Books and bookstores
You have been very gracious to support my various projects, including my biennial Ontario County Tour of Barns, and my book, Memories of the Heart, reviewed by Laurel Wemett (Life in the Finger Lakes, Winter 2007). In my judgment, Life in the Finger Lakes is the best periodical being published today. Articles are well written and of wide interest.
--Ray Henry, Historian, Town of Canandaigua

In your Fall 2008 issue, you had a wonderful story of the independent bookstores in the Finger Lakes Region, “Destination: Finger Lakes Independent Bookstores.” The mayor of Palmyra, Vicki Daly, noted that the two bookstores in the Palmyra-Macedon area were not mentioned. They are The Village Bookmarket in Palmyra and Books, ETC. in Macedon. The mayor was hoping you might include us in any future articles of this nature.

Thank you for all your good work.

--John Cieslinski, Proprietor, Books, ETC.


Extreme Makeover in Geneva
I am a subscriber to your magazine and love it! In your Fall 2008 edition, there was a small article in the Newsbits section about “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition” coming to Geneva for the Hill family. While I do not live in the area, I have family in Geneva and have visited frequently since I was a child.

It was very exciting to see the town that I love on TV. The only thing that I was very disappointed about was the fact that they portrayed Geneva as a very crime-ridden town. Even though I don’t live in the area, I know that it isn’t true.

I love Geneva and the Seneca Lake area; I think it is a little bit of heaven on Earth. I would hate for people to be afraid to visit and see all the wonders and history of this lovely little town.

Again, I love your magazine and look forward to every issue.
--Linda E. Clark, Lansdale, Pennsylvania

I think “Big Changes for a Big-Hearted Family” (Winter 2008) is a very nice article. At first I was afraid to give you an interview, but now we do know who is very honest and upfront about their reporting. For this we thank you and your writer. You have a first-class magazine!
--Michelle Hill, Geneva

Annual Photo Contest
I just wanted to say thank you very much to you and the staff of Life in the Finger Lakes, for honoring me with the 2008 Photo Contest Grand Prize. My wife will readily attest to my astonishment when I opened the letter announcing your decision (I assumed the contents of the letter to be our subscription renewal notice). In all honesty, I would have been thrilled to receive an honorable mention, so you can imagine my delight in the actual result.

As I may have indicated on my submittals for the contest, my pictures were all shot from the deck of our house on Canandaigua Lake. I only began taking serious outdoor photographs after we moved here two-and-a-half years ago, and it was just a year ago that a photographer friend suggested my photos were worth consideration by the general public. I am certainly grateful for his encouragement.
--Chris Plopper, Naples

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