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Medina was happy to host Glass Barge, replica canal schooner

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Glass blower Helen Tegeler holds a shield next to Lukas Milanak’s arm to protect him from 1,000-degree glass while he shapes a glass vase. He must keep it turning at all times to maintain its shape. They are doing their demonstration on the Corning Glass Museum’s barge in Medina on Sunday.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 13 August 2018 at 3:44 pm

MEDINA – Fair weather and two historic boats are credited with bringing a crowd of people to Medina’s canal basin this weekend.

Events began with the arrival on Thursday of the schooner Lois McClure and the Corning Glass Museum Barge. The two boats have been traveling together this summer to ports along the canal from Brooklyn to Buffalo in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal.

Both boats drew a multitude of visitors Saturday and Sunday.

Glass blower Helen Tegeler shows two apples she created on the Corning Glass Museum barge as a gift to the village of Medina.

The crew of the Lois McClure, a replica of an 1800s’ schooner, welcomed visitors aboard to see how crew members would have lived on such a boat.

On the Corning Glass Museum barge, visitors watched a half-hour demonstration on glass blowing, while announcer Stephanie Perry explained the process.

One of the visitors was Sally Prakapas of Michigan, who saw the Corning glass demonstration on a cruise ship.

“In fact, glass blower Helen Tegeler was working on the ship and told us they were going to be in Medina,” Prakapas said. “I owed a grandson a vacation, so we decided to go to Corning and stop in Medina on the way to see the glass barge again.”

Prakapas arrived in Medina on Saturday and the first thing she did was visit the Culvert, she said.

“That was pretty awesome,” she said. “This is a beautiful town and I plan to come back and bring my husband.”

Alaina Wilson, who started the fundraising to build a dog park in Medina, takes a turn in the dunk tank, which was set up in Medina’s canal basin over the weekend to raise money. The $500 earned in three hours on Saturday far exceeded her expectations, she said.

Another highlight of the weekend was a dunk tank, featuring local politicians and notables, including the captains of the Lois McClure and the Corning Glass Museum Barge. Money raised will help build a dog park in Medina. Leonard Oakes provided wine tastings each day and a food truck served up barbecue.

Two local favorite bands entertained each afternoon, and crews of both boats said visitors to their vessels was a record.

Dawn Borchet with Orleans County Tourism said T-shirts they were selling were very popular, with the words “Barge into Medina. Get that Erie feeling.”

The Lois McClure and glass barge will continue their journey, heading down Seneca Lake to Watkins Glen, Stephanie Perry said.

Dawn Borchers, director of the Orleans County Tourism Department, displays one of the T-shirts they sold in Medina’s Canal Basin during the visit of the schooner Lois McClure and the Corning Glass Museum barge.

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Albion Class of 1950 gets together for reunion
Staff Reports Posted 13 August 2018 at 2:47 pm

Photo courtesy of Ted Swiercznski

ALBION – The Albion High School class of 1950 met Aug. 4 for a reunion at Tillman’s Village Inn in Childs.

Seated, from left: Larry Vagg, Pat Peruzzini, Wanda Corwin Hollenbeck and Shirley Furness.

Row 2: Pete Nesbitt, Carol Rowcliffe, Lois Call, Bob Nickerson, Mary Ann Tillman, Edith Kujawa and Dorothy Neal.

Row 3: Ted Swiercznski and Brad Shelp.

Back row: Ken Rush and Dave Sturgess.

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Sheriff’s Office begins issuing monthly activity reports
Posted 13 August 2018 at 2:23 pm

Deputies responded to 52 auto accidents last month, about 1,000 total calls

Press Release, Sheriff Randy Bower

Provided photo: Janet Koehler, center, retired after 20-plus years as a corrections officer in the Orleans County Jail. She is shown with Sheriff Randy Bower and Jail Superintendent Scott Wilson.

