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Deputy Mayor - Mike Sidari
Village Trustee - Marguerite Sherman
Village Trustee - Todd Bensley
Village Trustee - Owen P. Toale
Village Attorney - Matthew Brooks

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orleans renaissance group, inc.

The Orleans Renaissance Group– Credible. Professional. Innovative. Promoting the arts and preservation in Medina and across Western New York.

CONTACT: Christopher Busch, President, ORG                                    REVISED - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cell: 716-796-5990

Email: chris@orleansrenaissance.org


NYS Marker to be erected in Downtown Historic District

APRIL 24, 2015 MEDINA, NY - Citizens of the Village of Medina, New York will commemorate the placement of a state historic marker commemorating two speeches made by abolitionist Frederick Douglass with a ceremony that is expected to attract hundreds of local school children and citizens.

The ceremony will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:00AM in Medina’s Downtown Historic District on the site where one of the speeches was delivered on April 3, 1849.

Several hundred school children and citizens are anticipated to attend, along with a representative from US Congressman Chris Collins office, NYS Senator Robert Ortt, NYS Assemblman Steven Hawley, Orleans County Legislator Chairman David Callard and Medina Mayor Andrew W. Meier, Esq. Also attending will be Dr. David Anderson, a nationally recognized Frederick Douglass impersonator who will deliver a few words in the persona of Douglass.

The story of this marker and commemoration received national exposure when a February 23 story in the Batavia Daily News was picked up by the Associated Press and published in several major news markets across the nation.

The Frederick Douglass Marker Initiative was conceived and coordinated by the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc., a Medina-based arts and preservation organization.

Chris Busch, President of ORG said,”Aside from Lincoln, the next most significant and important figure in the fight for justice, freedom and emancipation is Frederick Douglass. Medina and Orleans County favored abolition early on and Douglass was a frequent visitor to the area. It is right and proper that we should erect this marker to remind us of his presence here and of our common heritage in the fight for freedom.”

Several Medina citizens contributed to the initiative. They are: Hon. James P. Punch, Gabrielle and Andina Barone in memory of Vincent D. Cardone, The Medina Sandstone Society, David and Gail Miller, Wilson Southworth, Nunzio T. Maiorana, Katherine K. Bogan, Esq., William Hungerford, Mark Kruzynski, Christopher and Cynthia Busch, Anonymous.

The marker, cast at the Catskill Castings foundry in Bloomville, New York, commemorates two addresses by Douglass that were delivered in Medina. The first on April 3, 1849 at the former Methodist-Episcopal Church on Main Street, and the second at a Medina event celebrating emancipation on August 3, 1869.

The 1869 event was widely publicized around New York State, and attracted hundreds of African-Americans to Medina. The speech delivered by Douglass entitled, “We Are Not Yet Quite Free” is well-known and appears in many publications and scholarly works.


For additional information on this event or the Frederick Douglass Marker Initiative, please contact ORG President,
Christopher Busch at 716-796-5990 or at

The Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to the arts and preservation in the greater Medina,
New York area and across the Niagara Frontier. • P.O. Box
543 Medina, New York 14103 www.orleansrenaissance.org

Plans Taking Shape for Final Civil War Encampment

Plans Taking Shape for Final Civil War Encampment

March 09, 2015

Batavia, NY- The fourth and final Civil War Encampment put on by Genesee Community College to mark the 150th anniversary of the war that defined our nation promises to be one of the most interesting to date. The event is set for April 24-26, 2015 at GCC’s Medina Campus Center, 11470 Maple Ridge Rd., Medina, NY. The weekend will include an Education Day on Friday for local school districts, educational activities throughout the weekend including a nationally recognized Frederick Douglass impressionist, reenactments of skirmishes, artillery and cavalry, a surrender ceremony at noon in downtown Medina on Saturday, and a panel discussion featuring distinguished guests from the popular online journal The Emerging Civil War.

The Emerging Civil War (ECW) was founded by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher White with a goal of providing fresh perspectives and original scholarship related to the American Civil War (1861-1865). GCC Assistant History Professor Derek Maxfield is a contributor to ECW and will moderate a panel discussion at the Encampment featuring Dr. Mackowski, a professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University, and historian Kris White, who teaches at the Community College of Allegheny County near Pittsburgh and previously served as staff military historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia where he continues to volunteer.


