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Doc & Katy “Green Thumb” Gardening Series begins at Naples Library!

Doc & Katy Abraham “Gotta Grow Now!” See Page 2

Naples Community Easter egg hunt SATURDAY, APRIL 12

Photos in collage by Jodi Simons Caruso

11:00am Community Park

Three separate egg hunts for 3 age groups. $2/child additional lemonade & cookies available by donation. Please bring a basket or bag for your child. Sponsored in part by Boy Scout Pack #40 - Proceeds go to boy scouts and Community Park. Questions/Donations contact Jodi Simons-Caruso at 585-374-2584


8711 State Rt. 53, Naples, NY 14512

Jodi Simons Caruso EDITOR

Kim Torpey

GRAPHIC DESIGNER Subscriptions Available! email: phone: (585) 374-2584 Send in your submissions!

Spring is possibly arriving but what is definitely here is the New Luigi’s Diner! Join us in our newly refurbished restaurant for some good old fashioned home cookin’-diner style. Serving daily specials in addition to our famous burgers, plates, and ribs. Luigi’s also offers new flatbreads, veggie stir fry, and gluten free pizza. Join us Friday nights for our new broiled fish or our beer battered haddock fish fry, and fried shrimp dinners. We are also the home of the New Luigi’s Dozen (13 wings) with blue cheese for $7.99 Or the Number 4 combo: A large cheese pizza and 2 dozen wings for $22.99! Serving our daily specials and our full diner menu Tuesday Friday 11:30am -8:00pm. Visit our website at for menu and specials. Our friendly service and relaxing environment is always fun. Call anytime to find out our specials at 374-5110, takeout and delivery available.


I took my children to the DEC fish shocking on Rt. 245 for the first time. Notice the ducks to the picture on the right. The four ducks led the DEC up the creek. Each time that a fish came rolling up my children were astounded. I didn’t expect such big fish. They were beautiful. I had my doubts that anything would emerge since it was freezing out. The fish reminded me of the beauty that lies beneath the surface of anything and anyone. River, my 6 year old, wanted to eat them. I explained to him that we were not here to eat the fish but to admire their beauty. His reply was, “When can we eat them?” Regardless if you fish to eat, or fish for the peaceful beauty this week there will be plenty of fishing! May everyone enjoy the Trout Derbies this week and all the other signs that make spring official. The reopening of Jules’ Kitchen, Lynnie Lou’s, Joseph’s Wayside Market, longer days, rushing waters off the hills to Canandaigua lake and the increased traffic in the Valley. Yes, Spring is here folks! May you, like the fish, emerge from your hibernation with hope, rejuvenation and vitality.

In light, Jodi


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Green Thumb Garden Series at Naples Library Thursday Nights in April at 7 PM

by Elisabeth Cowley The Garden Series at the Naples Library this spring is named in honor of Doc and Katy Abraham. For 50 years, Doc and Katy offered advice to amateur and expert gardeners. “The Green Thumb,” featured poetry and advice on flowers, vegetable gardens and lawn care.The popular gardening program also aired on WOKR-TV Channel 13 for many years. Doc and Katy gardened with friends and neighbors of all ages in Naples.They wrote a national newspaper column and several garden books. They always ended their show with two signature phrases: “Gotta Grow Now” and “Don’t Forget to Be Neighborly” April 3 - Beekeeping with Patrick Freivald Patrick Freivald; Beekeeper, Author, Teacher, and Library Geek will be opening our “Green Thumb Garden Series” at the library. Patrick will share from his experience as a beekeeper. April 10 - Healthy Soil: Soil Preparation & Composting with Raymond Mueller Ray knows about soil. He has a PHD in Soil Science. He is a Geo Archeologist and has been involved with soil conservation and sustainable agriculture on many levels. Ray is very involved with the community garden. April 17 - Companion Planting & Planting for Beneficial Insects with Sandra Bierbrauer, a Master Gardener with a PHD in Botany and Genetics. She is involved with several community oriented garden projects. Sandy will be presenting from a lecture on Polyculture she has been preparing this winter. April 24 - Growing Hops with Russell Welser Russ Welser is the Natural Resources and Agriculture Senior Extension Educator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Canandaigua. He is the editor of the publication “The Inside Dirt.” Russ is the man to know if you run into any problems in your garden. Russ will discuss Hops as not only beautiful climbing ornamental plants but in the past they were star performers in this area! Hops are getting very popular again. Please join us for these evenings of valuable gardening information and talks about sustainable gardening in Naples. The series is for both gardeners with experience and individuals just starting out on the path to “Greener Thumbs”. We are fortunate to have so much garden talent amongst us and the Naples Library is very happy that they are willing to share their knowledge and give of their time to us. A Very Big Thank You to Patrick Freivald, Ray Mueller, Sandy Bierbrauer, and Russ Welser! They are truly helping us to keep Doc and Katy’s gardening spirits alive in our community.


