WESTSIDE NEWS ARCHIVES FOR JUNE/MAY 2013
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ARCHIVES - WEEK OF JUNE 9, 2013
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF JUNE 9, 2013
Ogden plans to rebuild Boetcher Lodge at Pineway Ponds Park
by Kristina Gabalski
Sometime this fall, Ogden residents should be able once again to enjoy Boetcher Lodge at Pineway Ponds Park.
The original lodge burned down in November 2012, the result of an arson fire. Supervisor Gay Lenhard says no arrests have been made in connection with the blaze and police continue to investigate.
She worked over the winter and this spring with Ogden Director of Parks and Recreation Andrea Hansen to decide what the new lodge will look like and to make sure it is in compliance with recent codes and be ADA compliant.
In early May, the town board put out a request for sealed bids for construction of the new lodge, and Supervisor Lenhard says a bid will likely be awarded June 12.
It will take approximately 90 days to build the new lodge, once a contractor can begin, Lenhard says, meaning that the new lodge should be completed in the fall.
The process has taken longer than expected, she notes, because the new lodge must meet new and updated codes and be ADA compliant.
“People are asking, ‘When is it going to open?’ ” Lenhard says.
Lenhard and Hansen also teamed up to visit other lodges in communities around the area, gathering inspiration and information.
“We did a lot of research preparing plans,” Hansen says. “We went to different facilities and (included) what we wanted.”
One idea they hope to utilize is installing ceiling panels that will absorb sound, Lenhard says.
Aesthetics of the building have been very important to both Lenhard and Hansen. “We wanted a lodge-look,” Lenhard says, “not brick or cement.”
The decision not to go with a more fire-proof construction material has surprised some, she says, but cement block was ruled out because, “It is cold, not welcoming. We’re trying hard to make it look better,” Lenhard says, “It’s going to be a much classier lodge.”
The new building will be situated at an angle towards the driveway, something Lenhard says will also be more attractive. The exterior will have a natural color scheme and a mix of textures. A dark brown steel roof is planned and shake siding will surround the entrances. Some ledge stone may be used to accent the entrances.
The front entrance will be bumped-out and the inside will feature a place to hang coats before entering a 1,482 square foot meeting room which Supervisor Lenhard says is larger than the original lodge.
One end of the lodge will feature a covered deck area with French doors. A cupola (if it fits into the budget) will add charm and interest to the roof.
Inside, the lodge will be heated for year-round use and will have two ceiling fans and windows along both sides for warm-weather ventilation. There will be restrooms, a full kitchen and a handicapped accessible drinking fountain.
It will continue to be called Glenn Boetcher Lodge and Supervisor Lenhard says she hopes to have a free-standing sign with the lodge name on it installed next to the building. The late Glenn Boetcher was a director of Ogden Parks and Recreation who built the department into an extensive program for youth and adults and augmented the program with many facilities.
Insurance is expected to pay less than $100,000 towards the cost of rebuilding, she says, but, “we may get more because (the new lodge) will be ADA compliant.”
Additional funds are available in town reserves. “We are hoping to have enough to do exactly what we want,” Supervisor Lenhard says.
Security will be a priority at the new lodge, Lenhard adds. The town plans to install cameras at the site.
Boetcher Lodge has been a popular place for Ogden residents to hold weddings, anniversaries, graduations, birthdays and other celebrations over the years, Lenhard notes.
“Many people still don’t know the lodge is currently unavailable,” Hansen adds.
“When we tell them it was burned down in an arson fire, they are saddened,” she says. “They ask, ‘Are you going to rebuild?’”
Residents are very excited, Hansen explains, to hear that the town plans to construct a new lodge.
There’s a lot of sentimental value attached to Boetcher Lodge, she notes, so for the rebuild, “We want to do it and do it great.”
Muller Quaker Dairy yogurt maker opens
by Kristina Gabalski
“It’s a match made in dairy heaven, combining one of the largest milk producing regions in the country with one of the fastest growing milk based products in the world,” U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said during a celebration held Monday, June 3, to mark the opening of the Muller Quaker Dairy yogurt manufacturing facility in Batavia.
Senator Schumer called the opening celebration a “great day for the whole region, New York State and our country.”
The facility is a joint venture between PepsiCo and the Theo Müller Group and is the second yogurt plant to open in Batavia in the past eight months. Alpina Foods of Bogota, Columbia, opened their facility last October. Both yogurt plants are located in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park just east of the City of Batavia.
“All fluid milk (used by the facility) will come from local Upstate Niagara Co-Op dairy farmers,” Schumer said. He noted the bottom line of the plant opening means, “... jobs, jobs and more jobs.”
The Muller Quaker facility will employ slightly more than 180 people and Senator Schumer said more jobs will also be created in the local dairy farming industry. “It’s an amazing shot in the arm for the economy here in Western New York - the Rochester and Buffalo areas,” Schumer said.
He noted that when the Agri-Business Park has full capacity, 1,200 more people could be employed there. He invited other food processors to “come here to Genesee County and see what a great (agri-business) park we have.”
Currently, three production lines are running at Muller Quaker, which can produce more than 120,000 cups of yogurt per hour. Eventually, Muller Quaker hopes to have eight lines running.
The facility in Batavia will produce Müller® FrutUp™, Müller® Corner®, and Muller® Greek Corner® yogurts and will allow Muller Quaker the opportunity to store and distribute to retailers nationwide from the plant in Batavia.
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said Danny Wegman had suggested to her that PepsiCo become involved in yogurt production - as long as the plant was located in Western New York.
Nooyi took Wegman’s advice and said she has “delivered on the promise” she made.
Danny Wegman told the Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald during a tour of the facility, that he found the more than 350,000 square feet, $200 million plant “amazing.”
The Batavia plant is one of the largest in the country for yogurt production. It is the first manufacturing facility for Muller Quaker and is the world’s largest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified dairy facility, Nooyi said.
“We’re going to need a lot of milk,” she told Senator Schumer.
Stefan Müller, board member of the Theo Müller Group, said the opening of the Batavia facility and his company’s entrance into the U.S. market is “the turning of a page in the book of (his) family history. We’re here to stay, we’re here to win,” he said.
The Theo Müller Group has become Germany’s largest privately held dairy business and one of Europe’s most well known yogurt producers.
Muller Quaker Dairy CEO Sam Lteif said Müller is a brand with a “rich heritage.” He said production at the Batavia plant will “ramp up” this summer with the production of new summer flavors like mango, orange and passion fruit/mango yogurts.
Muller Quaker officials said Americans consume less than half the amount of yogurt that Western Europeans consume (per capita), meaning there is tremendous growth potential in the U.S. market. Since 2007, the U.S. yogurt market has grown from $4.2 billion to $6.2 billion in 2012. By 2017, it’s expected to top $8.5 billion.
Photos by Kristina Gabalski
Public meetings set for Genesee Valley Greenway management plan
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will hold a series of public meetings to gather input regarding the creation of a management plan for the Genesee Valley Greenway.
The purpose of these public information meetings is to invite public participation and involvement in the creating of a Management Plan for the 90 mile Greenway which runs through Monroe, Livingston, Wyoming, Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties. The meeting schedule is as follows and all will begin at 6 p.m. with a one-hour workshop and a formal meeting starting at 7 p.m.:
•June 18, 2013 - Crossroads Conference Center, 6087 NYS Route 19 North, Belmont, NY 14813.
•June 19, 2013 - Mt. Morris Dam Visitor Center, 6103 Visitor Center Road, Mount Morris, NY 14510.
•June 20, 2013 - Wheatland Senior Center, 22 Main Street, Scottsville, NY 14646.
An information packet for the meetings is posted on the agency website at http://www.nysparks.com/inside-our-agency/master-plans.aspx. Those unable to attend in person may submit written comment until Friday, July 19, 2013. Please send them to: Salim Chishti, OPRHP, Planning Bureau, Albany, NY 12238. Genesee-Greenway.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monroe County Fair’s proposed move raises concerns
by Kristina Gabalski
The potential move of the Monroe County Fair to Northampton Park in Ogden, may result in a lawsuit.
According to media reports following a well-attended public forum at the park held Wednesday, June 5, a group of residents retained a lawyer and threatened a lawsuit against the county if it goes ahead with the plan.
Monroe County Legislator Cynthia Walker Kaleh, who attended the June 5 public forum, said Monroe County and the Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association have done a poor job of informing residents about the move.
“There is no reason why the residents shouldn’t be concerned, annoyed and mistrusting of anything put forth at this time,” Kaleh told the Suburban News and Hamlin Clarkson Herald. “The lack of information by the county is astounding, but not unusual by any stretch of the imagination.”
Kaleh said concerns voiced by residents included traffic, noise, air and ground pollution and lack of trust that the fair would not expand to a carnival atmosphere.
She noted some people spoke in favor, but mostly regarding the type of fair the Association is proposing. “They did not state the location was the best, but left that open. There is a feeling that this type of event is needed, to continue to inform, excite and promote agricultural expansion and growth,” Kaleh said.
“The overriding theme was that no one knew about it before it was announced and coming before the legislature for approval. The county should have made this an open process with feedback from the residents as soon as possible to waylay or address them,” Kaleh said.
The Monroe County Legislature meets Tuesday, June 11, and Kaleh says the Democratic Caucus will attempt to table the referral, but she says Republicans, at this point, appear to approve. She said the administration could pull it off the table before the legislature can, and urges residents to sign up for the public forum for next week’s Legislature session.
Officials from the Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association and Monroe County Parks have said the new location was chosen because it is in the middle of farm country and offers many opportunities to improve Northampton Park.
The Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald will have more complete and continuing coverage in the next issue, June 16, 2013.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF JUNE 9, 2013
Churchville’s Chalmers pushing across the U.S.
by Terra Osterling
When Churchville native and Paralympic athlete Ryan Chalmers placed his hands on the rims of his racing wheelchair on April 6, he reflected on the two years that he and his Push Across America team had spent preparing for his 71 day and 3,300 mile journey from Los Angeles to New York City.
“At the start in LA, I thought: I don’t want to let anyone down, I want to give it everything I’ve got to make it a success,” Ryan said via cell phone on day 47 of Push Across America. He had pushed 71 miles that day - the equivalent of nearly three marathons - partly with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign track team, his alma mater.
Ryan, an elite track and field athlete and member of the 2012 London Paralympics Team USA, is pushing his racer across America to raise awareness for the capabilities of disabled youth and young adults. Ryan and Roger Muller, founder of Stay Focused, wanted to stage an event for the 10th anniversary of Muller’s organization.
Stay Focused provides growth and leadership-development opportunities for disabled youth through a Grand Cayman-based SCUBA certification and mentoring program. Ryan, born with spina bifida, was himself a Stay Focused mentee, and is now a mentor and a PADI-certified Dive Master.
Ryan began training for Push Across America after the 2012 Paralympics. To prepare for the altitude of the Rockies, Ryan wore a bandanna over his nose and mouth while pushing up the ramps at the U of I stadium.
He pushes a racing wheelchair in a well-practiced “punching” technique. While a conventional wheelchair is powered by pulling wheel rim bars back-to-front, racers are powered when the rubber-coated rim bars are grabbed in downward “punches.”
For Push Across America, Ryan begins at 6:30 a.m., when his biggest fan and sister Emily sends her daily text message, breaks for lunch, then usually stops for the day at dinner time. “He’s going an average of 10 mph, an average of 60 to 70 miles per day - some nights until 8 p.m. because he’s going three mph uphill, but needs to make the goal,” says Gregg Chalmers, Ryan’s father.
Bob deNormand, Ryan’s grandfather, says, “It’s not really speed work unless you’re going downhill – and he did do 53 mph going downhill,” – “Once!” add Gregg and Linda, Ryan’s mother. Ryan’s racer, made and donated by Top End, is equipped with an emergency brake, but he prefers not to use it once he has built up momentum.
The Push Across America team caravan is made up of an RV equipped for documentary filmmakers, the lead vehicle, and the support van with this bumper sticker: “Slow moving vehicle – fast moving Paralympian.” Together they travel the professionally designed cross-country course.
Ryan has been on many teams, including Rochester Rookies track and Rochester Rockets junior wheelchair basketball. Track took him to the 2005 Junior World Games in Australia, where Ryan filled in on the basketball team at the coach’s request. That team earned a gold medal and Ryan was later recruited by U of I for their wheelchair basketball team. But track is his first love, and the way Ryan now promotes his message of setting and accomplishing goals.
Fran deNormand recalls her grandson pushing his racer the approximately one mile loop of Burnt Mill Road, where Ryan grew up two doors down. He would pause at her mailbox, but refused to stop for water until he finished 20 laps around.
Asked what he would tell his hometown supporters now, Ryan says, “As long as you are passionate and set goals for yourself, you can accomplish anything. Churchville is an incredible place – it’s the place that made me who I am today.”
Ryan Chalmers will complete Push Across America in New York City on Saturday, June 15. Follow Ryan’s progress @PushUSA on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Donate at PushAcross-America.org.
Rochester Rehabilitation and SportsNet will host “Born to Roll,” a benefit event welcoming Ryan home, at Frontier Field, Thursday, June 27. Tickets ($15) are available at SportsNetNY.org. Children age 12 and under enter free.
Photos by Parker Feierbach
Town of Riga dedicates tree
On May 8, the Town of Riga dedicated a tree to George Becker. George is a long-time Riga resident and has served his community well for many years.
George began his years of service to the town in 1982 on the Board of Assessment Review. From there he served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and then for many years on the town’s Planning Board. While on the Planning Board, he served as a member, then vice chairman and finally chairman.
George Becker is pictured here in front of the English oak tree with Town Supervisor Bob Ottley.
Kodak Memories: On tour
This newspaper’s call for “Kodak Memories” caught my eye months ago. But my story would only make sense if - and only if - I could locate the picture I had in mind. I searched high and low for this particular picture of my parents, Velma and Arthur (aka Spud”) Baase from Hamlin with my brother Paul and me touring the Box Department, which I believe was located at Kodak Park.
I was pleasantly surprised, however, when serendipity came to my rescue. In searing old Movie Maker videos that my brother Marc created, I found the picture I wanted. I think it was taken in 1955.
If I remember correctly, tours of the Box Department (and probably other departments) were regular events. We received tickets from a good friend of my mother’s, Evelyn Long, whose whole career was spent working at Kodak. My mother had worked there, too, but left after marrying my father in 1946.
But my mother’s “ties” to Kodak friends lasted for years. In fact, during the 1950s, she and my dad regularly hosted a summer party at our farm in Hamlin, so all her friends from Kodak could get a glimpse of farm life. Most of them lived in Rochester, so an excursion to the country was always a welcomed invitation. And, of course, there was always a bountiful supply of liquid refreshments kept cold in old metal wash tubs brimming with ice.
Karen Baase, formerly of Hamlin
The Hilton-Parma Gazebo Band, under the direction of Dr. Charles P. Schmidt, will begin its 30th season of outdoor concerts at the Gazebo in Centennial Park at the Hilton Village Community Center in mid-June. The free public concerts are held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (rain or shine) on the following dates: June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24 and July 31.
This year, the Annual Patriotic Concert will be played on July 3. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy each concert. The band plays a variety of music including traditional marches, popular music, Broadway and movie themes, patriotic music, as well as solo features. The Band will also be playing on Sunday, July 21 in Pultneyville, New York at 1:30 p.m.
In 1984, the Gazebo Band was founded and directed by Hilton music educator, Gordon Bascom. The original group performed for the Village of Hilton Centennial celebration and again for the dedication of the Gazebo at Centennial Park. One of the charter members, Mary Reazor, still functions as lead trombonist as well as manager and librarian for the band. The Gazebo Band is an all-volunteer organizations that is unique in many ways and it exists primarily by donations from the community. It is comprised of many dedicated area musicians who rehearse from March through July to make the free summer concerts possible. In recent years, the band has expanded its schedule to encompass a fall/winter season which provides music to several area senior residential facilities. The purpose of the Gazebo Band has always been to give area musicians a place to enjoy their musical gifts and at the same time share them with the community.
For information regarding the band contact band manager Mary Reazor at email@example.com.
Get Growing #5
Add some fruit to your landscape - grow strawberries
by Kristina Gabalaski
Just as with home-grown tomatoes, there’s nothing that compares to a home-grown strawberry picked at the peak of ripeness.
Strawberries are not difficult to grow and are a fun way to add fruit to your landscape.
Last year, one of my teenage daughters requested strawberry plants. I had a few planted in my herb garden area, but she wanted to create her own strawberry patch in order to increase our harvest.
We ordered an ever-bearing variety from a garden catalog (the plants are also available at local garden centers) and planted them in two 3ft. by 3 ft. raised beds.
Even though we didn’t follow all the “rules” of strawberry culture, the plants produced a wonderful crop and things look good again this season for a great harvest.
Here’s a few tips for growing strawberries at home:
Strawberries need full sun and raised beds work well because of the ease of adding organic material to the soil.
New plants should be planted in early spring, while they are dormant. Soak the plants prior to planting and choose an overcast, calm day to put them in the ground.
Gardening experts advise not to plant your strawberries where tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplants have grown recently to prevent verticillium wilt.
Dig a hole large enough to spread out the roots. Hill the center of the hole and place the crown of the plant slightly above soil level. Spread roots downward on the hill of soil and then fill the hole. The soil should only cover half of the crown.
There are three types of strawberry plants from which to choose.
June bearing plants will produce a single, large crop over several weeks in late spring/early summer. June bearing varieties are the most traditional and produce a single flush of flowers and many runners. June bearing typically produce the largest berries.
Ever-bearing (like the ones we have) do not send out as many runners and bear fruit intermittently from spring through the fall.
The last type are day neutral strawberries, which will also produce fruit throughout the growing season and like ever-bearing, produce fewer runners.
We like the ever-bearing strawberries because they take up less space. I’ve found we get many good size berries, especially with the first harvest and they are very sweet.
For June bearers, you might want to try a matted row system - setting plants 18 inches apart in rows of 24 inches allowing four to four-and-a-half feet between rows. The first year, pinch off flowers to encourage plant vigor and production of runners.
The runners can be trained along the row, 6-9 inches apart. Press runner gently into soil and cover with one-half inch of soil or a small rock until roots form. Do not sever from the mother plant.
For day neutral and ever-bearing plants, use a hill system - a raised bed, eight inches high and two feet wide. Set plants in staggered double rows, 12 inches apart. Experts advise removing any runners as well as all flowers until July 1 of the first year, then allow plants to produce fruit.
Day neutral and ever-bearing varieties should be replaced about every three years or when they show signs of slowing in vigor.
Strawberries need to be mulched. This helps to keep soil temperatures cool and to suppress weeds. It also keeps those beautiful red berries off the soil. Straw mulch looks great and works well. Don’t use black plastic as it will raise the soil temperature and limit fruit production.
In the fall/winter after several hard freezes, mulching the plants will prevent injury to the crowns in cold weather. Straw or pine needles can be used. We used pine branches from our Christmas tree this past winter. Whatever you use should be easy to remove in the spring.
With frosts persisting well into May this year, we covered our raised beds with clear plastic tarp on cold nights when frost threatened in order to protect the blossoms. Remember to remove the covering as the temperatures rise.
Your strawberries will need one inch of water per week, especially while fruit is forming.
To keep June bearers vigorous for up to five years, you must renovate the plants right after harvest by removing leaves, narrowing plant strips and fertilizing. Cut the leaves one inch above the crowns with a rotary mower within a week of the last harvest. Narrow the width of mat rows to about 18 inches by removing one side of the row and leaving the younger plants. You can then thin the remaining plants to about 6 to 9 inches apart. Fertilize at this time because fertilizing in early spring can make berries soft.
Our biggest challenge with growing strawberries is keeping raccoons away. We have had to resort to electric fencing, which is very effective. We also experience minor damage from slugs.
Growing your own strawberries is very satisfying. It’s wonderful to pick them in the morning to put in your bowl of cereal and they’re just as good picked right before dinner to add to a salad with home-grown spinach. Of course, one of the best ways to eat them is whole, straight out of the garden and into your mouth, warmed by the summer sun.
Winners of the 2013 Heritage Award for essays on the heritage of the Erie Canal in Spencerport.
Fourth graders Addison Glazer, Leo Bernabi Elementary School, Ella Genovese, Canal View Elementary school, Sophia Buono, Terry Taylor Elementary School and Christopher Hammerle, William C. Munn Elementary School.
The winners each received a check for $50 and a certificate from the sponsors, the Village of Spencerport and the Spencerport Chamber of Commerce. The essays will be on display at the museum and will also be uploaded to the web site.
Spencerport Mayor Joyce Lobene greets the crowd at the Spencerport Depot and Canal Musuem on Heritage Day Sunday, June 2.
Music was provided by the Fox Den and an Ice Cream Social was held afterwards.
Museum Intern Nora Venedzky and volunteer Linda Tague serve ice cream to guests.
SPORTS - WEEK OF JUNE 9, 2013
Challenger World Series set for June 15 at Frontier Field
The 21st Annual Challenger Baseball World Series (CBWS) will be held Saturday morning, June 15 at Frontier Field. Over 260 players representing squads from Fairport, Greece, Penfield, Pittsford, Westside, Webster, Victor, and the Finger Lakes (Geneva) are expected to participate.
Challenger Baseball, which began in the Rochester area in 1990 in conjunction with Fairport Baseball’s Little League program, brings together boys and girls ages 6 to 18 who are physically and/or mentally challenged. Each player is accompanied on the field by a “buddy” to assist in the execution of hitting, running the bases, and fielding activities.
The June 15 CBWS quadruple-header schedule calls for Frontier’s gates to open at 8 a.m. with Fairport vs. Greece at 8:30 a.m. Pittsford vs. Penfield at 9:30 a.m. and Webster Minor League vs. Westside at 10:30 a.m. At 11:15 a.m. Webster Major League will play the combined squads from Victor and the Finger Lakes. After all players have had a time at bat and an inning in the field, the teams will gather for a picnic lunch starting at 9:30 a.m. Admission to the CBWS and picnic lunch is free of charge for all team members, volunteers and fans.
Besides the Red Wings, corporate support for the 2013 CBWS is provided by The Hot Stove League, Eddie Meath Penny Fund, Rochester Coca-Cola Refreshments, Zweigle’s, Spinergy, Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, Fairport Rotary Club, MassMutual Financial Architects, Rochester Press-Radio Club, The Last Man Standing Club, Xerox and The Tony Wells Agency.
Pop Warner athletes recognized for academic standings
Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. national youth sports organization in America requires its participants to perform adequately in the class room before permitting them to play. Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner athletes compete for Academic All-American status. This process begins at the association level and up through each of the eight Pop Warner regions to the national level. Yearly, over 400,000 kids participated in Pop Warner with more than 9,700 of those players qualifying for the All-American status.
The PWLS All-American Program requires a minimum 96 percent grade point average to apply for All-American status. After the applications have been processed, Pop Warner determines National First Team All-Americans, National Second Team All-Americans and National Honorable Mention Scholars.
Several Ogden Bears players were recogonized this year.
•James Caufield, 8th grade, Olympia Middle School, son of Joseph and Linda Caufield of Greece, Honorable Mention.
•Tyler Daly, 5th grade, Hill Elementary School, son of Scott and Kelly Daly of Brockport, Honorable Mention.
•Tyler Davies, 5th grade, Hill Elementary School, son of Brian and Shauna Davies of Brockport, Honorable Mention.
•Spenser Doty, 9th grade, Spencerport High School, son of Kim and Cory Doty of Spencerport, First Team.
•Tatum Faucher, 5th grade, Munn Elementary School, daughter of Brian and Jill Faucher of Spencerport, Honorable Mention.
•Jacob Hueber, 8th grade, Cosgrove Middle School, son of Carolyn and Gary Hueber of Spencerport, Second Team.
•Ryan Martin, 5th grade, Hill Elementary School, son of Kim and Chris Martin of Brockport, Second Team.
•Damien Mousso, 8th grade, Athena Middle School, son of Heidi Gifford, and Pete and Adrianna Mousso, Second Team.
According to Kim Doty, Little Scholars Chair for the Ogden Bears Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading League, there are 2,000 students eligible in the 8th grade and higher age bracket across the United States. Spenser Doty was one of only 35 football players and 35 cheerleaders to receive first team status. He was also the only student from all of New York State at any age level to receive this honor. As a result of his accomplishments, Spenser was invited to an awards’ banquet held in Boston and was awarded a $1,250 scholarship toward college.
Blue Devils win first title in 15 years Team wins state play-in, first round as well
by Warren Kozireski
Sophomore Julia DiMartino struck out 18 batters and drove in the winning run to lead Brockport to a 2-0 victory over Greece Athena to win the Class AA2 Section V softball championship - the school’s first since 1998.
Neither team could get their offense going through the early innings, but the Blue Devils left runners in scoring position in the first, third and fourth innings before finally breaking up the scoreless duel in the sixth.
Shortstop Anna Fisher led off with a walk and advanced to second on a bloop single to left-center by Shelby Perry. DiMartino then wasted little time in lining the first pitch for an RBI single scoring Fisher. DiMartino advanced to second on an overthrow. After a failed suicide squeeze, Sara Jurhs and Taylor Light were intentionally walked to load the bases before pinch hitter Ashley Gilmore was hit by a pitch to force in the second run.
That was all DiMartino needed though she did get into trouble in the seventh issuing a leadoff walk and a one-out single before striking out the final two batters, sending the Blue Devils into their first celebration in 15 years.
“It feels pretty good, I’m not going to lie,” DiMartino said. “We’ve talked about it (winning the title) all year. I was just trying to play the game the way we know how. I knew what their hitters were like, so I tried to keep them off the plate a little bit.
“She (DiMartino) had a great game all the way around,” Brockport head coach Chris Carr said about his pitcher who set a seven inning career high in strikeouts. “She was great in the circle and had her “A” stuff in the biggest moments. Every big game we have had she rises to the occasion.
“Brockport has always had a strong legacy in softball, we wanted to revive that tradition and the girls put all the time and effort into it.”
Four Blue Devils were named to the Class AA2 All-Tournament Team in Taylor Light, Shelby Perry, Anna Fisher and Most Valuable Player Julia DiMartino. Churchville-Chili’s Leanne Pettis also was named to the squad while Carr was awarded Coach of the Year.
One day later, the Blue Devils defeated Fairport in the state play-in game to advance. They defeated Clarence from Section VI, who entered the game with a 21-2 record, in the first round 1-0 to move on to the state tournament at Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury.
DiMartino got on base with a one-out single in the fourth inning of the scoreless contest and went to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Jurhs. First baseman Taylor Light lined an RBI single to right scoring DiMartino with the game’s only run.
Brockport worked out of trouble in each of the last five innings as Clarence left runners in scoring position. Over the final three innings, each ended with DiMartino striking out at least one batter to end the threat; she finished with 12 strikeouts in all with seven of those over the final four innings.
“I just felt like I really owed it for my team and my coaches,” Light said about her game-winning RBI single. “I just hit where it was pitched and I’m happy I was able to get it done.”
“It’s been somebody different every game almost all season for us,” Carr said. “Taylor was able to come through with a great hit today. It’s been a great run.”
Photos by Mike Pratt
Rangers Golf Team wins MCPSAC Western Division IV Championship
The Spencerport Rangers Varsity golf team clinched the MCPSAC Western Division IV Championship for the second year in a row by defeating Greece Odyssey on Friday, May 10. Coached by Mark Moon, the team completed its season with a divisional record of 7 – 1. Coach Moon was named Division IV Coach of the Year.
Team members include: Jake Burris, Anthony Camelio, Thomas Coletta, Kevin Coletta, Matthew Corey, Christian Culbertson, Michael Lovall, Joseph Maier, Tyler McDermott, Victoria Ortiz, Philip Palermo and Jacob Wilson.
Rangers’ “Laxfest” supports Golisano Children’s Hospital
The Spencerport Rangers girls and boys lacrosse programs held the 5th Annual Spencerport LaxFest on Saturday, May 11. The program worked with “More Than A Game Foundation” where each team raised pledges in the name of “Stick It To Cancer.” The “LaxFest” event included all Spencerport Youth Lacrosse teams playing a game on the campus as well as being introduced at halftime during the Varsity game. This year the lacrosse program donated $3,573.56 to the Golisano Children’s Hospital through this event.
Rangers Girls Lacrosse Coach Jackie Nentarz said, “We are very excited that all lacrosse athletes from kindergarten through varsity played in a lacrosse game on the Spencerport campus. There was a tremendous amount of planning from both varsity coaches to make our vision a reality and we look forward to watching LaxFest continue to grow in the future as well as continuing to support Golisano Children’s Center .”
Spencerport grad to play baseball for Notre Dame
Jake Welch (Spencerport 2011) has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Division II Notre Dame College. Welch will transfer from Jefferson Community College in Watertown where he earned an AAS in criminal justice. The six foot six inch starting pitcher for the Jefferson Cannoneers led the team to a 26 and 19 season with an 8 and 1 record and a trip to the regionals. He earned the Pitcher of the Year award as well as being named to the Mid State All Conference team.
Playing for Notre Dame under coach Len Barker (who was recently featured on ESPN’s E:60 perfect game series), Welch will figure in the five man starting rotation. He is turning down offers from East Stroudsberg University, Slippery Rock, Alvernia College, all of Pennsylvania, and Central Connecticut State. The sophomore transfer felt Notre Dame was the right fit for him academically as well where he will continue his study in criminal justice.
Welch is currently playing baseball in Watertown for the NCAA summer league Watertown Rams.
He is the son of Jennifer and Bob Welch of Spencerport.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF JUNE 9, 2013
•Summerhays, Brian Belmont, June 2, 2013, age 65. Predeceased by his parents Robert and Marjorie Summerhays of Brockport. Survived by his sister Lynn (Nicholas) Mouganis and brother Robert (Christine) Summerhayes; one niece and four nephews. He was a graduate of McPherson College and Bethany Theological Seminary.
Private burial by the family.
