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November 9, 2017-February 3, 2018
Artist Reception: November 16, 2017 6-8 pm
An exhibit of Photography and Illustration
My work explores the relationship between emerging sexualities and skateboard ethics. With influences as diverse as Kafka and Francis Bacon, new variations are manufactured from both explicit and implicit structures.
The Mustang Marching Band is kicking it into high gear with winning their first three shows. They have even bested the two national class bands in the next higher division.
Band Director, Jimmy Steele, says the band is doing great. "The theme of the show is 'With Every Heartbeat', so it's a little bit different for us. It's a concept show so there is a reoccurring heartbeat that you hear throughout the pit, in the front ensemble through the whole show." Mr. Steele says it is different from the other themes they have covered in the past like magic and Broadway shows. "The show is coming along nicely and we are adding to it each week. Overall we are very pleased with the progress and as always, I am in awe of the great efforts of the Mustang Marching Band Boosters as they continue to amaze me with their support and commitment to the program."
BATAVIA - The countdown is on for several exciting happenings that will help to launch Domestic Violence Awareness Month at YWCA of Genesee County.
A motorcycle ride, 5K, harvest supper and disco party are events that begin this weekend and move through October.
"We're thrilled to be able to highlight the heavy topic of domestic violence with some upbeat, family-friendly events that help to pull the community together for a great cause," YWCA Executive Director Jeanne Walton said. "We never want to lose sight of those affected by domestic violence, and these events complement the programs and services that we offer year-round."
There are only four days until bikers of all kinds take to the road for a 90-mile Kickstands Up for Domestic Violence Awareness trip through Genesee, Wyoming and Livingston counties.
Riders pay $20 for the map and a chicken barbecue, and passengers pay just $5 more, meal included. There will be a silent auction with everything from a basket of edible treats and salon gift certificates to motorcycle-related goods.
Kickstands are up at 1 p.m. Saturday at YWCA, 301 North St., for the start of this event.
In nine days, runners and walkers will take to the streets for the second annual Stiletto & Sneaker 5K. The USA Track and Field certified race will be followed with awards by age category, a purple celebration with a powder toss, lantern release, cotton candy and snow cones, a balloon artist and a brief message in support of victims and survivors of domestic violence.
The Orleans/Niagara BOCES' Orleans Career and Technical Education Centers will be holding their Open House/Information Night on September 28th from 5:00-7:00pm. This is a great opportunity for students and their parents to check out the facilities and programs and see if career and technical education is a good fit for them.
Teachers and current students will be on hand to talk about the programs the center offers: Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Allied Health, Auto Body, Automotive Technology, Building Trades, Certified Personal Trainer, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Cyber Security and Networking, Diesel Technology/Heavy Equipment, Early Childhood Education, Electricity/Electronics, Graphic Communications, Health Occupations Technician, Security and Law Enforcement, Welding and VIP Programs in Auto Service, Food Service, Horticulture and Small Engines and Landscaping and Grounds.
On Friday, September 29th from 4:00-7:00pm, the Medina High School Student Association will be holding their Food Truck Carnival. It is a community event and all are welcome to attend.
The event will be held, rain or shine, at the Clifford Wise Middle School by the pool entrance and will be featuring food trucks from Bad Ash BBQ, Buffalo's Original Fried Dough, Barton's Parkside Hots and Lugia's Ice Cream. There will also be carnival games to be played for 50 cents per ticket where you might have a chance of winning a prize. The games are sponsored by different student groups at the high school such as FFA and the Yearbook Club.
Local non profit for the arts, Beaver Alley Studios inc, looks forward to another successful festival in Batavia. The WNY Film, Art and Music Event takes place from September 15 through 17 at Genesee Community College. The festival has three days of local and international films, a singer/songwriter competition and various educational workshops.
Festival Director Rhonda Parker says she is very excited to launch a "Free before Five" promotion, to open the arts festival up to more people. Last year's festival was a huge undertaking for the small self funded organization. "We had films, workshops, panels and live entertainment going on in three areas at once. We decided to scale back a little bit this year so we could lower costs and make the festival, mostly free." Parker started the nonprofit organization in 2015 and has been working to increase community involvement and support.
The festival opens at 12:00 on Friday September 15th with four hours of documentaries, including 'Motxila21', about a band with members who have Downs Syndrome. At 4:00 there will be an Artist trading card workshop sponsored by Blick art materials, , followed by acoustic music by Mark Parker. At 6:00 there is a block of films with strong female leads, including the local films "The Assassin Game" and "Persona." "Persona" is a sci-fi/thriller about a woman induced with dissociative identity disorder by a clandestine group in our government.
MEDINA - 2017 marks an important milestone for the Village of Medina- the village has earned the designation of Tree City USA for ten years.
