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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last Cam Shots of 2016 as Snow Begins at 4:30 pm Dec. 31st

The sun struggled with the clouds beginning about 1:15 pm until the sun lost out and the clouds were victorious, ultimately appearing to bring a new round of snow which began about 4:30 p.m. . . . Everybody, now . . . "I'm dreaming of a White New Year's!"

The Sun Returned to Silver Lake Saturday, Dec. 31, at 9:30 am

Southwest Shore Looking East at 9:30 am.

Northeast Shore Looking West at 9:30 am.

Private Donations Support Monthly Maintenance of North Shore Cameras
As do Proceeds from Tee Shirt Sales


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SLIextras@gmail.com
and real SLI people will respond to help you.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Under 4 inches of Snow but
Looking Like Winter Wonderland

11:30 pm Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 -- Very light snow falling.

Lake Effect Snow Warning                                                          8:45 a.m. Friday
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Event Start: In Progress
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Event End: Fri 5:00 PM
An accumulation of under 4 inches of snow finally developed in the northeast end of the Lake, causing a pretty winter scene but not affecting traffic to any great extent. Roads are snow covered but passable. More forecasted snow could reach as far north and east as Warsaw.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Lake Effect Snow Warning for Wyoming through 10 pm Friday

  Issued by the National Weather Service
en-US LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING FROM 4PM EST THU UNTIL 10PM EST FRI ...... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING ... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THURSDAY TO 10 PM EST FRIDAY. * LOCATIONS...WYOMING COUNTY. GREATEST SNOW AMOUNTS ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN IN THE WESTERN PORTION OF THE COUNTY. * TIMING ... FROM LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY EVENING. * ACCUMULATIONS ... AN INCH LATE THURSDAY ... 3 TO 5 INCHES THURSDAY NIGHT ... 2 TO 4 INCHES FRIDAY... AND AN INCH FRIDAY EVENING...LEADING TO STORM TOTALS OF 6 TO 11 INCHES IN THE MOST PERSISTENT LAKE SNOWS.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Silver Lake Water Quality: Something We All can be Involved in

The Water Quality Committee of the Silver Lake Association made this observation in the summer of 2014:

"Fresh water makes up a tiny fraction of earth’s total water supply and humans, as well as many other species, require fresh water for food, drinking, spawning, and for myriad other life functions. Given this, protecting fresh water is crucial. Numerous lakes, reservoirs, and streams are used as drinking water sources; however, they are also utilized for recreational purposes (boating, fishing, and/or swimming).

"Silver Lake (836 acres) had its origins several thousand years ago when retreating glaciers left our area. Not surprisingly, Silver Lake provides many recreational opportunities and is a water source for several townships. Although Silver Lake is modest in size (about 3 miles x 0.5 miles), its watershed is much, much larger than the lake itself. The Silver Lake watershed’s size and complexity make maintaining its water quality a multi-faceted challenge."

The Water Quality Committee developed the following  10 tips in which you can become involved (either by yourself or in conjunction with the Association). For any additional information surrounding a tip,  click on the tip subject:

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

White Christmas Gives Way to
The Snow Melt of Early Week

According to some forecasts, we could see a new covering of snow on the ground by Friday of several inches. Other forecasts are calling for snow showers without mention of any accumulation. As of today, the weather story is the melted snow and the appearance of mostly green and brown.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Winter Weather Advisory
For Wyoming County

Weather Updated: Dec 26 4:14PM
Issued by the National Weather Service
en-US SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL 7:30PM EST MON ...GUSTY WINDS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING... A SOUTH TO SOUTHWESTERLY WIND WILL OCCASIONALLY GUST 35 TO 45 MPH ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THESE WINDS WILL RELAX SOME THIS MID TO LATE EVENING BEFORE A COLD FRONT SWEEPS ACROSS THE REGION. BEHIND THIS COLD FRONT WINDS GUSTS AGAIN MAY INCREASE TO 35 TO 45 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT...THIS TIME FROM A WESTERLY DIRECTION.

The Sun poked its Head Out Just Long Enough to Give a Chuckle;
3-Day Lake Area Forecast Posted

. . . South End of the Lake . . . . . . . . . . North End of the Lake

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Blog Adjustments

  • Classified Advertisements (For Sale, For Rent, etc.) are now located in the MENU area above utilizing the tab, "Classified Ads."
  • Silver Lake News Blog's Statistical Information and Counters have been moved to Item #1 in the center column for the time being.
  • A new aerial (satellite) photo of the Heritage Walkway and Blue Dock can now be found in the MENU above using the tab called "Heritage Walkway."

