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ARCHIVE - FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Feature Stories - Week of February 27, 2011
Celebrating Mexican Dance and Culture
The folkloric dance group Alma Latina performed at Kendall Elementary School on Friday, February 18.
The group featured dances and costumes from various regions in Mexico, including the popular Mexican Hat Dance and the Mariachi dance among many others. Founder Lionel Rosario said Alma Latina’s aims to share their Mexican heritage and culture with the community, and to preserve it by teaching traditional dances to younger generations.
The Mexican dance group had the young audiences at Kendall Elementary tapping their feet and clapping their hands. Students and faculty even joined in for the final dance.
Teens raise funds for book festival -
The Brockport Seymour Library Teen Library Corps and Brilliant Readers Active in Teen Service groups collectively raised $875.50 from their readathons for the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival in May. About 20 high school members of T.L.C. attended the readathon on Saturday, January 29 and raised $339 while 28 middle-schoolers attended the B.R.A.T.S. event on Saturday, February 12 and raised a total of $536.50. Shown: B.R.A.T.S. members (l-r) Bekah Leathersich, Alessandria Garlipp, and Zoe Maxwell at the Seymour Library readathon. Provided photo.
The Arc of Orleans County to host 9th Annual Signature Series Reception and Silent Auction
The 9th Annual Signature Series Reception and Silent Auction will be held Friday, April 8, at Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club in Holley. Registration for the event begins at 6 p.m.
Two awards will be presented that evening. Receiving the Legacy of Love Cornerstone Award is Amanda Roberts. This award is given to an individual or group in recognition of their outstanding support of people with disabilities. The Legacy of Love Leadership Award is presented to an organization or foundation in recognition of their outstanding work on behalf of people with disabilities. The Legacy of Love Leadership Award Winner is the Kenlou Foundation.
RSVP date for the 9th Annual Signature Series is Wednesday, March 23. For information on attending or sponsoring the event contact Darlene Golson, Endowment & Grants Manager, at 585-589-5516 ext. 228 or email at email@example.com.
Volunteers sought for 2011 Erie Canal Clean Sweep
In preparation for the 187th navigation season of the New York State Canal System and to mark Earth Day 2011, the New York State Canal Corporation, in partnership with Parks and Trails New York and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, has announced that it is seeking volunteers for the Sixth Annual “Canal Clean Sweep” scheduled for the weekend of April 15 to 17.
The Canal Clean Sweep highlights the canal system as a major recreational and tourism destination in New York state by encouraging communities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations to engage in cleanup and beautification activities on Canal lands and along the Canalway Trail. Last year, more than 90 groups participated in the Canal Clean Sweep weekend.
The Canal Corporation, Parks and Trails New York and EFC are seeking the assistance of canal communities and partners to organize clean-up activities in canal parks, along public promenades, and on the Canalway Trail. The Canal Corporation will provide large bags and trash pickup at each of the events. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves and supplies, and to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
For information on the Sixth Annual Canal Clean Sweep, or to help coordinate an event in a community, contact Wally Elton of Parks and Trails New York at (518) 434-1583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To register events online, visit Parks and Trails New York’s website at www.ptny.org.
Ogden Parks & Recreation director appointed
The Ogden Town Board has promoted Andrea Blau to the position of Ogden Parks & Recreation, effective January 16. Blau has worked for the town since 2007 as the Recreation Supervisor, and when Peter O’Brien resigned to accept another position, Blau applied and was found extremely qualified, according to Ogden Supervisor Gay Lenhard.
Blau holds a master’s degree from SUNY Cortland and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport. She has over seven years experience in parks and recreation within Monroe County. According to Lenhard, Blau is an enthusiastic, responsible professional, who has a passion for serving the community. “She is an organized administrator who believes in working with all people and community groups to increase the health and wellness for all ages and abilities through parks and recreation,” Lenhard stated in a press release.
American Public Works Association honors Oak Orchard Lighthouse Project
The Oak Orchard Lighthouse Historic Restoration Project was honored by the American Public Works Association’s Genesee Valley Branch at a dinner in Rochester, on February 3. The APWA Projects of the Year Awards recognize outstanding achievements in completion of a public works project. The Orleans County contingent was represented at the dinner by Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum trustees Peg Wiley, Bill Karcher, and committee members Nancy Karcher. The Oak Orchard Lighthouse project was awarded the 2010 Historic Restoration Project of the Year for projects under $5 million. The award puts the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Project in line for the APWA New York State award for the same category, which according to John Paul Sheppe, an engineer on the project, “has a good chance to win due to its uniqueness.”
The re-construction of the Oak Orchard Lighthouse, initiated by private citizens in 2002, became a public project when the Orleans County Marine Park became the site for the project, in partnership with Orleans County and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Funding for the project included private fundraising and a 50/50 matching EPF Grant as well as funding sponsored by Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Steve Hawley.
Chatfield Engineers, Rochester, NY, provided engineering for the project and architect Thomas Simbari, Simbari Designs, Rochester, recreated the historic structure utilizing a 1909 survey along with extensive research into historic Great Lakes lighthouse structures. Through the public bid process, construction services were provided by Nathaniel General Contractors, Rochester. The survey by the U.S. Government was preserved at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The original lighthouse was destroyed by a December gale in 1916, after being decommissioned.
Last call for New York’s ‘Great Appliance Swap Out’
$1 Million in rebates still available
Nearly $1 million in rebates is still available for New Yorkers who purchase energy efficient appliances through “New York’s Great Appliance Swap Out,” a program that has provided $15,790,080 million in rebates to more than 157,000 New Yorkers, according to officials from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The $1 million has been made available because approximately 10,000 people who reserved a rebate did not submit an application or documentation required to verify their eligibility following their purchase. The available funding, which will provide rebates of as much as $555 for purchasing three appliances, will be allocated on a first-come, fire-served basis.
Reserving a rebate online or by phone does not complete the application process. Once a qualifying purchase has been made and an applicant has reserved a rebate, the applicant must submit a signed copy of the application and the required receipts within 14 days in order to complete the application process.
The rebates are available to New York State residents replacing old appliances with ENERGY STAR® appliances that will be installed at a New York State residential address. Supported by federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the program helps consumers save money on energy costs by reducing their energy usage, and has provided a needed boost to retailers across New York.
Rebates for high-efficiency refrigerators, clothes washers, and freezers range from $50-$105 for a single unit and up to $555 for the purchase of a three-appliance package of high-efficiency refrigerators, clothes washers and dishwashers, provided on a first-come, first served basis. The program requires consumers to replace old appliances and encourages recycling by offering a larger rebate to consumers who recycle their discarded appliances.
For consumer guidelines on this program, go to www.NYApplianceSwapOut.-com or call 877-NY-SMART. Total available rebates are updated daily; visit the site each day for the latest figures.
How much you can receive:
Customers purchasing appliances may receive the following individual rebates:
•Refrigerators: $75 ($105 with documented recycling)
•Clothes washers: $75 ($100 with documented recycling)
•Freezers: $50 ($75 with documented recycling)
•Dishwashers: Rebates are only available for dishwashers when purchased as part of a three appliance package of CEE-rated appliances. This bundled purchase will qualify for a $500 rebate ($555 with documented recycling).
What are the energy efficiency requirements?
•Individual purchases: Appliances must have the ENERGY STAR® label, meaning that they are up to 30 percent more efficient than standard models on the market.
•Bundled purchases: A larger rebate will be paid to consumers purchasing three appliances that meet CEE standards. This can include a dishwasher, clothes washer and refrigerator.
Spencerport Community Chorus to perform Spring Concert March 5, 6
The Spencerport Community Chorus spring concert “Celebrating the American Dream” will be presented on Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m. The chorus is directed by Margaret Page Colucci and accompanied by Margaret Johnson. Both concerts are held at the First Congregational Church located at 65 Church Street in the village of Spencerport.
Songs will take the audience on a journey through the strengths and determination of the American individual with pieces such as “Wheels of a Dream” from the musical Ragtime, “Cross the Wide Missouri” and “Freedom” from Shenandoah, “Nothin’ Gonna Stumble My Feet,” “Song for the Unsung Hero” accompanied by trumpet player Gary Melville, “Muddy Water” from Big River, “Fences”, and Donna Mero will accompany “In Remembrance” on the alto flute.
The chorus is observing its 30th anniversary this year. It was established in 1981 by Parma Baptist choir director G. Robert Dean when there was a need for a large number of singers to perform “The Messiah.” He invited members from area churches to join in song. The experience was so rewarding that it was decided to continue as a community chorus which performs concerts in the spring and winter. Members come from Spencerport and surrounding areas. The chorus performs contemporary and classic choral music.
Concerts are free. Donations are appreciated. Free refreshments follow each concert. The church is handicapped accessible. For information call 352-6223.
Contest shows spirit of Spencerport
What started out as an online contest turned into a community challenge to vote to win funds for much needed improvements to a railroad bridge located in the village of Spencerport.
When Spencerport Mayor Joyce Lobene learned of a contest through the Reader’s Digest (a popular magazine which now offers a web site) she quickly used her contacts to encourage village residents, past and present, to vote for Spencerport. And vote they did.
According to Lobene, “Spencerport entered the race late. The contest started in December, and we didn’t ask people to enter until January 1 and we still received 197,964 votes,” she explained.
The contest allowed individuals to log in to the Reader’s Digest web site and vote for their favorite village, town or city in the United States. The grand prize winner received funding to use for any community projects or improvements. Lobene’s goal was to receive funding that could be used to refurbish the railroad bridge that is located in the center of the village of Spencerport.
“I reached out to about 300 people. In turn, many of those spread the word through their contacts and before you knew it, the word was out,” Lobene said. “We had people from all over the country, even Mexico and Germany, voting,” she added.
Lobene is quick to credit the power of the web and its role in communicating this contest. “Without the internet, Facebook®, and other social media, we never would have reached so many people,” she said.
The contest recently ended and Spencerport, unfortunately, did not win. Grand Marais, Michigan won with over a million votes.
Future plans for the railroad bridge? Lobene hopes to discuss the project at an upcoming village board meeting.
“We probably will look elsewhere for funding but we have not begun this process yet. The village will have to come up with the funds but I personally will make sure it’s not through our village taxes. The project may have to be completed in phases and the first phase is to hire an engineer,” she explained.
While the final outcome is not what all who voted hoped it would be, Spencerport did not win, the participation showed what Lobene calls, “the spirit of Spencerport.”
“The messages that were put on the Reader’s Digest site were so positive and encouraging. It showed how much people appreciate our community. I have said it before and I will say it again, it is our people who make Spencerport someplace special!”
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News in Photos - February 27, 2011
Video ‘trailers’ promote short story reading - Having walked the red carpet and now holding their “Oscars” for “Best Overall” video trailer, students Emily DiMaria and Arielle Fertitta, from left, bask in a moment of fame.
On February 18 Hilton’s Merton Williams Middle School Team Triad recognized student work with “Oscars” for the video story trailers they created to promote the reading of short stories.Winners’ trailers were shown on large-screen projector in Multi-Instructional Room.
Best Overall - Arielle Fertitta, Emily DiMaria; Best Synopsis - Byron O’Daniel and Mason Piazza.
Best Visual Effects - Brandon Lang and Jack Annable.
Best Cinematography - Julia Wuest, Vanessa Labbate, Katie Kompanijec.
Best Voice Over - Najah Thomas and Angelo Bokyo.
Sports - Week of February 27, 2011
Brockport wins thriller over Brighton
Brockport and Brighton locked into a tight game February 14. The Blue Devils led all the way, and with less than a minute left their 50-46 lead looked good. Brighton had other ideas. Paul Lisborg hit a “three” with 48 seconds left, cutting the lead to just one. And then, the crusher, the apparent game-winner at 5.4 seconds when Steve Cregan hit another three for the home team. Brockport looked to suffer the fate of leading throughout but facing a last-second 52-50 loss.
But the resilient Blue Devils got the ball to midcourt and called timeout with 1.6 to play. The set-up play produced an incredible win. Julian Ekeze’s perfect inbound pass to Kyle Zaffuto enabled the junior guard to get off a good shot - banking in the “three” as the buzzer sounded. “It was a great win,” said Coach Scott Schleede. “Our kids work so hard; they earned the win.” Brockport’s Markell Collins led with 14. Mike Worboys and Kyle Zaffuto 13 each. Zaffuto had 3 “3’s”. Julian Ekeze and Alex Alvarez each had 4, Sean Kemp 3, and Nick Beers 2.
The results of the Wednesday, February 16 game weren’t so positive as a powerful Gates Chili team led all the way in beating Brockport, 66-43. The homestanding Spartans used their superior size to dominate inside, leading 21-9, 38-22, and 53-34. Kyle Zaffutto led with 9, Collins and Ekeze 7 each, Frank Marcera and Chris Warren 5 each, Cody Gould 4, Nick Beers, Sean Kemp, and Alex Alvarez 2 a piece.
Brockport plays Canandaigua at home in the Section V tourney.
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Hawks fall in quarterfinals
by Warren Kozireski
Holley’s girls basketball team tied their Section V quarterfinal playoff game at the end of the third quarter, but managed to score just four points in the final stanza and fell to Williamson 37-28.
The Hawks jumped out to a 6-2 lead on a pair of three-pointers by Julie Brooks, but scored just one more point in the quarter to fall behind 12-7 and 18-13 at the half.
Holley fought back in the third quarter as Brooks hit consecutive field goals and Amber Kenyon hit on a drive in the final minute of the period to tie the game 24-24.
But the Marauders scored the first three baskets in the fourth to pull away and limited the Hawks to just a put-back by Kenyon and a pair of free throws by Brooks.
“They went down low and had success while we missed a lot of inside shots,” said Holley head coach Randy Bower. “You won’t win many games like that.”
The third seeded Hawks finished the season 9-10 and were eliminated from the playoffs in the quarterfinal round.
Brooks led Holley with 16 points and 16 rebounds to finish her high school career with 298 points. She also registered a double-double in all but one game all season and had 70 career blocked shots. Kenyon added seven points and Alyssa Lasch added four.
Hawks seniors Brooks and Natasha Blum completed their high school basketball careers.
Spencerport’s Prince ranked 35th
by Warren Kozireski
Spencerport native Shane Prince is living his dream - playing hockey with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League; and the next chapter of that dream will begin this June at the Excel Energy Center in Minneapolis.
That’s the location for the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft and Prince is slotted 35th among North American skaters in the midterm rankings. That projects to a second or third round selection this June.
“It’s another one of those things that I can’t control,” said Prince. “But I’m happy to be on the list and I’ll keep playing my game to move up the list and hopefully go higher in the draft.”
Heading into last weekend Prince was fourth in the league in scoring with 25 goals and 57 assists with first place Ottawa, who had already clinched a playoff berth in the East Division of the Eastern Conference. His 57 assists also put him fourth in the league.
He had a torrid November and December when he had an 18-game scoring streak that saw him net 12 goals and 23 assists. Some of that could be attributed to motivation at being left off the U.S. Under-20 World Junior team that won a bronze medal in Buffalo.
“Things were clicking and I think we had great chemistry,” said Prince about his linemate Tyler Toffoli, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings this past June. “You’re going to have ups and downs during the season, but December was definitely up.”
“(The World Junior snub) definitely disappointed me, but it again was out of my control. I’ve had to prove people wrong my whole life and I think I’m doing a good job of that this year.”
“I’m definitely more of a play-maker, though I like to score. I’ve always had a knack for play making and have always had more assists than goals. When the shot is there I’ll take, but if the pass is there I will try to make the right play.”
Now 5’ 11” and 181 lb., Prince turned 18 in November and took an online class with Carleton University in the fall, but is putting his efforts into hockey and training for the pre-draft combine during the coming months.
As for Minneapolis in June, “whatever team wants me and takes me, I will be happy to be a part of that organization, but the one team that I always watched growing up and would be a dream come true for them to take me would be Buffalo. It’s only 45 minutes from home and I grew up watching their games."
Challenger Baseball comes to area this spring
Challenger Baseball is coming to the westside this spring. The league is for youngsters ages 5 to 18 (up to age 21 if still receiving educational services) who have physical and/or developmental disabilities.
Organizers say the fundamental goal is to give everyone a chance to play baseball. Sweden Supervisor Jack Milner is part of a group of organizers which also includes his wife, Bev, Sweden Councilperson Mike Myers and his wife, Susan, and Marge and Wayne Zyra.
Milner says he has observed the Challenger Baseball program for the last couple of years. “I have a grandson who participated in Greece,” he says, “we need this in the Town of Sweden.”
The games will be played at Nietopski Field at the Sweden Town Park on Redman Road. Game dates are set for June 11 and 25 and July 9, 16 and 23. July 30 has been set as a make-up rain date. All games will begin at 9:30 a.m.
In addition to youth in the towns of Sweden and Clarkson, the Challenger Baseball program is open to young people from neighboring areas including Hamlin, Kendall, Holley, Churchville, Spencerport, Chili and Hilton.
“It’s a wonderful program,” Milner says.
Challenger Baseball provides an opportunity for children with special needs to be part of a team, develop their social skills and build self-esteem, organizers say. Buddies assist players as they run the bases, catch and throw the ball and improve their skills. Little League players and other volunteers serve as buddies.
Every player bats each inning and every player plays the field. There is no counting of balls, strikes or outs. Players can choose to hit from a batting tee or off an adult pitcher. Everyone scores and everyone wins, organizers say.
Players will be provided with hot dogs and drinks after each game and an end of year picnic will be held for participants and their families.
There is no cost for any Challenger player to take part, organizers say. Each player will receive a uniform and hat.
The players have also been invited to participate in the Challenger Baseball World Series at Frontier Field on Saturday, June 18.
“We are really excited about it,” Milner said.
Parents or guardians are encouraged to register players by April 1. Register at the Sweden/Clarkson Community Center, 4927 Lake Road, or online at: www.swedenclarksonrec.com.
WN freelance contributor
Schools - Week of February 27, 2011
Brockport Central School District opens Transportation Facility
The Brockport Central School District transportation staff moved into their new facility at 58 Owens Road on January 28. The facility, approved by voters on March 5, 2009, allows the district to realize efficiencies and has increased the safety on campus and security of the buses, according to district officials.
The community is invited to attend the Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. for a ribbon cutting and brief presentation. An open house and building tours will follow until 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the PTSA.
