Westside News Photo Gallery
Westside News Photo Gallery

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Brockport Volunteer Fire Department members carry the United States flag down Main Street in Brockport to start the line of march in Max's Mardi Gras Parade April 27, 2002. Photo by Walter Horylev.

Emerging buds on landscape and fruit trees and ornamentals (this is a wild rose in Northampton Park, April 14, 2002) progressed rapidly last week aided by plentiful rain and ample heat as unseasonably high mid-April temperatures hit the 80s on three days (April 16-18).

Sunrise, April 6, looking east at Springdale Farm. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

About 500 stakes were "planted" at Highland Park on Sunday, April 21, 2002, by volunteers working with MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In its seventh year, this "garden" commemorates each one of the victims who died in this time period in a tri-county area (Livingston, Monroe, Ontario) as a result of drunk drivers. Volunteers from the community, including Boys Scouts, high school and elementary students, Special Olympic individuals and others gathered to assemble this visual statement about the impact that DWI crashes have. Each stake has the name of the victim and date of death; the stakes were displayed for five days and a memorial service was held last week. One of the stakes commemorates the death of Sandra Babcock. It also has the date of her death on the other side. Above, Tracy Holbrook, MADD Chapter Administrator, holds a hammer she uses to drive the stakes into the ground; it was formerly owned by her neighbor, Joseph Kolb. Joseph and his wife, Carol, died after being hit by a drunk driver in 1997.
Attracting wildlife, like this wallowtail butterfly and baby sparrow, is just one of the joys of cottage gardening.

Third-grader Jake Terringino, in Leslie Plucknette's class at Fairbanks Road School in the Churchville-Chili School District, portrayed Wilbur in Mrs. Plucknette's adaptation of Charlotte's Web. When Wilbur wakes he'll see a new message created by Charlotte the spider. Jake and his classmates performed two shows for Fairbanks students and held an evening performance for parents.

The Barton Family, Carol, Jim and Debbie are shown with furniture they donated to the Ogden Farmers' Library in memory of Carol's mother and Jim's grandmother, Adelaide Stewart, who was the librarian for 15 years beginning in 1952. Mrs. Stewart took over the supervision of the library at the time the Monroe County Library System was started and guided the OFL through the process of becoming a member. The furniture, a parson's bench and rocking chair, were purchased from Heritage Furniture.

Joan Lennert, Barclay Elementary School Principal, reads All The Things You Can Think by Dr. Seuss to Lauren Miller's second-grade class on March 1, 2002. This was part of Read Across America Month. The students celebrated with reading activities throughout the week.

Creating a beautiful pattern – Chestnut Ridge Elementary School in Chili celebrated March Author's Night with a quilt motif, "Our Differences Make a Beautiful Pattern." Each classroom created a square reflecting the students' backgrounds or interests. The squares were put together to create one quilt per grade level for display the evening of March 27, 2002, at Author's Night. Teachers and staff also created their own quilt. The finished quilts will be on display permanently in the school's media center. Above, Artist Joyce Fuhrman guide fourth-grader Elea Corke in sewing quilt squares together to create the fourth grade quilt. Patiently waiting her turn to sew is Sabrina Trelly.

Snowdrops. Photo by Stephen Dow.

Reflections. Photo by Rick Nicholson.

Churchville Elementary School honors former student Lyndsay Wall - CES first-grader Raymond Slekes holds a signed Lyndsay Wall poster as he waits for the March 6, 2002 pep rally to begin. Wall attended CES while in elementary school.

The friends in Mrs. Downey's first grade class at Kendall Elementary School loved celebrating Dr. Seuss's 98th birthday on March 2, 2002. These first grade friends made their own hats and read their favorite books throughout the day. Although Dr. Seuss died in 1991, his wonderful books live on in the hearts of his readers. Each book seems to intrigue readers over and over. Known by many as Dr. Seuss, his real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. He used the name Theodor Geisel and at times, spelled his last name backwards and became Theo LeSieg.

Great Tree - Scott Eckerd of Holley sent this photo of a 21 ft. 8 in. oak tree and his daughter, Amber. The Hulberton tree is 75-80 feet tall and is located off Hulberton Road.

