Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Silver Lake Receives 2 Inches of
Un-blown Snow Overnight; 3 More Inches with 'A Trace of Ice' Coming

Urgent - Winter Weather message from National Weather Service
Buffalo NY - 619 AM EST Tue Jan 24 2017 Monroe-Wayne-Genesee-Wyoming-Livingston-Ontario-Cattaraugus-
Allegany- including the cities of...Rochester...Newark...Batavia...
Warsaw... Geneseo...Canandaigua...Olean...Wellsville 619 AM EST
Tue Jan 24 2017. Winter Weather advisory remains in effect until
7 PM EST this evening...
* Locations...The Genesee Valley and Northern Finger Lakes...Includ-
ing Interior portions of the Western Southern tier. * Timing...Through Early this evening. * Hazards...Snow...Mixed with patchy sleet and freezing Rain South of
Lake Ontario. * Accumulations...1 to 3 inches of Snow today... With a Trace of Ice
accumulation. * Winds...North 10 to 15 mph. * Visibilities...As Low as a mile at times. * Temperatures...Highs in the lower 30s today. Around 30 tonight. * Impacts...Wet Snow...With patchy sleet and freezing Rain will Result
in slushy and Slick travel conditions. Allow Extra Time for the morning
commute.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Winter Weather Advisory
Wyoming County

Weather Updated: Jan 23 3:42AM
Issued by the National Weather Service

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FROM 4PM EST MON UNTIL 10AM EST TUE ... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 AM EST TUESDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 AM EST TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * LOCATIONS...WYOMING COUNTY. * TIMING...RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SNOW LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH LATE TUESDAY MORNING. * HAZARDS ... SNOW. * ACCUMULATIONS ... 3 TO 6 INCHES TONIGHT AND AN INCH OR LESS TUESDAY...LEADING TO STORM TOTALS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES. * WINDS...NORTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH. * VISIBILITIES...AS LOW AS A HALF MILE AT TIMES. * TEMPERATURES...AROUND 40 THIS AFTERNOON. LOWS AROUND 30 TONIGHT. AROUND 30 TUESDAY. * IMPACTS...WET SNOW WILL RESULT IN SLICK TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Severe Weather Alert:
Winter Storm Watch, Wyoming County

Issued by the National Weather Service

WINTER STORM WATCH FROM 4PM EST MON UNTIL 1PM EST TUE ... WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON. * LOCATIONS ... WYOMING ... LIVINGSTON ... ONTARIO ... AND ALLEGANY COUNTIES. * TIMING...FROM LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. * HAZARDS ...

Enjoy Your Relatively Mild Sunday

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Stoody Slated for New Paint, Fans

Both the outside and inside of Stoody Hall has been slated for a new coat of paint and other touches of upgrading. On the inside, the top 2/3 of the wall will be an antique yellow with a chair rail and bottom third being natural wood. Two of the ceiling lights will be converted into combination ceiling fans with light units on them. This will help to increase air circulation while maintaining the level of light. The hope is that Stoody could be done in plenty of time for the season-opening breakfast.

Epworth's New Sound System
To be in Place for 2017 Season

The new sound system for Epworth Hall has been purchased and some components have already arrived. The plan is to have the system installed and ready for use in time for this year's 145th Season. The new system will be a permanent installation but will also be under lock and key to protect the investment that so many contributed to last season. Good friend of Epworth Hall, Eric Kelly is the project manager.

The Epworth roof is in desperate need of replacement. The last roof installed had its longevity warranty nullified because of inadequate venting. The original vents were opened up in time for the 2016 Season by Craig Bateman and crew, and the result was notable this past season. There will be opportunities to raise additional funds this year and it is the hope of the Institute leadership team that the roof replacement can be accomplished by year's end.

500,000 in D.C., 100s-of-1000s in Women's Marches Across the Country; Marches Occurring Around the World

By 2:30 pm, the Marches across the country have set a historical precedent and as of this time, President Trump has yet to acknowledge the crowds or make political hay of them; he appears to be ignoring the large numbers. Jamie Lee Curtis -- These are not anti-Trump marches. Rather they are Pro-Women and Pro-Rights marches and those marching are stating that they will be watching the new Administration's approach to civil rights and specifically for women. Michael Moore -- We are here to stop the "Trump Carnage." Other speakers have objected to the narrow and "dark" nature of the President's post-inaugural speeches. Some have indicated they are a revival of the Democratic Party, which would not be an applicable rationale for the marches outside of the U.S.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Weather Alert for Wyoming County

Issued by the National Weather Service
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL 4AM EST SAT ...AREAS OF DENSE FOG OVERNIGHT... AREAS OF DENSE FOG WILL DEVELOP THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO SLOW DOWN, USE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS, AND KEEP A SAFE FOLLOWING DISTANCE FROM THE VEHICLE IN FRONT OF YOU. CONSIDER ALLOWING EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION.

