Thursday, August 25, 2016


'Old Hippies' Draw Largest Attendance
and Offering for 2016 Season with
112 Adults and 7 Children

Tonight's concert audience was made very happy by the Old Hippie Band who were unable to conclude after one hour, but were held in mental bliss right through 9 p.m. The Epworth lawn at 8:30 p.m. appeared much like a newly opened can of sardines--packed with cars newly moistened by rain! The Program Committee already considering inviting the Old Hippies back next year as 2017's big Closing Concert to benefit the Epworth roof which leaked again tonight onto the stage.
See the story on this week's second annual Volunteers Appreciation Dinner with photos
by scrolling down the center column.


10 Day Forecast


Tuesday, August 23, 2016


2016 SLI Trustees Sponsor Second Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner;
65 Attend at Koinonia Inn

Though it was only the second annual appreciation dinner, it already has become a hit among the hard working volunteers of the Institute community. Guests were greeted with a warm sign situated behind the Speaker's podium:
Current Vice President Pete Mairs is pictured on the left
and President Bill Schaefer is pictured on the right.
President Bill Schaefer began the evening with the following opening remarks: "Welcome everyone and thank you for coming to the second annual Silver Lake Institute Appreciation dinner. On behalf of the Board of Trustees I would like to recognize each and every one of you for your voluntary efforts in contributing to our community. This dinner is just a small way to say thank you for all you do in making SLI a special place. Kathy and I feel fortunate to have found a second home here and when we have visitors, they always mention how quaint it is and the warmth they sense here. That's because of all of you who love and care for this place."

"We will have a short program at the end of our dinner but for now, we would like you to enjoy yourselves and we will start with a prayer from Chaplain Greg Franklin." The dinner included a great variety salad bar including optional feta cheese, roasted red potatoes, varieties of summer squash, chicken breasts, and ham fresh sliced and hot. White cake was served for dessert.

The following are some of the happy faces just prior to the 6:30 hour:







Bill began the brief evening program by recognizing some of our former trustees to thank them for their service. 

Pete Mairs, left; Greg Franklin, right.
Greg Franklin was called forward and recognized for his many years as SLI Chaplain, UNYAC Trustee to the SLI board, SLI Treasurer, and for his assistance in our legal separation process from the Conference.

Lisa Schiske was recognized for her many years as a trustee and her tireless efforts in bringing Stoody Hall back to life. Lisa, not present, will receive her certificate at a later date.

Jim Blythe was recognized for his many years as a trustee representing the UNYAC and as a supporter and benefactor of the SLI. Jim, also not present, will receive his certificate from the SLI Board of Trustees at a later date.

Mike Turner was recognized for his years of service as a trustee, chairperson of the Hoag committee and bringing music to the Saturday night coffee house. Mike, not present, will receive his certificate at a later date.


Pete Mairs (left); Bill Schaefer (center); and Roger Covell (right).
Roger Covell was called forward and recognized for his decades of service to the Institute as board president, treasurer, and trustee, along with his dedication to the stewardship of Epworth Hall and his assistance in our legal separation with the Conference.

