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.



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