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Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Photos: Le Roy tops off Winterfest with Christmas tree lighting

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Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Noonan denies motion to dismiss in Frost Ridge case

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The failure to publish a public notice prior to a September 2013 Le Roy Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on whether Frost Ridge Campground was in violation of zoning laws deprived neighbors of an opportunity to meaningfully participate in the board's decision, Judge Robert C. Noonan wrote in a ruling issued Friday.

The ruling was in response to a motion by the defendants, Greg and David Luetticke-Archbell, to have a lawsuit thrown out that challenges their ability to host live music concerts at the campground.

"The ZEO (Zoning Enforcement Officer)/ZBA's lack of compliance with the notice requirements was so grievous that no statute of limitations bars this action," Noonan wrote in the decision.

Noonan's ruling means that the lawsuits against Frost Ridge will proceed to trial.

The Luetticke-Archbells are fighting two lawsuits over live music at their natural amphitheater, and allegations that the campground was expanded in violation of zoning codes.

One lawsuit was filed by David and Marney Cleere and Scott and Betsy Collins, the other by the Town of Le Roy.

To date, the case has been a series of motions and hearings, but it appears that Noonan's ruling on this motion clears the way for trial.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Le Roy zooms past Warsaw with pressure defense and fast breaks

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After a pre-season disrupted by a championship run by the football team, three days of practice lost to snowy weather and Thanksgiving, Le Roy's basketball team is still working out some kinks.

A rebuilding team of Warsaw Tigers got a taste Friday night of what a kinkless Oatka Knights might look like.

The Knights pressured on defense, forced turnovers and converted fast breaks into buckets to put 64 points on the board compared to 37 for the Tigers.

The win comes after a season opening 62-47 loss to York.

"Today we played with more energy, more flow to what we want to do," said Le Roy's Head Coach Rick Rapone. "In another week or two, we'll be right where we should be. We'll be fine."

Kody Lamkin had his second double-double in two games with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Egeling had 10 points and 10 rebounds

"Those are the guys we would expect to pretty much do it for us every game," Rapone said.

Dylan Laney sparked the offense early, scoring 10 points for the game.

Mike McMullen was playing on a sore ankle, but Rapone praised his strong performance as the team's floor leader. 

Coming off an 0-18 season, the Tigers are now coached by Steve Baker. Baker has seven years experience coaching basketball. The first six with modifieds and JV. He was Warsaw's boys varsity head coach five years ago, then he became a father and took time off from coaching. He agreed to take the position again this season after he and his wife moved closer to the school.

In Le Roy, the Tigers got a taste of the kind of fast-paced, high-pressure defense and transition offense Baker would like to instill in the Warsaw scheme.

"Instead of sitting in a half-court offense, I'd really like to start pushing the floor," Baker said. "That's a big thing to me."

His team his learning, he said. Last night, when they went man-to-man for part of the second half, they held Le Roy to just eight points. That was a good sign, Baker said.

The goal is to improve every game, every practice and that's happening, he said.

"I notice improvement every day," Baker said. "I'm getting compliments from the other coaches and officials. The kids are playing a lot better."

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Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:02 am

Bob Boyce receives 30th Annual Health and Humanitarian Award

Le Roy resident Bob Boyce was recognized at a luncheon Friday afternoon for his years of dedicated volunteer work in the community by the UMMC Foundation and St. Jerome's Foundation with the 30th Annual Health and Humanitarian Award.

For more than 26 years Mr. Boyce has devoted his time and talent to improving the quality of volunteer ambulance service for the people of Le Roy. He is currently president of the Le Roy Ambulance Service, a position he has held for the past 12 years. Under his leadership Le Roy Volunteer Ambulance grew to Le Roy Ambulance Service, assuring availability of both trained personnel and volunteers needed to provide ambulance service to residents.

He's served on UMMC Foundation Board of Directors, and the former Genesee Memorial Hospital Group Board of Directors.

In one of several letters nominating Mr. Boyce, Marie Scofield noted his volunteer efforts have not been limited to health-related organizations, but have included education. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Genesee Community College after serving on GCC Foundation Board of Directors for nine years, including two years as president. He has been active with the Le Roy Rotary Club, helping raise money for scholarships benefitting Le Roy students.  

