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ARCHIVES - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27, 2011
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27, 2011
Postal Service changes affect personnel on several delivery routes
by Kristina Gabalski
Local Postal Service officials say patrons will see very little change in service now that recent transfers of clerks and carriers in several area communities is complete, but union leaders say they are concerned about a deterioration in service.
Local post offices affected include North Chili to Spencerport, Hamlin to Hilton and Bergen to Churchville.
In an effort to cut costs, mail carriers and clerks have been moved from one post office to another with carriers now starting and ending their routes at the new location while continuing to deliver their old routes.
U.S. Postal Service Western New York Communications Coordinator Karen Mazurkiewicz says “the transition will be pretty seamless for customers.”
She notes that post masters will still be on duty in post offices and that customers are still able to purchase stamps, mail packages and utilize their post office boxes.
One change customers will notice is if they have a package or mail that requires a signature. If the patron is not home or the postal carrier does not feel secure about leaving the item, the carrier will leave a slip for the customer which details several options for picking it up. Those options include picking it up at the new post office where the carrier is located, having it delivered to the home the next day, or having it delivered to their post office where they can pick it up.
Mazurkiewicz describes the transitions as cost saving “back room consolidations” affecting clerks and carriers. She says the changes, “will save thousands of dollars and make that 44 cents stretch further.”
Mazurkiewicz explained how the Postal Service determined where to make consolidations. “We looked at each office and asked: ‘Is there another post office within a ten mile radius? Can the new post office accommodate extra people? Does the consolidation make sense? Will there be savings in clerk hours - the manual handling of mail behind the counter? and, Will there be savings in transportation?’ ” If the transfer wasn’t going to save money, there was no sense in re-grading a particular office, she says.
Savings in transportation come from the number of stops trucks have to make - although Mazurkiewicz did say some carriers will now have to travel a little farther. She says savings will also come in clerk hours.
The re-grading will affect pay for post masters, Mazurkiewicz says. Pay for post masters is based on the level of work an office entails.
“At the Hamlin Post Office, the pay grade level is 18 (the Rochester Post Master is level 26),” she says. “After the modifications, the post master pay grade level has been moved down to level 13.”
Post masters can try to find another post office job in the area at their pay grade level to maintain their salary and when their position is re-posted, it will be at the lower level and filled at a lower salary, Mazurkiewicz says.
The transfers are one of many things the Postal Service is trying to do to save on costs, Mazurkiewicz says. “The volume of mail has dropped more than 20 percent ... the Postal Service is not taxpayer funded,” she explains. Administrative staff have been cut 20 percent and retirement incentives have been offered in addition to the back room consolidations.
“As technology has gotten better, carriers can sort in one hour what used to take three or four,” she says. “That allows us to add more delivery stops for every carrier.”
Mazurkiewicz says local mail processing centers have also been consolidated - Elmira consolidating into Rochester and Jamestown into Buffalo, for example.
No more changes are slated for the next couple of months, she says, but adds the Postal Service is looking at the potential of studying 23 post offices in Western New York for possible closure.
“We are looking at everything continuously,” she says.
The recent consolidations and potential closings have local postal union members concerned.
Jim Bertolone, president of the American Postal Workers Union, Local 215, says he is worried about the future of the Postal Service.
He says the Postal Service is a vital part of the economy and is tied to millions of jobs in areas like advertising, shipping, catalog and Internet sales.
“In 2006 and 2007, the Postal Service had its highest volume in history,” Bertolone says, “and the Internet was going great guns. We need our Postal Service.”
FedEx and the United Parcel Service (UPS) use the U.S. Postal Service for many deliveries that are too time consuming for them to reach on their own, Bertolone adds.
He says post masters will be hard-hit by the re-grading, with additional duties to perform at lower-grade pay.
He says he is concerned that cost savings will never materialize from the recent changes and that there will be “a deterioration in service. The revenue has gone away when service has deteriorated ...service deterioration drives customers away.”
For example, although the Rochester area is currently leading the state in job growth, “It is not being reflected in the Postal Service for the first time,” Bertolone observes.
by Kristina Gabalski
The Hilton Central School District Board of Education has re-established the Facilities Planning Committee to begin work on considering a capital project that will likely include use of alternative energies as the district works to “go green.”
The district is seeking community members to participate on the committee which will utilize recommendations from the district’s Go Green Committee - which studied renewable energy sources and the associated infrastructure - as well as results of a Building Conditions survey completed this year by LaBella Associates, PC of Rochester.
“We are gearing up and planning for a project,” Assistant Superintendent for Business Steven Ayers says.
According to the district, the board has authorized a more extensive feasibility study to be performed concurrently with the work of the Facilities Planning Committee, which will research the feasibility of solar energy, geothermal heating/cooling as well as wind energy.
Ayers says the Go Green Committee took a good look at what is involved and what the implications are regarding wind and solar energy and geothermal heating/cooling.
At the same time, a number of elements of the district’s infrastructure have been identified as being at or near the end of their useful lives including, “.... roofs at Quest Elementary and the Village Elementary Schools; the boilers at the High School; the septic system at Northwood Elementary; and the fueling system at the Transportation Facility,” Ayers says.
The Facilities Planning Committee will use both the building survey and the Go Green Committee recommendations to, “define what the capital project will be,” Ayers says.
He notes that the district’s capital reserve funds coupled with building aid will mean that the upcoming capital project is expected to have, “a minimal, if any, property tax impact.”
The initial meeting of the Facilities Planning Committee is set for Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. in the Board Room at District Offices/Quest, 225 West Avenue, Hilton. The district is asking interested community members to volunteer to participate.
Ayers says during the first meeting, subcommittees will be formed to look at the specific needs of different areas in the district - the High School and the athletic department, for example.
“They will be involved at a deeper level and report back,” Ayers says.
He hopes the community participation on the committee will help the district to get, “.. the energy perspective of community residents. The wind proposal will produce strong feelings on both sides,” he says.
Ayers reminds residents the committee will work to study proposals at this point and that the district owes it to the community to consider alternatives like wind energy. “We want to determine where the community stands on it,” he says.
The district hopes the capital project can help facilitate another goal recommended by the Go Green Committee - that of, “reducing the district’s use of commercially produced energy and associated carbon footprint by 50 percent by the 2015-2016 school year,” Ayers says.
The goal of moving away from commercially produced energy is an especially good fit for the district, which is working to make responsible decisions for the community and, “what we should be teaching youth about,” Ayers explains. “Students can see and observe and that’s integral to the whole plan.”
He says he is looking for the committee to wrap up its work late in the school year or by early summer. Ayers says he hopes the board will be ready to approve a proposed capital project next October and that a capital project would go to voters in December of 2012.
All community members interested in volunteering for the Facilities Planning Committee can call 585-392-1000 ext. 7099.
Through collaboration of the Orleans County American Legion Posts, area citizens groups, and businesses, a 9-11 Memorial Stone and Flag Pole are now a permanent tribute at the Orleans County Courthouse Square.
Veterans Larry Montello, Steve Goodrich, Paul Fulcomer, Michael Paduchak, Gary Befus and John Hucknall were among military personnel honored.
Kiwanis Club of Brockport presents check
The Kiwanis Club of Brockport donated $800 to the Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf.
Kiwanis Vice President Charles Duschen presents the check to Food Shelf President Jim Pray.
For details about the Food Shelf call 637-8169.
Hilton Lion recognized
At the recent fall District Lions Leadership Conference held in Batavia, Lion James Schiebel was recognized by International Director Carolyn A. Messier of Windsor Locks, Connecticut. He received a Presidential Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of Lions Clubs International President Wing-Kun Tam from Hong Kong, China. Director Messier particularly mentioned his work the past 11 years, assisting The College at Brockport Lions Club.
Schiebel has previously received similar Presidential Certificates of Appreciation from International President Joseph Wroblewski of Dallas, Pennsylvania in 1986, from International President Clement F. Kusiak of Linthicum, Maryland in 2005, and International President Mahendra Amarasuriya of Colombo, Republic of Sri Lanka in 2008.
Schiebel is a Charter Member (1967) of the Hilton Lions Club and has remained an active participant in many different areas of Lions’ service.
Lions Club sponsors Peace Poster Contest
Each year Lions Club International sponsors Peace Poster Contest for students 11-13 worldwide to express their visions of peace.
During the last 20 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest.
Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district and international from which one grand prize winner is chosen.
Since 2003, the Oliver Middle School sixth grade art classes have participated in the local contest sponsored by the Brockport Lions Club.
Pictured are Lion Al Hammel and this year’s local winner Grace McGinnity (center) along with the several of her classmates who were finalists. Grace and the other winners were presented with gift certificates and Art Teacher Tim O’Connell’s sixth grade art classes were treated to cider and donuts after the presentation on November 8.
Spencerport Rotary inducts new members
The Spencerport Rotary club recently inducted two new members, Dave and Ann DeMers.
Dave is in Security Services and Ann is a secondary science teacher.
Pictured here from left to right are: Joe Marasco - club president; Bill Gormont - Assistant District Governor; Ann DeMers; Dave DeMers and Roger Ressman, Past District Governor and sponsor of the DeMers.
Rotary meets every Monday evening at 6:15 p.m. at the Slayton Place Restaurant.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27, 2011
A little work yields sweet treats
The Ogden Historical Society hosted its annual taffy pulling event on Sunday, November 20 at the Pulver House on Colby Street in Ogden.
Potential taffy pullers crowded into the kitchen area to watch and help. Betty Spencer prepared the taffy from a recipe she found in the New York Times about 30 years ago and a number of willing volunteers did the pulling with lots of encouragement from the crowd.
Everyone concurred: “The taffy was delicious!”
The process begins by combining the ingredients in a small pot. She uses this recipe: mix 2 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup of Karo syrup, 1/2 cup of water, 1/4 tsp. of cream of tartar, 3/4 tsp. of peppermint and a small amount of red food coloring, heat to 265 degrees Fahrenheit, pour the heated mix on to a plate coated with butter, let cool for 15 minutes, then alternately pull and compress pieces of it until it cools and hardens. Spencer then pours the mix onto a well buttered plate to cool. After about 15 minutes the taffy is ready to be pulled.
Text and photos by Walter Horylev
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27, 2011
Encore at GCC features art, music, food
Encore 2011 at Genesee Community College features a gala evening of art, music and food.
This year’s event, “A Winter Wonderland,” is set for Tuesday, December 13 at GCC’s Batavia campus. The festivities begin with a Gala Reception and continue with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) performing in the Stuart Steiner Theatre.
Proceeds from Encore support the Genesee Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund.
For the first time, Encore 2011 will feature a “Meet the Artist” opportunity in the new Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery. Encore attendees will be able to meet award winning artist and Lockport native Joseph Whalen. The exhibit includes 50 watercolor and acrylic paintings. From landscapes to pool halls, Whalen creates visual narratives in a style that recalls early 20th century realism. The Roz Steiner Gallery will be open the entire evening for viewing the exhibit.
The events begin at 5 p.m. with a private Prelude Reception with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Paul Ferington as well as artist Joseph Whalen. This reception is open to all Conductor’s Circle and Golden Baton Society level sponsors. For all guests, a Gala Reception Grandioso with special food selections will follow at 6 p.m. in the William W. Stuart Forum. An Encore Energico Chance drawing to win an opportunity to be a BPO Guest Conductor will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Guests will proceed to the Stuart Steiner Theatre for a holiday pops concert with the BPO at 8 p.m. Following the concert a Delectable Dessert Finale will be held in the William W. Stuart Forum.
Five Star Bank is a continuing sponsor of Encore.
For tickets, call the Foundation at 585-345-6809. Tickets are limited. Sponsorship support is welcome at the following levels: Conductor’s Circle provides six tickets for $1,000; Golden Baton Society provides four tickets for $600; and the Inner Circle provides two tickets for $300. Singular Platinum Patron tickets are $100 each. The evening is black tie optional.
Students learn about Native American culture
Fourth graders in Jodie Vandelay’s class at Byron-Bergen Elementary School learned Native American songs and dances from High School Vocal Music Teacher Laurence Tallman.
The performance concluded a month-long social studies unit on Native American history and culture. Tallman speaks fluent Onondagan and spent part of his childhood visiting reservations across the country, with his grandfather, collecting songs. He taught Ms. Vandelay’s class an Iroquois Lullaby, a raindance, and call-and-response songs about animals. Drums, a rainstick, and various authentic animal rattles helped to round out the sound of his vocals.
Madison Farnsworth, a fourth grader, said she really liked the lesson.
“I learned North American words, and the dances were interesting. The bull horn rattle and the huge drum were my favorite instruments. It was awesome,” said Madison.
Byron-Bergen district honors veterans
Students and staff at Byron-Bergen Central School District spent November 10 honoring the men and women who have served the United States during its Veteran’s Day district-wide activities.
During the celebration veterans visited Middle and High School classes to talk to students about their service years.
Army Veteran Edward Brady discussed his service years with Ken Rogoyski’s fifth grade class at the Middle School. Brady told students how the Army has impacted his life.
“Still today I’m thankful I took the path I did with the Army,” said Brady.
Brady told students that serving his country ran in his family, as his father served in the Army during World War II, and some of his uncles served in the Navy.
In celebrating Veteran’s Day, Brady said participating in school activities are rewarding. “It’s nice to talk to students and be able to see their enthusiasm and excitement,” he said. “Since September 11, 2001 the enthusiasm our country portrays is rewarding, and I enjoy seeing that.”
Brady is also a retired Byron-Bergen High School technology teacher, and is currently a Major in the New York Guard, a volunteer force. His other hobby is restoring his old Army vehicle, which he purchased approximately four years ago.
High School Principal Aaron Johnson said that the veterans’ classroom visits send the message to both parties that Byron-Bergen respects veterans and their experiences/perspectives as learning opportunities. “This event gives everyone a chance to pause and consider the impact that each of us can have on history and in our country,” said Johnson. “This also serves to strengthen the connections between school, community, and country.”
Event showcases Bistro-style music and art
Byron-Bergen Central School District’s three schools joined forces to host its first Buzzin’ Bistro Jazz Night and Art Show, a community event featuring the musical talents and artistic creations of its students, community, and staff, November 4 at Byron-Bergen Elementary School.
“Our initial idea was to create a café-like setting for the community, and give students, the music department staff, and musicians in the community an opportunity to perform a jazz standard, backed by and adult jazz combo,” said Bob Lancia, 4 to 6 grade band teacher.
Music performances during the event included Lancia’s jazz quintet, The Westside Jazz Quintet, backing up 12 student performers in grades 6-12. The district’s music staff, including High School Band Teacher Kevin Bleiler, High School Chorus Teacher Laurence Tallman, and Elementary Vocal Teacher Karen Tischer, all performed as well. Alyson Tardy, community member, also performed.
In addition to the music performances, the Art Department showcased over 40 pieces of artwork in the cafeteria and the hallways of the Elementary School from students of High School Art Teacher Matt Bertram, Middle School Art Teacher Claire Montesano, and Elementary Art Teacher Melissa Coniglio.
The Byron-Bergen Music Boosters supported the free event, including planning and refreshments, according to Lancia. Coffee equipment was provided by Hot Shots Café.
Lancia said the Music and Art Departments plan to continue the event as an annual or semi-annual event.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27, 2011
•Passino, Ardala M., Age 76, died November 20, 2011. Predeceased by her sister, Beth Smith. Survived by her husband of 58 years, Leslie; children, Leslie “Bud” (Janet) Passino of Brockport, Theresa (Tom) Halstead of Florida, Debra (Tom) Wilson of Florida, Nancy Passino of Albion; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy (Tom) Brown of North Carolina; brother, Leslie (Joanne) Johnston of Rochester; several nieces, nephews, cousins.
