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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Help Us Find the Residents and Friends who Lost Touch with Us when the
New Blog Opened and the Old Closed

Word has been trickling back to us that some of our faithful readers have been unable to locate the New Blog. If you are aware of any of these folks, please pick up the phone or email and let them know, at your earliest convenience, what the correct new URL (internet address) is:
https://mysilverlakeconnection.blogspot.com and be sure to let them know that only using "MySilverLakeConnection.com" will not get them to the News Blog.

It's not their fault. The company which takes care of domain names for us, failed to give us complete factual information early on, so we requested something that required Court oversight--which was not in our budget or timeline. The action we had to take instead cancelled out the original posting of our new name which did not require "blogspot" in the title. In order to keep our new name, we had to add "blogspot" to it since that is the actual location of where the Blog resides.

We originally chose the shortened version for convenience and simplicity, but now that shortened version is lost to us. Ironically, the shortened version (mysilverlakeconnection.com) is now owned by the SLI to whose account we no longer have access, having donated the account to SLI since that account also contained the names we had eagerly desired to donate back to SLI when they chose to have them returned.

If you have facebook or twitter and notice SLI residents within your friend categories, consider posting a timeline note about the current and correct address for the new News Blog which, once again, is: https://mysilverlakeconnection.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Today's High of 54⁰ was Still with Us
Twenty Minutes Before Sunset

Tuesday's forecast called for clouds and sun, but it seemed like it was the sun that won out most of the day, bringing us an unseasonably mild day today. Tonight's low should hit 36⁰, but temps expected to rise tomorrow to 56⁰, accompanied by some "afternoon mist." Within six minutes of the above headline, temps started to drop and reached 51⁰ by 5:46 pm and 40⁰ by 8:38 pm.

Accumulation of Snow
with Such Mild Temps?

11:00 pm Monday -- Can this be snow or night lighting and camera tricks?
Why am I doubtful? Because east of Perry Ave. there is no white at all.

AND NOW, A LITTLE MOON LIGHT ADDED IN...
2-27-18 at 4:43 am (5 3/4 hours later)

1:00 pm Monday (11 hours earlier in the day)

Monday, February 26, 2018

'Warm' Reminder ...

This Thursday will be our first gathering for our "Faith Discussion Group (with Bible 101)." We will be meeting at Rev. Greg's cottage at 6988 (29) Haven Ave., off Perry Ave. (one block south of Genesee Ave.). at 4 pm.  483-8603.

Stoneman Douglas Hockey Team Wins State Championship, Drapes Medals
on Victims' Memorials

Courtesy of ABC Nnews

Saturday, February 24, 2018

SLI Trustee Board will Meet April 14; This Blog will be on Partial Hiatus 'til Then; Blog to Post Apr.14 Bullet Points

This News Blog -- MySilverLakeConnection.blogspot.com -- will take an approximately seven-week partial hiatus beginning Thursday, March 1st and running through April 14th, at which time the Blog will publish the unofficial bullet points of the April 14th meeting and the October 2017 Minutes as they are approved on April 14th. Why unofficial bullet points? Because the Board's Minutes of the April meeting won't become official until they are approved at the May meeting. We will be as concise as possible in our reporting of the meeting.

At the present time, no new daily news posts are planned for between Board meetings with the exception of unexpected and/or significant news developments. Significant news includes requests from the leadership of the Trustee Board to print notices of theirs. Death notices concerning the Institute and from the Lake community will also be posted as rapidly as the information becomes available to us.

The site will continue to be open 24/7 so all pages of the site listed in the Menu, including the Event Calendar, Obituaries and other notices and reminders will be available. This includes the AccuWeather forecasts and radar, the ABC News Headlines, and the Fox Sports Headlines which are RSS feeds which are automatically posted by their sources. Classifieds and other notices may be emailed to greg.franklin.perry.ny@gmail.com.



My Sincerest Apologies

Within the last 24 to 36 hours, I have come to the realization that a high level of stress, additionally complicated by my inability to get a sound rest at night, was causing me to feel less than my vibrant self. Even more tragically, I look back and realize that some of my decisions were not good for my health nor some of my valuable relationships. When I heard "You don't sound like yourself," or "You sound like a different person," I didn't hear it as the warning signal it was meant to be, but as a criticism I needed to overcome which set myself up for even more stress.

All this affected my writing and editing skills to the point of saddening some and angering others. I must take responsibility for my stress level, and comprehensively apologize for the ways in which it hurt and confused others. I apologize for both my active and passive roles in allowing stress into my retirement years. Please don't be offended if I hesitate to take on any new jobs or responsibilities for the foreseeable future. I need to do some resting, healing, and reconciling.



