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LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF DECEMBER 25, 2011
Ground broken for Brockport Hampton Inn
by Kristina Gabalski
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks joined Sweden town officials and local business leaders for a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday, December 20, for the new, three-story, 76-room Hampton Inn at 4873 Lake Road (Rt. 19), just south of the Rt. 31 intersection.
Brooks told the Westside News Inc. the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency (COMIDA) provided incentives to bring the hotel developer to Sweden/Brockport.
“We are proud to be a partner in the project,” she said. “It’s a win/win situation that is great for the community - for the Town of Sweden and Monroe County.”
Brooks noted that a project such as the construction of the hotel “really indicates the momentum of growth in this community.”
She said the new Hampton Inn will improve the quality of life in the Sweden/Brockport community both by the amenities provided and by the economic impact of creating new jobs and the benefit that local businesses will receive from the hotel patronage.
In a news release dated July 19, 2011, COMIDA announced it had approved tax incentives for the $6.5 million project and stated that the hotel is projected to create 15 new full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs within three years.
The property is owned and will be operated by Indus Lake Rd., Inc., of Pittsford. Construction is expected to be completed by November 2012.
“The Hampton product is ideally suited for business and leisure travelers to the Brockport area,” said Jett Mehta, Indus President and hotel owner. “With free amenities like Hampton’s free hot breakfast and free high-speed Internet access, the new Brockport Hampton Inn will provide all services and amenities required by today’s travelers.”
Hotel amenities will include an indoor pool with whirlpool hot-tub spa, fitness room, meeting room, business center and guest laundry, Mehta says.
He adds that the design includes the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) approved energy-saving features and state of the art mechanical systems that reduce energy demand and impacts on the environment while assuring the comfort of guests. Hotel parking lot drainage will have an underground hydrodynamic storm water treatment system to purify storm water leaving the site before it goes to local streams.
The theme for the Brockport Hampton Inn will be the Erie Canal - evident through displays of local photography and artwork.
Residents of the Village of Holley and surrounding areas soon won’t have to travel far to purchase their groceries. Early in 2012 they’ll be able to shop again right in the village, according to a press release from Jerome Pawlak, president of Pawlak’s Save-A-Lot.
The Save-A-Lot grocery store chain will be a full service discount grocery store at 3 Geddes Street in the former Jubilee Foods location downtown. The new store will feature Save-A-Lot brands and national brand products, plus USDA-inspected beef, pork and poultry, farm-fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables and non-food items.
Save-A-Lot operates over 1,300 independent stores nationwide.
The store will be owned and operated by the Pawlak Family, who currently run the Save-A-Lot store on West Avenue, Albion. No strangers to the grocery business, the Pawlak’s have been serving Orleans County for three generations totaling 53 years.
“We are very excited to be bringing great food and great prices to our neighbors in Holley, in the form of this new Save-A-Lot store,” said Jerome F. Pawlak, president and chief operating officer of Pawlak’s Save-A-Lot. “We commend and thank the Village of Holley, Town of Murray, Orleans County Economic Development Agency and Orleans County Chamber of Commerce for helping make this opportunity possible.”
When the Jubilee Foods store closed in 2006, efforts began in earnest to find a replacement. Finally, following discussions with Save-A-Lot, community officials were able to secure the new store, according to the press release.
Pawlak said renovations to the old store in the Village Square - made possible by a community block grant from the New York State Department of Housing and Community Development - are scheduled to begin immediately. He said he hopes to open the store by the end of February 2012.
“As a value-minded company, Save-A-Lot is committed to offering the highest quality products to shoppers who not only need access to these food items, but also want them at an affordable price - typically up to 40 percent less than traditional grocers,” Pawlak said. “We look forward to welcoming shoppers in our new Holley store, and being a part of the community.”
Brockport Fire Department leaders for 2012 elected
On December 8, the Brockport Volunteer Firefighters Association, Inc. held their elections for their 2012 officers.
The results of those elections are Chief Michael Henry, Deputy Chief Don Marenus, Assistant Chief Michael Ladue, EMS Battalion Chief James Toole.
Brockport Fire Department captains are Kyle Boyst, Jim Juby, Chris Mros and Tim Russell.
Fire Department lieutenants are George Dorgan, Joseph Indellicalo, Mike Menear, Steve Ray, Ken Smith, Scott Smith, and Andrew Young; EMS captain - Susan Dann; EMS lieutenants - Susan Alexander and Kenny Tully; Fire Police captain Paul Drake; Fire Police lieutenants - James Ford and George Klump.
President of the association for 2012: John Rombaut, vice president Michael Corey and director for a three year term Dean Westcott.
Teen charged with arson
According to information provided by Brockport Police Chief Dan Varrenti, on December 20 at approximately 4 p.m. members of the Brockport Police Department were dispatched to 165 Barry Street for a reported house fire. The initial investigation conducted by the Brockport Police Department, the Brockport Fire Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Fire Bureau revealed that the fire was intentionally set.
Based on further investigation conducted by the Brockport Police Department it was learned that a 14-year-old male resident of the Barry Street residence, who isn’t being identified due to his age, intentionally set the fire within the house because he was angry at family members. Due to the serious nature of the crime, and in accordance with the law, the youth was charged as a juvenile offender with the crime of arson 2nd degree, a Class B felony, subsequently arraigned in the Town of Sweden Court, and remanded to the Monroe County Juvenile Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond bail.
Brockport JV Cheerleaders complete community service
The Brockport JV Cheerleaders participated in some community service on December 17. The girls, led by team mom Lee Ann Boose and Junior Varsity Coach Maria LaFex, participated in bell ringing for the Salvation Army at the Greece Ridge Mall for two hours. They sang holiday songs and danced around while ringing bells and opening doors for customers.
The girls said they enjoyed giving back to their community during the holidays.
Shown (front row) Bernadette King, Alexis Lotta, Sarah Harris, Coach LaFex, Haley Maynard, Jenna Phillips, Rochelle Andrews, Mollie Flynn, Alayna Johnson; (back row) Amber VanEnwyck, Brianna Hurley, Rachel Oppelt, Samantha Thiele, Hannah Wilson, Rebekah Boose, Toni Morrison and Karina Kyle.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 25, 2011
Hometown Hero returns
Spc. Tim Zimmerman, a 2007 graduate of Spencerport High School, returned from his tour of duty in Iraq. He is with the 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
About 200 members of the brigade arrived on December 11 at Pope Army Air Base on Ft. Bragg. They were greeted by hundreds of family and friends along with camp command and the Patriot Guard.
While deployed, Zimmerman received Brigade Coins from both the HHC Green Falcons and the 325th Infantry White Falcons.
Tim hopes to get home to Spencerport in December or January. Tim’s sister, Cali Zimmerman, a 2005 graduate of Spencerport High School, will be returning to the U.S. on December 29 after serving 27 months with the Peace Corps. She was stationed in the Central American country of Belize and taught first aid and AIDS awareness and prevention to school children and teachers alike. This will be the first time in 27 months that all three Zimmerman children will be in the same country.
Brockport students participate in area All State Music Festival
Brockport eighth and ninth grade students participated in the New York State School Music Association Jr. High Area All State Band, Orchestra and Chorus at Leroy High School November 4 and 5.
Students were selected based on their performance at various solo festivals last spring and represent some of the finest musicians in the eight-county region.
The teachers of these students are Claudia Deiboldt, Doug Steves, Andrew Stoker, Shawn Halquist, Kathy Wakeman, and Joanne Zimmerman. Shown, front row: Devon Grady, Kathy Rubenacker, Jennifer Gorman, Sam Briggs, Josh Craig; back row: Tim Coon, Connor Wiest, Sam Moe, Monika Eggenberger, Kaitlyn Kennedy, Anna Dresnack.
Graphic Communications program at Hilton High School receives donation
Former president of the Rochester Club of Printing House Craftsmen (RCPHC) Ron Hindmarch, right, presents a donation of $900 to Hilton High School’s Graphic Communications printing program.
“The club is dissolving and as education is one of our prime directives we are donating the remaining funds to local programs teaching the printing process,” said Hindmarch, retired Technology and Graphic Communications teacher at Hilton High School. “This donation is to be added to their student funds to promote the printing program as the instructors see fit.”
On hand for the presentation were Hilton HS Technology Education teacher, Tait Loe, center, who runs the Graphics program at Hilton and Gary Buchholz, left, HHS Technology Education Program Coordinator.
“As a former member of the Printing House Craftsmen Club, I would like to thank the Club for their generous gift,” Loe said. “I will greatly miss the RCPHC, much of what I know about the printing industry I have learned through them along with making some lifetime friends.”
Students issue food drive challenge
Students in Gerry Wilcox’s Heavy Duty Equipment class at WEMOCO challenged their classmates in the four classes of welding, outdoor power tech, HVAC, and their own Heavy Duty Equipment class to donate non-perishable food items for the Spencerport Ecumenical Food Cupboard.
In one week, students and staff in the four classes at WEMOCO collected 2,011 non-perishable food items. Food cupboard volunteer Steve Brown thanked students and said the food was going “to help 120 families in the Spencerport Central school district.”
Ten churches in the Spencerport area receive the food items for distribution to families and volunteers make five to 10 deliveries a week to families in need. “It’s all for a good cause helping other people,” said Heavy Duty Equipment student Troy Cady. “It’s nice to help.”
WEMOCO Seniors Troy Cady (left) and Craig Linginotti along with their classmates helped load the 2,011 food items into a van for delivery to the food cupboard.
Anyone needing food assistance who lives in the Spencerport school district can call 277-4917.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF DECEMBER 25, 2011
The Bright Raven Gymnastics Level 4 team took first place at the annual Judges Cup held in Rochester November 18-20. Bright Raven finished first in a field of six teams with a team total of 115.90. Individual honors went to Sydney Sack of Spencerport in the 6 to 8 age division. She was first on vault (9.70), first on the uneven parallel bars (9.40) and first all around (37.55). Nine-year-old Nia Williams-Matthews of Rochester captured first place on vault (9.50) and first place in floor exercise (9.40). Ten-year-old Elizabeth Ferrari of Spencerport was first on balance beam (9.55), first on floor (9.70) and second all around (37.40) in her age division. Teammate, Chloe Parmelee, also age 10, of Irondequoit was third all around (37.25). In the 11 and over age group, Rebecca Dorgan of Spencerport was second all around (37.15) and Emily Dix of Gates was third all around (37.125).
Eight teams competed in the Level 5 Division where Bright Raven Gymnastics captured first place again with a team total of 115.40. Aiding her team to victory, 11-year-old Emma Arnold of Avon earned first place on balance beam (9.35) and first all around (36.15). In the same division, Megan Zaharkin of Spencerport was first on bars (9.55). In the 10-year-old division, Jadasia Lee of Gates earned first on bars (9.30) and was second all around (36.30). Indya Richards of Gates, also age 10, placed third all around (35.55). In the 8-9 year old division, Jada Moore of Spencerport was first on vault (9.0). In the 12 and over division, Samantha Taylor of Chili placed second all around (36.35).
Bright Raven gymnasts swept the 11-year-old division of the Level 6 competition taking the top three all around spots. Keilei Latragna of Hilton was first on balance beam (9.55) and first all around (36.85). Gabrielle Costner of Gates was second all around (35.80) and Savannah Thesing of Chili was third (35.70). Megan Welch of Caledonia was first on bars (9.10). In the Level 6 competition of ages 12 and over, Hannah Krautwurst of Greece was second all around (36.10).
In the Level 7 competition for ages 12-13, Taylor Pohleven of Spencerport took first all around (36.325). Julia Wade of Chili was first in floor exercise (9.35). In the 14-year-old and over division, Raelyn Smith of Hilton was first on floor (9.475) and first all around (35.80). Gabriella Garcea of Churchville was first on the uneven bars (9.80).
In Level 8 competition, 17-year-old Carly King took first place on balance beam (9.325) and second all around (34.925).
The Judges Cup is an annual competition sponsored by the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Officials of New York North.
A few weeks later, December 2-3 the Bright Raven Optional team traveled to Syracuse to compete in the Pinky Stone Memorial Invitational where the Level 7 team took first place in a field of seven teams. Contributing to the team win, Taylor Pohleven took first place in floor exercise (9.325) and third place all around (35.075) in the senior division.
Submitted by: Linda Bowser
Blue Devils rally falls short
by Warren Kozireski
Brockport’s boys swimming team closed a 12 point deficit down to six, but finished second in the final three events to drop a 102-84 meet to Victor.
Dean Mondy and Adam Wilson finished 1-2 in the 200-yard individual medley with Mondy winning in 2:11.10. He also won the 100-yard butterfly in :57.50.
Nick Olson took first in the 100-yard freestyle in :52.26 and Nathan Heitz, Olson, Bartalo Wilson and Nick Lockhart were the other Brockport winners taking the 200-yard relay in 1:34.40.
Individual second place finishers for the Blue Devils were Heitz in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, Olson in the 50-yard freestyle, Bartalo in the 500-yard freestyle and Josh Sauberan in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Cadets pin Bees
by Warren Kozireski
Hilton received five falls and a pair of forfeits to twice overcome eight point deficits and defeat Byron-Bergen 49-30 in varsity wrestling.
Vincent DePrez began the match with a pin in 1:23 at 120 lb. and Anthony DePrez following with a 10-0 win at 126 lb. for the Cadets.
The Bees rallied behind a takedown with just 15 seconds remaining in overtime to take a 6-4 decision at 132 lb. Dennis Payne and Austin Yockel registered consecutive pins at 138 and 145 lb. in 4:45 and 3:48 respectively. Josh Hixenbaugh then won a 6-2 decision at 152 lb.
Hilton’s Joe Lavier had a late second period fall at 160 lb., but the Bees Jon Levchuk duplicated that at 170 lb. with six seconds remaining in the second.
The Cadets then took control of the match, winning all but one of the final seven bouts.
Dan Norris won via fall in 2:57 at 182 lb., Alex Liberi took just 46 seconds to pin his man at 195 lb., Will Day allowed just three escapes in a 5-3 victory at 285 lb. and seventh-grader Lou DePrez won by pin in 3:56 at 113 lb.
Byron-Bergen’s Mike Saxman had a third period pin in 5:20 at 220 lb.
Owens,Wedow pace Rangers
by Warren Kozireski
Jerame Owens scored 22 points, including four treys, and Hank Wedow had 20 points as Spencerport had little trouble in a 65-46 victory over Gates Chili.
Trailing 6-5 in the first quarter, the Rangers reeled off a 16-8 run with Dan Sapienza netting two field goals and Owens’ five points including a buzzer-beater from just inside mid-court.
The Rangers 2-3 defense held the Spartans to just seven points in the second quarter while Jake O’Connell hit a lay-up and a baseline jumper to stake the Rangers to a 33-21 halftime advantage.
Owens scored 11 of his points in the third quarter with three three-pointers to help build the Rangers lead to 20.
In the fourth quarter, after the Spartans closed to within 12 points of the lead, Wedow closed out the contest by knocking down four-of-six free throws and added a steal for an easy lay-up in the final minute.
In addition to his 22 points, Owens added 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks to his stat line while Wedow dished out eight assists and added six rebounds. Devon Pascoe came off the bench to pull down 11 rebounds and chipped in a pair of blocks.
The Rangers evened their record at 3-3 and are off to one of their better season starts after only one winning season over the last 13 campaigns.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF DECEMBER 25, 2011
Students receive dictionaries from Brockport Elks Lodge
Third-graders and their teachers at Byron-Bergen Elementary School each received an American English language dictionary as part of the Brockport Elks Lodge’s annual sponsorship with The Dictionary Project.
Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy. One program is the Dictionary Project, in which its primary focus is to promote literacy to children in third-grade as they transition from learning how to read to identifying and using information.
Dave Crowley and Jack Hall, members of the Brockport Elks Lodge, presented all third-graders and their teachers with the dictionaries.
“The reception we receive here at Byron-Bergen - from the students, teachers and staff - is the most welcomed and appreciated,” said Crowley.
Crowley spent time explaining to students some of the features and benefits of the dictionary. “This dictionary will help you improve your vocabulary,” Crowley told the students. “One fun item is on the very last page, and this is the longest word in the American English Dictionary!”
B-B team tests Robot 5065
Traveling on December 2 with the team from Rush-Henrietta, 10 members of the Byron-Bergen Robotics Club, under the direction of Byron-Bergen High School technology teacher Rich Walker, arrived at Clarkson University for the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition. The “Bee Awesome” team joined 23 other teams from New York state, along with teams from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Many of the schools that entered had previous experience in this competition, but this was the first time for the “Bee Awesome” team and Robot 5065.
The competition began with five rounds per robot on a 12-foot by 12-foot playing field. Each robot was paired with another robot for a 2-on-2 competition and each round consisted of different pairings. Each match included a 30 second autonomous mode and a two minute remote control mode. The “Bee Awesome” team finished strong overall in fifth place, one spot shy of the final round. Rich Walker said that the team enjoyed the experience and came back with a better understanding of problem-solving skills, networking techniques, and teamwork.
The team plans to participate in the annual “Tech Wars” at Genesee Community College, and they may also enter a local Robotics competition in the spring.
Byron-Bergen high school students teach Spanish lessons
A group of 19 students from Byron-Bergen High School taught Spanish to pre-kindergarten and first grade students at Byron-Bergen Elementary School, December 12.
Jeanne Rivera’s Spanish 4 students went into six classrooms to teach 30-minute lessons to the elementary students on topics such as animals, food, colors, clothing, and family.
Rivera said her Spanish 4 students teach a Spanish lesson to elementary students a few times per school year. This connection, she said, has occurred now for many years. “The younger students learn from the high school students,” said Rivera. “This gives high school students a positive reinforcing experience while re-teaching material they know.”
Rivera said her students developed their lessons to teach, including the vocabulary, visuals, and handouts for the elementary students.
Junior Traci Turner said she looks forward to working with the children, especially seeing how excited they are while learning Spanish. “Through this process we learn about activities that work best with children,” said junior Kelly Britt. “And, they are ready to learn.”
