Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on October 22, 2015 · Page A8
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Page8A Thursday,October22,2015 DemocratandChronicle. com WWW.INSEASONFP.COM StartEarly, SaveBig 585.334.4480 +"",*310#-!2(-003.63/&#-!2(-00345',))%$ Getspecialpre-season pricingoneverything! Topaz Gas Insert (30,000 BTU’s) Installed with Blower & Surround Reg: $ 3,800 Sale $ 2,999 Traditional, Mission, Country, Contemporary PRIOR SALES EXCLUDED Only the finest dinettes & dining rooms. Come see us - you won’t be disappointed! CHOOSE 2 OF THE FOLLOWING • 10% OFF * • 12 MONTHS INTEREST FREE* • FREE LOCAL DELIVERY* 1 455 Jefferson Rd., Henrietta • (585) 442-3840 2 miles E. of Marketplace, near Winton Rd. S. Mon.-Fri. 1 0-8 • Sat. 1 0-6 • Sun. 1 2-5 www.diningfurniturecentre.com *With minimum purchase See store for details DC-0000364130 STEELENTRYDOORS WINDOWS SIDING•DOORS 654-7000 Tim McGraw, Loretta L ynn, Rascal Flatts, Keith Ur- ban…country music performer Josie Waverly of Hilton has opened for them all. N ow, she is opening a new chapter: a children’s book with her name on t he cover. Waverly, who still performs nationwide, is now an author, too. Her Josie the Singing Butterfly was published in August. She is planning an upcoming series that uses a colorful, melodic butterfly to teach children lessons about important issues like safety, bullying and adoption. A lthough she publishes under her name, s he writes as “Dama” — t he name for “grandma,” given by her five grand- c hildren. “ I wanted to leave them more than my mu- s ic. I wanted to leave something they could get morals and lessons from,” Waverly said. “The lessons are the things I want all children to learn.” E ach fun story in a Josie the Singing Butterfly book ends with a clear lesson, such as, “Everyone has a talent. Each of us just needs to find it and then build it up.” For decades, Waverly’s talent has been her voice. She started singing in church when she was 10 years old. While in her early 20s, she was at a b ackyard party when she joined the band that was o nstage and fell in love w ith performing for a crowd. “ I’m self-taught,” W averly said. “It’s a gift from God.” T he Hilton native t raveled extensively around the country in the e arly- to mid-1990s opening for well-known national acts and recording CDs before headlining her own shows like Queens of Pure Country , Always Patsy Cline , and most recently, Cash & C line: A Tribute to John- ny & Patsy (with Terry Lee Goffee). Over the years Waverly, who was inducted i nto the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, has written music and lyrics for her songs (as a child she w ould “hear” a song in her head and write it) but Josie the Singing Butterfly is the first time she has written a book or anything close to it. “It’s a blessing,” said W averly, about the book, which was self-published by Lulu Publishing. She calls the book just another extension of who she is: a wife, mother, grandmother, country singer and, now, writer. Her last show for 2015 will be a benefit for Camp Haccamo on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Diplomat Banquet Center Ballroom in Rochester. T hen, Waverly will be taking some time off to w rite before returning to s tage in 2016. Ultimately, she hopes t o have Josie the Singing B utterfly’s lines sung to audiences of children by h erself, Josie aka Dama, o f course. Until next Thursday, m ay your own west-side stories be great ones... Contact Caurie (rhymes with “story”) Putnam at caurie@ur- grad.rochester.edu with news from west-side towns. On Twitter as @ CauriePutnam. Local country singer publishes her first book CAURIE PUTNAM Josie Waverly and her book “Josie the Singing Butterfly.” CAURIE PUTNAM WEST EXTRA For some children, making new friends at school is a difficult p roposi- t ion, particularly if t hey’re new to the school o r aren’t in the same classroom as theirbud- dies. Recess can be intimidating, too. The folks at Klem South Elementary School in Webster have latched onto an idea which should ease that discomfort. They’re called “buddy benches,” which are colorful wooden benches plopped onto the Klem S outh playgroundfor a specific and important purpose. Children who are feeling lonely and don’t have anyone to play with can sit on a bench, indicating they’d like to meet some new friends. Other kids can then r each out to those students and invite them to p lay. Klem South PTSA member Melissa Bolton read about the buddy b enches online, and brought the idea to a PTSA meeting. “It’s so easy to be disconnected,” Bolton s aid. With the buddy b enches, however, “You’re forcing a little kid to pay attention to what’s going on around them ... it’s kind of a little p rod for them” to be e mpathetic to other chil- d ren. “On the other hand, it also empowers these kids. If they’re having a bad day, it helps pave the way, to get them to think, ‘If I sit here, things will b e OK.’” K lem South Principal E rin Land says the origin al idea for buddy benches came from Germany. APennsylvania boy who was moving to Germany looked up his new school on the Internet. He saw a picture of the school’s playground and buddy bench. He shared the idea with his local school, in Pennsylvania, which added buddy benches to their playground. The trend has caught on at p laces across the country and Bolton brought the idea to Klem South. Land was on board immediately, seeing the benches as a good way to help reinforce the district’s CARE policy, which encourages stud ents to exemplify the core values of coopera- t ion, accountability, respect and excellence. “Any way that we can teach kids to be kind to o ne another is a good idea in my book,” Land said. “It gives them a chance to practice being agood friend.” M ore often than not, L and added, teachers are the ones held accountable when students aren’t behaving. “This is actually a way for kids to be a ccountable for them- s elves. We taught them h ow to use the bench and n ow they’re on the look- o ut” for kids who might n eed a friend. Klem South’s buddy benches were designed and created last spring by fifth-grade students in the school’s art club. One d epicts an Adirondack forest, its legs and arms p ainted to look like birch trees. The seat of the other bench is a swirl of colors, its arms and legs p ainted to look like pencils. The back slats are crayons with encouraging words, such as respect, peace, friends and s hare. K lem South students quickly embraced the concept. Third-grader Brayden Piwko called the benches “a nice improve- m ent to the school. It g ives kids the opportuni- t y to make new friends and to not just be sitting around doing nothing during recess.” So far, Brayden’s little sister, Isabella, a kindergartner, has only used the bench to meet up with friends she already has. But she doesn’t rule o ut making new buddies. A fter all, she exp lained, “if a friend c omes over (who wants to play) and you say no, that’s not nice, because then you won’t have anyone to play with.” The benches were officially dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony afew weeks ago. Right now they’re both situated on the school’s K-3rd- grade playground. They’ll be pulled inside this winter, then rede- p loyed onto two separate playgrounds in the spring, so that all of the school’s students can utilize them. District administrators say that there are even plans in the works to place buddy benches a t all of Webster’s elementary schools. T hat is a very friendly thought indeed. V isit the Our Towns E ast Extra Facebook page for more eastside news, and email Missy at dandceastex- tra@gmail.comwith n ews tips and story ideas. S ee more community news at Democratand- Chronicle.com/communi- ties. Buddy benches promote kindness MISSY ROSENBERRY EAST EXTRA MISSY ROSENBERRY At Klem South Elementary School in Webster, friends Isabella Piwko, Brayden Piwko and Ava S chillaci try out the school’s new buddy benches. MISSY ROSENBERRY Aclose-up look at the seat of the fanciful crayon buddy bench at Klem South Elementary. OurTowns Community news from the suburbs.

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