Thursday, December 24, 2020

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Lake Effect Snow Warning



12:00 PM EST, Friday, December 25

7:00 PM EST, Saturday, December 26 

Source: U.S. National Weather Service

* WHAT...For the Lake Effect Snow Warning, heavy lake effect snow expected. Snow accumulations of 10 to 20 inches in the most persistent lake snows. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph producing blowing and drifting snow. For the Winter Weather Advisory, mixed precipitation. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch.
* WHERE...Northern Erie, Genesee, and Wyoming counties. 
* WHEN...For the Lake Effect Snow Warning, from noon today to 7 PM EST Saturday. The heaviest lake effect snow is expected later tonight through Saturday morning. For the Winter Weather Advisory, until noon EST today  

Winter Weather Advisory



7:00 PM EST, Thursday, December 24 

12:00 PM EST, Friday, December 25  

Source: U.S. National Weather Service

* WHAT...For the Lake Effect Snow Warning, heavy lake effect snow expected. Snow accumulations of 10 to 20 inches in the most persistent lake snows. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph producing blowing and drifting snow. For the Winter Weather Advisory, mixed precipitation. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch.
* WHERE...Northern Erie, Genesee, and Wyoming counties. 
* WHEN...For the Lake Effect Snow Warning, from noon today to 7 PM EST Saturday. The heaviest lake effect snow is expected later tonight through Saturday morning. For the Winter Weather Advisory, until noon EST today.

SILVER LAKE RESIDENTS apparently missed the high rate of snowfall that was predicted for the several hours immediately following the freezing rain period of 1 am to 3 am. The east shore received a dusting just prior to daylight. No reports yet from the west shore. 12/25/20

PERRY FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is joining with the consensus of the Perry Area Ministerial Association (PAMA) and taking two to three weeks off from in-person worship because of the higher and still increasing numbers of positive tests in Wyoming County. Perry First UMC will have its last in-person worship on December 27th and resume in several weeks by way of email and other public announcements. 4/24/20

SILVER LAKE RESIDENT JOANNE BROCKLEHURST is healing consider-ably slower from the surgery on her secon"d knee. It continues to cause her pain and discomfort. She has been at the PFUMC pipe organ for the past two weeks but it hasn't been easy for her this second time and it's easily observable. Let us "visit (all of) the sick" by way of phone calls, cards, and prayers. 4/24/20

EDITORIAL -- Neither Republican nor Democat knows what is on President Trump's mind over this holiday weekend and beyond. I usually don't pretend to know either, but this Christmas, I am adventuring a guess. I believe the President is attempting to make the holiday celebration complete by playing the roles of Mr. Grinch (or Mr. Scrooge). Some people just need to believe that a villain is required to make the experience "complete!" I take a degree of hope because both Mr. Grinch and Mr. Scrooge discovered the Christmas Spirit by the end of their stories. That's the guess I am putting forth. The President certainly does not want to be forever associated with phrases like, "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch"!" or "Stink, Stank, Stunk!" His legacy is too important to him. Unfortunately, he is playing fast and loose with the monetary deadlines and that is causing profound fear and uncertainty among our fellow Americans. Mr. Grinch--er, Mr. President--please hurry so you can quickly become the hero instead of the permanent villain! 12/25/20


NASHVILLE (AP) — An explosion shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early Christmas morning, shattering windows, damaging buildings and wounding three people. Authorities said they believed the blast was intentional. The FBI is leading the investigation. DETAILS: HERE.

THOSE U.K. TRAVELERS ENTERING THE U.S. BY WAY OF PLANE are now required to have a negative Covid-19 test 3 days prior to their flight date. 12/25/20

THE COVID-19 RELIEF BILL HAS NOW BEEN FLOWN DOWN to the President at Mar-E-Largo for the hope of his signature. Food is the current problem but without his signature, rental evictions will become the next biggest problem by the end of next month. The GOP has rejected the $2,000 check proposal. It is now hoped that a new number will be tried as a compromise. 12/25/20

BY NEW YEAR'S EVE, 1400 PATIENTS PER DAY will be trying to enter the hospitals in California which the system will not be able to handle while still offering full care and may have to ration care. They may begin to tell people to just stay home. THERE ARE SEVERAL NEW STRAINS OF COVID-19 which have considerably higher transmissi-bility rates increasing the numbers problem. The vaccines are said to be able to keep up with the changing needs as opposed to the lack of facilities and health care workers. 12/25/20

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOSPITALS ARE OUT OF ROOM and soon they will be out of storage closets, staff rooms, offices, hallways. They are already out of ICU rooms. Covid-19 is playing havoc out west. 12/24/20

AFTER ALL THE COURTS HAVE TURNED HIM DOWN for not having evidence to back up his "stolen election" charge, Donald J. Trump is conducting meetings in the White House to determine a plan of action for nullifying the results of the recent election. His recently pardoned U.S. General suggested and promoted the idea of martial law and enforcing a new election with the help of the military. The military felt the need to make a public statement announcing that "the military has no role to play in American elections." 12/23/20

CONGRESS APPROVED SPENDING BILLS but the President has apparently changed his mind unexpectedly and did not sign them before leaving Washington for Florida. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had previously indicated that the President would be signing. Government will shut down Monday. The Military Funding will also end. The Assistance Aid for those affected by Covid-19 including unemployment and rent eviction protection will end in a day or two. The House tried a consensus vote to the President's $2,000 proposal instead of $600, but it failed in the House because there was a GOP objection. There will now be a full vote in the House on Monday but it is believed the GOP will not cooperate with the raise in funds to meet the current needs. 12/22/20


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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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