Boyce was also active in youth sports in Le Roy for many years.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Photos: Le Roy's 30-foot Christmas tree raised today

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For the second year, the Christmas Crew was erecting the annual Christmas tree at the corner of Main and Lake streets in the Village of Le Roy (the former Wiss Hotel lot).

Doing the work today were Andrew Lathan, Ed McDonald and Michael Glazier.

Lathan Tree Service donated the 30-foot tree a year ago.

The tree will be lit this year in part with the help of donations from National Grid (new utility pole) and Humphrey Electric (new electric installation).

There will be a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., Saturday, at the close of Winterfest.

Michael Glazier

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Sponsored Post: Le Roy Winterfest is December 6th from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.!

 
Community Christmas Tree Lighting & Caroling -- 6 p.m. Hot chocolate will be supplied by Spirits. Church Choirs & the Boy Scout Troop will be there to lead in caroling. All are invited to carol at the lighting and then go back to the First Presbyterian Church (across the street) for cookies and more hot chocolate to warm up.
 
Let us come together as a community this holiday season. Save Time. Save Gas. Catch up with friends. Wrap up the savings while shopping and supporting local.
 
Stroll through the Village Full Card Business Bingo 10 a.m - 2 p.m. Visit ALL participating businesses for FULL card business bingo. All FULL sheets must be turned into the Community Holiday Bazaar by 3 p.m. on Dec. 6th to be entered to win.  
 
Main, Mill, and Bank street businesses are offering open houses and in-store specials. Photo booth @58 on Main all day.
 
Community Holiday Bazaar, Le Roy Moose Family Center, 21 Bank St., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. More than 18 home crafters and home businesses, LCCP Bake Sale, Santa arrives at 1 p.m., FREE CHILD IDs, Chinese raffle, door prizes, and lunch available. One raffle ticket for each non-perishable or canned good collected or tickets are available for purchase.
 
KID ZONE ACTIVITIES -- Le Roy Moose Family Center -- SANTA arrives via fire truck at 1 p.m. Caricatures on Santa's lap for $3 and FREE CHILD IDs all day. Town of Le Roy Building 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Coloring contest, face painting & story of the candy cane, caricatures from 11:30 to 12:30 for $3 and more. Fire Hall -- Inflatable playground from 11 to 1. Santa's Cutest Elf Contest -- age groups 0-2, 3-5 yrs., and 6-10 -- at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.
 
K9 Demonstration with Sheriff's deputy Erion & Destro at 2 p.m. at the Moose.
 
Woodward Memorial Library 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join us for a "Frozen" themed Winter Wonderland that includes crafts, make "Olaf," Play Doh, and stop in to watch "Frozen." We will be showing the movie all day. Stop in or stay all day! 
 
Lunch & Dinner Specials -- LB Grand, Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew, Barrista's @ 58 on Main, Le Roy Country Club, Spirits, Mooney's, Scooter's/Gigi's, Moose Family Center (lunch), Masonic Community Center (breakfast), and McDonald's.
 
Jingle All The Way 5K/10K starts at 3 p.m. -- Bank and Lower Myrtle streets will be closed due to the race at 2 p.m. Parking is available in municipal lots on Bank Street (enter/exit at McDonald's), Mill Street, and Bacon Street.
 
Reminder... Bring all receipts for Shop, Dine, and Win in Le Roy saved from Nov. 6th to Dec. 6th to the Community Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 6th to receive entries into the drawings. Purchases from Saturday Dec 6th count, too.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Community investment plan announced for 24 Main St., Le Roy

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A group of Le Roy residents who once tried to save the Wiss Hotel with a unique community-based investment structure have found a new target for their revitalization efforts: 24 Main Street.

Le Roy New York, LLC, is looking to raise the funds necessary to refurbish the now vacant mixed-use building, which was most recently Java's Coffee Shop.

"Our goal is to create three beautiful residential apartments on the second and third floors and create a vibrant commercial establishment on the ground floor," said Bob Fussell, one of the organizers.

The group needs to raise $250,000, and already has $177,000 toward that goal, mostly from contractors who are contributing labor, equipment and expertise as their primary investment.

A minimum investment in the project is $1,500.

A similar structure for community investment in a revitalization project, led by Rick Hauser, has been used in Perry to help transform that community's downtown.

