23 May 2018, 6:20am

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Friendship Recipe

I first used this poem in  May, 1999 and listed it as author unknown. When I googled the first line  today, I found this author’s name. She was, allegedly, born in 1985. Do you have any information on this poem and author?

Recipe For Friendship

Attributed to aashka thakkar

`Fold two hands together with an expressed dash of sorrow,

Marinate it overnight

And work on it tomorrow.

Chop one grudge in tiny pieces,

Add several cups of love,

Dredge with a large sized smile.

Mix with the ingredients above.

Dissolve the hate within you

By doing a good deed,

Cut in and help your friend

If he should be in need,

Stir in laughter, love, and kindness

From the heart it has to come.

Toss with genuine forgiveness

And give your neighbor some.

The amount of people served

Will depend on you.

It can serve the whole wide world

If you really want it to.


10 May 2018, 8:16am

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The Walworthians: Arturo DeVitalis, Potter

The Walworthians


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

by Kate Chamberlin

Arturo DeVitalis, Potter

December 03, 1997

“We can see so much more with our hands,” Arturo DeVitalis recently told me during our telephone interview.

Arturo is a potter who has been nurturing the gift of working with his hands for the past 25 of his 71 years.

“A man about in his 60s helped me unload my car at the Art Gallery one day,” he continued. “I noticed the pottery pieces next to this man and remarked how wonderful they were. He told me he was a surgeon. He, too, used his hands to see.”

Arturo uses his hands to shape lumps of clay into beautiful fire stoneware pottery.

“I’d like my pottery to enhance the sharing of food as people sit around a table,”  he said. “My values are hearth and home.”

Although he was born in New Jersey, he worked for a while for Texas Instruments in Texas, but moved to the Rochester area where his sister lived. He took a pottery course at the Rochester Art Gallery and knew it was what he wanted to do instead of a “straight” job.

“Something led me to it,” he said. “It still feels right’ to me.”

Arturo has two kilns to fire his pots. One is a 15 cubic foot kiln he uses for the first firing. The second is a larger, 65 cubic feet gas kiln for the final firing. The glazes he uses are, of course, lead-free and non-toxic. The colors are deep oranges, blues, tans and rich earth tones.

Each piece is decorated by carving or brush techniques that highlight that piece’s beauty and function.

You can feel if Arturo’s pottery is right for you at the Potpourri of Gifts and The Cross Stitch Corner Open House Friday, December 5 from 11:00 AM-8:00 PM; Saturday, December 6 from 11:00-5:00 and Sunday, December 7 from Noon-4:00 PM.

Arturo will be there to share his creations with you on Saturday morning. Be sure to ask him about the time a wild, 40-pound raccoon nuzzled him under his grey beard.

The Open House will also feature Connie Flood with her Barbie Doll creations and Barbie make overs and Michelle Stoneham with her American Girl Doll Clothes.

The proprietress of Potpourri of Gifts, Edie Pasquini, assures me there will be lots of in-store specials, tasty treats and an ornament drawing every hour on Saturday.

I know about Edie’s tasty treats! That’s why I’ll be there all day Saturday with my children’s book “The Night Search” to sell and sign. I’m going to donate a portion of my book proceeds to Guiding Eyes for the Blind. This is where Future was bred and trained. Eventually, I’ll be there to train with a new dog.

Potpourri of Gifts and The Cross Stitch Corner are located at 2256 Walworth-Marion Road. Phone: 315-986-7999.


2018 Up-Date: Alas, Arturo has moved to Florida with a wife. Potpourri of Gifts and the Cross-Stitch Corner are no longer doing business.


3 May 2018, 8:06am

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The Walworthians: John K. Reed

The Walworthians


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

by Kate Chamberlin


John K. Reed, Veteran

November 05, 1997


Talk about a coincidence and fact being stranger than fiction! Here’s a true mystery about a veteran’s missing memorial marker.

When Arlene Youngman’s older brother, John K. Reed died in September of 1978, his daughters, Donna Johnville and Gail Shepter, both of  Webster, wanted to have a Veteran Administration’s marker put on their father’s grave. He had been a Sargeant in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

They ordered the brass plaque, but it didn’t arrive in time for the funeral which was handled by Murphy’s Funeral Home, Ontario with burial in the Walworth Cemetery.

As a matter of fact, it didn’t arrive at all.

They tried to contact the VA and trace down the plaque, but, to no avail. In military parlance, that’s called SNAFU (Situation Normal: All Fouled Up).