•Murphy, Daniel M., June 3, 2013. Predeceased by his mother, Helen Murphy. Survived by his loving wife, Anna (Swystun); children, Matthew Torres (Angela Prunty), Kristin Chapman, Tricia Murphy; grandchildren, Gabrielle and George; siblings, Jacqueline (Robert) Weidman, Michael Murphy (Janet Odgis), Brian (Debra) Murphy and Ann (Thomas) Kennedy; father, John Murphy; several nieces and nephews. Daniel was a Security Officer for the City of Rochester.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated June 6 at St. Helen’s Church, Gates. Interment, Westside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. Helen’s Church, 310 Hinchey Road, Rochester, 14624 in his memory.
•Timpani, May Smith, on June 4, 2013 at age 81. May was predeceased by her loving husband of 48 years, Salvatore Timpani Sr.; her parents; and her nine siblings. She is survived by her five children, Salvatore (Debra) Timpani Jr., of Henrietta, Nina (Michael) Hamilton of Mattawan, Michigan, Mark (Gina) Timpani of Tucson, Arizona, Patricia (Joseph) Watkins of Buffalo, and Michael Timpani of Springfield, Virginia; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. May was a U of R retiree, a member of the St. Pius The Tenth Seasoned People, Credit Union and Eucharistic Minister.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated June 8 at St. Pius The Tenth Church, Chili. Interment, St. Pius Cemetery. Donations can be made to St. Pius The Tenth Parish Building Fund in her memory.
•Brew, Betty, May 30, 2013 at age 89. Predeceased by her husband, Stanley Brew; son, Douglas Brew. Survived by her children, Stephen (Marge) Brew and Barb Herl; grandchildren, Lisa (Pete) Szumigala, Karen Kelly, Matthew Brew, Stephanie (John) Botelho, Stephen Brew Jr., Amanda Brew; six great-grandchildren.
Her Funeral Service was celebrated June 4 at Union Congregational United Church of Christ, Churchville. Interment, Creekside Cemetery. Donations can be sent to Union Congregational Church, 14 North Main Street, Churchville, 14428 in her memory.
•Reiber, George Rudolph, May 31, 2013, age 88, formerly of Spencerport, Dresden and New Port Richey, Florida. Predeceased by his beloved son-in-law, Wilson Sheffet. Survived by his lovely wife of 62 years, Clara W. Reiber; his daughters, Dawn S. Sheffet and Lisa M. (Michael) Odorczyk; his sons, George M. (Jackie) Reiber and Carl E. (Nancy) Reiber; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brother, Rudolph E. (Alice) Reiber; his nieces and nephews. Mr. Reiber was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, Chinese Theatre, a member of the American Legion Richard Stoll Post, a Mason, goalie for the original Rochester Sports Club championship team, an original member of Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance and a former elder and trustee of Ogden Presbyterian Church. He was a founder and president of Accuro-Facture Inc. and former secretary for Local District 790 of the Greater Beneficial Union of Pittsburgh Insurance Group, which was co-founded by his father.
His Memorial Service was celebrated June 5 at Ogden Presbyterian Church. Interment at the convenience of the family. Donations can be made to the Ogden Presbyterian Church, 2400 South Union Street, Spencerport, NY 14559 or Gates Volunteer Ambulance, 1001 Elmgrove Road, Rochester, NY 14624 in his memory.
•Allen, Leon “Lee” James, of Eugene, Oregon, age 62, formerly of Hilton, died May 20, 2013 after a brief illness. Survived by his wife, Joyce Naffziger; children, Hillary (Jim) Brewer and Erik Allen; his granddaughter, Payten Fotheringham; mother, Bernice Allen; siblings, Jacquelyn (Gary) Davis, Peter Allen, Andrea Deaton and Christine (Art) Wheat; brother-in-law, Bruce Naffziger; his sister-in-law, Kathryn Allen; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Predeceased by his father, Arthur Allen; brothers, Daniel and Robert Allen and brother-in-law, David Deaton.
•Costa, Steven, On June 4, 2013. He is survived by his devoted wife Judy; his daughters Jen (Aaron) Nau and Kelly Costa (Steve Squier); grandchildren, Charlotte Nau, Blake and Haley Squier; sister Joanne Azzario and many loving relatives and friends.
Interment will be private. Contributions can be made to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14623 in his memory.
•Maynard, Beverly J., Age 76, died May 30, 2013 in the Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center following a brief illness. Beverly was born December 30, 1936 in Rochester to Gottfried and Mildred (Nicholson) Graden and had lived in this area most of her life. As a Harness Racing Horse Trainer with her husband, they were active members in the NYS Trotting Association. Mrs. Maynard was predeceased by her husband Warren Sr.; brothers, Robert and William Graden, and sister Carol. She is survived by her children, Warren (Peggy Coonrod) Maynard Jr. of Kendall, Mark (Dona) Maynard of Kendall, Aletamarie (Wayne) Martin Jr. of Kendall; her sisters, Wilma, Joyce, Kathy, Judy, Gail; her aunt, Shirley Eno; grandchildren, Jared, Sheena, Michael, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Service was held June 8 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Kendall. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to the Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center or the Kendall Ambulance Fund in her memory.
•Arcidiacono, Salvatore L. “Sam” “Sal,” June 2, 2013. Survived by his fiancé Teri McNamara; father, Mario Arcidiacono; mother Sally Arcidiacono; children, Christopher Arcidiacono and Brett Arcidiacono; siblings, Nardina Arcidiacono-Poma, Mary (Eugene Palumbo) Arcidiacono, Peter Arcidiacono, Angela (Sarhad Ishak) Arcidiacono-Manning, Nancy Ledesma; several nieces and nephews.
His Funeral Service was held June 8 at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc., Greece. Donations can be made to The Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450 in his memory.
•Hogue, John E., Suddenly at home, June 4, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Janice; his children, Jill (Dan) Colon, Jonathan (Amy) and Judy Hogue; granddaughter, Caitlin Colon; his mother, Evelyn Hogue; brothers, Carol (Sydney) Bartlett, Rev. Wayne (Charlene) Hogue, Glenn (Kathy) Hogue; sisters, Colyn (Ken) Fredricks and Sally Hogue; his aunt, Betty Hogue and numerous other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends and colleagues. He was a retired teacher from Churchville-Chili Schools, (37 years), a past President of the Churchville-Chili Teacher’s Association, a dedicated member of Parma Christian Fellowship Church.
Funeral Services will be held Sunday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Parma Christian Fellowship Church meeting at Hilton United Methodist Church, 21 West Avenue, Hilton. Donations can be made to his Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 284, Hilton 14468 or on-line at: pcfministries.com in his memory.
•Sickelco, Katherine May, infant, died May 26, 2013. She touched many lives in her brief time here and will always be deeply loved. Katherine is survived by her parents, Jeffrey and Christina Sickelco; her maternal grandmother, Katina Sekella; her paternal grandparents, James and Karen Sickelco; her aunt, Tatiana Cross; her uncles, Robert Sickelco and Jesse Cross; her cousin, Evan Cross; and many other relatives and friends whose lives she brightened.
Contributions can be sent to the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Office of Gift & Donor Records, 300 East River Road, P.O. Box 270032, Rochester, NY 14627 in her memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF JUNE 2, 2013
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF JUNE 2, 2013
The Spencerport Firemen’s Association’s parade and carnival is a community favorite
by Maggie Fitzgibbon
The Spencerport Firemen’s Association’s annual carnival will take place on June 5, 6, 7 and 8 on the grounds of the Firemen’s Field in the Village of Spencerport. The association will kick off the festivities with a youth parade on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. For any children in costumes, line-up will be at 6:30 p.m. at Key Bank located in the village. All other youth should line-up at the plaza located at the intersection of Brockport Road and Union Street. This parade route will run north down Union Street into the carnival grounds.
The annual Firemen’s Parade will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. The parade line-up is at the intersection of Coolidge and Lyell Avenues. This route will run west down Lyell Avenue turn onto Union Street and run north into the carnival grounds.
“Now that the reconstruction of Lyell Avenue is complete, we are back onto our familiar parade route,” said Jim Lobene, president of the Spencerport Volunteer Firemen’s Association.
The carnival will open daily at 5 p.m. on June 5, 6 and 7. On June 8, the rides open at noon. Advance sale tickets for carnival rides may be purchased at Tops Friendly Market and Krony’s Pizza in Spencerport, the Village of Spencerport and the Town of Ogden offices. Ride packages include two different ticket options, a pay-one-price and ride all rides on Wednesday evening for $18 per person and all day Saturday for $25 per person. Carnival goers can also purchase 12 ride tickets for $20.
“We have a new company this year, Midway Rides of Utica, will be operating the carnival rides and we have added new youth rides,” Lobene explained.
Entertainment is planned for the carnival weekend and includes the band 7th Heaven on Friday, June 7; they will start at 8 p.m. The band The Taint will perform on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m.
The Spencerport Fire Department is an all-volunteer fire department and this carnival is one of its main fundraisers. The funds raised support recruitment efforts toward new volunteers and training and retention of current members.
“Funds are also used to purchase equipment needed to serve our community,” Lobene said.
“We are looking forward to a successful year and hope for good weather. We invite the community to come out to both parades and visit the carnival and support the Spencerport Firemen’s Association,” Lobene said.
Road closings in the Village of Spencerport for the Firemen’s Parade
On Thursday, June 6, the Spencerport Volunteer Firemen’s Association will be holding their annual Firemen’s Parade. Some restrictions in travel will be necessary, according to the Ogden Police Department.
•5:30 p.m. - All vehicles must be removed on Union Street between West Avenue and the canal bridge. Also, all vehicles must be removed from Amity Street between Union Street and Church Street.
•6:30 p.m. - Lyell Avenue from Trowbridge Court to Union Street will be closed in both directions for parade line-up.
•6:30 p.m. - Union Street will be closed in both directions from Route 31 to Big Ridge Road.
•6:40 p.m. - All other access roads into the village will be closed.
Note: Any vehicles that are in the Spencerport Village Plaza will not be allowed to exit the Plaza after 6:30 p.m. Vehicles must remain in the plaza until the parade ends (approximately 9 p.m.)
There will be temporary No Parking signs posted throughout the village to assist in controlling traffic flow during the carnival. Pay special attention in the village for these signs.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF JUNE 2, 2013
Bergen Swamp provides a learning environment
by Kristina Gabalski
Students at Byron-Bergen (as well as Brockport and Batavia high schools) are taking advantage of the educational and community service opportunities the Bergen Swamp provides.
Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School science teacher Steve Locke says students have the opportunity to volunteer in work parties of approximately two to eight students on weekends to help maintain and construct trails in the Swamp - which require constant upkeep because of the decay and sinking that is inherent to a wetland.
Most students volunteer as part of the community service requirement through either their Participation in Government class or the school’s National Honor Society chapter, Locke says, but there are those who simply enjoy the experience.
“These students are attending for the fun of it,” he notes.
Locke is also president of the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society which owns nearly 3,000 acres of land in five wetland properties in upstate New York. The Society works to preserve and protect the native flora and fauna indigenous to these locations.
He explains the Society is fussy about how the trails are built and maintained.
“We want to minimize the impact on native plants,” Locke says.
Bridges and foot paths are elevated and are constructed of materials found on site.
“We harvest dead trees,” Locke explains. “All motorized vehicles are prohibited on Society properties. Trail maintenance is labor intensive - for example, we hand carry all tools and lumber to each site.”
Portable sawmills are used, and in the winter, milling of lumber is completed for trail cording - logs laid end-to-end to form trails.
The Society also has “a strong commitment to education,” Locke explains.
Students - including high school, college and graduate students - engage in research, observation and various science projects on-site. High school projects are submitted to regional and national science competitions, Locke says, and some have made it all the way to the semi-finalist round.
Additionally, Locke says, 11 Eagle Scout projects have been completed in the swamp over the last 10 years.
In April, Byron-Bergen sophomore Jordan Coffta was nominated as student trustee of the Society.
According to Locke, Coffta will be trained in botany, zoology, and how to recognize the swamp’s unique biomes. Coffta will also serve as a tour guide and will learn about the Society’s four other properties.
He can serve as a student trustee until he is 18, when he can become a full trustee with voting rights. As a student trustee, Coffta cannot vote on motions, but can attend meetings and discuss proposals.
He is the third student trustee from Byron-Bergen - a 2007 graduate and a 2012 graduate are also trustees.
The Bergen Swamp Preservation Society was formed in 1935, when Mary Slifer of Rochester “called a meeting in her kitchen of her garden club members,” Locke says. She wanted to initiate a conservation project for the club and having visited the Bergen Swamp, wanted to focus on preserving the area from state and federal government encroachment on the rich diversity of plants in the swamp.
In neighboring Elba, the Tonawanda Swamp had been drained for agricultural use, an event referred to as a “scientific calamity,” by William Alexander of the Buffalo Museum of Science. The Iroquois Wildlife Refuge had also been flooded for geese, Locke notes.
Locke says the formation of the Society helped to develop the concept of an ecological land trust. The Society purchased land in the Bergen Swamp to “forever preserve and protect native plants ... with an emphasis on education.
The Nature Conservancy was inspired by the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society,” he says.
The organization remains all volunteer and in the 1960s became the first property named on the National Park Service’s list of National Natural Landmarks.
“It‘s more than a unique place,” Locke says of the Bergen Swamp. “It shows what one person at a kitchen table can do; (the Society) has changed the park system to be more ecologically sensitive,” Locke says.
He notes the species diversity in the Bergen Swamp is remarkable.” Per square meter, it’s greater than in a tropical rain forest.”
Just three years ago, a high school student working on a science project discovered a new native orchid variety - bringing the total number of varieties in the swamp to 39, Locke says. “There are rare plants and animals in the swamp found no other place in New York State.”
The swamp is also a uniquely clean environment, where ground water springs flow to the surface and travel as a sheet over the swamp north to Black Creek, Locke explains.
Personally, Locke is particularly drawn to the native flowering plants.
“My favorite thing is to go in and look at flowers and photograph them - to see what’s blooming. Many people share that passion,” he says.
To find out more about the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society and about visiting the swamp, visit the Society’s website at www.bergenswamp.org.
Note: Bergen Swamp is located at 6646 Hessenthaler Road, Byron, NY 14422, (585) 548-7304. Visit www.bergenswamp.org.
Photographs from Bergen Swamp provided by Steven Locke.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and United States Postal Service are hosting the annual Food Drive in the greater Rochester area from June 3 to 8.
Customers are encouraged to leave non-perishable food items at their mailboxes during the week. Donated food will be dispersed to food pantries and soup kitchens.
NALC Branch 210 President Kenneth A. Montgomery noted the food collected is essential to the residents in the area, helping to fill gaps during the summer months when school is out and food donations down. “Many of our area pantries and kitchens rely on the food we collect in this annual drive to get them through the increased summer demand,” said Montgomery. “We are proud to help fill this need through the generosity of our customers.”
Recommended items for donation include canned fruits and vegetables; boxed items (cereal); pasta and rice; and peanut butter. Call area post offices for other information.
Hilton Memorial Day
Linda Viney, Hilton’s 2013 Citizen-of-the-Year, enjoys her ride in the Memorial Day Parade chauffeured by Rick Bjornholm in his 1931 Model A Ford convertible.
Brownies from Troop 889 as they march down East Avenue.
Scouts stand respectfully during Memorial Day ceremonies at Hilton’s Centennial Park.
Robert Wright III, Hilton Crimson Cadets Marching Band member, played “Taps,” while Matt Schantz, Hilton Generations Band, played the echo to end the Memorial Day ceremony at Centennial Park in Hilton.
Photographs by Walter Horylev
Joe’s stories - old, new, mostly true
Our first television set
by Joe Reinschmidt
In the mid 1940s many folks we knew were starting to acquire the latest consumer product which was now available to average families, specifically televisions. Joe and Anna didn’t seem too interested in getting one very soon probably because of the cost and also wanting to wait and see if they were all they claimed to be or if it was a fad that would soon fade away. Little did they know the profound effect that television would have on life as we knew it at that time.
We, the kids, of course thought we should have one as soon as possible but that didn’t make any impression on Dad and Mom. We probably even offered to empty our piggy banks and pool the resources to help pay for a TV set. There wasn’t much, if anything that was going to hasten the acquisition of it until the heads of the household made up their minds. That decision seemed a long way off.
Our prayers were answered one night when my parents had gone to visit and play cards with some friends. We were home playing board games or listening to the radio when suddenly there was a knock on the door. We opened it to find a family friend standing there with a box in his arms. The man was Fritz, the 40 something son of a couple that were very good friends of Joe and Anna and frequent visitors to our farm. We loved to see them come because they were always happy and the mother could play the harmonica as well as sing and yodel. She was also ready to help in the fields if there was work to be done. They were from Switzerland and lived in Rochester.
But let us get back to Fritz and the box, which he happily informed us, contained a table model television for us. We were surprised enough by his unexpected visit but could hardly believe what he had brought. We wondered why, and he quickly explained that he owed Joe about $100 for hay that we had provided for his horses. He had a horse farm on Lexington Avenue near Lee Road where we had tried riding several times.
The television was, of course, black and white, with a 10 or 12 inch screen. He set it up for us and left a little while later. We all watched it until it was past bedtime and the other kids went upstairs to bed. My room was downstairs so I continued to watch it and was still watching it when Joe and Anna came home. I proudly showed it to them and explained how it had arrived. Joe wasn’t too impressed. No doubt he really would have preferred to have the money.
Fritz was quite a talker and what you would call a smooth operator, who could convince you that what he said or promised was the gospel truth even though you knew it wasn’t. He convinced Joe to keep the television, and yes, maybe the hay was worth more than $100, but this television was just a trial model and if we like it he would bring a bigger one to make up the difference.
The television set stayed and we enjoyed it for several weeks until one day when two business-like men appeared at our door. They were detectives and wanted to know if we had a television set that came from Fritz. Joe said yes and explained how it arrived and the matter of the money due for hay. They asked to see it, checked it out and made some notes. We were certain it was the last we’d see of it. Instead they said it could remain here for now, but under no circumstances were we to dispose of it, since it may be needed as evidence. There obviously was a continuing investigation going on.
Fritz had been employed for some time as a delivery and warehouse employee of a relative of his that operated a jewelry and appliance store in Rochester. Apparently there were a growing number of items that had “fallen off the truck” or been lost in the warehouse.
Eventually there was pretty clear evidence that Fritz was the culprit and charges were prepared against him. As the case progressed, the investigators discovered that Fritz had been born in Switzerland and came here with his parents who had immigrated legally. However, they had never applied for citizenship in the United States while Fritz was a child, nor did Fritz when he became an adult. Legally he was still a Swiss citizen having been born in Switzerland of Swiss parents, and the Swiss never lose their citizenship. That made Fritz a candidate for deportation which was probably easier and cheaper than going through a trial and eventual imprisonment. He, of course, protested but to no avail. Apparently the fact that he had a wife and children here didn’t deter the deportation.
The television fared better - it stayed here with us indefinitely, but Fritz had to leave.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF JUNE 2, 2013
Spencerport native Aaron Patella Ryan on the field at Yankee Stadium.
Living the Yankee dream ...
by Kristina Gabalski
This baseball season, Aaron Patella Ryan gets to do something many people dream about: Suiting up in Yankee pinstripes and heading out onto the field at Yankee Stadium.
The 23-year old son of Keith and Francine Patella Ryan is working as one of three bat boys who cover the home team dugout during all games at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
“I did a double-take,” Aaron says, “the first time I put on the pinstripes. I’ve always had a love for the Yankees, a devotion to the Yankees.”
A 2008 graduate of McQuaid Jesuit and 2012 graduate of Iona College, Aaron says a college friend named Matt - who was already working as a Yankee bat boy, and whose father owns a business that moves equipment for sports teams including the Yankees - recommended him for the position.
“It’s a chain of knowing people,” Aaron says, about getting the bat boy job, “I’m lucky I knew Matt.”
He maintains a second job to keep busy when he’s not working at home Yankee games and to help “keep my perspective,” he says.
The job of a bat boy is “not always glamorous,” Aaron notes, but adds that the perks always outweigh any of the more tedious duties he has to perform.
The Yankees notified Aaron in January that he had been chosen as their new bat boy. He left for spring training in Tampa, Florida, the day after the Super Bowl.
He says he literally “got my training at spring training,” and had a chance to get to know the players including young rookies coming up through the system. The players also had the opportunity to get to know Aaron’s face before the regular season got underway.
The friend who helped Aaron get the bat boy job also helped him learn the ropes and also offered some insightful, practical advice - “speak only when spoken to,” and, “... don’t get comfortable.”
The 2013 spring training camp lasted seven weeks and was larger than usual, Aaron explains, with 85 guys. In addition to bat boy duties, Aaron helped to set up the clubhouse, prepare lockers, do laundry and clean cleats - lots and lots of them.
“With 85 guys, it was cleats, cleats, cleats,” Aaron says. One day, he spent four hours straight at the task.
Now that the regular season is in full swing, Aaron can be found during home games in the Yankee dugout, working either as a ball boy - grabbing foul balls that end up behind home plate and keeping the home plate umpire supplied with balls; or as bat boy - assisting players when the Yankees are up to bat.
A third bat boy is stationed along the first base line to help fetch foul balls as well as warm-up the outfielders.
Aaron says he has taken that job on a few occasions, giving him the opportunity to warm-up Ichiro Suzuki in right field. It’s also great to, “ ... see Yankee Stadium from the first base line,” he says.
As a bat boy, Aaron explains he has worked hard to memorize which bat belongs to which player and where each player keeps his bat - Robinson Cano’s, for example, is in the back right-hand corner of the bat bucket.
Also, if a player gets a hit, Aaron will run to retrieve his equipment.
“If Cano singles, I need to get his elbow and shin guards from the first base coach and put them back in their proper slot in the dugout,” Aaron says.
He also studies how each player likes to prep his bat, something that makes a big difference to players if they crack or break a bat. Aaron can have whatever the player needs ready quickly because the player does not have much time if his bat needs to be replaced.
Players like Cano tell Aaron they appreciate his efforts and during a recent game, when Cano cracked a bat, Aaron brought him a new one along with the items Cano needs to prep his bat.
Cano then promptly hit a home run, which Aaron says reminded him of the famous final home run scene in “The Natural,” when Robert Redford’s character breaks a treasured bat and then asks the bat boy to pick him a new one. The result is the movie’s climactic, out-of-the-park, light smashing homer.
“I’ve always dreamed of a moment like that,” Aaron says.
He enjoys “going out for batting practice before games” when he can shag fly balls in the outfield. The moments before the start of the game, when players are entering the dugout, are also special, Aaron says, because of the camaraderie between team members, each of whom have their own special handshake.
He says he’s very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Yankees organization and strives each game to follow his friend’s advice and not “get comfortable” - to pull his weight, sharpen his skills and earn the team’s trust.
Aaron’s parents say they are very proud of him becoming a bat boy for the NY Yankees.
“Frankly, we are most proud of his attitude towards his position,” Keith and Francine say. “From the first, he said he would make sure that he did nothing to hurt the image of his friend that got him this job. He takes being an employee of the New York Yankees very seriously. Not unlike those baseball players who aspire to wear the pinstripes and speak of it when that happens for them, our son knows the importance of how he handles himself in this uniform. He knows his job and we know he will do everything he can to do it in the best way possible.”
Aaron’s all-time favorite player - shortstop Derek Jeter - is someone he now gets to rub elbows with on a regular basis.
“When I met him it was the best feeling in the world,” Aaron says.
Jeter, who is expected to stay on the disabled list until after the All-Star break while his re-fractured ankle heals, has been at the stadium for recent home stands, Aaron says.
“He lightens up the mood,” just by walking in the clubhouse, Aaron observes, and adds that the Yankee team captain always personally acknowledges him - whether it’s with a pat on the shoulder, or with a “fist-pound.”
“He doesn’t have to do that,” Aaron says. “He’s the definition of a Yankee - classy.”
Aaron says he has gotten to know pitcher CC Sabathia, who, he says, is a really nice guy, as well as up-and-comers like pitcher Preston Claiborne - who spent time in Rochester last summer playing for the Yankees Triple-A affiliate, Scranton Wilkes-Barre. The team played a number of home games in Rochester while their stadium in Pennsylvania underwent renovations. He also got to see well-known “old-timers” like David Wells, Goose Gossage, Lee Mazzilli, Reggie Jackson and Stump Merrill at spring training.
Aaron says he has felt his whole life that he would some day be a part of the NY Yankee organization. “We’ll see where this takes me,” he says. “My goal is to work hard enough, and do well enough making the players happy and the clubhouse guys happy that I could become a clubhouse guy.”
He credits a beloved uncle (and Yankee fan) who died of leukemia before Aaron began wearing the pinstripes as well as his grandmother - who died seven years to the day before Aaron got the bat boy job (January 22), for encouraging and inspiring him.
“They’re looking out for me,” he adds.
Level 5 gymnasts take first place
The Bright Raven Gymnastics Level 5 Team captured first place at the USAG Upstate Championship held May 18-19 in Rochester. Twenty-six teams competed in this final meet of the season where Bright Raven emerged as the top team with a total score of 191.55.
Eight-year-old Emma Taylor of Spencerport competed in the Child A Division and won three gold medals and one bronze. She took first in vault, floor exercise and all around (37.80) and placed third on the uneven parallel bars. Sydney Sack of Spencerport placed second on vault in the Child B division. Nia Williams-Matthews of Rochester competed in the Child D division and placed third on vault.
In the Junior C Division, 11-year-old Jadasia Lee of Gates also earned three gold medals and a bronze. She was first on vault, balance beam and all around (38.50) and placed third in floor exercise. Emily Field of Greece took second place all around (37.95) and was also second in floor exercise and third on the uneven parallel bars. Elizabeth Ferrari of Spencerport earned first place in floor exercise and second on vault. In the Junior D Division, Mya Fisher of Rochester earned first place on balance beam, second place in floor exercise, third on bars and second all around (36.75).
Megan Zaharkin of Spencerport competed in the Senior A Division and took first place in both vault and bars. She also placed second on floor exercise and second all around totaling 38.325. In the same division, Kristina Riggio of Spencerport earned the gold medal for her performance on balance beam. In the Senior C Division, Rebecca Dorgan of Spencerport earned gold for her vault and second place in floor exercise competition. In the Senior D Division, Emily Dix of Gates took first place on the uneven bars and third all around (36.30). Lindsay Green of Chili placed third in floor exercise and Ashley Rissew of Gates was third on vault.
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LeBron James named the overall Hickok Belt™ award winner for 2012
The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) has chosen Miami Heat forward LeBron James as the overall Hickok Belt Award winner for 2012. James was selected based on his performance throughout the year which included being recognized as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, leading the Miami Heat to the franchise’s first-ever NBA championship, and winning a gold medal with the U.S.A. men’s basketball team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Other finalists for the award included each of the 2012 Hickok Belt Award monthly winners which finished in the following order based on the NSSA voting: Usain Bolt (track & field), Adrian Peterson (football), Serena Williams (tennis), Eli Manning (football), Bubba Watson (golf), Pablo Sandoval (baseball), Linsey Vonn (skiing), Brad Keselowski (auto racing), Jeremy Lin (basketball), Josh Hamilton (baseball).
The selection of James not only crowns him as the “best of the best” across all professional sports, it marks another milestone in the return of the Hickok Belt Award, which has been dormant since 1976.
“LeBron James is the epitome of what the Hickok Belt Award has always represented - an athlete at the very top of his game who overcomes every challenge to be the very best,” said Tony Liccione of the Hickok Belt Award. “This award has such a rich history with past winners like Mickey Mantle, Muhammed Ali, Jim Brown and Willie Mays. LeBron being named the first winner in over 36 years in a fitting way to pass the torch and celebrate the dawning of a new era for the award.”
In addition to being named the overall winner for 2012, it was also announced that LeBron was again selected as the Hickok Belt Award monthly winner for April 2013 - marking the second month in a row he has received the honor for 2013.
Her aim is right on target
by Maggie Fitzgibbon
Hilton native Lauren Goodrich is a two-time winner of the National Field Archery Association’s Indoor National Championship. The path to these national titles all began when she joined a six-week recreation league when she was only nine years old.
“I heard about an archery league through the town recreation program and wanted to try it. At first, I didn’t do so well but I wanted to do better, so I kept practicing,” Lauren explained.
After this league ended, Lauren knew she wanted to pursue this sport and asked her parents if she could take archery lessons. And so began her weekly practice at a local archery range, participation in a youth league and weekly competitive shoots all throughout western New York. She advanced rapidly in area age-based competitions, and as her skills progressed, so did her competition level.
“I like competing, I get to meet new people, but the best part of competing is the advice and encouragement I get from other competitors,” Lauren said.
Competing is something that Lauren does well, she’s a two-time champion. In 2012 and 2013, she won the National Field Archery Association Indoor Championship for her age group. This year, the competition was held in March in Louisville, Kentucky.
Lauren is humble about winning these awards, but said, “Winning makes me happy and it is fun to go on these adventures.”
Like any parent would be, Lauren’s mom and dad are proud of her accomplishments. Her mom, Patrice Goodrich, has seen how Lauren has matured over the last three years.
“Lauren’s confidence has grown greatly over the last few years. During a recent competition she became ill but insisted in finishing the competition. She acted with great integrity and sportsmanship,” Patrice said.
Ben Adams is the owner of Creekwood Archery in Brockport, the range where Lauren practices archery. Adams describes Lauren as attentive and on task.
“Lauren is focused on what she needs to do and no matter what happens, she doesn’t let anything distract her,” he said. “She’s calm, confident and trusts her instincts.”
Adams noted that becoming a successful archer is more than shooting with a bow and arrow.
“It’s more than shooting, it takes discipline. You need to put your problems and distractions away. And that’s just what Lauren does, she has a goal and a purpose, something you don’t see very often in a 12-year-old,” Adams said.
Steve VanZile is a staff shooter with Precision Shooting Equipment, a national company that manufactures and distributes archery products. He’s known Lauren for almost three years and over these few years he’s seen tremendous growth in her skills.
“Lauren is a hard worker, and a strong competitor. But what makes her different is her attitude. During a recent competition, a fellow competitor kept missing the target and Lauren could have easily ignored this girl but she approached this girl, consoled her and encouraged her to do her best. Lauren has the mentality of a champion,” VanZile explained.