ALBION – In the month of July, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department 911 Dispatch Center processed 2667 police incidents, including 912 events for Sheriff’s Road Patrol, 210 for the New York State Police and 1545 calls for the Village police agencies of Lyndonville, Medina, Albion, and Holley.  There were 616 Fire/EMS related calls dispatched countywide with 434 of those emergency medical in nature and a total of 9 drug overdoses.

Sheriff’s Dept. Road Patrol Deputies handled 52 automobile accidents, including 9 with injury and 17 car-deer collisions.  Road patrol also made 57 service attempts and served 32 subpoenas, civil, or court papers.

The Sheriff K-9 unit handled 4 incidents.  The Marine Patrol handled 28 calls for service including boaters in distress, reckless operation, and marine vessel inspections on Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, as well as the Erie Canal and Glenwood Lake.

The Orleans County Jail processed in 63 inmates (45 male and 18 female) with 7 incarcerated females boarded for other jurisdictions.

The Sheriff’s Animal Control Division handled 115 incidents including 35 stray dogs, 4 dog bite complaints, 17 neighbor dog problems, 2 domestic animals struck by vehicles, and several other miscellaneous animal calls. In addition, 14 animals were taken to the county animal shelter on voluntary surrenders.

And a special thanks to Janet Koehler on her retirement and for her 20 plus years of service as a Corrections Officer at the Orleans County Jail. Congratulations Janet for your dedicated and loyal service to this department and to our community. Travel, relax and enjoy life!

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New sewing lounge in Medina combines owner’s love of fashion with needle and thread

Photo by Ginny Kropf: Donna Bryant of Medina sits at one of the sewing machines in her new sewing lounge in Medina, scheduled to open Sept. 11. The Atelier is located at 422 Main St.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 13 August 2018 at 1:32 pm

‘It is just like a gym membership, where you use the gym equipment at your schedule for a monthly fee. A sewing lounge works the same, but with sewing equipment and machines.’ –  Donna Bryant

MEDINA – Donna Bryant may have three PhDs, but the thing which makes her happiest is a needle and thread.

Bryant, the former Donna Piedmont of Middleport, has retired from her high profile professions to indulge in her first love – sewing.

She recently set up shop at 422 Main St., former site of Creekside Floral. Her new business – The Atelier – is a unique concept called a sewing lounge. She says it’s like bringing a little bit of Paris to Medina.

Bryant’s love for fashion and sewing comes from her mother Irene, who was a pattern drafter at the former Newell Shirt Factory in Medina. She is dedicating The Atelier to her mother.

She originally wanted to open her sewing lounge in the Newell building, she said.

Middleport native Donna Bryant, currently of Medina, points out the amenities in her new store in Medina, a sewing lounge called The Atelier.

Bryant graduated from Royalton-Hartland High School, Buffalo State College and the University of Buffalo. She has PhDs in psychology, metaphysics and divinity with interfaith ministries. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and the exclusive Worcheska School of Custom Dressmaking in Buffalo.

“You need to keep learning,” she said.

As an accomplished seamstress, she has had clients for 45 years. She said there’s a lot more to clothing than people think.

Her extensive background in design and dressmaking included developing the fashion design and interior decorating program at BOCES Vocational Center, from which she retired after 30 years. She was also an adjunct professor at Genesee Community College for 15 years.

Bryant said sewing lounges currently exist only in big cities.

She explained the concept, saying a sewing lounge is a place with a variety of sewing machines, steaming and pressing equipment, cutting tables, dress forms and a photography station.

“It is just like a gym membership, where you use the gym equipment at your schedule for a monthly fee,” she said. “A sewing lounge works the same, but with sewing equipment and machines.”

A membership costs $35 for three months, and Bryant will be at her store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to accept registrations. People may also register by calling (716) 628-0568.

Her official opening is scheduled for Sept. 11.

Member work on their own projects which they bring in. Some assistance will be available.

Benefits of buying a membership are 10 percent off all sewing classes; sharing ideas and meeting others with similar interests; a wide variety of machines and equipment available for use; an atmosphere with limited distractions; and a creative environment and a place to participate in special events.

