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LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 28, 2012
Vandals damage Kendall Cemetery
by William Matthias
The Town of Kendall and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department have announced a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of vandals who struck a rural cemetery in the Town of Kendall around Friday, October 12 and again later in the weekend.
Kendall Town Supervisor Daniel Gaesser said the vandals caused an estimated $5,800 worth of damage at the Beechwood Cemetery on Kendall Road. He also said the town’s insurance company will not cover any portion of the cost. The estimate, confirmed Tuesday, October 23, was provided by the monument company Brigden Memorials.
Vandals first damaged a cemetery building originally designed to serve as a chapel. They broke down the building’s door, smashed its windows and sprayed graffiti on the walls, according to town officials. Town highway department employee and cemetery caretaker Charles Patt reported the second, more severe incident on Sunday, October 14, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department.
It has left community residents “heart-sick,” said former town historian Joette Knapp.
“I just don’t understand what is going through these (vandals’) minds,” Knapp said. “It’s really sad. We are hoping people will consider donating money to help cover the costs of the damage.”
Sheriff Scott Hess said approximately 32 gravestones were “toppled,” and in some cases, broken into pieces. Monuments marking the grave sites of persons buried in the 19th and 20th centuries were damaged as well. Some of the gravestones were ripped out of the ground and are believed to have been used to smash the monuments.
The town-maintained cemetery is more than 150 years old and hundreds of Kendall residents have been buried at the site, including veterans of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. At least one of the damaged monuments belonged to a war veteran, one who fought in the Civil War and died in 1864.
Knapp said the vandalized building is a sandstone chapel built in 1898, but it has only ever been used as a storage facility for the cemetery.
“I had just received permission from the Town to restore the chapel and dedicate it to the veterans,” Knapp said. “But, that has now been put on the backburner.”
Town Councilman Bart Joseph said the building, as well as a separate section of the cemetery, has been the site of frequent acts of vandalism over the years.
The Town of Kendall plans to install up to eight battery-operated cameras and five motion-activated floodlights on the property to prevent future acts of vandalism, Gaesser said. At a public meeting held Tuesday, October 16, the Town Board approved a $1,500 expense for the equipment and its installation.
“The cemetery is in a secluded part of town,” Gaesser said. “There is no power to the property and it’s located on a part of the road that is not well traveled. Our hope is that future trespassers will trip the lights and they will be caught on camera.”
Note: For information about donating to repair costs at the cemetery visit http://www.indiegogo.com/Kendall-NY-cemetary
Photographs by Walter Horylev
Brockport village financial situation more stable
by Kristina Gabalski
Things are looking pretty black in Brockport and that’s good news for the village.
Village Treasurer Dan Hendricks presented board members with financial reports for the fiscal period ending 8/31/12 during the regular village board meeting October 23 and was asked by Trustee Bill Andrews how he feels the village is doing financially.
Hendricks said the village is paying its bills on time and that there is more than $1 million in the fund balance. “The village is in good financial standing,” he said. “From my perspective, you’re in good shape.”
The village has been in financial distress and faced a dissolution vote in June of 2010 over high taxes.
“Kudos to all who brought the village from financial distress to the black,” Police Chief Daniel Varrenti said.
During his report, Chief Varrenti presented Hendricks with a check for just over $2,900 from the NYS STOP DWI Foundation to reimburse the Brockport Police Department for overtime.
“It will go into the general fund and add to the fund balance,” Varrenti said.
“I think we’ve done a fantastic job in a very short amount of time,” Trustee Kent Blair said.
Mayor Connie Castaneda said at one point the village was not financially stable and trustees should remember how the village got to that point.
“It has been a painstaking process from there to here,” she said, and credited former treasurer MaryBeth Lovejoy with turning things around.
“We still face many, many challenges,” the Mayor added, “pensions, retirement costs and health insurance are all things we can not control.”
In other business, the board approved the hiring of J. O’Connell & Associates, Grants Consultants of Clarence, to act as grant writer for the village. O’Connell is the largest grants consulting firm in Western New York.
“I’m happy we’re hiring a grant writer,” Trustee Margaret Blackman said during her report. “I think we got the top firm in the region and they will serve us well.”
Trustee Kent Blair said that he, too, was excited about the hiring of a grant writer and would be submitting to them a grant that would benefit the Brockport Police Department.
The hiring of a grant writer was included in this year’s village budget.
Blackman reported that the 2012 Village-To-Village Challenge (a rowing event), would be held November 3 on the Erie Canal between Brockport and Spencerport. The event was formerly held on the canal on the east side of Monroe County.
Blackman said the Welcome Center would open at 7:30 a.m. that day for participants and that the event begins at 9:30 a.m.
She said she is donating cider and donuts for participants and Stetson Club President Brian Winant told the Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald that his organization would provide coffee and bagels.
“I’m looking for volunteers,” Blackman said, who would be willing to walk or cycle along the canal following the rowers for safety purposes.
“It’s going to be a really great event for Brockport,” she said.
Board members also decided to terminate the services of special prosecutor Robert J. Lunn who they hired July 19 to prosecute the zoning and building code violations case against Mayor Connie Castaneda in the Town of Ogden court.
The mayor said the village has been informed that Lunn’s services are no longer needed as the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case.
The village paid attorney Lunn a $5,000 retainer and is asking for the unused retainer back.
Mayor Castaneda has stated for the record that Lunn was also paid by the village prior to the July 19 vote which authorized the village to hire him. She has asked the board if they are interested in working to retrieve those funds.
No action was taken on that request.
Troutburg resort complex under review in Kendall
by William Matthias
The Town of Kendall government’s review of the site plan for the Cottages at Troutburg has moved on to its next phase, but the project is still under fire from a handful of residents within the Kendall and Hamlin communities.
Preliminary review of the project’s site plan concluded at a special meeting October 10, during which Kendall’s Planning Board issued its recommendations to the Town Board regarding the proposed 400-unit, three-season resort complex.
Norway Heights, in Kendall, and Beachwood Park Drive, in Hamlin, are adjacent to the proposed development site – the 126-acre former Camp Troutburg, which is owned by The Salvation Army. The Wegman Group is waiting for the Town Board’s approval of the Troutburg project before purchasing the lakefront property, said the company’s CEO, Dave Wegman.
The Kendall Planning Board’s recommendations address some of the concerns expressed by residents over the past few months during public meetings and in communications with town officials. Concerns include water supply to the site, sewage discharge from the site, planned fire pits within the cottage community, and a potential increase in service calls to the Morton and Kendall Fire Departments.
The Wegman Group plans to develop Troutburg as a Planned Unit Development (PUD) under a new local law authorizing the creation of Waterfront Planned Development Districts (WPDDs) in the town. WPDD refers to an independent, freestanding zoning district that replaces previous land use requirements, with standards/specifications set forth in a development’s pre-approved site plan.
Kendall residents who oppose the Troutburg development have stated that the law puts Wegman Group at an advantage, allowing the company to develop only in the interest of the bottom line, with community concerns ignored or overlooked.
“The town government is acting quickly and recklessly with its review of this project, as opposed to constructively and cautiously with concern for the community,” said Norway Heights resident Jerry Clement. “They (town officials) are trying to push this thing through to meet the developer’s deadline.”
Although the Town Board has only recently begun its review of the project, Ty Whitehair, a Norway Heights resident of 29 years, said he believes board members are under the influence of the Wegman Group and are being led astray by Town Supervisor Dan Gaesser.
“The Kendall Town Board, led by Supervisor Gaesser, is fully supporting a development that will be unhealthy and unsafe for its residents and for the neighbors of this planned manufactured home park,” Whitehair said. “With the passage of the WPDD law, the Town Board has successfully thrown out well thought-out, proven zoning requirements.”
The law has allowed Wegman Group a minimum square footage of 300 square feet per unit, though the cottages will range in sizes of up to about 1,000 square feet.
“Before the tricky (WPDD law) came along, 768 square feet of livable space was considered to be the minimum allowed for safe and healthy living,” Whitehair said. “This was the standard across New York State.”
Gaesser said The Wegman Group has revised its site plan at least four times in working with town officials and engineers. He also said the town was advised to create the WPDD law to accommodate the planned development.
“We have engaged the services of experienced engineers and attorneys to ensure that this project is done right,” Gaesser said. “Our attorneys advised us that this (passing the WPDD law) was the best course of action. The WPDD allows the Town to regulate the property in a way that best fits the Town of Kendall Comprehensive Plan.”
Gaesser pointed to the fact that Kendall’s comprehensive plan specifically provides for the use of PUDS. The plan reads, “The Town of Kendall shall encourage developers to design innovative housing developments using measures such as cluster and planned unit development.”
The Wegman Group’s CEO, Dave Wegman, said the claim that the cottage complex will contain unhealthy and unsafe conditions is illegitimate and uninformed. He also said the surrounding neighborhoods will not be negatively affected by the development.
“We are developing an award-winning project, one that will be enjoyed for years to come by family and friends,” he said. “And we want to be good neighbors. We are abiding by all of the rules and regulations of the State of New York, the County of Orleans and the Town of Kendall.”
Plans for the project include about 90 fire pits, approximately 16 fire hydrants, an on-site sewer treatment plant and two secured gates for entering and exiting the property. Wegman said there are no “potential hazards” associated with the fire pits, as they will be “small in comparison to bonfires” and will be contained within a metal ring similar to what New York State parks use.
Specifications of water flow at the fire hydrants, however, are still unclear or undetermined. The original site plan calls for 500 gallons per minute. According to an email from The Wegman Group’s engineering firm, the Monroe County Water Authority (MCWA) would require a waiver from the Town in order for this rate to be permitted because it does not meet Insurance Services Office (ISO) guidelines.
ISO guidelines call for 1,000 gallons per minute of “fire flow,” as it is commonly referred to, when family dwellings are 11 to 30 feet apart. Gaesser said the email was a “miscommunication” or “misunderstanding” and a waiver is not currently required. Dave Wegman would not confirm the current planned fire flow, but he did say the MCWA deemed it “adequate” for fire protection.
The Troutburg property falls within Kendall’s water district No. 5. Gaesser said the Cottages at Troutburg project could “significantly reduce” the amount of debt, or taxes paid, per resident in that water district. He also said the town may need to extend the boundary lines of the district to accommodate the development, but this would not affect water supply to Troutburg’s neighbors.
The latter statement is supported by a letter from the MCWA dated October 4.
“The net effect of the proposed development, even during peak demand periods, should not be noticeable to the existing water customers of the system,” the letter reads.
Wegman said his company has received preliminary approval for the proposed sewer treatment plant, which would be regulated by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The plant would send waste from the site into Lake Ontario.
“This is not unusual,” Wegman said. “It’s just the way the world works.”
Wegman added, “There will be no odor issues whatsoever associated with the sewer treatment plant and we will have a backup generator.”
The Wegman Group’s plan is to sell 400 cottages ranging from about $50,000 to $100,000. Residents would pay a land lease fee of $500 per month, covering the cost of on-site security, property taxes and maintenance, and amenities designed to encourage outdoor recreational activities.
Wegman said he expects the Cottages at Troutburg to open in May, with full development to take place over the next five to six years.
New Kleen Brite facility owner presents his plans to Brockport community
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport residents, business owners and community leaders had plenty of questions for Al Plumb, the new owner of 100 Fair Street in the village, during an event held at the Salmon Creek Country Club Thursday, October 18.
The Greater Brockport Chamber of Commerce hosted the event which offered the first opportunity for the community at- large to learn more about Plumb’s plans for the former Kleen Brite facility and to ask questions regarding their concerns.
Plumb provided specific details about his vision for each building on the site which includes a mix of retail and recycling and answered questions from the audience.
“A lot of people are concerned about a junkyard,” Plumb said of his plans to house a recyclables recovery and transfer station in a 29,000 square feet building on the east side of the complex. “I’m going to put you at ease - I’m not going to build a junkyard,” Plumb said.
Plumb is the co-owner of ALPCO Recycling in Macedon which employs 165 people, he said.
The transfer station component of the 100 Fair Street plan took up a major portion of Plumb’s presentation and discussion.
He said all operations would take place inside the building and trucks would enter and exit from the east side via South Avenue and Owens Road.
He told Fair Street residents in attendance that if there is ever any problem with odors, “I will shut it down. We know how to contain (odors). We know how to take care of it.”
He said it would likely take one to one-and-a-half years and at least two public hearings to get through the permitting process.
“It’s my community now,” Plumb said of Brockport. “People are very, very important to me. You’re going to find I’m going to be a good neighbor.”
Those in attendance did express concerns over odor, with several saying they enjoy sitting on their porches and don’t want to worry about smells, especially when they have guests at their homes. Questions were also asked regarding truck traffic, noise and traffic generated by a proposed reuse and retail re-sale store, farm market and residential drop off center on the west side of the complex.
Plumb said traffic involved in the recycling part of the business (including the transfer station) would be directed to enter and exit from the far east end of the property out to Owens Road and Route 31. Loading docks currently located on the west side of the building would be closed off, he said, helping to suppress noise on the residential side of the site.
He noted that is the farthest point from residential neighbors. “Nobody sees, nobody hears, nobody smells,” he said. He said he doesn’t expect retail traffic on the west side to be a problem. “We’ve studied the traffic impact,” he said and noted traffic would be entering from different access points and that it would be spread out during the week.
Plumb’s plans to sell used cars on the site also raised red flags for some in attendance.
He explained he plans to install a berm to block the view of any cars on the property. “I don’t need them in front, I don’t need a sign, they will be hidden so nobody sees,” he said and added, “I’m not big for having inventory, there’s not going to be 100 cars on the lot.”
Throughout the discussion, Plumb frequently expressed how impressed he has been with Brockport. “It’s an amazing village,” he said. “People walk in Brockport. In Macedon, you don’t see people walking. I’m liking this village more and more.”
He explained that after taking note of the popularity of walking in the village, he plans to install sidewalk along the west side of the property from Fair Street to South Avenue by next spring.
At the close of the presentation, one Fair Street resident said she has been impressed so far with improvements Plumb has already made to the property.
“I walk my dog down there,” she said, and instead of being greeted by abandoned buildings peppered with graffiti, “I see beauty - driving down the street in the evenings - it’s such a pretty thing to look at now.”
“People on Fair Street gave me a chance,” Plumb responded. “They came down the street and looked and asked questions with concern. Every single person has been just great.”
He said he is working on a three year timeline to complete the renovation project and at most, sixty people would eventually be employed at the site.
West Shore Trail in Churchville dedicated
The new West Shore Trail in the Village of Churchville, that starts at Howard Avenue, follows the path of the former New York West Shore & Buffalo Railroad, crosses Buffalo Road and continues into the Monroe County Park, was dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony presided over by Village of Churchville Mayor Nancy Steedman on Saturday, October 20. The dedication was attended by many from the community and those who contributed to the trail’s completion. Others taking part in the ceremony were New York State Assemblyman Stephen Hawley, who gave the Mayor a citation from the New York State Assembly for the achievement of the trail, New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.
In her comments, Mayor Nancy Steedman said a concept like this “does not just happen on its own … but takes the vision, dedication, funding, and sweat of many.” She went on to thank all those who made the trail possible including the West Shore Trail Committee, those who worked on the trail design, trail construction, landscaping, and construction of the comfort station. She especially recognized Dr. Nancy Perkins Weyl, a Churchville resident, who gave a gift of $10,000 for the landscaping of 150 trees and shrubs planted along the trail. Other funding for the trail was provided by a NYS Parks and Recreation Grant of $82,550 and Monroe County Community Development Block Grant of $60,000.
The mayor also talked about the history of the trail and concluded with future plans that include working cooperatively with the County of Monroe and the Churchville-Chili Central School District to extend the trail through the Churchville County Park to Black Creek, the boat launch, through Sprucewood Nature Center to Church Lodge, and the Ice Skating Rink, then over North Main Street continuing through the cemetery along Black Creek to the dam on Buffalo Road. At some time, the trail will continue to points west of Churchville and to the east, linking to the Genesee Valley Greenway via the Black Creek Trail Corridor which is currently under a feasibility study by the Village of Churchville and Towns of Riga and Chili.
Photography by David Knox
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 28, 2012
Reunion with former POWs yields more Hamlin camp information
Two former WWII German POWs who lived in the same barracks at the CCC/POW camp in Hamlin, had a chance to reunite October 7 in Germany thanks to the efforts of Hamlin resident and CCC/POW camp reclamation volunteer Ed Evans.
Evans says that in September, Gottfried Schulze, a retired professor of cybernetics at the University of Rostock, Germany, came across the website for the Friends of Hamlin Beach State Park which includes information on the work to turn the former CCC/POW camp into a history trail.
“He said that for a year-and-a-half (1944-1946), he had lived in the Hamlin camp as a POW and had some ‘documents’ he thought we might be interested in having,” Evans said.
Evans and Gottfried continued to exchange emails and packages while Evans discovered that another former Hamlin POW he had been corresponding with lives less than one hundred miles from Gottfried in Germany and that the two had lived at the camp at the same time and in the same barracks. Both men had also worked in the same canning factory in Hamlin.
“An email was sent to the grandson of former POW Heinrich Willert telling him about Gottfried,” Evans said.
As luck would have it, Willert’s grandson, Matthias, was in Toronto on business and was able to meet with Evans and Nick Kramer, another Hamlin volunteer, in Niagara Falls, NY, on October 4.
Matthias said he and Gottfried live in the same city and he had arranged for a meeting between Heinrich and Gottfried on October 7.
Evans said Gottfried’s memories of his stay in the camp have greatly helped Hamlin volunteers.
“We now know (there) was a camp store where we didn’t think there was one, and there was another building built into the fence that Gottfried is trying to recall. In a recent email, he confirmed our suspicions that there were four guard towers at the camp, not two, and he has even described them. We now know there was an open air jail cell in the camp because Gottfried stayed in it one night. According to Gottfried, ‘you could steal horses’ with the seasoned guards (an old German saying), but you had to watch out for the young ones.”
While a POW at Hamlin, Evans says Gottfried worked at the Duffy Mott’s canning factory in Hamlin and was given a job at the factory which continued after the harvest season ended.
“Because of the Duffy Mott connection, he was able to stay in the Hamlin camp until it closed in January 1946 instead of being shuffled around the fourteen Western New York POW branch camps,” Evans said.
Ed Evans emailed this correspondence from Germany. A newspaper there will be expanding on the reunion of the two POWs. This memo is from the grandson of one of the POWs, Evans notes.
I am glad that you enjoyed the meeting at the Niagara Falls and that this was interesting enough to share it with other interested people. It was a pleasure on my side as well even though the return trip turned out to be a bit "hilly" in the beginning. As did not have enough cash on me to pay the toll at the bridge I wanted to use a credit. But the bridge people did not accept credits cards. Instead they advised me to use an ATM near by. The machine did not work and I had to run to a gas station to try it there. That ATM again did not work. At last, the gas station owner, a very friendly lady who saw my situation, gave me a few bucks enough of the toll. Being afraid that my rental which I had parked right next to one of the toll booths could get towed away, I jogged back and yes - crossed the river over back to Canada.
The reunion of Gottfried and my grandfather went well. It took place 2 days after I got back from Canada. I picked up Gottfried (who lives - as I mentioned - only minutes from my apartment away, in the city of Rostock) and we drove to the place, where Heinrich, and also his two daughter with their families live (city of Bad Doberan). One of them, my aunt, had prepared a Sunday-afternoon-coffee-table and so the gentlemen met. Heinrich started right away to make jokes and very soon they exchanged details of where they got captured as soldiers and how they came to Hamlin Beach. All in all it lasted 2 hours. I made some pictures and some small videos. Heinrich found out a lot about Gottfried's life. Both spent their lives in the former GDR. Whether they get together again, is not clear. In any case they exchanged contact info and it's up to them if a follow-up meeting will take place.
Like you I got in contact with the media to find out about there interest to report about the story of their POW time and their get-together.
One of the contacts I had was with a nation-wide know anchor man of a new program in Germany. I met him by coincidence in the plane from Frankfurt to Hamburg on my way back from Canada. Let's see if they jump on it.
The other contact is our local newspaper. And - they want the story, I received their expression of interest today. They want to make bigger article out of it, a portrait as they call it.
I will get back to you and tell you a bit more about myself. Right now it is very late here and I have to get up in less than 6 hours tomorrow morning to go to Hamburg (2 hours drive).
All the best to you,
Brockport Lions Club welcomes newest member
Lynette Hibsch (center) became the newest Lion upon her induction ceremony performed by Lions President Chuck Switzer (right) at the October 17 dinner meeting.
Lion Toby Unger (left) stood in for Lynette’s sponsor, the late Don Hibsch.
Lynette joins the club of 46 men and women dedicated to community service for the last 60 years.
The Hilton Lions Club takes pride in maintaining Route 18 west in Hilton as part of the “Adopt a Highway” program. At least twice a year members pick up litter.
Pictured from left to right are half of this season’s crew, Lion Ken Robertson, Lion Murray Weaver and Lion President Steve Frisbee. Also cleaning trash were Lion Jack Trembley, Lion Ralph Preston and Lion Jim Schiebel.
Bottles, cans, paper, plastic, a large number of cigarette butts and one hypodermic needle were among the collected items. Those interested in volunteering for community service activities can contact Membership Chairman, Jim Schiebel 964-3619.
Donations accepted for Brockport Giftaway 2012
The MOMS Club® of Brockport is preparing for the 6th Annual Holiday Giftaway. At this event they will distribute toys to any family in need. Gently used toys/gifts for children (newborn through teenager) can be donated to the project.
Club members request that all items are complete and not missing critical pieces. Items should be “giftable and playable” as is. Batteries should be provided for items that require them. Instructions and/or boxes for the used toys would also be appreciated. The club will also accept shopping bags.
