Archive | April, 2020

A very special 90th birthday

28 Apr
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Pat the birthday girl sits in her front yard awaiting the parade.

What  better place to have a parade in Webster than down its main street?

The most recent birthday parade to hit Webster happened Tuesday at noon along Ridge Rd., and it was a spectacular one, organized by Molly Copeland for her mother Pat.

Led by countless emergency vehicles of all shapes and sizes, and all blaring their air birthday parade 2horns and sirens, the parade was reminiscent of the annual Firemen’s Parade. Dozens of well-wishers in cares, trucks and jeeps followed, most of them festooned with balloons, signs and ribbons (and one with a huge birthday hat), with friends and family hanging out the windows offering happy birthday wishes.

In the messages Molly was sharing to gather participants for the parade, she wrote,

NEQALS EMS have agreed to honor my mother by taking part in a “car parade” on April 28 at noon. She is turning 90, has recently beaten cancer and has lived in Webster all her life!

She is an amazing woman ans has been in the shut down with no one living with her for all of this time. I just really want her 90 years of life to be celebrated, and not feel forgotten.

It was actually a rather short parade. Participants all gathered at Holy Spirit Church, then headed east down Ridge Rd. for about 100 yards to pass by Pat’s house, dispersing only 100 yards later at Phillips Rd.

Short though it was, it was impressive. And guaranteed Pat, who clearly had no idea what was coming, does not feel forgotten.

As she watched wide-eyed as the emergency vehicles streamed by, lights and sirens blaring, she remarked “This is unbelievable.”

I took video of much of the parade, which I will post to my Facebook page.

I love these parades. They are what small-town living is all about. And as one parade watcher remarked, “This is the number one reason to live in Webster. It’s a great community.”

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The TV stations were out in force. Check their websites for additional coverage. 

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More beauty in chalk

26 Apr

Keep those chalk creations coming! This is the only one I’ve gotten recently, and it’s a beauty, created by Shannon Schiller’s children:

Shannon Schiller

Shannon writes, “stained glass to brighten our day.”

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Webster administrators tops in the field

25 Apr

Congratulations to Spry Middle School assistant principal Jackie Saunders and Schlegel Road Elementary School Principal Francine Leggett for being recognized recently by the School Administrators Association of New York (SAANYS) as outstanding administrators.

SSANYS named Saunders Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year for Region 11, and Leggett Elementary Principal of the Year.

According to the SSANYS website, the organization recognizes educators who “demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and have made exceptional contributions to the educational process.”

Normally, last week these ladies would have been feted at an award ceremony at Midvale Country Club.  The fact they’ll probably be getting their awards in the mail does not diminish the accolades they have earned and greatly deserve.

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Great news from The Filling Station

24 Apr

filling station

I just heard this morning that The Filling Station will start offering take-out today!

Today (Friday) and tomorrow, The Filling Station will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. for take-out. They’ll be offering their full menu. One exception is they won’t be serving prime rib or steak dinners, but will have their steak and prime rib sandwiches.  (except for prime rib or steak dinners)

Beginning next week their hours for take-out will be Wednesday through Saturday 4 to 8 p.m. Stay tuned to their Facebook page and website for updates.

To place an order, call 585-265- 9282. They’re located at 77 East Main St. in the Village of Webster.

I have to say, it’s been wonderful seeing how well our community is supporting our village restaurants.

Like many people, my husband and I have made it a point to order out once a week, patronizing a different restaurant every week. Without exception, every time I pick up my order, I am impressed by how busy the kitchens are (and how long I often have to wait to get my order).

And now we have another restaurant to support! Let’s keep up the good work, Webster!

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Looking for a way to help?

22 Apr

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I don’t know about you, but as I try to navigate my aggravation and frustration during this difficult time, I’m finding it helpful to have a purpose — to reach out and help others who might be in a more difficult spot than I am.

Here’s one way you can do the same, while helping our Webster neighbors in a big way: consider making a donation to HOPE Ministry.  

HOPE Ministry, located at 1450 Ridge Rd., is a social justice ministry that provides for the special and emergency needs through a food cupboard and clothing closet. During this current challenge, they’re limiting their services to emergency food distribution, and they’re running low on a few things.

Several days ago they posted this list of things they could really use:

Spaghetti sauce
Cooking oil
Dish soap
Crackers
Feminine products
Size 5 Diapers

Next time you’re out doing some shopping, perhaps you could pick up a few extra of these items and drop them off.

For more information, check out HOPE Ministry’s Facebook page or website.

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The parks and trails are still open!

20 Apr

friendsAt least for now.

Social distancing has been working to reduce the spread of COVID-19, so as long as we continue to do that, we’ll still be able to get some much-needed outdoors time by visiting our parks.

So on that theme, I want to share a few of the many informational tidbits included in my most recent Friends of Webster Trails newsletter. These are the folks, you may know, who work so tirelessly to create and maintain the incredible trail system we have in Webster.

Welcome to the organization’s new president, Anna Taylor. Anna writes that she grew up in Webster, is an architect by trade, an avid trail runner, and a long-time Friends volunteer. Before becoming president, she was the group’s social media guru, helping keep the Facebook and Instagram pages updated, and helped coordinate volunteers for trail work days. She met her husband on a date in 2007 at Whiting Road Nature Preserve.

