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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Afternoon Turns to All Clouds
with Off-and-On Rain

2:50 pm Tuesday

Winter Weather Watch Not Affecting S/Lake Institute; Winds Lighter Today

The sun keeps trying to shine, and does for a while, but the clouds are pretty much overcoming the effort. North Shore Temperature at 10:30 am is 39 and the South Shore Temp is 36. Snow flurries on the hilltops.

Monday, October 30, 2017

In Loving Memory

Velma Wallace Bliss, 102, of Warsaw formerly of Perry passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. Velma was born in Hume, NY on August 17, 1915 a daughter of the late John and Minnie (Beardsley) Hotchkiss.

She was a graduate of Gainesville High School. She retired from M&T Bank in Perry where she was a teller from 1959-1979.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Perry, the Mutual Friends Club in Perry and Order of Eastern Star Chapter # 497 in Perry.

She enjoyed playing bridge, crocheting, sitting on the front porch at 30 Lakeview Ave at Silver Lake visiting with friends and family, she loved visits from her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter: Sharon (Craig) Pratt of Webster, 2 grandsons: Douglas Pratt of Pittsford, Christopher (Diana) Pratt of Irondequoit, 3 great grandchildren: Timothy, Madelyn and William Pratt, Elwin’s children: Ron (Judy) Bliss of Concord, NC, Gloria (Cliff) Johnston Sr. of Bolivar, 3 sister-in-laws: Arlene Baker, Eleanor Quandt and Ruth Wallace all of Warsaw, along with many of Elwin’s grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her first husband: Howard Wallace who passed in 1982, newborn son: Braden Wallace, second husband: Elwin Bliss who passed away in 1992, siblings: Maxine Latham, Pauline Bliss, Violet York and Merlin Hotchkiss, Elwin’s grandson: Cliff Johnston Jr.


Family and friends may call from 1-2pm on Saturday November 4th at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry where services will follow at 2pm.

She will be laid to rest in Grace Cemetery in Castile, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to A New Start Kitty Rescue 6342 Denton Corners Rd. Castile, New York 14427, First United Methodist Church 35 Covington St. Perry, NY 14530 or to the Order of Eastern Star Chapter # 497 C/O Carol Preen 19 Chestnut St. Perry, NY 14530.

(We will be Lighting her Candle at the Lakewide Memorial Service 
and presenting a rose to her daughter, Sharon (Craig) Pratt, 
on July 29, 2018 at Epworth Hall in the Silver Lake Institute)
(First Published online by Eaton Watson Funeral Home)
(Also appears on the Blog Obituary Page - Click HERE)

Strong Winds Bringing Down the Leaves Wet Snow May Down Tree Branches

 Winter Weather Advisory
Weather Updated: Oct 30 6:25AM
Issued by the National Weather Service
For Wyoming County, New York

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FROM 11PM EDT MON UNTIL 2PM EDT TUE ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 2 PM EDT TUESDAY... * WHAT... WET LAKE EFFECT SNOW EXPECTED FROM 11 PM TODAY TO 2 PM TUESDAY ON THE HILLTOPS ABOVE 1500 FEET. PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS, INCLUDING DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE ON TUESDAY. TREE BRANCHES COULD FALL AS WELL. TOTAL WET SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. * WHERE... HILLTOPS ABOVE 1500 FEET IN WYOMING AND SOUTHERN ERIE COUNTIES. * WHEN...11 PM TODAY TO 2 PM TUESDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...BE PREPARED FOR REDUCED VISIBILITIES AT TIMES. PRECAUTIONARY/ PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR WET SNOW MEANS PERIODS OF WET SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR YOUR AREA CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5 1 1. &&


 Flash Flood Watch
Weather Updated: Oct 30 6:24AM
Issued by the National Weather Service
For Wyoming County, New York
FLASH FLOOD WATCH FROM 2PM EDT MON UNTIL 8AM EDT WED ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAYMORNING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF WESTERN NEW YORK... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...GENESEE...NORTHERN ERIE... SOUTHERN ERIE AND WYOMING. * FROM 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAYMORNING. * HEAVY LAKE EFFECT RAINFALL MAY PRODUCE LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING IN THE BUFFALO METRO AREA. A BAND OF HEAVY LAKE EFFECT RAIN WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON OVER THE CITY OF BUFFALO AND WILL LIKELY SETTLE ACROSS THE BUFFALO SOUTHTOWNS TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY. THE LAKE EFFECT RAIN WILL LIKELY LINGER INTO TUESDAY NIGHT BEFORE DIMINISHING ON WEDNESDAY MORNING. * EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM THE HEAVY RAINFALL MAY RESULT IN FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS AND ALSO SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS. URBAN FLOODING IN POSSIBLE IN THE BUFFALO METRO AREA. DRAINAGE INLETS CLOGGED BY LEAVES MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF STREET FLOODING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THE THREAT OF FLASH FLOODING EXISTS ALONG RIVERS AND CREEKS. IF YOU ARE IN THE WATCH AREA YOU SHOULD MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS CLOSELY. BE READY TO MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR A WARNING IS ISSUED. STAY TUNED TO WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER RADIO AND TV STATIONS FOR FURTHER UPDATES. &&

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Windy and Wet on North Shore;
Snow Flurries on South Shore

NORTH SHORE, SILVER LAKE

SOUTH SHORE, SILVER LAKE

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Lake Calm and Blue

SLI Camera #2 was picking up the relaxing ripples of Silver Lake seen flowing toward the northeast shore at 3:30 pm Friday afternoon. What a beautiful sight. We really miss Camera #1 which has been out of commission for weeks. Leaves look gone on the lake shore but far from it a little ways up the hill.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Publisher Kept Close Eyes on Very Low Voting Numbers; Grateful to Those Wonderful People Who Voted

by G.A. Franklin, Publisher
Voting has concluded in the Poll about the usefulness of the current SLI.org Blog. For about 20 people, it is considered useful. Some said they actually check it daily. Trying to grow an electronic news medium in a newspaper town like Mayberry is probably the Impossible Dream, and at least numbers-wise that has proven to be true. At my previous blogspot web site I was accustomed to between 1,500 to 2,000 active participants per week even though the local membership was more like 200. There was never a dull moment. Even though I was retired, I still chose to leave while my work was at a high point.

