State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) today criticized New York City politicians on the Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee for blocking a number of bills that would ease the tax burden on veterans and small businesses and increase the amount of funding that smaller municipalities receive.
“It is truly disappointing that some of our downstate colleagues do not share our priorities of making life easier for our nation’s heroes, our veterans, and starting to change the narrative of New York state as the tax capital of the country,” Hawley said. “These are common-sense bills, many of which have bipartisan support, which New York City politicians will not even allow to reach the floor for a debate and discussion. In the waning days of session, I will continue to fight for our veterans, homeowners, small-businesses and seniors against misguided priorities coming from Assembly leadership.”
A complete list of bills that were blocked is as follows:
• A.6558: Extends the period during which Genesee County is authorized to impose a county recording tax on certain mortgage obligations until November 1, 2019.
• A.8040: Relates to enhanced aid and incentives for municipalities.
• A.1740: Relates to exempting cranes from the petroleum business tax.
• A.1783: Provides a tax credit in the amount of certain fees charged in connection with loans under the federal home loan guarantee program to National Guard and reserve veterans.
• A.1559: Creates a tax exemption for leasing of certain aircraft used for flight schools.
• A.1682: Relates to creating a local food and products sourcing tax credit.
• A.1693-a: Creates a wage tax credit for employers who employ New York National Guard men and women, reservists, volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel.
• A.1561: Prohibits the transfer of unexpended moneys from funds receiving moneys from a dedicated fee into any other fund.
• A.1565: Exempts veterans 85 years of age and older from the obligation to pay New York state income tax.
• A.1616: Exempts compensation for active military service from inclusion in a resident’s adjusted gross income under certain circumstances.
• A.1617: Prohibits the New York state Department of Taxation and Finance from charging a fee for applications for a certificate of registration pursuant to a re-registration program.
• A.1645: Relates to compensation of certain district attorneys; requires the state to reimburse the counties for the entire cost of any increase in the annual salary of a district attorney due to an increase in the annual salary of a justice of the Supreme Court or a county judge; appropriates $1,600,000.
Photo courtesy of Dave Bentley: Dave Bentley, right, is pictured with two of his close friends who died of cancer, Scott Harris at left, and Phil Lance. Bentley is part of the Boaters Against Cancer group that has organized a three-day fundraising event from June 29 to July 1 at the Bald Eagle Marina in Kendall.
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 June 2018 at 10:17 am
3-day party includes flotilla, debut of restaurant at marina
KENDALL – There will be fireworks, a large flotilla, live music, a wine- and beer-tasting and the soft opening of a new restaurant.
Those activities – and more – are part of the third annual Boaters Against Cancer fundraising event at Bald Eagle Marina In Kendall from June 29 to July 1.
The marina is the host of the biggest fundraiser for Boaters Against Cancer. The effort started in memory of two long-time boaters at the marina – Scott Harris and Phil Lance – who died about a month apart from cancer.
Dave Bentley was close friends with both of the boaters. Bentley is on the organizing committee for the upcoming three-day event.
“They were two of my best friends,” said Bentley, owner of Bentley Brothers, a Kubota dealership in Albion and Brockport. “We boated together. We travelled together.”
The first two Boaters Against Cancer events raised $30,000 with up to $2,000 available for a boater battling cancer. Those boaters don’t have to be connected to the Bald Eagle Marina.
The lineup of activities for the third annual Boaters Against Cancer events has been expanded. Non-boaters are welcome for many of the activities, including barbecue ribs on Friday, June 29, at the new Lures restaurant at the marina, and a chicken barbecue at Lures on Saturday, June 30. The restaurant won’t officially open until mid-July, said Susan Oschmann, the general manger. It has a special permit for a soft opening to serve food during the Boaters Against Cancer event.
