Dunkin’ is getting close to complete in Albion

Company is recruiting employees; no opening date set

Photos by Tom Rivers Posted 24 July 2014

ALBION – The new Dunkin’ Donuts has signs on the building and the Main Street entrance, and company officials have been recruiting employees for the past month.


However, there isn’t a definite opening date set yet, a company official said this afternoon.


Dunkin’ will hire 25 employees for the 2,000-square-foot site at 153 South Main St. It also has a 230-square-foot freezer next to the building.

Dunkin’ had a warehouse taken down to make room for the new building. There will be 46 parking spaces and driveways on Main and Platt streets.

The company has recruiters at the Orleans Center for Workforce Development today at 458 West Ave.


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Hawley urges US attorney to root out corruption in Albany

By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 24 July 2014
State Assemblyman Steve Hawley welcomes the U.S. Attorney’s Office to do a full investigation in Albany “to root out the corruption embedded in the Capitol.”

The assemblyman from Batavia made a statement today following Wednesday’s report in the New York Times that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office interfered with the Moreland Commission and prematurely ended the high-powered investigative team. Click here to see the NYT story, “Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission.”
“Today’s New York Times bombshell about the corruption of the Moreland Commission makes it clear that good government reforms are still desperately needed in Albany,” Hawley said. “These allegations are alarming, and I encourage the U.S. Attorney's Office to perform a full investigation to root out the corruption embedded in the Capitol. I have sponsored several bills that will help clean up Albany, including the Public Officers Accountability Act, which would strengthen penalties for corruption, bribery, and misuse of campaign funds, and strip the pensions of officials who are convicted on corruption charges. Passing this legislation is a great first step toward making Albany work for the people again.”


Rob Astorino is running with the Republican Party endorsement against Cuomo. Astorino said a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate Cuomo’s involvement in the Moreland Commission.


“This is beyond outrageous,” Astorino told Fred Dicker on his Talk-1300 radio show. “Obviously, it’s criminal.”


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Today's Fair Schedule (July 24, 2014)

Photo by Tom Rivers

Jeff Ebbo from the Troll Diggers is the third man up on the grease pole last night. The Grease Pole returns tonight at 10 p.m.

Special Event: Orleans County 4-H Fair 2nd Annual Craft Sale located in the Buzz Hill Education Center Lot. Including professional appraisals from 4-7 pm at a special price of $5 per item (bring photos for your larger items).


Strolling Entertainment: Amazing Magic Joe, throughout the grounds, 5 to 9 p.m.

8 am: Senior Council Stand Opens

8 am to 3 pm: Youth Camp Day- Sponsored by the Orleans County 4-H - Fair Committee

9:30 am: Western Horse Show - Carlos Marcello Arena


10 am: $5 admission per car starts


10 am: All Buildings Open


10 am: Poultry Show - Wachob Pavilion


10 am: Wildlife I.D. Contest - Log Cabin


10:30 am: Little Britches Cattle Show (open to public) - Show Arena


12 pm: Leader’s Pie Stand Opens


12 pm to 1 pm: Dog Agility Demonstration with Della’s Agility Dream Dogs - and Guests - Show Arena

Photo by Sue Cook

During a motorcycle cruise-in on Wednesday, Dick Christopher rode in on a 2013 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide trike, which is a three-wheeled motorcycle.

1 pm: Story Time sponsored by Yates Community Library - Trolley Building


1 pm: AirPlay Jugglers - Orleanshub.com Stage


1:45 pm: The Barnyard Review: Entertainment for your whole family - Lawn South of Knights Building


2 pm to 4 pm: Family and Consumer Science Knowledge Bowl - Center Stage


3 pm: Llama/Alpaca Costume, Leaping Llama/Alpaca, Llama/Alpaca Limbo - Show Arena


3 pm: Little Britches Llama/Alpaca – Open to Public - Show Arena


3 to 10 pm: Midway of Utica $20 unlimited ride wristband - Midway


3 pm: Story Time sponsored by Yates Community Library - Trolley Building


4 - 8:30 pm: Master Gardener - Lawn of Education Center


4 pm to close: Orleans County 4-H Fair 2nd Annual Craft Sale - Education Center Parking Lot


4 pm: Chainsaw Chix - Log Cabin


4:30 pm: AirPlay Jugglers - Orleanshub.com Stage


4:30 pm : Chicken BBQ Sponsored by Orleans County Cornell - Cooperative Extension – No Presale - Curtis Pavilion


6 pm: AirPlay Jugglers - Orleanshub.com Stage


6 pm: Sheep Show (Costume class at end) - Knight’s Building


6 pm: Small Animal Grand Master Information Session - Wachob Pavilion


6 pm: Registration for Small Fry Pedal Tractor Pull Ends - Fair Office


6 pm: Chainsaw Chix - Log Cabin

Photo by Sue Cook

Emily Fearby, left, observes judge Peter Snyder as he talks to Melissa Robinson about her goat. Emma Mathes, right, readjusts her goat's pose.