"The next part of the program," announced Bill Schaefer, "is something that I have wanted to do for awhile. Throughout the years there have been many people on the Institute who have made extra ordinary contributions to the SLI in some capacity. In their own quiet ways, without being noticed, they have preserved a piece of SLI history. Their dedication to SLI has, for the most part, gone unnoticed until now. We started this dinner last year to recognize all of you for these efforts. And now I would like to add something--a new tradition--to shine a little light on some people with the Silent Hero Award."
In the late 1970s, there were two board meetings at the Hoag in which well over 150 people attended. The topics were to consider the demolition of Hoag Memorial Art Gallery and the main dock. The residents refused to let these two go without a fight. Joanne Brocklehurst got a grant to assess the cost of a renovation for Hoag. It came back that it would cost $95,000 to rehabilitate the building.
The residents went door to door asking for donations and had many fundraisers such as bake sales. They raised close to $12,000 over a 5 year period including contributions from the Board. Contractors donated their time and materials and in the 1980's residents began the hard work of saving Hoag.
The foundation was in bad shape and the separation between the floor of the building and the foundation was so bad you could see to the outside through the large crack. Bob Murphy and his dad along with other residents such as Jack Fisher began work on the foundation, and the plumbing--laying the new sewer pipes. All equipment was donated by Bob Murphy senior and Norb Sylor and labor and money came from Bob Murphy Junior Jack Fisher and Paul Penner. The front door was stripped and refinished by Bill Gleason Senior.
When the main dock was being dismantled, Bob, along with residents Dennis Halstead, Don Smith, and others restored the whole dock to be what it is today.
The upstairs ceiling of wainscoting in Hoag was hanging down and the walls were a mess. Brad Hennig and his father, Richard, went to work restoring the upstairs ceilings, walls and floors of Hoag. They even redid some of the windows and when vandals broke one of the original windows--the one seen when going up the stairs, Brad and his dad restored that as well. They also repainted the outside of Hoag to the original yellow.
All of this took 4-5 years to complete during the 1980's and total cost would have been estimated between $40,000-$50,000. The actual cost spent out was around $12,000 with the rest done by residents' and contractors' donated time, money and materials.
"It is with great honor," announced Bill Schaefer, "that I bestow Brad Hennig, former trustee and Bob Murphy, former trustee and superintendent totaling 24 years with the Silent Hero Award for their efforts and representing the efforts of ALL who saved our beloved Hoag Memorial Art Gallery and our Blue dock."

Bob Murphy was called forward and his Certificate of Appreciation was read and Bob received a standing applause. Brad, not present, will receive his certificate at a later date.

Years ago Roger Covell recognized that Epworth Hall was deteriorating and needed serious help. He called and sent letters asking for help. With a team of people including Sharon Pratt, Roger secured Epworth being listed on the National Register and then secured a Sacred Sites grant. They organized fundraising to accomplish the needed renovations. Roger also worked tirelessly to have contractors repair or replace many of the windows and he is also responsible for the idea of a handicap accessible bathroom. As one of our residents recently described him--Roger is a lifelong Institute resident who cares very much about what happens to Epworth and without him, the hall might not be with us anymore. He saved it from the brink of disaster. 

Bill Schaefer (left); Roger Covell (center); Linda Mairs (right).
Roger was called forward and recognized for these efforts, then presented with the Silent Hero Award for his service in preserving Epworth Hall. Roger received a standing applause.

Over the past three years Craig Bateman has been serving as a trustee, chaired our grounds committee, and the past year and a half worked as our Treasurer. He has been working quietly behind the scenes purchasing and hanging blinds at Epworth Hall, making repairs to all of our buildings working closely with Dan daily on the needs of the Institute, and most recently worked constantly as the liaison for the Institute with the contractors for the new gas lines and the road repairs. His time and commitment to the Institute is extraordinary. "I and proud to call him a friend," said Bill Schaefer.
Craig Bateman (left); Bill Schaefer (right).
Craig is pictured with
his newly-presented
SLI hardhat.
Craig Bateman was called forward and recognized "for all that you do for the Institute." The certificate was then read publicly.


"In closing," said Bill, "I said earlier there are many Silent Heros that are walking among us who in some way have made a significant impact on our Institute. Tonight we recognized four of them. May hope is to recognize more Silent Heroes in the years to come. If you know of stories of people who have had a positive impact on our Institute, please let me know so that this may become a yearly tradition. I welcome your input," Bill concluded.

Friday, August 19, 2016


THIS PAST SUNDAY 8/21/16

Silver Lake Annual Memorial Service
10:30 am at Epworth Hall
with Reading of the Name, Tolling of the Bell,
Lighting of a Candle, and Presentation of a Rose

Update: Good Attendance; Good Compliments; everyone stayed for refreshments. Special appreciation was expressed for the lay members running the Memorial Service and also for the pastoral blessings which took place unobtrusively.



THIS PAST SATURDAY 8/20/16
Breakfast for Residents, 8 to 10 am, Stoody
Update: Excellent Attendance

Mary Jemison, 10:15 am, Stoody
Update: Held on Front Lawn of Stoody
with a good attendance.

