Lollypop Farm Wish List

Our esteemed newsletter editor, Vickie Patridge, is also a volunteer at Lollypop Farm and would like your help if you could donate anything from the list below:

Lollypop Farm Wish List

Donating any of these items is a great way to contribute directly to the care of homeless animals at Lollypop Farm and receive a tax deduction.

If you have any items you are willing to donate, please bring them to the shelter in Fairport or our adoption centers.  If you have questions, please call us at (585) 223-1330. Thank you!

Urgent Needs:

  • We use large quantities of the following items on a daily basis. These are our greatest needs in caring for the animals at the shelter.
  • Cat toys like balls, toy mice, soft toys with catnip, pom poms, pipe cleaners
  • Soft dog treats (like Snausages, CloudStar Soft & Chewy Buddy Biscuits, or  Zukes Mini Naturals)
  • Canned cat food (all brands)
  • Large, black garbage bags
  • Paper towels
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Postage stamps
  • Reams of copy paper
  • Non-clumping cat litter
  • Gift cards to gas stations for law enforcement vehicles
  • Gift cards to Wegmans or Pet$aver Healthy Pet Superstore to purchase fresh produce and specialty supplies for reptiles and birds
  • Gift cards to Victor Feed and Home Center, Country Max, or Tractor Supply to purchase supplies for farm animals.
  •  NOTE: We do not have need for paper shreds.

 For the Animal Shelter

  • Pet Food
  • Guinea Pig food
  • Rabbit food
  • Hamster food
  • Cockatiel/Parakeet food
  • Large Parrot food
  • Ferret food
  • Science Diet cans of cat food
  • Treats for cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs
  • Any unopened bags of dog or cat food (for use by law enforcement and pet food bank)

For the entertainment of the volunteers at Lollypop, Rebecca has the following request:

  • When you’re doing your spring cleaning at home this year, keep an eye out for any radios or CD players that you wouldn’t mind donating to the shelter. Our radios have a short shelf life here due to the dust and continuous use, so we’re always on the lookout for more! We can use radios, CD players, or even alarm clocks with radios.

Tentative 2013 Event Schedule

  • JANUARY
    • No meeting
  • FEBRUARY
    • Annual Bar-B-Q at Dinosaur BBQ, Rochester, Sunday, Feb. 10th, 1:00 PM
  • MARCH

Finger Lakes MBCA 2012 Annual Meeting

The conservatory at Belhurst Castle in Geneva was the perfect setting for the Annual Meeting of the Finger Lakes Section and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the club’s charter. Twenty two members joined together to discuss club business, plan events for the coming year with new ideas and commitments before enjoying luncheon and a special cake celebrating the forty years the Finger Lakes Section has existed. Present were: Red Kozinski and Nelly Burke, Mel and Alice Dillon, Howard Steiner and Carolyn Foote, Bob and Kathy Harradine, Menzer and Rena Dowd, Don and Betsy Klug, Don and Sally McFarland, John Lamb and Vickie Patridge, Noal White, Dave Kliment and Gillian Lynn, new member Reinhard Thieben, Bob and Judy Handzo. [Read more…]

The Sonnenberg Garden Fathers Day Car Show Delights

A Guest post by section member Don Klug. Thanks Don!

Three members of our Finger Lakes Mercedes Benz Car Club enjoyed a delightful and surprising collection of classic, vintage antique and modern day marvels at the 6th Annual Sonnenberg Gardens Fathers Day Car Show in Canandaigua on Sunday, June 17th. Dan Bilow from the Finger Lakes region showcased his beautiful 1985 SL Convertible, flanked by a 2008 E Class owned by Betsy and Don Klug, Watertown and a 2005 S-Class owned by Rena and Menzer Doud of Pirrepont Manor.

Car lovers showcased their automobiles of all sorts, from “horseless carriages” such as two stunning Pierce Arrow Cars built/manufactured prior to 1916) to vintage vehicles, like the Model T, to mint-condition classics, to modern marvels on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park.

During the show, hot dogs, soft drinks, popcorn, pretzels, a chicken barbecue meal and other food items were available as well as tours of the mansion and the nine beautiful gardens. Musical entertainment set the mood for a fun-filled afternoon and a day the whole family was able to enjoy.