In June, 1996, Bill Youngman and his long-time friend, Bill Suwijn, were working in the Walworth Cemetery. They are both on the Cemetery Committee and periodically work on the grounds.

“Were is John’s VA plaque?”  Bill Suwijn asked, noticing there wasn’t one on John’s grave.

Bill said, “It was ordered, but never came.”

It reminded Bill that when he and his wife, Arlene, were in Clifton Springs for a funeral, they’d seen a plaque with the name John K. Reed. Maybe it was Arlene’s brother?

Bill and Arlene Youngman contacted Patrick’s Funeral Home. The funeral director explained that He’d been visiting a monument maker in Warsaw and took this one as a sample, so, people could see what they look like.

The plaque is just sent and there is no way to trace it back if it is sent to the wrong place.

It is a standard VA brass plaque with the veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, date of birth and the date of death on it.

This one read: John K. Reed, Sargeant, United States Army, July 3, 1921 – September 12, 1978. With verifying documentation, they confirmed that it was, indeed, Arlene’s brother’s plaque.

Finally, after 18 years, John K. Reed’s grave in the Walworth Cemetery on Sherbourne Road is commemorated with a brass Veteran’s Administration memorial plaque.

Now, everyone can rest in peace.



26 Apr 2018, 5:03am

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The Walworthians: Gary C. Borkhuis

The Walworthians


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

by Kate Chamberlin

Gary C. Borkhuis

November 08, 1997.

Gary C. Borkhuis is one of the people in our neighborhood. He is a dedicated family man, entrepreneur and very active in our local community.

In 1967, Gary and his wife, Connie, were living in a rented home on Bills Road. They bought 5-1/2 acres from her uncle, George Frey and began to build the home they still live in today.

“I’ve always been an avid do-it-yourselfer,” Gary said. “I get it from my dad, I think, because, when I was thirteen, he built our home. It planted the seed for me to build my own home.”

Gary spoke about how he and Connie had an active hand in every inch of building their home, from pouring foundations to shingling the roof, to installing solar panels.

In 1969, they moved into their new home with their infant son, Michael. As they continued to work on finishing their home, they also added to their family: Rhonda, Michelle and David.

Gary, whose birthday is December 12th,  was graduated from Penfield High School in 1959 with a Regents Diploma. His special areas of interest were math, science and Industrial Arts. He joined the work force at Kodak through the Apprenticeship Program.   He took several engineering courses during his tenure at Kodak and accepted early retirement in 1991.

Well, he didn’t actually retire, he just retreaded. He took courses at FLCC in Horticulture and began a Tree Planting Business.

It seemed to me to be a big jump from tree planting to the car wash business, so, I asked Gary how he got interested in car washing.

“When I was a legislative assistant to Bob Oaks in 1993 and 1994,” he said, “I had to drive to Lyons several days a week. I’d pass a little car wash on the east side of Newark. I’m mechanically inclined and I wondered how it worked.”

Gary researched various car wash businesses and liked what he’d learned. It was a self-serve cash business where the customer provides his own labor and on-site inventory is low.

As he was planning his own car wash, he consulted with architects to design a building that would be both functional and efficient. He invested in quality equipment to maximize water efficiency. The reverse osmosis filter system assures each customer a quality, spot-free rinse.

He also collaborated with Barbara Cotnam of Creative Landscape Designs, because he felt an obligation to do a quality job of landscaping his business site to meld with the up-scale neighborhood.

Now that he has his own car wash in the Gananda section of Walworth, he’s finding out that owning a business that is open 24-hours a day is a lot like owning a dairy herd!

“We have to check on the building, supplies and machines several times a day!”  He lamented. “We will have to hire someone to take care of the car wash whenever we go to visit one of our grown-up children.”

Gary feels that the Gananda area has, of course, made the biggest change in the town make-up since he’s been living here, and yet, Walworth has the feel of the old Penfield area he grew up in years ago.

“I’d like to see more business development brought into Walworth,” he said. “I’d like to have the area from West Walworth to Canandaigua Road, zoned a commercial/industrial corridor. We need to have a bank, grocery store, a restaurant and a drug store to revitalize the hamlet. Maybe even a Senior Citizen’s Complex.”

Oh, Dear Gussie, spoken like a real politician! Actually, Gary has given a lot of thought about what he’d like to facilitate in our town and how to do it. He is running for Walworth Town Supervisor.

Hm-m-m-m, I could advise him about blending an up-scale Senior Living Center with a quality Child Day-Care Center!

