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LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 29, 2012
Brockport Ambulance Corps becomes independent of village
by Kristina Gabalski
January 2012 will go down as a history-making month for the Brockport Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc.
On January 12, the Ambulance Corps celebrated its 50th anniversary, and at its regular meeting January 24, members of the Brockport Village Board unanimously voted to approve and authorize an agreement which includes the transfer of its New York State Department of Health Ambulance Service Certificate (“operating certificate”) to the Corps, making it independent of the village.
Many Brockport Ambulance Corps members attended the January 24 meeting and called the transfer of ownership a “milestone.”
Brockport Ambulance President David Rice said now the Corps only needs the “stamp of approval” from the State Health Department. “It’s the final piece of the puzzle,” he said of the effort to establish the Ambulance Corps as an independent EMS agency.
Ambulance Corps member Christopher Martin said the agreement will allow for the “continuation of 50 years of service by this community of volunteers.”
“This was a group effort,” David Rice noted of the many months of meetings and negotiations which went into finalizing the agreement. “Everybody on the committee added something to this.”
He commended Corps members who have worked diligently over the past year continuing to take calls day and night allowing other Ambulance Corps members to focus on reaching an agreement and obtaining all the necessary approvals.
Under the agreement, the Brockport Volunteer Ambulance Corps will provide ambulance service to the Village of Brockport. “We hopefully will contract with the Brockport Fire District,” Christopher Martin said.
David Rice explained that the newly created fire district and the Ambulance Corps’ independence from the village will have a positive impact on emergency fire and medical services provided to the community by separating them from politics.
It will allow the Fire Department and Ambulance Corps to “rise above the muck,” he said.
The Ambulance Corps has had no hidden agenda in the process of becoming independent, Christopher Martin said. “It’s stepping up to serve out of love for the community,” he said of the Corps, whose goal is: “to come when called.”
According to the Emergency Medical Services Agreement, “The Brockport Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BVAC) shall pay the Village the sum of $55,000 to be held in escrow by counsel on behalf of the Village pending the successful transfer of the Village’s Operating Certificate to the Corps, and the Corps will provide services ... to the Village and in return, the Village will allow all third party billing money received subsequent to the Operating Certificate transfer to be received directly by the Corps.”
Under the agreement, the Village also authorizes the Corps, “either directly or through a billing service agency contracted by the Corps, to establish and collect fees or charges for services rendered by the Corps. Such fees or charges may be billed directly to the user’s insurance carrier, in such instances that the user’s insurance contract provides for such direct payment as long as a copy of said bill is also sent to the user.”
The Village will provide, at a monthly rate of $1.00, the facility, or specified portions thereof, located at 38 Market Street, for the Corps to occupy for the purposes of providing EMS, the agreement states.
The agreement also gives sole authority and control to the Corps’ Board of Directors over the management of the Corps’ operations, assets, revenues and expenditures and transfers to the Corps ownership and legal title to emergency vehicles and all equipment and supplies currently in the possession of the Corps.
The term of the agreement begins February 1, 2012 and expires January 31, 2017. It will be automatically renewed for an additional five years at that time unless either party notifies the other in writing on or before August 20, 2016, that it has decided not to renew or wishes to renegotiate.
Mayor Connie Castaneda thanked the Ambulance Corps for assisting “the Village in accomplishing this goal. We wish them the best of luck,” she said.
Brockport Village Board passes resolution in support of Lakeside
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport Village Board members have passed a resolution opposing plans by Unity Health System to move into a new and expanded medical office complex in the Wegmans plaza. Trustees voted 4-1 in favor of the resolution during their regular meeting on January 24. The resolution was proposed at the January 10 Brockport Village Board meeting by Lakeside CEO James Wissler. It states that the board opposes the Certificate of Need (CON) application submitted to New York State by Unity Health System seeking approval to lease and occupy the $3.1 million building in the Town of Sweden.
The resolution states the Unity services would “directly compete with Lakeside Health System and thus will negatively impact our residents, our economy and our quality of life.”
“Clearly, we are all in support of Lakeside Hospital - it’s a pillar of the community,” Mayor Connie Castaneda, who cast the only “no” vote, said.
But the mayor asked trustees not to let their emotions get in the way and to be careful about any action that they might take at this point.
Village attorney Robert Leni advised trustees the village should stay neutral on the issue.
Mayor Castaneda proposed that the village consider a second resolution that could be drawn up with different language. “There is time for us to support a resolution with appropriate language,” she said.
Robert Leni said he had concerns over the use of the words, “Unity Health System proposes to offer to Brockport residents redundant medical services.”
He explained that the statement “redundant medical services” needed to be factually supported by data and that if the village was provided with such data more precise language such as “partially redundant” or “absolutely redundant” could be used.
Leni also advised trustees that in passing the resolution, they would be setting a precedent that “might stifle economic competition in other areas,” by discouraging new businesses from coming into the community.
Mayor Castaneda said citizens of the community should be allowed to have a choice in regards to their health care.
“I support Lakeside .... (but this resolution) could have a negative effect as well,” she said.
But the majority of trustees said they felt compelled to take an official stand against the proposed expansion by Unity.
“I think at a certain point in time you have to stand up for your community,” Trustee Carol Hannan said.
She said if Lakeside were forced to close, it would be gone forever. “It’s frightening to me that we might be looking at competition to drive (Lakeside) Hospital away.”
Trustee Kent Blair noted that the hospital is the second largest employer in the village (741 employees). “I took an oath to support this village,” Blair said, “I’m going to support this (resolution for Lakeside) one way or another and I’m going to do it today.”
Unity Health System officials have stated they are expanding their services in Brockport to make Unity more accessible to patients they already serve and to bring needed services closer to home for Brockport residents. Unity officials say that Brockport is designated by the federal government as having a shortage of health professionals.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 29, 2012
What’s new at the library?
Staying relevant in a rapidly changing world
by Terra Osterling
One of the hottest gifts during the 2011 holiday season was the e-reader. Amazon reports selling over one million of their Kindle devices per week throughout December, not to mention the countless millions sold of Sony’s e-reader, Barnes & Noble Nooks and other e-reader devices.
For people who enjoy reading, a new world has arrived. And in that new world is a familiar place: the public library. While rising demand for access to technology and non-print media has spurred significant change for libraries, their relevance remains constant.
Donna Haire has been the director of the Newman Riga Public Library in Churchville for 28 years, a time period that she says has seen “incredible, incredible change.” E-readers add a new facet to book-borrowing and regularly Newman Riga hosts a class on downloading e-books from Overdrive – a web-based service used by the Monroe County Library System to meet the book-borrowing public’s increasing demand for access to e-book titles.
“We’ve watched our video collection morph into DVDs and our Books on Tape morph into Books on CD. We stand on the brink of more change, watching Books on CD morph into downloads,” says Haire, as she considers the shifts that have occurred over her career. To cope, Newman Riga keeps their collections basic. “We embrace the fact that we cannot afford to be ‘state of the art.’ Books remain our focus.”
Even so, the Newman Riga Library also offers for check-out several portable and easy to use Playaways, a device pre-loaded with a digital audio book. Four computer workstations are equipped with basic office programs and supply internet access. Free wireless hotspot is also available on-site for internet access on personal devices (laptops, e-readers and smartphones), as it is at most member libraries in the Monroe County system.
The expense of Playaway devices, DVDs and Books on CD, computer equipment, not to mention print materials, is significant.
With state aid to Monroe County libraries flat over the last decade after being slashed to 1993 levels, and town aid flat for the past three years, Newman Riga is run purposefully like a small business on a modest annual budget of $180,000 and a wisely invested endowment. Haire draws on a philosophy that combines “fiscal prudence” and focus on the core mission.
An expansion in 1989 doubled the size of the library to about 3,200 square feet, with most of it today still dedicated to what Haire calls the library’s reason for being: books.
“When money is limited, we can’t be all things to all people. We stick with the basics, those fundamentals that … fall under the general heading of education.” Repairs, projects and programs are all second to providing access to print material, computers and the internet.
“Our board has tried hard not to reduce our book budget,” says Haire, and in turn Newman Riga specializes in reader’s advisory (i.e., recommending the right book to the right patron) and promoting a summer reading program, with all prizes donated.
The small business strategy and focus on books has paid off. In fact, circulation at the center-village library has increased over the years, with 28,000 materials checked out in 2011.
While the wave of technology washed out card catalogs a decade ago to make way for computer workstations, libraries continue to function both as the local depository for books and non-print media, and as a community-based education hub.
“Our role has not been diminished by these changes, but has become more important as people try to sift through an abundance of information and technology,” states Becky Tantillo, director of the Parma Public Library, where e-readers have been embraced along with other new technologies.
“We held classes last year in the spring and summer (on downloading library books for e-readers), and will probably do it again.” Tantillo will also personally assist patrons with downloading to an e-reader from Overdrive if online instructional YouTube videos linked to the library’s home page still leave users perplexed.
The Parma Library’s website, Facebook page and six desktop computers showcase the library’s role in accessing technology.
“The limited space in the library prevents us from adding more desktops (computers) for our patrons, so to expand the number of patron access computers, we recently purchased five laptops.” Tantillo adds that the laptops will be available for patron use in February and will connect to the internet via the library’s free wireless hotspot.
The Parma Library also recently increased the number of large-print books available in response to high demand, circulating in all over 142,000 items in 2011.
Again, computers and books (even downloadable) cost money and the Parma Public Library experienced the same reduction in state aid as all Monroe County libraries. But their 2012 budget is up 10% from last year, thanks to a partial restoration of the materials budget. Patrons didn’t suffer from the cuts in prior years as the library’s endowment fund was used to supplement materials purchases.
“This is only a temporary solution,” concedes Director Tantillo, acknowledging that the fund balance will be needed for potential future improvements, such as to the library’s HVAC and structure. Outside efforts also help the library to make ends meet, including the “Friends of the Parma Public Library”-run used bookstore located across the street, where half of the profits go to the library. Money raised by the Teen Advisory Board through candy sales was used to purchase a café table set and wall art for the teen section.
“They’re in here a lot,” Tantillo says of local teens. “They jump on the computer, log into Facebook, and borrow all kinds of things,” including Japanese manga (a style of comic art), checking out “stacks at a time.”
The youth of the community benefit from much of the Parma Library’s programming. The Teen Advisory Board pushed to have the “Get Locked In @ The Parma Public Library” program last fall where 21 teens attended a night of scavenger hunts, movies, games and food. It was so successful that another lock-in is planned for February. Tantillo highly values this relationship, saying, “These teens essentially become ambassadors for the library.”
Youth-oriented services provided by the Parma Library don’t stop there. “We do have a large home schooling population,” explains Tantillo. To help support that segment of the community, the library offers a Family Book Discussion group during the day and grant-purchased “subject kit bags,” filled with books and CDs on topics such as music and art, are available for check-out.
A popular evening story time held last fall, in addition to the standard twice-weekly morning story time, fills a need for working parents and their children of all ages. So popular was the evening story time that registration has opened for another series.
“Often it is listening to the needs of an individual patron and meeting that one person’s needs,” says Tantillo, reflecting on the library’s role in the community.
The idea of the library as a community hub was a major focus when the Seymour Library in Brockport relocated to its 18,000 square foot facility in 1996. Here a patron can use one of more than a dozen desktop computers yet still thumb through the repair manual for a 1980-1987 import car.
“It isn’t just about the books,” confides Patty Good, interim library director at the Seymour Public Library. “It’s not the same as it used to be … which makes it exciting!”
Benefits of having built a facility in the last 20 years include both being well-prepared for the technology shift, and positioning the library as a community meeting place.
Meeting rooms (space offered free of charge) are used by local non-profits, scouting troops and groups of all ages. The library also hosts an active community on its Facebook page. Interim Director Good emphasizes the point saying the Seymour Library strives to be “a community place -- ‘your’ place to come.”
The Teen Scene, renovated and expanded in 2010, is café-like: along one wall are four desktop computers equipped with quality headphones and situated at a high countertop with stools. Restaurant-style booths along a glass partition separate the teen area from the rest of the library. A large section of Young Adult books flanks an open area of soft seating and a coffee table stocked with board games.
There is a room for local history research and in one corner of the children’s book wing an area for stimulating pre-literacy play. And there are lots of electrical outlets throughout the library for patrons visiting with their laptops to access the free wireless hotspot.
In what has become a familiar link among libraries, the Seymour Library hosted an “E-readers Made Easy” class in January, with pre-registration for the session filled well in advance. Additional classes will likely be offered as Good feels that this provides the opportunity to demonstrate for patrons the library’s role in the new technology landscape. The Seymour Library, which circulates nearly 200,000 materials a year, even has an e-reader available for check-out.
A long capital campaign provided the funds for the new construction in 1996, and aggressive fundraising continues to be the norm. With a budget of over a half million dollars, the Seymour Library still relies on help from outside sources. A “Friends” group has in the past purchased fixtures, furniture, Playaway devices, office equipment, and food, t-shirts and prizes for youth programs.
The annual $25-per-ticket “After Hours” is an evening-long food, wine and entertainment event that raises money for additional major purchases – the 2011 event proceeds were earmarked for new computers, computer seating and an electronic message board. Community groups and business owners contribute to the library’s financial well being, including donations for specific needs such as new book purchases or needed equipment.
The costs to keep up with technology advancements, as well as rising costs for employee benefits and retirement plans, will continue to strain library budgets. But based just on the activities and programs of these local libraries, the return for communities cannot be overstated.
Aside from overdue fines and nominal hold fees, every book and non-print item available for check-out, computer equipment and software for use on site, wireless hotspot internet access, as well as entertaining and educational programming, continues to be free and open to the public.
Whether it is the pre-literacy play area at the Seymour Library, a teen lock-in program at the Parma Library, or the one-on-one relationships built over book recommendations at the Newman Riga Library, it is obvious that the Kindle won’t be putting libraries out of business anytime soon. If anything, e-readers might introduce new patrons to their local library.
“The library will continue its commitment to provide free and open access to information for all people,” says Parma Public Library Director Becky Tantillo. “The role of the library in the community is to inform, educate and enrich lives. These values are timeless.”
Editor’s note: The libraries asked to participate in the content of this article were chosen to represent the various size facilities within the readership of Westside News Inc. newspapers, Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald.
Time and talents needed for 2012 Hilton Apple Fest
by Maggie Fitzgibbon
For the last 31 years, the Hilton community has celebrated the autumn season with a festival called the Hilton Apple Fest. This year, the weekend event is planned for September 29 and 30 and the 2012 Board of Directors hopes to attract record crowds as well as a new crop of volunteers.
As one of the area’s largest festivals, the Hilton Apple Fest offers a host of events and activities bound to please all who venture to this small village located near the shores of Lake Ontario. While this event takes place over the course of two days, what many do not know is that the planning of this weekend fest takes the time and efforts of dedicated board members and a slew of volunteers.
Faye Cole has volunteered for the Hilton Apple Fest for 25 years. As in the case with many groups, she’s seen the festival evolve and grow.
“When I first volunteered with the Apple Fest, it was a group of friends putting together an event like a block party. Now the Apple Fest has grown into a big business,” she explained.
The Apple Fest attracts approximately 70,000 people over the course of two days. This event showcases about 200 craft booths, and 25 area non-profit organizations that sell a long list of food items. This weekend fest gives these food vendors the opportunity to raise funds to support their community work. Many local organizations are also on hand to demonstrate how their services help the community.
During her 25 years, Cole has seen the Fest grow, and she has served in a variety of capacities. She’s donned animal characters, chaired and co-chaired the board, helped kids search for prizes at Corey’s Apple Pond, served on the Hilton Apple Fest Board, chaired the 25th anniversary committee, and served on the 30th anniversary committee. But it’s the Apple Pie Contest that Cole is most proud of.
“I did some research on how the Naples Grape Fest offered their grape pie contest and presented the idea of an apple pie contest to the Hilton Apple Fest board and now 20 years later, the Apple Pie Contest is still a popular competition,” Cole said.
The Apple Pie Contest will continue as part of the festival but Cole has decided to step down from the board.
“It’s time,” she said. She has many other volunteer commitments that she will continue but she encourages others to give their time and talents to the Hilton Apple Fest.
“There’s always a need for volunteers, and many different jobs to get accomplished. It’s a great way to meet new friends,” Cole added.
In an effort to attract new members and volunteers, the Hilton Apple Fest board will host an open house/meet and greet on Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Hilton Apple Fest office located at the Hilton Community Center at 59 Henry Street in the village of Hilton.
According to board member Matt Ulakovic, “This open house is an opportunity for those interested in helping the Apple Fest in even the smallest ways, to come and meet some of the board members, and hopefully other interested volunteers from the community. We will provide information as to what areas the help is most needed, as well as answer any questions or concerns. All are welcome to join us,” Ulakovic said.
Rick and Kathy Bjornholm became involved with the Hilton Apple Fest in 1993 and have served on the board for 18 years. Like Cole, the Bjornholms have worn many hats while giving their time to the Hilton Apple Fest.
“I’ve made the five-foot (wide pans of) apple crisp, chaired the food groups and apple growers committees, served on the 25th Hilton Apple Fest anniversary committee and also was the Hilton Apple Fest chairperson for three years,” Rick explained. “I believe that the Apple Fest is a great community organization, one of the few community festivals totally run by volunteers. I think that members of a community should take a few hours each year to help their neighbors, and I believe that the Apple Fest is a wonderful way to help many different people and have a great time doing that,” he added.
Joe Lee is the mayor of Hilton and a long-time Apple Fest board member. He’s been involved for 12 years and he encourages others to volunteer. “Anyone can come to the monthly board meeting and find out what the Apple Fest is all about and see how they can become involved. There’s so much to do, a million things you get involved with. Some as simple as giving a few hours to help with the event set up or volunteer at Corey’s Apple Pond or help organize an event or the entertainment,” Lee said. “Many hands make light work,” he added.
Two scouts improve community through achievements
Together, David Belknap and Michael Volta, Jr. at age 7 started down a path of personal development beginning with the Cub Scouts that has led them through the threshold of success while forging a lasting friendship.
Both advanced through the ranks of Boy Scout Troop 53 to achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout. They shared in being congratulated at the 61st Annual Mentor Dinner and Gathering of Eagles on January 12 which included Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards, a Distinguished Eagle Scout. Belknap and Volta will join in celebrating their Eagle Scout distinction at their Court of Honor on February 4 which will be held at St. Christopher’s Church in North Chili.
Belknap and Volta also completed their Eagle Scout project at the same location, St. Christopher’s Church.
Belknap removed and replaced a concrete handicap ramp to help make the church accessible to people of all ages, needs and abilities. Volta created his own “field of dreams” by removing and replacing the backstop and benches at the church softball field.
Belknap and Volta encourage other youth to take a hard look at the Eagle Scout distinction. They say that the personal challenges and rewards are great and it’s an achievement that is universally recognized that can never be taken away.
And the Belknap - Volta trail of success marches on. Both are looking at a long list of post-high school options and one thing is for sure: “Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle” and these two young men from Rochester can always look back with pride on what they have accomplished.
Guests for lunch
About a dozen residents of the Beikirch Care Center were treated to a homemade lunch by members of the Brockport Police Explorer Post with help from Brockport Police Chief Dan Varrenti, Sgt. Adam Mesiti and Officers Brian Winant, Stephen Mesit who is Post leader and Robert Hagen.
This was the sixth year the Post members and Brockport Police Department staff have spent time with Care Center residents during the holiday season.
This year’s lunch was prepared by the Red Bird Tea Shoppe and transported to Beikirch. Joy Levandowski and Danielle Mesiti provided desserts.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 29, 2012
Men’s lacrosse gets underway at Roberts Wesleyan College
Men’s lacrosse coach Rocky Delfino has announced the 2012 schedule
Roberts Wesleyan College men’s lacrosse schedule is comprised of 13 games in the inaugural season. The schedule consists of a mix of NCAA Division II and III teams. The Raiders will host all of the Division III teams and travel to play the Division II opponents.
“This year’s schedule is a mix of Division II and III teams allowing us to fill out a full schedule of teams that will test our character, toughness, and team development,” said Men’s Lacrosse Coach Rocky Delfino. “In men’s lacrosse, it doesn’t matter what the level is, all of the teams will be highly competitive.”
Of the Division II sides, the Raiders are scheduled to face three future East Coast Conference rivals, Molloy College, Seton Hill University, and Dominican College on March 17, 24 and April 11, respectively.
The Raiders will also play Franklin Pierce University, St. Anselm College, and The College of St. Rose from the Northeast-10 Conference. Like the Raiders, The College of St. Rose is a new program that is in its first year.
Another new program the Raiders will face is Coker College (N.C.) on March 10 at a neutral site in Philadelphia.
The Raiders will host six Division III teams, including the home opener against Alfred University on February 25 at 1 p.m.
Other home games include Hilbert College, Cazenovia College, Medaille College, SUNY Canton, and SUNYIT.
The Raiders are not eligible for any post-season opportunities as the NAIA and NCCAA does not sponsor men’s lacrosse.
All games will be played on the main practice field next to the Roberts Wesleyan Soccer Stadium. This practice field has an artificial field turf surface and has a 90’ Hummel lighting system.
Delfino said he is looking forward to the small, but capable group of student-athletes that will compete for the first-year program. “I give this year’s team a lot of credit, because they are laying the foundation of our program,” said Delfino. “They are few in numbers but focus on the goal of developing the program. They have also helped in developing a talented class for next year, which help continue to develop team depth, talent, and competiveness.”
Provided by Micah Chapman
RWC Sports Information Director
Blue Devils quiet Thunder
by Warren Kozireski
Brockport netted three goals over a 1:10 span in the first period and went on to defeat the Greece Thunder 5-2 in high school hockey at the Tuttle North Ice Arena.
Senior and leading point producer Tyler Hill began the scoring at 8:52 of the first period when he banged home the rebound from a Michael Walton shot that ended up in the slot.
Defenseman Zach Coughlin followed 25 seconds later when he lazered a slapshot from the point into the top right corner for his eighth goal of the season after the Greece goaltender tried to clear a loose puck.
The Blue Devils scored their third goal of the rally at 10:02 on a Michael Knapp wrister with assists from Carlos Ross and Coughlin.
The Thunder scored early in the second period to close to 3-1 converting a two-on-one, but Brockport retook their three goal advantage when Philip Sipp picked up a loose puck at center ice, skated in on the Greece net and scored on a wrist shot over the goaltenders glove hand at 8:16.