Funeral Services were held November 25 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Albion. Interment, Mt. Albion Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, New York 14450 in her memory.
•O’Connell, Dr. Alfred C., Genesee Community College’s first president, died November 11 in North Carolina. He was 83 years old.
Genesee’s first Board of Trustees recruited Dr. O’Connell in 1966 to organize the new college which had been approved by Genesee County voters in a November 1965 referendum. At that time, Dr. O’Connell was serving as president of Harford Community College in Maryland.
Dr. O’Connell served from February, 1967 to August 1970. He was widely credited with recruiting a distinguished faculty, and setting high standards for academic programs and college operations.
Dr. James M. Sunser, current president, called Dr. O’Connell a “pioneer” in the community college movement. “Alfred O’Connell had a vision of the comprehensive community college in the 1960s,” Dr. Sunser said. “He saw Genesee Community College, and community colleges in general, as the nation’s best way to provide higher education access to coming generations of students. Early on, he recognized that Genesee Community College could become a vibrant force for community transformation, and he worked tirelessly to make Genesee Community College part of the fabric of our local communities. Today, Genesee Community College is known for excellence and innovation across the United States. Alfred O’Connell laid the early groundwork for Genesee’s reputation. Our success today is in no small measure due to his vision and commitment.”
After leaving Genesee, Dr. O’Connell served as State Director for Community Colleges for Maryland and later returned to serve as president of Harford Community College.
He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict. Dr. O’Connell’s wife died only days before his own death. Dr. and Mrs. O’Connell were parents of two children. The Board of Trustees named the College Library in his honor in 1972.
•Ritchie, Robert J. “Bob”, November 20, 2011 at age 41. Predeceased by his grandfather, John Ritchie. He is survived by his loving children, Kevin Ritchie, Kaila Hoyt; parents, Ian and Karen Ritchie; brother, Scot Ritchie. Bob worked at Schlegel’s for 18 years as a Stationary Engineer.
Funeral Services were held November 26 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Spencerport. Interment, Parma Corners Cemetery. Contributions can be made to ABATE of New York, P.O. Box 340094, Brooklyn, New York 11224 in his memory.
•Feely, Robert S. “Bob”, Died unexpectedly on November 18, 2011. Predeceased by his parents, Dayton and Dorothy (Cupero) Feely. Survived by his beloved, Mary Jo Honegger; daughter, Lori (Mike) Bailey; siblings, Nancy (Robert) Whitehair, James (Catherine) Feely and the late Gary (Deby) Feely; several grandchildren, a great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral Services were held November 20 at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen. Contributions can be made to Bergen Fire Department, P.O. Box 428, Bergen, New York 14416 in her memory.
•Thayer, Catherine V., On November 17, 2011 at the age of 92. Predeceased by her parents Elmer and Catherine and brothers Robert and John. She is survived by her sisters Mary Rice and Margaret (George) Foster, sister-in-law Beverly Thayer; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.
A Funeral Mass was held November 19 at the Nativity Church BVM. Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Please consider a mass for Catherine or a contribution to Mt. Olivet Cemetery in her memory.
•Warner, Shirley J., Age 86, died November 17, 2011. She was predeceased by her husbands, Jack Walsh and Tracy Warner. She is survived by her sons, Michael Walsh of Waterport, Thomas Walsh of Brockport; grandchildren, Jaclyn (Nathan) Paetsch, Ian Walsh, Ryan Pittinaro; two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, New York 14411 in her memory.
•Johnston, Leon R., 82, formerly of Spencerport, died November 17, 2011. He was born in Rochester, a son of George and Lucy Mae Johnston and has lived in Holley for the last 20 years. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran who served during the Korean War and retired from Rochester Telephone after 42 years as a Special Service Dispatcher. He was predeceased by his wife Virginia of 37 years; a grandson Albert Grace Jr.; brother Raymond; sisters, Arline, Alice and Elsie. He is survived by three children, Albert Grace of Lyons, Dedra Thousand of Holley, Leon “Lee” Paeth of Rochester; grandchildren, Bill, Amanda (Jared), Susan (Jim), Brenda (Allen); great-grandchildren, Christine, Samantha, Sean, Brittany, Hailey Marie, Cayden Lee; four great-great-grandchildren; brother, George Johnston of Florida; many nieces and nephews.
Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery at a later date with military honors. Contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 North Main Street, Chamberlain, South Dakota 57325 in his memory.
•Giuliano, Chiara “Clera”, November 16, 2011, at age 89. Predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Elaine Giuliano; father and mother; two sisters and one brother in Italy. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 64 years, Baldassarre Giuliano; children, George (Teresa) Giuliano, Anthony Giuliano, Silvana (Carmen) Pecorino; grandchildren, Krissi (John) Campomizzi, Ginene (Tommy) Silluzio, Marie (Mark) Boetcher, Natalie (Anthony) Lisi, Ben Giuliano, Danielle, Chris and Steven Pecorino; seven great grandchildren; brother, Luigi Borrelli; sister-in-law, Carmella Giuliano; many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Giuliano was a retiree of Hickey Freeman Co.
Her Funeral Mass was said November 21 at St. Jude’s Church, Gates. Entombment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be directed to Visiting Nurse Foundation, P.O. Box 270441, Rochester, New York 14627-0441 in her memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20, 2011
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20, 2011
Ceremonial ribbon cutting celebrates roadwork completion
by Kristina Gabalski
Business owners, community leaders, state and local officials, State Department of Transportation officials and residents gathered together on Monday, November 14 in Brockport’s historic downtown business district to celebrate the completion of the Rt. 19 (Main St.) reconstruction project.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting was held across Main St. at the intersection of State and Erie Streets at 11 a.m.
New York State Department of Transportation Regional Director Bob Traver said the community has waited for this improvement project, “and showed a lot of patience during the construction phase. We are proud of the finished product and think all those who drive, bike and walk along Main Street will also be pleased for many years to come.”
Assemblyman Bill Reilich said the project was exactly what the Village of Brockport needed. He noted that the ceremonies signaled an end to detours, noise and other inconveniences associated with road construction and also recognized “the investment in our infrastructure to serve the transportation needs of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians for many years to come. I am pleased that the road work will not interfere with patrons as they begin holiday shopping and doing business with local merchants in the Brockport area.”
Brockport Village Manager/Treasurer Michael Giardino spoke during the ceremonies for Mayor Connie Castaneda who was unable to attend. He thanked the NYSDOT, Crane-Hogan (prime contractor) and the Village Department of Public Works for “all their hard work on the project.”
The 1.3 mile stretch of Main Street between the south village line and West Avenue, has been under construction since September 2010. Prior to road reconstruction, the village undertook a significant project to upgrade underground utility lines.
Highlights of the project include full road reconstruction, replacement of two large culverts, restoration of the drainage system, and the addition of a modern roundabout at the intersection of Rt. 19 and East and West Avenues.
New York State Department of Transportation Regional Director Bob Traver said during his comments that officials have received positive feedback about the roundabout.
“People were nervous about the roundabout,” he said, “but it is working well and is very safe.”
Village Manager/Treasurer Michael Giardino also called the roundabout “beautiful, functional and safe.”
The DOT has a pamphlet available to help motorists negotiate the new roundabout. It states motorists must yield at the entry to the roundabout.
“A motorist approaching a roundabout must slow down, stop for pedestrians, and yield to traffic (including bicyclists) already in the roundabout,” the pamphlet states. “When an acceptable gap in traffic occurs, the motorist enters the roundabout with a simple maneuver similar to a right turn on any street, and proceeds around the center to take the desired exit.”
Motorists are cautioned not to pass bicycles ahead of them or stop except to avoid an accident, and to exit carefully using their right turn signal. Do not enter the roundabout when emergency vehicles are approaching from another leg and motorists should not enter the roundabout circle if there are backups on the southbound Main Street leg due to the “raised” canal lift bridge - wait until traffic is clear.
Pedestrians are instructed to stay on the designated sidewalks approaching and leaving the roundabout and to watch for bicyclists. Cross only at designated crosswalks, never walk into the roundabout’s circulatory roadway lane, and never cross to the center island. Cross only when there are no cars coming and proceed to the splitter island and again wait for an acceptable gap in traffic before entering the crosswalk.
If you are riding a bicycle and are comfortable riding in traffic, the DOT states you can take the lane and circulate like you are in a vehicle, making sure to yield to traffic when entering - do not hug the curb. Ride close to the middle of the lane to prevent cars from passing and cutting you off. Ride at the speed of the circular roadway to discourage cars from passing you. When exiting, use your right hand signal. Bicyclists may also dismount and walk their bikes as a pedestrian at the designated crosswalks.
by Kristina Gabalski
The special election set for Nov. 29 on the creation of the Brockport Fire District is about the future of fire service in the Village of Brockport and the Towns of Sweden and Clarkson and the management of fire protection, “and that’s it,” says Brockport Fire Department Chief Michael Henry.
“It is not about dissolving the village and the village losing its identity as some would like you to believe,” he continues. “The department will still be called the Brockport Fire Department as it is now. The current assets are not being picked up and moved anywhere and will continue to serve the people of the district as it does now.”
Chief Henry says he feels the formation of a joint fire district is a step in the evolution of the fire department which went from five individual companies a few years ago to a single membership organization with the end goal of becoming a fire district.
“This was discussed for years before I became Chief and these moves were made to allow us to move in that direction,” he says. “This process has already occurred very successfully in Hilton, Spencerport and other municipalities in the county. Actually, at this time, we are one of the few village owned departments left in the county. The goal of our organization is to provide quality fire service to the residents and we are asking for the support of residents to vote ‘yes’ for the fire district.”
A fire district would put a board of dedicated elected officials in place of the Village of Brockport Board of Trustees, which manages more than just the fire department, Henry notes. “This Board of Commissioners will concentrate on fire protection for the district by managing our budget, our reserves, and the short and long term planning of the fire department - something we have fallen short of through the years,” he says. “There have also been issues between the municipalities over the funds, not our performance, which would go away if we were to be separated by a district. It is not fun or good for volunteer morale being in the middle of these municipal issues.”
Fire districts are monitored more closely by the state than in the past, Chief Henry says and he also thinks voter turn-out for district elections will likely mirror that of school district elections with bigger issues bringing bigger turn-outs. “In the end, it is really up to the taxpayers to turn out and vote and not the fault of a district or a municipality when voters do not turn out,” he says.
If voters approve a fire district, Henry says residents can expect service to look the same at first,” but it will get better over time as it will have better attention and planning involved with a dedicated management structure,” he says. “The volunteer fire service has many challenges not only in recruiting members but retaining them. We also have to keep up with mandates in equipment and training that comes from the state and federal levels more and more since 9/11.
Management of all these challenges would be better with a board’s full attention versus having issues with several municipal departments as the village and towns have now. The commissioners would be more knowledgeable over time and know what is needed versus what is not, as they would be taxpayers as well.”
If the fire district is voted down and the towns go their separate ways, Henry says the cost of the fire department would fall solely on the village to protect both the village and the SUNY campus.
“The configuration of this department would be around the same size as it is now,” he says, “and would require the same manpower strength as it has now to be effective. Unfortunately, the cost will be much more than the current village share of the budget, prompting the village to support the formation of the fire district due to the potential impact on their budget and the negative effects on other services they provide. Another issue to think about is if we lose the towns, we will potentially lose the ability to recruit their residents into our department as they would most likely join the department serving their town.”
Jim Sauberan chaired the 2010 Clarkson-Sweden Fire Protection District Study Committee, which unanimously recommended the creation of a fire district encompassing both towns and the village.
“As a group, we set certain criteria,” Sauberan says, “as we studied eight different options regarding the delivery of fire protection services to the community. We wanted to ensure that any model we chose would at least: Keep the excellent volunteer organization that we currently have completely intact, maintaining protection for all citizens; Adequately fund the current fire protection; Keep the current infrastructure of fire stations, trucks and other equipment, and enable planning for needed growth for the future.”
He says the committee believes the use of the fire district model for the administration of fire protection is the absolute best way to go. “It allows the community to keep the excellent current volunteer organization, and to keep the fire trucks and fire stations as we know them today,” Sauberan says. “Also, the management/administration of the fire department will be centralized and upgraded. Monies collected for fire protection will be devoted entirely for that purpose. The quick response times that we now have will be continued. The familiar firefighters, trucks, fire chiefs, fire stations, etc. will still be visible to all residents.”
Members of Pro-Brockport have stated they support the continuation of the Brockport Fire Department with the establishment of a tri-municipal oversight committee that would ensure fire district monies are spent thoughtfully and efficiently.
The Clarkson-Sweden Fire Protection District Study Committee’s recommendation included the creation of a similar oversight committee, but Sauberan says the idea was suggested as an interim solution to address the problems faced by the three municipalities at that time.
“It was intended to be temporary,” he says, “only until the fire district could be put into place. This (oversight) committee would have no legal standing. It was not intended to be a long-term answer. This idea is not even recognized by New York State. The idea of a fire district was suggested by two previous study groups, both times the discussion ended after the committee’s recommendations were received. The use of an oversight committee would only again delay what we believe is the inevitable solution - the creation of a fire district. If the fire district had been accepted in the past, we would not be here today proposing it once again.”
Residents currently pay for fire protection through their property tax bills, Sauberan says. If a fire district is approved, the amount collected would go directly to the fire district and the fire commissioners who would be directly elected by the residents of the district to oversee it. “There will not be another charge added to your tax bills,” he says. “The creation of the fire district will replace the current fire protection districts that each town has. It will not add another layer; it will replace the current system with a system that has more direct control for all the residents, through elected commissioners who have only one responsibility - overseeing our fire protection now and into the future.”
“The fire district will be directly responsible to the residents of the fire district,” Sauberan continues. “The residents choose the fire commissioners. Capital projects will need to be submitted directly to the voters. Anyone may run for the position of fire commissioner. I still have faith in the residents of our community; giving them the opportunity to have much more direct control is a good thing. It is what democracy is all about - giving you the chance to express your opinion.”
Like Chief Henry, Sauberan says the fire district vote is about one thing only, “How do we as communities best provide for efficient and effective fire protection for ourselves? This is the only thing that we must consider. There have been attempts to try and cloud the issue with statements like the creation of a fire district will destroy the Brockport Fire Department as we know it. That is very untrue. The members of the Brockport Firefighter’s Assocation, the Village Board of Brockport, and the Town Boards of Clarkson and Sweden overwhelmingly support this concept.”
If the fire district is defeated, Sauberan says the pool of volunteers will be split, “The response times to emergency calls will increase throughout the community. Taxes, especially in the village, will rise dramatically. And none of us will enjoy the fire protection we currently have,” he says. “The very firefighters that we all believe have done an excellent job protecting us over many decades, now believe this is the way to move our community ahead. If we trusted them in the past, then we should trust them with the future.”
Sauberan also notes that fire protection has changed dramatically over the last 30 years. Mandatory training has been greatly increased, annual physical exams are now required, the cost and complexity of equipment has increased, and the number of calls is increasing each year.
“The nature of firefighting itself has changed due to the increased numbers of residents in the community. The new building materials, the increase in larger and taller buildings that must be protected, and the need to respond to threats - these were not even considered years ago. As the Fire Department has had to become more modern and able to adapt, so should the administrative model that we use to oversee fire protection,” Sauberan says. “A vote in favor of the creation of the fire district is a vote in favor of the Brockport Fire Department; a vote opposing the creation of the fire district is a vote opposing the necessary change so the fire department can move forward for the future.”
John Rombaut is President of the Brockport Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, Inc.
He says the biggest advantage of a fire district is keeping the membership in the Brockport Fire Department, which has served the community for 134 years, intact.
