A CHEER … to the efforts in rehabbing the Fort Hill Auditorium for conversion to the Sands-Constellation Theatre at Fort Hill Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, and for those who have and will in the future contribute to making this dream a reality. Several volunteers have removed seats, with distinctive “CA” end stands, already. These also will be used for fundraising purposes, which is a neat way to recapture the Braves glory of yore.
A CHEER ... to the Bloomfield Public Library, which was awarded a provisional charter. A vote in June by Bloomfield residents approved the move, which will provide more financial stability and an elected board to lead the library. The value of libraries in society often is underrated but there is no questioning their importance. So here’s to another 50 years — and more — of the library in Bloomfield providing valuable leadership and resources in the community.
A CHEER ... to the Sharon M. Pepper Wish Upon a Star Program at the M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua. The program's committee reached out to Heritage Christian Services to help a retired nurse practitioner, who used to work at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. Renate Schwope, who is now a resident at the care center, wished to spend some time with horses again. Schwope, a former horse owner, was able to visit the Heritage Christian Stables in Webster and spend some riding time with a 25-year-old mare named Peaches. To date, approximately 160 wishes have been granted by the program.
A CHEER ... to Invisible Fence Brand of Upstate New York for recently donating pet oxygen masks to the Canandaigua Fire Department in an effort to reduce the number of pet fatalities. The department was nominated by Deborah Ross of Canandaigua through Invisible Fence's 49th anniversary initiative. Twenty-four thousand masks have been donated to first responders since its inception in 2006.
A CHEER ... to the more than 500 people who braved the rain to take part in last Saturday's Walk to End Alzheimer's. The walk raised more than $88,000 — exceeding the fundraising goal — for the Alzheimer's Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Participant completed a 1- or 3-mile walk and learned about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, and support programs and services from the association. Candace Ryan, chairperson of the 2018 volunteer planning committee, said it was "our best walk yet."