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The Purple Heart Wall of Honor dedication ceremony on Memorial Day

WATERLOO — The Village of Waterloo has led a multi-year initiative to honor the brave service members nominated by family and friends who have received the distinguished Purple Heart Award with a new local Wall of Honor that recognizes this distinctive military honor this Memorial Day and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Due to COVID-19 circumstances, a soft unveiling was held in August of 2020 and now fittingly, the official dedication ceremony is taking place on Memorial Day in Waterloo, New York the birthplace of Memorial Day, on Monday May 30th at 5pm in Lafayette Park with Senator Helming as the Master of Ceremonies.

The Purple Heart Wall of Honor dedication is part of Waterloo’s 156th Remembrance of Memorial Day with Commemoration events starting in the morning of Military Services at Village Cemeteries, Veterans Bike Rally, and a Commemorative Parade down Main Street at 4 p.m., followed with a Wreath Laying Ceremony in Lafayette Park, and the Purple Heart dedication at 5pm on the main stage.

“I am so pleased this day has arrived,” said Village of Waterloo Mayor Jack O’Connor, “The Day, the Memorial and the Ceremony will be dedicated to Commemorating Veterans, particularly those wounded and killed in military conflicts that will forever be engraved on our local Purple Heart Wall of Honor. I am grateful to all who assisted in making this project a reality and thankful knowing that it will continue to expand as it is a “living Memorial” with applications continuously collected.”

The Purple Heart was first instituted by George Washington in 1782 to honor bravery in action. The second and current iteration of the award, dating back to February 22, 1932, is to honor those killed or wounded in combat while serving their country. The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration presented to our brave service members.

Additional Details on the full three-days of Memorial Day Weekend events, as well as donation information towards the continuation of the Purple Heart Program can be found on the Village of Waterloo’s website

Green Committee plant sale is Saturday

GENEVA — The Geneva City Green Committee will sponsor its third Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center.

Nurseries Amanda’s Garden, Butterfly Effect and White Oak Nursery, all specialists in plants and pollinators native to the Finger Lakes, will be on hand with product and informational materials on landscaping that promotes our regional biodiversity and produces beautiful gardens.

Geneva Reads, which is exploring “Nature’s Best Hope” by David Tallamy in its summer/fall discussions, will also have a display booth.

The Lake Friendly Yard Program, Cornell’s Integrated Pest Management and the Geneva City Green Committee will be represented too.

Individuals interested in the Adopt-a-Bed program for city garden space care can sign up at this event as well.

The Native Plant Sale event will be held rain or shine, with tables moving inside the Welcome Center in the case of inclement weather.

Waterloo Baptist Church hosting Armed Forces breakfast

WATERLOO — The Waterloo Baptist Church at 2701 Route 96 is hosting an Armed Forces breakfast Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. It is free and open to all military personnel, either active or retired, and they are welcome to bring a guest.

The guest speaker at the sixth annual event honoring soldiers and military veterans will be Col. Kevin Saunders, who enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1991. He served on active duty with the 8th Tank Battalion and at Camp Lejeune, N.C. For the past 15 years, he has served in reserve roles, and as a unit commander with his infantry company in Iraq in 2009.

Those planning to attend are asked to confirm their attendance by calling (315) 539-2029 (leave a message) or emailing

Hydropower on Cayuga-Seneca Canal is topic of webinar

WATERLOO — A webinar titled “Beyond Power: Hydropower on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal” is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Sponsored by the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, the event requires advance registration by going to

Celeste Fay and Julie Smith-Galvin of Gravity Renewables will talk about the company’s operation of longstanding hydroelectric-generating plants on the canal in Waterloo and Seneca Falls. Fay and Smith-Galvin will talk about how the plants operate today and their relationship to lake levels.

The plants have been operating on the Seneca River, which became the canal, since the early 1900s. Gravity Renewables acquired the two plants in 2016.

HONOR ROLLS: Geneva High School (2021-22, Q3)

GENEVA — The following students have been named to the Honor Roll at Geneva High School for the third quarter of the 2021-22 school year:


