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LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2012
Brockport bridges to be closed for repairs
The temporary closure of the Park Avenue Bridge and the Brockport-Main Street Bridge will be the topic of a public meeting scheduled for Friday, March 30.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Oliver Middle School, 40 Allen Street, Brockport. It is held in conjunction with the Village of Brockport, according to the New York State Canal Corporation.
Representatives of both of the Canal Corporation and the New York State Department of Transportation will be available to explain the projects and to answer questions from the public.
The Park Avenue Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from Monday, May 7, through Friday, May 25, while the Canal Corporation makes repairs to the lifting system and DOT repairs to the south bridge joint and the deck grating.
The Brockport-Main Street Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from Tuesday, May 29, through Friday, June 15, while DOT makes repairs to the deck grating.
Lakeside names interim CFO
Lakeside Health System has announced the naming of an interim CFO.
Jim Cummings, Lakeside’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources, says Hugh H. Collins arrived Thursday, March 15 and has begun the transition process prior to the departure of Bridgett Reed later this month.
“Mr. Collins comes to Lakeside Health System with experience in positions as Interim CFO and Interim CEO in multiple health care organizations across the country,” Cummings said in a statement released March 16. “He has extensive experience in both expense control and revenue cycle management. In providing financial leadership to those organizations he has very successfully increased operating margins and therefore the sustainability of those organizations.”
Prior to holding various Interim CFO and CEO positions, Collins had a distinquished career spanning over 30 years in senior management positions including CFO, Executive Vice President Operations and COO at hospitals and health care facilities in Tennessee, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Illinois and North Carolina, Cummings said.
Brockport Kiwanis receives 2011 honors for club and members
Brockport Kiwanis Club, part of an 18 member division, received an award at a recent meeting from Genesee Division Lt. Governor Ron Pollock. The certificate and plaque represent the 2011 Distinguished Club Award based on accomplishments set by the division.
Two members were also honored as outstanding members for 2011, Bob Reusch and Dan Perry for overall efforts during the year. The two recognitions constitute great honors for the Brockport club.
Upset in Hilton village election
A young political newcomer took the most votes in the March 20 village election, unseating long-time trustee/vice-mayor Walter Horylev.
Andrew Fowler, a 19-year-old history major at The College at Brockport, received 201 votes.
Incumbent Jim Gates, who has served on the Village Board for 16 years, was re-elected with 195 votes.
Horylev, who served as a trustee for more than 20 years, including the last 11 years as vice-mayor, received 175 votes.
Village of Bergen election results
Both Republican-endorsed candidates have been elected to four-year terms on the Bergen Village Board.
Incumbent Paul Cooper, who has served as trustee for eight years, received 135 votes. Scott Morgante received 133 votes.
Four candidates vied for the two open board seats. Incumbent Kevin Donovan, who was elected in a special election last year, received 85 votes and Thomas Williamson received 88 votes.
Brockport Rotary fills special request
Brockport residents John and Karen Daszczyszak were delighted that Brockport Rotary chose to fulfill Karen’s mother Kathy’s request to build a ramp so Karen, who has MS, could more easily move in and out of her home with her wheelchair or scooter.
Previously transfers were done with great difficulty through the home’s back door. Everyone agrees that this ramp makes a huge difference in her life. It provides more independence, a place to practice walking, more convenient for caregivers and more safety in case of an emergency.
The family expresses their sincere appreciation to Brockport Rotary for the gift of the ramp which was constructed by Rotarians George Dahl and Art Appleby (who took the photos) with materials provided by the service club.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2012
A new partner and a new place: Historic Brockport law firm looks to the future
by Doug Hickerson
“I can look down Main Street, right down to the bridge. It seems just so vital. It’s who we are. It’s so exciting.” Attorney Roy Heise was exclaiming about the view from his second story office in his firm’s new Main Street location in Brockport. His excitement was about the transformation of his firm with a new managing partner and in a new place near the heart of the village. “This is my home. I can feel the vitality coming back to Brockport,” Heise said, referring to the completion of Main Street’s reconstruction. In semi-retirement after 40 years in the practice, he continued, “I can’t sit home. I enjoy the people too much, talking with them and helping them. It’s who we are.”
“Who we are” is Heise’s repeated phrase for being a friendly “small town firm” rooted in his beloved Brockport where his sons grew up and his law firm evolved.
The Klafehn & Heise law firm has been in Brockport for decades. Starting as Coapman & Klafehn over 50 years ago -- in a walk-up office on Main Street -- Roy Heise joined the firm in 1972, right out of law school. Adding other partners over time, Mark Klafehn and Roy Heise were most recently located on Water Street near the Welcome Center since 1998. “It was a beautiful place,” Heise said, “but off the beaten path.” Mark Klafehn retired in 2006, but remained active in the firm until he passed away in July 2011 at 83 years of age.
Now, “Who we are” is the firm called Klafehn, Heise, & Johnson, with Kevin G. Johnson, 31, as owner and managing partner. Heise carefully chose Johnson in 2010 to be his successor and to continue the firm’s tradition. With new blood comes a new office location rooted in Brockport’s history. On March 5, “Klafehn, Heise, & Johnson PLLC, Attorneys at Law” opened their newly-renovated offices in the former rectory next to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Brockport’s Main Street, previously the location of attorney Bill Cody’s firm.
Transition: The search for a partner with shared values
Heise treasures his life’s experience as a small town lawyer. “I love Brockport,” Heise said. “My best memory of being a small town lawyer is the summertime when my two sons rode their bikes to town to have lunch with dad – little things you don’t have in the big city,” including “walking to work,” he added. Heise said he looked for several years for a partner who could take over the firm, someone with similar values about Brockport and a small town practice. He found that partner in Kevin Johnson.
Johnson, born and raised in Brockport, had long held a vision of being a small town lawyer. But, right out of University of Buffalo Law School in 2008, his first opportunity to practice was in employment law and class action law suits in a large firm in Rochester. After two years of travel, working 60 to 100 hours a week, with a wife and baby at home in Brockport, he returned to early thoughts about a small town practice. With a smile, Johnson said he envisioned himself more like attorney Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird rather than Mitch McDeere in John Grisham’s The Firm.
Johnson and Heise see providence in the circumstances that ultimately brought them together as law partners. Living a block away from Johnson’s boyhood home in Sweden Village, Heise had known Johnson as a youngster. Years later, Johnson became disappointed with his large law firm experience and looked for guidance from lawyer acquaintances, including Heise. “While at that other firm, I decided to call him just to pick his brain,” Johnson said. “I was not asking for a job but just wanted to discuss working in a small town and going out on my own.”
In that momentous phone call, Heise recalls Johnson saying, “Roy, can we talk. I don’t think this is what the Lord wants me to do as a lawyer.” Heise told Johnson that he had been looking for a law partner and invited him to talk in person. In that meeting, Johnson said, “As Roy talked, I felt he was speaking to everything the Lord had put on my heart -- about this type of practice, how you treat people, and what the purpose of the law is.”
From his side, Heise saw Johnson fitting perfectly in the practice. And, Heise said, “With his lovely wife Marne (the couple is) totally committed to Brockport.” Johnson was hired as an associate on March 15, 2010. On January 1, 2011, Heise transferred ownership of the firm to Johnson and made him managing partner.
Carrying on the firm’s legacy
Sitting with Kevin Johnson in late February, it was stunning to realize the swift and sure path his career had taken -- just four years out of law school and just two years at his new law firm. Johnson talked as though he had been planted in just the right place, and echoed Heise’s vision of “Who we are” as a law firm.
“It’s wonderful for me because the practice is varied. I work on landlord-tenant matters, estates, wills, real estate, business contracts, and business formations. I am all over the place. I enjoy that aspect of it. But more importantly, I enjoy working with clients as though they are family, as Roy and Mark did for decades. With probably 70 percent of people who come in here, I know them, their kids, and their grandkids; there is a connection there already. We are able to serve professionally and be close to our clients. If you want to come in, have some coffee and chat, we are not going to send you a bill.”
A lifelong resident of Brockport, Kevin G. Johnson lives on Brookdale Road in the Town of Sweden with his wife and two sons.
He and his wife, Marne Robinson, a Kendall native, are extensively involved in the community. Kevin is a town councilman on the Sweden Town Board and a member the Lakeside Health System Foundation Board of Directors. Marne is the director of the Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf (since 2008) and is also a member the Lakeside Health System Foundation Board.
They are active in Brockport’s Christ Community Church where Kevin has attended with his family since childhood. Kevin has been a firefighter with the Brockport Volunteer Fire Department since 2000, including the ranks of captain and lieutenant, and currently serves as a support member.
Note: An Open House at the new offices is planned for Sunday, April 15.
Events planned April - August for community’s 200th
by Kristina Gabalski
It may be the biggest event in Kendall in 200 years. The town is celebrating its bicentennial in 2012 and many special events are planned over a five-month span from April through August.
“We wanted to plan something for each month,” Jane Hart says. She co-chairs the town’s Bicentennial Committee with her husband, Robert.
Mary Campbell, who is also a member of the committee, says the length of the celebration allows for everyone to participate at some point. “If it was just one event, people might miss it,” she notes.
Planning for the celebration actually began back in 2006 when the town was given an anonymous donation specifically for celebrating the bicentennial. Then Supervisor Bill Vick took the lead in beginning preparations.
“The committee began meeting a couple of times a year,” Hart says. “Things started to gel about three years ago.”
Hart and Campbell say many members of the community have been involved in organizing and planning and will staff the upcoming events.
“Everybody has pitched-in,” Campbell says.
The Opening Ceremony is set for April 28 at 7 p.m. at the David J. Doyle Junior/Senior High School. The evening includes music by the Kendall Community Chorus and the Kendall Central School choruses.
“State Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Steve Hawley will be attending,” Hart says. “The town was settled in April of 1812, so we wanted to stay as close to that as we could for the opening.”
Campbell has been very involved in producing a DVD commemorating the bicentennial. “Kendall: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” will be available for the first time at the opening ceremony event.
The DVD was professionally videotaped and produced. Over 100 people tell their personal stories of growing up in Kendall. The production covers life in the town over the past 70 years and Campbell says the stories are told sensitively, intuitively, insightfully and humorously.
“She interviewed a lot of people of all generations,” Hart says.
Campbell said that Jim Miesner of Fruit Tree Studios gave of his time and professional talents in videotaping and editing the DVD. Punch and cookies will be served following the concert and Kendall Bicentennial souvenir items will be available.
May 11 through 13 is the annual Partyka Farms Quilt Show. Hart says this year the show will have a patriotic theme in honor of the bicentennial.
A Bicentennial Decoration Day Breakfast and Cruise-In will take place May 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Fire Hall.
“We could have over 100 cars coming in that day,” Hart notes.
The Lions Club Garage Sale is also planned that day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fire Hall and a Steak Roast will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Kendall Garden Club has donated patriotic buntings to festoon houses along the town’s parade route, Hart and Campbell say. “We’re asking everyone in the community to put out the red, white and blue this year,” Hart says. She adds that the Lutheran Church is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and the Kendall Fire Department is marking its 100th anniversary in addition to the town’s milestone.
June 15 and 16 includes a Family Movie Night and a Living History event with Civil War re-enactors.
“June 15 is field day at school,” Hart says. “The students will be learning old time games. That night (at dusk) there will be a movie on the Town Hall lawn. It will be a fun day for the kids and a fun night for them.”
The family movie event is sponsored by the Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA)/Reality Check and Mike Cuzzupoli of Zuper Bounce will provide the movie.
Highlights of the Civil War Living History event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, include a children’s historical scavenger hunt and cannon firing throughout the day. The event will be held at the Firemen’s Field.
Hart says the Civil War re-enactors will “set up camp and have demonstrations including cooking and sewing to show what a soldier’s life was like. The Boy Scouts are going to participate by demonstrating (modern-day) camping to show the juxtaposition.”
A Sloppy Joe Lunch will be served by the Kendall United Methodist Church at the Fire Hall. The lunch is being organized by Bob and LuAnne Henry.
The Bicentennial Community Musical - “The Music Man” - will be performed July 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. at the David J. Doyle Junior/Senior High School. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.
Campbell is co-directing “The Music Man” with Jeremy Rath. She says the musical was chosen for it’s small-town patriotic flavor and the fact that it is set in 1912 - 100 years ago when the town marked its centennial.
“The response we’ve been getting is great,” she says. “Kids and people in general are interested ... from small children to an 86-year old. The Kendall Royal Blue Marching Band will be performing in their uniforms.”
Campbell notes that two local college students home for spring break expressed their interest and she will be holding auditions in May.
The auditions are set for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 1, 2 and 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Kendall High School vocal room. For details call 659-8504.
Adults and children of all ages are needed for the production, Campbell says. She explains that the auditions will serve to place people in the show rather than inspect individual talents and gifts.
“The show is open to anybody,” she emphasizes. “Even people outside of the community.” Campbell adds that Stockham Lumber is donating supplies for the sets.
“We also need people to help with things like costumes and sets and - everything,” Hart says.
The summer-long celebration concludes with Home Grown Days August 18 and 19. “It’s the big event,” both Hart and Campbell say.
A long list of events is planned for Saturday, August 18 with things kicking off at 8 a.m. with coffee and donuts provided by the Morton Ladies Auxiliary.
The parade steps off at 11 a.m. and events at the Fire Hall/Town Hall/Firemen’s Field include a Firemen’s Muster with antique firetrucks; steam engine threshing demonstrations; a Tug-of-War; petting zoo; children and young adult activities and music including the Alumni Band.
So far, Campbell says, the Alumni Band has 18 members and is being directed by 76-year old Dick Roberson, a former band director at the school.
Exhibits by local artisans are planned in the Town Hall - Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“The more we talked to people, the more we found out how many talented people we have in the community,” Hart says.
Exhibitors include Thomas Markusen who is a metal artist. His works are part of the permanent collections of such illustrious places as the Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy and the White House Craft Collection, Hart says. John Marchand is nationally known for his duck carvings; Karl Driesel is a “true craftsman” Hart and Campbell say and a “master woodworker.” He crafted the judge’s bench and tables at the Kendall Town Hall. Jan Root is a renowned quilter and collector of sewing machines and Harry Beaver crafts handmade wooden bowls.
Hart says more than a dozen artisans will be displaying their work and antiques will also be a part of the exhibit.
Food vendors on August 18 include a Pork BBQ by the Morton Fire Department, a corn roast by the Kendall Masons, ice cream sundaes by the Concordia Lutheran Church, hot dogs and hamburgers, and similar items sold by the Kendall Fire Department and waffles by the Kendall Ladies Auxiliary.
The celebration continues on the 18th with a Street Dance at 7:30 p.m. Pizza and sodas will be available from the Kendall Lions Club and fireworks are planned for 10 p.m.
On Sunday, August 19, Home Grown Days concludes with a 10 a.m. Community Church Service at the Kendall Community Park Gazebo (bring your own chair). “All five churches in the area will participate,” Hart and Campbell say.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. lunch will be served by St. Mark’s Catholic Church at the Fire Hall.
The Bicentennial Celebration will wrap-up with a concert and closing ceremony on the Town Hall lawn from 1 to 3 p.m. (bring your own chair). The Community Chorus will perform.
More details on all activities and contact information is available at the Town of Kendall website: townofkendall.com
“Come find something,” Hart says of the summer long celebration, “there has to be something to interest you. It should be a really nice event,” she adds. “We have tried to tie things into what we have in the community.”
Spencerport TOPS group marks 50th anniversary
TOPS Chapter NY 0037 Spencerport is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this month and is having an Open House on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:45 p.m. at Ogden Presbyterian Church, 2400 South Union Street, Spencerport in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to attend.
Over the years, TOPS has helped millions of people take off pounds sensibly and keep them off with their unique system of peer support and recognition. TOPS chapters meet weekly and are facilitated by volunteer officers elected from within the group, including a chapter leader. During meetings, members receive expertly prepared educational materials and engage in fun activities that address issues related to nutrition, realistic goal-setting, physical activity and behavior modification. This, combined with weekly weigh-ins and encouragement from others, helps people develop the knowledge, patience, and self-esteem they need to make permanent, healthy lifestyle changes.
Unlike other for-profit weight-loss companies, TOPS is nonprofit and charges just $28 per person for yearly membership. Spouses of members can join for only $14 per year. Members also have access to many free tools on the TOPS website at www.tops.org.
The Spencerport Chapter currently has 42 members, which includes 12 KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly). KOPS are members who have reached the goal weight recommended by their doctor and are maintaining their healthy weight and lifestyle. One of the Spencerport members, Connie Smith, was the TOPS NY State Queen in 2004 with a loss of over 150 pounds. She is still a KOPS today and always stays very close to her goal weight.
Celebrate 28 years with the Hilton-Parma Senior Center
Area residents are invited to join the Hilton-Parma Senior Center in the celebration of their 28th Anniversary. The celebration will be held on Friday, April 20 at Mayer’s Lake Ontario Winery, 1593 Hamlin Parma Town Line Road. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner served at 5 p.m. Complimentary wine tasting and photo keepsake will also be available. Musical entertainment will be provided by Jimmy C’s DJ Service. Cost is $15 per person. Tickets are limited. For information, call Tracy LaFountain at 392-9030.
Local church welcomes Brockport graduate as new pastor
Brockport High School alumnus Rev. Steven Meyer is the new pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church. The 1998 graduate, along with his wife, Carina, and two daughters, took the position at Concordia on January 8 after graduating seminary school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Church services are Sundays at 10 a.m. and Sunday school for K through 6 meets Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Area residents are invited to attend and meet the new church leader.
Community invited to bid on their favorite items at the Ogden Library/Kiwanis Silent Auction
The bid price might be right for someone to take home a needed service or sought after article at the Silent Auction running March 26 through April 14. On the final day, a variety of items will go to the highest bidders, often at bargain prices for the purchasers.
The cooperative fundraiser is sponsored by the library and the Kiwanis Club of Spencerport which share the proceeds to improve library services and support community projects.
It’s easy to participate. Visit the Ogden Farmers’ Library, 269 Ogden Center Road, Spencerport during library hours and check out the tables in the library and also the display cases in the hall where the items are displayed. Choose from an assortment of restaurant certificates, various services, and other products donated by area merchants and service providers. Fill out a bid sheet. Keep an eye on how your bid is doing and see if your bids need to be raised by stopping back during the auction. Final bids must be in by Saturday, April 14 at noon. Bidders do not need to be present and winners will be notified by phone.
Call the library at 617-6181 for information.
New edition of Erie Canalway Trail guidebook now available
The bicycling and sightseeing waiting for visitors along the legendary Erie Canal is highlighted in the newly revised edition of “Cycling the Erie Canal: A guide to 400 miles of adventure and history along the Erie Canalway Trail.” The book, which features new sections of trail and up-to-date listings of lodging, bike shops, and other services, is published by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY), the statewide non-profit parks and trails advocacy organization.
“Cycling the Erie Canal” is a key resource for cyclists planning to bike the entire 400-mile route as well as for riders looking to enjoy an afternoon of fun and natural beauty. It is also useful for walkers, hikers, inline skaters, boaters, and auto travelers who want to enjoy the trail and some of the historic and cultural sights along the route.
The 144-page guidebook includes 42 full-color maps that detail the trail route, as well as the things to see and do along the way. In addition to parks, museums, historic sites, and visitor centers, the maps indicate lodging and bike shops. Services such as restaurants, convenience stores, ATMs, pharmacies, post offices, hardware stores, and parking areas are also shown.
The book includes interpretive information about the history of the canal, plus tips on cycling, travel, and trip preparation.
“Cycling the Erie Canal” retails for $23.95. Parks & Trails New York members receive a special discount price. It is available from Parks & Trails New York by visiting the Parks & Trails New York website at www.ptny.org or calling 518-434-1583. The guide is also available at bookstores, bike shops and museum and gift shops.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2012
Members of the SUNY Brockport Youth and Family Tae Kwon Do Program traveled to New York City for the 2012 youth tournament on Saturday, March 17.
Adrianna Weed of Brockport, a brown belt in the program, placed second in the nation in forms and tied for second in freestyle sparring. She has been named a candidate for junior black belt and will be evaluated this year for this rare achievement.
Pictured, Teacher Carolyn Arnold, Adrianna Weed, and Instructor Michael Jones.
Brockport gymnastics team captures first team award
The Brockport Junior Eagles gymnastics team traveled to Binghamton on February 12 to compete in the I Love N.Y. Cup. The level 8 team took third place and brought home the first ever team banner for the Brockport Junior Eagles Gymastics Team. The Brockport Junior Eagles were established in the summer of 2011 by Head Coach Chelsea Graff. The team is now competing USAG levels 4-10 coached by Graff and Alicia Baum.
For the level 8 team, Megan Winter caputured third place in the All-Around and also placed third on the uneven bars. Morgan Adams placed first on the floor exercise and teammate Andrea Barberia placed second on the floor exercise and third on the uneven bars.
For the level 7 team, Dana Cowley placed third on the vault, first on the uneven bars, third on the floor exercise and third in the all-around.
Nikole VanWie captured third place on bars for the Level 9 team.
Racers invited to register for Jim Ferris Memorial 5K
Jim Ferris, a Holley High School graduate, was one of Rochester’s premiere Master Runners. His death at an early age prompted supporters to start this race in his honor.
Over the last two years, the Murray-Holley June Fest Committee has re-energized the race. A new certified course was drawn up. Over 75 runners completed the race in 2011.
This year, organizers are hoping for more than 100 men and women. The race begins at 9 a.m. at the Holley Elementary School on Saturday, June 2. Applications are available on line at (www.townofmurray.org) or (www.villageofholley.org) or call 638-5432 to have an application mailed.
Spencerport student-athletes volunteer in community
Winter varsity athletic teams participated in a volunteer community service/charity project through the Spencerport Student-Athletes Care Program during the 2011-12 winter season.
