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Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society February Event

The Heart of the Bennetts will be revealed Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Gates Hall, 4107 Lake Road, Pultneyville, NY.

This dramatic program has been prepared for the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society by Irene Bierer in recognition on the 2017 gift of portraits of three Bennett family members. Eleanor French bequeathed to the organization the historical paintings of her ancestors, Dr. Josiah Bennett, his wife, Ruth Reeves Bennett, and their granddaughter, Ellen Wealthy Bennett. The images now hang proudly for visitors to appreciate in the parlor room of the newly arranged Society house on Mill Street.

Based on historical family facts recorded in the Archives Department of W-PHS, public records, and obituaries provided by the local historians Craig and Susan DeNagel, this original presentation uses five vignettes or the original Bennett family members to illustrate some of their various interests and challenges.

With the use of this information and creative license to recreate interactions and conversations, the writer offers this piece of historical fiction to both edify and amuse guest with a walk back in time to 1816 when the youthful doctor first arrived in Williamson, then forth into the lives of his adult children to 1877.

As with all W-PHS programs, there is no charge, and all are welcome to glimpse the lives of this early local family.


Register Now for Feb. 17 Young Boater Safety Certification

This little fella will have to wait a few
years to take the Young Boater Safety
course for 10 to 17-year-olds.

USCGA to Teach Young Boater Safety Certification at 2018 CNY Boat Show: All-in-One-Day Course and Exam Set for February 17

Syracuse, NY; January 4, 2018.  New York Sea Grant is now taking registrations for the free, all-in-one-day Young Boater certification training to be offered Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 9 am to 5 pm in Syracuse, NY, at the Central New York Boat Show at the NYS Fairgrounds.

Pre-registration is required for the limited space seating for the course taught by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 personnel. New York Sea Grant is taking registrations by phone: 315-312-3042.

Successful completion of the 8-hour training and same-day proctored exam is required for youth ages 10 to 17 to legally operate a motorized boat or watercraft alone on New York waters.

Each youth registering for this edition of the Young Boater safety course will receive 3 free admission passes into the 2018 Central New York Boat Show that is the largest and oldest boat show in New York. Participants are asked to provide for their own lunch.

Visitors to the Boating Information Center at the show will see the 2018 edition of the New York Sea Grant Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign vessel with information on approved life jackets, boating safety, and voluntary watercraft inspection to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species. The vessel for this award-winning educational campaign is different each year.

The show features more than 500 boats of all styles; water recreation equipment; marine accessories, boating and fishing guides; yacht clubs; and exhibits by waterfront destinations, tourism organizations, and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in three buildings at the NYS Fairgrounds.

The 2018 Central New York Boat Show hours are 1-9 pm on Thursday, February 15; 1-9 pm on Friday, February 16; 10 am-9 pm on Saturday, February 17; and 10 am-5 pm on Sunday, February 18. Show admission is $10 per person; 13 and younger free. Free parking and shuttle are provided. Learn more at www.cnyboatshow.com.


Consistent Love by Carol Elaine deys

Her name is Boo-tiful Paddy Paws, and she is a kitty who lives in our barns or any place she chooses to hide.  I see her paw prints in the snow, and every time I come home - there they are again.  She has come to me on varied wing, and I now find her entrenching in my soul.  Yes, she does live in or near the barn and consistently walks through the white, crispy snow to reach our bird feeder.

The feeder is filed with delicious goodies from our table, and sits right outside our kitchen window. One day I looked out, and there she was - all black with white bib and boots.  She was eating the bread we had put there earlier. She doesn't seem to bother the birds, unless she does it on the sly. One never knows!

We had to put our Husky Pakia down a few months ago, and she seems to have come to visit - yes, out of hunger, but also through the unseen knowledge that lifts through the air and in our sub/conscious worlds to bring us comfort.  When I come home from a shopping trip, I call her by the name I have given her.  It is my hope that she will learn to value my voice, and be less afraid of our presence in her world.

