World Canal Conference

As canal enthusiasts from 17 countries gather in Rochester this week for the 2010 World Canals Conference, I thought it would be fun to gather some information and activities related to the Erie Canal:

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Sharing Dinner as a Family

It’s amazing how something as simple and familiar as sharing a meal with your loved ones on a regular basis can make all the difference in the world. While I know sharing a meal together has always meant a great deal to me personally and to my loved ones, apparently a local coalition is now promoting it as a means of instilling positive change in our youth. In a recent advertisement in the Lake Country Pennysaver, the Orleans United Coalition is promoting “Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children.”  A national movement scheduled for Monday September 27, 2010, “Family Day” is meant to serve as a reminder to parents that the relationship they have with their children is greatly strengthened when frequent family dinners are shared. “Frequent” is defined here as sharing five or more dinners together each week.

So what is the impetus for this movement? Apparently, evidence now suggests that shared meals are effective in keeping kids substance-free! For example, kids who dine with their families frequently are at lower risk for substance abuse compared to teens who do not dine with their families regularly; are less likely to have friends who use illegal drugs or abuse prescription or over the counter drugs; and get better grades in school. In addition, they are less likely to use marijuana, tobacco, or alcohol.

This makes sense as family meals are a great way to stimulate conversation.  Whether it is sharing good news or bad news, you’re doing so in a warm, safe setting with those who love you most.  It’s also a great way to focus on the positive, give thanks for abundance, as well as share life’s lessons.

While Family Day is celebrated nationwide on Monday September 27th as a reminder to all that dinner DOES make a difference, I encourage you to make family dinner … and a prayer of thanks… part of your daily routine. Justin & I have done so for as long as we’ve been together, and I can honestly say that it truly makes a difference… not only in our relationship, but also in the relationship we have with our children. I am confident it will do the same for you too!

For more information about “Family Day”, contact the Orleans United Coalition at 589-0055. For additional “Family Day” resources, check out http://casafamilyday.org/familyday/.

If you know of a local treasure that needs to be unburied, or have a vision of your own for Holley, contact me at Theresa@tothewhitelight.com and be sure to visit my website at www.tothewhitelight.com to find out how I can help.

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The new voting system is here

The new optical scan voting system was rolled out in Orleans County just in time for today’s primary. So what’s all the fuss? After years of delay, missteps, and federal lawsuits, New York State has the dubious honor of being the last state in the union to comply with the Help America Vote Act. Targeted for nationwide implementation by 2006, the law requires states to modernize their election systems so people with disabilities can vote independently. The new voting system was first used in the area back in June in Brockport on the failed measure to dissolve the Village.

So where can you learn more about these systems? You may remember receiving a brochure in the mail in recent weeks. In addition, you may have seen advertisements about sample machines and demonstrations in the area aimed at educating local voters on its use. If you still find yourself missing out, don’t fret and don’t let this stop you from voting on November 2. The new system is really quite easy. It requires voters to fill in bubbles or squares on ballots. Once completed, these ballets are fed into scanners. As an alternative, ballot-marking devices are available to assist those who are unable to fill out ballots on their own.

If you did not vote in today’s primary, the next opportunity to use this new system will be November 2 when we will be selecting a new governor. Don’t think your vote counts? Think again. Back in June David Dill secured a seat on the Village Board by one vote!

If you know of a local treasure that needs to be unburied, or have a vision of your own for Holley, contact me at Theresa@tothewhitelight.com and be sure to visit my website at www.tothewhitelight.com to find out how I can help.

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Ride for a Cure…

The Whole Approach, in conjunction with Back Country Bicycles of Crescent City, CA, challenge you to Ride for Breast Cancer on October 9 · from 9:00 am to  4:30pm!  The ride begins and ends at the old Holley High School, Holley, NY with a choice of either a 10 mile or a 25 mile ride. The 10 mile ride starts at 10am  and the 25 mile ride starts at 9 am. The $25.00 registration fee includes lunch served at the Whole Approach Studio, a ride packet, and a chance for door prizes with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Join your hosts Karen Blank and Lora Latimer in their effort to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention, screening, and treatment by riding with men and women of all ages and abilities all over the country on the same day. To register online and/or make a donation, use the following link:
Http://www.Trekbikes.Com/women/awareness_ride. All online registrants receive a special gift so be sure to register now to reserve your spot. While registration is available on the day of event, why wait?

For more information contact Lora at (585) 615-7241, or e-mail her at loralatimer@yahoo.com.

If you know of a local treasure that needs to be unburied, or have a vision of your own for Holley, contact me at Theresa@tothewhitelight.com and be sure to visit my website at www.tothewhitelight.com to find out how I can help.