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MEDINA - "Epic." "Magical."
Words like these were used again and again to describe the experience diners had at Medina's third Farm to Table Dinner last Thursday evening.
A record crowd of 220 from Rochester to Buffalo and beyond gathered on Medina's Main Street, in the heart of the village's Downtown Historic District.
The annual gala affair is hosted by the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc., a Medina area 501(c)(3) arts and cultural organization, as a fund-raiser for the local Canal Village Farmers' Market. The market, sponsored by ORG, is managed by Gail Miller and is open Saturdays through October at 127 West Center Street, Medina.
At the helm of the dinners is Michael Zambito, owner and chef at Medina's renown Zambistro restuarant. The first dinner occurred three years ago with Chef Zambito preparing a five course gourmet meal for 137 guests. The 2017 dinner saw a collaboration between Zambistro and local Mexican restaurant, Mariachi de Oro, and an expansion to accomodate 200 patrons.
For the past several years, teachers at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center and their guest speakers have been partnering with the Liberty Partnerships Program to make a difference in some students' lives. The students come from Batavia, Brockport, LeRoy and Medina Central School Districts.
The Liberty Partnerships Program is a career and job readiness, drop-out prevention program for students grades five through twelve in public and non-public schools. The program look for partnerships that will remove the barriers which prevent many young people from graduating high school and encourage them to pursue higher education or vocational training.
At the Orleans/Niagara BOCES center this summer, three programs were offered to the students over the course of a week: Cosmetology, Electricity/Electronics and Security and Law Enforcement. Teachers Steve Browning (Security and Law Enforcement), Anne Carnahan (Cosmetology) and Bill Leggett (Electricity/Electronics) taught the students various skills and brought in guest speakers to talk about their careers, answer questions and give the students words of advice. "I love the fact that you can see their interest spark," says Mrs. Carnahan. "We have a lot of talks on safety and sanitation and we do demonstrations and then they tell me they went home and braided their mom’s hair because they learned that in class and they love it. It's giving them self-confidence and another reason to come back and do it again and find out some new things. At the end of the day they all come and give me a hug and say thank you because they learned something. I feel like they are getting a lot out of this."
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. (NYSPHSAA) recently announced Medina Central School District as one of its 2017-18 Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction.
The purpose of the School of Distinction and School Awards are to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor. This year, only 30 schools earned the School of Distinction honor in the state. Schools can earn School of Distinction status by having 100% of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award during respective sports seasons.
Congratulations to Leah Sheelar, a Welding student at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center, who took home a $500 scholarship from ACTEA (Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators).
Two Precision Machine Technology students took home scholarships at the end of the year ceremonies at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center. Jake Kuhman, a senior from Medina, and Jason Stanton, a senior from Albion received a MCC (Monroe Community College) scholarship from Dale Pearce, who is the Monroe Community College Program Coordinator. Mr. Pearce is a graduate from the BOCES program.
The Medina Teachers Association, Medina Central School, 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 three organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
Creekside Floral has graciously sponsored the award for April. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and Medina CSD Superintendent, Mark Kruzynski, presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, Creekside Floral presented each student with cookies.
In the photo from left to right: Mary Lewis owner of Creekside Floral, Keara Fearby, Connor Lovewell, MTA President Joe Byrne, MCSD Superintendent Mark Kruzynski
Students in Bill Rakonczay's Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Program at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center came home victorious from the Monroe Community College (MCC) Sumo Bot Competition.
MCC's Applied Technologies Center hosted the Sumo Bot battle. The criteria was that the robot had to fit into a shoebox and weigh 3.0 kg. The bots battled for one minute and had to knock the competitor off the table. "It was a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competition," explains Mr. Rakonczay. "The students had to design a battle bot. I had the seniors design two and the juniors design two. There were a lot of engineering principles and math principles. Out of 20 Sumo Bots we had two of our bots place, first and third. Not too bad."
Students in Jessica Kronenberg's VIP (Vocationally Individually Paced) Food Service Program at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center are already shining in the workplace. "I am so excited to tell everyone their accomplishments," says Mrs. Kronenberg. "I think it a great power of example to motivate my other students who have yet to enter the workforce. I want them to leave here with the confidence to pursue their goals."
The Food Service Program is designed to meet the needs of students who require smaller learning environments to be successful and is geared for 11th to 12th graders, with the option of students being able to stay in the program until they are 21 years old. "It is an exploratory course for students with an overview of food preparation, global and gourmet foods, commercial foods, food science and food service operations. It also helps to prepare them for employment with teaching them job interviewing skills and how to work well with others," explains Mrs. Kronenberg.
