Musicians to Play at All County Festival

On February 5 and 6, select students from Holley’s elementary band, middle school chorus, and high school band are scheduled to perform at the All County Music Festival in Medina.  A panel of music teachers from each of the five school districts in Orleans County chose students based on a combination of musical achievement, extraordinary effort, and positive attitude.

These young musicians first practice on their own. They then get together to rehearse as an orchestra or choir. The music festival culminates with a concert at Medina High School on Saturday February 6th at 2:00 pm.  A second All County Music Festival is scheduled for Lyndonville on March 5 and 6, where students from the elementary chorus, middle school band, and high school chorus perform.

Sincerest congratulations to all the students involved. Your hard work has indeed paid off!

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A Place for Kids of All Ages…

Ridge Road Station is a sensory delight for children of all ages. A place where children from 1 to 101  enjoy the most wonderful trains, toys, gifts, and everything Christmas.  With 30,000-square-feet of space, it is the largest independent toy and Christmas store in New York State. Many locals say there is something to please even the most discriminating individual and that is an understatement!

First off…driving by the store, the first thing you notice is a large US flag in celebration of our nation’s independence. So large that I understand the flag pole is 130 feet tall, weighs 10,000 pounds, and is secured with 60,000 pounds of concrete 13 feet in the ground. So large, it is the largest flag (measuring 30 x 60 feet and weighs 100 pounds) on the tallest pole outside of Texas!

There’s toys such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Playmobil, and hundreds of other exciting, entertaining, and educational toys to spark the imagination of children and grandchildren (parents and grandparents too).  In the Train Room, you’ll find the Ridge Road & Rochester Railway, which is built on 2000 square feet of beautiful landscape and runs on 3000 feet of track on four levels through 14 tunnels and across 11 bridges.

Then there’s Christmas. It’s not just one day a year. In fact, it;s every day of the year with a wondrous array of decorations, ornaments, trees, lights, candles, gifts, and everything beautiful, sweet, and silly to make every day so very special.

For the hobbyist, there’s collectibles such as Brittain, Corgi and Franklin Mint as well as  craft supplies, hobby items such as Estes rockets and slot cars, Second Nature figures, Heritage Lace, local homemade chocolates, hot-air balloons and flying machines, dragons and oil lamps, wind chimes, gift cards, T-shirts, sweatshirts, socks and hats, and so much more. Even videos, books, magazines, Christmas cards, postcards, signs, whistles, T-shirts and, of course, hats.

Gifts arrive every week, on the web (http://www.ridgeroadstation.com/), and in the store.

For more information, contact Ridge Road Station at:

Location: 16131 West Ridge Road, Holley New York 14470
Telephone
585-638-6000
Toll Free:   877-447-2253
Fax: 585-638-7229

Bus and tour groups are always welcome.

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A Robot Dispensing Prescriptions?

In reading the latest issue of the Suburban News,  it would appear that our very own Holley HealthMart Pharmacy is on the cutting edge of technology, with the recent addition of an automated prescription dispensing system – ScriptPro SP200 Robotic Prescription Dispensing System (aka SP200 for short).

It works like this… When pharmacy staff receive a prescription, the SP200 robot goes to work, automatically selecting a vial; moving it to the correct drug cell; then filling it. Never one for breaks, the SP200 then labels the filled vial and sends it down a conveyor, where the pharmacist performs a final inspection before placing a cap on the vial.  Including a barcode scanning process, the system reduces the chances of error by ensuring the pharmacist always dispenses the proper drug and strength.  If that is not enough, the final check screen displays an image of the drug so the pharmacist can visually verify the prescription!

According to the ad, this state-of-the-art technology allows staff to spend more time with valued customers to discuss their medication needs.  What’s more, it allows them to not only meet, but exceed customer needs by providing the highest level of personalized service possible.  For more information about this system or to inquire about your medication  needs, stop by 3 Geddes Street in Holley, or call (585) 638-5499.  If nothing else, it would be wonderful to see R2D2… I mean SP200 in action!!!

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Family Support Center is Now Open

A true treasure awaits all families in the Holley area. The Holley Family Support Center is the latest addition to our area, providing a place for much-needed information and support services. A collaborative partnership among families, schools, and community agencies, the Holley Family Support Center provides students and their families support groups, prevention programs, connections to community resources, parenting classes, and more.

To take advantage of this wonderful service, an initial meeting is scheduled with Becky Valentine, who is the district’s Child and Family Services Case Manager. She then refers families to various community resources within Orleans County, with all services being free of charge and available to families who live in the Holley Central School District. Actual appointments  for the Holley Family Support Center are held in the Holley Elementary School Main Office at 3800 North Main Street Road in Holley.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Becky Valentine directly at (585) 415-7242, or by call the Elementary School Main Office at (585) 638-6316, Extension 2580 or 2400.