In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, the alternate date is March 12 at 2 p.m. For cancellation information, visit www.bcs1.org or call the school closing line at 585-637-1900 the day of the event.
Proposed state budget cuts impact Byron-Bergen district greatly
The Byron-Bergen Central School District is particularly hard hit by education cuts in the proposed New York State Budget.
District Superintendent, Scott Martzloff, Ed.D., was among superintendents from the Genesee Valley and Wayne-Finger Lakes regions who gathered in Victor on February 16 to publicly express their opposition to the proposed cuts and their concerns over the negative impact the cuts would have on their districts.
“I think the presenters did a nice job,” Martzloff says, “but I’m not sure state legislators are hearing us.”
“Byron-Bergen would be the hardest hit in the entire Genesee Valley BOCES region,” Martzloff says. The Genesee Valley region includes 22 districts. The proposed state budget includes a 16.41 percent decrease in aid for Byron-Bergen,” ... that’s 8.28 percent of our entire budget,” Martzloff says.
He calls the proposed cuts devastating. “We want to partner with the state and be understanding, but cuts of this magnitude can’t be absorbed,” Martzloff says. “Everything is on the table,” he says of potential cuts within the district, “academic programs, arts, athletics, extra-curricular activities, field trips, clubs.”
Laying off teachers would mean class sizes at the elementary school would jump from 19-23 students to 30, Martzloff adds.
When asked about a potential increase in school taxes, Martzloff responded that district residents are already, “ ... trying hard to make ends meet.” He says he and the school board, “ ... have some tough decisions to wrestle with over the next five or six weeks. We want to minimize the impact where we can on our kids. We hope people understand, especially in rural districts, what we are facing right now.”
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Holley School District schedules budget workshops
As part of the budget process, the Holley Central School District will be conducting budget workshops throughout March. The workshops will be held in the Elementary School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. on the following Mondays: March 7, 14 and 28, and April 4, if necessary. Additional workshops may also be scheduled if needed. Check www.holleycsd.org for information.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Kendall sixth-graders reach for the stars
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle. It also marks the 20th year sixth-graders from Kendall Elementary School have been taking part in the Strasenburgh Planetarium’s Challenger Learning Center at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. For their latest mission, Kendall’s sixth-graders embarked on a Voyage to Mars.
Commander Peter E. Robson set the stage for the young astronauts: It’s 2076. A routine Voyage to Mars must bring a new crew from Earth to replace the existing astronauts who have manned the Mars control station for the past two years. The team is charged with collecting and analyzing a number of planetary samples and data, information which is vital to scientists and explorers for a better understanding of the Red Planet.
Each of Kendall’s sixth-graders played an essential role in the mission, working as a team on various stations including communications, data, navigation, probe, medical, remote and life support teams. The group is divided in two, with half of the students assigned to Mission Control and the others to the space station, Explorer 2. Stationed in Mission Control for the first-half of the mission, Kendall sixth-grader Ricky Wolf worked on the Remote team trying to locate a rover.
“It’s fun,” he said of the Challenger experience. “I’m starting to really understand how astronauts do this in space and how everything works.”
Sixth-grader Alexis Payton was kept very busy on the communications team, facilitating important messages between Explorer 2 and Mission Control.
“My job is to get messages through to the different places to try and make the mission go a little smoother and to make sure people know what they need to do,” Alexis said.
Challenger Learning Centers were inspired by the seven crew members who flew Challenger space shuttle mission on January 28, 1986.
Obituaries - Week of February 27, 2011
•Coleman, Gretchen, Suddenly, February 17, 2011 at age 55. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Cory Coleman of Lima; parents, Norman and Norma Thom of Holley; beloved sister, Laura Amor (Thomas Ryan) of Brockport; beloved brother, David (Debi) Thom of Byron; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Gretchen worked for the Livingston County Department of Health for 30 years as a public health nurse.
A Memorial Service was held February 21 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, West Fork, Hamlin. Contributions can be made to Honor Flight, Inc. Attn: Diane Grese, 300 East Auburn Avenue, Springfield, Ohio 45505 or Camp Good Days and Special Times, 1332 Pittsford-Mendon Road, Mendon, NY 14506 in her memory.
•Bushman, Thomas M., Suddenly on February 10, 2011 at age 37. He is predeceased by his grandfather, Robert Bushman; uncle, Peter Bushman; grandmother, Shirley Olson. Survived by his father, Mark (Sharon) Bushman; mother, Jean (Mike) Mueller; daughter, Brianna; sister, Tammy Bushman; nephews, Joshua and Sam; nieces, Jocelyn and Savonnah; grandmothers, Marie Bushman and Carmella Astuto; girlfriend, Janet and step-son, Paul; several aunts, uncles and cousins; numerous friends.
A Celebration of his Life was held February 17 at New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Private interment. Contributions can be made to the Nature Conservancy, 1048 University Avenue, Rochester 14607, in his memory.
•Pengelly, Evelyn (Sorce), February 21, 2011 at the age of 89. Evelyn is survived by her loving husband, Willard Pengelly; children, Michelle Reichert, Patricia Sorce, Norma (Robert) Fleck, Martha (Jack) Montgomery, David (Suzanne) Pengelly; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Evelyn had a rich working life with over 50 years of farm marketing. She was also Secretary for Associated Florists of Greater Rochester for 25 years. She was a master quilter, instructor and appraiser.
Funeral Services were held February 24 at The First Congregational Church of Riga UCC, Churchville. Contributions can be made to First Congregational Church of Riga UCC, 7057 Chili Riga Center Road, Churchville, NY 14428 in her memory.
•Bohrer, Wilhelmina “Billie” (VanderTang) Died February 17, 2011 at age 93. Predeceased by her husband of 31 years, Ralph E. Bohrer; grandson, Shaun M. Bohrer; sister, Anne V. McKinney; brothers, Peter, William, Henry, Gerard and Adrian VanderTang. She is survived by her son, Edward (Linda) Bohrer; daughter, Jane (Arthur) Rookey; grandsons, Michael (Christina Turner), Jonathan (Cathy), Alan (Amy) Rookey, Brian (Melissa) Bohrer; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Billie grew up in Spencerport and was employed by the Eastman Kodak Co. for many years. She was an organist at the Ogden Presbyterian Church for eight years and a member of the Lake Avenue Baptist Church for over 60 years.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Avenue. Contributions can be directed to The Shaun Bohrer Scholarship Fund, Trinity Episcopal Church of Greece, NY or to the LABC Memorial Fund, Rochester, NY in her memory.
•Patt, Carol Ann, age 50, formerly of Hamlin, died suddenly February 17, 2011, at her Silver Spring, Maryland home. Born August 25, 1960. Predeceased by her father, Edward D. Patt. Survived by her loving and devoted mother, Mercedes M. Patt of Hamlin; sisters, Merry (Dr. Albert) Devlin, Kim Gitzen; her brother, Edward G. (Tamara) Patt; nephews, Tom (Amy) Schultz Jr., Cameron Gitzen; nieces, Kerri and Kaitlin Patt; great-nephew, Hunter Schultz; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends from New York and Maryland.
She graduated from Brockport High School in 1978 with honors, received a BA in Political Science and History from the Univerity of New York at Brockport, a Masters in Economics from the University of New York at Binghamton, and a Masters of Library Science from the University of Maryland at College Park.
She was employed as a Lexicographer with Educ. Resources Information Center for 14 years. Most recently she was a cataloguer at the Library of Congress and Department of Justice.
A Funeral Mass was said February 26 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hamlin. Interment Beechwood Cemetery, Kendall. Donations can be made to: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 3747 Brick Schoolhouse Rd., Hamlin, NY 14464 or Christ the King Parish, 2300 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, in her memory.
•Strassner, Durwood J. “Woody”, February 21, 2011 at the age of 96. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years Maisie; daughters Sharene (David) Broadribb, Karolyn Strassner of Chicago; grandchildren Lisa Broadribb (Mark), Scott (Anita) Broadribb; five great grandchildren, Megan, Michaela, Elizabeth, Victoria, Jonathan; brother Howard; several nieces and nephews and dear friends the Mullins family.
Funeral Services were held February 28 at the Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., Brockport. Interment, Riverside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lakeside Beikirch Care Center or the Alzheimer’s Association in his memory.
•Unterborn, Drew A., on February 21, 2011. Survived by his wife of 31 years, Karin (Halon) Unterborn; his sons, David and Craig (Kathryn) Unterborn; his mother, Helen Unterborn; brothers, Steven (Rhonda), Michael (Susan), Lee (Maureen), Peter (Cheryl); his sisters, Tracey Unterborn and Beth Falk; aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins. Predeceased by his father, Luther, 1972. Drew spent close to 20 years at Monroe Community Hospital. It became his home and extended family away from home. He earned a degree from MCC in Mechanical Technology. Drew worked in Research & Engineering at Xerox for 10 years prior to the onset of his brain cancer.
A Funeral Service was held February 25 at St. John Lutheran Church, Hamlin. Spring Interment, Lakeside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. John Church or MCH Foundation in his memory.
•Bausch, Richmond C., Suddenly, February 18, 2011 at age 58. He will be deeply missed by his loving and devoted wife of 33 years, Deborah; son, Nick (Tricia) Bausch; daughter, Jessie (Greg) Wansha; daughter, Crystal (Matt) Hand; daughter, Vanessa (Andrew) Guittard; son, Tim Bausch (Sarah Kysor); six grandchildren, with two on the way; mother, Rita Hoadley; father, Richmond E. Bausch; sister, Suzanne (Howard) Clink; brother, Lee Bausch; sister, Debbie (Jeff) McWhorter; mother-in-law, Dolores Bieck; and other family members. Richmond was a retiree from the Eastman Kodak Company after 35 years of service.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated February 24 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hamlin. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be directed to the American Cancer Society in his memory.
•Fuino, Mildred V., February 21, 2011, age 92. Survived by her sons, Donald (Patty) and David Fuino, Gary (Mary) Hillyard; her sisters, Betty Leo, Dorothy (Art) Leo and Gail Tiute; sisters-in-law, Ida Bianchi, Barbara and Agnes Hillyard; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sons Dennis and John Fuino Jr. and her daughter, Diane Potter.
Funeral Services were held February 24 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery.
•Lill, Florence, February 11, 2010. Predeceased by her husband George Lill. She is survived by her sons, James (Bonnie) Lill and Richard (Mary) Lill; grandchildren, Adam, Ryan and Megan; great-grandchild, Kameron; many other relatives and friends.
Services and interment held privately in White Haven Memorial Park.
•Schepler, Linda C. (March), of North Carolina, formerly of Hilton, died February 16, 2011 of cancer. Linda was born August 5, 1941 in Penn Yan, daughter of Victor and Blanche (Southcombe) March. Shortly after, the family moved to Brockport where she graduated from Brockport High School in 1959 and then received her elementary teaching degree from SUNY Brockport in 1962. In December 1961 she married Richard Schepler. Linda is survived by her beloved husband of over 49 years, Richard; her children and their spouses, Richard Jr. (Jennifer) of Rochester, Randall (Janet) of Hilton, Raymond (Karen) of Concord, North Carolina and Rebecca (Richard) Gamel of Groton, New York; her grandchildren, Richard III (Lisa), Katherine, Danielle, Alex, Dylan, Lauren, Joseph, Madeline and Nicholas. Also survived by her sister, Penelope (Paul) Bradler; sister-in-law, Carol (Donald) Ennis; cousin, Bruce (Barbara) Jenkins; and many dear and loved nieces, nephews and friends.
A Memorial Service was held February 23 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hilton. Spring Interment, Lakeside Cemetery, Hamlin. Contributions can be made to Ascension Lutheran Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, Victory Junction Gang, Randleman, North Carolina or Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital, Concord, North Carolina in her memory.
•Vargas, Derek James, Suddenly, Saturday, February 19, 2011 at age 22. Survived by his loving wife, Ashley; son, Carlos Jay; parents, Carlos (Dawn) Vargas; his brother and sister, Samantha and Joseph; his mother Wendy Friot; her children, Luke and Cameron; loving grandparents, aunts and uncles; one niece and cousins.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated February 25 at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. Private interment.
•Beckler, Margaret, February 18, 2011. Predeceased by her husband, David and daughter, Linda. Survived by her children, Sandy Fazzina, Patty Ferris, David Beckler, Steve (Kris) Beckler and Terry (Steve) Hook; grandchildren, Angela Fazzina, Robert (Gina) Fazzina, Lori (Greg) Karalias, Candace (Tony) Colon, David Ferris, Katie Beckler, Brian Beckler, Bryce Hook, Hollie Beckler, Kaylee Beckler and Nicole Brescia; great grandchildren, Alina, Anthony, and Antonio; sisters, Nancy Dyke and Jane LePree; brother, Robert (Judy) Pratt; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held February 22 at the New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be made to Palliative Center for Caring (VNS Hospice at St. Ann’s Community) in her memory.
•Iacchetta, Luigi, Born in Celano, Italy, Luigi died suddenly at age 70 in Aruba. Predeceased by his parents, Antonio and Concetta Iacchetta; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Salvatore and Carmella Mongiovi; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Marianna (Giuseppe) Mongiovi, Angelo Mongiovi. He is survived by his loving wife, Joanne (Mongiovi) Iacchetta; children, Anthony (Marlena), Lisa (Chico), Marisa; grandchildren, Alecia, Brianna, Victoria, Marisa, Gina, Luigi, Antonia, Laura; great granddaughter, Gianna; brothers and sister, Giuseppe (Anna), Alberto (Maria), Maria Iacchetta-Marsocci; sister-in-law, Anna Mongiovi; several nieces, nephews and many loving friends. Luigi was a retired Mason Contractor.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated February 25 at St. Lawrence Church, Greece. Entombment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
•Rauber, Ruth M., February 17, 2011 at age 97. She was predeceased by her husband, Theodore Rauber; son, Christopher. Ruth is survived by her children, Theodore (Linda) Rauber and Richard (Sandra) Rauber; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service was held February 21 in the Chapel at The St. John’s Home, Rochester. Private Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Spencerport Ambulance, 116 Lyell Avenue, Spencerport 14559 in her memory.
•Sellmayer, Angeline, February 18, 2011 at age 94. Survived by her sister, Vivian Alban (Ralph); nieces and nephew, Donna Schwartz (Joseph), James Albano (Evie), Sandy Prescott and many other nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, Cletus Sellmayer.
A Memorial Mass was said on February 25 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Dewey Avenue, Greece.
ARCHIVE - FEBRUARY 20, 2011
Feature Stories - Week of February 20, 2011
Valentines for Veterans
Canal View Elementary School in Spencerport hosted its third annual Valentines for Veterans on February 14, when students publicly thanked area veterans for their military service and patriotism.
The school’s Service Learning Club, which is advised by teacher Shelly Remillard, honored 15 veterans representing all the U.S. branches of the military, along with members from Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 20, and the American Legion Post 330. Special guests also included two Canal View fathers (one Navy, one Air Force) and one grandfather (Army). Students created handmade Valentines to present to those in attendance and have planned to mail the remaining cards to 17 area military men and women serving overseas. The seven members of the Service Learning Club, all 5th graders, read messages of thanks and appreciation to the attending veterans and active military personnel.
After several songs, sung by Ms. Remillard’s kindergarten class, the grade K-4 students gathered around the honorees, most in classrooms, the kindergarteners in the gym, and had a question and answer period. With the interaction of the vets and students, the students were able to personally hand over Valentine cards to them.
Photos top to bottom: Members of Shelly Remillard’s kindergarten class gather around veteran Bill Ornt after presenting him with Valentines and having a question and answer session with him. Canal View student and daughter Taylor joined her dad, Master Sgt. Marv DiPilato, U.S. Air Force, after the festivities were over. Carly Gallagher, kindergartener, tried veteran Bill Ornt’s American Legion hat on for size.
Photographs by WN freelance photographer
Monroe County Capital Improvement meetings set for March
The Monroe County Planning Board will hold three information meetings on the County’s proposed Capital Improvement Program for 2012-2017. The schedule of meetings, which all government officials and the general public are invited to attend, is as follows:
•Tuesday, March 1 7 p.m. Rochester City Hall, Council Chambers, Room 302, 30 Church Street, Rochester.
•Wednesday, March 2 7 p.m. Ogden Community Center, Town Board Meeting Room, 269 Ogden Center Road, Spencerport.
•Thursday, March 3 7 p.m. Perinton Community Center, Room 209, 1350 Turk Hill Road, Perinton.
The agenda for each of the meetings will be: Opening remarks, presentation of the Proposed County Capital Improvement Program, questions, comments and discussion, closing remarks.
Each meeting will cover the same material so it is only necessary to attend one of them to receive a briefing and comment on the projects contained in the County’s proposed six-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
Brockport Building/Zoning Code Enforcement Office readies for move
Brockport residents will soon find that their building/zoning code enforcement officer has a new home. Village Trustee Kent Blair reported on what he called some “good news” in regards to the upcoming move during his report at the February 9 regular meeting of the village board. Building/Zoning Code Enforcement Officer Scott Zarnstorff’s office is being moved from its current location at the village hall to the village police department.
Blair said the cost for materials for moving the office would be $1,935. That money would come from police department asset forfeiture funds. He said Police Chief Daniel Varrenti has received approval to use the funds, which come from things like drug busts, for modifications at the police department which are needed to accommodate both CEO Zarnstorff and a clerk.
“The money would help to build out the police department,” Blair said. “We can use up to $3,000 for materials.”
Blair said he also has met with Superintendent of Public Works Harry Donahue to discuss the project. He said labor would be provided by the DPW and charged to the Custodian/Building budget line which currently has more than $25,000 in it. Superintendent Donahue will be putting together labor costs, Blair said.
Last fall, the village board’s Points and Penalties Committee proposed the move to, “ ... strengthen the code enforcement office,” and make the code enforcement system more efficient, Trustee Blair said at that time.
In regards to a timeline, work would begin on or about February 23 and be completed on or about March 4, Blair said. He also outlined how customer interactions would work once the move is made. All applications such as building permits, planning and zoning applications, etc., will be received at the village office, he said.
“Application forms will continue to be available both at 49 State Street (the village hall) as well and also printable from the village website,” Blair noted.
Appointments can be made with the codes officer in advance to meet prospective applicants at the village hall, Blair said, and village hall staff can call the codes officer to come to the village hall if he is available.
