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Sandstone Trust has grants available for projects in Medina area
Staff Reports Posted 21 October 2019 at 2:58 pm

MEDINA – The Medina Sandstone Trust is making several thousand dollars available in grants to community organizations and projects.

The grants generally range from $200 to $500 and are awarded to qualifying not-for-profit organizations and/or programs in the Medina, Ridgeway and Shelby region.

Funding is intended to help programs that clearly benefit this community and that have favorable tax and regulatory status.

The Trust has distributed $32,500 to local programs and scholarships since 2010. Some projects benefitted since 2011 include improvements to the veterans’ plot at Boxwood Cemetery, downtown Christmas lighting, Canal Village Farmers Market, Leadership Orleans, Medina food pantry, Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, Medina Historical Society, Medina Business Association, The Arc of Genesee Orleans, YMCA, Orleans Renaissance Group, downtown clock project, Medina Tourism Program, Parade of Lights, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Family Literacy, Millville Cemetery Association and other groups.

To apply for a grant, organization leaders need to fill out a Sandstone Trust Application form and mail to Sandstone Trust, Post Office Box 25, Medina, by the application deadline, Nov. 17.

Application forms can be obtained as follows: In person at Medina Parts Co. (NAPA) 345 N. Main St. or Michael Zelazny, CPA 511 Main St.; By regular mail request sent to Sandstone Trust, PO Box 25, Medina, NY 14103; or online from the Sandstone Trust web page, www.sandstonesociety.org.

Questions may be sent by email at sandstonesociety@gmail.com or calling Michael Zelazny, CPA at 585-798-1006.

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Chamber of Commerce honors distinguished business owners, citizens

Photos by Tom Rivers: The Orleans County Chamber of Commerce held its 21st annual Awards Dinner on Thursday at the White Birch Golf Club in Lyndonville. The following were recognized, front row, from left: Mark Zambito, co-owner of Zambito Realtors in Medina, Phoenix Award; Courtney Henderson, owner of Milk & Honey in Albion, New Business of the Year; Greg Reed, executive director of the Orleans County YMCA, Business Person of the Year; Amy Sidari, owner of Cabaret at Studio B in Albion, Hidden Gem Award; and Tim Winters, CEO of Western New York Energy in Medina, Business of the Year. Second row: John Burris, Hands 4 Hope, Community Service Award; Ellen Eaton, director of Recruiting and Employee Experience for Takeform, Employer of the Year – presented by Orleans Job Development; Dr. Dan Schiavone of Holley, Lifetime Achievement Award; Aaron Schifferie, human resources manager for H.H. Dobbins in Lyndonville, Agricultural Business of the Year; and Jerry and Molly Ulrich, owners of Ace Hardware in Albion, Small Business of the Year.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 October 2019 at 12:28 pm

LYNDONVILLE — The Orleans County Chamber of Commerce honored several businesses and community members on Thursday during the 21stannual awards dinner.

About 120 people attended the event at the White Birch Golf Club in Lyndonville. The event had a theme, “Linking Business with Community.”

Darlene Hartway, Chamber executive director, said the honorees all give back to the community that supports them.

“They are wonderful examples that business is bigger than revenues and profit margins,” Hartway said. “They understand the power they have to bring positive, measurable change to both the community and to their businesses.”

The following were recognized (Most of the write-ups were provided by the Chamber):

Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Dan Schiavone

Dan Schiavone is honored for lifetime achievement by the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Dan Schiavone, a Holley dentist, graduated from Holley in 1986. He opened his dental office in Holley in 2000 after a major transformation to a former hardware building in the Public Square.

Schiavone’s key to success in the dental business is re-investing, adding technology, delivering his product with great customer service and staying involved in the community. He sees his practice growing through the utilization of new technology and an “in-house” business style.

Schaivone has been involved in the community. A former Clarendon volunteer firefighter, he also served as Holley’s mayor and is currently president of the Holley Development Corporation, which has worked to find new life for distressed properties in the village.

Schiavone also sponsors and volunteers for the Holley June Fest and Night of Lights, and also donates to community causes through the Holley Rotary Club and Holley Central School.

Schiavone also spends a week each year as a volunteer on a dental trip to the Amazon in Peru. He has done that for more than a decade.

He praised all the award winners for running successful businesses, which he said is a challenge in Western New York and New York State.

Business of the Year – Western New York Energy

Tim Winters, Western New York Energy CEO, accepts the award on behalf of the company.

Western New York Energy started production 12 years ago at its ethanol plant on Bates Road in Medina. The company employs 50 people.

Originally designed to produce 50 million gallons per year of fuel-grade ethanol, the company has increased production capacity to about 60 million gallons per year.

It will grind 20 million bushels of corn this year and produce more ethanol per bushel of corn than ever before. In addition to producing clean burning ethanol that saves people money at the pump, WNYE produces high quality co-products such as distillers’ grains for animals, feed grade corn oil for feed or biodiesel, and raw carbon dioxide processed into beverage-grade carbon dioxide.

The company spent $90 million building the ethanol plant, and has since invested another $15 million in what is one of the most efficient ethanol plants in the country.

Tim Winters, a Medina native who is the company CEO, said the ethanol plant buys as much local corn as possible, which has helped local farmers. The company also donates to many community causes, and helps reduce gas prices.

“Most people don’t realize all the good that we’re doing right in their backyard,” he said.

