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gstablished in 1824 ,^H iY cgr-N o .34 Eht (tthr0tttrI^-!Exijr?00 - • ' YATES COUNTY’S OWN NE f Wednesday, August 22,1990 S n v CO S J X 68 'ents mounded by the smiling faces of his supporters, Dan Elmer, 11, Annie Hilbert, 9, JenniCer Sisnii, 16, and Chris Nabinger, 11, Camp Good Days and Special Times founder Gary Mervis leiter), pauses for a brief rest in Penn Yan on his bike trip around Keuka Lake. The Bike (cuka • Bike for Love fundraiser brought in $39,000 in pledges. (At Bottom) Mervis and his six {mpanions battled wind and an uphill grade to complete the last leg o f their journey. The bike tiptround the perimeter o f Keuka Lake took 2-honrs and 48 minutes to accomplish. (Photos by lob GiliiUan) Bike Keuka raises $39,000 for project By BOB GILFILLAN PENN YAN — In Paris last s«\th, crowds lined the Champs- ,')See9 by the tens of thousands j cheer a yeltow-jerseyed Greg eHond to his third Tbur De now victory. Per LeMond and the other 197 iden who began the race, the Iwr de Prance represented a bmting, gruelling 23-day, 3,414- ilometer (2,112-mile) test of ^su’ endurance and strength they rode through the cheering bongs of a hundred French vil- hjei; over the tortuous Col du itunnalet in the rarided air of the lyenees; past the spectacular me country of southern Prance; ■d finally to a hero’s welcome on ibe streets of Paris. Last Wednesday (Aug. 15), on a sunning summer day in western New York, through Ham- umdsport and Penn Yan and Branchport, past the beautiful /ineyards of the Finger Lakes, Inother special cycling drama was unfolding as seven-ridera, includ- bg Camp Good Days and Special Times founder, Gary Marvis, pedaled and coaxed their bikes around the the 44-mile perimeter ((Keuka Lake, to raise $39,000 in [(edges as part of the “Bike Keuka —Bike for Love” fund-rais­ ing project; and help bring smiles (0 the faces of kids battling whais illness. Tlieldds were excited,” Mervis, reported as he caught his kvatli during a brief rest-stop in bet of the Pastry Parlor on I^ke Stwet, \They made signs; they *nre there this morning at the %-raising (at Camp Good Days) t* see me off. (During the) last ^ple of days, they’ve been com- “guptome and saying to me, ‘we wowywiTl do if.” The money raised from the UOO donors, who pledged either flthe mile or in a lump sum, will H go towards a down payment « a home near Walt Disney \wid in Orlando, PL, for criti- “Hy ill children, as a vital com- Went of the Tfeddi Project. The project, named for Mervis’ Jjj^ter, Tfeddi. who died of a *>in tumor in 1982, helps grant ’^aa for terminally ill children I™ their families. Some 200 t«ih« annually visit Walt Dis- ^ Wwld as guests of the Tfeddi *%t. “Most of the children that we send from upstate (New York) down to Florida,” Mervis ex­ plained on the reasons for pur­ chasing a house in Orlando, “a lot of them if they have special dietary restrictions; trying to get those met in restaurants and in tourist areas is very expensive or if they’re very busy; is not easy. “Sometimes,” Mervis added, “if they (the kids) have prosthesis or wigs and they want to take them off; they become the center of a t­ tention at the hotel and they feel uncomfortable. Sometimes their grandma and grandpa want to come along and they have to stay in additional rooms; which can be quite expensive. “So a house,” he stated, “would just make their visit a little more homey and a little nicer.” The idea for the “Bike Keuka — Bike for Love” fundraiser developed as an outgrowth of Mervis’ own weight-loss regime (which featured a considerable amount of time pedaling a sta­ tionary bicycle) this past year and which saw his weight drop from 256 to 167; and his blood choles­ terol level plummet from 220 to 140. “Before exercising,” Mervis said with an ingratiating chuckle, “I couldn’t have pedaled the bike up the driveway.” Mervis said that he began his diet and exercise program after reviewing the manuscript of a book about his daughter Ibddi and recalling her concerns for his health. “It’s kind of ironic,” Mervis stated, “my little daughter with a fatal brain tumor worried about my health because I was over­ weight.” Inspired by the memory of her concern, Mervis began to exercise, and when some of the children at the camp suggested that he bike around the lake; the idea for the fundraiser was planted. “One thing; let me tell you,” Mervis said after he received a massage to relieve the soreness in his neck and stretched to limber up his sore legs, “you don’t feel very bad for yourself when you deal with kids and what they go through.” Accompanying Mervis on his journey were six other cyclists: his son, Tod, 24, recreation director at “The view; the view,” he ex­ claimed. “It’s the most beautiful spot. I’ve been to a lot of places in this country. As a matter of fact, I just got back from Gulfport in Mississippi and around the Gulf; (I’ve) been all over Florida; (Fve) been out to California and I can honestly tell you that the people here don’t realize that the most beautiful spots are right here around Keuka Lake and that’s the truth.” On whether he is planning to continue cycling after this trip was completed, “(I’m) going to put that bike in the dining hall,” Mer­ vis responded with a good-natured laugh, “and forget about it when we get back.” After setting out from their brief stop in Penn Yan; the cyclists continued on Route 54A; past Keuka College; past the Esperanza entrance; through the center of Branchport; to their final destination at <3amp Good Days and Special Times where they were met by the enthusiastic cheers of about 150 young cam­ pers and other frient^ and well- wishers. In