Westside News Photo Gallery
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Lilacs as well as decorative and fruit-bearing flowering trees are heavy with buds and flowers this year, possibly a testimony to the mild winter temperatures. At Highland Park in Rochester, the Lilac Festival continues through next weekend with peak blossom displays on most varieties of bushes in the park. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

Adams Basin bridge rehab project update --
Iron worker and foreman Anton Gricar says there’s been much progress in the reconstruction of the Adams Basin bridge over the Erie Canal since Westside News Inc. last checked in with him in March. “We’ve completed the concrete that’s exposed to the water so we’ve made our deadline for the canal opening -- it’s currently being filled,” he said Tuesday, April 25, 2006. Canal officials opened the waterway to traffic three days earlier than usual due to the warmer spring temperatures this year and the status of canal projects such as this local one. “We are cleaning up from that and taken up the sidewalk gratings and handrail.” What’s left is a skeleton of the bridge. “Next, scaffolds will be put up and all the road deck will be removed. Replacement of the iron work will take about three to four months.” Residents of nearby Gallup Road, Carl and Karen Kotlarchik check out the progress on the bridge work daily. Photograph for Westside News Inc. by Walter Horylev.

Fish stocking -- Spectators watch as workers from the Salmon River Fish Hatchery deliver 7,350 Steelhead trout fingerlings from a tank truck to fish pens via a large hose with tube extensions. The two pens were filled in minutes and the newcomers were on their way to becoming Lake Ontario fish. The two floating fish pens, 5 feet wide, 5 feet deep and 20 feet long, at Sandy Creek Marina will be home to the fish for about three weeks. Find out more about the Pen Rearing Project in a photo essay. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

Tulips at Sara's Garden Center in Brockport are ready to decorate and Easter holiday setting. Photo by Rick Nicholson.

Ziti Dinner event raises funds for Camp Haccamo and other projects -- Members of the McLaren family line up for the recent Brockport Rotary Ziti Dinner held April 2, 2006. Rotary members served over 400 dinners, including those enjoyed by the McLarens (l to r) David, Daniel, Philip (with friend Amanda), Alex, Michael, mother Teri and (seated) Gregory. Rotary supports Camp Haccamo’s summer program for special needs children and Gregory has been a yearly attendee. Boy Scout Troop 111, members of SUNY Brockport Alpha Psi Omega, many sponsors as well as many local individuals and businesses all helped in the success of this year’s event. Below, Seal the Clown, who was among those who volunteered, is shown with Rotary member Jo Matela. Seal and former Brockport Rotarian Sandy Parlato, who provided both live and recorded music, helped make the annual fundraiser an entertaining event. Submitted photos by Pat Baker.

Spencerport basketball team shows true sportsmanship - Over the last few weeks, much well deserved attention has been given to 17 year-old Greece Athena senior Jason McElwain, also known as J-Mac, for his basketball success. But a piece of this story lies largely untold, the story of how the opposing Spencerport team showed true sportsmanship and respect for Jason, who is autistic, in his moment of glory. Front, bottom Marcel McCullough, David Wilbern; second row, Bill Gushue, Tom Brado, Coach Josh Harter, Ben Oberlin, Jon Schreiner; third row, Tony DiGuardi, Doug Potter, Shane Sullivan, Jeff Konko. Photograph by Walter Horylev. more

Mary Isselhard displays a small part of her antique seed catalog, and related gardening items collection. Included are German die cuts from the 1920s, a copper printing block and a seed measurer. Photo by Robbi Hess. more

Omar Phillips and Mike Eagan look on while Judith Simpson and Judy Cobb put the finishing touches on sweeping a score in the "house." "The Olympics really created more local interest in the sport of curling," said Dorothy Roach, president of the Rochester Curling Club. We had 275 people come to our recent open house and 35 new members signed up!" The Monday night league is primarily for beginners; a total of 48 people play in two shifts, 7 to 9 and 9 to 11 p.m. They play four-5 week draws and the season concludes at the end of March. For information about the 45-year-old club check out the web site: www.rochestercurling.com. Photo by Walter Horylev.

