SODUS: Made his final tracks on this earth Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the age of 83. Survived by his wife of 61 years Lucille K. (Stone) Young, sister Mary (Richard) Hoebeke, sisters and brothers-in-law Bruce (Ethel) Stone, Betty (David) Steighler, Shirley Stone and Wilson (Sandy) Stone Jr.
Survived by children Barbara (Richard) VanGys, Herman (Wilma) Young, Deborah (Lee) Hughes, Marianne (Paul) Moshano, James (Kathie) Young and Timothy (Lisa) Young. 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and special attending nurse Sarah Yale.
Predeceased by parents Herman and Sarah (Orbaker) Young, sister Hermina and brother-in-law M. Donald Pittman, sister Edith and brother-in-law Edward Everson and brother-in-law Richard Stone.
John was a family man and well known for his expertise in operating bulldozers. He was recognized as a successful farmer and also drove tractor trailer for many years and was noted as being the first farmer in New York State to harvest his Tart cherry crop with a mechanical harvester that he designed and built himself.
John was a past member of FFA, and an active member of the Marion and Canandaigua Antique Power Associations as well as the Historical Construction Equipment Association.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sodus Town Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 344, Sodus, NY 14551.
Friends are invited to calling hours Friday, November 12 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Young Funeral Home, Williamson.
A celebration of John’s life will be held Saturday, November 13 at 10 a.m. at the Pultneyville Reformed Church. Private interment at Lakeview Cemetery for immediate family only following the service.
PLATTSBURGH/SODUS: Edward A. Everson, 93, of Pine Harbour, died Sunday September 19, 2010 at Meadowbrook Healthcare.
He was born in Bath, NY, on February 21, 1917 the son Charles Lewis and Nellie (DuBois) Everson.
Ed was a graduate of Mt. Morris (NY) High School and later graduated from Rochester Mechanics Institute.
A veteran, Ed served with the U. S. Navy Seabees in the South Pacific during WWII. Ed married Edith Eleanor Young in Sodus, NY on August 14, 1947. Their deep Christian faith and abiding love for each other were an inspiration for their children and others. Edith died in 1997.
Ed was a Project Engineer for Eastman Kodak in Rochester for 29 years, retiring in 1979. He enjoyed woodworking, cabinetmaking, stained glass art, gardening and traveling with Edith. He loved to read mysteries, watch movies and share jokes with his friends. Ed and Edith were longtime members of the Sodus United Third Methodist Church.
Ed was a member of the Sodus Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He also was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion.
Survivors include two daughters, Norine Everson Jones and her husband, Roger Jones, of Holland, MI and Dr. Phoebe Everson and her husband, Dr. R. Bruce Thompson, of Peru; a daughter-in-law, Maryjo Teneyck of Williamson, NY; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Jones-Grzan, Christopher Jones, David Everson, Charles Everson, Elizabeth E. Girard, R. Benjamin Thompson and Joshua J. Thompson; and six great grandchildren. Also survived by brother-in-law John (Lucille) Young of Sodus and Mary (Richard) Hoebeke of Texas. A son, John Edward Everson, died in 1987.
Funeral services will be held at Sodus United Third Methodist Church on Saturday, September 25 at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in the Lake View Cemetery in Pultneyville, NY. A Memorial Service at Pine Harbour Assisted Living is being planned for a later date.
Donations in his memory may be given to the Sodus Rotary Club, P.O. Box 225, Sodus, NY 14551, for their scholarship fund, or to the Peru Community Church.
Online condolences may be made at rwwalkerfh.com. Arrangements are with the R. W. Walker Funeral Home Inc. 69 Court St. Plattsburgh, NY.
September 13- The Boys and Girls Cross Country team started off their season by traveling to Newark last Tuesday to challenge Newark, Midlakes, and Clyde-Savannah. With the chilly weather and difficult course, the teams ran strong against each opposing team.
The boys looked strong with the defeat of both Clyde-Savannah and Midlakes, but were unable to catch the speedy Newark team. The top ten finishers for the boys were Nick Frawley (19:48), Doug Smith (19:56), Jon Beiswanger (20:31), Brian Redder (20:37), Max Curran (20:57), Cody Garrod (20:58), Connor Hannan (21:43), Damien Metcalfe (21:59), Dylan Forman (22:26), and Michael Bloss (22:49).
The girls team started another promising looking season by defeating each of the three teams there. The girls were led by Cassidy Bishop (22:24), closely followed by Tricia Phillips (22:34), Haley Appleby (23:00), Rayanne Luke (23:08), Charity Baker (24:06), Nicole Barron (25:12), Heather Ameele (25:13), Marcella DelPlato (25:50), Catherine Bonke (26:21), and Jamie Dodge (28:24).
September 18 – The Cross Country teams traveled to GCC for their first Saturday Invitational. With over 20 schools in their race alone, the grounds were flooded with other teams, families and fans. The boys, although missing a few runners, ran great with many improvements in times from the previous race. The race was a combination of Class B and C schools in the area. Leading for the boys was again Nick Frawley who completed the course in 19:11. He was followed by Doug Smith (19:15), Max Curran (20:41), Connor Hannan (20:48), Michael Anne (21:04), Damien Metcalfe (21:15), Tyler Bureau (21:21), Andy Luke (21:26), Dylan Forman (21:35), and Michael Bloss (21:28). They finished 13th overall.
The girls had a great and exciting day by taking 1st overall in the class B/C race. The girls were led by Cassidy Bishop who crossed the finish line 5th overall girl with a time of 21:21. Following her were Tricia Phillips (22:01), Rayanne Luke (22:18), Haley Appleby (22:39), Heather Ameele (22:59), Charity Baker (23:09), Nicole Barron (24:01), Marcella DelPlato (24:40), Jamie Dodge (24:45), and Heather Kramberg (25:47). Good job to both teams!
The 2010-11 school year is well underway. Each of our three schools (Sodus Elementary, Sodus Middle and Sodus High) conducted back to school meetings. Attendance at these meetings was the best it has ever been! We want to thank our parents for their interest and support. Working together, we can support student success.
The following are a few items of news related to what is new or different at school:
§ Welcome to Arkee Allen. Arkee was appointed to the position of High School Assistant Principal. He is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and recently hails from East High School in Rochester, NY, where he taught math.
§ Welcome to Jeffrey Scott. Jeff has been appointed to the position of Middle School Assistant Principal. Jeff is a graduate of Elmira College and Gannon University. Jeff recently hails from Batavia City School District, where he served as an interim assistant principal.
§ Congratulations to Heather Uetz. Heather was appointed to the position of Middle School principal, replacing Darleen Contario, who retired. Heather has been employed by the District for eleven years as an ELA teacher, reading instructor, and ELA coordinator. Most recently, she served as the assistant principal for two years at Sodus High School. Heather is a graduate of SUNY Cortland, SUNY Geneseo, and the University of Rochester.
§ There are two “Prime Time After School Kids” locations in 2010-11. Sodus Elementary students in Pre-K through grade 4 will participate in Prime Time at the Elementary School. After school Prime Time students in grades 5 and 6 are located at the Middle School.
§ 3rd and 4th graders are on a new schedule. At the request of staff who wanted 3rd and 4th graders to have access to after school clubs and extra help, our 3rd and 4th graders are riding the earlier morning bus run and finishing their instructional program at 2 p.m. Students now have an option to stay for a club/activity or for extra help from a teacher. The Elementary School Team and Transportation Department have been monitoring our return to this routine from years past.
§ Safe Schools/Healthy Students programs are up and running! We hope all parents and students who have been contacted about a SS/HS program will participate. If you have questions about programs, you can contact the SS/HS Office at 483-5286.
A Time of Remembrance – Middle Schoolers walk 911 yards to honor those who fell on September 11
By Perry Howland
WILLIAMSON, September 10 – Middle School students were toddlers to pre-schoolers when the horrific events of September 11, 2001 happened nine years ago. To help provide a context in which the students could come to understand what happened in NYC, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania on that day, faculty and staff planned A Time of Remembrance for last Friday.
Fittingly this event, a walk of 911 yards on school grounds, came just after students heard speaker Otis Jennings’ presentation to the group about academic success and being all that you can be as individuals and a school community. As Principal John Fulmer so aptly put it to the students, “we are a community and this walk is a great opportunity to be together as a community to commemorate this event.”
In order to help students better understand some of the events that occurred on 9-11, teachers Diane Luke and Mary Freischlag not only laid out the 911-yard path but also created Remembrance Walk signs for students to read along the way. In trying to make the information more meaningful for this mostly abstract event, Luke and Freischlag tried to relate the information to the students’ realm of knowledge. One in particular drew many nods of understanding as it equated the 16-acre site of the Twin Towers area to being about the same as the area of the Elementary School, Middle School and ‘Herbert’s Hill’ together. As requested, many students wore red, white and blue items of clothing to further capture the patriotic spirit of the occasion.
Some faculty had also used classroom time prior to the walk to provide students with information about the events of 9-11. Diane Luke read her eighth grade language arts students the children’s book, 14 Cows for America, by Carmen Agra Deedy. This true story related just how far-reaching the events of 9-11 went, as the story unveils how Maasai warriors in western Kenya, Africa donated fourteen of their sacred cows to the United States in a gesture of compassion and generosity. Thanks to activities like this and the respectful Remembrance Walk, Williamson Middle School students were not only together as a school community but joined the world community in honoring and paying respect to those individuals whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001.
By Wilma Young
September 8 – Town officials started their meeting an hour earlier this month and spent that time going over entries for the 2011 budget.
“Let’s just do a quick review to see if we see any red flags,” Supervisor Steve LeRoy suggested. “I’m going to personally recommend we keep my income at zero; we’re going to do that at the county level as well.”
