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GCC recognizes student and instructor of the semester at Albion, Medina centers

Photos courtesy of GCC: Amy Schrader has been selected as the Student of the Semester at GCC’s Medina Campus Center for spring semester.

Posted 14 May 2019 at 6:49 pm

Press Release, GCC

Genesee Community College’s Albion and Medina Campus Centers have announced the Spring 2019 Instructors and Students of the Semester.

Each semester, one instructor and one student from each campus center are recognized for their outstanding instructional and/or academic performances. For several weeks, the campus centers collect nominations from fellow teachers, colleagues and students and a small committee led by James Simon, associate dean at Medina and Albion Campus Centers, determines the winners.

ALBION CAMPUS CENTER

Paul Brew

Paul Brew has been selected as the GCC Albion Campus Center Spring 2019 Instructor of the Semester. Brew is new to the GCC Albion faculty this semester and teaches history and political science. The students who nominated Mr. Brew said, “He is an instructor that will always be there to help, and doesn’t want anybody to fail his class.” Another student stated: “History is a tough subject for me, but the way he teaches it really made me like history!”

Brew of Rochester is a graduate of Churchville-Chili High School, and over his lifetime he gleaned his higher education from Monroe Community College, Empire State College, SUNY Brockport and GCC. He earned a Master’s degree in World History. “I went right from high school to work and instantly became addicted to the paycheck. Money does not equal happiness, and I wish I would have gone to college sooner.”

In his insights on the Albion Campus Center, he shared that “GCC is a place where people trump paperwork every time. You can get just about anything done with an actual person.”

In addition to teaching, Brew enjoys doing Isshin Ryu Karate, playing World of Warships video games and writes Sci-fi. He cites his most rewarding teaching experience as “Every time a student tells me they hate history but enjoyed my class.” His word of advice to new instructors? “Meet students where they are.”

Carl Roach III

Carl Roach III has been selected as the GCC Albion Campus Center Spring 2019 Student of the Semester. Roach is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with expected graduation in Spring 2020. He has a long-term life goal of “achieving a technology breakthrough that will ultimately lead to a greater understanding of our very human nature and the world around us.”

Roach chose to further his education at GCC in order to “achieve his dreams and goals in life.” He notes that the strong support of his family helps drive his aspirations. “Without their support, I would be lost.” Other major influences in his life are the “various learning and teaching styles offered through the intellectual instructors and programs” at GCC. His nominating instructor said, “Carl is driven and curious to be the best version of himself. Not only does he actively participate and add value to every class discussion, but he encourages and teaches his peers to achieve success in the classroom.”

Outside of school, you can find Roach skateboarding, running, playing guitar and pursuing his love of computer technology, philosophy, history and learning. Roach resides in Albion.

MEDINA CAMPUS CENTER

Dr. David Voss

Dr. David Voss has been selected as the Instructor of the Semester at Genesee Community College – Medina Campus Center for the spring 2019 semester. Dr. Voss teaches Introduction to Chemistry at the Medina Campus this semester and has taught at GCC since 2007. He also teaches chemistry and forensic science at Medina High School. The student nomination stated, “He is an awesome professor, super helpful, and provides encouragement for his students. I really enjoyed every second of his class!”

When asked about one piece of advice he would give to new instructors, Dr. Voss said, “Smile every day and have fun teaching your class.” He received this advice from a former student on a post-it note during his first year of teaching and he still carries this advice with him. Voss indicated that hearing about former students who are doing well and enjoying life is the most rewarding aspect of his job.

When asked about his feelings regarding GCC Medina Campus Center, he said, “The staff and faculty are incredibly caring and supportive. They want every student to be successful. It’s a great place to go to continue your education.”

Dr. Voss earned his B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry from University at Buffalo. He enjoys sports, reading and gardening. He is married and has four children, a dog and two cats, and resides in Barker.

Amy Schrader has been selected as the Student of the Semester at the Medina Campus Center for the spring semester. Amy is pursuing a Nursing A.A.S. degree and she is a full-time student at GCC, expecting to graduate in May 2021. After she completes her degree, she plans to continue her education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Amy’s career goal is to work as a registered nurse at Medina Memorial – Orleans Community Health, where she currently works as an L.P.N. in the dialysis department.

The instructors who nominated Amy expressed that she is an excellent student with exceptionally strong work ethic, diligence and determination. Professors commented that she is an “inspiration” and positive role model to traditional students as “they can see in her how hard work pays off.” Amy has certainly made a very positive and lasting impression during her time at GCC.