This winter the Rangers varsity athletic teams have performed a variety of projects:
•Boys Basketball - Sponsored Boys Basketball More Than A Game Foundation Tip-Off Tournament and donated $4,000 with the Girls Basketball Team to Golisano Children’s Hospital through the Hoops For Hospitals program.
•Girls Basketball - Sponsored Girls Basketball Coach Chow Classic and donated $4,000 with the Boys Basketball Team to Golisano Children’s Hospital through the Hoops for Hospitals program.
•Wrestling - Volunteered at the Village of Spencerport’s and Rotary Club’s Christmas on the Canal. Volunteered with the Junior Rangers Wrestling Program.
•Hockey - Volunteered at the American Legion Spaghetti Dinner.
•Boys Swimming - Donated over $1,100 from Laps for Life fundraiser. Collected canned goods at annual Spencerport Relays and donated them to the Spencerport Ecumenical Food Shelf.
•Indoor Track - Assisted with the Cosgrove Middle School Turkey Trot.
•Boys/Girls Bowling - Held a food drive for St. Theodore’s Food Shelf.
•Winter Cheer - Sponsored the Boys Basketball More Than A Game Foundation Tip-Off Tournament and Girls Basketball Coach Chow Classic tournaments and raised over $4,00 with the Boys and Girls Basketball Teams for Golisano Children’s Hospital through the Hoops For Hospitals program.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2012
Barclay students travel the world during Multicultural Day
Third-graders traveled the globe to learn about various cultures during Multicultural Day at Barclay Elementary on March 9. Stops included China, Italy, Peru, Vietnam, England, Pakistan, Israel, Mexico and Africa. Presenters shared personal stories about their cultures using photographs and slideshows and memorabilia. Students participated in activities including African drumming and made symbolic items such as origami from Japan. During lunch, students sampled foods from China, Brazil and Italy.
Students recognized at Byron-Bergen High School
The Byron-Bergen High School Collaborative Improvement Team (HSCIT) comprised of teachers, students, community members, and Board of Education representatives, has begun a “School-Community Partnership Award” which is presented to select students each quarter in recognition of their contributions to the Byron-Bergen Community.
This special award was created in an effort to recognize students who choose to “go the extra mile” in their community and for their actions they are recognized as “Ambassadors” in the school community.
For the second quarter of the school year, the HSCIT presented the award to sophomore Elizabeth Ezard and junior Alexandra Walker for their commitment to their school and community.
Pictured, Science Teachers Peter Spence and Stephen Locke (center) with Elizabeth Ezard (l) and Alexandra Walker (r). The High School students are the recipients of the second quarter “School-Community Partnership Award.”
New technology helps Byron-Bergen life skills class
Five students were actively engaged using an iPad® in a Byron-Bergen Middle School classroom recently.
“I like using it [iPad®] for pictures,” said seventh-grader Jake Greenman. Averey Ridder, a seventh-grader, said he enjoyed creating the book report and practicing it for his presentation.
Jake, Averey and their three classmates – Kae Yun, Destanee Zastrow, and Aaries Fitzsimmons – were applauded by their teachers, principal, and superintendent for their knowledge and application of the iPad®.
The students are in the middle school Life Skills class (grades 5-8), and they created a presentation using the iPad® for their technology class project about inventions.
The students chose to research and present about Thomas Edison’s light bulb. Other inventions they mentioned were barbed wire, the phonograph, telephone, incandescent light, gasoline automobile, zipper, motion picture, radio, and x-ray machine.
The students used different applications – apps – designed with them in mind for their project. The students, Teacher Lisa Forsyth, and Teacher Aide Pat Partridge all learned how to use the apps for the iPad®-based project from Teacher Aide Debbie Pangrazio.
“Our students see we are in a technological world, and that the use of iPads® and computers are expanding beyond video games,” said Forsyth. “The iPads® are for students of all ages and academic levels. Our students are excited to use the iPads® in the classroom.”
Each student created portions of the presentation, and Pangrazio then combined all the slides from each student into one master presentation.
“The students were engaged and challenged,” said Pangrazio. “To see the excitement on their faces, and to see how eager they were to work on this project, reminds me why I enjoy my work here at Byron-Bergen.”
Forsyth said the group project offered her students many avenues to learn and practice their skills. In addition to researching a topic and sharing ideas, her class practiced following directions; working cooperatively in a group, note taking, and editing. She said the project gave students the enthusiasm and confidence to speak in front of an audience.
“Our students practiced reading parts aloud, and they used the iPad® to ensure the presentation went smoothly,” Forsyth said. “This experience gave students a great sense of pride and accomplishment, and I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts.” Pangrazio said technology such as the iPad® is instrumental for instruction.
“In today’s world everyone needs to be exposed to technology, and what better way to present a technology project, than with new technology,” said Pangrazio.
Pangrazio said the iPads® are integrated into other instructional areas throughout the district at different grade levels, including mathematics, Spanish, and English curriculum.
Hilton High School Mock Trial Team advances to semi-finals
Hilton High School competitive Mock Trial Team has advanced to the semi-finals in the Monroe County League beating Allendale Columbia in a very spirited competition March 15, according to Hilton High School Teacher and Team Advisor Mary Pignato.
“These students have worked very hard and presented a very strong case,” Pignato said.
Team members are left to right, Honorable Michael Sciortino, attorney advisor; Dan Alexander; Alex Steiger; Jena Ferris; Rick Alexander, attorney advisor; Austin Barkley; Josh Mooney; Bobby West; Adam Haffen and Team Advisor Pignato.
“The next round of competition is at the Federal Building courtroom in Rochester on Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m. against Webster High School, the combined Webster team. We will be presenting the case as the prosecution. Our intent is to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of second degree assault. The public may attend.
Northwoodia celebrates Medieval Times
Hilton Northwood Elementary students dancing at their ‘Medieval Castle’ created at school are, from left, Erin Dennehy and Aidan Rutherford in teacher Elizabeth Wood’s classroom.
The class researched the Middle Ages and re-enacted the world of the medieval castle with culture, customs, dance and feast.
Holley Board of Education petitions due April 16
Any person interested in running for one of the vacancies on the Holley Board of Education must submit a petition on or before Monday, April 16. Petitions are available in the Superintendent’s Office or by call District Clerk Connie Nenni at 638-6316, extension 2003. The petition must be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the Holley Central School District and filed with Ms. Nenni in the Superintendent’s Office anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any business day through April 16 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 16). The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to three-year terms of office commencing July 1, 2012 to fill the expired terms of Elaine Berg, Kellie Spychalski, and John C. “Jack” Welch.
The School Budget vote is Tuesday, May 15 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Holley Middle School/High School foyer.
Spencerport jazz groups compete in Berklee Festival
On March 10, the Spencerport High School Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz travelled to Boston for the Berklee Jazz Festival.
Each ensemble performed three pieces before members of the Berklee School of Music faculty who served as judges for the competition and provided each ensemble with verbal and written feedback in addition to a numerical score. At the end of the day, Spencerport Vocal Jazz, directed by Alan Jones, was awarded second place in the Vocal Jazz I category. In addition, Gabby Agostinelli received the Judge’s Choice award for outstanding solo work during the performance. As a result of their second place finish, Spencerport Vocal Jazz was awarded three significant scholarships to Berklee’s Summer Performance Program.
The Spencerport High School Jazz Band under the direction of John Viavattine competed in the Large Ensemble Division (class 2) and placed seventh. Alex Kavulich was given the Judge’s Choice award for his outstanding work on lead trumpet.
Three thousand students and over two hundred vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles from 13 states and Canada competed is the nation’s largest and most prestigious high school jazz festival. The single day festival took place at the Hyne’s Convention Center.
Munn students put reading on their calendars
by Kristina Gabalski
The month of March has been a special one at Munn Elementary School in Spencerport.
A family/school literacy project kicked off March 2 and continues through the end of the month.
As part of the One School One Book Program, everyone at Munn and their families are reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - one of the books in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.
Reading Specialist Judy Pray says she became aware of the program through a teacher at a different district.
“She shared the website and I began checking them out. I gathered information and thought it would be a great way to promote reading beyond some of the other things we do such as “Book It,” where students do the reading and homework requirements,” Pray says. “Ultimately, we all know about the benefits of reading to our children, but I think many of us have lost this because of being overly committed. I shared the idea with teacher leaders at our building level and they gave an enthusiastic response. A group of interested staff members met and we began the planning.”
Pray explains that the One School One Book program has a variety of titles from which to choose. “We were looking for a title that would align with our Rachel’s Challenge and in many ways this book will do that. The main themes are about good and evil, loyalty and friendship. Many of the planning team have read this book and seen the movie, The Chronicles of Narnia. We thought it would be a great book to begin with and we want to continue every year,” she says. “I think promoting family time along with reading is the way to begin to make a change. Maybe if more parents found the time and enjoyment that reading can bring, perhaps our students will become more lifelong readers.”
Each family received a free book and reading calendar as part of the program, Pray says. Daily trivia questions have been a part of the program and a winner gets to take Aslan home to read with. Students take a photo of their family with Aslan and the photo is then displayed on a bulletin board at school.
Pray says art teacher Deb Ingerick created a free-standing wardrobe that students, staff and families are able to walk through.
On March 15, a community readers night was held at Munn. Families came and enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies while community members read chapter eight of the book: “What Happened After Dinner.”
Spencerport Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ty Zinkiewich, Munn School psychologist Eric Ockrin and YNN reporter/anchor Cristina Domingues served as readers.
Munn Principal Michael Canny told participants at the opening of the evening that the program has “been a great medium for dialogue and conversation.”
He said students are “thrilled and excited about the experience.”
Andrea Gionta says her children, Emma, a second grader, and John and Anthony, both third graders, love the program. “We read a chapter each night, Monday through Friday,” she says.
Tamara Marchincin’s son, Jason, is a second grader at Munn. She says her family has found the program “very interesting. It’s very nice to sit down (as a family) and read a book. The kids are very excited about it. It’s a very neat thing.”
Marchincin says the school has also set up a blog where students can discuss and comment on the book. She notes that even neighbors are talking together about the experience and that her family will likely read other titles in the Narnia series.
A second community readers night is set for March 29.
The month-long program includes a t-shirt design contest and Judy Pray adds that the school hopes to have the Rochester Children’s Theatre come and do a presentation as a culminating event.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2012
•Mayne, Lotus R., On March 19, 2012 at the age of 78. Predeceased by her loving husband Robert N. Mayne Jr. and her sister Barbara Chapman. She is survived by her children Robert N. Mayne III, David P. (Susan) Mayne, Randy J. Mayne, Eric D. (DeVon) Mayne; 19 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister Shirley Golding; several nieces and nephews.
Interment will be private. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.
•Nellis, Carl Richard, March 18, 2012 at age 75. Predeceased by wife, Eleanor “Sue” (Ludwig) Nellis; parents, Richard and Margaret Nellis; sister, Kathleen. He is survived by two sons; two daughters; several grandchildren; three sisters; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Tom Maxwell and Tom Indovino.
A Graveside Service was held March 23 at North Byron Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lakeside Memorial Hospital in his memory.
•Terry, Sherwin Horton, age 93, of Erie, formerly of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and Brockport, died March 13, 2012, at Saint Mary’s at Asbury Ridge. He was born January 30, 1919, in Brockport, the son of the late George Spencer and Ruth Evelyn Horton Terry. Sherwin graduated from Brockport High School in 1936 and the University of Rochester in 1940. He served in the US Army during World War II and was stationed in Guam. In 1946 Sherwin began working at and took over ownership of his family business, George S. Terry & Co., Inc., in Brockport and worked there until his retirement in 1986. Sherwin was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Prozeller Terry in 1999, a sister, Lorinda Jane Call, and two brothers, George Spencer Terry Jr. and James Burlingham Terry. He is survived by a daughter, Alison Steadman (James) of Girard; two sons, Sherwin H. Terry (Elizabeth) of Charlottesville, Virginia and Peter Terry (Sarah) of Hamlin; two sisters, Eleanor Bullock of Concord, Massachusetts and Patricia Edelman of Reading; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Terry, Matthew Terry, Heather (Jon) Elliott, Michael Terry, Alison Terry, David (Betty Soo) Terry, Elizabeth Steadman, Kathryn (Bradley) Frey and Anne (Scott) Hamill; two great grandchildren, Peter Hamill and Charles Hamill; numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. on April 28, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church of Brockport, 35 State Street, Brockport. Contributions can be made to Thornwell Home for Children, 302 South Broad Street, Clinton, South Carolina 29325, or to the First Presbyterian Church of Brockport, 35 State Street, Brockport, NY 14420 in his memory.
•Wahls, Ivan E., March 14, 2012, age 86. Father of Alan (Jeanne) Wahls of Brockport, Timothy (Lacey) Wahls of Spencerport and Ann (Robert) Gault of Raleigh, North Carolina; grandfather of James (Lisa) Wahls of Churchville, Kathryn Wahls and Andrew Wahls, both of Spencerport and Lindsay Gault of Raleigh, North Carolina; great-grandfather of Johnathan Wahls, Michael Wahls and Zachary Wahls all of Churchville; brother of Glenn Wohlsclagel of Batavia and Wayne (Shirley) Wahls of Florida and the Ernest Wahls and Lorraine Bell.
His Funeral Mass was said March 19 at Resurrection Parish, St. Joseph Site, Batavia. Contributions can be made to Lakeside Foundation, Inc., 156 West Avenue, Brockport 14420 in his memory.
•Campanelli, Ethel M., March 18, 2012. Survived by loving husband, Tom; son, Jamie; step-sons, Michael and Stephen; grandchildren, Parker, Linda and Leslie.
Private Services were held.
•Baker, Virginia P. “Ginny,” March 13, 2012 at age 90. Predeceased by her husband, John R. Baker and son, John T. Baker. Survived by her son, William; daughters-in-law, Kathleen A. Baker, Kathleen M. Baker; grandchildren, Bruce (Debbie) Miller, Carrie (Kevin) Muir, Lisa (Ben) Buchner; three great-grandchildren, Brett, Sam and Tyler.
A Memorial Service was held March 24 in the Community Room at Ogden Gardens. Interment at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.
•Combs, Imogene H., On March 17, 2012. Predeceased by her husband, John C. Combs. Survived by her sons, Richard D. Combs of Oceanside, NY and Neil (Mary) Combs; five grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass was said March 22 at St. Leo the Great Church, Hilton. Interment, Greenfield Cemetery, Long Island. Contributions can be made to Monroe Community Hospital Foundation or to St. Leo’s Youth Group in her memory.
•Heise, Norma A., On March 13, 2012. Predeceased by her husband, Arthur; son, Jay; and daughter, Cheryl Kuhn. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Kathleen Heise; son-in-law, Thomas Kuhn; grandchildren, Jay (Lauree), Patrick (Jennifer), Michael (Carla), David (Laura) and Jill Heise, Thomas (Cynthia) Kuhn Jr., Renee Kuhn and Melinda (David) Cole; 17 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
A Memorial Service was held March 19 at St. John Lutheran Church, Hamlin. Interment private, Lakeside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. John Lutheran Church Memorial Fund in her memory.
•Johnson, Shirley, On March 8, 2012. She is predeceased by her husband, William; and brothers, Robert, Richard and Thomas Moore. Survived by daughters, Kate (Tony) Jackson, Lisa (John) Schantz and Sarah (Pete) Gallivan; grandchildren, Matthew, Joseph, Kelly, Brenna, Rachel, Ben and Hannah; her brother, Paul (Ruth) Moore; sisters-in-law, Vicki, Joan and Judy Moore; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held March 24 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.
•Stilson, Roberta A., (nee Briggs), On March 18, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Donald A. Stilson; sons, Donald R. (Susan) and Timothy J. Stilson; a daughter, Deborah A. (Greg) Castle; grandchildren, Jennifer, Joseph, Lindsay and Logan Stilson, Adam, Matthew and Lucas Castle; her sister, Suzanne (Raymond) Seely; sister-in-law, Judith (Carl) Pilleteri; brother-in-law, James (Betty) Stilson; nieces, nephews and many friends. She is predeceased by her brother, Robert Briggs. Roberta was a longtime member of the Hilton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
Funeral Services were held March 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hilton. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Hilton Ambulance Fund or the Parma-Hilton Historical Society in her memory.
•Morris, Mary L., March 21, 2012. Predeceased by her husband, Connor. Survived by her children, Robert (Patricia) Morriss, Thomas (Maureen) Morriss and John (Christine) Morriss; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was said March 24 at St. Mary’s Church, Holley. Spring interment, Holy Cross Cemetery, Holley. Contributions can be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society c/o St. Mary’s Church, 11 South Main Street, Holley 14470 or the Open Door Mission in her memory.
•Colburn, Sharon A., Peacefully on March 16, 2012 at age 63. Predeceased by her father Richard Gray. She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years Gary; daughter Tonya Colburn (Richard Griepp); grandson, Benjamin Metzger; mother Mabel Gray; siblings Paul (Bonnie) Gray, Cynthia (Carl) Bull, Michael (Cathy) Gray; several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of her life was held March 19 at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., Brockport. Private interment. Contributions can be made to a Hospice facility of one’s choice in her memory.
•Newman, Yvonne Martha, March 13, 2012 at age 85. Yvonne is survived by her husband of 65 years, Harold Newman; children, Lisette Tripp, Christa LaDue, Harold Newman, Jr., Haroldene Wulf, Charmagne (Doug) Church, Wayne Newman, Yvette (Thomas) Reich and Michelle Newman; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Dickson; many nieces, nephews and cousins; friends. She is predeceased by her great grandson, Paul Newman Jr.
A Funeral Service was held March 18 at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Hilton. Private interment.
•Costello, Lillian (Knopp), Died March 11, 2012. She was predeceased by her loving husband of more than 35 years, Frank Costello and her parents Glenn F. and Loretta (Rambo) Knopp. She is survived by her sister Loretta (Knopp) Swogger; sister-in-law, Delphine Costello; children Mickey (Missy), Chris (Teresa), James (Eva), Susan (Steve Manczak), Cynthia Walker (Rob), Joe (Allee), Linda Rice (Chris), and MaryAnn Sorochty (Brian); nephew Ron Butera; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lil donated her body to the U of R as her final act of selflessness. A Memorial Service was held March 24 at St. Pius X Church, Chili.
•Lydick, Homer Dwight, On March 15, 2012 at age 87. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Sally Lydick; children, Patricia Lydick and Barry (Deb) Lydick; grandchildren, Paula Giardino, Beth Donnelly, Nicole Lydick and Allan Donnelly; great grandchildren, Allanah Giardino and Taylor Gray; his sister, Ruth Moore of Indiana, Pennsylvania. He was a Veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He was a graduate of RIT, worked for Eastman Kodak as a Chemical Engineer for 36 years.
A Memorial Service was celebrated March 24 at the First Congregational UCC (White Church), Spencerport. Interment, Fairfield Cemetery. Contributions can be made to First Congregational UCC “Building Fund” or a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2012
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2012
DEC officials present proposed remediation plan for JMT Properties site
by Kristina Gabalski
Officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation presented their proposed remedial action plans for the JMT Properties facility (former GE/Black&Decker) site to residents and Village of Brockport leaders during a meeting March 13 at the Seymour Library.
The site, which is on the state’s superfund list of waste sites that pose a significant threat to public health or the environment, is located at 200 State Street in the village. Remediation plans include an off-site location involving groundwater contamination in the Lyman Street area north of the canal.
Larry Thomas of the DEC detailed actions that have been taken both on-site and off-site since 1988 and said that measures including a groundwater pump and treatment system installed at 98 Lyman St. in 2001 are “bringing concentrations (of total VOCs) down. The system is doing it’s job,” Thomas said.
The proposed off-site remedy includes pulsed pumping of the existing off-site groundwater extraction and treatment system at 98 Lyman Street; a groundwater monitoring program and re-evaluation of soil vapor intrusion potential per current NYS Department of Health guidance.
The proposed on-site remedy includes the adoption of interim measures as primary engineering controls; the removal of PCB-containing electrical equipment (which includes two large transformers and a capacitor); and institutional controls for site use - via an environmental easement.
Thomas explained that because residual PCBs are present in the soils, there would be controls on any excavation at the site, for example.
Thomas said in 2010, the DEC coordinated the removal of PCB oil from the transformers and capacitor and drained electrical equipment on-site.
The equipment “still contains significant concentrations,” Thomas said. The transformers and capacitor are proposed for removal.
When asked by a resident why the transformers weren’t removed years ago, Thomas responded, “We’re doing it now.”
The proposed site management plan includes compliance with institutional controls; monitoring and maintenance of engineering controls, contingent actions (PCBs - Line 2 soil vapor intrusion evaluation) and on-going inspection, reporting and certification. The plan also addresses storm sewer solids monitoring (sediment trap) and potential future exposures/response actions in event PCB material becomes accessible (e.g. building demolished), Thomas said.
In regards to soil vapor intrusion at the main building on the site, Thomas said limited testing was done in 2008. There was no operational electrical service, heat or air handling when tested and elevated concentrations of chlorinated VOCs were found in the sub-slab and sump air. The DEC says that re-testing is needed if the building utilities are restored and occupation planned.
“There is potential for exposure if the building was occupied,” Thomas said.
In response to questions about who is responsible for paying for remediation of the main building, Kelly Cloyd of the DEC said, “Once a remedy is selected, we will pursue responsible parties.” He said it was possible those parties might refuse to pay.
Detailed plans are available at the Seymour Library, Village of Brockport, Town of Sweden, NYSDEC offices and online at dec.ny.gov/chemical/37556.html.
The public comment period ends March 29. Comments can be sent to Larry Thomas - NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7017; via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by phone at 518-402-9813 or toll-free at 888-459-8667.
Four on Bergen ballot for two trustee spots
by Kristina Gabalski
Trustee Paul Cooper has been on the board eight years. He is a lifelong resident of Bergen and a graduate of Byron-Bergen Central School.