Free Coffee and Cake All Day 9am-8pm 129 South Main Street, Naples, NY 585-374-5040

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Matthew and Petra with their seed crops at Hunt County Vineyards.

by Petra Page-Mann Fruition Seeds is a new type of seed company, developing organic seeds for our contemporary values and tastes by improving the heirloom varieties of yesterday and creating the heirloom varieties of tomorrow. I am a Naples native and started saving seeds in my father’s garden on West Gulick Road. For the last decade, my love of travel has led me far and wide to soak in the wisdom of small scale, ecological agriculture, saving seeds all the while. Having worked for seed companies large and small across the continent, I am grateful to be back in Naples with my beloved partner Matthew Goldfarb who has been farming and gardening since 1994. With degree in Rural Sociology and an MBA from Babson, many years of agricultural leadership and an unflagging commitment to phenomenal, home-made coconut ice cream, Matthew is undoubtedly the man for the job! Fruition Seeds selects for phenomenal flavor, productivity and disease resistance in each variety. All our seed is open-pollinated (not F1 hybrid or GMO) and can be readily saved by farmers and home gardeners. In fact, seed saving instructions are in each packet of seed. To rebuild an organic seed system we need to engage everyone who gardens, cooks, eats and puts on clothes in the morning. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, all of us play a part everyday in deciding what seeds are bred around the world. There is nowhere else in the entire world would Fruition Seeds rather be growing, count the ways! It has been a tremendous community effort and we could not have come this far without the following community members. Thanks to Greta Love for making the initial introduction to Mark Adams - who we cannot thank enough for leasing his extraordinary land and barns. Thanks to John and Dan Schumacher for offering us more land, plowing and discing our land as well as furnishing us with manure for the ages! Thanks to


Greg Eggenburger for the use of his perfect greenhouse. Karl Neubauer as well as Jeanne and Bob Cease we have to thank for a small fortune in re-purposed cinder blocks, and Lake Country Woodworkers for a plethora of wooden pallets. Many thanks to Rachel and Jerry Slover as well as Stevie and Neil Adams for being fantastic neighbors, allowing us to dictate every potentially cross-pollinating plant they grow in their gardens! Huge thanks to John and Caroline Hunt for offering us additional certified organic land as well as all the major equipment needed to plant and manage it. Thanks to Jeff Fahy for his time, equipment and expertise in preparing one of our favorite fields. Steve and Stephanie Marshall have made many things possible with the use of their Kubota and tireless good humor. Many thanks to Angie Cannon-Crothers for her beautiful writing in so many publications! Our gratitude as well for Glenn Curtis, his perception and his camera is quite large and also to Julie Sherwood for writing about Fruition in the Messenger. Thanks to the one, only and inimitable Darryl Abraham for making our fabulous Fruition Seeds sign! We are forever and pleasantly indebted to Pat Dimphl who brings much light and love to Fruition every day, in countless ways. Matt Kelley, what would we do without you! Many thanks to Edgar Brown, Claire Kenney, Jeremiah Pacheco and Finnegan, whose many hours in our fields have been marvelously enjoyed, indeed. Thanks to Cody Koch for the (unconventional!) use of his log-splitter. Thanks to Malcolm MacKenzie for his perspective and exceedingly generous use of unusual old tools that have made seed cleaning a dream. His daughter Drury MacKenzie has offered more to Fruition than perhaps we’ll ever know, both in details and big picture planning. Thanks to Allyn Pridmore, John Finnan as well as Tim Massa and Kim Torpey for making the perfect seed racks for our retail accounts. Thanks to Artizann’s, Rennoldson’s and Joseph’s Wayside