The Thunder scored again later in the second, but sophomore Brandon Henshaw created an offensive zone turnover and scored into the lower right corner of the net 1:37 into the third period for the final tally of the game.
“We let down a little bit after the three goal sequence,” said Brockport head coach Greg Stahl. “But once they got their first goal I thought we settled down.”
“I never felt comfortable since they are a good offensive team. But when we got our forecheck going I thought we controlled play. It wasn’t our normal forecheck system, but it worked today.”
Justin Keene stopped 16 shots in net for Brockport as they improved their record to 13-1-1 and 7-0-1 in conference—good enough for first place in Class B West. The team was ranked third among New York State Division II schools as of mid-January.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 29, 2012
Brockport High School Band Director Shawn Halquist and Band President Mya Pennington receive a check for $1,000 from Brockport Lions Club Treasurer Charlie Deacon at the Lions dinner meeting on January 18.
The Lions held a pancake breakfast last November to help the Band Boosters raise money for the band trip to Orlando. One hundred twenty two band members will perform at Disney World and enjoy the attractions during their trip that begins in two weeks.
Contact Greg Lund at 964-2774 or email@example.com for information about the Brockport Lions Club.
Submitted photo by Jack Bowser
BHS Key Club helps community with hours of service
The members of the Brockport High School Key Club have recently exceeded 1,000 hours of community service. Since the beginning of the school year, Key Club members have been busy making the community a better place.
The community service club includes 90 members in grades 9-12 and promotes the development of student leaders and positive role models. Key Club develops experiences to serve the school and community and to build a better community through unselfish service.
Club Advisor Christine Howlett and the Key Club officers provide volunteer opportunities for all members.
“The wide variety of service opportunities allows students to select the service projects that best suit them and their busy lives,” said Howlett. “Our community has benefited immensely from the great numbers of hours our teenagers put in. We are so lucky to have so many great kids offer up their time and energy to our schools and Brockport community.”
To date, Key Club members cleaned the Village of Brockport’s parks and streets, with help from The College at Brockport’s Circle K Club and local Girl Scout Troop 60-360; they collected $660 worth of non-perishable food items for the Brockport Food Shelf; and helped raise $1,000 for the Salvation Army through their bell-ringing campaign. Key Club members spread holiday cheer to the community by caroling throughout the village and serving fresh popcorn and hot coffee to crafters and shoppers at the Kiwanis Craft Fair in December.
Key Club members can be found every Friday at Ginther Elementary helping with the Ginther Caring Kids Club and are often seen volunteering during family evening events at Ginther, Barclay and Hill schools - running games, reading books, helping with crafts and interacting with the children.
In February, students will begin delivering Valentines to their friends at the Beikirch Nursing Home, with whom they also play Bingo each month. They will be running games at the Brockport Teachers’ Association Fun Fair and will be helping children to learn the game of lacrosse at the LAX A Palooza in March. Look for cleaner parks in April as they do their second round of cleaning up the parks.
Character education program teaches early leadership
Byron-Bergen Elementary and Middle School students are learning life skills that bring out the best in everyone during the district’s first year using The Leader in Me character education program.
The program is based on the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Dr. Stephen R. Covey and aims to bring out the potential leader in every student and bringing it out early. Covey adapted the program for elementary schools in 1999 beginning with a school in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Both schools have implemented the program through grade six for the next three years. Byron-Bergen High School will implement the program beginning next school year.
The Leader in Me corresponds with the district’s Strategic Plan for character education, with the goal of developing a school system-wide commitment to character education for all students. The program is integrated into Byron-Bergen’s core curriculum so that it is cohesive with everyday language students are already familiar with, according to district officials.
Kelly Markle, third-grade teacher, was involved in the character education planning process. She said The Leader in Me was a clear choice because it really focuses on the individual student, as it gives students life strategies that will help them to be successful both in and outside of school.
Markle said she teaches students that they are in charge of themselves and to focus on their “circle of influence - things that they can change.”
Andrew Parnapy, a third-grader at Byron-Bergen Elementary School, said one specific component stands out from his experiences this year with The Leader in Me.
“You should be really nice to people,” said Andrew. “Do things for others to help them.”
Michelle Pastore’s daughter, Valerie, is a first-grader learning about The Leader in Me. Pastore said so far this school year she sees her daughter “happy and more confident.”
“When Valerie comes home, we use The Leader in Me skills in other areas,” she said. “For example, she needs to practice her piano before watching cartoons, which is Habit 3, ‘Put First Things First.’ ”
Ayn Gardner is one of the teachers using the program this school year in her prekindergarten class, and said that it is a model that is used throughout the community.
“Our students will continue to use the tools they gain through this program into their adult life,” said Gardner. “The Leader in Me will help enable our students to become better leaders in the future.”
Churchville-Chili plans Middle School Gym Grand Opening Feb. 4
Churchville-Chili Central School District plans a Community Unveiling: Middle School Gymnasium Grand Opening Saturday, February 4 at Churchville-Chili Middle School Gym (parking in high school bus loop and staff parking lot) 139 Fairbanks Road, Churchville. Program includes 8:30 a.m. - Meet and greet with refreshments, 9 a.m. Ribbon cutting, 9:15 a.m. Superintendent’s welcome and opening remarks, 9:20 a.m. Mid-Project Review and Presentation by Campus Construction, 9:45 a.m. Q and A with community, 10 a.m. Tours of new middle school facilities including the middle school fitness room, locker rooms and gym, 11:30 a.m. Boys Modified B Basketball game followed by Girls Modified A Basketball game at 1:15 p.m.
For planning purposes community members are asked to RSVP online at www.cccsd.org/unveiling.
“Gung Hei Fat Choy!”
Kindergarteners from teachers Nicole DiBattisto, Shawna Spriggs and Loni Butlin’s classes made festive hats, handed out tangerines and created a parade with mini-dragons and lanterns for classmates on January 23, the traditional spring festival in China and also the beginning of the new year.
With the colors red and gold for good luck, paper dragons, hand-held drums and cries of “Gung Hei Fat Choy,” which means “Best wishes and Congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year,” students celebrated the 15-day Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon.
Classrooms were decorated with flowers and fruit as well as Chinese scrolls hung on walls or doorways to carry messages of good health, luck, long life, prosperity, and happiness.
According to tradition, everyone takes care to say and do the right things and think good thoughts. On the seventh day of the New Year everyone adds a year to their age no matter when they were born. In traditional China, individual birthdays were not considered as important as this New Year’s date.
Quest is an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.
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Hilton Central School District’s Northwood Elementary School’s Theater Club debuted the “Broadway Musical Review” January 18 and 19 in the auditorium at Hilton High School for parents, friends and the community.
More than 70 fifth and sixth grade students sang, danced and performed a medley of Broadway hits. Among the musical numbers featured in the show were: “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Footloose,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” and “We Go Together,” according to teachers Jennifer Sica and Melanie Murphy.
From left, fifth grader Nicole Lang, sixth grader Julia Marino, sixth grader Shauna Glavin performing “Maybe” from the Broadway musical, “Annie.”
Bernabi Elementary welcomes Lancers
Two Rochester Lancer soccer players visited first and second graders at Bernabi Elementary School in Spencerport on January 24.
Lancers Jefferson Dargout and Nelson Becerra demonstrated different soccer moves and encouraged the students to pursue their interest in soccer.
The soccer club, coordinated by teacher Cynthia Haskins, was just one of many extracurricular activities offered during a special enrichment week at Bernabi, which focused on the Spencerport School District’s objective that each student will demonstrate a love of learning through the passionate pursuit of individual interests.
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14th annual Evening of Jazz set for Feb. 4
The Spencerport High School Jazz Band (shown here) will present its 14th annual Evening of Jazz, on Saturday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the SHS Performing Arts Center.
Featured special guest is artist Eric Marienthal, the lead alto sax player for the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, and the jazz bands of Cosgrove Middle School, Hilton High School, Fairport High School and Spencerport High School Friday Jazz.
Tickets are $10 adults, $7 students/senior citizens, with beverages and desserts included. Live and silent auctions will take place throughout the night.
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OBITUARIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 29, 2012
•Bartlett, Lee C., age 76, of Waterport, died January 23, 2012 at Medina Memorial Hospital. He was born December 12, 1935 in Brockport, the son of the late Chester and Mildred (Reitz) Bartlett and had lived in this area all of his life. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his daughter, Barbara and his step-son Craig Williams. He is survived by his loving wife Sandra; his daughters Debra (James) Day of Holley, Sandra (William) Shay of Holley; step-children, Edward (Suzanne) Williams of Waterport, Shelley (Stanley) Slater of Kendall, Paul Williams of Brockport; grandchildren, Robert, Leanne, Rebecca, Jessica, Keith, Stephanie, Marissa, Kyle; great-granddaughter, Hailee; and many friends. Lee had been an active life-long member of the Holley Rod and Gun Club and he was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Brockport. Lee had served in the US Navy Reserves. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing.
A Memorial Service was held January 27 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley. Spring interment, Sandy Creek Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Hamlin United Methodist Church in his memory.
•Deya, Jose A., of Fairport, formerly of Spencerport, died January 22, 2012 at age 79. Predeceased by wife, Mary. Survived by sons, Michael (Tracy) Deya and David Deya; grandchildren, Christine, Paige, Hunter, Lily, Nicholas and Christopher; dear friend, Joanne Brand; brother, Neftali (Barbara) Deya; sisters, Carmen (Richard) Householder, Haydee (Toro) Diaz and Faustina Deya; several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was said January 28 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Spencerport. Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in his memory.
•Burns, Cheryl Ann, On January 23, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Cheryl is survived by her loving wife of 23 years, Marybeth Gillispie; her daughter, Ellie (Gillispie) Zeitvogel and her husband, Lenny; her son, Wes Gillispie; grandchildren, Joie, Olivia, Bradley, Onalya, and Brooklyn. Also survived by her mother, Mary Ann Burns; brothers, Tom (Marie), Matt and Chris (Sara) Burns; a sister, Anne (Darrin) Winkley; brother-in-law, Tom (Ingrid) Dean; sisters-in-law, Sandra (Art ) Leach, Pat (Mike) Neal, Donella (Willis) Barney and Michelle (Jim) Harden; several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father, Thomas Burns Sr. and her brother-in-law, Brent Howard.
Her Funeral Mass was said January 27 in Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Brockport. Interment private, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in her memory.
•Eldred, Veeda I. (Cotter), On January 18, 2012 at the age of 91. Predeceased by her husband Charles and son Jay. Survived by daughters Mary (Alan) Way and Kathleen Kandris; grandchildren Kathleen Way (Poughkeepsie), Michelle (James) Albro, Thomas (Jennifer) Kandris, Tina Kandris (South Carolina); great grandchildren Jaimie and Alexa Albro.
A Private Graveside Service will be held in the spring. Donations can be made to the Lakeside Memorial Hospital Foundation in her memory.
•Rombaut, Dorothy May (Masseth), On January 23, 2012 at the age of 86. Predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Robert L. She is survived by her children John (Thelma), Don (Jeri), Peggy (Dale) Wohlers, Patricia (Andrew) Schreiner, Ken (Cindy) Rombaut, Jeanmary (Michael) Day; grandchildren Tim (Teri) Rombaut, Debbie (Chris) Young, Jeff and Julie Rombaut, Scott (Bridget) Wohlers, Teri (Jamie) Cunningham, David (Denise) Schreiner, Benjamin (Shauna) Schreiner, Amy (Mike) Houser, Kevin (Megan) Rombaut, Kyle Rombaut, Rebecca (Graham) Manfreda, Elizabeth, Emily and Mary Day; thirteen great grandchildren; brother James Masseth; sister Marie (Dick) Markel; sister-in-law Cathy Masseth; brother-in-law Paul (Midge) Rombaut; sisters-in-law Catherine Culhane and Helen Rombaut; several nieces and nephews. Dorothy was a 59 year member of Nativity Catholic Church in Brockport, a member of the Catholic Daughters and the Rosary Society.
A Mass of Christian Burial was said January 28 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Brockport. Interment at convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to Mt. Olivet Cemetery, c/o Nativity Church, 152 Main Street, Brockport 14420 in her memory.
•Britt, Donald C., January 21, 2012, at age 75. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Britt of Byron; daughter, Kim (Mark) Dewey of Byron; son, Donald B. (Chrystal) Britt of Byron; five grandchildren; sister, Jane (John) Porter of Valley Center, California; sister-in-law, June (Linderman) Britt of Fremont, Michigan; many nieces and nephews.
Services were held January 25 at Byron Presbyterian Church, Byron. Burial at a later date in Byron Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Byron Presbyterian Church, Furnace Fund, P.O. Box 206, Byron, NY 14422 in his memory.
•Capamaggio, Louis H., of South Byron, died January 22, 2012, age 86. Husband of Ida Lucille (Kimball) Capamaggio; father of Susan (John) Devery, Gerard Capamaggio, Linda Elder (Tim Gurganus), Diane Kinder, Patti (David) Capamaggio-Coan, Philip (Kathy) Capamaggio and Kevin (Gloria) Capamaggio; brother of Jerry Capamaggio and Ann Carr; grandfather of 91 grandchildren and great-grandchildren including the late Keith Luce.
Funeral Services were held January 26 at St. Vincent DePaul Cemetery, Churchville. Contributions can be made to Veterans Administration Medical Center, 222 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, NY 14020 in his memory.
•Seaman, John R., January 17, 2012 at age 85. Survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Elizabeth; children, Linda Thom, Richard (JoAnn); grandchildren, Christopher (Colleen), Matthew (Angela) and Megan; several nieces and nephews. John was a member of Unity Masonic Lodge in Spencerport and the Rochester Theater Organ Society. He served in the Pacific Theatre at the end of WWII and was a retiree of RG&E.
Funeral Services were held January 22 at the Bean Funeral Home, Chili. Interment, Grove Place Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the local animal shelter ASPCA, 184 Verona Street, Rochester 14608 in his memory.
•Morris, Francis “Dave,” died January 18, 2012. Predeceased by his parents, Richard and Irene Morris; son, Thomas Morris; sisters, June, Shirley and Jean. Survived by his wife of 45 years, Elisabeth Morris; daughter, Holly (Bob) (Williamson) Huber; sisters, Pat (David) Redmond, Bonnie (Dean) Stenshorn; sister-in-law, Ruth (Dennis) Helm; many nieces and nephews; good friend, Paul Williamson.
A Memorial Service was held January 28 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Churchville. Interment private. Donations can be made to American Diabetes, Attn: Memorial Donations, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049, in his memory.
•Nelson, Margaret A., January 20, 2012 at age 86. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Craig R. Nelson, brother, John Brady (Georgina) and sister, Mary (Pat) Schur. She is survived by her nephews Patrick (Lorie) and Charles Schur; niece, Jacquie Schur; sister-in-law, Joan (Kenneth) Wirt of Florida; many great nieces and nephews; one great-great niece and one great-great nephew; and many dear friends.
A Memorial Mass was held January 28 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Churchville. Interment, St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Churchville Lions Club or Churchville Fire Department in her memory.
•Frisby, Harold R., of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Hilton, died January 13, 2012 at age 85. Predeceased by his wife Joyce Burlingame Frisby (2006). He is survived by sons, Stephen (Cathy) of Orem, Utah, Kevin of Spanish Fork, Utah, Brian (Prudy) of Phoenix, Arizona; 14 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Donations can be made to the Hilton Fire Department - Memorial Fund, 120 Old Hojack Lane, Hilton, NY 14468 in his memory.
•Belski, Betty J., age 76, died January 24, 2012. Predeceased by husband Frank and son Frank, Jr. Survived by sons: William (Denise), Howard; daughters, Brenda (Micah) Eldridge, Eileen Brumsted, Lauri Wagner; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren.
A Graveside Service was held January 27 in Mt. Albion Cemetery.
•Bauer, John R., “Jack,” age 81, died January 17, 2012. He is survived by a brother, Carl Bauer of Holley; his beloved dog Hooch; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by brothers and sisters, Robert, Richard, Shirley, Larry, Florence, Paul. He was employed as a Foreman for Kodak for over 30 years until his retirement, and also volunteered at the Batavia V.A. Hospital for the last 20 years.
Services were held January 23 at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, Holley. Spring interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Batavia Veterans Hospital in his memory.
•Robinson, Grace V. (Corrigan), age 83, died January 21, 2012. She was predeceased by her husband Howard, daughter Suzanne Pickett. She is survived by her children, Edward of Rochester, Christopher of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Robinson of Holley; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Anna (Dick) Sietmann of Florida, Patricia (F. Gilbert) Murray of Hamlin, Mary Burnett of Rochester; sister-in-law Harriett Corrigan of Albion; several nieces, nephews, cousins. She was a member of the Sweden Senior Center and enjoyed the Theater Group, line dancing and walking in the 5K at the Albion Strawberry Festival.
Her Funeral Service was held January 24 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley. Spring interment, Lakeview Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Sweden Senior Center or Lakeside Memorial Hospital in her memory.
•Clement, Paul H., January 22, 2012, age 90. Predeceased by his wife Alice, brother Walter and sister Dorothy. Survived by sons Bruce (Lua) and Robert; daughters Nancy (Dale) and Joyce; their children and grandchildren. Paul was a graduate of New Hartford High, University of Michigan and a Navy veteran. He loved his home in North Chili where he and Alice raised their family and enjoyed 60 years of marriage.
•Wood, David G., On January 20, 2012 in Goodyear, Arizona. Survived by wife, Linda; two stepsons, William (Dolly) and Lt. Com. Paul (Michele) Burkhart; sister, Martha (Gerald) Cramer; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
No service will be held. Contributions can be made in David’s memory to Hospice of the Valley www.hov.org.
•Borgyon, Gloria Kesel, of Texas, formerly of Spencerport, died January 16, 2012 at age 84. Predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Robert, and her three brothers, Richard, Donald and Russell Kesel. Gloria is survived by daughters, Lynette (Al) Acosta of Spring, Texas, and Patricia (Gil) Schultz of Kendall; grandchildren Kristin (Joe) Linseisen, Laura (Ronnie) Wooddell, Stacy (Tim) Barnett, Tyler and Taylor Schultz and JR Acosta; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Emma, and Lily Linseisen, Ronson and Ronan Wooddell and Kylie Barnett. She is survived by sisters-in-law Rosa and Marie Kesel, Bernadette MacKenzie and Genevieve Borgyon, SSJ; many nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Luke’s The Woodlands Cardiology at https://www.stlukestexas.com/Giving/ or call toll-free 1-855-590-9794. To sign the register book, or to offer your memories of Gloria to the family, please visit www.forestparkthewoodlands.com.
•Connolly, Lena M., January 15, 2012, age 100. Survived by daughter, Connie Carter; grandchildren, Robert (Nance) Griffin, Sandra Battrick. Member of the Trinity Episcopal Church of Greece for over 50 years.
Services were held at the convenience of the family.
•Cooke, Jane L. (LeBrun), January 20, 2012 at age 76. Jane was predeceased by her parents, Mary (Petro) and Ralph LeBrun and her husband, Donald R. Cooke. She is survived by her children, Ann (Timothy) Jacobs, Patricia (Gary) Zander, Robert (Mariel) Cooke, Christine (Gary) Kasper and Joseph (Annemarie Schuetz) Cooke; eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; her siblings, Mark K. (James) Campbell, John (Priscilla) LeBrun; two nieces and one nephew.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated January 24 at St. Jude the Apostle Church, Gates. Interment at the convenience of the family.
•Daly, Alfred A. “Bumpa,” died January 21, 2012. Survived by his wife of 43 years, Virginia “Ginny” Daly (Coon); son, Jim (Sue) Daly; grandchildren, Cassie and John; sister, Ruth Werth; several nieces and nephews. Alfred was a retiree of Eastman Kodak after 37 years and a US Army Veteran of Korea.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated January 26 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Spencerport. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association in his memory.
•Dimor, Louise J. (D’Aurizio), January 23, 2012. Louise is predeceased by her husband, Ernest Dimor. She is survived by her daughters, Marie (Jared) Hall, Antoinette (Thomas) Fusilli, Louise (James) Pizzutelli; grandchildren, Michelle (Robert) Wilkie, Sarah (Shane) Murray, Thomas (Krystal) Fusilli, Nicholas (Sarah) Fusilli, Kristina (Kevin) Bohn, James (Stephanie) Pizzutelli; great-grandchildren, Jared and Leah Wilkie, Jach and Chase Murray, Gianna and Mattea Fusilli, Olivia Bohn; sister, Mary (Dominic) Massa; several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, January 30, 10:30 a.m. at St. Christopher’s Church, 3350 Union Street, North Chili. Private interment. Donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 in her memory.
•Dwaileebe, “Jean” Geraldine H., January 23, 2012 at age 79. She was predeceased by her husband Alvin G. Dwaileebe and parents Charles and Thenia Fitch. Survived by her siblings William Fitch, Chris Fitch, Gloria Button, Jerry Fitch; her children Michael (Leslie), Laurie (Jim) Overmyer, George, James, Linda (Tom) Van Ness, Mark (Jody), Michelle (Larry) Azzi, Jenny (Frank) Trapani, Gary (Jessica), and David Dwaileebe. 28 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A Memorial Service was held January 28 at Open Door Baptist Church. Contributions can be made to Aurora House Comfort Care, P.O. Box 21, Spencerport 14559 in her memory.
•Kincaid, John C. “Jack,” of Canandaigua, a native of Spencerport, died January 23, 2012, at the age of 80. Born in Rochester to the late Lester and Mae (McCarthy) Kincaid of Spencerport, Jack served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Xerox Corporation after 25 years of service. Jack was predeceased by his parents, infant daughter, Mary Beth, daughter, Nancy Kincaid Dunster, and sister, Mary K. Ryder. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, John T. Kincaid, Georgia; brother, James Kincaid, New Mexico; brother-in-law, Robert Ryder, Webster; sisters-in-law, Deanna (Harold) Murphy, Canandaigua, Georgina Tobias, Gates; grandchildren, Nathan (Amy), Jake, Katherine and Wesley Dunster, North Carolina, JC Kincaid, California; nine nieces, three nephews, many dear cousins and loving friends.