Cooper served on the village Planning Board as an alternate and on the village Zoning Board as chairman before being elected a trustee.
“While on the Board of Trustees, I have been involved in many major capital improvements including a rebuild of much of our above ground electric infrastructure as well as a $2 million upgrade to our waste water treatment plant that has doubled our capacity and allowed the school to tie into our system,” Cooper says. “This saves money for the entire school district while adding revenue to the village - a great benefit for village taxpayers. I have been involved heavily in budgeting and have been part of a two person committee that has successfully negotiated the past two - currently working on the third - union contracts with the Teamsters on the village’s behalf. I am the production manager at Gleason-K2 Plastics Division.”
Cooper and his wife, Carrie, have two sons: Matt age 13 and Ryan age 11.
If re-elected, Cooper says he would like to finish work on the current union contract and continue to improve the village’s services and infrastructure.
“I would also like to implement a new system for garbage pickup that would save money and possibly reduce per bag cost to the residents,” he says. “I would like to continue working with the town board on ways to share services and save money for the taxpayers in both the town and village.”
In regards to important issues facing the village, Cooper notes the village is currently assessing its future electric needs in anticipation of growth at Apple Tree Acres Industrial Park - where Liberty Pumps is located. “We want to make sure we have enough available power for the park to grow while keeping the best interest of the village residents in mind, both financially and environmentally. Also, we have an aging waste water system. While our treatment plant is brand new and state of the art, the miles of lines, hundreds of septic tanks and street drains are nearly 30 years old and showing signs of their age,” he says.
Cooper says Bergen is a great place to live and raise a family. “It’s close enough to Rochester, yet far enough away from Rochester,” he explains. “I like the small town atmosphere, being able to walk into the local pizza shop and knowing 95 percent of the people. I like being able to have a direct impact on my environment as a board member.
“Just a reminder,” Cooper adds, “elections should not be a popularity contest but rather a vote for the person that is best qualified to make the important decisions on finances, local laws and community planning.”
Trustee Kevin Donovan was elected to his post last year in a special election to complete a vacated term.
“I am a Republican,” Donovan says, “and Republicans, Democrats, and Independents supported my petition to run. I regularly attended Village Board meetings for years before running for trustee and followed the local issues.”
Donovan has a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and a master of science degree in statistics. He has worked for Eastman Kodak for 26 years, primarily in research and development. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two children, Sara and Sean, who are both honor students at Byron-Bergen High School. He moved to the village in 1992.
“In my short time on the board, I focused the board’s attention on start-up problems with our new Waste Water Treatment Facility that cost the village thousands of dollars, and as a result, the village received compensation benefits,” Donovan says. “I supported a more aggressive grant seeking policy. Grant funding is available and it can be very worthwhile for our village to take advantage of such funding.
“I spearheaded and organized SUNY Alfred architecture students, who used Bergen as a case study for their Conceptual Master Plan exercises. This will aid the village in constructing a long-range plan with creative visions of what Bergen could become in the future. I weigh both sides of an issue carefully,” he says, “and reach independent decisions. I don’t rely on information from one person or source. I keep our village’s best interest in mind as I contemplate decisions.”
If re-elected, Donovan says he will strive to keep the village fiscally responsible so that every tax dollar spent will serve the best interests of his constituents.
“I will make every effort to create a balanced growth plan which will be essential for the future success of our village,” he says.
Donovan is a member of the Village Tree Board, formed as part of the village’s Tree City designation. “This designation was a result of my daughter’s Girl Scout Silver Award Project,” he says. “Tree City status is beneficial to the village and can aid in the success of grant applications. The Tree Board will coordinate the planting of new trees and do a tree inventory this spring.”
A comprehensive plan is critical for the village, Donovan notes, to achieve balanced growth and encompass many important issues the village needs to address.
“We have to plan for future capacity and reliability needs,” he explains. “There is potential for increased growth of up to 25 percent in the number of homes in the village from future residential development. Growth is expected at Apple Tree Acres Industrial Park and we should prepare for potential changes at Allens food processing plant due to the recent purchase by Boduelle Groups.”
“Our current Comprehensive Plan was written in 1996,” Donovan continues, “has not been regularly reviewed, and is nearing the end of its intended lifetime. New York Village Law states: ‘Among the most important powers and duties granted by the legislature to a village government is the authority and responsibility to undertake village comprehensive planning.’ A good plan requires a great deal of work. I served over five years on the Village Planning Board and I was chairperson for three years. This experience will prove to be valuable in the process of creating a new plan.”
Donovan and his wife grew up in a small village and wanted the same experience for their children. “We found that in Bergen,” he says. “The village’s proximity permits us to take advantage of the convenience of nearby cities and at the same time allows us to maintain a rural atmosphere. Our little village has great features including the Byron-Bergen Public Library and many small parks and recreation areas such as Hickory Park. We enjoy being close by the Bergen Swamp and Gillam-Grant Community Center - both wonderful assets to our area. We’ve seen how this community supports one another through tragic times. These things have reinforced our belief that Bergen is a great family community.”
Scott Morgante is a 19-year resident of the village. He and his wife, Laurie, have two children.
He says his qualifications include experience in budget analysis, profit and loss analysis and contract negotiations.
“I bring with me 20 years of management with two companies. I am currently a business development manager. I have developed a strong understanding of financial statements, fiscal management, budgeting and contract negotiations over the past 20 years while working at two successful companies. The experiences I have encountered while working for these businesses have enabled me to become analytical and objective with my perception of the business world,” Morgante says. “This can only help me in fulfilling the obligations of this very important position within our community.”
Morgante says he is concerned about maintaining and improving the quality of services provided in the village without creating additional financial burdens upon residents.
“It is my belief and would be my goal, to work with the other members of the Board of Trustees to achieve positive results without bringing unnecessary financial pressures to the residents of the Village of Bergen in this very difficult economy,” he says.
Morgante is an endorsed Republican candidate (along with Paul Cooper). He adds that he will be diligent in applying his financial background to help support the needs of the village’s electrical department and the sewer treatment plant.
“Critical thinking and planning for the future needs of our community would be a priority. My intention would be to use my past experiences to create a solid community for the future. Developing and implementing a fiscally sound plan to support the needs of the community is my goal.”
Tom Williamson is a lifelong resident of Bergen. He and his wife, Shirley, built their home on Richmond Avenue next to the house Tom grew up in and raised their two children, Kevin and Darlene, there.
“The apple didn’t fall far from the tree,” Williamson says. “I believe in this little community. I’m a little older, but I’m still able to get around.”
Williamson served the village for 16 years as code enforcement officer and fire marshal.
Williamson says he’s been happy living in Bergen and does all he can to help his neighbors. He worked as a plumber and served in the U.S. Navy. He is a life member of the Bergen Fire Department; a member of the American Legion; a member of the Genesee County Honor Guard and is also a Homeland Security Officer for Genesee County.
He says he’s running to give voters in the village a choice.
“People should have a better chance of knowing what’s going on,” Williamson says. “Someone needs to watch where the money is going and (taxpayers) have a right to have a say in how it’s going to be spent. Taxpayers are fed up with the amount of money they are taking.”
As an example, Williamson notes the purchase of the Tulley Building by the village - a decision he says that never came before voters. The village worked to restore and renovate the building situated on Lake Avenue in the business district and it now houses the village hall.
Despite his concerns over the decision, Williamson said he pitched in and worked to help in the renovation work, lending his expertise in many areas including plumbing.
“We had a good time doing the building,” he says of his work with other village employees. “We were a fine-tuned orchestra, I’d say.”
“I decided to run,” he continues, “because we need to have somebody explain what is want and what is need.” He explains that what you need are the things that keep the village running on a day-to-day basis. “We need competitive bidding for supplies for the office and DPW supplies,” he says. Wants, however, need to be closely analyzed to see if it is something that is affordable and cost effective. “If it involves large amounts of money, each and every voter should have a say as to whether we can afford it.” He says he would watch the funds, “watch what we could afford and what we could not afford.”
The village needs to update its Comprehensive Plan, Williamson says. “It’s been years since it was looked at. You can’t move ahead if you don’t know in what direction you are going.”
Both trustee seats up for election are four year terms. Election Day is Tuesday, March 20, polls are open from 12 noon until 9 p.m. Voting will be held at the Village Hall, 11 North Lake Avenue.
Brockport meeting cancelled due to room occupancy limits
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport Mayor Connie Castaneda says she is “not planning on resigning,” following her arrest March 9 by Brockport Police on 14 counts of official misconduct - a misdemeanor.
The mayor spoke to the media following what was to have been the March 13 regular meeting of the village board. Castaneda cancelled the meeting because the number of people in attendance exceeded the occupancy limit of the meeting room which is 49 persons.
Castaneda said she has been advised by her legal counsel not to comment on the charges. She is charged with renting out rooms in her home in violation of a village law that makes it illegal to have more than three unrelated people living in the same residence.
She said the village attorney has advised her that the charges do not “affect my position as mayor.”
Trustee Carol Hannan said she was very disappointed the meeting had to be cancelled because “people decide to derail village business for their own purposes.” She noted the meeting could have been moved outside.
Hannan said she and other village board members have been advised not to comment on the charges against the mayor but explained, “It is virtually impossible to remove a sitting official. Our hands are tied.”
She added that Brockport Police enforce the laws of the village, “equitably and fairly for all those who live there - there is no double standard,” Hannan said.
Trustee Margaret Blackman expressed concern that residents who came to make public comment at the meeting were not given that opportunity and would have to wait until the next meeting. “I’m sorry they didn’t get to comment,” she said. “They should be heard soon.”
The next regular meeting is March 27, although Blackman expressed interest in holding a special meeting before that time. A budget work session was set for March 15, but that would not include public comment.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2012
A showcase of talents to benefit local teacher
Lisa Tydings never thought she would hear those fateful words, “You have cancer,” but nine months ago, on June 17, she did when she received her diagnosis of stage 2 B breast cancer. Since then, she has undergone chemotherapy, two surgeries and recently started radiation. Tydings has no family history of breast cancer. But what she does have is an undefeatable spirit, a strong support system and the help of area young dancers who will perform to help Tydings.
On Saturday, March 24 students from area dance schools will showcase their talents on behalf of Tydings and the Breast Cancer Coalition. The fundraiser titled, “I Dance for Life,” will be held at the Hilton High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door. Food and refreshments are available for purchase, along with a raffle for gift baskets as well as other merchandise and gift cards from Spencerport and Hilton businesses. The Breast Cancer Coalition will also be on hand to answer questions and provide breast cancer awareness information.
Olivia Moran, a senior at Hilton High School, is the event organizer and a student at LaDanse Workshop. This fall, she approached her dance teacher, Karen Winters, about ideas for her senior project. Winters had just learned of Tydings’ recent diagnosis. After some brainstorming, the two came up with the idea of a benefit performance.
“This event has grown into something much bigger than I ever thought it would be. I never thought it would take this much effort, but it’s worth all of the hard work. I feel so lucky to help someone like Mrs. Tydings, she’s inspirational,” Olivia said.
A Hilton resident, Tydings is a special education teacher at the Village Elementary School in Hilton. She’s been married for 14 years to her husband Jeff and they have four children, Taylor, age 10, Mc-Kenna, age 7, Nolan, age 4 and Brody, age 2. With the help of family, friends and support groups, the family is coping and moving forward.
“We are doing well. My cancer was caught early and we took an aggressive approach to treatment. The Breast Cancer Coalition has been a tremendous resource for me. They were my outlet, a place where I could look to for help, guidance and answers. Gilda’s Club has many programs for children and we’ve gotten our kids involved with different activities there,” Tydings said.
Both Olivia and Tydings hope this event is successful. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Breast Cancer Coalition and the Tydings family. But Tydings hopes the event creates a call to action.
“There will be many young women performing and attending this event. I hope this night brings about an understanding of breast cancer awareness, and young women learn the importance of self-detection,” Tydings said.
The doors open at 5 p.m., the show begins at 6 p.m. and will include dancers from LaDanse Workshop, A Time for Dance, Marilyn Schneider School of Dance, the Young School of Irish Dance and the Lancer Dancers. Hilton High School is located at 400 East Avenue, Hilton.
Troop 99 celebrates three new Eagle Scouts
Boy Scout Troop 99 in Hilton recently celebrated three of its members achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was part of the Troop’s annual banquet held at the Hilton Exempt Club March 4.
Alexander Glathar, James Brumbaugh and Travis Adams are the new Eagle Scouts. Troop leaders say each Eagle Scout completed his Eagle service project in the Town of Parma.
Alexander Glathar’s project provided habitat for bees that pollinate crops. Alex constructed Mason bee houses which were put up at the Burch Farm on North Avenue as well as a few additional locations around Hilton.
Alex chose the project after reading about the demise of honey bees around the country. Mason bees are native to North America and are needed to help pollinate fruit trees and plants.
Alex is the son of James and Sharon Glathar and is a student at Monroe Community College majoring in criminal justice. He held positions in Troop 99 as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader.
Alex enjoys lacrosse, hockey and camping with his older brother, Sean, who is also an Eagle Scout. His favorite Scouting memories include camping at Babcock Hoovey and the Sea Base High Adventure Camp in the Florida Keys.
James Brumbaugh is the son of Don and Lucy Brumbaugh. He is a junior and honor student at McQuaid Jesuit High School.
James’ Eagle Scout project restored the Smith-Dunbar Pioneer Cemetery. His father, Don, his grandfather, Don, his uncle, Gary, and his cousins Mark Brumbaugh and Keith Miller also attained the Eagle Scout rank.
James held leadership positions as Quartermaster and Patrol Leader. He has earned a total of 21 merit badges.
James’ favorite adventures with Troop 99 include skiing at Camp Cutler and sailing and canoeing at Sabattis Scout Reservation in the Adirondacks.
In addition to Scouting, James enjoys driving and flying radio-controlled trucks and planes and works part-time repairing them. He has set up several model rocket launches for the Troop and the Pack.
James plays drums and mallets with the McQuaid Percussion Ensemble, McQuaid Jazz Ensemble and the Hilton Generations Marching Band. His future plans include attending engineering school.
Travis Adams is the son of Mike and Lynn Adams. He is a senior at Hilton High School. For his Eagle Scout project, Travis installed bird houses in the town parks.
As he advanced in scouting, Travis held leadership positions of Patrol Leader and Troop Scribe and earned a total of 32 merit badges.
Favorite Scouting memories for Travis include camping at Sabattis Scout Reservation as well as being on staff there. Travis also enjoyed his trip to High Adventure Sea Base in the Florida Keys.
Travis’ two older brothers Richard and Michael, their father and uncle, John, have achieved the rank of Eagle while members of Troop 99.
Travis has also earned a bronze palm and is currently working toward a gold palm.
His interests outside Scouting include downhill skiing, wrestling, tennis and video games. He plans to pursue a career in culinary arts.
At the March 4 banquet Scoutmaster Michael W. Adams received a certificate of appreciation from NY State Senator Joe Robach in celebration of Adams’ 13 years of service to Troop 99, including 10 years as Scoutmaster. Adams is an Eagle Scout and his three sons, Richard, Michael and Travis, are now Eagle Scouts as well.
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Diary retells early Kodak days
My Grandfather was born in 1873 and in 1891 George Eastman hired him to work at the Eastman Company, which many of you know is now or was the Eastman Kodak Company. He was the 13th employee and worked there for 47 years.
At first, he was the only draftsman that the company had; when he retired in 1938 he was the Assistant Superintendent of the old ECM&U (Electrical Construction Maintenance and Utilities Division). In the early days he was responsible for several tasks, such as the location of water wells on the property, overseeing the construction of the early buildings, handling the Assistant Fire Chief (duties) for the in-house Fire Brigade and other responsibilities. I started work at Kodak in 1966 and worked there for 32 years in the Construction Division.
During his time at Kodak he faithfully kept a diary of daily events of which I can remember a few of the entries. He lived on Albermiale Street off Lake Avenue. He wrote about crossing the fields to get to work back in the 1890s. One of his jobs was to do the final inspection of the twin smokestacks in the Park. There is a picture of him standing on top of one of the chimneys at its completion. In 1905, he was called to the property on East Avenue to fix a pump in the barn at (the George Eastman House). After he made the repair, George Eastman took him in a horsedrawn sleigh down East Avenue with a Buffalo robe over their laps for a ride. Many years later while we were visiting the Eastman House I happened to ask what happened to the barn. I was very surprised when they told me that is was still in use and was located in the back area of the estate.
Recently I gave to the Rare Books Department of the University of Rochester the collection of diaries, pictures, and binders of material that my Grandfather collected during his life at Kodak. It is under the title of the C. E. VanHouten Collection and now can be viewed by everyone.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2012
Golden Eagles #2 in nation in college gymnastics
by Warren Kozireski
The College at Brockport’s gymnastics team continued their climb back to the top ranked team in the country by scoring a school record with 190.80 team points in a tri-meet Senior Day victory over Wilson College and Rhode Island College at the Brockport Invitational.
Junior Elizabeth Levy led the way scoring 38.475 points in the All-Around after finishing first on the uneven bars with a 9.575 and balance beam with 9.725, second in the floor exercise and fifth on the vault. She entered the meet ranked fourth nationally in All-Around this year.
Senior Taylor Wierzba, ranked second in the country on the floor and 12th on the beam, took third in both events during the meet. Classmate Colleen Chahbazi was fourth on the beam and Kileigh Chapman, also competing in her final home regular season meet, finished third on the bars and fourth on the floor and sixth on the beam.
Freshman Olivia Sylvestro was tops on the vault with a 9.70 while sophomore Lexi King finished first on the floor with a 9.775.
“I think it (our success) has had a lot to do with our three seniors,” said Brockport head coach John Feeney. “We had 13 brand new people this year and eight of 16 who competed this year are new and if we didn’t have the senior leadership we wouldn’t be where we are.”
“They all understand that it is all about the team score and not so much about the individual. We didn’t have a good week against Penn State but since then we’ve seemed to put things together.”
The Golden Eagles entered the ECAC Championships at Ithaca ranked second overall in the country in Division III behind first place Cortland while ranked second on the beam and third in the other three events.
At the ECAC’s, Chapman won the uneven bars with a 9.725 while King and Wierzba tied for first place on floor exercise with 9.875 as the Golden Eagles finished second to earn a berth in the national championships.
Brockport will host the top four teams for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association national championships March 23 and 24. They have finished second at the event four times in the last decade.
The two-day competition opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday with the team and All-Around competition as well as the qualifying competition for the individual championships in each of the four events. At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the final competition for the individual titles in the vault, floor, uneven bars and balance beam.
Brockport will host Cortland, Ithaca, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, UW-Whitewater and UW-Eau Claire.
Edenhofer earns national bowling title
Herkimer County Community College’s women’s bowling team traveled to Buffalo for the NJCAA National Championships recently. The women’s team finished in second place among 14 teams.
Herkimer freshman Sara Edenhofer, Hilton, Liberal Arts & Sciences: Science major, rolled some big games with a 188, 224, and 257 to leap ahead of the field and claim the overall individual National Championship. Edenhofer finished the day with a pin total of 2313, and was also named Tournament MVP and National Player of the Year, as well as First Team All-American. “I am very proud of not only Sara but this entire team. A lot of good things such as sportsmanship, team camaraderie and personal bests were accomplished,” Coach PJ Anadio said. “What Sara has done for this college program is truly amazing. I am proud to say that Herkimer Bowling is now on the national map.”
Local athletes earn honors for winter college sports
by Warren Kozireski
•Hilton native Becky Hebert was named Second Team All-SUNYAC basketball for Fredonia. The sophomore led the team in scoring with 472 points averaging 20.5 points per game, led in free throw percentage and was second on the team in three-pointers.
•Sara Adenhofer of Hilton was named the Region III Female Bowler of the Year after her freshman season with Herkimer CC. She won the singles title at the championships competed at Mohawk CC with an 864.
•Churchville-Chili’s Ashley Ryan was named to the ECAC West hockey All-Rookie team with Elmira. She finished third on the team with 23 points scoring ten goals. She had 15 points in conference games, which was tied for 7th among first year players.
•Spencerport grad Paul Glover earned a trip to the NCAA Division III wrestling championships after taking second place at the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference (ECWC) championships and was selected as one of the wildcards.
•Spencerport grad Brittany Kinmond announced she is transferring from Syracuse to Roberts Wesleyan for the fall 2012 women’s soccer season.
•Roberts Wesleyan junior guard Marissa Bunce was named to the 2011-2012 American Mideast Conference Basketball First Team with seniors Bianca Jones and Sarah Child earning Honorable Mentions.
The Raiders also placed Brockport HS graduate Marissa Sell and Sydni Lester on the All-Freshman Team.
Bunce surpassed the 1,000 career points mark this season after leading the Raiders in scoring with 12.1 points per game. The junior shot 35.2% from the field and 32.3% from long range. She scored in double-figures 17 times and led the team with 96 assists and 67 steals this season.
Sell had consecutive double-doubles and was named the AMC Player of the Week for the week of January 23-29. The forward scored a career-high 18 points on February 10 against Carlow University.
•Roberts senior forward Alif Bland was named to the 2011-2012 All-American Mideast Conference Basketball First Team for the second consecutive season and freshman Mike Stone was named AMC Freshman of the Year along with Honorable Mention honors.
•The College at Brockport junior Nicole Jones was named the SUNYAC Outstanding Female Athlete. She won an individual title and hit two ECAC qualifying marks to earn Outstanding Female Field Athlete of the Meet honors. Jones won the shot put for the second straight year with a school record throw of 12.69 meters, clearing 12 meters with five of her six throws on the day. Her distance of 15.44 meters in the weight throw was a personal best and earned her second place.