On a daily basis, Blair explained, application hard copies received at the village hall will be sent via inter-office mail and/or scanned and emailed. Applications will be reviewed as needed; notices of the actions of applications will be forwarded to the applicant for either pick-up at the village hall and/or procedures that will follow such as meeting dates, plan revisions, etc. If applicable, the approved permit, application or certificate will be prepared and the applicant notified to stop at the village office or forward payment to obtain.
All payments will be made at the village hall, Blair said.
“Complaints can be received at either the village office or 1 Clinton Street (police dept.) at the service counters of both facilities,” Blair said. Clerks will be available at both locations.
Mayor Connie Castaneda, who has questioned the move, asked village attorney Mike Leone about the fact that police officers will now be assisting more directly with enforcing zoning codes.
Leon said there was nothing wrong with the move and that a village, “ ... police officer is qualified to do a citation for violations of code ... it’s not uncommon for them to do (that) from time to time,” he said.
Leone also pointed out it would only be the code enforcement officer who would be able to do such jobs as inspecting buildings and issuing certificates of occupancy.
“I don’t know if this is necessary,” Castaneda said of the move. She added that she believed there were more appropriate ways to use the money that will be spent on the move. “I hope we can still continue to address this,” she told trustees, “I still have questions.”
by WN contributing writer
DEC sets “State of Lake Ontario” meetings
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has scheduled three upcoming public meetings during the month of March to discuss Lake Ontario fisheries. The annual “State of Lake Ontario” public meetings will be held in Niagara, Monroe and Oswego counties.
Lake Ontario and its embayments and tributaries support thriving populations of fish, including a variety of trout and salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch and panfish. New York’s waters of Lake Ontario comprise over 2.7 million acres, and a 2007 statewide angler survey estimated over 2.6 million angler days expended on Lake Ontario and major tributaries. The estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $112 million to the local New York economy.
The meeting dates are as follows:
•Wednesday, March 2 - 7 to 10 p.m. at the Oswego County BOCES, 179 County Route 64, Mexico, 13114 (Oswego County). The meeting is co-hosted by the Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Association.
•Thursday, March 3, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, 14094 (Niagara County). The meeting is co-hosted by Niagara County Cooperative Extension and the Niagara County Sportfishery Development Board.
•Monday, March 14, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Imaging Sciences Auditorium, in Chester F. Carlson Building (76) on the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus, Rochester, 14623 (Monroe County). The meeting is co-hosted by RIT and the Monroe County Fishery Advisory Board.
DEC, United States Geological Survey, and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources biologists will make a number of presentations, including updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, forage fish, lake trout, warmwater fish, and sea lamprey control. There will also be an update on the status of Lake Ontario Sportfishing Restoration Program projects. There will be ample time at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters.
February - Black History Month
Churchville resident remembers cousin’s stellar career
as a jazz singer in Europe
From the time Arstella (Dot) Whittier-Steiner was a young child, she seemed destined for greatness. Born and raised in Rochester, Arstella went on to become one of the most popular and beloved jazz singers in Europe in the 1950s-70s.
“My cousin, Dot, was not an ordinary young colored girl of the 30s,” Fleda Gibbs of Churchville remembers.
The two lived near each other in the city. “She was the ultimate child entrepreneur,” Fleda continues, “she seemed to possess an inordinate ability to get into things … make things happen. Even as a child, I realized when cousin Dot was around, we had much fun and laughter.”
Arstella was born in 1928 and early in her life, wanted to be like Shirley Temple. She took ballet lessons, but after a time, Fleda explains, the instructor told her, “They do not choose colored girls as ballerinas.”
Arstella then became spellbound by the famous ice skater, Sonja Henie. “Arstella searched for a pair of ice skates,” Fleda remembers, “she finally found a pair for a quarter. She and her friends sought out empty lots that had ice and enjoyed skating until suppertime.”
But it ended up being music that was Arstella’s true calling. “She was in love with music and wanted to study opera and was intent on going to France,” Fleda says. “Her French teacher told her how beautiful Paris was.”
So on Christmas Eve in 1948, and in spite of the fact Europe was devastated from the aftermath of World War II, Arstella left for Paris on the Queen Elizabeth to study voice at the Sorbonne.
Once she was settled in Paris and taking classes at the Sorbonne, Arstella also frequently went to clubs to take in French people and music. Eventually, she signed with Jacque Dieval (a famous pianist) and his band and began her European jazz singing career.
Arstella changed her name to Martine Kay - a name much easier for Europeans to pronounce, Fleda says, and performed all over the continent: Germany, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Italy, France and Sweden - also London, Tunisia and other countries in North Africa. She also worked in radio, movies and television.
Her studies and work brought her into contact with some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time including Josephine Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton and opera great Marian Anderson - to name a few.
Martine had met Anderson at the Eastman School before departing for Europe and the two met up again on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. “She was walking home from classes at the Sorbonne,” Fleda says, “when she saw a lady of color walking toward her.” The two recognized each other from their meeting in Rochester and Anderson “invited Martine to a concert and reception,” Fleda says.
Martine became particularly close to Josephine Baker. The two met when Martine would go to clubs in Paris to hear Baker perform. “Martine enjoyed Josephine Baker and Josephine Baker enjoyed Martine,” Fleda says.
Later, after Martine married and moved to Geneva, Switzerland, the two would always make time to visit with each other when they traveled between Paris and Geneva. Baker and Martine also wrote to each other, often about their children.
Fleda has kept scrapbooks and a detailed record of Martine’s years of performing in Europe. “She had lots of experiences,” Fleda notes. While on tour with a band in Italy, Martine was taken with how nice looking the men were. “She was so enthralled during one performance,” Fleda says, “she missed her cue.”
Fleda tells of a performance in Switzerland when Martine and her band were very excited because actress Elizabeth Taylor was staying in the same hotel where they were performing.
“She put on her best gown and was so excited,” Fleda says. The band was certain Taylor would come down from her room to take in the show. But as the night’s performance went on, there was no sign of Taylor. “She didn’t come down,” Fleda says, “You could have cut the disappointment with a knife.” Years later, Fleda says, Martine still felt great disappointment over the evening.
Fleda also describes another interesting incident following a concert in London, when a young British woman approached Martine. “She was a singer,” Fleda explains, “It was 1962 and her career was just starting to take off.” She asked Martine if she could teach her to do scat vocals.
Martine was polite, Fleda says with a smile, but she was a bit taken aback that this attractive British woman was interested in doing scat. That aspiring singer was none other than Petula Clark, Fleda says.
The first time Martine met Louis Armstrong, he commented that, “She’s got nice chops,” Fleda says. Martine did not know if that was good or bad so she asked a friend to clarify. “Louis Armstrong means you have nice lips,” was the reply, Fleda says.
The two remained friends and years later at another meeting between Martine and Armstrong, Fleda says Martine could see that Armstrong was getting older and slowing down. “These old bones are getting tired, girl,” Fleda says he told Martine.
“She was very bright,” Fleda says of Martine. “She always wanted to give her best to the people.” Martine always hoped her singing had helped the people of Europe who had been so devastated by World War II, Fleda adds.
Martine returned to the United States in 1977 with her two sons following a divorce. She lived the rest of her life in Rochester and worked mostly outside of music. She died in August of last year.
She always felt “blessed,” Fleda notes, she would say, “My road has been long and strewn with roses.”
by WN contributing writer
Foodlink to host recycled electronics collection day with Sunnking Inc.
Foodlink is partnering with electronics recycling company and asset management, Sunnking of Brockport. Sunnking specializes in recycling and refurbishing end-of-life electronic products from residential and commercial suppliers.
Founded in 2000, Sunnking has collected over tens of millions of pounds of electronic scrap from businesses and residents in Western New York. Sunnking’s processing facility located in Brockport, strives for zero waste production and has the ability to recycle or reuse approximately 97 percent of all materials donated, significantly reducing the amount of harmful waste that reaches landfills.
Corporate partners of Foodlink, their employees, and the community at large are encouraged to participate in a collection day that will be March 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Foodlink’s 936 Exchange Street location. Sunnking will allocate 70 percent of the net profits from this event to Foodlink and its mission to provide hunger relief.
Foodlink serves over 125,000 people in its 10-county service area by redistributing millions of pounds of food annually to agencies that provide food assistance. The partnership with Sunnking is yet another green initiative of Foodlink.
Tom Ferraro, Executive Director and Founder of Foodlink states, “The people we serve are the beneficiaries of every new partnership. Sunnking is committed to the same sense of social responsibility that Foodlink is - it’s a perfect fit.”
Board of Directors planning 2011 Hilton Apple Fest
The Village of Hilton will celebrate the apple harvest and kickoff the month of October with its 31st annual Hilton Apple Fest, Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The 2011 Board of Directors is composed of Chairperson Joe Lee; Co-Chairperson Harriet Zunno; Vice Chairperson Terry Quetschenbach; Treasurer Linda Viney; and Secretary Ginny Kidwell. The remaining board members are Faye Cole, Kathy Bjornholm, Rick Bjornholm, John Sage, Kathy Carmestro, Jim Sage, and Chris Young.
Outgoing board members Pat Clark, Matt Ulakovic, and Bill Shirtz have offered exceptional service to the Hilton community, according to organizers.
Sheriff’s office warns of advance fee scams
The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of a recent Advance Fee scam or Advance Fee fraud. Here’s how it works:
The scam artist or “scammer” purports themselves to be the manager or employee of some foreign financial institution and sends a letter regarding the estate of a deceased client. They will advise of a fictitious large sum of money in that deceased client’s fictitious account.
At some point in the original letter, or after one responds to same, the “scammer” will suggest that the person pretend to be the deceased client’s next of kin and will then solicit money to cover some legal fees, bank fees, transfer fees, or whatever they can think of. This fee is called the “advance fee” and hence the scam is known as the Advance Fee Scam.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Complaint database has recorded seven (7) such complaints from persons around the country who have received these letters, and the Sheriff’s Office is aware of at least one such letter being received here in Orleans County. Anyone who receives such a letter is encouraged to file a complaint on-line at www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com. The complaint will be added to the FTC’s database, which is only accessible by law enforcement.
“Never Pay Money to Get Money,” Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess warns.
Youth group tackles hunger with “Souper” Bowl SundayThe Gates Presbyterian Church Junior High Youth Group, which consists of sixth through eighth graders, collected 125 cans of soup and $320 in cash donations to help tackle local hunger on “Souper” Bowl Sunday. Members of the congregation were asked to bring a can of soup and $1 to service on Sunday, February 6. The soup that was collected is being given to Cameron Community Ministries and the cash will be donated to St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, two inner-city organizations that help provide food to the hungry and homeless of Rochester.
For information on this national, interdenominational event, visit the national Souper Bowl of Caring web site www.souperbowl.org. In 2010, over $10 million was raised around the country to tackle hunger. Provided information
Spencerport learns more about historic preservation
A member of the New York State Preservation Office visited the Village of Spencerport on Tuesday, February 8 to talk to village leaders and community members about what’s involved in forming an historic preservation board and district.
“It was an excellent presentation,” Mayor Joyce Lobene said. Julian Adams detailed the process of historic preservation planning. “He explained why villages, cities and towns want to have an historic preservation board,” Mayor Lobene said.
Adams is the community liaison and certified local government coordinator for the NYS Historic Preservation Office.
The village has four hundred homes and buildings that the Landmark Society of Western New York considers historically significant, Mayor Lobene noted.
Last July, Cynthia Howk of the Landmark Society gave a presentation to residents about historic preservation planning and told them in order to really protect historical buildings, municipalities need an ordinance that is inserted as part of zoning.
“We will have to come up with a preservation law,” Lobene said. She emphasized that there are several options for preservation ordinances, allowing for flexibilty. “Some are very strict like Pittsford; Fairport is more relaxed,” she noted.
Mayor Lobene also said preservation laws do not affect what owners do with the interior of buildings. “There is a great deal of help through the state,” she said, for historic preservation efforts.
Julian Adams’ presentation lasted for two hours, Lobene said. Officials also took him on a tour including the old bank building downtown. Adams was “quite impressed,” she added.
by WN contributor
News in Photos - Week of February 20, 2011
This Valentine snowman was created by Lisa, Angelica and Alain Reina and Lisa Scoppo during a snowman contest held at Emeritus at The Landing in Brockport on January 29. Provided photo.
$2,900.92 in Pennies for Patients donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - Hilton CSD’s Quest Elementary School students have for the eighth year raised funds in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by collecting pennies from the student body this month. “We’ve been counting and collecting,” said School Nurse Ann Sanger, Campaign Coordinator. “The week of January 24 students collected loose change for Pennies for Patients, a service learning program for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help the LLS battle leukemia, lymphona and myeloma. This year the 428 students raised their highest donation in the eight years of participating: $2,900.92!” Mrs. Sanger said. “All funds raised are spent locally and will benefit programs of blood cancer research and local patient aid and services.” Provided photo.
Sports - Week of February 20, 2011
Blue Devils roll in first round
Senior Zach Stahl scored a pair of goals and six others contributed single tallies to lead fifth seeded Brockport to a 9-2 win over #12 Geneva-Waterloo in a first round playoff match-up.
The Blue Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter started with Alec Smith scoring off a Mike Knapp pass at 2:11. Defenseman Zach Coughlin followed at 4:41 with an unassisted goal on a slap-shot from the left point. Knapp tucked a loose puck inside the post at 11:03 of the first for the third tally of the period.
After Geneva got on the scoreboard early in the second period, Brockport extended their lead.
Cody Armes’ slap-shot deflected off the Geneva goaltender and into the net at 1:25 and Forrest Grady knocked in a rebound at 4:49 with assists from Bobby Thorpe and Dylan Garlock.
After a second Geneva tally, Stahl blocked a point shot while killing a penalty and scored on the ensuing breakaway at 13:03.
Brockport scored three more times in the final stanza with Philip Sipp getting one at 5:11 from Brandon Henshaw and Ben Madafferi. Troy Allen found the back of the net on a wrist shot inside the left post with assists by Henshaw and Connor Moore. And Stahl finished the scoring at 10:14 by knocking in a rebound from a Moore shot.
Thirteen different Blue Devils registered points in the contest as they bombarded the Geneva net with 52 shots while sophomore goaltender Justin Keene was called on to make just eight saves on ten shots for Brockport.
“One of the things we learned this season was not to get impatient and to let the game come to us,” said head coach Greg Stahl. “We feel we can run three lines out there with confidence now where we weren’t able to do that earlier in the season which hurt us.”
The Blue Devils advanced to the second round to face Class B top seed Batavia Notre Dame - a team they beat in the championship of the Westside Tournament this past December.
by WN freelance writer
D’Youville’s Sajdak named Division III national Player of the Week and
UVC Player of the Week
D’Youville College men’s volleyball player Jeremy Sajdak (Churchville-Chili) earned his first weekly conference award when he was named United Volleyball Conference Player of the Week. Two hours later Sajdak received his first career national award when he was named Division III National Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Sajdak had a match-high 22 kills to go with 12 digs and one service ace in the D’Youville four-set win over #15 SUNY New Paltz February 6. One day earlier against Bard College. Sajdak went for 19 kills, seven blocks, and six digs in the Spartan’s five-set win.
Sajdak leads the team with 142 kills and 165 total points. He also adds 10 service aces, 63 digs and 23 blocks.
This marks the 10th time a D’Youville College player has been named an AVCA Division III National Player of the Week. The last time a Spartan received this award was the week of March 19, 2007.
Sajdak is the son of Gary and Annette Sajdak.
Brockport rally falls short
After trailing by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter, Brockport’s girls basketball team rallied to within two in the final minute before falling to Gates Chili 48-44.
The Blue Devils led by a basket after the first quarter, but the Spartans outscored the home team 10-6 in the second to lead by four points at half time.
Early in the second half, seniors Jenna Clark and MaryClaire Kopcienski scored on back-to-back possessions to give the Blue Devils a brief two point lead before Gates Chili rebounded with a 12-6 run.
In the fourth, Clark and Marissa Sell started the comeback with a bank shot and put-back. Sell, playing in just her fifth game of the campaign after breaking her foot late in soccer season, then hit a free throw and on consecutive drives to bring the Blue Devils to within four points of the lead.
Another Sell jumper and a Riley Fake lay-up made it 46-44 Spartans with 19 seconds remaining, but Gates Chili made their free throws down the stretch to finish off the victory.
Sell finished with a double-double in her final regular season home game as she scored 17 points and 15 rebounds. Clark had ten points with eight rebounds, Audrey Hayward five points and Kopcienski and Megan Lester each added four points.
At press-time, it appeared Brockport would be the seventh seed with a first round Section V playoff game versus tenth seed Spencerport.
by WN freelance writer
Brockport splits two games
Brockport played at league-leading Greece Arcadia and the Titans whipped the Blue Devils, 85-63. In a home game February 9, Brockport beat Greece Olympia 54-41. Brockport gave Arcadia all it could handle for a half. Mike Worboys once again got the offense started with a three pointer, the first of two in the opener. Kyle Zaffuto added another and Julian Ekeze added 4 as Brockport took an 18-17 lead.
Warboys added 10 in the second quarter and Brockport held a 42-39 lead. The lead was 48-46 when successive turnovers led to a 6 point run for Arcadia. Another 8 point run gave Arcadia a 66-55 lead after three. Rob Echols, Arcadia’s big center, had a monster career game with 36 points. Mike Worboys’ 17, Markel Collins’ 15, and Julian Ekeze’s 10 led Brockport.
The Blue Devils rebounded Wednesday night with a 54-41 win over Greece Olympia. The Spartans kept it close, trailing 16-7, 23-17, and 39-29. It was senior night, and Coach Schleede started all five seniors. Mike Worboys started the game as he has done many times with an opening “three” Ricky Zaffuto, out almost two seasons with injuries, and Paul Cripe helped Brockport to the early lead. Coach Schleede returned his starters in the second quarter and they fended off the pesky Spartans for the win.
Center Markell Collins led with 16. Mike Worboys added 15 and Nick Beers 10 to pace Brockport. Jahlen Moore with 13 and Rajeem Holliday with 12 led Olympia.
Brighton and Gates Chili were season-ending games. A play-in game for the Section V Tournament will be scheduled.
