “the entire line was met with a murderous fire from the front and also from the right flank…” The men of the 28th New York had encountered the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Virginia Infantry under the command of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson. It was during this advance that men encountered “…a most desperate hand to hand conflict,”  suffering the loss of 17 of the 18 officers and 196 of the 339 enlisted men, either killed, wounded, or captured. It was during this engagement that Col. Edwin F. Bowen of Medina was shot in the arm, the bone shattering to pieces and requiring amputation.

In the months following the engagement, a report appeared in the New York World on October 21, 1862, listing casualties from conflicts in the previous months. It was noted in this report that Pvt. Asa Hill suffered an amputated right leg as the result of wounds sustained during the engagement at Cedar Mountain. It is difficult to discern exactly when the procedure was undertaken to remove Hill’s leg.

A single man who relied upon his physical strength to conduct business on his farm, Hill returned to his family’s home on Sanderson Road in Shelby with an overwhelming injury that he would never recover from. With Asa’s father William passing in 1868, the family relied upon hired men to assist in caring for the farm including William Mull, Joseph Schindelmyer and Asa’s nephew, William Hill. As a disabled veteran he was entitled to a pension, which he applied for in 1866, and the eligible bachelor eventually married Catherine Bodine in 1878. The couple welcomed a son, Asa Bodine Hill on January 15, 1879, and Asa passed two years later on April 25, 1881 at the age of 43.

In the years following Asa’s passing, newspapers reported on the beautification that was taking place at Millville Cemetery, drawing attention to the “…soldiers monument to Asa Hill.” It was noted in a subsequent correction that Hill’s monument was paid for by his widow, Kate, after his passing without any assistance. What is unique about the statue that adorns the peak of this monument is the form of the soldier. Although many monuments to area soldiers are crafted as a “stock” representation of a man, the soldier atop Hill’s monument is carved in his likeness – there is no monument like it anywhere else.

Hill stands atop this granite obelisk, wearing a great coat and topped with a forage cap. It is possible that a portion of the musket barrel broke off as the musket’s length would have extended to the shoulder of a soldier of average height. Packed under his right elbow is his cartridge box, he stands with a rifled musket grasped firmly in his hands and appears to gaze off in the distance as if to watch over the family’s farm.

The statue is carved with exquisite detail as the lock plate, hammer, trigger, and sling are clearly visible. Perhaps most interesting about this representation is that the statue shows no sign of his physical disability as a result of the war, indicating that the representation depicts Hill before the Battle of Cedar Mountain. He rests the weight of his body on his left leg, the right leg slightly flexed. It is likely coincidental that it was his right leg that was amputated and not an effort by the artist to symbolize his eventual injury.

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Shelby plans 200th anniversary celebration for town

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 April 2018 at 8:22 am

Fashion show, proclamations and other festivities on June 16

Photo by Tom Rivers: Alice Zacher, the Shelby town historian, is pictured with vintage dresses that will be modelled during a fashion show at 2 p.m. on June 16 at Oak Orchard Elementary School in Medina.

SHELBY – Town Historian Alice Zacher and the staff at the Shelby Town Hall have been busy preparing for a bicentennial celebration for the town.

The 200th anniversary party will begin at 9 a.m. on June 16 at the Shelby Town Hall with proclamations from elected officials about the town’s milestone anniversary. There will be lemonade, cookies and popcorn at that event, with a slideshow about the town’s history.

There also will be a self-guided car tour that takes people to Millville, East Shelby, West Shelby and Shelby Center, Zacher told the Town Board on Tuesday evening.

The town will have a large banner, declaring Shelby’s 200th birthday, displayed in Rotary Park in downtown Medina. The Bicentennial Committee also is having magnets made for the town’s 200 years that will be given away at the Town Hall and during bicentennial events.

The big event on the bicentennial will be a fashion show at 2 p.m. on June 16. Zacher has organized a show with fashions from the pioneer days – “the pioneer settlers weren’t too fashionable” – up to the more recent era. She is trying to highlight the changing tastes in clothes for almost every decade since the founding of the town.

