• “The Christmas Font” oral reading scheduled at Morgan-Manning House

    Mary Jane Holmes’ novelette focuses on Christmas in a Brockport church On Tuesday, December 18, at 7 p.m., an oral reading of Mary Jane Holmes’ “The Christmas Font” will take place at the Morgan-Manning House, 151 Main Street in Brockport.  The presenters are teacher Christopher Albrecht and...

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    Gifts of a lifetime

    Part One of a two-part series In the season of gift-giving, I asked several of our community citizens what very meaningful or significant gift they have received in their lifetime. Thinking of “gift” not as a thing,...

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  • “The Influence of Religious Belief on the Citizens of Brockport” at Morgan-Manning House November 15

    “The Influence of Religious Belief on the Citizens of Brockport” will be presented on Thursday, November 15, at the Morgan-Manning House in Brockport. Mary Lynne Turner will discuss how the development of religion in Brockport came from...

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  • The Capen Hose Co. No. 4 and Fire Museum interpretive panel includes the photos of D. Scott “Scotty” Warthman (1943 to 2003) and George “Chubby” Churchill (1907 to 1994), named “two spirits of the company.” Buildings shown include, left, the first building from 1893 to 1905; right is the current building erected in 1905. The fire truck on left is a restored 1930 Seagrave pumper as seen in a 1984 photo. The other equipment is the first gas powered apparatus purchased by Capen Hose Co. in 1914. Photo by Dianne Hickerson
    The Capen Hose Co. No. 4 and Fire Museum’s interpretive panel

    One more sign of a history-minded Brockport Community Last summer a homemade lawn sign appeared on the Main Street side of the Capen Hose Co. No. 4 and Fire Museum. It announced, “OPEN HOUSE, Sunday 1-4.” My wife, Dianne, and I responded...

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  • Bill Andrews opens the 2018-2019 lecture season at Morgan-Manning House

    On Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m., Dr. William G. Andrews will discuss his latest book, Brockport in the Age of Modernization: 1866 – 1916.  The event is the first in the 2018-2019 lecture series at the...

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  • Removed temporarily from their display cases in Seymour Library, this is a sample of objects used to promote various Brockport High School musicals from the past. The vast exhibit in the Local History Room continues through November. Photo by Dianne Hickerson
    “Brockport High School Musicals Through the Years” display is new at Seymour Library

    The Local History Room in the Seymour Library, 161 East Avenue, Brockport, was built three years ago.  It is filled with extensive reference documents and books, newspaper articles and clippings, high school and college yearbooks, and a...

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  • Four men installing posts at canal (left to right) Jeff Snarr, Harry Donahue, Paul DeGraff and James McKinney are part of a volunteer team at the canal installing six posts which will be part of the boat dock. All are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Brockport, except Harry Donohue, superintendent of the DPW. The project could be completed in the spring or fall when post footers can be installed in the drained canal. The final project will be a floating dock 60 feet by eight feet reached by a 44-foot ramp and a “gangway.” Photo by Dianne Hickerson
    Boat dock brings rowing club plans closer to fulfillment

    Saturday, September 15, was a busy day for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Brockport.  Sixty-one workers from the church at Lake Road and East Avenue volunteered to build a boat dock...

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  • The steam engine on the right has an original sign “NOVO Engines and Outfits” with the date 1925. At the left is a pump with its sign “United Engine Co.” stating it can be rented for $49.88 a month. It dates to 1914. Scott Salmon, left, said, “They used to use it to pump out basements.” His partner is Donald Rosario.
    Harvest Festival celebrates the Town of Sweden’s farming roots

    On Saturday, September 15, the Town of Sweden’s annual Harvest Fest was held at the Sweden Farmers Museum on Lake Road South. On a warm breezy day, the event provided demonstrations, displays, arts, vendors, bake sales, and...

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  • Reflections on Labor Day

    Opinion “There’s a lesson to gain by sweat and strain” This Labor Day let’s celebrate the dignity of down and dirty labor. I mean back-breaking and sweaty digging, heaving, pounding, prying or chopping to clear out, clean up or to plant or build. In activities...

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  • Seen with Don Ennis in the background and Toby Unger, this machine was pulled to the scene by men and pumped by them, with about 15 people on each side. This pumper could either self feed or pump water from a bucket brigade. It could pump water up to 200 gallons per minute. Photo by Dianne Hickerson
    Capen Hose Co. 4 Fire Museum a hidden treasure welcoming the public

    Driving by the Capen Hose Co. 4 Fire Museum some weeks ago, there was a hand-made sign on the lawn announcing, “OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, 1 – 4 pm.”  Located at Brockport’s busiest intersection at Main and Fair...

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