Monday, May 2, 2016

2 Trees Encroaching into Hoffner's Ames Ave. Cottage Start Coming Down Today

Monday morning, May 2, 2016 from Haven Ave. in the foreground.


Monday afternoon, May 2, 2016, -- The gray house on the right used to be the last house on Haven Ave. until previous owners purchased Haven Ave., dead-ending Haven and causing the gray house's location to be known as Janes Ave. which runs on the other side. Haven used to continue on across Janes Ave.


"From the top, down..." Monday afternoon, May 2, 2016

This chipper-grinder is parked on Haven Ave. temporarily cutting off Ames Ave.

The earth mover (left) is parked on the property of the first house on Haven, well known for its unfinished decor. At this point, I am assuming it may have something to do with some partial removal of tree roots. The photo on the right was taken from my living room chair looking out the window to view the high-lift cage arriving from "out of the sky" to "visit me;" more like simply rearranging its positioning.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Slow Day on the RGE Project Wednesday; Project to be Complete by Memorial Day

There will apparently be days that RGE will not be spending much time on the Institute grounds such as on Wednesday, but that does not change the understanding with RGE that the project will be completed by Memorial Day. While the main supply line has been laid the length of Lakeview Avenue, the individual streets and cottages must now be hooked into that new supply line. So far they seem to be doing a good job in using the tunneling equipment which eliminates a significant amount of open digging. The Heritage Walkway was also tunneled under, completely avoiding repair and re-setting of bricks; the new supply line runs under it at the usual depth at which gas supply lines are installed.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

RGE Continues its work
On the Institute Grounds

Looking northward up Ames Avenue to Genesee Avenue where RGE has dug a ditch across the Genesee Avenue property on the left.

 Taken at the Intersection of Genesee Avenue and Ames Avenue in early afternoon, observing the ditch dug earlier from one end of this property to the other. It is most likely being connected with the 1980's supply pipe that currently runs on the Ames Avenue right of way.

Looking at RGE workers at the far end of the intersection where Genesee Avenue meets Lakeview Avenue. As you can see, it is quite an operation in dirt movement and pipe laying.

Sunday, May 1st, was the
Lake-wide Publicity Deadline

The Silver Lake Assn. and the Silver Lake Institute are teaming up to designate one weekend this summer for lake-wide yard/garage sales. Titled “Pickers’ Passport to Paradise,” this two-day event will be advertised locally and regionally at no expense to individual cottage owners! Bonnie Bright, Julie Hoffner, Karen Norton and Loren Penman are working together to create a comprehensive list of participants whose addresses will be arranged by tract for customers’ ease of finding the sales. This is a great opportunity for neighbors to work together (for example, a “Christmas in July” display or a “necessities for lake living” compilation), so get creative — and put these dates on your calendar:
FRIDAY & SATURDAY,
JULY 15 & 16, 2016 - 9 AM - 3 PM

If you’d like your address included on the
comprehensive list of participants, please email it by May1st to:
silverlakearts@gmail.com

or send a note to: P.O. Box 281, Silver Lake, NY 14549 [lp]

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Fred and Esther Expect Their Son, 
Hans at the Cottage Today (Sunday)

Fred and Esther Schuknecht are expecting their son, Hans and his girlfriend, Niki to arrive late Sunday afternoon, somewhere between 4 and 6 pm at Fred and Esther's cottage on Lakeview Avenue. Friends are welcome to stop and give a warm hello!




Warm Summer Sunny Days approaching and help is needed for the Sunday Coffee Hour following Service. Two additonal people are needed to serve with Joan and Ray Maddison. If interested please call Joan Maddison at 585-237-5495. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . Blessings  Joan and Ray
(Servers do not have to be Service attenders)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

2016 Season Fast Approaching
As April Preparations Continue

This month's first meeting of the Board signaled the 90 day mark to the opening of SLI 2016 Season and in 10 days we will be at the 60 day mark. Behind the scenes work continues to ensure details are well in place for the July 4th weekend.

This year's Season-Opening Worship Service will again be featured at the SLI Blue Dock at Lakeview and Wesley Avenues. The Service will be led by the Rev. Dr. Don Weaver from Harris Avenue, with the Rev. Dr. D. Gregory VanDusen, retired United Methodist pastor, as our guest speaker. Chaplain Greg Franklin will be out of town officiating his granddaughter's Christian blessing of a civic ceremony of marriage. Volunteers will again provide for our Hot Dog Fellowship following the Service to which all are invited! This year's calendar of guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and should prove very interesting and inspirational.

