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Summer 2016

Supervisor’s Update By Todd D. Campbell

THE INSIDE NEWS Town Supervisor................... 1 Fire Marshal/ Building Inspector................ 2 Highway Superintendent..................... 3 Millers Corners Cemetery.............................. 3 West Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Dept............. 3 North Bloomfield Cemetery.............................. 3 Lima Legion......................... 4 West Bloomfield Historical Society................. 4 Town Historian.................5-6 Ionia Vol. Fire Dept. ............ 6 Boy Scouts.........................7-8 Cub Scouts........................... 9 Ionia United Methodist Church................ 9 Ionia Women’s Club........... 10 Bloomfield Lions Club....... 10 West Bloomfield Congregational Church......... 10 North Bloomfield Community Association..... 10 Bloomfield Rotary.............. 10 Bloomfield Public Library..................... 11 Allens Hill Free Library..... 11 Town Information.............. 12

Happy Summer! The last couple of months have been some of the driest on record for our region - and as I’m writing this it looks like that trend will be continuing for the next couple of weeks. We have seen an increase in the use of the water fill station in front of the Highway Garage/Town Hall Complex. Please be aware that is available to all for use with your pets/livestock or if you just need additional water (cost is $1.00 for ~100 gallons, it is self-serve and takes bills and quarters). The Summer Rec program is at the end of its session - we had another great year of participation with over 35 kids attending the program that we partner with East Bloomfield on. The Town Board will be looking at ways to partner with the other school districts that serve our community for future programs. The Highway Garage/Town Hall Complex will shortly begin to see some much needed maintenance and repair. We will be starting on the Highway portion of the complex as we continue to evaluate the best way to provide the services that you, our residents, need from the Town. Remember, we are always looking for residents to assist us (please see the announcement elsewhere in this edition) on our Boards and also for potential committees. We are currently looking for members to fill spots on our Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee (CPIC) - whose primary focus will be looking at several specific short and long term actions and making recommendations to the Board on how to address them. The Town has over 20 residents who serve on the Planning and Zoning Boards, the CPIC and the Assessment Review Board—thank you to all of you that serve now or have served in the past!! The Town Board will soon begin working on the budget for next year, and I have seen many of the departments from the County submitting their initial budget requests through the committees that I sit on (Insurance, Health & Medical, and Public Safety). If you have any budget requests for the Town, please submit them as early as possible. Thank you to those who have attended our Town Board meetings over the last couple of months—your feedback is important to me and the Board as we work on the Town’s business—and if you have not been to a meeting in a while, please consider attending some Wednesday evening (2nd and 4th Wednesday @ 7:00PM). My door is open when I am in the office - stop in and visit if you have the chance. I can be reached at my office (585) 624-2461, via e-mail tcampbell@townofwestbloomfield.org, and also on Twitter and Facebook.


Fire Marshal / Building Inspector Joel Richter

Fall & Winter Fire Safety Tips It’s a good idea to refresh your memory on fall and winter fire safety tips. Many of these fire safety tips apply throughout the year, although some fire safety concerns are seasonal - particularly those that involve keeping your home warm. The following tips and suggestions are offered for your review. Each year, according the Department of Homeland Security, more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 people are injured in home fires here in the United States. To help protect yourself and your family, it is important to know and understand that fire spreads quickly; that there is not time to gather valuables or even to make a phone call from inside your home. In less than two minutes, a fire can become lifethreatening to you and everyone in your house. In less than five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames, so you must get outside quickly.

When You Change Your Clock, Change Your Detector Batteries Get in the habit of changing batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every fall and spring when you change the clocks for Daylight Savings Time. It’s also a good idea to check that all fire extinguishers are fully charged, easily accessible and in working order when your change the clocks each season.

Home Heating Tips No matter what type of device is used to heat your home, it is important to make sure all your heating devices and systems are in good working order before the weather turns colder in the fall.

2. Use wood stove doors or fireplace screens to keep sparks and flaming embers inside the wood burning device. 3. Call the fire department immediately at 911 if a fire starts in your home. 4. Do not use flammable liquids to start a fire in wood stoves or fireplaces. 5. Make sure all combustible materials are stored at least three feet away from wood stoves or fireplaces. 6. Never leave a fire unattended.