S/L Institute and Asbury Retreats Experiencing Renaissance in Participation, Popularity

2015 Silver Lake Experience Planning Committee

There's no vacation for this hard working group who have worked together for 3 1/2 years. In just 6 more months, this group will be presenting the second biennial Silver Lake Experience this August 10-13, 2017. Included in this group are the leadership teams of the Silver Lake Institute and the Asbury Camp & Retreat Center, under the coordination of Committee chair, Kathy Schaefer. This Committee and its "Silver Lake Experience," a mini-Chautauqua event, plays a significant role in the current Renaissance of the Silver Lake Institute and Asbury Retreat Center. 

Others who contribute to this Renaissance include the Institute's Program Committee, responsible for the concert series on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Another contributor is the Hoag Art Studio shows that occur weekly right next to our waterfront. The Institute community has been strengthened through the experience of our Saturday morning breakfasts, Wednesday evening Dessert on the Dock, and our Long-Range Planning Committee has revitalized our grounds with such projects as the Heritage Walkway and Institute Welcome signs. We should be proud to be a part of the Silver Lake Institute and the work it provides to our area and to Western New York.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SLI Handbook Update on Planning Committee's 2017 Calendar

This past summer season, the Long-Range Planning Committee agreed to take on the project of updating and revising the Silver Lake Institute's Handbook. This is the rule book with which residents of SLI agree to live together when they first purchase, inherit, or rent property on the grounds of the Institute. Many parts of its contents are considered valuable since many of the SLI cottages are situated very close together. The Legal Committee has agreed to accept their generous offer.

Members of the Committee have already prepared new historical paragraphs as background information to be included in the Handbook. An Institute history was written by Don Weaver, and an architectural history was written by Nancy Culley Sellar. Initially, committee chair Bob Cook, hopes it will be possible to complete the update suggestions for the Board of Trustees by the end of this upcoming summer season.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017




SILVER LAKE NEWS . blog
Reader and Visitor Activity for the Most Recent 8-Day Period

Monday, January 16, 2017

Freezing Rain Advisory
Issued by the National Weather Service
FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY FROM 8PM EST MON UNTIL 10AM EST TUE ... FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM EST TUESDAY ... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY ... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM EST TUESDAY. * LOCATIONS...WESTERN SOUTHERN TIER, AND THE NIAGARA FRONTIER. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

At Noon Today, Sunday, the month of January is One-Half Over

For those who love winter sports and winter holidays, the news of January being half over already does not seem like good news at all. Whereas those who eagerly look forward to Spring breezes and newly flowering trees, shrubs, and Spring flowers, are caught pleasantly by surprise and discover a new sense of hope for warmer times.

The Silver Lake Experience 2017 will be ready for their second all-out event August 10-13 whether or not the winter seems to move any faster or slower than usual. Planning is on schedule and it is hoped everyone already has their 2017 calendars marked for these four very special days in the life of the Lake community and our neighbors and friends throughout Western New York.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

'The Times they are a-Changin'; Ringling Bros. Circus to Close

AP/ABC Headline -- After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.
The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise.






Thursday, January 12, 2017

Big Snow Meltdown Taking Place at Silver Lake Today; Hi 52, Lo 23

The only remaining evidence of snow are those areas where a snow plow has pushed snow from other areas into an exaggerated pile. Some of those piles continue to exist. The streets, lawns, and gardens are totally free of snow. It has been a very rapid meltdown even with the temperature hovering at 45 at 4 pm.

'Tours' is Now in Final Draft Form; Author Seeks Readers Input

The "History of the Institute" as can be seen by clicking the Tab of the same name in the Menu/Site Map, will deliver you to a sight not yet completed and awaiting additional input. (Anyone have any old Trustee Meeting Minutes from the last 50 years?) Its author is wondering whether some or all of the historical information included in the "Tours" should be withdrawn from "Tours" and placed in the "History of the Institute" (or kept in both sections). Both "History of the Institute" and "Tours" have their own buttons or tabs in the beginning Menu/Site Map right below ABC Headlines.

