24 Jan 2019, 6:48am

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The Walworthians: Visionaries

The Walworthians


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

by Kate Chamberlin




August 21, 2003

My hand moved across the thick folds of the garment and landed on a knee. With both hands I caressed the athletic calf muscle down to a well-turned ankle onto a powerful foot ending in blunt toes.

“Yes, that’s quite a muscle,” a woman’s amazed, throaty voice exclaimed.

My hands found that the other foot was artfully poised behind the first ankle.  The garment was provocatively cascading around both legs.

Another woman’s soft, sensuous voice encouraged me to move my hand upwards.

I traced the smooth, cool, bare thigh up the side of the torso to the shoulders and back out along the arm to a very smooth, flat, round surface. A much smaller hand was also on the oval. I traced this little arm to the wings of the little cherub and his bare bottom.

“Now find the other hand, the soft voice challenged me.

My hands retraced the right arm and across the chest.  It was, however, a perky, little breast.  To my surprise, this was not a virile, young male’s athletic body, but a nubile female in love and on the verge of womanhood.

Have you guessed by now that I’m in an Art Gallery exploring the white marble statue “Love’s Mirror” carved by Nicola Cantalamessa-patotti  in 1875?

Jim Fleming of the Visionaries Club for seniors with low vision and Faith Bell of the Webster Community Center had invited Anne Hotchkiss and me to join them on a special trip into the University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery for a program called: The Art of Visualization for the Visually Impaired.

Our docents Diane, Mary, Heidi and Suzy escorted us to the third floor of the Cutter Union. A Museum object was set before each of us at one table and we were encouraged to feel, describe and discuss the item. It turned out that we each had an elephant, but each was very different from the other. They ranged from large to small, realistic to abstract, soft materials to hard as well as varied in details. They were all recognizable as elephants by the trunk and tusks.

Another table was set up with all sorts of scooping implements.  They ranged from the very simple wooden Dixie paddle to the intricate and tiny, souvenirs spoons commemorating numerous places to a spaghetti scoop to a dirty, well-used garden trowel.  The first challenge was to identify each, then group them into categories such as wooden or metal or plastic for other members to guess the common characteristic.

After the large group presentations, we went exploring. Susan Dodge-Peters Daiss, the Director of Education, became the docent for Anne and me. She is a petite, soft-spoken woman with lovely white hair tamed with a headband. Her exuberance and enthusiasm were echoed with each quick flip-flop of her sandals and clinking of her dangling shell earrings. She guided us up the wide marble stairs of the main section and into the ballroom. We went through the arch into the side gallery where “Love’s Mirror” is on display. She had me put on latex gloves and turned me loose like the famous five blind men when they first touched an elephant.

I was enthralled. I was in ecstasy. I was in tangible heaven.  It was awesome to feel the power and sensuousness of the statue’s beauty; the Sculptor’s strength and skill in using his chisel, and the life and love the marble emoted.

Our wonderful morning culminated at Bert’s Bistro in the Webster Community Center for lunch. Fortunately, the heavy rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Visionaries trip to the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. Thank you, Jim, Faith and Suzy.

2019 Up-Date: The Visionaries are still going strong. Now, under the guidance of Ed Wilconski and meet in the Webster Senior Center on the first Wednesday of each month.

17 Jan 2019, 6:40am

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The Walworthians: So Cute, Sew Cute Doll Club

The Walworthians


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

by Kate Chamberlin



So-Cute, Sew-Cute Doll Club

August 14, 2003

As the old school bell tolled, beckoning the visiting dignitaries to the 1863, red-brick two-room school house, they smiled at the “students” playing on the old iron swing sets in the play yard and entered to read the welcoming message on the real, slate blackboard.

The class began with a reverent prayer and sincere Pledge of Allegiance to our flag of the United States of America. Then the students sat down to begin reading about Dick and Jane. As it happens, these students are real dolls and their owners who are just antique little girls (also known as Grandmothers), like the way some things used to be!

