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OCTEC SkillsUSA Students Celebrate the Holidays With Helping Veterans


December 27, 2017
Press Release

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."


Front row: Ariane Wachob, Angela Wachob, (both from Lyndonville). Back row: Lisa Taibi (Red Cross), Malik Abdulghani (Lockport), Nick Anderson (Royalton-Hartland), Elijah Sones (Medina) and Heaven Flood (Lyndonville).

 

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Medina Announces December Students of the Month


December 27, 2017
Press Release

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!


(LtoR) MCSD Superintendent Mark Kruzynski, Isaac Pace, Filomena's Favorites owner Danette Oakes, Jude Lacy, Roosevelt Mitchell, and MTA President Joe Byrne.

 

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Construction Industry Education Foundation In Talks with Orleans/Niagara BOCES


December 22, 2017
Press Release

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."


(LtoR) Matt Anastasi, James C. Logan (President of the Construction Exchange of Buffalo and WNY), Paul Lamparelli (President of Lamparelli Construction Co, Inc.), Anthony Molinaro, Nick DiFelice, Teresa Bianchi (Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity), Pat Sullivan (Rotary Club of Niagara County) and Chris Tryjanowski (PCS Plumbing and Heating Inc. of Buffalo).

 

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Medina High School Celebrates Snowcoming!


December 22, 2017
Press Release

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.


(RtoL) Christian Hahn and Toby Kiebala with Sarah Cochrane on the bottom

 

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Customs and Border Protection Talk Careers with Students


December 6, 2017
Press Release

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


(LtoR) Ariane Wachob (Lyndonville), Deseree Brewer (Lockport), Samantha Pozzobon (Albion), Chandler Heary (Lockport), Officer Kenneth Allore, Office David Ambrosia and K9 Kay

 

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Medina Schools Announce November Students of the Month


November 30, 2017
Press Release

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!


In the photo from left to right are Superintendent Mark Kruzynski, Shianne Sullinger, Kaedon Cleveland, Payton Denniston, and MTA President Joe Byrne.

 

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Genesee Chorale Waxes Nostalgic With "Christmas Memories"


November 27, 2017
Press Release

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."


 

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Award Winning Author Returns to Hometown to Talk Writing and Give Advice


November 17, 2017
Press Release

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.


Author Julie Berry with senior Ethan Kujawa.

 

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Building Trades and Electricity Students Undergo OSHA Training


November 17, 2017
Press Release

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.


Tom Glomb and Gordon Delay with teacher Bill Leggett and students in Building Trades and Electricity/Electronics programs.

 

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Thankful for Supporters


November 15, 2017

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.

 

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Orleans Career and Tech Ed Center Holds Annual Holiday Craft Show


November 14, 2017
Press Release

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.


Landscaping and Grounds students show off the signs they made from repurposed barn wood. Pictures are: George Schlegel (Medina), Karina Bellan (Medina) and Isabele Sunday (Albion).

 

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Medina High School Honors Distinguished Alumni


November 14, 2017
Press Release

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.


David Miller, Gabrielle Calandra Barone and High School Principal Michael Cavanagh.

 

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Twenty-Two Orleans Career and Tech Ed Students Inducted into the National Technical Honor Societ


November 3, 2017
Press Release

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).


Back Row (LtoR) Skyler Christopher, Jamasen Johnson, Steven Schumacher, Porter Bellan, Malik Abdulghani, Jordan Klosin, Elijah Klosin, Matt Steves, John Reed.
Middle row (LtoR) Heaven Flood, Madeline Kraus, Carly Eldridge, Catherine Fleischhut, Tristen Johnson, Richard Miles, Deseree Brewer.
First row (LtoR) Destiny Satkowski, Alexis Stratton, Kennedy Smelski, Alisha Scroger, Samantha Lawson.

 

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BRIGHTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S ROCOCO PROJECT TO PRESENT CONCERT


October 31, 2017
Press Release

Medina, NY, October 30, 2017- The Brighton Symphony Orchestra's 'Rococo Project' will give a concert on Saturday November 4, at 3:00 p.m., at the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Avenue, Medina, N. Y. 14103. The free concert is entitled "Music from the Age of the Enlightenment." The program will feature chamber works and songs by Haydn, Deleplanque, Rousseau, and Steibelt. "Of particular interest is that I will be playing the ca. 1775 Deleplanque Sonata for Harp and Violin on the harp for which the piece was written," said harpist Paul Knoke. "The harp was built in Paris by Cousineau, who also built harps for Marie-Antionette."

The Brighton Symphony Orchestra's Rococo Project is a chamber ensemble of musicians from the orchestra, offering historically informed performances of late 18th century music on period instruments. The concert will feature Aaron Bailey and Cynthia Howk, violins; Jonathan Allentoff, viola; Elizabeth Kinney, violoncello; Mary Wojciechowski, soprano; Jack Spula, harpsichord; and Paul Knoke, harp.


The Rococo Project Ensemble (L to R) - Jack Spula, Cynthia Howk, Jonathan Allentoff, Elizabeth Kinney, Paul Knoke, Aaron Bailey, and Mary Wojciechowski.

 

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Chris Horgan Named the High School Coach of the Year


October 31, 2017
Press Release

Medina Coach Chris Horgan has been named the High School Coach of the Year. He was honored on October 15th at the Buffalo Tennis Night Awards Dinner held at Transit Valley Country Club.

This past June he was named the New York State Coach of the Year for the boys' high school tennis team by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. This is his 18th year as coach of the Medina Varsity Tennis Team.


 

The Medina Varsity Tennis Team is the defending Niagara-Orleans League Champs and they have won five championships in the past six years. "It is personally a great honor to receive these coaching awards," says Coach Horgan. "But they are also a recognition of the program and competitive success our players have had over the years. These awards are only possible through the commitment made by the fine individuals it has been a privilege to coach."

 

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Medina Schools Announce Students of the Month


October 24, 2017
Press Release

The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina Central School, and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the October 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.

Bank of Castile has graciously sponsored the award for October. 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 gift bags with really nice water bottles and gift certificates to the Book Shoppe.


In the photo from left to right: Patrick Weissend, Ray Beneway, Emma Herbert, Cheyenne Nottingham, Joe Byrne, and Mark Kruzynski.

 

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GO ART! Presents Cabal and Zen by Jim Burns


October 16, 2017
Press Release

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.

 

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MUSTANG MARCHING BAND ON A WINNING STREAK


October 4, 2017
Press Release

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."

 

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Countdown Is On At YWCA


October 4, 2017
Press Release

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.

 

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