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newsmakers Devon Pascoe, son of Shelly and Dale Pascoe of Spencerport, graduated with a bachelor of science in accounting at Susquehanna University on May 17. Pascoe is a 2013 graduate of Spencerport High School. Stacie Bridge of Churchville was named to the spring 2017 president’s list at Hudson Valley Community College. Bridge is studying in the health information management and technology academic program. Each fall and spring term, the college’s president’s list names those full-time students and part-time students registered for at least six college credits who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and who received no grade of “D,” “F,” “I,” “Z,” or “W” on their record for that term. Students must have completed at least 12 college credits successfully.
Josie Gardner of Rochester, a sophomore political science major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher. Robert E. West of Hilton graduated from the Univeristy at Albany, magna cum laude, with a degree in history and a minor in philosophy. He was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa (academic honor) Society. Robert is a 2014 graduate of Hilton High School. Michael DeFranco of Spencerport graduated from Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont, with a bachelor of science degree in game design on May 13.
Jane E. Mahoney, daughter of John and Tracy Mahoney of Spencerport, received a bachelor of fine arts cum laude in art and design from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University during commencement exercises May 13, at McLane Center on the Alfred University campus. Jane is a graduate of Spencerport High School. Samantha C. Brown, daughter of Patricia Brown of Spencerport, and Ian Brown of Rochester, received a bachelor of arts cum laude in chemistry from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Alfred University during commencement exercises May 13, at McLane Center on the Alfred University campus. Brown is a graduate of Spencerport High School.
Michael DeFranco of Spencerport, has been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester. Students on the dean’s list have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the semester. DeFranco is majoring in game design. University of Albany congratulates Adam Lemke of Brockport, who graduated with a degree in nanoscale science & engineering. Alyssa Brault of Rochester competed on the 2016-17 women’s tennis team. The team finished with an overall dual-match record of 13-7 this year while finishing third at the SUNYAC championships in the fall. Alyssa joined the squad as a transfer in January and finished with a 2-3 record in singles.
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newsmakers Serafina Breslawski, daughter of Kim and Steven Breslawski of Brockport, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in arts for children at The College at Brockport. Serafina completed the honors program and she also completed her New York state childhood teaching certification. Serafina will begin her dream of working as a first grade teacher in August and will begin her graduate work in educational technology in July.
Serafina Breslawski Local area SUNY Oneonta students earned dean’s list honors for the spring 2017 semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher while carrying a course load of 12 hours or more. •Alan Brault of Rochester •Alyssa Brault of Rochester •Victoria Keenan of Spencerport •Yosep Lee of Brockport •Kyle Pelkey of Hilton •Marianne Swan of Hilton. Carly Byron of Hamlin, graduated from Eastern Nazarene College, receiving a diploma during ENC’s 95th spring commencement exercises held May 6 at the college’s main campus in Quincy, Massachusetts. Byron graduated with a Science degree.
The following local residents were among 1,319 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) named to the university’s dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2017 semester. •Frank Ciliberto of Spencerport, is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in mechanical engineering. •Connor O’Neill of Spencerport, is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in mechanical engineering. •Scott Spear of Rochester, is a member of the class of 2017 majoring in mechanical engineering. The criteria for the WPI dean’s list differs from most other universities as WPI does not compute a GPA. Instead, WPI defines the dean’s list by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.
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Jordan N. Mosele of Hilton achieved Chancellor’s Honor Roll recognition at the University of Tennessee at Martin for spring 2017. To be eligible for Chancellor’s Honor Roll recognition at UT Martin, a student must take at least 12 hours of credit (pass-fail courses are not included) and achieve a 3.2 (B) GPA. Audrey Clarke of Churchville was honored during the Elmira College 47th Annual Athletics Award Banquet, held on May 22. Members from Elmira’s 20 varsity teams, as well as the Sports Medicine Department, received end-of-year awards throughout the night. Clarke was honored with Booster Club “Player of the Year” for women’s golf. It is awarded to a player who has completed a full season in one sport. Consideration is given to “Sportsmanlike” qualities and outstanding playing contributions in game situations.
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newsmakers Dianna May Maier, daughter of Dan and Mary Jane Maier of Spencerport, has been named to the spring 2017 dean’s list at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Maier, a junior is a nursing major. To be eligible for the dean’s list at St. John Fisher College a student must have attained at least a 3.5 GPA for the semester.
