23 Mar 2018, 7:42am

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The Walworthians: Edith Pasquini, Artist


The Walworthians


A collection of telephone interviews published in the Wayne County STAR Newspaper and Wayne County MAIL Newspaper, 1994-209

by Kate Chamberlin


~Edie Pasquini, Artist

October 10, 1997


Edith Pasquini is one of the people in our neighborhood. She has a special talent as an artist and entrepauneer. Her Historic Home Town Series replicates building facades on wood.

“I have the historic buildings of Walworth. West Walworth and Lincoln almost complete,” she said,  “As well as The churches in Marion.”

At Canaltown Days in Palmyra, September 13 and 14, Edie will be selling copies of the Zion Episcopal Church, The Western Presbyterian Church, the United Methodist Church  the Baptist Church and St. Anne’s Catholic Church.

Edie has been commissioned by numerous people to commemorate their own homes, too.

She makes a pencil drawing from a photograph of the building, seals the wood and paints in details using colored acrylic paints. She uses a Sears Craftsman band saw to cut out each building’s silhouette. On her originals she signs the front. On each decoupage copy she signs and dates the back. The final step is to weather-proof the back of each cut out.

If it is not a commissioned work, she will keep the original and make copies for sale in her shop, Potpourri of Gifts, 2256 Walworth-Marion Road, Walworth, 315-986-7999.

Edie has copies made at Loram Productions in Webster.

“I like to have laser copies made,” she said. “They can be enlarged or reduced in size and are an exact copy each time. The color has to be exactly right, too.”

She numbers each copy so she knows how many she has, but, she stressed, the last copy is identical to the first copy.

Edie has been painting since her high school days at Rush-Henrietta, but didn’t pursue painting seriously until about ten years ago.    She has been doing her Historic Home Town Series of collectibles since 1992.

“I’ve been trying something new to me,” she said referring to the historic four churches in Palmyra and St. Anne’s. “I’ve painted them on water color paper and laser copied that to make the copies to decoupage onto wood for cutting out. It is a lot easier to carry a piece of paper to the printers than it is a stack of odd wood shapes.”

Edie’s booth for Canaltown will be located on the Episcopal Church lawn at the corner of Main and Canandaigua Streets. Along with her Historic Home Town Series, She’ll have a variety of her creative driftwood Santa Clauses with crafts and paintings by the artists in her shop. If your club or group needs a fund raiser, ask Edie about doing a commemorative building that would be unique to your group.

Pat Salisbury of Cross Stitch Corner will be sharing the booth with Edie, so you’ll get to meet both of these Walworth entrepauners at Canaltown Days.

Thank you, Edie, you add variety and class to our town. You are a Walworthian with the accent on WORTH.

2018 Up-Date: Potpourri of Gifts lost a lot of business when the road in front of her shop took so long to be re-surfaced, so the shop is closed. She enjoys doing fine art projects for friends and family; visiting their camp on Butterfield Lake; and traveling to Germany, Maryland, and Massachusetts to visit their sons.


17 Mar 2018, 1:40pm

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The Walworthians: Kevin Heald, Red’s Landscaping


The Walworthians


A collection of telephone interviews published in the Wayne County STAR Newspaper and Wayne County MAIL Newspaper, 1994-209

by Kate Chamberlin


Kevin Heald, Red’s Landscaping

September 20, 1997


Kevin Heald is one of the people in our neighborhood. You may have noticed him driving his clean, bright red 54 Ford truck about town.

He is the owner/operator of Red’s Landscaping, Walworth-Marion Road, 986-1499.

“I started into landscaping a long time ago,” he said. “When I was about 6 years old, Mrs. Salerno used to hire me to clean coops and things, but every time she’d turn around, I’d be digging in her perennials. She gave up and taught me a lot about gardening instead.”

Kevin also said he’d learned a lot from working for a variety of farmers. What they had in common was to do things the old-fashioned way: by hand.

He spurns too many power tools and prefers to hand shear shrubs, custom design each landscape and do the work himself.

Kevin admits that during May through July, he has more work than he can handle alone. He trusts Daryl Copt to be his co-worker.

Kevin and his wife, Barb, moved to the old Bulterman homestead about 12 years ago.

“My brother-in-law, Jim Denniston, was into real estate,” Kevin chuckled. “He’d sent us there as a joke, but after we saw it, we told him we wanted it. The joke was on him!”   Kevin and Barb have two children, Tim and Jessica along with several emu and two piglets.

