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Patricia Roth Schwartz at Books, ETC.

Nov 16 –Patricia Roth Schwartz: On Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 PM, Patricia Roth Schwartz will present and read from her new book at Books, ETC. This book is about her 14 year sojourn inside Auburn Correctional Facility, a men’s maximum security prison in Auburn NY, as a weekly volunteer facilitating a poetry workshop. Although it is a prose memoir, the book contains some of the inmates’ poems, plus some of hers about her experiences. Join us for a very interesting afternoon. This event is free and open to the public. We will meet at Books, ETC., 78 W Main St., Macedon. For questions, call John Cieslinski at 585-474-4116 or email books_etc@yahoo.com.

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Memorial Service for Carolyn Ryan

Newark- Mrs Stanley (Carolyn Beal) Ryan age 99, passed away October 1, 2019 at her home with her daughters by her side.


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Sodus Point Post-Flood Recovery Project Receives Award


Sodus Point Mayor Dave McDowell, left, welcomes key stakeholders to a
Post-Flood Recovery Building Workshop organized by New York Sea Grant
and the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council. Photo: NYSG

Local Project Model Will Help Other Lakeshore Communities

Newark, N.Y. ; November 13, 2019.  The Post-Flood Recovery Building Workshop for the Village of Sodus Point, a project organized by the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council and New York Sea Grant, has received a 2019 Public Outreach Award from the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association. The resiliency building effort is ongoing in Sodus Point and has contributed to a community-level visioning model that New York Sea Grant and the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council would like to use to assist other coastal areas impacted by the Lake Ontario high water event, or weather disasters.

The Post-Flooding project in the Village of Sodus Point highlighted a visioning process for the community and included a public engagement workshop. As part of the project, Mary Austerman, New York Sea Grant Coastal Community Specialist piloted a newly-developed self-assessment checklist to help identify village-specific vulnerabilities to high water levels.

"Key strategies were identified at the workshop to enhance the village response to high water events. The strategies were implemented, in part, for the 2019 event and proved helpful. Communications both inside and outside of the village were structured to be more comprehensive and direct and, as a result, we experienced a calmer resident response and have seen an improved business climate since 2017," said Sodus Point Mayor David McDowell.

The award was one of 16 presented at the Chapter's annual conference in Rochester, N.Y., recognizing outstanding contributions to the field of city, town, and regional planning in the areas of comprehensive planning, implementation, public outreach, best practice, and distinguished leadership.

"The Upstate Chapter Awards Program has been a centerpiece of our Annual Conferences for years and once again we were thrilled to present our membership with 16 exemplary examples of recent projects completed by Chapter members that are bringing about positive change and benefits for residents of Upstate New York," said Mark Castiglione, AICP, president of the New York Chapter of the American Planning Association.

The American Planning Association (APA) provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. The New York Chapter of the APA advances the work of the national organization in 48 counties north of the New York City metropolitan region.

In September, Austerman received a 2019 Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Outstanding Outreach Programming Award for excellence in assisting Lake Ontario coastal communities to address record high water and flooding since the 2017 event.





New York Sea Grant is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York. To learn more, visit www.nyseagrant.org.

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Spirituality and Philosophy

Nov 10 - Spirituality and Philosophy: On Sunday, November 10 at 1:30 PM, Spirituality and Philosophy at Books, ETC. Participants might bring examples of what constitutes philosophy or spirituality for themselves. This discussion is free and open to the public at Books, ETC., 78 W Main St., Macedon. For more information call John Cieslinski at 585-474-4116 or email books_etc@yahoo.com.

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Transition to a Healty Lifestyle

Nov 5 – Transition to a Healthy Lifestyle: On Tuesday, November 5 at 6:30 PM, Transition to a Healthy Lifestyle at Books, ETC. Participants meet to discuss foods, health products and activities that promote healing, health and weight loss and weight management. The idea of the discussion is to encourage people to choose the best elements that will keep them healthy and happy. This program is free and open to the public. We will meet at Books, ETC., 78 W Main St., Macedon. If you have any questions, please respond by email books_etc@yahoo.com or phone John Cieslinski at 585-474-4116.

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Jeffrey Crawford

Nov 2 – Jeffrey Crawford: on Saturday, November 2 at 2:00 PM, Jeffrey Crawford at Books, ETC. Jeff Crawford, who lives in Perinton, and is a retired Methodist pastor, has authored two books: "Bat Tongs and Other Humorous Reflections on Pastoral Ministry" and "Heart Winds, Finding the Way Home." These books are autobiographical and contain reflections/chapters which cover Jeff's life from birth to retirement from pastoral ministry. The first book, "Bat Tongs," presents a humorous look at the wonderful people in the congregations Jeff served for over 33 years. The second book, "Heart Winds," is the heart-warming story of Jeff's first 30 years, and focuses on the dynamics that made him who he is. This event is free and open to the public at Books, ETC. 78 Main St. in Macedon NY. For more information, call John at 585-474-4116 or email books_etc@yahoo.com.

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