Tickets go on sale Aug. 2, for a Sept. 26, presentation by outdoor photographer and wild life enthusiast, the renowned Charles J. Alsheimer. His spectacular wildlife photographs are featured regularly in well-known wildlife and outdoor publications, and his informative articles on deer behavior and hunting strategies are widely read and have earned him both critical and popular accolades. In 2000, in a survey sponsored by Deer and Deer Hunting magazine, Alsheimer was named one of deer hunting's top five inspirational leaders of the 20th century, along with bow hunting legend Fred Bear, conservationist Aldo Leopold, President Theodore Roosevelt and camouflage pioneer Bill Jordan.

A cell phone was lost at the 1941 HAG airstrip near the parking lot last Sunday afternoon, July 15, and as of this date has not yet been found. It has a camouflage cover and is used for business as well as home. If someone finds it, please call the number listed above and I can direct you to the owner.

The Springwater American Legion Post 905 will hold a Picnic and Horseshoe Tournament fundraiser on Saturday, July 28, beginning at 2 p.m. Dinner will consist of pulled pork, salt potatoes or macaroni salad, corn on the cob, and coleslaw and the meal is $8 per person. Another option is a “BBQ Sundae” (large $6, small $4) that consists of coleslaw, pulled pork and BBQ sauce. Beverages will be available at an additional cost. Afterwards a Horseshoe Tournament will be held in back of the post home. Teams comprised of two-persons each will compete for 50 percent of the registration fees; to register your team in advance, call the Post at 585-669-2300 after noon Thursday to Saturday.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 2, for a Sept. 26, presentation by outdoor photographer and wild life enthusiast, the renowned Charles J. Alsheimer. His spectacular wildlife photographs are featured regularly in well-known wildlife and outdoor publications, and his informative articles on deer behavior and hunting strategies are widely read and have earned him both critical and popular accolades. In 2000, in a survey sponsored by Deer and Deer Hunting magazine, Alsheimer was named one of deer hunting's top five inspirational leaders of the 20th century, along with bow hunting legend Fred Bear, conservationist Aldo Leopold, President Theodore Roosevelt and camouflage pioneer Bill Jordan.

Alsheimer will present a new program, never seen in this area before, based on his newest book entitled “Strategies for Whitetails.” Tickets are limited to 300 and the presentation will be held at the Springwater Fire Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Legion Hall during regular business hours, from a Legion member or by calling Commander Dick Tripp Sr. 585-669-2582.

Nearly 200 people attended the Summer Steak Roast and Raffle sponsored by the Springwater Rod & Gun Club this Saturday. The steaks were grilled to perfection and the side dishes were delicious. People of all ages — from the very young to very senior — enjoyed the cooling breezes and sunshine. State Sen. Catherine “Cathy” Young (R-C) who represents the new 57th District spoke informally to several of the attendees. Young has served in several capacities as a legislator and is very interested in environmental issues, agriculture and all issues involving youth and senior citizens. She grew up in Livingston County and is now based in Olean. The 57th District covers the southern towns in Livingston County. A little known fact about Senator Young is that for 14 years she has sponsored a trap shoot and has earned the respect of many people involved with rod and gun club activities.

West Sparta's Old Fashioned Day will be Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at West Sparta Town Hall, 8302 Kysorville-Byersville Rd. It is free and open to the public with events planned for nearly everyone. Hay rides, 19th Century farming techniques, Jerry Ernst “Music of the Civil War” and a military re-enactment by New York Volunteers 140th Infantry regiment. A petting zoo, antique tractors and cars displays, Overland Stables pony rides, a dulcimer workshop by the Dulcimer Club and demonstrations by the equine and/or canine units of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office. There is something for just about everyone.

For those of you who are history buffs, the New York Volunteers 140th Infantry regiment was formed in Rochester under the command of Col. Patrick Henry O'Rorke and was dubbed the “Rochester Racehorses.” The unit mustered into service on Sept. 13, 1862, and was part of the Army of the Potomac. They saw action in nearly every major campaign from Fredericksburg to the end of the war and lost heavily at Gettysburg on Little Round Top Mountain where O'Rorke perished and today a monument stands atop that mountain in their honor.The chief distinguishing feature of infantry units was the zouave uniform: short coats, baggy trousers, oriental daggers and head gear resembling that of the Arabian Knights. The unit had a total enrollment of 1,707 men; 533 men were either killed or wounded, many dying from disease and wounds at Andersonville and other Confederate prisons. The largest casualty loss was at Gettysburg, Pa.

On Monday, July 30, the American Red Cross and the Springwater American Legion Post 905 will team up for a community blood drive at the Legion Hall 3-7 p.m. The need for blood is critical during the summer especially when tragic events such as happened in Aurora, Colo., on Friday occur. Mass casualties can never be predicted or explained, but the basic need for blood is always the same. If you have not contributed blood in the last 56 days, please consider coming to the Legion Hall on Monday and giving the gift of life. Identification is required and appointments are not necessary.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, the Wayland Free Library will host Chief James Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department and a WCCS graduate as part of their Street Fair. There will be crafts, games, a scavenger hunt and two contests. The first contest is ZUKED: make a police officer or any other community service person from a vegetable. The second asks, “What would you like to do when you grow up?” Draw us a picture and tell how reading and learning will help you reach your dream. Contest forms available at the desk. The Street fair starts at 2 p.m. and youngsters kindergarten thru high school are welcome.

Infants thru pre-Kindergarten are welcome at the library every Monday at 11 a.m. for stories, rhymes and games. Children learn to appreciate books when they hear stories as babies and toddlers, and I hear the mothers have as much fun as the youngsters during these story hours.

The Family Fun Summer Contest is still going on at the library. Get your “family fun” activities list (at the library), complete five of the listed activities to earn an entry form for the Family Grand Prize Basket. All contest details available at the library and also on the list.

Have a great week!

Columnist Judy Tripp-Neu lives in Springwater. Contact her at jtrippneu@aol.com or 585-669-2683.