Saturday, January 15, 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend -- Buffalo Bills Night:
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Halftime score: Bills 27, Patriots 3. 
End of the Third Quarter: Bills 33, Pats: 10.
Quarter (in progress): Bills 47, Pats 17.
FINAL:  For Buffalo at Orchard Park: 47-17.

THE SOUTH BYRON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY had hoped to celebrate the 100th year of the department a year ago, in January 2021. Then, it hoped to have the celebration tonight. Both times, COVID-19 led to postponement, said Fire Company Executive Board Secretary Theresa Hammer. She said the board is now looking at the spring as the time for the 100-year celebration. “Our members and body felt it was necessary, due to the rising COVID numbers, that it was best to postpone the banquet, for the safety of our members as well as the community members that are invited, as well first responders from our mutual aid fire departments.” Hammer said the board decided Jan. 3 to postpone the celebration.

A FIRE IN ELBA DESTROYED A DETACHED GARAGE and damaged the house where two adults live, Elba Fire Chief Mike Heale said. No injuries have been reported and Genesee County fire investigators are looking into the cause of a garage fire this morning at 7504 Norton Rd. There was a pet dog which got out safely as well, he said. Heale said the call came in around 5:45 a.m. as a garage fire early Saturday morning. “My assistant chief got on scene. The fire extended into the house, to an attic space,” Heale said. “The garage is a total loss right now. We’re still evaluating the house. Right now, we’re helping [the residents] get some stuff out.” The fire chief said the origin of the fire hasn’t been determined, but added that the fire is not considered suspicious.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPDATE (4:30 PM) -- The NWS has issued wind chill advisories for tonight across Western NY. Later Sunday, winter storm warnings take effect across all of WNY and the Finger Lakes region. Wind chill advisories will be in effect from 6 tonight to 7 a.m. Sunday for GLOW counties, and also for Monroe, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, northern and southern Erie, Ontario, Allegany and Wayne counties. Very cold wind chills are expected again tonight, with wind chills as low as 15 degrees below zero. Wind chills for Livingston, Ontario and Allegany counties may be as low as 20 degree below zero. A winter storm warning will be in effect from 7 p.m. Sunday to 10 p.m. Monday for Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties. The Weather Service says 12 to 20 inches of snow is expected, with winds gusting as high as 40 mph on Monday. A winter storm warning is in effect from 7 p.m. Sunday to 7 p.m. Monday for Livingston, Ontario and Allegany counties. Total snow accumulations of 7 to 13 inches are forecast, with winds gusting as high as 35 mph on Monday, the Weather Service said. A winter storm warning will be in effect from 9 p.m. Sunday to 7 p.m. Monday for Genesee, Orleans, Niagara and northern Erie counties, with 12 to 19 inches of total snow accumulation expected. Winds may gust as high as 40 mph on Monday. Widespread accumulating snow will create dangerous travel conditions--from very difficult to impssible.

WHILE MOST OF SUNDAY IS EXPECTED TO BE UNEVENTFUL weather across the region, a major winter storm tracking north from the Carolinas is expected to bring steady - occasionally heavy - snow across the region Sunday night and Monday, according to the NWS. Snowfall amounts of more than a foot are anticipated in the western counties, the Weather Service said. “Sunday will truly be the ‘calm before the storm,’ “ the forecast discussion said. The winter storm warnings begin first - and last the longest - for Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties where the National Weather Service says total snow accumulations of 12 to 18 inches is possible. Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could affect the morning or evening commute. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Snowfall rates early Monday morning could reach up to 1 inch per hour at times with wind gusts up to 40mph.

NYSEG is preparing for Winter Storm Izzy, which is expected to arrive late Sunday evening. Our storm team has proactively mobilized more than 1,500 line and tree personnel, damage assessors and wire guards ahead of the storm to facilitate an effective and efficient response should outages occur. Our storm response team has been monitoring weather forecasts, planning, and readying crews and equipment. We encourage you to also monitor local forecasts and prepare for the possibility of service interruptions.

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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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