New Features Added for Readers

Readers are now able to check-off one or more reactions to each posted article at the end of each article in the gray article divider. Choices include funny, interesting, cool, not interesting, inappropriate.
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We particularly encourage the use of both the Reactions (which are very quick and easy), and also the comments. Both will help to keep us informed and continually improve the Blog.

S/L News Blog Weekly Gain: 82 New
Visitors, 189 Pageviews in 1 Day

This past week, the Silver Lake News Blog had 106 regular visitors (readers) in addition to 82 new visitors, some of which returned several times during the day and some doing some involved research--having had 189 pageviews this past Friday alone which is 88 above the daily average. For the week, the total 188 combined visitors (regular and new) enjoyed 786 pageviews of the many different pages made available on the Blog.


via GIPHY

'Oh there's no place like home
For the holidays' . . .

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a U.S. Soldier, living and working in one of the near Eastern sandbox countries, asked his wife to send him dirt (U.S. soil), fertilizer, and some grass seed so that he can have the sweet aroma, and feel the grass grow beneath his feet. When the men of the squadron have a mission that they are going on, they take turns walking through the grass and the American soil -- to bring them good luck. Of all the things he could have asked his wife to send to him from home ... he asked for American soil. 

If you notice, he is even cutting the grass with a pair of scissors. Sometimes we are in such a hurry that we don't stop and think about the little things that we take for granted. Why not say a little prayer for our soldiers, spouses and families, that give and give (and give up) so unselfishly for us.
[Author Unknown]

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Perry's United Methodist Church

Depiction of the first Christmas as told in the Book of Luke [Holy Bible].
The First United Methodist Church of Perry NY, 35 Covington Street, corner Short Street, will play host to a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Saturday evening, December 24, 2016, beginning with a Brass Ensemble at 7:15 p.m. The Service of Lessons and Carols (the spoken and sung story of Jesus' birth) begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts an hour. Everyone gets a lit candle near the end of the Service and stands in a large circle around the sanctuary/auditorium singing Silent Night, Holy Night with no electric lights, only the candles . . . and then we depart into the Holy Night.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Silver Lake: Sat. Rain; Sunday Sun

Northern End of Silver Lake NY*
(Courtesy of NWS Buffalo)
SATURDAYShowers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
SUNDAYCloudy. High 31F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.


Southern End of Silver Lake NY*
(Courtesy of S/L Marine)
SATURDAY: Rain, Hi 36F.
SUNDAY: Partly to Mostly Sunny, Hi 30F.


* Time of the Forecast: 11:25 p.m. Friday
No Weather Alerts or Warnings for Western NY

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Pope's Visit to NYC Published Earlier Today was News Feed Error

Earlier today, we published a story we received through our CSS news feed from ABC News without checking any other source. The story was accurate up to the point of when it took place--September 2016--not today. It's a good story and inspiring, but is a repeat story of the September event. Our apologies for the error in the dates.

Freezing Drizzle and Snow Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Wyoming County Winter Weather Advisory for Freezing Drizzle and Snow in effect from 10 a.m. today (Thursday) to 4 p.m. today. This winter weather is forecasted to affect the areas of "the western southern tier mainly in the higher terrain."

Evening Update -- The North End of the Lake received the snow but not the Drizzle. Forecast for the South End of the Lake is for Freezing Rain tonight.

Dream On, White Christmas-ers!
Lake N. End: Rain; S. End: Snow

Best not plan on using the One-Horse Open Sleigh this year . . . even though the Lake South End is forecasting snow Christmas Eve, the temperature will be starting off at 36 which sounds like a very wet snow--the kind that rusts cast iron sleigh rails! The Lake's North End is calling for rain with a Christmas Eve starting temperature of 37. The whole thing sounds kind of ice-fishy to me since the Lake's North and South temperature usually differs between 3 and 4 degrees as opposed to this forecasted 1F. The whole thing appears to be a betting man's nightmare and my recommendation is that you wear boots Christmas Eve--no matter which end of the Lake you're at!

Christmas Day, everyone gets a forecast of rain, except the South End is at 40% chance of it with a Hi of 33F, while the North End is only a 10% chance of rain with a Hi of 36F. With some Irish Luck, maybe the snow on the ground can hold its own over the rain for Sunday :-).