C-C student groups unite in school-wide community service project
The Churchville-Chili LEO and Rotary Clubs, National Honor Society and Chelsea Carl’s government classes came together for the first annual “Shoeboxes from Santa,” a school-wide community service project to help local organizations during the holiday season.
Through donations and savvy shopping, over 150 shoeboxes were filled and wrapped on behalf of Churchville-Chili High School. These boxes, packed with toiletries and winter accessories, were to be delivered to the Open Door Mission and DePaul.
Hats, gloves, scarves, razors, body wash, deodorant and other items were collected over a two-week time span. When an item was donated, the student or staff member received an “I donated” cut out to put their name on and place it on the designated pillar in the library.
Coupons and money were also donated, allowing the government class to bargain hunt and clip coupons.
“My second block class went through the advertisements and coupons, looking for the best deals,” said Carl. “By using sales and coupons, we were able to get 330 items, which retail for about $500, for $124.”
Additional money to cover the cost of the purchased items came from donations from the LEO Club, the Churchville Lion’s Club and other student groups.
This is the first year that the groups have come together to do this specific project and doesn’t appear to be the last.
“I don’t see why we wouldn’t do this again next year. You should always continue success,” said Marty Molonari, LEO Club co-advisor.
Holley Elementary stacks up!
At Holley Elementary School, 300 students who had their elementary physical education class on November 17 participated in the annual World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) STACK UP!
The WSSA reports that a brand new Guinness World Record was set on that day for the “Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.” The final count for this year’s WSSA STACK UP! submitted to Guinness is 412,259 stackers representing 28 countries from around the world, which shattered last year’s record of 316,736.
Holley Elementary was among the 2,000 schools that participated. All of the schools are listed at www.theWSSA.com.
Pictured, (l-r) kindergartener Layne Walker gets some help stacking cups from fourth graders Gina Sauro and Olivia Radford.
Holley community donates toys for 78 families, 207 children
Holley school district officials say because of generous donations from the Holley community, the holidays will be much brighter for 207 children within the school district. Hundreds of toys, games, books, puzzles, videos and stocking stuffers were donated to the first-ever Holiday Days of Shopping. The goal was to help any family in need in the Holley School District. “Every year, our mental health team finds out about a few families that can use our help, but we know that there are many more out there,” said Micaela Lauer, elementary school social worker. She organized the event with the help of staff, students, and Board of Education President John Heise.
“We began collecting donations back in October,” said Lauer. “People would drop off items at the schools then I’d take them to John’s house after school to be stored until the event.” When it came time to pick up the donations, a group of students from the high school didn’t hesitate to roll up their sleeves and get the job done. Kelly Bates, Brianna Blackburn, Ashley Bradoc, Marissa Callahan, Nohely Costillo, Nick Cuccaro, Zach DeLuca, Andrew Heath, Sam Mauro, Melissa Qualey, Camron Quaranto, Malia Rodriguez, Alexis Roniger, Kacee Sauer and Pat Stetzel loaded up the district’s delivery truck and courier Debbie Henry dropped off the items at the school where the students were waiting to unload it and set up everything in the elementary school primary gym.
In addition to the items, cash donations were received from the Clarendon Lions Club, Napa Auto Parts, and a private donor, which were used to purchase gifts for older children and supplies. When it came time to open the doors and welcome the parents in to shop, the gym looked like a toy store. “Parents only needed to provide us with their first name and their kids’ ages. No personal information was asked,” said Lauer. District parents could pick out six items for each child; a book, game or puzzle, stuffed animal, toy, video, and stocking stuffer.
While they waited for their turn to shop, parents enjoyed cookies, coffee and punch thanks to Food Service Director Vickie Scroger. Staff members stayed after school over the two days of the event to help parents with their selections. They are: Toni Barber, Wanda Farrell, Kelly Gaskin, Leslie McMillion, Karen Quaranto, Lynnette Short, Heidi Thurley, Renee Wolf and Mattie Zarpentine. “This was a huge event with everyone helping and doing their part to make it successful,” said Lauer. She credits the Brockport Moms’ Club for giving her ideas on how to make the event a success.
Afterwards, any leftover items were donated to the Justice for ChildrenAdvocacyCenter in Batavia, which works with children of all ages. “None of the donations went to waste,” said Lauer. “Everything filtered back into the community.”
Next year, Lauer plans to organize the Holiday Days of Shopping again and it promises to be even more of a success thanks to donations from the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation of Orleans County. “We’re happy to be working with Toys for Tots next year,” she said. “In this economy, everyone can use a little help.”
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 25, 2011
•Biggins, Charles (Chuck) James Jr., age 80, died December 16, 2011 at his home. Chuck is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Betty Lou Canfield Biggins, whom he married April 28, 1951; their five children, Charles J. III, Michael William, Diane Marie, James John and Kenneth Patrick; daughter-in-law, Kathy along with nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Thomas M. Biggins and James Biggins.
Funeral Services were held December 19 at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen. Burial in Mt. Rest Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 23204, Rochester 14692 in his memory.
•Baxter, Blanche M. (Carson), age 71, died December 14, 2011. Predeceased by her husband, Robert Baxter and son Brian Baxter. Survived by her partner Keith Graves and cherished by her daughters Karen Adamski (Rich), Kathleen Neal (Don), Joanne Kanicsar (Steven); several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Blanche was a friend to all.
Services were held December 17. Contributions can be made to The Diabetes Research Institute in her memory.
•Hopson, Kenneth, of Chesterfield, Virginia, formerly of Churchville, age 71, died December 12, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Loretta; three children, Kimberly Booth, Kevin Hopson and Kristen Sholley; five grandchildren; a brother, Charles Hopson and sister Karen Porter.
A Mass was held December 15. Contributions can be made to American Cancer or American Heart Association in his memory.
•Law, William C. Jr., December 10, 2011 at age 75. Predeceased by his wife, Mary. Survived by his children, Vincent (Robin) and Teresa Law; nine step-children; former wife, Iris; sister, Barbara Kadak; aunt Lucillie and uncle Gordon; many cousins, nieces, friends.
Burial is planned for the spring at Holy Cross Cemetery, Holley.
•Vallely, Elaine Jones, December 14, 2011, age 91. Predeceased by her husband of 57 years, John (Jack) and brother Varge Jones. Survived by her daughter Kathleen (Peter) Clark and grandchildren Patrick (Deepa), Colleen and Kelley; nieces and nephews, and many cherished friends and neighbors.
A Funeral Service was held December 19 at the Funeral Home of Alvah Halloran & Son, Rochester. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport 14450 or to a charity of one’s choice in her memory.
•Marshall, Catherine A. (Bernsdorf), Age 63, died December 15, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Clifford Marshall Jr.; daughter, Katrina (Christopher) Sposito of Spencerport; step-sons, Raymond (Alysson) Marshall of Newark, Cary (Tiffany) Marshall of Hamlin; 10 grandchildren; mother-in-law, Marion Marshall of Holley; several cousins.
Funeral Services were held December 20 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley. Interment, Mt. Albion Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society in her memory.
•Stefanini, Marie A. (Spano), Died December 17, 2011 at age 85. Predeceased by her husband of 65 years, William; sons, William and Merle. She is survived by her children, Richard and Judy; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Chancy Stefanini and Delores (Howard) Bender; sister-in-law, Jenny (Lloyd) Brown; many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated December 20 at St. Jude The Apostle Church, Gates. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund in her memory.
•Camp, Diane D., December 14, 2011, age 64. Predeceased by her parents, Franklin and Barbara Camp. Survived by her brother, Edward; her aunts, Doris Kedian and Delores “Dee” Miller; several cousins.
A Memorial Service was held December 19 at Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home Inc., Hilton. Private interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Wedgewood Nursing Home, Spencerport or Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in her memory.
•Keenan, Donald A., On December 15, 2011 at age 82. Predeceased by his parents, Leo and Margaret, sisters Patricia Jenkins, Mary Wride, Eunice Lavender, Leona Maier, brothers Lawrence and James B. Keenan. He is survived by his sisters Sheila Keenan, Lucille Doherty; brother Raymond Keenan; brother-in-law Frank Jenkins; many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was said December 19 at St. Vincent DePaul, Churchville. Interment, St. Vincent DePaul Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. Vincent DePaul Church or the Clarendon Fire Department in his memory.
•Kadrie, Marvin (Bill), of Dunedin, Florida, formerly of Ogden, died December 8, 2011 at Suncoast Brookside Hospice. Predeceased by his parents, Neal and Nora Kadrie, and sisters Babe Heitdke and Elsie Ross. Predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Shirley (Bovee). Survived by his daughter, Darlene Jacobs and son, Kevin; grandsons Daniel (Amy) and Matthew (fiancee Liza Arango); two great granddaughters, Liliana Kadrie and Marissa Arango. Survived by his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jack and Alta (Bovee) Brew and Anne Bovee, including many nieces and nephews. He retired from Dolomite Products and formed his own paving business, Kadrie & Son, which he operated for many years.
Donations can be made to Suncoast Brookside Hospice House, 164 West Lake Road, Palm Harbor, Florida 34684, in his memory. Burial Service was held at Bay Pines Cemetery.
•Tuttle, Roberta “Bobbie,” December 15, 2011. Predeceased by her husband, John T. Tuttle; parents, Robert and Janet (Webber) Vaillancourt; brother, Michael Vaillancourt. Survived by her daughter, Jill (Alden) Foxhall; granddaughter, Taylor Foxhall; sister, Sarah (Robert Gordon) Vaillancourt; brothers, Mark (Donna) Vaillancourt and David (Marilyn) Vaillancourt; sisters-in-law, Lois (Bill) Turner, Florence Vaillancourt; dear friends, Laura (Alden) Foxhall, Grace (Joe) Kopakow, Emma Barillaro, Kathy (John) Bryson, Marion Parsell and Joan Testa; several nieces and nephews; her dog, Wally (Wallingford).
Her Funeral Service was celebrated December 20 at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc., Greece. Donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, E. Syracuse, NY 13057 or the EquiCenter, 3247 Rush Mendon Road, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472 in her memory.
William Brittain, 81, teacher, author
The Circle of Life seems almost perfect when considering the life of William “Bill” Brittain, the youngest of two sons born to the late Knox “Doc” and Dorothy “Sunny” Brittain of Spencerport. A much-loved native son of Spencerport who spent his adult life in Long Island and North Carolina, Bill passed from this life to the next on the day of his eighty-first birthday, December 16, 2011 after spending just one day in hospice near his home in Weaverville, NC.
While he was simply “Bill” to family and friends, to thousands of others he was an accomplished and successful American author most famous for his writings of the fictional New England village of Coven Tree, including The Wish Giver, a Newbery Honor Book; it and Devil’s Donkey were both named ALA Notabled Children’s Books as well as School Library Journal Best Books. Dr. Dredd’s Wagon of Wonders was a 1988 Children’s Editors’ Choice (ALA Booklist), and Professor Popkin’s Prodigious Polish was named a “Pick of the Lists” by American Bookseller.
Bill decided he wanted to be a 5th-grade teacher, and in addition to teaching, used to read stories in mystery magazines. After some time, he decided he could do as good a job at writing as some of the authors he read. He got coaching on writing from Frederic Dannay of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine (in which, along with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, most of his mystery stories were published). He wrote two serials from 1964 to 1983, as well as other stories, before moving on to the children’s books for which he is better known. Brittain is also the author of the popular book All the Money in the World, which was adapted into a 1983 movie and which won the 1982-1983 Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award and which has been adapted for an ABC-TV Saturday Special; and The Fantastic Freshman, which was named an ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Occasionally, on his visits to Spencerport to visit his parents and his wife, Ginny’s family in Webster, Bill spoke with children in Spencerport elementary schools about his books and what it was like to be an author, making him a local celebrity. Eleven of Bill’s children’s books are available at the Ogden Farmers’ Library.
Bill taught junior high school English on Long Island, New York, for 30 years before moving to Asheville in 1986. He and Ginny moved to Weaverville in 2000 where he began teaching with the College for Seniors through the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, an extension of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, since shortly after its inception. His extensive knowledge and love of literature were liberally shared as he taught courses such as: Sherlock Holmes, Writing for Kids, The Mystery Story from Poe to Present, Cartooning, The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Speaking and Reading to Groups, Five Mystery Movies, The Movies of Alfred Hitchcock, Dracula! In Fact, Fiction & Fun, Classic Movies and The Comedies of Alec Guinness.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Virginia “Ginny” Connorton Brittain; daughter, Susan Gawley and husband John; son, Jim Brittain and wife Regina; and brother, Robert Brittain and wife Paula.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 31, in St. Eugene Roman Catholic Church in North Carolina. Ginny Brittain’s address is 308 Kyfields, Weaverville, NC 28787.
Written by Terry Werth
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 18, 2011
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF DECEMBER 18, 2011
Community-wide forum to address bullying issues
by Kristina Gabalski
Spencerport 10th Grader Grace Kinton says she and other students don’t want bullying to ever again lead a student to take their own life.
Kinton, who helped to organize student protests against bullying on December 5, says she and other students are now working to form a club at the school to help raise awareness about the effects of bullying.
“One of the main goals is to have other districts involved in this,” she says. “Bullying happens in every single school. We want to get suicide rates down. We’re working on making (the club) official.”
Kinton was also among a group of students who met with Spencerport School District officials following the protest.
“We talked about what we want done,” Kinton says, “we don’t want to wait.” She noted students were concerned when district officials were initially reluctant to acknowledge that bullying was a problem at Spencerport. “There is bullying,” she says.
Kinton says a community-wide forum being organized by the district and community leaders is a step in the right direction. She also notes parents play a vital role in preventing bullying. “It starts in elementary school,” she says.
The process of ending bullying will take time, Kinton says. “We have to be patient, everyone has to be involved and expand awareness.”
What the school is doing
Spencerport School District officials say the problem of bullying deserves all of their attention and that they take bullying very seriously.
Spencerport Central School District Communication Specialist Lanette Cypher says the district encourages positive social behavior through the proactive PBIS - positive behavioral interventions and supports - initiative, “such as Rachel’s Challenge, Peaceful School Bus, Cosgrove High Five, and the Ranger’s Creed, to name a few. We also set our expectations annually through our district-wide Student Code of Conduct.”
According to Cypher, in the district’s Code of Conduct, bullying falls under the section entitled, “engage in any conduct that endangers the health, welfare and/or morals to self and others.”
“In terms of consequences, it all depends on the infraction and the result of the investigation, but it can range from a detention to a Superintendent’s Hearing,” Cypher says.
“When alleged bullying is reported, we respond through a number of methods,” Cypher continues, “which involve confirming as many facts as possible and determining any necessary action. This process always includes discussions with students and parents, and the primary goal is to face any conflict fairly, openly and respectfully.”
The district hopes to move forward keeping dialogue open with the community. “To take the first step, we are now in the process of planning a community- wide forum to build understanding and awareness around this important issue. Part of the discussion will include some of the challenges our youth face on a daily basis and how we strengthen our parent-school-community partnership in supporting them,” Cypher says.
The forum is now in the planning stages, she adds, with involvement from civic leaders, parents, staff, students and an expert from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “No date has been set in order to give the committee time to prepare an informative, quality forum,” Cypher says. “We are hoping to set a date in January.”
Programs in Brockport
Karen Breslawski is the Student Assistance Program Coordinator for the Brockport Central School District. She explains that the Brockport district utilizes the Safe School Ambassador Program for grades 5 through 12. The goal of the program is to intervene so that the bystanders begin to recognize that cruelty is not the norm and will not be tolerated. It also shows the bystanders and the target, that the target is not alone and that they have a peer who will support them.
Students are taught skills to prevent a bullying situation from escalating or to interrupt a bullying situation if it is more serious in nature. If they are witness to an act of cruelty, they are taught to take the following actions, Breslawski explains:
•Balancing: Saying something positive about the target so that the bystanders see the target in a positive light and the aggressor is refuted.
•Distracting: Distract the aggressor during the act of cruelty to stop the cruelty.
•Directing: Telling the aggressor in clear words that the act of cruelty is not acceptable and must stop immediately. Tell the aggressor to leave the scene and then remove the target.
•Reasoning: Explain to the aggressor why the act of cruelty is wrong and what the likely consequences will be if they do not stop.
•Supporting: Usually used as an intervention for the target to let them know they are not alone and that what the aggressor is saying or doing is not true or right.
•Active Listening: Usually used with the target to really listen to how they feel and what they think. Can be used with an aggressor to try to determine why the aggressor is being cruel and to try to help them.
•Getting Help: The only action that requires an adult. It is exactly what it says: “Get help” if the situation is dangerous, i.e. a fight, abuse, suicide, weapon at school, drugs/alcohol etc.
Breslawski also offers advice for students who are targets of cruelty. “Find a trusted adult in the building and go to them to get some support. The trusted adult can help the student make a decision about the best course of action,” she says. “Sometimes the course of action is to teach targets how to be more assertive with an aggressor, sometimes we teach them how to make friends so that they are not isolated, sometimes we can notify the other adults in the student’s life to ‘keep an eye out on the situation,’ sometimes we notify an administrator so that the administrator can conduct an investigation and take action with the target. We can notify parents and we can suggest that parents and their child call the police to get legal help if the situation warrants it. Oftentimes, having an adult intervene with the ‘bully’ is enough to stop the situation. Many times we think adolescents understand the impact of their actions, only to find out that they do not. Educating the aggressors or ‘bullies’ as to what they are doing wrong and the hurt they are causing another, is usually enough to stop a situation from continuing.”
What parents can do
Parents concerned that a child is being bullied must document their concerns, Breslawski says, “the date, time, place, what happened, who was involved and contact their child’s teacher or school administrator. Bullying usually occurs in places where adults are not present, so alerting an adult as to what is occurring is helpful so the adult can be watchful for and intervene in a situation, if necessary. If the situation is a crime, parents always have the right to contact the police. This is an emerging issue for law enforcement, so if a police officer tells you they cannot assist you, call 911 back and ask for a supervisor to come to your home and talk to you and your child.”