The discussion, “So What Have We Learned? The Sesquicentennial, The Civil War and American Memory” is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in the main tent at the Encampment. “The Civil War’s sesquicentennial has been a great opportunity to introduce people to America’s ‘great story,’” said Dr. Mackowski. “Even though the anniversary is wrapping up now, it’s the perfect time for people to ask ‘What did the Civil War mean? Why is it still relevant today, to me?’” “We love getting out on the front lines and talking with people about the war because it’s the best way to help nurture the public’s interest and help people understand it better,” said White.

“I am so pleased that historians from the Emerging Civil War will be joining us for our last Civil War Encampment,” said Prof. Maxfield. “I have been very impressed by the caliber of work on ECW and was honored to be invited to join their ranks. To borrow a phrase, I think having a panel of ECW experts part of the Encampment schedule kicks things up a notch.”


You can learn more about ECW at its website http://emergingcivilwar.com/. In addition, look for updated information about the Civil War Encampment online at http://civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com.

The Village of Medina Public Works Department would like to thank the VFW Lincoln Post 1483’s, 216 East Center Street
WJ Gallaher & Son Memorial Veterans Club, Inc., for their generous donation of three flags to be flown in village parks this season.

Photo Credits
I want to thank Chris Busch for the photo montage at the top of the home page and  Michael Sargent of M.SargentPhotography in Middleport for the photo on the top of the rest of the pages. Thanks so much!

M. Sargent Photography, Middleport, NY Took this beautiful shot of Rotary Park Clock.
Clock in Rotary Park 2014
M.Sargent Photography took this beautiful shot of the clock in Rotary Park, Medina

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1865 Bent's Opera House in downtown Medina
Dear Friends,

In pursuit of our revival of the 1865 Bent's Opera House in downtown Medina, the Orleans Renaissance Group commissioned a professionally produced promotional video.  

It depicts a grandmother figure, Helen Zelazny of Medina, who, having celebrated her wedding at the Opera House in 1951, finds herself rediscovering the space where she spent one of the most important days of her life.  Making this video was special to Helen, as she would have celebrated her 60th anniversary this year, but for her husband's recent passing.  Original photos of her actual wedding at the Opera House are featured in the video. 

The video was produced by Andrew Manzano, a Rochester-area film maker. 

The story is compelling, the imagery and music beautiful, and the overall effort a work of art.  This video highlights not just our vision for rebirth of the building, but also our focus on promoting the arts and media in all its forms, every step of the way.  I hope you enjoy it, and please share!  

Bring it Back!

This short film featuring the Greycliffe String Quartet shows the emotional connection that we can establish with the places where the cherished moments of our lives unfold. The grandmother in the story actually had her wedding reception in Bent's Hall, in Medina, NY, sixty years ago. We see in this short journey the rich history of this treasured structure intertwined with the magic that this place can hold for the coming generations.
View the video by clicking on the link below.


Photo Montage of Historic Medina
Please click on the YouTube link titled Historic Medina on the menu at the left. These are beautiful images of Historic Medina that go un-noticed by many people. There are undiscovered gems here in Medina. Plan to go out and discover them all!

Date Issued: July 6, 2011


Subject: State Police Warn of E-mail Hoax


NYSP has received complaints about spam that has gone out nationwide and internationally with the information below. The spam appears to have hit a large number of yahoo e-mail addresses. The e-mail had an attached file (Ticket.zip) contains malware. Some recipients report that the malware was caught by their anti-virus software. A sample of the file attachment is being analyzed by NYS OCS IRT.


NYSP PIO has distributed a media release warning about the spam.


We will update this bulletin once the analysis of the malware is complete.


E-mail Sample:


> New York State Department of Motor Vehicles UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET



> 7:25 AM

> Date of Offense

> 07/02/2011



> Description of Violation





New York State Office of Cyber Security

1220 Washington Avenue

State Office Campus, Building 7A

Albany, New York, 12242

(518) 242-5200

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Election results 3/18/2015
Todd Bensley and Owen Toale were elected Wednesday to two-year terms on the village board, with Bensley, 285 votes, and the two write in candidates Owen Toale with 180 votes, and Jeremy Hogan, with 98 votes.
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