Using his Storm Punch Out ball for the first time in quite a while, Albion resident Bill Logan knocked over plenty of pins en route to victory in the Tommy Kress 60-and-Over Tour stop Sunday at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.
Logan, 72, a retired Village of Albion employee, averaged 244 for his six games – finishing with a 270 game in the four-person finals – to claim the $300 first prize. It was his first victory on the tour and first trip to the finals.
“I took the ball out of the cellar the Thursday before and used it throughout the tournament,” said Logan, who posted 709 in the qualifying round. He then rolled 225 and 265 in the eliminator rounds before ending with 270.
Batavians Mike Pettinella and Bill Neubert placed second and third, respectively,
Pettinella, 67, a two-time tour champion, rolled 681 in the qualifying round and followed that with 257, 228 and 201 to earn $195. Neubert, 72, qualified with 674 and then posted games of 224, 235 and 183.
Terry Bennetti, 72, of Lockport finished in fourth place.
Reid Cole of Albion, the high qualifier with a 750 series, made it to the top eight and won $70.
The tournament drew 46 entrants. The next event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 15 at Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes in Newark.
VOLKER, CAPIZZI 1ST IN LE ROY
The team of Kevin Volker of Buffalo and Sam Capizzi of Rochester took first place in the Bubba’s Landscaping Scratch Doubles Tournament at Le Roy Legion Lanes on Saturday.
The winning duo defeated Brandon Martin and Ricky Zinone of Rochester for the $800 top prize.
Batavians James Townsend and Jason Quilliam placed third, splitting $200.
Other local bowlers cashing were Paul Bacon/Mark Brown and Brian/Brady Weber. Bacon and Brown were the top qualifiers with 924 for two games – a 230 per bowler average.
Twenty-nine teams competed in the annual event.
Submitted photo: From left, Tournament Director Pete Nashburn, Bill Logan, Mike Pettinella and Bill Neubert.
A pickup truck has reportedly hit a parked box truck in the area of 6366 Big Tree Road., Pavilion.
Injuries were reported but the latest info from the scene is that everybody is walking around so Pavilion Fire can proceed non-emergency.
Rob Credi doesn’t really want to be that guy. You know, the relentlessly squeaky wheel who continuously complains about issues, in this case issues he believes have been created by city officials.
After sending emails to management and City Council previously during the Harvester Avenue road construction project, Credi tried again recently with another issue related to parking.
“My problem isn’t that we don’t have a lot of parking on Harvester, I know we don’t have a lot of parking,” he said Monday night. “It’s that they gave us more parking and then took it away.”
Only one councilman replied to Credi’s latest email, and suggested that he attend a council meeting.
On Monday evening, Credi addressed all city leaders explaining his and other business owners’ plight.
After more than two months of trying to operate a business while beholden to construction crews, torn up pavement and road closures that happened without any forewarning, Credi thought he saw a reprieve. After finally getting a new smooth road, he also noticed that the no parking signs had been taken down on the east side of Harvester Avenue, providing more parking spots for customers.
“I thought it was a nice little consolation prize,” he said during the conference session at City Hall. “The issue at hand is that we’re back to no parking. It’s the inconsistency of what’s being afforded my customers. Two times in the past three months the damage has already been done. My ask is what can we do to implement a structure beforehand so we can prepare for it and our customers can prepare for it?”
Credi, owner of The Pub Coffee Hub, sought answers when portions of Harvester were closed off to traffic, and his primary complaint was that he and other Harvester Center merchants weren’t informed of what was going to happen ahead of time so they could make alternative options to still serve their customers.
Now, with having extra parking and then seeing that yanked away, he again is frustrated that no one communicated it before putting no parking signs back up.
Not only does having two-sided parking serve customers better, but it helps to slow down traffic, he said.
Having owned a business in downtown Batavia, Credi compared his experience: there were no communication issues when in the heart of the city versus on the southeast side, he said.
He went to the police station to talk about the issue and was referred to City Council. Council President Eugene Jankowski on Monday pointed him back to the police.
"I think we need to refer you back to the police chief. Maybe we can revisit that," Jankowski said.