Photography by Bob Murphy and Nancy Wilson,
2 to 5 pm, Hoag Art Gallery
Update: Beautiful photography,

beautiful show!

Coffee House Live Music, 7:30 pm, Stoody
with MoJo Chunk Band;
Update: Held on Front Lawn of Stoody
with nice weather and good attendance.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Latest Addition to Blog: Obituary Page;
Serving all of the Silver Lake Tracts

The SLI News Blog has just added a new page labeled "Deaths" for use as an obituary page. The listings will extend from an individual's date of death through the Silver Lake Annual Memorial Service (SLAMS) each summer, after which a new listing will be established.

Families wishing to list a death notice or full obituary for the Silver Lake Community, may either make your request through the Funeral Director handling your arrangements or send your copy directly to SLI Obituary, POB 19, Silver Lake, NY 14549 (greg@silverlakeinstitute.org or call 585-444-7384 or text 585-689-9035). Please phone if there is a time element involved.

Either way, there is no charge for Silver Lake residents. Please include your telephone number and whether or not you want your loved one listed in the annual service held in Epworth Hall each summer. This year's SLAM Service is August 21st at 10:30 a.m. with refreshments following.


Overnight 'Severe Weather Alert' Uneventful for Wyoming County

For some folks, Wednesday night was simply a deep and restful sleep. Some others were awoken by the rolling thunder around 3 a.m. Those still up and awake at that hour might have seen the weather service's "Severe Weather Alert" issued from 3:26 to 4:15 a.m. "A line of slow-moving thunderstorms will affect . . . Wyoming County . . ." However, if one read far enough, one would see that they did not mean "Wyoming County," but rather "Southwestern Wyoming County," leaving most of us (Silver Lake) well out of range.

Monday, August 15, 2016


Annual Memorial Service is this Sunday, August 21st, 10:30 am, Epworth Hall;
Permission Being Sought from Families

Those in the Silver Lake community who experienced the loss of a loved one in the past 12 months, should have received a letter from us seeking permission to memorialize your loved one at the Annual Service. If you did not receive a letter (we do not have your phone numbers), please contact us today at 585-689-9035 or 585-444-7384 or greg@silverlakeinstitute.org or "Memorial Service" P.O. Box 19, Silver Lake, NY 14549.

In the Service, names of those who were part of the Silver Lake Community tracts, having passed within the last 12 months will be read, a bell tolled, a candle lit, and a rose presented if we receive your permission to do so within the next 24 hours or by Thursday, 7 pm. If you are the friend of one of these families, please let them know that we are waiting on their responses. Thank you.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

THURSDAY . . .
Enthusiastic group came out to enjoy tonight's concert; some even enjoyed some dancing to the rhythms.


Sights from the 2016 Fancy Hat Tea

"Opening Tea Bag"
Photos submitted by Suzanne Bristow

 Tea Group Shot 1
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Tea Group Shot  2
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 Goodies Shot 1

 Goodies Shot 2
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Group Shot 3


Counselors, Support People, for Chrysalis Boys Camp, Joined Us in Worship this A.M.

About a dozen of the Counselors and Support People at Camp Asbury were able to "get away" for Church this morning from their hectic schedules of providing an intensive Christian Love experience, i.e. Chrysalis, for boys. They were with us two weeks ago when they were at Camp Asbury for the girls camp experience. The Rev. Don Vogel, about to turn 94, was our Guest Speaker this morning and Muriel Small was our Vocalist.

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Thunderstorm Wraps Up 'Fancy Hat Tea'
with Several Rather 'Big Bangs'

Silver Lake shown at approximately 4:30 pm from the South End in Silver Springs since Institute Cams had "no connection" at the North End. The Weather Service's "Severe Thunderstorm Warning" is no longer in effect. There is, however, a 70% chance of storms Saturday night and a 50% chance of storms on Sunday.


Sea Serpent Visits Saturday
Morning Cafe at Stoody and Sunday
Morning Fellowship at Epworth

This Saturday's breakfast, hosted by the Schultz and Horowitz families, featured along with many other goodies, the Silver Lake Sea Serpent, bearing a load of fruit. He showed up again as part of the gorgeous layout of treats made by Joan Maddison for Fellowship Time following Worship.

