The Lent Services will start at 6 p.m. with supper and the classes at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning with Feb. 28 at the Canadice United Methodist Church; plan on attending. If you want to jot the places on your calendar now, here are the dates: March 6 at Springwater UMC, March 13 at Websters Crossing UMC, March 20 at Hemlock UMC, March 27 at Canadice UMC and April 3 at Websters Crossing UMC.

Katherine writes


On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Springwater Parks and Trails Group hiked the Mission Trail in Hemlock. The next hike will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Look for a description on the town calendar at townofspringwaterny.org or call Ellen Foltz 585-750-6288. New hikers are always welcome.


Stone Soup was served at the Websters Crossing United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, with the service at 7 p.m. with congregations and area residents from Conesus, Springwater and Websters Crossing in attendance.


The Lent Services will start at 6 p.m. with supper and the classes at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning with Feb. 28 at the Canadice United Methodist Church; plan on attending. If you want to jot the places on your calendar now, here are the dates: March 6 at Springwater UMC, March 13 at Websters Crossing UMC, March 20 at Hemlock UMC, March 27 at Canadice UMC and April 3 at Websters Crossing UMC.


The Spaghetti Supper and Music Jam by donation is at the Websters Crossing UMC today, Feb. 23, as usual, and everyone is invited. We hope to see you there.


Please also put on your calendar the Dish-to-pass Dinner and Brown Bag Auction on at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18. You won’t want to miss this fun filled evening complete with good food and good socializing.


Watch for the opportunity to join in with a group of people who want to track their weight, improve their diet and exercise regimens along with Pastor Leonard at the Websters Crossing Church, while at the same time supplying items to the Food Pantry. Pounds for Pantry will be a reality soon. Come join in the fun, help supply the pantry, and get healthier at the same time.


 


Judy writes


Terri White sent the following message this week: The Springwater United Methodist Church on South Main Street will be holding Family Nights at the church, including games, movies and fun. The first will be 6-8 p.m. March 3. If you have a game you would like to bring and a snack to share, that’s great. Beverages will be provided. Come join the fun.


An email this week provoked my curiosity since it referred to a change in the protocol of military funerals. Many of us have watched televised funerals wherein the flag is presented to a family member and quite clearly the presenting officer says: “On behalf of the president of the United States and a grateful nation ...”  According to Maj. Monica Matoush, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense, “While there have been some inconsistencies at the unit level in reciting the appropriate verbiage, neither the Department of Defense nor the services have received, published or directed any recent change.”


Simply put, every branch of the military has its own protocol at military funerals that may or may not include the words “on behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful nation ...” so do not believe everything that you read in those emails that tend to go viral during election years.


The Springwater Town Council working meeting was well attended and much was discussed including ongoing problems at the recycling center and the possibility of having alternate parking in the hamlet to help the highway department facilitate snow plowing. While we have not had much snow this winter, when we have events at churches and the Legion Hall during a snowstorm, it can be hellish trying to maneuver the large plows down the street without striking illegally parked cars. A good neighbor solution would be to allow cars to park in open driveways during these events or for landlords to make certain adequate parking exists for their rental properties not only for the tenants but also for the tenants’ guests. One way or the other, parking on narrow streets and roads during a snowstorm is a real concern and one which will be discussed further at the next town council meeting.


Another issue is that of the recycling center. Unfortunately, some residents have elected to dispose of their garbage along the roadside and Supervisor Babbitt-Henry explained that when this has happened town personnel have picked up the discards, gone through them to find identifying information and then sent law enforcement to the homes of the offenders to speak to them about littering. She suggests that people who cannot afford to pay by the pound at the recycling center contract with one of the disposal companies to have home pick-up, or use the recycling center in Wayland where dump tickets are $2 (sold at Shurfine). Obviously Supervisor Babbitt-Henry is sympathetic to your complaints and is trying to rectify them, but she is also concerned about the health and welfare issues posed by discarded trash.


The next meeting of the town council is at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, and all residents are invited to attend.


Help is needed for a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on April 21 at the Springwater American Legion for Albert “Albie” Coburn Jr. of Scottsburg, who is suffering from cancer. Anyone with experience in running fundraisers is asked to contact Kathy Carney at 585-335-3742. Mr. Coburn has a young family and the need is great as he requires chemotherapy and radiation treatments that are extremely costly and not covered by his health insurance.


Have a great week!