Students concerned about a friend who is being bullied should go and speak to a trusted adult, Breslawski says. “Also let your friend know you care about them and that you notice what is happening to them. Tell them that you are going to be there to support them until the situation is resolved. Take your friend with you to your trusted adult if at all possible. Bullying thrives on secrecy so do not keep it a secret!”
StopBullying.gov is an official U.S. Government website managed by the Department of Health & Human Services in partnership with the Department of Education and Department of Justice. The site is an in-depth resource on bullying prevention and reaction. These tips are provided for parents on how to bully-proof their child.
•Help your child understand bullying. Explain what bullying is. It is more than physical; it can be done in person or over the phone or computer.
•Keep open lines of communication with your child. Check in with your child and listen to any concerns about friends and other students.
•Encourage your child to pursue their interests. Doing what they love may help your child to be more confident among their peers and make friends with other kids with similar interests.
•Teach your child to take a stand against bullying. Give guidance about how to stand up to those who bully if it is safe to do so.
•Talk to your child about seeking help from a trusted adult when feeling threatened by a bully. Talk about whom they should go to for help and role-play what they should say. Assure your child that they should not be afraid to tell an adult when someone they know is being bullied.
•Know what is going on in your child’s school. Get to know other parents, school counselors, and staff. Contact the school by phone or e-mail if you have suggestions to make the school a safer and better learning place.
Toys ready for delivery
Boy Scouts in Troop 99 wrapped presents collected in their 9th annual Christmas Toy Drive at a December troop meeting at Merton-Williams Middle School in Hilton.
Over 85 toys and games donated by residents of Hilton and Parma will be distributed to children in the area at Christmas. The generosity of donors and the good will of Hilton merchants (Tops Friendly Market and Hilton Family Pharmacy) and the Parma Public Library who provided space for the collection boxes worked together on the successful endeavor.
Through the Hilton-Parma Community Council of Churches, the gifts will be included in the Christmas baskets delivered to area families by local churches at Christmas.
Boy Scout Troop 99 is sponsored by the Hilton Fire Department.
Kendall Lions Club donate $10,000 to Kendall Fire Department
With the help of a matching funds grant from the NYS & Bermuda Lions Foundation, the Lions Club of Kendall, on December 1, was able to donate $10,000 to the department for the purchase of their new ambulance.
Pictured from left are Lion Terry Bliss, grant writer, Past District Governor Peter Neidrauer from the NYS & Bermuda Lions Foundation, Lion President Debbie Ryan, Kendall Fire Chief Brad Yongjohn, Kendall Treasurer and Chairman Eric Maxon.
With the push for new ambulances at the end of the year, the Kendall volunteers expect their rig to arrive at the end of February. An “in service” ceremony is planned.
Some postal delivery in readjustment stage
by Kristina Gabalski
U.S. Postal officials say that changes in Rochester-area mail processing are most likely to blame for any change in regular delivery time to customers.
Karen Mazurkiewicz, U.S. Postal Service Western New York Communi-cations coordinator, says the impact on delivery times from the recent carrier transfers should be minimal, but that the Postal Service is still working to adjust to changes in mail processing operations.
She says in June, new Postal Service equipment was installed in Rochester to sequence oversized envelopes and catalogs - a job that was still being done by carriers before their routes.
Back in the 1990s, new machinery allowed for regular sized letters to be sequenced in the order of delivery for carriers. “Now we have the same machinery for larger pieces,” Mazurkiewicz says.
The new machinery meant the Postal Service had to go back into local post offices to re-adjust routes, she explains.
“With the new process, carriers spend little time in the office,” Mazurkiewicz says. “It has allowed us to expand delivery routes, use fewer trucks and fewer people.”
She also explains that procedures have changed regarding what happens when a carrier is out due to illness or a family emergency. “We used to call somebody in to cover, but now, in some cases, we take the route and divide it among other carriers,” she says. “That might prolong people getting their mail.”
The Postal Service strives to deliver all mail by 5 p.m., Mazurkiewicz says. She notes that mail is delivered first to businesses and then to other customers.
Concerns voiced from some local residents about late afternoon delivery - which can occur after dark at this time of year, “rings home the need to strive to provide customers with consistency with our product and consistency with delivery,” Mazurkiewicz says.
She notes the Postal Service is also concerned for its carriers. “We don’t want them to be out after dark.”
Mazurkiewicz says the Postal Service hopes that delivery times will improve following “this period of adjustment due to mail processing changes.”
Kiwanis Club of Brockport presents $500 to Brockport Toy Shelf
Ruthann Tryka attended a recent meeting of Brockport Kiwanis Club and gave a presentation of Toy Shelf needs.
Ruthann is a Kiwanis Club member and co-chair of the local Toy Shelf project. Ray Bardol, club president, presented her with a check for $500, to help the needy at Christmas time.
Towns again choose Monroe as primary responder
by Kristina Gabalski
Both the Towns of Sweden and Clarkson have, for a second year, designated Monroe Ambulance as primary responder.
At their regular meeting December 13, Sweden Town Council members voted unanimously on a resolution designating Monroe Ambulance as primary responder for 2012.
Councilperson Patricia Connors stated before the vote that the town was required to notify Monroe Ambulance by August 20, 2011, if they wanted to cancel their contract.
She noted that the Brockport Ambulance was not separated from the Village of Brockport at that time and continues to work through the process of becoming independent.
Sweden town officials said state law has a provision about naming a primary responder if there is more than one contracted ambulance service.
Clarkson Town Clerk Sharon Mattison said a similar resolution was also passed by the Clarkson Town Council at their regular meeting December 13.
Clarkson Supervisor Paul Kimball told the Suburban News and The Herald, “we would like to go back to Brockport Ambulance,” but explained, as Sweden Councilperson Connors did, that the decision had to be made in August.
“If we didn’t cancel by August 20, the contract was automatically extended for another year,” he said.
Supervisor Kimball said Clarkson would consider changing back to Brockport Ambulance as primary responder in the future. “We would love to go back to a volunteer service,” he said.
Residents can request Brockport Ambulance when they call for assistance, officials said.
Smith Street bridge to close for winter season
by Kristina Gabalski
The Smith Street Bridge in the Village of Brockport will close Tuesday, December 27 for the winter season and re-open on March 31, 2012.
At their regular meeting December 13, Village Board members decided to close the span seasonally to extend its useful life.
The bridge re-opened on June 10, following a $1.5 million restoration project completed by the New York State Department of Transportation.
The village has taken over ownership and maintenance costs of the bridge.
In the future, the bridge will close annually from December 1 - March 31.
In other business, Lakeside Health System’s CEO James Wissler spoke to board members during the public comment portion of the meeting about his concern over Unity Health System’s desire to establish an 18,000 sq.ft. facility in the Wegman’s plaza. Wissler said the facility would include radiology, physical therapy and family/primary care physicians.
“I’ve come here to ask for this community’s support,” Wissler told trustees. “Unity’s goal is to drive us out of business.”
Wissler said the services Unity would provide in Brockport would be a duplication of those already provided either by Lakeside or elsewhere in the community.
“Unity needs to file a certificate of need with the state,” Wissler said. “We can stop this by writing letters to the State Department of Health.”
Wissler also stated that the Unity facility would drive up medical costs and eventually decrease access to healthcare in the community.
“It would make it more difficult for people in the region,” he said.
Also at the December 13 meeting, trustees voted unanimously to set a date for next year’s Holiday Light Spectacular Parade, following the success of the first event held December 4.
Trustee Kent Blair brought the motion forward to set the date for the parade and tree lighting for Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 5 p.m.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 18, 2011
First Day Hikes invites residents to hit the trail on New Year’s Day
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will sponsor free “First Day” family hikes in State Parks across New York on New Year’s Day, as a way to connect children and parents with the great outdoors even - or maybe especially - in winter.
The hikes in Letchworth State Park are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Trailside Lodge. Participants are urged to arrive half an hour early to register. Hot chocolate and cookies will follow at 3 p.m. along with certificates and bookmarks. Two levels to choose from:
•Families with younger children: Journey on a wooded loop less than one mile on nearly level terrain near Trailside Lodge past the Trout Pond and frozen bogs.
•Families with older children: Two mile loop to Inspiration Point, the Glen Iris Fountain and Middle Falls with more than 200’ descent and 200’ ascent along trails, roads and stairs.
First Day hikers can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, with views and vistas unimpeded by foliage. Wildlife that might be spied along these walks will almost certainly include the tough and sturdy chickadees and a variety of woodpeckers. Keep an eye out for the tracks of deer, squirrels, mice or fox and if you’re lucky maybe catch a glimpse of the track maker.
Dress warmly; wear layers of clothing and sturdy, warm hiking boots or shoes, as well as hats and gloves; bring water.
Many interpretive programs meet at Trailside Lodge. The lodge can be reached via the Castile Entrance. (The Portageville Entrance is often closed in the winter. The park road between Perry and Castile Entrances is also closed.) Vehicle use fees (only at Castile Entrance) are in effect snowy weekends and holidays, when Trailside Lodge is operating, December through March, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cars $6. Buses $35/$75.
There are “First Day Hikes” all across New York State. Go to www.nyparks.com and click on the region where you will be visiting to find other First Day hikes.
Hilton East residents welcome visitors
Hilton’s Northwood Elementary School kindergarten students in teacher Tricia Clasgen’s class visited the Hilton East Assisted Living Community in Hilton December 14 in holiday finery.
Students had prepared a selection of carols and also created cards for residents. Hilton East residents gathered in the recreation room and followed along with favorites including “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night.”
Students had created individual holiday cards for residents including Catherine Humby, left, who accepts a card from Brooke Bell with Hilton East Recreation Director Josie Waverly looking on.
Spencerport Area Chamber Awards Dinner Jan. 27
The winners of the Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce 2011 awards will be honored at its annual Awards Dinner on Friday, January 27, 2012 at the Plantation Party House, 1875 North Union Street, Spencerport. Casual networking and social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
•Helen C. Moore is the recipient of the Clyde W. Carter Citizen of the Year Award. Helen Moore has lived and worked in – and served – the Spencerport community her entire life. Growing up here, she is president of the Spencerport Alumni Association and a key resource for the history of the Town of Ogden and Village of Spencerport, having contributed by recording her reminiscences.
Because of her extensive service, Helen Moore received multiple nominations from appreciative colleagues and friends.
In their nomination, Elizabeth and Daniel Kelly mentioned Moore’s tenure as a former town councilwoman and past president of the Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce.
Last year’s Citizen of the Year, Doreen Castano, wrote that Helen Moore has been a board member since the Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum opened in 2007. “She is always willing to take her turn at the helm,” added Director Castano.
Mayor Joyce Lobene credited Helen Moore’s pioneer accomplishment as the first woman to establish an insurance business in the Village of Spencerport and her continued commitment to the economic vitality of the Ogden-Spencerport community. “When we were looking for a grocery store, Helen asked what she could do to help,” Lobene wrote.
In her nomination, Carol Nellis-Ewell referred to Helen Moore’s generosity and kindness, as well as her compassion, well evidenced by her devotion to her parents. “She is a grand conversationalist, open-minded and tolerant - and she lights up our lives whenever we see her.”
•Krony’s Pizza, Inc., owner Steve Enos, will receive the Business Person of the Year Award. This nomination was from Carol Nellis-Ewell and Harry Ewell. Established in 1993, Krony’s has grown and prospered into an anchor business in Barefoot Landing Plaza.
At the counter with his capable crew, Steve Enos greets customers pleasantly, often by name. Good food, hard work and personal service continue to make Krony’s thrive. Suggestions are welcome, and the menu reflects it. Looking to the future, even greener packaging materials are under consideration.
Steve Enos believes in giving back to his community. Krony’s has a presence at nearly every community event and fundraiser. “No big deal,” Steve says, “just good business.” Donations include gift certificates, discounts and delicious food. Again this year Krony’s supplied bottled water to refresh the Erie Canal bicyclists in July. For these reasons, this community business and its owner will be honored.
•Spencerport Insurance and 360 Financial, owners Linda and Ted Rauber, will receive the Civic Beautification Award for their attractive office/apartment building, 147 South Union Street, Village of Spencerport. In her nomination, Mayor Joyce Lobene stated: “Ted and Linda planned a building that they felt would fit into our Canal Town atmosphere.” Mayor Lobene mentioned that although it was considered carefully, it was not possible to save the previous building.
In the midst of uncertain economic times, Linda and Ted Rauber confirmed their long-term commitment to the Central Business District of the Village of Spencerport by this significant investment. Their contractor used state-of-the green materials and techniques, inside and out, to maximize energy efficiency.
Mayor Lobene concluded: “I also applaud them for making sure in their design to leave spaces for landscape shrubs and flowers. It is a pleasure to look at and will remain on our horizon for many years to come.”
The Raubers, along with Glenn and Maureen Granger, have coordinated and participated in the annual Cartons for Christmas many years. In the insurance building reception area is the “Angel Tree,” decorated with ornaments representing children and their needs/wishes. The children, their families and our community are sincerely grateful.
To be recognized at the Regular Membership December Chamber Holiday Luncheon at Pinewood Country Club at noon on December 21: Barton’s Parkside Hots – 20 years, Fred Holbrook – 45 years, Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance – 45 years, Roberts Wesleyan College – 145 years. In addition, Spencerport’s community service clubs will be recognized: Lions Club – 55 years, Rotary Club – 35 years, and Kiwanis Club – 30 years.
Awards Dinner ticket sales are January 2 through the deadline of January 20. Tickets available at: Receptionist’s Desk at the Ogden Community Center, The Unique Shop, Spencerport Village Office and/or Spencerport Credit Union. Dinner event cost is $25 per ticket, cash bar.
Send ticket requests by mail to Nancy Bodhorn, Spencerport Credit Union, P.O. Box 86, Spencerport, NY 14559, Attn: Awards Dinner Tickets.
For questions regarding the January Dinner Event, contact the Dinner Event Co-Chairs: Nancy Bodhorn at 352-6890/Spencerport Federal Credit Union or Maria Parina and Lisa Versteeg at 352-0877/Expressions of Dance by Lisa.
Note: Special request/reserved seating is limited to honorees and those they designate in advance to sit with them, and to those purchasing tables of 8. All others may choose seats at non-reserved tables that evening.
For information on Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce general meetings, businesses and members, including a membership application form, visit www.spencerportchamber.org
Information provided by the Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF DECEMBER 18, 2011
Bees start 2-0
by Warren Kozireski
Rachel Winter, Kiersten Richenberg and Courtney Amesbury each scored in double figures as Byron-Bergen overcame a first quarter deficit to defeat visiting Kendall 57-40 in girls basketball.
Kendall senior Morgan Rath hit a jumper and a put-back late in the first quarter to give the Eagles a one point lead, but the Bees netted 23 points in the second quarter, including eight by Winter, to lead by 14 at halftime.
The Eagles’ Abbey David scored four of her game total eight points in the third quarter and Kendall’s defense held the Bees to just four points to cut the lead to eleven points after three quarters.
But Byron-Bergen’s offense awoke in the final stanza with 19 points - including eleven unanswered - to seal the win.
Winter finished with a game-high 19 points while Richenberg and Amesbury each had 14 for the Bees.
Kendall was led by Rath’s 13 points-eight rebound effort while David added eight points and Ashley Makowski six in the loss.
“We’re not the most talented team offensively,” said Byron-Bergen head coach Rick Krzewinski. “But once Winter got going in the second quarter and Richenberg hit a few, we got untracked.”
B-B’s late rally falls short
by Warren Kozireski
Gabe Ritsema won the 100-yard backstroke and Lucas DeValder and Robbie Schrenker finished 1-2 in the 100-yard breaststroke to close a 19 point deficit before the Bees fell to Newfane 81-65 in boys swimming. The girls squad lost 120-43.
Ritsema also was first in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:04.99 before taking the backstroke in 1:04.03. He was also part of the winning 200-yard medley relay team with DeValder, Milton Griffin and Schrenker in 2:01.24.
Connor Forsyth won the 100-yard butterfly for B-B in 1:16.14 and Griffin the 200-yard individual medley in 2:28.46.
For the B-B girls, Rachel Kobel was the top swimmer finishing first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:18.16 and was second in the 200-yard freestyle.
The meet marked the Bees home opener and the first of six at the Gillam-Grant complex.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF DECEMBER 18, 2011
A.D. Oliver Middle School in Brockport recognized with Stewardship Award
The Landmark Society of Western New York kicked off the celebration of its 75th year at its 2011 Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 20 in the historic Rochester Academy of Medicine.
“It’s About Now!” is the theme of the year-long celebration. “Our 75th anniversary is a time to celebrate our past accomplishments,” said Wayne Goodman, Executive Director. “But it is also a time to reinvigorate our commitment to preservation and to the communities we serve in Western New York.” Goodman announced several initiatives planned for 2012 including partnerships with local government and the real estate community in projects that involve preservation.
A highly anticipated highlight of the annual meeting is the presentation of the 2011 Preservation Awards, given to individuals and organizations in our nine-county area who have made outstanding efforts in the preservation of their homes, historic properties, and landscapes. The Stewardship Award recognized the A.D. Oliver Middle School in the Village of Brockport.
The Stewardship Award recognizes an organization or municipality that has provided continued care of and commitment to the preservation of an architecturally and/or historically significant property in our 9-county region over a period of years.
Listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, this 1934 building was designed as the new high school for the first school system to be centralized in Monroe County, consolidating 19 separate school districts into the new Brockport Central School system. Rochester architect Harwood Dryer took his inspiration for this landmark building from London’s Hampton Court Palace and incorporated towers, decorative plaster, embossed brick work, stained glass, and light fixtures that reflect the medieval décor found in that historic building. In 1967, it became a middle school, and a recent rehabilitation included the restoration of its signature slate roof.
BHS students selected for NYSSMA Conference All-State
Three Brockport High School students were recently selected as New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference All State members.
Senior Mya Pennington was selected as a NYSSMA Conference All-State Orchestra member on mallet percussion for the second year in a row. She is a member of the Brockport High School Band, and Blue Notes and is a student of Shawn Halquist and Andy Stoker. She also studies percussion with Jillian Pritchard and is a member of the Percussion Ensemble directed by Jim Tiller at Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Mya also plays with the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra. She is the daughter of Taysie and Bruce Pennington of Brockport. Mya rehearsed with 100 other young players from all over New York State at the annual NYSSMA Conference, held in Rochester, December 3 to 6. She performed with the orchestra on December 4 at the Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre.
