Archive | July, 2019

Webster community mailbag

31 Jul

 

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Webster extreme softball 12U Hicks team had an amazing season! They were undefeated in league play, won four of the six tournaments they attended, and placed in top three of the other two. The last tournament was a huge win in Clayton NY this past weekend.

I don’t have much more information about their season yet, but when I do, I will post another blog with LOTS of action photos!

More Music, More Music

I was reminded recently that in addition to Webster’s weekly Friday night concerts in the gazebo, there’s another great free concert series hosted every Wednesday night.

They’re called Caring Community Concerts, hosted by the Webster United Church of Christ, 570 Klem Rd. They’re held on the church’s front lawn, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (In case of rain they’re moved indoors.)

Each concert benefits a different community agency, and while the concerts are free, donations are gratefully accepted. There’s also a concession stand, which opens at 6 p.m., if you need something to eat.

Upcoming concerts will feature:

  • Tonight, July 31: Allegro, to benefit the Webster Health and Education Network
  • August 7: Mr. Mustard, to benefit the Webster Public Library BookBox for Kids
  • August 14: Alyssa Trahan, to benefit the Friends of Webster Trails

Bring a blanket, bring a friend, bring a picnic if you want, and enjoy some great music. Check out the church’s Facebook page for more information.

Puzzle Me This

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Jigsaw puzzle lovers, take note!

If you need to update your collection with some new puzzles, here’s a great opportunity. The Webster Public Library will hold a Jigsaw Puzzle Swap on Monday and Tuesday Aug. 5 and 6, all day.

Bring one (or several) puzzles you’d like to swap, and turn each one in for a new-to-you one!

The Webster Public Library is located at 980 Ridge Rd. (on the back side of Webster Plaza), and is open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Comedy show will benefit Miracle Field

30 Jul

comedy showI don’t normally post two blogs on the same day, but I just realized this event happens tomorrow — Wednesday July 31 — and since it benefits Challenger Miracle Field, I want to make sure everyone has a chance to ad it to their calendars.

It’s a Clean Comedy Night at Comedy at the Carlson, 50 Carlson Rd. Rochester.

The evening features All the way from Nashville, TN, Jonnie W., from Nashville, who has entertained  audiences nationwide. He has a daily Sirius/XM Satellite Radio program and a standup special, “Live at the Franklin Theatre,” which won the Bronze Crown Award for Best Comedy. Comedians Dan Kulp, Dan Viola and Vinnie Paulino will also take the stage.

Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7. There will be raffles, and food and drink for purchase. All proceeds will benefit Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester.

For more information, and a link to for advance-sale tickets, see the Facebook event here.

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Make a date to save some lives

30 Jul

blood dropThe American Red Cross has several blood drives coming up here in Webster and nearby towns in the next few weeks, and I encourage everyone to try to carve out an hour of your day to stop by one of them. The need for blood is constant, and every summer that need grows critical.

Here are the details:

  • Thursday Aug. 1, Fairport-Webster Elks Lodge 2396, 1066 Jackson Rd., 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday Aug. 1, Cherry Ridge, 900 Cherry Ridge Blvd. (across from Schroeder H.S.), 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday Aug. 3, YMCA Eastside, 1835 Fairport Nine Mile Pt. Rd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday Aug. 8, Webster Knights of Columbus, 70 Barrett Drive, 1 to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday Aug. 13, St. Martin Lutheran Church, 813 Bay Rd., 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday Aug. 17, Brighton Fire Department, 3100 East Ave., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Log on to RedCrossBlood.org to make an appointment, which tends to speed things up a bit, or just feel free to pop in when you can. They’ll really appreciate seeing you either way.

And by the way, if you donate between now and Aug. 29, you’ll get a $5 gift card from Amazon via email.

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Two upcoming runs will benefit great causes

29 Jul

So, I’m a runner. If you’d told me 10 years ago that I would actually say those words, I would have called you crazy.

