Archive | October, 2017

A thank you from the WCSD

22 Oct

I’m pleased to post this thank-you letter from the Webster School District following a very successful senior citizens’ dinner.

Webster Central School District celebrated the 46th Annual Senior Citizens’ Day on Thursday, October 19. Senior Citizens from throughout the community joined us at Webster Schroeder High School for a day filled with friends, superb student entertainment, wonderful door prizes donated by local merchants, and a delicious turkey dinner prepared by Webster CSD Food Service, served by some of our high school students. An additional 50 volunteers helped with bus loading and unloading, registration, and morning refreshments, and a contingent of elementary school students aided in the distribution of door prizes.

These One Webster festivities could not be possible without the generosity of so many!

Thank you to the following community businesses and organizations for their generous support of this special day: Trident Precision Manufacturing, Webster Community Chest, Webster Lions Club, Eggert & Coles, D.D.S., Webster Kiwanis Charitable Foundation, Stan Drabik, D.D.S., Bill Gray’s, Empire State Weeklies and the Webster Herald, Hegedorns Market, Kittelberger Florist and Gifts, Painting with a Twist, Schutt’s Apple Mill, Ann Kowal and Special Care Systems, LLC, Jerry Christopher and State Farm Insurance, Walmart, Webster Central PTSA, Wegmans, Jeff Scott and Willard H. Scott Funeral Homes, and various anonymous donors.

On behalf of the Webster Central School District and the Webster Board of Education, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to those listed above as well as to all who shared their time and talents with us on October 19. Thank you!

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It’s not their first rodeo (but it IS the last of the season)

18 Oct

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The NEQ ALS, our local paramedic service will host its final food truck rodeo and craft fair of the season on Thursday October 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Firemen’s Field on Main Street.

I haven’t see a whole lot of details about which trucks will be there, or what vendors will be attending this time around, but at recent events the trucks included: Netsins Ice Cream, Effortlessly Healthy, Macarollin and Heiztelmans; and the vendors included Young Living, LuLaRoe, Honey and Lace, Pampered Chef, Usborne Books, Tupperware, Perfectly Posh, Tastefully Simple, Lip Sense, XS Energy, and Park Lane Paparazzi.

Proceeds from the event will help the NEQ ALS build a new headquarters building.

So stop on by Thursday evening, support our local first responders, help them build a new home, get some good grub and start your Christmas shopping.

If there are any updates, they’ll be posted on the Facebook event page here.

Here are a few photos from one of the previous rodeos:

 

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Paws (and pints) at the Pub

17 Oct

I love this idea.

Our favorite Irish pub, Barry’s Old School Irish in the village of Webster, is teaming up this weekend with Webster Veterinary Clinic to host “Paws at the Pub,” an event benefiting pets.

From 2 to 4:30 p.m. this Saturday October 21, Webster Veterinary will be at the pub with several adorable pets who need forever homes. When you stop by to give them a snuggle (you know you want to), bring along a donation for rescued pets and get a pint on the house as a thank-you.

Items needed include blankets, unopened dog and cat food, pet toys, puppy/kitten formula, and cat litter.

If you adopt a pet at the event, in addition to having an adorable new family member, you’ll also receive a free wellness voucher and pedicure form the Webster Veterinary Clinic.

Barry’s Old School Irish is located at 2 West Main Street at Webster 4-corners.

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Tuesday Webster mailbag

16 Oct

Today’s mailbag begins with a follow-up on a blog I wrote several days ago about our neighbors from the Webster Presbyterian Church and Penfield Presbyterian Church.  Ten church members are right now in New Jersey, preparing to assist help with continuing efforts to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the area five years ago.

Today I received a photo of most of the group members, taken just before they left town. Two other members will be meeting them in NJ.

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The missionaries expect to be working on a home in Brigantine, NJ, where they will be installing flooring, hanging interior doors, installing trim, painting and possibly hanging kitchen cabinets. Then they’ll head to Atlantic City, where they will help repair a deck, finish some drywall and do some painting.

They’ll be returning to Webster on October 21.

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There will be a pharmaceutical waste pickup at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 226 Phillips Road, on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any unused, unwanted or expired prescription and/or over the counter medications will be accepted for disposal. No appointment is necessary.

If you don’t feel comfortable with your personal information on the bottles, you can remove the pills and put them in a plastic bag for disposal.

The event is part of the DEA’s 14th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This is a great opportunity to rid yourselves of those old pills, especially since the drop box normally located at Town Hall is inaccessible while the building is being remodeled.

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The Town of Webster Highway Department will start the annual Leaf Pick-Up on Monday, October 23, weather permitting. Every effort will be made to pick up leaves on a weekly basis until the week of Monday, December 4th. At that time, a final pass will be conducted throughout the town, starting from the west side to the east side.