Agricultural Business of the Year – H.H. Dobbins

Aaron Schifferie, human resources manager for H.H. Dobbins in Lyndonville, said the company has invested in its Lyndonville facilities and values the local workforce.

H.H. Dobbins started as a small family farm in 1905. It is now a vertically integrated apple growing, packing, storage and sales organization with offices in Lyndonville and Yakima, Wash., and customers from around the world.

The company has 75 employees in Lyndonville, with most from Orleans County, said Aaron Schifferie, human resources manager for Dobbins.

“I don’t know what H.H. Dobbins would be without Orleans County,” he told the Chamber crowd.

The company continues to have very dedicated employees locally in a “very tight labor market,” Schifferie said.

Dobbins provides a stable workforce for a great team of associates who are extremely loyal and dedicated to the success of the company and being a productive member of the community. The company’s future plans include expansion of its orchards, and grower base to support sales increases of 30 to 40 percent. It has achieved success with their pledge, “No matter our source, we promise the highest quality with a commitment to food safety, the community and the environment.” H.H. Dobbins has been a trusted fruit handler, manager and marketer providing exceptional work in the Orleans County community since 1920.

New Business of the Year – Milk & Honey

Courtney Henderson, owner of Milk & Honey, accepts the award. She thanked the community for supporting her business in Albion.

The New Business of the Year is presented to Milk & Honey in Albion. Courtney Henderson, the buisness’s owner, combined her love of shopping with her desire to do more for herself and other women in her community when she opened a boutique specializing in women’s and children’s clothing.

Knowing that “It feels good to dress good,” she strives to provide women a local option to shop for themselves, family, friends and children. Her background in business and photography, are very visible in her trendy shop located in Albion, and on her company website.

Henderson serves as the interim president of the Albion Merchants Association and as a beginning Girl Scouts troop leader. She is also a very busy, raising three active children who are involved in dance, karate and other activities. Her future plans include helping develop a program to help low-income, unemployed or women of need with dressing for prom, school, interviews or work.

“I have received great support from the community on a daily basis,” Henderson said.

Phoenix Award – Zambito Realtors

Mark Zambito, co-owner of Zambito Realtors, accepts the Phoenix Award. The business relocated its office to Maple Ridge Road this year, in a building that had been vacant for years.

The Phoenix Award goes to a business that not only gave a vacant building a complete upgrade but also implemented a new approach to office space.

The Zambito family opened a real estate brokerage in the fall of 2007. Driven by the core values and tireless work ethic instilled by their mother, Rita, the Zambitos eventually grew enough to purchase the building at 339 N. Main St. and expand their office space.

The business continued to expand and last year, Zambito Realtors closed over 400 transactions with over 30 licensed agents. With plans of eventually utilizing the North Main Street space as a full-service event venue on the Erie Canal, the Zambitos turned their attention to a long-vacated garage space on Maple Ridge Road, and replaced the office space on Main Street with a smaller, efficient, modern floor plan.

The new space on Maple Ridge would eliminate personal desks, 1,000 square feet of space and all personal offices. This July, Zambito Realtors opened its second office in Niagara County on Wrights Corners.

Zambito has seen growth of over 20 percent in sales volume year-to-date.

Mark Zambito, Rita’s son and co-owner of the business, said the family is grateful to work in the Medina community, where many entrepreneurs are making big investments.

“The infusion of growth and energy has been amazing,” he said.

Community Service Award – John “Jack” Burris of Hands 4 Hope

Jack Burris started Hands 4 Hope, which brings food and clothing to sites in Orleans County on Saturdays, and also takes prayer requests.

It was about four years ago when Jack Burris started Hands 4 Hope with a mission: “To serve as God’s Hands in the streets, sharing the love and grace of Jesus Christ to reflect His glory.”

Burris, with “Clifford the Big Red Truck” by his side, serves Orleans County, rain or shine, on Saturdays. The Hands 4 Hope Van can be seen all around the county, providing food and other necessities to those in need.

The truck is out the first Saturday of the month in Medina at Starr and Orient streets, the second Saturday at the Holley Public Square, the third Saturday at the Hoag Library in Albion and the fourth Saturday at the Lydun Drive apartments in Albion.

Burris has also provided additional service at Christ Church Community Kitchen in Albion.

Burris said the ministry has been dedicated volunteers and donors. He used his acceptance speech to solicit help from the Chamber crowd. He asked for drop-off sites for donated socks. Dr. Dan Schiavone agreed to be a drop-off site in Holley, while the Bank of Castile will accept socks in Medina. In Albion, 39 Problems on Main Street and the Sewing Box in at the Arnold Gregory Office Complex will be sites.

Small Business of the Year – Albion Ace Hardware

Jerry Ulrich, owner of Ace Hardware in Albion, accepts the Small Business of the Year award from Chamber Executive Director Darlene Hartway (center) and Paula Knaak, Chamber president.

Albion Ace Hardware set out over 13 years ago to find the perfect home and settled in Albion, where it thrived. Each year, Ace Hardware has consistently added employees, contributed more money to the tax base and has had a greater impact on the community as a whole.

It plans on continual growth as it looks forward to the next decade. Ace Hardware conducts extensive research to enhance its product base. It is a local business, run and staffed by local people.

Business Person of the Year – Greg Reed, executive director of the Orleans County YMCA

Greg Reed accepts the award as Business Person of the Year. He leads the Orleans County YMCA.