One expenditure the board did agree to this year that was not in the previous budget was to set aside $5,000 annually to conduct an external audit of one department per year. The board also agreed not to identify which department would be audited until two weeks prior to the review. Both measures have been added to better assure town funds are being properly processed and protected.
The board will continue meeting throughout September and October to hammer out a budget for 2011. Departments were to return their estimated spending plan to the town by September 7 and were asked to keep their budget amounts at zero. The 2011 financial plan is still a work in process and an amount or tax rate estimate has not been determined at this early juncture of the process. On September 29, the Town Clerk is to submit the tentative budge to the board with revisions being made up to October 31. The board believes the tentative budget will be available at the Town Clerk’s office on October 13. A public hearing on the budget, with final revisions, is expected to be completed and adopted by November 10.
The regular meeting began with a discussion over the condition of Almekinder Lane, the service road located at the northern end of Rt. 88 at Rt. 104. The road was constructed by Lang Construction and was dedicated to the Town of Sodus in 1966. According to Jim Neveleezer, the road was blacktopped at the time and has grown into disrepair. He would like to town to do something about it.
“We need to look up the highway law to see if we are responsible for that,” Councilman Bob DeBadts offered and agreed to look into the matter.
Department reports were presented and accepted. STAC made 86 of 92 calls (93 percent) during the month of August; average response time was 4.8 minutes. Building Inspector Al Hendrikse reported 17 permits were issued in August, none of which were major, according to him. Town Highway crews continued to work on the under drain on Centenary Road most of the month. The board commented on what a great job they were doing.
There was no report from Councilman Dale Pickering from the Rec. committee as they would be meeting next week. Pickering expected that the budget would be at the top of their agenda.
During Councilman Mike Boone’s report, there was a discussion on the condition of the lawnmower used by Pat Allen which is getting somewhat worn. It was decided to look into the cost of a new one and continue the discussion at a later meeting. Allen promised to get a quote and present one that would be as reasonable as possible.
LeRoy and Kim Buell shared progress at Camp Beechwood Park. Buell indicated that there has to be something done with the roof at the old dining hall. “It is repairable, but leaks everywhere,” he said. “We need to tarp it…anything that we can do to keep it from further deteriorating through the winter,” he urged.
The following resolution was approved: authorization to approve the 2011 fire contracts (one year) with the five departments located in Sodus which will include a $500 increase per department. Contract agreements between the Town of Sodus and departments are: Wallington $35,100; Sodus Center $35,100; Sodus Point $36,600; Alton $35,100; and the Village of Sodus $36,600. The contracts do not include amounts received by the department via their fire district taxes or other resources including fundraisers.
The board also adopted a resolution accepting the draft Sodus Bay Harbor Management Plan as completed. It is now available for public review and will be submitted to NYS Department of State for their approval.
A motion was adopted authorizing the first payment to the contractor for Water District #9 in the amount of $265,689.62. Supervisor LeRoy explained that the funds were to cover the cost of all the pipes that have been dispersed along Middle Road.
The meeting adjourned into executive session to discuss a personnel matter at 8:30 p.m. Their next regular meeting of the board will be on Wednesday evening, October 13 at 7 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.
By Amy Scutt
Sodus woman succumbs to injuries
WALWORTH, August 26 – The WCSO investigated a fatal motor vehicle accident that involved three vehicles on Route 350. A vehicle driven by Wanda Cline (66) of Sodus was southbound on Route 350 when her vehicle drifted over into the northbound lane striking a tractor trailer being driven by Wayne Wickman (45) of Wolcott. After the impact with the truck, Cline’s vehicle swerved back into the southbound lane when it was struck by a vehicle driven by Tad Tarrant (21) of Marion. Cline was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight where she later succumbed to her injuries.
The WCSO accident reconstruction team is still investigating the cause of the accident.
Please turn to page 6 for more Police and EMS reports.
DWI arrest following property damage accident in Walworth
On August 28, the New York State Police in Williamson reported the arrest of Christopher T. Priest (23) of Walworth for Driving While Intoxicated and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. Patrol was dispatched by 911 to a property damage accident on Lincoln Road in Walworth. Further investigation revealed that Priest lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole. He was arrested for DWI and DWI with a BAC above .08%. Upon inventory of Priests vehicle for towing, a shoe box of marijuana was discovered. Priest was issued tickets to appear in the Walworth court on a later date to answer to the charges.
Crash in Savannah sends four to hospital
On August 27, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reported the investigation of a personal injury accident that occurred in Savannah. Jennifer L. Aaserud (22) of Auburn was traveling westbound on Messner Road when she failed to negotiate a turn near the intersection of Route 31. The vehicle exited the roadway, sticking a guardrail, went airborne and ended up down an embankment resting on its side. Aaserud and a passenger in her vehicle, Marion Herbert of Sodus, were transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse by Mercy Flight. Two other passengers in her vehicle were transported to area hospitals by ambulance. Raphael Merandez of Sodus was transported to Upstate Medical Center and Nicole Ramirez-Mariano of Geneva was transported to Geneva General Hospital. The WCSO was assisted at the scene by member of the Savannah, Clyde and South Butler Fire Departments and the Rose, Clyde and Savannah Ambulance Departments The investigation into the crash is continuing.
Tractor trailer tipped over in Newark
On August 25, the WCSO reported the investigation of a roll over tractor trailer accident that occurred on Route 31 in Newark. Joshua Hamilton (36) of Syracuse was operating a tractor trailer truck pulling a box trailer loaded with compacted cardboard. Hamilton was making a right turn out of the Tractor Supply Store onto Route 31 when he misjudged the turn. The tires of the truck went off the roadway and into the ditch causing the vehicle to roll over. No injuries occurred. The Newark and Marbletown Fire Departments, Newark Police and Featherly’s Garage assisted at the scene.
Car flips on its roof into an oncoming vehicle
On August 24, the WCSO reported the investigation of a two car personal injury accident that occurred on Route 31 in Palmyra. A vehicle driven by Julie A. Gramlich (25) of Rochester was westbound on Route 31 when she lost control of her vehicle and struck the end of the guardrail. Gramlich’s vehicle went airborne landing on its roof and slid down the roadway. While skidding on its roof, the vehicle struck another vehicle driven by Richard W. Steiner (59) of Palmyra before coming to a rest on the side of the road. Both subjects sustained injuries in the accident and were transported by medical personnel to the hospital. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. The WCSO was assisted at the scene by the Port Gibson, East Palmyra and Palmyra Fire Departments and Mercy Flight.
Gun fire report at the Brockhuizen leads to arrest
On August 24, the WCSO reported the arrest of Robert E. Hampton, A.K.A. “Goldfinger” (59) of Williamson for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree. Deputies were called to the Brockhuizen Inn on Main Street for a disturbance and the sound of three gun shots. Upon arrival deputies discovered the disturbance was over what sources say was a “drug deal gone bad.” Deputies tried to speak to Hampton about the incident when he attempted to run from police. When Hampton was caught he was found to be in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine. Hampton is currently on parole for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree. Hampton was arraigned in the Williamson court and remanded to the Wayne County jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bail bond. The WCSO was assisted by the New York State Police in the arrest of Hampton.
Civilian reports of erratic driver leads to DWI arrest
On August 21, the NYSP in Williamson reported the arrest of Jessie L. Goings (54) of Rochester for DWI. Troopers were dispatched by 911 to the report of a vehicle westbound on Route 104 that was swerving into the eastbound lane nearly hitting oncoming vehicles. Patrol located the vehicle as it was driving 40 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. Upon stopping the vehicle it was determined that the driver was intoxicated. Goings failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI and DWI with a BAC above .08%. Goings was issued a ticket to appear in the Williamson court on a later date to answer to the charges.
Marion teen injured on dirt bike
On August 21, the WCSO reported the investigation of a dirt bike accident at the Marion Town Park. Thomas M. Simmons (16) of Marion was riding his Yamaha dirt bike through the park and the Marion bus garage property where he crashed his bike in the grass. Simmons was found confused and with facial injuries by people visiting the park who called 911. Wayne County ALS was immediately on scene and began medical treatment. Simmons was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight. He was issued citations for Unlicensed Operation, Unregistered and Uninsured Vehicle, Operating where Prohibited. Simmons was also issued a ticket for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. He is scheduled to appear in the Marion court on a later date to answer to the charges.
Having the highest tax rate per assessed evaluation in the ENTIRE country is nothing to be proud of. We the people are being taxed and regulated out of our homes and our businesses. The Republican dominated County Board of Supervisors continually tell us that unfunded state mandates are a reason why the tax burden is so high.
It is amazing to me that for these last 28 years we have been sending the same guy to Albany to represent us and the results have been dismal. Every time Senator Michael Nozzolio is up for re-election he finds new outrage and rails against out of control spending in Albany, unfunded mandates, high property taxes, burdensome regulation, stagnate economic growth in the region and on and on. Yet not once can I remember him after being re-elected actually taking on any of these things. For 28 years he has been our representative in Albany and I ask you, have your taxes gone down? Is spending under control in Albany? Are there fewer regulations? Do we have less out of control state agencies extorting money out of local businesses? Do we have any more well paying jobs? I come up with a resounding NO to all of these questions. Many of these last 28 years even found Senator Nozzolio in the majority party with a Republican Governor.
So why do we continue to support the same failed rhetoric and the same failure to provide a voice and leadership for our needs in Albany? Is it because Senator Nozzolio is a master at the press release? He hands out physically oversized checks but monetarily miniscule ones to this group and that organization. Are we 10 years old? Is this our allowance for “behaving” or doing our chores? Wouldn’t we all be better off if we were unburdened of Albany’s tax and spend mentality, out of control property taxes and had good paying jobs so we didn’t need a hand out from “father” Nozzolio. Many complain about others on the dole but aren’t we just as much on the dole when we look to the government for our subsistence.
