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Transportation History Comes Alive in Rush, NY

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Jun 2, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Transportation-History-Comes-Alive-in-Rush-NY.jpgKids may be growing up in an age where a ride in the car is almost like sitting in their living room. They can listen to music, watch videos, and even surf the Internet from the back seat. And it may not be long before our cars are driving themselves. They might be astonished to know that it wasn’t always that way. And if you live in Rush or Rush/Henrietta, you’ve got the proof right in your own backyard!

Here are a couple of ways you can show your kids (and remind yourself) how things used to be.

Enjoy a Sunday Ride That’s All About the Rides. The New York Museum of Transportation is open all year on Sundays only, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provides a fascinating look at the history of transportation from days gone by. Check out antique trolley cars, a steam locomotive, a fire truck, an ambulance, an operating model railroad, many other vehicles along with numerous exhibits of photographs and artifacts that bring local transportation history to life. You can even ride on some of the vehicles that are no longer in operation anywhere else—including the only trolley ride in New York State! Click here for more information.

All Aboard!The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum is home to the largest collection of historic trains in New York State. You can visit the restored 1909 Erie Railroad train station located off Route 251 in Rush. Climb aboard authentic freight train cabooses for a one-and-a-half mile round-trip ride through the museum grounds. It’s a fantastic way to explore the region’s rich railroad heritage. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes inside the restoration shop to see how these vehicles of yesterday have been brought back to life. If you work up an appetite "working on the railroad" it's just two miles to the Village of Scottsville where you'll have your choice of great restaurants, including Scottsville Diner, Salvatore’s Saloon, Dirty Dave’s Bar & Grill, Mark’s Pizzeria, and more. Click here for more information and a list of events.

Get Back to Nature: Of course, there's much more to the region than historic transportation! The area around Rush is naturally beautiful and Mendon Ponds Park is a great place to enjoy that natural beauty. The park encompasses 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created landforms. It's ideally suited to outdoor activities including Biking; Birdwatching; Boating (non-motorized); Fishing; Geo-caching; Hiking/Running; Horseback Riding; and Kayaking/Canoeing. This unique park also features six Lodges and seven Shelters that are available for rental. Click here for more information about Mendon Ponds Park.

Whether it’s history or nature that interests you, if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary around Rush, you really don’t have far to look!

Photo courtesy of The Rochester &Genessee Valley Railroad Museum


Topics: Rochester Area homebuilder, Things to do in Rush, NY, Homebuilding in Rush NY, Finding a lot in Rush NY

Energy-Efficiency is a New York State Kind of Thing!

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 @ 06:04 AM

Energy-Efficiency-is-a-New-York-State-Kind-of-Thing.jpgAccording to, the State of New York tied for 5th among all states in the U.S. in the 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. That’s not really surprising, since New York has a long history of leadership in energy efficiency. The Empire State continues to embrace that tradition and is continually looking for new ways to conserve energy through its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.

Some of that success is in the area of utilities where New York earned 10.5 points out of 20 for its utility policies and programs. Utilities and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) run both electricity and natural gas efficiency programs to achieve statewide electricity savings.

Where the state really stands out, however is in the area of its building energy code stringency and compliance efforts. That’s where New York earned the highest possible ranking. As builders, we think that’s great news, because while “green building” may not grab headlines like it once did it’s a trend that hasn’t gone away—and shows no sign of doing so.

That commitment to energy-efficiency is one that we at Gerber Homes have held for a long time as well. Norm Gerber is well known in the industry for pioneering building techniques that promote quality construction while preserving the environment. As a “green builder,” Norm believes in using recycled products that are engineered and manufactured to be environmentally friendly. Brand names complete our homes with safety, energy efficiency and maintenance free benefits.

In addition, Gerber Homes was one of the first builders in the Finger Lakes region to become an Energy Star® builder. We care about giving our clients the best products built, using smart, innovative and energy efficient construction techniques that add value to their homes while saving them energy.

We build that kind of energy-efficiency into each of our many floor plan options—whether it’s a 1,040 square foot 2-bedroom/ 1-bath home like our Hampshire model or a 3,605 square foot 3-bedroom/2.5 bath home with an in-law apartment (with 1 bedroom and 1 bath) like our Walton model. You can click here to see the wide variety of floor plan styles and sizes from which you can choose.

Maybe people don’t talk about energy-efficiency in the same way that they used to when it was considered a new thing, but we’ve been talking about it—and using energy-efficient building materials and methods for a long time. But that’s really no big surprise. After all, energy-efficiency is a New York State kind of thing!

Topics: energy-efficiency for Rochester homes, Rochester Area homebuilder

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