Friday, February 23, 2018

History of One's Own ...

Today, Historian Bob Murphy gifted me with a photo of my cottage on Haven Ave. from 1960 which was before the L-shaped porch had been enclosed. Thanks, Bob; I appreciate you filling in that photographic hole in my cottage history! The boy in the photo, as yet unidentified, is standing on Ames Ave. facing Burt Park with Haven Ave. running to his left and right. As you can tell, Haven was not used as much as Ames Ave. was in those days. (Notice the  grass growing in the middle of Haven to the boy's left.)

Editor's Note: The following statement in blue type was originally the closing line of the above photo caption: This is also back in the days when Haven still connected with Janes Ave. and Thompson Ave. which heads up the hill to the boy's right. This statement above is incorrect when placed within the context of 1960. Haven was sold off, east of Lot 173, a minimum of 15 to 20 years before 1960 and quite possibly considerably longer. Actions such as these were recorded on the new deeds involved but not necessarily recorded elsewhere in Institute records, according to a conversation with the SLI Registrar in 2016. Jack Small Provides additional information in the following email to the Editor dated 3 May 2018. Many thanks to Jack for helping correct the incorrect dating:

Something isn't quite right about the statement accompanying the Bob Murphy picture from 1960.  It may be that your street went thru to Janes & then up to Thompson, but it was not like that at least from around 1945 to 1970.  When I was growing up, the home on the SouthWest corner of Janes & Genesee was owned by Walter Ward, who was in charge of shutting the cottage water off and on each year.  He owned the lot on the other side of Janes where there now is a home.  But in the 40-s etc, it housed a great playhouse that Walter built for his grandaughter.  It was always well kept up and very attractive.  I was in it several times as a young child, and was always intrigued by the miniature furniture.  At some point perhaps late 50's it was moved across Janes to behind his home (where the huge garage now stands.)  I was able to take my 2 older children to see it.  A few years after Walter passed away, his house was sold.  I believe the playhouse was moved down to the home at the corner of Chapman and Perry Ave.  It is in need of a "fix up."  The large house and garage/barn on Janes, above  your place, was owned for many years by Charles & Edith Durkee.  Charles was a carpenter, sort of an older Brad Hennig.  After he died, Edith lived on for years there.  She kept the place up well.  I am somewhat hazy about this, but she did have a cottage that she rented in the summer that was below her house.  Not sure if it was your place or another directly east of yours.  It was accessible from your street, not from Janes.  Edith also had a small apartment above the garage that she rented.  She always kept her property up, including gardens, well into her 80's.

Severe Weather Alerts - Silver Lake, NY

  • High Wind Watch

    High Wind Watch in effect from Sunday, 9:00 AM EST until Sunday, 6:00 PM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service
...HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a High Wind Watch, which is in effect from Sunday morning through Sunday afternoon.

* LOCATIONS...Monroe and Wyoming counties.

* TIMING...From late Sunday morning through early Sunday evening.

* WINDS...Southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts 50 to 60 mph.

* IMPACTS...Strong to damaging winds possible. Shallow rooted trees may be downed more easily with the recently thawed and saturated soil conditions. Travel may become hazardous for high profile vehicles.

PRECAUTIONARY / PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Strong winds of 58 mph or greater could produce property damage, including downed trees and power lines that could result in power outages. Home owners should secure personal property. &&


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Meetings of Winter Survivors' Planning Group and Faith Discussion Group
will Continue as Planned for March

Thursday, March 1st, is the first meeting of our new Faith Discussion Group, a concept we've been working on now since mid-summer 2018. What had started out as a possible "Bible Study" is being tried here at the Institute in a different approach. Rather than the beginning point being the Bible, we  begin with our lives, our experiences, and our faith as the starting point. From there we anticipate that occasional inquiries about what the Scripture has to say about something will then draw the Bible as a resource. It's really not that new since it involves basic principles from the Wesleyan tradition and from the Church of England. (4 pm at Rev. Greg's cottage, 6988 (29) Haven Ave. off Perry Ave.

Although the exact date is not "in concrete" yet, plans are that the Planning Group wanted to get together in March to evaluate the January Mid-Winter Survivors' Party and begin to set basic ideas in place for consideration of next year's event (2019). The meeting will most likely be on a Saturday at 4 pm at the Schultz-Holowitz cottage. A firm date depends on repair progress of damages suffered in January from a broken hot water pipe. The Schultz's report good progress so far.

The Chair of Worship & Spirituality Committee, Rev. Don Weaver, wanted to assure members of both groups that Rev. Greg has agreed to continue on in his coordinating efforts on behalf of both groups. Each group was started under the auspices of the Worship & Spirituality Committee.


