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Senior runner tells his inspiring story

20 Oct

Here’s a nice story from a meeting of Mended Hearts of Greater Rochester held recently at the Knights of Columbus in Webster.

Gates heart patient and senior runner Bruce Rychwalski, 69, was guest speaker at the meeting last Monday night.

Rychwalski is a fitness advocate and member of the Greater Rochester Track Club who has participated in more than 300 5K races since 2011, when he experienced a life-threatening Ventricular Tachycardia. At that time he was also diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy, a genetic, heritable, progressive heart condition in which the muscle of the right ventricle is replaced by fat and fibrosis, which causes abnormal heart rhythms.

After telling his story, Rychwalski impressed upon members of his audience the importance of keeping active and continuing to exercise after a medical diagnosis or procedure. His motto, he said, is “If you rest, you rust.”

Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that offers the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers through a variety of programs. Their mission is dedicated to “Inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support.” The local community chapters help people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after heart disease diagnosis. Members listen, share their experiences and volunteer to talk to other heart patients about what they may face including lifestyle changes, depression, recovery, and treatment.

For more information about Mended Hearts go to

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Bruce Rychwalski with Mended Hearts president Bernard Quinlan, VP Eugene Binder and program chair Marlene Adams

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Instilling a life-long love of sports

19 Oct


I love this photo. So many smiling — and silly — faces. They’re just a few of the kids who participate in the Webster Basketball Association (WBA) an instructional house league for boys and girls from first through ninth grades.

The folks who run the WBA have asked me to highlight the organization because time is running out to get your kids registered in this awesome program.

It begins on the morning of Sunday November 4 with an evaluation day to gauge skill levels. Kids will then be placed on a team and will work on drills for the first couple weeks. Game play will start in December and players will practice 30 minutes and play a game for 30 minutes. Players in first and second grades will be using lower rims.

Here’s more detail about the times and cost:

  • Sundays, November 4 – February 24 (no program on 11/25, 12/23, 12/30, 1/20 & 1/27)
  • 1st-2nd grade boys 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    1st-2nd grade girls 2:45-3:45 p.m.
    3rd-4th grade girls 2:45-3:45 p.m.
    3rd-4th grade boys 4-5 p.m.
    5th-8th grade girls 5-6 p.m.
    5th-6th grade boys 5-6 p.m.
    7th-9th grade boys 4-5 p.m.
  • Times are subject to change depending on how many children sign up for each age group and gym space availability. Exact times may not be determined until early November
  • Games and practices are held at the Field House at Webster Thomas High School, 800 Publishers Parkway
  • Fees:  1st through 4th grades: $90 for Webster $95 for non-residents; 5th through 9th grades: $105 for residents, $110 for non-residents.

For more information, email Julie Schillaci at Then get your kids out on that court, where they can learn the sport of basketball and enjoy it for years to come.


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Webster community mailbag

10 Oct

Gigi’s Fundraiser a Success

The recent Gigi’s spaghetti dinner fundraiser sponsored by the Webster/Fairport Elks Lodge on Sept. 29 was a great success.

The Lodge raised about $700 for Gigi’s Playhouse, a learning center for students with Down Syndrome.

Members of the lodge were assisted by students and their families, who served dinner, waited on tables and helped clean up. A special thanks to Bob Avalon who has a passion for Gigi’s and arranged this fundraiser

Here are a few photos from the evening:

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.Webster Fall Fest

The Town of Webster and Webster Parks and Recreation will kick off fall with the annual Webster Fall Festival, on Saturday October 13 from noon to 4 p.m. at Gosnell Big Woods, 680 Vosburg Road.

This is an awesome family-friendly event with donuts, cider, wagon rides, children’s crafts and games, pony rides, food trucks and live entertainment. Admission is free and there’s plenty of parking.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester.