Other highlights of the schedule include:
• 4 to 7 p.m. – wine- and beer-tasting on the porch
• 4:30 to 6:30 – music with Travis Fitch
• 7 to 10 p.m. – karaoke with Greg and Deb
• 10 p.m. – lantern send off
• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – arts and crafts vendors
• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – massages
• 5 p.m. – flotilla
• 7 to 10 p.m. – music with the Kinne Family Band
• 10 p.m. – fireworks
• 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. – breakfast with Chef Don
• 11 a.m. – duck race
• 11 a.m. – raffle and silent auction ends with the winners announced
Oschmann said she is hopeful other marinas will start Boaters Against Cancer chapters and the events can be coordinated, especially with the flotillas happening at the same time.
“It would be awesome if we could do more,” she said. “We try to do our part and hope others will follow. We want to see a giant flotilla.”
Some of the boaters will take people out in their boats for the flotilla, with a suggested donation that will go towards Boaters Against Cancer.
Oschmann said many boating families have been impacted by cancer. Her father Jim has fought the disease. Jim Oschmann ran the marina for about 20 years. He was also the first to have fireworks at Bald Eagle Marina in the early 1990s. The fireworks on June 30 will be set off from one of the jetties at the marina.
“Boaters are a very close-knit family,” Susan Oschmann said. “When they are affected, they step up and help out.”
For more information on Boaters Against Cancer, click here.
This photo by Dave Ellingson shows a kayak along the Erie Canal in Gasport.
WATERFORD – Amateur and professional photographers are invited submit images for the 13th annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Images should convey the wealth of things to do and see along the waterway and express the unique character of the canal and canal communities. Winning photos will be featured in the 2019 Erie Canalway calendar.
Images will be judged in four contest categories: On the Water, Along the Trail, Canal Communities, and Classic Canal. Judges will select first, second, and third place winning images in each category, as well as 12 honorable mentions.
• “On the Water” should show activities on the water and boats of all stripes
• “Along the Trail” could include cyclists, walkers, strollers, and activities or scenes along the Erie Canalway Trail.
• “Canal Communities” include historic downtowns, distinctive architecture, farmers markets, events, and scenes taken in canal communities.
• “Classic Canal” – Photos that could be taken only on the canal, and could include on-water activities, engineering marvels, canal structures, nature, or other scenes that show the distinctive sense of place of the Erie Canalway.
Images must be taken within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, which spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York. It encompasses the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals and their historic alignments, as well as more than 230 canal communities.
Entries must be postmarked by August 31, 2018. For more information on the official contest rules and an entry form, click here.
File photo: Nicole Tuohey cuts the paper chain to start the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in September 2014. She raised money through her mother Mary Lou’s business, Case-Nic Cookies in Medina, by selling elephant cookies that added a new link to the chain. Nicole raised the money in memory of her grandma and grandpa.
MEDINA – The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be back in Medina on Oct. 13. The Walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.
On Oct. 13 family members, caregivers, employers, friends and persons with dementia will gather at State Street Park in Medina to honor all impacted by dementia and to fight for a world without Alzheimer’s. Fundraising dollars ensure the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to provide supportive services and education at no cost.
While there is no fee to register, the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York encourages participants to fundraise to contribute to the cause and help ensure a vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.
The park in Medina offers plenty of parking, space to enjoy snacks and refreshments, visit with vendors, and buy basket and 50/50 raffle tickets. The roughly 2-mile walk offers a pleasant stroll along the Erie Canal. Incentives for fundraising include the 2018 purple Walk T-shirt.
Registration starts at 9 a.m., with a ceremony at 10 and the walk to start at 10:15.
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 June 2018 at 3:47 pm
Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – Cheryl Mowatt has been a steady presence at Albion’s public library for 33 years. Today is her last day in her job as reference librarian. She is wearing a card that says, “Keep calm and ask someone else I’m retiring.”
Mowatt and her late husband Bob moved to Albion in 1979 when Mr. Mowatt was appointed to be pastor of the First Baptist Church in Albion. He led the church until his retirement in 1999. Mowatt and her husband have two grown sons, Ian and Andrew, and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Mowatt started work at the former Swan Library in January 1985. In July 2012 the new Hoag Library opened.
