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Remember to tell me about some great teachers

14 Jun

As this weird and very challenging school year draws to a close, I would really like to send some shout-outs to some of the teachers who made the best of a really stinky situation.

As I wrote in my blog a little more than a week ago,

Tell me about a teacher who has made a difference in your child’s life. Someone who has gone above and beyond to make sure this unusual school year was the best it could be. Perhaps it’s the science teacher who spent an extra hour after school to help your daughter finish a tough lab. Or the fourth grade teacher who has a knack for getting to know each student in his class on a personal level. How about that remote teacher who somehow made virtual learning FUN?

Ask your kids who they think their best teachers are, and why. Or better yet, have your kids write to me themselves. It doesn’t even have to be a teacher they had this year. I’d love to hear from seniors who remember their favorite elementary school teachers.

Email me your thoughts and I’ll post them sometime next week. I haven’t heard from many people yet, which is a little disappointing. This year more than any other, I think we need to show our teachers how much we appreciate and respect the job they’re doing.

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Learning about the birds and the bees

9 Jun

Our friendly neighborhood pollinators are getting some respect and attention these days thanks to the efforts of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 60344.

Earlier this spring, the Scouts, all kindergarten or first graders, made posters about why pollinators are important to our ecosystem. It was the “Take Action Project” part of their year-long “Welcome to the Flower Garden” journey badge.

The young artists shared their posters with each other at their meeting on May 17. Each girl then had to find a place in the community to display her poster, and take a photo of the final location.

Keep an eye out for these posters, because they’re all around town (or soon will be). The Scouts, and where they’ve hung their posters (if decided), are:

  • Alayna Henrichs
  • Alexa Weber: her father’s office
  • Claire Frisk: Gosnell Big Woods trailhead (TBD)
  • Harper Bozzelli: Four Mile Creek trailhead (TBD)
  • Julia Meyers: Maplewood Senior Living Community
  • Kennedy Kleps: Whiting Nature Preserve trailhead (TBD)
  • Natalie Wigton: her father’s office
  • Penelope Patterson: her grandfather’s office
  • Sophia Elias

The girls’ troop leaders are Linda Meyers and Daniela Viavattine.

  

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Dancing for fun, and a cause

6 Jun
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The weather was gorgeous yesterday — albeit a little warm — for the 36th annual Dancing With Denise recital, held this year in the large grassy yard behind the school’s Gravel Rd. studio.

All day, young ballerinas strutted their stuff for an adoring audience who watched from quad chairs spread across the lawn, braving the hot sun for hours. At the end of the day the dancers extended their love even further when they made a donation to Webster-based Bella’s Bumbas, a nonprofit grassroots organization which builds pint-sized “Bumba” wheelchairs for children with mobility issues.

The generous donation was enough to cover the cost of building several of the pint-sized Bumbas.

Kudos to Denise Baller for taking her lessons beyond just dance, and teaching her students to think about others. Or, as she wrote on the Dancing With Denise Facebook page, teaching them “how spreading compassion and love can make little ones who aren’t as mobile ‘feel better when they are dancing’!”

Thank you to Rebecca Orr for providing me with a lot of photos for this gallery from the event:

Read more about Bella’s Bumbas and the great work they do on their Facebook page and webpage.

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More live theater in store this weekend

20 May

The Schroeder Theater Company is gearing up to bring a live-streamed theatrical performance to the Webster community this Thursday and Friday night, May 21 and 22.

Here’s a run-down of what’s happening, taken directly from the press release I received:

The challenging year we have all endured has led to many innovative and creative solutions. From contactless delivery to holidays spent over FaceTime with loved ones, we have found ways to connect and celebrate.

As humans, that’s just what we do. Adapt. Overcome. Rise above.

Last May, we played into the novelty of Zoom and gave you an experience like you have never seen before with “Clue: On Zoom.”

This year we wanted to push the boundaries of theater, the performing arts, and storytelling even further. That is why we elected to take the cast off stage, off Zoom, and into the real world. That’s right. For the first time ever, The Schroeder Theater Company is proud to present “Our Place”: an entirely filmed, on-location production.

The show will be available via live stream on Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Click here to reserve yours.

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First-ever Home Run Derby a success

12 May

You could say that when Webster Parks and Recreation held their first-ever MLB Jr. Home Run Derby last Saturday, they really hit it out of the park.

The Major Leage Baseball-sanctioned event, co-hosted by the Webster Warthogs, gave youngsters a chance to showcase their hitting skills in an exciting, free contest. Almost 20 players from the 12U and 14U divisions came to play that sunny Saturday, and the competition was fierce.

Webster Parks and Recreation Supervisor Julie Schillaci provided a great summary of the action:

Our first annual MLB Jr. Home Run Derby event ended in an exciting match between two ball players for each division.