Well, whatever the election out-come is, Gary, thank you for being a Walworthian with the accent on worth.

2018 Up-Date: Obituary: Borkhuis, Gary C.

West Walworth: Tuesday, April 30, age 71, peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer. Predeceased by his parents, Claude and Helen Borkhuis and his sister, Sharon Wink. Survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Connie Frey Borkhuis; 4 children, Michael Borkhuis, Rhonda Borkhuis, Michelle (Brian Whitcomb) Borkhuis, David (Gianna) Borkhuis; 7 grandchildren, Jonah, Liam and Sam Whitcomb, Catalina, Marianna and Calvin Borkhuis and Macarana Dias; brothers, Ronald (Donna Lowry) and Dale Borkhuis; several nieces and nephews.

Gary retired from Eastman Kodak Co. He served on the Walworth Town Board and owned and operated Quality Tree Planters, Fairway Car Wash and Evergreen Hills Self Storage. He was a long time member of the Pultneyville Mariners Sailing Club.

Friends may call 12-3PM Saturday, May 11th at Willard H. Scott Funeral Home, 12 South Ave., Webster with services to be held immediately following. A celebration of Gary’s life will continue at West Walworth Fire Hall, 3870 West Walworth Rd., Walworth, NY 14502. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the West Walworth Fire Department or the Wilmot Cancer Center.

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on May 5, 2013


20 Apr 2018, 7:29am

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The Walworthians: Jay Harding, Canal Lock #60

Jay Harding, Canal Lock #60

November 01, 1997

The Walworthians


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

by Kate Chamberlin




Jay Harding, Canal Lock #60

November 01, 1997


There are 363 miles of the Erie Canal running from Buffalo to Albany. Many people gave their blood and sweat, not to mention their lives, just to construct the Macedon corridor of the old Erie Canal. Their efforts are not going to be just a note in the history books.

The Green Way Project, the Restoration of Lock 60 and the Revitalization of the Canal Trail are three efforts that will become living museums. There is a State Trail System for walking that will eventually hook Albany and Buffalo. In the Turk Hill area, a 10-mile stretch of the walking trail is now open.

Locally, Jay Harding, an Electrical Engineer with Rochester General, conducted narrative walks In Palmyra Between Maple Street and Aqueduct Park During Canaltown Days this year.

“I have Canal Fever,” Jay says. “My curiosity about a rock I used to drive by has turned into a job with no pay!

He took his children, Megan and Matthew, to see Lock 60 and now he has an insatiable hunger to know as much as he can about the structures and history connected with the canal.

For example, originally there were two change bridges in Macedon. The committee recently rescued an 1858 change bridge that a farmer had moved to Garangua Creek. The bridge was originally located in Aqueduct Park.

The change bridge allows animals to move from one side of the canal to another.

This one is the only surviving, dated, cast-iron change bridge. Most of the others were dismantled for the metal.

Other structures of interest are two modern Barge Locks, 29 and 30; an old, abandoned Power House; the spill-way into Mud Creek at Aqueduct Park; and, of course, the large section of the old Clinton’s Ditch that is located in the Macedon-Palmyra corridor.

The committee has been financing restoration and research projects through low interest loans and HUD Grants.

The new funds that were recently allocated in New York are ear-marked for the Mid-Lakes Navigation and will be supporting new marinas and services spaced a half-day’s trip from each other along the canal. The funds will not be available for the Lock 60 Restoration.

Greg Stearns, a Brighton Fireman who lives in Walworth, is one of the handful of volunteers who believe in the value of restoring Lock 60. He bought a second-hand mower to keep the grounds neat.

“I bought the mower,” he said, “because mowing is a great stress reducer. And, besides,  you can’t see the beauty of Lock 60 unless the grass is cut.”

About five years ago, Greg read an article about the work Bill Ryder was doing on Lock 60. He phoned Bill and decided to visit the site.

“The first time I walked through it,” he said, “I could almost feel what it must have been like when people were building it. It was like an on-the-job technical school. It’s important to me to preserve our heritage.”

Bill Ryder was bitten by the Canal Bug in 1986.

“Randy Conard, a Macedon Elementary teacher, asked me to teach a students’ workshop. I said I didn’t know what to do it on and she suggested the lock off Quaker Road. I’ve lived near the canal a long time, but, I had no idea there was a lock there.!”

The first time he visited Lock 60, he had to fight his way through sumac, weeds and trees that had all but taken over the entire north and south sections. Bill began reading all the books he could find on the early canal.