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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Worship Committee Welcomes Former Chaplain as a New 'Regular Member'; Reaffirms Current Worship Patterns

The article and accompanying comments have been removed due to popular request.

This Year's Concert Series Moves to Friday Nights, and Kicks Off July 6
with the Big Perry Community Band

Photo above is from last year's Perry Community Band Warm-Up before the Concert, featuring a much larger band, extending off of the stage on both sides. Also featuring 3 dancers in two different dance presentations, and also featuring two vocal soloists.  The PCB is directed by Jessie Barth.
Photo above is the Perry Community Band's Annual Christmas Concert held on the 18th of December 2017 at the Perry First United Methodist Church on Convington Street in Perry. As of last year's concert, The Band now has a big time, professional sound and the featured guests in the program are superb.


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Yes, It's Snowing Again!

Today (Thursday Morning) at 29 Degrees F

 Yesterday (Wednesday)

Update: Snow was stopped by 3 pm, leaving about 3 inches on the ground.
Update: Some limited melting has been taking place in locations where the temp has gone above freezing (such as Perry Ave. and eastward up the hill.)


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday's Forecast of 61 Falls Short as Some Lake Areas Couldn't Break 40

North and South areas of the Lake remained in the upper 30's. AccuWeather had a reading of 57 for one hour but the temps prior and after that hour were in the upper 30's. Haven Ave. in the Institute managed a 43 in its more tree-protected area, in addition to being half way up the eastern side of the Lake basin.


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A Tribute . . .

. . . Photo Courtesy NBC News

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

With Both a Tinge of Sadness and a
Ray of Hope, the SLI Chaplain Resigns Opening Up a Plethora of Possibilities

Last night in a personal email to the Chair and members of the Worship Committee, Reverend Greg Franklin submitted his resignation as Chaplain of the Silver Lake Institute. In reflecting on the words from Ecclesiastes 3, he said, "There is a time and a season for every purpose under heaven, and this is that time and this will be the season to bring about fresh, creative ideas, with new and hopefully younger blood in the SLI pulpit.

"For those who have been uplifted, encouraged and strengthened by our worship services, this may not be received as good news. As with any pastoral change, it is accompanied by mixed emotions and might even be received as unnecessary. But to those with a different vision of the future, this time of change and adjustment holds great possibilities. I originally thought that I could be the chaplain to help usher in the new ways of the newly independent SLI. Instead, I have discovered that I have neither the resources nor the heart for the types of new thinking apparently needed. So it behooves me to make room for someone able and willing.

"In consultation with the SLI Executive Committee, I find myself agreeing that with the decision to move ahead already in hand, there is no reason not to move ahead quickly while the year is still young and there is time to affect the direction of the SLI's Worship and Spirituality program. Last year at this time, I had a full schedule of guest speakers already prepared. This year, after promising that I would try to get non-Methodist guest speakers, I find myself unable to stimulate enough interest in the Institute by non-Methodists which hopefully can be solved by someone with broader contacts and resourcing.

"I have offered to work as a member of the Worship Committee, but not holding up the SLI Chaplain slot. I want there to be no doubt of my openness and commitment to the changes being discussed by leadership. One needs to lead or get out of the way. I feel that getting out of the way is the correct choice for me and for the Institute. I have enjoyed serving as your Chaplain, leading the worship, and praying for your needs, and will long remember the joy you helped bring to my Spirit as I served you. May God continue to be with you in these special days."


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You Found Us! Congratulations!
The Shorter Addresses and the Emails
Will Take Longer to Turn On

While we would have been much happier to report that absolutely everything was now updated, high tech is not always easy to change, in spite of what is often claimed. For example, right now the Server company's computers are telling us that all the addresses and email addresses are currently effective. I tried them--Not so! I knew this already from past experience. I will have to spend time with the company running through the details--some of which will take effect immediately, others of which call backs will be necessary. Ah, the joys of high tech! Until we publish otherwise, the following is the only updated address available at this time:
The rest should be done by late Wednesday.


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Monday, February 19, 2018

New Week Begins with New Blog in Place; URL (address and location)
Will Take Place Overnight Tonight

If all goes as planned, when you awake Tuesday morning, you will notice that "silverlakeinstitute.org" will no longer take you anywhere nor will "sli.website." The Institute does not have an official replacement blog nor website at this time, awaiting a fresh-faced volunteer. 

For those of you interested in following the updates and writings of Rev. Greg, the new address will take you to his new World Wide Web location at "www.MySilverLakeConnection.com." Hopefully all will be working fine long before dawn on Tuesday morning.