Some of the dresses will be in the style of Frances Folsom, the First Lady from Medina who was married to President Grover Cleveland from 1886 to 1889, and for his second term from 1893 to 1897. Folsom was a celebrity who appeared on numerous magazine covers. She wore dresses that exposed her bare shoulders, which created a media sensation, Zacher said.

Former Town Supervisor Skip Draper will serve as emcee for the fashion show, with Georgia Thomas the narrator, giving details about the dresses and the era the style was popular. Amy Miller will play the piano for the event, which will include local residents modelling the clothes. (Zacher welcomes volunteer models – men and woman. They can call the Town Hall: 585-798-3120.)

The town has also applied to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for a historical marker for the cemetery in Shelby Center, near the Shelby Fire Hall. The Pomeroy Foundation paid for the marker for the Millville Cemetery in 2015.

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East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company presents annual awards

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 March 2018 at 1:37 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

EAST SHELBY – Nic Culver, right, is presented with the “Firefighter of the Year” award from Fire Chief Andy Beach on Saturday during the annual awards and installation banquet for the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company.

“He’s always eager to learn,” Beach said about Culver. “It doesn’t matter what it is or where it is, he is always ready to do what needs to be done.”

Beach also presented a Fire Chief Award to Dan Culver, Nic’s father, for “going above and beyond” in his duties as an officer for the Fire Company.

The East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company celebrates its 65th anniversary next month. Fire Company officials presented several awards while also swearing in officers on Saturday.

David Green, a long-time member of the Fire Company, presents a Steward Award to Judy Allen in appreciation for her 45 years of service as an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

Gordon Reigle was recognized with a President’s Award for all of his work for the Fire Company. Jackie Barton, the president, also praised David Green for his service. “I don’t know what I would do without them,” she said.

Jeff Taylor and Karen Bracey both received certificates and citations for 25 years of service to East Shelby. They are joined by State Assembly Mike Norris, back left, and State Sen. Rob Ortt.

Other firefighters recognized for milestone anniversaries include: Ryan McPherson, 5 years; Paul Gray, 10 years; Joe Newton and Herb Oberther Sr., 30 years; Charles Allen, Sr. and Mike Fuller, 45 years; and LaVerne Green Jr., 65 years (an original member of the Fire Company).

Ladies Auxiliary members recognized for milestone anniversaries include: Paige Green, 5 years; Lisa Russo and Sawyer Green, 10 years; Rose Allen, 25 years; Judy Allen, 45 years; Jessie Green, 55 years; and Jeannie Reckahn, 60 years.

Jackie Barton (right), president, and other officers take the oath of office.

Other officers for 2018 include: Mike Fuller, vice president; Karen Bracey, secretary; Allen Turner, treasurer; Ken Printup, Dave Allen, Gordon Reigle and Walter Dingman, trustees; David Green, steward; Andy Beach, chief; Devin Taylor, first assistant chief; Deb Taylor, second assistant chief; Dennis MacDonald, third assistant chief; Jeff Taylor, captain; Julie Taylor, lieutenant; Laura Fields, fire police chief; and Sue Behrend and Mike Fuller, EMS officer.

The officers for the Ladies Auxiliary also took the oath of office, including Shirley Printup, president (right), and Bronwyn Green, vice president (center). Other officers include: Deb Green, secretary; Carol Lonnen, treasurer; Jessie Green, Elaine Newton and Sawyer Green, trustees; and Rose Allen, chaplain.

State Sen. Robert Ortt and Assemblyman Michael Norris highlighted legislation in Albany affecting firefighters and departments.

Two local state legislators also went over recent state legislation that has helped volunteer firefighters and fire companies.

A new state law recently went into effect allowing volunteer firefighters who develop certain types of cancers to receive health benefits and coverage for their treatments.

The state also has amended a law in relation to the sale of raffle tickets for bona fide charitable organizations. The changes through the Charitable Gaming Act allow non-profit groups to sell raffle tickets via the internet and provide for additional payment options for raffles and other fundraising activities.

Ortt said he is working to change one state law that went into effect last year that bans anyone the age of 18 from playing bingo in a gaming hall. Previously, there was no lower age limit for children to join in at bingo halls as long as they were accompanied by adults. The New York State Gaming Commission says the law was changed to bring bingo’s minimum age in line with other forms of legal gambling.

