Sunday, May 30, 2021

Looking for things to do in the Rochester area? Here are 11 options
for Memorial Day weekend

by Marketta Gregory

1. Six Flags Darien Lake is open on weekends, including from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 28, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 29, and Sunday, May 30, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 31. Tickets start at $29.99. For a full list of options — including season passes — visit The park is at 9993 Allegany Road in Corfu.

2. The Frost Town Trail Fest starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 29, with a 25K or 10K trail run celebrating the recreational opportunities and environmental mission of the Cumming Nature Center. Online registration ends at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 27. To register ($70 for the 25k and $50 for the 10k), visit The nature center is at 6472 Gulick Road in Naples.

3. Nature Bingo starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Helmer Nature Center, 154 Pinegrove Ave. in Irondequoit. For $5 kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can take a bingo card on a naturalist-guided hike and see what nature items they can find. Everyone wins a prize. Register at

4. The Rochester City Ballet is taking to the stage for the first time since the pandemic in free performances at the Highland Bowl in Highland Park. The performances will be at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance as audience size will be restricted due to COVID-19. A health screening and masks are required for attendees. Tickets can be reserved at

5. A Memorial Day Train Ride begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Saturday and Monday, May 29 through 31 at the Arcade & Attica Railroad, 278 Main St. in Arcade. The two-hour and 20-minute trip costs $22 for people ages 13 to 61, $20 for seniors and $19 for children ages 2 to 12. Reserve a ticket at

6. Stavo and The Kire Najdovski Band take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at Comedy at The Carlson, 50 Carlson Road in Rochester. Stavo has toured with rock legends Pat Travers and The Vanilla Fudge, while Najdovski is known as Rochester’s guitar virtuoso. Tickets are $10 at

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7. The Brighton Farmers’ Market kicks off at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 30, at 1150 S. Winton Road. Other markets – from Brockport to Webster – are also opening soon for the season. Find a list of markets and their details at (Click on the agriculture button.)

8. A new flea market in Rochester in the Neighborhood of the Arts starts Sunday May 30, running every Sunday through to June 27. The Lucky Flea Market features 60 different vendors with an emphasis on vintage goods plus some local crafts and food. The market runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Carlton Street and Anderson Avenue. A basket raffle each market will raise money for local charitable causes. Vendors will take most payment apps, but cash it still King.

9. The New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 E. River Road in Rush, reopens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday through Oct. 31, and trolley rides are available June 27, July 25, Aug. 8 and 29, Sept. 12 and Oct. 31. For a complete list of events – or to make reservations for a trolley ride – visit On days without trolley rides, tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 12.

10. The Greece Memorial Day Parade starts in person at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31. It parade will end at Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd., where a Memorial Day Service will begin at 11:45 a.m. Portions of the celebration will be streamed online as well. For details on other celebrations to honor fallen veterans, visit city and town websites.

11. The George Eastman Museum, 900 East Ave. in Rochester, offers a new selection of photographs that focuses on play. While it’s easy to assume that playing in front of the camera is something new, photographers have captured images of people at play since the 19th century. The photographs of people enjoying a game of chess, riding bicycles and frolicking on the beach will be on view through Oct. 3. Buy timed tickets in advance at Tickets are $18 for adults and $7 for students ages 5 and up.

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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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