It’s time we supported ourselves. It’s time for a change, lets try something different. I urge you to support Ed O’Shea for New York State Senate 54. A new voice in Albany!!
SODUS, September 26 – One of the greatest accomplishments this year for Supervisor Steve LeRoy is the agreement he helped orchestrate between the state and the Town of Sodus which grants the town a 15 year use of the former Girl Scout Camp Beechwood.
“Who can stand to see this wonderful place unused and further deteriorate?” asked LeRoy who is eager to see the park used/improved by people.
Camp Beechwood was originally turned over to the state in 1996 when the Girl Scouts were not longer able to maintain it. There was much public tribulation over the sale to the state, but a deal was struck and the state purchased it for $600,000 using Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act funds. Unfortunately, nothing has been done to the property and it has stood mostly abandoned for the last 11 years. The buildings have fallen into disrepair and the wonderful park grounds are not accessible for the public to enjoy.
All of that is about to be changed. In order to make that happen, the Town of Sodus is about to receive the help of students from SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. A bus full of students arrived on the site on Sunday to walk the almost 350 acres of parkland. Associate Professor Diane Kuehn was in charge.
“The students are going to work on a inventory of what here at the camp and come up with a management plan to be completed by the end of the semester (in December 2010),” explained Kuehn.
Prior to the students’ visit, Boy Scout leader Craig Wollesen (also a member of the Sodus Camp Beechwood committee) communicated with former Boy Scout and 2006 SCS grad Nathan Reynolds who just happened to be attending SUNY ESF. Wollesen asked the Eagle Scout if he knew anyone at school who might be able to help the Sodus group as they hammer out a plan for Camp Beechwood.
“It’s just a natural resource way too valuable to let it go,” Wollesen firmly stated.
The son of Diane and Ron Reynolds replied to Wollesen that he’d be coming out this weekend and would like to walk around. To his surprise, he found that Sodus had recently been granted permission and use of the parkland. It’s a small world!
The students spent about four hours walking along the trails and inspecting the existing buildings, looking at the Lake Lodge, the old stand forest trees, the lake shore and Maxwell Creek Bay. What they found was a remarkable, astounding ecological environment.
For the students, Kuehn, Reynolds, Wollesen and LeRoy the afternoon was a meeting of like minded environmentalist with a common goal. There is no doubt that the combined energy of all will certainly make a difference at one of the most beautiful places in Wayne County. The future is looking up at Beechwood.
By Wilma Young
WILLIAMSON, September 24 – The support agencies: The Agricultural Development Board of Wayne County, Cornell Cooperative Extension of WC, Farm Bureau of WC and Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a tour of three Williamson farms on Friday. The tour travelled to Mason Farms, Young Sommer Winery and Orbaker Farms; their combined family heritage is 15 generations.
The bus started off at Mason Farms on Ridge Road with a walk through the packing house and barn. Owner Doug Mason was busy with staff that was packing pallets of produce: lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn (about 200,000 dozen ears in 2010), and Bosc Pears on this day. Crews start picking at dawn for delivery on the same day, much of it going to Wegmans. They also sell at the public market and to others who sell at farmers markets. Some of the produce that is grown on the 200 acre farm is designated organic; there are 75 acres of muck land.
Doug Mason’s ancestors Iantha (Gibbs) Mason and Charles Mason started Mason farms in Williamson 200 years ago this year. When Charles married Iantha, her father gave them 50 acres of land on the corner of Ridge Road and Salmon Creek Road.
“This farm, because of its unique soils is why we decided to designate it as (farmland) preservation land,” Doug explained to the 20 or so visitors. Ag and Farmland Protection Board Chair and Cornell Cooperative Extension Executive Director Elizabeth Henderson was concerned that the state funding would not be available for two or three years. But that didn’t faze Doug, “That’s OK,” he told Henderson, “because I would have felt guilty taking that with the state being in such financial difficulty.”
The tour walked across Ridge Road to the Farm Market, run by Doug’s wife Lorraine who welcomed everyone warmly. “I run this side of the farm…most everything we sell here we pretty much raise here,” she proudly pointed out.
The most challenging issues faced by the Masons? Doug honestly answered, “state regulations and labor…and taxes. The town keeps giving us exemptions, but our taxes keep going up.”
The tour moved north crossing Route 104 to Young Sommer Winery on Jersey Road. Herman Young is a fourth generation farmer who was raised on a fruit farm in Sodus, in the home that his father was born in and still lives in today. The Youngs purchased their 20 acre farm in 1984 and opened a farm winery on their land three years ago after seeing the growth of wineries in the Finger Lakes. Herm and winemaker Jan Klapetzky are former home winemakers who have turned their love for their hobby into a place that many people enjoy visiting.
Herm had set up the tank room so that the officials on the tour could see just what happens, what transforms a grape (or apple) into a bottle of wine. From crushing and de-stemming, to pressing and racking off, and the final filtration process, bottling, labeling and sales in the tasting room.
Young Sommer Winery has the capacity to ferment about 2,800 gallons of wine in 2010. The establishment currently offers 22 varieties of wine: four red grape varieties, six white wines, four apple wines, a cherry wine and eight fruit infused wines.
In the future, the Youngs would like to add to their facility with room for a winery gift shop and events area with a kitchen at their establishment. This would require a warehouse addition, and addition of bathroom and kitchen facilities.
The final stop on the tour was at Orbaker Farms on Lake Road. Gary and Andy Orbaker are also fourth generation farmers, Orbaker Farms was recognized as a NYS Century Farm, being in operation since 1889. The farm started out small as a self sustaining farm. It has evolved to 215 acres plus rented properties totaling 500 acres; the farm employs about 45 people, harvesting about 275,000 bushels of apples annually.
Gary Orbaker is responsible for Orbaker Fruit Farm, while Andy is charge of the Lakeview Produce Packing. The greatest change that they have seen is the introduction of dwarf tree stock where there are 300 to 500 trees planted per acre as compared to 50 of older, traditional sized trees.
“This is the best apple growing region in the country,” Gary pointed out. “That’s why Mott’s is here because they know we grow quality apples…that and plus the Town of Williamson offers a reasonable supply of water.”
Orbaker Farms sells 90 percent of their processor apples to Motts. Their crop is 50 percent processor and 50 percent fresh fruit.
Challenges faced at Orbaker Farms include the price paid for apples versus the cost of raising and harvesting them. Labor is a constant pressure on all farms, the Orbakers included, and the need for immigration reform is at the top of Gary Orbaker’s list of things to push for and accomplish.
The Orbaker tour included a visit to their packing house to see the mechanized, modern process used by the Orbakers who participate in the USDA certified farm food safety program. The upgrades cost the Orbakers $10,000 and has significantly increased the amount of paperwork required each day. Every load of apples leaving Orbaker Farms is identified and numbered and is NYS Inspected.
By Perry Howland
SODUS, October 3 – Four years ago Soduskan Mike Boone grew a giant watermelon and proudly put it on display at Paton’s Market Place, inviting people to guess the weight of this leviathan. Amazingly there were over 1000 entries vying to come the closest to guessing this 102 pounder’s heft. A good number of people encouraged Boone to make this an annual event and expand it into a festival, and so evolved the annual Sodus Harvest Fest, this being the third year of its existence.
With the watermelon weight-guessing contest the jumping off point, momentum began building. In the summer of 2007 an informal group of interested individuals met to try and build on the idea of having a festival. From this group came a request to the Sodus Chamber to become the fest’s umbrella organization. According to Chamber President Mary Jane Mumby, the first Harvest Fest was held at the Fireman’s Field on a cold, rainy day. There were 25 vendors, and amazingly, stated Mumby, “all who attended said they had a good time.”
In her normal self-deprecating mode, Mumby stated, “in a weak moment, we (Chamber) decided we would do the festival again.” Wanting to try and involve school children more, the Chamber approached Reliant Community Credit Union and Sodus Central School as possible hosts. Both organizations responded in the affirmative and the Chamber decided to partner with the school district. With SCS Superintendent of Schools Susan Salvaggio within earshot registering carving contest entries, Mumby glowing said, “we have had a good partnership with the school and they have been fantastic.”
In its first year at the school, in keeping with the harvest theme, both residents and non-residents were encouraged to create Harvest Desserts. Following the judging these mouth-watering creations were auctioned off with the proceeds going to help fund Harvest Fest. Building on the goal of encouraging more child participation this year the committee invited carved pumpkin entries. Another new initiative was the ‘Freaky Fruit’ contest, inviting young and old to enter that uniquely shaped pumpkin, gourd or apple. To provide transportation six individuals answered the call to use tractors and wagons to ferry people from vendor to vendor. Sodus Girl Scouts offered participants Harvest Pails, which could be rented to store purchases of jewelry, crafts or other choice items in until departure from the event. With over 45 vendors, selling everything from fruits, vegetables, jewelry, crafts and prepared foods, renting secure storage made perfect sense. Local merchants and individuals also donated raffle items with proceeds going to the Harvest Fest Fund.
Several groups were among the vendors present, seeking to inform patrons. One was Americorps, which has been based in Sodus for several years. And sharing the Chamber tent were staff members of SCS’s Safe Schools-Healthy Schools project. Project Director Stephanie Kimber remarked that this is the first year of the grant-funded program. It is a combined effort of the US Department of Justice, Health and Human Services Department and the Department of Education, with the goal of providing students with skills to enhance social and emotional development.