•Golden Eagle senior Chris Austin was named Second Team All-SUNYAC for Men’s Swimming.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2012
Information session for GCC’s veterinary technology program offered
Students interested in a career caring for animals can learn more about the details of Genesee Community College’s Veterinary Technology program during information sessions on the Batavia campus next month.
The college will host two meetings to introduce incoming students, as well as those still in high school and the general public, to the possibilities of a career as a veterinary technician. Both sessions will be held Thursday, April 5. Meetings will take place in the Conable Technology Building, Room T119, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Batavia campus.
Among topics that will be discussed: careers in veterinary technology, the application and admissions process, academic requirements, program prerequisites and degree and licensure.
For information, contact program Director Kathryn Seweryniak at (585) 343-0055, extension 6187, or via email at email@example.com.
BOCES 2 retiree donates hair to Locks of Love
BOCES 2 WEMOCO student Lauren Piccarreto, in Teacher Felicia Robinson’s second year cosmetology class, helped BOCES 2 retiree Jack Dennis make a donation to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that helps people fighting illness.
Dennis, a former BOCES 2 WEMOCO teacher and school-to-work coordinator, decided to donate his hair as a tribute to his wife, Mary, who is battling cancer.
Photo provided by BOCES 2 Teacher Felicia Robinson
College students help Hill School students learn
Students in Professor Chris Norment’s Ornithology class at The College at Brockport taught some Hill School fourth and fifth graders about anatomy by dissecting birds. On March 2 a select group of students, with an interest in biology and the medical profession, visited a college dissection lab to learn about the basic anatomy of pigeons and the function of their body parts. They also analyzed various types of birds to learn about their skeletal structures, how they fly and what makes them unique. Throughout the lesson, the older students shared personal stories about what sparked their interest in the study of birds and they also gave some interesting stories along the way.
“Dr. Norment and the Dissection Lab Program he provides us with every year is an example of the college’s commitment to working with students from the Brockport Central School District,” said Enrichment Specialist Buck Noble. “This enrichment opportunity offers students who are thinking about pursuing careers in biology and medical fields a peek into what they will be doing as their academic journey unfolds.”
Byron-Bergen student ‘races’ to win championship at Limerock Speedway
Byron-Bergen High School’s Kennedy White, a junior, received recognition for being named the 2011 “125 Sportsman Champion” during her first year of dirt racing. Kennedy has also won three races and was named “Rookie of the Year” where she races at Limerock Speedway, in Limerock, NY.
Kennedy said she developed her racing hobby as a child, watching NASCAR racing with her father and from attending races in Daytona, Florida, for the past several years. She has raced competitively for over two years.
Kennedy said she hopes to move on to a 600-sprint car next season. Her other plans include racing in the south, and after graduating from high school she plans to attend Ohio Tech College to study welding.
MSPTO to host Summer Fair for grades K-12
The annual Summer Fair will be held Tuesday, April 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Churchville-Chili Middle School North Cafeteria. The entrance is door 26 near the Middle School Auditorium.
Several vendors from Rochester and surrounding areas will be bringing recreational information for students and families regarding camps and programs for summer and throughout the year. The list includes: Bright Raven, Drama Kids, Grand Avent Martial Arts, town recreation departments, dance studios, libraries and others. There will be refreshments and Summer Fair Fun with beach balls and balloons as well as door prizes for drawings throughout the night.
Family Literacy at Quest Elementary
Quest Elementary School students, teachers and families have been snuggling up to Humphrey, the hamster, this month beginning with a special “Family Literacy Evening” held at the school March 8.
The evening launched One School, One Book. Teacher-signed copies of The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney were distributed to families according to coordinator Katie Paxton-Johnson, event coordinator. “We had a variety of exhibits including librarians from Parma Public Library issuing library cards on the spot,” said teacher Katie Paxton-Johnson.
The Quest Book Fair was open and everyone received copy of The World According to Humphrey.” In the One School, One Book effort, families are expected to read one chapter per night.
Pictured, Student Jaden Rosario from Amy Firkins’ classroom visits Poetry Corner at the Quest Elementary Family Literacy Night.
Hilton’s Merton Williams Middle School National Junior Honor Society inducts 28 members
The Merton Williams Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society inducted 28 new members at their February 29 induction ceremonies held at the school. Inducted were students Jack Annable, Samantha Barker, Robert Bettin, Nicole Bradbury, Marielle Buss, Emma Cooke, Sarah Danzinger, Kristen Donovan, Donovan Glavin, Cameron Graupman, Ashton Hagen, Emily Harris, Cameron Lemke, Samuel Melita, Chase Metzger, Alexa Miles, Nicholas Milgate, Dominic Palma, Ellie Pauly, Courtney Popielarz, Alyssa Reese, Victoria Rivera, Megan Sheelar, Kiley Stadtmiller, Christopher Wallace, Jessica Wegman, Morgan Williams, and Julia Wuest.
Members were lauded for their accomplishments as they “took the leap” to become members of National Junior Honor Society, according to adviser and teacher Sally Capurso. Highlights of the ceremony included the playing of the Star Spangled Banner by NJHS Band members under the direction of Chuck Kane and the leading of the National Anthem by Jack Annable, current President of NJHS. Board of Education President Daniel Wellington addressed the members and the audience and expressed appreciation to the advisers for their years of service. HCSTA President Edward Donnelly presented the keynote address. Speeches centering on the criteria for selection into the NJHS were given by Courtney Popielarz (Scholarship), Victoria Rivera (Leadership), Ashton Hagen (Service) and Ellie Pauly (Citizenship and Character) in a Candle Lighting Ceremony. A reception followed the ceremony.
The NJHS advisers are Merton Williams Middle School teachers Sally Capurso and Steve Cudzilo.
Provided photo by Robert Capurso
Hilton CSD students represented at NYSATA Show at ARTISANworks
The community is invited to visit the 2012 New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) Region 2 Show now on display at ARTISANworks, 565 Blossom Road, Rochester to see a wide selection of student art including a selection from the Hilton Central School District’s art classes. Sixteen students from the Hilton School District have been selected for this special exhibit: Village Elementary: Shayna Cliff (5th Grade); Madison Riggi (5th Grade); Jami Rose (6th Grade); Mackenzie Blackburn (6th Grade); Kylie Cromheeke (5th Grade); Madyson Siragusa (4th Grade); Julianna Malanchyn (2nd Grade); Meredith French (1st Grade); Northwood Elementary: Megan Letta (5th Grade); Margarite Korolchuk (5th Grade); Gabrielle Hix (1st Grade); Jennifer Donatella (4th Grade); High School: Michele Smith (Senior); Karlie Martin (Senior); Laura Spath (Senior); Nicole Wrue (Senior).
Hilton CSD Art Faculty K-12 are: at the High School - Jan Dentino, Barbara Lucas, Kristin Pikuet, Geoff Russo, Christine VerWeire, Bill Smith, Samantha Powley; Merton Williams Middle School - Vince Dalba, Bill Smith; Northwood Elementary - Laurie Steele-Sperber, Samantha Powley; Village Elementary - Katie Boss, Ariana D’Angelo.
The exhibit runs through April 8.
2012 All-Western New York Academic Team honors Kendall senior
A Kendall senior has been named to Business First’s 2012 All-Western New York Academic Team.
Jake ReQua (Special Mention) has qualified for this year’s list of the 100 most outstanding high school seniors in the eight-county region.
Winners were chosen for their records of academic excellence, school leadership and community involvement. The top 25 were named to the First Team, 25 runners-up to the Second Team, and another 50 to the Special Mention list.
“This is an extremely difficult honor to win,” said Jack Connors, president and publisher of Business First. “The Academic Team is extraordinarily exclusive. There are roughly 20,000 seniors in Western New York’s high schools, and we’ve selected only 100 for this year’s Academic Team. That’s the top one-half of one percent, the best and brightest students anywhere in our region.”
Schools throughout the eight-county area were asked to nominate their smartest and most accomplished students for consideration by a nine-member committee, which included seven admissions directors at area colleges and two Business First editors. A total of 117 schools responded with 415 nominees. (Each school was limited to four candidates.)
The complete list of 100 honorees - along with their photos and profiles - will be published in Business First’s 2012-2013 Guide to Western New York Schools, which will hit newsstands on June 15.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2012
•Bryant, Karen Lynn, 58, of Lewisburg, Tennessee died March 6, 2012 at her home. She was born November 9, 1953 in Albion, the daughter of the late John Elder Bradley and Lois Barnes Bradley. Karen graduated from Albion High School, attended Fashion Institute of Technology and retired from Kodak Corporation. Survivors include loving husband, Rodney Bryant of Lewisburg, Tennessee; brother Thomas (Peggy) Bradley of Naples, Florida; sister Jane (Tracy) Springrose of Rochester; sister Cynthia (Joseph) Basinait of Fredonia; aunt E. “Mickey” Williams of Rochester; nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of her Life was held at The First Presbyterian Church in Albion on March 13. Interment at Mt. Albion Cemetery.
•Farrington, Rev. Norman S., March 10, 2012. Husband of the late Marian Lawton Farrington. Survived by his children, Gordon (Barbara), Mary Jane (Donald) Riling, Winston, Faith Mahlerwein, Priscilla (Terry) Howard, Beth (Steve) Myers and Lori (Dan) Bourcier; 21 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; four nieces and families.
A Memorial Service was held March 17 at the Brockport Free Methodist Church, Brockport.
•Post, Eugene R., On March 7, 2012 at age 80. Predeceased by his parents, Russel and Lillian, wife of 32 years, Elizabeth G. Post, Tesse Post and Elenor Jones Post. He is survived by his children, David (Donna) Post, Garry (Merrium) Post, Lori (Elmer) Seiler, Thomas (Chalyce) Post, Robin (Greg) Catlin, Mike Jones; grandchildren, Katie (Neil) Lewis, Mathew Post, Kelly (Brian) DeYager, Emily (Chris) Turner, Claire Post, Douglas (Jenn) Seiler, Caryn (Dan) Seiler, Jennifer Post, Jason Post, Sarrah Catlin, Ryan Catlin, Shaun Jones, Chris Jones, Laura Jones; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Delores Ainsworth. Eugene retired from Eastman Kodak after 38 years of service and was a Veteran of the United States Navy.
Funeral Services were held March 11 at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., Brockport. Spring interment, Lakeview Cemetery.
•Smith, Joan B., Died March 14, 2012 at age of 88. Predeceased by her husband Louie D. Smith Jr. She is survived by her loving daughters, Anne Smith and Carol (Peter) Jelinek of Minnesota and her grandsons Nicholas and Nathan Jelinek. Joan was a career teacher at the Brockport Campus School as well as Brockport Central School. Joan was also a volunteer for many organizations most notable for her work as a volunteer in medical records at Lakeside Hospital and a member of the altar guild at St. Luke’s. She was a member of the Magnolia Twig and a supporter of Amnesty International.
A Memorial Service was held March 17 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Brockport. Private interment, Lake-view Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 14 State Street, Brockport 14420 or to Interlakes Oncology, 156 WestAvenue, Brockport 14420 in her memory.
•Dunning, Patricia Cosgrove, March 14, 2012 at age 80. Predeceased by her brother, Rev. James Cosgrove. Survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Robert J. Dunning; brother, Rev. William J. Cosgrove; children, Margaret (Anthony) DiMartino, Ray (Kathleen) Dunning, Elizabeth (William) Jesserer, Robert (Mary Ellen) Dunning, Helen (Michael) Riggio, William (Victoria) Dunning and Carrie (William) Mathias; loving grandmother of 26 grandchildren. Patricia was a longtime member and teacher at St. Pius the Tenth
Her Funeral Mass was celebrated March 17 at St. Pius the Tenth Church, Chili. Interment, St. Pius Cemetery.
•Diamond, Irene M. (Fleming), March 10, 2012. Irene is predeceased by her husband, William Diamond Sr., sisters and brother, Alice M. Marion, Jack Fleming, Carol Smith. She is survived by her children, Mary Alice Diamond, Bill (Karen) Diamond; grandchildren, Linda Diamond, Glenn Gilbert, Corey (Jessica) Gilbert, Shannon Diamond, Erin Diamond, Matt Diamond; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Fey, Catherine Folwell; brothers, Jim (Mary) Fleming, Bill (Barb) Fleming, Bob (Angie) Fleming; devoted cousin, Eileen Spillane; Moser and Spaulding families; many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral Mass was celebrated March 15 at St. Vincent DePaul Church, Churchville. Interment private. Donations can be sent to Patrick Place, c/o St. Mary of the Assumption, 99 Main Street, P.O. Box 73, Scottsville, NY 14546 in her memory.
•Smith, Kevin A., on March 2, 2012 at age 56. He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; sons, Kyle (Jen Miles) and Tyler Smith; brother, Dennis (Mary) Smith; sisters-in-law, Arleta Smith, Susan (Chris) McMaster, Karen (Rob) Tolle; brothers-in-law, Lee (Nancy) Oldfield, Paul (Rose) Oldfield; mother-in-law, Lucille Oldfield; five nieces, seven nephews. Preceded by parents, Larry and Irma Smith; brothers, Rodney and Michael Smith; nephew, Jeremy Smith.
A Memorial Service was held March 18 at Church of Christ, 5611 Pittsford-Palmyra Road, Pittsford.
•Schwartz, Dave A., On March 14, 2012 at the age of 73, with his family by his side. Dave was formerly of East Aurora, NY. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Carol L. Schwartz; children, Mark D. Schwartz, Paul J. (Elizabeth Adler) Schwartz, Peter T. Schwartz and Kristin K. (Darryl Lauster) Schwartz-Lauster and their mother, Judith Schwartz; step-son, Jeffrey D. (Lynda White) Wood.
A Memorial Service was held March 17 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in his memory.
•McAuliff, Sharon R., On March 7, 2012. Survived by her children, William (Erika) McAuliff, Teri (Andrew) Legno and Michael (Christine) McAuliff; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a sister, Patricia Allington.
Services were held March 12 at Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Hilton.
•Reynolds, Agnes C., died March 11, 2012. Predeceased by her husband Robert, daughter Mary Reynolds and son Patrick Reynolds. She is survived by her sons Robert (Sheila) Reynolds, Thomas (Sue) Reynolds, and Michael Reynolds; her daughters Anne Knab and Laurie (Timothy) Leverenz; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great great grandson.
A Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 11 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hamlin. Contributions can be made to Westwood Commons Assisted Living or Lakeside Beikirch Care Center in her memory.
•Klem, John M., On March 11, 2012. Predeceased by his daughter, Vickie. He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Leonard and Dennis Klem; grandson, Michael (Connie) Margiotta; and three great-grandchildren; also his sister, Shirley Hogestan. John was a Tank Driver in WWII.
Funeral Services were held March 17 at St. Leo’s Church, Hilton. Private interment. Contributions can be made to Disabled American Veterans in his memory.
•Lioy, Frank, March 6, 2012, age 59. Leaves behind his devoted wife, Lynn Lioy-Kenny; sons, Frank Jr. and Michael; granddaughter, Kayla; brothers-in-law, Steve (Wendy) Kenny, David Kenny and mother-in-law, Patricia Miller; many dear friends. Frank was a proud retiree of F.D.N.Y.
Services were held at the convenience of the family. Donations can be made to Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center in his memory.
•Lemcke, Norman A., Died March 12, 2012 at the age of 89. He is predeceased by his daughter, Cathy. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Shirley; his children, William, Gary (Rose), and Barbara Lemcke; a granddaughter, Kristal (Daniel) Gitro; two great-grandsons; and a brother, Edmund (Bert) Lemcke. He was a devoted member of Concordia Lutheran Church and a diehard Mets fan.
A Celebration of his life was held March 17 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Brockport. Private interment, Lakeside Cemetery, Hamlin. Contributions in his memory can be made to Concordia Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
•Zaccaria, Melody A., Born March 15, 1949 in Lockport, died March 13, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Dominic; children, Rebecca (Corey) Allen, Aaron Warner, Andrea Zaccaria, David Zaccaria; many grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins.
Funeral Services will be held March 19 at 11 a.m. at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley. Interment, Mt. Albion Cemetery.
•Milillo, Alfonse A. “Mickey,” March 11, 2012. Alfonse is predeceased by his wife Virginia “Jean” Milillo; daughter Diana Lynn Milillo. He is survived by his children, David Milillo, Danny Milillo and Jennifer Tobias; four grandchildren; sister Jean Russell; brother Sam (Elaine) Milillo; several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated March 15 at St. John the Evangelist Church of Spencerport. Burial in St. John’s Cemetery. Donations can be made to Strong Memorial Hospital, Palliative Care, Unit 4-1200, Rochester, NY 14642 in his memory.
•Davis, Teresa H., March 7, 2012. Predeceased by her parents, William and Jennie; sisters, Margaret, Betty and Bernie. Survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Norbert “Knobby;” children, Paul (Nancy), Peg (Forest) Sickles, Pat (Rick) Mitchell, Neil (Mary C.) and Bill (Mary H.); 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Teresa was a member of the Plucky Players Club.
A Funeral Mass was said on March 12 at Holy Ghost Church, Gates. Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of one’s choice in her memory.
•DeYager, Joseph E., March 14, 2012. Predeceased by his beloved wife Dorothy; parents Arthur and Viola; siblings Evelyn and Arthur. Survived by his children Kathy (Robert) Merriam, Kevin (Rosemary), Maureen (Arthur) Dalberth and Diane; siblings Lorraine, Eddie, Violet and Nancy; grandchildren Randy, Nicole, Austin, Savannah, Jonathan, Jennifer, Robin (Dave), Nicholas, Rachel, Victoria and Marissa; great grandchildren Bryanna, Alexis, Mathew and Emily; many nieces and nephews.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated March 16 at Holy Ghost Church, Gates. Burial in Holy Ghost Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Aurora House, 2495 South Union Street, Spencerport 14559 in his memory.
•Ashman, Juanita W., “Nita,” Died March 9, 2012, at age 88. Predeceased by her husband, Russell G. Ashman; son, Bruce Ashman; sisters, Margaret Shannon and Mary Louise Curtis. Juanita is survived by her children, John (Bonnie) Ashman, Sandy (Bill) Manciocchi and Janet (David) Englert; daughter-in-law, Debbie Ashman; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother and sister, John (Lynne) Wells, Barbara Wells; several beloved nieces and nephews. Juanita was an Elder and Deacon at Ogden Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school and Bible study. She was very active in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. She was always an active volunteer, and a member of Etolian Chapter 308 Eastern Star, Spencerport. She was a teacher at the Spencerport School District and a tutor for many years.
Her Memorial Service will be celebrated Monday, March 19 at noon at Ogden Presbyterian Church, 2400 South Union Street, Spencerport. Private interment. Donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice in her memory.
•Baumgartner, Mary E., March 3, 2012 at age 97 years. Predeceased by her husband Carl Baumgartner in 2003. She is survived by her son Robert M. Smith of Henrietta and granddaughters, Maureen (Werner) Schmidt of Springwater and Marci Cooper of Irondequoit; five great-grandchildren Amanda and Dan Buttery and Taz, Hannah, and Cali Cooper; nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Service was held March 10 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester.
•Hart, Michael J., Died March 8, 2012. Predeceased by wives Michelena “Mickey” Bovenzi Hart and Shirley Ellis Hart. Survived by children Michael Richard, Tyrone Hart, Tanya (John) Homer, Edward Richard (Corrine), Todd (Denise) Hart, Kelly (Kelly) Hamilton, Kerry (Scott) Standhart; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins; sisters; brothers; sisters and brothers-in-law. Michael was a foster parent with Hillside Children’s Center for many years.
A Celebration of Life was held March 15 at Calvary Assembly of God, Rochester. Contributions in Michael’s name can be sent to the James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Road, Rochester 14624 for a memorial fund that is being established.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF MARCH 11, 2012
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF MARCH 11, 2012
Change in code enforcement supervision to be on Brockport’s June ballot
by Kristina Gabalski
Voters in the Village of Brockport will decide during the general election in June who will supervise the village’s code enforcement officer/inspector.
Village Board members voted 4-1 during their regular meeting February 28 to hold a mandatory referendum on the issue June 19. Mayor Connie Castaneda cast the only no vote.
If passed by voters, the proposition would approve a local law that would modify Chapter 59 of the village code and remove the code enforcement officer/inspector from the supervision of the mayor and instead have the CEO/CEI report directly to and be supervised by the chief of police.
The office of the building/zoning/code enforcement officer has already been moved from the village hall to the police department.
During discussion before the vote, Trustee Kent Blair said the proposition is an opportunity to let the public decide.
“It isn’t necessarily stripping the mayor of powers,” Blair said. He added that the change in supervision would align the CEO with the department that enforces codes.
Trustee Scott Hunsinger said it is nice to see the issue “come to a point where village residents can vote on it.”
But Mayor Connie Castaneda strongly opposes the change. She called it “troubling and dangerous” and said some residents fear “Brockport is turning into a police state.” The mayor said some residents have told her they are worried that the police might use their power against residents who complain about the high cost of the police department.
The mayor said she is also concerned about the need for additional manpower for the police department that might result from the change.
“This is politically motivated to undermine the power of the mayor,” she said and told trustees they were not acting in the best interest of the people they represent.
“This isn’t personal,” Blair told the mayor, “it’s already happening.” He said the change in supervision would be a way for residents to help protect the investment they have in their property.
“This is a simple fact of public safety and quality of life,” Hunsinger said.
Trustee Carol Hannan said the change would allow the code enforcement officer/inspector to work under a full-time manager “and remove politics from code enforcement.”
“It makes sense to have code enforcement under the police department,” Trustee Margaret Blackman said.
Village Attorney Robert Leni noted the change would be a reduction of the mayor’s powers and “would be in place for you and for mayors to come.”
During his report earlier in the meeting Building/Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer Scott Zarnstorff said his work with police officers and the chief has been helpful to him and called it a move in the right direction.
