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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Weekend Special

Silver Lake Association (SLA)'s last meeting of 2019 Season: October.

Also in October -- The Silver Lake Sailing Club (SLSC):
Got in one last lap of the lake last week before sending the ski boat to storage and pulling the docks/hoist. Leaving the hobie cat out for a while in case we get a sunny day in October! Big things are on the way at the silver lake sailing club for next season: SILVER LAKE SUNFISH FLEET: While there are a few lightnings and a hand full of lasers on the lake, there are lots of sunfish. So we plan to build up the club around this class for now and perhaps over time upgrade to larger boats. We have acquired 4 sunfish in good condition and plan to make them available to those who don't have their own sunfish.

A NEW ENTRY has been made in the SLI Password Page involving health updates for 3 SLI summer residents.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Day 2 of 2-Inch 'Blizzard,' Light Snow Flurries Early Friday Turn into late Morning Sunshine, Afternoon Snowfall

UPDATED: 2:12 PM - 2/28/20
CORRECTED: 12:31 AM - 2/29/20
To the naked eye, here in Southeastern Wyoming County, there has been a snow buildup of approximately two (2) inches over the course of the "Blizzard Warning" issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) out of Buffalo. An additional inch was received during the initial "Lake Effect Snow Warning."

To be fair, yes, we did have snow; yes, we did have wind; yes, we did have blowing snow; and yes, we did have a slight reduction in visibility; but for those of us who experienced the ravages of the Blizzard of '77, this could have been called "a snow day" and no one around Silver Lake would have thought it an understatement.

Perry Central Schools reluctantly closed Thursday as did most except for Attica which sits on our Wyoming County western border and may have been much more greatly affected by the storm area and conditions. Attica was closed both days. Perry was closed only Thursday and it appeared to be the last to do so. Perhaps the buses could not safely get out (the buses are no longer located in Perry as they had been for many years).

Google reports that "We're beginning the week with a Buffalo seasonal snow total of 56.5 inches, which is 15.3 inches below average. That's not near a record deficit, in case you're wondering, but it's likely the deficit will grow as the week progresses into next weekend."

The Buffalo News ran some wintry photos and spoke in comparative terms between regular winters and their current "snow deficit" winter of 2019-2020. The News itself was questioning what all the hoopla was about. It was simply a lackluster blizzard when measured on the scales of Western New York!

The weather conditions most likely met the basic elements of a "blizzard," so of course they "had to use the term." For the record, southeastern Wyoming County did not experience what most Western New Yorker's would call "a blizzard." 

This once again proves my point that when the weather bureau forecasts for "Wyoming County," we in the southeastern corner can take it with "a grain of road salt." Our weather was closer to Livingston County this week. The Grand Canyon of the east may serve as Wyoming's border with Livingston County, but its meteorological significance reaches somewhat westward most of the time. 

Meals on Wheels has Just Closed
for Today (Friday, 2/28/20)

Schwann's Home Delivered (Frozen) Food had their Regular Deliveries Thursday and Friday without interruption.

Renee' M. Morris is the Young Mother who Lost her Life in the TractorTrailer and Car Crash, Rt.39, earlier this week

Renee' M. (Strain) Morris
Renee’ M. (Strain) Morris, age 38 of Portageville, NY went to be with the Lord on Tuesday February 25, 2020 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in the Town of Castile (Rt. 39 at E. Lake Rd.). She was born in Warsaw, NY on January 8, 1982, a daughter to Ronald B. and Charlene M. (Grover) Strain of Portageville. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Donald Strain.
Renee’ was a 2000 graduate of Keshequia Central High School. She was a honor student at Genesee County Community College finishing up her last semester in their nursing program. A profession she was looking forward to helping people in need. She was currently working part time as a waitress at John-N-Sarah’s Restaurant in Perry. Renee’ was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. She was an active member of Old Path’s Church in Perry. Her faith was a big part of her life. She was the proud mother of 4 beautiful daughters whom she adored. She enjoyed spending time with her family, church family and extended friends.