Family Fire Safety Tips for ALL Year 1. Make sure everyone in your home knows how to respond and how to call 911 when a fire occurs. 2. Make sure everyone in your home knows two ways to escape out of every room when a fire occurs. 3. Designate one meeting place outside and in front of your home, where everyone will immediately meet when a fire occurs. 4. Teach children how to stop, drop and roll, so they will know what to do if their clothing catches fire. 5. Never leave burning candles unattended. 6. Never leave candles burning when you go to sleep. 7. Never leave food cooking on a stove unattended. If you have questions about fire safety in your home, please give the Fire Marshal a call at (585) 624-2942. This information was written by Mary Gormandy White, M.A., SPHR and is available at  http://safety.lovetoknow.com/Fall_Fire_Safety_Tips, and also at https://www.ready.gov/home-fires. Thank you. Please feel free to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office, located in the Town Hall at 2560 County Road 37, (585) 624-2942 or firemarshal@townofwestbloomfield.org.

Heating System Safety Tips 1. Have your central heating system checked, cleaned and serviced by a certified heating contractor every year before using it. 2. If you have a gas water heater, gas cook stove or gas fired heating system, make sure you have fully functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home. 3. Have gas fired heating devices inspected every year.

Wood Stove and Fireplace Safety Tips 1. Have your entire chimney inspected and cleaned each year and more often, as needed, to make sure it will function safely. 2townofwestbloomfield.org


Highway Superintendent’s Update Jim Powers Your highway team has been busy this late spring and summer. We are completing our annual maintenance duties. The oil and stoning of the roads was completed, first round of roadside mowing, stripping of the roads, continued mowing of the cemetery and parks, providing mutual assistance to neighboring Ontario County Highway Departments, taking in salt deliveries in preparation for the upcoming winter, managing the transfer station, and building and machinery maintenance. We have also replaced a couple of culverts on Taft Road that pass underneath the road - which means the road will be not as smooth for traffic for a while. What we do is remove the old culvert and put the new one in and then back fill it with dirt and crusher run stone. We leave the crusher run surface there for a few weeks to let the traffic settle it in and later dig a couple of inches out and put down blacktop. The majority of our culverts are metal, and over time the metal breaks down and the bottoms rot out. We replace them with plastic ones which will last much longer. We have taken delivery of our new mowing tractor and mower. It is a larger horsepower tractor with front wheel assist which helps us do a more efficient job of roadside mowing. We get stuck less often because of the front wheel assist, but this year’s dryness has helped us too. If you have any questions or concerns concerning highway matters, please feel free to contact me at – email: jpowers@townofwestbloomfield.org or office: (585) 624-2900.

West Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. John MacKenzie, President We are always looking for new members. We supply all protective equipment, training and answer any questions you may have. We are available any Monday evening at 7:00 pm usually at the Firehouse or around town doing training classes or truck checks.

Millers Corners Cemetery Wayne Parrish Despite the lack of rain this spring, the cemetery was in fine shape for Memorial Day weekend. The lawn was mowed a few days ahead of the weekend, a new flag was installed on the flag pole, and the small veteran, graveside flags were all in place. As of the end of June, the lawn was getting brown due to the lack of rain. In addition, many of the plants on the graves were dried up. Please keep any plants you have placed on the graves watered when we have long periods of dry weather. The remaining repairs to the storm damaged vault are scheduled to be completed before cold weather sets in. Reminder: Plants must be in pots and memorial lights are not allowed!

Help Wanted

There are approximately 90 lots available for sale. If you wish to purchase a lot, or schedule the installation of a monument, please contact the Superintendent, Larry Evans, at (585) 624-4993.

Notice is hereby given that the West Bloomfield Town Board is accepting applications for the following positions:

The cemetery continues to be open from dawn to dusk on a daily basis.

Town of West Bloomfield

Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee (CPIC) Interested parties should submit resume and/or letter of interest to the West Bloomfield Town Board, PO Box 87, West Bloomfield, NY 14585. Summer 2016

North Bloomfield Cemetery Debbie Jahn

** REMINDER** Please keep your cemetery in mind when you are making out your wills. Death notices can be put in the paper with contributions directed to: The North Bloomfield Cemetery Assoc. 3


West Bloomfield Historical Society public program and make a donation of any size. For a $5 donation, you will take home a West Bloomfield Historical Society tote bag to carry to the farm market or any place you want to use it.

