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Albion man has been missing since late May

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 June 2020 at 2:18 pm

Larry M. Maynard

ALBION – An Albion man has been missing since late May when he was last seen at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Larry M. Maynard lives on Hamilton Street in Albion. His daughter, Donna Maynard-Ault, said her father isn’t well and the family is worried about him.

The Albion Police Department isn’t the primary agency in the case, but residents with information about Maynard’s location can call the Albion PD at 585-589-5627.

“We are looking for him best we can in our area but he is missing from Strong,” said Roland Nenni, the Albion police chief.

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State and County send test kits to The Villages

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 May 2020 at 5:24 pm

One more death reported at Albion nursing home due to Covid-19

ALBION – The Orleans County Emergency Management Office on Thursday delivered test kits to The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center in Albion, where there has been a big outbreak of Covid-19.

The facility is reporting 68 positive tests among its residents. Today, another death was reported at The Villages, bringing the total deaths due to Covid-19 to 17.

The test kits will allow the facility to test every resident and staff member.

The county received 307 testing kits to be shared among the long-term care facilities in Orleans.

“In regards to the disturbing amount of positive Covid-19 cases and deaths at The Village of Orleans nursing home, the New York State Department of Homeland Security shipped 307 test kits to Orleans County yesterday, specifically for the nursing homes after our outcry for the state to intervene and investigate this terrible situation,” Lynne Johnson, County Legislature chairwoman, said during an 4 p.m. weekly news briefing.

Those test kits were distributed to The Villages, and also the North Wing at Medina Memorial Hospital and Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Medina.

Johnson also said the county is pressing the state for a mobile testing site like in the other neighboring counties.

“We are also requesting that NYS add a mobile testing site here so our residents don’t have to drive 45 minutes to get tested,” Johnson said.

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Employee at The Villages hospitalized with Covid-19

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 May 2020 at 1:36 pm

Provided photo: Carter Conrad, 3, of Albion holds a card he made for his grandmother who is hospitalized with Covid-19.

ALBION – It’s not only residents at The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Facility who have been sickened by Covid-19.

At least one staff member is currently in the hospital on a ventilator after contracting the virus. Diane Conrad works as an LPN at the nursing home in Albion.

Conrad, 57, retired after working at a state nursing home in Batavia. She missed the working at a nursing home and was hired for the night shift at The Villages on a per diem basis.

“She has a love of the residents,” said her son, Dan Conrad.

His mother started to feel sick about a week ago. She took a couple days off, but her condition worsened quickly, with a low oxygen level and difficulty breathing. She went to Strong West in Brockport on Wednesday night and was tested for Covid-19. That test showed she was positive for the virus.

She was taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester that night and put on a ventilator Thursday morning.

She is completely sedated right now but has shown improvement. Dan Conrad said doctors expect she will recover. Her oxygen levels and temperature have returned to normal and the ventilator has been turned down as her she recovers. She still has a ways to go before she is discharged.

“She is doing wonderful right now but they said it will be a long road,” Conrad said this morning.

He is on quarantine from his family due to his contact with his mother. Conrad said having his mother be hospitalized and the impact on self isolating from loved ones is difficult.

“It is completely draining and stressful,” he said.

Conrad has been very vocal the past week speaking out against The Villages, where 53 residents have tested positive for Covid-19 and 14 have died. He faults the facility for not doing enough testing of staff and residents.

When his mother reported for work, they took her temperature and asked her questions whether she had any symptoms. But she was never tested for the virus by The Villages.

It wasn’t until Tuesday night at Strong West when she was finally tested.

Conrad said other staff also have tested positive for Covid-19. The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments said the virus spread in the facility likely from staff members who didn’t have symptoms but were positive for the virus.

Conrad said he hopes the increased media attention on the outbreak at The Villages will lead to changes, with more staffing and precautions from the coronavirus for residents and the employees. Several Rochester news stations have been reporting on the outbreak at the nursing home in Albion.

“I’m trying to bring an awareness to what is happening there,” Conrad said today. “We need to stop the spread and the deaths. I hope the state and Cuomo himself will come down and do something.”