When asked why she decided to attend college, Amy shared that she wanted to further her education as a nurse and to be better able to provide for her family. Her advice to new students: “Work hard, don’t give up, and have perseverance. It’s all going to be worth it!”

Amy is married, has two children and resides in Medina.

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Albion hires Jennifer Ashbery as new high school principal
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 May 2019 at 3:54 pm

Jennifer Ashbery

ALBION – The Board of Education has hired the next high school principal at Albion.

Jennifer Ashbery, the vice principal at the elementary school the past six years, will start as the high school leader on July 1.

She was one of two finalists interviewed by the Board of Education on Monday night.

Ashbery is a 1993 graduate of Albion. She worked as a fifth grade teacher for 14 years before shifting to administration six years ago.

“I’m just excited and honored,” she said today about her new position at the school district. “I see an opportunity to lead and be a positive influence.”

She said she will work with teachers and staff “where the overarching focus will be on students, helping them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.”

Ashbery said she has been fortunate to grow up and work at Albion Central School. She said her time as a student at the former Waterport Elementary School, from fourth to sixth grades, was particularly critical for her.

“That was really instrumental in developing a passion for education and teaching,” she said.

Ashbery has twin daughters who are currently sixth-graders at Albion.

The district currently has an interim principal following the resignation of Matthew Peterson. He left Albion in January to work as principal at Oakfield-Alabama Central School.

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Medina firefighter graduates from academy
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 May 2019 at 11:23 am

Photos courtesy of Medina Fire Department

MEDINA – Donato Rosario, right, is saluted by Medina Fire Chief Tom Lupo on Friday when Rosario graduated from the NYS Recruit Firefighter Training program at Montour Falls.

Medina Fire Chief Tom Lupo, left, and Lt. Steve Cooley attended the graduation ceremony for Rosario on Friday.

Rosario, 20, interned with the Fire Department when he was a senior at Albion High School two years ago. That experience made him want to be a firefighter. He has been a volunteer firefighter with Carlton for about a year.

“I fell in love with it,” Rosario said about firefighting.

He initially had a career goal of working as a chiropractor. But he couldn’t find an internship with that profession locally. So he connected with the Medina Fire Department and joined firefighters on some of their medical calls, as well as fire scenes.

He was impressed by their professionalism, knowledge of the human body and their life-saving work in their dual roles as medics and firefighters.

Rosario was hired as a career firefighter with Medina, and just completed the 11-week training program through the state. He learned the basics of firefighting, auto extrications, handling hazardous materials, and simulated responses to live burns.

Rosario, one of 56 to graduate in the class, said the program also has a focus on decision-making in many different emergency situations.

“After 11 weeks of the most intense physical and mental training of my life, I’m officially a firefighter,” he posted on Facebook on Friday. “Thank you to everyone who has stood by me and pushed me along the way. To my fellow firemen, remember why we do this and always wear your badge with pride and honor, we’ve earned it.”

Rosario is the first member of his family to be a firefighter. He urged more people to give it a try. He proves you don’t have to be from a family in the fire service to be welcomed by a local department.

“I would encourage more people to try it,” he said. “You can stop by a firehouse and we’ll show you around and show you what we do.”

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150 Medina students join in ‘Make An Impact Day’
Posted 14 May 2019 at 10:42 am

Photos courtesy of Medina Central School

MEDINA – About 150 Medina High School students and staff chose to do something good for their school and their community on their annual Make An Impact Day on Monday.

The teams spent half their day taking on service projects or beautifying their school. Medina School District had the afternoon off, but students volunteered their time instead of leaving.

The school has been participating in this event for several years. The rain kept many of the projects indoors, but there were some teams that were up for braving the elements and cleaning up local parks.

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Albion teachers press district for environmental assessment of elementary school

Photos by Tom Rivers: Albion elementary teacher Joyce Monacelli speaks during Monday’s Board of Education meeting and asks the district to be more open and cooperative with teachers as they seek answers whether staff have a high rate of breast cancer.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 May 2019 at 9:56 am

Teachers concerned because many staff have been diagnosed with breast cancer

ALBION – The Albion Teachers Association told the Board of Education the district is moving too slowly in addressing teachers’ concerns whether there is a high incident of breast cancer in the elementary school and if the environment in the school is a culprit with the cancer.

