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March 2009

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.

~ Phyllis Diller

See Spring Cleaning, page 18.

Clerk change in Clay Tax-Aide program helps AARP’s creation available to people other than seniors By Melissa Renahan

(From L-R) Outgoing Town Clerk Vivian Mason, Clay Supervisor Damean Ultawoski and new Town Clerk Jill Hageman-Clark.

- photo by Dorothy Heller

Longtime Town Clerk Vivian Mason retired at the end of February, after serving Clay for 31 years. During her three decades in the office, she spent 15 years in the clerk’s position, with another 14 years prior as the deputy clerk. Starting March 1, Jill Hageman-Clark will take over as Town Clerk.


For more on this, see page 5.

In This Issue: Volunteers Needed........Pg 2 Tax Time Q &A..................Pg 3 Scrabble Demons ...........Pg 4 Inside Town Hall...............Pg 5 School News...................Pg 6 Dive in, Liverpool...........Pg 10 In Business.....................Pg 11 In Good Faith.................Pg 12 Volunteerism................Pg 13 Out to Eat.......................Pg 14 Senior Health................Pg 15 Local Calendar.............Pg 16 Classifieds....................Pg 19

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As Benjamin Franklin said, nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. With April fast approaching, the latter is probably weighing on people’s minds. Whether you do your taxes yourself using a program like Turbo Tax or you rely on a commercial tax service, it most likely costs you money at a time when you aren’t looking to spend any. What you may not know is that a somewhat unlikely organization can help: the American Association of Retired People. A national survey found that about 50 percent of the country’s adult population lacked the necessary skills to prepare a tax return. With tax laws being so complex and frequently changing, people with limited means often end up using a considerable portion of their refund to simply to have their taxes prepared. So the AARP set out to help,

rather than hinder, older taxpayers with the Tax-Aide program. Their season, which runs from until to April 15, has served over 36 million taxpayers in the 41 years since its inception. The program began with just four volunteers and completed 100 returns that first season. By 2008, the program had grown dramatically and had upwards of 32,000 volunteers and helped nearly 1.94 million individuals prepare and file their taxes. The Tax-Aide volunteers are trained, and IRS-certified, to help people with low- and middle-income maximize their legal deductions and credits. During a typical season, each volunteer will serve 60 taxpayers, most of whom are age 60 or older. Though the program is open to Please see AARP, page 2

Uncorking the controversy Should wine be available in grocery stores? By Ami Olson and Sarah Hall Just a month before the budget deadline, state legislators are making their way around their districts holding public meetings to hear from constituents. School budget, workforce and general economic concerns are among the top priorities, but this year, a less common topic has gained momentum: wine in grocery stores. Of the group of about 15 people who attended Assembyman Will Barclay’s recent town hall-style meeting at Camillus Town Hall, several were representing local liquor stores as owners or employees, and none of them were in favor of Gov. David A. Paterson’s proposal to allow grocery, convenience and drug stores to begin selling wine. Barclay said he was not surprised to hear from storeowners at the

meeting; he had been notified earlier that several business owners would be present. “They are very organized,” Barclay said. During the meeting, Barclay intimated he had the impression grocers had assumed the move was a done deal, but didn’t count on how united liquor storeowners would become against the proposition. He added that he felt Paterson had probably made the proposition because of the revenue potential estimated at more than $100 million to be gained by the state in the first two years if enacted - and had not realized, as Barclay hadn’t at first, the impact it could have on liquor store business. The Last Store on Main Street coalition is the manifestation of Please see Wine, page 17

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Looking to volunteer? There are many local organizations looking for YOU. By Susan Lindsley When the subject of this article first came to me, by way of my editor, I was not sure where to find information. Volunteering always sounds like a good idea, but most of my volunteering has been directed through my job, church, or friends. But come to find out, there are a plethora, yes, a plethora, of volunteering opportunities just waiting for the right people. And many can be found with just the click of the mouse. The simplest way is pick any organization, go to their website or call them on the phone, and offer to volunteer. Most of the jobs are general, just waiting there for someone with a kind heart and time to spare. There are lots of organizations in Central New York who need people to help them with everything from answering phones to cooking. One of the first websites was the United Way. Their website is If you click on Browse Organizations on the left-hand side, there are links to over 100 organizations

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and whom they serve. Some of the organizations include: MakeA-Wish Foundation, Food Bank of Central New York, Syracuse Habitat for Humanity, and the Salvation Army. There are links to each organization where you can find specific needs for that particular organization. Some people might want to help out with a group that they are familiar with, or a cause that is close to their hearts. If you are not sure how to get started, this website is a good way to peruse the different groups out there. Catholic Charities also has a variety of opportunities to help. Their website is www. They have neighborhood centers, emergency assistance services and even elderly services. One of their programs is the RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Project) which is a part of the Senior Corps. It provides older Americans the opportunity to Please see Volunteering, page 12


A reader’s quest to volunteer By Mary E. Mahoney, Clay resident I am fortunate. My life is good. I am happily married, a mother of a grown, married daughter and have two healthy grandchildren. In 2007, I left a job that I had been at for several years. With the household finances in order and a very understanding and supportive spouse, I quit! Now with a new year in progress, I have decided maybe I will do something that I often think about but have not yet done. Maybe I will volunteer. I have the time, the transportation, and the desire and skills that may be useful to an organization. The question now is, where should I donate my skills? Years ago, when I was a teen living in a New Jersey suburb I did volunteer. In 1975, all that I needed to be a volunteer was the desire. I volunteered in the public library. To accomplish this all that I had to do was approach the librarian’s desk and let her know I was available. I gave her my name, phone number, and the hours I was available. It was so simple. Five minutes later and I was officially a library volunteer. Last week, I began my search for volunteer opportunities. The process of course has changed,after all it is more than 30 years later. Even the simplest question of where to volunteer my services requires research. I began my journey using the

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people of any age, non-seniors only account for about 10 percent of the Tax-Aide clientele. Michael Poremba, an instructor and coordinator in eastern Maryland, feels that the label of the AARP often discourages nonseniors from using the service. But for those that are using it, regardless of age, the program seems to be a great success. The AARP estimates that taxpayers save over $40 million in tax preparation fees annually by using this free program. As for the non-seniors, Tax-Aide does stipulate that the clients have a low to moderate income, which can be vague and vary by the cost of living in different locations. “We really do not have a measurement for what is moderate to low income. There have been a few instances where someone “wanders in” with 100k plus incomes and if it is straight W-2 income we do it and advise them that they would be better served by going to a paid preparer next year. They usually understand,”

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Louis Eber, Tax-Aide coordinator for Onondaga, Oswego and Cayuga counties, awaits more clients at the LPL.

explained Poremba. Despite being done at no cost, the Tax-Aide transactions are totally secure and confidential, not to mention at the forefront of technology. All hardware and software is encrypted and password protected by the IRS. Most returns are e-filed in order to accelerate the process and the AARP offers an online tax coun-

internet. I found a web site called that will aid in my search for volunteer opportunities. The site is very userfriendly requiring little from me other than my zip code. It listed 144 volunteer opportunities within a 20-mile radius of my home. A few hours, later after much reading, I narrowed my choices. In a week, I figured I would be volunteering. Hold on Mary, not so fast! My research notes near, I made a couple of phone calls and am quickly reminded that times have changed since I last volunteered. Now there are steps that must be followed prior to beginning my service to others. First, I must go to the facility I chose, fill out a volunteer application, not unlike a job application, after which their will be an interview. Once the interview is complete, I will need to submit references, and once those check out, I am informed a background check and a drug screen are to be completed. Then I am to wait for a call or letter in which I will be informed whether they accept me to be a volunteer. I have come to accept the changes necessary to become a volunteer and so my wait begins. However, I can’t help but wonder if it causes some people to change their minds about volunteering after all....

seling service at to help with everyday questions. Louis Eber, the Tax-Aide district coordinator for Onondaga, Oswego and Cayuga counties, has been volunteering with AARP for 18 years. He continues to come back each year so that he can “give back” to the community and help those in need. “I’ll do it for as long as I am able,” Eber stated as yet another client arrived and took a seat. “I actually look forward to tax season.” Locally you can take advantage of this service at the following spots, but please note that these sites work by appointment only: Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont Street, Mattydale; 454-4524; Tuesday through Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. 458-6184. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip Street; 457-0310, ext. 102; Mondays and Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. The AARP, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people aged 50 years and over improve the quality of their lives.