The SilverLakeInstitute.org was different. It was formed in 2010 to provide an online voice to an organization, the Institute, which had minimal coverage. Although the blogspot was supposed to be News and feed-back oriented, it turned out that the many special pages and links became the numerical highlight. Readers would enjoy the special pages by the hundreds--they seemed to love the history of the Institute, the Silver Lake area, and the unique stories that went along with it such as the Heritage Walkway histories for which much credit should go to Suzanne Bristow for her many hours of work on that. The entire site continues to get very high marks from strangers just becoming aware of its presence on the web.

The Silver Lake Experience added yet another powerful dynamic in 2015 and 2017 to SLI and Asbury, and to the size and complexity of the Blog. According to readers, it blended nicely with all other publicity methods. Thanks to Loren Penman who helped to coordinate the publicity efforts, the little blogspot shown brightly. Thanks also to the sage advice of Roger Covell in addition to Lisa Schiske, Nancy Culley Sellar, Bill Schaefer, Pete Mairs, Kathy Schaefer, Suzanne Bristow, and unnamed others who await the special love of the Institute to reach and touch them.

There is a time and a season for all things and I continue to contemplate a second retirement which I have been considering for the last eight (8) months. Let me tell you, sole reporter, writer, proof-er, designer, and ad creator is not a job I would wish upon anyone--not even for pay! But this was a labor of love with an underlying morality about the well rounded human being--a project SLI got better and better at. For the most part, however, it was a thankless job, except for those rare individuals who did come up to me to offer thanks particularly for the winter "editions" when they were at home either out of state or considerably northwest of here, and so enjoyed news from the Institute.

For those who actually love the activeness portrayed in our year-round daily updates, maybe we could keep part of that going without any of the stories which require so much more investigation and time preparing. I will keep you posted as all the pieces come together for a decision in the coming days.

Updated: 10/27/17, 6:25 pm
Updated: 10/30/17, 9:30 am
52 degrees on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 and 
The sun is already low in the sky at 3:27 pm.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

 On the Occasion of Brad Henig's Birthday

A Special Community Gathers Arm in Arm to Celebrate a Life
Spring 2017

'Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall ...'

It's Fall. It's Cloudy. There's a breeze, not cold, just enough to get some leaves to give up their hold on branches they have clung to since Spring. The water is ripply with white  foam "wakes" which aren't wakes in the genuine sense of the word, almost as though the Lake was skimming itself of some unwanted quantity which had been pushed to the top with now nowhere else to go. At least the Lake seems busy. Elsewhere there is nothing stirring but an occasional car unhindered by other traffic. Oh, and there's another car, temporarily parked at the Post Office and a man inching outward through the door with mail in his hands. 

On the north side of my little cottage are four cottages that have been abandoned for the winter to come. In addition, one more cottage stands pretty much abandoned permanently as its damaged entrance-way and porch stand as a reminder of that late summer night's beer party that turned into vandalism. To my south, active and busy cottages, some with children . . . at least three of them. Their voices cut unexpectedly through the unparalleled stillness. Perhaps it's the gray waning skies that make it seem hauntingly empty when there are really significant pockets of activity. Perhaps it seems empty because I am forever comparing the grounds of October with that of July. The contrast is so stark that it continues to serve as a reminder of the uniqueness of this community . . . be it "summer, spring, winter or fall."

Thanks, James Taylor, I know I've got a friend . . . actually, many.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cornell Cooperative Extension Gives Local Property Clean Bill of Health; There is No Presence of Noxious Weeds

Newly Updated 5:29 pm, 10/26/17
From first receipt of the infringement letter, a local property owner had been trying to understand what he did wrong with regards to his property. He contacted the Chair of the SLI Grounds Committee, but the Chair was unable to answer his question. That's when he began to seek answers from other knowledgeable sources such as the Extension and the DEC. The local property owner believes that someone responsible for charging him with a violation should be able to explain either what he did wrong or what currently exists that allegedly doesn't meet standard. In the absence of that and in light of the Extension's conclusion, he is seeking exoneration. The SLI Grounds Committee Chair said that there is a misunderstanding on the part of the property owner but was unable to clarify what that might be.

A representative from the Wyoming County Cooperative Extension visited the property Tuesday after receiving a letter sent to the property owner but delivered to the Extension at their request. The representative thoroughly examined the property and concluded that there was no presence of "noxious weed" nor weeds of any other noxious nature present on the property. The property is therefore free of hazards and basically safe from harmful plants or seeds.

He further examined the Rose of Sharon bush and the Hydrangea bushes and concluded that this time of year would be inappropriate to prune or cut back these bushes since both bushes base their new growth on the timing of the pruning which should always be done in the Spring before new growth begins and not prior to winter when new growth should not be stimulated. In light of that he said that there did not exist a condition of overgrowth as seemed to be implied in the property owner's violation letter. The representative was unable to determine both what the letter and the reference to the Handbook was asking the property owner to do, saying the wording in the attached page from the Handbook was too vague to interpret.