Ortt is the chief sponsor of a bill to stop the bingo ban for people under 18.

He also said he would work to help fire departments for funding with some of their equipment costs. He was praised for securing $12,500 for East Shelby to purchase air packs.

“You’re always fighting in Albany to bring your tax dollars back to your communities,” Ortt said.

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Shelby honors firefighter for 50 years of service

Staff Reports Posted 7 January 2018 at 8:20 pm

Photos courtesy of Stacey Benz

SHELBY – The Shelby Volunteer Fire Company held its annual installation banquet on Saturday and presented several awards, including a citation for Dave Hellert in recognition of his 50 years of service as a Shelby firefighter. Hellert, center, is pictured with Fire Chief Andy Benz, left, and President Tim Petry, right.

Hellert also received citations from the US House of Representatives, State Senate, State Assembly, County Legisature, Town of Shelby and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.

Other honorees at the banquet include Zach Petry with the Chief’s Award and Jason Watts, who received the President’s Award.

The 2018 officers were installed by past Chief Howard Watts.

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Skip Draper praised for 24 years of service as Shelby town supervisor

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 December 2017 at 10:53 am

Photos courtesy of Darlene Rich

SHELBY – Skip Draper, center, was the focus of a celebration on Friday for his 24 years of service as town supervisor. Draper didn’t seek re-election in November to town supervisor. He instead ran unopposed for a county legislator position. He starts as legislator on Jan. 1.

Draper is pictured with several local and state elected officials at the Town Hall, including from left: County Legislator Bill Eick (a former Shelby town councilman); Assemblyman Steve Hawley (whose district used to include Shelby), Assemblyman Michael Norris (whose district includes Shelby); Skip Draper; State Sen. Robert Ortt; Michael Kracker, deputy chief of staff for Congressman Chris Collins; and John DeFilipps, chairman of the Orleans County Legislature.

Draper received several certificates of appreciation and citations. Bill Eick and John DeFilipps presented Draper with a certificate from the County Legislature.

Draper was praised for working to establish new water districts in the town and pushing through infrastructure projects that assisted with economic development, especially along Maple Ridge Road and Bates Road. Draper is a member of the board of directors for the Orleans Economic Development Agency.

He also supported the effort to move the town hall to a former Niagara Mohawk building on Salt Works Road. That building is also used for some Medina Village Board meetings and has a satellite office for the Orleans EDA.

Draper is pictured with his mother, Barb, during the celebration on Friday.

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Shelby approves revised overlay district that is 2,000-foot buffer by wildlife refuge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 November 2017 at 9:52 am

Photos by Tom Rivers: Shelby Town Supervisor Merle “Skip” Draper said the town has made some revision to the overlay district after getting more feedback from residents.

SHELBY – The Town Board unanimously approved a revised Wildlife Refuge Protection Overlay District on Monday following a public hearing where the board heard support and opposition for the district.

The town in June had approved a 3,000-foot buffer north of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. That buffer is now 2,000.

Town Supervisor Merle “Skip” Draper said the town has received more feedback from residents who wanted a reduced buffer. The revised district also includes more uses that were originally prohibited in the district.

Frontier Stone has a state permit to open a mine in Shelby near the refuge. The new overlay district also prohibits mining.

If there wasn’t an overlay district, Frontier wouldn’t have a green light on the project, anyway, Draper said after the hearing. Shelby doesn’t allow mining in a residential/agricultural district. Frontier would need a variance or change in zoning to operate a 215-acre quarry on Fletcher Chapel Road. The land is owned by  Zelazny Family Enterprises, LLC – Chester, Jim and Ed Zelazny.

Frontier last month filed an Article 78, a legal challenge against the town with a focus on the overlay district. The company cited many procedural errors by Shelby in passing the overlay district in June. The town failed to get opinions from the Town and County Planning Boards on the district, and also didn’t properly notify neighboring municipalities about the district, according to the lawsuit.

Joe Piccotti, an attorney for Frontier Stone, said the company has satisfied the state Department of Environmental Conservation after a nine-year application process for a mining permit.

