Brad Returned to Strong Hospital Monday Evening, Nov. 21

  • Please pray for Brad and his family during his current health crisis. Click HERE to visit Brad Hennig's GoFundMe page.
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016

    Early Glance at Next Season's Silver Lake Experience Posted; Includes Three Top Notch Evening Entertainment Events

  • RPO Brass Quintet
  • Jen Chapin Trio (Jen is Harry Chapin's Daughter)
  • Eric Kelly, Guy Macaluso, Bill Roberts, Dan Saunders
  • and Friends: "A Perry Revival"



    Friday, December 2, 2016

    NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Announces Updates for December 2nd

    The NYS DEC's Division of Water has posted new announcements on its webpage. This week's updates include:
    • Great Lakes Funding
    • WI/PWL Water Quality Assessment Updates
    • Drought in Effect
    • Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants

    EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Great Lakes satellite image2016 Request for Applications Announced

    EPA announced that up to $26 million in funding will be available to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan II (PDF, 5 MB). DEC’s Great Lakes program encourages Great Lakes basin stakeholders to collaborate on competitive proposals and leverage funding to achieve the goals of the NYS Great Lakes Action Agendaand sub-basin work group plans. Applications are due January 13, 2017.

    Weekend Forecasts for 12/02 and 12/09


    Silver Lake Association Provides Inspirational Data on their Mission

    Mark Emmerson, president of the Silver Lake Association (SLA), the  Silver Lake Cottage Owners Association since 1961, has been researching his organizations meeting minutes in an effort to write an accurate history of the Association.

    "By organizing the archived files of the Silver Lake Association," Mark stated on the Association's website, "I was able to publish a story containing facts of the SLA history, collected from the notes and minutes of the SLA monthly meetings, a history that needed to be shared." An Organization of volunteers that Incorporated in 1961 for the purpose of cleaning up the pollution in Silver Lake at that time, is now a mainstay of this community.  SLA and it’s volunteers are involved with so much more then the Water Quality of Silver Lake which is, and always will be, the number one concern of this organization. They have been tirelessly protecting this beautiful resource of this community that was known as “Vacationland”.
    The chapters start from the time of the Indians and first settlers to the present. Chapters will be added one at a time when they are available.  "Enjoy the reading and it is hoped that you will appreciate what this group of people have done for all these years for this community," concluded Emmerson. (Click http://silverlakeassociation-wny.org/sla-history/ for the Association's History Page.

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    Wednesday Wraps Up Series of Unseasonably Mild Days with a High of 60

    Milder Weather began infiltrating Wyoming County on Monday and got progressively milder Tuesday and today. The official high for Wednesday was 57 but there were reports of  60 and above in certain areas and times during the day. Thursday will see a high of only 51 with rain and then a return to the seasonable 30s by Friday as snow flurries return for the foreseeable future. 

    Sunday, November 27, 2016

    The Sun Sparingly Pokes
    Through a Few Cloud Breaks

    First Sunday of Advent: November 27, 2016, 2:10 p.m.--Both lake camera shots were taken at the exact moment of each other but the angles create a unique starkness to the brighter and darker areas. By 2:22 p.m. the clouds had once again covered over the rays of the sun.


    The Leadup to Christmas followed
    By the 12 Days of Christmas

    Advent Dates 2016

    • November 27 - First Sunday of Advent (first purple candle of the Advent Wreath is lit)
    • December 4 - Second Sunday of Advent (first and second purple candles of the Advent Wreath are lit)
    • December 11 - Third Sunday of Advent (first and second purple candles plus the pink candle of the Advent Wreath is lit)
    • December 18 - Fourth Sunday of Advent (all candles of the Advent Wreath are lit in the same order as in previous Sundays)

    • December 24 - The Christ Candle is inserted in the center of the Advent Wreath and lit representing the end of the preparation/wait and the arrival of the birth and the anticipation of the "second coming."
    In Western Christianity, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30, and lasts until midnight Christmas Eve (December 24). When Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, it is the last, or fourth Sunday of Advent. Christmas Day is "The First Day of Christmas" in the series of 12 ending on January 6 which is the 12th Day of Christmas and is marked by the traditional arrival of the Wise Men (astrologers) in Bethlehem, having been led by "the Star of the East." The arrival of the Magi (astrologers) is known as the "Epiphany" or delivery of the good news of the birth of Christ to the Gentile world. In the Hispanic tradition, Epiphany is celebrated as the "Three Kings Day" on which gifts are exchanged.

    Saturday, November 26, 2016

    A Cloudy 4-Day Thanksgiving Holiday 2016

    Saturday, November 26, 2016, 3:25 p.m.

    Thursday, November 24, 2016

    Prayers for Healing ...