Bryant also said The Atelier is like a modern day Starbucks, with coffee and tea available – but at no charge.

The sewing lounge is not the time for people wanting to learn to sew – that can be accomplished through special sewing classes, Bryant said.

A variety of classes will be offered, including apparel construction, altered couture and handbags. Professional dressmaking classes will include flat pattern dressmaking, draping for dressmaking and pattern drafting. Sewing for the Home will teach pillows, table setting, slip covers, curtains and more.

Knitters of any level are welcome to join a knitters’ circle from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings. They may bring their own projects and refreshments will be provided.

There will also be a quilting class and a two-hour workshop to become familiar with your own machine.

A class called Project Runway (one for adults and one for teenagers) runs for 20 weeks and will end in a fashion show in May. Projects will be judged by professionals, Bryant said.

Because of Orleans County’s connection to Macy’s famed Santa Claus, Charles W. Howard, Bryant plans to make Santa suits. She is also expecting to unveil five lines of her own clothing.

Bryant and her husband Dr. Clark Bryant currently live in Medina. She has a daughter, Janelle Harvey, who is a home economics teacher at Wilson, and a son, Wesley Salen, who lives in South Carolina.

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As students return to college, Governor signs anti-hazing legislation
Posted 13 August 2018 at 1:02 pm

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed anti-hazing legislation to help keep students safe as they go back to school. The law (S.2755/A.5200) prohibits certain physical contact or requiring physical activity in any organization’s initiating ceremony to prevent the deaths or serious injuries of students during fraternity pledging ceremonies.

“These hazing rituals are dangerous and reckless with potentially fatal consequences, and I’m proud to sign this legislation to protect college students across this great state,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we prepare for the beginning of another school year, parents and students alike deserve to have peace of mind that we take hazing seriously and will have zero tolerance for these abuses in New York.”

The legislation was prompted by the death of Michael Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College student and Flushing resident who died after suffering a massive head injury as a result of a hazing ritual in 2013.

Under the law, those who engage in physical contact or require physical activity that creates a substantial risk of physical injury and causes that injury as part of an initiation ritual will be guilty of hazing in the first degree, punishable by up to a year in jail.

“The safety of our students is a top priority and these hazing rituals put them at risk of physical and emotional harm,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This legislation will help to combat these dangerous rituals and prevent injury and potential fatality of our students. We will not tolerate these actions that threaten the lives of students in New York State.”

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Medina Marching Band has intense camp to get ready for fall season
Staff Reports Posted 12 August 2018 at 7:40 pm

Photos courtesy of Kelly Kiebala

MEDINA – About 120 students in the Medina Marching Band had an intense of band camp last week, learning music, marching steps and overall choreography for the upcoming fall season.

The students and staff put in long hours, going from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and then 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Margaret “Maisie” Griffin is the drum major, leading the band.

This year’s theme is “Together As One.” They gave parents a sneak peek of the show on Thursday evening.

Medina will host the Fall Festival of Bands on Sept. 22.

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4 from Batavia OK after boat sinks off Point Breeze in Lake Ontario
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 August 2018 at 5:38 pm

Photo courtesy of Mike Walsh: The Orleans County Marine Patrol pulls a sunken boat through the Oak Orchard Harbor at about 5:15 p.m. today after the boat sank in Lake Ontario with four people on board.

POINT BREEZE – Four people from Batavia were rescued this afternoon after their boat sank more than a mile off shore in Lake Ontario.

The boat sank and turned over about 3 p.m., directly north of Point Breeze. The Orleans County Marine Patrol was able to get to the four people about 10 minutes after the call from dispatch.

The four did not need any medical care, and an ambulance and fire call were cancelled.

Deputy Jim DeFilipps, the Marine Patrol supervisor, said it’s rare to have a boat sink. Preliminary investigation shows the boat had rotted wood at the back end where the engine rests, DeFilipps said.

