12 Oct 2017, 5:12pm

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The Walworthians: Caring Friends

The Walworthians: Caring Friends


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

by Kate Chamberlin


Caring Friends

November 09, 1995


Caring Friends, Inc. was started by Rudolph DeLesio in response to the need he saw as he and his friends drove his wife to and from radiation treatments.

After her death, he continued to dedicate his time to caring for friends, especially in the area of transportation.

People using this service are not charged. Money is raised through special events around the county and freewill donations.

Rides to medical appointments take top priority, but every effort is made to provide a ride for other occasions.

Janice Slack, a retired nurse and Caring Friends volunteer, recently provided transportation and much more to Jack and Martha McFall.

Jack was recovering from hip surgery and Martha is legally blind. They both had doctor’s appointments and needed a ride. Janice filled a big need for transportation. The stop for ice cream cones was just an added personal touch that meant so much.

In August the Wayne Area Low-vision Support Group a. K. A. The Lemonade Society used the new Caring Friends Van Service. Members were picked up from Newark, Lyons and Sodus to go to their summer picnic in Foreman State Park, Pultneyville.

The van’s passengers collected a freewill donation and mailed it to the office.

Caring Friends is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Carrier. This would enable them to be reimburse by the State for transportation costs on a per person basis.

Volunteers are a very big part of the success of Caring Friends. Volunteer day-time drivers with a CDL19A license are encouraged to call the Caring Friends office. This is an opportunity to put your free-time and talents to good use.

For more information contact: Caring Friends of Wayne County, Inc. 24 S. Park,  Clyde,  NY,  14433; Rudolph DeLesio  at 923-9862 or the  Ride Scheduler: Lucey Swanson  923-2541.


October 12, 2017 Up-Date: I’m not sure if Caring Friends is still available, but, I do remember how happy Jack and Martha McFall were to have the personal service in their time of need.


5 Oct 2017, 7:37am

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The Walworthians: Austin, Cynthia and Stephen


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

by Kate Chamberlin


Cynthia and Stephen Austin

October 05, 1995


What communicates with a variety of ear, body and tail postures, as well as humming sounds and an occasional spitting?

No, no. It’s not your mother-in-law!

Its tall enough to look an adult in the eye and its coat might become your coat.

Give up? It’s a llama.

I was close enough to a llama at the Wayne County fair in August to pet it. They’re not as exotic as you might think.

They have been domesticated as beasts of burden for centuries in Peru.

Their wool is popular now-a-days for its light weight and warmth. It is softer and less scratchy than sheep wool. Many people sensitive to sheep wool can wear llama and alpaca wool comfortably. The reason is because llama and alpaca wool has fewer scales than sheep wool.

Llama wool also has less lanolin on it, so it doesn’t need to be washed before carding, spinning and using.

Cynthia and Stephen Austin   have been raising llamas on their Wind and the Willows Farm since 1986.

“When we bought the farm,” Steve said. “The barn was unoccupied. We knew we wanted to raise some kind of livestock.”

He remembers the visits to the Catskill Game Farm with his grandparents.

“It was like having picture books come alive,” he said.

Cindy has similar memories of the zoo in Pittsburgh.

The only animal Steve and Cindy had when they were married in 1982, was a cat. They did some research and decided on raising llamas.

Along with an assortment of cats and dogs, they now have about twenty llamas. The llamas are gentle, trainable and make good pets.

The Austin’s two-and a half year old twins, Rigan and Brieanne, and four-year old Kaelen, are learning how to care for the llamas along with their 4-H group.

The 4-H’ers did well in the competitions at the Wayne County Fair as well as at the New York State Fair this year.

The 4-Hers adopt a llama and must do all the feeding, grooming, training and showing.

Among the many important aspects of learning how to raise and show llamas, are that they must be vaccinated and have a Health Certificate before they can enter them for competition or for sale.

The Austin’s will be hosting an open house for invited friends and associates who are interested in learning about llamas and llama raising at Wind and the Willows Farm in late October. There will be displays; grooming and spinning demonstrations; a vet from Cornell to answer your questions; tours of the barns; and a demonstration on llama housing choices. Other llama breeders from Buffalo, and Pennsylvania will also be available to answer questions.

For further information, call (315)331-4011 or the New York Llama and Alpaca Association, (518)622-8747; Lenore Whitcomb, President.


October 5, 2017 Up-Date: The number in the above article listed for the Austin’s is no longer valid and google resulted in zip results, so, I have no up-date for Wind And The Willows llama farm.