UCC Oktoberfest

Don’t forget about the Oktoberfest at the United Church of Christ on Klem Road, also Saturday October 13, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $5.00 per person, and German specialties like Schnitzel, Sauerkraut, Potato Salad, Bratwurst, and desserts like Apple Strudel and Black Forest Cake will be available for purchase. For tickets, call the church office at 585-671-3757.

How About a Song? 

Join Webster’s very own Rochester Rhapsody women’s chorus on Monday October 15 for their Fall in Love with A Cappella Concert.

Rochester Rhapsody, the Rochester chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, is an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style.

The chorus will be joined by the group’s chorus quartets and guest singers. It will be held Monday October 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harmony House, 58 East Main Street in the Village of Webster. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and a freewill donation would be appreciated. Refreshments will immediately follow the concert.


For more information about the concert and the chorus itself, click here, or email or call 585-865-2731.

Pancakes For a Cause

The First Baptist Church of Penfield will hold their next Flapjack Community Breakfast on Saturday October 20 from 8 to 10 a.m.

Guests will enjoy pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more for just $5.00 per person. All are welcome, and the venue is handicapped accessible.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so all of this month’s proceeds will go directly to benefit Resolve of Greater Rochester, a group dedicated to intervening and preventing domestic and sexual violence against women.

The First Baptist Church of Penfield is located at 1862 Penfield Rd. For more information, call 585-586-2876.

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Town leaf pick-up begins later this month

5 Oct

oak leafIt’s  sure sign of fall when the Town of Webster announces the start of its annual leaf pick-up runs.

Weather permitting, the weekly runs will begin on Monday, October 22 and go through Monday, November 26 when they will make one final pass throughout the town, starting from the west side to the east side. After that final run, leaves collected by residents will have to be bagged and left for your trash collector.

Please DO NOT place leaves in the road or in the gutter. Placing the leaves in the road and gutters is illegal and creates an unsafe condition for drivers as well as pedestrians. It also increases wear and tear on our leaf machines as the leaves cannot dry out after a rain event and slows down the leaf pick up operation. Placing the leaves in the gutters also clogs the catch basins and can result in flooding during a rain event.

If you have any questions regarding the Leaf Pick-up, please contact the Highway Department at (585) 872-1443, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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BE uninTIMidated presents check to Wilmot

3 Oct


Here’s some good news from a great local organization which has turned tragedy into kindness.

Tim Wesley, a Penfield resident, was diagnosed with appendix cancer in April 2012. Rather than withdrawing from life, he made a brave and compassionate decision to “give good.” After going through a 12-hour surgery, fighting through nearly 25 rounds of chemotherapy, running his business and raising two teenage girls with his wife, he decided to start a not-for-profit organization to help save the lives of others.

BE uninTIMidated was formed in October of 2012 and has raised over $100,000 to support cancer research and to pay for travel expenses for those seeking treatment for rare forms of cancer. Just this past January, the BE uninTIMidated Board of Directors voted to amend their mission statement to include Wilmot Cancer Center as a beneficiary of donations. and just this last week, presented them a $25,000 check.

WCI Donation

Unfortunately, Tim Wesley passed away from this terrible disease in February of this year. His legacy, passion and love for others carries on through his family and this organization. They are just as determined now, if not even more, to continue to raise awareness about this disease and help save the lives of others.

To learn more about this disease and this organization, please visit their website here.  You can also help support the efforts of this great cause by attending their 6th Annual Casino Night Event on January 26th at Kodak Park. More information to come about that.

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Webster Hots thanks teachers

2 Oct

webster hots front

Bill and Kelly Mutschler, owners of Webster Hots in the village, want to say “thank you” to our Webster schools’ teachers and staff members. So they’re offering a 10% discount across the board to all of them.

The Mutschlers are long-time Webster residents themselves, so they’re quite familiar with our schools.

“While we appreciate business of employees at all local businesses, we have a special place in our hearts for the WCSD staff,” Kelly said. “We spent a lot of time volunteering in the schools, watching our kids and their friends participate in sports, concerts, plays. We’ve trusted teachers, administrators and staff with our kids on day field trips and class trips out of the state. We’ve worked along side some wonderful people.”