“We’ve been stonewalled,” Chris Keller, ATA president, told the board during its meeting on Monday. “We’re not going away until this building is inspected by an impartial third party.”

The Teachers Association said the district needs to have an independent environmental assessment of the school to ensure that it is safe for staff and students.

That assessment is scheduled to happen on Sept. 23 by Nellie Brown, director of the Workplace Health and Safety Program for Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She was at a Jan. 31 meeting at Albion, and spoke for more than an hour, outlining numerous chemicals that can be potential causes of breast cancer or endocrine disrupters.

She met with district custodial and maintenance staff on April 12 for a “Tools for Schools” training and will be back on June 10 for a similar training that will be available for teachers and other staff. That training includes some air sampling but isn’t an extensive building investigation.

Keller, the ATA president, said teachers were upset they weren’t notified or welcome to be part of the April 12 training. Michael Bonnewell, the district superintendent, said Brown wants to do the training with small groups of up to six people at a time. The district first wanted to focus on custodial and maintenance staff for the training.

James Bowers, an epidemiologist who studies diseases for the state Department of Health, will likely be back in the fall to study if the elementary school shows a high rate of breast cancer. If the study shows that, Bowers said the report wouldn’t determine a “smoking gun” that would be the cause of the cancer.

Bonnewell was faulted by two board members, Elissa Nesbitt and Kathy Harling, for not at least letting the ATA know that Brown would be at the district on April 12 for the training.

Bonnewell apologized and said he would strive for better communication going forward. He said he has been pushing for the building investigation by Nellie Brown.

The district superintendent also has brought in James Bowers, an epidemiologist who studies diseases for the state Department of Health. He attended Monday’s board meeting and said he expects to start a study in the fall, looking at the history of people who have worked in the elementary school who were diagnosed with breast cancer or other serious health issues.

If that report shows a high incidence of breast cancer, Bowers cautioned the study wouldn’t be able to pinpoint a specific cause. He has completed many of these studies at other schools and communities.

“We can’t ever find a smoking gun,” he said.

His focus will be determining if there is a higher, lower or average rate of breast cancer at the elementary school compared to the rate in the community’s population.

Angie Wolfe, a kindergarten teacher who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, said the preliminary data gathered by teachers shows there is a high incidence. The ATA has counted 25 teachers and staff who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. That includes cafeteria workers, clerical staff and teacher aides, as well as teachers.

The 25 cases is up from the 22 that were presented to the Board in January. Wolfe said more people have stepped forward.

The diagnosed cases include nine in the past five years and 16 in the past 10 years.

Wolfe said she is “disheartened and very discouraged” at the pace in finding answers about why there seems to be a high incidence of breast cancer.

“In presenting the information to the district office I was hoping compassion would be shown and action would be taken,” she told the board.

Margy Brown, the board president, said the district is committing to the environmental study and ensuring a safe school for students and staff. She said the board and administration want a good working relationship with the ATA as they pursue answers.

Keller wants to see the timeframe speeded up.

“We don’t have several years to wait to identify if we have a serious problem in the elementary school,” Keller told the board.

He would like to see the building assessment done before Sept. 23, the date scheduled with Nellie Brown.

Nesbitt and Harling, two of the board members, agreed the process “is taking a long time.”

“I am for doing whatever it takes to make this right,” Nesbitt said. “We owe it to our staff and our people.”

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Albion Board of Education vice president resigns
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 May 2019 at 9:02 am

ALBION – The vice president of the Albion Board of Education has resigned, citing a busy schedule that makes it difficult to devote time to the board.

Steve LaLonde

Steven LaLonde was elected three years ago. He leaves with two years remaining on the term.

“I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve on the board of this fine organization for the past three years, and I offer my best wishes for its continued success,” LaLonde wrote in a  May 8 resignation letter.

LaLonde was viewed as a likely successor to Margy Brown as president of the board.

LaLonde has a doctoral degree in statistics, measurement and evaluation from Syracuse University. He is retired as a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. He and his late wife, Kathy, raised three children who graduated from Albion.

LaLonde has been busy in his retirement.

“I find myself traveling more and more often, and am less able to devote the proper attention and focus to the very important matters of the school board,” he wrote in his letter.

LaLonde’s resignation comes too late for the position to be on the ballot in the May 21 election.

There are four candidates – David Sidari, Joyce Riley, Gregg Boose Sr. and Linda Weller – running for two five-year seats on the board.

