Friday, October 23, 2015

Halloween Event at Tinker Nature Park

We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped to make the Halloween Event at Tinker Nature Park a success. A program of this size, upwards of 350 kids plus adults, is dependent on volunteers and the Rush-Henrietta community once again stepped up and delivered. Volunteers included Tinker Homestead Docents, R-H National Honor Society, Henrietta Youth Asset Team, Tinker Venture Crew, BSA Troop 750, Cub Scout Pack 332, Rotary Interact, Natural Helpers, and Friends of Tinker Park. I am also fortunate to have the help of Town Staff from various departments helping to plan, set-up and staff the event. Thank you to the Henrietta Sign Shop for signage and setting up traffic control, the Parks Department for set up and helping visitors safely cross Calkins Rd. Tina Thompson, the Town Historian for helping to oversee the Tinker Homestead, and Anita Tichacek from the Recreation Department who helps with the planning of the event and coordination of volunteers. Finally, a thank you to my co-workers Lora Abbott and Channing Crouse for all their hard work leading up to and during the event.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Hansen Nature Center Celebrates 20th Anniversay

On Saturday, September 19th, before the annual Harvest Festival, the Hansen Nature Center held a ceremony marking the 20th Anniversary of the center. Special guest speakers included, State Assemblyman Harry Bronson, Henrietta Supervisor Jack Moore, Ron Walker (the nature center's first  program director) and Carol Tinker Aldridge. The occasion was marked with the presentation of of a Special Citation from the NYS Assembly recognizing the educational role the Hansen Nature Center has provided the community over the past 20 years. The certificate was accepted by Carol Tinker Aldridge on behalf of the Hansen family. Thank you to all who have had a role in the success of the Hansen Nature Center.
Supervisor Moore reflecting on his friendship with Henry Hansen

Program Director Tim Pratt reading a letter of appreciation from Sandy Alverez, daughter of Henry Hansen.

Assemblyman Bronson talking about the importance of the nature center to the community.

Carol Tinker Aldridge receiving the Special Citation from the NYS Assembly.
Ron Walker talking about the early days of the Hansen Nature Center and Tinker Nature Park