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice, Shortest Day of Year, Dec.21, Passes Quietly; 3
'Eve's Remain 'til Christmas Eve

The technical name for the shortest day of the year is Winter Solstice, and it occurs in the northern hemisphere on December 21st. Already tomorrow, the days (daylight) begin again to lengthen. These many days of extended darkness make holiday lights seem all the more warm and welcome, lighting up our dark neighborhoods. Our thanks to the two cottages at the north end of Perry Ave.--one on Perry Ave., one down from the corner, and the other actually facing Camp Rd. with its side on Perry Ave. Both light up the northern entrance to the Institute with their colorfully welcome and bright light.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Milder Weather Sets In
With Plenty of Sunshine

Photos taken between 7:07 and 7:13 a.m. Tuesday 12/20/16. Temperature at south end of the lake at 8F and the north end (highest point) 14F. Low tonight to be 28F and Windy. The forecast for today is Sunny. You can dream of a White Christmas, but the forecast is calling for a frozen mix of precipitation.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Report: 12-12 to 12-18-16

Silver Lake News Blog Statistics

Taking the Sun when we Can Get It

This photo was taken near the end of the brightest sun of the day occurring between approximately 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

A Real Life Good Samaritan Story: Highway Panic, Concern,
and Rescue

The Story is from the ABC Headlines this morning. Click HERE to see it following a 15-second commercial. Amazingly, no personal injury occurs in this traumatic incident.

Monday's Temps Downright Cold

After a Monday night low of 13F, both day and night temperatures are supposed to be returning to the "lower 30s / upper 20s" with one day even slated for 40F as we look into the upcoming week's forecasted temperatures.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Roads are Clear but Untreated Areas may still be Icy

All current weather alerts have now ended and all main streets
have been treated and should be relatively safe from ice. Use
caution on untreated roads and sidewalks.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

7 Days until Christmas but Pretend its only 5; Allow for the Spiritual

We plot out the days of gift planning, buying, wrapping, and labeling, but when was the last time you actually plotted out some time to let this special holiday enhance your spiritual being? If you are wrapping presents at midnight or later Christmas Eve, chances are you haven't allowed for any of the other "real" meanings of Christmas. The old gospel song says, "Count your many blessings..." but in order to enjoy the benefits of that exercise, one must plan it into the schedule. Without the planning, it is fairly certain it won't happen.

This year's new and popular song the "12 Pains of Christmas," demonstrates just how desperate our holiday has become.

Friday, December 16, 2016

DEC Announces 'Conserve & Protect Water' Poster Contest; plus How to Get Annual Reports, Sea Level Rise

Conserve Water Poster Contest Winner 2016DEC and the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) are sponsoring a “Conserve and Protect Our Water” poster contest that is open to all middle school students (Grades 6-8). Fourteen winners have the honor of having their artwork in a calendar which will be distributed across New York State. The deadline for submitting posters is Friday, January 20, 2017. More information, including the poster contest announcement, is available on DEC’s Conserve and Protect Our Water Poster Contest webpage.

North End Lake Cams Show a
Light Snow being Blown Around

 Shot taken just a few minutes after 6 am Friday (12-16-16) with
Lakeview Avenue closest to the bottom frame of the pictures.
The northern most end of the lake froze over followed by a
partial thaw..

Perry Citizens Band Plays their
Christmas Concert this Monday

If you enjoy the sounds of live music and the unique sound of the Perry Citizens Band, you won't want to miss this Monday night's Annual Christmas Concert. The Band will once again be utilizing the acoustical excellence of the United Methodist's main floor auditorium located in the church building at 35 Covington Street, corner of Short Street, one block west of Main Street. There is no charge and the concert begins at 7 pm. 

NWS Forecasts Were Wrong for Wyoming County Day and Night

EDITORIAL
While it is true, that Western New Yorkers would rather be pre-warned about lake effect snow and other troublesome conditions, Thursday, 12-15-16 proved to be a day where the work of the National Weather Service (NWS) had the forecasts wrong for Wyoming County from the early morning hours right through to the 5 am part of the Friday, 12-16-16 forecast. They were already well under 50% accuracy for most of the week and were not alone since most of the private weather companies didn't do much better. We had committed so much time and space to the Thursday forecast and had to change it every 3 or 4 hours to keep up with the "new information," that when none of it happened, it just didn't feel right leaving all of that inaccuracy on our main page, distorting the historical record. (That's the reason for the absence of the big 12-15-16 weather story.)  No problem; as the old song goes, "That's Life...(that's life)...I can't deny it..." And as another old saying goes, "Better luck next time!"