Nothing says spring like planting a garden. Students in Tracey Dahlhaus' Landscaping and Design Program helped get some people on the right foot with their first ever plant sale.
The Orleans Career and Technical Education Center got first dibs on various vegetable and house plants that the class has planted and nurtured over the past several weeks. The students are also starting to grow bedding plants, herbs and sunflowers as well.
"The students did a great job and are so proud of what they were able to achieve," says Mrs. Dahlhaus. "We are very grateful for the support the staff at the center have given the class."
The Niagara Orleans Counselors Association (NOCA) recently awarded scholarships to seven high school seniors.
Congratulations go to:
Leah Manth from Manth Tonawanda received NOCA's Phoenix Scholarship.
Caroline Madonia from Starpoint received the association's Niagara University Scholarship.
Leah Sheelar from Medina received the association's Career & Tech Ed Scholarship.
Grace Masse from Medina received the association's Genesee Community College Scholarship.
Kirsten Bowers from Niagara Wheatfield and Erin Harrington from Newfane both received a NOCA Merit Scholarship.
Sydney Watier from Newfane received the association's Niagara County Community College Scholarship.
MEDINA - After a long and never-ending winter, locals are very much looking forward to all-things summer. In Medina, that includes Opening Day at Canal Village Farmers' Market. There's nothing quite like local, fresh-harvested produce, strolling through the vendors and artisans, and catching up with friends and neighbors on a sunny, summer morning at the market.
Located in the heart of busy Historic Downtown Medina, the Canal Village Farmers' Market will begin the summer season Saturday, June 2, 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.
"The 2017-18 Winter Market was very well attended," said market manager, Gail Miller. "Its made us very excited to begin what we feel is going to be our best summer market yet. "
Miller cited yet more new vendor offerings, the return of a Community Tent for community organizations, the Artisans Tent, the return of Canal Kids Activities and family related fun and games by the Medina FFA.
Not only does District Superintendent Dr. Clark Godshall run the Orleans/Niagara BOCES and consult with 13 school districts, he occasionally goes back to his roots and teaches a lesson or two.
Recently he stopped into Tracey Dahlhaus' Landscaping and Design program to teach the students how to change the oil in a riding lawnmower. He first talked in front of the class and asked his student assistant, Haley Kelkenberg, to take notes as he questioned the class on what tools and items they would need to accomplish the task. Once they determined their course of action, they headed out to the shop where they changed the oil with Dr. Godshall taking the lead on the process. "I really enjoyed working with the students," said Dr. Godshall.
For the fourth year in a row, Medina High School students and teachers spent part of their day on May 11th helping to beautify the school and the community.
Students showed their Mustang pride by sprucing up various areas around the school, washing school buses, cleaning the campus grounds and making Mustang signs and picnic tables. Other groups heading out to the Historical Society, Medina and Shelby Fire Departments, Medina Police Station, YMCA, Farmer’s Market Building, Boxwood Cemetery and various public areas and local parks to complete various tasks to help make their hometown look great.
Way to go Mustangs!
Jason Smith, Lyndonville Central School District Superintendent, and Mark Kruzynski, Medina Central School District Superintendent say that their districts' collaboration over the last several years has proven to be very successful.
The districts, like many communities across America, find their student populations dwindling as families get smaller. "In the six and a half years I have been at Lyndonville," says Mr. Smith, "We have worked with Medina on a variety of projects, most notably athletics. We have been able to offer our students marching band, cross country, soccer, football and of course the musical. Looking at our declining populations from both schools and keeping an eye on the long-term, we believe that working together whenever possible is the best thing for our students." Mr. Kruzynski says the partnership benefits everyone. "This expands the amount of programs available for kids, which is the ultimate goal, and expands the quality of the programs for the kids as well. We are always evaluating and always looking at different things that we can share and save money."
The Medina High School Library was recently transformed for two days into some pretty exotic locales. For Spanish teacher, Alexandra Peracciny and her students, it became Peru. When it was French teacher, Samantha Szeluga's turn, her students visited the small African country of Djibouti.
Some of the students roleplayed being residents of the countries, including customs, bankers, musicians, wait staff and language police, and others were tourists who got to experience the sights, sounds and food of their destinations. It was all part of Immersion Day which was created to give the students cultural experiences and help them to practice their conversational language skills.
