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Great things are happening at Knucklehead

31 Oct
An image captured from Knucklehead’s video of the new beer garden

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged about my friends at Knucklehead Craft Brewing. And boy, do I have a lot to tell you.

It’s been perhaps two months since I was last at Knucklehead. My husband and I enjoyed a great dinner and a few pints outside at a picnic table, in a spacious area at the side of the pub destined to become a beer garden.

Since then, the beer garden has been completed, and it’s a thing of beauty. Owner Len Dummer posted a video on Knucklehead’s Facebook page a few days ago which just blew my mind.

The new space is about 1200 square feet, with very handsome tiling, stonework and fencing, with plenty of room for three or four tables, even in these days of social distancing. There’s a gorgeous waterfall feature and a large fire pit with room for another eight to ten patrons.

But there’s more! For starters, Knucklehead is just wrapping up installation of a $90,000 commercial kitchen. The very talented Chef Josh has been needing this for a long time and it will certainly help showcase his culinary skills. It should be completed in the next few weeks.

New lighting has been installed in front and in back, and come November, a new retaining wall will be put in, further expanding the pub’s parking options. Plus, both the interior and exterior have been painted.

So basically, if you haven’t been to Knucklehead lately, you’re in for a big surprise. But remember, even if things a look a little different, you’re going to find the same great people, welcoming atmosphere and outstanding brews that you’ve come to expect.

Knucklehead Craft Brewing is located at 426 Ridge Rd. in West Webster, at the corner of Bay Rd.

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Webster community mailbag

21 Oct

There’s lots going on this autumn in and around the town. I’m going to start today’s mailbag with a few reminders about some fun events you will NOT want to miss.

This Saturday, Oct. 24, the Webster Health and Education Network is sponsoring a Fall Drug Drop-off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Webster Wastewater Treatment Facility, 226 Phillips Rd. This is an excellent opportunity to safely dispose of any unused or expired medications which are clogging up your medicine cabinet.

Registration is not required for this event, but if you sign up on their website, they can send you a reminder the day before the event.

And remember, there’s a pharmaceutical drop-box at Town Hall, 1000 Ridge Rd., in the police station’s foyer, where you can drop off your unused pharmaceuticals any weekday during regular business hours.   


Also this Saturday, the Webster Recreation Center will host its first ever Pumpkins on Parade.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. this Saturday Oct. 24, you can stroll along the Chiyoda Trail behind the Rec Center and view a parade of brightly glowing jack-o-lanterns. Afterwards, visitors will be treated to free cider and donuts.

But don’t just come and see the jack-o-lanterns. Create one yourself!

Children, adults, businesses, organizations, pretty much anyone who wants to participate is encouraged to carve a pumpkin and drop it off at the Rec Center on Friday Oct. 23 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. OR Saturday Oct. 24 between noon and 2. The Rec staff will be sure to get your creation out on the path for everyone to enjoy.

Multiple carved pumpkins are allowed and encouraged. For each carved pumpkin, participants will get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a great prize.

Businesses who choose to participate can leave a business card with their pumpkin and the Rec Center will make up a little sign to accompany it on the path with your name and logo.

Everything will be ready for viewing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is a free event and will run rain or shine, so put it on your calendar, and get carving! The Recreation Center is located at 1350 Chiyoda Drive, off of Phillips Rd.


And don’t forget about the Village of Webster’s costume contest. It’s going virtual this year, but there are still some great prizes to be awarded.

Here’s how it works:

  • Email a photo of yourself in your costume to VOWcostumecontest@gmail.com no later than October 29 at midnight. Group costumes will also be accepted.
  • Judges will take a look at all the entries and award prizes. Winners will be announced on Oct. 31 (Halloween) by noon on the Village of Webster Facebook page (so make sure to “like” the page!) Winners will also be contacted via email and/or by phone, as long as you’ve included that information with your submission.
  • Winners will receive gift cards to a Village of Webster business of their choice.

All (appropriate) submissions will be featured on the Village’s Facebook page, so smile big! I’ll also post the winning photos here on my blog.

