Monday, April 18, 2022

Local Expansion: Three Falls Cider debuts at popular Castile mill
Three Falls Cider owners Dan and Pam Chasey, center, are joined by relatives, employees, and President Scott Gardner of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce during a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday in Castile. The expansion has been years in the making.

The Castile Cider Mill is well-known for its sweet cider. But store the popular drink longer and it becomes a different beverage with an appeal all its own.

Owners Dan and Pam Chasey debuted their new business Saturday at the mill on 29 East Park Rd. Three Falls Cider features a variety of hard ciders they’re now producing year-round at the operation they’ve owned since 2008.

“As the business grew, we thought about different things we could do with it,” Dan, 61, said shortly before the ribbon cutting. “Eventually we decided hard cider would be a good fit. We have a lot of good equipment on the sweet cider end we could use for hard cider and the building’s pretty big. Basically we were only using a quarter of it at the time.”

The story and transition as told by co-owner Dan Chasey to videographer Mark Gurman from the Daily News:


Three Falls Cider is located in the building’s rear portion. It includes newly-built tasting room featuring taps, a bar and tables.

Behind them — and beyond the general public’s view — is a row of tanks producing flavors such as segahunda, bourbon barrel farmhouse, hogsback dry-hopped and timber rattler.

Each has been developed carefully and it’s not as easy as people might assume — a good hard cider isn’t nearly same thing as simply letting a sweet cider age.

Dan Chasey took numerous classes through the Cornell Cooperative Extension to learn the chemistry involved in producing hard cider, along with the old-style heirloom varieties that make the best product.

He said the older varieties — some developed specifically for hard ciders — are better than the sweet cider “dessert apples.”

“That kind of set ourselves up and that was four or five years ago,” Chasey said. “Everything’s come to fruition now. We got our license last August and started fermenting our first vintages over the winter. Right now we have nine ciders and we’ll probably bring on another one.”

Each involves different yeasts and apples to create ciders ranging from semi-sweet to semi-dry. The Chaseys try to stay away from lots of sugar and flavorings, in order to bring out the essence of the apples they’re using, as with traditional hard ciders.

Northern Spy is one their more-common base apples used in hard ciders. Harrison is another variety — it was once commonly used in New Jersey’s hard cider industry, which was sizable and significant about 120 years ago.

“Right now with our processes and the yeasts we’re using, and the apples, there’s a few that you could essentially with a month or month-and-a-half,” Chasey said. “But really for blending and different ciders, you want to have I would say two or three months of aging on them. After that, a lot of apple characteristics are there in the cider.”

They develop the cider recipes on paper at first. Then comes testing a small batch, including measuring acid levels, taking hydrometer readings, and gauging the amount of solids present every few days throughout the fermentation process.

“A big thing is, you have a lot of off-flavors that can get in your cider if you let the acid start to drop, once it gets too basic,” Chasey said.

It typically takes about 60 bushels to fill one of the mill’s 1,000 liter tanks, he said. Beyond adding the cider, the operation is also bringing in a mobile canning unit and plans to add a deck this summer.

And not to worry — when autumn arrives, the mill will still offer its sweet cider and related products as traditional.

“It will be quite hectic,” Chasey said, laughing a bit. “We will see how the season plays out.”

Hard cider was at one point the nation’s drink of choice, he said. Three Falls Cider intends to help rekindle and maintain that tradition.

What’s the best part?

“I think in the beginning it’s just getting the different apples and putting them together in different combinations, because you’re always looking for something that somebody else may not be onto yet,” Chasey said.

Three Falls Cider is open noon to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Chaseys are hoping to add an additional day and hour of operation during the summer.

Check the Three Falls Cider information page for more information and updates.

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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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