Sue Washburn, President Thank you to all the volunteers who worked to make our 25th Annual Community Yard Sale a success and to the community for supporting us! We’re very grateful to the residents who donated items, rented booth space, and shopped with all their hearts. The sale funds programs, operations, and preservation of our 1834 building. This is especially important now as we must address problems with the building’s foundation. The former church has a unique place in town history. In 1828, members of the local Congregational Church had a bitter disagreement, as people sometimes do. Forty members left the church and organized a new society. In 1834, this splinter group built the structure that now houses our museum at a cost of $2,200. The two groups finally reunited in 1866, and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Society purchased the building from the splinter group. The Catholic parish used it until 1991, when it was sold to the West Bloomfield Historical Society. We very much want to preserve the building as a local landmark and because it houses the relics and artifacts that West Bloomfield families have entrusted to us over many years. If you would like to further support the preservation efforts there are several ways: •

Send a tax deductible donation to WBHS Treasurer, PO Box 173, West Bloomfield, NY 14585

Visit the museum (8966 Rt. 5 and 20) for one of our “open Mondays” from 6:30 p.m. till dusk, or attend a

Purchase a book on West Bloomfield history: Windows to the Past by Sandra Bortle Schlenker is 277 pages and includes photos, letters, diaries, and first-hand accounts of town history. Unmasking the Past is the 288-page story of Ionia, including photos and oral history. It was published by Sally Brainard, Toni DiPerri, Deborah O’Brien, Anne Parrish, Sandra Bortle Schlenker, and Mary Twardokus. Each book is $30. Contact Pat Talley at (585) 703-8961 or pwtdmthillock@aol.com, or stop by the museum building on a Monday evening.

The museum will be open on Monday nights until mid-October. Come join us! On Tuesday, September 6th, at 7 p.m., we hosted a free public program on the history of the Ontario County Barn Tour with barn historian Ray Henry. Our website www.wbhsny.com has information on events, membership, and town history. You will also find event announcements in the Penny Saver and Daily Messenger. For old-fashioned person-to-person contact, call (585) 657-7722 for membership or (585) 703-8961 for local history questions. New Society members are always welcome. The 2016 dues are $15 per family, $12 single, $10 senior (age 62+), $8 junior/student, $25 business, $100 lifetime. Contact Mary at (585) 657-7722 or send your dues to WBHS, PO Box 173, West Bloomfield, NY 14585.

Lima Legion

Frances M. Dalton, Post 282 Located at 2475 State Route 65, in the old West Bloomfield Union School. REGULAR MEETINGS: Legion - 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 PM (excluding July & August) Auxiliary - 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 PM (excluding July & August) Sons of American Legion - 1st Sunday of each month at 12 Noon Legion Riders - 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM If you or anyone you know would like to join the American Legion and/or the other organizations, stop in Tuesday Friday after 3:00 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday after noon. Please check the sign out front for upcoming events! 4townofwestbloomfield.org


Town Historian North Bloomfield – “Proud Community, with a rich history” Today we do not realize the great importance of water power, and fertile soil that we have in the Township of West Bloomfield (Hamlets of West Bloomfield, Ionia & North Bloomfield). The early settlers came here with their land grants, purchases of land, as they feared the overcrowding in the New England states. After the Sullivan Campaign, the soldiers brought glowing reports of the beauty of our area. Many descendants still reside in the area. In the 1893 “History of Ontario County, New York” George Conover – wrote - North Bloomfield is the small hamlet and post-office station south of the line of the Canandaigua & Batavia branch of the Central road. This has been an important manufacturing center for many years, and unlike many other portions of the county, its interests and enterprises here have been and even increased with passing years, and it is a fact that to-day the little hamlet of North Bloomfield is the most important manufacturing center in western Ontario county. With the many sawmills, distilleries, grist mills, blacksmiths, general stores, barrel factory, wagon repair shops, woolen mills, etc. on the Honeoye Creek there was many a fire. Thus the North Bloomfield Fire Department was organized in 1886; its area of coverage was only on the west side of Honeoye Creek. When Rochester began tapping the headwaters of the Honeoye outlet for their own use this reduced the flow of Honeoye Creek and according to many accounts brought about the collapse of many industries along the Honeoye Creek. For a short time, North Bloomfield was known as “Smithtown,” because so many of the Smiths that lived in the town