So go “like” the Village of Webster Facebook page, check back frequently for updates, and get working on those costumes!


Here’s another fun, albeit virtual, event for the whole family.

It’s a Halloween Magic Show, presented by the Webster Recreation Department.

It takes place online on Friday Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per family and pre-registration is required. Check the poster for more information, then visit the Rec Center website to register.


Looking forward to November…

Thanks to COVID-19, the Village of Webster can’t have its usual sit-down Veterans Day luncheon. Instead, they’ll be providing take-out meals for any interested veterans or service men and women on Wednesday Nov. 11.

The village is still working out the details, but so far we know that the meals will be paid for by the Village of Webster and made by Brimont Bistro.

The “luncheon” will be handed out at Village Hall, and a ceremony will still take place at Veterans Park, where everyone will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines unless you’re with family. Mayor Byerts will speak.

More details to come about this. But for now, if you’re a veteran or know of one, mark your calendar and spread the word.


The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf is also looking forward to November, specifically their holiday dinner distributions.

Thanks to COVID, the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf has seen a dramatic increase in the number of families needing help with accessing food this year. There’s been a more than 30% increase since March, and the food shelf is now serving between 138-150 families weekly.

Very soon, frozen turkeys will start going on sale at local grocery stores. If you’re able to grab an extra and donate it to the food shelf, it would go a long way to help feed our neighbors in need. Smaller sized turkeys are fine, 8-12 lbs. if possible.


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A parade of pumpkins comes to the Rec Center

18 Oct
This image comes from Victor, which holds a Jack-o-lantern Trail every year. Let’s make Webster’s just as spectacular.

Another great Halloween-themed event is coming to Webster this year, this one hosted by the Webster Recreation Center.

It’s called Pumpkins on Parade, scheduled for Saturday Oct. 24 along the Chiyoda Trail at the Rec Center, 1350 Chiyoda Drive.

Basically, the Chiyoda Trail — which stretches for a mile around and behind the Rec Center — will be lined with brightly glowing Jack-o-lanterns. Visitors can walk along the trail and enjoy all the creativity and spookiness. Then afterwards, there’ll be free cider and donuts for all.

But before this can all happen, the Rec Center needs Jack-o-lanterns!

Children, adults, businesses, organizations, pretty much anyone who wants to participate is encouraged to carve a pumpkin and drop it off at the Rec Center on Friday Oct. 23 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. OR Saturday Oct. 24 between noon and 2. The Rec staff will be sure to get your creation out on the path for everyone to enjoy.

And don’t just stop at one pumpkin. Multiple carved pumpkins are allowed and encouraged. The more the spookier! And for each carved pumpkin, participants will get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a great prize.

Businesses who choose to participate can leave a business card with their pumpkin and the Rec Center will make up a little sign to accompany it on the path with your name and logo.

Everything will be ready for viewing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is a free event and will run rain or shine, so put it on your calendar, and get carving!

My personal thanks to the Rec Center for coming up with this great event. It will add a little bit of fun to an unusual Halloween season.

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Town and village leaf pick-up details

17 Oct

As the leaves are just beginning to fall with conviction, both the Town and Village of Webster are ramping up their leaf pick-up schedules.

Here’s the information in a nutshell for the town, taken from the Town of Webster website:

The Village of Webster also plans to begin its full leaf pick-up runs on Monday Oct. 19, and continue with weekly passes through the week of Dec. 14.

The plan is to complete a full pass through the village each week, weather permitting. As I recall, the weather last year did not necessarily permit that, so don’t be surprised if the schedule gets a bit messed up one week. Especially later in the season, the runs might take 8 to 10 days.

The Village reminds everyone to :

  • not place brush, rocks, pumpkins, wood, plastic, or other foreign material with your leaves
  • not bag your leaves for Village curbside pickup
  • not place leaves in roadway, or on top of drainage structures, concrete, in gutters, or drainage ditches

The village brush pick-up schedule will continue through the winter months, usually on the first Monday of the month. Click here for guidelines and dates.