The local Health Department doesn’t have a breakdown on how many staff at The Villages have tested positive. If there are staff who live in the county with a confirmed case of Covid-19, it would be part of the community number. Right now the county has 100 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 53 at The Villages and 47 that are considered “community spread.” If a staff member tested positive for Covid-19 and lives outside of Orleans, that wouldn’t count in Orleans. It would be added to the county where they reside.

Dan Conrad is a member of the Albion Lions Club. As a member of the Lions, he coordinated the delivery of pizzas, coffee mugs with an image of the nursing home, and flowers last Thursday. He wanted to show the staff that they are appreciated.

“The nurses there are wonderful,” he said. “The people there in rehab are wonderful. No one deserves to be going through what they are.”

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Airbnb generating money for hosts in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 September 2019 at 2:34 pm



County 2019 summer guests 2019 summer host revenue
Orleans 1,400 $145,000
Genesee 380 $37,000
Livingston 3,800 $442,000
Monroe 16,500 $2.2 million
Ontario 11,800 $1.9 million
Seneca 5,900 $999,000
Wayne 2,600 $280,000
Wyoming 1,200 $155,000

Source: Airbnb

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Sheriff’s Office seeks help in finding missing Holley man, 77

Staff Reports Posted 26 June 2019 at 12:26 pm

Carl Zava

HOLLEY – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 77-year-old man from Holley. Carl Zava has Alzheimer’s disease and may be in need of medical attention, deputies said.

Zava was last seen on Hall Road at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was driving a 2001 white Chevrolet Blazer with New York license plate GKK-5202.

Zava is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighs 110 lbs. He has gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and blue jeans.

Deputies believe he may have traveled to Erie County. The Sheriff’s Office has issued a New York State Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert.

Anyone with information on Zava’s whereabouts is asked to call 585-589-5527 or 911.

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Health Departments urge immunizations for infants

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 May 2019 at 9:40 pm

‘When you get vaccinated, you not only protect yourself but you also help protect the people around you who might be too young or too sick to get vaccinated themselves.’ – Paul Pettit, Public Health director in Orleans and Genesee counties

Press Release, Genesee & Orleans Health Departments

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this significant observance!

Paul Pettit, Public Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties, proclaims the many benefits and accomplishments vaccines have on our communities. “Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” he said. “When you get vaccinated, you not only protect yourself but you also help protect the people around you who might be too young or too sick to get vaccinated themselves. This is called ‘community immunity’ or ‘herd immunity.’ If enough people stop getting vaccinated, more outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, will occur.”

Most parents choose the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving babies the recommended vaccinations by age 2 is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure that their baby is up-to-date on vaccinations. It is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they encounter potentially life-threatening diseases.

The recent outbreak of measles in our country has reached the highest number of cases since the disease was eliminated in 2000. Most recent data shows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 695 cases of measles from 22 states. The return of the disease occurs when an unvaccinated traveler visits a country where there is widespread measles transmission, gets infected with measles, and returns to the United States and exposes people in a community who are not vaccinated.

Once measles enters an under-vaccinated community, it becomes difficult to control the spread of the disease. When measles enters a highly vaccinated community, outbreaks either don’t happen or are usually small. This is why taking proper precautions and receiving the vaccine is so important to the health of our community.

Below is a summary of the vaccines children should receive by 2 years of age:

  1. The Varicella vaccine protects against chickenpox. Symptoms of chickenpox include rash, tiredness, headache, and fever. Complications of the disease include infected blisters, bleeding disorders, encephalitis (brain swelling), and pneumonia (infection in the lungs). Children need 2 doses of chickenpox vaccine. CDC recommends children receive the first dose between 12–15 months and the second between 4–6 years.
  2. The DTaP vaccine combines protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. Symptoms of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis includes CDC recommends infants receive the
  3. The Hib vaccine protects against Haemophilus influenzae disease. Symptoms of Haemophilus influenzae include fever and chills, headache, nausea, excessive tiredness, and altered mental status. Complications of these infections may include loss of limbs, brain damage, or hearing loss. Children need 3-4 doses of the Hib vaccine. CDC recommends infants receive the first dose at 2 months, the second at 4 months, the third at 6 months (if needed), and the last shot between 12–15 months.
  1. The Hepatitis A vaccine protects against the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Symptoms of HAV typically do not appear until 4 weeks after exposure or may not occur at all. Symptoms that may appear include fever, dark urine, abdominal pain, nausea, and jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin). Complications of the disease include liver failure, arthralgia (joint pain), kidney, pancreatic, and blood disorders. Children need two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine. CDC recommends babies receive the first dose when the child turns 1 and the second should be given 6-12 months later.