The Team USA website, www.teamusa.org, notes a rise in the popularity of archery and attributes this rise in participation due to the Olympics but also the success of some recent Hollywood movies. Lauren’s Dad, John Goodrich, would agree with this fact.
“We’ve seen an uptick in the number of girls becoming involved in this sport. I think it may be due to the release of two movies, “Brave,” and “The Hunger Games” and how the movies showcased girls and archery,” John said.
Bower, Keys pace Hawks
by Warren Kozireski
Jon Bower and Hunter Keys each had a run scoring hit as top-seeded Holley batted around in the first inning and scored four runs on their way to a 10-1 victory over Sodus in a Section V Class CCC baseball quarter-final playoff contest.
Jon Bower stroked a two-out, two-RBI single scoring Jake Bower and Josh Porter and Keys drove in Jon Bower with his hit to complete the four run start for the 16-2 Hawks.
They built the lead to 7-0 in the second inning. Jake Bower and Jon Bower both had RBI singles and Tyler Hoag drove in a third run with a fielder’s choice.
Starting pitcher Joe DeFelice, who allowed two hits and struck out five batters over four innings of work, helped his own cause driving in Jake Bower to make it 8-0 Holley.
Jon Bower led off the fourth reaching on an error and later scored on an RBI infield single by Keys for a ninth run.
The final run came in the sixth as Keys, Josh Hatfield and DeFelice all walked to load the bases. Mike Silvis also drew a walk to score Bower.
The Hawks advanced to he semi-finals before their season ended with a loss to fifth-seed Mynderse.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF JUNE 2, 2013
Hilton students and Assemblyman Hawley team up to plant trees
With the help of Assemblyman Steve Hawley and the DEC’s School Seedling Program, a group of fifth grade students at Village Elementary School in Hilton received 50 white spruce seedlings.
After doing research on the trees and planting requirements, students worked together to get a row planted along the neighboring cornfield to help act as a wind barrier. Many parents pitched in with the planting project as well. The project tied into an ecology unit of study.
Pictured, RaeAnna Parsons (left) and Kayla Simone show off one of the seedlings they planted. In the background are Adam Sheelar (left) and Nicole Toland.
Holley CSD brother and sister collect 540 books for Oak Orchard
Holley third grader Cora and first grader Cavan Bennage love reading and want other children to know the joy of reading, too. That is why they recently decided to hold a book collection for the Oak Orchard Community Health Center. Cavan voluntarily collected books a couple of years ago, so when he and his sister were at Oak Orchard for a well-child visit in February, they were asked if they’d like to organize another collection. Oak Orchard has a free book program that allows children to take home a book when they come in for an appointment.
The sister and brother team spent the next month collecting books from friends and their classmates. Then on April 12, they excitedly delivered 540 children’s books to the Health Center.
“Our children love books and were delighted to pass on their love of reading to over 500 children!” said Amy Bennage, their mom.
The Holley Board of Education recently recognized the students with a Soaring to New Heights Award, which is given to those in the Holley School District who go above and beyond what is expected.
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WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS - JUNE 2013
Katie A. Brawn - Jason W. Phillips
Bill and Janet Brawn along with Tom and Tina Thorp are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Katie A. Brawn to Jason W. Phillips. Jason is the son of Dan and Maureen Philips.
Katie is a national sales representative at Paychex. Jason is a compensation analyst at Xerox Corporation.
Their wedding is planned for July 27, 2013.
Welcher - Cosgrove
Jill A. Welcher and Patrick B. Cosgrove were united in marriage Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, Connecticut. Father William Cosgrove, uncle of the groom, officiated at the ceremony.
Jill is the daughter of Jerry and Nancy Welcher of Hilton. Patrick is the son of Patrick and Anna Marie Cosgrove of Warwick, New York.
The couple’s wedding party included maid of honor Elizabeth Murphy and best man Patrick O’Donnell. Attendants were: bridesmaids Courtney Baker and Laura Willing (cousin of the bride), and groomsmen Brett Welcher (brother of the bride), Colin Cosgrove (brother of the groom), and Kevin O’Donnell.
The couple honeymooned for two weeks in Hawaii and returned to Stamford, Connec-ticut, where they reside and both work. Jill, a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Business (BS and MS) works as an associate director at UBS. Patrick, who graduated from Pace University with dual BBA and MBA degrees, is a regulatory analyst for RBS.
Kristy Martin - Harry Scorse
Michael and Mary Prunier of Pine City are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kristy Martin to Harry Scorse, son of Charles and Donna Scorse of Hamlin.
Kristy is a 2006 graduate of Southside High School and a 2011 graduate of SUNY Brockport with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and sociology. Kristy is employed as a R.N. at Unity Hospital in Greece.
Harry is a 2006 graduate of Kendall High School. He is employed at Industrial Furnace in Rochester.
An October 11, 2013 wedding is planned.
Sarah E. Burritt - Michael D. Lee
Sheldon (Seb) and Kathy Burritt of Hilton announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah E. to Michael D. Lee, son of Joseph and Deborah Lee, also of Hilton.
Sarah, a graduate of SUNY Oswego, is employed by the Webster Central School District. Michael graduated from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy, and is employed by Wegmans Food Markets.
An October 2013 wedding is planned.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF JUNE 2, 2013
•Pfromm, John H., of Micco, Florida, died May 27, 2013 at age 80. Predeceased by wife, Marge, son, Mark, daughter, Cathy Hoff, brother George, sister, Estelle Eckl. Survived by son John and Patty, Sharon and Tony; grandchildren; sister, Marion Maas; many nieces and nephews.
John served in the U.S. Navy. His Burial was in Florida.
•Billings, Gordon E., May 22, 2013. Survived by his wife, Mary Jane (Hampson) Billings; his children, Donna (Joseph) Barbieri, Lynn (Joseph) Furno and Cynthia Billings; step-children, Liz (Jason) Vinette and Bryan Stansell; his former wife, Sandra Billings; eight grandchildren; sisters, Eleanor and Millie.
Funeral Services were held May 25 at New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Contributions can be made to Strong Memorial Hospital L-VAD Unit, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642 or The Genesee County Mercy Flight, 2420 Brickyard Road, Canandaigua, NY 14424 in his memory.
•Acker, Margaret L., On May 22, 2013 at age 82. Predeceased by her husband Earl, father Roy Spencer and brothers Elwin and William Spencer. She is survived by her mother Louise Cockram; niece Evonne (David) Ross; step-brothers and sisters Robert Cockram, Jeanne Edwards, Helen Hill, William (Janyce) Cockram.
A Graveside Service was held May 29 in the Byron Cemetery.
•Hussong, Margaret M. “Peg,” May 25, 2013, at age 86. Predeceased by her beloved husband, George; sisters, Dorothy and Molly; brother John; sisters-in-law, Virginia Hussong and Rita (Robert) Dempsey. She will be greatly missed by daughters, Mary (Thomas) Kallen and Eileen (David) Billlings; sons, Timothy (Margaret), Daniel (Lori) and Michael (Michele); her grandchildren, Tara Share, Lyndsey (Gary) Short, Courtney (Michael) Sedita, Ben (Kristin), Brittany, Devin, Ryan (Irene), Michael, Colby and Thomas Hussong and Brandon Kallen; great-grandchildren, Chad Share Jr., Kerri Ann Cox, Martin Kohlmeier, Nathan and Ryan Short, and Zoe, Charlotte, Connor and Brett Hussong; brothers, Robert (Ann) Wallin and Richard (Cindy) Wallin; many nieces, nephews and good friends. Peg graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1948, and she taught kindergarten at Kendall Central School until her retirement.
A Mass of Christian Burial was said May 29 at Nativity BVM Church, Brockport. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Donations in her memory can be made to the George and Peg Hussong Memorial Scholarship Fund at Kendall Central School, c/o Business Office, 1932 Kendall Road, Kendall, NY 14476.
•Luce, Evelyn M., on May 19, 2013 at age 82. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years John; children John Jr. (Beth) Luce, Sandra (William) Morey, Kenneth (Barb) Luce, Betty Luce, Webster (Sue) Luce and Terri Luce; many grand and great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother.
A Memorial Service was held May 24 at the Elks Lodge, Brockport.
•Sozio, Jeanne Marie, May 21, 2013. Beloved inspiration who leaves behind a large loving family of relatives and friends.
Services will be private. A Celebration of her Life will be held in June. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wishing can donate to support Jeanne’s passion at A Different Path Art Gallery; http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/127192102/mural-and-art-garden.
•Breeding, Edward D., May 27, 2013. Predeceased by his siblings, Loretta Bentley, Monroe, Jack, Archie, Lorrene Breeding and brother-in-law, Jack Warner. Survived by his wife of 47 years, Bernice; son, David and daughter, Kelly (Michael) Gionta; grandchildren, Colleen Yager, Brandon Breeding, Andrew and Joe Gionta; siblings, Ieda Baker, JD (Elsa) Breeding, Mae Bailey, Jim (Kathy) Breeding, Charlotte Cook and brother-in-law, Dick (Gail) Warner; many nieces and nephews. Edward was a retiree of Eastman Kodak Company.
Funeral Services were held May 31 at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Chili. Interment, Grove Place Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in his memory.
•Coletta, Dorothea M., In her 75th year after a courageous battle with cancer, Dorothea died May 24, 2013. Survived by loving husband of 57 years, Philip; children, Rose (Joseph) Hart, Gina (Rick) Gagliardi and Louis; grandchildren, Nicholas, Patrick (Sarah), Rose and Charles (Cathy) Hart, Samuel and Mike Gagliardi; great-grandchild, Julia Hart; brother, David (Joan) Senear; sister, June (Ron) Perry; many nieces, nephews and loving friends.
A Funeral Service was held May 29 at Faith Baptist Church of North Chili. Interment, Westside Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Faith Baptist Church, 2954 South Union Street, Rochester 14624 in her memory.
•Kenfield, Patricia “Trish”, May 20, 2013. Survived by her loving daughter, Sabrina (Francisco) Goico; granddaughter, Azeriah Goico; mother, Jean Jackson; father, Lester Kenfield; sister, Paula Gambrill; brothers, Michael Kenfield, Ronald Kenfield; nephews, Ryan (Julie) Gambrill, Brett Gambrill; many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and her furry friend, Majik.
Her Funeral Service was held May 25 at First United Congregational Church, Riga. Interment, Creekside Cemetery. Donations can be made to the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC, 20090-6929 in her memory.
•Meegan, Eleonore “Lore”, May 19, 2013 at age 77. Predeceased by her husband, William J. Meegan; father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Jakob Linkenbach. She has lived her last 24 years as a loving couple with Bill Spiotti. She is survived by her daughter, Monika (Christopher) Markidis; granddaughter, Brandy Alston; her great grandchildren, Tavish and Tyani; sister, Lisa (Allick) Jorgensen of Florida; nephews, Peter, Steven and Scott Jorgensen and their extended families.
Her Memorial Service was held May 24 at the DiPonzio Funeral Home, Inc., Gates. Interment at the convenience of the family.
•Godfrey, Filomena S., On May 28, 2013 at age 86. She is predeceased by her husband Gerald Godfrey; parents, Frank and Theresa D’Statio. Survived by children, Robert (Fay), Richard (Donna), David (Angela), George, Linda and Michael Godfrey; 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was held May 30 at St. Leo’s Church, Hilton. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Lung Association, 1595 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 in her memory.
•Dentino, Grace, (Mirabella), May 28, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Adam Dentino. Survived by children, Christine (Michael) Sokolski, Diana Gardner; grandchildren, Michelle (Shaun) Lewis, Lisa Ann Gardner, Michael (Maria) Sokolski; great-grandchildren, Seana Donaldson, Eddie Sokolski, Adam Lewis, Kensi Grace Lewis, Michaelangelo Sokolski, Andre Sokolski; siblings, Michael (Helen) Mirabella, Mary Hall; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Eva Salerno, Dolores Dentino, Mickey Dentino; many loving nieces, nephews, and her special friend and companion, Nick Galletto. Grace was a long-time active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Eagles Aerie #52.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated June 1 at St. Jude the Apostle Church, Gates. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be made to Lifetime Care, c/o Kristina Mossgraver, 3111 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14623 in her memory.
•Huey, Mildred “Millie”, May 27, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, George; and sister, Helen Peck Smith, Survived by two children, Karen Huey and Larry (Jane) Huey; three grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew and Aimee (Phil) Andolina; one great-grandson, Joseph Andolina; sister, Ruth Peck; and long time family friend, Frank Petit. Mildred was active in Christian Womens Connection, Senior Citizens of Riga and a member of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees). She is a retired Post Master of North Chili, a lifetime member of North Chili United Methodist Church and a volunteer at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Her Funeral Service was held May 30 at North Chili United Methodist Church. Interment, North Chili Rural Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the church, Best Friends Animal Society - Kenab, Utah or DELTA Animal Rescue - Glendale, California in her memory.
•Bogacki, Paul Jon, On May 27, 2013. Predeceased by his parents Henry and Eugenia and his brother Gary Bogacki. He is survived by his loving wife Victoria; his cherished daughter Tori; sister-in-law Ellen Bogacki; brother-in-law Michael (Cynthia) Wisniewski; nephews Luke (Jessica) Bogacki, Gregory and Adam Wisniewski; great nephew Gary Alan Bogacki, and extended wonderful family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 31 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hamlin. Interment at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to the Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 704, Rochester, NY 14642 in his memory.
•Miller, David D., On May 24, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Cathy; his children, Rick (Helen), Gene, Paula (Norm) Perrotte, Tammy Besse and Vivian (Dave) Sterling. He is predeceased by his children, Michelle Wagner, Alan Miller and Peggi Sorensen. Also survived by grandchildren, Sheri (Micah), Cathy (Matt), Paul (Jennifer), Timothy, James, Andrew, Michael, Michelle (James), David, April (Sam), Kristin (Mike), Susan (Alex), Eric (Emily), Robin (Kashwir) and Thomas; 26 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Peggy Gillen and Jean Zimmer. David was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and a retiree of Eastman Kodak Company.
A Funeral Mass was held May 29 at St. Leo the Great Church, Hilton. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery.
•Jurs, Vikki L., May 20, 2013. Survived by her loving husband, Bernie Jurs; children, Scott (Melissa) Jewell, Amy Jewell, Tom (Nicole) Jewell, Bernie (Karen) Jurs Jr., and Eric (Krista) Jurs; 11 loving grandchildren; brothers, Erik (Laurie) Lintala and Peter (Mary) Lintala; sister, Toini (Ed) Reese; many nieces, nephews and friends, as well as all her “Barn Sale” followers.
Her Funeral Service was held May 25 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Interment at the convenience of the family. Donations can be made to the Wilmot Cancer Center, University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 704, Rochester, NY 14642 in her memory.
•Lienhart, Wilfred R., age 88 of Leesburg, Florida, formerly of Spencerport, died May 22, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was predeceased by his great-granddaughter Anna McKinney; his sisters Margaret Whipple, Helen Lienhart and Rose Kirchner. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Shirley; two daughters, Sandra (Leslie Owen) Kagey, Christy (James) McKinney; six grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill served in the Twin Dolphins-Silent Service (submarine) from 1943-1946. He was a member of the American Legion and served in the VFW honor guard in Florida. He was a volunteer fireman for the Waterport, Albion and Spencerport fire departments and was a past president of the Spencerport Fire Department. He worked at GM for 30 years in Rochester retiring as a heavy construction supervisor.
A Memorial Service will be held at Spencerport United Methodist Church on June 9 at 2 p.m. Calling hours will be held at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, 21 West Avenue, Albion on June 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with burial at Mt. Albion Cemetery immediately following. To share a special memory of Bill please visit www.christophermitchell.com. Donations can be made to Anna’s Wish, P.O. Box 27, North Chili, NY 14514 in his memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF MAY 26, 2013
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF MAY 26, 2013
Former Holley High School building one of “Five to Revive”
by Kristina Gabalski
The former Holley High School is part of the first “Five to Revive” preservation priorities list determined by the Landmark Society of Western New York.
Landmark Society officials say the list, which was announced during a news conference May 16, will call attention to five properties in Western New York which are all in need of targeted revitalization.
In addition to Holley High School, the list includes the Pulaski Library on Hudson Avenue, the Eastman Dental Dispensary, the Pedestrian Bridges in Genesee Valley Park - all three in Rochester - and the Sampson Theatre in Penn Yan.
“The heart of the Landmark Society’s preservation efforts is community revitalization,” says Executive Director Wayne Goodman. “Beginning this year, we will annually publish Five to Revive - whether buildings, landscapes, or structures, they are significant historic properties whose rehabilitations can become catalytic projects for the neighborhoods and communities that surround them.”
The former Holley High School was built in 1931 and occupies a prominent site in the village at the central intersection of Routes 31 and 237. It served as the community’s high school into the mid-1970s and there has been only intermittent use of limited sections of the school in the intervening years. The Neo-Classical Revival building is located within the Holley Village Historic District, which has been declared officially eligible for listing in the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Landmark officials say the former Holley High School is a highly visible anchor in the village business district. The structure was selected because it is one of the most important civic buildings in Orleans County.
“It’s notable historic and architectural significance, combined with its prominent location and scale of design, make it an important candidate for rehabilitation and re-use after nearly 30 years of vacancy,” Landmark Society officials said.
“Historic preservation isn’t just about the past,” Wayne Goodman explained. “Preservation is revitalization Preservation creates local jobs, stimulates investment, increases tax revenues and builds sustainable communities.”
The Five to Revive initiative was launched as part of the Landmark Society’s 75th Anniversary and will enhance the organization’s ongoing efforts to support revitalization in Western New York, Landmark officials said.
The “irreplaceable” historic resources listed in Five to Revive will become priority projects for Landmark Society staff and programs. The Landmark Society will work collaboratively with owners, municipal officials, and developers to facilitate investment and foster rehabilitation so that these structures can again play an active role in their communities, Landmark officials said.
Public meeting on the Revitalization of Holley scheduled
What does the future of Holley hold? Should it be a revitalized downtown, improved neighborhoods, or more parks and trails?
This is the second meeting for the Revitalize Holley Brownfield Opportunity Area project. Share your vision and look at the progress made to-date at a public meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m. at the Holley Public Library.
The Village of Holley has been awarded funding for an area-wide revitalization plan for village neighborhoods and other areas affected by brownfields or economic distress. Funding was provided through the New York State Department of State Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program, a three-step planning process that provides grants and technical support to help communities complete and implement revitalization strategies. At the completion of the three-step program, communities are designated a Brownfield Opportunity Area, increasing their competitive position for funding and incentives under several State and Federal assistance opportunities.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF MAY 26, 2013
Interment of shipmates at Arlington brings closure for Hamlin veteran
by Kristina Gabalski
This Memorial Day will hold special significance for Tom Hetherington of Hamlin.
The Vietnam War veteran served with the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet during the war, and just this month, four of his former shipmates - who were shot down and killed in July of 1967 while trying to locate a downed pilot - were finally laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
“I would have done anything to go to the funeral,” he says, but unfortunately did not find out about the interment until after it had taken place.
The remains of the four sailors were buried in a single casket with full military honors at Arlington on May 2, 2013, nearly 46 years after their helicopter was hit by a concealed cannon near North Vietnam’s Ha Nam Province.
The four: Lt. Dennis Peterson, Ensign Donald Frye, and Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Technicians William Jackson and Donald McGrane, had been listed as unidentified MIAs. It is believed they were killed instantly in the crash.
In 1982, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam released some U.S. remains, but it has taken decades and further investigations of joint United States and Vietnam crews to locate the helicopter wreckage and positively identify Peterson, the pilot, and the three other sailors in the crew.
Hetherington says the four were part of a brotherhood of sailors on the Hornet who bonded together during their wartime service.
“We were all there together,” he says. “It’s important to have your brothers back home. I’m so glad for them and their families that they are finally back.
“Soldiers in any war face the same concerns and dilemmas,” Hetherington observes. “They ask, why are we here? -What are we doing?”
He calls his fallen Navy brothers heroes (humbly referring to himself as a “participant” whose service as part of the OE Division - Electronics, helped to support and facilitate the bravery and heroics of his shipmates). He notes this is an especially poignant time for the sailors’ remains to come home, as the United States is commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The helicopter crew was attempting to rescue a pilot when they were shot down. That pilot, Larry Duthie, now 70 years old, was able to attend the funeral, Hetherington says. Duthie was certain he would be taken captive by the enemy, having gone down only 45 miles from Hanoi. Duthie was saved, Hetherington says, when an Army helicopter was able to pull him out. “I would love to have met him,” he adds.
“I want to commemorate my guys,” Hetherington explains, and says he can’t imagine the heartache and frustration of the families who waited 46 years for the remains of their loved-ones to come back home.
He notes it is important to commemorate their sacrifice, continue to educate for future generations, and work towards healing. In all, 280 Rochester area soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War. They are memorialized at Highland Park in Rochester.
Hetherington is doing all he can to make sure that the sacrifices made by those who have given their lives for their country are not forgotten. This month he spoke to 7th and 8th graders at Brockport Central School about his experiences during the Vietnam War. The students have been learning about the Vietnam War and recently traveled to Washington, D.C, as part of their studies.
Hetherington says he told students about his experiences and gave them his perspective. He also left them with some questions to ponder: Were the Vietnam War and the Iraq War justified? Is the United States the world’s police force and should it be?
Those are questions that will help, “to make them think,” Hetherington says.
“We were all there together,” Tom Hetherington says. “It’s important to have your brothers back home. I’m so glad for them and their families that they are finally back.”
Photo by Kristina Gabalski
Murray Holley June Fest set for June 1
The 5th Annual Murray/Holley June Fest will be held Saturday, June 1. A fun- filled day is planned with something for everyone.
The day kicks off with the village-wide Yard Sales starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Also at 9 a.m., the annual Jim Ferris Memorial 5k Race with prizes totaling $2,000 starts at the Holley Elementary School. Pre-registration forms may be obtained on the Town of Murray web site. A map of the course and application is available at www.townofmurray.org. For other information, contact Sandy Heise (585-638-5432 or email@example.com).
The Grand Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and features the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Ghost Riders Drum and Bugle Corps, the Prime Time Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and the Mark Time Marchers Marching Band. Anyone wishing to join in the parade can contact David Dill (585-943-9188 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Ridley (585-638-6367 at the Village of Holley Office).
This year’s parade route starts on Veteran’s Drive, then to Batavia Street, to the Public Square, to White Street to East Avenue, ending at the Park entrance. The Reviewing Stand will be on East Ave just past East Albion Street.
St. Mary’s Chicken Barbecue will start serving at 11 a.m. until gone. Arts and Craft, Food Vendors, Bounce House, pony rides and live entertainment will be at the Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New this year at the park is a wine tasting tent - $7 includes wine tasting and a free wine glass to the first 150 tasters. (You must be 21 years of age for wine tasting.) Tasting is from noon to 5 p.m.
Another new feature this year is the Hollywood Idol contest which will take place at the Woodlands Soccer Field at the end of High Street at 5 p.m. For information contact Nancy Manard at First Niagara Bank.
The annual free Drum Corps Show will take place at 7 p.m. at Woodland Field and will feature the Drum Corps from the parade plus the Hitmen Drum Corps and the Kendall Holley Marching Band and Color Guard, and the Holley High School award winning chorus.
Shuttle buses will run all day from the High School and Elementary School Parking Lot and the Holley Firemen’s Field. There is limited parking at the Canal Park. Visitors are urged to take advantage of the Shuttle Buses.
Bergen Park Festival June 7-8
Bergen is gearing up for the 24th Annual Park Festival as the town bicentennial celebration continues. The festivities begin Friday, June 7 at 6 p.m. in Hickory Park on Route 19 in the Village of Bergen with a fish fry, food vendors, remote control car demo, and music by the band “Something Else.”
On Saturday, June 8, events begin at 11 a.m. with a car show, craft vendors, book sale, food vendors, pony rides and more. At noon there will be a parade down Main Street (Route 19) in the village with marching bands, floats, fire departments, and other units and vehicles. The remainder of the afternoon will include the Zoomobile, Kelly’s Heroes, and Genesee Country Mus-eum’s is 19th century games. At 3 p.m. the Bergen Idol Contest will be held, followed at 4 p.m. by a chicken barbecue.
Entertainment will be provided by the Pop Show Band from 6 to 10 p.m. and the day will conclude with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to the two day event sponsored by the Bergen Business and Civic Association.
Brockport streetscape enhanced with garden enclosures
by Kristina Gabalski
New and efficient fenced garden enclosures are helping to make the streetscape on Main and Market Streets in downtown Brockport more inviting and attractive.
The enclosures sit on the surface of the ground around the trees in the business district. They are filled with dirt, cultivated, and planted with a variety of hardy perennials and seasonal annuals.
Ted and Patty Hawley created and installed the first enclosure last fall in front of Fountain of Youth Organics at 46 Main Street.
“Because Main Street can be a high traffic area - especially when the college is in session - we wanted to see how the tree fence held up,” Ted Hawley says. “Brockport has a (large) dog population and, while they make great companions, they can do some pretty significant damage to plants.”
When the Hawleys purchased the building at 46 Main Street in 2009, the trees in the business district were underplanted with various perennials and a few annuals.
“Most of the plants were ruined within weeks due to dogs doing what dogs do!” Hawley notes. “There was no way to keep bikes and pedestrians out of the planted squares. We found that as soon as we installed our tree fence, that problem was solved immediately. Even the cigarette butts that would litter the squares weren’t a problem. The Brockport DPW was very supportive. We discussed plowing issues and with a few minor adjustments, like putting flags on the corners in the wintertime, everything worked out well.”
The Hawleys say they are thrilled that other building owners are jumping on board and installing the garden fences, too.
“The fences have brought a lot of positive comments from our customers and from the general community at large,” Hawley says. “It ties in nicely with Brockport’s ‘Victorian Village on the Canal’ branding. We think it will look spectacular once more fences are installed along Main Street. Each one can be planted differently, so it may end up being a reason to take a walk along Main Street. We’ve had great support from Pro-Brockport; Walk, Bike Brockport!; the Village of Brockport; and the Brockport Merchants Association.”
During the regular meeting of the Brockport Village Board May 14, board members discussed the garden squares.
“I think it’s a great idea,” Mayor Connie Castaneda said. “I’m pleased with the beautification efforts.” She noted that she is glad to see merchants and volunteers stepping forward to work on projects that benefit the downtown business district.
The mayor said the garden squares are on village property and wanted to check with the village attorney regarding liability issues. A resolution to approve the squares was passed unanimously - subject to a consultation with the village attorney.
Trustee Carol Hannan, who is the village board’s liaison to the Merchants Association, says the charm of the garden squares will “pound home” the village’s identity as the ‘Victorian Village on the Canal.’”
The garden squares will help to “make Brockport an appealing destination,” Hannan says, and explains that adding beauty to the downtown business district “benefits taxpayers (as) sales tax receipts make up a large part of the village budget.”
Trustee Hannan says the squares not only look great, but will help protect the investment made in plant material and added that she plans to sponsor one of the squares.
Members of Pro-Brockport have played a major role in the beautification effort - brainstorming, interviewing welding and metal specialists, compiling a tree inventory of Main and Market Streets and creating a list of contractors and quotes for building the fences.
To fund the garden enclosures, Pro-Brockport has created an order form for sponsors, who can choose between three enclosure sizes: a four-foot square (four on Market Street), a six-foot square (20 on Main Street), and a seven foot-by-six foot square (two on Main Street).
Sponsors can also order a six foot tall corner post with an arm for hanging objects such as flower baskets. Plaques are also available and can be mounted on the base of the garden fence with a message of up to 180 characters.
Pro-Brockport President Pam Ketchum said six garden enclosures had been sponsored by the first week of May - five on Main Street and one on Market Street.
Archie and Pat Kutz of the Lift Bridge Book Shop, sponsored the garden square outside their business at 45 Main Street.
They say they love the concept and are delighted with the results.
“Lift Bridge has been struggling for years to have an attractive garden around our tree,” Pat Kutz says. “When we saw what Ted and Patty Hawley had constructed, we knew we had the answer.”
The Kutzs signed up quickly to sponsor an enclosure and had their’s in place in early May.
“I hope everyone enjoys the results,” Pat says. “No two squares will be the same, and they will probably change from season to season, so check us out. We hope there will be many more families or groups of friends who will sponsor a tree and help make our village beautiful.”
Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum opens June 1 and 2 with events both days
Join the Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum as they open for the season June 1 and 2. The fun begins with a treasure hunt for children on Saturday on the history of Spencerport and the Erie Canal along with fun handouts. Sunday at 2 p.m., winners of the 4th grade essay contest sponsored by the Spencerport Chamber of Commerce will be awarded, followed with an ice cream social. Music will be provided by the Fox Den from 2 to 4 p.m. Events are free. For information check out the website at www.spencerportdepot.com, ‘like’ them on Facebook or follow them on twitter @SpptCanalMuseum.
The Churchville-Riga Chamber of Commerce Youth Hall of Fame award recipients were inducted into the Youth Hall of Fame on May 20. This award directs special attention to those youths who have demonstrated, through contributions to the community and outstanding achievements, their personal growth and development. Pictured: Nathan Hare, Kelsey Wilson, SIniyah Sutton-Barton, Timothy Rowland, Roman Crespo, Abigail Monroe.
Sometimes procrastination pays off
by Kristina Gabalski
Planting time has truly arrived and if you are like me, you have to restrain yourself from stopping at every garden center you spot and going crazy buying plants.
Although it is tempting to be in a rush to get everything in the ground by Memorial Day, taking your time in some cases may be a very effective and organic way to overcome problem pests, particularly with vegetables.
I never feel rushed to get the vegetable garden in. I’m always busy with garden clean-up and afraid a late frost will damage seedlings. Right now, I have some peas planted and will work on crops like lettuce, sunflowers, spinach and carrots Memorial Day weekend, but I will hold off on crops like tomatoes and peppers as well as squash.
This year, I plan to experiment with planting times in the vegetable gardens, to see if I can defeat some of the bugs that give me the hardest time - squash vine borers and squash bugs.
