Scavenger hunt raised money for agencies and highlighted sites in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 October 2020 at 9:26 am

Photos by Tom Rivers: Pauline Bachorski of Albion and her granddaughter Neveya Barnes, 12, are congratulated on Saturday by Greg Reed of the YMCA for winning the first ever scavenger hunt organized by the YMCA, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Orleans Community Health.

MEDINA – Three local agencies organized a scavenger hunt on Saturday that had 10 teams traveling around the county to see waterfalls, historic sites, public art projects and rubber ducks painted gold.

The event was intended to be a fun outing for the participants and a chance to learn about their community. It also raised about $3,100 to be split for youth programming at the YMCA, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Orleans Community Health.

“They got to explore the county and test people’s knowledge, said Heather Smith, director of the Orleans Community Health Foundation.

These six teams are pictured after the scavenger hunt at the Orleans County YMCA. There were 10 teams on Saturday, visiting sites all over the county.

The three agencies put together the scavenger hunt following the cancellation of many activities and fundraisers in the county due to Covid-19.

Participants in “Hunt Orleans” had two hours to go to as many locations as possible. Participants took a picture of their teams at the destinations. The team with the most points won $250.

Provided photo: Pauline Bachorski and her granddaughter Neveya Barnes are pictured in front of the St. John’s Episcopal Church which is famous for being “the church in the middle of the street.”

Pauline Bachorski of Albion and her granddaughter Neveya Barnes, 12, earned the most points. Bachorski is the Girl Scout unit coordinator in Albion. She said she has learned local trivia and visited many of the sites before that were on the hunt through the Girl Scout program.

“It was a lot of fun,” Bachorski said about the scavenger hunt.

Organizers want to do the hunt again next year and will have a new theme and different spots to visit.

This team dressed up as M & M’s for the scavenger hunt. Teams were given extra points for costumes and for decorating their vehicles. They include, from left: Bev Woodward, Robin Wehling, Tami Siffringer and Carol Bellack.

Here are some other provided photos of some of the teams at different locations in the county:

Pictured at the “Canalligator” mural in Medina

In front of the tower at Mount Albion Cemetery, which is a Civil War memorial

In front of the new mural in Albion about the Santa Claus School

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