ore throat, mild fever, weakness, and swollen glands in neck. Complications of these diseases include

swelling of the heart muscle, heart failure, coma, paralysis, death.

Children need

5 doses of DTaP vaccine.

first dose at 2 months, the second at 4 months, the third at 6 months, the fourth between

15–18 months, and the fifth between 4–6 years.

  1. The Hepatitis B vaccine protects against a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Symptoms of HBV are fever, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, and jaundice. Complications of HBV can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death. Children need 3-4 doses of the HBV vaccine. CDC recommends infants receive the first dose at birth, the second dose is given at 1-2 months, the third at 4 months (if needed), and the last is given at 6-18 months.
  2. The Influenza (Flu) vaccine protects against flu virus. Symptoms of flu include fevers, chills, coughing, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, and muscle or body aches. Complications of flu may include sinus and ear infections, pneumonia, inflammation of the heart, brain or muscles, organ failure, and even death. The influenza vaccine is started at 6 months and is needed every fall or winter for the rest of your life. CDC recommends children 6 months and older receive the vaccine once a year.
  3. The MMR vaccine combines protection against measles, mumps, and rubella. Symptoms of these diseases may include fever, headache, rashes, and eye irritation. Complications of measles, mumps, and rubella include deafness, brain damage, swelling of the spinal cord, infection of the lungs, and death. Children need 2 doses of the MMR vaccine. CDC recommends the first dose should be given between 12-15 months and the second dose between 4-6 years.
  4. The Polio vaccine protects against the infectious polio disease. Symptoms of the disease may include muscle and joint weakness and pain, sleep-related breathing disorders (such as sleep apnea), general fatigue (tiredness) and exhaustion with minimal activity, and muscle atrophy (muscle loss). Complications can include paresthesia (feelings of pins and needles in the legs), meningitis, paralysis, and death. Children need 4 doses of polio vaccine. CDC recommends the first dose should be given at 2 months, the second at 4 months, the third between 6-18 months, and the fourth between 4-6 years.
  5. The Prevnar vaccine protects against pneumococcal disease. Symptoms include coughing, fevers and chills, difficulty breathing, and chest pains. Complications of this disease include brain damage, hearing loss, blood infection, and even death. Children need 4 doses of Prevnar. CDC recommends the first dose should be given at 2 months, the second at 4 months, the third at 6 months, and the fourth between 12-15 months.
  6. The Rotavirus vaccine protects against the contagious rotavirus. Symptoms of rotavirus include diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Complications of the disease include severe diarrhea and dehydration which can lead to death. Children need 2-3 doses of rotavirus vaccine. CDC recommends the first dose is given at 2 months, the second is given at 4 months, and the third is given at 6 months (if needed).

Protecting your baby from vaccine-preventable diseases begins even before your baby is born. Brenden Bedard, Director of Community Health Services of Genesee and Orleans Counties, educates on what vaccines mothers should get when they are pregnant. “All pregnant women are recommended to receive the Tdap and influenza (flu) vaccine during each pregnancy. The recommended time to get the Tdap shot is during the 27th through 36th week of pregnancy and the influenza shot can be given at any time during flu season, typically October through May. Pregnant women who receive these vaccines are also helping to protect their babies from diseases for the first several months after their birth, when they are too young to get vaccinated.” In addition to mothers, it is also important for immediate family, such as spouses, grandparents, and anyone who will be in close contact with a new baby to receive the Tdap vaccine and the influenza vaccine during flu season.

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments participate in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. This federally-funded program will assist families who are uninsured or underinsured receive childhood vaccines at no cost. For more information, please contact your local health department.