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Lake Effect Snow Warning Re-Issued To Start at 1pm Fizzles Out... Again; Replaced by Blue Skies, Bright Sun

Day Temps Locally: 22-24F; 
Low Wednesday Night: 10F; Thursday's Hi 15F

The Updated Weather System (7-13 inches), slated to arrive at 1 pm Wednesday, shows signs of entering the Silver Lake skies at 10:30 am 
(as seen above). 
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The latest bout of bright sun took place from 11:40 am to 2:00 pm and continuing, as shown above. Latest local forecasts continue pushing storm start later--some say the start won't be until tomorrow. Others say tonight.
Current Update:

The Lake Effect Snow Warning is for Southern Wyoming County
which, for the most part, does not effect the Lake Community. 

On Thursday they switched it back to all of Wyoming County 
which didn't really matter since none of it happened anyway.


Silver Lake News Blog Readership Up this Month by 1,000 Pageviews

Don't get too excited, page views are not numbers of people--just how many pages they look at or read. Last year during these same off-season winter months, our readership was averaging 4,000 page views per month. The Blogspot "month," is not a calendar month, but is defined as the 30-day period just prior to the current day. This year in the same off-season, we are recording 5,000 page views per 30-day period. For example, the 30-day period ending yesterday (12/13/16) recorded 5,304 page views with 273 happening on the 13th alone. This higher figure was what we had been previously experiencing "in-season." We have just added a "visitors" counter which will keep track anonymously of people actually visiting the site in addition to how many page views they read. Its accuracy is limited by the numbers of people who intentionally or non-intentionally turn off their digital cookies. It is the cookies that feed the computations and are therefore responsible for the end resulting tallies.

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Obamas' Last White House Christmas and New Year's Card



As we savor our last days with the current first family, let us count the ways this photo — which was taken at a state dinner in March — inspires simultaneous FOMO and admira-tion..

The gowns. Malia and Sasha both wear stunning embroidered gowns by Naeem Khan. Michelle wears a custom floral gown by Jason Wu. As usual, no one really cares who dad is wearing ... but Mr. President, you sure do look sharp.
The smiles! The White House dentist had better be getting a Christmas bonus.

No Storm Warnings Since the Last One Expired 7am Monday Morning

It may seem strange to highlight a situation where there are no storm warnings present, but after the last week of ever-changing and ever-updating Winter Weather Advisories, Warnings, and Statements, the NWS is making news by having little or nothing to communicate to us for the next few days. With the current temperature at 35-38F (10 am, 12/12/16), we are getting significant melting of the snow. The forecast is for either a rain or snow shower today (Monday). In contrast, snow caused 1,200 flight cancellations at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

'Antique' Map of Lake Gifted to
Loren Penman by Carol Hallowitz

12/10/2016
(Click  the photo to slightly enlarge.)

New Introductory Paragraph
Added to the Online History of SLI

As part of the current project of researching and updating the more recent history of the Silver Lake Institute, "An Introduction to the Silver Lake Institute and an Explanation of its Current Status" has been written by our News Blog Publisher, Greg Franklin, a member of our SLI History Committee, and added to the Online History of SLI. This new paragraph serves to fill in some current and necessary material even before the detailed research and writing of the 1973-2016 period of history begins in earnest. [Comments Welcome]

The new location of the Online History can be found in the Menu above titled, "History of the Institute." This online history will be put in hard copy (printed form) and placed in the History Room of Epworth Hall in the near future. Eventually the latest material will be added to it along with relevant historical photographs. "The History of Institute Street Names" is a separate project under the current care of History Committee member, Suzanne Bristow. Other important Committee members are Bob Murphy and Roger Covell.

Bright Sunshine Floods the Lake
Early Saturday Afternoon

We never know how long something will last, but we thought these pictures, instead of a forecast of many words, would encourage us to appreciate the bright sunshine and partially blue skies that replaced the official forecast during the 2:00 p.m. hour at Silver Lake. (The lake effect snow advisory remains in effect until 1 a.m. Sunday. Tonight's low: 19F.)

Severe Weather Alert for
Southwestern Wyoming County

Sunshine breaking through heavy clouds at both ends of the Lake during Advisory (9:00 hour Saturday morning). Light snow south lake, no snow north.