Senior Jessica Feathers was selected as a NYSSMA Conference All-State Orchestra member on oboe. She is a member of the Brockport High School Band, Blue Notes, Choir and MadVocals. Jessica studies with Shawn Halquist and Andy Stoker at Brockport High and with Amy Marron in Greece. Jessica also plays in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She is the daugher of Vicky and Chick Feathers of Hamlin. Jessica also performed with the orchestra on December 4, at the Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre.
Brockport High School Senior Ed Rubenacker was selected as a NYSSMA Conference All-State Mixed Chorus member as a Tenor 1. He is a member of the Brockport High School Choir, MadVocals, Band, and Blue Notes, and is a student of Liz Banner. He is the son of Beth and Al Rubenacker of Brockport. He performed with the chorus on December 4, at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. Auditions for selection in the honors ensembles were held in the spring of 2011.
BCSD Board of Ed seeks community input for committees
The Brockport CSD Board of Education is seeking community involvement in their search for Brockport’s next superintendent. Superintendent Garry Stone recently announced his plans to retire at the end of this school year. According to Board President Tom Langelotti, a pre-search questionnaire will be conducted and community involvement will be sought for interview committees.
“Input from the community at every phase of the process is important,” said Langelotti.
Anyone interested in being a part of this process can contact Sharon Pajek, board Clerk at 585-637-1810 or Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org by January 3, 2012.
The board has formed a Captial Project Evaluation and Space Utilitzation sub-commitee and is looking for community and staff involement. The committee will be tasked with reviewing a recently completed building conditon survey as well as the utilization of space in the district. Community members and staff who are interested in serving on this comnmittee, or who would like additional information, can contact Tammy Clarke in the Business Office at 585-637-1820 or email@example.com by December 27. This committee will begin meeting in January 2012.
Byron-Bergen Board of Education appoints superintendent
During a special meeting of the Byron-Bergen Board of Education on Saturday morning, December 10, Casey Kosiorek of LeRoy was unanimously appointed as Superintendent of Schools, effective January 9, 2012. Kosiorek attended the meeting with his family and signed a three and one-half year contract.
“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Kosiorek to the Byron-Bergen learning community, and we look forward to a long and productive working relationship with him,” said Board President Ernie Haywood.
Currently Kosiorek is Wolcott Street School Principal in the LeRoy Central School District. Prior to his appointment to the principalship in July 2007, he served as the school’s Assistant Principal. He also spent nine years as a physical education and health teacher with the Royalton-Hartland Schools in Middleport.
Kosiorek is a graduate of Batavia High School. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Canisius College and a Certificate of Advanced Study in educational leadership from SUNY Brockport. He also completed the Transition to Superintendency program through the Educational Leadership Institute at SUNY Oswego.
Northwood Elementary School holds Disability Awareness Day
Hilton’s Northwood Elementary School fourth-grade students, from left Ameen Ali and Haley Mojsey, try out a walker while their legs are hindered in an activity presented by Rochester’s Advocacy Center on December 8 as part of a Disability Awareness Day at the school. Both are students in teacher Rachel Pignagrande’s class.
All fourth graders had a chance to learn first-hand and experience some of the struggles and opportunities for challenged students. Students worked with Advocacy Center volunteers to learn how disabilities can hamper movement, sight and learning, then how these difficulties are overcome.
Students were able to learn that with the right tools and support, people with disabilities can have independent lives. In addition, students’ perception about those who have different mobility, learning, communication and other struggles, is softened in an effort to prevent stigmatization.
This is Northwood’s fourth annual Disability Awareness Day.
‘Tis the season for giving
The Holley Harmonettes quartet and their teacher, Kelly Evans, from Holley Middle School/High School gave their time and talents to entertain those who attended the BOCES 2 Open House at Rochester Tech Park, where the new offices for the Center for Workforce Development, Therapeutic Day Services, and Exceptional Children Support Services are now located.
The students, (l-r) Kaitlyn Wolfe, Alyssa Lasch, Melissa Qualey, and Brianna Blackburn, traveled an hour round trip and sang for about 90 minutes, entertaining everyone who stopped by.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 18, 2011
•Steier, Sr., John A., Age 75, died December 12, 2011. He retired from Delco Products and was a member of the 25 year club. He was predeceased by his brother Raymond, brother-in-law William David. He is survived by his wife, Gail; son, John (Susan) Steier Jr. of Albion; daughter, Karen Steier of Albion; grandchildren, Clarissa, Evan, Annalise Steier; sisters, Eleanor Thompson of Albion, Lorraine Freeman of Albion, Barbara Ann (Richard) Hellmann of South Carolina, Irene (Richard) Braley of Albion, Marie (Thomas) Rigg of New Jersey; brother-in-law Mitchell (Ruth) David of Holley; sisters-in-law, Shirley Steier of Spencerport, Frances (Barry Norsen) Thompson of Holley, Judy (Timothy) Hayes of Hamlin; several nieces, nephews, cousins.
A Funeral Service was held December 17 at the Gaines Carlton Community Church, Albion. Interment, Mt. Albion Cemetery. Contributions can be made to C.O.V.A. or the Gaines Carlton Community Church in his memory.
•Cripe, Timothy J., On December 11, 2011 at age 54. Predeceased by his father Lawrence. He is survived by his children, Paul and Jane, and their mother, Jennifer Hecker; mother Marilee; siblings, Steve (Kaye), Tom (Patti), Susan (David) Von Winkler, John (Carmen), Sara (Mario) Marrero, Dan (Meghan); many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A gathering will be held at a later date. Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Rich, George M., On December 11, 2011 at age 79. Predeceased by his parents Harris and Helen, sister Marlene, brother James. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 38 years Rosie; sister Shirley Hicks; brothers Fred, Terry (Mary Ellen); many nieces, nephews, in-laws, family and friends. George received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Brockport State Teachers’ College. While teaching, he was very active in the Rochester Teachers’ Association, the Western Monroe Historical Society and SUNY Alumni Association.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family. A remembrance gathering will be held at the College of Brockport at a time to be announced. Contributions can be made to the George Rich Student Philanthropy Award, SUNY College at Brockport, 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY 14420 in his memory.
•Gillette, Beverly C. (Lovey), died November 13, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her father Vernon and mother Marjorie Richards. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend William “Bill” Gillette. She will be remembered and greatly missed by her sons Joseph Welburn Jr. and Mark P. Gillette; stepson Todd W. (Andrea) Gillette; daughters Tamela (Dave) Siffringer and Sheila (Steve) Curts; special grandson Jacob and nine other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bev is also survived by brothers Vernon (Fran) Richards, Douglas (Mabel) Richards, Jack R. Richards and Gary (Deanie) Richards; sisters Wanda (Lyle) Boyce, Betty (Larry) Mackey and Constance Hourihan; many nieces and nephews-especially special nieces Sharon (Terry) Pierce and Terri (Mark) LaReau and her best friend forever Donna Harrington. Bev will be remembered for the many hats she knitted and baby blankets she lovingly crocheted for preemie babies. In April 2010, she received the Gates Lions Citizen of the Year Award for the many blankets she donated to hospitals and for her service to the community. Beverly also received a Certificate of Appreciation from Association of Rochester Police & Area Law Enforcement Retirees, Inc. and a Kiwanis Service Award on October 1, 1997.
A Memorial Service was held November 18 at Gates Presbyterian Church. Contributions can be made to Gates Presbyterian Church, 1049 Wegman Road, Rochester 14624 or Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums, P.O. Box 24884, Rochester 14624 in her memory.
•Coon, Marlene M., December 13, 2011 at age 75. She is survived by her sons, James R. Coon, William E. Coon, Gary W. (Wanda) Coon, Robert J. LaPlant; eight grandchildren.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to the Hamlin Food Shelf in her memory.
•Briggs, Ruth G., Suddenly, December 6, 2011 age 93. Predeceased by her husband, Wesley Briggs; her sister, Eileen Klingler; and devoted companion, Ted Ohlund. Survived by her daughters, Eileen (Bruce) Wood and Debbie Engler; grandchildren, Natalie Wood, Maralee Hughes, Renee (Steve) Dickinson, Sheila (Scott) Adam and Matt Engler; her great-grandchildren, Ashley, Danielle, Ryan, Alana, Brooke, Morgan and Aleah; nieces and nephews, including Barbara Bray and Michael and Rick Klinger; her special friend, “Crosby”.
Funeral Services were held December 17 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton. Contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or C.U.R.E. in her memory.
•Weeks, Robert Michael, age 69, peacefully in Florida on November 30, 2011. Predeceased by parents, Margaret C. and Clarence W. Weeks; and brother, Clarence L. Weeks. Survived by wife of 50 years, Jean A. (Ward) Weeks; children, Margaret Jackson (Allen Leach), Catherine (Mike) Dietrich, Michael (Kellie) Weeks, Christine (Kenneth) Barlow; grandchildren, Amanda and Charles Jackson, Jon, Adam and Teresa Dietrich, Katelyn and Evan Weeks, Robert, Madeline, Amelia and Meredith Barlow; siblings, Donald (Dolores) Weeks, John (Theresa) Weeks, Mary (Kenneth) Nichols, Anne (Mike) Leitner, Joan (Bob) Landry; and many nieces and nephews. 1995-1996 Governor New York District Kiwanis International, lifetime member Southwest Rochester Kiwanis Club.
A Memorial Service was held December 12 at Guardian Angels Church, Rochester. Donations can be made to Kamp Kiwanis in Rome, New York via www.kampkiwanis.org in his memory.
•Provost, Beatrice (Jurhs), died December 9, 2011 at age 86. She was born in Kendall, a daughter of Albert and Mildred Jurhs and has been a lifelong resident of Kendall. She was predeceased by three sisters, Evelyn Walsh, Norma Williams and Fayuna Jurhs; two brothers, Harold and Victor Jurhs; father and mother-in-law, Clifford Sr. and Alberta Provost; six brothers-in-law, Richard Nunnery, Joe Gare, Donald Walsh, Leonard Provost, Ray Ernenwein and George Archambo; two sisters-in-law, Alice Jurhs and Jane Jurhs. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years Clifford Jr.; sister, Judy Ernenwein; brother-in-law, John Williams; three children, Clifford III (Carole), Dale (Barbara), and Beth; four grandchildren, Scott (Christine), Brian (Andrea), Matthew (Virginia) and Ellen; six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Gertrude Provost, Ethel Archambo, Barbara (Ronald) Crane, Carole (Donald) Henderson; many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held December 15 at the Concordia Lutheran Church, Kendall. Contributions can be made to the Concordia Lutheran Church, 1769 Kendall Road, Kendall or the American Diabetes Association in her memory.
•Schiano, Vincent A., December 8, 2011, after a prolonged illness. Predeceased by his father and mother, Angelo and Violet and sister, Grace Burchill. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Nancy; sons, Jeffrey (Jody), Christopher (Elisbeth); daughter, Tracey (Mark); grandchildren, Chelsea Schiano Kay (Jerrod), Kristina, Valerie, Dillon, Arielle and Lucas; godchild, Ashley Bapst; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary and Walter “Poppy” Padiak; sister-in-law, Helen Headley (Terry); nieces and nephews; many friends and best friend/”brother,” Louie “Cheech” Marcello; as well as his faithful dog and buddy, Parker.
Funeral Services were held December 11 at DiPonzio Funeral Home, Inc., Gates. Interment, private.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 11, 2011
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF DECEMBER 11, 2011
Food Shelf donation
Gary Skoog, president of the Greater Brockport Development Corporation, presents a check of $500 to James Pray, president of the Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf. The donation was funded by the corporation and its directors in memory of Monika Andrews.
Shown, left to right: Gary Skoog, Bill Andrews, James Pray.
The Kiwanis Club of Spencerport heard a presentation by the Westside Family Branch of the YMCA of Greater Rochester at a recent meeting.
Chris Mangone, Executive Director of the YMCA branch, told the Kiwanians about the YMCA’s Invest in Youth Campaign. “The success of this campaign allows us to positively affect the lives of many, from young children to senior adults,” said Mangone. He also spoke about the fact that contributions to the campaign allows the YMCA to provide free or reduced rates to those who are not in a financial position to afford the cost of the programs. “Single parents, with all the stress of work, paying bills and being the only parent in their kids’ lives, are comforted by the knowledge that their children are in a safe, wholesome and fun environment in YMCA childcare,” offered Mangone as an example of one program that is helped by the contributions.
Following the meeting the Kiwanians presented a check to Mangone to help fund the Invest in Youth Campaign. In the photo are Chris Mangone (right) accepting the check from Tom Fairbrother, past president of the Kiwanis Club.
For information about the Kiwanis Club email SpencerportKiwanisClub@gmail.com. Provided photo
Families and friends gathered at the Vets Club in Brockport on November 20 as the Brockport Lions Club and the Brockport High School Band Boosters held an “all-you-can-eat” pancake breakfast.
The fundraiser was held to help raise funds for the High School Band for their trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida in the spring of 2012.
The Lions flipped the flapjacks while members of the band seated and served over one hundred guests.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 11, 2011
Holiday parade lights up Brockport
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport’s first Holiday Light Spectacular lived up to its name, and then some.
Spectators, organizers and village leaders all said the event, which included a parade, caroling, tree lighting ceremony and free refreshments, far exceeded expectations.
Even the weather cooperated with evening temperatures well above normal for early December and dry, calm conditions.
The Brockport Police Stetson Club helped to sponsor and organize the event. President Brian Winant estimated about 1,000 people lined Main St. in the historic business district to watch the parade, shop and enjoy the holiday festivities.
“It’s the Stetson Club’s very Merry Christmas gift to you,” Officer Winant told Westside News Inc.
He thanked the Brockport community for coming out and supporting the event.
“We’re off to a great start,” Winant said. “Folks who weren’t here this year should start planning to be here next year.”
The Hammer family of Brockport called the parade “awesome, we couldn’t believe the number of people,” they said.
Another village resident, Amy Crowe, was also thrilled with the event. “It makes you proud to be a part of the Brockport family,” she noted. “It makes you feel good inside to be part of a small town that comes together.”
Brockport Mayor Connie Castaneda commended organizers for doing, “... a wonderful job” in comments she made during the tree lighting ceremony.
Brockport Village Trustee Kent Blair, who was involved in organizing the event, called the Holiday Light Spectacular, “fantastic.” He said the event created a lot of excitement for the community. “It turned out so beautiful,” Trustee Blair said, “far more than I anticipated. Everybody’s asking, ‘What’s next?’ ”
Winant provided a list of parade float winners: Santa’s Pick $50 - Girl Scout Brownie Troop #60349; Best Non-Profit $75 - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church; Most Creative $100 - Hilton Sno-Flyers; Best Overall $150 - Hairtique.
Knitting ministry makes a difference
by Maggie Fitzgibbon
For many the art of knitting is a hobby, but for a local group, knitting gives them a sense of purpose for helping others.
The Needles Mission Club is made up of members from the First Congregational Church, UCC, on Church Street located in the Village of Spencerport. The group has only been in existence since 2008 and according to group leader Holly Bauer-Mergen, “We know there are needs in the community and we look to where we can help,” Bauer-Mergen explained.
Over the last three years, this group of eight ladies has knitted almost 100 lap robes that have benefited patients at the Unity Dialysis Center at Spencerport located in the Village of Spencerport and the Batavia Veterans Administration Medical Center located in Batavia. The group is made up of church members, mainly retirees, but community participation and support is welcomed. The group accepts donations of yarn and eight-inch knitted squares.
“This fall, we had a Spencerport High School student participate in the group and she made a fleece blanket as part of her community service project. In the past, a Girl Scout has collected lap robes for Meals on Wheels in order to earn her Gold Award and our group supported her efforts,” Bauer-Mergen said.
The group meets monthly at the White Church in the evenings. Besides knitting lap robes, the group has a new endeavor, making baptismal bonnets for newly baptized church members.
Like Bauer-Mergen, Spencerport resident Elaine Hay has been part of this group since its inception in 2008. She participates for many reasons but mainly because “I love to knit. I want to do something with this group and this is a way I can help,” she explained.
Bauer-Mergen describes the group’s mission as simple. “We are a group of women who enjoy getting together to knit and fulfilling a need in our community.”
by Kristina Gabalski
Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without cookies - lots and lots of them - and making cookies with children can become a much anticipated annual tradition.
Yes, the holidays are busy, but in just one afternoon, you can bake a nice variety of cookies or focus on several batches of a single variety. The rewards are many:
Baking helps children learn a lot of important things like time management, organization and responsibility. Basic math concepts like fractions, conversion and measurement are all part of the baking experience. Manual dexterity is developed and much can also be learned about different cultures.
You may have special family recipes that have been handed down over the years or you can learn about special baking traditions in countries like Italy or Greece. You might want to study your family’s own cultural heritage and pick a recipe to make for Christmas every year.
Baking also gives children a real sense of pride and accomplishment and sparks their creativity.
Whether you plan to involve the children or not, as soon as they realize you’re in the process of baking, they’ll make a bee-line to the kitchen anyway, so why not invite them to participate at a level that is age appropriate?
If I don’t include my children in on at least some of the baking activity, I’ve got to deal with picking Play-Doh out of the rug for weeks, as they will resort to their own devices to try to take part in the process.
As much as I would like to delegate the task of grating orange rind or rolling up pinwheel cookies to the kids, obviously straightforward, simple recipes work best, especially for younger children. Drop and bar cookies are simple, easy and fast. You can add colored frostings or holiday candies to give them a Christmas feel. Cutting bar cookies in unexpected shapes like diamonds can also help to make them extra special for Christmas.
Gingerbread cookies are simple to make and can be cut into all different kinds of shapes - or used to make gingerbread structures. Children can try to pipe on simple decorations with icing after the cookies are baked.
This year we tried gingerbread “lollypops” - cute little gingerbread men baked on a sucker stick. Most any cookie can be baked this way and it’s another fun, holiday twist to everyday cookies.