No personal information or income questions will be asked. Babysitting will be provided on-site so parents can choose gifts for their children in private. The Giftaway will be held Friday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brockport Elks Lodge (4400 Sweden Walker Road).
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 28, 2012
Ontario Honda Section V Players of the Week
•Class AA Offensive Player of the Week Jake Zembiec, Aquinas Freshman QB 6’2” 180 lb., had 11 passing attempts, 9 completions for 168 yards. He had 2 TD passes of 35 yards and 21 yards. Aquinas 27 - Wilson 7.
•Class A Offensive Player of the Week
Cory Parker, McQuaid’s Senior RB 6’0” 210 pd, had 29 carries for 368 yards and 5 TD’s setting a new school record in McQuaid’s 38-21 final victory over Spencerport.
•Class AA Defensive Player of the Week
Colton Kells, Fairport High School Senior LB 6’0” 205 lbs. had 14 tackles and 2 tackles for losses. Hilton 14 - Fairport 7.
•Class A Defensive Player of the Week
Mike Myers, Brockport senior LB 5’11” 195 lb., had 10 tackles, one for a loss, 1 interception, a pass deflection and a fumble recovery in Brockport’s 35-21 quarter final victory over Greece Athena.
Redhawks perfect 6-0 at home
by Warren Kozireski
Roberts Wesleyan scored twice over the first five minutes and never looked back in a 4-1 victory versus St. Thomas Aquinas to earn their sixth home victory with one remaining.
Spencerport grad Brittany Kinmond started the scoring at 2:29 taking a through-pass from Briana Tata before drilling a 20-yard shot inside the left post. The goal was her team-leading tenth of the season.
Exactly two minutes later, Tata scored on a free kick from just above the box that found the upper left corner.
At 13:08, Churchville-Chili grad Ellie Swan assisted on Allison Kendall’s goal following a scramble around the net. Then Kendall scored again in the 31st minute from Tata.
St. Thomas broke up the combined shutout bid by Breanna Maggio and Marissa Sell (Brockport) in the 43rd minute when Mae Comerford’s shot hit the underside of the crossbar and deflected to the ground just behind the goal-line.
Roberts Wesleyan, now with a 10-7 record, came into the week ranked tenth in the latest NCCAA poll, but had been held scoreless in losing five of their last six road contests.
“I didn’t know what to expect going into the new conference, so to finish .500 in conference in our first year exceeded expectations for us,” said eighth year head coach Dan Berg about the first of a two year transition to Division II. “The recruiting class we brought in this year has done a great job for us and they continue to shine day in and day out.”
As for the national Christian College #10 ranking, Berg said, “it’s about where we thought we would be. We’re playing a tougher schedule than some of the teams plus playing teams we are unfamiliar with; having ten wins right now is a good starting point for us.”
The Redhawks wrap up the season at home Saturday, October 27 against Daemen at 7 p.m.
Hilton girls win division crown
by Warren Kozireski
The Cadets netted two goals in the first half and added another in the second to defeat Churchville-Chili 3-1 and clinch the Division 3 crown - their first in 11 years.
“I was here when this program was dominant in the 80s and 90s and we’ve been working to bring it back to that level,” said head coach Steve Sorenson. “I’m proud of the way these girls have worked for this moment.”
In the ninth minute, Nicole Schleusener passed to Courtney Robertson, who dribbled around one defender before finding the back of the net for her third goal this season to give the Cadets a 1-0 lead.
Later in the first half, Leslie Graus found Robertson, who scored her second of the game for a 2-0 halftime lead.
Churchville-Chili senior Carly Zimmerman pulled the Saints to within one goal in the 43rd minute with an assist from Ally Breon, but Hilton senior Morgan Graus sealed the win just one minute later scoring her team-leading seventh goal of the season off a pass from Vanessa L’Abbate.
Jordan Ott made eight saves in net for the Cadets.
With the division title, Hilton was seeded second for the Section V playoffs and received a first round bye and will host the winner of a first round contest between Spencerport and Rush Henrietta.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 28, 2012
Student delegate chosen to attend National 4-H Dairy Conference
Connor Nesbitt, a junior at Byron-Bergen Sr. High School who was recently accepted into the New York State Junior Dairy Leader youth program, attended the 58th National 4-H Dairy Conference in Madison, Wisconsin in October.
Connor represented New York State as a delegate in the national conference, along with approximately 200 other delegates.
Connor spent his time in Madison touring six farms and learning about farm operations and new farming techniques.
During the conference, he attended several workshops, interacted with other delegates and dairy professionals from around the county, and toured a few of the Agra Business facilities.
Connor said that he especially enjoyed the workshops dealing with farm finance, calf nutrition, and artificial insemination and genetics.
At Byron-Bergen, Connor is a member of Student Council, Honor Society, band, and is also treasurer of his class. At this time, Connor’s first choice for college is Cornell University with a major in Dairy Science or Dairy Business.
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Bernabi learns about fire safety from volunteers
Bernabi Elementary School welcomed the Spencerport Volunteer Fire Department on October 19, as part of Fire Prevention Month.
Students learned about fire safety and the gear and equipment used during emergency responses.
Canal View celebrates adapted playground
Canal View Elementary School celebrated the first phase of its new adapted playground, with a special ribbon cutting assembly on October 19.
The idea for an adapted playground to include students with disabilities began several years ago with the intent to provide an inclusive space for all children to learn, play, and improve their overall health together. Since then, a committee made up of staff, parents and community members has pursued specialized playground designs, grants and donations to administer the project in phases.
Students, parents, staff, and donors, including Isaac Heating and Cooling and Dixon Schwabl Advertising attended the ceremony, along with members of the Rochester Lancers Soccer team.
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OBITUARIES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 28, 2012
•Matsko, Albert T., On October 17, 2012 at age 90. Predeceased by his wife Phyllis, brothers and sisters. He is survived by his children, Larry (Wilma), Bernard (Barbara), Ronald (Gloria), James, Ralph (Lisa); grandchildren, Eric (Carrie), Chelsea (Bentley) Wong, Catherine (Larry) Palumbos, Melissa (Erik) Martinet, Laura Matsko, Joshua (Kim), Jason (Bethany), Lacy, Lindsay and Lance Matsko; great-grandchildren Riley Oetter, Caleb Wong; brother Martin (Brenda); many nieces, nephews and in-laws.
A Mass of Christian Burial was said October 24 at Nativity Church BVM. Private interment in Bath National Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the NYS Veterans Home, Day Treatment Program, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, NY 14020 in his memory.
•Pearl, Virdel Jr., On October 17, 2012. Survived by his wife, Debra Cowley; his children, Theresa, Heather, Steven, Monica, Shania, Quentin, Christina, Kaylee and Daniel; his mother, Lizzie Pearl; his sisters, Stephanie, Katina, Lela, Sylvania and Cynthia; three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
•Rock, William Chalmer (Bill), of Brockport and Sandy Bay (1000 Islands), NY. Died October 19, 2012 at age 77. Predeceased by his daughter, Linda and sisters, Alice and Gail. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann; sister, Linda; six children; 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A distinguished service professor emeritus of the department of education administration at SUNY/Brockport. Dr. Rock dedicated his life to civil rights and to improving equality and access to education for minorities.
A Memorial Service will be held in the near future. Contributions in his name can be made to the William C. and Annette L. Rock Study Abroad Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Brockport Foundation, 350 New Campus Drive, The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY 14420.
•Seever, Robert O., October 21, 2012 at age 88. Survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Corrine; his children Sharon Palmerton, Michael (Rhonda) Seever; grandchildren, Jeff Palmerton, Jodi (Andy) Fisher; great-grandson Wesley Fisher; sister Marilyn (Chester) Good; sisters-in-law Shirley Seever and Mary Way; many nieces and nephews. Bob was a life long member of the Brockport Fire Department.
Private burial at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made in his memory to the Brockport Fire Department Exempts.
•Herrick, Dorothy L., October 23, 2012, age 85. Predeceased by her husband, Richard E. and brother, Richard Adams. Survived by her children, Dennis (Rexann), Donald (Gay) and Debby (Glenn) Longer; grandchildren, Kevin, Joyce, Ethan, Amy, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Shaun and Christine; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held October 26 at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili. Interment, Italy Valley, Middlesex. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory.
•Spencer, Bonnie Mae, October 22, 2012. Survived by husband Gerald W. Spencer; daughters Tracey (Mike) Larson, Darcey Hudson, Tammy (Kevin) Vogelzang; Lisa Spencer, Robin (Jim) Schulenberg, Tracy (Tim) Capone; sister Helene Post (Ann Schneider); grandchildren.
Services were held October 27 at James R. Gray Funeral Home, Gates. Contributions can be made to Humane Society at Lollypop Farm or Lifetime Care Hildebrandt Hospice in her memory.
•Dolan, Reta, died October 19, 2012 in Brockport at age 94. In 1942, Reta moved to Kendall and taught Junior High English. She earned her master of education degree from the University of Rochester and was the Elementary Coordinator at the time of retirement from Kendall Central School in 1973. Reta was an active and contributing member of her community. She served in leadership positions in the Kendall United Methodist Church, the Alpha Theta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society-International Honor Society for Women Educators, the Orleans Unit of Retired Teachers, the Visitor Center at the Albion Correctional Facility and 4-H leader (20 years). In 1989 Reta was presented the Dewitt Clinton Masonic award for Community Service from Social Lodge 713 Kendall. Predeceased by her father, Clarence Guy Dolan who died in France during World War I; mother Myra Low Dolan; brother, Duane Dolan; niece Paula (William) Perry. She is survived by her brother Lawrence Dolan; several nieces and nephews; many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
There will be no services. Contributions can be made to the Kendall United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 464, Kendall, NY 14476 in her memory.
•Dooley, Richard J., Died October 24, 2012. Survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Honey Dooley; his children, Kathleen (Walter) Seeley, Cindy (Bill) Byam, Richard Dooley, Sue (Phil) Vandevelde, Stephen Dooley, Lori (Brian) Antonelli; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry (Doris) Dooley; sisters, Mary Cloonan, Patti (Steven) Levinsohn, Rita (Ted) Taylor, Bonnie Schoenheit; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Richard was a proud Navy Veteran and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated October 27 at Holy Name of Jesus Church. Interment private. Contributions can be made to the American Red Cross or Hildebrandt Hospice in his memory.
•Herring, Donald R., October 23, 2012, age 65, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is predeceased by his father, Donald W. Herring and his in-laws, Fergus and Irene Hegan. Don is survived by his loving wife, Maureen; his devoted sons, Patrick (Anita) and Matthew; his loving grandson, Shane; his devoted mother, Jane Herring and sister, Lyn Morgan, Cathie DeMay, Janice (Michael) Kiley; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Sue (Don) Henry and Bob (Loreen) Hegan; several nieces and nephews. He was a retiree of Kodak and Xerox.
Funeral Services were held October 27 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Hilton. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery.
•Palumbo, Emma M., On October 19, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Ralph; son, James McDaniel; grandchildren, Shealyn and Alexandria McDaniel; her brother, Vern “Butch” West; and father-in-law, Ralph Palumbo; several brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews and cousins; also her best friend, Debbie Breeze. Emma was predeceased by her son, Vincent McDaniel; and her brothers, Ray, Lyle and Frank West.
Funeral Services were held October 22 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Hilton. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hildebrandt Hospice Center in her memory.
•Roll, John Paul, October 13, 2012 on his 84th birthday. Predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Eleanor Roll and two sisters. He is survived by a brother; eight nieces and several great and great-great nephews and nieces. Interment, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was raised. Family there will hold a Memorial Service. Retired from Kodak and was an honorably discharged Navy Veteran with service on the USS Albany. Jack’s closest friend, Annette Tancreti Cozamanis, enjoyed a 46 year friendship with him and was instrumental in him building a new home in Hilton, where he enjoyed residency for 45 years. Special thanks to her and also to Jessie and Dave Brugger and the Turpyns.
•Wais, Alan J., August 6, 1927 to September 21, 2012. Survived by wife Toshia; daughter, Diane Hennekey (Joe Recco); son Paul (Vicky) Wais; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren. Predeceased by son John Wais; parents William and Jeanne Wais; sister Mary Higley; brother David Wais. Alan served in the US Navy. He was an active member in the Kendall Lions, Concordia Lutheran Church and the Kendall School Board. He owned and operated a large fruit farm in Kendall.
His Memorial Service was held October 27 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Kendall. Contributions can be made to Concordia Lutheran Church in his memory.
•Hailstone, Woneta Jeryl, Died October 24, 2012 after a sudden illness. Predeceased by her parents, Wesley and Francis Reed; brothers, William and Lloyd; and sisters, Virginia and Mildred. Survived by her husband, Richard; daughter, Brenda Harding (Mark Harding) of Churchville; son, Stephen Hailstone (Amanda Hailstone) of LeRoy; grandchildren, April Harding, Molly Harding, Jacob Hailstone, and Sydney Hailstone; brothers, Robert, Carl and Petrimus; and sisters, Mary, Joyce, Barbara and Ruby.
A Funeral Mass was held October 27 at St. Christopher’s Church, North Chili. Contributions can be made to Child Fund International in her memory.
•Nau, Pearl J. (Arielly), October 16, 2012 at age 82. Pearl is survived by her husband of 60 years, Edward J. Nau; her children, Michael (Darleen) Nau, Michele (Michael) Allen and Marilyn (Jim) Schleyer; grandchildren, Mark (Missy Wilcox) and Eric (Jess) Nau, Chris (Leela) and Jeff (Jill) Chadbourne, Jason (Andrea), Curtis (Marlena Salfity) and Katie Allen; great-grandchildren, Maeli and Liam Nau, Tori Allen, Ethan and Evelyn Chadbourne; siblings, Mickey Luke, Tom (Bobbie) Arielly, Gloria Stuhlmiller, Dick (Bonnie) Arielly, Lillian (David) Peters; sister-in-law, Jean Nau; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held October 22 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Private interment. Contributions can be made to School of the Holy Childhood or to Hope Hall in her memory.
•Stilwell, Rose, October 23, 2102 at age 87. Predeceased by her husband, Charlie Stilwell; parents, Anthony and Elizabeth Schiano; siblings, Michael, Mario and Mary Ann Schiano. Survived by her brother, Albert (Joan) Schiano of Baltimore; sister, Dodie (Bill) Mickelson; sister-in-law, Grace Schiano; step-daughters, Sharron Freitas, Joan Cosselman and their families; many loving nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral Mass was celebrated October 27 at St. Jude the Apostle Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be sent to St. Jude the Apostle Church, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester, NY 14606 or the School of the Holy Childhood, 100 Groton Parkway, Rochester, NY 14623 in her memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 21, 2012
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 21, 2012
First Brockport Fire District budget presented during public hearing
by Kristina Gabalski
Members of the Brockport Fire District Board of Commissioners presented their 2013 proposed budget during a public hearing October 16 at the Brockport Exempts.
About 30 people attended the hearing, including members of the three municipal boards of communities served by the district: the Towns of Sweden and Clarkson and the Village of Brockport.
According to the 2013 budget summary, the budget includes total appropriations of $1.9 million, $1.05 million of which is to be raised by real property taxes. Because the district is a new entity, it is exempt from the two percent tax cap for 2013.
District officials say the tax rate is approximately $1.15/$1,000 valuation, meaning tax on a $150,000 home would be $172.50/yr. or $.47/day. The change in tax is $49.50/yr. or $.14/day.
The commissioners have stated they feel the increase is in the best interest of providing effective fire protection for the district and that the safety and protection of the community and the safety and well-being of the firefighters have been priorities during the budget creation process.
District Treasurer Harold Mundy presented a budget summary and a detailed budget as well as information on the State of the District before the public hearing.
He said the fire department was financially starved during recent years and that inadequate resources have been dedicated to the reserve funds and operating budget.
“The more I peeled the onion back, the more I got ticked-off,” he said.
The budget includes $850,000 for a ladder truck which is scheduled for replacement in 2013.
Also included in the creation of reserves (savings accounts) to pay for the replacement of trucks as well as a buildings and facilities reserve fund and a repair reserve fund to help rectify problems at the 40-year old Market Street firehouse.
Mundy said those problems include deterioration of the east wall and the truck bay floor, lack of exhaust systems in truck bays, lack of ADA compliance, original emergency generator, original furnace and controls and few repairs or upgrades since the facility was built.
He said creation of the vehicle and equipment reserve, the command vehicle reserve, communications equipment reserve and the building/facility reserve would require a referendum which would be held during the district elections December 11.
Following the presentation, Fire Chief Mike Henry noted he didn’t think anybody thought of “all the costs involved in running a district.” He praised the inclusion of proposed reserve funds - “it’s nice to see some thought going into long-term planning,” he said.
Sweden Town Council member Rebecca Donohue was the only person to comment during the public hearing.
She said that although she is for the district she could not support this budget because of “things that are missing.” She pointed to several issues including the fact no revenue is indicated for the sale of trucks being replaced and questioned $30,000 allocated to legal fees.
Donohue said any legal fees incurred in 2012 should be part of 2012 expenses and not part of the 2013 budget. Regarding expenses related to mandates she advised, “they don’t need to be budgeted for in one year, if you have time.”
Chairman James Sauberan said commissioners must approve the budget by November 4.
The 2012 Electoral Ballot for area towns
United States Senator
Kirsten E. Gillibrand - D, WOR, IND
Wendy Long - R,C
Colia Clark - GRE
Chris Edes - LBT
John Mangelli - CSP
State Supreme Court Justice (2)
Sean E. Gleason - D
J. Scott Odorisi - D, WOR
Gail Donofrio - R, C, WOR
David Michael Barry - R, C
25th District - includes Towns of Sweden, most of Clarkson, Parma, Ogden, Riga, Greece, Gates, Chili
Louise M. Slaughter - D, WOR
Maggie Brooks - R, C, IND
27th District - includes Towns of Hamlin, portion of Town of Clarkson
Kathy C. Hochul - D, WOR
Chris Collins - R,C
New York State Senate
56th District - includes Towns of Gates, Hamlin, Clarkson, Parma, Greece
Joseph E. Robach - R, C, IND
61st District - includes Towns of Riga, Chili
Justin Rooney - D, WOR
Michael Ranzenhofer - R, C, IND
62nd District - includes Towns of Sweden and Ogden
Amy Hope Witryol - D, WOR
George Maziarz - R, C, IND
Jonathon B. Benedict - GRE
New York State Assembly
134th District - includes Towns of Parma, Greece, Ogden
Bill Reilich - R, C, IND
138th District - includes Towns of Chili and Henrietta
Harry B. Bronson - D, WOR, IND
Peterson A. Vasquez - R, C
139th District - includes Towns of Riga, Sweden, Clarkson, Hamlin
Stephen M. Hawley - R, C, IND
Mark E. Glogowski - LBT
Monroe County Clerk
Susan M. Vandervoort - D
Cheryl Dinolfo - R, C, IND
Hamlin Town Council - 1 year term
Jason Baxter - R, C, IND
Parma Town Council - 1 year term
Tina M. Brown - R, C, IND
Town/Village of Bergen
Kirsten E. Gillibrand - D, WOR, IND
Wendy Long - R,C
Colia Clark - GRE
Chris Edes - LBT
John Mangelli - CSP
Kathy C. Hochul - D, WOR
Chris Collins - R,C
Justin M. Rooney - D, WOR
Michael Ranzenhofer - R, C, IND
New York State Assembly
Stephen M. Hawley - R, C, IND
Mark Glogowski - LBT
Genesee County Sheriff
Gary T. Maha - R,C
Genesee County Treasurer
Scott D. German - R,C
Genesee County Coroner (Vote for 2)
Donald E. Coleman - R
Karen A. Lang - R
Town of Bergen Justice
Robert G. Swapceinski - R
Towns of Kendall, Murray, Clarendon
United States Senate
Kirsten E. Gillibrand - D, WF, IND
Wendy Long - R,C
Colia Clark - GRE
Chris Edes - LBT
John Mangelli - CSP
Kathy C. Hochul - D, WF
Chris Collins - R,C
New York State Senate
Amy Hope Witryol - D, WF
George D. Maziarz - R, C, IND
Jonathon B. Benedict - GRE
New York State Assembly
Stephen M. Hawley - R, C, IND
Mark Glogowski - LBT
Orleans County District Attorney
Joseph V. Cardone - R, C
Orleans County Coroner (Vote for 3)
Joseph T. Fuller - R
Scott M. Schmidt - R
Charles M. Smith - R
Town of Murray
Theodore R. Spada, Jr. - R
Party abbreviations: C - Conservative, CSP - Common Sense Party, D - Democratic, IND - Independence, GRE - Green, LBT - Libertarian, R - Republican, WF - WorkingFamilies, WOR - Working Families
2012 November General Election
•Tuesday, November 6. Polls open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
•October 30 - Last day to postmark an application for an absentee ballot
•November 5 - Last day to postmark an absentee ballot
•Re-Registering or Changing Your Information: Once you register, you are permanently registered unless you move. Name, address or party enrollment changes can be made by submitting a new registration form in any manner permitted for a registration application. If you move, your notice of change of address must be received by the Board of Elections up to: 20 days before the election in which you seek to vote.
•If you have missed the 20 day deadline, you may contact the Board of Elections for your new polling site where you will be allowed to vote on a paper ballot. A change of enrollment takes effect following the first general election occurring at least 25 days after the form is filed.
Information from Monroe County Board of Election website
Landmark Society plans meetings in Brockport
by Kristina Gabalski
The Landmark Society of Western New York plans to host two upcoming events in the Village of Brockport.
Both the semi-annual “get-together” and the Society’s annual conference will be held in the village.
Village Trustee Bill Andrews has been meeting with Landmark Society officials and community leaders to discuss the exact location for the annual conference set for April 2013. He said the Morgan Manning House has been made available for the “get together” planned for November 2012.
