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LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2013
NYSDOT to present plans to ease travel on Buffalo Road in Gates
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) officials will hold a public information meeting on Thursday, January 31, about plans to ease travel conditions and improve safety on Route 33 (Buffalo Road) between Trabold Road and Marway Circle in the town of Gates.
The meeting will be an open house format and will take place at Gates Town Hall Annex, located at 1605 Buffalo Road, from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend the meeting and will have the opportunity to ask questions of NYSDOT staff and provide comments on the proposed project.
The project calls for the widening of Route 33 in the area of the Home Depot/Tinseltown Access Road, Wegman Road and Pixley Road, to provide space for additional lanes, including dedicated turning lanes. Sidewalks would be added along the south side of Route 33 from Trabold Road to Marway Circle. The project will also include resurfacing of the existing pavement, upgrading drainage and signals, and installing new landscaping, signs and pavement markings.
Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2014.
The estimated cost for this project is $4 million and will be federally and state funded, according to a press release from the NYSDOT.
The location for the meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Anyone who requires any other special accommodations to participate in this meeting or wishes to obtain more information about the project should contact the NYSDOT Project Manager Dan Schwind at (585) 272-3368, or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 28.
Union Street lift bridge closed weekends
According to Spencerport Mayor Joyce Lobene, the Route 259 (Union Street) lift bridge over the Erie Canal will be closed weekends for approximately four weeks to allow DOT crews to do structural repairs.
The bridge weight limit was recently reduced to 7 tons. Martha Street is the posted detour. Signal lights for bridge traffic are operational.
Nominations for community awards invited
The Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for their annual community awards to honor individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on the quality of life in the Gates and Chili communities. Nominations are being sought for the following categories.
•Beautification Awards - Town of Gates and Town of Chili, Recognizes an individual or organization for new construction or restoration of existing facilities to enhance the area.
•Joseph Entress Memorial Award - Economic Development, Recognizes an individual or organization for on-going improvement encouraging continued economic development in the area.
•Innovative Business Award - Acknowledges an existing or recent addition to the business community which has stimulated economic growth and commerce, with regard to product demand and originality of the enterprise.
•Culture and Arts Award - Recognizes an individual or organization whose talents or patronage has strengthened the understanding, appreciation and support of art and culture as an integral part of community life.
•Outstanding Citizen - Recognizes an individual located in or servicing the Gates-Chili area, who has contributed to the betterment of the community.
Deadline for nominations is Friday, March 8. The awards dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 23 at the Diplomat Banquet Center, One Diplomat Way, starting at 6 p.m. To download a nomination form, visit the chamber website at www.gcchamber.com. For information contact Mary Sperr at (585) 269-8193 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Board postpones hiring part-time code enforcement officer, agrees on snowplowing MOU
by Kristina Gabalski
The Village of Brockport will not be hiring a part-time building inspector at this time.
Mayor Connie Castaneda told trustees during the January 22 regular meeting of the Village Board that the search committee is “waiting to find the right fit - we will advertise the vacancy (again) sometime in the future.”
The mayor said she and the search committee had reviewed resumes and interviewed candidates but the right person to fill the position has not yet been found. She said the position has been vacant for some time and that the village should be able to continue a while longer without a part-time building inspector.
During her report, Trustee Carol Hannan apologized to village residents for, “failing to improve code enforcement with the selection of a part-time code enforcer. We have tried many, many avenues and it always comes up short,” she said.
The remedy, Trustee Hannan added, “may come with the next election cycle.”
She said she agreed that it is important to have the right person in the position.
In other business, the village board unanimously approved an updated Emergency
Operations Plan (EOP) - the original version was adopted in 2002.
Also unanimously approved was the amended Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Brockport Fire District regarding snowplowing of district properties in the village.
Trustees had expressed concerns over wording in the original MOU regarding village use of district meeting facilities and a district van in exchange for the snowplowing. That wording has been removed and the Fire District has agreed to pay the village $1,000 for the service this year.
“All our concerns have been removed,” Trustee Kent Blair said.
During his report, Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti explained that he would not have wanted his officers to engage in the original MOU “with that many liabilities.”
He reported to the Village Board that he had discussed the situation with Fire Department/ District officials and that as first responders, both agencies are always available to help each other out when the need arises.
“I’m not concerned with acquiring a vehicle,” Chief Varrenti said of the MOU, “I was concerned with liabilities in the (original) MOU.”
Finally, the village board unanimously approved a motion to designate all eight village parks/playgrounds as “smoke-free zones.”
Trustee Kent Blair brought the motion forward as a first step in acquiring grant money to help with purchasing new “smoke-free” signage for the parks.
Brockport trustees say no to state grant application
Mayor says study could show ways to make village more affordable for residents
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport Village trustees have refused to support authorization for the village to apply for a grant they say is, “... a back door to dissolution.”
During the regular Village Board meeting January 22, Mayor Connie Castaneda made a motion for the board to authorize applying for a Local Government Citizens Reorganization Empowerment Grant.
According to the New York State Department of State website, the grant is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s agenda to reduce property taxes and shrink the size of government by helping local governments find innovative ways to drive efficiency through consolidation and reorganization.
The mayor said the grant would provide funds to help the village study municipal consolidation/dissolution and would be a pro-active step if the dissolution issue returns.
A study would provide “facts and data to better inform our constituents,” Mayor Castaneda said, and would “provide information we can use to lead the community.”
She said a study would analyze services currently provided by the village and recommend how the village might run more efficiently.
The mayor said such a study would be worthwhile. “It would inform the board and taxpayers about options available to make Brockport more affordable.”
Trustees did not agree.
Trustee Carol Hannan questioned the mayor about whether the study would help the village. “Dissolve the village is all you’ve wanted to do,” she said.
“This is a grant about dissolution,” Trustee Margaret Blackman said. She noted the village would need to provide information on what services they would like to consolidate and if a study recommended consolidation the village would have to adopt those recommendations if the village was to receive grant money.
Recalling the results of the 2010 dissolution vote, Trustee Blackman said, “A decisive majority voted not to dissolve.”
Trustee Carol Hannan called the study a “back door to dissolution,” and said she “would not vote to spend a penny” on it.
Trustee Kent Blair noted that the village has come a long way to a more stable financial situation since the 2010 dissolution vote.
None of the trustees seconded the mayor’s motion.
Mayor Castaneda told trustees the village board is the only body authorized to initiate a study or a plan regarding consolidation/dissolution.
“When people come to you (regarding dissolution) and you have chosen not to look to study or look at a plan, it’s not fair to say there is no plan and no savings,” she said.
Traffic will be maintained with median crossovers
The New York State Department of Transportation was to begin work on a $4.7 million project to replace the bridge that carries Lake Ontario State Parkway over Salmon Creek in the town of Greece, Monroe County. The project will include improved fishing access to Braddock’s Bay, according to the DOT.
The existing bridge, built in 1954, will be replaced with two new bridges on the same alignment. The new structures will incorporate features to minimize the need for future maintenance. The existing Medina sandstone facing on the bridge will be retained with spot repairs to damaged areas. The new bridges will allow ample space for bicyclists riding on the Parkway.
Beginning Monday, January 21, traffic on the Parkway was reduced to a single lane in each direction. Eastbound traffic was shifted to the north side of the roadway while the south side is removed and replaced until both lanes in both directions re-open in October for the winter season. Work will resume in spring 2014, when westbound traffic will shift to the newly constructed south side and the northside will be replaced.
A fishing platform featuring recycled, composite decking will be built to provide a safe place for anglers to access the waters of Salmon Creek and Braddock’s Bay that will be separated from traffic. An established walkway from the parking lot on Manitou Road will be constructed replacing the worn foot path.
General contractor Crane-Hogan Structural Systems of Spencerport began preliminary site work last fall.
The new structure are expected tobe complete by October 2014. Miscellaneous tasks may continue through June 2015, according to a DOT press release.
Brockport Fire District elects chief officers for 2013
Brockport Fire Commissioners confirmed the Brockport Fire District Chief and Line Officers at their regular meeting on Monday, January 7. While 2012 was a year of major changes for the Brockport Fire Department, one thing that didn’t change are the chief officers.
Michael Henry was elected to his third term as fire chief. Don Marenus and Michael LaDue were reelected as deputy chief and assistant chief respectively.
At the meeting, Commissioners also confirmed the election of five captains and seven lieutenants.
Provided information and photo
It’s the beginning of a new year; the trees have lost their leaves, the snow is on the ground and the Emerald Ash Borer is resting in a pre-pupal state about ½ inch inside the bark of the ash tree.
The adult Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a brilliant metallic green color. The upper side of the abdomen, which can be seen when the wings are spread, is a metallic purplish-red. Adult EAB average 3/8 inch to 3/4 inch (10 mm to 20 mm) long and 1/6 inch (4 mm) wide, but we don’t often see the adult. What we do see is the effect of the larval stage of EAB as it feeds on the phloem (the inner bark, the pipeline through which food is passed from the leaves to the rest of the tree) and the cambium (the growing part of the trunk, located between the phloem and the sapwood) of ash trees.
Detection of EAB in newly infested trees is difficult as the trees tend to exhibit few, if any, visible external symptoms of infestation. When EAB infestations begin in an area it can take years for the first trees to die and in these cases EAB is very difficult to detect. The first symptoms to occur are cracks in the bark where the individual EAB have been feeding. When trees begin to decline rapidly with further EAB population buildup, canopy thinning and epicormic sprouting (water sprouts) are tell tale signs.
How do you know if your ash trees are currently harboring pre-pupal Emerald Ash Borers? One of the detection options available right now is woodpecker damage. As EAB populations build, woodpeckers learn to feed on them and their foraging efforts are easy to detect even from long distances.
One of the first easily noticeable signs of infestation is often the presence of abundant bark flaking and uneven holes drilled by woodpeckers as they feed on EAB larvae and pupa. This sign is not reliable where woodpeckers are not abundant such as in industrial areas or city centers. Woodpeckers often scrape off the outer flakes of bark in their foraging area creating a “blonde” patch. This blonding is highly visible from a distance, especially when wet. Although bark can be flaked off ash trees by any number of influences, you can distinguish woodpecker foraging by the little dark holes where they have penetrated the bark to remove an EAB larva.
If you think you have Emerald Ash Borer: First, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office or your NYS Agriculture and Markets agent, or call DEC’s toll-free Firewood and Invasive Insects Hotline at 866-640-0652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to help you make a positive identification.
Once it is confirmed that you have EAB, you have three options: you can remove and replace your ash trees, you can treat them with a systemic insecticide until they can be removed, or you can treat them with systemic insecticides for the duration of the infestation. Do your research on the insecticide treatments – a great resource for this is the New York State Invasive Species website, < http://www.nyis.info>, specifically “Management and Control Options” on the Emerald Ash Borer page.
When making your decision, it is also important to consider that not all trees will respond the same to treatment. Young, vigorously growing trees are going to respond best to application of systemic insecticides. Large trees that have been repeatedly pruned or have lost large branches may have a compromised vascular system and may not be able to spread the insecticide evenly throughout the crown. These trees may have large branches killed by EAB, and be aesthetically changed or even dangerous.
For a map of where EAB has been detected in New York State, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation’s EAB webpage at < http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/42674.html>.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2013
Alzheimer’s Association offers February education, support programs for caregivers
The Alzheimer’s Association offers caregiver education and support programs on the west side of Monroe County for people who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.
•Neighbor Next Door caregiver education series - The Neighbor Next Door caregiver education series continues in February at the libraries in Gates and Greece. The free series is offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter, in partnership with the Monroe County Library System. It is open to caregivers, family and friends of those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
•Gates Public Library, 902 Elmgrove Road, Communication, 6:30 to 8 p.m., February 21. This class will explore how dementia can affect a person’s ability to express themselves. It will also offer strategies for communicating with someone who has memory loss and who may no longer be able to understand complex concepts.
•Greece Public Library, 2 Vince Tofany Blvd. Personal Care, 6:30 to 8 p.m., February 28. This class will review approaches to daily care for people with dementia and how the progress of the disease, the environment and communication affect the way they respond. Topics will include eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and dental care.
Support groups - In-home respite care for loved ones with dementia is available to caregivers during the support group meetings with one week’s notice. For information call 800-272-3900. The support groups are free of charge and do not require registration. The meetings are held at:
•Brockport - Brockport Free Methodist Church, 6787 4th Section Road, Brockport 14420, second Thursday of the month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
•Gates - Seabury Woods, 110 Dalaker Drive, Rochester, third Tuesday of the month, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Greg Benoit, the new director of the Gates Public Library, recently spoke to members of the Gates-Chili Rotary Club.
Left to right: Greg Benoit, Robert Renehan, library board member and Rotarian and Ted Richmond, president, 2012-2013.
The Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:15 a.m. at Garlock Hall on the RWC campus. Guests are welcome.
Zukerman performs on Valentine’s Day at GCC’s “Met My Mate” event
February 14, at Genesee Community College’s Stuart Steiner Theatre will be a night to remember for all the right reasons, according to college representatives.
As singer, songwriter and guitarist, Natalia Zukerman shares her “rootsy warmth” through a blend of folk, jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, country and classical music, she will be performing to a special audience. Genesee Community College has sent a special invitation to more than 125 alumni, all who met their life partners at GCC. Prior to Natalia’s performance at 7 p.m., these special guests will celebrate their unique and distinctive unions from their alma mater at the “Met My Mate at GCC” Reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Lobby Art Gallery outside the Stuart Steiner Theatre.
Zukerman’s concert isn’t just for GCC ‘love birds,’ however. Zukerman’s “Dusty Valentine” concert will be a special night for all, as she plays her unique slide guitar with her seductive vocals, unapologetic lyrics and sharp wit.
Zukerman is also a visual artist who allows her artistic and creative instincts to move, shape and influence one another. She is a mural painter and designer, and while living in San Francisco she had her own mural company, Off the Wall. Now a resident of Brooklyn, Zukerman has numerous murals in restaurants and public spaces in and around Brooklyn, as well as across the U.S. and in Cuba.
“It’s the community art process that still excites and inspires me most - its ability to tell a story, to ignite activism and to bring together groups of people to create long-lasting, meaningful and beautiful works of art,” she states on her website, which is http://nataliazukerman.com/.
Ticket prices are adults $12; GCC alumni, seniors, staff $10; and GCC students with valid ID are $6.
•For Met My Mate at GCC Alumni Reception and concert tickets contact Jackie Christenson, Alumni Coordinator at 585-343-0055 x6265. Ticket information contact GCC Box Office at 585-345-6814 or email@example.com.
In lieu of gifts for their Sweet Sixteen party, held at Braemar Country Club on January 19, Hilton residents (pictured left to right) Alexandra Cummins, Abby Holt and Allison Wood asked attendees to bring canned and boxed food goods for donation to the Hilton Food Shelf.
The Hamlin Youth Group has been working hard making decorative masks for their upcoming Carnival Dance, which serves as a membership drive and fundraiser event for the group. It will be held on February 16, in the gym at Hamlin Town Hall, from 8 to 11 p.m.
All youth in grades six through twelve are welcome to attend. Information about joining the Youth Group is available at the Recreation office at Hamlin Town Hall, 964-7222.
Pictured from left to right: Larissa VanDetta, Bella Maxwell, Ryanna VanDetta, Zoe Maxwell, and Javiana Delgado. Anke Applebaum is Youth Group Coordinator.
Joe’s stories - old, new, mostly true
by Joe Reinschmidt
Josef immigrates first, then sends for Anna
Born May 1, 1898, Josef was soon joined by two brothers and a sister but when he was four his beautiful mother died. No doubt there was mourning but two years later his father, Anton, married again and more siblings arrived until there was a family of eight boys and four girls. The last of them was born when Josef was 20. As the eldest son, Josef likely had some privileges but also had responsibilities which he apparently handled well. Even in later years when I first met some of my aunts and uncles, it was obvious that Josef had earned the respect and love of his siblings.
He grew up as a typical farm boy of that era until at age 17 when he was invited to join the Kaiser’s Army. For him it was an adventure as well as a duty. He was able to go places, and meet people he might never have seen otherwise. Being very much an outdoor person he hated the confinement of the trench warfare and readily volunteered for patrols, where he could be on his own with one or two others. On one such patrol in northern France he suffered multiple grenade shrapnel wounds to his upper body. One entered his skull just above the right eye which caused the loss of that eye. Upon recovery from his wounds and fitted with a glass eye he returned home and obtained a job with the German Railway System until he decided to immigrate. He and his brother, Leo, sponsored by their Uncle Peter, arrived in Rochester in 1923. Josef obtained work at General Railway Signal Co. at $18 a week, $10 of which he paid to his aunt and uncle for room and board. However, he said with beer at 5 cents a glass and sandwiches free at some bars, he could have a good time and even save a dime or two.
After Josef’s return from the war, he had met Maria Anna Aeckerle, a blond maiden from the Village of Renchen which is five or six miles south of Fautenbach and is significantly larger. Like him she was from a farm family but only had six siblings. They were quite poor and despite being farmers, food wasn’t plentiful. After completing the normal 8 years of school, which for girls included cooking lessons, Anna went to live with and work for a farm family in Switzerland for a year or so. This was a common practice designed to give them some different experiences. Upon returning to Renchen she entered a sewing apprenticeship and also worked at a local cigar factory. Tobacco was a cash crop for many farmers. Much like “husking bees,” they had tobacco stringing bees which young men and women participated in. Although real work was done, they were a social event with much singing and some flirting as you can imagine. Perhaps this was where Anna met Josef.
They grew to know each other, and once they were sure it was serious, Josef told her of his intent to immigrate to the United States. He also promised that if things looked good he would send for her in about two years. He kept his word, and to spare her the experience of being processed through Ellis Island he bought a first class ticket, so she went direct from the ship to Grand Central Station wearing a tag on her coat that stated “Rochester, NY.” Hours later she was greeted in Rochester by Josef, his brother, Leo, and some of their cousins. You can be sure there was a party at Uncle Peter’s that night.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2013
Gymnastics teams sweep Graffiti Invitational
The Bright Raven Gymnastics girls teams brought home five first place team banners at the 18th Annual Graffiti Invitational held at the Niagara Falls Convention Center January 5-6.
The Bright Raven Level 4 Team captured first place in a field of six teams with many of their team members winning first place individual honors. In the 6-9 age division, Ashlyn Neathawk of Chili took first on balance beam. In the 10-year-old division, Gracie Vieira of Churchville was first on bars and all around and Madison Maas of Churchville was first on beam. In the 11 and over age group, Mary Heyden of Hamlin was first on the uneven bars, floor exercise and all around.
Six teams were also represented in the Level 5 competition where Bright Raven also took first place. In the 7-10 age division, Emma Taylor of Spencerport earned first place on balance beam, floor exercise and all around. Sydney Sack of Spencerport was first on vault in the same age division. In the 11-year-old division, Jadasia Lee of Gates was first on vault and all around with teammate Emily Field of Greece taking first on the uneven parallel bars and floor exercise. Megan Zaharkin of Spencerport was first on vault in the 12 and over age group.