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Sunday was a Slow Melting Day, Temps Above Freezing; Today is Presidents' Day, No Meals on Wheels or Banking

The wide spread epidemic of Flu is affecting our guest speakers for this summer. Some are waiting for total recovery before committing themselves. We thought ahead and didn't plan to have our list ready early, so help me pray for fast and complete recoveries--for the sake of all.



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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Snowy Scene from Last
Night's Northeastern Storm

1:32 am - 2-18-18

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System Checks Going Well in New Blog, Name Transfers; New Blog will
Serve as Temporary Host

Dozens and Dozens of files (web pages) have been scoured and updated to free the new blog from entanglements with the Silver Lake Institute, and much as possible, and as per the agreement reached between new blog owner, G. Franklin, and the Silver Lake Institute. Most files have transferred without problems, some had to be repeated, and others wound up temporarily hidden among the normal chaos of such a massive work. Those "hidden" seem to be older files or files with other copies easily accessible, which are therefore not essential and we can wait on them resurfacing at a future point. The Server company will be engaged on Monday to begin the manual part of their process. The Servers will then take between 24 and 48 hours to "catch up" with the local blog site.

Mr. Franklin is temporarily hosting some of the web pages that he is sure SLI will not want to lose or even be without. They will be on the new site in a temporary "link" status until such time as the SLI gets a web site of their own where these files can "land" and be directly accessible from their site. These files include such pages as (1) "The Heritage Walkway" page which has photos of the bricks which families have purchased along with the stories the families wrote to be included, and the time consuming work that Sue Bristow put into typing and installing them; (2) the "Ames Walkway" page with the Board action of October 14, 2017 summer instructions on it and the last mapped plan for the walkway; such SLI administration pages as (3) Annual Meeting, (4) Budget, (5) Re-Stated Charter, (6) Instructions for Electronics Disposal; (7) the Epworthian page; (8) the 2002 Handbook; (9) the LRPC file; (10) the Real Estate statement prepared for Realtors and then approved by the Board; (11) the Renters agreement as found in the Handbook; (12) the Slip Waiting List; (13) a collection of Trustee photos over the years; (14) Minutes of the 2017 Board Meetings; (15) Minutes of the last two Annual Meetings; and (16) the Who's Who of SLI (officers, committee members, and basic SLI contact information containing a lot of type-setting.

All of these pages and others that have not come to the surface yet, have been serving the SLI residents who use the Blog. These links won't be in the way on the new Blog, so we will be happy to keep them in temporary link form until we receive further instructions on what to do with them, or to where they need to be transferred.

When the new Blog is switched over from "SilverLakeInstitute.org" to "MySilverLakeConnection.com", most of the practical work will be functional at which time the detailed paper work of legally and technically switching from one to the other will begin. The new blog should meet the standard requested by SLI to have the unofficial SLI website(s) appear clearly under different ownership than that of the SLI. We have agreed to it and are working our hardest to bring it about.

The "MySilverLakeConnection.com" (new) web site will continue to bring you news, events, and program schedules by the Silver Lake Institute, but will attempt to bring a bright new perspective making it more clear that it is from an unofficial perspective, and for the stated purpose of stimulating ideas and discussion with a bare minimum of controversy to which we are adverse. We will strive as much as possible and practicable for harmony, warmth, and friendship in our daily work.


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Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Possible Break in the Snow Storm,
and then the End Appears in Sight



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NE in Midst of Fast-Moving Snow Storm Making Travel a Mess, Should be
Easing up before Midnight



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Winston Sahrle to Show Abstract Acrylic Painting Feb. 24-March 10

The Annual Elementary School Art Exhibit opens February 24 and lasts until March 10 at the Wyoming County YMCA's Satellite Gallery and is sponsored by the Arts Council of Wyoming County. The show is open to any Wyoming County student in grades K-8 to show their art. The above Abstract acrylic painting is by PCS student Winston Sahrle. Proud Grandmother, Val Sahrle, is a regular member of the Hoag Memorial Art Gallery's regular Thursday Painting Class at the Silver Lake Institute.

A closing reception and awards ceremony will be held on March 10 at 2:00 pm at the WMCA, located at 115 Linwood Ave. in Warsaw, NY. In addition to awards, students participating in the show will be eligible to be finalists for the All County K-12 Art Calendar produced by the ACWC and sponsored by Ruthanne Vitagliano, PhD. Donations freely accepted.


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12-Year-Old Girl Rescued from the Cold Waters of Silver Lake Outlet

Officers Adam Hope of Perry and David Spink of SLI, received a call from County Dispatch last Sunday, February 11, 2018, that a child had fallen into the Outlet near the dam gates on S. Federal St. right around 2 pm. The Officers responded, as did Perry Fire Department and Monroe Ambulance Service. Hope got her out of the water and then the two men carried her up to the waiting ambulance. She was taken to WCCH in Warsaw. The girl had apparently been walking along the edge of the water when the snow and ice gave out and she slipped into the wintry waters.