He noted that Landmark Society officials said “only once before have both events been scheduled in the same town in a given year.” Andrews said he believes that was in Palmyra.
In order to facilitate the Landmark Society’s plans, the village board unanimously passed a proclamation during their regular meeting October 9 which extends “(a) most cordial welcome to the Society and the participating historic preservationists and offers to facilitate its plans in any and every appropriate manner.”
During the October 9 meeting, Trustee Andrews explained that the informal “get-togethers” foster better communication among historic preservationists in the area. They are “a venue for networking,” he told Westside News Inc.
“The annual conference is a larger, more formal assembly,” he said, “with panel discussions and formal papers.”
Nominations sought for 2012 Environmental Awards
The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) invites nominations for the Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award and the CEI Award for Environmental Excellence.
The honoree and all those nominated for the awards will be recognized at the 39th Annual Community Salute to the Environment. This year’s event will take place at the Rochester Institute of Technology and will include a dinner and a tour of the new green building to house the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The keynote speaker will be Leecia Eve, J.D., Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Economic Development, New York State.
Two categories of awards will recognize the actions of individuals and organizations to protect our environment and inform the public about environmental protection. Nominations will be evaluated by a panel of members of the board of directors of the Center for Environmental Initiatives with input from representatives from the environmental community.
There are two award categories:
•Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award - Two awards may be given each year to an individual(s) or organization(s): whose work, on behalf of the environment, has been influential in mobilizing other organizations, community agencies and individuals for effective environmental change; and whose work as a volunteer on behalf of The Center for Environmental Initiatives has significantly aided CEI in its mission of
“Working for the environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.”
•CEI Awards for Environmental Excellence - These awards will be given annually to organizations in the defined categories which demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the environment by implementing effective changes in such areas as internal processes, product and service designs, marketing initiatives and educational programs. Nominators are requested to provide the specific and quantifiable results of these changes wherever possible.
Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Center for Environmental Initiatives: www.ceinfo.org and are due by October 26.
Two local women give over 40 years of service to Girl Scouts
by Maggie Fitzgibbon
One hundred years ago, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, brought 12 girls together with hopes of fostering and developing a sense of good character in each of these young women. Today, the Girl Scout program in the United States has a membership of 3.2 million young women and adults. If she were alive today, Low would be proud to know her vision has grown into one of the largest educational organizations in the world for girls.
Two local women have followed in Low’s footsteps and committed themselves to keeping the Girl Scout program active in this region.
Spencerport residents Marilyn Diehl and Margaret Magin have devoted decades on behalf Girl Scouts in the Spencerport area. Diehl volunteered for 25 years and she recently retired from her Girl Scout duty. Magin has given over 16 years and due to some health issues, she has scaled back her duties. Both women have been a life-force in keeping the Girl Scout program alive in the Spencerport area.
Both Diehl and Magin became involved with Girl Scouting when their daughters joined the program. All four of Diehl’s daughters and both of Magin’s daughters were Girl Scouts. All are now lifetime members. Their reasons for remaining committed are commendable.
“The reward is in the giving and it doesn’t have to be reciprocal. By volunteering, you show girls that giving back to the community is important,” Diehl explained. “Volunteering is a way to help kids and make sure they follow a good path,” Magin added.
Spencerport resident Kathy Campbell has volunteered along-side Magin and Diehl for seven years. She is a unit leader and also registrar for the Spencerport Girl Scouts service unit. She describes both women as generous and steadfast.
“Together, their years of service, experience and knowledge is remarkable. I know both Margaret and Marilyn truly enjoy seeing the girls learn, explore and flourish. Both ladies have continued to volunteer long after their own daughters had left the program,” Campbell said.
Kim McDonald is a membership manager for Girl Scouts of Western New York. She has worked with Diehl and Magin for over 15 years as a fellow volunteer and most recently, in her current position. She describes both women as caring, and giving; two individuals who have helped many Girl Scouts reach great achievements.
“They are an incredible team; it’s hard to think of one without the other. Margaret and Marilyn are consistent and responsible. They will be remembered for their gifts of knowledge, strength and dedication. I always knew I could count on them. We will miss them both, dearly, but as in true fashion they have taught others to take over. These two ladies bleed green (the Girl Scout color),” McDonald said.
Both Diehl and Magin treasure their years of service and have many fond and funny memories. Magin remembers taking girls on a hike during the Summer Event at Pineway Ponds in Spencerport. She, along with another leader, lost their direction and much to their chagrin, found themselves on a street next to the park.
“The girls teased us for a long time about being lost,” she explained with a laugh.
Diehl has similar memories about spending fun times with Girl Scouts at the annual Summer Event, especially the time girls decorated a watermelon and nicknamed it “Bubba.”
During their over 40 collective years of service, much has changed in how Girl Scout programs are delivered. Programming has evolved to meet the needs of young girls today. Many girls are from single-parent families and are not able to participate in weekly troop meetings.
“In the past, programs were designed so that girls worked during their troop meetings toward earning patches. Now girls have the opportunity to follow three national leadership journeys which are relevant to what interests each girl. Girls have the opportunity to work more independently as they follow their journey map,” Magin said.
“Some girls come from challenging family situations, so at each level, the Girl Scout program teaches real-life skills, like how to eat healthy and be physically active,” Diehl said.
New Girl Scout national and regional events and activities help to foster and grow a sense of community. Events like Thinking Day when Scouting is recognized worldwide or Scouting for Food and Clothing, when Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts come together to collect food and clothing for the poor. A local event, called Trunk and Treat, brings Girl Scouts together for an outdoor Halloween event where girls trick or treat from car trunk to car trunk.
“Troop leaders decorate their trunks and alumnae return to help coordinate the activities. It’s a safe and enjoyable way to celebrate Halloween,” Magin said.
While much has changed in how girls grow and advance, Girl Scouting is richly steeped in traditions.
“Camping, crafts, games and songs are still activities that remain the same. The annual cookie sale still takes place in the fall and a holiday event is held in December,” Diehl said. “And girls still say the Girl Scout Promise and Law,” Magin added.
The Girl Scout program continues in this area but help is needed. Volunteer opportunities are plenty for adults. Troops of all ages are in need of leaders and helpers. Both Magin and Diehl encourage those who can to give their time.
“The Girl Scout program is based on volunteers. The time you give to children is valuable and makes a difference,” said Diehl. Magin echoed her thoughts. “You get a chance to become a mentor and do something good for a child,” she said.
For information on joining Girl Scouts or volunteering contact Campbell at email@example.com.
Nominations requested for Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce awards
The Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its 2012 awards, which will be presented at a special dinner on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Plantation Party House. The awards are the Clyde W. Carter Citizen of the Year, the Business Person of the Year and the Civic Beautification Award.
To be considered, the nominee(s) for the Clyde W. Carter Citizen of the Year Award must have been a resident of the Ogden-Spencerport area including the 14559 zip code area in southern Parma for at least ten years and have a history of community activity dating back at least five years. The nominee may not be an organization or group and the nominee must not have received this award previously.
To be considered for the Business Person of the Year, the nominee(s) must own or operate a business in the Ogden-Spencerport area. The nominee must have had an active history in the business community for the previous five years and can only receive this award one time.
To be considered for the Civic Beautification Award, the nominee(s) property must be in the Ogden-Spencerport area as described above, although property owner need not be a resident of the Ogden-Spencerport area. The project to be considered must have been completed and must be a new or renovated property. Non-profit organizations and municipal governments may be considered for this award.
Past recipients of the Citizen of the Year Award are: Cosmo Morabito (1969); Mary Dishaw (1970); Dr. Knox Brittain (1971); Patricia Brueckner Cleary (1972); William Farnsworth (1973); William Munn (1974); Leon Roets (1975); Gay and Don Lenhard (1976); William Lessord (1977); Ralph Serafine (1978); Helen (Betty) Spencer (1983); Edward Nau (1988); Fr. Robert Winterkorn (1989); William Parkinson (1990); Richard DuBois (1991); Maureen and Glenn Granger (1992); Sgt. Dale Barton (1993); Clyde W. Carter (1994); Alvin “Curly” Zarnstorff (1995); Bill and Jane Sweetland (1996); Donald and Eileen Magin (1997); Joyce Lobene (1998); Richard McQuilkin (1999); Thomas Friedo (2000); Ralph Pembroke (2001); Judy Cole (2002); Thomas Vandertang (2003), Patricia Uttaro and Dennis Pelletier (2004); Bernard Cubitt and Lewis “Bud” Nichols (2005); Jeff and Julie Tewksbury (2006), Francis Maier (2007), Geoff Feltner (2008), Sandie Ville (2009), Doreen Castano (2010) and Helen C. Moore (2011).
Past recipients of the Business Person of the Year Award are: Richard Tallman, Sr. (1992); Keith Ryan (1993); Ginny Swarthout (1994); John Page (1995); Maxine Davison Singer (1996); Richard and Carole Palmer (1997); John Hover (1998); Fred Holbrook (1999); Bill and Ann Hill & Bob Quataert (2000); Joseph Peworchik (2001); Michael D’Angelo Jr. (2002); William Bleier (2003),Tim & Joann Carr (2004); James Barton (2005); Dave Resch (2006), John McGrath (2007), David Wohlers (2008), Glynne & Kris Schultz (2009), Tops Friendly Markets (2010) and Steve Enos (2011).
Past recipients of the Civic Beautification Award are: Spencerport Pharmacy (1988); Caldwell Manufacturing Co., Village Square and Cosgrove Jr. High School (1989); Walker Brothers Funeral Home and Village Woods (1990); Vantage Point (1991); Spencerport Family Restaurant, Ogden Community Center and Boy Scout Troop #165 (1992); Pineway Ponds Park (1993); Earthborn Builders, Inc. and Stoffel & Company, CPA, PC (1994); Rohrbach’s Brewing Co. (1995); John and Michelle Soldi (1996); Cardinal Landscape (1997); Gary Inzana (1998); Heritage Furniture (1999); Ginny Swarthout (2000); Dimitrio “Denny” Marra for Barefoot Landing (2001); Whittier Party House (2002); Spencerport Garden Club and Ogden Highway Dept., Monroe County and Roberts Wesleyan College for “Ronald Starkweather Blvd” (2003), Dr. Mary Vadas of Towne & Country Eyecare (2004); Lisa VerSteeg and Maria Parina of Expressions of Dance by Lisa (2005); James Powell and Unity Lodge #479 of the Free and Accepted Masons (2006), the Spencerport Professional Building at 129 South Union Street (2007), Richard LaCroix, of Barkstrom & LaCroix, Architects (2008), The Gizzi family for their Buffalo Rd/Whittier Rd business complex renovation (2009), Morgan Management for their rehab of the Village Plaza (2010) and Spencerport Insurance/360 Financial (2011).
The deadline for nominations is Thursday, November 1. For information call Lisa or Maria at 352-0877. Nominations forms may be found at our web site at SpencerportChamber.org. Nominations may be mailed to the Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce, Attention: Award Nominations, at 131 Martha Street, Spencerport, N.Y. 14559 or they may be faxed to 352-8087.
First Baptist Church welcomes new pastor
Robert G. Disch has been elected as pastor of First Baptist Church in Chili. Disch commenced service as pastor on June 25 after being unanimously elected by the congregation on June 10. First Baptist Church is located at 3182 Chili Avenue.
Disch, from Pittsford, is a master of divinity degree recipient from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia. He had previously received a bachelor of arts degree from The College at Brockport. Robert Disch has been married to Annie Disch for 27 years and is father of Jasmine, 25, of Pittsford and Jade, 21, presently studying at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Pastor Robert Disch has been a resident of Monroe County for over 30 years, and has served in Christian ministries with several Rochester-area congregations since 1997. Robert and Annie Disch have been members of First Baptist Church in Chili since 2011. He served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years, achieving the rank of Sergeant (E-5). Disch served at several east coast duty stations as well as three-and-a-half years on State Department duty at the United States Embassy in Paris, France.
The First Baptist Church in Chili was organized in 1834 and had ministered continuously since. First Baptist Church is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region and the American Baptist Churches, USA. Worship services are conducted at 10 a.m. every Sunday morning. Visitors are welcome.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 21, 2012
From his workshop puttering comes detailed models
Sam Petralia, 84, has a hobby and he is good at it. He makes wooden models of houses, lighthouses and birdhouses. Some of his friends and neighbors have benefited from a gift of a model of their home, complete with front and back yard details.
“I just like to putter around, made some bird houses first and wondered if I could make a regular house and then, just did it. Some neighbors saw it and they wanted one also,” Sam said.
Sam and his wife, Shirley, have been married 43 years and live on Payne Beach Road in the Town of Parma. He worked at DuPont for 32 years in the paint department and retired in 1984. He began this hobby about two years ago, never having any woodworking training. “Over the winter I don’t want to just sit around so I started in making these models and eventually sold one. Most of the time I do it on request,” he added.
He works mostly in wood, using cedar, pine, oak and plastic for siding. His workshop is a model of cleanliness and organization, every tool has a place and every place has a tool. He uses few power tools and stands when he works so that he can move around better.
If someone wants a model he takes a picture of the roof and all four sides of the home and doesn’t use any standard scale, he just makes it the appropriate size, figuring it out in his head. It takes about a month to finish a house and he uses any kind of paint to match the house.
On the model for Scott Pundt’s home on Lighthouse Road, Sam included a tennis court that Scott has in his back yard. He did his friend Rick Piendel’s home on Zellweger Beach Road and included the white picket fence. One model that was impressive included the pool in the backyard of his close by neighbor’s house. He has built about nine homes, seven lighthouses and some birdhouses. One large lighthouse and accompanying building was done strictly by imagining the combination; the lighthouse looks a bit like the Portland Head Light.
“I get a lot of pleasure doing it. If they offer me money, I’ll take it,” Sam said. His wife Shirleys says the projects “keep him busy doing something. He’s using his head, hands and mind and being creative.” All that and being a good neighbor besides.
Text and Photos by Walter Horylev
Brockport Post Office setting for BUM Players “whodunit”
The crime scene for the BUM (Brockport United Methodist Players) annual audience-participation interactive “whodunit” murder-mystery (for which no blood was actually shed) is well known - the Brockport Post Office.
Written by BUM Player President and retired local Letter-Carrier Gary “Turk” Thomas, “The Brockport Chain-Letter Massacre” contains many humorous references to life (and death) in the Post Office. The “victim” is Brockport United Methodist Pastor Karen “Kit” Snyder. As always, Thomas has written in loads of twists, turns and “red herrings” to try to keep the audience guessing as to the identity of the “killer.”
Once again, the Brockport Kiwanis Club is producing this show, with all proceeds going to help support their various children’s programs. Tickets are $9 each or 2 for $17 and may be reserved by phoning Chairwoman Wanda Miner at 585-637-5656. They are also generally available at the door. Taking place at the Sweden Senior Center, 133 State Street, Brockport, the performances are October 26 and 27 and November 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Kiwanis Club serves refreshments during two “sleuthing” intermissions and offers prizes to the “amateur detective” who comes closest to solving the crime.
Besides Thomas and Snyder, other local cast members for “The Brockport Chain-Letter Massacre” include BUM Player veterans Jessica Haines, Dave Odrzywolski, Steve Richardson, Lexie MacLarty, Charles Edwards, David Hansen, Marcy Miceli, and Clarkson Supervisor Paul Kimball.
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Dripping wet proof that details matter
by Mark Ball
Does anyone know a subtle way to suggest to my wife, Leslie, that she needs to stop stressing about each and every detail? I thought about sneaking a copy of “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” onto her pillow, but I’m sure she would dismiss it when she realized that the author is a man.
In Leslie’s world there is always assigned seating. Every child is wearing a matching outfit at all times. The day is scripted methodically by stringing together a bizarre series of routines from early morning to 7:35 p.m. bedtime. There is a proper place for everything, and failure to return something to its rightful place is punishable by court martial.
There isn’t a detail in our family’s day that Leslie hasn’t considered. There isn’t a plan that gets approved without first reviewing plans B and C. Our home is run with more attention to detail than some nuclear power plants.
I know she has a problem. I’ve just been waiting for the right time to show Leslie that she can relax a little bit.
And last Saturday presented the perfect opportunity.
Leslie was doing her early morning review of our family calendar. I watched as she read and then re-read the activities for the day. She turned her head slightly sideways and scanned it one more time before taking a step back to make an official pronouncement.
“We just can’t do it,” she said.
“Can’t do what?” I asked.
She explained that our two oldest children had music lessons followed by a basketball game that was happening at the same time child No. 3 and child No. 4 had swimming lessons.
“I really need to be at music lessons today, and swimming is way too complicated for you to handle,” she explained.
Too tough for me to handle? Did I just hear her correctly?
“I’ll be fine,” I responded with booming confidence. “The only reason you think this is so difficult is because you obsess about every little detail of everything.”
That may sound like a harsh response, but my teaching style is to catch people off guard to get their attention and then the wise professor works his magic. By the stunned look on her face, I could tell class was now in session.
“Just relax! You worry way too much about every little detail,” I continued. “I’ll take Sadie and Jonah to swimming and it will be a breeze. You have nothing to worry about.”
The last word wasn’t completely out of my mouth, and Leslie had already packed up the two eldest and the remaining children leaving me No. 3 and 4 and the baby.
As the door closed behind them, a brief panic started to set in.
Was she really leaving me all alone to handle this? What exactly do kids wear when they swim? Should I be packing other… I don’t know… other stuff?
Then it hit me. I was falling into Leslie’s trap. I wasn’t going to allow myself to drown in the details. I was resolved not to sweat the small stuff.
I let Sadie pick out a swimsuit while I packed Jonah’s things. I saddled up the baby and walked my two soon-to-be-swimmers to the car. When we arrived at the pool, I was greeted by a sea of swimming moms. A couple of them offered their support when they realized that I was without Leslie.
“Would you like me to help Sadie get ready?” one of the kind mothers asked. Another offered to hold the baby.
“No thanks!” I dismissed them with a nod, knowing that I was more than prepared for this moment.
I pointed Sadie in the right direction and walked Jonah into the locker room. I helped him get his suit on and then pushed him out the door toward the instructor, while taking my place within the crowd to gaze upon our precious little ducklings.
Splash…splash…splash one after the other dropped over the edge and into the pool. Jonah and Sadie joined their friends in the water. My angel Sadie, like the trained seal that she is, took off swimming all the way to the barrier and back to the edge swimming laps around many of the other newbies.
I could just feel the mob of mothers looking at me and thinking “Wow… he’s a great dad.” And I was thinking to myself, “They are so right!”
As I stood against the wall, my chest puffed out with pride, I started to craft my next teaching moment with Leslie. I’d be able to use today as an object lesson to show her just how enjoyable life can be when we don’t have to micromanage every moment, when we are freed from the details.
As I contemplated the proper tone for my dissertation (not too haughty, but still brazenly confident), Sadie grabbed the edge of the pool and pulled herself up onto the deck. The top of her suit hung about navel high and as she smiled ear to ear at me she flashed everyone seated on the bleachers. As I surveyed the scene I realized that Sadie had packed a suit that was not her size.
This was one detail that I probably shouldn’t have overlooked. As she stood there dripping and smiling, my mind was racing with how I would respond when Leslie found out. Time has taught me that Leslie always finds out. I ran to Sadie with a towel for shelter. As we walked back to the locker room I explained to her that there are some tidbits from our time together that Mommy wouldn’t need to hear about. You know, stick to the big stuff.
But at least for today, swimming lessons showed that my theory on ignoring the details was all wet.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 21, 2012
Ontario Honda Section V Players of the Week
•Class AA Offensive Player of the Week
Justin Noye, East HS Junior QB 6’ 1” 182 lbs., had 22 carries for 236 yards and 3 TD’s. TD runs of 14 yards, 80 yards and 1 yard. Justin had 14 passing attempts, 7 completions and 2 TD’s. TD passes of 27 and 29 yards. Hilton 50 - East 35.
•Class C Offensive Player of the Week
Zack Dubois, Elba/Byron Bergen Senior RB 6’ 0”, 180 lbs., had 22 carries for 271 yards and 3 rushing TD’s on runs of 1, 4 and 41 yards. Zack played 2-1/2 quarters for a win over University Prep. Elba/Byron Bergen 55 - University Prep 18.
•Class AA Defensive Player of the Week
Andy Miller, Hilton HS Senior LB 6’ 1” 210 lbs., had 12 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. Hilton 50 - East 35.
•Class A Defensive Player of the Week
Sam Eagan, Churchville Junior DE 6’2” 245 lbs. had 7 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 2 sacks, 1 pass touchdown and 2 QB hurries. Churchville 24 - Greece Arcadia 0.
•Class C Defensive Player of the Week
Andy Underhill, Elba/Byron Bergen Junior LB 5’5” 140lbs., had 3 quarterback hurries, 1 interception, 10 solo tackles and 8 assisted tackles. Elba/Byron Bergen 55 - University Prep 18.
Cadets swimmers use depth to win
by Warren Kozireski
Hilton’s girls swimming team finished first in just four events, but used their superior team depth to defeat host Brockport 97-87.
Hannah Wheater took the diving competition with 211.40 points. Karine Rose was first in the 100-butterfly in 1:03.54, Bailey Klafehn was tops in the 100-yard freestyle in :58.88 and Dan DeHollander touched first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:17.16.
Hilton demonstrated their depth by finishing two-three in eight events including two-three-four in two of those.
For Brockport, Cathrine Schultheis and Natalie Lacourt each had a pair of firsts. Schultheis won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:19.75 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:33.52 while Lacourt took the 50-yard freestyle in :25.66 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.14. Emily Briggs also won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:06.82.
The 200-yard individual medley relay team of Emily Ennis, Abby Tripp, Emily Briggs and Schultheis won in 1:59.88 while Lacourt, Emily Zink, Briggs, and Tripp took the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:47.02.