The current plan is also to fill in the "History of the Institute" with material found in the "Maps & Essays" section of the Menu, crediting those authors, of course. Anyone wishing to submit a historical paragraph or more should feel free to do so. Anyone wishing to attempt to correct current information should do so. Use either the comment section below or my personal email: greg.franklin.perry.ny@gmail.com.

Dense Fog Warning Discontinued;
River Flood Warning for Wyoming

Issued by the National Weather Service
RIVER FLOOD WARNING FROM 7PM EST THU UNTIL 1AM EST FRI THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WARNING FOR THE BUFFALO CREEK NEAR GARDENVILLE * FROM THIS EVENING TO LATE TONIGHT. * AT 10 AM THURSDAY THE STAGE WAS 4.8 FEET AND RISING. * FLOOD STAGE IS 7.0 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FORECAST...THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO RISE TO NEAR FLOOD STAGE THIS EVENING. * FORECAST...THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE THIS EVENING AND CREST NEAR 7.0 FEET THIS EVENING. * IMPACT...AT 7.0 FEET...FLOOD STAGE, MINOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE ALONG THE LOW LYING AREAS NEXT TO BUFFALO CREEK, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE FARM FIELDS DOWNSTREAM FROM UNION ROAD.

Every 100 Years, or so, We Get a Trustee Group Picture

2011 Trustees
Pictured from left to right: Ken Hennig, Don Meyer, Bob Cook, Pete Mairs, Bill Schaefer, Julie Hoffner, Mike Turner, Joe Szwaczkowski, Lance Seeber, Rodney Jones, Jim Blythe, and Greg Franklin. Not Shown: Roger Covell, Lisa Schiske,  Don Weaver, Jerry Kelly, and George Battaglia. Photo by Sarah Clark. 


1908 Trustees

Editor's Note:  It appears an updated photo would be appropriate.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Two Deaths, Friday and Sunday;
Details on Obituaries Page

  • Fred Wilson, Surrounded by Family, Died Sunday, January 8th, in VA
  • (The Rev.) Susan Nowicki, 60, died Friday, January 6th; Service in the Spring

Flood Watch for Wyoming County Thursday Morn through Friday Eve; High WInd Warning Overnight Tuesday

Weather Updated: Jan 10 5:57PM
Issued by the National Weather Service
FLOOD WATCH FROM 7AM EST THU UNTIL 7PM EST FRI ... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF WESTERN NEW YORK ... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES ... NORTHERN ERIE ... SOUTHERN ERIE AND WYOMING. * FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING. * MUCH WARMER TEMPERATURES AND A PROLONGED PERIOD OF RAIN WILL MELT THE SNOWPACK IN PLACE ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK, RESULTING IN A SUBSTANTIAL RISE IN AREA CREEKS AND STREAMS. ADDITIONALLY, ICE COVER ON THE WATERWAYS WILL LIFT AND FLOW WITH THE RISING WATERS AND WILL EXHIBIT A RISK OF ICE JAMMING AT ANY POINT ALONG THE CREEKS AND STREAMS. THE ICE JAMS WILL PRESENT A SIGNIFICANT RISK OF FLOODING DANGER DURING THIS PERIOD. PRECAUTIONARY / PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP. 

Issued by the National Weather Service
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST WEDNESDAY. THE WIND ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * LOCATIONS...WYOMING COUNTY

Tax, Water Bills Due by Month's End

Just a friendly reminder that County of Wyoming and Town of Castile Tax Bills are due for payment without penalty by January 31. Also, the quarterly Water Bill is also due for payment by January 31. Payments can be made in person at the Castile Government Center, 53 N. Main St., Castile, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Payments can also be made by check, draft, or money order payable to Castile Tax Collector, PO Box 179, Castile, NY 14427. Questions can be directed to (585) 493-2233 ext. 1000.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

These photos were taken at 12:40 pm on Sunday, 1-8-17, showing blue skies and sunshine at the south end of the Lake (right), while the north end of the Lake was squalling with limited visibility (left). Normally the left photo would be showing the tree line of the west shore in the background. The humorous part of this "squalls with limited visibility, clear, then bright sunshine" cycle is that it kept repeating itself faster than I could keep up with it photographically--and continued on at least from 12:40 pm to 1:35 pm.
Bright sunshine finally broke through on the north shores but in a few minutes returned to squalling, then clearing, then bright sunshine again--which this time seems to be holding.