Toward the end of the fest participants migrated to the “Pumpkinator” to watch the weighing of giant pumpkins grown especially for the Harvest Fest. Chief weighmaster was Mike Boone, and the results of not only this contest but all are below. Pumpkin growing-first place to Gary Preston weighing in at 372 pounds, second place Roy Hyland and third Roger Brandt. Produce carving/decorating- Division K-4 first was Brown Family, second Aidan Shur and third Caitlyn Pasquale. Division 5-8 first place was Elizabeth Frey (no other entries) and Adult Division-first place was Rachel Masland, second Kim Ortiz and third Elaine Pasquale. Baking Contest-first place to Paulina Gutierrez-Gomez, second Eddie Gutierrez-Gomez and third Elizabeth Frey.
The new Pie Eating Contest had six contestants-Don Brown, Bill Hall, Assistant Principal Jeff Scotty, Assistant Principal Arkee Allen, Earl Patton and Student Council President Travis Cuvelier. In one minute there was a five-way tie with all but Travis Cuvelier eating three pieces.
I have never been one for clichés. They often appear to be too broad…not really specific enough for me. However, there is one that hits home very frequently. “It’s a small world” pops up often and has a bit of truism.
Any connections or links between humans would seem impossible considering the masses and demographics involved, nevertheless it happens all the time.
I was attending the Pemaquid oyster festival, which is an annual event that takes place in Damariscotta, Maine. This down home gathering is all about education and protecting the watershed of the Damariscotta River. But…that’s not all it celebrates.
Oysters are the star attraction. Carol and I are on vacation. She hates oysters. I love the little devils and Inky the dog would chow-down if here.
There is nothing like a fresh-raw oyster that was pulled out of the river the day before the festival. I realize that eaten raw unattractive bits of slimy stuff is not on everyone’s list of dining delights, however this year 15,000 oysters were consumed so…I’m not alone with my shellfish cravings.
Here’s the connection.
Carol and I find one vacant table. The place is mobbed with outdoor types, and most have a tray of oysters in front of them. We started talking with a young couple and find out they are passing through, just leaving a neat event in Belfast, dubbed the “Uncommon Fair.” With a name like that I should schedule next year’s vacation early and attend.
When meeting folks one question always pops-out after the initial salutation…where are you from? They say New York and after some geographical adjustments, we whittled it down to Auburn, and the guy spends a lot extra time at Bass Pro.
Now… that’s close to “it’s a small world,” however let’s make this connection essay more personal.
While walking my usual path in New Harbor, I decided a diversion would be nice. Changes from habits should be frequent the older you become. Explore a little more, even if it is a left instead of a right on a small path.
I started talking to another couple, and found out the road was named after his grandmother. I have seen McFarland written on the road sign for 30 years and now I was walking with a McFarland. Interesting yes, but not the connection.
They both reside in Peterborough, New Hampshire. They are in Maine staying at the McFarland farm, a beautiful piece of land bordering the Back Cove section of New Harbor. This man’s wife…Crystal… if I recall, is originally from Wilton, New Hampshire.
I mentioned that I moved to Wilton in the late sixties, leaving the Rochester area after the Navy. We talked about the growth in population, me bemoaning the fact that the migration of humans from Boston ruined my New Hampshire.
“I was a tenant and rented a room in a farm house from David Gage, who grew up in Wilton,” I explained. I was probably subconsciously searching for the connection. Crystal knew some Gages, however David was not one.
But…get this! Her husband was a foreman for a southern New Hampshire apple orchard operation and he remembers a David Gage. “Our farm purchased equipment from Chappell Tractor in Milford, New Hampshire,” he said. “I believe Dave was the salesman.
“Same guy,” I said. “My landlord sold farm equipment for Chappell Tractor.”
Keeping with the agriculture connection theme, I was photographing a nice view, looking down Long Lake in the Adirondacks. This year the Maine vacation was extended by a few days, and Long Lake was sort of a withdrawal destination, making the transition back to work easier.
As I was clicking away this man approached me with his camera. Very politely he asked if I minded him intruding.
“Not at all,” I lied.
He was wearing a Ranger Boat jacket and after jaw boning about hunting and fishing, I got to the meat of the matter, searching for his hometown.
“Rochester,” he told me. “But, I grew-up in South Sodus.”
South Sodus…geeze you can’t get a closer to “it’s small world” than that. I did not catch his name, which is a travesty on my part. What kind of writer doesn’t get the scoop? This man came from a farming family right in the middle of this paper’s readership and I fail to obtain names.
My only defense is that this piece is an essay and not actual reporting. How lame is that excuse?
After these encounters, I have to contemplate how certain connections are made. True, everyone I bumped into had a love for outdoor activity, and that would place us in the same arena, but surely… not find us side by side.
Oh…wait a second. There is a couple passing by my cottage window at Journey’s End, the best accommodations on Long Lake. The man is wearing a US Navy hat, and I think it says USS Lexington…my old ship.
This essay would appear to have no ending.
Harold E. Ransley
Harold E. Ransley, a resident of Sodus for most of his life, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2010 after a brave struggle with cancer. He was residing in Coupeville, WA where he moved with his wife, Jean, in 2003.
Harold was born in 1927 in Sodus. Growing up during the Depression and being in military service during World War II, Harold had set his sights on college. He graduated from the Albany College of Pharmacy and went on to co-own the Rexall Pharmacy in Sodus, where he filled prescriptions and greeted customers for over 35 years. In 1956, he married Jean Lyon and together, they transformed an old farm house on North Road into a wonderful home, raised a family, hosted many get-togethers, and were well known and respected members of the Sodus community.
Harold and Jean moved to Whidbey Island, WA in 2003 to be closer to children and grandchildren. They took advantage of the range of activities the Pacific Northwest had to offer, and volunteered their time with church and community activities. After Jean passed away in September 2009, Harold remained active in his neighborhood and church until his death.
Harold and Jean were active naturalists, environmentally aware and appreciative of nature’s gifts. Much of their free time was devoted to enjoying the world as seen from a canoe, a trail, a beach or the top of a mountain – experiences often shared with their children, friends and family. They enjoyed travel, and after retirement explored many parts of the world.
They were devoted parents and grandparents, who were actively engaged in the lives of their extended family members. They hosted numerous family trips in places that included the Adirondacks, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Oregon, and Florida.
Harold will be missed by many who came to know him over the years. He was a dignified gentleman on all accounts. He is survived by his brother, Richard Ransley and wife Nancy; his daughter Keren (Ransley) LaCourse, husband Donald and sons Matthew and Benjamin; his daughter Lynda Ransley, husband Timothy Hohn and children Samuel, Bryce and Deah; his son Scott Ransley, wife Brenda and their children, Ellen and Nathan.
A memorial service is scheduled for October 2 at the United Methodist Church in Coupeville, WA. A memorial fund has been established with Ebey’s Landing, a favorite scenic preserve, and contributions may be sent in Harold’s name to P.O. Box 774, Coupeville, WA 98239
By Wilma Young
WILLIAMSON, September 13 – If you drove by the Motts plant on Route 104 on Monday morning you would have seen something was different. The tents and chairs, the picketers carrying signs were gone, and the huge grey, blow-up rat was being taken down. Across the street at the headquarters of the Union representatives there were only a dozen vehicles parked alongside of the building. No one was walking the block from Pound Road to Lake Ave to Route 104 and back, hundreds of miles had been walked during the 114 days since the beginning of the strike on May 23.
Something was definitely different! Earlier on Monday morning, at 9 a.m., the members of RWDSU Local 220 met at the Wallington Fire Hall to take a second look at the compromise agreement worked out between union officials and Dr Pepper Snapple representatives discussed last week. The proposal keeps workers’ salaries flat at current levels for the next three years, offers a $1,000 return to work bonus, pension plans remain for existing workers with a 2 percent match from DPS (new employees receive no pension but a 4 percent match on their 401K’s, health insurance increases being borne 80/20 (company to employee) split with DPS matching increases above 10 percent with a 50 percent match.
“We had another opportunity to ratify the contract,” indicated local president Michael LaBerth. “With the apple season hitting us, we thought it was better to ratify and go back to work rather than have an adverse affect on the community.”
LaBerth indicated that the local union executive committee will meet with DPS on Wednesday morning to work out the details of the agreement, but believed workers would be back to work next Monday, September 20.
It was bigger than anyone could have imagined at the start of the labor dispute in May, and it grew to become a issue of national attention. The 304 workers who opted to walk instead of accepting DPS last, best offer were doing something that they had never done before, or thought they would ever have to do… families depend on their income. Over the evolving weeks the symbolism of organized labor vs corporate greed took on a momentum – a line in the sand was drawn and once placed, could not be moved – the honor of organized, blue color workers was at stake. There was no turning back!
It wasn’t an easy decision to make to go back to work. It had been so many days of high energy and exhaustion. There were a lot of emotions floating through the former picketers after the vote: jubilation, relief, disappointment, and even some anger remained.
LaBerth put it well. “It wasn’t about the money, it was about they way we were being treated. The company didn’t win; their goal was to destroy the community and the union…that didn’t occur,” he said. “Although I’m not satisfied…could we have done better? I don’t think so, but we did get better than their last, best, and final offer! They didn’t win and that’s all that counts.
“Their goal was to destroy the union, but instead we are stronger and better….every one of us that walked out, every one has grown, every one is stronger.”
As workers made the move to strike on May 23, LaBerth said they were tired of being pushed around; they believed parent company DPS’ arrogance (offering a cut in pay in addition to benefit reductions), pushed them to strike. LeBerth didn’t believe that the company would let what he termed the “good Mott’s name” sink to the level that it has in the public’s mind.
“I’m hoping that the public will come back to the brand name…we just hope we can lift the name Motts back to what it was,” LeBerth said. “We know the standard that we hold ourselves to for this product, we know these are quality products.
Filipe Rivera is very grateful to the people and businesses from around the surrounding communities for all they have done to support the striking Motts workers.