Gymnasts win in Vermont competition
Bright Raven Gymnastic’s Level 8 Team took first place at Vermont’s Green Mountain Star Wars Invitational. In the individual competition, Nicole VanWie, age 16, of Brockport won first all around in the Level 8 senior division with a 33.90 and also took first on the uneven parallel bars, second in vaulting and third in floor exercise. Teammate Carly King of Churchville was second all around with a 33.40 in the same division. In the individual events, 16-year-old King also finished first on balance beam, first in vaulting and second in floor exercise. In the Level 8 junior division, 13-year-old Megan Stevens of Brockport took first place in floor exercise, first in vault, third on balance beam and second all around totaling 35.00.
Hailey Clark of Henrietta took first all around in the Level 9 senior competition scoring 33.40. 17-year-old Clark also captured first place in both vault and floor exercise and second place on both balance beam and the uneven parallel bars.
The Green Mountain Star Wars Invitational was sponsored by the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Officials and USA Gymnastics of Vermont and was held February 5 in Brattleboro.
Heale nets 25 in Bees victory
Senior Kizzy Heale knocked down four three-pointers and scored 25 points in all as Byron-Bergen defeated visiting Pembroke 43-24 on senior night for the Bees.
B-B used a 1-2-2 defense and held the Dragons scoreless for the first six minutes of the game and to just two points in the first quarter as they opened up a 12-2 lead.
The Bees went on an 11-4 run late in the second quarter with two Heale field goals sandwiching a pair of baskets by Rachel Winter and a jumper from Kiersten Richenberg for a 28-12 halftime lead.
Heale sank a pair of three-pointers in the third quarter with Amanda Brown also striking from long distance as they opened a 20-point lead.
Senior Kim Oliveri scored the only points of the fourth quarter for Byron-Bergen, but their defense held Pembroke to just three of their own to seal the victory.
“I’ve only played the 1-2-2 defense one time since I started coaching,” said Bees head coach Rick Krzewinski. “But it works with this group. They are active up top and solid on the boards.”
In addition to Heale’s 25 points, Winter finished with six, Brown five and Richenberg four while Thailand exchange student Ramitar Burasi came off the bench late in the fourth to haul in a pair of rebounds.
Byron-Bergen clinched the Genesee Region Division I regular season title and were expected to be the third seed in the Class CC bracket for the upcoming Section Five playoffs.
Seniors Burasi, Heale, Oliveri, Brown and Jessica Langer all played in their final regular season home game for the Bees, who finished the season 13-4.
by WN freelance writer
Schools - Week of February 20, 2011
Two Churchville-Chili students earn prestigious honor
Churchville-Chili seniors Robert Ohman and Casey Chamberlain have been named finalists in the 2011 Competition for National Merit Scholarships. The academic competition for recognition and scholarships began in 1955. High school students are entered into the National Merit Program based on their scores on the Preliminary SAT. The selection of some 8,400 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 Finalists is now in progress.
All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships which will begin being mailed to winners in March. Robert and Casey are still undecided on where they will attend college in the fall. Churchville-Chili Senior High School Counselors Kate Rathbun and Molly Wallace assisted in securing National Merit Scholarship designations.
C-C hosts Odyssey of the Mind competition March 5
Over 2,500 participants, judges and spectators are expected at the 2011 Regional Competition of Odyssey of the Mind hosted by the Churchville-Chili School District on Saturday, March 5. This year, the district has seven teams participating in this international problem-solving competition aimed at promoting creativity and team work for students in grades kindergarten through college.
“Churchville-Chili is very excited to host this competition and we’re looking forward to showcasing the talent and creativity of our teams,” said Patti Saucke, Gifted and Talented Consultant and coordinator of Odyssey of the Mind for the district.
Competition runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Awards ceremonies will follow. The competition will be spread out throughout the district campus:
•Extreme Mouse Mobiles - High School and Junior High school gymnasiums
•As Good as Gold ... berg - High School gymnasium
•LeTour Guide - Middle School North auditorium and dining room
•Unhinged Structure - Middle School North choral and band rooms
•Full Circle - High School auditorium and cafeteria
•Primary Problem (involving kindergarten and first-graders) - Middle School South forum room
•Spontaneous Problem - Fairbanks Elementary School
•Awards ceremonies - High School auditorium and gymnasium, and the Middle School North auditorium
In addition to long-term problems, teams are challenged with a short-term problem they must solve spontaneously. Each problem includes a list of tasks or actions that must be completed during a team’s “performance.” Participants design costumes, props and equipment, and must adhere to the stringent criteria developed by Odyssey of the Mind while creating a solution.
“It’s all about problem-solving, teamwork, creativity and using their imagination,” Saucke said. “Odyssey of the Mind introduces students to real world experiences that they will carry throughout their lives.”
Obituaries - Week of February 20, 2011
- Face, Claude Edward, of Livingston, New York died January 12, 2011, at the age of 76. Claude was born on October 21, 1934 in Valatie, New York, the son of the late Claude and Phyllis Face. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth (Dedrick); a daughter, Dina (Austin) of Brockport; son-in-law Kevin; and beloved granddaughters Krystle and Kayla. Claude is also survived by many friends and acquaintances. Claude lived in western New York for several years. Claude had many occupations over his lifetime, most in the apple industry. Claude was a previous District Deputy for the Columbia County Masons, and Past Patron of Eastern Star. Claude also served as the building inspector of Valatie. Claude loved baseball, especially the NY Yankees. The family would like to acknowledge their sincere appreciation to Lakeside Health System of Brockport, and many of their affiliated physicians, especially Dr. James Gaden, who provided exceptional care for Claude over recent years. Funeral Services were held January 17 in Valatie. Donations can be made to the American Heart Association in his memory.
- Pratt, Dijon S., age 18, a student at Churchville-Chili High School, died February 12, 2011. Survived by his parents, Daryl and Shonda Pratt-Singletary and Kenneth (Tony) Smith. Siblings, Devone Pratt, Dorien Pratt-Singletary, Corey Nicholson, Keyonte and Deyonte Singletary and Brandon Kennedy and a host of other family and friends. Funeral Services were held February 17 at The Father’s House, Paul Road, Rochester.
- Breeze, Helen Marie (Paeth), age 79, died February 5, 2011 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Medina. Born March 21, 1931, predeceased by her parents Stella (Wiley) and Albert Paeth, eight sisters, five brothers and husband Robert “Bob” Breeze. Survived by four sisters, Elinor Paeth of Franklinville, Caroline (Herbert) Mason of Arizona, Millie (Albert) Baxter of Hilton, Sharon “Shari” (Damian) Vaudo of Filmore; also survived by nieces, especially Carolyn (Rath) Lilley of Medina and nephews, cousins, friends. Helen lived in Brockport until 2008 when she entered Hilton East Residential Home, and Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Medina in 2009. She graduated from Brockport Central High School in 1949 and worked for many years at the G.E. Company in Brockport until its closing. She was a life member of Corcordia Lutheran Church, Brockport. A Funeral Service was held February 12 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Brockport. Interment at the convenience of the family at Lakeside Cemetery, Brockport. Contributions can be made to the family c/o Carolyn Lilley, 11835 Ridge Road, Medina, NY 14103 in her memory.
- Kimball, Kim M. (LaDue), died February 9, 2011 at age 48 after a brief illness. Predeceased by her brother Michael LaDue. She is survived by her loving husband of 28 years Steven; daughters Chelsey (Shawn Stanton) Kimball, Jessica Kimball; parents Chuck and Margaret LaDue; brother Mark (Sue); many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and dear friends. Funeral Services were held February 16 at the Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., Brockport. Spring interment. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.
- O’Brien, Daniel Wayne (Jurhs, Strine), of Estacada, Oregon, died suddenly February 7, 2011 at the age of 53. He was raised in Brockport and graduated from Brockport High School in 1975. He is predeceased by his parents, Wayne and Joan (Keable) O’Brien; grandparents, Martin and Marion Keable, and James and Winnie O’Brien. He is survived by his loving wife Lani, and son Dennis (Laura). Sadly missed by brother, Richard (Laurinda); sisters, Tammy (David) Strine and Patty (Michael) Jurhs; nieces, Samantha Jurhs, Jenna and Julia O’Brien and nephew, Jacob Jurhs; aunts and uncles, Jack Keable (Jackie), Judie and Fred Gaines, Helen Keable, Elaine Delaney, Geraldine Leverenz and Jackie Rowling; step-mother, Dorothy Rote; step sisters, Sharon Carlton and Janet Whitney; several cousins and close friends; his cat Cleo and dog Duke. There will be a Memorial Service at the Brockport Area Vets Club, 222 West Avenue, Brockport, on Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m. There will be an Open House immediately following from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
- Oliver, Barbara J., On February 15, 2011. Predeceased by her parents Louis Oliver and Jennie O. Tirimacco, step father Mario Tirimacco, infant twin sister Patricia. She is survived by her son Brooks Headley; sister Lorna (Dan) Stinebiser; brother Patrick (Mike Heil) Oliver; step brother Tony ( Margaret) Tirimacco; step sister Linda Kirr; nieces, nephews, many friends and relatives. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to the Asbury Daycare Center, 1050 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 in her memory.
- Pietrzak, Joseph T., On February 10,2011 at the age of 61. Predeceased by his father Joseph. He is survived by his loving partner of 22 years Maura Fitzpatrick; son Kevin (Ursula); mother Irene; sister Dolly (Dick); Maura’s children William (Betsy), Stephen (Alicia), Paul (Sara), Rachel (Ryan); grandchildren, Ava, Mallory, Kate, Pete, Jack, Liam, Shay, Aiden; nieces Janeen (Joe), Sara (Dean). A Funeral Mass was said February 15 at the Newman Center, Brockport. Interment at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to the Urology Department of Roswell Park Cancer Center or Hildebrandt Hospice in his memory.
- Leverenz, Charlene (Garrett), February 15, 2011, age 87. Survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Luther Leverenz; her children, Deborah (Michael) Hoy of Edgewood, New Mexico, Darlene Nichols of Hamlin, Renee (Frank) Vervoort of Lighthouse Point, Florida, Douglas (Susan) Leverenz of Ridgeway, Colorado; daughter-in-law, Lucy Leverenz of Camarillo, California; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends. Predeceased by her children, Terry and Phyllis; grandson, Tyler Boyd; and her brother, Stanley Garrett. She was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Hamlin. A Memorial Service was held February 18 at St. John Lutheran Church. Spring Interment, Lakeside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to LWMW or Dorcas Societies of St. John’s, 1107 Lake Road West Fork, Hamlin, NY 14464 in her memory.
- Schmidt, Barbara N., February 15, 2011 on her 71st birthday. Beloved mother of William (Brenda), Michael and Steven Schmidt, Karen (Darrin) Custer and Sharon Viggiani. Survived by her sisters, Catherine Ford and Margaret Johnson; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Herbert and Bertha Brice; her sister, Vivian Ciacia; her brother, Herbert Brice. A Funeral Mass was said February 19 at St. Leo Church, Hilton. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Mary Cariola Center in her memory.
- Jenney, Joy A., age 84, died February 14, 2011. She was born October 22, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Edward and Irene Westerfield and had lived in Holley since 1978. She was a member of the Brockport First Presbyterian Church. Joy was a teacher in Columbia, Ohio and most recently at Craig Hill Elementary School in Greece. Joy owned Kateland Farm, a miniature horse farm, which she operated with her husband Theodore. She was a supporter of Walnut Hill Carriage Association in Pittsford and was active in the Hawthorn Twig at Lakeside Memorial Hospital. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Theodore; three children, Katherine (David) Kline of Syracuse, Clifton (Randi) Jenney of Florida, Linda (David) Langhorst of Ohio; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter. Funeral Services were held February 18 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley. Interment, Mt. Albion Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 or Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450 in her memory.
- Losey, Ann L., On February 12, 2011 at her home in Murray. She is predeceased by her parents, William and Helen Crandall and brother, William Crandall. She is survived by two sons and four daughters, Andrew (fiancee Sherry), Jean (Wayne), Helen (James), Roberta (Nick), Eileen (James) and David; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother Thomas (Sharon) Crandall; sister-in-law, Ann Crandall; and aunt, Florence; nieces and nephews, Thomas (Sherry), Daniel, John (Lisa) and Kathy (Jason) Crandall; many cousins and friends. A Memorial Mass was held February 18 at Holy Ghost Church, Gates. Contributions can be made to Visiting Nurse Service, 2180 Empire Boulevard, Webster 14580 in her memory.
- Zwerger, Diane (Isselhard), Predeceased by her husband, Roy Zwerger and father, George Isselhard. Survived by her children, Donna (Stephen) Reynolds, William (Theresa) Zwerger of Mooresville, North Carolina; mother, Florence Isselhard; grandchildren, Kevin Reynolds, Erik Zwerger, Rachel Zwerger and Emily Zwerger; brother, George (Margaret) Isselhard; sister-in-law, Norma Sweeney, brother-in-law, Richard (Elizabeth) Zwerger; aunt, Mary Doell; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Funeral Services were held February 18 at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Rochester. Interment, White Haven Memorial Park. Contributions can be made to Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1000 North Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14609 or Hildebrandt Hospice, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623 in her memory.
- DiPasqua, Ada, February 10, 2011, at age 88. Predeceased by her father and mother, Leonardo and Anna Pitassi; sister, Italia Martella. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Carlo DiPasqua; daughters, Maria Rita Lipani, Carla (David) Wurster; grandchildren, Michael Lipani, Sean Wurster, Adrianna Wurster; many nieces, nephews, friends, and family in Italy. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated February 15 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Spencerport. Entombment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St Joseph’s Villa, 3300 Dewey Avenue, Rochester 14616 in her memory.
- Marino, Deborah A. (Edmunds), After a courageous battle with cancer on February 11, 2011. Predeceased by her mother, Jane Brown Edmunds. Debbie is survived by her loving husband, Harry J. Marino, Jr.; father, Henry “Jack” Edmunds of Florida; daughters, Paula (David) Ripley of Livonia and Deborah (Mike) Bucci of Fulton, New York; sons, Mark (Jeanette) Marino of Ogden and Harry Marino of North Carolina; brother, Mark (Kimberly) Edmunds; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; special nephews, Gerry Ioannone and Ken Fairbairn. Funeral Services were held February 17 at Paul W. Harris Funeral Home, Inc., Rochester. Private interment. Contributions can be made to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450 or Missing and Exploited Children, 275 Lake Avenue, Rochester, NY 14608 in her memory.
- Wind, Robert J., Sr. “Bob,” Died February 11, 2011 at age 67 after a brief battle with cancer. Survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Geraldine “Gerri;” his devoted children, Robert J. (Melissa) Wind, Jr., Kevin (Mary) Wind, and Erika (Brian) Pettinato; beloved grandchildren, Noah, Brianna, Joshua, Adrianna, Tyler, Nadia, and Luke; his brothers, Gary (Kathy) Wind and Joseph (Catherine) Wind; and sister, Luanne (Keith) Garlapo. Bob served with the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He worked for 43 years in the building supply industry, retiring from B& L Wholesale Supply. A Funeral Mass was said February 16 at Holy Ghost Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the University of Rochester Medical Center Palliative Care Program, P.O. Box 270441, Rochester, NY 14627 in his memory.
- Harmer, Lorilyn J. “Lori,” February 10, 2011 at the age of 72., Lori was predeceased by her husband, Evan Harmer. She is survived by her children, Greg (Laurie) Harmer and Mindy (Mark) Leibeck, all from Churchville; her grandchildren, Joshua (Toni) and Kristin Harmer, Jennifer and Zachary Leibeck; her sisters, Betty Klein and Georgie (Chuck) VerWiere; several nieces and nephews. Lori was a member of both Spencerport and Churchville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Funeral Services were held February 15 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Churchville. Interment, Parma Corners Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Churchville Fire Department in her memory.
ARCHIVE - FEBRUARY 13, 2011
Feature Stories - Week of February 13, 2011
Many join forces to renovate Bergen church
by Westside News Inc. freelance contributor
St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church now has something in common with the great cathedrals of Europe - a Gothic-style sanctuary.
The renovations, which include a new high altar, pulpit, and Gothic arches, were completed in the spring of 2010 and are the result of a combined effort of many talented artisans and community members, including parishioners.
Gary Fink, a parishioner who lives in Bergen and is the owner of Fink Construction Corporation, and his son, Andrew, designed and constructed the Gothic-style woodwork which now graces the sanctuary, last renovated in the mid-1970s.
The renovations of nearly 40 years ago resulted in a look that was simple and elegant, but the church's current pastor, Fr. Michael Rock, asked Gary to give the new sanctuary a Gothic-look with pointed arches and darker woodwork.
"He had the good sense of asking me if I could make it look Gothic, and then just turned us loose," Gary says and adds he has developed a fascination for the architectural style which became popular in 13th century Europe. The first Gothic church was the Church of St. Denis near Paris and Suger, the Abbot of St. Denis said, "It is only through symbols of beauty that our poor spirits can raise themselves from things temporal to things eternal."
Gary and Andrew were helped by Miller's Millworks in Bergen, which provided manpower and special tools necessary to complete the project. Gary says Miller's provided a CNC router which allowed perfect arches to be cut. Eric Vincellette runs the CNC machine, Gary says and John Finch programmed a computer which helped maintain the dimensions for the arches, including a large arch which spans the width of the sanctuary. Jason Johnson also of Miller's, " . put the finish on pieces - like the pulpit - that were too bulky for Andrew to spray in the limited space of our shop," Gary adds.
That wide arch proved to be one of the most difficult challenges of designing the new sanctuary, Gary says. "I've looked at the arch for 25 years," he notes and was stumped about what to do.
Then, one morning at 3 a.m., he woke up with a picture in his mind of exactly what it needed to look like. "I think it was Divine Inspiration," he says, "I'm pretty sure it wasn't me."
Gary also cited the Psalms, " . Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it."
The arch took on a Gothic look, Gary says, by transforming it into a "depressed arch." Whereas most Gothic arches are narrow and tall, the large arch is wider and flatter at the top. Gary's design includes columns at the point where the arch meets the wall, giving it visual support and a continuation of the line all the way to the floor.
Gothic arches also now surround the new side altars and span the back wall of the sanctuary around the new high altar.
