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Q&A about being a volunteer firefighter

22 Apr

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My Our Towns East Extra column today highlights our very own Webster Volunteer Fire Department. I am proud to know many of these men and women, and pleased to be able to help them in their cause to recruit new members.

So if you’ve ever thought about it — even a bit — and ever had questions like “Do I have to get up every night in the middle of the night to run into a burning building?” you shodl read this column.

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Webster community mailbag

20 Apr

Let’s start today’s mailbag with a unique event being hosted next Wednesday April 25 by St. Ann’s Community on Ridge Road, which will be of special interest to anyone with a loved one who is dealing with memory impairment.

From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., people are encouraged to visit The Lifestyle of Rainier Grove, the memory care neighborhood at Cherry Ridge. Staff members will be on hand to demonstrate how they use sensory stimulation to bring enjoyment to residents and increase their social interaction.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Please RSVP by calling (585) 697-6701

Rainier Grove at St. Ann’s is located at 900 Cherry Ridge Blvd. (across from Webster Schroeder High School). The event is open to the public. For more information, click here to see the Facebook event posting.

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29595506_1997052513657004_6508532490232657654_nThe Webster Central PTSA will present a wellness night on Monday April 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Willink Middle School cafetorium, 900 Publisher’s Parkway.

The event, called Coping with Stress and Anxiety in Family Life, is in response to PTSA survey results. It will explore stress and anxiety in our daily lives, provide tips on how to identify it and tools to cope with it.

Facilitators will include Erica Ebert, WCSD instructional specialist and mindfulness coach; and Keith Greer, WCSD social worker, progressive recovery coach, speaker, trainer, and advocate at Recovery Coach University.

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St. Martin Lutheran Church will host its bi-annual Spring Chicken BBQ and FunFest on Saturday, May 5 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Dinners will include a half chicken, salt potatoes, cole slaw, roll, butter and beverage, for $10. Pie slices and other desserts will also be available for purchase.  A hot dog dinner for kids is just $2.

Dinners are eat-in or take-out. Tickets can be reserved by calling the church office at 671-1899, or purchased at the event while supplies last.  Proceeds support the church’s Christmas Stocking Project, which reaches more than 500 local youth in Monroe and Wayne counties.

St. Martin Lutheran Church is located at 813 Bay Road, Webster.

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The Webster Arboretum Association’s spring plant sale is back, scheduled for May 12 from 8 a.m. to noon.

This sale is just blooming with beautiful, healthy live plants which are grown by local garden clubs and local commercial growers in local soil, so they’re going to grow in your garden, too. Garden Club members will also share their favorite plants from their own gardens.

Check it out at the Webster Arboretum, 1700 Schlegel Rd., Webster. It’s a perfect opportunity to grab a Mother’s Day gift.

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Love your library

18 Apr

logoChances are you didn’t realize this, but last week was National Love Your Library Week.

But don’t worry; all is not lost. If you get right on it, you can nominate our Webster Public Library as the best of the best public libraries. Just click here to fill out the nomination form, but do it quickly, because they’re due no later than midnight this Saturday April 21.

While we’re talking about our amazing library, let me get into a few more details about some of their upcoming events.

The Friends of the Library’s Spring Book Sale will be back next week. Members of the Friends get a sneak peek Wednesday night April 25 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (if you’re not a member, you can sign up on the spot!)

The sale will then be open to the regular public on Thursday April 26 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday April 27 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday fill a bag for $4.00 or get all books half price.

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If you’ve been doing some spring cleaning and have a couple of boxes of stuff to bring to Savers, wait until Saturday May 5. All donations dropped off that day from 9 a.m. to noon will benefit the Friends of the Library.

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The Friends of the Library are looking for generous people to make hats, caps and head-warmers of all sorts for sale this coming fall to support Webster Public Library programs.

Crafty people are encouraged to knit, crochet, sew, weave or felt hats — infant through adult, beanies to head warmers, of any fiber or make (please include care instructions). Drop off your creations at the library, 980 Ridge Road, by October 1. The entire value of every hat sold will be used to benefit programs offered at the library.

