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Sunday, July 18, 2021

An Editorial Apology
to Our Readers, Community

The Editor was Wrong 
to Pull the Article

This past Tuesday, July 13, 2021, we  received a police report from last summer that appeared in the VideoNewsService.com. We were able to verify its veracity quite easily and so it was published. It was later taken down by the SLDN editor by request of the SLI President. (I use the pronoun "we" because I depend on the input and insights of my volunteer editorial group for a healthy balance of journalism, community standards, and even a review of appropriate Christian standards.) 

Further complicating the removal of a truthful article was the Nominating Committee's apparent unwillingness to address their part in the absence of the information both prior to its discovery (on the part of the Nominee) and after it had been revealed. Instead, the Nominating Committee emailed the SLDN's editor by stating, "I understand that you have posted the police blotter to your blog. I find this very troubling and highly recommend that you take this down. Even with these offenses, [name of person] could run for public office; therefore, s/he should be allowed to run for Trustee."

Our Editor's Response: "As a matter of fact, the SLDNewsletter does not run "the police blotter," but rather runs only individual news releases of arrests that are deemed significant by each police reporting agency within Wyoming County or where Wyoming County residents are affected. As you are aware, we are an independent news blog covering all of the communities of Silver Lake including SLI. We have, in this case, removed the article in question, as per your request. Because of the relevance of the subject, we continue to allow the comment streams to continue and not be edited out. We have printed one of the comments as an article because it is supportive of [the arrested individual] and we deemed it helpful [to the arrested individual's cause].

As the reader can clearly see by the two preceding paragraphs, the Editor of SLDN, in his rush to reconcile with the SLI Trustees and its Nominations Committee, unwittingly became a part of the attempt to eliminate legitimate and truthful information to which the voting public was and is entitled. The SLDN's argument never was that [the arrested individual] "should be allowed to run for Trustee." That is true and we do not object to it. 

Our sole objection is to the apparent attempt to non-disclose the information after it became known. We here at SLDN are therefore, complicit in the non-disclosure at the point that we agreed to the principles in the non-disclosure by agreeing to pull the article as the Editor did and then running Dr. Bob Cook's recommendation in its place.

Therefore, the SLDN got "out of balance" by allowing our personal Christian principles of compassion and forgiveness to far outweigh our journalistic principles--specifically those involving truth and admission of guilt (disclosure) which are also Christian in nature. For this (complicity with non-disclosure by removing the article) we offer our sincerest apologies to our readers and all members of the SLI community and Silver Lake-wide communities. We hope the SLI Trustees will join us in this apology for promoting non-disclosure over truth/disclosure. Let us allow the "truth to set us free."

If you did not have the opportunity of reading Part Two of the Arrests, we provide that second half of the article by clicking on "read more."

Arthur P. Smart, Defying SLI Rules,
Makes Discussion of Handbook Saturday
All the More Relevant

The same article, highlighting the same Sheriff's Report, names another SLI resident, well known for his speeding around one-lane SLI streets east of Perry Ave. and on Perry Ave. itself--on his four-wheeler and allowing his nephew's underage son, appearing to be about 10, to follow him on another four-wheeler at the same unsafe and noisy speed. 

In addition to speeding and unlicensed driving, this same family has been in violation of another Handbook provision, i.e., having and/or storing an unlicensed, unregistered motor vehicle which has been parked on their property for over 8 years. When the property owner is approached about his violations, it is reported that he simply states, "Talk to my lawyer," which apparently has not been done.

The news article states:

On July 23, 2020, following a traffic stop on Route 19 in the Town of Covington, Arthur P. Smart, 48, of Perry, was arrested for driving while ability impaired by drugs.

Smart was stopped for failing to exercise due care while passing two National Grid utility vehicles that were working on the shoulder of the roadway of Route 19.

Smart is accused of almost striking a worker wearing a bright yellow safety vest. He was transported to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where he submitted to a drug influence evaluation conducted by a NYS Certified Drug Recognition Expert.

Following the evaluation, Smart was determined to be impaired by two separate drugs and unable to operate a motor vehicle safely. Smart is charged with DWAI/drugs, DWAI/drugs combo, reckless driving, unlawful possession of marijuana 2nd Degree, failure to exercise due care to avoid collision with hazard vehicle, and unlawful stickers.

Smart was released following processing, issued appearance tickets for all charges and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Covington Court at a later date.

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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 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.


"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 www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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