There are just over 1,300 burials in the Cemetery, of these 113 are veterans – one from the French & Indian War, four from the Revolutionary War, eight from the War of 1812, 26 from the Civil War, 13 from Spanish-American War, one from WW1 & WW2, 45 from WW2, three from WW2 & Korea, 11 from Korea, one from Vietnam and three who served peacetime. From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle - January 25, 1898 - A new manufacturing is to be established at North Bloomfield and will be located in the building connected with Collins & Brown’s saw mill. E. Aldrich is the proprietor and will manufacture a combined clothes wringer and tub stand. It goes to North Bloomfield because of better shipping facilities. About 12 hands will be employed. From the Ontario Messenger – May 22, 1884 - The Cemetery Association of North Bloomfield will soon make extensive improvements to the cemetery grounds. M. Curtis C. Gates has kindly donated 4 rods wide and as long as the entire length of the north end of the lot. This is the third time he has given land, to enlarge the original given by his Father. From the Ontario Messenger - August 3, 1882 - A new Iron bridge is to be built across Honeoye Creek, in place of the wooden structure. Continued on next page

(Written by Doreen Haller for the “Community Focus”) The North Bloomfield Community Association is a group of residents that live within approximately a one mile radius of the North Bloomfield Chapel, who strive to preserve and share the history & heritage of North Bloomfield through the preservation and community use of the North Bloomfield Chapel. As we continue to improve the Chapel for the next century, we look forward to hosting many more events there. Former residents are always welcomed. Tom Witzel wrote in the “Community Focus” - The first burial in the North Bloomfield Cemetery was an infant daughter of the Gates Family in 1804. She was buried on the family burial ground. The burial ground was donated to the community in 1870. (The Gates family were the first settlers to come to North Bloomfield and settle along the creek and build their homes and bring back their families from New England.) Summer 2016

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This Advertisement appeared in the Waterloo Observer – July 1, 1874: Valuable - WATER POWER - For Sale The water power on which formerly stood the North Bloomfield Flour Mill, is now offered for sale. Said privilege has first right to water, with a head and fall of 18 feet; situated on the outlets of Hemlock, Honeoye and Canadice lakes, 17 miles south of Rochester, at North Bloomfield, New York. Railroad accommodations, convenient, thickly settled, rich farming community. A good place to build a flouring or paper mill, or manufacturing purposes generally, in fact one of the finest localities and best water power in the state (this was before Rochester cornered the water for their use). In connection to the above is also a GOOD HOUSE and STORE. Will be sold together or separately. For particulars inquire of or address subscriber of North Bloomfield, Ontario County, New York. O. H. Huntington Early in North Bloomfield history, it was called Smithtown because of all the Smiths that lived there from about 1795 to early 1800’s. Some of the early businesses were

a distillery run by John Blake, Joseph & Horace Chambers ran a store, Amos Gates had a grist mill, Isaac Hall a forge. The Goodriches ran an ashery & store, R. Huntington a tavern, Samuel Miller & Ebenezer Crites built a saw mill in 1795. Squire Smith had a grist mill, Francis Smith a distillery, James Smith a store, Eldrick Smith a fulling mill. (In the Honeoye Falls Times March 1, 1917 W. R. Hunt wrote – The old mill on the site of the present Noyes mill, and saw mill was built by Eldrick Smith about 1790. The locality was called Smith’s Mill and later Smithtown. Many people believe that North Bloomfield is part of Honeoye Falls, but they have always considered themselves the Hamlet of North Bloomfield and are proud of that fact.

Town Historian If anyone is interested in writing an article for a future issue of the Community Focus, or to request we cover a specific topic, please feel free to contact Pat Talley at pwtdmthillock@aol.com.

Ionia Volunteer Fire Department Wayne Parrish First, an update on our fire house as promised. The Building Committee reported at the last meeting that the Proof of Loss document was provided to the insurance company on schedule. Shortly thereafter a team of people from several organizations reviewed the document on the site of the burned building. The committee is confident that visual progress is close to beginning such as removal of the burned building. Second, an update on our new fire truck. The new truck has been in Ionia for a couple of months now and as I write this article the truck is still not in service. During the initial training with it we found some issues that had to be corrected at the factory. We believe those issues are all resolved; now we have to get a significant number of members trained to drive and operate the pump on it. Once that occurs, the hose and other equipment on the 30-year old truck will be moved to the new truck and it will be put into service. The old truck has been listed for sale since the first of the year and we have received several inquiries about it.

• Be sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home. • Be sure you have working smoke detectors in or near each bedroom at a minimum. • Be sure you use heat detectors in kitchens and garages rather than smoke detectors. • Be sure you have your heating system serviced prior to using it this heating season. • Be sure you have your chimney cleaned if you use a wood stove or fireplace. Remember, in the event of an emergency call 911 and we will respond along with the West Bloomfield Fire Department and Honeoye Falls Ambulance.