28 Sep 2017, 5:30am

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The Walworthians: Granger, Nancy and Harold


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

by Kate Chamberlin



Harold and Nancy Granger

September 28, 1995


Harold and Nancy Granger are two of the people in our neighborhood. Alaska has always intrigued Harold. About seven years ago when a couple from their Square Dancing Group recommended Camp Denali, they took a vacation to Alaska. The Wilderness Camp for Adults in Denali National Park was the high point of their trip. They went again the next summer for a month.

The owners of the camp invited them to become staff members for the following summer. They accepted!

Harold did much of the carpentry work to open a second lodge for guests and continues to help keep things inhabitable. Nancy helps out with the laundry, serving and everything else to make a guest’s stay enjoyable.

The main lodge is more like a motel, but the newer lodge is made up of several cabins. It has a main shower room and an out-house. It is closer to nature.

“The country is just incredible,” Nancy said as her voice trailed off into memorable thoughts.

She mentioned that they’d met a bear or two on the trail. “They went their way and we went our way,” she said as if meeting a bear was an everyday occurrence!

“It’s the people,” Harold said. “The owners and the guests are just the greatest.”

Nancy Scott was born in Union Hill and brought up on her parent’s farm in Walworth. After they sold the farm. Her parents lived on High Street (just around the corner from Bill Youngman’s family) Nancy’s Aunt Pearl Scott still lives there.

Harold and Nancy attended Walworth Academy, in what she called “East Walworth”.

When I asked her where East Walworth was, she said, “Well, it’s called Walworth now, but it used to be Lincoln, West Walworth and East Walworth.”

We agreed that it was getting even more complicated with Blue Heron Hills and Gananda as part of Walworth–or are they part of West Walworth?

The Grangers were married in 1950 and lived in Ontario for 25 years. She enjoyed being home with their five children, but when the youngest was in Kindergarten she became the bookkeeper for Paul Schreiber. It was a full-time job that lasted 25 years. Actually, she still goes in to help out from time to time.

In 1983, they moved into the home they built on a portion of Harold’s parent’s farm in West Walworth.

When I talked with Nancy, she was baby-sitting one of their nine grand-children. She spoke proudly of their son, Alan, who is the Swim Instructor at the Ontario Golf Club.

Harold was born in West Walworth and maintains that he is a permanent resident of West Walworth, He just had a temporary stay (of 25 years) in Ontario!

“When I was growing up,” he said, “West Walworth was sort of considered the wrong side of town, probably because it had a bar in the center of it. The elite lived on the east side of Walworth and then there were the rest of us…”

The bar he mentioned became a grocery store and now houses several apartments.

After High School at the Walworth Academy, Harold attended Illinois School of Technology and then graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. He was employed by Kodak for 36 years.

Traveling and photography are two of his hobbies. He as taken slides of their many trips and has them organized in carrousels. Occasionally he gives slide presentations to small groups. He has several terrific shots of bears in Alaska scooping salmon out of the river. His favorite subjects to snap are his grandchildren. He then enlarges the stills to admire or give as Gifts.

Harold is saddened to see so much building going on so near the Blue Heron’s rookery.

“If I ever win the lottery,” he said emphatically, “I’d buy up all the remaining land. Several years ago, I took a walk over where the Home-a-rama is. There were over 50 Blue Heron nests with fledglings in them. Where are they now?”

He hopes some of them will nest in the swampy area he owns behind his home.

Thank you for caring, Nancy and Harold. You are Walworthians, er, West Walworthians with the accent on Worth.


September 28, 2017 Up-Date: Harold and Nancy now live in a Webster graduated care village and are dealing with age related issues.


21 Sep 2017, 7:44am

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The Walworthians: Reverse Curves Quilt Club


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

by Kate Chamberlin

Reverse Curves Quilt Club

September 14, 1995

What do double wedding rings, log cabins, monkey wrenches, crazy eights and folded stars have in common?

Members of the Reverse Curves Quilt Club can tell you they are all names of quilt patterns.

On the 1st Tuesday from 10:00-2:– at the Presbyterian Church in Ontario, you will find members busy quilting. These are the “day quilters”. The “Evening Quilters” meet at 7:00 P.M. on the 3rd Monday of the month in each other’s homes.

Rita Goebert (597-5365) is the Secretary for the Reverse Curves. She puts out a newsletter to keep the quilters in touch with each other.