A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made in his memory to: Spencerport Scholarship Fund Alumni Association, P.O. Box 218, Spencerport, NY 14559 or House of John, 14 Spring Street, Clifton Springs, New York 14432. To share a memory or express condolences online visit www.fullerfh.com.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF JANUARY 22, 2012
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 22, 2012
Lakeside officials host community forum
Effects of Unity services expansion discussed
by Kristina Gabalski
Well over 200 people gathered at the Brockport High School Auditorium Wednesday, January 18 for a community forum presented by Lakeside Health System in regards to a new facility Unity Health System plans to open in Brockport.
Unity officials say they will lease an 18,000 sq. ft. facility currently under construction and relocate/expand their existing Unity Ob/Gyn at Brockport office and ACM Lab. Unity also plans to add two primary care providers and specialty outreach including diabetic educators, endocrinology, pulmonary, neurology, infectious disease and vascular surgery. Physical Therapy services and mammography and X-ray services would also be provided at the Brockport facility.
Unity COO Stewart Putnam told Westside News Inc. (Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald) the expansion is in response to community need, “This has nothing to do with Lakeside,” he said.
Unity has information about the Brockport facility available on its website: www.unityhealth.org/buildingbettercare.
Lakeside’s forum began with a presentation by CEO James Wissler who provided information on how Unity’s plan would likely affect Lakeside.
“It will take patients away from us. That means we would have to eliminate jobs,” Wissler said.
He emphasized the hospital’s positive economic impact on the community and high quality of care Lakeside provides. Lakeside consistently ranks higher than other local hospitals as well as the state average in multiple quality measures including heart attack care, surgical care improvement, pneumonia care and heart failure, Wissler said.
He noted concerned residents have called their state assemblymen and senators and signed a petition in support of Lakeside.
“Ask yourself, ‘Is this community enriched by having the hospital, or is it better off without it?’” Wissler said.
The program was then opened up to questions and comments from the audience directed to a panel including Nancy Plews, Chair of the Lakeside Health System Board; Jim Wissler, Lakeside CEO; Dr. Alex Fahoury, Hospitalist/President Lakeside Health System Medical Staff; and Dr. Benson Zoghlin, Primary Care Physician, Hilton Health Care, PC/past President Lakeside Health System.
Many Lakeside physicians, staff and patients spoke of the personal, high quality care Lakeside provides close to home.
Physicians and staff said when Unity brings in primary care physicians, they will refer patients to Unity Hospital for services and Lakeside will lose patients. They urged the community to oppose the Unity plan and to utilize Lakeside.
“We would like you all to write the State Department of Health and show support to Lakeside,” Dr. Alex Fahoury said.
Nancy Plews, Chair of the Lakeside Health System Board of Directors, said information will be provided on the hospital’s website: lakesidehealth.org.
Many community leaders also spoke.
Brockport Village Trustee Carol Hannan said it would be “a medical, financial and personal tragedy” if Lakeside was forced to close. Trustees Margaret Blackman and Kent Blair said they would do everything they could to support Lakeside.
Josephine Matela, President of the Brockport Merchants Association and a former mayor, said residents and community leaders should work to get the state to delay the granting of a Certificate of Need for the Unity project.
“Our elected officials should be doing all possible to see that Lakeside stays in Brockport,” Matela said.
Ogden Supervisor Gay Lenhard said she and her family utilize Lakeside. She asked Jim Wissler about ways to support the hospital.
Wissler responded that letters as well as phone calls to the State Department of Health would help.
Garry Stone, Superintendent of the Brockport Central School District, said there is an important relationship between the school and the hospital. “We need to do everything we can to keep you open, our kids need it,” he said.
One resident questioned Sweden Town officials about why they had not done anything to prevent construction of the building that will house the Unity facility.
“I don’t think you were looking out for the community,” he said.
Sweden Supervisor Patricia Connors responded that the project was approved by the town Planning Board and did not come through the Town Board. She explained that if a project meets town codes “the town cannot prevent a business from coming here to build.”
Dr. Alex Fahoury said the Town of Sweden has been very supportive of Lakeside and that it is the State Department of Health that provides approval for such a project.
He reminded those in attendance that the purpose of the forum was to “alert the community how important the facility (Lakeside) is for everyone.”
A Bergen resident asked how the Unity facility could threaten Lakeside. “I like to have a choice close to home. Why is that a problem?” she questioned.
Dr. Benson Zoghlin responded that Lakeside wants to raise some concern in the community over the beginning of what it sees as an “incursion, a drifting of services,” with the expansion of Unity in Brockport.
He cited the closing of Genesee Hospital in Rochester which began, in part, with a large internal medicine practice leaving. He also noted that St. Mary’s in Rochester is no longer an acute care hospital.
“It makes us prick up our ears a little bit,” he said of Unity’s plans. “A lot of this starts with primary care.”
Dr. Zoghlin said Lakeside is willing to compete with other medical providers and that “we’re not going to back down from what we do now.”
Lakeside would like to delay or stall the process of Unity’s expansion, “as much as we can,” Dr. Zoghlin said. “One or two (hospital) admissions a week do make a difference. We want to be moving forward and not worry about regressing in a year.”
Middle-skill jobs - those that require more than a high school diploma but not a four-year degree - account for nearly half of all current jobs in New York, and are a substantial share of future job openings. The Center for Workforce Development offers training in middle-skill jobs - such as computer support specialist; dental assistant; skilled trades; and legal, general, medical and administrative office careers.
•Computer support specialist (A+ Certification and CISCO IT” essentials) training begins February 1 for 22 weeks (632 hours) with classes held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
•Dental Assistant training (NYS licensure-qualifying) begins February 13 for 22 weeks (600 hours), including clinical experience. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
•Skilled trades includes building maintenance, HVAC service technician (residential/light commercial), and machining/CNC fundamentals. Each of these courses begins March 1 and runs for 19 weeks (605 hours) with classes held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
•Legal, general, medical and administrative office career training opportunities begin March 5 for 20 weeks (600 hours). Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
PELL Grants, Stafford Loans, and other tuition assistance are available to those who qualify. Skilled trades and dental assistant classes are held at the Spencerport location at 3589 Big Ridge Road. Computer support specialist and office careers training are held at the Center for Workforce Development, Rochester TechPark, 160 Wallace Way, Building #9. For information, call 349-9100 or visit www.monroe2cwd.edu. Information sessions are offered weekly and open houses are held monthly.
Hamlin Fire District officers elected
The Hamlin Fire District has elected the following officers for 2012.
•Fire Line Officers: Fire Chief Allan Smith; Deputy Chief Tom Maier; Assistant Chief Michael Gross; Captain Rick Woods; Captain Joe Burke; Lieutenant Tony Deserto; Lieutenant Pat Doerrer; EMS Captain Anthony DiNatale; EMS Lieutenant Robbie Woods.
•Civil Line and Board of Directors: President Karen Sabourin; Vice President Robbie Woods; Secretary Kathryn Gross; Treasurer (vacant); Membership Director Hannah Deserto; Property Director Rich Breslawski; Property Director Keith Gay.
•Fire Commissioner: Ronald Breslawski (re-elected for a five year term).
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 22, 2012
Renowned singer, songwriter and entertainer Christine Lavin returns to Brockport for celebratory concert
When internationally acclaimed contemporary folksinger/satirist/entertainer Christine Lavin plants her feet on the Tower Fine Arts Center stage on Friday, February 3, she should feel right at home. The Brockport alumna’s performance, “My 25th Anniversary Concert: What Was I (EVER!) Thinking?” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Tower’s Mainstage, 180 Holley Street, Brockport. Ticket prices are $15/General, $10/Seniors, College at Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff and $8/Students and are available by phone at (585) 395-2787 or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office. As folksy as she is charming, attendees are invited to join Lavin for her traditional pre-concert knitting circle at 6:30 p.m in the Tower Lobby.
The concert will be vintage Lavin, celebrating the last quarter century by reprising some of her hits, introducing her latest compositions, and interweaving her stories about the people, events, near disasters and minor miracles that have defined her life and music. Never one to shy away from controversial subjects, her humorous songs can lob barbs at today’s politicians as well as her hairstylist (both skewered in her popular song “What Was I Thinking?”).
Lavin confides that she is “really looking forward” to her visit. “I had a terrific four years at Brockport, although I changed my major six times, I think ... I remember ushering every night when the Acting Company, featuring Patti LuPone, Kevin Kline and David Ogden Stiers, performed. There is so much that is brought to your door-step when you are in a school like Brockport - and if you are smart, you open the door and let it in.”
Lavin has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and NPR. She was the creator and host of xm satellite radio’s Slipped Discs, which featured the albums of fellow artists and aspiring musicians “slipped” to her backstage at her concerts.
An author and freelance writer, her articles and book contributions have appeared in Memories of John Lennon, edited and compiled by Yoko Ono. The anthology “Knit Lit, Too” contains her account of knitting on the road and sometimes on stage. “In Remember Me When I am Gone,” Lavin and other notables such as Larry King write their own obituaries. She is the author of “The Amoeba Hop,” an award-winning children’s book that was cited as the Outstanding Book of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Along with the book’s illustrator, Betsy Franco Feeney, Lavin completed a book for young readers, The Runaway Christmas Tree, as well as the soon-to-be released children’s environmental songbook, Hole in the Bottom of the Sea.
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Hamlin parishioners help in Haiti
Parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS) parish are working to bring hope to Haiti.
Two years ago, Pastor Bill Spilly, showed a slide presentation of his visits to Haiti and parishioners responded enthusiastically by forming a local affiliate of H.O.P.E. - Haiti Outreach Pwoje Espwa, named in Creole, the language of the common people of Haiti. The core leadership team consists of Jerry Clement, Amy and Bob Flanagan, Cathy Newell, Les Tandler and Fr. Spilly.
Parishioners say the H.O.P.E. organization began in the early 1990s with a few meetings between Fr. Jim Callan (then pastor at Corpus Christi parish in Rochester) and several people with connections to Haiti.
The group began formal operation in 1995 and was granted 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit designation from the IRS.
The group’s goal is not to impose solutions, but provide assistance and expertise as requested by the Haitian people, members say.
According to parishioners, in its first year of collaboration, SEAS donated over $8,500 to efforts to help Haiti.
Growing knowledge of conditions in Haiti also led SEAS’ Youth Ministry Leader Lisa O’Brien to recently visit Haiti with Habitat for Humanity International.
SEAS parishioner Jerry Clement visited Haiti last summer.
“I’ve hiked miles, climbed mountains and waded across rivers in search of understanding,” he says. “I know that the people of Borgne, Haiti, truly appreciate the work of the group called H.O.P.E.; that H.O.P.E. is doing excellent, measurable work - our ties are to the right organization; and that we at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish are achieving our mission of promoting/sustaining community well-being for the people of Borgne by working with H.O.P.E.”
Clement explains that life in Haiti is difficult. He notes people are very friendly and clean and crime rates are low, but people live with limited transportation facilities, few latrines, very little clean water and no garbage removal.
Members say H.O.P.E. has made much progress in Haiti over the last 15 years including:
•Helping a local hospital set up 14 rural health stations staffed by 75 volunteers offering early care and health education. A special hangar was used to isolate and treat earthquake victims. This “health system” has played a major role in controlling the recent cholera epidemic. SEAS is working to acquire an autoclave for the hospital, has provided cots for the rural health stations and has sent over $3,600 to assist during the cholera outbreak.
H.O.P.E’s Mobile Teacher Program’s three teachers travel to rural areas and set up schools for 25 children for one week each month. Three more teachers and more mobile classrooms will be added this school year. The cost to parents is providing a chair for their student. SEAS has helped to fund this program and also supplied bilingual books written in both French, the language of the upper class and Creole, the language of the majority of the people.
Fr. Bill Spilly quotes a Haitian saying, “Dye mon, gen mon,” which means “Beyond the mountains, more mountains.”
“The amount of work ahead is unimaginable,” he says, but his parishioners note the work has begun at SEAS, one mountain at a time.
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Youth interested in Junior Firefighter Program invited to Open House at Hamlin Fire Department
The Hamlin Fire Department hosts an Open House Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. for any 14-18 year olds living in the fire district interested in joining the Junior Firefighter Program. The program will teach members the skills and give them the experience needed to become a successful firefighter, according to fire department personnel.
To qualify for membership a candidate needs to live within the Hamlin Fire District, be in high school and have passing grades. Once accepted, the member is expected to attend a minimum of one drill per month. Junior members will receive quality training in a safe environment, with focus on basic skills and equipment. They are also allowed to attend weekly fire department drills for the full members, parades and fundraising events.
When trained to an acceptable level to ensure safety, junior members will be given a uniform, fire pager and encouraged to answer a select type of fire calls. When old enough, junior members can transition into full membership and become certified, class one, interior firefighters for the Hamlin Fire Department.
The open house will provide candidates and their parents the opportunity to see the facilities and equipment that will be used, interact with past members and the advisor of the program as well as with Hamlin Fire Department officers.
For information contact the advisor, John Deserto, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents, staff and family at GrandeVille Senior Living Community helped Marjorie Haddleton celebrate her 101st birthday recently.
Marjorie grew up in Watertown and graduated from Potsdam College with a degree in teaching. In the early 1930s, she moved to Greece, NY with her husband and it was there that she raised her son and daughter.
She was a committee member of the group that opened the Lakeshore Community Church and taught piano there for many years. Marjorie was also part of the committee that established the Hilton Central School District.
Fresh snow and a school holiday pushed the number of people using the ski and snow board facilities at Northampton Park Monday, January 16.
Right, an unidentified snowboarder catches some air off the snow mound and a downhiller traverses the slope.
Swain Ski and Snowboard Center operates the ski hill and tow rope located in Monroe County’s Northampton Park and makes snow there when weather allows. Conditions permitting, the ski and snowboard hill is open daily.
Photograph by David Knox
Winter Farmers Market offers fresh and local products
In its second year, the Highland Park Farmers Market Association, a local farmer-led initiative, is running the Highland Park Winter Farmers Market.
Ed Fraser, owner of Fraser’s Garlic Farm in Churchville, is the president of the group. According to Del Ippolito, the Market Manager, the Highland Park Winter Farmers Market is an opportunity for local farmers to sell their crops during the winter and provide some of the finest food available in the greater Rochester region.
John Bolton, who owns Bolton Farms, a hydroponic greenhouse facility in Hilton, said his product line is picked the morning of the market.
The market has been held weekly from this past November and runs through May 2, 2012 on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 249 Highland Avenue, Rocheser.
Photographs by Dave Knox
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 22, 2012
Golden Eagles Icers victorious
by Warren Kozireski
Brockport’s James Cody scored with just 39 seconds remaining in the second period and the team scored twice more in the third to break open a 5-1 non-conference win over visiting Western New England.
Senior Brett Jendra began the scoring at 12:20 of the first when he backhanded a Brendon Rothfuss pass to the slot for his first tally of the season.
The Golden Eagles netted a power play goal later in the period as Nick Panepinto knocked a rebound from an Adam Shoff shot off a skate and into the net at 13:56.
WNE closed the gap late in the second with a tally before Ian Finnerty won a center ice draw to Cody who skated in all alone on right wing. He shot over the goaltenders glove for his team-leading 12th goal of the season.
In the third, goaltender Oliver Wren sent a long breakout pass to center ice where Panepinto corralled it and feathered a pass to Finnerty to send him in alone for his ninth goal at 5:41.
Sophomore Steve Sachman finished the scoring at 13:25 of the third. Troy Polino sent a tip across the slot to Sachman who shot high glove side for his fifth goal of the campaign.
“We played hard, especially in the first period when we out-shot them19-6, but we just couldn’t score,” said Brockport head coach Brian Dickinson. “We missed some great chances but they started going in for us later in the contest.”
Wren made 15 saves in net to earn the win which ended Brockport’s modest three game losing skid. The team re-enters SUNYAC conference play next weekend (1/27 & 28) when they host Cortland and top-two ranked Oswego, respectively.
Brockport wins first swim crown
by Warren Kozireski
Nick Olson won two individual events and was part of a winning relay team to lead Brockport to a 97-87 victory over Spencerport and clinch the first boys swimming division title in school history.
After two Spencerport wins to begin the meet, the Blue Devils won the next seven events to take a commanding lead.
Adam Wilson easily won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:11.53—over 12 seconds faster than the next competitor—and Olson took top honors in the 50-yard freestyle in :22.47.
Josh Steifel followed by winning the diving competition with 183.40 points; senior Dean Mondy was first in the butterfly in :56.50; Olson won the 100-yard freestyle by almost four seconds and Nathan Bartalo hit the timing mat first in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:22.44.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Olson, Mondy, Wilson and Nathan Heitz won with a time of 1:32.42.
First place finishers for the Rangers were Derek Spath in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.81, Austin Nau in the 100-yard backstroke in :58.88 and Max Wersinger the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.03.
The Rangers 200-yard freestyle relay team of Alex Plummer, Wersinger, Spath and Nau began the meet winning in 1:45.17. Nau, Spath, Plummer and senior Trevor Benson were first in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:33.38.
The meet also marked senior night for Brockport honoring six seniors: Mondy, Tom Jenkins, Jesse Quirk, Josh Mayer, Jacob Manning and Ryan Joyce.
Brockport men earn weekend sweep
by Warren Kozireski
The Brockport men’s basketball team defeated nationally ranked Buffalo State 94-70 on the road and shot an electric 61% from the field in the first half to beat Fredonia 79-64 at home as they started the second half of their conference schedule. The women lost both contests.
In the Fredonia game, the Golden Eagles used a 25-0 first half run to open up a 25 point lead highlighted by three treys from Jordan Major, two more by Derek Klein and eight more points by John Ivy that they increased to 33 points later in the first half.
The Blue Devils could only get as close as 14 points from the lead in the second half.
“We just need to get more of a killer instinct, but we’re learning every day,” said Klein. “The whole key to the fast start was our defense. Defense leads to offense and our intensity was there. If we keep playing with that defensive intensity, we will be hard to beat.”
Five different players scored in double figures for Brockport led by Ivy’s 16 points while senior Gerald Williams had 13, Kyheem Green and Major 12 each and freshman Lance Legister added ten points. Williams and Green each had six rebounds while Klein handed out four assists.
Hilton grad Hebert on top of her game for women
In the women’s contest the Golden Eagles trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half before a late rally that included a three-pointer by freshman Phoebe Byrnes and an old-fashioned three point play plus a half-court buzzer beater from Kelly Grinnell.
Fredonia sophomore and Hilton graduate Becky Hebert, who came into the game leading the SUNYAC conference in scoring, led all scorers with 26 points and added six rebounds. Hebert averaged just six points per game last season but is close to 20 per game this year.
“Last year it was all about getting the experience I needed and I worked hard this summer and it’s really showing this year,” said Hebert. “Jeff (Hilton head coach Eichas) helped me a lot especially over the summer; we did workouts together and I went to all of their open gyms. I also had a knee injury that I had to wear a brace all last year so my legs got a lot stronger over the summer so I don’t need to wear the brace anymore.”
Grinnell scored 17 points while LaDonya Rolle added 11 for Brockport. Rachel Csakany and Rolle tied for the team lead with eight rebounds.
Rangers let down in second half
by Warren Kozireski
Spencerport’s girls basketball team carried a one point lead into the second half and led by three in the second half on a Caitlin Broderick bucket, but managed just six points in the fourth quarter in a 69-49 loss to Greece Athena.
The Rangers trailed by as many as eight points in the first quarter before clawing their way back in the second. A pair of put-backs by Sabrina DeBellis, two layups by Emily Leone and free throws from Broderick got the Athena lead down to three points.
A three-pointer from the right corner by Heather Maloney and a jumper by Leone put the Rangers ahead with just five seconds remaining in the first half.
Athena came roaring back with a 22 point third quarter, including a 12-3 run, and held the Rangers to just six points in the final stanza.
Leone led the Rangers with 14 points and was tops with seven rebounds. Freshmen Broderick and Christa White combined for 21 points while DeBellis had eight and Maloney finished with five as Spencerport fell to 3-8.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 22, 2012
Brockport Central School District is registering students for kindergarten
Children who reside in the Brockport Central School District who turn five years old by December 1, 2012, are eligible for kindergarten in September 2012. Student profiles were sent to all families with children listed in the database. Anyone who does not receive a profile in the mail should contact the Registrar’s office by February 9 at 637-1857 or complete a household information form at www.bcs1.org/registration and e-mail it to Registrar@bcs1.org.
The following information will be requested: child’s name, date of birth, parents’ names and addresses, home and work phone numbers, pediatrician, and at least one emergency contact.
Kindergarten registration packets will be mailed around February 21.
Parents are asked to bring completed registration packets to the Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the Ginther School.
Byron-Bergen district schedules kindergarten registration
Children who will be five years of age on or before December 1, 2012, are eligible for entrance to kindergarten in September 2012. New families in the Byron-Bergen school district should notify the school if they have a child that will be ready to enter kindergarten this coming September. Parents can contact the Byron-Bergen Elementary School Office by calling 494-1220, ext. 1301, and ask for Mrs. Kelly.
All children registering for kindergarten will be scheduled for a screening appointment in May 2012. The results of this screening will be used to plan for the 2012-2013 kindergarten program. There will be an Information meeting to discuss the registration and screening process on Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in the Byron-Bergen Elementary Cafetorium.
The following items are necessary to complete the registration process: the birth certificate; certificate of immunization - New York State law requires that every child entering school must have received a minimum of 3 doses of diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine (DPT) and 3 doses of polio (IPV) vaccine. It is also mandated that each child must have received 2 MMR’s (measles, mumps, rubella), 3 doses of Hepatitis B, and 1 dose of varicella (chickenpox). Their immunizations must be completed prior to entering school; and proof of residency. For those for whom this is the first child entering Byron-Bergen Central School District, proof of residency is needed at the screening appointment. This can be a copy of your mortgage statement, rental/lease agreement or a copy of a tax bill.
B-B opens Universal PreKindergarten enrollment
The Byron-Bergen School District anticipates offering a full-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program for the 2012-2013 school year. Classrooms will be located at the Byron-Bergen Elementary School, 6971 West Bergen Road, Bergen. The UPK program is a full-day program for students and transportation is provided by the district. In addition to the UPK program curriculum, students participate in physical education, music, art and library classes.