“Using the theme of “Back to School With Dick and Jane” for our August Doll Club meeting seemed very appropriate,” said Jane Culver, a Palmyra member of the So-Cute, Sew-Cute Doll Club and Recording Secretary for the Col. Wm. Prescott Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “Our meeting was in the Orleans Community Center which was a two-room, red brick school house for years.”

Culver has lost count of how many Shirley Temple dolls she has, but admitted to “a lot of them”. The original patent was owned by Ideal in 1930, but, other doll makers came out with imitations and called them Little Miss Movie Star dolls.

Dolls were made with cloth bodies and stuffed with sawdust. They were re-released in the 1950’s in connection with the re-releases of the Shirley Temple movies; and again in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Each time there is a release, collectors will try to get a sample for their own collection.

Culver’s Temple doll in near-mint condition Is Little Miss Colonel.  Although she is missing her hat, she has her original socks, shoes, dress and even under-wear.

Many of the Doll Club members make clothes for their dolls and will perform minor surgery on “injured” dolls. The phrase “so-cute, sew-cute” can often be heard during meetings when they show and tell about their doll’s outfits, adventures and heritage, which is how the club got its name.

Barb VanHanegen of Clifton Springs, belongs to the So-Cute, Sew-Cute Doll Club as well as the Federated E. Bloomfield Doll Club and has several doll collections. When she retired from nursing six-years ago, she became interested in finding her childhood dolls and the ones she could have had. She started attending doll shows, auctions and garage sales searching for the Saucy Walker doll she had when she was about 8- or 10-years old. Along the way she began her collection of Fashion Dolls of the 50’s. It includes, among others, Miss Revlon and Toni. The other collection she calls Play Dolls of the 2000’s includes the American Girl dolls and Gutz dolls of Baldwinsville.

When Robert Connor issued a re-make of her 1950 Betsy McCall doll, she knew she had to have it, also. She admits that she’s paid anywhere from less than a $1 at a garage sale to “about $190″ for one doll.

She enjoys finding period fabric for her dolls and making them outfits appropriate for that era.

Oh, Dear Gussie, I can just see how this August meeting of the Doll Club ended: The Dick and Jane Readers were carefully put back on the shelf, the extra refreshments were put into their hampers, the room swept and the chairs straightened. The blackboard was erased, and maybe someone even went out back to clap the erasers clean. Then each antique little girl lovingly tucked her dollie under her arm to leave the old school house with a smile on her face and warmth in her heart.

2 Jan 2019, 7:38am

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The Walworthians: Red Hat Society

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 Red Hat Society

July 10, 2003

We walked in amid the usual hub-bub of a hotel restaurant at lunch time and found our seats.  Bob Keller leaned over and said there was another group in the restaurant. The women were notable for their purple outfits and they all had on red hats. Of course, my curiosity was piqued, so I asked Alice Marks if she’d check it out. She returned with several informational pages and a phone number for me to call.

It was the Red Rose Hats Society of Newark.  The spirit of the society forbids that they make rules, however, there are some suggestions:

*You must attend functions in full regalia — red hat, purple outfit for women 50 and over or pink hat and lusty lavender outfit for women who are younger.

“It’s actually to celebrate age,” said Grace Krueger, Queen Mother of the Red Rose Hats Society Newark Chapter. “We started as a group of women who liked to go for lunch each month. The letters of our group stand for: Really Only Some-thing Entertaining (to do by). Happy and Talented Seniors.”

They have had luncheon teas at the Quality Inn, The Corner Restaurant, the Country Club and other local eateries. They are looking forward to having lunch in the Little Tea Room in Phelps; and in the Holidome during the State Convention for the National Red Hat Society in October.

The members of the Red Rose Hats do a lot more than just have teas each month, though. They have opted to do charitable works such as donating useful “wish list” items to St. John’s Hospice House in Clifton Springs, women’s shelters, the Humane Society, and Victim’s Resource Center; making monetary donations to the Newark Public Library; and hostessing a tea at the DeMay Living Center, as well as singing Christmas carols and doing volunteer work when they see a need.