“The current volunteers that are serving the Village of Brockport and the Towns of Clarkson and Sweden for years will not be broken apart,” he says. “Our membership, our team, which trains together and have been working together will stay together. Like any other team, the more you work together, the better you get and the more you can trust each other, know what to expect from your partner, which is very important when working in some very difficult and dangerous unplanned situations. The equipment that we have all paid for and the firefighters have trained on and work with will stay the same. The Association will have one board dedicated to the fire business that we will work with to work to supply membership. Our surrounding Associations are working very well with their commissioners and I see no reason we will not do the same.”
If the district is not approved, Rombaut says the membership of the fire service will change. “State law does not currently allow a volunteer firefighter to belong to two separate departments,” he explains. “We need the current numbers to stay together to maintain a safe number to work with. Currently, we draw membership from all three, with the towns making up the majority of the membership. As the president and still active firefighter of 44 years, heaven only knows what will happen. Please believe me, with all the rules and requirements that we see come down within the fire service, it is getting tougher. More requirements normally mean more training hours per year. Younger families that are working two jobs to make ends meet is real. The towns are where the majority of the younger families are. Time to volunteer is not as easy as it once was. The fire service needs younger members. To split up the areas that we draw from will have major negative effects.”
November 29 vote
Voting on creation of the Brockport Fire District takes place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Brockport residents vote at the Brockport Village Hall, 49 State Street. Sweden residents vote at the Sweden Town Hall, 18 State Street and Clarkson residents vote at the Clarkson Town Hall, 3710 Lake Road.
In order for the Brockport Fire Department to be approved, the resolution must pass in all three municipalities.
Parma Supervisor Pete McCann congratulates Don Stilson on becoming the new Parma Town Historian
Don replaces Tom Burger, who was the historian from 2003-2011. To the left in the picture is Jim Stilson, Don’s brother. He replaces Don as the new Museum Curator.
The official date of the appointments was October 1. Don’s first priority in his new job is to reorganize the museum’s photo collection and digitize them to make them more available to the public.
Jim’s goal is to complete the documentation of all the historical artifacts associated with the history of the Town of Parma. To that end he has purchased a Museum Archival computer program and is entering the data, photographing all the artifacts and applying a physical I.D. tag.
Other Parma Museum news: The west window in the Town Hall lobby is now primarily used for the display of historical artifacts; the display is changed every two months. The museum is open every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., except on holiday weekends, and there is no charge for admittance.
Photograph by Walter Horylev
BISCO donates to Monika Andrews Park Project
“It is wonderful that there is a community organization dedicated to helping Brockport become a better place in which to live,” Brockport Parks Committee Chair Andrea Perry (center) said when she accepted a check for over $1,800 from BISCO Treasurer Greg Lund (l) and president George Dahl.
The donation will be used to purchase a six foot lawn swing (glider) for the primary use of mothers with small children. It also is expected to be a popular piece of equipment for seniors and just about anyone who visits the park named after the late Monika Andrews.
The BISCO board members thought this would be an appropriate way to honor the memory of Andrews, a very giving person who contributed hugely to the permanent improvement of this community.
The main fundraiser for BISCO (otherwise known as the Brockport Integrated Service and Community Organization) is the Brockport Arts Festival to be held August 11-12 on Main Street in Brockport. The 18th annual festival is back on Main Street in 2012 for the first time since 2009.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20, 2011
Holiday hockey game continues tradition
by Maggie Fitzgibbon
What started out as a fun way to spend Thanksgiving morning with some high school friends has grown into a 25-year holiday tradition.
Jamey Hinman grew up in Spencerport on Meadow Drive. Twenty-five years ago, Hinman, along with a group of neighborhood and village friends, gathered to play a game of street hockey, on Thanksgiving morning. Now over 25 years later, Hinman, along with other area residents, draw together again to take part in this holiday ritual.
“This team started out as a group of kids from Spencerport. It was all for fun. We started playing when we were in high school,” Hinman explained.
Over the years, as kids grew, and graduated from high school and college, the group changed but the tradition stayed the same, a core group of players came to play.
“We’ve played with as few as eight and as many as 24 players. Some years, we even had enough players for a mini-tournament,” Hinman said.
As in any sports team, players come and go and this group has seen a change.
“We only have three players who were part of the original team; only one man has made all 50 games. Now some of the players weren’t even born when we started playing 25 years ago,” Hinman said with a laugh.
Spencerport resident Glenn Kaiser is one of the original team members.
“This game started in Jamey’s driveway with some of the neighborhood kids playing street hockey. But eventually, his driveway became too small for us all to play,” Kaiser explained.
Like Hinman, Kaiser also believes the team’s longevity is in the spirit of the sport.
“Over the years, the team has seen a changing of the guard. It’s great that we have a younger generation who has taken an interest and has a passion for hockey. It’s been a fun journey with the younger players and they keep the pace of the game,” Kaiser said.
While the players may change each year, what remains constant is this holiday ritual. They play at Parma Town Park. The team has a long-standing agreement with the town.
“It’s a fun tradition. Sometimes we get spectators, our wives and kids come watch us play,” Hinman said. “Some of the first players even come to watch,” Kaiser added.
“We Choose to Reuse Fashion Show” highlights how to conserve
Carter Miles, student in teacher Jennifer Sica’s classroom at Hilton’s Northwood Elementary School, wore his recycled outfit as part of the school’s second year of investigating eco-friendly living options.
The show was held November 9 and featured students in Mrs. Sica’s as well as Brenda Mashiotta’s classrooms.
Students wore outfits which were purchased from second-hand stores or handed-down from family members or friends. “The goal is to help teach others the importance of reusing and to give to a good cause that will help those in need in the community,” Mashiotta said. “Every item donated to the Goodwill VOA/Salvation Army is one less item that goes to the landfill.
Last year along, donations to Goodwill of the Finger Lakes kept over six million pounds of clothing out of landfills. Because of people who donate and buy items from the Goodwill, they are able to partner with over 20 local, non-profit agencies through their Good Neighbor program. They assist those who are most in need, providing winter coats for inner city school children, clothing and household items for displaced refugees, relief for victims of domestic violence and emergency clothing for families devastated by fires or other disasters.”
The event is part of the school’s second year of learning more about conservation and environmental awareness entitled starting a “Green Chain Reaction.”
Spencerport Community Chorus Holiday Concert
The Spencerport Community Chorus presents its Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 3, at 7 p.m., and again on Sunday, December 4, at 3 p.m. Both concerts will be held at the First Congregational Church, 65 Church Street, in the village of Spencerport.
The 40 member chorus under the direction of Margaret Page Colucci is comprised of singers from Spencerport and surrounding communities. They will sing music which includes variations on traditional favorites such as “Sleigh Bells” arranged by Pete Schmutte, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Matthew Culloton, “Blue Christmas” arranged by Robert Sterling, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser, and the rousing “Sing Hey!” arranged by Linda Spevacek-Avery. “Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John” by P.D.Q. Bach lends a comedic touch.
Members of the Amadeus Chorale join the group as guest performers at each concert.
On Sunday, the Spencerport Community Chorus will also be participating in Christmas on the Canal by singing at the gazebo just prior to the Tree Lighting at 5 p.m.
The church is handicapped accessible. Refreshments follow both concerts. Concerts are free. Donations are appreciated.
If information is needed call 352-6223.
Spencerport Community Chorus is a member of the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium.
“Kirkin O’ Th’ Tartans” helps mark congregation’s bicentennial
Members of the Ogden Presbyterian Church hold tartan banners and form a background for the five pipers from the Rochester Scottish Pipe Band before the “Kirkin O’ Th’ Tartans” special worship service November 13.
The ceremony refers to the blessing of the various Scottish families, represented by cloths featuring combinations of plaid patterns and colors unique to each clan.
The members of the Scottish Heritage Society provided the tartans.
The Recessional featured the pipers, playing “Scotland the Brave,” leading the congregation out of the chapel.
Photographs by Walter Horylev
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20, 2011
Nichols leads Brockport
by Warren Kozireski
Freshman Tyrone Nichols rushed for a career-high 193 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Brockport to their third win over the final five games of the season 35-20 over visiting Morrisville.
Freshman quarterback Dylan Umbra scored twice in the first quarter on runs of 13 and 24 yards to stake the Golden Eagles to a 14-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Nichols capped a drive highlighted by a 46 yard completion down the right sideline to junior wide receiver Jordan Hogan just prior to halftime. Nichols three-yard touchdown run came two plays later for a 21-7 halftime lead.
On their second possession of the second half, Umbra found Nichols coming out of the backfield with what became a 38 yard touchdown pass for the only offense of the third quarter.
After Morrisville scored twice in the fourth to close to within eight points, Nichols capped off his day with a fourth down two yard plunge into the end zone with eleven seconds remaining - his team leading ninth touchdown of the season.
“We just kept fighting to get the win for the seniors,” said Nichols about the final game of the season.
The Troy, NY native finished the game with 230 all-purpose yards and had two of the top rushing games in school history this season twice topping the 190 yard mark. He was named New Jersey Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week two times during the regular season and is a strong candidate for conference post-season honors.
Umbra was 8-of-16 passing for 145 yards and one touchdown and added 122 yards rushing with two scores. Linebacker Jim Carlson led the defense with 13 tackles - eight unassisted - before leaving the game in the third quarter with a leg injury.
Blue Devils Girls Soccer on to states
by Warren Kozireski
After defeating Williamsville North 1-0 in the New York State girls soccer quarterfinals, Brockport advanced to the state semi-finals to play MacArthur of Section VIII (Long Island) in the semifinals and looking to win the first state title in the program’s history. A win would pit them against the winner of the other semifinal between Arlington (Section I) and Bethlehem (Section II).
The Blue Devils enter the semi-finals ranked second in New York State with a 20-1 overall record and wins in ten straight contests.
Top seed in the Class AA Section V tournament, Brockport defeated Wilson Magnet in the first round, ninth seed Webster Schroeder and number-four Greece Athena before beating third seed Fairport in the championship game to take the title.
Isabella Ekeze leads the team in scoring with 19 goals and six assists while Audrey Hayward had 11 goals with 13 assists and Chelsea Stahl 11 goals and eight assists. Ally Sharpe, who scored the game-winner against Williamsville, was tied for the team lead with 13 assists to go with her eight goals.
Goalkeeper Ryann Sullivan has allowed just six goals in 1400 minutes played - good for fifth from Class AA teams in the state and third among starters.
Brockport Wrestling adds third All-American to coaching staff
NCAA All-American and national runner- up Mike McInally (Bergen, NY/Byron-Bergen) of the RIT Tigers was added to the Brockport Blue Devil wrestling staff this fall. National champion Woody VanDenburg is a coach at the modified level and head coach Mike Ferris is an All-American. Both VanDenburg and Ferris wrestled for The College at Brockport.
McInally is replacing long time coach James Cannon, who has stepped down after 17 years to pursue educational administrative opportunities.
“While it is sad to see someone of Jim’s caliber go, we’re excited about the qualities that Mike brings to the program,” said Ferris. “His passion for wrestling is a perfect fit for the excellence we expect here at Brockport.”
McInally brings coaching experience from the college level with the RIT Tigers program and his involvement with the G2 Wrestling program. In addition to his coaching experience, McInally’s wrestling credentials speak for themselves. He finished with a 141-20 record, second all-time at RIT and was also a three time NYS finalist and 2006 NYS Champion at 119 lbs. in high school.
Ferris is setting the bar high for the team this year.
“Winning sectional and state championships are our goals, and with the addition of another All-American to our staff I am sure we are close to accomplishing those things,” said Ferris.
SCHOOL NEWS - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20, 2011
Area students busy with theatre productions
Whether they are called upon to be vixens or attendants in a sinister London, where Dracula prowls through the night, or they add character to a Dickensian London, where the spirits of Christmas change one man’s outlook in “A Christmas Carol,” several talented students and recent graduates from The College at Brockport’s Department of Theatre are helping enhance productions at Geva Theatre Center. These students have appeared on stage as part of casts of actors that are traditionally cast out of New York City.
For more than nine years, the college’s theatre department and Geva have had an official alliance in which Geva supplies course instructors, a directing fellow who stages one of the Mainstage productions at Brockport, speakers who populate the college’s “Stage Whispers: Conversations with Theatre Professionals” series and other support, including advertising and marketing opportunities. In return, Geva is able to tap into a pool of theatre majors as interns. Some of these interns have gone on to full- or part-time positions with Geva as technical or administrative staff.
Skip Geer, Geva’s director of education, has helped nurture the Brockport interns through the years. For the most part, these interns have been behind the scenes, but this year’s productions of “Dracula” and “A Christmas Carol” has had, or will have, the opportunity to see Brockport students on stage. The precedent for this sort of student involvement began with last season’s production of “Amadeus” at Geva.
The current students - Andrew Antao, Spencerport, Katy Kepler, Spencerport, and Bianca Rogers, Troupsburg, joined 2011 graduates Chester Brassie, Caledonia, and Rachael Yoder, Niskayuna, in Dracula, acting as maids, servants, vixens, and attendants. They will function in much the same way in “A Christmas Carol”: as the scurrying citizens of London in the throes of the holidays, guests at Fezziwig’s party, ghosts from Scrooge’s past, and various other roles.
Ellison has nothing but wonderful things to say about his experience. “While working at Geva,” he reflects, “I get this great sense that the other interns and I have all arrived at a new height in our learning, thanks in no small part to Brockport’s relationship with Geva.” Being on stage with professional actors could have been daunting, but he feels that both the administration and the actors were “very open, and answered any questions we had about the business very thoughtfully, frankly, and happily.” Ellison happily related his favorite moment of the Amadeus run, which was “walking across stage for the opening night curtain call. It was that ‘I’ve made it’ kind of feeling.”
“A Christmas Carol,” featuring Brockport students in the ensemble runs at Geva Theatre Center from November 25 through December 24. Other Brockport student actors can be seen in Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte comedy, “The Servant of Two Masters,” directed by Geva directing fellow Jesse Geiger, in the college’s Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage from December 2 through 11. Call (585) 395-2787 for tickets to “The Servant of Two Masters.”
BHS student receives “Do the Right Thing” Award
When Brockport High School tenth-grader Donald Cook walked into a school restroom and noticed three students consuming prescription drugs that didn’t belong to them, he knew he needed to do something about it.
Out of concern for the students and wanting to prevent this type of behavior from happening in his school, he immediately reported the incident to High School Principal Dana Boshnack. His words to the principal were “not in my school”.
These actions led a fellow student and his parent to nominate Donald for the Rochester Police Department’s “Do the Right Thing” award. Donald was honored at a special ceremony in the Public Safety Building on October 27. Five students from Monroe County schools (grades K-12) are selected for the award each month for acting in a manner that recognizes them for being role models to their peers.
Dr. Boshnack commends Donald for coming forward and plans to institute the “Not in my School” message throughout the school year to encourage students to take ownership of their school.
“Thankfully in this instance the students using the prescription drugs were okay,” said Dr. Boshnack. “These kids were taking something they had no idea what it was because people think prescription drugs are safe.”
As a result of Donald doing the right thing, Dr. Boshnack invited him to be a member of her principal’s advisory council because of the pride he has for his school.
“I am very proud that Donald decided to bring this incident to my attention,” said Dr. Boshnack. “Some people may think that telling an administrator is ‘ratting someone out,’ but in reality it could be saving a life.”
The District has a Student Assistance Program that provides drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention education for students in grades K-12. Parents who are concerned about their children are urged to call the SAP Office at 637-1815 for confidential assistance. Information on current drug trends and resources are available on the Parent Corner section of the District’s website at www.bcs1.org under the “District” tab.