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Just in time: a tax Q&A Compiled by Melissa Renahan Can you please tell me if the mortgage tax you pay when refinancing or taking out a first mortgage is deductible on a Schedule A or any other place? First, please note the difference between mortgage interest and mortgage-related taxes. Interest: Paid on a mortgage is tax deductible if you itemize on your tax return. So are the total number of points that you paid to reduce your mortgage interest rate. Note: Each “point” costs 1 percent of your loan amount. As long as the points paid are not a broker’s commission, they are considered tax deductible in the year that they were paid. Tax: When taking out a home equity loan several states require that you pay a mortgage recording tax. Under New York law, a mortgage recording tax must be paid when a new mortgage is created and recorded on a property. The structure of the tax is somewhat complex. Rates vary depending on which city or taxing district the mortgaged home is located in and whether the property is a commercial property or a




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In the editor’s free time... By Melissa Renahan I never owned a Nintendo as a kid. I never understood how my college boyfriend could be locked inside for an entire weekend playing Lara Croft, Tomb Raider or Madden Football with his roommates - and be happy about it. I certainly never knew anyone that played Dungeons & Dragons or World of Warcraft. Yet now, I have a confession to make: at the age of 30, I have become an online gamer. Though to be clear, it is probably not a game that people would typically assume threatens addiction. I am transfixed/ obsessed/fascinated (all worth at least 20 to 30 points) with online Scrabble. It is the first thing I do when I get on my computer in the morning and the last at night. I ignore my husband when he says it’s time to close the laptop and leave the house. I challenge my friends, family and once or twice even my boss (for the record, he usually wins by a landslide) to games. When I lose, I want a rematch and when I win, I want to beat my opponent again. Sure I could play in person and on a physical game board, but the online version allows me to play people in Boston, Alexandria or in the same office where I work. There is even an option to join in a ‘public game’ where you are

pitted against total strangers. Scrabble online also makes basic game mechanics easier since it calculates the scores, provides an easily referenced online dictionary and will not let you play a nonexistent word. So how do I justify my many hours, and cumulative days spent searching for a triple word score? Well, I have always been a good speller, but since starting daily Scrabble I have learned new words. I also have a novel way to spend time with some friends that I might normally only talk to once or twice a month. Facebook, my preferred medium for socializing and gaming, has two Scrabble applications that boast an estimated combined total of 927,000 monthly active users. There are also numerous discussion boards and a correlated application to help users get better at the game. In 1938, architect Alfred Mosher Butts created the game with a set of letter tiles, whose distributions and point values he worked out meticulously by performing a frequency analysis of letters from various sources including The New York Times. The new game, which he called “Criss-Crosswords,” had a 15-by-15 game board and crossword-style game play. Then in 1948, James Brunot bought the

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rights to manufacture the game. Though he left most of the game (including the distribution of letters) unchanged, Brunot slightly rearranged the “premium” squares of the board and simplified the rules to make them what we know today. Most notably, and curiously, he also changed the name of the game to Scrabble, a word that means to scratch frantically. During the seven decades since its creation, Scrabble has been a consistent seller for toy manufacturer Hasbro, even with overall toy sales being down

according to Forbes. Since being introduced on Facebook less than a year ago, Electronic Arts’ Scrabble Beta has moved up into the top 50 gaming applications on the site. In today’s glitzy technology age, it might be hard to believe that playing a ‘spelling’ game with limited graphics could be fun. I felt the same way…until I got my first seven tiles and started to play and play and play. I never thought I could be this excited about the letter ‘z’, but I am. I guess it just has a certain pizazz (35 points).

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By Vivian Mason & Jill Hageman-Clark, Town Clerks

“The bird of time has but a little ways to fly, and lo the bird is on the wing.� (from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam) And this little bird is on the wing, but its called retirement. A new chapter of my life is beginning. I’m no longer going to be Vivian Mason, Town Clerk, I’ll be just plain Vivian Mason, retired. My husband and I have no plans to leave the town of Clay, which I can’t help saying is a great place to be. Retirement will just give me the time to do more of the things I haven’t always had enough time to finish those projects I’ve started...which should make my husband Hank happy. I also want to do more woodworking, stained glass, quilting, knitting, and of course spending some time with my grandchildren. Working for the town has been a lucky break to come my way. Who would have thought that counting dogs over 31 years ago would eventually take me to a position as town clerk, working for the 17th largest town of the 932 towns in our state? We have a population of 58,805 people and sometimes it is in awe that I realize I’ve been representing so many for the last 15 years. Interaction with our residents has been a plus to working at Town Hall. Everyone has been a pleasure to serve. I will miss them and my fellow town hall employees, who have become like family over the years. I’m really looking forward to this retirement gig, to get up and do the daily crossword puzzle over a cup of coffee

and then not have to go anywhere unless I really want to. I’d like to try watercolors at the Senior Center, I’ve started taking yoga, gentle yoga for us older folks, and I hope to start exercising‌even though I don’t really want to. As I ease out into retirement, Jill Hageman-Clark will take my place as Town Clerk, effective March 1. I am confident that she will do a fine job. Jill has lived in Clay for most of her almost 47 years. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her family moved to Bayberry, a new development, when she was just one year old. After living in that house for 10 years, where her brother and sister were born, they moved to North Syracuse. Jill and her daughter have lived in Bayberry for the past seven years, coincidentally in the same house she once lived in as a child. Jill wholeheartedly feels that Clay has been a great place to live, work and raise her 15-year old daughter. Though she finds the winters harsh, she really loves the fall, spring and summer. She takes great pride in her community, loves working with people, and is looking forward to her new responsibilities and the opportunity to meet more of the residents. She is grateful to the wonderful people in the community as well as the friends she has made at the town hall. Although Jill says I’m a tough act to follow, I don’t believe it. I know she will do her best, and be a great town clerk.

Anne Stenham of Clay was recently honored by United Way of Central New York as a finalist for the prestigious Campaign Volunteer of the Ye a r Awa r d . T h i s awa r d recognizes individuals who serve as Employee Campaign Coordinators (ECCs) and organize exceptionally wellrun workplace fundraising campaigns for United Way. From the nearly 600 local workplace campaigns, 16 ECCs or co-coordinator teams were nominated as finalists for the award. “I would like to personally congratulate Anne for this honor, and to thank her for her hard work on behalf of our community,� said Frank Lazarski, President of United Way of Central New York. “Employee Campaign Coordinators are our unsung heroes. They are integral to the success of the annual Community Campaign. Through their efforts, donors are informed of community needs and how they can help

through their gifts.� Stenham, who is the town supervisor’s assistant, makes sure her 100 coworkers in the Clay Town Offices each get a pledge form delivered with their paycheck and sends a letter to each to educate them about United Way. She at t ri b ut es t he campaign’s increase in 2008 to the generosity of her coworkers. Stenham and hundreds of other campaign coordinators were instrumental in helping U n i t e d Wa y r e a c h t h e $8,450,455 fundraising total announced in January. This current total is more than 93 percent of United Way’s 2008 fundraising goal of $9.1 million. Donations will continue to be added to this total until the 2008 campaign officially ends in April.

