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The Corn Hill Gazette – April 2015

The April 2015 Corn Hill Gazette is now available to download.

Corn Hill Gazette April 2015

Ira Srole presents “Rochester: Then and Now Through City Photographs”

Erie Harbor North End Rochester NY Rundell Library Circa 1934 -1950On Sunday, April 12, from 2-3 p.m., CHNA board member Ira Srole will present a talk, illustrated with images from the collection of the Communications Bureau Photo Lab.

This will be presented on the 3rd floor of the Rundel Memorial Central Library, 112 South Avenue.

Did you know that Rochester is one of a handful of cities in the United States to employ its own photographer? Ira has been a City of Rochester photographer for over 35 years. During that time, he has had the opportunity to observe and experience contemporary Rochester history as it was being made.

In this presentation he’ll look at Rochester’s history through the lens of his background in sociology, and ask some important questions.

  • Just how important was the construction of the Erie Canal aqueduct to the early development of Rochester?
  • Why was Rochester a stop on the Underground Railroad?
  • How has public safety, education, and economic development affected Rochester’s contemporary history?

For further information about this fascinating presentation, call 585-428-8370.


Corn Hill Adopt a Pot

Yes, Spring IS coming and what better way to celebrate than by volunteering to take part in Corn Hill’s successful Adopt-A-Pot program. Begun as a Beautification Committee pilot project with flower pots in Avery Mall in 2012, this season will be the third summer that neighbors have been invited to care for large flower pots distributed throughout Corn Hill. The blooming pots have become a signature part of our neighborhood and look so beautiful when well-maintained. So once again, we ask for volunteer “parents” who will commit to plant and maintain each of the 24 flower pots in the neighborhood.

Here’s how it works:

  • Pots, soil, and stones purchased by the Beautification Committee
  • Flowers and accent plants provided by the city’s spring flower give-away
  • Sites for pots determined by CHBC in accordance with the city guidelines for pedestrian safety
  • Pots will be set up and/or beds ready for planting by mid-May
  • A May weekend will be chosen for pick-up of flowers and accent plants at Avery Mall – volunteers may also add their own flowers to the pots they’ll plant and tend
  • Joanie or Pete will contact you regarding your commitment, pot-or- flower-bed site and flower pick-up

Adopt-a-Pot Signup

If you would like to be a part of this project, please provide the following information or contact Beautification Committee at: Beautification and Joanie or Pete will get back to you.

DAR “Tea & Talk” on Hervey Ely, Rochester Pioneer

A summer photo of the Hervey-Ely house in Corn Hill, a historic community in Rochester, NY.On Sunday, March 29, the ladies of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host another “Tea & Talk” at the Hervey Ely House, 138 Troup Street.

This talk from 2-3 p.m., will feature the house’s first owner, Hervey Ely, who helped shape the early days of our city.

Join the DAR ladies for an insightful look into his life and times, followed by a tour of his historic, prominent reminder of a glorious era that has been cared for by the Irondequoit chapter of the DAR for 95 years.

Please register in advance at 585-383-3068 or by E-mail to

A $5 donation is suggested.


Front entrance to Nathaniels Pub located in historic Corn Hill, Rochester, NYAll Corn Hill neighbors are invited to a Meet & Greet at Nathaniel’s Pub, 251 Exchange Boulevard on Sunday afternoon, March 15 from 4-6:30 p.m.

Appetizers will be provided.

This winter has seemed especially long and snowy, so if you haven’t seen much of your neighbors lately and you’re suffering from “cabin fever,” get out of the house and spend a few hours socializing.

Genesee Valley Little League Registration – 2015

Little League Baseball logoGenesee Valley Little League President Larry Floyd announces that the League is now registering youths for the 2015 Season.

The league has been serving Rochester’s Southwest Quadrant for 60 years and played last season’s well-received opening game on the Adams Street Recreation Field.

Several games are scheduled there this season and Corn Hill parents are encouraged to register their children for this year’s season at

Next Clarissa Street Initiative Meeting

Winter Scene on Clarissa St. Corn Hill, Rochester, NYBecause our February 2nd Clarissa Street Initiative Meeting at The Clarissa Room had to be cancelled due to severe weather, that meeting has been postponed and will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 16 at The Clarissa Room , 293 Clarissa Street.

Clayton Wiley (Memorial AME Zion Church) and Scott Williams (CHNA Vision Plan Steering Committee) have again agreed to co-chair this meeting and interested neighbors and stakeholders are encouraged to attend and to share thoughts and ideas regarding projects they wish to pursue.

Sidewalks and Home Owner’s Duties

Corn Hill Neighbors Need to Shovel their Sidewalks, It's the LawCorn Hill has long prided itself as being a walkable neighborhood. Many residents walk downtown to work; PAC-TAC teams walk the neighborhood keeping us safe; Dog owners exercise their pets on our sidewalks; and hundreds of visitors walk our Historic Wellness Trail sites.

This year our sidewalks have been especially treacherous as the snow has turned to ice and that ice has accumulated. According to Rochester City Code regulations:

“Property owners have a legal obligation to clear sidewalks adjacent to their properties of obstructions including snow, ice, and snowplow residue.” (Check out City Codes at

In the case of absentee landlords, tenants might sometimes need to help out.

In addition to our snowy sidewalks, some dog owners seem to have become careless about picking up after their pets, making pedestrian efforts even more difficult. Again, this is in violation of our City Code.

A third issue involves shoveling the snow around fire hydrants. When Fire Departments are called to house fires, every second counts, and taking several extra minutes to get water from a hydrant could make all the difference in extinguishing flames in time to prevent serious damage.

It hasn’t been an easy winter for any of us, but all Corn Hill home owners and neighbors are encouraged to be responsible and considerate.

The Corn Hill Gazette – February/March 2015

The February/March 2015 Corn Hill Gazette is now available to download.

The Corn Hill Gazette Cover February/March 2015


Rochester Recreation CenterThe Adams Street Recreation Center at 85 Adams Street has posted the following hours for pool usage:

Open Swims:
M-F: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Mon.: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Fri.: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Sat.: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Lap Swims:
M-F: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Wed.: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Sat.: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Pool admission is free to youths under the age of 18, and individual visits for those over 18 are $2 per visit. Specific programs include free swim lessons for youths, lessons for adults and lifeguard training courses. Our pool is a wonderful neighborhood asset and Corn Hill neighbors are encouraged to make use of it.

The Rec. Center also has a new weight room on the 2nd floor. Hours are:

Monday through Friday, from 7-9 p.m.
Saturdays 10a.m. to noon.

Everyone must fill out a Eazy-Pass form. Neighbors are encouraged to also make use of this facility.

Visit for more information.