The Cooperative Extension representative said he will put his report in writing and it should be available shortly. We will try to get a copy of that report and publish it for the SLI community to help put some residents' minds at ease, especially with regards to the charge of weeds with an alleged noxious status.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) also contacted the property owner Tuesday and indicated that they had already reduced their staff to winter levels and would be unable to examine the property until April of 2018. They are aware that the Cooperative Extension has inspected the property but would still want to examine the property with their personnel next Spring.

Rest Easy, from Sept. to Feb. the Blog is Principally Seen by SLI Members; About March 1 the Visitors Return

Concerns have been raised about the affect of discussing subjects that some SLI members consider "dirty laundry" which ought not to be in the public eye. From a study of our reader trends, it appears that when our SLI programs wrap up on Labor Day weekend, our Visitors, for the most part, go on sabbatical through the year-end holidays and the New Year's first eight weeks of winter. That is right about the time that our advertising begins for the new season's programming.

To a certain extent SLI members follow that pattern also which is not to be thinking about summer plans while the shopping centers are doing back-to-school sales, Halloween sales, Thanksgiving specials, and the Christmas sales pushes which sort of wrap up with the Valentine Holiday of February 14th. It is in these closing weeks of winter that our readership picks up, almost as though people are looking for the summer already and thinking about it helps those last weeks of winter to move a little more quickly.







That's what caused me to do this chart to summarize the Blog's readership year.
This pattern is probably a good thing because every community needs the opportunity to have news and discussions around subjects unique to the community so as to improve it on the utilitarian side of things as opposed to the programmatic. This naturally forming pattern gives SLI a built-in "community time."

So if ever there was a time for the community to discuss community issues, it is best done in the September through February time slot which I refer to as our "Community Time." If ever there was a time to shower, shave, and put on our finest as we greet guests and put our best foot forward, that would be the March through August time period which I am referring to the days of "Program Promotion." Program Building is sort of always going on, so I placed it in the center of everything else we do.

The last point to be made is that many people want to know more and more about the ins-and-outs of an organization and, most importantly, how they go about handling upset. White-washing or covering up the defects of a community is somewhat unreal and people sense it. Particularly as guests to the Institute notice For Sale signs and consider the possibility of Life on the grounds, they want to know there is a reasonable and effective process in place for dealing with possible controversy or disagreement.

One of My Favorite Photos
From the SLI Off Season

Apple Blossoms at the Summer Cottage of Dianne Wetjen
Silver Lake Institute 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Editor Announces New Policy on
Blog's Commenting Procedure; Promises Better Proof-Reading

Comments will no longer be instantaneous, but will be held for review, moderation, and correction, if necessary. A Commenter (one who comments on a blog) will encounter the following message before being able to comment:

"Name calling, use of raunchy language, or language that could be considered legally defamatory is not permitted. If it is easily correctable through the use of asterisks (********), it will be corrected; if not, your comment will be deleted. If you need help writing a comment, just write it the way you can (it may turn out to be very usable). If not, we will work on it for you."

Comments which use acceptable language will be posted faster than those in need of help or correction. Either way, we will be happy to be of service to you by making your reading more pleasurable with no raunchy surprises.

Notoriously, a writer never proofs his or her own work as well as another person's work. Without a proof-reader on staff, all I can do is promise to re-read the articles several more times since each reading usually produces another need for correction. Each article is currently be re-read an average of 5 or 6 times. with particular emphasis on writing clarity and the style that best brings that about.

Anyone wishing to help out may proof-read at home and just email the corrections you suspect need to be made or are sure need to be made. Sorry but none of us get paid for any of this--it is a simple labor of love.

Please Participate in
The Opinion Pole Above

Readers are asked to participate in the Opinion Pole located above this article and slightly to the left. We were unable to change the size of the type to make it larger. The small print says you may check more than one box if that best describes your opinion. If you want to write out an opinion, please use the Comment Section at the bottom of this article. Your participation will be very helpful.

In the summary box at the right, if you want to read the percentages in boxes 2 and 3 as appears in box 1, take your cursor and highlight (hold the click button across the box) and the percentages will temporarily appear.

First Posting: Monday, 2:00 a.m.

Offseason Presents Social Justice Challenge to SLI Community

For those who plan the programs and special events for the July-August Season each year, there is little time for anything else besides the details of their responsibility. For other members of the SLI community, September through February becomes more of a time of introspection because the program advertising has ceased and the local Blog emphasis in the September through February time slot also turns more toward year-round life at the SLI. During this time period, and with weather forecasts and seasonal photos of the SLI grounds, there have been such articles as the location of school bus stops in the Institute, the two different speed limits that used to be on Perry Ave., children playing unrestricted in the streets, and informal talk of enjoying the community without the regular presence of "the Board" and its monthly decisions.

As for me and a few others, we miss the friends who have returned to their winter homes and miss the busy-ness of the Institute when it's on its July-August mission, along with the Charcoal Corral for a delicious meal, or even just for ice cream. The extra hours of darkness doesn't help with the sense of emptiness that accompanies this 8-month lack of exuberance. This year, the mid-winter "Survivors' Lunch" at least gives us something for which to look forward in the not-too-distant future. The new Bible or Faith Study may also help in extending the feelings from emptiness to fulfillment.

Not a Demand / Not a Recommendation;
Just an Old-Fashioned Observation
Since this is the time of year when the local SLI community is more tuned in to the slow time of the year--a time long before the new onset of the advertising of 2018 summer programs--it seemed logical for those of us remaining on the grounds to give ear to those rarely heard from during the busy times of the year. Many of these folks are not leadership-type people, but folks more inclined to ask questions than to make recommendations. Their questions are not usually well received by those in charge of an agenda, and trying to keep things moving along, because they are heard more as criticisms and challenges than as the questions they were intended to be. Consequently the responses they receive to their questions are more designed to cut them off or to shut down what are heard as criticism-for-the-sake-of-criticism. Most of it is a lack of communication, inability to perceive intentions  or understand one another, and a possible lack of patience in not really wanting to try.

