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Shelby Man Dies in Farm Accident

SHELBY, NY - An Orleans County man died after a farm accident on Sunday, July 11th.

The incident occured around 4:40 p.m. in the 4000 block of Taylor Hill Rd. The farm worker was found underneath a flat bed truck. It is believed that someone else moved the truck while the worker was taking a nap, without realizing he was underneath.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Orleans Co. Coroner, and he was taken to Monroe Co. Hospital for an autopsy. Sheriffs say that determining the identity of the victim has been difficult due to the questionable immigration status.

Both the driver of the truck and the victim were employed by Root Brothers Farm in Albion.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Albion Color Shuts Its Doors

ALBION, NY - Ed Philips has worked for over 15 years at the printing company on Route 98, now known as Albion Color. He depends on the income to support his wife and teenage son.

He spent June 1st applying for unemployment and wondering what is next for him and the company for which he worked.

The company has roots dating back to 1881 in Albion. It was started by Arthur Eddy and stayed in the family until being sold in 1976 to Richard Remley. The company was called Remley & Company until 2001, when it was sold to Printing Methods Inc. of Rochester. They changed the name to Albion Color.

Philips says it was always a good place to work, but about six months ago, it became clear the economy was taking its toll.

The number of orders coming in began to wane, and so did the work force. Last fall, there were 90 people working at the Albion facility, In May of 2010 the number had fallen to 40.

Medina Hospital Now Participating in Local Electronic Health Info Exchange

The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization, or RHIO, now includes all 15 hospitals in the 10-county area.

Medina Memorial Hospital in Orleans County and St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, Steuben County, recently joined the region’s electronic health information exchange.

Doctors and other health care providers can view lab reports, test results, medication history, demographic information, radiology images and reports, hospital discharge summaries, and elder services data over a secure Internet connection through the RHIO.

The RHIO serves Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle filed report; Photo courtesy: Medina Memorial Health Care System

Orleans County Rotary Derby in August

For the 24th year in a row, the Rotary Club will hold a fishing derby on Lake Ontario.

The 2010 installment of the event will take place from August 7th until August 22nd.

Prizes will be awarded in four major categories: Salmon, Rainbow/Steelhead, Brown Trout and Lake Trout.

Grand Prize for the overall biggest fish is $4,000. 

For more information, call (585) 798-3986.

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Orleans County Community Day

The annual Orleans County Community day will take place on Saturday, August 14th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event will be held at the community health center at 200 Ohio Street in Medina. A Chicken BBQ, Live Music, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides and Face Painting will be available. For more information on the event, call (585) 798-8425.

Orleans County Man Accused of Faking Theft of Rig

An Orleans County man accused of arranging the theft of his tractor-trailer is facing felony charges.

Matthew R. Tower, 32, of Gaines was recently charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, following a lengthy investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff's Office, Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess announced. Tower is accused of conspiring with two men and arranging for the duo to steal his 14-year-old tractor-trailer in March, so he could collect insurance money on the rig, Hess said.

The truck, which is worth approximately $70,000, was stolen from 15731 Route 31 in Murray on or about March 31, deputies said.

The plan was for one of the two men to drive the tractor-trailer to North Carolina to dispose of the truck, deputies said.

But police said that did not happen.

Orleans County Rescuers Call Off Search of Canal After Man Turns Up

A quick dash to get out of the rain may prove costly for a fisherman.

A police officer on patrol on July 24th in Holley, Orleans County, came upon a scene where it appeared a person had slid into the Erie Canal: A bicycle on the canal bank, along with flip-flops, fishing poles and beer cans. Slide marks into the waterway were also visible.

The Holley police officer called for backup and authorities started searching the water about 1:30 a.m., said Orleans County emergency dispatchers.

Ultimately, about 65 people - New York State Police, the Orleans County sheriff's dive team and firefighters from five area departments - were involved.

Search boats were brought in, as were a tracking dog from Niagara County and a helicopter.

The search ended just after 6 a.m.