• SILVER LAKE WATER PRESSURE PROJECT is 75% complete. Restoration of disturbed properties is underway. The next step is the construction of the Pump House. This will begin once the booster pump is delivered.
  • SILVER LAKE OUTLET SAMPLING, a process only good for 5 years, has been completed again. The Village and Town of Perry and the Town of Castile funded the current sampling to the tune of $34,765. The next 2 steps: analysis and report writing.
  • PERRY SCHOOL DISTRICT -- Library Ballot at Perry Library June 6, 2017, from 12 Noon to 9:00 p.m. Election of 2 members to the Library Trustees to fill 3 year terms beginning July 1, 2017. For more info., click HERE.
  • SILVER LAKE EXPERIENCE 2017 -- Two of our presenters have recently been recognized: Jim Montanus just won “Best Rochester Photographer” and Roula Alkhouri was chosen as Genesee County Woman of Distinction for Social Justice.
  • THE SLI ANNUAL TAXES are due June 30, 2017 without penalty.
  • FOR GROUP MEETINGS INFO., click HERE or click on the "Schedule of Hours & Meetings" tab above.

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Watch Millions of Crabs
    Invade Cuba's Bay of Pigs

    From Our ABC News Feed

    LRPC Leaning Toward Adoption
    Of Ames Avenue as a Project

    In an email dated April 22, 2017, resident Greg Franklin wrote to individual members of the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) to poll them about Ames Avenue becoming an official LRPC project. "My purpose in writing is to ask if the Long Range Planning Committee is the place for this seed to be planted," he wrote.

    "We really do need to get people away from the path of cars and trucks at the most curvy and dangerous portion of Perry Avenue. Now that I have the full view of walkers on Perry Avenue, I have personally seen the very dangerous conditions and even close calls--especially when two cars in both directions encounter walkers," Mr. Franklin continued.

    Although I am immensely enthused about the Pedestrian Walkway, I am only one person among many. We need each other and each others' ideas and thoughts," Mr. Franklin concluded. Within less than 48 hours he had positive responses from four of the six persons to whom he had written indicating they would support the project becoming an official LRPC project.

    The full text of the email follows under "Read More."

    Silver Lake Temps at 12:00 Noon
    North: 54; South: 51; SLI: 59

    Highs--North: 64; South: 61; SLI: 67
    Cloudy; Chance of Rain

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    Truck Collides with Car

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    DEC Announces Statewide 2017 Earth Day Activities for Weeklong Celebration

    Celebrate Earth Day all week with DEC

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will commemorate the 47th anniversary of Earth Day with DEC-sponsored events around the state from April 22 through April 29, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. The earth-friendly activities include multiple opportunities for New Yorkers to connect with nature by hiking, observing wildlife, planting trees, and learning about the importance of protecting the environment.

    Current Customers of the Silver Lake Water District will Automatically be Connected to New Water System

    Silver Lake Water District customers received a "Newsletter" dated March 21, 2017, in their last water bill. It seemed to be explaining what water customers were going to have to do in order to be hooked into the new pressurized water system and it seemed to involve a whole new connection between the road right-of-way and our individual buildings, homes, or cottages. Something didn't seem quite right about that since we already had a water connection in good working order.

    So it was time to place a call to our man, Jake Koch, of the Town of Castile Water/Sewer Department to see if he could provide clarity--which he did without hesitation nor confusion. Mr. Koch indicated that current customers probably should not have been sent that particular "Newsletter" because it was describing the procedures that new/future customers were going to have to do in order to begin receiving water service from the new system. 

    As for the current water customers, there is nothing that we have to do in this process. We will begin receiving higher pressurized water when the system is completed and implemented without having to do anything. That means no applications, no white flags, no inspections, no running new pipe between the road right-of-way and the privately owned buildings. The only thing we need to be aware of is that our water will rush more forcefully through our pipes and into our sinks. It sounds like it will be possible to turn the value only part way open in order to get an adequate force of pressure with the new system.

    Thank you, Town of Castile Board and Water Department! We are really looking forward to this! Any additional questions may also be directed to Jake Koch at (585) 727-2569.

