Friday, November 17, 2017

Gorgeous Sunshine at Silver Lake
As We Appproach the Weekend

11/17/17 -- 11:55 a.m. -- Friday

11/17/17 -- 11:45 a.m. -- Friday
(Courtesy of Silver Lake Marine)

All Winter Residents, Lake Resident Participants, will Receive 'Survivors Party' Invitations, Says Planning Team

The Mid-Winter Survivors Party Planning Team met on Saturday evening, November 11th and discussed initial plans for the late-January event. Entertainment and food were two big agenda items which were turned over to two individual members of the team to investigate some of the possibilities discussed. These will be announced when the Team is able to nail down ideas as definite plans, hopefully by the next meeting in early December.

Two other topics were covered--how broad to make the invitations and how to insure that the two parking areas, nearly equidistant to the Schultz cottage, will be usable on the date to be set. The possibility of a comfortable-seat snowmobile shuttle from the Burt Park area was discussed.

Team planners will check with Executives of the SLI Board to see if it is possible to make arrangements to have the Groundsman plow the Hoag-Blue Dock Parking area on Lakeview (near Wesley Ave.) and the Park Avenue Parking area (parallel to Perry Ave. and perpendicular to Fillmore Ave.) to include both Fillmore Avenue and Lakeview Avenue between the parking areas and Schultz's cottage.

Team planners agreed that invitations would be extended to all winter residents without exception (level of involvement or other category will be irrelevant). This is also to include those winter Lake residents from Euclid Ave. and Lakeside Ave. who are not members of SLI but who can be regularly seen participating in one or more SLI events each year. Some of our SLI residents already see these folks as "neighbors" and friends. Questions may be directed to Greg Franklin, 585-483-8603.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Downing of an SLI
Waterfront Tree this Fall

Approximately Opposite 14 Lakeview Avenue
(One Cottage South of Monroe Avenue)
Back the Next Day to Remove the Trunk.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SLI's History Gave a Priority to Women's Social Issues; Would that Make a
Good SLE Workshop in 2019?

Yesterday's Social Justice article on the abuse of women and men by troubled and aggressive men, was dubbed as "inappropriate" for SLI publication by two (2) Blog Readers in the first 24-hour time period. The question, however, goes beyond the appropriateness of its publication here and extends to what we believe today's SLI should be dealing with in light of our history with the Women's Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.) located on our grounds from 1892 and working in conjunction with SLI for the next approximately 80 years.

Should a women's specialist in the area of abuse be invited to give an educational presentation during our regular season or should our Silver Lake Experience Planning Committee take up whether or not to sponsor a workshop in 2019. Two possible resources are the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Should yesterday's article disappear, you will know that it received its third and final "inappropriate" check mark and was removed. Whether or not it winds up being removed, the subject matter remains and it is a serious Social Justice issue which, for the sake and safety of our local women, probably should not be ignored.

(Tuesday:)
Consider the Current Issue of Morality, 
Abuse, and Politics, then Pray for
Our Nation and Its Leaders
.
This article received three (3) reader evaluations of being "inappropriate" for the SLI Blog, so it was removed at 4:47 p.m., November 15, 2017. The article is available by email.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Prayers for Health

Postmaster Carol Nali has been away from her postal duties all month caring for her husband, Vinny whose health has deteriorated. Their post office box is #58 if you are so inclined as to send a Get Well card. Also, Charlie Nonnenberg experienced dizziness from medication and fell into a laundry basket. Luckily he was only a little black and blue. Please remember both of these local friends in your prayers and thoughts.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

'Mid-Winter Survivors Party': You're Going to Really Like this One! Announces Planning Team

In the dead of winter (late January) comes this great idea--a Mid-Winter Survivors' Party for those who survive the quiet lonely winter nights on the grounds of the Institute! There's more of us than most people imagine and we're eager for some fun and a great evening out. We're planning an Open House at the Kris & Glynne Schultz cottage (all three floors of it). This is Charlie Nonnenberg's former cottage. 

We hope to have three (3) special guests there, but we're not announcing the details until we have them firmed up! We are excited and can hardly wait for it, so we are really sure you will love what we're planning also! We hope to have the date, time, and main fun activities nailed down by our next meeting in early December, and when we do, you will know about it as fast as we can get the word out. 