"We've come a long way and have accomplished many great things with urban forestry here in Medina." said Christopher Busch, Chairman of the village's Municipal Tree Board. "Its so much more than planting a few trees. We have a comprehensive urban forestry program in Medina and are very proud of what goes into achieving our Tree City status."
Busch has been the chairman since the board's inception in 2005, authoring the village's Municipal Tree Ordinance with the help of Dr. Nina Bassuk, Department of Urban Horticulture, Cornell University.
The Municipal Tree Board was formed as a response to a NYS Pass-Through Project: the reconstruction of Routes 31, 31A, 31E, and 63, including Main Street and other major thoroughfares within the village.
"Many trees were being removed in preparation for this massive road project prompting citizen concern" said Busch.
"We had lost hundreds of mature trees over the last 30 years through old age, storm damage, and disease and were losing more with the pass-through project. Without an ordinance and a tree board, the village had little if any control over what was being done."
With those concerns in mind, former Mayor Howard Lake gave the go-ahead to investigate a tree ordinance and formation of a tree board and with the help of Dr. Bassuk, an ordinance was researched, drafted, reviewed, and adopted in time to effect the final stages of the pass-through.
"We have made and continue to make incredible progress," said Busch. "Throughout our community evidence of that progress can be seen along many of our major thoroughfares. The Mayor and Board of Trustees are very supportive of the Tree Board's efforts, and are committed to the process of reforesting our community and maintaing Tree City status."
Medina, NY - With a better than 60% chance of thunderstorms later in the day, organizers of the second annual Farm to Table Dinner have decided to move the event from a closed off section of Main Street to the historic Gallagher Barn on North Gravel Road.
"The weather for Thursday is too risky," said Chris Busch, ORG President. "We had to have a forecast for great weather in order not to move. It's too large an undertaking to have it ruined by rain. So, it will be 6:00PM, August 3 at The Gallagher."
The event planners scheduled August 10 as a rain date, but at the time it was scheduled they were unaware that the Lois McClure would be stopping of in Medina that evening as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Erie Canal.
Medina, NY - When organizers met last Wednesday to put the final touches on this year's Farm to Table Dinner, everything was falling into place: the Village had granted permission to close Main Street, equipment rentals had been confirmed, the final layout was finalized and the menu was taking shape. Like the pieces of a puzzle, things were falling into place, just as they should be with one exception: the weather.
"Hosting any event outside is always a gamble," said Cindy Robinson of the Orleans Renaissance Group. "You can never be one hundred percent certain it will cooperate." ORG is the host group for the annual dinner.
"Last year was no concern- WNY was suffering from a drought and it was a good bet we'd have a dry evening," said Robinson. "it turned out to be a perfect evening."
The 2016 dinner weather was idyllic- sunny, warm with a slight breeze. A classic summer evening. However, this year's weather patterns have been very different. So far, 2017 has experienced much more rain and a great deal of those showers have been of the "pop-up" variety.
The event planners scheduled August 10 as a rain date, but at the time it was scheduled they were unaware that the Lois McClure would be stopping of in Medina that evening as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Erie Canal.
As organizers discussed the logistics of a rain date, they took into account not only potential weather problems but the impact of the McClure event, issues with rescheduling equipment rentals and the difficulty in notifying dinner attendees on short notice. All things considered, they arrived at the conclusion the most ideal solution would be to have an alternative site... but where?
GO ART! presents DREAM of America: Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants by Lisa Catalfamo-Fiores. A collection of photographs the depicting the lives and sacrifices of Latino workers in this country along the US-Mexican border and the families they left in Mexico.
July 15th- August 19
Salih Gallery, 24 E. Bank St., Albion
Thursdays, 5:00-7:00 pm, Saturdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Opening Reception Sunday, July 23, 1:00-3:00 pm
The Dream of America was originally produced at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, NY in 2016. GO ART! is pleased to be the first host of the exhibit on a statewide tour in 2017, with showings in Batavia May-July, and Albion July 15-August 19. Our exhibit includes pottery created by immigrants and farm workers who participate in the Voices from the Earth pottery program in Orleans County, and local Mexican artist, Antonio Cruz Zavaleta. Lorenzo's Mexican Products of Albion is preparing light refreshments for the event. The exhibit is part of GO ART's Genesee-Orleans Culture Connects Series.
MEDINA, NY- Preparations are in full swing for Medina's second annual Farm to Table Dinner. The event is hosted by the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc., as part of the annual activities of the Canal Village Farmers' Market, a Medina enterprise also sponsored by ORG.