In 1973, several women persuaded Gwyn Bassage to share her knowledge and expertise about quilting. The “Quilting Bee” was revived!

They hoped to use the second floor of the former Walworth-Seely Library building as a meeting place. They made a quilt as a raffle item. The nearly $1000 raised was used to purchase carpeting and shelving.

Fired Code Regulations prevented them from using the upstairs, though. At that time, there was no fire escape.

An Historic Quilt was made to raise money to honor the Walworth sesquicentennial (150 years). (My claim to fame is that I did the Old Cheese Factory in Lincoln! Someday I’ll tell you why I wrote my name so big. )  The quilt now hangs in the Walworth Historical Museum.

A Signature Quilt was started to raise funds for the Walworth Bi-centennial (200 years). People donate a dollar and sign their name on a block (square of fabric). Gwyn has finished one quilt. There are many more signature blocks to be stitched into another one or two quilts.

Ethel Keeley (524-9073) had been quilting for “quite a few years” before she join the Reverse Curves. She attends the day-time meetings and looks forward to the friendship and sharing each month. She does everything by hand and wants to learn new patterns.

As Donna Gould (524-9665) neared her retirement after 20 years of teaching at Sodus High School, she vowed to join the Reverse Curves. She retired in 1994 and made good on her vow.

Donna likes to work only by hand and with cotton fabric. Her husband chose the Blue, mauve and Muslin color combination for the Double Wedding Ring quilt Donna is currently working on. She will teach other members how to hand stitch the Double Wedding Ring pattern during the April, 1996 meeting.

In the coming year, members hope to finish another quilt to raise money for Habitat for Humanity and to donate several baby’s quilts to Faith Haven, as they did last year.

New members are always welcome. You don’t need to be an expert to join. Their programs for the coming year include several demonstrations on hand and machine quilting, workshops to stitch on your own project and group projects that will be donated, a luncheon and a picnic.

If you’d like more information about the Reverse Curves Quilt Club, please contact Rita Goebert at 597-5365.


September 14, 2017 Up-Date: from Elaine Blankenberg, Member – Reverse Curves Quilt Group & Williamson United Methodist Church

Here’s an update : Rita….not sure what happened to her, but her name sounds familiar; Ethel…passed away; Donna…passed away

Our current officers are:

Chairperson – Kathie Syrell – ksyrell@rochester.rr.com

Co” –            Joyce Lyke – jlyke@rochester.rr.com

Co-  “ Carol Blackall – crbsew@aol.com

Secretary Jean Lemmon – JT1025@aol.com

Treasurer – Linda Taft.

You are always welcome to join us on the 1st or 3rd Tuesday at 10:00 at the Williamson American Legion Home.  We are a very active group and share a love for quilting.

Currently we are planning a PATCHWORK & PIES QUILT SHOW & BAZAAR to take place on Nov 4th at the Williamson United Methodist Church.

The quilt group will be displaying 70+ quilts in the sanctuary, selling their handmade items at the Country Store, raffling a quilt made by the group & also offering quilting demos throughout the day.  The members of the congregation will be hosting the bazaar portion with 30+ vendors, breakfast & lunch specials, baked food, local produce, scissors & knife sharpening clinic & selling PIES…LOTS OF PIES as a kick-off to their annual Pre-order Thanksgiving Pie Sale.



21 Sep 2017, 7:34am

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The Walworthians: Women Aglow

The Walworthians: Women Aglow


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

by Kate Chamberlin


September 21, 1995

Have you ever wondered about the small announcement in the newspapers about WOMEN AGLOW? My curiosity got the better of me. I called the number in the notice.

I found myself talking to Arlene Leenhouts. She told me that WOMEN AGLOW is an international organization of Christian Women of all denominations.

I asked her what ‘AGLOW’ stood for.

“well,” she said, “it means women aglow with the Christian spirit.”

According to the brochure she mailed to me, “Our mission is to lead women to Jesus Christ and to provide an opportunity for Christian women to grow in their faith and minister to others.”

The Walworth branch meets once a month for breakfast. Usually a speaker will address the group with her Christian witness. At the September breakfast at Blue Heron Hills Restaurant, Becky Harling was the guest speaker. She is the mother of four children and the Director of Women’s Ministries at Browncroft Community Church, where her husband is the senior pastor.