Brockport CSD Superintendent to retire
Brockport Superintendent of Schools Garry Stone has announced his plans to retire, effective July 1, 2012.
“It was with mixed emotions that I have decided to retire,” said Stone. “It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve as superintendent of this great school system, yet at this time, I believe the decision to retire is the best one for me and my family. I am so grateful for the opportunity over the last two years to work with such outstanding board members, staff, educators, administrators, directors, families and community members.
“I have always been impressed by Brockport’s commitment to student success, and there is no question this dedication will continue to move the district into the future,” Stone stated in a district press release.
Board President Tom Langelotti said, “On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank Garry for his leadership the last two years and we look forward to his continued leadership for the remainder of the school year. He assumed his role during extremely challenging times, and has done a great job of navigating us through those times while continuously moving us forward. We certainly wish Garry all the best in retirement.”
During his tenure, Stone has focused on establishing professional learning communities and curriculum development. He also helped start a foundation as a way to secure resources during these difficult economic times.
The board will now focus its efforts on ensuring a smooth transition of leadership and will keep the community informed as a search process is developed for a new superintendent.
Volunteers sought for HCSD “Go Green” committee
Hilton CSD Board of Education seeks community members for District Facilities Plannning Committee; results of “Go Green Committee” presented; alternative energy and other needs to be considered as part of potential capital project.
Following a presentation on November 8 outlining the year-long “Go Green Committee” recommendations and Building Conditions survey results, the Hilton Central School District Board of Education decided to reestablish the Facilities Planning Committee to study the findings on alternative energy sources as well as evaluate the condition of the district’s buildings in order to consider a capital project next year, according to a district press release.
The Hilton School District has completed a Building Condition Survey this year using the services of LaBella Associates, PC of Rochester in response to the NYS requirement for all school districts undertake a detailed architectural review every five years. In addition, the Go Green Committee studied renewable energy sources and the associated infrastructure. The Board has authorized a more extensive feasibility study to be performed concurrently with the work of the Facilities Planning Committee which will research the feasibility of solar energy, geothermal heating/cooling, as well as wind energy. “There were a number of elements of the district’s infrastructure that were identified as being at or near the end of their useful lives including roofs at Quest Elementary and the Village Elementary schools; the boilers at the High School; the septic system at Northwood Elementary; and the fueling system at the Transportation Facility,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Steven Ayers. “Among the recommendations was a goal of reducing the district’s use of commercially-produced energy and associated carbon footprint by 50 percent by the 2015-16 school year.”
The initial meeting of the Facilities Planning Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. in the Board Room at District Offices/Quest, 225 West Avenue, Hilton. All interested community members may volunteer to participate by calling 585-392-1000 ext. 7099. “The Committee is expected to complete its review and prioritization of the elements for a possible capital project vote in 2012. The committee’s recommendations are expected to be presented to the Board in September 2012.
For other information: http://www.hilton.k12.ny.us/capital-projects.htm.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20, 2011
Death Notices for the Week of November 20, 2011
•Nevada, Jeanne Marie, age 54, died November 8, 2011. Mrs. Nevada was born the daughter of the late Robert A. and Ann (Drumm) Schottmiller in Rochester. Jeanne is survived by her loving husband, Thomas P. Nevada; her son, Daniel Nevada; her daughter, Christie (Christopher) David; her brother, James (Dawn) Schottmiller; and her sister, Emily (Casey) Hughson.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated November 14 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Celebration, Florida. Donations can be made in her honor to Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Attn: Building Fund Debt Reduction, 1050 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, Florida 34747, (www.celebrationcatholic.org). Condolences may be offered at www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com.
•Montgomery, Norman J. Jr. “Jack”, age 64, died November 14, 2011. Mr. Montgomery was born November 12, 1947 in Rochester, son of Rita (Volkmar) Montgomery of Bergen and the late Norman Montgomery Sr. He worked at Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester. He is survived by his wife, Martha (Pengelly) Montgomery of Bergen; a son, Marc (Rebecca) Montgomery of Bergen; a daughter, Kerry (David) Vaden of Webster; four grandchildren, Ashley Montgomery, Dillon Montgomery, Emily Vaden and Andrew Vaden; a brother, Jim (Carol) Montgomery of Bergen; as sister, Mary (Dick) Muscarella of Bergen; his father-in-law, Willard (Theresa) Pengelly of Churchville; his brother-in-law, David (Suzanne) Pengelly of Senoia, Georgia and several nieces and nephews.
All services will be private. Contributions can be made to James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 704, Rochester, New York 14642 in his memory.
•Seely, Dorothy B., November 13, 2011, age 86. Wife of Richard S. Seely of Bergen; mother of Blaire (Frederick) Giancursio of Bergen, and the late Grant R. Seely; grandmother of Kristina Giancursio and Joseph Giancursio, both of Bergen, and the late Grant T. Giancursio; sister of Ernest Bennett of Lansing; aunt of several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral Services were held November 16 at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen. Interment, Mt. Rest Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Bergen Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 428, Bergen 14416 or Stone Church Presbyterian Church, 7549 South Lake Road, Bergen 14416 or to the Bergen Public Library, P.O. Box 430, Bergen 14416 in her memory.
•Parsons, Carlton M., November 14, 2011 at the age of 87. Predeceased by his wife Mary Jane Parsons (Giglio), infant granddaughter Dana Overmyer, step-son Joseph Goodsell Jr., step-grandson Matthew Goodsell and step-daughter-in-law Mary Goodsell. He is survived by his daughters Maria Klee, Shirley Overmyer, Carla (Craig) Faganello; step-son Richard Goodsell; grandsons Thomas (Jennifer) Overmyer, Eric Klee, Jason Overmyer, Kyle Faganello; nine great grandchildren: Hannah, Katie, Madison, John, Emily, Sarah, Ryan, Jennifer and Tommy; siblings Carolyn Gallagher, Charles (Shirlie) Parsons, Joanne (Ted) Young; step-grandchildren Amy Jo and Joseph III Goodsell; step-great-great granddaughter Madison; many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. Carlton was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in World War II where he and his crew flew a B-17 Bomber over Germany.
Funeral Services were held November 18 at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., Brockport. Interment with military honors, Arkport Cemetery in Arkport, New York on November 19. Contributions can be made to a Veteran’s charity of your choice or the Lakeside Beikirch Care Center in his memory.
•Roy, Robert J., Sr., November 13, 2011 at age 77. Predeceased by his father, Albert Sr. and brother, Albert Jr. Survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Connie; children, Colleen (Norman) L’Hommedieu, Regina (Brian) Hopkins, Roger Jr. (Kathleen Eberhand) Roy, Mary Ann (Chuck) Knapp, Jeffrey (Renee) Roy, Lisa Roy, Timothy Roy and Karen (Tim) Vieira; grandchildren, Andrew, Allan, Isabelle, Payton, Wyatt, Cory, Devin, Jesse, Jeffrey, Michael, Dustin (Julie), Amber, Cole and Tyler; mother, Alice Roy; sister, Lorraine Velardi; brother, Donald (Carol) Roy; sister-in-law, Betty Roy; special nieces and nephews. Roger was a retired electrical engineer from Eastman Kodak.
A Funeral Mass was said November 16 at St. Pius Tenth Church, Chili. Interment, St. Pius Tenth Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Isaiah House, 71 Prince Street, Rochester 14605 in his memory.
•Brown, Henry J., Jr. “Hank”, On November 11, 2011, age 77. Predeceased by his parents, Henry J. Brown, Sr. and Anna Brown. Survived by his loving family: wife, Lorna; son, Henry III “Jeff” (Trudy) Brown; daughters, Jennifer (Michael) Artz and Heather (Joshua) Nichols; granddaughter Emily Artz; grandsons Johnathan and Steven Nichols; sisters, Charlene Fanelli and Shirley (Ted) Miller; mother-in-law, Marion Herbstsommer; brothers-in-law, Tim (Maureen) and Douglas (Tracy) Herbstsommer; sister-in-law, Roxane Kimble; many nephews, nieces, and very good friends. Hank was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Funeral Mass was said November 17 at St. Leo’s Church, Hilton. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the local chapters of the American Heart Association, or the Kidney Foundation in his memory.
•Hart, Daniel R., November 9, 2011. Predeceased by his parents, Roman, Ruth and Marianne; survived by his daughter, Alicia (Angelo) Cypressi; sisters, Jean (Larry) Godla, Susan (Mitchell) Kuff, Nancy (Arthur) Deckman; brothers, John (Susie) Hart and the late Thomas Hart; several nieces, nephews, loving family and friends.
His Funeral Service was held November 12 at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Hilton. Private interment. Contributions can be made to Shared Ski Adventures, c/o Swain Resort, 2275 Main Street, Swain, New York 14884 in his memory.
•Lunz, Sara Jane, On November 16, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Arthur Lunz. She is survived by her children, Patricia (Daniel) Price, Kathleen (Scott) Slagle, Richard (Karen) Lunz and Ann (Joseph) Hurlimann; grandchildren, Geoffry (Jenn), Jason (Cristy), Lauren, Alyssa, Danny, Abby, Brian and Shaun; great-grandchildren, Lilly and Mallory.
Funeral Services were held November 19 at Hilton United Methodist Church. Burial, Elmlawn Cemetery, Tonawanda. Contributions can be made to Hilton Volunteer Fire Department in her memory.
•McCoy, Donald B., November 4, 2011 in Chandler, Arizona. He was a former resident of Kendall. Born on August 24, 1936, he honorably served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. A retiree of American Express and worked for the Maricopa County Board of Elections. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Sharon M. McCoy; daughters Tammy Marshall (Tony), Valerie Hucknall (John); seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister Jackie Fittos; nieces Kim and Susan.
A Memorial Service was held November 19 at Brockport Free Methodist Church. Donations can be made to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 South Winton Road, Rochester NY 14623 in his memory.
•Tillman, Robert S., Age 82, died November 12, 2011. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann (Sledzinski) Tillman; son, Richard (Susan) Tillman of Grass Range, Montana; daughter, Pat (Chris) Haines of Waterport; granddaughter, Amanda (Dan) Uderitz; great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Aiden Ochs; brother William (Lynn) Tillman of Albion; sister, Diane (Ed) Murray of Charlottesville, Virginia; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was said November 16 at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church. Interment with full military honors at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Prince of Peace Abbey, 650 Benett Hill Road, Oceanside, California 92058-1253, Hospice of Orleans County, P.O. Box 489, Albion, New York 14411 or the charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Croston, John G. “Jack”, Unexpectedly on November 1, 2011 at age 63. Jack was predeceased by his mother, Margaret, father John W. and step mother Dorothy. He is survived by his siblings, Nancy (Darrell) Casey and Gerald (Hozue) Croston; cousins, Karen Larken, Michael and Sheila Soehner; longtime friend Joseph Banks of New York City.
Funeral Services were held November 19 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Al-Anon, 805 Blossom Road, Rochester 14610 in his memory.
•DeSormeau, Ruth E., age 81, died November 13, 2011. Predeceased by her husband, Joseph DeSormeau, brother, Howard Outman, and sister, Arlene Seamans. Survived by her children, Nancy (Jerry) Santelli, Jay (Anne) DeSormeau; grandchildren; Lisa Santelli, Jerry (Kim) Santelli, Jenna (Chris) Benedict, Lindsay DeSormeau and Julia DeSormeau, and great-grandson, Jack Benedict, as well as a special friend and sister-in-law, Berta DeSormeau and several nieces and nephews. Ruth was a member of the Eastern Star.
Services were held November 15 at the Funeral Home of Alvah Halloran & Son, Rochester.
•Dole, Linda D. (Adams), November 10, 2011. Mrs. Dole is survived by her husband, John T. Dole; two sons, John J. (Alana) Dole, Robert (Amanda) Dole; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren. Linda was an employee at Eastman Kodak in roller manufacturing.
Her Funeral Mass was said November 14 at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be directed to Humane Society At Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, New York 14450 in her memory.
•Eeckhout, Joseph “Joe”, November 10, 2011 at age 84 with his family by his side. Joe was predeceased by his daughter and son, Maureen and Michael Eeckhout. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Christina “Chris” (Patterson) Eeckhout; his children, Kathleen Fouquet, Elizabeth Mogray and John Eeckhout; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Joe was a US Navy Veteran of the Pacific Theater during WWII and retired after 20 years with the Ogden Police Department.
Funeral Services were held November 13 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Spencerport. Contributions can be made to Mercy Flight in his memory.
•Sirianni, Delaphine “Dee”, November 10, 2011 at age 86. Predeceased by her husband, William Sirianni; daughter, Mary Lynne Sirianni; brothers, Michael and Gifford Fox; sisters, Marion Black and Ruth Zimmer. She is survived by her children, Gregory Sirianni, Susan Wagner, Paul Sirianni (Beth McNall), Michele (Kos) Mihalitsas; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, James and Mary Ann Sirianni, Josephine Sirianni; many nieces and nephews. Delaphine worked as Rosie the Riveter in the Curtiss-Wright Corporation assembling airplanes during WWII and earned 1,000 volunteer hours at E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital both located in Buffalo. She was also very active with her husband, Bill, at Pearce Memorial Church.
Funeral Services were held November 14 at Pearce Memorial Church, North Chili. Interment, North Chili Rural Cemetery. Donations can be directed to Guardian Angels c/o Unity Health Foundation, 1555 Long Pond Road, Rochester 14626 in her memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 13, 2011
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 13, 2011
Trustees in Brockport deny request for canalpath snowmobiling
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport Village Trustees have said no to a request from the Hilton Sno-Flyers to snowmobile along the Erie Canal path within the village limits.
The New York State Canal Corporation allows snowmobilers to use the path, Mayor Connie Castaneda said, but the Sno-Flyers needed to obtain a letter of support from the village board before they could apply for a permit to use the path within the village.
Board members voted unanimously against the request during their regular meeting on Tuesday, November 8.
Trustees said they were worried that allowing snowmobiles on the path in the village was “an accident waiting to happen.”
Trustee Kent Blair called the canal path crossing at Main Street, “treacherous” for snowmobilers.
“It is not in the best interest of the community,” he said.
Trustee Margaret Blackman noted the trail passes through a densely populated area. She said the noise might be a problem and, “It also discourages pedestrians and skiers from using the trail.”
Mayor Castaneda said the board realizes use of the path by snowmobilers would be an economic benefit to businesses in the village and she added members of the Sno-Flyers were willing to work with the village to establish guidelines for using the path.
“It’s a difficult decision for us to make,” the mayor said, “(they) are willing to come and sit down and establish guidelines - perhaps we could discuss it at a later date.”
Trustee Kent Blair expressed his appreciation to the Hilton Sno-Flyers for their professionalism in the process of requesting support.
Pharmaceutical Waste Collection program continues monthly at OPD headquarters
The Ogden Police Department Pharmaceutical Waste Collection program provides an important service to the community, Ogden Police Chief Doug Nordquist said at the November 4 collection.
On the first Friday of the month at the Ogden Police Station, one of several collection points in Monroe County, unwanted or expired pharmaceutical drugs are collected for proper disposal. A sworn police officer has to be present to accept unwanted pharmaceutical collections.
At the first Friday collection at Ogden Police headquarters in the Ogden Community Center, 269 Ogden Center Road, Spencerport, a steady stream of people came in during the 1 to 3 p.m. drop off time. The drugs, containers and labels are destroyed by burning, a job done by Covanta Niagara.
The purpose of this program is to collect pharmaceutical waste only. This may include controlled substances, outdated, unwanted, over-the-counter medications or any pharmaceutical waste that is no longer needed or has passed its expiration date. The program, started last January, had only two people dropping off drugs that month. A public service advertisement in the Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald later in January stimulated a lot of interest, with 27 people participating in February.