Clay, Kaya & Luna Wright

Jay and Michelle Wright welcomed their son, Clay Levi Wright, to their family on March 21, 2014. Big sisters, Kaya and Luna, are so thrilled. The entire family thanks God for this beautiful blessing!

On Friday, March 14th, Chad Plante, George Kotlik, and Luke Iverson, along with their teacher Nick Fargnoli, traveled to the Ontario County Historical Society to present their Naples history research papers. All papers were well thought of and selected to go on to the New York

Market for offering our seeds here in Naples! We so appreciate the Rochester Folk Art Guild’s invitation to join them for their Holiday Fairs. To Aaron Lipp and those fabulous Cabin Killers we bow deeply, thank you for making us sway, sing, laugh and love what we do on a whole new level and letting us share it all with the world! For helping us take care of ourselves, we first and foremost must thank Michelle Wright and Greta Love for their phenomenal acupuncture and massage services, Zach Sarkis and Nicole Hummel for their outstanding yoga teaching as well as Deidre Dutcher and Dan Howard for their great company and lovely hot tub. Huge thanks as well to John and Debbie Holtz for housing us in their most precious little cabin, living in Berby Hollow is a gift beyond measure. For countless dinners and endless laughter and we thank Sandi and Clayton Adams, Maura and Sean Sullivan and Greta Love. Finally, thanks to Jodi SimonsCaruso for continuing on the tradition of print here in Naples! All of you, more than I can say, are integral to our lives and play no small part in the success of Fruition Seeds.

Petra with 50,000 red russian kale plants going to seed.

Join us on Friday April 4th 4-8 pm for local seeds and local music on our farm across from 7920 Hickory Bottom Road! Visit anytime and ‘like’ us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with our many events, videos and photographs. Thanks again, Naples and see you soon!

State History Day Contest. Luke and George decided to go to Cooperstown on Monday April 28th and present their papers. The contest will be held at the Fenimore Art Museum and Farmer’s Museum. The History Day contest is locally sponsored by the Naples Historical Society along with the Naples Central School District. These students will be presenting at our Spring dinner on April 24th (See back page) - Submitted by Jan Murphy A BIG Shout Out to the students and the coaches, Jodie Schwartz, Mike Fowler, and Cindy Myers in working so hard to make a positive, fun experience for all the kids involved in the First Lego League Competition at RIT. -Submitted by Claire Kenney

TRINITY FEDERATED CHURCH 119 N. Main Street Naples, NY • 585-374-5017 Reverend Karl Warrington, Pastor

April 13th Palm Sunday (single service) 10:00am Special Holy Week Cantata preparing for Easter. Directed by Mike Allen. Friday April 18th 7:00pm Good Friday Special Dramatization led by Don Mellvile April 20th Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service* 7am @ Rose Ridge Cemetery, breakfast follows @ St. J’s April 20th Easter Sunday Service 9:30am Contemporary and 11:00am Traditional *(Sunrise Service by Council of Churches)