“I love the new library,” she said. “It’s beautiful. It’s airy. It’s bright, and it has a lot of parking. The people of Albion are very proud of this building.”
Mowatt has typically been at the front desk, ready to answer a question or help people track down answers. Library patrons had lots of questions over the years, many were health related or about genealogy. She remembers one question that stood out over the years: someone wanted to know if there was a book or materials that explained how to make moonshine.
“I’ve met many interesting people in the 33 years,” Mowatt said this afternoon. “I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s kind of like being a detective. I like the challenge.”
The reference librarians are “jack of all trades,” Mowatt said. They help in circulation and assist the public in using computers and the printer.
The Friends of the Library had a cake made for Mowatt, who serves up a piece to Linda Redfield, right, and Gloria Nauden. Those ladies brought flowers for Mowatt. Dee Robinson, another reference librarian, is next to Mowatt.
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 June 2018 at 3:03 pm
Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – Hoag Library celebrated the start of a six-week summer reading challenge on Saturday. There were two bounce houses, children’s games and free hot dogs served by the Albion Lions Club to kick off the program.
Mary Janet Sahukar and her granddaughter Kiran Lennox were part of the Albion Lions Club team preparing hot dogs. Children and adults who signed up for the summer reading challenge were able to get a free hot dog.
The theme of this year’s summer reading challenge is “Libraries Rock!” Last year there were 1,550 participants in the program.
The library will have numerous events during the six-week program. The challenge continues until Aug. 4 with a 3 p.m. ice cream social at the library. There are almost daily events at the library during the program, including many with music and dance.
For more information, click here or stop by the library at 134 South Main St.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) today announced the passage of their resolution designating June 19, 2018, as “Juneteenth Independence Day,” in recognition of June 19, 1865, the day slavery legally came to an end in the United States.
“Every year on Juneteenth we celebrate Emancipation, recognize the work left to do, and continue our commitment to a more equal future for all. Juneteenth is a holiday for all of us to observe the end of slavery, and to joyfully celebrate freedom with a shared sense of responsibility, inspiration, and encouragement,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I am proud to have worked in the Senate with over 45 of my colleagues to pass my resolution commemorating ‘Juneteenth Independence Day’.”
“Juneteenth is a landmark occasion in our nation’s history – when the remaining slaves in this country were emancipated,” said Senator Wicker. “It is a day to remember our nation’s past and a day to commemorate the work that has been done over the past 150 years toward ensuring freedom, equality, and justice for every American. I am proud to have introduced this resolution in the Senate, working with my colleagues to give this holiday the national recognition it deserves.”
The full text of the resolution is below and can be found by clicking here.
Resolution 547: Designating June 19, 2018, as ‘‘Juneteenth Independence Day’’ in recognition of June 19, 1865, the date on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States.
• Whereas news of the end of slavery did not reach the frontier areas of the United States, in particular the State of Texas and the other Southwestern States, until months after the conclusion of the Civil War, more than 2 1/2 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863;
• Whereas, on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were free;
• Whereas African-Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest celebrated June 19, commonly known as ‘‘Juneteenth Independence Day’’, as inspiration and encouragement for future generations;
• Whereas African-Americans from the Southwest have continued the tradition of observing Juneteenth Independence Day for over 150 years;
• Whereas 45 States and the District of Columbia have designated Juneteenth Independence Day as a special day of observance in recognition of the emancipation of all slaves in the United States;
• Whereas Juneteenth Independence Day celebrations have been held to honor African-American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures;
• Whereas the faith and strength of character demonstrated by former slaves and the descendants of former slaves remain an example for all people of the United States, regardless of background, religion, or race;
• Whereas slavery was not officially abolished until the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States in December 1865; and
• Whereas, over the course of its history, the United States has grown into a symbol of democracy and freedom around the world:
• Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Senate designates June 19, 2018, as ‘‘Juneteenth Independence Day’’; recognizes the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day to the United States; supports the continued nationwide celebration of Juneteenth Independence Day to provide an opportunity for the people of the United States to learn more about the past and to better understand the experiences that have shaped the United States; and recognizes that the observance of the end of slavery is part of the history and heritage of the United States.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch from 1:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. today for Orleans and the following counties: Cayuga, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.