Lastly, a few quick bullet points to remember: • You must pull over to the right and stop for emergency vehicles no matter which direction you are travelling relative to the emergency vehicle. • Be sure to avoid open burning if the weather is still hot and dry. 6townofwestbloomfield.org


Boy Scouts • Troop 56 Committee Chairman, Tim Schiefen Boy Scouts meet every Tuesday night at 7 pm at Welch Hall located next to the Town of West Bloomfield Highway department. Any boy from 11-17 is welcome to come and see what we are all about - parents and siblings are welcome as well. This summer has brought us a lot of nice weather for our Scouts to enjoy. While writing this article our troop is enjoying a week at Camp Babcock Hovey. Each year we send Scouts to summer camp, once a Scout is First Class or above they have the opportunity to visit Camp Massawepie in the Adirondacks, since the merging of two councils a few years ago (2010). Our troop has had the option and benefit of camping at Massawepie as well as Camp Babcock Hovey. Each camp offers a Scout tremendous opportunities to have a great experience. Located on the shores of Seneca Lake, Babcock-Hovey is a sprawling camp with tent sites, cabins, lean-tos and a lot of open spaces, two ponds and a swimming pool help round out just some of the amenities. The camp has numerous programs and merit badges for the Scouts to participate in, shooting, sports, and archery, to name a few. I can remember visiting as a Scout back in 1976 and our Mike Smith is a veteran of the camp having gone annually for well over 25 years (maybe even longer). Over the past few years we have sent a number of boys to Massawepie as well. The remoteness of the camp makes

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us at the Troop feel the Scouts need to be better prepared to spend a week in “bear country.” While I do not think any of our Scouts have come face to face with a bear, there are more bears there than you may find at Babcock Hovey. Higher adventure and treks are what’s to be had at Massawepie, and our Scouts have come back with quite interesting tales of their trials in the outdoors. Our troop visited the “City of Brotherly Love” during this year’s spring break. One of the places they visited was Eastern State Penitentiary. Long since closed as a correctional institution, the scouts got to see what prison was like 100 years ago. Opened in 1839, the prison was “the model for prison reform.” The accommodations were quite lavish for the day - each cell had a vaulted ceiling with a skylight, central heating and a flush toilet. In 1929 the prison was host to the infamous Al Capone. The original Scarface spent time in a cell that was lavishly decorated with paintings and oriental rugs, not to mention a cabinet radio. It is said that ghosts haunted Al Capone while he was here and continue to haunt the Eastern State Prison to this day. This spring & summer has also been a good time for two of our Scouts’ Eagle Scout projects. Life Scout Matthew G. has completed his project, which was sprucing up the Allen’s Hill Library. A new

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split rail fence and flower gardens, as well as a cleaned up outside and weeding and mulching of the existing gardens have made quite an improvement on what the library looked like before.

Second, no other program will instill community pride, citizenship and an understanding of giving back to your community in some form, like the Boy Scouts & the Cub Scouts will.

Life Scout Trevor H. has completed his project at the Catholic church in Honeoye. Trevor removed the foundation planting from around the rectory, then redesigned the planting and upgraded the soil, flowers & shrubs.

Pack 56 has served the youth of this township for over 50 years and it needs boys and parents to continue.

Each Scout did a nice job and used what they have learned to guide, direct and lead their peers in bringing their projects to fruition. The next step for these young men is to be reviewed for their merits at an Eagle Scout Board of Review conducted by our local Boy Scout District members. If they have met all the requirements they will then be awarded the highest rank in Boy Scouts, Eagle. Our troop has had the wonderful distinction of helping a large number of Scouts on their way to the Eagle rank. When you have a smaller troop like ours it can be a good environment for the Scouts to achieve great things. Our troop tries to keep the Scouts interested and we try to keep things fun. One of the reasons I left the Scouting program as a youth was that the leaders of my troop at the time were not fun. I had more fun with my neighborhood friends than with the Boy Scouts, so I quit before I became a Tenderfoot. I think I turned out ok. However, when my son came home with a flier from school I thought he might like Scouts, and I thought I might also like Scouts, too. For the first part of the first year I did and so did my son, as the Scout year wrapped up I asked a few of the leaders what next year may have in store? Would we be forming our ten little Tiger Cubs into dens? The answer was, “No just one big den” of ten 7 year old boys. “Lord of the Flies” ran through my mind and I next spoke with the Cubmaster. He also said it would make things simple to keep just one den. When I asked about becoming a den leader, he said they had enough leaders so they weren’t looking for any new ones. Well, I thought things would surely be interesting, but lucky for me, along came Cam Whitmore. He and I were talking about our sons, who were friends and he mentioned his son was in Cub Scouts. I thought that was odd; I had not seen him at any of the meetings.