The Diocese of Buffalo sent an artist to re-paint the statues and the back wall of the sanctuary surrounding the high altar, Gary says. The result is rays of light emanating from the crucifix and angels in adoration on either side of the high altar and tabernacle. Clouds are also painted around the crucifix and span the lower part of the wall beside the angels. The new pulpit was another combined effort between Gary and his son, Andrew. The sides contain open-work panels from the old communion rail at St. Peter's Church in LeRoy. The front of the pulpit was designed to match the sides, Gary says, and features a medallion designed by Andrew. On the medallion is a Celtic cross - a nod to the parish's patroness - St. Brigid - an Irish saint.
Gary says he taught himself to carve to complete the detailing on the pulpit.
All the wood used in the renovation is quartersawn oak, he says.
The new altar table at the center of the sanctuary was constructed by Miller's Millworks and features a Last Supper carving which was brought to the parish from the former St. Michael's church in South Byron, Gary says.
"It was a labor of love for our church and our community," Gary says, "and an opportunity to do something and know it will be here in 50 or 100 years."
Churchville-Riga Chamber of Commerce to honor 2010 award winners March 10
The Greater Churchville-Riga Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its 2010 awards, which will be presented at its annual dinner on Thursday, March 10 at Naughton's Johnson House. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. following social time starting at 6:30 p.m.
Ray Ehrmentraut will be recognized as the Citizen of the Year. In his nomination of Mr. Ehrmentraut, Bill Brunelle, President of the Churchville Lions Club, said, "Ray has held the position of Scoutmaster of the Troop 133 since 2002 and under his leadership the Troop has grown from nine Scouts to its present size of 40. He has helped 12 Scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout (well above the national average) and touched the lives of countless others." "Ray works directly with the Lions Club and the Scout Troop on collecting food for the Lions Food Pantry, which services over 50 families and is a vital lifeline for some of the members of our community," added Brunelle. Echoing that sentiment in her nomination, Nancy Steedman, Mayor of the Village of Churchville, said, "Ray tirelessly gives of his time and leadership to the youth of our community. The amount of time dedicated to these (Eagle) projects by Ray is extraordinary." That extraordinary effort was also mentioned by Jim Fodge and Dave Smith, both members of the Town of Riga Town Board, in their nomination. "Two years ago (Ray) came from the hospital from treatment he was receiving to be with the boys at the Country Fair and returned to the hospital at night," they said.
Selected as the Business Person of the Year was Arthur Minery, owner of Churchville Physical Therapy. In his nomination of Mr. Minery, Allyn Barnard said that Mr. Minery's "belief in the Churchville area brought him here and kept him dedicated to our community, inspiring the construction of the East Pointe building, helping expand the Churchville business district in the corridor of the village." In the nomination of Mr. Minery by Don Suter, Trustee of the Village of Churchville, and his wife, Eleanor, they mentioned that "since moving to the new location, Arthur has rapidly expanded and now has a staff of four therapists and two office assistants. Recently it became apparent that more space and equipment was needed. So again, Arthur felt the need to expand his facility and took over half of the remaining space in his building." "His professional and personable approach to the treatment of his clients has endeared him to our community. Just mention the name "Arthur" and almost everyone knows who you are talking about" added the Suters.
The Civic Beautification award will go to Eric D. Boerschlein Construction for his company having built the structure for the Westside Community Federal Credit Union. In her nomination of Mr. Boerschlein, Joan Hawthorne, Treasurer of the Credit Union, said, "His construction of our new credit union has most absolutely added to the beauty of the community. His vision for this building and its grounds fit in so well, that many of our members think that we have been here for years." She added that he takes pride in making sure we remain in top-notch shape at 125 East Buffalo Street. "He stops by frequently, always glad to fix things or advise us on ways to keep our building and grounds in superb condition," she said.
This year the Chamber of Commerce is recognizing Keith Ryan as the Chamber Member of the Year. Having been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since its forming in the late 1970s, Ryan said he was honored that the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors thought him worthy of this designation.
Tickets for the dinner are $25 per person and may be purchased at the Riga Town offices, Churchville Village offices and Naughton's Johnson House. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, March 4. No tickets will be available at the door. ()Provided information
Churchville-Riga Chamber of Commerce to honor 2010 award winners March 10
Riga supervisor discusses benefits of new Mill Seat Landfill agreement
by Kristina Gabalski
Riga's Supervisor says he is pleased with the new Host Community Agreement relating to the Mill Seat Landfill. "Overall, I believe this is a very fair agreement to all sides," Supervisor Bob Ottley told Westside News Inc.
The town spent 11 months negotiating the new agreement with Monroe County and representatives from Waste Management, the company which operates the landfill.
The town board unanimously accepted the agreement January 3 and the Monroe County Legislature passed it on February 1.
Included in the new agreement is an increase in the minimum rate per ton that the town receives, Ottley said. "The town also will no longer pay the $160,000 per year for the trash and curbside recycling that our town and village residents will continue to receive," Ottley said. "The town will receive a Renewable Energy Benefit in addition to the rate per ton. These changes will result in over $200,000 per year additional revenue to the town compared to today's rates."
It is estimated that the current landfill will reach its capacity in 2018 and Ottley says the new agreement addresses the possibility that the county may wish to continue the operation of the landfill beyond that time. Accommodations are included for both the landfill footprint (existing) and an expanded landfill footprint adjacent to the existing footprint.
"I do not know if the county will seek to expand the current landfill footprint," Ottley said. "I expect that sometime in the next few years they will make a determination as to whether or not expansion or continuance of the landfill is in the best interest of the citizens of Monroe County."
The county has agreed that any expansion would be contiguous to the current landfill footprint and would not exceed the capacity permitted for the current footprint. The elevation for the final grade would also be limited so as not to exceed the current permitted height. The footprint size would be limited to plus or minus 20 percent of the current footprint, town officials said.
Should the county decide to move ahead with a landfill expansion area, Supervisor Ottley said, the new agreement has provisions for additional revenue opportunities. "The town would receive payments for the methane gas recovery project on the expansion area as well as the opportunity for any additional revenue-sharing opportunities in the future," he said.
The current landfill facility covers an area of approximately 570 acres and the footprint of the landfill is approximately 99 acres, town officials said.
"This is the fourth time that this agreement has been negotiated," Ottley noted, "and each time I believe that both sides have come better prepared to make improvements to the document. I think that our residents have been well served from earlier changes. I also believe that with these improvements to the agreement we will continue to ensure the safe operation of the facility and the coexistence of living with a landfill within our town."
Other highlights of the new agreement include:
.Monroe County has agreed to implement a program to promote incoming and outgoing truck traffic to utilize Route 490. Currently there is no such requirement to keep truck traffic off of local roads.
.The Property Value Protection Program will remain in force with no changes during the life of the current landfill. This compensates property owners who, because of the landfill, cannot sell their homes at market rates. If the county decides to expand the landfill, a new program would take effect under which all eligible residents in the protection area would be reset to the date of the issue of a permit for expansion - covering those residents who have moved in since the original landfill was built and allowing for them to be compensated if their selling price is affected by an expanded landfill.
Note: Bergen's host benefit package as a Mill Seat Landfill neighbor will be the topic of a future article.
Fair Association Scholarships available
The Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association has announced that ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to current New York State high school seniors and also students already enrolled in college. The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs and the New York State Showpeople's Association are sponsoring these scholarships.
To qualify for a scholarship, Monroe County students must be active at the Monroe County Fair or with the New York State Showpeople's Association. All applicants from Monroe County must submit their applications through the Monroe County Fair or the New York Showpeople's Association no later than Friday, April 8. Information is available at the Monroe County Fair Office, 2695 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta, New York 14467. Applications must be printed and completed from the web at www.nyfairs.org.
For information, contact the Monroe County Fair Office at 585-334-4000. Provided informaiton
Donors invited to help Clarkson Academy restoration
Fundraising for continued restoration of the Clarkson Academy/Schoolhouse located adjacent to Clarkson Community Church, Ridge Road in Clarkson, is underway. At present, $5,500 is needed to complete roughing the electrical work needed for the second floor - light fixtures, outside lighting and bell tower lighting.
Grants, memorials, gifts and funds raised have totaled over $132,000 since 2003. For second floor renovation work, including old plaster removal and re-plastering walls, installation of ceiling dry wall, interior wall paneling, windows, installation of white oak floor, staircase, two windows and blackboards and other needed work is estimated to cost nearly $55,000.
The Clarkson Historical Society Academy Restoration project accepts donations. Mail to Donald Lage, President; P. O. Box 600, Clarkson 14430.
WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center adopts new log
WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center has a new logo thanks to input from students and staff. The new logo is part of a rebranding campaign for the school. The WEMOCO brand is a promise to high school students for a program, people, and atmosphere where hands on career exploration is possible.
Students and staff completed surveys to determine the name, colors and symbols they felt best represented their school. The BOCES 2 Communications Group took that information and created five different logos with the tagline "Smart Choice." Students and staff voted on their favorite last May. "Classy, exciting, fun, trendy and eye catching" were some of the words used most frequently to describe the voters' favorite logo.
The new logo will be used on printed publications, web pages, signs and correspondence. Students and staff will officially "launch" the logo on February 15 as part of the festivities for Career and Technical Education Month. This year's theme is "CTE: Learning Today, Earning Tomorrow!"
"The new look is meant to create a source of pride among WEMOCO students and staff, and create excitement and awareness about the school," said Executive Principal Joseph Salemi.
News in Photos - Week of February 13, 2011
Cub Scout Pack 156, Den 7 visited with Churchville Mayor Nancy Steedman on January 31, to learn more about government in their community. The topics covered included services provided by the Village of Churchville to its residents and duties of the Mayor and Board of Trustees along with a tour of the facility. Pictured here is Den Leader Ray Cone, Mayor Nancy Steedman, Scouts Jordan Cone, Daniel Preston, Kenny Carr, Jacob Gath and Adian Townsend. Provided photo.
Cheers for cheerleader groups -Spencerport Rangers Varsity Cheerleaders captured the Intermediate II Title and Elite 8 at the Greater Rochester Dance and Cheer Competition that took place Saturday, January 29 at Blue Cross Arena. The JV and Mod/Fresh Cheerleaders also placed first in their divisions.
Sports - Week of February 13, 2011
Spencerport basketball teams donate to cancer outreach
Spencerport Central Schools, along with the sponsorship of Cam's Pizzeria and the American Cancer Society hosted its annual Coaches vs Cancer Boys Basketball Tournament on December 3 and 4, and the annual Coach Chow Classic on January 14 and 15, at Spencerport High School.
This year the boys CVC tournament featured teams from Brockport, Canandaigua and Webster Schroeder along with host Spencerport, and the Girls Coach Chow Classic participants were Brockport, Irondequoit, Webster Schroeder and host Spencerport. Spencerport was the CVC Boys Basketball Tournament Champion and Irondequoit was the "Coach Chow" Girls Basketball Champion.
All proceeds from the tournaments are directed to the American Cancer Society in the names of Coaches vs Cancer and Coach Don Wierzchowski. Coaches vs Cancer is affiliated with the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was formed to honor the late Jim Valvano, a college basketball coach and ESPN announcer who passed away from cancer. Coach Don ("Coach Chow") Wierzchowski was a long-time and successful girls' basketball coach who passed away from pancreatic cancer in May 2002.
A donation of $5,012.14 was presented to the American Cancer Society at the Boys Varsity Basketball Game on February 8 and will be donated at the Girls Varsity Basketball Game on February 15. This brings the total raised to over $55,000 in 20 years.
Brockport sweeps Plattsburgh in basketball
The Golden Eagles men's basketball team shot 60 percent from behind the arc and went on to defeat visiting Plattsburgh 93-77 to complete a double header sweep. Brockport's women went 18-20 from the free throw line in the second half to secure their 67-59 win.
In the women's contest, the Cardinals went on a 10-0 run midway through the first half to take an eight point lead. Brockport chipped away to eventually take a one-point lead on a pair of free throws by Liz Unger early in the second half.
Plattsburgh again built an eight-point lead before Ellen Story hit a jumper, a reverse lay-up and a pair of free throws to bring the Golden Eagles to within three.
Myranda Hogan came off the bench to hit a pair of free throws with 5:23 remaining in regulation to give Brockport the lead for good and four different players were a perfect eight-for-eight from the free throw line in the final minute to secure the win.
"I think this was almost a must-win for our team," said Brockport head coach Nicole Beauregard, whose team is fighting for a playoff spot. "I'm proud of our girls for fighting through adversity and coming together. Our three's weren't falling today, but I thought we did a good job getting to the rim."
Sarah Alwardt led all scorers with 18 points with 16 rebounds while Story also had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Rachel Csakany also netted 12 points as the Golden Eagles won their third conference game.
In the men's game, the Golden Eagles led by as many as nine points before Plattsburgh went on a 12-1 first half run. Stephen Sisson hit a three pointer from the corner at the halftime buzzer to give Brockport the lead for good.
The Golden Eagles pulled away by outscoring the Cardinals 25-9 early in the second half and never looked back.
Gerald Williams scored a game-high 30 points while four other Brockport players were in double figures with Kyheem Green and freshman Jon Ivey netting 16 points each. Derek Klein had 11 points with nine assists and Zack McTigue added ten points for the 10-9 overall, 8-4 conference Golden Eagles.
"We had a lot of new faces this year, so coming out we knew we were going to struggle a little bit," said Williams. "Midseason we started to figure each other out and figure out what we could do."
Westside News Inc. Freelance Contributor
Hrankowski, Prince pace Cadets
Senior Ryan Hrankowski and sophomore Nick Prince combined for 21 points as Hilton defeated Spencerport 63-52 in boys basketball.
Following a back-and-forth first quarter highlighted by Hrankowski knocking down two-pointers, Spencerport took an 18-16 lead when senior Luke Zulauf hit a turnaround jumper to open the second quarter.
The Cadets tallied the next four field goals as Alex Grossmann scored on a putback, Andy Miller a lay-up and Nick Ross hit on consecutive drives to the basket to give Hilton the lead for good.
They extended the lead to eleven points prior to halftime on a Jake Carr trey and fourteen points when first Grossmann and then Hrankowski scored on drives to end the third quarter.
Spencerport senior Joe Maier led a Rangers rally back to within six points early in the final period with a put-back, two free throws and a three-point play sandwiched around a Zulauf jumper during a 9-0 run.
But Cadets Ross, Miller and Prince combined to go seven-of-eight from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the victory.
Hrankowski led Hilton with 11 points and six rebounds while Prince had 10 points. Ross had nine points, Miller eight with six rebounds and Carr handed out six assists.
Spencerport's Maier led all scorers with 19 points and eight boards with two steals. Zulauf netted 16 points and three steals, Kameran Heyward six rebounds and three assists while Mike Schreiner added five rebounds.
It was Senior Night for the Rangers with Heyward, Maier, Brian Anderson, Zulauf, Schreiner, Michael Ward and Malcolm Jenkins all in their final regular season home game in a Spencerport uniform.
Westside News Inc. Freelance Contributor
Something to cheer about in Kendall
The Kendall Varsity Cheerleading squad took first-place for the second year in a row at the Greater Rochester Cheer and Dance Competition on Saturday, February 5 at the Blue Cross Arena. The team has been having a successful season overall, placing second at the Genesee Region competition held in Attica on January 16 and third-place against some very tough competition at the Empire Winter Cheer competition at the Rochester Institute of Technology on January 22.
Joanne Rutland, coach of the Kendall Varsity Cheerleaders for 12 years, is calling this year’s group her dream team: “This is the most talented group of cheerleaders I have ever had the pleasure of working with and is certainly the best Kendall has ever seen,” said Rutland.
The team has five tumblers, which increases the difficulty level of the stunts being performed at competitions. With just one graduating senior on the squad this season, Rutland said, the team will be even stronger next year.
Schools - Week of February 13, 2011
Byron-Bergen High School students create e-book for iPad®It all started when Byron-Bergen 10th graders Kayla Curry and Andrew Magin teamed up to research the media portrayals of body image. Kayla and Andrew, like all 10th grade English students at Byron-Bergen High School, were assigned a research project. “I thought there would have to be a way to use technology with our topic - media portrayals of body image,” said Andrew. Kayla and Andrew took their idea of using technology and the basis for a research project to create an e-book for the iPad. Misshapen is a graphic novel displaying the effects of media on teenagers.
While Andrew thought of the idea to incorporate technology into their project, Kayla was inspired by a graphic novel she recently read. “I was looking at Anne Rice’s graphic novel, Guilty Pleasures, as the inspiration for our project,” said Kayla. The focal point of the e-book, the cover page, is a variety of shapes. Kayla and Andrew said the variety of shapes symbolizes Misshapen because it shows how different shapes represent different body images, and not everyone is the same shape.
Kayla and Andrew presented their e-book to the Board of Education. Howland said the e-book will be made available through the school, and will be used as an exemplary project for future students. Howland said the 10th grade research project, other than the e-book, has produced movies, documentaries, newsletters, research papers and numerous other projects.
Kendall junior advances in Oratorical Scholarship Contest
Kendall junior Morgan Rath spoke about "The First Amendment and the Responsibilities of a Citizen" when she advanced to the zone-level competition of the American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Contest Saturday, February 12 in Mt. Morris. The daughter of Chuck and Melisa Rath, Morgan won the school-level competition on November 23 and county competition in Albion on December 11.
"Taking part in this competition has allowed me to meet new people and learn more about our Constitution, the basis of our country's government system," she said. "I never imagined I would make it this far. No matter what happens in the next round, I have enjoyed the competition and am happy with all I have learned.
Morgan's poise and preparation paid off in Albion where she finished second, receiving a $300 bond from the American Legion. This is the seventh year that Kendall's Advanced Placement U.S. History students have participated in the American Legion's Constitutional speech contest. It is the second consecutive year that a Kendall student won the county-level of the contest. Kendall's Becca Gaesser won the competition last year, according to a school representative.
Juniors Jake ReQua and Stephanie Turney were the runners-up in the school-level of the competition.
Spencerport CSD leader to retire effective June 30
Spencerport Superintendent of Schools Bonnie Seaburn has announced her plans to retire, effective June 30.
Seaburn's retirement will cap a 32-year career with the school district, with the last three years serving as the district superintendent.
"I have decided to retiree with both a sense of sadness and joy," Seaburn said. "I've had a wonderful tenure here, and have enjoyed working with so many great people on all levels. Yet it also feels like the right time to retire and spend more time with my grandchildren."
"I cannot speak highly enough of Spencerport's commitment toward education, and I am honored to call this community my home.