If you look carefully when you drive past the Heals’s, you might see Barb necking (if that is the correct term?) With one of her emus. It is definitely a sight to behold!

Kevin designed the stone walls for the Post Office, Hardware Store and, most recently, the Walworth Fire Hall.

“Each wall is like a snow flake,” he said. “I hand select each stone and fit it next to the others like a puzzle. Each is unique. Each is beautiful.”

Another unique feature in the new Fire Hall landscaping is the lilac that is grafted onto a cherry tree. The blooms will be lilac but the trunk is an interesting shaggy red bark.

Many years ago, the Walworth Garden Club planted shrubs and flowers at the base of the flag pole. They soon died because the Fire Department thought the Garden Club would water them. The Garden Club thought the Fire Department would do it.

“After I finish planting,” Kevin told me, “I recommend the client water everything every other day for several weeks.”

When Kevin isn’t working on landscaping, he likes to tinker with old cars and trucks.

“I have a 61 two-door hard top Impala that    Has been in 5 shows,” he said, “and won each time.”

Kevin plans to participate in the 1997 Marion Car Show.

The red 54Ford he drives is one of the trucks he has restored with meticulous care.

Thank you, Kevin, for helping to beautify our community one garden at a time. You are a Walworthian with the accent on worth.

2018 Up-Date: The Heald’s have developed an R-V park in Macedon along the Earie Canal.


1 Mar 2018, 9:13am

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The Walworthians: Carol Doud, “Country At Heart”


The Walworthians


A collection of telephone interviews published in the Wayne County STAR Newspaper and Wayne County MAIL Newspaper, 1994-209

by Kate Chamberlin


July 16, 1997

Carol Doud is one of the people in our neighborhood. She is a proud grandmother of four and the owner of Country at Heart, formerly the historic Auction Gallery, at 2056 Walworth-Penfield Road.

The practice she and her husband have had throughout the years in taking old homes in the Buffalo area and fixing them up to look great has really paid off. Surely you’ve noticed how nice the newly renovated Walworth Firemen’s Hall looks!

Although, the grand opening of Country at Heart was on Saturday, July 12th, we were able to sneak a preview after the Friday night Firemen’s Parade.

Even before I entered the building, I appreciated the access ramp, which would also be handy for dollies moving out newly purchased large items. Just in the wide front door, my husband remarked on all the work they’ve done to clean up the floors, light the interior and apply a fresh coat of paint.

Carol has grouped her country wares in interesting room settings. In her kitchen, an invitation to set a spell’ seems reminiscent because of the large farm table and chairs. Nearby are several old stoves Carol uses to display foods such as pastas in shapes for special occasions, fragrant jams and tasty jellies.

I’m going back for the almond and poppy seed muffin mix!

Her living room features country tables, chairs, hutches and a Homestead line of lamps, shades, fixtures and everything you’d need for just the right lighting in your own home.

The Men’s Den features upholstered furniture with a sport’s theme for the golf enthusiast

The child’s country bedroom is one that is sure to bring sweet dreams! There is a baby cradle that’s sure to become a family heirloom.

“At this point,” Carol said, “I’m not thinking of taking any consignments.”

This is Carol’s second store. She is hopeful that this new Walworth location will be just as successful as her first Country at Heart located in Penfield.

The Doud’s have three grown children, Lanny, Tracy and Danielle. Carol and Larry moved here from Penfield about four years ago after their youngest child was graduated from high school. They purchased the Wyse’s old homestead on Walworth-Marion Road.

“We were on the way to look at another location,” Carol said, “when we went past this home. I told Larry, that place has real possibilities.”

Each Monday, Carol puts away her entrapreneur demeanor and becomes the proud grandmother as she hostesses Jessica, Jenna, Ali and Cassy in her home.

“We moved to Walworth because my husband always wanted to live in the country,” Carol said, “and I like the closeness of a small town.”

Carol has used local folks to help her renovate the building to accommodate Country at Heart.

“Gary Germano and Bob Dentico have been terriffic. If I weren’t so crazy about hearts, I’d be tempted to name this “Bob and Gary’s Place” she laughed.

Originally, the Auction Gallery was owned by the Firemen. They rented it out for special events, but, there are a lot of folks who remember the round and square dances held every Friday night.