Grade 9

Isabella Alcock

Sophie Augustine

Rendell Belanger Curren

Francis Caravita

Olivia Cosentino

Emily DeBolt

Claire Dunham

Marin Eighmey

Drew Fishback

Max Heieck

Evan Lin

Jin Hua Lin

Eliot Mauer

Loretta Norwalk

Amber Paynter

Marissa Ryan

Victoria Sanchez Arce

Julianna Torres

Grade 10

Corey Bailey

Isabella Bonventre

Allison Candidori

Anneliese Candidori

Desmond Carson

Avery Clair-Goulet

Victor Colon

Sophia Cosentino

Emmett Crawley

Camren Derby-Lynch

Ava Fratangelo

Allie Good

Joseph Hart

Ariel Kendrick

Rowan Magee

Grace Pontes

Elisabeth Porschet

Kathryn Strojny

Jenna VanEtten

Brady Zugec

Carson Zugec

Grade 11

Owen Brown

Natalie Budgar

Clare Canario

Jomar Delgado

Charles Dorrington

Ava Eckenrode

Jana Fladd

Dylan Ivanchikova-Crouse

Colin Matthews

Natalie McFadden

Mikayla Myer

Moriah Pilet

Julianna Plate

Victoria Poworoznek

Ella Seidel

Lily Silver

Luke Weber

Melissa Wright

Grade 12

Daria Blanchard

Emma Bossard

Beatrice Carson

Nicholas Caster

Kierstin Comerford

Joshua Davis

Curtis Denison

Brady Dorrington

Barrow Dunn

Sophie Heieck

Katelyn Ikle

Jenna Kafrawi

Anna Kerr

Richard Long

Alaina Maney

Kyasia Mills

Julian Nault

Andrew Pilet

Sara Scalise

En-Ya Shen

Megan Taylor

Jeremiah Trowbridge

Richard Xu

Sally Young


Grade 9

Shams Abo Aless

Stella Andruski

Faith Braungart

Sophia D’Amico

Sebastian Gomez-Rodriguez

Sophia Graham

Destinee Hendrix

Noa Himmelhoch

Jared Kelley

Molly Maher

Courtney Mastellar

Trinity Maxon

Alexis McCann

Olivia Molina

Austin Moore

Danielys Ortiz-Santiago

Yolimar Saldana

Sarah Strojny

Adam Taylor

Naomi Townsend

Dominick Vedora

Dalyangelis Vellon DeLeon

Michaella Winn

Grade 10

Jeremy Askin

Kimberly Baez-Morales

Dakota Bajdas

Matthew Catucci

Lauren Champlin

Kaitlyn Combs

McKenzie Forbes

Alexis Greene

Tristan Hagel

Matthew Huffman

Gerard Humiston

Izabella Lee

Anthony Lopez

Alexis Martin

Alexander Mesmer

Aiden Paris

Kendall Snook

Seth Taylor

Faith Townsend

Kayla Vosburg

Kaitlyn Wright

Alyssa Zugec

Grade 11

Braden Asbrand

Andrew Avedisian

Allyson Bucklin

Kelly Bucklin

Ryley Buisch

Noah Derleth

Logan Kayser

Alisa Marks

Kelly Miller

Angelo Moracco

Zack Peraza

Karynn Price

Michaela Riley

Nolan Silvernail

Lucas Springer

Christopher Woody

Christopher Yunits

Grade 12

Jomani Avila

Vincent Cardinale

Lucas Choffin

Rena Coen de Peck

Garrett Kayser

Derek Leshure Jr.

Lysh Marcano-Burgos

Emily Meehan

Benjamin Meeks

Andrew Moore

Nakayba Moorer

Danielle O’Brien

Alexandra Oddi

Matthew Olsen

Zoe Paris

Ella Parsons

Michael Richardson

Wendyliz Rios-Morales

Owen Sellers

Sydney Snyder

Jasmine Taylor-Galasso

Ashley Turijan-Morales

Grace Validzic

Juliette Ventura

Dontaye Wallace

XinHong Wei

Sean Wright


Grade 9

Delaney Brown

Olivia Brown

Jack Cunningham

Amelia DeJesus

Aden Downey

Strummer Dunn

Grayson Harris

Gianna Nelepovitz

Shakiara Ortiz-Cumba

Samuel Powers

Victoria Smith

Benjamin Trout

Grade 10

Jesus Aguilera-Cortez

Sophie Bauer

Albee Chen

Genesis Clausell

Leo Cohrs

Nicharee Cokic

Aidan Cupelli

Shaelee Davis

Jennifer Gamez

Jeremiah Gardiner

Alicia Mateo

LaKenya Moore

Timothy Moorer

Derek Nieves-Vazquez

Jovani Parmelee

Logan Pescrillo

Alexander Salter

Zoelin Streeter

John Torres-Carrasquillo

Yomary Vidal-Escalera

Keira Waters

Tyrian Whitfield-Smith

Paul Williams

Grade 11

Travis Arno

Gavin Brignall

Aiden Brinson-Merced

Ryan Brown

Daniel Carter

Gabriella Hamblin

Karaline Head-Martinez

Jovana Hotelling

Brooklyn Jones

Amara Lapp

Manpreet Mand

Jose Martinez

Kaio Monahan

Jorelyne Salinas

Amber Taylor-Galasso

Marlene Vega

Grade 12

Claudia Aguilera

Jesus Aguilera

Jonathan Bailey

Gabrielle Durkin

Alexandria Klestinec

Rylie McGhan

Karla Rangel

Mylaina Reid

Abigail Soler

Geneva area breweries show strong support for “BREWS for BUILDS” to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County

GENEVA — Four of Geneva’s favorite craft breweries, join together with eleven other Ontario County breweries and offer free draft beer for a great cause!

