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Oak Tree Award recipients announced

12 Apr

oak leafCongratulations to this year’s Oak Tree Award recipients, announced earlier this week.

This year’s winners were JoAnn Hamm, an English teacher at Webster Schroeder High School, and Jennifer Gunerman, a third grade teacher at Klem Rd. North Elementary.

Hamm was nominated by Schroeder senior Hannah De Chalais. Schroeder principal Paul Benz, WTA Representative Scott Richlin, and Oak Tree Award coordinator Wendy Sardella interrupted one of Hamm’s morning classes to announce the award.

Gunerman was nominated by Klem North parent Laura Blair. She was surprised by the news when it was announced on the school’s Morning Show, a move designed to allow the whole school to celebrate with her. Klem North principal Laura Ballou then joined Sardella in Gunerman’s classroom for the obligatory photo opportunity.

Both recipients received a celebratory cookie cake and cheers from their classes. Formal presentation of the Oak Tree Award will take place at the Board of Education in May.

The annual Oak Tree Award is designed to recognize teacher excellence in Webster Central Schools.

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Music is in the air

9 Apr

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This Thursday is National Barbershop Quartet Day, and Webster’s very own Chorus of the Genesee will be celebrating with a concert this Thursday April 11 at the Harmony House, 58 East Main Street in the village.

This is a great opportunity to have an evening out, enjoy some incredible music and really get to know the guys who make up one of Webster’s lesser-know treasures, the Chorus of the Genesee. Make sure to ask them how YOU can get involved as well!  

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. There’s no charge, but a free-will donation will be gratefully accepted! Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Chorus, visit www.chorusofthegenesee.org.

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Photos from Community Arts Day

6 Apr

It was another extremely successful Community Arts Day today. For the two hours I was there this afternoon, the cafeteria and hallways were fairly crowded with people, and I dare say attendance was as good as I have ever seen it. I’m sure that the pleasant weather had a lot to do with that. It has been much worse some years.

Congratulations to the organizers for another great event and thank you to all of the volunteers who helped pull this together.

I did my best to snap pictures of as many things as I could, but there was just SO MUCH going on and SO MUCH great artwork. But I still managed to get more than 100. Click here to see them. 

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School kids strut their stuff at Community Arts Day

4 Apr

Community Arts Day returns to Webster Schroeder High School this coming weekend, on Saturday April 6.

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, don’t you know.) 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 this 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 6 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 where you can see the full entertainment schedule. 

Click here to see photos from last year.

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Schroeder drama takes the stage

3 Apr

the bad seedHere’s a quick addition this morning to yesterday’s community mailbag.

This week, the Webster Schroeder Drama Club will present Bad Seed by Maxwell Anderson, the dramatization of William March’s novel The Bad Seed.

Described in the email I received,

Little Rhoda Penmark is the perfect child in every way: polite, proper and pleasant. But the shocking drowning of Rhoda’s classmate begins to raise questions for Mrs. Penmark on just how perfect Rhoda may be…

Showtimes are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and will b available at the door. Webster Schroeder High School is located at 875 Ridge Rd.

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St. Patrick’s Day is back, this time for the kids

26 Mar

Barrys

Count on Danny and Jessica Barry at Barry’s Old School Irish to come up with a fun event like this:

This Saturday March 30, Barry’s will be hosting a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration just for kids. From 2 to 4 p.m., the wee ones will enjoy arts and crafts, shamrock cookies and green Shirley Temples. Traditional Irish musicians will be providing the entertainment as they hold their weekly session in the bakery.

So basically, it’s St. Patrick’s Day all over again, except this time just for the kids!

The Barrys’ own three little ones, Maley, Rory and Patrick, will be the hosts, and I for one can’t wait to see them all again.

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Webster community mailbag

20 Mar

cinderellaMeet Cinderella in person!

Today’s mailbag leads off with an exciting opportunity for you and your kids to meet Cinderella in person.

She’ll be joining Disney Princess of all ages at breakfast on Saturday March 23 at Webster Thomas High School, to help promote the school’s upcoming performance of Cinderella the following weekend.

Breakfast seatings are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 and reservations are required in advance. Click here for more details.

And don;t forget to get your tickets early for the Webster Thomas Players’ production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella scheduled for March 28 to 30. The show will feature songs from the original television version, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”

Showtimes are:

● Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m.
● Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m.
● Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12.00 at the door, and online now at websterthomasplayers.com. Webster Thomas High School is located at 800 Five Mile Line Road.

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Don’t forget about the big model train show this weekend at the Webster Recreation Center, sponsored by the Webster Association of Senior Program Supporters, a not-for-profit senior transportation group.

Vendors and model train enthusiasts will fill the Rec Center’s gymnasium on Saturday and Sunday March 23 and 24 with displays and accessories. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children, and free for kids under 12.

The Webster Recreation Center is located at 1350 Chiyoda Drive.

