Schroeder Theater will present Clue! on Zoom

12 May

Theater lovers, rejoice!

Thanks to COVID-19, most high school theatrical productions (along with a lot of other things) have been cancelled. But this coming weekend, you can get your fix, when the Schroeder Theater Co. presents:

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You’re probably familiar with the cult classic 1985 film, based on the Parker Brothers’ board game, but here’s the plot summary from the website:

Creatively re-staged for these unique times, it’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve received an invite to a very unusual Zoom. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic suite known as Scarlet (Katie F.), Plum (Zach G.), White (Ashley M.), Green (Brendan M.), Peacock (Bridget M.), and Mustard (Liam C.) as they scramble alongside the butler (Luke S.) to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up to the top of your screen!

This is a very funny comedy, and it sounds like it’s going to have some unusual twists; the website, for example, mentions a final “join.”

It sounds like it will be extremely entertaining, and if I know Schroeder productions, very well-acted.

Clue: On Stage (High School Edition) will be performed on Zoom by the Schroeder Theater Co. on Friday, May 15  and Saturday May 16 at 7 p.m. There’s a suggested donation of $5.00.

Click here for ticket information and Zoom link access. I’ll “see” you there.

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Knuckleheads help others in need

12 May

The Knuckleheads continue to show us why they’re such a valued part of our Webster community.

For the last few weeks Len Dummer and the folks at Knucklehead Craft Brewing they have been collecting food and toiletries for people in need. Patrons have been delivering bags of donations  which staff members have been organizing and distributing to the homeless and refugee families.

And they’re not done yet. They’re asking everyone to continue to drop items off. Len Dummer writes on his Facebook page,

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Items for homeless should be individual servings like peanut butter cracker packs, packets of tuna (can be opened by hand), nutrition bars, beef jerky, Slim Jims, raisins, dried fruit, any kind of nuts, single rolls of toilet paper, bars of soap, etc.

Items for families could be: canned goods, pasta sauce, dried pasta, salsa, corn chips, canned soups, snacks of all sorts, drinks (like Gatorade or other), toilet paper, bars of soap, boxes of mac & cheese.

Check out their Facebook page for more information, and consider lending a hand! Helping others out during these scary times helps us all. 

Knucklehead Craft Brewing is located at 426 Ridge Rd. in West Webster.

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News from the schools

11 May

It’s a really weird school year, but some things remain the same: it’s time to start looking forward to September.

If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten, NOW is the time to register. It’s especially important to help your schools know how many students to expect this fall, so they can determine class sizes and work out any other logistics as they prepare for an unusual new year.

Kindergarten registration is under way right now. If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2020, that child is eligible for kindergarten enrollment for the 2020-21 school year. Parents can download a kindergarten registration packet by visiting WCSD’s Student Registration web page at www.websterschools.org/registration.

School registration is based on residency. Webster students attend the school assigned to their home address. Use the School Locator Tool on the Student Registration website for placement information.

The safest method to submit registration paperwork is online, however, the district understands this is not possible for all parents/guardians. Therefore, completed kindergarten registration forms (along with all grade levels) will be accepted at Webster CSD’s Buildings and Grounds facility, 110 Sanford Street, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Social distancing requirements will be followed in order to ensure the health and safety of all parents, guardians, and staff members. Registration forms are located on WCSD’s Student Registration web page.

Please do not drop off any original documentation; copies will only be accepted. Student Registration staff members will reach out via email or telephone with any follow-up questions regarding submitted registration paperwork. Email Carla Watkins, District Registrar, with any questions: carla_watkins@webstercsd.org.

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Alexandra TasberWebster Schroeder High School has a new assistant principal.

Welcome to Alexandra Tasber, who has accepted the position as Schroeder AP (alpha E-K), effective July 1. She is replacing current interim assistant principal Jim Vitale.

For the past 11 years, Tasber has worked with the West Irondequoit Central School District as an English Language Arts (ELA) contact and classroom teacher at Dake Junior High School. During summer 2019, she served as WICSD’s 7-12 summer school principal and worked for many years as a summer school ELA teacher.

Tasber lives in Rochester with her husband, Dave, and two children, Lydia and Kellen.

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A heartfelt message to Schlegel Rd. staff

10 May

Last week was Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. It’s normally a time when students like to do something special for everyone who works at their schools. Obviously that wasn’t able to happen this year as it normally does. But one neighborhood came up with a creative way to share their appreciation.

The families from Eastwood Estates (Bannerwood Dr and Halesworth Lane), organized by the Miller family, got together to give a life-sized thank you to their Schlegel Road Elementary School teachers and staff.

