Katherine: The Spaghetti Dinner/Music Jam is this Thursday night, Feb 24, 4:30–7 p.m. for food and into the night for the music organized by Ralph Hamilton. We will be missing Pat Martindale, Betty Van Scooter, Joice Kelly Biek, Mary White, and June Perkins, but we’ll be fortunate to have Andy Wester helping us in the kitchen. Our regulars like Sylvia Pifer, Gladys Weed, Cora Young, Lyman Babbitt Jr., Phil and Jeannine Moyer, Melody Bogdon, Paula Longacre and Patty Possick will all be there to help.


Judy: Springwater lost two of its citizens this week. One this writer knew personally for over 40 years and the other was known to me only by name and what I had observed during the election process four years ago. Both made our town richer for the contributions they made through volunteerism.

Katherine writes:


The Spaghetti Dinner/Music Jam is this Thursday night, Feb 24, 4:30–7 p.m. for food and into the night for the music organized by Ralph Hamilton. We will be missing Pat Martindale, Betty Van Scooter, Joice Kelly Biek, Mary White, and June Perkins, but we’ll be fortunate to have Andy Wester helping us in the kitchen. Our regulars like Sylvia Pifer, Gladys Weed, Cora Young, Lyman Babbitt Jr., Phil and Jeannine Moyer, Melody Bogdon, Paula Longacre and Patty Possick will all be there to help.


Do you have cabin fever? If you do want to enjoy a night out, do come join us at Webster’s Crossing UMC for the Dish-to-Pass Supper at 4 p.m. and Disney Theme Talent Show at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27.


Dean Faklis writes that this week’s hike (Parks and Recreation) explored the hills and fields of the Hopkins’ Estate near Tabors Corners. Their family has been here for 60 years. Twenty-eight hikers enjoyed the sun-filled skies on snowshoes and cross-country skis and traversed four miles or so. The climbers blazed their own trails up the steep hills while the Tourists battled the deep snow on the ungroomed trails. The flatlanders took part in a walking photography workshop given by expert photographer Joan Kolb. The hikers are learning photo skills in preparation for their participation in the Springwater Photo Contest (for details see townofspringwaterny.orgParks and Recreation page). All hope to win the monetary prizes! The weather was perfect, although a bit warm for a good hike. The after hike social was held at the Hopkins’ Estate, where good food and drink were served to all hikers. A big “Thank You” to the Hopkins Family! New hikers are always welcome! For more information about the Springwater Hiking Group, e-mail springwaterparksandtrails@yahoo.com or check out the Town’s Parks and Recreation website. Next hike is Sunday, Feb. 27, when we’ll tour the western hills of Springwater.


Happy birthday to




Feb. 24 Lisa Vadney

Feb. 28 Kelly Dale

Feb. 29 Coty Riley and Gabriella Rizzieri (celebrating either the day before or the day after as this is not leap year)

March 1 Mary Markle

March 2 Kaia Elu Langhorn

March 3 Scott Van Scooter and Mary Forte

Judy writes:


Springwater lost two of its citizens this week. One this writer knew personally for over 40 years and the other was known to me only by name and what I had observed during the election process four years ago. Both made our town richer for the contributions they made through volunteerism.


Harland C. “Skip” Foster was a father, a Navy veteran, and a volunteer who gave countless years of his life to turning young boys into men through scouting. Skip loved everything that had to do with scouting and his beloved wife of nearly 46 years, Candace, understood that she was a “scout widow” three seasons of every year. Skip was not much of a talker, he was a doer, and anytime something needed to be done to make our town a better place, he was right there, pitching in, never complaining, doing whatever had to be done. Many of the young successful men in our community are Eagle Scouts thanks to Skip’s guidance and the tenets of citizenship they learned through scouting.


Skip was a true friend and when he befriended you, you were his friend for life. His best friend, Dick Tripp, Sr., remembers his love of the out-of-doors. Fishing, hunting, camping and volunteering for the community at the Springwater Fire Department, or in scouts, or at the Springwater GALA, Skip was the epitome of what small towns are all about. He saw something that had to be done and he did it. If a neighbor needed their driveway plowed, he was there, and if you needed something fixed, he fixed it.


Skip was a loving father to Samantha (Sean) and Lynn (Stacy), and a much-beloved grandfather to Chad, Brett and Alex Irwin, Joe, Savannah, and Breanna Foster. Every warm day you would find him taking them outside and teaching them about the things he knew and loved. Skip was recognized by the Livingston County Office of the Aging in 2010, as the Senior Citizen of the Year. It was recognition long overdue.


Services for Skip were at the Springwater United Methodist Church Sunday. Memorial donations can be made in his name to the Springwater American Legion, Post 905, P.O Box 100 Springwater, NY 14560-0100.


Mark Crossett died this week after a debilitating illness that struck him down in the prime of his life. He was a volunteer who loved this community, served on the WCCS School Board where he helped to oversee the merger of the Wayland and Cohocton districts and the expansion of the combined WCCS school district. He was a coach for fifth and sixth grade basketball and the Wayland Little League program for many years. Mark was married to Susan E. Bliss-Crossett, and was a father to Jason (Robin) Crossett of PA and Katie (Jeff) Marshall, and their daughter Addison of Rochester.


Mark loved being an entrepreneur and started Fieldcrest Properties LLC. He also dabbled in antiques and collectibles. Most of all, he loved his family and he enjoyed spending time with them. Mark loved being involved in the community and ran against Norbert Buckley for the position of Supervisor in 2007. He was active with St. Joseph’s Church of the Holy Family Catholic community and a former member of St. Joseph’s Church finance committee.


Services for Mark were held at St. Joseph’s Church on Saturday. Memorial contributions can be sent to Wayland Little League, attn: Robert Martell 9639 Lander Road, Wayland, NY 14572.


Please drive carefully. Many of our children are out of school this week.


 Have a great week.