In this world of changing venue, I respect the fact that all kinds of disastrous things are now occurring.  I also respect the fact that I have been given a gift. Perhaps she is a neighbor's kitten.  Perhaps someone negligently dropped her off.  But in the meantime, she brings joy to my life - and I am considerably blessed by her gentle presence.

A beautiful red cardinal came to visit the bird feeder the other day, and after he lifted - wings sparkling in the white snow falling, five stark blue jays came to feed - and then there are the squirrels and the little song sparrows - sometimes a dozen at a time.  It seems there is always enough for all.  Our grandson told me that he actually saw a young buck standing in our front yard in the early morning as he waited for the school bus. There are diversified paw prints all over our yard.  How interesting!

May the peace which passes all understanding continue to bless your lives, and despite all rumors to the contrary, we are beginning to heal upon this Planet called Hope.  There are times when the current mode of delivery claims only the negative.  In my world, this is not one of them. Words of faith resonate within my heart. May they help to reflect upon the Promised Way, acknowledging fully the benefit of One life in Christ.

A new year beckons - "Let there be peace on earth - and let it begin with me - and thee."

Carol Elaine Deys
PARA-DEYS ACRES' Serenity Chapel


NY Potato Growers, Farm Show Celebrating 32 Years of Service by Melanie Wickham

Melanie Wickham
For 32 years Melanie Wickham has served the Empire State Potato Growers, Inc. as executive director, representing the group in the best light at local, state, regional, national and international gatherings. 

She has also been  the driving force behind Empire Farm Days, the largest outdoor agricultural trade show of its kind in the Northeastern U.S.  The show is held at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, N.Y. 

Now ready for new opportunities and more time with family, Wickham leaves huge footprints to fill, making two job opportunities open.

Wickham has set a high standard for advocacy and administration on behalf of the nonprofit group representing New York State potato growers managing more than 20,000 acres of potato crop for seed, fresh market sale, and processing.

"It will take two people to fill the roles Melanie Wickham has held for 32 years with the Empire State Potato Growers and Empire Farm Days," said Empire State Potato Growers President Karl Hofmann, Springville, NY.

Wickham has logged countless miles and hours over her 32-year tenure on behalf of Empire Farm Days to make it a one-stop agricultural education event packed with equipment, exhibits, field demonstrations, seminars, and learning opportunities designed to enhance the efficiency, profitability and sustainability of all types of agriculture enterprises.

"Melanie is always quick to credit the growers, sponsors, and her teams for the success of Empire Farm Days," said Hofmann, who has served on the Empire Farm Days committee and been involved with the growers association for most of Wickham’s career.  "This is our opportunity to thank her for her devotion and service as she transfers the reins to new management."

Job descriptions and application instructions for those interested in applying to become the executive director of the Empire State Potato Growers or manager of the Empire Farm Days show are available by contacting mwickham@nypotatoes.org or Kfhspuds@aol.com.


Art Reception at Books, ETC.

Dec 8 – Art Reception for Collin Arend and John Cieslinski: On Friday, December 8, at 6:00 pm, Art Reception for Collin Arend and John Cieslinski at Books, ETC. Collin is a photographer with both color and black and white photographs.  John is a collage and drawing artist.   This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 585-474-4116 or email at books_etc@yahoo.com.


Here's to Your Health Product Party at Books, ETC.

Dec 5 – Here’s to Your Health Product Party and Auction: On Tuesday, December 5, at 6:30 PM, Here’s to Your Health Product Party and Auction at Books, ETC. Come and enjoy the party and the fun. Learn about the great products from Shop.com. Free snacks and beverages will be offered. Plus, each guest will be given $1,000 in free “auction money.” This paper money can be used to bid on all the products being offered. This event is free and open to the public at Books, ETC., 78 W. Main St., Macedon NY. For more information call John at 585-474-4116 or email books_etc@yahoo.com


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