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Gene Rinas donated this window, painted by three artists from Spencerport High School, to Aurora House, a not-for-profit organization which will provide a comfort-care home for the dying, their families, and friends. The girls' artwork will be incorporated into the interior structure of Aurora House. Pictured with the donated window are, left to right: Jeanne Johnson, Hannah Woodard, Sandie Ville, Emily Connors, Gene Rinas and Natalia Wojdak. more

Food cupboard outreach efforts know no season, needs increase - Volunteer Tina Zebulske holds a box of Homestyle Bakes, a complete meal in a box that was donated to the Hilton Food Shelf. She says that this type of food donation is highly desirable but any kind of canned or boxed food can be used, as long as the expiration date on the container has not been exceeded. Photograph by Walter Horylev. more

This shot of pumpkins waiting to be Halloween decoration was just one of the images captured by Walter Horylev for his photo essay on Fall. Click here to see more.

In a tough battle between two field hockey teams with excellent records, the East Rochester Bombers outlasted the Hilton Cadets 3-0 Monday, October 15. more

Changing the landscape -- The Eastman Kodak Company’s demolition of buildings at Kodak Park continues. Freelance photographer Walter Horylev recorded a recent implosion of these buildings he knew well in his career with the company. Read his thoughts as he watched the building’s demise.

Sun shines on Hilton Apple Fest 2007 - Brilliant skies and unusually warm temperatures in the low 80s both days encouraged visitors, according to organizers and record crowds visited both days, September 29 and 30. Four-year-old Riley Ball, from Hilton, struggled for a while but then snagged an apple from Corey’s Pond. Maya Tatemann from Rochester watched.
Click here for more Apple Fest 2007 photos.

The lighthouse at sunset, Golden Hill State Park, Barker, on the shores of Lake Ontario. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

An apple a day ... - This photo highlights the bounty of the apple crop. Deb Roberts, executive director of the Orleans County Cooperative Extension, said the weather conditions have been key in producing what looks to be a stellar apple crop this season.

Members of the Churchville Volunteer Fire Department and community participated in a 9/11 memorial ceremony held outside the fire hall. Photograph by Kristina Gabalski.

Spencerport Superintendent of Schools Mary Anne Kermis (right) welcomes students returning to school on Wednesday, September 5, with Andrea Campo, principal at Bernabi Elementary School. Kermis has announced her intent to retire at the end of the year. Provided photo. more

Brockport Firefighters, Hanlon Studios of Toms River, New Jersey, Kron's Wonders in Wood and Rochester Monument Company coverged upon the Firefighter's Memorial Monument to welcome home, and permanently mount the newly cast, and long-awaited bronze firefighter figures for the Firefighter's Memorial Monument in Brockport. The figures arrived from the foundry in Chester, Pennsylvania Tuesday, August 21. These bronze sculptures will be dedicated during the closing ceremony of the 6th annual 12-hour Vigil on Patriot Day, Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 7 p.m. Photo by Rick Nicholson.

A study in red and gold and the slanting sun of August’s last days. Redman Road. Rick Nicholson.

Work on the Park Avenue bridge in the Village of Brockport (shown above), a project begun August 13 and continuing through mid-September, has caused the temporary relocation of the Farmers Market. The market is open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. more

Penfield artist Bob Keim tries his hand at painting the canalside scene in Brockport. Keim is a member of the Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters, Inc., a not-for-profit association which promotes and inspires plein air painting. A model of the canal schooner on display showed two masts. They were removed from the Lois McClure for its canal journey because of the low bridges on the canal. The sails were used only when on a lake or open water; otherwise the schooner was originally pulled by mules through the canals. It is now moved by a tugboat through the canals. The Lois McClure was docked near the Welcome Center in Brockport on August 3 and 4 as part of its Grand Canal Journey. Photograph by Walter Horylev. more

New on campus -- The copper siding shimmers in the late July sunshine -- students returning to campus in a few weeks will be putting the new facilities at the R. Thomas Golisano Library at Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili to good use. Extensive use of copper siding will add considerable architectural interest over the years. more

The peach crop may be a little lighter than in previous years, according to Margie Robb of Robb’s Farm Market on Gallup Road off Route 31, but the quality is excellent and the taste is great. Years when there is less rainfall often yield fruit which is sweeter, the fruit grower said. The peaches pictured are the Candor variety; next week, Red Haven peaches will also be ready. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