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Circus Coming to Holley

The National Honor Society is sponsoring Billy Martin’s Cole All Star Circus on Friday, January 22 at 7 p.m. in the Elementary School intermediate gym. Tickets are $7 if purchased in advance, or $12 if purchased the day of the show. For every adult ticket purchased, two children under the age of 12 can attend for free. Tickets may be purchased at the Elementary School Main Office. Please make checks payable to “Holley NHS.” For more information, contact NHS Advisor, Russ Albright at 638-6316, ext. 2110, or ralbright@holleycsd.org, or the Elementary School Main Office at 638-6316, ext. 2580 or 2400.

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The Erie Canal: A Journey Through History

The Erie Canal was built in the 1820s, spanning New York State from Buffalo to Albany.  Its construction opened the Midwest to development and helped New York City become the worldwide trade center it is today.  An interesting video about the Erie Canal may be found on EPodunk.com  (http://www.epodunk.com/routes/erie-canal/index.html#)  and combines songs, historic information, post cards, panoramic photos, maps, with community profiles to share a brief look at the Erie Canal’s history and its national impact.

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With Handmade T-Stools, Students Learn in Comfort

Holley teacher, Denise Johnstone was in search of good quality T-Stools for her students to sit on.  While she tried out a number of commercially available T-stools, she found them to be expensive and easily broken.  She then asked a friend to make a prototype that would hold up well and meet her needs.  No sooner than she had a prototype, that other teachers began asking where they could get one too. That’s when Boy Scout Troup #59 of Clarendon jumped at the chance to take on the project.

What are T-stools and what is all the fuss about? Apparently, T-stools are the latest rage for anyone who has trouble sitting still for any length of time. A creative alternative to your typical desk seat, they work much in the same way as an exercise ball, activating core muscles and giving the body something active to do while sitting.

With supplies provided by Stockham Lumber and VP Supply of Holley, the scouts along with their leaders and parents made 20 sturdy, high quality T-stools. Teachers are so amazed at the quality of the T-stools that they are now being used in several classrooms. Both students and teachers very much appreciate the T-stools while district representatives say students using these innovative stools are more comfortable, pay closer attention when learning, and actually fidget less.  I agree with Ms. Johnstone when she said, “It is an act of kindness like this that makes all the difference in the world today.”

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Panel 3: Area Landmarks

Panel 3: Area Landmarks

Panel 3: Area Landmarks

Panel 3 of the “Treasures of Holley” mural focuses on area landmarks found in and around Holley,   Fancher, Hulberton, Clarendon, and Murray. To the west, there’s the  Fancher Clock, located at the intersection of Routes 31 and 387 in  Fancher and old St. Rocco’s Church on Hulberton Road, Hulberton, which  is made of red medina stone. To the north, there’s the Cobblestone House  and the memorial – both near the intersection of Routes 104 and 237  North in Murray. Finally, to the south there’s the Clarendon Chapel at  Hillside Cemetery on the corner of South Main Street (Route 237) and  South Holley Road as well as the Farwell Settlement in Clarendon, the  Clarendon Waterfall, and Memorial. Another feature of this panel is its  agricultural landscape, illustrating that a large percentage of the area is  farmland, featuring area crops of soybeans, apples, corn, and cabbage.

Many thanks to Town Historian, Marsha Defilipps for sharing some village history with us.

With support from the Holley Rotary Club and a GoArt grant, Artist/Muralist Stacey Kirby has been commissioned to create an eight-panel mural. To be placed on a gazebo-shaped platform in the Holley Canal Park in June 2010, this mural educates and encourages the public to visit Holley to learn what it has to offer. Sponsorship opportunities for the “Treasures of Holley” project are available. With half of the projected cost funded through the GoArt grant, labor and materials are needed. Anyone interested in providing supplies, labor, or materials are asked to contact John Pedley at pedlj@pikeco.com. For more information about this project, contact Stacey Kirby at info@staceykirby.com.

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Holley Business Association

Created in March 2005, the Holley Business Association (HBA)  provides a forum for sharing information and promoting local businesses in the Village of Holley and in the Town of Murray. It’s mission is to promote growth and longevity for existing businesses and to create a welcoming and helpful atmosphere for attracting new businesses to the area.

A non-profit association, HBA operates as a sub-unit of the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce (OCCC). Membership is open to business owners who live and/or operate their businesses in the Village of Holley, or in the Town of Murray, as well as local school and government organizations.

Why join Holley Business Association (HBA)? For a nominal membership fee of $50 per year, HBA members enjoy:

  • Fellowship and camaraderie with monthly meetings
  • Increased advertising exposure with their new blog http://holleybusiness.wordpress.com
  • Discount advertising in HBA’s monthly newsletter, The SaltPort Press
  • Group advertising in the form of a brochure (available in PDF format for printing and distribution)
  • Distribution of promotional materials via Welcome Bags, presented to new residents by the Village of Holley
  • A collective voice, with representation on the Village of Holley’s Comprehensive Planning Committee
  • and more

Meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday of each month at noon in the meeting room of the Holley Community Free Library. Non-members are welcome to join.  If you would like more information or have any questions please feel free to contact the Holley Business Association.

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