The boat is being pulled back to shore by the Marine Patrol. From there the boat will be towed by Lyons Collision of Medina.

Provided photo: The Orleans County Marine Patrol pulls a capsized boat back to shore this afternoon.

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Ortt, Hawley both willing to step in on ballot for Collins
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 August 2018 at 2:43 pm

Rob Ortt

With Chris Collins suspending his campaign for re-election, two state legislators who represent Orleans County say they are willing to have their names on the ballot for the Republican line.

State Sen. Rob Ortt of North Tonawanda and State Assemblyman Steve Hawley are among about 15 people showing interest, from prominent businessmen including Carl Paladino to other state legislators and Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw.

The Republican Party leaders in the eight-county district are expected to pick a candidate soon and try to have Collins’ name removed from the ballot.

Rob Ortt was the North Tonawanda mayor about four years ago when a sudden announcement from George Maziarz, who ended his campaign for re-election, opened the door for Ortt. Maziarz stopped his campaign on July 13, 2014. It was too late for the normal nominating process and to have a Republican primary. Party leaders from Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties picked Ortt to be on the ballot. He has since won two elections.

“I am humbled and honored to have my name included in the shortlist of individuals considered to represent the constituents of New York’s 27th Congressional District,” Ortt said in a statement on Saturday. “Just as I answered the call to serve my country after the events of September 11th, I will answer the call should I be asked to serve the constituents of New York’s 27th Congressional District. Regardless of who is selected as the Republican Party’s nominee for NY27 this November, we must ensure the values of the district’s hard-working residents continues to be represented at the federal level.”

Steve Hawley

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley has been in the Assembly since winning a special election in February 2006. He owns an insurance company and is a former farmer and Genesee County Farm Bureau president. He told The Daily News of Batavia his background and conservative voting record is in line with the voters in the 139th District, which includes Genesee, most of Orleans and part of western Monroe.

Ortt’s Senate district is more than twice the size of Hawley’s Assembly District. The Congressional District is more than double the size of the State Senate districts.

Erie County represents the largest percentage of the Congressional District. That likely gives that county more clout in picking the Republican who will be on the ballot. Hawley said much of the district is rural and the district would benefit from a representative from one of the rural counties.

One candidate who is already on the ballot for the Reform Party line also wants to the Republican candidate. Larry Piegza said he deserves consideration. He issued this statement to the media:

“The District’s GOP establishment failed to admit that Collins was a criminal in the first place,” Piegza said. “Then also tried their failed election scam of getting the fake Green Party candidate Michael Zak on the ballot. I think it’s time that we voters demand an open process for choosing Collins’ replacement instead of letting the corrupt establishment tell us which crony we have to vote for next.

“I am only one of two candidates chosen by the fair election process, and have already stated that I am willing to give up my entire congressional salary if I get elected. Instead of endorsing me, they are jumping through legal hoops to try to get their next corrupt politician on the ballot. The voters don’t want a rigged election. If we are going to Make America Great Again, we have got to really drain the swamp at the District level as well.”

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New leader for $4K grand prize in Orleans County Fishing Derby
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 August 2018 at 1:51 pm

There is a new leader in the Orleans County Fishing Derby after Joseph Miller of Harrisburg, Pa., caught a nearly 30-pound Chinook salmon on Saturday.

Miller’s 29-pound, 14-ounce fish knocked a 26-pound, 14-ounce salmon from atop the leaderboard.

The biggest fish caught during the derby, which started Aug. 4 and continues until Aug. 19, is worth a $4,000 grand prize.

The fishing derby’s total prizes are $8,800, which includes the top 5 fish in four divisions: salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and lake trout. There is also a $200 bonus prize for the biggest fish caught by an Orleans County resident.

Click here to see the leaderboard and to find out more about the derby, which is sponsored by the Albion Rotary Club.

