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Knucklehead celebrates 5 years

11 Dec

Knucklehead 5 year

Wow.

It’s hard to imagine that Knucklehead Craft Brewing has been around for five years already. But that is indeed the case, and it’s cause for a huge celebration.

Knucklehead Craft Brewing, 426 Ridge Rd. in West Webster (at the corner of Bay), will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 1 to 10 p.m.

The details are still coming together, but so far, this is what’s planned (according to Knucklehead’s Facebook page event):

*  One of our most decadent beers will make its annual return to join the party, a Russian Imperial Stout, as well as a couple other special offerings (including a keg of the Barrel Aged Belgian Quad we did with K2 Brothers Brewing).

* Live music will be performed by Katy Wright (2-4) from 2 to 4 p.m., followed up by Marty Roberts and Donny C. beginning at 6 p.m.

Pop by the Facebook page regularly to stay on top of updates.

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White Christmas in the Village details — redux

6 Dec

OK folks, I recently heard some exciting news about Saturday evening’s Electric Parade during the village’s White Christmas in the Village festival.

It’s going to be the biggest ever.

I’m told that there will be no fewer than 30 firefighter and emergency units participating, from as many as ten different agencies from near and far. And every single one of these units will be covered in twinkly Christmas lights.

Basically it’s going to be a sight to behold.

The parade will cap an entire afternoon of family-friendly activities beginning at 3 p.m. It’s one of my favorite village events of the entire year and a don’t-miss festival for the whole family. If you do come to the parade, however, make sure to wear something warm and bring mug of hot chocolate or coffee to help, because it’s a long parade. (There won’t be any fireworks after the parade this year, though.)

And don’t worry about getting a seat; there will be plenty of viewing spots.

Here again are the details:

3 to 5:45 p.m. — Horse-drawn wagon rides through the village
3 to 6 p.m. — Bounce House on Main Street
3:30 to 5:45 p.m. — Santa Claus at the Village Hall
4 p.m. — Storytelling at Yesterday’s Muse Book Store
4 p.m. — Cookie decorating at Rubino’s
5 p.m. — Church of the Good Shepherd Chime Bell Choir on Main Street

And don’t forget to stop by the Webster Museum that afternoon as well to check out — and vote for — some beautiful miniature Christmas trees.

This is also a great chance to visit some of our village’s newest businesses, including Chandelier’s Boutique, LaLa, The North Bee, the Pickled Paintbrush, and The Village Quilt Shop. (I hope I’m not forgetting anyone, and I hope they’re all open for browsing!) Many of the business owners will be participating in a gingerbread house contest, so make sure to stop by and vote for your favorite!

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(Click here to see a gallery of photos from last year’s White Christmas celebration.)

By the way, don’t forget to start out that morning with a hot breakfast, served up by the Chorus of the Genesee.

The Chorus will be hosting their fourth annual Breakfast with Santa, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Harmony House, 58 East Main Street in Webster.

Breakfast will be cooked and served, music will be provided by the Chorus of the Genesee, and of course, Santa will be there! Tickets are just $5 each, with a maximum of $20 per family (including two adults). Pictures with Santa will be available.

For more information or to make reservations, call (585) 734-1328.

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Webster boy helps other children with birthday toy drive

6 Dec

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Here’s a very nice story for your Friday morning.

Skylar Jones, a first grader at Plank North Elementary School, was recently featured on 13 WHAM News for doing a wonderfully kind thing.

When he was still only 5 years old, Skylar was visiting a sick family member in the hospital, and started to wonder about how children there got toys. He learned about Gary the Happy Pirate’s annual toy collection effort, and decided that when his birthday rolled around, he wanted to donate all of the toys he received to Gary, and ultimately to the kids in the hospital.

Click here to meet Skylar and see the story that ran on Channel 13.

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Garden Club Holiday Sale returns this weekend

4 Dec

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The Country Gardeners of Webster, Klemwood Garden Club and the Webster Arboretum will hold their annual Garden Club Holiday Sale on Saturday December 7 from 9 am to noon at the Webster Recreation Center, 1350 Chiyoda Drive.