“I can’t believe the support…the teachers (at Williamson Central School) and other unions; their support kept us going; the businesses (Breen’s and McDonalds) they helped us out every day; and the individual people who donated money and food…it was heart touching,” Rivera said. “This is history for us, we will never forget, and I feel so proud to be part of this town…the community where I raised my two sons Jeffrey and Christopher.”
Rivera’s son Jeffrey – a grown man with children of his own will be moving back to Williamson in October just so Filipe’s grandchildren can attend the school here. It was a solid base for Rivera’s sons and now will be for the next generation.
“My wife Barb and I want to personally thank the Town of Williamson for everything that was done and continues to be done for us!”
By Wilma Young
LYONS, September 9 – County officials had an earful last Thursday night from people who did not want them to change the solid waste law, a change that would make haulers responsible for pick-up of recyclables in Wayne County. Not one comment made by the sixteen speakers who stepped up to the podium spoke in support of changing the local law. Not one! And yet some supervisors had hoped once the public was given a chance to vent, they would move forward and adopt the changes. It was not to be as the weighted vote worked against them.
Many of the speakers had hoped the issue was resolved last November when a similar proposal – to license haulers and make them responsible for the county’s recycling program – was considered. Two years prior to that another group of supervisors were hoping to lower tax rates by eliminating the Western Finger Lakes Solid Waste Authority-run program and have it taken over by contracting recycling out.
Currently the Authority-run MRF is in bad shape and the trucks are in even worse condition causing the halt of curbside collection of recyclable materials in most eastern towns. Drop off centers have been opened, but the only glimmer of hope for replacing trucks was squashed by supervisors who couldn’t agree to allow a resolution to come to the floor to vote on whether to continue the recycling program, and then couldn’t agree to also allow the county to move forward with an announced NYSERTA grant that would have brought $300,000 into the county to purchase a new hybrid truck for the program. County Administrator James Marquette explained that over the last few years the market for recyclable materials rarely covered the cost of the recycling program.
“The county subsidized the program in the amount of $1,143,183 (2010) and anticipates that will increase to $1,440,819 in 2011,” Marquette told officials.
Sodus resident David Grosvenor urged the board not to privatize noting he thought the issue was a dead horse after last year. “The message last time was clear…give privatization a fitting burial and be done with it.”
Art Brandon, a dairy farmer from Lyons, told the board he favors cutting taxes but that the existing program has been good for the county. “Private haulers have to buy trucks too (if they have to do curbside pickup). I’m totally in favor of keeping the authority program.”
Lee Calhoon estimated that the cost for private haulers would increase his garbage bill by $220 a year. “Stop taking money out of my pocket!” he told officials.
Michelle Fabrisio suggested the supervisors would save on average $25 a year per household by eliminating the current recycling program. “There is no savings to the taxpayer, it is simply a shift,” she told them. “If the law is passed some of the smaller haulers will not be able to continue…that will leave two haulers (willing and able to continue), both from outside Wayne County…which one of you supervisors are in support of that?”
Edgar Everitt suggested a per bag fee for trash the cost of which could then be used to offset the recycling program. He also urged the county to consider recycling districts in the more densely populated areas.
Susan Gately told officials that some households will opt out, especially those who don’t use haulers to collect their garbage. “There’s ample precedence to fund this program for the common good. It’s not easy being green – it’s essential.”
Galen Town Councilman Jeff Montemorano estimated the potential pick up cost will increase at $5-15 a month just because haulers have to pay for the mandate takeover recycling program. “Even at a conservative $5 per month increase that will put a $1.86 million burden placed on the customers (Wayne County residents),” Monteorano told the officials. “Go back and work on this. These numbers don’t add up. Privatization for the sake of privatization makes no sense.”
Rose resident David Stern told the group that at his end of the county people don’t pay a lot for curbside collection, “We drop it off on the side of the road,” he joked. “Put the Cadillac back in the garage and find a cheaper model. There are many alternatives to curbside collection. I do not favor privatization!”
Marjorie Torelli – a 20 year employee of the Authority who lives in Wayne County suggested the supervisors consider a program similar to a very successful one used in Tompkins County where a per bag fee was charged for garbage and the money is used to support their recycling program.
When all speakers had completed their three minute comments a ten minute recess was called. Upon return three resolutions were presented; all OB (other business) items. The change to the solid waste law was one of the three. Under the OB guidelines, a 2/3 majority of supervisors had to agree to allow the resolution on the floor for debate and a vote. If the resolution had come to the Supervisor’s Chamber through the regular committee process, that would not have been the case. However, with so many negative comments about the proposed change, officials were not so sure they would support such an unfavorable law. Under the weighted voting process based upon the population of each town in order for the law to be considered 2,817 total yes votes were needed; only 2,542 were garnered the resolution could not be put on the floor.
But that does not mean it will not reappear at the regular Supervisor’s meeting on September 21. If the resolution is moved along through committee it can be placed on the agenda for debate and a vote.
The second OB vote was on a resolution to accept a NYSERDA Energy Efficiency Block Grant in the amount of $200,000 to reduce the cost of electricity at county owned facilities. That was approved without any problems.
A third OB resolution was also not able to garner the required minimum 2,817 votes to get onto the floor; that being a measure to accept a NYSERDA energy block grant in the amount of $300,000 for a hybrid electric recycling truck (for the recycling program). Voting no were Butler’s Dave Spickerman, Huron’s Laurie Crane, Macedon’s Bill Hammond, Palmyra’s Ken Miller, Rose’s Lucinda Collier, Savannah’s Ken Lauderdale, Walworth’s Bob Plant, and Wolcott’s Kim Park. The board had to accept the grant by September 15; by not acting on it the money is lost. That vote is destined to show what little support the recycling program will have when it is brought to the floor at the September 21 meeting. It is a warning that regardless of what people are telling officials at public hearings, there may be another agenda at hand.
In addition to the regular board meeting next Tuesday, September 21 at 7 p.m., there are two other meeting scheduled: September 23 at 7 p.m. a special meeting/public hearing on Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA), and September 28 at 9 a.m. a special meeting – Solid Waste. All meetings are open and the public is urged/invited to attend.
WILLIAMSON, October 1 – It was a somewhat bittersweet Homecoming at the Williamson Senior High School last Friday for those members of the Class of 2007 who gathered with family, relatives and friends of Clayton J. De Fisher to celebrate, in Principal Doug Lauf’s opening remarks, “an exceptional person who touched the lives of all of us here.”
It was a happy and joyous intergenerational group that gathered in front of the high school entrance, greeting each other with hugs, handshakes and smiles of recognition and remembrance. But foremost on their minds was the memory of their fallen son, grandson, classmate and friend, who passed away just nine months previous under the light of the rare blue moon on January 1, 2010.
Barbara Noonan reminisced about her two sons, Hallie and Jack Ankrom, and the sleepovers and bonfires held with Clayton. Hallie, a classmate of Clayton’s and 2007 WSHS grad, was one of the eulogists at his friend’s memorial service, along with Clayton’s mother Christine. Brother Jack, who graduated from WSHS in 2008, was always a part of the group and both spoke affectionately of those times past. Left unsaid was the pain they felt as they gathered with others for this special dedication.
Principal Lauf began by providing brief biological milestones from Clayton’s life. Born on February 8, 1989 he attended Williamson beginning in first grade. He was the salutatorian of his graduating Class of 2007, before going off to Cornell University. Lauf then recalled the sad circumstances of Clayton’s biological father, who suffered cardiac episodes beginning at age 22 before passing away from cardiomyopathy, a genetic disorder of the heart, at age 30. This same disorder was to claim Clayton, but remarked Lauf, “Clayton was so resilient, as his body worked hard to prepare himself but the condition proved too much.” Lauf then wistfully stated, “Clayton did really have a big heart.”
Heads nodded, along with smiles and looks of remembrance between those gathered in front of the high school entrance, as Lauf then recounted the young man known to all as, “approachable, compassionate, possessing an incredibly sense of humor and a boundless sense of life.” Middle School Social Studies teacher Dave Brunnix nodded as Lauf recounted how Clayton was respected by all of his teachers. Mother Noonan had paid Brunnix a compliment, noting, “he encouraged his students to be individuals.” In closing Lauf read the poem “Remember Me,” with a closing line about “cherish my memory and let it live on.” “Clayton would want us all to go on, “he concluded, and those who were present are sure to both cherish and remember Clayton J. De Fisher.
Holding up the Clayton J. De Fisher Scholarship plaque, Lauf announced that it would be mounted in the main hallway and was given for the first time last June to Senior Jessie Evarts.
Acknowledging Entercom Rochester’s Mike Davis, Lauf pointed out the beautiful red bench and paved patio as he noted that Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester had gathered donations to purchase the bench, pavers and a maple tree planted in the memorial grove along the entrance driveway. Lauf recognized Clayton’s parents, Dave and Christine, along with siblings Luke, Kim and Lizzy, before encouraging all to sit on the bench or sit or stand under the maple tree, to once again enter the realm of the loving memory of Clayton J. De Fisher.
LA BELLA VITA BISTRO
By Christina Russell
Sun & Record readers Liz and Tate told me about this place a long time ago. We had to go to Webster, so Ashley and I decided to stop in. It is located at 1759 Empire Blvd. (585) 671-7220 The website is www.labellavitabistro.net They are open Monday – Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Closed on Sunday.
It was 6:00 p.m. and the place was almost full. We didn’t have a reservation, but we were seated at a corner table that looked like it was waiting for us. It was a gorgeous night and there were a few people seated out on the patio. It was cozy with tables covered by a huge awning and white lights.