Bright Raven’s Level 6 Team took first place among three teams with Indya Richards of Gates taking first on vault, balance beam and all around in the 7-11 age division. Jada Moore of Spencerport was first on bars. In the 12-year-old division, Keilei Latragna of Hilton won vault, beam and all around. In the 13 and over age group, Gabby Costner of Gates was first on bars, beam and all around.
The Level 7 Team finished first among seven teams with Alexis LoBrutto of Spencerport winning vault, balance beam and all around in the 10-12 age group. Julianna Gatto of Gates earned first place in floor exercise in the 15 and over age group.
Five teams were represented in the Level 8 competition where Bright Raven also took first place with Madison Conn of Gates winning vault, bars, beam and all around in the 8 to 11 age group. In the 12 to 13 age group, Taylor Pohleven of Spencerport was first in floor exercise and all around.
That same weekend at the Niagara Falls Convention Center the Men’s Goldstar Invitational was also held and Bright Raven boys teams also competed. The Bright Raven Level 5 team took second place to Pittsburgh Northstars in a field of 14 teams with Justin Ciccone of Greece earning first place in floor exercise in the 7 to 8 age group and Jesse Underwood of Greece taking first on high bar in the 11 and over age division. In the Level 6 competition for ages 11 and older, Brian Cannon of Chili took first on the rings. In the Level 4 competition for ages 10 and older, Simon Carmack of Brockport won floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and all around. In the 9-year-old age division, Alan Michael LeFrois of Gates was first on pommel horse.
Coughlin sets record in Brockport win
by Warren Kozireski
Defenseman Zach Coughlin scored a goal and added an assist - his 100th career point - while Brandon Henshaw and Nick Vanorden had five and four point efforts respectively, to lead Brockport to an 8-2 ice hockey win over visiting Batavia.
Brockport started slowly and Batavia took advantage, jumping out to a 1-0 lead two minutes into the contest before the Blue Devils scored four unanswered goals over the next two periods to take control.
Goaltender Justin Keene started the rally sending a long, head-man pass to break Henshaw in all alone for his 22nd goal of the season.
Four minutes later, Vanorden redirected a pass from Matt Roe on the power play to put Brockport in the lead.
In the second period Coughlin skated from his own end before putting a wrister through the goaltender’s pads for his 13th of the season.
The record-breaking 100th career point came next as Coughlin sent his shot off the backboards and deflecting in front where Vanorden knocked it in.
Batavia opened the third period with another goal to cut the lead to two before Brockport ran off four more over the final eight minutes to put the game out of reach.
Henshaw banged in a rebound from a Vanorden shot that hit the side of the net at 7:38. Roe tipped in a shot from the point off the stick of Danny Viscardi at 10:16 to make it 6-2.
Defenseman Josh Hettinger scored his first varsity goal with a shorthanded effort and, two minutes later, DJ Mitchell netted his first varsity tally to finish the scoring.
“It took us a little bit to get going and they’re a good team that works hard,” said Brockport head coach Greg Stahl. “We really did a good job playing as a team.”
Keene made 17 saves in net for his fifth win of the season.
Brockport stood two points behind second place Hilton and four away from Churchville-Chili in the tight Class B West division.
The Blue Devils, at 10-4-0, were ranked 15th in the New York State Division II January 14 rankings.
Records falling at Churchville-Chili
by Warren Kozireski
With the Saints hockey team off to a 13-2 start, suffering just their second loss of the season 5-4 to the Greece Thunder on January 22, there are several players making a dent in the school record book.
Senior Zach Fodge has already shattered the mark for career scoring which was previously held by Chris Rossignolo from 2004-2008. His 83 points with five games remaining in the regular season bettered the record of 80. He is also just two goals from tying the career mark of 44 goals.
Senior linemate Justin Alves currently owns the new record for points in a season with 40 and counting breaking the previous mark held by Shawn Easton’s 33 points set just two seasons ago. His 24 assists this season also have already set a new mark also previously held by Easton with 19.
Senior Andy Ludwicki earlier this season set a new record with six assists in a game, which also ties him for fourth in New York State in the same category.
The Saints entered the final five games with 13 wins under their belt, which is three away from tying the school record for wins in a season set in each of the previous two campaigns.
The Saints also set a new team record for goals in a season while playing two games in Plattsburgh and scored four more in the Greece loss by Fodge, Alves (2) and Ryan Cosgrove. That gives them 85 goals this season eclipsing the previous mark of 80 which was accomplished during the 2007-2008 season.
Churchville-Chili entered the final week of January ranked 7th among New York State Division II schools. They finish the regular season with Hilton and Brockport on the road and Geneseo and Batavia at home with an exhibition against McQuaid sandwiched in the middle.
Cadets win at Roberts
by Warren Kozireski
Maria Jackson scored ten of her team-high 14 points in the second half and Hilton hit five-of-six at the free throw line over the final 15 seconds to defeat Fairport 42-37 in girls basketball. The game was the middle one of three high school girls games played at Roberts Wesleyan with proceeds to benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Hilton jumped out to a 10-2 lead before Fairport returned with a 9-0 run in the first quarter.
The Red Raiders led by three early in the second half, but the Cadets used six points from Jackson, two treys from Cameron Graupman and a lay-up by Amy Hasenauer during a 15-0 spurt putting them up by 12 in the fourth quarter.
Fairport pulled back to within two points of the lead with 17 seconds remaining, but Hasenauer and Jackson each hit both ends of their one-and-one and Lauren Anten hit one of two free throws to seal the victory.
“They (Fairport) did a nice job handling the ball and we were a little flat, but we were able to hang on,” said Cadets head coach Jeff Eichas. “Maybe we underestimated them at times and we didn’t take care of the ball as well as we needed to.”
Jackson finished with a team-high 14 points, Graupman had ten and Hasenauer finished with eight points for the 9-4 Cadets.
Hilton finishes the regular season with four games all on the road, including a tilt with first place Gates Chili February 8.
Hilton’s Haude impacting Geneseo
by Warren Kozireski
With a senior goaltender on the roster ahead of him to start the season, Hilton native Bryan Haude expected to play a back-up role for most of season in goal for the Geneseo Knights in the SUNYAC conference.
But injuries have a way of changing plans and Haude has more than met the challenge.
Heading into the last weekend of January, he was a perfect 4-0 in conference games this season and ranked third in goals against (1.74) and save percentage (.944) against conference opponents. Including all games, the sophomore stood 20th nationally in goals against (2.15) and 21st in save percentage (.922).
“I just took the opportunity when called upon, worked really hard this past summer and I’m just kind of running with it here.”
Haude picked up his first shutout this season basically on home ice making 28 saves in a 2-0 win at Brockport December 7. He followed that with a 20-save whitewash January 11 versus Franklin Pierce and was just three seconds from his third consecutive shutout on January 19 against Buffalo State when they were able to put the puck past him breaking the streak.
“You get so close and it just hurts,” said Haude. “Six seconds left and the puck in in their zone so you’re excited and it’s just heartbreaking. But we won.”
“It’s our defensive play, (my teammates) are putting up goals for me, they’re blocking shots and make things pretty easy for me back there.”
Haude left Hilton after his junior season to pursue a junior hockey career spending two seasons with the Hartford Junior WolfPack of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. In his freshman season with the Knights, he played in only three games, but won two of them.
“We didn’t know what to expect this year,” said Geneseo sixth year head coach Chris Schultz. “He competes for every puck and we told him to compete like that and good things will happen. He’s been very, very good.”
Haude has helped Geneseo to second place in the SUNYAC conference and a national ranking of 18th in the latest USCHO.com Division III poll.
“All three of our goalies are playing well right now,” Schultz said. “I think we’re in a pretty good spot right now.”
Eagles run from Hawks
by Warren Kozireski
Ashley Makowski had 13 points and Kendall’s full court press held Holley to just eight points in the second half in a 35-20 victory.
The Eagles extended their one point first quarter lead to nine at the half with Makowski and Nicole Browe accounting for five points each.
Taylor Kingsbury extended the lead to 11 with a steal and breakaway in the third quarter.
The Hawks were held to just a field goal in the fourth quarter by Sami Barniak.
Makowski had three rebounds and two steals to go with her game-high 13 points exceeding her team-high average of over nine points per game. Browe added seven points, five steals, five assists and three rebounds while Abbey David led with seven steals and had five rebounds along with six points.
Alyssa Scherer led Holley with eight points while Barniak finished with six and Tabby Swift four in the loss.
Kendall is 5-7 overall with all five wins coming over their past eight games. They are fifth, one game behind Byron-Bergen in the Genesee League standings and fifth in Class C3.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2013
WEMOCO students to host skills night to practice trades January 31
Career and technical education students at BOCES 2 WEMOCO host skills night to practice their trades and show-off their skills in culinary arts, baking, cosmetology, art, carpentry, and precision machining. Donations are accepted with all proceeds helping to support the SkillsUSA Chapter at WEMOCO.
SkillsUSA is an international organization providing professional development and an opportunity for students to compete in their fields of study at the state, national, and international level. Skills Nights are open to the public.
The next skills night is January 31 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center at 3589 Big Ridge Road in Spencerport. Appointments are needed for cosmetology (haircuts, manicures and pedicures) services.
Brockport Central School District now registering students for kindergarten
Brockport Central School District residents who have a child who will turn five years old by December 1, 2013, that child is eligible for kindergarten in September 2013. Student profiles were sent to all families with children listed in the district’s database. Anyone who did not receive a profile in the mail can contact the Registrar’s office by February 9 at 637-1857 or complete a household information form at www.bcs1.org/registration and e-mail it to Registrar@bcs1.org. The following information will be requested: child’s name, date of birth, parent’s names and addresses, home and work phone numbers, pediatrician, and at least one emergency contact.
Kindergarten registration packets will be mailed around March 18, 2013.
Byron-Bergen Jr. High student awarded Geography Bee champion
Byron-Bergen Jr. High School’s Dana VanValkenburg, a seventh-grader, is the school’s Geography Bee champion as part of the National Geographic Society Geography Bee, January 10, after competing against 28 other students.
Dana was awarded with a medal from the National Geographic Society and a $25 gift card to Amazon.com. Runner-up contestant Adam Walter, an eighth-grader, received a $15 gift card.
Looking ahead, Dana will complete a written test, which will be submitted to the National Geographic Society. If her score is among the highest in New York State, she will be asked to participate in the state level bee. The winner in each state competes in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. on May 20 to 22.
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Byron-Bergen schedules 2013-2014 kindergarten registration
Children who will be 5 years of age on or before December 1 of this year are eligible for kindergarten in September 2013 at Byron-Bergen Central School District. New families in Byron-Bergen should notify the district if they have a child that will enter kindergarten in September 2013.
All children registering for kindergarten will be scheduled for a screening appointment in May. The results of this screening will be used to plan for the 2013-2014 kindergarten program.
The following items are necessary to complete the registration process:
•Child’s birth certificate
•Certificates of Immuniziation - New York State law requires that every child entering school must have received a minimum of 3 doses of diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccine (DPT) and 3 doses of polio (IPV) vaccine. It is also mandated that each child must have received 2 MMR’s (measles, mumps, rubella), 3 doses of hepatitis B, and 1 dose of varicella (chickenpox). Children born on or after January 1, 2008 must have 4 doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). Their immunizations must be completed prior to entering school.
•Proof of Residency - Those who have no other children already attending school in the district should bring proof of residency to the screening appointment. This can be a copy of a mortgage statement, rental/lease agreement or a copy of a tax bill.
For information or to register a child, contact Becky Kelly at the Byron-Bergen Elementary School Office via phone at 585-494-1220, ext. 1301.
Information may also be sent to Byron-Bergen Elementary School, 6971 West Bergen Road, Bergen, NY 14416.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2013
•Stull, James H., March 27, 1946 - January 17, 2013. Born in the old hospital on Main Street before Lakeside Hospital was built, Jim lived in the village all of his life except for the time away at college. He served faithfully as Mayor of the Village of Brockport for 20 years which included the year Brockport hosted the Special Olympics in 1979. He was involved in the family Stull Lumber business on Park Avenue that his grandfather W.E.B. Stull started in 1937 since his adolescence. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family. He was a member of the Brockport Conservation Club and enjoyed target shooting in his spare time with his friends. Jim was predeceased by his father Eugene Stull, his mother Betty Stull Streets, his stepfather Kendrick Street and father-in-law Neal R. Guntrum. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 44 years Neala; daughters Susan (Thomas) Ferris and Michelle (Paul) Kemblowski; his grandchildren Bethany Falsion, Julian Ferris, Olivia Ferris, Maria Ferris, Anthony Ferris, Henry Kemblowski, Maxine Kemblowski; brothers William Stull, Jeffrey Stull (Vivian); mother-in-law Ellen Louise Guntrum; sister-in-law, Myra; nieces and nephew.
His Funeral Service was held January 21 at the Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., Brockport. Interment, Lakeview Cemetery. Donations can be made to Brockport Ambulance Corps or Brockport Fire Department in his memory.
•Weir Sr., David A., died January 16, 2013. David is survived by the love of his life Marilee. They were married for over six decades. He is also survived by two sons, David Jr. and Wilson; three daughters, Tami (Bill) Cardot, Wendi Harris and Lee Breeze; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he was a field medic. After the war he worked at Star Market for 25 years and was then a school bus driver for 10 years at Brockport Central Schools.
Donations can be made to Leo Center for Caring at St. Ann’s Home, 1500 Portland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14621 in his memory.
•Clifford, Anne B., January 12, 2013 at age 87 peacefully with her daughter at her side. Predeceased by her husband, Jeremiah “Jerry” Clifford; and brother, Kenneth D. Buck. Survived by her daughter Karen, (Scott) Clifford-Anderson; brother, Ralph H. Buck; niece, Linda A. Burns; grandniece, Jennifer (Robert) Panik; great-grandniece, Norah Panik; and many more nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral Services were held January 22 at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in her memory.
•Vose, Bill J., on January 22, 2013. Predeceased by his father Norman Vose. Survived by his mother Marion E. Corven; sister Marion (Duane) Clemons; brothers James (Cheryl), Keith and Norman Vose, of Phoenix, Arizona; nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill was a SAL member of Smith Warren American Legion Post.
Services were held January 26 at James R. Gray Funeral Home, Gates. Burial at the family’s convenience in Lakeview Cemetery, Groveland.
•Patterson, Vera A. (Nolta), age 87, died January 21, 2013. In the early 60s she worked for Duryea Ford in the Parts Department as a cashier and in 1969 she moved with her husband John to Barre Center where they owned and operated Patterson’s Grocery for 22 years. Vera was a Charter and Founding Member of the Clarendon Lions Club. She was predeceased by her husband, John McClure Patterson Jr. in 1995 and her son William John Patterson in 1967. She is survived by her children, Bob (Lee Ann) Patterson of Bergen, Charlene (Robert) Patterson-Ray of Bergen, Thomas Dean Patterson of Holley; three grandchildren, Brian (Carol) Ray, Andrea (Kris) Wiley, Justin Patterson; four great grandchildren, Reece and Aiden Patterson, Ethan and Lia Ray; sister, Bernice Johnson of Rochester; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clark and Marcia Patterson of Fairport; nieces, nephews, loving family and friends.
Funeral Services were held January 24 at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, Holley. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery at a later date. Donations can be made to the Clarendon Lions Club in her memory.
•VanWyngaarden, Beverly Jean, age 76, January 17, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Dirk; daughter-in-law, Eva. Survived by children Donald of Clarendon, Cindy Hicks of Arizona, Richard (Angela) of Clarendon, Lori (Mark) Underwood of Clarendon; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters Donna Pfhal of Greece, Carolyn Brandon of Alabama; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held January 25 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, Inc., Holley. Contributions can be made to Lollypop Farm or to P.A.W.S. in her memory.
•Babcock, Howard, January 16, 2013, age 82. Survived by his wife, Mary Lou; his children, Michael (Kim) Babcock, Becky (Bob) Fafone and Nancy (Steve) Spring; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
There will be no formal Services. Donations can be made to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in his memory.
•Dimbleby, Joe “Farmer Joe,” On January 20, 2013. Joe was born in Lincolnshire, England. He is survived by his wife, Nelva; his children, Kathy (John) Roguski and David (Lynn) Dimbleby; grandchildren, Christopher (Stephanie) McManus, Grant and Craig Dimbleby; great-grandchildren, Emily, Andrew and Matthew McManus; his sister, Jean Green of England; brother-in-law, Eric Cotsworth; several nieces and nephews.
Joe was awarded Rochesterian of the Year by the Greater Rochester Visitors Organization. He was charter member of the Garden Club of Brockport and the Northampton Horse and Carriage Society and was also a member of the Genesee G. Gauge Train Club and the Genesee Valley Koi Club. He was retired from Rochester Products and as Tour Guide at Springdale Farm.
His Memorial Service was held January 26 at St. George Episcopal Church, Hilton. Contributions can be made to Springdale Farm, Spencerport in his memory.
•Monk, Lewis Joseph Sr. “Bud,” January 20, 2013 at age 91. Predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years Bernice French Monk and his sister Maude Blad and his brother Alfred Monk. Survived by his devoted children Lewis (Judy) Monk, Jr.; David (Charyll) Monk; Cindy (Kevin) Heidorn of Virginia; Denise Bradshaw of Nevada; and Gary (Astride) Monk of Nevada; his sisters Janet Huether and Mary Cox; dear friend Don Davis; 17 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren. During World War II, Bud served in the US Army. He was employed for 30 years at Delco Products.
Funeral Services were held January 23 at Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili. Private interment, Grove Place Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lifetime Care Hospice in his memory.
•Siegwald, Ilene G., January 16, 2013, age 94. She was predeceased by husbands, Abraham Nolan and William Siegwald. Survived by daughters Linda Nolan Peacock and Deborah (Steven) Rieke; sister-in-law Helen Benton; four grandchildren, Nathan (Melissa) Shaw, Sarah Shaw, Lynette Rieke and Christine (Jay) Lavin; seven great-grandchildren, Brian Bruce, Owen, Nathan Jr., and Teagan Shaw, Joey and Jordan Arena and Chase Lavin.
A Memorial Service was held January 26 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, Dewey Avenue. Donations can be made in Ilene’s memory to her church.
•Steiger, Joanne C., January 20, 2013 at age 69. Joanne is survived by her devoted husband of 42 years, Charles Steiger; loving children, Christine (Michael) Hoffman and Scott (Stephanie) Steiger; grandchildren, Olivia, Macy, Max and Zach; many dear friends.
Her Funeral Mass was celebrated January 25 at St. Leo’s Church, Hilton. Interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Hilton Fire Department, 120 Old Hojack Lane, Hilton, NY 14468 in her memory.
•Haas, Joseph J., January 17, 2013, at age 67. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Kathryn Haas; children, David (Karen) Haas, Linda (Kevin) Brink; grandchildren, Jon Haas, Kyle, Ashley and Joshua Brink; sister, Cathy “Ann” (Jim) Hess; brother-in-law, Sidney (Janet) Kyle; many nieces and nephews. Mr. Haas was a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the NRA, and a retiree of General Railway Signal.
Funeral Services and interment were held privately.
