Spring Cleaning

My Dear Friends~
After two months of rain, it looks like spring has finally arrived in Holley. With trees dressed in their finest greenery and blossoms of bursting colors filling our gardens and our senses with beautiful fragrances everywhere, we’re anxious to roll out the welcome mat. One sure sign of spring is the upcoming JuneFest where we not  only  invite  our friends and neighbors to our homes, but visitors to take in the area’s festivities. Preparing for their arrival is no small feat, with spring cleaning required to not only make our home a more pleasant place for our loved ones, but to make it more inviting place for our guests too. We do all of this as our way of extending a warm “welcome home.” 

As our friends, family, and neighbors gather in the area, we quickly learn that our heart, our home, and our welcome go well beyond  our doorstep and into the community where we live. With extended warmth and many sunlit days ahead, it only makes sense then to extend spring cleaning into our community before festivities are underway the first week in June to make our home and our village more attractive to all those who experience it. So how do we get started? With four small steps: Plan, Do, Check, and Act.

Plan-Do-Check-Act

  1.  PLAN – Organize a group of your friends and neighbors, set manageable goals, select small projects then build from there. Define roles, involve as many as you can – young or old – and assume specific responsibilities (publicity, equipment, transportation, sanitary facilities, communications, and volunteers). A great resource you may wish to contact is Judy Lane. She has been advertising for awhile on the Village site for volunteers to help make our village look its best and can be reached at 638-0555.
  2. DO – Research what other communities do and how they do it. Learn from them; not only what to do, but also what not to do. With a “To Do List” in hand, take a walk around your neighborhood, the canal park, the falls area, the Public Square, and along the side streets in town. Think about what you wished our community had for your son, daughter, father, mother, brother, sister, or friend. This is when Holley’s needs become very real to you.  Before you know it you will have a pretty lengthy “To Do List”.
  3. CHECK – Review and prioritize your list so you know what to do, when to do, by whom, and how. If costs are involved, draw up a budget, evaluate available resources, and identify possible methods of raising needed funds. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Bring your “To Do List” along with your ideas and talents to an upcoming Village Planning Board (every first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Village Offices) or a Village Board of Trustees meeting (every second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm – also at the Village Offices). While the Village has limited funds, grant money is often available.
  4. ACT –  Take action.
  • Publicize the program, recruit volunteers, make them feel welcome, and give them a job to do.
  • Ask local businesses to furnish refreshments and supplies, village officials or farmers for trucks, and workers to bring tools needed for their jobs. 
  • Carry out the clean up. Collect, bag, and haul litter to the landfill for proper disposal. Better yet, consider recycling paper, glass and cans and/or donating unused items to a service organization such as Community Action for Orleans and Genesee Counties.
  • Stay on task to keep interest and enthusiasm high. 
  • Reward volunteers afterwards with a picnic supper, block party, or entertainment. 
  • Publicize your accomplishments through the media; write thank you notes to businesses who offered support; and perform on-going maintenance and clean-up. 
  • Evaluate what worked well and build on successes. Learn from what didn’t go so well and plan improvements.

Finally…stay informed by reviewing the May issue of the “Visions of Holley” newsletter; visiting the “Visions of Holley Blog”  in between issues to keep up on the latest news in and around Holley; and sharing this newsletter and blog with all your friends, family, business associates, and service organizations. With your support and that of your friends, we can truly make a difference and make our collective “Visions of Holley” a reality!

Theresa Fischette

Praise in the Park

What better way is there to worship God than to celebrate all of His creation in a natural setting, without walls, and amidst your family, friends, and neighbors?  “Praise in the Park” — a series of Sunday morning worship services is just that and more. Each week Sunday services are held in a park setting.

Upcoming Worship Services:
Sunday May 22 @ 10:30 am – Clarendon Falls Park on Route 237
Sunday May 29 @ 10:30 am – Holley Falls Park on Geddes Street Ext
Sunday June 5 @ 10:30 am – Holley Playground Park
Sunday June 12 @ 10:30 am – San Soucie Park in Clarkson
(Monroe-Orleans County Line Road North of Route 31)

All services are sponsored by Bethany Christian Church – a non-denominational spiritual community where tradition meets the contemporary — all in a relaxed, informal setting designed for the whole family! So tell your friends and neighbors, bring your family, and don’t forget to bring a few lawn chairs. Coffee and donuts are provided. For more information about upcoming services or for assistance when in need, contact Pastor Deb Longer at 638-5889, write her at Bethanyccny@yahoo.com, or check out their website at http://www.Bethanyccny.org.