    Silver Lake Temps at 9:30 a.m.
    North: 44; South: 43; SLI: 46

    High for Monday: 60 and Forecast is Sunny;
    High for Tuesday: 59 with 70% chance of Rain

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Michael Kelly Retires
    From Long Legal Practice

    Mike Kelly
    Mike Kelly made no big issue about his retirement, but simply submitted it in the form of a letter to the Castile Town Board. The letter and his retirement were disclosed at the Board meeting of April 12, 2017. Following that rather short-lived announcement, the next agenda item was his replacement. Perry Attorney Devon Kelly was appointed as Town of Castile's legal counsel, taking the job that his father, Michael, had previously held prior to his retirement.

    Mr. Kelly had his office on Lake Street in Perry and made his home in Warsaw with his late wife, Sharon A. (nee Kearney) Kelly, who passed March 1 just days after knee surgery.

    In Memoriam

    June Rowsam Morin

    Pastor's Wife
    June's first husband, Rev. Robert H. Rowsam, who was a much beloved pastor in the Western NY Conference. Among his appointments, he was founding pastor of Aldersgate UMC in Rochester, 1955-1962; at the time of his death in 1974, he was Rochester District Superintendent.

    Teacher's aide at BOCES Special Education School.
    Librarian at Colgate Rochester Divinity School.
    Founder of a support group for newly widowed persons titled "Today's Widow."

    Silver Lake Temps at 5:45 p.m.
    South: 64; North: 64; SLI: 80 direct sun

    Beautiful Warm Sunny Day all Day;
    Monday: Mostly Sunny; Almost as Warm

    Silver Lake Temps at 12:30 p.m.
    South: 51; North: 59; SLI: 71 in sun

    Highs for Today: South: 61; North: 73; SLI: 75
    No Rain, No Wind, No Clouds, Just Full Sun
    Screen Captures between 1:00 p.m. and 1:20 p.m.;
    Click on Photos to Enlarge them.

    School Bus Stop at Perry and Haven Avenues More Dangerous at 20 mph

    For all the private roads in the Silver Lake Institute, the Speed Limit is simple. It's 15 mph. But look at the potpourri we have on our public roads that both surround the Institute and plow through the center of it. Chapman is 25 mph. Camp and Walker are 30 mph. 

    Here's one for the books: Perry Ave.--going South--is 15 mph. Perry Ave.--going North--is 20 mph. Now add 5 to 10 mph onto the Perry Ave. speed limits to get the actual speed of vehicles. This does not take into account those who are clearly traveling much faster and those not stopping at stop signs.

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    SL Trail Feasibility Study on Perry Main Street Assn. Agenda this Wednesday

    The Perry Main Street Association invites all who are interested to join them at the Arts Council building, 31 S. Main St., for their Spring Meeting this Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm. The agenda will include: () Silver Lake Trail Feasibility Study, () NY Main St. Grant Update, () Letchworth Gateway Villages, and () News from other groups and more. For more information, visit or email questions@

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Silver Lake Temps at 10:40 am
    North: 57; South: 55; SLI: 59

    Silver Lake South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . Courtesy of Silver Lake Marine
    Silver Lake Northshore
    Silver Lake Southshore

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Full Time Job Opportunity at Asbury Announced by UNY United Methodists

    See Classified Ads (tab above) under "Help Wanted"

    From The Daily News: Relationship between Government and Public is
    Topic of upcoming SLA meeting

    Fog Lift is Slow

    This image is from 10:23 a.m. at the SLI shoreline. The fog also extends up the hill well into the Institute grounds although length of visibility has increased.

    This image, courtesy of Silver Lake Marine, came in at 10:18 a.m. and the fog still surrounds the lake.

    Thick morning fog began lifting shortly after sunrise but persisted well after mid morning as this 8:55 a.m. SLI shoreline image above shows. SL south temp 39 (due point also 39); SL north temp 43. Institute temp 44.

