DEC. 13 AT 7PM - PERRY COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT -- Monday, December 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM Perry First United Methodist Church, 35 Covington in Perry, NY.
DEC. 24 AT 7 PM -- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Perry First United Methodist Church, 35 Covington St., Perry, NY
EPWORTH HALL received a grant earlier this Fall to tear up the warn-out floor and refinish the original wood floor. To do this, SLI has been awarded $40,000 from the Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization Grant Program including a generous grant from the National Park Service Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Fund and is a partnership between the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Landmark Society of WNY. Now, early in this month of November 2021, Epworth Hall has been recognized by the Landmark Society of WNY as the only one this year from the GLOW Counties region to make the "Five to Revive" List. This recognition has often helped in the obtaining of grants while also calling to the public's attention, another worthy historic site to visit and enjoy.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Mid-Winters Survivors Planning Committee Expands on the 2020 Gathering; Seeks Community Input

Over the course of the last three years, Mid-Winter Survivors (MWS) have come up with many different thoughts, ideas, and preferences from activity participants. The planning committee has been slowly introducing different ideas into the annual gathering and even picked up a good idea from November's newly introduced fall gathering--music and dancing. It seemed to get everyone conversing quickly and into the mood for an SLI Mid-Winter Survivors party for all its residents--especially those weathering the long, quiet winter on the SLI grounds.

The next event is the annual Mid-Winters Survivors (MWS) Party on Saturday, February 1, 2020 (Ground Hog's Day Weekend). The committee would like to try several different ideas that they have received over the last 12 months as opposed to just one new idea per event. Although no one has spoken against our two-year emphasis on the pizza party, there has also been talk of other possibilities for food. The committee will be discussing the following proposal this week and would appreciate any input that their neighbors would be willing to share within the next day or two:

The proposed time is 1:00 pm so as to avoid night driving for those who have difficulty with it. When you call in your reservations (RSVP) for the MWS Party on Feb. 1st, each person planning on coming will be asked to choose their personal food preference for the gathering. The proposal is to provide six (6) different options from which guests can choose, five of which include coffee, tea, or soft drink. The options being proposed are: 
(1) "Lunch Option" -- Asbury's famous wrapped sandwich lunch with accouterments and salad, all for $7; 
(2) "Pizza Option 1" -- cheese-pepperoni, $5;
(3) "Pizza Option 2" -- cheese-veggie pizza, $5;
(4) "Snack Food" option which may include cheese, crackers, chips, pretzels, etc., all for $3; 
(5) "Coffee, Tea, or Soft Drink" -- no food included -- $1.
(6) I am coming to the party but do not plan to eat or drink anything (donations will be accepted for the generous use of the Koinonia Inn facilities).

These are proposals and available for comment and recommendation. Call or visit Greg Franklin at 493-4003 or 6988 Haven and then watch here for the final results! (Does anyone have any records, CDs, or cassette tapes of their favorite music or time period music?)

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The Christmas Season was over at Midnight (Jan. 5th). 
Today (Jan. 6th) is Epiphany.
Epiphany is the Arrival of the Wise Men (Magi) in Bethlehem
for the purpose of honoring the "new born king of the Jews"

through the giving of gifts. Epiphany is also known as "Three Kings Day," although the Bible does not identify the Wise Men (Magi) as kings, nor does it say there were three of them. The use of "kings" may have come from the 1857 hymn entitled "We Three Kings of Orient Are" by John Henry Hopkins Jr. (1820-1891). The 1857 hymn was first published in 1863 in the midst of the Civil War. His most important musical publication was his collection, Carols, Hymns and Songs (1863-1887). The Season of Epiphany ends with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.


  1. We would welcome a cocktail party before. To loosen everybody up for the party

    1. Thank you for your helpful suggestion. As with all ideas, we will look into the level of interest followed by the practicalities of bringing it about. Thanks again.

    2. A quick look at the practicalities of a cocktail party show that both the Silver Lake Institute and the Asbury Retreat Center have current, long-standing policies restricting alcoholic beverages from being used in any of their buildings, parks, streets, walkways, or public areas owned by the SLI or the Asbury Retreat Center. The only places that alcoholic beverages are permitted are within the private homes of residents of the Silver Lake Institute where the private insurance of the home owner covers the event (check your individual policy). This apparently means that any private residence could offer a cocktail party but it could not be advertised as an official function of the Silver Lake Institute under current policies and by-laws. It is my understanding that our current SLI property insurance is based and priced on our current restrictive policies and by-laws. Cocktail parties are also possible off the SLI grounds such as area restaurants, breweries, bars, etc. These off-grounds cocktail parties could not, however, be advertised as official functions of the Silver Lake Institute. Based on this, the current Mid-Winter Survivors Planning Committee could not be involved in the planning or execution of this type of function. Any planned cocktail parties could be advertised in this Newsletter (free of charge) as an "independent, unofficial function which extends a warm invitation to residents of the Silver Lake Institute...." Anyone finding disagreement with the above statements, are welcome to challenge our understandings with the Silver Lake Institute Board of Trustees. We will then follow the lead of the Trustees on issues specifically involving the Silver Lake Institute. We will also continue to abide by the policies of the Asbury Retreat Center when on their grounds. The statements above are based on my personal experience serving on the Silver Lake Institute Board of Trustees from 2007 through 2015 and having also served on the Executive and Legal committees.



Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.


Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.


"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.


Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit

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