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SOS: Save Our Surroundings: Big Concerns:  6166 South Vine Valley Rd. Emergency Meetings
SOS: Save Our Surroundings: Save Our Surroundings began in 1996 when Middlesex, NY residents in and near the Canandaigua lakeshore wanted to protect the extraordinary natural heritage of the area. SOS has been a voice for the local community to give input on matters ranging from zoning laws to local development concerns. Whenever the need has arisen, SOS members have come together to work for the protection and betterment of the community.  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has!”….Margaret Mead
Big Concerns: 6166 South Vine Valley Rd. On or about January 11, 2012, a few Middlesex residents became aware of an emerging matter of deep concern.  As has been the long-standing custom, an SOS was put out to the community, calling for a meeting on January 28th to discuss the rumored closing of  the Middlesex IRA Residential House located at 6166 South Vine Valley Rd.  The facility is owned by NYS, and has housed disabled adults for over 20 years.  It was said to be closing within days to weeks, due to alleged fire code violations.  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”… often mistakenly attributed to Edmund Burke.
Emergency Meetings The Middlesex Community reacted quickly and decisively when the 6166 news broke, and commitment has remained strong.  See below for emergency meeting summaries.  “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Socialist.  Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Trade Unionist.  Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew.  Then they came for me  and there was no one left to speak for me.” Martin Niemöller. 

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A Drive down South Lake Rd; Day #2

Here are some pictures from the drive; more tomorrow!

Public Beach:

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2015 Flash Flood June 14th


A flash flood on a quiet, sunny June 14th wreaked new havoc on some of the same spots hit last year.   We’ll post pictures as they become available, but here are some early arrivals, thanks to Clay Linn who received them from Fosters:

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The following pictures were received from Sue Sage:







Ron Papa sent the following pictures:

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2015 Flash Flood Pictures continued

The following set was supplied by Jim Spelman re Newago Cove:






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2015 Community House Season is Launched


The 2015 Summer Season is officially launched with the publication of the Vine Valley Community House’s Program Guide.  And the first special weekend event was held on Saturday, May 30 — a dedication event by the local vets for the new flagpole.  Memorial pavers are still available.


Here is the Calendar for the 2015 Weekly and Monthly Events:   (click to enlarge)

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Here is the 2015 Listing of Events through July:

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