Brockport Chief of Police Daniel Varrenti said during his report that village ordinance arrests regarding quality of life issues were up significantly in the fourth quarter, “but there is a lot more in this village that could be done. Sometimes litigation is a lot more expensive than enforcement,” he said.
Lakeside CEO resigns
by Kristina Gabalski
Lakeside Health System is losing its president and CEO. James Wissler has resigned to take a position as president and CEO of Hanover Hospital near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Wissler, who has served as Lakeside president and CEO since March 2011, has been very visible over the past several months as Lakeside has fought plans by Unity Health System to open a new expanded facility in Brockport. Wissler has stated that the Unity facility would result in redundancy of services, increase costs and jeopardize the viability of Lakeside.
Lakeside Health System Board Chair Nancy Plews announced Wissler’s resignation March 5.
“We thank Jim for his service to Lakeside and wish him well as he returns to his home state,” Plews said. “He has made this decision because it is important to him to be closer to his family.”
Lakeside officials emphasize that even with the change in CEO, the Board of Directors and senior management staff have been and will continue to direct staff at Lakeside.
Wissler will remain at Lakeside for the next several weeks.
“It has been a privilege for me to serve at Lakeside,” Wissler noted. “It is such an important part of the community. But this new position offers me the opportunity to move closer to my family in Pennsylvania and that is very important to me at this point in my life.”
Board Chair Nancy Plews stated in her announcement that an interim president and CEO will be named shortly and the Board will conduct a search for a permanent replacement.
Spencerport village road and bridge work schedule set
by Kristina Gabalski
A date has been set for the removal of the CSX railroad bridge over Union Street (Route 259) in the Village of Spencerport.
Following many months of delays, Mayor Joyce Lobene announced that she has been notified the work will begin on May 1 and will be completed in about one week.
Also on the calendar is work on the Union Street canal bridge. Lobene says she has been notified that the canal bridge will close for repairs on Tuesday, April 3, and remain closed for three weeks, “possibly four, if they run into difficulties. They will activate the traffic lights that have been installed on Martha Street on April 2,” she says.
Work on Lyell Avenue is also expected to start again in April, the mayor adds. “The county will finish the work started last year and expects to be there sometime in April - but they do not think they will interfere with the other two projects.”
The mayor explained delivery trucks to the business district will be able to use the DPW road. “They can now come in from Trimmer Road, turn east on to the DPW road and proceed down through West Avenue to Union,” the mayor says.
She thanks everyone for their patience.
“It looks like all will be completed by June and we will be on our way to a hassle-free summer,” Mayor Lobene says.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance and preparation
AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 44th year, gives special attention to the older population.
In 2011, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s 35,000 volunteers at 6,100 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $228 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). Last year, more than 1,800 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped 113,528 New Yorkers file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 439 sites in New York including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.
For information or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, call 1-800-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.
AARP Foundation Tax Aide is a program of AARP Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS.
Three candidates for two village trustee seats on March 20 ballot in Hilton
by Kristina Gabalski
Two incumbents and a newcomer are vying for two seats on the Hilton Village Board. Walter Horylev and Jim Gates are running for re-election and 19-year old Andrew Fowler is a first-time candidate.
Walter Horylev has lived in the village for more than 50 years and served as village trustee for over 20 years - the past 11 as vice-mayor.
“As a member of the village board team I have helped to keep village taxes low and quality of services high,” Horylev says. “We have the lowest taxes, for the services provided, of the 10 villages in Monroe County. We have an excellent highway department and staff and we spend an appropriate amount of money to train and compensate them.”
He says he loves the village and works hard to do what is right for the community. “I have the experience and energy to continue to improve our way of life,” he says.
His accomplishments include the plan to resurrect Old Hojack Lane. “A group had looked into this and the file was stored away for several years. I got interested in it and with then Administrator Jim Ingham’s help, came up with a plan to build the roadway by putting $50,000 a year into a capital reserve fund and spending it every year for infrastructure construction. We completed the roadway and storm sewer to School Lane without floating any bonds. By extending this road to Collamer Road, we have opened up the northwest quadrant of the village and kept many school buses off West Avenue.”
Horylev also says he worked to keep the old Ben Franklin open, negotiating with the owner and convincing the village board to buy the building. The business eventually was forced to close. “Currently the Fitness Warehouse is enjoying much success in this location and the owners are interested in buying the building,” he says and adds he also feels good about convincing the village board - after consulting with the Village of Spencerport on their rates - to raise the sewer connection rate for out-of-the village residents from $500 to $1,500.
“This is still a reasonable rate since it results in a significant increase in the value of a home located on a sanitary sewer, (and) rewards the village residents for access to their sewers, since the money is put into the village sewer fund for repairs, maintenance and construction.”
The need to keep the tax rate low in spite of double digit increases in health insurance and retirement fund requirements is an important issue facing the village, Horylev says. He would also like more activities provided for children. Horylev says Hilton/Parma Recreation does a great job providing programs, but even more young adults need to be reached.
“I believe we should be doing more to enhance the Central Business District, the heart of our community, to convey a better image of who we are and promote the local business climate,” he adds.
Horylev says his favorite thing about the village is its people. “It truly is a small village with a big heart.”
He notes that if he is re-elected, he would like to assist the village to attain an even higher state of development. “I support a plan for the timing of capital expenditures in a five year look ahead so as to keep expenses commensurate with income,” Horylev says. “I support continuing to work closely with the Town of Parma and the school district, as we are doing with the new salt shed project, so as to consolidate services and efforts on future projects. I also favor the updating of our Master Plan.”
Incumbent Jim Gates has served on the village board for 16 years. He is a lifelong resident of Hilton as well as a lifelong member of the Hilton Fire Department including serving as a past fire chief.
Gates and his wife, Jane, have three adult children: Jeff, Jenny and Julie. He is retired after working 38 years for the Hilton Central School District.
“I am part of a team and there are many things that I am proud of,” Gates says of his accomplishments as a trustee, “such as the creation of Old Hojack Lane, which helped to take buses off of small village streets; Jennejahn Lodge which can be used by the entire community; working with the Hilton Parma Fire District to build the new fire hall; Unionville Station, where seniors have a nice place to live and it puts no burden on the school district; and the creation of our Municipal Gas and Electric program. The newest joint effort that I am working on with the Town of Parma, school district and fire district is to build a salt shed that will be shared by all. It will be good for taxpayers and the environment.”
Gates says he feels his experience in preparing the annual village budget, monitoring village expenditures and keeping the tax rate under control is a great asset to the board.
“If I am re-elected, my knowledge with the budget will help the board understand and stay with the governor’s two percent tax cap legislation,” he says.
Controlling the tax rate while costs continue to rise is the most important issue facing the village, Gates explains. “We have no control over expenses such as gasoline, the price of equipment, etc. It’s very important to me that we continue to provide a high standard of service to our community so I will work to find ways to do more with less,” he says.
Gates says he likes living in Hilton because it is such a close-knit community. “People know their neighbors and are always willing to help each other out.”
Newcomer Andrew Fowler is a graduate of Hilton High School and currently a sophomore at The College at Brockport where he is majoring in history.
He says he decided to run for a spot on the village board because he has always found the democratic process interesting.
“Both of my parents are heavily involved in local politics,” he says. His dad, Steve, is the Hilton/Parma Recreation Director and his mom, Linda, is the recreation director for the Town of Gates.
In addition to his studies, Fowler works part-time at Sears and for the Town of Parma Recreation Department.
He notes that he has leadership and organizational experience. “As a high school sophomore, I set up and successfully ran the Hilton Cadet Athletic Fan Club (known as the Cadet Crew).” The club consisted of 1,000 members and “was a school-wide community-based club. The school district let me take off and make it my own. It sparked my interest in leadership,” Fowler explains, “and fired a passion for this community.”
Fowler is in his seventh year with the Hilton Varsity Baseball team, currently serving as a volunteer assistant coach.
“I’m always in the community,” he says, “I’m guaranteed to be around and accessible, which is key for a political figure. It’s important for a politician to be seen and readily available.”
Fowler says that Hilton is a strong-knit community and “everybody brags about the very low taxes,” but he notes there is room for improvement.
He says the village should have long-range five-and ten-year plans and should work to “make Hilton a destination. There are empty store fronts. The community should come together and decide what it wants to bring to the village.”
He also stresses the importance of community events like Hilton Apple Fest. “Village events are few and far between,” he says. “We need more community-based events.”
He is also concerned that the regular village board meetings, which take place one Tuesday each month at 5 p.m., “are very inconvenient for a lot of people.”
Fowler notes he is running on the Family Values party line. “I put a lot of thought into the party line,” Fowler says. “I feel fortunate and blessed to have the family I have. We need to make the community family-like.”
He says he loves the very close relationship between the village and the school district. “There’s nothing greater than going to a Hilton football game on Friday night.” Fowler says he hopes that relationship can remain healthy.
Voting takes place Tuesday, March 20 from noon to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Community Center, 59 Henry Street.
Legion Post welcomes soldiers home
Ferris-Goodridge Legion Post #330 recently welcomed home two of Spencerport’s Hometown Heroes, Tom Brado and Matt Kohler. Both were introduced to the Legion members by Commander Joe Laught and were presented their Hometown Banners by Mayor Joyce Lobene.
Immediately following a few words by each of these gentlemen, a reception was held for them and their families. Legion members also had the opportunity to talk to them and to thank them personally for their service.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF MARCH 11, 2012
Letters tell an Irish American love story
by Maggie Fitzgibbon
It’s a love story that took place during World War II. An America soldier falls in love with a young girl from Northern Ireland. Their story is one that survived a test of time and distance. Despite a war and the challenges with communicating, their love and devotion for each other endured. Their story is chronicled in their letters, photos and telegrams compiled by their daughter, Spencerport resident Melanie Friscia Ippolito, into a book titled I’ll Be Back When Summer’s in the Meadow, Volume I.
Ippolito is the second daughter of Raymond Friscia and Muriel Mitchell. Her father was raised in Lockport, NY and her mother in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Raymond was inducted into the Army in 1941 and assigned to the Medical Corps. In the spring of 1942, he was sent to Northern Ireland to work in an Army hospital. A few short months later, he met the love of his life, Muriel.
Their courtship evolved through letters and short visits. “Some of their letters were censored by officials, words and sections were removed. But their letters were their way of communicating, they couldn’t see or talk to each other for years,” Ippolito explained.
This relationship resulted in marriage despite family objections. Raymond, a Roman Catholic, and Muriel, a Methodist, carried their relationship past what was described as a ‘mixed marriage.’ During this time, Northern Ireland was divided by faiths; Roman Catholics lived, shopped, socialized, and went to church in certain areas and neighborhoods. And the same was true for Protestants. Rarely did the two faiths intermingle. Although they cared for Raymond, Muriel’s family was concerned for her happiness and welfare. Seldom did one marry out of their faith and hardly ever did these marriages survive. After they married, Muriel left her family in Northern Ireland and moved to the United States to begin a new life with Raymond.
As a young girl growing up, Ippolito knew her parents’ story was special.
“As kids, my sisters and brother knew how devoted my parents were to each other. They were always willing to share their experiences as a young couple living through the war,” Ippolito said.
Their family life was full, busy and filled with activity. “There was always something going on with four children,” Ippolito said. Long summer vacations were spent in Ireland with her extended maternal family. During these times Ippolito and her siblings came to know their cousins and aunts. “If we weren’t visiting Ireland, we had family coming here,” she added. These family friendships continued into the next generation. Ippolito’s cousin’s children spent summers in America with her children. During a trip this past summer to Rome, Italy, Ippolito reunited with her Irish cousin.
Life in the Friscia home was an assimilation of faiths and cultures, Irish and Italian and Catholic and Methodist. “We had either pasta or potatoes with every meal,” she said. The Christmas holiday was special, “My dad would shop at an Italian market. He would always make sausage,” she said. But the differences in faith did not create troubles for this couple.
“We were raised Episcopalian, that was their compromise. By the time he passed, my dad was a member of our church; he was an usher,” she said.
When Ippolito was 13, she stumbled across a box of letters in her mother’s closet. Something told her of their importance, but she respectfully placed the letters back where she found them without reading any of these accounts. Ippolito describes her mother as a saver and not until her mother’s passing did Ippolito understand why.
“My mother passed in 1988. I was sorting through her belongings with my father, brother and sister and we came across the letters, neatly bundled and stored. My father asked me to burn them. But I asked him to reconsider and told him that mom saved them for a reason. I tucked them back into the closet, and said a prayer,” Ippolito said.
Ten years later, her father passed. Ippolito and her siblings went about sorting through his personal items. Again, the letters were discovered. Ippolito knew it was time to chronicle their story.
With the help of her sister Colleen, Ippolitto carefully read each of these letters and wove together her parents’ love story.
“After my dad passed, reading their letters gave me a sense of comfort. I knew there was a story here. As I read the letters, I was transported into their life and I learned how much they truly loved each other,” she said. “I discovered how loyal they were to each other. They both had opportunities to have other relationships, but they didn’t.”
As Ippolito gathered the letters, and photos and telegrams, her main intent was to share this record with family. But friends encouraged her to publish this book because of its value to others.
“The story tells so much of our history. During the war, people could not talk or see each other. Young people have no idea how families lived during these difficult times. Now we have Skype, cell phones and the Internet,” she said.
She has many hopes for her book. “I encourage people to ask questions of their parents and grandparents. Search their attics to find pieces of family history, like my parents’ letters, and share these stories,” she said.
Ippolito continues to gather and compile her parents’ letters, I’ll Be Back When Summer’s in the Meadow, Volume II, will be released this spring and she is currently working on Volume III. Volume I may be purchased online at www.merriam-press.com.
Brockport Arts Festival returns to Main Street this year
The 18th Annual Brockport Arts Festival returns to Main Street August 11 and 12, after two years in off-site locations because of the Main Street reconstruction project.
The Brockport Integrated Service and Community Organization (BISCO) representatives say planning, well underway since last August, has now moved into high gear. This year’s festival aspires to be the best ever with more community involvement, creative activities such as the “Especially 4 Kids” program, and a broad range of entertainment with individual performers located throughout the venue. Attendees will enjoy everything from instrumental and vocal performers to street dancing and Happy the Clown. Brockport merchants are invited to add their touch to the festivities through the creation of displays outside their stores. Festival weekend is also the NYS Canal System’s widely publicized “Canal Splash Weekend” with scheduled events in communities throughout the system.
As in the past, the arts/craft/food vendors and exhibitor’s booths will extend the length of Main Street from the canal bridge to south of College Street. Arts and crafts vendors, the heart of the festival, will enjoy a discount if they apply by March 31. A number of volunteers will be needed to direct vendors to assigned locations, help with unloading and booth set-up, and even do some “booth sitting.” Individuals or groups interested in volunteering for these and other “jobs” can visit the festival website in April for a list of possibilities.
The Arts Festival has attracted many thousands of visitors to the “Victorian Village on the Erie Canal;” over the past 17 years. The return to Main Street this summer is arguably the best opportunity the village will have to show off its many interesting shops, beautiful architecture and historic locations, they say. BISCO members say they welcome the opportunity to make this festival the best ever. “We’re glad to be back!”
BrockportArtsFestival.com includes vendor and sponsor applications and other details about the festival. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-395-9606 for other information.
Brockport Navy Club to celebrate the Ship’s 20th anniversary and 200th anniversary of War of 1812
This year is a momentous time for the local Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, Inc. It is the 20th Anniversary of the commissioning of Ship 1812. It is also the Bicentennial (200th Anniversary) of the War of 1812. The Navy Club’s Ship number “1812” was chosen in recognition of Rochester and Lake Ontario’s historical prominence and involvement in the War of 1812. The War of 1812 began on June 18, 1812 as a result of the United States first declaration of war on a foreign nation, Great Britain, by President James Madison.
The Navy Club, Ship 1812 (a 501c non-profit organization incorporated on March 20, 1996) is located at 21 Clinton Street, Brockport. Ship 1812 was commissioned on March 14, 1992 by its parent organization, the Navy Club of the United States of America (NCUSA), a Sea Service Organization of active, reserve and veteran servicemen and women from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Service personnel from the other armed services (US Army and US Air Force), as well as outstanding civilians from the surrounding communities are eligible for Associate membership in Ship 1812. Initially commissioned by 62 charter members, otherwise known as “Plank Owners” in Navy tradition for a ship commissioning, Ship 1812 currently has approximately 100 members and associate members.
Ship 1812’s clubhouse on Clinton Street has a refreshment bar, a meeting room and an adjoining Naval History Museum, containing plaques and photographs from many active and decommissioned ships, several ship and airplane models, as well as other pieces of military memorabilia. The ship’s prize possession is a 15 Star US Flag (the number of states at time of the War of 1812) which was flown over the frigate USS Constitution, the oldest active US Navy Ship. The USS Constitution, nickname “Old Ironsides” due to the enemy cannon balls bouncing off it sides, engaged and captured the British ship (HMS Guerriere) and several other ships in War of 1812 naval battles in the Atlantic.
The Navy Club will celebrate is 20th Anniversary on Saturday, March 17, 2012 with a Navy traditional cake cutting ceremony for club members and associates. The Navy Club is planning a public celebration and open house for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 to coincide with the Brockport Arts Festival in August 2012. Details are not yet firm, but a historic reenactment may be included in the anniversary celebration.
The Navy Club’s clubhouse and museum (open to the public) is open daily from 4 p.m. The Club’s Commander, Robert Currier, Hamlin, and the Club’s membership invite the public to stop by and tour the museum. For information about the Navy Club and its community support activities, visit www.ship1812.org.
Federation of German-American Societies elects officers
The delegates of the Federation of German-American Societies of Rochester have elected the following members to one-year terms as officers: Inge Barta of Penfield was re-elected as treasurer; Helga Peck of Penfield was elected to the position of corresponding secretary; Joseph Reinschmidt of Parma was re-elected secretary; Teresa Mayer of Greece was re-elected to the position of first vice president; Heidi Kozireski of Ogden was re-elected to the position of president.
The clubs and members of the FGAS promote German heritage, culture, and language in the Rochester area. Annual events include Karneval (pre-Lent), the German Fest (August 10-12 at Spencerport Firemen’s Field), and the Gala Ball. A German language radio program is broadcast on Saturdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on WGMC, 90.1 FM.
For information, visit www.rochestergerman.com.
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Memory by Walter Horylev...
The Kodak experience
On the day I started work in the Color Photography Division in 1954, the first engineer I met was working on magenta screen, a printing component manufactured by Kodak. I was impressed by his friendly manner and technical know-how. His name was Colby Chandler. He eventually became the head of the Eastman Kodak Company.
When I started work I would smoke a pipe at my desk and no one complained, even though I smoked rum and maple, a very aromatic tobacco. When I suffered from a throat problem years later I gave up smoking, cold turkey, and never tried it again, not even the customary cigar offered upon the birth of a child.
For twenty years I put a certain amount of money once a month in the Quinby Plan; a unique plan offered by Kodak that allowed you to purchase Kodak stock on the installment basis. I finally sold it all when the stock was worth about $40 per share and broke even.
One summer I worked in the Synthetic Chemistry Division making large scale chemicals. While making an indicator dye on a lab setup with many glass components, a cork popped on a flask, releasing carbon monoxide into the air. I didn’t notice the cork was askew and carbon monoxide has no odor. I was blithely watching the process when a fellow lab worker walked in and exclaimed: “Your lips are blue!” I looked at my fingernails and the tips of my fingers were also blue. I quickly went to the office and asked for an ambulance to take me to medical. After breathing oxygen for about an hour I was released and went back to work.
Many years ago I played basketball with “Barefoot” Post at Kodak and, yes, he was barefoot. I understand he also ran track barefoot, which must have been some feat, since those were cinder covered tracks back then.
I was a long time member of the “Musical Notes.” It was a singing and dancing group of Kodak employees who performed in formal attire with everything memorized. Ken Kier, a technician in the Paper Service Division, led the group and brought out the best in us. He had a wonderful bass voice and was an excellent singer and director. We performed at many nursing homes and veteran’s hospitals and several years during the Christmas season at the home of the Mr. Hargraves, then head of the Eastman Kodak Company. His guests included family members, friends, company vice-presidents and a number of managers. When midnight came he would say: “It’s midnight; time for everyone to go home!” And everyone dutifully left.
Back in the 1950s and 60s, and even the 70s, there were many events outside of work where employees and their spouses socialized. I was part of a group of eight engineers and technicians who would put on a clambake every year: we even built our own steamer out of a garbage can. We would rotate the location of the event so that everyone took a turn hosting the party. The men bought the food, prepared it, served it and cleaned up the mess. The women really enjoyed that outing!
Every engineer wore a shirt and tie in most Kodak Park areas and some wore suit coats/sports jackets, even though they might never have to deal with an outside customer. I can remember having my shirts starched every week. There was a breakthrough in the early 1980s when a project leader in the Instant Photography project started to hold meetings where he didn’t wear a tie. Soon others gave up their tie and the culture started to change.
Memory by Kodak Families...
Vacation With Kodak --
A Kodak family celebrated a “Kodak Moment” with their entry in the 1987 Hamlin Firemen’s Kiddie Parade. The children’s fathers and grandfathers were all Kodak workers.
Left to right: Daniel LaDue, Carrie (LaDue) Sigler, Sarah (Smith) Flannery, Kelly Jo Smith (kneeling). Marion Rath of Hamlin provided the photo.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF MARCH 11, 2012
Brockport to Join Empire 8 Football as an Affiliate
Golden Eagles Will Play Full Conference Schedule Starting in 2014
The College at Brockport State University of New York will join Empire 8 football starting in 2014 as an affiliate member. The Golden Eagles will join Alfred University, affiliates Buffalo State College and Frostburg State University, Hartwick College, Ithaca College, affiliate Salisbury University, St. John Fisher College, and Utica College.