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The Town Times has gotten an upgrade

12 Oct

That glossy new magazine you recently got in the mail, with the gorgeous photo of the lake on the cover, wasn’t the latest AARP magazine, Wegmans circular or insurance flyer. It was Webster Today, the Town of Webster’s quarterly newsletter.

Webster Today is a new, improved version of the Town Times. Like the old Town Times, this new magazine format is packed with useful information. But the new clean and uncluttered, four-color glossy layout is a vast improvement.

Here are the things I particularly like:

  • a table of contents right on the front cover
  • a complete town government directory on the inside cover, perfect for tearing off and putting on the fridge
  • photos of the town board members
  • LOTS of information about the Rec Center
  • handsome photo illustrations and colorful charts

In this particular issue you’ll also find the 2021 budget laid out in detail. I’m talking 17 pages of detail.

The Town Times was OK, and provided a lot of information. But kudos to the Town of Webster staff members who envisioned and designed this new publication. It’s a breath of fresh air.

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New Webster cookie shop a dessert-lover’s delight

30 Aug

There’s a new cookie shop in town, and be forewarned: it’s downright dangerous. (At least for anyone trying to stay on a diet.)

It’s called Kiss Me Cookie, and it opened on July 1 in the small plaza at 696 Ridge Rd., Webster (where The Garlic Pit is located). And if you like cookies even a little bit, this is going to become one of your favorite shops — EVER.

Webster residents Pam and Steve Bouteiller run Kiss Me Cookie, both juggling full-time jobs and a one-year old son to do so. While Steve comes in to manage the shop most days, Pam does the baking. It’s something she’s done for a long time, and for the last several years she’s been selling her baked goods wholesale, online and at festivals.

But it was only recently that the young couple decided to take the leap and open a physical storefront.

“I was always way too cautious to do something like this,” Pam said. (Steve’s) been wanting to open a store for years now and I was always too nervous. So we discussed it and we decided that when we had enough money saved up from just our cookie enterprise to open a store then we would open a store.”

As it turns out, that happened right in the middle of the pandemic. Undaunted, however, they started looking for a place in April or May, considering opportunities in Fairport and downtown Rochester before discovering their current location, which is conveniently just down the road from their home.

Then the real work began.

“This kitchen had to be built from the ground up,” Steve said. “We painted, did ceiling tiles, I put in 50 to 60 hours a week in June, but we got it done in a month and opened July 1.”

The Webster community has enthusiastically welcomed Kiss Me Cookie. And for good reason; the variety of baked goods they offer and the creativity and love that clearly go into each one is making everyone who walks in an immediate fan.

Just the aroma that fills your senses when you enter the shop is enough to make your mouth water.

Right now, Steve said that their most popular cookies are the Golden Dough, Salted Caramel and Big Reveal Peanut Butter Cup (this last one is a chocolate chip cookie with a peanut butter cup inside). They’ve got plenty of traditional favorites, like snickerdoodles, chocolate chip and butterscotch oatmeal, but if you’re not afraid to try something new, I recommend the magic bars (graham cracker crust with white chocolate, marshmallows, coconut and fruity pebble topping), Oreo bars, s’mores bars, or any one of a dozen another fanciful varieties.

“We’re trying to keep it fun,” Steve said. “We have a few traditional flavors but we’re always trying to do something new, innovative….We have a lot of flavors that people haven’t seen before but nothing that’s unapproachable and strange. We’re trying to make an experience where people can come in and have fun.”

But Kiss Me Cookie is more than just cookies. There are cookie cakes, cookie pizzas, coffees, cheesecakes, homemade hot chocolate mix, even dog treats. And they’re trying to work with local producers as much as possible to keep the operation small-business oriented.

Pam and Steve also offer catering services and individually-wrapped cookies (the extra wrapping fee, by the way, is waived during the pandemic). This fall they hope to introduce fudge, pies and holiday treats as well.

Kiss Me Cookie is located at 696 Ridge Rd., Webster, in the little plaza just west of Hatch Rd. They’re open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and are closed Monday and Tuesday.