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‘Friends’ make fundraising push for new Dog Park in Medina

Photos by Tom Rivers: Medina Village Trustee Owen Toale smiles after being plunged into the dunk tank on Saturday as part of a fundraiser for a new dog park in Medina. Medina Mayor Mike Sidari also spent an hour in the dunk tank on Saturday.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 August 2018 at 10:24 am

MEDINA – Organizers for a new dog park in Medina are making a push to raise $20,000 for the project.

The dog park would be the first in Orleans County. It is planned to be located next to the former compost plant on North Gravel Road.

Friends of the Dog Park Committee said it needs about $12,000 for fencing, and additional money for agility equipment.

The new park would have three fenced-in areas, one for small dogs, one for large dogs and an agility area.

Alaina Wilson is leading the fund-raising efforts for the dog park. She is pictured with her boyfriend, Andrew Zapf of Rochester, at a table with information about the park.

The committee is in the Canal Basin this weekend, running a dunk tank, and selling frisbees and bracelets for the dog park.

They are at the Basin this weekend while two high-profile vessels are visiting Medina. The Lois McClure is a replica of a canal schooner from 1862 and is open for tours. The boat is joined by Corning Museum of Glass barge, which will offer glass-making demonstrations over the weekend.

The Friends of Medina Dog Park is also promoting a “Dog Days of Summer” fundraiser on Aug. 18 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery. That event will include a souvenir wine glass, wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music, a basket raffle and a live auction. For more information, click here to be directed to Facebook page for Friends of Medina Dog Park.

There are souvenir frisbees available to raise funds for the dog park.

The committee also welcomes donations. “Top dog sponsors” who give at least $500 will be recognized on an advertising board at the park.

Donations can be sent to Friends of Medina Dog Park, 818 West Center St., Medina. NY 14103.

The Medina Village Board has agreed to set aside about 1 acre of the land at the former compost plant for the dog park.

Wilson said the park will be a place to take dogs for exercise, and to work on training and social skills. She said the park will draw visitors to Medina, boosting the local economy.

She expects construction of the dog park will start next spring.

Photo by Lucy Rivers: Ken McPherson fires a ball at the target and dunks Tom Rivers, editor of the Orleans Hub.

The lineup in the dunk tunk today includes

  • 3 – 4 p.m. – Eric Rintouck, captain of the Lois McClure
  • 4 – 5 p.m. – Medina Fire Chief Tom Lupo
  • 5 – 6 p.m. – Steve Gibbs, senior manager of Hot Glass Programs and Business Technology Development at the Corning Museum of Glass

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Classic cars converge on closed-off Main Street in Albion
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 August 2018 at 8:32 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – There were about 100 cars and trucks in a “Super Cruise” Saturday evening in downtown Albion.

Main Street was closed off from State Street to Caroline Street for the second annual Super Cruise.

John Foos of Albion brought over his 1971 Ford LTD. He has had the car for 21 years and has taken his wife and four kids for numerous rides with the top down on the convertible.

“I’ve never had so much fun with a car,” he said.

A 1960 Bentley owned by George Heinrich of Hilton was popular at the Super Cruise.

A 1958 ladder truck that was used by the Albion Fire Department until 1990 reappeared at the Cruise. Mike Blake, 34, of Clarendon acquired it about two months ago after trading a 1947 Army Jeep for the truck. The previous owner had the fire truck in Attica. Blake, a former Albion resident, saw it advertised online and wanted to bring it back to Orleans County.

Mike Blake sits in the driver’s seat of the 1958 fire truck and sounds the siren. He let people climb on the truck and explore some of its features. It still has its old ladders, axes and other equipment.

Audrey Blake, 4, has fun playing on the fire truck recently acquired by her father, Mike Blake. Saturday was the first time the truck was at a public event in Albion in many years. (Blake took it to the Barre Bicentennial in late June.)

This 1964 Volkswagen also was a popular vehicle with the onlookers.