Ed Evans Jr., a former teacher in the Hilton school district who retired in 1997 after 33 years, was the stimulus for the Army Corps of Engineers placing the barrier to protect Yanty Marsh in Hamlin. “Where now there are many acres of marsh between Lake Ontario and the Hamlin Parkway, the Army Corps of Engineers indicated that the lake would have reached the parkway, through erosion, by 2003,” Evans said.The vegetation, largely consisting of brush and willows, the latter growing from willow wattles (a bunch of willow sticks) planted along the shore by Boy Scouts and other volunteers, has grown as high as 18 feet, helping to preserve the marshland. Rocky soil, which was common to the former beach front, is now located over 20 feet beyond the rock barrier. According to Evans, the barrier purifies the lake water by retaining any silt carried by waves flowing through the barrier and it has created a diverse habitat, one of the two largest marshlands on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. Photographs by Walter Horylev. more

Freelance photographer Rick Nicholson gave this White Road, Brockport daylily an elegant look by isolating a single stem and using a piece of black foamcore board as a backdrop. He says the dramatic color of the summer roadside flower ushers us easily from June into the 4th of July fireworks theme. Weatherwise, the daylily, wild and cultivated, along with other flowers, fruits, vegetables and lawns, could use a bit of rain. June’s last week was a hot one with three days over 90 degrees and heat holding on 24/7 with overnights in the mid-70s.

Members of the Spencerport Canal Days 2007 Committee are shown with their adopted Canaligators. A new feature of this year's festival, the Canaligator race will be a big part of the Sunday events. Shown, front row: Erin Kane, Gail McQuilkin, Sheila Wohlers, Glynne Schultz, Paul Eksten. Back row: Rich Francis, Ginny Swarthout, Alicia Saladyga, Kathy Magin, Jeanne Johnson, David Wohlers. Spencerport Canal Days is July 28 and 29. Read all about it in a special section delivered next week. Provided photo.

Hamlins newly restored Engine 55 was unveiled during Hamlin Wheel Fest weekend. State Senator George Maziarz, who helped secure some funding for the project, helped with the unveiling and rode the truck in the parade route (passenger side). more

John and Lucy Masco, Adams Basin residents, look at a variety of fruit from vendor Terri Penna, from Penna's Farm Market in Holley. more

The dedication ceremony of the reconstructed Spencerport Trolley Depot on Saturday, May 12 was cause for celebration. Helen Schuth, who actually rode the trolley in her youth, did the ribbon cutting honors. Dan Head, manager of the local Nothnagle Realtors, joined in the official opening gesture. Photograph by Walter Horylev. more

The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church in Bergen is celebrating its 200th Anniversary this year. A special celebration is planned for Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. The public is invited to attend. Photograph by Kristina Gabalski. more

The boiler room debris of the former Diaz Chemical Facility in Holley is sprinkled down to contain the dust from demolition. Warehouse #4, to the left, is the next-to-last building scheduled to be torn down by the end of May, along with the production facility building, Area C, connected to the warehouse on the south and east side. To date, eight buildings have been demolished along with four storage areas. The EPA people will stay on site, after the planned demolition of buildings is finished in May, to maintain security, dress up the property, wash the remaining buildings and continue to operate the water treatment system to purify water contained in seven underground wells. “There will be a reduced work force on site, starting in June, to perform the follow-up efforts; we are dead on schedule,” U.S. EPA On-Scene Coordinator Kevin Matheis said. Photograph by Walter Horylev. more

Truey Cooper turned 97 on May 6 and celebrated her birthday with a ride on an all terrain vehicle in Washington state while visiting her children and grandchildren. "There was a view my kids wanted me to see and the only way to get there was on the 'motorcycle,' " she said. "I held on tight and asked if this thing could go any faster." Submitted photo. more

Margay Blackman, chairperson of the Brockport Tree Board, welcomes the voluneers, explaining that the event was a collaborative effort of the Village of Brockport and SUNY Brockport. The 39 trees were purchased with $7,400 in grant money from the DEC. Photographs by Walter Horylev. more

Holley principal Lee Ann Cervini gets "slimed" by Rich Hannah, physical education teacher, (left) and Don Penna, head custodian. Cervini agreed to the sliming if her students read with a parent for 15 minutes a day, five days a week for two weeks in March. more

Led by a policeman on a motorcycle, the Hilton Memorial Day parade tops the hill on East Avenue, as it proceeds west to the Community Center.

Culprit caught in the act! The tulips were disappearing before their time from Frank Knapp's yard on Coleman Avenue in Spencerport. Kathy Eichorn captured the culprit red-handed.

