Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Wednesday 19 May 2021:
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Julie Hoffner arrived Tuesday afternoon and began opening her cottage during her three-day stay here with her daughter Heidi. Her sister Susan and husband Steve assisted. Julie and Heidi leave on Thursday but Julie will be returning with her uncle from Tennesee the following Wednesday. Sue and Steve like to spend weekends here leaving on Tuesdays for their home in Rochester.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Livingston County neared 100 on Monday, according to data from the Livingston County Department of Health. The total number of cases in Livingston and Wyoming counties was 140, or 11 more than Friday, the last time the counties reported data, and 20 more than a week ago. The two counties reported 61 new cases on Monday, along with 55 recoveries. Health officials in the four-county GLOW region continue to encourage residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as the virus continues to circulate through the region. As of Sunday testing data, the seven-day rolling averages for each of the GLOW counties were above the state average of 1.1%, while Livingston and Wyoming counties were also above the Finger Lakes region’s rolling average of 2.7%.

It’s back. The dreaded gypsy moth has

 started to hatch out from its fuzzy egg cases across Western New York. Last year there were severe outbreaks in many areas while others saw low numbers. We always have some gypsy moth caterpillars to contend with but last year’s numbers were considered to be high — high enough that there are concerns this year will also see high numbers of caterpillars which can result in damage to trees. The European gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) is an invasive insect that was brought to the Boston area in 1869. They escaped captivity and found a home in the surrounding woods. From there they have spread across the Northeast defoliating trees as they expanded their range. It is now considered to be one of the most destructive pests of forest and shade trees in the eastern United States.

Gypsy moth numbers can fluctuate widely year to year. Gypsy moth egg masses can contain 100 to 1,000 eggs. Caterpillars start hatching in spring depending on the temperature. As they eat, they go through a series of molts and get larger each time. 

 Fully grown caterpillars are about 2 inches long. They are very hairy and are easy to identify by the five pairs of blue dots followed by six pairs of red dots down its back. Those hairs contain a chemical that can cause rashes in some people if you handle them. The caterpillar stage lasts about seven weeks and then they look for a safe place to pupate. 

The pupae are about two inches long, dark brown and are lightly covered with hairs. You can find pupal cases attached to tree bark, stones or even buildings, generally in a protected area. Peak emergence of the adult moths is in mid-July. Adult gypsy moths don’t live very long, just a few days, and they do not eat. 

The male and female moths look different from each other. The females are white with black markings and the males are dark brown or grayish with dark marks. Female gypsy moths cannot fly so they attract males to them by emitting pheromones. 

 Gypsy moth caterpillars are voracious eaters and not terribly picky. They will eat the leaves of more than 500 species of trees, shrubs and plants. Oak and aspen top the list of their favorite foods. There have also been instances where caterpillars have defoliated large stands of blue spruce and they will eat other conifers as well. 

This is concerning as evergreens do not come back from defoliation as well as deciduous trees. Evergreens may die after being defoliated once. Normally, healthy deciduous trees can handle one year of defoliation. Two or more successive years of heavy defoliation can result in tree death. Even if trees do not die, defoliation weakens trees. This can increase damage from secondary invaders such as insect attacks or disease issues. 

Trees that suffer defoliation may re-leaf, which can use up energy stores. Defoliated trees may also suffer from winter injury. Gypsy moths do have some natural predators and parasites. Entomophaga maimaiga is a fungus that kills the caterpillars. There is also a virus which can infect caterpillars. Oddly enough the caterpillars infected with the virus die on the tree in an inverted “V” position. 

White-footed mice, gray squirrels and a few birds prey on the caterpillars and pupae. There are also some parasites like the tiny parasitic wasp, Ooencyrtus kuvanae, which lays its eggs in gypsy moth eggs. These natural controls may not be enough to stop a severe outbreak. 

Homeowners can try to control older caterpillars by banding select trees. The older larvae move down the trees at dawn to seek shelter during the day and go back up the trees in the evening to feed. Take advantage of this behavior by tying a burlap strip 12 to 18 inches wide around the trunk with twine. Place it at about chest height. Fold the burlap over the twine so it hangs like an apron around the trunk. The caterpillars will hide in it during the day. Check the burlap daily. Look between the layers. Collect and destroy any caterpillars that you find. This technique works best from late May through early July, for light to moderate infestations. 

If you have trees or shrubs that are being defoliated, an insecticidal treatment might be needed. There are several insecticides labeled for use on gypsy moth, but they tend to work best on the smaller caterpillars. Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Btk) is a biological pesticide that only kills caterpillars. 

It is most effective on small gypsy moth caterpillars, by time they reach the third stage it no longer works. Applications should also be made before trees are heavily defoliated and stressed. Always follow the label directions. You may need to call an arborist to properly treat larger trees or if you have a number of trees under attack. 

If this turns out to be a big year for gypsy moth caterpillars, arborists will be inundated with calls from frantic homeowners who are watching their trees being defoliated. An arborist can help you assess the health of your tree, and decide if an insecticide is warranted. 

They can also apply systemic insecticides to your tree that are not available to homeowners. These can protect your tree for a longer period of time. Start looking for the caterpillars on your trees. The sooner you identify them, the sooner you can start treatment. 

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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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