6:30 pm: The Barnyard Review: Entertainment for your whole family - Lawn South of Knights Building


6:30 pm: Small Fry Pedal Tractor Pull - Pedal Tractor Course: Fair Office


7 pm: Spanish/English Story Time sponsored by Yates Community Library -Trolley Building


7 pm to 8:30 pm: Local Entertainment Variety Acts - Orleanshub.com Stage


8 pm: $1000 Karaoke Challenge Finals - Orleanshub.com Stage


8 pm: Chainsaw Chix - Log Cabin


8:30 pm: The Barnyard Review: Entertainment for your whole family - Lawn South of Knights Building


10 pm: Buildings Close


10 pm: Greased Pole Climbing Competition (teams must pre-register at fair office) - At Greased Pole

Photo by Tom Rivers

The Troll Diggers are all from Hamlin and include Nate Jenks, Sam Pak, Isaac Jenks, Jeff Ebbo, Andrew Jones and Jonah Pak.


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Nearly all girls team conquers grease pole

BB Queens advance to Saturday’s championship

Photos by Tom Rivers Posted 24 July 2014
KNOWLESVILLE – Taylor Soule of the BB Queens is ready to descend the grease pole after Sam Remley reaches the top of the telephone pole slathered in grease.


The BB Queens were the fastest team on Wedneaday night, climbing the pole 43.72 seconds.

The BB Queens include, from left, in front: Gretta Smith, Taylor Soule and Halle Jurs. Back row: Jessica Grimes, Hannah Hapeman, Sam Remley, Brie Dixon, Brooke Bensley, Cady Messmer and Eboni Taylor.

Most of the members graduated from Albion in 2013. Brooke Bensley pushed to form the team. She has been watching the grease pole at the fair since she was a kid. During many sleepovers with her friends, she said they practiced cheerleading units and pyramids. She knew they could climb the pole.

Most of the men’s teams have taller participants and need to stack four people to get to the top. An all-ladies team would need to stack five people, Soule said. The team reached out to their Sam Remley, who is wiry with the upper body strength to get to the top.

The BB Queens drew loud cheers from the crowd of several hundred people after Remley made it to the top. Soule was covered in grease after the event.

A team from Hamlin, the Troll Diggers, works its way up the pole with Andrew Jones on top. The group watched friends compete last year and decided to try on Wednesday night. They did it in 46.23 seconds, just behind the BB Queens.

Andrew Jones of the Troll Diggers tries to find a grip to keep going up the grease pole.

A team from Medina, Mucked up, battled and climbed the pole in 2:05.99. Here Mucked Up members Andrew Cotter in white with Nick Schroeder in red at right try to get up the pole. Schroeder lost his grip but regrouped and made it to the top.

Lucas Evans of Mucked Up tries to steady himself so the next team member can climb up and stand on his shoulders. The grease pole continues each night at 10 p.m. with championships on Saturday.


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Watermelon-carving, motorcycles among highlights on busy day at Fair

Photos by Sue Cook Posted 23 July 2014

Jacques Gregoire shows off his four-eyed vampire Frankenstein to the others at his table. This was also the first year of the watermelon-carving contest. Barb Kurzowski created the contest hoping to attract artists.

Kate Hardner was the judge of the event. She was looking for originality, the level of difficulty and artistic creative presentation in her evaluation of the completed pieces.


“These are all very well done. I'm very impressed. I especially love the way some of them are carved partially into the rind creating other colors and good depth in the pieces,” said Hardner as she waited for the last contestants to finish.

The watermelon-carving contest had seven participants and a helper. Masterpieces in this picture include a penguin, a porcupine, a minion from “Despicable Me,” and a punch bowl.

Megan Bruning of Medina performed pottery demonstrations on Wednesday. She used the wheel to spin the clay and formed bowls with her hands. Here, she uses a metal rib to smooth the side of her creation. She has been making pottery for 14 years.

The Amazing Magic Joe wows the crowd by producing a signed ten-dollar bill from inside a fresh lemon. Joe’s illusions will continue taking place throughout the rest of the week at various parts of the fairgrounds.

Jim Barrett stands beside his 2008 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Custom during a motorcycle cruise-in.

Most of the motorcycles that came to the show were Harley-Davidsons. Throughout the cruise-in about a dozen bikes came in.

The senior showmanship class offered Natalie Mrzywka (left) and Janie Schutz the opportunity to show off their goats at the start of the event.

The Chainsaw Chix demonstration has returned for another year after demand for professional chainsaw artist Sara Winter brought her back for the fourth time. Winter has been carving for seven years. In this photo Winter carves an owl for over 50 onlookers.


