You know how I ramble…

11 May

Don’t expect to find much point in today’s blog. It’s one of those times when I just have a whole bunch of disparate thoughts that need to be put down on paper — or more accurately, digitized.

That old abandoned barn which has stood for years on Ridge Road across from Webster Plaza is finally coming down. It makes me kind of sad. I always respected that old place. It stood proudly for so long, despite the slow encroachment of weeds, traffic and commerce. It was almost as though it was thumbing its nose at progress, forcing us all to remember back to simpler times when residents would walk across that property to bale some hay, not to pick up a prescription at Rite Aid.

There was a photo and caption in the Webster Herald a few weeks ago about the demolition. It noted that the Webster Museum Historic Properties Committee had learned that “the barn is being dismantled by Dutton Properties of Springwater, and the boards and beams will be reused.” Apparently this is “GREAT NEWS FOR PRESERVATION MONTH (May) in Webster!”

Well, I can see that the Preservation Committee would be pleased about plans to re-purpose the wood, but I wonder if they’re happy that it’s coming down.

Enough about that.

Photo courtesy Democrat and Chronicle

Yesterday’s Democrat and Chronicle had two nice articles about the Christmas Eve tragedy which you might have missed. One of them was about a Lake Road resident whom we hadn’t heard about before, who helped Joseph Hofstetter escape the scene in his truck after he was injured. Read that story by clicking here.

The second is about “Chip” Chiapperini.  The Greece Police Department new canine officer has been officially named “Chip” in his honor. Read that story here.

Moving on….

Congratulations to Webster Thomas and Webster Schroeder High Schools for being named — once again — to Newsweek magazine’s list f top 2,000 best high schools in the nation.

The ranking is based on six components, including graduation rates, college acceptance rates. average SAT/ACT scores, percent of students enrolled in AP courses, and other test rankings.

Both schools significantly improved their rankings from 2012. This year, Webster Schroeder landed at #738, up from 867 in 2012. Webster Thomas scored even better, coming in ranked at #290. Last year, Thomas was ranked #441. Congratulations to the students and staff at both schools.

Finally, those of you fully immersed in today’s social media culture might find this interesting. Yesterday I finally signed on to LinkedIn.

The way my husband describes it, LinkedIn is kind of like Facebook for professionals. It’s a great place to network and expand your professional contacts, without the food photos, sentimental videos and political rants that pervade Facebook these days.

I also think it’s a lot like Twitter, mostly because even though I belong to the network, I really don’t know how to best take advantage of it or how it will benefit me. But I’ve been getting invitations to join the network for months now, and since I’ve got this new column gig which makes me LOOK professional, anyway, I thought I’d take the plunge.

So if you’re on LinkedIn and want to connect, send me a message. But if I don’t respond, just chalk it up to the fact I don’t know what I’m doing.

 

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