•Miller, Charles H., January 21, 2013. Age 86. Predeceased by wife, Gladys Miller and son, Thomas Miller. Survived by daughter, Sharon (Stephen) Schmitz; daughter-in-law, Abbie Miller; grandchildren, Kasey (Ben) White, Christin (Carl) Cady, Jason Miller, Daniel and Nicole Schmitz; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Snyder, Tyler White, Cayleigh, Cloie, Carmindy Cady; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Prayer Service was held January 26 at Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Hilton. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association in his memory.
•MacMullen, Eula “McMullen”, January 18, 2013 at age 83. Eula was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Charles, and her sons Charles and William. She is survived by her children, Tim (Marilyn), Jack (Joann), Deborah (John) Rath, Robert (Barbara) and Nancy; grandchildren, Jason, Robert, Jennifer (John) Spalding, Michelle, Stephanie, Jeffrey (Rachel), William and Sarah and Charles Rath; great-grandson, Joseph Spalding; sister-in-law, Doris Owens; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held January 23 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Interment, Parma Corners Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.
•Prince, Ellamae, January 18, 2013 at the age of 92 with family by her side. Ellamae was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Elmer Prince Sr. and her son, Thomas Prince. She is survived by her sons, Elmer (Beverly) Prince Jr. of Hilton, Wilbur (Margaret) Prince Sr. of Spencerport, Paul (Mary Lou) Prince of Kendall and Gordon (Cheryl) Prince of Spencerport; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren with her 25th on the way; one great-great-grandchild with her second also on the way; daughter-in-law, Patricia Prince of Spencerport; siblings, Harold Southcott, Margaret (David) Wiggins and Loretta Ladd; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were celebrated January 22 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Interment, Fairfield Cemetery. Contributions can be made to McCormick Transitional Care Center or The Ogden Senior Center in her memory.
•Proper, Laurice “Larry”, in Tucson, Arizona. Suddenly at age 88. Kodak retiree, Purple Heart recipient WWII. Born and lived in Naples, New York and Spencerport.
A Memorial Service was held January 26 at Ogden Presbyterian Church.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF JANUARY 20, 2013
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 20, 2013
Cottages at Troutburg three-season resort complex plans approved
by William Matthias
After more than a year of review, the Town of Kendall has approved the site plan for the Cottages at Troutburg development, a future three-season resort complex at the “Camp Troutburg” site, a piece of land previously owned by The Salvation Army.
Along with the approval, the town rezoned the property from four separate parcels into a WPDD (Waterfront Planned Development District) under a local law passed last year.
The approval of the project faced considerable resistance from a small group of residents within the abutting Norway Heights neighborhood who are dissatisfied with the town’s review of the site plan.
The developer of the project, The Wegman Group, was waiting for final approval before officially purchasing the property, which it did in late December. Construction at the site is expected to begin this spring, with an opening date in June, said Dave Wegman, the company’s CEO.
Full build-out of the 400-unit complex is expected over the next five years.
“We will retain the natural ambience the property possesses now,” Wegman said. “We’ve hired licensed, professional engineers and attorneys to the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure that we follow all (applicable) laws, and that we are building in an environmentally-friendly manner.”
The Kendall Town Board in late November unanimously voted to issue a “negative declaration” for the project under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), determining that the development would not have any large, adverse impacts on the environment. SEQRA requires the town to assess many environmental factors related to development – including impacts on traffic, air quality, wetland and erosion. The town board also produced a 16-page report, as part of its “consistency review,” concluding that the project is compatible with the Kendall-Yates-Carlton Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
A favorable report on the project was also compiled by The Orleans County Planning Board. The board stated that The Wegman Group has been “very responsive,” and with its plans, “there are few of the ambiguities that can plague other projects … with extensive lists of conditions to resolve.” It also commended Kendall’s town and planning boards for “their diligence in exercising their oversight roles.”
Wegman pointed out that revisions to the original site plan include plans for thorny bushes along the western boundary “buffer zone,” with an extension of the setback from Norway Heights from 10 feet to 50 feet. They also include the addition of two more fire hydrants, one being a dry hydrant – which could pull from nearby ponds if needed – as an added precaution.
The town’s engineering firm, Labella Associates, P.C., projected the available fire flow (water available at hydrants) at about 600 to 620 gallons per minute. This fire flow rate does not meet the State Insurance Services Office (ISO) guidelines. The firm pointed out, however, that under the state’s “Recommended Standards for Waterworks,” there are acceptable “deviations subject to individual consideration,” according to a letter from the firm.
Gary Zinsmeister, Deputy Chief of the Morton Fire Company, reviewed and approved of the private water distribution plans, with the exception one of the added hydrants being necessary. He said that with the development established, the current number of volunteers could handle the services required, according to minutes from a town board work session.
The Monroe County Water Authority had previously commented on the effect of the development on the existing water system, stating in a letter to the town that it “should not be noticeable to the existing water customers of the system.”
Despite the local government’s determinations and The Wegman Group’s revisions, residents of Norway Heights continue to express adamant disapproval of the development. They cite what they perceive to be a host of potential problems associated with certain aspects of the site plan, including the on-site sewage treatment plant and the fire pits planned for the cottage community.
Two of these residents are Missy Pixley and her husband, Dan. Missy said given the type, size and location of the development, the town should have conducted a “thorough environmental-impact study” before approving the project.
“I don’t see how this project was allowed to move forward without one,” she said. “There were too many open-ended questions (left at the time of approval). How is the sewage treatment plant going to affect the environment? How is the development going to affect the availability of water within water district No. 5? And what about the emergency access issues?”
Dan Pixley said he is particularly troubled with the town’s project review process.
“The planning board’s resolution (referral) seemed to have caught even the planning board off guard. It was supposed to have contained all related questions and concerns, which it did not.”
Bruce Newell, a former planning board member, agreed with Dan Pixley. He said there was an urgency to approve the project with “pressure from the town board and the town supervisor to get it done.” In an email message, Newell expanded his explanation: “It can also be noted that it took the town supervisor more than a week to transmit the submitted plan to the town’s consulting engineers which delayed the overall process and consumed a significant portion of the allotted 62 days.”
“Yes, I voted for the plan to move forward, but based on comments made by the planning board chair and the town supervisor, I thought we would have more time to complete the official referral document,” Newell said. “I was politically out-maneuvered.”
Newell resigned from the planning board on December 31, but declined to comment on the reasons behind his resignation.
The planning board’s recommendations included that “the site plan be updated to comply with all agreed modifications during the planning board’s review.” Newell said there wasn’t adequate time to compile a comprehensive list of modifications. In an email message, Newell further stated: “While the planning board was aware of the project since August 2011, serious evaluation of the proposal did not start until completion of the WPDD Law and submission of the final plan in August 2012.
Town Supervisor Dan Gaesser said this is a planning board issue and Newell’s statement about “politics” is “naïve.”
“Keep in mind that the town was first made aware of the project in August of 2011 – 15 months ago,” he said. The only ‘pressure’ they (planning board members) felt was the 62-day legal requirement to get the work done following The Wegman Group’s application submission under the WPDD law.”
Since the Salvation Army is a nonprofit, charitable organization, the property The Wegman Group purchased was tax exempt (with the exception of a water district tax) for more than 50 years. According to town records, The Wegman Group’s local tax bill for 2013 totals $98,681, which includes the water tax. The water tax bill for the property in 2012 was about $11,856.
“We are already seeing the benefits of this project,” Gaesser said.
Gala Dinner brings in support for Lakeside Health System
The Lakeside Foundation reports that its annual Gala Dinner raised $18,550 in support of the purchase of a digital mammography machine for its radiology department as well an additional $34,000 for the health system. The dinner, held on December 7, featured international disguise specialist and prosthetic expert Robert R. Barron.
“We so greatly appreciate the support from our community,” said Susan L. Parrino, executive director for the Foundation. “The contributions from so many exemplify our supporters’ generosity, as well as the value and importance our health system holds for our community.”
For numerous years, the Lakeside Foundation has sponsored the Annual Gala Dinner. The dinner, rated as one of the signature events in the Rochester area, has brought to the Rochester region famous speakers such as Presidents George Bush and Gerald Ford, Barbara Bush, Rudy Giuliani, General Colin Powell, Walter Cronkite and Laura Bush. This year’s dinner took place at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Lakeside Health System facilities prepared to handle flu cases
In response to the public health emergency declared by New York State due to the severe flu season, Lakeside Health System has taken measures to accommodate the rising number of incoming patients due to the flu epidemic. The health system is in a position to accept patients who require emergency care while maintaining minimized Emergency Department wait times for these patients, according to a press release.
With 20,000 reported cases of flu, a public health state of emergency has been declared on January 16. Five weeks ahead of the typical flu season, the number of flu cases is four times that of last year’s total at this time. The Center for Disease Control forecasts this season to be the worst in ten years.
Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms can be seen at Lakeside’s Urgent Care in Spencerport or at the Lakeside Hospital Emergency Department in Brockport.
Unlike symptoms of a common cold, flu symptoms usually come on suddenly and start with an abrupt onset of fever, headache, fatigue, and body aches. A list of flu symptoms include:
•Fever greater than 100 degrees
•Severe aches and pains in the joints and muscles and around the eyes
•Ill appearance with warm, flushed skin, and red, watery eyes
•Sore throat and watery discharge from your nose
According to the press release issued January 12 by the State Health Department, all New Yorkers who have not already received their influenza vaccine are strongly advised to do so immediately. For those who have not yet received a flu vaccination, Lakeside Health System’s pharmacy is providing the vaccine. No appointment is necessary.
It is expected that the lift bridge over the Erie Canal on Route 259 in Spencerport will be closed for a few days for structural repairs. The Canal Corp. had originally planned to do the work in December but postponed the closure until after the village’s holiday season events.
Motorists may use the Martha Street bridge to the west of the Union Street span while the Route 259 bridge is closed. Traffic signals will be operational during the closure of the lift bridge.
Weight reductions are in place for the bridge in the interim. The posted limit is 7 tons.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 20, 2013
Boy Scouts hire Eagle Scout as district executive
Seneca Waterways Council, Boy Scouts of America has appointed Eagle Scout Christopher Dore, a Cortland, NY native, as district executive. Dore’s role is to support volunteer leaders in implementing the Scouting program youth in the Lighthouse District, which includes Brockport, Greece, Hamlin, Hilton and Spencerport. As district executive he has responsibilities for expanding programming to give every young child who wishes to join Scouts the opportunity to do so. Having served on the camp staff at Camp Barton in Trumansburg, NY, Dore’s leadership skills, Scouting background, and life experiences from studying abroad will serve him well in working with a diverse pool of volunteers and chartered organizations in offering Scouting’s character development programs to more youth in his district.
After spending a year studying abroad in Germany, Chris returned home to earn his Eagle in 2005 as a member of Troop 80 in Cortland. He went on to study history and Asian studies as SUNY Oswego, and graduate cum laude in 2010. While there, however, he again took advantage of the study abroad program and spent a semester studying in Japan at Akita International University. He is also a 2012 graduate of Northeastern University, where he earned his master’s degree in international affairs.
Share the love of reading - participate in World Book Night
by Kristina Gabalski
Even in today’s technology driven world, there’s still nothing like the personal touch and World Book Night is a relatively new, annual celebration with the purpose of spreading the love of reading person to person.
Archie Kutz, owner of Lift Bridge Book Shop in Brockport, says World Book Night “is a unique program that aims to put more books in the hands of more people. World Book Night invites participants to select a title, pick up 20 copies of a special not-for-sale edition at a local book store or library and then distribute the books to casual or non-readers on April 23, 2013.”
Lift Bridge Book Shop is participating as a pick-up/distribution location, Kutz says.
“This is the second year for this literary effort,” he explains. “It started in England in 2010 and last year in the United States 500,000 books were given away to light or non-readers to spread the joy of reading. More books will be given away this year with the increased popularity of the program.”
World Book Night is a non-profit organization. “We exist because of the support of thousands of book givers, book sellers, librarians and financial supporters,” the www.us.worldbooknight.org website states.
The event is about more than reading, the organization says. “It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways - through sharing of stories.”
An independent panel of booksellers and librarians selects the books using lists curated by experts in the book selling and library world. Givers from the previous year’s World Book Night also nominate books for the panel to consider. Special paperback editions are made possible by authors who agree to waive royalties in order to print the free World Book Night editions.
This year’s list includes more than two dozen books. Titles range from Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury and My Antonia, by Willa Cather to Bossypants, by Tina Fey and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain.
“Participants must be 16 years old or older and able to pick up 20 copies at the Brockport book shop or at a library which might also be participating,” Kutz says. “(Volunteer) givers will be chosen based on where, to whom and why they want to give books away.”
Fill out an application online at www.us.worldbooknight.org. You will be asked what your first, second and third book choices are, why you wish to share these books and where you will go to personally hand out the books.
The application deadline in January 25, 2013.
Note: Contact Lift Bridge Book Shop, 45 Main Street, Brockport, 637-2260. Visit www.liftbridgebooks.com.
Seed and houseplant swap offers diversion for the “can’t garden” blues
by Kristina Gabalski
Even in the middle of the winter there are many gardening-related activities to enjoy.
Gardening experts say now is the time for working your way through that colorful pile of garden catalogs and planning for the coming growing season.
Those gardeners with cold frames are enjoying fresh salad greens and tasty crops like herbs, edible sprouts, and micro greens that can be grown inside. Cat grass is easy to grow and provides springtime color indoors.
On warmer days, outdoor work, especially pruning, can be accomplished while trees and shrubs are dormant and their structure can be more easily seen. Branches growing inward should be cut as well as any broken or dead branches.
It’s also a great time for activities like attending gardening workshops, lectures, conferences and seed swaps to add variety to your next planting.
On Saturday, January 26, the Rochester Civic Garden Center (RCGC) will host its 6th annual Seed and Houseplant Swap from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at 5 Castle Park, Rochester.
The event includes two fun and informative talks/demonstrations, refreshments, and an opportunity to swap seeds and houseplant cuttings with fellow gardening enthusiasts.
“You don’t have to bring stuff to swap and you can still go home with seeds and houseplants,” RCGC Education Coordinator Judy Hubbard says. “It’s fun to get together with other gardeners - the demonstrations and talks are really fun.”
Nellie Gardner of Flower Fields speciality cut-flower farm in Ogden will demonstrate how to make an assortment of small wreaths, tussie mussies and small bouquets using natural materials like dried flowers, leaves, pods and herbs during “Creating Arrangements with Dried Flowers and Herbs” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The decorations are suitable for your home, office or to give as gifts.
From 11 a.m. until noon, a terrarium demonstration will be presented by Angela Ingraham of Bristol’s Garden Center. Ingraham will show how to plant an assortment of styles, and discuss proper soil, care and appropriate plants for these charming, miniature garden worlds inside a glass jar.
The seed and houseplant exchange will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
“You can bring cuttings from houseplants,” Hubbard says, “or bring the whole plant.”
The RCGC says cuttings can be transported in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel or in a jar of water. Label seeds you have collected with as much information as possible - common and botanical names; annual, perennial, biennial; hardiness; variety; size; sun; soil and moisture preferences; bloom time and color.
Seeds can be divided into small quantities and placed into small envelopes with information written on the envelope. The RCGC library can provide assistance. Seeds and information can also be brought to the Seed Swap and envelopes will be available to participants.
Hubbard says refreshments are provided. There is a registration fee of $15 which includes both talks, the swaps and the refreshments.
“We try to encourage everybody to pre-register,” Hubbard says, “but we will take walk-ins.”
To register, call 585-473-5130 or visit www.rcgc.org.
Send a little love to soldiers overseas through “Operation Valentine”
For the fourth year, Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home and Walker Brothers Funeral Home are working with the Veterans & Family Memorial Care (VFMC) to sponsor “Operation Valentine.” Students and members of the Rochester community are invited to create Valentine cards to send to our troops. Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home and Walker Brothers Funeral Home will coordinate the delivery of the Valentines to soldiers deployed overseas.
Valentine cards may be dropped off now through January 25, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at either Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home at 1411 Vintage Lane in Greece or at Walker Brothers Funeral Home at 15 West Avenue in Spencerport. Participants are encouraged to send wishes and messages of thanks, and are welcome to write brief notes about themselves and their families, and may include photos as well. There are many ways to personalize a handmade card, but these Valentines cannot include glitter, candy, or any other type of food. School organizers can call Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home at 720-6000 or Walker Brothers Funeral Home at 352-1500 to schedule pickup of the valentines.
“The project is simple and meaningful; with our troops away from their families and friends, they need to know that people back home appreciate them and what they are doing for us,” said Michael Perotto, president and funeral director, Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc. “We hope this will serve as a morale booster for the brave men and women who fight for our country.”
American Legion visiting officers dinner Feb. 15
Ferris Goodridge American Legion Post #330 in Spencerport will be the site of the Department Officers’ Visitation Banquet hosted by the Monroe County American Legion family on Friday, February 15, according to Donald Linborg and Sharon Beeke, co-chairs for the event. A social hour at 6 p.m. will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
American Legion Department Commander Timothy VanPatton, Department President Sally Johnston, and Department SAL Detachment Commander John Knapp Sr. will be the featured speakers and honored at this joint testimonial dinner.
Tickets are available by sending dinner choice (steak/chicken/haddock/vegetarian) and check for $23 per person made out to Monroe County American Legion to Donald Linborg, 177 Mildahn Road, Macedon, NY 14502. Deadline is January 31; tickets are limited.
Monroe County Commander Joseph Marhatta; Carolyn Emerson, Monroe County Auxiliary President, and County SAL Detachment Commander Jim Maloney will be on hand to welcome guests to the area.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 20, 2013
Broadbent inducted into National Soccer Hall of Fame
by Warren Kozireski
Former Spencerport high school boys soccer head coach as well as College at Brockport player and coach Ron Broadbent was inducted into the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in ceremonies held January 18 as part of the organization’s national convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Broadbent led the Rangers for 21 seasons - the longest tenure of any soccer coach - winning eight Section Five titles over an 11-year span between 1969 and 1980. Included was the magical 1974 season with the Rangers finishing 17-1-1 and number one in New York State.
Broadbent was a member of the 1955 National Champion Men’s Soccer team when the Golden Eagles were declared the co-National Champions with Penn State University compiling a perfect 10-0 record. He later coached the Golden Eagles for three seasons starting in 1981.
He was the New York State Section Five Soccer Chair and held several positions for the NSCAA; a Board of Directors member 1977 to 1992, including the Convention program chair (1980-84) and President in 1992. Broadbent also served as High School History and Records chair in 1995-96 and chair of the High School Long Term Achievement Award committee in 1998.
Broadbent earned many honors over the years, such as the NHSACA High School Coach of the Year (1980), NSCAA Letter of Commendation (1997) and Robert W. Robinson Award (2000).
He was inducted into the Spencerport Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984, is a member of the Section V Soccer Hall of Fame and the Golden Eagles Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1955 team that was inducted in 2005.
Adrian Peterson selected as the Hickok Belt™ Award winner for December
Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has been selected as the Hickok Belt Award winner for the month of December 2012. Voting was conducted by a select panel of members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). Peterson ran away with the award based on his performance in a month that saw him gain 861 yards as he carried the Vikings into the playoffs. Peterson finished December with a total of 2,097 rushing yards for the season, the second most all time.