Geneva breweries include:

  • Lake Drum, War Horse, WeBe and Big Alice

Other participating breweries:

  • Noble Shepherd, Irish Mafia, Other Half, Reinvention, Stumbling Monkey, Twin Elder, Farmhouse, Naked Dove, Birdhouse, Crafty Ales and Naples Brewing.

Brews for Builds craft beer tour passes are available for a limited time and to the first 1,000 purchasers at $40 each. Each pass is good for a buy one/get one free draft beer at each of the 15 participating Ontario County brewery locations from June 1st 2022 to May 31st 2023. For more information visit:

“We are thrilled to be partnering with our local breweries on this ‘fun’-draiser that will help more families afford a decent place to call home. Brews for Builds is an opportunity to experience the local craft beverage scene while giving back to our community.”

— Nash Bock/Executive Director- Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County

Brews for Builds is a great gift idea and your purchase will help make it possible for more families in Ontario County to realize the safety, security and stability that owning a home can provide. Thanks to the generous participation of these breweries, 100% of the “Brews for Builds” sales will benefit Habitat directly. For those who are not beer lovers, every donation helps Habitat’s mission and monetary donations can also be made on the website to assist Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County.

Senator Helming accepting nominations for 2022 Women of Distinction award

ALBANY — Senator Pam Helming invites people to nominate friends and colleagues for the annual New York State Senate Women of Distinction program recognizing women for exceptional contributions to their communities.

Nominees must live in the 54th District but may be nominated by anyone. The nomination form is on Senator Helming’s website at and should be submitted by June 12, 2022.

“Across the 54th District, there are amazing women doing extraordinary things for their communities, workplaces and families,” said Senator Helming. “They play an integral role in shaping our future and inspiring the next generation of leaders. It is always my honor to recognize and celebrate these women through the Women of Distinction program.”

Senator Helming annually recognizes all Women of Distinction nominees from her district. One will be named the 2022 “Woman of Distinction” for the 54th District.

Past recipients are Dina Stuck of Seneca Falls (2021); Holly Anderson of Webster (2020); Mayra Vande-Doyle of Palmyra (2019); Laurie Crane of Huron (2018); and Donna Schaertlof Manchester (2017).

Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance hosts brochure exchange at del Lago May 18

TYRE — The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance will host its annual brochure exchange at 10 a.m. May 18 at del Lago Resort & Casino.

Tourism and hospitality-related businesses can meet with industry peers and share information about what is taking place at their establishments.

“While exchanging literature and networking, we will all get a better idea of what is going on in the region, allowing us to work collaboratively and enhance the visitor experience,” FLTA President Cindy Kimble said.

There is no cost to FLTA members. Non-members can participate for a $100 fee.

To attend, register on Eventbrite or call the FLTA office at (315) 536-7488 by Friday.

Long Acre Farms opens for 2022 season

MACEDON — Long Acre Farms open for its 29th season on April 29.

2022 season passes are currently on sale online and also are available for guests to purchase in-person.

The Farm Market, Ice Cream Shop and play areas are open from 10 a.m. until dark. The courtyard is always free to enjoy during your visit. The Back 40 admission play area consists of over 10 family-friendly activities, including a jumping pillow, obstacle course (new in 2021), giant slide, swing set, tire swings, and more.

The Farm Market is stocked with new and familiar products. JD Wine Cellars, which is located at Long Acre Farms, is open from noon to 5 p.m. for wine and beer tastings.

Long Acre Farms is open daily from 10 a.m. to dark. For more information, directions and a calendar of events visit or call (315) 986-4202.

YCHC 'Scanning History Roadshow' heads to Middlesex

PENN YAN — The Yates County History Center’s imaging team will host another “Scanning History Roadshow” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 at Middlesex Town Hall on Route 245.

People can bring important, historic photographs and documents that help tell the story of their town. The imaging team will scan the items and add them to the YCHC digital collection, then return the items to their owners immediately.

More scanning events in the county will be announced as they are scheduled

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