Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Autumn at the Institute ...
... Kathy Schaefer photo

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Intermittent Sunshine, Breezy and Mild

Tuesday's daylight hours is raining only multicolor leaves with no actual moisture to be seen. The unseasonably warm temperatures continue across the country and throughout Western New York and are forecasted until the end of the week.

Monday, October 17, 2016

After 17 Years Shirley Spencer's
Cancer has Returned

Shirley Spencer’s breast cancer, which was in remission for 17 years, returned to invade her bones about 3 years ago. She and Doug battled that and thought they had it managed. It has since spread to her brain and perhaps her liver (the spot is still too small to biopsy). They won’t know until mid November if the whole brain radiation has been effective. Shirley has given Doug permission to tell her story as long as the story makes clear "that we have not given up hope. Whatever the future brings, we will get through it together because that’s what love does. Please keep us in your prayers that God will continue to bless and enhance our lives."

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Some Afternoon Sun on Sunday;
Monday Starts Week Off Cloudy

The forecast calls for more clouds than sun this week including some rain but keeping with relatively mild temperatures for Autumn. Sun became part of our early Sunday afternoon, even though not forecasted, but by 4:00 the clouds became more pronounced and the wind picked up. The temperatures remained mild.

MONDAY UPDATE: The sun broke through the cloud cover at 4:50 p.m. and reflected beautifully upon some of the newly colored leaves.

Friday, October 14, 2016

DEC Report of 10/14/16

Drought in Effect in NYS:

Save Water During Shower Better Month

Most of Western NYS remains under a drought warning, with the rest of the state under a drought watch. You can do your part to save water. Remember - October is Shower Better month. Load up on savings with an EPA WaterSense® labeled showerhead—each year save enough water to wash 70 laundry loads! For more tips on conserving water, visit DEC’s Saving Water Makes Good Sense webpage.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

UPDATE: Late Afternoon, Thursday, 10/13/16 -- Brad Hennig -- Slow but steady progress with the goal of returning home for further recuperation possibly "in a few days." Prayers continue.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

NYS Senator Gallivan Tours SLI

NYS Senator Gallivan
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 -- New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan of the 59th Senate District was the guest of the Silver Lake Institute today as he toured the grounds and the historical buildings ending with a Charcoal Corral lunch of bbq ribs. Sen. Gallivan was in the area concerning a project for Letchworth Park when he accepted the invitation to the Institute. The tour was given by SLI president Bill Schaefer and Program Committee representative, Loren Penman.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Brad Hennig Out of ICU

Brad has been moved into a regular room from Strong's ICU and is listed in Stable condition. He continues to have tests as he heals from previous procedures. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 184, Silver Lake, NY 14549. Please keep Brad and family in your thoughts and prayers this week.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Brad Hennig Remains at Strong

Brad Hennig is making progress in healing during his hospitalization, but still very much in need of prayer. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 184, Silver Lake, NY 14549. Please keep Brad and family in your thoughts and prayers this week.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Alan Wetjen Diagnosed with Cancer

Dianne Wetjen asked Nancy Seller to let us know that Alan Wetjen is in the hospital in Florida, diagnosed this week with stage IV pancreatic and liver cancer.  They would both appreciate your prayers. Alan will be moving soon to another facility so anyone wishing to send a note or card should use their home address: 109 Saxon St., Marco Island FL 34145.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Perry First United Methodist Church had 100 Reservations for Lunch; Invitations were Extended to SLI and Asbury Camp

Bishop Webb    D.S. Fossitt    Pastor Ray
Pastor Ray Noell of the Perry First United Methodist Church, couldn't have been more pleased with the results of their Perry church's Bicentennial Celebration (200th Anniversary) today from 11 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. Upper New York Bishop Mark Webb, and Genesee Valley District Superintendent, the Rev. Vonda Fossitt, were the special guests for the worship service and the luncheon that followed. Both were introduced at the beginning of the Service by Pastor Ray.