Shortbread cookie dough can be made into balls, used for thumbprints, rolled and cut into shapes or pressed into molds. After it is baked, shortbread tastes great dipped in chocolate. My teenagers love to dunk all kinds of treats in the melted chocolate that is leftover. Another good thing about shortbread is that the dough contains no eggs - it’s just butter, sugar, vanilla and flour - this means you don’t have to worry about sampling some of the unbaked dough.
My children have always looked forward to decorating the iconic Christmas sugar cookie cutouts. Older ones can frost the cookies while younger ones add the sprinkles. I always put down plenty of paper towels for this activity to speed clean up. Some of the children have found they like to make a small (or sometimes big) pile of sprinkles on the paper towels and then press the frosted side of the cookie into the sprinkles. This works well and can produce some impressive effects, especially with a mix of colored sugars.
Children can give some of their cookies as gifts - very special because they have made them with their own hands. We like to give homemade cookies to the children’s Godparents. Some of the children’s cookies can be set out for Santa on Christmas Eve - we like to leave ours for Baby Jesus, who always leaves some special gifts for the children in His manger on Christmas morning.
Of course, probably the greatest and certainly most yummy reward of baking with children is digging into a platter of homemade cookies paired with a cold glass of milk or a warm cup of cocoa - a fun way to cap a yule-tide afternoon spent out in the snow. Merry Christmas.
Comedy fundraiser to benefit students
Tickets are on sale now for Hilton Education Foundation’s “Comedy Night Under the Hollywood Stars” fundraising event, to be held January 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Merton Williams Middle School, located at 200 School Lane in Hilton.
The event will feature the comedy of Mark D’Amico, as well as a silent auction, food and drink, a Chinese auction, silent art auction, and fun with friends and family.
The Hilton Education Foundation was created in July 2006 by a group of community members and educators who came together to help support the students of the Hilton Central School District. The foundation provides Hilton students with opportunities beyond what they can receive from the school district, such as scholarships for post-secondary education. The goal of the foundation is to help students become self-directed, lifelong learners who can think critically and creatively and function as caring, responsible, and productive members of society.
Proceeds from this event will support classroom mini-grants for Hilton teachers, scholarships for graduating seniors and funds for the “Principal’s Checkbook” program - a way for students in need to receive assistance for things such as school supplies and clothing.
Tickets to “A Comedy Night Under the Hollywood Stars” are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door, and can be purchased by visiting www.hiltoneducationfoundation.org, Hilton Pharmacy, Summit Federal Credit Union in Hilton, or through the Hilton Central School District clerk’s office.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF DECEMBER 11, 2011
Ross, Moore team up for win
by Warren Kozireski
Connor Moore and Carlos Ross each set the other up for a third period goal as Brockport opened their 2011-12 campaign with a 3-2 victory over Webster-Thomas in high school hockey.
Following a scoreless first period, the Titans grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the second with a rebound goal.
Eleven minutes into the second, the Blue Devils killed off a 4-on-3 Titans power play and scored seconds later as Zachery Coughlin tipped in a shot by Nick VanOrden at 11:34.
Brockport took a 2-1 lead at 5:06 of the final period as Ross banged home the rebound after Moore dug the puck out of the corner and got off two shots on goal.
But Webster-Thomas tied it just 33 second later.
Brockport netted what would prove to be the game-winner at 8:29 of the third when Ross gathered up a loose puck along the left wing boards and sent a perfect cross to Moore for the goal.
“We were a little too pumped up and took six penalties in the first part of the game,” said head coach Greg Stahl.
“Then we calmed down and played our game and I thought the key was we didn’t take a single penalty in the third period. We’re still getting used to each other.
Justin Keene made 11 saves in net for the Blue Devils as his teammates held the Titans to just three shots on goal in the first period and four in the third.
Cadets begin title defense
by Warren Kozireski
In her first regular season varsity game, Hilton freshman Lauren Hinten came off the bench to score 11 fourth-quarter points to lead the Cadets to a 51-39 victory at Churchville-Chili in the season opener for both teams.
Three lead changes in the first quarter led to the Saints taking a seven point lead early in the second quarter as Tasia Ortiz hit a pair of field goals and Kayla Brahm added a jumper.
But Cadets forward Maria Jackson hit a jump-hook and Cameron Groupman knocked down a three-pointer to close the gap.
The Saints retook a five-point lead midway through the third quarter and held the lead until Hinten got the first of her points - a trey with 43 seconds remaining in the third to give the Cadets the lead for good.
Jackson opened the fourth quarter with a reverse lay-up plus the free throw when she was fouled and Hinten converted a steal to open up the lead for Hilton.
Hinten scored nine of the last eleven points for the Cadets and finished with a game-high 14 total as they won the season opener in defense of the Section V crown.
Jackson had a double-double with 11 points and 18 rebounds while Heather Hebert finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Amy Hasenauer scored nine and Groupman added six points with five assists.
For Churchville-Chili, Ortiz also had a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Maggie Tabone added nine points while Brahm finished with five points, three assists and three steals.
Holley drops basketball opener
by Warren Kozireski
Holley senior Amber Kenyon had a team-high nine rebounds and scored five points, but the Hawks fell to Alexander 50-23 in the girls basketball season opener.
Holley stayed in the game early on a lay-up from Alyssa Scherer and a pair of field goals by Brenna DeFelice to tie the game 6-6, but the Trojans scored the final eight points of the first quarter and led 28-12 at halftime.
Kenyon accounted for all five Hawks third quarter points while Nicole Blackburn hit a pair of free throws and knocked down a jump shot while freshman Samantha Barniak hit a fourth quarter jumper to finish the scoring.
In addition to Kenyon, Blackburn finished with a team-high eight points and added five rebounds. Barniak had four points and five rebounds while Scherer, DeFelice and Nicole Mauro each added two points.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF DECEMBER 11, 2011
B-B initiates special recognition program
The High School Collaborative Improvement Team (HSCIT) comprised of teachers, students, community members, and Board of Education representatives, has started a “School-Community Partnership Award” which is presented to select students each quarter in recognition of their contributions to the Byron-Bergen community. This special award was created in an effort to recognize students who choose to “go the extra mile” in their community and for their actions, who are recognized as “Ambassadors” in the school community. Senior Rachel Winter is the first recipient.
Winter was recognized for alway being ready to give a helping hand to others. She works after school, is active in clubs and sports, and next year plans on attending either the University of Rochester or Alfred University, majoring in business and accounting. A member of Yearbook Club, Varsity Club, and Senior National Honor Society, Winter also participates in soccer, basketball, and tennis. During soccer season, she picked up food and beverages for the concession stands making it ready for the season. She also recruited other volunteers to help her. This year, the Elementary School was the recipient of a Pepsi Refresh Grant, which helped fund a new playground, and she was among the many people who assisted with the construction of the playground.
Quarterly nomination forms for this award can be found on the Byron-Bergen website and in the High School Office.
Hilton High School students to pay tribute to Vietnam-era veterans in Winter Concert
Hilton High School Instrumental Music Instructor and Program Coordinator Nancy Russo has selected “Mekong” composed by Robert W. Smith, as part of the High School’s Winter Concert program December 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Hilton High School Gymnasium (handicapped accessible seating available). “As a country we are now experiencing the return of many of our veterans from wars abroad and as a tribute to Vietnam-era veterans and returning veterans, the high school music students and teachers are extending an invitation to the community.”
“Mekong” is a powerful, but haunting score with percussion special effects (helicopters, C-130s and planes landing) as well as special solos including an alto sax solo by Carlos Rivera; keyboards by Mike Johnson; piccolo by Diana Russo; saxophone by Phil Schuler and Brad Whittemore; and flute by Allison Shields; trumpet solo by Anne Taylor and Joe Grieco; additional flute soloists by Shannen Drennon, Marion Tufano, Miranda DiMaria and Rachel Zachary.
The dramatic, ten-minute piece tells the story of a Vietnam battle and its aftermath through a powerful composition. Also on the program is the Lennon/Ono “Happy Christmas.” All area veterans and community members are cordially invited to attend this concert as well as any others on this year’s Concert Schedule as follows:
•December 20 - ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Concert, 6:30 p.m. at Hilton High School Auditorium, 400 East Avenue, Hilton.
•December 22 - Hilton High School Chorus and Band Concert, 7 p.m., Hilton High School Gym, 400 East Avenue, Hilton. This is a special concert which features “Mekong” by Robert W. Smith.
•January 25 - Village Elementary Band Concert, 7 p.m. at Quest Elementary Auditorium, 225 West Avenue, Hilton.
Holley runners compete at states -
Holley freshman Martin Beadle (left) and junior David Smith recently competed in Verona, New York at the New York State Cross Country Championship 5K Race.
Out of 130 runners, David finished 24th, missing All-State honors by just four places. Martin finished 46th reaching his goal of finishing in the top 50. This was both runners’ first time going to states and both said they are determined to compete there again next year and make All-State honors.
The runners also earned League All-Star Awards this year. They qualified for states by finishing in the top five at the Section V Cross Country Race at Genesee Community College.
The Holley Central School District held a groundbreaking ceremony on December 5 to mark the beginning of two years of work on district facilities and grounds.
The $27.4 million project, approved by district voters in May 2010, includes renovating the remainder of the Middle School/High School; replacing the roofs at both buildings; technology, security and accessibility upgrades at both buildings; a sports stadium and all-weather track; a new bus maintenance facility; and the purchase of 43 acres of adjacent land.
Shown here are: (l-r) Superintendent Robert D’Angelo, Assistant Superintendent for Business Gene Mahaney, Middle School/High School Principal Susan Cory, Elementary Principal Regina Yeo, Murray/Town Supervisor John Morriss, and Clarendon Town Supervisor Richard Moy.
Holley inducts 14 into National Honor Society
The Holley High School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) welcomed 14 new members at its annual induction ceremony in November. During the ceremony, current members went into the audience and brought new members up on stage. NHS officers then described the attributes required for membership - character, scholarship, leadership, and service - and lit a candle symbolizing each of the attributes.
Superintendent Robert D’Angelo and Principal Susan Cory welcomed the new members with certificates, and inductees’ parents presented their daughters and sons with NHS pins.
In order to be eligible for the National Honor Society, students must have an academic average of at least 90 percent; they must apply for the honor, and be selected by a faculty council based on the four qualities of membership.
The new members of the Holley Chapter are: seniors Jessica Shenck and Jennifer Spychalski; and juniors Kyle Bell, Marissa Callahan, Samuel DeFilipps, Steve Dill, Joshua Hatfield, Shannon Kelly, Starlyt Knight, Sonia Mendoza, John Morrill, Alyssa Scherer, Kassandra Sutton, and Nicholas Winkley.
The current members and officers are: President Andrew Heath, Vice President Alyssa Lasch, Secretary Brianna Blackburn, Treasurer Mikayla Dibelka, Bradly Carroll, Mary Elliott, Timothy Gallets, Brianna Goodwin, Nicholas Kimmel, Samuel Mauro, Lindsay Smith, Patrick Stetzel, and Taylor Zona.
Scott Brooks, 2006 Holley graduate and producer of the “Brother Wease” radio program on 95.1 The FOX, was the guest speaker. At 23 years old, he is in bed at 9 p.m. and up at 4 a.m. to put together an entertaining radio show for thousands. Recently, a “24-hour Wease Show” raised $13,000 for Monroe Community Hospital. “You’re a better person tomorrow if you help someone today,” Brooks told the inductees as he talked about the four attributes required for NHS membership. He also added a fifth - pride. “You’ve made your teachers proud, you’ve made your parents proud, but what matters most is making yourself proud,” he said.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 11, 2011
•Boyce, Jean A., Died November 30, 2011. Predeceased by husband, Donald and son, Robert. She is survived by her children, Donna (Peter) Salim, Jill (Orville Lickers) Boyce, Steven Boyce, Kellie (Lorne) Watson, Andrew (Lisa) Boyce; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, William (Pat) Austin. Jean volunteered at the Strong Social Work Office for 20 years and she was a retired kindergarten teacher from Gates Chili School District.
Funeral Services were held December 3 at the Newcomer Funeral Home, Greece. Contributions can be made to the American Red Cross or WXXI Radio in her memory.
•Nelson, Dorothy A. (Randall), Died December 7, 2011 at age 81. She was predeceased by her parents, Harley and Edna Randall. She is survived by her husband, John Owen Nelson; son, Scott (Kristina) Nelson; daughters, Jackie (Greg) Feeney, Kim (Mark Lehman) Delaney, Mitzy (Steve) Scharr, Sandy (Bill) Bleier; grandchildren, Maxine Feeney, John Feeney, Bill (Brandy) Delaney, Erin Delaney, Mike Delaney, Jr., S.J. (Brande) Scharr, Danielle Bleier, Jessica (Jose) Hernandez, Andrew O’Brien, Ian O’Brien; six great-grandchildren; brother, James Randall; and several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Jude the Apostle Church, Gates. Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. Jude the Apostle Church in her memory.
•O’Connor, Mary Jane, On December 5, 2011 at age 91. She is survived by her nieces Sharyl (Joe) Buckpitt, Sharyn (Wayne) Dillon; nephews Michael (Sue) Burns, William Burns; cousins Stephen (Leslie Hannasey) Hogan, Dennis (Pat) Hogan, Nora (Tony Weiner) Lucas, Mary Connor; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Mary Jane taught for 30 years at the Brockport High School and was named teacher of the year in 1979. She was well known for her word carvings, traveling and for being a child advocate.
A Funeral Mass was said December 9 at Church of the Nativity BVM, Brockport. Private interment. Donations in her memory can be made to a charity that benefits children.
•Betteridge, Chris E., of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, age 60, died November 27, 2011. He is survived by his mother, Bernice Betteridge; four children, Gerald Betteridge (Stacey), Jodi Landrio (Frank), Lindsay Betteridge and Logan Betteridge; three grandchildren, Trinidy Seymour, Elijah Betteridge, Harper Betteridge and longtime faithful friends Karen Betteridge Marcocelli and Lynn Tyler.
A private funeral service will be held at a later date in Churchville. A message of condolence may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or www.myrtlebeachonline.com. Memorials can be made to American Heart Association at http://honor.americanheart.org/goto/chrisbetteridge.
•Carmer, Lillian R., December 4, 2011. Survived by her husband of 60 years, Lawrence R. Carmer; daughter, Gail (Steven) Duell; grandchildren, Matthew and Cory Duell.
Funeral Services were held December 7 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Churchville. Interment, White Haven Memorial Park. Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester 14620 in her memory.
•Hendrickson, Peter D., age 69, died December 7, 2011. He was born in Syracuse and has been a lifetime resident of this area. He owned and operated Dewey Auto Parts in Rochester. Peter was a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge #1006 in Albion, and enjoyed golfing. He is survived by his wife Peggy (Bell) of 34 years; children, Daniel (Barbara) Hendrickson of Henrietta, Corina (Tony) Girardi of Hamlin, Paul (Helen) Post of Henrietta, Peter (Shawn Marie) Hendrickson Jr. of Holley, Terry (Dick) Culhane of Penn Yan, David (Valerie) Hendrickson of Virginia, Tim Hendrickson of Holley; twelve grandchildren; sisters, Irene Landry of Florida, Joyce Farrell of Syracuse; mother-in-law, Jackie Bell of Rochester; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held December 10 at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, Holley. Interment at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or the American Kidney Association in his memory.
•Balmer, Leah R., On December 6, 2011 at age 87. She is survived by her children Rich (Bonnie) Balmer, Belle Lyon, Jim Balmer and Walt Balmer; grandchildren Heather (Elmer) Kiessel, Richard Balmer III; great-grandchild Holden Kiessel; and sister Linda (Gordon) Maybee.
A Memorial Service was held December 9 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Brockport. Private interment, Creekside Cemetery, Churchville. Contributions can be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 14 State Street, Brockport, NY 14420 in her memory.
•Cooley, Richard W., December 5, 2011, age 82. Beloved husband of the late Evelyn (nee Mank); loving brother of the late Mary Rose O’Brien and Jane Gray; devoted uncle of many nieces and nephews. He retired from Eastman Kodak, was an avid golfer with his wife and a Buffalo Bills Fan.
His Funeral Mass was said December 10 at St. Leo the Great Church, Hilton. Contributions can be made to S. Edelman-H. Gardner C.R.F., P.O. Box 97, Hilton 14468 in his memory.
•Gears, Alice B. (Tuite), She went home to be with her husband, Richard on his birthday, December 4, 2011. She is predeceased also by her daughter, Sharon; granddaughter, Christine and grandson, Philip. She is survived by her children, Deborah Lowery, Kevin (Jaquelyn) Gears, Dawn Yaeger and Michael Gears; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her mother-in-law, Helen Gears; sister, Eileen Hellems; and brothers, Daniel and Edward (Norene) Tuite; son-in-law, Gerald Stowe. Alice was Postmaster (Retired) of Clarkson, New York.
A Memorial Mass was said December 9 at St. Leo’s Church, Hilton. Those wishing can offer Masses or make contributions to the American Cancer Society in her memory.
•Walter, Kenneth W., December 5, 2011, age 85. Survived by his wife, Marjorie; his children, David (Pat), Steven (Dianne Daly) Walter, Linda (Perry) Julien; grandchildren, Kevin (Jessica), Michael and Matthew Walter; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Sarah, Robert, Christopher and Matthew, Jr.; many nieces and nephews. Ken was a WWII Veteran serving in the Philippines.
A Memorial Service was held December 9 at Hilton Baptist Church. Contributions can be made to Palliative Care Unit of Strong Memorial Hospital or to Hilton Baptist Church in his memory.
•Parker, Donald A., 87 of Holley, died November 30, 2011. He was born January 27, 1924 in Holley, the only child of the late Alfred E. and Marjorie Turner Parker. He enlisted in the US Army in January 1943 and served as a medic with the 449th Bomb Group, 717 Bomb Squadron, which flew B-24 Liberators out of North Africa and Southern Italy. He retired from Eastman Kodak in 1981 after 35 years of employment. He built and flew his own experimental aircraft, and flew his 1942 Interstate for a number of years. Don is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Barbara Downey Parker; two sons, Donald Scott (Janine) Parker and Craig Turner (Kathleen) Parker and a daughter, Penelope (Edward) Steuber; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Service will be held in Hillside Cemetery in the spring. Memorial donations can be made to PAWS or take a moment of your time to help someone in need.
