Alumni Hall of Fame Nominations

The Holley Central School District has an Alumni Hall of Fame to recognize Holley High School alumni who have achieved distinction at the local, regional, national or international level in any appropriate area of endeavor, such as academics/education, arts, business, media, public/military service, philanthropy or science. Nominees must be graduates of Holley High School of at least 10 years. The nomination form is available at www.holleycsd.org/halloffame and is due to Superintendent Robert D’Angelo by Friday, April 29. The District Improvement Team will review the applications and make a selection. The honoree will be recognized at both the elementary and high school awards ceremonies in June, and a plaque will be displayed in the foyer of the Middle School/High School.

Budget Workshops

As part of the budget process, the Holley Central School District will be conducting budget workshops throughout March. The workshops will be held in the Elementary School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. on the following Mondays: March 7, 14 and 28, and April 4, if necessary. Additional workshops may also be scheduled if needed and will be announced on the district website. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

More Canal Stories

Do you have a short story about your favorite experience or place on the canal with one or more photos to share?  Knowing that there is so much to explore and experience on the canal throughout Wayne, Monroe, Orleans, Niagara and Erie counties, the Western Erie Canal Alliance is compiling a list of the top ten best experiences of 2011 in the Western Erie Canal Heritage Corridor as it is a living landscape that tells the story of the Erie Canal and the expansion westward. And remember… the heritage corridor includes the entire five counties; not just along the Erie Canal. Experiences include, but are not exclusively, recreational, museums, eateries, tours, festivals, and just a good time had by all.

At the end of December the Western Erie Canal Alliance will review and select the 10 Best Experiences in the Western Erie Canal Heritage Corridor, publishing your story in their e-Newsletter and on their site. So be sure to ask for votes .  Interested? Submit your entry to westernerie@gmail.com or via snail mail at 122 William St., PO Box 285, Palmyra, NY 14522.  Questions? Call (315) 573-9827.

Canal Stories

Nine short “Canal Stories” videos offering a glimpse of life on the waterway and featuring people who lived or work on the canal from 1900 to the present are now available on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor’s website at www.eriecanalway.org/gallery.htm. From hiding bootleg liquor in the 1920s to learning from old time canal workers, each story offers a glimpse into life on the canal. The videos run from one to three minutes each.

Canal Stories” was produced by City Lore and the Erie Canal Museum, in collaboration with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission and the New York State Museum, with additional funding provided by the New York Council on the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

2011 Event Sponsorships

Are you planning an event that could use a boost of financial support? With an application deadline of March 8th,  apply now for 2011 Event Sponsorships.  The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission is once again offering a limited number of $500 sponsorships for events or festivals taking place from May through October 2011. Qualifying events must promote or celebrate the distinctive historic, cultural, scenic, or recreational resources of the canal corridor. Events for New York Heritage Weekend and Canal Splash are especially encouraged to apply. For details and an application, visit www.eriecanalway.org.

2011 Canal Clean Sweep

Early registrations for the 6th Annual Canal Clean Sweep are looking strong with several first time events already in. If you have not registered your event yet for the weekend of April 15-17, do so by Wed. March 2. You may register online at www.ptny.org/canalway/sweep/ or contact Parks & Trails New York at canalsweep@ptny.org or at (518) 434-1583.

Preserve NY Grant

Attention eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations: applications are now available for the 2011 Preserve New York Grant program. Administered by the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), this grant program provides funding for cultural resource surveys, historic structure reports, and historic landscape reports. To learn more about how the Village of Holley or a local service organization can take advantage of this potential funding opportunity, visit the League’s website. Don’t delay as applications are due May 2, 2011.

Don’t think you can make a difference?

Don’t tell Myron Holley that. Our village’s namesake was a true gentleman, a mover, and a shaker. What’s more, Mr. Holley was destined to change the world around him. Born in Salisbury CT, he was a lawyer, a bookstore owner, and his county’s representative to the State Assembly. Soon after, he met DeWitt Clinton and  the rest they say… is history. He became a vigorous advocate of the Erie Canal. In fact, when canal work stalled in 1819, it was Holley who wrote a convincing report pointing out the wonders that newly invented mechanical devices were doing in aiding canal construction to a foot-dragging legislature. Shortly after this success, he was noticed amongst his peers and was appointed a canal commissioner, serving with Joseph Ellicot, Samuel Young, and Stephen Van Rensselear. From that moment on the trio became key figures in the construction of the Erie Canal. As work proceeded on the canal, it was up to Myron Holley and Samuel Young to supervise and pay the dozens of contractors and hundreds of workers engaged in digging the 363 mile artificial river — with the Erie Canal becoming the longest canal ever to be built. Holley was in charge of canal construction west of the Seneca River for 158 miles to Buffalo. It was in fact Holley who made certain the canal went through Rochester. We therefore owe the route of the Erie Canal along with all the commerce and growth in and around Rochester to Myron Holley. The canal’s northern route, bypassing Canandaigua and Batavia, was essential. It enabled the builders to take advantage of a continuous water supply provided by the creeks and steams coursing through that area.

Want to know more about Myron Holley? Check out Myron Holley’s Days in Rochester.

Holley Elementary School’s Theater Guild

Recently, Holley Elementary School’s Theater Guild performed “The Wizard of Oz” to an appreciative crowd in the primary gym. While the tale of a girl from Kansas who travels to Oz after a tornado strikes is familiar and a family favorite, the real story is found in the cast itself. With performances held a few weeks back, the shows were extra special knowing that the production was the Theater Guild’s first musical!

Formed four years ago, the group has put on a number of short plays to date and put on their first full-length play last year with the production of  “Willy Wonka.” This year, organizers decided to try their hand at a musical. With 100 kids involved, this year’s show  expanded to include night performances so parents along with the whole community could go to the show.

A true testament though was found in the amazing commitment and dedication that the kids 5 to 11 years of age fostered throughout the show’s production! They’ve been working hard since August!

Sincerest congratulations to the cast and crew and hats off to those who directed and produced the show…. Alexa Downey, Karen Quaranto, Sue Thornton, Amie Callen, Larry Dabney, Joe Quaranto, and Anna Bower for a job well done! To see a video of the performance, click here.

The PTSA sponsors the Theater Guild, with productions made possible through the PTSA and fundraising.