Gloria was our server and came right over to take our drink orders. I was craving a glass of Riesling. She brought us some delicious, crusty Italian bread and a plate of olive oil and spices for dipping. She told us about a few specials for the night. One that stuck in my head was the shrimp, swordfish and mussels. I studied the menu and found something that tickled my fancy even more. The shrimp La Bella sounded right up my alley. It is pan seared shrimp, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts in a lemon white wine oregano sauce served over fettuccini. Gloria said that was one of her favorites. There wasn’t anything left on my plate! I ate every last drop of it. My only complaint was that I wish the tails were removed from the shrimp. I like to get every little piece of meat out of it and I hate to pick it up with my fingers (but I did anyway). Ashley ordered the cheese ravioli with marinara sauce. She ate it so fast I could hardly enjoy the nice presentation of it. I noticed that some of the other tables were enjoying the wood fired pizza. I think that is their specialty.
I loved the atmosphere. It is family oriented and small, but it was set up nice so it didn’t seem crowded. There were candles on each table and in the distance you could see the brick oven/fireplace. Ashley thought it was too dark, but I didn’t.
When we were done with our meals, a nice boy came over to clear our plates. I commented on his beautiful cross necklace and what a great job he was doing. Ashley thought he was cute.
The dessert choices were tiramisu, cannolis, or Dutch apple pie. They all sounded tempting, but I passed.
This was more of an upscale restaurant (not a burger and fries place).
Please email me with any comments and/or suggestions. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach me on face book. Thanks for reading. Until next time—Christina
I was caught off guard last Wednesday during my store deliveries; all my Sun & Records at Breen’s had been removed from their usual spot at the checkout and placed under the metal racks by the front windows. What’s going on I thought.?
There were about 138 papers laying there unsold; usually I sell a 100, people must not have seen them there. I was hurt and confused.
After speaking with the ladies at the front desk, I was told that Assistant Manager, Winston Guy, had instructed them to move the newspapers there. “Why?” I continued to wonder.
Winston was paged and pleasantly responded. He explained that the racks on which I usually display my papers actually belong to the magazine distributers and that they would be needed for “provocative” magazines displayed with hardboard covers. The Sun & Record would have to be moved to the racks by the windows.
What? The community paper was going to be replaced by magazines that needed covers to hide what was on the front cover. What? How can that be?
To be fair, the Breens have been more than reasonable and have sold the hometown news forever. They have always allowed the Sun & Record on the racks by the checkout aisles. The Breens make a small percentage of the total sale price to help cover the cost of staff ringing them up, but really not a lot – ten cents for every paper sold.
No matter, the Breens have always supported the Sun & Record as a community newspaper – a community the Breen family takes pride in being a part of and has contributed to in so many ways.
So why change the long standing commitment to the Sun & Record? Or is it that slutty magazines are going to have a better draw and bring in more income? Do I need to up my weekly split?
Winston Guy – who is a mild mannered, kind person, explained that people want to buy these magazines.
Freedom of press, and freedom to read what you want…I get that, but why put the “provocative” stuff where families come through with their children in tow? Why not put the sleaze out of the way under the window?
Lobbying for my prime spot along the checkout I pointed out that people also want to buy the Sun & Record. “Isn’t there room for me to stay where I have always been?” I implored.
Guy agreed to let me stay at the checkout for now, until he gets the template that will be used to hide the covers of the “provocative” covered magazine. Once Winston gets a handle on what will be needed, he’ll make a decision on how to proceed.
With that in mind, I need your help. Please, when you go shopping at Breen’s in Williamson let Winston know what you think, that you prefer the Sun & Record remain where it is located now. Hopefully with enough people voicing their support, the hometown news will be upfront and center where it is able to draw people’s attention. Understand, it’s not that we are getting rich on the newsstand sales, but every cent counts. It’s also the right thing to do. We pride ourselves as the community paper; there is nothing that will offend on our front page that needs covering.
The whole idea goes deeper than that. Breen’s is our community store, we all shop there. Smut might have it’s place, but not to replace our community dignity.
Shawn Smith and Mary Ann Bennett, Waterloo, a boy, Colby Ryan Smith, 6/3/10, 10 lbs. 3 ozs.
Joseph and Perri Ceravola, Newark, a girl, Madelyn Elizabeth Ceravolo, 6/3/10, 8 lbs. 11 ozs.
Winkee Sabansky and Amanda Weiler, Wolcott, a girl, Ava Riley Sabansky, 6/4/10, 7 lbs. 10 ozs.
Adam Llano and Jillian Holley, Phelps, a girl, Millicent Marcelina Lynn Llano, 6/5/10, 8 lbs. 9 ozs.
Joseph Crocker and Heidi Bruni, Wolcott, a boy, Jydehn Joseph Crocker, 6/5/10, 7 lbs. 1 oz.
Amanda Garner, Sterling, a girl, Callie Jo Butler, 6/8/10, 8 lbs. 1 oz.
Clinton and Darla (Wirth) McDonald, Lyons, a boy, Clinton Charles McDonald, 6/8/10, 8 lbs. 3 ozs.
Melissa Miller, Sodus, a boy, Brendon John Miller, 6/8/10, 7 lbs. 15 ozs.
Lee and Joanna Gallo-Bennett, Lyons a boy, Cole Gallo Bennett, 6/11/10, 7 lbs.
Contrell Parker and Jessica Desius, Lyons, a girl, Car’mella Ja’Nay Parker, 6/11/10, 5 lbs. 14 ozs.
Benjamin and Darlene (Heimes) Coulombe, Sodus, a girl, Sophie Grace Coulombe, 6/14/10, 7 lbs. 1 oz.
Craig and Crystal (Countryman) Cole, Wolcott, a boy, Jacob Daniel Cole, 6/15/10, 7 lbs. 14 ozs.
Dylan Davis and Ashley Jandreau, East Rochester, a boy, Dominic James Davis, 6/15/10, 6 lbs. 3 ozs.
Allen Linn and Chantel DeCarr, Martville, a girl, Aubree Marie Linn, 6/15/10, 6 lbs. 15 ozs.
Joshua and Kaycee (Tatum) Jumper, Wolcott, a girl, Eliza Lou Jumper, 6/15/10, 7 lbs. 13 ozs.
Daniel and Maureen (Taylor) Mahoney, Savannah, a boy, Thomas Joseph Mahoney, 6/16/10, 7 lbs. 8 ozs.
Justin Lowery and Nicole Giuliano, Williamson, a boy, Kaden Michael Lowery, 6/18/10, 7 lbs. 13 ozs.
Roger Austin and Melissa Cronin, Lyons, a girl, Azarin Paige Austin, 6/21/10, 8 lbs. 5 ozs.
Eric and Crystal (Sergeant) Byork, Newark, a boy, Ethan John Byork, 6/21/10, 6 lbs. 7 ozs.
Geoffry and Victoria (Coss) Furletti, Williamson, a boy, Avery Michael Furletti, 6/23/10, 7 lbs. 2 ozs.
Jonathan Aumick and Elizabeth Slyter, Wolcott, a boy, Izaak Brody Aumick, 6/26/10, 9 lbs. 4 ozs.
Raymond O’Shea and Reisha Overstreet, Newark, a boy, Dantae Ray O’Shea, 6/26/10, 8 lbs. 4 ozs.
Thomas and Jennifer Miller, Macedon, a girl, Eleanor Ann Miller, 6/29/10, 7 lbs. 11 ozs.
ALTON – April 22 – It was a day that Cheri Roloson, founder and farm manager of Cracker Box Palace Farm Animal Haven at Alasa Farms, had only dreamed of. The letter from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation had arrived; would it be good news or another disappointment? Commissioner Carol Ash wrote, “Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that a matching grant of $500,000.00 has been reserved from the Environmental Protection Fund for the Alasa Farms Acquisiton project.” For nearly a year, dozens of people who have rallied behind the large animal rescue shelter’s efforts to purchase the Alasa Farms property have held their breath and prayed for the seemingly impossible to happen.
The shelter, which was founded in 2000, has leased barns and pastures at Alasa Farms since 2004. After a tragic fire gutted the upper floors of the main house in February, 2009, the Mangan family, owners of the historic farm since 1924, decided it was finally time to sell the property. Faced with the possibility of having to find another home for the shelter and moving its nearly 200 farm animals, the board of directors took what can only be described as an enormous leap of faith and submitted a purchase offer on the 600+ acre farm for $1.5 million. Even though Alasa Farms had been appraised for $2.1 million, the Mangans accepted Cracker Box Palace’s purchase offer. With land developers waiting in the wings, the Mangan family put their faith in the shelter and worked with them on their mission to preserve this historic former Shaker farm that has such an amazing, rich history dating back to the early 1800’s.
The daunting task of raising $1.5 million, plus an additional $500,000 to put an endowment fund in place to support future operation of the farm began. The outpouring of support and assistance was stunning and everyone hit the ground running. Wayne County Planning Director Sharon Lilla, Ora Rothfuss, Ag Development Specialist, and Gay Mills, Executive Director of the Genesee Land Trust began researching grant opportunities. Sharon reflected, “The thing that intrigued me as a planner is that it (the Alasa Farms property acquisition) had so many layers – historical preservation, agriculture, water quality, open space preservation, endangered species, trails, eco-tourism, cultural tourism – the historical social justice narrative is incredible: anyone who has occupied that property has always acted for the greater good, as Cracker Box Palace is now.”
Lilla submitted the Environmental Protection Fund grant application seven months ago, and in the meantime she has worked with state and federal agencies resulting in Alasa Farms receiving Landmark status; in December, 2009, it was placed on both the New York State and National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, the Wayne County Planning Department nominated Alasa Farms to receive the Preservation League of New York State’s “Seven to Save” status. The Seven to Save Endangered Properties list draws attention to valued historic resources that are in danger of disappearing because of insufficient funding and financial incentives, insensitive public policies, general neglect, disinvestment, and in some cases, demolition. The Preservation League deemed that Alasa Farms was indeed a threatened historic property, citing the threats as “privately owned with no local protection, fire damage, some deterioration, and development and subdivision pressures” and the property was put on the Seven to Save list in January, 2010.