Students eligible for the program must turn four years of age by December 1, 2012. Parents who have a child born before December 1, 2008, and are interested in having him/her attend the UPK program, can send a letter of interest with the child’s name, parents’ names, address, phone number, and birth date to: Keith Wing, Elementary School Principal, 6971 West Bergen Road, Bergen, New York 14416, by Friday, March 16. If more than the allowed number apply, students will be selected using a lottery system. Parents that have already contacted the elementary school by phone will still need to send in a letter to be eligible for the UPK lottery.
An information evening about Byron-Bergen’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program is scheduled for March 15 in the Elementary Cafetorium at 5:30 p.m. UPK teachers will be providing information about the curriculum, the program, and explain the developmentally appropriate, standards based, hands-on learning environment that is provided through this program.
Byron-Bergen Middle School students participate in geography bee
Twenty-six students at Byron-Bergen Middle School participated in the school’s geography bee, one that is qualifier for the National Geographic’s annual Geography Bee in Washington, D.C.
After the preliminary rounds and five finalists competing for first place, eighth-grader Jacob Mitchell was awarded the geography bee champion. He was awarded a medal from the National Geographic Society and a $25 gift card to an area bookstore. Runner-up Mason Fuller, a seventh-grader, received a $15 gift card to the same bookstore.
Mitchell will now complete a written exam to see if he qualifies for the state level of the competition. If his score is among the highest in New York State, he will be asked to participate in the State Bee on March 30. The winner in each state competes in the National Geography Bee in Washington, D.C. with Host Alex Trebek, May 22-24.
Byron-Bergen "Senior Experience Day"
Byron-Bergen High School conducted their annual “Senior Experience Day” on January 4. The goal of this event is to offer workshops to all senior students in an effort to help them better prepare for life beyond high school.
Programs included “No Means No,” “College Prep,” “Skilled Trades,” “Financing College,” “Net Smartz,” “Apply Now,” “Understanding the Military,” “Building Trades,” “Overcoming Senioritis,” “Campus Security,” and “Financial Independence.”
Representatives from outside agencies, military, local businesses, colleges, and the Sheriff’s Department conducted these workshops, and seniors spent the entire day moving from one workshop to another throughout the high school.
Past graduates of Byron-Bergen had the opportunity to come in to speak to seniors since the day was scheduled during college break.
Pictured, representatives from several branches of the military answer students’ questions during the Byron-Bergen’s Senior Experience Day.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 22, 2012
•Bower, George, On January 16, 2012 at age 75. Predeceased by his wife Theresa. He is survived by his sons, Doug (Vicki) and John; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service was held January 20 at St. Brigid’s Church, Bergen. Interment at the convenience of the family.
•Jamele, Helga Brigitte (Hanemann), On January 17, 2012 at age 74, after a long and courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. Predeceased by her mother, Ida and father, Paul. Survived by her loving husband, John; children, Patricia and Gregory; grandchildren, Maxwell and Willa Dean, Geoffrey and Michael Jamele; brothers Hubert (Elfrieda), Dieter (Monika), and Burghardt (Heidrun), along with several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held January 21 at Fowler Funeral Home, Brockport. Interment at the convenience of the family. Donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in her memory.
•Minster, Arlene J. (Davis), January 12, 2012, at age 95. She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Pauline; brothers, Oliver, Waren, Richard; husband, Henry; daughters, Mary Jane Minster and Catherine Bacchetta; son, Ronald; grandson, Steven Cooper. Survived by her daughters, Barbara (Lawrence) Cooper, Marlene Pulcino, Marcia Minster and loving daughter-in-law, Mary Minster. She leaves behind 13 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and her beloved cats, Ashley and Crystal.
Her Funeral Ceremony was celebrated January 16 at the All Seasons Chapel at White Haven Memorial Park. Contributions can be made to EISEP/Lifespan Community Collaboration, 1900 South Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 or the Villages of Orleans County Health and Rehabilitation Center, 14012 Route 31, Albion, NY 14411 or to the Lakeside Beikirch Care Center, 170 West Avenue, Brockport, New York 14420 in her memory.
•Tidwell, Dorothy S., On January 16, 2012 at age 91. Predeceased by her husband Frank, sister Shirley Nichols, brother John Samus and daughter-in-law, Barb Tidwell. She is survived by her children William Tidwell, Paula (Jeff) Peters, Bobbie (Larry) Speed; grandchildren, Jennifer (Alan) Pogroszewski, Katherine Peters, Rebecca (Jamie) Patterson, Amy Tidwell, Dakota Speed; four great grandchildren and one on the way; her very special friend who she considered her other daughter Jean Hahn; sisters Elsie Farmer, Ruth Van Duser; brother-in-law Robert Tidwell and several nieces and nephews.
A Going Home Service was celebrated January 19 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hamlin. Spring interment. Contributions can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Open Door Mission in her memory.
•Luther, Raymond G., January 13, 2012, age of 83. Survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Beverly Luther; sons John (Lori) Luther, Richard (Linda) Luther and Steven Luther; a sister Gladys Kruse; grandchildren, Bryn (Brad), Kelsey (Mike), Zachary, Stefan, Michaela, Jenna (Andrew), Keagan and Nicholas. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, William Kruse. Raymond served in the US Army from 1950 to 1952, and was a supervisor at Rochester Telephone and later Frontier.
Funeral Services were held January 17 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Hilton. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery at a later date. Contributions can be made to the ALS Association, Upstate NY Chapter, 890 Seventh North Street, Suite 108, Liverpool, New York 13088 in his memory.
•Pritchard, Mary E., Died January 14, 2012, age 63. Predeceased by husband, Albert G. Pritchard, Sr. She is survived by her sons, Albert G. Jr. (Denise) and William F. (Carol Anne); grandchildren and extended family.
Services were held January 18 at New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Foundation in her memory.
•Ophardt, Marjorie, On January 15, 2012, age 81 after a short illness. She is survived by her children, William (Amanda), Sherri (Greg) Rodgers, Diane Bigelow, Howard Jr. (Wendy) and Daniel (Jeanette) Ophardt; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special niece, Joyce Russo.
A Memorial Service was held January 20 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hilton. Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association in her memory.
•Lamming, Freeland A., age 80 of Bradenton, Florida, died January 4, 2012. He was born in Barbados, West Indies and lived in the Kendall area for over thirty years. Survivors include his son, Art Lamming and wife Georgia; daughters, Betty Ann Lamming, Diane Lamming and husband Warren; sister, Diane Blades and husband Barry; brothers, Garth Barnard and Steven Lamming; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service was held January 21 in Bradenton, Florida. Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 in his memory. Guestbook: www.nationalcremation.com.
•Newland, John P. “Bud” “John Boy,” age 21, died January 12, 2012. He is survived by his son Ryan; girlfriend Amanda Bills; father James (Jennae Zobel) Newland Jr. of Brockport; mother Terry (Bradley Dunaway) Boop of Lyndonville; brother Jordan Bills of Kendall; sisters Donna Boop of Canandaigua, Nicole Newland of New York City; “mamma dukes” Kelly Bills of Kendall; grandpa Skip Snell of Kendall; grandmother Sharon Boop of Canandaigua; several aunts, uncles, cousins.
Services were held January 18 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley. Spring interment, Hillside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the family in his memory.
•Bond, Anna M., predeceased by her brothers, Charles and Thurman Dewalt. Survived by her husband, Harry O. Bond Jr.; beloved mother of Harry III (Mare) Bond, Robert A. Bond and Brenda A. (Roy) Short; brothers and sisters, Aaron (Dorothy) Dewalt, Sara Ridd, Janey Kale, Harold (Merylene) Dewalt, Ella Taylor and Lucille (Albert) Metzger; sister-in-law, Melva Dewalt; many nieces and nephews; many dear friends and neighbors. Anna was a former teacher’s aide with Monroe County BOCES #2. She volunteered at the Riga Churchville HELP and Roberts Wesleyan Cultural Life Center.
A Memorial Service was held January 21 at Union Congregational United Church of Christ, Churchville. Donations can be sent to Chili Ambulance, 3320 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624 or Union Congregational United Church of Christ, 14 North Main Street, Churchville, NY 14428 in her memory.
•Ballard, Mae H., died January 12, 2012 at age 91. She was predeceased by her parents, Albert and Mae Sampson; daughter, Mary Buonanno and sister, Betty Robeson. Survived by her sons, David (Diane) Ballard of Medina, Richard (Kelly) Ballard of Crestview, Florida; her daughters, Barbara (Mark) Hanna of Atlanta, Georgia, Beverly Sherman of North Chili, Diane (Ron) Reynolds of Victor, June (David Kanicsar) Ballard of Victor, Dody (George) Todd of Hamlin and Sharon Ballard of Spencerport; 22 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral Services will be held privately. Contributions can be made to the Lakeside Beikirch Care Center, 170 West Avenue, Brockport, NY 14420 or Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance, 116 Lyell Avenue, Spencerport, NY 14559 in her memory.
•Glover, Jeanette M., age 72, died January 17, 2012 at Rochester General Hospital. She was a homemaker, mother of six and foster mother of 88. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Carl; her children, Linda Glover (Stuart Leavens), Teresa (Terry) Padgett, Raymond (Patricia) Glover, Charles Glover, James (Heather) Glover and Kimberly Glover (Richard McNeely); nine grandchildren, Martin Padgett, Amanda (Martin) Czlonka II, Kevin (Nikki) Glover, Zachery (Amber) Glover, Matthew Glover, Ashley Glover, Quin Glover, Trinity Glover and Gadge Glover; one great grandson arriving in March, Martin Czlonka III; her siblings, Marion Leven (Harry Cartwright), Gladys Wright, Edna (Kenneth) Hutchinson, Garfield (Becky) Perrine, Leon (Bertha) Perrine, Howard (Nancy) Perrine and Tim Perrine; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many foster children.
Funeral Services were held January 21 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, Wayland. Burial in the Village Cemetery, Wayland. Contributions can be made to any child support organization or the humane society in her memory.
•Hagemann, Gene, Born March 24, 1922 in Nashau, New Hampshire, and died on January 16, 2012, at age 89. Gene was predeceased by his parents, brothers and sister. Gene is survived by his wife, Florence; his children, Suzanne (Edward) Duba, Philip (Rebecca) Hagemann and Nancy Moker; grandchildren, Jarka Duba, Johan (Cindy) Duba, Jette (James) Glazer, Tracie and Travis (Ale) Swalbach, Bryan, Emily, Wendy and Gavyn Hagemann; great-grandchildren, Summer and Landon Duba, Helen Glazer; granddogs, Daisy, Max, Molly, Izzy, Bodie and Xyena. Gene resided in Huntington, Long Island until he retired to Hawley, Pennsylvania. He most recently was a resident of Spencerport. Gene was an Air Force machinist who fought in WWII.
Funeral Services were held January 18 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester 14620 in his memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF JANUARY 15, 2012
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 15, 2012
Two Brockport health care services providers strongly disagree on ‘community needs’ issue
Unity’s proposed expansion would put Brockport’s Lakeside Hospital in jeopardy, hospital supporters say
by Kristina Gabalski
Officials at Unity Health System say the goal of their Brockport expansion project is to make a positive difference in the health and well-being of those they serve by increasing Unity’s primary care and specialty presence; bring needed services closer to home for Brockport residents and support the community by establishing a long-term medical presence which keeps patients local and attracts patients from surrounding areas to Brockport.
“We need to grow,” Unity Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Stewart Putnam says. He explains the 18,000 square foot facility currently under construction by Gallina Development near Wegmans, is a way to meet those growth needs, “the growth is tied to the needs of the community,” he says.
Putnam says Unity Health is not working to put Lakeside Health System out of business. “This has nothing to do with Lakeside,” he says, “and everything to do with community need.”
Unity Health System has had a presence in the Brockport community for over 10 years, Putnam says, with their ACM Medical Laboratory patient service center and the Unity Ob/Gyn Brockport practice.
According to a fact sheet provided by Unity Health System, Unity has received numerous requests from patients and area physicians to expand services in Brockport - specific requests for family medicine, medical specialists and mammography services.
“Of the 8,100-plus residents of Brockport, over 5,000 are currently served by one of Unity’s primary care physicians in other locations. Primary Care includes family medicine, Ob/Gyn, and internal medicine,” the fact sheet states. “Brockport is designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).”
“Patients like what Unity is doing,” Putnam says. “Physicians in the Brockport community have identified specialty needs.”
The new facility will allow Unity to expand and relocate its existing Ob/Gyn at Brockport; re-locate and modernize the existing ACM Lab patient service center and add two primary care providers, Unity officials say.
The new facility will also include specialty outreach utilizing a shared office suite for endocrinology, diabetic educators, pulmonary, neurology, infectious disease, and vascular surgery.
Putnam adds that Unity currently provides infectious disease and vascular surgery services through medical staff directly to Lakeside Hospital.
“We look forward to continuing those services,” he says.
Unity officials say interest has also been expressed and discussions are underway with colorectal surgeons, gastroenterology, ear, nose & throat, and nephrology services for the new Brockport facility.
The Unity at Brockport facility will also provide Unity Physical Therapy services and imaging service through Borg Ide - one general X-ray room (sinus, chest X-rays, extremities) and one mammography room.
Putnam says he feels confident Unity’s Certificate of Need (CON) application filed with the state will be approved.
He says services that will be provided at Unity at Brockport are in direct response to requests from patients and physicians. He says endocrinology is a big need, “everywhere you go.”
On the issue of the need for primary care providers, Putnam says Unity wants to be pro-active in the event there are shortages in the future.
He notes hospitals everywhere are facing challenges including Medicare and Medicaid benefits and coverage issues and reduced health insurance reimbursement rates.
“There are major forces stacked up against hospitals,” Putnam explains. “Health systems are thinking about how to organize themselves to best deal with those issues.”
“The services provided will be a great benefit to the Brockport community and are based on needs identified for us by people in the community,” Putnam says.
Unity officials say the new facility will bring construction jobs, tax revenue and commerce to the Brockport community and create 14 new medical jobs over three years. The facility is scheduled to open in June 2012.
Officials at Lakeside Hospital see the expansion of Unity at Brockport very differently.
Lakeside Health System CEO James Wissler doesn’t agree that the community is in need of the services Unity Health will provide at its new Unity at Brockport facility.
Wissler says Lakeside and the community currently offers services such as primary care, physical therapy, radiology, lab and diabetes education. Lakeside also accesses additional specialists through its collaboration with URMC. He questions Unity’s motives for expanding.
“(Unity) is spending $3.1 million on a building to provide services already being provided and not currently needed,” he says. “Physicians agree this is not needed. Physicians are still accepting new patients which shows there isn’t a need. If there isn’t the capacity, why do you spend $3.1 million?”
Wissler notes there are three physical therapy practices in the community. “I’ve heard no complaint from anyone about getting in to see a physical therapist,” he says.
Wissler says the new Unity facility could result in an overall loss of jobs, may result in Lakeside being compromised and may also result in an overall loss of acute care services.
He cites the Health Association of New York State (HANYS) finding that there is currently an abundance of these services in the area.
“If you were any other business, do you go in where you don’t have a need?” Wissler asks. “Does an excess capacity (of services) help keep the cost of health care down?”
Back in 2003, Wissler says, Unity opposed URMC moving primary care physicians to their service area because it would de-stabilize Unity and pull market share from them.
“What’s the difference?” Wissler asks of Unity’s expansion in Brockport. “This will destabilize what we have here.” He calls the project “unconscionable.”
Lakeside is a valuable community asset, Wissler says. “Our quality of care scores at the top or near the top at a most cost effective rate,” he explains.
Lakeside employs 741 people with a $30 million payroll, Wissler adds. “The community economic impact is $60 million.”
According to the New York State Department of Health, the Certificate of Need (CON) process oversees the establishment, construction, renovation, and major medical equipment acquisitions of health care facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and diagnostic and treatment centers.
Information on the NYS Health Department website, www.health.ny.gov, states, “Through the CON process, the Department seeks to promote the delivery of high-quality health care services and to ensure that home care services and facility-based health care services are aligned with community health needs. The CON process also reins-in investments in excess facility capacity and unneeded medical equipment that drive up health care costs for everyone, without contributing materially to the health of our communities.”
First Brockport Fire District commissioners appointed
by Kristina Gabalski
The Town Boards of Sweden and Clarkson have appointed the first five commissioners of the new Brockport Fire District.
During separate meetings on Tuesday, January 10, council members of both towns passed resolutions appointing Charles Sanford, Town of Sweden; James Sauberan, Town of Clarkson; Jarl Boyst, Village of Brockport; Debra Finkle, Village of Brockport and Laurence Vaughan, Village of Brockport, as Brockport Fire District Commissioners.
The term of the appointment is through December 31, 2012.
The Town Boards of Sweden and Clarkson were charged with appointing the first commissioners. Candidates were interviewed together with the Village of Brockport.
During the regular Brockport Village Board meeting, also held January 10, Mayor Connie Castaneda thanked the towns for allowing the village to sit in on the interviews.
She congratulated the newly appointed commissioners, “I’m confident that they will do a good job,” Castaneda said.
Hilton East Residents enjoy new computer center
Residents of Hilton East have a computer center which houses two computer systems to help seniors stay in touch.
The computers were donated by Monroe Tech in Hilton and residents can also receive instructions on how to use the equipment.
Right upper, Veronica Rapp is thrilled to be able to email her family and friends and Right lower, Clayton Grantham enjoys playing games on the computers.
Residents will soon be able to use SKYPE to be able to see as well as speak to family and friends.
Smith Street bridge seasonal closure irks residents
by Kristina Gabalski
Two village residents have told Brockport Village Board members they are not happy with the seasonal closing of the Smith Street Bridge. Both spoke during the public comment portion of the board’s regular meeting January 10.
In December, trustees voted to close the span over the Erie Canal seasonally to extend its useful life.
Thomas Lang, who lives on the village’s northwest side, questioned trustees about why they decided to close the bridge and if funds have been set aside for maintenance. He said alternatives like washing road salt from the bridge and rust proofing should be considered.
Lang said he and other people living in his part of the village are upset. “A lot of us are ticked-off by this,” he said.
Another resident also criticized board members for their decision. “I use that bridge twice a day,” he said. He noted that the seasonal closure is a growing concern for himself and his neighbors, “There is a lot of frustration.” He also said it is very difficult to get out onto Main St. from Clark Street now that there is a roundabout at the intersection of Main and East and West Avenues.
Traffic moves quickly through the roundabout, meaning there is almost a constant stream of traffic during commute hours, he said.
Mayor Connie Castaneda responded to the speakers. She explained that the village assumed responsibility for the bridge after it reopened in June 2011 following restoration by the New York State Department of Transportation.
She said the village board discussed the best way to maintain the bridge to extend its life.
“One suggestion was to shut down the bridge (during the winter) to prevent salt on the deck,” Castaneda said.
She explained the Village Department of Public Works cannot wash down the bridge because of concerns about salt getting into the canal bed.
“I urge the board to consider allocating more money to have the bridge open all year round,” Castaneda said.
She added that the bridge should be maintained for future generations.
School groups help Open Door Mission
Students and teachers at the Village Elementary Student Council helped the Village Elementary Food Service Department fill shoe boxes of personal products for residents of Rochester’s Open Door Mission during the holiday season.
“The Village food service employees have organized this event for four years now,” said Patricia Andreski of the Food Service Department. “We had support from the entire staff and students to put together 127 gifts of personal care items. A group that helped us promote, put together and wrap the gifts is from the Power of One,” Mrs. Andreski said. “It is run by the advisors, teachers Sara Unterborn and Holly Schoos.
In addition, Student Council advised by teacher Carla Heise, also helped out with a very generous contribution,” she said.
Food Service workers at the Village Elementary are: Patti Andreski, Pat Heaney, Sue Anten, Michelle Ottman, Karen DeClerck, Carmen DelCorvo and Connie Romano.
Brockport to study loft feasibility
by Kristina Gabalski
The Brockport Village Board has approved and authorized two measures that are part of a feasibility study regarding upper loft conversions in the village’s historic district.
Brockport Historic Preservation Board Chairman Bill Andrews was a guest of the board at its regular meeting January 10.
Andrews asked the board to approve both measures - one to authorize the mayor to execute a contract with Clark Patterson Lee for architectural consulting services, and a second to authorize the village attorney to write up a proposed local law regarding a tax abatement component that would encourage property owners to make the conversions.
No village funds will be used, Andrews explained. A grant is paying for the services of Clark Patterson Lee.
“We may be able to get some additional funding,” Andrews added.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 15, 2012
Martin Road - Home of Hamlin Supervisors
The slightly-less-than two miles long Martin Road in the north-central portion of the rural Town of Hamlin is similar to most other roads in the town. Modest ranch homes border the road amidst older farm houses and barns, some now crumbling, which were the homesteads of some of the earlier Hamlin settlers. The houses share their boundaries with the fertile farm lands that produce a bounty of cabbage, butternut squash, and grain crops, which are the staples of this agricultural area. What makes Martin Road unique is the fact that four of the town’s supervisors reside/have resided on it, three live/have lived on the same, original family homestead property and two have lived in the same house - although from different families and political parties.
John Martin, Hamlin Town Supervisor from 1906 through 1911, was a second generation Irish-American, who, in 1864, settled with his wife, Katharine (Kate), on the Hamlin homestead acquired in 1857 by his Ireland-born parents, Mike and Bridgette. It was on this homestead property that John became a successful farmer and businessman, buying, selling and shipping large quantities of fruit, cabbage and other vegetables. Supervisor Martin was both a highly respected businessman and, apparently, an energetic and successful politician as he became one of just a few elected Democrats in a predominantly Republican town. Historical notes indicate he readily beat out a two-term Republican incumbent. The Martin homestead sits along what is now called Martin Road, reportedly so named by Supervisor Martin.
In 1999, Martin Road resident Austin Warner III was elected Hamlin Supervisor succeeding Richard Kruger. Warner served three terms as supervisor before stepping down at the end of 2005. Warner and his wife, Billie, still reside on Martin Road, just four houses to the south of the Martin homestead. Coincidentally, although Supervisor Kruger doesn’t reside on Martin Road, he and his family own and actively farm land adjacent to Martin Road and directly across the road from the original Martin homestead.
In 1997, the Martin homestead was sold by John Martin’s grandson and his wife, Jim and Nancy, to recently retired naval officer, Denny Roach and his wife, Cindy. One hundred years after John Martin first assumed office as supervisor, Roach took office as the newly elected town supervisor in January 2006, becoming the third supervisor elected from Martin Road and the second to have lived in the Martin homestead.