Other finalists for the month of December in order of how the NSSA voters ranked them were: Peyton Manning (football), Lionel Messi (soccer), Juan Manuel Marquez (boxing), LeBron James (basketball), Marshawn Lynch (football), Tom Brady (football), Drew Brees (football), Kobe Bryant (basketball) and Graeme McDowell (golf).
Details for the award ceremony to honor the 2012 award winners and unveil this year’s overall Hickok Belt Award champion are being finalized. Event details, including ticket information for the event will be announced in the coming weeks. To learn more about the upcoming event as well as the history of the Hickok Belt Award visit www.HickokBelt.com
Wersinger paces Rangers
by Warren Kozireski
Max Wersinger had two individual firsts and was part of the winning opening relay team as Spencerport swam to a 92-75 victory at Churchville-Chili.
The Rangers 200-yard medley relay unit of Jared Kettinger, Kameron Keyes, Wersinger and Trevor Benson opened the meet with a win in 1:50.20.
Wersinger then touched first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:10.4 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:04.6.
Benson won the 50-yard freestyle in :24.26 and Keyes took the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.3. Leo Buoye and Chad Colby finished 1-2 in diving for the Rangers.
For the Saints, Kyle Podlaski had two individual firsts - the 100-yard freestyle in :52.93 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.7 and was part of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team with Spencer Naab, Joe Hunt and Marty Belfield in 3:45.7.
Naab also took first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58.7 and Ryan Hardy won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:15.5.
Broderick finishes Rangers comeback
by Warren Kozireski
Sophomore guard Caitlin Broderick scored six points over the final two minutes, including a trey and three free throws, to complete a comeback from a 17-point first half deficit as Spencerport topped host Churchville-Chili 50-48 in girl’s basketball.
The Saints went on a 16-2 run starting late in the first period and extending into the second to take a 24-7 lead and led by 12 at the half.
Both teams found their offense in the third quarter combining for 28 points with the Saints still holding a ten point lead after three quarters.
But several of their best players were in foul trouble and eventually fouled out during the final stanza opening the door for the Rangers comeback.
Christa White and Emily Leone each had four points early in the fourth to draw Spencerport to within four points of the lead with three minutes left. Leone hit a driving layup and White two free throws to cut the lead to two leading to Broderick’s finish.
A trey from the right corner with 1:48 remaining tie the game and an Allie Dobles free throw put Spencerport up by one. Saints junior captain Maggie Tabone knocked down a pair of free throws with 1:08 left to again put the Saints up by one, but Broderick hit one free throw with 28 seconds left to tie the game and two more with 15 seconds left in spite of a jeering home Saints crowd to give the Rangers the win.
Leone topped the Rangers with a double-double leading with 17 points and adding ten rebounds and six blocks. Broderick finished with 14 points and White also had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Carly Zimmerman led the Saints with 15 points with Tabone adding nine and Brooke Ennis eight.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 20, 2013
High school seniors spend day learning from community and alumni
Byron-Bergen Sr. High School 12th graders held their annual Senior Experience Day/Alumni Visit, which offered various informative programs to all senior students on topics such as college, military, and careers.
The featured keynote speaker was The College at Brockport’s Chief of University Police Robert Kehoe, in which his presentation entitled “Beware/Be Aware” spoke directly to students.
Among other activities during the event, representatives from outside agencies, military, local businesses, and colleges offered programs, including No Means No; Apply Now; Financing College; Building Trades; Campus Security; Build Your Own Business; Social Networking; Financial Independence; Precision Machining; Understanding the Military; and Overcoming Senioritis.
Byron-Bergen CSD alumni also shared their experiences with seniors and about what students can possibly expect after graduation.
Hilton students model their own fashions, receive tips from former Miss USA
Students in Carol Cowan’s Fashion Clothing class had their moment in the spotlight after weeks of hard work on their own fashions. After studying the elements of design, color, sewing machine operation, patterns and textiles, the class visited Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store to pick out patterns and fabric.
Freshman Connor Vick said it took her about two weeks to sew her black dress. “I like that I could make something that I could actually use,” she said.
The fashion show has been held twice a year, in January and June, for the past 18 years. Mary Therese Friel, former Miss USA and Ford Model, along with her husband, Kent, judge the students on their presentations and award prizes. Friel said that out of the 230 invitations or so that they receive every year, she and Kent only accept two - and one is to judge the Hilton Fashion Show. Before the show, Friel always stresses to the students the importance of a good education no matter what career path they decide to take.
After the first year students modeled their creations, sophomore Sara Hudson, who is doing an independent study course, modeled her fashions with the help of her fellow students. Sara doesn’t use pre-made patterns to sew her clothing, but instead draws her own designs and cuts the pattern from muslin while draping it on a dress form. “I’ve been sewing since fifth grade,” she said. “My sisters would always give me their hand-me-downs, but they never fit right, so I started making them into something else.” Sara aspires to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and become a clothing designer.
While everyone enjoyed refreshments made by the Career and Financial Management class, Cowan and the Friels decided on the awards. Receiving first prize was Leandra Price, second prize Matthew Wagner, third prize O-Jahnique Hill, fourth prize Lyudmila Voronina, and fifth prize Connor Vick. All of the students received a certificate, information about Mary Therese Friel’s modeling agency, and a McDonald’s certificate. Sara Hudson also was presented with a gift certificate to a fabric store and Cowan’s old smocking plate.
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Northwood hosts fifth annual Disability Awareness Day
Northwood Elementary School in the Hilton Central School District welcomed visitors from The Advocacy Center for the fifth annual Disability Awareness Day during which fourth graders learned about the challenges and opportunities for people with disabilities. The volunteers began the day with an opening assembly that taught students how to talk to and refer to people with disabilities.
Students then did various activities and watched demonstrations that helped them experience different impairments, such as autism, Down’s syndrome, blindness, deafness, paralysis, and loss of use of a limb. This included the opportunity to use a recumbent, hand-pedaled bicycle. “Students see that with the use of adaptive equipment, paraplegics and amputees can adapt to anything,” said Brennan Coon, a member of The Advocacy Center’s outreach program to schoolchildren.
One of the highlights of the day was a visit from two little dogs, Hope - a dachshund born with no front legs, and Marco - a five-week old Chihuahua born with a cleft lip. They are being cared for by Sue Rogers, founder of The Mia Foundation, which helps animals born with disabilities. “If we educate children about animals with disabilities, they are more apt to accept children with disabilities,” said Rogers.
School Nurse Angie Grasso and Physical Education Teacher Colleen Coles organize Disability Awareness Day for fourth grade students each year. “Fourth graders are at a very impressionable age,” said Grasso. “And we have two more years with them to follow up on what they learned today,” before they move on to a different school.
The Advocacy Center, located on South Avenue in Rochester, builds the capacity of individuals with disabilities and their families to advocate for themselves, realize their personal goals, and make positive changes in their lives and in their communities.
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OBITUARIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 20, 2013
•Fletcher, Ruby, age 98, died January 13, 2013 in North Carolina. Predeceased by her loving husband of 70 years, Laymen Emerald Fletcher. Ruby is survived by her daughters Shirley Horwath and husband Fred (Skip); Sylvia Knight and husband Jim; Donna Gilbert and husband Terry and her son Donald (Bob) Fletcher and wife Lorraine. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Scott Horwath and wife Kim; Kristen Taylor, Jimmy Knight and wife Katrina, Kevin Knight and wife Miranda, Jackie Knight, Todd Gilbert and wife Stephanie, Jacob Fletcher and wife Beth and Jill Siler and husband William; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild.
Ruby served the Lord with her husband Reverend Laymen Fletcher for 46 years in Canada and Western New York. In the early 60s they moved to the Hilton/Parma area and focused their work with God at the Parma Free Methodist Church. In 1969 a new church and parsonage was built in Parma at the corner of Burritt Road and Route 259. After retirement the couple lived in North Chili, Spencerport and Florida. In 2007 Ruby and Laymen moved to Harrisburg, North Carolina, to be closer to two of their daughters, Sylvia and Donna, and their families. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 21, 2007 and Laymen died two months later on August 21, 2007.
A Service to celebrate her life was held January 19. Interment, Carolina Memorial Cemetery.
•Clement, Patricia Ann (McKay), peacefully on January 9, 2013. Patricia is predeceased by her parents Donald F. and Ruth B. McKay. Survived by her siblings Donald C. (Wanda) McKay of Houston, Texas, Barbara (Terry) Monroe of Loveland, Colorado. Also survived by her children Robert L. Clement of Denver, Colorado, Peggy R. Clement of Churchville; Carol A. Clement-Claussen of Des Moines, Iowa, and her grandchildren Christopher, Adam, Katy, Angela and Abigale; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial Services were held January 14 at The Brockport Free Methodist Church, Brockport. Contributions can be made to American Diabetes Association, 160 Allens Creek Road, Rochester, NY 14618 or The University of Rochester, AIR Annual Fund, Medical Center Advancement, 300 East River Road, P.O. Box 278996, Rochester, NY, 14627 in her memory.
•Donahue, Clifford G. Jr., On January 10, 2013 at age 68. Predeceased by his parents George and Shirley Donahue. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Patricia; children Harry (Robin), Jim (Debi), Marlene (Rick) Whitten; grandchildren Chris, Randy, Kayla, Ashley, Alyssa and Kyle and his sister Betty Donahue. Cliff retired from Manitou Concrete with 34 years in the Teamsters Local 118 and was an active member in the Brockport Volunteer Fire Department.
His Funeral Service was held January 15 at the Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., Brockport. Interment Lakeview Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the School of the Holy Childhood, CURE Childhood Cancer Association or the Alzheimer’s Association in his memory.
•Fogg, Sophia H., On January 11, 2013 at age 96. Predeceased by her husband Victor, grandson Tom “TJ” Cond and son-in-law Joe Cond. She is survived by her son Lawrence (Shirley) Goff; daughter Elsie Cond; grandchildren Vicki, Lynn and Wesley, 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; niece and nephew. Sophia was employed at Eastman Kodak Company for 25 years.
A Graveside Service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in the spring. Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory.
•Peckham, Helen O. (nee Owens), Age 84, formerly of Holland, died January 15, 2013. Beloved wife of the late Laurence F. Peckham; mother of L. Douglas (Sue) Peckham, Daniel L. (Peg) Peckham, Richard A. Peckham, Donald L. (Pam Miller) Peckham; sister of the late Bernice Lewis, Lawrence Owens, Marguerite Owens, Edna Hawks, Walter Owens, Florence Owens, Dorothy Northrup, Marian Lindberg; also survived by five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held January 18 at Holland United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Delevan Cemetery. Donations can be made to the church or Lakeside Beikirch Care Center, Brockport in her memory.
•Baker, Jeanette E., January 11, 2013, age 89. Predeceased by her husband Bernard. Survived by her son, Bernard (Sharon) of Black Lake, New York; sisters, Doris Laubscher and Marge Perrin; brothers, Donald Bolt and William (Nancy) Bolt of Iowa; sisters-in-law, Harriet Pierce of Florida and Barbara Wolf; grandchildren, Linda (Rich) Bergeron, Tina (Brad) Winnick and Thomas (Jennifer) Baker; great-grandchildren, Nicole and Christopher Bergeron, Eric Winnick, Angelia Bergeron of Florida; great-great-grandchild, Dorien Campbell of Florida; several nieces and nephews. She was a life member of the Chili Post 1830 Ladies Auxiliary.
Funeral Services were held January 15 at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili. Interment, St. Pius Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hope Hall School, 1612 Buffalo Road, Rochester 14624 in her memory.
•Mitchell, Charles P., January 11, 2013, age 83. Predeceased by his wife, Dolores. Survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Berry and Lisa Corio; grandchildren, Jennifer (Steve) Baumgart and Joshua (Ashley) Corio; great-granddaughter, Audrey Corio; ex-wife, Barbara Mitchell. Chuck was a member of the Free Masons. Retired Banker from Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Producers Bank in Bradford, Pennsylvania and Vision Federal Credit Union in Endicott. He was also a Korean War Navy Veteran.
Services were held January 14 at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili. Donations can be made to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in his memory.
•Webster, Marie J., January 14, 2013, age 70. Predeceased by her son, Robert Webster. Survived by her children, Lynn (John) Romagnolo, David (Wendi) Webster and Patrick Cusick; grandchildren, Joseph, Jillian, Samantha and Sydney; brother, Richard (Linda) Rolpert; several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held January 18 at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili. Interment, Grove Place Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in her memory.
•Jock, Gloria, on January 7, 2013. She is survived by her son, Darren Jock; daughter, Arden Leber; grandchildren, Nicholas, Devin and Devona Jock; a great-grandson, Aiden Jock. Gloria was a retiree of Lakeside Hospital (Maternity Ward).
Interment private, Lakeside Cemetery, Hamlin.
•Dunbar, William M., January 13, 2013, age 67. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret, 2011. Survived by his sons, Michael (Brenda) and Paul (Trish) Dunbar; grandchildren, Zack, Tabitha and Billy; step-father, Warren Neracker; sister Karen (Bill) Wright; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held January 20 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton. Contributions can be made to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in his memory.
•MacWilliam, Catherine I. “Kay”, Peacefully, December 9, 2012, age 93. Predeceased by her husband, Edgar. Survived by her sons, Alex (Marrilee), Roy and Don (Kate) MacWilliam; grandchildren, Dina (Kevin) Robbins, Gregory MacWilliam and Ashley (Nate) Johnson.
A Memorial Service was held January 19 at Hilton United Methodist Church. Contributions can be made to her Church Memorial Fund in her memory.
•Schweitzer, Susan S. “Sue” (Smith), Peacefully on January 14, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Ernie Schweitzer. Survived by her daughter, Sandra (Vince) Micillo; grandsons, Justin and Nathan Micillo; brother, Homer (DeeAnn) Smith; several nieces, nephews and dear friends.
A Memorial Service was held January 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencerport. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery. Donations can be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, 191 Nicholas Street, Spencerport, NY 14559 or the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450 in her memory.
•Heaton, Tom, Suddenly, January 9, 2013 at age 65 surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his parents. Survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Kathleen (Murphy); children, Kristine (Sam) Cerami and Tommy (Jerilynne) Heaton; grandchildren, Samantha and Libby Cerami, Jenna, Ty and Evan Heaton; sister, Susan (Don) Stagliano; brothers, Noel Heaton and Alex (Lynn) Heaton; sisters-in-law, Jean (Joe) Eichas and Patty Simpson; brother-in-law, Danny (Kathleen) Murphy; nieces, nephews and friends.
His Celebration of Life Service was held January 14 at Spiritus Christi Church, Rochester. Contributions can be made to Spiritus Christi Outreach Ministry in his memory.
•Logan, Doris E., Peacefully on January 13, 2013, at age 98. She is predeceased by her husband, David J.; son, James W. Logan; her brothers, Elwood, Vernon and Pete Howard. Survived by granddaughter, Melissa Logan; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Logan; brother, Jack Howard; sister-in-law, Eloise Howard; cousin, Shirley (George) Bittner; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral Serices were held January 17 at New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Interment, Falls Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church of West Webster, 570 Ridge Road, Webster, NY 14580 in her memory.
•Wilkinson, Velma M., January 14, 2013. Predeceased by her former husband Robert F. Wilkinson; sister Wilma Burke. Survived by her children, Lynne (Ray) Ripperger and Jeffrie (Sheryl) Wilkinson; grandchildren, Shawn Wilkinson, Kari Ripperger, Bethany (Gary) Mammarello, Kristin (Mike) Eldridge, Jennifer (Josh) Graupman, Jason (Nikki) Wilkinson, Kelli Wilkinson, Erik Wilkinson; nine great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Lyle Burke; three nieces.
A Memorial Service was held January 19 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7, Syracuse, NY 13057 in her memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2013
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2013
Finger Lakes Regional Sustainability Plan Coalition to hold first round of public meetings
The first round of public meetings associated with the Cleaner, Greener Communities Finger Lakes Regional Sustainability Plan are slated for the middle of January. The meetings will focus on providing interested parties with an overview of the process, plan goals and themes, and the draft indicators. We will also begin discussions on strategies for implementation.
The first round of Public Meetings for the Cleaner Greener Communities Finger Lakes Regional Sustainability Plan will be Tuesday, January 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Genesee County Building 2 located at 3837 West Main Street Road, Batavia and also from 6 to 8 p.m. on January 15 at the Sanford Room at the Hobart & William Smith Colleges Library in Geneva. On Wednesday, January 16, at the Rochester Institute of Technology Golisano Institute for Sustainability in Rochester, the last of the three public meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Coalition, including the nine counties in the region, the City of Rochester, municipalities, Genesee Transportation Council and Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council are developing a Regional Sustainability Plan that encompasses the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) area. The development of a comprehensive regional sustainability plan is the fist stage of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program and is intended to develop a vision, goals and objectives for a sustainable future, identify actions needed to achieve the future and outline metrics to measure success.
The Finger Lakes Regional Sustainability Plan will outline tangible actions for improving the long-term sustainability of communities and natural resources. Specifically, the Plan will identify current greenhouse gas emissions and energy use along with available natural resources and economic assets, liabilities and opportunities, strategies for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, energy improvements, and the deployment of renewable energy sources; long-term and short-term sustainability goals for energy supply, transportation, water management, waste management, land use, open space, agriculture, housing and economic development; and actions to achieve these goals and barriers to implementation.
For information on the Finger Lakes regional sustainability plan contact David Zorn at G/FLRPC, 585-454-0190 x14 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Finger Lakes Regional Sustainability Plan website at www.sustainable-fingerlakes.org.
For information on the Cleaner Greener Communities program, contact Lindsay Robbins at NYSERDA, 212-971-5342 ext. 3008 or email@example.com.
DEC accepting applications for environmental justice community impact grants
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting applications for the Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants (EJ Grants), according to DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. DEC’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) will award more than $1 million to organizations serving communities that face multiple sources of environmental risks.
EJ grant awards will range from $2,500 to $50,000 to help local organizations with projects that address environmental and/or public health concerns. Ten percent of the total EJ grant will be designated as “Green Gems Grants” where individual groups will be awarded $2,500 to $10,000 to be used exclusively for community-based monitoring, stewardship and education projects involving community gardens, parks and other open space.
Funding for the EJ grants comes from the Environmental Justice Community Impact Research Grant program. Launched in 2006, the program concentrates on communities that have historically been overburdened by problems such as a high density of contaminated sites, noise, air and water pollution, health problems and lack of green space and waterfront access.
A wide variety of projects can be supported by this grant program, including community gardens and green roofs, air and water quality monitoring, lead poisoning prevention, urban forestry, subsistence fishing education, environmental education for urban youth, inventories of local pollution sources and green worker training.
Grant applications are due Friday, March 8 and awards are expected to be made in early summer. During the last grant round in 2011, DEC awarded 24 grants totaling more than $1 million.
As part of the new EJ Grant application round, OEJ will host a series of grant workshops at various locations around the state in January . Details will be posted on OEJ’s grant web page at http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/31226.html.
BPD postpones annual awards presentations
In the wake of the Christmas eve tragedy in West Webster, no awards were handed out at the annual Brockport Stetson Club/Brockport Police Department awards dinner January 6 at the Brockport Exempts Club.
The gathering included dinner, but Stetson Club President Brian Winant announced to those in attendance that “out of respect for the fallen firefighters in West Webster, we will not do public awards this year.”