Frontier also says the town didn’t properly account for the positives with the proposed quarry, including supplying water to the refuge during a drought and other mitigation efforts that would help the refuge.

Joe Piccotti, an attorney for Frontier, spoke during the public hearing on Monday. He said the overlay district violates the town zoning law and comprehensive plan.

He said Frontier has worked tirelessly on the project to meet the state’s standards for a mining permit. That application took nine years.

“The DEC’s findings couldn’t be clearer: the mine will not result in a significant negative impact,” Piccotti said during the hearing.

The town is violating the state law by proposing an additional mining setback, he said. He also criticized Shelby for having the public hearing on a Monday at 5 p.m., just a few days after Thanksgiving. That didn’t allow for adequate review from the public, he said.

Dan Spitzer, a land use attorney working for Shelby, didn’t agree that the town had been deficient in the procedural shortcomings cited by Frontier. But rather than duke those issues out in court, Spitzer said it’s easier to redo some of the notifications and send the overlay district to the Planning Boards for their input. (Both the Town and County Planning Boards approved resolutions supporting the revised overlay district.)

Dan Spitzer (left), an attorney for Shelby, said the town is well within its right to restrict land uses. Town Councilman Dale Stalker is at right.

Spitzer said a town is well within its right to set restrictions on land use and to pinpoint locations in towns for those restrictions.

Two residents voiced their concern that the town is headed for an expensive legal fight.

“It was inevitable that litigation would be the result of this local law,” said Todd Roberts, a farmer with land in the overlay district. “Is that really the best use of our tax dollars in the Town of Shelby?”

Roberts was also concerned the district would restrict his rights as a farmer and reduce his property values.

Thurston Dale tells the Shelby Town Board he worries the overlay district will result in protracted and costly litigation for the town.

The overlay district will prohibit “incompatible” uses with a refuge, such as mining, blasting for non-agricultural purposes, junkyards, telecommunication facilities, airports and airstrips, motor vehicle repair shops that aren’t home businesses and some other uses, according to the town.

Spitzer said the overlay district doesn’t put any restrictions on farming activities. He said keeping away a quarry should improve property values.

“This is about protecting the agricultural land and open space,” Spitzer said.

The overlay district will allow blasting if it is for an agricultural purpose, and will allow motor vehicle repair shops if they are home businesses. The overlay district also has been amended to allow motels/hotels if they have 24 units or less. The amended district will also allow commercial campground and recreational vehicle parks if they do not exceed 10 acres.

Three uses that had been prohibited in the overlay district – agricultural product processing facilities, agricultural product distribution centers, and kennels – have been removed and will be allowed uses in the amended district.

Local resident Thurston Dale chastised the Shelby officials for doing the process “a– backwards.”

“The lawyers will have a picnic,” he said. “I for one don’t want to pay for it.”

Karen Jones, a member of Citizens for Shelby Preservation, said she supports the town’s efforts to keep a quarry from opening near the wildlife refuge.

Other residents thanked the Town Board for pushing forward with the overlay district and seeking to protect the wildlife refuge and quiet neighborhood for residents near the refuge.

“We all knew the time would come when the Town Board would have to stand strong, listen to their attorneys and their constituents, and do the right thing for the residents of Shelby and for the Wildlife Refuge,” said Karen Jones, a member of Citizens for Shelby Preservation. “In this effort, we wholeheartedly support you, and trust you will continue to protect the valuable asset that is the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.”

Brian McCarty of Dunlap Road said a quarry in that area would be very disruptive to residents.

“We’re not just protecting the wildlife refuge,” he said. “We’re protecting the people who live in those areas. I didn’t move out here to be near a quarry.”

The Town Board also approved a negative declaration for the State Environmental Quality Review Act, saying the overlay district would not have a negative impact on the environment. The lack of a SEQRA declaration was one of the issues cited by Frontier in the Article 78.

The SEQRA vote and the establishment of the overlay district were both unanimous votes by Town Supervisor Merle “Skip Draper, and board members Steve Seitz Sr., Dale Stalker, William Bacon and Ken Schaal.

Shelby and Frontier have their first court date for the Article 78 proceeding on Dec. 15 in State Supreme Court.