Recent aerial view of Churchville village. Photograph provided by Star of the West Milling Co.

Jim Harrington, Project Coordinator for the Fire Protection Program, stands amidst the Tactical Management Board moving equipment. This board simulates a community encountering an "event" and tests the tactics used by Fire, Police and/or EMS personnel. A panel of experts sits in another room and watches and evaluates decisions made by trainees. Photo by Walt Horylev.

Whew! What a Yew -- Skip Short of Amity Street, Spencerport submitted this photo of his 35 foot in diameter Yew in his front yard. He’s lived in the house 11 years and has maintained the tree through ice and snow storms. The evergreen is eight feet high.

Great Trees - Long-time reader Norman Ryan of Troy, NY submitted this photo of a Red Oak tree that grows in the Maplewood Cemetery which is adjacent to his property. The tree measures 15 feet in circumference and is estimated to be about 100 feet tall. Ryan said the tree is older than his 86 years. He shared with Westside News Inc. that he has been caretaker of the Maplewood Cemetery for 45 years. Members of the Ryan family have been buried there since the early 1800s. “Our farm has been in the family since 1770,” he reported. Ryan’s youngest son, Dale, is shown in the photo holding the tape measure around the tree.

Still life. Photo by Rick Nicholson.

The Village of Churchville and the Town of Riga split the cost to place banners on the I-490 overpass - east and west (though the west bound banner didn't fare too well in the February 1 75 mph wind gusts) to honor Churchville resident and Olympic hockey team member Lyndsay Wall. Welcome to Riga signs also got some banners. Town Supervisor Timothy Rowe said it was important to honor the 16-year-old and her achievement in making the team. Churchville Mayor Don Ehrmentraut said "She put the village on the map." Photograph by Kerrie Anne Merz.

Thin ice - February 15, 2002 along Route 259 in Parma. Photos by Walter Horylev.

Dick Laub holds a vertebra from the shoulder region of a Mastodon.

Local tie-in to Olympics - Timothy Bleier and his brother, Jeffrey, of Henrietta will be participating in a new Olympic event - ice carving. Teams from various countries were to compete. The Bleiers have a lot of carving experience, including this animal sculpture done last summer at Ward Lewis' house on Lomond Shores in Kendall. Tim Bleier is part owner of Exact Machining and Manufacturing in Henrietta. His brother is a sous chef at the Hyatt Regency Rochester and was recently ranked second in the nation in a Chicago competition sponsored by the National Ice Carving Association.

Great Trees - Richard Bray of Hosmer Road, Churchville, writes: I really enjoyed your article on Great Trees (January 21, 2002) and I have a nice big oak in my woods so I decided to go down to see if I could get a ballpark measure on it. As it turns out there are three very tall trees in my woods. The oak is 11'-2" around and about 100 feet high. There are two other trees that are taller (not sure of species). One is about 110' and 6' 5" around and the other is about 120' and 8'-6" around. I say "about" on the heights as I had to make up a crude jig to measure the angle of the height and because they are in the woods it wasn't easy to do." Hosmer Road is between Union Street and Route 36, north of the Thruway and south of Clifton.

Olympic Speed Skating Gold Medalist Cathy Turner skates with her niece, Kate Whitehair, and Hannah Chhibber, fifth-graders from the Brockport Hill Elementary School. Students in Karen Carges' and Mary Radack's class skated with Turner recently at the SUNY Brockport Ice Rink to kick off a unit on the Olympics.

Taking advantage of the 50 degree temperatures on Wednesday, January 23, 2002, David Benoit, of Hill Road, Hilton, and owner of Benoit Cemetery Engraving, sandblasts an inscription on the Veterans Memorial in Centennial Park in Hilton. Benoit uses silica sand and a rubber template and can sandblast at this time of year when the weather is warm enough that the machine lines don’t clog up from the cold. The star at the top of the monument will be hand chiseled because of its more detailed design. Benoit expected the inscription to take two days to complete. It reads: “Dedicated to the men and women who have served our nation in war and peace to ensure the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.” Photographs for Westside News Inc. by Walter Horylev.

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