When they opened Webster Hots last year, the Mutschlers showed their kinship with the schools right away, by establishing “Titan Tuesday” and “Warrior Wednesday” student discounts. Their son Aidan spent a lot of time at Webster Hots “several owners ago,” Kelly added, “and we liked the idea of being a place where kids could hang out.”

It’s also not the first time they’ve reached out to the district’s students. Cast members of the Webster Schroeder musicals, for example, have held some cast parties at Webster Hots, and once again this year will be using the restaurant’s front porch for a hot chocolate fundraiser during White Christmas in the Village in December.

This summer they extended that commitment to the schools further, with the staff members’ discount. The idea came to them after a chance meeting.

“We ran into a teacher at one of the wine walks who said she didn’t realize Webster Hots was there. We thought, ‘these are the people we should be giving a break to.'”

“It has been a long-standing tradition at Webster Hots to give the 10% off to all first responders,” she continued, “but we want to extend it to another really important type of first responder in Webster.”

So WCSD teachers, administrators, and support staff, show your badge at Webster Hots at any time and get 10% off your meal.

“We want to support the schools in any way we can,” Kelly said.

Webster Hots is located at 55 East Main Street in Webster.

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The Mutschler family — Kelly, Bill and their son Aidan. 

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Autumn Fanfare returns this weekend

1 Oct

autumn fanfare

Music will be in the air — and on the football field — this Saturday evening October 6, when the Webster Marching Band presents their 33rd annual Autumn Fanfare.

This terrific community event is a premier field show and competition, hosted by the The Pride of Webster marching band, but also featuring performances by six Greater Rochester (and Buffalo) area bands including LeRoy, Hilton, Orchard Park, Medina, East Irondequoit and Victor.

Webster’s show this year is called “Heart Strings — Tugged and Torn,” and rumor has it it will even include a string quartet.

Four food trucks will be there as well — Pontillo’s, the Original Recipe, Rob’s Kabobs, and Neno’s — so you don’t even worry about dinner.

It all happens Saturday night Oct. 6 at Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Road. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the competition starts at 6:30. Advanced sale tickets are available at Hegedorns Market and Wegmans for $7; they’ll be $9 at the gate.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page here.

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Webster community mailbag

19 Sep

mailbag iconSt. Martin Lutheran Church’s Fall Chicken BBQ and FunFest is scheduled for this Saturday Sept. 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church, 813 Bay Road, Webster.

Dinners include a half chicken, salt potatoes, cole slaw, roll, butter and beverage for just $10. Pie slices and other desserts will also be available for purchase. A hot dog dinner for kids is $2, and they’ll also enjoy a FunFest with a bounce house, face painting and balloons.

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.

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The Elks Lodge Webster-Fairport will hold a pasta dinner on Saturday Sept. 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to support GiGi’s Playhouse of Rochester Down Syndrome Achievement Center.

Tickets are $7.50 per person To purchase, please email or contact Paul Kubrich at The lodge is located at 1066 Jackson Road Webster.

Also from the Elks: they’re hosting their Annual Sportsmen’s Raffle on a gun raffle on Sunday Sept. 30 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Raffle prizes include a fishing charter, crossbow package, an automatic rifle, a fishing kayak, and more.

Tickets are $15 and include draft beer and pop, hamburgers and hot dogs. Contact the Elks for tickets and more information.


The Town of Webster will hold another Community Meet & Greet on Monday Sept. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the community room at the Webster Public Library.

Participants will get a chance to meet their state, county and town elected officials, along with first responders and leaders of several community organizations, including the Webster Special Police, who will be recruiting new officers during the event.  It’s a good chance to learn about upcoming projects and ask questions. Bring the kids, too, because there’s going to be some crafts set up for them.