Temperature at 10:00 AM: 25F

Weather Updated: Dec 10 9:44 AM
Issued by the National Weather Service [official]
en-US SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL 11:15AM EST SAT ...A BAND OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL AFFECT SOUTHERN ERIE...NORTHERN CATTARAUGUS...NORTHERN ALLEGANY...SOUTHWESTERN WYOMING AND CENTRAL CHAUTAUQUA COUNTIES... AT 941 AM EST, A BAND OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW PRODUCING SNOW FALL RATES OF AROUND 2 INCHES PER HOUR WILL CONTINUE ACROSS MUCH OF THE SOUTHERN TIER THROUGH LATE MORNING. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... BOSTON, EDEN, SPRINGVILLE, ALFRED, COLDEN, WESTFIELD, DUNKIRK, GOWANDA, SILVER CREEK, MAYVILLE, SOUTH DAYTON, DELEVAN, AND HOUGHTON. THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS... INTERSTATE 90 BETWEEN EXITS 61 AND 58. INTERSTATE 86 NEAR EXIT 6, AND BETWEEN EXITS 31 AND 32. USE EXTRA CAUTION IF YOU MUST TRAVEL INTO OR THROUGH THIS DANGEROUS SNOW SQUALL. RAPID CHANGES IN VISIBILITY AND POTENTIALLY SLICK ROADS ARE LIKELY TO LEAD TO ACCIDENTS. CONSIDER DELAYING TRAVEL UNTIL THE SQUALL PASSES YOUR LOCATION.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Drought Watch in Effect –
Conserve Water, Reports DEC

This Week's Updates: [official]

  • MS4 Comment Period Extended
  • Grant Awards Announced
  • Drought
Despite recent rain and snow, all of New York State remains under a drought watch. You can do your part to save water. For tips on conserving water, visit DEC’s Saving Water Makes Good Sense webpage.


First Big Lake Effect Snow Ends Early for Silver Lake but they
Say, More is on the Way

Currently, midday Friday (12/09/16), the only Lake Effect Snow Warnings are for Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties including the cities of Jamestown and Olean.

After more than 18 hours of "clear skies" in the very midst of a storm apparently taking place in other areas of WNY and the nation, the initial lake effect for Wyoming County is now over. The north end of the Lake is watching a power struggle between the sunshine and light snow flurries during the last hour of the morning on Friday and now into early Friday afternoon.

According to the 12:20 p.m. live Buffalo radar, northern Wyoming County is experiencing some light snow activity, along with Dunkirk with heavier snow in Jamestown. Winds are carrying the lake effect in a southeasterly direction, creating less of a problem for the Buffalo area, but only for the time being. A national cold front is sweeping across the nation with frigid temps and lake effect snow. It could reach us by Saturday, depending on the winds.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

NWS Issues Six Different Statements Today Updating Movements
Of Lake Effect Snow

Roads are snow-covered but plowed and passable. Side roads around the Lake were slippery at times today. Winds were light. Temperature at 10:15 a.m. was 28 with a high of 30F forecasted. The worst of the storm had been forecasted for northern, western, and southern Wyoming County, leaving the eastern portion of the county free from much of the direct hit. Day one of the storm (Thursday) began to appear at times to be effecting eastern Wyoming, but then would ease back off. The following is the last National Weather Service (NWS) Statement issued Thursday prior to midnight:
Issued by the National Weather Service [official]
en-US SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL 6:45PM EST THU ...A BAND OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL AFFECT SOUTHERN ERIE...NORTHERN CATTARAUGUS...NORTHWESTERN ALLEGANY...SOUTHERN WYOMING AND CHAUTAUQUA COUNTIES... AT 511 PM EST, A BAND OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW PRODUCING SNOW FALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR EXTENDS FROM THE CHAUTAUQUA RIDGE INLAND ACROSS SPRINGVILLE, ELLICOTTVILLE, DELEVAN, AND BLISS. THIS BAND OF HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO DRIFT SLOWLY SOUTH ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH EARLY EVENING. WINDS IN EXCESS OF 30 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THIS BAND OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW, PRODUCING SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... SPRINGVILLE, WESTFIELD, GOWANDA, ASHFORD, ARCADE, FRANKLINVILLE, MAYVILLE AND RUSHFORD. THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS... INTERSTATE 90 BETWEEN EXITS 61 AND 59. INTERSTATE 86 BETWEEN EXITS 6 AND 7. USE EXTRA CAUTION IF YOU MUST TRAVEL INTO OR THROUGH THIS DANGEROUS SNOW SQUALL. RAPID CHANGES IN VISIBILITY AND POTENTIALLY SLICK ROADS ARE LIKELY TO LEAD TO ACCIDENTS. CONSIDER DELAYING TRAVEL UNTIL THE SQUALL PASSES YOUR LOCATION.