“I am very pleased that The College at Brockport has been approved for football membership in the Empire 8,” said Daan Braveman, President of the Empire 8 and of Nazareth College. “Brockport brings great academic and athletic traditions, and we are looking forward to their participation.” Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano added, “We are thrilled to welcome The College at Brockport to the Empire 8 family. This addition provides our football playing institutions the opportunity to renew and enhance long-standing traditions with Brockport and greatly enhance the quality experience of our student-athletes. This will also further engage alumni and the campus community at all member institutions.”
Founded in 1835, The College at Brockport is a public, comprehensive master's institution. Brockport offers 49 undergraduate majors, 47 master’s degree programs, and teacher certification in 24 areas. Each year, The College at Brockport awards approximately 25% of all bachelor degrees in the Rochester area.
“Golden Eagles football is entering a new era and The College at Brockport couldn’t be more excited,” said Brockport President John Halstead. “Brockport is a natural fit in the Empire 8 with several natural rivalries. Like our peers in the conference, we are committed to pursuing both academic and athletic excellence. We look forward to our student-athletes entering competition in this outstanding conference and our area alumni cheering them on.”
“Both conferences are competitive and offer positive attributes. The Empire 8 conference allows us to provide a better experience for our student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Erick Hart. “This new affiliation will significantly reduce travel time, minimize missed class time and from a financial standpoint this transition allows us to do more for our student-athletes because of the savings in travel costs.”
“It is exciting to have the opportunity to renew some of the traditional regional rivalries that we have had over the years,” said Head Football Coach Rocco Salomone. “The Empire 8 is a very competitive conference which regularly receives an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The teams in the Empire 8 will offer a challenge each and every week of the season. I am also excited for our alumni and local fans as they will have the opportunity to see us play more often each season.”
In 10 seasons, the Empire 8 has recorded 25 postseason victories with conference champion Salisbury and at-large selection St. John Fisher each advancing to the national quarterfinals this past season. Empire 8 teams finished 22-8 in non-conference play in 2011 and posted a 105-37 mark against non-conference Division III opponents over the past five years for a .739 winning percentage.
Empire 8 consists of Alfred University (NY), Elmira College (NY), Hartwick College (NY), Houghton College (NY), Ithaca College (NY), Nazareth College (NY), St. John Fisher College (NY), Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ), and Utica College (NY).
GOLDEN EAGLES #2 IN NATION
By Warren Kozireski
The College at Brockport’s gymnastics team continued their climb back to the top ranked team in the country by scoring a school record with 190.80 team points in a tri-meet Senior Day victory over Wilson College and Rhode Island College at the Brockport Invitational.
Junior Elizabeth Levy led the way scoring 38.475 points in the All-Around after finishing first on the Uneven Bars with a 9.575 and Balance Beam with 9.725, second in the Floor Exercise and fifth on the Vault. She entered the meet ranked fourth nationally in All-Around this year.
Senior Taylor Wierzba, ranked second in the country on the floor and 12th on the beam, took third in both events during the meet. Classmate Colleen Chahbazi was fourth on the beam and Kileigh Chapman, also competing in her final home regular season meet, finished third on the bars and fourth on the floor and sixth on the beam.
Freshman Olivia Sylvestro was tops on the Vault with a 9.70 while sophomore Lexi King finished first on the floor with a 9.775.
“I think it (our success) has had a lot to do with our three seniors,” said Brockport head coach John Feeney. “We had 13 brand new people this year and eight of 16 who competed this year are new and if we didn’t have the senior leadership we wouldn’t be where we are.
“They all understand that it is all about the team score and not so much about the individual. We didn’t have a good week against Penn State but since then we’ve seemed to put things together.”
The Golden Eagles entered the ECAC Championships at Ithaca ranked second overall in the country in Division III behind first place Cortland while ranked second on the beam and third in the other three events.
Brockport will host the top four teams for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association national championships March 23-24. They have finished second at the event four times in the last decade.
Gymnasts finish on top at Nickel City Classic
Nearly 600 gymnasts represented 21 gymnastics clubs in the Women’s 2012 Nickel City Classic held in West Seneca February 10-12 where Bright Raven Gymnastics of Gates earned two first place and two second place team awards with several team members winning top individual honors.
In the Level 8 competition for ages 17 and over, Carly King of Churchville was the first place all around winner with a total score of 35.60. King was also first on three events: vault (9.475), floor exercise (9.45) and the uneven parallel bars. Teammate Kristina Schiffhauer of Greece placed third all around in the same division. In the 15-16 age group, Gabriella Garcea of Churchville took first place all around with a 34.325 and first on balance beam (9.30).
At Level 7, Bright Raven took the top spot in vaulting competition in three age divisions. In the 12-year-old age group, Taylor Pohleven of Spencerport took first on vault (9.375), first on floor (9.50) and first all around (36.65). In the 13-year-old division, Morgan Vanderhoof of Chili took first place on vault (9.45) and placed second all around with a 36.175. In the 14-year-old division, Julianna Gatto of Gates was first on vault (9.40). Raelyn Smith of Hilton competed in the 15 and over division and won first place in floor exercise (9.40) and second all around totaling 35.225. The Bright Raven Level 7 team finished in second place just behind the host team Orchard Park Gymsters.
Bright Raven’s Level 6 team earned first place with three team members finishing first all around in their respective age divisions. Kristen Godshall of Spencerport took first place all around (36.60) in the 12-year-old age group and was also first on balance beam (9.50). In the 14 and over age division, Amanda Rizzi of Spencerport was first all around with a 34.55 and also won vault (8.85), bars (8.20) and floor (9.125). In the 11-year-old division, Keilei Latragna of Hilton captured first all around with a 36.225 and was also first on balance beam (9.45) and floor exercise (9.65). Savannah Thesing of Chili placed second all around (36.05). Megan Welch of Caledonia was first on the uneven parallel bars (9.15) and Hanna Paulson of Spencerport was first on vault (9.675). In the 13-year-old age group, Carly Dennison of Greece was first on floor (9.325).
Bright Raven’s Level 5 team dominated the Level 5 uneven parallel bar competition taking first place in three age groups. In the 7-9 age group, Jada Moore of Spencerport earned first place on bars (9.45) and second place all around (36.575). In the 10-year-old division, Indya Richards of Gates was first on bars (9.75) and second all around (37.725). In the 11-year-old division, Megan Zaharkin of Spencerport was first on bars (9.80) and second all around (37.125). In the 12 and over age division, Hannah Cubiotti of Spencerport placed second all around (36.80) and Christina Rielly of Chili was third (36.575). The Level 5 team took second place to Summit Gymnastics of East Aurora.
Bright Raven’s Level 4 team took first place with 10-year-old Elizabeth Ferrari of Spencerport earning the highest all around score in the entire meet (38.80). Ferrari accomplished this by also taking first place in all four events. She was first on vault (9.90), bars (9.35), beam (9.75) and floor (9.80). In the 12 and over age group, Ashley Rissew of Rochester was first all around (37.55). In the same age division, Lindsay Green of Chili was first on both vault (9.85) and balance beam (9.40) and Rebecca Dorgan of Spencerport was first in floor exercise (9.525). In the 8-year-old division, Sydney Sack of Spencerport was first on vault (9.85) and second all around (37.775) and Ashlyn Neathawk of Chili was first on bars (9.35) and third all around (37.50). In the 9-year-old division, Madison Maas of Churchville finished third all around (36.725).
St. Leo CYO Boys JVs take 1st Place in 2012 Holy Cross Tournament
St. Leo (of Hilton) CYO Boy’s JV Basketball team took first place at the 2012 Holy Cross Basketball tournament.
Kneeling: Dominic Salamida, Carlos Rivera, Matt O’Brien, Andrew Richardson, Colin Botsford; standing: Coach John Frase, Thomas Hubble, Mark Frase, Sean Dixon, Dillon Hernandez, Chris Fillion, Tim Frase, Coach Dominic Salamida. Missing, Patrick Burns and Mitchell Wolf.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF MARCH 11, 2012
Scholarships available in health fields
Lakeside Hospital Twig Association is accepting applications for five scholarships given to students studying in a health related field. The $1,000 scholarships are awarded in June.
Applications have been mailed to high school guidance offices. Applications may also be obtained at the Lakeside Hospital Gift Shop, 156 West Avenue, Brockport and at the Foundation Office, Suite 101, Professional Building at 156 West Avenue.
Applications are due April 16. Call 964-2612 for information.
Dodgeball competition raises scholarship funds
The Brockport CSD Physical Education Department and high school student council are sponsoring a Dodgeball Championship Game on March 14 at the Brockport A.D. Oliver Middle School Gym, 40 Allen Street, at 7 p.m. Proceeds will go towards the Dr. Ekeze scholarship created in memory of beloved high school assistant principal Tobias Ekeze who passed away last summer. A $2 donation is suggested at the door (concessions available).
The slate of games is the culmination of a month-long tournament at the high school and includes a Championship Game, where the top two teams will compete; a 3rd and 4th Place Team Game; an All Star Game of players from each team voted in by participants; and the final game: High School Teachers vs. Middle School Teachers.
An Evening of Jazz features Brockport Big Band and OMS 7th and 8th Grade Jazz Ensemble
The Brockport Big Band will be performing at a concert with the Oliver Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Jazz Ensemble on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Brockport High School Auditorium, 40 Allen Street.
The Brockport Big Band, under the direction of Walt Perkins, is a group of local jazz musicians founded in 2005 by Lorie Bryant. They have performed at many venues throughout the area including the Rochester International Jazz Festival.
Tickets for this concert are $5 and may be purchased from any OMS band member or at the door. The concert is a fundraiser for the 7th and 8th Grade Jazz Ensemble and Band, led by Joanne Zimmerman, to compete at the Darien Lake Music Festival.
B-B schools implement bullying prevention program
Byron-Bergen Elementary School held a bullying prevention assembly for the school district’s Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which was implemented for the first time this school year and will continue to phase in throughout the district during the next three years as part of the district’s Strategic Plan.
Lyndonville Primary, Elementary and Intermediate School’s Patrick Whipple, principal, and Christine Goodwin, prevention/mental health counselor and Byron-Bergen graduate, motivated students and staff as they led the assembly using their knowledge and experience with the program. Lyndonville CSD implemented Olweus last school year.
Elementary Principal Keith Wing said Byron-Bergen is committed to having a school culture where bullying is not acceptable. “Through trainings like this one we are able to teach our children what bullying truly is, and give them the tools and resources for how to deal with situations appropriately,” said Wing.
The Olweus program is a whole-school program aimed at preventing or reducing bullying - for person to person bullying and cyber bullying - throughout a school setting, and is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop.
Goals of the program include reducing existing bullying problems among students, preventing new bullying problems, and achieving better peer relations at school. Although the incidence of actual bullying at Byron-Bergen Elementary School is low according to School Counselor Sean Madden, the school strives to provide prevention resources in the earlier grade levels first using the Skillstreaming curriculum, a research-based prosocial skills training program developed by Dr. Arnold P. Goldstein and Dr. Ellen McGinnis, before implementing the Olweus program.
“All of our students receive the Skillstreaming curriculum in kindergarten, which focuses on skills such as brave talk, reading others, dealing with anger, and dealing with fear,” said Madden.
Olweus and Skillstreaming are compatible systems. After Skillstreaming is taught in the earlier grades, Madden said the Olweus program becomes instrumental by the time children reach third or fourth grade.
“We’re using Olweus to enforce the fact that bullying can only exist in an environment that allows it,” said Madden. “So, we allow all of our students to advocate for victims. Any child here can speak up, and any child can go to any adult.”
Churchville-Chili hosts College Night for Juniors
College Night for Churchville-Chili high school juniors and parents will be held in the Senior High Cafeteria on March 15 at 7 p.m.
There will be a panel of college admissions representatives from local area colleges answering questions regarding the college admissions process. The Senior High School counselor will also present information relevant to the policies and procedures about the process at the high school. In addition, there will be an information session at 6:30 p.m. regarding college planning for students with disabilities.
Operation Local Soldier set for March 30 at Merton Williams Middle School
The seventh Annual Operation Local Soldier Event will be held Friday, March 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hilton’s Merton Williams Middle School, 200 School Lane, Hilton.
“This year the opening ceremony will include a special remembrance for Sergeant David E. Lemcke, US Army and Hilton High School graduate who was killed in Vietnam at age 20,” said organizer Northwood Elementary teacher Many Jensen-Helmer. “His remains were missing for 40 years and returned home November 2011. The Quest Chorus, led by Shana Davenport, will be singing the National Anthem and Anne Taylor, Hilton High School Honor Student, will be playing TAPS again this year.”
“During the opening ceremony we will honor and recognize the local men and women who are serving our country as well as thank the veterans who have already served,” she said. As in prior years, elementary-age students can participate in activities including the rock wall climb, swimming in the pool and making crafts. Students are encouraged to write letters to soldiers and make a craft for children in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pizza and beverages are available for purchase. A $1 donation and/or a school supply will be accepted,” Jensen-Helmer said.
Art Camp brings out creativity
Each year during February break, retired Holley Elementary Art Teacher Laurence Dabney teaches a five day class for Holley students.
Among the projects worked on this year were tin punch, scratch board and a candle holder made from plastic coffee creamer containers. The containers were covered with Pariscraft, painted black and then had silver wax rubbed onto it to make it appear as if it were made of metal. Left, containers have been painted black and the silver paste wax is rubbed onto it.
Oscar-style event highlights district’s reading and mathmatics initiatives
Holley Elementary School rolled out the red carpet for families during its annual ELA and Math Family Night, which had an Academy Award theme this year. Students and their parents celebrated a night with the “stars” - staff dressed up as movie stars, and others as photographers and reporters. Everyone walked down the red carpet to a pizza party followed by an evening of star-studded activities. Going from classroom to classroom, parents and students worked together on arts and crafts, games, a book swap, and demonstrations on the Castle Online Learning Program that students are using in the computer labs. Before heading home, families gathered again in the cafeteria for cake and ice cream.
Holley Elementary School schedules an ELA and Math Family Night every March to get families excited about reading, writing and math. The event coincides with the Parents and Reading Partners (PARP) program - three weeks when parents are asked to read with their children for at least 15 minutes per day. The program concluded with an assembly in the style of the Oscars for which students and staff were invited to dress up as if they were attending the Academy Awards. Several students were randomly selected to win a limo ride and lunch with Principal Regina Yeo at McDonald’s restaurant in Brockport.
Artwork of Munn fifth grader on big screen in NYC
Munn Elementary School fifth grader Hunter Charron (right) had her artwork displayed on an electronic big screen in New York City.
Hunter was one of only 500 children nationwide whose art was chosen through a contest through Artsonia, an online student art museum. Each winner had their work displayed for 20 seconds over a two-day period at the Big Screen Plaza on the Avenue of the Americas.
Her art teacher, Deborah Ingerick (left) said, “We are very proud of Hunter and her national recognition. It is an honor to be selected from thousands of students from across the country. She has consistently demonstrated a love of the arts, and this is a perfect way to showcase Hunter’s talent and ability to all of the people of NYC.”
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF MARCH 11, 2012
•Bauch, Luther A., of Canandaigua, age 99, died March 5, 2012. He is survived by four children, Carol (Jeffrey) Young of Canandaigua, Dianne Archer of Chardon, Ohio, Raymond (Myra) Bauch of Palm Coast, Florida and Donald (Susan) Bauch of Fairport; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Madelyn C. Bauch in 2009. Mr. Bauch was born in Spencerport and lived in the Hilton area, Canandaigua and Penfield. He was an inductee in the Hilton High School Hall of Fame. He owned and operated L.A. Bauch, Inc. for 30 years. Mr. Bauch was a past member of the Canandaigua Rotary Club, City of Canandaigua Zoning Board, Advisory Board of Lincoln Rochester Trust Co., Canandaigua Office, the NYS Dry Bean Council, and the National Dry Bean Association. He was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Mendon.
His Memorial Service was held March 10 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Mendon. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church, 18 Victor-Mendon Road, Mendon, NY 14506, Faith Lutheran Church, 2576 Browncroft Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14625, or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be offered at www.johnsonkennedy.com.
•Cedar, Reverend Clifford E., age 97, died February 27, 2012 at Lakeside Hospital. He was born on July 15, 1914 in N. Frankfort, Illinois to George and Frances Cedar and was a lifetime resident of this area. Clifford is survived by his wife of 72 years, Eleanor; five children, Clifford B. (Judy) Cedar, Darlene (Jimmy) Wright, and Laurena Lafoy, all of Alabama, Betty Cedar and Elsie (Warren) Curry, all of Illinois; brothers, John (Karen) Neibel of Brockport and Albert (Nancy) Neibel of Byron; son-in-law, Ralph Webster of Holley. Also surviving are several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by one brother, three sisters and a daughter, Eloise. Clifford was an ordained Minister for Jericho Fellowship Church since 1973. Currently, he ministered to area jails and nursing homes and headed men’s and women’s Bible studies at his church.
Funeral Services were held March 2 at the Gaines-Carlton Community Church, Albion. Interment, North Byron Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Gaines-Carlton Community Church, 14548 Ridge Road, Albion 14411 in his memory.
•Bissonette, Vernon L., On March 3, 2012 at age 86. Predeceased by his daughter, Diane DeTar. Survived by his wife Lorraine; son Lyn (Donna) and daughter Claire (Paul) Tomaino; grandchildren and great grandchildren. Vern was a WWII veteran and was in color research at Kodak for many years and the holder of numerous patents.
Private services were held. Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Chapin, Glen L., March 2, 2012, age 84. Survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Norma; children, David (Terri), Richard (Carole) and Patty (Jerry) Stich; grandchildren, Heather, Tim and Christopher (Radka) Chapin, Jenny (Larry) Guiles, Dan Stich and Julie Stich (Andy Lowe); great grandchildren, Lexi, Annabelle, KaliRose, Blake and Brayden; sister, Marian Schramm of Salt Lake City; several nieces and nephews. Glen was a World War II Merchant Marine Veteran. Trustee at the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour.
Funeral Services were held March 7 at the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Chili Avenue. Interment Grove Place Cemetery. Donations can be made to Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 2415 Chili Avenue, Rochester 14624 or Palliative Center for Caring at St. Ann’s Home in his memory.
•Kissel, Wilma E., March 4, 2012 at age 78 surrounded by her family. Predeceased by her son, Wally Kissel. Survived by her children, Carrie Horton, Barbara (David) Limbeck and Susan Kissel; grandchildren, Amy (Steven) Schreiber, Douglas (Andrea) Horton, Jason Hammel and William (Kelly) Hammel; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Arthur, William and Ronald; sisters, Norma Chapin and Lois Merritt; brother, Carl (Alayne) Mante; several nieces and nephews.
Private Service and Interment were held. Contributions can be made to the Palliative Care Program at Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester 14642 in her memory.
•Lusk, Mary J. (Ophardt), March 5, 2012 peacefully at age 71. Predeceased by her parents, William and Marion Ophardt and sister, Norma Durant. She is survived by her children, Charles Downey, Denise Johnstone and Eric (Lonnie) Lusk; grandchildren, Ryan, Joel, Hilary, Ashley, Owen, Kelsie, Tyler and Jacob; sisters, Patricia (Cole) Hardenbrook and Shirley Ophardt; and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hamlin. Burial at Parma Union Cemetery at a later date. Donations can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1107 Lake Road West Fork, Hamlin, NY 14464 in her memory.
•Todd, George Lee, after a courageous battle with cancer, died March 5, 2012, at the age of 66. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Martha Todd and his sister Bernice Williams. He is survived by his loving wife, Dody; his sister Linda Ebanks of Aurora, Colorado; his daughters Andrea Williams of Kansas City, Missouri and Sabrina (John) Terranova of Brockport; grandsons Marcus and Christopher Williams of Kansas City, Missouri; granddaughter Bianca Todd of Brockport; nieces Michelle James and Monique Smith of Aurora, Colorado; other numerous nieces and nephews and friends. George belonged to the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Organization, New York Chapter IV, and was a Mason at Clio Lodge #779 in Hilton. He was also a member of the Lifetime Assistance Board of Directors, a past member of the Hamlin Republican Committee and the Hamlin Lions Club.
His Mass of Christian Burial was held March 9 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Hamlin. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery in the spring. Donations in his memory can be made to Lifetime Assistance, 425 Paul Road, Rochester, NY 14624; the Masonic Care Community, 2150 Bleecker Street, Utica, NY 13501; or to a charity of one’s choice.
•Attridge, Kevin M., March 5, 2012 at age 53. Predeceased by his mother, Constance (Bush) Attridge. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Sue Attridge; children, Michael Attridge and Brian (fiancé, Samantha Russotti) Attridge; father and step-mother, William (Joan) Attridge; sisters, Lynn (Jim) Pierce, Kathy (John) Hyde and Leslie (Terry) Montrallo; several nieces, nephews and cousins; friends. Kevin was employed by Eastman Kodak and ITT for over 35 years.He was a past member of the North Greece Fire Department and was a current member of the North Greece Fire Exempts and the RSES Refrigeration Society.
His Memorial Mass was celebrated, March 9 at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, Rochester. Private interment. Donations can be made to Lifetime Care (www.LifetimeCare.org), Hilton Fire Department (www.HiltonFD.org) or North Greece Fire Exempt (www.NorthGreeceFD.com) in his memory.
•Barrett, Richard Duwayne, Died March 5, 2012, age 75. Predeceased by his parents, Arthur Barrett and Dorothy J. Kavanaugh; and his wife, Jean Ann Barrett (‘02). Survived by his devoted daughters, Cheryl Jean (Gregg) Pacelli, Cathy Ann (Tod Downey) Barrett and Charlene Lynne (Jim) Vent; grandchildren, Clayton, Nathan and Owen Pacelli, Kyle Banker, Paul O’Hara; great-granddaughter, Isabella Rose Banker.