Dianna May Maier Emily Raduns of North Chili was named to the dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University during the spring 2017 semester.To qualify for inclusion on the dean’s list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher. Matthew B. Best, son of Paul and Donna Best of Spencerport, graduated May 19 with a master’s degree and with honors from Lutheran Theology Seminary College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He was ordained on June 2 and will become the Pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, New Kingstown, Pennsylvania. Matthew graduated from Spencerport High School and also has a bachelor of arts from Grove City College in political science. Matthew and his wife Abby reside in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with their four children, Emma 14, Molly 12, Grant 10 and Andrew 8.
Jessica Mucci of Hilton, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in inclusive childhood education and American studies from St. John Fisher College. The following local area students were named to the Finger Lakes Community College dean’s list for spring 2017. Full-time students are eligible if they are matriculated – meaning enrolled in a degree program – and achieve a 3.5 GPA for the semester (12 or more hours of earned credit) with no grade below passing and no incompletes Part-time students are eligible if they are matriculated, have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at FLCC, earn a combined total of at least six credit hours for a given year and achieve a 3.5 GPA with no grade below passing and no incompletes. The student must be part-time for both semesters. The dean’s list for part-time students is compiled at the end of the spring term only. From Brockport: Joseph Avery, Sarah Geer From Churchville: Elisabeth Dudek, Carol Rader From Rochester: Ashley Alvarez, Jeff Bartholomew, McKenzie Berndt, David Buttle, Cinnamon David, Audra Davis, Sofia DiFrancesca, Elizabeth Ferrara, Nancy Gable, Khamia Gause, Samantha Gentilcore, Lindsay Graziano, Victoria Greco, Naomi Hardy, Corey Hartman, Krystal Hunter, Cody Ingham-Flowers, Korey Ingram, Matthew Juda, Michael Magnanti, Payton Marovich, Yesel Mercedes, Reilly O’Brien, Amanda Palmer, Philip Pelow, Alex Porell, Kathleen Schaertel, Micah Schmidt, Sarah Smith, Voislav Soposki, Robin Spadafora, Mark Toker, Rafael Vigo III, Alexis Watson and Ashley Williams.
Local area students received their bachelor degrees from St. Lawrence University during Commencement ceremonies held on May 21: •Diamond A. Oliver of Rochester. Oliver received the degree of bachelor of science and majored in psychology and history. Oliver attended Churchville-Chili High School. •Cailand K. Sweeting of Hamlin. Sweeting received the degree of bachelor of science cum laude and majored in psychology. Sweeting attended Camden Hills Regional High School. •Daniel R. Viscardi of Brockport. Viscardi received the degree of bachelor of science cum laude and majored in biology. Viscardi attended Brockport High School. Local students were named to the Slippery Rock University dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester. Undergraduate students who earn an adjusted semester GPA of 3.5 or higher will be eligible for recognition as a dean’s list student. This GPA is based on a schedule of at least 12 newly attempted and earned credits. •Victoria E. Penders of Spencerport. •Brooke C. Testa of Rochester. •Michael E. Scrivens of Rochester. •Marilyn R. McGrain of Rochester. The following local area students were named to the spring 2017 dean’s list at Nazareth College: •Leah Brown of Churchville is majoring in communication science & disorders. •Kaitlyn Buckert of Rochester is majoring in musical theater. •Matthew Butts of Hilton is majoring in health sciences.
•Sarah Danzinger of Hilton is majoring in biochemistry. •Andrew Dinsmore of Rochester is majoring in music business. •Nini Doan-Nguyen of Rochester is majoring in biology. •Brooke Ennis of Rochester is majoring in nursing. •Danielle Foeller of Bergen is majoring in social work. •Julianna Gatto of Rochester is majoring in health sciences. •Monica Grisdale of Hilton is majoring in occupational science. •Mercedes Herzog of Rochester is majoring in communication science & disorders. •Kristopher Kodweis of Hilton is majoring in visual communication design. •Jessica Kromer of Spencerport is majoring in music therapy. •Chelsea Kuhn of Rochester is majoring in history. •Abby Lamark of Rochester is majoring in community youth development. •Sicilia Lenzo of North Chili is an undeclared major. •Daniella Licciardello of Spencerport is majoring in communication science & disorders. •Lauren Logsdon of Brockport is majoring in nursing. •Elena Maenza of Spencerport is majoring in communication science & disorders. •Jessica McCane of Churchville is majoring in history. •Grace Muir of Hilton is majoring in English lit conc, inclusive education. •Rachel NaDell of Rochester is majoring in occupational science, psychology. •Kathryn Pukos of Churchville is majoring in music therapy. •Allison Risewick of North Chili is majoring in international studies. •Erica Rivoli of Churchville is majoring in communication & media.
