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Local Film to Screen


August 11, 2017
Press Release

"Three kids go into the woods...three kids come out...what happens in between changes everything."

Local writer and director, Rhonda Parker is preparing for three area screenings of her third feature, "Message in a Bottle". There is a Dinner and a Movie screening at The Screening Room in Buffalo on Saturday September 9 at 7:00. A Rochester Screening the afternoon of Sunday September 10 at 12:00 at the Cinema. Lastly, a festival screening at WNY FAME at GCC Batavia on Friday September 15 at 8:00.


Poster featuring Jack Champion as Timmy, Emma Morrison as Emily and Matthew Owen Kozak as Johnny

 

Rhonda made a big splash in the local film community with "Friends Don't Let Friends Date Friends" in 2014. This film featuring the beautiful sights of Orleans County, tells the story of a young girl caught in the middle of her friend's relationships. FDLFDF also boasts a wonderful soundtrack from local band, "The Lonely Ones." The Romantic Comedy can be Screened on Amazon or bought online as well at local establishments, such as Rudy's. Her second film "Lonely Bananas" was a comedy collaboration with over 30 of the best area actors. It tells the tale of a dating service whose business model is hysterically incompatible match ups.

 

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Farm to Table Dinner moves from Main Street to Gallagher Barn

Medina's 2017 Farm to Table Dinner makes alternative plans for rain


August 1, 2017
Press Release

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.


The Gallagher- outside

 

 

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Farm to Table Dinner hoping for sunshine

Medina's 2017 Farm to Table Dinner makes alternative plans for rain


July 24, 20120
Press Release

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.


2016 FTT Dinner in Medina - Chef Mike Zambito, assisted by brother Mark Zambito

 

"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?

 

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GO ART! presents DREAM of America


July 6, 20120
Press Release

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.

 

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Dinner is on in Medina!

2017 Farm to Table to take place in August on Historic Main Street


July 6, 2017
Press Release

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.

 

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TEA IN WONDERLAND


July 3, 2017
Press Release

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)

 

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Rococo Project Ensemble presents The Music of Marie Antoinette


June 20, 2017
Press Release

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!


 

 

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Canal Village Farmers' Market Welcome The Imani Milele Children's Choir


June 20, 2017
Press Release

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

 

 

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FFA Members Recognized


June 19, 2017
Press Release

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.

 

 

 

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Orleans Career and Technical Education Center Helps To Kiss Cancer Goodbye


June 19, 2017
Press Release

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.

 

 

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Medina Schools Announce May Students of the Month


June 19, 2017
Press Release

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.

 

 

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Orleans Learning Center Wraps Up Year With a Fishing Lesson


June 7, 2017
Press Release

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."

 

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Medina Schools Announce April Students of the Month


June 1, 2017
Press Release

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.


In the photo from left to right: Tim Elliott, Madelyn Elliott, Breanne Demmer, Jayzon Wills, Melanie Hibbard, and Joe Byrne

 

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Canal Village Farmers' Market set to open for the 2017 season in Medina


May 27, 2017
Press Release

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."


Canal Village Farmers' Market patrons

 

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Medina's Melanie Green Is Best Female High School Golfer in WNY


May 22, 2017
Press Release

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.


 

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The Middleport Community Choir partners with The Easy Street Big Band for "An Afternoon of Big Band Favorites"


May 4, 2017
Press Release

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.


The Easy Street Big Band will be performing with the Middleport Community Choir at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery.

 

"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."

 

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Call for Artists: Members Challenge Show at GO ART!: 'Summer of Love'


May 1, 2017
Press Release

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.

 

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Medina Schools Announce March Students of the Month


May 1, 2017
Press Release

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.


In the photo from left to right: Cindy Robinson, Andrea Lonnen, Owen Sargent, Troy Avery Kelley, and Margaret Klotzbach.

 

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Culinary Arts Students Get Lesson On Sponge Candy


April 17, 2017
Press Release

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.


Candy maker Dave Selig shows students the sponge portion of the candy. Pictured are(LtoR) Sapphire Wittcop (Barker), Zach Doel (Royalton Hartland), Brook Boskat (Lockport), Taylor Campbell (Lockport) and Valentin Cruz (Albion).

 


Students (LtoR) Zach Doel (Royalton Hartland), Eric Stone (Lockport), Nick Boyle (Medina), Quinton Wojciechowski (Royalton Hartland), Valentin Cruz (Albion) and Andrew Baker (Lockport).

 

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Medina Schools Announce February Students of the Month


April 17, 2017
Press Release

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.


In the photo from left to right: Matthew Foster, Bobby Geiger, Jenna Cecchini, Serenity Baumgart, and Joe Byrne.

 

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Medina's Pack 35 Visits Police Station


April 10, 2017
Karen Jones

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.

 

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