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Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 4:50 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 7:34 pm

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

post by Howard B. Owens in business, Le Roy, Le Roy New York LLC

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 3:23 am

Fully involved house fire reported on Oatka Trail, Le Roy

post by Howard B. Owens in fire, Le Roy

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.

UPDATE: Video submitted by a reader:

Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 10:47 am

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

post by Howard B. Owens in basketball, high school sports, Le Roy, sports

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.

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Sen. Gillibrand spends some volunteer time at Le Roy Food Pantry

post by Howard B. Owens in kristen gillibrand, Le Roy

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand spent a couple of hours in Le Roy this morning helping volunteers with the Le Roy Food Pantry sort and wrap gifts. Each gift was selected for specific children in the community and Gillibrand was right on top of keeping gifts in order.

The gifts included donations and handmade scarves and hats knitted by a Le Roy resident.  Gillibrand praised the local volunteer effort.

 "This organization really does do a tremendous amount of work so local families have what they need during the holidays," Gillibrand said.

Below, Lorie Longhany gets a copy of Gillibrand's book autographed.

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12:14 am

Readers share weather photos and even a new song lyric

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Le Roy, weather

Bernie Thompson and Steve Ognibene face off in a Southside snow blower battle. (Submitted by Steve Ognibene)

Below are some pictures from Le Roy from Rob Radley.

Finally, with perhaps too much time on his hands while snowed in, Bob Trombley rewrote the lyrics to Simon and Garfunkel's "America."

Let us be Eskimos, we'll build our igloos together/ I've got some hand warmers here in my bag.

So we bought pack of rock salt and tops store made pies and walked off to look for Batavia. "Snovember" I said, as we snowboarded along the way in Oakfield, Corfu seems like a dream to me now.

It took me 4 days to clear off my windshield "I've come to look for Batavia."

Laughing in our igloos, playing games with the muckdogs, she said the man in the snow suit was a good guy.

I said "be careful, his snow plow is really buried."

"Toss me a shovel, I think there's one on my front step." We broke the last one an hour ago."

So I looked at the scenery, she read her magazine; and the snow fell over an open field. "Kathy, they're lost" I said as the news trucks were live streaming. "Facebook and Twitter are hashtagging silly snow names and I don't know why."

Counting the cars on the New York State Thruway, they've all come to look for Batavia, all come to look for Batavia, all come to look for Batavia.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:56 pm

Report on Le Roy Airport looks at grant money recently awarded to the facility

post by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Le Roy Lirport

The Batavian's news partner, 13WHAM reports on the Le Roy Airport and a $300,000 grant the facility received for upgrades and improvements:

Airport owner and manager Ray Detour took us onto the runway to show us the blue runway lights that have been replaced for the first time in 15 years. He showed us other improvements -- including new visual guidance systems to help small planes land safely.

"You don't have a light that's 15 years old in your car, do you?" said Detour. "Well here at the airport we do and that's why we're replacing them."

It is part of a $300,000 upgrade to the airport that was once a farmer's field. "We're held to the same standards as Rochester's (airport), safe passage, plowed runways, lights that are working," said Detour.

In this case, public money is funding repairs at a private airport which houses 22 small planes. The grant application to get the money says there are -- on average -- 40 takeoffs or landings at the Le Roy airport per day.

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:38 am

Car well off roadway, possible injuries, on eastbound Route 490

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Le Roy

One vehicle is reported to be way off the road and there may be injuries in the area of mile marker 2.8 Route 490 eastbound. Le Roy fire and Mercy medics are on scene. The location is between the Le Roy and Bergen exits. Law enforcement is also on scene.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

Maple Grove proves too fast for Le Roy in Class C regional championship

post by Howard B. Owens in football, high school sports, Le Roy, sports

It was one of those days for the Le Roy Oatkan Knights. One of those days when nothing goes right.

It didn't go right on the opening kick off, which Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake's Mitch Padilla returned the ball some 80 yards to set up his team's first play from scrimmage on the Knight's two-yard line.

It didn't go right every time Le Roy had the ball. Not a single drive advanced further than the Dragons' 35 yard line.

For the first time all year, the Knights, who came into the game undefeated and the state's top ranked team in Class C, failed to score. 

As a coach said after the game, "we got beat by a better team. There's no shame in that."

Head Coach Brian Moran conceded his squad just couldn't match up against Maple Grove's speed.

The speed put defensive players in the Knights' backfield to stymie runs and pressure QB Mike McMullen. The speed opened holes for the fast and elusive Ryan Miller, who carried the ball 23 times for 208 yards and four touchdowns.

"That's one of the best Class C teams I've seen in 26 years," Moran said. "They deserve a lot of credit, their coaching staff and their kids, and I wish them all the best."

There was some hope that this talented Le Roy football team could have been the fourth team coached by Moran to reach the state finals, but it's never easy to win games in the post season. The level of competition gets better every week and you don't know how you match up until you play the games.

Moran finishes a 203-win career with a loss, but that isn't what was on his mind during the post game interview.

"I'll think what a pleasure it is to work with the kids," Moran said after being asked to reflect on his time as Le Roy's head coach. "We talk about it all the time, the wins and losses and the sectional titles, but the thing I'll miss the most is the kids."

There were clearly tears welling up behind Moran's Ray Ban sunglasses as he spoke.

Le Roy gained only 95 yards total offense, with 75 through the air as McMullen went 10-26 passing.

Most of McMullen's completions came on swing passes and short routes. The Dragons' defense simply gave him no time to get the ball down field accurately and speedy receiver Ryan McQuillen was double-teamed all afternoon.

"We knew coming in, watching the films, they were going to do that," Moran said.v"We tried to prepare for it, but to be honest with you, we couldn't match up in our preparation with the speed off the corners and their outside linebackers."

Le Roy was held to 20 yards on the ground, with Tom Kelso rushing for 19 on 10 carries.

Maple Grove's attack was entirely ground based. The Dragons' had 371 yards total offense. There wasn't a single yard of offense gained through the air.

The Dragons' advance to the state championship semi-finals with an 11-0 record.

"I'd be surprised to see anybody step up to the speed that they have in the rest of the state," Moran said.

Previously: For Brian Moran, the wins are nice, but boys becoming men is the bigger reward

Top Photo: A.J. Hulton hands off to Ryan Miller and Mitch Padilla runs along side to help disguise the direction of the run play.

Tom Kelso dragged down in the open field after a pass reception.

A Le Roy player with positive yardage late in the game. The ball was marked two yards behind where he's about to go out of bounds.

Mike McMullen pressured during a pass play.

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