This huge sale features fresh wreaths, arrangements, poinsettias, centerpieces and gifts that are created by hand by the club members for this sale. This is always a very popular event, so you want to get there early.

The sale is the Country Gardeners’ annual fundraiser, so think about decorating your own home, and purchasing gifts for family, friends and holiday hostesses.

Admission is free.

Check out the photos here for a sampling of some of the beautiful arrangements and wreaths that will be available!

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And another St. Martin Eagle Scout: Justin Karnisky

29 Nov

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Hot on the heels of my announcement earlier this week about Connor Smith, a new Eagle Scout from Troop 110 at St. Martin, comes this great news:

Justin Karnisky — also from Troop 110 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church — has also recently earned his Eagle Scout rank.

Justin’s project consisted of designing and building a wooden dog agility playground for the rescue organization Pets Stop Here, in Spencerport. More than 30 volunteers helped with the project, including assembly and delivery to the organization. Justin also pulled together a supply drive of items needed by Pets Stop Here.

Now a junior at McQuaid Jesuit High School, Justin has been a Scout since the first grade. He is a math tutor as part of the peer tutoring program, participates in the MasterMinds club, and is a peer coach for Academic Challenge Bowl.

Justin is equally successful outside of school. He’s a Junior Black Belt in karate, plays the trombone with the Fairport Fire Department band, McQuaid symphonic band, McQuaid Jazz band, and the Eastman Summer Wind Ensemble. He’s also active in local community theater groups and is volunteers at FoodLink.

Justin plans to attend RIT and pursue a degree in chemistry or math.

Thank you to proud mama Karen for sending along this information and photo.

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Thankful for the little things

28 Nov

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Yesterday afternoon at about 1 p.m., if you happened by Schlegel Rd. Elementary School, you would have found me splayed out on my belly in the pre-school classroom, coloring a turkey. I was surrounded by a half dozen chattering, laughing and smiling 3 and 4-year olds who enjoyed nothing more in that moment of their lives than sharing their crayons with me.

Later on that day, as I thought about the blog I would post on Thanksgiving day, I reflected on those those five — maybe ten — minutes of my life. I realized that while I have a lot to be thankful for, it’s moments like those that always bubble to the top of the list.

Of course I’m still unbelievably thankful for my loving husband of 35 years, my children (especially including my new son-in law), our health, my new home, my job and having enough money to live comfortably.

But as I remark every year, it’s the little things that really make life worth living.

I won’t bore you again with the entire list of those little things which I created over the last three Thanksgiving blogs. But I do encourage everyone to take your thankfulness one step deeper this year. Don’t just stop at the big things, but pause a moment to really notice all of the tiny, mundane blessings that surround us.

It might be the smell of coffee in the morning, the way your kids run to hug you every time you come home from work, or your family’s pizza and popcorn night every Friday. Because even if life has thrown you some curves this year, there’s always something to be thankful for.

Have a wonderful holiday everyone, enjoy your family and thank you for being a part of my life.

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Connor Miller is St. Martin’s newest Eagle Scout

25 Nov

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Congratulations to Connor Miller, from Boy Scout Troop 110 at St. Martin Lutheran Church, who recently earned his Eagle Scout rank.

Connor’s Eagle Scout Project consisted of building an outdoor shelter for Nature’s Haven, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitator in Webster. The shelter allows Nature’s Haven to re-acclimate wildlife to the outdoors before releasing them back into the wild.

More than 50 volunteers helped Connor complete his project in June, working for a combined 382 hours. The project was selected as Eagle Project of the Month for September 2019 by the Seneca Waterways Council Eagle Project of the Month Committee and is now under consideration for the honor of Eagle Project of the Year.

Connor also organized a supply drive for Nature’s Haven, providing much-needed supplies to help with the care of the animals.

Currently, Connor is a junior at Wayne-Finger Lakes Pathways in Technology Early College High School located in Newark. Through the program, Connor will receive both a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree from Finger Lakes Community College.

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I am an SRP.

19 Nov

You have to be nice to me today. It’s School-Related Professionals Recognition Day.

No, really.

