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Overlooking the Falls and Wyoming County:
Autism trail to get national exposure
as PBS host Samantha Brown films
on Livingston County side of the Park


Excitement was in the air at the Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State Park last week as the PBS show “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love” filmed a segment about the new autism trail. “She films all over the world,” said Gail Serventi, one of the trail’s co-founders. The filming was scheduled to take place on May 13. However, restrictions from the show and ongoing work on the trail did not allow for any photographs to be taken during it’s production.

Brown later posted about her experience filming in Livingston County in a series of Instagram posts, including one that indicated the episode would air in January 2022. “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love” has completed four seasons on PBS stations nationwide. The Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard was also a filming location, with Brown posting several images from the Abbey, including one in which she related a conversation with Father Isaac.

“With the whole planet going thru this pandemic I asked his advice to those of us who aren’t used to large periods of isolation and contemplation ...and how we go forward with that experience? His reply came from his 30 years of devotion. I wish I could remember it as plain spoken and beautiful as he said it. (Luckily the cameras were rolling) But I guess the best way to sum it up is —-In a world where everyone is making noise, trust silence,” Brown wrote in the Instagram post.

⠀Letchworth State Park’s Autism Nature Trail – also known as The ANT – is the first of its kind in the United States but organizers are hoping it won’t be the last.

“We are envisioning that it could possibly be a model for other state parks,” said Serventi. The trail is under construction near the Nature Center and will be one mile in length. “We wanted to make it clear that you could never get lost on the trail,” said Loren Penman, another trail co-founder. “You see at the beginning where you are going to end up.”

Along the way there will be sensory markers to help people focus on their abilities, not their disabilities.

“The more we got into it, the more we discovered that this was going to be a trail that was going to be great for everyone,” said Penman. “We made it ADA compliant, we added some features that might appeal to older people, to persons with limited hearing, vision, dementia and people with anxiety.” Even the path of the trail was designed with people’s footing in mind.

“There are 37 markers along the way that indicate you are on the right way. The surface is a compacted stone dust, so that you feel it underfoot,” Penman explained. “Even with a vision issue, if you stray from the trail you are going to immediately feel it.”

Money to pay for the project has all come from private donations, with no help from state or federal grants. Penman said, so far, $3 million has been raised, though they’re aiming for $3.7 million “because we want to endow it forever. A ribbon-cutting is planned for early fall. Work on the trail is still being done and while it may take a few more months to complete, Serventi said they are hoping the publicity from the PBS show will not only help to increase tourism to Letchworth State Park but the entire area.

“Once people hear the word about it they will come,” she said. “We are thinking it will bring people to hotels and coming off of (Interstate) 390 to Geneseo it will be a big boom to Geneseo and all throughout Livingston County.” With the increased business they are also hoping that people will become more educated about those with autism.

“It is just a different way of being. It is spectrum. Some persons on the spectrum find it difficult to do certain things, while others excel,” said Penman. “As we got smarter about autism, we discovered that everyone has something that they are good [at] and something that they are not good at.” In the future, trail organizers are hoping not only people, but also towns, will become more accepting of those with autism.

“We have plans and can make some of the towns autism friendly towns, so that people can learn more about it,” Serventi said. “Autism awareness is one of the fundamental pieces that this trail will help to increase.”
Regional Editor Ben Beagle contributed to this report.


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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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