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Penfield man wins, advances in Jeopardy!

Penfield man wins, advances in Jeopardy!

Penfield resident and game show contestant Sean Hansen will advance in "Jeopardy!" on Thursday after winning a close match on Wednesday, April 11.

The 39-year-old was able to defeat the defending champion in the final round by just $1, for a prize of $30,001.

Hansen was in third place during "Double Jeopardy," but took the lead by $400 after answering the "Daily Double" question correctly. Each of the contestants answered the final question correctly, but Hansen wagered just enough money to pull ahead for the win.

Host Alex Trebek congratulated Hansen as the crowd applauded.

"He can smile now, and he gets to play tomorrow," said Trebek.

The next episode, which was originally taped in December, will air at 7:30 on CBS on Thursday.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Hansen moved to Penfield with his family in 2010.

Woodcarvers invite young Webster 'sculptors' to join their show

Some young sculptors from Webster’s Klem Road South Elementary School have been invited to have their work displayed alongside that of professional wood carvers from the Rochester area.

Each year, the Genesee Valley Woodcarvers host a show at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and recently Klem South art teacher Mary Beth Vasalos was approached by a member of the group, asking if her students would be interested in displaying their bird sculptures at the April 14 show.

“What a great opportunity for these kids,” Vasalos said enthusiastically.

The students made their sculptures out of clay and finished them with acrylic paints in early March.

The student project, called “Spring Birds,” was designed to help second-grade students understand the difference between two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork. Students used hand-building techniques and learned about the stages of clay and the concept of form.

Penfield superintendent retiring

Families in Penfield may be wondering who will lead their district after hearing the superintendent of Penfield schools is retiring.

According to a statement posted on the district's website, John Carlevatti will retire at the end of August.

He has been Penfield’s superintendent since 2008 and an educator for more than 30 years.

The school board will discuss the search for a new superintendent at its next meeting on April 17.

Webster teen accused of killing father, brothers in house fire appears in court

The teen accused of setting a fire that killed his father and two brothers stepped out of juvenile detention facility and into a courtroom Thursday morning.

Michael Pilato is charged with murder, attempted murder and arson.

Police say Pilato poured gasoline inside the family’s Webster home last December, intentionally setting it on fire.

Today, the defense contested evidence seized by police after the fire. They say someone not related to the family let them inside the house to collect Pilato's laptop and Playstation.

Pancake breakfast fundraiser with the Easter Bunny

A pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be held in honor of Jovani Perez -- a Rochester-area child who needs a kidney transplant.

The event is planned for March 31st, at Toddler’s Workshop and Railroad Junction in Webster, from 8: 30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The event includes breakfast and a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny.

Five-month-old Jovani is scheduled to receive a kidney transplant at Children’s Hospital in Boston.  Funds are being raised to assist with transplant-related expenses.  

Tickets are $13 per adult and $7 per child.

Maggie Brooks named NYS’s 2012 republican Woman of the Year

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks has been named New York State’s republican Woman of the Year.

On Tuesday, Brooks was presented with the Henrietta Wells Livermore Woman of the Year Award by the New York State Federation of Republican Women during the organization's annual convention in Albany.

A Webster mom is committed to fundraising for research to find a cure for Autism

A Webster mom is committed to fundraising for research to find a cure for Autism

Kate Clemont says her son is like Tigger.

“He spends a lot of time jumping,” she says.

Her son, Jack, is now 7, but was diagnosed with autism at age 2. From that time, he has had at least 20 hours of week of speech, occupational, and physical therapy as well as special education.

“When Jack was first diagnosed, we didn’t know where to turn,” Clemont said. “But, it could be worse ... He’s happy, healthy — and adorable. He has opened our eyes to what’s really important.”

Besides caring for her family, what has become important to Clemont is raising money for Autism Speaks, which she describes as “an international, grassroots research organization.” Autism Speaks also has a network of 14 autism treatment sites in the U.S., including one in Rochester, at the Kirch Developmental Services Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.