There is also a Red Hat Chapter in Marion. Their members are from all over, where the Newark group is basically Newark women. Although the Newark Red Rose Hat Society is currently closed at 25 members, you can contact Queen Mother Grace Krueger 331-4027 to be put on the lady-in-waiting list.

The Vice-Mother is Cheryl Chapman.  For information about forming your own chapter, visit the Queen Mother Board (the National Web-site) : http://www.redhatsociety.com/chapter.html.



21 Dec 2018, 1:33pm

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The Walworthians: Winifred Pease

The Walworthians


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


by Kate Chamberlin


Winifred K. Pease

April 01, 1999

Winifred K. Pease is a quiet, faithful woman and one of the people in our neighborhood. She was recently honored by the United Methodist Church of Walworth as their Volunteer Lay-person of the Year.

Each Methodist church in the Rochester District elects one of its members to receive the honor and be recognized during a special banquet. The first recipient from the United Methodist Church of Walworth was Helen Schultz, followed by Bernie Porray, Gerry Lonneville and Jessie Keymel (1998).

In a tribute her church put together to honor her during the banquet, Dorothy Secora said: “Winnie is a quiet, faithful woman who leads others to Jesus.”

When I asked Pastor Anne O’Connor to tell me about Winnie, she said, “I second the tribute to Winnie being a quiet woman of faith.”

Gerry Lonneville, the church secretary, said, “She is one of our most, dedicated and faithful members. She’s a real worker!”

It’s not hard to see why Winnie Pease was elected to receive the award this year. Among the many offices and activities she has experienced during her 41 year membership in the Walworth congregation are: financial secretary; church Treasurer for 25 years; Administrator of the Executive Council for 12 years; participates in the choir, the United Methodist Women’s Society and the Couples Class.

Her professional career as a teacher includes four years of teaching in Nunda, nine years of teaching in Webster and then retiring after 16 years of substituting at the Walworth Elementary School.

When Winnie was teaching in Nunda, a colleague invited her home and introduced Winnie to her brother. His name was john and he became Winnie’s husband. Winnie and John have one son, Christopher. He is an LPN and Massage Therapist in Rochester.

Since moving to Walworth in 1958, Winnie agrees there have been many changes in our town.

“When we moved here, it was a rural, farming community,” she said. “We could see more and more people coming, especially with Gananda and Xerox. Just on my street alone, there is only one family still here from when we moved in.”

“I guess it’s the changing of the guard,” she said a bit philosophically. “The old guard dies off and the new moves in.”

She noted that when they moved in Brockman’s Grocery was in town, the Fire Hall was at the foot of Orchard Street, the Grange still owned their building and even had meetings upstairs, the Post Office was on the corner of Main Street and Walworth-Marion Road. The Walworth Hardware Store was Jack Wick’s and next to it was Youngman’s Variety Store complete with a soda fountain.

“People move here for the rural atmosphere,” Winnie said. “I think the town is doing a good job of trying to preserve green spaces, so we can all enjoy our rural community.”

Winnie isn’t real excited about the architecture of the new Walworth Town Hall, but thinks having one place for the library, town offices, police and other organizations is a good idea. She sees where having a family oriented YMCA, too, would complement the active recreation program we already have.

Thank you, Winnie, with all of your varied interests from church activities, to teaching, to Concerts in the Park and community evolvement, you are truly a Walworthian with the accent on worth.

2018 Up-Date:

Winifred Adele (Knight) Pease



Walworth: 9/3/16, 95. Peacefully at home after a short stint with pancreatic cancer. Born at home 6/9/21 in Cato, N.Y. to Dr. Harold Fuller & Cora Carter Knight. Predeceased by her husband, John Norwood Pease, parents, formerly of 200 Brooks Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., brother Dr. Harold Fuller Knight, Jr., nephew Harold Christopher Knight, sister Millicent Roberta Wickman. Survived by son Christopher John, 59, of Walworth, N.Y., 11 nieces & nephews, several grand & great-grand nieces & nephews, special great-grandniece lmara Elizabeth Stevenson, 5, of Madagascar Island, E.A., cousins, and close cousin Lucille Heck of Alton, N.Y. #37 school, West High ’39, Geneseo State Teacher’s College ’43. Arethusa Sorority. Taught in Nunda, Webster & Wayne Central schools, retiring in 1982. 58 year member Walworth United Methodist Church, serving over the years as secretary, treasurer, and alto section choir member. Gifted pianist & organist. Active member of Women’s Society (famous for her pies!), and was Aldersgate class’s Sunshine Lady until July. Winnie & John enjoyed travelling together and separately. After John’s death in 2005, she was a frequent traveler up until she turned 93.