They had recently returned from a ten-day conference in Bolivia, ministering to missionaries. Mrs. Harling spoke about authentic Christianity, which she had titled “Taking off the Mask”.

On October 27-29, Women Aglow will be having a weekend retreat. Susan Goodnight will be the featured speaker.

The national convention is coming up in November. It promises to be very inspirational, uplifting and a great time of fellowship.

The worldwide ministry of Aglow is overseen by an international board of directors. Each nation also has its own Aglow national leaders.

You can experience discovery and recovery, and make new friends in Aglow Bible studies, prayer groups, and support groups, led by Aglow women.

If you are interested in learning more about Aglow, please contact Arlene Leehous at (315)986-3807.


September 21, 2017 Up-Date: Aglow began in 1967 with four women who expressed a desire to meet together as Christians without denominational boundaries. The first general meeting was held in Seattle, Washington, USA , close to where Aglow’s Worldwide Headquarters exists today.

Jane Hansen Hoyt

President/ CEO of Aglow International

Jane Hansen Hoyt serves as president of Aglow International, a worldwide outreach ministry that is impacting the lives of women and their families in 164 nations. Take a look at Jane’s blog.

Email: aglow@aglow.org



7 Sep 2017, 4:47am

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The Walworthians: Hounslea


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

by Kate Chamberlin


Melinda Hounslea

September 07, 1995


Melinda Hounslea is one of the people in our neighborhood. Although she’d been born in Binghamton, her family lived on a sheep farm in Pennsylvania during her grade school years. Her family moved to West Walworth in 1960. Melinda spent Grades 7 through 12 at Wayne Central. The older part of the current high school housed 7-12 at that time.

“The school district has really grown since I went there,” she said. “Now there are so many buildings on several campuses.”

I asked her if there was a small bar on Main Street in West Walworth when she first moved in.

“I don’t recall a bar,” she thought. “But I do remember there was a small grocery store.”

After graduation, Melinda worked at A. D. Data for a year before she landed a job with Bausch and Lomb. She is still with them as the Cashier for the Contact Lens Division.

Her hobby is collecting postcards. She and her father, Gordon, travel all over to shows and fairs. Her oldest postcard is a 1908 scene from West Walworth. She is always on the look-out for unique and/or old cards and duplicates for her collection.

She once told me to look for a little tiny symbol in the corner of the picture to know if it was really valuable. I’ll try to remember that if I’m ever on Jeopardy!

Traveling is another of her hobbies. She can combine doing shows with traveling! Her favorite spot to vacation in is Atlanta, Georgia.

“My brother, Stephen, is there,” she explained.

Family is very important to Melinda. She lives with her father since her mother, Patricia, passed away several years ago. They live in the home on Penfield Road where Stephen, John, Melissa and Andrew all lived when they were younger.

“I still feel the loss of Andrew, too,” she said. “I think that is why family is so important to me.”

Perhaps this is why she is so dedicated to the Neighbor Night Program at her Church in Palmyra. Every Thursday evening from 5:30 until 7:00 P.M. during the school year, she plays board games, cards, ping-pong and referees other games with the children who attend.

Melinda often helps to cook a nutritional dinner for them and, in general, provide a terrific role model.

“I’d love to see more of the neighborhood children come to our program,” she said with enthusiasm. “We really have a good time. If any of the adults want to volunteer their time, we’d love to have them, too.”

Thank you, Melinda. You are a Walworthian at heart with the accent on worth.

(The Palmyra Neighbor Night is held in the Zion Episcopal Church, 120 E. Main Street, Palmyra, 597-9236.

Mr. Ron Stein is Chairman of the Neighbor Night Steering Committee if you’d like to volunteer your time. Children aged 7 through 12 are invited to share the activities, dinner, and a good time each Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. Their new year will begin on Thursday, September 7th.)


September 07, 2017 Up-Date:

Melinda succumbed to breast cancer a few years after this article was published.

Realizing the importance of family, she was very dedicated to the Neighbor Night Program in the Zion Episcopal Church where she was a communicant, served on the Altar Guild and in St. Margaret’s Guild.  Melinda also spent many hours helping out in            a Soup Kitchen for homeless men in Rochester.

Melinda’s parents, Gordon and Patricia, and her brothers, Andrew and Steven, predeceased her. She is survived by her siblings, John and  Melissa with   her brother-in-law, nieces and nephews, who  were all very special people in Melinda’s life.

Mingled with our tears of sadness at her death, we have tears of joy that she was our friend.



