Archive | August, 2012

A sad goodbye to a great friend of Webster

3 Aug

I learned some sad news the other day. Long-time resident Helen Miller passed away suddenly at the age of 82.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Helen, but from what I have heard, she was a dear friend of Webster — not just its people, but the entire Webster community itself.  Someone whose positive attitude brought a smile to every life she touched.

Her beautifully-written obituary captures her irrepressible spirit:

A talented artist, restorer of art, an avid golfer, card player, reader & traveler, Helen looked for any excuse to get everyone together to have a party! Helen, thank you for teaching us to love with all our hearts, to laugh often, to turn the negative to a positive, to enjoy every minute and share it all with family & friends. Helen has left a legacy through her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her artwork and her zest for life.

And I just love this.  In her memory she has asked everyone to perform a Random Act of Kindness for someone. (Read the entire obituary here.)

Most people probably don’t realize that Helen painted the mural which now hangs in the Community Meeting Hall, where the Village Board conducts all of their meetings.  And, I just found out yesterday, she also created the stained glass window in that same room.

So the next time you watch a meeting on TV and see that mural, remember Webster’s good friend Helen Miller, and think about how you can pass on her spirit through kindness.

 

 

The moose had a baby!

1 Aug

Did you see? The big moose painted on the side of the dentist office on West Main Street has had a little moose!

The baby may have been there for a while, but I just noticed him (her?) a few days ago on one of my passes through the village. A few trees and soft grasses have also sprouted there on the side of the building, so at least our new little animal friend has some shade and a comfortable place to rest.

I first wrote about the Webster Moose (as I called it back then) a little more than four years ago.  I was intrigued by the animals painted on the building (the moose is not the only one) and the animal tracks leading around the building.  I had the good luck then to meet the artist, Carol Salminen, wife of Dr. William Salminen, one of the dentists who shares the office. Her idea was for the animals to be a “welcoming menagerie” for their young patients. (Click here to see the original blog.)

When I popped into the office this time around, however, I couldn’t track down the artist.  The receptionists didn’t even seem to know about the baby. So I’m not sure who’s responsible, but to whoever is, I say good job.