Anna has a lot of great plans for continuing to build FWT membership and promoting

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Entrance to the new Hickory Bark Trail 

stewardship projects.

Elsewhere in the newsletter, Sharon Galbraith reminds everyone about Webster’s newest open space and trail at Hickory Bark Woods, which is located across the parking lot from the Webster Public Library on Van Ingen Dr. This is a beautiful short, peaceful trail, along a long boardwalk ending in a spacious deck.

I also read in the newsletter that Mark Yeager, Webster’s Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, will be retiring soon. In his 19-year tenure, Mark oversaw the creation of the new Parks and recreation building on Chiyoda Drive, the First Responders playground and water spray park, and helped spearhead the installation of Challenger Miracle Field.

I enjoyed working with Mark when I needed information and quotes for both this blog and my East Extra column. I will miss him and wish him the best of luck.

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As long as we’re talking about parks, I’d to remind anyone who has ever visited one of our village parks that the Village of Webster Parks Committee would like your opinion.

They’ve developed a short survey to get a better handle on who uses our parks, how they’re used, and how they might be improved.

The survey is the first of several initiatives the committee will be implementing in the coming months to bring more awareness to our village parks which will include a “discover your parks” scavenger hunt this spring.

The survey will be available for a while, but please consider taking a few minutes to fill it out right now. Just click here: Village of Webster Parks Survey.

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A super positive story for a change

19 Apr

acts of kindness

Good things do happen and are happening in this world when we remember we are all neighbors and we are all in this together. Evidence: this message posted this morning by Tammy Kowalski in the Facebook group Webster, Where Life is Worth Living.

My oldest son, Chris Kowalski did the right thing this morning, while on his paper route in Ontario.

He noticed that an older gentleman on his route had not picked up his paper since Wednesday. Chris called the man several times several times starting on Friday, knowing his routine and him being an early riser.

This morning he called 911 and met the Sheriff out at this man’s home. Come to find out, the man had fallen in his bathroom and had been there for several days. The Sheriff and the EMTs took the man to the hospital, and was thanked by the Sheriff for caring and saving his life.

Great job, Chris, and thank you for reminding us that we all need to be watching out for our neighbors, especially the elderly. If anything looks amiss, don’t be afraid to say something.

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Seniors, show your signs!

19 Apr

I  love this story, which I saw this week in the Webster Herald.

The Webster Central PTSA has purchased a lawn sign for every graduating senior in our district, from both Webster Schroeder and Webster Thomas high schools.

This from the PTSA:

The Webster Central PTSA believes this is an opportunity to show our students the power of community in these unprecedented times and unify our youth across the district. We hope the signs will bring smiles to the faces of seniors, their families, and neighbors, as well as encourage our high school seniors to reflect on their accomplishments and journey through Webster Central Schools.

The principals of each high school will be reaching out to to students to arrange for the sign pick-up.

It’s a simple way for our schools, and our community, to show how proud we are of our young people, and to give the Class of 2020 some recognition in these difficult times. Watch for them as they start sprouting up in our neighborhoods.

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And the artwork continues….

18 Apr

The emails with fresh chalking and rainbow artwork have been slowing down (could be because it has become winter again) but here are a few from my friend Rebecca Orr (of Bella’s Bumbas fame) of her granddaughter and her family’s life-sized “Chutes and Ladders” driveway game.

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Unfortunately, with Webster’s recent stinky rainy and snowy weather, it didn’t last very long, but it was pretty cool while it did!

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The PEEP show is not completely gone!

18 Apr
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Superman by Catholic Family Services (M. Grenier 2019)

I received an exciting email the other day from the organizers of the Greater Rochester PEEP Show.

The 5th annual PEEP Show, originally scheduled for March 31, had to be tabled like everything else in the last month. But the show’s organizers have found a creative work-around.

On May 9 and 10, the Greater Rochester Marshmallow PEEPS Art Show, sponsored by the Webster Community Chest, will go virtual.

Here’s more information direct from the press release:

Although the number of entries has been reduced due to the pandemic, we still have

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The Big Pink Peep by Rochester Presbyterian Home (M. Grenier 2019)

plenty for folks to look at and many of the other features of the live show will be recreated on-line. 

Our display makers have sent in photographs showing their art work in detail, and many have even sent short movies of their displays. There will be plenty of fun things to look at. Visitors need only to come to www.rochesterpeepshow.com to enjoy the fun.

In addition to all the displays, visitors can see past years displays, visit our craft vendors, make donations to get raffle tickets for wonderful prizes, see performances by our entertainers, learn about each of the sixteen local nonprofit agencies that benefit from donations and about the businesses that have sponsored this show.

The “make donations” part is particularly important if you stop by. This event has always been a big fundraiser for the Webster Community Chest, an organization which is needed even more during these difficult times to help support our neighbors in need.

So check out the show this May 9 and 10. Kids, make it a virtual Mother’s Day “field trip” for your mom!

P.S. There’s still time to submit an entry, so reserve a spot for your own creation. For more information and inspiration, visit rochesterpeepshow.com, follow the Webster Community Chest on Facebook or email peepshow@frontier.com.

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