Board President William Sweeney said, "In 2008 we asked Bonnie to lead our district from Great to Excellent; her collaborative approach and natural leadership have engaged students, staff, faculty, board members and community alike, and ensured that she met that challenge. Her commitment to the education of our children has never wavered, and she will be greatly missed by our Ranger family and beyond. We look forward to working with Bonnie in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition in leadership, and in the future as an invaluable asset in our community. Most of all, we wish Bonnie and Dave the very best as they start a new and exciting chapter in their lives, full of opportunity and new experiences."
Prior to being selected superintendent in 2008, Seaburn served in several capacities, including school counselor, principal, director of professional development, and assistant superintendent for instruction.
Obituaries - Week of February 13, 2011
•Hargrave, Donald J., age 84, of Auburn, Massachusetts, formerly of the Rochester area, died January 29, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife, Dolores E. (DeRuyscher) Hargrave; his children, Susan Hernandez, Barbara Hackemer (Jeffrey) of Warsaw, Dale Hargrave (Wendie) of Holley, Douglas Geeze (Joanne) of Auburn; his loving grandchildren, Diana Sylvia and Guadalupe Hernandez, Nathan and Jill Hackemer, Christina and Colleen Hargrave, and Matthew, Jonathan and Caroline Geeze; and four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth Lapinski of Greece. He is preceded in death by his brothers Robert E. and Charles Hargrave. Mr. Hargrave was a member of the United States Army. After the Army, Donald worked as a chef for many years in the greater Rochester area. He owned and operated his own diner, the Dutch Hollow Diner in Avon. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Auburn, the Hesperus Lodge of Masons in Bergen, the Disabled American Veterans, a life member of the South Byron Fire Department, and the Gillam Grant Senior Center in Bergen. Funeral Services were held in Massachusetts. Burial with Military Honors will take place at a later date. Donations can be made to the Faith Baptist Church, 22 Faith Avenue, Auburn, Massachusetts 01501 or to the Summit Elder Care, 1369 Grafton Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01604 in his memory. To leave a message of condolence for the family or to view his Book of Memories, please visit www.brittonfuneralhomes.com.
•Breeze, Helen M., February 5, 2011. Survived by four sisters, other relatives. Funeral Services were held February 12 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Brockport.
•Flynn, Richard G., Predeceased by his wife, Janet (Schneider) Flynn. He is survived by his children, Karen (David) Tichenor, Diane (Charles) Cooper and Richard (Mary) Flynn; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, Donald (Jo) Flynn; nieces and nephews. Services and interment to be held privately.
•Pickett, Lucile A. (Gill), Gone home to be with her Lord on February 7, 2011 at age 91. She is predeceased by her husband, Frederick after nearly 60 years of marriage; brothers, Robert and Aura Gill. Survived by daughters, Viola (Robert) Gullo, Barbara Speed, Susan (Glenn) Goodridge, Marjorie Goff; sons, Kenneth, Richard and Thomas Pickett; special nephew, Eugene (Toni) Pickett; brothers, Donald (Margaret) and Daniel (Renate) Gill; sister, Alice Mears; sister-in-law, Grace Gill; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friends. A Funeral Service was held February 10 at New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Interment, Fairfield Cemetery, Spencerport.
•Uzialko, Stanley, Died February 2, 2011 at age 88. Predeceased by his wife, Mary. He is survived by his children, Michael (Patty) Uzialko and Lori (Philip) Ellinwood; grandchildren, Pvt. 1st Class David Uzialko (Brittany Baldassare), Jamie Uzialko and Nicholas Ellinwood; brother, Paul Uzialko of Dallas, Pennsylvania and close friend, Virginia Powell. Stanley was a WWII veteran of the US Navy. Funeral Services were held February 8 at the funeral home of Alvah Halloran & Sons, Chili. Contributions can be made to Veterans Outreach Center, Inc., 459 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 in his memory.
•Cody, Barbara Jo (Mateer), On February 5, 2011 at age 82, after a 10 year battle with cancer. Barbara is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gerald C. Cody; her children, Barbara (Michael) Switzer, Jerry (Amy) Cody, Jim Cody, Craig (Cheryl) Cody, Robin (Dan) Chapman and Scott (Kristina) Cody; 15 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; siblings, Ruth Herring, Dory (Duane) Mault and Thomas Mateer.
A Memorial Service was held February 9 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Association in her memory.
•Baker, John T., February 3, 2011 at age 60. Predeceased by his father, John R. Baker. Survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughters, Carrie (Kevin) Muir and Lisa (fiance Ben Buchner) of Colorado; grandsons, Sam and Tyler; mother, Virginia Baker; several nieces and nephews; close friends, Doug Williams and Joe Vincellette. John was a retiree of the U. S. Postal Service and Retired Col. in the U. S. Army Reserves. A Funeral Mass was said February 8 at St. Leo’s Church, Hilton. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in his memory.
•Heber, Theresa E., Suddenly, February 6, 2011, age 86. Predeceased by her husband, Fred, 2001. Survived by her daughters, Kathryn and Helen (Ronald) Dries; her sister, Margaret “Midge” Zona; brothers, William (Roseann) and George Zona; grandson, Ronald Dries; several nieces and nephews. A Prayer Service was held February 11 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Hilton. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Greece Volunteer Ambulance in her memory.
•Hansen, Louise F., age 94 of Dripping Springs, Texas, formerly of North Chili, died February 7, 2011. Survived by son Larry D. Sanderson of Rochester; daughter Sharleen M. Pelzl of Dripping Springs, Texas; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Buial will be private at the Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan, New York.
•Warlick, Carroll F. “Buddy,” February 6, 2011 at the age of 86. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Josephine (DeMatteo) Warlick; children, David C. Warlick, Ruth A. (Steve Collins) Warlick, Lois J. (David Jarvie) Warlick-Jarvie and James C. Warlick; grandchildren, Phillip C. (Samantha Stieve) Trautman; Elizabeth A. (Alan Overslaugh) Trautman, Pauline E. Jarvie, Michael W. Jarvie; great-grandson, Eddie O. Trautman; sister, Pearl Floyd of South Carolina; sister-in-law, Jean (John) Newton of North Carolina; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Buddy was a WWII veteran (Merchant Marines) and a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College. A Memorial Service was held February 12 at Pearce Memorial Church, North Chili. Donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or Rochester Family Mission (www.rochesterfamilymission.com) in his memory.
•Robinson, Wilda R. “Billie” WB2FNF, Billie has joined her loving husband, Kenneth in Heaven. She is survived by her children Shari (Jim) Harrison, Kim Robinson and Brenda (Gary) Adam; French daughter, Pat Steadman; German daughter Christa Goldstein; grandchildren Mark (Judy) Harrison, Robin (Corey) Ha, Ken (Kim) Stewart, Shaun (Danielle) Adam, Christopher Adam and Caitlin Adam; great-grandchildren, Zac Ha and Evie Ha; granddog Rosie; brother Paul (Sandra) Harris; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held February 10 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Churchville. Spring Interment in Lakeside Cemetery. Donations can be made to Unity Health Foundation, c/o Spencerport Dialysis Unit, 1555 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626 or to Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum, P.O. Box 23, Kent, NY 14477 in her memory.
•Hartman, Josephine “Jo,” February 8, 2011 at the age of 92. Predeceased by her husband John Hartman and her parents, Frank and Anna Nicholas. She is survived by her son, Dennis and Bobbie Hartman; her grandchildren, Andrew (Keri) Hartman, Faith (Greg) Richards and Jacob Hartman; great granddaughters, Kayly Hartman and Kody Richards; including her close friend, Marci Lipinski. A Funeral Mass was celebrated February 12 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Spencerport. Interment, St. John’s Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450 in her memory.
•Ragan, Jeremy J., February 4, 2011 at the age of 16. Jeremy is survived by his parents Steve and Patty Ragan; his sister, Ashley Ragan; maternal grandparents, Albert and Virginia Marra of Olean; paternal grandmother, Lois Barbieri of East Aurora; godparents, Uncle Jim Marra and Aunt Marian Halperin; including and especially his devoted caregivers and friends Renee´ Jeffrey and Diane Barber. A Funeral Mass was celebrated February 8 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Spencerport. Interment, Parma Corners Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Springdale Farms or Spencerport Central School District, 71 Lyell Avenue, Spencerport, NY 14559 Attn: District Treasurer; notation on check: Adaptive Playground Project in his memory.
•Timmons, Robert L., February 4, 2011 at age 55. Predeceased by his father, Robert M. Timmons. Survived by his mother, Shirley Knapp; son, Robert Timmons; daughter, Amy Williams; brothers, Richard, Kenneth, Thomas and Michael; sister, Shirley; granddaughter, Jiliana; several nieces and nephews. His Funeral Mass was celebrated February 12 at Holy Name of Jesus Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in his memory.
FEBRUARY 6, 2011 ARCHIVE
Feature Stories - Week of February 6, 2011
Will snowmobilers be welcome on Erie Canal towpath?
New state regulations have cleared the way for snowmobilers to use the Canalway Trail, but not everyone agrees it’s a good idea.
The activity was previously prohibited, but now, with consent of local communities, snowmobile organizations can receive permits to operate on the Canalway Trail.
Private snowmobile operators can also use trails that have been authorized by the Canal Corporation.
Snowmobile clubs must obtain a resolution of support from the municipality where the Canalway Trail is located, before applying for a permit from the Canal Corporation.
A municipality has the option to continue the prohibition along its stretch of the trail. The regulations apply to lands under the jurisdiction of the Canal Corporation.
Virginia Mosher, who lives in Spencerport, likes to cross country ski on the canal path. She says others like to snowshoe and walk the paths in winter and is not happy about the path possibly being opened up to snowmobile use.
“It’s a very narrow trail,” she notes. “There’s no place to go if something comes up behind you. There’s always somebody walking on the trail,” she says, even in the winter and people also like to use the trail to walk their dogs.
The canal trail is also a very convenient place for residents to go who want to walk, snowshoe and cross country ski, Mosher says. If snowmobiles use the trail, they would be “going through the village and going by houses right on the canal,” she adds.
Spencerport Mayor Joyce Lobene says that should snowmobile clubs approach the village, “... it will be a village board decision and certainly have rules attached - such as prohibited hours and the safety of others who use the trail for walking, snowshoeing, cross county skiing, etc.”
Ogden Supervisor Gay Lenhard says the local snowmobile clubs have not yet approached the town. “However, if they did, they would have to get town board approval. I am sure the board would give very thoughtful deliberation, as those residents who reside along the canal would need to be considered,” she says.
Officials in the Town of Sweden also say they have not been approached by snowmobile clubs since the recent state decision. “Last year, we had a snowmobile club that wanted our permission to ride on the canal path; we couldn’t give them permission because we don’t own the canal path,” Finance Director Leisa Strabel says.
Canal Corporation officials say opening up the trail to snowmobile use increases winter recreational opportunities and is a boon to businesses along the trail.
Canal Corporation Director Carmella Mantello says, “We have heard loud and clear from snowmobile clubs and communities throughout the corridor that the existing policy was curtailing recreational opportunities and limiting the potential economic impact that snowmobiling brings to upstate New York communities during the winter months.”
New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) trails coordinator, Dave Perkins, says the association is pleased with the rules change. “The snowmobile community has worked hard to support changing this rule. Snowmobile clubs in Washington, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, and Orleans counties have demonstrated they can responsibly and safely establish canal-based trails to the benefit of trail users and businesses adjacent to these trails.”
Snowmobile clubs that obtain permits must agree to assume stewardship responsibilities for that section of the trail. The state officials say this can include maintaining and improving the trail at no cost to the Canal Corporation.
Police agencies warn against scamsIf it sounds too good to be true - it probably is. Law enforcement officials remind residents to be cautious with offers about prizes or sweepstakes offers.
Town of Ogden police are warning residents about attempted phone and internet scams.
Sergeant Al Krause says the phone scams mainly target the elderly. One of the most common scams is a lottery/sweepstakes scam in which people are told they have won, but they cannot collect the money until they have sent the caller money to cover taxes on the supposed winnings.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Krause says of the lottery/sweepstakes scams most of which, he adds, originate in countries like Jamaica.
It is federal law in the U.S. that lotteries and sweepstakes cannot collect any money from you before you collect the winnings, Krause explains. You should never send out money if you are told you have won a lottery or sweepstakes prize, he says.
Another common phone scam involves people being told they need to send money to bail out relatives from jail. “They call the elderly and tell them their grandchild has been arrested and they need to go and get a money gram to bail them out of jail,” Krause says.
Email scams include people receiving emails from someone who claims to be a hit man telling the recipient to, “send me money if you want to save your life,” Krause says. “If somebody wants to kill you - you won’t get an email.”
Most of the scams originate outside the U.S., so local police cannot prosecute. People who are victimized by foreign scams and want to pursue the case, must go to the federal level - the State Department, Krause says. “The FBI estimated in 2009 that $30 million was sent to Jamaica as part of lottery/sweepstakes scams,” Krause notes. He adds that those who feel they have been called or emailed as part of a scam should let police know.
Corporal John Helfer of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says if you are suspicious about a phone call, you should request the caller send you contact information in the mail - or simply ignore the caller’s request for money or information. He also advises never to click on links in an email that might give someone access to your bank account ... you should always go to your bank’s website yourself to check accounts, he said.
The Sheriff’s Office posts information regarding scams on its website. You can access information by clicking the “community services” link on the home page - monroecountysheriff.info.
If you’ve been a victim of theft or a scam, Helfer says to call 911.
District attorney’s office asked to look into blog claims
Brockport Village Trustees have voted unanimously to request the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office investigate alleged wrongdoing by officers of the Brockport Police Department.
The motion was brought forward by Trustee Scott Hunsinger following a report given by Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti during a special meeting of the board held Tuesday, February 1.
Chief Varrenti’s report focused on what he described as “ ... many allegations of impropriety and criminality,” against himself and other officers in anonymous comments posted on the Democrat and Chronicle website.
The comments had received “ ... enormous amounts of hits,” Varrenti told village board members. “Many people have read them and may believe them to be true.” He said he believes it is the goal of some bloggers to discredit and dissolve the Brockport Police Department.
“I believe the integrity and credibility of the police department is beyond reproach,” Varrenti said. He added that the Brockport Police Department has nothing to hide and is confident that the department will be vindicated.
Varrenti said the allegations should be taken seriously and asked village board members to request the investigation by the D.A.’s office. He also questioned why no one on the village board had expressed concern over allegations on the Rochester daily’s website.
“I think we owe it to the residents to find out what’s involved with these allegations,” Trustee Kent Blair said.
Varrenti advised the investigation should focus on the validity of the allegations, who made the allegations and the basis of their knowledge and if there was any procedural or criminal wrongdoing on the part of the police chief or other officers.
Village attorney Michael Leone said the D.A.’s Office will “ ...investigate as they see fit.”
Mayor Connie Castaneda said she had already called the District Attorney’s office but had not yet been able to speak directly with D.A. Michael Green.
Officer Brian Winant, president of the Brockport Police Stetson Club, told Westside News Inc. that the department was recently reaccredited by New York State. “They come in with a fine-tooth comb and we passed,” he said. “We welcome this investigation,” Winant said and added that people have a right to free speech, “ ... but you don’t have the right to yell fire in a crowded theater.”
Kids Adjusting Through Support (KATS) to offer coping support groups for families dealing with illness or loss
The Kids Adjusting Through Support (KATS) Program, a program provided by Camp Good Days and Special Times, will offer the Coping Support Groups this spring, for children and families who are dealing with serious illness or loss.
The KATS Coping Support Groups provide peer support for children and their parents/caregivers, who have been dealing with a serious illness or death in the family, within the last four years. These free sessions are available to families with children, ages 5-18, and are offered twice per year. In order to be able to provide the most valuable and beneficial program for all those who need it, participants are welcome to attend two, consecutive, Coping Support Groups, which typically include eight weekly sessions.
The KATS Coping Support Groups tend to the needs of the children and the parents/caregivers. Children will participate in either an illness or bereavement group, where they have the chance to take part in guided activities and discussions, with trained volunteer facilitators, all with the intent to gain information, support, and coping skills. Parents/caregivers must also attend an illness or bereavement group, with other adult participants, where they will be able to develop mutual support, understanding, and skills to help their children. The ultimate benefit of the KATS Coping Support Groups is that the children and parents/caregivers come to learn that they are not alone.
The KATS Program Coping Support Groups will meet on February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4. All sessions are held on Monday evenings, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the School of the Holy Childhood, 110 Groton Parkway.
There will be a KATS Program Open House at School of the Holy Childhood, on Monday, January 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. for these families and volunteers who are interested in learning more about the program. Those interested in attending the KATS Program Open House can contact Tabitha Gerwitz, at Camp Good Days, 585-624-5555 or email@example.com.
Volunteers are also needed to help facilitiate the KATS Program Coping Support Groups. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, but previous experience is not required. There will be a mandatory Volunteer Training on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Camp Good Days’ Headquarters, 1332 Pittsford-Mendon Road.
Those families interested in participating in the KATS Program Coping Support Groups or those interested in volunteering may contact Tabitha Gerwitz, at Camp Good Days, 585-624-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and registration materials.
Programs at the Gates Public Library
•Story Hour - Children ages 18 months - 3 years and their caregiver are welcome to attend story hour at the Gates Public Library on Monday, February 7 from 10:15 to 10:55 a.m. No registration required.
•Ideas ‘n’ Authors - This month’s book discussion is on the book, The Bay at Midnight by Diane Chamberlain. The program will be held on Monday, February 7 at 7 p.m. in the Gates Public Library meeting room. No registration required. Call the library at 247-6446 for information.
•Sit, Stich and Knit - This is a monthly, self-directed program for needle crafters. On Thursday, February 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. join fellow knitting, stitching and crocheting enthusiasts in our community for an evening of shared ideas, conversation and individual needlework. No registration required. Call the Gates Public Library at 247-6446 for information.
Help needed for New Life Solutions Center
Life Solutions Food Pantry of Hamlin has purchased the building at 1696 Lake Road. This building will provide much needed space to better serve the community, according to volunteers.
Life Solutions, Inc. provides food, counseling services, and assistance with financial issues to those who need “a hand up, not a hand out.” According to volunteers, the organization currently serves 284 adults and 185 children, and given the present financial times, are noting that numbers keep increasing. With the acquisition of this larger facility, the board and volunteers hope to be able to add more services, to meet the physical, social, and spiritual needs of the neighborhoods of Hamlin and Clarkson.