Perched atop the sun-bathed hill of the estate known as “Sonnenberg” (German for “sunny hill”), is the 40-room Queen Anne-style mansion. New York City bank financier Frederick Ferris Thompson and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, the daughter of New York State governor Myron Holley Clark, purchased the property in 1863 when it featured just a brick farmhouse on 14 acres. The family prospered and built the mansion between 1885-1887.

Much of the signature floral design and landscaping seen at the nine formal gardens bears the imprint of philanthropist Mary Clark Thompson, who was influenced by numerous trips to European and Asian locales.

Annual Picnic 2012

The sun was in full splendor on that Sunday. Bob had billed this event as a welcome to new members and although he spoke to several newbies interested in coming just Lynn Smith and her sister joined us. Missed a good one guys!

Beautiful cars on a beautiful day at Red’s house.

As always, the perfect host, Red Kozinski had his property groomed beautifully. A sparkling pool, badminton, croquet, and ladder ball were all set up and various other ball games were ready for competition. The wooded trails seemed to be the most popular “sport”. They provided a respite from the hot sun, blackberries were ready to be picked and eaten, and there was the surprise of the little cabin to be found tucked among the trees. If walking was found to be too strenuous a golf cart was available and used by Dave Kliment and our daughter, Gillian, who were probably the youngest people at the picnic. Dave says he only wanted to see how fast it would go.

Everyone brought a salad or a dessert and the long table was groaning with delights. Red provided shrimp and bourbon balls. Nibbles to start of cheeses, dips, chips, etc. and Betsy Klug’s liverwurst pate which received kudos and was inhaled. Wines, beers and sodas were available. Red fired up his unique grill (plan to come next year to see this treasure) with wood and cooked beef and turkey burgers, hots, sausage and chicken breasts. Lots of condiments and pickles were added along with each of the salads and we retired to the tables under the porch roof to consume and comment. Men talked about the cars, women about food and kids and other important things.

Dave had us line all the Mercedes up on the lawn and took photos for the website and the newsletter – it was a gorgeous sight. Every color, model and style. Perfect day for convertibles and every one was top down. Our Ford truck was not allowed to join this stellar group even though it brought the tables, foods, drinks, paperware and all manner of stuff. We knew it would over flow our Mercedes without even trying.

Once again, the Klugs, from Watertown, won the long distance award but it was touch and go with Ernie Edelmann who drove from Elmira. Nice to see members from so far away, especially the eastern area of our Section.

When we had eaten our fill and run out of stories it was time to tidy Red’s garage and yard and head home. We can’t thank Red enough for volunteering to host the annual picnic. Hope he’s up to it next year, too. There’s not a better place for a Mercedes gathering.

Don’t forget that on Sunday, August 19th we’re meeting at the Seward House in Auburn at 1:00PM for a tour followed by lunch at the lovely Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles. Be sure to join the event on the Club Facebook page. Hope to see more of you from the Syracuse area.

President’s Message, 3rd quarter 2012

Our annual summer picnic will be held on Sunday, July 8th at Red Kozinski’s home in Scottsville and I’d like to send out a special invitation to our new members. We want to meet you and give you the opportunity to get to know the club officers, other members and to feel that you “belong” to this wonderful organization. You’ve made an investment to join and we’d like to know more about you, your interests and expectations from being a Finger Lakes member. The majority of new members are Rochester area residents but we don’t want to ignore the eastern area of our Section and we need those from the Syracuse and Southern Tier areas to give us ideas to please them. You can make our Section more interesting, exciting and fun for everyone with your ideas and suggestions and to help it grow by attracting more new members. We welcome your participation and look forward to welcoming you to FLMBCA.

Our new Rochester dealer, West Herr, has delivered almost 200 Mercedes to date and we’ve begun to see the Section grow. We’d like to increase the number of owners who do choose to join the club and West Herr has been a wonderful partner in helping with the May tech session, generous service advice and friendly, knowledgeable staff. We look forward to a long and happy relationship with them. [Read more…]