But life takes you strange places sometimes, and these days I find myself running 5Ks with some regularity, and when I come across one that I particularly like to run — which means it benefits a cause I really want to support — I like telling you all about them.

Today I want to pass along information about two upcoming races. The first, which is happening this coming weekend, is actually not in Webster, but is a cause near and dear to a close Webster friend of mine. I also like it because the run is flat and scenic, right along the Erie Canal.

Marco+LogoIt’s the second annual Mark Callanan Memorial 5K, scheduled for this coming Saturday Aug. 3 at 9 a.m., beginning at the Veterans Memorial in Potter Park, W. Church Street in Fairport.

Mark Callanan grew up in Fairport, graduated from Fairport High School in 2005 and attended SUNY Geneseo. He served seven years in the Marine Corps, and settled in Washington D.C. There, in June 2015 in front of the Capitol Building, he proposed to his sweetheart Kristi Altieri. They set a wedding date for the following year.

On the morning of June 7, 2016, just two months before the wedding, Mark was warming up to play basketball and collapsed with cardiac arrest. He was 28 years old.

At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, Mark Callanan was a very big man, and he had a heart to match. His fun-loving spirit improved the lives of everyone he met. The 5K has been organized to celebrate that spirit, has another purpose as well. Funds raised through registration, t-shirt sales and more are being used to create a scholarship in Mark’s name at Geneseo.

Last year’s first annual run raised an amazing $25,000 for the endowment fund, and Mark’s friends and family hope to add to that with this year’s event.

For more information about the race and to register, click here.

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This second race isn’t happening until late September, but I’ve already signed up for it, and I’ve run it every year.

It’s the 5th annual Run, Walk & Roll 5K and 1 mile stroll to benefit Challenger Miracle Field. The event invites participants to run or walk, push a wheelchair, push themselves in a wheelchair, or participate with other assistive devices including adaptive bicycles and tricycles.

Great progress has already been made on Challenger Miracle Field, which is located behind Town Hall, 1000 Ridge Road. Games are being played there, and now the focus has turned to completing the Karpus Family Play with Possibilities Playground, a barrier-free, safe, accessible place for all children, regardless of their physical challenges.

In previous years, this race began and ended at Webster Thomas High School. But this year, for the first time, it will all happen at Miracle Field itself, which I think is an awesome idea. The 5K will start at the corner of Van Ingen Drive and Hard Road, behind Town Hall, take runners through North Ponds Park and down the bike path back to Miracle Field. The Miracle Field Stroll will actually take place on the field itself.

The race is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 29 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $20 for the 5K and $17 for the one-mile stroll, if you register online in advance. After that, in-person registration at the race will cost $30/$22. Prizes will be awarded, and the first 200 registrants get a free t-shirt, which you can wear proudly to show what a good person you are. Click here for more information and to register.

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WCSD invites kindergartners to Strive for Five

27 Jul

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August — and the start of the new school year — are just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about buying supplies and getting up early again (for some of us, REALLY early).

For our youngest students, getting on a big school bus on that first day of school can be a little bit scary. A great program called Strive for Five for School Bus Safety helps allay some of those fears.

The program, now it is 13th year, is designed for 2019/20 incoming kindergarteners. It provides children the chance to travel a short distance on a school bus with their parent(s) and to learn important safety procedures for riding the school bus.

The program will start at Willink Middle School, where the bus will pick up participants and bring them to (and from) the transportation department. The buses leave Willink at 6:00 p.m. and returns about an hour later.

While at the transportation department, students will rotate through five stations teaching them the following safety elements:

  • Loading and unloading the bus
  • Proper crossing procedures
  • Danger zones surrounding the bus
  • Appropriate behavior on the bus
  • Emergency equipment/evacuation

Incoming kindergartners and their parents (no additional children, please) should attend as follows, if at all possible. IF you can’t make your assigned evening, you can come on another, but they district really likes to spread everyone out as much as possible.

August 5 – Plank South
August 6 – Dewitt Road and State Road
August 7 – Klem North and Plank North
August 8 – Klem South and Schlegel Road

Private and parochial schools can attend any one of the four dates.

