Outdoors show finds plenty of footage at Oak Orchard River

Photos by Tom Rivers Posted 24 October 2014
CARLTON – Rush Outdoors, a TV series on hunting and fishing, filmed at the Oak Orchard River today on what was a perfect day for footage. Temperatures were in the mid-50s, leaves gently fell from trees, and fishermen were catching big fish left and right.

Tim Andrus of Kent is host of Rush Outdoors, which appears on seven networks in New York, northern Pennsylvania and southern Ontario. Andrus is pictured doing a segment for the show. Brian Kirby is the cameraman.

Kirby and Andrus marveled at the action on the river today. Anglers in one five-minute span landed a steelhead, a brown trout and a Chinook salmon.

Orleans County is a sponsor for the show and a 30-second commercial is featured during shows. The county is also listed on the Rush Outdoors web site (Click here).

Andrus and Kirby were at the Oak today filming an episode for season four of the show. It will air next year. When Rush Outdoors started, Orleans County was one of the first sponsors of the show. Mike Waterhouse, the county’s sportsfishing promotion coordinator, said it has proven a good partnership and helped to raise the profile for the county’s fishery.

“Since I grew up here, I was adamant we needed to promote Orleans County,” Andrus said. “We have such a great fishery here.”

Today’s weather will make for great TV. Andrus and the crew also filmed a show this summer when charter boat captains took Vietnam War veterans out on the lake. The weather that day was horrible, with rain and fog.

Rush Outdoors promotes the Great Outdoors in New York, with a focus on hunting and fishing. Andrus juggles being host of the show with his job as a corrections officer at the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion.

The show sometimes will leave New York for hunting trips. Andrus last week was in Wyoming for a show on mule deer. He also hosted shows this year in Manitoba and North Dakota.

Carlos Ferley of West Virginia poses with a steelhead he caught today at the Oak Orchard River.


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Shelby will honor 100-year-old firefighter on Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 October 2014
SHELBY – The Medina community and the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company will honor Ed Southcott on Saturday for his 100th birthday.

There will be a processional of antique cars and a fire truck from The Willows, where Southcott is a resident, to the Shelby firehall on Route 63. The community is encouraged to be out on Main Street at about 4 p.m. on Saturday when Southcott and his family head to the fire hall.

“He’s a local guy who’s super nice,” said Tom Fuller, who is chairman of the celebration party for Southcott.

Southcott is a former chief of the fire company. He has been a member for more than six decades. He also is a World War II veteran who flew bomber planes.

Saturday’s celebration will include proclamations from the U.S. Senate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Shelby Town Board, Orleans County Legislature and State Legislature.


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Mustangs, Purple Eagles to renew soccer rivalry in sectional semifinals Saturday

Photo by Cheryl Wertman
Medina/Lyndonville and Albion will renew their soccer rivalry Saturday in the Section VI Class B1 semifinals at 5 p.m. at Hamburg. Here Albion's Jacob Squicciarini (6) and Medina/Lyndonville's Brian Anderson (7) battle for the ball during a regular season meeting.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 October 2014

A berth in the sectional finals will be at stake as defending champion Medina/Lyndonville faces rival Albion in the Section VI Class B1 semifinals at 5 p.m. Saturday at Hamburg.

No. 3 seed Medina/Lyndonville, which bested Albion twice during the regular season by scores of 4-2 and 3-1 in route to capturing the Niagara-Orleans League championship, advanced to the semis by nipping No. 6 Alden 1-0 Thursday in the quarterfinals at Vets Park.

"Medina/Lyndonville has a very good team and they have the experience of having been there before," said Albion Coach Keith Akers. "We know we'll have our work cut out for us."

Albion romped past No. 7 Burgard 7-0 in the opening round and then nipped No. 2 seed Bennett 2-1 in double overtime Thursday in the quarterfinals to gain a spot in the semis.

"Albion is playing very good soccer right now," said Medina/Lyndonville Coach Steve Luksch. "They've started the sectionals strong so we know it will be tough. They know us and we know them."

Offensively Medina/Lyndonville is led by Brian Anderson (16 goals, 6 assists) and Steven Anderson (11 goals, 7 assists). The Mustangs have also received good point production from James Ianni (6 goals, 10 assists), Kristian Snyder (4 goals, 3 assists), Aaron Feltz (3 goals, 3 assists) and Greg Husung (3 goals, 3 assists).

Albion has been sparked on offense by Marcos Sanchez (9 goals, 11 assists), Jacoby Miller (9 goals, 3 assists), Cam Usselman (6 goals, 4 assists), Connor McQuillan (5 goals) and Dylan Bader (4 goals, 1 assist).