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Pennysaver, Orleans Hub owner retiring from business
Posted 14 May 2019 at 7:16 am

Sawicz thanks employees for their dedication and community for its support

Karen Sawicz is pictured with her husband, Paul

The Albion-Holley Pennysaver began in 1947 under Mr. Eugene Gallo. Allen and Herbert Lowman purchased it in 1958. Mr. Roger Strizel and my parents, Vince and Gwen St. John, bought the Pennysaver in 1960. A year later my parents became the sole owners. They changed its name to the Lake Country Pennnysaver in 1977.

I have worked at the Pennysaver almost continually since my parents first became owners with Mr. Strizel. Thirty years ago, in March, 1989, I took over ownership when my parents retired.

Through the years there have been numerous changes; one of the most noteworthy and recent being the birth of the Orleans Hub in April, 2013.

But there have been constants also. One great constant has been the many dedicated individuals who worked with us to produce the Pennysaver, printed products and the Hub.  They have always been more like family than employees. Without each and every one of them, none of this would have been possible. We have always tried to provide quality products while serving the Orleans County community. My mom Gwen lived her entire life in Orleans County. She, I and my son Bill all graduated from Albion schools. My dad Vince taught me that the community of Orleans was our family and that we were to serve.

It’s time for me to spend much more time with my family, friends and husband Paul and for the Pennysaver and Hub to begin a new chapter under new owners. I wish them every success.

It’s very hard to say goodbye after having spent almost all of the past 59 years at the Pennysaver, so I will close simply by thanking the talented, wonderful and caring staff, both past and present, for your dedication and effort and by thanking the entire community for your support of our endeavor. The words “Thank You” hardly seem  adequate because together all of you made it a joy to come to work every day. I have deep gratitude and respect for what all of you have given to my parents and me over all these years. May God bless you.

Karen E. Sawicz

Owner-Publisher

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Hawley writes Mitch McConnell, asking Senate to confirm IJC members
Posted 14 May 2019 at 7:03 am

Press Release, Assemblyman Steve Hawley

Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Steve Hawley: Lake Ontario crashes into the shoreline in Orleans County.

In light of water levels continuing to rise and historically adverse flooding conditions along Lake Ontario’s southern shoreline in recent years, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) personally toured the northern border of the lake on Sunday from the Yates to Kendall to inspect conditions firsthand.

Hawley, who was one of the first elected officials to tour flood related devastation along the shoreline in 2017, wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell requesting immediate confirmation of newly appointed International Joint Commission (IJC) members so they can begin work regulating water levels and protecting residents and businesses who may soon face property damage in northern Orleans County.

“I am writing regarding the urgent need for the Senate to move forward and place the International Joint Commission nominees on the Senate calendar for confirmation votes…Water levels on Lake Ontario are at 246.86 feet, compared to the peak of 249.10 in 2017. The lake has risen 5 inches in the past 10 days. However, if this continues, the few residents who survived the flooding in 2017 with minimum damage may not this year,” Hawley wrote in the letter, dated April 24.

The IJC has six members, with Canada and the U.S. each having three representatives. The U.S. nominees for the board include former State Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, and Rob Sisson and Lance Yohe.

“Increased erosion will continue to decrease the assessed value of the shoreline properties and more homeowners will have the expense of installing destroyed break walls to protect homes,” Hawley wrote. “Local businesses that struggled through 2017 may not survive another year.”

Please contact Hawley’s District Office at (585) 589-5780 for assistance regarding flood related issues caused by Lake Ontario.

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State Senate passes Stephen’s Law, allowing family notifications if rehab appointments missed
Posted 13 May 2019 at 6:46 pm

Press Release, State Senator Rob Ortt

Today, Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I,Ref-North Tonawanda) and his colleagues in the Senate passed Senate Bill 4741-A, known as “Stephen’s Law,” which will allow authorized guardians and caregivers to receive notifications when medical care or rehabilitation appointments are missed by individuals in recovery programs.

Introduced in December of 2018, Stephen’s Law is named after Stephen Canastraro, Jr. On the morning of August 24, 2018, the mother of Stephen Canastraro, Jr. went to wake him, only to find him cold and unresponsive. In the days prior to his death, Stephen demonstrated warning signs of relapse to his health providers including missed appointments and drug use.

Under the laws at the time, health providers were not required to inform authorized guardians of the relapse signs, and neither Stephen’s mother nor Save the Michaels, Stephen’s recovery assistance organization, were notified of his missed appointments or positive drug screens in the days before Stephen’s death.