The Geriatric Pilots Association sponsored the building of a model of the 1911 D-3 Glenn Curtiss Pusher airplane which was displayed to the public on March 15, at the Greater Rochester International Airport. The organization contributed about $12,000 to support the efforts of Parma resident Vet Thomas to construct the model. Vet was helped in the construction phase, which took about four years, by his father Rollin Thomas, Jim Birch, Art Theime and Stan Teachman (deceased). Above, a mannequin portraying Blanche Stewart Scott sits in the pilot's seat. more

Recycling efforts launched in the 1990s are credited with reducing the amount of solid waste landfilled and the amount communities have to pay for tipping fees. Chad McManus, equipment operator for the Hilton Department of Public Works, at work on Gorton Avenue, prepares to empty a yellow box containing newsprint and glossy paper into the village’s recycling truck. In 1990, Hilton was one of the first villages to launch an aggressive campaign to reduce, reuse, recycle. Since then, over 7,000 tons of mixed recyclables, paper and co-mingled (glass and plastic) containers have been recycled, keeping them out of landfills. That does not include about 900 tons of cardboard and a large number of appliances and tires, as well as countless tons of leaves and brush. The leaves are composted and the brush is chipped and used as mulch. Hilton residents have been dedicated to the concept, say village officials, and diligent about putting their blue (used for co-mingled recyclables in Hilton) and yellow (for paper products) recyle boxes out at the curb. Earth Day was Sunday, April 22. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

Captured in mid-air, Carly Strabel demonstrates the pas de chat. Strabel, a sophomore at Brockport High School , studies dance at the Brockport School of Dance and Performing Arts. She will be leaving in September to enter the Nutmeg Conservatory in Connecticut, one of the nation's most respected ballet training facilities. Photograph by Walter Horylev. more

It looks like spring inside the greenhouse at Sara’s Garden Center in Brockport. A week ago, Barbara Crinean was trimming some of the hanging pots of petunias to encourage branching as well as tending geraniums and combo baskets so they’ll be ready when the weather cooperates. Snowfall was recorded by weather watchers on seven of the first 10 days in April and temperatures have been well below average with some daytime highs reaching only into the low 40s. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

Looking for quick sale --
before it melts

Jason Wormsley of Dunbar Road, Hilton sculpted this 1958 Plymouth Fury "Christine" car model after the 1980s movie based on the Stephen King book. It took him about 12 hours total to carve out the shape and details and then he sprayed it with snow paint for that extra touch.

On the shore - The Genesee Lighthouse enjoys much more visibility when surrounded by barren trees. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

Harbingers of spring -- Bob Twentymon was busy last week digging through the snow covering his garden to harvest parsnips, as much a sign of spring as migrating geese and the arrival of robins. Retired from Eastman Kodak in 1985, Twentymon has been selling homegrown vegetables from his stand on Route 259 just north of West Ridge Road since 1956. “The parsnips have really been selling,” Bob said. “People like them for their St. Patrick’s Day meals.” The avid gardener planted several rows around the first of May last year and started digging the ivory-colored root crop around Thanksgiving. He’s been digging them since. “The more frost the better,” he said, “they get sweeter.” High 50 degree temperatures two days last week caused some rapid snow melt, adding to high soil moisture, which has made for wet digging, Bob said. Spring officially arrives Wednesday, March 21. Photo by Walter Horylev.

First place champs - The Hilton Varsity Cheerleaders took first place in Class AA on Saturday, February 3 at the Section V Winter Cheerleading Championship at State University of New York at Geneseo. Their score of 325 was the highest out of all the teams that competed. more

Brockport Kiwanis and Lions members prepare to hand out gifts to Lakeside Beikirch Care Center residents in the photo above. This event was an extension of the cooperative Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs' Salvation Army Christmas bell ringing fundraiser. Club members handed out gifts to Beikirch and also to residents of the The Landing. The gifts of fleece throws and small stuffed dogs were donated by the Salvation Army. Left to right back, Charlie Deacon, Mary Ann Knapp, Beikirch Director of Recreation Amy McGovern, Dave Jewell, Al Warner, George Mann, Tim Feeney, volunteer Cheryl Warner, Bob Reusch, Judy Mohr, Kelly Lewis, Tod Twichell; front, Spencerport/Brockport Salvation Army Coordinator Dan Perry, daughter Makayla, Jacob Lewis and Gary Caruso.

Brockport High School Key Club members Katelyn Barber, Renuka Lakshmanan, Danielle Luksic, and Justin Sodoma delivered homemade valentines, smiles and flowers to residents at Lakeside’s Beikirch Care Center on February 13. Arjuna Florist donated 125 carnations for the project. In the group photo (l-r) Renuka Lakshmanan, Justin Sodoma, resident Marian Didas, Katelyn Barber (in back) and Danielle Luksic share the moment of friendship and fun. The project was organized in conjunction with Brockport Kiwanis which sponsors the Key Club. The advisor at Brockport High School is Kerry Blocker. Provided photo.

