The Holley-days are here!

The Holley-days officially kick off this weekend (December 4, 2010) with a Christmas Lighting Contest and a tree lighting ceremony.

Christmas Lighting Contest

Once again, the Village of Holley and the Murray-Holley Historical Society are sponsoring their Annual Christmas Lighting Contest.  While entry is free to all Village residents, you MUST REGISTER!  Registration forms are available around the Village and is also available by clicking here.  Forms must be turned in by December 10 at the Village Office as judging takes place the week of December 12th. Categories include: Overall, Business, Animated, Electric Department (most lights), and new this year… Best Decorated Street. So be sure to get together with your neighbors!

Annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony

If you still haven’t had your fill of the “Holley-day” season yet, then join us  on Saturday December 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm for our annual fire truck parade. Following the parade is the Memory Bulb Lighting Ceremony in the Village Public Square. Memory Bulbs may be purchased at the Holley Village Office (72 Public Square) Adult Memory Bulbs are $5.00 each while Children Memory Bulbs are $1.00 each. Snacks are available immediately following the ceremony courtesy of the Village of Holley at the Holley Fire Department on Thomas Street. Santa will be there to delight the young and young at heart. So be sure to make your reservations by calling us at 638-6367. See you on the 4th!

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.

 

Now That’s A Big MAC…

Each year McDonald’s of Western New York gives out grants to local teachers with the goal of promoting the fine arts. Thanks to two Make Activities Count (MAC) grants, Holley Elementary students can  express themselves both musically and theatrically this school year.

Music teacher, Sally Martin received $250 to purchase 12 African musical instruments. With these instruments, students in grades K-6 will first learn the basics of African rhythm on drums. An African song will then be added to the rhythm using other instruments. The activity will culminate with each grade level performing for students of other grades to celebrate African American History Month.

Meanwhile,  Karen Quaranto, a teacher who directs the Theater Guild received a $250 grant to support the group’s production of the “Wizard of Oz” scheduled for February 1 and 4. As you may recall, the cast of 60, spanning all grade levels, performed its first production last year with an impressive rendition of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Meanwhile, an estimated 100 students signed up to participate in this year’s production. Now that’s enthusiasm!

Over the last three years, the group has worked together, performing a number of skits for the school population. In the process, they not only developed acting skills, created scenery, and learned first hand the ins and outs of stage production, but they also made many new friends and had fun doing it too!

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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Soaring like an eagle…

I like to take this opportunity to commend Nick Winkley who is currently working on his Eagle badge with the clean up of the historic cemetery on the corner of South Holley Road and Holley-Byron Road here in Holley. Having a son who went through the Boy Scouts and earned his Eagle badge a number of years back,  I know such a project is a tremendous undertaking.  It takes planning, dedication, and a great team who are willing to work long and hard towards a common goal. In this case, Nick’s team is not only washing the many headstones in this cemetery, but also recording the names denoted on the stones and creating a map of all those buried in the cemetery! Having walked around the cemetery,  it covers a great deal of ground… much you don’t see from the road as it is set way back and terraced in many spots. A heartfelt thanks to Nick and his dedicated team of scouts for organizing this wonderful community project! The skills you learn during this project will serve you well your entire life. What’s more, you are truly an eagle and an inspiration to others!

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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Isn’t she the cutest?

According to Babytalk magazine she is and have to say I agree!  At eleven-months old Isla Grace Schultz of Holley is a natural beauty, recently winning top honors as America’s cutest baby for 2010. What’s more, she’s cover girl for the December/January issue!  Based in New York City, the issue shows a smiling Isla dressed in hearts, a pink knit cap, and striped leg warmers. Sponsored by Babytalk magazine and Good Morning America, the annual contest drew about 15,000 entries. From those entries, eight semi-finalists and their families were flown to New York City in September to be photographed. Magazine editors then selected three finalists from the group.  Turns out that Isla was the only female finalist, with the public ultimately selecting her as they voted online through the Good Morning America website. In addition to the cover, Isla also receives a $1,000 gift card from J.C.Penney. Not bad for 11 months! My heartfelt congratulations to Isla and her family!