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Liverpool students take part in NHD competition Students at Chestnut Hill Middle, Liverpool Middle, Soule Road Middle and the Liverpool High School Annex recently participated in school-level National History Day (NHD) competitions. Students researched historical individuals, including Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks and Edgar Allen Poe, using both primary (real documents, pictures and diaries from the time period) and secondary sources. They then transformed the information they gathered into a project fitting five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance and web site. The historical figures they chose fit this year’s NHD theme – “The Individual: Actions and Legacies.” Students from all four buildings were selected to compete at the five-county regional level scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at Syracuse University.


If It’s not a Dream offer Your adrenaline is flowing!! Your agent just called to say that there is an offer on your home. You are really excited, but the bubble bursts when you are presented with the contract. It’s just not enough money. You cannot possibly move by the date written and the buyer requested you include your new $2000 refrigerator. You don’t see how it can possibly work out. Before rejecting any written offer for the sale of your home, you should consider making a ‘counter offer’. Rarely does the initial offer look the way it would if you had written it yourself. Consider the good and bad points of the offer, and work with the agents to find a middle ground where both parties walk away happy. You may have to go back and forth several times, and there will be compromises from both sides. Unless you are fortunate to be selling in a very strong sellers market - expect to be doing some bargaining with your buyer. With a little patience, you and your agent can create a win-win situation for everyone involved. Donna Rausch is the Branch Manager of the Liverpool office of RealtyUSA. Donna is an Associate Broker, holds the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist designation as well as the Seniors Real Estate designation. Donna and her 37 experienced associates can be reached at 622-2111 x124 for additional information regarding any Real Estate Matter.

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Rehabilitated C-NS soccer star scores a chance at NC State By Paul Lyboult

Liverpool High School senior David Carpenter has been named a finalist in the 54th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Pictured, from left, are LHS Executive Principal Greg Avellino, Carpenter, and Guidance Counselor Dolly Katovitch.

Liverpool High School Executive Principal Greg Avellino recently announced that LHS senior David Carpenter has been named a finalist in the 54th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Carpenter was among the highest scoring entrants after taking the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, and is one of approximately 15,000 students honored as a finalist. Starting in March, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will begin notifying approximately

8,200 of those finalists that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award. Approximately 1.5 million students from more than 21,000 high schools in the United States took the 2007 test. The National Merit Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSATs and by meeting published entry/participation requirements.

Deadline for nonpublic bus requests is April 1 The Baldwinsville Central School District’s transportation department would like to remind district parents that if their children will be attending a private or parochial school next school year, they must submit a transportation request form to the department by April 1. This form must be submitted every year. You can download the form from the district’s website at bville. org. At the top of the home page, click on administration, and then click on transportation. This will take you to the transportation page where you will find a link to the form. Parents can also pick up a form at the transportation department, located at 29 East Oneida Street on the district’s main campus in the village.

Requests for Liverpool Central School District transportation to nonpublic schools for the 20092010 school year must be filed at the LCSD Transportation Center by Wednesday, April 1. Applications must state the name, address, telephone number, date of birth and grade of the student for whom the request is being submitted, as well as the name, address and telephone number of the school to which transportation is requested. Baby-sitter arrangements must be located within the LCSD boundaries and within the public school enrollment area that the requestor resides. Request forms may be obtained at the various non-public schools, at the Transportation Center located at 4101 Long Branch Road, and online at liverpool.k12. For more information, call the Transportation Department at 453-0287.

While the words “bad luck” could be used to describe blowing out the same knee twice and missing an entire competitive season, Cicero-North Syracuse soccer player Michael Mastriano’s journey could just be referred to as a setback. The senior soccer star is still going strong and his past injuries haven’t been enough to keep him off the field. His strong desire and constant work ethic led him to sign a letter intent with North Carolina State earlier this month. He tore his ACL prior to the 2008 season and spent most of the remainder of the year in rehabilitation. An ACL tear is one of the most serious injuries for an athlete to suffer and for many football players it usually is considered a career killer since they are never the same after the tear occurs. Being able to recover from that and continue playing, let alone having the chance to play at a major division 1 school, is astonishing. NC State patiently waited out Mastriano’s injuries and never passed him over, something the college should be applauded for. Mastriano is thrilled at the prospect of playing collegiate soccer and is ready to show everyone that his days on the field are not over. Mastriano, who led C-NS to the Section 3 Class AA title in 2006 as a sophomore, has enjoyed a successful playing career thus far. Aside from guiding the North Stars, Mastriano has also stood out on the NYS Olympic Developmental team and the USA National Club’s Empire United SA Squad (where he played with the best players in the state). The strong-spirited, future member of the Wolfpack chose NC State for both academic and athletic reasons, with play in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) definitely contributing to his decision. Not only can he be proud of being one of the greatest soccer players ever at C-NS, Mastriano can also add overcoming adversity to his resume.

March 2009

Registration for kindergarten students coming into schools in the North Syracuse Central School District will take place at the following locations on the dates and times provided: Allen Road Elementary: 4 to 7 p.m. March 11 and March 12 K.W. S. Bear Road Elementary: 4 to 7 p.m. March 10 and March 12 Cicero Elementary: 4 to 7 p.m. March 9 and March 10 Lakeshore Road Elementary: 12 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. March 10 Roxboro Road Elementary: 12 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. March 10 and 4 to 7 p.m. March 11 Smith Road Elementary: 12 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. March 10 In order to enter school next fall, your child must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2009.

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Verification of your child's immunization record. Proof of residency (mortgage statement, lease agreement or rental receipt, purchase offer and/ or utility bill). Driver's license is NOT acceptable. All children are required to have three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine BEFORE entering kindergarten; therefore, proof of immunity to Hepatitis B must be provided prior to entering school this fall. Custody papers, if applicable

You must attend the registration session at your child's home school. If you miss the above sessions and need to register your child for kindergarten, please register between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. or 1 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the North Syracuse Central School District OfYou must bring with you to reg- fice, 5355 West Taft Road. istration: Any questions you may have reYour child's birth certificate. garding your child's registration can Your child's Social Security be answered by calling your child's Number. (Card is not required) home school.

The Syracuse Chamber of Commerce honored the B a l d w i n s v i l l e g i r l s ’ va r s i t y soccer team in January. The team received the Chamber’s Believe to Achieve Award for a Female Team in recognition of the team’s accomplishments this fall: CNYCL League Champions; Section III AA Champions; Regional Champions; and they played in state competition. Their record for the fall 2008 season was 21-1.

The team is coached by Kathy Morse. Members of the team are: Jasminn Bean; Jessica Bond; Casey Chiesa; Nicole Close; Alexis Coughlin; Jen Fabian; Emma Firenze; Jackie Firenze; Katie Gildemeyer; Megan Haney; Laura Hanford; Amanda Ingersoll; Ali Nagle; Lauren O’Connor; Lauren Roberts; Jamie Schmidt; Rosie Shatraw; Quincey Spagnoletti; Ashley Squairs; Katie VanDeValk; Amanda Wolgemuth; Caitlin Yaro; Sam Yaro.