Text and photos by Walter Horylev
Brockport Lions Club inducts newest member
During the club’s dinner meeting on November 2, Past District Governor Greg Lund inducted Dan Spurr into the Brockport Lions Club.
Pictured are Dan Spurr (right) with his sponsor, Lion Dave Knapp.
The Brockport Lions are a group of 45 area men and women dedicated to community service. For information contact Greg Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org or 964-2774.
Brockport village board OKs downtown lighting
by Kristina Gabalski
Members of the Brockport Village Board have decided to have holiday lights installed on trees in the Downtown Historic Commercial District by the Department of Public Works. Funds will be reallocated from other account lines yet to be determined and not to exceed the original estimate provided by DPW Superintendent Harry Donahue at the board’s November 1 work session. The street maintenance line was brought up as a possible target for the reallocation. The current fiscal year budget does not include funds for hanging the lights.
The motion, brought forward by Trustee Kent Blair, was approved by a vote of 4-1, with Mayor Connie Castaneda casting the only no vote.
Blair said the lights need to be hung for the upcoming Holiday Light Spectacular Parade December 4, which is continuing to attract interest and participation from businesses and organizations both inside and outside the community.
Mayor Connie Castaneda said DPW Superintendent Harry Donahue notified board members that the money could come out of maintenance, but the line would then be over budget.
She told board members that an independent audit cited the village for paying DPW workers from lines that had no relation to the work that was completed.
“I am not against the lights,” Castaneda said, “but we need to be careful.”
She said she felt trustees would want to adhere to the budget and suggested the funds might be taken out of the contingency fund (which is typically used for emergency purposes, the mayor noted) or that community service organizations might be asked to step forward and help with fundraising to cover the cost of hanging the lights.
Trustee Scott Hunsinger said hanging the lights is something that needs to be done. “We can be creative within the guidelines set by the independent auditors to make this happen,” he said.
Trustee Kent Blair told the mayor the “worst case scenario” cost to hang the lights would be $4,300 but that it could be done at a lower cost depending upon which DPW workers complete the job.
Brockport Lions Clubs Plant Trees
Members of the Brockport Lions Club and The College at Brockport Lions Club planted trees at various locations in Sweden, Clarkson and the Village of Brockport on October 29 as part of an initiative put forth by Lions Club International to plant 1,000,000 trees worldwide this year.
Trees were planted at the Sweden Town Park, Clarkson Park on Ridge Road and South Avenue in Brockport village.
For information on the Brockport Lions Club, contact Greg Lund at 964-2774 or email@example.com.
Twigs begin Tree of Lights project with memory lights
Lakeside Memorial Hospital’s Twig Association holds its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. outside the Professional Building on West Avenue. Donor lights may be purchased for $5 each in memory of, or in honor of someone, or for a special event. Honorees names are entered in permanent books with calligraphy by Avis Ainsworth.
Lights may be purchased from any Twig member, at the desk in the hospital lobby, or by calling 637-6568, or 638-8426. Following the lighting ceremony and caroling, refreshments will be served in the lobby of the Professional Building.
Proceeds will be used to support purchase of new mammography equipment for Lakeside Hospital.
Planning begins for 2012 Duck Derby
Lori Skoog, representing the Sweden Senior Singers, looks on as BISCO president George Dahl prepares to sign the Memorandum of Agreement, making the Singers partners in the 15th Annual Duck Derby.
With the Brockport Arts Festival’s return to Main Street on August 11 through 12, 2012, the special festival event goes back to its home, the Erie Canal.
All hope that with an earlier start, that prizes and sales will be better than ever. Profits from the event remain in the community helping out the Senior Singers or BISCO’s many projects.
Spencerport High School Service Club at work
The Spencerport High School Service Club visited different locations in the Spencerport area on Saturday, October 29 to help with the cleanup of leaves and other yard work.
The club spent time at the Ogden Senior Center, the Spencerport Trolley Museum and the Spencerport Village Offices.
Provided photo by Greg Dorgan
The Brockport Boys Volleyball team collected nonperishable food items at their match against Spencerport on October 21.
Items received were donated to the Brockport Food Shelf.
Team members shown are (front row, l to r) Dan Ayala, Jeff Gloff; (back row, l to r) Shane Chichester, Bryan Warner, Kevin Carges, Eric Brawn, Dan Scheda, Cody Gould and Cody Didas.
Submitted by Brockport Boys Volleyball Boosters
FEATURE STORIES - Week of November 13, 2011
Salmon Creek in Hilton yields a spawning run of Salmon
Parent and fisherman Ben Jones of Hilton’s Quest Elementary School gently lifts a netted Chinook salmon for students to see on November 4 as it was swimming up Salmon Creek.
Teachers at Quest, including Suzanne Pilon, who spirited the fish toward the net by getting right in the creek, have been observing the fish and other aspects of nature along Salmon Creek for over 15 years.
There are often runs of Coho salmon, brown trout and Chinook salmon as well as rainbow trout (steelhead) which occur in late fall and early spring According to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, “Approximately 1.7 million Chinook salmon and 250,000 Coho salmon are stocked annually in Lake Ontario and its tributaries. Some natural reproduction of Pacific salmon occurs but is limited by the lack of high quality tributaries with good spawning and nursery habitat. … A small run of naturally spawned salmon can be found in almost any tributary running into the lake, but the best fishing generally occurs in the streams where the salmon are stocked as fingerlings.”
Local Artist Paints Fire Department Mural
This mural in the Hilton Fire Department building, created by area resident Mary Lissow, depicts the two earlier HFD buildings, the one formerly on East Avenue, the one on South Avenue and the current one located on Old Hojack Lane.
The mural is located in the foyer at the west entrance of the new Fire Department building on Old Hojack Lane, directly behind the area where the historic fire truck is housed.
“I was very happy with the end results,” Mary Lissow said, referring to her 6 feet by 12 feet mural. “It took me about three months to pencil the sketch to align everything properly, putting the whole thing in the computer before starting it.”
Lissow is a very religious person. “I did not work without praying a lot. When I had a problem mixing a color I spent some time praying and it all came out all right. It was something God allowed me to do.”
Lissow painted the mural using acrylic paint on 1/4 inch plywood and built the whole design in four pieces, joining them together for the final picture and painting the seams. It’s sealed in Valspar.
She credits Karla Lissow for designing her underlying woodwork claiming, “she was a big help.” Karla came up with a scheme to hang the panels on a support on the wall. She also made a floor frame so that Mary could work on the lower parts of the mural by lying on the floor in her home. (It’s a problem trying to work on a 6 feet by 12 feet mural in a typical home). She also got some help from Stephen Soeffing, an artist in Rochester, who has done a number of murals for fire departments who offered suggestions on what materials he used and other helpful tips.
Lissow spent 18 months, off and on, to finish the project. She also designed the HFD logo featured on their banquet program and letterhead and has worked as editor and writer of the Village of Hilton newsletter.
Photos by Walter Horylev
Brockport community members and visitors can learn about canal commerce in Brockport by visiting the new interpretive sign on the southeast side of the Main Street bridge.
The interpretive sign, dedicated at a ceremony on October 29, is the fourth in a series of historic signs around Brockport. The sign was produced by the Exterior Display Committee of the Brockport Community Museum and funded by Brad Alexander, owner of Express Mart and Northside Service Center. Design of this sign and others was made possible through the generosity of Museum board member Norm Frisch.
The Brockport Community Museum, chartered by New York State in 2002, is a “Museum Without Walls” that brings local history to the community through interpretive signs, displays, and their website, www.brockportcommunitymuseum.org. Nine display cases can be found in public buildings in the community at the Brockport Wal-Mart Supercenter, Brockport High School, Hill Elementary School, Oliver Middle School, Chase Bank, Sweden Senior Center, Seymour Library, Sweden Community Center and the Sweden Town Hall.
During the ceremony, Brockport Community Museum President Allan Berry welcomed community members and introduced this latest sign. Vice President James Fallon presented the sign and Vice President of the Greater Brockport Development Corporation William Andrews officially accepted the sign on behalf of the Village of Brockport.
During his speech, Berry talked about the importance of local history.
“I feel fortunate to be part of a community that places such value on its history,” Berry said. “The Brockport Community Museum is just one group that is working to promote the awareness of who we are, where we have come from and where we may be going as a community. Among others doing similar work are The Emily L. Knapp Museum, The Sweden Farmers Museum, The Capen Hose Company Fire Museum and The Western Monroe Historical Society and its Morgan-Manning House.”
Other signs installed by the Brockport Community Museum and sponsored by their respective organizations include: The Brockport Central School District, The College at Brockport and The Protectives, Inc. No 1.
Future themes for signs planned by the museum include Agriculture, Firefighting, Healthcare, Main Street and Religious Life.
SPORTS NEWS - Week of November 13, 2011
Former Brockport basketball player on the court vs. Syracuse
Most of us have had a dream to be a sports hero: The soccer goal that wins it. Catching a touchdown pass to win the game. Hitting the game-winning bucket at the buzzer. Playing on a major college team. Some such dreams are achievable. Hard work is a way to realize your dreams, and make them come true.
Ryan Hage was a hard-working point guard on Brockport High School’s basketball team a few years back. Son of Brockport Coach Charley Hage, and a gym rat for as long as he can remember, Ryan was a walk-on tryout for Division I Fordham University’s basketball team.
He made the team!
Continued hard work earned the spot on the team and more playing time, and now, as a senior, he is captain of the Rams’ basketball team. He earned a full scholarship in the process.
Fordham faced fearsome Syracuse in the season opener in the dome November 12. Brockport High School boys basketball team was at the game in full support. Three buses and over 130 fans made the trip to support Ryan and his team. (Final results not available by deadline for these newspapers).
“Ryan is a role model for all student athletes, especially the athletes in our basketball program,” Brockport Basketball Coach Scott Schleede said before the game. “His work ethic and desire to improve are second to none. I have had the pleasure of watching Ryan grow from a young boy, with a ball in his hands on the sideline; to the player he is today. You could tell early on that when Ryan set a goal he would not stop until he reached it. There is tremendous excitement in the community about the opportunity to see Ryan and his teammates play against Syracuse.”
Ryan’s tale is a basketball version of the story of “Rudy,” the Notre Dame walk-on who made the team.
Ryan’s transition from the high school game wasn’t easy. “It’s a different world. Everyone is quicker, faster, and stronger. I had to show the coaches I was committed and willing to work harder than anyone else on the team. I tried not only to work the hardest but to maintain the best attitude. I think my work ethic and attitude earned me the coach’s trust and my scholarship and (the leadership) of the team.”
Ryan spent his summers working hard in the weight room with Brockport High School’s Athletic Trainer, Jason Wentworth. “If you’ve ever talked to Ryan you know he is a high energy type of guy. And that’s the approach he took to sports performance - high energy. He brought it every single day, with every sprint, every lift,” Wentworth says. “Ryan once told me, ‘If I’m not getting better, I’m getting worse.’ It makes my job easy working with a kid who is that motivated. I wish we had 10 of Ryan on every team. His intensity and enthusiasm makes everyone around him better.”
“We’re very proud of him,” said his mother, Diane Hage. “The scholarship is wonderful. It’s a tribute to his character and work ethic.”
Asked to describe what it’s like to be on the team, Ryan responded:
“It’s a dream come true. I get to travel everywhere and play against McDonald’s All-Americans. I’ve been from California to Miami for tournaments. I get to play in the majority of games. The biggest difference from high school is skill and athleticism, plus the time commitment. It’s a year-round sport, up to 40 hours a week in season,” Hage said.
“I made my dream come true by working harder than anyone else on the court. I picked up every player full-court on defense and I won every sprint. I was given the nickname “Happy” because of my great attitude. I always did what the coaches told me.”
“Playing at Brockport helped to prepare me. I had a great coach. He taught me to play with no hesitation and have a very short memory when shooting the ball. I played with a great group of kids and we played tough competition. I credit my coach. He taught me everything I know about the game, a big reason for my success.”
Ryan’s high school coach, who happens to be his dad, Charley Hage, is rightfully proud of his son: “We are very proud of Ryan. Hard work and determination almost always leads to success. His love of the game – since second grade – and his work ethic – helped him realize his dream. Ryan’s a leader, and he leads by example. He is a great example for our kids currently in the basketball program.”
The Hage family also takes pride in the accomplishments of Ryan’s twin sister, Lindsay, who is playing college basketball at Union College. Ryan and Lindsay have loved basketball since they were old enough to hold a ball. Lindsay has played point guard for Union College for the past three years, and started in her junior year. She had a game high of 17 points vs. William Smith tallying 4 rebounds that game as well as going 4 for 4 from the 3 point line, helping her team pull out the win in double overtime. Against D’Youville she tallied 7 assists. Lindsay has gone 22 for 22 from the foul line since Feb. 6 of last season.
Ryan’s advice for all the young basketball players is: “If you have a dream, no matter what it is, go for it. No one thought I could make it on a D-1 team, let alone become the team captain. Work hard and you can do whatever you want in life.”
Hop, skip and jump at Parma Park
The Town of Parma has completed a creative play area at Town Hall Park with the help of financial assistance from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. This newest park amenity has transformed a 15’ by 115’ blacktop area just north of the tennis courts into a play venue with permanent markings for four square courts, hop scotch configurations and a broad jump game. Adjacent to each of these interactive opportunities are permanent informational displays explaining the rules of play.
The focus of The Greater Rochester Health Foundation with awarding this grant to the Hilton-Parma Recreation Department was to have an impact with improving the overall health of the Hilton-Parma community. The creative play area is open for fun during normal park hours through the year.
Hilton High School seniors IACC Scholar Athlete award recipients
Three Hilton High School seniors were recognized at the Italian American Community Center’s (IACC) 10th Annual Sports Hall of Fame Dinner November 5. The IACC held its Sports Award Dinner to honor those Italian-American indiviudals whose achievements in professional sports have brought distinction to themselves and to their community and to induct them into the IACC Hall of Fame.
Among the 27 applicants for the IACC’s Scholar Athlete Scholarship, three Hilton High School students were reecognized.
The Scholarship recipients were Miranda DiMaria, Hilton High School, and Michael LaMarca, Gates Chili High School. the IACC awarded both a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.
The IACC Sports Hall of Fame Award Recipients were Danielle DiStefano, Hilton High School; Marian Tufano, Hilton High School; Anthony Bianchi, Irondequoit High School; Samuel Mauro, Holley High School; Melissa Ercoli and Tyler Guerrieri, both of Our Lady of Mercy and Krista Roncone, Pittsford Mendon High School.
In conjunction with the Italian Civic League, Italian American Sports Club, and the Gates Amita Club, six were inducted into the IACC Hall of Fame: Dominic L. Arioli, Salvator (Soccer Sam) Fantauzzo, Phil “Red” Fedele, Kenneth John Kaiser, Louis W. Spiotti Jr., and posthumously, Tommy Castle.
Rangers take Class AA title
by Warren Kozireski
Senior Matt Englert scored with under 11 minutes remaining to break a 1-1 tie to give Spencerport their first outright boys Section V soccer championship since 2004.
“This feels a lot better,” said head coach Tom Etsler, whose team was declared co-champion with Fairport in 2007.
After a scoreless first half, the Rangers scored in the opening minute of the second half to take a 1-0 lead.
Senior Collin Goettel served a ball from 40 yards out into the box where Englert’s shot attempt was blocked. The rebound went directly to senior Brandon Bianchi who found the net.
“It was a set play and we didn’t execute it very well, but it worked better,” said Etsler.
“At halftime, coach said to hit it right at the goalie - Matt did and the rebound came right to me,” said Bianchi, who led the team with 21 goals; second most in Monroe County this season.