“I have a lot of happy memories about those dances,” Arlene Youngman said. “I danced every Friday night in the early 1940s until after I was married. Then, you-know-who doesn’t like to dance!”

Lavern and Beryl Morrison knew of each other from being in school, but, it was the square dancing that brought them together during the late 1940s.

“There was usually a basketball game on Friday night,” Lavern said. “I’d stay for that and then walk over to the dance.”

Gordie and Katie Youngman held their wedding reception in the Firemen’s Hall in 1950.

Thank you Carol, for ushering our historic building into the millennium with grace and dignity. You are a

Walworthian with the accent on worth.

2018 Up-Date: The Doud’s have moved out and Kord’s Pool Supplies has moved in.


23 Feb 2018, 9:42am

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The Walworthians: Heald Family Emus


The Walworthians


A collection of telephone interviews published in the Wayne County STAR Newspaper and Wayne County MAIL Newspaper, 1994-209

by Kate Chamberlin


The Heald Family’s Emus

June 04, 1997


Tweetie and Sylvester are two emus in our neighborhood. They live with the Heald family on the Walworth-Marion Road.

Shortly after Kevin and Barb (the former Barbara Denniston) were married on July 20, 1985, they bought the old Bulterman homestead.

“It had been abandoned for many years when we bought it,” Barb said. “We knew we wanted to live in a country environment and, eventually, be like a Dr. Doolittle with lots of kids and animals around.”

Two years ago, they visited friends who raised Emus (say: ee-meuuz) on their large farm on Eddy Ridge Road. They bought Tweetie and Sylvester, who began laying eggs this winter.

“Tweetie’s eggs are really very beautiful,” Barb said.

They are dark emerald green with speckled etches on the outer surface. They are layered with different colors of green.

Each egg is three and a half inches wide and four to five inches long.

One egg feeds a family of four quite nicely,” Barb laughed. “We began to wonder what to do with all the eggs we were getting.” Some of them were eaten and some of them were incubated. Four chicks have joined the flock, but, they have to be kept separate from the adults.

In their natural Australia, the males sit and incubate the eggs, but our winters here are much too cold for them. The healds put a pen up in their living room to protect the chicks.

No, I don’t think Barb meant that Kevin slept with the eggs!

The meat of the emu is considered red meat. It is 97% fat free. Oils from the emu are penetrating oils and used in cosmetics. Their feathers are used in jewelry.

Barb is a pal-mac high school and cobleskil graduate and employed by the Wayne Central School District as a computer technology assistant in the Freewill Elementary building. In 1995, she was hired to work one-on-one with a student who used a computer. Barb had to learn it in order to help the student. It kindled a love of computers she didn’t know she had.

Eventually in every classroom,” Barb said enthusiastically, “there will be four computers for the students to use plus one for the teacher.

“I’ll go into the classrooms to train the students how to use the computers.”

Her husband, Kevin is the owner and operator of Reds Lanscaping. I know Barb’s brother John introduced them and, if I can ever catch Kevin near a phone, I’ll tell you his side of the story.

Her son, Timothy, 11, enjoys chorus, playing his trumpet in the band and all sorts of sports.

Jessica is a Girl Scout and reads: Gertrude Chandler Warner’s The Boxcar children.

“I love living where we live,” Barb said. “It is so park-like. It is a great place to raise kids, emus and in a few weeks, piglets.”

The next time you see Barb, ask her to show you her imitation of an emu’s awkward run (and hope she doesn’t trip herself up!)

Thanks, Barb, you are a Walworthian, with the accent on worth.


2018 Up-Date: The Heald’s now own and operate an RV park in Macedon, NY, along the Erie Canal.


14 Feb 2018, 1:36pm

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The Walworthians: Ed Parkhurst


The Walworthians


A collection of telephone interviews published in the Wayne County STAR Newspaper and Wayne County MAIL Newspaper, 1994-209

by Kate Chamberlin



Ed Parkhurst, Fireman

April 02, 1997


Ed Parkhurst is one of the people in our neighborhood. He has recently been elected the Walworth Fire Department’s Fireman of the Year.

For more than half his life, Ed has been involved with one aspect or another dealing with fighting fires. When he and about 8 of his buddies were 15 years old, they joined the Jr. Firematics in Norwich, Connecticut. They learned how to handle the hoses, operate the breathing apparatus and other intricacies of what firemen do.