31 Aug 2017, 5:23am

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The Walworthians: Reybrouck


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

by Kate Chamberlin


Marcia Reybrouck

August 17, 1995, Wayne County STAR Newspaper

Marcia Reybrouck is one of the people in our neighborhood. Perhaps you heard her being interviewed by Deborah Cauvel on WACK Newark Radio last May.

Raising sheep for their wool to spin and weave is just one of the many things this multi-faceted woman enjoys doing. She is an active member of the Spinners Guild. Her demonstrations at the Annual Sheep Shear Fest fascinate the youngsters and bring back memories to the oldsters.

Her family–she is related to a lot of people in Walworth!–and her church, the Second Baptist Church are the appreciative recipients of her carding, spinning, dyeing and weaving talents.

Along with her sheep on the farmette are four ducks, one Angora rabbit, one ferret, two dogs and one cat. I know Marcia has tried to spin the Angora rabbit’s fur, but I’m not so sure about the fate of the others!

Piece-work sewing for the Cross-eyed Sheep Crafts, owned by John and Beckie Kiever, provides pin (or should I say spin) money. The Kiervers make a variety of woven table runners, placemats and mug rugs. Marcia sews all the hems. They are then stenciled and sold at craft fairs.

Marcia thinks nothing of sewing up 400 mug rugs as “something to do this morning”.

Another thing she likes to do is sell Avon. During her 8 years as our neighborhood Avon lady she has reached the President’s Club level of sales. Her goal to make the Honor Society level of sales was thwarted by such a small shortage that she will be redoubling her efforts. That flash around town just might be Marcia making another delivery!

Marcia often shares her unbound energy with the foster children she cares for from time to time.

“Instead of shaking or harming a child, I’d much rather have young parents or an unwed mother put their child in my care for a while,” Marcia said. “It gives the parent a chance to cool down and maybe learn a better parenting technique.”

Marcia’s parents, Grant and Jerry Whitmire, often opened their home to foreign students through the Friendship Program. As teenagers, Marcia and her sister, Terri, spent 5-weeks in Japan visiting one of their exchange “brothers”.

It is no surprise that the Reybroucks have been a Host family for three years. Recently their week-end guest was a Japanese woman attending a summer program at Hobart-William Smith.

The Macedon FISH has her as one of their substitute drivers. She isn’t called often, but you can bet that she’ll be there when you need her.

Music during the annual Vacation Bible School sponsored by the Walworth Council of Churches will never be the same!  Marcia is this year’s Music Director and promises to have quite an interesting variety of songs. Her son, Dustin, is insisting on pre-approving her selections and will put them on tape. I can’t wait to hear what they have cooked up!

Marcia and her husband, Mike, live with their two children, Daniel, 14, and Dustin, 11, in Mike’s boyhood home on Macedon Center Road.

Mike has gotten into tree stump grinding as a side-line. He has a small Skid-steer loader that makes cleaning out yards a breeze. Dustin uses it to clean out the barn in 1/4 of the time it took Marcia to do by hand!

Last year, Daniel put a pumpkin out near the sheep pen for the ducks. This year, she has one humongous pumpkin on a luscious vine!

“A couple of years ago,” Marcia said. “Mike and I took SCUBA diving lessons. I’m very nervous on top of the water, but I’m much more comfortable under water. Besides, I thought we ought to have something to do as a family.”

Do you suppose someone should warn Mike that Marcia also thinks dance lessons would be a good “togetherness” venture?

Thank you, Marcia, you add spice to our life. You are a Walworthian with the accent on worth.


24 Aug 2017, 4:54am

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The Walworthians: Manca


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

by Kate Chamberlin


Evelyn T. Manca

July 06, 1995, The Wayne County STAR Newspaper


Evelyn T. Manca is one of the people in our neighborhood. She does decorative painting on ceramics and other media.

“I took a big chance when I moved my business out here from Fairport in 1987,” Mrs. Manca said during our telephone interview. “It was the best thing I’ve ever done. The people are so friendly and helpful.”

She felt the less congested area would be more conducive for creating and she hoped her students and clients would follow her. And follow her they did. They come from Bergen, Holcomb, Webster, Gates and Greece just to name a few areas.

Decorating ceramic pieces began as a hobby. Her first teacher, Carolyn Stevens, became her mentor. Eve went to school to learn her craft, then apprenticed with Mrs. Stevens until she closed her shop.