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In the email they sent, they wrote,

We are so thankful for each of you and the investment you have in our kid’s lives! Your incredible hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed (especially in this season of remote learning, new instruction, and uncharted territory)! I’m speaking for my family, but I’m sure the neighbors would agree, we miss having our kiddos being loved on in person by the Schlegel staff each school day. You all are doing such a wonderful job adapting to this new normal! Thank you for being amazing and for teaching, guiding, and partnering with us!

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Need a face mask? Get one free

9 May

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Today and this coming Wednesday May 13, the Town of Webster, in partnership with Monroe County, will be handing out face masks for anyone who needs one.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, just drive up to the Webster Town Court House, 1000 Ridge Rd.

If you need any assistance, or have any questions, contact your County Legislator, Matthew Terp at 585-753-1922 or at legislatorterp@gmail.com.

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Just steps from the court house, in that small stand of woods by the library, Webster’s newest trail is in bloom.

Sharon Galbraith from the Friends of Webster Trails recently reported that trout lillies, coltsfoot, marsh marigolds and spring beauties are now blooming, with toad trillium, hepatica and others close behind.

And don’t worry about the wet conditions; all of the wildflowers can be enjoyed from the trail’s long boardwalk, which ends at a spacious platform. It’s a beautiful, short trail, and you’ll be right in the neighborhood when you’re picking up your mask, so why not stop and take a look?

The Hickory Bark Woods Trail is located across the parking lot from the Webster Public Library on Van Ingen Dr. The trail head is located on the east side of the park. There’s plenty of parking, and remember to keep your distance from others!

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The PEEP Show must go on!

6 May

And, ladies and gentlemen, presenting the

2020 Greater Rochester Marshmallow Peeps Show!

087 Rochester Presbyterian Home The Big Pink Peep Photo Op MGYes, it’s still happening this year, but of course it will look a little different from years past, when it’s been held at the Webster Recreation Center, spread among several rooms.

Like everything else, the 5th annual PEEP Show, had to be postponed last month. But the show’s organizers found a creative work-around. This weekend, May 9 and 10, the Greater Rochester Marshmallow PEEPS Art Show, sponsored by the Webster Community Chest, will go virtual.

Here’s more information direct from the press release:

Although the number of entries has been reduced due to the pandemic, we still have plenty for folks to look at and many of the other features of the live show will be recreated on-line.

Our display makers have sent in photographs showing their art work in detail, and many have even sent short movies of their displays. There will be plenty of fun things to look at. Visitors need only to come to www.rochesterpeepshow.com to enjoy the fun.

In addition to all the displays, visitors can see past years’ displays, visit our craft vendors, make donations to get raffle tickets for wonderful prizes, see performances by our entertainers, learn about each of the sixteen local nonprofit agencies that benefit from donations and about the businesses that have sponsored this show.

The “make donations” part is particularly important if you stop by. This event has always been a big fundraiser for the Webster Community Chest, an organization which is needed even more during these difficult times to help support our neighbors in need.

So check out the show this May 9 and 10. Kids, make it a virtual Mother’s Day “field trip” for your mom!

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Barry’s Runners find fun way to stay connected

3 May
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Jessica Barry, right, owner of Barry’s Old School Irish, even joined in the relay. Here Shannon Tipper, left, hands off the next leg of the relay to Jess. (J. Barry)

This was a lot of fun.

Barry’s Runners, my running club that meets every Tuesday night at Barry’s Old School Irish in the village, recently found a great way to reconnect with fellow runners during the pandemic, while still maintaining social distancing: a 12-hour virtual relay.

The group normally meets at Barry’s Old School Irish every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. for group runs or walks, followed by social time at the pub.

Thanks to the current pandemic, Barry’s has had to curtail its hours, and group activities like the weekly runs have been put on hold indefinitely.  The Barry’s Runners 12-hour Virtual Relay was a fun way for group members to stay connected — and motivated — during the crisis.

The event ran from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on what would have been a regular Tuesday running night, April 21. The day was split up into 24 half-hour slots. Participants asked to sign up for one or more of the spots, and during their allotted time get out and run, walk or even bike. As soon as one person’s half hour was complete, he or she texted the next person in line to begin the next leg of the relay.

After the event was posted on the Barry’s Runners Facebook page, it only took a few days for all 24 half-hour time slots to fill up. A handful of participants even took two adjacent spots, hitting the streets for an hour straight. By the end of the relay, 28 adults, plus a few kids and dogs participated, logging more than 70 miles.

