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MS ROC the Ride Bike Tour Will Include Corn Hill

BikeMS Corn Hill RochesterThe inaugural MS “ROC the Ride Bike Tour” will include Corn Hill. CHNA Historian Bonny Mayer will greet participating bicyclists at noon in the gazebo at Lunsford Circle Park on Sunday, September 7 to offer neighborhood history and information regarding our Historic Wellness Trail.

ROC the Ride’s start and finish location is in Genesee Vally Park at 133 Elmwood Avenue. It is anew, one-day, Rochester-centric ride that brings you by some of Rochester’s points of interest and gives a fresh look at some interesting spots around the city. The 15 mile Tour of ROC ride for Bike MS is totally different from the usual bicycling event. You won’t be continually riding – it is a tour of the city. This is a ride for people who don’t usually do charity rides. You don’t have to be an athlete, wear bike clothing, know how to follow a bike route, have a fancy bike, or have a lot of experience. This is really an opportunity for people to take an organized, sponsored, guided, informative tour of their community, to make a modest donation to a worthwhile charity by doing so, and to come away with the impression: “WOW! I learned that …, I never knew that. And, you know what, I did it on my BIKE and it was FUN!”

There are 8 stops on the tour; there will be a historian at each stop to give information — it’s amazing how many connections there are between these locations and bicycles. It sounds really fun. We are estimating the ride will be about 3 hours total. And there will be separate groups leaving the park. Each group will have 10 riders, a ride leader and a ride “sweep” (total of 12 people in each group). The sweep makes sure no one is left behind. There are only a few miles between each stop. The historian will not begin until all riders in the group have arrived. The stops are:

  1. Mt Hope Cemetery – ride past gravesites of the Rochesterians who made our city great.
  2. Highland Park Arboretum – Our parks include designs by Frederick Law Olmstead and provided nearby bike destinations for recreation
  3. Cobbs Hill — Rochester City Water bureau and the historic Rochester water system (don’t worry, not climbing the big hill!)
  4. George Eastman House — (George Eastman was an avid cyclist and a bicycle commuter whenever the weather was good!)
  5. Wall Therapy artists / Rochester Public Market — this will be an official rest stop with snacks and public restrooms
  6. RG&E Water Power on the Genesee — High Falls at the Pont Du Rennes bridge
  7. Susan B. Anthony House – the bicycle and empowerment during the Women’s Rights movement in the 19th century
  8. Corn Hill neighborhood – Rochester’s first and most historic residential neighborhood

In addition to the Tour of ROC, several other routes for all cycling abilities allow you to choose the ride that challenges or inspires you! Options include a 30-mile cruise along the Rochester waterway paths; a 45-mile trail ride through the Genesee River Trail, Lehigh Valley Trail, Auburn Trail and more; and a metric century and century ride along the beautiful lakeshore. Each route is fully supported so whichever ROC the Ride route you choose, you will be sure to have a wonderful ride while helping your friends and neighbors who live with the challenges of MS. Register today!

The ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike mechanics, full meals and support vehicles. Invite your family and friends to cheer as you cross the finish line, and then enjoy a wonderful afternoon celebration with great food, music, adult beverages, messages, and fun! Bike MS will take you further than you’ve ever gone before. It’s not the miles that matter — it’s the unforgettable journey. Join us for an event that’s more than a ride — it’s anticipation, camaraderie, personal accomplishment, and the knowledge that you’re changing lives…making every mile that much sweeter.

Registration Fee: $25,
Fundraising Minimum: $250,
Route Options: 100 miles, 62 miles, 45 miles, 30 miles, and 15 mile tour,
Age Minimum: 12,
Event Manager: Katie Wells
Phone: 518-464-0850,
Tour of ROC organizer: Scott Wagner
Phone: 585-880-7643

Energy Seminar at PathStone Corporation

pathstoneenergyWinter is right around the corner and PathStone will be holding home energy seminars throughout the fall to help homeowners make their homes more comfortable and energy efficient. These seminars detail how income qualified homeowners and landlords in the Finger Lakes region can access low interest financing, 50% grants for qualified energy saving measures, and a free home energy audit. The workshop is free but space is limited so please pre-register. Snacks and drinks provided.

Workshops take place

  • September 9th & 23rd
  • October 14th & 28th
  • November 11 th & 25th

from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at 404 East Ave Rochester.

Phone 585.442.2030 ext 204.

Parking is located behind the building off of Prince St. For more information please visit :

South Plymouth Avenue Improvement Project

South PlymouthIn conjunction with a street resurfacing treatment, South Plymouth Avenue will receive traffic calming features intended to slow vehicles down and make the area safer and more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

  1. Installing a curbed median with grass and trees extending from South Fitzhugh Street to Exchange Boulevard. The medians, along with the addition of a tree canopy, will add to the historic appeal of the Corn Hill neighborhood.
  2. Installing bike lanes and shared use bicycle lane markings (also called “sharrows”) on South Plymouth Avenue.
  3. Narrowing of South Plymouth Avenue at South Fitzhugh Street and Atkinson Street with the use of curbed bumpouts.
  4. Installing pedestrian crosswalks at South Fitzhugh Street.
  5. Replacing the brick crosswalk on South Fitzhugh Street at South Plymouth Avenue with a durable, brick-patterned stamped asphalt product.


For more information from the City’s website, including photos, a schedule and contact information, please click here.

19th Ward Community Association House Tour

19th Ward House TourDon’t miss this house tour on Saturday October 18 from 11am to 3 pm.

By most people’s reckoning it is the 38th tour sponsored by the 19th ward Community Association.