Next Sunday Sept. 6 would be a great time to check them out, when they host a “Goodbye to Summer” party from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with summer–themed giveaways, 20% off everything in store, free drinks, freeze pops and more, and a chance to win a gift card. To find out more, check out the Facebook event here.

If you can handle some super-glam cookie photos, check out their Facebook page here, and for a full list of their cookie selection, visit their webpage here.

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Welcome Chris Bilow to Webster Parks and Recreation

30 May

chris bilowA hearty — albeit delayed — welcome to Chris Bilow, Webster’s new Commissioner of Parks and Recreation.

Bilow has replaced Mark Yaeger, who recently retired after 19 years with the department.

Bilow comes to Webster after working for almost 18 years at the Penfield Recreation Center, most recently as Recreation Director. He said that “it was the only I job I had any interest in leaving Penfield for,” mostly because it meant coming back to work in his hometown Webster, where’s he’s lived for more than 30 years.

During his 19 years with the department, Bilow’s predecessor, Mark Yaeger, oversaw  the creation of the new Parks and Recreation building on Chiyoda Drive, the First Responders Playground and water spray park, and helped spearhead the installation of Challenger Miracle Field.

“He did an awesome job setting the stage,” Bilow said. “His leadership really set this department up for the future with programs and space and meeting the needs of this community.” Now he’s looking forward to continuing that legacy.

“As a resident (of Webster) for 32 years, I’m obviously familiar with what’s gone in, and I see so much more that we have the ability to expand on.”

“I think we need to build on the relationship between this department and the community, become a greater presence.” To that end, Bilow hopes to improve the department’s communications efforts, doing things like posting weekly updates, and taking better advantage of social media.

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Ah, the joys of raking…

5 Nov

Pile of autumn maple colored leaves isolated on white background.

As many of you know, I’m a fairly new resident of the Village of Webster. My husband and I moved here from our North Penfield home in April, and I totally love it.

I love being only a short walk from the center of the village, and all the pubs and restaurants there. I love being able to stroll to village events without having to worry about traffic and parking. I love being so much closer to great Christmas shopping, and only eight minutes from my job at Schlegel Rd. Elementary.

But you know what I love BEST about living in the Village of Webster?

I DON’T HAVE TO BAG ANY LEAVES!!!!!!!

I’ve been tapping out this blog for more than 10 years now, and pretty much every single year I whined about how the Town of Penfield still requires its residents to bag their leaves every fall and leave them for their refuse collector. I envied my Webster neighbors over the back fence who simply pushed theirs to the curb while I raked and swept and piled and stuffed and tied bags for hours every weekend.

We had several large trees in our yard, which meant that we would typically collect more than 100 bags of leaves every fall. And since our refuse collector only allowed us to put out eight of them every week, we would be placing them at the curb well into January.

In contrast, last weekend, it took Jack and me only about 90 minutes with our rake, tarp and leaf sweeper to clear our yard and dump all the leaves at the curb for pick-up. We estimated we’ll have to do it one more time in a week or two. But then…we’ll be done.

So thank you, Village of Webster, for providing this service. My tax dollars are well worth it.

Here’s a run-down of the village and town leaf collection information, from their websites:

Webster Village

This service begins when the autumn leaves begin to accumulate on the ground and will be on a daily basis until the beginning of December, or until the first heavy snowfall, whichever comes first. The Public Works Department will traverse each Village street once a week to remove leaves from the curb. To help make leaf pickup easier for yourself and our DPW staff, we request you follow some simple guidelines:

-Do not place brush, rocks, pumpkins, wood, plastic, or other foreign material with your leaves
-Do not bag your leaves for Village curbside pickup
-Do not place leaves in roadway, or on top of drainage structures, concrete, in gutters, or drainage ditches

The village also provides brush removal one day every month. For more details about that, visit the Village of Webster website.

Town of Webster

We start on the west side of town heading east and will make as many passes through town as possible during the leaf pick-up operation, weather permitting. There is no set schedule for particular streets throughout the town. Leaf season typically runs six weeks and start and finish dates vary based on actual leaf drop.