Many of you, like me, joined the wrong pack or troop, but don’t worry, you can always leave (if you haven’t already) and then join the right pack or troop! We have a number of Scouts that are transfers from other Scout units. Why? Because our parents and leaders want a program that keeps their sons interested and active! Give your son an advantage over everyone else in life get him to one of our Scout meetings! Our former scouts (Eagles or otherwise) achieve more than most young men. Not everyone is a born leader, and many leaders may not know they are one. Exposure to opportunity is one thing I would say helps these young men come out of their shells. In addition, exposure to a diverse group of adults and Scout leaders helps provide additional opportunities to learn different points of view. Choose the best; here in West Bloomfield we are Pack & Troop 56! Our troop takes a break over the summer from the time they return from summer camp until school starts again, so our scouts have some of the summer to themselves (or their family). Our troop meets every Tuesday night at Welch Hall on Co Rd. 37 next to the West Bloomfield Highway Dept. beginning in September. Visitors are always welcome! Keep an eye out for another Troop 56 Life Scout, Ian M., who is organizing his Eagle Scout Project helping to restore the West Bloomfield Pioneer Cemetery. For more information, you can contact: •

Tim Schiefen, Troop & Pack 56 Committee Chairman (585) 624-4420

Cam Whitmore: Scoutmaster (585) 747-5181

Heather Dora: Cubmaster (585) 303-1063

Cam then explained he was in Pack 56 from West Bloomfield. You see my son and I had joined Pack 54 from East Bloomfield. Cam then asked if I had ever considered becoming a Scout Leader. Well, folks the rest is history! Here I am and you’re stuck with me! I wanted to share this story with you for a couple of reasons: The first, I cannot tell you how much your son will get out of our Scouting programs, but he will. 8townofwestbloomfield.org


Ionia United Methodist Church Mary Twardokus

Crafters, Door Prizes, Hayrides to the Farash Observatory, & much, much more. More information is on our website: www.ioniaumc.org Come for a fun fall day in the country!

The Ionia United Methodist Church Sunday Worship is held at 9:00 AM (note the new time!) at 2120 Elton Road with a “Coffee/ Fellowship Time” held after the service. The first Sunday of each month our church family holds a Pot-Luck Brunch after our worship service, complete with good food and fellowship. All are welcome to come and worship with us!

48th Annual Holiday Fair Craft Show: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9 AM – 3 PM at Bloomfield Elementary School, 45 Maple Ave/Route 444, Bloomfield. Sponsored by the Ionia United Methodist Church. Crafters in 102 spaces sell a wide variety of crafts, gifts and homemade goodies. Free admission & parking. Lunch will be available. Crafter booth applications are now available on our website: www. ioniaumc.org. Bring your holiday shopping list. We hope to see you there!

A Nursery is provided for pre-school children during the worship service every Sunday. September through May, Sunday School for children through 5th grade is on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 9:15AM during our worship service. Sunday morning Bible Study will resume in September. On the 2nd Monday of each month, the church continues the mission of preparing & delivering dinner to the Veterans’ Club house on Foster St. in Canandaigua. Our Food Cupboard continues to furnish food and holiday dinners to area people in need. Visit our website www.ioniaumc.org for more information about our events, newsletters, calendars, history, and other information.

Upcoming events: 19th Annual Ionia Fall Festival, Saturday, September 17th, all day long, on the Ionia United Methodist Church grounds – please note the change in location. Our Tractor Parade, now in its 13th year, will have tractors from all over western NY and is one of the largest in western NY! The parade begins at 1 PM, but you can look at the tractor & implement displays next to the Post Office and behind the church all day long. Begin your day with a delicious Pancake Breakfast 7:30 AM - 10 AM, then later a Chicken BBQ 11:30 AM til sold out, and at the chow hut: hot dogs, burgers and more will be served all day. All day long: Live Music, Food, Cake & Dessert Wheel, Displays & Demonstrations, Games, Vendors & Summer 2016