Medina/Lyndonville brings a 13-3-1 record into the semis while Albion is at 6-12.

The N-O League will also be represented in the other B1 semifinal as No. 4 Newfane will take on top seeded East Aurora in the 7:30 p.m. contest at Hamburg. Newfane nipped No. 5 Tonawanda 3-2 in the quarterfinals Thursday.

The N-O League will also have two teams in Saturday's Class B 2 semifinals at Hamburg as No. 4 Wlson will face No. 1 Lackawanna and No. 6 Akron will take on No. 7 Falconer/Cassadaga Valley. Wilson nipped No. 5 City Honors and Akron blanked No. 3 Fredonia 2-0 in Thursday's quarterfinals.

Section V playoffs
The No. 2 seed Kendall girls team will host No. 7 Campbell-Savona at 6 this evening in a Section V Class CC quarterfinal game.

The top seeded Kendall boys squad will entertain No. 8 Marion at 6 p.m. Saturday in a Class C2 quarterfinals contest.

Also at 6 p.m. Saturday, No. 4 Holley will host No. 5 Williamson in a Class C1 quarterfinal.


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5 flee fire this morning in Medina

Provided photo


By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 October 2014
MEDINA – Five people were able to get out of a house on fire this morning at 413 Prospect Ave.

The Medina Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 3:29 a.m. Two adults and three children were trapped inside. Medina police were also at the scene and put a ladder on the back of the house. That allowed firefighters to safely carry down the three children and assist the two adults.

Firefighters then gained entry to the house and found fire on the staircase to the second floor, said Steve Cooley, a Medina firefighter.

The fire was extinguished in less than ten minutes from the time of dispatch. Crews remained on scene checking for fire extension and clearing the structure of smoke, Cooley said. Village of Medina crews were assisted by Shelby and Lyndonville firefighters.


Two families at the house do not have to be displaced, Cooley said. The damage was limited to the stairs and an area leading to the upper apartment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Medina Fire Department, Medina Police Department, and Orleans County fire investigators.


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Gov. Rockefeller was no stranger to Orleans County

By Bill Lattin, Orleans County Historian Posted 23 October 2014
In this picture from around 50 years ago we see Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, left, shaking hands with our assemblyman, Alonzo Waters of Medina.

“Lon” served in the State Assembly under governors Dewey, Harriman and Rockefeller from 1949 to 1965.

Because of his friendship with Rockefeller, Waters was able to get the governor to come to Orleans County several times.

When Nelson Rockefeller was running for governor in 1962, he made a stop in Albion and spoke from the front steps of the courthouse. In this picture we see a large crowd of people gathered here for the rally.

A bus which his party came in may be seen in the background. A sign posted on the bus simply states: “Go Rockefeller.”

The First Presbyterian Church also shows in the background. A number of local residents may be recognized in the crowd assembled here.


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Kendall's sectional contest has a special moment, a special goal

Contributed Photo
Zach Adams, center, who is shown here with his brother Jake and mother Kelly, scored a special goal in Kendall's sectional opener against Bolivar-Richburg Wednesday.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 October 2014

All too often today the true value and meaning of sports and sportsmanship gets lost in the quest to win, especially at playoff time when the determination, fervor and drive to win among players and teams is greatly intensified.

However, that was not the case this Wednesday during a boys sectional soccer game between Kendall and Bolivar-Richburg when a special moment took place that reflects what sports and competition is really all about.

With about five minutes to go and top seeded Kendall holding a 6-0 lead over Bolivar-Richburg, Kendall Coach Brian Duffy subbed in Zach Adams, a senior with Downs Syndrome who was one of several players called up from the JV team for the sectionals.

What followed was a storybook picture of true sportsmanship, caring and compassion for a fellow athlete as players from both teams worked to help get Zach get into position to score his most memorable first varsity goal which fittingly came off an assist from his brother Jake.

"It's just so overpowering I think I went into shock. At first I didn't even realize that Jake had assisted on the goal. It's really hard to put into words what it means to Zach and to our family," said Zach and Jake's mother Kelly. "The Bolivar-Richburg players just took it upon themselves to help make it possible. It was just so overpowering."

The congratulatory celebration by players from both teams which followed was a display of true sportsmanship and a respect and compassion for one's opponent that is all too often lacking today.

"The kids on both teams saw just something bigger and more important that the score," said Kendall Athletic Director Kevin Watson. "It was just a really neat thing and to have his brother get the assist on the goal was the icing on the cake."