•Maibaum, Dorothea I., On December 4, 2011 at age 91. Predeceased by her sisters Marian (John) Flugel, Ethel (Wesley) Tennant, niece Gail Michaels. She is survived by her niece Kaye E. Stinson and nephew-in-law, David J. Stinson of Newmarket, New Hampshire. Dorothea graduated from the U of R with a bachelor’s degree, retired from Eastman Kodak in 1982 after 41 years, is a lifelong member of the Morton Baptist Church. She belonged to the Order of Eastern Star #318 in Kendall, was matron and became District Deputy Grand Matron (DDGM) of Niagara-Orleans District. Dorothea also belonged to the Oak Twig in Brockport. She had a passion for dogs and gardening.
A Memorial Service was held December 10 at the Morton Baptist Church. Interment private. Donations can be made to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, New York 14450 or your local SPCA in her memory.
•Callaghan, Jeremy D., December 5, 2011. Predeceased by his father, Robert Callaghan; brother, Robert Callaghan. Survived by his mother, Maureen Callaghan; siblings, Tim, Trent (Debra), Margo, Michael, Rita, Brandon, Chris, Roy and Cheyenne; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral Services were held December 10 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Inurnment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Mary Cariola Center, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester 14620 in his memory.
•Clarke, Joan M., December 2, 2011, age 75. Predeceased by her parents and son Jimmy. Survived by her husband of 50 years, James; children, Eileen (Bruce) Kantorik, Joseph (Tammy), Michelle Court and John (Lisa); eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Pat (Bernie) Orcutt; nieces and nephews. Joan was long time member of Holy Ghost Church.
A Funeral Service was said December 7 at Holy Ghost Church, Gates. Interment Holy Ghost Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Alzheimers Association in her memory.
•Gallina, Samuel, December 2, 2011. Predeceased by his parents, Charles and Carmella Gallina; wife, Anna Gallina; brothers, Joseph and Thomas; sisters, Stella, Ann and Rose; nephew, Justin Guetti, Sr.; several brothers and sisters-in-law. Survived by his children, Samuel (Marcia) Gallina, Patricia Gallina, Richard (Kathleen) Gallina; grandchildren, Stefanie, Matthew (Amanda) Gallina, Lyndsey, Nicholas and Felicia; sister-in-law, Christine Gallina; Godson, Justin Guetti; several nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews; dear friends and devoted caregivers. Samuel was an Army veteran of World War II and a 34 year retiree of the City of Rochester. Samuel also enjoyed working with his family at the Guetti’s Market.
Funeral Services were held December 6 at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Greece. Entombment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Veterans Outreach Center, 459 South Avenue, Rochester 14620 in his memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 4, 2011
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF DECEMBER 4, 2011
Voters approve fire district formation
by Kristina Gabalski
Municipal leaders say they are relieved and pleased now that voters have overwhelmingly approved the creation of the Brockport Fire District.
Voters in the Village of Brockport and the Towns of Sweden and Clarkson all approved the fire district during a special election held November 29.
In Brockport, the vote was 529 in favor to 155 opposed; in Sweden, the vote was 472 in favor to 106 opposed; and in Clarkson the vote was 454 in favor to 76 opposed. A small number of affidavit votes still need to be counted before results are official.
Brockport Mayor Connie Castaneda said she was happy with results of the vote. “I am pleased voters got out,” she said. “It would have been a financial challenge for the village to go it alone.”
Village Trustee Kent Blair said the vote results proved that the creation of a fire district is “obviously the right thing to do.” He said a fire district “is in the best interest of everybody - fire service will not be disrupted; I’m glad it went the way it went.”
Brockport firefighter Christopher Martin said the people have spoken. “It’s a positive decision,” he said, “that will serve the community well for years to come.” Martin said he was also impressed by voter turn-out.
Sweden Supervisor Jack Milner said he was pleased with the vote and Council-person/Supervisor-elect Patricia Connors said she was “ecstatic.”
“It’s the best thing for the community,” Connors said. “Now we will be able to stay together; it needed to happen.”
Sweden Councilperson Mike Myers called the vote a “victory for the Fire Department and a victory for the taxpayers.” He said now taxpayer money dedicated to fire protection will go to fire protection. He also commended Fire Chief Mike Henry for his professionalism over the past several months.
Myers called Chief Henry “a rock for the Fire Department, he really held them together and gave them hope.”
Deputy Sweden Supervisor Rob Carges agreed with Myers and noted with the creation of a joint fire district, the fire department will stay intact. “The same people will be protecting you as have always been protecting you,” he said.
Clarkson Supervisor Paul Kimball called the vote numbers “overwhelming.”
He said the percentages were roughly 82 percent in favor to 18 percent opposed.
“It’s a resounding message from the people of this community that they want to have a fire district in which all monies collected will be used to support the fire district,” Supervisor Kimball said. “I’m very happy at the number of people who took the time to come out and vote on a lousy, rainy day.”
Supervisor Kimball and Supervisor-elect Connors told Westside News Inc. the first board of commissioners for the fire district is still being selected as one candidate has withdrawn.
A committee composed of two members from each municipality has been interviewing candidates in order to appoint the first five commissioners, both said.
“We’re going back out and opening up the process for the village only,” Supervisor Kimball explained, because the candidate who withdrew was a village representative.
Under New York State law, of the first five appointed commissioners, three must come from the village and one will come from each town, Kimball said.
All five will be up for election in December of next year, Kimball said.
“Anyone can run at that time from anywhere,” he noted.
Supervisor-elect Connors said she expects one of the first orders of business for the new fire district will be to look for a treasurer.
Search is on for new Brockport grocer
Organizations help with lighting up the village
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport Village Trustee Margaret Blackman says she will be working to gather community demographics in an effort to bring a new grocery store to the former Ryan’s Big M in the village, which closed a year ago.
Blackman updated village board members on her efforts during their regular meeting November 22. She said after she contacted the Save-A-Lot grocery store chain, she received a return phone call from the company’s development manager who told her the chain had been looking at the Ryan’s location.
“They said the location was good, but were concerned about competition from Wegmans, Wal-Mart and Aldi’s (and have decided) they are going into Batavia,” Blackman said.
She added that Save-A-Lot also expressed concern that the rent was too expensive, so Blackman contacted the owners of the building who said they would be willing to discuss the rent if Save-A-Lot was willing to come to the table to discuss the issue.
“We’re going to work on this,” Trustee Blackman said.
In other business, Mayor Connie Castaneda reported that the village has received donations of Christmas lights including 30 boxes from Lowe’s. She said there are now an additional 60 boxes (the Brockport Police Stetson Club has also donated lights) for lighting the trees in the business district.
The mayor also said The College at Brockport had loaned the village a bucket truck as well as personnel to help the village Department of Public Works hang the lights.
During his report, Trustee Kent Blair clarified for residents that the village is re-allocating funds from another budget line to pay for the work done by the DPW to hang the lights.
He emphasized there was no overtime involved. “We are not signing off on a bill for an extra $4,300 to do lights,” Trustee Blair said.
He noted that the assistance of the college would help to lower that expense.
“My kudos to the college and the DPW,” Trustee Blair said.
by Kristina Gabalski
Spencerport Code Enforcement Officer Kevin Kelly says news that the railroad bridge over Union Street (Rt. 259) is coming down is the culmination of more than five years of work trying to get CSX to do something about the span located at the southern entrance to the downtown business district.
“It’s finally going to be done,” Kelly says. A contractor, Terra Technical Services of Downingtown, PA, has been hired by CSX to remove the bridge.
No specific dates have been announced yet, but Kelly says the process is expected to take three days with most of the work likely being done at night. Work is expected to be done by the end of the year.
“As most people have observed, the railroad overpass is in an advanced state of disrepair,” Kelly explains. Gutters and support girders are rotted and rusted and one can look up through the track bed and, “see the sky above,” he says.
“Then here’s the issue of peeling paint,” Kelly continues. “It’s lead based. The village went through every possible government agency to try to deal with the peeling paint.”
Kelly describes his effort to get help with the paint as a “bureaucratic boondoggle.” No one at the county, state or federal level wanted to deal with it, he says.
“We have lead paint on the road and sidewalk that is being brought into our homes,” Kelly says.
The other major obstacle to addressing bridge-related concerns was, “Trying to convince CSX they actually owned the property,” Kelly says.
He was finally able to contact a gentleman at CSX headquarters in Jacksonville, FL, who agreed to cut grass and brush along the tracks.
Meanwhile, Kelly and village officials continued to contact local Congressional representatives and U.S. Senators to try to get more done.
“I just couldn’t give up on this,” Kelly explains.
He tried calling the CSX yards in Buffalo at least a dozen times and no calls were returned.
“It’s been a nightmare,” Kelly says.
But finally his persistence paid off when he was contacted by a CSX bridge maintenance supervisor who said he was coming to look at the Spencerport bridge.
The two met and Kelly said he was informed CSX is not interested in maintaining bridges in disrepair, but would prefer to take them down.
“We were notified the project was going out to bid six weeks ago,” Kelly says.
He expected contracts to be awarded December 15, but was notified November 29 that a contract had already been awarded for the Spencerport bridge. Kelly says CSX has also been looking at the Manitou Road and Washington Street bridges.
Kelly says he has spoken with the contractor who is now working with the New York State Department of Transportation to obtain required permits as Rt. 259 is a state road.
He notes that, “... the couple of days (demolition will take) will be well worth it.”
The village will take responsibility for the cement abutments on either side of the bridge,” Kelly says. “The abutments will remain and barriers will be placed on top,” he explains to protect those on bikes or snowmobiles.
“Then we can begin a beautification project,” he says, as the location serves as an entrance to the center of the village.
Spencerport Mayor Joyce Lobene thanks residents for their patience regarding the bridge situation. “Some people thought we were just ignoring (the bridge), but we have not been,” she says.
Lobene says the Village Board will be working to get the abutments fixed-up and painted. “We should have it cleaned up by spring,” she says.
Village Court topic still under discussion by Brockport board members
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport Village Board members discussed the possibility of continuing to study the feasibility of a village court during their regular meeting November 22.
The village recently dissolved an ad hoc committee formed to look into establishing a village court, but trustees at the time noted they wished to continue to pursue the issue.
At the November 22 meeting, Trustee Kent Blair said he is concerned about the amount of money the village is losing over court related revenue like parking tickets that have not been paid.
The loss of revenue has a significant impact on the village, Blair said. He noted the village Police Department is “enforcing the codes, these are things we are paying officers to do and are getting nothing in return. To sit back and let it continue is not doing our job.”
Blair said the village needs to continue recent dialogue with the Sweden Town Court.
Village leaders have been working to ensure that parking ticket fines are pursued. Board members and department heads determined during the meeting that about 33 percent of parking ticket fines are not being collected.
“The Village of Brockport is losing a plethora of money - it’s just not fair,” Police Chief Daniel Varrenti told the board. “We need to hold people accountable.”
Trustees, the police chief and village attorney Robert Leni discussed putting a policy in place to send out collection letters to those who do not pay their fines, but there was no agreement on who would compose, send or track the letters.
Mayor Connie Castaneda proposed the police clerk send out a letter composed by the village attorney or that perhaps a third party could be used for collections in the future.
Chief Varrenti said having the Police Department send out letters would be “totally unethical.” He also questioned who would track responses to collection letters.
“There is no question (the delinquent tickets) need to be pursued,” Leni said, “even if you had a village court, you would still have some unpaid tickets. We need to do the best we can do internally.”
Chief Varrenti said the Police Department writes about 1,400 tickets per year and asked Village Clerk Leslie Ann Morelli about the annual revenue the village receives from parking ticket fines.
Morelli said the numbers have dropped recently - from $50,000-$60,000 annually to $30,000.
Mayor Connie Castaneda said the cost of a village court needs to be taken into account and that it potentially could off-set any additional revenues from pursuing delinquent fines.
She noted there would be expenses for a judge, a bailiff, “and everything else as well as adding a service when the board has been eliminating services. The board needs to be realistic,” the mayor said.
Trustee Margaret Blackman said a feasibility study would take all cost versus income facets into consideration.
“It would have to be a thoroughly done study,” she said, “the (ad hoc) committee started it, but didn’t finish.”
Trustee Scott Hunsinger requested that the village court issue be added to the board’s Dec. 6 work session agenda for further discussion.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 4, 2011
Victorian Brockport: A unique Walkable Community
Brockport’s Main Street Make-Over - new sidewalks, curbs, crosswalks, curb-outs, bike routes and roundabout - is complete. We now have a remarkably unique Victorian setting on the Erie Canal in which to stretch our legs, exercise our hearts and enhance our overall quality of life. All of this is especially gratifying for Walk! Bike! Brockport! (WBB) - a not-for-profit volunteer organization - that has been committed to this vision since it was organized back in 2002.
Take a moment and step back in time. In the summer of 2002, Mark Fenton, a nationally recognized speaker and expert on walking and bicycling and former host of the PBS series “America Walking” came to Brockport to give a talk on the importance of walking and biking. Mark is a former member of the U.S. national race walking team and has represented the U.S. in numerous international competitions. He is in high demand around the world, helping communities to encourage walking and bicycling for health. The son of Richard and Joan Fenton, Mark is a graduate of Brockport High School, which makes Brockport his hometown. After his talk, he took a group of local residents on a walk in downtown Brockport to point out key locations where curb-outs for pedestrian safety should be placed.
He also pressed the need for modern pedestrian crosswalks with signals and a roundabout at the intersection of East and West Avenues on Route 19.
His visit led to the formation of WBB, which has pressed hard over the years for the kinds of improvements now in place. WBB has invited him back for a return visit next Spring to view the results of his early visit and to share information on what has been happening around America in the realm of walking and biking.
WBB is often cited in Mark’s lectures as an example of what communities can accomplish when they organize to achieve specific goals. And rightly so, because thanks to WBB’s committed members, Brockport now has numerous well-placed memorial benches up and down Main Street and along the Canal between Main and Park Streets - the result of its “Sitting Pretty” project. Thanks to the work of sculptors Bill Stewart and Jennifer Hecker, coupled with WBB’s “Stone Soup” auctions that raised the funds for materials, we have the whimsical sculpture (“Howdeee”) at our Visitor’s Center and the unique gazebo in Remembrance Park. Brockport has Helen Smagorinsky to thank for its folk-art gateway painting (in need of repair) located near the railroad bridge on Main Street. These projects add up to more than $80,000 in assets for the Village of Brockport at no cost to its taxpayers.
WBB has hosted numerous bike rides, walks through Brockport, winter hikes in Northampton Park, public lectures on the health benefits of walking and has orchestrated numerous fundraisers - from auctions to refreshments sales on the Christmas Santa Train. Its members greet bikers in July on the annual Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour, inviting bikers to turn south on Main Street’s Liftbridge and head into the historic village for lunch, an ice-cream cone, repairs at the bike shop or a stop at our Canalside Visitors Center.
WBB supports the International Walk to School Day, spear-headed by WBB member, Dr. Jim Goetz, MD, head of WBB’s “Walk to School Committee.” It has sponsored the Elementary School’s Walking and Biking Safety poster contest, organized by Joan Fenton. This spring, in conjunction with Fenton’s upcoming visit, it will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the new walking trail, located in the Town of Sweden’s Recreation Park off Redman Road.
If you remember nothing else, remember this: you are never too old to start walking or biking. An apt testimony to this rule of thumb is Carl Hottman, who you may have seen lately. Carl was born in 1916 on Thanksgiving Day and enjoys the village’s unique walkable and bikeable setting.
WBB meets the second Thursday of the month at the Village Hall at 7 p.m. Feel free to join us and bring your ideas on how to encourage walking and biking. Our website is http://www.brockportny.org/walk!bike!brockport!/index.html.
Walk! Bike! Brockport!
Christmas Extravaganza 2011 to feature radio personality
Liz Bonis, health and medical reporter on 13 WHAM-TV and WHAM 1180, will be featured at the Christmas Extravaganza 2011 in Brockport. The show is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 in the Tuttle North Gymnasium at The College at Brockport, beginning at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free, sponsored as a gift to the community by Christ Community Church on Coleman Creek Road in Brockport.
The holiday program includes music by Jake Fabry and his group “UTB.” Fabry was a contestant on the popular TV shows American Idol and The Voice. Several community performers will add to the night of seasonal music. Mark and Diane DuPré will sing solos, respectively, “When Love Was Born” and “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.” All in the family, 88-year old “Uncle Pete” will play “O Holy Night” on the harmonica. Peter DuPré is well-known as “The Harmonica Man” on the east side of Rochester. Recording artist Chris Wilson adds his voice and guitar to the program. The Christ Community Church Choir will sing. Dancers will accompany some vocal performances.
Mark DuPré, associate pastor at Christ Community Church, has produced and directed the show for many years. Bonis is a registered dietitian, a certified nutritionist, a certified personal trainer, and a diabetes educator with a master’s degree in public communication. She will speak on her journey of faith.
For information phone 585-637-3979.
The Greater Churchville-Riga Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2011 awards, which will be presented at a special dinner at the Johnson House on Thursday, March 8. The awards are the Citizen of the Year/Community Service Award, the Business Person of the Year and the award for Civic Beautification.
To be considered, the nominee(s) for the Citizen of the Year/Community Service Award must have been a resident of the Town of Riga for at least ten years or have a history of community activity for at least five years.
To be considered for the Business Person of the Year, the nominee(s) must own or operate a business or have business involvement in the Town of Riga. The nominee must have had an active history in the business community for the previous five years and can only receive this award one time.
To be considered for the Civic Beautification Award, the nominee(s) property must be in the Town of Riga although the property owner need not be a resident of the Riga-Churchville area. The project to be considered must have been completed and must be a new or renovated property. Non-profit organizations and municipal governments may be considered for this award.