Before the outreach effort can start using the building, several projects need to be completed. Life Solutions is looking for support from the community at large. Help is needed with materials, cleaning, painting, electrical and mechanical work, carpentry, heating and moving the contents of the previous pantry to its new location.
During this transition, the all-volunteer staff is looking back over the years of support, both through food and financial donations it has received. The community organizations, like Boy and Girl Scouts, VFW, AVA, Seniors, as well as the local service organizations such as Lions, USPO, Knights of Columbus, Wheel Fest, the many churches, firemen, the town offices and numerous generous individuals have continually sustained the ministry. Hamlin United Methodist Church has provided a building that has housed the pantry, office, storage and meeting room for many years.
Any individual or group able to provide help can call 964-7420. Donation of supplies, or individuals who have a specialty like plumbing, dry wall, insulation or similar needs, or those willing to offer time and a little elbow grease to preparing the building are welcome. A future need will be for trucks on moving day. Since day-to-day expenses will be increasing with the larger facility, monetary donations are also welcome. These can be mailed to Life Solutions of Hamlin, P.O. Box 160, Hamlin, NY 14464.
Knights of Columbus Free Throw winners advance
St. Leo’s Knights of Columbus Council #9461 completed the local level of a statewide contest in which boys and girls ages 10-14 each attempted 15 free throws. The youth competed against others of the same sex and age, and the winners were determined by the number of those 15 free throws that went in the basket.
The following players will now advance to the district level of the competition to be held on Saturday, February 12 at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Church, Martha Street, Spencerport.
•Girls: Chloe Graupman - age 10; Amber Johnson - age 11; Cameron Graupman - age 12; Kelsey Brinkel - age 13.
•Boys: Justin Dude - Age 10; Brandon Bourg - age 13; Dominic Salamida - age 14.
Princeton Review SAT Prep classes offered at Hilton High School
Registration is open now for SAT Prep at Hilton High School. Instructors and curriculum provided by The Princeton Review will be holding SAT Prep classes at Hilton High School for high school students preparing for the SAT. The course runs for nine sessions consisting of 30 hours of total classroom preparation including three full-length practice SAT exams. Students will have access to an online student center where they can utilize extra drills and homework lessons. Space is limited. Credit card registration accepted by calling 1-800-273-8439 or online atwww.princetonreview.com.
Registration is either online or through Hilton CSD Community Education atwww.hilton.k12.ny.us/community-education.htm or by calling 585-392-1000 extension 7044.
Art Escape highlights library staff, board works
“Art Escape,” an exhibit of artwork by the Staff and Board of the Parma Public Library, is on display at the library, 7 West Avenue in Hilton, New York until February 28.
February is “Love your Library Month” and in celebration, the library staff and board are taking the opportunity to bring their artistic efforts forth in the sixth in a series of exhibits hosted by the Parma Public Library featuring local artists and photographers. For information call the library at 392-8350 or visit on the web atwww.libraryweb.org/parma.
Spencerport musician selected to All-Eastern Choir
Brennan Cockey was selected to be a member of the MENC All-Eastern Honors Choir, which will perform in concert during the National Association for Music Education’s Biennial All-Eastern Conference in Baltimore from March 31 to April 3.
Selection to an All-Eastern ensemble is the highest achievement a student musician can obtain during their high school career. The Eastern division of MENC consists of 11 states, the District of Columbia and Europe.
Brennan is a junior at Spencerport High School and sings bass in the Concert Choir under the direction of Alan Jones. He also plays saxophone in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble directed by John Viavattine and is a skilled pianist. He won the Academic Achievement Award in Music Theory in 2010 and received a perfect score on his All-State audition last spring.
Brennan is the son of John and Marie Cockey of Spencerport.
Volunteers invited for “Book Buddy” program
at Hilton Village Elementary
As a collaborative effort, the Hilton-Parma Senior Center, Hilton Rotary Club and Hilton Central School District are looking for mature, literate and compassionate adults to participate in the “Book Buddy” Program at the Hilton Village Elementary School. Volunteers who have a desire to work with elementary children; can make a commitment of one-hour per week, each week, throughout the school year; have their own transportation to and from the Village Elementary School are well qualified. There is no cost involved and all supplies will be provided.
Rewards of the program:
•Ability to contribute to your community.
•Build a healthy and helpful relationship with each child.
•Become a mentor.
•Help students grow in self-confidence and gain an appreciation for reading and learning.
Anyone interested in volunteering for this program, can contact Tracy LaFountain, Senior Coordinator at the Hilton-Parma Senior Center at 392-9030 or by email email@example.com.
H-P Rec offers full day of winter activities
Hilton-Parma Recreation is planning a full day Winter Ski/Snowboard and Tubing Trip to Kissing Bridge in Glenwood over school break on Wednesday, February 23. Package prices range from $35 to $84. The deadline to register for the trip is Thursday, February 17.
Call Sherry at HP Rec. at 392-9030 or email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seymour Library programs
•Teen Writing Group (grades 6-12) - Mondays, February 14 and 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. No registration required.
•Pajamarama - Tuesday, February 15 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. PJ Storytime for kids ages 3-5. Older and younger siblings welcome. Adult must accompany child. No registration required.
•Seymour Library Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, February 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.
•B.R.A.T.S. Meeting (Grades 6-8) - Wednesday, February 16 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Monthly meeting of Brilliant Readers Active in Teen Service - Holiday party for members. No registration required.
•Seymour Knitting Club - Friday, February 18 from noon to 1 p.m. Adult craft club. No registration required.
•Friends of the Seymour Library Monthly Meeting - Monday, February 21 at 2:30 p.m.
•Introduction to Overdrive - Tuesday, February 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn how to check out electronic books and audio books to your personal computer, laptop, iPhone, Android phone, iPod, iPad, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony e-reader and other devices. No registration.
•Read With Seymour: Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki - Wednesday, February 23 from 11 a.m. to noon. Adult book group. No registration required.
•Origami Paper-folding (all ages) - Wednesday, February 23 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn how to create works of art from paper in this kid-friendly program. No registration required.
•Game Night (All ages) - Wednesday, February 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Learn a new game or share a favorite from home. No registration required.
•Teen Game Night (Grades 6-12) - Saturday, February 26, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Play an assortment of games, including Wii. No registration required.
Kendall school groups prepare for Evening of Jazz
The Fourth Annual Evening of Jazz will take place Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in the Kendall Junior/Senior High School Commons. Music groups include Kendall Elementary Jazz Band, Kendall Junior High Jazz Band, Kendall Vocal Jazz Choir, Kendall High School Jazz Band, the Brockport Community Big Band, and more. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets are on sale now.
All profits will go towards the Kendall Jazz students’ trip to Philadelphia for the Heritage Music Festival in April. Call 659-8962 for information.
Martin Farm preservation now official
On December 17, 2010, the Town of Parma and the Genesee Land Trust finalized the process to preserve the 114 acre Martin Farm on the northeast corner of Hilton-Parma Corners Road and Burritt Road. The Town of Parma will co-own the development rights 50/50 with a strong partner in land preservation, the Genesee Land Trust. By purchasing the development rights, the land shall remain farmland for agricultural use forever, according to a press release from the Genesee Land Trust.
Agriculture has always been a core industry to Parma since it was established as a town in 1808. Today, agriculture is still the leading industry in Parma. The Martins are fourth generation farmers on this property and rotate several crops on the land including soybeans, corn, wheat and other vegetables. David Martin recognized that this was the best opportunity to achieve his uncle Dick Martin’s wishes to preserve the farm for perpetuity, according to the press release.
A referendum to determine whether the town should match a Monroe County Green Space Initiative grant to preserve this family farm was held in June 2010. By a 3-1 margin, the vote was in favor to have the town match the Monroe County grant of $129,500.
In 2007, the Parma Town Board formed the Parma Farmland and Open Space Preservation Committee. Since then, the committee has been laying the building blocks to advise the town board in their decisions in matters such as this one involving the Martin Farm. In 2009, the committee completed a Farmland Protection Plan, and was the first town in New York State to have its plan approved by the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Parma Farmland and Open Space Committee members plan to have an on-site dedication in the spring.
News in Photos - Week of February 6, 2011
Sports - Week of February 6, 2011
Hilton Boys Basketball teams assist Hilton Food Shelf
On Saturday, January 29, players of the Hilton Boys JV/Varsity Basketball teams, parents and coaches assisted the Hilton Food Shelf with food items that had been collected at a home basketball game the previous day. Free admission to the home game was granted with a food/paper good by the Athletic Director, Mike Giruzzi, with all donations going to the local Food Shelf.
The boys carted in the food, learned about food expiration dates and circled them. They then stocked the shelves according to shelf life of the food for the years 2011-2013. Approximately 10-12 boxes of non-perishables/paper/hygiene items were collected, which will greatly benefit local families in Hilton.
Voorhis, Golding pace Eagles win
Junior Tom Voorhis and sophomore Elijah Golding both had first period pins as Brockport defeated Oswego 31-9 in collegiate wrestling.
Voorhis took down his man late in the first period before turning him for a fall in 2:53 at 197 lb. and Golding needed just 1:35 in his 149 lb. match.
Junior Justin James managed a reverse with just eight seconds remaining in the third period to eek out a 4-3 decision at 165 lb. and 285 lb. freshman John Wilkinson had an escape and a takedown late in the final period of his 4-1 decision.
Freshman Jason Chudzinski made his first period takedown hold up in a 2-1 win at 133 lb. while Thomas Rispoli had little trouble earning a 9-3 victory at 157 lb.
Freshman Michael Bosco used a third period reverse to break a 4-4 tie and win 6-4 at 174 lb. The other Golden Eagles win came at 184 lb. as junior David Manzueta used three first period takedowns on his way to an easy 12-3 major decision.
Brockport, ranked 18th in the nation as of January 26, extended their streak to 49 consecutive winning seasons in dual meetings.
They will next participate in the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Championships at Ithaca College February 19. The NCAA Division III Championships are being held at the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse the second week in March.
Alex Fisher signs with Binghamton University
Brockport High School senior Alex Fisher recently signed her letter of intent to play lacrosse at Binghamton University, where she will study Pre-Health.
Brockport Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach Chris Arnold is excited that she will continue her Lacrosse career at Binghamton this fall, where she will play at the Division I level.
“Having led Alex through three seasons, I can say that she is absolutely one of the most talented and competitive girls that I have ever coached,” said Arnold. “Her constant drive to improve herself and her teammates is one of the major reasons that our program has had so much success over the past several years. Given the intensity that Alex brings to everything that she does, I know that she will make an excellent Bearcat.”
Alex has made a significant impact to Brockport Lacrosse program, possessing single season records of 58 goals, 73 assists, and 131 points. She has had 59 career goals (5th all time), 76 assists (1st all-time), 135 points (1st all-time). Awards inclue 2010 Monroe County Division II Player of the Year; 2010 1st team All Monroe County, and 2010 US Lacrosse Academic All-American.
“We will greatly miss her next year, not just for her on field talents, but also for leadership and her determination to win,” said Arnold.
Gymnasts bring home silver and gold
Bright Raven Gymnasts Carly King and Brian Cannon took silver and gold, respectively, in USA Gymnastics sanctioned competitions.
Sixteen-year-old Carly King of Churchville earned the silver medal for her all around performance at the Leatherstocking Invitational held January 15 in Utica. King also placed in the individual events taking second in vault with an 8.75, second in floor exercise with a 9.125 and third on the uneven bars. Her all around total of 34.70 in the four women’s events was good for the second place medal for the 15 and over age division of the Level 8 competition. Teammate Megan Stevens of Brockport also placed second in vault with a score of 9.15 competing in 13-14 age group.
Bright Raven boys traveled to Niagara Falls to compete in the Gold Star Invitational held January 8 where Brian Cannon of Chili captured the all around gold medal in the Level 4 competition for ages 10 and over scoring an 86.10 for a total in the six men’s events. Eleven-year-old Cannon also took first on the pommel horse with a 13.20, first on parallel bars with a 15.20, first on high bar scoring 15.30 and second on rings with a 14.80. In the Level 5 competition for ages 11 and over, Matthew Miller of Spencerport took second place on vault with a 14.60 and Seth Daniels of Churchville was third on vault with a 14.50.
Saints historic hockey season continues
Churchville-Chili began their hockey program in 1997-98 and, over their first 13 seasons, never won more than eight games in one season. They have only had three seasons with a winning record and came into this campaign having won one of 25 games over the last two seasons combined.
Enter 2010-11 and the Saints are 14-2-2 overall; 10-1-1 and in first place in the Western Division with two games remaining in the regular season including their finale February 8 against the Greece Lightning.
In their 4-3 win at Brockport, C-C got on the scoreboard first when Tyler McMillan took a pass from behind the net by Zach Fodge and put in his own rebound at 10:19 of the first period.
Brockport tied the game 59 seconds later on a goal by Dylan Garlock from Alec Smith and Michael Walton and took the lead early in the second period as Garlock won a footrace with the defenseman and scored at 1:38 of the second.
C-C’s Justin Alves roofed a shot at 2:09 of the second period for the Saints after Fodge did the work in the corner and Tom Taccone’s pass found him in the slot.
The Saints took a 3-2 lead at 8:08 of the second when Sam Cammilleri pounded home a rebound from a Shawn Easton shot.
Brockport again came back to tie the game exactly three minutes later as leading scorer Zach Stahl knocked in a loose puck around the net, but the Saints took just 15 seconds to retake the lead for good at 4-3 as Easton found Anthony Bertolani, who tucked the puck inside the post for the game winning goal at 11:23 of the second.
The two teams were scoreless in the third largely thanks to Saints goaltender Dylan Niewiemski, who had 34 saves in the win. He now sports a 1.66 goals against average and a .936 save percentage this season, which would set a new team season record if it stands.
Easton is threatening two team records himself with two games remaining. He has 14 assists, which is one away from Tim Barnard and EJ Coyne’s mark, and his 27 points already puts him third all-time and four away from the team record of 31 points in a season held by Chris Rossignolo in 2007-08.
Hilton Cadets cruise past Brockport
Hilton pulled away in the fourth quarter to break up a close game and win, 54-48, at Hilton January 28. Nick Prince led Hilton’s balanced attack with 14 points and Andy Miller added 12.
The teams were tied at 13 after one quarter. Hilton gained a 24-21 lead at the half and led 37-34 after three.
Julian Ekeze scored 7 points in the finale to keep Brockport close, but the Cadets hit 11 of 14 chances from the line to maintain the lead. Hilton was 15 of 19 from the line, the difference in the score as Brockport was 9 of 10.
Mike Worboys knocked down three three point shots and coupled that with slashing drives to the basket to lead all scorers with 17. Julian Ekeze added 11 and Markell Collins 8 as Brockport once again showed a balanced attack. Sophomore Alex Alvarez, just up from the JV’s, added 4 as did Nick Beers and Kyle Zaffuto.
The season is drawing to a close in mid-February with Brockport still looking for its second win. The young team has a lot of talent but has been unable to sustain itself late in games with more experienced players.
Schools - Week of February 6, 2011
Brockport High School and the Brockport Business Club present:
“The Nearlywed Game”
“The Nearlywed Game,” a spin off of the 1970s program “The Newlywed Game,” will take place in the Brockport High School auditorium at 700 Central School Drive on Thursday, February 10 at 7 p.m. Presale tickets will be available during advisements and lunches. The cost is $3 for one ticket or 2/$5. Contact Ryan Egan at 637-1870 ext. 7104 or email@example.com to arrange for tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door for a cost of $5 each.
Four couples will battle for the title as the “Nearlyweds 2011.” The couple that correctly answers the most questions about their relationship is awarded a Prom ticket (for juniors and seniors) or a Mad Ball ticket with dinner (for freshmen and sophomores).
This sixth annual production, presented by the BHS Business Club and Entrepreneurship class, features couples Michael Knapp and Lysa Hoyt, Marlin Myers and Alyssa Burgio, Maurice Aubry and Kaytlyn Fauci, and Bobby Thorpe and Vicky Ayala.
Concessions will be available during this show, including soda, water, pizza, chips and candy. Numerous door prizes will be given to the audience, as well as prizes from Mark’s Pizzeria, Adore Hair Studio, Subway, Bill Gray’s, Brockport Bowl, Jimmy Z’s, Wegmans, Crosby’s Food Mart, Maurice’s, Tim Hortons, Seawards, Arjuna, WestStar and others.
Byron-Bergen Elementary playground finalist for $50,000 grant
The votes are in and it’s official. Byron-Bergen Elementary School’s Playground Committee has been selected as a finalist for a $50,000 grant in the Pepsi Refresh Project that will help update the school’s playground. For the past month, people had the opportunity to vote online and by texting to support funding to update the school’s outdated playground. The Playground Committee finished eight out of ten, which secures them a spot for the $50,000 grant money. The Pepsi Refresh Project awarded the top votes in each category, including two $250,000, ten $50,000, ten $25,000 and ten $5,000 grants.
The playground, which is over 20 years old, was originally built in honor and memory of Byron-Bergen kindergarten teacher Helene Forsyth-Hough, who tragically died in a car accident in 1985. Hough’s daughter Elaine Bezon, Elementary School reading teacher and Playground Committee member, said the grant money will now allow the committee to begin work on the playground sometime this year. “It warms my heart to see the Byron-Bergen community work together for this cause,” said Bezon. “The playground was originally built because of a tragic event, and now it is being made even bigger and better because of so many people working together to fulfill my mom’s dream to have a playground for students and the Byron-Bergen community.”
Currently the Playground Committee is considered a “finalist” while Pepsi Refresh undergoes a verification process. Then once approved by Pepsi, the Playground Committee will receive the grant money to begin work on the playground. “We need to develop healthy habit activities in children,” said Andrea Stasko, physical education teacher and Playground Committee member. “Now our students will have a suitable place to exercise and move during their free time.” The Playground Committee, which formed in 2009, has fundraised approximately $9,000 in addition to the $50,000 grant.
Kindergarten registration at Byron-Bergen Elementary School
Children in the Byron-Bergen School District who will be five years of age, on or before December 1, 2011, are eligible to begin kindergarten in September 2011. New families in the school district should notify the school if they have a child that will enter kindergarten in September of 2011. Parents can contact the Byron-Bergen Elementary School Office by calling 494-1220 extension 1301, and ask for Becky Kelly. Information may also be sent to the Byron-Bergen Elementary School, 6971 West Bergen Road, Bergen, New York 14416.