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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OCCC News…

Student Art Show:
The Albion Campus is hosting a formal Artists’ Reception for the Albion Campus Fall Student Art Show tonight (Wednesday, November 17th) from 5 :00 to 6:30 PM. The exhibit  features a multimedia display of student art work from Adjunct Art Instructor Karen Todd’s Drawing 1 & 2 and Two-Dimensional Design courses. The public is invited to the reception with refreshments. The exhibit showcase sthe work of 30 GCC students and is on display through December 13th.

Art Instructor Karen Todd also plays viola for the Genesee Symphony Orchestra (affiliated with Genesee Community College as Orchestra in Residence), the West Side String Quartet, and the Tommy Brunett Band. The West Side String Quartet played at the Albion Campus 20th Anniversary Celebration in April.

The Albion Campus, located at 456 West Avenue (Rte. 31) in Albion, has been designated as a Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO-ART!) satellite gallery. In addition to the fall and spring semester student art shows, Albion also hosts a minimum of four formal GO-ART exhibits each year. Earlier this fall, the exhibits included Jen Scott’s Visual Statements multimedia display and Idris Salih’s students’ group exhibit Elements of Photography. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Fridays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Other Upcoming Events

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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Erie Canal Closes for the Season

According to the New York State Canal Corporation, the Erie Canal officially closes Monday at 5:00 pm for the season. During the winter months, this gives maintenance crews ample time to perform needed repairs to buoys and other equipment for operating the 57 canal locks and 20 lift bridges along the canal system. In addition, water between some of the locks are pumped out so crews can inspect and repair parts of the lock typically under water.

With crews hard at work and the canal system officially closed for the season, there’s still no reason to fret as you do still have many opportunities to take in this man-made wonder of the world during “off-peak” season. In fact, nearly 200 opportunities as a winter calendar of events with nearly 200 festivals, events, and attractions along the canal is available by going to the New York State Canal System’s website at  www.nyscanals.gov/exvac/calendar/index.html.

For those who have not yet had the canal experience, do so as the 524 mile canal system is a sight to behold. Spanning from Buffalo to Albany with many wonderful canal towns along the way – including Holley – the canal system  consists of the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca canals and links the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, and the Niagara River! What a way to explore Upstate New York this winter! For more information, go to www.nyscanals.gov.

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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Project Sticker Shock

We all have experienced sticker shock in one way, shape, or form when we go to the store and wind up paying way more for an item than we originally planned. “Sticker Shock”, however, takes on a whole new meaning in Orleans County this month as high school students from five different school districts become willing participants in “Project Sticker Shock”.  A community-wide program designed and started by Genesee-Orleans Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (GOCASA) in 2008, students are on a mission to place bright orange stickers on multi-packs of alcohol throughout the county to provide store clerks as well as adults purchasing alcohol a visual reminder that providing alcoholic beverages to our youth under the age of 21 is illegal.  Further, that anyone violating this law may face up to $1000 in fines or  one year in jail.

What a positive way for students, parents, law enforcement, and community members to not only work together to prevent underage drinking, but to instill positive change within our community too! For more information about this program, contact Genesee-Orleans Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (GOCASA) at (585) 589-0055.

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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Thumbs Up to Holley Students and Teachers…

A huge thumbs up to students and staff in the Holley Central School District who during the month of October raised a total of $1220 for   Breast Cancer Research.  What is now an annual event,  several teachers and three teams of students supported area breast cancer survivors by raising awareness about the disease and helped saved lives by participating in the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk in Rochester.  From what I understand, the JV Soccer team raised $400; the Varsity and JV Volleyball teams brought in $170; and teacher Amie Callen raised $250 on her own for a total  of $1220. All money raised through the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk supports the American Cancer Society in helping people get well, stay well, and find ways to win the battle against breast cancer.  A heartfelt thanks for all those who participated in this worthwhile event. You truly make a real difference in and around our community! 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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