Past recipients of the Citizen of the Year/ Community Service Award are: Diane Cunningham (1982), Reverend Roger Reed (1983), Marian and Ralph “Doc” Kendall (1984), Churchville-Chili Community Playground Committee (1985), Churchville- Riga FISH (1986), James “Jack” McKnight and Bill McKenna (1987), Ray and Norma Adams (1988), Senior Connections and Harris Wilcox (1989), Clarence, Stan and Gary Johnson (1990), Churchville Volunteer Fire Department and the Village of Churchville (1991), Present and past members of the Churchville-Chili Board of Education (1992), the Lions Club of Churchville (1993), Mayor Donald Ehrmentraut (1995), Margaret “Peggy” Naughton (1996), Don Suter and Edgar and Jessie Moore (1997), Dick McNeely and Ron Trinkl (1998), George Wright (1999), John Casey (2000), John Leibeck (2001), Dean and Carol Arlidge (2002), Harvey C. Noone Post 954 of the American Legion (2003), Don and Joan Jacobs (2004), Churchville Volunteer Fire Department (2005), Donna Haire and the staff of Newman Riga Library (2006), Ron Belzak (2007), Richard Stowe (2008), Sue Davis (2009) and Ray Ehrmentraut (2010).
Past recipients of the Business Person of the Year Award are: James Matson, Agway Farm and Home Center (1994), Abe and Ann George, ANG Markets (1995), Jim Barnard, Jim Barnard Chevrolet-Geo (1996), Dr. and Mrs. Robert Schubmehl (1997), Ted and Lois Stone, Stone’s Countryside Tavern (1999), James Fitzsimmons Esq. (2000), Francois LaChance, Star of the West Milling (2001), Maureen and Don Ehrmentraut, A Touch of Country Class (2002), Chris and Lisa Steubing, Gatherings at the Senator’s Mansion (2003), Jim and Sheila Fodge, Jim’s Service (2004), Stephen Gulvin, Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. (2005), Dr. Richard Parsons (2006), Michael Pontarelli (2007), George “Buddy” Filowick - posthumously (2008), Cindy Jessop, Jeff Richardson and Gene Dries of Waste Management (2009) and Arthur Minery, Churchville Physical Therapy (2010).
Past recipients of the Civic Beautification Award are: The home of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Schubmehl (1997), Wendy and Andrew Catalina, owners of Babe’s Unisex Hair Salon (2000), Larry Stubing - 9 East Buffalo Street (2002), Linda Gathman for care of the grounds of the Newman-Riga Library (2003), Fern Wilcox for her gardens at 741 Johnson Road (2004), Bob and Nancy Thompson (2005), The Ray Adams Cobblestone Building (2006), the committee for the Widener Garden of Recognition (2007), Chris and Lisa Stuebing for their gardens at the Senator’s Mansion (2008), the Main Street grant program that helped revitalize the downtown business district (2009) and Eric D. Boerschlein Construction for the company having built the Westside Community Federal Credit Union building (2010).
The deadline for nominations is December 29. For further information call Keith Ryan at 352-3411 ext. 125. Nominations may be mailed to the Greater Churchville-Riga Chamber of Commerce Attn: Nominations at P.O. Box 362, Churchville, N.Y. 14428, faxed to 352-4811 or emailed to email@example.com.
Donations welcome for Brockport Toy Shelf
New, unwrapped toys donated for the Brockport Toy Shelf can be dropped off at First Niagara Bank in Brockport, State Farm Insurance on Main Street, the Sweden Senior Center and Wegmans in Brockport.
Monetary donations can be mailed to Charlene Veltz, 12 Glendale Road, Brockport, NY 14420. Make checks payable to Brockport Toy Shelf.
Gently used bicycles under 20 inch size can be dropped off at 2424 Colby Street near the red barn.
Every year, approximately 230 families are served with toys for the children ages newborn to 17. This year’s Toy Shelf distribution will be December 17 and 18 in the Brockport High School Cafeteria. Anyone who resides in the Brockport Central School District who is in need of the service can call 637-5087 through December 15 to make an appointment.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF DECEMBER 4, 2011
Fall college sports highlights
by Warren Kozireski
•Roberts Wesleyan senior Domenic Coco (Spencerport) was named First Team American Mid East Conference in men’s soccer. He led the Raiders with 25 points (10 goals, 5 assists) this season.
•Senior Kara Farnsworth (Spencerport) was selected to the American MidEast Conference Second team. This marks a return to the Second Team after earning the same honor in her sophomore season. As a midfielder, Farnsworth scored two goals and added eight assists for the Raiders after starting all 21 games. Farnsworth has played in 92 games for the Raiders which is a school record.
•Monroe Community College’s Eddie Bower (Holley) was named to the Region III and WNYAC Division I post season team.
•Holley grads Emily Troup and Jessica Laudico were both named first team All-Conference for the 2011 fall season for Genesee Community College’s women’s soccer team.
•Senior Brian Duffy (Hilton) of The College at Brockport Men’s Soccer team has been named the 2011 Fred Holloway Award winner by the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC), given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average on either the first or second All-SUNYAC team with a minimum of four semesters completed.
Duffy, named to the First-Team All-SUNYAC as a defender, is the first Brockport student-athlete to win the award since its inception in 1990. Duffy led the team with 15 points - seven goals and one assist.
•Geneseo freshman goaltender Bryan Haude (Hilton) stopped 15 shots to claim
the win in his first career start against Framingham on November 12.
•Geneseo senior Mark Streb (Brockport) was named Cross Country first team All-SUNYAC.
•Geneseo women’s soccer senior midfielder Bre Glynn (Holley) earned All-SUNYAC for the third time overall and second time on the first team.
•Senior Ashley Jones (Hilton) was named All-Atlantic Region and first team All-SUNYAC for the Geneseo women's cross country team, ranked sixth nationally.
•The Niagara University men's cross country team placed six runners on the MAAC Men's Cross Country All-Academic Team, including senior Brian Traugott (Churchville-Chili).
•Fredonia State sophomore forward/guard Becky Hebert is the SUNYAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week for games through Sunday, November 27. Hebert, from Hilton, led the Blue Devils to two wins on the week by averaging 24.5 points, eight rebounds, and 3.5 assists.
C-C’s Bertolani nets hat trick
Rangers comeback falls short
by Warren Kozireski
Churchville-Chili forward Anthony Bertolani scored three goals including the game-winner to lead the Saints to a season-opening 4-1 victory over Canandaigua as part of the Craig Charron Classic held at RIT’s Ritter Arena.
In the second game of the day, Spencerport rallied from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game only to fall short 5-4 to Brighton.
Canandaigua scored the only goal of the first period before the Saints tied it with a power play marker in the second. Bertolani banged home the rebound from a Mike Luciw shot for his first of the game. Ryan Cosgrove also assisted on the play just 43 seconds into the second.
Off the third period opening faceoff, Bertolani struck again with a bull rush to the Braves net. His shot deflected in off a defenseman, but the Saints led 2-0.
They broke the game open in the third when Patrick McMullen stole the puck while killing a penalty, deked around two players and lifted the puck over the Braves goaltender for a shorthanded tally to make it 3-1 Churchville-Chili.
Bertolani then completed his hat trick at 12:22 of the third as Andrew Ludwicki gathered the puck following a defensive zone faceoff and sent Bertolani in with a long lead pass for the final tally.
“We wanted to set the tone right off the bat and go hard the first couple of shifts to get us going,” said Bertolani. “It took us a little while to get going but once we did we got rid of the nerves from being the first game.”
“We have a really strong defensive core with the same guys we had last year (when they shared the division title with Greece Athena),” said Saints head coach Brian Young. “It’s just a matter of getting them familiar with each other and pairings.”
“We just need to get the guys used to playing with each other again since they’ve been playing with other players in their travel leagues. We just need to get everyone back together, believing in the system and working it.”
In the Spencerport-Brighton contest, the Barons took a first shift 1-0 lead but the Rangers came back to tie it at 2:08 of the first period on a goal by Derek Schmidt from Anthony DePetres and Matt Corey.
The Barons then scored three unanswered, including an own goal, to lead 4-1 after the first period.
Spencerport began their comeback with a power play goal at 1:08 of the second as Aidan Conolly blasted home a slapshot with assists from Matt and Brandon Corey.
Matt Corey made it 4-3 taking a pass from Schmidt and using a backhand at 9:29.
Brighton scored again for a two-goal cushion after two periods, but Spencerport rallied to tie it as Matt Simoncelli scored from Matt Corey with three seconds remaining in the second period and Corey pounded in a rebound from a Jackson Charron shot 89 seconds into the third.
But Brighton got the game-winning goal on a tip-in at 6:06.
“Right now we’re fighting through some major injuries so we’re playing a lot of young guys who will make mistakes,” said head coach Grady Monks. “I thought today we relied too much on one guy, so now we move on and practice again on Monday.”
Rangers returners Frank Lattuca on defense and forward Dominic Gruttadauria are out with a broken collarbone and ankle, respectively.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF DECEMBER 4, 2011
Margaret McGrath scholarship applications due March 1
Scholarship applications for the Margaret A. McGrath Charitable Foundation are due March 1, 2012 for the 2012-2013 academic school year.
The foundation offers two types of scholarships to the residents of the Towns of Sweden and Hamlin. The Philip and Margaret Dollard Business Scholarship is awarded to qualifying college students who major in business. The Marie Dollard McGrath Elementary Education Scholarship is awarded to qualifying college students who major in Elementary Education.
Qualifying 2012 graduating high school seniors and current college students are encouraged to apply. A total of $269,000 in scholarships has been awarded since 2004.
For information contact Richard Dollard, Executive Director and Trustee at 585-637-7170 or refer to the foundation’s web site at www.frontiernet.net/~mcgrathfound/scholarshipfund.htm.
Lifesaving measure recognized with Brockport’s Best Award
Brockport eighth grader Nate Bartalo was honored with the Brockport’s Best award during the November 15 Board of Education meeting.
Nate is credited with helping a teacher who was choking on an apple. When Nate approached her to ask what was wrong he noticed that she was choking and immediately went for help. Health teacher Mike Day was able to clear the apple from her throat. The teacher sent Nate a letter praising him for his caring deed and quick response.
“Nate acted quickly and decisively in a situation that needed immediate action,” said Board Vice President Mike Andriatch. “The Board of Education is very proud of Nate’s heroic response that prevented a tragedy from occurring and felt it was appropriate to acknowledge him with a ‘Brockport’s Best’ honor.”
The Brockport’s Best award is designed to honor outstanding acheivement. Anyone affiliated with the District may nominate an individual or group associated with the District from the local to the national level. A printable and online version of the nomination form is available at www.bcs.1.org or you may contact Debbie Moyer, communications specialist, at 637-1943 to request a form.
Holley Teachers’ Association donates 20 complete holiday dinners
Thanks to the Holley Teachers’ Association (HTA), 20 families enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner that may not have otherwise.
This year, teachers donated everything from turkeys to rolls to dessert to make 20 complete dinners - up from the 16 they donated last year.
School counselors help determine which famlies of Holley students are in need of assitance. “There is a greater need this year,” said Teacher Karin Richards (left), who helped organize the drive. “We are happy to help our families in the Holley community.”
She is shown here with Teacher Tricia Draper.
Give that turkey a hand!
Twins Alivia (left) and Zoey Wolf, both in Cheryl Kipp’s pre-kindergarten class at Holley Elementary School, decorate a handprint, a.k.a. turkey, cookie.
Food Service Manager Vickie Scroger provided the Pre-K classes with cookie dough and students traced their little hands then frosted the cookies after they were baked.
The students also learned how to do a turkey dance and made placemats to use for Thanksgiving dinner. But the most important part of the celebrations in both Kipp’s and Meg Schubert’s Pre-K classes was the collection of well over 100 boxes and cans of food that they donated to the Loaf and Laddle food bank in Holley. “The children were very eager to donate and help families in need,” said Kipp. “Some children even brought in their favorite food, such as chocolate fudge brownie mix and Spaghettios.”
WEDDINGS and ENGAGEMENTS FOR DECEMBER 2011
Tara McVean - Mark Pratt
Tara McVean and Mark Pratt were united in marriage August 27, 2011.
The bride is the daughter of Robert and Deborah McVean of Penfield. The groom is the son of Kenneth and Barbara Pratt of Spencerport.
Tara earned a bachelor of arts degree in architectural studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in graphic design from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is the merchandising team manager at Macy’s.
Mark, a graduate of Spencerport High School, is a Union Electrician working with Connors-Haas.
The newlyweds reside in Gates.
Jayna L. Garske - Gordon N. Streeter
Brian and Margaret Garske of Brockport are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jayna to Gordon Streeter, son of Hank and Eloise Streeter of Elmira.
Jayna is a 2006 graduate of Brockport High School and a 2010 graduate from University at Buffalo. She is a customer service representative for United Dividers in Elmira.
Gordon is a 2006 graduate of Elmira Free Academy and a 2010 graduate of University at Buffalo. He is a sales representative for F.M. Howell & Company.
A June 2012 wedding is planned.
Hannah E. Garske - James C. Melia
Brian and Margaret Garske of Brockport are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Hannah to Jim Melia, son of Charles and Margaret Melia of Brockport.
Hannah, a 2008 graduate of Brockport High School and a 2010 graduate from Monroe Community College, is a customer assistant at Krikorian Jewelers in Greece.
Jim is a 2005 graduate of Brockport High School and a 2009 graduate of St. John Fisher College. He is a financial analyst at ESL.
Wedding date is to be announced.
Jamie Pricola - Jarrod Miner
Kathy and Jim Pricola of Brockport are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jamie to Jarrod Miner. Jarrod is the son of Barb and Jeff Minor of Hamlin.
The bride-to-be is a 2002 graduate of Brockport High School and earned a master of science degree in literacy education from SUNY Fredonia in 2006. She is a reading specialist at Village Elementary School in the Hilton Central School District.
The future groom, a 2004 graduate of Brockport High School, received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from The College at Brockport, State University of New York in 2008. He is an environmental consultant for Envoy Environmental.
Their wedding is planned for July 14, 2012.
Corrie Ingraham - Brendan Barrett
Corrie Ingraham and Brendan Barrett were married at Lancaster Community Baptist Church, Lancaster, New York on August 6, 2011.
Parents of the bride are Steve and Sandy Ingraham of Holley. The groom’s parents are Steve and Debbie Barrett of Marilla, New York.
The bride earned her bachelor’s degree in art education from Roberts Wesleyan College and is teaching art for grades 2 to 8 at Christian Central Academy in Williamsville, New York.
The groom earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Roberts Wesleyan College and is an Erie County Sheriff in Buffalo.
The couple spent their honeymoon in the Adirondacks and reside in Akron, New York.
Erin Mawn - Eric Salmonsen
Thomas and Rae Mawn of Spencerport announce the engagement of their daughter Erin of Hampton, New Hampshire to Eric Salmonsen also of Hampton, New Hampshire, son of Keith and Peggy Salmonsen of Plattsburgh, New York.
Erin graduated form Nazareth Academy in 2000 and Oswego State University in 2005, dual majoring in history and English literature, before receiving her master’s degree in American history there is 2007. She is a reference librarian in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and is completing a master’s degree in children’s literature at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Eric is a 1999 graduate of Peru Central School in Peru, New York and achieved a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Oswego State in 2003. He also received a master’s degree in American history from Oswego in 2007, and is a social studies teacher at Dover High School in Dover, New Hampshire.
A November 2012 wedding is planned.
Laura L. Mostek - Daniel E. Snyder
Laura L. Mostek and Daniel E. Snyder were married October 22, 2011 at the Burgundy Basin Inn.
The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Nancy Mostek of Hilton. The groom is the son of Ed and Linda Snyder, also of Hilton.
Dan is a design engineer for M.C. Dean, Inc. and the newlyweds moved to Stuttgart, Germany at the end of October. Dan and Laura are enjoying living abroad and will be doing a lot of travelling throughout Europe over the next two years.
Obituaries - Week of December 4, 2011
•Bennett, John C. “Jack”, on November 7, 2011. Survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marie (McGuire) Bennett; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Jack was a U.S. Navy Veteran and Aquinas graduate.
A Mass of Christian Burial was said November 26 at St. Brigid’s Church, Bergen.
•Goold, Roy D., on November 22, 2011. He is predeceased by his parents Roy E. and Verna Goold, sister Phyllis E. Sernow and brother Jonathan R. Goold. He is survived by his great nephews John Paul Leidecker, Richard Kenny, and his great niece Sharon Worth. Roy was very involved with the Sons of the American Revolution dedicating 38 years of service. His passion for this chapter was based on his 3rd great grandfather Lemuel Cook, age 103, being one of the longest survivors of the Revolutionary War.
No prior calling. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
•Howland, James F., November 25, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Survived by his wife, Linda; children, Gregory (Michelle) Howland and Sara (Anthony) Abrams; grandchildren, Alexa and Austin Howland, Lia and Ella Abrams; brothers, John Perry (Dorothy) Howland and Gary (Carol DeNall) Howland; sister, Ronda (Thomas) Allen; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Stewart) Howell, Dee (Ronald) Anderson and Sandra Howland; father and mother-in-law, Freeman and Mary Fowler; several nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Jim was a graduate of SUNY Geneseo and a retired English teacher from Albion Central School.
Services will be at his family’s convenience. Contributions can be made to The Geneseo Foundation, Inc., 1 College Circle, Geneseo, New York 14454 or The American Art Association, 2113 Chili Avenue, Rochester 14624 in his memory.
•Schlageter, Andrew Bruce, peacefully on November 21, 2011. Predeceased by his wife Grace, grandson Stephen Dahlheim and parents Andrew and Grace Schlageter. He is survived by his daughters Ann (James) Dahlheim, Kit Schlageter (Fred Porter), and Elizabeth (Scott) Banner; grandchildren Andrew, Jesse and Kate Porter, James and Samuel Dahlheim and William Banner; sister Janice Northrup; brothers Noel (Grace) Schlageter and David (Cris) Schlageter; many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held November 26 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Brockport. Burial in Lakeview Cemetery. Contributions can be made to SUNY Brockport Alumni Association in his memory.