Officer Winant called for a moment of silence for those killed and the injured, “We are keeping the victims and the injured in our thoughts,” he said.
Those in attendance included former Brockport Police Chiefs Robert Henry and Gary Zimmer, current Brockport Fire Chief Mike Henry, Brockport Fire District Commissioner Larry Vaughan and village trustees Kent Blair, Carol Hannan, Margaret Blackman and Bill Andrews.
Board delays on vote for snow plowing agreement
by Kristina Gabalski
BROCKPORT -- Although Brockport Mayor Connie Castaneda has directed the village DPW to plow snow from Brockport Fire District properties in the village, village board members have yet to vote on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two entities regarding snow plowing and vehicle/facility use.
The amended MOU was on the village board agenda for the January 8 regular meeting, but because several trustees continued to express concerns over wording in the agreement regarding village and police department use of a fire district van and meeting rooms, there was no vote on the MOU.
Trustee Bill Andrews made a motion to authorize the mayor to instruct the DPW to plow snow from the fire district properties in the village in the same manner as in the past. The motion also called for the DPW and fire district commissioners to come up with estimates regarding the cost of snow plowing.
Trustee Margaret Blackman said the village and fire district had already agreed to the amount of $1,000 for plowing the lots for the winter season.
“The simpler the motion, the better,” she said.
Trustee Andrews said that the $1,000 fee agreed upon was a “convenient” way to solve the problem but, “I don’t know if it is accurate,” he said.
Both Trustee Andrews and Trustee Carol Hannan expressed concerns over wording that remains in the MOU regarding use by the village police department of the fire district van and meeting rooms at the Market Street Firehouse. Trustee Hannan said she would like to see the wording removed and Trustee Andrews said the fire district already has a vehicle use policy in place and is in the process of drafting a facility use policy.
Trustee Andrews noted the MOU contains 33 stipulations in respect to use of the van, calling them “ridiculous.”
Mayor Connie Castaneda said she has already directed the DPW to plow the lots and the two entities have settled on a fee. She said she didn’t see anything unreasonable in the amended MOU and questioned why the board could not approve it.
“The language is there for the protection of the two different entities, “ she said.
Trustee Blackman suggested the snow plowing and vehicle/facility use issues be handled in separate MOU’s.
Trustee Andrews’ motion failed by a vote of 3 no to one yes, with Andrews casting the only yes vote. Trustee Kent Blair was excused from the meeting.
Board members decided to discuss their concerns with the village attorney at the next regular board meeting January 22.
2013 Farm Food Safety Trainings workshops offered
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell Vegetable Team, Cornell Lake Ontario Fruit Team and Cornell National GAPs Program along with assistance from NYS Dept. Ag. & Markets, will be presenting farm food safety training - GAPs (including Harmonized GAPs) in 2013. These workshops are funded through a grant by the Genesee Valley Regional Marketing Authority.
A new program, Harmonized GAPs, has been developed to combine several food safety certifications into one program. New York’s retail produce buyers are asking growers to adopt Harmonized GAPs certification in many cases. In response, Cornell National GAPs Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension have developed a multi-day workshop.
The first day of training will focus on the details of what GAPs is, how it works and what it means for a farming operation. The second day will be devoted to helping participants write a food safety plan as required for audit certification. A laptop computer is required for the second day.
Cost is $60 for two days for one person. If you are bringing one to two additional people, add $10 for each to cover lunch. Program runs 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days:
•January 15 - 16 to be held at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Food Research Lab Room 251, 630 West North Street, Geneva. The focus will be on berries but all fresh produce growers are invited.
•January 30 - 31 to be held in Mt. Morris at the Livingston County Highway Department, 4389 Gypsy Lane, Mt. Morris, NY 14510 - the focus will be on potatoes, but all fresh produce growers are welcome to attend.
•February 7 - 8 to be held in Batavia at the Fire Training Center, 7690 State Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020 - general GAPs training for all produce growers.
Register online at http://cvp.cce.cornell.edu or mail in registration form and payment to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County, Attn: Angela Parr, 480 N. Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. Make checks payable to: “Cornell Cooperative Extension.”
Snowmobile safety certification courses offered in Clarkson in February
The New York State Park Police and the Salmon Creek Snowmobile Club will be co-sponsoring a snowmobile safety certification course for youth on February 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course is targeted for young persons ages 10 to 18. All youth, ages 10 to 18, must have a snowmobile safety certificate to operate a snowmobile alone anywhere other than on family owned or leased land. Youth who complete the training and pass the exam will receive their certification.
The course will be held at the Town of Clarkson Lodge, located at Hafner Park, 3641 Lake Road North, Brockport, (located near the Clarkson Town Court). Pre-registration is required. The Salmon Creek Snowmobile Club will provide pizza as a working lunch, or participants can bring a bag lunch. Call the New York State Park Police at 585-658-4692 to register. Space will be limited so call early.
For information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.nysparks.com.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2013
Shoppers have options at winter farmers markets
by Kristina Gabalski
Consumers have a growing number of options for purchasing local, fresh-from-the-farm produce and farm products during the winter months.
Churchville grower Ed Fraser says there are now two winter farmers markets in Monroe County, the Small World Bakery’s farmer’s cooperative at the Rochester Public Market and the Good Food Collective, which is a multi-farm, community-supported agriculture project offering year-round membership programs.
“It’s beginning to snowball a little bit,” Fraser says of the collective, which began with 100 shares and will grow to 1200 shares for this coming summer’s market.
Fraser is well acquainted with winter farmers markets. He helped to start the Highland Park winter market which recently closed, he says, because of the new markets now available locally. “It met its purpose by increasing awareness of what farmers in Western New York can grow throughout the winter,” Fraser says.
He currently takes produce to the Small World Bakery’s farmers cooperative stand at the Rochester Public Market on Saturdays. “It sells right out,” he notes. “There’s plenty of market out there.”
Like an increasing number of local growers, Fraser uses high tunnels to extend his season, growing cold hardy crops through the winter. He also is well-stocked with vegetables that store well like winter squash, cabbages, rutabagas, carrots, turnips and celeriac.
“I have leeks, onions and shallots,” he says, “and garlic, that’s my speciality.”
The East Side Winter Farmers Market is held Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon through April 27 and is located at 2555 Baird Road in Penfield, at the rear of the Cytec building parking lot.
Market Coordinator Mary Bartolotta says the winter market, “Sprang out of a need for local products and local produce during the winter months on the east side of Rochester. When the Mendon and Fairport Market closed at the end of the summer, vendors and consumers had nowhere to go. So, with the large open space and extra room at the Cytec warehouse, it was a perfect match. We started the market in the fall to test the waters. A select few vendors came from both the Mendon and Fairport Markets. There was a great response by local customers.”
Bartolotta says vendors include organic farmers and most employ special practices.
“We have grass-fed beef from Rick Austin. Jeff Makusij sells organically raised chicken and green lettuces from the most beautiful soil on earth. We have potatoes and root vegetables from the Sunscape, Papineau, Campbell and Walstead farms,” she says.
In addition to produce, Walnut Sunrise carries raw honey and organic garlic from their farm in Mendon, Bartolotta says.
“The Wohlschlegel farm brings maple syrup and other maple products ranging from maple cream spread to hot maple mustard. Our dairy farmer at Vanillen Dairy carries creamy cheeses and cheesecakes. Tripleberry Farms brings their pesticide-free jams and tripleberry brownies and in season will have fresh berries,” Bartolotta says.
Also available are prints, candles, soap, jewelry and other crafts from The Rochester Artisans.
“Our customer base in the surrounding area is getting excited about the market,” she says. “This is such a needed, fun, warm way to bring our community together.”
Customers enter the market through the Mooseberry Café. “Within the Cytec warehouse, Mooseberry Café and Soap Company is housed,” Bartolotta says. Concerts and other events are also lined up, she says. “Peter Blum from Woodstock, New York, will be giving a concert, Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the market space area. Tickets are $20. Benefit concerts and open mike nights will follow in March,” Bartolotta adds.
For information about the market or events call 585-348-9022 or email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Long Season Winter Farmers Market is held Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Brookside Center, 220 Idlewood Road in Brighton. It is easy to access the market from South Winton between Westfall and 590.
Market Manager Sue Gardner Smith says more and more customers are willing to support a winter market.
“Support from the community is strong,” she says. “Farmers work to make their products available longer. It’s a wonderful thing - support is strong for the local food system.”
The wintertime market also helps support local farmers, she explains, because this can be a challenging time of year financially for them.
Gardner Smith notes some root crops become sweeter after the ground freezes and growers utilize high tunnel/hoop houses allowing them to grow cold hardy crops including greens in the winter as well as start the next growing season earlier.
“They will have plenty (of produce) throughout the winter,” she says.
One grower has a hydroponic operation for growing fresh greens, lettuces, watercress and Asian greens, Gardner Smith says.
Additional produce featured at the market includes carrots, green kale, leeks, turnips, cabbage, winter squash, beets, beet greens, braising greens, fennel, celeriac and eggs.
The Long Season Market has baked goods, cheese products, maple syrup and spreads, local honey, pasta that is locally made and “nice herbal products,” Gardner Smith says.
People come from as far as 30 miles away to shop the market, she adds.
The Long Season Winter Farmers Market is a collaboration of the Brighton and South Wedge Farmers Markets and is sponsored by the Town of Brighton.
Smiles across the miles
Thanks to all those who participated in the Stockings for Soldiers program, the Trees for Troops through Stokoe Farms, and the care packages sent by Auxiliary Unit #330 of The Ferris-Goodridge American Legion Post #330.
What a morale booster for these men and women serving overseas to have Christmas delivered to them wherever they may be serving on land and on sea. To see these smiles, knowing that a difference has been made during this holiday time, has to be priceless.
To Walker Brothers/Perotto Family, thank you again for the over 2,800 stockings you shipped overseas. To Stokoe Farms, thank you for the over 60 trees sent through sponsorships by the communities/individuals overseas and the many you sent stateside as well; to our auxiliary unit that faithfully sends out monthly care packages that totaled 225 this year. Many thanks have to go out to businesses, individuals, other Legion Posts and Auxiliary Units, and communities, villages, and towns from Spencerport to Webster and any in between for helping make a difference even for a day in the lives of these men and women.
Finally, a thank you to locations that have been used as drop off points for the products that go into these monthly care packages: Unisex Hair Salon, Tina’s Natural Nails, Chili Senior Center, RJ Printing and American Legion Post #330.
Pictured, in Afghanistan, Chili Councilmember Mike Slattery’s nephew (center) and friends who received Stockings for Soldiers.
Information and photo provided by Barb Marhatta Sec. Unit #330
Brockport Kiwanis to host Masquerade/Mardi Gras Ball
The Brockport Kiwanis Club hosts their third Masquerade/Mardi Gras Ball on February 2 at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by the Brockport Big Band. A presentation will be made to Guest of Honor, Mike Guerrieri,
Flash,” for his community involvement. Organizers say the event will be held at the Brockport Elks Lodge and will feature great music, rotating hor d’oeuvres, dancing and door prizes. Costumes are optional.
The Brockport Big Band consists of local musicians with a love for Big Band music. It was founded in 2005 by Lorie Bryant and is directed by Walt Perkins. They have played four times at the Rochester International Jazz Fest and at many venues around the Monroe County area. During this evening’s performance, standards from the 1930s and ‘40s will be included in the repertoire along with more recent arrangements of funk and popular tunes.
The proceeds of the event will help the Brockport Kiwanis fund their mission in helping the children in the community and around the world. Tickets are $40 per couple and $25 for individuals. For tickets call Dr. Daniel Perry at (585) 637-5398, State Farm 637-5358 or ask a Brockport Kiwanis member.
Erin Corbett, a Brockport native, has joined the Heart of God Haiti team on site in Kenscoff, Haiti. Heart of God Haiti maintains a Christian educational center there, which provides needy children with food, shelter, education, and medical care. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, with high unemployment and functional illiteracy rates. Corbett will teach English to the children, to improve their chances of finding employment as adults.
Corbett has visited Haiti three times on Christian mission trips. After completing her teaching certificate in Childhood Education at The College at Brockport, Corbett served in Micronesia for two years with the Peace Corps, before returning to the U.S. for graduate studies in teaching English as a second language at Nazareth College.
“During my two years in Micronesia, I lived with a host family in a village without electricity or motorized vehicles. I know what it is like to live without running water, to live with people who are not native English speakers, to teach children with little language background.”
The Heart of God Haiti children’s center is co-located with a church in the mountains south of Port au Prince. The organization was started in 2008 by David and Julie Young (also Brockport residents), owners of Young and Company CPAs, LLP in Rochester. David Young, recently retired from the Army Reserve as a Lt. Colonel, spent nine months on special assignment in Haiti in 2005. After experiencing the difficult conditions there, he was moved to start a children’s center. The Youngs partnered with the Heart of God International Ministries organization to develop the program. The first school, located in Port au Prince, was destroyed during the 2010 earthquake. Many difficult months followed, during which the center was eventually moved to its present location in Kenscoff where Erin Corbett will be spending the next year living and working with the center’s 15 children.
Hilton Education Foundation hosts Comedy Night under the Stars
Tickets are available now for the Hilton Education Foundation 2013 Comedy Night under the Stars featuring the comedy styling of Danny Liberto, Julie Donofrio, and D-Low Dan Brown. The event takes place Saturday, January 19 at the Hilton Exempt Club, 137 South Avenue, with doors opening at 6 p.m. for the Silent Auction and the comedy starting at 7 p.m. Save $5 by purchasing tickets in advance - tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Summit Federal Credit Union Hilton Office and the Hilton Family Pharmacy. They also can be purchased online using PayPal at www.hiltoneducationfoundation.org.
Hilton Education Foundation is also seeking donations of tax-deductible items or services for the Silent Auction. The Foundation supplements technical, cultural and academic programs benefitting the daily curriculum and after-school programs at Hilton School District.
In addition to the Silent Auction and comedy show, the evening features music and hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards will be accepted.
Gates Community Theater seeks director for cabaret show
The Gates Community Theater is recruiting candidates for the position of artistic director for their cabaret show, being held on April 26 at the Italian American Community Center (IACC). Auditions for the show, which will include song and dance numbers, will be held in late February. Rehearsals will take place throughout March and April at the IACC.
Those interest in applying for the director position can contact Adeane Giagios at email@example.com.
The Gates Community Theater is committed to raising cultural awareness in the town of Gates through the performing arts. Participation in Gates Community Theater productions is multi-generational, multi-cultural, and geared for entertainment, historical and/or educational purposes, according to a press release.
Lewis earns Eagle rank
Robert A. Lewis, son of Robert and Margaret Lewis, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in December 2012.
His Eagle Scout project was to clean and paint the skate park located at the Sweden Town Park. Also as part of the skate park refurbishment, he repaired and painted a broken bleacher.
To fund the project, Lewis collected used items from troop members and the community. He sold those items at the Public Market garage sale in Rochester. He also received a number of monetary donations.
The entire project took 135 hours. The work required two days of scraping, priming and painting on top of the fundraising activities. Robert received strong support and guidance throughout the project from Sweden Town Supervisor Patricia Connors. He also received donations from Kristen Heyen Noble and the Brockport Sherwin Williams store.
Robert is a member of Boy Scout Troop 375 sponsored by the Conservation Club of Brockport. He is a junior at Brockport High School, where he is a member of the National Honor Society and a percussionist in the band. He is considering a career in the field of chemistry.
Scott Carpenter, assistant store manager, looks on as Hilton Mayor Joe Lee presents the Walt Horylev Civic Beautification Award to Ken Golding, TOPS store manager.
The first annual award resulted in a tie between the TOPS store in Hilton and Joe and Susan Fertitta, who improved several buildings in the Hilton central business district.
Marks 60 years in Lions Club
Lion Dave Moore is shown with his father, Wayne Moore, who was honored for his service to the Brockport Lions Club. Moore was presented with a service chevron and a letter from Lions Club International President Wayne Madden congratulating him for 60 years as a member of the Lions Club.
Wayne Moore joined the club in 1953 and has served as a “tail twister,” director, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd vice president, treasurer for 26 years, and president from 1962 to ‘63.
The Brockport Lions were established in 1952 and celebrated it’s 60th Anniversary in 2012.
For information on how to become a Lion, contact Greg Lund at 964-2774 or at Lunddargreg@aol.com.
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Officer Mike Geiger (left) from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection was the featured speaker at a recent Hilton Lions Club dinner meeting.
Geiger has served for ten years and is one of about twenty thousand agents responsible for monitoring the area from one entry port to the next for a width of about one hundred miles from the country’s border.
Pictured with Mike Geiger is Lions Club Program Chairman Brad Helmer.
Contact Jim Schiebel, 964-3619, for membership information.
Brockport Rotary gains member #27
Pictured, (l to r) Inductee Eric Jensen of Brockport, sponsor Dave Arnold and inductor Gene Wood are shown as Wood presents Jensen with the Club Directory which includes his name.
President Doug Clare and Arnold were responsible for recruiting Jensen who was the fourth new member in 2012. The club has been rebuilding its membership over the past two years.
Lakeside Hospital CEO addresses Brockport Rotary
Pictured (l to r) President Doug Clare presents a club banner to Lakeside’s turn-a-round CEO Hugh Collins who has a well-deserved reputation for helping facilities like Lakeside regain their financial footing.
Collins, who has been a Rotarian in at least three other states, focused on two primary issues: Lakeside’s highly rated medical quality standings and its struggle to regain its financial stability. Collins told members about Lakeside’s achievements and the A rating received last June for hospital safety and new equipment available.
John, Liz and Luke Rath built a Snow Bear in their yard in Hamlin Sunday, January 6.
Their mother, Debbie, says she’s not sure how the children managed to get the head on the bear but she does know a wheelbarrow was involved. She says she thinks their snow sculpture looked like the Coca-Cola® bear.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2013
Golden Eagles split in basketball
by Warren Kozireski
After winning just three of their first seven games this season, Brockport extended their winning streak to five straight with an 87-78 victory over visiting Geneseo in men’s college basketball.
In the women’s contest, Geneseo never trailed though Brockport closed to within 7-6 before the Knights went on a 29-3 run and never looked back in a 79-43 win.
The men managed just two points over the first seven minutes of the first half before exploding for 38 over the final 13 minutes.
Senior Jordan Major hit three consecutive treys in three trips while sophomore Lance Legister followed with a three-pointer and four foul shots of his own down the stretch of the first half.
Brockport led by as many as 15 points in the second half with four minutes remaining, but needed Jon Ivy and Bobby Bell to go 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final 39 seconds to seal the win.
“We playing more together; a lot harder,” said Ivy, who led the team with 22 points. “I think we’re coming together really strong picking up the defense. We just need to keep feeding off our defensive energy.”
In addition to Ivy, four other Golden Eagles scored in double figures: Major (18), Bell (15) and Legister (11). Matt Lee had a team-high six blocks with seven rebounds and seven points.
For the women, the story of the first half was a 38-17 rebound advantage for the Knights with 19 of those on the offensive end.
“It was something we talked about pre-game and we just didn’t do what we needed to do to limit their second chances,” said Brockport head coach Nicole Beauregard.