There were also several training courses by the State Forestry Department that taught them how to handle brush fires.

Ed joined the East Great Plain Fire Department when he was 16, through the Explorer Scout program. Right after high school, Ed joined the United States Air Force. He became part of the Military Police. He was also a volunteer fireman in the Rome Light Delta Fire Department. He was stationed in Rome for two years and then transferred to Europe for four years.

He attended Alfred College after his stint in the service. He lived in a mobile home and was involved in the Willings Volunteer Fire Department.

He relocated to Williamson and, of course, joined the Fire Department there until moving to Walworth in January, 1986.

He lives with his wife, Linda, and their 17 year old cat Betty Boo.

“Not Betty Boop, but Betty Boo!” Ed corrected me.

A mutual friend introduced Ed to Linda when he was stationed in Rome. They dated and, well, one thing led to another. They were married on November 12, 1977.

Ed is part of the New York State National Guard based in Niagara Falls, as well as an EMT-D, ambulance driver and Treasurer of the Walworth Fire Department.

Ed also has a “day job” as General Manager of the Taylor Rentals where you can rent just about any party item you might need from dance floors, tents and tables to wine glasses, napkins and flatware.    Linda is employed by the U. S. Postal Service in the Ontario Post Office.

“The toughest fire I fought was in Connecticut,” Ed said. “It was arson. The owner of a factory hired people to burn it. They had disabled the main water line, so we had no pressure. It was an old building probably 200 by 90 feet wide and four stories high with oil soaked wooden floors. The factory made plastic coated cables, so, there were toxic fumes to deal with. It was winter, too!”

“We called in suburban departments who had tankers and pumps. We pulled up river water to fight the blaze, he continued. “It took over 13 hours to get it under control.”

(Hm-m-m-m. Do Firemen tell fire tales the way fishermen tell fish tales?

Ed said that while there are no “good” fires, the easiest fires are chimney fires. They are relatively small and easy to put out.

I can personally say, though, that when I was home with my two toddlers in 1978 and had a chimney fire, I was never so happy as to welcome those men I didn’t know into my home.

They responded quickly to the fire call and were efficient and courteous. Someone even came back later when my husband was home, just to be sure everything was Okay.

Ed said he likes the Walworth community because the people are friendly and easy to get to know.

“I really hope the community will support the Volunteer Firemen’s Retirement Plan,” Ed said. “It is a way of rewarding the volunteers who keep up their training and provide a quality service to our community.”

Congratulations to Ed Parkhurst, the Walworth Fireman of the Year. You are a Walworthian with the accent on WORTH.


2018 Up-Date: If you have an up-date on Ed, give me a call. Let’s chat.


1 Feb 2018, 6:24pm

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The Walworthians: The Cross Stitch Corner


The Walworthians


A collection of telephone interviews published in the Wayne County STAR Newspaper and Wayne County MAIL Newspaper, 1994-209

by Kate Chamberlin


The Cross Stitch Corner

January 22, 1997


The Cross Stitch Corner is the newest Walworth-Seely Connection. Pat Salisbury is the proprietress of this new venture. She is locating in the same building as Potpourri of Gifts, 2256 Walworth-Marion Road.

Cross stitching is done with a sharp needle threaded with DMC floss, Whisper thread (angora) or yarn. These come in a wide variety of colors for shading, detailing and textures. The design is worked on 14 or 20 count fabric or Hucks cloth.

“I had the designer Alma Lynn sign a graph of one of her designs for my daughter,” Pat said. “I have several Alma Lynn’s folksy designs in my shop for people to use.”

You’ll be able to choose such projects as Wall hangings, a tea cozy, pillows, banners and whatever your imagination comes up with.

Pat has worked 30 years in retailing and for Sears in their Credit Adjustment Department

“I know the customer comes first,” Pat stated emphatically. I’ll be offering everything a person needs to create, start, implement and finish a project.”

Pat will be offering classes, but said she’d be willing to stitch an item to your specifications if you really can’t do it yourself.

(Keep in mind, Dear Readers, that I am going to do one, so what is YOUR excuse for not trying to do one?)

Pat will be offering flexible class times for adults, so they can come in the evening or during the day, depending on their schedule. Sign-ups and requests may be made at the shop or by phone.