The Chamber recognized Greg Reed, director of the Orleans County YMCA, as the Business Person of the Year.

Reed was hired as the Y’s executive director in 2017. He had been working in Denver, where he worked in middle and high school physical education and developed state-sanctioned athletic program from the ground up, while being the No. 1-ranked school in Denver during his time. Since leading the Orleans County YMCA, membership has increased by over 43 percent. Reed has secured more than $200,000 in grant funding and tripled the services, programs, and partnerships now available to the community through the Y.

He’s led with humility and courage, and has embraced the growing process of trial and error. In the next five years, Reed is aiming for the YMCA to be a community hub for wellness and to be a fiscally self-sustaining entity.

Reed said the GLOW YMCA has been a  great resource for the Orleans County Y, and many community members have been dedicated to the organization’s success.

“I have an amazing staff that deals with all of my crazy dreams,” he said.

Reed is impressed with the rural community, how so many organizations and businesses are working hard to engage local residents. A busy local calendar, including on weekends, shows just how committed the local businesses and organizations are to connecting with people.

“The community is invested in its growth,” he said. “It’s hard to run programs and events because there is always something happening in the community.”

Hidden Gem Award – The Cabaret at Studio B in Albion

Amy Sidari, owner of Gotta Dance by Miss Amy and the Cabaret at Studio B, thanked her family, her staff and the performers for making the cabaret a success.

This year’s Hidden Gem Award award goes to the Cabaret at Studio B, which opened in 2013 on East Bank Street in Albion. Amy Sidari has hosted many professional singers and other performers at the show. This summer she welcomed six bus tours for shows by Gary Smboli, an Albion vocal teacher and musical director who is an accomplished performer himself.

Sidari started Gotta Dance by Miss Amy as a one-room dance studio in 1997. In 2001, she turned garage space into a dance studio.

Sidari has gone above and beyond to include all forms of art within her dance studio, including singing lessons, guitar lessons and piano lessons.

Sidari and her team have brought in tourists from all over, drawing them to well-known and well-publicized productions. Often featured in the Cabaret performances are artists such as Phyl Constable, Josie Waverly, Ron and Nancy Onesong, and Jimmy Mazz, among others.

As Sidari would say, “Why not in Albion?” For the tour buses this summer, Sidari took the initiative to include several of Albion’s downtown businesses as well. She wants to help the other businesses succeed.

The buses would arrive at 39 Problems and have the opportunity to shop and walk around downtown before the show began.

Employer of the Year Award – Takeform

Ellen Eaton, director of Recruiting and Employee Experience for Takeform, accepts the award on behalf of the company.

The company started in 2003 with nine workers and now has 200. Takeform designs signs and creates architectural graphics for many hospitals and other businesses.

The company last year completed a 15,500-square-foot expansion to an existing 30,000-plus-square-foot building on Maple Ridge Road. It has been experiencing a 27 percent growth rate, and sees more growth in the future.

Takeform’s expansion in Medina included a patio area for employees. The company is sensitive to a work-life balance for employees, and wants them to succeed at their jobs and in their personal lives, said Ellen Eaton, director of Recruiting and Employee Experience for Takeform.

The company has a philosophy of hire right, train right and treat right, she said.

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Medina band earns 1st in last competition before championships
Posted 21 October 2019 at 9:14 am

Courtesy of Medina Marching Band

The Medina Mustang Marching Band traveled to Orchard Park on Saturday for the last competition before the championships. There were 14 bands from across Western New York and Pennsylvania that competed in six different classifications.

In SS1, Medina earned first place with a score of 87.85 followed by East Irondequoit in 2nd with 83.80 and Oswego in 3rd with 82.35.

Other 1st place winners were Leroy in SS3 with 71.3; Greece in LS3 with 79.60; Northwestern in SS2 with 79.55;  Orchard Park in LS2 with 83.75 and Jamestown in National with 89.0.

This week coming up before the Dome is busy with practices and a special Senior Recognition Night on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Medina High School. You can see a performance of the show. Each senior will be given recognition for their years of dedication to the band.

Championships at the Carrier Dome are Sunday, Oct. 27.  A total of 53 bands will perform in competition starting at 8 a.m. and finishing at 10 p.m.

The event is broken down into 3 shows with LS3 and LS2 classes performing from 8 a.m. to noon followed by a retreat and awards for that group. The SS2 and SS3 classes perform from 12:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. followed by retreat and awards for that group.

The SS1 and National classes perform from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. followed by retreat and awards.  Medina will perform at 7:15 p.m.

There is a new Dome policy for security purposes which prohibits backpacks and purses. Only clear plastic vinyl or PVC not exceeding 12″x6″x12″ are allowed.  A gallon size plastic bag is acceptable.

There is still room on the spectator bus to the Dome on Sunday. For more information, contact Jim Steele, band director, at 585-317-9389.

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250 attend candlelight walk in honor of Brooke Allen, Ricky Forder
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 October 2019 at 9:23 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

LYNDONVILLE – A mourner holds a candle outside Bill’s Sub Shop while a procession passes on Main Street at about 7:30 this evening.

About 250 people attended the candlelight walk in honor of Brooke Allen, 21, and Ricky Forder, 20, two recent Lyndonville graduates who were killed in a car accident on Oct. 10 on their way to work at Lake Ridge Fruit, an apple packing facility on Route 104 in Gaines.