Services were held at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester, 99 Victor Road, Fairport 14450 in his memory.
•Hennelly, P. David, March 6, 2012 at age 56. Survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Lindsay Herko and Lauren Herko, Shaun Hennelly and Kathryn Hennelly; Shaun and Kathryn’s mother, Katherine Hennelly; sisters, Mary (Ron) Bechle, Margot (Walt) Parkola and Ann Storey; grandchildren, Michael, Emily and Sam; many nieces, nephews and other family.
A Memorial Service was held March 10 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Rochester. Contributions can be made to Hildebrandt Hospice, 2652 Ridgeway Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624 in his memory.
•Starkweather, Ruth “Ginny,” On February 29, 2012 age 32. Ginny is predeceased by her father, Alvice Starkweather and maternal grandfather, Harold J. Bonin. She is survived by her four children, Brieana, Bryan, Daniel and Dillon, whom she loved very much. Ginny is also survived by her mother, Ruth V. Rachow (James); siblings, William D. Bosley (Laura), Al Starkweather (Lindsay), Erin A. Starkweather, Tom Starkweather (Michelle), Linda and Timothy Starkweather; grandmother, Helen V. Bonin; many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services were held March 5 at Thomas E. Burger Home Inc., Hilton. Contributions can be made to Catholic Family Center (Liberty Manor), 33 Chestnut Street, Rochester 14604 in her memory.
•Favata, Ida Grace, died March 1, 2012. Grace’s first husband, Frank Favata, died of cancer after 30 years of marriage, leaving Grace to find the second love of her life, Fred Mathewson, with whom she spent more than 30 years before his death in 2010. She is survived by her son, Cheech Favata; her seven step-children, five siblings and many grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both of her husbands, her sons Kenny, Bob and Terry and her grandson Dan.
A Celebration of her life was held March 10 at the Church of the Epiphany, Gates. Donations can be made to the Church of the Epiphany Memorial Garden, 3285 Buffalo Road, Rochester 14624 in her memory.
•Forward, Margaret Nicholson, age 92, formerly of Kendall, died March 5, 2012 in the Hilton East Assisted Living Center following a brief illness. Mrs. Forward was predeceased by her husband Richard Wilcox Forward in 1993. She is survived by her sons: James Forward of Washington, D.C., Scott (Patricia Williamson) Forward of Maryland; her daughters, Mary (Patrick) Carroll of Chili, Jane (Adelbert, Sr.) Davis of Brockport; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Margaret attended the Morton Baptist Church and was a person who crocheted and knitted the little hats that newborns would wear at Lakeside Hospital.
Services and interment in Corfu Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. To share a special memory of Margaret, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
•Boyd, Donald E., March 3, 2012 at age 77. Survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Tomoko (Saito); four sons, Eugene (Darcy), Myron (Christine), James (Cheri) and Stephen (Jackie); grandchildren, Latisha, Chelsea, Spenser and Samuel; three great-grandchildren; brother, Darold (Maryann) of Michigan; sister, Carolyn (Dale) Martin of Illinois; several nieces and nephews. Don was a Korean War Air Force Veteran and a longtime Rochester businessman.
A Memorial Service was held March 10 at the Leo M. Bean Funeral Home, Chili. Contributions can be made to the Wilmot Cancer Center in his memory.
•Underwood, George H. Jr., Suddenly on March 6, 2012 at age 50. George was predeceased by his mother, Rose Underwood. He is survived by his father, George H. Underwood Sr.; his sisters, Mary Jo (John) Galligan, Lori (Gary) Ritzel; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and close friends.
A Memorial Service was held March 10 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Entombment held privately. Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association in his memory.
•Barber, Merwin T., On March 1, 2012, age 97. He was predeceased by his wives, Cecilia (‘76) and Bernice (‘09); and son, John “Doug” (‘10). He is survived by his children, Larry (Mary) Barber, Donna (Ken) Neitz, Corwin (Patricia) Boddy and Sandra (Jim) Ricci and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Boddy; many grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services with Military Honors were held March 4 at Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home Inc., Hilton. Contributions can be made to Ogden Senior Center or Lifetime Assistance (Hospice) in his memory.
•Lyon, Nancy J. (Boulter/Cunningham), Died March 2, 2012 at age 67. Predeceased by her father, William T. Boulter. Survived by her husband, David Lyon; mother, Marie Boulter; brother, William G. Boulter; sisters, Deborah Mros, Darlene Spain, and Marilynn Lesczynski; children Michael, Richard, Kevin, Lynn (Thurley), Lori (Lippa), James, Todd, Jeffrey, Brian, Scott and Steven Cunningham; step children, Robert, Laura (Epping), and David Lyon; 20 grandchildren; and many other loved ones.
A Memorial Mass was said March 7 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Spencerport. Donations can be made to the University of Rochester Medical Center (Pulmonary Care) for further Sarcoidosis research in her memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF MARCH 4, 2012
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF MARCH 4, 2012
Special Police Officer to receive county award
Volunteer provides over 9,000 hours of service
by Kristina Gabalski
A member of the Ogden Special Police is being recognized by Monroe County for his efforts.
John Bopp, who has been with the volunteer unit since 1987, will receive the 2012 Community Service Award presented by the Monroe County Traffic Safety Board. The presentation will be part of the 16th Annual Monroe County STOP-DWI Program/Traffic Safety Board Awards Luncheon March 7 at Rick’s Prime Rib House on Buffalo Road.
“I don’t feel like I did anything special,” Bopp says. “This was totally unexpected. It’s unusual to get recognized for what you like to do.”
Ogden Chief of Special Police Peter Zambuto says Bopp has given 9,642 volunteer hours and served in all the ranks including chief.
“John is a great people person, he’s always out there on the details being friendly with the citizens of Spencerport. He participates in all the major events,” Chief Zambuto adds.
Ogden Police Chief Doug Nordquist calls Officer Bopp “a wonderful man who epitomizes the core values of this department - Respect, Integrity, Fairness, and Courtesy. He’s a community player to the fullest.”
Spencerport Mayor Joyce Lobene nominated Office Bopp for the award.
“I was thrilled when he was notified that he received it, as in the past it has been for career officers, not volunteers,” Mayor Lobene says. “John can be seen at every function whether it is Christmas on the Canal, Canal Days, Firemen’s Carnival, Homecoming and many times just walking through the village to make sure all is well. He is there with a smile on his face and a great deal of patience.”
Bopp says his service with the Special Police “allows me to give back to the community.” He says helping people gives him great satisfaction. Bopp says he is honored by the award, but the work of the Special Police “is not just my work - it’s a unit. The Town Board is very supportive of the unit - the town supervisor, the chief of police, the full-time officers.”
The Ogden Police Department has always made the Special Police feel very much a part, not a separate entity, Officer Bopp says.
“That’s important, the group is like a family. The full time officers and (Special Police) are all treated equally, we do things together,” he says.
Because the Special Police are volunteers, most have full time jobs and Bopp notes the support of their own families is also essential. He says the support of his wife, Nancy, has helped him greatly in his many years of service.
The mission of the Ogden Special Police is to serve the community and assist the Ogden Police Department to carry out its duties, Bopp says.
The Special Police are encouraged to make routine foot patrols through the village, he explains, “which give us the opportunity to engage in one-on-one contact with youth in the community. We want to be very visible, let (residents) see us and ask questions.”
The Special Police also patrol parks and cemeteries, the canal path on bikes, help at community events like Canal Days and Christmas on the Canal with traffic control and foot patrol. Bopp says they also attend events like the school bike rodeo by taking a bike and even participating in the activity.
“We talk to the kids about bike safety,” he says. “We also do business checks (in the business district) after hours and patrol those areas. At STOP-DWI checkpoints, we assist if needed as well as at motor vehicle accidents, and radar surveys, monitoring speeds after neighbors have complained.”
The Special Police also perform house checks for residents who are out of town.
Bopp says the Special Police undergo extensive and on-going training and have qualifications that allow them to perform a long list of duties including traffic direction, vehicle approaches, radio communications and hand-cuffing. Car certification allows them to ride with full-time officers, and they are also familiar with police equipment and weapons that the full-time officers carry.
“We’re not there to do their (full-time officers’) job,” Bopp says. “We’re there to help them.”
Brockport village manager/treasurer resigns to take position at airport
Trustee Hunsinger announces he will not run for re-election in June
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport Village Board members have accepted the resignation of village manager/treasurer Michael Giardino. Board members voted unanimously to accept the resignation at the regular meeting February 28.
Giardino, who was appointed to the post on September 27, 2011, has been named the new director of the Greater Rochester International Airport.
Mayor Connie Castaneda said she will be receiving applications and reviewing candidates for the position.
“We congratulate him,” the mayor said of Giardino, “and wish him well in his new job.”
Trustee Margaret Blackman discussed a special meeting held by the village board on February 24 in regards to the resignation.
She said the board discussed personnel issues with the manager/treasurer who “suggested replacement personnel.”
“I’m concerned we have a quick and smooth transition,” Blackman said during her report. She noted Giardino’s resignation comes “right in the middle of budget season.”
Giardino told Trustee Blackman he thought he could have a final village budget in place before he leaves. His final day is March 27.
Trustee Kent Blair thanked Giardino for his work for the village. “For the short time you’ve been here, it’s been nice to have someone of your caliber,” Trustee Blair said.
During the public comment session of the meeting, Brockport Merchants Association president Josephine Matela also congratulated Giardino. “I wish Mike all the best in his new position. He’s only going to enhance our airport,” she said.
Also at the February 28 meeting, Trustee Scott Hunsinger announced during his report that he will not seek re-election in June. He said many residents have been asking about his decision. “The truth is, that I am not running,” he said.
Brockport Scout earns Eagle Award
Tyler Christian Rosso, son of Michael and Kimberly Rosso of Brockport, received the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award in November 2011. He is a member of Brockport Troop 375 sponsored by the Brockport Conservation Club.
For his Eagle project, Tyler, with the help of many volunteers from his troop, the community, and his family, designed and built a bridge at Sweden Town Park. The bridge will allow an area of the park’s walking trail to be accessible when the water level is too high for pedestrians and maintenance vehicles to cross. Tyler also modified an existing bridge on the trail by adding ramps to make it handicapped accessible.
Besides being awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, Tyler successfully earned 34 merit badges, Cub Scout Arrow of Light award, and the Order of the Arrow Boy Scout Honor Society award. He has also held positions as Troop Order of the Arrow Representative, Troop Instructor, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Boy Scout Camp Senior Patrol Leader. Tyler also received many congratulatory letters from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former President George Bush, as well as many other dignitaries.
Tyler, 16, is in 11th grade at Brockport High School. He is a high honor roll student and is actively involved in Future Business Leaders of America, Drama Club, Chorus, Masterminds and Mock Trial. He has also done many hours of volunteer service in the community and at his church. Tyler’s future plans include college studies in political science and law. He hopes to pursue a career as a lawyer.
Area grower gets grant for Monroe County 4-H
by Kristina Gabalski
Monroe County 4-H has received a $2,500 donation from Greg Stokoe of Stokoe Farms in Scottsville through America’s Farmers Grow Communitites (SM) program.
Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local non-profit organizations. Stokoe was the winning farmer in Monroe County. The donation was made during ceremonies February 16 at Cornell Cooperative Extension on Highland Avenue in Rochester.
Stokoe says he recognizes the need for local 4-H projects like livestock showing and agriculture competitions and decided to direct his donation to 4-H.
“The 4-H program is a great opportunity for youth to develop leadership skills,” Stokoe says.
He told the Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald that his mother was a 4-H teacher for many years, “I was introduced to 4-H as a child; it was a fantastic experience,” Stokoe says. “We’ve always been a supporter of 4-H and I know folks in the program who are excited about it. You hear all of our farmers saying we need to introduce the younger generation to farming.”
Monroe County 4-H will use the $2,500 to support 4-H members in the development of fair projects and provide support to the 4-H staff and mentors.
“Youth are able to increase their confidence through displaying their projects at the fair. The participants are also able to build their leadership and professional skills by learning from the judges,” says Amie Matichak, 4-H program leader.
Through the Grow Communities program, farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations, officials say. The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone and more than $45,000 has been donated to nonprofits in New York.
Organizers say Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communitites.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF MARCH 4, 2012
On duty - A hometown doctor serves her country
by Maggie Fitzgibbon
She’s a hometown doctor with a passion for caring for others.
Elizabeth Feltner, M.D., is a well-known physician who practices family medicine in Spencerport, but what many do not know is that she is a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps.
She entered the Army in the fall of 2009 and since then has been on a whirlwind of rigorous military training exercises including two assignments.
“I endured a month of basic training. I had to learn weapon care, and besides the marches and brutal physical fitness tests, I had to learn how to walk, talk and act like a military person,” Dr. Feltner explained. “I lived for over two weeks in the field with 40 other women. We would wake up at 5 a.m., do push ups in the snow and 23 degree weather and in the afternoon run in 90 degree heat,” she added.
For some, these drills of endurance might have tested their spirit, but for Dr. Feltner, this inspired her to serve others, and she carried on. Her commitment to the Army includes yearly two-week missions along with monthly weekend drills. During the monthly drills, her unit is mobilized and conducts field training.
While her monthly drills give her the chance to practice her skills, it’s during these missions where her abilities and her Hippocratic Oath come alive. Her first assignment sent her to live on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. This was an opportunity for her to care for people who had a wide variety of medical needs.
“We provided health, nursing, dental hygiene, pharmacy, even some veterinary services to the Indian people who live on this reservation. During this assignment, the doctors and nurses learned from each other. This was an extraordinary experience because the people absorbed us into their culture,” Dr. Feltner said.
Dr. Feltner’s most recent mission took her to Hohenfels, Germany for 18 days. Her unit was assigned as the back-up medical unit for other units training to go to Kosovo, located in Balkan Mountains in Europe.
“We assessed and treated soldiers with broken bones, infections and some with more serious medical issues. Coordination of care was an important step in helping these soldiers,” Dr. Feltner said. During this mission, her unit also provided care to others like Albanian foreign nationals. “These people do not have any medical care and were so grateful for our help,” she said.
The unit also took part in mass casualty scenarios, and learned how to prioritize, triage, diagnose, stabilize, transport and determine ‘next steps’ for soldiers. All of these drills were based on true situations.
“This was a test of our abilities, to think quickly and assess each patient. It’s amazing to me how far medical care has come. We have mobile medical kits and we can set up a full operating hospital in one hour,” she said.
Dr. Feltner is passionate about serving in the Army. “We take so much for granted here in America. I feel I owe something to my country. Only one percent of our population serves in the Armed Forces,” she said.
Military service is a Feltner family tradition. “My Dad was a World War II Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) surgeon. I have two brothers who served in the Marines in Viet Nam. My brother, Jon, was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Silver Medal of Commendation for his service and my brother, Geoff, has remained active in the Marines as a commander of the local Marine Reserve. My Dad was my inspiration to go into the medical field,” Dr. Feltner said.
Dr. Feltner’s decision to enter the Army was one she took very seriously. Her children had entered college and she wanted to grow personally and professionally.
“The Army gives me a unique opportunity to challenge myself, both as a physician and as a person,” Dr. Feltner said.
She’s been practicing medicine in the area for over 20 years and looks to continue both her careers. “I love my practice. Some of my patients are people who I went to school with,” she added with a smile.
What does the future hold for this Unity Family Medicine at Spencerport physician and Army doctor?
“This experience is the most valuable thing I’ve ever done. It’s eye-opening what young people are giving up. The training, experience and exposure are phenomenal and the medical knowledge that I gain by serving in the Army is such a benefit to my practice,” Dr. Feltner said.
More than twenty-five quilters from various quilt guilds around the Rochester area came out for Community Quilt Day on Wednesday, February 22 at the Sweden Senior Center.
Community Quilt Day was sponsored by the Sweden Senior Association, Inc. Joan Smith, an active member of the Sweden Senior Center Quilters, who get together every Monday morning at the Sweden Senior Center, said that Community Quilt Day is an opportunity for the Senior Center Quilters to thank all those who come to help out.
The quilts made by the Senior Center Quilters are made from donated supplies and equipment including the sewing machines. The quilts are donated to community organizations in Monroe and Orleans counties. The Senior Center Quilters donate nearly 300 quilts each year.
Photographs by David Knox
Hamlin CCC/POW Camp: Terpin Rock Mystery - solved!
by Ed Evans
A couple of long-time park employees got to talking to Jay, the new Hamlin Beach State Park manager, about a rather large, stray boulder hidden in dense overgrowth behind the new park administration building. They told Jay that in the old days, when they were kids, they used to play around the rock. Back then, the park still mowed that area, carefully maintaining little picnic groves and a rolling lawn connecting the Area #2 parking lot to the refreshment stand at Area #3. The rolling lawn and fireplaces were part of the original plan for the park but that rock stood out like a sore thumb.
It was the only big rock as far as the eye could see, and the top was chiseled and shaped to look like one of those metal tractor seats of yore. The west side of the rock had been painstakingly faced using a hammer and chisel and then “TERPIN” was chiseled across the front in letters that are nearly two inches tall.
Those 1950s-60s kids wondered about the rock and helped to spread some old Indian fable about some chief somehow or other sitting on the rock to give it its “seat” shape. Sometime during that era, the park stopped maintaining that area and thick brush and tall, untended trees soon had people avoiding that entire area. Eventually, the rock all but disappeared from view and most of the kids who used to play around it, and on it, grew up and moved away.
It was two of those kids who didn’t move away and went on to become park employees who showed Jay where the rock still sits. Jay was so impressed that he showed it to me. He thought it might be a crude grave marker from back in the days when the area was first being settled. Or “it might be marking the grave of a pet.” Perhaps “it had something to do with the CCC boys who built the park back in the 1930s.”
I immediately became fascinated with the rock. I told Jay we had to clear the area of brush right away so people could easily find the rock. We could use it to promote the park. “Oh no,” says Jay. “First I’ve got to be sure that it’s not a grave. I could get in big trouble.” Instead, he asked me to tell the Town Historian about the rock and have the records checked to be sure someone named Terpin was not buried there.
I called Mary Smith, Hamlin Historian Emeritus, and mulled the mystery over in my own head for a couple of days. I was pretty sure it wasn’t a grave for a person. There was no listing in any of the local phone books for a Terpin and only a few listings with variations in the spelling. Perhaps someone had a dog they called Turpentine, and shortened it to Tur-pen. When the dog died they phonetically chiseled Terpin into the rock not really knowing or caring how “turpentine” is really spelled.
Then I got a hair brained idea. I had one and only one CCC group photo with names accompanying it - the one with Jimmy Giancaterin in it. There were 149 CCC guys in the photo and the photo was dated August 1938. Just maybe.... Nah. What are the odds? Not very likely. But, what the heck. I went out to my CCC collection, found the photo and turned it over. There was a Chester Terpin listed there. I couldn’t pick him out of the crowd, of course, but he was somewhere in that picture.
Then it struck me: In all of that cement work in that huge park the CCC boys built, no one, no one, no one ever put so much as their initials into any wet cement anywhere. In the CCC campsite itself, a half mile away - and we have uncovered and examined every inch of the camp’s 8 acres - there exists only one set of initials, tiny, and consisting of only two letters, in an obscure corner of what used to be a garage. What possessed this young man to carve his whole name on a rock? And why was it left there in plain sight? And why has no mention of it ever been made? Where did the rock come from? What kind of guy was this Chester Terpin?
Among the stuff Jimmy Giancaterin unknowingly left me (diaries, 140 letters, etc.) there are a few rare “Hamlin Specials” - the Hamlin CCC camp weekly newspaper - printed in 1938. I began reading them again. In the last April issue for 1938 I found an article listing the new enlistees just entering the camp. Chester Terpin is mentioned in the second paragraph and it says he came from Buffalo.
Acting on that clue, my wife found some information on Chester Terpin on the Internet. It listed his parents, his siblings, and gave some information about his military record. A great start. Then my wife got me addresses for eight Terpins in the Buffalo, Southern Tier area and I wrote a letter about the rock and sent a copy to each of the eight Terpins. I asked for any information on a “Chester” Terpin. I enclosed a CCC postcard from Mary Smith’s historical Hamlin collection, a self addressed stamped envelope, and my business card with all kinds of contact information. In less than a week I got an answer back in a big, 8-1/2 x 11 envelope.
One of my letters had been passed on to Patricia Butler, Chester Terpin’s daughter. And she wrote me a nice letter about her Dad, Chester (Chet) Terpin. And she enclosed a couple of pictures of him on plain paper that were scanned on her home computer.
I have since gotten two emails from Patricia “Terpin” Butler with more interesting stuff about her father, the rock carver. He was not an Indian chief. He was a very shy 18 year old boy, born to a husband and wife who had immigrated from Poland. He had a fifth grade education when he quit school and went to work to help support his father’s family of seven kids. In 1938, he enlisted in the CCC to learn a trade and earn some money. It was his severe acne that had made him shy but the hearty CCC diet soon cured the acne. And the CCC changed the rest of his life, too.
According to his daughter, he spent a lot of his adult life telling his kids about his CCC experience. She says he learned carpentry and masonry and cooking in the CCC. His “artificial ice cream” concoction was a family favorite and most certainly was mastered in the CCC camp. All of his family’s vacations his entire life were spent camping in New York State Parks that had a CCC connection. He hit every one of them. He was repeating that quest with his grandchildren when he died at 59 in 1978.
I sent a poor copy of my 1938 group CCC photo to Patricia Butler and she picked her Dad out of the 149 blurry faces immediately. Tears came to her husband’s eyes as she pointed to Chester Terpin, the 5’5’’ shy guy who gave us that wonderful rock we are just now starting to talk about. Thanks to Jay Bailey, his staff, Patricia Butler, and, of course, Chester Terpin, that rock is now a local monument to the CCC program America still owes so much.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF MARCH 4, 2012
Whittler teaches techniques to BHS art students
Chris Lubkeman can make amazing things out of twigs and branches by using a simple pocket knife and some creativity. He taught some of his whittling techniques to Brockport High School art students on February 27.