Murray-Holley Historical Society

Check out the May 2001 issue of the Western Erie Canal Alliance Newsletter. Our very own Murray-Holley Historical Society is the featured museum this month courtesy of an article I was asked to write for the publication!

School Budget Results

Thank you to all those who voted today. Results are as follows:

  • School Budget
    Passed
    (470 Yes – 413 No)
  • Proposition #1 , which authorizes the district to purchase 3 full-size buses and 2 30-passenger buses. The District is receiving 90% of the total $430,000 purchase.
    Failed (375 Yes – 503 No)
  • Proposition 2, which authorizes the district to raise $99,643 to support the maintenance and operations of the Community Free Library in Holley.
    Passed
    (490 Yes – 363 No)
  • Proposition 3, which authorizes the district to establish a Bus Purchase Reserve Fund in the amount of $500,000.
    Failed (328 Yes – 490 No)
  • School Board Seats:
    Deluca Elected (558 Votes)
    Silvis Elected (533 Votes)
    Knight Elected (484 Votes)

School Budget Vote

Here’s your chance to make a real difference to your children and to your community. All you need to do is vote on the school budget on Tuesday May 17 between the hours of 6 am and 9 pm at the Holley Middle School / High School Foyer. Up for vote are the following:

  • Proposed School Budget for $19,750,500. This represents a $342,138 increase from the current budget; a 1.76% increase in total spending; and a $95,000 approximate increase in tax levy (for info on how this impacts your school taxes, click here) At a glance, this doesn’t sound bad right? This is only part of the story. Currently, the district is $3.2M in the hole. Some of that loss stems from a $1.5 M loss in state aid. Realistically though that only accounts for a 12% loss. The rest of the shortfall (or 88%) comes from the district spending more money than they had.  To close the gap, some hard choices had to be made; namely, cuts in1 administrative position, 10.5 instructional positions, and 11 support staff positions for a total savings of $791,577. In addition to position cuts, the budget proposes cuts in non-mandated programs ($538,409); use of$1,491,000 in fund balances; use of $422,000 in federal Jobs Fund monies; and use of $400,000 in Interfund transfers. For more information, see the Budget Newsletter mailed to all homes within the district a few weeks back; check out the district website for budget details; or check out the PowerPoint presentation on the district site for a quick summary.
  • Proposition #1 , which authorizes the district to purchase 3 full-size buses and 2 30-passenger buses. The District is receiving 90% of the total $430,000 purchase, so this is a good deal.
  • Proposition #2, which authorizes the district to raise $99,643 to support the maintenance and operations of the Community Free Library in Holley. Yes, friends… the library is supported by your school tax dollars and benefits the entire community… not just our children… so I strongly encourage all of you to support this proposition.
  • Proposition #3, which authorizes the district to establish a Bus Purchase Reserve Fund in the amount of $500,000. While future bus purchases would still need to be approved by the voters even if this proposition passes, this reserve fund would save money on interest as the district would borrow money  from the fund to purchase the buses. I also encourage you to vote yes on this one as we should be encouraging our district any way we can when they actually find smart ways to save money. From the practical standpoint that benefits everyone in the long run.

Regardless of how  you choose to vote, be sure you know all the facts and do vote. For more information on how the school budget was developed, click here. For voter eligibility, click here. Ultimately, let your voice be heard. Send our district a strong message that it’s time to be responsible and to get back to the basics.

Volunteers Needed

Are you 18 years old and interested in volunteering to help your community? Holley Ambulance is looking for new members. Formed in 2004 as a not-for-profit 501c3 organization, Holley Volunteer Ambulance Inc.  provides emergency medical care to the Village of Holley and Town of Murray. Want to know more? Read on.