Holley girls soccer goes pink for a cause
During their October 2 home game against Kendall, the Holley junior varsity and varsity girls soccer teams hosted a Coaches vs. Cancer game to benefit the American Cancer Society and breast cancer research.
The girls on the teams sported pink jerseys and there was a booth set up to sell wristbands, rally towels and ribbons. The Holley Sports Boosters donated the proceeds from the game to the cause as well.
Between the sales and boosters’ donation, the soccer teams raised $526. Prior to the game, the varsity girls soccer teams from Holley and Kendall posed donning pink and supporting the awareness efforts.
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Williams lifts Holley in 76th minute
by Warren Kozireski
Junior Jimmy Williams scored his first goal of the season with a little more than three minutes remaining in regulation to lift Holley to a 1-0 victory over Kendall in boys soccer game played in 25 mph winds.
“The wind was a factor for both teams,” said Hawks head coach Dan Orbaker. “Neither team really controlled the ball in the offensive third of the field.”
Holley had two scoring opportunities prior to finally breaking up the scoreless contest. In the 53rd minute, Williams headed the ball to Tyler Chmylak whose shot was stopped by Kendall goalkeeper Garret Love.
With eight minutes remaining, Will Barniak fed a long pass to send Chmylak on a break, but Kendall senior defender Bryan Urquhart broke up the attempt before a shot.
Nick Winkley began the game-winning play with a long throw-in that was headed back to him. His chip pass above the box found Williams who put it into the upper right corner at 76:47.
Holley goalkeeper Cory Winter made two saves in helping the Hawks pick up their eighth shutout of the season and third against the Eagles.
“No matter what the team records are coming in, the Holley versus Kendall games are always tough,” said Orbaker.
The Hawks improved to 12-3 and, with one game remaining in the regular season, were likely to be seeded fourth behind Mynderse, Williamson and Byron-Bergen for the Section V playoffs and host a first round game.
Spencerport Rangers Football dedicates Ranger Rock to honor longtime volunteer
Senior Night at the Spencerport Rangers Football game Friday, October 12 was a very special night for Robert “Pop” Dennis and his family with the dedication of a plaque on Ranger Rock to honor his “years of service, dedication and passion that he has shown in support of the Spencerport Rangers football program and student-athletes.”
Pop, as the student-athletes call him, has donated more than 16,077 hours for the past 22 years to the Spencerport Central School District and athletic programs. He is also the equipment manager for the football team. The Ranger Rock is a team-rallying rock, which football players touch as they enter Ranger Stadium for the start of their games.
Senior Night, the football team’s last home game, opened with the Senior Varsity Cheerleaders and Senior Varsity Football players escorting their families onto the football field. Immediately after, the cheerleaders and football team players gathered around the Ranger Rock, located under the scoreboard, for the dedication of a plaque to honor Pop Dennis. Along with Pop was his wife, Pat, and daughter, Kathy Dennis-Anderson. The plaque was donated by the Spencerport Football Parents Club.
Following the Senior Night activities, the Rangers went on to beat Greece Olympia 55-12.
Text and photo by David Knox
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 21, 2012
Hilton Fire Department visits Quest Elementary for Fire Prevention Week
Students at Quest Elementary School in Hilton toured a Hilton fire truck for Fire Prevention Week, October 7 to 13.
This year’s theme was “Have 2 Ways Out!” stressing the importance of having a home fire escape plan that prepares families to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds.
Firefighters also handed out fire hats, coloring books, crayons, and stickers.
Pictured, Firefighter Tom Furtner talks to Carol Jones’ class about the fire gear worn by firefighters during a blaze. Thomas Legler is modeling the gear so students know what they will see if they are ever in a fire.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 21, 2012
•Barber, Peter J. Sr., October 15, 2012 at age 87. He is survived by loving wife of 65 years Betty Brundage Barber; children Peter Jr. (Eileen) Barber, Gail (Bryan) Barber-Popowich; grandchildren Kevin (Meg) Barber, Patrick Barber, Scott Popowich, Eric Popowich; great-grandson Casey Barber; sister Josephine Janus; brothers and sisters-in-law Harold (Lorna) Brundage, Helen (Richard) Rubino, Richard (Betty) Brundage, Barbara (Gary) Webster; several nieces and nephews. Peter was a WWII veteran who served in the European Theatre.
A Mass of Christian Burial was said October 19 at Nativity Church BVM. Interment with Military Honors in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lakeside Memorial Hospital or Nativity Church for mass said in his memory.
•Champagne, Shirley A., October 12, 2012 at age 89. She is predeceased by her brothers Clarence and Irvin Batz. Survived by her loving husband Robert; sons, Robert (Diane), Gary (Jan), Rodney (Kathleen) and Roger (Patty); grandchildren: Christine (Tim), Nancy (Jim), David, Paul (Terry), Bryan, Brittney; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; brother, Charles (Ruth) Batz; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held October 16 at New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to ABVI, 422 Clinton Avenue South, Rochester 14620 in her memory.
•Flow, Victor V., October 29, 1921 - October 16, 2012. Predeceased by his wife Theresa, grandson Todd, daughter-in-law Donna. He is survived by his children Victor (Jeanne) Flow, Kathleen (Jim) Lamy, Patty (Gary) Parker, Robert (Barb) Flow, Tom (Linda) Flow, Richard (Diana) Flow; special companion Veda Lemcke; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister Josephine Eldred; many nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Victor was a WWII Army Medic and recipient of a purple heart with cluster.
Friends may call Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., 340 West Avenue, Brockport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, October 22, 10 a.m., at Nativity Church BVM, Brockport. Burial with Military Honors in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Contributions can be made to a local disabled veterans organization in his memory.
•Pikul, Lawrence J., September 29, 2012. Formerly of Utica. Beloved husband of Grace; nieces and many friends. Lawrence was WWII Army Veteran.
No services were held. Contributions can be made to Veteran’s Outreach Center in his memory.
•Schmidt, Joseph A., October 10, 2012. Predeceased by his son Michael. Survived by his wife Irene; children Barbara (Warren) Clark, Peggy (Lee) David, Thomas (Linda) Schmidt, David (Tina) Schmidt; daughter-in-law Deborah Schmidt; 10 grand and four great-grandchildren; brother Edward (Norma) Schmidt; nieces; nephews and cousins. Joe retired from Delco Products with 35 years of service.
A Funeral Mass was said October 15 at St. Pius the Tenth Church, Chili. Burial in White Haven Memorial Park. Contributions can be made to National Parkinson Foundation/Greater Rochester, P.O. Box 23204, Rochester 14692 in his memory.
•Zeitvogel, Joseph, October 16, 2012, age 79. Predeceased by his mother, Irene Zeitvogel; sister and brother-in-law, Jane (Herb) McCarthy; father and mother-in-law, Nicholas (Nancy) Dragone. Survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Lou; children, Barney, Nick and Chuck (Kristina); three grandchildren, Nicholas, Camryn and Milan; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Christian; daughter-in-law, Sandy Zeitvogel; good friend, Sam Ognibene; several nieces and nephews. Joe was a career Marine, retired Postal worker and a longtime member of the Marine Corps League.
A Funeral Mass was said October 19 at St. Pius the Tenth Church, Chili. Donations can be made to Cottage Grove Memory Care, 50 Cottage Grove Circle, North Chili, NY 14514 in his memory.
•Kalwas, Rita K., September 21 at age 93. She is predeceased by her husband, Lincoln L. Kalwas; brothers, Francis and Gregory Kraus. Survived by her children, Marilyn (Russell) Allen, Jill A. (David C.) O’Mara, Laurie J. (John Treadway) Kalwas; grandchildren, Mikaela (Larry) Wilk, Seana O’Mara, Ryan (Ashley) O’Mara, Christopher Jones, Bethany Jones; great-grandchild Olivia Wilk.
A Memorial Service was held October 20 at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, Rochester. Burial, private. Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 160 Allens Creek Road, Rochester, NY 14618 in her memory.
•Wilk, Karen D., October 10, 2012. Age 63. Predeceased by her parents, Kenneth and Ethel Clar. Survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Gilbert; children, Kristen (Stephen) Moore and Brian (Rebecca Hutchinson); grandson, Maytum Hutchinson.
A Funeral Service was held October 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencerport. Interment, Westside Cemetery. Donations can be made to American Cancer Society or Lifetime Care (Hildebrandt Hospice) in her memory.
•Shaw, George H., October 16, 2012 at age 77. Predeceased by his parents George and Elfie. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Rose Mary; three children and several grandchildren. George served locally on several boards including the Clarkson Town Board, Monroe County Environmental Boards including Parks Advisory Counsel and was Clarkson Republican Committee Town Leader for many years.
Funeral Services were held October 20 at the Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., Brockport. Interment at the convenience of the family.
•McCauley, Lloyd Ronald, on October 12, 2012 at age 24. He is survived by his parents Lloyd and Cheryl; brothers Christopher and Jason; grandparents Ron and Josephine Horton; loving girlfriend Caroline Lamarque; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Memorial Service was held October 18 at Christ Chapel Wesleyan, Hamlin. Donations can be made to NAMI, 320 North Goodman Street, Suite 102, Rochester 14607 in his memory.
•Vetter, Richard J. “Dickie”, on October 11, 2012. Predeceased by his father, John F. in 2006. He is survived by his mother Doris; his wife of 47 years, Laraine; his son, Mike (Julieen); daughter, Viktoria; grand triplets, Cody, Shayla and Shelby; three brothers, one sister, four sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law, many nieces and nephews, friends, and his beloved bird Jack. Rich was a Vietnam Army Veteran and was retired from Eastman Kodak after 30 years of service.
Funeral Services were held October 15 at the Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc., Greece. Private interment. Donations can be made to Rochester General Hospital, Cardiac Department, 1425 Portland Avenue, Rochester 14621 in his memory.
•Blodgett, Floyd G., October 14, 2012, age 84. Survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Theresa (Eichas); his child-ren, Beverly (Dick) Elliott, David (Ruth) Blodgett, Jody Blodgett, Carol (Al) Bloss, Daniel (Dawn) Blodgett; his brother, Edward (JoAnn) Blodgett; his sisters, Jeannine (George) Plender and Phyllis Blodgett; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and in-laws. Predeceased by his grandson, Alan Bloss; great grandson, Lewis Kozak; brothers, Charles, Irving and Clark Blodgett.
Funeral Mass and Interment were private. Contributions can be made to Hilton Volunteer Ambulance in his memory.
•Kedian, Doris R., October 10, 2012, age 91. Predeceased by her husband, Bernard J. Kedian; and her niece, Diane Camp. Survived by nieces and nephews, Sharon (David) LaDue, David (Tammy Mault) Rowley, James (Sue) Rowleyk, Sandra (Dan) Colaprete and Patricia Gallagher; sister-in-law, Marjorie Rowley; devoted friends, Alice and Bill Coffey and family.
A Private Graveside Service was held at Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to S. Edelman - H. Gardner C.R.F., Box 97, Hilton, NY 14468 in her memory.
•Ciardi, Frank, suddenly, on October 14, 2012, at age 96. Predeceased by his wife Anna Ciardi, son-in-law Stanislao Raponi, brother, Ignazio (Lena) Ciardi, nieces, Sue Voelkl and Ann Privitera. He is survived by his devoted children, Anna Maria Raponi, Mauro (Maria) Ciardi, Enzo (Donna) Ciardi, Elsa Ciardi (Gregorio) Sanchez; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews here and in Italy. Frank was a retiree of Bonds Clothing, and an original member of the IACC.
His Funeral Mass was held October 19 at Holy Apostles Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be made to Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way, Rochester, NY 14624 in his memory.
•Fraser, Arthur G., October 13, 2012, in the loving care of his nephew Ricky and his wife Cynthia Modzel, and surrounded by other family members. Also survived by his brother, Robert (Vera) Fraser; his sister, Jacqueline (Albert) Wilt; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Military Graveside Service was held October 20 at Parma Corners Cemetery, Spencerport. Contributions can be made to VNS Hospice, or Alzheimer’s Association in his memory.
•Gravelle, David L, October 10, 2012 at age 82. David is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Jean Gravelle; his children, Kathleen (Bart) Bella, Renee (Judy Veitz) Gravelle and Jeffrey (Sara Bulson) Gravelle; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; brother, Donald (Audrey) Gravelle; many nieces and nephews.
All services were held privately. Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Noto, Mark C., Suddenly October 11, 2012 a age 40. Survived by his loving parents, Michael and Linda Noto; his sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and John Bartolotta; his brother and sister-in-law Michael and Shannon Noto; nieces and nephew, Alicia, Giustina and Anthony Bartolotta; his fiancee, Jennifer Tunison and children, Jesse and Abbey; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and his beloved dogs, Jewel and Jake. He was the owner of Michael’s Tree Service.
His Funeral Service was celebrated October 15 at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Greece. Entombment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
•Spaccasi, Lawrence (Larry), October 16, 2012 at age 83. Survived by his loving wife of 37 years Janet; his sister Dolly Dintruff; his children Diedre Bauch, Maryann Ehmann (Gene), Carla Larsson (Bjorn), Cheryl Dowling (Jim), Lori Hintz (Glen), Lawrence M. Spaccasi (Allison), Peter Amis; 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many good friends.
His Funeral Service was held October 20 at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Greece. Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Wyland, Bernice R., October 8, 2012, age 96. Predeceased by her husband Harold, 1999 and her son Larry, 2007. Survived by her granddaughters, Jackie Cully and Laurie Leone; her daughter-in-law Joan Wyland; nieces Janet Wyland and Susan Huffman. Bernice was a long time secretary at the Ogden/Citizens Telephone Company.
All services were private.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 14, 2012
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 14, 2012
Trustees approve increased library funding
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport Village Trustees have unanimously approved a 2.5 percent increase in the village’s contribution for the 2013 Seymour Library Budget.
Library Director Andrea Tillinghast had requested a 4 percent increase in support which would have equated to $7,377.64. Trustees estimated the approved increase would equate to about $4,600 over the current year’s contribution.
Mayor Connie Castaneda proposed a 3 percent increase, but when there was no second to her motion, Trustee Margaret Blackman proposed the 2.5 percent increase.
Trustee Kent Blair said the increase is “what we feel we can afford.”
Castaneda reminded trustees that the village typically sets the percent increase which is then followed by the Towns of Sweden and Clarkson both of which are also served by the library. She reported the Town of Sweden had included a 4 percent increase in their budget, Trustee Bill Andrews reported the Town of Clarkson was continuing to discuss the amount of the increase to be included in their budget.
The mayor noted the library has been asking the village for larger increases for years. “It’s discouraging that this board would vote two-and-a-half percent to an organization that greatly benefits the community,” she said.
In a letter to the mayor dated July 30, 2012, Tillinghast stated the library is losing revenue due to decreasing interest income and loss of income in fine payments. “Personnel costs have increased, now that we are fully staffed, and we have budgeted for normal increases in operating the facility and purchasing books and materials,” she wrote.
In other business, the board voted unanimously to submit an application for an Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Grant for canal front beautification.
The funds would be used to revitalize the garden on the north side of the canal between Main Street and Park Avenue.
During her report, Trustee Margaret Blackman reported on her continuing efforts to bring a new grocery store to the former Ryan’s Big M location in the village. Blackman said she has discussed utilizing the help of student interns from The College at Brockport’s School of Business with officials from Ellicott Development and Dan Petree, the Dean of the School of Business. She said officials would, “like to get another supermarket in there and possibly another business.” The interns would be involved in the work of finding a new tenant or tenants, Trustee Blackman said.
Passport program October 24 at Chili Public Library
Members of the Monroe County Clerk’s staff will provide a range of passport services, including expedited applications and passport photos Wednesday, October 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Avenue.
Registration is required (no on line registration is available). Contact the library by phone, 889-2200, or in person to register. For information on the official documents required for registration as well as any other questions, visit the Monroe County Clerk’s website at: http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-passports.php.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 14, 2012
Hilton Apple Fest Pie contest winners
There were 46 entries in the 2012 Hilton Apple Fest Apple Pie Contest. In the Youth Division (up through age 16) the first place went to Claire Buck who won $50. Her pie was made of Cortland apples. Second place winner was Grace Muir who won $25 with a pie made of Cortland and Autumn Crisp apples.
In the Adult Division, first place was awarded to Betsy Forjone who won $100 with a pie made of Macintosh, Cortland and 20-Ounce apples. Second place winner was Lindsey Phillips who won $50 with her pie made of Granny Smith apples. Third place winner was Robin Taney who won $25. Her pie was made of Macintosh apples.
The judges tasted all pies and evaluated them for appearance, taste, and texture. The judges were: KB Cooper from radio station Legends 102.7; Blaine Crawford, who moved from Denver, Colorado a few weeks ago and became the new Pastor of Lakeview Community Church; Paul Marvin, someone who loves apple pies and has volunteered many hours to the Apple Fest; and Joe Sciortino of Sciortino Developers.
Volunteers were Mary Herring of Kendall, Janet Lincoln of Rochester, Becky Hibbard of Hilton, Kathy Enright of Rochester, Cheryl Miles of Hilton, and Joan Marvin of Hilton. The Apple Pie Contest Committee is Jane Mitchel of Spencerport and Linda Viney of Hilton.
Vietnam Mailbag columnist to visit Newman-Riga Library
by Terra Osterling
Nancy E. Lynch was less than a year out of the University of Delaware and a general assignment reporter with the Wilmington Morning News (now The News Journal) when her editor proposed an idea. The new column would forty years later spawn her book Vietnam Mailbag, Voices from the War: 1968-1972. Lynch now travels the northeast to promote the book by giving talks about her experience reporting the column called Vietnam Mailbag. She will appear at the Newman-Riga Public Library at 7:00 p.m. on October 18.
It all started with a spring 1968 form letter that Lynch sent to the military addresses of Delaware servicemen in Vietnam. She introduced herself and the column, and asked them to send letters about anything, writing to them, “we at home want to hear from you.” Three weeks went by before a single reply arrived. The next day, two letters arrived, then 15 letters, and before long the column increased to three times per week to keep up with the mail volume.
“The boys knew when they wrote to me that their letters would get published,” recalls Lynch. Despite charged stateside political debates, the letters were published in full and not edited in any way.
“This is your column,” Lynch says she told “her guys.” The soldiers wrote about their feelings on Vietnam, covering the spectrum from skepticism to full support. In all, she received nearly 1,000 letters from Delaware servicemen (and a few women).
One wrote from a foxhole on Christmas Day, 1970, apologizing for the dirty stationery. Some expressed bitterness over the war, others felt aligned to a mission. One airman wrote a letter dated May 4, 1968, and was shot down the next day. His family later confirmed that his letter to Vietnam Mailbag was the last he wrote.
Lynch answered every single letter personally, saying she felt it was the least she could do. “I like to think of myself as a facilitator … a cheerleader at home,” she says of the column that also celebrated holidays, anniversaries, birth announcements, and even served as a bulletin board for servicemen trying to reconnect.
She also encouraged Delaware readers to write directly to the soldiers, as mail, she learned, meant so much to them that it could make or break their day.
In 1972, mail volume began to decrease as troops withdrew from Vietnam. Vietnam Mailbag, the only column of its kind in the country, published for the last time in December of that year. Lynch wrote “you guys are coming home” and promised to someday put all their letters and photos into a book to honor their service. “It was a powerful experience for me. I lived this,” she says of the profound effect the column had on her.
Lynch never forgot her pledge and in 2006 found herself led to the boxes of letters stored in her barn. She took them with her on a solo trip to Canandaigua Lake, where she had summered as a child with her grandparents, spread the letters all over the living room floor, and sorted day and night.
“I knew we had a huge book,” Lynch says. She secured permission from The News Journal and assembled a team of ten people who worked with her to self-publish the 456-page book, released in 2008.
Lynch maintained contact with many of the soldiers over the years, and often bumps into others at her book talks. At the public library in Odessa, N.Y., a man who had sat at the back of the room approached Lynch, saying, “I’m glad to finally meet you.” He had corresponded with her from Vietnam as a Delaware serviceman.
She says her mission both then and now is to increase awareness of the service and the sacrifices of our Vietnam veterans. Lynch fulfills that mission with her free talks, visiting the area twice a year, and extends it to support veterans of any era, who often identify with the soldiers’ letters. She notes meeting veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq at recent appearances.
The mission continues. Lynch plans to co-produce a feature length documentary specifically about Vietnam Mailbag with a Delaware-based filmmaker. And Florentine Films, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ organization, has been in contact with Lynch regarding the letters as they research for their Vietnam series slated for 2016.
In addition to her visit to the Newman-Riga Public Library on October 18, Nancy Lynch will appear at Haxton Memorial Library in Oakfield on October 24, the Yates Community Library in Lyndonville on October 25, and at the Lee-Wheedon Memorial Library in Medina on October 29. All are free and start at 7 p.m.
Vietnam Mailbag, Voices from the War: 1968-1972 may be purchased at the event or online at www.vietnammailbag.com.
Fenton issues challenge to “build a better Brockport”
by William Matthias
Mark Fenton is not your run-of-the-mill public health advocate, and as one of the foremost experts on designing walk- and bike-friendly communities, he has a host of ideas on improving his hometown, or building a better Brockport.
“I see Brockport as a potential national model for a triple health community,” said Fenton, a public health, planning and transportation consultant. “I know what you (the Brockport community) are capable of, so I’m going to challenge you.”
Fenton’s triple health model is a blueprint for the ideal community. This community is eco-friendly and economically vibrant. Its residents are physically active, frequently using alternative modes of transportation during the daily grind, especially for short trips.
The “challenge” is getting community stakeholders together to take action - to make this kind of community a reality.
