Yes, Holley… you now have a choice

A big thanks to all who came out to vote yesterday. You had a choice this year with your voice heard loud and clear. The results? Village residents gave strong support to Trustee Brian Sorochty and former Mayor Skip Carpenter, with both being elected to two-year terms on the Village Board.  Sorochty led four candidates with 129 votes, followed by 116 for Carpenter, former trustees Bill Quaranto, 33 votes, and Nancy Penna, 31.
As you may recall from a previous post, vacant Village office seats are often decided before people are elected to them. With local candidates historically having the luxury of running unopposed, this leaves area residents at a huge disadvantage in having their interests and needs largely unmet. Fortunately, Holley… your voice has been heard loud and clear as this is not the case this year. In fact, with two trustee positions vacated on the Village Board, you have a choice of 4 candidates to fill those two positions:

  • Stanley “Skip” Carpenter who is running as an Independent Party candidate
  • Nancy Penna who is running as a People’s Party candidate
  • William Quaranto who is running as a Family Party candidate
  • Brian Sorochty who is running as a Taxpayer candidate

Now be the change you want to see and get out to vote for your candidates. Polls are open at the Village Clerk’s Office at 72 Public Square from noon until 9:00 pm on Tuesday June 18th. And remember… your vote does count as not too long ago, a Village Trustee won his seat by one vote!

New bike shop owner sees area’s potential

A huge thumbs up to Chris VanDusen. A bike enthusiast who has pedaled his way through Germany, Quebec, France, the Adirondacks,  and the Finger Lakes, sees so much potential in the Erie Canal Towpath and the communities along the way that he has opened a bike shop to draw even more cyclists to the area. While the canal already draws many cyclists, he believes that with better promotion and bike loops of nearby communities, the area could attract even more touring riders. So on June 3, VanDusen opened Trailside Bicycles at 16271 Canal Rd. — a 4,000-square-foot structure he has been working on for the last few years located a stone’s throw away from the Hulberton lift bridge. While many of his friends think he is crazy for opening a bike shop in rural Hulberton, he is quick to point out that he is the only bike shop between Buffalo and Brockport. The shop is equipped to not only repair bikes and sell parts, but also offers snacks, beverages and ice cream for sale. Eventually, he would like to expand his business, renting out kayaks, planning bike loops, and leading tours of local sites.

Congratulations Chris on your new venture. We, at Visions of Holley are thrilled that you share our vision of the area — a diamond in the rough along the Erie Canal corridor with a fantastic history and so untapped potential .For this reason, you are our latest Luminaire! Check out the full article at

New life, new name for Lakeside Hospital

Great news for area residents who expressed concern about where to get healthcare in the area with the recent closing of Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport. University of Rochester Medical Center officials announced today that they plan to reactivate a portion of the closed Lakeside Memorial Hospital. Immediate plans call for opening an urgent care center in the hospital’s former emergency department in August 2013, with long term plans to obtain state approval to operate a free-standing emergency room at Lakeside by early 2014, thus allowing ambulance service again to the hospital. Along with a new life, Lakeside will have a new name — Strong West.

This is not only great news for area residents who no longer need to drive all the way to Unity Park Ridge Hospital in Greece, but for 8000 college students who return to nearby College at Brockport campus in August. For more information, check out the complete article at Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Five to Revive

As my readers are well aware, the former Holley High School has fallen into disrepair and has been vacant for many years. The historical building in the heart of the village may once again come to life with the Landmark Society of Western New York recent announcement that the historical building has been identified as one of their “Five to Revive” for economic development within the Rochester region. Most recently the building was used by Liftec Manufacturing until they went bankrupt about 20 years ago and before that as a secondary school up until its closure in the early 1970s.  In a recent press release posted their Web site, the preservation organization stated that “Whether buildings, landscapes, or structures, they are significant historic properties whose rehabilitations can become catalytic projects for the neighborhoods and communities that surround them”.

So why was this building chosen after all these years? The former Holley High School is a highly visible anchor in our historic Erie Canal village and is considered one of the most important civic buildings in Orleans County. Further, its notable historic and architectural significance, combined with its prominent location and scale of design, make it an important candidate for rehabilitation and re-use after nearly 30 years of vacancy. Finally… as a contributing building in the proposed “Holley Village Historic District,” the former Holley High School appears to be individually eligible for listing in the State and National Register of Historic Places.

So what does this mean exactly? The Landmark Society is offering to work collaboratively with owners, municipal officials, and developers to facilitate investment and foster rehabilitation so that these structures can again play an active role in their communities. With ideas abound as to its best use, there has been talk about converting the building into much needed senior housing. Other buildings making the list include the Pulaski Library, Eastman Dental Dispensary along with the pedestrian bridges in Genesee Valley Park, and the Sampson Theatre in Penn Yan.

For more information, check out the Landmark Society of Western New York’s website.

Music is in the air

Music is in the air here in Holley this summer as two series of concerts are being held during the months of June, July, and yes… even August.

First up… the Holley VFW Post #202 on Veterans Drive is playing host to a series of concerts during the month of June with the schedule as follows:

  • June 7 A Little R & R
  • June 8 Karoake with DJ Spencer
  • June 14 Don Newcomb
  • June 15 George Hogan
  • June 21 Shawn Michael
  • June 22 Taken, A Little R& R
  • June 28 A Little R & R
  • June 29 Don Newcomb

Next… the annual concert series at the Gazebo in the Canal Park on Fridays during the month of July kicks off on Friday July 12 at 7:00 pm with food available for sale beginning at 6 pm.  (Note that concerts are at the Fireman’s Field if it rains).

Finally… new this year… two additional concerts are scheduled for Sunday August 18 and August 25 at 2:00 pm with food available for sale beginning at 1 pm. As for who is playing when during July and August is anyone’s guess… you may wish to call the Village Offices at 585-638-6367 for details.