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McMurray says Collins should resign from public office
Posted 11 August 2018 at 8:11 pm

Press Release, Nate McMurray, candidate for Congress

Nate McMurray, the Democratic Party-endorsed candidate for the 27th Congressional District, issued this statement this afternoon, urging Chris Collins to resign and not just suspend his re-election campaign.

“This tragic tale is yet another example of how a corrupt party machine has consistently betrayed the people of the 27thCongressional District,” McMurray said.

“It’s absolutely true that Chris Collins should not be running for this or any other seat, a fact that the local Republican Party knew full well when they endorsed and celebrated him while he was under investigation for securities fraud.

“And now the same machine that relentlessly attacked me for daring to question Mr. Collins’ record is attempting to get rid of him while gaming the system in order to hold on to a seat they can no longer win. New Yorkers and Americans are sick of this kind of charade and they are right to be.

“And it is a continuing disgrace that both parties have not said, with one clear voice, ‘resign, Mr. Collins, and do it today.’ Well, let me do it for them: Mr. Collins, suspension is one thing but it is time for you to resign. Do it today.”

McMurray said that Collins’ arrest earlier this week on insider trader charges has brought attention to a race and a region previously overlooked by national media and political insiders.

“Pundits who a week ago couldn’t pronounce my name or tell the difference between Hamburg, NY and Hamburg, Germany are now laser focused on this campaign.

“But my focus has never wavered. I want to be an independent voice for the people who work two jobs and still struggle to meet their mortgage and their health care bills, the forgotten working and middle-class families who will pay the price for the tax cuts and insider deals that make Chris Collins and his friends rich. I know what it is to struggle, and I want to help others in their struggle as well.

“In a sense, the contest for the 27th has changed dramatically in the past few days but fundamentally the issues are the same. It’s still about breaking a failed system that serves itself and putting the power back in the hands of the people. That’s what I have stood for since Day 1, and that’s what I will stand for come January 1 in Washington, DC.”

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Democratic Party leaders urge Collins to resign
Posted 11 August 2018 at 3:36 pm

Press Release, local Democratic Party leaders

Democratic leaders in the 27th Congressional District called on Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, to resign immediately, in the wake of his announcement that he was suspending his re-election campaign. They also decried the corrupt process of suddenly removing him from the ballot, long after the deadline for changing the ballot had come and gone.

Once again, the Republican establishment of NY 27 is making the interests of the voters play second fiddle to the desires of their own party to retain a stranglehold on power, no matter what.

“Chris Collins has been under an ethical cloud for over a year – under a congressional ethics investigation – but the Republican leaders thought it was just fine to have him on the ballot until a few days ago,” said Jamie Romeo, Monroe County Democratic Chairwoman. “It’s only when they figured out that this seat was in jeopardy that they decided Chris Collins had to go.”

Judith Hunter, the Livingston County Democratic Chairwoman, said, “Republican bosses are absolutely taking the voters of NY 27 for granted again. The federal ballot is set; at least one county in the district has already printed them. But these arrogant power brokers think this seat is theirs to play with and have come up with a corrupt, legalistic sleight of hand without any input from the voters of NY 27. It’s shameful.”

Michael Plitt, the Genesee County Democratic Chairman, asked the obvious questions: “If Chris Collins’ arrest is serious enough to make him suspend his campaign, why isn’t it serious enough to make him resign? We’re going to be saddled with a lame duck representative under criminal indictment who has been stripped of his committee assignment and any power in Congress, for what? His arrogant ego? It’s a disgrace.”

Michelle Schoeneman of East Aurora, founder of Citizens against Collins, says she is absolutely outraged. “The arrogance of Chris Collins insisting he is going to serve his term out is beyond belief. And the arrogance of the Republican bosses thinking they can just wave a magic wand and replace him on the ballot is equally outrageous.”

“We Democrats are fortunate to have Nate McMurray as our candidate for NY 27,” stated Jeanne Crane, the Democratic Chairwoman of Orleans County. “We know he’s going to put the interests of the voters first, whatever he does. He cares about the hard-working middle-class people of this district need, not what shady power brokers want.”