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Editorial

Whether as people of Faith, or as people of the United States, we all must take a stand against the senseless loss of young life that comes from allowing combat weapons in the hands of minors and those with diminished mental capacity. As individuals, let us come together to proclaim that now is the time to end this carnage and join with the student voices of Parkland, the latest victims against school violence and slaughter. The Sheriff of Broward County warned any and all politicians that those who seek to run for office in Broward County and who also are for the status quo on guns, "you will not be elected." He was roundly cheered and applauded and rightfully so.


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Reminder

Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 4 pm is the first get-together of the new Faith Discussion Group meeting at the Chaplain's cottage, 6988 (29) Haven Ave. We are planning a new twist on the old fashioned Bible study. (You don't even need to bring a Bible!)


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New Website May Turn Over Before Tuesday, So Write Down the Names

I am aware that some of you don't even want to miss one day on the site, so make a note of the first URL (website address) that will become effective soon:

www.MySilverLakeConnection.blogspot.com. 

The new emails take longer for the system to accomplish, so I will use my old email until we get notified that the new one is in effect: 
greg.franklin.perry.ny@gmail.com. 
My old telephone number gets disconnected soon, so also make a note of the new one: 
(585) 483-8603. 
We certainly don't want to lose touch.


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Friday, February 16, 2018

Clouds Filter Sun's Direct Rays Not Long after they First Broke Through

3:13 p.m. Friday


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Thursday's 55 Degrees Turns into Friday's Big, Chunky Snow Flurries

After the two-day melt, it is mostly plowed snow piles that remain. Much easier now to get around.

Ah, yes, you've heard it before, but true it is, so true . . . So you don't like the weather in Western New York? Just wait a few short minutes and it will make a change for you . . . enough to keep a headline writer busy all day :-) .  Current Lake Outlet Temp is 33; current deep south temp at the Marine is 30; AccuWeather is reporting 35 for Silver Lake; and 36 at Haven Ave. Sure enough, a few minutes later the snow flurries are scrawny and almost transparent. They say change is good . . . if that's true then Western New York weather is VERY good!  (12:20 pm Friday)

Update--2:42 pm--Sunshine breaks through and brightens things up!


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                                          NOTE -- ICE is being forecast for Sunday Night.
 

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

'Silver Lake Connection.com' will be Replacing Current, Unofficial SLI
News Blog Tuesday, Wednesday

The Silver Lake Institute and Publisher Greg Franklin have reached a fork in the road and each has willingly agreed to travel the two different paths when it comes to publishing SLI news, events, commentary, and basic contact information. Both the Silver Lake Institute and Greg Franklin's daily online publication informally subscribe to the concept of Transparency, but each defines it in somewhat different ways. By each taking their own path on this, beginning next week, both are more assured of compatability, smiles, and friendship continuing in the future.

"I am feeling good about this change," said Mr. Franklin, because it always bothered me that I was operating by the regular news media standards which effectively curtailed my friend Bill's ability to publicly function as he saw fit and as he has every right in the world to expect since he is the duly elected representative of the people." This might be more understood explaining it in the following way:

 Our Board president believes that transparency best takes place when people attend the Board meetings, listen to the committee reports, hear the pros and cons of the debate, each of which takes place before any final vote by the Board. Then, he believes the information which has received the final approval by the Board is then released to the public, usually in the form of the printed Board Minutes of the Meeting. (Bill, if I don't have it right, please speak up and let us know where I may have fallen short of your description.)

Your independent Publisher believes that transparency best takes place by publishing the ideas and proposals of the individual committees in public, so that there can be a public discussion of events or ideas. That way all people can be a part of learning what ideas are out there and about to be considered by the Board. Then, even if people are prevented from attending a Board meeting, the committees may choose to refine their proposals based on the public discussions, before asking the Board for their final approval.

Ironically,  we've been "kinda sorta" doing it both ways which should provide for even more discussion, but as you may already know, people are not spending any time on either public discussion nor on attending Board meetings for an official discussion. One thing which might help to encourage public discussion is if the Committees would decide to release either their Minutes or the bullet points of their meetings to the publication run by Mr. Franklin to see if that would help stimulate the public discussion. It has been said that people in general don't necessarily want others to know what they think, so discussion by the public in either forum is becoming a lost American art, having started back in New England; but neither Bill nor Greg are willing to give up on it.

At the present time, readers are accessing this blogging website by means of one of the following three URLs (World Wide Web addresses):
www.silverlakeinstitute.blogspot.com or 
www.silverlakeinstitute.org or 
www.sli.website. 