I have a thing for cucurbits - winter and summer squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, gourds, melons and similar plants. I enjoy the many new varieties of summer squash and love to have ornamental gourds and pumpkins for decorating in autumn - but the pests that like to make a meal out of the vines create a huge problem in my garden and result in much disappointment. Gorgeous full vines often wilt and die seemingly overnight.
I’ve been resorting to products like Spinosad to fight them, as well as vigilant hand picking, but as these plants grow, it can be very difficult just to access the vines to look for and destroy the bugs.
So this year, I will hold off a bit on planting.
According to vegetable and fruit specialists at the University of Maryland Extension, planting squash and other cucurbits later than usual can help to avoid damage by the squash vine borer. If there are no sizable plants when the adults emerge from their cocoons to mate, the experts say you should not have a problem.
The borer moths typically have laid their eggs by early July, so I’d like to at least plant most of my summer squash and some pumpkins in late June and see what happens. I don’t mind waiting a little bit for squash and although many varieties of winter squash and pumpkins need lots of time to grow and mature, I notice many are typically ready in my garden well before the date listed on the seed packet. Also, I’m hoping warmer temperatures in early summer will help them to grow faster than if I planted in late May or early June.
Planting squash and pumpkins later might also thwart the striped and spotted cucumber beetles which feed on young squash plants and can transmit bacterial wilt as they feed. The cucumber beetles tend to be spring pests and are less prominent as the season progresses.
I’ve seen mixed advice regarding how well later planting can help with squash bugs, which are grayish-brown and up to 3/4 inch long. The nymphs look similar but don’t have wings and feeding by both adults and nymphs cause squash leaves to wilt and blacken.
The squash bugs are around all season, with nymphs “attacking” pumpkin and winter squash fruits all the way into autumn. I probably will have to continue my regular regime of hand picking and “squashing” the adults and nymphs and rubbing the rows of red-brown egg clusters on the undersides of the leaves to squish them.
The folks at “Organic Gardening” offer some interesting tips regarding adjusting planting times to avoid other common garden pests.
To avoid aphid infestation of cool season crops like lettuce and broccoli, set out good-sized transplants and pull them up and replace before they bolt and become an aphid breeding ground.
Those light green cabbage looper caterpillars that chew up brassicas like cabbage, can be thwarted by growing early maturing varieties and setting out seven-eight week old plants for fall crops about ten weeks before the normal frost date.
For corn ear worms, which chew through the silks and into the tips of ears, plant early maturing varieties as early as possible.
Those disgusting Colorado potato beetles can be controlled by planting seven to fourteen days after the usual date. This is supposed to be extremely effective because the beetles will move on if they don’t find potato plants when they emerge from the soil in early spring. Fast maturing varieties will be ready before the second generation of beetles comes and at that point, some leaf damage won’t harm the crop.
Finally, flea beetles, which chew small round holes in the leaves of many vegetables, can also be controlled by planting a week or two later than usual. Overwintering adults appear in the garden early in the season and if they can’t find food, they won’t lay their eggs.
So here’s to the procrastinators - holding off and taking your time planting certain crops in your vegetable garden might add to your gardening enjoyment and may also help to curb those gardening headaches and disappointments caused by pests.
The Skoog Farm Workshop is presenting its 12th annual exhibition at the Seymour Library during the month of June. The opening will take place on Thursday, June 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Public invited. Shown above, “Dogs I know” by Tina Eibl.
Spencerport Rotary welcomes new members
Just in time for the upcoming spring projects, President of the Spencerport Rotary Roger Ressman (far right) welcomes three new members to Rotary, (left) Randy Spurr, Sharon Robinson and John Decker.
Brockport Rotary Club president Doug Clare thanks community leaders Alicia Fink and Bill Andrews for their presentation on a project of potential interest to the club.
Fink, a native of Ecuador, still has many friends and family members back in her homeland. She has enlisted them to improve a rural school facility in the mountains about two hours from the capital of Quito. For example, the principal now has a computer and a desk due to her efforts. She, with Andrew’s assistance, is working to enlist various segments of the Brockport community in her project to adopt the school of about 114 students (expected to climb to 150).
The needs are many (a kitchen and cafeteria are high priorities) and service clubs and individuals alike are invited to help in this endeavor. Rotary, in particular, may possibly be able to assist through ties with other local clubs here and in Ecuador to leverage larger sums of money via Rotary International’s grant system. Educational improvement is a major goal of Rotary.
Brockport Rotary supports student for Young Entrepreneur’s Program
Brockport Rotary Club president Doug Clare (r) presents a club banner to local Young Entrepreneur Program scholarship recipient Shawn Enos of Brockport.
Shawn thanked the members for his $1,000 scholarship and described the experiences which will hopefully allow him maximum success as he begins a business career.
The Young Entrepreneur Program provides real life teaching and experiences designed to help high school students (Shawn is 15) create their own business. The program utilizes representatives from the business community to teach, mentor and test the students chosen for the program in everything from creating a business plan to presentations skills needed to pitch that plan to panel of successful business people.
Shawn’s project/business was named Rocket Motor Sports (dirt bikes). He was given $200 by the program to support setting up a website and creating a logo. However, Shawn has decided that this project will go to the back burner for now so he can utilize his newly acquired expertise with his family’s new pizza shop in Gates.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF MAY 26, 2013
Kristen Clark Schuth returns to GCC to lead Cougar athletics
Kristen Clark Schuth is the new Director of Athletics at Genesee Community College. She began her duties May 1. “I’m very excited to come back,” said Schuth. “It’s a great opportunity.”
Schuth spent seven years at GCC as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Health and Physical Education. She was Head Softball Coach from 2005-2010, compiling a win/loss percentage of .534. Prior to her first season, the softball team went 7-19. Her teams recorded five winning seasons, finished in the top four in Regional Finals, and produced two NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-Americans. In 2010, she was named WNYAC (Western New York Athletic Conference) Women’s Softball Coach of the Year. “I built a program here,” Schuth said. “This feels like home. I’ve always had Cougar pride.”
Schuth left GCC to become Assistant Director of Athletics at Finger Lakes Community College, under AD Bob Lowden. “We lost a good one,” Lowden said of Schuth’s departure from FLCC. “Kristen is very easy to work with, a consummate professional and really helped to elevate our athletic program, redesigning our website and implementing an academic plan for our student-athletes. She’s going to do a phenomenal job.”
Schuth grew up in Hilton, and is a member of the Hilton High School Athletic Hall of Fame. At SUNY Brockport she starred in both softball and basketball, earning letters in both sports all four years as well as being named SUNY Brockport female athlete of the year. She was an All-American in basketball her senior year. She is a member of the SUNY Brockport Athletic Hall of Fame. She earned her master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania and now resides in Spencerport with her husband David and sons Gavynn, 2 ½, and Austynn, 9 weeks.
Schuth is excited to start building a new legacy. “I’m ready for us to move forward and improve to become the highest quality and successful athletics program in the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletics Association),” Schuth said. “It’s not all about winning. It starts in the classroom. We need to do what’s right for our student-athletes and promote success in the classroom first. An increase in graduation is a big sign of success.”
Hilton Cadets fall at Gates Chili
by Warren Kozireski
Senior Jordan Ott scored twice and added an RBI, but her Hilton Cadets dropped a 10-6 decision to Gates Chili.
Ott helped Hilton jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning reaching base with a leadoff walk, advancing to second on a wild pitch, stealing third and scoring as Taylor Sile reached on a strikeout wild pitch.
The Spartans scored four runs in their half of the opening stanza, but Hilton battled back. Kaci Chiappone led off the second with a single, went to second on a fielder’s choice and moved to third on a wild pitch. Kelsey Brinkel drove her in with an RBI groundout to close the Gates lead to 4-2.
The Spartans scored two more runs in the bottom of the second and another in the fourth to lead 7-2 before Hilton got back into the game with two runs in the fifth.
Ott led off with a triple and scored on an errant throw into the infield for the first run. Jess Dauvergne drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Sile sent her to third with an infield single before Alex Cummins plated the run with an RBI single.
Gates Chili scored three more runs over their final two at bats to seal just their fifth win of the season.
Hilton was seeded seventh for the Class AA1 Section V playoffs and had a quarterfinal game at second seeded Webster Schroeder.
Sutphen pitches Kendall into Quarterfinals
by Warren Kozireski
Lefthander Alex Sutphen fanned ten batters and allowed just one run over five innings of work and the Kendall offense exploded for a seven-run fifth inning in a 12-5 victory over host Harley Allendale-Columbia in Class C Section V baseball first round action.
Sutphen helped his own cause in the Eagles fourth win of the season with a leadoff single in the first inning. He went to second on a misplayed sacrifice bunt and later scored on an RBI groundout by catcher Richie Swift for a 1-0 lead.
After HAC tied the game in their half of the first, the Eagles took the lead for good in the second. Dan Miller led off the inning with a walk and later scored on a wild pitch.
In the third inning, shortstop Justin Barrett and Miller both scored on an error as the Eagles built to a 4-1 lead.
Kendall blew the game open in the fifth sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs. Five different players drove in runs while another scored on a balk and the last on a wild pitch.
Sutphen drove in Joe Robb in the sixth inning for the twelfth and final run in the victory, which earned the 11th seeded Eagles a quarterfinal game with third seed Honeoye.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF MAY 26, 2013
Hilton students compete in Stock Market Simulation
Three Hilton seniors were honored at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester on May 15 for placing ninth out of 107 teams statewide in the Stock Market Simulation. They are Austin Brizee, Zach Johnson and Tyler Woodward - all students in Theresa Jasen’s Web Design/Advanced Microsoft Office course.
The object of the simulation, organized through the Democrat and Chronic newspaper, is to introduce students to the basics of investing as they work to explore and understand financial literacy as it relates to trading and investing in the U.S. stock market. The game ran from February 11 through May 3. Each team was given a virtual $100K and challenged with how much they could increase their rate of the return. Teams were divided into three business strategy roles - research analyst, business manager, and secretary/accountant - and each student took on each of the roles during the 10 weeks of play.
As part of their final project for the simulation, students were charged with creating an electronic portfolio to highlight their investing experience.
“These three young men worked very hard to achieve such an accomplishment,” said Jasen. “An they earned a 9.21 percent rate of return on their original investment.”
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF MAY 26, 2013
•Devereese, Charles B., died May 18, 2013 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was born July 30, 1953 in Syracuse and raised in Homer, New York where he graduated from high school. He then attended Roberts Wesleyan College, where he met his wife Linda. After college he became a master tool and die technician. Later, he owned his own manufacturing facility with co-owner and long-time friend Rex Fisher. He was preceded in death by his father Theodore and is survived by his mother Betty Devereese (Hessler); brothers Theodore and Tom; and sister Sue. Chuck leaves behind his beloved wife Linda with their 39th anniversary also being May 18. He is also survived by his four children, Carissa Clack, Christie Haggerty, Laurie Ridgeway and Chad Devereese and three sons-in-law John Clack, Shaun Haggerty and Jamie Ridgeway; his grandchildren Coltin, Cayli, and Carlyn Clack, and Jaydon, Brandon and Brooklin Ridgeway.
A celebration of Chuck’s life was held May 23 at First Bible Baptist Church, Hilton. Memories and thoughts can be shared with the family at www.heritagefuneralandcremation.com.
•Castre, Leonard T., on May 18, 2013 at age 95. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret and son, Richard. He is survived by his daughter, Lenita A. Gates; grandchildren, Leonard, Scott (Lianna) Gates, Richard Lee “Duke” (Deanna) Castre II, Gianni Castre; great-grandchildren, Dylan Leonard Gates, Megan Lee Gates, Austin Castre, Michael Davis and Nicholas Davis; sisters, Virginia Bianco, Natalie Marrow and many nieces and nephews. Leonard was a retiree of Local #118 Trucking Union.
Funeral Services were held May 22 at the New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Villa, 3300 Dewey Avenue, Rochester 14616 in his memory.
•Lewis, Kenneth L., May 15, 2013. Survived by his wife, Lois; step-daughter, Linda (James) Kavanagh; three granddaughters, Kelli (Karl) Berg, Kimberly Kavanagh and Kristin (Don) Smith. Ken was a retiree of The New York State Troopers.
His Graveside Service was held May 21 at Grove Place Cemetery, Chili. Contributions can be made to Lifetime Care, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester 14623 in his memory.
•Bernhagen, Harold A., Age 65, on May 17, 2013. Survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Ann Ratcliff Bernhagen; a sister, Maryella Bernhagen; two step-daughters; aunts and uncles, Vincent and Fran Kovalcik, Joseph and Phyllis Kovalcik and Edward and Polly Welsh; along with many cousins.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated May 22 at Our Lady of Mercy Parish. Donations can be made to the church, Our Lady of Mercy Parish (St. Peter’s Site, 44 Lake Street, LeRoy) in his memory.
•Kearns, George F., on May 11, 2013 at age 90. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Kearns and son, Steven G. Kerns. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Gwendolyn and James Tappenden of Chili; son and daughter-in-law Kenneth Kearns and Martha MacMillen of Conklin; granddaughters, Jennifer Tappenden of St. Louis, Missouri, Kara (William) Neidel of Lancaster, Sarah MacMillen of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Elizabeth Kearns of Buffalo; grandson, Andrew Kearns of Danbury, Connecticut; great grandsons, Collin Neidel and Jayden Neidel; nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held May 20 in the Interfaith Chapel at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., Rochester. Interment, White Haven Memorial Park. Contributions can be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Spencerport or to a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Phillips, Dennis R., Suddenly, May 17, 2013, age 67. Survived by his wife, Mary; his sons, Jeff (Sara) and Scott (Elizabeth) Phillips; step-sons Dan (Chris) and Jeff (Carol Lynn) Lucas; his brother, Paul (Kathy) Phillips; sister, Diane (Bill) Vandeweghe; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and many friends. Predeceased by his brother, George.
Services were held May 22 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton. Those wishing can contribute to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in his memory.
•Beyea, Robert J., May 16, 2013. Survived by special best friend, Ellie Lesher; daughter, Michelle (Joshua) Santay; sons, Todd Beyea and Kevin (Janelle) Beyea; and eight grandchildren.
Donations in his memory can be made to GRASP, Inc. (Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets), P.O. Box 26741, Rochester 14626.
•Hess, Therese M., May 16, 2013, age 86. She is survived by her children, Linda Kepler, Charles (Bernice) Hess, Donna (Rick) Wylie, Clifford Hess, Robert (Kathy Thompson) Hess, Deborah (William) Keats; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren. Predeceased by brother, Clifford Newman and a grandson, Cameron Hess.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations can be made to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450 in her memory.
•Quinn, David B., Peacefully, May 14, 2013 at age 86. Survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Patricia; devoted children, daughter Candice (David) Gomes; son, David L. (Patricia) Quinn; beloved grandsons, J.D. Robert, Adam and Daniel Quinn; dear sisters, Marjorie Scott and Dolly DuSett; brothers-in-law, Terry and Douglas Groh; nieces, nephews, cousins and many loyal friends. Dave was employed in the Printing division of Eastman Kodak Company for 20 years and was a volunteer 22 year Life Member of North Greece Fire Department and Exempts.
A Service of Remembrance will be held Sunday, May 26 at 1 p.m. at Parma Greece United Church of Christ, 1211 Manitou Road at Latta. Contributions can be made to his Church Memorial Fund or Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, c/o Lifetime Donations, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester 14623 in his memory.
•Clark, Marilyn E. (Zufelt), age 79, died May 15, 2013. She was a waitress at Christo’s Diner in Murray and enjoyed playing Bingo. She was predeceased by her husband, Earl; great granddaughter, Allison Tinkous; brother, Richard Zufelt; sister, Mabel O’Brien and daughter-in-law, Annette Clark. She is survived by her children, Randy Clark of Oklahoma, Bruce Howard of Albion, Vicki (Alan) Tinkous of Holley, Edith (Ron) Hart of Manlius, Jacqueline Drexler of Holley, Kevin Clark of New York, Lisa (Doug) Hein of Holley; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; brother, Dennis Zufelt of Central Square; and her best friend Judy Szymanski of Holley.
Funeral Services were held May 20 at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, Holley. Burial in Sandy Creek Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Orleans in her memory.
•LeStorti, Mary, age 89, died May 21, 2013 at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, Greece surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael LeStorti; grandson, Eddie LeStorti. She is survived by her children, Michael LeStorti of Holley, Lynda (Allan) Burrows of Arizona, Maryann Smith of Holley, Denise Catlin of Holley; grandchildren, Joseph (Rachel) LeStorti, Brandon (Kelly) Smith, Todd (Karen) Smith, Sarah (Michael) Draklich; great-grandchildren, Colton and Isabella LeStorti, Brooklyn and Madeline Smith, Jake and Chase Draklich; brother, Alfonso Fratarcangeli of Florida; several nieces, nephews, cousins. Mary lived most of her life in Holley and was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Ladies Auxiliary of the Holley Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewell Buckman Post 529 American Legion. She was a dedicated employee for over 30 years at the former Orleans County Nursing Home (The Villages of Orleans) until she was 77 years old, retiring in 2001.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 24 at St. Mary’s Church, Holley. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, 4652 Ridgeway Avenue, Rochester, NY 14626 in her memory.
•Smalley, Irene (Christ), on December 4, 2012 at the age of 87. She is survived by her daughter Sandra (James) Bartlett, son John (Beverly) Smalley, and daughter Marsha (John) Green; several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lorraine Allen. She was predeceased by her husband Edson Beebe Smalley and her daughter Gale Nenni. Irene was a member of the Holley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for over 50 years.
A Memorial Service was held May 25 at St. Mary’s Church, Holley. Contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 318, Memphis, Tennessee 38101 in her memory.
•Coss, Viva A., May 15, 2013 at age 93. She is predeceased by her parents, Florence and Leslie Scott; son, Robin Coss, and brother, Acel Scott. Survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Donald; daughter, Cathy (Paul) Pilat; grandchildren, Kristin Pilat (Eric) Bovee, Kimberlie Pilat (Mark) Bovee and Kari Pilat; great-grandchildren, Evan, Katelyn, Gabriella and Julia Bovee, Brooklyn Langdon; many nieces and nephews.
Her Memorial Service was held May 19 at New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Private interment.
•Barber, Jeanette A., died November 11, 2012 in LasVegas, Nevada. Predeceased by her brother, Michael Barber and sister, Marian Wieczorek. She is survived by sisters, Antionette Barber of Spencerport and Josephine Lusk of Holley; several nieces, nephews.
Jeanette was buried May 23, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Albion.
•Ketelhut, Lorraine “Lorri,” May 19, 2013. Survived by loving husband, Bill Ketelhut; son, William R. Ketelhut; sister, Janet (Larry) Lavery; nieces, nephews and many friends. Lorri was a board member of N.W. AARP.
Her Funeral Service was held May 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencerport. Interment, Fairfield Cemetery. Donations can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 in her memory.
•Palazzolo, Jytte Lise (Gudnitz), Died May 20, 2013 at age 75. She is predeceased by her parents, Knud and Karen Gudnitz, daughter-in-law, Anne Becnel Palazzolo, and brothers-in-law, Ralph Palazzolo and Bent Bach. Jytte is survived by her loving husband, George Palazzolo; children, Mark Palazzolo, Yvonne (Delano) Pohlson, and Tina Leiker; four grandchildren, Michael Palazzolo, Maddison Leiker, Nicholas Leiker and Alexander Pohlson. Surviving family includes sisters, Inge Gudnitz, Hanna Gudnitz, Bente Gudnitz, Sonja (Raul) Bach de Vera, and Marianne Gudnitz; brothers, Erling (Merete) Gudnitz and Gert (Ingrid) Gudnitz; brother-in-law, Sebastian (Ross) Palazzolo; sister-in-laws, Lucy (Louis) Giglio and Sandy Palazzolo and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Her Memorial Mass was celebrated May 23 at St. Theodore’s Church, Rochester. Interment will be held privately in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Wilmot Cancer Center, URMC, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 704, Rochester, NY 14642 in her memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF MAY 19, 2013
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF MAY 19, 2013
Brockport mayor to seek second term
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport Mayor Connie Castaneda has announced she will run for a second term. She announced her re-election bid during her report at the regular meeting of the Village Board May 14.
The mayor said she has two “running mates” - Danny Blackburn and Richard Ross - who are running for two open seats on the village board.
The three are calling themselves the “Taxpayers First” party and Castaneda has said they share the goal of a “... small efficient government and a more affordable village.”
The mayor is being challenged by Trustee Margaret Blackman, who was elected to the board in 2011.
Blackman is running with the Revitalize Brockport team, with Trustee Carol Hannan who is seeking a second term, and Val Ciciotti.
Trustee Kent Blair has decided not to seek re-election.
The Brockport Village election is Tuesday, June 18.
Also at the May 14 regular meeting, Trustee Blackman and other board members re-capped the first-ever Low Bridge/High Water Canal Opening Celebration which was held May 1 through 5.
Blackman noted the weather for the opening ceremonies on Saturday, May 4, was “picture perfect.”
Two fund-raising events which were part of the celebration were very successful, Blackman reported.
More than 90 people attended the Stone Soup Art/Antique Auction which raised $5,500 for an historic mural to be painted on the village’s Department of Public Works building. That total exceeded the three thousand dollars needed to cover the village’s half of a matching grant received to fund the mural.
Nearly 60 people took part in the Taste of Brockport event which included ten locations in the village’s business district. The tasting event raised $1,180.
Blackman said those funds will be added to the Celebrations line in the 2013/2014 village budget.
Brockport Police Stetson Club President Brian Winant provided results from the first “Barge Charge” 5K held May 4 as part of the Low Bridge/High Water celebration.
Top finishers were: Males: Shane Chi-chester, 19:21; Kyle Derry, 19:22; Christopher Frank, 19:31. Females: Mary Karen Baker 21:40; Sheila O’Brien 22:18; Pam Rockow 22:31. Youth Top Finishers: Jessica DiFilippo, 29:51 and Maeve Curry, 41:22.
Officer Winant and the Stetson Club thank all who participated and helped out with the race, which was sponsored by the Stetson Club. Five hundred dollars was raised for the Wounded Warrior Project along with a box of canned goods for the Brockport Food Shelf.
Officer Winant also announced the winners of the first Brockport area Pizza Wars held Sunday, May 5 during the canal opening celebration.
Best Overall Pizza went to 58 Main; Best Crust: Perri’s Pizza; Best Overall Sauce: 58 Main with sweet BBQ sauce; Best Toppings (cheese and pepperoni): 58 Main and Best Specialty Pizza: Domino’s Pizza, veggie pizza.
The Stetson Club thanks the panel of judges and participating area restaurants:Liz Banner, BHS chorus instructor; Mike Flannigan, vocal assistant, BCS; Rocco Salomone, former SUNY football coach; J.W. Cook, 2013 BCS class president; Lee Cohen, SUNY trainer; Caurie Putnam, D&C, Rochester Women’s Magazine; Nicole Sarratori, Brockport Police Stetson Club; Kimberly Rae, 98.9 The Buzz, Kimberly and Beck Morning Show; Domino’s Pizza, Mozzeroni’s Pizza, 58 Main, Mark’s Pizza, Crosby’s and Perri’s Pizza.
Winant said the pizza judging was a blind taste test.
Brockport designates parks and playground areas as “Smoke-Free Zones”
by Kristina Gabalski
New signs are up in all parks and playgrounds in the Village of Brockport designating them as “Smoke-Free Zones.”
Last January, the village board passed a resolution to designate those areas as smoke-free and that designation allowed the village to obtain funding from the Smoking and Health Action Coalition of Monroe County (SHAC) covering the cost of the signs, Trustee Kent Blair, who spear-headed the project, said.
“Part of our job in government is to prepare for tomorrow by creating history today. Passing this (smoke-free) resolution allows for our younger people a place to enjoy without the presence of tobacco products,” Blair said. “We are asking everyone who visits our parks to lead by example and refrain from smoking. Teaming up with the SHAC and designating our parks as smoke free zones, I believe, only made sense.”
Cassie Coombs, a project coordinator for the SHAC /American Lung Association of the Northeast, said smoke-free policies reduce second hand smoke exposure and eliminate cigarette butts so families can enjoy outdoor activities in a healthy environment.
Every two years, the Smoking and Health Action Coalition completes a Community Tobacco survey of adult residents of Monroe County.
The surveys have found there is a very high level of support among Monroe County residents for reducing second hand smoke exposure at public outdoor locations.
At public playgrounds, 91 percent of surveyed residents support either restriction or entirely eliminating smoking, and at a public park or outdoor recreation area, 73 percent of surveyed residents support either restricting or entirely eliminating smoking.
“Public support for outdoor tobacco use restrictions is growing,” Coombs said via email. “Currently outdoor tobacco use policies have been enacted in over 280 local municipalities throughout New York State.”
The vast majority of the time, tobacco-free outdoor area policies are self- enforcing, Coombs noted. The single most important step to ensure compliance with tobacco-free outdoor areas policy is alerting all members of the community about the new policy, she said.
Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool welcomed the Brockport Fire Department on May 2 and 3, as part of their exploration of community helpers.
Students learned about fire safety and the gear and equipment that firemen use. They were especially excited to see the firemen climb so high on their ladder truck.
As a community project for the water journey project they worked on this year, girls in Brownie Troop 60349 undertook clean-up of a section of the canal side. They learned about the ways water is important to the world and how important it is to keep it clean.
Over 40 Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and their families from Hilton and Holley planted over 300 trees at Hamlin Beach State Park on Saturday, May 4 for the second annual I Love My Park Day.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF MAY 19, 2013
Hilton dash will raise funds for home building in Nicaragua
The “Dash for Nicaragua,” a 5K Run/Walk planned for Sunday, June 9 at the Parma Town Park, will raise money for supplies to help Hilton High School students build homes for families in El Sauce, Nicaragua.
Michele Ariola, a Spanish teacher and International Club advisor at Hilton High School, says a group from the high school including herself and nine students will travel to Nicaragua this summer to build two homes for families in El Sauce currently living in very poor housing conditions. Some of Ariola’s family members and Hilton High School Principal Brian Bartalo and Patti Sullivan from the district’s IT Department will also be part of the group.
“The 5K is a fundraiser with the aim of raising money for supplies needed to build two homes,” Ariola says. The homes are simple but sturdy structures consisting of four brick walls with dirt floors, she explains.
Two thousand dollars is needed for each home, Ariola says, and emphasizes that the money raised goes directly for supplies - the students are paying for their travel expenses on their own.
“One hundred percent of the donations go directly to the cause,” she says. “The funds are used to buy bricks and mortar for the homes as well as pay local masons in El Sauce to work with us.”
The house-building effort is part of Project 4 Walls - a Rochester based volunteer organization. After representatives from Project 4 Walls visited Hilton High School in October 2011, students and staff expressed an interest in getting involved and Principal Bartalo organized a drive to collect school supplies to send to El Sauce. Bartalo, himself, volunteered in Nicaragua in the early 1990s while a teacher at Merton Williams.
The growing bond between Hilton and El Sauce is further strengthened by 2006 Hilton graduate Ashley Sullivan, who has been living in Nicaragua since January 2012. She is the daughter of Patti Sullivan and has been teaching English in an elementary school. She will be back in Hilton in mid-June for a summer job and will return to Nicaragua with the Hilton High School group August 4 for the house building project.
Ariola says earlier this year, fundraisers she organized raised $4,500 to build a preschool in San Fernando, a community that neighbors El Sauce.
“There will be an ‘inauguration’ of the school while we are there, August 4 through 13,” Ariola says.
She says she expects the trip will have a tremendous impact on the students. “Although they hear about poverty in other countries around the world, it often doesn’t hit home until they experience it first-hand,” Ariola says. “I know that my first experience in Latin America had a life-changing effect on me. It changed my whole perspective on what is important in life. I’m hoping that they will see that giving to others can bring a person as much joy as receiving.”
Because families receiving the homes work alongside students, friendships will develop, Ariola explains. “Volunteers often have a strong desire to return to the country both to see friends they made as well as provide additional assistance to the community there. The people who benefit from the work are so grateful for what has been done for them. Their new home, which is simply a one room brick structure with a dirt floor, will protect them from the elements and provide security for them,” she says. “I know that personally, I developed a great admiration for the people I met while traveling in Latin America. These people, who generally have very little, are so generous and friendly. So many are content with the simple lifestyle they lead.”
The “Dash for Nicaragua” begins at 5 p.m. on June 9 on the cross country trails at the Parma Town Park on Route 259. Registration deadline is May 24. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children ten and under.
Completed registration forms can be sent to M. Ariola, Hilton High School, 400 East Avenue, Hilton, NY 14468. Checks should be made payable to Hilton HS International Club - El Sauce.
Forms are available on Ariola’s school website. The direct link is: http://schoolcenter.hilton.k12.ny.us/education/components/docmgr/default.php?section detailid=33317&. Or go to the Hilton Central School website at www.hilton.k12.ny.us/ and click on the following links: Class websites list; High School Websites; Languages Other Than English, Senora Michele Ariola-Spanish; Walk/Run for Nicaragua Info.
“Stone Soup Auction” meets goal for support of canal mural
A successful “Stone Soup Auction” was held on Friday, May 3, as part of the “Low Bridge, High Water” celebration of the canal opening. The auction, which has a history of supporting public art in Brockport, this time supported a mural to appear on the outside wall of the Village Maintenance Building on East Avenue. The mural will depict an historical scene of canal construction related to the canal’s reconfiguration as the Barge Canal, the Brockport section of which was completed in 1914-15. The grand image will honor the area residents who physically labored on the canal construction.
With about 90 people attending the auction at Brockport High School, $5,570 was collected after expenses. It more than covers the funds needed to match a grant of $2,843 from the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester.
Sixty-seven items were auctioned off, including a North African dinner for eight. A necklace created by Alicia Fink, valued at $500, was raffled off and received $780 in ticket sales with Deanna Shifton the winner.
“We are grateful to all the donors and those who attended,” Alicia Fink said, one of the event organizers. “We are happy and we were exhausted. This is a long process, with a lot of work at the end. We think we have a good system which we will be happy to pass on to someone younger to continue the tradition of an art auction in Brockport.”
