DEC. 13 AT 7PM - PERRY COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT -- Monday, December 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM Perry First United Methodist Church, 35 Covington in Perry, NY.
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EPWORTH HALL received a grant earlier this Fall to tear up the warn-out floor and refinish the original wood floor. To do this, SLI has been awarded $40,000 from the Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization Grant Program including a generous grant from the National Park Service Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Fund and is a partnership between the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Landmark Society of WNY. Now, early in this month of November 2021, Epworth Hall has been recognized by the Landmark Society of WNY as the only one this year from the GLOW Counties region to make the "Five to Revive" List. This recognition has often helped in the obtaining of grants while also calling to the public's attention, another worthy historic site to visit and enjoy.
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Special By Ben Beagle and Brian Quinn, news@batavianews.com:
Construction begins on Plug Power hydrogen facility in center of GLOW region in the Town of Alabama

Gov. Kathy Hochul was in Genesee County Wednesday morning, October 20th, to announce the start of construction for the Plug Power hydrogen fuel facility in the Science, Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP), 6840 Crosby Rd., Alabama. The $290 million project includes an electricity substation and state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel facility. The project would be the largest green hydrogen plant in North America, according to the governor’s office.

“This groundbreaking is incredibly significant for the economies of the Finger Lakes and Western New York, providing new jobs and establishing the region as a prime destination for large manufacturers moving forward,” Hochul said. “Plug Power’s new facility will be the largest plant in North America producing green hydrogen, advancing our ambitious green energy goals as we work toward a cleaner future.”

Plug Power is slated to be the first tenant in the manufacturing park, which has been in development for about 15 years. A previous project, a solar manufacturing facility, withdrew in 2018 before breaking ground.

Plug Power’s production facility will produce 45 metric tons of green liquid hydrogen daily that will serve the northeast. The hydrogen is sold to customers to replace fossil fuels in on-road applications such as heavy-duty freight and forklifts. The company’s customers include: Amazon, Walmart, Wegmans, GM, Home Depot, Lowe’s, IKEA and Ace Hardware.

The company has also committed to creating up to 68 new jobs, with an average annual salary of $70,000. Plug Power is also funding the construction of a 450-megawatt electricity substation that will support its production facility and allow for future growth opportunities at the STAMP site.

“Plug Power is proud to be the leaders building the green hydrogen economy, creating jobs right here in our home state of New York,” Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh said. “By 2025, our cross-continental green hydrogen network aims to supply 500 tons per day, and 1,000 tons per day globally by 2028. We thank our elected officials and partners for their leadership.”

The siting of the manufacturing park and Plug Power’s decision to locate to Genesee County was driven by access to low-cost hydropower from the New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project less than 30 miles away.

The Power Authority is supporting Plug Power with several incentives. The incentives include:
■ A 10-megawatt allocation of low-cost hydropower from the Niagara Power Project.
■ $1.5 million from the Western New York Power Proceeds program.
■ 143 MW of High-Load Factor power that NYPA will procure for Plug Power on the energy market, drastically lowering electric bills through a reduction in electricity delivery chargers.

Empire State Development is also supporting the project with up to $2 million in Excelsior Tax Credits in exchange for job creation commitments.

Genesee County is also providing assistance for the project. Under the terms of a 20-year PILOT agreement, Plug Power will pay about $2.3 million annually to support local municipalities and infrastructure, including Genesee County, the town of Alabama, and the Oakfield-Alabama Central School District.

“We will continue to see the benefits from investments made here in Genesee County and STAMP,” said Genesee County Legislature Chairwoman Rochelle M. Stein. “Companies hire from our own backyard, people are moving to and staying in our area, and our economy has a direct impact from companies such as Plug Power coming into our community. I am excited to see Genesee County thrive for years to come. This would not be possible without Governor Hochul’s leadership, Plug Power’s innovation, STAMP’s qualities, and Genesee County’s people for creating an ideal scenario to advance this project and jobs for our kids. Thank you all for your hard work.”

“We will continue to see the benefits from investments made here in Genesee County and STAMP,” said Genesee County Legislature Chairwoman Rochelle M. Stein. “Companies hire from our own backyard, people are moving to and staying in our area, and our economy has a direct impact from companies such as Plug Power coming into our community. I am excited to see Genesee County thrive for years to come. This would not be possible without Governor Hochul’s leadership, Plug Power’s innovation, STAMP’s qualities, and Genesee County’s people for creating an ideal scenario to advance this project and jobs for our kids. Thank you all for your hard work.”