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LSCD Fine Arts events The Liverpool Central School District Fine Arts Department would like to announce the following events for the month of March. Musical: “Working” Soule Road Middle School will present “Working” at 7 p.m. Friday March 6 and 2 p.m. Saturday March 7 at the school, 8340 Soule Road, Liverpool. Admission: $6 per person; 622-7145. Musical: “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree” Chestnut Hill Middle School will present “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree” at 7 p.m. Friday March 13 and 2 p.m. Saturday March 14 at the school, 207 Saslon Park Drive, Liverpool. Admission: $5 per person; 622-7145. Musical: “Do-Wop Wed Widing Hood” Liverpool Middle School will present “Do-Wop Wed Widing Hood” at 7 p.m. Friday March 13 and at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday March 14 at the school, 720 Seventh St., Liverpool. Admission: $5 per person; 622-7145. Adventures in the Arts A showcase of elementary art and music programs in the Liverpool School District will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday March 15 at

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Liverpool High School, 4338 Wetzel Road, Liverpool. $2 admission includes an ice cream and a raffle ticket. “Hands-on” art activities; 622-7145. Liverpool High School Festival of Bands Guest conductor Stephen Melillo will conduct a showcase of the high school bands at 7 p.m. Thursday March 5 at Liverpool High School, 4338 Wetzel Road, Liverpool. Admission: $4 adults, $3 students and senior citizens, $10 max per family. Middle School Band Fest Guest conductor James A’Hearn will conduct a showcase of the Liverpool Schools Middle School Band program 7 p.m. Wednesday March 18 at Liverpool High School, 4338 Wetzel

Road, Liverpool. $2 per person/ $5 max per family. 622-7145.

The boys golf team members: John Stimson, Alexander Zorn, Erik Burrows, Bradley Monroe, Andrew Yankay, Dylan Bitz, Mark Centolella, Casey Olszewski and Mitchell Piper. Coaches John Kulesa and Al Knieser.

More than 270 students from North Syracuse Central School District were recognized by the Board of Education as Scholar Athletes. Male and female layers from more than seven teams were selected. Student athletes participating in the Fall 2008 sports teams were presented with certificates and recognized in front of the North Syracuse Board of Education and Administrative Cabinet, their

coaches and to their family and friends.

Regents cancellations cause chaos By Zach Romano Over the Regents week during January, the inclement weather caused several Regents exams to be cancelled and postponed until June. Personally, I had my Spanish Regents cancelled so I now must take that in June. It is bothersome but at least I do not have to redo the first part of my exam, which was oral. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for those who were scheduled to take Part II of the English Regents. On Wednesday, Jan. 28 most all of the Central New York students that had Regents exams scheduled were unable to complete them due to blizzard-like conditions, which had closed several school districts. Now for many, including myself, this came as an inconvenience since these exams must be made-up in June. The preparation that teachers had planned well in advance has basically gone to waste, and now they must re-review and rearrange in order to keep the students familiar with the curriculum. While this is manageable for many teachers,

English teachers have been hit with a double whammy. The English Regents is normally taken in a student’s junior year, during January, and it must be completed as a graduation requirement. The exam is divided into two sessions, over the course of two days. Session I and II both consist of extensive writing and multiple choice questions based on various documents, texts, etc. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, juniors across the state went in and completed Session I and expected to complete Session II on the following Wednesday. However, due to relentless weather conditions, Session II of the English Regents was cancelled. Therefore, by state guidelines, students MUST retake the entire exam in June, since Part I had already been administered. The decision has created a sense of frustration in the student community, and several test-takers said that it’s not fair. Many students argue that the amount of work they had completed in Part I should be accounted for, and

only should have to take Part II. At Liverpool High School, several juniors have formed a coalition and have sent letters to the NYS Regents Department in response to the retake. It will be interesting to see how the state responds to these students, and if a mutual compromise or agreement can be reached. - Zach Romano is a sophmore at LHS and resides in Clay.

The Insider is looking for more student writers! If you live in the LCSD, NSCSD or BCSD and would like to submit a piece about a local event, issues affecting your school or life from a student’s perspective please email it to

March 2009

Seniors Taylor Longo and Eric Ennis navigate the Career Center web site to search for scholarships. Students either complete applications online or download them, complete them and then print them out and turn them into the appropriate address or the Career Center, depending on the instructions listed on the scholarship.

The Cicero-North Syracuse High School Career Center is marking a milestone this month: its 20th anniversary. An official celebration is tentatively scheduled for May 1. Career Education teacher Ellie Peavey is proud of what the center has accomplished and of the new ground it continues to break each year. Her focus is teaching the students what she calls “real life job skills” and lifts the curriculum from the pages of the textbooks and gives it life in the workplace. This methodology includes in-class visits from local business owners, intensive job shadowing and an exclusive business partnership program that pairs classes with a prominent business to work on a specific project. In the fall, they host over 150 college representatives – the most out

of any school in the area. Their web page, which easily navigated from the main C-NS website ( high_school.cfm), provides extensive information about scholarships, SAT/ACT testing and college open houses. But for all its accomplishments, the C-NS Career Center is not taking the place of the guidance office. Instead they work collaboratively with the student body. “The students come here to research and gather information that supports their career goals. That way they have a clear direction when they meet with their guidance counselors,” explained Peavey. Next Month: the C-NS Collaborative School/Business Partnership Program.

The annual Liverpool Dollars for Scholars Phone-a-Thon will be held on two consecutive Sundays, March 1 and 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Liverpool High School cafeteria. LHS students from various school organizations will call parents of Liverpool students in kindergarten through 12th grade to raise money for the DFS scholarship fund. Liverpool DFS provides scholarship money to Liverpool High School seniors each year. It is affiliated with Scholarship America, a national scholarship program whose purpose is to raise scholarship money for graduating seniors. For more information on DFS and the Phone-a-Thon, contact Liverpool DFS at

Kindergarten registration in the Baldwinsville School District Kindergarten open registration for the 2009 – 2010 school year will take place at the elementary schools on Wednesday, April 1 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Families currently on the district student database will receive an informational letter and registration packet in the mail the week of March 10. Registration will take place at the elementary school of the student’s current attendance area for his or her home address. The informational letter will provide details for parents regarding which school to register their children at, as well as the requirements needed to complete the registration process. In order to be eligible for kindergarten in September, a child must be five years old on or before December 1, 2009. The district is unable to honor requests to make exceptions for students who “just miss” the cutoff date. To register, a parent or guardian must bring the child’s original birth certificate as proof of age, health Septem ber 20 08

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appraisal with immunization record form signed by a physician, a dental health exam form, signed by a dentist (both forms are provided in the registration packet), and proof of residency in the form of a driver’s license with a district address, a school tax bill or a utility bill for your residence. Anyone who has an eligible child who does not attend a local preschool program or day care should contact the District Registration Office at 635-4569 or 638-6050 to be added to the district mailing list. Any family not receiving a packet by March 13 should call the district Registration Office to request a packet be mailed, or pick up a packet as a “walkin” at the school your child will attend in the fall during the open registration hours listed above. A complete listing of addresses for each elementary attendance zone is available on the district’s Registration webpage at www. along with other valuable information regarding registration requirements and procedures.

