Westside News Photo Gallery
Westside News Photo Gallery

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In the early morning hours of September 9, Spencerport and Ogden officials toured their communities to assess conditions following nearly full day and night rainfall. What they and many other town and village leaders throughout the area found were roadways flooded and impassable. Spared the brunt of Hurrican Frances which caused so much damage in Bermuda and Florida during Labor Day weekend, the northeast was not spared the torrential precipitation. Above, Route 259 at the entrance to the Village Plaza, was closed for much of the day. Officials were studying any damage to the roadway. Westside News staff photograph. more

Looking west along Brook St. houses that border Salmon Creek. Officials kept a watchful eye on the Route 259 Salmon Creek bridge as water levels increased. Photo by Barbara Carder. more

The Spencerport Rangers football team tried out the new turf for a scrimmage. "The grass has had two years to grow," coach Tony Lipani said. "The field is in great shape!" more

At Whittier Fruit Farm, blueberries picked early in the day are sorted for packaging. George Fishell, Valerie Cole (face not visible), packing line manager Diane Brooks and Chris Wolfe (back to camera) keep an eye on the process. Photo by Karen Fien.

Approximately forty children ranging from grades 4 to 12, participated in the Ogden Farmers' Library summer chess club. Every Thursday, they spent two hours moving chess pieces around the board in hopes of capturing their opponents' king. To cap off the experience, they held a "human chess" game on Thursday, August 12. The participants acted as the "pieces," while John McGreevy and Dan McCagg, from the advanced group, played against each other. This is the third year of the chess club, and the number of participants has increased each year, according to library staff.

Historian Emeritus Bill Andrews points out items of interest in one of the recently discovered copies of The Brockport Democrat. Photo by Robbi Hess. more

The trip is just underway - Paul and Jean Miller on board Camelot in Trenton, Ontario, Canada. The couple, who have been married for 44 years, sailed from July 15, 2003 to June 11, 2004 through New York to Canada to Michigan to Kentucky to Alabama to Florida to North Carolina, to Delaware and all parts in between in hopes of completing the Great Loop, cutting their trip just 700 miles short when their boat needed repair in Delaware. more

Juliann and Dave Klafehn, owners of Braddock Bay Paddlesports, say that when the weather's good, business is great. They are pictured taking a bit of a break by some of the Kayaks they rent to boaters. Photo by Walter Horylev. more

Debbie James and owner Jeff Partyka of Partyka Farms in Kendall arrange rows of strawberries, ready just in time for the opening of the Brockport Farmers' Market.

The view from the old to the new -- The Spirit of Ontario I is framed by the rigging of a visiting ship, The Nina, a replica of one of Christopher Columbus’ ships which was visiting the Port of Rochester. Nicknamed The Breeze, the fast ferry made its maiden voyage June 17 and since then operators have had to solve a few glitches such as engine and hydraulics problems. Yet, passengers who have made the Lake Ontario crossing have been pleased with the trip and the large watercraft continues to attract attention even when in dock. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

At the July 13 town board meeting, Clarkson Supervisor Paul Kimball and the town board, declared July 13, 2004 as Donald and Donna Lowry Day in Clarkson for their work over the past 25 years developing Lifetime Assistance. Lifetime Assistance, Inc. Chief Executive Officer James Branciforte is pictured with Clarkson Supervisor Paul Kimball and Don and Donna Lowry. Photo by Robbi Hess. more

Frank Hutchison, Chief of Special Police and Civil Defense Administrator for the Town of Parma, leads the Memorial Day Parade down East Avenue in Hilton. It was his last parade in this role, as he will be retiring June 14, after 30 years of service to the community. He was honored as Hilton's Citizen of the Year in 1994 by then Mayor Larry Gursslin.

The “Tail” of Bergen, a sculpture which pastures in front of the Bergen Town Hall, will have a home in the Harford House barn when complete. The cow’s feet - roots - represent Bergen’s bond with the past, future and the present.

Quite a sight! Charles Lenhart of Wautoma Beach in Hilton snapped this photo of The Spirit of Ontario I on the morning of June 4 as it was returning to the Port of Rochester from a trip to Tronoto for engine work. He estimates the Fast Ferry to be about three miles out on Lake Ontario, based on his knowlede that the sailboat in the photo is beyond a buoy located one mile out (buoy not visible in photo). The wake of the vessel trails behind it. The impresive watercraft makes its first ferry crossing from Rochester to Toronto on June 17. Since the boat's arrival in Rochester in April it has drawn crowds of admirers to the Charlotte pier for a closer look.

Flag Day in Brockport's Sagawa Park - June 14 was celebrated with the dedication of a new flagpole, flag and the presentation of a plaque in memory of Dr. Sagawa, for whom the park is named. Peter J. Barber, Sr., master of ceremonies and a member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 2890, said the dedication was made as part of the Post's community service program. A night light will also be installed to illuminate the flag, Barber said. Mayor Josephine Matela accepted the gift of the donation in the park on behalf of the board of trustees and the community. Dr. Sagawa was a physician who served the area for many years and Matela said he was well-respected and highly regarded. Peter Barber, Pat Nisdeo, Brockport Mayor Josephine Matela, Pat Sagawa, Rev. David Robinson and others participated. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

The Dewitt Clinton Erie Canal tug pulls a barge down the recently filled waterway. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

One big puddle at 2673 Lake Road in Brockport. Photo by Rick Nicholson.