TV Channel 2 (Buffalo) Features
The Hole in the Wall Restaurant

Zachary Kineke's last stop of 2016 on Dec. 3, was a Wyoming County restaurant that has been serving up delicious meals for more than 80 years.

PERRY, N.Y. - Seven decades ago, World War II servicemen passed along an important message: head to Perry, NY and look for the little hole in the wall to get a free meal.
Today, that restaurant is keeping that history alive just a short drive from Letchworth State Park.
Current owner Jacquie Billings' mother bought the restaurant from the Dovolos family back in 2001 and a few years later relocated it to a bigger location on Standpipe Road -- where the walls are bedecked with the history that gave the restaurant its name.
The restaurant's founder, George “Papou” Dovolos started the Perry Sandwich Shop in 1932 and had both his sons go off to serve in the war a few years later.
"And while they were away, some servicemen came into the shop to get a meal," Billings says. "And the parents decided that they couldn't charge the servicemen for that meal. And then they kept giving out free meals to servicemen throughout the war effort."
The original shop on Main Street
Word spread through articles in local papers, the Associated Press and Stars and Stripes, and locals donated rations to the shop to keep the effort going. By the end of the war, they had served 2,933 free meals.
"And people would say, 'How do you find this little Perry Sandwich Shop?'," Billings says. "'Well, it's just a little hole in the wall on the side of the road, and if you blink, you'll miss it.'" And that story came back to Papou so many times that he decided to rename the Perry Sandwich shop to be "The Hole in the Wall restaurant."
Billings' husband Travis Barlow cooks up a wide range of dishes, some simpler and hearkening back to the humble roots like roast turkey and gravy, and some far more adventurous like the Raclette Fries (think gooey upscale mozzarella sticks drizzled in spicy honey) and Crispy Pig's Head (get past the name and try it; it's a slice of some of the best pulled pork you'll find). 
The Hole in the Wall also cooks up wood-fired pizzas and plenty more, and gets a lot of the ingredients from the many farms nearby in Wyoming County.
Check out The Hole in the Wall at its website here, and let us know where to go next by emailing us here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

'Dec. 7, 1941, A Date that will Live in Infamy' --President Roosevelt Speaking Before Congress

veterans Larry Parry & Edward Stone survived the Pearl Harbor attack & returned to Hawaii to mark the 75th anniversary.

Roads Wet at Midday
But No Ice or Snow--Yet

A coating of snow came overnight but the plows quickly cleared it out of the way. People are catching up on details today knowing that the Lake Effect Snow just might be as significant as forecasted for Thursday and Friday. Others have a rather firm belief that most of it will pass us by. We will know shortly.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

NWS Issues Additional Winter Weather Advisory for Tuesday Night, Wednesday

A Winter Weather Advisory was issued for 4:54 pm EST Tuesday until 4 am EST Wednesday for Wyoming County. The Winter Weather Advisory is for a mix of snow and freezing rain. (The Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in effect.)

Lake Effect Snow Warning for Wyoming Issued by the NWS
For Thursday, Friday

Weather Updated: Dec 06 1:10 PM
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning which is in effect from 6 am Thursday to 6 am EST Saturday. The lake effect snow watch is no longer in effect. Locations affected include: Southern Erie, Wyoming County, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties. Timing is from late Wednesday night through late Friday night. Accumulations  forecasted are:
4 to 8 inches Thursday
6 to 11 inches Thursday night
5 to 9 inches Friday
3 to 5 inches Friday night
Storm totals of 2 to 3 feet in the most persistent lake snows. Winds will be from the West 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Visibilities as low as a quarter mile at times. The impacts include heavy lake effect snow and areas of blowing snow leading to significant accumulations of snow on area roadways and very poor visibilities at times, resulting in hazardous to dangerous travel conditions. Advisory for precautionary/preparedness actions.