Co-chair Mitzie Collins guarantees that “This tour will surprise, enlighten, amuse and amaze you”. Co-chair Dewain Feller adds “If you have lived here for twenty-five years, or for just one year, there is something for you to find fascinating and intriguing in the five houses and two neighborhood landmarks that are featured.” There are buzzing bees, stalwart lions, a bronze dipped statue, an interior design based on fung sui, a school in a house and a lighting system turned on by cell phone. That short list is designed to whet your appetite for the creative lives and lifestyles of our 19th ward neighbors that will be on display. Headquarters for the tour is St. Monica’s Church, newly renovated to greet her second century. Come to the church at 10 am for a free talk on the theme of the tour, “Sustainability and Creativity.”

Both of these qualities are on display on the tour. You can purchase tickets ahead of the tour at the 19th ward Community Association Office for $10. All tickets the day of the tour are $12. In addition to showing off our neighborhood to ourselves as well as to the larger community, the House Tour has always been a major fund raiser for the Association.

We hope that members of the Community Association will invite friends from all over the city…indeed the entire region …to come and visit us. Engine 7 Firehouse is our other landmark on the tour. Have you ever wondered what the inside of a fire house would be like? Wonder no longer, as we will be invited in to see their remodeled quarters and meet the firemen on duty that day. A new feature this year is a special group rate for 10 or more tickets bought by October 10th.

The tickets, at $8 each, are sold as a group and are non-refundable. Co-chair Mitzie Collins comments “We hope to interest organizations to include the 19th Ward Community Association house tour as a club or church activity.“

There is still time to sign up to be a volunteer host at one of the houses. We are also encouraging folks to be Patrons of the tour. You get some very special perks, as well as recognition in the tour booklet that serves as a ticket.

For most information on hosting or being a patron please contact Mitzie Collins at 585-747 1219 or


Corn Hill Yard Sale

Source: Flickr, IntangibleArts

The CHNA Social Committee is sponsoring a neighborhood yard sale on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Advertising will occur in local newspapers as well as on Craigslist.

Corn Hill neighbors are invited to set their sale items out at their own residences—the Gazebo area will NOT be utilized for this event.

The sale will be “Rain or Shine” with discretion left up to each individual neighbor. Here’s an opportunity to rid your attic or basement of those items you no longer find necessary or useful.

Public Design Workshop – West River Wall Study

West River Wall StudyCorn Hill neighbors are invited to attend join a Public Design Workshop to discuss Rochester’s West River Wall.  

We are seeking public input to better understand the needs and visions of the community as they relate to the site.  Using material produced for the 2012 Corn Hill Neighborhood Charette, we hope to further solidify and align design concepts with the needs of the community.

The Public Design Workshop is scheduled as follows:

September 9, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Church of Love Faith Center
700 Exchange Boulevard
Rochester, New York  14613

Please accept this invitation to join us on September 9, 2014.  It is important that this study reflect the needs and visions of the community, therefore we would like to hear from each and every one of you, your voice is important to us.

The study will develop and strengthen the framework for conversion of this space into one that connects and engages the surrounding neighborhoods, businesses, and educational institutions with our vibrant riverfront. This community based study will serve to promote and guide us as we continue to discuss and define the next chapter.

Should you require additional information prior to the September 9th meeting, feel free to call Thomas Hack at (585) 428-6852 or via email  With your continued help, we can truly make a difference.

Click here to view the study.

2014 Fairy Houses Tour Winners Announced

2014 Fairy Houses TourRochester, NY July 16, 2014 – The Corn Hill Neighbors Association is excited to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual Fairy Houses Tour at the 46th Corn Hill Arts Festival.

Over 50 creative Fairy houses built by Rochester area families, individuals and teams were submitted, displayed and judged. Awards were given in three categories, “Most Unique,” “Most Whimsical,” and “Best Use of Natural Materials.” A “People’s Choice” winner was decided based on votes by visitors who viewed the exhibit.

The winners are as follows:

Most Unique

  • Foehner and Leupold
  • Lyla & Violet Grills
  • Brett Family

Most Whimsical

  • Liza Sommers
  • Natalie Banister & Barbara Swinton
  • Marshall Family

Best Use of Natural Materials

  • Fen Hailfrost
  • Suzi Poluzi
  • Alyssa & Jose Fernandez & Family Ann

People’s Choice

  • Destiney & Douglas Schultz

The winning Fairy Houses will be on display at The Strong, from Tuesday, July 15 to Sunday, July 27, 2014.

For a complete look at the winning Fairy Houses, click here.

Additional photos from the tour can be seen by clicking here.

The Corn Hill Gazette – August 2014

The August 2014 Corn Hill Gazette is now available to download.

The Corn Hill Gazette Cover August 2014


Neighborhood Events at Clarissa’s Café Lounge




Calling All Skiers and Snowboarders

Corn Hill Recreation Ski 2014All the talk about Christmas in July is a reminder that it isn’t too early to start planning for the upcoming ski season. August is a big month for ski shops to kick off their retail season with promotional sales and ski centers offer their best discounts in the summer.

Corn Hill Neighborhood Recreation will be sponsoring neighborhood ski outings to Bristol Mountain and Holiday Valley during the 2014-2015 ski season. We need a minimum of 15 people to qualify for discounted lift tickets and a minimum of 35 people to make bus transportation affordable. Don’t downhill? Bristol and Holiday Valley have cross country trails for you to enjoy.

Lift ticket prices are $52 for weekend and $40 for weekday. Bristol Nordic passes are $12. Holiday Valley trails are free but there is a $14 lift fee to get to the trails. Prices are subject to change. Bus transportation will be $20 or less depending on the number of participants.

For more information including dates, sign up and deadlines visit the Corn Hill Neighborhood Recreation Facebook page at or email Marty Petrella at