If anyone has any questions regarding the annual Leaf Pick-up, please contact the Highway Department at 872-1443, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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WVFD open houseI’ll be posting more about this event next week, but here’s a preview of a fun activity for the kids.

The Webster Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual open house on Saturday October 28 during the Village of Webster’s Trick or Treat Trail.

The fire house at 35 South Avenue will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with giveaways, refreshments, fire equipment and safety displays, demonstrations, and special activities for children of all ages.

Special events and activities will include: free doughnuts, cider and coffee for the adults; lots of fire trucks and emergency vehicles for the kids to check out and sit in; helmets and coloring books for the kids (while supplies last); the “burning house,” which kids can “put out” using a real fire hose; and lots of opportunities to chat with our local first responders.

And of course, firefighters will be handing out candy for all the trick-or-treaters.

For more information, visit the WVFD Facebook page.

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Keeping Webster beautiful

15 Oct

image1Do you ever notice those Monroe County Adopt-a-Highway signs along our roadways? There are some real community-minded people behind those signs, whom you don’t often hear much about.

Today, though, you’re going to hear about the fine folks at St. Martin Lutheran Church, who a few years ago signed up to adopt 1.5 miles of Bay Road. You’ll see their sign at the southwest corner of Bay and Lake roads.

Last Saturday, a small group from St. Martin, armed with orange trash bags and plastic grabbers, walked both sides of Bay Road from Lake Road to Rt. 104 picking up litter along the way.  My friend Jim Lockwood sent along a nice write-up about the effort. He wrote,

It was quite surprising and disappointing to see the vast amount and variety of items that are continually tossed from cars along Bay Road. The most common were assortments of cans, bottles (both plastic and glass), fast food containers, plastic bags, etc. Most items were recyclable but were thoughtlessly tossed to the side of the road.

The Adopt-A-Highway Program is a wonderful (program) that helps keep our communities clean, safe and provides a real opportunity to meet our neighbors. We all need to participate to keep our neighborhoods litter-free. Members of St. Martin will continue to support our commitment to this program and help keep Bay Road clean, beautiful and safe for years to come.

In conclusion he added, “Please remind people to take your trash home and dispose of it properly.”

Seems easy enough.

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Members of the St. Martin Lutheran Church clean-up team. 

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Webster Village Band concludes season with banquet

14 Oct

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Our friends in the Webster Village Band celebrated the completion of their successful 50th anniversary season several days ago at their annual banquet.

In addition to the catered dinner, band members brought along snacks and libations for a cocktail hour and dessert after dinner.  They also had a beautifully decorated cake celebrating the big anniversary, and lots of “50th”-themed decorations.

Band member Sylvia Hungerford wrote about the event,

The banquet truly gives us the opportunity to get acquainted with fellow band members which is difficult during rehearsals….For example, during rehearsals, if you sit in the front row, you rarely have the opportunity to interact with those behind you or other band sections.

We are thankful for the support from the village of Webster. The commemorative plaque and proclamation (received at a recent Village Board meeting) were displayed for all (band) members and spouses to see. It was a special night with great food and camaraderie among kindred spirits of music!

The Webster Village Band is truly a village treasure. Congratulations on 50 years of making beautiful music, and here’s hoping for many, many more.

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A heartfelt thank you, Webster, from the Red Cross

14 Oct

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Webster has done it again. Our community continues to show how much we care about others, this time through a very successful two-day blood drive.

Both days of the drive, held on Wednesday of this past week at St. Paul’s Church and Thursday at the Recreation Center, surpassed the ambitious goals set by the Red Cross, ultimately collecting 176 total units.  That’s enough blood to save up to 528 lives.

One of the greatest things about these bi-annual community drives is the tremendous support we get from local business owners. More than 20 Webster businesses donated raffle prizes or coupons. Every presenting donor (even if you were deferred because of low iron, like I often am) got ten raffle tickets for the prize bags, PLUS a fistful of coupons (including the ever-popular Bruster’s “Pint-for-a-Pint” coupon), PLUS a free Red Cross t-shirt.

Meredith Gallinaro, our Webster Red Cross coordinator, wrote,

The response from many of the donors is that it’s like Christmas getting all of their goodies. Quite a few say that they don’t come for the prizes, but to simply donate and I say that this is our way of thanking the generous Webster donors for their support all year long!

So thank you once again to all of our sponsoring businesses for your continued generosity. And thank you to the Webster community for your never-ending support of these community blood drives.

IF YOU COULDN’T DONATE at this drive for some reason — either you were deferred or couldn’t find the time — your next local opportunity to donate is coming up soon.

Our very own Webster Volunteer Fire Department will host a donation drive on Thursday October 26 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Community Meeting Room, 35 South Avenue.

The drive is being coordinated by Webster volunteer firefighter — and Red Cross staff member — Jacky Ingrassio. She wants to encourage a friendly competition between Webster Fire Department and West Webster Fire Department to see which can donate the most units.