The branch carver and author was raised in Brazil, getting his start carving dentistry tools deep in the Amazon rain forest of northeastern Peru. He soon branched out to carving wooden toys, doll furniture, and bows and arrows before finding his niche of carving roosters, his signature piece, that he has been creating for more than 30 years.
His branch rooster technique (left), has been featured on DIY Network television. “He has the rare ability as a presenter to spark the imagination of his audience,” said art teacher Mary Warth.
Right, art teacher Ryan McDonnel and Chris Lubkeman test the tension of a giant sling shot that could shoot a melon past the outfield of a major league baseball field.
Brockport students are fire prevention essay contest winners
Brockport CSD fifth-grader Kathryn Crissman and sixth-grader Evan Brundage were recognized for their fire prevention essays by the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association. Kathryn took fourth place in Monroe County and Evan received the “Outstanding Essay” award in this year’s contest “Protect Your Family from Fire.”
Contest coordinator Alan Way, Past President of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association and Mike LaDue, Assistant Chief of the Brockport Fire Department, surprised the students in their classrooms on February 1 and presented them with a plaque. They also talked to students about fire safety.
The annual contest, sponsored by the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, yielded about 1,150 entries from students in grades 5 through 8 throughout Monroe County.
Finger Lakes Woodturners Club member shares his hobby
Woodworker Jerry Sheridan visited students in Byron-Bergen High School’s manufacturing systems classes recently. Sheridan, a former Byron-Bergen Board of Education member, is a member of the Finger Lakes Woodturners Club and an avid woodturner.
Students learned about safety and proper techniques when turning wood as Sheridan demonstrated his skills for them. He displayed several of his pieces such as bowls, spinning tops, Christmas ornaments, and decorative spindles. Students learned ideas about how to create unique pieces of their own.
Sheridan said woodturning is a relaxing hobby for him, and that he enjoys sharing knowledge of the craft with others.
Over the years, the Finger Lakes Woodturners Club has made many wooden toys and has regularly made donations to the Golisano Children’s Hospital. The club also provides educational demonstrations throughout the region for various organizations and schools.
Rolls tally up to help others
Students at Byron-Bergen Elementary School recently made a big contribution to charity.
Two pre-kindergarten classes at Byron-Bergen Elementary School held a toilet paper donation drive to celebrate the 100th day of school, which benefited the YWCA of Genesee County.
The students collected over 700 rolls of toilet paper far exceeding the 100 roll goal, said Ayn Gardner, pre-kindergarten teacher.
“Our goal is that students become aware of the community at large and learn that every community member can help someone in need,” said Gardner.
Why toilet paper?
“Toilet paper was chosen because it is such a simple item, but an important one,” said Gardner. “Previous classes enjoy watching the collection grow, remember collecting the toilet paper and why we collected it.”
The donation coincides with the district’s Strategic Plan to foster a school-community partnership.
Aside from the satisfaction that comes from helping a local charity, the two classes competed for who could donate the most rolls.
Although Gardner’s class brought in the most toilet paper rolls, in the end the two classes worked together to support the YWCA of Genesee County.
Community forum set for March 14 in Spencerport
The Spencerport Central School District will host a second communitywide forum from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in the High School Performing Arts Center, 2707 Spencerport Road.
Co-hosted by the Town of Ogden and Village of Spencerport, this forum is titled Helping Kids at Risk: Bullying and Cyber-bullying Awareness, and will include topics such as How can you help your child if bullied, Cyber-bullying and technology tips, Current Spencerport programs, Overview of the Dignity for All Students Act, and a panel discussion.
The Community Task Force, consisting of parents, students, staff, civic leaders and residents, recommended this program as a continuation of efforts to bring the community together in support of children after the tragic loss of two Spencerport students - one from suicide - in November.
In January, Spencerport hosted its first forum, which focused on suicide prevention and helping children at risk.
Spencerport Jazz Group prepares for special festival competition
by Kristina Gabalski
Members of the Spencerport High School Jazz Ensemble have high hopes as they prepare to travel to the Berklee College of Music’s 44th Annual High School Jazz Festival in Boston March 10.
This is the sixth year the 21-member Jazz Ensemble has participated in the competition which showcases over 3,000 students and 200 bands and vocal ensembles from 13 U.S. states and Ontario, Canada. The groups compete for $175,000 in scholarships to Berklee’s five-week Summer Performance Program.
Berklee is the largest high school jazz festival in the U.S., organizers say.
Last year, Spencerport won third place in the Large Ensemble Division (Class 2).
John Viavattine, Spencerport Director of Bands - including the Jazz Ensemble - says the Berklee festival is special because all the judges are jazz musicians and professors at the college.
“They obviously know their stuff,” he notes. “They’re all jazz guys and gals and their comments and critiques mean a lot.”
Senior James Stoffel plays guitar in the ensemble. This will be his fourth Berklee festival and he agrees with Viavattine that Berklee is unique. “It’s all jazz, there’s no classical - they only critique on jazz,” he says.
Janelle Goeke is also a senior and plays tenor saxophone and clarinet. She says she enjoys traveling with a group the size of the jazz ensemble, “compared to other band trips, this is just jazz kids,” she says. “You have a lot of fun with a really small group.”
The ensemble members say the long bus ride (they will depart at 4:30 a.m. on the 10th) helps them to bond and they enjoy a special meal on Saturday night as much as they enjoy the competition performance.
“The chemistry this year is incredible,” Viavattine says and adds the current Jazz Ensemble members excel at expressing the personal spontaneity and art of improvisation that are so integral to jazz music.
“Jazz is another language,” he explains.
The Spencerport Jazz Ensemble is scheduled to perform at 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of March 10. The school’s Vocal Jazz group directed by Alan Jones is also participating this year for their fifth time, Viavattine says. They are scheduled to perform at 12:30 p.m. Winners are announced at 6 p.m. and a winners showcase concert is held at 7:30 p.m.
Brenna DeAngelis, a senior who plays alto saxophone, is making her first trip to the festival this year. “It’s the biggest deal of the year,” she says. “It’s a big competition.
Tenor saxophone player Sam Vespone is a sophomore. He says he likes the Berklee festival because it brings him into contact with so many other jazz musicians. Vespone says at school, he can sometimes feel a little isolated in his musical interests. “We have performances for the school and community, but going to Berklee (you see) the enormity - each person has something to do with jazz.”
Junior Keith Reese plays drums. “We have high expectations this year,” he says, “I think we can win.”
WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS - MARCH 2012
Nicole Meier - Benjamin Knox
Rick and Angela Meier of Webster and Tim and Sally Knox of Spencerport are happy to announce the engagement of their children, Nicole K. Meier and Benjamin W. Knox.
They are both graduates of the University at Buffalo. Nicole earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She is a paralegal for Foltz-Martin, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. Ben earned a bachelor of science and a master’s degree in engineering and is pursuing a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech.
A 2013 wedding is planned.
Alica Anchor - Dave Fitzgerald
Jeff and Vanessa Anchor of Holley are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Alica to Dave Fitzgerald, son of Mike and Sue Fitzgerald of Godfrey, Illinois.
Alica is a graduate of Crouse School of Nursing with an RN degree and is employed at Lakeside Hospital, Brockport in the OB department.
Dave is a Captain in the United States Army stationed at Fort Drum.
A July 7, 2012 wedding is planned.
Pauline Cantatore - Nicholas Minunni
Mark and Cindy Minunni of Spencerport are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Nicholas to Pauline Cantatore, daughter of Nick and Pauline Cantatore of Queens, New York.
Nicholas is a 2003 graduate of Spencerport High School, and both are 2007 graduates of SUNY Geneseo. Nicholas is employed by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection as an environmental compliance specialist, and Pauline is employed by the NYC Department of Education as a middle school special education teacher.
Their wedding is planned for May 2012.
Jayme L. Bopp - Brian Woodin
Timothy and Donna Bopp of Holley are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter Jayme Lee to Brian Woodin, son of Jeffrey and Beverly Woodin of Waterport.
Jayme is a 2006 graduate of Holley High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from SUNY Brockport in 2010. She is employed at the Greater Rochester International Airport by McNeil Security as a transportation security officer. She plans on working as a police officer in the future.
Brian is a 2004 graduate of Holley High School. He is employed by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff.
An outdoor wedding is planned for October 2012.
Annie Baldwin - Jason Pinto
Marty and Jan Pinto of Spencerport are happy to announce the engagement of their son Jason to Annie Baldwin, daughter of Denyse and Kevin Baldwin of Port Clinton, Ohio.
Jason is a 2002 graduate of Spencerport High School and a 2004 graduate of Monroe Community College with an associate’s degree in business administration. The future groom is a health care recruiter in Orlando, Florida.
Annie is a 2002 graduate of Port Clinton High School and a 2006 graduate of Ohio Northern University with a bachelor’s degree in international studies. The bride-to-be is a field brand trainer for Whirlpool in Orlando, Florida.
The couple will exchange vows September 22, 2012 at the Great Lakes Garden in Niagara Falls State Park, New York.
Melissa Ziegler - Vincent Flow
Jim and Deb Ziegler of Syracuse are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter Melissa to Vincent Flow IV, son of Vince and Barb Flow of Kendall.
Melissa is a graduate of Henninger High School in Syracuse. She received a master’s degree from St. John Fisher College and is employed as a first grade teacher in the Greece Central Schools.
Vincent is a graduate of Kendall High School. He received a degree in electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is employed as a field engineer at Harris Communications.
Their wedding is planned for August 2012.
Tracy J. Mucha - Robert M. Nolet
Cindy and Steve Friday of Spencerport, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tracy J. Mucha to Robert M. Nolet. Tracy is also the daughter of the late Stephen Mucha. Robbie is the son of Jim and Debbie Nolet, Parkersburg, West Virginia, formerly of Gates, and the late Michael Panzer.
Tracy is a 2002 graduate of Spencerport High School and a 2010 graduate of Genesee Community College with an associate’s degree in alcohol and substance abuse studies. She will also receive a degree in social work from Nazareth College in 2012. Tracy is working for Catholic Family Center and interning at the Monroe County Probation Department.
Robbie is a 2002 graduate of Bixby High School, Bixby, Oklahoma. He continued his studies at Tulsa Pipe Trade School. Robbie is a licensed Journeyman plumber. He works for American Plumbing, Rochester.
An October 20, 2012 wedding is planned in Rochester.
Melissa Persia -Jason Pilon
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Persia of Clarendon announce the engagement of their daughter Melissa to Jason Pilon, son of Fred and Carol Pilon of Albion.
Melissa is a graduate of Holley High School and The College at Brockport with a bachelor of science degree. Jason is employed by his family’s construction business, Pilon Construction.
A summer 2012 wedding is planned.
Maria A. Lasutaz - Peter T.J. DiGennaro
Maria Aurora Lasutaz and Peter T.J. DiGennaro are to be united in marriage Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Clarendon. The couple met five years ago.
Maria is from the Philippines and Pete is from the Rochester area.
Meagan Finzer - Timothy Ingraham
Todd and Jennie Finzer are pleased to annouce the engagement of their daughter Meagan to Timothy Ingraham, son of Steve and Sandy Ingraham.
Meagan is a 2007 home school graduate and is employed by Tim Horton’s.
Timothy, also home schooled through fifth grade, is a 2008 graduate of Holley High School and earned his associate’s degree in computer systems and network technologies from Genesee Community College in 2010. He works at Arc of Orleans County as an IT assistant.
A May 2012 wedding is planned.
Jamie L. Vail - Patrick J. Coyne
Eric and Mary Vail of Chili announce the engagement of their daughter Jamie L. to Patrick J. Coyne, son of Gerald and Kathleen Coyne of Greece.
The future bride is a 2000 graduate of Churchville-Chili High School, a graduate of SUNY College at Fredonia with a bachelor of science degree in childhood education and a graduate of Nazareth College with a master of science degree in literacy. She is employed in the Lyons Central School District as a literacy teacher.
The future groom is a 2000 graduate of Greece Arcadia High School, a graduate of SUNY College at Brockport with a bachelor’s degree in history and graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College with a master’s degree in education. He is employed as a special education teacher at Greece Olympia High School.
A July 14, 2012 wedding is planned.
Nicole Lemcke - Matthew Quataert
John and Donna Lemcke of Hilton are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Nicole to Matthew Quataert, son of Robert and Christine Quataert, also of Hilton.
Nicole, a 2005 graduate of Hilton High School, attended Rochester Institute of Technology and earned a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Buffalo. She works as a registered dietitian at Monroe Community Hospital.
Matt, a 2001 graduate of Aquinas Institute, received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY Brockport. He is a payroll specialist at the Adecco Group.
A September 29, 2012 wedding is planned.
Jameson - Kessler
Mrs. Ruth Jameson of Churchville announces the marriage of her daughter Jill to James Kessler of Warsaw, New York. The wedding took place December 31, 2011.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF MARCH 4, 2012
•Cliff, Bernard “Barney,” On February 23, 2012 at age 93. Predeceased by his wife Dorothy, five brothers and six sisters. He is survived by his children Bonnie (Ed) Coopenberg, James (Loleta) Cliff, Gerry (Lillian) Cliff; granddaughter Amy Mastay; great-greatsons Michael and Matthew Mastay; sisters-in-law Vinnie Cliff and Marion McCauley; special friend, Evelyn Bronson; many nieces and nephews. Bernard was a WWII army veteran.
Funeral Services were held February 27 at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., Brockport. Spring interment, Lakeview Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Brockport Vets Club in his memory.
•Davis, Patrick S., February 23, 2012 at age 83. Predeceased by his wife, Gloria; brothers, Patrick, Robert and Merritt. Survived by children Karen (Robert) Breslawski, Amy (Richard) Siepka, Patrick (Leslie), Jeffrey (Michael), Kevin and Michael; grandchildren, Robert (Canny), Jessica (Bertrand), Brittny, Aaron, Brian, Megan, Jacob, Adam and Anna; great-grandchild, Emma; foster daughter, April Parrish; many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held February 25 at Fowler Funeral Home, Brockport. Donations can be made to the Open Door Mission, P.O. Box 14236, Rochester, NY 14608 in his memory.
•Rath, Marilyn F., February 26, 2012 at age 77. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Luther, her daughter, Connie as well as two granddaughters, April and Alexanderia. She is survived by four sons, Duane (Marion), Tom (Pam) of Hamlin, Jim (Debbie Carmel) of Florida and John (Sandi) of Mississippi; nine grandchildren Logan (Peter Kalenda), Joshua, Jeremy, Samantha, Ashley, Christine, Cody, Brandon (Amy) and Jaclyn and two great granddaughters, Riley and Serenity; sisters-in-law Helen (Louie) Szklany, Laurie Schultz, Carol (Gordon) Wright; several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held March 3 at St. John Lutheran Church, Hamlin. Interment will be private. Contributions can be made to St. John Lutheran Church in her memory.
•Ward, Erin L., February 26, 2012 at age 28. She is survived by her parents, Raymond and C. Marie Ward; son, Zackary Ward; fiance, Ed Goffaux; brothers, Steven Ward, Raymond (fiancee, Jemie Pratt); maternal grandparents, Carol-Sirianni Whitmore and Richard Whitmore; her paternal grandparents, Raymond and Marion Ward. She was predeceased by maternal grandfather, Louis Sirianni.
A Funeral Mass was held March 2 at St. Leo’s Church, Hilton. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Donations can be made to Zackary Education Fund, 16 Cooper Drive, Hilton, NY 14468 in her memory.
•Craddock, Winifred E., age 102, died February 21, 2012 in Virginia. Predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Clifford J. Craddock. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jane Rodgers of Falls Church, Virginia; three granddaughters, Suzanne (Tim) DeGrauwe, Sandra Rodgers and Patricia (Sean) Herrity; seven great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She graduated from Holley High School in 1929, attend Brockport College and graduated with a teaching degree in 1931. She worked as a school teacher until she married in 1937, then chose to become a full time homemaker and farmer’s wife. Winifred was a member of the Holley Library Committee, Holley PTA, New York State Red Cross and the New York State Home Bureau, where she served as President for a year. In honor of her service to the New York State Home Bureau, a scholarship fund was dedicated to Brockport College through the New York State Federation of Home Bureaus.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held March 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Holley. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring. Donations can be made to the New York State Federation of Home Bureaus/Winifred E. Craddock scholarships, mailed to: The College at Brockport, Brockport Foundation, 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY 14420, the Holley Library or to St. Mary’s Church, Holley.
•DeFilipps Kennedy, Donalyn (Dona), age 54, died February 22, 2012. Predeceased by mother and father, Donald (Notchy) and Jessie (Piedmonte/Nenni) DeFilipps. She is survived by husband, Charles; sister, Karen (Nick) Nenni-Quaranto; sister, Audrey (Palmer) McCoy; and brother, Richard Nenni; two aunts, Mary Leuze (died February 26, 2012) and Delia Nenni; nieces, several nephews, several great nieces and nephews, cousins and many very good and caring friends. She worked at Kodak for 20 years before moving to Arizona.
Graveside services will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery, Rt. 31, Albion at a later date. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Orleans County, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY or Camp Good Days & Special Times, 1332 Pittsford-Mendon Road, Mendon, NY 14506 in her memory.
•King, Wayne Leroy, died February 28, 2012, after an extended illness with cancer. He is the son of Ethel M. King (Conte) and the late Guy Kermit King. Wayne grew up in Gates and graduated from Gates Chili High School. He was employed by Elmer W. Davis as a Pipe Insulator, member of Local 26. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Eleanor Louise King; children, Roxanne (Marv) Dobson, Todd (Michelle) King, Tammy (Rob) King, Joseph (Connie) King; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also his siblings, Jean (Bob) Alfarie and Joyce (Richard) Knaak. Predeceased by former wife, Gail King; daughter, Kelly King; and sister, Dawn Conte.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
•Leuze, Mary C., age 101, died February 26, 2012 at The Landing in Brockport. She was predeceased by her husband John; brothers Donald, Saverio, and Fred DeFilipps; sisters Madlyn Cioli, Catherine Press, Lucile McMullen; nephews James Press Jr., Fred “Nitch” DeFilipps; nieces Nancy McMullen, Donalyn DeFilipps. Survived by sisters-in-law Virginia DeFilipps of Holley, Marquerite Tyner of Avoca; NY; brother-in-law Raymond Leuze of Bear, Delaware; cousins Louise Lusk, Mike (Pat) DeFilipps, Edward DeFilipps, David (Mary Ellen) DeFilipps all of Holley, Francesco DeFilipps of Italy; many nieces and nephews. Mary served as a Corporal in the Women’s Air Corps during WWII and was a member of the Jewell Buckman Post #529 Holley American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary. She taught for over 35 years at Holley Central School as a kindergarten teacher. Mary was a member and co-founder of the Holley Murray Historical Society and was also a member of St. Mary’s Church.
Her Mass of Christian Burial was said March 1 at St. Mary’s Church. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Holley Murray Historical Society or the Holley Community Library in her memory.
•Quaranto, Dorothy J. (Barringer), age 82, died February 24, 2012. She graduated from Brockport High School and was a former model for Sibley’s. She was predeceased by her grandson, Jeremy Quaranto, 1998. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Vito; sons, David (Kelly) of Holley, Larry (Andrea), of North Carolina, Paul (Christy) of Holley, Ricky of Greece, Billy of Tennessee; grandchildren, Tyler, Hali, Cortney, Camron, Amanda, Connor, Brittany, Mikayla; sisters, Rita (George) Webster of Holley, Betty Beaney of North Carolina, Phyllis Catlin of Colorado, Gale Woodworth of Holley; special nieces, Michelle Goudreau and Terri Fanton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside Services were held February 29 at Hillside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion 14411 in her memory.
•Hughson, William F., age 76, died February 23, 2012. Predeceased by parents Lafayette and Bessie (Behrend) Hughson. Survived by sister Joyce Cliff, Spring Hill, Florida and brother, Rodney (Rebecca) Hughson of Kendall; nephews Guy, Duane and Glenn Hughson; Alan and Garry Cliff and niece Roxanne Cliff. Bill was a wounded Vietnam War Veteran and served as a United States Marine for 22 years.
Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials can be made to the VFW Post #10127, 996 Pondella Road North, Ft. Myers, Florida 33903 or the Amvet Post #50, 2705 Garden Street N., Ft. Myers, Florida 33903.
•Pelletier, Gregory D., of Rochester, formerly of Spencerport, died February 22, 2012, age 39, after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by his father, Dennis A. Pelletier. Survived by the loves of his life, wife Lisa and son Mason; mother, Renee A. Pelletier; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary Ann and John E. Collins; sister, Nicole R. (Brian) Fedele; grandmother, Doris Liebler; brother-in-law, Jason S. (Ana) Collins; loving nieces and nephews, Luc, Livia, Isabella and Lucas; many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. Greg was a graduate of Aquinas Institute and Canisius College. He was a teacher and football coach at Brockport High School. Greg will be remembered for his enthusiasm for life, his humor and a smile that would light up a room.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated February 25 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Brighton. Donations can be sent to the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642 in his memory.
•Schweickhard, Leo W., February 23, 2012. Survived by his wife, Dorothy (Rypma) Schweickhard; daughter, Georgia (Eric) Withey; grandsons, Matthew and Jacob Withey; sister, Wilma O’Brien; brother-in-law, Richard (Jackie) Rypma; several nieces and nephews. Leo was a charter member of both the West Bloomfield and Ionia Fire Departments. He was the commissioner of the Ogden Parma Fire District for 15 years. Leo was also a member of the Ferris Goodridge American Legion Post #330.
Funeral Services were held February 26 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049, or the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, P.O. Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057 in his memory.