Artist gives peek on mural possibilities
by Kristina Gabalski
Those attending one of the Low Bridge, High Water Canal opening events in Brockport got a special first peek at what the historic mural planned for the Department of Public Works building might look like (see sketch).
Local artist Stacey Kirby presented her first sketch via a Power Point® presentation during a talk at the Seymour Library, Thursday, May 2.
The sketch had a “scrap book” feel with a weathered-wood style background over which was placed a number of items including an antique-looking map showing the path of the canal through the state. Post card scenes featuring the canal in Brockport and items like an apple and dry beans - both important agricultural exports from the village - are also featured.
Kirby will come up with three different final design options and it will be up to a committee to decide which one, or which combination or more than one, will be used. The mural will be painted on boards and sealed to protect it from moisture. The mural will be installed on the DPW building this fall.
The theme of the mural will be the reconfiguration of the canal which took place between 1905 and 1918. The work helped to accommodate boats that ran with mechanical power and included the installation of the two lift bridges on Main Street and Park Avenue in the village, which are still in use.
Kirby said she considers the reconfiguration project the “apex of the Industrial Revolution.”
She has painted a number of murals in local towns and villages, many along the Erie Canal. Communities that have commissioned her work include Middleport, Holley, Henpeck Park in Greece and the Orleans Community Hospital in Medina. Kirby works to keep all the paintings in perfect condition.
“I get involved in each community and learn about their history,” Kirby explained while she showed slides of her previous works. “It’s very educational to do these paintings,” she said.
Tree planting honors long time Mayor James Stull
by Leisa Strabel
Whenever a tree is removed, another one must be planted. That was the policy of 20-year Village of Brockport Mayor James Stull during his tenure 1973-1993. On April 26, Arbor Day 2013, the Village honored that policy and the man by planting a tree in Stull’s memory at Remembrance Park. The former mayor had passed away earlier in the year.
Remembrance Park (in the triangle on Park Avenue) is a fitting location for a tree in his memory, feels Stull’s widow, Neala. “It’s close to the family business (Stull Lumber) and close to where his father and grandfather lived on South Street.”
“He had a deep and abiding love for the village,” Neala continued. “He always wanted it to be the best it could be ... in every way.”
Stull passed that torch on to the mayor who followed him into office, Mary Ann Thorpe. “Jim appointed me to the village board when there was a vacancy. He became my mentor and my friend. I knew nothing about village government but Jim instilled in me the importance of putting the people of this community first. Quality of life was primary.”
The Stull family had been in Brockport for several generations and owned a prominent village business when Jim became mayor at the age of 27. “He was always available to the public and village staff at the lumber yard,” Thorpe said. “The store was his second office.”
Stull’s time in office was also known for fiscal prudence and a focus on the care of infrastructure and village services, Thorpe said. “He ran a really tight ship.”
When Stull was interviewed by this newspaper upon his retirement as mayor in 1993, he noted the biggest changes during his tenure as the loss of industry as a local employer and important component of the tax base; and the decrease in state and federal revenue sharing.
He was most proud of the renovation of the downtown business district and expansion and improvement of village parks during his administration. One of his pet projects was completed shortly after he left office – the South Avenue extension to Owens Road.
In 2008, Stull was honored by the Towns of Sweden and Clarkson for his commitment to recreation by the dedication of The James H. Stull Conference Room, located at the Sweden/Clarkson Community Center.
The three communities – Brockport, Sweden and Clarkson had developed one of the first intermunicipal agreements in Monroe County establishing the Joint Recreation Commission. For 40 years, the commission developed, organized and operated recreational programming for the community; Stull was mayor of the Village for half the commission’s life span.
“It’s not hard to figure out that without Jim’s support, the recreation commission could not have existed, succeeded, flourished,” said then-Sweden Supervisor Nat O. Lester, III in 2008. “There surely must have been tight budget years during his 20-year term when it was tempting to cut the recreation budget. But he didn’t. He allowed, even encouraged the recreation program to grow each year.”
Stull’s retirement as mayor in 1993 wasn’t a true retirement. He continued to operate Stull Lumber and was involved in various community activities. He was a doting grandfather to a growing family and a fixture in daily village life. The tree at Remembrance Park will serve not only as a memorial to Stull but as a reminder to future generations of Brockport residents to work together to make Brockport a quality place to live.
NOTE: The Village of Brockport’s Tree Board is accepting donations on behalf of Jim’s family and friends that wish to honor his legacy with this living memorial and the dedication plaque that will accompany the tree. Checks can be mailed to the Village of Brockport Tree Fund, 49 State Street, Brockport, NY, 14420, made payable to the “Village of Brockport Tree Fund,” note “Jim Stull” in the memo line. Cash donations can be given to Leslie Morelli at the Village Hall, 49 State Street, Brockport.
Photos by Walter Horylev
Volunteers work in village during Day of Caring
The Tenth Annual Pat Chapman Day of Caring held on Saturday, May 11 was declared a success despite the misty weather. Over 160 volunteers from Spencerport Central School District, local churches, Boy Scout troops and the Rotary Club showed up at the Spencerport Exempts Club early Saturday morning. Breakfast was provided by local businesses, Tim Horton’s, McDonalds and Tops.
The many volunteers worked hard at mulching gardens, planting flowers in various locations and cleaning up along the canal and in the plaza amongst other projects.
Their hard work can be seen when stopping at the Village Office to pay an electric bill, sitting at the Gazebo enjoying a concert, walking along the canal trail and other areas within the Village of Spencerport.
USO Volunteer of the Quarter no stranger to commuting in name of service
Suzy Hicks has been awarded USO Volunteer of the Quarter for the United States.
Hicks regularly drives from Rochester to the USO center on Fort Drum near Watertown for volunteer shifts.
“Suzy’s dedication to the military community and improving the morale of those around her is evident in every aspect of her volunteerism,” USO Fort Drum Director Karen Clark wrote in Hicks’ nomination form. “Even though Suzy resides and goes to college in Rochester ... she manages to find the time to help out in the center.”
Hicks spent eight years in the US Army as a Military Police soldier and served four tours in Iraq. She was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge.
She is a 1997 Spencerport graduate and currently attends the Rochester Institute of Technology.
“Perhaps the most rewarding mission that I have had the opportunity to be a part of is Here When They Land,” Hicks said. As a USO volunteer, I am able to be one of the first people to welcome our brave heroes back from deployment. After a long journey back to the states, these soldiers are always happy to see us with our fresh hot coffee and snacks. It is an honor to personally welcome home and thank our troops for a job well done. I can’t think of a better organization to be a part of.”
by Joe Reinschmidt
In 1944, as WWII raged on, young Ogden resident Leonard Windhauser was prepared to quit high school and join the U.S. Navy. The recruiter asked him if he had taken physics in school yet. Leonard said no, and was told he wouldn’t be accepted. Apparently the Navy wanted their recruits to understand why ships floated.
Leonard, also called Lenny, finished his senior year while also working 40 hour weeks on the evening shift at the Antonelli Munitions plant on Big Ridge Road, where WEMOCO is now located. Still desiring to serve, he enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marine in July 1945. Leonard served honorably on a number of ships until his discharge in February 1947. The personnel were known as Merchant Seaman or Merchant Mariners.
Merchant Marine ships are privately owned and operated with civilian crews but work under contract with various government agencies and in wartime can virtually be conscripted to provide essential transport for military services. For the Mariners, a stint on a ship could be a single voyage or they might remain on the same ship for multiple trips. Each time they are released from duty on a ship they receive a document certifying their service. Leonard saved each of those documents that he received.
Sometime after his return home, knowing that Merchant Mariners had been granted some military veteran benefits, and discharge in hand, he inquired about them at the Ogden Town Hall. Yes, indeed there were benefits, he was told, but to file for anything you needed your DD 214 form, a document that he, like most other veterans, wasn’t given upon discharge, and had never even heard of.
Lenny’s first effort was to contact the War Department which was the agency from which he had received his certification of service on his last ship. He included a copy of their document as well as other service records. About a year later he received a response that they had searched all the way back to 1941, despite the fact he had provided his enlistment date of July 1945, but had not yet found any trace of his service.
As time passed, he was caught up in the demands of a job and obligations of a home, a wife and family. Since he had made the effort, he kept hoping that a DD 214 would eventually arrive. Every so often there were reminders that Merchant Mariners were being recognized for their wartime service, such as being allowed to join veteran’s organizations. He applied for that in 1988 only to be told six months later that the person, (an Adjutant) he had contacted was no longer with the Legion.
After seeing a magazine article in 1990 noting that a 1989 law granted veteran status to Merchant Seaman he went to the Veterans’ Administration who gave him contact information for the Coast Guard. He again submitted numerous copies of documents and received a post card acknowledging their receipt and that his request would be processed as soon as possible. Eventually they wrote, but noted that while they could verify some of his service, they had no jurisdiction over “Army Transport” ships and therefore could not verify any service he had on them.
In 1991, Leonard wrote to then-Congressman John LaFalce, who responded by letter and later a phone call giving him further contacts. Despite all, no DD 214 ever came.
Sometime later, Leonard read in Assembly Bill Reilich’s newsletter that certain military medals could now be awarded to Merchant Seaman. He went straight to the Assemblyman’s office with his portfolio of papers. He made it clear, he wasn’t looking for a medal, just a DD 214. A helpful staffer listened to his story, made copies of all his documents (“for free”) and promised action on his situation.
In July 2012, the long desired DD 214 was authorized by the Coast Guard, but a fee of $30 was required to produce it. Lenny sent the money and on September 7, 2012 received the document. On September 10, he took the DD 214 along with other documents to the Town Hall and applied for the exemption. However, that DD 214 only verified that he served during war time, but not that he was in a combat situation. Therefore he wasn’t eligible for the full 25 percent property tax reduction but was told he could get a 15 percent reduction.
By now you must realize Leonard isn’t a quitter. Further contacts were made and this year on March 25 he received the second DD 214 that verifies he indeed served in combat area. He provided that document but on April 29, 2013 he received a Notice of Denial of benefits from the Assessor’s Office. On May 2 Lenny received another letter saying he would actually receive a 10 percent exemption but not the 15 percent that was already on the tentative tax roll. (At some stores they call that a rollback). The reasoning was that they determined he had served during the “Cold War” period, not in combat.
Lenny’s research showed that in 1988 Congress granted Merchant Seaman the status of military veterans to those who sailed between December 7, 1941 and December 15, 1945. On November 11, 1998 President Clinton signed a measure extending the cutoff date to December 31, 1946, the same as the armed services veterans. Why wasn’t that effective for him? He decided to call Assemblyman Reilich’s office again. He explained the situation to the same staffer and again she promised to pursue it. Soon she called back with the answer that although there was a federal standard set, each state had to adopt it also. The New York Legislature never adopted it. Having that assurance, he accepts the status quo and is happy he lived long enough to see it resolved. At that he reminisced a bit about his older brother, a WWII soldier who died in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.
Note: Some information about the service of the Merchant Marines that Leonard had gathered. Ships sunk - 1,500. Mariners killed - 8,651. Mariners wounded - over 11,000.
The end of the WWII combat wasn’t the end of casualties. There remained the task of clearing the various waters of mines. A Retired Warrant Officer noted in an article he wrote, that from August 1945 until December 1946 there were 48 ships that were sunk or damaged by striking mines. December 31, 1946 was considered to be the end of that combat period.
On Saturday, April 27, Village of Churchville Mayor Nancy Steedman, Deputy Mayor Don Suter, and Trustee Scott Cullen, joined by Lions Club members, dedicated an oak tree to the Churchville-Chili Class of 1969 in the Community Memorial Park.
Class members; Shari (Robinson) Harrison, Margo (Boothe) Ludolph and Maha Atma Kaur Oesterly (Carolyn Fyke) unveiled the plaque that reads ‘As we go on in life, our roots remain here.” This plaque will be mounted on a rock from Churchville’s Black Creek now placed next to the oak tree. All Churchville-Chili graduating classes are encouraged to add their class to the rock with a donation to the Community Memorial Park.
Two Lakeside Beikirch Care Center residents receive honors for their art work
by Doug Hickerson
Two residents of Lakeside Beikirch Care Center have been honored for their art work by LeadingAge New York, stating to each in an award letter, “The judges recognized your creativity and talent.” Betty C. Eksten and Julia Gibbs each had a painting selected from 230 state-wide entries to be included among only 70 paintings in a traveling exhibit. The paintings will be on display at the organization’s offices in Latham, N.Y. and will appear at its conferences in May, September and November this year.
In addition to being selected for the traveling exhibit, Betty Eksten’s painting received a Merit Award.
“I was born with a paint brush and have been painting all my life,” said 94 year old Betty. She has done original paintings in all media, with horses and dogs a prominent theme. Her works have been exhibited in many major cities, including Rochester. She has taught art at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery. Several decades ago, she took photos in Sibley’s photo studio and supervised young women in hand coloring sepia photos, the only color photos at the time.
“She has been quite a well-known artist in the Rochester area for years,” said Betty’s daughter, Jeanne Maxwell, visiting during a recent interview. Betty used to teach and paint with friends at her dining room table. Now, many of them come to Beikirch each week to paint and learn from her.
Betty also has bred and trained horses for the race track and for jumping, another skill she says came to her naturally. And, she has used the same talent breeding and training German Shepherds, including many champions, contributing some for training as seeing-eye dogs. Betty also has conducted dog obedience classes in the local area.
Julia Gibbs just finished her painting “Geisha Girl” (see photo) hours before the interview. Why the oriental theme? “I try to do an around the world type thing,” she said about the variety of paintings in her room, including Egyptian and African images. The painting which won recognition by LeadingAge New York was a “double image of Cleopatra,” Julia said. About the African painting in her room, she said, “I had a vision of doing a black woman, then I got more visions and it is like a collage,” a technique she has never used before.
Julia paints whenever she gets the inspiration, using craft paint on a framed canvas. “I keep myself busy,” she said about her sewing, crocheting, singing and playing instruments. She also uses her artistic talent to help decorate the Care Center for holiday events such as 4th of July, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Christmas. At Christmastime 2011, Julia handcrafted over 100 holiday cards to show appreciation to the staff and residents at Beikirch.
LeadingAge New York, founded in 1961, represents more than 600 public not-for-profit continuing care providers in the state, including nursing homes and similar institutions. They employ 150,000 professionals serving more than 500,000 New Yorkers annually. Nursing Home Week just ended, running May 12 through May 18.
(Note: The winning paintings by both artists are in the traveling exhibit and not available for this story. The photo shows each artist with another one of her favorite paintings).
Photos by Dianne Hickerson
Memorial Day events planned for Hilton community
Memorial Day events in Hilton will begin with a ceremony May 27 at the Parma Union Cemetery at 8 a.m. followed by a similar ceremony at the Parma Town Hall. The Memorial Day Parade will form at 9:30 a.m. at Hilton High School. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. and proceed west on East Avenue finishing at the Veterans Memorial at the Community Center, where there will be a short ceremony.
This year, as in the past, there will be free hot dogs plus several musical selections from local musical talents.
Brockport Veterans Club holds Day of Remembrance
The Brockport Area Veterans Club will hold a Memorial Day of Remembrance and Celebration at 222 West Avenue, Brockport on Saturday, May 25 starting at 11 a.m.
The public is invited to honor and remember those men and women who have paid the ultimate in the nation’s military. After the ceremony, which will include local service organizations, there will be a concert, with music provided by the Brockport High School Band. The Sons of the American Legion will have their annual take-out/eat-in chicken barbecue, hots and hamburgers from noon until gone.
The public is also invited to a short military service at 9 a.m. at the High Street Cemetery and at 9:30 a.m. at the Morgan Manning Monument on Main Street.
Spencerport Firemen's Parade line-up back on Lyell
The Spencerport Volunteer Firemen’s Association annual parade will be lining up back at our traditional route along Lyell Avenue in the village. It was relocated last year due to the construction work on Lyell Avenue. This year and for years to come it will be back on Lyell Avenue. We will be starting at the corner of Coolidge Avenue and continuing down Lyell to Union Street, turning north on Union, continuing through downtown and up to the carnival grounds at 1 Firemen’s Park. This is a correction to our first ad that ran last week in the Westside News. The next ads will be corrected. Thank you and we hope to see all of you again this year. Please come and enjoy.
A primer: Paddling Adirondack waters
by Christian Woodard
When I was twelve, my dad rented two yellow kayaks from the DEC campground at Lake Eaton.
Crossing the lake, we heard jetskis, powerboats and their radios. But along the far bay’s narrow margins, where Eastern White Cedar overhung the shallow water, we were suddenly alone. We stroked through swishing water lilies and pickerelweed, chasing up schools of shiners.
In three hours, I was hooked.
Since then, I’ve been all over the lakes and rivers of the North Country -- from steep whitewater to marathon courses -- and there’s still nothing better than floating a small lake with your family. While the Adirondacks are famous for ambitious canoe loops, like those of the St. Regis Canoe Area or the Whitney Wilderness, there is accessible water everywhere in the park.
You don’t need specialized gear or a month of vacation time. Nearly every Adirondack town has a paddling outfitter that rents boats. And, if you leave Spencerport after breakfast, you can eat lunch at the Lake Eaton boat launch.
The drive north is an ascending pilgrimage from the Ontario floodplain to the piedmont of our state’s largest mountains. Of course, you’ll cross all sorts of pleasant flatwater along the way, but the streams of the Adirondacks are something else entirely.
North Country rivers smell of conifers, moss, and ferny humidity. They are stained the color of strong tea by decomposing hemlocks, and their character is as varied as the park they traverse. They rise high on granitic peaks, seeping from small tarns out through raucous cascades and into the sedate reaches of the foothills.
On a good day of paddling in the Adirondacks, you can feel the weeds and the wilderness yet. It’s a place where the musk of beaver and fox, an osprey’s shrill whistle, and the sip of feeding trout outweigh the urgent press of modernity. And it’s practically in our backyard.
Recently, I met my dad near Little Tupper Lake. We set up on an island campsite and hauled out a few smallmouth for dinner. Less than four hours from home, we’d crossed a lake, slipped up an intimate stream, and camped on a secluded pond. We weren’t paddling the yellow rental kayaks anymore, but we would have loved it even if we were in tractor tires.
At the end of the weekend, we smelled like woodsmoke and sunscreen. Back in the parking lot, I tried to fit a pile of bass into a very small cooler.
“I remember being up here every day at work,” my dad said. “I can’t wait until we’re here again.” I leaned on the lid and struggled to click it closed.
“Next time, let’s remember a bigger cooler.”
When you go:
Bring a few liters of water, some sunscreen, and at this time of year, some bug repellent. Wear a Type III or Type V PFD, and choose a route and boat appropriate to your skill level. All of the sections below are suitable for beginning paddlers, though you’ll want to assess weather conditions for yourself. If it’s a windy day, be cautious on the bigger lakes (Long, Saranac, and Little Tupper), and choose a more sheltered section if necessary.
Christian’s Top Five
in the Central Adirondacks:
Lake Eaton: I took my first paddle strokes here as a kid, and it has a special place in my heart. Good views of Owl’s Head mountain, which you can hike from the far side of the lake. Rent a boat at the campground, or bring your own.
Lower Bog River: Park at the stone arch bridge on Route 421. Put in above the cascade into Tupper Lake. A flatwater paddle 2 miles upstream brings you to the Round Lake Outlet confluence, where there’s a nice campsite. There’s good fishing through this whole stretch, and it’s short enough for an easy afternoon. Keep an eye out for the iron ring in a midstream boulder from an old logging chain-up.
Lower Saranac Lake: From Ampersand Bay, take a short trip down the lake to stop at the cliffs on Bluff Island. Beautiful views of the High Peaks, and easy paddling into Upper Saranac, Kiwassa and Oseetah Lakes. St. Regis Canoe in Saranac Lake offers a shuttle for a daylong loop trip, including passage through historic locks on the Saranac River.
Little Tupper Lake: From the DEC Headquarters, Little Tupper offers 7 miles of flat, non-motorized boat access, with a link to Round Pond and Rock Pond on either end. This is a great area to stay for a few nights and explore the many primitive campsites on the lake and its islands.
Long Lake to Tupper Lake: This is the classic Adirondack paddling trip, and before reliable roads was the fastest and straightest highway in the region. Starting in Long Lake, there are broad views of the Seward Range to the North. The lake narrows at its northern tip to become the Raquette River, swerving through a series of oxbows out to Raquette Pond and Tupper Lake. This trip is often paddled as an overnight, with good camping at the north end of Long Lake and around Raquette Falls (includes a portage of 1.25 miles around the falls).
The Upper Hudson: This reach of the Hudson is not technically open yet, but it deserves a space on the list. The state purchased the tract surrounding it last year, but the Gooley Club retains exclusive rights to the land until October 1, 2013. It’s 12 miles of class II and flatwater through isolated wilderness. Put in near Newcomb, and take out north of Indian Lake. The nearby Essex Chain of Lakes will open at the same time.
Local opportunities for paddlers include: Oatka Creek, Black Creek, Braddock Bay, Erie Canal, Genesee River.
Note: Christian Woodard, a Spencerport native, will write about hiking opportunities for the Westside News Inc. Autumn Guide to be delivered September 8.
Many more foster children join our family
by Joe Reinschmidt
Steve Z. was just the beginning of foster care children. Many more were to make their home here for at least a while over the next 20 years. By and large, they were not bad children, rather just victims of poor family circumstances fueled by the Depression. Sam S. was about 12 and the oldest child in his family which was struggling to survive because of a father who did little to provide for them. Sam felt it was his duty to help his mother and siblings so he stole groceries for them and was caught doing it. Social Services visited the home, learned of the situation and Sam along with his brother, Mauro, were placed in my parents’ care.
Although from the city they took to the farm like ducks to water, learning what it was like to care for animals, till the soil, plant and harvest food, and enjoy a stable family life. After they were here a while they dared to make a request. It went something like: “Mrs. Reinschmidt, we love your German cooking but we do miss our mother’s Italian food.”
And so it was that the Reinschmidts started eating spaghetti and meatballs, pasta wa zool (Anna’s terminology), dandelion leaf and burdock stalks.
Everyone had to pitch in and help with the farm and household chores. Discipline was administered as required but never extreme. At that time there was no indoor plumbing in the house. Heat was provided from a wood burning stove in the dining room and a cook stove in the kitchen. The rooms the children slept in upstairs had no heat or electricity. It would never be considered acceptable as a foster home today, but the social workers then literally begged Joe and Anna to take more kids. They did, and by the time the last one left in 1954 there had been 30 or more with us for varying periods of time. Sometimes there were three or four here at once.
There are other stories and events related to those children but that will have to wait for another time. The bonds that were created lingered long after they left. Joe and Anna were often asked to join some of their family events, such as the occasion of Mauro’s daughter’s wedding in 1973 where this picture was taken. Joe had died in 1970 but Anna was invited, and went. She was 71 at the time.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF MAY 19, 2013
Perry, DiMartino lead Blue Devils
by Warren Kozireski
Shelby Perry hit a three-run home run during a five-run fourth inning and Julia DiMartino struck out 11 batters while allowing just four hits as host Brockport defeated Churchville-Chili 6-0 in girls softball.
Brockport took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning as Taylor Light and Shannon Allen both singled and advanced on Serenna Rose’s sacrifice bunt. Light later scored on a wild pickoff throw.
It remained that way until the Blue Devils broke the game open with five runs. Light drew a leadoff walk, stole second and went to third on an Allen sac bunt. A walk and stolen base by Taylor Zinkiewich put runners at second and third before an infield single by Brianna Bunch scored Light. Anna Fisher drove in Zinkiewich with a single and Perry followed with her three-run homer to left center to make it 6-0.
DiMartino took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a Kyle Keller single ended the bid.
The Saints loaded the bases in the seventh on a leadoff walk to Courtney Olsen, a one-out double by Katy Flynn and bunt single by Audry Clarke, but DiMartino induced a force out and struck out the final batter to end the threat and preserve the shutout, which improved the Blue Devils’ record to 11-2.
Tom Sydeski signs at Stonehill College
Brockport High School senior Tom Sydeski recently signed his letter of intent to play football at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, where he will also major in business administration this fall.
The starting quarterback for the past two seasons led Blue Devils to two league division championships and an overall record of 16-2. He was 2012 season team captain and his career includes 121 passes in 208 attempts for 1,849 yards with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, with a career record of 4,017 yards and 45 touchdowns. His single record of 2,098 yards and 23 touchdowns was in 2011. He was first team all county for two years and second team All Greater Rochester.
Scott Nugent, the varsity football coach at Brockport, said he has enjoyed working with Tom over the years and is excited to see him continuing his football career at Stonehill College. “Through Tom’s leadership, he has led Brockport to its first division title in Monroe County and has helped put Brockport football on the map as one of the most respected teams in the area,” said Nugent.
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Rangers upset state ranked Athena
by Warren Kozireski
Spencerport plated five runs without benefit of an extra base hit and starting pitcher Brandon Case earned his second win of the season in a 5-1 victory over state-ranked Greece Athena.
After the Trojans scored a run in the top of the first, the Rangers responded in their half of the inning. Jay Perry singled and later scored on a Trent Egenlauf RBI groundout to tie the game.
The Rangers took the lead for good scoring twice in the fourth inning. Dylan Toole walked and Mike Cifarelli singled before Brett Renzi moved them up with a sacrifice bunt. Alex Dent executed a suicide squeeze bunt to score Toole and Cifarelli later scored on an error for a 3-1 Ranger lead.
They added two insurance runs in the sixth with Toole and Cifarelli again the catalysts reaching on an error and single, respectively. Renzi reached on an infield single to load the bases before Renzi knocked in Toole with an RBI groundout and Perry stroked a two-out single scoring Renzi for a 5-1 lead.
Case allowed just the one run with no walks before yielding in the seventh inning to Dent, who struck out the side to earn a save.
VerSteeg clutch hit leads Rangers to fourth win
by Warren Kozireski
After watching their 3-0 lead disappear in the sixth inning, Lauren VerSteeg stroked a two-RBI single to center in the top of the seventh as the Rangers defeated host Gates Chili 5-3.
Leading 2-0, Spencerport added to their advantage in the fourth inning. Morgan Schreiner and KC Wolf reached and advanced when Maddie Sperandio hit behind the runners. Shortstop Abby Amering then laced an RBI single scoring Schreiner for the third run.
Gates Chili tied the game in their half of the sixth with one run crossing on a wild pitch and two more on a two-out RBI double.
But Spencerport rallied in the seventh. Amering led off the inning with an infield single and third baseman Bailee Yaeger, who ended several rallies with solid defensive plays, reached on a bunt single. Both moved up a base when the ball was misplayed.
VerSteeg, who got new life when her foul pop was dropped, then hit her game-winning two RBI single to center scoring Amering and Yaeger for a 5-3 lead.
Abbie Hibsch came on in relief of winning pitcher Emilee Yaeger and allowed a one-out base runner, but retired the final two batters on infield outs to register the save.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF MAY 19, 2013
WEMOCO students host skills night, public invited
BOCES 2 WEMOCO Career and Technical education students will host a skills night on Thursday, May 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. at 3589 Big Ridge Road in Spencerport. The event is open to the public. Students practice their skills in cosmetology, bakery, precision machining, welding, media arts and auto technology. All donations are used to help support students attending the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City, MO.
Donations are accepted for the following services: haircuts, pedicures, and manicures by cosmetology students, dinner by culinary arts students, baked goods made by bakery students, car wash and wax by auto tech students, custom made nameplates by precision machining students, bat houses and picnic tables by carpentry students, outdoor metal art signs by welding students, and air brushed t-shirts from art students. Appointments are necessary for cosmetology and car wash and wax.
Call 352-2471 to make an appointment on May 23 between 3 and 7 p.m. A few of the suggested donations are: manicure $5; pedicure $10; car wash $5 and car wash and wax $20. Dinner is $6 and includes a beverage and a dessert.
Kayaks in Byron-Bergen School pool help teach water safety and lifelong skills
The Byron-Bergen Central School District pool became a paddler’s training facility as part of a physical education class that taught students the sport of kayaking. The pilot program was part of larger effort within the school to teach students lifelong skills and hobbies that can keep them physically active.
Twenty-two high school students participated in the unit as part of their regular physical education program coordinated by Athletic Director Rich Hannan. The students spent one day in the gym going through safety training and then spent five class periods with paddling the kayaks in the pool.
“Most were excited to try something new and a few were excited because they had previous experience as paddlers,” said Hannan. “To be honest a few were a little apprehensive or nervous which is understandable because getting into a boat was completely foreign. Overall it was a huge hit with the students. I had a lot of positive feedback. It was nice to see them excited about a PE unit.”
Hannan explained that running the kayaking unit required the assistance of several people, “Drew Doll, the B-B Transportation Coordinator, is a local professional paddling guide in the summer and helped out with the unit in the pool. Eric Van Patten, a coach, and Stan Sherwood, retired B-B teacher, served as lifeguards, and I also had student teacher Mariah Laspina as a helper.”
Paddling was only a part of this unit. Students also learned about backpacking and camping. They had to develop a plan for a paddling trip that would include a three night stay outdoors. Among the many skills the students learned were how to purify water in the wilderness and how to choose a good location to set up a camp.
The district is applying for a grant in physical education that could expand the kayaking unit to make available to more students in the future. Hannan also hopes to add a fleet of mountain bikes to the district’s equipment list if the grant application is successful.
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Hilton CSD seeking nominations for Alumni Hall of Fame
The Hilton School District is seeking nominees for its Alumni Hall of Fame. Electronic applications are available online at http://www.hilton.k12.ny.us/info/alumni-nomination.htm. Completed forms should be sent to: Hilton Alumni Hall of Fame, c/o Superintendent David Dimbleby, 225 West Avenue, Hilton, NY 14468 or emailed to email@example.com no later than Friday, June 7.
The purpose of the Alumni Hall of Fame is to recognize Hilton High School Alumni who have achieved distinction, outstanding accomplishments or significant contribution to their school, family, career, community or personal life. The Hall of Fame is prominently displayed in the auditorium of Hilton High School, 400 East Avenue, Hilton. Open to Hilton graduates of 15 years or more, the HHS Alumni Hall of Fame seeks to recognize and honor alumni who have excelled in their careers and personal lives. Selection is based on an individual’s achievements, community and civic involvements and other exemplary life activities. Recipients will be recognized at the 2013 Homecoming Celebration in October.
