Local Girl Scouts receive Gold awards

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways recently presented the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, to Autumn Cieplinski, of Ontario; Brianna Gerhardt, of Walworth; and Amber Taylor, of Macedon.

The award recognizes girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable projects. Each girl must dedicate at least 80 hours to planning and implementing her project, which must benefit the community and have lasting impact.

Cieplinski’s project, “Cases of Love,” provided bags and blankets to the Ontario County Department of Social Services for children entering foster care, so that they no longer used trash bags to carry their belongings and had a blanket to call their own.

Gerhardt’s project, “The Magic of Music,” encouraged middle schoolers to continue with music during their transition to high school through a showcase concert, video and pamphlet highlighting music’s mental and physical benefits.

Taylor’s project, “Bring on the Books,” addressed the issue of people, especially children, reading less and playing on electronics more by creating a Little Free Library in Macedon.


Wayne County vets nominated to state hall of fame

State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54th District, recently nominated 120 veterans to the New York Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

The nominees include 35 vets from Wayne County: Harry Gajan, of Arcadia; Marvin Jay, of Butler; Thomas Romano, of Clyde; Ralph Langdon and George Walker, of Galen; Earl Buchanan, of Lyons; Robert Fritz, Thomas Pridell and Clifford Wiley, of Macedon; Mark Haskins and Richard O’Connor, of Marion; David Christler, Gerald Ghidiu, Robert Healy, Owen Hughes, Marc Kreuser and Robert Schinsing, of Newark; Russell Bailey, of North Rose; Douglas Graham, David Hurlburt, Nelson Kiedrowski, Jerry Lamb, Wayne Morgan Jr. and James Smith, of Ontario; Thomas Frey, Robert McCarthy and Gilbert Sterk, of Palmyra; Clinton Stevens, of Savannah; Jerry Slater and Abraham Tack, of Sodus; James Quinn Jr., of Sodus Point; Karel Ambroz and Steve Gallaher, of Walworth; Michael Wangler, of Williamson; and Leon Rasbeck, of Wolcott.