Credi is to meet with Chief Shawn Heubusch, who said he needed to look into the road width and local law for allowing parking on both sides of a city street.
City Code lists all city roadways and their parking limitations if any. Harvester is cited as having “no parking from the west curb line of Harvester Avenue to a point 100 feet westerly therefrom,” and on the “east curb line to a point 50 feet easterly therefrom.”
For what it’s worth, there’s also a line about no parking allowed 25 feet east and west of both driveways in front of Carrols (from the 70s) restaurant, so it may warrant some updating.
Councilman John Canale, who owns a drum studio at Harvester Center, said he had concerns as well.
“I have experienced all the turmoil there, and one and a half weeks ago, before the no parking signs, it really opened things up, and doubled parking,” Canale said. “And then all of a sudden, the signs went back up. I would like to visit the idea of allowing parking on that side.
“I plead with you to do whatever you can to open up parking,” he said.
Councilman Bob Bialkowski, who had suggested that Credi attend the meeting, agreed. Batavia strays from many other small cities that don’t have locally owned businesses, he said, and it's important to preserve any locally owned small businesses that exist.
“I just think it’s vital that we do whatever we can,” he said.
Credi feels that he was heard and supported about the parking situation.
“I am now waiting on hearing back from the police chief for more detail on why things happened the way they did, ideally with some clarity on why it was open to parking for six weeks and then removed without notice,” he said. “Additionally, getting a definitive answer on enforcing the parking laws on our side of the street would be great.
“I do feel like my main point of improving communication between the city and business owners in the future before a major disruption occurs — for example, roadwork and the parking situation — was kind of pushed aside by council president Jankowski with no real answer as to what can be done to improve it,” Credi said.
File Photo of Rob Credi, owner of The Pub Coffee Hub on Harvester Avenue, Batavia, by Howard Owens.
An approximately 25-gallon diesel fuel spill is reported at the TA Travel Center on Allegheny Road in Pembroke.
The initial spill reportedly happened at 9 p.m. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments were just dispatched. City Fire's FAST team is also dispatched.
Next Monday looks to be a busy one for Batavia City School District, with three meetings and a public hearing about spending more than $200,000 for repairs have been scheduled for the Board of Education.
The Audit Committee is set to meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Conference Room, followed by the Policy Committee at 5:15 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Office, and a regular board meeting at 6 p.m. will also meet in the conference room on Monday at Batavia High School, 260 State St., Batavia.
The hearing is related to the proposed spending of $244,000 from the Repair Reserve Fund to pay for the replacement and repair of the public address/clock system and entry and classroom door hardware at the high school. Awarding contracts for such work is also part of the resolution that will go to the board for vote.
For in-person attendance, people are asked to arrive at least five minutes early and sign in legibly. This is an opportunity for qualified voters of the district to participate in a discussion about the repairs.
For anyone wanting to view from home, the meeting is on YouTube.
A full agenda for the meeting is not yet available.
Of all the pictures associated with Van Gogh, a one-eared boxer-pitbull mix, perhaps the neatest one will be of him with his new family at Christmastime.
“We all have matching PJs, red and black plaid,” said his new mom, Batavia native Jessica Starowitz. “I’m a foster fail. As soon as I met him I thought, he’s staying here. His smile, and when he first came in he was prancing, looking for butt scratches, and playing. It was literally love at first sight.”
That happy ending had a very ugly beginning, one of Van Gogh being used as a bait dog by a dog fighting outfit in North Carolina.
Meanwhile, Starowitz, daughter of local resident Anne Marie, was grappling with the loss of her rescue poodle Mulan since May 2021, and finally reached the point that she wanted to do something with animals. She volunteered to foster at Happily Furever After Rescue, a no-kill and foster-based shelter in Connecticut and brought home a cat named Blue.
Sometime later, she was asked if she’d foster a dog named Van Gogh. He had been adopted from a North Carolina shelter and somehow ended up homeless. While living on the streets of Raleigh, NC, he was known as the neighborhood stray and was also super friendly, she said. But then the pooch got picked up by someone who used him for dog fighting. He ended up being dumped and was discovered in a drain pipe with injuries, including a missing ear. He was brought back to the shelter he was originally in.