SRP shirtThis is a day officially designated to “recognize and honor the school support staff who help transport, educate, feed and tend our children and keep our schools clean, safe and offices running smoothly.” Gov. Spitzer signed it into law in 2007, to be celebrated annually on the third Tuesday of November. I even have a t-shirt and a sticker this year which I can display proudly in the halls.

I suspect this came about because some of us “SRPs” were a little miffed that secretaries get a recognition day (Administrative Professionals Day) and teachers get a whole week (not that they don’t REALLY deserve it), while we teaching assistants, bus drivers, school nurses, custodians, food service workers, and teacher aides got short shrift.

So, there you have it. School-Related Professionals Recognition Day.

Now don’t get me wrong, as an SRP (doesn’t that sound important?) I will definitely take advantage of the snacks that might show up in the faculty lounge today. And I really do appreciate the effort.

But I really don’t need a Hallmark holiday to know how much I mean to the students. That feeling is renewed this year in my job at the elementary level. When I see them smile and wave as they file past the library,  when they laugh as I read them a funny story, when a kindergartner opens her arms for a hug as I walk by in the hall … that all means so much more to me than snacks.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I’d love some snacks.

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A heartfelt thank you from Harold Krieger

11 Nov

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Last month, in my East Extra column, I introduced many of you to the new Hickory Bark Trail, a 400-foot long stroll through a stand of woods located along Van Ingen Drive by the Webster Public Library.

The trail’s completion was thank in large part to the efforts of former Webster resident Ann Krieger, and her husband Harold, who championed the cause after Ann’s death in 2009. Its official introduction to the community happened at a grand opening ceremony on October 5.

I recently was copied in on an email Harold sent to Jason Poole (from the Webster Public Library) and Shari Gnolek (from the Friends of Webster Tails), expressing his gratitude to all of the organizations who helped complete the trail, and hinting at more exciting developments in the trail’s future.

I’d like to pass that email along, verbatim.

Looking back at the grand opening of the Hickory Bark Woods Trail, my son Hal and I were overwhelmed by the many volunteer groups and local organizations that were involved in its development and completion. Please thank them all for us (the Friends of Webster Trails, the Webster Library employees and volunteers, the Webster Boy Scouts, the Webster Town Board and Recreation Department, and the interested local residents); they should be very proud of what they accomplished. I won’t attempt to mention names for fear of leaving someone out. It’s such a wonderful feeling to witness your local community working together to create a real asset for Webster’s future.

Speaking of the future, I must confess that some of us (no names) have been thinking out loud about adding some side foot trails branching off from the platform on the Hickory Bark Woods Trail.

Heading east toward the athletic fields, there’s a nice creek and small pond and wildflowers along the way. Heading north, not too far from the platform, I recall a nice area of ferns. Then heading southwest near Hard Road, as I remember from many, many years ago, there were nice hickory bark trees, some beech trees, and wildflowers. There is however a poison ivy problem to contend with. Details, details…J

Oh yes, don’t forget…wildflower seedlings were planted along the trail in September and we’re hoping for good results this spring. My hope? That Hickory Bark Woods Trail becomes the Wildflower Trail of Webster. Go to the Webster Library and learn all about it.

Do not underestimate the commitment Harold Krieger has for this project, as he continues his wife’s efforts to preserve the land as an educational resource.

Stay tuned!

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Photos of this year’s pet costume winners

3 Nov

 

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Better late than never, I present today photos of this year’s pet costume contest winners!

This contest has been run for the last few years during the village’s Trick-or-Treat Trail, but it’s been difficult to get the word out and actually get people and their dogs to meet up at the appointed time and place. So this year, Peter Elder — who organizes the contest every year — came up with a creative solution.

He wrote,

My son and I served as judges for the dog costume contest and since we could not find anyone gathered in front of Village Hall, we spread out through the (very large) crowd and found several dogs and their owners in costumes. After passing through once, we went back and awarded them first second and third prizes.

Peter added that this was “an excellent strategy for making the people and the dogs happy. … People loved being stopped and given gift cards.”

The three lucky winners this year are included here.

Make sure to get out there and trick or treat with your pup next year, ’cause you never know…you might get a treat yourself!

Also, we’re hoping to resurrect the business-sponsored scarecrow contest next year as well, so watch for more news about that!

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