Questions: email FriendsWebsterLibrary@gmail.com.

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Stay tuned for details about a terrific new photography exhibit coming up in May, called “We All Have a Story.” Webster Central School District teaching assistant Linda Hayes has created a series of portraits of several of her WCSD colleagues, including narratives of their life stories.

The Webster Public Library is located at 980 Ridge Road. The entrance is in the back of the plaza off Van Ingen Drive. You can connect with them via Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest.

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What I found out at Community Arts Day

16 Apr

I mentioned in a few of my previous posts how much I look forward to Community Arts Day every year, in large part because I get to check in with a lot of community agencies and visit with some people I only see once a year — at this event.

As usual, this year I came away with a whole bunch of flyers about upcoming events, most of which I will be developing into individual blogs in the near future. But for now, let me give you a teaser:

  • The Webster Public Library is sponsoring an unusual fund-raiser. Well, actually, a HAT-raiser. They’re looking for generous people to make hats, caps and head-warmers of all sorts for sale this fall to support library programming. You can knit, crochet, sew, or weave the hats (whatever!) and make them any size or design, then drop off your creations at the pubic library by October 1.
  • The Webster Library’s Spring Book Sale is scheduled for Thursday April 26-Saturday April 28. You can get more details by clicking here.

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  • Willink’s fourth annual student-run play will hit the stage on Friday May 4 and Saturday May 5. It’s called “Trouble in Paradise Junction,” which they describe as a “love letter to small town life.” Tickets go on sale Wednesday April 18. For more information visit willinkstudentrunplay.club.
  • The Friends of Webster Trails reminded me that there’s a new trail in town! The new Yellow Trail has recently been completed at Four Mile Creek Preserve, at the corner of Phillips and Lake roads. It’s an extension of an already existing trail system which itself is one of the newer jewels in Webster’s outstanding trail system. Find out more at www.webstertrails.org. And while you’re there, drop them a few bucks and become a member.

Stay tuned for more details about these and other upcoming Webster events, including the Chorus of the Genesee’s annual spring concert, which this year will welcome the Core, and the Yellow Jackets. I just got a flyer in the mail, and will tell you more about that shortly.

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Definitely NOT Webster news.

15 Apr
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Allyssa Hatch and her little sister Alexis, from Pittsford, work together to collect trash during last year’s Clean Sweep. They’ll be back this year with reinforcements from Allyssa’s Girl Scout troop. (Provided)

I beg your indulgence this morning, Webster readers.

The Our Towns East Extra column I wrote this week is not going to be posted online, but I’d like people to be able to find it digitally. And even though it’s about an event in Pittsford, I think many east-side families will be interested.

To see a .pdf of the whole column, click below:

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P.S. if you are at all interested in learning more about what’s going on in all of our east-side towns, please “like” my Our Towns East Extra of the D&C Facebook Page. Aside from my columns, I regularly post other events from Penfield, Fairport, East Rochester, Brighton, Irondequoit, Pittsford, and Victor.

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Fun Saturday ahead

13 Apr

I’m really looking forward to Saturday. One of my favorite events of the year has returned — Community Arts Day at Webster Schroeder High School.

Community Arts Day is our school district’s annual show-off day. Students from every one of our elementary, middle and high schools will have artwork and written pieces on display. There are individual and ensemble music performances of all kinds. There’s food, crafts, vendors and baked goods.

But mostly I love this event because I know I’ll be seeing a lot of my friends and neighbors there. And since I work in two elementary schools, I expect to see a ton of students, too. Plus, it’s a chance for me to check in with a dozen community agencies to see what’s going on and to get blog ideas.

And make sure to schedule in an extra 10 minutes to test drive a new car out in the front parking lot.  The Marching Band Boosters are teaming up with Henderson Ford for an easy and fun fundraiser. Just spend a few minutes driving a new car or truck around in a circle in the parking lot and Henderson Ford will donate $20 to the Marching Band and Senior Class.