The Personnel Committee has made the decision to leave the office clerk position unfilled, at least for the time being. The volunteers who have been keeping the daily tasks of the office going, will be continuing to do so, not only saving money but also pointing to the continuing fact that our strengths lie with our great volunteers who accomplish so much for our community and its mission. Bill Schaefer is chair of this committee.

The Nominations Committee is working on its 2016-17 slate of Trustees to be presented for election to the 2016 Annual Property Owners meeting held the second Saturday of July at Epworth Hall. This year's slate will be three property owners larger, representing one of the changes made in light of the legal separation of the Upper NY Annual Conference and the Silver Lake Institute. The UNYAC will no longer be a part of our Board of Trustees. This action, prepared by the Legal Committee, took place in State Supreme Court, Feb. 2, 2016, in Warsaw. Julie Hoffman is chair of Nominations.

The Epworth Hall Committee will meet in two weeks to update its members on the status of its various on-going projects and prepare for those that are upcoming in the next four months. Our historical buildings remain a high priority not only as historical but as buildings that are used regularly for our weekly programming. Sharon Pratt is chair of this committee.

One does not have to be a Trustee in order to serve. Anyone having an interest in serving on one of our committees should speak with the chair person of that committee. All of our committees are listed in the left hand column of this Blog.

Friday, April 22, 2016


RGE's Week Wraps Up with a
Diminishing Stack of Pipe
Against a Lake Background

With beautiful Spring-like mild temperatures, the progress of work proceeds to upgrade our infrastructure with regards to our natural gas supply lines installed in 1913 on Lakeview Avenue. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016


RGE Work Continues at the Institute

(Photo taken at 2:30 pm Thursday from the intersection of 
Genesee and Perry Avenues, looking westward, down toward the Lake.
SLI's red pickup truck sits at the entrance to Carlton Road.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Tractor Trailer, Various Ditch Diggers, Scoop Tractors Highlight Some of the Large Machines
Not Normally Seen on Our Small SLI Roads

(Photo taken 3 pm Wednesday from the Haven-Ames
Avenue intersection looking north by GF)
Yesterday and Today, large pieces of equipment could be seen manipulating the one lane roads of the Silver Lake Institute as the streets in the western side of Perry Avenue are receiving a new natural gas supply pipe. The new pipe is being laid in a new stretch of ditch along Lakeview Avenue which replaces the old 1913 gas supply line.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


SLI Auction Committee Wants Donations for
This Year's July 4 Weekend Bidding Auction

"Attention One and All -- Do you remember the auction we had three years ago. Well.... It is back for the July 4th weekend. Begin to save items people will be willing to bid on. Stoody Hall needs to be upgraded. Our goal is $3000. Think BIG! Be a part of this great fun. What can you donate. Do you paint? What kind of craft do you do? Do you have an antique item you can donate? We already have some great donations. Remember the Manor? We have windows. How about a one night stay for eight people at the Silver Lake Country Club.  Anyone want gift certificates? We have them too. A quilt, table runners, wall hangings. We want to have it all. Do your part DONATE DONATE DONATE!!!" 
The Auction Committee

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Another Mild Day for Monday;
Work Resumes on RGE Project

Bright Sunshine Sunday with a Hi of 70;
Some Cloudiness Monday with a Hi of 72

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Bright Sunshine throughout the
Institute with Official Hi of 68F

Home thermometers went soaring into the 80s as direct sunshine and blue skies baked them into joyful summertime temperatures. To the human skin, it did not feel as warm as the indicators but no one was complaining. All sizes of boats were seen being uncovered and a few even made it onto the Lake.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Planned Gas Line Replacement
Began Today Along Lakeview

RGE equipment and storage bin are shown in the
Parking Area next to Hoag Memorial