“They are an aggressive team and crash the boards hard. It’s hard to keep momentum (coming off their first conference win over Oneonta in the final game before the holiday break); we showed flashes of where we left off, but we need to grind it out and sweep the dust off.”
The leading scorer for the Golden Eagles was Cecilia Sigrist with 18 points.
Hilton grad Biz Reinhardt led the Knights with 11 rebounds and added six points.
“We came out of the locker room and focused on creating turnovers and playing solid defense and, coming off two losses, got back to the fundamentals of playing tight defense.”
#6 Blue Devils fall to #3 Pittsford grapplers at first Matthew Leach Memorial Dual
by Warren Kozireski
In a battle of two of the top wrestling teams in Section V, Brockport had their early lead disappear in a 36-24 loss to visiting Pittsford.
The event was the Matthew Leach Memorial Dual in memory of the 1992 Brockport graduate, Section V and Monroe County champion and former Program Assistant at Brockport and Pittsford who lost his life this past summer in a gun accident.
T-shirts with “Muggsy” printed on the back were sold and donations were accepted to create a memorial scholarship fund in his name.
The Blue Devils jumped out to an early lead with TJ Rowe opening the match with a third period fall in 5:14 at 145 lb. Justin Clay earned a pair of third period takedowns in his 9-4 decision at 160 lb. and Jacob Sweet made his first period takedown stand up in his 2-0 victory at 170 lb.
In a battle of top wrestlers, Jared Mesiti registered a second period fall in 2:59 at 182 lb. to stake the Blue Devils to an 18-3 lead, but Pittsford won the next seven consecutive bouts.
Connor Dowe gave the Blue Devils hope with a pin in 3:43 after falling behind 7-1 in the first period in his 126 lb. match to pull Brockport to within five of the lead, but Pittsford won the final two bouts to secure the win.
Brockport’s Bartalo wins long and speed events
by Warren Kozireski
Nate Bartalo finished first in the 50-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle to pace Brockport to a 95-69 win over Churchville-Chili in boys swimming.
Bartalo won the 50 in :23.88 - more than two full seconds over the second place finisher - and the 500 with a time of 5:16.67.
Nick Olson won the 200-yard individual medley for the Blue Devils in 2:18.61, Nate Heitz took the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.29, Adam Wilson finished first in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.08 and Josh Stiefel won the diving competition with 191.05 points.
The Brockport 200-yard medley relay team of Olson, Jared Heidt, Heitz and Chris Phillips won with a time of 1:53.07 and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Olson, Heitz, Dylan Costello and Joe Williams touched first in 1:40.41.
For Churchville-Chili, Marty Belfield won two individual events - the 200-yard freestyle in 2:04.13 and the 100-yard freestyle in :56.84. With Brockport swimming exhibition for the final two events, the Saints Kyle Podlaski finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.96 and the Saints 500-yard freestyle relay team of Belfield, Ryan Hardy, Kyle Wooding and Podlaski won in 4:11.30.
Saints comeback falls short
by Warren Kozireski
After leading through most of three quarters, the Churchville-Chili boys basketball team had a fourth quarter rally fall two points short in a 58-56 loss to Pittsford Sutherland.
The Saints went on a 9-0 run late in the first quarter on a pair of putbacks by Rashed Richardson, but watched the lead disappear when the offense managed just a single free throw over the first 6:18 of the second quarter.
Saints point guard Anthony Lewis took over in the third quarter with seven of his game-high 19 points to stake C-C to a one point lead, but that evaporated into a five point deficit with 1:27 remaining.
Austen Correia hit a trey from the left corner off an inbounds play with 35 seconds left and Richardson banked in a putback with 25 seconds left to pull the Saints to within two.
But after a five second violation by the Panthers on the ensuing inbounds, the Saints couldn’t get the equalizer.
Lewis had 19 points with a team high five assists for Churchville-Chili with Richardson recording a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Tyreke Mims added nine points and Cam Shipley added eight rebounds for the 1-6 Saints.
Hilton High School Sports Hall of Fame inducts four new members
The Hilton High School Sports Hall of Fame recently recognized four outstanding athletes for their achievements at Hilton High School and at the college level. This year’s honorees are: Jonathan Crumley ‘95 (Football): Aprille Sweeting Burton ‘95 (Volleyball), Cal Palumbo ‘07 (Volleyball, Basketball); and Tammy Page Gouger ‘88 (Soccer, Volleyball).
“We inducted the youngest member, Cal Palumbo, into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. That speaks to his outstanding achievements in volleyball and basketball. Tammy Page-Gouger dominated her era in soccer before graduating in 1988. And ask anyone who say John Crumley and Aprille Sweeting-Burton compete and they will say that they were elite in the sports of volleyball and football respectively. These four athletes were simply the best of the best during their era,” said Athletic Director Michael Giruzzi.
The Hilton High School Sports Hall of Fame annually recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Hilton athletic program and in some cases, at a higher level, through their participation as athletes, coaches or administrators. The 2012 Induction Ceremony was held during the Hilton High School Hall of Fame Boys Basketball Tournament on December 28 with a reception and presentation before the game, and recognition at halftime.
Those qualifying for admission to the Sports Hall of Fame are graduates of Hilton High School who have been out of school a minimum of five years or coaches who have been retired from coaching for five years; individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Hilton sports program or have established themselves in the field of athletics at the local, state, national or international level (professional, Olympic, college athlete, coach, etc.); and students who, while in high school, received athletic honors such as All-American, All-State, All-Greater Rochester, State/Sectional Championship, Athlete of the Year, or All-County (overall team success and multiple-sport participation may also be considered). Any student who participated in Hilton High School athletics may be considered under special circumstances.
Members of the selection committee are: Brian Bartalo, Hilton High School principal and former swim coach; Tom Coyle ‘55, former Hilton statistician and record keeper; Jeff Merkel ‘84, athlete and track, cross country coach; Mike Whelehan ‘75, Hilton athlete and coach; Dick LeBeau, retired Hilton athletic director and coach; and Michael Giruzzi, Hilton director of athletics.
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SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2013
BHS to host world-famous trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, Feb. 6
The Brockport High School Band and Jazz Concert on February 6 at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium will feature guest trumpeter Allen Vizzutti.
Vizzutti is a classical and jazz artist who has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras, in recital, on television and in jazz venues around the world. He earned his bachelor and master of music degrees and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Vizzutti’s love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by many, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony.
Vizzutti will work with Brockport students from grades 4-12 on February 5 and 6. He will rehearse with the BHS Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Blue Notes and will perform with students at the concert on several pieces including Carnival of Venice, Ode to Trumpet, Dramatic Essay and several jazz pieces.
High School Band Directors Andrew Stoker and Shawn Halquist say they are excited to bring Vizzutti to Brockport.
“By bringing him to Brockport, we are able to give our students and community a once in a lifetime experience,” said Stoker. “We are grateful for the support of Yamaha musical instruments, Atlas Music, Kristen Heyen Noble, The Horn Doctor (Mike Snyder) and First Choice Educational Travel for helping to make this opportunity a reality.”
The concert is free and open to the public. Donations of non-perishable food items for the Brockport Food Shelf are appreciated. For a complete schedule of upcoming concerts, visit www.bcs1.org. Note: High School Bands concert has been added to the schedule for March 27, 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.
BCSD’s professional evaluation plans approved by state
The Brockport Central School district‘s plans for the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) of its teachers and principals met the criteria outlined in Education Law and were approved by the New York State Education Department. Approval by the January 17 deadline entitles Brockport to receive the state aid increase for this fiscal year.
This new, more comprehensive evaluation system includes very specific measures such as student performance outcomes and teacher and principal rubrics. The plan, which was a collaborative effort between the district, teacher and administrator leadership, remains focused on improving student learning and enhancing professional growth related to teaching and learning.
“This process gave us an opportunity to look at current practices to ensure they aligned with best practices,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lesli C. Myers. “We will monitor this first year and work with teachers and principals to continually improve the process. I would like to acknowledge the Brockport Teachers’ Association, the Brockport Administrators’ Association and the District negotiating team for their collective efforts in reaching a workable arrangement.”
The APPR is broken down into three parts: student growth on state and state approved assessments, student achievement based on locally-selecterd measures and teacher or principal performance.
“Two out of the three categories used to measure teacher and principal performance are based on student performance which is a significant shift from the prior evaluation system,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Rob Banzer. This accounts for 40% of the evaluation.”
The remaining 60% of the evaluation is based on teacher and principal performance. It includes state approved rubrics, observations, and classroom/school visits. For teachers, at least two classroom observations must be done each year by either a principal or another trained administrator.
“Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” coming to OMS
The A.D. Oliver Middle School Drama Club presents “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.,” February 1 at 7 p.m. and February 2 at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Brockport High School Auditorium, 40 Allen Street, Building 700.
The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series is the basis for the musical. Tom Mizer, a young teacher, wakes up on his first day of work. As his alarm goes off, Tom begins to rehearse his teaching technique. Soon, Tom’s thoughts begin to take life around him. In an attempt to calm himself, Tom turns on the TV. What’s on this morning? Why, it’s Schoolhouse Rock! Tom’s imagination springs to life. With the help of his alter egos, Dina, Dori, George, Joe and Shulie, Tom preps for his big day.
Tickets are $5 and may be reserved at www.bcs1.org/omstickets or purchased from the A.D. Oliver Middle School Main Office during school hours.
Pictured, the cast of “School House Rock” rehearsing “Elbow Room.”
High school students volunteer time to clean the Bergen Swamp
Students at Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School are spending time away from the classroom volunteering at the Bergen Swamp.
Although the majority of the student volunteers are volunteering as part of their community service requirement through either Participation In Government (PIG) class or the school’s National Honor Society, Science Teacher Steve Locke said there are a few students who volunteer without having a community service obligation.
“These students are attending for the fun of it,” said Locke.
Students help with the trail maintenance through “work parties” held every weekend. Approximately two to eight students attend the work parties each weekend. Either Locke or Lee Blair, BSPS president, lead the work parties.
Locke, who is also the vice president of the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society (BSPS), said the Bergen Swamp trails require constant maintenance due to the decay and sinking that is inherent to a wetland.
“We have strict restrictions, such as forbidding all motorized vehicles on our properties,” said Locke. “So, all of our trail maintenance is labor intensive. For example, we hand carry all tools and lumber to each site.”
Byron-Bergen wins Play to Get Fit Challenge through GCC
The Health and Physical Education department at Genesee Community College chose Byron-Bergen Elementary School as the winner of the 2012 “Play to Get Fit Challenge.”
The Genesee Play to Get Fit Program was created for third, fourth and fifth graders in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties) region to show how many minutes they spend active outside of school. Children kept track of the time they spent in physically-active play when they were not in school through a specially designed “Play to Get Fit” calendar log. Walking, biking, running, skating, swimming, playing a sport, playing tag, playing on a swing set and other active, creative games were all eligible for active “credit.” However, video fitness games were not eligible.
Byron-Bergen Elementary won with an average total of 2778.95 minutes spent active outside of school. Principal Brian Meister was presented with a plaque by Becky Dziekan, GCC’s director of Health and Physical Education and the students at Byron-Bergen were rewarded with a pizza party.
Genesee Community College prioritizes sports and recreation programs as an area of study. Transfer Degree Program (A.S.) include Physical Education Studies and Sport Management Studies. Career Degree Programs (A.A.S.) include Fitness and Recreation Management, which offers a new Golf Management Concentration to help turn your passion for golf into a career.
“We firmly believe that good healthy living starts in primary school and at the earliest ages and we hope to encourage people having active, fulfilling lives,” Professor Dziekan said. “This was our first Play to Get Fit initiative, but we strongly hope it will not be our last. We congratulate Byron-Bergen for this accomplishment and to all the participating students in the GLOW area for their effort and recognition of the value of being physically active.”
Byron-Bergen Jr. High School student wins Spelling Bee two years in a row
Byron-Bergen’s Russell Cunningham is a spelling bee champion, again.
Russell was awarded spelling bee champion recently at the annual Robert Fowler/Byron-Bergen Jr. High School and Buffalo News Spelling Bee, in association with The Scripps National Spelling Bee. Russell was also awarded champion last year.
Russell, an eighth-grader at Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School, landed the top honor after six rounds with 28 other students. He correctly spelled “electioneer” in the final round of the competition against his opponents, Olivia Audsley (grade 8), Clare Fraser (grade 8), Celia Merovich (grade 8), and Wade Thompson (grade 6).
“Russell is the only student at his school to correctly spell all 25 words in the preliminary test for the last two years,” said Jr. High School ELA Teacher Jason Blom.
Russell will complete a standardized written test February 6, which will determine his participation in the regional spelling bee, Western New York Oral Finals, March 10 at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.
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Erupting volcanoes, leaping lizards and shining stars all at St. Paul Lutheran School’s Science Fair
The entire family can enjoy the wonders of science at this year’s St. Paul Lutheran School Science Fair being held Friday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. Every St. Paul student will showcase a fair entry. Families will be able to explore the Star Lab, and visit up close and personal with a whole host of lizards from around the world.
The St. Paul Science Fair is free, open to the public and is offered as an opportunity to learn more about this Christian school, located at 158 East Avenue in Hilton that has been serving the community for 56 years. Call (585) 392-4000 extension 201 with any questions.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2013
•Garrison, Betty L. (Sehm), age 78 of Waukesha, Wisconsin, formerly of Brockport, died January 2, 2013. Predeceased by husband Bernard L. Garrison and grandson Mathew Monnier. Survived by sisters Marilyn (David) Catlin, Marion (Hank) Dilger and Margie Meyers; daughters Deborah (Robert) Monnier, Denise (Thomas) Doege, Catherine (Gerald) Duke; son, Stephen Barrus; grandchildren, James Monnier, Kristi Cox, Emily Monnier, Peter Barrus and great grandchildren, Melanie and Kyra Monnier; also survived by nieces and nephews Donald (Kimberly) Catlin, Jason Catlin, Debbie Catlin and great nieces Alexandra, Kiena and Alyssa. Also loved by many other friends and family members.
A celebration of Bernie and Betty’s life will be held at Brockport Free Methodist Church, 6787 4th Section Road, Brockport on January 19 at 11 a.m. Graveside Service at Holley Cemetery to follow.
•Mosher, Arthur G., On January 4, 2013 at age 93. Predeceased by his brother Gifford Mosher. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years Helen; children, Bruce (Elaine), Wayne (Gail), Ginny (Bruce) Spielman; grandchildren Bryan (Susan) Mosher, Derek (Beth) Mosher, Jeffrey Mosher, Morgan Mosher, Abby and Tyler Spielman; two great grandchildren Chase and Cheyne Mosher; brother H. Bradley (Hattie) Mosher; sister Betty Knab; sister-in-law Marie Mosher; brother-in-law Gene Walker; sister-in-law Betty Walker; several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held January 12 at the First Baptist Church, Brockport. Contributions can be made to the Aurora House, First Baptist Church or Honor Flight Rochester in his memory.
•Heim, Geraldine M., January 2, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, William E. Heim Sr. Survived by seven children, Nancy, Barbara and Carol Heim, Marilyn (Delbert) Newman, Mary Ellen (Douglas) Miller, Patricia (Jon) Barnes, William Heim Jr.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald and Louis Pierson; sister, Dolores Fisher; several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was said January 7 at St. Pius the Tenth Church, Chili. Private entombment, Riverside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 in her memory.
•Latona, James P., Sr. “La,” Suddenly on January 3, 2013, at age 52. Jim was a resident of Ogden, Chili and Gates throughout the course of his remarkable life. Jim was a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. Jim was a partner with the firm Thaney & Associates, CPAs, P.C. for 25 years, a member of RCC, and served on boards for several charities. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen (Aureli) Latona; children, Danielle (Tom) Hammel and Jimmy; his mother, Philomena Bragg; his mother-in-law, Lise Crevier; brother, Matt; sisters, Jackie (Don) Michlin and Valerie (Ken) Shelter; sister-in-law, Sandy (Gary) Jones; and brother-in-law, Richard (Sandi) Aureli; nieces, Alyssa Michlin and Ashley Aureli; and nephew, Richie Aureli; along with many close family and friends.
Funeral Services were held January 10 at St. Helen’s Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be made to the James Latona Baseball Athletic Scholarship Fund, c/o Churchville-Chili High School, 5786 Buffalo Road, Churchville, NY 14428 in his memory.
•Mejia, Oscar, on January 2, 2013. Originally from Medellin, Columbia, he is survived by Leticia, his wife of 56 years; he is also survived by his children, Claudia (Richard Willett), Ana (David Keller), Olga (Thomas Pitel) and Andres (Brenda Mejia) and his grandchildren. Predeceased by his loving daughter, Maria Isabel and parents, Jorge and Lia Mejia. Oscar was a long time employee of Eastman Kodak.
A Funeral Mass was said January 8 at St. Pius the Tenth Church, Chili. Contributions can be made to The Hochstein School of Music & Dance, 50 North Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY 14614, Attn: Whitney, in his memory.
•Osborne, Rev. Victor B. Sr., January 3, 2013 at the age of 97. Victor was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, F. Louise Osborne. He is survived by his sons, George (Betsy), Victor (Ruth) and Leon (Jan) Osborne; daughters, Martha (Robert) Whiting and Alberta (David) Anderson; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren. Victor’s faithful pastoral ministry lasted over 63 years within the eastern United States.
A Memorial Service was held January 12 at Covenant Life Fellowship, Ontario, New York. Donations can be made to Advent Christian World Missions c/o Covenant Life Fellowship, 1574 Hennessy Road, Ontario, NY 14519 in his memory.
•Fairbank, Dolores C. (Schutt), January 6, 2013 at age 85. Predeceased by her husband, Merton and son, Douglas Williams. She is survived by her daughters, Beverly Tomaszewski and Debra Landers; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Henry (Linda) Schutt and sister, Maryann Fagner; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Her Memorial Service was held January 11 at the Churchville United Methodist Church. Contributions can be directed to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623 in her memory.
•Battey, William F. “Bill,” December 27, 2012 at age 71. Survived by his wife, Hiroko Battey; children, Kimi (Ken) Burgess, William (Christine) Battey Jr.; grandchildren, Brandon and Alyssa Burgess, Rachael Battey; brother, Frank Battey; dear relatives and friends. Bill was a proud Marine Veteran and enjoyed volunteering for Honor Flight of Rochester and Operation Welcome Home as their photographer.
His Funeral Service was held January 7 at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Greece. Interment private. Contributions can be made to Honor Flight of Rochester or the Veterans Outreach Center-Operation Welcome Home Program in his memory.
•Barton, Catherine A. (Blake), January 7, 2013 at age 78. Predeceased by her husbands, George H. Blake and John Barton. Mother of Kim (James) Sapienza; grandmother of Danielle (Oliver) Gorevski, Michael (Mykel) Sapienza and Gina Sapienza (Mike Seaman); great-grandmother of Evangeline Gorevski; sister of Lucille and Dorothy White; many other family and friends.
Services were held January 9 at Dierna Funeral Home, Rochester. Contributions can be made to Golisano Children’s Hospital Tribute Program in her memory.