The group walks down Main Street. They had an escort in a sheriff’s patrol car driven by Deputy John Doyle.

The walk began at the school on Housel Avenue and then proceeded to the baseball field on Lake Ave. Many brought their own candles and balloons.

“It ripples through the whole community,” one of the mourners said of the tragic deaths.

Amanda Howell, second from right in front, is Brooke’s mother. Howell thanked the community for its support since the car accident.

“I don’t have the words to express,” she said. “Thank you. Thank you.”

Brooke graduated from Lyndonville in 2016. Among her survivors is a 1-year-old son, River.

“She was one of the sweetest people you ever knew,” said her friend, Meghan Gapa, 28, of Lyndonville. “She could also be sassy and tell it like it is.”

Forder graduated from Lyndonville in 2018. He played on the school’s basketball and baseball teams. He enjoyed making his friends and family happy, going fishing and dancing to music.

This candle is outside Bill’s Sub Shop on Main Street.

Wes Bradley, a member of the Lyndonville Fire Department, helped direct traffic. He removed his hat and stood at attention out of respect when the mourners walked by.

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Albion to host Tonawanda on Friday in the Section VI Class B football quarterfinals
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 October 2019 at 5:43 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Brillance Johnson and his Purple Eagle teammates will host Tonawanda on Friday in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class B playoffs.

Seeded No. 3, Albion will host No. 6 Tonawanda at 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class B football playoffs.

The victor will advance to the semifinals to take on the winner of the No. 7 Olean (4-3) at No. 2 Newfane (5-2) quarterfinal which will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. Olean was the runner-up in Division 3 while Newfane captured the Division 4 title.

The other quarterfinals will have No. 8 Iroquois (6-1) at No. 1 Maritime (6-1) and No. 5 Pioneer (6-1) at No. 4 Cheektowaga (6-1). The winners of those two games, which are both rematches of regular season divisional contests, will meet in the other semifinal.

Albion, which captured the B3 Division title with a 4-0 record brings a 6-1 overall mark into the sectionals while Tonawanda, which was the runner-up in Division 4 at 3-1, is 4-3 overall.

“The regular season doesn’t mean anything now. This is do or die. You have to win or your done,” said Albion Coach Adam Krenning whose Purple Eagles have qualified for the sectionals for the third straight year. “Tonawanda is a good team. They are well coached and they have some good kids. It will be a battle.”

Mustangs will play Wednesday
Medina/Lyndonville/Barker will host East Aurora at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Vets Park in a match-up game.


Bellavia won’t pursue special election in 27th
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 October 2019 at 5:11 pm

David Bellavia

David Bellavia won’t be running in an upcoming special election to fill a vacancy in the 27thCongressional District, The Buffalo News is reporting.

Republican leaders in the 8-county district have been waiting to hear Bellavia’s intentions. He has been considered the frontrunner if he made a campaign official.

But Bellavia said he is instead going to focus on serving the Army in a full-time role. He received the Medal of Honor on June 25 at the White House from President Donald Trump. Bellavia is the first living veteran from the Iraq War to receive the nation’s highest military honor.

The Orleans County resident ran for Congress in 2012, but was edged out by Chris Collins, who resigned from his seat on Sept. 30. He pleaded guilty to federal charges on Oct. 1 to participating in a scheme to commit insider trading and to making false statements to federal law enforcement agents when interviewed about his conduct.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t set a date for a special election to fill the vacancy.

David Bellavia issued this statement:

“My service to our great community and country is unwavering, but I have a new responsibility to the U.S. Army. The Medal of Honor recognition is providing me with an incredible opportunity to serve at a level not thought possible just a few months ago. I am traveling the country, as an ambassador for Western New York, educating and influencing future soldiers and fellow citizens, as well as training and advising military leadership. Acting upon my long-standing and sincere desire to run for Congress at this time would require me to set aside pre-existing commitments I have made to my Army, my family, and those with whom I do business.”

“I have carefully considered the needs and advice of party leadership and those closest to me and I am extremely thankful and forever humbled by the overwhelming support from Western New York.”

“Go Bills! Go Sabres!”

State Sen. Robert Ortt wants to be Collins’ successor. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, issued this statement:

“U.S. Army SSG. David Bellavia is a national hero who will continue to serve our country in a manner that we should all be grateful for. I commend David on his decision to continue representing the Army and for his work founding the Deuce Deuce Relief Fund, and I look forward to working with him in the future to ensure that our veterans are made a priority when returning home from combat. The health and well-being of our veterans are one of the reasons I have chosen to run for Congress, and the need for battle-tested veteran leadership in Washington, D.C. is greater now than ever before.”

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw hasn’t officially announced his candidacy for Congress, but has been active in the 27thDistrict at Republican functions. He issued this statement:

“NY27’s loss is the country’s gain – and I know David will continue to serve our country with honor and excellence in his next role. David deserved the respect and time to make his decision, on his terms, and as I’ve said, I would make a decision once he made his.

“One thing I am certain of – with impeachment of President Trump on the line, we cannot let this seat fall into the hands of a pro-choice, Never Trumper who only claims to support the President now that there’s a political promotion on the line. Washington doesn’t need another weak, opportunistic politician – it needs fearless conservatives who will take the fight to the Democrats and stand with President Trump.