The cost for a three-week adult class is tentatively, $7.50 plus $10 for a kit.

Classes for children 8-years and up will be scheduled for Sunday afternoon, tentatively, from 1 – 2 P.M. The cost of the children’s three week class is, tentatively, $6.00 plus $5 for the kit.

Pat had a co-worker at Sears who said: You have to meet my brother!

Obviously, Bob’s sister was an excellent match-maker!

Pat and Bob were married and have lived in Marion for more than 28 years. As their two daughters, Michelle (Stonehem) and Kimberly were growing up in Marion, Pat was a Girl Scout leader, Band Mom and involved in numerous other community activities.

The Cross Stitch Corner’s grand opening is January 23 – 26, 1997.Thursday and Friday, January 23-24: 11 Am – 8 PM Saturday, January 25: 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday, January 26: Noon – 4 PM

“During the Cross Stitch Corner grand opening,” Pat said,” I’ll be offering a 10% discount. I hope to sell 5 skeins of floss for $1 all year around.

The Walworth Seely Connections: Potpourri of Gifts and The Cross Stitch Corner are located at 2256 Walworth-Marion Road; just east of Main Street. You can phone Edie Pasquini and Pat Salisbury at (315)986-7999, or, better yet, stop in and say “Good luck, Pat. Welcome to our neighborhood.”


2018 Up-Date: The Walworth-Seely building is now Roxy’s Beauty salon.

21 Jan 2018, 11:40am

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An Icy Story

Did I mention a fear of falling down stairs?  Add falling down icy ramps!


John held the Palmyra Court House door open for Dave, Tulip and me to exit the building yesterday.  We were there to see if the court would change his date, as John needed to attend a School Board meeting in order to graduate. We turned right to go down the ramp. I felt the slant and started to mince with little sliding steps  down the ramp holding  Dave’s hand  and Tulip’s harness. Dave was on my right, near the handrail.


My feet slipped out from under me. Dave jerked my right arm up to help stabilize me, but only managed to come down, too. I heard him say, “You pulled me down!” He’d landed on his back, knocking the wind out of him and somehow bruising his ribs. I landed on my left butt cheek, still holding his hand. I’m not sure why he didn’t grab the handrail on his right. I guess it all happened too quickly.


Someone said, “I’ll get the dog.”, but, although I’d dropped the harness, I’d kept hold of the leash. I suspect she was headed to greet  a young man that was near me!


Two young men were coming up the ramp and scrambled to get out of the way. One of them came to me and asked if I was okay and offered to help me up. I thanked him, but managed to get myself up; albeit a bit awkwardly. He asked again if I was okay, so I laughingly replied, “Yes. I’m well padded.”


I started to slip again, so he said he’d put his foot in front of mine, took my right hand and arm, and guided me down the ramp to where there was traction. Dave made the comment that we were going to sue, but, I shushed him. I suggested somebody should sand the ramp. I thanked him again and Dave grabbed my hand  and we proceeded to the van.


John said he was concerned that I’d hit my head and felt helpless about what to do.  We went to Yellow Mills for a bite to eat before John had to go attend the Pal-Mac School Board meeting for his government class.


This morning, Dave and I soaked in the hot tub, but my whole right side is sore. I’m using up my tube of asper-cream!


Be careful out there. It’s a nightmare.

January 9, 2018

Kate Chamberlin



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11 Jan 2018, 6:35am

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The Walworthians: Pembroke, Charles H.

The Walworthians: Pembroke, Charles H.


A collection of telephone interviews published in the Wayne County STAR Newspaper and Wayne County MAIL Newspaper, 1994-2009

by Kate Chamberlin


Charles H. Pembroke

January 15, 1997


Charles H. Pembroke is one of the people in our neighborhood. He was born in the farm house on the Sherbourne Road farm (which eventually became Charlie Hack’s farm. A portion of this land is being bought by the town as a green space.)

Charlie remembers one snowy winter watching his father walk to the barn. He bobbed IN AND out of sight twice in the snow drifts before young Charlie saw the barn door open. That’s a lot of snow!

Charlie’s Dad used a horse team and cutter to deliver the mail. Young Charlie would often ride with his Dad.

“I remember one time we were out on Plank Road, near Dan Frederick’s place,” Charlie said. “It was really cold, snowy and windy. The cutter hit a drift and turned over. I had to chase after all the letters that were blowing around.”