Around 1900, an apple storage barn was constructed on the Martin Farm. In 1972, then owner Jim Martin converted the barn into a unique single family home, which was once featured by famed Rochester news reporter/sports writer Jean Giambrone in a series of “unusual real estate” themed articles. The home is now owned and occupied by Tom Breslawski and his wife, Ann, and infant daughter. On January 3, 2012, Tom took the oath of office as Hamlin’s newest Town Supervisor becoming the fourth Hamlin supervisor from Martin Road and the third to live/have lived on the original Martin homestead property.
In the Town of Hamlin, Martin Road proudly claims the title of “Home of Supervisors.”
Information provided by Dennis Roach former Hamlin Supervisor
It’s a “thumbs up” from Father Joe Catanise, pastor of St. Leo the Great Church in Hilton, who won the drawing for this Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills commemorative shirt from Super Bowl XXV, held in 1990.
Pictured with him is Hilton Mayor Joe Lee, who organized the Christmas season raffle.
Valued at $300, the shirt was donated by Hilton resident Wayne Gurgel. The proceeds went to offset some of the costs of the Veteran’s Wall of Honor, a picture gallery of U.S. veterans mounted on the walls on the first floor of the Community Center.
When asked when he intended to wear the shirt Father Joe replied: “I’ll wear the shirt when the Bills advance to the Super Bowl!”
The Newman Riga Library will host an evening of classical guitar with Dr. Ken Meyer on January 26 at 7:30 p.m.
The Washington Post refers to Meyer as “a thinking man’s guitarist.” The Buffalo News has called him “impeccably articulate with superb technique.” He is first prize winner at the MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition and continues to appear in recital as both chamber musician and soloist with orchestra in venues throughout North America, South America and Europe.
Recent accomplishments include performances in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, solo recitals in Romania and Hungary and a recording to be released later this year.
Currently, he directs a guitar studies program at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music. He holds Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music and records for Albany Records.
The library is located in the Village of Churchville at the intersection of Buffalo Road and Main Street. Space is limited. The concert is suitable for adults and young adults. Call 293-2009 for information.
Paddy Hill area topic of historical talk
The Greece Historical Society will highlight the history of Read’s Corners, better known as Paddy Hill, with a new exhibit at the Historical Museum, 595 Long Pond Road, opening Sunday, January 15 and continuing for the next few months. Learn about St. Ambrose Church, founded in 1829, later renamed Our Mother Of Sorrows, and the present brick church that was built in 1860. Also learn about the Irish settlers, Mother of Sorrows cemetery, Paddy Hill School, first built as a frame one room school in 1839 and the Paddy Hill Players, a theatrical group that performed for a quarter century. At 2 p.m. on opening day, volunteers will share the history and stories of the early days. Rev. Alex Bradshaw, pastor of Mother of Sorrows, will join the group at 3 p.m. to talk about the history of the parish and the efforts that have been made to preserve the old church. There will be Irish scones and clotted cream for refreshments.
The exhibit will continue on Sundays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
Also during the winter months, the Museum will offer free Sunday programs. Donations to help support the Greece Historical Society and the operation of the museum are appreciated. Presentations will include, January 22, Aviation Pioneers of New York & Monroe County by Jonathan Arney, a member of the Vintage Aircraft Associations, 2 p.m.; January 29, Irondequoit Stories by Pay Wayne, Irondequoit town historian, 2 p.m.; February 5, The Rochester Area in 1968, 2 p.m.; February 12 Genealogy Tips by Scott Chase, 2 p.m.; February 19, In Search of the Paddy Hill Players by Bill Sauers, 2 p.m.; February 26, Rochester Public Library History, 1911-2011 by Maureen Whalen, retired librarian, Charlotte Branch, 2 p.m. For information call (585) 225-3760 or visit www.greecehistoricalsociety.net.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 15, 2012
Snowmobile Safety Certification courses offered in February
The New York State Park Police will be holding a snowmobile safety certification course for youth on
February 11, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The course is targeted for young persons ages 10 to 18. All youth, ages 10 to 18, must have a snowmobile safety certificate to operate a snowmobile alone anywhere other than on family owned or leased land. Youth who complete the training and pass the exam will receive their certification.
The course will be held at the Town of Rush Recreation Pavilion, 5977 E. Henrietta Road, Rush, (located behind the Rush Town Hall). Pre-registration is required. Students should bring a bag lunch.
Call the New York State Park Police at 585-658-4692 to register. Space will be limited so call early.
For information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.nysparks.com.
Blue Devils pin Saints
by Warren Kozireski
Brockport received falls from Josh Maier, Jesse Kozub, Ryan Mattison and Jimmy Porteus plus six forfeits on their way to a 68-16 rout of Churchville-Chili in varsity wrestling.
Maier registered a first period takedown and a near fall before getting the pin in 1:47 at 152 lb. for his 25th win of the season to begin the match.
Defending Section V champ Kozub made quick work of his 195 lb. opponent with a fall in 59 seconds and Mattison followed with a second period fall in 2:20 at 220 lb.
Porteus, defending Class A and Section V champ, finished off his 138 lb. bout via pin in 1:03.
Jared Mesiti got his 24th win of the season with a 16-0 technical fall at 170 lb., and Mark Nesbitt had a first period takedown and second period escape in a 3-1 decision at 145 lb.
Joe Carter (182), Jacob Ferrell (285), Mike Marchetti (99), Temoc Paz (106), Barton Peters (113) and CJ White (126) all won via forfeit.
For Churchville-Chili, Joshua Powell defeated his 160 lb. opponent by fall in 2:23, Spencer Mulligan pinned his man in 1:34 at 120 lb. and Daniel Viggiani registered six points in the second period on his way to a 13-4 major decision at 132 lb.
Brockport defeated three New York State ranked teams in Warwick (#3), Minisink Valley (#11) and Union Endicott (#20) at the Union-Endicott Dual meet and expected to move into the top ten in the rankings when they were published January 13.
They will face arch-rival Spencerport on the road January 28.
Hilton’s Pieniaszek scores in OT
by Warren Kozireski
Sophomore Austin Pieniaszek scored 3:43 into overtime to lift Hilton to their sixth win of the season in a 4-3 varsity hockey win over Bishop Kearney-Eastridge-Wayne.
The Kings tallied just 1:18 into the contest to take a 1-0 lead, but Hilton came back to tie later in the first when senior Andrew Agent scored an unassisted goal at 10:32. His innocent looking shot off a right faceoff circle draw somehow dribbled past the goaltender and into the net.
The Cadets took a 2-1 lead in the second period when their power play came through. Junior Taunce Graham skated out of the left corner and put a shot on goal that was stopped. The rebound went straight to Austin Bull who put it in the short side.
Hilton got themselves into penalty trouble in the period but the two forward units of Sean Robson with Pieniaszek and Bull with Kirk Carbone and the defense kept the Kings off the scoreboard for all six shorthanded minutes in the second.
In the third period, Hilton took a 3-1 lead on an offensive zone faceoff win by Carbone with defenseman Chris DiVasta moving in and blasting a shot into the net glove side for his second tally of the season.
The Kings scored twice within 1:35 later in the period to tie the game leading to the overtime winner.
After the Cadets killed another minor penalty in overtime, Agent took an extreme angle shot from the right wing boards that the BK goaltender thought he had covered up. But Pieniaszek, in his first game back after missing four games with an injury, found the puck loose in the crease and banged it home for his second overtime game-winner of the season.
Prior to the game, the Hilton hockey community honored Randy Jensen with a program dedication. The Hockey Boosters President was cited as being primarily responsible for saving the Hilton hockey program in potential budget cuts last spring.
Hilton Cadets swimmers win over host C-C
by Warren Kozireski
Both visiting Hilton and host Churchville-Chili won six events each, but the Cadets used their depth to defeat the Saints 89-81 in boys swimming.
David Nolin won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:28.00 for the Cadets while teammate Ryan Brosi and Josh Briggs finished 1-2 in the diving competition with Brosi netting 188.25 points.
Adam Reitz won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:13.7 and Derek Milgate took the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:17.3. Mitchell Mizma was the other individual winner for the Cadets in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:58.71.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Daniel Bowers, Logan Parkhurst, Mizma and Nolin began the meet for Hilton winning in 2:00.3.
For Churchville-Chili, Spencer Naab and Kyle Podlaski were both two-time individual winners with Naab taking the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.0 and the 100-yard butterfly in 1:05.5. Podlaski was first in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events in :25.55 and :55.65, respectively.
The Saints 200-yard freestyle relay team of Naab, Podlaski, Joe Hunt and John Cain was victorious with the same four also winning the meet-ending 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:56.8.
Holley wrestling alumni reunite
The Holley Wrestling Team hosted an Alumni Night in December to recognize those who have wrestled as Holley Hawks.
Before competing against and hosting St. Joseph’s Institute from Buffalo, a ceremony was held where all former Holley wrestlers in attendance were introduced at mat side. After the match, everyone enjoyed refreshments.
Shown here are: (front, l-r) Josh Escobar, Spencer Greean, Ashley John Grillo, Dustin Meredith, Dillon Murphy, Sean Baylor, Jason Cooper, Matt Butler, Andrew Grillo and Chris Colon; (back) Josh DeYager, CJ Fallato, Chris Kenyon, Adam Grillo, Chad Engert, Jerry Bishop, Kevin Bishop, Jason Clark, Joe Clark, Tom Eberlin, Joe Flanagan, Matt Sanders, Joe Ford, Ken Ryan, Colton Chappius and Justin Corona. Not shown are: Jim VanDerVen and Ed Roniger.
SCHOOL NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 15, 2012
Entries invited for Education Contest
Catholic Daughters of the Americas is holding their annual Education Contest for students in grades 4 through 12. The themes this year are “Planting Seeds of Faith” or “Inspiring Others to Grow.” The theme can be done in either an essay or original artwork.
For an entry blank visit www.catholicdaughters.org and find at the bottom of the page the “Education Contest” form. The local deadline is February 15. Local prizes are $25, $20 and $15. The entries can be sent to: Charilla S. Conner, 4226 Sweden Walker Road, Brockport, NY 14420. Questions: email@example.com or 637-6325.
Spreading sunshine through art
Northwood Elementary students Genna DelVecchio and Alyssa Cusimano spread sunshine with their depiction of “Mouse Throws Snowballs” to brighten up their school’s chilly winter days under the direction of art teacher Laurie Steele-Sperber.
“The entire school is now a window art display, according to Steele-Sperber. “In addition, student art work is also on display at the Barnes and Noble Cafe in Greece Ridge Mall for the month of January along with Seton Catholic School Art Teacher Elizabeth Turri.
Northwood artists take great pride in sharing their talent and beautifying the world around them,” she said.
St. Paul students share their poetry
St. Paul Lutheran School students will be offering up some of their poetic and artistic best Friday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. (until 8 p.m.) for the community to enjoy. The school cafeteria will be transformed into a coffee house setting with a stage and microphone as students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade will share poetry. Student artwork for preschool through 8th grade will also be on display throughout the building. Junior high students will be serving desserts and beverages to help raise funds for the class trip to Washington, D.C.
This is a free event open to the public and meant to be enjoyable for the whole family. There will be a few select musical acts throughout the night, too. St. Paul Lutheran School is located at 158 East Avenue in Hilton. Call 392-4000 x200 with questions.
Fashion Runway Show features modeling, design and sewing skills
For the past 15 years, Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teacher Carol Cowan and students have taken their design, sewing and modeling skills on the runway.
This year’s Winter Fashion Show was held January 5 on the stage in the Hilton HS Auditorium.
Among the students who are interested in pursuing a career in fashion is Sara Hudson, a freshman who wants to go to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. “Her garments were meticulously sewn,” Cowan said.
Participating in the January show were: Liz Meader, Nicole Probst, Yulianna Poplavskiy, Marissa Powers, Stephanie Spring and Claire Wolters.
Students were coached by Rochester’s Mary Therese Friel and husband Kent, who have a special and abiding interest in Cowan’s students and their potential for modeling. Mary Therese Friel has worked for more than a decade with Hilton High School fashion and design students as they prepared for a semi-annual runway show held at the High School.
UR Yellow Jackets chorale to perform at Hilton High School
The Hilton High School Class of 2015 presents the U of R Yellow Jackets a capella chorale February 3 at Hilton High School Auditorium.
The NBC “Sing-Off” semi-finalists, the University of Rochester’s men’s a capella choral group, the Yellow Jackets, arranges its own songs and performs at high schools and colleges around the country. The performance will be held in the Hilton High School auditorium, 400 East Avenue, Hilton from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pre-order tickets are $10. Visit the Hilton District website at www.hilton.k12.ny.us or for further information contact teacher Vicki Newman, 585-392-1000 ext. 2385.
Evening of Jazz in Hilton features multiple guest artists
The Hilton High School and Merton Williams Middle School Jazz Departments, along with the Hilton Music Boosters, are presenting their ninth Annual Evening of Jazz Friday, February 10 at the Merton Williams Middle School, 200 School Lane, Hilton.
This year’s show, entitled “A Rochester Connection,” is going to feature multiple guest artists with ties to the Rochester area. These artists include Paul V. Gaspar, Lynn Ligamarri (endorsed by Conn-Selmer), Dave Mancini (endorsed by Yamaha), Joe Santora, Jon “Skeeter” Seiger and John Viavattine. These guest artists have performed, recorded and played with such national acts as Ella Fitzgerald, Maynard Ferguson, Roy Eldridge, Cabo Frio, Doc Severinson, Eddie Daniels, Jeff Tyzik, Allen Vizzutti, The Temptations and the Four Tops. These guests will be performing in the “Rochester All-Star Big Band” as well as alongside High School and Middle School Jazz Bands.
Tickets for the evening are $13. To order tickets contact Jazz Ensemble Director Jared Streiff, 392-1000 ext. 2293.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 15, 2012
Death Notices for the Week of January 15, 2012
•Beadle, Marjorie E., On January 3, 2012 at age 98. Predeceased by her parents George and Wilhelmina, sister Mary Louise Henion and her twin sister Margaret Freer. She is survived by her sister, K. Eunice Bruzee; nieces Mary Eunice (Jim) Weinkauf, Marnie (Paul) Gardner, Louise (Bob) Centro; nephew Bill (Kathy) Baker; several grand nieces and nephews. Marjorie was a teacher and went to the Brockport Normal School, received her bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State and her master’s degree from Columbia University.
A Funeral Service will be held January 19, 11 a.m. at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., Brockport. Interment at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to the Lakeside Beikirch Care Center in her memory.
•Biefeldt, George W., 75, peacefully on January 7, 2012 with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Donna; sister, Shirley (Richard) Stacey; children, Mark (Lillian) Biefeldt, Lynne Biefeldt (Laurie Kimball), Brian (Danielle) Biefeldt, Tracey (Mark) Westcott, Amy Biefeldt (Trina Nobles); grandchildren, Brenden, Ashley, Adam, Brittney, Margo, Khrysten, Chelsea, Candice, Chase, Catlyn, Trey, Briana; and four great grandchildren.
Services was held January 14 at the Clarkson Community Church, Brockport. Donations can be made to the VFW, 406 West 34th Street, Suite 718, Kansas City, Missouri 64111 in his memory.
•Yantz, Ronald F., 80, died January 5, 2012. He is survived by his wife Ilona (Heininger) Yantz of Byron; two sons, Ronald P. Yantz of Byron, Robert B. (Lisa) Yantz of Oakfield and a daughter Karen (Michael) Miconi of Batavia; four step brothers; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services were held January 10 at Gilmartin Funeral Home, Batavia. Interment, Byron Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in his memory.
•Jefferson, Steven L. “Stevo” “Tevo,” Suddenly on January 9, 2012. Steven was a talented musician, an amateur photographer and had a special talent for making us laugh. Steven was a graduate of Webster High School and SUNY Morrisville. He also attended Genesee Community College and was a student at RIT at the time of his death. Steven is survived by his beloved wife, April (Adams); parents, Chuck and Fay Jefferson of Macedon; brother, Tony (Leslie) Jefferson of Fairport; niece and nephew, Jake and Emma; parents-in-law, Roy and Rita Adams; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lisa Dorr of Clifton Park, her son, Devon, Roy Jr. (Shelly) Adams of South Carolina, their sons, Timothy and Joseph, Renee Adams (Tony Lambe) of South Carolina, her son Anthony; many friends and acquaintances; his pets Gunner, Spike, Macey and Munkee.
Services were held January 13 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Donations can be sent to the Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14621 or the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01104 in his memory.
•Monacelli, Frank V., Suddenly on January 6, 2012 at age 69. Predeceased by his wife Linda, his parents Vincent and Agnes, and his sister Claudette. He is survived by his daughter Deneen Monacelli; his son Duane (Lisa) Monacelli; grandchildren, Nickolas and Linda; brother Vincent.
A Memorial Service was held January 9 at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., Brockport. Interment at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association in his memory.
•Warren, Ronald J., Age 73 died suddenly January 3, 2012. Ronald taught at Batavia City School for 30 years. He is survived by his brother Harry (Norma McFarland) Warren, an uncle and several cousins.
Services and interment were private.
•Makowski, Richard L., January 8, 2012 at age 73. Richard is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 20 years, Donna (Resch) Makowski; sons, Brian (Debra) Makowski, Kurt (Justine) Makowski, Rick and Keith Makowski; granddaughter, Lindsey; brother, Greg (Laura) Jahn; mother-in-law, Carol (Kurt) Gurgel; brother-in-law, Lawrence Resch; sisters-in-law, Sheila Resch, Sandra (Daniel) Rockafellow and Carla (Terrance) Vick; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Richard is a Veteran of the United States Army.
Services were held January 11 at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Hilton. Interment will be held privately. Donations can be made to the University of Rochester, Transplantation Program (www.urmc.rochester.edu/transplant) in his memory.
•Thompson, Donald, January 4, 2012, age 52. Survived by his companion, Laurie Payne; daughters, Caroline and Jessica Thompson; sisters, Anita and Janice; brother-in-law, Dan Payne.
Services were held January 9 at Falvo Funeral Home, Rochester. Interment, Falls Cemetery.
•Lemmon, Lynn M., On January 10, 2012. She is predeceased by her fiance, Michael Bower. She is survived by her parents, David and Gaynell Lemmon; brothers, Mark (Joann), Scott, and David (Helen) Lemmon and sister, Barbara (Wayne) Lewis; nieces and nephews, April and Danny Acciaio, Aaron and Rebecca Lewis, Moriah and Tessa Acciaio, Andrew, Jacob and Matthew Lemmon; grandchildren, Austin, Timothy and Ashley Bower.
A Memorial Service was held January 14 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home Inc., Hilton.
•Monroe, Oscar, Died December 28, 2011 at age 89. Born in Ulysess, Pennsylvania. Survived by his wife, Rebecca; three daughters; one son. Oscar was a World War II Honorable Veteran.
A Memorial Service was held January 14 at First Bible Baptist Church, Hilton.
•Pilato, Elaine T. (DeBell), Died January 9, 2012 at age 64. She is predeceased by her father, Augustine DeBell; sister-in-law, Anita Fiorintino. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 32 years, Samuel; mother, Josephine Coletta; children, Charlaine Trubia, MariJo Trubia, Samantha (Michael) Steinman; granddaughter, Madison Steinman; brother, Robert (Karen) DeBell; sisters-in-law, Rita (Thomas) Doerr, Marlene (Thomas) Maira; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated January 13 at St. Mark’s Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contribution can be directed to Stand Up 2 Cancer, File 1224, 1801 Olympic Boulevard, Pasadena, California 91199-1224 in her memory.
•Platt, Rhonda (Turpyn), Suddenly, January 5, 2012. Survived by her beloved sons, Jordan Turpyn and Antonio Platt; her loving and dedicated parents, Richard and Janet Turpyn; her brother, Randy Turpyn; sisters, Shelly (Paul) Heberger, Becky (Ken) Flansburg; nieces and nephews, Marcus, Natalie, Joe and Beth.
Services were held January 8 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton. Private interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Turpyn-Platt Children’s Education Fund, P.O. Box 745, Hilton 14468 in her memory.
•Jewell, Mary Lillian, of Tazewell, Virginia; age 90. Predeceased by husband, Charles Wesley Jewell; son, Bob Jewell; daughters, Peggy Pike, Barbara Ann Jewell; granddaughter, Debra Lynn Jewell and grandson, David Robert Jewell. Survived by sons, Donald (Donna), Ronald (Diane), Charles Jr. (LuAnne) Jewell; brother, Alfred E. Hamilton Jr.; daughter-in-law, Belinda Jewell; 23 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral to be held in Virginia. Donations can be made to Clarendon Fire Hall, Holley, NY 14470 or Orleans County Hospice in her memory.
•Olsowski, Frank Jr., January 9, 2012 at age 85. Predeceased by son David Olsowski and daughter Sandra Smith. Survived by his loving wife Eleanor; son, Donald (Charlene) Olsowski; daughter, Joyce (John) Allheim; son-in-law, Scott Smith; daughter-in-law, Tammy Brush; sisters, Emma and Bernice; grandchildren, Laura, Meghan, Ian, Sara, Ethan; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.LeRoyFuneralHome.com.
•D’Andrea Fred “Fritz” R., age 81, died January 9, 2012 at Lakeside Memorial Hospital. He was a member of St. Mark’s Church, Kendall and St. Mary’s Church, Holley. Fred served in the US Army during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion, Jewell Buckman Post 529 and V.F.W. Post 202, both of Holley. Fred owned and operated Fred’s Shoe Repair and Boot Shop in Brockport from April 1953 to November 1993. He also was a member of several local Drum Corps including the Grey Knights, from 1948-1960. He was predeceased by his brother, Donald. He is survived by his wife Lois (Kemp) D’Andrea; son Ryan D’Andrea; grandson Luke; sister-in-law JoAnn D’Andrea; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Susan (Robert) Conge; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be held January 18 at St. Mark’s Church, Kendall. Interment will be held in the spring at Holy Cross Cemetery with full military honors. Contributions can be made to St. Mark’s Church, St. Vincent DePaul Society in Holley, the Kendall Ambulance, or Open Door Mission of Rochester in his memory.
