Springwater Parks and Trails Hiking groups continue to have excellent attendance.  They planned for rain Sunday, but it never came during the hike as 21 folks hiked the Johnson Hill Trails in three groups:  nature study, intermediate and advanced.  All had an opportunity to see the high view of Hemlock Lake and the waterfalls and the creek that was really flowing due to the recent thaw.  Many photographs were taken.  After the hike, 10 people enjoyed a fine gathering with food and drink at the Springwater American Legion Post 905 on School Street.  Plans are in the works for coming hikes.

Katherine writes:


Springwater Parks and Trails Hiking groups continue to have excellent attendance.  They planned for rain Sunday, but it never came during the hike as 21 folks hiked the Johnson Hill Trails in three groups:  nature study, intermediate and advanced.  All had an opportunity to see the high view of Hemlock Lake and the waterfalls and the creek that was really flowing due to the recent thaw.  Many photographs were taken.  After the hike, 10 people enjoyed a fine gathering with food and drink at the Springwater American Legion Post 905 on School Street.  Plans are in the works for coming hikes.


 This coming weekend, Dec. 18-19, our high school crew works their last weekend on All Western Evergreen Farm until next spring when April rolls around.  We thank the young people that planted, fertilized, weeded, sheared, correctional pruned and helped shake, drill, bale and load trees for customers in 2010. Thanks goes to our adult crew and our one-week wholesale harvest crew. Without these adults we could not fill our orders, keep our equipment maintained or the weeds and insects controlled. William E. Humphrey started the nursery and Christmas tree farm in 1968 and  continues to grow Christmas trees like Concolor fir, Grand fir, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, Nordman fir, Subalpine fir, Korean fir and Meyer spruce.  Thank you to our customers, Christmas tree grower friends, related businesses and employees who make it possible for us to stay in business in Springwater.


 Websters Crossing United Methodist Church is serving their monthly Spaghetti Dinner by donation this Thursday, Dec. 16, and the Music Jam headed by Ralph Hamilton will bring special music to our regulars and new people during the meal and afterwards.  Do plan to come through on State Route 15 between Springwater and Conesus around 4:30-7 p.m.  If you cannot attend this month, please put it on your calendar for Jan. 27, 2011.


 Parishioners at both Websters Crossing and Allens Hill were treated to music programs this past Sunday.  Hank Raney and his Band played traditional songs as well as some Hank composed.  They are going to come again in the new year.


 Birthday people this week include Kaylee Chandler, 11, and Mabel Clement, Dec. 16; Brian West Sr., Dec. 17; Clark Colegrove, Dec. 18; Howard Harris, Dec. 19; Steve Anstre, Dec. 21; Roger Humphrey, David Sanders Jr. and Chad Irwin, Dec. 22; JoAnn Perkins, Dec. 23; Sharon Ingraham and Karen Hamilton, Dec. 24; and Rebecca Wester, Dec. 25.


We wish them a happy one and a year filled with fond memories.  Happy Anniversary greetings go to Dana and Frances Colegrove, No. 62, Dec. 18; Phillip and Jeannine Moyer, No. 40, Dec. 19; Andy and Roxanne Stevens, No. 28, Dec. 20; Cory and Gloria Briglin, Dec. 23; Ed and Sandra Freas, No. 44, Dec. 24.


 The traditional Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service at the Websters Crossing UMC will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 24.  Pencil it in on your calendar now.  Please let either Judy or me know about the other services in our neighboring churches, as we would be glad to put them all in our column next week.  Come and enjoy hearing the Christmas Story and songs throughout our area.


Judy writes:


The state is turning over the issuing of dog and other pet licenses to the individual towns as of Jan. 1, 2011. Each town has to pass a local law, requiring a public hearing. Springwater has scheduled the public hearing for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27. Brief parts of the law were reviewed during the town board meeting last Monday. According to one of the town attorneys, James Campbell, some towns are raising the price of licenses to $13-$15 per license issued, to cover the expenses previously absorbed by the state. These include purchasing local licenses, paperwork, software program for tracking the licenses, and postage for mailing the notices. Fee structures for our town will be discussed and decided as part of the meeting. The end-of-the-year meeting will also be then.


 Due to Christmas and New Year’s falling on Saturdays, Springwater Recycling Center will be open Sunday, Dec. 26, and the following Sunday, Jan. 2, at the regular hours.


Springwater American Legion will not serve dinners on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, so families can enjoy the holidays and observe their own traditions. They will begin serving dinners again on Friday, Jan. 7.


 A small kitchen has been updated in the hospitality area of the American Legion and light menu items can now be served on a regular basis. Stop by and see the new improved area and the handiwork of our members.


Tammy Genung, Springwater’s postmistress, advises that packages going overseas should be posted soon or they will not arrive in time for the holidays. Call the Post Office at 585-669-2700 or stop by if you have questions about shipping restrictions.


 If you have not yet had an opportunity to drive through Springwater and Websters Crossing in the evening, please do so before Christmas arrives. Many homes are decorated with outdoor lights and seasonal displays that remind me of my younger days when my parents would take us to one neighborhood that each Christmas became a Candy Cane Lane. Kellogg Road, Mill Street, School Street, Depot Road and many homes on both sides of the valley are decked out for the holiday and even Scrooge would have a difficult time saying “Bah Humbug” when he passed by these homes. A big thank you goes out to the many residents who have taken the time to turn our quiet streets into such glorious wonderlands. Too bad our town does not offer some incentive and prizes for all of your hard work because it certainly brings a lot of joy to us.


 Have a great week!