Monday, December 5, 2016

SLI News Blog Hopes to Expand its
Coverage to Entire Lake Community

All Silver Lake residents and business owners will now have the option of an online news source beginning December 1, 2016. We have kept the News Blog style because it offers the additional benefit of Reader Responses through the Comment Section which appears right after each article or news item. Readers can view the News Blog at any time and any location in the United States or the world that has broadband internet or smart phone connectability.

The new menu begins with a simple list of organization and business names and related clickable websites for detailed information. This list will expand as the need is made known. There is no paid staff, so news and group events need to be emailed to our office at blog@silverlakeinstitute.org, or sent to POB 19, Silver Lake, NY 14549. Since the POB is checked infrequently, you are also welcome to drop off articles and photographs at 6988 (29) Haven Ave. off Perry Ave. (one block south of Genesee).

Photos should have the identities of all persons in the photo labeled and the activity described. The News Blog is being presented as a lake community service with all news, events, and classified advertising being of no charge. There will be no hard copies made available (none printed on paper). Until further notice, the News Blog may be reached at www.silverlakeinstitute.org.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

National Weather Service
Issues Weather Statement


Weather Updated: Dec 04 7:13 PM 
en-US Special Weather Statement until 1 AM EST Monday -- An inch or two of snow expected late tonight. An area of snow will quickly move across WNY late tonight. The bulk of the snow will fall between 11 PM and 5 AM resulting in an inch or two of accumulation. Untreated roadways will become slick late tonight and into Monday morning. Motorists should exercise caution and plan a little extra time for the Monday morning commute.
UPDATE: The snow was melted by 12:00 Noon.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Early Glance at Next Season's Silver Lake Experience Posted; Includes Three Top Notch Evening Entertainment Events

  • RPO Brass Quintet
  • Jen Chapin Trio (Jen is Harry Chapin's Daughter)
  • Eric Kelly, Guy Macaluso, Bill Roberts, Dan Saunders
  • and Friends: "A Perry Revival"



    Friday, December 2, 2016

    NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Announces
    Updates for December 2

    The NYS DEC's Division of Water has posted new announcements on its webpage. This week's updates include:
    • Great Lakes Funding
    • WI/PWL Water Quality Assessment Updates
    • Drought in Effect
    • Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants

    Silver Lake Association Provides Inspirational Data on their Mission

    Mark Emmerson, president of the Silver Lake Association (SLA), the  Silver Lake Cottage Owners Association since 1961, has been researching his organizations meeting minutes in an effort to write an accurate history of the Association.

    "By organizing the archived files of the Silver Lake Association," Mark stated on the Association's website, "I was able to publish a story containing facts of the SLA history, collected from the notes and minutes of the SLA monthly meetings, a history that needed to be shared." An Organization of volunteers that Incorporated in 1961 for the purpose of cleaning up the pollution in Silver Lake at that time, is now a mainstay of this community.  

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    Wednesday Wraps Up Series of Unseasonably Mild Days
    With a High of 60

    Milder Weather began infiltrating Wyoming County on Monday and got progressively milder Tuesday and today. The official high for Wednesday was 57 but there were reports of  60 and above in certain areas and times during the day. Thursday will see a high of only 51 with rain and then a return to the seasonable 30s by Friday as snow flurries return for the foreseeable future. 

    Monday, November 28, 2016

    Sunday, November 27, 2016

    The Sun Sparingly Pokes
    Through a Few Cloud Breaks

    First Sunday of Advent: November 27, 2016, 2:10 p.m.--Both lake camera shots were taken at the exact moment of each other but the angles create a unique starkness to the brighter and darker areas. By 2:22 p.m. the clouds had once again covered over the rays of the sun.


    The Leadup to Christmas followed
    By the 12 Days of Christmas

    Advent Dates 2016

    • November 27 - First Sunday of Advent (first purple candle of the Advent Wreath is lit)
    • December 4 - Second Sunday of Advent (first and second purple candles of the Advent Wreath are lit)
    • December 11 - Third Sunday of Advent (first and second purple candles plus the pink candle of the Advent Wreath is lit)
    • December 18 - Fourth Sunday of Advent (all candles of the Advent Wreath are lit in the same order as in previous Sundays)

    • December 24 - The Christ Candle is inserted in the center of the Advent Wreath and lit representing the end of the preparation/wait and the arrival of the birth and the anticipation of the "second coming."
    In Western Christianity, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30, and lasts until midnight Christmas Eve (December 24). When Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, it is the last, or fourth Sunday of Advent. Christmas Day is "The First Day of Christmas" in the series of 12 ending on January 6 which is the 12th Day of Christmas and is marked by the traditional arrival of the Wise Men (astrologers) in Bethlehem, having been led by "the Star of the East." The arrival of the Magi (astrologers) is known as the "Epiphany" or delivery of the good news of the birth of Christ to the Gentile world. In the Hispanic tradition, Epiphany is celebrated as the "Three Kings Day" on which gifts are exchanged.