The lead didn’t last long, however, as Irondequoit tied it at 42:39 on a header.
The game winner came at 69:11 and began with a midfield serve off the foot of senior Stephen Maier. He found Englert, who made one dribble past the defender and scored.
“I just got the ball and put a touch on it, took a look and laced it,” said Englert of his 12th goal of the season.
The Rangers advanced into the state play-in round against Class AAA winner Webster-Schroeder.
“We kept up the pressure and dominated possession time in the first half, but we couldn’t put it in,” said Bianchi who was named Most Valuable Player. “But all of us worked hard all year and had the chemistry to make this happen.”
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - Week of November 13, 2011
Community celebrates new Byron-Bergen Elementary playground
Byron-Bergen Elementary School held a Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the connection between the school and community members who worked together to provide a new and upgraded playground.
The original playground, built 23 years ago, was dedicated to former Byron-Bergen Elementary Teacher Helene Forsythe-Hough.
The new playground, completed in August this year, was built entirely by community and school volunteers, with the help of a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant.
During the ceremony, Elaine Bezon, Byron-Bergen reading teacher and daughter of Forsythe-Hough, thanked the community for all their hard work in raising money to provide a new playground.
Byron-Bergen Elementary students Ashley Schlenker-Stephens, Brody Baubie, Ava Wagoner, Elli Schelemanow, Joseph Damick, and Rick Hubbard joined Byron-Bergen Elementary Principal Keith Wing and Elaine Bezon in cutting the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the playground.
Students from the elementary and high school choruses closed the event with the song “I have a brand new playground,” led by music teachers Karen Tischer and Laurence Tallman.
“History is alive and those who have served our country bravely have shaped our lives for the better.”
Those were two key lessons learned, November 9, at St. Paul Lutheran School’s Honor History Day. Every student in kindergarten through eighth grade began their day with a prayer and the drum and fife of a Civil War reenactment troop. From there, the students went from station to station throughout the building learning the ins and outs of Civil War life for soldiers, making butter, baking hardtack, making necessity bags and weaving.
The highlight of the day was a school-wide chapel service that honored veterans for their service with more than 30 local veterans receiving gifts from the students and being treated to a special lunch where they dined with the seventh and eighth grade class. Diana Hendershot, St. Paul teacher who coordinated the day’s events, said she was hoping that the day would help build national pride among the student body.
“Our goal was to use this time to help build an appreciation for who we are as Americans and an appreciation for those who have served in the Armed Forces,” Hendershot said. Kara Weigel, fifth grader said she enjoyed getting her hands into history, as she learned how to make hardtack which was a Civil War dietary staple.
“It is interesting to learn about what people in the Civil War really went through and what our Armed Forces have done,” said Weigel.
Photographs by Walter Horylev
OBITUARIES - Week of November 13, 2011
Death Notices for the Week of November 13, 2011
•Ireland, Patricia M. (Brasser), November 3, 2011 at Strong Memorial Hospital. Predeceased by her father, Clarence “Mike” Brasser, grandparents, George and Frances Miesenzahl and Clarence and Kathryn Brasser. Survived by her mother, Rita Brasser; her children, Katie, Jimmy and Beth; her former husband, Ed Ireland; long time boyfriend, Steve Beswick; her siblings, John (Andree), Jim (Beth), Kathryn (Mike) Caramanna and Eileen; aunts, Barbara Brasser and Frances Weeks; several nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends; her beloved lab, Sydeny. A devoted mother and an active parishioner of St. Brigid’s Church, Patty worked at SUNY Geneseo (CAS) and had many interests.
Her Mass of Christian Burial was said November 9 at St. Brigid’s Church, Bergen. Memorials in Patty’s name can be made to Mercy Flight of Western NY, 100 Amherst Villa Road, Buffalo, NY 14225 or to the charity of one’s choice.
Drennen, Damon I., Age 63, died suddenly, November 6, 2011. Damon was born October 7, 1948, in Clay County, WV, a son of Jernie and Irene (Mullins) Drennen. Damon served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and retired from Delphi in 2009. He was predeceased by his father Jernie Drennen; sister, Pearl Louise Kuhns; brother, Clarence “Butch” Drennen. He is survived by his wife, Marie (Haley) Drennen; sons, Brian (CoCo Seijas) Drennen, Kevin Drennen; beloved granddaughters, Grace and Carmella; mother, Irene Drennen; sisters, Susie Rushbrook, Patty (Chuck) Andrews; sister-in-law, Betty Drennen; several nieces, nephews, cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held November 12 at Church of the Nativity of the BVM, Brockport. Interment with full military honors at Mt. Albion Cemetery, Albion. Contributions can be made to Lakeside Memorial Hospital Twig Association in his memory.
Malik, Carl A., November 7, 2011. He is predeceased by his father, Carl. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Nancy (Miller) Malik; his mother, Catherine Malik; his children, Colleen (Frederick) Sousa and Lisa (Kenneth) Castricone; four grandchildren, Alan (deceased 2009), Evan and Corinne Sousa, Victor Carl Castricone; brothers, Joseph, Alfonse (Joyce), John (Ella Jane) and Louis Malik; sisters, Caroline (Regis) McAteer and Margaret Chendy.
Funeral Services were held November 12 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Hilton. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencerport in his memory.
Polisseni, Robert P., died November 2, 2011, at age 64. Predeceased by his brother, Albert Joseph Polisseni Jr. and sister, Patricia Williams. Survived by his beloved wife, Jan Murphy Polisseni; loving daughters, Lori (Robert) Deuberry, Kim (Robert) Hurst, Andrea Polisseni and step-son, Brian Hartman; grandchildren, Payton, Robert and Bronwyn Deuberry, Raina, Kira and Landon Hurst; parents, Albert and Vivian Polisseni; sister, Kathleen (Ronald) Bruzzese; nieces, Jennifer (Robert) Humphreys, Nicole (Mark) Sommer; nephews, Ronald (Dee) Bruzzese, Richard (Samantha) Williams; many dear relatives and friends.
A Funeral Mass was said November 7 at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lymphoma Research Foundation, 115 Broadway, 13th floor, New York, NY 10006 in his memory.
Curran, Nickolas S., November 1, 2011, age 25. Survived by his parents, Steve (Debbie) Curran; his sister, Tara Curran; his maternal grandparents, Don and Betty Henshaw; his paternal grandfather, Gerard Curran; aunts and uncles, Mike (Laurie) Curran, Bob Curran, Debbie (Tom) Ives, Tammy (John) Vakiner, Donald (Vivian) Henshaw, Jr., Kim Henshaw; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Geraldine Curran.
A Memorial Service was held November 6 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home. Interment at the convenience of the family. Donations can be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780 in his memory.
Lemcke, David Earl, Born July 28, 1947, son of the late Howard and Elsie (Crouse) Lemcke. Reported missing May 21, 1968. Declared dead September 16, 1968. Returned home on November 9, 2011. Survived by his sisters, Darlene Wallace, Lise (Barry) Lemcke-Smith, Deborah (Jamie) Almeter; brother, James (Marilee Sleeman) Lemcke; nieces and nephews, Christopher Wallace, Nathan and Ryan Smith, Krystyna, Katelyn and Kevin Almeter; aunts and uncles, Helen Kramer, Betty Lemcke, Jack (Gladys) Lemcke, Harold (Shirley), Allen (Barb), Gerald, Larry (Arletta) Lemcke, Chester Delano and Donald (Jackie) Lemcke; many cousins.
Funeral Services were held November 12 at First Bible Baptist Church, Manitou Road, Hilton, followed by a Military Graveside Service at Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 20, P.O. Box 12580, Rochester 14612 or to Honor Flight, P.O. Box 23581, Rochester 14692 in his memory.
Weit, Edward V., November 2, 2011. Predeceased by his son, James Weit; daughter, Carol Weit; wife, Marcella. Survived by his children, Kathy (Michael) Aubel, Tim (Elizabeth) Weit, Richard (Laurie) Weit, Kenneth (Mary Ellen) Weit, Stephen Weit (Rosemary Whipple); grandchildren, Adam, Jessica, Kristina, Richie, Danielle, Nicholas, Rebecca, Jenna and Emily; great-grandson, Hunter; sisters, Mary Weit, Agnes Woodard; dear friend, Anna Sweeney; several nieces and nephews; dear friends. Ed was an Army veteran and a great euchre player.
A Funeral Mass was said November 7 at St. Mark’s Church, Rochester. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20, Rochester in his memory.
L’Abbate, Cosimo, November 6, 2011, at age 71. Predeceased by his father and mother, Peter and Emilia L’Abbate; sister-in-law, Edda Falzalore; brother-in-law, John Grammatica. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Rosina (Nitti) L’Abbate; children, Amy L’Abbate (Jim Fromm), Palma (Ralph) Ameduri, Peter (Lisa) L’Abbate, Michelle (Mike) Arbore; grandchildren, Samantha, David, Vanessa, Elisa and Ava; brothers and sisters, Anna Fallone, Frank (Tina) L’Abbate, Dina (Vincent) Falbo, Mary Piccolo, Melina (Sam) Hardy; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Louis (Adele) Nitti, Mary (Frank) Mastrella, Joseph (Donna) Nitti, Carmelina Grammatica, Victor Nitti, Amelia (Raymond) Umbrino, Gabriella (Robert) Pino; uncle and aunt, Angelo and Mary L’Abbate; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. L’Abbate was a retiree of Eastman Kodak Co.
His Funeral Mass was said November 10 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Spencerport. Interment, private. Donations can be directed to Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, 300 East River Road, PO Box 23029, Rochester, NY 14692-3029 in his memory.
Peters, Joan R., died November 6, 2011. Predeceased by her husband, Dale H. Peters. Survived by her children, Deborah (Heather) Janes, Jeffrey (Elizabeth) Peters, Gregory Peters and Bruce (Andrea) Peters; grandchildren, Matthew, Benjamin, Megan (Robert) Bosco, Andrew, Michael and Patricia; great-grandson, Robbie. Joan was an employee of the Spencerport Central Schools for over 20 years.
Her Funeral Service was celebrated November 12 at the First Congregational UCC, Spencerport. Inurnment in Fairfield Cemetery. Donations can be sent to the First Congregational UCC, 65 Church Street, Spencerport NY 14559 or the Aurora House, PO Box 21, Spencerport NY 14559 in her memory.
Wright, Judy D. (Doolin), November 2, 2011, age 72 at home surrounded by family. Survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Dean; children, Darlene (Michael) Bloomer, Shelly (Robert) Kasper, Deidra Wright and Dean (Sheryl) Wright; grandchildren, Lenora and Brittany; sisters, Mary Jane Grisso and Jane Halpin; nieces, nephews and adoring pet, Bitsy.
Funeral Services were held November 6 at Fowler Funeral Home, Brockport. Interment, November 7 in Lakeview Cemetery. Contributions can be made to ALS Association of Upstate New York in her memory.
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Local News - Week of November 6, 2011
Ambulance district formation favored by SVA corps leaders
by Kristina Gabalski
Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance Board of Directors President Randy Campbell says he wishes an ambulance district was already in place.
In March 2010 Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SVA) held an initial public meeting to inform the community of the financial and staffing challenges the service is facing.
“In 45 years, we’ve never had to ask for tax money,” Campbell says. “Unfortunately, there is a true need to ask for a tax subsidy.”
Following that March 2010 meeting, additional meetings were held to inform organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis and Garden Clubs, the Spencerport Fire District and the Senior Center about the situation and both a letter and postcards were sent to residents to further explain the situation and gauge the community’s support for an ambulance district.
Seventy-three percent of the respondents said they were in favor of forming a district, Campbell says.
In the summer of 2010, additional public informational meetings were held.
This year, the SVA has obtained its own legal counsel to help guide the service in their continued effort to have a district formed.
“We want the (elected) boards (Ogden, Parma and Spencerport) to consider forming an ambulance district and vote on it,” Campbell says.
Municipal officials and SVA members met most recently on August 19 to discuss final details of an inter-municipal agreement that would help facilitate the process of forming a district, Campbell says.
But those talks resulted in a snag that has held up the process, he explains. The attorney for the Town of Ogden told officials that the New York State Comptroller’s Office said a flat tax fee could not be used for an ambulance district.
Campbell says the SVA had worked out tax rates per $1,000 assessed valuation that would provide the $300,000 annually the ambulance has determined it would need to run the service for the next five years.
But Campbell says the municipalities then asked for a flat tax amount per household. That figure was $35 annually and SVA used the figure in its mailings and at informational meetings.
Campbell provided Westside News Inc. with a copy of a chart showing the breakdown if a rate of $0.21/per $1,000 assessed value were used.
With that rate, 73 percent of property owners would be paying an annual amount of $36 or less. The remaining percent of property owners would pay between $37-$200 annually for an ambulance district, with the majority of those falling closer to the $37 figure.
“I think it’s cheap insurance and you know you have a community-based ambulance,” Campbell says.
According to the SVA, one of the benefits of an ambulance district is the elimination of a patient co-pay and deductibles for residents of the district, which are paid in full under the ambulance district contract.
The district would cover the Village of Spencerport, most of the Town of Ogden and a small portion of the southern part of the Town of Parma.
Ogden Supervisor Gay Lenhard said the town is waiting for the ambulance to contact the three municipalities with a plan for how to finance their shortfall.
Spencerport Mayor Joyce Lobene says she knows the ambulance is facing financial and staffing challenges, and along with Supervisor Lenhard, says the village is currently waiting for more direction from the ambulance.
“We are still looking for an avenue to help them,” she says. “We feel it is their call.”
In a prepared statement, Carm Carmestro, assistant supervisor of the Town of Parma, said: “First and foremost, let me say (the study) committee will never compromise the health and safety of the residents of Spencerport, Ogden and Parma. Residents will always be provided with an ambulance service. We have been working on this project now for two years and, at this point, there are still far too many details to be worked on both logistically and legally for myself to feel comfortable to make a decision at this time. It seems every corner we turn we encounter new setbacks. When we get everything worked out, hopefully, then we as a committee will have all the facts to make a decision.”
Carmestro, a member of the committee, is unopposed in his bid for Parma supervisor in the November election.
Campbell says the SVA is looking for the municipalities to make a decision on forming a district. “We need them to look at this proposal and say yes or no.”
Campbell notes that following the August 19 meeting, he invited municipal leaders to submit any additional questions they might have regarding a district. That has been accomplished and Campbell says he hopes the municipalities will soon take action.
He says 24 of the 27 ambulance services in Monroe County are supported by tax dollars.
“It’s the responsibility of elected officials to ensure emergency services for the community,” Campbell says. As the EMS Chief for Gates Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc., he says he knows “how well (a district) can work to make ambulance service sovereign.”
He says the SVA has proven there is a need for a district. While call volume for ambulance service continues to increase as baby boomers age, there has been a decline in volunteers coupled with a loss of funding.
Third party billing no longer is substantial enough to maintain the service, Campbell says and donations, memorials, charitable and fund drive donations are also down due to economic challenges faced by residents. Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements have also decreased.
“The only reasonable solution is the formation of a tax district,” he says. “We are the only public service that has not received a tax subsidy.”
The Spencerport Fire District does have EMT’s who do some first response, but the fire district does not have paramedics, Campbell explains. He says Fire District officials have said if they picked up ambulance services, the cost would just about triple because of the need to hire people who could handle the longer time needed for transport calls as well as the cost of purchasing equipment and supplies.
If an ambulance district were formed, commissioners would not be necessary and not legally required, Campbell notes. The SVA is proposing an oversight committee that would work along with the current board of directors to manage the district.
