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A PEACEFUL GATHERING A village is more than a village - it is a mind-set. The curious would ask, "What in the dickens (probably using stronger words here) is she talking about? The adventuresome would say, "Where is my place in this ongoing experience" and the creative geniuses would say, "Where, and how much and where can I give to make this village shine, shine, shine?" All three are important when it comes to discerning "village" and to those in the know, the best is yet to be! Several new businesses have opened on Main Street, and what a welcome sight they are. Many have come to join us in our celebrations, and the latest one was at The Macedon Canal Park. We were blessed with several special guests as we gathered to dedicate our new Mural. Our day was a lovely one - near to being perfect. People came from all directions to honor The Elmer Clark Family whose special image appears on this Mural. Early fire equipment, the original Herendeen barn, Indian Charlie plus his amazing woven baskets and early picture of his cabin, a canal boat, two fine mules and scattered butterflies flittering all over the Mural are there to enjoy. White clouds, blue skies and the look of prosperity are the wonderful images which are being shown to us. If you haven't had a chance to see it - it is on the Macedon Fire Department's Pavilion right next to their building in the park. Money was raised, unselfishly matched by Kitty Van Bortel of Van Bortel Chevrolet and we were able to create a summertime opportunity for our fine artist, Dawn Jordan. The Genesee Land Trust group and Trailworks were our honored guests, bringing with them an eve trough - yes, a real trough filled with strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream topped by whipped cream, sprinkles, mixed colored M&M's and chocolate syrup. The trough was almost the entire width of the pavilion filled to the brim with goodness. Everyone picked up their dishes and a spoon, eagerly filling and enjoying to their hearts' content. What fun! Thank you, friends. I am thinking that many went back for seconds and maybe even thirds! Yum! It is said that miracles do happen. Despite any rumors to the contrary, those who believe in the value of a village continue to go forth building a new wave of potential, and nurturing the wonder of a true neighborhood where people really do know your name! We continue to gather, celebrating our Butterfly & Nature Trail and other amazing things that are happening, and if you would like to have an active part in this beautiful transformation, come on down to the Village Pride meeting every first Thursday - 7:00 (bringing cookies or treats to share would be nice ) at Books, ETC. Call John at 585-474-4116 for information. "There is nothing new under the sun." ALWAYS there will be rumors of negative change which sometimes turn out to be true. But there are ways to really make a difference here, and one of the highest and best is to truly care about your village of choice. Make your voices heard wherever, and whenever you can. Investigate and really understand some of the changes which are occurring and help to maintain the precious treasures that you already have. If you don't - who will? Carol Elaine Deys - Para-Deys Acres' Serenity Chapel


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