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County Planning Board backs amended Wildlife Protection Overlay District proposed in Shelby

Photos by Tom Rivers: This slide shows the proposed Wildlife Refuge Protection Overlay District in Shelby.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 November 2017 at 9:03 am

Town shrinks buffer from 3,000 feet to 2,000 near refuge

SHELBY – The Orleans County Planning Board on Thursday supported the Town of Shelby’s Wildlife Refuge Protection Overlay District, which provides a 2,000-foot buffer north of the refuge.

That overlay district would prohibit “incompatible” uses with a refuge, such as mining, blasting for non-agricultural purposes, junkyards, telecommunication facilities, airports and airstrips, motor vehicle repair shops that aren’t home businesses and some other uses.

Members of the Orleans County Planning Board were unanimous on Thursday in supporting the Overlay District. Brian Napoli of Ridgeway, far end at left, is chairman of the board. Wes Miller of Barre is at front right.

The town approved the overlay district in June and established it as a 3,000-foot buffer to the north of the refuge. The town is now amending the district to 2,000 feet and is allowing some uses that were prohibited in the initial district.

The revised overlay district would allow blasting if it is for an agricultural purpose, and would allow motor vehicle repair shops if they are home businesses. The overlay district also has been amended to allow motels/hotels if they have 24 units or less. The amended district will also allow commercial campground and recreational vehicle parks if they do not exceed 10 acres.

Three uses that had been prohibited in the overlay district – agricultural product processing facilities, agricultural product distribution centers, and kennels – have been removed and will be allowed uses in the amended district.

Frontier Stone has secured state mining permits to operate a 215-acre quarry on Fletcher Chapel Road. The company needs town approval for the project and a change in zoning for the land owned by  Zelazny Family Enterprises, LLC – Chester, Jim and Ed Zelazny.

Frontier last month filed an Article 78 legal proceeding against the town, challenging the Overlay District.

The state Department of Environmental Consrvation has been the lead agency on the environmental review of the proposed quarry. Scott Sheeley, regional permit administrator for the DEC, notified Frontier on Oct. 3 that the company had satisfied the DEC on a range of issues, including blasting and vibration, mining setbacks, cultural resources and Indian nation consultation, mine dewatering and off-site discharges, transportation and other potential impacts.

Shelby has been resistant to giving the local approvals for the project. The Wildlife Refuge Protection Overlay District is another level of protection in maintaining a residential/agricultural land use near the refuge.

The Orleans County Department of Planning and Development, in reviewing the Overlay District, commended the Town of Shelby for its “admirable cause” in trying to protect the Wildlife Refuge with the Overlay District.

Frontier has said its studies show the quarry won’t have a negative impact on the refuge.

The Town of Shelby will have a public hearing on the amended Overlay District at 5 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the Shelby Town Hall, 4062 Salt Works Rd.

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Shelby firefighters rescue dog from swamp

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 November 2017 at 2:36 pm

Provided photo

SHELBY – Firefighters from the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company rescue a dog from the swamp along Route 63 at about 12:15 p.m. today.

Firefighters were dispatched at about 11:45 a.m. when a motorist saw the beagle in the swamp. Firefighters put on wets suits in went into the swap to get the dog.

The photo shows Zach Petry, Crystal Petry and Captain Scott Perry. Crystal is the one holding the dog.

The are shown in the swamp just south of Oak Orchard Ridge Road. The dog’s owner is from Rochester and was heading to Shelby to get the beagle, said Tim Petry, president of the fire company.

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Shelby firefighters will have open house on Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 October 2017 at 5:53 pm

SHELBY – As a show of appreciation for the community, the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company will have an open house with activities on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will be at the fire hall at 4677 South Gravel Rd. and includes the county’s new fire prevention trailer, which has a focus on developing a fire escape plan for families.

Shelby firefighters will also do an extrication demonstration cutting up cars with tools.

“We want to spotlight our fire company and also say thank you to the community,” said Tim Petry, president of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company. “Everybody donates year-round to us so this is a thank you.”

The open house includes a bounce house, an obstacle course for children, a chance to take a ride in a fire truck, tour the fire station, meet some of the firefighters, and receive helmets and goodie bags for kids.

There will also be food, refreshments and a basket raffle.

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