Word will be spread by word of mouth (personal invitations), by this Blog, and by a mailed flyer. So watch for it and listen for it. Things will be quiet enough from now on at the Institute, you'll be sure to hear all about it!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

Bright Sunshine for Veterans Day

South End of Silver Lake at 11:12 am Veterans Day 2017
Update: At 10 pm, North Shore at 27, South Shore at 26⁰.
Courtesy Silver Lake Marine

Friday, November 10, 2017

Get Your Long Underwear Out

Temperatures along the lake shore of Silver Lake are predicted to hit 12F tonight (Friday). The north shore will rebound Saturday to 35F and jump Sunday to 42F. The south shore should reach 32F Saturday and 37F on Sunday.

SLI Woke Up to a Light Coating of Snow with Additional Mid-Morning Snowfall

Record cold envelopes the Northeastern United States.
1:30 pm Temperatures with mostly sunny skies:
 Northern Shore 23⁰F; Southern Shore 19⁰F.

Barbershopper Who Loved
Silver Lake Passed on Tuesday


PHIL LANCKTON
Philip G. Lanckton, age 82, of Perry, NY, passed away on Tuesday November 7, 2017 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. 

Philip was born in Warsaw , NY on July 15, 1935 a son to the late Gordon and Katherine ( Beagle ) Lanckton.  He graduated from Perry Central School.

Phil worked for Lockheed Martin in Rochester as a salesman for 32 years. Phil sang many years with the Warsaw Barbershoppers Quartet. He enjoyed sailing on Silver Lake and working around his home and garden.

He is survived by a sister: Barbara (Dick) Driver of Sarasota, Fl. And brother-in-law: David (Mary) Haddad of Livonia. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife: Yvonne “Vonnie” Lanckton who passed away in 2004, second wife: Nellie Townes Lanckton who passed away in 2012 and a sister Joanne Lanckton. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rain at 8:30 pm with 39 degrees

 Special Weather Statement
Weather Updated: Nov 09 4:50PM
Issued by the National Weather Service
For Wyoming County, New York

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL 6:15PM EST THU ...MIXED PRECIPITATION AND STRONG WINDS ACROSS THE REGION THIS EVENING... A BAND OF STEADY LAKE EFFECT RAIN WILL EXTEND FROM LAKE ERIE ACROSS THE NORTHERN SUBURBS OF BUFFALO TO NIAGARA AND WESTERN ORLEANS COUNTY THROUGH 5:30 THIS EVENING. THIS BAND OF RAIN WILL SLOWLY PUSH SOUTHEAST AND INTENSIFY BETWEEN 5:30 AND 7...WITH ITS AXIS PUSHING ACROSS BUFFALO AND EXTENDING TO BATAVIA. AFTER 7 PM...THE SWATH OF MODERATELY HEAVY RAIN WILL PUSH INTO THE HILLS SOUTH OF BUFFALO AND BATAVIA WHERE IT WILL QUICKLY MIX WITH AND CHANGE TO WET SNOW. A SLUSHY INCH OR SO ACCUMULATION CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN BY 9 PM. A BIT OF THUNDER AND LIGHTNING CANNOT BE RULED OUT. THE PRECIPITATION EARLY THIS EVENING WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY SOUTHWEST WINDS THAT WILL GUST TO 40 MPH AT TIMES. WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTHWEST AS WE PUSH DEEP INTO THE EVENING.
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Thursday through Sunday: Winter
Temperatures, Snow, on the Way

A Frozen Mix is forecast for Thursday and Sunday Nights and during the day on Sunday. Lowest temperature is forecast for Friday Night at 16 degrees. The coldest during the day will be Friday with 21 degrees. Another weather station closer to the northern shore, puts the low Thursday night at 16 and the low for Friday night at 15. Either way, it will be the coldest air of the season so far. At 12:13 am we are already at 29 degrees for Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

5 Minutes Before Wednesday's Sunset

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Sorry but the "sunset cam" is still out of service.

Frost on the Pumpkin this AM

Freezing temperatures Tuesday night were still at 32℉ Wednesday morning as late as 9:50 a.m. at one of the Silver Lake temperature stations but three (3) others registered 37℉ on both the North and South Shores. The sun is shining in beautiful blue skies.
Update: 2:30 p.m. - Continued sunshine in open skies.
Update: 4:15 p.m. - 30 minutes to sunset with full sunshine at 44℉.

Winter Planning Group
To Meet this Saturday

The experiment for a winter schedule of activities here at the SLI has begun with the scheduling of a dinner-meeting this Saturday, Nov. 11th at 5:30 pm to discuss winter scheduling, but specifically to plan the first event which is the Mid-Winter Survivor's Lunch tentatively scheduled for the end of January. The dinner-meeting will be held at the Schultz's cottage on Lakeview. The results of the meeting will be reported here later Saturday evening.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

'Observing' ...