CUB SCOUTS Pack 56 News We are always looking for more boys to come join the fun! West Bloomfield Pack 56 currently meets on most Saturdays at 10:30 am at the West Bloomfield Church of Christ. Look for us around town helping out this school year. We will be posting our community events on our billboard at the light at Rts. 5 & 20 and West Bloomfield Road (Co Rd 37). Join us! Bring your family, bring a friend. Boys starting kindergarten and older can join today. Don’t wait! Contact us via email wbpack56@gmail. com to enroll or with any questions or suggestions for community projects. We have enjoyed our summer break from school. In June we met at Boughton Park for our annual family fishing day. During July we attended the brand new West Bloomfield Farmers Faire at WBUCC, volunteering and fundraising for our summer camping trip in August to Bristol Woodlands Campgrounds by selling candy bars and baked goods. Look for us the rest of the summer at the Faire. Remember popcorn is coming soon! Sincerely, Erica Taylor And the Boys of Pack 56 9


Ionia Women’s Club

Bloomfield Rotary

Mary Twardokus

Patricia Overmoyer

The Ionia Women’s Club welcomes all women living in the Ionia area to their meetings held on the third Wednesday of each month in a member’s home at 7 PM. For information on joining in on the gatherings, call Kay Bennett, (585) 657-7483.

The Bloomfield Rotary Club meets most Monday mornings from 7:30-8:30 AM at Veterans Park in Bloomfield. The 4th week of every month we meet on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM, instead of Monday morning.  The general public is invited to all meetings, and new members are always welcome. 

Besides donating a scholarship to a graduating senior at Bloomfield High School each June, the group collects General Mills “Box Tops” for area schools, so if you have any to donate, give them to a club member. The group will meet on September 21st, at 6:30PM for their annual Hors d’oeuvres & Dessert Dinner to start out the year at the home of Kay Bennett. On October 19th a local informational program will be presented at the home of June Shone. The group will make Christmas candy cane sleds for the Blessing Room families on November 16th.

West Bloomfield Congregational Church Sarah Williams •

Service 10am.

Sunday School for kindergarten through 5th grade during service.

Middle school youth group (6th - 8th grade) meets during service on the 1st and 2nd Sunday.

High School youth group (9th -12th grade) meets 4th Sunday during service.

Adult Bible Study Monday at 6:30 pm.

Nursery care available. Fellowship following service each week.

Bloomfield Lions Club The Lions are currently looking for New Members who want to volunteer their service to our community. If you are interested please contact Bob Knopf at (585) 919-7592. Our primary dedication is to helping the sight and hearing impaired, but all forms of community service are included in what we do. The Lions motto is……

The Bloomfield Rotary supports such causes as Camp Onseyawa (for youth with disabilities), ARC home, Serenity House, the Blessing Room food cupboard, Boy Scout Troop 55, American Heritage Girls Troop NY0024, Arbor Day trees, literacy programs, international exchange students, BCS students of the month, summer concerts in the park, international aid projects, BCS scholarships, BCS all-night grad party, and many more community needs.

North Bloomfield Community Association Doreen Haller Our notecards for the North Bloomfield area are still available for $5. You will get 6 cards/envelopes which are blank inside. These have been a big hit, so make sure you get yours today! Monies raised from this are used towards our continuing maintenance of, and building improvements to, the Chapel. Dues are $10 per family. Checks are payable to North Bloomfield Community Association and can be mailed/ dropped off to Doreen Haller at 1891 State Route 65. We are making every effort to keep everyone informed about our community. We can keep everyone informed, upto-date and our costs down if we have your email address. This list will not be sold or marketed to anyone other than for North Bloomfield Community Association business. Please send your email address to: doreen@treeskiers.com. The North Bloomfield Community Association is a group of residents who live within approximately a one mile radius of the North Bloomfield Chapel, who strive to preserve and share the heritage and history of North Bloomfield through the preservation and community use of the North Bloomfield Chapel. As we continue to improve the Chapel for the next century, we look forward to hosting many more events there. Former residents are always welcome. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Doreen Haller at (585) 732-7545 or Doreen@treeskiers.com.