Winnie’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 24th, at 1 P.M. at the W.U.M.C., corner Main & Church streets, Walworth, with Pastor Jaque Ruth officiating. Reception to follow in the Friendship Room. At Winnie’s specific request, in lieu of flowers please donate in her name to either the Arethusa Sorority, Gamma Chapter, State University of New York, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, N.Y. 14454, or the W.U.M.C. Furnace Fund, 3679 Main Street, Walworth, N.Y. 14568. Cremainment at the convenience of the family this summer Springbrook Cemetery, Sterling, N.Y. Arrangements entrusted to Steven’s Funeral Home, Marion, N.Y.

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Sept. 18, 2016

12 Dec 2018, 4:02pm

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The Walworthians: Lemonade Society

The Walworthians


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

by Kate Chamberlin



Making Lemonade for 10-Years!

September 19, 2002

The Wayne Area Low- to No-Vision Support Group a.k.a. The Lemonade Society is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this month.

“When a spouse or partner experiences vision loss, both people are likely to face many emotional and practical, challenges,” said Carol Sussman‑Skalka of Lighthouse International. “For those with vision loss, vision rehabilitation services can make a difference in regaining control over their lives. While their sighted partners often are their most steadfast allies, they also undergo a significant life change and face many difficulties of their own. Both can feel isolated, and at a loss as to what to do and how to help each other.

“Support group programs can offer   opportunities to meet others in similar situations to share concerns, clarify feelings, receive support, compare solutions, get information, as well as learn about resources that can help them cope with, and better understand their situation.”

(Paraphrased From: Programs for Partners of People with Impaired Vision by Carol J. Sussman‑Skalka, CSW, MBA and Verena R. Cimarolli, PhD Lighthouse International)

The first meeting of the Newark Low-Vision Group was in September, 1992. It was held in the Board Room of the Newark Public Library from 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

Amy Tolle, the former Out-Reach Co-Ordinator at the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, started two support groups for adults with low- or no vision. One group was in Phelps and the other was in Newark.

The Charter Members in Newark were: Florence DeClark, Millie Cummings, Leah Young, Leah Wright, Mickey Villani and Rose Clark. Kate Chamberlin began as facilitator in November, 1992.

The Phelps members became known as the Lemonade Auxiliary and attended meetings and activities with the Newark-based members. The Lemonade Chat Room first began November, 1996 to continue giving support to two Charter Member Lemonaders and other residents of the Wayne County Nursing Home.

Our newsletter is called The Lemon Peel. Its regular features are Thinking Of You, Kudos To, What’s Cooking (at the next meeting), What’s on the Back Burner (meetings and events we’re planning), Lemon Squeeze (special birthday or person to call that month), and member contributions such as Millie’s Musings, Alma’s Axioms, A Moment With Mickey and Kate’s 2-Cents. The first issue was in July, 1993. The Lemonade Chat Room news was added in November, 1996. Several of our members now receive the Lemon Peel via e-mail.

Throughout the years we have had such speakers as Marilyn Longhouse, NLS; Mark Guillette, Office of the Ageing; Amy Tolle, ABVI; Pat Stalker, NLS; Dr. Kornfeld, of Pearl Vision; Dorothy Green, ABVI-Goodwill director of Services; Jack Griffith, of the NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped a division of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Susanne Lederer, the Mobility Counselor with the NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped a division of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.