Enter Jaclyn Gartner, who operates Happily Furever After Rescue. She saw the sad one-eared dog online and decided that he needed to come to her shelter in Connecticut. Gartner’s heart has been drawn to those seemingly unadoptable dogs that get returned for one reason or another.
Van Gogh arrived in June by a private jet used for animal transports.
As it happens, Starowitz, who lives in Norwalk, Conn., had volunteered to foster animals from that shelter. After Blue the cat, she was asked to foster Van Gogh in October. By this time, he was becoming famous for his masterpieces. Gartner had decided to put his one-eared characteristic to good use and let him try out his artistic talents after his namesake. She put a canvas with paint blobs inside a plastic bag covered with splotches of peanut butter. As he licked the nutty treat, Van Gogh created canvas pieces of swirled shapes and colored mergings. It turned out to be a great distraction for a dog that had nervous issues, and in turn raised some money for the shelter and gave him Internet fame.
“You can't bring them certain places, right, like with other dogs, because it stresses him out and stresses out other people. So it's just a little harder to give them exposure. That's how the painting started, to do fundraising and get him some exposure,” Starowitz said. “And then from there, it's exploded. It's been overwhelming and so much fun. But also, it's just, it's wow.”
Van Gogh has done about 75 commissioned works, and the proceeds go to Happily Furever. He has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CBS, and Inside Edition, to name a few. His celebrity status has helped to raise money for the shelter, but for Starowitz, her new four-legged companion has another purpose.
“I’m just here to love the dog, she said. “It’s just a gift that keeps on giving. It’s just a feeling you can’t describe. Sometimes you just have to have patience … the love you get back is exponential.”
She’s had to spend some money for a trainer, but feels it was money well spent “for his own good and my own good.” Before Van Gogh, there were rescue poodles and cats, and pets of some type for 22 years, she said. Her job as an information risk and cyber security consultant was keeping her plenty busy, and there came a point -- after the loss of Mulan -- when she said no more animals.
At least for a while. A friend sent her a post of Van Gogh at Happily Furever Rescue, which drew her back in as a foster. She admits to being a foster fail because she wanted to keep Van Gogh as soon as they met.
Her two boys, Jack, 16, and Charlie, 12, are also animal lovers, which makes for a happy pet family. Van Gogh’s injuries have finally healed, and he enjoys a good round of tug of war, and two-mile walks every morning.
Gartner comes to visit for painting sessions, and “he’s like, oh, peanut butter is coming out; he’s all excited,” Starowitz said.
“I’ve gone from a 12-pound poodle to a 70-pound boxer,” she said. “Sure they’re different, but they all have the same love.”
- Washington Post: Nobody wanted to adopt the dog with one ear — until he started painting
- Today: Van Gogh, a one-eared rescue dog, paints his way into adoption
Top Photo: Batavia native Jessica Starowitz snuggles with Van Gogh at their home in Connecticut; the pooch enjoys playing outdoors and indulging his new mom's penchant for dressing him in holiday attire. Photos by Joanne Beck. Photo of Van Gogh with his artwork as part of a Happily Furever After fundraiser posted online.
A cardboard box fire was reported at Koolatron, 4330 Commerce Drive, Batavia, shortly after 7 p.m.
Town of Batavia Fire was dispatched.
Multiple employees reported boxes on fire and a dispatcher could hear the building's alarm sounding in the background.
The building was evacuated. The sprinklers were activated.
Elba Fire dispatched mutual aid.
City Fire asked to cover Town of Batavia calls, if any.
UPDATE 8:20 p.m.: Stafford and East Pembroke asked to have crews standby in quarters.
“Whether I’ve been working in full-time ministry, teaching in the military or working in IT (information technology), I’ve always tried to focus on people,” said Granger, who was hired last month as Director of Recovery Services at Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.
Granger, 58, (photo at right), is back in Western New York after spending 11 years as a senior IT director for a Dallas, Texas company. He and his wife, Teri, are residing in Mount Morris.
The Wellsville native and Army veteran calls his latest assignment, which includes supervision of around 30 GCASA recovery staff members, “one of the most important things I’ve ever done.”