In the 12U division, Colin DiCicco and Jackson Bernier were neck and neck and had to go four rounds. Each player had one home run in the first round, one in the second round and one in the third round. Finally, in the fourth round, Jackson Bernier hit a home run to advance to the regional competition.

In the 14U division, in the first round we had home runs from Parker Carley, Christopher Masters, Jimmy Cook, Andrew Rosa, and Trevor LeRoy. However, only two players advanced to the second round: Jimmy Cook with six home runs and Christopher Masters with three home runs. In the second round, Jimmy Cook had one home run while Christopher Masters hit two home runs to advance to the regional competition.

The Webster Recreation Department would like to give a special thank you to Dennis Carroll and the Warthogs organization for providing the equipment and all the volunteers to make this a successful event. We are all looking forward to hosting again next spring.

Congratulations to the following participants for their excellent performance and equally excellent sportsmanship:

In the 12U division, Colin DiCicco, Dalton Petzing, Emmett Tehan, Grant Powers, Jackson Bernier, James Niles, Max Seaver and Zachary Wojtas. In the 14U division, Andrew Rosa, Carson Janto, Christopher Masters, Dylan Dumont, Jacob DiCicco, Jimmy Cook, Parker Carley, Trevor LeRoy, Logan Smith and Liam Carroll.

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The Cobblestone keeps getting better

7 May

On the happy occasion of my birthday yesterday, my husband and I had dinner at the Cobblestone on Main, Webster’s newest restaurant.

It was our second time there. A few weeks ago we were honored to be among the Cobblestone’s very first customers the evening before they officially opened, and we couldn’t wait to go back again. It was that good.

Last night we not only had a delicious dinner, but were pleased to see that the Cobblestone’s new front patio is already being installed. When I last talked to owners Dan and Sarah Bresnahan a few weeks ago, they told me about their plans for a patio, but I had no idea it would be happening so soon.

The new patio will accommodate five or six tables, Dan told me, and they hope to complete it by the end of May. They also have plans to put “comfy furniture” out on the side patio/porch by the main entrance where patrons can sit and enjoy cocktails while they wait for their table to become available.

The Cobblestone’s amazing wings.

So basically the Cobblestone, already an excellent addition to our village, is getting better every day. Make sure to check them out if you haven’t yet. The renovations are beautiful, the servers are friendly and super competent, and the menu offers delightful twists on some perennial favorites (like the huge chicken wings which are more like chicken legs, and the “pou-tots,” poutine made out of tater tots).

The Cobblestone on Main is located at 109 West Main St. in the Village of Webster. Click here to visit their Facebook page.

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Schroeder’s senior courtyard has new, calming water feature

28 Apr

A new water feature just installed in the Webster Schroeder senior courtyard should go a long way to help our students relax and unwind a bit as this difficult school year comes to a close.

The new feature is the beautiful result of a partnership between Webster Schroeder Principal Paul Benz and the Schroeder PTSA. They’ve been working together since September 2019 to beautify and enhance the often-used courtyard.

Schroeder PTSA chair Stacie Peters wrote,

We both wanted a calming water feature for the students to enjoy while outside in the courtyard. We worked with Gary Smith, owner of Nature’s Accents, and we decided a bubbling rock feature would be perfect for this space. Gary was wonderful to work with and students/staff are so happy with the results.

PTSA representatives, Smith, Principal Benz, and several student and parent volunteers worked together one day over Spring Break to create the feature, prepping the area for bubbling rock, laying stone around a trio of pottery art pieces and trees, and creating a separate area for teachers to use as an outdoor classoom.

“A huge thanks go to our volunteers Andy P., Sawyer P., Ryan P., Robin M., Benjamin M., Jack S., Brendan M.,
Sean S., Zach P., Abby N., Jason L., Sophie W., Stephen W., and Jake M.,” Peters wroite. Plus, “we can’t thank (Gary Smith) enough for all his patience, time, and support in helping us bring this water feature to Schroeder.”

Seniors are already enjoying the newly beautified courtyard, soaking up the sun and relaxing by the water feature, reveling in the new, peaceful corner of their high school world.

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Webster community mailbag

14 Apr

It’s spring musical season at the high schools!

Webster Schroeder High School has announced that their production of The Addams Family will be staged on Friday April 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday April 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

They’re hoping to accommodate small audiences at these performances, but most patrons will be able to see the production live through a professional streaming service. Tickets for that will be available beginning this Friday April 16 at wsmusicals.booktix.com. Tickets are $10 each.