Fenton, former host of the PBS television program America’s Walking, delivered a presentation, “Community Health by Design,” to a room full of Brockporters and residents from neighboring communities at The College at Brockport on Friday, October 5. The Walk! Bike! Brockport! Action Group organized the event with three co-sponsors, including the Brockport Merchants Association.
Ray Duncan, co-chair of Walk! Bike! Brockport!, said the purpose of the presentation was to gather and educate Brockport leaders in hopes of getting them to work together as a task force that can help “push policy.”
Village Trustee Margaret Blackman, a member of the Walk! Bike! Brockport! group, said the presentation was entertaining and informative.
“He gave a good talk with energy and enthusiasm,” Blackman said. “He practices what he preaches and I like that he is using his hometown as a model, but at the same time challenging us to move forward.”
Village Trustee Bill Andrews said, “Our policymakers need to be alert to opportunities to increase further the walkability of the area. He (Fenton) has set me to work on getting sidewalks and bike lanes in the outskirts of the Village into our Comprehensive Plan.”
Fenton outlined in detail the elements of a healthy community design. The elements included an extensive “network” (with trails, sidewalks, bike lanes, etc.) for residents in transit and site designs that are inviting and functional for non-motorists.
Fenton pointed to the Brockport Walmart Supercenter on Route 31/Brockport Spencerport Road and the CVS Pharmacy at the intersection of Route 31 and Route 19/Lake Road as businesses with second-rate site designs.
“If we build businesses like this, with huge parking lots in front and buildings set way back, it’s not very inviting to pedestrians,” Fenton said. “Plus, the parking lots generate a huge amount of storm water runoff and absorb a lot of solar energy.”
Fenton said that most municipalities have extensive guidelines on how a developer builds, but these guidelines are automobile-oriented. He also said town/village code often mandates parking requirements for developers that are “totally out of whack.”
“Developers are required to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on parking,” Fenton said. “But, if you reduce the amount of parking required, the developer can spend a portion of that money to make it (the development) more appealing for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users, which in turn reduces parking demand.”
Fenton provided several ideas for policymakers to consider for implementation. He said “forward-thinking” communities are passing complete streets policies, for example. These policies, championed by the National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC), an arm of the Smart Growth America advocacy organization, ensure that all road users, not just motorists, are accommodated during the planning, construction and maintenance of roadways.
According to the NCSC, 26 states and 379 regional and local jurisdictions have adopted a “complete streets” policy or have made a commitment to do so.
Fenton also highlighted research related to poor health that makes the case for change on the local level. For instance, the percentage of children who walked to school dropped more than 50 percent from 1961 to 2001, according to the “Journal of Physical Activity and Health.”
“This (percentage drop) coincided with a tripling of childhood obesity rates and a massive reduction in physical activity,” Fenton said. “Meanwhile, crimes against kids have actually gone down over the past 40 years.”
Fenton said the dramatic decline in overall public health over the years can be attributed, in part, to the move away from raising “free range” youth, caused by over-protective parenting. He also said only 20 percent of American adults are meeting national guidelines for daily physical activity.
According to the New York State Department of Health, an estimated 365,000 deaths occur in the U.S. each year due to diseases associated with physical inactivity and unhealthy eating. Fenton said he wants to get these numbers moving in the opposite direction by transforming automobile-oriented communities into walk- and bike-friendly places.
Brockport has taken steps toward becoming the latter, partly due to the efforts of Walk! Bike! Brockport! Fenton said the organization has been instrumental to several changes that have improved the Brockport area, including the installation of curb extensions and bicycle racks on Main Street, and the construction of the roundabout at the north end of the village.
“These things don’t happen overnight,” Fenton said. “I am so proud of you (the Brockport community). Your great grandchildren will be better off because of what you’ve accomplished.”
Photos by Walter Horylev
Local artist’s paintings included in two publications
Local artist Dianne Hickerson has three watercolor paintings included in two recently published art books.
In Splash 13: The Best of Watercolor her still life “Tea and Roses” appears as one of the “real solutions and alternative approaches for other artists,” said Editor Rachel Rubin Wolf of North Light Books. Hickerson’s painting is one of “115 of today’s masters of the medium,” the editor states, calling the book a “showcase for artists and art-lovers alike.”
Two other paintings by Hickerson appear in The Artistic Touch 5: Watercolor painting techniques and inspiration from more than 100 artists, (Chris Unwin, editor, North Light Books). In selecting a painting, the editor’s stated criteria included: Does it make you think, laugh, take your break away, or remind you of a treasured memory? Does it show skill and competence in handling the material used? In this book Hickerson’s painting “Don’t Walk” shows a street scene at New York’s Time Square on a rainy day. Her other included work is “Morning Glow.” All three paintings appear in the artist’s web site www.diannehickerson.com.
Hickerson, a town of Sweden resident, taught third and fourth grades at Brockport Central School for 33 years. She retired in 1997 and pursued watercolor painting. Over the years her work has appeared in major exhibitions around the U.S. and Canada, and in books and magazines. She is currently pursuing oil painting, recently attending a workshop in California and scheduled for workshops in Texas and in France in the near future.
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Village of Holley plans annual Christmas Parade of Lights
Leaves are falling fast, the weather is changing, and it’s time to think ahead to the Holiday Season.
On December 1, 2012 the Village of Holley will be opening the Christmas Season with a parade of lights complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade of lights will begin at 6 p.m., immediately followed by the Annual Christmas Memory Bulb Lighting Ceremony in the square.
Those who purchase an adult Memory Bulb ($5 per bulb) will receive up to 5 free tickets for admission to the reception at the Fire Hall immediately following the tree lighting ceremony. Those who purchase a child Memory Bulb ($1 per bulb) will receive one free admission. Admission is $1 per ticket without a Memory Bulb purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the Village of Holley office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and also at the door on the evening of the event.
This year, the parade will feature the Holley High School band and chorus. Also surrounding town and village businesses can enter the contest for a decorated vehicle or float that will be judged for a prize.
To take part in the parade, contact David Dill by phone at 943-9188, the Village Clerk’s Office at 638-6367, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike donations accepted
Hilton-Parma Recreation is teaming with R Community Bikes and community members of Make a Difference Day to coordinate a bike collection program. R Community Bikes collects and repairs used bikes for distribution free of charge to Rochester’s most needy children and adults and Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others.
Bicycles can be someone’s precious new bike once R Community Bikes completes their refurbishing process. Donations will be tax deductible and the donated bikes or bike parts can be any condition as everything collected will be 100 percent recyclable. To donate old bikes to a new home, call H-P Recreation at 392-9030 to arrange a convenient pick-up time or drop off your bike on Saturday, October 27 at the local Make a Difference Day event at Hilton High School from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
New Brockport Integrated Service and Community Organization (BISCO) treasurer Andy Pacitto (l) and president elect Greg Lund (r) present a check for $2,500 to Director of the Seymour Library Andrea Tillinghast.
The money, given in conjunction with the November 3 After Hours at the Library fundraiser, will be used to buy new furnishings for the children’s area of the library.
Last year, BISCO gave a corresponding amount at this time of year and ultimately pledged the items donated by festival vendors this year in the Made In America donation program (named by Pacitto).
Lund, the only treasurer BISCO has had during its nearly 20 years of existence as informal, then formal organization, will be chairing the 19th Brockport Arts Festival.
BISCO treasurer Andy Pacitto (l) presents a check for $10,000 to Sue Parrino, Executive Director of the Lakeside Foundation with four time BISCO president George Dahl (r).
Lakeside’s digital mammography fund was named as principal beneficiary of the 16th Duck Derby proceeds. The amount was augmented some by other festival profits to reach the $10K level. BISCO is very pleased to be able to apply its profits to such valuable community organizations as its home library and hospital. This way even if you did not win a prize, you may ultimately benefit greatly from your donation, members say.
BISCO was created to undertake larger projects such as the ones described, which require greater effort and funding. To help raise the funds, an arts festival was developed that showcases the village as well as raising more money than service club organizations usually can accomplish.
Those who wish to apply for full or partial funding for a project within the 14420 zip code area should contact the organization at P.O. Box 197, Brockport, NY and request a grant application form. The organization meets the first Tuesday in the month (except for January when there is no meeting).
Work has started on replacing the front porch and steps of the building formerly known as Stothard’s Hardware Store in Hilton. Owner Gary Inzana is refurbishing the front of the old structure, built in the late 1800s.
In removing the south end of the porch a bottle was found, dating from another era. It is brown, squarish in design and about the size of a 750 ml wine bottle. It still has a cork in it and it is in excellent shape except for slight damage to the corked end. On the four-sided neck, this information is formed into the bottle DOYLE, HOP, BITTERS, 1872.
Owner Gary Inzana has donated the bottle to the Hilton Historian’s office.
Photographs by Walter Horylev
Over the years the Murray Tractor pull has been run as a fundraiser for local charities. “What a great turnout this year! The success of the Murray Tractor Pull results in biggest donations we’ve been able to give!” said Gail Christ.
Pictured, Father Mark from St. Mary - St. Mark Parish receives a donation from the Murray Tractor Pull creators Lloyd and Gail Christ.
The other benefactors for this fundraiser were: F.H.M. Fire Co. received $1,500 and Holley Volunteer Ambulance received $1,000.
Brockport Lions Club inducts newest member
Past District Governor Greg Lund presided over the induction of the Lions newest member, Tom Switzer, shown here with his sponsor and father, Lions Club President Chuck Switzer, at the October 3 dinner meeting.
For information on becoming a Lion, contact Greg Lund at email@example.com or 964-2774.
Future fire fighters
Students at JLU Child Care were treated to a visit from the Spencerport Volunteer Fire Department in celebration of Fire Safety Month. Children were able to see fire gear up close and personal, hear the roar of the siren and even spend some time inside a truck. JLU Child Care is a Christian center located at 2800 Spencerport Road serving infants through school age children and their families.
Windblown sunflowers dance about at the corner of Brick Schoolhouse Road and Hamlin-Parma Town Line Road.
Photograph by Walter Horylev.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 14, 2012
Coach, athletes honored with GCC Hall of Fame Induction
The coach who took the women’s volleyball team to conference championships and launched the men’s volleyball program, two exceptional women’s basketball players, and a hoops star who now coaches the Genesee Community College Cougars were inducted into the GCC Athletics Hall of Fame during the third annual Homecoming celebration. The induction ceremony was held Saturday, September 29 and honored the following outstanding athletes:
•Volleyball coach Ben Guiliano, a native of Spencerport, led GCC’s women’s volleyball squad from 1978-1987, amassing three conference championships and one regional title. He also launched the men’s team and coached softball during his tenure at GCC. His coaching skills also helped build strong volleyball teams at Rochester Institute of Technology, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Creighton University and Pfeiffer University. He currently guides the Keuka College women’s volleyball team, and over a 30-year career, Guiliano’s teams have earned an overall record of 546 wins and 396 losses. He lives in Branchport.
•Basketball standout Mary Loree from Arkport, New York excelled for the GCC Lady Cougars in 1978-79 on several sports teams, notably as a two-year starter for the basketball, field hockey and softball teams. Loree was named to the 1978 women’s hoops squad at the Empire State Games, and helped lead her GCC teammates to the NJCAA National Tournament. She also served for 20 years in the United States Army, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 2009. Her duties included providing worldwide communications for the White House during the administrations of Presidents William Clinton and George W. Bush, which earned her the Presidential Service Badge. Loree now makes her home in Alexandria, Virginia.
•Lynn (Jensen) Northup, class of 1993, is an Attica native who excelled as a shooting guard for the GCC Lady Cougar’s basketball program in the early 1990s. Her career highlights include five games during which she scored more than 30 points in a single game, and five three-point baskets in a single game. Northup attended Houghton College and is a Physical Therapist for the Avon Central School District. She resides in Churchville with her husband and three children.
•Class of 2003 basketball star Terry George has come full-circle at GCC. The Batavia resident was a two-time All-American and Region III Player of the Year for the men’s team, and was an integral member of the 2002-2003 squad inducted into the Genesee Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. He still holds the college record for career points, with 1,370 over his two-year playing career with the Cougars, and was on the first GCC squad to earn an NJCAA National Tournament berth. George continued playing hoops at the College of St. Rose, and returned to GCC in 2007 as assistant coach for the men’s basketball team. In 2011, he was named interim head coach, and this year, took over the reins as permanent head coach.
Courage Run/Walk 5K raises funds for Laura’s Gifts Outreach
Laura Gioseffi Frazier succumbed to breast cancer May 22, 2011. During her two year courageous fight she was blessed by her family and many friends who rallied to support her during her treatments. The financial, spiritual and emotional assistance by her family and friends provided comfort, peace and helped immensely during this most difficult period.
Laura’s Gifts is a nonprofit organization formed in memory of Laura to provide support for a person(s) and their family currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer and in need of financial support. Laura’s Gifts will partner with The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester and Hope Lutheran Church to identify these individuals.
A fundraising 5K run/walk - “The Courage Run” will be held on Sunday, October 21 - start time 9 a.m. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. The 5K USA certified race - NY06119KL - (timing devices, participant T-shirts and prizes for the top finishers) will be held at the YMCA Camp Northpoint located at 249 North Greece Road, Hilton. Registration fee is $30; waived for those who raise $50 or more in pledges.
Additional information about the event can be obtained on the website www.LaurasGifts.org or by contacting John Frazier, President of the Laura’s Gifts committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Devils volleyball wins on road
by Warren Kozireski
Led by senior outside hitter Kevin Carges’ team-high 26 kills, Brockport’s boys volleyball team rebounded from a first set loss to win three straight at Spencerport.
The Blue Devils led game one by three at 15-12 before the Rangers went on a 13-6 spurt with Sam Rabidoux, Josh Ramos, Anthony Macera and Kyle Coburn each registering one or more points in the rally for a 25-21 win.
After trailing 3-0 in the second set, the Blue Devils rallied to win 25-23 holding off a late Rangers rally from a five point deficit.
Brockport led the third set until Spencerport again rallied. The game was tied eight times in all, including at 23-23 before Carges knocked down a kill and Jared Heidt an ace to seal the 25-23 win.
The fourth set was equally close and tied 23-23 when Brockport senior Daniel Scheda came up with a key block for one block and Carges the match-winning kill in the 25-23 win.
In addition to his 26 kills, Carges added 14 digs while Cody Gould had nine kills, Scheda seven blocks and Luke McCauglin 36 assists for the Blue Devils, who improved their division record to 5-2.
Rabidoux tied for game-high honors with 26 kills and added five blocks for Spencerport. Macera had 11 kills and 23 digs and Coburn 42 assists for the Rangers.
Youth participate in Punt, Pass & Kick competition
On Saturday, September 15, the Town of Riga’s Recreation Department held its 6th annual local NFL Punt, Pass & Kick at Sanford Road Park in Churchville.
•6-7 Year Olds - Girls - Henna Northup (62.3 pts.)
Boys - T.J. Finnigan (46.8 pts.)
•8-9 Year Olds - Girls - Deshayla Brown (52.4 pts.)
Boys - Aaron Lund (156.0 pts.)
•10-11 Year Olds - Girls - Ashley Northup (68.7 pts.)
Boys - Masiah Williams (162.5 pts.)
•12-13 Year Olds - Boys - Adam Lund (191.0 pts.)
These boys and girls will be going to the East High School Football Field on Saturday, October 20 for the “PPK” Sectional event. The winners of each age level will be going to Ralph Wilson Stadium in November to perform at halftime and a chance to go on to the AFC “PPK” finals.
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Saints shutout Irondequoit
by Warren Kozireski
Luke Pavone scored on a penalty kick in the 63rd minute and Lukas Fernandes netted an insurance goal from midfield in the dying seconds of the game as Churchville-Chili defeated visiting Irondequoit 2-0 in boys soccer.
It was a goalkeeper’s duel throughout the first half and the first ten minutes of the second as senior Mike Luciw made a diving stop in the 24th minute and again four minutes later. Eagles’ goalkeeper Justin Slattery was equally impressive with a diving save on a Frank Ciliberto shot just four minutes in and another in the 28th minute.
The Saints’ Pavone and Ciliberto shot wide in the early stages of the second half and Nick Kehl was thwarted on another diving stop in the 50th minute of play before C-C finally got on the board.
Pavone chased down a long pass from midfield and was eventually taken down in the box. He converted the resulting penalty kill to put the Saints up 1-0.
C-C had two more chances to pad their lead, but an indirect kick by Fernandes was headed just wide by Nick Gutberiet in the 72nd minute and a Zach Perkins shot and a Kehl rebound were both stopped by the Eagles goalkeeper.
Irondequoit pressured late, but Luciw punched out one attempt and grabbed the rebound with 90 seconds remaining to preserve his fifth shutout of the campaign.
With the Irondequoit goalkeeper pushed up to midfield, the freshman Fernandes gathered a loose ball and found the net with a high, arcing ball from 50 yards out for the final tally.
“We are peaking at the right time I believe,” said Saints head coach John Mahoney after his team’s first non-divisional win of the season. “Our 4-5-3 overall record is deceiving with the non-division opponents we’ve played, but we’ve allowed just one goal over our last four games.”
Brown, Spiegel, Tyler lead Rangers swim team
by Warren Kozireski
Seniors Samantha Brown and Chelsea Spiegel with junior Meghan Tyler were two-time winners in individual events while Spencerport won two of the three relay events en route to a 111-72 victory over Churchville-Chili in girl’s swimming.
Brown finished first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:29.56 and in the 100-yard breaststroke by over seven seconds in 1:19.65.
Spiegel won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:07.59 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:39.70 while Tyler won the sprinter freestyles taking top honors in the 50-yard in :26.57 and the 100-yard with a time of :58.24.
Sophomore Meghan Kettinger finished first in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:16.96 and junior Nicole Altmeter took the 100-yard backstroke in 1:10.22.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Altmeter, Brown, Kettinger and Erica King began the meet by winning in 2:07.53. King, Alissa White, Allison D’Angelo and Spiegel finished first in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
For Churchville-Chili, Rina Potocki and Kate Nau were 1-2 in diving with Potocki finishing with 170.05 points. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Katheryn Flynn, Allison Crist, Sierra Shertler and Hotchgraf won in 4:18.62.
Mercedes McKinney and Shertler each had two second place individual finishes for the Saints.
Spencerport’s Gruttadauria Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week
by Warren Kozireski
Freshman Rocky Gruttadauria scored the first collegiate goal of his career as his Niagara University Purple Eagles tied Bowling Green 2-2 in their season opener.
The forward netted Niagara’s first goal of the season on a rebound 35 minutes into the contest to stake the Purple Eagles to a 1-0 lead. He finished his first college game with two shots on goal and plus-one.
Gruttadauria was Spencerport’s Most Improved Player in 2006-07 with former SUNY Brockport player Brian Fedele behind the bench and led the team in scoring in 2008-09 when he netted 13 goals and added 15 assists under former head coach and Rochester Americans Hall of Fame forward Craig Charron.
The 6’0”, 200 lb spent the next two seasons with the Buffalo Junior Sabres, who compete in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He scored seven goals and eight assists over 47 contests his first campaign in 2010-11 while netting 12 goals with 11 assists in 44 games last season.
The son of Cindy and Todd Gruttadauria and brother to Alexei, Dominic and Lea added one goal and four assists in eight playoff games last spring.
Photo courtesy Niagara Athletics Dept.
The Spencerport 10U Travel Baseball Team, Champions of the Monroe County Babe Ruth National Division. They were also champions of the Hilton Battle of the Bats Tournament.
Top, left to right: Colton VanBrederode, Patrick Uebelacker, Mark Neu, Todd Smith, Gregory Ranieri; front, left to right: Alex Anderson, Ned LaDuca, Jay Uebelacker, Vincent Ranieri, Nate Hueber. Not pictured: Sean Bracken and coaches Jim Neu, Tim Smith, Jeff Uebelacker and Gary Bracken.
Spencerport schools offer Walk for Exercise program
The Canal View, William Munn and Terry A. Taylor Schools will be open for registered district residents to walk in the building hallways between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m. on days that school is in session, beginning October 23 until May 31, 2013.
Registration will be held October 23 and 24, 4 to 6 p.m.; October 25, noon to 2 p.m. in the Volunteer Office at the Terry A. Taylor School, 399 Ogden Parma Town Line Road. To register, enter by the west door, Entrance 6, and follow the signs.
For information call the Volunteer Office, 349-5682, any day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 14, 2012
High School Drama Club presents “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Twenty-seven year old New York window washer J. Pierpont Finch believes he can be a success in the corporate world after he impulsively picks up the book “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” The book promises its reader that he can climb the corporate ladder simply and quickly. The Worldwide Wicket Corporation, the business in the office building whose windows he washes is, according to the book, the perfect type of business. There, he meets secretary Rosemary Pilkington, who sees in Ponty, as she calls him, an unassuming man whom she believes the corporate world will eat alive. But Ponty, memorizing what the book tells him, does quickly climb the corporate ladder, but not by doing any real work.
The Brockport High School Drama Club presents the play November 8 to 10 at 7 p.m. and November 11 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.showtix4u.com or at the High School greeter’s desk during school hours.
Hilton Homecoming 2012 features floats from around the world
Hilton Homecoming, Pep Rally, Parade and Football Game were celebrated on October 5 when Hilton schools, alumni and the community joined together to show their Cadet pride. Coach Rich Lipani’s Cadets almost shut out Gates Chili with a score of 35-7; GC scoring their only goal in the fourth quarter. Senator Joe Robach was on hand for the coin toss, once again winning it for the Cadets.
The parade began at Quest Elementary and ended at LeBeau Field. Spirit Week was held all week culminating in a Pep Rally in the High School Gym.
This year’s event had an international theme with each school making a float representing a different country: Northwood - China; the High School - United States; Merton Williams - Ireland; Quest - Egypt; and Village - Mexico. The parade included some of Hilton’s local dignitaries, organizations, alumni and the Hilton Marching Band.