Community Arts Day will be held at Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Road on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I’ll probably be there for two or three hours (after I drive my car), so make sure to look for me and my camera and say hi!

Click here to see a schedule of events, vendors and activities.

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Webster mailbag

11 Apr

Got a handful of events to tell you about today.

First, St. Martin Lutheran Church, 813 Bay Road, is sponsoring its second Community Conversations on Thursday, April 12 from 6:30-8:30 in the church Fellowship Hall.

The topic is Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, and the program will include a panel of survivors and professionals in the field. Following the presentations, there will be a question and answer time.

Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend this important session.

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2018_WQG_Raffle_QuiltThe Webster Quilt Guild is having a show on April 21 and 22 at Holy Trinity Church, 1450 Ridge Road in Webster. Organizers promise a “sea of quilts” on display, along with special displays, and lots of vendors.

Visitors will also be invited to take a chance on the 2018 raffle quilt, a beautiful 93″ x 93″ piece called “Wild Ocean Rose,” which has an appraised value of $3700.

For more information about the show, visit www.websterquiltguild.com, and to purchase tickets, email quiltshow@websterquiltguild.com

Hours are April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and April 22 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5.

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The Woman’s Club of Rochester is hosting its annual Fashion Show/Luncheon fundraiser on Tuesday, April 24.

The event will be held at Midvale Country Club 2387 Baird Road in Penfield beginning at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon, including haddock French, chicken Madeira or vegetable quiche, with baked potato, steamed asparagus, salad and dessert.

The fashion show begins at 1 p.m., featuring J. Jill from Eastview Mall, purveyor of unique and fashionable women’s apparel, accessories, and footwear.

Tickets are $25, and reservations are required by April 18. Send your check payable to Woman’s Club of Rochester to Elsie Costa, 441 Cascade Drive, Penfield, NY 14526.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Challenger Miracle Field and Meals on Wheels.

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The Harmony House on East Main Street in Webster will play host to an intriguing fundraiser on Saturday April 28, a Middle Eastern dance workshop and charity show to benefit G.R.A.S.P. (Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets).

According to the G.R.A.S.P. Facebook page, the group

is committed to reducing the number of homeless pets in Greece, New York by decreasing dog and cat reproduction, promoting responsible pet ownership, and placing homeless dogs and cats into compatible, loving, permanent homes. When resources allow, we will try to help pets in need in the surrounding areas.

The all-day event will include bellydance workshops and demonstrations, two dance shows, a raffle, vendors and more. Click on the link below for complete details and ticket prices.

2018 Tails of Arabia Brochure

Find out more about G.R.A.S.P. by visiting their website here and Facebook page here.

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Community Arts Day is our kids’ chance to strut their stuff

6 Apr
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One of the incredible pieces of high school art at last year’s CAD

Community Arts Day returns to Webster Schroeder High School next weekend, on Saturday April 14.

If you’ve been a Webster resident for a while, you probably already know about this great event. But if not, please read on, especially if you 1) appreciate artwork of all kinds, 2) have children, 3) like baked goods, 4) like crafts, 5) like seeing your friends and neighbors, and/or 6) like having fun with life.

Allow me to elaborate.

  • Community Arts Day is our school district’s annual show-off day. Students from every one of our elementary, middle and high schools will have artwork on display. We’re talking sculptures, paintings, collages, sketches, you name it. Even the youngest students will be represented. These kids just love seeing their work displayed in public, and you’ll see many a proud parent snapping photos of their children in front of the displays. Especially don’t miss the incredible artwork by our high-schoolers, usually set up in the cafeteria. They’ll make your jaw drop. By the way, make sure to look at the walls as you walk by, because you’ll find written pieces posted there. (Writing is an art form all its own.) And throughout the day you can enjoy music and dance performances, and martial arts demonstrations.
  • Even if your children don’t expect to have anything on display, bring your kids anyway. There are all sorts of free activities and give-aways, there’s a bake sale and hot dogs, arts and crafts, and usually a firefighter hanging around to show off his — or her — gear.  So basically it’s a full day of free entertainment.
  • Did I mention the bake sale? Tons of great baked goods. And here’s an insider’s hint: the last hour of the day or so, everything is half price. You can walk away with whole pies for a steal.
  • Local craft-type people set up their wares in the cafeteria every year, and it’s great fun to see what they bring. This is also where you’ll find the kids’ arts & crafts area and regular live entertainers.
  • Guaranteed, within minutes of walking into the school, you’ll see someone you know — a friend, school acquaintance, a neighbor. Because Community Arts Day is THE place to be that weekend.
  • Having fun with life is what this day is all about. As soon as you walk in the door, you’ll see a dozen things you want to see or do. Around the next corner, there’s another dozen things. Basically, make sure to plan a couple of hours to wander.