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Now that spring is finally here (thought it might not completely feel like it yet), here’s news of a spring holiday party coming up on March 30.

The Spry Middle School Builders and Elks Clubs will host a party on Saturday March 30 including an egg hunt and breakfast. Rumor has it that the Easter Bunny will also make an appearance.

Families are asked to arrive between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday March 30 at Spry Middle School, 119 South Ave. in the Village of Webster. The egg hunt will take place from 10 to 10:45, followed by breakfast, which will feature pancakes, sausage and juice. (If it’s nasty out, the egg hunt will take place inside.)

Best part of all? It’s all absolutely free! But they would like to know how many people are coming, so registration is required by MARCH 21. To register or if you have any questions, call the Spry Middle School main office at (585) 216-0093.

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Ramping up the summertime music scene

15 Mar

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One of Webster’s most welcome harbingers of spring has returned: the Webster Village Band has announced its 2019 rehearsal and performance schedule.

village band 1The all-volunteer band is marking its 52nd year of entertaining Webster with its weekly concerts under the band shell in Harmony Park on Phillips Road. The group also performs at a few special events throughout the summer, including the Firemen’s Parade, and a joint concert with Willink Middle School. The performances themselves begin in mid-July, but the rehearsal schedule begins on March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Willink.

New members are encouraged to become part of the fun by attending an upcoming rehearsal. You can visit the Webster Village Band website or email Harvey Cohen at hcohen@rochester.rr.com for more information.

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Some thoughts on the Tour de Cure

8 Mar

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Last Tuesday night I joined a few friends at the gala kick-off event for the 2019 Tour de Cure, a day of walking, running, but mostly biking events to benefit the American Diabetes Association. It’s a huge event, drawing a few thousand participants, which has been taking place in Rochester for years.

The kick-off pep rally itself was equally huge. Organizers had to cut off registrations at 500 people, who packed the Holiday Inn Downtown ballroom. Vendors and sponsors lined the walls, offering give-aways and raffles. Balloons floated everywhere, and a fine dinner was served.

It was a party atmosphere, buoyed by the additional knowledge that Rochester’s Tour de Cure has become the largest in the nation. Last year almost 2,000 riders raised more than $1 million to fund diabetes research and help send children with diabetes to summer camp. 

But the reason I decided to write about this today is this: “Rochester’s” Tour de Cure is actually hosted in Webster.

This huge annual event begins and ends at one of the Xerox parking lots off of Chiyoda Drive. And you want to talk about a party atmosphere? The day of the ride, that lot is filled with tents and music and fire trucks and food trucks, thousands of bikes and people. Webster can be very proud to be hosting this, the biggest Tour de Cure in the whole country.

This year’s Rochester Tour de Cure is Saturday June 8. It will feature a 3.5-mile run or walk, and six different cycling routes ranging from 3.5 to 100 miles. Organizers are hoping to grow the event even bigger in 2019, aiming for 2,500 participants. There’s a distance and event for everyone — even walkers. Click here for more information. 

My friends and I will be joining the event for the very first time this year, challenging ourselves to ride 25 miles. We invite you to join us and our Amiel’s The Original Submarine Team. I met a few of my new teammates Tuesday night and can already tell it’s a great group of people.

If you can’t take part but would like to support the cause, feel free to log onto the Amiel’s team page or my personal page to make a donation. Every penny goes to support the American Diabetes Association.

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Vote for Bella’s Bumbas!

6 Mar

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I only just came across news of this cool contest that could ultimately benefit Bella’s Bumbas in amazing ways.

If you read my blog regularly, you’ve heard about Bella’s Bumbas, an amazing Webster-based community organization.

If you haven’t, I won’t go into much background. But briefly, Bella’s Bumbas is a non-profit organization run by Webster residents Marty Parzynski and Rebecca Orr, dedicated to building miniature wheelchairs for children with a wide variety of mobility issues. In just their first year of operation, they shipped more than 300 “Bella’s Bumbas” around the world, often adapting the chairs for each child’s individual needs, and charging the families only for shipping. You can read more about it in this blog I wrote back in 2017, and this follow-up blog.

It’s an amazing organization run by two amazing people who are pouring their hearts and soul into helping kids around the world. This contest I just found out about is a very easy way to help them in a huge way.

It’s called the 2019 Nonprofit Truck Wrap Bracket Contest, hosted by Cellino Plumbing.

It’s being run kind of like March Madness. 64 nonprofits are chosen for the first round, and then voting continues through March until one winner remains. Round 1 is happening now, when the first 64 agencies are chosen.

The winner will receive one of Cellino Plumbing’s trucks wrapped in their branding, and 5% of the revenue from that truck for one year. That could be a lot of money.

Votes are being taken through March 11:59 p.m. Thursday, so click here to submit your vote for Bella’s Bumbas today. And then again tomorrow. The top 64 will be announced on Friday.

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