After next Tuesday or Wednesday, those three (3) above will be temporarily disconnected and the following URL addresses will be available to you for placement in your browser for the "MySilverLakeConnection" blog site:
MySilverLakeConnection.blogspot.com (or) 
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Eventually, the old Silver Lake Institute URL addresses will be reinstated to link to a new, static web presence--meaning one with less changes and more basic information, free from daily updates. This will be created and run through the auspices of the Silver Lake Institute. Keep an eye out for the changes beginning next week!


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DEC Begins 2nd Round of
Drug Take-Back Pilot Program

172 Pharmacies, Hospitals and Long-Term Care Facilities will be participating in this second round. The DEC says that the State's Pharmaceutical Take-Back Pilot Program will improve water quality, protect public health, and reduce safety risks.

The second-round locations enrolled in the Pilot Pharmaceutical Take Back Program will officially begin accepting waste medications in May 2018, when medication collection boxes are delivered to and installed by participating pharmacies. Until then, the public is encouraged to use existing medication collection box locations, which can be found by visiting DEC's website http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/67720.html and clicking on NYS Medication Drop Box Locations link.



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Morning Winds Died Down by Afternoon with a High of 55 at 3 pm

A lot of melting is taking place, stimulated by warmer  temperatures and winds, but a return to the 30s is expected for tomorrow (Friday).


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018



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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fashion Feature Introduction Comes
To Blog: Watch it Grow and Develop

The Worship Service of August 5th is currently scheduled to be held in Bishop Burt Park on the first Sunday of August in recognition of both the Silver Lake Assembly's best years and worst years, culminating in the arson fire that destroyed what many considered at that time to be the heart beat of the Assembly. We celebrate the good years, and we mourn both the "Cleveland Depression" years, foreclosures, and ultimately the loss of the very Auditorium / Amphitheater that made such successful numbers possible. So radical was the loss that the Chautauqua styles of teaching were dropped, the "Institute" styles adopted, and to dramatize the radical changes, the name of the Silver Lake Assembly was changed to Silver Lake Institute to reflect the new start and new directions of the 20th Century, and more specifically the 1920s without the capabilities that the Auditorium provided..

In honor and recognition of this Centennial Year of the Loss of the Auditorium, the Worship Committee has moved the Worship Service of August 5th to the Park followed by their usual scrumptious homemade baked goods by Joan and Ray Maddison. The Committee has also invited persons to use that day as a "Dress Up Day" helping to make the day a special community event. The Blog's new Fashion Feature will show the changing styles of that period and even offer information on obtaining sewing patterns and "costume" renting opportunities. One dress found online, up to this point, is priced as low as $19.95 for rental with delivery and mail-back included. Men will also learn how to avoid being overheated in a three piece wool suit because there actually were other styles worn after the 1870s..

Winter, also known as the Institute's "off-season," provides the opportunity to reflect on the Auditorium's 100 Years of change, and at the same time engage in the free exchange of ideas and thoughts with all members of the Institute, so their voices and preferences can be heard, in the interest of true and lasting transparency (see tab above), before the final "nod" of the Board of Trustees at their April 7th meeting this Spring. So don't wait, if you have a preference or idea to make the day special and a plan for covering any related expenses, comment below this article, or call Chaplain Greg at his new number, 483-8603 (his old phone number discontinues March 1st).

The Fashion Feature will continue to be constructed with "new" historical material as often as possible for your reading and educational enjoyment (Education being one of SLI's basic Charter elements). You will hopefully find new material on a daily basis--at least that's the desired goal.


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Residents' Fashion Feature
Delayed by Technical Changes

A temporary delay is taking place with the Women's Fashion Feature which was scheduled to begin today (Monday). We are planning to organize it in such a way as to prevent overload on the system and to prevent delays in loading the site. Overall, readers will receive better service by going this technical route. We aren't sure just how long the delay will last, but we will move right ahead on the project because of the interest in it and will keep you posted.


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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Saturday the Frozen Lake
was Busy with Ice Fishermen

The photo above was taken from the SLI Big Blue Dock on Saturday without the Zoom Lens by Frederick Schuknecht. At first glance, one may not realize that so many ice fishermen were out on the Lake this past Saturday. In order to help you out, we are zooming in after the fact and publishing the results below. We hope you enjoy.

Editor -- Photo appears blurry because the subjects in the photo are on the extreme other side of the Lake and both the camera zoom lens and the photo processor are straining.






