The past week's comments by and large took a celebratory air, as there's been a lot to celebrate.

The accomplishments of, and new horizons facing, area high school graduates are certainly cause for celebration. Canandaigua Academy seniors marked the milestone with some special events, including a cap-and-gown walk-through at Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School and a sunset gathering at Kershaw Park — "a wonderful closure to the school year," in parent Sue Turk's words.

Also celebrated were the obstacles overcome and efforts made by the recipients of the Ontario County Police Benevolent Association's "Do the Right Thing" recognition program and by Special Olympics athletes. “You talk to them and you have no problems, compared to what some of them deal with every day," said Mike Murray, who was in charge of the Law Enforcement Toruch Run for Special Olympics.

The region — Geneva in particular — had reason to celebrate as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced projects in that city to be aided by $10 million in state funds. Among them is the refurbishing of a building where Twisted Rail Brewing will house its main brewery and a tasting room while keeping its Canandaigua and Macedon locations open. "I think it’s going to drive exactly what the city and the state is trying to do with Geneva," said co-owner John McMullen.  

While looking to the future, the region also celebrated pivotal events and people in its history, with a Susan B. Anthony Legacy Event recognizing Canandaigua's significant involvement — the site of Susan B. Anthony's trial — in the women's suffrage movement. "We're very thankful to Susan B. Anthony and all the other suffragists who got us the right to vote," said Daughters of the American Revolution member Jackie Lowe.

Finally, a pair of Canandaigua twins — Rose Joyce and Rita Schuster — are preparing to mark their 90th birthday June 29.

May the celebrations continue!

Here is a sampling of what was said the past week, beginning June 13:



“I think it's a wonderful closure to the school year. Everybody's having a safe enjoyable time, making memories with their friends that they've been going to school with since kindergarten. It will be a memory they'll have 20 years from now when they have their 20th reunion.”

— Sue Turk, a parent in attendance at a sunset event for graduating Canandaigua Academy seniors at Kershaw Park

“I think it's good not only for the seniors, but for the little ones, as well, to see what they're aspiring to and will become.”

— Brian Amesbury, principal at Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School, on an event in which Canandaigua Academy seniors paraded through the school in caps and gowns



“If we can change one kid's path, we’re going to give the effort.”

— Donna Schaertl, executive event coordinator of the Ontario County Police Benevolent Association, on the Do the Right Thing recognition program

“People expect that within minutes of calling 911, they’re going to have a quarter-million-dollar ambulance sitting at their doorstep with a fully trained paramedic and all the high-tech equipment required to save their lives. In order to answer all those calls, we need additional funding.”

— Jim Hood, president of Victor-Farmington Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc.

“The President and Secretary Kelly literally have blood on his hands, what will they do to wash it off?”

— Steve Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, in a statement about deaths of people in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody



“You talk to them and you have no problems, compared to what some of them deal with every day.”

— Mike Murray, a retired corrections officer who was in charge of last week's Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, on his admiration for Special Olympics athletes



“It's a unique opportunity for students to give back and make an impact in the world. It's a great opportunity to see different perspectives from a more global lens. To me, there is a hunger in Bloomfield to go out and help people.”

— Keith Roll, a sixth-grade English teacher in the Bloomfield school district, on the International Baccalaureate students' upcoming service project in the Dominican Republic

“There is no free lunch in health care. One way or another we all pay for it. It’s a matter of what we pay and how we pay for it."

— Ann Ruflin, chief planning officer of Common Ground Health, formerly Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, during a health care forum in Naples

“Rose and Rita have always been very close to each other since birth,” said Alice Ann Schuster. “They had many things in common, like playing the flute, tap dancing and singing in the choir.”

— Alice Ann Schuster, on her sisters, twins Rose Joyce and Rita Schuster of Canandaigua, who will celebrate their 90th birthday June 29



“Competition makes people work. It worked. We got 10 great plans, and Geneva was one of them.”

— Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announcing the 12 programs that will be funded by $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative money that was awarded to Geneva (and nine other communities)

“It’s a special building made with wood for people who make things of wood.”

— Ty Allen, architect, on New Energy Works' new cross laminated timber (CLT) building at the company’s main campus in Farmington



“It’s nice to have the community behind you.”

— Chris Hurley of Kettle Ridge Farm in Victor, during the weekend Honey Dipper Festival

“We’re very thankful to Susan B. Anthony and all the other suffragists who got us the right to vote.”

— Jackie Lowe, Daughters of the American Revolution member, during the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Event in Canandaigua

“I think a dog is completely there. They're present at the moment. They can't hide their feelings. They're not judgmental. It doesn't matter to Willow how people are dressed, how old they are or how they look.”

— Gail Furst, animal-assisted activity and therapy trainer, during a presentation on the TAGteach teaching method

“What we’re going to bring in there is going to be a focal point. I think it’s going to drive exactly what the city and the state is trying to do with Geneva. Push it and make it a destination place.”

— John McMullen, Twisted Rail Brewing co-owner, on plans for a third location, in Geneva, to serve as its main brewery


To paraphrase the old saying, people say the darnedest things. Each week, we will share a compilation of what we think are the best quotes of the week from the previous week’s editions of the Daily Messenger. To read those stories, visit But we want to hear what you have to say, too. Email your suggestions to Local Editor Mike Murphy at or call 585-337-4229.