The Silver Lake Institute used to be held together by a strong religious dynamic where most things were judged by religious or Biblical standards. The dynamic, however, began to change around the turn of the century--not this past one, but the one before--1900. That was the time of the foreclosures brought about by the so-called "Cleveland Depression" which spread far and wide. The Institute was profoundly effected and nearly lost its properties until rescued by people like John Stoody. Rescue, however, enabled a significant number of persons to become "members" of the community without any commitment to its ideals or religious beliefs. This began a basic split in the community which continues to this day, though some continue to ignore or even deny it exists. Those on the receiving end of power and influence do not need to be reminded.

The years of 2017-2019 should be the years that goes down in Silver Lake Institute history as the years of the Social Justice emphasis beginning with the filling of the boat for children in need of hygienic care products. The collection was a grand success! It was more than just that wonderful emphasis on giving, it was also a theme of the summer and was picked up by the Worship Committee and could be heard referenced through many of the talks and sermons given by the guest speakers this year including Dr. William Russell on Silver Lake Experience Sunday, August 13th.

The Institute is fully a social entity. This social enclave is based on a system of government known as a Board of Trustees elected from within the community of property owners which are referred to as "members" in the charter. The system of government is one described in detail by NYS law. Part of that law states that once elected, Trustees are then on their own to elect officers, appoint committees, and enact rules that are beneficial to the welfare of the community. Although an elected Board of Trustees is responsible for leadership of this social entity, it should be noted that officers of the non-profit corporation are selected not by the electorate, but by the newly elected Board of Trustees. That puts the leadership one full step away from direct accountability to the electorate. That brings to mind, for some, our national Electoral College.


Just as some national voters have abandoned the political exercise of their vote because of the Electoral College Affect, some have abandoned the political exercise of their vote on an Institute level because of the inability to directly elect the leaders for their community. For some persons, the selection process of leaders needs more transparency; they say it often appears as though it has been previously determined before any of the voting Trustees arrive at the meeting. One only hears this if one is listening. 

Another thing I learned from listening was that of the basic election of the Trustees. Folks are accustomed to casting an individual ballot on a regular political election day, for the candidates of their choice. No one ever walks into the polling place and calls out, "It appears that everyone here is in favor of the Republican candidates, so let's ask the voting examiners to cast one ballot for the entire slate of Republican candidates so we can wrap this up right away." One wouldn't dream of it happening there, yet it happens all the time in Trustee elections. Without a ballot, there are some folks who feel they haven't voted at all. Although it is tempting to call this a trivial matter, to those with strong feelings it is no trivial matter indeed. One only hears this if one is listening.

Last example. Even I wasn't listening for this one. I was in favor of the "Orientation/Welcome Meeting" based on the fact it would provide more assurance that prospective home buyers within the Institute grounds would have maximum opportunity to understand what the Institute is and what the expectations are (such as taxes, involvement, etc.) before they purchase. It might be irrelevant now, but I didn't listen to hear that there were those who felt as though it was an action which would take away their right to sell to the first interested customer who came along with the right amount of cash. Not only that, but it would interrupt and delay a normal sale while this "meeting" was set up and accomplished, or might even invalidate the sale altogether. I only began to listen after the fact; but now I at least know because I was willing to give a voice to those wishing to be heard.

There are many different forms of social justice issues and our little social enclave is filled with social dynamics whether or not we elect to listen.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Editor Pulls 9 Articles from the Past 3 Days after Learning they Were
Badly Misunderstood

Updated: 12:47 pm, 10/22/17
Updated: 7:15 pm, 10/23/17

PUBLISHER IS OPEN FOR
NEW EDITOR AND WRITERS

The Editor feels it just might be time to close down his news computer and "retire again" after causing confusion in the past three (3) days as opposed to giving clear information to his readers. He is now searching for new News writers who may work at home both receiving information by email and posting it from your home computer (no traveling, strictly volunteer).

Call 585-444-7384 or Email greg.franklin.perry.ny@gmail.com.

I wish to express my sincerest apologies to anyone and everyone who may have felt unnecessarily criticized, ridiculed, singled out, or hurt through the overuse of pronouns, insufficient wording, and not censoring comments. As for giving fellow SLI residents a voice they thought they didn't have, I believe I was in the right to provide that voice as a Christian, as an American, and as a fellow SLI resident. Thank you for your understanding and kindness. I have enjoyed serving you consistently in these past seven years getting the News out to you.

Chilly Nights, Mild Days to
Continue through Monday

The Weather forecasters seem to agree on this one (so far), that the 70-72 degree range should continue through Monday but the nights will be chilly in the 50s, which is warmer than these past few days being in the 40s.

This year's colors don't seem to have the usual vibrant variety of WNY colors, but I have noticed that the yellows have been just as intense. Maybe everything is just running a little late because of the mild Autumn. I'm still hoping for some deep reds to show up soon.



Friday, October 20, 2017

Report of 'Noxious Weed' to be Checked Out by DEC, Coop. Extension

Both the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Wyoming County Cooperative Extension are aware of the reported "noxious weed" allegedly located on the property at the corner of Wesley Ave. and Park Ave. Both have expressed concern since this is the precise time of year that these weeds go to seed and are then spread over other areas. Birds are notorious for the spread of noxious weed seeds.