•Neracker, Norman, Suddenly, January 5, 2012, age 64. Survived by his loving father, Warren (Mae) Neracker; devoted son, Norman Neracker II: beloved sister, Karen (Bill) Wright; step-brother, William Dunbar; brother-in-law, Jack Nichols; several nieces, nephews and cousins; his 4-legged companion, “Lacy.” Norm was predeceased by his mother, Leora Dunbar.
Services were held January 9 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in his memory.
•Rayburn, Ruth L., 82, suddenly on January 10, 2012 at Strong Memorial Hospital. Born on April 29, 1929 in Kendall Mills, New York, she was the daughter of the late James H. and Elizabeth (Parsons) Bissell. She is survived by her children: Eileen (Todd) Young of Kendall, and James (Susan) Rayburn of Morton; three grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.
A Memorial Service was held January 14 at the Morton Baptist Church, Morton. Contributions can be made to the Morton Baptist Church, 1152 County Line Road, Morton 14508 in her memory.
•Catanese, Dominic J., January 9, 2012, age 84. Survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Virginia; son, James (Dawn); three grandsons, T.J., Joshua and Ryan; sisters, Carrie Lanzone and Adrianna Piraino; several nieces and nephews.
A Private Service was held at the convenience of the family.
•Bauman, Bernard J., January 8, 2012 at age 91. He was one of nine children of the late Daniel and Katherine Bauman. Survived by wife Florence (Fridd); children Bernard D. (Anne) and Marcia (Susan Fraim) Bauman; grandchildren Sarah, Brenden, and Justin; sisters Kay Fischer and Madeline Resch; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Helen Bauman and brothers Henry, Daniel, Alfred, James and Wilfred. Bernard’s careers included being a dairy farmer in Greece, being a carpenter, and working for the Eastman Kodak Company. He and his wife lived in North Chili from 1969 until 2009. He resided in the Seabury Woods Assisted Living Residence until moving to Wedgewood Nursing Home very recently.
Funeral Services were held January 12 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
•Colby, Stephen C., January 9, 2012. Predeceased by his son, Bruce E. Colby. Survived by his wife, Elizabeth Colby White; children, Jacqueline (Darren Roberts) Colby and Thomas (Jeanette) Colby; grandchildren, Jason (Melanie) Mullins, Ariel Siciliano, Shellby Colby and Bradley Colby; brother, David (Frances) Colby; sisters, Dottie Colby and Claudia Korber; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
His Funeral Service was held January 13 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Inurnment, Fairfield Cemetery, Spencerport. Donations can be made to the American Lung Association, 1595 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester 14620 in his memory.
•Everett, Marjorie R., On January 6, 2012 at age 78. Marjorie was reunited with her husband of 59 years, Fred, who predeceased her on October 22, 2011. She is survived by two daughters, Sandy (Michael) Fox, Leslie (Michael) Dwaileebe; one son, Norm (Jennifer) Everett; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Marjorie was an active member of Ogden Presbyterian Church and sang in the church choir for many years.
A service honoring her life was held January 14 at the Ogden Presbyterian Church. Contributions in her memory can be made to the Aurora House in Ogden.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF JANUARY 8, 2012
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 8, 2012
Three fire districts to vote on consolidating
by Kristina Gabalski
Members of the Boards of Commissioners of the Hamlin, Walker and Morton Fire Districts will hold a special meeting Wednesday, January 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hamlin Fire District Building on Lake Road to discuss and vote on consolidating the three districts.
Hamlin Fire Chief Allan Smith says a study committee consisting of members of all three fire districts has recommended moving forward with consolidation.
“The three fire districts will make a decision whether to move forward (with consolidation) or not,” Smith says.
The three districts have spent the past year studying consolidation. The Center for Governmental Research (CGR) in Rochester completed a study which included assessment of shared services and consolidation opportunities.
CGR Senior Associate Scott Sittig, M.P.P., says the study includes a couple of different models that could be considered and “assessed the feasibility of consolidating into one.”
Areas studied included cost, services and staffing, Sittig says
He notes fire districts around the state are considering consolidation because they are facing two major issues - financing - particularly in light of the new tax cap - and volunteers/staffing.
“Fire districts are asking, ‘How can we do more with potentially less?’ ” he says.
“The numbers of volunteers are dwindling,” Sittig adds, and state mandates now require more training for firefighters.
Sittig says as costs go up and volunteers go down, “there is pressure on local governments to be more effective and efficient.”
The operators for the past two years of Swain Resort have announced the purchase of the Allegany County recreation attraction, completing a lease-to-own agreement that was reached in August 2009 with the owners of Swain Recreation Center, LLC.
The purchase was made by Denton Hill Family and Ski Resort Inc. whose officers are Scott and Jodi Carts and Shawn and Celeste Schoonover. The two couples have been operating Swain along with Ski Denton, located 65 miles south of Swain in Potter County, Pennsylvania.
“We are delighted to complete our agreement and to close on the purchase of Swain Resort,” said Scott Carts. “Over the past two years, we have worked extremely hard at improving the facilities and services to ensure a quality family experience at Swain and we are excited about the possibilities that the future holds for Swain and our customers.”
Swain Resort has been in business for 64 years and is one of the oldest continuously operating ski areas in New York State. Through the efforts of the new owners, Swain is a year round facility which provides skiing, snowboarding, and a snow tubing park during the winter months and has mountain biking, motocross racing and sportsman festivals during the other three seasons.
The installation in the summer of 2011 of 3,000 feet of snowmaking lines now provides Swain with 98 percent snowmaking capacity, adding Maverick, Zig-Zag, Fools Gold, and The Pass to the accessible trails.
Last year, Swain also began the first phase of its overnight lodging plans to create ski and stay opportunities with the purchase of the Mountainside Inn, adding a two-building, nine-unit, lodging property that is adjacent to its parking lot.
The next phase is the slope side development that will provide ski in/ski out access to the planned trail expansion on the west side of the mountain. This area encompasses a 27-unit sub-division, including available lots ranging in size up to three acres. Half of the properties will have direct slope access, and the remainder will have ski in/hike out access through a series of right-of-ways and trails. The mountain bike, hiking and cross-country ski trail system is also being integrated into the design so residents will have year-round recreation access from their properties.
Also in the future are plans to make the resort more energy efficient by proposing to replace current snow guns with ones utilizing new technology, promoting rainwater/snow melt harvesting with a hilltop water reservoir and water pump relocation, installing a high speed chair lift and replacing outdoor and indoor lighting.
Carts said the focus continues on making Swain an all-seasons resort attraction. The success of building and hosting three events in 2010 on a motocross track on a portion of the slope area led to the endorsement this year from the Western New York Motocross Association and the presentation of four successful sanctioned events and mid-week practice sessions.
Swain also provides lift-serviced mountain biking on about a dozen weekends through the off-season. The biking trail system continues to be expanded and enhanced to provide a greater diversity of rider experience.
The Hamlin Town Board held its Organizational Meeting on Monday, January 3 in the Town Board chambers.
Elected officials, including newly elected Supervisor Thomas Breslawski, Town Clerk Kathi Rickman, Town Justice Paul S. Rath and Councilpersons David Rose and Marty Maier were sworn in by Hamlin Town Justice Richard Moffett.
New Councilperson Jason Baxter was appointed by the board to fill the seat vacated by Rath, who, after 15 years on the town board, was elected as Hamlin Town Justice in November.
Pictured (front row) Dave Rose, Kathi Rickman, Craig Goodrich, Jason Baxter; (back row) Marty Maier, Thomas Breslawski, Paul S. Rath.
2012 Hilton Apple Fest Board of Directors announced
The Village of Hilton will celebrate the apple harvest, hosting its 32nd annual Hilton Apple Fest. Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 30, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The 2012 Board of Directors has been chosen. Linda Viney will serve as treasurer and chairperson of this year’s festival. Terry Quetschenbach, Jim Sage and Harriet Zunno will serve as vice chairpersons, and Ginny Kidwell as secretary. The remaining board members include Kathy Bjornholm, Rick Bjornholm, Kathy Carmestro, Joe Lee, John Sage, Matt Ulakovic, and Chris Young.
The Board of Directors extends special thanks and farewell to Faye Cole for her exceptional service to the Hilton community as she steps down from serving on the board. “She’s been an instrumental part of the Hilton Apple Fest for 25 years, and we’ll miss her dearly,” Chairperson Viney said.
Further details for this year’s Apple Festvial are available online at www.hiltonapplefest.org.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 8, 2012
The journeys of Sarah Hart
by Doug Hickerson
Artist Sarah Hart has had a fascinating life journey, starting with her childhood in Brockport, followed by college, and then years in Europe studying the paintings of the Old Masters. While away, bundles of letters were exchanged with her childhood sweetheart still in Brockport, until she returned home to marry him. Talking with Sarah in her art studio above A Different Path Gallery on Market Street, her story includes a great passion to teach the unique painting techniques of the Old Masters, a love of Brockport where she is settled with her family, and continuing world travel with her husband in their biking adventure company.
Roots in Brockport and returning “home”
Sarah was born in Brockport, as were her older siblings Rich and Karen and her younger sister Marsha. Her parents are Richard and Sally Booth. She went to the Brockport schools where in fifth grade she first met Benton Hart, who would become her husband. After graduation in 1986, she attended Meredith College in North Carolina, planning to teach art. “The romance with Benton was on and off through college and my post-graduate years in Italy, but he was my best friend and I had all these things I wanted to do,” Sarah said. “So, we always corresponded with letters, always. We both have bundles of the letters.” She studied a semester in Paris with renowned fresco painter Ben Long, spending mornings in his studio and afternoons at the Louvre sketching paintings of the masters. After receiving her BA in 1991, she spent four years of post-graduate studies at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy, living in the small town of Impruneta. “I was planning to stay there the rest of my life,” Sarah said. The letter exchange continued with Benton. Then, she began to realize, “I would always be the foreigner on the outside looking in. I wanted to come home where I knew everybody and belonged.” In 1995, her brother flew her home for the Christmas break. “I saw Benton and realized I could not live without him,” Sarah said. “He was the one.” While she remained in Impruneta, the two families planned the wedding set in June, 1996. “Benton did the Herculean task of moving me home from Italy.” The move to Brockport was completed just two weeks before the wedding.
Resurrecting the Old Masters’ painting method
“I like to paint the way the eye really sees,” Sarah said, referring to the method used by the Old Masters, such as Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci, whom she studied for years. “Our brains are wired to see lines, but in Leonardo DaVinci’s time, artists figured out that the eye actually sees cast shadows.” She often draws a figure in charcoal first, revealing the light and shadows that create form, then she reproduces it using oil paint (see photo with her daughter’s image).
She teaches the “Atelier” method (French for “studio”), “which means you can be re-creative in a classroom, passing on from one artist to another,” she says. “The best way I can teach you is to have you where I work and show you what I do.”
Sarah’s main outlet for teaching the classic painting technique is at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester. In 2008, Sarah had the distinct honor of copying the MAG’s Rembrandt painting “Portrait of a Young Man in an Armchair.” Visitors to MAG observed the creative process over several weeks. Sarah currently teaches three courses at the MAG: beginning drawing, portraiture, beginning oil painting, and drawing in galleries, learning to copy the Old Masters’ paintings.
In her Brockport studio one of Sarah’s select students is Judy Czerenda who owns a home in Brockport and in Florida. “Judy is very talented. I see what she wants to do as an oil painter and I know I can help her,” Sarah said. Judy has a doctorate in nursing and ran a consulting company for health care organizations until two years ago. She then started art classes in Florida, but found many of them to be for “hobbyists” which did not suit her deeper interest in art. She was referred to Sarah Hart. “Sarah was exactly what I was looking for, trained in the Atelier method,” Judy said. “She really set me on the right course. I think she is a treasure to have in our community.”
Lori Skoog agrees. For ten years Lori has run the Skoog Farm Workshop south of Brockport, teaching local artists. She referred Judy to Sarah as a suitable mentor, knowing the work of both women. “Sarah is a classically trained fine artist,” Lori said. “Her studies in Italy have made a huge impact; she is unique in the way she teaches.”
At home and out in the world
Sarah and Benton live in a Victorian home on Adams Street, her “dream house” because of its historic architecture and proximity to the Brockport schools. They have three children: Jasmine, 15; Madeleine, 13; and Van, 10 years old. With her studio in her home, “It was hard to get work done with the demands of running a household,” Sarah said. “I feel in a way that I had been sitting on my hands for 15 years (prior to moving into her new studio last May), except for my teaching at the MAG since 2007.”
Sarah remains a world traveler. She and Benton own Classic Adventures, a bike tour business which he manages. They own bike shops in Beaune, France, and in ancient Corinth in Greece. They run tours primarily in France, Greece, and Germany. The newest tours are in Austria and Switzerland. For the travel season, art has to wait while they are on the road. “It’s a nice combination when the two of us run a trip together,” she said. “It’s a husband-wife thing.” Aiding their travels, they both speak Greek; she also speaks Italian, and he speaks French.
Having studied in Europe and now biking various countries, “I love the world travel, but I need my hometown, too,” Sarah said. “I am definitely where I want to be – back in Brockport. I would never leave here.”
Sarah Hart Exhibit January 13
Sarah Hart will exhibit her works at A Different Path Gallery, 27 Market St., in Brockport.
The opening reception will be Friday, January 13, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The exhibit will be on display during regular hours from January 6 through January 31.
The exhibit will include her most recent paintings and drawings, as well as older works. The collection consists of portraits in oil, pen and ink, and charcoal. The artist’s subjects include local Brockport residents, her children, and various copies and interpretations from the Old Master painters.
Other artists exhibiting their work at the gallery in January: Diane Elmslie and Jolene Beckman. For information phone (585) 637-5494.
Brockport AlumniDance celebrates 10th anniversary with New York City concerts
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Brockport AlumniDance, the performing organization will present REVISITED: A Brockport AlumniDance Showcase on Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Performance Research, 361 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn. A cocktail reception with the artists, as well as a silent auction, will follow the performance on Friday, January 20. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214125. (The Center for Performance Research can be reached by taking the L subway line to Graham Avenue.)
REVISITED will feature eight works from a variety of choreographers, all of whom are alumni of The College at Brockport, State University of New York, or are current faculty members in Brockport’s Department of Dance. The program will include Treeline Dance Work’s “Intrinsic Archetype,” an excerpt of “Travel by Foot” from Zehnder Dance, whose work was shown at Jacob’s Pillow this past summer; and “Green Eyed” from Kristi Faulkner Dance, which incorporates dance on film. Marisa F. Ballaro and Rebecca Leigh Silverman will each have New York City premieres. Jessica Reidy and Sarah Moore/AreaDance will also present new works, each having recently shown choreography at Waxworks. A new solo from Mariah Maloney will also be on the program. Maloney performed, lectured and taught as a soloist and ensemble dancer with the world-renowned Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1995-2002.
Proceeds from the show will help fund Department of Dance scholarships and fund future AlumniDance activities. A similar event will be presented in the College’s Hartwell Dance Theater on February 23 and 24.
Agricultural Fairs topic of Greece Historical Society meeting
Innocent Recreation - The Development of the Agricultural Fair is the topic of the January program meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 10 at Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Toffany Boulevard.
Guest speaker Lynn Belluscio, curator of the Jell-O Museum in Leroy, will present the program that she orginally showcased at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
In 1812, Elkanah Watson exhibited three Merino sheep under the elm trees on the square in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The success of this humble agricultural exhibition encouraged Watson to develop the Berkshire System for Agricultural Society Fairs which became the basis for all county and state fairs. In New York, Otsego County and Jefferson County were some of the first counties to hold agricultural society fairs. Watson developed a variety of activities that showcased the agricultural community, everything from parades to pastoral balls. He was often criticized for his diversions, but he rationalized that it was necessary to offer activities for the entire family in order to attract the entire community to the fair.
Reservations for the free program are not necessary. For more inforamtion call 585-225-7221 or visit http://www.greecehistoricalsociety.net.
Beginning January 8, the Greece Historical Museum, located at 595 Long Pond Road, will have new hours on Sundays and will be open to the public from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday office hours will remain the same, 10 a.m. until noon.
The Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum had a record breaking season in 2011.
Under the direction of Doreen Castano, the Depot Visitors Center welcomed over 3,000 visitors from several states.
Groups included school students, seniors, bus tours, and biking groups.
Over 154 boats docked at the new 150 foot dock in front of the depot.
All this activity has kept the close to 90 volunteers busy helping these guests with their questions. More volunteers are always needed to increase the number of hours the depot is open.
Pictured, a volunteer plaque is being unveiled by Bernie Cubit and Bud Nichols, both of these men were instrumental in making the project a reality. The plaque was installed on the back wall inside the depot.
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 8, 2012
Brockport Wrestlers compete
Brockport Varsity Wrestlers competed in the Holley Duels December 28 and 29.
Brockport wrestled with eight competitive teams and had a 7-1 record finishing in second place in the tournament. Brockport traveled to Union Endicott January 7, for another tournament.
Pictured back row - Austin Mesiti, Joe Carter, Mark Nesbitt, Ryan Mattison, Josh Maier, Zack Green, C.J. White, Jake Farrell, Jesse Kozub and Coach Ferris; front row - Coach McInally, Jared Mesiti, Anthony Fico, Barton Peters, Alex Love, Owen Peters, Andrew Lasal, Mike Marchetti, Spencer Mulligan.
Maier, Egenlauf, Haas tourney champs
by Warren Kozireski
Spencerport senior Steve Maier and sophomore Jon Haas became the sixth and seventh two-time champions and sophomore Trent Egenlauf took his first title at the 46th annual Teike-Bernabi Wrestling Tournament.
The tournament featured five teams ranked in New York State including top-ranked Shenendehowa of Section II. Sponsored by Spencerport Rotary Club, it is named for Walter Teike, former Athletic Director and wrestling coach, and former Superintendent of Schools and founder of Spencerport wrestling Leo Bernabi.
Spencerport finished second with 81.5 points behind first place Shenendehowa and well ahead of third place Royalton-Hartland.
At 152 lb., Maier registered a first period takedown, added three more points in the second and a third takedown in the third before registering a fall in 5:20. The win allowed Maier to defend his title from the 2010 tournament when he finished first in the 145 lb. class.
Egenlauf broke up a scoreless bout with a second period takedown at 182 lb., but a pair of escapes by his opponent made it 2-2 after two. But a third period reverse gave him a 4-3 victory, his first at the tournament and improved his record this season to 17-1.
“I’m just thankful especially with Shenendehowa being our rival and predicted to win,” said Egenlauf. “It’s a great feeling that I was able to get a win over them and in a tournament like this where the quality is the best around.
“We didn’t have a good showing as a team, but our drive is high.”
At 99 lb., Haas had a first period takedown before making quick work of his opponent with a fall in just 1:45. He won the 2009 title at 96 lb. giving him a second victory as a sophomore and a chance to join the elite group of seven people who have won four titles in the 46 years of the tournament.
“Having the two sophomores win is huge for us because they are both building blocks for this program,” said Spencerport head coach Tony D’Ambra.
“We had a few teams cancel on us at the last minute, so we may invite more teams next year. But with the budget being an issue everywhere, we lost the Long Island and Section IX teams that used to come.
Either Spencerport or Shenendehowa has now won the tournament title in all but one year (2004-Valley Central) since 1999.
Wedow MVP in Westcott Tournament
by Warren Kozireski
Spencerport’s boys basketball team defeated Palmyra-Macedon in the first round and overcame an eight point third quarter deficit to beat Churchville-Chili 56-51 and win their second consecutive Doug Westcott Memorial Tournament held at Brockport.
The tournament honors the former Brockport Athletic Director of 21 years and former Chair of the Section V Boys Basketball Committee.
In the championship game, the Rangers led for most of the first quarter before the Saints held them off the scoreboard for the first five minutes of the second quarter while going on an 11-0 run to lead by nine.
With less than two minutes remaining in the third, Wedow hit a jumper and Shawn Martin with a breakaway to tie the contest.
Wedow hit a pair of free throws to begin the fourth to give Spencerport the lead for good and he finished off the win by going six-for-seven from the line down the stretch.
The senior finished with a game-high 26 points while teammate Jerame Owens had nine points to go with a career-best 20 rebounds, five blocks and six assists. Martin chipped in eight points.
For Churchville-Chili Anthony Lewis scored 22 points with Zach Wing and Daniel McGowan each added nine.
In the consolation game, Brockport took a six point lead early in the fourth quarter on a trey by Brinson Blocker and a pair of breakaways from Frank Marcera, but a 7-0 run later in the stanza gave East Rochester a 55-54 win.
The Blue Devils’ Blocker had a team-high 21 points including three treys while Tyler Breschue also was in double figures with 11 points. Markell Collins had nine and Sean Kemp added seven.
Named to the All-Tournament Team were Churchville-Chili’s Zach Wing and Anthony Lewis, Brockport’s Brinson Blocker and Tyler Breschue and Spencerport’s Jerame Owens. The Most Valuable Player was Hank Wedow from Spencerport.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 8, 2012
BB student Spelling Bee Champion
Byron-Bergen’s Russell Cunningham received an outpouring of support from his fellow classmates and teachers after being awarded spelling bee champion, December 22 at the annual Robert Fowler/Byron-Bergen Middle School and Buffalo News Spelling Bee, in association with The Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Cunningham, a seventh-grader at Byron-Bergen Middle School, landed the top honor after ten rounds with 22 other students. He correctly spelled “reciprocate” in the final round of the competition against his opponent, sixth-grader Lily Mercovich.
Russell will complete a standardized written test on February 1, which will determine his participation in the regional spelling bee, the Oral Final for the Buffalo News Spelling Bee, March 4.
Spencerport sets date for communitywide forum
Spencerport Central School District officials say the recent loss of two students - one from suicide - compels the district to bring awareness to the challenges facing children today and find ways to partner together in moving forward.
A committee consisting of students, parents, staff, administrators, civic leaders and local experts has planned a communitywide forum on Tuesday, January 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Spencerport High School Performing Arts Center and west cafeteria.
Co-hosted by the Town of Ogden, Village of Spencerport and Spencerport schools, this forum, titled Helping Kids at Risk: Suicide Prevention, will include: Opening remarks from school, community and student leaders, stories from a parent and a survivor, suicide education and prevention, and a question and answer period.
“We know the attention given to this tragedy has also pointed to the issue of bullying,” said Dr. David Seaburn, the committee’s facilitator, retired Director of the Family Support Center, and licensed family therapist, in a press release from the district. “However, the consensus of the committee was that we needed to first concentrate on the topic of suicide, because we are grieving the loss of life foremost and that is the event that has put everything in motion.”