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FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Celebration of Spring at Fruition Seeds 4-8:00pm *across* from 7920 Hickory Bottom Rd, Naples, NY - More details Page 3! NCS Musical “Aida” - 7:00pm at High School Auditorium -Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $6 for students, and they can be purchased at the door or in advance in the Naples High School Main Office SATURDAY, APRIL 5 2nd Annual Spring Fling! 10:00am-4:00pm @Naples Jr./Sr. High School Cafe hosted by Naples School Association. Proceeds benefit students and field trips. Raffles • Bounce House • Face Painting • Family Friendly • Free Admission Craft/Vendor Sale: Cinderella Glassworks, Jewelry, Home-made Salsa, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Photography & Much More!!! Ice Cream Social with the Easter Bunny Noon-2:00pm - Have your picture taken! ($5 Kids / $3 Adults) NCS Musical “Aida” - 7:00pm at High School Auditorium -Ticket prices: Adults $7, Senior Citizen/Students $6 - Purchase at door or in advance @ high school main office Grand Finale for VFW Trout Derby Chicken BBQ All Day by Grove Boys Catering @ VFW / American Legion Post. 7811 State Route 21 - 7:30pm Live Music by P.J. Elliot SUNDAY, APRIL 6 Junior Girl Scout troop 40525 Animal food/toy/litter drop off at Trinity Church 1-3:00pm NCS Musical “Aida” - 2:00pm at High School Auditorium -Ticket prices: Adults $7, Senior Citizen/Students $6 - Purchase at door or in advance @ high school main office WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Registration Day Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm 3rd Grade Play “Character Matter!” Two Shows: Student Assembly @1:00pm, Evening Performance @7:00pm SATURDAY, APRIL 12 Community Easter Egg Hunt at the Community Park 11:00am - See Front Cover MONDAY, APRIL 14 Town Board Meeting 7:00pm Read Minutes from the Town or Village Board Meetings at MONDAY, APRIL 14 - MONDAY, APRIL 21 NAPLES CENTRAL SCHOOL SPRING BREAK WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 Village Board of Trustees Meeting 7:00pm SATURDAY, APRIL 19 VFW Easter Egg Hunt 9:00am Registration for children 11 & under SUNDAY, APRIL 20 Sunrise Service at Rose Ridge Cemetary followed by breakfast at St. Januarius TUESDAY, APRIL 22 Under the Spring Moon @the Naples Library 6:30-8:30pm (first of 2 Tuesdays) Writers Workshop facilitated by Angela Dailey of Inkblotz Studio. All levels welcome. Free. To Register, email: or phone: 585-374-2757 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm THURSDAY, APRIL 24 Naples Historical Society Spring Dinner - 5:30-7:30pm @St. Januarius - Bring a dish to pass. Nick Fargnoli and his students will share Naples research. FRIDAY, APRIL 25 St. J’s 4th Annual Kids’ Fun Run - 4:00pm SATURDAY, APRIL 26 St. J’s 8th Annual Walk or Run 5K/Coach Schenk Memorial - 8:30am ***registration forms for both events are available at*** TUESDAY, APRIL 29 Under the Spring Moon Writers Workshop 6:30-8:30pm - See Aprill 22 above FRIDAY, MAY 9 (through SUNDAY, MAY 18) NCS Student Art Show at Morgan Hose Building More info & times to come! SATURDAY, MAY 3 Naples High School Prom 8:00-11:00pm at Hunt Hollow SATURDAY, MAY 10 Rotary Lucky Ducky Derby and Chicken BBQ MONDAY, MAY 12 Annual Budget Public Hearing - 7:00pm HS Auditorium SATURDAY, MAY 17 Spring Fundraiser for Little Bunch - Music, Bounce House, Pig Roast and more! TUESDAY, MAY 20 Annual Budget Vote and BOE Election

We desperately need interested, caring folks to run for the Board of Education. There will be 4 vacant seats up for election this May and we need candidates! Applications and petitions for the BOE can be picked up at the District Clerk’s office, located in the Jr/Sr.HS, anytime. The completed apps and petitions must be returned to the District Office by 5 pm April 21, 2014 in order to be on the Budget ballot. - Submitted by Gail Musnicki Page 4

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