She is survived by her daughters: Jaelyn, Jessah, Hope and Khloe, the father of her children: Jeremy “Bear” Morris of Perry, sisters: Rhonda (Kris) Gross of Mt. Morris, Danell (Jeff) Guesno of Perry, maternal grandparents: William (Carol) Grover of Portageville, paternal grandmother: Gladys Strain of Nunda, along with many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.
A Celebration of Renee’s life will be held on Sunday March 8th at 3:00 pm at the Old Paths Chapel 181 South Main St. in Perry followed by a time for fellowship at 4:30 pm at the church gymnasium. Renee’ will be laid to rest in East Koy Cemetery in Portageville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Charlene Strain to set up an account to benefit Renee’s daughters. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

Lake Effect Snow Warning
Replaces Blizzard Warning

Lake Effect Snow Warning

Wyoming County, New York
Start: 2:55 AM EST February 28, 2020

End: 10:00 AM EST February 29, 2020
TEMP AT 1:58 am is 19; and AT 4:49 am IS 18 DEGREES. HIGH FRIDAY 25 DEGREES.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Delays, Closings for 2/27/20 (Thurs.)

as of 1:42 Am friday morning;
updated 1:52 AM FRIDAY MORNING.
  • Attica Central School District
  • Bedore Casino Shuttle
  • Bethel Baptist Christian Academy
  • Buffalo Pediatric Associates
  • CH2MHill BWXT West Valley, LLC.
  • Dr. Frances DePlato
  • Head Start, Delevan
  • Iglesia Fieles Discipulos de Jesucristo
  • Mercy Comprehensive Care Center
  • Niagara Frontier Council for the Social Studies
  • Olean Head Start
  • PUSH Buffalo
  • Salamanca Head Start
  • St. Bernadette RC Church
  • Trinity Pantry at Trinity Epis Church
  • Vision Development of WNY
  • Warsaw Head Start
  • Wyoming Co.

5:45 pm - A Steady Snow Began
and was Done by Dark

Editorial: Here We Go Again;
I Guess we should have Known;
SE Wyoming is 'Something Else'

When the National Weather Service (NWS) went from "Winter Storm Warning" yesterday to "Blizzard Warning," memories of January 28,1977 began coming to mind. This was back in the day before cell phones, smart phones, SMS messaging, iphones, emails, social media, Facebook, Instagram, etc. etc. The folks in our shop were fortunate enough as to have a radio on from which we got elevator music, but also news bulletins and news at noon.

The Blizzard of 1977 started 43 years ago on the morning of January 28 and lasted four days, until February 1st. The snow began falling about 5 am during the morning. Snow was in the forecast, of course, it was the middle of winter! During the course of the day we became aware that the forecast was for heavy snow that would probably affect the afternoon commute, but it's important to note that there were no watches, warnings, or bulletins--just that heavy snow was on the way.''

Blizzard warnings in effect as parts of upstate NY brace for as much
as 60 inches of snow

By Brandon Buckingham, AccuWeather Meteorologist
Blizzard warnings were issued on Wednesday for parts of the upper reaches of northern New York state as AccuWeather forecasters are predicting as much as five feet of snow could accumulate from lake-effect snowfall late this week.
Areas south of Buffalo and north of Syracuse are the locations where the National Weather Service (NWS) issued blizzard warnings. It is in these same two areas, where AccuWeather is anticipated the heaviest lake-effect snow as a strengthening storm pulls to the north of the region.
Meanwhile, a slew of other winter weather watches and storm warnings were put in place for Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and the surrounding areas. 

Perry Central Schools Closed Today

In addition to the Perry Central School Closings for today (Thursday 2/27/20), Wyoming County Meals on Wheels is closed, as are the three campuses of Genesee Community College (Arcade, Batavia, and Warsaw).

UPDATE: Authorities Identify
Woman Killed in Castile Crash

Feb 25, 2020 - Story and Photo below.

...Sheriff's deputies in Wyoming County say fog appears to have been a significant factor in a deadly crash in the town of Castile. It happened on Route 39, at East Lake Road. Deputies say a tractor trailer driver turned north in the fog into the path of a southbound car.

...Deputies say the woman driving the vehicle has been identified as 38-year-old Renee Morris. She reportedly worked at John & Sara's Restaurant in Perry. Her two children were in the backseat of the car at the time of the crash. A 10 year old was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, treated and released. An 11 year old was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for head trauma.

...The driver of the tractor-trailer was identified as Stephen Reed, he was not hurt.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Delays, Closings for Thursday;
Perry Schools Not on the List

Closings from channel 2 buffalo
as of 12 midnight Wednesday.

