Appreciation and preservation were among the running themes in the news of the past week.
Organizers of the Do the Right Thing program in Ontario County hope to recognize and appreciate young people who make good choices — "focus on some positive behavior and create some positive attention," in Canandaigua City Police Chief Stephen Hedworth's words. Salvation Army envoy James Brennan is appreciative of how the community stepped up to help meet and exceed the Red Kettle goal when earlier there had been concerns of a shortfall: "We saw an outpouring like never before." A number of Bloomfield youth gained an appreciation for another culture when they visited Cuba recently, a visit only made possible in recent months with the lifting of restrictions. Deidre Dye is thankful to come into work every day as parish administrator for St. John's Episcopal Church in Canandaigua, where she finds beauty, meaning and awe in the stained-glass windows.
And those who knew Isaac "Ike" Moses of Manchester and Michael Shipley of Canandaigua stated their appreciation of the departed. In Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni's words, Shipley "loved Canandaigua. He not only said it, he showed it."
As for preservation, a number of people are ready to contend for what's important to them — whether it's the mayor of Rushville, indicating he won't bend to moves to dissolve the village; or foresters and wildlife experts attempting to keep oak wilt from spreading after having been found in two Canandaigua trees; city officials hoping to "take a blight (the old Tom's Mobil property) and turn it into an asset" in Assistant City Manager John Goodwin's words; or Planned Parenthood officials struggling to keep the same level of services amid defunding rhetoric in Washington.
"Everyone deserves that access — no matter who they are or how much money they make,” says Dr. Rachael Phelps, medical director for Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York.
Here is a sampling of what was said the week beginning Jan. 10:
TUESDAY, JAN. 10
“They have been saying that over the last year Marentette failed to follow procedures — we think he has followed procedures."
— Michael Harren, attorney for Michael Marentette, who recently was suspended for 30 days without pay as Canandaigua fire chief
“We’re not going to let the village down that easy."
— Rushville Mayor John Sawers, indicating he would not bend to moves to dissolve the village
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11
“We spend a lot of time and a lot of money in this country, unfortunately, recognizing a lot of poor behavior. I think if we focus on some positive behavior and create some positive attention, it will help in the long run.”
— Canandaigua City Police Chief Stephen Hedworth, on the Do the Right Thing program, which recognizes school-aged youth who "do the right thing" — making good choices, standing up for others, working hard and otherwise making a difference in their community
“We think it’s an isolated case. We hope that’s the case.”
— Mark Gooding, a regional forester with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, about two trees on Ketchum Road in Canandaigua that tested positive for oak wilt, a disease lethal to oak trees
“The last three to four days, we saw an outpouring like never before. That is a testament to our faith in God, who loves his people, and a community that is very well informed through the media."
— Salvation Army Envoy James Brennan, on the successful Red Kettle campaign in Canandaigua
THURSDAY, JAN. 12
“There are so many cultures out there. Our lifestyle isn’t the only one and it’s not the only right one.”
— Sierra Leitten, Bloomfield High School senior, reflecting on a recent trip to Cuba for students in the school's International Baccalaureate Creativity, Activity and Service program
“So much of what we fund is mandated. It just seems he thinks all of the problems lie at the local level. But it isn’t just the governor. The Legislature plays a role in passing that budget.”
— Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni, regarding proposals and initiatives Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised in his State of the State addresses
FRIDAY, JAN. 13
“With the cuts we’ve made here and the increases this year, I expect next year to be flatlined."
— Jeff Gallahan, Manchester town supervisor and town budget officer, noting that he does not expect a tax increase in 2018 comparable to the one in 2017
“Women with money have always been able to access the health care they need. Everyone deserves that access — no matter who they are or how much money they make.”
— Dr. Rachael Phelps, medical director for Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, regarding the importance of keeping the organization strong amid calls in Washington for defunding
“Hopefully, we can take a blight and turn it into an asset."
— John Goodwin, Canandaigua assistant city manager, regarding the Tom's Mobil property, as the city sends out requests for a market study for the South Main Street site
“It is so awe-inspiring and such a treat to be able to come to work each day and go into the sanctuary and just look out the windows."
Deidre Dye, parish administrator at St. John's Episcopal Church in Canandaigua, regarding the stained-glass windows for which the church has received a grant for repairs and restoration
SATURDAY, JAN. 14
"Whenever a situation came up where you were kind of stuck, his favorite saying was 'take two and hit to right,.' The old baseball player in him never left."
— Dirk Gentry, on his friend Isaac "Ike" Moses of Manchester, who died last month at the age of 93
“We have accomplished some amazing things, not the least of which is strengthening relationships with our partners."
— Tom Zimmerman, who led the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association over the past two years
SUNDAY, JAN. 15
“There’s a lot of them, like I mean a lot of them."
— Midlakes ninth-grader Jason McMillin, about the crows roosting by the thousands in Clifton Springs
“He loved Canandaigua. He not only said it, he showed it.”
— Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni, on the late Michael Shipley, former member of City Council, the City Planning Commission and the Ontario County Board of Supervisors. Shipley was also active in business and community organizations in Canandaigua.
"Don’t think it can’t be your kid because it could be."
— Honeoye Central School Nurse Marybeth Tonkery, on the use of alcohol and drugs by youth