“We will continue to see the benefits from investments made here in Genesee County and STAMP,” said Genesee County Legislature Chairwoman Rochelle M. Stein. “Companies hire from our own backyard, people are moving to and staying in our area, and our economy has a direct impact from companies such as Plug Power coming into our community. I am excited to see Genesee County thrive for years to come. This would not be possible without Governor Hochul’s leadership, Plug Power’s innovation, STAMP’s qualities, and Genesee County’s people for creating an ideal scenario to advance this project and jobs for our kids. Thank you all for your hard work.”

“We will continue to see the benefits from investments made here in Genesee County and STAMP,” said Genesee County Legislature Chairwoman Rochelle M. Stein. “Companies hire from our own backyard, people are moving to and staying in our area, and our economy has a direct impact from companies such as Plug Power coming into our community. I am excited to see Genesee County thrive for years to come. This would not be possible without Governor Hochul’s leadership, Plug Power’s innovation, STAMP’s qualities, and Genesee County’s people for creating an ideal scenario to advance this project and jobs for our kids. Thank you all for your hard work.”

“We will continue to see the benefits from investments made here in Genesee County and STAMP,” said Genesee County Legislature Chairwoman Rochelle M. Stein. “Companies hire from our own backyard, people are moving to and staying in our area, and our economy has a direct impact from companies such as Plug Power coming into our community. I am excited to see Genesee County thrive for years to come. This would not be possible without Governor Hochul’s leadership, Plug Power’s innovation, STAMP’s qualities, and Genesee County’s people for creating an ideal scenario to advance this project and jobs for our kids. Thank you all for your hard work.”

STAMP has been validated as a regional priority project by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and has been supported by local, regional, and state governments, as well as business, university, and utility partners.

“Plug Power’s groundbreaking at STAMP marks a major step in a multiyear process,” said state Sen. Ed Rath, R-Williamsville. “I want to applaud Genesee County Economic Development Corporation, Genesee County, the Town of Alabama and the many Economic Development officials across the region who made this a reality. Success breeds success and I’m confident that Plug Power’s investment in our community will serve as a catalyst to future investment and expansion at STAMP and across the entire region.”

Added Assemblymember Stephen Hawley, R-Batavia: “Finally seeing ground break for such an ambitious and innovative project at STAMP, and one that will provide at least 68 jobs to residents, should fill us all with pride and hope for the future of industry in New York. The clean energy production this facility aims to achieve could certainly be leveraged to springboard and inspire even more high-tech startups at STAMP to plant their roots here in Western New York.”

The Plug Power expansion is part of its plan to construct up to seven hydrogen production facilities across North America by 2022. In January, Plug Power announced that it would be establishing a $125 million Innovation Center in Monroe County, creating 377 new jobs. That facility will manufacture hydrogen fuel cell stacks for its ProGen hydrogen fuel cell engines used to power a variety of electric vehicles, including material handling equipment, on-road commercial fleet vehicles, and drones. The company also operates a facility in Rochester’s Eastman Business Park and maintains its headquarters in the Capital Region.

STAMP is a 1,250-acre mega site with a history that goes back to 2006 when New York State began a search to identify sites for large-scale manufacturing parks that would target up-and-coming technology. In 2007, the STAMP site in the town of Alabama was identified as a location that could provide for such a park. Site design followed and in 2014 infrastructure design, engineering and construction launched with the allocation of $33 million by New York state.

STAMP has completed all site-level design and engineering, and all-site level environmental and zoning approvals to locate projects, including semiconductor manufacturing, renewables manufacturing, biopharma manufacturing, and other high-capacity industries.

A previous project, 1366 Technologies was poised to be the park’s first tenant when the company and GCEDC officials announced on Oct. 7, 2015, plans for a $700 million solar manufacturing facility on 105 acres of the 1,250-acre park. At the time of the announcement, the project had planned to break ground in 2016 and be completed in 2017 or 2018.

But in 2018, with ground not broken, the Massachusetts-based company withdrew the project after efforts to secure a $150 million federal Department of Energy loan were withdraw. The loan request, which dated back to 2011 and the project’s earliest stages, had not progressed within the agency. The uncertainty of the federal request spurred the company decision to withdraw and seek to develop the project overseas, the company’s CEO said at the time in a statement to The Daily News.

GCEDC officials acknowledged at the time disappointment in the company’s decision, while noting marketing changes in the industries the park was targeting and the risks in capitalizing such costly projects.

The 1366 Technologies project did provide a catalyst for infrastructure development at the park, which has been the subject of significant speculation this year after reports in the Wall Street Journal that it was one of five sites in the United States that Samsung Electronics Co. was considering for a new semiconductor plant. Other reports have mentioned the STAMP site as a possible warehouse location for Amazon.

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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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