9 pm Radar


Blizzard Warning
Blizzard Warning in effect from 10:00 PM EST until Friday, 4:00 PM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service    ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 PM EST FRIDAY...
*WHAT... Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet. Winds gusting as high as 45 to 55 mph will result in severe blowing and drifting snow.
*WHERE... Southern Erie and Wyoming counties and the western Southern Tier.
*WHEN... From 10 PM this evening to 4 PM EST Friday. 
*IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Areas of blowing snow will produce near zero visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the morning and evening commutes Thursday and Friday. Strong winds could cause some tree damage and isolated power outages.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Strong winds will cause significant blowing and drifting snow, frequently reducing visibilities to zero. Travel is strongly discouraged.

Photo courtesy of AccuWeather

Thursday Night is our Next Snow Storm

Graph Courtesy of SL Institute

Graph Courtesy of SL Marine, SLA

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Woman in SUV Killed in a Rt. 39 at East Lake Rd. Crash between Tractor Trailer and SUV, 2 children reportedly not hurt

Photo Courtesy of WKBW Buffalo
Dense fog is believed to be a significant factor in a fatal accident Tuesday afternoon at Route 39 and East Lake Road, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said. The accident was reported about 4:30 p.m. It involved a car and tractor-trailer.
One adult woman in the car was killed and two children were injured. The tractor-trailer driver escaped injury. The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Crash Management Team. Route 39 was closed for several hours Tuesday evening.
Firefighters and rescue personnel from Perry, Castile, Silver Springs, Gainesville, Pike, Monroe Ambulance and Perry Ambulance responded, along with county Emergency Management personnel and the county coroner’s office.
Compilation of several news sources

U.S. National Weather Service: Winter Storm Watch in effect from Thursday, 7 AM EST until Saturday, 6 PM EST

Winter Storm Watch
* WHAT... Long duration heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet possible. Snowfall rates may reach 1 to 2 inches per hour at times. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph resulting in significant blowing and drifting snow.
* WHERE... Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Southern Erie counties. The greatest snow amounts are expected to focus across the higher terrain of the Chautauqua Ridge, Boston Hills and the higher terrain of western Wyoming County.
* WHEN... From Wednesday evening through Saturday afternoon.
* IMPACTS... Travel could be very difficult with very poor visibility and deep snow cover on roads. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening commutes Thursday and Friday.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Narrow bands of heavy snow could impact portions of the region. Localized travel problems will be possible.

Coming this Summer at Silver Lake Institute's 'No Cost Saturdays'

Let's hope this week's rain doesn't
get the Spring flowers excited . . .



Monday, February 24, 2020

Life Story Highlights to be Celebrated July 26 for Silver Laker Friends who have Passed Since Last Season

Writer Briefly Compares Kobe Memorial
with Silver Lake Celebration of Life July 26

Today was the two-hour Celebration of Life in a public memorial held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to remember Basketball Great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others who died in a helicopter crash last month. The pain of loss was clearly evident among the speakers and his wife, Vanessa, but also clearly evident were the positive aspects of Kobe's life for which so many fans and non-fans alike are grateful.

Many of us became all the more aware of Kobe as a determined individual with goals backed up by hard work and determination; Kobe as a committed father to his daughters, finding time to enhance each of their lives; and equally important, Kobe as a husband, best friend, and powerfully loving individual who brought such joy to his wife. The service literally provided words of help and guidance on how to live a more fulfilling life.

The crowd of 20,000 were very responsive to family members, guests, and those who were asked to speak (which included Vanessa). Applause under girded the speakers and brought renewed strength to their difficult task.

Though the Silver Lake's lake-wide Celebration of Life annual service is considerably smaller and a lot shorter, it is one of our most popular and largest attended events at SLI, with an attendance closer to 156. Each year we serve  between 14 and 21 families, and invite the family and friends to join us in listening to the life highlights of those who have passed from us since the previous July.

Some families wish to read or present these highlights themselves, while others opt for one of our leaders to speak on their behalf. Each name is read individually, a beautiful bell is chimed for each, the highlights are spoken followed by a family member or friend being presented with a virtual candle and a rose. The family member or friend then returns to their seat. After the highlights and presentations, all are welcomed to be a part of the reception which follows.

This special lake-wide service (from all communities around the lake) was first developed by the late Rev. Walter Barger who used to be a retired summer resident on Harris Ave. After his passing the Spiritual Life Committee took over and developed the service further to meet the needs of the lake's communities. If you are aware of a name which is not listed in our "Deaths" record on page 1 (right hand column), please notify us with your name and number and the name and date of the individual who passed. It is important to us that we don't miss or overlook anyone. Call 493-4003.