Please be patient with us during this process, as leaves do not all fall at once, and we never know what to expect for our weather conditions.
– Make sure leaves are on the edge of the road and not in the road or gutter
– Rake only leaves (and not twigs or branches) to the road’s edge
– Placing leaves in the road or gutter significantly slows down the entire operation. It is against the law to place leaves or any debris in the road.

For more information, visit the Town of Webster website.

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Webster Fall Fest a success

6 Oct

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The Town of Webster could not have asked for a more spectacular autumn day yesterday on which to celebrate the annual Fall Festival.

Bright blue, cloudless skies and seasonably cool temperatures encouraged hundreds of people of all ages to head out to Gosnell Big Woods to enjoy the festivities. It was the biggest crowd I’ve seen in the three year’s I’ve attended the event. There was a line at pretty much every activity, including pony rides, wagon rides, even the kids’ games. Everywhere you looked, kids were climbing hay bales, doing crafts, trying their hand at all sorts of games, or visiting with the West Webster firefighters.

If you didn’t have a chance to go, here’s a gallery of photos to give you a feel for the fun.

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Lots of library news, including a new nature trail

24 Sep

Our Webster Public Library, in Webster Plaza, 980 Ridge Rd., always has a lot of great programs and special events on their calendar, but this one is especially great.

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In this Google image, the Hickory Bark Woods are seen north of the library (marked in red) 

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the brand new Hickory Bark Woods Trail will be officially introduced to the public at a grand opening ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. The trail is located on Van Ingen Drive, on the north side of the library, basically across from the front entrance. There’s a stand of woods there which you may not have really noticed before. Now it has a trail and boardwalk which lead to a platform which will be used for nature programs.

 

The project represents a joint community effort of the Webster Public Library, the Friends of the Webster Public Library, the Town of Webster, the Friends of Webster Trails, and the Boy Scouts to enhance a unique natural area for the benefit of Webster residents.

Come on out that Saturday and check out the town’s newest trail!

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In other library news,

Bring the whole family to learn about Bees in Your Backyard on Wed. October 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the library’s community room.

Participants will learn how fresh honey is good for you, see a beehive and taste fresh honey. The program is free but registration is requested.

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ikebanaLearn about Ikebana (ee-kay-bah-nah), the Japanese art of flower arrangement, on Friday Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This fascinating program, presented by the School of Ichivo Ikebana, demonstrates 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.

Live demonstrations will be held on Friday at 1 and 4 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. It all happens in the library’s community room.

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The Friends of the Webster Public Library Fall Book Sale begins Thursday, Oct. 10 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 12.

Hardcover books are just $1, paperbacks only 50 cents, and all books are new to the sale. Credit cards are accepted. Stop in to check out the selection of books on cooking, gardening, hobbies, biographies, religion, history, sports, travel, performing arts, large print, humor and more. And make sure to enter the raffle for gift baskets packed with books.

The sale will run on Thursday, Oct 10 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (fill a bag for just $4); and Saturday Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (the bag sale will continue). All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Public Library

Speaking of the Friends, here’s a way to help them out while doing your fall housecleaning.

On Saturday Oct. 19, the Friends will sponsor a fundraising event at the Webster Savers, 980 Ridge Rd. Bring your gently used items to the rear of Savers near the library parking lot between 10 a.m. and noon. Soft goods such as clothing, bedding, towels, curtains, backpacks, hats, mittens, ties, socks, scarves and purses will find a new home here.  Hard goods such as small electrical items, toaster, hair dryers, curling irons, coffee makers, mixers, toys, games, stuffed animals, puzzles, sports equipment, knick-knacks, jewelry, baskets, ornaments, hand tools, dishes, glassware, cutlery, pots and pans are also welcome.

Savers will make a donation to the Friends based on how many items are received.

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Finally, here’s a great program for anyone who has found themselves in the role of caregiver.

A six-week educational program will focus on the needs of family caregivers of individuals living with chronic conditions. It will help caregivers develop self-help tools to reduce stress, communicate more effectively, deal with challenging feelings and more.

Classes meet at the library from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday from Oct. 15 through Nov. 19. The program is free but registration is required; call the library at 585-872-7075 ext. 3 to sign up.

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