Lenten lunches return to Medina beginning Feb. 23

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 15 February 2023 at 8:05 am

MEDINA – Lenten luncheons at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street have been a tradition for decades, sponsored by Medina Area Association of Churches.

All luncheons are served at the Presbyterian Church, with members of MAAC taking turns preparing the meal.

The series begins this year on Feb. 23 and will continue every Thursday through March 30.

Along with the First Presbyterian Church, others participating churches include Alabama Full Gospel Church, United Methodist Church (Abundant Harvest), First Baptist Church and The Grove United Methodist Church.

Take-outs are available at 11:45 a.m., with serving at noon followed by a brief message. This year’s theme will explore “The Passion of Christ.”

Suggested donation is $5. Proceeds will benefit Orleans County Meals on Wheels and Orleans Koinonia Kitchen in Albion.

Jacobs joins Democrats in House vote to strengthen gun laws

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 June 2022 at 10:31 pm

‘Protecting Our Kids Act’ raises age to buy an AR-15 from 18 to 21

Congressman Chris Jacobs was one of five Republicans to break party ranks today and vote with Democrats in approving the “Protecting Our Kids Act,” which strengthens gun laws, including raising the age to legally buy an AR-15 from 18 to 21.

Chris Jacobs

The legislation is expected to face a tougher road in the Senate.

The House voted 223-204 to pass the package of gun control legislation. Other measures include establishing new federal offenses for gun trafficking and for selling large-capacity magazines, and allow local governments to compensate individuals who surrender such magazines through a buyback program.

There would be a new tax incentive for retail sales of safe storage devices and criminal penalties for breaking new requirements regulating firearm storage on residential premises.

The “Protecting Our Kids Act” also strengthens existing federal regulations on bump stocks and ghost guns.

“It’s sickening that our children are forced to live in this constant fear,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the Floor of the House of Representatives. “And make no mistake, these gunmen who choose to shoot innocent children are desecrating, again, our culture, a culture where all of us, all of our kids must and should feel safe — whether at school, church, the movies or any other place.  Protecting our children can and must be a unifying mission for our nation, because they are, as I said, our national treasure.”

Jacobs has faced strong opposition since stating his support for the gun control measures after 10 people were gunned down at a Tops store in Buffalo and 19 children and two teachers were shot to death at a Texas elementary school.

Jacobs, facing Republican pushback for his stance, decided against running for election to a newly drawn 23rd Congressional District after many party leaders withdrew their endorsements.

Orleans County would be split up in redistricting. Rep. Joe Morelle, a Democrat from Rochester, voted for the gun control legislation today.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, a Republican from near Utica, is seeking to represent the 24th Congressional District that would include part of Orleans County. She voted against the gun control package.

She issued this statement:

“The recent shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, and Tulsa are senseless acts of pure evil. Our nation grieves for those lives lost. As a mother, I can only imagine the pain and frustration families are experiencing as they cope with the loss of a son, daughter, mother, father, brother, or sister.

“In the face of these tragedies, the question is not whether we should respond, but rather how we can respond effectively and responsibly to address rising crime in our communities. Unfortunately, House Democrats once again missed the mark. They failed to acknowledge the root causes of these tragedies. From the breakdown in our society and the fraying of the very social networks that once bound us together to criminal justice reforms that have demonized police while celebrating criminals, our country needs a serious course correction.

“Instead of knee-jerk reactions that undermine due process and infringe on our Second Amendment, there are commonsense steps Congress can take now to address the problem. First, we should improve the existing background check system to make sure it works as intended. In Congress, I support legislation such as the 21st Century NICS Act, which would close the so-called, ‘Charleston Loophole.’ This measure could have prevented the tragic 2015 shooting in Charleston. Second, we need to invest in mental health care and services. I am honored to have recently joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce the REACHING Improved Mental Health Outcomes for Patients Act. This bill would go a long way in improving mental health resources for Americans and law enforcement. Third, we must harden our schools by taking steps to increase teacher training and enhance facility security.

“These shootings are a tragic symptom of a far more systemic deterioration of our society and institutions. Infringing further on the Constitutional rights and due process of law-abiding Americans is not the answer, and it will not solve the problem.”

