Westside News Photo Gallery
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Homecoming 2005 at SUNY Brockport - Homecoming and Family Weekend each year invites students, their families, faculty, community members and alumni to celebrate college spirit. This year the Golden Eagles won against Frostburg State 19-14. With a atheme of superheroes, the parade featured 32 floats including those created by residence halls, Greek organizations and clubs. Brockport Student Government's float won best float for their portrayal of Captain Planet.

Amidst a lawn decorated with a scattering of pumpkins, the miniature horse at Springdale Farm munches on some grass. Photograph by Grace Griffee.

Emergency pesonnel stood solemnly around the Firemen's Monument in Brockport during a 12-hour vigil marking the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. This was the fourth year the Brockport Volunteer Fire Department organized the event. Special commemorative ceremonies were held at 8 a.m., noon and 7:30 p.m. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

John Soldi, owner of Bella Hair, Skin and Body Day Spa in downtown Spencerport, wants the community to be more involved in breast cancer awareness. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, he's worked with Nicole Beyrle, a floral designer at Spencerport Florist, to create a huge pink ribbon, the symbol of the cause. There are 365 smaller ribbons in the large window display. Soldi said his sister, Mary Lou Soldi DePonzio, died five years ago of breast cancer and he wants everyone to be more involved in learning about the disease.

This friendly goat welcomes visitors to Springdale Farm.

Sea Life, the CANimals on Parade contribution of Liberty Partnership Life Program's Kaitlin Zwifka, Lori Young, Courtney Myers, Shehan Knight, Brittney Perry and Frank Billingslea, was the big winner in the CANS competition, taking two grand awards: "The Coolest" and "The Peace Award." This year's event held during the Brockport Summer Art Festival brought in over 10,000 food items for distribution to area food shelves.

Holley's military men were out in full force for the recent flag dedication ceremony in the village's Public Square. "With the installation and dedication of the flags we're enhancing the village's existing memorial," Mayor Skip Carpenter said. "Today more history is being made in our village as we honor those courageous young men and women who are serving (in the armed services)." more

Brockport welcomes visitors - The welcome mat has been out since the canal season started in May and boaters and bicyclers began making the village a stop on their itineraries. More than 100 boats have docked to use the Harvester Park center facilities. Official greeters at the Welcome Center, Peter Maziarz and Scott Winner (foreground) help tie up the Sea Pride, which had traveled from Medina. According to Winner, who is Brockport's economic coordinator, there are more than 70 official greeters, all volunteers, who staff the welcome center area from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

A delightful, sunny, warm day brought people out early for yet another eventful, fun and learning experience-filled time at the zoo. Above, one of three young Amur Tigers born May 21 paws playfully at mother Kira. Photo by Walter Horylev.

Lou Hohman and John Rabideau get hair cuts for a good cause. During the Churchville Lions Country Fair on Sunday, August 21, members of the club volunteered to let Lion Jim Lamica barber their hair, beards and mustaches in order to raise money for fellow Lion Jim Rieflin who is undergoing cancer treatment. After all the cutting was done, the effort raised $4,000, according to early reports.

On a fishing expedition - Residents from Wedgewood Nursing Home in Spencerport village go on a fishing excursion a couple of times a month during good weather, according to Anne Marie Husser, activities director. On a July morning, a group made their way to the south bank of the Erie Canal to wet their lines. Here, Truey Cooper, 95, tries her luck.

Train spotters keep track - At a busy railroad crossing on a little gravel road west of Churchville, train enthusiasts gather regularly to watch the trains rumble by, to catalog their passage, the number of cars, their destinations. “It’s just a hobby,” said Dave Defendorf who has been watching trains since 1952. About 50 trains travel the Goef Road crossing on a typical day. Above, Dave Defendorf, Ed Kern and Greg Marling shoot some frames of a Boston to Chicago train which had slowed to about 30 mph to allow the heat sensor at Sanford Road to check for overheated axles and/or dragging brakes.

Overhead shot of the Hilton Firemen's Carnival from the Ferris Wheel ride, graciously offered to the photographer for this purpose. Wednesday, July 27, 2005. Photo by Walter Horylev.

Cruising the waterways - The 54-foot M/V La Cumbre, with the home port of Kanab, Utah, tied up at the Erie Canal wall in Brockport for an overnight stay on Thursday, July 7. Owners Dean and Helen Waterman were enroute from Ketchikan, Alaska, to the Carolinas. Waterman built the 39-ton craft, powered by a 154 horse power diesel engine, by himself and transported it on two tractor-trailers to Los Angeles. From there, the Watermans sailed to Ketchikan where they operated it as a chrter boat for seven years. In September 2003, they began the 18,000-mile cruise that brought them to Brockport. They sailed along the Pacific coast, through the Panama Canal and along the Gulf coast, where they spent the winter in New Orleans. They then traveled up the Tennessee River to the Mississippi, the Illinois and the Chicago Rivers to the Great Lakes. The photo provided by Bill Andrews shows the Watermans with Brockport's Canalfront Greeter Nancy Duff (l) on the prow of the boat.