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Haven Av's 51⁰ Feels Very Cold, Damp;
Threat of Ice Turns to 'Spring-Like Conditions,' Outlet, Marine: 47⁰

Updated: 4:25 pm Sunday 2-11-18 -- Melting Occurring this Afternoon

At their 12:00 Noon update, AccuWeather actually did use the term "Spring-Like" as it raised its forecast high for the day from 45 to 47. Once again this was a case of two different weather systems passing through the Niagara Frontier--one to our North and one to our South. Silver Lake was nicely positioned between the two sysems which caused us to get very little of last night's forecast mess of "snow, sleet, and ice." However, it is back into the WNY Freezer as tonight and tomorrow's temperatures turn downright cold again.



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Sunday's Winter Advisory: ICE

Update: Advisory Cancelled Earlier Today


Severe Weather Alerts - Silver Lake, NY

  • Winter Weather Advisory

    Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 4:00 PM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 4 PM
EST SUNDAY...
* WHAT... Snow, sleet and freezing rain expected. The ice will result in very slippery conditions on sidewalks, roads and bridges. Snow this evening of an inch or less. Total ice accumulations of a few hundredths of an inch are expected.
* WHERE... Wayne, Northern Cayuga, Wyoming, Livingston, and Ontario counties.
* WHEN... From 4 AM to 4 PM EST Sunday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS... Precipitation will not be constant tonight, with dry periods at times. Even a trace of ice can make roads and walkways very slippery.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Periods of freezing rain will result in slick roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.


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Beginning Monday, a Series on Diversity in the S/Lake Assembly and the Many Changing Styles from 1888 to 1918

Because of the growing interest, the SLI Community Blog will be featuring photos and sketches representing the many changing styles during the "Auditorium Years" at the Silver Lake Assembly. We will also be telling parts of the story of diversity of the community that was mostly kept under wraps because of the official positions of the Assembly Grounds. We welcome anyone with anecdotes, stories, or brief histories wanting to enhance our learning experience to email, phone, or comment them to greg@sli.website, 483-8603. Anyone emailing or leaving a phone message will receive a confirmation email or phone call back. If not, please send the information again


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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Committee for Aug. 5 'Dress Up Day' Requests Input from SLI Residents

The current plan for Sunday, August 5th, is to celebrate the big Auditorium years of 1888-1918 by conducting the Worship Service in Bishop Burt Park on the location of the old auditorium along Genesee Ave. opposite Ames Ave. Walkway. It will be held from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. This will be followed by the usual delicious homemade goodies and drink during the fellowship hour that follows.

To make the event a special day for the community, the Worship Committee is inviting any and all persons to come dressed in the period styles of 1888-1918 and each attendee bring their own lawn chair, folding chair or blanket so cleanup of the Park will be accomplished by everyone present. (Anyone needing to borrow a chair from Stoody should plan to return it when finished with it.) In addition, each individual and/or family can remain for as long as they like in the comfort of their own chair(s) which also allows for family picnics or even a simple brown-bagging it.

Before the Worship Committee takes its plan for the Dress Up Day to the Board of Trustees at their April 7th meeting, the Committee would like to know from the residents of those who would like to attend that day, whether or not to expand upon the "special" aspect of the day. For example, should there be an official "community picnic" planned as opposed to individual and family picnics. Also, for example, should the Committee invite one of the Rochester food trucks so hot food would be available for those who wanted to eat their Sunday Lunch in the Park. Yet another example, should a community baseball game be organized? Since the Worship Committee is totally made up of persons over 70 years of age, help would be needed for anything beyond the current plan of optional events. We ask all interested residents, "What would you like to see take place on August 5th and what would you be willing to do to help bring it about?"

Your input can be received by phoning or talking in person to one of the following persons: Don Weaver, Chair; Greg Franklin, Chaplain (483-8603); Joan and Ray Maddison, Refreshments and Ushers; Julie Hoffner, musical accompaniment; Suzanne Bristow, printed folder for Worship to include words to the music being used. Another alternative way to communicate to us is through the "comment" sections on this Blog. Utilizing the comment sections allows everyone to be part of the ideas and discussions. Thanking you in advance for your thoughts and input.

Updated: 1:30 pm Sunday 2-11-18


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Overnight Snow Advisory Expired at
6 am; Forecast is for 1-2" of
Snow Saturday-Sunday

AccuWeather is calling the weekend forecast a "Snow Event" which seems pretty much like overkill for a Western New York forecast. One to two inches of snow, particularly after what we have experienced this winter, hardly qualifies as an "event," unless we are  to suspect that the total just could be higher than is being predicted.

The high today should reach 36⁰ and the high for Sunday 41⁰, somewhat milder than a few of our recent temperatures. Monday's high will drop to 28⁰ but Tuesday will rebound up to 35⁰ while Wednesday should top 43⁰ as a high.