Campbell emphasizes the importance of maintaining a local, community-based ambulance service, staffed by people who “have compassion for residents.” He says the SVA provides many services at no cost such as “lift assists” - helping those who have suffered a fall and need minor assistance. The SVA also holds blood pressure clinics and CPR education. Campbell notes the SVA is present at community events like Spencerport Homecoming, Canal Days, Spencerport Firemen’s Field Days and the Spencerport Soccer Tournament.
The economic impact of the SVA on the community is also substantial, Campbell says. The service estimates the impact in the local community to be $95,000 - $120,000 through the people employed by SVA and the business provided to local merchants.
The alternative to forming a district would be contracting with a commercial service like Monroe Ambulance or Rural Metro, Campbell explains, meaning the loss of a community-based service and its benefits.
He also worries that residents might not call when they need help because they are worried about the cost of an ambulance call. Using a commercial service would also impact the Spencerport Fire District, Campbell says, because it would increase the number of first response EMS calls. He says fire district officials have warned that could mean paid firefighters might be needed to cover an increase in calls.
While they hope for action from the municipal boards, the SVA is doing all it can to continue to provide a first rate service to residents, Campbell says.
“We are committed to maintain the service until we can no longer put volunteer members and career staff out there with a safe ambulance and equipment needed to do the job,” Campbell says.
If municipal leaders do not move in support of a district, Campbell says it would be possible to put the issue up for a public referendum.
“We’ve demonstrated community support,” he says.
Brockport village rental properties to be assessed annual fee
by Kristina Gabalaski
The Brockport Village Board has amended the village’s fee schedule to include a $50 per property annual rental registration fee.
Trustees voted 4-1 during their regular meeting on October 25 in favor of imposing the fee which was proposed by Trustee Carol Hannan. Mayor Connie Castaneda cast the only no vote.
Village attorney Robert Leni told trustees they were authorized to take the action although his recommendation was to embed the fee in the code, which would have required a public hearing.
“It would be best to have it in the code,” Leni said of the fee.
In other business, the board approved a two percent increase in funding for the Seymour Library for its 2012 budget.
The Library Board had requested a four percent increase.
Trustees voted 4-1 approving the two percent increase with Trustee Scott Hunsinger casting the only no vote.
Hunsinger had reported to the board before the vote that the four percent increase relates to increases in costs for items like health care, retirement and workmen’s compensation.
“They are not asking for any bells and whistles,” he said, “I feel confident with the four percent they are asking for. It is a bare bones budget they cannot cut or reduce.”
Mayor Castaneda said she had reviewed the proposed budget and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary, but that since municipalities are facing a two percent budget cap, she would support a two percent increase in funding.
Trustee Kent Blair said he would second that motion.
Trustees also unanimously agreed to adopt a proposed mission statement for the Emily L. Knapp Museum and Library of Local History.
Anthropology professors from The College at Brockport had asked the board to adopt the mission statement during a presentation at the October 11 village board meeting. The Anthropology Department and The College at Brockport students have been working on a volunteer project to assess the museum’s collections. The college has also developed a museology course and this semester 20 students are involved in research projects at the musuem.
Cost of operating recycling center for Sweden residents too high, officials say
by Kristina Gabalski
Sweden Town Board members have decided to close the town’s Recycling Center as of December 31, 2011.
Town officials say the number of households using the center has declined drastically and the town has lost tens of thousands of dollars over the past six years trying to keep the center open.
Sweden Supervisor Jack Milner says it is a tough decision to eliminate a service, but “it’s our responsibility to look out for all of our taxpayers.”
He notes the Recycling Center has been losing money every year “for a good long time,” and that, “there has been a serious reduction in use of the center.”
Milner and Deputy Supervisor Rob Carges say they understand the closing is a “hot button” issue for those residents who have been long-time patrons and continue to use the center.
Both say some residents have complained that they utilize the recycling center more than the library, recreation center or park.
Deputy Supervisor Carges says there is no private entity that provides library or recreation center services, but there are private trash haulers.
He also points out Sweden is one of only three municipalities in Monroe County offering recycling services.
“I don’t see the town reversing the decision (to close the center),” Carges says.
The Recycling Center opened in June of 1993 and at that time the cost of a 10-punch pass card was $20. By 2006, that cost had risen to $50.
Carges says since 2005, the number of pass cards purchased has dropped. In 2005 more than 850 passes were purchased, this year the town expects fewer than 400 passes to be sold. Carges says currently less than ten percent of households in the town utilize the Recycling Center.
The Recycling Center has lost $83,000 over the past five or six years, Carges says - $17,000 last year alone.
“We can’t go backwards that much all the time,” Carges says. “Why should 90 percent of taxpayers who don’t use the service support the few who do?”
He says ideas brought forth at a public information meeting six years ago have not made any difference and that the town has struggled with the decision over what to do about the center this year and last year.
Town officials say they will continue to sell recycling passes, including partial punch cards through the end of the year.
Patrons with 2011 passes with punches remaining will be able to redeem unused punches for a refund. To redeem punches, drop the 2011 issued passes off or mail them to the Town Hall no later than March 1, 2012. A refund check will be issued.
Feature Stories - Week of November 6, 2011
Hilton to give MIA soldier full military funeral
by Kristina Gabalski
The long wait is over for the family of Sgt. David E. Lemcke of Hilton who was killed more than 40 years ago in Vietnam.
Lemcke’s remains are being returned home to Hilton and calling hours and a funeral service are planned for November 11 and 12.
Lemcke’s sister, Lise Lemcke-Smith, says the fact her brother’s remains have been located and identified is, “just amazing, we didn’t think this day would ever come,” she says.
David Lemcke graduated from Hilton High School in 1965 and was drafted in 1966. He was part of a U.S. Army forward advance team in Quang Tri Province, Lise says.
Lise’s parents, Howard and Elsie Lemcke, were notified in May 1968 that David was Missing in Action, she says, and in September of the same year they were told David was killed in action.
Earlier this fall, Lise says officials from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) notified the family that David’s remains had been found and that a “fully positive I.D. had been made,” she says.
The family met with Karen Johnson of the JPAC Liaison Office and Sgt. Gerardo Diaz of the National Guard and were presented with a notebook detailing the history of David’s case from beginning to end, Lise says.
“They gave us a beautiful box that contained his dog tags and a portion of his military I.D. that was still intact,” she explains.
Lise says David was killed in a bunker explosion. He was farthest away from the door and unable to get out. She says it took so many years to locate and identify her brother’s remains because of the amount of “unexploded ordnance” that needed to be removed.
She says the help of Don DeLano, who was part of her brother’s unit and on site the day he was killed, was critical in the work of locating and identifying David’s remains.
DeLano was able to go back to Vietnam and work in the search for her brother, Lise says. “Without him, this wouldn’t have been possible.”
Lise explains that when remains are found, they are placed in flag-draped boxes and flown to the JPAC base in Hawaii.
“It is the only fully accredited lab in the world for this kind of work,” she says. The remains are treated with respect and honor, she notes, “there are arrival ceremonies - no one in the military is casual about this kind of work - they are bringing their fellow soldiers home. It’s just amazing.”
Lise says David’s remains are to be met with a plane-side military ceremony in Rochester.
In addition to Lise, there are three other siblings in the Lemcke family: Deborah Almeter, Darlene Wallace and James Lemcke.
Lise says David especially enjoyed his baby brother who was born after the three girls. “He would take Jim and go do stuff with him,” Lise remembers, “they would play ball.”
Lise was 11-years old when she lost her brother. She says he loved horses, big dogs and hunting and fishing. He was enrolled in horse-shoeing school when he left for Vietnam.
“He liked to ride horses and teach riding,” Lise says. “It was something he was born to do. He also had a wonderful sense of humor.”
She remembers David would eat cereal out of a big Tupperware bowl. “He would get two bowls out of a box of cereal,” Lise says. He also liked to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches several layers thick.
David would babysit for her, Lise says, “and it was assumed that I would make chocolate chip cookies. Dave had to check each and every one and make sure it wasn’t burned.”
Calling hours for Sgt. David E. Lemcke are set for 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, November 11 at the Thomas Burger Funeral Home, 735 East Avenue in Hilton. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 12 at the Greece First Bible Baptist Church, 990 Manitou Road with interment in Parma Union Cemetery on Parma Center Road.
Lise says a full military funeral is planned.
Hilton Coach Tolhurst celebrates 95th
Joe Tolhurst, Hilton’s first Athletic Director and legendary coach, celebrated his 95th birthday Sunday, October 30 at his home in East Syracuse. In September of 1947, Joe walked away from a National Basketball Association contract with the Syracuse Nationals, for a life of teaching and coaching at Hilton Central Schools. When Joe arrived, boys baseball and basketball were the only interscholastic sports. He relentlessly championed the expansion of the athletic program throughout his career and beyond. Thanks in large part to Coach T, Hilton fields 84 teams in 29 sports today.
A large contingent of friends, former students and athletes made the trip from Hilton for the birthday party. Joe was in his usual, quick-witted, fine form, while his wife Rosemary graciously hosted the throng of well-wishers, and invited everyone back for his 100.
Chuck Nichols and Trevor Palmer shot the photographs provided.
Holiday Light Spectacular brings parade back to Brockport
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport’s first ever Holiday Light Spectacular is set for Sunday, December 4 at 5 p.m.
Brian Winant, President of the Brockport Police Stetson Club, says the family event includes a parade, tree lighting and community party.
The Stetson Club is helping to organize and sponsor the event. Winant says the idea for a holiday event came about in much the same way the Hometown Heroes banners came about last year.
“Someone said, ‘Why can’t we?’ ” Winant explains. “We are so quick to say, ‘We can’t.’ ”
But as with the banners, Winant ignored the critics and said, “Let’s get down and work on it.”
Village Trustee Kent Blair had brought up the topic during a village board meeting late last year after he attended the holiday parade in the Village of Medina - which is held annually on the weekend after Thanksgiving.
“It’s a wonderful event,” Winant says of the Medina parade. “The streets are packed with people.”
This past June, Winant and organizers from Brockport went to meet with officials in Medina to get some guidance and advice on how to organize a similar event in their village.
Winant says Brockport decided to take the three main rules applied in Medina and also made an addition of their own:
•No candy throwing (to prevent people from slipping on candy not retrieved).
•Only one Santa and Mrs. Claus.
•Every participant must incorporate holiday lights.
•Everything must be “G-rated.” Winant says organizers hope for participation from college students - but there will be no drinking on floats, for example, to maintain a family atmosphere.
“The merchants think it’s a great idea,” Winant notes.
He has been working to gather sponsors for the event and already has 10-12 organizations and businesses that want to be a part.
The Brockport Central School Marching Band will be participating and Winant says the tree lighting will include a choral group and he also hopes to have carolers singing before the parade.
“We want to make it as festive as we can,” Winant says. “We want to give people a chance to come and enjoy our brand-spanking new Main Street and support our merchants. It’s going to be a fun event.”
Winant has lined up two local media celebrities to MC the parade - Jeremy “Newman” of the WBEE Morning Coffee Club and Stacy Pensgen of WROC-TV, who is also a College at Brockport graduate.
He says participation in the parade is open to anyone who wants to abide by the rules. Floats, cars, trucks and music/bands will all be included. Prizes will be awarded, Winant says, and adds that participation is a way to promote businesses and organizations.
Registration for participants is required by November 14. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-391-3155 to register. Categories will be announced after November 14.
The parade will line up in the parking lot of the former Ryan’s store on the northside of the canal and the parade route will make its way down Main Street through the business district to Sagawa Park where the Tree Lighting ceremony will be held. An inside Community Party will follow with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, free pizza from Mark’s Pizza, cookies and hot chocolate and the opportunity to shop, Winant says.
“We want to do something fun that you can bring the kids to and that will help promote Brockport,” Winant says. “The whole Brockport area will benefit.”
Winant adds that he is hoping to find someone, perhaps a local high school or college student with audio visual experience, to digitally record the parade. He would like to see it played on the public access channel for people like nursing home residents who can’t get out to enjoy the event in person.
Sports News - Week of November 6, 2011
Raiders sweep into postseason
by Warren Kozireski
Four players had eight or more kills to lead Roberts Wesleyan to a 25-18, 25-15, 25-18 sweep over visiting Houghton in the final regular season volleyball match of the season.
With the first game tied at 12-12, the Raiders went on a 13-6 run led by a pair of kills from Katie Eschner and Gisela Ocasio along with a block and a kill by middle blocker Kendall Havener.
Setter Lisa Bierdeman scored consecutive points on a tip and a floater during a 7-4 run in game two to open up the lead. That was followed by a game-ending 7-2 finish with Jordan Wilson registering consecutive points and Becca Maher an ace.
Havener had four kills in the final game while Wilson added four kills and two blocks as the Raiders never trailed to earn the sweep.
Following the match, the song “Hold You Up” by Matthew West began to play and Nazareth College senior volleyball player Adam Kramer came onto the court to propose to Raiders senior libero Katie Maher, who had just finished her final home event.
Maher enters the postseason 15 digs away from seventh place all-time at the school. She also is among the top-11 in assists and service aces.
Havener finished with a team high nine kills while Ocasio, Wilson and Eschner each added eight. Bierdeman handed out 30 assists and tied with Katie Maher for the team high with 11 digs.
The team next advances as the third seed for next week’s American MidEast Conference tournament being hosted by Point Park in Pittsburgh. The Raiders will play second-seed Daemen in the first round.
“They have a strong program offensively,” said co-head coach Kristen Meyers about Daemen. “We haven’t been able to get into our rhythm the two previous times we’ve played them, but the last match went to five games so we’re hoping it will be competitive.”
S&S Fitness students compete
S&S Fitness students competed in the Kyokushin Karate Tournament at the Riverside Convention Center October 1.
Students brought home several trophies and medals.
C-C girls volleyball lose to Victor in semis
The Churchville-Chili Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team ended their season on Tuesday, November 1 in an intense five game match against Victor in the semi-final round of sectionals. Going into this match, #3 seeded Victor was favored over #2 seed Churchville.
The Saints started off the match very strong, winning the first two games 28-26 and 25-22. Victor started off game 3 with a strong 11-4 lead after going on a serving run by #11, Cassie O’Hara. The Saints came back to tie the game 14-14 but ended up losing 20-25. In game 4, Victor and Churchville-Chili fought point for point until Victor pulled ahead with incredible offense and Churchville-Chili lost 23-25. Losing steam and momentum, the Saints, though still fighting for every point and playing every ball like it was their last, lost game 5, 13-25. Victor advances to the finals against Mercy.
The Churchville-Chili Saints ended their season with an 18-3 overall record. Becoming the Division II champions with a league record of 14-0 was the icing on the cake, according to their coach, Cherisse Rehman. Five seniors graduate this year: Katie Ritchie, Laura Adamski, Christina Fisher, Casey Russell, and Kaylee Millard. Returning players include juniors: OH - Becca Youngman, S - Alley Stefanovski, RS - Rebekah Smith, MB - Jill Burgen, and L - McKenzie Owen; sophomores: MB - Arainna Brone, OH - Carly Lydon; Freshman: S - Stefanie Stefanovski.
St. Paul Sabres finish out two year winning streak with league championship
St. Paul Lutheran School’s soccer team is building a streak that is sure to catch attention. The team completed its second consecutive undefeated season with a win over Rochester Christian, 2-to-1, to take the Western New York Christian Modified Soccer League championship.
Scoring for the Sabres were Nathaniel Crossan and Matthew Goodwin. The team celebrated with a slide in the mud at midfield.
Head Coach Joe Stirpe said he was most pleased with the way the Sabres embraced playing together as a team.
“Our players used Romans 12 as their focus for the season,” said Stirpe. They focused on what it means to be a sacrifice working together for one common purpose, honoring God through our actions.”