    Julie Hoffner fell and broke her shoulder this week. She is receiving help from friends and neighbors up in her Hamburg NY winter home.

    Wednesday, November 23, 2016

    Hourly Forecast for Thanksgiving Day;
    Severe Alert Ends at 10:00 am Thursday

    Severe Weather Alert for Wyoming County

    US Winter Weather Advisory for Freezing Rain from 6 pm EST Wednesday until 10 am EST Thursday. Snow and/or Sleet accumulations less than an inch. Ice accumulating one tenth of an inch. Conditions affecting Cattaraugus, Allegany, Genesee, Orleans, Livingston, and Wyoming counties.

    Tuesday, November 22, 2016

    Institute Water Pressure Problem to be Aired at Public Hearing on Dec. 29th

    The water pressure in the Institute grounds and surrounding properties including the Charcoal Corral is sub-standard and will not allow for any further tapping of the system. Officials want to improve water pressure by piping the "end of the line" back into the system which begins at the water tower and adding a water pumping station at the tower's location. The bad news is that there is currently no funding available for such a project and no written plans drawn up at this point, according to Town of Castile Clerk Vickie Draper. Against this background, officials want public input into the proposal which will be held on December 29th at a location to be announced.

    The Institute and Corral are at the very "end of the line" and the line dead-ends instead of connecting back into the system. The highest point of the Institute property is approximately equal to the height of the water tower, also making for reduced water pressure. A couple of years ago, water officials approached the SLI Board of Trustees asking if they would permit the building of a pump station on SLI forest property on the south side of Camp Road. Some of the details were in the early stages of being worked out, when water officials announced that they were going to do something else and would not be locating on SLI property. 

    Saturday, November 19, 2016

    Alan Wetjen Died on Saturday Morning

    Alan Wetjen died peacefully early this morning, Saturday November 19, 2016, in Florida. There will be services and interment in Florida at a date not yet determined. Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution in his name may do so to Silver Lake Institute, Box 20, Silver Lake, NY 14549.  Sending condolences to Dianne may be done at 109 Saxon St., Marco Island, FL 34145, or under "comments" below.


    First 'Big' Snow Event of Season Culminates in a Wet and Whimpy Couple of Inches

    The National Weather Service issued three different warning statements over the weekend to help people prepare for what sounded like a significant winter event. Warnings ranged from "a Lake Effect Snow Advisory" which zeroed in on Wyoming County, through "Lake Effect Snow Warning" and eventually landing on "a Special Weather Statement" again for Wyoming County, but in the higher regions.

    As for the Institute, Lakeview Drive provided the most wintry scene at times because of the wind racing across the unobstructed water, but on the whole, the Institute faired well with a total of 2 to 3 inches total as opposed to the warnings of "2 to 3 inches per hour." Even church attendance at the local United Methodist Church seemed unaffected by what some called "just a regular winter day in Western New York."

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    Obituary for Nils R. Anderson

    Nils R. Anderson, age 78, of Silver Lake (Sutton Tract), formerly of Livonia, passed away on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at his home. He was born on February 9, 1938 in Jamestown, NY a son of the late Axel E. and Thelma M. (Tillow) Anderson.


    Nils was a 1955 graduate of Jamestown High School, 1959 graduate of Houghton College, and received his master’s degree in Social work from Syracuse University in 1966. He worked for the Livingston County Department of Social Services for several years, and retired from New York Division for Youth in Rochester after many years of service. He attended the Brick Presbyterian Church in Perry where he was in the church choir and was active in the church ministry. He was a former Boy Scout leader, a board member for the Livingston County Service Board, volunteered for the Caring for Perry food pantry, drove for the Genesee County Department of Social Services and worked for the benefit of many other organizations. He enjoyed flying private planes and especially loved spending time with family, grandchildren and extended family.

    Drought in Effect in NYS

    All of New York State remains under a drought watch. You can do your part to save water. Don’t waste water waiting for it to get hot or cold. Capture it for other uses such as plant watering or heat it on the stove or in a microwave, and keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator. For more tips on conserving water, visit DEC’s Saving Water Makes Good Sense webpage.  

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016

    4:27 p.m. November 15, 2016

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016

    'The Community Minute Challenge'
    Arts Council for Wyoming County

    Hey Friends! The Community Minute Challenge starts today! What does this mean? The Arts Council for Wyoming County is competing for $2,500 to double our youth art program!
    What do you need to do?
    1. Like Tompkins Bank of Castile
    2. Follow the directions to vote
    3. Vote daily until the challenge expires!
    Let's do this for the Arts Council for Wyoming County!

    Election Day at the Institute

    In a Nutshell: Quiet, Bright Sunshine, and Mild (63)

    Monday, November 7, 2016

    Saturday, November 5, 2016

    Friday, November 4, 2016