Some of our outings have been to have lunch during an Erie Barge canal boat ride, picnic at Foreman State Park,  pot luck picnics at Kate Chamberlin’s home, brunches at Osmond’s, Taranwould Country Club, Stevinos at the Newark Country Club, Perkins, DaDa’s, Bridge Tavern, Macedon Hills and Cross Park Restaurant,  annual  old-fashioned picnics with the Lemonade Chat Room and several meetings at the Armstrong Senior Living center, as well as attending the described performances at the GEVA Theater and sharing DVS videos.

Some of our themes have been: Coping Strategies, Sharing Medical information and Doctor Attitudes, the best Christmas past, your favorite spring flower, Do you remember a special valentin?, What toys did you play with?, What is your earliest memory?, a whistling Fest, various exercises to stay healthy and flexible, as well as numerous discussions of topics and issues brought before the Lemonaders.

All wayne Area adults who are legally blind, blind or losing their eye sight are invited to join us for round-table discussions about adaptive aids and techniques, physicians, home-care, emotional support and many other eye related topics.

No reservation is needed for the regular monthly meeting, which is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 11:00-12:30 PM. Places may vary, but we are based at the Newark Public Library, 121 High Street, Newark, NY. if you’d like more information or directions to the Newark library’s handicap entrance, please call: Mrs. Kate Chamberlin at (315)986-1267 or the library at (315)331-4370.

2018 Up-Date: The Lemonade Society went on for another 5 or so years holding regular meetings, then, due to transportation issues, we met via telephone calls to chat with each other. Agencies stopped referring members and the Lemonade Society held in the Newark Public Library and the Lemonade Society Auxiliary held in the Newark Nursing Home faded into the sunset. At the time, it was the longest running support group in Wayne and Monroe Counties.

6 Dec 2018, 8:59am

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The Walworthians: All Stitched Up

The Walworthians


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

by Kate Chamberlin


Personalized Items

August 15, 2002

Shopping causes quite a dilemma for me. It’s too frustrating for my husband to take me. I want to feel everything and insist that he describe what ever I’m touching. It takes a lot of time and, if we have our two little ones with us… well, it’s just too much to make it an enjoyable outing. Most of my shopping is now done through catalogues.

When I learned more about All Stitched Up, the new business in Walworth, I ordered   a personalized hat for each of our five grandchildren, who range in ages from 12- to 2-years old. Then, I had second thoughts about it.

“But, they’re baseball caps,” I said to my husband one muggy evening after dinner. “They’re fine for the two boys, but do you really think the three girls will like them?”

“Their own name is on the front,” he said. “Why wouldn’t they like them?”

“Well, “ I sighed, “they’re not very feminine.”

“That doesn’t matter anymore,” he sniffed.

“Little girls used to wear frilly underpants,” I parried. “There would be one for each day of the week — the day would be embroidered on the bottom. Sunday panties would be the frilliest of them all!”

“Let me enlighten you about today’s girls,” he retorted, “I see a lot of them leaving the mall as I’m arriving to mop the floors. “They wear scant clothing and most have a little butterfly tattooed on their shoulder; a heart on their over-exposed breasts; a rainbow on their midriff; and wreaths around their ankles. They wear pierced jewelry on all the pieces and parts of their exposed body. They’re in tube tops and the shortest of shorts.”

“But,” I huffed, embarrassed about how far out of date 17-years of being blind had made me, “they could only tattoo two days of the week! What would they do for the other five days?”

Without a comment, he kissed my cheek and went outside to let our little ones run through the butterfly sprinkler.

The following week, we gave the hats to our five grandchildren. The gals at All Stitched Up had done a wonderful job of choosing the hat colors and using a cool, contrasting color to embroider the name on each hat. The hats were good quality to begin with and the price was affordable.

As each of the older children found their name, we adjusted the fit. They loved their new hats. They wouldn’t take them off for dinner and insisted on wearing them to bed.  In the morning, amidst the tangle of sleeping bags, pillows and hats, there was no squabbling about which hat belonged to whom — their name was clearly visible.

Perhaps this is a solution to my shopping dilemma. I wonder what we can embroider initials on for Christmas?