BATAVIA – Clara Stilwell, left, from Albion was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from Farm Credit East, ACA. Clara was one of two scholarship winners selected from the Batavia branch which serves seven Western New York Counties.
The scholarships are awarded to students which have post high school career paths focusing in agricultural. An associates, bachelors or graduate degree as well as technical school attendance qualifies as post high school education. Clara is pictured with Anna Smith who serves as a Farm Credit East loan officer in the Albion area.
Clara just finished her freshman year at Cortland State and is transferring to Cornell University this fall.
MEDINA – 810 Meadworks is proud to announce it will be hosting a songwriter’s competition in Orleans County at Meadworks’ unique and intimate outdoor performance space known as The Beegarten.
On July 21, Orleans County songwriters will compete for a choice of a $200 cash prize or professional studio recording time at Watchmen Studios in Lockport. The event will be hosted by a well-known champion of Orleans County’s music scene, Zack Burgess of Albion.
In its fourth season, The Beegarten’s summer music series has hosted some of Western New York’s most talented musicians, including former and current members of national recording artists such as Rusted Root, Modern English, Cheater, Klear and Captain Beyond. In addition, they have hosted two Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame inductees and winners of regional songwriting contests.
“We have brought in a lot of regional talent with an emphasis on bands that perform original music, or covers in an original way,” notes 810 Meadworks owner Bryan DeGraw. “We know how hard it is for original musicians to find a place to perform, or for them to afford to record a quality demo, so this competition provides an opportunity for both.”
In order to be eligible for the contest, the songwriter must either be an Orleans County resident or have significant ties to Orleans County, including long-term employment in the county or a graduate of an Orleans County school. They, or a designated performer, will perform a short set of three or four songs, with one being submitted for the contest, which will be scored by a panel of local judges.
The event is hosted by Zack Burgess, a member of two prominent Orleans County based bands, Zero and Archres. Burgess is one of the organizers of Rock the Park, an annual music festival held in Albion, now in its fifth year.
“Zack was the logical choice to host the event, and he graciously agreed to take himself out of the competition in order to host it,” DeGraw said. “Burgess will be performing some of his own songs as part of the evening’s program.”
Photos by Tom Rivers: A life preserver is placed by the lift bridge in Knowlesville. The bridge, which had been closed since November for repairs, reopened last week.
New banners were recently put up in Lyndonville, promoting the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Orleans and several other counties today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. when heat index values will be in the mid- to upper-90s.
The advisory includes Orleans, Niagara, Monroe. Wayne, northern Cayuga, Oswego, Genesee, Livingston and Ontario counties.
“The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity levels will result in a potential for heat-related illnesses if proper precautions are not taken,” The Weather Service said.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
The Weather Service urges people to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room., stay out of the sun and check in on relatives and neighbors.
People should take extra precautions if working or spending time outside. If possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
The Weather Service also urges people to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. People should also wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. “Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location,” the Weather Service said. “Heat stroke is an emergency – call 911.”
SHELBY – Partly visible at left are Shane Cia in a 1900’s gown and Trish Stacy as a flapper girl, who are waiting to take the stage in the fashion show Saturday during the Town of Shelby’s 200 anniversary celebration. The other models are Paula Dresser (with parasol) in a 1930’s afternoon dress, Jodie Zacher as a 1940’s war bride, Lynne Johnson as a 1960’s go-go girl and Peter Beach in a polyester pant suit from the 1970s.
Shelby’s bicentennial celebration featured a fashion show at the auditorium of Oak Orchard Elementary School on Saturday. The fashion show included apparel from each decade capped off a day full of historic events.