“I’m honored and privileged to be in this position, and am excited for the opportunity,” said Granger, who has been in leadership roles for most of his adult life.
Granger earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Theology from Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary and went on to full-time ministry in the Southern Baptist denomination.
He spent eight years in active military service before running military schools in Germany for 10 years – teaching young men and women to become successful soldiers.
From there, his travels took him to Costa Rica and Honduras, conducting mission trips for three years.
He then was the pastor of a church in Coleman, Fla., for about six years prior to taking a position as Director of Religious Education for the Department of Defense, both in Germany and then in Fort Drum (N.Y), from 2007-2010.
“It has been very rewarding. I’ve had a great life,” he said, adding that he also spent some time in Russia and Ukraine for pastoral training.
Granger’s responsibilities at GCASA include overseeing programs involving peer recovery advocates, transportation, re-entry (after incarceration), and The Recovery Station on Clinton Street Road, along with working with management of the treatment, residential and prevention departments.
When not on the clock, Granger said he makes time to craft items out of wood and likes to travel with his wife.
Disclosure: Mike Pettinella is the publicist for GCASA.
Eric R. Motquin, 40, of Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, tampering with physical evidence, and obstruction of governmental administration. Motquin was arrested following a traffic stop on Dec. 3 at 3:55 p.m. on Ellicott Street, Batavia. Motquin is accused of struggling with officers and attempting to destroy narcotics. He was arraigned in City Court and ordered held on $1 bail. Motquin was also arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on an unrelated matter.
Tyshon L. Taylor, 25, is charged with attempted assault 3rd. Taylor is accused of an attempted assault on Oct. 13 at 11:39 on Oak Street, Batavia. Taylor, who is being held without bail on an attempted murder charge, was ordered held on minimum bail on this charge.
Jarrod K. Fotiathis, 27, no permanent address, is charged with grand larceny 4th, petit larceny, and conspiracy. Fotiathis and another person, unidentified in by police, are accused of stealing property on Nov. 16 at 4:09 a.m. at a location on Oak Street, Batavia. Fotiathis was issued an appearance ticket.
Alicia M Lyons, 43, of Batavia, is charged with trespass. Lyons is accused of trespassing at a location on Jackson Street, Batavia on Dec. 6 at 4:22 p.m. She was released on an appearance ticket.
Harry R. Silliman, 58, no permanent address, is charged with trespass. Silliman was charged following a report of a disturbance on Maple Street, Batavia, on Dec. 6 at 11:42 p.m. He was issued an appearance ticket.
Robyn D. Scott, 65, Batavia, is charged with disorderly conduct. Scott was charged following a complaint on Dec. 6 at 7:46 a.m. of 'unreasonable noise' in the form of alarms causing an ongoing annoyance at a location on Walnut Street, Batavia. Scott was issued an appearance ticket.
Jean N. Pettit, 58, Batavia, is charged with DWI and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Pettit reportedly drove her vehicle on Dec. 5 at 6:01 p.m. and stopped at a residence on Vine Street, Batavia, and asked for assistance. A Batavia patrol officer responded and conducted a field sobriety test. Pettit was processed at Batavia PD headquarters and released on appearance tickets.
Parker Reid Davis, 29, of East Main Street, Le Roy, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th. Davis is accused of possession of a controlled substance during a probation home visit. He was processed at the Genesee County Jail and released on an appearance ticket.
Andrew Anthony Crimes, 50, of West Main Street Road, Batavia, is charged with two counts of criminal contempt 1st. On Dec. 8 at 10:49 p.m., Crimes reportedly entered Batavia Downs in violation of an order of protection. He is also accused of sending 111 text messages from Jan. 24 to Nov. 19 to a person in violation of an order of protection. He was arraigned in Town of Batavia Court and released.
Benito Anthony Gay, 34, of Batavia, is charged with petit larceny, falsifying business records 2nd, criminal use of an access device 2nd, and unlawful possession of personal identification 3rd. Gay is accused of using another inmate's personal ID number to make phone calls.
Willie Albert Sabb, Jr., 48, of State Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th. Sabb was allegedly found in possession of cocaine during a traffic stop on Dec. 9 at 10:26 p.m. on Clinton Street Road, Stafford, by Deputy Zachary Hoy.