For more information on the program, please contact the transportation department at 265-3840.

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The garlic is BACK!

24 Jul

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Garlic lovers, rejoice! The Webster Garlic Festival is returning this year, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

For starters, its increased awesomeness has led to a name change. It’s now the Rochester Garlic Festival. It’s scheduled for Saturday and Sunday Sept. 14 and 15, and will still be held at the Webster Rec Center on Chiyoda Drive.

Details are still being finalized, but organizers expect about 100 vendors, including garlic growers, specialty food vendors, arts and craft vendors, and community organizations. There will be four food trucks, and live music both days including the Zac Brown Tribute Band, the Walter Chatman Experience, State Line and The Breakfast Club.

Two Wegmans chefs will present demonstrations, there’ll be a beer tent, a kids’ play area complete with bounce house.

See? I told you it was bigger and better.

Admission to the festival is $5 per day, with children 12 and under free. Admission includes free parking, shuttle transportation, live music, cooking demonstrations and access to arts vendors and a kids’ play area.

All proceeds will benefit Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester. The field itself is up and running — and being used regularly — so now the focus is on building a barrier-free playground, an inclusive playground for kids with and without disabilities around Rochester. 

Click here to learn more about Miracle Field, and click here for more details about the Garlic Festival.

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Waterfront Art Fest returns this weekend

22 Jul

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Hot on the heels of the very successful Webster Jazz Fest comes the town’s next artistic festival, the Waterfront Art Festival.  It’s returning to North Ponds Park this weekend, July 27 and 28.

This popular festival features artists from all over Monroe County, who line North Ponds’ scenic and shaded walkways, displaying an incredible variety of hand-made craft items in all price ranges.

What’s really nice about this particular festival is that all of the artisans’ work is juried beforehand, which is why it is all so different and so high-quality. Plus there are food trucks, live entertainment, demonstrations and a wine, beer and cider-tasting tent. There’s plenty of free parking right on the grounds, and an expanded handicapped parking area.

The festival runs from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday at North Ponds Park, off of Rt. 104 between Rt. 250 and Holt Road (take the Rt. 250 exit off Rt. 104).  If you’re coming from the west side, give yourself a little extra time to weave through the annoying 104 East detour down 590 south and back.

Admission is $3, no charge for kids 12 and under. For more information, click here for the Waterfront Art Festival website.

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Photos from the 2019 Jazz Fest

21 Jul

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The village was looking beautiful last night, strung with twinkly lights from one side of West Main St. to the other. It was steamy and humid, but that didn’t keep thousands from coming downtown to enjoy some sweet, cool jazz.

I didn’t get photos of all the action, but you can click here to see a small gallery of the crowds and a few of the bands.

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It was a steamy Christmas in July

20 Jul

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I cannot remember a hotter Christmas in July party at the Joe Obbie Farmer’s Market.  Regardless, when I stopped by for a short time this afternoon, I found lots of shoppers, lots of food, craft and product booths, and of course, Santa.

I always have to pay my respects to Santa at this annual event. He’s always there, dressed in his summer Santa best, welcoming children who are more than happy to get their Christmas wishes in before the rush.

Several Town of Webster officials were there as well, doing a meet-and-greet. Supervisor Nesbitt confirmed that he heard a LOT of comments about the current 104/590 construction/detour mess.

Here are several shots from the day:

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Children learn about history by experiencing it first-hand

20 Jul

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I’ve always believed that the best way to learn to is get hip-deep, physically and intellectually, into a subject. A recent program hosted by the Webster Museum is an excellent example.

Earlier this week, several young history buffs got a chance to experience a day in the life of Webster colonial families as part of the museum’s “Morning at the Museum” program.

Participants rotated through several stations at the museum, giving them hands-on opportunities to make butter, dig for fossils, create ornaments, play with colonial toys, weave, write in diaries, stencil bags and learn about architecture. Museum volunteers hosted the day.

Here are some photos from what was an enjoyable day for both children and adults:

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