"It's hard to believe that nearly a year has past since our first Farm-to-Table Dinner in Historic Downtown Medina." said Chris Busch, President of the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. "The event generated 'Medina buzz' from Rochester to Buffalo for weeks."
2017 Farm to table Dinner on North Main Street, Medina
photo credit- George Lama
Medina's event delivers not only a sensational meal in a historic and memorable setting, but also a chance to see and learn firsthand how farmers and local chefs capitalize on Orleans County's number one industry: agriculture. Medina is literally surrounded by fields and orchards brimming with agricultural bounty at this time of the year.
This year's dinner event will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 6:00PM, with a rain date of Thursday, August 10. Due to the incredible demand for tickets- the event is expanding from 100 to 200 seats and the table will stretch nearly the entire length of North Main Street.
Tea time with the Queen and Mad Hatter.
August 12, 2017 at GO ART! 201 East Main St Batavia, NY from 2-4pm
Enjoy Desserts, Selfie Station, Games. Crafts and more
Open to children of all ages (Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult at no additional cost)
The Brighton Symphony Orchestra's Rococo Project invites the community to The Music of Marie Antoinette, a performance at 3:30pm on Saturday, June 24 at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library at 620 West Avenue in Medina.
This unique ensemble will present some of the music associated with Queen Marie-Antoinette. The program will include music by her teachers, Gluck and Hinner, her friends the Princess DeLamballe and the Chevalier de Saint George, a posthumous tribute by Dussek, and two songs by the Queen herself!
MEDINA, NY - In an effort to more music features to this years' market, Canal Village Farmers' Market is pleased to announce the appearance of some very special guests.
"We're trying hard to bring some quality musical artists," said Gail Miller manager of the market. "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to book a very special musical guest- the Imani Children's Choir of Uganda."
The Imani Milele Children's Choir is a ministry of Light Africa Ministries based in Uganda. The choir's performances help raise funds for continued development and support of Light Africa programs in Uganda. The program features children's songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes.
"We're very excited to have them as our guests here in Medina," said Miller. "Their current US tour takes them through Orleans County. They will be at CVFM on June 24 at around 11:00AM through 1:00PM."
Imani Children's Choir of Uganda
June 7th FFA members, along with Agriculture Education teacher and FFA Advisor Todd Eick, recognized all the fantastic things the students had done throughout the year. Students celebrated with their families with an ice cream social in the High School's cafeteria.
Alyssa Root handing Rhett Wagner the STAR Chapter Award. In the back are: officers Carly Woodworth, Kali Scharader, Jack Hill and Jacob Bensley.
Gotta Kiss Cancer Goodbye is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting cancer and providing support and hope to those affected. For the past two years, the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center's SkillsUSA officers have chosen to raise money for this worthy cause.
Student officers sold cancer ribbons to students and staff that were displayed in the main office windows. The classes were competing to see who could raise the most money. "Some of the classes got very involved and took on additional projects to raise money by selling popcorn, cotton candy, freezie pops, raffling off a welding sculpture, and offering a hair-cut-a-thon," explains SkillsUSA Advisor Kara Kirk. "The event lasted three weeks, and our goal was to raise $600. We were thrilled to not only meet that goal, but exceed it by more than double-our students raised $1400!" The Cosmetology class of Sue Lindke raised the most money at $279 with a cut-a-thon and selling cotton candy.
(LtoR) Elijah Sones (Medina) Building Trades Program, Jordan Klosin (Barker) Building Trades Program, Heaven Flood (Lyndonville) Cosmetology Program, Violet Woolley (Lockport) Electricity/Electronics Program, Angela Wachob (Lyndonville) Cosmetology Program, TJ Johnson (Newfane) Electricity/Electronics Program.
The Medina Teachers Association and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the May selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort between the two organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
Bank of Castile has graciously sponsored the award for May. This month students are being honored with this article and a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne. In addition, Bank of Castile, awarded each of this month's winners with lunch bags filled with a coffee mug and a gift certificate to the Book Shoppe.
In the photo from left to right are: Peter Weissend, Jordan Moden, Phoenix Roy, Willy Sanchez, and Joe Byrne.
The Orleans/Niagara BOCES students at the Orleans Learning Center spent a spring day up at Bond Lake in Ransomville recently. The students joined physical education teacher Jeff Hart who had been teaching them over the last several weeks about how to fish. He covered everything from casting, types of bait, types of fishing and other pieces of equipment that are used in class.
"I think they enjoyed the experience despite the fact that it rained. Fishing can be intimidating because of the wide range of fish, equipment, and types of fishing, but I think the students learned a lot and were able to put their new skills to the test," says Mr. Hart. "They also prepped all the rods and lines before the trip as part of the physical education class, so now they know how to go out and fish with their friends and family."