NOTE: for more information about All Stitched Up, phone Donna Klaeysen at (315)986-1227 or Nancy Johnston at (315)986-1537.

2018 Up-Date: Donna has retired from “All Stitched Up”, but, Nancy is still in business.


29 Nov 2018, 7:14am

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The Walworthians: Ballroom at Ccarey Lake

The Walworthians


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

by Kate Chamberlin


Carey Lake and Restaurant

August 08, 2002

The Carey Lake and Restaurant are located on the former 145-acre Valentine homestead. For many years around the 1920’s, the large farm house opened up the connecting three front rooms and held very popular square dances. Then by the 1930’s, one third of the home was converted into an apartment where various family members rotated in and out as their circumstances dictated.

“I was born in that house,” Lavern Morrison, a Macedon resident told me, “but, my parents were actually living in a home on the Monroe-Wayne County Line Road. My mother, Irene, was one of the 11 Valentine children, 8 daughters and three sons. She died when I was six, so my dad moved into the old homestead where my aunt could take care of me. Eventually, my Dad married Aunt Edith and bought the tenant farmer’s house for us to live in.

When it was a working farm, the tenant’s name was Gnadi, and we’ve always called it the Gnadi’s House, although, when my Dad purchased it, my uncle Edgar Valentine was living in it.”

(I checked with our town historian, John Traas, who checked in the 1914 Registry of Farmers in Wayne County. He found an Otto and Loretta Gnadi lived on Penfield Road with their one son.)

In 1950, after a honeymoon trip across country, Lavern and his bride, Beryl (Whitmire), lived in the farmhouse apartment until 1953. During 1954, they established their own homestead in Macedon and still reside there with frequent visits to the Gnadi home.

In the mid-70’s, a portion of the land was rented to a fellow who kept large draft horses. We always smiled as we drove passed the farm when the young draft horses were cavorting in the east pasture.

In the late ‘90’s, the farmhouse became all rental apartments and the north portion of the pasture gave way to a large man-made pond that expanded into a lake, reported to now cover 15-acres of the current holding of 210-acres.

At one point during the early stage of the lake’s creation, a big scooper/crane sunk into the spring-fed muck up to its cabin.  We shook our head and chuckled as we drove passed the old homestead.

The lake attracts the Canada Geese as they trek north and south, as well as migrating ducks. It is fun to see how they companionably keep a portion of the lake warm enough to swim all winter long.

In the summer, snow-mobile competitions are held to see who can skim themselves the farthest over the lake. On-lookers who stop on Rte. 441 are systematically shooed away.  All year around, we get a smile as we drive passed Carey Lake.

Early in July, 2002, we stopped at Carey Lake to try the new restaurant that had been built where the draft horses used to play. It was the first time we’d ever stopped to gawk.

“This building looks identical to what a building of this type would have looked like at the turn of the century,” the menu states. “Huge wood corbels, 4″ clapboard siding, fluted wood trim, large thick wood front doors and inside the 3″ wood board ceiling. The beautiful frieze panel along the ceiling and the old 27″ floral wall­paper. Notice how thick the bathroom doors are? The display counter and cash register came out of the old Caledonia five and dime.”

Mr. Carey was pointed out to us, but he was not available for comments. The menu states that Mr. Carey encourages old-fashioned courtesy, family fun and wholesome food.

Along with the regular menu, he has designated Wednesday as Pasta Day – 4 pm ’til gone; Thursday as Barbeque Day – 4 pm ’til gone; Friday as Fish Fry – 11 am ’til gone; Saturday as Prime Rib Day – 4 pm ’til gone; and Sunday as Turkey Day – 1 1 am ’til gone.

Upon entering the restaurant, you stand at a counter to order your food and take a number. On busy nights, your number is called when your food is ready and you take it to your table or booth. Fortunately, it was not busy when we were there because it took a while for the menu board to be read to me and I’m glad we didn’t have to make any one wait. Our meal was brought to us, which I appreciated.