"I was just amazed to see how quickly the Bolivar-Richburg players realized that the Kendall players were trying to get Zach the ball and all of a sudden it clicked," said Zach and Jake's dad Tom. "He's never scored a goal before. It was beautiful. It was great. This will be the highlight for him. I can't say enough about the Bolivar-Richburg players. I think they took it upon themselves to do that. They are a group of impressive young men. They played with class the whole game."

Zach, a senior, has played on the JV team the past two years.

"Zach is a good athlete. He has completed in the Special Olympics and he plays every sport to the best of his ability," said his dad. "To have that kind of drive to play sports is really something. He contributed to the JV team and put in some quality minutes. But for him just getting called up to the varsity, to the big club, for the sectionals was a big thing and then to score a goal, that will really be the highlight. That will be tough to trump."


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Be wary of lead poisoning, especially in houses built before 1978

By Nola Goodrich-Kresse, Public Health Educator for the Orleans County Health Department Posted 23 October 2014
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is this week from Oct. 19 through 25. The Orleans County Health Department encourages you to learn about lead, lead poisoning, and the importance of preventive testing in order to make our community a healthier one.


Lead is a metal found in the earth and it is a poison. For years, lead was used in paint, gas, plumbing and many other items. Since the late 1970s lead paint was banned in the United States. However other countries may not have regulations regarding the use of lead products.


Lead can be found in the soil, deteriorated paint, household dust, contaminated drinking water from old plumbing, lead-glazed pottery, some metal jewelry, toys made out of the country and at some jobsites (typically construction, manufacturing and mining).


Lead poisoning is caused by swallowing or breathing in the metal. Lead poisoning is preventable but when ingested (taken in the body); even a small amount can cause severe and lasting harm. Exposure to lead can happen from breathing air or dust, eating contaminated foods, chewing on toys or window sills that have lead paint or drinking contaminated water.


Lead dust, fumes and paint chips can cause serious health problems. Too much lead in the human body can cause serious damage to the brain, nervous system and red blood cells. Everyone, young and old, can be affected if exposed, but children and pregnant women are considered at highest risk. Young children between six months and six years old are more likely to suffer health problems from lead exposure. Lead poisoning can slow a child’s physical growth and mental development and may cause behavior problems, intellectual disability, kidney and liver damage, blindness and even death.

New York State requires health care providers to test all children with a blood lead test at age 1 and again at age 2. Up to age 6, your doctor or nurse should ask you about ways your child may have had contact with lead. Pregnant women are at high risk because lead can pass from mother to her unborn baby, as well as be responsible for high blood pressure and miscarriage. Also, be concerned if you or someone in your home has a hobby or job that brings them in contact with lead.


All houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint. According to the CDC, approximately 24 million housing units have deteriorated leaded paint and elevated levels of lead-contaminated house dust. More than 4 million of these residences are homes to one or more young children.


Locally, over 13,000 homes in Orleans County were built before 1979 and are at risk of still containing lead. Also, poverty rates have proven to coincide with lead poisoning seen in children. In Orleans County there is an estimated 15 percent poverty rate among children less than 18 years of age.


It is important to take preventative measures to avoid lead exposure. There are many precautions that can be taken to protect yourself and your family. Here are a few: Prior to eating food, make sure hands are washed; eat foods high in calcium, iron and Vitamin C; clean your home weekly by damp dusting; do not allow your child to chew on something that is dirty; clean toys often; avoid wearing shoes in the house; and hire a qualified professional if you suspect there is lead in your home that you want removed.


Prevention is the key. Protect yourself and your family from possible lead exposure, and get tested by your doctor as suggested. For more information about lead poisoning prevention visit the NYSDOH web site by clicking here.


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Preservationists will give Holley $5K to help get Public Square, old school on National Register

Photo by Richard Margolis
The former Holley High School, which sits in a high-profile spot on Route 31, has fallen into disrepair and has been mostly vacant for two decades. This photo was taken for the landmark Society of Western New York, which in 2013 named the school to the inaugural “Five to Revive.”


By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 October 2014
HOLLEY – Preservation organizations from outside Holley continue to take an interest in seeing the old Holley High School be saved and returned as a contributing asset in the community.

The Preservation League of New York State will give the Village of Holley $5,000 towards the state and federal applications for historic status for the Public Square and the old school.

If the school and Square are listed on the state and national registers of historic places, a redevelopment project would be eligible for 40 percent of the capital costs in tax credits.

The Preservation League will give Holley a $5,000 “Preserve New York” grant to complete the state and federal nomination for an historic district. The district would include about 40 properties in the downtown Public Square, as well as the old school.