“Within the next few days I’ll make a final decision on running in NY27 to ensure we have a voice that actually fights for conservatives, not one that simply poses as a conservative.”

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Church serves nearly 300 pies at Apple Festival
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 October 2019 at 9:19 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KNOWLESVILLE – The United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest welcomed the community for its annual Apple Festival on Saturday in Knowlesville. The church worked for much of the past week to make 200 apple pies and 60 pumpkin pies. They were a big hit.

Pictured from left include Beverly Turner, Dona Seitzer and Linda Baker with some of the apple pies.

Church members and volunteers started rolling the dough for the pies on Tuesday. On Friday, they started baking the pies at 6 a.m. They were done baking the nearly 300 pies at 8:30 p.m.

Baker is one of the coordinators of the festival with Ruth Higgins. The festival is a popular annual event for the church.

“It’s very fun,” Baker said. “You get to see a lot of people and the people who come in are very nice.”

The fellowship hall was filled with vendors. The church also had vendors set up outside. There were about 20 vendors total. Lorraine Luckman put together about 300 mystery boxes which were sold out for $1 each. Luckman gathers items all year for the mystery boxes.

Church volunteers served about 200 beef on weck lunches. Robyn Watts, right, and Danielle Higgins, left, were among the kitchen volunteers.

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Kids get to ride fire trucks, spray water at Shelby open house
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2019 at 10:01 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

SHELBY – Zach Petry, a Shelby firefighter, makes sure kids are buckled in before taking them on a ride in Shelby fire truck today during an open house at the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company.

Shelby firefighters also shared fire prevention tips, and served hot dogs.

Kara Zambito and her son Vinny, 1, spray water at targets. The fire company set up obstacles, games and activities to give people a feel for being a firefighter.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department also did a child ID program. A fire prevention trailer from Orleans County Emergency Services also was on-site for families to practice an escape plan in case of a fire.

Mercy Flight also stopped by with a helicopter and the Holley Fire Department brought its new ladder truck.

Lukin Szatkowski, 8, of Medina takes a turn with the hose with some guidance from Melinda Canham.

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Soccer sectional pairings are set: Kendall girls seeded No. 2; Mustangs, Rams are No. 3 seeds
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 October 2019 at 5:41 pm

Defending champion Kendall will begin defense of its Section V Class D1 girls soccer title when the Lady Eagles host a quarterfinal game at 6 p.m. October 26 against the winner of Wednesday’s opening round game between No. 7 Finney and No. 10 Pavilion.

In the other local Section V girls playoff match ups, No. 4 Holley will face No. 13 Campbell-Savona in a Class C1 contest on Tuesday at a site to be determined and No. 11 Lyndonville/Medina will visit No. 6 Aquinas in a Class B1 contest on at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Section VI girls playoffs
Class B1
No. 9 Albion at No. 8 Maryvale, 6 p.m. Wednesday. The winner visits top seeded City Honors on Friday.
No. 10 Newfane at No. 7 Olean, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday

Class B2
No. 5 Southwestern at No. 4 Roy-Hart, 6 p.m. Friday
No. 11 Pine Valley at No. 6 Wilson, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday
No. 2 Akron will host the winner of the No. 10 JFK at No. 7 Falconer game at 3:30 p.m. Friday

Section V Boys playoffs
Class C1
No. 6 Holley vs. No. 11 Cuba-Rushford, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Warsaw
Class D1
No. 5 Alfred-Almond at No. 4 Kendall, 6:30 p.m. Friday

Section VI Boys Playoffs
Class B1
No. 3 Medina/Lyndonville will host the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. 6 Lackawanna and No. 11 I Prep at 3:30 p.m. Thursday
No. 10 Albion at No. 7 Iroquois, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The winner plays at No. 2 East Aurora Thursday.

Class B2
No. 14 Akron at No. 3 Roy-Hart, 6 p.m. Tuesday
No. 10 Wilson at No. 7 DaVinci, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at Riverside
No. 11 Falconer/Cassadaga Valley at No. 6 Newfane, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.


4 more sites added to Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame

Photos by Tom Rivers: Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame Committee members Jim Hancock, left, and Don Colquhoun unveil the four new inductees into the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame on Thursday afternoon. The Hall of Fame now has 29 inductees. It was established in 2013 and is located inside Medina City Hall. The plaques are made courtesy of Takeform in Medina.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2019 at 10:09 am

Mansion in Erie, churches in Palmyra, Geneva and Rome, NY added to distinguished list

MEDINA – The Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame inducted a mansion in Erie, Pa. and three upstate churches into the shrine for spectacular sandstone structures.

Since the hall of Fame was established in 2013, the inductees now include 29 sites and 59 nominations.

Representatives from the four new Hall of Fame sites attended an induction program on Thursday afternoon at Medina City Hall, where the Hall of Fame is located in the main meeting room.

David Miller, president of the Sandstone Society, thanked the buildings’ owners for their care of the structures, which were all built before 1900. The group is sitting by a wall with photos of past Medina mayors.

Jim Hancock, David Miller and Don Colquhoun are all members of the Hall of Fame Committee. They travelled 700-800 miles to visit the sites.

“You have all lovingly taken care of these wonderful sandstone buildings,” Hancock said. “I can guarantee none of you were there when they were built.”

The new inductees have tackled ambitious restoration projects to keep the buildings going for years to come.