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Rededication of the Wishing Well in Gates The iconic wishing well that was could save the wishing well as a rememlocated on the front lawn of the wellbrance and a historical treasure. Gillette known Wishing Well Restaurant and loaded up the pieces of the well and Party House, which stood for decades brought them to the Gates Community at 1190 Chili Avenue, will be redediCenter where local craftspeople and Town cated at its new location on the front of Gates staff have been reconstructing lawn of the Gates Community Center, the artifact. 1605 Buffalo Road, on Saturday, June Gates Supervisor Mark W. Assini said 10 with music by members of the that the town encourages couples who Gates Chili High School band at 10 had their wedding photographs taken a.m. and the rededication ceremony at the wishing well to send them to the at 11 a.m. historian’s office for a display in the Gates Police Officer Lance Duffy Town Hall. will serve as master of ceremonies. The history of the Wishing Well dates Kimberle Ward, Superintendent of the back to shortly after the Civil War when Gates Chili Central School District, New York State sold the land on Lot #8 will be the keynote speaker. The Gates in Gates to a developer. On the 1872 map Police Color Guard will present the of the town, no structure is shown on the colors. Deacon Angelo Coccia, chaplot. But by 1902, the combined Lot #8 and lain of the Gates Police Department, Lot #20 are listed as 80.75 acres owned by will deliver the invocation. Helen A. Smith and Elmer Place. A struc“Everyone is welcome to the redediture is depicted on the site of what would cation ceremony,” said Gates Town become the Wishing Well Restaurant. By Historian William A. Gillette. “We’re Wishing Well old menu circa 1950s. Provided photo. 1924, the property had been subdivided; especially hoping that couples who about a nine-acre lot remained. had their wedding receptions at the Wishing Well - and who had According to an article written in 1997 by Carol Ritter and their wedding pictures taken outdoors at the wishing well itself published in the local newspaper, the Rice family owned a - would be able to be with us and have their photos taken again mansion on the property until the turn of the century when the at the well - a real ‘then and now’ experience for everyone.” structure was transformed into the Peacock Inn. At the time, A new owner with other plans purchased the Wishing Well Chili Avenue was a dirt road that extended to Buffalo. In 1919, restaurant property in 2016 and began demolishing the structure. the inn was remodeled and the famous well was dug. Gillette intervened and asked the wrecking company if the town
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Wishing Well Restaurant as it is remembered. Provided photo. During Prohibition, the establishment was a speakeasy. It is said that a tunnel from the cellar to the adjacent Barge Canal (as it was known then) was used to sneak in shipments of liquor and beer. But Muriel (“Bobbie”) Wakil, whose family owned the restaurant from 1971 to 2001, said that was just a rumor. On Wednesday, January 13, 1960, at about 3 a.m., fire broke out at the Wishing Well. Emmett J. Dailey, the owner of the restaurant at the time, estimated the loss at more than $200,000. Gates-Chili Fire Chief Edward VerWeire reported that the building was a total loss. Dailey had just invested $110,000 to remodel the restaurant in 1959. Dailey, his wife Katherine, and their two children, who all lived in an apartment over the restaurant, were trapped on a roof and had to be rescued while still wearing their nightclothes. Their feet were bare and onlookers provided their shoes and coats to the family at the scene. The Daileys were treated at Strong Memorial Hospital for burns and smoke inhalation. Investigators believed that the fire began in the bar area where windows and bottles were melted by the heat. More than 200 firefighters were called to the scene. Edward and Muriel Wakil purchased the restaurant in 1971 and operated it with their son and two daughters for 30 years. They discovered menus and memorabilia from the early days of the establishment which they framed and displayed in the restaurant. The framed menus have been preserved and will be on display at the Gates Town Hall. Among those who have worked on the restoration of the wishing well are Vinnie Schiano, who restored the stone masonry; carpenter, Fred Kilpatrick who rebuilt the wooden supports and the roof; electrician Shawn Kelly; David Chamberlain of the Town of Gates building staff; Lee Cordero, a member of the Gates Town Board; and Mark Gillette, who painted the restored construction. Town of Gates highway department staff prepared the site on the front lawn of the Gates Community Center. Provided information
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