Science teacher, Peter Jablonski, says trying to teach science to all the different career and technical classes at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center can be a challenge as each teacher is an expert in their particular trade. "I try to keep lessons interesting and capture the attention of students. As an undergrad at Canisius College there are mandatory credit hours required for physical education so I picked SCUBA diving as it was worth two credit hours instead of one. It was physically demanding and I had to overcome my fear of water. I knew how to swim just fine, but I didn't like to do it underwater."
His love of his SCUBA translated into a great lesson for some of the classes. Mr. Jablonski said he had to learn a lot of science for SCUBA, such as how to use Navy dive charts to see how long a person could stay underwater at different depths, Boyle's Gas Laws, physiological diseases such as embolisms, bends and nitrogen narcosis or rapture of the deep. Also the physics of how light and sound travels underwater had to be thoroughly comprehended. "I made a science lesson out of this experience and teach about underwater welding to the Welding class or underwater recovery to Security and Law classes. SCUBA diving in extreme depths, fast water, and poor visibility is dangerous work therefore workers are highly compensated. During my lesson the students certainly had a good laugh watching as one of their classmates donned a wet suit and tried to walk around with an air tank on their back and a weight belt around their waist."
The Medina Teachers Association, Medina Central School District, 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 three organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
Rosenkrans has graciously sponsored the award for April. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and Medina CSD Superintendent, Mark Kruzynski, presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, Rosenkrans presented each student with a gift certificate to their store as well as a package of candy.
MEDINA, NY - The winter vendors at Medina's Canal Village Farmers' Market will be hosting their second locally-sourced pancake breakfast Saturday, April 28 at the market.
"Last years' pancake breakfast was a great success. We held the event in March and despite being cold and damp, we sold out," said Gail Miller, CVFM market manager. "It's important to our customers that we sell food from local sources that you know and can trust. So, this is a great opportunity to try some of our areas best locally-sourced items, like breakfast sausage and bacon from Baker Farms or real maple syrup from Nice Farms."
The event will be held on-site at the market (127 West Center Street), where tables will be set up for breakfast goers to eat on site. However, in the event that the weather does not cooperate, take-out will be available as well.
The breakfast is priced at $10- a little higher than other local events, but Miller says it's worth it.
Medina Central School District has partnering up with the Medina Police Department, the Medina Fire Department and Orleans/Niagara BOCES' Security and Law Enforcement classes for an opportunity to train in a real-life and real-time situation, announced Medina Superintendent, Mark Kruzynski. "We had started to discuss this with the Medina Police Department and the Medina Fire Department back in December. We wanted to prepare for, God forbid, anything terrible that would happen like we have been seeing happening nationwide. After the tragedy in Florida, we are really glad that we started preparing for this because it is always good to test everything because our number one priority is keeping all our students safe."
Lieutenant Todd Draper, of the Medina Police Department, says the exercise was invaluable for First Responders. "We can preplan and train by ourselves all we want, but without actually being there, and having all the moving parts together, simulating the type of realism needed is nearly impossible. Not to mention how important it is to get all the involved stakeholders to participate and work together towards a common goal." He says he is grateful to the Mr. Kruzynski and the Medina Board of Education for allowing them to use the high school. "Conducting the drill in a building such as a school, an area that could potentially be a target, is very helpful. Our officers routinely make rounds and walkthroughs in our schools and local businesses. When we do that, they are not only learning the layout, but looking for danger areas, vulnerable targets, and places that may cause first responders to have difficulties in the event of an actual emergency. Our School Resource Officer being in the schools every day is also an invaluable asset, providing us a distinct advantage in our schools."
Lieutenant Draper reached out to Orleans/Niagara BOCES' Security and Law Enforcement classes at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center to see if they wanted to take part. Teachers, Steve Browning and Dudley Gilbert jumped at the chance after administration and parent approval. Some of their students assisted the first responders by role playing. The teachers acted as observers and took video to assist the first responders in reviewing the scenario after the drill.
Buffalo author Sarah Klaiber spent some time with students at Medina's Oak Orchard Elementary School recently. She read her book "Treasures" and talked about the importance of appreciating things that are often taken for granted.
"This is my first book," says Ms. Klaiber. "I don't know if there will be any more in my future, but I plan on expand on the message of "Treasures". It was inspired by a mental wellness journey that I started five years ago. I started taking better care of myself and doing something finally that I loved to do, which is writing. I found my children, who always make me happy, and writing, which I love, were the birth of "Treasures". My message to little ones is that they can look around and see treasures every day and i'’s okay to be blue every now and then. My heart just turns to mush listening to the little ones talk about what are their treasures. To see them reflecting on what makes them happy is great. I get a lot of thank you letters from parents for such a simple, meaningful and often overlooked message. I really appreciate the opportunity to be here to share it with the students."