The Medina Teachers Association and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the April selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort between the two organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
Brushstrokes Studio has graciously sponsored the award for April. This month students are being honored with this article and a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne. In addition, Brushstrokes awarded each of this month's winners with gift certificates to their studio.
MEDINA - For many Western New Yorkers, one sure and welcome sign of summer is the opening of their local farmers' market. Few things say summer like the opportunity to buy local fresh-harvested produce and in Medina, that means opening day at the Canal Village Farmers' Market.
Located in the heart of busy Downtown Medina, the Canal Village Farmers' Market will begin the summer season Saturday, June 3, from 8:00AM to 1:00PM. The market is located at 127 West Center Street at West Avenue, across from the Medina Post Office. The market operates under the auspices of the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. (ORG) of Medina, and will continue each Saturday through October.
"We had a great winter market season and have been busily planning for summer 2017," said market manager, Gail Miller. "We're constantly looking for ways to expand offerings and activities at the market." Miller cited new vendor offerings, a Community Tent for community organizations, live music, artisans, the return of Canal Kids Activities and family related fun and games by the Medina FFA, an expanded schedule of special guests, as well as various special events such as food prep demos and raffles.
"It's going to be a great year of Summer Saturdays at the market!" said Miller. "There's quite a lot on tap for opening day."
Medina's own Melanie Green has captured the Section VI Girls golf title
A freshman at the High School she made birdie on two of the final four holes to put her ahead Alexis Kim of Clarence, who was the defending champion at the Tan Tara Golf Club. The tournament was the qualifier for the NYS Public High Schools Athletic Association Championship.
The Middleport Community Choir is pleased to invite the community to their performance on Saturday, May 6 at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery at 10609 Ridge Road, in Medina. The afternoon performance and basket raffle will take place from 2:00 - 5:00 PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any choir member or at the door.
The afternoon will not only feature the Middleport Community Choir, but also the Easy Street Big Band. The band was awarded "Best Jazz Big Band" at the Buffalo Music Awards in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and inducted into the "Hall of Achievement" in 2010. Although the awards were discontinued, The Easy Street Big Band continues its award-winning level of performance.
"This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time," said Ric jones, Director of the Middleport Community Choir. "I've always loved big band music, and the choir has always enjoyed when I've programmed music from the swing era. They've been excited about this performance from the moment I announced our plans."
Dates: May 18 - September 8, 2017
Deadline: May 12, 2017
The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council is looking for artists to participate in its fourth Members Challenge Show which will be on display May 18 - September 8, 2017 at Seymour Place, 201 East Main Street in Batavia. GO ART! is challenging artists to create artwork that invokes the idea of, feeling, meaning or experience of 'Summer of Love.' Artists are encouraged to submit works that interpret this theme in any way they choose. One piece per artist requested. No media restrictions. Entries must be no larger than 3'x3'. GO ART! will be accepting submissions May 2 - 12, 2017. No submissions will be accepted after May 12th.
The Medina Teachers Association and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the March selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort between the two organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.The English Rose Tea Shoppe has graciously sponsored the award for March. This month students are being honored with this article and a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne. In addition, The English Rose Tea Shoppe awarded each of this month's winners with gift certificates to the Book Shoppe, a candy bar and different flavors of hot cocoa.
Students in James Atzrott's Culinary Arts program, at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center, recently got a lesson in a Buffalo favorite, sponge candy. The treat is uniquely a Western New York one due to the fact that it is very sensitive to heat and humidity and does not travel well.
The Medina Teachers Association and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the February selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort between the two organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
Rosenkrans Pharmacy has graciously sponsored the award for February. This month students are being honored with this article and a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne. In addition, Rosenkrans Pharmacy awarded each of this month's winners with a gift card to Rosenkrans and a candy bar.
This past Sunday, Pack 35 of Medina had the opportunity to visit and tour the Medina Police Department. They began the afternoon outside on Main Street by saluting and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Oath, and the Scout Law. Then, they proceeded inside, where Lieutenant Todd Draper and Officer Christian Navas donated their time to give the boys and their families a close up tour of their facilities and answer the children's questions. The children--tigers, bears, wolves, and weeblos--were accompanied by their parents, siblings, friends, and by Cubmaster John Dieter and Cub Leader Shaun Smith.
Officer Navas first showed the boys his daily uniform, from his taser gun to his vest, even allowing them to pass around his vest. All told, the weight of each officer's uniform's gear, the boys were shocked to learn, was 25 pounds. Then, he gave the boys a tour of the police vehicle. The children loved sitting in the back seat, but not nearly as much as they liked sitting one by one in the front seat, where each one got to turn on the lights or--momentarily--the siren.