Persons without adequate qualifications should stay away from suspected noxious weeds and under no circumstances touch these weeds. They are known for giving serious burns to the skin and damage to the eyes even to the extent of blindness. Representatives from the DEC plan to be at the Institute next week to examine the situation. Latest report is that it may not be "noxious weed," nevertheless, it is advised that you remain at a distance from it until it is checked out early this week.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Famed Rochester photographer brought 12 photographers to Tour
SLI, Hoag, Letchworth on Saturday

Jim Montanus, famed Rochester photographer, brought a group of
12 photographers to SLI and Letchworth Park on Saturday October 14th. Here, Jim is focusing on the alcove upstairs in Hoag Memorial Art Gallery.

A group of Rochester photographers got to explore the upstairs of
Hoag Memorial Art Gallery with assistance from
Bob Murphy, SLI’s historian.

Rochester photographers about to explore 
the gingerbread designs on the various SLI cottages. 
They even visited Nancy and Doug Wilson’s landmark home.

Our thanks to Kathy Schaefer for the 
above three photographs and captions.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

No Frost Here Last Night
... but Getting Close!

Last Night was the first night of the 2017 Autumn that temperatures took such a dramatic nose dive that no two looks at the temperature showed the same reading. From a nice fall day, it zipped all the way down to 36 degrees and then this morning registered a 34 with some humidity on one window but not frost. The sun has been full and bright all day today and the temperature just broke 60 at 3:20 pm today, and should break 70 by the weekend. Tonight's Low 68-69F.


Some more open areas may have gotten frost last night, so their next heat wave will be Indian Summer. Here on the hill of the lower portion of the Silver Lake Basin, we are sheltered by a rich foliage of trees and bushes and they did a great job last night for us. Still many tens of thousands of leaves remain on the trees, many of which are still quite green but some offering their hues of yellows and reds. Such a colorful time of the year!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Don't Tell Us Your Age, Tell us
What Type of Music You Like!

Who figures out what types of concert music is invited to SLI? You do! You who come to the concerts, you who applaud and tell us what a good time you had!

What's that, you say you don't come to any concerts because you don't like any of them? You are obviously very discerning about your music and need to give us a call because if you don't attend any SLI concerts we will never know what you like to hear unless you do call and let us know!

There are only two (2) real ways of communicating music that you like. One is by the name of the bands that play them and the second is by the type, genre, or category into which they fall. With the assistance of Google search, the following are the top 2 listings of music types. Are you able to find the type you like from this list?
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If the type or genre of music is not helpful, then gather together the names of bands you like or the vocalist(s) in the bands. If your favorite is a nationally or internationally known band, the chances are we can't afford to get them, so do you know of any state or regional bands that specialize in playing their music? If you do, write them down. If not, just gather together the names of the songs they do which you like. Better yet, if you have noticed a contact name on any of their advertisements or calling cards, please include that contact number for us.
Please don't tell us, "Get some young people's music." There are people of all ages that like all types of music including Heavy Metal, so age really doesn't tell us anything.
Now call or email your favorite type of music or the name of your favorite bands to either:
  • Loren Penman, Stoody Hall, Saturday Nights -- 585-201-8066 -- silverlakearts@gmail.com or
  • Julie Hoffner, Epworth Hall, Friday Nights -- 2018_DATES_TAKEN -- musichoffner@juno.com.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Very Windy System with Light Rain in Late Afternoon Causes Additional Shower of Colored Leaves

 Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Weather Updated: Oct 15 3:56PM
Issued by the National Weather Service
For Wyoming County, New York
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 3:56PM EDT SUN UNTIL 4:45PM EDTSUN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... WYOMING COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK...  * UNTIL 445 PM EDT. * AT 356 PM EDT, SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR LAKESIDE BEACH STATE PARK TO NORTH COLLINS TO 8 MILES SOUTH OF FREDONIA, MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 45 MPH. HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS. SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED. IMPACT...EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO TREES AND POWER LINES. * 

Our Neighbors who are
Currently Serving as SLI Trustees

 Pictured here working hard on the long and 
important agenda of October 14, 2017
Top Photo, right hand side of the table -- Julie Hoffner, Ames Ave., Trustee & Program Chair; Bill Schaefer, Lakeview Ave., Board President; Pete Mairs, Harris Ave., Board Vice President; Lance Seeber, Fillmore Ave., Board Secretary; Don Weaver, Harris Ave., Trustee & Worship Chair; and Sharon Pratt (back of her head), Lakeview Ave.. Trustee & Epworth Hall Chair. Bottom Photo, left hand side of the table -- Bob Cook, Embury Ave., Trustee & LRPC Chair; Bob Murphy (left early for another engagement), Thompson Ave., Trustee & Hoag Art Gallery Chair; Chuck Dusel, Hedding Ave., Trustee; Loren Penman (behind Chuck), Wesley Ave., Trustee; Jill Knitter, Thompson Ave., Trustee & Grounds & Waterfront Chair; Kevin Colburn, Hedding Ave., Board Treasurer; Molly Anthony (absent), Perry Ave., Trustee.

Board Secures SLI Future thru Realtor Info Sheet, Stricter Landlord, Renter Methods and No Welcome Committee

Realtors have been requesting something that would help them to sell properties within the Silver Lake Institute (SLI), especially since even they felt inadequate to the task without some type of official help. During the Season, there was also folks talking about the need for SLI to be much more influential in helping to interest people that are specifically inclined to like the facilities, activities, and programs available at SLI and who also happen to be seeking a home such as we have available on the grounds. The Trustee Board on Saturday, Oct. 14th, approved a one-page, one side Information Sheet, designed to be much more warmly and interestingly written than trying to use our Handbook as a welcoming document. 

The sheet, entitled "Interesting Facts about the Silver Lake Institute," was based on a longer document prepared by the SLI Chaplain and published on the SLI Blog this Season as an unofficial but worthy suggestion. This piece of advertising will be distributed through all of the local realtors offices and addresses what the Silver Lake Institute (SLI) is all about in as brief a form as possible and yet covering its purpose, mission, and expectations in such a way as to interest the reader.