Megan Ortt, left, wife of State Sen. Robert Ortt, volunteered to model this 1920’s dress in the Town of Shelby ’s vintage fashion show Saturday. With her is Pat Briggs in a 1920’s outfit.
Orleans County legislator Lynne Johnson waits to present a proclamation to the Town of Shelby prior to Saturday’s fashion show commemorating the town’s 200th anniversary. She modeled a go-go girl outfit from the 1960s, with boots she actually wore in her marching band in school.
Provided photo: Narrator Georgia Thomas describes the outfits worn by Allan and Ginny Kropf, who portrayed Alexander and Betsey Coon during a fashion show Saturday to commemorate the Town of Shelby’s 200th anniversary. The Coons were the first settlers in the town.
Memorabilia from the town of Shelby’s 200 years filled the hall and auditorium of Oak Orchard School Saturday, where a fashion show of apparel from each decade capped off a day full of historic events, which included self-guided driving tours of the town, a video and refreshments at the town hall and proclamations by Shelby deputy supervisor Ken Schaal, Congressman Chris Collins, Senator Robert Ortt, Assemblyman Mike Norris, Legislator Lynne Johnson and Medina Mayor Mike Sidari.
Provided photos: Town Historian Alice Zacher, who organized the fashion show and helped spearhead the town’s bicentennial celebration efforts, is presented flowers. Town Clerk Darlene Rich is at left.
Several dignitaries presented proclamations for Shelby’s 200th anniversary. From left include Deputy Town Supervisor Ken Schaal, Town Clerk Darlene Rich, Congressman Chris Collins, State Sen. Rob Ortt, Assemblyman Michael Norris, County Legislature Chairwoman Lynne Johnson and Medina Mayor Mike Sidari.
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 June 2018 at 2:32 pm
Photos by Tom Rivers
BARRE – Albion firefighters Charlie Monacelli uses a leaf blower to push back a fire to try to keep it from spreading in a soybean field on Long Bridge Road this afternoon. Monacelli was trying hold back the fire until trucks arrived with water.
Firefighters were called to the field owned by Hugh Dudley at 12:55 p.m. today. A neighbor had a small brush fire this morning near a creek by the field. The neighbor thought it was extinguished but the fire about three hours later spread to the soybean field. Barre Fire Chief James Neal said about 1 ½ acres of soybeans were damaged by the fire. Neal said there is a chance some of the plants could bounce back later this growing season.
Albion and Barre firefighters, including Jerry Bentley at left, stamp out some of the fire.
Charlie Monacelli of Albion, left, and James Neal, the Barre fire chief, are in the field on fire.
Barre firefighters Brian Bentley and Amanda Dixon hose down the perimeter of the field.
Barre firefighters Kara Bentley, left, and Brianna Caldwell try to smother some of the hot spots in the field.
Doug Bentley, a long-time Barre firefighter, spent part of his Father’s Day watching his son Jerry and grandchildren, Kara and Brian Bentley, work to put out the fire while temperatures were in the high 80s.
SHELBY – The Town of Shelby celebrated its 200th anniversary on Saturday. One of the highlights of the celebration was a fashion show at Oak Orchard Elementary School auditorium, featuring apparel from 1818 to 2018.
Georgia Thomas, commentator for the vintage fashion show, goes over her notes just before the show at Oak Orchard School.
From left, twins Charlene Pratt and Shelby Town Clerk Darlene Rich and Marian Fry are all decked out in their 1930’s outfits, as they stand in front of a video playing at the Shelby Town Hall on Saturday morning.
Alice Zacher, Town of Shelby historian, and David Green, a member of the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Department, stand in front of a row of vintage automobiles on display at the fire hall during the Town of Shelby ’s 200th anniversary observance Saturday.
This row of vintage automobiles represents a vehicle from every decade. In front is a 1935 Plymouth owned by Pete Cramer of Gasport. The oldest was a 1920 Model A owned by Dennis Bailey of Middleport.