Monthly Archives: September 2014

Canandaigua VA “Eye to I” Information Event




A look into vision loss for Veterans, Caregivers, Employees and the General Public


On October 17, the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) will be hosting the “EYE to I” information and demonstrations event. This event will be held in Building #5 Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Over 20 booths with information on VA and community Visual Impairment programs, transportation, recreation, social programs, vocational services, magnification product demonstrations, assistive technology demonstrations, health and wellness information, vision research and more!


If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty with vision, or if you just want to be more informed, do not miss this free event.


For more information, please contact Melissa Mosher at (585) 393-7131 or e-mail at


Check the Canandaigua VA Medical Center News Room @ for more upcoming events.


The Canandaigua VA Medical Center is located at 400 Fort Hill Avenue Canandaigua, NY.


Dan Ryan

Public Affairs Officer

Canandaigua VA Medical Center

400 Fort Hill Ave.

Canandaigua, New York 14424

Phone 585-393-7209/Cell 585-455-6456

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Article submitted by: Dave Keukelaar

First Scot-toberfest and Beer Sampling Deemed Successful

Sunday, September 21st’s First James R. Hickey Post #120 “Scot-toberfest” and beer sampling was deemed successful by the many who attended and participated.  The local distributor for Labatt’s Products, provided three different beers/ale for taste testing by the participants.  The goal of the event was to gain insight into what product the Post’s membership wanted available to be served.  The membership was offered this opportunity to taste-test and then vote to determine what new offering would be made available.  The choices from Labatt’s were:  Blue Royale, Apple Ale and Bourbon Barrel Ale.

When the final results were tabulated, Apple Ale was tied for first place with the Bourbon Barrel Ale.  To deal with the tie vote, one will be ordered in bottles and the other as a draft offering.

The participants in the sampling were also treated to  “brats and kraut”.  The first tasting of brats were beer brats cooked in a German Octoberfest beer and then grilled outdoors.  These were well received even though many had never associated kraut with brats.  The second offering were brats cooked in an American Boch beer from Texas before grilling.  This offering received the higher scores.

Thank you to the local Labatt’s Distributor and to all the participants who took time from their Sunday afternoon schedule to sample and vote.  Special thanks to Sandy for her handling of the sampling chores, Mark for his support and, of course, Pete who, complete with kilt, gave it the genuine Scottish atmosphere.

Check the website’s calendar of events for other activities available.

Veteran Friendly Businesses Sought

The search is on for veteran friendly businesses in our area.  Apparently, we can say goodbye to the support that was once offered by the big home improvement businesses (Lowes and Home Depot).  There have been a multitude of complaints offered by Veterans who have gone into these stores only to be turned down in the discount area because they didn’t have the right card.  It seems as though they change their minds when the wind changes direction in upstate NY. (That is, of course, an editorial opinion).

We are looking for business that support the Veterans in any of a myriad of ways: needed products, products made in America, job creations, training, and of course, discounts.  If you know of a business that is pro-Veteran in its dealings and is honorable in its business practices, we will advertise the business on our website.

The first business that we will share with this new endeavor is close to home.

Crofton Celentano helps you strengthen your mind, body and soul

Crofton Celentano helps you strengthen your mind, body and soul

Cheeseburgers and Chips

In an attempt to get more members to attend and participate in the monthly meetings, the 2nd Vice Commander has organized a cheeseburger and chip food offering prior to the September 8th 7:00 pm meeting.  The repast will be served from 6:00 until the food is gone, or 6:45, depending on how well this idea is consumed (pun intended). There is no charge but donations would be accepted to help defray the costs.  Depending on the success, other months could see some unique menu items prior to the meetings.

Canandaigua VA Hosting Town Hall Meeting September 24



Wednesday September 24, 2014

Building 5 Auditorium    6pm – 7pm

The meeting will align with VA’s continued efforts of requesting feedback from Veterans, Family Members, Congressional Stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and community partners. 


Updates will be presented regarding the Canandaigua Medical Center and the Rochester Outpatient Clinic.




5:30 – 6:00      Sign In

6:00 – 6:05      Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance & Introductions

6:05 – 6:20      Canandaigua VAMC Updates

6:20 – 6:55      Feedback from Veterans, Family Members and other Beneficiaries

6:55 – 7:00      Closing Comments