Tuesday, April 27, 2021


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Commitment to the Future of SLI:
Essential centrality of Epworth Hall emphasized by SLI Trustees; Capital Funds Project Initiated for 2021-2023

Epworth Hall was designed by the Rochester firm of Jay Fay & O. W. Dryer and constructed in 1892. It was listed in the New York State Register & National Register of Historic Places in 2000. One can only imagine how many people have passed through its doors and participated in the many activities held over the years. As the Silver Lake Institute is a unique place, so too is Epworth Hall. We as property owners in the Institute are obligated to maintain our historic buildings for present and future generations.

Bero Architecture PLLC of Rochester NY was hired by the SLI trustees to do a comprehensive evaluation of Epworth and the study was done during the summer of 2019. The report identifies areas of concern and proposes remedies (where appropriate) or further study required. The report is very detailed and comprehensive in content.

Report highlights include the following:


The exterior of the structure is in poor to fair condition, with the most noticeable deficiencies in the failed roofing materials, poor storm water management, movement of the foundation & framing systems, deteriorating window sash, and exterior stairs that are unsafe to use.

The interior of the structure is in fair to good condition, with the most noticeable deficiencies in the finishes and framing due to poor storm water management, movement of the foundation & framing systems, and asbestos flooring starting to delaminate from the sub-floor.

The Silver Lake trustees have been actively reviewing this report at their monthly meetings and are prioritizing the needed renovations. For example, storm water management is second on the list following the roof shingle replacement. The Bero firm has indicted that the complete list of renovation could approach one million dollars. Obviously this will take many years to complete and will always be an ongoing project. The question arises on how do we pay for this. The answer to that is from grants and donations. A third aspect of this is through the donation of our time and talents. The SLI could not exist without this being present in our community. The trustees have identified certain projects at Epworth that can be addressed by donated time and labor. These will be posted and a great way to get to know individuals you may not be familiar with.

It's getting to be a few years ago but Roger Covell initiated a renovation project at Epworth which has helped to preserve it at the point we are at today. He was responsible for fund raising, many windows were restored and other issues addressed. Today for fear of missing contributing people, we will not mention names in this report. Thanks to all who have already worked so hard on Epworth restoration. A one hundred thousand dollar grant has been approved by NY state for the roof replacement. A 20k grant was secured from the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo for electrical upgrades and is in the process of being completed. At the July 2020 trustees meeting, a capital campaign for Epworth was discussed and approved. The campaign will be over a 3 year period starting in the year 2021 and continuing through the year 2023. The suggested annual pledges are as follows:

Platinum  '     $500
Gold              $250
Silver         '   $150
Bronze           $  50
Other         ______

The survival of Epworth Hall is dependent on your donations. Please discuss your pledge with family members and know this is so important for our Silver Lake community. All pledges will be held confidential and remember no amount is too small. Our non for profit status makes all donations tax deductible. Please come to the cottage owners meeting in July 2021. All questions about this project will be addressed and answered. We are planning entertainment and refreshments after the meeting.

Your pledge card and donations should be forwarded to:

Silver Lake Institute
c/o Robert W. Schmidt, Jr., CPA
PO Box 1
Perry, NY 14530

Please note payments can be made in any manor which is comfortable for you. They can be made monthly, yearly or any other time frame. Payments should go to the above address with your check made out to the SLI Epworth fund.

The Board of Trustees met in April of this year and decided to proceed with an in person Cottage Owners meeting. It will be held at Epworth Hall on Saturday, July 17 2021 at 10 AM. We will be following NYS guidelines in regards to Covid 19 recommendations for in person gatherings. We will be practicing social distancing and assume masks will still be required. One family member is suggested for attendance although not required. We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

The SLI Board of Trustees
Submitted by Trustees via R.A. Cook, Trustee


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W. PETE MAIRS

W. PETE MAIRS
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

GERALD C. SAHRLE
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 www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. 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.

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")
"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 J. PADDOCK

BRENDA J. PADDOCK
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 www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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