After searching Hamlin Beach, police seek public’s help finding missing woman

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 March 2019 at 10:10 pm


HAMLIN – Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing, vulnerable woman.

Law enforcement and firefighters have been trying to locate Margaret DeGraff, 47, of the Town of Sweden since Sunday night.

DeGraff was last seen on Wednesday at her place of employment, Villa of Hope at 3300 Dewey Ave., Rochester.

Her vehicle was located Sunday in the Hamlin Beach State Park area, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is reporting.

The Sheriff’s Office teamed with State Police and other first responders in a search of the park and the surrounding area. Many firefighters from eastern Orleans County were part of the effort today.

The search will resume on Tuesday morning.

If anyone has seen or heard from DeGraff or has information about her whereabouts, please call 911.

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Albion, Lyndonville, Medina cancel after-school activities

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 February 2019 at 1:46 pm

(UPDATED at 2:17 p.m.)

LYNDONVILLE – All after-school activities are cancelled at Albion, Lyndonville and Medina. All Lyndonville students will be released at 2:35. There will be no late bus run.

All evening events are also cancelled at Albion Central School. There won’t be a 4:15 p.m. bus.

The icy road conditions have resulted in several accidents around the county today. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 1 a.m. tonight.

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Albion cancels afternoon PreK due to weather

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 February 2019 at 11:22 am

ALBION – The Albion school district has cancelled the afternoon prekindergarten program due to the icy road conditions.

The morning PreK students will stay at school until the 3:30 p.m. dismissal. Those students will also be fed lunch at school.

Parents also can pick up the PreK students before 3:30 if they call the school office.

The afternoon BOCES also is cancelled today. Parents can call the school office if they want to dismiss their child before the end of the school day.

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Medina DPW urges no unnecessary travel for next few hours

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 February 2019 at 9:43 am

The freezing rain and ice has made the roads slippery for motorists. Joe Perry, Medina DPW superintendent, is urging motorists not to drive if they have that option the next few hours.

“We have 4 trucks out salting and are having a hard time keeping up with the ice,” Medina Mayor Mike Sidari posted on Facebook. “We are expected to receive up to a half inch of ice. Watch for low hanging tree limbs and wires.”

If there is a wire hanging or down on the ground, Sidari said people shouldn’t try to move it. They should call 911.

Orleans County is under a winter weather advisory until 1 a.m. tonight due to the freezing rain.

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Albion police looking for missing girl, 12, and boy, 14

Posted 13 December 2018 at 11:53 am

Press Release, Albion Police Department

ALBION – The Albion Police Department is currently investigating a missing person case involving Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez, 12, and Raul S. Cruz, 14.

Both were last scene at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the 100 block of South Main Street in the Village of Albion. It is believed the Cruz and Lauro-Ramierez are together.

Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez

Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez is described as follows:

Age: 12

Hispanic Female, Black Hair, Brown Eyes, 5’01”  123 lbs.

Clothing: Black or Gray Hoodie.

Raul S. Cruz

Raul S. Cruz is described as follows:

Age: 14

Hispanic Male, Black Hair, Brown Eyes, 5’06” Slender Build

Clothing: Unknown

Vehicle: None

If anyone has information as to Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez or Raul S. Cruz location, please contact your local 911 center or the Albion Police at 585-589-5627.

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Public’s help requested in finding missing Medina man

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 December 2018 at 10:39 am

Courtesy of Medina Police Department

MEDINA — A Medina man’s family hasn’t seen him for about a month and a half, and has filed a missing person’s report.

Heriberto “Roberto” Torres, 57, was living on West Avenue. He attended school at Medina, was in the Army for a decade and was living in the community before moving to Buffalo. About three or four years ago, he moved back to Medina, said his sister, Iris Torres.

The family is concerned because he hasn’t returned to his residence, and left his clothes and medication behind. His phone and wallet have not been found, his sister said.

She lives in Puerto Rico. Anyone with information about her brother can contact her at (787) 391-3801 or

The Medina Police Department posted a missing person’s report for Torres on Sunday. Anyone with information about Torres can contact the Police Department at (585) 798-5602.

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