Mr. Carey has a start on collecting movie and other memorabilia from the early 1900’s. There is a vest from Al Capone and newspaper articles naming the “boys” and in the parking lot is a 1931 “Madam X: Cadillac. (The next week there was a Rolls Royce.)

In the dining room is a player piano. The cabinet and perhaps the works are old, but it is computerized and I’m pretty sure they didn’t have computers at the turn of the previous century.

Over-all, it is not the fast food of Wendy’s; nor the drive-through convenience of MacDonald’s; nor the plentiful and inexpensive food of the Yellow Mills Restaurant, nor the fine dining of DiVinci’s; nor the comfort of home; so, what is the Carey Lake Restaurant?

Well, the ultimate test will occur when we take our little ones for home-made ice cream. I will, of course, be comparing my malted, extra thick vanilla milk shake to the perfect ones we get from Longacre’s. I’ll let you know if future trips will find us chuckling as we pass or smiling as we turn in for more.

For more information, contact: Carey Lake Restaurant, 959 Penfield Rd. (Rte. 441), Walworth, NY, 1-315-986-1936. Hours: 7 Days a Week, 11 am-’til everyone’s fed. Cash, Visa, Mastercard Accepted, but No Checks. prices subject to change without notice.

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28 Nov 2018, 6:54am

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Thanksgiving Saddness


Thanksgiving Sadness, 2018

By Kate Chamberlin


I have so many Blessings in my life to be thankful for.  This year, however, I am engulfed in an over-whelming sense of wrenching sadness and dark foreboding.

On a global level, I’m depressed about the civil strife in the Middle East; the pandemic health issues in Africa; the armament of North Korea; the intellectual infringements of China and Russia; and, of course, climate change that seems to blanket all of us.

Our 20-year old grandson enlisted in the Marines after high school, graduated from Parris Island, trained to be a fixed wing aircraft mechanic, and promptly deployed to Bahrain. He returned to the states to train with advanced weapons and live ammo and, although, he won’t be home for Thanksgiving, he is combat ready to serve and protect our country.

On the National scene, I’m concerned about the families decimated by the Camp and other fires in California; the 13-year old girl in Milwaukee, who was shot and killed in  her bedroom of her home, only two years after her essay on non-violence won an award in the Martin Luther King Day contest; the prolificacy of mass shootings in our malls, churches, and other large venues, not to mention the polarization of races and creeds,   that are continuing to erode the morale and patriotism of Americans.

Our eldest son has lived in California for decades. His home isn’t endangered by the Camp Fire, however, they do have to pay attention to the Air Quality Index, which measures the ash residue and smog levels. When the levels are too high, they stay in-doors. His twins made a video of their Thanksgiving dinner preparations and posted it on YouTube, so, we felt included in their Thanksgiving, even though we’re on opposite coasts .

Our second son won’t be able to make it home for Thanksgiving, either. He and his family live in Pennsylvania, but, he is the owner/operator of a long-haul trucking business. He phoned us to let us know he was on the road with his big rig.

Locally, I am particularly distressed about my 18-year old grandson being in jail; the effect divorce of our daughter from his adoptive Father is having on our grandson; the Assistant Principal of the Pal-Mac High School, who stalks and persecutes specific students; the school’s and community’s lack of response to and for children who are at risk; and, of course,  our grandson’s failure to understand how much he is loved, appreciated, and supported by his grandparents.

The afternoon before Thanksgiving, our 7-1/2 year old grandson came for a visit. He and Granddad put up our train set. Then, he and our daughter came on Thanksgiving Day to join us for turkey, stuffing, KB Sweet potatoes, acorn squash, garlic mashed potatoes, and green beans almandine, as well as, pecan pie and pumpkin pie. We enjoyed telling train stories as the toy train ran circles on its track and appreciated each other, but, it saddened me to not have our whole family together.

For now, all of this is over-whelming, but, in due time, I’ll regain my sunny optimism. I’ll edit and polish “Memoir of A Silver Girl” and shop around my Middle Grade novel “Hey! You Got Eyeballs In There?”, and start to re-count my Blessings…just as soon as that 18-year old gets out of jail.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.”