Updated: 9:20 am Saturday.


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Here are Some Ideas for the August 5
Dress Up Event in Bishop Burt Park

For Details, See Article Below for Aug. 5


Notice Gladys Martin in the top row of the top photo. We assume her to be a teenager since big bows in the back of the hair and open sleeves just below the elbow were signs of youth such as the teens in the lower right photo directly above who were there for the First Epworth League Meeting of 1908. Adult men and women had their arms and legs covered to the wrists, ankles, and neck. Women wore hats during formal worship services while men were required to remove their hats. W.W. Robinson's young son, obviously dressed in bib-overalls, is considered dressed up for the Bishop since he is wearing his white shirt and tie under his overalls (not formal, just practical). Gladys is also probably wondering to herself as a teenager, how does Daisia get away with stratling that handrail when I get yelled at when I do it. That could also be the reason for the expression on Walter Wakeman's Mother's face.

Also, see what women were wearing outside of the religious communities by clicking on the "Read More" link below on the left . . . .

Faith Discussion Group to Begin Thursday, March 1, 2018, 4 pm

The first gathering of the Faith Discussion Group will take place in three weeks on March 1st at 4 pm in the afternoon. This first meeting will be at the cottage of Chaplain Greg at 6988 (29) Haven Ave., which is the second cottage on the right. During this off-season, parking is available at several spots on Haven Ave. including the Chaplain's side lot.


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Thursday, February 8, 2018

2018 Marks the 100th Year from the Tragic Loss of our Auditorium to Fire;
Dress-Up Event in Park Set for Aug. 5th

The Worship & Spirituality Committee of the Silver Lake Institute is sponsoring a Period Dress Up Event on Sunday, August 5, 2018, in Burt Park, possibly under a large tent as was used prior to the construction of the Auditorium and in the exact location opposite Ames Avenue Walkway. Residents, Guests, Families, and Friends are invited to dress as Assembly-Goers would have during the Auditorium years of 1888-1918. We hope to get plenty of photos and a video recording of the event which includes an informal Worship Service from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. There will be food and refreshment items available afterwards, or you may want to brown bag an "old fashioned" picnic. An anonymous donor has offered to cover the tent, if found and with setup and take-down included. This would help to insure less need for a rain date. This SLI Community Blog will be running photos of actual Assembly-Goers in the styles of those earlier years to assist you in developing some ideas. More details will become available in the upcoming weeks and months.

Above, Ladies were arriving early at the Assembly Auditorium to get good seats for what appears to be the setup for a stage play. They were early enough that one of the workers is still making adjustments to the one sign hung at Stage Right (left-front from the audience perspective). Built in 1888, there were only two of its kind--one at the Silver Lake Assembly and the other downstate New York. A completely wooden structure, it utilized the very latest in construction ideas which eliminated pole support throughout the structure and kept the support of the building resting at the sides, providing an unobstructed view for the audience.

The Assembly Auditorium was meant to be an outdoor, camp-type building which could provide shelter from a mildly wind-driven rain, The unique structure at the peak of the roof provided both for excellent ventilation and another source of light. It comfortably seated 2,000 in the main pews with room for a 500 voice choir in the front, multi-level stage area. Attendance could and did reach as high as 3,000, assuming additional chairs were setup. It is unknown whether the accompaniment instrument was a piano or pump reed organ, but an instrument can be seen in photos. It is also unclear whether or not sawdust was used to prevent mud from developing on the isles and pew rows which was common at that time for these types of settings. The land around the Auditorium, also known as the Amphitheater, was called Auditorium Park until later renamed Bishop Burt Park. The building was situated along Genesee Avenue with the center of it positioned opposite of Ames Avenue Walkway. More information can be found under the Institute History tab above.


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Already Bright Sunshine Enhanced by Reflection off the Fresh, White Snow;
Next Forecast Snow is 1-3" on Friday

10:10 am on Feb. 8, 2018
All temperature reporting stations say 16⁰ at 10:22 am.
(Photo courtesy of Silver Lake Institute)


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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Gloria Copeland, Presidential Adviser, Offers 'bad' Advice for Influenza: 'inoculate yourself with word of God'

Updated: 6:15 pm

Trump adviser, Gloria Copeland, a member of Trump's Evangelical Council, came under fire for advising her television audience to basically ignore flu shots and "inoculate yourself with the word of God.' One reporter asked if a lack of faith is responsible for getting the flu. Health officials worry that this might prevent some from getting their children inoculated. Pediatric deaths due to the Flu are already at an all time high.  "Keep repeating," she said, "I'll never have the Flu, I'll never have the flu."  For video clip of Ms. Copeland, click HERE.


To learn more about the Flu, click on this brief video:

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