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Allens Hill Free Library News Dorothy Graziano The Allens Hill Free Library, located at 3818 County Road 40, Bloomfield, continues to offer a variety of programs to its patrons. The Summer Reading Program started on July 12 and ran through August 17.  It was from 2 PM - 3 PM each Tuesday.  One highlight was the Ozobots where they could create adventures and games for a tiny robot. Photo courtesy of owwl.org

News From The Bloomfield Public Library “On your mark, Get set, READ!” The 2016 summer reading program! This summer’s theme focused on being active. Patrons young and old had fun reading, listening to, and watching stories of all kinds. We have programs running regularly. Call the library or visit our website for the most up-to-date information: (585) 657-6264 or www.bloomfieldpubliclibrary.wordpress.com. New at the library: Ancestry.com’s Library Edition is now available for free in the library. You can bring your own device or use one of our 5 public internet computers. WiFi is always free at the library. You can use Ancestry.com Library Edition for genealogy research or just to satisfy your curiosity. Here in the library, you will have free access to census data, military records, vital records and immigration records. Stop in and see what you can discover! New books and movies are always arriving. Magazines, audio books and E-books are available to download for free through OWWL2go. And, remember our meeting room may be reserved by non-profit community organizations for programs or for committee/board meetings. There is always something to do at the library!

On July 10th, the Wildlife Defenders presented various animals to a packed house. The animals presented were a coyote, a fox, an alligator, a lemur, a wallaby, and a porcupine.  Learning about these animals was enjoyed by all.  Thank you to all who provided supplies for the Wildlife Defenders. We had a bake sale/raffle/book sale July 30th at West’s Shurfine in Honeoye from 9 AM – 4 PM. Many came for some delicious baked goods, raffle tickets, or to pick up some reading material. In September, author Michael McCarthy will be presenting his most recent book.  Please call (585) 2295636 for details. On Saturday, September 10th, the library will again sponsor a bottle/can drive at the Honeoye Valley Redemption Center from 9 till noon.  We will gladly accept your bottles and cans to help support our programs.   We look forward to hosting our annual Fall Fun Day in October.  Please check for the date and time.    Please continue to look for listings of future activities on flyers, at the library, and in local papers. There are many new books and videos at the library.  Please come and check them out.  You are always welcome to suggest materials you would like added. The hours are Tuesdays 2:00-5:30 PM, Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 PM, Fridays 2:30-8:00 PM, Saturdays 1:00-4:00 PM, and beginning in October, Sundays 1:00-4:00 PM. Check our website, http://allenshillfreelibrary.com/ or call (585) 229-5636 for more information on our offerings!

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Mondays & Wednesdays 2:30 PM – 8 PM

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 AM – Noon AND 2:30 PM – 8 PM

Friday 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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Town Board Regular Meeting: 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 PM Town Board Workshop: 4th Wednesday at 7:00 PM Planning Board: 3rd Wednesday at 7:30 PM Zoning Board: 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 PM Town Court: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Mondays at 4:00 PM

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Editor’s Note We would love to hear from anyone in the West Bloomfield community who has town information, happenings, or historical information to share. Please don’t hesitate to send your article submissions and photos! Submission dates are January 15th, April 15th, July 15th, and October 15th; and all submissions can be emailed to me at kjbarker@netacc.net.

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Monday 9:00 AM – Noon / 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Tuesday 9:00 AM – Noon / 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Wednesday 9:00 AM – Noon / 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Thursday 9:00 AM – Noon / 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM Friday 9:00 AM – Noon

Court Clerk Hours • • •

Monday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Thursday 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Friday 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

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Building Inspector/Fire Marshal: **The above are “typical” hours however they may be out of the office performing reviews and/or inspections.


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TOWN INFORMATION Town Meetings • • • • •

Town Board Regular Meeting: 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 PM Town Board Workshop: 4th Wednesday at 7:00 PM Planning Board: 3rd Wednesday at 7:30 PM Zoning Board: 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 PM Town Court: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Mondays at 4:00 PM

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Editor’s Note We would love to hear from anyone in the West Bloomfield community who has town information, happenings, or historical information to share. Please don’t hesitate to send your article submissions and photos! Submission dates are January 15th, April 15th, July 15th, and October 15th; and all submissions can be emailed to me at kjbarker@netacc.net.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Monday 9:00 AM – Noon / 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Tuesday 9:00 AM – Noon / 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Wednesday 9:00 AM – Noon / 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Thursday 9:00 AM – Noon / 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM Friday 9:00 AM – Noon

Court Clerk Hours • • •

Monday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Thursday 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Friday 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer: •

Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Wednesday afternoon

Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings

Building Inspector/Fire Marshal: **The above are “typical” hours however they may be out of the office performing reviews and/or inspections.

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