Harvey Weinstein is Convicted on 2 of 5 Counts, will Appeal; awaits LA Trial

On this mild Western New York day in the last days of February, we have learned of the conviction of Harvey Weinstein on rape in the third degree, and sexual assault charges in New York City. His lawyer assured reporters of their plans to Appeal. He was taken into custody and is being placed in a medical facility. Mr. Weinstein faces similar charges in Los Angeles, soon. When this first came to light, it spurred the "Me Too" movement across the nation. Justice rolls down like streams of living water. Righteousness is prevailing, thanks to the women who used their courage in speaking up.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

In spite of an air temperature of
47 degrees, ice fishermen take advantage of southern thick ice

Another Mild Day Monday Except for
Growing Level of Clouds throughout the Day

3:45 pm - 48 degrees - sunshine - northern shores
Photo Courtesy of SLI and Google Temp
3:47 pm - 47 degrees - sunshine - southern shores
Photo Courtesy of SLA and SL Marine Weather Station

Things to Do before Spring

Weekend Special:
Two Teachings of Buddha

Submitted by Nancy Culley (Facebook)

2. Ceasing to do evil, cultivating the good, purifying the heart: 
this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
Submitted by John Sellar (Facebook)

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Weekend Special:
The Wisdom of Jerry Seinfeld

"According to most studies, people's No. 1 fear is public speaking. No. 2 is death. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy." --Jerry Seinfeld

Weekend Special: Best True
Lawyer Story of the Year 2017

This actually took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, Fire. 

Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost 'in a series of small fires.' 

The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. 

The lawyer sued and WON! 

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable 'fire' and was obligated to pay the claim. 

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished in the 'fires'.


After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine. 

This true story won First Place in 2017's Criminal Lawyers Award contest. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

2 Minutes before 6 pm and there is clear evidence of daylight remaining

The afterglow of the sun continued on until after 6:20 pm but was not seen up the banks and through the trees--especially true of the East side.
Courtesy of the SLI

Spiritual Life Committee has planned
9 Sunday Morning Programs for 2020

Seven of the Nine programs will be in the form of informal, ecumenical, non-denominational Christian worship services located at the Big Blue Dock, Lakeview Ave. at Wesley Ave., 10:30 am. Rain location is the Hoag Gallery across the street.

Two of the Nine programs will be in the form of the committee's Inspirational Speakers series as listed below.

July 26 -- The first Inspirational Speaker event is the Committee's most popular program, the Lake-wide Memorial Celebration of Life, taking place July 26, 2020, 10:30 am at Epworth Hall. The Rev. Greg Franklin will again lead the group present in some opening inspirational thoughts by historical and religious figures.
Each year we seek to honor and remember each Silver Lake resident who has passed from our midst since our last celebration of life. We speak their name and chime the memorial bell. We then read brief highlights from each of the lives we celebrate (or a family member or friend steps in to give the brief highlights, often determined ahead of time). Following the highlights, a family member moves to the table of candles and roses where the family member (or friend) is presented with a virtual candle and a rose. They return to their seats. 
These simple stories, written and, especially, when given by loved ones, have proven to be the most uplifting and inspirational parts of the program. Each year, families give positive comments afterwards about being so pleased that they took the opportunity of having their loved one's short-form story heard, surrounded by a community of people who have recently experienced the disorienting pain of loss and finding comfort and understanding in others' familiar experiences.
August 2 -- The second Inspirational Speaker is Dennis Wimmer who will be bringing a photo presentation and talk on the Sistine Chapel, taking place August 2, 2020, 10:30 am at Epworth Hall.

Silver Lake Temps on Friday

3:00 PM:
North Shores - 31 degrees.
South Shores - 28 degrees.
1:00 PM:
North Shores - 27 degrees.
South Shores - 25 degrees.
11:00 AM:
North Shores - 24 degrees.
South Shores - 22 degrees.
North Shores - 15 degrees. Friday Hi 31, Sunshine.
South Shores - 9 degrees. Friday Hi 29, Sunny.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

One More Cold Night, Thursday,
Before Milder Breezes Arrive

Right on Time, the Thursday Noon Hour Brings Snow Shower of the Day

At 22 degrees (North Cam) and 17 degrees (South Cam), a Snow Shower has hit the northern and southern shores of Silver Lake, making this second day of the bout with extra cold air, a perfect winter day--for the purists among us. CORRECTION (2:05p)--The snow activity is moving from Lake Ontario, through Niagara, Genesee and Wyoming counties to the southeast and varies in intensity as it moves. As the "snow shower" moves into its second hour, there is an accumulation of snow developing on the ground and the forecast has been changed to snow throughout the afternoon accumulating up to one inch. A weather statement issued by the NWS out of Buffalo indicates that visibilities will reach one-quarter mile at times and drivers should expect rapidly changing conditions.