Diesel Technology teacher, Ed Wallace, was recently gifted with a heavy duty diesel truck from the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH). He will use this to train his students at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center. The University is known worldwide as being a leader in training for automotive, diesel and high performance industries in Lima, Ohio.
"We have a recruiter from UNOH that comes in to talk to the students, his name is Pat Dixon," says Mr. Wallace. "“One day I was talking to him about how I would be able to get some used training equipment from the college for my class after they were done with it. He got back to me and said they have two diesel semi-trucks that they would be willing to donate. He sent me photos, I looked at the trucks and after discussion with our Principal, Dr. Weyrauch, and we decided one of the trucks fit our criteria. It's newer a 1999 Freightliner with a Cummings M11 diesel engine. The truck was in very good shape."
Over 150 SkillsUSA students at the Orleans Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center recently partook in a community service activity for military personnel and their families.
The students took some of the proceeds from their annual craft fair and chose to use the money towards two Red Cross sponsored activities, "Holidays for Heroes Comfort Kit Program" and "Activity Kits for Military Children". Suggested items for the comfort kits were toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, shaving cream, nail clippers, toothpaste, combs, razors and gum. For children's kits they recommended coloring/activity books, crayons, colored pencils, washable markers, stickers, puzzles, books, craft kits, fruit chews, hand sanitizer and games.
SkillsUSA Advisor, Kara Kirktook the senior chapter officers shopping and says she was impressed with the students' skills. "They spent a lot of time at the Dollar Tree looking at labels on the hygiene products and toys for the children and trying to figure out what was appropriate. They were also trying to get the most bang for their buck, so they would have more to give."
The Medina Teachers Association, Medina Central School District, and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the December selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort between the three organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
Filomena's Favorites has graciously sponsored the award for December. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and Medina CSD Superintendent, Mark Kruzynski, presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, Filomena's Favorites presented each student with a gift card to Avanti's and some Della's Chocolates!
The Construction Industry Education Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote awareness of opportunities available in the construction industry and help provide educational opportunities and scholarships. They recently met with the Building Trades teachers at the Orleans and Niagara Career and Technical Education Centers, Matt Anastasi, Anthony Molinaro and Nick DiFelice, to see what they could do to assist their students. "Currently they work with McKinley High School and provide them with all the materials to build a 1,300 square foot modular home," says Mr. Anastasi. "The home, once completed, is sold to Habitat for Humanity and placed on a lot in Buffalo."
Students and staff at the High School have been getting into the holiday spirit with their annual Snowcoming. The weeklong event is a lot of fun for the students as they engage in traditional winter activities and various theme days. It's a great way to bond before the winter break!
A special thank you to our Board of Education President Dave Sevenski who donated the tree for the high school.
Students in the Security and Law Enforcement and Certified Personal Trainer programs recently had guest speakers in from Customs and Border Protection to talk about their careers and working with K9 Kay, who is a detector dog.
K9 Officer David Ambrosia and Officer Kenneth Allore, who are assigned to the Port of Buffalo, talked to the students at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center about homeland security and the fight against terrorism and human and drug trafficking. Officer Ambrosia told the students that he has been an officer for ten years and worked with Kay for four years. Canine officers agree to the additional responsibility of training and caring for their police K9s. Positions working with a K9 are highly coveted in law enforcement. "I worked very hard to get this cool job. I would advise you to learn about this job by interviewing people about it, working hard and making yourself likeable." Qualities of K9 officers are being approachable and friendly because they receive more attention from the public and have to interact with a wide variety of people
The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina Business Association, and the Medina Central School District are proud to announce the November selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort between the three organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
My Cowboy Transportation has graciously sponsored the award for November. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and MCSD Superintendent Mark Kruzynski presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, My Cowboy Transportation presented each student with a Rudy's gift certificate. Yum!
The Genesee Chorale is pleased to invite the community to two upcoming Christmas concerts: one on Saturday, December 2 at St. James Episcopal Church at 405 East Main Street in Batavia and the other Monday, December 4 at First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Medina. Both performances begin at 7:00 PM. Presale tickets cost $8 and can be purchased at www.geneseechorale.com or from a chorale member. Tickets will also be available at the door for $10.