Eric Weaver, the regional director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will be a presenter at the January forum. He had worked with other school districts on the topics.
Following the forum, plans are also underway to provide tables with resources and information in the west cafeteria, along with a survey to obtain feedback from attendees.
Students, parents and community are invited to attend. Parents are advised that the subject matter of this forum is not suitable for children under 14 years of age.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 8, 2012
•Maxwell, Jacqueline L., MS, APRN, CS, CAC, of Richmond, Virginia, formerly of the Brockport area, died December 25, 2011 at age 78, surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by beloved parents, Helen and Elmer Petit. She is survived by her children, David (Laura) and Michael (Kim) Wagenhauser of Richmond, Virginia, Douglas (Jossette) Wagenhauser and Ellen (David) Tarmino of Rochester; grandchildren, Katherine Withrite, Timothy and Michelle Pancoe, Colin, Dana, Mason, Ethan, Ian and Katelyn Wagenhauser; great-granddaughter, Loren Withrite; special cousin, Peg Gonzales and numerous friends and supporters. Jackie spent her life in service to others. A graduate of SUNY Brockport and a master’s degree recipient from the University of Rochester, she was a lifelong nurse (Registered Nurse and Clinical Specialist). Ms. Maxwell recently retired from Westside Home Care Agency, Ltd., a company she founded over twenty years ago. In recognition of her many achievements, she was a nominee for the prestigious Athena Award.
Funeral Services were held December 31 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice in her memory.
•Christopher, Maureen R., age 71, died December 28, 2011 after a courageous battle with lymphoma. Predeceased by her parents James and Marian Monahan and brother Thomas. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years Charles; children Nicole and Kevin; grandchildren Melina and Camilla; siblings Patricia (Jerry) Gosser, Michael (Jeanne) Monahan, James H. (Linda) Monahan, Molly (Gary) Bogenschutz; father-in-law Walter Christopher; sister-in-law Carol Christopher; nieces, nephews and many friends.
A Funeral Service was held December 31 at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., Brockport. Interment at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in her memory.
•Tarricone, Arthur, December 28, 2011 at age 83. He is predeceased by his parents, brothers and sisters. Survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Marie Tarricone; children, Arthur, Stephanie Faulks, Steven (Jacqueline), Carl Tarricone; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held January 4 at New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Entombment, Riverside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 3500 Winton Place #4, Rochester, NY 14623 or to the St. Ann’s Community, 1500 Portland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14621 in his memory.
•Danielson, Erik L., Suddenly, December 28, 2011 at age 39. Erik is survived by his parents, Gary and Marise Danielson of Churchville; his brothers, Todd Danielson of Brighton, Michael (Sabrina) Danielson of Saratoga Springs and Craig (Karen Guth) Danielson of Reston, Virginia; nephew, Alex Danielson and niece-goddaughter, Emily Danielson of Saratoga Springs. He was a graduate of Churchville-Chili High School, Monroe Community College and was enrolled in the Empire State College. Erik will be most remembered for his love of music and for being an outstanding musician.
A private Memorial Service was held January 2. Interment, Maple Grove Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport 14450 in his memory.
•Becker, Clarence C. “Whitey,” 83, died December 29, 2011 at Orchard Manor after a long illness. He was employed by TJ Lipton Company as Supervisor for many years before retiring. He was a member of the Medina Moose Lodge, Orleans County Radio Club, a Cub Scout Master, Orleans County Sheriff’s Auxiliary. He is survived by 7 children, Cheryl (the late Bruce) Wright of Albion, John A. (Sue) Weits Sr. of Churchville, Wilma Becker of Albion, Wallace (Vicki) Becker of Lyndonville, Deborah (Ronald) Spanton of Virginia, Kathleen (Daniel) Smith of Waterport and Duane Becker of Kent; 14 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Fergen and Edna Thomas, both of Rochester; daughter-in-law, Diane Becker of Waterport; sister-in-law, Maryanne Becker. He was predeceased by Wilma, his wife of 56 years; son, Howard Becker Sr.; great-granddaughter Kerstin Brien; brother, Leslie Becker and sister, Marjorie Mele.
Funeral Services were held January 3 at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, Albion. Interment in Waterport Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Carlton Fire Department in his memory.
•Reich, Karl-Heinz M., Passed unexpectedly December 29, 2011 at age 77. He is predeceased by his son, Karl Jr. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Trudy; daughters, Erika (Michael) Sheremeta, Bettina (Michael) Kalish, Gertrud (Dan) Albano; grandchildren, Tanya, Kyle, Sarah, Casey; and other family and friends here and in Germany. Karl was a member of the German Sports Club and the Free and Accepted Masons.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 2415 Chili Avenue. Private interment.
•Bailey, Scott M., Unexpectedly on January 3, 2012 at age 45. Predeceased by his father Phillip W. Bailey. He is survived by his children, Sarah, Justin, Rachel and their mother, Sandra Bailey; grandchildren Jonathon Bellor, Christian Bailey, Lyla Lowery; mother Rolann Bailey; siblings Christine (Eric) Ehrhardt, Phillip (Carolyn), Christopher (Shannon), Alane (Lou) Mandell; 10 nieces, nephews, many other relatives; his best friend Ellie (Bell) his dog.
A Funeral Service was held January 7 at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Brockport. Interment at the convenience of the family. Contributions can be made to Camp Good Days in his memory.
•Prince, Jane E., December 21, 2011, age 92. Survived by her children, John (Marsha) Prince, Laurie (Ron) Goltermann; grandchildren, John (Diane), Scott (Yvonne) and Karen Prince, Kurtis (Krissi), Kymberly and Ashley Goltermann; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Savannah, Carter, Danyka and Kayden; her sister, Helen “Snookie” Terhar; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her daughter, Cheryl Jane Prince and grandchildren, Kathy Lynn Prince and Keith All Goltermann.
Funeral Services were held December 23 at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Macular Degeneration Foundation or Burn Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital in her memory.
•Witzel, John A., December 26, 2011. Survived by his sons, David (Pamela) Witzel, Robert (Athena) Witzel; seven loving grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
His Funeral Service was held December 31 at Vay-Schleich and Meeson Funeral Home, Greece. Private Interment. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association in his memory.
•Wren, Paula M., December 20, 2011, age 67, peacefully surrounded by her three loving children. Paula is survived by her children, Stacey (Ronald) Tesch, Scott Wren and Spencer Wren; grandchildren, Amanda and Nicholas Tesch and Gregory Wren; dear friends.
Her Funeral Mass was celebrated December 23 at St. Leo’s Church, Hilton. Interment, Parma Union Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (StJude.org) in her memory.
•Bibby, Kenneth M., age 47, died December 31, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born June 15, 1964 in Brockport, a son of Milford and Theresa (Monacelli) Bibby and had lived in this area all of his life. Ken had worked for 17 years as an accountant at B.M.P. America in Medina. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Kenneth B.Bibby. In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife Teri of 22 years; children, Elenna, Emily, Elijah, Ethan; sister Luanne (Len) Rettig of Holley; mother-in-law and father-in-law Patricia and John Hull of Brockport; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services were held January 5 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley. Burial in Hillside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to C.U.R.E., 200 Westfall Road, Rochester 14620 in his memory.
•Mower, Dean A., age 89, of Avon, formerly of Holley, died December 31, 2011 after a short illness. He was employed as a Machinist in Rochester, and was a US Army Veteran of World War II. Dean was also a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge 2110 in Brockport. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary; and a daughter, Patricia Ann. He is survived by a sister Hazel Webster of Holley; nieces and nephews; dear friends Olin and Dorothy Mossburger of Avon.
Services were held January 5 with military honors at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, Holley. Interment, Hillside Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Elks Lodge of Brockport in his memory.
•Palumbo, Lena, January 2, 2012. Survived by her beloved husband, Ralph; her children, Marie Jarvis, Ralph (Emma) Palumbo, Susan (Jonathan) Keck, Michele (Steve) DeLano, Anthony (Cayatana) Palumbo and Lisa (John) Stendardo; two sisters, Carmella DeSisti and Yolanda Fiorino; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral Mass was said January 5 at St. Lawrence Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre. Contributions can be made to Lifetime Care Hospice in her memory.
•Fetter, Ruth J., of Lady Lake, Florida, formerly of Spencerport, died December 26, 2011 at the age of 93. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, H. Sedgwick Fetter. She is survived by her children, Linda (Richard) Daly, Susan (Doug) Brown, Douglas Fetter and Nancy (Steve) Barton; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Fetter; nieces and many dear friends.
Funeral Services were held December 30 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Spencerport. Interment, Fairfield Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of one’s choice in her memory.
ARCHIVES - WEEK OF JANUARY 1, 2012
LOCAL NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 1, 2012
Outreach aids Afghan Orphans
Two New York soldiers from Regional Support Command-East helped light up the faces of local Bamyan orphans during a visit at the Bamyan, Afghanistan orphanage, December 14.
Captain James DeCann, from Hamlin and Staff Sergeant Luis Badillo, from Saratoga Springs, Bamyan Regional Training Center advisors, dropped off 13 boxes of school supplies, snacks and clothes to 63 local Afghan boys and girls.
The two soldiers were greeted at the front entrance by some of the orphans who helped carry the boxes inside to their dining area.
DeCann and Badillo opened up the boxes and layed the contents on the table for distribution.
The children waited patiently to receive their gifts while Badillo said a few words.
“We reached out to our friends and families in America to help us provide you all with gifts you can use,” said Badillo. “I hope you can use these things to learn and grow to better your future.”
All the kids clap and say in unison “Tashakur,” which means “Thank you” in Dari. “We are very happy to get these things,” said the woman in charge. “Everyone will get an equal amount.”
The 63 orphans range from ages five to eighteen. The orphanage has its own library, housing, dining room and kitchen.
Even though school is out, the children at the orphanage still learn and hold classes. Local teachers come to the orphanage to teach the kids different subjects like English, Math and History.
Most of the children can speak, read and write some English. When asked what else they needed, they said they wanted learning books in English.
“These children are a ray of hope in Afghanistan. In what otherwise might have been a very difficult life for them, they are receiving proper care, nutrition, education and a chance to give back and contribute to the development of Afghanistan,” said Col. Rick Nussio, RSC-East commander from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Those wishing to help can send supplies to: SSG Luis Badillo, NZ PRT Bamyan (Attn: RTC Bamyan), Motel 6 Room 109, Bagram Airfield, APO, AE 09354.
Grants move Heritage Trail/Park project along
by Kristina Gabalski
The Village of Spencerport and the Town of Ogden have received some significant grant monies to help with the development of the East Avenue Heritage Trail/Park along the Erie Canal that both municipalities hope will bring tourism to the community.
Ogden Supervisor Gay Lenhard says the town has received a state grant of $275,000 under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2011 Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.
The grant will help to cover half of the $550,000 projected cost of constructing the park, which would include more than three acres and be the first park developed on the canal in the town.
Plans for the park include an 80 foot long boat dock, Lenhard says. “People will be able to come by boat and have a picnic.”
Also included are lamp posts and fixtures, electric outlets for exhibitor tents, benches, picnic tables, bike/cross country ski racks and public access for boating and ice skating.
The park will include shaded picnicking areas with picnic tables and grills, Lenhard says. The park will be designed and constructed for four season recreational activities.
Future plans include the construction of three pavilions, one with a fireplace and restrooms and two open pavilions with electric.
“We’re excited,” Lenhard says, “the project has blossomed.”
She explains the land for the park is owned by Monroe County, but the town has been given approval by the county to purchase the parcel for a token fee. The project has also received verbal approval from the New York State Canal Corporation.
An access road will connect the park to Lyell Avenue, she says.
Lenhard gives credit for the project concept to Kris Schultz of Schultz Associates Engineers and Land Surveyors, P.C., who envisioned it.
“If it weren’t for Kris Schultz, we wouldn’t be doing this,” she says. “He is a resident who really cares about the community. I admire Kris Schultz for coming up with this plan. It takes a vision.”
Schultz presented both the town and the Village of Spencerport with plans for continued development of the Heritage Trail.
He told the Suburban News in September 2011 that the park and trail project will be a tangible asset to the community, “and will be there for generations to come.”
The town plans to accomplish much of the work of constructing the park with in-kind services, “then we won’t have to contract out,” Supervisor Lenhard says.
In addition, some innovative “recycling” of local materials will also help to save money and preserve pieces of local history.
The town has removed the Trimmer Rd. railroad bridge and Lenhard says Medina sandstone salvaged from that project will be saved for use in the park. “It could be used for a fireplace in the lodge or for walkways,” she says.
The town is also acquiring 5,000 square feet of granite from the roof of the Civic Center Garage in Rochester. The roof is being removed and replaced with a “green” roof, Lenhard says.
“We will use it for picnic tables, we’re really excited about that,” she notes. “It will be saving (preservation of) some of Rochester, too.”
Some clearing of the land has already been done. “The project is moving much faster than we anticipated,” Lenhard says.
The Village of Spencerport has received a grant of $74,992.50 for development of the Heritage Trail in the village. The project will complement existing canal side improvements and add space for additional festival vendors.
Mayor Joyce Lobene says the village began to revitalize the canal front back in the mid-1990s, “when New York State woke up to the fact that they had something very special in this state that was of great historical value to all.”
“Spencerport heeded Albany’s call to revitalize and began by building the Clyde Carter Memorial Gazebo and Dock on the southwest canal bank,” Lobene continues. “Several years later, the Lester Merz Pavilion was built on the northeast bank and the Depot Museum and Visitor’s Center on the southeast side was added several years ago. This past spring, the new dock was built in front of the Depot, giving us more dock space as well as the beginning of the Heritage Trail.”
The grant money will provide the village the opportunity to complete the trail to the village line as the completion of canal shore revitalization, Lobene says.
“We are grateful for the grant from the state to do so,” she says. “Working in tandem with the Town of Ogden to further extend the trail to Lyell is a bonus that we had not planned on, but are grateful for.”
“The past few years have seen many of our residents - young and old - walking or biking along our canal towpath,” Lobene says. “We are delighted to be able to provide them with a safe trail to enjoy.”
The village plans to encourage families, service clubs and scouts to be a part of the Heritage Trail by planting a garden or raising funds for benches and picnic tables, Lobene adds.
“While the Heritage Trail will complete the Canal Banks Projects, I am also looking forward to having the (CSX) railroad bridge come down and being able to clean up that area and making it a welcome gate to our Business District,” she says, “as well as the development of a nature park in a few years on our DPW grounds.”
“The cooperation we have received from New York State and Monroe County as well as the support and help from our residents to make Spencerport someplace special is unheard of in many other towns and villages,” Lobene says. “We are very fortunate and I never forget that. What they do not realize is that it is our people who are the special in Spencerport - Someplace Special.”
Ogden crews remove Trimmer Road railroad bridge
Town of Ogden highway crews have removed the railroad bridge on Trimmer Road.
Due to the short, low bridge, the roadway that it spanned was actually one lane.
The edge of Trimmer Road at the bridge site was quite a bit narrower, as indicated by the stoned area on the left side of the paved area in this photo.
Temporary concrete will be laid down to reinforce the road during the winter months; a more permanent concrete will be laid down this summer.
A view south from the Trimmer Road canal bridge indicates the area where the railroad bridge demolition and road and bank side reconstruction took place.
A view from on top of the railroad bed looking east across Trimmer Road. The fence portion with the stop sign, on both sides of the road, will be removed to allow hikers and snowmobiles to pass through on the old railroad bed.
Looking east from the bridge embankment. The inclines on each side of the site will be leveled and then seeded in the spring.
The Medina sandstone removed from the bridge supports is to be used in the Heritage Trail Park planned for along the Erie Canal east of the Village of Spencerport.
Photos taken on December 22, 2011 by Walter Horylev
DEC grants wind farm approvals
The New York State Public Service Commission has given its approval for Stony Creek Energy LLC’s Stony Creek Wind Farm in the Town of Orangeville, Wyoming County.
The PSC granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, subject to conditions, on December 15.
Stony Creek LLC must provide third party certification that the General Electric model wind turbines to be used conform to appropriate codes and industry standards and that expected performance standards should be achieved before installation of the turbines can begin.
The project will consist of up to 59 wind turbine generators, access roads, underground electrical lines, a two-acre interconnection substation, a construction staging area and a centrally located operation and maintenance facility. The wind turbines will range up to 430 feet in total height.
Stony Creek is authorized by the PSC to begin substation site development and after providing more plan details, start construction of the substation and interconnection to a 230 kilo-volt transmission line owned by New York State Electric and Gas.
Trees and shrubs available through Conservation District
The Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Annual Tree and Shrub Program is accepting orders through March 18, 2012. Proceeds from this sale go to support the conservation programs at the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The district now offers more than 30 species of bare-root conifers, hardwood trees, shrubs and groundcovers, as well as seed mixes and other products used in conservation projects. Packages range in unit size and price, from a bundle of 10 plants for as low as $11, to bundles of 100 plants for an average cost of $84. Some of the new selections for this year are: Nannyberry, Black Walnut and Am. Cranberry. Options to meet planting needs include individual packs of 10 for tree and shrub species, as well as multi-packs that include two each of five different species, suitable for the suburban conservationist.
All plants are bare-root stock making them easier to transport and plant. This is a pre-order program and the deadline date for ordering is March 18.
Those interested may get order forms by logging onto the district’s website: www.monroecountyswcd.org or by stopping at any Monroe County town clerk’s office, or contact the County Soil and Water Conservation District at 585-473-2120 extension 3, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to have the order form faxed, mailed or emailed.
FEATURE STORIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 1, 2012
Girl Scout’s Silver Award project raises over $2,000 for food cupboard
by Kristina Gabalski
Thirteen-year-old Allyson Wentworth of Spencerport has raised an impressive sum of money to help those in need this holiday season.
Through her Silver Award project for Girl Scouts, Allyson raised more than $2,700 for a local food pantry.
Allyson is a cadet from Troop #172 Spencerport Service Unit. A Silver Award Project requires the completion of a community project that reaches outside the Girl Scouts. At least 40 hours of planning and execution are also required.
The journey towards her Silver Award began two years ago and her actual project work began about six months ago, Allyson and her family say.
“Allyson’s proposition was to raise money for Linda’s Cupboard, a food pantry that is located at Hope Hall,” says Pam Wentworth, Allyson’s mom.
Allyson’s sister, Haley, attends Hope Hall - which is a non-denominational school in Gates. Hope Hall works with children who have fallen behind in a traditional school setting, Pam explains.
“Allyson proposed making and selling over 40 ‘gators’ - neck scarves - all of which were cut, sewn and finished by herself,” Pam says.
Allyson also assisted her mom in making over 100 tassel hats to sell at the annual Hope Hall Holiday Sale December 3. She also sold the neck gators and hats at her family’s church - the Church of the Epiphany on Buffalo Road.
“Donations of materials were generously provided by Margaret Magin of Girl Scouts Spencerport Service Unit,” Pam says.
Each gator took Allyson about one half hour to make and each hat about one hour. She sold the gators for $5 each and the hats for $10 each.
The sale of the gators and hats raised over $850. “Allyson also reached out to others for matching contributions,” Pam says. She received a matching gift from Drew Hoselton and Hoselton Auto Mall and an additional $1,000 contribution from her Aunt Robin and Uncle Tim Wentworth.
“Her total raised for Linda’s Cupboard was $2,719.10,” Pam says.
The family says all money raised from the sale of gators and hats is being donated to Linda’s Cupboard. The balance of the hats were donated to the Wilmot Cancer Center for patients undergoing cancer treatment and in need of a warm fleece hat when they return home.
“We are proud that she took on such a project,” Pam adds. “She learned to organize, produce and bring a project to a grand conclusion - a project that helps others in great need at a time when the need is the greatest. I’m so very proud of Allyson, she is truly an amazing young lady. She is an asset to Girl Scouts and her community.”
Tale of dog transport ends in tail wagging happiness
Area serviceman Joe Wilkens was in Iraq at a tourniquet training session when a young puppy approached the group. Class was then abandoned in favor of playing with the puppy. The Military has a “no pet” policy so Joe could not keep, “Nogo,” as he was named. He was set on the other side of the gate and let go. Although the area was surrounded by a barb wire fence, Nogo kept returning to Joe and the two were able to bond.
Joe was then sent home but worried about Nogo. He learned of a program called Operation Baghdad Pups, a program affiliated with SPCA International that reunites pets from war zones with servicemen and women from the U.S. It costs $1,000 to bring a dog into the U.S. from another country. This includes vaccines, travel and accommodations.
In September, the Environmental Club from Brockport High School discovered Joe needed assistance to bring his dog, Nogo, home from Iraq and wanted to help. The Environmental Club was able to raise $500 from a fundraiser called “Kid’s Night Out” where children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade came to the high school and participated in games, swimming, crafts and movies with the members of the club.
High school science teacher and Environmental Club advisor Rosemary Catlin contacted Invisible Fence® of Upstate NY in hopes of getting some help with the rest of the cost. As soon as owner Tony Hettinger heard Joe Wilkens’ story, he was sold. Invisible Fence® donated $500 to cover the remainder of the cost to bring Nogo home. “We are excited to be able to help reunite Joe and Nogo - we understand the bond between owners and their pets. They really are one of the family,” said Hettinger.
Nogo was brought into the U.S. in September and was quarantined for one month. He was reunited with Joe on Thanksgiving. Since then Nogo has been renamed Artie and recently had his first Christmas with Joe and his family with the help of Operation Baghdad Pups, the Environmental Club, and Invisible Fence® of Upstate NY, this is a story with a very happy ending.
“The Anatomy of a Barn” presentation set for the Morgan-Manning House January 12
“The Anatomy of a Barn” will be presented at the Morgan Manning House in Brockport on Thursday, January 12. Scott Galliford will provide commentary on the power point program starting at 7:30 p.m. The Victorian-style home at 151 Main Street is headquarters for the Western Monroe Historical Society which sponsors the program free to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Galliford will present the types of construction design in 19th century local barns. His first interest in barns occurred about 15 years ago when he received Daniel Fink’s book “Barns of the Genesee” as a gift. His introduction to timber framing was hands-on, when he became interested in two local historical barns and “took them apart and brought them home,” he said, to reconstruct them on his farm. He is a member of the Timber Framer’s Guild which provides training programs for timber framers, and disseminates information about timber framing. From the guild he learned blue printing and tagging dismantled barns for reconstruction. Continuing a 1970s timber frame revival, Galliford says the timber frame construction endures in places like the New York State Thruway rest stops, park buildings, and ski lodges with their impressive vaulted ceilings.