“Although the passing of this law was too late to help Stephen, the lives that are saved because of it will be in memory of him,” said Ortt. “The advocacy by Stephen’s mother, Angela, and treatment programs like Save the Michaels should be commended for helping get this legislation passed. I want to thank Sen. Harckham for co-sponsoring this legislation and working with me to help save lives.”

Under this legislation, medical providers would be required to call a patient’s loved ones – individuals who already have the patient’s consent to access their medical information – and inform them of observations that could be warning signs of relapse. Advocates believe this change would enable patients’ support networks to intervene when an issue arises and help save lives.

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H.S. diamond contests washed out again
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 May 2019 at 4:34 pm

The final full week of the local high school baseball and softball regular season got off to a very soggy start as rain washed out a total of 13 diamond contests.

On the baseball diamond, the Akron vs. Medina, Newfane vs. Barker and Roy-Hart vs. Wilson Niagara-Orleans League games have been postponed as have the Notre Dame vs. Kendall and Holley vs. Attica Genesee Region League contests and the CG Finney vs. Lyndonville non league game.

In softball, the Akron vs. Medina, Wilson vs. Roy-Hart, Wilson vs. Albion and Barker vs. Newfane N-O games were postponed as were the Lyndonville vs. Attica, Notre Dame vs. Kendall and Oakfield-Alabama vs. Holley G-R contests.

In addition the Medina vs. Albion N-O tennis match was postponed.


Fire put out in Medina home on Saturday evening; 2 cats saved
Posted 13 May 2019 at 4:32 pm

Press Release, Medina Fire Department

MEDINA – Orleans County public safety dispatchers on Saturday at 7:24 p.m. alerted firefighters from the Medina, Shelby and Lyndonville fire departments for a possible house fire on Gwinn Street in Medina.

Medina firefighters of the 2nd Platoon under the command of Lieutenant Cooley arrived on location and requested a 2nd alarm with smoke coming from the first floor of a 2-story house. Crews forced entry into the home and found the fire in the living room. While engine crews extinguished the fire, other crews simultaneously searched the structure for fire extension and potential victims. No one was found to be home at the time of the fire but crews did rescue and provide medical care to two cats. The cats were taken by family members to an emergency veterinarian.

Fire damage was limited to the room of origin with the rest of the structure sustaining smoke damage. The fire is under investigation by Village of Medina fire investigators and does not appear suspicious in nature. The Red Cross is assisting the occupants.

The 2nd alarm brought the Ridgeway Fire Department to the scene and units from East Shelby, Middleport and COVA EMS to the Medina Firehouse for standby coverage.

We would like to thank the dispatchers, the Medina Police, all our mutual aid departments, the deputy coordinator as well as the Red Cross for their assistance.

We would be remiss not to thank local wildlife rehabilitator Wendi Pencille. Wendi donated several pet oxygen masks to us a year or so ago and we used masks off both of our engines. That donation allowed us to take better care of some four-legged loved ones. We can’t thank Wendi enough.

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6 injured in accident at one of Albion’s most notorious intersections
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 May 2019 at 3:29 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Six people including two children have been taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after an accident this afternoon at the intersection of Albion-Eagle Harbor Road and Gaines Basin Road.

A deputy with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office said no one was seriously injured in the accident. One of the drivers failed to yield at the intersection, causing the accident.

This intersection is the scene of many accidents in recent years. There isn’t a stop sign on Albion-Eagle Harbor Road at the intersection, while the stop signs are elevated on Gaines Basin to try to draw more attention to the intersection.

Albion firefighters and COVA Ambulance responded to the accident. They were dispatched to the scene at 2:36 p.m.

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W.A.L.K. at Mount Albion cancelled this evening
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 May 2019 at 2:41 pm

ALBION – The Albion Ministerium W.A.L.K. program is cancelled for this evening at Mount Albion due to the forecast of rain.

The Ministerium has started a new program every Monday at 6 p.m. where people are welcome to gather for “prayerful walking” and fellowship, said Sue Thaine, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Albion.

W.A.L.K. will be back next Monday. People are encouraged to use the west entrance, and park and gather at the white pavilion for prayer and fellowship before walking.

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3 anti-turbine candidates running in Barre as independents
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 May 2019 at 12:00 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: These three candidates are running together under the “Citizens for Change” party in Barre in the upcoming November election. From left include Kerri Richardson for town councilwoman, Jerry Solazzo for town supervisor and Cindy Burnside for town councilwoman.