    Saturday, November 26, 2016

    A Cloudy 4-Day Thanksgiving Holiday 2016

    Saturday, November 26, 2016, 3:25 p.m.

    Thursday, November 24, 2016

    Prayers for Healing ...

    Julie Hoffner fell and broke her shoulder this week. She is receiving help from friends and neighbors up in her Hamburg NY winter home.

    Wednesday, November 23, 2016

    Hourly Forecast for Thanksgiving Day; Severe Alert Ends at
    10:00 am Thursday

    Severe Weather Alert for Wyoming County

    US Winter Weather Advisory for Freezing Rain from 6 pm EST Wednesday until 10 am EST Thursday. Snow and/or Sleet accumulations less than an inch. Ice accumulating one tenth of an inch. Conditions affecting Cattaraugus, Allegany, Genesee, Orleans, Livingston, and Wyoming counties.

    Tuesday, November 22, 2016

    Institute Water Pressure Problem to be Aired at Public Hearing on Dec. 29th

    The water pressure in the Institute grounds and surrounding properties including the Charcoal Corral is sub-standard and will not allow for any further tapping of the system. Officials want to improve water pressure by piping the "end of the line" back into the system which begins at the water tower and adding a water pumping station at the tower's location. The bad news is that there is currently no funding available for such a project and no written plans drawn up at this point, according to Town of Castile Clerk Vickie Draper. Against this background, officials want public input into the proposal which will be held on December 29th at a location to be announced.

    The Institute and Corral are at the very "end of the line" and the line dead-ends instead of connecting back into the system. The highest point of the Institute property is approximately equal to the height of the water tower, also making for reduced water pressure. A couple of years ago, water officials approached the SLI Board of Trustees asking if they would permit the building of a pump station on SLI forest property on the south side of Camp Road. Some of the details were in the early stages of being worked out, when water officials announced that they were going to do something else and would not be locating on SLI property. 

    Saturday, November 19, 2016

    Alan Wetjen Died on Saturday Morning

    Alan Wetjen died peacefully early this morning, Saturday November 19, 2016, in Florida. There will be services and interment in Florida at a date not yet determined. Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution in his name may do so to Silver Lake Institute, Box 20, Silver Lake, NY 14549.  Sending condolences to Dianne may be done at 109 Saxon St., Marco Island, FL 34145, or under "comments" below.


    First 'Big' Snow Event of Season Culminates in a Wet and Whimpy Couple of Inches

    The National Weather Service issued three different warning statements over the weekend to help people prepare for what sounded like a significant winter event. Warnings ranged from "a Lake Effect Snow Advisory" which zeroed in on Wyoming County, through "Lake Effect Snow Warning" and eventually landing on "a Special Weather Statement" again for Wyoming County, but in the higher regions.

    As for the Institute, Lakeview Drive provided the most wintry scene at times because of the wind racing across the unobstructed water, but on the whole, the Institute faired well with a total of 2 to 3 inches total as opposed to the warnings of "2 to 3 inches per hour." Even church attendance at the local United Methodist Church seemed unaffected by what some called "just a regular winter day in Western New York."

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    Obituary for Nils R. Anderson

    Nils R. Anderson, age 78, of Silver Lake (Sutton Tract), formerly of Livonia, passed away on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at his home. He was born on February 9, 1938 in Jamestown, NY a son of the late Axel E. and Thelma M. (Tillow) Anderson.


    Nils was a 1955 graduate of Jamestown High School, 1959 graduate of Houghton College, and received his master’s degree in Social work from Syracuse University in 1966. He worked for the Livingston County Department of Social Services for several years, and retired from New York Division for Youth in Rochester after many years of service. He attended the Brick Presbyterian Church in Perry where he was in the church choir and was active in the church ministry. He was a former Boy Scout leader, a board member for the Livingston County Service Board, volunteered for the Caring for Perry food pantry, drove for the Genesee County Department of Social Services and worked for the benefit of many other organizations. He enjoyed flying private planes and especially loved spending time with family, grandchildren and extended family.