“I don’t have an art background,” said Winter. “I saw someone do it at a fair and I’ve been trying ever since.”


At demonstrations, she carves does what she calls a quick carve, which is creating a piece for speed. She completes pieces in 45 minutes to an hour.

Sara Winter sells her completed pieces from next to the log cabin where she holds her demos on the fairgrounds. From near the front of her workspace, a fox watches the crowd.


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Orleans-Niagara press Cuomo to veto lake level plan

File photo by Tom Rivers
This photo was taken last October from a sailboat on Lake Ontario.

By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 23 July 2014
County officials in Niagara and Orleans counties know an easy solution to blocking a controversial new plan for regulating Lake Ontario levels, a plan that could lead to greater fluctuations in the lake with more erosion in high waters and shallow marinas and ports in the other extreme.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should step in and use his power to veto the plan, the Orleans County Legislature said today in an official resolution. The Niagara County Legislature is expected to pass a similar resolution.

Officials at both counties worry a new bi-national plan for regulating water levels will erode valuable lakeshore property and jeopardize the fishing and tourism industries along the lake.

“It’s not just a lakeshore issue, it’s an entire county issue,” Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey said today during a County Legislature meeting. A destructive lake could reduce sales tax revenues and property assessments, driving up taxes for inland property owners, he said.

Godfrey joined Lynne Johnson, an Orleans County legislator, about two weeks ago in Washington, D.C. They met with U.S. Department of State officials, Congressman Chris Collins and representatives from Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer. Collins has also called on Cuomo to kill the IJC plan because of the economic hardship it could have on the southshore.

Orleans and Niagara counties have formed the Niagara-Orleans Regional Alliance, which today called on Cuomo to “enact an all-inclusive and thorough analysis on the potential economic damages” of the lake plan on tourism, recreation, homeowners and businesses on the southshore, particularly in Orleans and Niagara which are projected to see the most damage from high and low waters.

“It’s a very radical plan,” Johnson said at today’s meeting. “It’s good for the ecosystem, for cattails and muskrats and such, but it’s very detrimental to lakeshore property owners and the fishing industry.”

The Legislature's resolution also asks Cuomo to assess civil work and financial assistance needed to mitigate the lake level plan, and to identify funding sources to help offset those impacts.

Legislature Chairman David Callard said the lake proposal warrants a stern response from the county, as well as efforts to send a message in person, even if it means travelling to the nation’s capital.

“We will go to Albany, we will go to Washington, D.C. and we will go to New York City,” Callard said. “We will go anywhere we need to represent our rights.”


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Hoag interviews 3 finalists for library director this evening

By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 23 July 2014
ALBION – The board of trustees at Hoag Library in Albion will interview three finalists this evening for the library director position.

Any of the three could step in immediately and be an effective leader for the library, said Kevin Doherty, president of the board.

Doherty and the other board members will interview each of the finalists. A search committee narrowed an initial pool of 19 applicants to the three finalists.

“We want someone who is good at personnel and budget management, but who isn’t a bean counter,” Doherty said. “The director will need to also be an excellent media specialist and librarian.”


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Next Medina tour will follow interpretive signs

Photos by Tom Rivers
This interpretive panel highlights the historic downtown district in Medina. It is one of 11 panels that were installed recently in the downtown in a project spearheaded by the Orleans Renaissance Group.


By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 23 July 2014
MEDINA – The annual historical tours by the Medina Sandstone Society typically draw a good-size crowd interested in Medina history, whether its downtown buildings, Boxwood Cemetery or other locations.

This year’s tour will be on Aug. 9, coinciding with the inaugural Sweets in Summer event planned by the Medina Business Association and also two canal concerts.

The Sweets event will feature businesses serving up chocolate, ice cream and cookies from 1 to 5 p.m. A farmers’ market will also have honey and maple syrup.

The Sandstone Society will lead a tour beginning at 2 p.m. in front of City Hall. Orleans County Historian Bill Lattin and Medina Historian Todd Bensley will lead the tour, stopping at 11 panels that highlight Medina history. The tour should last until about 3:30 p.m.

A panel in front of City Hall tells about the history of Medina Fire Department.

Cindy Robinson, president of the Medina Business Association, has a panel in front of her business, The English Rose Tea Shoppe at 527 Main St., that panels discusses immigration and its role in Medina.

“People stop and read it all the time,” Robinson said.

She sees people looking the other 10 panels as well.

“When people come into town they’re very interested about the history,” Robinson said. “We don’t have people who can take you on a historical tour. This way they can wander around town and do their own tour.”

The Medina Business Association wants to develop map with the sign locations.


Following the historical tour, there will be two bands performing in the Canal Basin from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


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