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  • Springwater Party Line: Gearing up for Earth Day

  • Earth Day will be a perfect day to hike with the Springwater Trails hiking group, Sunday, April 22, on the West side of Hemlock Lake from the Mission to Eagle Crest Winery.

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  • Katherine writes:
    In spite of the weather, Sunday’s hike at Wesley Hill and Frost Hill was attended by 20 hikers. They split into two groups. Half toured Wesley Hill led by Dena Munsell. Daffodils were out, but recent colder weather slowed down other wild flowers. The rest of the group walked up the abandoned Frost Hill Road that led down the east side of the hill overlooking county Route 22. The valley landscape, God’s handiwork, was admired for its beauty. The group enjoyed seeing the Indian marker tree. After the hike, the sun came out and good conversation, hot dogs and hamburgers were enjoyed at the top of Frost Hill. Final votes for officers for the Springwater Trails organization were tallied. Mark Hopkins, Pam Masterson, and Pati Clark will be serving as president, vice president, and treasurer.
    Earth Day will be a perfect day to hike with the Springwater Trails hiking group, Sunday, April 22, on the West side of Hemlock Lake from the Mission to Eagle Crest Winery. Hikes begin at 2 p.m. on Sundays. There is no cost to hike, though at times there is a small expenditure for the after hike socials, which are optional. The spring hiking schedule is posted on the Springwater website, townofspringwaterny.org under “Calendars” and on the new Springwater Trails website, springwatertrails.org.
    The next Websters Crossing UMC Spaghetti Dinner and Music Jam is 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, with music into the evening. Do come and enjoy the food and the music.
    On Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Deborah Rogers is speaking on “Examining Shale Gas Hype” at The Bath Fire House at 50 East Morris St., Bath. Free admission. On Monday, May 21, Jessica Ernst from Alberta, Canada, will be speaking on “The Disasters of Hydrofracking in Alberta” at the Elmira Heights Theater. She has just returned from a trip to Ireland on the problems with gas drilling.
    Donna Walker, president of the Springwater–Websters Crossing Historical Society, has the program for Tuesday, May 8. Doug Morgan, SWCHS member and Lima town historian will present on the history of Long Point on Conesus Lake. Doug’s excitement for local history always leads to excellent presentations, and he welcomes community involvement. The meeting is at Springwater Town Hall with dish-to-pass dinner at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7:15 p.m.
    Please jot the Society’s Mothers Day Plant and Baked Goods Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday May 12, at the Museum, 8130 Route 15, Springwater, on your calendar.
    Judy writes:
    On Sunday April 22, the country will celebrate Earth Day with the theme “Mobilize the Earth.” The celebration of Earth Day was started by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson 42 years ago. April 22 was selected because of its location in the year.
    Page 2 of 2 - The day was originally meant to be an educational day, so Nelson wanted to ensure that college students were going to be in session on this day. Earth Day has grown and evolved and is now celebrated in over 100 countries across the globe.
    Much has changed since the first Earth Day was celebrated. It used to be that Earth day was the only day most Americans even stopped to consider what was happening to the environment; that is no longer the case. Whether it be recycling trash, carpooling or driving a hybrid vehicle, most Americans in one way or another are doing something to help the environment.
    Earth Day is intended to raise awareness about a wide range of environmental issues and problems, while inspiring people to take personal action to address them. “Going Green” isn't just for “tree huggers” — the Department of Defense is striving to become a leader in the sustainability movement. They are building state-of-the-art facilities and renovating older ones to make them more energy- and resource-efficient. Hybrid vehicles are being put to use at military installations around the world and a new emphasis has been put on buying recyclable and reusable products.
    In our local community, students from SUNY Geneseo are volunteering their time to assist local governments in clean up and rehab programs; Springwater will utilize some of this manpower to assist with their historical records and clean up around the town. We can do our part by cleaning up the trash along the roadsides, recycling cans and bottles that have been discarded, and clearing our property of debris that is unsightly and attractive to critters such as mosquitoes, raccoons and pesky flies.
    On Saturday, April 21, the Springwater American Legion will host a benefit for Albert “Albie” Coburn. The benefit will help pay medical expenses related to his stage three cancer treatments. Spaghetti Dinner is by donation and there will be raffles and 50-50 drawings. Please come out and support this family.
    On April 22, at 3 p.m., Sterling Brass, an accomplished brass quintet known throughout Steuben, Allegany and Livingston counties will perform at the Wayland Free Library. All are welcome to attend and it is a very fitting way to end Earth Day on a high note.
    Kaydence Romero, infant granddaughter of Valerie and Ward Reamer has been admitted to Golisano Children’s Hospital for a cardiac problem discovered over the weekend. She will have open heart surgery this week. Please keep this little sweetie and her family in your prayers.
    The Livingston County Democratic Committee held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Geneseo on Saturday, April 14. Congressman Kathy Hochul did the honors of cutting the ribbon. The new headquarters is located at 116 Main St., Geneseo, and will be staffed by volunteers. This is the first time the LCDC has had an official headquarters and everyone is welcome to visit.

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