Paris, as he received the traditional bouquet of roses and heard the roar of the crowd as it sounded its approval, Greg La- Mond basked in the warm glow of his victory. In Branchport as they dis­ mounted their bikes and were surrounded by the children, the seven cyclists basked in the warm smiles of the kids. Whether it’s in Paris or in Branchport, they know how to reward their heroes. howmouth If- 6 1 4 6 2 Petitions request OTB be on ballot Camp (3ood Days and Special Times; WCMF deejay Janet Mer- riam, 31, of Rochester; Dr. Sandy Constine, 42, of Rochester; Democrat and Chronicle reporter Jack Jones, 45, of Rochester; and two highly trained cyclists^triathletes, Rob Harter, of Clanandaigu^ - and Dale LAF'?en. 29, of BuffaloT as well as a support staft supplying fluids and food for the riders; and a Yates County Sheriff’s Department es­ cort. After noting that the hills were the toughest part of the ride, Mervis commented on the best part of the trip. By BOB GELFELLAN PENN YAN — A thick folder with petitions containing sig­ natures from over 1,000 Yates County residents requesting that off-track betting (OTB) be placed on the ballot in November was presented to the clerk of the Yates County Legislature at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20. Several members of the ‘Keep Yates Free from OTB” Committee, as well as reporters from area newspapers, radio stations, and a Syracuse television station, were on hand on the blustery, cool day as the petitions were hand- delivered to the county Legisla­ ture clerk’s office. According to Nelson Hopkins of the “Keep Yates Free from OTB” Committee, “We started getting signatures (for the petitions) about 40 days ago. Most faith communities in Yates County had people working (on obtaining sig­ natures).” “I think there are several issues involved,” explained Hopkins, 2044 Yatesville Road, Penn Yan. “Primarily I believe it’s up to the voting public of Yates County to make the decision whether OTB comes in or not. 1 don’t think it’s up to the Legislature to make that decision. “Secondly,” he continued, “I think there’s a big question whether Yates County can afford to have OTB in here; because even though they (the county legis­ lators) say this may mean 40 or $50,000 into the coffers of Yates County, in some way or the other, nobody is going to give away that kind of money, unless they’re going to be taking a lot more out. “And,” he emphasized, “the economy of this county can’t stand that. “Whether you are in favor or not in favor of it (of OTB),” Hopkins stressed, “I certainly think the people should have the. right to make that decision. Preserving our right to vote is very impor­ tant; a lot of people died along the way trying to earn that; and we don’t want to give it away.” Another m ember of “Keep Yates Free from OTB’ Committee, retired Methodist minister Clayton Comstock, stated, “In op­ posing the state coming into recruit gamblers, with off-track betting, the only way they can succeed is to put all the gifts and tricks they have into advertising and worldng to get people to patronize it. \So he pointed out, “I think it becomes a school for gambling. The people that haven’t gambled before will ntnrl. It has a way of undermining the quality of our life.” Also opposing OTB in Yates County, Flora Johnson commen­ ted, “I’m here because I feel very strongly about the moral issue of this. “Also,” she went on to add, “I feel very strongly that economi­ cally as far as the poor families in the county are concerned, this is going to bo a very bad thing for them. I feel that we don’t need to tempt them with other ways to spend their money.” As noted by Marie Smith of Penn Yan, “I worked on this 12 years ago to defeat it (OTB) and 1 really haven’t changed my mind about it with all the things I’ve learned, and I just feel that if I really care about people I really cannot promote this. “I respect those who think it will help,” she added, “but I really don’t see it that way.\ In speaking of the scope of the signatures on the petitions, Mat­ thew Alexander, 21, a recent graduate of St. Bonaventure who had been asked to help advise the committee, reported, “(The sig­ natures are) from all the towns (in Yates County). From Dundee to Penn Yan to Italy, from Potter down to Starkey, from Jerusalem over to Milt). “I would say that the bulk (of the signatures) come from the Jerusalem and Milo towns,” he explained, “but they are very widely spread; it’s very difficult to say for sure that there is a con­ centration in any one particular town.\ After the presentation of the petitions, chairman of the Yates County Legislature David Ingrain said that he wasn’t surprised by the action. “We had heard the rumors that there were going to be petitions presented.” On the importance of the response, Ingram observed, “For Yates County a petition with a 1,000 signatures is a significant number.” “I think its always heartening,” said County Legislator Jack Clancy, “to know that people are interested enough in issues to go out to the general public and put in the kind of work that these people did to get a particu.ar question on the ballot. “I think it’s a good idea,” Clancy remarked, “to give the people the right to vote on the issue. It is an important issue.” In explaining his support for the OTB proposal, Clancy stated, “I think the question of legal gambling was a battle that was fought many years ago; and that battle has already been lost. “We have the New York State lottery,” Clancy explained, “we have raffles; we have bingo; we have casino gambling; we have games of chance a t fairs and car­ nivals. And so, I think, the ques­ tion about whether or not gam­ bling per se is a good idea has al­ ready been answered; and whether or not we have OTB doesn’t say anything to that ques­ tion.\ On the issue that OTB will, in effect, draw money out of Yates County, Clancy responded, “If you look at the difference between OTB and the New York State lot­ tery, the return on investment is higher with OTB, so it seems to me, if you divert money away from the lottery to OTB; there will be more money staying in the county, not more money going from the county.” Additional petitions are expec­ ted to be turned in the next few days, members of the “Keep Yates Free from OTB” Committee, an­ nounced. In foody hotel & resort management Keuka offers new major KEUKA PARK — With the recent approval of the New York State Department of Education, Keuka College now offers a new major in food, hotel and resort management. Keuka’s program emphasizes meeting and convention planning, hotel and resort operations, con­ tract food service management and management of life-care cen­ ters. Leadership training and hands-on experience are vital aspects of Keuka’s new major. Twelve students are expected to enroll in the program this fall. By > 1995, the college hopes to accom­ modate well over 100 students in the program. “Food, hotel and resort management is a logical step for Keuka,\ said Dr. Arthur Kirk, Jr., president of the college. \The pro­ gram builds on our already strong business curriculum and meets the demands of a growing in­ dustry. “Also, for years, we have operated a very active conference facility which now becomes a learning laboratory for our students and we are located on Keuka Lake, in the heart of the Finger Lakes, which attracts thousands upon thousands of tourists each year,\ Dr. Kirk ad­ ded. While it emphasizes hands-on learning opportunities, the food, hotel and resort management major requires students to com­ plete more than 40 credits in the college’s core liberal arts and sciences curriculum. This re­ quirement, of all students, en­ sures a well-rounded education, college officials note. Every food, hotel and resort management major is required to complete two cooperative ven­ tures. Over two dozen hospitality organizations have expressed an interest in providing these learn­ ing opportunities to Keuka students, including Wintergreen mountain resort in Virginia, Mar­ riott Corporation, the Longboat Key Club in Sarasota, FL, and many Finger Lakes area or­ ganizations. Pood, hotel and resort manage­ ment majors at Keuka also get experience through Field Period. Established at the college in 1942, Field Period is a five-week, non­ classroom learning experience re­ quired of every student, every year. Food, hotel and resort management majors are required to complete at least two Field Periods related to their major. After four years at Keuka, students in the new major may have 40 weeks of experience in the industry. The college’s food, hotel and resort management major takes advantage of the same leadership training opportunities advocated by corporate America for its ex­ ecutives. The Birkett Mills/Keuka College Challenge Ropes Ex- Continued on page 4 Milo b acks project By BOB GILFILLAN PENN YAN — A project dedicated to computerizing town assessors’ offices throughout Yates County received the backing of the Tbwn of Milo Board at its monthly meeting held Monday, Aug. 21. The board unanimously ap­ proved a resolution asking the county Legislature to include $25,500 in up-front money in next year’s budget to help fund the project. Under the terms of the proposal, each town would sign a contract letter agreeing to pay the county back its share of the cost of the project within three years from the date of purchase of the equipment. However, as noted by John Al­ bertson, director of the Yates County Real Property Thx Service Agency, there is a state re-imbur- sement program under Article 15B of the Assessment Improve­ ment Act, which pays $10 per par­ cel (of land) in four payments of $2, $3, $3, and $2. This is the first year that Yates County, as Albertson pointed out, has become eligible for the re-im- bursement program. There are 14,244 parcels coun­ ty-wide resulting in an initial payment from the program of $28,488. can get the computerization; get this new program into place. “The program,” he went on to add, “has been used around the state for about a year-and-a-half now; and it’s working very well.” Under this re-imbursement pre^am, towns in Yates County, such as Jerusalem and I^lo, that have a sufficient number of par­ cels of land, would receive enough funds from the state to fully fund their participation in the project. According to Albertson, “My feeling is this improvement act is going to help the assessment in Yates County an awful lot; if we Albertson also stated that each of the nine towns in Yates County will have to approve of the project in order for it tohe implemented. “It’s an all or nothing deal,\ he explained. As Tbwn of Milo Supervisor Norman “Jack” Snow commented, “It sounds like it (the program) would be quite valuable. I’m fully 100 percent in favor of it.” Early deadlines L ie to th e L a ftor D a y holiday, d e a d lines for D u e to th e L a F o r D a y holida y , d e a d lin e s f o r The Chronicle-Expreae an d th e C h ronicle Ad-Viser w ill b e ad v a n c e d . A d v e r tising c o p y f o r th e Sept. 3 Chronicle Ad-Viser an d th e Sept. 5 issue of The Chronicle-Ex­ p r e s s should be s u b m itted by 3 p.m., W ednesday, Aug. 29. N ew s c o p y f o r th e S e p t. 5 issue of The Chronicle- E x p ress sh o u ld be s u b m itted by n o o n , T h u rsday, Aug. 30. l A - • ■

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