“We’re very proud of you for maintaining your buildings,” Hancock told them honorees.

The 2019 Hall of Fame Class includes (with the writeups from the Sandstone Society):

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 149 Genesee St., Geneva, NY

Anchoring the south end of Geneva’s Genesee Park Historic District, the massive St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is a Medina sandstone, Gothic Revival style church designed by the prominent architect Richard Upjohn. This elegant stone church was constructed during 1868-1870 with funds raised locally by voluntary contribution.

The church features a steeply sloped gable roof, and a rose window above the Gothic-arched entrance which is framed with gray limestone trim. Twenty years later in 1878, Upjohn’s son, Richard M. Upjohn, designed a massive, four-story, square bell tower at the northwest corner of the church. The Gothic inspired bell tower features tall, arched louvers with stone trim; bold corner buttresses; a polygonal bastion on its northwest corner and an octagonal spire pierced by turrets.

In 1986, the parish began a restoration of the buildings to restore the original Gothic splendor of the church. Today the interior of the church survives virtually intact with carved trusses supporting the paneled ceiling; original pews arranged around a center aisle; and delicate stenciling.

Representatives from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Geneva include Joseph Marino, the Rev. Jim Adams and Charles Bauder. Marino and Bauder are long-time members of the church.

Zion Episcopal Church, 120 East Main St., Palmyra

The Zion Episcopal Church congregation in Palmyra, Wayne County, was founded in 1804. The present church was built in 1872 by one of the leading East coast architects, Emyln T. Little. It was designed in the Late Gothic Revival style, an architectural movement popular in the Western world that began in the late 1740s in England.

It is built of Medina sandstone with limestone trim. It’s roof features polychrome slate shingles. The congregation is justifiably proud of the care that has been taken over the years to be true to the original design and structure of such a beautiful edifice.

Located on a prominent street corner in the heart of the historic village of Palmyra, the church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. In 2009, it was included in the Palmyra Village Historic District, and draws many visitors to the local thriving community.

The Zion Episcopal Church in Palmyra was represented at the induction ceremony by church members, from left: Cindy Lehmkuhl, Elaine Bonafede and Diane Peters. Bonafede and Peters are members of the vestry. Lehmkuhl serves in the church’s archives committee with Bonafede.

St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 200 North James St., Rome

With a history of worship beginning in 1837, St. Peter’s Parish erected the present church and laid the cornerstone on May 21, 1895 and it was consecrated on Oct. 24, 1897. It is extremely rare for a new Catholic church to be consecrated on the date it is ready for services, giving St. Peter’s a most unique history.

Designed by the famed architect, Archimedes Russell of Syracuse, this church is a wonderful example of the use of Medina sandstone. The architectural style is Victorian Gothic. The exterior is Medina sandstone of the kind known as rock-face ashlar, laid with broken joints. The trimmings are of brown sandstone.

This beautiful church has stood the test of time for almost 125 years and will continue to be a beacon in the community for decades to come.

Representatives of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Rome thanked the Hall of Fame Committee for the recognition. Father Sean O’Brien praised the church’s parishioners and a previous priest for a big restoration project at the church in 2005. Father O’Brien is joined by the church’s maintenance director, Mark LaGasse, and office manager, Sharon Hansen. Jim Hancock is at right.

Watson-Curtze Mansion (Thomas B. Hagen History Center), 356 West 6th St., Erie, Pa.

This massive, three and one-half story Medina sandstone mansion and it’s adjacent carriage house were built in 1891-1892 by Harrison Watson, the founder of the Watson roofing paper company.

Architects Green and Wicks of Buffalo designed a unique, 24-room, Richardsonian Romanesque home with ornate stone exterior, short corner towers, rounded conservatory and decorative porte cochere.

The home was sold to Frederick Curtze, a prominent banker and patron of the arts, in 1923. After his death in 1941, the mansion was donated to the Erie school district which established a museum and planetarium.

Later, merging with the Erie Historical Society, the mansion became a regional history museum and in 2014, a major repurposing and renovation of the buildings created the Thomas B. Hagen History Complex that the community enjoys today.

Surrounded by lovely “Millionaire’s Row” homes, the mansion was, and still is, the most impressive and beautiful on West 6th Street.

Since the Hall of Fame was established in 2013, 29 sites have been inducted and 59 have been nominated.

Other sites nominated in 2019, but not yet inducted, include: Eberhardt Mansion in Buffalo, Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo, Trinity Episcopal Church in Buffalo, Old Stone Warehouse/Skalny Building in Rochester, St. Ann Catholic Church in Erie, Pa.; and St. Paul Catholic Church in Erie, Pa.

Jeff Sherry, museum educator at the Historical Society of Erie County, accepts the award for the Thomas B. Hagen History Center, a new member of the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame. He is congratulated by Don Colquhoun of the Sandstone Society.

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Newsroom owners in Albion entombed at mausoleum at St. Joseph’s Cemetery
By Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian Posted 19 October 2019 at 8:01 am

“Overlooked Orleans” – v. 5, no. 40

ALBION – Taken in May of 1942, this image shows men erecting the Dowd-Kellogg mausoleum at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Albion. William E. Karns of Albion was commissioned to build the first and only mausoleum at that that cemetery using 35 tons of granite shipped in from Barre, Vermont.