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Holley district’s APPR Plan approved by state
The Holley Central School District was notified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) that its Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) Plan has been approved for the 2012-13 school year. “The process was complicated and intricate,” said Superintendent Robert D’Angelo. “It took a great deal of collaboration between the district and our Holley Teachers’ Association.”
The APPR is an evaluation system for all teachers and principals. According to NYSED, “the purpose of the evaluation system is to ensure that there is an effective teacher in every classroom and an effective leader in every school. The evaluation system will also foster a culture of continuous professional growth for educators to grow and improve their instructional practices.”
The APPR can be broken down into three parts: growth, locally-selected measures, and other measures.
Rubrics, observations, visits and surveys also play a part in the assessment. For teachers, at least two classroom observations must be done each year by either a principal or another trained administrator.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 14, 2012
•Holden, Gladys I. (Fox), Died at age 90 on October 3, 2012, after a long illness. Predeceased by her husband, Richard Y. Holden, her former husband John Halstead, her son, Theodore Halstead, and her grandson, Daniel Parsons. She is survived by her daughters, Mary (Robert) Halstead Hall and Jeanne (Edward) Holden-Wiltse; her grandchildren, Dawn (Timothy) Barr, Theodore (Tracey) Halstead Jr., and Alexander and Sophia Wiltse; her great-grandchildren, Amanda, Timothy, Zachary and Jared Barr.
A Memorial and Eastern Star service will be held at the Unity Masonic Lodge (133 S. Union Street, Spencerport) on Saturday, November 10 at 7 p.m. Donations in her memory can be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association (435 E. Henrietta Road 14620) or to the Order of the Eastern Star Nursing Home (P.O.Box 959, Oriskany, NY 13424).
•Susat, Douglas W., October 2, 2012, age 86. Husband of the late Caroline (Martin) Susat; father of Michelle (Dale) Day of Phelps; grandfather of Karrie (Matthew) House of Phelps and Lance (Abbie) Rearick of Geneva; companion of Jadwiga Syfert of Bergen; great-grandfather of Jacob Rearick, Chance Rearick, Walker Rearick, Carson House and Jordan House.
Services were held October 6 at St. Brigid’s Church, Bergen. Masses may be offered in his memory.
•Carey, Anthony J., October 5, 2012. Survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Betty; daughters, Renee Cassidy and Lori (Steve) Burnett; grandchildren, Kenneth and Anthony Cassidy, Tabitha and Stephen Burnett; siblings, Richard, Robert (Gerry), Harold (Marilyn), Edward, Theodore, Pearl (Kenneth) Zeiner and Dawn Green; many nieces and nephews. Anthony was involved with volunteer work at Leisurewood Recreation Community Center where he lived with his wife during the summer.
Services were held October 9 at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili. Donations can be made to the American Heart Association in his memory.
•Knight, Shirley (Steele), August 12, 1928 to October 9, 2012. She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, Harold (Red) Knight; adoring children, Lauren (Walt) Miles, Greg (Wendy) Knight; grandchildren, Joel (Stephanie), Jonathan, Daniel, Elizabeth and two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Alexandria. She is predeceased by her sister, Jean (Boris) Christ. She is survived by her sister, Nancy (Richard) Reynolds; brother-in-law, Jack (Liz) Knight; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.
A Funeral Service was held October 13 at St. Luke’s Espiscopal Church, Brockport. Contributions can be sent to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm or St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in her memory.
•Michaels, John H. “Jack,” On October 3, 2012. Survived by his wife Dorcas Wilcox Michaels; sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Earl Bannister; sister-in-law Patricia Lorback; nieces, nephews and cousins. Jack was a Past Commander of American Legion Post #379.
A Memorial Mass was held October 8 at the Nativity Church BVM, Brockport. Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Piersa, James M., On October 2, 2012 at the age of 63. Predeceased by his father Edward Piersa Sr. and granddaughter Hope Forney. He is survived by his wife Jeanne; daughters, Julie (Steve) Forney, Kristin (Brian) Mills, Makala and Kylie Piersa; grandchildren, Megan, Zachary, Katelyn, Ryan, Riley, Noah, Colden and Jackson; his mother Virginia Piersa; sister Karen Demblewski-Piersa; brothers Edward Jr. (Karen) Piersa, Paul Piersa; nephew Mark (Lynn) Piersa and many other loving family members. James was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus with the Spencerport Chapter, a member of Nativity Church for 30 years and a Eucharistic Minister. James also worked for the State of New York for 35 plus years.
His Funeral Mass was said October 6 at Nativity Church BVM, Brockport. Interment at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to the Knights of Columbus, 55 Martha Street, Spencerport 14559 in his memory.
•Bianchi, James A. “Jamie,” October 8, 2012 at age 59. Predeceased by his parents, Pat and Margaret Bianchi. Survived by his wife, Peggy Griswold-Bianchi; children, Michael Bianchi, Ben (Jessica) Bianchi; brother, Patrick (Mary Ellen) Bianchi; nieces and nephews.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated October 13 at St. Christopher’s Church, North Chili. Interment in Holy Ghost Cemetery. Donations can be made to Chili Volunteer Ambulance, 3320 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624 in his memory.
•Class, Benjamin, October 5, 2012. Predeceased by his son, Benjamin, Jr. Survived by his loving wife, Nicolasa; children, Edwin Rivera, Samuel Class, Pamala (David) Smith and Adrienne (LeVell) Smith; nine grandchildren; sisters Carmen and Mercedes.
A Funeral Service was held October 8 at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili. Interment, Grove Place Cemetery.
•Johnson, Christine A., On October 6, 2012. She is survived by her daughters, Rachel (Matthew) Corson and Deanna Johnson; grandson, Carter Corson; her brother, John (Pamela) Huntoon and sister, Donna (Tim) Salata; nieces and nephews.
Her Memorial Service was held October 11 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Hilton. Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Visiting Nurse Service in her memory.
•Schlueter, Robert C. Sr., October 8, 2012, age 91. Predeceased by his first wife, Eleanore. Survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Thomas (Patti), Robert Jr. (Peggy) Schlueter, Peggy Schlueter (Gene Marchioni); step children, Jeanette (Phil) Slater and Marianne Jacobs (Mike Loesch); 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends. Also predeceased by his brothers, George and Edward Sr. Schlueter; and sisters, Eleanor Flaherty and Joanne Bonsignore.
His Funeral Mass was said October 12 at St. Ann’s Chapel, Rochester. Private interment, St. Vincent De Paul Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. Ann’s Foundation or American Cancer Society in his memory.
•Wick, Austin L., August 26, 2012, age 87. Survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty Jeane; three children, Robert (Mary) Wick, Eric Wick and Dawn (Richard) Schiller; four grandchildren; and twin sister, Ardeth Muhl. He attended University of New York at Farmingdale for Landscape Design. He served in the Pacific Theater during WWII and then returned to Long Island to run his father’s garden store. In 1964 he moved to Rochester where he established the Stoney Point Gardening Center in Ogden, after which he turned his attention to Landscape and Design and achieved Masters Gardener status. Notable projects are: Marketplace Mall, Camillus Mall in Syracuse and Sky Scopes in Vermont.
Services were held October 13 at Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili.
•Diltz, Thelma J., died October 8, 2012 at age 85. Predeceased by her husband, Richard and son, Larry. Survived by her children, Connie (Jim) Smith, Deborah (Lee) Lindenmuth, Gary (Sharon) Diltz; grandchildren, James Smith, Brett (Valerie) Lindenmuth, Brian (Carrie) Lindenmuth, Tanya Lindenmuth, Roxanne (Randy) Ham; great-grandchildren, Brittney Perrin, Annalee Ham, Mary, Austin, Jacob and Tyler Lindenmuth, Kasey Smith.
A Memorial Service will be celebrated Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, 14 South Main Street, Churchville. Interment, Creekside Cemetery.
•Mattison, Mark W., on October 5, 2012 at age 59. Predeceased by his parents David and Janet, sister Carol, brother-in-law David Scott. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Sharon; children Scott, Kelly and Travis; siblings Kip, Janet, Glenn and Wayne; aunt Betty Poyzer; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law Lori Laney; mother and father-in-law Howard and Aileen Scott.
A Celebration of Mark’s Life was held October 13 at the Brockport Golf Club. Contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
•Dusett, Charles E. Sr., on October 9, 2012 at age 80. Predeceased by his parents and nine brothers and sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ada; sons Ernest (Mary), Chuck Jr. (Cheryl), Dave Sr. (Sue), and Scott; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; in-laws Dottie Dusett, Will and Marge Skellen, Velma Roth; many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held October 12 at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., Brockport. Private burial. Contributions can be made to the Leukemia Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605 in his memory.
•Pilger, Patricia D. “Mimi,” On October 5, 2012 at the age of 76. Predeceased by her brothers, Ernie and Richard Phillips and her sister, Linda Jo Madigan. She is survivfed by her loving husband of 57 years, Don; children Kathleen (Steve) Baechele, Donald L. (Judi) Pilger; grandchildren Rebecca Anne Baechele, Holli Elizabeth (Dan) Wahl, Alyssa Rose Pilger; great-grandchild Harley Dawn Baechele; brother William (Helen) Phillips; sister-in-law Sandra Phillips; step-mother Eleanor Phillips; loving friends, Fritz and Bella; several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, October 14 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Brockport. Contributions can be made to the Unity Health Dialysis, 1555 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626 in her memory.
•Jock, Pauline M., On October 6, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Donald; her sons, Larry (Robin), Greg (Cindy) and Doug (Emily) Jock; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Rabanal and brother-in-law, William King. Predeceased by her sister, Sharon King.
Her Funeral Service was held October 11 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church Memorial Fund in her memory.
•Militello, Agnes, October 5, 2012. Predeceased by her husband H. George, 2002. Survived by her daughter, Laura Militello; two brothers, Henry (Irene) and Philip (Phyllis) Vinciguerra; her sister-in-law, Madaline Vinciguerra; several nieces and nephews. Also predeceased by her brothers, Joseph and John Vinciguerra.
Services were held October 9 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Hilton.
•Widzinski, Scott, October 4, 2012 at age 58. Predeceased by his parents, Jerome and Eleanor; sister, Karen Radomski. Survived by his loving wife Roxanne; children Jaclyn (Frank) Malone, Kelly (Mike) Christensen; two granddaughters, Madison and Malyssa; brothers, Quinn and David; sister-in-law, Chris Harrington; brother-in-law, Joe (Judy) Reagan; father and mother-in-law, Joe and Josie Reagan; step-mother, Joanne Widzinski; and nieces and nephews.
His Funeral Mass was said October 8 at Holy Ghost Church, Gates. Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery.
•Boundy, David, October 8, 2012. Survived by his wife, Wilhelmina “Willie” (VanDeWetering); children, David (Amy) Boundy, Melanie (Boundy) Tebo; grandchildren, Megan Tebo, Jason Tebo, Noah Boundy, Jonah Boundy, Brady Boundy; brother, John Boundy; nephew Daniel Rowe; niece, Jennifer Mero; cousins and dear friends.
A Memorial Service was celebrated October 13 at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc., Greece. Entombment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be made to the School of the Holy Childhood, 100 Groton Parkway, Rochester, NY 14623 in his memory.
•Warzeski, Frank S., September 14, 2012. Services will be held at a time to be announced.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 7, 2012
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 7, 2012
Bicyclists bring business, roundtable and bikearound in Albion
The New York State Canal Corporation and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor are partnering with Parks & Trails New York to present a series of events aimed at helping Canalway Trail communities take advantage of the growing bicycle tourist market. Events include an evening roundtable on Wednesday, October 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Albion’s Hoag Library, 134 South Main Street, and a bike “visit” to Albion beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 11.
Entitled “Bicyclists Bring Business,” the roundtable will focus on how to attract and profit from the area’s growing number of bicycle tourists. Local business people, elected officials, Chambers of Commerce, Tourist Promotion Agencies, and interested citizens are invited to attend. The Western Erie Canal Alliance (WECA) will host the event.
As a follow-up to the roundtable, on Thursday, October 11 there will be a “bicycle visit” designed to use the previous evening’s presentation as a basis for experiencing the Village of Albion and Erie Canalway Trail as a cycling tourist. Participants should meet at 10 a.m., at Albion’s Golden Gourd Bistro, 118 N. Main Street. Following the bike ride there will be time to discuss the “visit” and possible solutions to identified issues over a pay-your-own lunch at the restaurant.
Brian U. Stratton, Director of the New York State Canal Corporation, said, “New York’s Canal system contributes nearly $380 million annually to the economy of upstate New York, including more than $41 million annually from the Canalway Trail. The Canalway Trail is an integral part of the infrastructure that supports tourism and recreation along the corridor. The Canal Corporation is proud to sponsor this roundtable to help local communities and businesses benefit from this tremendous resource.”
The roundtable will cover the demographics and needs of the bicycle tourist as well as offer tips for making communities and businesses more bicycle-friendly and attractive to other outdoor recreationalists. Attendees will receive a copy of Parks & Trails New York’s guidebook, “Bicyclists Bring Business: A Guide for Attracting Bicyclists to New York’s Canal Communities.” There will also be time to network with business people and tourism professionals from other communities and enjoy some light refreshments.
Parks & Trails New York is the only statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and expanding a network of parks, greenways, and trails for all New Yorkers to enjoy. Since 1998, Parks & Trails New York has been working in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation to help canal communities plan, develop and promote the Canalway Trail. Parks & Trails New York organizes Cycling the Erie Canal, the 400-mile, eight day bike tour, now in its 15th year, that annually attracts more than 500 participants to ride from Buffalo to Albany, and has published the popular, 144-page guidebook, “Cycling the Erie Canal: A Guide to 400 miles of adventure and history along the Erie Canalway Trail.”
When complete, the New York State Canalway Trail System will span more than 500 miles and connect numerous cities, towns, and villages along the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain Canals, making it one of the longest multi-use recreational trails in the country.
To learn more about the New York State Canalway Trail and Canal System or to obtain a free map, please call 1-800-4CANAL4 or visit the Canal Corporation’s website at www.nyscanals.gov.
Roundtable space is limited. RSVP to Parks & Trails New York at B3roundtable@ptny.org or by calling 518-434-1583 by October 9.
Oak Orchard Health president and CEO retires; interim CEO assumes leadership
Oak Orchard Health announces the retirement of long-term CEO David W. Fisher, and the arrival of Interim CEO Robert Q. Hendershott, EdD.
“The Board is extremely grateful to Dave Fisher, for his 15 years of dedicated service to Oak Orchard and our community,” said Board Chairperson Karen Watt. Fisher was Vice President of Finance and MIS prior to becoming President and CEO in 2000. After 28 years in a variety of financial positions at Eastman Kodak, he also worked previously as CFO for Rochester Group Management.
Fisher holds a business degree from the University of Rochester, and a MBA from Harvard Business School. His remarkable volunteer service has included 16 years on advisory and governing boards within the Park Ridge Health System; 20 years as a Town of Parma Zoning, Planning and Town Board member; and ten years as a member of the Hilton Board of Education including three as president. Mr. Fisher has served for 10 years on the board of the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCNYS), including two as Treasurer, and he has worked on various CHCNYS committees.
Although he is retiring as president and CEO, Fisher will continue for a few months more as Project Manager for developing the infrastructure of a new Oak Orchard Health medical and dental center in Warsaw, NY.
Interim CEO Robert Hendershott has over 30 years’ experience in Community Health, with 24 of these years being CEO of Community/Migrant Health Centers (C/MCHC). For 20 years, he has provided health care consulting services on a part and full time basis and has provided short/long term management and turn-around services.
Dr. Hendershott earned his Doctorate of Education from Western Michigan University. His volunteer service has included work with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), where he served on the Board of Directors and numerous committees. Dr. Hendershott was the recipient of NACHC’s John Gilbert Award for Administrative Excellence, which recognizes longstanding excellence and leadership in community health.
by Kristina Gabalski
The attorney for Norman Giancursio says he is advising his client to, “pursue every legal recourse for this unlawful arrest and prosecution,” now that Giancursio has been found not guilty by a Town of Ogden Court jury of a charge of reckless endangerment.
“The charge was not completely investigated by the Brockport Police Department,” attorney Larry Kasperek told the Suburban News and Hamlin Clarkson Herald. “It was not warranted in any way.”
Giancursio was arrested in March of this year on the charge stemming from an incident at the home of Brockport Mayor Connie Castaneda in March of 2011.
Giancursio had been accused of telling a person in the home to stay inside while there was smoke in the building in order to keep authorities from finding out about an alleged illegal apartment in the home.
“I want to thank the jury for their verdict,” Giancursio told Westside News Inc. in a written statement. “This was clearly false arrest, abuse of power and a violation of my civil rights. The perpetrators of these abuses (Brockport Police Department) should be held accountable. The harm inflicted on me by the Brockport Police Department is permanent and painful. It will be difficult for me to ever trust again a Brockport Police Officer.”
Giancursio says he was arrested for political reasons, for voicing his opinion that the village police department is an unnecessary expense for taxpayers. “My arrest was political payback and official misconduct by Chief Varrenti, who seems more concerned with keeping his powerful high-paying job than protecting the citizens of Brockport. My arrest was a crude, self-serving act of intimidation to protect his own job,” Giancursio said. “The ordeal the Brockport Police Department has inflicted on me has turned my life into a living nightmare. I incurred huge attorney’s fees, sleepless nights and enormous stress of being falsely accused.”
The Brockport Police department should be held accountable for the abuse of power and intimidation they have perpetrated against innocent citizens, Giancursio said.
He added that his victory in court is also a victory for all village residents. “The jury sent a clear message to Chief Varrenti that the people will not tolerate abuse of power by their public servants for political payback purposes. Chief Varrenti owes the citizens of Brockport a sincere apology for his lapses in judgement (or a detailed explanation of why one is not due).”
Kasperek provided Westside News Inc. with background information on testimony during the trial which took place September 27 and 28.
He said the alleged complainant in the case testified during the trial that she saw no flames in the home, but noticed a fog-like smoke.
Village Code Enforcement Officer/Fire Marshal Scott Zarnstorff testified that the police and fire departments notify him of fires in the village, Kasperek said. Zarnstorff testified he did not go to the scene of the alleged fire in 2011 nor was he notified of the incident by the police or the fire department.
Kasperek said a new furnace had been installed in the home prior to the incident and the man who installed it testified that the first burn of a new furnace typically can produce a smoke-like vapor.
Assistant Fire Chief Mike LaDue testified he responded with the fire department to a 911 call from a motorist driving by the scene who reported smoke and flames. Kasperek said LaDue testified that after a walk around the scene he found no smoke, no fire and no charring and left the scene within ten minutes, calling it a “non-event.”
Brockport Police Officer Kelly McCracken also responded to the scene and testified that she saw no smoke and no fire and never got out of her car, Kasperek said.
He added that those who testified said they never spoke to police or fire department officials the day of the incident. The alleged complainant testified she was contacted by the police chief in January of 2012 and the motorists testified they were contacted by police in July of 2012 regarding the case.
“This case should never have been tried,” Kasperek said, “the jury rejected that this was a criminal event.”
Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti says all was done in accordance with the law.
“Law enforcement uses probable cause as a legal standard to make an arrest,” he said. “In this case, not only was there sufficient probable cause, but the probable cause was also reviewed by the DA’s office and there was a unilateral decision made to make the arrest.
“Additionally, a jury has a higher standard in determining the guilt or innocence of a person. They use the standard of beyond a reasonable doubt. Obviously, they felt that they couldn’t convict beyond a reasonable doubt and they found Mr. Giancursio not guilty.
“(From) the beginning of the investigation to the verdict, everything was done in accordance with the law,” Chief Varrenti continued. “I would do the same thing again tomorrow if presented with the same set of circumstances.
“Put yourself in the position of a parent and ask how you would react if your daughter was told to stay in a house that filled with smoke, regardless of the reason.
“Additionally, Mr. Giancursio has claimed this arrest was politically motivated. I believe it’s human nature for some people to formulate accusations of wrong doing, or excuses, rather than accepting the responsibilities of their own actions.”
Giancursio and Mayor Castaneda have filed paperwork stating their intent to sue the village for false arrest.
Mayor Castaneda is facing charges including official misconduct and falsifying business records. She is accused of illegally renting rooms in her home.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 7, 1012
Traveling through history - Hilton man joins crew aboard LaPinta
by Kristina Gabalski
It was an opportunity Angelo Bianchi of Hilton couldn’t pass up - volunteering to join the crew of the 15th century replica caravel, LaPinta - one of the three ships in Christopher Columbus’ fleet on his voyage of discovery to the New World in 1492.
Angelo had taken his grandchildren to see the ship while it was in the Port of Rochester and while on board, Angelo’s wife spotted a sign regarding the volunteer opportunity. He applied and the rest really is history.
Angelo made the four-day trip aboard the Pinta from Rochester to Wyandotte, Michigan near Detroit July 2-5, 2012. The Pinta traveled with La Niña, another replica of one of Columbus’ ships.
Angelo is well acquainted with Spain and its history. He is a former Spanish teacher at Gates Chili and was stationed in Spain for four years while with the U.S. Navy, so the opportunity to join the crew was his chance “to see in some small way, what those early Spanish mariners experienced,” he says.
“This ship is steered by a hand tiller,” Angelo writes in his journal. “The helm wheel was not yet invented in 1492. I can’t imagine steering by hand across the oceans back then.”
The Pinta replica was launched in 2005 by the Columbus Foundation to accompany La Niña on tour. The ships are a touring maritime museum for educating the public and school children about the ships Columbus sailed.
The Pinta was constructed in Brazil by master shipbuilders who used 15th century techniques of design and construction. Although the ships are authentic reproductions, they have modern amenities like power, modern berthing facilities, navigational electronics, radio communication, food preparation and preservation and diesel engines.