Lilla explained that the Alasa Farms acquisition project to date has been a huge team effort, saying “This has been amazing show of teamwork. So many people have joined forces to preserve this property and it’s all coming together. Nancy Todd from the State Historic Preservation Office and Judith Wellman of SUNY Oswego wrote the National Register nomination. Cornell University’s FarmNet Program is assisting with development of a five year business plan, and has already provided a preliminary plan to determine what could be done at the farm. Genesee Land Trust has submitted a federal Farmland Preservation grant application to provide funds to assist in the property purchase. The Town of Sodus and the Wayne County Board of Supervisors passed formal resolutions endorsing the project. And, in truly bipartisan fashion, Congressman Maffei, Senator Nozzolio and Assemblyman Oaks have been behind this effort 100% throughout this long process.”
Purchase of the Alasa Farms property by the not for profit farm animal shelter will open many new doors of opportunity and provide a much needed stimulus to the Wayne County economy. As a tenant on private property, CBP was denied many grants and other funding opportunities. Once the purchase is completed, Cracker Box Palace’s way is cleared to begin to implement the many facets of their business plan, which includes expanding their farm animal care facilities, promoting agri-tourism and eco-tourism through offering Bed and Breakfast accommodations at the main house and bunk-house accommodations in one of the original Shaker buildings, horseback riding programs for adults, kids, and disabled people, expansion of community education programs, expanding hiking the trail system for year ‘round use; the sky’s the limit. Most importantly, once the business plan is fully implemented it is estimated that 35 to 50 jobs will be created.
The shelter is currently waiting for approval of the nearly $1M federal Farmland Protection grant, which will provide the funds required to complete the purchase with a minimum of out of pocket money required for CBP to raise. The remaining task for the board of directors is to raise $500,000 to put the endowment fund in place, enabling roll-out of the business plan.
Looking back at the work done over the past year, and the goals yet to be reached, Lilla reflected, “Cracker Box Palace’s board of directors took the biggest leap of faith I’ve ever seen in the 30 years I’ve been in this business. Right now, we’re 33% of the way toward completing the land purchase. All of us who are involved with the farm extend a huge thank you to the Mangan family for agreeing to wait to sell the property while the shelter secures non-traditional financing. We thank them for their patience and support for the preservation of the property.”
Learn more about Cracker Box Palace Farm Animal Haven and the Alasa Farms acquisition at www.crackerboxpalace.org
Valedictorian David Ferland
Top of the Williamson Central School Class of 2010 is David Ferland with 97.39 GPA. A quiet, thoughtful, hard working student, he is the son of proud parents Al and Cindy Ferland. David has three siblings: two sisters Christy (16), and Hannah (11); and one brother, Thomas (13). David is a well rounded student; he excels academically and athletically, but he is also a very talented musician who played lead roles in the last two high school musicals and has taken private Suzuki Piano lessons for the last 13 years.
His favorite subjects at WCS have been advanced placement courses in Calculus and Chemistry. In addition to completing all the required coursework, David has taken two other college courses: Biology and European History. He will be attending Michigan State University (his dad’s alma mater) in the fall starting down the long road working towards a major in Pre-med.
With all that is going on academically, you’d think there wasn’t time for anything else, but no…David participated in soccer (4 years, the last 2 on Varsity, serving as team Captain during his senior year). In the spring, Ferland participated in outdoor track for the last two years; he’s a sprinter and discus thrower. As a freshman and sophomore, David participated in another sport – golf. What has David been involved in during the winter months? He participated in high school musicals for four years with lead roles during his junior year (Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady) and senior year (Bob Wallace in White Christmas). Also committed to the WCS community, David has served as a LINK crew member during his junior and senior years.
Prior to graduation on Saturday, David has already received several athletic as well as academic awards including Outstanding Athlete for Varsity Soccer, five Old English W awards, ELENBE Outstanding Featured Actor and Stars of Tomorrow outstanding Lead Actor. In addition, he has received the Charles Dittmar Scholarship, the Richard Milks Scholarship and the Wright Scholarship for Athletic and Academic Excellence. He has received an Honors Scholarship from Michigan State University.
During his Valedictory address David will be speaking on what the future holds for members of the Class of 2010.
By Perry Howland
SODUS, June 8 – “After a storm comes a calm” wrote Mathew Henry, but for Sodus Village Board members their June meeting was an exact reversal. Carol Sergeant and John Cook spoke on behalf of the Sodus Library, informing trustees of the recent purchase of the Jenkins property at 19 Maple Avenue. Phase I plans include constructing a new entrance from Smith Street and adding eight to ten additional parking spaces behind the house. Focus groups are being formed to plan future phases, with a possible capital campaign or public referendum to raise needed funds being considered. Both Sergeant and Cook spoke glowingly of services, especially in-kind, that have been extended by village employees.
Chris Ohlert and Joe Spinelli of Waddell and Reed Inc. were invited to provide a proposal on investing village monies. As a general rule, stated Ohlert, “the safer your money is invested, the less money you will make.” He then reviewed investment options, like savings accounts, CD’s, money markets and limited duration bond funds. For the latter, there are over 700 available and through a process of elimination, Ohlert brought information on Ivy and Delaware up for consideration. After assessing market, interest rate and credit risks, he focused in on Ivy because there is no load/charge for investments over $250,000 and checks over $250 may be written on the account. He left trustees copies of the prospectus, noting the page number for fees and relaying that they are paid by the mutual fund company.
Al Hendrikse’s Code Enforcement report elicited a concern from a village resident over an apartment on the corner of Curtis and Sergeant. Mayor Kelley Allen acknowledged with Police Chief Bill Critchfield that police points have been issued and will ask Hendrikse to join with him and the resident to review the procedure.
Under new business trustees approved Brandon Hall as a new fireman, set 6:45 p.m. prior to the July 13 regular meeting as the time for a public hearing regarding Planning Board member Larry Mortimer and authorized Rochester Eye and Tissue Bank approval to sell raffle tickets and Mayor Allen to sign a Wayne County 911 agreement.
The tone of the meeting visibly changed as a statement to the effect that according to hired counsel, Mayor Allen is not a village resident was followed by a motion written by counsel Robert B. Koegel. The motion called for instituting a civil action on behalf of the village that Allen is ineligible to continue as mayor, is not a village resident and that Robert B. Koegel be retained to carry such action to completion. With that the floodgates of charge and countercharge opened, with Allen stating that his attorney has a different view of this and that he plans on “standing strong.” He also inquired if there was to be a specific dollar figure included and was told not at this time. Upon calling for a vote, Dennis Taber and Brenda Rowe voted for the motion, John Hopkins and John Miner against, and with Allen not voting, the tie vote in essence killed the motion. But not the tone and tenor of the meeting as trustees took turns explaining and justifying their stance. John Miner acknowledged talking with Koegel and expressed reluctance to spend public funds, having asked him for a dollar figure, which he was unwilling to give. Taber also was uncomfortable with spending funds but reiterated his stance taken at the March board meeting that you have to be a resident to hold a village position. John Hopkins relayed that several lawyers had told him that any village documents signed by Allen were legal, and that the village was still spending money regardless of the situation.
Speaking from the audience, former Mayor John Cook reminded trustees that, “you undertook this venture to see if Kelley Allen was a legal resident and could conduct village business. This needs to be pursued until you have a legal resolution or you have wasted your money.”
A copy of the oath of office signed by Kelley Allen on December 2, 2008 supplied to this writer states, “I, Kelley Allen, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of Mayor according to the best of my ability.” (Bold items in original) The NYS Constitution says that a person must be at least 18 and a resident of the municipality to hold public office. Off-line conversation with Deputy Mayor John Miner sought to clarify a statement he made in the meeting about the de facto doctrine, which in essence states Allen is functioning legally as mayor unless proven otherwise. Miner related that he was incorrect at the board meeting, as this doctrine would revert back to the March 9 village board meeting when the residency question was first raised. While still somewhat of a gray area, Miner was sure that this doctrine would allow any village action completed by Allen to be questioned legally from the March 9 meeting.
Miner further went on to state that as trustees, board members have to carefully manage tax monies, and while not judges or lawyers, have to be stewards of the law. Conflicted in his thinking as he knows Allen wants the best for the village, Miner nevertheless feels that Allen knew where he lived and was not going to ‘abandon’ his family and move to 29 West Main Street. Also questioned was the role and responsibility of the Wayne County Board of Elections, who Miner felt should have been the ultimate ‘gatekeeper’ when Allen filed to run for village office. Using the words “right” and “best” synonymously Miner wistfully noted that the “most painless way for the board to extract itself from the current situation is for Kelley Allen to resign, as the controversy is wholly of his own doing.”
The next regular meeting of the Sodus Village Board will take place in the Municipal Building on Tuesday, July 13 at 6:45 p.m. The early start is to hold a public hearing regarding the status of Planning Board member Larry Mortimer. The public is always invited and anyone wanting to address the board should call Clerk Corinne Mott at 483-9821 to get listed on the agenda.
The Eagle Scout
The scouts gave you a challenge, and you’ve met it faithfully my friend
But it’s quite hard to understand just all it will mean in the end.
An Eagle Scout; you’ve reached the top or have you just begun?
I’m betting that you will not stop with so much glory to be won.
For life holds out a challenge too, a mountain high for you to scale
And with the training scouts gave you, there’s really no such word as fail.
And so as you press on ahead, you’ll find it’s made much work like play
And as the tasks before you spread, they’ll find you’re ready…so I’ll say,
“Congratulations Eagle Scout; the world before you now is spread. Scouts taught you much of what life’s about, prepared you well for what’s ahead.”