The second last paragraph of this new advertising document was altered from "Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the greenway, the big blue dock, the leased dock spaces," [to include] nor any other of the private, Institute-owned streets, parks, or buildings. It is permitted on individual's privately owned properties. [Exact wording to be provided soon.]

The total recommendation for educating prospective members of the Institute looking to purchase property on our grounds included what many considered the top feature and was given the tentative title of "Orientation/Welcome Meeting." It was visioned as the ultimate one-on-one experience of a great two-way conversation of volunteers talking about the Institute while the prospective property purchasers would be provided every opportunity to raise questions or ask for further descriptions or details. It was dropped because it was felt that getting people together during the early stages of the sales process would create too much of a delay in getting property approved by the Board. There is still hope that it could be offered on a volunteer basis.

While this section was not approved as official policy, neither was it hindered from occurring, and does in fact happen whenever the opportunity is presented (quite often on the dock at sunset when strangers approach and leave as friends). Many thanks to Sarah Clark and other sunset gazers who supply this "ministry of education." We hope this one-on-one opportunity can one day be offered on the "Interesting Facts About Silver Lake Institute" sheet for people who want to take advantage of it. Other additions to the sheet might include the SLI phone number and email address, along with the SLI Blog address.

We also now have a new member / new cottage owner Greeter. Joan Maddison was previously designated as both the SLI's official Welcomer-Greeter and the Worship Committee's official Welcomer-Greeter. She will work with Kathy Gilner in determining who is ready to be welcomed with a homemade loaf of bread. Joan will carry with her the "Interesting Facts about the SLI" document just in case they had not seen it or lost it. The Worship Committee will also provide additional information. When program information becomes publicly available next year, Joan will also carry the "Events Calendar" with her.

Hopefully, the new advertising piece will also be effective in encouraging new members to make friends at the Saturday morning Breakfast Cafes where the sunset gazers can also be found, along with a "whole bunch" of other new and exciting folks looking for food and friendship.

This document can be found in the Real Estate tab in the Menu above.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Board Approves 'No Parking' on Ames Walkway From July 1 thru Labor Day;
Exception: 15-Minute Pickup, Drop-off

Residents of Ames Walkway will be receiving their permanent, off-season, approximately 10-feet wide parking spot in late Spring of 2018 on Ames Walkway immediately in front of their cottage unless they elect to park elsewhere on their property. That's part of the Road Sharing Plan adopted last year by the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) with consensus of the SLI Board. The next step of the Road Sharing Plan was adopted today, Oct. 14, 2017, when the Board set July 1 thru Labor Day as a "No Parking" time period but then the SLI Board added a free gift to residents by allowing for pick-ups and deliveries by cars or vehicles and trailers wider than the approximately 10-feet wide parking spot for a time period of 15 minutes during July 1 thru Labor Day. The only year-round restriction is simply not to block the 6-foot walking path (as per the circa 1980 understanding).

Under the Road Sharing Plan, residential vehicles will have access to their related cottages by way of Haven and Hamline Avenues. The Board approved closing the Genesee Ave. entrance to Ames Walkway and the Perry Ave. entrance to Ames Walkway to all vehicular traffic from July 1 thru Labor Day. During July and August, two wooden pillars will be placed at each entrance to Ames Walkway alerting walkers to its availability and stopping vehicle traffic at that point. Both the walkway and residential vehicle driveways will be adequately marked. Colored flags will again be used from but extended from July 1 thru Labor Day. The walkway entrances at Genesee and Perry will be marked as a walkway and decked out with two lamp pole pillars during the Season, as pictured above and to the right. The pillars will be put away to protect them for the winter.

Board has a Plan for Tightening Up Expectations on Delinquent SLI Landlords and Their Tenants

The Bi-Laws in the Handbook tasks the Grounds Committee with annual inspections of all SLI grounds properties for the purpose of keeping them clean, attractive, in good repair, and generally able to help keep up the neighborhood land values so as not to attract careless or messy people. This year's inspection resulted in several notices being prepared, notifying land owners of the suggested improvements on their land.

Landowners will also receive in the mail a copy of the rental agreement and new Information Sheet to distribute to their tenants, so that the tenants will be knowledgeable of expectations and programs, as will land owners. The ultimate goal is to have all land owners and renters living on the grounds of SLI because they like what SLI stands for and enjoy its total lifestyle--something that cannot always be said at this point in history.

'Interesting Facts About Living at SLI,' An Information Sheet, will soon be Distributed to All Local Realtors

The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) adopted an idea requested by a few local realtors instead of giving them a copy of the Institute Handbook. Realors were looking for something brief and enthusiastic about the Institute that would explain its mission, purpose, and some light information about daily life on the Institute Grounds. 

The LRPC adopted the concept put out by the SLI Blog, and then reduced it down to one side of one page. The Board made two adjustments to the page which will be reprinted, given to the Executive Committee to print off and distribute. When the editorial changes are complete, the Blog will print a copy of the Information Sheet to be seen by all members of the Silver Lake Institute.

Board Approves $125,150.00 Budget for 2018; Similar to Last Year's Financial Plan; Tree Fund Bolstered

With this year's operating income up with all bills paid, and this year's investment funds giving a return of over 9%, the spirit of the budget debate was also up. Actually, there was very little debate. Most of the conversation evolved around questions for clarification. 

There was clarifications given by Worship Chair Don Weaver. The reason for a higher 2018 budget figure was to reflect the actual costs which have been previously donated and parts of which might still be donated, although the 2018 Budget seems well equipped to cover them.