But of course they’re also hoping that all elegible donors in our community will come out and “answer the call,” and give blood in honor of our everyday heroes.

Zoom in on the poster to see how you can make an appointment, but of course walk-ins are always welcome.

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Clarification from the PTSA

13 Oct

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Apparently there’s been some discussion in recent days on social media regarding a Meet the Candidates forum which was recently hosted by the Webster Central Schools’ PTSA.

The event, as I gather from the advance information that was distributed, was intended to be an informational give and-take between town residents and the candidates for Town Supervisor. Seems like a great opportunity to become better informed voters, and give our younger generation a taste of the voting process.

But apparently some people didn’t take it that way and there’s been some complaints. In response, the WC PTSA has offered this statement, which I am pleased to post.

We are aware that some Webster residents on social media pages have questioned the WC PTSA hosting a Meet the Candidates forum and we would like to take this opportunity to clarify our role in holding such events.

The PTSA held this event to provide an opportunity to the residents of Webster to meet the candidates and learn about their views. Both candidates and the Webster Community were invited to participate in this open forum event, and all questions were 100% audience driven. High School principals included this information in their weekly newsletter to encourage students to learn about their local government and its processes.

The event, like our annual BOE Meet the Candidates events, was a free, non-partisan, public event. It was not part of our monthly PTSA business meeting, which was held earlier that evening. It was moderated by a non-town resident and approved by the NYS PTA. For more information on NYS PTA, click here.

The PTSA is a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for the education and well being of every child. In accordance with our local and NY State bylaws, the WC PTSA does not endorse any political party or candidates. For more information on our mission and bylaws, please visit our website.

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The advance notice that appeared in school newsletters

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Webster group travels to NJ for hurricane relief

13 Oct
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Webster Presbyterian Church

As news from Hurricane Maria is still grabbing headlines, a group from Webster hasn’t forgotten another devastating storm, Superstorm Sandy, which hit the Jersey coast five years ago.

An adult mission work team from Webster Presbyterian Church will travel to New Jersey from October 15 to 21. where homes are still being rebuilt following the storm.

Ten men and women will make the trip, nine from Webster Presbyterian Church and one from Penfield Presbyterian Church.

The missionaries expect to be working on a home in Brigantine, NJ, where they will be installing flooring, hanging interior doors, installing trim, painting and possibly hanging kitchen cabinets. Then they’ll head to Atlantic City, where they will help repair a deck, finish some drywall and do some painting.

While they’re in New Jersey, the group will be staying at the Community Presbyterian Church in Brigantine.

Thank you, Webster friends. Good luck and be safe.

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Webster Community Blood Drive is back!

10 Oct
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The raffle prizes offered at this week’s Community Blood Drive will look much like these from June 

The Webster Community Blood Drive will return to St. Paul’s Church and the Webster Rec Center this week,  and a new feature that was introduced at June’s drive will be making a return appearance.

The semi-annual two-day blood drive, heralded by the huge white signs placed all around town, is always one of the most popular and best attended drives of the entire year. It stands out among all others by the tremendous support it receives from Webster businesses.

Like in June, instead of receiving a packet of coupons, every presenting donor will be handed ten raffle tickets, which can be used to take chances on more than two dozen different prizes provided by local businesses.

The response to the raffles was quite positive in June, so organizers have decided to bring it back again.

The raffle prizes at this week’s drive include:

  • Gift certificates from Barry’s Old School Irish
  • Beauty products from Beyond Cuts Salon
  • Gift certificates from The Chicken Coop
  • Gift cards from Eastway Liquor
  • Gift basket from Kittelberger Florist
  • Grumblers and pint glasses from Knucklehead Craft Brewing
  • Free month of classes from Matsunami Karate
  • Gift certificate from Natural Alternatives
  • Free oil change from Ron’s Auto Repair
  • Gift certificate from Rubino’s
  • Fruit gift basket from Schutt’s Apple Mill
  • 10 free classes from Strike Back Martial Arts
  • Set of eight Waterford wine glasses from The Garage Sale Store
  • A free ice cream cake from The Goodie Shoppe
  • Free month’s membership from World Gym
  • Gift certificate from La Bella Vita

One of the most popular coupons of all — from Bruster’s — will be returning. Every presenting donor will receive Bruster’s “Pint for a Pint” coupon, good for a free pint of ice cream or a free ice cream cone.

Wait! There’s  more! On top of all that, each donor will also be handed a free t-shirt from the Red Cross (while supplies last).

The Webster Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Wednesday October 11 at St. Paul’s Church, 783 Hard Road, and Thursday October 12 at the Webster Recreation Center, 1350 Chiyoda Drive, from noon to 7 pm each day. You can make an appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by logging onto http://www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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