•DeFilipps, Sara J. (Skellen), age 91, died January 7, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, George; she is survived by her children, Lewis (Marsha) DeFilipps of Holley, Jerry (Bruce D. McClung) DeFilipps of Ohio, Jane (Les) Buell of Williamson; grandchildren, Jodi (Greg) Foster, Anne (Mike) Schutz, Paul DeFilipps, James (Marie) DeFilipps, Catherine Buell, Karen (Sean) MacWilliam; six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Louise Lusk and Dorothy Skellen, both of Holley; brothers-in-law, Michael (Pat) DeFilipps of Holley, Edward DeFilipps of Holley, Frank Formicola of Holley, David DeFilipps of Virginia; several nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved Kitty Cat.
Funeral Services were held January 12 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley. Interment, Hillside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Orleans or the Murray-Holley Historical Society in her memory.
•Robb, Lynne M., age 66, died January 4, 2013 at Lakeside Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was predeceased by her husband George in 2005. She is survived by her children, Robert (Kathy) Robb, Barbara Robb, Cynthia (Hilario) Cruz-Reyes all of Holley, Richard (Angela) Robb of Kendall; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Steve and Mike Bane of Lyndonville; sister Laurel Bane of Medina; best friend, Irene (Jim) Osborne of Hamlin; nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held January 8 at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, Holley. Interment in Lynhaven Cemetery, Lyndonville.
•Gilman, Jane Ladd, January 6, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Philip Gilman; sister, Frances (Betty) Ladd; and brother, John Robert Ladd. She is survived by her son, Andrew Gilman; her daughters, Amy Flannery, Martha (Atul) Pradhan, Emily (Michael) Denning; sister-in-law, Dorothea Ladd; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her nursing career included 13 years at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. After leaving to raise her family, she resumed her career at Roberts Wesleyan College teaching nursing for ten years. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Rochester.
A Funeral Service was held January 12 at First Baptist Church of Rochester. Donations can be made to University of Rochester School of Nursing www.son.rochester.edu, Cottage Grove Memory Care Residence, 48 Cottage Grove Circle, North Chili, NY 14514 or First Baptist Church of Rochester in her memory.
•Whittingham, Dorothy M. (McEwen), January 3, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Thomas Whittingham; sisters, Mary Frances (Belvin) Bartholomew, Eileen Scragg and Virginia McEwen; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Olive Gassaway, Elsie Zimmerman, Howard Whittingham and Floyd Ryhal. Survived by her daughters, Elizabeth A. Whittingham and Marlena Wetherwax; grandchildren, Kathryn M. (Randy) Zak and John T. Wetherwax; sisters, Julia (William) Breese, Marjorie Ryhal and Ellen (Charles) Nye; brother-in-law, Samuel Gassaway; numerous nieces and nephews. Her career in nursing included 32 years as Chair of the Division of Nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College. Through her dedication and leadership, she encouraged and inspired many young persons entering nursing and education. Dorothy was also active in numerous nursing and community organizations, including Greater Opportunities in Nursing. She was an active member of Pearce Memorial Church, participated in Stephens Ministry and was supportive of worldwide missions.
Her Funeral Service was celebrated January 6 at Pearce Memorial Church. Private interment in North Chili Rural Cemetery. Donations can be sent to the Division of Nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY 14624 in memory of Dorothy Whittingham.
•Baird, Eileen M. (Stumpf), December 30, 2012. Eileen is predeceased by her husband George F. Baird and infant children, Ronald, Charlene and Roger. She is survived by her best friend and companion Jim Riley; son, Richard (Peggy) Baird; grandchildren, Michelle (Scott) Curtis, Michael (Darla) Baird; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Stephanie, Joseph, Michael, Emma and Sean; several nieces and nephews. Eileen was a member of the Spencerport Fire Department and American Legion Post Ladies Auxiliaries.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated January 7 at St. John the Evangelist Church of Spencerport. Spring interment, St. John’s Cemetery. Donations can be made to American Legion, Trimmer Road, Spencerport, NY 14559 in her memory.
•DeWaters, Charles L., January 2, 2013 at the age of 86. Charles was predeceased by his wives, Marie and Lois (Britton) DeWaters; parents, Marion and Catherine DeWaters and daughter, Lynn. He is survived by his children, Bob (Lori) DeWaters, Sharon (Fran) Schwalm, Lori (Jay) Johnson; stepchildren, Ward (Cathy) Britton, Diane (Everett) Weaver and Mary (Marshall) Reazor; grandchildren, Keith (Carrie) DeWaters, Kristie DeWaters, Fran (Becky) Schwalm, Jake and Lynn Johnson; many great-grandchildren and step grandchildren; siblings, Marian Weckelman, Ken, Carl (Peggy) and Ernie (Dolores) DeWaters.
Funeral Services were held January 6 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Interment, Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan, New York.
•Klafehn, Madison Savannah, April 19, 2006-December 29, 2012. Madison joined her uncle Shaun in Heaven after a long battle with Krabbes Disease. Survived by her parents, Lisa and Dustin Klafehn; loving brother, Logan; grandparents, Butch and Diane Rypma, Lena Belsher and Terry Hamilton, Dale Ryerse (Debbie) and great grandparents; many aunts, uncles, cousins.
Her Funeral Mass was said January 8 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Rochester. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. To share a memory please visit www.NewcomerRochester.com.
•Luke, Ruth G., January 9, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Howard A. Luke. Survived by her daughter Delia Ann (William R.) Robinson from Albion; grandchildren, William (Lisa) Robinson of Stanley, New York, Christine Morehouse of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, Aaron (Christine) Robinson of Albion and Alex Robinson of Spencerport; six great grandchildren, Tyler, William, Kourtni, Peyton, MaKenzi and Lily. Ruth worked for SUNY Brockport for 17 years in their food service. She ended her career there as manager of the then new Gallery Restaurant on campus.
Funeral Services were held January 12 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Interment, Fairfield Cemetery.
•True, Blair L., Age 82, a dairy farmer from Spencerport and Perry, died January 3, 2013 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital. He is survived by his wife Ruth E. Mosholder True; two daughters, Nancy (Philip Harnden) McGuire of Spencerport, Ellen True of Livonia; four sons, Glenn (Amy) True, Jeffrey (Stacia) True, Brian (Diane) True all of Perry and Barry (Sharon) True of Warsaw; 14 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two cousins, Beverly Brazill of California and John Hawkins of Virginia; several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents E. Landis and Helen Blackford True and a sister Jane Richards.
Funeral Services were held January 7 at the First Congregational Church in Perry Center. Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Ogden. Contributions can be made to the First Congregational Church in Perry Center or to the Perry Emergency Ambulance in his memory.
•Ward, Raymond T., Sr., age 85 of Apache Junction, Arizona, formerly of Spencerport. Predeceased by his son, Jimmy. Survived by his two sons, R. Thomas (Irene) Ward of Chili and Edward (Joanne) Ward of Nottingham, New Hampshire; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews and many good friends. Ray owned C & R Fixture and Gauge Co. and then retired from Xerox as a model maker. Member of the American Legion and the VFW in Apache Junction, Arizona.
A Memorial Service was held in Arizona on January 7. Interment at the family’s convenience. Donations can be sent to Janet’s Assisted Living, 232 South 89th Street, Mesa, Arizona 85206 or to Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona in his memory.
•Weller, Thelma A., January 7, 2013 at age 89. Thelma was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Alton H. Weller in 2007. She is survived by her children, Roger (Sara) Weller, Tom (Joyce) Weller, Deb (Thomas) Weller-Plucknette; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Thelma has a great and life-long love of music, the English language, cross word puzzles and Ogden Presbyterian Church.
A Memorial Service was held January 11 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Contributions can be made to Ogden Presbyterian Church or Lifetime Care Hospice in her memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF JANUARY 6, 2013
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 6, 2013
Transitional home for veterans opens in Spencerport
by Kristina Gabalski
There’s a festive Christmas tree in the bay window and a U.S. flag fluttering at the front door. Inside, U.S. military veterans experiencing hardship and some form of homelessness are being provided with a warm bed, hot meals and the guidance and support they need to get back on their feet.
Eagle Star Housing recently opened the transitional home for veterans at 277 South Union Street in the Village of Spencerport and held an open house on Friday, December 14.
Executive Director Zach Fuller called the turn-out “unbelievable.”
Members of the Spencerport community have welcomed the home with open arms, Fuller says. “The Village of Spencerport is unbelievable,” he notes and adds the Hometown Hero banners caught his eye when he first visited the village.
Community leaders also reached out early in the process of opening the residence.
“When we first came in, I got a phone call from the mayor - that has never happened before. This community is a huge supporter of veterans,” Fuller says.
Those attending the open house were able to tour the warmly decorated home which can house up to 14 men (16 eventually, Fuller says) and includes a kitchen, large dining room, 3 1/2 bathrooms, a laundry room, a recreation room in the basement and living rooms on the main floor equipped with comfortable furniture, televisions, desks, bookshelves and even computers.
According to Eagle Star, which also opened a 16-bed residence in Pembroke, Genesee County, in June 2012, on any given night, as many as 76,000 veterans are experiencing some form of homelessness. In New York State, nearly 6,000 veterans are classified as homeless.
“We want to be there to help them,” Fuller says, “They were there for us and we need to be there for them.”
Veterans are referred to the Spencerport residence from the Canandaigua VA, Fuller says. The men stay for 30-90 days and are provided with a bed, bedding, a dresser and one hot meal each day. The men prepare their own breakfast and lunch.
The staff assists the men with developing life skills they will need when they leave the residence and also give guidance with decisions like finding permanent housing. “The staff works hand-in-hand with each resident,” Fuller notes.
The home helps the men transition from “a homeless situation to either the next level of care or moving into an apartment and finding a job,” he says. The Veterans Administration offers the men assistance in finding employment.
Eagle Star Housing makes an effort to hire veterans, Fuller says. “Then (it becomes) veterans helping veterans.”
Fuller says Spencerport residents who visited during the December 14 open house were very supportive. Many brought donations including board games, Christmas cookies and Christmas gifts for the veterans.
He notes that Page Appliances donated a freezer to the residence.
Spencerport Mayor Joyce Lobene adds that other members of the community have also made significant contributions. “Our American Legion Auxiliary, under the directorship of President Millie Dibble, helped furnish the home with necessities. And the Perottas from Walker Brothers Funeral Home donated brand new pots and pans,” she says.
Lobene says the village welcomes the veterans and sees the residence as a way to support and help, “these brave men as they return home, find jobs and a permanent place to live.”
She attended the open house December 14 and told the Suburban News and The Herald, “We are so happy they are here. It’s the perfect way to say thank you for their service to our country.”
RR crossing safety concerns addressed
by Kristina Gabalski
Motorists in the Village of Bergen, as well as those in Churchville, are enjoying a smoother ride over the CSX Railroad crossing.
Mayor Ralph Marsocci says the tracks in the village had been in rough shape for several years. The mayor directed Village Administrator Cortney Gale to contact CSX, which he did repeatedly via email and letters, but there was no response.
Mayor Marsocci was able to speak with lobbyist John Jennings during a recent Municipal Electric Utility Association meeting and Jennings provided contact information for the Vice President of Operations at CSX.
Mayor Marsocci says he then sent a letter to the CSX vice president and requested that Assemblyman Stephen Hawley and State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer do the same.
The extra effort paid off and the CSX vice president passed the letters on to local CSX Road Master and Structural Engineer Eric Wade who covers the rails from Macedon to Corfu.
Less than a week later, Wade called the mayor and the two met.
Wade told Marsocci that decisions regarding crossing work are made in Jacksonville, Florida and because of considerable work already scheduled, Bergen was not on the work schedule until 2016.
However, “After looking at the crossing with Mr. Wade, Mayor Marsocci was able to convince him that work was necessary and within two weeks, the village was put on the work schedule,” village officials said.
The work was completed in November and on December 14, the mayor, Assemblyman Hawley and Wade met at the Route 19 crossing in the village to view the completed work.
“I would like to thank Assemblyman Hawley and Senator Ranzenhofer for their help as well as CSX and Mr. Wade for their cooperation,” the mayor said.
Lakeside terminates retirement plan
Officials at Lakeside Health System have filed a request with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to terminate the Lakeside Memorial Hospital, Inc. Retirement Plan, effective February 19, 2013.
Lakeside CEO Hugh Collins says those affected are being notified and that the move is part of Lakeside’s financial turnaround efforts.
“The decision to terminate the plan was a difficult step,” Collins says, “but essential to our efforts to bring expenses in line with revenues. We value our current and former employees and will work with the PBGC to make sure that there is as little disruption as possible.”
He adds that the action is being taken to continue Lakeside’s long-term commitment of service to the community, according to a press release.
Lakeside officials say that if the PBGC grants the termination request, it will take over the Plan and make sure that current and future retirees of the Plan receive their pension benefits, up to the applicable PBGC guaranteed amounts. Preliminary calculations indicate that all Plan benefits should be fully covered by the PBGC, although the PBGC will make the final determination.
In April 2004, the Board amended the Plan to “freeze” benefit accruals, meaning that no one could join the Plan or increase his or her benefit entitlement under the Plan on or after that date, officials say.
They say that although the Plan has continued to provide pension benefits to those individuals who earned pensions prior to April 15, 2004, Lakeside Health System unfortunately no longer has the resources to make ongoing infusions of funds to the Plan.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 6, 2013
New Eagle Scout’s project aids area aircraft group
Nicholas Daniel Gennarino III, son of Nick and Michele Gennarino of Brockport, received the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award in December 2012. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 375 sponsored by the Brockport Conservation Club of Brockport.
Nicholas’ Eagle project was in conjunction with the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 44 (EAA44) out of the Ledgedale Airport and Triumph Aerospace Inc. He coordinated the project that includes members of both organizations, volunteers from Troop 375 and friends. They finished the Pilot’s Lounge/Board Room in the sport aviation center. It consisted of finishing up some drywall, sanding, staining the trim and windows, painting the room, installing the trim and a complete hardwood floor. The project took a total of three weekends and over 250 service hours. The EAA44 funded the Eagle project through a generous donation from Triumph Aerospace Inc.
The facility was erected in 2009 and the EAA44 uses the space for hosting educational events in the area of aviation that are open to the community and various groups such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. This completed lounge will provide an area for local and visiting pilots to meet and rest.
Nicholas has been an active member of the scouting community, joining Cub Scout Pack 228 as a Tiger and earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light. He has also earned 41 merit badges, received the Order of the Arrow Boy Scout Honor Society and has held the positions of den chief, scribe, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and currently, senior patrol leader. Nicholas is also serving as a staff member for the 2013 National Youth Leadership Training.
Nicholas is a junior at Brockport High School and is on the junior varsity boys swim team, plays trombone for the Brockport Blue Notes, jazz ensemble and concert band. He has been on the high honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society. He hopes to pursue a career in financial services and would like to attend SUNY Geneseo.
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Contemporary American Folk Art at the Parma Public Library
Contemporary American folk artist Barbara Palmer lives with her family and works in her studio on the shore of Lake Ontario in Hilton. Her original art work will be on display at the Parma Public Library through January 15.
Barbara has found the voice for her art in theorem painting, a process of painting with oils on eggshell-colored velvet. Each painting is hand produced using a series of stencils which the artist cuts from their original line drawing. This medium serves Barbara by causing her paintings to transform the mayhem of today’s world into a vision of serenity and tranquility. The same softness and sense of warmth apparent in her paintings is also present in the illustrations that she has created for her award winning children’s books. The Journey of Cattail, Finding Fido the Feline with American Sign Language and A Clue for You: Tail in the Teapot. An animal lover, she also donates a portion of her book proceeds to the Humane Society.
Barbara’s art work is available at art shows throughout the northeast as well as at The American Folk Art Museum Store in New York City and Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. She has also been honored by having been chosen to be included in the 2011 Directory of Traditional American Crafts, an affiliate of “Early American Life Magazine.”
This show is the twenty-fifth in a series of exhibits hosted by the Parma Public Library which feature area artists. For information or to inquire about a show, call Rosalind Lipomi, Adult Services Librarian, at the Parma Public Library at 392-8350 or visit www.parmapubliclibrary.org.
Holley Rotary Club supports local families
The Holley Rotary Club, as part of its annual Christmas Project, has once again “adopted” four local families for Christmas. The children in each family receive presents for under the tree and each family receives a turkey and $75 in grocery store gift cards.
In addition, the club has donated $100 to the local elementary school’s “Food for Families” program to provide some additional food for students during the school recess.
Pictured above is Rotarian John Heise with Micaela Laurer, district social worker. Rotarians John Pedley (and wife Sharon), Ed Morgan (and wife Dorothy), Jeff Martin and Dave Mitchell also worked on this project.
Allen Weaver at 2 Brianna Lane in Hilton was the 2012 winner of the Hilton Lions Club’s home holiday decorating contest. Allen said that he likes to decorate for his grandchildren and the neighborhood children. He received dinner for two at Carmestro’s Restaurant in Hilton. Allen’s yard was nominated by Deb Arend. Deb received breakfast for two at Jo’s Diner, Hilton.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 6, 2013
Local gymnastics teams win Candy Cane Classic
More than 500 young gymnasts represented 23 teams at the 2012 Candy Cane Classic held at the State University of New York at Brockport where Bright Raven Gymnastics earned six team awards and many individual honors.
The competition opened with the USAG sanctioned Boys meet on Friday, December 7 when the Bright Raven Level 5 Team was awarded first place. Jake Scherbyn of Gates won first all around (62.50) in the 7-9 age group and first in 5 of the 6 men’s events: floor exercise (11.00), rings (10.50), vault (8.80), parallel bars (11.60) and high bar (10.90). Teammate Justin Ciccone of Greece won pommel horse (10.70). In the Level 5 competition for ages 11 and older Jesse Underwood of Greece was first on the parallel bars (8.70) and first all around (55.10).
The Bright Raven Boys Level 6 team earned the third place with Brian Cannon of Chili winning first all around (58.00) and first on rings (10.40), vault (9.0) and parallel bars (9.70). Robbie Cavuoto of Greece competed as a Level 7 gymnast winning vault (11.00) and high bar (9.70). Josh Sokolowski of Spencerport competed as a Level 8 gymnast and won vault (10.60).
In the Level 4 Boys competition Alan Micheal LeFois of Gates won floor exercise (9.0) and pommel horse (11.00) in the 9-10 age group and Gage Wheaton of Penfield won pommel horse (10.60) in the 7-8 age group.
The Bright Raven girls teams competed on Saturday and Sunday, December 8-9 and earned first place as a team in four different levels. The Level 7 team earned first place with Julianna Gatto of Gates taking first in vault (9.675), floor (9.65) and all around (36.275) in the 14 and over age division. Savannah Thesing of Chili was first all around (36.60) in the 12-13 age division.
The Level 6 Team captured first place with Gabrielle Costner of Gates winning vault (9.40), bars (9.15), floor exercise (9.30) and all around (37.275) in the 13-year-old age group. In the 12-year-old Level 6 competition, Keilei Latragna of Hilton won floor exercise (9.325). Indya Richards of Gates was the all around winner (37.15) in the 11-year-old division also winning bars (9.225), beam (9.60) and floor exercise (9.425). Jada Moore of Spencerport won bars (9.0) in the age 10 and under division.