Weather-wise, Angelo says, “we had three glorious days (and then) we were hit by massive storms on the western end of Lake Erie.”
Angelo handled the steering through one round of storms. “I couldn’t see past my arm,” he says. He used his compass to stay on course through high winds and heavy rain.
Despite the challenge, the 70-year old Angelo writes in his journal, “I find myself enjoying and savoring the craziness. ... I’m fortunate to have experienced it. ... I feel like a compadre to those antiguos marineros.”
Traveling through the Welland Canal between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie was another memorable experience. There are a series of eight locks and customs and boat inspection by Canadian officials to go through. According to Angelo, the complete passage can take eleven hours.
During the inspection, the Pinta crew had to remove the outboard motor from the dinghy - which was no easy task, Angelo says. The mounting bolts were stainless steel, but the nuts were not and were rusted.
He writes in his journal about the procedure of passing through a lock: “..... enter lock, workers drop lines to which we attach our hawsers (strong, thick ropes) which they then lift up (about 50 feet) and secure. The lock gates then close, water enters and as the level rises, we keep the lines taut and the ship properly aligned. We get to the top, the forward gates open and away we go.”
The experience gave him an appreciation of the skills necessary to make a 15th century sailing ship run smoothly and safely, Angelo says.
“I give those guys credit, I have a greater appreciation of their efforts. ... I bonded with them across time,” he says. “They came and braved the unknown and overcame their fears. They were tough folks from the southern section of Spain (Huelva, Andalucia, Extremadura).”
Once the Pinta docked in Michigan, Angelo rented a car for the road trip home with other local volunteers. He says he would jump at the chance to do it all again.
His journal concludes: “All Spaniards are justifiably tremendously proud of this monumental achievement (the discovery and settlement of the New World). I also feel proud, not that I accomplished any great feat, but that I was able to share, if only in a minuscule way, their experience and be one with them.”
To find out more about the replica Niña and Pinta go to www.thenina.com.
“The Barber” provided 50 years of service to Hamlin area
Ed Rath left a legacy to the people of the town of Hamlin. Better known as “The Barber,” he owned and operated the only barbershop in the town. He opened his business in 1932 and worked alone until the 1960s when his son, Richard Rath, joined him. Later on he would hire Peter LeSage. Although his son and Peter Le-Sage had moved onto different careers by 1979, Ed continued to run his country barbershop on his own. He was committed to providing and maintaining a service for his community.
Rath’s Barbershop was a successful and prominent business. It was a comfortable small town gathering spot complete with magazines, comic books, newspapers, a cooler filled with bottles of soft drinks and a display case full of candy bars (given to children after their haircut). On Monday afternoons, Ed would pack up his barber suitcase, and visit his customers who were in hospitals, nursing homes or confined to their homes. Each and every person was important to “The Barber.”
Barbershops were meeting places for news and opinions of the day. One of Ed’s favorite topics was politics. He was a proud Democrat who served as the town Democratic Leader for several years. His enthusiasm for serving the public led two of his sons, Robert Rath and Dale Rath, to pursue their political aspirations. His advice to sons: “Don’t forget that the working man is what this country is all about.”
Ed and his wife, Anna, raised seven children. During World War II, German prisoners were held in a camp which is now Hamlin State Park. On many occasions Ed would accompany the Rev. Martin Mueller to the camp to conduct religious services for the POWs. He also provided barber services at the camp.
Ed Rath was a member of the Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department and supported their many fund raising activities. Recognizing the need for an ambulance for the town of Hamlin, Ed was responsible for getting the volunteer ambulance organized.
At family and community gatherings, Ed was always happy to entertain with his squeeze box (accordion) and harmonica. Deaf since age three, he played “by ear.”
On July 1, 1979 the residents of Hamlin showed their appreciation to “The Barber” in a day of celebration organized by the Hamlin Area Business Association. Ed Rath Day recognized his 50 years of service to the community. He rode proudly down Hamlin’s “Main Street” in a wagon drawn by Kruger’s Clydesdale horses and waved in awe to all the bystanders cheering his success. He was entertained by barbershop quartets and various speakers commending his accomplishments – a Special Day for a Special Man.
APPLE FEST 2012
“I think it went very well; our sales were excellent,” was Chairman Linda Viney’s comment on the 2012 Hilton Apple Fest. “The Apple Fest booth did twice the business of last year and it’s a good indicator of overall business. It was a record crowd on Saturday with excellent entertainment. Everyone was happy. We also received many compliments about the bus drivers this year.”
The Apple Fest finally caught a break in the weather after the forecast of rain on Saturday; it turned out to be a fine, sunny day and the food vendors had a field day with great crowds estimated at 35- to 40,000 people. After a night of rain, ending at around 6 a.m., the Fest made it through a cool, gray day and smaller crowds on Sunday, with just a sprinkle near the closing. Competing fests in Naples and Wyoming may have affected the total number of vendors.
Photos by Walter Horylev
Erie Canal gets spotlight in boating magazine
by Kristina Gabalski
The Erie Canal is getting some national attention thanks to a feature-length article in the October/November issue of “Boat U.S. Magazine.”
Jean Mackay, Director of Communications and Outreach for the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, says the magazine is an award-winning flagship publication of the Boat Owners’ Association of the United States and reaches an estimated 900,000 readers.
She says officials are thrilled and “very happy” with the attention the article brings to the canal. The article features many photographs including historic pictures as well as information for boaters on negotiating a lock and festivals along the canal including Spencerport Canal Days. The history of the canal is interwoven with the unique experience of boating the waterway today.
Tom Blanchard, Board Chair of the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, pitched the story idea to the magazine during the 2010 World Canal Conference in Rochester, Mackay says.
Earlier this year, writer Pat Piper joined Blanchard on his boat, the Stasia Louise, for a trip from Brewerton to Buffalo along the canal.
Mackay says the article reflects Piper’s “surprise” at the history, friendly people, charming towns and beautiful vistas he experienced on the journey.
The exposure generated by such an article is great and definitely brings more people into the area to enjoy the canal, Mackay says. “Each piece helps the whole,” she notes. For example, last year the canal was featured as part of a travel article in “Country Living” magazine.
“There was a boat that came through Lyons and the people were asked, ‘What made you decide to come to the Erie Canal?’ ” Mackay says. “They said, ‘We saw it in ‘Country Living.’ ”
“Boat U.S.” has a greater potential to bring boaters from other areas to the Erie Canal, Mackay says, because it is read by people who already have an interest in boating.
“Really fascinating people from all over the world come to visit the canal,” she notes and points to recent tourists from Australia who loved their experience, calling the canal and its accompanying trails, villages and scenery “world class.”
“Sometimes when we live in a place, we don’t see it the same way as people coming from the outside see it,” she explains. Outsiders help us to see the canal in a new way and to grow in appreciation of it, Mackay adds.
“It’s an awesome thing and we can take it for granted,” she says, but with the canal’s unique history and fun to explore villages, it’s something that “doesn’t exist anywhere else.”
All in a day’s work
The highly traveled intersection of Routes 31 and 259 in Spencerport gives the H. A. Maier Farms market stand located on the southeast corner a lot of exposure to locals seeking fresh fruits and vegetables. At peak season on a weekend day, 100 dozen ears of corn can find their way from farm stand operator Michael Quataert’s carefully tended display to backyard barbecues, picnic tables, and family dining rooms.
While the growing season comes to a close soon, a mound of corn still fills the farm wagon on which Michael sets up the vegetables - apples, green and red peppers, zucchini, cabbage, onions, pumpkins and squash have given the stand its appropriate fall look. The farm stand has been open since July 5 providing farm fresh produce and fruit to customers seven days a week. Stand operator Michael Quataert contributes in many ways to customer service and satisfaction.
Michael, who is from the Spencerport area, has run the stand for the last five seasons. He has a knack with customer rapport, is a good salesperson, and prides himself on the organization of his fruits and vegetables, particularly setting up the pumpkins. He also has a great sense of humor. Joan Maier, Michael’s manager at H.A. Maier Farms, says the grower feels quite fortunate to have Michael run the farm stand: “He is one in a million.”
Michael says he likes meeting the people. Michael has many regular customers and some he greets with a huge hug. Michael also loves to chitchat with all his customers and his customers love to chitchat with him. He’s often ready to offer a unique perspective with the turn of a phrase.
Michael’s day starts early at Maier Farms located between Trimmer Road and Washington Street on Route 31 where he picks up the produce and fruit for the day. He then travels to the farm stand to set it up. Michael says that on most days customers start coming to the stand before he even has it all set up. The stand closes about 5 p.m. or after the last customer is served, which could be later. Michael then unloads the stand for the night. He says his busiest day is Sunday.
New member joins Holley Rotary Club
Holley Rotary Club President Bob Miller welcomes a new member, Nancy Manard. Nancy works at the First Niagara Bank in Holley.
“Make a Difference against Hunger” walk/run to benefit Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf
“Make a Difference against Hunger” is the title of the 5K walk/run to be held Saturday, October 27, for the benefit of the Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf. The event takes place on The College at Brockport campus and is a partnership between the Food Shelf and the College’s Community Development department.
Race T-shirt will be given to the first 150 entrants. There will be prizes from local merchants. Certificates will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in eight different age categories from 14 and under to 70 and above. Healthy post-race refreshments will be provided.
Entry fees are $20 for adults, $15 for College students or youths, and $50 for a family (1 or 2 adults, any number of children). These rates apply to all registrations postmarked by October 13. If postmarked after the 13th, or registering at the event on race day, all individual entries will be $25.
The race begins at 9 a.m., October 27, at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium, follows a flat course on the campus, and ends at the Stadium. Registration on site takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf began in 1973 as an outreach ministry. Its mission is to reduce hunger by providing food assistance to eligible residents of zip codes 14420 and 14430. In July and August 2012, the facility, located in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Brockport, assisted more than 160 households.
For event information and registration, visit the web site, or phone James Pray, 585-217-2433. For sponsor information, including T-shirt logos, see the web site or phone Emory Morris, 585-944-8150. Web site: www.brockportfoodshelf.org/5kRunWalk/.
New bench for Corbett Park
A new swinging bench has been installed in Corbett Park, at the corner of Smith and Clark Streets in Brockport. Parents and grandparents now have a shaded, comfortable place to sit and watch children on the play equipment.
The bench was paid for by the Tooley Fund (administered by the Presbyterian Church) and the Brockport Police Stetson Club. The project was overseen by the Village Parks Committee; installation was done by the Village DPW.
Shown in the photo are: David Hale of the Presbyterian Church, Andrea Perry from the Parks Committee and Brian Winant of the Stetson Club.
Holley Rotary sponsors ALS walk
The Holley Rotary Club contributed $250 for the annual ALS Walk to support ALS research.
Pictured above are (left to right) Club President Bob Miller, and Past Club Presidents Joyce Ridley and Gary Ahl.
Communities salute Olympic Gold Medalist Jenn Suhr
by Kristina Gabalski
Riga resident and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Jenn Suhr was honored by her neighbors, Riga and Churchville residents and leaders as well as county and state officials during a celebration September 29 outside the firehouse on Washington Street in Churchville.
Jenn was presented plaques and proclamations from the Town of Riga, the Village of Churchville, the Greater Churchville-Riga Chamber of Commerce, Monroe County and the New York State Senate and Assembly.
State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer presented the pole vaulter with a proclamation from the New York State Senate. “Standing next to a gold medalist gives us the shivers,” he said.
Churchville Mayor Nancy Steedman told Suhr, “You bring pride and honor to yourself, your community and the United States of America.”
Suhr thanked her community and said she will remember her gold medal win in the pole vault forever. “It was the most magical moment of my life,” she said. “It was a long four years from Beijing (where she won a silver medal) to London. We had one goal in mind - to bring home the gold medal and share it with as many people as possible.”
And that’s just what she and her husband and coach, Rick, did following the ceremonies. Jenn signed autographs for a long line of fans and those in attendance were welcome to get a close-up view and even hold the gold medal. She also signed an Olympic banner which will hang in the village office.
The event was followed by a motorcade through the village to North Chili where Jenn served as the grand marshal of the Roberts Wesleyan Homecoming Parade.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 7, 2012
David Baker of Ogden and Cathy Vaughan of Hilton were the first place winners of the Churchville Lions/Riga Recreation Mixed Doubles Pickleball Tournament held at Churchville Park during the annual Country Fair Days in August.
Twelve teams vied to be the first-ever champions of this event.
Knight’s out for Blue Devils
by Warren Kozireski
Senior running back Denzel Knight accounted for 372 yards of total offense with five touchdowns as Brockport overcame a 10-0 deficit to defeat host Churchville-Chili 33-10.
After a scoreless first quarter, Churchville-Chili capped a seven play, 35 yard drive which began after a James Latona 31-yard punt return. Six runs later, Josh Powell ran two yards off left tackle for the touchdown.
Another defensive hold by the Saints resulted in a 51 yard punt return by Latona to the Brockport three yard line, but the offense stalled. A Paul Fricano 24 yard field goal made it 10-0 Saints.
But it was all Brockport after that. Knight scored on the Blue Devils next two possessions; a 61 yard catch and run and a two yard run to cap a seven play drive to put the Blue Devils up 13-10 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Brockport capitalized on a blocked punt by Justis Blocker that was covered in the end zone by Knight for the touchdown.
A center screen late in the third quarter was taken by Knight 68 yards for another score and the same play worked following an interception by Alex Alverez for an 89-yard touchdown -- Knight’s fifth of the contest.
“We had trouble early with their defensive scheme up front with players moving around, but we made some good calls against their blitz,” Knight said after the game.
The undefeated Blue Devils improved to 5-0. In addition to Knight, quarterback Tom Sydeski completed eight passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns.
The Saints were led offensively by Powell’s 49 yards rushing on 17 carries, quarterback John Iacucci 14 for 30 for 106 yards passing and Austen Correia’s four receptions for 43 yards. Sam Egan led with ten tackles and eight hurries on defense.
Blue Devils netters earn seventh win
by Warren Kozireski
Less than a week after watching a 3-1 lead evaporate in an eventual loss to Greece Odyssey, Brockport’s girls tennis team rebounded in a 6-1 victory over Greece Arcadia/Olympia.
Sophomore Skye Jeanat swept her first singles match 6-0, 6-0 and eighth-grader Taylor Hullfish won at second singles 6-0, 6-1.
Seniors Alyssa Fisher and Halee Dickinson also took their first doubles match in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. Greece forfeited three matches as the Blue Devils improved to 7-3 overall.
C-C’s girls champions at tourney
The Churchville-Chili Girls Varsity Volleyball Team became the Gold Champions on their own Tournament on Saturday, September 29.
Churchville-Chili started playoffs in their semi-final match against Pittsford Mendon. The Saints had lost a tough 5 game match against them earlier in the week. Although down 3-10 at the beginning of the match, C-C stayed focused and worked hard to get back into the game. Their determination helped them defeat Mendon, 25-19 to advance to the Finals against Albion.
Previously in pool play, C-C lost both of their games to Albion (21-25, 21-25). In the finals, C-C came out very strong in the first game, winning 25-16. In game two, the Saints found themselves behind, 9-14 early in the game. Tournament MVP, Alley Stefanovski, rallied tough serves, including 5 aces, to widen the gap to 24-14. All Tournament Team member, Becca Youngman, led the Saints with 12 kills and 3 aces.
All Tournament Team Selections included Sarah Dozie - Webster Thomas, Anna Valentine - Pittsford Mendon, Cady Messmer - Albion, Brieanna Dixon - Albion, Becca Youngman - Churchville-Chili, Jill Burgen - Churchville-Chili.
Tournament MVP was Alley Stefanovski from Churchville-Chili.
Stat leaders for Churchville (all day totals) Alley Stefanovski - 68 assists, 20 kills, 15 aces; Becca Youngman - 40 kills, 24 digs, 11 aces; McKenzie Owen - 25 digs; Carly Lydon - 22 digs, 19 kills; Stefanie Stefanovski - 29 assists, 6 kills; Arainna Brone - 6 kills, 6 blocks; Jill Burgen - 7 kills, 7 blocks.
Competitive field for Apple Derby
Ideal fall weather set the tone for a very competitive 33rd Apple Derby 5 mile run race held on September 29. Race sponsor Hilton-Parma Recreation registered 64 runners who completed the traditional course which has the start/finish line at Hilton High School.
Overall Champion Jason Knarr (28.04) led from the start, out distancing second place finisher Joe Haungs (31:17). This was Jason’s first Apple Derby Championship as he finished third overall in 2010 and second last year. The overall female Champion Aida Kuhlkin (35:26) also completed her first Apple Derby Championship after finishing second place in each of her past two Apple Derby runs. Aida finished 8th overall and finished ahead of second place female finisher Katie Mann (37:01) by 1 minute 35 seconds.
The Masters male Champion Joe Haungs (31:17) and Masters female Champion Betsey Reigle (40:08), 22nd overall, both received The Roger Messenger Masters Trophy.
Additional notable performances came from Alan Pogroszewski (31:55) Third overall, and Linzee Reyes (37:48) who was the third female to cross the finish line. Eleven year old Linzee Reyes (37:49) and 70 year old Bill White (43:32) also produced spectacular efforts finishing first within their age divisions.
Below is a list of the top two finishers within their respective age categories.
1. Brad Sawyer - 36:24
2. Josh Rafte - 40:51
1. Joseph McVige - 34:31
2. Scott Maier - 38:14
1. Alan Pogroszewski - 31:55
2. Greg Nowakowski - 32:34
1. Russ Herman - 33:58
2. John Benson - 34:34
1. Bob Oysak - 42:51
2. Russ Conjerti - 48:40
1. Bill White - 43:32
1. Linzee Reyes - 37:48
2. Taylor Eccleston - 42:05
1. Ashley Stoller - 40:55
2. Stephanie Taglialatela - 40:58
1. Katie Mann - 37:01
2. Gwenddlyn Snyder - 41:50
1. Kristin Progno - 40:39
2. Debara Deuschle - 41:36
1. Julie Norris - 45:49
2. Brenda Herman - 48:05
1 Connie Hibbard 42:12
Hilton-Parma Recreation and Race Coordinator Tom Ganley thank the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Zone “C,” the Recreation and Park Commissioners, volunteers and The Hilton Central School District for supporting this year’s run.
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Hawks beat rival in girls soccer
by Warren Kozireski
Holley rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit to score a goal in each half and defeat crosstown rival Kendall 2-1. Both teams wore shades of pink as the proceeds benefited the Coaches vs. Cancer program; specifically Road and Reach to Recovery.
Kendall took a 1-0 lead just 21 seconds into the contest as Emily Ackles fed a pass to Kendra LoSapio, who chipped the ball into the net.
It took the Hawks just ten minutes to tie the game 1-1 as Riley Sanger charged down the right wing toward the endline. Her cross eluded an Eagles defender before Lauren Jewell knocked it in for her first goal of the season.
In the 55th minute, the Hawks scored what would prove to be the game-winner. A direct kick from 22 yards out resulted in a goal-mouth scramble where Samantha Barniak found Jewell for the goal. Barniak is now tied with Nicole Mauro for the team lead in assists with three.
“I am so proud of the whole team for not giving up after that early goal,” said Hawks head coach Jill Mann. “It (the early goal) was frustrating and something like that can take a team off its game, but they stayed focused and played the system just like we have been practicing.”
After 1-3-1 start to the season, Holley has now won four of their last five contests. Kendall suffered just their third loss and is now 8-3-1, but remains tied for first in Division II with Wheatland-Chili.
Spencerport Football off to best season in 11 years
The Spencerport Varsity football team is tasting success for the first time in over a decade. Saturday marked homecoming in Spencerport, with the homecoming parade preceding the game. The bleachers were packed and Spencerport’s Pep Band could be heard in the parking lot creating an atmosphere like none other in Section V.
With Saturdays 38-13 win over Greece Arcadia, Spencerport has clinched their first winning record and playoff berth since 2001 when the team posted 8 wins. 2007 marks the last time Spencerport won a homecoming game. Jake O’Connell led the Rangers with 159 yards and 3 touchdowns on 14 carries, as well as adding a receiving touchdown. The win puts the Rangers at 4-1, giving them the second best record in the Section V, Monroe Division II. Coach John Dowd is experiencing success in his third season after taking the head coaching job at Spencerport. Dowd has implemented his double wing offense led by running backs O’Connell, Trent Egenlauf, and Rob Williams, all playing a big part in the turnaround. The three have combined to gain 1,683 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground this season.
Spencerport played Greece Athena next as they tried to extend their winning streak and hand Athena their first loss in league play.
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O’Connell paces Rangers gridders
by Warren Kozireski
Senior Jake O’Connell ran for three touchdowns and added another receiving while racking up 217 total yards to lead Spencerport to a 38-13 win over Greece Arcadia for Homecoming.
Spencerport opened the scoring on their first possession with an eight-play, 70 yard drive highlighted by a 19 yard run by Trent Egenlauf prior to an eight yard touchdown run off left tackle by O’Connell.
After an onside kick recovery, the Rangers made it 14-0 four plays later with a ten-yard scoring run around the left side by O’Connell.
The Rangers also scored on their next two possessions - a 50 yard TD run by O’Connell and a five play drive capped by an Egenlauf seven yard scoring run - to double their lead to 28-0.
After Arcadia finally scored late in the first half, but failed on a two-point conversion, O’Connell tallied his fourth touchdown scampering 58 yards on a pass reception from Brian Gerringer to open the second half. Brett Renzi kicked a 25 yard field goal for the Rangers’ final points.
“It was a nice win and should clinch a playoff spot,” said Rangers head coach John Dowd. “We tried to use our angles blocking with some misdirection. And we have a young quarterback in Gerringer who made some really good decisions plus some tough north to south running.”
