A CHEER ... to the anonymous person who contacted the New York State Museum in Albany and arranged to have the tomahawk that was gifted to Seneca chief Cornplanter returned. President George Washington gave the tomahawk to Cornplanter in 1792, but its whereabouts were unknown since being stolen nearly 70 years ago. But it's back in the hands of the museum thanks to an individual who understood the importance of the item to the history of New York and, specifically, Canandaigua. (Cornplanter was among those who signed the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua establishing peace and relations between the Six Nations and the United States.)
A CHEER ... to Keith Urban for taking the time to post a Facebook video thanking all his fans in the Canandaigua area after his Sunday night performance at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC). His thank-you video has almost 200,000 views at press time- — so fans really can't get enough of the country superstar. Messenger Post Media sent a photographer to the concert. If you'd like to see more photos and watch the video, go to our website at www.mpnnow.com
A CHEER to the upcoming 30th annual Canandaigua Art & Music Festival and its organizers. The festival will take place from noon to 7 p.m. July 20 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 21-22 in downtown Canandaigua. There will be artists and crafters, food vendors, live music, performances, demonstrations and activities for kids. There will also be a few new, special events at next weekend's festival. For detailed information you can visit canandaiguaartfestival.com.
A CHEER ... to the Canandaigua Community Sailing Association, Quail Summit and the Georgia-based charity Second Wind Dreams, for helping a Quail Summit resident's dreams set sail. Chet Groot had loved to sail with his sons — and staff at the Canandaigua senior residential community decided to get the family back on the water. Quail Summit has an ongoing partnership with Second Wind Dreams, which grants dreams to those living in elder care, to plan how to make residents' dreams come true, and Second Wind reached out to the sailing association, a new non-profit. A certified adult sailing instructor for the association recent sailed with Groot and sons Randy and Rick on Canandaigua Lake. This partnership helped everyone involved live the dream.
A CHEER ... to an anonymous donor who's making the road to a dog park in Canandaigua less "ruff." The anonymous $25,000 gift actually was pledged about four years ago, says Friends of the Canandaigua Canine Campus citizens group founder Nancy McCarthy, and was hinged on ground being broken at a park site. Construction of the park has started at 97 Buffalo St., and it's expected to be open by late summer or early fall. The city and town of Canandaigua are contributing labor, equipment and $60,000 in parks and green space fees.