Friday, August 12, 2016


Algae Bloom Confirmed in
Wyoming County's Java Lake;
Nothing Reported in Silver Lake

NYS Erosion and Sediment Control Blue Book Updated -- The document is available for download on the Construction Stormwater Toolbox webpage.


Drought in Effect in NYS – Help Conserve Water -- Although recent rains have provided some relief, 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. 


Harmful Algal Bloom Notices -- New information about lakes with harmful algal blooms (HABs) has been posted today, August 12, on the DEC Harmful Algal Blooms Notifications webpage.



SATURDAY . . .

8 to 10 am -- Breakfast Cafe for Residents and Residents' Guests at Stoody Hall

2 to 5 pm -- Art Show and Sale at Hoag Art Museum & Gallery

2:30 pm -- Fancy Hat Tea at Epworth Hall

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


September Trustees Meeting
Changed to One Week Later

The September meeting of the SLI Trustees has been moved to one week later, Sept. 10th, at 10:00 am, at the Hoag Museum, Wesley Ave. at Lakeview.


Long Range Planning Discuss Range
and Extent of their Purpose

The Long Range Planning Committee will be talking about getting the Burt Park historical signs up (go to the Menu above and Click on "SIGNS" to read all about it. One of the updates is that the number of feet from the ground has been increased from 2 feet to 4 feet above the ground.) Part of their meeting will be taking a look at adjusting their mission since the 3 historical buildings have their own committees to care for their needs and upgrades. There was discussion about increasing the SLI's presence on the internet including email flashes.

Sunday, August 7, 2016


Third and Final Sunday Evening Concert for the Season is the Charm: Highest Attendance for Sunday Evenings Recorded

Attendance figure includes the
three children in the audience.

Cory Gallagher sang accompanied by keyboard, violin, and harp. His rich tenor tones received several extended applauses. The somewhat cool night air added to our listening pleasure.



Annual Service of Holy Communion
Well Attended this Morning at Epworth

The Worship Committee was in charge of the Service. Chaplain Greg gave the Communion Meditation and officiated the liturgy of the Great Thanksgiving. He was assisted by Rev. Don Weaver and Rev. Roger Covell.

Saturday, August 6, 2016


Current Leadership Team Re-Elected; Trustee Meeting Orients New Members
and Visitors to Committee Activities

At the Annual July Cottage Owners Meeting, Nominations introduced a slate of persons running for open seats on the Trustee Board that were ultimately elected unanimously. At today's Board Meeting, the Trustees elected the same Leadership Team that has guided us so well through the transition to independence from the United Methodist Church. A motion was made that the Secretary cast one ballot for Bill Schaefer (president); Pete Mairs (vice president); Lance Seeber (secretary); and Craig Bateman (treasurer). The Board provided unanimous approval. 

The balance of the meeting was conducted in such a way as to orient the new members and visitors present as to who were members of which committees and what those committee responsibilities were. Committee Chairpersons summarized their work so as to update all present on the status of their on-going work projects, future plans, and budgetary needs. 

A lengthy discussion was conducted on the different needs and expectations of the summer residents as contrasted to the needs of the year-round residents. It was pointed out that the heavy budget for the summertime is necessary to meet the required programming needs of our non-profit corporation. Without the extensive programming, the Institute would get hit hard by taxes affixed to our valuable waterfront, roadways, and buildings by Town and/or County municipal entities.

The main meeting was closed and an executive session opened to discuss options to those with delinquent taxes.


Thursday, August 4, 2016


At Perry Public Beach on Walker Road;
Rain Location Only: Epworth

TWELFTH NIGHT
Thursday and Friday at 6:30 pm;
Saturday at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Governor Cuomo Directs DEC to Issue Heightened Drought Warning for WNY

Under a framework established under an Executive Order, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to issue a heightened Drought Warning for most of Western New York including Wyoming County.


Gift Items Were Available Saturday

SLI postcards, SLI notecards, SLI stickers, and a few SLI ornaments will be on sale at this Saturday morning's Breakfast Cafe, August 6th, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.