Empty boat slips at the Silver Lake Marine this brisk (40 degree) fall Tuesday afternoon (2:27 pm), but there is still "lake" activity seen at the far end of the slips in the right of the photo. 
(Courtesy Silver Lake Marine)

Monday, November 6, 2017

North Shore Forecast Warmer,
Dryer than South Shore Today

As we draw up to Noon in the Institute, the conditions are dry and the clouds are attempting to make way for a little sun. It's hard to imagine that just the opposite is supposed to be taking place at the other end of a boat ride from here. We'll just have to wait and see. Temps should be right around 50.
Update: We did indeed have sunny periods along the northern shore.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

 Flood Warning
Weather Updated: Nov 05 5:34AM
Issued by the National Weather Service
For Wyoming County, New York

FLOOD WARNING FROM 5:34AM EST SUN UNTIL 8:30AM EST SUN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WARNING FOR... NORTHEASTERN WYOMING COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK... * UNTIL 830 AM EST. * AT 527 AM EST, WATER LEVELS ON OATKA CREEK WERE RISING IN RESPONSE TO RECENT RAINFALL. THIS WILL RESULT IN MINOR FLOODING ALONG OATKA CREEK, WHICH MAY IMPACT PORTIONS OF OLD BUFFALO ROAD IN WARSAW. THE CREEK WILL CREST BETWEEN 600 AM AND 700 AM. * FLOODING IS ALSO POSSIBLE IN AREAS WITH POOR DRAINAGE AS WELL AS OTHER SMALL CREEKS NEAR WARSAW. * SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... WARSAW.

SLI is More than Land, Buildings, Programs or Charter Mission

The Silver Lake Institute is first and foremost people. People of many different life experiences and many different visions of how life is best lived. Some have had their horizons expanded by an experience of life lived in another country. Some expanded their horizons through working with or serving other people in one of the many people-serving careers. Some experienced the horrors of life gone a muck during a time of war, famine, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, serious illness, death of a loved one, or an experience of mass death such as in war or terror attacks. 

Here we come together as "The Institute" which is an historical place with deep roots undeniably set in a faith tradition which, through the years, greatly expanded its theological approaches to the needs of people in the new millennia. Even so, the variety of persons who come to live both full time and part time bring even a much wider perspective of faith, and that which defines "joy" in life. Some people at the Institute feel overlooked because they no longer practice faith or religion (or perhaps never did). Others feel overlooked because the long tradition of Methodism is difficult to shake, if only from the pragmatic analysis. But the willingness to expand is there and strong.

A significant number of Silver Lake residents are here for the peaceful character of a community not dominated by bells, whistles, trains, massive trucks or advertising lights. Equally significant are those here for the lake and the lake shore with both the beauty and recreational aspects. Many have converted their cottages over to year-round accommodations. Still others here will admit that the price was right and the cottage they picked was just exactly what they could afford. Some are here from long family traditions and long time friendships developed and maintained. We can't be sure yet whether these long traditions will continue on with the next generation or not.

The program life of the Institute exposes more people from beyond our borders to the existence of this unique enclave, introducing them to another possibility of daily living, summer living, or simply a great place to visit, learn, and spend family time together. Those of us who work so diligently at the programs and charter mission, can't quite imagine an historical institute with historical buildings and historical land open to the community, all being sold off to increase the tax base of a municipal enterprise that would have no reason to continue the ideals of an Institute . . . so we continue on, being one of only two Institutes in all of New York State and enjoying its many benefits.

The people of the Institute who love this place for peace and quiet, have learned to compromise with those who they see as arriving July 1st with programs, concerts, book signings, educational events, hand projects, small bands and musical groups, occasional stage plays, workshops and an invitation to the wider community to join in--bringing traffic, lights and activity--all so very different the other ten (10) months of the year. I used the word "compromise," but the word-phrase most used by the peace lovers is "put up with." The peace lovers are convinced the taxes would be about the same--if not lower--were these Institute properties to be absorbed by the Town of Castile. There is, of course, stark disagreement on that.