SODUS, October 1 – Cody Jordan is a determined young man. The 16 year old son of Jim and Jackie Jordan and younger brother of Eagle Scout Adam Jordan concluded a 10 year journey with the Boy Scouts to reach the highest rank of Eagle Scout last Friday. Cody joined Boy Scouts 10 years ago when in the first grade after starting out as a Cub Scout. His older brother was in scouting; of course Cody would join too.
“A lot of boys that I did Cub Scouts with dropped out when they were old enough to be Boy Scouts to do other things. I heard other boys say, ‘you can’t do both (Boy Scouts and sports); I decided I could. If you set your mind to it, you can do it and I am proof both can be done,” Cody shared. “I am a junior at Sodus Central School. I try very hard to make sure I pass all my grades…this has always been a struggle for me, but I always give my best.
“Right now I am a varsity player in sports at Sodus; I participate in soccer, baseball and I am a member of the downhill ski racing team. In addition I am a black belt in Tai Kwon Do Martial Arts. I started when I was 11 Karate is a lot like Scouts, you have to be kind, courteous and respectful. You need to help with the younger kids so there is a lot of leadership there too.”
Scout Master David Schults remembered that he had known Cody since his brother Adam was seven years old because Den meetings were held at his house.
“It is my pleasure to bestow the Eagle Scout Award to Cody Jordan,” Schults, who served as MC, announced at the start of the ceremony held at the Sodus Center Fire Hall. “This presentation takes on added significance when one considers the tempo of the times. In full awareness of the challenge of the times, the parents of this young man and his Scout leaders have labored long and faithfully.
“This candidate presented a record of 28 merit badges earned…The Board of Review carefully checked the record of this candidate for leadership in his troop, school affairs, church associations, his community and his conduct during the Eagle Service project. Cody Jordan organized and volunteered over 100 hours cleaning up the Swales Family Cemetery (the last resting place for some of the earliest pioneers in Sodus with veterans from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars), on Lake Road in Sodus. The cemetery was abandoned and overgrown with trees and brush. No one had taken care of this small historical burying ground in Sodus for many years.”
Citing the significance of the evening’s event, Schultz noted that: only rarely does one Scout in 100 appear before Juvenile Court; 18 will develop hobbies which will last a lifetime; 8 will enter a career based on merit badge work; 17 will become Scout leaders; one will save a life and one will save his own life.
“Out of 100 boys, one in four join scouting; between two and four Scouts attain the Eagle rank; however of all business, religious and political leaders three out of four are Eagle Scouts,” Schultz shared. “The success of these efforts will manifest in the way that this and every other Eagle Scout sets a social pattern for the lives that they touch.
“Cody, all that know you rejoice in your achievement….you are now a marked man!”
The solemn ceremony included the lighting of candles to mark the path of the Eagle Trail; Troop 111 scouts took turns lighting one of eight candles symbolizing the Scout Law: a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent; and the Scout Oath, both of which start a scout on to the right path. Candles were lit for each rank: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and finally Eagle.
Scout Master Jim Hoover issued the Eagle Scout challenge, “Your position is one of honor and responsibility. As an Eagle Scout, you are expected to exemplify in your daily life the high principles and values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. You have assumed a solemn obligation to do your duty to God, to your country, and to your fellow Scouts…and all human beings. As an Eagle Scout you will be a champion to other Scouts…Remember your actions will be more conspicuous, people will expect more from you….I challenge you to undertake your citizenship with dedication….I challenge you to be among those who dedicate their hearts and hands to the common good.
“Cody you have made Troop 111 very proud, May your qualities that inspired you to this achievement continue to lead you on to even greater success in your life.”
Cody’s proud parents joined him at the front of the room; his mom pinned the Eagle Badge on to her son’s chest. Cody bestowed a miniature Eagle Badge over the heart of his mother in recognition of her love, encouragement, faith and trust in his future. His dad looked on with proud misty eyes.
A mentor pin was presented by Cody to Ginger Knapp, “She helped be through school and throughout my whole life…she’s just a good friend,” Cody explained.
With the ceremony complete, the round of loud applause reverberated around the dining hall. Letters from dignitaries (Presidents and officials) from around the country were noted and read.
Cody thanked all the people who have been involved with his journey from the start, and with those who helped him with the Eagle Project: “Bill Stevens, Mar Mares, Michael and Danny Mares, Mr. Hoover, Ryan Hoover, Mr. Wollesen….my mom Jackie and especially my dad Jim.
“I would like tho thank mom and dad for taking me to all my meetings from Cub scouts to Boy Scouts and all the camp-outs you have been on for Scouts,” Cody shared. “And I would also like to thank my brother Adam for giving me the incentive to become an Eagle Scout.”
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the interest in the Scouting movement that has brought this group together. We thank you for the success of the Scouting program in the United States since 1910. We are grateful for the influence that Troop 111 has had on the lives of boys since it held its first charter in 1931. We pray for continued blessings on this troop, its leaders, its troop committee, and its sponsor through the years ahead. We pray that Troop 111 may continue to turn out the leaders of tomorrow, prepared as good citizens.
WILLIAMSON, September 24 – Last year Pultneyville harbor was a stinky mess; along with the goose droppings that made it almost impossible to walking along decks and properties along Salmon Creek and the lake, it was unpleasant for all. Meetings with local experts were held to see what could be done. Not much! Except for hunting season geese are protected and other than harassing them to get them to move along, there was not much property owners could do.
According to reports, Pultneyville is plagued by cultural eutrophication with high nutrient levels leading to the unwanted growth of algae and other water quality problems which limit the use of cottages, offend recreational users and detrimentally affect tourism. Beach closings and postings along the shoreline are common and are in part caused by nuisance algae and fecal coliform bacteria. The Mariners beach was found to exceed acceptable fecal coliform levels in 2008 and 2009. The beach was cited as the third worst beach in NYS.
Supervisor Jim Hoffman wasn’t going to give up, though. At one of the many meetings that he attends, he was made aware of the Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative (LOCI); he was immediately interested.
Founded in 2002, LOCI was designed to unite community initiatives to improve the quality of coastal water. Since then money has been made available for analysis of impairments in tributaries, basic research and assessment to improve conditions. Hoffman followed through, paperwork was completed, and Williamson received a $15,000 grant to conduct a study to see what can be done with the condition of the Salmon Creek watershed.
Stephen Lewandowski and George Thomas from Center for Environmental Information (CEI) in Rochester have been hired to conduct the study.
“The basic principle is that the way we use the land/treat the land, that has an effect on water quality,” explained Lewandowski. “If you want to improve water quality, look at how the land is used to see if there are excessive nutrients being used on the land.”
The study will include input from WC Cooperative Extension, WC Soil and Water Conservation, and WC Planning who Thomas indicated are experts on the area.
“The area is very rich in history and is very beautiful too…we have an opportunity here and I just want people to know that we are working to make things better,” Hoffman said.
Pultneyville businesses woman Nan Hance, who owns and operates the Artisan’s Loft indicated that she is seeing more and more people from all over the world stopping in at Pultneyville as they trek along the Seaway Trail. There is economic benefit and opportunity from the visitors and the condition of Salmon Creek and Pultneyville is very important.
CEI will be conducting the six month study starting with their visit today. They hope to have a public presentation in March 2011. Unfortunately, the study will be conducted during the winter months, but that the time frame allowed by the funding entity….Lewandowski indicated there was nothing that could be done about that, but added that if it turned out that if a problem was found, there could/would be additional funding for a remediation. The Obama administration put $575 million into the Great Lakes Initiative.
“We’ll be guided by science,” Lewandowski concluded.
Michael Decker, II
David Garlow III
Out of District Placed
WILLIAMSON, September 22 – The Williamson Chamber of Commerce toured ALARD Equipment last Wednesday night; what an interesting and amazing company to visit. No one was prepared to see and learn all that is going on there.
ALARD equipment was started by Al Shults in 1952. Prior to that he worked at Comstock Foods. In the 50’s there was at least one canning plant in most rural communities and there were lots in Wayne County. Al came up with the idea of supplying all the local plants with parts and supplies. That evolved into one person asking him if he knew where he could find a specific piece of equipment. Al didn’t but knew of someone to call and ask…he filled a need, and that was the beginning of ALARD Equipment. Al Shults continues to be involved today serving as the business’ President.
During the tour Chamber members were ushered around by Al’s son Michael and Daryl Hoffman, who has been with the company for 27 years, starting out as a buyer.
“It’s a family business – most of us wear two hats purchasing and selling – and we talk to each other about our purchases; we make a collective decision,” explained Mike Shults.
ALARD Equipment Corporation buys and sells all kinds of used food processing and packaging machinery for industrial vegetable (and fruit) canning, freezing, juice, bottling, and fresh cut applications, as well as all related packaging and labeling equipment for cans, jars, bags, and bottles. ALARD is located adjacent to the railroad on Lake Avenue. There are three buildings that make up the complex: a main office, machine shop and huge storage facility on the northeast side of the railroad.
Most of the equipment is purchased used within the US and Cananda, refurbished and then sold…much of it is exported to South America where the used equipment is state of the art.
“They are catching up rapidly,” explained Mike Shults, “it’s amazing just how much exporting we do.”
ALARD deals mostly with low to mid range sized businesses with people travelling from all over the world to their warehouses to look over equipment. The have people visiting about once a month looking for the right equipment for their business.
Shults and Hoffman are among the four people who buy and sell equipment at ALARD. Both men took tremendous pride showing off their business to the Chamber visitors. Mike and Daryl walked from one room to the next pointing out pieces of equipment and explaining what they were for. The tour seemed to go on and on – there was just so much equipment to show off and and to see.
It is apparent that ALARD Equipment has helped put Williamson on the map. It is a gem of a business unlike any other in the area.