The Bright Raven Level 5 team was led to victory by Megan Zaharkin of Spencerport earning winning scores on vault (9.35), bars (9.45) and all around (36.525) in the 12 and over age group. Jadasia Lee of Gates was first on vault (9.15) and bars (9.50) in the 11-year-old Level 5 competition. In the 7-8 age division, Emma Taylor of Spencerport was first on bars, (9.325), floor (9.375) and all around (36.00).
Bright Raven’s Level 4 team also captured first place with Lindsay Green of Chili winning all around (38.95) and three events: bars (9.70), beam (9.80) and floor exercise (9.85) in the 12 and over age division. Madeline Burress of Chili was first on vault (9.70). Erica Ellis of Gates was first on beam (9.275) in the 11-year-old division. Madison Mass of Churchville earned first place on bars (9.65), beam (9.7), floor exercise (9.55) and all around (37.95) in the 10-year-old division. Ashlyn Neathwak of Chili was first on bars (9.525), beam (9.625) and all around (37.675) in the 9-year-old division and Bria Danesi of Greece was first on vault (9.725) in the 6-8 age group.
In the Level 8 competition for ages 15 and over, Gabriella Garcea of Churchville was first on balance beam (9.45) and Danielle Adam of Greece was first on floor (9.25). Bright Raven’s Level 8 finished in third place as a team. In the Level 9 competition for ages 14-15, Megan Stevens of Brockport was awarded first place on balance beam.
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Rangers second, Blue Devils third at 14th Annual Westcott Tourney
by Warren Kozireski
Spencerport came from behind to defeat host Brockport in the first round before falling to Batavia in the championship at the annual Doug Westcott Memorial Boys Basketball Tournament.
In the semi-finals, Brockport led at the end of the first half and by one after the third before the Rangers went on an 8-0 run on a three-pointer by Michael Deback, a field goal and free throw from Devon Pascoe and a put-back by Brandon Marshall in the fourth to take the lead for good.
Deback and Pascoe both hit free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.
Brockport’s Donald Cook led all scorers with 23 points with four three-pointers while Denzel Knight had 14 rebounds with nine points and Andrew Zimmer added 19 points.
Jacob O’Connell led the Rangers in scoring with 18 points, Pascoe had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Deback added 11 points and Shawn Martin led with eight assists.
In the championship game, Batavia held Spencerport without a point in the second quarter to take a 13 point halftime lead and never looked back. Pascoe had 12 points and Martin added eight in the loss.
Brockport picked up their second win of the season defeating Rochester Early College International 66-45 in the third place game led by Cody Gould’s 28 points. Zimmer had 11 points while Knight and Jordan Blocker added ten points each.
Spencerport, who had won the previous two Westcott titles, has finished either first or second for the last four consecutive years. They fell to 4-4.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - JANUARY 6, 2013
BOCES 2 WEMOCO students collected food for those in need
Students in teacher Gerry Wilcox’s Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance class organized and collected food and non-perishable items, from students and WEMOCO staff, to donate to the Spencerport Ecumenical Food Cupboard.
The students collected and donated 1,880 items.
Ireland appointed to Brockport’s Board of Education
The Brockport Central School District’s Board of Education appointed Lisa Ireland as trustee. Ireland took the Oath of Office at the December 18 meeting and her term runs through June 2013. She succeeds trustee Marjorie Focarazzo who moved out of the district.
An active volunteer in the district, Ireland says it has always been her goal to be as engaged as possible in her children’s education, and serving on the board will now be an opportunity to expand her involvement. She and her husband, Kenneth, have two children in Brockport schools and they often participate in PTSA events and activities within the district.
Currently, Ireland is the executive director of United Way of Orleans County. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications with a minor in political science from St. John Fisher College.
Elementary students donate to school destroyed by Hurricane Sandy
In lieu of a classroom gift exchange during the holiday season, second graders at Byron-Bergen Elementary School donated 11 large boxes full of school supplies and non-perishable items to P.S. 106 School, a Pre-K-2 building completely destroyed by Sandy located in Queens, N.Y.
Elementary Teacher Michele Meyer said the idea to donate to a school started after an initial conversation with students.
“I have a few “meteorologists’ in my class and they had been very interested in Super Storm Sandy,” said Meyer. “One of my students mentioned all the damage that was caused.”
All the students agreed they wanted to donate to a school devastated by the storm, Meyer said.
Meyer has been in communication with the school’s counselor, who told Meyer they lost everything from desks, to tables, computers and supplies.
“As of now those students have been forced to share the 3 to 5 building as well as mobile classrooms,” Meyer said. “We could not have chosen a more deserving school community.”
Some of the items being donated include crayons, markers, books, hat, scarves, teacher supplies, notebooks, book bags and other school related items.
Additionally, Byron-Bergen’s parent association, STEP Boosters, offered to cover the cost of shipping the donations.
“Our students are so thoughtful,” Meyer said. “We are so proud of them.”
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Northwood students ROC the Day for PAWS of Rochester
Third graders at Northwood Elementary School in Hilton combined math and good will in a recent school project. Lucy Hall’s and Lisa Davis’ classes first listened to Caitlyn Demtschenko talk about adopting “Devlon,” a rescue dog from local charity named PAWS (Providing Animal Welfare Services) of Rochester. The rescue organization’s main goal is to provide dogs in need with basic supplies to help them survive the harsh Rochester winter.
“After listening to Ms. Demtschenko’s story, our kind-hearted children decided to put our Math Class Collection, a project from unit three in math, to use and sponsor a dog,” said Davis. “Our goal was to collect at least 1,000 coins.” After all was said and done, the classes had collected $278.32 - enough to sponsor two dogs - Gucci and Star.
The donation was made through ROC the Day, the Greater Rochester area’s 24-hour online giving event.
For information about PAWS, visit www.pawsofrochester.org.
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WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS - JANUARY 2013
Patricia Carpenter - Mario Vinti
Patricia Carpenter and Mario Vinti are happy to announce their engagement.
Patricia is a 2004 graduate of Hilton High School and Mario is a 2003 graduate of St. Francis.
The couple met while attending Fredonia State College, where Patty received her master’s degree in music performance in 2011. Mario achieved his master’s degree in theology at the Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio.
Patricia is a private music teacher and performs in various opera groups. Mario is a director of religious education for Saints Peter and Paul Parish.
Their wedding will take place May 25, 2013.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 6, 2013
•Duff, Susan, 62, December 27, 2012. Susan is survived by Emma, her dog, two cats, four children, nephews and various grandchildren. Susan was a longtime volunteer of Aurora House Hospice and a member of Christ Community Church Bible study.
A Memorial Service was held January 5 at Christ Community Church, Brockport.
•Seffens, Joseph W. “Joe,” On December 25, 2012. Predeceased by his parents, Lewis and Helen. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; daughter, Tanya; brother, David; nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other family and friends.
Funeral Services were held December 30 at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., Brockport. Interment, Lakeview Cemetery in the spring. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association in his memory.
•Weber, Jean C., December 25, 2012 at age 88. Predeceased by her husbands, James J. Weber and Emiel P. Claeys; her siblings. Survived by her children, Patricia (Robert) Jacobson, James W. (Kathy) Weber, William (JoAnn) Weber, Peggy Weber, Marie (James) Schmitt; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Services were held privately by family. Private interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Lakeside Hospital, Brockport or Camp EAGR-Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester in her memory.
•White, Albert D., On December 29, 2012. Predeceased by his wife, Leona C., in 1976. He is survived by his children, Peter (Cathy), Patricia (Everett) Peake, Charles (Barbara); eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; his brother Herbert (Leah); sisters, Marjorie Weiland and Geraldine Miggins; nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service was held January 2 at the Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., Brockport. Interment at the convenience of the family.
•Bateman, Jones, Dora M., December 31, 2012, at age 98. Mother of Noel (Sally) Bateman and Dean (Carol) Bateman both of Rochester, Kay (John) Tegelaar of Spencerport and Craig (Lynn) Bateman of Silver Lake; and sister of Bernice Clark of Rochester. Also survived by 15 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Electa Gundry Naylor and brothers, Eugene and Delibert Naylor.
Funeral Services were held January 5 at North Bergen Presbyterian Church. Contributions can be made to North Bergen Presbyterian Church or to the Dora Jones Scholarship Fund (if donating to the scholarship please make checks to the Byron-Bergen School noting Dora’s name), in her memory.
•Clark, Warren M., December 27, 2012. Survived by his wife of 38 years, Kathleen; daughter, Deborah (Thomas) Benecki; sons, Dennis (Tracey) and Mark; grandchildren, Robert, Michelle, Melissa (Nate), Megan, Mandy and Ryan; two great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held December 31 at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili. Interment, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contributions can be made to the Semper Fi Fund in his memory.
•Dejanovski, Tome (Dejano), January 1, 2013. Predeceased by his parents, Sokole and Ana Dejanovski; and father-in-law, Franjo Brozovic. Survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Dragica Dejanovska; daughters, Sandra (Toni) Gorevski, Romina (Goran) Ristovski; grandchildren, Filip and Andrej Gorevski; sisters, Ljubica (Petar) Pupucevski, Sofika (Tome) Sekulovski; nieces and nephews, Romina Pupucevski, Dragan (Aneta) Pupucevski, Keti (Zoran) Aleksovski, Goran (Eva) Sekulovski; mother-in-law, Slavica (Vlado) Mitrovic; brother-in-law, Cedomir (Gordana) Brozovic; nieces and nephews, Mirjana Jotanovic, Jelena Pranjic, Milan (Nikolina) Brozovic, Ivan Brozovic, Tome leaves many friends and relatives in the U.S., Macedonia and Croatia.
Funeral Services were held January 5 at St. Dimitria Macedonia Orthodox Church. Interment, Grove Place Cemetery.
•Horn, Margaret W. (Woodcock), January 1, 2013. Predeceased by three brothers, Alvin, Paul and Miles and sister, Hester and several brothers and sisters-in-law. Survived by her loving husband of 65 years, John; five children, Cindy (Steve) Kruger, John H. (Peg), Cheryl True, Barb (Bill) Figenscher, Lori (Paul) Colombo; 18 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brother, David (Joan) Woodcock; sister-in-law, Vivian Wright; many beloved nieces, nephews and close friends. Margaret was a longtime member of Parkminster Church.
Funeral Services were held January 5 at Parkminster Church, Chili. Private interment, Grove Place Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Parkminster Church, 2710 Chili Avenue, Rochester 14624 in her memory.
•Lepore, Aldo, December 27, 2012 at age 81. Predeceased by his sister, Concetta Moneta; brother-in-law, Benito Moneta. Survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Diana; children, James (Susan), Patti (Jon) Luconte; grandchildren, Melissa, Jessica, Jimmy, Gianna, Alaina and Sonya; brother, Raffaele (Maria) Lepore; sister-in-law, Nancy (Vincent) Ariola; many loving brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Also is the founder of Chili Liquor and a member of IASC.
A Funeral Mass was held January 3 at St. Pius the Tenth Church, Chili. Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Veterans Outreach Center in his memory.
•Offermann, Lorraine M. (Rohring), January 2, 2012, age 50. Predeceased by her father Richard Rohring, son Matthew and sister-in-law Betsy. Survived by her loving husband of 18 years, Peter; three children, Kathryn, Christopher and Cynthia; mother, Virginia Reimann; sister, Christine Rohring; brother, Richard Rohring; aunt, Rita Jewell; mother and father-in-law, Paul and Maryfrances; brother-in-law, Paul (Elizabeth); sister-in-law, Louise (Tom) Bannigan; many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Lorraine was a 2nd and 3rd Grade Teacher at St. Pius School for 18 years and active in St. Pius the Tenth Parish.
Her Funeral Mass was said January 5 at St. Pius the Tenth Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Camp Koinonia, P.O. Box 58, Spencerport, NY 14559 in her memory.
•Brazill, Aimee Louise, December 23, 2012. She is survived by her wife, Ginny McBennett; step-daughters, Meghann (Jason) O’Brien, Katie McBennett, Amy Mercurio; sisters, Sheila (John) Thompson and Karen Brazill; brother, John Brazill; several nieces and nephews; many loving friends. Aimee devoted years of her life to providing care and compassion to residents and their families at Monroe Community Hospital.
A Funeral Service was held January 2 at Monroe Community Hospital, Rochester. Interment, private. Contributions can be made to MCH, FR4W, T. Franklin Williams Foundation, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester 14620 or to Unicef, 125 Maiden Lane, NY, NY 10038 in her memory.
•Kessler, Franklyn W. Sr. “Frank,” On December 27, 2012 at age 79. Predeceased by his siblings, Robert Kessler and Margaret Drock. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Yvonne (Beatty) Kessler; his children, Debbie Dauphinee, Cheryl (Dan Mosher) Weidinger, Laurie (Greg) Harmer, Tina (Frank) Naron and Frank (Tonya) Kessler; grandchildren, Amber, Jaime, Joshua, Adam, Kristin, Emily, Caity and Rebekah; five great grandchildren; siblings, Ray Kessler, Lee (Dave) DeLap, Susie Kessler; sister-in-law, Marie Kessler; brother-in-law, Ken (Chris) Maurer; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held January 5 at Grace Church of the Nazarene, Rochester. Interment, Creekside Cemetery, Churchville. Donations can be made to Churchville Volunteer Ambulance or Grace Church of the Nazarene in his memory.
•O’Connor, Minerva, “Mickey,” age 76, died December 28, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Richard O’Connor; three daughters, Darlyn O’Connor, Danene (John) Etz and Cari (Andrew) Greco; nephew Philip Kennard; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and foster children. She was predeceased by her son, Dana Daniels in 2006. Mickey was a longtime member of First Bible Baptist Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
A Memorial Service to celebrate her life was held January 4 at First Bible Baptist Church, Hilton. Interment, Andrews Cemetery, Bristol. Memorial contributions can be made to Grace & Truth Sports Park, c/o First Bible Baptist Church, 990 Manitou Road, Hilton, NY 14468 in her memory.
•Quaranto, Nicholas L., age 76, died suddenly January 1, 2013 at Rochester General Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Nenni-Quaranto; children, Diann (Scott Bone) Quaranto of Montana, Darlene (Paul Nersinger) Quaranto of Chili, Michael (Sandra) Quaranto of Batavia; grandchildren, Damon, Derik, Brianna, Jessica, Samantha; great-grandchild, Madison; brother, Joseph (Karen) Quaranto of Holley; canine companion Maggie; sister-in-law, Audrey (Palmer) McCoy; brother-in-law, Richard Nenni of Holley; aunt, Thelma Quaranta of Batavia; close cousin, Viddy Quaranto of Holley; several nieces, nephews, cousins. He was a former employee of Eastman Kodak Company, Keiffer Electric in Holley and Sylvania Electric in Batavia. Nick was working as the Sexton of Hillside Cemetery and Assessor for the Town of Murray. He was a former volunteer for the Holley Fire Department and a former member of the Holley Central School District Board of Education.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held January 5 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hamlin. Interment will be in the spring at Holy Cross Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 in his memory.
•Fitzwater, Earl C. “Woe,” 86, formerly of Albion, died at Lakeside Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He worked at Flower City Tissue in Rochester for many years before his retirement in 1959. Earl was predeceased by wife, Birdie Marie Fitzwater; a son, Delana Summers; seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by his children, James (Brenda) Summers of Kent, Ardith (James) Jett of Batavia, Linda Fletcher of Albion, Patricia (John) Jett of Kent, Virginia “Alice” (John Fitch) Jett of Holley, David (Marie) Fitzwater of Kent, Judy Mann of Kendall, Clara Moyer of Albion, Phyllis (Lee) Albertson of Albion, Randy Fitzwater of Lockport; numerous grandchildren, especially William and David Fitzwater who lived with Earl; great and great great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and his beloved dog Scooby.
Services were held December 31 at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, Albion. Spring interment in Sandy Creek Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport 14450 in his memory.
•Curtis, John W. Sr. (Jack), age 75, died December 30, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie (Colucci) of 53 years; four children, John Jr. (Cindy), Debbie (Terry) Rockow, Chris (Matt) Ashmore of Morton and Fred of New Mexico; 10 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers, George (Kay), Neil (Ellie) Curtis; sister, Vi Merritt; special companion, Mischief; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Curtis, Lydia Fallato, Diane (Chris) Colucci; brother-in-law, Ralph (Diane) Colucci; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was an electrician at SUNY Brockport until his retirement in 1995 and also a self-employed electrician. He was a past Chief and lifetime member of the Morton Fire Company and also a member of the Orleans County Fire Police Association, Monroe County Fire Police Association and NYS Fire Police Association.
Funeral Services were held January 4 at The Morton Baptist Church. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in the spring. Contributions can be made to Hamlin Ambulance or Morton Fire Company in his memory.
•Bowman, Louella E. (May), December 31, 2012. Predeceased by her husband, Earl. Survived by three children, Edward (Muriel), Alan (Gwen) and Carolyn (Peter) Bliek; three grandchildren, Jonathon (Shannon) Bowman, Christina Bowman and Timothy (Danielle) Bowman; three step-grandchildren, Brian Bliek, Penny Bliek and Tammy Goodman; brother, Zane (Virginia) May; sister, Mary (May) Jensen; sister-in-law, Marjorie (Bowman) Lehman. Louella was an active member of her church.
Her Memorial Service was held January 5 at Pearce Memorial Free Methodist Church, North Chili. Contributions can be made to the Pearce Mission Fund in her memory.
•Costine, Richard E., December 26, 2012 at age 89. He is survived by his loving wife, Doris; daughter, Susan (Fred) McKnight; grandchildren, Betsy (Bob) Moody and Christopher McKnight; great-granddaughter, Morgan Moody.
Dick and Doris Costine owned and operated Dick’s Hardware in Spencerport village for many years. Dick enjoyed fishing and during summer months could often be seen on the bank of the Erie Canal near the lift bridge in Spencerport. He used solunar charts to help predict the best time of day to fish.
Services and interment in the spring. To share a special memory please visit: www.NewcomerRochester.com.
•Klafehn, Madison Savannah, April 19, 2006 - December 29, 2012, earned her angel wings surrounded by her family. Survived by her parents, Lisa and Dustin Klafehn; loving brother, Logan; grandparents, Butch and Diane Rypma, Lena Belsher and Terry Hamilton, Dale Ryerse (Debbie); great grandparents; many aunts, uncles, cousins and her dogs, Tinkerbell and Sasha.
Funeral Services will be announced by New Comer Funeral Home, Ridgeway Avenue. Please visit their website for dates and calling hours. No flowers please.
•Staley, Kenneth Robert, January 1, 2013. Originally from Kingman, Kansas. Predeceased by his parents, George Raymond Staley and Bertha Therese Sophia Nerenberg, sister, Joyce Anne Cook. He is survived by his dear friend Johnelle Kennedy of Fairport and brother-in-law, Lyman Dale Cook, Jr.; nieces and nephew, Catherine Anne Huckins, Lyman Dale Cook III, Patricia Ann Compton and Nancy Anne Jensen. Ken was the senior project engineer for Lightnin Mixer Equipment Co. now known as SPX of Rochester. He also was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Spencerport and Rochester Corvette Club.
Visitation was held January 4 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport.