Ollirmtirl __ . • 9 . V A T i r e r«/M T v npv>c J . 2 / 3 1 / 9 9 0 J FOREMAN CO BOX 68 MONMOUTH IL 61A62 YATES COUNTY’S OWN NEWSPAPER 5 Penn Yan, N.Y. 35 Cents ^lest speakers a t th e 50th an n iv e r s a r y reunio n of the M iddlesex Valley C e n tral diool were from left: C lifford B row n , A lbert B o n n e r, B a rbara M artin, Rom aine Fos- Kr,I^n Western a n d R a lph C a sperson. (Photo by Amy Beard) Middlesex Valley School marks 50th By AMY BEARD RUSHVILLE — Aug. 25 was iMutifu! day in Rushville for the50th year Middlesex Valley toiwl School (MVeS) people from near and far pthered at the MVCS to old acquaintances and iiemiships. As people kept pairing into the school, voices «re ringing jubilantly ^ilffoughout the old stomping •^nds of more than 400 people who were in attendance. Sany of whom had not been together in 50 years. Open house was held from 2 to 5 p.m. At this time, people toured the building, enjoyed iments, and a program Mth guest speakers that was Iddin the gym. . People came from near and V — as near as the surround ing area, and other places in Nw York, and as far as Tfexas, New Hampshire, Minnesota, lows and Florida, Nancy Hughes, Class of 1948, now from Florida, stated, “It is great to be able to come back and meet old friends and reminisce.” After the receptitm, there was a free period for former classmates to get together and have dinner. TTiese plans were left up to individual classes. Later in the evening, all present were invited to enjoy a Golden Oldies Dance in the Marcus Whitman High School gym from 9 p.m. to midnight. On Sunday the alumni and faculty from 1939 to 1949 gathered for a barbecue picnic at 11 a.m. at Millerland, off Welker Road, between Penn Yan and Dundee. The Middlesex Valley Centra] School, now an elementary school, was dedicated in 1939. At that time, Albert Bonner was the prin cipal. Bonner addressed the crowd with a reminiscent speech of the “good old days*. Bonner was responsible for getting the petition signed in order to get the new school built. He had to work very hard to complete this task, it was noted. His hard work paid off though. U.S. Sen. Robert Wag ner awarded $137,000 to the new school. It took $337,430 to complete the project, he said. Bonner, principal from 1933 to 1943, further talked about how the building of the school got off fhe ground. He thanked everyone who had worked un der Mm. He said, “Memories of those we cannot see but we cherish, were very dedicated people back then. They worked for a yearly salary of approximately $ 1,000 per year.” He announced the original teachers who are still living: Robert Moody, Katherine Rer- tonwald StanMsh, Rita Corbet Knapp, Genevieve Loomis VanEpps, Eloise Williams Bell, Mary Burghardt Loomis, Gor don VanHoaft, Dorothy Litzen- berger Baldwin, Albert Kaufman, Willis Hayes and Stephen Underwood, who was the district superintendent. In the 1950s the building was added On to in order to ac commodate the growir^ stu dent body. Between 1939 and 1968, 905 students were graduated from the Middlesex Valley Central School. Clifford Brown, principal from 1949 to 1968, presented the welcoming speech. Everyone was very attentive as Brown was the former prin cipal of some of the alumni. Barb Martin, co-chairperson, announced that, “Presently, Robert Moody, age 92, former history teacher at Middlesex Valley Central School, has written and published a history of Rushville. The book’s title is, America’s First Rushville.” Martin added, “I would like to thank everyone v«ho-helped make this reunioq possible: ^^rginia Loomis Curtis, Connie Blakesly Cator, Ralph Casper son, Ronald Davis, Mary Kup- penberg Lazarus, Delores Schultz Lee, George Mitchell, Scarlett Emerson Stevens, and special thanks to Mr. Lynn Western, superintendent, all class representatives and the staff of the Marcus Whitman School District.” A good time was enjoyed by all. Former classm ates a n d friend s enjoy looking through m e m o rabilia from yesteryear ^during the reunion h e ld la s t w e e k e n d a t th e M iddlesex Valley C e n tral School. (Photo jbyAmy Beard) Planners okay draft statement; seek input By BOB GILFILLAN PENN YAN — A draR environ- mental impact statement concern ing the proposed expansion of the Penn Yan Airport was approved by the Yates County Planning Board at its monthly meeting held Thursday, Aug. 23. The measure was approved by a 7-1 margin. Voting in opposition to the measure was Jan Galland. She declined to comment on her vote. Among the areas discussed in the statement were wetlands; sdl and drainage; hazardous waste; woods and wildlife; agricultural impact; and social/economic con cerns. The statement, which is in ex cess of 100 pages and falls under the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Act guidelines, now undergoes a minimum 30-day period in which public input and comment is encouraged. Copies of the statement will be available for public study after Sept. 5 a t the county’s Legislative Office, the county’s Planning Office and the Penn Yan and Dundee libraries, according to County Planner Martin DeWnney. As noted by DeVinney following the meeting, “The planning board had to vote on whether or not the draft environmental statement which was prepared by the county’s consultants (Calocerinos & Spina) was adequate for public review and comment. “The planning board,\ he con tinued, “voted yes, that indeed it (the statement) really addressed the environmental issues that will be confronted by the potential purchase and expansion of the Penn Yan Airport.” In addition, DeVinney pointed out, “Now well go on and there will be a 30-day public comment period; minimum; and then the planning board will prepare a hnal impact statement. Following a review of the final impact statement; the planning board will then issue a finding on its opinion of the project. “We’ve encouraged the public to participate all along in the process,” DeVinney added. “I think the process has been very open. Now, this is another official comment period coming up; we’ve always had an unofficial comment period and have encouraged (people) through whatever medium was available, to make their comments known. “We want to identify all the is sues,” DeVinney stressed, “and make sure we cover them; because this is the process in which to do it. I’m sure the planning board doesn’t want to go through and find out that we’ve done all this work; and we’ve missed a critical issue. “So,” DeVinney concluded, “weYe imploring the public to send us any of their concerns that they have.” DeVinney also mentioned that anyone with comments involving this process should address those concerns to the Yates County Economic Development and Plan ning Office, 2258 Route 54A, Penn Yan, NY, 14527. Computer plan outlined for board By AMY BEARD PENN YAN - A Comprehen sive Computer Plan for the Penn Yan School District was presented by Ann Goldfarb, assistant prin cipal at Penn Yan Academy and company coordinator for the school, during the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Goldfarb suggested that the computer literacy pre^am begin at'the elementary level and con tinue up through the Middle School and the high school. Currently, however, the district doesn’t have enough computers, software, or space for the program to be completely effective, she said. She asked for more support from the Board on this issue, and for this plan to be put into effect immediately. The Board expressed support for this plan, but also realizes that it will take a few years to get the plan moving along successfully. So far the beginning stages of the program have been successful, it was noted, but it needs to be further implemented. Presently, the district has IBM, Macintosh, and Apple computers, with approximately 10 new com puters recently added to the facilities. This program will take a lot of communication and teamwork, it was noted. Ibachers, by subject area, will be monitoring students’ pre^ess and reporting back to the committee, which will then report to the Board. It was also noted that word processing has proved to be very educational in ffie school system, and it was further noted that the committee, teachers, and the Board are doing all they can to ensure that the students become computer literate. The new program may take three years or longer in order for it to function properly, but in the long run the students will benefit, it was concluded. The program also needs to be kept updated, according to Goldfarb, so the students do not fall behind technologically. Also d u ring the meeting, Jim King and Jerry Young of King and lUng Architecture Company presented detailed bids for exten sive improvements in the Penn Yan School District. The Board discussed priority repairs and safety needs with the two representatives. The repairs the Board is seriously considering at this time are a new roof on the Elementary School and safety-related repairs. Young agreed to revise die es timate by prioritizing the repairs and safety needs according to the Board’s requests. He will return with the revised bids a t the Aug. 29 meeting, at which time the Board may decide wMch bids to accept. There are some transporta tion problems throughout the dis trict, which were discussed a t the meeting. The main problem at this time is the shuttle pre^am to the Branchport school. Students traveling to Branchport are always late, it was noted, usually arriving between 9:10 and 9:15. Then they have to leave at 11 a.m. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are losing valuable time each day be cause of this problem, it was noted. The Transportation Department has given this considerable evaluation, but has not reached a solution, it was explained. The department also stated that it could use a few more buses. The Board agreed to look into this problem further, and also ap proved this year’s bus routes (See related article on page lA). In other business, the Board approved the following Business Advisory Council members: Gloria Carroll, assistant superintendent; Tom Rakovan, administrator; \Ibm Scudamore, assistant superinten dent at the Wayne-Pinger Lakes BOCES; Yic Paige, technology teacher; Eric Jensen, technology teacher; Jill Wnkky, guidance counselor; Tbm Hunt, vineyardist; Don D’Amico, independent busi ness owner; Steve Marchionda, independent business owner; Jim McMullen, manager, Coach and Equipment Company. Members of the Federal Funds Advisory Council, approved by the Board are: Gloria Carroll, assis- Continued on page 4 Early deadlines lee too thehe L aa oo oo rr Dayay holiday,oliday, deadlineseadlines foror D u t t L D h d f The Chronicle-Express and the Chronicle Ad-Viser will be advanced. A d v e rtising copy for the Sept. 3 Chronicle Ad-Viser and the Sept. 5 issue of The Chronicle-Ex press should be subm itted by 3 p.m., today (Wednes day, Aug. 29). News copy for the Sept. 5 issue of The Chronicle-Express should be subm itted by noon. Thursday, Aug. 30. Zimar takes over reins By BOB GELFELLAN DUNDEE — Since she took yier her new duties as the super- ,:ntendent of the Dundee Central hool District on Aug. 1, Nancy imar has taken a number of 'Steps to acclimate herself to her uw surroundings. There are so many facets to my position,* Zimar said in comment- MR on the responsibilities of her tew position, “but I would say to ^ :^vide management and leader- ^ship skills to all segments of a ;xliool commuirity. That would in clude your non-instnictional staff, your teaching staff, your transpor tation staff, your building and grounds and cafeteria staff.” Wth that in mind, she will *wk with the district Tooking at (formulating) a long-term plan,” ^ explained, “doing that plan ning and guiding . the district w , , ^towards those goals.” ^ ^ Zimar assumes the duties of su perintendent at Dundee following four years as the superintendent ef the 400-student Bradford Central School. Prior to being named superintendent in Brad- ahe had been on the faculty at the school since 1976, as a physical education teacher, ath letic director, and director of physical education. She also coached softball, soc cer, cheerleading, and volleyball, as well as serving as chairperson of the Committee on Special Education. In 1985-86, in addition to her teaching duties, Zimar undertook the position of the K-12 principal. The following summer she became the full-time principal and in Sep tember of 1986, she was appointed superintendent. Zimar also served as business manager during her tenure as superintendent a t Brad ford. With her background as a teacher, Zimar said that it has helped to shape her perspective as an administrator. “I think that you can always identify with the other side of the fence,” she remarked, “having been a teacher for so long £uxd only being in administration for six years, 1 can still recall very well how important issues were (for teachers). “Such as being able to come to work,” she went on to say, “and loving what you’re doing and not being in an threatening atmos phere; or an atmosphere full of chaos. “I believe,” Zimar added, “that that is the type of perspective that I can bring to Dundee; a little compassion, sympathy; however, also, being a able to straighten out some of the issues that have been concerning the staff.” On the difference between teaching and adminstration responsibilities, Zimar noted, “I think there are many similarities between being an administrator and being a teacher. You are still a teacher of sorts; you are still or ganizing your classroom, albeit your classroom is a lot larger than what it was. “There are a great many dif ferent aspects,” Zimar commen ted, “that you deal with as an ad ministrator. You deal with a great amount of technicalities that I hadn’t concerned myself with as a teacher; such as underground storage tanks; such as laws and regulations dealing with fire codes; buildings end grounds are an enormous aspect of becoming a superintendent and having a good understanding of how that works. “The transportation,” she pointed out, “the cafeteria; all of these things as a teacher I never recognized the amount of work that went into each one of these areas. As a superintendent, your eyes are certainly opened.” Zimar, a native of Berkeley Heights, NJ, was graduated with a degree in physical education from Ithaca College in 1971. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Nazareth College in 1976 and a certificate in school district ad ministration in 1984 from the SUNY at Brockport. She and her husband Jeff, who sells school buses, as well as operating his own business that provides parts to equip and outfit vans for handicapped students, live on the East Lake Road in Keuka village, Tbwn of Wayne, about a mile from the Dundee dis trict. The couple’s two daughters attend school in Hammondsport. Continued on page 3 Recently-appointed superintendent of the Dundee C e n tral School D istrict Nancy Zimar looks to guide the district in a positive direction. Zim ar was the superin tendent of the B radford C entral School for fottr years p r io r to assum ing h e r new duties in Dundee. (Photo by Bob Gimilan) ':J t v . . . . • S v ' i ’- i - ' . - ' t i - .