“Mostly it was to stay one step ahead of the kids,” Bill exclaimed, “but, then I found I really enjoyed it and kept digging deeper.

One of the facts he discovered was that around 1963 or so, Dave Tabor and the Yorker’s Club cleaned out the lock. The trees had begun to push the big stones along the walls out of place. They didn’t have enough man-power to do a thorough job, but it helped to push back the ravages of time and nature.

In 1976, Gus Marvin and John Zimmer were instrumental in getting the town to donate gravel and highway workers to donate their time to put in a gravel access road from Quaker Road.

“I’m hoping that people will realize what a valuable resource we have here. It’s a living legend,” he said. “We’re here because of what has happened in the past.”

Bill feels a personal tie to the canal. His ancestors were among the early settlers in Lyons.

“There used to be an historic marker near the old bridge they took down,” he said. “I think the marker is in the Canal Park now.”

The volunteers who work on the research, restoration and preservation of Lock 60 are of like mind: This is our heritage. With a little bit of kind care and attention now, the life of these monuments marking our progress as a people, can be preserved for another century.

If you would like to join this elite, volunteer corps, contact Jay Harding at 597-2651 or Bill Ryder at 986-4721.

20 Apr 2018, 7:23am

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The Walworthians: Terence Wolfe

The Walworthians


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

by Kate Chamberlin



Terence M Wolfe

October 24, 1997.

October 24, 1997.

Terence M Wolfe

October 24, 1997.


Terence M Wolfe, Jr. is one of the people in our neighborhood. Well, he hasn’t exactly been living in our neighborhood for many years, but, he’s home with his parents, Terry and Gail, until January.

After graduating with the Wayne Central Class of 1986, he joined the U. S. Army. During the last 2 years of his 6-1/2 years of duty, he was stationed in Korea and specialized in Air Traffic Control.

He became immersed in Korean culture and elected to stay in Seoul after his discharge. He attended the Yonsei University to study the Korean language and culture.

“Now with my emphasis on Korean language,” he calmly said with self-confidence, “I’ve done a 180-degree turn from what I started out doing in the Army,  The Air Traffic Control experience was interesting, but, with the stress factor, the job began to wear thin.”

It is obvious when you talk with Tj, that he is found a nitch he’s comfortable in. He softly and knowledgeably spoke about studying the culture: history, language and customs of Korea.

He supported himself by teaching English as a Second Language to students and business people. As his expertise in Korean grew, he did some translating on a consultant basis. He anticipates completing a Bachelor’s Degree at a west coast university here in our country. He sees his options as remaining in academia and researching Korean language, continue teaching either Korean here in America or go back into teaching English in Korea.

Interpreting for international business or being in the diplomatic field are all possibilities along with court reporting or international trade.

For now, though, TJ is filing a petition and working his way through the red tape to bring his wife into the United States.

“Kang Eun Jin has been to the States on a tourist visa,” Tj said, “but, this time she’ll be here for longer than 90 days and we need an Immigrant Visa. We hope she’ll be here in a few months.”

One of the time honored customs of the Korean people is for a married woman to keep her family name and it is listed first. All of the legal documents and official paper work lists Tj’s wife in the traditional manner: Kang Eun Jin.

“Sometimes, when Koreans come to live here,” Tj said, “they westernize their name and it causes confusion as to which is their first or last name. For the legal aspects, we’ll use her Korean name, but, for the social aspects, we’ll be introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe. It makes the people your with more comfortable to observe the local customs.”

Tj told me that when a girl marries, she cuts her hair short and wears a wedding band to indicate her status.

I’m sure that Dr. Laura would be happy to know that there is no shacking up tolerated in Korea.

“I received a call one night from a Canadian friend,” Tj said. “His girlfriend had a friend with her and they needed a fourth. We hit it off the bat and had a 15 month whirlwind romance.”

Tj found that the Korean people, on a personal level. Are friendly, but, within the business networks, the barriers are very evident.

“The Korean students work harder and go to school a lot more than we do. Their school day might go from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM,” Tj said. “There is a lot of emphasis on OUR language, OUR country and OUR people, rather than THE language, THE country and THE people. Friendship circles are begun very early in life and held onto throughout life. National patriotism and personal loyalty is built into the educational and social systems!”

Thank you, Tj. You are an international Walworthian we are proud to know. We extend a hug and a warm welcome to Eun Jin.

You are Walworthians with the accent on worth.


 2018 Up-Date: none

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.