In addition to O’Connell, Egenlauf finished with 98 yards rushing and led the defense with six tackles, Gerringer was 3-for-3 passing for 101 yards and one touchdown and Austin Coleman added 5.5 tackles.
The Rangers improved to 4-1 with the win - their best start since 2000.
Nitti game-winner leads Rangers
by Warren Kozireski
Sophomore Niko Nitti netted his first varsity goal midway through the first half and the Spencerport defense made it stand in a 1-0 shutout over visiting Brockport in boys soccer.
Brockport pressured early resulting in four corner kicks over the first twenty minutes of the game, but it was Spencerport who scored first.
Nitti received a pass from Drew DeJohn in the left corner, got around a defender at the endline and eventually scored on his own rebound in the 21st minute.
The Rangers had two more scoring chances in the first half - a Louis Giuliano shot off an indirect that was stopped on a sprawling save by Brockport goalkeeper Michael Sweeting and a pass from Emre Serbecti to Giuliano that was shot just wide of the far post.
Brockport’s best scoring chance came in the 53rd minute as a bullet shot off the foot of Dan Maines was stopped on a diving save by Spencerport senior Alex Veljovski in net - one of his six saves in the shutout.
The two-time defending division champion Rangers got off to a slow start this season with no returning starters. Their only loss over the last few weeks came to one of the top ranked teams in the state, Pittsford Mendon, and that came in double overtime.
“We’re starting to find out who we are as a team; it just took us a while,” said Spencerport head coach Tom Etsler.
The Sweden Clarkson Recreation staff thanks all the community members who came and participated in our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Saturday, September 29.
Those include 3D Martial Arts, The Senior Center Line Dancers, Quilters and Knitters, Nancy and Dan Breslawski, Master Lim’s TKD, The Lions Club, Zuperbounce and the vendors for the Responsible Dog Ownership Day.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 7, 2012
Curriculum night at BOCES 2 WEMOCO is a learning moment for parents
Curriculum night at the BOCES 2 Career and Technical Education Center WEMOCO is an opportunity for parents or guardians to meet their child’s teacher, to learn about the course curriculum, and tour classrooms.
Parents of students in teacher Jerry Wilcox’s Heavy Duty Equipment class were able to try their hand at using the backhoe loader’s to pick up a cone. This exercise is a skills test of a student’s precision with the backhoe stick. The students showed off their skills by providing a hands-on lesson to their parents. WEMOCO student Zachary Mulvhill said his mom, Kathy, was a little bit better at picking up the cone than dad, Raymond. “This is a great program,” said his mom. “He’s learning a trade, and it is hands-on.” Zachary hopes to pursue heavy duty equipment as a career in the U.S. Military.
Byron-Bergen students raise awareness for cancer
Students at Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School, with guidance by the Senior National Honor Society, raised awareness about a variety of cancers during the school’s Cancer Awareness Week, which concluded with a Zumba for a Cure fundraiser.
During the week-long awareness effort, activities centered on a variety of cancers, including skin, childhood, breast, leukemia and ovarian.
With coordination by advisors Alana Parnapy and Amy Knell, students distributed informational posters throughout the school, and students and staff wore specific colors each day as a sign of support and reflection for people affected by cancer.
Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School Principal Aaron Johnson said the school has a number of students who have battled cancer, as well as students who have several family members with the disease.
“To see your peers and the school community rally around a cause of personal significance shows them both support and care,” he said.
The fundraiser, Zumba for a Cure, raised $500 and will be donated to cancer research. During the event, a certified Zumba instructor led 50 people through two hours of fun-filled, energetic dance.
“Battling cancer is a marathon of emotional turmoil,” said Johnson. “When students see everyone rallying around their cause it might just be that shot of adrenaline they need to persevere and to know that they are not alone in the fight.”
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Tenny named Hilton’s 2012-13 Teacher of the Year
The Hilton Central Schools Teachers Association (HCSTA) 2012-13 selection of the Hilton Teacher of the Year was presented at the annual staff convocation at Hilton High School in September. This year’s honoree is Merton Williams Middle School social studies teacher Pamela Spross-Tenny, who was honored for her ability to encourage students to “leave their comfort zone and celebrate their successes.”
Tenny, a Hilton graduate, has taught seventh and eighth grade social studies in the Hilton School District for 21 years. Her father, Weldon Spross, who passed away when she was very young, was also a teacher. “I like to think that I’m fulfilling his legacy by following in his footsteps,” she said.
Tenny says that as much as education has changed over the years, it has stayed the same. “It still comes down to respecting the students, guiding them, building a trusting relationship with them, helping them realize their dreams, loving them as people and instilling in them core values.”
One person wrote on her nomination form that Tenny changed her son’s outlook on learning in just a couple of days. “She spook to him in a mature, professional manner and treated him as though he was a bright, articulate young man,” she wrote. “He mentioned how she was able to use respect and humor to get some of the less enthusiastic kids to do their work and participate in the discussion.”
Tenny said that the greatest joy in her teaching career is getting to meet 120 new people every year that teach her something new each day. “It’s not about what’s on page 30 that is going to make an impact on their lives, but their successes and knowing that they can believe in themselves and exceed their expectations,” she said.
Outside of the classroom, Tenny rolls up her sleeves to organize a Veterans’ Day ceremony for the school district every year. She gets students involved in making cards and flags, and invites veterans, parents and community members to participate. “In the end, students walk away with a sense that they are all part of a greater community and realize the sacrifice the veterans have made,” explained Tenny.
Over the past 10 years, Tenny has also rallied students, staff and families to help out the Society for the Protection and Care of Children by participating in the Teddy Bear Project. Toys and clothing are purchased, and wish lists completed for between 75 and 100 children every year around holiday time. “Any time the community needs something, we try to find a way to help,” said Tenny.
Nominees are screened by the HCSTA Teacher of the Year committee chaired by Merton Williams Middle School teacher Marie Ward. Letters of recommendation are collected from colleagues, parents and students. The finalists for the award this year were: Christine Clark, Northwood; Krisann Craney, Village; Steve Cudzilo, Merton Williams; Marc D’Amico, High School; Nicole DiBattisto, Quest; Carla Heise, Village; LaDonna Howell, Quest; Brenda Moshiotta, Northwood; and Sandy Rohr, High School. Nominees must have more than five years of exceptional service to the district, active involvement in the Hilton community, and have made a substantial impact on the lives of their students and colleagues.
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Hilton Superintendent Dimbleby receives Brockport Alumni Award
Hilton Central School District Superintendent David Dimbleby was presented with a 2012 Alumni Award by The College at Brockport Alumni Association on September 15. Honored for his outstanding service to the community and outstanding professional achievement, Dimbleby received his bachelor’s degree from The College at Brockport, his master’s degree in special education from Nazareth College, and then returned to The College at Brockport for his certification in educational administration.
Dimbleby has served as a high school principal, primary school principal, an interim director of pupil personnel services, an administrative intern and a middle school and high school special education teacher. He also has served as the assistant principal, a special education teacher, and a long term substitute in three other districts. While at Hilton, he co-authored Hilton’s Cognitive Strategy Instruction in Special Education, and initiated The College at Brockport CIMP Teacher Internship Program.
Dimbleby has also received the Genesee Valley ASCD Supervision Award, the SED Best Practices Award for School Pre-Referral Process and Hilton Central School District’s Teacher of the Year Award. The Alumni Association presented him with the Outstanding Service Award to recogize that Dimbleby has used his Brockport education not only for his own career development and advancement, but for the betterment of education for all children.
WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS FOR OCTOBER 2012
Mairead D. Fitzgibbon - Richard A. LaFountain
Michael and Maggie Fitgibbon of Spencerport announce the engagement of their daughter Mairead D. to Richard A. LaFountain, son of Mark and Jeanne LaFountain of Spencerport.
Mairead, an honors student, will graduate in May 2013 from The College at Brockport with a bachelor’s degree in health science and childhood inclusive education.
In May 2012, Richard graduated with honors from The College at Brockport with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He attends Ohio State University on a full scholarship where he is pursing a doctorate in kinesiology/exercise science.
A June 2013 wedding is planned.
Fitzgibbon - Brado
Caitlin R. Fitzgibbon and Thomas B. Brado were united in marriage June 16, 2012 at The Interfaith Chapel at the University of Rochester.
The bride is the daughter of Michael and Maggie Fitzgibbon of Spencerport. The groom is the son of Michael and Leslie Brado of Lynchburg, Virginia.
The bride’s sisters, Mairead and Shauna Fitzgibbon, were her maids of honor. The groom’s brother, Michael J. Brado, and friend, Jay Martinez, were his best men.
Caitlin is a 2007 graduate of Spencerport High School. She completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy in May 2012 from Gannon University and is employed as an occupational therapist at the Jewish Home of Rochester.
Thomas is a 2007 graduate of Northstar Christian Academy. He served in the United States Army where he was stationed in Belgium. He is a student at The College at Brockport.
The couple honeymooned in Mexico and reside in Rochester.
Goodwin - Baker
Christine A. Goodwin and Timothy M. Baker, both of Hilton, were united in marriage July 14, 2012 at The Rochester Museum and Science Center.
Christine is the daughter of Keith and Karen Goodwin of Byron.
Megan Richards and Melanie Darocha, friends of the bride, were maids of honor. Dan Fox and Dave Messina were the best men. Bridesmaids were Stephanie Fackelman, Christi Kasmann, Kate Rathbun and Brittany Messina, all friends of the bride. Serving as groomsmen were Randy Cristales, Christopher Tese, Justin Tese, all friends of the groom, and Daniel Dollinger, uncle of the bride.
The bride is a 2003 graduate of Byron Bergen High School, a 2007 graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in sociology, and a 2009 graduate from Roberts Wesleyan College with a master’s degree in school counseling. She is a school counselor at Greece Central School District.
The groom is a 1995 graduate of Churchville-Chili High School and a 2011 graduate of Monroe Community College. He is a student behavioral assistant at Monroe 2 BOCES and is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in teaching at Roberts Wesleyan College.
The bride and groom enjoyed a honeymoon to Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Quaranto - Limbaugh
Brittany Quaranto and Taylor Limbaugh, both of Murfreesboro, Tennessee are happy to announce their engagement.
Brittany is the daughter of Robin Quaranto of Smyrna, Tennessee and Bill Quaranto of Holley. Taylor is the son of Janita Baucum and Greg Limbaugh of Murfreesboro.
Their wedding is planned for October 2014.
Solt - Rath
Brittany Sue Solt and Cody Dean Rath were married June 23, 2012 at Park Ridge Free Methodist Church.
The bride’s wedding gown was of white luster satin and tulle with a crossover bodice encrusted with crystals, rhinestones and asymmetrical rouched fit and flare.
The bride is the daughter of Susan and Garland Solt of Spencerport and the groom is the son of Pamela and Thomas Rath of Hamlin.
The bridal party included Krista Heslop, maid of honor, Jeremy Rath, best man, Jason Johansen, bride’s brother, Ashley Rath, groom’s sister, bridesmaids: Kirstyn Adams, Stephanie Benedict, Beth Bolanos, Kari Hostetter, Bonnie Player, Jessica Thaine and Leanne Tyo, groomsmen: Joseph Brightly, Shane Cooper, Karl Driesel, Andy Gudonis, Kevin Roy, Timothy Spangler and Tyler Swanger, flower girl: Riley Rath, ring bearer: Nolan Haffey, ushers: Dave Hock, Justin Mullins.
Following this celebration of love, a reception was held at Hickory Ridge in Holley.
The couple honeymooned in Jamaica. They live in Florida where Brittany is a teacher assistant of music at the University of Florida and Cody is a mechanical engineer for Rini Industries.
David W. (Bill) and Linda Granby of Hamlin celebrated their 50th anniversary on September 29, 2012. They were married September 29, 1962 in St. Salome Church in Irondequoit. Linda was a stay at home Mom. Bill served in the Air Force. He retired in 1992 after 27 years of service from Eastman Kodak Company. He is currently an associate working at Walmart. They have three children, Stephen Granby and his wife Heidi of Hilton; David and his wife Kelley of Hamlin; and Michelle Beechey and her husband Mike of Irondquoit. They also have eight wonderful grandchildren, Zachary, Abigail, Brandon, Corey, Noah, Alex, Madelyn and Nicholas.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 7, 2012
•Alayon, Luis A. (Fatso” (Jr.), Age 25, on October 1, 2012. Survived by girlfriend Amber Reeves; daughter, Jasymn Alayon; father Luis (Arminda Delgado) Alayon Sr.; mother, Susan Hyde; brothers, Enrique, Alex; sisters, Michelle, Jennifer, Christina, Renee, Felecia, Brittany; grandmother, Santa Borrero; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral Services were held October 5 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Albion. Interment in Mt. Albion Cemetery.
•Schenk, Robert R., September 24, 2012, age 84. Born in Buffalo, resided in Spencerport. Predeceased by parents Raymond and Mildred, brother David and sisters Ruth Redlien, Audrie Ferri. Survived by his beloved wife, Jane of 63 years; children, Carol (David) Brusseau, Kevin (Marcia) Schneck; five granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held October 6 at Ogden Pres-byterain Church. Contributions can be made to Ferris Goodridge American Legion Post #330, 691 Trimmer Road, Spencerport, NY 14559 or Ogden Presbyterian Church, 2400 South Union Street, Spencerport 14559 in his memory.
•Derleth, Richard E., On September 30, 2012, age 86. Predeceased by his siblings Gerald, Lawrence, Thomas Derleth. Survived by his wife Mary; children Michael (Diana) Derleth, Susan (David) Heisler, James (Paula) Derleth, Patricia Derleth, Michael (Donna) Ksczanowicz, Mary (Bill) Werner; 11 grandchildren; brothers Harry and John (Patricia) Derleth; sister MaryAnn Derleth; nieces; nephews and cousins. Dick retired after 40 years from the Rochester Fire Department, was a longtime member of American Legion Post 941 and Seasoned People at St. Pius X Church.
His Funeral Mass was said October 3 at St. Pius X Church, Chili. Private interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. Pius X Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital in his memory.
•Haag, Patricia S., on September 29, 2012. Patricia was predeceased by her husband, Leo C. Haag; her parents, J. Walter and Anna Smith; five siblings including Rene Smith of Spencerport and Rita Boher. She is survived by her children, M. Catherine (Peter) White, Monica (Robert) Anderson, J. Therese (Cork Martusewicz) Haag-Olson, Virginia (Paul) Donlon, Christopher (Lucinda) Haag and Elizabeth M. Haag; grandchildren, Alana Caprio, Renny White-Nesbitt, Leslie Kofron, Cara Malone, Douglas Anderson, Aaron and Jessica Donlon, Nathaniel and Chelsea Haag; eight great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated October 6 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Spencerport. Interment St. John’s Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Sisters of St. Joseph, 150 French Road, Rochester, NY 14618 in her memory.
•Richardson, James, Died September 25, 2012. He is survived by his parents, Tyrone “TJ” and Laura Richardson; siblings, Christina (Josh) Petraitis, David Richardson, Diana Richardson, Mark Richardson; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and his dogs, Dory and Smeagle the Beagle “Pepper.”
Funeral Services were held September 29 at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili.
•Cromey, Thomas W., September 29, 2012. He is survived by his wife Mildred; son, Thomas Cromey Jr.; daughters, Marie (Gerald) Rhodes, Michele (David) Craine, Melinda (Thomas) Measday, Melissa (Matthew) Cahill; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Joan Rodden; brothers, Raymond, Fred (Sue) and John; sisters-in-law, Alice Hedding, Louise Fisher, Sharon Smith, Helen (Dennis) Duthoy; many nieces and nephews.
Services were held October 2 at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili. Contributions can be made to St. Ann’s Hospice or the American Cancer Society in his memory.
•Butcher, Nancy C., September 20, 2012 at age 56. Predeceased by her mother, Edith Chudzik, uncle, John Chudzik, mother-in-law, Bernice Butcher. Nancy is survived by her father, Peter Chudzik of Atlanta, Georgia; her devoted husband, Bruce Butcher; loving daughter, Jessica Frank; grandchildren, PJ Frank, Taylor Frank; sister, Judith and her husband Thomas Diederich of Atlanta, Georgia; her father-in-law, Jim Butcher of Boynton Beach, Florida; sister-in-law, Joyce and her husband Chris Richter of Middleburg, Florida; nieces, Jacquie Diederich and Virginia Richards of Atlanta, Georgia; grandnieces, Caitlin and Moira Richards of Atlanta, Georgia; best friend, Carol Kukurudza. Nancy worked for Eastman Kodak Co. in quality assurance, later she became self employed as a regulatory affairs consultant at Timewise Consulting.
A Funeral Mass was said October 4 at St. Mary’s Church, Batavia. Interment held privately. Contributions can be made to Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, Liver Disease Center, 1400 Eighth Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76104 in her memory.
•Sperry, Marion E. (Cavallaro) (Bullers), September 26, 2012, age 93. Predeceased by her sons, Joseph and Gregory Cavallaro; and her grandson, James Cavallaro; two sisters and two brothers. Survived by her daughter, Ellen Johnson; daughter-in-law, Donna Cavallaro; 11 grandchildren; several great and great-great grandchildren; sisters, Helen Wright, Evelyn Quillan, Laura Martone, Joyce Roskey and Audrey Clemens; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated October 1 at St. Leo’s Church, Hilton. Donations can be made to Park Ridge Living Center, Cottage #400, 1515 Long Pond Road, Rochester 14626 in her memory. Private interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
•Ashton, Pastor Dean M., September 28, 2012, at age 62. He is predeceased by his father, John D. Ashton. Survived by his wife and soul mate, Gina; son, Jason (Christine) Ashton; daughter, Kellie (Richard) Judd; grandchildren, Bailey, Camden, Brittany, Emma, Victoria; mother, Jackie Ashton; sister, Dawn (Jerry) Ogden; brother, Bruce (Thanh) Ashton; father-in-law, Eugene Militello; and many more relatives and friends who will dearly miss him. Dean was a member of the Chili Fire Department as a live-in dispatcher and also served with the Spencerport, Gates, Sea Breeze and Holley Fire Departments for many years. He was an official for the NYS Drill and Parade Team and a member of the Spencerport Red Onions Racing Team. Later in life, Dean embraced his spirituality and became a Pastor.
Services were held October 1 at New Comer Funeral Home, Greece.
•D’Andrea, Lois J., age 72, died September 29, 2012. Lois was a member of St. Mark’s Church in Kendall. She was a former employee at General Electric, Tax Collector for the Town of Kendall and retired in 2004 from the US Postal Service after several years of service. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred, January 9, 2012, sister, Patricia Kenyon. She is survived by her son, Ryan of Kendall; grandson Luke; sister, Susan (Bob) Kemp-Conge of Springwater; sister-in-law, Joann (late Don) D’Andrea of Holley; several nieces, nephews, cousins.
The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, Wednesday, October 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mark’s Church, Kenmor Road, Kendall, Thursday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m. Private interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Contributions can be made to USO.org, Tender Loving Care Financial Need Program or Orleans County Animal Shelter in her memory.
•Lintz, Charles B., September 21, 2012. Charles is predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Sherry Lintz. He is survived by his children, Alan D. (June) Lintz, David C. Lintz, Karl J. (Linda) Lintz; grandchildren Thea (Brad) Delehanty, Eric (Laura) Lintz, Sarah (Nick) Warner, Rachel Lintz, Lauren Lintz; great-grandchild Alaina Delehanty. Charles was a WWII Veteran and an Eastman Kodak Retiree.
All services were private. Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Baker, Marie, October 1, 2012 at age 91. Marie was predeceased by her husband, Ralph. She is survived by her children, Robert (Jean) Baker, Philip Baker, Diane (David) Hollaway, Barbara (Douglas) Landry; 10 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Service was celebrated October 5 in Fairfield Cemetery, Spencerport. Contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons Street, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 in her memory.
•Burke, Vincent J. “Vince,” September 27, 2012 at the age of 85. Vince was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Florence Burke; brothers Richard and Charles Burke; brothers-in-law, Kaleel Hadeed and Monsignor Gerard McDonald; sisters-in-law, Mary Frances “Sue” Burke, Marion Burke and Nancy McDonald. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Kathy A. Burke; his children, Michael (Carol) Burke, Christine Burke and Judy Curtis; grandchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Congelli, Peter (Teri) Burke, Christopher Burke, Michelle (Cameron) Bowers, Victoria (Joshua) Amyot and Danielle (Scott) Luchner; great grandchildren Isabella and Warren and Melayna and Callie; brother-in-law, Robert McDonald.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated October 1 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Spencerport. Interment, St. John’s Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. John’s Church, 55 Martha Street, Spencerport 14559 in his memory.
•Olschewski, Frieda (Mutchmann), September 24, 2012 at age 73. Frieda was born in Wygoda, Germany. She was raised and married in Hanover, Germany. She immigrated to the U.S. in January of 1965 to Rochester. Frieda is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 48 years, Siegmund. Frieda is predeceased by her parents, Friedrich and Matilda (Heise) Mutchmann, brothers, Otto (Ursula) Mutchmann and Gustav (Helena) Mutchmann. She is survived by her beloved brother, Siegfried (Edith) Mutchmann; sisters, Milla (Theo) Bulow, Gertrud (Hans Jurgen) Lenz, Else (Otmar) Junemann and Ute (Eckhard) Wiese. Children, Dietmar (Linda) Olschewski, Karen (David) Ortiz, Steven (Marsina) Olschewski and Christopher (Nicole) Olschewski; grandchildren, Jamie, Joshua, Brandi, Ryan, Katie, Robbie, Samuel, Gage, Blaze, Jacoby, CJ, Isabella and Oliver; many nieces, nephews and great friends.
Her Funeral Service was held October 6 at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church. Entombment, Riverside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Glad Tidings or Greece Assembly of God Church in her memory.