Some of the accommodations Schroeder Drama has made for their musical this year include a smaller cast, having no permanent on-stage set, which allows for social distancing, and having the orchestra perform from the band room. The actors and musicians have had to deal with a lot of challenges to bring The Addams Family to the stage, so consider grabbing a ticket to show your support!

Stay tuned for more details about Webster Thomas’ spring play, Cabaret, scheduled for June 17 to 19 at the Penfield Amphitheatre. (Now THAT’S a creative way to beat Covid.) All shows will begin at 7:30 and tickets will be $12. Tickets will go on sale the beginning of May.


St. Martin Lutheran Church’s Spring Chicken BBQ will be held Saturday May 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church, 813 Bay Rd.

The event will feature dinners of ½ chicken, salt potatoes, coleslaw, roll, and butter for $10.00.

The event this year will be drive-through only, first come, first serve, with no advance sales. Cars will enter the parking lot, follow signs, and purchase dinners using exact payment. Cars will then proceed to the front entrance to pick up boxed dinners. Dinners will be assembled according to CDC recommendations. Due to current health restrictions, pie slices and other desserts will not be available.

Proceeds will support St. Martin’s Christmas Stocking Project, which reaches more than 500 local youth in Monroe and Wayne counties.


Congratulations to Dr. Peter Pellitieri of Webster Dental Arts, who was recently named the Webster Chamber of Commerce 2021 Businessperson of the Year.

Pellitieri is a very active member of the Webster Community, a father, husband, business owner, volunteer, and philanthropist. He’s the founder and practitioner at Webster Dental Arts, located in the North Forest office park on Crosspointe Lane. He is an active member of St. Paul’s Church, serving as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. He is a member and past Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus as well a past Faithful Navigator. He is also very involved in the Kiwanis Club of Webster, serving locally as a committee member and advisor for youth and adult leadership programs including K-Kids and the Aktion Club for adults with developmental disabilities; co-chairing the Kiwanis Christmas Party, serving approximately 100 local children and adults with developmental disabilities and Co-Chair of the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt.

The presentation was made at the Chamber’s monthly breakfast meeting and was presented by Barry Howard, President/CEO of the Webster Chamber of Commerce and Diane McClure, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

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Penfield’s Good Neighbor Day returns in May

7 Apr
Sharon Hodge, Yazmin Fernaays and Molly Rothfuss spread mulch during Penfield’s Good Neighbor Day a few years ago

As many of you know, when I started writing this blog (and until a few years ago, actually), I was a Penfield resident. So this annual event from our friends to the south has always been on my radar.

It’s the 7th annual Terry Rothfuss Memorial Good Neighbor Day, scheduled this year for Saturday May 8. The event gathers volunteers to help Penfield seniors, veterans and those who are disabled do light yard work and spring cleaning.

Projects require no more than a 3-hour commitment, and volunteers of all ages are encouraged to sign up, so it’s a great family activity.

Volunteers meet at the Rothfuss Farm the morning of the event for refreshments and to receive assignments, and then spread out around the town to complete their projects.

The event honors the memory of Terry Rothfuss, who was a farmer in east Penfield and a friend to all. He was always ready and willing to help anyone at any time. When he passed away in 2014 there was a huge hole left in the community. His friends and family wanted to carry on Terry’s legacy of friendship by continuing to help their community and inspire others to do the same.

To sign up to help or receive help, please call Sabrina at 340-8651, or email srenner@penfield.org.

Even if you’re unable to help out, the Town of Penfield and Browncroft Community Church has another way that morning to celebrate being good neighbors.

The whole community is invited to Rothfuss Park that Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fun, food, and a time to catch up with neighbors. The event will include food trucks, a food drive for Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, and fun activities including inflatables and a speed pitch. The event is free and open to the public.

Although both events are outdoors, masks, proper hand hygiene, and physical distancing are required for all to stay safe.

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I know you’re out there, Ireland….

29 Mar

Thanks to the wonders of WordPress blog metrics, I can see a lot of information about my readers. The stats tell me some very general data about the most popular reading hours, how many people click on each post every day, even what site is referring them to the blog (Facebook or Google News, for example).

But it also tells me in broad terms what countries my readers are clicking in from. And this particular stat has got me to wondering of late.

Several times a week I get a click or two from Ireland, and that’s been puzzling me. Normally every day I’ll get one or two visitors from China or Thailand or Russia. I suspect these are spam. But the ones from Ireland? I think they’re legit. I’ve been there and met some people — even broke my arm in a karate dojo there — and am wondering if someone is checking up on my hometown based on those visits.

I know that Webster ex-pats regularly check in from Florida and California. But Ireland?

I know you’re out there. If you’re reading this, my friend in Ireland, let me know! And if you’re reading from elsewhere in the country or world, please let me know where you are and why you’re keeping tabs on Webster.

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