Silver Lake Institute President Bill Schaefer has been talking to RGE since early last Fall and managed to get a commitment from them that their work to replace a 1913 gas line would be started early in the Spring and wrapped up shortly after in order to avoid Memorial Day Weekend and the Opening of the Season. The line runs parallel to Lakeview Avenue on the higher section of "The Green." RGE began their work in the parking area next to Hoag which is where their earth mover is now located with their storage bin next to it on the Lake side. It is our understanding that the folks east of Perry Ave. will not be affected by this work since their gas line was replaced in the 1980s. The third (bottom) photo was taken north of the RGE equipment but not far as can be seen the rear view mirror (bottom right). Temperatures made it into the 60s (80 in the sun and out of the breeze, as reported by a Wesley Ave. resident). gf


SLI Resident Honored at
Perry Fire Department
DAKOTA SPINK
Local Genesee Avenue resident in the Institute and Fireman in the Perry Fire Dept., Dakota Sprink, received the Mike Laraby Truck Captain's Award at the 76th Annual Firemen's Banquet on Saturday, April 9, 2016. This catered banquet  event traditionally honors Service and Installs Officers. Dakota is a student at SUNY Geneseo and a graduate of Perry Central High School. gf

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fay is back home from WCCH
Best Wishes from your Lake Community
Sarah and Fay Clark pictured from last Season
(Photo by Inga Songbird, photo cropped
in size and shape by editor Greg.)
Fay and Sarah spend about three months in Florida during the traditional times that snow flies here in Wyoming County. They are now back home here. Fay, however, suffered a fall not long after being back here. Our good thoughts and prayers are with Fay for a complete recovery.


What's the Difference in
a Website and a Blog?

by Greg Franklin
For the most part, a website is static, holding a position on the web where the public can find you, your location, phone number, and know who you are, what you do or what you sell, your mission, and why you are better than anyone else. Changes to the website are infrequent by definition. Generally speaking, the website exists primarily as one-way communication (from the company or non-profit to the reader of the site). The exception to this is the ability to add tools that can accept orders from customers willing to enter their personal information in set (predetermined) forms, including payment, and delivery. Websites usually require more time and technical skill to create and to run using an outside host (web company).

A Blog, on the other hand, is dynamic (active), not only holding a position on the web where it can be found, but exists primarily for frequently changing information, news stories or opinions. The Blog serves, by definition, as a means of two-way communication. While the Blog can also communicate basic and unchanging information, its design lends itself to regular "posting" of new articles, opinions, or news articles which are automatically subject to the readers' responses (often known as "comments"). The blogging platform or template is created to be run by non-professionals (everyday people), although some would argue that the templates are not all that easy, particularly because they utilize parts of the language of the industry. Nevertheless, the Blog is known for its simplicity.

Saturday, April 9, 2016


Long-Range Planning Committee Announces
Historical Markers Now Available

On warm summer days persons of all ages can be seen participating in a wide range of recreational activities in the park. The park however has a rich historical history and is the area where the Institute began with the holding of camp meetings. The long Range Planning committee has designed three historical plaques to be placed in the park to preserve and celebrate that history. Each plaque has a cost of $1080 and the committee is looking for donations. If a family or an individual would like to make a donation covering the cost of a plaque, the plaque can state "donated by" or "in memory of."
Families or individuals wanting to be credited with placing a marker in honor of someone or in memory of someone may do so by contacting a member of the committee (Bob Cook, Chair; Julie Hoffner, Kathy Schaefer, Nancy Seller, Diane Wetgen, Linda Mairs, and Don Weaver). If you click HERE, you can get a rough and enlarged look at all 3 markers.


Children's Safety on One Hand
With Drivers' Rights to Fully Access
Institute Roads on the Other

Lakeview Residents Faced with Aggressive
Driving: Speeding and Not Stopping
at Intersection Stop Signs
.
While most business topics of Saturday's first meeting of the full Board of Trustees for 2016 were handled with due dispatch, there was one safety concern which needed to be tabled until the May 7th Board Meeting. That concern is child safety as it pertains to traffic on Lakeview Avenue ignoring speed limits and stop signs.

Last season, while temporary road barricades set up on Lakeview Ave. served to provide an adequate protection for children during a Lakeview resident's family gathering, there were other Institute residents not at all happy with the closure of Lakeview Avenue in front of that resident's home. The resident spoke to the dangerous conditions of vehicles ignoring both the speed limit and the stop signs on Lakeview Avenue.

President Bill Schaefer asked those present at the meeting to help spread the word that there would be a discussion of this problem at next month's May 7th meeting. All Institute residents interested in this currently unsolved problem should plan to come with ideas dealing with both sides of the issue. 

