Around Geneseo: When coupons fell like rain



Livingston cares! The annual Jail Ministry Clergy Day provided proof of that statement on Oct. 23 when guests filled St. Mary’s Church parish center.

With a theme of “Unity,” Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty thanked attendees for their support and outreach to his department, prisoners and released inmates. Capt. Jeff Hammond gave a snapshot of correctional services that included an average daily inmate population of 146 in 2017. Jail capacity is 194. This includes federal detainees and women.

Brandy Swain, a transitional jail counselor, described a variety of services depending on individual needs. A service counted 2,518 transportation trips in the past year. Bibles always are available. “Connect” is the key concept in aid including consultation with pastors.

Kristen Carey and Mary Deuel offered testimonies. Jail Chaplain Jose Ortiz directed the program. Retired chaplain, the Rev. Paul Metzger, greeted guests and offered a prayer. Following the speakers the Sheriff hosted a complimentary lunch.

Students commended

Dr. Mary Ellen Zuckerman told of C.J. Burke, class of 2019, taking the lead on the Data Through Sound Innovation Team. With a $50,000 National Science Foundation Innovation grant, his research title is “Music in the Numbers Software” that produces sound by translating numerical sequences of archival and real-time data. He “held his own” in discussions with graduate students from Harvard and New York University at a recent conference. Glenn McClure is the project’s principal investigator.

Another SUNY Geneseo student, Kelly Parrett is developing a Main Street orientation for second semester new students at the college. Those at the Village Building have helped to insure the new scholars will feel at home after they arrive.

Happy birthday

To Lucille Kane, Oct. 24; Roberta Irwin, 25; Matthew Bennet, 26; K.C. Bailey, 29; Andrew Harke, 31; Emily Lamb, 30; Rich Zahn, Nov. 3.


At the Ecumenical Book Review scheduled for noon Nov. 1 at Wadsworth Library, Dr. William Cook will review, “St. Francis of Assisi, the Way of Poverty and Humility.” On Dec. 6, library director Deb Emerson will speak on “Educated, a Memoir” by Tara Westover. Attendance has been good at the review series. All are welcome. Bring your own lunch.

Rotary cog grindings

Keyboard musician and Past President Dennis Dawson opened the meeting with “Oh Canada” followed by “America the Beautiful.” It was Canadian Thanksgiving.

David Woods returned from traveling with a gift for President Angela Ellis. Diane Hamilton advertized the Elizabeth Von Trapp program at St. Michael’s Church. Secretary Ann Dawson was called forward to receive a thank you gift from the president. D.A. Parish paid a penalty for a newer vehicle.

The Oct. 15 speaker was Dr. Mary Ellen Zuckerman, dean of the SUNY Geneseo School of Business. A large majority of business school students participate in intern and volunteer projects.

Parish personal

Brody Jack Russell has become more territorial, barking when other dogs and their escorts pass by. Pay no attention. It’s not his duty and he will be discouraged.

Thanks for the thoughtfulness with a new batch of goodies.

From the Churchmouse

The John Vonglis Golf Tournament was a success in its 11th year. Proceeds of roughly $3,000 will be used for scholarships and upkeep on the Field of Dreams. Second to sixth graders were presented with Deep Blue Kids Bibles on Sept. 23 from the Central Presbyterian Church.

Glancing Backward

The Grand Union Airplane flew over Geneseo on Oct. 28, 1937. Those below watched for circulars dropped by the plane. Each will bear a coupon worth 10 cents for any purchase of $2 at any Grand Union store. The store featured three cakes of Ivory Soap for 19 cents (Thanks to Lore DiSalvo for this contribution).

David W. Parish is historian for the town and village of Geneseo. He writes the columns “Around Geneseo” and “Glancing Backwards” for The Livingston County News.

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