Galliford is member of the Town of Sweden Barns Committee which has documented and photographed historic barns in the township. He is also working with a group to preserve the abandoned Clarendon Stone Store at the four corners in Clarendon.
Galliford and his wife, Christine Hunt, reside at The White Farm Bed & Breakfast, on White Road in Sweden. Their historic property includes an early 1820s hand hewn barn still in use.
For information phone (585) 637-3645.
Mikey the Therapy Dog celebrates six years of service
Mikey the Therapy Dog has visited Lakeside Beikirch Care Center every Monday for the last six years.
On Christmas Eve he made his annual Santa visit to deliver gifts to his devoted friends there.
In this photo, Mary Murray is delighted with her gift from Mikey - a toy Sheltie dog. Mary used to breed Shelties and has many fond memories of her dogs.
In the background are Santa’s helpers, Alec and Brennan Delmerico, grandsons of Mikey’s mom, Dianne Hickerson.
Festival Of Doors in Hilton
Shannon Balbi, recreation supervisor for Hilton-Parma Recreation, attaches the Overall Favorite award ribbon (the Grand Prize) to the Village Staff’s version of “Santa’s Post Office.”
Balbi says she got the idea for the “Festival of Doors” from seeing it done in several communities and “thought we should try it.” Twenty six doors in the Community Center were decorated for the contest.
Part of the Village of Hilton staff who helped create the Grand Prize (pizza party) winner, Mary Alice Edwards, Amy Harter and Shari Pierce are all smiles about their victory.
According to Harter, “It was a team effort that took several hours to construct. We also got help from Vicky Taylor, Bill Schubert and Debbie Jones.”
She said that the letters posted on the door were letters she found on the internet under the category of “Funny letters to Santa.”
Photos by Walter Horylev
SPORTS NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 1, 2012
Hilton falls in holiday tourney
by Warren Kozireski
The Cadets twice closed double-digit deficits to within a few field goals, but ultimately dropped a 68-54 decision to Greece Arcadia in the first round of the Hilton Holiday Hall of Fame boy’s basketball tournament.
Trailing by 14 points early in the second quarter, the Cadets rallied with an 8-0 run led by senior Alex Grossman and three points from D.J. Logory. Back-to-back lay-ups by Nick Prince closed the gap to four, but the Titans pushed the lead back to eight at halftime.
In the third, Prince hit a trey and a pair of free throws on back-to-back trips to get the Cadets to within five, but Arcadia again weathered the storm with a late spurt to lead by nine after three quarters.
Andy Miller shot-clock-beating three pointer from the left corner to open the fourth again got Holton to within six points of the lead, but the Titans went on a 7-0 run and expanded their hold on the game late with the Cadets in catch-up mode.
Logory led Hilton with ten points and one of six players with seven or more points as they spread the offense around. Miller and Prince each scored nine points; Sean Conte had eight while Nick Ross and Grossmann each added seven for the 3-2 Cadets.
Hawks welcome alumni home with win
by Warren Kozireski
Holley introduced over 25 wrestling alumni representing classes over the past 33 years prior to their match with St. Joseph’s and then cruised to a 63-18 victory. The Hawks enter the New Year ranked 16th among New York State small schools.
Junior Sam DeFilipps began the match with a fall in 1:27 at 106 lb. and freshman Alan White followed that with a pin in just 44 seconds at 113 lb.
Senior Sam Mauro registered a takedown and near fall in the first period on his way to a 7-1 decision at 120 lb.
Three-time defending state champion Quinton Murphy played with his 138 lb opponent with five first period takedowns and a fall in just 1:35. The senior will head to the University of Indiana this fall.
Senior Tim Butler pinned his man with just six seconds remaining in the first period at 160 lb., classmate Cabel Witt had five first period points in a 7-1 decision at 170 lb. and junior Nick Winkley had a fall in 1:08 at 182 lb.
Senior Nick Cuccaro closed his 195 lb. bout with a late escape and takedown for a 5-0 win, Mike Silvis pinned his man in 2:39 at 220 lb. and Andrew Flanagan won via pin in 1:43 at 99 lb. who improved their record to 4-0 this season.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS - WEEK OF JANUARY 1, 2012
GCC hosts fourth Bio-Tech Science Fair
More than 300 students from four local schools will participate in the fourth annual Bio-Tech Science Fair on Friday, January 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Forum at the Genesee Community College Batavia Campus.
Students from Batavia High School will mentor and lead fourth-grade students from Byron-Bergen, Elba, John Kennedy and Pavilion elementary schools through a series of experiments and hands-on science activities.
The high school ‘student teachers’ will guide the elementary ‘student learners’ through activities and labs that will expose them to interesting, challenging and current science topics with an emphasis on biotechnology. The student teachers will explore the area of teaching sciences and the rapidly growing field of biotechnology.
Student teachers will be encouraged to explore the many opportunities available to them in the world of science as well as teaching and education, including the Biotechnology, AS degree offered at GCC.
The Bio-Tech Science Fair is funded in part by the College’s Tech Prep program. Other upcoming Tech Prep events at GCC include Tech Wars on March 15 and Law Day on May 2.
Byron-Bergen schools share holiday spirit throughout the community
Byron-Bergen Central School District supported the community’s local Hesperus Lodge No. 837 & Accepted Mason efforts during the annual Community Holiday Project. The project concluded with: monetary donations totaling over $2,300 to purchase toys for children; food baskets for 87 homes; fruit baskets to an additional 23 individuals; toys and gifts for 24 children; and gift cards for six families.
“From athletes and other students to parents and community members to faculty and staff, this project was truly a total Byron-Bergen effort,” said Teacher Kerri Smith.
The Middle and High Schools have shared the musical talents of their students throughout December with holiday concerts led by Chorus Teacher Laurence Tallman and Band Teachers Kevin Bleiler and Bob Lancia. The Color Guard, under the direction of Donna McJury, also performed.
The Elementary School also has been sharing holiday spirit with its Sing-along, December 22, for students, staff, families and the community. All grade levels participated in the musical event led by music teacher Karen Tischer.
Hilton High School varsity athletes give back
A group of varsity athletes from Hilton High School went to the three elementary schools in the Hilton Central School District, December 21 to work with students in their classrooms. The “Varsity Athletes Leadership Council,” a group comprised of 54 student leaders from every athletic program in Hilton, traveled to Northwood, Village and Quest Elementary schools to work in the classrooms of students from kindergarten to sixth grade. “The Athletes did activities ranging from reading to classes to math games to having discussions regarding the commitment to doing their best both on the athletic field and in the classroom,” said Hilton Director of Athletics Michael Giruzzi. “The athletes also had the opportunity to answer questions from the classes pertaining to their particular sport(s) and school. The council is designed to help foster leadership skills while giving the student athletes a vital voice in the community.
Members of the council are: Mitch Smith - Football and Lacrosse, Kayla Ryan - Cheerleading, Alissa Pignato - Cheerleading, Molly Diedrich - Cheerleading, Rachel Berg - Field Hockey, Ross Pirnie - Soccer, Indoor and Outdoor Track, Christie Engle - Swimming, Ben Harper - Swimming, Morgan Burns - Swimming, Nick Hagen - Volleyball and Basketball, Dan Alexander - Football, Nick Ross - Football and Basketball, Sean Conte - Volleyball and Basketball.
Also Heather Hebert - Soccer and Basketball, Dylan Phillips - Bowling and Outdoor Track, Bobby Vasta - Hockey, Tennis, Nick Prince - Football and Basketball, Andy Miller - Football and Basketball, Tyler Coleman - Soccer, Indoor Track and Tennis, Ryan Folwer - Soccer, Indoor Track and Tennis, Harald Juergens - Football, Wrestling and Lacrosse, Emma Monfiletto - Tennis, Dan Bowers - Volleyball, Swimming and Tennis, Monica Griffith - Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, Nigel Walker - Soccer Indoor and Outdoor Track. Jordan Ott - Soccer, Softball, Hannah Willis - Volleyball and Outdoor Track, Bianca Camillacci - Softball and Ice Hockey, Alex Grossmann - Soccer and Basketball, Danielle DiStefano - Field Hockey and Softball, Rob Sorce - Golf, Carl Wolf - Baseball, Maria Jackson - Volleyball, Basketball and Lacrosse.
Also Sarah Johnson - Lacrosse, Derek Richards - Football and Lacrosse, Ryan Juergens - Baseball, Shannen Drennon - Soccer and Lacrosse, Ben Schreiber - Soccer and Baseball, Corey Roth - Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, Jessica Noto - Soccer and Lacrosse, Ellie Garno - Soccer, Indoor and Outdoor Track, DJ Logory - Football and Basketball, Miranda DiMaria - Volleyball, Jessica Nettnin - Gymnastics, Briana Kimble - Field Hockey and Lacrosse, Lindsey Adams - Field Hockey, Billy Ryan - Football and Lacrosse, Anai Flanagan - Bowling and Lacrosse, Andrew Agent - Hockey and Baseball, John Allport - Golf, Justin Contestable - Soccer, Indoor and Outdoor Track, Katie Wroblewski - Tennis.
Holley teacher recognized by Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank
Holley English teacher Julie Wantuck is a star quarterback when it comes to caring about students and staff. That’s why retired teacher Margaret Culhane nominated her for the Touchdown for Teachers honor from the Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank. Selected from hundreds of applications as one of five finalists, Wantuck was honored at the December 4 Buffalo Bills game.
“Julie is always looking for ways that students can help the school and get enthusiastic,” said Culhane. “She’s always giving, but it’s not just her accomplishments - it’s the heart she has for staff and students. She’s tireless.” Wantuck also serves as president of the Holley Teachers’ Association. “If I needed something, Julie was there,” added Culhane. “She always wants a win-win for both sides.”
Both Wantuck and Culhane received two free tickets to the game against the Tennessee Titans. While Wantuck was not selected as the grand prize winner, she was still honored on the field before the game, got to see herself on the JumboTron, and received an official Buffalo Bills game ball with her name on it.
“So many teachers in our community work hard and give that extra effort to help their students,” said David Rutecki, M&T Bank administrative vice president for government banking. “The Touchdown for Teacher contest allows M&T Bank and the Buffalo Bills to partner with students, parents, and school leaders to recognize those outstanding teachers for their dedication.”
Wantuck said she was honored to be nominated for the award and selected as a finalist. “I love teaching, and that is reflected in the things I do for my school and community. I hope that in the future other Holley teachers are nominated for this award.”
WEDDING & ENGAGEMENTS - JANUARY 2012
Christina Chinappi - David Laniak
John and JoAnn Chinappi and Mark and Nancy Laniak are proud to announce the engagement of their children, Christina Chinappi and David Laniak.
Christina is a 2005 Brockport High School graduate and obtained a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport. She is employed as a promotions specialist at Wright-Wisner Distributing Corporation in Rochester.
David is a 2002 graduate of Rush Henrietta High School and studied business at UCF. He is employed as an operations manager for Excelsus Solutions in Rochester.
Stefanie Peter - Christopher Potter
Kelly Peter of Hilton and Tim Peter of Chili are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Stefanie to Christopher Potter, son of Penelope Crompton and Steve Potter of Cromwell, Connecticut.
Christopher is a 2011 graduate of RIT, and is pursuing his master’s degree in 3D animation at Texas A&M.
Stefanie earned her master’s degree in social work from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2011. She is employed as a Youth Pastor at Chili Presbyterian Church.
A January 2012 wedding is planned.
Amanda Peter - Phillip Gibson
Kelly Peter of Hilton and Tim Peter of Chili are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Amanda to Phillip Gibson, son of Jerry and Yvonne Gibson of Sevierville, Tennessee.
Amanda and Phillip were married November 19, 2011 at Trinity Alliance Church, Gates.
Phillip is a 2011 graduate of RIT and is employed as a software engineer at Blackbaud. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2011.
After a honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas, the couple will reside in Charleston, South Carolina.
Stacey Reed - Dan Yates
Glen and Kathy Reed of Ogden and Bill and Jean Yates of Churchville are delighted to announce the engagement of their children Stacey Reed and Dan Yates.
Stacey and Dan graduated from Churchville-Chili High School and SUNY Brockport. They are both employed by Paychex Inc.
Their wedding is planned for July 2012.
Caitlin Fitzgibbon - Thomas Brado
Michael and Maggie Fitzgibbon of Spencerport are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Caitlin to Thomas Brado. Thomas is the son of Michael and Leslie Brado, formerly of Spencerport, now residing in Lynchburg, Virginia.
The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Spencerport High School and a 2011 graduate of Gannon Univeristy. She is completing a master’s degree in occupational therapy at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The future groom is a 2007 graduate of Northstar Christian Academy and recently returned from service in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Belgium.
A June 2012 wedding is planned.
Molly Pricola - Joe Chimino
The engagement of Molly Pricola and Joe Chimino has been announced. Molly is the daughter of Jim and Kathy Pricola of Brockport. Joe is the son of Joe and Maria Chimino of Bergen.
Molly, a 2004 graduate of Brockport High School, received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from The College at Brockport, State University of New York in 2007 and a Court Reporting Certificate from Monroe Community College in 2009. She is employed by Alliance Court Reporting in Rochester as a court reporter.
Joe, a 2002 graduate of Byron-Bergen High School, received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from The College at Brockport, State University of New York in 2010. He is a tax pay specialist at Paychex.
An October 2012 wedding is planned.
Kristina Fillion - Robert Best
Laurie Fillion of Hilton and Gary Fillion are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Kristina M. to Robert L. Best, son of Elaine and Bernie Best of Hilton.
Kristina is a 2006 graduate of Hilton High School and a 2010 graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She is a music and band teacher at Lyndonville Central School District.
Robert is a 2005 graduate of Hilton High School and 2009 graduate of St. John Fisher College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He is attending the University of Buffalo to achieve his PhD in chemistry.
Their wedding is planned for August 4, 2012.
Shannon Popowich - Matthew Bianchi
Tom and Kathi Popowich of Hilton are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Shannon to Matthew Bianchi, son of Paul and Debra Bianchi of Chili.
Shannon is a 2005 graduate of Hilton High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of NY College at Brockport.
Matt, a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, is a 2005 graduate of Gates Chili High School.
A September 2012 wedding is planned.
Kimberly A. Hill - Ryan D. McDanel
Kimberly A. Hill and Ryan D. McDanal were united in marriage August 13, 2011 in a ceremony at Pearce Memorial Church, North Chili.
The bride is the daughter of Larry and Karlene Hill of Chili. The groom is the son of Doug and Jackie McDanel of Perry.
The bride’s sister, Kristin Hill Campbell, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Kelly Jackson, Joanna Patalano and Angela Mancini. Elizabeth Campbell was flower girl.
Wayne Fisher, friend of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Adam Gullo, Nate Caito and Andy Bojanowski. Connor Hill served as ring bearer.
The bride is a 2003 graduate of Churchville-Chili High School and a 2007 graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in childhood education and special education. She earned her master’s in literacy education at RWC also. She is a second grade teacher and soccer coach at Perry Elementary-Middle School.
The groom is a 2001 graduate of Perry Central School and a 2006 graduate of Anderson University with a bachelor’s degree in art and design and philosophy. He is a builder at Fisher’s Storage Sheds in Leicester, New York.
The newlyweds honeymooned at Maui and Kauai, Hawaii and make their home in Perry, New York with their dog, Manchester.
OBITUARIES - WEEK OF JANUARY 1, 2012
•Keaton, Noah Andrew, of Rochester, infant son of Joshua and Catherine Keaton, died December 26, 2011 at birth. In addition to his parents, Noah is survived by his grandparents: Michael (Gail) Keaton of Greece, Craig (Donna Dangler) Lape of Kendall; great grandparents: Elizabeth Keaton, Lorna Fiske, Carmella Lape, Kenneth Miller; uncles and aunt: Rachel Keaton, Bradley (Kelly) Lape, Bryan Lape.
Noah’s Memorial Service was held January 1 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 158 East Avenue, Hilton. Interment at the family’s convenience. To share your thoughts with Noah’s family visit: www.christophermitchell.com.
•Paternico, Jerry, of Penfield, died December 26, 2011. He leaves his devoted wife, Janice (Brothers); beloved brother and sister, Sam (deceased by his wife, Vivian), Fran (Dominic “Minnie”) Palma; sister-in-law, Justine (Bill) Mapstone. He also leaves an enormous extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and a circle of friends who all cherished him.
A Funeral Service was celebrated December 29 at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc., Greece. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
•Kinnear, Lena M. (Zappone), December 23, 2011, at age 103. Predeceased by her parents, Frank and Beatrice (Leone) Zappone; husband, Roger; sisters, Marie D’Andrea, Grace Carlo and Evelyn Kinnear. Survived by her stepchildren, Ronald Kinnear and Diann (Chuck) Carter; sister, Alice Zappone; sister-in-law, Shirley McBride; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held December 27 at the Fowler Funeral Home, Brockport. Private interment, Lakeview Cemetery. Contributions can be directed to the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Mary’s Church, 11 South Main Street, Holley, NY 14470-1107 in her memory.
•Taylor, Brent, December 25, 2011 at age 50. Survived by his parents John and Nancy Taylor; soul mate and partner, Linda Savage; children, Brendan Klause, Brittney Taylor and Chrysanne Taylor; step-daughter, Tara Savage; six grandchildren; sister, Kyle (James) DiStefano; several nieces, nephews and cousins; many dear friends.
His Funeral Service was held December 30 at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Greece. Interment in White Haven Memorial Park. Contributions can be made to URMC c/o AIDS Center HTF, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 689, Rochester, NY 14627 in his memory.
•Wiegand, Ronald J., On December 23, 2011 at age 78. Predeceased by his parents Hans and Mabel; one sister and three brothers. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Mildred; children Ronald Jr. (Christine), Jeannette (Eric) Vincent, Thomas, Eugenia (Michael) Karlson; grandchildren, Kevin, Sarah and Lars; brother George (Ruth); sisters Shirley Summers and Ruth Wood; many nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. Ronald was an active member of the Brockport Fire and Ambulance Corps for over 25 years and an active member of the NSSA for 25+ years. He gave blood to the American Red Cross for over 25 years and was a member of the Masons and Eastern Star.
A Memorial Service at the First Presbyterian Church of Brockport will be held at a later date. Interment will be private. Contributions can be made to the Brockport Ambulance Corps in his memory.
•Kleinbach, H. Hazel, December 24, 2011 (days from her 92nd birthday). Predeceased by her husband Raymond Kleinbach and her grandson Larry Kleinbach of Colorado. Survived by her sons John (Marian) Kleinbach of Colorado, Ronald (Karen) Kleinbach of South Carolina and William (Ann) Kleinbach of South Carolina; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. Hazel took pride in serving the Town of Clarkson as Historian for over 25 years. Beyond her interest in local history she enjoyed collecting thimbles from all over the world.
There will be no calling hours. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Those wishing can donate to the Clarkson Historical Society in her memory.
•Gaupp, William J., December 19, 2011, age 78. Survived by his wife, Shirley; his sons, Carleton (Janet) and John Gaupp; grandson, William.
A private service was held. Contributions can be made to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in his memory.
•Pawlik, Edwin C., December 21, 2011 at age 94. Survived by his loving wife of 69 years Marjorie Anne; children, Judy, Jim (Dorothy), Tom and Linda Pawlik; brother Bill Pawlik; sister, Jean (Bud) Sherry; cousin Marian Steppenbeck, nieces and nephews; other family members and many friends.
Funeral Services were held December 26 at the New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Private interment. Contributions can be made to Heritage Christian Services in his memory.
•Holmes, Janet R., of Greece, formerly of North Chili, died suddenly on Christmas Day at age 84. She is predeceased by her husband, Floyd “Russ”; parents, George and Marie Beideck; brother, Robert Beideck; sister, Vi Kimball. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Frank Post; granddaughters, Jennifer and Kimberley; brother-in-law, Ronald (Sue) of Rochester, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Marie Holmes and Nancy Beideck; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins and friends. Janet was a member of Etolian Chapter (OES) and NCT Camping Group.
Funeral Services were held December 29 at New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Private interment. Contributions can be made to the Greece Volunteer Ambulance, 867 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14612 or to the North Greece Volunteer Fire Dept., 1766 Latta Road, Rochester, NY 14612 in her memory.
•Horton, Ronald Fraser “Papa,” December 25, 2011 at age 61. Predeceased by his parents, June and Norman Horton. Survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Carrie; daughter, Amy (Steven) Schreiber; son, Douglas (Andrea); grandsons, Arthur and Ronald Schreiber and William Horton; sister, Bonnie (Dann) Gustavson; and his dog, Reagan. He worked 37 years for RG&E and sang in the RG&E Men’s Chorus with his dad. Ron was Supervisor of the Town of Riga and enjoyed his summers on Hadley Lake in Maine.
A Funeral Service was held December 30 at the First Presbyterian Church of Chili. Contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Chili, 3600 Chili Avenue, Rochester 14624 or to Churchville Ambulance Fund in his memory.
•Slattery, Jack, On December 23, 2011, at age 69, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 5, 1942 to the late John and Dorothy Slattery of Mineville, NY. Jack is survived by his wife, Judy of 49 years, six siblings, his sons and daughter, Scott, Kristina, Michael (Wendy) and Brian (Sarah), seven grandchildren, and many wonderful friends. He retired from Kodak after 28 years of service and enjoyed many years of travel and golf.
Consistent with his wishes, no memorial services will be held. Donations in his name can be made to the American Red Cross, 50 Prince Street, Rochester, NY 14607-1016.
•Wagner, Elizabeth P., December 23, 2011 at age 79. She is predeceased by her parents, Alvin and Reva (Pensgen) Robinson; sister, Gladys Gough; brother, Leland Robinson. Survived by her husband, Richard E. Wagner; sons, James R. (Cheryl) Wagner, Brian K. Wagner, Gary L. (Patricia) Wagner; daughters, Sandra A. (Gary) Whitney and Debra L. Thibault; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; sister, Patricia (Robert) Bamford; several nieces and nephews.
Services were held December 27 at New Comer Funeral Home, Greece. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association in her memory.