Ledgedale Airpark owner Walt Eisenhauser gasses up Rick Miller's Piper Archer while flight instructor and operations assistant Ryan Pellman holds a sign displayed at a recent ceremony where the Town of Sweden dedicated Eisenhauer Drive as a public road. Eisenhauer Drive, off Sweden Walker Road, leads directly to aircraft hangars on the airfield. (Photo by Walter Horylev). more

High flying flag - The newly erected flagpole at Ridge Road Station is the tallest in New York state. It measures 130 feet. The flag weighs 98 pounds and is 1,800 square feet (30 feet by 60 feet). On a clear day the flag can be seen from the hill on Route 19 overlooking Brockport. Ridge Road Station is located at 16131 Ridge Road West (Route 104) in Holley.

Moving slowly through Spencerport village streets on Monday, May 23, the historic B. L. & R. trolley station was returned to a downtown village location. Besides its new site, the building will have a new name and a new purpose. The Trolley Depot will be called the Donald F. and Maxine Davison Museum of Transportation and Communication and will be used as a satellite library and a visitors center. Travelers on the Erie Canal will find facilities such as showers, restrooms and computer connections there. The Trolley Depot Restoration Committee has been working for over two years to raise funds for the move and to refurbish the structure in a historically accurate fashion. Photograph for Westside News Inc. by Walter Horylev.

Peter White, sister Nicole White, Tara Jackson, Johnny White and Nick Jackson pose at the western end of their humongous hopscotch board on Burch Farms Drive in Clarkson. The original board, created during the spring school vacation the week before this photo was taken, was wiped out by rainstorms. It was composed of 1,029 boxes and extended to the eastern end of their road. It took them two and one-half hours to draw the boxes. It took the group over an hour to recreate the reduced version of the boxes seen in the picture. As to the purpose, Nicole stated: “To have fun!” Photograph by Walter Horylev. more

Joe Manza of Superior Concrete Company unloads concrete forms at the newly relocated trolley station in Spencerport village. It was expected the concrete would be poured by the end of last week and walls would soon follow. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

It was a day of celebration Saturday, April 30 when Town of Riga and Village of Churchville residents ignored the rainy, cold spring weather and set to work planting trees in their community. The photo above captured a moment when workers stood back to admire their work. more

Dayton, an Australian Shepherd dog, leaps over a wing jump in the Open Class of the standard course. Dayton was one of about 200 dogs participating daily in dog agility tests held in Hamlin May 13-15. The event was sponsored by the Dog Obedience Training Club of Rochester.

Honk! Honk! Move over winter – Spring is here! Photograph by Walter Horylev.

On Monday, May 30, residents of Hilton and surrounding areas observed Memorial Day events at Centennial Park. At the Hilton Veterans Memorial, a group of youngsters pose in front of the inscribed marker. Photograph for Westside News Inc. by Walter Horylev.

The Lake Ontario shoreline looking west from Benedict Beach in Hamlin. Environmentalists are working to save New York's north coast and improve water quality. Photograph by Walter Horylev. more

On a wonderful, mid-50's, sunny, slightly breezy Saturday afternoon on April 9 residents got a touch of spring fever. 2-1/2 year-old Rory O'Connor enjoyed his headfirst slide down the apparatus in Pineway Ponds Park in Spencerport.

Keeping fire hydrants clear of snow is an imperative safety measure. Members of the Chili Fire Department went throughout the town on March 5 to clear hydrants on main roads clear of the snow pack accumulated since mid-January. Firefighters throughout the readership say having quick access to a hydrant is crucial in protecting property and lives.

Kendall’s historic Civil War cannon has made its way back to its former location in Greenwood Cemetery. Town Supervisor John Becker said the town received a $15,000 grant from Assemblyman Charles Nesbitt’s office to help offset the cost of the retrieval of the cannon. Town residents petitioned Kendall officials to return the cannon after it had been sold to an out-of-state museum. The board’s decision to sell the cannon and replace it with a replica was to prevent the historic piece from being stolen, town officials said. Residents, both veterans and non veterans, were vocal on their desire to see the cannon returned to its rightful place in the cemetery. Officials hadn’t anticipated the outcry the removal of the 1862 cast iron cannon would cause and began the process to have it returned. Now that the cannon is back, town officials are in the process of selecting residents to serve on a committee for its rededication. Photo by Walter Horylev.

Plow designs. North Bergen Road. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

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