The first Hilton High School Alumni Hall of Fame Selection Committee was convened in 1999. There have been 39 outstanding Hilton High School alumni who have been inducted in the Alumni Hall of Fame.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF MAY 19, 2013
•Anderson, Paul D., May 15, 2013 at age 79. Paul is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Connie; daughter, Cindy (Tom) Capuano; sons, Paul, Steven (Maryann); grandchildren, Tom (Lara), Brandon (Shannon), Jonathan and Carlie Capuano, Hannah and Chandler Anderson; nine great grandchildren; brother, Tom (Sara); many nieces and nephews. Paul is a Rochester Telephone retiree of 37 years and a Korean War Veteran of the US Army.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated May 18 at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Bergen. Donations can be made to the Aurora House (hospice), P.O. Box 21, Spencerport, NY 14559, in his memory.
•Schuff, Donald, on May 8, 2013 at age 80, after a year-and-a-half battle with leukemia. Preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Dorothea (Klein) Schuff, sister Joan Schuff, and grandson John Martin Schuff. Survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Shirley; children, Sandy Thompson of Brockport, Mike (Mollie) of Brockport, Marty (Dale) of Wexford, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Emily and Shannon Thompson of Brockport, Matthew (Emily) Schuff of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Bryan Schuff of Rochester, Michael and Benjamin Schuff of Wexford, Pennsylvania; great granddaughters, Lily and Gabby Schuff of Rochester Hill, Michigan. Also survived by siblings Robert C. (Cathy) Schuff of Florida, Carla Van Maldeghem of Tennessee, Diana Craddock of Rochester and Karen Orsini of Tennessee; many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
Don was a Korean War Veteran and a retiree of GE/Black & Decker. He was a coach and commissioner of Brockport Little League, a founding officer of BHS Football Boosters, and past president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 13 at Nativity B.V. M. Church, Brockport, followed by a military burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Contributions can be made to The Wilmot Cancer Center, or Golisano Children’s Hospital, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 704, Rochester, NY 14642 in his memory.
•Ross, Francis E. “Frank,” April 28, 2013 after a lengthy illness. Predeceased by his parents, George and Mary Ross. Survived by dear friends, Dave and Sheree Evans. Frank was a Kodak retiree and an Army veteran. He was a lover of baseball, a Red Wings fan, and an original member of the “R1Club.”
A Graveside Service was held May 15 at St. Francis Cemetery, LeRoy. Donations can be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004 in his memory.
•Nesbitt, Rose L. “Peg,” May 10, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, David. Survived by her children, Steve, James, John and Mike Nesbitt; nine grandchildren; and many friends. Rose was an avid bowler and enjoyed a good game of golf.
Her Funeral Service was held May 14 at the Churchville United Church of Christ. Interment, Creekside Cemetery.
•Lasch, Gordon W. “Cliff,” May 10, 2013, age 67. Predeceased by his parents, Gerald and T. June Lasch. Survived by his devoted wife, Mary (Chike); children, Tammy (Shane) Baxter, John Lasch (Seaman), Deborah Rowe (Ed Merritt); siblings, Connie (James) Graves, Roger (Judy) Lasch and Nancy (Richard) Waye; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and friends too numerous to mention. He retired from Owen Illinois Glass Company (21 years) and Hilton Post Office (19 years). Most of his adult life was spent serving his community as Past President of the Hamlin Veterans Association, Past Commander of Hamlin VFW Post 6703, and Fire Service as a member of Hamlin Fire Department and Exempts having served State, County and Town organizations. He also served as Chairman of Monroe County Fire Safety Committee. Gordy was instrumental in raising funds to purchase a Fire Safety House.
Funeral Services were held May 15 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton, followed by a Military Graveside Service at Lakeside Cemetery, Hamlin. Contributions can be made to Hildebrandt House or Wounded Warriors in his memory.
•Heiler, Phillip G., May 5, 2013 unexpectedly at age 26. Predeceased by his grandfather, G. Paul Holm. Survived by his loving parents, Greg and Lesley; brother, Mark; the love of his life Theresa Traver; paternal grandparents, Helen and Don Heiler; maternal grandmother, Audrey Holm; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Phil was a graduate of SUNY Geneseo and Nazareth College, an Eagle Scout, member of Alpha Chi Rho, Boston Red Sox and Buffalo Sabres fan and First Grade School Teacher at Enterprise Elementary School in Virginia.
His Memorial Service was held May 17 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Brockport. Contributions in his memory can be made to Enterprise Elementary School, 13900 Lindendale Road, Woodbridge, Virginia 22193, Attn: Phillip Heiler Memorial Fund.
•Maira, Mary Jo, On May 10, 2013. Predeceased by her mother, Mary Jane Dawes. Survived by her husband, Richard; her children, Margo (Doug) Staunton of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Meredith (David) Brickler and Melissa (Dave) Elliott; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; her father, Joseph D. Dawes and brothers, Joseph (Karen) Dawes and Peter (Susan) Dawes; nieces, nephews and many friends including her special friend, Linda Bach.
Her Memorial Service was held May 14 at Lake United Methodist Church, Rochester.
•Hutchinson, Richard C., Jr. “Hutch,” Age 68, died May 9, 2013, loving fiance of Beverly (nee Groff) Fredericks of Holley; cherished father of Mandy Cousin of Rochester; dearest grandfather of Caleb Cousin; brother of the late James Hutchinson; brother-in-law of Pat Hutchinson; nephew of Carol Novosel and Richard Hoard. Richard was a member of the Might St. Joe’s Drum & Bugle Corps of Batavia.
Funeral Services were held May 14 at the M.S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia. Burial in Pioneer Cemetery, Akron, NY. Contributions can be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association in his memory.
•McGee, Anthony (Pat), September 24, 1937 passed away peacefully, March 20, 2013 after a long illness. He is predeceased by his parents, Jim and Irene McGee. He leaves his wife, daughter and son-in-law; his sister, Barbara (Dick Howard); brother, Jim (Mary) McGee; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews and an aunt and many friends. He was a retiree of Rochester Products. He spent most of his life in this area. His burial was in Florida.
The Celebration of his Life was held May 18 at the VFW, Holley.
•Reis, Robert “Bob” D., age 89, died May 12, 2013. He was born August 25, 1923 in Greece, a son of the late Frank A. and Olive (Parrish) Reis and had lived in this area for most of his life. Bob worked for GM in Rochester for many years retiring from there in 1985. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, stationed in China, Burma and India. Bob was a life member and past Commander of the Hamlin VFW Post #6703 and a member of the Military Order of the Cooties. He was a former member of the Rochester Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and a former instructor for the Kendall Color Guard, which he did for several years. He was predeceased by his four brothers Paul, Frank, Chuck and Ralph; son-in-law Wayne Sevor. He is survived by his lovely wife of 69 years, Theresa; his children Robert (Susan), Ralph, Patricia, Peggy (Anthony) Scally, Pamela Sevor, Penni-Jo, Ronald (Nancy), Paula (Joey) Heberle; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; brother David Reis and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His Mass of Christian Burial was held May 18 at St. Mark’s Church, Kendall. Burial in Lakeside Cemetery with Military Honors. Donations can be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 or the Hamlin V.F.W. 1739 Lake Road, Hamlin, 14464 in his memory. Arrangements by Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, Inc. Holley. To share a special memory of Bob, please visit www.christophemitchell.com.
•Dambrowski, Robert L. “Bob,” May 6, 2013. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Dorothy. Bob is survived by his loving daughter, Sandra (Mick) McCauley; granddaughters, Jennifer (Jeff) Topor and Sara (Brett Essig) Koch; great-grandson, Noah Topor; sister Doris Parsons; brother Donald Dambrowski. Bob retired from Eastman Kodak Company after 37 years of service. He was a WWII Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient.
His Memorial Service was held May 18 at First Presbyterian Church of Chili, Rochester. Interment at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church of Chili, 3600 Chili Avenue, Rochester 14624 in his memory.
•Owen, Joan E. (Hess), May 9, 2013 at age 78. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert L. Owen; sons, Jeffrey (Blanca) Owen, Terry (Nancy) Owen; daughter, Kimberly (Cory) Doty; grandchildren, Jennifer Owen, Scott Owen, Indira Dalel, Tyler Owen, Sarah Owen, Alex LeBue, Spenser Doty and Carter Doty.
Private interment. Contributions can be made to the Monroe Community Hospital, Spencerport Ambulance or Lollypop Farm in her memory.
•Williams, Kevin R., May 11, 2013 at age 53; son of Alvin (Joan) Williams; husband of Deborah Williams; father of Andrew Preston Williams; step-father of William (Siobhan Horgan) Fargo, Elizabeth Fargo, James Keitz and Blake Fargo; grandfather of Kelso and Hailey Fargo; brother of Jacqueline (Tom Wulf) Williams, Teresa Williams, Mark Williams, Patrick Williams and the late Darryl Williams.
Private services were held. Contributions can be made to Andrew Preston Williams, in care of Canandaigua National Trust & Bank, 99 West Main Street, Honeoye Falls, New York 14472. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF MAY 12, 2013
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF MAY 12, 2013
Hamlin library project gets go-ahead as municipal building
by Kristina Gabalski
After several months of contention and uncertainty, work on construction of a 6,000 square foot library in the Town of Hamlin could begin soon.
Changes to a local law adopted unanimously by the Hamlin Town Board during a special meeting Monday, May 6, would allow the library to be built on town land without approval of town support boards. The law concerns only public or municipal structures, facilities or utilities.
The vote was met with applause by dozens of residents in the audience.
During a public hearing held immediately before the vote, all but one of the people who spoke simply stated they supported the passage of the law.
The first resident to speak questioned the board about the power the change gives the Town Board and what checks and balances are in place regarding the modifications.
Special counsel Richard Horwitz explained there are many checks and balances that would apply to the law including public information meetings the town would hold on projects, state and county regulations as well as reviews by health and water authorities, etc.
The local law passed states, “Nothing in this chapter shall restrict the construction, use or maintenance of public or municipal buildings, structures or facilities or other publicly owned properties nor the installation, maintenance and operation of such public utilities and facilities as may be essential to the servicing of any district or area.”
Supervisor Thomas Breslawski said before the public hearing that the former local law was “unlawful as written.” He noted that, in the past, the Town Board without realizing it, had been in violation of the former law by approving municipal projects while overlooking zoning codes. The amended law will put those past decisions “in compliance,” he said.
He told the Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald that the town’s legal counsel advised the town that the law as written would not hold up in court and that it did not conform to past precedence.
“This has streamlined the process for all government projects,” Breslawski said.
Back in February, members of the Hamlin Zoning Board granted a 22 foot variance for the new library, and then on March 4, the Hamlin Planning Board tabled the library’s application over safety concerns regarding the design of the parking lot.
Supporters of the library project demonstrated early in April and accused the Planning Board of holding up the process, but Planning Board special counsel Daniel Schum told the Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald that the Planning Board was ready to move ahead with a public hearing on the library project.
Now, with the modification of the local law, Breslawski says the library can be built through governmental immunity. It will be constructed on land donated by the town just south of the Town Hall on Route 19 (Lake Road).
Breslawski said following the May 6 special meeting that the attorney for the library trustees has withdrawn the application to the Planning Board and construction could begin as soon as the local law is filed with the Secretary of State and a building permit has been issued.
Sue Evans, president of the Library Trustees said, “Out of everything bad comes something good.”
She said the library board is hoping to begin construction as soon as possible and noted there is strong community support for a new library.
“The outcome is the most important thing,” she said, “(the library project) gave the residents of Hamlin an issue to bond them together ... this is just the beginning.”
Library Director Kay Hughes-Dennett echoed Evans’s feelings.
“It’s the beginning of the beginning,” she said, “I’m so excited to get it going. The community has been phenomenal, we’ve had so much support. I think they will be really pleased with the building.”
A New York State Construction Grant of $466,000 and a bequest of $600,000 will cover the cost of constructing the library, officials have said. The current Hamlin Library is housed in four rented storefronts in the old Bauch’s IGA Plaza on the southern border of the town.
Greater Brockport Development Corporation elects new officers
The Greater Brockport Development Corporation’s (GBDC) Board of Directors elected new officers for the 2013-14 fiscal year during the local development corporation’s annual meeting on May 2.
The Board elected former Brockport Mayor Josephine C. Matela to serve as the GBDC’s Vice President. Matela, who has been a member of the Board since the organization’s inception in 2002 and previously served as president, was the GBDC’s secretary during the previous year. She replaces William Andrews, who, like Matela, has been with the GBDC since its inception. Andrews, who most recently served as vice president, will remain as director on the board.
Replacing Matela as secretary is Jacqueline Davis, Professor Emeritus of Dance at The College at Brockport. Davis joined the Board in September 2012 and served as its treasurer for the balance of the last fiscal year.
The Board refrained from electing a Treasurer until which time it fills one of three vacancies with an individual whose background is well suited to assist with the organization’s financial reporting requirements.
GBDC Board President Jack Kinnicutt, a Brockport native and former regional director with Empire State Development, New York state’s economic development agency, was elected in March to serve as president for the balance of former President Gary Skoog’s term. Skoog resigned from the Board of Directors in February. Kinnicutt, who first joined the Board last November, will remain president for the coming year.
Other members of the GBDC’s Board of Directors are: Terry Ann Carbone, former Lockport Schools Superintendent, and Daniel Donovan, who is retired following a 31-year career with Rochester Gas & Electric.
The GBDC Board of Directors is comprised of nine volunteers who serve three-year terms while officers are elected annually. The Board meets at 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month (except July) at the Seymour Library, 161 East Avenue in Brockport.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF MAY 12, 2013
Low Bridge, High Water 189th opening of the Erie Canal
The official 189th opening ceremony for the Erie Canal and the NYS Canal System took place as part of the Low Bridge, High Water festival in Brockport Saturday, May 4. The festival was a five-day event from Wednesday, May 1 to Sunday, May 5.
The events on Saturday, the highlight of the festival, started in Spencerport with the Village-to-Village Spring Challenge hosted by Rochester Community Inclusive Rowing. Spencerport Mayor Joyce Lobene was there to cheer on the scullers as they launched their boats into the recently filled Erie Canal. Brian Stratton, Director for the NYS Canal Corporation, along with other canal and local dignitaries were also there in Spencerport to board the tugboat DeWitt Clinton and follow the race to its finish in Brockport.
The DeWitt Clinton was named after DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828), often referred to as the “Father of the Erie Canal.”
The Challenge is a timed boat race for Men’s and Women’s Singles along with Doubles racing for the fastest time in their event. Entries came from New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada. The oldest entrant in the race was Richard Kendall (age 83) of the College Boat Club from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He finished first in his event. The race started at 10:30 a.m. in Spencerport and finished at 11:58 a.m. in Brockport.
The DeWitt Clinton, as it arrived at the Brockport Welcome Center in Harvester Park to officially open the Erie Canal with all its dignitaries on board, was greeted by canal music played by William Hullfish and The Golden Eagle String Band, all the race spectators, and people there for the official 189th opening ceremony of the Erie Canal and the NYS Canal System.
Margay Blackman, Brockport Village Trustee and Low Bridge, High Water Committee Chair, led the opening ceremony. In his comments, Brian Stratton, Director for the NYS Canal Corporation, said, “the canals are a focus of recreation and tourism and generate nearly $380 million annually for the upstate New York economy.” Bill Andrews, Village Trustee & Village Historian Emeritus, also commented about the canal. The dignitaries then went on to cut the ribbon that officially opened the Erie Canal for the 189th time.
After the ribbon cutting, Brockport Mayor Maria Connie Castañeda presented awards to the 4th grade 2013 poster contest winners from the Fred Hill School, Brockport: 1st place, Morgan Monnier, 2nd place, Gisela Allen, and 3rd place, Mia Monnier. The opening ceremony ended with awards presented to Village-to-Village Regatta winners by John Bernfield from the rowing group.
Saturday’s events ended with The Barge Charge 5K Fun Run that started at Corbett Park and ran along the canal. All proceeds from the race benefit The Wounded Warrior Project and Brockport Food Shelf. And finally, “A Taste of Brockport” was held to highlight local food and music. The festival wrapped up on Sunday, May 5.
Photos by David Knox
Bergen Idol competition to offer larger prizes
Triple-O Mechanical will sponsor this year’s Bergen Idol competition. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Town of Bergen as well as the fourth year for the annual Bergen Idol event.
Triple-O Mechanical president and owner Luke Giannone was happy to take on the sponsorship of the competition offering a larger cash prize incentive for hopeful Idol contestants. Giannone is a resident and local business owner in the Town of Bergen eager to support and give back to his community. This year’s cash prize award has increased to $300 for first place, $150 for second place, and $50 for third place in both the adult and junior divisions.
The Bergen Idol competition welcomes back to the judges panel Mayor of the Village of Bergen Ralph Marsocci, as well as music therapist and local community music instructor Sonya Catalino. Byron-Bergen Central School District Superintendent Casey Kosiorek will also join the panel as this year’s featured guest judge.
Auditions for the Bergen Idol competition will be held on Thursday, May 30 at 6 p.m. at the Bergen Public Library, located at 13 South Lake Avenue in the Village of Bergen. The Bergen Idol competition will be held on Saturday, June 8 at 3 p.m. at the Bergen Park Festival. The festival offers vendors, food, music and events for the entire family.
For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-414-8031.
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by Kristina Gabalski
A very special guest was able to visit the former CCC/WWII POW Camp at Hamlin Beach State Park Thursday, May 2.
Thirty-two year old Andreas Anschutz of Pforzheim, Germany - the grandson of Gottfried Schulze, a former German prisoner of war who lived at the Hamlin camp from August of 1944 until January of 1946 - took a detour from a bus tour of the East coast and Canada to visit the camp as well as see Hamlin Beach State Park and the warehouse at the Duffy Mott canning factory where his grandfather worked for 80 cents a day.
“This is amazing,” Andreas said when he arrived at the site. He was given the grand tour by CCC/POW camp volunteer Ed Evans, who has spear-headed the effort to clear the site and make it accessible to the public.
Evans has made contact with two former German “guests of the U.S. Government,” who stayed at the Hamlin camp, one of them being Gottfried and the other Heinrich Willert. Both men are in their late eighties and met each other for the first time recently thanks to the help of Evans. Both were at Hamlin at the same time during WWII and even lived near each other in Germany for years, but had never formally met. Gottfried has sent several artifacts (as well as memoirs) to Hamlin that will displayed in a future museum planned for the site.
Andreas was able to see the site of the barracks where his grandfather slept, the mess hall where he ate and even the remains of the camp’s latrine.
“The only thing that would be more exciting,” Evans said of Andreas’ visit, “would be to have Andreas’ grandfather here.”
Evans showed Andreas various artifacts gleaned from the top of the soil at the site, including small milk bottles, government issue forks, beer bottles (prisoners were allowed to buy two bottles per day), and a white porcelain cereal bowl in perfect condition.
“It’s a phenomenal find,” Evans told Andreas, and explained that since the POWs were the last people on the site, it’s very likely his grandfather at some time might have used that very same bowl for his breakfast.
Evans also shared historical photos of the camp which are part of a presentation he gives to local grade school students.
“I talk about Gottfried all the time,” Evans told Andreas. He had been to talk with Hilton Central students the day before Andreas’ visit and Evans said the students all wished they could come and meet Andreas.
Evans explained to Andreas how his grandfather helped solve a mystery regarding gunfire heard one night in the camp from one of the watchtowers.
Local residents remember hearing the shots, but there was no account as to what exactly happened.
“It was not a POW who managed to get into the tower,” Evans said. “It was an American G.I. who went berzerk.”
No one was injured in the event, Evans explained, and the prisoners were never in danger, but thanks to Gottfried, “It’s no longer a guess,” Evans said, as to what happened.
Before touring the camp, Andreas was given lunch in the shelter in Area #1 of the state park provided by the Friends of Hamlin Beach State Park. He was presented with a Resolution of Appreciation from the Hamlin Town Board by Supervisor Thomas Breslawski to hand deliver to his grandfather upon his return to Germany. The resolution expresses gratitude to Gottfried for all he has done to provide information about the camp, especially regarding its many mysteries.
Mary Smith, the author of Remembering Hamlin: 1802-2002, presented an autographed copy of her book, donated by Supervisor Breslawski, to Andreas.
After his tour of the CCC/POW camp, Andreas said it was very moving to be able to stand on the very same spot where his grandfather spent one-and-a-half years of his life so long ago and so far from home.
“It’s a great pleasure for me,” he said, and thanked Evans for his efforts in organizing and facilitating the visit.
The tour was a combined effort of the CCC/POW camp volunteers, the State Park staff, the Friends of Hamlin Beach State Park and Supervisor Breslawski.
Andreas also brought Evans a very special relic of the camp from his grandfather - a fancy calf-skin wallet he had purchased at the Hamlin POW camp store and treasured for decades. Inside Gottfried included some “camp money” which looks like raffle tickets and a generous donation.
Evans was very moved by the gift - which is in pristine condition.
“He doesn’t owe me anything,” Evans said, “I owe him so much ... I appreciate him so much.”
“After 70 years it is in such good shape,” Andreas noted. “My grandfather sent it back to Ed so it would be back in its (original) place.”
Evans told Andreas that the prisoners were well cared for and that the U.S. military “worked to make their stay comfortable.” Many prisoners went out to work on local farms and, like Gottfried, in local canning factories. During the especially harsh winter of 1945, they dug out parts of the City of Rochester and bagged coal to distribute to people in their homes.
Gottfried enjoyed his work at Duffy Mott, Evans said, and local residents also enjoyed the company of the POWs, often coming to the camp to watch the prisoners play “real soccer games.”
Evans was able to take Andreas to the Duffy Mott warehouse where his grandfather worked and Andreas enjoyed dinner at the Hamlin Station Restaurant with Evans and his wife, Sue, before being taken back to Niagara Falls to meet up with his tour group.
Evans noted the visit is likely the closest they will ever come to having a former resident of the POW camp at the site.
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Riding the cool conference bike
by Ray Duncan
What, you may ask, is a “Conference Bike?”
Take a look at the photo. This is a “Conference Bike.” Imported from Germany, it has seven seats and seven sets of pedals. A total of only 350 such bikes are found in the world. One person steers and pedals; the other six riders hold on to the metal ring in the middle and pedal. Everyone chats and enjoys each other’s company - in other words they hold a conference while biking.
The people in the picture, left, are (l to r): Ray Duncan (Chairperson, Walk! Bike! Brockport! Action Group), Dr. Lauren Lieberman (founder and director of Brockport’s Camp Abilities), Ute Duncan and Rosie Rich. They are preparing to bike from Brockport to Spencerport and back on Saturday, May 4 as part of Brockport’s First Annual “Low Bridge, High Water” celebration of the annual opening of the Erie Canal. The purpose of the ride was to accompany the Regatta racing from Spencerport to Brockport. Village Trustee Margay Blackman organized the festival.
Three other participants on the ride to Spencerport joined the quartet of riders: John Maier, Emory Morris and Tiffany Mitrakos (one of Dr. Lieberman’s graduate students). Octabio Furtado (a grad student, funded by the government of Brazil to study with Dr. Lieberman) came along on his own bicycle.
The Dorthea Haus Foundation awarded a $14,500 grant to make it possible for Dr. Lieberman to acquire the bike. She will use it in her Brockport Camp Abilities program. Camp Abilities is a one-week developmental sports camp for children and teens who are blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind. This year’s dates for Camp Abilities in Brockport are June 23 through 29. (See Camp Abilities website: http://www.campabilitiesbrockport.org/
Dr. Lieberman is a professor at The College at Brockport in the area of Adapted Physical Education where she serves as Undergraduate Coordinator of the Adapted Physical Education Concentration. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate classes, she supervises practicum experiences at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She is fluent in sign language and is a national leader of physical education and sport programs for youth who are deaf and frequently lectures and instructs worldwide.
So here is what happened on the 7-person Conference Bike Ride to Spencerport and back on the Canal towpath. Other riders and hikers dropped their jaws and shouted, “Wow!” “Oh my God!” or “What the heck is that?” Fire engine trucks and police cars stopped on the road beside the towpath, stuck smart phones out their windows and snapped off photos.
In Adams Basin a group of riders helped maneuver the heavy bike around posts blocking the canal path from large vehicle entry. The photo of the helping hands is included here.
The best part of the ride happened when we returned to Brockport. Dr. Lieberman took us to a SUNY-College at Brockport’s athletic field. There, some of her graduate students had joined staff members of the Rochester Rookies Wheelchair Team to work with children with Spina Bifida. It came as a surprise when the Rochester Rookies Wheelchair Team presented Dr. Lieberman with an award for outstanding work with wheelchair-bound children. The photo below shows Gregg Chalmers, Coach of Rochester Rookies, and JoAnn Armstrong, Founder of the Program and Co-Coach, presenting the award to Dr. Lieberman. Gregg Chalmers’ son, Ryan, is currently pushing his wheelchair across America. Check out his website: http://pushacrossamerica.org/
The youngest of the children, Shay, got to ride around the track, seated on the lap of Maebh Barry, a Dr. Lieberman graduate student from Ireland.
What a wonderful day on the Conference Bike - experiencing the historic Village of Brockport, the Canal and our university.
An altogether uplifting day riding the “way cool" Conference Bike!
Military Heritage Day at Genesee Country Museum May 18
Genesee Country Village & Museum will celebrate Armed Forces Day on Sunday, May 18, with Military Heritage Day, a showcase of the importance of the military in the lives of Western New Yorkers since before the Revolution.
The focus of the day will be demonstrating how military technology has evolved over the decades.
All military personnel, past and present, will have free admission to the event.
Displays of military uniforms, equipment and collectibles will span the region’s history. Included will be special exhibits on 20th- and 21st-century conflicts and live demonstrations of firearms, from flintlocks to M1 rifles.
The Civil War-era Excelsior Fife and Drum Corps and the Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums will also perform concerts of patriotic music. A child’s militia will form and march in the Village Square.
On hand, too, will be some of the area’s leading experts on military history and Western New York’s involvement in America’s wars. Reenactors and exhibitors will represent the French & Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War II.
Dennis P. Bielewicz, author of Heroes in the Attic: The Untold Story of Two Civil War Soldiers, will speak about his search and sign copies of his book.
Genesee Country Village & Museum is open May 11 to October 14, and located in Mumford.
For other information, call 585-538-6822 or visit www.gcv.org.
Volunteers undertake many Hamlin Beach projects on I Love My Park Day
The second annual I Love My Park Day at Hamlin Beach State Park was held Saturday, May 4 at Area 3 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Linda Rabjohn, chairperson of this event, reported that over one hundred volunteers turned out to participate in the numerous projects throughout the park.
The volunteers coming from Monroe, Orleans, and other neighboring counties, were assigned to projects led by members of the Friends of Hamlin Beach State Park. Volunteers from Lakeshore Luxuries worked on the horse shoe pit renovation project; those from Target prepared and planted one of the four butterfly gardens in Area 3; Tops Friendly Market volunteers planted over 300 trees in Area 1. Volunteers from Home Depot constructed a stage canopy support bench. In addition, local Scouts from Hamlin and Holley along with their parents planted trees in the park nursery. Monroe County Young Democrats helped clean up the CCC/POW site. Two members of the Friends group built two planter boxes placed next to the information kiosk.
Members of the Friends of Hamlin Beach State Park provided leadership for each project as well as worked alongside of the volunteers. All materials, plants, food, and water were donated by several generous and civic businesses in the area.
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Lilac dedicated to Len Hawley
Grande’Ville Senior Living Community in Rochester has dedicated a lilac bush to Len Hawley, a long time musician in the Rochester area who recently passed away.
Len, a dedicated musician, has been entertaining the residents at Grande’Ville since its opening in 1974, bringing all who listen great joy. The dedication ceremony took place on April 22 in the Grande’Ville Courtyard with his daughter, Felice DiLullo and son, Joe J. DiPassio, Jr. in attendance. Family and friends took turns adding dirt as the lilac bush was planted.
The Town of Ogden appointed a Wellness Team about three years ago to help employees become healthier. The Team has generated a multitude of creative ideas for contests, as well as monthly educational Lunch ‘n Learns.
This last project involved losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight over eight weeks, encouraging all who participated to donate as many pounds of food to the local Ecumenical sponsored Food Shelf as was lost or two pounds each week for those who maintained their weight. On Friday, May 3, well over 200 pounds of food was contributed to the local food shelf.
Some of the participants include: (standing from l to r): Bill Baker, Sherri Foley, Cathy Wilson, Lee Lauer, Kathy Alvito, Gay Lenhard, Valerie Thomas; bottom row: Marcia Davis, Malene Case, Jan Dennis, Lynn Bianchi.
On Saturday, April 13, Cub Scouts from Pack 92 of Spencerport and their families participated in the annual Boy Scout Association ‘Park Cleanup Day’.
These Scouts braved the cold spring air to collect garbage and debris in and around Pineway Ponds Park in the Town of Ogden.
Visits Brockport Rotary
Cindy Gibbons accepts a club banner from President Doug Clare after her stint as the evening’s speaker. Cindy was the Club’s first woman member, first female president and Ziti Dinner originator.
An active Rotarian, she and her husband have lived near Chicago for the past 10 years. She was in town on business for her company, Spectrum Sportswear, and ended up becoming impromptu speaker. All enjoyed her stories from the past as well as her current work for Rotary with exchange students.
Organizers report that thanks to the efforts of the many who participated in the Hilton CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, May 5, more than $4,000 was contributed to support the hunger-fighting efforts of Church World Service, both here at home and around the world.
The local Hilton Food Shelf will receive approximately $1,000 to aid the fellow residents of Hilton in need. The funds raised here in Hilton and in CROP Hunger Walks across the U.S. make a difference in the lives of people around the world. Tina and Mike Zebulske coordinated the walk.
Only three days into the 2013 Canal season, this paddle boat traveled west on the Erie Canal. Spencerport Mayor Joyce Lobene provided this photo taken as the vessel passed through the village on May 3. She said the boat had traveled from the Alexanadria Bay area.