The event even got a long-distance participant. Jill Belluco, a former Webster resident and Barry’s Runner, signed up for the first time slot even though she moved from Webster to South Carolina a few months ago. She said it was a great way to stay in touch with her old running buddies, while juggling the challenges of a new home and new job.

Several of the runners took photographs documenting their runs and posted them to the Barry’s Runner’s Facebook group, further enhancing the community experience.

The relay idea actually came from a similar event held earlier in the month by another running group, Rochester Running Club, who organized their own virtual running relay on Monday, April 13. Originally planned for the 24 hours spanning Sunday night through Monday night, that relay is still going on.

Chances are Barry’s Runners couldn’t manage to keep up a relay that long. But another 12-hour relay is definitely in the cards, cause everyone had so much fun.   

Lesley and Larry Johnson

Lesley and Larry Johnson completed a 6.5-mile leg with their running and walking buddy, Cullen.

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Webster community mailbag

2 May

mailbag iconCommunity Arts Day has officially been cancelled for this year.

Organizers were hopeful that the event, originally scheduled for April 18, would just have to be postponed, but that will not be possible given Gov. Cuomo’s announcement that schools will be closed for the remainder of the academic year.

Registrants, donors and sponsors will be contacted directly and refunded their payments.

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I’m sure you’ve seen reports of the various birthday parades winding though our town and village neighborhoods. They’ve all been led by emergency vehicles driven by representatives from our incredible local emergency services.

If you’ve ever thought it would be great to organize one of these parades for one of your loved ones, you can.

All you have to do is contact NEQALS by writing to them at P.O. Box 905, Webster, 14580, or sending an email to info@neqals.org. You can also try sending them a message on Facebook.

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Check out this gorgeous chalk artwork!

These photos were sent to me by Laureen Anthony-Palmer at the Webster Public Library. The creations were chalked in front of the library by two staff members and one of their daughters last week.

Laureen wrote,

One of the employees that worked on it is the person involved in all of the creative displays that you see at the library. She taught a Chalkboard Art class for us last year. She also created all of the chalkboard art signs at Lagoner’s Farm Market in Williamson. We are so lucky to have her on staff!

I continue to gets a lot of emails from the library. They may be closed, but they are not idle.

Here are a couple of highlights:

  • The Webster Public Library YouTube channel now features offerings for adults, not just videos for children and teens. Book reviews for adults and how-to tutorials have been added. Go to https://www.youtube.com/ and search for Webster Public Library. Be sure to subscribe and provide comments after you’ve watched the videos.
  • Love Pete the Cat? Check out live virtual story times, drawing lessons, and more from author James Dean.
  • 2U Mobile Painting Studio is offering free Facebook Live painting events! Several different paintings each week… check out their Facebook Page for a schedule of events.
  • Follow mother and son April and Taj the giraffes and their animal friends with Animal Adventure Park’s live cams!

Visit the Webster Public Library website for information about these and many other great programs you can participate in virtually!

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HOPE Ministry needs your help

1 May

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Here’s a quick note about an event which takes place tomorrow, Saturday May 2.

It’s a food and hygiene products drive to benefit the HOPE Ministry food cupboard. The cupboard has remained open during the pandemic, serving those who are finding themselves in greater need than ever before.  And because of that increased need, HOPE Ministry’s cupboard is running low.

The food drive will take place in the Holy Trinity Church parking lot, 1460 Ridge Rd., Webster, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Canned foods, non-perishable items and cleaning supplies will be accepted.

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Specific items which they’d REALLY LOVE to get more of include hygiene products, spaghetti sauce, chunky soups and stews, cooking oil and laundry soaps.

You won’t even need to leave your car. Volunteers dressed in personal protective equipment will collect your donations right from your car.

The drive is being sponsored by the Monroe County Legislature and the Town of Webster.

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Seniors are getting celebrated in a big way

1 May
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Webster Schroeder senior Anya Swinson with her lawn sign.

If you’ve been on Facebook at all today, guaranteed you’ve seen some videos of a great event that’s happening all over town today.

Webster School District representatives are driving all around town today in a mini-parade led by a loudly-honking school bus, handing out lawn signs recognizing every single one of our high school seniors — more than 700 of them.

The school bus is being followed by Webster Schroeder teachers/staff, Webster Thomas teachers/staff, and PTSA volunteers in their cars. The parade is expected to continue until about 3:30, so keep an eye out in your neighborhood!

Click here to see video of the delivery to the home of Webster Schroeder senior Anya Swinson, who will be attending Mercyhurst in the fall. The Webster Central PTSA purchased the signs.

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