Kudos to the town for making this a regular event.

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And finally, just one more reminder about the Living History Tour at Webster Union Cemetery this Saturday Sept. 22.

The tour takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. and will introduce you to several of Webster’s citizens from the past, played by museum volunteers. You’ll hear their stories and be able to ask questions about what their lives were like back when our town was young.

Click here to read a more detailed blog about the event, including the people you will be meeting. Webster Union Cemetery is located at 345 Webster Road (Rt. 250 at Woodhull). A $5 donation would be appreciated.

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Meet the D&C’s new east-side reporter

13 Sep

Georgie SilvaroleI had a very pleasant meeting yesterday afternoon with Georgina Silvarole, the new east-side reporter for the D&C.

Georgie, as she likes to be called, reached out to me a few days ago, hoping to meet up and pick my brain about all things Webster. She is a Rochester-area native, having grown up in Scottsville, but doesn’t know much about the east-side towns which are on her beat.

So I invited her for a cup of coffee at Barry’s Old School Irish (of course). Barry’s is not only representative of our village’s small-town, family-centric feel, but its four-corners location is ideal for checking out “downtown” Webster.

Georgie is a December 2016 graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, and a former intern at the D&C. After graduation she worked at the Greenville (South Carolina) News, and the Syracuse Post-Standard before returning to the D&C just a few weeks ago. Her official title is Suburban Trends Reporter, and she replaces Lauren Peace, who left the newspaper recently when she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.

Georgie will be covering several east-side communities including Webster, so you might be seeing her out and about in town.  She may even reach out through social media sometimes for help with a story … for example, she’s working on a piece about Greenlight internet services and would love to connect with someone who’s a current subscriber. If you’d like to chat with her, email her at, or you can get in touch with me and I will pass your information along!

P.S. This doesn’t mean I’m going anywhere! Georgie and I will actually be working together to share story ideas. So keep sending me your story tips and concerns, because I might just send some of them along to her.

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Lots going on at the library

4 Sep


There’s always something going on at the Webster Public Library. Here’s a sampling of programs for children and adults coming up in the next few weeks:

Learn about Ikebana (ee-kay-bah-nah), the Japanese art of flower arrangement, on Thursday Sept. 27 and Friday Sept. 28. During regular library hours, stop into the library’s meeting room for an exhibition of this disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It’s steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature.

What should you do in the fall to ready your garden for spring? Learn about Putting Your Garden to Bed on Thursday Sept. 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. Master gardener Jurij Kushner will teach you what to do in the fall to improve soil quality, and protect perennials, tender plants, trees, and shrubs from winter conditions. The program will also explain how to bring in the house plants, how to winterize tools, and how to prepare water sources for the winter season. Registration is required.

Tired of the same old hair styles? On Monday Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., teens can learn Hair Braiding 101, some fun new braiding techniques to try out on themselves or their friends. The class is designed for teens in grades 6 and up (adults and younger children ages 10 and up welcome if they are accompanying a teen), and registration is required.

Children ages 15 months to 8 years old will explore science, technology, engineering and math with the STEAM Powered Play program on Thursday Sept. 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. or 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Children will learn concepts and practice skills through hands-on exploration and play, such as creative problem solving, critical thinking, self-regulation, pre-math and science, sensory experience, construction and more. We provide experiences with blocks and loose parts, process oriented art, sensory and science, dramatic/pretend play, and language and literacy, and more. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by adults. For more information click here.

Have you always wanted to learn CPR but didn’t know where to go to do it? You can do that at the library, too! NEQALS is offering several classes in Community CPR, First Aid and AED. It is a two-year certification through the American Heart Association. The class is open to everyone in the community from 5 years old and up. Current classes are scheduled for Sept. 29, October 13, November 10 and December 8, all at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Cost is $45 per person. To sign up, email

The Webster Public Library is located at 980 Ridge Road. Make sure to check out their entire schedule of classes for children and adults.

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