Hoag presenters highlight injustices at Native American boarding schools from generations ago

Posted 27 September 2021 at 8:08 am

Contributed by Bob Golden, member of Community Coalition for Justice

Photo courtesy of Kim Remley: Dr. Edward Koban and Kae Wilbert led a presentation last week at Hoag Library about Native American Boarding Schools.

ALBION – Hoag Library last week hosted a presentation “Native American Boarding Schools,” with Cherokee descendant Kae Wilbert at the helm. A full house of about 50 people attended the discussion on Sept. 22.

A retired school teacher, Mrs. Wilbert took us back to the times when white people became the dominating group in the Americas —we had guns, diseases we could withstand, but the indigenous did not and were decimated by them.

Many of the children died in these schools of unknown or unpublished reasons – 2,000 unmarked graves, anticipated to be more, were discovered recently by modern x-ray technology at a Canadian home. Mismarked graves have been discovered in the U.S. In one instance a burial site was moved to build a parking lot for a new military facility.

Also, white people attempted to convert the American Native children to “white ways,” to become workers for industrialists and agri-business. (By the way, agri-business was to a great extent about producing alcohol, tobacco and sugar – not food! and generally utilized the cheapest, most exploitable labor.)

From 1869 to the 1960s, hundreds of thousands  “U.S. Native children that were voluntarily or forcibly removed from their homes, families, and communities during this time, were taken to schools far away…” so they couldn’t successfully run away to their families. (Many of them tried.  Jim Thorpe, considered by Sports Illustrated, “America’s Greatest Athlete,” escaped several times and twice managed to get to his Oklahoma home.)

Nor could they have contact with home or visit and they didn’t. One attender told of their parents, being away from their home for 4 years, without any contact. Another mentioned supposition is that children may have died for “failure to thrive” as a result of separation from their mothers, families, siblings and community: a phenomenon we understand now.

The quote above from the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition above continues, “… they were punished for speaking their native language, banned from acting in any way that might be seen to represent traditional or cultural practices, stripped of traditional clothing, hair and personal belongings and behaviors reflective of their native culture.”

Mrs. Wilbert’s tone was not as harsh as this writer’s, but the harsh facts and provoking images (especially the children’s graveyards) from her films and the information were there.

What happened to many of these children in both the US and Canada is unpublished. There’s a current effort to go through records to discover and report on their fates.

Not surprisingly, given today’s unfortunate knowledge of such things, there are reports of these children being physically, sexually and emotional abused, in addition to their cruel separation from home and culture.

Kae Wilbert, Dr. Edward Koban and others, all Native American descendants, told about how their parents and relatives didn’t want to discuss their experiences at the boarding schools, they were so painful. One woman said that both of her parents were thankful for their training, Dad was a successful carpenter, Mom a cook, but also verified that they were allowed no contact with their families for the 4-5 years they were there.

Another woman and man told how if a Native American married outside their race, they were forced to leave their homes on the reservation, even if they were US war veterans. Another talked about a relative who worked at Kodak for several years, but only got several advancements, after he’d cut his long Native American hair and dressed white society-wise.

Dr. Koban also told of inter-generational research showing that grandchildren suffer panic attacks from the trauma their grandparents suffered in the boarding schools many years before.

Dr. Koban is offering a similar program at Taylor Theater, Keenan Center, Lockport,

On Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

The next program at the Hoag Library on Race is Herb Smith of the Rochester Philharmonic presenting on Music and Race, Wednesday, October 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Medina moves Beggars’ Night to Olde Pickle Factory parking lot

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 October 2020 at 8:42 am

MEDINA – The Village Board on Monday evening approved shifting Beggars’ Night from Rotary Park in downtown Medina to the parking lot of the Olde Pickle Factory at 711 Park Avenue.

The change will allow for families to drive through and not leave their vehicle.

Beggars’ Night will be this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. (or for as long as supplies last). There will be about 600 take-home boxes or bags of candy available. Merchants and members of the Medina Area Partnership will be handing out the candy.

The event has always been in the downtown with a long line of costumed children going from business to business for candy.

But Covid-19 protocols didn’t allow that, or a mass gathering at one location.

Trick-or-treating is allowed on Halloween from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the village.

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