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Liverpool boys’ team made waves in 2009

March 2009

By Paul Lyboult

In the sports world there is nothing more important than tradition. Schools pride themselves on it and the athletes at the institutions are motivated by it. When it comes to Liverpool High School, tradition is no greater than in its swimming program. The boys’ team has a long history of dominance dating back to the late 1960s through the early 1980s; at one point they won 15 consecutive sectional titles. The 2008-2009 Warriors team looked to add to the school’s historic success. Leading the experienced Warriors is head coach Mike Ferrell, who arrived in Syracuse close to 35 years ago. Ferrell previously coached the Camillus Swim Club and the boys’ varsity swim team at JamesvilleDewitt, among other stops, before arriving at Liverpool. When asked to compare his current job at Liverpool to his other coaching jobs

Ferrell hardly hid his favoritism. “The proud legacy of the Liverpool boys swimming team is unmatched in New York state,” he said. The team’s goal has always been to stay atop the ranks and be recognized as one of the premier high school swimming programs in the state. Being able to accomplish that goal, especially this season, had the team heavily depending on its senior leadership. Ben Hanna, Joe Lee, Paul Telesca, James Walker, and Dan Zinger have 4 years worth of experience on their side. “They provide an embodiment of the dedication and commitment that becomes the pride of this program,” Ferrell explained. While the team will lose some of its leadership next season, Liverpool has hopes that the remaining members of the team will lead by example

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The five seniors (Hanna, Lee, Telesca, Walker and Zinger) said goodbye to their pool during the Section III meet held on Feb. 14 at LHS. - photo by Jim Stromski

and show true dedication just as this year’s strong senior class had. The Warriors overmatched the competition throughout the season and were able to have major victories through the months of December and January. Some of the season’s highlights include a 102-82 victory over Oswego on Dec. 4 and a 114-69 triumph over Baldwinsville on Jan. 29. Liverpool finished 4th in the Section III, Class A results and 3rd in the Section III State qualifying events that were held on Feb 12 and 14. The season may have not been as successful as

they would have liked, but regardless of that the team is still building a solid foundation for future Warrior teams. Liverpool has high expectations every single year and through it all the team has been able to overcome the pressure through solid coaching and hard work. Ferrell prepares his team with strong technical and physiological training in order for them to be ready for all competitions. The intense work ethic has paid off and the Warriors, year in and year out, are swimming past the competition.

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Multiple races over distances of 50, 100, 200, and 500 yards are contested among four styles of swimming - breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, and freestyle. There are additional relay events involving four swimmers. Teams are usually allotted three entries in each event in duel meet competitions held in 6-lane pools. Scoring is 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 for individual events and 8, 4, 2 for relays. Individual swimmers are limited to four entries in a meet, with a maximum of two individual events.

Coach Ferrell, on the deck with stopwatch in hand, takes great pride in coaching for the Warriors.


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Out of this world: a trip to Venus Salon and Day Spa By Melissa Renahan Venus Salon and Day Spa could be considered a diamond in the rough. The one-story, white structure is not impressive at first glance. Furthermore, it blends in with the snow and seems unlikely as a place to get pampered and pretty. Then you walk inside and your perspective immediately changes. The approximately 2000 square foot building, which was formerly Kathy’s Country Kitchen, has been completely refurbished on the inside and now looks like the best salon in any city. The warmly painted walls are offset by tasteful, yet eclectic, furnishings and a few flickering candles add to the natural lighting. Around the main floor of the salon, sleekly organized stations for each stylist jut out and the high-gloss wood floors are swept frequently. In back there are multiple massage rooms, two restrooms and some pedicure chairs that look more than tempting. Shelly Langdon, Venus co-owner and Clay resident, opened this new venue along with her daughter, Andrea Scalisi. Langdon and her husband have owned and operated H. Langdon Garage Builders and Storage for 15 years. Venus is located on Route 57, just across from that business, about two miles north of Route 31. “We’d talked about doing this, and then it was just perfect timing to open since this location went on the market,” Langdon explained.

Though she is a licensed hairdresser, she has never worked in a salon before, while Scalisi is an esthetician with a steady clientele. Langdon’s plan was to help build the business up and then step aside and leave it in her daughter’s care…but in the meantime she is loving being at Venus. “We are striving to create a comfortable environment for out clients,” Scalisi said. Up until now she has always worked for someone else and never thought those salons were all they could be, whether it was the pricing, scheduling or just the atmosphere. So, her satisfaction is with finally doing it the way she feels her clients and staff deserve. Stylist James Joyce, who for two years worked at a salon downtown, said he made the move to Venus because he wanted to offer his clients the same great services and quality but at a more affordable price. “With today’s economy it is tough to charge your clients hundreds of dollars for a cut and color. I feel the pricing at Venus is more than reasonable,” he said. “Plus they are still getting the best products and treatments.” The salon’s staff has three stylists and colorists, two massage therapists and one esthetician. Venus’ menu of services includes customized and specialized facials, full body wrap treatments and luxuries such as eyelash and eyebrow tinting. They also offer nail services, make-up application, ear piercing and waxing.

The massage therapy/skin care rooms are painted in a tranquil green intended to relax clients.

The main floor of the salon is open and inviting with six stations spread out.

Since opening its doors three months ago, Venus has been steadily gaining customers. In the coming months they will be running various specials to attract even more new clients, with a big push coming up in May for Mother’s Day. Special packages for the holiday will include: a spa manicure and spa pedicure for $55; a Bioelements facial with purifying back treatment and white tea spa pedicure for $110; a 60-minute massage, Bioelements facial and deep conditioning treatment with shampoo

and style for $135. Custom packages can also be built upon request. The exterior will eventually get a facelift in the near future with some landscaping and a new sign, but not until the weather has cleared up. In the meantime, the staff at Venus encourages you to come inside out of the cold and see what they have to offer. Chances are you’ll be dreaming about this oasis long after the snow melts. Call 695-4247 or visit to book an appointment.

Girl Scout sending cookies to troops

State Sen. John A. DeFrancisco and his staff made a $100 contribution to Katie Stewart, a local Girl Scout from Brewerton. Under the leadership of Katie’s mother, Kelly Stewart, Katie and the other girls in her Brownie Troop are collecting donations to send cookies to members of the armed forces in Iraq. Katie has an uncle who is currently serving with the Army. With the help of DeFrancisco and others in the community, Katie will be able to send several cases of cookies to the 10th Mountain Division, which is stationed at Fort Drum, New York.

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March 2009

good faith

Each month the Insider will run an article about faith submitted by a Clay resident. It can be about anything related to your faith and is not limited to the religious aspects of faith. If you are interested in submitting an article, please contact the editor at This month’s article was submitted by Clay resident Cathy Hatch.

The Golden Rule

For instance, I would want someone to tell me if my new haircut We all make choices everyday. looked terrible. Other people, howSome choices are easy, while othever, would feel offended or embarers are very difficult. Many people choose to lie. These lies can be small rassed. How do we know what the right thing to do is? If a friend asks or large. Some are told to avoid whether you like her new look, do hurting others. Many are told for you tell her the truth if it will hurt selfish reasons. My world does not her, or do you lie and constantly tolerate lying and I practice what have to pretend when you are with I preach. There were a number of her? These are tough choices, but friends who were once a part of my also unavoidable in everyday life. life, but then they lied to me and I honestly do not know if a perwere no longer my friends, period. son can be completely truthful their There are no second chances. The entire life. As I mentioned previproverbial Golden Rule is all about treating others the way you, yourself, ously there are some situations that make it challenging. Also it is often want to be treated. Sounds simple, a person’s nature to take the easy however, we do not all want the way out even if that means being same things or the same treatment.