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    In Memoriam

    Condolences are extended to the family and friends of Rev. Jonathan W. Smith who passed away on April 17th at the age of 66.  Rev. Smith was the former pastor at Sardinia UMC. Visitation will be Friday, April 21 from 4-8 pm at Norman E. Gannon & Sons Funeral Home, 1075 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna. Cremation has taken place. Friends are invited to join the family for the service to be held at the Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 North Buffalo St., Orchard Park on Saturday, April 22 at 10 am. Charitable donations may be made to Ride for Roswell.  His obituary can be seen here.

    Price Reduction

    Boat Hoist - Reduced - See Classifieds (Misc. For Sale)

    DEC Announces Next Round of Community Air Screen Program
    To Test Local Air Quality

    The next round of statewide Community Air Screen program is accepting applications, Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. The program partners with community groups to conduct air quality surveillance. Applications to participate in the program will be accepted until May 19.

    "DEC launched the Community Air Screen program in 2012 and it is bolstering our work both by helping us better understand air quality concern in neighborhoods across the State and helping residents' better understand the work we do," said DEC Commissioner Seggos. "The Community Air Screen program is empowering environmentally conscious New Yorkers to get involved in improving the air quality in their communities."

    The program enables local community groups and residents to take air samples in neighborhoods across the State to help identify and address local air quality concerns. DEC will analyze the samples for possible air pollutants.

    Creamy Broccoli Apple Salad Recipe

    Click HERE to Watch and Hear Video Preparation
    Click HERE to Watch Non-Verbal Video Prep with Music

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Village of Perry Approves Silver Lake
    Dredging Project; Testing has Begun

    . . . Photos Courtesy of Silver Lake Association
    Workers are shown doing the testing that precedes the dredging work of the Silver Lake outlet and northern shore.

    7-Day Forecast



    Monday, April 17, 2017

    SLI Board President Responds to Concerns of Anonymous Readers

    A "" serves at least two purposes. (1) To convey the news of the day, and (2) To provide the readers an opportunity to respond to that news. This offers that opportunity at the end of each and every article (even weather articles!).  I wish to thank those readers who participated in the short series of anonymous readers' comments between April 11th and 12th. As Publisher, I appreciate any and all comments, and I also appreciated our Board President taking an interest in our people's concerns, even if anonymous.

    To read the original posting and the comments, click on the following link to be taken there: Bill's comment is based on these previous comments from the above story (and link):

    Bill Schaefer
    First of all, I thank you for your candid response. I have been president of the board for the past two years and my efforts to make the activities of the board transparent seem to have fallen short. Every year we have four vacancies on the board and this year is no different. Every year we welcome nominations of candidates who are willing to work with the community and work with the board to oversee the business of the Silver Lake Institute. We always welcome nominations prior to and at the annual cottage owners meetings. The membership of the board has always been at the discretion of the cottage owners through their votes. We are always looking for members of the institute to get involved both on the board and on committees. If you are so inclined to get involved, please contact me at 585-737-8522.
    On an additional note, I have been very very proud of the hard work and accomplishments of the SLI Board of Trustees. Many of them spend long hours making sure projects and issues are addressed so that the Institute runs smoothly and so that we maintain our 501C3 status. If anyone believes we have missed an important issue that needs to be addressed, again, please contact me and I will bring it to the board for the attention it deserves.
    Bill Schaefer

    SLA is Slated to Host 5 Guest Speakers in 1 Hour at their May 13th Meeting

    Silver Lake Association reported that 23 members gathered on 
    April 8th at the Perry-Warsaw Airport for their April 
    meeting which was their first of this year.
    . . . Photo Courtesy of SL Association 

    The SLA May 13th meeting will have guest speakers Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM Coordinator; Frank Bright, SUNY Distinguished Professor (SLA WQ Chairperson); Jacquie Billings Barlow, Village of Perry Trustee; Brittney Roggers, Watercraft Inspection Program Leader, NY Sea Grant; and John Whitney, District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

    The presentation is titled “Planning, Funding, and Executing Public Projects: A Discussion with Government Agencies and Community Groups about Silver Lake, NY.” All interested members are welcome to attend. The presentation begins at 9 am and will last about one hour. The meeting will be held at The Club on Silver Lake Restaurant (second floor).