That being said, there continues to be a "market" or desire for the kinds of programming the Institute provides and this is particularly true of our biennial cooperative effort with Asbury Retreat Center known as the Silver Lake Experience. The "Experience" is a solid four days of a "mini-Chautauqua" packed full of programs, workshops, devotionals, hand-on activities, spirituality, and other events throughout the four days. After only the second "Experience" in 2017, its progress is such that one could begin to see where employing a person or persons at some point in the future to continue on with Institute programs and mini-Chautauquas may not be out of the question. Thus, yet another optional future.

One of the best of several excellent SLI Board of Trustee decisions this past season was that of establishing an information pamphlet for Western NY real estate agents and firms, so they are better able to explain the Institute when they have persons interested in purchasing property within its bounds. This will greatly assist purchasers to understand the uniqueness of Institute life and quite possibly attract those authors, artists, "cultural-ists," educators, musicians, woodworkers, and the like to be attracted to the much smaller and much less expensive version of Chautauqua. All this for the sake of valuable people.





 River Flood Warning
Weather Updated: Nov 05 8:12AM
Issued by the National Weather Service
For Wyoming County, New York

RIVER FLOOD WARNING FROM 10:55AM EST SUN UNTIL 4:39PM EST MON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WARNING FOR THE TONAWANDA CREEK AT ATTICA * UNTIL MONDAY AFTERNOON. * AT 8 AM SUNDAY THE STAGE WAS 7.3 FEET AND RISING. * FLOOD STAGE IS 8.0 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FORECAST...THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE LATE THIS MORNING AND CREST NEAR 9.4 FEET MONDAYMORNING. * IMPACT...AT 10.0 FEET...MODERATE FLOOD, EXTENSIVE FLOODING ON PROPSECT STREET IMPACTING THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT. SOME RESIDENTIAL FLOODING ON WATER AND NORTH STREETS AND THE SOUTH END OF EXCHANGE STREET IN ATTICA VILLAGE. &&

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Glasses were Raised at Hole-in-the-Wall in Special Toast Honoring Velma

Sharon Pratt gathered her grandchildren around, then she spoke each one's name and included her name as the one's asking all family and friends to "raise a glass to Velma." Enthusiastic responses could be heard throughout the room following by clinking of glasses. Then all fell silent as each took a sip of champagne as we memorialized and honored Velma Wallace Bliss. We will honor Velma again at the Annual Lakewide Memorial Service in this upcoming Season, July 29, 2018, 10:30 am in Epworth Hall.

Velma Bliss, mother of SLI's Sharon Pratt, will be Laid to Rest Today

Calling Hours will be from 1:00 to 2:00 this afternoon, November 4, 2017, at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home on N. Main St. in Perry. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Douglas Wilson presiding, and Interment will be at Grace Cemetery in Castile. Velma was 102 years old at the time of her death. Her obituary may be read on the Obituary Page by clicking HERE.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Jesus Knew: It Takes Less Energy and Stress to Love our Enemies and Neighbors than to Hate them

Jesus encouraged his people to love the unlovely--the ones who are hard to love, perhaps even near impossible to love. It's easy to love someone back who first shows love to you, it's quite a bit harder to show love in exchange for crass or bad behavior. But in the same way that God's love is unconditional and undeserved by us, so our love toward neighbors is also to be unconditional. We are unworthy of God's love to us, and so Jesus encourages us to offer love to those of our enemies and neighbors who do not deserve it.

Jesus wasn't trying to put extra stress into our lives; quite the contrary! He understood, as do modern psychologists of our day, that stress is reduced through words and acts of kindness but is greatly increased through the energy required to hate, despise, reject, try to avoid and talk evil of another person. Vendettas are very draining and quite detrimental to one's spirit and soul. Jesus came to set us free from the burdens of life and this is one of the largest burdens some people carry around without even thinking about the energy required and the toll taken deep inside. Jesus' words are not a burden but are words of freedom, joy, and abundant living.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Two Scheduled Waterfront
Trees Came Down Today

Two willow trees located on SLI public property.
"Even Trees have a Shelf Life" (Loren Penman, new Trustee)

Gray and Cloudy with Rain Again,
With Significant Periods of No Rain

65 degrees on the North Shore of Silver Lake at 3 pm,
dropping to 62 degrees at 3:30 pm.

North Shore of Silver Lake from the Silver Lake Institute grounds.
(Courtesy of SLI at 3 pm)

49 degrees at 9 am on the South Shore with a forecast Hi of 61.
South Shore of Silver Lake, Wyoming County
Near Silver Lake State Park (Hunting and Boat Launch)
(Courtesy Silver Lake Marine at 9 am)