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apply life experience to meeting community needs. These people spent their whole careers honing their skills and now they could use it to help others. A r c o f O n o n d a g a C o u n t y, which helps people who are developmentally disabled, has a website too, They have different programs that require volunteers ranging from a photographer, a media specialist, to an arts and crafts teacher, to a classroom assistant at the Parkside Children’s Center. Volunteers at Arc need to go through a state background check, a TB test, and training. Another organization is Hope for the Bereaved, hopeforbereaved. com, which provides programs for children, adults and families who are grieving. Different volunteer choices include the annual Phonathon in February/ March, answering phones, stuffing envelopes and weekly gardening at the Butterfly Garden of HOPE located on Onondaga Lake Parkway. Meals on Wheels is an organization that delivers meals to people who ordinarily would not be able to get hot meals due to illness, disability or advanced age. Their website is They are always looking for volunteers to help make and deliver meals. The Liverpool Library,,

also has volunteer opportunities. The Friends of the Liverpool Library help with fundraising. These volunteers sort all the books that get donated for the used book and magazine sale. They also do bake sales to raise money. The library also has great opportunities for teens that need to do community service through Liverpool High School. The teen volunteers are helpful with the many summer time children events that the library offers and on a daily basis they can perform simple tasks like shelving books. If you are more of an outdoors person, there are many walkathons and races for charities in CNY once the weather subsides and spring arrives. In fact, there seems to be one almost every weekend at Onondaga Lake Park.These organizations need people to register people and help out the day of the races, as well as walk or run, so keep an eye on local papers and newscasts to get specific information. So no matter what your talents or your time constraints, there are opportunities to volunteer all around you. You may have expertise that can lend itself to Habitat for Humanity or Meals on Wheels or you could have time to stuff envelopes and answer phones. It just starts with a thought, then a click, or a phone call. Well, what are you waiting for?

untruthful. Therefore, maybe we all have to learn not to lie and learn not to be selfish. The way to learn is to be taught and our parents or those who raise us are the teachers. People need to listen to their inner spirit. Guilt is heavy and for some and cannot be lived with. For others, there is something missing which allows them no empathy. Are we are born with empathy or do we learn it by example? I truly believe the way adults treat children determines which path they choose to follow. There are exceptions, but the majority of us learn by example. This circles right back to treating others as we would want to be treated. Someone once said, “Hurt people

hurt people.” As harsh as it may sound, children who are treated miserably are more likely to become miserable themselves and continue the cycle. This can lead to un-empathetic societies. If, however, someone does not have the best guidance at the most critical developmental stage of life, society has a choice. We can lock up our children when they defy our moral code of conduct, thereby dismissing them, or we can rise above this and begin to show more empathy to those who need our love and support. So where do we start? Perhaps with a smile or a helping hand rather than punishment. Do unto others indeed.

W orship L istings Congregation Ner Tamid 5061 West Taft Rd., N. Syracuse 315-461-9226 Sabbath services Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Trinity Assembly of God 4398 Route 31, Clay 315-652-4996 Sunday Services: 10:15 a.m. & 6 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 8396 Morgan Rd., Clay 315-652-9186 Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m. Our Lady of Walsingham Parish (Catholic, Western Rite) 8573 Van Heusen Rd,. Clay Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Cross of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Route 57 and Soule Rd., Clay 315-622-2843 Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m. Liverpool 1st Presbyterian Church 603 Tulip St., Liverpool 315-457-3161 Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m. North Central Assembly of God 7463 Buckley Rd., N. Syracuse 315-458-0896 Sunday Worship: 8 & 10:15 a.m. Messiah’s Church (Reformed Presbyterian) 8181 Stearns Rd., Clay 315-451-2148 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Community Christian Reformed Church 7823 Hicks Rd., Baldwinsville 315-638-1664 King of Kings Lutheran Church 8278 Oswego Rd., Liverpool 315-622-2077 Sunday Services: 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church 4947 Route 31, Clay 315-699-7268 Grace Covenant Church Stearns Rd. and Route 31, Clay Sunday Services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Beacon Baptist Church 4800 Route 31, Clay 315-699-5900 Family Worship Center 8480 Morgan Rd., Clay, 315-652-3491 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. United Church of Christ in Bayberry 215 Blackberry Road, Clay 315-652-6789 Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Northminster Presbyterian Church 7444 Buckley Road, North Syracuse 315-458-0393 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 4889 Bear Rd., Liverpool Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. Blessed Hope Church 8791 Oswego Rd., Clay 315-695-6710

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SPD Parent Connections opens a local CNY Chapter In January the CNY Chapter of the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation’s Parent Connections Group hosted its first meeting. The founders and cohosts of the CNY chapter, Caryn Daher and Michele Hawthorne, have organized a support group to reach out to other parents who have children with sensory processing issues. The SPD Foundation’s research suggests that one in every 20 children experiences symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder that significantly impact their ability to participate fully in everyday life. Symptoms of SPD, like those of most disorders, occur within a broad spectrum of severity. Examples of these symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following: extreme sensitivity to physical contact, lights and sound, food, clothing, temperature and more. Children with sensory processing difficulties may display impaired posture and motor skills that appear as klutzy behavior while other children might be constantly seeking stimulation. This support group is for the entire spectrum. Often children with other developmental disorders such as ADHD and Autism show

significant issues with sensory processing as well. Daher and Hawthorne are optimistic that the group will reach out to any and all parents whose children have sensory processing issues no matter what the diagnosis. This support group is also for parents who question whether their child is receiving the proper treatment or attention to their specific needs. Attending meetings can help parents explore their options and receive information that direct them to the proper professionals in this field. They hope the support group will be a resource for information and emotional support to the families. CNY SPD Parent Connections plans to host guest speakers who specialize in Sensory Processing to present at several of their meetings. Meetings will be held the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Please see their website for specific location and other information. SPD-Parent Connections are run by parents and provide a forum for them to share personal experiences related to SPD. The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation and

Jonathan Daher and Jonah Hawthorne are two children with Sensory Processing Disorder. Their parents founded the CNY chapter.

its Parent Connections Hosts are dedicated to the research, education and validation of sensory processing disorder. Advice of a qualified clinical professional should always be sought for diagnosis and treatment. For more information on the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation please visit www.

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Mixed results at the Euclid By Betty and Richard Wiese It was a chilly Tuesday evening, but we were warmly greeted at the Euclid Restaurant on Route 31 in Clay. The hostess led us to a table set for four, but never removed the extra table settings. The Euclid has been a staple of the Clay dining scene for a very long time, but as we had not been there for over a decade, it was new to us. The dĂŠcor is simple with wood paneled walls and some decorations. The bar, which occupies an open room adjacent to the restaurant, was almost empty. A party was being held in the private upstairs room, and we watched as platters were carried up the narrow stairs. An almost overwhelmingly large menu offers everything from pizza ($10-14) and sandwiches ($4.508), to Italian dinners ($10-16) and steaks and chops ($9-20). Specials are offered daily, with some repeating every week ($8-21). The wine list is very reasonable, ranging from $16-25 per bottle. He chose a draft beer ($2.50) and she had a glass of Merlot ($4.50).

We started with two appetizers. She had the soup of the day, a BLT soup ($2.79) which was richly smoky with bacon and tomato bits in a creamy broth. He ordered onion rings ($4.99). There were enough to share throughout the meal, but they were obviously commercial frozen rings. Dinners were preceded by crispy fresh salads with dressing on the side. Despite the large selection, we went with two daily specials. He had the 24oz. prime rib, a bargain at $20.99. The thick slab of tender boneless beef arrived a bit more cooked than medium rare and looked as if perhaps it had been reheated in the au jus, but a quick cut and taste rewarded him with forkful of tender and richly marbled, pure beef taste. Two sides of the dinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice accompanied the dish; he chose the salad and cole slaw, which again tasted like unadulterated commercial product. Rolls were set on the table with the appetizer, but they were not warm and obviously right out of the bag.


She opted for the broiled perch for $14.95. The fish, which was served in a ramekin with a poaching sauce, proved to be a poor choice. Unfortunately, neither the overcooked fish nor the sauce had any hint of the lovely delicate fish flavor one would expect with perch. The accompanying french fries were thick and hot and the best part of the dish - though they were also not homemade. Three pies on the menu were listed as homemade: coconut crème, chocolate crème, and apple, but we were full so we passed.