Community Arts Day takes place Saturday April 14 from 10 am to 4 pm at Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Road. Admission is free and there’s plenty of parking. Proceeds from food, craft, and carnival booth sales will benefit cultural arts programs within the Webster Central School District. For more information, visit the Community Arts Day website.

Click here to see photos from last year.

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Mark your calendar for these town events

3 Apr

CaptureThis week’s column by Town of Webster Supervisor Ron Nesbitt is just packed with interesting news which I am pleased to pass on.

Road construction has begun at the corner of Phillips and Schlegel roads. This project will include widening the roadway, widening the shoulders, and completing water main and drainage work.  If the summer weather cooperates, everything should be completed by this fall.

The next Pharmaceutical Waste Pickup event has been scheduled for Saturday April 28 at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 226 Phillips Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Any unused, unwanted or expired medication is taken for disposal. No appointment is necessary.  If you do not feel comfortable with your personal information on the bottles, you can remove the pills and put them in a plastic bag for disposal.

And remember also that there’s a CVS Drug Collection unit at the Webster Town Hall right inside the Police Department entrance.  It’s open during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. As with the pharmaceutical waste pickup, items accepted at the drop box include any unused, unwanted or expired medication such as prescriptions, prescription patches, prescription medication, prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples and medications for pets.  Items that are NOT accepted include hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, ointments, lotions, or liquids, thermometers, needles (sharps) and medication from businesses or clinics

Details are still being worked out, but the annual Town of Webster Open House has been scheduled for Saturday, May 12. Watch for more information soon.

The Town of Webster’s annual Summer Celebration is slated for Saturday June 23 from 4 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at the Webster Recreation Building, 1350 Chiyoda Drive. It features food trucks, games, inflatables, live music, and fireworks. More information to come about this as well.

Finally, Webster’s newest festival, the Waterfront Arts Festival will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday July 28 and 29 at North Ponds Park. The annual event attracts fine artisans from all over Monroe County. You’ll also find food trucks, live entertainment, a wine tasting booth and other exhibits.

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The Knuckleheads are at it again

26 Mar

Every time I turn around it seems that Len Dummer and George Cline, the owners of Knucklehead Craft Brewing in West Webster, are raising money for some deserving community agency.

Last Thursday, for example, they presented a check for $1,000 to Foodlink. Four four weeks, the Knuckleheads donated $1 for every pint of Kathy’s Kreme Ale they sold (that one is my favorite, by the way). The campaign was co-hosted by Schantz Homes, who matched every dollar donated.

Here’s a photo from the check presentation ceremony:

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While I’m here, let me tell you about a few other special events the Knuckleheads have planned in the coming weeks.

On April 4 they’ll hold what they call a “Russian Invasion,” when they offer a four-flight for $20. The flight will include Russian Imperial Stouts from 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
These are large ABV, barrel-aged beers, and there’s only a limited amount available, so get them while you can; they’ll be served first-come, first-served until they run out.

Finally, on April 17, Knucklehead Craft Crewing will host “Pints for a Purpose,” a huge fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis, a disease which one of the brewery’s employees is fighting.

Several local breweries will be donating beer, Heintzelman’s BBQ will serve up pulled pork, Marty Roberts and Donny C will provide live entertainment, plus there will be prize raffles and give-aways.

Tickets are $50 each and only 80 will be sold. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

For more details about the event, click here.

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