Courtesy of SLI
Flurries Continue after the 'Break'
Courtesy of SLI
Blue Arrow indicates possible ice fishing shelter.
Courtesy of S/L Marine and SLA

Colder Weather Takes Leave Friday Morning; Milder Weather Surges



Wednesday, February 19, 2020

As of March 1st, the new plastic
bag legislation takes effect;
You can help and BYOBa

By the NYS DEC

Consumer Participation

Starting March 1, 2020, a new bag waste reduction law will take effect in New York State - where over 23 billion plastic bags are typically used each year. Plastic bag usage affects both our communities and environment. Plastic bags can be seen stuck in trees, as litter in our neighborhoods, and floating in our waterways. From the significant recycling and disposal issues they pose to the harm they can do to wildlife, the negative impacts of plastic bags are easily seen.
As a consumer, you can help and #BYOBagNY - Bring Your Own Bag. Keep reusable bags in your car, or clip folding reusable bags onto your commuting bag or purse so you always have them handy. If you store them near the door or coat closet, you'll be more likely to remember them on the way out. Remember that every time you use a reusable bag, you are doing your part to prevent litter and waste. Using reusable bags makes sense and is the right thing to do. You can also remind your family, friends, and neighbors to bring their reusable bags whenever they shop.
The Bag Waste Reduction Law applies to more than just grocery stores. Whether you're going to the grocery store, clothes shopping, or to a home improvement store, make sure to bring your reusable bags.

Every Silver Laker here July-August is warmly welcomed to come-as-you-are to Worship, Lakeview at Wesley Ave.

The Silver Lake Institute is throwing wide open its doors when it comes to the Lake-wide communities and the events and services the Institute provides during the summer months of July and August. They have completely relocated all of the Sunday morning Worships to a location where those gathered overlook the Lake located on the corner of Lakeview Ave. and Wesley Ave. on the Greenway in front of "the Big Blue Dock." The services will be ecumenical and non-denominational. The opening service is July 5th at 10:30 am with a rain location at Hoag Memorial across the road. A Hot Dog Fellowship follows this opening of the July-August season. Hoag Memorial will be handicapped accessible by season's opening.

The first Friday night concert of the July-August season features The Old Hippies from 7:30 to 8:30 pm on July 10th. Epworth Hall is being prepared with a new roof, new drainage, expanded electrical service including much more adequate house lighting and stage lighting. More details as the season draws closer. Epworth Hall is handicapped accessible.

Snow Flurries, Sunshine Brought us
the First of Two Cold Days, Nights Before Milder Friday thru Monday

It's just natural to complain about cold days and nights and even more natural to complain about several inches of snow. Throw in couple of days of icy conditions and the main topic of conversation begins to evolve around outdoor conditions. This year (2019-2020) has been the warmest winter season on record. Somehow, we simply are not impressed. Of course the next logical comment after "warmest of the season" just naturally will have something to do with climate change and the fact that "warmth" by itself is not always a good thing.

After several years of watching massive fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and droughts on our television screens, some of us have turned to openly admitting that we would rather have our traditional four seasons, fresh water lakes and even lake effect snow when compared to the much more damaging affects of Mother Nature's wreaking of havoc which takes place in some of the other areas of the country. We don't have to evacuate our homes, but rather huddle up in a warm blanket during the worst of our storms. Yes we do experience "damage" during some storms, but as a rule it's more manageable than some of the total destruction we witness in the lives of so many.

There are those who are compelled to challenge Mother Nature and simply can't help themselves as they strap on their down hill skis and manipulate the fast trails. I remember loving tobogganing but that was in my youth and childhood. Now I am of the opinion that snow and cold are best experienced through the windows of my living room, as I dream of the days of daffodils and hyacinths. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Is this Your Year to be a Part
of the Annual SLA Boat Parade?