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Dinner with appetizers, one beer and one glass of wine came to $54.78. There are never any coupons for the Euclid, but since prices are so fair, you really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need one. His steak was on the high side of the menu, so a normal dinner for two should run around $40. We are sure the substandard dish was not the norm, and will certainly try the Euclid again, maybe on a Wednesday for allyou-can-eat Sauerbraten or fried chicken. - Betty and Richard Wiese live in Clay and spend many of their weekends visiting local eateries.

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Wii Wednesdays are a great fit for seniors

Good nutrition and the heart-brain connection

The Center for Town of Clay Seniors will host Wii Wednesdays on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. Enjoy virtual games of bowling and tennis, as well as ladderball, board games, knitting and bocce ball. Games and snacks start at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is provided by Catholic Charities and served at noon. No need to register for games; you must register by the previous Monday to stay for lunch. Call 652-3800 ext. 137.

By Cindy Nigolian, RN, MS

The role nutrition plays in heart disease has been widely researched, published and embraced by the medical community, media and public at large. Conversely, the role that nutritional factors play in brain aging and brain health is a newer area of research which is unearthing some interesting corollaries. Heart disease, including heart attack and heart failure, is the number one cause of death among adults aged 65 and older. The onset of heart disease is highly associated with chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood lipids and diabetes. These ‘nutritional’ conditions result in damage to the blood vessels that not only surround the heart, but also the blood vessels of the entire body. The net effect is a condition known as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerotic plaque formation leads to high blood pressure, which occurs as a result of thickening and stiffening of the body’s blood vessel walls. The heart must work harder to pump blood into these unyielding conduits, ultimately over working and damaging the heart muscle. Additionally, weakened vessel walls can rupture or tiny pieces of the plague can dislodge, travel further “downstream” and entirely stop the flow of blood to another part of the body. All these factors are associated with heart failure, heart attack and stroke. You are probably thinking that the stroke, arthrosclerosis and the high blood pressure connection is not news. You are right, but that relationship is not the focus of this article. A few decades ago, astute scientific observers noted that there seemed to be some sort of relationship between the onset of progressive thought process deficits, or cognitive loss in the presence of chronic heart disease. The term “cardiogenic dementia” – although no longer used in the contemporary scientific community – does underscore the heart-brain relationship and puts

into perspective the realty that we are whole beings and what effects one of our body ‘systems’ can affect the whole. Dementia is one of the most important and devastating neurological disorders that the aging population faces. The term “dementia” is truly a descriptive term implying a loss in cognition, which can be seen in recent memory impairment and a slow but progressive inability to safely self-manage on a daily basis. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common reason that a person could become demented. Until recently, Alzheimer’s was thought to be primarily a neurodegenerative disease. This means that the reason that the person loses thought process function is primarily the result of neural destruction within the brain. The reason behind this destruction remains the focus of research and the major stumbling block to finding a cure. However, in the past decade there has been increasing evidence that the presence of high blood pressure and diabetes can and does contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s dementia. This is now fully recognized as the vascular component of dementia, which correlates to the same conditions and predisposing factors that can lead to heart disease. The good news is there is now something you can do to decrease your risk for both heart disease and dementia. Good nutrition contributes to normal cholesterol and blood lipid levels. Weight maintenance, which helps avert the onset of adult diabetes, is also critical. There are many diets to follow, but the essentials for most healthful diets include recommendations focusing on a reduction in foods high in fat, such as red meat, pork and full-fat dairy as well as saturated fat oils. Monounsaturated oils such as canola, sunflower, peanut and olive oil should be used in cooking. Extra virgin olive oil is especially favor-

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able because it increases the good cholesterol and decreases the bad. Also beneficial to the cholesterol battle is to include weekly servings of omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty cold water fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. For too long, diets for good heart health consisted of a long list of what not to eat. For heart and brain health, the emphasis is on nutrient-dense, fiber-rich, antioxidantboosting plant foods. Evidence indicates that diets rich in unrefined plant foods such as whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts can protect against chronic diseases. The increase in average life expectancy is resulting in an increasing prevalence of major illnesses such as heart disease and dementia. Mounting evidence exits that supports the importance of good nutrition in the prevention of the vascular risk associated with both conditions. Therefore, it is critical that all adults pay careful attention to their all important ‘numbers’. These numbers include blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood lipids, blood sugar and weight. By doing so, you can actively reduce your risk for heart and brain disease, and therefore enjoy a healthful heartbrain connection. - Cindy Nigolian is a clinical nurse specialist with Senior Services at Crouse Hospital.

“Seniors probably make up at least 50 percent of our membership,” said Eva Hunter, operation manager for the Gold’s Gym on Morgan Road. The gym offers weekly classes as part of membership package and there are some that cater specifically to those over 55 years of age. Aquafit, Healthy Hearts and Get Active are just three that can help get seniors moving! To learn more or to join call 451-5050.


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Clay FD needs volunteers A job that is rewarding, challenging and well respected. That motto is printed on all Clay Fire Department ads and communications - which you may have seen a lot of recently. The need for qualified volunteers in the fire department is rising, while unfortunately the pool of applicants is thinning. “Over the past 20 years, accidents or incidents requiring our response have risen since the town has grown dramatically. As a result, we need more man-hours and more volunteers,” said Clay Fire Chief Dan Ford. “With people working two jobs nowadays they have less time to volunteer, which has definitely affected our numbers.” This month the department will host an open house so people can come in and see what they do. The underlying hope is, of course, to

recruit some new volunteers. “The numbers aren’t critical yet, but they are dropping. We hope this outreach will be a proactive solution before they drop too low, “ Ford said. The open houses will be held at the Clay Fire Department locations, 4383 Route 31 and 8129 Caughdenoy Road, on Thursday, March 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. To become a volunteer firefighter you need to be at least 18 years of age, have a High School Diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a physical fitness test. You must also live within the Clay Fire District Line, which includes the following neighborhoods: Cherry Heights, Cherry Estate, Cherryton East, Fairways East, Lawton Valley Hunt, North Town Park, Route 31 (from Great Northern Mall to Cicero Town Line). For more information call 622-4242 or 652-6121.

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Upcoming Events Clay Easter Egg Hunt Now accepting registration for children ages 10 and younger to particpate in the hunt on Saturday, April 4. Call or email the recreation dept. (652-3800 x 139 - Email: recreation@ This event is free for all Clay residents! Clay Recreation Programs Family Gym and Swim The Clay Recreation Department will be offering the popular and free Family Gym and Swim program this winter at Liverpool High School. The program is open to Clay residents and Liverpool School District residents. The pool will be open for the entire families’ enjoyment from 6 to 8 p.m.; while the gymnasium will host a variety of fun family activities to include basketball, relays, parachute games and much more. Program dates: March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Chaos for teens A teen traveling theatre troupe trains for stage productions as well as festival and street theatre performances. Limited space. Meets Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Director permission for entry in troupe. If you are interested, contact Chrissy Clancy at 652-3800 x 137 or email

Liverpool Library Events and Classes Parent/Child Stay and Play A five-week session to enjoy playtime with your child and meet other parents, for ages 15 months to 4 years old. Session 2 runs 10 to 11 a.m., March 4, 11, 18, 25 and to April 1. Registration required; call 457-0310 ext. 120. Connections Café On March 18, at 1 p.m. in the Carman Community Room. Connections Café is a casual gathering of adults who want to meet, talk, learn, and connect. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of the months Sept to June.This month Judith Malkin, Assistant District Attorney will talk about consumer fraud and other concerns. World Religions Series On March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Carman Community Room. SU’s Cordell Waldron will present an introduction to ancient Greek religion as it was practiced in the time of the playwrights Aeschylus and Euripides and the philosophers Socrates and Plato. Super Saturday Paperback Sale On March 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Carman Community Room. Gently used paperbacks on sale for a super low prices, 25¢ each or 5 for $1.

