We now have a new director of Veterans Services, Patrick Skelly. Skelly has been with the County’s Veteran’s Service Office for over 10 years.

On May 18, Huron Supervisor Laurie Crane, Sodus Supervisor Steve LeRoy and I participated in the 2012 Relay for Life of North Wayne County NY at the Sodus High School Track. Almost $30,000 was raised to hopefully someday eradicate cancer, a most awful disease.

On May 24, Crane, Leroy and I attended a water seminar which included informative updates on projects in Sodus Bay and the Sodus Bay watershed at the Sodus Point Fire Department. The event was sponsored by Save Our Sodus, Inc., the Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.   

The meeting started with an overview and background of the Sodus Bay watershed followed by highlights of a plan to deal with issues such as invasive species and algae. Pursuant to a grant obtained by the Healing Our Waters Coalition (HOW) last summer, several Sodus Bay organizations have been working together to prioritize the implementation of various steps to deal with water quality issues.

This summer there will be an ambitious program of water sampling. There will also be numerous outreach/education opportunities to collect information as well as to encourage community involvement in the development of a coordinated strategy to prevent harmful algae blooms and reduce nutrient loading in the Bay. For more information about water quality summer activities in the Sodus Bay watershed project, contact the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District Office at 946-4136.  

We now have a new director of Veterans Services, Patrick Skelly. Skelly has been with the County’s Veteran’s Service Office for over 10 years. He was drafted into the army in 1968, and was assigned a tour in Vietnam. He was wounded and discharged from active duty in 1969. Skelly graduated from SUNY at Delhi with as AAS and Rochester Institute of Technology with a BA and Masters. He previously worked for VA Offices in Rochester and Canandaigua before coming to Wayne County. The Veterans Service Office is located in the County’s Public Safety Building on Route 31 in Lyons. Although the office is normally open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., appointments are recommended. Veterans seeking information and/or assistance can schedule an appointment by calling 946-5993.

Skelly is now working with the Canandaigua VA on sponsoring a Veterans’ Family Day in Wayne County. The event is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 22 at a central location in Wayne County that is not yet determined. All American Legion and VFW Posts will be notified of details as they become available.

The next Board of Supervisors meeting is on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. Mark Peterson, president & CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise, will address the board at this meeting. He will be speaking on several regional economic development issues including tourism, attracting quality businesses and changing lives through job creation. He will speak not only on GRE’s efforts, but on the new regional state consolidated funding application process.