Potter Park

I’ve been slacking. Life and the great weather this past weekend has gotten in the way of something I love. I’ll do better next weekend, promise.

Potter Park is one of the few public parks within the village of Fairport. You might pass it every day and not even realize it. One of the main features of the park is the Potter Memorial that faces West Church St (route 31f). 5 pillars, artillery guns and a memorial plaque saluting the American Flag. It’s really quite beautiful especially at night.

The park is more than a memorial though. There are baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground, a large green grass field that can be used for whatever you want and it’s even home to a Lions Club facility as well as a Historical House.

It’s not a Hiker’s paradise and you won’t find anyone mountain biking or rock climbing but it’s just about the best type of park you could ever hope for in a village containing an endless supply of kids that need to burn off energy. If you’ve got kids and or you’re looking for a place to play some sports with some friends, Potter Park might be just about perfect for you.

Below is something new I’m trying. It’s a PhotoSynth of the Potter Memorial. A PhotoSynth is like a 3D world built using multiple photos in much the same way a panorama is made. I’m not 100% satisfied with the result since there seems to be a bunch of disconnected photo ‘groups’ but not as bad as I thought it would.


If you can’t see the PhotoSynth above, please visit the original post.

Whitesboro Village Seal

The Whitesboro NY village seal depicts a White man strangling an Indian.  Seriously… I’m not making this up.

When I first saw this, I didn’t believe it.  Sure enough, even the WhitesBoro village website recounts the history of their seal and it’s just as outlandish as I originally thought.

The following is an excerpt from the History of the Village of Whitsboro

In an article of the Observer Dispatch, written by Joe Kelly in 1977, a notice of claim was filed with the Village Board saying the (village) seal depicts a “white man choking an Indian” and said the seal demeans, disgraces and creates prejudice and distrust of Indian people. He asked the Village to stop displaying the seal. As a result of this, the seal was re-designed with Hugh White’s hands being placed on the Indian’s shoulders and not so close to his neck. The wrestling match was an important event in the history of the settling of the Village of Whitesboro and helped foster good relations between White and the Indians.

All well and good right?  Think again.  Take a look at the newly revised seal yourself:

Whitesboro NY Seal

This same seal is what is still displayed today on all village vehicles, letterhead and official documents.  This just seems wrong to me.  I’m not sure how this is still around.