Michael David McCracken, 42, of Aberdeen Street, Rochester, is charged with felony DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation 1st, and failure to signal. McCracken was stopped on Dec. 10 at 1:26 a.m. on Telephone Road, Pavilion, by Sgt. Mathew Clor.
Jeanna M. Hattaway, 35, of Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Hattaway is accused of stealing in the Town of Batavia on Dec. 6 at 4:19 p.m.. She was arrested by State Police and released on an appearance ticket. No further information released.
Carl E. Webber, 42, of Rochester, is charged with grand larceny 3rd. Webber was arrested by State Police in connection with a theft reported on July 14 at 5:37 p.m. in the Town of Batavia. He was released on an appearance ticket.
Medina's Curtis Foss added to his long list of honor scores this week, posting a 300 game in the Sneezy's Monday Night League at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.
The 35-year-old right-hander now has 61 United States Bowling Congress-certified perfect games. He also rolled a 236 game en route to a 762 series.
In other league action around the Genesee Region USBC:
- Mike Pettinella of Batavia stayed hot in the Turnbull Heating Triples League at Mancuso Bowling Center with a 265-269-227--761;
- Alex Allis of Medina led teh way in the Sunday Rolloffs League at Medina Lanes with a 279 game and 763 series.
For a list of high scores, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of the home page.
Our Main Street in Batavia was decorated with festive lights, and shoppers lined the street. Walking down the street on a Friday night, you could visit with your friends and neighbors as you listened to Christmas music from CL Carr's outdoor speakers. Everything you needed for Christmas shopping you could buy on Main Street. CL Carr's Department Store, JJ Newberry, WT Grant, Scott and Bean, and Alexander were some of my favorite stores.
After a day of shopping, you would go home where your house might smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree, or in our case, our living room had an aluminum tree. It was lit by a motorized magic color wheel that played Silent Night. The gifts were all nestled under the tree, waiting for Christmas morning. The homemade felt stockings mom had made hung from the fireplace mantle.
We always had our manger set up, and we remember having our picture taken kneeling next to the figures. Then, we all gathered in the living room on Christmas morning to take turns opening our one special gift.
Our next event was attending Christmas Mass and listening to the Christmas hymns from the organ loft. As we entered the pew, I remember my father separating me from my brother Tony for obvious reasons.
After Mass, we would go home and wait for Grandma to arrive from Le Roy with our 25-pound turkey and her homemade pies. It was such a simple time. At night we went for a ride in the family station wagon to look at the Christmas lights and always stopped at, as we called it, the Blind School to see the miniature Christmas Village. During Christmas vacation, we went sledding down state street hill, hoping to miss the one tree at the foot of the hill.
We would go skating at Macarthur Park on the tennis courts. We had snow from Thanksgiving until St. Patrick's Day, and we never saw grass until then.
Over the years, our Christmases have changed. We all were blessed with children, and our parent's living room was filled with grandchildren. The grandchildren are grown up, some have moved away, and there are definite changes in our Christmases. We have lost the matriarch and patriarch of our family. Christmases will never be the same, but we will always have those cherished memories of sitting in our parent's living room with our aluminum tree, the manger, and mom and dad smiling at their six children and grandchildren.
As a footnote
Besides the memories of the 60s, the reality of living in the 60s can be seen in many ways. In 1960 you could buy a new house for $12,675. The average income was $5,199 rent was $98. You could buy a gallon of gas for $.25. Back then, we never knew there would be the technology of texting a message; in the 60s, you mailed a letter, and a postage stamp cost four cents. And if you were lucky enough to have a Ford Mustang, it would've cost you $2,368. And you can't forget that $.25 burger!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year 2022-2023
Taylor McCabe, of McCabe Enterprises, an electrical contractor, was one of four contractors on a job site at Brickhouse Corners in Pembroke to introduce students to the building trades.
Owner and developer Randy Fancher said he and his brother thought their mixed-use development -- retail and apartments -- was a good job site to show young people what a construction site is like and hear about the kind of work available in different facets of construction.
