Canandaigua Kiwanis continue to make a difference

CANANDAIGUA — The Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua is a service organization that has been helping its community for 77 years — and it has continued to serve during the pandemic, finding safe ways to give to the community throughout the fall and winter.

Holding steadfast to its mission of changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time, the group continues to be active in the community, providing fun children-centered activities.

“Through the years, much of the best Kiwanis service has been done in partnership, and we continue to work with organizations that need our support,” Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua president Lou Loy said. “We are thrilled to continue to help those organizations who need us now more than ever.”

Despite pandemic-induced restrictions, Kiwanis of Canandaigua has remained stalwart in its commitment.

The Kiwanis inducted three new members recently, including immediate past Kiwanis New York District Gov. Joe Ruggiero; Kris Knight, the event manager and marketing director at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park; and Corey Ashcroft, a sales associate with the Canandaigua office of Liberty Mutual Insurance.

The club also invited special guests to its weekly virtual meetings, learning about different facets of the community. Guests included Michael Galban, curator and interpretive programs assistant for the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site; Dave Korpiel from the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center; and Mjr. Pam Rhodes of the Canandaigua Salvation Army.

The Kiwanis engaged in a variety of initiatives to benefit the local community. Volunteers sent out over 400 holiday cards to residents of Canandaigua’s four senior living facilities; supported the Ontario County Police Benevolent Association with their Shop with a Cop event; and collected gifts to be donated to The Spot, a local organization that provides free school supplies, clothes, shoes and food to Canandaigua students in need.

Additional service projects included organizing a donation of holiday stockings to Care Net Canandaigua and The Canandaigua Salvation Army, as well as donating Christmas craft kits to Lincoln Hill Farm’s Christmas at the Farm event.

Kiwanis members worked as bell ringers for the Canandaigua Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.

“The members of Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua are special,” Loy said. “They change lives and improve our community, and they do it with like-minded people. They invest their own time and talents because they care about our community.”

New members are welcome to learn more about the organization, and all are invited to be a guest at an upcoming Zoom meeting. If interested, email drpamaud@yahoo.com to obtain the Zoom link.

The next meeting will be held Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.

DAR donates to Geneva Library

GENEVA — Seneca Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Susan Jackson resently presented a donation to Tanya Taylor, assistant director and Youth Services librarian of the Geneva Public Library, that will benefit the children’s library.

The Geneva Public Library has an extensive history. On Feb. 22, 1905, chapter members began to raise funds for a charter to establish the Geneva Free Library, and a charter was granted later that year by the New York State Department of Education.

The chapter also started a children’s shelf in the library that continues to expand, meeting the needs of area youth.

Family Promise seeks volunteers

LYONS — Family Promise of Wayne County is seeking volunteers to help in its mission to aid local families and their children in need of stable housing.

The organization will be conducting new volunteer training sessions via Zoom, or at its Day Resource Center in Lyons.

The in-person volunteer training will occur from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the 3 Holley St. center. Face coverings are required.

The online training will take place from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 26.

Yates County to hold community presentations

YATES COUNTY — Yates County Legislature Chairman Douglas Paddock recently announced two public power point presentations by zoom, and by limited gathering at the Yates County Legislative Chambers. The presentation will be conducted by Sheriff Ron Spike.

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order this past summer directs municipalities to review their community needs and evaluate law enforcement’s current policies and practices, to foster trust, fairness and legitimacy to address bias, and any disproportionate policing of communities of color as a part of the state’s criminal justice reform, as well as use of force and officer’s conduct. This presentation will reflect that intention, as well as consist of review and evaluation of policies and the police services currently being provided by the agency.

Additionally, the Legislature plans to conduct a county Q&A survey related to this review at an upcoming date. The Yates County Legislature must do a certification of reform compliance or plan, on or before April 1, 2021, or risk the loss of state aid from the NYS Division of Budget.

The presentations will be in the legislative chambers, located at 417 Liberty St., Penn Yan. Seating is limited and reservations must be made to assure adequate social distancing. To attend in person, please contact Connie Hayes by email at chaye@yatescounty.org.

The Jan. 19 Zoom presentation on police reform will take place at 6 p.m. and can be accessed with the follow Zoom credentials:

Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83937609603?pwd=ekZBYTgzclU3M1lOZ3ljUXViSHl0dz09

Webinar ID: 839 3760 9603 Passcode: 693088

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +16465588656,,83937609603#  or +13126266799,,83937609603#

Or Telephone:   Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 312 626 6799

The Jan. 27 Zoom presentation on the same topic will take place at 3 p.m. and can be accessed with the following Zoom credentials:

Link to join:


Webinar ID: 819 4118 2362 Passcode: 553143

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +16465588656,,81941182362#  or +13017158592,,81941182362#

Or Telephone: Dial( for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592

Wayne Family Promise appoints new board president

WAYNE COUNTY — Family Promise of Wayne County has announced the election of new Officers for its 2021 Board of Trustees. Kathryn Woodlock, a resident of Palmyra and current Trustee, has been elected Board President.

Woodlock replaces outgoing President Linda Werts. Jacque Ruth, William Bush and Elsie Dedrick will remain in their positions as Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.

Additional Trustees are Pat Barry, Chelsea Manahan, Mitzi Rose, John Stephens, Becke Tomkiewicz, Brandy Voughters and Rachel Wizeman.

“The new year begins with the challenge of an escalating pandemic in Wayne County and economic uncertainty,” said Woodlock. “but thanks to Linda Werts’ tremendous leadership throughout 2020, Family Promise is well positioned to continue doing the good work of helping homeless families with children achieve safe, sustainable housing and independence."

Volunteer Drivers Needed

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program through the Wayne Community Action Program needs volunteers 55 and older to drive seniors to medical appointments.

Specifically, drivers in the Geneva, Waterloo and Seneca Falls drivers are needed.

The reimbursement rate to and from appointments is 56 cents a mile.

For more information, contact Peter Schauf at (315) 665-0131, ext. 281.

Seneca Falls Legion awarded Home Depot grant

SENECA FALLS — The manager of the Home Depot outlet in Auburn awarded a $1,000 grant to the Kirk-Casey American Legion Post 366 of Seneca Falls recently.

An Eagle Scout associated with Post 366 will rehabilitate the landscaping in front of the State Street lodge as his Eagle Scout project this spring. Post Commander Sharon Rayno plans to incorporate a memorial/commemorative brick walk in the project to recognize local veterans in the community.

Home Depot Foundation grants provide funding for non-profit organizations and public agencies in the United States that are using the power of volunteers to improve communities.

Dean's List: Bucknell

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Ethan Wolford-Tuffy of Macedon and Claire Marino of Victor were named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Bucknell University.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average.

Dean's List: Kerr

KUTZTOWN, Pa. — Megan Kerr of Geneva was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Kutztown University.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must have a minimum 3.6 grade-point average.

Dean's List: Ward

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Jordan Ward of Canandaigua was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Maryville College.

Ward is majoring in psychology.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must have a minimum 3.6 grade-point average.

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