Feature Stories for the week of November 11, 2007
Feature Stories for the week of
November 11, 2007

Brockport discusses handling Main Street reconstruction project
In preparation for the Brockport Main Street reconstruction project proposed by the Department of Transportation, village officials, residents and business owners continue to meet to discuss the best ways to cope with the construction once it begins. more

Chili tax rate remains stable
According to Town of Chili Supervisor Tracy Logel, "Chili's current financial picture is quite stable, and our tax rate will remain constant at $3.853112 for the coming fiscal year. more

Church youth participate in Habitat fundraiser
Six youths from the North Chili United Methodist Church participated in a Southwest Habitat Coalition fundraiser held at the Henrietta United Church of Christ, Friday night November 2. This was the sixth year for the Shanty Town fundraiser. more

DEC offers grants to help improve habitat,
expand recreational opportunities

More than $100,000 will be given to local projects across New York state to improve habitat for fish and wildlife, as well as increase public access for outdoor recreation. Funding for the grants will be generated from the sale of DEC's Habitat Access Stamps. more

Firefighters receive animal rescue equipment
Brockport's Fire Chief Timothy Rombaut accepted a new set of oxygen masks that are very different from the one his people are used to. These have been specially designed for animals and were donated by the customers at Country Pet Grooming Salon in Clarkson. more

Food cupboard outreach efforts
know no season, needs increase

Tina Zebulske is one of about ten volunteers in the Hilton-Parma area who work at the Hilton Parma Community Council of Churches’ Food Shelf operating out of Abiding Love Free Methodist Church at the corner of Burritt Road and Route 259. She joined the effort a little over two years ago when the Food Shelf was moved there. more

Golden Apple award presented
Kevin Doran, from WROC-TV 8 in Rochester, surprised Byron-Bergen Middle School special education teacher Heather Young on October 29 with the Golden Apple Award (formerly called Teacher of the Month). more

Hamlin approves budget
The Hamlin Town Board unanimously passed the 2008 budget at a special town board meeting following the Budget Public Hearing on October 29. more

Honor Roll update in the Town of Clarkson
On September 11, the Town of Clarkson approved a proposal from Jackie Smith to update the Veteran's Honor Roll sign, located outside the Clarkson Town Hall. more

LMH Twig Association holds baby shower
for Lakeside Family Birthing Center

The Lakeside Memorial Hospital Twig Association continued its tradition of support by holding a baby shower for the Lakeside Family Birthing Center. All Twig members participated by donating hand made and newly purchased baby items. more

Majority of retailers anticipate growth
during 2007 holiday shopping season

More than three-quarters of retailers believe their sales during the upcoming holiday shopping season will be at least as good or better than last year's, a survey of Retail Council of New York State members revealed. more

Matt's Coats for Kids campaign in fourth year
As a way to honor her son, Matthew Fitton, who lost his life in a car accident in August 2003 when he was 20-years-old, his mother and his friends have been running "Matt's Coats for Kids" to collect and distribute coats to children in need. more

Northside Express Mart sponsors bestsellers at the Seymour Library
Thanks to a sponsorship by Brad Alexander, owner of Northside Service and Northside Express Mart, the Seymour Library will purchase at least one copy of every book on the New York Times bestsellers list (hard cover fiction and non-fiction) in 2008. more

NY Farmer contest underway
In recognition of contributions New York's farmers make to New York's communities, NY Farms! is accepting nominations for its fourth annual "I LOVE MY NY FARMER" Awards. more

Orleans County 4-H'ers celebrate achievements
On Thursday, October 25, more than 145 Orleans County 4-H members, parents and leaders gathered at the Trolley Building on the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds in Knowlesville to celebrate the past year's achievements. more

Phi Theta Kappa sending holiday donations to soldiers overseas
The Genesee Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is organizing a community-wide drive to collect items to send to troops overseas this holiday season. Anything from baby wipes to books, batteries to beef jerky is on the list of items needed. more

Police presence in village addressed at board meeting
BROCKPORT - While Village of Holley officials and its residents are pondering the decision to disband, or keep, their police department, the Village of Brockport is faced with dealing with busy weekends filled with crimes - some petty, others more serious. more

Poster contest winner chosen
The Brockport Lions Club sponsored a "Peace Poster Contest" at the Brockport A.D. Oliver Middle School this September. The theme set by Lions International was, "Peace around the World." more

Railroad crossing repairs applauded
Recent work on the Route 36 railroad crossing in the Village of Churchville is complete and village officials say they are very pleased with the results. Members of the village board discussed the repairs during their regular meeting on November 5. more

Residents invited to join in Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. This program of Samaritan's Purse, which is run by Franklin Graham, provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on mission's project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus Christ. more

Salvation Army kicks off search for bellringers for Red Kettle campaign
The bells will soon be ringing at local grocery stores, department stores and malls to summon people to remember those facing hardship during the holiday season. "To ensure that we have enough bellringers, we are kicking off our search for bellringers early this year. more

Sunnking is bright on the recycling horizon
“No unprocessed material is sent overseas. We take the extra steps to protect the environment and the security of the companies whose equipment we process.” more

Sweden presents preliminary budget, tax rate stable
The Sweden Town Board presented its 2008 Preliminary Budget at a public hearing on October 25. The proposed budget leaves the town tax rate at its current level - $4.43 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, two percent below the 2006 town tax rate. more

Symposium focuses on ethics of leadership
"The Ethics of Leadership" were presented at an October 18 symposium by the League of Women Voters at the Seymour Library. more

Twig plans for 'Tree of Lights'
Lakeside Memorial Hospital's Twig Association will sponsor "The Tree Of Lights" during the holiday season. A tree on the front lawn of the hospital will be decorated by donors. more