All children registering for kindergarten will be scheduled for a screening appointment in May 2011. The results of this screening will be used to plan for the 2011-2012 kindergarten program. There will be an Information Meeting to discuss the registration and screening process on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Cafetorium.
The following items are necessary to complete the registration process: birth certificate, certificate of immunization, proof of residency.
Young poets become published authors
Kendall seventh-graders Troy Conner and Marie Herman can add published author to their list of accomplishments. Sixth-grade teacher Jenny Staebell had her students write poems last year, which she entered into a contest by The American Library of Poetry. The works of Troy and Marie were selected and published in the “Gold Edition” over the past summer. Their classmate seventh-grader Bridget Miller won a $500 scholarship for her entry.
“All of the poems were remarkable,” said Staebell. “Students took this contest very seriously and were able to create vivid images and use rich language in their writing.”
Troy Conner, 13, wrote his poem about his experiences playing with a BB gun in a field of tall weeds, describing the way the weeds snapped and fell, and the way the sun reflected off the snow.
Bridget Miller, 12, wrote her poem about her experience living on Lake Ontario. Although she’s always been a strong writer, Bridget said, music is her forte. She said she has journals filled with songs she’s written.
“If you take poetry and add a backbeat and some guitar, or anything that fits, you can turn it into songs,” she said.
Marie Herman, 12, wrote her poem about Eagles hovering in the summer sky. “Eagles have always been a majestic bird to me,” said Marie. She had worked very hard on her poem, but she didn’t think it was good enough to be published.
“It feels very amazing to see my work published,” she said. “Even if it’s only once, it’s something to be proud of.” Provided information.
Kendall school groups prepare for Evening of Jazz
The Fourth Annual Evening of Jazz will take place Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in the Kendall Junior/Senior High School Commons. Music groups include Kendall Elementary Jazz Band, Kendall Junior High Jazz Band, Kendall Vocal Jazz Choir, Kendall High School Jazz Band, the Brockport Community Big Band, and more. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets are on sale now.
All profits will go towards the Kendall Jazz students’ trip to Philadelphia for the Heritage Music Festival in April. Call 659-8962 for information.
Weddings - February 2011
Sarah K. Hicks - William Lettis
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hicks of Spencerport are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah K. to William Lettis. Will is the son of William and Kim Lettis of Manhattan, Kansas.
Sarah is a graduate of Spencerport High School, Alfred State College and Mansfield University. She is an Army veteran, and served in Korea and Iraq. She is employed by the Federal Government as a Training Instructor at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.
Will graduated from Manhattan High School, Manhattan, Kansas. He is a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army, currently the Re-Enlistment NCO at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. He has served tours in Korea, Kosovo and Iraq.
A May wedding is planned.
Sarah M. Robak - Brian W. Moore
Ted and Nancy Robak of North Chili are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah M. to Brian W. Moore of Buffalo, son of Brian and Mary Moore, also of Buffalo.
Sarah is a graduate of Churchville-Chili High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Buffalo State College. She is employed as a New York State Correctional Officer.
Brian is a graduate of Bishop Timon High School. He is employed as a United States Postal Worker.
A November 2011 wedding is planned.
Hyland - Cragg
Rebecca Hyland and Joshua Cragg were united in marriage July 17, 2010 at Calvary Assembly of God in Chili.
The bride is the daughter of Bruce and Denise Hyland of West Chili. The groom is the son of Geoff and Lynne Cragg of Parker, Colorado.
Bethany Hyland was maid of honor for her sister. Bridesmaids were Abigail Hyland, Rebecca Nelson and Caitlin Conheady, with Gianina Cragg as flower girl.
Jonathan Cragg, brother of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Stephen Cragg, Steven Hyland and Matthew McHugh.
The bride is a 2005 graduate of Churchville-Chili Senior High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from Messiah College, Pennsylvania, and is pursuing a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language at SUNY Buffalo.
The groom holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Messiah College and is employed as a residential counselor at Living Opportunities of DePaul in Buffalo, New York.
The couple honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and makes their home in Tonawanda, New York.
Angelina Santoro - Jeremy Pifer
Patrick Santoro of Hilton, along with Ronald and Rita Downey of Dansville, announce the engagement of their daughter Angelina Santoro to Jeremy Pifer, son of Wes and Sharon Pifer of Cohocton, New York.
Angelina is a graduate of Genesee Community College and is employed by MVP Healthcare.
Jeremy is employed at F.G. Rayburn Mason Contractors Inc.
A fall 2011 wedding is planned.
Kimberly C. Owens - Gregory D. Strabel
David and Leisa Strabel of Brockport are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Gregory D. to Kimberly C. Owens, daughter of Peter and Rena Owens of Chittenango. The couple met at Cornell University from which they both graduated in May 2010.
Kim is pursuing a medical degree from the School of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, located in Stratford, New Jersey.
Greg is pursuing a PhD in economics from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
A July 2011 wedding in Ogunquit, Maine is being planned.
Michalena Grosshans - Dr. Shawn E. Fellows
Raymond Grosshans and Josara Wallber of Idaho Falls, Idaho, formerly of Churchville, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Michalena Grosshans to Dr. Shawn E. Fellows. Shawn is the son of Hal and Christine Fellows of Livonia, New York.
Michalena, a 2006 graduate of Churchville-Chili High School, received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Ohio Northern University in 2010. She is attending Arcadia University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to obtain a master’s degree in the medical science program.
Shawn received a doctor of pharmacy degree in 2009 from Ohio Northern University. He is pursuing post-graduate training
at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware to specialize in critical care.
A summer 2012 wedding is planned in Rochester..
Lisa Quester - Jason Bannon
Mr. and Mrs. John Quester of Hilton are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Lisa to Jason Bannon, son of Kathy and Jeff Bannon of Webster.
Lisa is a 1996 graduate of Hilton High School and a 2001 graduate of SUNY Brockport. She is employed by the University of Rochester.
Jason is a 1993 graduate of Aquinas Institute and has an IT degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is employed by an Atlanta based IT consulting company.
Their wedding is planned for the summer of 2011.
McCullough - Davis
Stacy McCullough and Chris Davis were married December 18, 2010 in Lincoln City, Oregon, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
Stacy is the daughter of Jan and Michael McCullough of Spencerport. Chris is the son of Susanne and Tom Davis of Sherwood, Oregon.
Stacy, a 2002 graduate of Spencerport High School, graduated from Allegheny College in 2006 and earned a master’s degree from Eastern Washington University.
Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in film from the Art Institute of Portland and is employed by Intel Corporation.
The couple resides in Portland, Oregon.
Elaina Plucknette - Christopher Graham
The engagement of Elaina M. Plucknette and Christopher N. Graham has been announced.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Diana and David Plucknette. The future groom is the son of Darlene and Douglas Graham.
Elaina, a 2004 graduate of Spencerport High School, is employed at Ogden Dental Group: Pediatric Dentistry, Spencerport. She is attending Monroe Community College to obtain a degree in nursing.
Christopher, a 2003 graduate of Spencerport High School, graduated from The College at Brockport in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is employed by the Tom James Company, Rochester.
An August 10, 2012 wedding is planned.
Obituaries - Week of February 6, 2011
- Bailey, Louise M., January 29, 2011, at age 83; wife of the late Donald F. Bailey; mother of Donna (John) Smith of Broadalbin, Jeff (Mary) Bailey of Rochester, Russell (Martha) Bailey of LeRoy, Linda (Charlie King) Hanna of Rochester and Wayne (Nancy) Bailey of Bergen; sister of Betty Vereecke of Greece, Estelle Barber of Ohio and Barb (Joe Putch, Jr.) Widger of Spencerport and the late Don and Ken Van Alystine. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held February 2 at Bergen First Presbyterian Church, Bergen. Contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway West, Amherst, NY 14228 or to the Byron-Bergen Public Library, P.O. Box 430, Bergen, NY 14416 in her memory.
- Wiegele, Alvin J., Jr., January 26, 2011. Survived by his fiancée, Kathleen J. Lidstone; children, Davina (Tommy) Lunetta, Paul F. Manchester, Heather D. Wiegele; grandchildren, Evelyn and Elizabeth Manchester; mother, Lorraine Wiegele; two brothers and three sisters.
Funeral Services were held January 29 at the Bartolomeo and Perotto Funeral Home, Inc., Greece. Contributions can be made to the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, U of R Medical Center, Office of Development, 300 East River Road, Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627 in his memory.
- Allen, Douglas F., of Hydesville, California: (1947-2011) January 2, 2011, suddenly at home. Survived by loving son, Devon; step-daughter, Crystal Rose Buhler-Allen; ex-wife, Amina Buhler-Allen; brother, Christopher (Kathleen); nieces and nephews. Doug was a 1965 graduate of Brockport High School and lived in California for many years.
Arrangements were handled by Goble’s Fortuna Mortuary, Fortuna, California.
- Dollard, Mary Catherine “Kay” (McNulty), January 27, 2011. Predeceased by her husband, Robert E. Dollard; parents William McNulty and Justine Cunningham; brothers, Paul McNulty and William McNulty, and sister Joan Kaiser. Survived by her children Joanne M. Dollard and Richard J. (Janice) Dollard; grandchildren, Cheryl (Robert) Smith, Amy (Jeffrey) Bird and Mark (Lynn) Dollard; great-grandchildren Andrea and Emily Smith. She is also survived by sisters, Marge Freed, Helen (Augie) DiBiase, Theresa McNulty, and brother, John (Judy) McNulty along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary was a veteran of the United States Women’s Marine Corps during World War II. She was active in Lakeside Memorial Hospital Twigs and Western New York Historical Society and was a member of Nativity BVM Church, Brockport.
A Mass of Christian Burial was said January 31 at Nativity BVM Church, Brockport. Interment, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Brockport. Contributions can be made to Lakeside Health System Foundation, Western NY Historical Society or Nativity BVM Church in her memory.
- Herrmann, Jane W., January 28, 2010, at age 50. Predeceased by her father, Thomas Waters, Sr. and sister, Mary Ann Waters. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Martin E. Herrmann; children, Bridget Herrmann, Patrick (Michele) Herrmann and Shawn Herrmann; mother, Norma Waters; brothers, Thomas Waters, Jr. and Joseph Waters; many friends.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated February 5 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Greece. Contributions can be made to Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450, in her memory.
- Tamaro, Edward J. “Rocky,” January 27, 2011. Survived by extended family: Kim DuSett Torrance Bannister; nieces, Ra’Ann, Summer, Toya; nephew, David II. He served in the Army and played ball for the Red Wings and Cardinals.
A Celebration of Life was held February 5 at The Christian Center, Brockport. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.LeRoyFuneralHome.com.
- Waite, Burton E., age 93, WWII Navy Veteran, died January 26, 2011. Predeceased by his daughter Geraldine Prusak and grandchildren Colleen Herlan and James Murphy Jr. Loving husband of Genevie M. Waite; father of Jennie Lou (James) Murphy, Shirley (Ronald) Herlan and Burton E. Waite Jr. (Claudette); nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Private funeral services were held. Interment, Lake View Cemetery at the family’s convenience. Contributions can be made to Lakeside Beikirch Care Center, 170 West Avenue, Brockport, NY 14420 or Brockport Free Methodist Church, 6787 Fourth Section Road, Brockport, NY 14420 in his memory.
- Grandy, Howard L., age 74, February 3, 2011. A US Army Veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the Holley Post 529 American Legion and Disciples United Methodist Church. Howard also volunteered at Lakeside Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Leona Grandy as well as a sister Joyce Witt. He is survived by his wife Gayle Grandy; his daughters, Susan (Russell) Spindler of Maryland, Suzanne (Joseph) Plummer of Rochester; grandchildren, Kimberly and Eric Spindler, Stephanie and Joseph Plummer; his brother, Harry (Corabell) Grandy of Arizona; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 West Albion Road (Rt. 31) Holley, Monday, February 7 from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Disciples United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the spring in Hillside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Gates-Chili Sports Booster Club, c/o Gates-Chili High School Sports Boosters, 1 Spartan Way, Rochester, NY 14624 in his memory and will be used for the Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer Teams.
- Mosher, Jim, Jim Mosher joined the Hamlin Lions Club in 1988 and since that time he has been one of the most faithful and hard working Lions you could imagine. He was truly a “grassroots Lion.” Jim loved helping others and through Lions he went above and beyond what most people would do. He truly loved serving his community. One of his pet projects was helping to build the medical loan closet and he served as chairman of the loan closet for 11 years. That meant he got calls at all times of the day and night for people who needed wheel chairs, hospital beds and walkers. He and Lucy spent many hours keeping the place clean and in good order. And in his honor the loan closet will be named the Lion Jim Mosher Medical Loan Closet. Jim and Lucy also spent many days clearing the nature trail for the visually impaired at Hamlin Beach State Park. Whatever project that the Lions agreed to - Jim was always there to help. He also enjoyed his Lions friends - the State Conventions, Hands Across the Border and all the social functions, and particularly the Saratoga Spring Traffic Stop. He always had fun. Jim received many awards: Lion of the Year, Robert J. Uplinger Award and the International Presidents Award, and numerous other recognitions. But Jim did not do all these things for the awards - or to hold an important office, he did them because he loved people, his community and he loved helping others. We will miss Jim Mosher. (This was read at Jim’s Memorial Service by Jim’s sponsor, Lion Neil Newman.) Provided information
- Weddington, Emma Julene, October 25, 2010, age 68, after a short battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband, John C. Weddington; her son, Dwight (Donna) Weddington; grandchildren, Chelsea, Breyauna and John Henry; great-grandson, Roman; her sisters, Lois Wadhams, Gladys King, Patty (Jim) Lorentz, Garnet (Bud) Moore; her brother, Robert (Dot) Adams; brothers-in-law, Glenn Stratton, John Klopp, Bert (Garnet) and Clayton (Lynn) Weddington; sister-in-law, Suzon Gilliam; many nieces, nephews and friends. Julene was predeceased by her parents, Lundy and Zera Adams; her son, Tim; and sisters, Joanne Stratton and Joyce Klopp. Funeral Services were held October 27 at Living Hope Assembly of God, Hamlin. Interment, Garland Cemetery.
- Leeming, Daniel S., February 1, 2011, age 74. Predeceased by his wife, Marlene, 1998. He is survived by his son, John (April) Leeming; daughter, Marletta Leeming-Strode; five grandchildren, Paul and Christine Gannett, Daniel Leeming, Allie and Curtis Strode; his sister, Darla (David) Fowler; his brother, Arthur (Gloria) Leeming; several nieces and nephews. Dan was a Life Member of Hilton Fire Department.
Funeral Services were held February 5 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton. Contributions can be made to the Hilton Fire Department in his memory.
- Oswald, Robert Sr., January 26, 2011, age 80. Predeceased by his wife, Ann, 2004. Survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Cindi Oswald Jr.; his grandsons, Robert III and James (Ashley) Oswald; sister-in-law, Ruth Johnson; many cousins including Norman and Mildred Griesing; and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lifetime Hospice or Lipson Cancer Center in his memory.
- Grabar, Christine M., Age 44, died suddenly, January 30, 2011, at her home. She was born June 5, 1966, in Rochester, a daughter of Koloman and Rose (Flegar) Grabar and had lived in this area all of her life. Christine was a member of St. Mary’s Church. She is survived by her mother Rose of Holley; sisters, Regina (Eric) Ribitsch of Spencerport, Mary Grabar of Atlanta, Georgia; nephew Carson Pennella; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Her Mass of Christian Burial was said February 3 at St. Mary’s Church. Interment Hillside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to American Heart Association in her memory.
- Gruenewald, Matthew S., Age 18, January 27, 2011. Predeceased by his father Jerry Burley and his cousin Jacob Summers. Survived by his mother Rose (Peter) Gilman of Holley; step-mother Theresa Burley of Hamlin; five brothers as well as numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.
A Memorial Service was held February 1 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, Inc., Holley. Contributions can be made to C.O.V.A. or Albion Fire Department in his memory.
- Lawrence, Patricia A., Age 64, died January 28, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Greg; daughters, Sheryl (Mike) Jasinski of Illinois and Leslie (Lester) Payton of Holley; four grandchildren.
A Memorial Service was held February 6 at the Disciples United Methodist Church, Holley. Contributions can be made to the church in her memory.
- Hennekey, Joan M., Age 88, January 25, 2011. Survived by husband of 65 years John; children, Raymond, Mark (Judith), Joseph (Deb), Paul (Carla), Thomas (MaryBeth), Anne (Dennis) Allaart, Margaret Coonrod, Peter (Debbie); many grandchildren, great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was said January 31 at St. Mark’s R.C. Church, Kendall. Interment at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to the church in her memory.
- Cosmano, Theresa, October 20, 2010. Theresa was the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Bono, the last of their ten children. Theresa was predeceased by her husband Dominic Cosmano. Survived by her children, Valerie (Roger) Davis and Lawrence Alessi; grandchildren Mark DeLaney, Caren Davis and Allison Davis; great-grandchildren, Julia Therese Davis and Joshua Roger Davis; niece Mikki Baart; godson Jamey Hinman; special friends whom she met weekly at the Greece Town Mall, Rose Tuccio and Louise Coriola; many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held October 23 at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Greece. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Golisano Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627 or to a charity of one’s choice in her memory.
- Ritzenthaler, James H., Sr., February 1, 2011. Survived by his wife, Anna; children, James H., Jr., Eunice (Chad) DeHaven, Benjamin (Wendy) and Bernard (Loretta) Ritzenthaler; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Marguerite Waidila; brother, Barry (Sherry) Ritzenthaler; nieces and nephews.
A Service of Remembrance was held February 5 at the Chili American Legion Post 1830. Interment private. Contributions can be made to the Chili American Legion Post in his memory.
- Woodward, Don A., October 19, 2010 at the age of 84. He was predeceased by his parents Nelson and Margery Woodward and his brother Ira Woodward. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn S. Woodward; sons, David (Karen) Woodward and Steven (Lisa) Woodward; grandsons, Tim and Tyler Woodward and Matthew Woodward; cousins and many dear friends. All Services were held at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620 or First Congregational Church UCC Memorial Fund, 65 Church Street, Spencerport, NY 14559 in his memory.