Stories of favorite Christmas memories and traditions will be shared throughout the concert. These holiday tales will be paired with old Christmas favorites like White Christmas or fresh, new takes on a familiar text like Silent Night, by local composer and teacher, Stephen Shewan. "I think it will be a magical walk down memory lane," says chorale president, Heather Lovelace. "Nothing triggers old holiday feelings like Christmas carols, except perhaps the smell of those favorite Christmas cookies."
Multiple literary award winner and nominee, Julie Berry, recently stopped into the Medina Middle School and High School to give several workshops and talk about her craft.
Mrs. Berry, a native of Medina and a graduate from the school district, has written over 20 book and has received many accolades for her work in young adult fiction and children's literature. In June of this year, she released her newest book, "The Emperor's Ostrich" which is geared towards children eight to twelve years of age. She ended her day with a book signing at the Lee Whedon Library.
Trainers from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recently paid a visit to the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center to talk to students in the Building Trades and Electricity/Electronics programs.
OSHA works with the public to promote safe, healthy and secure workplaces and enhance workers' voice on the job. Since 2003, the alliance has trained more than 8,000 students in the fundamentals of construction safety and health. Training covers the importance of workplace safety, recognition of the major hazards in construction work and building a safety culture within an organization. The instructional base of the safety and health training now includes building trades students and contractors.
Letter to the Editor/Community:
BATAVIA - After years of enduring physical and verbal abuse, Shari finally left in search of peace and safety.
It was a challenge to change her entire lifestyle - her residence, neighborhood, work, friendships - but she persevered toward personal recovery.
After a stay in our safe house and assistance from domestic violence case managers, Shari found a new job, home and hopeful future. For the first time in years, she was able to sleep through the night without fear that her abuser would try to hurt her. That was until he tracked her down, came to her new place and threatened her and her child. The abuser's anger and level of intimidation shook Shari to her very core and left her in a heap of tears. She then had to make a decision: take a chance and stay put or uproot her life once again and move to somewhere new.
Her name has been changed, but this is a real example of how domestic violence often doesn't just end because a victim leaves the situation. In fact, did you know that the most dangerous time in a domestic violence victim's life is when he or she leaves the abuser? This kind of abuse is not about love; it's about control. Control over another person's words, actions, clothing, whereabouts, relationships...control over that person's life.
The Orleans Career and Technical Education Center, at 4232 Shelby Basin Road in Medina, is holding its annual SkillsUSA Craft Show on Saturday, November 18th.
There will be over 50 vendors at the Orleans/Niagara BOCES Center from 9:00am to 3:00pm. There is a $2 donation at the door to help SkillsUSA students fund their activities and competitions throughout the year.
November 9th, Mrs. Gabrielle Calandra Barone (Class of 1960) and Mr. David Miller (Class of 1966) were inducted into the Medina High School's Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame.
The award was created to honor alumni, promote school spirit, foster pride in the Medina School District and serve as an incentive for current students. Alumni must have graduated at least ten years ago and achieved one of the following: Achieved excellence in their chosen career, made outstanding contributions to their community or profession or made outstanding contributions to humanity.
Congratulations to the 22 students from the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center who were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.
Congratulations go to: Malik Abdukghani (Lockport/Building Trades), Caleb Bellan (Medina/Welding), Deseree Brewer (Lockport/Security and Law Enforcement), Josephine Capen (Royalton Hartland/Allied Health), Skyler Christopher (Royalton Hartland/Early Childhood Ed), Carly Eldridge (Royalton Hartland/Allied Health), Catherine Fleischhut (Roylaton Hartland/Early Childhood Ed), Heaven Flood (Lyndonville/Cosmetology), Jamasen Johnson (Royalton Hartland/Electricity & Electronics), Tristen Johnson (Newfane/Electricity & Electronics), Jordan Klosin (Barker/Building Trades), Madeline Kraus (Medina/Allied Health), Samantha Lawson (Barker/Cosmetology), Richard Miles (Royalton Hartland/Early Childhood Ed), John Reed (Lockport/Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering), Destiny Satkowski (Medina/Allied Health), Steven Schumacher (Royalton Hartland/Welding), Alisha Scroger (Medina/Culinary Arts), Kennedy Smelski (Lyndonville/Allued Health), Elijah Sones (Medina/Building Trades), Matthew Steves (Royalton Hartland/Building Trades) and Alexis Stratton (Barker/Cosmetology).