Eve said the time was right to open her own, home-based business. It enabled her to be home with her young children, Anitra and Christina, a wife to her husband, Richard, as well as be an entrepreneur.

The entire basement of her ranch style home on Sherburne Road has become her studio. Some of us ol’ timers will remember that Charlie Hack (Hack, not Haak. Haak is another family!) had built a home on either side of his for their daughters. Eve now lives in the one Duane and Karen Hamelink lived in; right across from the new Town Hall.

“I teach decorative painting techniques on ceramic and other media to adults and children,” Eve said. “My students range from beginners to advanced students who have been with me almost 10 years.”

As a Certified and Licensed Ceramics teacher, her techniques are far from the Paint-by-number type. The techniques include marbleizing, stenciling, brushing and staining on ceramics, fabrics, wood and tin.

“I am experimenting with water-coloring on different surfaces this year,” she said with the excitement of a new challenge sounding in her voice.

She charges $3 per lesson plus the cost of tools, brushes and other supplies (about $7). It might seem expensive for the first-time student, but, as you build up your inventory of tools and brushes, you don’t have to buy them again.

During the summer she holds classes especially for children. She has been enjoying working with a 4-H group. The members are charged a flat rate for each project. After the young artists have decorated their item, she fires each project in her own kiln to complete the item.

“It’s like Christmas every time I open the kiln,” she mused. “You can never get exactly the same results each time, yet, every time is exciting.”

Eve’s work has been used by Habersham’s in decorating a Home-a-rama house.

Her work can be found in Potpourri of Gifts, right in Walworth. Lovely white pitchers and collector’s plates with our town’s name on them are available. Custom names can also be painted on these and other items she furnishes Potpourri of Gifts on consignment. Eve also does a special Christmas plate each year.

If you’re interested in signing up for fall classes or need more information about The Village Studio, Eve Manca’s phone is 986-1487.

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


August 23, 2017 Up-Date: Evelyn still lives in Walworth and is enjoying retirement.

17 Aug 2017, 7:27am

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The Walworthians: Youngman, Bill and Arlene


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

by Kate Chamberlin



William J. Youngman

June 15, 1995, Wayne County STAR Newspaper


William J. Youngman is one of the people in our neighborhood. He was actually born in Walworth; (on February 20th) right in the house at the east end of sherburne Road. His folks rented the house until he was about one year old.

Bill has lived in Walworth his entire life. He can remember visiting the site of the original Walworth Academy with his father before they built the “new” Walworth High School. (Which, we all know, is now the Academy Apartments.

“When I went to school,” he recalled. “There wasn’t any Kindergarten. There was one teacher for the First and Second Grades, one for the Third and Fourth Grades, another the Fifth and Sixth, and another for the Seventh and Eighth Grades. Then we switched teachers for our classes in high school.”

Bill attended twelve years of school, but lacked enough English credits to actually graduate. He went into the Armed Services, instead.

He was in the Infantry (boot camp) and trained with the Air Born Glider Troops. He finished out his two-year military stint in Ordinance (distributing parts and pieces).

After the war, he worked for several months with his father doing carpentry work. He was then hired by Todd Printers. They printed checks and business forms.

During Bill’s 40 year tenure, he saw Todd’s be bought by Burroughs; who then merged with Sperry Rand. Unisys owned the company when it was sold to Standard Register. Bill retired two weeks before the sale was final.

Bill and his wife, Arlene, have lived on Center Street for 45 years. Although Arlene grew-up in Lincoln, she attended the Walworth High School. They knew of each other during school, but he didn’t REALLY meet her until she was a Senior. She was working in the Senior’s Booth at the Fireman’s Fair in Palmyra

They were married on January 4, 1947. They have four grown children:  Richard, is an attorney, Karen is an Assistant Vice-President for a Rochester insurance firm, Lori is an accountant and mother of Amanda and Jennifer. Lisa is a Speech Pathologist with BOCES #1 and the mother of Holly.

One of their fun get-away activities is to go to a cabin in Canada with his brother, Gordon, and his family. The next time you see Bill, ask him about the time they got the chipmunks drunk!

Along with raising his family and being employed, Bill is active in the Walworth Lodge, a Past Commander of the American Legion Post #1710, served on the committee for the Boy Scouts of America for 5 years, bowled with the Thursday Night Mixed League for 36 years and is presently President of the Walworth Cemetery Association.