Bishop Webb was the guest speaker of the morning and also the officiant of the Service of Holy Communion, assisted by the Reverends Noell, Fossitt, and former pastor (Dr. Doug) Wilson. Former pastor, the Rev. Greg Franklin was also present for the Service and Luncheon. Former pastor, the Rev. Harold Collier was able to join the celebration during the time of the Luncheon.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Committee Chairs are to Email their Current Membership List to Secretary Lance Seeber

It was pointed out that Board Members do not have any updated copy of the Committee Lists which should contain all their members and a brief description of what their committee does. Jill Lapp initiated the discussion by asking if an updated list could be published on the Blog. The answer was "yes," but to date the Blog did not have any updated info on committee memberships. Chairpersons should get this info in as soon as possible to Lance Seeber and to

Trustees Accept LRPC's Proposal to
Begin Work on an Updated Handbook

The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) volunteered themselves to the Trustees as a working committee for the project of updating our SLI Handbook. Their proposal was accepted and they began organizing even before leaving today's meeting. Proposed changes, corrections and updates will be brought to the Executive Committee which will compile the information and make necessary adjustments. The full Trustee Board will then go about approving the "new" Handbook, section by section. They are hoping for a first draft by Spring, said LRPC Chair Bob Cook.

SLI Board Approves 2017
Operating Budget with No Increases

The Trustee Board met an hour early to go over the Treasurer's proposed operating budget of $120,994 for 2017. Craig Bateman did a super job of interpreting Schmidt & Volk's highly detailed reports from 2016 and then communicating their complexities to the full board. The Trustees' early start enabled the final board meeting of the year to remain within the bounds of approximately two hours--a record achievement for a budget meeting. The budget passed unanimously.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Drug Enforcement Administration
To Collect Prescription Drugs

Research has shown that continuous
exposure to low levels of medications
has altered the behavior and
physiology of fish and aquatic life.
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will conduct a nationwide prescription drug collection on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Collections will be held at many locations around New York and are the best way to dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Collection locations in New York can be found on DEA’s National Take Back Initiative webpage.

For more information about drugs in water and DEC’s work to keep drugs out of our water, visit DEC’S Drugs in New York’s Waters webpage.

Additionally, the DEC reports that the NYS Drought continues and more algae bloom locations have been added in the past week, but not for Wyoming County.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Country Courier Declares:
Silver Lake Sailing Club Catching Wind

Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 11:34 am | Updated: 2:01 pm, Wed Sep 28, 2016.
With fall officially here and a chill already in the air, most locals have likely abandoned the shores and waters of Silver Lake in favor of apple picking and hayrides. While it may be the end of the sailing season, Warsaw resident Jim Aker is using the time to plan something special for next year’s season: the return of the Silver Lake sailing club.

According to Aker, the sailing club -- and much local enthusiasm for the sport -- fell by the wayside back in 2005. However, he and other lakefront locals Mike Emerson and Tom Purcell are now resurrecting the club.

"The club goes way back, it's over 50 years old," Aker said. "The Lightning class was the class of boat on the lake back then, and back in 2005 was the last Harvest Regatta. Since then, everything's kind of fizzled out; people move and do other things, have other interests. But here we are today trying to build this thing back up. We're going into 2016-2017 with very minimal membership, but we want to make it grow."

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Have Your New Brick Installed
In Spring if You Order by Oct. 1

Last call for brick orders for this year. Bricks ordered by October 1st will be installed in the spring. Orders or questions should be submitted to Suzanne Bristow at

Saturday, September 24, 2016

'Tons' of Great Food at 2nd Annual Family Cookoff Event Saturday at Stoody Hall

The cool, sun-shiny day was intensely warmed by the fun families enjoying spicy-warm home cooked delights. Apple cider and coffee were the two most popular drinks of the day! This year's atten-dance of 18 was down slightly from last year's 24 but group enthusiasm was high.

Many thanks to Linda Frank for organizing this year's great event. She even had fall flowers on the tables!

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DEC Report of 9/23/16:
Most of Western NYS remains under a drought warning, with the rest of the state under a drought watch. 

You can still do your part to save water: install water-saving plumbing fixtures. A low-flow shower head saves up to 7.5 gallons a minute. For more tips on conserving water, visit DEC’s Saving Water Makes Good Sense webpage.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Chaplain Reports Broad Range of
Speakers Enhanced the 2016 Season

Even before our separation from the Upper NY United Methodist Conference last February, our Worship Committee has been making a conscious effort to broaden the scope of our Sunday Morning Worship experiences. This is principally because our community is so diverse and we are seeking to offer meaningful spiritual experiences to as many as possible in our broad community.

This past July and August (2016 Season), we were fortunate enough to have our kickoff speaker at the Dock be a man of biblical dynamic, but also one who has studied and written in the field of WNY