•Stamp, Michele L., on November 22, 2011. Predeceased by her mother Janice Strobel and her son Andy Stamp. She is survived by her loving husband of 23 years Doug; children Catelin and Cory; father Sherman (Sandy) Romasser; siblings Michael, Scott, Denelle, Julie, Lisa, Brad and their families; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday December 4 at 4 p.m. at the Brockport Free Methodist Church, Fourth Section Road. Contributions can be made to Hildebrandt Hospice or the American Cancer Society in her memory.
•Sweeney, Jean Brady, November 27, 2011 at age 85, formerly of Rochester. Beloved daughter of Michael E. Sweeney and Helen Hammond. She is predeceased by her two sisters, Sister Betty (Mary Elizabeth) Sweeney, RSCJ and Sister Helen Sweeney, RSCJ. She is survived by her sister Anne Sweeney Johantgen and nieces and nephews, Henry M. (Doris) Johantgen, Anne Marie (Franco) LaPietra, Elizabeth (Giulio) Verde, Mary Ellen Johantgen, Peter (Clara) Johantgen, and Michael Johantgen. A graduate of the Academy of the Sacred Heart and Nazareth College, Jean was a devoted lifelong teacher in the Rochester and West Irondequoit school systems.
A Funeral Mass was said December 2 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hamlin. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester. Donations can be made to the Lakeside Foundation Inc., 156 West Avenue, Brockport, New York 14420 or the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory.
•Warner, Shirley J. (Kleindienst) (Walsh), age 86, died November 17, 2011. She was predeceased by her husbands, Jack Walsh and Tracy Warner. She is survived by her sons, Michael Walsh of Waterport, Thomas Walsh of Brockport; grandchildren, Jaclyn (Nathan) Paetsch, Ian Walsh, Ryan Pittinaro; two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 in her memory.
•Wright, Oren Raymond (Jim), died November 29, 2011 at age 74. Predeceased by his sister, Mary Diltz, brother William Wright and grandson, Michael William Wright. He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; sister-in-law Eileen Montgomery; brother-in-law Steve Carlin; children Michael (Kim) Wright, Daniel Wright, Cathy (George) Heckert and their mother, Shirley Wright; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Open Door Baptist Church, 350 Chili Scottsville Road, Churchville on December 6, 2011 at 10 a.m. Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Vowles, Simon H. “Topper,” November 24, 2011. Survived by his loving wife of 60 years Dorothy Ballard Vowles; sons Todd A. Vowles, Thomas C. (Sandra) Vowles; grandchildren Andrew (Vanessa) Vowles, Katie (Christopher) Palczyk, Justin, Ryan and Michael Vowles; great-grandchildren Rylie and Lily Palczyk, Madelyn Vowles; sisters Janet Vowles, Peggy (Eugene) Redick, Marilyn (Ronald) Schlosser; brother Charles (Doreen) Vowles; nieces; nephews and cousins.
A Graveside Service was held November 29 in Fairfield Cemetery, Spencerport. Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Dyer, William E. “Wild Bill”, November 25, 2011 at age 61. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Jim and Ann Dyer and his brother, John. He is survived by his siblings, Jim, Mike (Eileen), Joe (Judy) and Tom (Cindy) Dyer, Cathy Jurs and Mary (Terry) Burchfield; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated December 3 at St. Brigid Church, Bergen. Interment was held privately. Contributions can be made to: Moose Club Lodge #2244, 5709 Chili Riga Center Road, Churchville, NY 14428 in his memory.
•Fargnoli, Dom “Vinny”, on November 27, 2011 at age 45. Vinny is survived by his parents, Domenico G. and Gloria Fargnoli; siblings, Nick Fargnoli, Angel (Raul) Roman and Gloria (Ed) Underwood; two nieces; five nephews; aunts, Ann Torelli, Marie Fargnoli and Judy Terran; uncle, Mickey Redden; many cousins.
Interment was held privately. Contributions can be made to the Children’s Heart Center at URMC, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Room 10349, Box 631, Rochester, NY 14642 in his memory.
•Read, Jesse J., November 29, 2011. Predeceased by his father, Wilbur Read. Survived by his wife, Gloria A. Read; children, Tracy (Terry), Jeffrey (Shanaz), Scot (Lisa) and Denise (Charles) Coco; mother, Sara Read, grandchildren, Randi (Hunter) Wagner, Sara, Haley, Tracy, Zoe, Jeffrey, Elaina, Samantha and CJ; sister, Elizabeth Adams; brother Wilbur (June) Read; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Bruce) Casher, Virginia Lauder, Helen (William) Hoover, Diane (Allen) Kennedy and Sharon Shaw; many nieces and nephews. Jesse was retired from the Roofer’s Local #22.
Funeral Services were held December 3 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Churchville. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7, Syracuse, NY 13057 in his memory.
•Kinsey, John, age 83, died November 22, 2011 at his home. John and Eva (Hefke) were married May 10, 1947, started farming in Clarendon, retiring in 1992. John attended the Barre Center Presbyterian Church and was a former member of the Clarendon Grange, life member of the Clarendon Fire Co. and the Clarendon Emergency Squad. He was predeceased by his brother Charles, sisters, Lettie Johnston, Berdena Schessor, Naomi Kinsey. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Eva; children, Laurel (Paul) Wagner of Clarendon, Donna (Michael) Lill of Clarendon, John R. (Christine) Kinsey of Clarendon, Linda (William) Logan of Albion; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Carol (Lawrence) Lee of North Carolina; several nieces, nephews, cousins.
His Funeral Service was held November 28 at the Barre Center Presbyterian Church. Interment, Hillside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Orleans County, Barre Center Presbyterian Church, or Clarendon Fire Co. in his memory.
•Bunn, Howard A., on November 21, 2011. Predeceased by his father, Howard E. and his brother, David M. He is survived by his wife, Gail and his mother, Mary; his sons, Jason Bunn, Steven (Maria), James (Kelly), and William (Mary Kay) Peachey; his grandchildren, Megan (Ryan) Grassfield, James Jr., Steven Jr., Corey, Gabrielle, and Elijah Peachey; great-granddaughter, Abigail Grassfield; his sisters, Judith Legler and Cathy (Lynn) Parsons.
A Funeral Mass was said November 29 at St. Leo’s Church, Hilton. Contributions can be made to Sunset House or Visiting Nurse Foundation in his memory.
•Deboard, Debra M., November 15, 2011. Survived by loving family and friends.
Interment at the convenience of the family. For more information or to sign Debra’s online guestbook, please visit MeesonFamily.com
•Macauley, Margaret A. “Maggie,” died November 28, 2011 at age 65. She is survived by her children Tracey (Michael) Gaines and Leisa (Donald) Maddalena; stepdaughter Dawn Driffill and fiance Joshua O’Reilly; grandchildren Shadow, Lucien and Kaitlyn; sister Sandy (Dan) Makofski; nephews Jeff (Dawn), Sam (Patty) and Todd (Parrin) Makofski; many cousins and friends; special extended family, Mike and Nancy Maddalena, Michael Maddalena Jr., Jeremy Schaut and Elaine Maddalena. She is predeceased by her husband Michael P. Driffill and her parents Richard Macauley and Alice (Peg) Ryan. She was employed by Rochester Telephone Company for 20 years and a member of the Hamlin United Methodist Church.
Funeral Services were held December 2 at Hamlin United Methodist Church. Contributions can be made to the church, 1742 Lake Road, Hamlin 14464 in her memory.
•Wiest, Joyce C. (Warner), November 22, 2011, age 74. Predeceased by her husband, Richard, 2008. Survived by her children, Richard (Cheryl) Wiest, Sharon (Todd) Bradford and Christopher (Laurie) Wiest; her grandchildren, Alicia and Adam Bradford, Connor and Eric Wiest; several nieces and nephews. Joyce was a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing.
A Funeral Mass was said November 26 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hamlin. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Sisters of St. Joseph in her memory.
•Wiskerski, Joseph, November 19, 2011. Predeceased by his wife, Sandra. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Joseph) Kovacs of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Rhiannon and Sarah; a step-daughter Brenda McDonald; and sister, Jean Kirk.
A Memorial Service was held November 25 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Hilton. Contributions can be made to the Hamlin Volunteer Ambulance in his memory.
•Anne, Jean S. (Radford), November 28, 2011 age 77. Survived by her husband, Richard; her sons, David (Elizabeth), Bryan (Andrea) Anne; her sisters, Elsie (Glenn) Wright and Patricia Huber; brothers, Jack, Harold and George (Marilyn) Radford; sister-in-law, Shirley Radford; many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother, Robert Radford.
Private Graveside Service was held at Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to G.R.A.S.P. in her memory.
•Hoysic, Joseph, on November 21, 2011. Age 98. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; sons, Thomas, Michael and Lawrence; brothers, Peter and William.
His Funeral Mass was held November 26 at St. Leo’s Church, Hilton. Interment Parma Union Cemetery.
•Statt, William J., on November 22, 2011. He is survived by his son, Casey; girlfriend, Lynnie Antropoli; a sister, Ruthie Statt and many dear friends.
Services were held December 3 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home Inc., Hilton. Interment at the convenience of the family.
•Tooley, Michael J., suddenly on November 19, 2011. He’s predeceased by his parents Walter and Agnes, brothers Leo J. and Timothy. He is survived by his sons, Chad and Christopher; brothers, Patrick (Donna), Norbert (Donna); sisters, Grace (Louis) Cordaro, Doris (Ed) Rozek, Amy (David) Kujawsky, Janet, Nancy Spiedl; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Funeral Services were held November 25 at the Newcomer Funeral Home, Greece. Private interment. Contributions can be directed to Hospice of Rochester Lifetime Care, (Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center), 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14623 in his memory.
•Ulp, Marian (Beehler), peacefully on November 10, 2011, age 85. Widow of George Ulp. Also predeceased by her infant son John. She is survived by her sons Richard, James (Susan), Edward (JoAnn), and Thomas Beehler; grandchildren Sherrie (Claudio) Rivabene, Melissa (Blake) Phillips, Adam, Justin and Tyler Beehler.
A Memorial Mass was said December 3 at St. Leo’s Church, Hilton. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Kathleen Tenny Cat Shelter, 62 Gorton Avenue, Hilton 14468 in her memory.
•Gifaldi, Angelo N., age 87, November 20, 2011. Family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley on November 22.
Interment at the convenience of the family.
•Rusin, Zachary J., suddenly on November 27, 2011 at age 18. He is survived by his loving parents James and Tracey Rusin; sister Brandi Rusin; brother Jonathan Rusin; grandparents Debbie (Mike) Kelly, Edd (Gail) Reedhead of Florida, Gloria Rusin and Jimmie Rusin; great grandmother Shirley Brumber; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
A Funeral Service was held December 2 at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., Brockport. Interment, Lakeview Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Strong Memorial Hospital, Kessler Burn and Trauma Unit ICU in his memory.
•Rowles, Eugene Jr., on November 25, 2011. He is predeceased by his wife, Thelma, daughter Judy Gibson and great-granddaughter, Olivia Faith Johnston. Survived by son, Larry (Pam) Rowles; daughters, Linda (Sid) MacFarland and Bonnie (Gordon Grimes) Ferris; son-in-law, Jim Gibson; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers and wives and three sisers, one sister-in-law; several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held December 1 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Kendall. Donations can be made to Hospice of Orleans, Inc., 14080 Route 31 West, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 in his memory.
•Thomson, Dr. J. Scott, died suddenly November 24, 2011 at age 42. Born in Flemington, New Jersey, he graduated from Houghton College with a BS in chemistry prior to pursuing a career in medicine. After obtaining his MD degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he completed a Neurology residency and Nerve Conduction/EMG fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He practiced Neurology for several years in New Jersey, then pursued an interest in Neuroradiology. He completed a Radiology residency and Neuroradiology fellowship in Rochester, New York, where he remained, working for the University of Rochester’s Strong Health System. Surviving are his parents, Dr. John and Alyce Thomson of Clinton, New Jersey; his grandmother Henrietta Thomson of Xenia, Ohio; his sister and brother-in-law Linda and Dr. Joseph “Trip” Schweighardt of Wayne, New Jersey; his brother and sister-in-law Dr. Robert and Alicia Thomson of Rochester; and his nieces and nephews Kristin Watson and her husband Andy, Joey and Kyle Shweighardt, and Sarah and Joshua Thomson.
A service was held at South Ridge Community Church in Clinton, New Jersey on November 30, 2011. Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or to Crossroads Christian Academy at 9 Pittstown Road, Clinton, New Jersey 08809 in his memory. For online condolences or for more information please visit www.martinfh.com.
•DeBree, Ruth M., November 27, 2011 at the age of 91. Ruth was predeceased by her husband August R. DeBree. She is survived by her son, William (Judith) DeBree of Gates; grandchildren, Michael DeBree of North Carolina and Kathryn (Paul) Camping of Chili; nieces, Janet (Ron) Lane and Norma Hammond.
Funeral Services were held December 1 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Interment, Fairfield Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Ogden Senior Center in her memory.
•Gazzo, Sandra L. “Mema,” November 22, 2011, at age 70. Predeceased by her husband, Carmen A. Gazzo; son, Carmen N. Gazzo; mother, Irene DeStout. She is survived by her children, Frank (Trudy) Gazzo, Eleanor (David) Likens-Marron, Maria Stella, Mike (Devona) Gazzo; many loving grandchildren especially Becca, Emmi, Dani and Mitchell who were with her at the end; several great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; her best friend and Bingo buddy, Lillian Turner. Sandy was a charter member of the Space Travelers Bowling League.
Graveside Services were held November 26 at St. John’s Cemetery, Spencerport. Donations can be directed to Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, 840 University Avenue, Rochester 14607 in her memory.
•Halpin, Kenneth Hugh Jr., on November 19, 2011, at age 78. He is predeceased by his parents, Kenneth H. Sr. and Thelma Halpin. Survived by children, Bill H. Halpin (Debbie Bauer), Kimberly (Chris) Beardsley, Donald H. (Karen) Halpin; grandchildren, Pamela, Samantha, Sara and Jennifer. Ken was a retiree of Eastman Kodak and had his own business, Ken’s Office Machine Service.
Services were held at the convenience of the family.
•Klafehn, Alex John, May 2, 1995 - November 22, 2011. Predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Alice Tinklepaugh. Survived by his parents, David and Diane Klafehn; siblings, Kristina (Michael) Duckman and Audrey Klafehn; paternal grandparents, Beverly Klafehn, Richard (Eva) Klafehn; maternal grandfather, Donald Tinklepaugh; aunts and uncles, Laurie (Matt) Mellon, Katherine (Gerald) Santelli, Daniel (Christine) Klafehn, Amy (Roger) Passarell and Dan (Mary) Tinklepaugh; niece, Emily Duckman; several cousins. Alex passed on after a life of 16 years filled with love, courage, adventure and great spirit. His body lost a life-long battle of liver disease. His heart and soul won the hearts of many, as well as the grace of God.
Funeral Services were held December 1 at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Greece. In his memory donate blood; let loved ones know if you want to be an organ donor; choose happiness; make the time and take the time for your children; volunteer to help others in need; be grateful; show others that you care and tell them that you love them. Work just enough and then keep it simple; go fishing, enjoy a campfire and find contentment.
•Leary, Ruth V., November 25, 2011 at age 84. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, William J. She is survived by her children, Daniel (Diana), Kevin, Kathleen (Frank) Twardak; grandchildren, Danielle (Christopher) Harrison, Nicole Leary, Melissa (Mike) Leary-Ehrhadt, Jessica Ludeke; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated November 30 at St. Jude the Apostle Church, Gates. Interment, White Haven Memorial Park. Contributions can be directed to Catholic Charities, 1945 East Ridge Road, Rochester 14622 in her memory.
•Stasiw, Pauline, age 93, died November 23, 2011. Mrs. Stasiw was born on August 4, 1918, to parents Pelogia and Nicholas Popowich, immigrants from Ukraine who settled their lives in Spencerport. In 1950 Mrs. Stasiw married Fedor (Frank) Stasiw and for over 62 years resided in Spencerport. Mrs. Stasiw worked at Eastman Kodak Company, St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church and Nazareth Academy. She was an active member of the St. Ann’s Society and Senior Citizen Club at St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. She is survived by Katherine Pauline (David) Miller of Spencerport; six grandchildren, Lescia and Austin Miller, Kris, J.J., Brett and Kenneth Stasiw; daughter-in-law, Sharon Stasiw; her sisters-in-law, Angela Popowich of Rochester, Joan Popowich of Rochester and Ruth Popowich of Spencerport; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Nicholas Popowich, mother, Pelogia Popowich, husband, Fedor Stasiw and son, Stephen Fedor Stasiw.
Her Funeral Mass was celebrated November 28 at St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Rochester. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery, Hilton. Contributions can be made to St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Rochester or Mercy Flight Central, Canandaigua in her memory.
•Visca, Tommasina, on November 25, 2011. Predeceased by her husband Tommaso, son Robert, brother Teodoro, brother-in-law Mario Visca, sisters-in-law Ada Pellegrini and Antonietta Piccirillo. Survived by her children, Sylvia Visca, Susanna (Paul) Eager, Julie (Edward) White and daughter-in-law, Kelly Kozlowski; grandchildren, David (Tracie), Robert (Tara), Jill, Jaden, Gabriella, Luke and Chance; brothers and sisters, Giuseppina (Tommaso) Barzine, Antonio (Rosa) Visca, Franca (Luigi) Battisti (all of Italy), Angelo (Carol) Visca and sister-in-law Rita Visca; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Agostino Pellegrini, Fernando (Filomena) Visca of Italy, Giuseppe (Iolanda) Visca, Ercole (Elena) Visca, Pio (Maria) Visca, Enedina (Severino) Paglia, Lucia Contestabile, Josephine Visca, Rita (Rafael) Piccirillo, Frank (Connie) Visca and Angela (Paul) Parisi; many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was said November 30 at St. Theodore’s Church, Gates. Entombment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Aurora House, 2495 South Union Street, Spencerport 14559 in her memory.