“I have a lot of information on the cemetery,” he said, dying to talk about it. “It was established in 1852, but there are head stones in there dated 1826. It must have been a family burial place well before it was formally established as a cemetery.”

The Walworth Cemetery is located off Sherburne Road and commands quite a lovely view of the hamlet. Funds for the maintenance of the cemetery come from a 10% fee on each purchase of a grave site. That money is put into an endowment fund. Only the interest from the endowment fund is used for up-keep.

Donations toward this end are also gratefully accepted.

I assured Bill I would dig into this issue at a later date.

In the meantime, Thanks, Bill, you are a Walworthian with the accent on WORTH.


August 17, 2017 Up-Date: Memories of Bill, February 20, ?-June 14, 2011 , and Arlene, April 25, 1927-March 05, 2012,  will live on in the hearts of the many people they touched and deeds they did to help make Walworth a good place to live.

10 Aug 2017, 4:50pm

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The Walworthians: Carol Johnson


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

by Kate Chamberlin

Carol Johnson

June 01, 1995, Wayne County STAR Newspaper


You have an 8:07 A.M. flight out of Rochester International, but your mother is sick, your kids don’t drive and the neighbor’s car is in the shop. What do you do?

Drivers Unlimited, founded by Walworthian Carol Johnson, is your answer. In 1983 Carol began offering a service to drive you in your own car to the airport or anywhere that’s drivable.

Carol was a School Food Manager in Shortsville while her two children, Dan and Nancy, were growing up. She enjoyed the school hours, but, as her teens developed lives of their own, she saw the need for a transport service.

There were only two drivers when she started the business from her Walworth home.

“It has been a hard concept to market,” Carol said. “Our biggest competitor is family and friends!”

Drivers Unlimited offers the convenience of your doing your packing up the night before, the comfort of your own car and the reliability that your car is taken back home. If your car has a ski rack on top, you may not feel comfortable leaving it in the airport car park. You’ll enjoy your vacation knowing your car and rack are safely in your own garage.

The rate for this airport service is about $14 one-way with Midnight to 7 A.M rates being slightly higher.

Drivers Unlimited is also available on an hourly or contract basis to take seniors to regular doctor’s appointments, dialysis, or re-habilitation sessions. Multi-purpose trips to take you shopping and run errands after your appointment can be arranged.

You can also contract with Drivers Unlimited to do regular courier work for you or your business. The rates would be individually based on frequency and mileage.

A limousine service is also available. There isn’t a big call for limos in our area, so it is done on a sub-contracting basis.

The Car Re-location service entails driving you and/or your car to a destination such as driving you in your car to Florida. They can then leave you with your car or drive your car back home.

“Occasionally we have taken a car to a sea port to be transported to Europe. People then have their own car to use for touring”.

All of the services offered by Drivers Unlimited are available on a contract basis or by making a reservation to have an hourly rate. Attractive discounts are part of the contractual deal.

Carol now has 20 drivers. Each driver is screened for a clean license, safe driving habits and the ability to drive both standard and shift.

“Our drivers are very important,” Carol emphasized. “They are competent people you can trust.”

Carol told me about one client who was in a wheel-chair and had her own wheel-chair assist van. The drivers would take her to dialysis three times a week.

“That lady was such an inspiration to us all,” Carol said. “She had such a positive attitude, it became a “driving Miss Daisy” kind of job. Our drivers couldn’t do enough for her. They’d even make minor repairs on the van and carry-in her groceries.”

It is not uncommon for our drivers to stop in for milk and eggs on their way home from picking up a client at the airport.  All of our drivers are the kind that will go the extra mile for you.”

That extra mile was needed when they escorted a lady home after eye surgery. The lady was so glad to see her small dog that she bent down to pick him up. Her eye started to bleed all over. The driver made some phone calls and waited with the lady until medical help could come.

Carol will be a delegate for the Rochester Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners at the White House Conference on small businesses in Washington, D.C. on June 11 through 14. Two of the major issues the Rochester-Buffalo chapters will be raising for discussion are regulatory policies (reduce the paper work!) and income tax issues.

Carol would welcome your phone call concerning NABWO, her up-coming trip to Washington and, of course, to request a driver.

Drivers Unlimited is located at 3380 Monroe Avenue, suite 106, Rochester, 716-381-8750.

Thank you, Carol. You are a Walworthian with the accent on worth.


August 10, 2017 Up-Date: The are numerous “call on” outfits now-a-days, such as Uber, but none have the special services of Drivers Unlimited.