The project, to be completed by Bero Architecture in Rochester, will enhance this Erie Canal community’s revitalization efforts, especially opportunities to rehabilitate the vacant 1931 Holley High School designed by Rochester architect Carl Ade, Preservation League officials said in a press advisory today.

“Located in the heart of the downtown, this handsome Classical Revival building could benefit from access to state and federal tax credits that would come with the listing of the proposed historic district,” the group said in a statement.

Preservation League officials will announce the funding at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday outside the old school. They will meet with Holley Mayor John Kenney and the Landmark Society of Western New York.

The Landmark Society last year named the school to its debut list of “Five to Revive.” The group has been working with the village to draw interest in the school, and line up historic credentials so the property has access to tax incentives.

Built in 1931, the former Holley High School is a strategically located and well-recognized landmark, which occupies a prominent site in the village at the central intersection of Wright and Main streets (NYS Routes 31 & 237), the Landmark Society said in naming the school to the “Five to Revive.”

The school has been vacant for about 20 years. Kenney said developers have shown interest in the site for senior apartments.

The Public Square is in the core of the village and includes a collection of late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century commercial, religious, residential, and educational architecture.


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Petition certified for dissolution vote in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 October 2014
MEDINA – “One Medina” has enough signatures to force a vote on dissolution in the Village of Medina.

Village Clerk Debbie Padoleski certified the petitions this morning. Padoleski deemed 371 of 432 signatures turned in last week were valid. She matched the signatures with an eligibility list from the Orleans County Board of Elections. Some signatures were invalid because the addresses of the names didn’t match the list from the Board of Elections.

The 371 is more than enough. To force a referendum, a petition needs 10 percent of the eligible village voters. A petition would need at least 314 valid signatures out of the 3,137 eligible voters.

The Village Board now has up to 30 days to set a vote. That vote must then occur within 60 to 90 days of the board setting the referendum. The board next meets on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Shelby Town Hall.

Village residents David Barhite, Jim Lustumbo and Ed Weider helped gather the signatures and turned the in the petition on Oct. 16.

They want to see less layers of government and reduced taxes for village residents.


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Astorino will address Orleans Republicans on Friday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 October 2014
HOLLEY – Rob Astorino, the Republican Party candidate for governor, will be in Orleans County on Friday for the Fall Republican Rally at Hickory Ridge Country Club.

Astorino, the Westchester County executive, trails Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the polls, but Ed Morgan, the Orleans County GOP leader, believes Astorino could still pull off the upset victory. George Pataki was a little known state legislator when he defeated Cuomo’s father, Mario, in 1994.

“He’s ahead in the polls compared to where George Pataki was,” Morgan said this morning.

Morgan sees Republicans making a strong push for Astorino, and also sees Cuomo losing votes to Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Michael McDermott of the Libertarian Party.

“The secondary line candidates will pull votes from Cuomo and that will help Rob,” Morgan said.

The GOP candidate for comptroller, Robert E. Antonacci, will also be at the Republican Rally, which begins with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Antonacci is the Onondaga County comptroller. He faces incumbent Tom DiNapoli.


Candidates for State Legislature also are expected to speak at the rally, including Rob Ortt for State Senate and Steve Hawley for State Assembly.

The Republican Party also plans to recognize State Sen. George Maziarz, who is retiring after 19 years in the State Legislature.

For information about tickets to the rally, call Morgan at 732-7270.


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Holley, Kendall have a say in $29M BOCES project

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 October 2014
SPENCERPORT – The BOCES that serves the Holley and Kendall school districts, as well as seven districts in western Monroe County, is proposing a $29.2 million capitol project.

Residents in the nine-member Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES can vote on the proposal on Dec. 16 at the WEMOCO Educational Services Center. Voting will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 3599 Big Ridge Rd.

This would be the first capitol project in 40 years and would include an addition and renovations so the center mirror’s a modern workplace for students in the career and technology program, BOCES leaders said.

The project calls for a 15,200-square-foot addition to the campus. That addition would cost an estimated $9.8 million. The addition will include space for classrooms, a career skills center, and early childhood and preschool programs.

The project also includes $12.3 million in work to the center’s north building, renovating classrooms, replacing rooftop units and exhaust systems, improving plumbing and electrical systems. The south building at the center would also get $6.2 million in upgrades.

There also is $968,500 slated for parking lot reconstruction, with improved bus and traffic flow, upgraded lighting and utilities, drainage and a relocated playground.

The BOCES served an average of 1,067 students each of the past five years with 44 from Kendall and 58 from Holley.

State aid would cover 63.2 percent of the project with member districts covering the remaining 36.8 percent. That share for Holley would be $400,451, while Kendall would pay $320,078.

For more on the project, click here.


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