Monday, October 26, 2015

COUNCILMAN FRITZ SCHERZ TO HOST 5th ANNUAL THANK YOU DINNER FOR VETERANS!


Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., Councilman on the Verona Town Board, will hold his 5th Annual Thank You Dinner for all Town of Verona Veterans and their families on Wednesday, November 11th from 5pm to 6pm at the Verona Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6811 (4928 Spring Rd.) in Verona. 

“I have much appreciation for Veterans and thought this would be a special way to thank them again,” said Scherz.  “The last four years I’ve held this event, there was a nice turnout. It was great to see Veterans of various ages attend, share their stories with each other, and even make some new friends.  Also, I want people to know that as with last four years I’ve held this dinner, no town funds are being used for it whatsoever as this is not a government-based event.  Rather, I am personally covering the cost because this is just something I thought would be nice to do again. In fact, my family looks forward to this annual event. So, if you’re a Veteran from the Town of Verona, I sure hope to see you and your family at my Thank You Dinner!” 

While reservations are not required, Veterans who plan on attending are asked to contact Fritz at
fritz@fritzscherz.com and/or (315) 363-3509 by November 9th so he can better plan on how much food to have. For more information on Fritz, go to:  www.fritzscherz.com, Fritz’s Twitter feed at: www.twitter.com/fritzscherz, and/or his blog at: www.fritzscherz.blogspot.com. 
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Friday, May 22, 2015

COUNCILMAN SCHERZ ANNOUNCES WINNER OF 6TH ANNUAL FRED SCHERZ SR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY SERVICE!


Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., Councilman on the Verona Town Board in Verona, NY, announced today that he has selected Tyler Brewer (son of Ken & Kris Brewer) of Verona as the winner of the 6th Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service.  Mr. Brewer has volunteered in the Adopt-A-Highway Program along Route 31 in Verona and Vernon. He also helped clean up along Townline Road and Tilden Hill Road with his family. Via the VVS Interact Club, Mr. Brewer has raked leaves, rang the collection bell for the Salvation Army, and sang Christmas Carols as well. In addition, Mr. Brewer was involved in VVS Drama Club and VVS Boys Soccer.  As winner of this award, Mr. Brewer received a certificate of accomplishment and a check for $250. 

“Upon reviewing Mr. Brewer’s application, I was impressed,” said Scherz.  “It’s obvious Tyler cares about not only the Verona community, but the surrounding areas as well, as his volunteerism has extended beyond the Town of Verona.  Cleaning up garbage along a road is no easy task, yet he did not let that dissuade him from putting forth quite a few hours of volunteerism to make the community a lot cleaner and better looking. Besides being a hard worker with all his volunteerism, he also excelled in the classroom as he was named VVS Class of 2015 Valedictorian. I congratulate Tyler for not only winning the scholarship, but for also setting a great example for others to follow.  On a personal note, I know my Dad would’ve been impressed with Mr. Brewer’s on-going volunteer efforts!”

For more details on the 6th Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service, visit Fritz’s 
website at:  www.fritzscherz.com, his Twitter feed at: www.twitter.com/fritzscherz, his blog at: www.fritzscherz.blogspot.com, or call: (315) 363-3509. 

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Monday, December 1, 2014

FRITZ SCHERZ TO HOLD 5TH ANNUAL TOWN-WIDE HOLIDAY PARTY!



Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., Councilman on the Verona Town Board, will hold his 5th Annual Holiday Party for all Town of Verona residents on Sunday, December 14th from 1pm to 3pm at the Verona Fire Hall (5555 Volunteer Ave.) in Verona.

“The last four years I’ve held this community event, it’s been a success because of the big crowd of children and adults that attended, as well as the volunteers, businesses, and media that helped out,” said Scherz.  “Although I’m not finished putting together the complete fun-filled lineup of activities and guests, as with prior years I plan on having a bunch of kid-oriented activities, such as arts, crafts, and painting. There’ll be story telling by some very special guests, too. Family-oriented fun will continue to be part of this holiday event, as there’ll be Magic by Matt Episcopo and face painting by Bingo the Clown.  Hopefully, Santa Claus will take time out of his busy schedule to attend. I also want people to know that as with the last four years I’ve held this event, no town funds are being used for it whatsoever as this is not a government-based event.  I encourage all residents of Verona, no matter what your age is, to stop by and take part in the festivities!”

The Holiday Party for all Town of Verona residents has free admission and snacks will also be available. If able, attendees are asked to bring a canned good, as a collection will be taken and given to the Verona Food Pantry. For more details, go to: www.fritzscherz.com and/or contact Fritz at: fritz@fritzscherz.com and/or (315) 363-3509. If any businesses want to inquire about making a donation, please contact Fritz.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

COUNCILMAN SCHERZ ANNOUNCES WINNER OF 5th ANNUAL FRED SCHERZ SR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY SERVICE!



Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., Councilman on the Verona Town Board in Verona, NY, announced today that he has selected Tess Lohr of Durhamville as the winner of the 5th Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service.  Ms. Lohr has volunteered for the food pantries at local churches, performed community service for Our Lady’s Sodality through Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, helped and entertained senior citizens at the Hazel Carpenter Home, and she held a bake sale for the Town of Verona Summer Recreational Program. Through the Odyssey Sport Soccer Club, Ms. Lohr volunteered as assistant coach for two separate programs, ‘Lil Kickers and Jr. Odyssey Development Academy. As part of the National Honor Society, she performed hours of community service that ranged from setting up for dance competitions or other events held VVS High School as well as worked in the concession booth during sporting events and assisted with Community Day. She also took part in Math Buddies, where she regularly visited J.D. George Elementary School in Verona to help children with their math lessons. As winner of this award, Ms. Lohr received a certificate of accomplishment and a check for $250.


“Upon reviewing Ms. Lohr’s application, I was quite impressed,” said Scherz.  “It’s obvious Tess cares about not only the Verona community, but the surrounding areas as well, as her volunteerism has extended beyond the Town of Veron.  She is very active in helping others, which I think is fantastic! I congratulate Tess for not only winning the scholarship, but for also setting a great example for others to follow.  On a personal note, I know my Dad would’ve been impressed with Ms. Lohr’s volunteer efforts!”

For more details on the 5th Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service, visit Fritz’s
website at:  www.fritzscherz.com, his Twitter feed at: www.twitter.com/fritzscherz, his blog at: www.fritzscherz.blogspot.com, or call: (315) 363-3509. 
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

A song, a short drive, a pair of mourning doves, and a cardinal chorus

April 13, 2014

I never know when something is going to make me think of my parents. Today, it was in church when the congregation got ready to sing 'The Old Rugged Cross', which is tune I had not heard let alone sung in a many years. In fact, the last time I sang it might very well have been in church with my Mom (she passed away in 1991). Anyway, when we started to sing that beautiful tune this morning, I found myself choking up and struggling to sing as I started thinking of Mom and Dad.

As I left church, without even thinking about it, I hummed that tune over and over...just like Mom used to do when we drove home from church. If there was a particular tune from church service that stuck with her, that would be the one she'd hum on the way home. Dad told a story that had to do with that tune, but I can't remember what it was about. I remember it being special, but for some reason, it escapes me.

Instead of going straight home today, I decided to drive over to visit Mom and Dad's resting place in St. Peter's Cemetery. On my way there while still humming 'The Old Rugged Cross', as I just went over the railroad crossing, a pair of mourning doves was in the opposite lane. They both looked up at me simultaneously. Mom really liked birds, so I thought that was sort of interesting. It would get more interesting shortly....

....as I pulled into the cemetery, as soon as I got out of my van, I was greeted by what sounded like a chorus of cardinals surrounding my van. I got tears in my eyes, as my Mom's favorite birds were cardinals.  After she passed away, different times when we'd encounter a cardinal (or cardinals), Dad would make a comment to me that "you know, cardinals were your Mom's favorite bird". Over the years, I heard that many times from him.  Anyway, I said a prayer by their stone and when I was done, the "cardinal chorus" was done, too. Coincidence? Not sure about that.

So, even though it's still the morning of Palm Sunday as I type this, a song, a short drive, a pair of mourning doves and a cardinal chorus have already made today very special and memorable, and yes, a bit sad and reflective.

Happy Palm Sunday 2014!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

FRITZ SCHERZ TO HOST 3rd ANNUAL THANK YOU DINNER FOR VETERANS!


I will hold my 3rd Annual Thank You Dinner for all Town of Verona Veterans and their families on Monday, November 11th from 5pm to 6pm at the Verona Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6811 (4928 Spring Rd.) in Verona. 

“I have a deep respect for Veterans and thought this would be a nice way to thank them again,” said Scherz. “The last two years I’ve held this event, there was a nice turnout. It was pleasing to see Veterans of various ages attend, share their stories with each other, and even make some new friends.  Also, I want people to know that as with last two years I’ve held this dinner, no town funds are being used for it whatsoever as this is not a government-based event.  Rather, I am personally covering the cost because this is just something I thought would be nice to do.  In fact, my family looks forward to this annual event. So, if you’re a Veteran from the Town of Verona, I sure hope to see you and your family at my Thank You Dinner!”

While reservations are not mandatory, Veterans who plan on attending are asked to contact me at
fritz@fritzscherz.com and/or (315) 363-3509 by November 9th so he can better plan on how much food to have. For more information on Fritz, go to:  www.fritzscherz.com, Fritz’s Twitter feed at: www.twitter.com/fritzscherz, and/or his blog at: www.fritzscherz.blogspot.com. 

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