Besides electrical, students -- and their parents and grandparents -- learned about drywall, HVAC, and plumbing.
"We're letting kids know there are opportunities in the building trades," Fancher said.
For more on the development, click here.
Photos by Howard Owens.
Brian Stevens of DWC Mechanical talks about pipes with a group of students.
Cindy Merritt tries her hand at putting a screw into drywall.
Resurrection and Ascension Roman Catholic Parishes had a joint Confirmation Commitment Mass today at 11:30 at St Joseph’s Church for our shared Confirmation candidates, to be confirmed this spring. Parents and sponsors attended and participated as well.
Prior to Mass, families and students gathered as part of our joint Faith Formation program.
United carried a 2 - 1 lead into the third against McQuaid on Friday night but were unable to hang on for the victory at The McCarthy.
Scoring for United were sophomores Jameson Motyka, and Ivan Milovidov.
Goaltender Frankie Falleti made 21 saves on 24 shots.
McQuaid tied the game with just under nine minutes to play, knocking in a rebound goal to level the score at 2. With only four minutes to play in the game, they struck again to take the lead, and eventually added an empty net goal to seal the game at 4-2.
Shots in the contest were virtually level at 25-24, with a slight advantage for McQuaid.
BND was a perfect 4-4 on the penalty kill but was 0-2 on the Powerplay.
“This is a good lesson for us early in the season," said Head Coach Marc Staley. "Against these top teams, all it takes is one or two mental mistakes, and they will punish you. We are learning. 3-1 through 4 games is not too bad. But we were 8 minutes away from 4-0, with 2 huge wins on the road against state-ranked teams, that’s where the disappointment comes from. But the good news is I don’t think I saw anybody handing any trophies out after the game last night. Our biggest games are still in front of us, this is going to make us better.”
BND will have Saturday and Sunday to rest, before returning to the ice for practice on Monday.
“We have another tough test playing against Greece next Tuesday night at Lakeshore rinks in Rochester," Staley said. "Then we are very much looking forward to hosting the annual David McCarthy Memorial Christmas Tournament at our home rink next weekend.”
On Friday, Dec. 16, Iroquois Central (3-1) will face off against Niagara Wheatfield (4-0) at 6 p.m to kickoff the tournament.
United (3-1) will face WFL Geneva (0-2) at 8 p.m. The consolation game will be played at noon on Saturday, with the championship game set for 3 p.m.
A special number-retiring ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. prior to the championship game. Former captain David McCarthy’s #6 will be officially retired and hung in the arena. Many of David’s family, friends, teammates, and coaches will be in attendance.
“It’s going to be a very special and emotional afternoon, no doubt," Staley said. "Aside from Dave being a wonderful hockey player, and a great captain, he was a beloved son, brother, husband, and father to three amazing children. He was a dear friend to my brother Jack and I, and this is something I’m honestly not looking forward to doing. But it’s time to officially bring him back home.”
Batavia opened up the basketball season on the road against Greece Odyssey and doubled their opponent's score 76-38.
Sawyer Siverling scored 19 points, hitting five three-point shots. Ja'vin McFollins scored 17 points and three a tres of threes. Aiden Bellavia scored 11 points, Carter McFollins, 9 points and Justin Smith, 8 points.
Batavia held Odyssey to 12 points in the first half and maintained a 20-plus point lead from the second quarter to the final buzzer.
Batavia plays Eastridge at home, next Friday at 7:15 p.m.
Photos by Steve Ognibene
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Armani, with Batavia police officer Connor Borchert and his mother Ashley Ayala, was among 30 children selected this year to "Shop with a Cop" at Walmart for Christmas.
The children each had $150 to spend on presents for themselves or for others. The toy aisles were the most popular part of the store.
Photos by Howard Owens.
Armani and Ashley.
Ivy with Investigator Eric Hill.
Angelique with Batavia PD Assistant Chief Chris Camp
Deputy Jeremy McClellan with a nine-month-old on his first Christmas shopping trip to Walmart (mother asked that we not identify the child).
Deputy Jeremiah Gechell shops with Keaghen and his father, Chad Broskin of Brockport.
Deputy Kyle Tower joins Gechell, Chad, and Keaghen.