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More hockey, another great cause

7 Jan

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A few weeks ago I posted about a benefit hockey game being hosted by the Webster Schroeder hockey team. Today, I’d like to follow that up with another great hockey benefit, this time hosted by the Webster Thomas.

It’s called the Robert J. Smith  Memorial Hockey Showcase, scheduled for this coming Saturday Jan. 11. It’s played in honor of Bob Smith, who was instrumental to bringing youth hockey to Webster.

This annual event features four hockey games, raffles, luminaries and more. The action takes place at the Webster Ice Arena on Publisher’s Parkway. It begins at 1 p.m. with Bockport vs. Fulton, followed by Webster Thomas JV vs. Penfield JV at 3 p.m., Penfield vs. Gates/Wayne/EI and Wheatland at 5 p.m. The evening ends with a primo match-up between Thomas and Schroeder at 7 p.m.

Cost is just $5 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. It is truly a showcase of local youth hockey talent.

The Thomas Titans also host an annual game to honor our heroes – active military, veterans and first responders. Now in its eighth year, this event will be held on January 31 at Webster Ice Arena, and has raised thousands for CDS Monarch Warrior Salute.

In a recent email,, Debra Vent said this about this event gets bigger and better every year:

Last year the team added a campaign known as Goals for Golisano where fans and families pledged money for each goal the team scored in Sectionals through States. Begun by goalie Cody Rougeux’s family as a way of giving back to the institution that saved Cody’s life, the team was able to raise over $4,000 for the hospital.

Debra also told me about another outstanding community service these young athletes also recently accomplished.

This year the team partnered with Carrie Green’s Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha, whose motto is “Every child deserves a special day.” The program delivers birthday joy to children in need in the Rochester City School District grades K-2. Through the program each child receives a Cha Cha Cha bag for their birthday, with two small wrapped toys, grocery items, personal care items, and books. This year the program will deliver 1,000 bags to kids in need.

Titans players reached out to their friends, families and neighbors, to collect items for the program. The team were able to collect over 2,000 items for the program. This included over 215 boxes of mac and cheese, 195 pairs of socks, and 465 cereal bars.

On December 30 the team delivered the items to Carrie and helped sort and store them, as well as help pack birthday bags and wrap gifts. Even though the boys did not deliver the gifts to the kids personally, they clearly felt connected and dedicated to the program after working to collect the items and prepare them for delivery. The players were overheard exclaiming things like “I think my guy likes Pokemon” even though they’d never met the recipient.

Thank you to the Thomas Titans hockey team for all that you do for the community.

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WVFD and WWFD fire chiefs step down

2 Jan

A quick thank-you to two dedicated men who help keep us safe every day.

The last day of 2019 also marked the end of the terms for both Webster and West

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Past Chief Patrick “Jerry” Fedele (photo courtesy nejfd.org)

Webster Fire Chiefs.

Jerry Fedele stepped down as Fire Chief of the North East Joint Fire District and Webster Volunteer Fire Department.

Fedele served in the Chiefs Office for the last six years, the last two as Chief. On December 27th Chief Fedele received an award from the Commissioners of the North East Joint Fire District that read, in part,

Bestowed Upon Fire Chief Patrick “Jerry” Fedele for Your Dedicated Years of Service as Fire Chief and Unselfish Commitment to the Citizens and Members of the North East Joint Fire District.

Vince Pratt also just concluded his term as West Webster Fire Department Fire Chief.

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Past Chief Vince Pratt (photo courtesy westwebsterfd.org)

During his time in West Webster, Pratt has also held positions as lieutenant, captain, second assistant chief, and first assistant chief

Also during his fire service career, he has served as the Monroe County Fire Coordinator for the 1st Battalion. Prior to coming to West Webster, Chief Pratt served as chief of the Sea Breeze Fire Department in Irondequoit.

Thank you to both for your dedication and service to our community.

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A blogger’s look back at 2019

1 Jan

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Come the end of a new year and the beginning of a brand spanking new one, it’s easy to become nostalgic in so many ways. For me, last night, that nostalgia manifested itself in a trip back through all the blogs I wrote in 2019.

I was surprised to see that in 2019 I posted 186 individual blogs. That works out to an average of one every two days, which kind of surprised me, since it didn’t seem that  many to me. So I felt pretty good about that.

I thought it might be fun to come up with a top-10 list of my favorite blogs of the year, a la David Letterman. (Remember his lists?)  But then, as I scrolled through them one by one, I realized that was an unreasonable goal. While some of the stories touched me more than others, I enjoyed writing every single one.