The Sabres have a team of 21 student athletes grades 5-8. St. Paul Lutheran School is located at 158 East Avenue in Hilton, serving families with children age 2 to 8th grade.
School News - Week of November 6, 2011
BOCES 2 WEMOCO students and staff celebrate Red Ribbon Week
The students and staff at BOCES 2 WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center have pledged to live a healthy lifestyle in celebration of Red Ribbon Week. The weeklong celebration included wear red day, hat day, fitness day, and spirit day.
For more than 20 years, Red Ribbon Week has been celebrated in schools nationwide, one week in October, in honor of the life of US DEA Agent Enrique S. Camarena killed in the fight against drug trafficking, the celebration now also symbolizes a pledge to live a healthy lifestyle.
Finalists for B-B Superintendent of Schools announced
Three finalist candidates for the position of Byron-Bergen Superintendent of Schools have been announced. Twenty-seven inquiries and applications were received by the September 26 deadline. Following screening interviews conducted by the district’s search consultants, eight semifinalist candidates were interviewed by the Board of Education resulting in three finalists to be considered further in the selection process. They are: Michael J. Davis, Elementary Principal, Webster Central School District; David J. Glover, Superintendent, Morristown Central School District; Edmund “Casey” Kosiorek, Elementary Principal, LeRoy Central School District.
Each finalist spent a day in the school district, toured facilities and met staff. An Interview Committee of parents, students, teachers, school administrators, support staff, and community members was to interview the three candidates and provide input to the Board of Education. At the end of each day, the Board had a second interview with each of the three finalists.
A mid-November appointment is anticipated with a mid-December start date.
Byron-Bergen students move into new spaces for music
The new music spaces at Byron-Bergen Middle and High Schools provide space and opportunities for students to learn and develop an understanding of music. Music teachers helped to define what upgrades were needed to make Byron-Bergen as current as the other schools in Genesee County
The music additions and renovations were part of the district’s recent completion of its two-year $20,080,000 Capital Project.
Renovations included adding a fifth- and sixth-grade lessons room to the middle school, which was previously two office spaces. The new room provides storage for the fifth- and sixth-grade band equipment, adequate space for lessons, practice room, and is equipped with a SMART Board.
“There’s a home for all the equipment and space for the students to practice now,” said Middle School Music Teacher Robert Lancia.
A newly designed Middle/High School choral space includes a rehearsal room equipped to hold 40 students, and it has three practice rooms and a small ensemble practice space.
“The practice room has large mirrored walls which provide the perfect setting for choreography and creative movement to teach musical concepts, and for performance purposes,” said High School Chorus Teacher Laurence Tallman. “Students can work in sections interdependently, allowing for the teaching of more sophisticated music with more advanced musical concepts.”
The newly constructed band room, which faces the front of the High School adjacent to the new main office suite, has floor to ceiling glass windows, fits up to 50 students, and offers storage for the band equipment.
“Every student now has his or her own instrument locker space, which we didn’t have before,” said High School Band Teacher Kevin Bleiler.
Before the updates to the Middle and High School, band and chorus practice took place in the auditorium.
In addition to changes made to the music spaces, the auditorium also received renovations, including new carpet, paint, chairs, seating lights, security lights, and black facade in the back of the stage. The improvements were made with the goal of improving the auditorium’s security as well as comfort, according to district representatives.
Holley Elementary students kick up their heels for Red Ribbon Week
Holley Elementary students don’t need an excuse to kick up their heels and dance - they do it every morning during the Morning Program when the whole school gathers together to hear the announcements and get their day off to a good start. Red Ribbon Week, the last week in October, was no exception. After the school-wide dance, a group of students and staff danced to “Drug Free, That’s Me,” a pledge to be drug free set to music.
Students Nina DiLella and Jacob Downey also performed a skit about the importance of eathing healthy and getting enough rest, especially before a big test.
The week’s theme was “Fall into a healthy lifestyle - choose to be drug free.” Students also took a walk around the school grounds and received a free healthy treat at lunch.
Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. It serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug-free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug-free America.
Red Ribbon Week also commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico while fighting the battle against illegal drugs.
Spencerport musicians selected to area all-state
On November 18 and 19 Victor High School will host the New York State School Music Association’s Area All-State Music Festival, which will feature top musicians from an eight county region of the state. These students were chosen from hundreds of applicants based on their scores from last spring’s NYSSMA Solo Festival. These outstanding musicians will come together as one band, orchestra and chorus and rehearse and perform under the direction of three highly acclaimed conductors.
The Spencerport High School Music Department has three instrumentalists selected as members of the Area All-State ensembles. Clarinetist Janelle Goeke and saxophonist Brennan Cockey are both seniors and were selected as members of the band. Janelle is the daughter of Corinne and James Goeke and Brennan is the son of Marie and John Cockey and both are students of John Viavattine. Mark Grassi will be playing tuba in the orchestra. He is a junior and the son of Joann and James Grassi and a student of Ben Osborne.
Engagements & Weddings for November 2011
Kelly Downs - Steven Sorensen
The engagement of Kelly Downs and Steven Sorensen has been announced.
Kelly is the daughter of John and Susan Downs of Churchville. Steve is the son of Peter and Betty Sorensen of Hilton.
The bride-to-be is a 1990 graduate of Byron-Bergen High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication from SUNY Geneseo. Kelly is associate director of University News at Rochester Institute of Technology.
The future groom is a 1987 graduate of Hilton High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from SUNY Brockport and a master’s degree in education from Roberts Wesleyan College. Steve teaches Social Studies at Merton Williams Middle School in Hilton.
Their wedding is planned for November 12, 2011.
Elyse M. Benamati - Sean K. LeBeau
Brian and Gayle Benamati of North Chili are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Elyse Marie to Sean K. LeBeau, son of Len and Mary LeBeau of Hilton.
The couple graduated from SUNY Brockport and are teaching in Howard County, Maryland.
A July 2012 wedding is planned.
Breann Arilotta - Tyler Dawson
Mr. and Mrs. David Arilotta of North Chili and Mr. and Mrs. William Dawson of Brockport are delighted to announce the engagement of their children, Breann Arilotta and Tyler Dawson.
Breann is a 2007 graduate of Churchville-Chili High School and a 2010 graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College. She is pursuing her master’s degree in teaching.
Tyler is a 2006 graduate of Brockport High School and a 2010 graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College. He is pursuing a career in the police force at Genesee Community College and will graduate in the spring of 2012.
A fall 2012 wedding is planned.
Jami Myers - Richard Smith
Kimberly Prouty of Hilton and Scott Smith of Greece proudly announce the engagement of their son Richard Smith to Jami Myers, daughter of Connie and Dalbert “Chip” Myers of Jamestown, New York.
Richard is a 2006 graduate of Hilton High School. Jami is a 2007 graduate from Bethel Baptist Christian Academy. The couple graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in May, 2011.
Richard is employed by Paychex in the credit risk assessment department. Jami is employed by Addison Precision Manufacturing in Rochester in the accounts payable department.
A December 2011 wedding is planned.
Heather A. Sutton - Scott E. Mate
Heather A. Sutton and Scott E. Mate were married October 15, 2011 at the College Alumni House in Brockport.
The bride is the daughter of James and Ann Sutton of Brockport. The groom is the son of Arlene Mate of Brighton and the late Sam Mate.
Heather is an instrumental music teacher in the Rush-Henrietta School District. Scott is a district manager for Radio Shack.
The newlyweds reside in Pittsford.
Obituaries - Week of November 6, 2011
Death Notices for the Week of November 6, 2011
•Ioannone, Paul T., Peacefully on October 27, 2011 at the age of 55. Predeceased by his father Natalia. He is survived by his mother Norma; sister, Natalie (Mike) Talbot; brother, Jeff; many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Spending time with his family and friends always came first. He loved the outdoors, local history, antiques, woodworking, old cars and riding his motorcycle (Giddy Up!).
Funeral Services were held October 31 at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., Brockport. Interment, Lakeview Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the local Alzheimer’s Association in his memory.
•Andrews, Monika W., October 31, 2011, age 69, after a lifetime serving her family and the needy, as a nurse; in the Peace Corps; building Habitat houses; running a food shelf and a shelter for homeless families; creating a handicapped-accessible public playground; and volunteering at hospices, a shelter for homeless women, a Dominican Republic health project, a help line, Meals-on-Wheels, a wellness center and many other outreach programs at Incarnate Word Lutheran Church. Survivors are her husband of 42 years, William G.; sons William G. Jr. (Alison), Edwin B. (Marilyn), C. Scott (Chloe), and Thomas N. (girlfriend Karen); daughters Dona (Martin) Rifken and Jennifer (William) Hughes; grandchildren Andrew, Kate, and Ben Rifken; Ben and Rebecca Hughes; and Nathan, Alec, Aidan, Nicholas, Joshua, Jeremiah, Sophie and Jasper Andrews; and sponsored Guatemalans Edgard and Rosaria; sisters Christine and Gabriele Wickert and Eva Imhof; brother Max (Katka) Wickert; Bill’s sisters and their husbands and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held November 4 at Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, Rochester. Contributions in her memory can be made to Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, 597 East Avenue, Rochester 14607 or to Isaiah House, 71 Prince Street, Rochester 14605 in her memory.
•Crandall, Beverly J. “Jill”, age 93, of Bemus Point, New York, formerly of Brockport, died October 30, 2011 in her home. Before her retirement she was an English teacher in several school districts for over 25 years retiring from the Brockport Central High School in 1983. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Surviving are two daughters Dr. Anne “Candy” (Ron) Luce of Bemus Point, Dr. Elizabeth “Molly” (Malcom) Frisbie of Richmond, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Jack Frisbie, Nate Frisbie of Richmond, Kentucky, Sommer Donovan of Jamestown, Shannon Donovan of Bemus Point, Jonathan Luce of Greenwich, Connecticut; two great grandchildren, Anna and Donovan. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Dr. John C. “Jack” Crandall, who was a Professor Emeritus of History at the State University of Brockport, whom she married November 21, 1940 and who died July 3, 1995, and a brother Roger A. Carlson who died in 2009.
Funeral Services were held November 2 at the Lind Funeral Home, Jamestown. Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 West Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750, the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701 or to the Jack Crandall Scholarship Fund, c/o SUNY College at Brockport, 305 Allen Street, Brockport, NY 14420 in her memory.
•Flesch, Lawrence C. “Butch”, October 26, 2011. Predeceased by his father, Lawrence; and brother, Robert. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Laurie; mother, Shirley Hawkins; sisters, Diane (Stephen) Hopkins, Sharon (Joe) Skrutski; brothers, William (Lorraine), Richard (Ayn) and Thomas; sister-in-law, Colleen Furness; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and his “children” Misty and Murphy.
A Memorial Service was held November 1 at the Fowler Funeral Home, Brockport. Contributions can be made to the Kidney Foundations in his memory.
•Gurnett, Lois M., On October 31, 2011 at the age of 90. Predeceased by her husband Kenneth E., and her parents George and Edith Mears. She is survived by her daughter Laurie (Kathy Speer) Gurnett; nieces, nephews and many special friends including Brockport Rotary, Brockport Fire Department and Brockport Wegmans.
Funeral Services were held November 5 at the First Baptist Church of Brockport. Interment, Lakeview Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church of Brockport or the Brockport Fire Department in her memory.
•Molinari, Anna M. (Stedge), October 29, 2011. Survived by her husband of 58 years, Alfred Sr.; children Deborah Downey, Alfred Molinari Jr. (Stephanie Speakman), Toni (Peter) Fisk, Susan Pearl (Rick), Mary (Doug) Vileria and Joanna (Jim) Toal; brother, Floyd (Delsie) Stedge; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral Services were held November 2 at Falvo Funeral Home, Rochester. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association in her memory.
•Adams, Alice A., Suddenly on October 26, 2011 at age 62. Predeceased by her father, Maynard Adams. Alice is survived by her son, Bradley T. Adams; granddaughters, Nicole A. and Shawna L. Adams; her mother Grace Adams; siblings, Martin, David (Susan) and Burton (Judy) Adams, Martha (Paul) Schad and Linda (Ronald) Mason; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held October 29 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Churchville. Interment, Creekside Cemetery, Churchville. Contributions can be made to Churchville Fire Department or to a charity of one’s choice in her memory.
•Gaiteri, Michelle R. (Ciranni), October 27, 2011 at the age of 55 surrounded by her loving family. Survived by her husband, Lawrence A.; parents, Michael and Arlene Ciranni; daughters Samantha (Brian) Holvey Sr., Jennifer (David) Ogletree Jr.; step-children, Janine Gaiteri, Kimberly Gaiteri, Anthony Gaiteri and Terri Santillo, Daniel (Christina) Gaiteri Sr., Angela (Omar) Torres and Jennifer Gaiteri; five grandchildren; and 14 step-grandchildren; sisters, Marlene Mayne, Melanie (Bob) McDowell, Melissa (Frank) Aquino, Marcy (Blake) Reese; sister-in-law, Deborah Gaiteri; several nieces and nephews; and beloved dog, Jacob.
A Memorial Service was held November 5 at New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. In loving memory of her beloved pets, contributions can be made to Big Dogs, Big Hearts Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 120, Ionia, NY 14475.
•Jones, Betty J., On October 29, 2011, widow of Russell B. Jones, Jr. She is survived by her children, Russell B. Jones, III, William B. (Chris) Jones, Elizabeth Gliszczynski and Richard A. Jones; grandchildren, Jennifer and Jackie Jones, Barbara (Mollie Marchione) Jones, Bill (Tabatha) Dimas, Caryn (Dan) Updike, Sean (Christine) Davison and Beverly Gliszczynski; eight great-grandchildren; her brother, J. Carson (Jane) Jamieson and special young friend, Sarah.
A Memorial Service was held November 1 at Hilton United Methodist Church. Burial November 4 in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contributions can be made to Hilton United Methodist Church or Journey Home in her memory.
•Sargent, Sharon L. (Lamberson), November 1, 2011 at the age of 69. Sharon was predeceased by her father, Alvin John Lamberson. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Donald M. Sargent; her mother, Anne Lamberson; sister Sheila (Gary) Wagoner; niece Sheri (Steve) Howard; her nephews, Robert (Bonny) Altamura and Richard (Melena) Altamura of Florida; great nieces and nephews Allison and Rachael Howard, Kelsey and Kylie Altamura and Anthony Altamura; brother-in-law, Jack Sargent of Arizona; sisters-in-law, Carol Mont of Massachusetts and Muriel (Norman) Schied of Maryland and their families; many close and dear friends.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated November 5 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Spencerport. Interment, St. John’s Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hunters Hope Foundation, 6368 West Quaker Street, P.O. Box 643, Orchard Park, NY 14127 or Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism Inc., P.O. Box 767, Framingham, MA 01701 in her memory.
•Grim, Donald L., October 30, 2011, age 76. He is survived by his brothers, Edward (Audrey), John (Cheryl) and James (Barbara); his sisters, Mary (Edward) Zonnevylle and Gail (Roger) Ammon; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, Brillo
Interment was held November 4 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery followed by a Memorial Mass at Mother of Sorrows Church. Donations can be made to Unity Health Foundation Dependence Program, 1555 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626 in his memory.
•Allen, Sharon V. (Crandall), On October 26, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Survived by her mother Helen Indovina; husband Thomas Crandall; sons Thomas (Sherry) and Daniel Crandall; grandchildren Corey, Kaitlin, MaryEllen and Danielle Crandall; sister Elaine Montes; nieces; nephews; cousins and many dear friends.
Funeral Services were held October 30 at James R. Gray Funeral Home, Gates. Burial private. Contributions can be made to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 Winton Road, Rochester 14623 in her memory.