Readers may be interested in reading the comments to this article below. Anyone is always welcome to leave a comment to any article which appears in the center column. Just click on the word "comment" below to read or contribute. [gf]

Two Separate Falls Badly
Injure 2 from Institute Families


  • Fay Clark spent two days in the Intensive Care Unit at Warsaw Community Hospital following a fall taken during this week.
  • Carolyn, the daughter of Ray and Joan Maddison, fell down three flights of stairs breaking bones, receiving a gash, and a concussion.

  • Please remember to call, send a card, and
    pray for their rapid healing and loss of current pain.

    Friday, April 8, 2016

    Old Man Winter Hangs on by his
    Fingertips as we Awoke to Snow

    Roads are wet but not snow-covered despite continued light flurries. The temperature was 27 degrees at 9:00 a.m. The flag on Janes Avenue fluttered gently in a breeze that felt quite a bit colder than the actual temperature. The forecast calls for more flurries throughout the day with a high of 36 and a low tonight of 21. Most of the snow was melted by 1:40 p.m. and bright sunshine by late afternoon.
    Rocker's Restaurant is located on Covington
    and Short St,just one block west of Main St.

    This morning I went to my regular mom-and-pop-shop restaurant (Rockers) and my first words to co-owner Kristin were, "Who stole Spring?" I ordered a Belgian Waffle and an egg and sausage on an English Muffin. My waffle was delivered to the table first and Kristin said to me that she was going to post this picture of my waffle on the restaurant facebook page with the slogan, "Feeling crappy? Come to Rockers and We'll Make You Happy!" It worked--I enjoyed every bite with a smile.

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    Saturday's Board of Trustees
    Will be Held at the SLI Shop

    Trustee President Bill Schaefer told this reporter that the meeting scheduled for this Saturday will definitely be held at the SLI Shop which is located at 46 Wesley at Janes right behind the Post Office. This will ensure the relative comfort of resident visitors and board members as they conduct the business of this first meeting of the 2016 Season. (Note that the concrete floors will still be cold.)

    The SLI Shop building is the only winterized and heated building owned by the Institute. Some years the weather and temperature warm up quite a bit which makes it possible to meet at the Hoag building. This year's forecast appears to be too cold for meeting in a room without heat. Folks are looking forward to seeing each other after the long winter of 2016--especially after the significant snow that fell during this first weekend of April. [gf]

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Deadline for Combined Yard Sales
    Around the Lake is in 3 Weeks

    We still have only 9 families (SLI and SLA) signed up for the July lake-wide yard sales.  Deadline is May 1st in order to make the "passport" which will have a map of sale locations.

    The Silver Lake Association and the Silver Lake Institute are teaming up to designate one week-end this summer for lake-wide yard/garage sales. Titled “Pickers’ Passport to Paradise,” this two-day event will be advertised locally and regionally at no expense to individual cottage owners! Bonnie Bright, Julie Hoffner, Karen Norton and Loren Penman are working together to create a comprehensive list of participants whose addresses will be arranged by tract for customers’ ease of finding the sales. This is a great opportunity for neighbors to work together (for example, a “Christmas in July” display or a “necessities for lake living” compilation), so get creative — and put these dates on your calendar: 
    FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JULY 15 & 16, 2016 - 9 AM - 3 PM
    If you’d like your address included on the comprehensive list of participants, 
    please email it by Ma1st to:  silverlakearts@gmail.com
    or send a note to:  P.O. Box 281, Silver Lake, NY 14549. [lp]

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016

    Some Expressing Hope that Trustee
    Meeting will be Held in a Warm Shop

    With forecasts calling for a Friday night low of 18-20 degrees and a Saturday high of 31 degrees, a few SLI members are expressing a lot of hope that the first monthly meeting of the Season will be held in a very warmed up Shop at 46 Wesley Saturday. Another contributing factor at this point in the forecast is that Saturday is also supposed to be completely cloudy, eliminating any warmth from direct sunlight. The insides of buildings rarely warm up until afternoon hours--if there is sunshine; but the Board meeting is at 10:00 a.m. Let's hope the forecast changes to the 70s for Friday and Saturday . . . [gf]

    Bright Sunshine All Day, with Rapid Melting of Snow; 29F in the Shade, 47F in the Sun at 5:05 pm

    8:00 a.m. Tuesday, Looking North West