What struck me more than anything else was the wide variety of topics I touched on — so many great people, businesses, events, organizations, and causes that make Webster great. So instead of that list, I thought I would summarize, as briefly as possible, my 2019 Webster on the Web.

I probably blogged about our town and village’s special events more than anything else. I usually previewed, then posted follow-up photos of, more than a dozen events including the Memorial Day parade and festivities, the Firemen’s Parade and Kiddie Parade, White Christmas in the Village, Halloween Trick or Treat Trail, the wine walks, the Greater Rochester Peep Show, the Garlic Fest, Waterfront Arts Fest and the Webster Fall Festival.

A close second in blog topics was news and reviews of our local businesses. 2019 saw a continued resurgence of East Main Street. We got a few more new businesses — Chandeliers Boutique and The Village Quilt Shoppe in particular, and several other Webster businesses celebrated anniversaries: LaLa of Webster celebrated its first birthday, Knucklehead Craft Brewing turned 5, and Barry’s Old School Irish turned 7. Strike Back Martial Arts won an award and Good Smoke BBQ officially became Roc Style Chicken and Burger.

I wrote a lot about our schools and great things that are happening there, including the musicals, marching band, and SparX robotics team. I wrote about some of our great schoolkids as well, like the preschoolers who held a food drive, a young Webster boy who gave his birthday toys away to hospitalized children (and who got his story on TV), Eagle Scouts, the champion 12U baseball team and more.

I highlighted local organizations that help make up the fabric of our community, including the Chorus of the Genesee, the Webster Volunteer Fire Dept., Webster Museum, the Joe Obbie Farmer’s Market, Bella’s Bumbas, and the American Legion.

Finally, I used my blog to share some of my personal thoughts, especially about the passing of Joe Dady, and my recent move to the village. I helped promote causes close to my heart, encouraging everyone to join me in the Miracle Field 5K, the First Responders 5K , and the Polar Plunge and to donate blood.

Whew.

I know a lot of you are still reading this blog, two whole page scrolls down from where it began. I know that because you are the folks who have been with me all year.

You are the reason I write this blog. Because even though I enjoy dong this, it would get pretty old if I thought my words weren’t making a difference.

So thank you all for being faithful readers. I wish you all a very happy, healthy and successful 2020, and I look forward to continuing to spread good news from our hometown.

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To you and yours…

25 Dec

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To all of my friends and readers on this very special day, Merry Christmas! My wish is that you are spending it surrounded by family and are fully able to relax and soak in the magic of the day.

Thank you for being part of my life; I feel blessed to be able to write this blog and know that so many people out there are touched by my words.

Your blogger friend, Missy Rosenberry

 

The kids are getting out of school early tomorrow

19 Dec

Parents, please remember that the Webster Central School District will be conducting its annual Emergency Preparedness Early Release Drill tomorrow, Dec. 20.

Early Release Drill artStudents at every one of our Webster schools will be dismissed a little early and arrive home by bus a little early.

Tomorrow (Dec. 20) only, buses will leave the schools ate these times:

  • DeWitt Elementary School, 2:10 p.m.
  • Klem North Elementary School, 2:00 p.m.
  • Klem South Elementary School, 2:10 p.m.
  • Plank North Elementary School, 2:00 p.m.
  • Plank South Elementary School, 2:10 p.m.
  • Schlegel Elementary School, 2:10 p.m.
  • State Elementary School, 2:10 p.m.
  • Spry Middle School, 3:05 p.m.
  • Willink Middle School, 3:05 p.m.
  • Webster Schroeder High School, 3:05 p.m.
  • Webster Thomas High School, 3:05 p.m.

Also on this date, activity period at the elementary schools will run and will end 10 minutes early.

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Plank North food collection prompted by …reading!

17 Dec

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Early last month, Plank Rd. North Elementary School, along with many other schools in the district, participated in a worldwide initiative called Read for the Record Day. The hope every year is to set a new world record of children and adults all reading the same book on the same day.

This year everyone read Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora, which tells the story of a generous elderly woman who makes a fantastic pot of thick red stew.

To help reinforce the book’s themes of generosity and community, Plank North librarian Gretchen Pulver organized a food drive for Hope Ministry, especially encouraging families to donate hearty soups and stews to connect with the book the students had just read.

The drive was an incredible success, as evidenced by the photo, showing the library’s fifth grade helpers with the collection.

The final tally for the day was more than 2 million readers!

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Knucklehead celebrates 5 years

11 Dec

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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 Saturday, 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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