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Chris Collins suspends campaign, 3 days after being indicted for insider trading
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 August 2018 at 1:11 pm

Chris Collins

WILLIAMSVILLE – Congressman Chris Collins has suspended his campaign for re-election, three days after he was indicted on federal charges.

Collins is accused of insider trading, of tipping off friends and family that the stock for Innate Immunotherapeutics, a pharmaceutical company, was about to take a steep dive. Collins was on Innate’s board and was a major investor in the Australian firm.

Collins was arrested along his son Cameron, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron’s fiancé. They have been charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud, one count of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count each of making false statements to the FBI.

Collins on Wednesday said he would push on in his campaign for re-election. He has been in Congress for six years, in a solidly Republican district that includes Orleans and seven other counties.

Collins issued the following statement today:

“Democrats are laser focused on taking back the House, electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump. They would like nothing more than to elect an ‘Impeach Trump’ Democrat in this District, which is something that neither our country or my party can afford.

“After extensive discussions with my family and my friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Trump’s agenda for me to suspend my campaign for re-election to Congress.

“I will fill out the remaining few months of my term to assure that our community maintains its vote in Congress to support President Trump’s agenda to create jobs, eliminate regulations, reduce the size of government, address immigration and lower taxes.

“I will also continue to fight the meritless charges brought against me and I look forward to having my good name cleared of any wrongdoing.”

Six years ago Lyndonville native David Bellavia challenged Collins in the race. Bellavia, an Iraq War veteran and radio talk show host, issued this statement on Twitter: “Help is on the way. Integrity will be restored in #NY27.” Bellavia didn’t detail if he would seek the position.

Nate McMurray, a Democrat seeking election to the 27th, called on Collins to resign earlier today.

“I can’t believe, several days after this news, that my opponent is still in this race and that the Republican establishment is not saying in unison ‘resign,’” McMurray posted on Twitter. “Mr. Collins, please do the right thing. Step down. They knew this was coming. You should’ve never even been endorsed.”

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement:

“Speaker Ryan must call on Congressman Collins to resign. No person is above the law, not the President nor his first supporter in Congress.

“This insufficient and overdue announcement does little to drain the toxic cesspool of self-enrichment, special interest deals and corruption that has proliferated in Washington under GOP control.

“Over and over, the Republicans’ brazen corruption, cronyism and incompetence has left hard-working families in the cold, as the GOP Congress races to put the profits of special interests and lobbyists before the well-being of the American people. Families face a future of polluted air, dirty water and soaring prescription drug prices under the GOP’s cynical donor-driven agenda.”

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Main Street will close in Albion for car show today
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 August 2018 at 9:58 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – A 1972 Chevy van from Rochester was popular at the car show on July 22, 2017 when a section of Main Street was closed for the cruise in.

The show returns today from 5 to 8 p.m. with Main Street closed from State Street to Caroline Street, and Bank Street from Ingersoll to Liberty Street.

Organizers welcome classic and late-model cars, trucks and motorcycles to the historic downtown for the show. The event is free to participants and to the public who want to look at the vehicles.

“Seeing people walk down the middle of Main Street is cool,” said Adam Johnson, one of the organizers of the event. “It slows the pace down.”

There will be a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to The Warrior House in Shelby, which provides a hunting retreat to veterans. Donations will also be accepted today for the organization.

DJ Moonshine Productions will be providing music for the car show. The street is expect to close down around 3 p.m., just before the vehicles start to arrive.

The Orleans ABATE and Limited Resources Car Club are helping with traffic control for the event.

Last year was the first time the street was closed for a car show in several years. There were about 100 vehicles in the show last year. It was sprinkling in early after last year for the car show. Today is forecast to be sunny with a high of 81.

“We definitely caught a huge break with the weather,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be perfect.”

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