BY DONNA MACKENZIE
Floats, bands, a thrilling last second football victory for the home team and induction of five new members into the Alumni Hall of Fame added up to another successful Fall Weekend at Honeoye Falls-Lima last Saturday (October 13).
This year’s theme for the floats in the Fall Weekend parade was Mysteries and it was interesting how that idea was spun into the floats.
The honor of being the first float in the parade went to Mendon Child Care and its UPK program, which followed behind the sheriff’s department, the local American Legion and VFW posts, Superintendent Gene Mancuso riding in the Honeoye Falls Fire Department’s old Buffalo truck and cranking its siren, and the five new inductees into the HF-L Alumni Hall of Fame. Mendon Child Care’s float was called Masquerade and featured masks and the mystery of who is behind the mask at a masquerade ball. Next up was Great Expectations in Lima’s UPK program and its float entitled I Spy. Lima Primary’s float took the theme of mystery underwater with its Mysteries of the Deep Sea with students as fish, octopuses and other aquatic life. Meanwhile, Manor School’s float soared high as it explored the Mysteries of Space. The Middle School float brought the subject matter back to terra firma (Latin for firm or solid earth) with its float built around the board game Clue. The High School freshmen float brought the famous English detective Sherlock Holmes to the streets of Honeoye Falls. The High School sophomores took Scooby Doo and the gang solving mysteries as its theme. The High School juniors went to Scotland for its mystery of the Loch Ness Monster. The High School seniors embraced the mystery of Area 51 and its Aliens for its float.
In the float building contests for the PreK-8th grade category, the Workmanship Award went to Middle School. The Creativity Award went to Lima Primary. The Spirit Award went to Mendon Child Care and Great Expectations. The Overall Award went to Manor School. In the high school category, the freshmen class received third place. The sophomore class received second place. The junior class received first place. The senior class earned the Grand Prize Award.
Kings and Queens for homecoming preceded the Middle School, freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior class floats. The Middle School King and Queen were eighth-graders Robert Cohen and Erika Lein. Will Tomaszewski and Molly Connors were the freshmen King and Queen. Jacob Derby and Margaret Adams garnered the sophomore class King and Queen honors. Hank Lehning and Jada Balmer were the junior class King and Queen. Thomas Langley and Quinn Ackerman were the senior King and Queen. The Homecoming King and Queen honors went to Josh Kosciol and Izabella Roth.
The Middle School and High School Marching Bands provided music for the large crowd that turned out, despite the quite cool temperatures. Those watching the parade were just thankful that it did not rain.
Following a thrilling football game that HF-L won 14-8 (an article on the football game is on page 4), many people gathered in the high school cafeteria to see the induction ceremony for the five new members of the Honeoye Falls-Lima High School Hall of Fame. The ceremony began with a presentation to Judy D’Hont in memory of her husband Jerry for all the work he did on the Alumni Hall of Fame committee prior to his passing away earlier this year. The five inductees were then introduced, some information about them related to the audience and then the inductees were treated to a song chosen specifically for them, relating in some way to their life’s work or avocation, by the High School Select Choir under the direction of Ken Goold.
The first inductee was Robert Meehan, HF-L Class of 1982. An architect who chose to return to his hometown after college, the song performed by the Select Chorus was “We Will Build Forever”. The second inductee was Kathy Jones Hoyt, HF-L Class of 1983. The first woman to be named Executive Director of Section V Athletics, a title Hoyt has held since October 2016, the song performed by the choir was “The Defining Moment”. The third inductee was Howard Fonda, HF-L Class of 1993. A contemporary artist and educator whose works are challenging, the Select Chorus performed the song “They Just Keep Moving The Line”. The fourth inductee was Kristine Pierce Brassie, HF-L Class of 1994. Brassie is a life coach and a holistic cancer coach after battling Hodgkins disease (a cancer of the lymphatic system) as a college sophomore, the song selected for her was “The Voice That I Hear”. The final inductee was Beth Ann Roy Langrell, HF-L Class of 1994. Currently the Executive Director of a mental health and rape crisis center that serves five rural counties on the eastern shore of Maryland, the Select Choir sang “Your Heart Is My Heart”.