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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 email@example.com 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.
Photo by Kristina Gabalski
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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