The structure stands 10 feet high, is 12 feet 7 inches long, and 7 feet 6 inches wide with a crypt built from Pennsylvania Black Ribbon slate finished with a bronze door with plate glass. A crane was used to lift the large blocks of stone into place, the man standing in front of the mausoleum was responsible for mixing the mortar that locked the stone into place.

Charles Dowd was the first interment made in the newly completed crypt after his death in November of the previous year. An ardent fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, a 76-year-old Dowd found himself tied to the radio in his home on West Bank Street listening to the Notre Dame-Navy football game on November 8, 1941. Dowd suffered a massive heart attack as a result of the 20-13 victory over the “Middies”; far too exciting for an old gentleman’s frail heart.

Before his death, Dowd operated a newsroom and tobacco shop at 13 E. Bank Street (occupied by the Golden Comb today) in Albion with his brother George. Upon his death, he left an estate valued at $10,000 to which he gave $100 each to St. Joseph’s Church and St. Mary’s Church in Albion, depositing the remainder in a bank account for his sister. Upon her death, the money was to pay for the upkeep of St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Brown Road in Gaines.

The newsroom transitioned to his brother-in-law, Charles Kellogg, who had started his career in Dowd’s newsroom. Kellogg was lucky to have survived into adulthood, having receive a near fatal gunshot wound as a young boy; a group of young lads led by a young son of Joseph Dibley were playing with a loaded revolver when it accidentally discharged, shooting Kellogg in the groin.

The newsroom operated by Kellogg was later sold to Newell Maxon of Medina and eventually was transferred to Carl Fischer and relocated to North Main Street (Fischer’s Newsroom). Kellogg had his fair share of “toys” and frequently raced novelty automobiles at the Orleans County Fairgrounds. He was cited by local authorities on several occasions for driving his boat up and down the Canal at excessive speeds, once to the point where Canal employees threatened to remove the vessel from the water should he not abide by the laws.

Charles Kellogg and his wife, Mary Dowd Kellogg, are also entombed in the mausoleum.

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Purple Eagles down rival Mustangs
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 October 2019 at 10:46 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Tyray White races up field as Medina/Lyndonville/Barker’s Andrew Hill closes in. The action took place during the host Purple Eagles win over the rival Mustangs this evening.

Building up a 17-0 half-time advantage, Albion went on to defeat rival Medina/Lyndonville/Barker 23-6 this evening in a regular season ending football game at Albion’s Spierdowis Field. (Click here to see Albion give Brett Decker “Doc’s Rock” for safe keeping at the coin toss.)

Albion took the lead for good by driving 88 yards for a touchdown on its first possession as Tyray White scored on a 6 yard run and quarterback Thomas Frurmanski added the extra point kick.

A pair of big 21 yard runs by White, along with a 14 yard run by Furmanski and a 13 yard Furmanski to Chris Shabazz pass completion, highlighted the drive.

The Mustangs then missed a golden opportunity to get right back in the game as they failed to capitalize on an Albion fumble at the Purple Eagles 8 yard line which was recovered by Emanuel Taylor.

The Mustangs were set back by a penalty on first down and the Albion defense then stopped the next four plays to get the ball back at their own 6 yard line.

Albion’s Kevin Hillman works to get away from Mustang defenders Caleb Cudzillo and Bobby Geiger.

“That was huge,” said Albion Coach Adam Krenning of the key defensive stand. “We turned the ball over a total of four times but the kids were resilient and our defense came up big. They’ve kept us in games all season.

The Albion offense then put together another long field length drive, highlighted by a 26 yard Furmanski to Kevin Hillman pass completion, a drive which produced a 20 yard Furmanski field goal and a 10-0 Purple Eagles lead.

(Click here to see Thomas Furmanski kick a FG for Albion to make the score 10-0.)

The Purple Eagles defense then stopped the Mustangs on downs at the Medina 41 and the offense was quick to capitalize.

Overcoming a holding penalty, a 22 yard Furmanski to Hillman pass and a 12 yard run by Brillance Johnson helped to move the ball to the 15. Johnson then swept around right end for the final 15 yards for a touchdown and Furmanski’s extra point kick made it 17-0 with 6:49 to go in the second quarter.

Albion again drove deep into Medina territory just before halftime as Furmanski completed passes of 17 yards to Shabazz and 14 to Hillman.

However, the Mustangs defense turned back that threat as Zach Blount came up with a clutch interception in the end zone.

(Click here to see Blount intercept Furmanski’s pass in the endzone to end the first half.)

The Mustangs defense then stopped two Albion drives in the third quarter, first on an interception by Brian Fry and later on a fumble recovery by Taylor and yet another at the outset of the fourth quarter on a fumble recovery by Bobby Geiger.

The Mustangs offense capitalized on that last turnover as Rodney Davis scored on a 1 yard run with 6:54 to go capping the 49 yard drive. A 19 yard pass completion from quarterback Chris Goyette to Dontea Rhim and  a 10 yard run by Taylor highlighted the drive.

Goyette was the third quarterback the Mustangs used as Brian Fry and Jarin Rhim both left with injuries.

Albion though got that one right back on a 3 yard touchdown run by White with 3:34 to go. Back-to-back runs by White of 18 and 15 yards ignited that 49 yard drive.

(Click here to see Tyray White score Albion’s last TD.)

Albion’s victory in the 122nd renewal of what is one of the state’s longest high school football rivalries, gives the Purple Eagles a 68-49-5 series lead.

