Next week, the Springwater Trails will be continuing a series of hikes on the Finger Lakes Trail, Letchworth Branch. This will follow up on our hike from July 22 when we hiked from Portageville to the Parade Grounds. This coming Sunday, Oct. 28, we will start at the Parade Grounds and continue north on the Finger Lakes Trail. More details will be available at SpringwaterTrails.org.

Mark Hopkins, Springwater Trails webmaster and president, wrote, “You missed a wonderful hike today (Sunday, Oct. 21). Twenty-two hikers met at Ganondagan State Historical Site in Victor. Elisabeth (Ebets) Judson was our hike leader. She is a volunteer at Ganondagan so was able to briefly relate the history of the place to our lives today. We split into two hiking groups, heading west toward Fort Hill, the site of a 1680s Seneca Granary! From the top of Fort Hill, there is a wonderful panoramic view to the south. From this point, the two groups separated. The Tourist group returned to the ‘Earth is Our Mother Trail’ and explored the trees along the creek of Ganondagan. The Climbers group headed south on the Seneca Trail to Elizabeth Judson’s home where they were ferried back to the start of the hike. The warm weather, the important history of the site, the views, the creek and the trees, plus the conversation along the way all made this a truly enjoyable hike, topped off by a social hosted by the Friends of Ganondagan with White Corn Soup and dishes provided by the hikers. Next week, the Springwater Trails will be continuing a series of hikes on the Finger Lakes Trail, Letchworth Branch. This will follow up on our hike from July 22 when we hiked from Portageville to the Parade Grounds. This coming Sunday, Oct. 28, we will start at the Parade Grounds and continue north on the Finger Lakes Trail. More details will be available at SpringwaterTrails.org.”

Please come Thursday, Oct. 25, to enjoy the Spaghetti Dinner by donation 4:30-7 p.m. and stay for the Music Jam afterwards that goes into the night at the Websters Crossing United Methodist Church on Route 15 between Conesus and Springwater.

Attention all ghosts, goblins, princesses and super heroes. The Springwater Fire Department will host its Annual Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2-5 p.m. at the Fire Hall. This year’s party has been organized by Michelle Nadeau and she has created some new games, has lots of prizes, plus the traditional cider (worth its weight in gold this year) and donuts for refreshments. There will be costume judging for children through the age of 12 in the categories of scariest, funniest, prettiest, and most original. Sue Sahrle provided the information. Sue would also like you to know about the annual Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Election Day Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Fire Hall from noon to 6 p.m. hosted by the Springwater Fire Department. Chef Chris Naczynski will head up the group of department members who will be preparing and serving the dinner. Homemade desserts donated by many community and department members are always a special treat, including Virginia Mastin’s delicious applesauce. Take-outs are available.

Saturday, Oct. 27, the closing reception from noon to 3 p.m. for “The Finger Lakes: Above and Below” with art work by Gloria Betlem and “Poetic Encounters” at 1:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. It is at the Livingston Arts Center at 4 Murray Hill Drive in Mount Morris. More details are available by phone at 585-243-6785. Poets who will be reading are John Roche, professor of literature at RIT; Paulette Swartzfager, professor of literature at RIT; Michael Czamecki, publisher at Foothills Press; Steve Coffman, author and poet; Dwain Wilder, poet; Kathryn Jospe, poet, teacher; Gretchen Schultz, poet; and others.

On Oct. 30, at the Western Forest Owners 7th annual dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Ave. in Rochester will feature speaker Kim Sherwood. Kim is a hydrologist and watershed planner and will discuss a number of economic and ecological aspects of shale gas recovery (fracking) that are often omitted from the usual news coverage; and review DEC’s proposal to regulate fracking. To register, send $22 per person to Ron Reitz, 6086 Canadice Hill Rd., Springwater, NY 14560. Please include the names of everybody for whom you are requesting tickets. Registration is limited to the first 84 people to sign up.

Websters Crossing United Methodist Church Christmas Village Bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come select from handmade gifts to store-bought types in the following categories: baked goods, plants, ornaments, dishes, knick-knacks, useful items and jewelry. The famed lunch counter, headed up for many years by Mary White, will be open for several hours around noon and everything is priced at just $1 each. Come have fun, eat, visit and do your Christmas shopping all in one place. The baked goods counter has Sylvia Pifer behind the table taking orders.

Don’t miss the Annual Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings benefiting the Springwater United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 3, to be held at the Springwater Fire Hall 4-7 p.m. Be sure to mark your calendar for their Annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Springwater Fire Hall. You are warmly invited.

Birthdays

Oct. 25 – Courtney Bauer, Ed Elsenheimer
Oct. 26 – Cayli Czak, Leannah Grimsley
Oct. 27 – Dawn Conti
Oct. 28 – Jasmine Lang, Courtney Grey, Jim Smith, Scott Learn
Oct. 29 – Gladys Weed, Zeke Lang, John Czak, Beverly Johnson
Oct. 31 – John Sick, Jean Kitson, Bonnie Briceland, Nicole Croston
Nov. 1 – Samantha Jayne McGinnis, Herb Humphrey

Anniversaries

None appear on my calendar. Please let me know of any anniversaries or birthdays that should be in this column, 585-669-2659.