Another alteration involved moving $900 from the Dumpster Fund over to the Tree Fund since there is such a big need for dealing with potentially dangerous trees at this point. The 2018 Budget was ultimately passed unanimously in what seemed to be record time.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Lake Camera Maintenance
Finds Cost Solution in 2018 Budget;
Delayed Service for Cams Continues

The last set of two (2) Lake cameras was purchased approximately five (5) years ago by private money and its continuing maintenance was also donated privately. These two cameras were an experiment in 24/7 streaming double coverage and precision digital quality with night vision. Both have been well received and that process of "welcome" and acceptance can be seen in the budget process. 

Several years ago, one-half of the maintenance tab was picked up by the SLI budget and this year the second half of maintenance costs has been included in the 2018 budget. This is good news since raising money for maintenance costs is not easy. The potential for capital investment, however, still remains in the realm of donations and money-raising, as it probably should be. Consider what has been happening with the purchase of new office equipment, new tables, new chairs, new sound system, and new keyboard, for example--each raised by private donations.

Those in charge of the cameras, however, have been frustrated by the installer company's lack of responsive maintenance service. While Wyoming County is not a hot bed for the streaming industry, we believe if you hang your shingle out to provide service, your location should not matter, the service should be provided. Trying to get service from a more distant location such as Monroe or Erie County, would add significantly to the cost. Anyone who thinks they may have knowledge or information about maintenance for a streaming camera computer system should contact Suzanne Bristow at weefellinn@aol.com.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Finance Committee Releases
Draft of 2018 SLI Budget

At 8:31 pm Thursday evening, the Finance Committee provided a copy of their developed 2018 Budget for the Silver Lake Institute, based on the information given to them. This provides the SLI community a great opportunity to review the patterns of growth that make up of the current trends in the on-going development and financial health of the Institute. This is a very significant step toward an official policy of transparency. Recognition of this substantial step forward is deserved by this current Finance Committee and Board President Bill Schaefer. Special thanks to committee members Pete Mairs and Treasurer Kevin Colburn.

Updated 8:31 am Friday, 10-13-17:
Already there is work to be done since at least one committee has a late budget request, and the total Expense item for $3200 under Sunday Worship has now come in as $3725. (Yesterday this figure was erroneously reported as $3,625. Worship's budget request follows the SLI total budget below.) The reason for the increase under Worship is to show actual expenses of what has been previously donated and parts of which may continue to be donated. It should be noted that this is one of the committees that donates its weekly funds to the Institute which are then placed in the General Budget's Operating Funds section to benefit the Institute.

Weekend Weather
Somewhat Uncertain

What began as a forecast for an absolutely beautifully warm Fall weekend has now shifted to one of uncertainty, with a significant chance of storms and slightly cooler temperatures.

Compare these three forecasts, then marvel and be entertained by their diversity and contrast.

Most noticeable will probably be the Sunday evening and night drop in temperature of 30 degrees.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

'Heavenly' Rock and Roll ...

A cold Autumn rain continues to fall throughout our Wednesday evening and where there are lights, a sparkling phenomenon of color prisms reflect back from newly fallen leaves. We were surrounded by at least one tremendous rumble of thunder which began almost like an earthquake tremor and definitely caught my attention. Nothing more since--at least at my location--half way up the hill. More rain tomorrow should give way to some very pleasant and mild days for our weekend beginning Friday

Unofficial Word has it that a First Draft of the New Budget May be at Hand

With just two (2) days to go before "the public work" on the budget begins, the Finance Committee may have a first draft of what the 2018 Budget may begin to look like. We have contacted the Finance Committee and offered to publish the draft (or finished copy) here so SLI members get more than 3 to 5 minutes to see it before offering suggestions or asking questions. Past experience tells us that the initial proposal will still need tweaking or even a serious change, that is understood as part of a first draft or initial working copy. We all hope all committees will be more diligent in helping to get the SLI membership informed about your work and your proposals as we strive toward the goal of transparency.

Weekend Looking Good from
The Perspective of Wednesday

The forecast for the north end of Silver Lake has the hi on Friday at 65, the hi on Saturday at 74, and the hi on Sunday at 77 (all 3 days partly Sunny with no rain).

The forecast for the south end of Silver Lake has the hi on Friday at 64, the hi on Saturday at 71 (30% precip.), and the hi on Sunday at 73 (50% precip.).

Board Gets to Make Decision on Volunteer Management of
SLI Historical Buildings

From one of the SLI hard-working Committees came the proposal for placing the three (3) SLI historical buildings as sub-committees under the Grounds Committee, thereby streamlining the physical management of all of the SLI properties. Now from the Program Committee comes the proposal of placing the three (3) SLI historical building's individual agendas of program and activities as sub-committees under the Program Committee, thereby streamlining the programmatic and activities management in each building under the Program Committee.

A diagram of the proposed volunteer management system was given out to members of the Trustee Board at the last meeting of the Board where there was not ample time to give due consideration to the plan. The Board has now had six (6) weeks to consider the proposal in principle and hopefully will be able to lend a unanimous positive vote to it on Saturday. The program committee needs to have overall knowledge in the planing and scheduling of programs and activities so as not to cause confusion or double book guests on the same dates and locations.

Worship Committee which used to be under the Program Committee was separated because the Worship Committee always had the same day and hours for their functions which therefore never caused confusion or conflict. Even as winter activities look to expand under the leadership of the Chaplain, the winter calendar is wide open and the possibilities of schedule conflict currently at a minimum.

The Institute became a new organization on February 2, 2016, and is determined to become a more efficient and transparent operation. While some express doubts about this being able to happen, others say that we are now in control of our own destinies and will have no one else to blame or to credit when things go very well or not so well.