The win also allows Albion to retain the “Doc’s Rock” Trophy which is given annually to the victor in memory of Larry “Doc” Decker who coached and taught in both school districts.

In addition, the Jeff Evoy Memorial Sportsmanship Awards were presented to Furmanski and Geiger. The awards are presented in memory of Evoy who served as a teacher and coach at Albion and as as administrator and superintendent at Medina.

Albion finishes the regular season at 6-1 and Medina/Lyndonville/Barker 2-5.

The Purple Eagles will next host a Section VI Class B quarterfinal round playoff game next Friday evening.

Akron 46, Roy-Hart 0
Akron blanked host Roy-Hart 46-0 in a C North Division game as Aidan Smith led the way with 5 touchdowns on a 75 yard kickoff return, a 17 yard pass reception and runs of 1, 28 and 15 yards.

Mustangs back Emanuel Taylor tries to go over Albion defenders Bailey Blanchard, Brillance Johnson and Deyonci Farley.


Shelby has open house at fire hall on Saturday
Staff Reports Posted 18 October 2019 at 5:34 pm

SHELBY — The Shelby Volunteer Fire Company will have an open house on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire hall, 4677 South Gravel Rd. (Route 63.

The public is welcome to tour fire trucks, the fire hall, and kids can attempt an obstacle course where they learn fire prevention and response tips, such as Stop, Drop and Roll, and to crawl under tables in case of a fire.

Kids can also spray water from a hose at targets. They also will receive goodie bags and plastic fire helmets.

The event is free and open to public. Hot dogs, chips and beverages will also be available.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department will be doing a child ID program. A fire prevention trailer from Orleans County Emergency Services also will be on-site.

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Holley gets a glimpse of apartments, offices taking shape at old high school
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 October 2019 at 4:52 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

HOLLEY – Home Leasing offered tours on Thursday afternoon to community members interested in the transformation at the old Holley High School.

Home Leasing is turning the school into the “Holley Gardens,” which will have 41 apartments – one studio, 35 one-bedrooms, and five two-bedroom apartments.

The Rochester company started construction last November. It is pushing to have the offices ready for the Village of Holley government on Feb. 1 with the apartments ready to be moved in by Feb. 15.

Cole Fredendall, 9, of Holley checks out one of the apartments in the former school, which offers a view of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

George DeRue is the construction superintendent for Home Leasing. He stands next to blackboards from the school which will be repurposed in the apartments. DeRue said residents will find the blackboards handy to write notes.

Community members get a tour of one of the apartments under construction. Most of the apartments are about 700 to 800 square feet.

The construction project is a $17 million transformation of the school, a building that has been vacant for more than two decades. The building opened in 1931 and closed in 1975 as a school. It was last used by Liftec Manufacturing until it went bankrupt in the mid-1990s. Holley village officials tried many times to revive the site, but previous deals fell apart and the building kept deteriorating, to the anguish of many in the community.

Home Leasing is turning the auditorium in the village offices and meeting room.

Connie Nenni, a village trustee, was on the tour on Thursday. She said it was her first time in the building. She said it will be a huge asset to Holley when it is done, offering more residential opportunities and boosting the neighborhood with a well cared for building.

DeRue, the construction manager, said some of the original seats will be put back in the auditorium space. Removing thick layers of pigeon poop from the area was a big challenge with the project, DeRue said.

“It was terrible,” DeRue said of the pigeon excrement. “There was so much of it.”

Most of the windows are currently offsite and are being refurbished by a company in Lancaster.

Home Leasing is pushing hard to have the parking lot paved before winter. It has lots of work ahead to get the apartments furnished and ready for tenants in about four months.

The building is across from the Post Office and the American Legion on Route 31.

This group heads down one of the hallways.

The scope of work includes the conversion of the auditorium into office space and meeting space for the Village of Holley, the abatement of hazardous materials, window refurbishing and replacement, roof repair and replacement, and interior wall reconfiguration.

Two new elevators will be installed as well as new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and sprinkler systems, new water, sewer, electric and gas services, fire alarm and intercom system.

Site work will consist of underground utility work, driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping.

Some of the locker doors are being saved and placed along the hallway for ambiance.

These two women observe the work near the entrance of the former auditorium.

For more on the project from Home Leasing, click here.

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Orleans lakeshore residents, businesses urged to seek state funding from flooding damage
Posted 18 October 2019 at 3:55 pm

Press Release, Orleans County government

ALBION – Orleans County Legislature Chairwoman Lynne Johnson and Director of Emergency Management Dale Banker are encouraging all homeowners whose residences suffered damage as a result of this year’s flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline to apply for relief funding as soon as possible.

The application process is underway and applications are now available at the Homes and Community Renewal (click here), the state agency tasked with overseeing the program. All applications must be postmarked by Oct. 31.

As part of the REDI program, the state set aside aside $20 million to help homeowners complete repair projects and build to help prevent damage from the possibility of future flooding. While priority will be given to applications that address damage to primary residences, funding to address damages to secondary homes may be considered following fulfillment of primary residence applications.

In addition, the REDI Commission has decided to allocate $30 million toward private business projects, especially marinas, focused on resiliency. Business owners can click here for more for the program through Empire State Development and to fill out a simple intake form. The full application will follow by late November.

Any questions, please contact the Orleans County Office of Emergency Management at (585) 589-4414.

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