Holley Ambulance is funded solely on third-party billing and donations, staffed by an all volunteer staff. That means they operate solely on funds by residents who use their services; not by your tax dollars. What that means to you is that when you call Holley Ambulance, they respond to your emergency call then send you a bill directly for service. To learn more about Holley Ambulance and how  you can help them in their time of need just as they help you in yours, click here or call them at their Non-Emergency number: 585-638-7711. In an emergency, call 911.  To volunteer your time, click here for an application. You’ll be glad you did!

Murray-Holley June Fest

The 2011 Murray-Holley June Fest is scheduled for Saturday June 4th with a variety of activities for the entire family planned throughout the day. Events include:

  • Jim Ferris Memorial 5k Race at 9am at the Holley Elementary School
  • Holley Village Yard Sales 9 am to 4 pm throughout the Village
  • Art & Craft Sales 9 am to 4 pm along the Canal Path
  • Kids Bounce House 9 am to 4 pm at the Canal Park Playground
  • Bocce Tournament all day at the Canal Park Bocce Courts
  • St. Mary’s Chicken BBQ 11 am to 4 pm at St. Mary’s Church
  • The Who Dhats 2 pm to 4 pm at the Canal Park Playground
  • Classic Car Cruise-In & DJ Entertainment 3 pm to 6 pm on East Avenue. For more info, contact Ed & Donna Merritt at 638-8124
  • Drum Corps Show 7 pm at the Holley Soccer Field
  • FIREWORKS!! at Dusk Holley Soccer Field

Vendors are needed and encouraged to contact Mrs. Chris Morris at (585) 638-8365. For more information about the event itself, e-mail Sandy Heise at daisley48@aol.com.  For a June Fest map, click here.

Finally… when enjoying the day’s festivities at the Canal Park, be sure to check out the “Treasure of Holley” mural – an illustrated history of Holley’s heritage on the Western Erie Canalway courtesy of local artist/muralist Stacey Kirby. You’ll want to pick up a map for a self-guided tour of all of Holley’s treasures!

Village Board Meeting Coming Up

For all those who are interested in knowing what really goes on in local government, here’s your chance! The next regularly scheduled Village Board of Trustee’s meeting will be held next Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 7:00 P.M. in the Village Clerk’s Office located at 72 Public Square, Holley, New York.  All meetings are open to the public, with residents strongly encouraged to attend!

Holley Drums Alive

Participating in the Drums Alive – Kids Beats fitness class at The Whole Approach in Holley, students involved in the After School Friends program have an opportunity to explore a fun, new way to use fitness/stability balls — drumming! A heartfelt thanks goes out to the Holley Teachers’ Association Walk-a-thon spring fundraiser that provided the funding for this student-centered activity! Taught by Fitness Instructor Karen Lathigee-Blank, the activity uses stability balls — holders that affix balls to the floor, along with drum sticks and music. Combining dynamic movements of aerobic dance with the pulsating rhythms of the drum, the kids learn about movement, rhythm, and concentration.

A huge thumbs up also goes to Karen Lathigee-Blank of The Whole Approach and Jean Smith, Program Coordinator of the After School Friends program for organizing such a worthwhile program that is not only fun, but keeps our kids fit too!

A free program for Holley students in Grades 4-6, the After School Friends program is held on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and is sponsored by and held at the First Presbyterian Church of Holley, 34 East Albion Street.  For more information about this program, e-mail Program Coordinator Jean Smith at holleyafterschoolfriends@gmail.com.

Praise in the Park… worship without walls

What better way is there to worship God than to celebrate all of His creation in a natural setting, without walls, and amidst your family, friends, and neighbors?  “Praise in the Park” — a series of Sunday morning worship services is just that and more. Each week Sunday services are held in a park setting. Their first service was appropriately held Resurrection Sunday April 28 in nearby Clarendon Waterfall Park with roughly 35 in attendance. This past weekend services were held in beautiful Holley Falls Park in the pavilion by the falls. This coming Sunday ? Mother’s Day May 8th services will be held at 10:30 am in  Clarendon’s Waterfall Park.  All services are sponsored by Bethany Christian Church – a non-denominational spiritual community where tradition meets the contemporary — all in a relaxed, informal setting designed for the whole family! So tell your friends and neighbors, bring your family, and don’t forget to bring a few lawn chairs. Coffee and donuts are provided. For more information about the services, contact Pastor Deb Longer at 638-5889 or write her at Bethanyccny@yahoo.com.