A great many people were disappointed to not find Judy Tripp-Neu’s column in the Genesee Country Express last week. You need to know that our two columns (Springwater Party Line and The Valley View) for the Town of Springwater are also online under Newsletters, thanks to Larry Gnau, Town of Springwater web master and Town Board member for many years. As such they have become a permanent history for our town.

We hope all Springwater residents that have access to computers at home and at the libraries will become familiar with www.townofspringwaterny.org and become involved in the many activities, not the least of which are the Town Board, the Gala, the Bicentennial, the Fiddler’s Fair, the Springwater Trails, the Webster’s Crossing United Methodist Church, the Springwater UMC, the Church of the Nazarene, the Wesleyan Church, the Springwater / Webster Crossing Historical Society, the Fire Department, the Springwater Volunteer Emergency Service, the Rod and Gun Club, the American Legion Post #905 (and probably others I forgot to mention and I apologize) or shop at our businesses.

In Springwater our businesses include farms; a myriad of home businesses in arts, crafts, and computers; a country store and gas station, car maintenance and repair; and eating places. In fact, this past Saturday (8/9), Sammy’s Place on Main Street was the place to be for Sam LaMonica’s restaurant grand opening! Our residents congregate for wedding activities, birthdays, homecomings, you-name-it at our churches, Fire Hall, American Legion, or Town Hall. On Sunday, August 10, the Springwater United Methodist Church had their Ice Cream Social and the Town Hall was bustling with all of us that wanted to wish our Town Justice and his wife (Don and Brenda Haywood) a Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary and many more.

Lest I forget, I also wanted to report on the Bicentennial Meeting we had on Thursday evening, August 7th. Town Councilman, Steve Cowley, read the minutes of past meetings and suggested that we inquire of the Gala Committee as to combining out efforts for the year 2016. There fore, we are inviting everyone on the Gala Committee and on the Bicentennial Committee to meet on Thursday evening, October 2, at the Springwater Town Hall at 7 PM. We also encourage anyone that has volunteered or thought about volunteering their expertise to put this meeting on their calendar and not only plan to come, but also encourage others to attend. The old adage “Many hands make light work” comes to mind.

Mark Hopkins writes that Springwater Trails spent two hours at Hemlock Lake on Sunday, August 10. Four hikers joined Pam in exploring the old growth forest above the lake, while six kayakers enjoyed a beautiful summer day on the water. From all reports at the social afterwards at Nanette’s place, the forest was definitely worth the steep hike. Check the Springwater Trails.org website for pictures of the forest and details about future Springwater Trails’ hikes including a hike/bike led by Melissa on Sunday, August 17th at the Ontario Pathways near Canandaigua. At the same time, Springwater Trails hikers are signing up to help park cars at the Fiddler’s Fair on Saturday, September 13th for a two and half hour stint, and enjoying the Fair the rest of the day. This year the Fair and Craft Show will be from 10 AM to 6 PM at Punky Hollow Farm located near 8277 Pardee Hollow Road.

The 107th Lawrence Reunion on Conesus Lake was held on August 10 and those in attendance enjoyed the hospitality of Brian and Becky Lawrence. Plans were made to hold the 109th reunion two years from now at All Western Evergreen Tree Farm in the Springwater Bicentennial year to commemorate that Springwater is where the Lawrence’s have much of their history.

A Used Clothing Drop-off Shed sponsored by the Springwater United Methodist Church has recently appeared on Main Street. Items that are accepted are all clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes and stuffed toys. No rags, fabric scraps, pillows, other types of toys or household goods are hard to dispose. They are NOT wanted. To help donations stay clean and dry, please put them in tied or closed bags. Three reasons to use the shed are to help recycle items that are still useable, to help the environment by keeping these items out of the landfill, and because you can receive a tax deduction for your donation; receipts are right on the shed.

It is not too soon to put the Webster’s Crossing United Methodist Church Spaghetti Dinner / Music Jam by donation on your calendar for Thursday, August 28th, 4:30 -7:00 PM with music into the night. Last year we had a record number of people come to the August Dinner. We are hoping for the same to happen again this year.

Wayland-Cohocton Central School would like families to be aware of an increase to meal prices for the 2014-15 school year. New prices are as follows:

Breakfast for all students in all grades will be $1.15. Lunch for students in kindergarten through fourth grade will be $1.75. Students in grades 5 - 12 will pay $2 for lunch.

The district will continue its program to provide free meals to students meeting the reduced meal guidelines set by the Federal free and reduced meal program. Applications are available on the school website. Money can be added to a child's lunch account by visiting the link provided on the school's website. The district will continue its program to provide free meals to students meeting the reduced meal guidelines set by the Federal free and reduced meal program. Applications are available on the school website. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the school at 585-728-2211.


August 14 – Beth White, Bob Sahrle, Brittany Quackenbush

August 15 – Bernie Briceland Sr., Lisa Clark

August 16 – Shawn Gilson

August 17 – Caleb Parker

August 18 – Pat Willsea, Tom Rossmann

August 19 – Shannon Wagner

August 20 – Boston Irving Tripp, Beatrice Greenleaf, Kelly Clow


August 15th – Don and Brenda Haywood, #50! Congratulations.

August 19 – Tim & Lilia Vadney, #11

August 20 – Rodney & Betty Holden, #48, John Kerr & Colleen Liggett, Kenneth & Betty Shull, John & Tara West Harnish, #13