SPRINGWATER — Recently, it was a week of rain and unceasingly wet weather. Springwater has seen more than five inches of rain and in many communities north of us seven to nine inches of rain has fallen, exacerbating the misery of the floods on July 28. Lime Kiln Creek is high and the waters are roiling as they rush towards Hemlock Lake. The front yard has so much standing water it appears a pond has formed and only awaits the arrival of ducks to make it so. So far the town appears to have escaped the damage our neighboring towns have endured, but I believe all of us will remember the summer of 2014 as one that saw extremes in the weather.

The Child Care Council will offer the Safe Sitter training program in Livingston County on August 25, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Council’s Livingston County Branch office, 3513 Thomas Dr, Suite 4, in Lakeville. The program is open to young teens and adolescents age 11 and older interested in providing babysitting services. The fee is $60 for the six-and-a-half-hour course.

The Council, now a registered Safe Sitter teaching site, offers a comprehensive babysitting training program that prepares graduates to handle emergencies when caring for younger children and equips them with the tools needed to stay in the home alone safely.

The program teaches young people how to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by young babysitters. Potential sitters are taught infant and child choking rescue, American Heart Association standards for rescue skills, and first-aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Participants also learn how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior, how to run their own babysitting business and most importantly online and cell phone safety.

If you are interested in attending this course, contact Linda Lane, Safe Sitter site coordinator at Child Care Council at 585-654-1223 or at I.lane@childcarecouncil.com. To register, contact Linda Stilson at 585-654-4794 or atl.stilson@childcarecouncil.com.

Volunteers are needed for the Genesee Valley Conservancy’s Oak Tree events. The Genesee Valley Conservancy has put a call out for volunteers to help out with the 10th annual Oak Tree Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk scheduled for August 31 in Geneseo. Volunteers may help for a few hours one afternoon, or make a weekly commitment. For more information, contact Conservancy Executive Director and Race Director Ben Gajewski via email to aoktree@geneseevalleyconservancy.org.

This is the 10th anniversary of the Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk. Runners will enjoy the same great course as they make their way through historic downtown Geneseo before heading out into the open countryside past sheep and horse farms in the Nations Road Grassland. The event began in 2005 as a fundraiser for the Genesee Valley Conservancy and quickly grew into a premier running race in the region. Organizers expect over 750 runners at the event.

Registration for the Oak Tree opened June 1. You can still register online, download a brochure or stop into Medved Running & Walking Outfitters in Pittsford.

During the planning for this annual running race, organizers were contacted by soldiers serving in northern Afghanistan interested in holding a version of the race there. Andrew Kless, a reservist serving as a Combat Engineer with the Regional Support Command at Camp Mike Spann, conceived the concept saying, “A race here gives us something to look forward to.” As a former Oak Tree participant numerous times, Kless reached out to Race Director Benjamin Gajewski to determine if an overseas version of the event would be possible.

Through a series of emails, Gajewski and Kless arranged details for the event to create as close to an Oak Tree Half Marathon experience as possible for the soldiers. The Oak Tree Race committee is packaging running bibs, finisher medals, and race shirts and will send them to Camp Mike Spann. Runners on the base will start at precisely 1630 hours on September 1, the same moment that the runners start here in Geneseo at 8:00 a.m. (0800 hours).

While the Afghanistan race will be held concurrently with the race in Geneseo, soldiers will not have nearly the scenic running experience as locals will have. The Afghanistan course is a secure 1km square within the confines of Camp Mike Spann. The loop has a one inch gravel surface packed into dirt, is roughly 20 feet wide, with walls 15 feet high. The soldiers will need to complete 21 loops to cover the 13.1 mile race distance.

For many of the soldiers, as with locals, the Oak Tree will be their first half marathon. The committee waived the registration fees for troops in Afghanistan that would normally be charged to cover the costs supplies.

“We’re spending extra money to do this, but it seemed like the right thing to do,” said Gajewski. “This is a neat opportunity to give Andrew and his peers a reminder of home while they are deployed.”

Close to 50 soldiers are expected to participate in the Afghanistan race.

The Wayland-Cohocton School District has announced that the meal prices for school meals will increase by fifteen cents for the 2014-2015 school year. Beginning September 2, 2014 new prices will be as follows:

Breakfast K-12: $1.15

Lunch K-4: $1.75

Lunch 5-12: $2.00

Reduced Meal Participants: $0.00

The District continues to participate in programs making these meals free to participants. Free and reduced meal applications can be found on the district's website at http://www.wccsk12.org/Lunch%20Menu/lunchmenu.cfm.

If you have questions, please contact the district at 585-728-22211.

Next Sunday, August 10, the children of the Springwater United Methodist Church will hold their Ice Cream Social to benefit the Heifer International Project which the Sunday school class supports. Ice cream will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Sunday is also the cake reception in honor of Don and Brenda Haywood’s 50th Wedding Anniversary at the Springwater Town Hall from 3 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Both of these people have a legacy of public service to our community and this is a wonderful tribute on this momentous occasion.

Donations are still being accepted for the annual Hand up Yard Sale that helps our young people get the school supplies needed for the coming school year. Names are also still being accepted for this program and can be given to Teri White by calling 669-2104. The yard sale is scheduled for August 15 and 16 at 7331 Depot Road in Springwater. Please make sure you know what grade the youngster is entering and who their teacher will be so we can get the right list of required materials.

Last week’s column had an error that must be corrected. I reported that three positions were available at the Springwater Highway Department, but it should have read only one confirmed vacancy exists at this time. Anyone interested should apply at the Town Hall during regular business hours with an updated resumé before August 11.

The Bicentennial Committee will meet this Thursday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Springwater Town Hall. All interested parties are invited to attend and offer their ideas on how we can make 2016 (Springwater’s 200th Anniversary) a banner year for our community.

Have a great week and be kind to one another.