Students add some finishing touches to the mural that Hilton High School Portfolio class is creating in the Parma Public Library. According to Library Director Sally Snow: "This mural brightens the room and makes it attractive to children. It also will provide space to display arts and crafts." Photograph by Walter Horylev.

A new season - Fishermen enjoy the area around Sandy Creek near the Brockport Yacht Club on a cool, overcast spring day.

The Trimmer Road, Ogden, bridge over the Erie Canal reopened to traffic late in the day April 29. Work on the new approaches was completed in time to accommodate traffic detoured by the closing of the Washington Street (Route 36) Erie Canal bridge for the season April 30. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

The Special Olympics sculptures stand tall at the center of the SUNY Brockport campus, amidst the flowering trees. Photo by Walter Horylev.

Brockport students return from Florida with awards - Members of the Brockport High School Band, Color Guard and Orchestra performed in front of thousands of people in Walt Disney World April 1 and 2. They're shown above in the Magic Kingdom parade. On April 3, at the Heritage Music Festival, the Color Guard and Orchestra received bronze ratings, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble received silver ratings and the Blue Notes earned a Gold rating. Because of Brockport's high rankings and enthusiasm throughout the competition, the groups received the Spirit of Orlando award which is given to the group that best represents its school, community and state. The Blue Notes also earned the award for highest scoring instrumental group in the festival.

From land and seascapes to brilliant vases of flowers and serene wooded paths, Marge Ellis (above) wields her brush with aplomb. While she likes painting murals, (she used her garage wall as the canvas for this shore scene complete with boater, palm trees and sea gulls), she also works on paintings that are suitable for framing and hanging on one's living room walls. Photograph by Rick Nicholson. more

Swans glide on the rippled waters of an Ontario State Parkway pond and willow trees take on their springtime glow. As an important flyway for migratory birds, the Lake Ontario shoreline often offers travelers such unexpected sightings of visiting birds. An International Migratory Bird Day Festival is set for Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Braddock Bay Park in Greece. Photograph by Rick Nicholson.

Canada geese rest on in Oneida Pool in the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge on a cold, snowy day. Unlike Canada geese which remain in the area all winter, these birds are transients and less tame, permitting photographer Walter Horylev to photograph them only from afar with a very long lens. The migratory season is in full swing at the Oak Orchard Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

The showing of the green – Eileen Fritsch and Tom Moore of Coleman Avenue, Spencerport, took advantage of the warmer weather to get their St. Patrick's Day greeting in place in their front yard. Tom's an Irishman and Eileen says her mother-in-law was Irish and they enjoy marking the day. In fact, flags and other decoration herald holidays and seasons in timely succession throughout the year in front of their village home. "I like to display the flags to celebrate different days and brighten up the neighborhood," Eileen says. Photo by Walter Horylev.

The Churchville-Chili Junior High School Odyssey of the Mind team of Joe Cammilleri, Michael Bruno (kneeling l to r) and Alex Ives, (standing l to r) Patrick Chamberlain, Emily Capotosto, Rachel Van Dongen and Kellen Magiera are shown before a practice session as they prepare for the state competition held in Binghamton.

Something to smile and laugh about - A mild (28 degree) and sunny afternoon February 1 brought crowds to Northampton Park to rise the popular sledding hill and the recently re-opened ski hill. The ride down was such fun that most didn't mind the trek back up. Above, hands helped steer this triple decker. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

The final evening of the Hamlin-Kendall Euchre tournament found Glenn Church (bottom left), Mark Welck, Doug Church and Randy Elliott starting the competition. The 50th anniversary of this friendly rivalry featured 84 participants at the Kendall Firehall; the Hamlin contingent prevailed over the three-night event 4,787 to 4,652. The losers treated the winners to a fish fry at the Kendall Inn. Photo by Walter Horylev.

In spite of a gloomy, overcast sky and a slight breeze, the 60 degree weather brought out more than 225 golfers to Braemar Country Club Saturday, January 3, to fit in one last round before the predicted cold and snow arrived. Although the ground was soggy, the golfers were happy to put the clubs to use again. Above, Bob Nardone pulls his 12 foot putt to the left on the eighteenth hole while Fred Ruffalo and flag holder Mike Tette commiserate. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

More than a way to get across ... John Picard, Design engineer for NYS, overlooks one of his projects, the "River Road" bridge in Scottsville. The bridge spans Oatka Creek, cost almost 3 million dollars and took about 18 months to build and was completed for use on July 16, 2003. It won a Public Project of the Year award and also an Excellence in Engineering Context Sensitive Solution Award for project design which balances the environmental, scenic, aesthetic, historic and natural resources of a community. Photo by Walter Horylev.

Willard Pengelly collars one of his flock. "We are at least the seventh generation of this family that has raised sheep," he says. The sheep keep the pastures neat and clean he says. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

Need a little spring in your step? Visit the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park in Rochester for a respite from the snow, ice and cold. In bloom in the seasonal display area are cyclamens and primroses, an English cottage-style garden favorite. Photo by Walter Horylev.

Science comes alive - Corey Lawhorn, left, and Chris Buzzard take over grooming duties for Fiona, an Afghan hound brought to the Terry Taylor Elementary School in Spencerport as part of Super Science Day. Local organizations and companies gave hands-on demonstrations of all types of science from anatomy to zoology. Fiona was rescued by the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm and now serves as an ambassador for the organization.

A snow-capped scene from North Avenue, Hilton. Photograph by Walter Horylev.

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