BARRE – Three candidates for the Barre Town Board are running together under the independent “Citizens for Change” party with a goal to change the dynamics on the Town Board and keep out a proposed wind turbine project.

Jerry Solazzo, a former town zoning and code enforcement officer, will run as town supervisor against incumbent Sean Pogue, who has been endorsed by the Republican Party.

Kerri Richardson, leader of Clear Skies Above Barre, is running for town councilwoman along with Cindy Burnside, a local real estate agent.

The three candidates held an open house last week at Hoag Library. They stated their opposition to Apex Clean Energy’s proposal for 33 wind turbines in Barre. Heritage Wind would include turbines that peak at over 650 feet high.

“People feel it’s a done deal and it’s not,” Solazzo, a retired Medina technology teacher, said at the open house. “It’s going to be a long hard fight, but we’re up for it. We have good people running. We need to change the makeup of the board.”

Solazzo said many of the town officials have conflicts of interest with the project, either having a lease with Apex or having other family and friends that stand to benefit from leases.

Richardson, in her role with Clear Skies, has asked the state attorney general’s office to look into the issue to see if the town officials have conflicts of interest and should remove themselves from any discussion or review of the project.

The candidates said the Town Board needs to better communicate with residents, give them ample time to speak during meetings, and work on other pressing community issues, including the need for high-speed Internet.

“We want to make sure everybody knows what’s going on,” said Richardson, who works as an agriculture teacher in Batavia for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. “We’re running on better communication with the residents.”

Richardson also has been endorsed by the Conservative Party. Solazzo is a registered Democrat and Burnside is a registered Republican.

Richardson said the three candidates have put aside party differences for a focus on a better Barre.

Solazzo said he supports the Barre Fire Company’s push for a new firehall, which has been rejected three times in a public referendum. He believes the community would support the new firehall if they fully understood the challenges with the current firehall and the benefits of a new building. Barre residents last voted on the firehall on Sept. 12, 2017,  with the Barre Fire District seeking permission to borrow $2.52 million for a new firehall with a community center on Route 98. The proposition was voted down, 217-212.

“Truthfully, I’m all in favor of it,” Solazzo said about the project. “It’s just a matter of working things out to get it.”

The candidates say Barre’s distinction with the highest town tax rate in Orleans County at $9.18 per $1,000 is a deterrent to attracting more residents, and strains the wallets of residents, especially elderly on fixed incomes.

Solazzo said he sees the large turbines as making the situation worse, depressing property values.

Burnside, the real estate agent, said she turned down a lease to have two turbines on her property. She said the rural landscape is an asset for many people who want to live in the country.

The town, however, needs to work to make the community more appealing for younger families, and she said high-speed Internet is needed.

While Richardson is opposed to the turbines, she said the town needs to negotiating for significant revenue with the project, with the majority of the funds going to Barre and not being diluted in a shared agreement with the school district and Orleans County.

Richardson said she opposes the state takeover of having the final say in large-scale turbine and solar projects. A state siting board will give the final decision. However, Richardson said Barre can pass its own local laws to ensure protections for residents and the environment.

“I truly love Barre and the right-to-farm environment we have,” she said.

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2 sentenced to state prison for crimes in Orleans
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 May 2019 at 10:24 am

ALBION –Two people were sentenced to state prison during Orleans County Court last Thursday.

Andrew Walch, 33, of Holley was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison for felony driving while intoxicated. He was charged on Sept. 21, 2018 when he was allegedly driving after using alcohol, cocaine and marijuana. He registered a Blood Alcohol Content of .10 percent.

Angela Fields of Syracuse was sentenced to 1 ½ to 3 years in state prison for promoting prison contraband in the first degree for allegedly bringing Buprenorphine and other pills to the Albion Correctional Facility on Sept. 1. She is a second felony offender.

A Niagara Falls woman pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in the third degree. Alberta Ellis and two co-defendants allegedly broke into two farm labor camps in Carlton and Yates on Oct. 11 and stole money, sneakers, a television and household items from farmworkers. Ellis will be sentenced on July 18.

Regina Russell of Niagara Falls is a codefendant in the case. She was arraigned on May 2 for two counts of burglary in the second degree and 10 counts of petit larceny. The other codefendant is a juvenile and that case is being handled in Family Court.

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