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--WEDNESDAY - 1/19/22 - ASBURY TAKE-OUT MEAL - $12 - Call 585-237-5262 -- Stay in Your Car for Pickup -- Seared Stuffed Chicken With Cracker Crumb Stuffing, Twice Baked Potato, Mixed Veggies, Dinner Roll, Mixed Berry Cobbler (Eat-In also open).
--FIRST MEETING OF THE SLI TRUSTEES IN 2022 will be the third Saturday in April--the 24th, 10 am, location TBA.

Silver Lake Institute Bishop Burt Park

Looking for More and Better pictures of the Park.

Photo Tour including: 

  • Gazebo (originated as a square sand box)
  • Baseball Diamond with Backstop Garden
  • Basketball Court
  • Swings, Slide, May Pole
  • Annual Tent from 2018 and SLE 2019
  • 3 Memorial Plaques
  • Filled with grass and trees (except Basketball Court)

The Gazebo, formerly the Sand Box, is located at the SW corner of the Park near the intersection of Perry Ave. and Genesee. Notice the Park Slide and children's climbing and straddling device. There are two sets of Swings available primarily for the children.


 Electrical power returned to Burt Park in the early days of Summer 2019. It had been absent for 100 years ever since the arson fire of the Amphitheater-Auditorium in 1918. It had been completed and first used in the Season of 1888.

The Baseball Diamond is located at the NW corner of the Park near the intersection of Perry Ave. and Embury Ave. and one lot away from Stoody Hall after crossing Perry Ave. toward the west. The garden is on the west side of the baseball backstop. In the late 1800's the baseball diamond and accompany-ing bleachers were located in the meadow which is just east of Thompson Ave., accessible from Wesley Ave.


Three memorial plaques were set in place between the Gazebo and the baseball diamond just yards away from Perry Ave. to highlight three significant parts of Silver Lake History. One of those highlights was the 2500-seat amphitheater-auditorium existing from 1888-1918 during which years the park was named Auditorium Park.


The amphitheater, often referred to as the auditorium, and built by the well known Wells family of Rochester, may not look like much aesthetically, but more than served its purposes for 30 years of great programming and services. It was one of only two amphitheaters built by Wells in New York State utilizing an amazing new construction concept that eliminated view-blocking structural posts originally needed for pushing the upper weight upwards, but the new tresses now pushed that weight toward the two sides. Not long after this, the wooden tresses became obsolete in favor of steel. Wells were primarily barn builders. At least one recorded instance indicated that the building accommodated 3,000 persons. Because of the open sides, it was speculated that extra chairs may be expanded beyond the building itself. In late 1918, two pre-teen males set the building on fire with the assistance of fallen leaves. The auditorium was destroyed, as was the programming that had been developed around of it.


The above photo shows the inside of the amphitheater after electricity had been extended to it, making a quite exciting and useful addition. 
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
THE AMPHITHEATER AND HALL OF PHILOSOPHY?
The auditorium was located on the Park grounds, a few yards north of Genesee Ave. where Ames Ave. intersects it. Ames Ave. became the main street of the Institute because it connected the three largest historical buildings of the Institute -- Amphitheater (1888), Hall of Philosophy*(1889), and Epworth Hall (1892). In the early 1950's, Perry Ave. was being extended around the west end of the Park, across Genesee and over Kingston Ave. then returning to Ames Ave. Ames Ave., however, was cut from its original path near Chapman because it ran too close to the cottage next to Ames Ave. which was not according to town/county codes for streets. The driveway of that cottage is today an original section of Ames Ave. which is why the driveway lines up with the Asbury Retreat Center's road immediately across Chapman Road. Ames Ave. originally crossed Chapman and then became Palestine Ave. Today, Palestine is no longer named, but is just the entry road to the retreat center. The Hall of Philosophy* was located where the current Wilmott Lodge is located. The Hall of Philosophy* would eventually become Epworth Inn* which served the Institute well through 1972. At that point it had to be demolished because of deterioration and unsafe conditions but primarily because the county finally condemned the ground floor after having previously condemned the upper two floors. This is the reason why Ames Ave. is spoken about in relationship to our largest historical buildings. Losing two out of the three of them, has been partially responsible for some dramatic programmatic changes, along with the changing needs of present-day society.
* Epworth Inn was originally built as a two-story Hall of Philosophy with the ground floor being added on later by raising up the top two floors.


Methodist Episcopal
Bishop Wm. Burt

After the demise of the auditorium, it was decided to re-name Auditorium Park and to honor a beloved, very supportive and generous clergy leader in Western New York, Bishop William Burt of the Buffalo area. The Park was re-named Bishop Burt Park and has held that name for nearly 100 years right up to the present. A very large photo of Bishop Burt hangs in the second Floor museum of the Hoag Memorial Hall & Art Gallery.


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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.

AUGUST 4-7, 2022

AUGUST 4-7, 2022
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