–American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971)


Btw: My grandson is out of jail. One of his comments was that he’d never before realized how many minutes there were in a day. Prayerfully, this has been a wake up call to not waste anymore minutes of his life. He is going to school, working at Dunkin’ Donuts, and training in Martial Arts’ Mao Tai. Blessing count #1.

16 Nov 2018, 5:28am

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The Walworthians: Benjamin DeNicholas

The Walworthians


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

by Kate Chamberlin


Benjamin DeNicholas

December 13, 2001

Long-time readers might remember a book that was serialized in the Wayne County STAR entitled: Not a Drop to Drink. It was the creative work of a local author, Benjamin DeNicholas. Mr. DeNicholas was born in Marion (NY) in a home on south Main Street about 88-years ago. Both He and the home are still doing quite well!

Mr. DeNicholas recalled the stories of his being born at home, with probably Dr. Davis of Newark or Dr. Essler of Walworth on call.

As a young man, he was not happy with the University of Syracuse, so his father encouraged Mr. DeNicholas to attend the University of Madrid, Spain, where he studied Literature for four years. Writing science-fiction, short stories became his genre. “Not a Drop to Drink” was about a world-wide drought and the ramifications it entailed. “Deep Freeze”, which was published in 1990, was also a sci-fi desaster story.

Mr. DeNicholas says that an agent is a must for an author and has used Mrs. Schlesinger of New York City as his agent for many years. He recalled that when he submitted “Teen Terrorist U.S.A.”, she sent it back to him with the admonishment to scramble the details on how to make a bomb, because some fool might actually try to make one.

He wrote his stories in long-hand and his wife would type them. He explained that his agent and especially the publishers wouldn’t accept long-hand manuscripts.

Many years ago, when the DeNicholases were living in Jamesville and Rod Sterling had a cottage on Canandaigua Lake, Ben and his wife were invited to join them for dinner. As they entered, Mr. Sterling handed Ben a glass of Vodka.

“I don’t drink,” Ben said, “but I drank that drink. It was a very nice three-hour dinner and resulted in my writing several stories for his television program ‘The Twilight Zone’.

Ben has lived in a house near the center of Wolcott for the past ten-years, although he previously owned the old Pitts farm where he did a little logging from his own woods. He’d skid the logs next door to the Pettit sawmill for processing.

“Not much has changed,” he commented. “The hotel is still there. It’s a nice town. I like it here.”

I asked him if he’d be writing his auto-biography or at least jot down a few vignettes.

“I could,” he chuckled, “but more than 30-years of writing is enough.”

Well, it takes a good author to know how and when to end a story. The next time you see him, though, ask him about the stories he wrote for Alfred Hitchcock.

Thank you, Benjamin DeNicholas. Wayne County is proud of you and your accomplishments.



16 Nov 2018, 5:24am

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The Walworthians: The Lemonade Society

The Walworthians


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

by Kate Chamberlin


Wayne Area Low-Vision Support

September 06, 2001

Lemonade Society meets Wednesday, September 12, 2001

The Wayne Area Low-Vision Support Group a.k.a. The Lemonade Society will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, September 12th from 10:30-Noon in the Newark Public Library Board Room, 121 High Street, Newark.

All wayne area adults who are legally blind, blind or losing their eye sight are invited to join us for round-table discussions about adaptive aids and techniques, physicians, home-care, emotional support and many other eye related topics.

No reservation is needed for the regular monthly meeting, but if you’d like more information or directions, for the library’s handicap entrance, please call: Mrs. Florence Declark at (315)331-1995 or Mrs. Kate Chamberlin at 315-986-1267.


2018 Up-Date: The Lemonade Society met for over 15-years – the longest active support group in Wayne and possibly Monroe County. Our last meeting was in 2015 due to the lack of transportation, diminished referrals by agencies, and the demise of members. The Lemonade Society expanded into the Wayne County Nursing Home    as The Lemonade Society Auxiliary, for its monthly meetings, as several of our members moved into the facility.