Get Growing #3
Red Lily Leaf Beetles voracious munchers
by Kristina Gabalski
Last year proved to be a devastating one for my hardy lilies - particularly the Asiatic varieties upon which I rely heavily for color both in the perennial beds and in the vase during that late spring/early summer gap when the peonies and roses are finishing up and cone flowers and daisies are just beginning.
2012 provided a double whammy - first the roller-coster warmth and then hard- freeze/wet snow combination which really seemed to stunt them and kept them from blooming; second, there was the unwelcome arrival in my garden of the Lily Leaf Beetle.
As it is with so many pests, the Lily Leaf Beetle was accidentally introduced into this continent through Montreal, Quebec in 1943. It was discovered in Massachusetts in 1992 and last year had spread throughout New England and New York State.
This small, bright red beetle has an incredible appetite for lily foliage. I should have responded immediately last year when I first saw the beetles, but I didn’t and they devoured leaves and laid eggs which then hatched. That’s when things got really disgusting.
During the adult and juvenile phases, the beetles can quickly do extensive damage to hardy lilies, with Asiatic varieties being the most vulnerable.
I spotted them again this year at the same time the lilies began to emerge from the ground and was determined to take quick and decisive action.
The beetle itself is red on top and black underneath, about one-half inch long with long antennae. They lay their egg masses - which are red-orange to brown in color on the underside of the lily leaves.
The greatest and grossest part of the damage is done by the larvae which hatch from eggs in just one-two weeks.
Hundreds can hatch at one time and they quickly begin eating lily leaves, buds, flowers and stems.
Here’s the disgusting part - the larvae disguise themselves by piling their excrement on top of their little bodies. They look like soft, brownish/black masses on the plant and not surprisingly, are yucky to touch.
The larvae will gorge for two to three weeks and then pupate in the soil, emerging as adult beetles 16-22 days later and continue to feed until fall. They overwinter in the soil or in plant debris.
The bright red color makes them easy to spot and holes in lily leaves are also tell-tale signs of infestation. The yucky poop-covered larvae are easy to see on the leaves. When I saw that last year, I knew I had made a big mistake in not going after the adult beetles.
Don’t wait around when you realize the beetles have invaded your garden.
The bugs, themselves, are very quick-moving and as soon as they sense danger, drop to the ground and lie on their backs, making them hard to see.
I have been successful in handpicking some of the beetles this spring - making sure to stab them with a fingernail. Their outsides are very hard and it is difficult to crush them or squish them.
You can also hold a jar of soapy water beneath them and nudge them off the plant and into the water.
If you find egg masses on the undersides of leaves, remove the entire leaf and drop it in soapy water. The eggs are also hard and can be difficult to crush.
The disgusting larvae can be hand-picked - if you can stomach that - wearing latex or nitrile gloves. The leaf can also be picked off and placed in soapy water just as with the eggs.
According to www.gardeners.com, there are a couple of pesticides which can be helpful. Neem oil - a botanical insecticide - will kill the larvae and repel adults. Spinosad, which is derived from soil-dwelling bacterium, has been shown to control the beetles if used regularly and as soon as you see them.
In addition to hand-picking, I have used the Spinosad to great effect. I have gone for days without seeing any beetles after spraying the plants and my lilies are growing well, suffering only some minor initial damage.
I inspect the plants everyday at different times and have only come across one or two beetles since treating with Spinosad, and have removed those by hand.
Do look carefully - sometimes the beetles hide down deep in the crevice between the young leaf and the stem. I think it’s also important not to let your guard down, even if it appears the beetles are gone. Stay vigilant throughout the season.
The Lily Leaf Beetles prefer lilies (daylilies are not affected), but will also chow down on lily-of-the-valley, Solomon’s seal, potato, flowering tobacco, hollyhock and hosta. I have not seen them on anything other than my hardy lilies, but did note some hollyhock damage in plants situated near the lilies.
I’m looking forward to enjoying my lilies again this year. They have always been one of the easiest, most dependable and most impressive perennials to grow. I guess I’ll just have to work a little harder now to keep it that way. It’s certainly worth the effort.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF MAY 12, 2013
Tomczyk has 3 RBIs in Saints’ win
by Warren Kozireski
Junior Luke Tomczyk drove in runs in three separate innings including the second of back-to-back homers with Jim Latona in the seventh inning as Churchville-Chili defeated Spencerport 11-7.
After C-C plated an unearned run in the first, the Rangers took their only lead of the game on a leadoff home run by Trent Egenlauf and an RBI squeeze bunt by Brett Ballard, scoring Jay Perry.
A sacrifice fly in the second inning from Derek Mungillo scored Matt Brown who led off with a single to tie the game 2-2 and the Saints scored two more in the fourth with Tomczyk and Nick Ficarella driving in the runs.
The Saints blew the game open in their half of the fifth inning scoring five runs with starting pitcher Kevin VanDongen plating two, Tomczyk driving in another on an infield single and Ficarella singling for the fifth run after an error allowed the fourth to score.
But Spencerport rebounded by batting around and scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Singles by Brandon Case, Perry and Dylan Toole loaded the bases before Ballard scored two runs with a single. A walk and an error again loaded the bases and Mike Cifarelli drove in Toole with a single to pull the Rangers to within 9-5.
Back-to-back home runs by Latona and Tomczyk in the seventh put the Saints up 11-5 before the Rangers scored two runs in the bottom of the inning on an RBI hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded to Alex Dent and Anthony Macera scoring on a wild pitch.
VanDongen pitched into the seventh inning allowing seven hits and striking out five in earning the win. Zach Jackson came on in the final inning in relief as the Saints picked up their third division win against two losses and fifth victory overall.
Churchville-Chili wins fourth consecutive tennis crown
by Warren Kozireski
Hilton and Churchville-Chili’s boys tennis squads met up for the fourth year in a row with a division title on the line with the Saints again coming away victorious 6-1.
A slate of sophomores swept the four singles matches with Quinn Magiera winning 6-4, 6-1 at first singles, Patrick Mathews 6-2, 6-1 at second singles, Andrew Freeman 6-1, 6-3 at third singles and Dan Davis 6-4, 6-1 at number four.
The tightest battle came at first doubles with the Saints John Iacucci and Andrew Messinger taking a hard-fought 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) win. Matt Greer and Scott Arilotta also had to battle in their second doubles match before earning a 6-3, 6-4 win.
The third doubles unit at senior Mike Camillaci and junior Zach Granby rebounded from a first set loss to account for the Cadets only win with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win.
Kimble’s seven points pace Cadets
by Warren Kozireski
Senior Briana Kimble scored three times over the first 6:01 of the contest and finished with four goals and three assists while classmate Anai Flanagan scored four goals with one assist as Hilton defeated host Spencerport 13-5 in girls lacrosse.
Kimble netted her first goal just 31 seconds into the game after a pass from Sarah Johnson, assisted on a goal by Blair Beasley, scored again on a Flanagan assist and completed her hat trick at 6:01.
Hilton dominated on the draws and scored seven times in all over the first 9:37 of the game and led 7-1 before the Rangers found the offense and played fairly evenly the rest of the game.
Morgan Hoover opened the second half with an unassisted goal and Kimble scored her fourth off a Rachel Ryan assist to put the Cadets up 10-3. Flanagan (2) and Shannon Pakusch completed the Hilton offense later in the half.
Kristen Hill scored one goal in each half for the Rangers with captain Rayna Plouffe, Amber Kegler and Maggie Eigbrett also scoring.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF MAY 12, 2013
Young woodworkers build composter
The Woodworking Group at the Hill Elementary School recently completed construction of a 4’ x 4’ x 4’ aerated composter with left over wood donated by Lowe’s for their school’s raised bed garden project.
Students worked weekly with their mentor, Tom Boccacci, through the school’s Academically Talented program, to design and build the composter. During their initial meeting they brainstormed ideas for the design and made a materials list. Throughout the project, students learned about the tools they would be using and focused on safety.
Boccacci, who travels from Hemlock every Monday, enjoys sharing his woodworking knowledge with the students who have the same passion for woodworking. Each lesson was filled with useful tips and words of encouragement.
“Measure twice, cut once,” he often reminded students. They also learned to inspect the wood for moisture which causes boards to warp or crack. As Boccacci would say “remember it’s the quality of your work that will be seen by other people.”
Priding themselves on their work, the students signed their names on the compost box, located on the south side of the Hill School. They are composting items to be used in the raised bed garden that students in the Veggie Nation Club are planting.
Students have learned so much from Boccacci that they have already begun devising grandiose plans for what they want to build next - including a green house. Other projects students have made include a miter box and a boot puller.
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BCSD student artwork on display
Brockport Central School students in grades K through 12 will showcase their art skills to the community at their annual exhibit May 20 to 24 at The College at Brockport Tower Fine Arts Building, Holley Street. The opening reception will be held on Monday, May 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tower Fine Arts Auditorium.
The student recognition ceremonies begin at 6:15 p.m. for students in grades K through 1; 6:30 p.m. for grades 2 to 3; 6:45 p.m. for grades 4 to 5 and 7 p.m. for students in grades 6 to 12. The art exhibit in the galleries is also open from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 20. Regular exhibit hours will be May 20 to 23 from 12 to 4 p.m. and May 24 from 12 to 3 p.m.
Guests may park at a meter on the east side of the Tower Fine Arts Building (two hour limit). The event is free and open to the public.
Hilton High School students get a taste of the restaurant business
Students in Carol Cowan’s Career and Financial Management class at Hilton High School got a taste of the hard work involved in running a restaurant recently when they opened the Prima Vera Café for a day. The students researched recipes from reliable cookbooks, tested them, then spent two days prepping. Everyone was involved in preparing the food, then students were assigned jobs as servers, hostesses, kitchen managers and kitchen servers.
In addition to the food prep, serving and clean up, the class had to manage their finances for the restaurant. The menu included everything from strawberry lemonade for $1, entrees like chicken scaloppini and oven-fried haddock for $6, side dishes such as poppy seed fruit salad and tortellini spinach casserole for $1, and delectable desserts including ice cream pies and banana colada sundaes for $1.50. Family members and staff are invited to patronize the café during lunch.
The course emphasizes career selection planning, interviewing and job application. Students also learn budgeting techniques, money management and basic economics through group and individual projects.
“If you’re thinking about running a restaurant, you’ll see just how crazy it gets!” said junior Bryanna Gatto, who worked as a hostess for the event.
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Holley senior citizens attend Appreciation Breakfast
The Holley School District hosted its Eighth Annual Senior Citizen Appreciation Breakfast to thank the district’s senior citizens for their support over the years and to honor Older Americans Month observed in May. The event continues to grow every year that it’s held. This year over 160 senior citizens enjoyed a buffet breakfast provided by Personal Touch, the district’s food service company. Personal Touch funded the total cost of the food so that it would not require any school district funding.
Participants then watched performances by the senior high and elementary choruses, and the kindergarten class. They also took home centerpieces and placemats made by the students, and long-stemmed roses. The event is an opportunity for seniors to enjoy a delicious breakfast, see students perform, and visit with old friends. The Middle School/High School Student Council volunteers their time to help set up, serve, and clean up after the breakfast.
Kathy Corwin, who has been attending the breakfast for three years with her fellow Olden Heimers group from the Disciples United Methodist Church in Holley, said she can’t believe how much the students participate and what a great job they do. “As a group, we really appreciate that the school district does this and acknowledges us,” she said. “Everyone here is so friendly.”
Seniors could also have their blood pressure checked, sign up for a Gold Card that gives them free admission to school events, and pick up information about the Orleans County Office of the Aging and The Whole Approach senior fitness classes. Next year’s breakfast will be held Thursday, May 1.
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OBITUARIES - WEEK OF MAY 12, 2013
•Mockevicius, Rev. Dominic F., of Rochester, died May 7, 2013, at 90 years. Predeceased by his parents, Casimir and Anele; brothers, Rev. Charles and Bernard; sister Elinore Yanaitis, niece Mary Ellen Frisch. He is survived by his brother, Frank (Nancy) Elmer; nephews Robert (Sharon), Charles (Rene) Yanaitis; several grand nieces and nephews. Father Mockevicius was ordained by Bishop Kearney on June 4, 1948 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. For the following 65 years he served in many appointments: St. Boniface, Mount Carmel, Holy Family, St. Patrick (Cato), St. Thomas the Apostle (Red Creek), St. Alphonsus (Auburn), St. Mary’s (Canandaigua), Chaplain State School (Sonyea), St. Vincent De Paul (Churchville) and St. George Church until his retirement in 2001.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated May 10 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Rochester with Bishop Matthew H. Clark, presiding. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit www.harrisfuneralhome.com.
•White, Barbara A., of Rochester, April 29, 2013 at age 80. She is predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Donald W. White and her sister, Jean Abrams. She is survived by her caring daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Garland Solt of Brockport; her grandson, Jason Johansen and granddaughter, Brittany Solt Rath and grandson-in-law Cody Rath; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucy (Clarence) Luke, Linda (Howard) Lord and Harold Abrams; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jean (John) Molner; many nieces and nephews. Barbara was actively involved with the Sweden Senior Center in Brockport, St. John’s Community Volunteer group and Needlepoint Circle, member of the Calvary Nazarene Church, teacher assistant of the West Ridge School in Greece and Henrietta Volunteer Ambulance.
A Memorial Service was held May 11 at Park Ridge Free Methodist Church, Straub Road, Rochester, NY. Private Interment.
•Szczupakowski, Alex J., age 85, died May 4, 2013. Beloved husband of Dianne Szczupakowski; devoted father of David (Carol) Szczupakowski of Reedsville, Pennsylvania, James (Joanie) Szczupakowski of Churchville and Doris Szczupakowski of Tyler, Texas; dear stepfather of Howard (Edith) Andrews of Pennsylvania, Christine St. Martin of Port Byron, Patricia) Barry Rushlaw of Palm Bay, Florida and Marsha (Nicholas) Regan of Rochester; loving grandfather of 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; cherished brother of Elizabeth (late Daniel) Danwin of Tonawanda, Dorothy (late Joseph) Stark of Buffalo and Renata (late John Wisniewski of Buffalo. Preceded in death by his first wife, Audrey Szczupakowski; brother Ray (late Julie) Kelly; sisters, Irene (late Philip) Stark and Jenny (late Frank) Osgrostrzynski.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 8 at St. Brigid’s Church, Bergen. Interment, St. Brigid’s Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. Brigid’s Church, P.O. Box 219, Bergen, NY 14416 in his memory.
•Rowland, Sandra (Unterborn), May 1, 2013, age 71 after along illness. Predeceased by her parents, Kenneth and Marion (Seaman) Unterborn. Survived by her aunt, Mildred Leverenz; many cousins, Bonnie (Thomas) Dobson, Special Godchild and caregiver, Shelley (John) Spamer, Amanda and Rachael Spamer, Jeffrey (Beth) Dobson, Amber (Matt) Reynolds, Chance and Mason Reynolds, Todd (Channon), Trevor and Jeremy Dobson, Tyler Stratton, Richard Hain and Godchild, Wendy Hain and many dear friends. Sandy was a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church in Hamlin.
Funeral Services were held May 7 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton. Private interment, Lakeside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 1107 Lake Road West Fork, Hamlin 14464 in her memory.
•Jarvie, Joanne M., May 4, 2013, at age 80. Survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Thomas; children, Don (Barbara) and Susan Susa; grandchildren, Pamela Susa, Jeffrey (Laura) Jarvie and Kathryn Jarvie; great-granddaughter, Samantha Jarvie; her sister, Dorothy Vanderweel; brother, Donald Scheid; sister-in-law, Eleanor Scheid and brother-in-law, James Jarvie (Virginia A. Halstead); several nieces and nephews.
Private Service and Interment at the convenience of the family.
•Mannella, Thomas N. Sr., May 1, 2013, at age 88. Predeceased by his wife, Anne in 1985. Survived by three children, Thomas Jr. (Christine), Henry and Marianne Widzinski; five grandchildren, Thomas III and Nicholas Mannella, Ashley, Stephanie and Kevin Widzinski; two great-grandchildren, Maddox and Nico; sister-in-law, Josephine Pezzulo; brother-in-law, Joseph Pezzulo and nieces and nephews. Thomas was the former owner of the Mannella Corp., a WWII Army Veteran and a member of the American Legion.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated May 4 at St. Helen’s Church, Gates. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society in his memory.
•Ford, Arnold W., April 26, 2013 at age 76. Survived by his loving wife, Florence; children, Andy (Wendy) Ford and Valerie (Dennis) DeVito; sister, Velma (Harris) Boyce; brother, Henry (Shirley) Ford; sister-in-law, Doris Ford; several nieces and nephews.
His Memorial Service was held May 11 at Open Door Baptist Church, Chili-Scottsville Road.
•Robinson, Gregory A., On May 7, 2013. Predeceased by his mother, Bettie Robinson. He is survived by his son Jake; Jake’s fiancee Amber; father Walter D. Robinson; six siblings and many nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Service was held May 10 at Lakeview Cemetery, Brockport.
•Blodgett, John W. (Sr.), Age 98, May 4, 2013. Predeceased by wives; Margaret, Lola and Cheryl; brothers, Howard and Willis; sister, Margaret Swift and grandson, Timothy Quayle. Survived by sons, John Jr. of Churchville, Richard of Ogden; daughter, Phyllis Quayle of North Chili; step-daughters, Ann M. Raymond of Albion, Melissa Houde of North Carolina; sisters, Ruth Kilmer of Rochester, Fannie Rodas and Helen Massar both of Clarkson; 14 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
His Funeral Service was held May 8 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley. Interment, Garland Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lifetime Care Home Health & Hospice or Latta Road Nursing Home in his memory.
•Elliott, Richard S. “Dick,” On April 30, 2013. He is predeceased by his wife, Irene “Rinkey” (‘09). Dick is survived by his children and grandchildren, Brett (Kathleen) Elliott and their children Brianna and Omar, Todd (Maria) Elliott and children Thomas Elliott, Mary Vacca, Sean Reitano and Eric (Jessica) Reitano, Tracee (Bill) David and their children Tyler and Abbey; his sister Suzanne (Lester) Luckenbach; sisters-in-law, Audrey Case, Cora Massecar, Roberta (Donald) Ecott and Elaine (Charles) Maginness; several cousins, nieces, nephews. He earned degrees from Cornell University and Rochester Institute of Technology; honorably served as Captain in the Air Force. Dick worked at Stromberg-Carlson, General Motors and the Industrial Management Council before embarking on his career as Senior Career Advisor/Associate Professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT. In retirement he was a Job Coach for ARC and Rochester School for the Deaf. He served as an Elder at St. Paul Lutheran Church and was active on numerous boards and committees and where he served as Congregational President.
Please join his family on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hilton for his “Celebration of Life.” Contributions can be made to the charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Sprague, Gordon S. Jr., Age 76, died May 2, 2013. Predeceased by his sister, Jeanne Casson. He is survived by Julia “Judy,” his wife of 56 years; children, Gordon (Pam Hodom) Sprague III of Holley, Julie (David) McHarg of Castorland, NY, Debra (Kevin) Pierce of Berwick, Maine, Sandra (Kenny) Moore of Hilton, Marianne Sprague of Holley; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one on the way; brother, Fred Sprague of Addison; sisters, Nina Smith of Addison, Nancy Durso of Katonah; special niece, Ann Rose; several nieces, nephews, cousins.
Services and interment were private. Contributions can be made to Golisano Children’s Hospital at U of R Medical Center, 300 East River Road, P.O. Box 270032, Rochester, NY 14627 in his memory.
•LaClair, Gaylord C., Died November 28, 2012. Predeceased by his parents, Austin and Alice LaClair; sisters, Freida, Leda; brother, Leonard. He is survived by his children, Gaylord, Teresa (Eric), Clifford, Joe; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; siblings, Gerald, Lorraine, Wilma (Kurt), Donald (Rosemary); brother-in-law, Fred; several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held May 18, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Holley. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
•George, Wilfred Ian Lesley, May 3, 2013 at age 51. Survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Joycelyn George; his children, Hannah (Robbie) Webster, Nathaniel and Raoul George; grandchildren, Abigail and Adrean; 10 brothers and sisters; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and dear friends; special aunt, Geraldine Nanton; grandmother, Mary (Henry) Dupree.
His Funeral Service was held May 11 at Greece Assembly of God Church. Interment, Grove Place Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Greece Assembly of God Church, 750 Long Pond Road, Rochester 14612 in his memory.
•Garcia, Marcia A., May 2, 2013. Graveside Services were held May 7 at Mt. Morris Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association in her memory.
•Gollel, Linda L. (Smith), May 2, 2013. Predeceased by her parents, Lewis and Shirley Smith; brother-in-law, Franklin “Skip” Gollel. Survived by her loving husband, Ronald J. Gollel; loving mother of Ronald Gollel, Angelo (Stephanie) Gollel and Gina Gollel; caring grandmother of Crystal, Danielle, Monique, Samantha, Miranda, Coy and Ava; brother Tyler (Marilyn) Smith; many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral Service was held May 5 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Interment, Fairfield Cemetery, Spencerport.
•Willis, Catherine A. (Beikirch), On May 4, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Howard H. “Cappy” Willis. Survived by her children, Linda (Donna Nersinger) Willis, David (Kelly Leverenz) Willis, Cindy (Bill) Renton of North Carolina, Greg Willis of Florida and Mark (Martha) Willis; brothers, Edward (Caryll) Beikirch and William (Rosemary) Beikirch; grandchildren Kristen, Danny, Matt, Mike, Richelle, Andrew, Haley, Tyler, Colin, Ryan, Kelsey, Zack, Emily, Leah, Samantha, Sarah, Billy and Matt; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Beverly (Tony) Shaw, Fay Wells, Norm Willis; cousin, Faye Willis; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Her Funeral Mass was celebrated May 7 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Spencerport. Interment, St. John’s Cemetery. Donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 55 Martha Street, Spencerport, NY 14559 in her memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF MAY 5, 2013
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF MAY 5, 2013
Justice sets June 13 deadline for written decision in Brockport Mayor’s case
by Kristina Gabalski
Ogden Town Justice David Murante says he will issue a written decision June 13 following a “Clayton” pre-trial hearing held in the criminal case against Brockport Mayor Connie Castaneda.
The purpose of the hearing, held April 26 in Ogden Town Court, was to determine whether charges in the case should be dismissed in the interest of justice.
Donald Thompson, Mayor Castaneda’s attorney, told the Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald, Judge Murante now has broad discretion over the case.
“The whole spectrum is open to him,” Thompson said. “He could throw out all the charges, or some of the charges.”
Mayor Castaneda is charged with 14 counts of official misconduct and two counts of falsifying business records stemming from the alleged illegal rental of rooms at her home in the village.
At the end of the April 26 hearing, Judge Murante stated that after he renders his decision, a trial date will be set - if necessary - however; “I encourage (both sides) to work towards some sort of resolution here,” he told attorneys.
The defense called two witnesses: Brockport Building/Zoning Code Enforcement Officer Scott Zarnstorff and Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti.
Judge Murante was particularly interested in the process Zarnstorff utilizes when working to bring offending properties into compliance with village code and also questioned why the mayor was issued an appearance ticket as opposed to receiving a compliance order as a first step in the process. The judge also questioned the police chief and Zarnstorff about their decision to pursue criminal charges when civil penalties can be significant.
CEO Zarnstorff testified that the typical process of pursuing most violations is multi-step in nature, with an informal written or verbal compliance order given at first.
He told the court that an appearance ticket was issued in the case of Mayor Castaneda because the alleged violations had occurred previously and were not on-going at the time his department was informed of the complaint.
Zarnstorff said the mayor’s case was the first time he had dealt with pursuing a violation after it had already been completed.
The mayor’s arrest occurred in March 2012. The alleged illegal renting of an apartment in her home occurred between August 2010 and May 2011. During courtproceedings April 26, it was stated two former alleged tenants of Mayor Castaneda had filed a complaint with the Brockport Police Department after they had attempted to rent another apartment in the village.
Zarnstorff told Judge Murante there was no discussion between himself and the defendant in regards to the violations having criminal liability before the appearance ticket was issued.
Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti told the court he sought criminal charges because those who brought forth the complaint “wanted to see the law applied to the furthest extent.”
The police chief explained to the court that he looked upon the complainants as victims and would have pursued criminal charges even if they had not.
He said this is not the first time he has had to investigate a high level person and if he had not pursued criminal charges, he, “...would have been remiss.”
Chief Varrenti was also questioned by defense attorney Thompson as to whether he had an “adversarial relationship” with the defendant.
“Adversarial is a little strong,” Varrenti replied, and later during questioning described the relationship between himself and Mayor Castaneda as “contentious.”
Mayor Castaneda was present during the hearing, but was not called to testify.
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) opened the western portion of the Lake Ontario State Parkway between Lakeside Beach State Park and Route 98 in the town of Carlton, Orleans County on May 1. It was closed for the winter season on November 28.
According to a press release from the New York State Department of Transportation, closing the two-mile stretch saved an estimated $70,000 worth of maintenance and operating expenses including materials, equipment, and labor. The closure also helped preserve the pavement and the bridges over Oak Orchard Creek. Some bridge maintenance repairs were made on the bridge over Oak Orchard Creek. The eastbound, right lane over the bridge will remain closed until further repairs can be made.
During the summer, about 800 cars travel this section of the Parkway every day and the amount of traffic driving this section of the parkway during the winter months is even lower. The Parkway already prohibits commercial truck traffic. Motorists were directed to use Route 18 as a parallel detour route.
Slow down, especially in school zones, village, BPD urges
Brockport Police are closely watching school speed zones in the village as part of an effort to make the walk to and from school safer.
“This idea was brought up at a committee studying a grant that’s available from BISCO (Brockport Integrated Service and Community Organization) regarding walking and having the students walk in a safe environment,” Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti says and adds he has received “numerous” complaints regarding vehicles speeding in and around school zones.
The posted limit is 15 mph in the school zone on Allen Street as you approach the Oliver Middle School. There is also a school zone on Utica Street at Erie Street, Chief Varrenti says. The 15 mph limit is in effect only during school hours.
The school zones are not the only locations Brockport Police are focusing their attention for speeders.
“We are evaluating our speed enforcement throughout the entire village,” Chief Varrenti says.
Regarding enforcement, he explains that a police officer’s greatest power is discretion.
“In the past, we have given drivers a great degree of latitude prior to enforcing the speed limit,” Chief Varrenti says - as much as 15 miles per hour over the speed limit.
“In re-evaluating this, I believe that it is too great a latitude to give anyone who is speeding,” he says. “While I won’t specifically say what latitude, if any, we are going to give, I know it’s safe to say if you are exceeding the speed limit of 30 mph, you are in effect speeding and subjecting yourself to a speeding ticket.”
Mike Bovee and Aaron Horowitz, Monroe Ambulance employees, bring in a gurney full of supplies and equipment.
Aaron, Director of Training and a paramedic, explained: “Monroe Ambulance is setting up an emergency station at Lakeside Hospital to take care of those people who may make the journey here, believing the hospital is still in operation. We will stabilize the patient and take them to their hospital of choice or the appropriate one. We will be here for at least two weeks and a maximum of four weeks.”
Photo by Walter Horylev
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF MAY 5, 2013
Spring Garden Gala set for May 18
Genesee County Master Gardeners hosts their annual Spring Garden Gala on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, 420 East Main Street in Batavia. No early birds.
There will be a plant sale featuring outdoor and indoor plants (many grown by Master Gardeners), geraniums and a Chance Auction at 12:30 p.m. Bring in a soil sample from the garden for free soil ph testing. Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions.
For information contact Brandie Schultz at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, (585) 343-3040, extension 101, stop by the Extension Office at 420 East Main Street in Batavia or visit www.genesee.shutterfly.com.
International recording artist coming to Kendall
Holly Kay, Classical Pop and Christian vocalist, is scheduled to perform at the Kendall Memorial Day Celebration through the courtesy of Rising Starz Music UK and Wonderdog Productions.
Her first CD, “My Moment,” is due to be released in early June. Her second CD, “Call to Worship,” is currently in production.
She will be singing “To Believe” by Matthew Evancho in honor of our United States Military Veterans.
Originally from upstate New York, Holly Kay has performed on stages all over the United States.
Civil War Encampment includes parade, historic reenactment
When reenactor Simon Taylor saw how many people had gathered to watch elements of Civil War history parade through downtown Medina Saturday morning, April 27, he was “shocked.” Taylor, playing Captain Erwin Bowen from New York’s 28th Infantry Unit, accepted a sword during the parade from Bowen’s great-great granddaughter. The moment commemorated the actual send-off local soldiers received back in 1861. “It’s very obvious this community cares about its history,” Taylor said.
GCC History Professor Derek Maxfield, one of the lead organizers of the Civil War Encampment at GCC’s Medina Campus Center, agrees. “I’ve never seen a community rally around something quite the way the folks in Medina have,” he said. He estimates at least 2,500 people attended the weekend’s events, from the parade, to the battles, to the Cotillion Ball Saturday night. “How could I not be pleased with how everything went?” Maxfield said. “The parade went off without a hitch. The weather cooperated very well. We had a wonderful Cotillion Ball. Praise is rolling in from all quarters. I feel like it was fantastic.”
Visitors had a chance to experience a variety of historic elements throughout the weekend, but there’s no doubt the parade was a distinct highlight. Many were moved by the moment when Mary Zimmerman Robinson handed Capt. Taylor her great-great grandfather’s sword. “It was beautiful,” said Maxfield. “Many people came up to me later and said how touched they were by the parade and the sword ceremony.” The ceremony took place in front of Bents Opera Hall at the four corners of downtown Medina. Bents Hall was completed the year the Civil War ended.
This is the second year GCC has put on a Civil War Encampment and it continues to grow. “By Saturday, we had already exceeded our numbers from last year,” said Maxfield. “We’ve already begun planning for next year.” The event will be held in April again next year at the Medina Campus Center.
Photographs by Walter Horylev
Pick the right plant for the right spot
by Kristina Gabalski
Frustrated by purchasing beautiful plants at the garden center only to find that after you’ve got them home and planted, they fail to thrive or are hit by disease?