The current newly elected Board wants to demonstrate a new type of leadership over the Institute and many want to give them that chance. Old habits may be hard to avoid, but we hope and pray that all Board members will be able to support all other Board members in a new round of positive and adventuresome thinking--in this vital effort to renew and develop our new Institute and its total community and outreach.

The Blog stands ready to assist the Trustees in this vital mission by keeping the community informed of what the Board and committees give to us, and what we are able to learn on our own.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Recent Sunset

Submitted by Fred Schuknecht

Committee Budget Requests Due Now for Saturday; Worship Requests $3,275, Some of which Returns from Offerings

October is the month that the Budget process begins for the new financial year. Just like many non-profits, funds for the basic budget are not easy to raise. People are just automatically more inclined to give toward building projects than the more boring areas of maintenance and utilities. Even after the budget is prepared, approved, and being used as the financial guide for the year, unexpected things happen to alter a budget such as the current year's plugged storm drain on Genesee Ave. and the Bees Hive in the Epworth column.

Then there are those who get behind with their regular taxes upon which our basic budget is based, and once behind, it is usually not easy to get caught back up. Although the Institute has payback plans, that dramatically cuts into a budget because the amount scheduled to arrive doesn't arrive and some scrambling has to be done to meet the planned expenses with less cash. It is better for all to get back taxes paid by the end of the current financial year in order to avoid extended penalty fees and to avoid causing undue stress on our volunteer treasurer and the Executive Committee.

The only committee the Blog has heard from is the Worship Committee whose budget request was raised this year to reflect actual expenses. In some previous years when members of the committee donated food, printing materials, postage, and hot dogs, the donations were not always reflected in the Worship Budget. 

This year the request contains most of what was donated last year and may still be donated this upcoming year. In addition, the Worship Committee receives up to $2,000 from the regular offerings in services and hundreds of dollars which gets returned to the Institute from our United Methodist Guest Speakers who feel a strong connection to the Camp and Institute. That may not always be the case as we reach out to a more vast variety of speakers to provide a broader overall worship experience during our summers.

Whatever the circumstances, Worship is confident that the new Treasurer and any new Board members will discover that the Committee rarely spends what it requests because of our generous people. By the way, your SilverLakeInstitute.org Blog is a fully independent and self-supporting entity and draws no funds from the Institute.

If, and as we receive other Budget Requests, we will be happy to report on them for you so all the work won't be left until Saturday. Committee chairs should include some highlights and/or rationale for changes either up or down.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Optimistically Speaking, this Saturday Could be the Day the Trustee Board
Approves a Plan for SLI's Future

Even though this is the month traditionally known for the most important issues of the Institute to be tabled until Spring, we remain optimistic that the importance of having a plan for the future will inspire the board to establish a basic plan to ensure the Silver Lake Institute (SLI) carries on its long traditions in the very best ways for which it has come to be known. The plan before the Board is the "Orientation/Welcome Meeting" plan which also includes a statement or pamphlet that real estate agents can use in their work to find persons of genuine interest to become members of the Institute or at a minimum be sympathetic to our causes and purposes, and weeding out those with no interest.

A vibrant program committee, a worship committee striving ever so hard to become more vibrant and relevant, and the Silver Lake Experience committee are prime examples of some of the valuable traditions which serve not only the local community but which have reached out well beyond our grounds right up through Rochester, Batavia, Livingston and Allegheny counties, eastward toward Canandaigua and onward to Erie County.

Are not these program committees enough of a plan for the future? No--The program committees have not been enough of a future plan since 1900 when foreclosures and cheap property sales somehow permitted open season on the purchasing of properties in the Institute without any vetting or scanning of eligibility. 


Many took up residence without any sympathy toward our charter or purposes and even took us to court in an attempt to invalidate large portions of our charter. Luckily the court did not agree with altering the charter, but that still left the Institute with a new reality--a divided community: Those who wanted strict adherence to the charter and its programmatic requirements and those who wanted the Institute disbanded and given over to the Town of Castile.

Let us not be naive, this new phenomenon continues to this day and is all the more prominent since the Institute eliminated their old fashioned application forms which contained questions which became illegal to ask in later years. They also eliminated the Board Interview with prospective property purchasers and never replaced either with updated and adequate forms and interviews. 

From that point up to this very day, WNY real estate agents have, for all practical purposes, been the ones who determine who gets to become members of the Silver Lake Institute (through homes sales), and that has contributed to an ever-growing population of residents not in sympathy with our charter or purposes. Many of those are here for the less expensive housing and the waterfront and water activities.

Renters also need to be in sympathy with our purposes. Most current renters have little or no knowledge of the purposes and mission of the Silver Lake Institute. Long-term renters without knowledge of the Institute, become part of the negative forces speaking against the Institute which hurts the dynamic of the SLI neighborhoods. They need also to be a part of the proposed "Orientation/ Welcome Meetings" and updated applications.

Lastly, we are not our children and our children are not us. Cottages which become inherited (or simple name change requests on deeds) must also be a part of the Welcome program. Our children, for the most part, do not know about the Institute, its mission and purposes. (If yours do, hallelujah, and endless congratulations!) When my children inherit my cottage and decide to keep it, I want them "oriented and welcomed" so they can learn as much about the Institute as possible before being confronted--one by one--by its requirements and expectations. You as Institute members should want to get to know my children if they are moving in and/or using my cottage, in the same way that I, as a member of the community, want to get to know your children as part of the community.

SLI Board members have been studying this proposal since the last Board meeting and will be given a reduced-word version by the LRPC at this Saturday's Board meeting so they will have a slightly different approach as a second choice. Most of us are in extremely high hopes that this plan or one similar will be either immediately adopted or at least be in place for 2018. (Time is not on our side on this one!) This Saturday's SLI Board meeting is at Epworth Hall at 10:00 am (Oct. 14, 2017).