July 30 - Aug. 3
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"My headache is doing fine."
— Farmington Town Clerk Rose Kleman, after a $900 environmental study indicated that her allergies were not being caused by any mold in Town Hall.
Turbines stir up political winds
BATH — Steuben County towns featuring the biggest wind battles are also the towns that boast the larger numbers of candidates running for elected office in the fall.
According to the Steuben County Board of Elections, the towns of Hartsville, Cohocton and Howard all feature Republican primaries with at least one wind-farm opponent throwing their hat in the ring. Primary day is from noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 18, while the general election will be Nov. 6.
Brothers injured on same bike minutes apart
PHELPS — Two teenaged brothers were hurt moments apart — the older one while trying to get help for his injured brother — near their home at 1464 Maryland Street Road Tuesday, Ontario County sheriff’s deputies said.
Fourteen-year-old, Alexander Griffee was driving a 2003 Kawasaki at about 3:25 p.m. when it flipped over backwards and landed on top of him, deputies said. His brother, Andrew Griffee, 17, got on the bike to get their father, who was working in a nearby wood lot, deputies said.
Andrew Griffee drive onto Maryland Street Road, where he failed to yield to a 2000 Chevrolet headed south, police said. The vehicle struck the bike and Andrew Griffee was thrown, deputies said. Both boys were treated at the scene by Phelps Ambulance volunteers and taken to Geneva General Hospital by their father. They were treated and released.
Both boys were wearing helmets.
Andrew Griffee was ticketed with failing to yield the right of way, unlicensed operation of a vehicle, unregistered operation and uninsured operation.
Blueberries kick in
HENRIETTA — Despite the dry weather, blueberries at Brown’s Berry Patch are "doing well," says owner Eric Brown, thanks to an irrigation system for his four-acre operation.
“Our blueberries ,” he said.
Blueberries are becoming more popular because of their antioxidants said Jack Moore, who runs a farm market that Brown supplies.
In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that blueberries, which have been proved to help fight memory loss and heart disease, may also help protect people against different types of cancer, specifically colon cancer.
Finger Lakes boater injured
MIDDLESEX — One person was hospitalized after a boating collision Wednesday evening.
Chris A. Martin, 42, of Rushville was in a power boat on Canandaigua Lake off Vine Valley when he noticed a small sailboat with no lights showing, authorities were told. Martin swerved to avoid the boat, but his boat struck the hull and continued along the length of it.
Both occupants of the sailboat were thrown into the water, and the sailboat was heavily damaged. The operator, Lindsay A. Clark, 46, of Wayland, went to Thompson Hospital so a cut hand could be treated.
Longtime entrepreneurs retire
MOHAWK — Maynard and Johanne Brown have decided to retire after 50 years of being in business in Herkimer and Otsego counties.
While they sold their HCC Apartments, their factory outlet stores will remain open in Mohawk, Cooperstown and Old Forge.
She said that the Pied Piper Drive-In in Old Forge will also remain open and is now owned and managed by their son, Rick Brown.
“We are in our seventies and decided it was time to retire,” Johanne Brown said of the couple’s decision to sell their properties.
The Mohawk Station restaurant property, across from HCC Apartments, is also owned by the Browns and closed its doors on July 1. The couple bought the Mohawk Station in 1998. It was refashioned as Texas Smokin’ Good Bar-B-Que last year.
Officials mum on fatal mauling
BATH — The Steuben County Sheriff's Department has turned over results of its investigation into Sunday's mauling death of 6-year-old Saben Jones-Abbott to District Attorney John Tunney's office.
The DA's Office issued a press release stating that it had nothing new on when results of the investigation will be released, or if any charges will be filed against Jones-Abbott's parents.
Jones-Abbott was found unconscious by his father, William D. Abbott at their home on Williams Street Extension late Sunday morning. Deputies reported that the boy was mauled by the family's 6-month-old pit bull.
Jones-Abbot was pronounced dead at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath.
The pit bull was euthanized at Abbott's request.
Plush new library is eco-friendly
CHILI — As the new B. Thomas Golisano Library at Roberts Wesleyan College stocks up with books, big energy savings are anticipated.
“We’re looking at at least $50,000 a year savings,” said Facilities Director T. Richard Greer.
The $8.4-million building — named after local billionaire and major donor B. Thomas Golisano — opens Aug. 13. It uses many recycled or "sustainable" materials – easily produced with minimal environmental effect.
Cork tiles, made from the fast-growing cork tree, cover some floors. Cabinets are made of sunflower stalks. Sunlight and fluorescent lighting are everywhere.
Forty-nine wells conduct water 350 feet into the ground, where the mean temperature of 55 degrees saps its excess heat or chill before its piped back up and circulated through the building.
Drowning leaves two orphans
NEWPORT — When Safet Muhovic of Utica drowned Monday night, his daughters, ages 10 and 13, were left parentless.
Muhovic, 41, was swimming with relatives in the West Canada Creek when the current overwhelmed him, state police reported.
Muhovic's wife died from cancer in 2001, the same year the family moved to Utica, said Brian George, who worked with Muhovic at ECR International in Utica.
Lowe's waiting to begin site work
NORTH HORNELL — Lowe's is still playing the waiting game. That was the word from Mayor John Falci Wednesday, who said the company has village approval but still needs the green light from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' approval to get started on work at the proposed site of a home improvement store.
The proposed site is in a flood plain near the Canisteo River across from Hornell Plaza, where 10 years ago opponents dragged the developers into court in an unsuccesful bid to stop the project.
Home imperilled by fuel spill
HAMLIN — A Hamlin couple say they will have to tear down their house overlooking Lake Ontario because of contamination.
The problem started in 2003, when Mike and Betsy Henner needed their basement weatherproofed after water kept leaking in. Not only was the job botched, but workers split a fuel line below the home, the Henners claimed.
The Henners are supposed to receive about $426,650 from a court case from EverDry Management Services Inc. but they say they have yet to see a dime.
The company had a Rochester franchise, which performed an $11,000 weatherproofing job on the Henner home, Mike Henner said. The split fuel line was found below the house that December.
Five girls remembered
FAIRPORT — The last time people came to Fairport High School they wanted to lean together, cry together and grieve together.
But on Wednesday, there was no shortage of words, smiles and memories shared of the five recent graduates — Hannah Congdon, Bailey Goodman, Katie Shirley, Sara Monnat and Meredith McClure — who died in a collision with a truck June 26 on Routes 5 and 20 in East Bloomfield.
Fairport High School held a Celebration of Lives to remember and honor the girls on the school’s football field. Hundreds came wearing their red Raiders T-shirts to show their school spirit.
“I hope this is a way we can begin to heal,” Principal Dave Paddock said at the ceremony.
The nearly two-hour program included two unexpected guests: pop singer Teddy Gieger, a Pittsford native, and Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Geiger performed his hit song, “For You I Will,” and Spitzer offered words of sympathy.