Next Sunday, July 29, the Springwater Trails will hold its third trail building day starting at the Sugarbush Hollow Sugar House. Look for details on the website springwatertrails.org. My thanks to Mark Hopkins for the information provided.

The Spaghetti Supper and Music Jam at Webster’s Crossing Church 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, is the place to be for good food and good music, and a great time to socialize with everyone in the community. The cost is by donation and we are so thankful for all the people who come and participate. Our new pastor, Regina Shaw, and her husband, who is the pastor at Springwater, will be at the dinner early, so come and meet them.

Work on the All Western Evergreen Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm continues all summer. The high school crew of Joe Czak, Jennifer Humphrey, Toni Giannavola and Mariah Holbrook are hard at work three days during the week each week and college student Tyler Forrester works on Saturday. We are shaping the trees by doing point shearing, also called fork shearing and center shearing. Point shearing causes the tree to branch better and fill in more quickly. The technique is used principally on Fraser fir, Canaan fir, and Douglas fir. Grand fir and Concolor fir seldom needs fork shearing. The adult crew of Ricky Denley and Aaron Colligan are doing the clean-up work, like mowing and weed whacking under the trees.

Sunday, July 22, nine hikers from the Springwater Trails Hiking Club met at the south end of Letchworth Park and hiked trail No. 7 along the eastern side of the gorge above the Upper and Middle Falls. Much of the trail follows the old Genesee Valley Canal which is still visible hanging onto the side of the gorge. We stopped on the abutments below the railroad bridge for a view from just above the Upper Falls, and then looked down on the river from several vantage points. The hike had great views and lots of interesting history and was followed by a social at the Letchworth Parade Grounds with great food, a homegrown salad and lots of desserts. Next Sunday, July 29, the Springwater Trails will hold its third trail building day starting at the Sugarbush Hollow Sugar House. Look for details on the website springwatertrails.org. My thanks to Mark Hopkins for the information provided.

Sherry Standish, treasurer for Robinson-Kern Corporation has asked that I mention the picnic and horseshoe tournament on July 28 beginning at 2 p.m. If you would like to participate contact American Legion Post 905 at 585-669-2300 in advance. Teams comprised of two persons each will compete for half of the registration fees.


Columnist Katherine Humphrey lives in Springwater. Contact her at kjth@allwesterntrees.com.