Work continues on the replacement of the Route 262 bridge despite the winter cold temperature and snow accumulation . Rick Nicholson took this photo at the worksite where County Line Road meets Route 104 on February 9.

A line of trees frame shadows thrown by a fitful sun on a farm in Hamlin. Photo by Walter Horylev.

The care and socialization of six pups and their mother, who was found abandoned, has involved many since Thanksgiving Day when they were born. Kathy Beaumont has a farewell hug and kiss for Sage, the last puppy to be picked up for adoption on Saturday January 20. It was a bittersweet moment to have the puppies leave her care, but Beaumont said she and other caregivers were happy the pups and Lucy would have permanent homes. more

January 2007’s ice storm - January 15, Black Creek. Nearly a half inch of ice coated trees, shrubs and all else in the outdoors. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

Dramatic, large-scale quilt designs have made their debut in Kendall -- on barns and other outbuildings. Above, “Farmer’s Daughter” on a greenhouse at Partyka Farms. Photo by Rick Nicholson. more

Brockport Rotary Rings the Bell - Leita Holden smiles as she finishes making her donation to the Salvation Army. Gary Zimmer said he enjoys bell ringing in front of Ryan's Big M in Brockport. It gives him lots of opportunities to chat with all the people he knows. Submitted photo.

On a hot July day last summer, Rich Mitchell, an Alfred student and surveyor intern, helped Technician Curt Adams set up a prism pole over a reference point in a sidewalk on Coleman Avenue in Spencerport. Mitchell, in his junior year majoring in Surveying Engineering Technology, and Adams were beginning to plot the lot lines for a new garage. The new, larger garage had received village planning board approval and a variance, but the north wall had to remain at the existing two-feet from the north lot line. The surveying team had to establish the footprint of the new garage on the lot and measured for garage corner locations and marked elevations for the garage sill for the contractor. Click here for a photo essay that provides some insight into the surveying process, and may answer that question often raised when someone is seen peering into an instrument lens: “What are they doing out there?” Photograph by Walter Horylev.

The Daugherty family, David, mother Enza holding Jonathan, Erika, father Dan and members of the Spencerport Lions Club pose for a celebration picture to end the presentation of a wheelchair adapted van to the family. “We’re just overwhelmed and amazed that it happened!” Dan said. Wheels for Erika has been a project of the Spencerport Lions Club over over two years. more

The crew working on the repairs to the Adams Basin bridge (Route 36) over the Erie Canal posed for a team shot last week. Click here for photos of the lowering of the bridge in preparation for the re-opening to traffic. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

Christmas lighting is done with interesting displays at the Nick and Laura Chinappi home on Parma Center Road in Parma. Their home, the old Parma Schoolhouse, has an interesting bell tower which they have illuminated from inside. "We've been doing this for the past 10 winters. We spend from 10-12 hours putting up the lights and change it every year, adding things and taking down others," Laura said. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

A Sikorsky 564, Model E helicopter hovers in a cold, brisk wind on a grey day near Brockport's Ledgedale Airport runway during a training session Friday, November 17. Practice exercises included hovering with a concrete weight (a simulated cargo), suspended from lines attached to the helicopter, moving the "cargo" about on the ground and flying a tight loop with the "cargo" in tow. According to mechanic Justin Kuther, two of the three pilots that came with the Erickson Air-Crane from Central Point, Oregon, were receiving training on flying the giant cargo-carrying helicopter from the rear seat of the cockpit. The three pilots were accompanied by two mechanics and a fuel truck driver. The helicopter consumes about 500 gallons of fuel per hour and can transport a load of 20,000 pounds. The group spent several days training at the local airport; it was a prelude to moving a number of large air-conditioning units to the roof of the Delphi plant in Rochester. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

Lessons in African Drumming -- The art of African drumming has been taught for thousands of years in Africa through speaking and repeating what was heard to make music. Above, Josiah McGill has his first lesson in African drumming during a recent workshop at Brockport's Barclay Elementary School. Workshop coordinator Jeff Mann had students repeating to him phrases such as "coo coo for cocoa puffs” and "I can play this rhythm," verbally and by mimicking his sounds on the drums. Students were divided into two groups. Half of the class sat at the drums and the other half stood behind them as the chorus. It didn't take long for the class to sound like pros. The group drumming experience is geared toward strengthening critical thinking skills, improving problem solving, sharpening listening skills, and promoting active participation; while helping to develop self-esteem, confidence, and a real appreciation for artistic and cultural diversity. "It was an amazing cultural and music enrichment experience for all the students in the Barclay School," said music teacher Carol Miller. Submitted photo.

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