It can be easy to fall in love with plants that just aren’t happy where you plant them, so it’s worth it to take some time in advance to learn what plants will be happy in your yard before you go ahead and make a purchase.
On Saturday, May 11 from 9:30 a.m. until noon, the Rochester Civic Garden Center is presenting, “Planting the Fittest: Survival in the Darwinian Garden,” a master-class lecture by Karen Bussolini - a photographer/author of gardening books and articles.
The lecture will be held at Warner Castle, 5 Castle Park in Rochester, at the corner of Mt. Hope Avenue.
Bussolini has a long-time interest in eco-friendly gardening and her lecture will focus on exploring adaptations plants have developed that help them survive many different challenges. She will then discuss how to use these principals when gardening at home.
The lecture “is really timely,” RCGC Executive Director Christine Froehlich says. “After a long winter, all of us are raring to go buy plants. The question is which ones are we going to buy? Karen’s lecture will cover the many facets of plant survival and how to choose varieties that will flourish.”
Froehlich notes the lecture is great for anyone, whether they are new to gardening, a new homeowner or an experienced gardener.
“Everyone has had the experience of trying to make something grow where it doesn’t want to grow,” she says.
Bussolini’s lecture is based on her latest book, The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Bringing Nature to Your Backyard, which explores how plants arrange themselves in nature and how to use those observations to develop strategies for encouraging plants to survive beautifully in your garden.
Bussolini will bring her books to the lecture. “They are excellent, hands-on, how-to books,” Froehlich says, “with everything you could want to know about what to buy and which to plant. It’s about looking at nature and how plants naturally want to arrange themselves. It’s about using your eyes and paying attention.”
The class will include inspiring slides and the opportunity for questions and discussion. There will also be plants (provided by a Rochester-area garden and design center) allowing participants to see first-hand examples of what Bussolini discusses.
There is a $25 registration fee for the lecture. Register by going on-line at www.rcgc.org or call RCGC at 473-5130.
Higbie Farm Supplies Inc., on Union Street in North Chili and owned by Rob and Terry Harris, celebrated their annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 27.
Hundreds of people from the community, adults and children, attended Family Fun Day and came to see all the farm animals that customers of Higbie’s brought to share. There were three customer families that raise and brought Alpacas (a long-haired domesticated South American mammal related to the llama) for all to see. Other customers brought baby lambs, goats, pigs, chicks and ducks to put on display. The Monroe County Dairy Princess and her Court were also there to talk about the benefits of dairy products.
The Black Creek Wildlife Station, Inc. from Churchville and the Ladue Wildlife Center from Brockport displayed owls that had been rehabilitated. These groups are committed to the care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. The intent of these rescue groups is to release rehabilitated wildlife back into their natural habitat.
Horse rides were provided for children by the City View Equestrian Show who in addition sold carrot treats for the horses with the proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
One of the main attractions of the morning was Mickey the Belgian, a large draft horse weighing over 2,000 lbs. His owner, Jennifer Rogers, had Mickey perform tricks, kiss people in the crowd, and ate treats from people walking past.
Rob Harris said that Family Fun Day (also known as Chick Days) has been going on for more than ten years and was started when some of the customers thought it would be a good idea to get together with their animals and pets for all in the community to enjoy. Each year the event has gotten larger and larger and all that come enjoy the fun and have a great time.
Photos by David Knox
Puppy Love: the 2013 Hilton Apple Fest Photo Contest
The Hilton Apple Fest invites entries of photo(s) for this year’s photo contest, Puppy Love. They are seeking photos that show the cuteness of dogs and puppies in whatever moments a proud pet owner can appreciate - fun and cuddly photos that highlight the diversity of dogs and pups at their finest, their lowest, their wettest, their shamefulness, and furriest moments all apply, according to contest organizers.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places based on Kid’s, Teen and Adult divisions. The winning entries will each receive an award ribbon, a cash prize, and also be featured online. All entries will be on display at the Hilton Apple Fest on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6 and then at the Parma Public Library throughout the month of October.
Submit entries at the Parma Public Library, the Hilton Family Pharmacy, or mail to: Hilton Apple Fest Photo Contest; PO Box 1; Hilton, NY 14468. All submissions must be received no later than Monday, September 30.
All entries become the property of Hilton Apple Fest and must be 8 x 10 inches with a backer board for protection and display purposes. Photos must be original work. Entry fees may apply and proceeds help support donations in the Hilton community throughout the year.
Details about this year’s festival and the complete photo contest rules are available online at www.hiltonapplefest.org and the Hilton Apple Fest Facebook page. Questions may be directed to 392-7773 or email@example.com.
Mayor and Chamber President meet with Ryan Chalmers in Nevada
On April 13, Churchville Mayor Nancy Steedman and Churchville-Riga Chamber President Sue Davis met with Churchville resident Ryan Chalmers in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ryan is a Paralympic track athlete who has set out from Los Angeles on a 71-day, 3,500-mile “Push Across America” journey on his three-wheeled racing wheelchair. Ryan was positive and anxious to continue on his journey. He said he is averaging 61 miles a day and had just come through Death Valley. Ryan’s goal is to raise awareness for all persons with disabilities. His strong will and dedication were apparent. Steedman and Davis said they hope to meet with him again in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June. Follow his journey on www.pushacrossamerica.org.
Brockport High School Class of 1952 60th reunion
There were 87 students that graduated from Brockport High School in 1962. On July 14 class members celebrated their 60th reunion at Pinewood Country Club. Twenty-five of the living 46 class members attended. The reunion committee of Marion (Morris) Dilger, Anita (Held) Wicks, Rex Horton and Richard (Dick) Booth has planned the last three and are already making plans for the 65th. Standing: Richard (Dick) Booth, Ann Butler, Beverly (Park) Wetzel, Marvin Duryea, Pat (Corrigan) Murray, Helen (Magin) Simpson, Donald Cutton, Robert O’Brien, Thomas Donaher, Joan Delahanaty, Dot (Ferries) Meyer, Rex Horton, William Seaman, Alonzo Jacobs, Phyllis (Crowe) Roberson, Charles McCullough, Marion (Morris) Dilger, Ronald Broadbent, Ronald Hamlin; seated: Shirley (Rich) Hicks, Donna (Wheeler) O’Brien, Audy (Mank) Hess, Anita (Held) Wicks, Rita (Barringer) Webster.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF MAY 5, 2013
Area college honors in sports
by Warren Kozireski
•Hilton grad Becky Hebert was named to the Second Team on the SUNYAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team.
•Hilton grad Ryan Mee finished his first season as assistant men’s basketball coach at Davidson College, which won the Southern Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA tournament before being defeated by Elite Eight participant Marquette.
•John Martin-Cannon (Brockport) completed his wrestling career at the University of Buffalo with 84 wins—good for 15th in the program record books. His 135 career takedowns are the fourth most in program history.
•University of Maryland junior Christian Boley (Brockport) won his second Atlantic Coast Conference wrestling championship at 197 with a 7-2 decision. The junior won three matches in the wrestleback during the NCAA Tournament falling one win shy of All-American status. Boley wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a 27-8 record.
•SUNYIT Men’s Volleyball Team had three area players named to the all-conference ranks in Hilton’s Alan Davids and Sean Conte with Brockport’s Jeff Knapp named to the First Team.
Davids was also selected North Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year after leading the conference with a .344 hitting percentage and finishing second in kills (195), kills per set (2.19), points (258.5) and points per set (2.9).
Roberts Wesleyan College
•Sophomore forward and Brockport High School grad Marissa Sell earned NCCAA All-American First Team honors and was named NCCAA East Region Player of the Year.
Sell finished the season averaging 13.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game and led Roberts to the NCCAA National Championships. She was also named to the East Coast Conference All-Conference Second Team after finishing the regular season sixth in scoring and third in rebounds.
•Freshman forward Samantha Courtney was named to the NCCAA East Region Second Team after leading the Redhawks with a team-high 47 blocks.
•For the men, senior forward Devin Grimes earned NCCAA All-American Honorable Mention after averaging a double-double in points and rebounds. In addition, Grimes was selected to the NCCAA East Region First Team.
College at Brockport
•Senior Zach Ferrera won the 2013 NCAA Division III Pole Vault National Champion after posting a school record height of 5.09 meter (16’ 8 1/4”) at the indoor track and field championships in Naperville, Illinois.
•Three men and seven women were named to the 2013 SUNYAC Indoor Track and Field All-Conference Teams. Freshman Brandon Joyce and senior Zach Ferrara were First Team selections with sophomore Antoine Keels a Second Team pick. For the women, senior Nicole Jones and sophomore Rachel Malone were First Team members with Caitlin Moeller, Emily Noonan, Hailey Smith, Kim Engels and Kristen Hover were named to the Second Team.
•Wrestler Matt Ellis finished eighth at the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament to earn All-American status.
•In men’s basketball, junior guard Jon Ivey made the All-SUNYAC First Team.
•Senior swimmer Ken Smith was named Second Team All-SUNYAC.
Three Gymnasts win gold
Three Bright Raven Gymnasts won gold medals at the USA Gymnastics Level 7 State Championships held in East Rochester April 20-21.
12-year-old Savannah Thesing of Chili captured first place on the uneven parallel bars with a 9.375 and placed second all around in the Junior F age division with a total score of 36.375.
15-year-old Julianna Gatto of Gates won gold in floor exercise competition by scoring a 9.55. Gatto competed in the Senior F division and also earned a silver medal for her vault (9.275) and a bronze in all around competition with a 35.775.
14-year-old Brooke Adam of Greece also earned a gold medal for her performance in floor exercise scoring a 9.40 in the Senior D division.
In the Senior C division, Kristen Godshall of Spencerport earned second place on vault (9.40) and third place all around (36.90). Teammate Molly McKenna of Chili placed second on balance beam (9.475) in the same division.
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Hurlbutt, Thompson pace Eagles attack
Wright earns first varsity win
by Warren Kozireski
Kari Hurlbutt and Morgan Thompson each stroked two-RBI singles in a six run second inning and eighth-grader Chelsea Wright scattered nine hits to lead Kendall to an 11-6 win over visiting Byron-Bergen in girls softball.
Kendall opened the scoring in the first inning when centerfielder Ashley Makowski tripled and scored on a Hurlbutt single. Hurlbutt advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and later scored the second run on Allison Christenson’s RBI single.
In the six-run second inning, Morgan Thompson and Wright singled and Makowski drew a walk to load the bases for Hurlbutt’s two-RBI single. A walk to Tayler Butterfield again loaded the bases before Christenson drew an RBI walk, Jorden Ammerman plated a run when she was hit by a pitch and Thompson followed with her two-RBI single for an 8-0 Eagles lead.
Byron-Bergen followed with their biggest inning offensively with Kristen Magguilli and Courtney Bow stroking consecutive two-RBI singles to make it 8-4.
Thompson singles to center to drive in pinch runner Allie Knapp for Kendall in the fourth inning before the Bees plated two runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Angela Almeter and an RBI single from Christine Stevens to pull within 9-6.
But the Eagles put the game out of reach in their half of the sixth. Christenson led off with a single and Olivia Welch sent pinch runner Knapp to third with a single. An RBI groundout by Ammerman scored Knapp and the eleventh run scored on a strikeout wild pitch scoring Welch.
Wright, called up from junior varsity to fill in for regular starter Jordan Heller, allowed nine hits and struck out one batter in earning her first varsity win, which evened the Eagles division record at 2-2.
McElligott, Ellis, Olsen each net three for Rangers
by Warren Kozireski
Freshman Colin McElligott and juniors Brandon Ellis and Kasey Olsen each scored three goals to lead Spencerport to a 19-5 victory over Brockport in boys lacrosse.
Corey Sauers gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 4:36 into the contest finishing off a one-on-one effort and Ellis followed 18 seconds later converting a pass from McElligott.
Brockport goaltender Elijah Ryan made five of his 13 saves in the first quarter to keep the game close, and teammate Andy Reed danced out from behind the net to score at 9:01 to pull the Blue Devils to within a goal at 2-1.
But Spencerport’s Ellis and Thomas Allen scored goals to finish the first quarter with McElligott (2) and Sauers netting tallies within the first two minutes of the second quarter to put the game out of reach at 7-1.
Blue Devils freshman Chad Tobey scored the first of his two goals early in the second half to pull his team to 10-2, but Olsen set up Jeremy Powers and McElligott 32 seconds apart to give the Rangers a 10 goal lead.
Matt Kaser, Ellis, Ryan Schirano and Powers scored later in the third quarter for Spencerport with Aidan Conolly, Olsen and Caleb Ramos getting fourth quarter tallies.
McElligott and Olsen each finished with three goals and two assists while Ellis added one assist to his three goal effort. Sauers and Powers each finished with two goals with Kaser adding three assists to his tally.
Tobey and Reed accounted for two goals each for the Blue Devils with teammate Justis Blocker getting the other.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF MAY 5, 2013
Phelps named 2013 HOBY ambassador
Byron-Bergen sophomore Rebecca Phelps was selected to represent the Senior High School at the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar. Phelps, daughter of Karl and Tracey Phelps, will be a HOBY ambassador.
Phelps and sophomores around the country are selected based on a variety of criteria such as leadership ability, sensitivity to others, communication skills, and community service. Thanks to funding generously provided by the Byron Kiwanis, Phelps will be able to attend the seminar from May 31 to June 2 at the University of Rochester.
Nesbitt recognized with award at Dairy Carousel Show
Connor Nesbitt travelled to Syracuse on April 12-14 for the 2013 New York Spring Dairy Carousel Show and returned to Byron-Bergen as an award-winner. The Byron-Bergen Sr. High School junior was awarded the Fay M. Frost Memorial Award, which is presented to an outstanding young male who best embodies the spirit of promoting the dairy industry.
Nesbitt, along with four other young men, were nominated and interviewed by a panel of judges for the award. The judges questioned each candidate on many topics such as how they became part of the dairy industry and what they do to share their knowledge with others. The panel and family members were very impressed with Nesbitt, thus awarding him with honor.
Nesbitt is very active in the 4-H Program and has attended various conferences and workshops across the country, toured many Agra Business facilities, and has developed a very keen understanding of the dairy industry.
Nebitt’s love for farming and the dairy industry was also evident last year as he applied to and was accepted into the Junior Dairy Leader Program through Cornell University. Nesbitt is one of 29 students throughout New York State who are members of this exceptional program. Nesbitt and his fellow program participants are able to attend Cornell one weekend a month from September 2012 through June 2013 for classes related to the dairy industry. They are also able to take part in leadership training and can tour area farm facilities.
Thinking ahead to his future plans, Nesbitt would like to attend Cornell University majoring in dairy science or dairy business.
Byron-Bergen hosts regional Superintendents’ Conference Day
Byron-Bergen Junior Senior High School hosted hundreds of local educators for Superintendent’s Conference Day for Byron-Bergen, Elba, LeRoy and Oakfield-Alabama Central School Districts on Monday, April 29. Staff members from all four districts attended professional development workshops and worked on scoring recent state assessments of third through eighth grade students in English language arts (ELA) and math.
Workshop sessions featured training on the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards including how to develop curriculum materials, create a technology rich classroom, and find resources that are available when planning for Common Core instruction. Conference attendees were also allowed collaboration time with colleagues from the cluster districts to discuss how they are implementing the Common Core at different grade levels and within departments.
Additional workshop sessions addressed a variety of topics including school safety and security, strategies in teaching ELA concepts in art and music classrooms, special education, and listening and speaking standards for pre-kindergarten through second grade.
Local chef provides healthy lesson for second graders
Take a roomful of Byron-Bergen second graders, mix in the skills of a professional chef, and you have the recipe for a successful lesson about how healthy eating can taste good. Chef Eric Mercovich, a Bergen resident, parent of three Byron-Bergen students, and a professional chef, prepared several healthy dishes for more than 60 second graders to taste.
Mercovich demonstrated how to prepare spinach salad with homemade vinaigrette, mashed sweet potatoes hummus, and whole grain pasta. Students sampled each of the foods after the demonstration and received a copy of the recipes to take home.
As part of the lesson, Mercovich explained the nutritional values of the foods he was preparing. The goal of this event was to have the children taste and get more familiar with the healthier foods that are on the lunch menu after a change to the federal lunch program guidelines took effect. The ultimate goal is healthy, well-nourished children which this program helps to create by offering nutrition and cooking education with assistance from the school’s Health and Wellness Committee.
The event was made possible by a grant awarded by the American Culinary Federation through the Chefs Move to Schools program. The Chefs Move to Schools program, founded in May 2010, is an integral part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, and its goal of solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.
Camp Invention returns to Hilton
In partnership with Invent Now, St. Paul Lutheran School offers Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six this summer. The week-long adventure in creativity immerses children in imaginative play that reinforces and supplements school-year learning in the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Children will work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world challenges and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills such as teamwork and creative problem solving as they rotate through four modules each day that disguise learning as fun.
The week begins on July 29 when Ashley Bennett will direct the Camp Invention Geo-Quest program at St. Paul Lutheran School. Working in teams, children become expedition trainees, navigating their way to special treasure-filled caches and creating solutions to challenges posed by youth from around the world. They will be embarking on a global adventure, uncovering hidden messages from the Earth investigating several extreme natural wonders of the world, and building a device to launch international ducks back home.
In the Cache Dash™ module, children navigate their way to treasure-filled caches and solve global challenges from youth around the world. Tools are invented to reveal hidden messages while exploring the Earthy realms of sky, sea, land and underground in the Ecoverse™ module. In the I Can Invent: Launchitude™ module, children will take apart broken to unused appliances using real tools and re-engineer the gears to invent a Duck Chucking Device. Finally, in the Amazing Atlas Games™ module, classic high-energy games will be fused with global learning.
Local educators will facilitate program modules, and high school and college students will serve as Leadership Interns - ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.
Early registration discounts are available. Every registration includes a free Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited. Visit www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332 to reserve a place in the program.
WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS MAY 2013
Kelly V. Comden - Isaac Garzon
David and Dawn Comden of Hamlin are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Kelly V. to Isaac Garzon, son of Ivan and Lydia Garzon of Maybrook.
Kelly is a 2010 graduate of Hilton High School and a 2013 graduate of The College at Brockport.
Isaac is a 2007 graduate of Valley Central High School and a 2012 graduate of The College at Brockport.
A fall 2013 wedding is planned.
Hall - Compertore
Keith Compertore and Jess Hall were married on March 30, 2013 in St. Cloud, Florida in a carnival-themed wedding that took place on the property of the bride’s parents, Bill and Pat Hall. Keith is the son of Bev and Chip Compertore of Spencerport.
Guests enjoyed carnival games and food, won prizes, watched a magician, and visited with Cappy the Chimp after the outdoor ceremony.
Keith and Jess are both teachers with Clay County Schools and live in Jacksonville, Florida.
McLallen - MacEwan
Paul D. MacEwan and Kathleen M. McLallen were joined in marriage December 1, 2012 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Brockport. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Father Scott Caton and the groom’s cousin, Deacon Joseph Placious of Rochester.
Kathleen is the daughter of Randy Skinner of Colorado and the granddaughter of Doris Finn of Colorado and the late James Finn. Paul is the son of Daniel and Diane MacEwan of Spencerport.
The wedding party included matron of honor Colleen Thorndike, the groom’s sister, best man Mark MacEwan, the groom’s brother, bridesmaid Colleen Selig, and groomsman Dahn Bull.
Kathleen and Paul are employed by CRFS in Medina. They honeymooned in Washington, D.C. and reside in Brockport.
Shanna Faulks - Adam Machamer
Stephanie Faulks of Hilton is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter Shanna to Adam Machamer. Adam is the son of Brett and Patti Machamer of Hilton. Shanna is also the daughter of Theodore Faulks.
The bride-to-be, a graduate of Hilton High School, is employed at Paychex Payroll Services.
The future groom is a graduate of Hilton High School and Rochester Institute of Technology. He is in the US Air Force, stationed at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.
Their wedding is planned for November 30, 2013.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF MAY 5, 2013
•Claus, Jean I., Age 78, died April 22, 2013. Beloved wife of Roland D. “Ron” Claus of Bergen; loving mother of Jeffrey (Patricia) Claus of Victor, Eric (Laurie) Claus of Bergen and Timothy (Dawn) Claus of Batavia; devoted grandmother of Jeannie (Simon) Sheehan of Virginia and Michelle (Matt) Drahms of Clyde; fond great-grandmother of Olivia and Audrey Sheehan, Tanner and Adrianna Drahms; dear sister of Bruce (Elaine) MacDonald of Irondequoit, Mary (David) MacConnell of Florida; dear sister-in-law of Muriel MacDonald of Sodus and Florida. Also survived by relatives and friends. Predeceased by grandchildren, Christopher and Victoria Claus and brother, Richard MacDonald.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Bergen, 38 South Lake Street, Bergen. Interment, Stone Church Cemetery. Contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church of Bergen, P.O. Box 206, Bergen, NY 14416 in her memory.
•Caruso, Salvatore D., April 25, 2013 at age 77. Predeceased by his parents, Pasquale and Antoinette Caruso, sister Amelia Caruso. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 44 years Lois (Kirby) Caruso; his son Bill (Christine) Caruso; two grandchildren William and Eden Caruso; sisters, Jessie (Louis) Caccavaio, Ann (Charles) Quire; several special nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Salvatore proudly served in the United States Navy from 1955-1957.
A Memorial Service was held May 4 at Walker Bible Baptist Church, Hilton. Contributions can be made to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623 in his memory.
•Connaroe, Genevieve L., on April 26, 2013 at age 86. Predeceased by her husbands Richard Connaroe and Edwin Smith, three children Linda Losee, Clifford Connaroe, Joyce Smith and grandson Andrew Smith. She is survived by her grandchildren Matthew (Shannon) Losee, Deanna Losee, Steven Losee and nine great-grandchildren.
A Graveside Service was held May 1 in Lakeview Cemetery, Brockport. Contributions can be made to the Brockport Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary in her memory.
•Leenhouts, John Rodger, age 75, died April 26, 2013 at Park Ridge Living Center. He was born February 1, 1938 in Lyons, NY, a son of the late John and Thelma (Klage) Leenhouts. John served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman. He is survived by his siblings, Richard (Sandra) Leenhouts of Florida, Jean (Gary) Ahl of Holley, Russell (Barbara) Leenhouts of Niagara Falls, NY; several nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.
His Funeral Service was held April 29 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley. Interment in Hillside Cemetery. Donations can be made to the charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Sorel, Elizabeth (Acker), of Largo, Florida, died peacefully March 17, 2013. Predeceased by husband, Edward and parents and step-parents. Survived by sons John (Cynthia) Sorel, James (Patty) Sorel, Clifford (Barbara) Sorel; brother William Acker; nephew Dean (Bonnie) Rice; step-brother David; step-sister Marsha; grandchildren Eric (Sarah) Sorel, Jason Sorel, Elizabeth (Shane) Cenci, Lynn Sorel, Jimmy Sorel and great-grandson, Nicholas.
Her Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Church, 14 State Street, Brockport.
•Caldwell, John, Born August 25, 1921, died April 22, 2013. Predeceased by his wife Isobel, son John David, brother Colin and sister Martha. Survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Ruth Ann (Randy); son, Colin (Andrea); daughter-in-law, Jayne; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, came to Canada in 1923 and then to Rochester in 1963. John retired from Kodak in 1983 as a plumber/pipefitter. Actively involved in Cornerstone Bible Chapel.
Private Burial. Friends are invited to his Memorial Service Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m. at Cornerstone Bible Chapel, 3231 Buffalo Road. Donations can be made to Camp Li-Lo-Li in his member.
•Elward, Margaret J., Unexpectedly April 24, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Thomas; daughter, Shelly. Survived by her daughters, Terri (Tony) Stanganelli, Laurie (Joe) DiProspero, Kelly (Jerrod) Elward; grandsons, Tommy, Nick, Josh and Patrick; sisters, Marianne (Mike) Spoonhower, Ginny (Tom) Prevost, Donna (Bill) Scott, Joan (Todd) Glatz, Debbie (Dave) Freeman; nieces and nephews, cousins, dear friends.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated May 2 at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lollypop Farm in her memory.
•Karlsons, Irene A., died at her home in Chili on April 18, 2013. Irene is survived by her son Stephen of Pittsford and daughter Melissa Karlsons of Newark; by her sisters and their spouses Elita and Roger Dorwart of Middlebury, Vermont and Silvia and Edward Dauenheimer of Cambridge, New York; by nephews David Dauenheimer of Brookside, New Jersey, Richard Dorwart of San Francisco and Jonathan Dorwart of Burlington, Vermont; nieces Elizabeth LeMay of Sandgate, Vermont, Maija McLean, Velta Huck, Ilze Bullwinkel and Irene Doktor, all of the Rochester area, as well as several cousins and their families in Germany and her native Latvia. She was predeceased by her husband in 1991, by her mother in 1987, and her father in 2000.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Atonement Lutheran Church, 1900 Westfall Road in Rochester at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Contributions can be made to Lifetime Care, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623 in her memory.
•Ball, Nina M., age 88, died April 27, 2013. Mrs. Ball was a charter member of the Open Door Baptist Church in Chili. She initially worked at an Air Force plant during WWII, and eventually moved on to a real estate career, becoming a broker and formed her own brokerage business. She was also the first female real estate broker to be named to the GRAR board. She is survived by her sons, Donald Ball and Charles (Cindy) Ball; daughter, Carolyn (William) VanHouter; sister, Bessie Grasso; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held May 1 at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., LeRoy. Interment, Grove Place Cemetery, Chili.
•Ford, Arnold W., April 26, 2013 at age 76. Survived by his loving wife, Florence; children Andy (Wendy) Ford and Valerie (Dennis) DeVito; sister, Velma (Harris) Boyce; brother, Henry (Shirley) Ford; sister-in-law, Doris Ford; several nieces and nephews.
Private service and interment at the convenience of the family.
•Leverenz, Thomas W. (“Lefty,” “T.L.”), on April 15, 2013 at age 75. He is survived by his wife Peggy, son Jeffrey of Florida; daughters, Kim Trelly, Florida, Donna (Stephen) Leonardo and Debra (Richard) Curtis; grandchildren Lily Ann and Rose Lynn Trelly, Florida, Abbey and Cate Muir and Stephen Leonardo; sisters Dian (Jim) Bannister, Mary (Allan) Smith; brother Tim (Laurie) Leverenz. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Tom was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Winnie Leverenz. He was a retiree of E.I. DuPont Company and a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church. Mr. Leverenz enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, boating (but not swimming), playing games - Euchre far into the night, competitive Spicy Farkel, “semi-pro” baseball with various teams. He coached youth baseball teams, boys and girls who were trophy winners and served as an umpire for town baseball teams.
He loved all sports, but especially the Brooklyn Dodgers (the only true Dodger team), and the Cleveland Browns. He enjoyed his gardens, fishing in Henderson, Clayton, or way up in Canada looking for muskies with friends, Chuck, Chuckie and Bobby.
A Memorial Service was held April 19 at St. John Lutheran Church. Burial in Lakeside Cemetery, Hamlin. Donations can be made to St. John Lutheran Church Improvement Fund in his memory.
•Ophardt, Howard H., Sr., On April 28, 2013, at age 83. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jackie; children, Bill (Amanda) Ophardt, Sherri (Gregory) Rodgers, Diane Bigelow, Howard (Wendy) Ophardt Jr., Daniel (Jeanette) Ophardt, Barry Johnson, Chris (Rich) Messmer and Mark (Michelle) Johnson; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Howie was an Army Veteran of the Korean War, Past Commander and Life Member of both Ira Jacobson Post in Charlotte and VFW Post 6703 in Hamlin. He was a retiree of Rochester Products, with 38 years of service and a life member of Rochester Bow Hunters.
Funeral Services were held May 3 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home Inc., Hilton. Burial in Parma Union Cemetery with military honors. Contributions can be made to Aurora House, Spencerport, in his memory.
•King, Carl K., Suddenly on April 27, 2013. He is survived by his beloved wife, Crystal; his children, Chanise, Shayna, LaQuanda, Jasmine and Shona; his siblings, Mandy, Milton Jr., James, Ella, Charles, Diane and Roger.
Funeral Services were held May 4 at Northside Church of Christ, Rochester.
•DeFilipps, Michael A., age 91, died April 25, 2013 at Unity Hospital. He was born September 10, 1921 in Holley, a son of the late Michael and Mary DeFilipps. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Pat; daughters, Debra DeFilipps of Holley; granddaughter, Tricia DeFilipps; Janet (Steven) Smith of Brockport; granddaughter, Natalie (fiancé Randall Kelder) Smith; grandson, Geoffrey Smith; sons, Michael (Marla Sugar) DeFilipps of Scottsville, Patrick (Kris Moore) DeFilipps of Clarendon; granddaughter, Corina DeFilipps; grandson, Nicholas DeFilipps; great-granddaughter, Leila Stonewell; sister, Louise Lusk of Holley; brothers, Ed DeFilipps of Holley, David (Mary Ellen) DeFilipps of Virginia; several nieces, nephews, cousins. Mike lived in Holley all his life and was a member of St. Mary’s Church. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII in the European Theater and was a member of the Jewell Buckman Post 529 American Legion and the Holley Post 202 VFW. He was a former employee of AC Delco, Rochester
A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 29 at St. Mary’s Church. Interment with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations can be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 in his memory.
•Smith, Edmund E., died April 27, 2013. Born December 25, 1934 in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania son of the late Edmund Isaiah and Leona (Badger) Smith. Predeceased by his gentle son Danny E. Smith. Survived by his wife of 47 years, Natalie and triplet daughters Susan (John) Vernick of North Chili, Sharon (Christopher) Petrakis of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, Sandra (Darren) Smith of Victor; seven loving grandchildren. He served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War in the South Pacific witnessing several atomic tests including the first airdrop of a hydrogen bomb. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a retired accountant, member of National Association of Atomic Veterans, Sampson Air Force Base Veterans Association and member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hilton.
Interment May 4, in Slippery Rock Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Special Olympics of Pennsylvania (specialolympicpa.org) or National Multiple Sclerosis Society of NY in his memory