Mike Kuyt from the American Tower Clock Company makes repairs to the clock atop the Methodist Church in Brockport on March 24, 2006. The work is being funded with state assistance secured through NYS Assemblyman Bill Reilich and the Clock Restoration Fund established by the Village of Brockport Board of Trustees in 1991. The clock was donated to the village by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1914. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

Salmon Creek runs with considerable energy over the man-made falls where it crosses Parma Center Road. According to Town Historian Tom Burger, this is the former site of a grist mill, which stood on the west bank, and the falls were created to drive a water wheel. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

Holley native Sandi Smith with a group of children at the Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights. The facility houses children who have been removed from severely abusive situations. more

The new Hamlin pumper #243 replaces a 1983 American LaFrance. Over 34 feet long and 10 feet high, the truck is equipped to pump 2,000 gallons per minute. Submitted photo. more

Tyler Banker knows the comfort a stuffed toy can bring. He collected cans and bottles to raise money to buy stuffed animals to donate to Strong Hospital children’s areas in an outreach effort of consolation and love. This year, the nine year old will deliver four bags of gifts, thanks to his work and the help of a local retailer. Submitted photo. more

Remember winter? January temperatures averaged more than 11 degrees above normal, according to Rochester area meteorologists, with nine days reaching 50 degrees or more in the month. The unexpected warmth, coupled with the lack of snowfall, has everyone wondering if there will be a winter this year. (Grace Griffee shot this winter scene in December while traveling to Holley). Famous groundhog forecaster Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow in Pennsylvania on February 2, predicting six more weeks of winter. We may wonder: Does that mean real winter demanding shoveling, wearing wool hats and boots and gloves, skiing opportunities and rinks open for ice skating or does it mean January 2006-type winter? February brings an answer with snow and colder temperatures predicted for the first week of the month.

Steve Speer, a Parma resident and president of Fire Service Safety Testing Company, adjusts the load on a hydraulic unit to simulate 1,000 pounds of stress to test the dogs on a Churchville Fire Department ladder. The dogs are kept under stress for one minute. (Roof hooks are tested in a similar manner). It's all part of a comprehensive test of all the ladders in the fire department and one every fire ladder in the country must undergo once per year. In addition to load tests, each ladder's components (rungs, nuts, bolts and welds) are visually inspected and rungs are checked for burrs. Repairs are made on site and all joints are lubed to complete the task. Speer has been in the business of inspecting and repairing ground fire ladders for 15 years. His group, which includes seven ladder technicians, can check about 30 ladders per day and they cover fire departments throughout New York state. "We've tested over 12,000 fire ladders and only around 25 have failed, mostly because of accidental damage that occurred during emergency fire department operations," Speer said. Photograph by Walter Horylev. more

With military honors, U.S. Army Specialist Jason Hasenauer, was laid to rest January 7, 2006. The 21-year-old Hilton firefighter was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan on December 28, 2005 when the Humvee he was riding in overturned. Following services at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Hamlin, the funeral procession traveled to Parma Union Cemetery for burial rites. The hearse transporting Hasenauer's body stopped in front of the Hilton Fire Department headquarters for the traditional firefighter's last call, a salute from fellow firemen and one last blast from the fire siren, honoring a fallen comrade. more

Post Adjutant Bill Ornt, American Legion Commander Don Hess of the Ferris Goodridge Post 330 and House Committee Chairman Jim Carey hold several old and damaged American flags turned in at the damaged flag box receptacle recently installed on the southeast corner of the Ferris Goodridge building on Trimmer Road in Spencerport. The idea of providing this service came from Jim and, with the help of an old relay post box donated by John Baker, Spencerport postmaster, it has proved to be a very useful method for collecting old and/or damaged flags. Since being installed in early December, about 50 flags have been deposited in the container. (This particular use for the old mail receptacle was approved by the main post office). The flags deposited here, along with flags for disposal collected from all Legion posts in the county, are burned in a ceremony on Flag Day in June. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

The Hilton Girls Cross Country team members listened to accolades from many local dignitaries at "The Unveiling" held in the Hilton High School Auditorium on December 28. Here, team members shown around the Nike trophy the received for winning the National Championship. more