“That mail route is how come I know so many people in Walworth,” Charlie said. “The only person I wrote about in my book that I didn’t personally know was Mrs. Emily Huntley’s grandfather.”

He has a copy of his book with him in Florida and confirmed dates by looking them up in it. There’s also a copy in the Walworth-Seely Library.

In time, his family moved into town. Charlie attended the Old Academy in the cobblestone building for First and Second Grades. Then, for Third and up he attended the Academy.

He nearly lost his life when he was about 6 years old. He’d gone to the old mill with his Dad. Someone had left the grain bin chute door open. Charlie backed up and fell down with the grain that was about to be ground. Fortunately his absence was noted and he was hauled out just in time.

As a boy, Charlie had some leg problems. He had his father’s old hunting dog, Fritz, trained to pull him to school in a dog cart.

“I even had him trained to pull with a goat,” Charlie chuckled. “I used them as a team until one day the goat geed instead of hawed! There was a terrible fight. That was the end of that.”

He sold the goat, harness and all, to a State Trooper for $15.

He was graduated from high school in 1935 and began working with J. Seely. He learned how to be a mechanic on the job.

In November, 1929, he attended meetings of the Firemen with his Dad. There were about 500 people living in Walworth at that time.  He became a charter member. It was the beginning of what became a life-time of dedication to the citizens in Walworth.

“We were working a barn fire south of Walworth, when the old truck just died,” Charlie remembered. “We had to get a new one really quick. A guy near Buffalo had a home-made one, so, we bought it.”

Milt Bradshaw and Charlie drove the open cock pit truck with two tanks and a pump on the back. It was so cold they nearly froze.

When Charlie was Commissioner of the Fire Department, plans were developed to build a new fire hall. Rosalyn Herriman designed the new fire hall shortly before her death.

What is now The Auction Hall, used to belong to the Firemen. It was used to hold fund raising events.

Many Walworthians remember round and square dances there. Actually, Charlie was playing the accordion for dances in Williamson when he met Bertha vanHouter.

They were married December 24, 1938. In due time they had two sons, Burton and Vaughan.

Charlie told me that in all their married years, he and Bertha have never had a really bad argument. (I’ll get her side of the story next time!)

His son, Vaughan remembers they were a “fire family”.

“In the early days, they didn’t have radios and telephones. The fire calls would come into Youngman’s Store or our home,” he said. We had to trip a siren switch. “I would then run across the street to write the location of the fire on a chalkboard.”

Charlie’s wife, Bertha, and Katie Youngman were organizers of the Ladies’ Auxiliary.

These and many other stories will be shared at the dedication in Charlie’s honor of the newest Walworth Ambulance on Sunday, January 19, 2 P.M. in the Walworth Fire Hall.

Come help us honor Charlie Pembroke, a Walworthian with the accent on WORTH.


2017 Up-Date:  The Walworth Historical Society fund raiser features “Walworth, As I remember It” by Charles Pembroke. Charlie died in 2003



4 Jan 2018, 5:40am

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The Walworthians: New Year’s Resolutions

The Walworthians


A collection of telephone interviews published in the Wayne County STAR Newspaper and Wayne County MAIL Newspaper, 1994-209

by Kate Chamberlin


new year’s resolutions, 1995


There has been a cornucopia of area people, businesses, organizations, and events featured in this column during the past year. I contacted some of them to ask their thoughts about the coming year.

Arlene Lihou’s of Women AGLOW, said, “I have a desire for world peace and for people not to be in need of food and shelter; and, to know the love of Jesus Christ.”

Mrs. Jeanne Frey, D. A. R. Registrar, said,

“It has been such a busy year that I am Grateful to have made it through it.  Jean is looking forward to continued good health and lots of activities.

Donna Jeffers with St. Stephen’s Ministries, said,  “Our focus will be on continuing education with other churches in this area that also have St. Stephen’s Ministries.”

Rita Goebert, Reverse Curves Quilt Club, said,  “We are growing with new members.  We’ll be doing  a project for Faith Haven.  They are refurbishing three bedrooms.  We hope to   make a quilt for the home.”

“We’d like to make things to  share with other non profit organizations,” Rita said.  “We’re finding what fun it is to make reversible vests as gifts.”