Arctic Cold will be with
Us Wednesday, Thursday

North Shore (above)

Proposed Regulatory Changes from the NYS Dept. of Environ. Conservation

Summary of Proposed Regulatory Changes
February 18, 2020

Proposed Part 494, Hydrofluorocarbon Standards and Reporting 

The purpose of this proposed rule is to adopt prohibitions previously included in the US Environmental Protection Agency's Significant New Alternatives program to prohibit hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) substances in certain end-uses. The proposed rules also include related administrative and record-keeping requirements for manufacturers.
Comment deadline: March 16, 2020
Additional information

Part 40 - Marine Fish - Cooperative Multi-State Possession and Landing Program

This rulemaking establishes a Cooperative Multi-State Possession and Landing Program that will allow eligible commercial fishermen to: (1) possess weekly limits for quota-managed species for multiple cooperating states (NY, CT, RI) onboard the vessel simultaneously while fishing, transiting or landing, and (2) in one trip, land their weekly limits with the cooperating states.
Comment deadline: March 29, 2020 
Additional information

Genesee River Angler Diarists
Needed, Announces DEC

Fishing Observations Can Help Shape
Future Fisheries Management Actions

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking angler observations as the agency begins its angler diary program on the Genesee River in Allegany and Wyoming counties. The diarist program aims to record data for trout and bass fishing trips on the Genesee River from the Pennsylvania line downstream through Letchworth State Park between March 1 and October 31, 2020.

Angler observations received through this program will be used by DEC to help determine future fishery management actions for the Genesee River," said DEC Region 9 Director Abby Snyder. "We encourage new and experienced Genesee anglers to participate in this citizen science data collection and appreciate their contributions."

Information about the data collected during the last DEC angler diary program in 2017 can be found at DEC's website. Anglers who fish the Genesee River (even once) and would like to contribute observations by keeping a fishing diary for DEC can contact DEC's Region 9 Fisheries office at (716) 379-6379 or by email at fwfish9@dec.ny.gov.

7 o'clock Hour Snow Showers Brought Several Inches; Possible Rain this AM

UPDATED 8:55 a.m.

Monday, February 17, 2020

North: 32 at 2:26 pm with Sunshine;
South: 28 at 2:27 pm with Sunshine



Congress said Washington;
People Said Both;
States said We'll have it Our Way

In honor of one (or two) of the greatest presidents.
by Ann Marie Imbornoni
Well, according to the federal government, the holiday observed on the third Monday in February is officially Washington's Birthday. But many Americans believe that this holiday is now called "Presidents' Day," in honor of both Presidents Washington and Lincoln, whose birthdays are Feb. 22 and Feb. 12, respectively. It turns out that whether you honor one or the other or both of these presidents may depend on where you live.

States Decide on Holidays

The states are not obliged to adopt federal holidays, which only affect federal offices and agencies. While most states have adopted Washington's Birthday, a dozen of them officially celebrate Presidents' Day. A number of the states that celebrate Washington's Birthday also recognize Lincoln's Birthday as a separate legal holiday.

When Was the First Public Celebration of Washington's Birthday?

Washington's Birthday has a history as old as our country. It was celebrated publicly for the first time in the late 18th century, while George Washington was still president.
Washington's Birthday became official in 1885, when President Chester Arthur signed a bill making it a federal holiday. Meanwhile, there was President Lincoln's birthday on Feb. 12, which never became a federal holiday but was celebrated as a legal holiday in many states outside the old Confederacy.

Origins of the Monday Holiday

In 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holidays Act, which moved the official observance of Washington's birthday from Feb. 22 to the third Monday in February. Some reformers had wanted to change the name of the holiday as well, to Presidents' Day, in honor of both Lincoln and Washington, but that proposal was rejected by Congress, and the holiday remained officially Washington's Birthday.
Nevertheless, there was a popular misconception that the day had been officially renamed, a misconception only reinforced by the fact that the third Monday in February can only occur between Feb. 15 and Feb. 21. This means that the holiday is always after Lincoln's birthday and before Washington's birthday, without ever coinciding with either. Furthermore, some states which had previously celebrated Lincoln's Birthday dropped the observance after the federal holiday reforms, supporting the notion that the two presidential birthdays had been combined.
While the name change has never been authorized by Congress, it has gained a strong hold on the public consciousness, and is generally used on calendars, in advertising, and even by many government agencies. There have been attempts to introduce legislation requiring federal agencies to call the day Washington's Birthday, but these have never gotten very far. No matter what's in the law books, the popular usage is now well established.

You Can't Please All of the People...

Many people feel that Lincoln, the president credited with preserving the nation during the Civil War, has been short-changed. To them, having Presidents' Day is a sensible way to recognize both Washington and Lincoln. Others feel just as strongly that having an inclusive Presidents' Day diminishes Washington's importance in American history.