Police tape off an area in downtown Brockport December 19 in response to a bank robbery at Chase Bank. Photograph by Rick Nicholson. more

The Hilton Girls Cross Country Team got a hearty welcome home from the west coast Sunday night, December 4, as they returned from Oregon the National Champions. Here, the team poses at the school with Coach Mike Szczepanik, who has been also recognized as Monroe County Section V Coach of the Year. Front from left, Shelby Herman, Caileen Childs, Ashley Jones; rear from left, Erin Pratt, Nicole Griffiths, Allison Sawyer, Caroline Schultz and Amanda Griggs. Griggs competed with injuries yet came in 12th in the finals and arrived home on crutches. Strained ligaments in her left foot won’t keep her from running track in the spring, she said. Submitted photo. more

Under construction - Holley second grader Melanie Wolf puts the finishing touches on her gingerbread house. The project was started about 30 years ago by then-kindergarten teacher Denise Bedard. Teachers and families donate the supplies, Principal Brenda Freida donates the graham crackers, and Middle School Home and Careers students come to help the second graders build their houses.

Workers were recently checking the first hole dug for deck support at the Trolley Depot in Spencerport village. The deck will encircle the building when completed. Eventually the structure will be used as a Visitor's Center and local history display area. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

This jolly snowman sits atop a horse drawn road grader, manufactured by Gallion in 1910, in the front yard of Prestigious Pets Dog Groomer on Route 260 in Clarkson. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

Horse whisperer Elizabeth Oinen and her horse, Sunny, a six-year-old gelding, had just finished a ride on a friend's farm when photographer Walter Horylev captured this moment. Elizabeth, who has worked several years as an equine expert with the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, downplayed the mystical aspects of being a horse whisperer. "Today it involves more natural training methods using body language and a personal relationship," It's using trust instead of intimidation. more

Lieutenant Colonel Tony Morales presents mail carrier Conrad Schott a certificate of appreciation for his support of the troops. In the background is an American flag that was flown over the camp where Morales served. It was also given to Schott. For the past year-and-a-half, Schott has been on the shipping end of packages - boxing up supplies and treats for soldiers stationed in Iraq. more

The Walk! Bike! Brockport Action Group, with organizer Marilyn Colby at the head, is ready to start off on a Nordic Walk on the trails at Northampton Park. Nordic walking uses poles which help increase the cardio rate through increased use of arms when walking. The poles also help take 40 percent off joint pressure and help keep balance. The poles differ from cross country poles in that they have a different grip and no basket on the lower end. Photo by Walter Horylev.

Richard E. Tunstall, Robert Shuck and Greg Tunstall (r to l) from Fairhope, Pennsylvania caught this big king salmon while fishing October 24 off a bridge on East Lake Road West Fork in Hamlin. It weighed between 25 and 30 pounds. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

On tour -- New York State Canal Corp. Director Carmella Mantella (above, second from right) received the grand tour of Brockport’s canal revitalization projects Monday, October 10. She was welcomed by Brockport elected officials (l to r) trustees Mary Jo Nayman and David Wagenhauser, Deputy Mayor Carrie Maziarz and Mayor Mort Wexler. Former Brockport Mayor and current president of the Brockport Merchants Association Jo Matela showed Mantella a scrapbook of photos of the various phases of the canalside projects including the newly refurbished canal wall, the promenade, plaza and Welcome Center at Harvester Park. Mantella spoke about canal development and its role in driving economic improvement in the region and noted Brockport’s efforts as an excellent example for other communities to follow. She also toured the Clinton Street area to review the canal south wall, a major rehab project of a few years ago. Photo by Walter Horylev.

Students celebrate the Fall Harvest - Ginther Elementary School was recently converted into a farm for a day as students celebrated the fall harvest. Activities for the kindergarten and first grade students included gourd painting, face painting, making scarecrows, eating donuts on a string, playing bingo, picking a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and apples from the apple bin. Farming is a vital part of our community and local farmers contributed by donating pumpkins, cider, straw, cornstalks, and gourds. The day's activities culminated with concerts from the Hill Brothers. Students in Mary Pat Musselman's first-grade class show off a double pumpkin from Partyka's Farm.

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