Jan Mahoney, C. A. Palmer Fife and Drum Corps, said, “In the coming year, we’ll add to our list of songs, work on a set concert performance; and sharpen our marching maneuvers.

“My Dream/wish/hope,” Jan said, “is to get more memory in my computer, so we can computerize our inventory.”

My own wish for you during the coming year is that you feel needed; that you love and be loved; and that you have responsibility for what you know is worthwhile.

Copyright © 1995 by Kate Chamberlin; “Cornucopia”; Wayne County STAR Newspaper.


2018 Up-Date: Sometimes, when I read what I’d written decades ago, I’m surprised.  I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions or have solutions, but my wish for you during the coming year is, still,  that you feel needed; that you love and be loved; and that you have responsibility for what you know is worthwhile.



29 Dec 2017, 5:43am

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The Walworthians: Ormsby, Thomas R.

The Walworthians: Ormsby, Thomas R.


A collection of telephone interviews published in the Wayne County STAR Newspaper and Wayne County MAIL Newspaper, 1994-209

by Kate Chamberlin


Thomas R. Ormsby

November 20, 1996


Thomas R. Ormsby is one of the people in our neighborhood.

“Walworth was in shambles when we moved here 23 years ago,” he said. “They’ve done a great job cleaning it up, re-furbishing the houses and commercial buildings.”

Tom and his wife, Patricia, were living in Penfield when they began to look for a home in the country. They wanted it to be a relatively new home set back from the road. They searched for more than a year. On one of their forays into Walworth, they noticed a small sign that said “For Sale with land” on Walworth-Ontario Road.

“It was the kind of casual sign you’d put on a bicycle you wanted to sell,” Tom laughed. “We knew it was the home we wanted”

The Ormsby family moved into their home in October, 1973.

Their children, Steve, then 17 and Nancy, then 15, transferred into the Wayne Central School District.

Tom immediately began clearing trails on their 11-acre homestead.

“It was fun doing,” Tom said. “I could see immediate results!”

One of the results was a severe case of poison ivy that kept him out of work for several weeks!

Tom feels he has truly been a fortunate man, though.

He attended an all boy’s high school in Connecticut. One day when he was 16, he and a friend were driving home, they happened to see a gorgeous girl driving home from the Girl’s School. They took down her license plate number and asked the police for her address and phone number.

The girl was Pat. They dated for a while, but, they went their separate ways after high school. Pat went   to college and Tom joined the Navy. Eventually, they got back together and were married in 1954.

Tom’s job as a Supervisor of Control Design Engineers at Kodak allowed him to be home every night.

During the week, Tom would work on, in and around the house, but on weekends, they went camping. The tent was piled on top of the car and they spent quality time as a family.

“It was a captured audience. There weren’t any alternatives,” Tom said. “We played a lot of Monopoly and did all kinds of family activities. We had a lot of good times.”

Tom’s family values have shown up in our community, too.

He was an active member of the Walworth-Seely Library long before he became the Library Board Chairman.

“While I didn’t have a big hand in it,” he said. “I am very pleased with the new Town Hall and Library complex.”

When you enter the Library’s meeting room, you can see Tom’s handiwork. He made a special coat rack that can stand 6-feet tall for adults coats or lower to accommodate the children’s coats.

Working with wood is one of Tom’s hobbies.

A Pastor from England, Don Robinson, got him interested in carving walking sticks.

Tom carves a decorative, commemorative walking stick out of Basswood, willow or Boxelder.

Our Town Supervisor, Peg Churchill, has one with the Town Hall on it.

The true walking sticks have to be sturdier, so, they are carved from harder woods. He uses a special carving knife that is similar to a paring knife.

Tom made a sturdy walking stick for Ian Komorowski to use on his walking odyssey across America.

I first met Tom many years ago when his wife and I worked at the Teddy Bear Trail Nursery School. Pat had invited the children and teachers to have a picnic at their home.

I remember thinking that it brought Winnie-the-Pooh and the 100 Acre woods to life for all of us. Tom, of course, was our tour guide.

“I suppose it is safe to tell you that I was the Nursery School’s Santa Claus,” he said. “It was the greatest part-time job I ever had!”

Tom likes the charm of Walworth. He would like to see plans made to preserve its character.

I think with intelligent and compassionate people like Tom Ormsby working with us in our community, Walworth can continue to grow and be great.

Thank you, Tom, you are a Walworthian with the accent on WORTH.