Hauser, now the mayor of Perry, was a consultant to the group on the Wiss Hotel proposal, which eventually fell short of the group's goal to buy the building and restore it rather than see it demolished.

For more information, visit 24mainleroy.org

The building will be open for tours during Winterfest this Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 2:23 am

Fully involved house fire reported on Oatka Trail, Le Roy

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A fully involved house fire is reported 8695 Oatka Trail Road, Le Roy.

That's right at the county line.

Le Roy fire with Bergen, Pavilion and Stafford dispatched, along with mutual aid from Livingstone County companies.

UPDATE 5 a.m.: Two family dogs barked and awoke the residents to the fire, according to a deputy on scene. All residents were able to get out of the house safely, along with the dogs, though a family cat was still missing. The house is a total loss. The fire spread quickly. The valves of two propane tanks blew off, sending flames shooting high into the air. Firefighters executed an exterior attack on the outside of the structure, which was already fully involved by the time the first trucks were on scene, said First Assistant Chief Dale Ehrhart. Assisting Le Roy fire were Caledonia, Mumford, Bergen, Byron, Pavilion, Stafford, Churchville and Scottsville. County records list the property owner as Maria  Hunter. The early morning temperature at the time the volunteers were out fighting this fire was 24 degrees.

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: The Sheriff's Office reports that the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it appears to have started "at a wood burning fireplace insert."  There were three people living in the residence and all escaped unharmed. They are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 9:47 am

Hoops Preview: Le Roy will lean on defense to spark offense

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These are familiar names: Kody Lamkin, Nick Egeling, Tom Kelso and Mike McMullen.

To anybody who followed Le Roy football during the Oatkan Knights' sectional title season, Lamkin, Egeling and Kelso and McMullen are no strangers.

And those four athletes will be important cogs in the up tempo, pressure defense, pressure offense Le Roy's second-year basketball Coach Rick Rapone plans to run.

"Defensively, we're always strong," Rapone said. "We have strong, physical, very athletic kids. Defense has never been an issue for us. We're challenged on offense a little bit, but defensively, we're in pretty good shape."

Just as he did for the football team, Lamkin anchors the defense.

"He's our defensive stopper," Rapone said. "He covers the middle. He's strong, physical and our number-one rebounder last year and our third leading scorer."

Egling is the team's most gifted basketball player, Rapone said.

Kelso is a "defensive juggernaut," according to the coach. 

"He sets the pace for our transition and he covers the other team's best player all the time."

And the field general for football is also is also the captain of the court: Mike McMullen, the point guard.

"He's the key to everything we do. Last year he was predominately a pass-first guy, but we're going to need him to score some points this year. Nobody worked harder than he did in the off season on his shots and we like what we see so far."

At a practice a few days ago, Rapone was putting his team through its paces. Every drill is about movement and speed. The key to Knights' success, Rapone said, is preventing baskets and forcing errors.

"It starts with the defense. We press hard, man-to-man, turn the other team's mistakes into opportunities going the other way."

A successful off season has boosted his team's confidence, he said.

"They know they've improved as players and as a team. I'm excited that they're excited that they've seen some improvement."

There are some kids coming up the ranks as well, who Rapone thinks can contribute this year. Tom Dunn is up from JV and Rapone likes what he sees in sophomores Ryan Boyce and Josh Lowery.

"A sneaky good kid is Dave Englerth. He's the most improved in the off season."

All of this adds up, Rapone thinks, to a run at some titles.

"We're excited about our schedule. We play Avon twice. We think we've grown enough this year to contend for our division title, and that's a team we're going to have to beat."

There's also the cross-county battle of the brothers this year when Le Roy travels to Batavia to play the Mike Rapone-coached Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

"We're very excited about going up there and taking on their 61-game home winning streak. The kids are excited."

Playing against his brother's team, he said, isn't a big deal, though it might lead to some bragging rights at the family Christmas dinner.

"It's a great opportunity for our kids. You've been there. You know the environment you get when you play there, so our kids get the opportunity to go in there and compete. It's going to be great. One thing you know, you've watched these kids play football as well, the one thing they do is compete. They play hard and they compete."

That game is Saturday Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Le Roy opens the season at home against York, 7 p.m., Wednesday.

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