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cause, visit Groups and individuals are welcome! Monday-1: No fast food Monday-2: Write a note of gratitude Monday-3: Show your smile Monday-4: Thank a law enforcement officer Monday-5: Read a book

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Troop 157 of North Syracuse is holding a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser on Saturday, April 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. The dinner will be at Andrews Memorial Church, 106 Church St., North Syracuse. There will be spaghetti, homemade meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverages. Door prize drawings for dining in and take-out orders. Ticket prices are adults $6; Senior Citizens $5; Children (5-12) $4 and Children (under 5) free. For more information call Mary Margaret Smith at 698-0692.

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small business advocates and wine sellers hunkering down to take on the often regional or national grocery, convenience and drug store chains.

Bad for business

Mike Alsid, whose wife Erin owns Moyers Corners Liquors in Clay, said the move will definitely hurt smaller stores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wine is our bread and butter,â&#x20AC;? Alsid said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The majority of our sales and the majority of our profits come from wines.â&#x20AC;? Alsid said thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the case with most small liquor stores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People think, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, liquor stores mostly just sell hard liquor,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe that was the case 30 years ago, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not now. Wine is the biggest part of our business.â&#x20AC;? And that business impacts the state economy as a whole. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The coalition [of which Moyers Corners Liquor is a member] estimates that 1,000 liquor stores will close if this goes through,â&#x20AC;? Alsid said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And there are only about 2,700 in the state. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost 40 percent. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking 4,000 or 5,000 jobs.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, according to Michael Hennigan, who owns both Nichols Grocery Store and Nichols Liquor in Liverpool, the only entity to benefit

from the move is the state â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and even that benefit will be short-lived. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a money grab,â&#x20AC;? Hennigan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a one-time thing.â&#x20AC;? Hennigan wrote a letter to several state legislators asking them to vote down the measure for that reason, among others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś[T]here is a one time franchise fee of a half of one percent of a supermarketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prior yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total sales,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A relatively small neighborhood supermarket would need $50,000.00 to pay their franchise fee. A larger volume supermarket, such as a Wegmans or Price Chopper unit would require a franchise fee in excess of $250,000.00 per location. This would be in addition to the actual fee of the new state license to sell wine in a supermarket. While the accumulated franchise fees from across our state would bring in millions of dollars, this is a one-time occurrence and very short sighted.â&#x20AC;? He also pointed to the loss of employment that would result if the measure passed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Should wine be available to supermarkets and other retailers that currently sell beer the economic impact will be negative,â&#x20AC;? Hennigan wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wine in other retailers will have a massive detrimental impact on the liquor and wine merchants across the state. The liquor and wine retailers across our state will decrease significantly. Some experts feel over one third or 1000 liquor and wine stores will close as a result of this

proposal. These are real jobs that will be lost, never to be regainedâ&#x20AC;Ś At the supermarket, there will be no increase in employment by this proposal. A supermarket will not need to hire any additional cashiers or stockers in order to sell wine. There will be no appreciable increase in total store scheduled hours in order to offer wine to the supermarketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing customer base.â&#x20AC;?

But, maybe not

On the contrary, Paul Speranza, vice chairman of the general counsel and secretary of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., noted in a telephone interview that selling wine in stores other than liquor stores would create jobs on the production side of the wine business. It is unlikely liquor stores would hire more people than they already employ, Speranza added. But if the retail outlets for wine is increased, grape farmers and wineries will be able to employ more people to meet demand for product. Speranza testified to the New York State Senate Finance Committee and Committee on Ways and Means to state his case and discredit liquor store ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; two main arguments: that liquor stores canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t survive selling the hard stuff alone, and restrictions placed on liquor and wine sellers will not allow them to compete with grocery, convenience and drug stores. Speranza claimed 30 to 40 percent

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of liquor storesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; profit comes from hard liquor, not wine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still have the monopoly on that,â&#x20AC;? he said. And as for the limited hours of business and restrictions on items sold, imposed by the state - liquor store owners need to take that fight to the state, not grocers.

The bottom line

The collaborative efforts of liquor store owners throughout the state, and even in the same small towns, is a sign that competition between local stores has taken a back seat to the threat that none of them may be able to survive if the proposition passes. But a little more competition is only fair, Speranza pointed out. Liquor stores hold the monopoly on liquor and wine sales, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only fair to consumers to break the monopoly at least on wine and pass competition-induced price savings on to shoppers. As Speranza pointed out, this is but the most recent battle in a decadesold fight. He and Danny Wegman, who founded the chain, started working to put wine in Wegmans stores more than 30 years ago, Speranza said. The difference this time is that the move is part of the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. But that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t making Speranza any more optimistic about this go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still need to be realistic,â&#x20AC;? he said.


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Spring cleaning with (or in spite of ) your kids By Christina Lackey The words “spring” and “cleaning” are both fine with me…in isolation. Together, they are enough to send chills down my spine. We spend hours, days or even weeks to refresh, reorganize, and renew. We sit back to finally enjoy the fruits of our labor and then the kids come into the room. Within minutes it is all back to the way it was before we even began. Although it would be easy to forgo the entire process knowing what will become of our hard labor, we often decide to tackle the task of spring-cleaning anyway and plunge in as the weather clears. From start to finish, there are ways to help your children understand what you are doing and why, and there are ways to encourage them to respect and appreciate the results. Starting with pre-cleaning goals can be the key to the eventual success or failure of a project. Children who feel involved are more likely to cooperate than those who feel forced to clean. Goals can really help kids feel positive. For example, many kids’ toys consist of about one million tiny parts and pieces; leaving one with an entire bucket filled with random Legos, orphaned Candy Land men, crinkled Monopoly money and bent Go Fish cards. Yet, everytime we go through and reorganize/rebuild the games, the kids act like its Christmas. If they are reminded how fun it is to have all the game pieces, they might remember to put them away

next time. Some other goals: • Establish places for often-used items: blocks, cars, dolls, etc. • Create a space for a new activity. A reading corner, art table or “pretend” area are popular with kids and still look good when you entertain. • Bribery, it never fails. Making space for a new and more desired toy to replace something that is seldom used can be a great motivator. Once you’ve got your crew of eager helpers, there is the matter of staying motivated. We’re not talking about five minutes; we’re talking about several hours. Staying motivated to clean when there are other fun things to do can be difficult for anyone. Children struggle even more, especially as they unearth long- lost friends from among the dust bunnies under the bed. Some tips for staying focused are: • Take frequent wiggle breaks and make them fun: a two-minute dance or a lap around the house (outside, if possible) can lighten the mood and add some silliness to a not-so-fun task. Set a timer between breaks so the kids can listen for the bell. • Divide the chores into reasonable parts and tackle just one thing a day. Trying to complete too large a project on the first few days will discourage everyone and make it more likely that the tasks will never be finished. • Arrange a treat for a job well done. If you organize games, take the time to play them. If

you reorganize the kitchen cabinets, celebrate by baking some cookies together. The hardest part of spring cleaning is probably after the cleaning happens. It’s painful to watch your hard work disintegrate before your eyes in the few weeks post- project, so it’s natural to want to protect your time investment. There are lots of ways to do this, such as: • Establishing a daily 10 minute clean and make it part of a dinner or bedtime routine. • Follow your grandmother’s advice: “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Label boxes, bins, drawers and shelves. For younger children, use pictures as well as words to foster reading skills. For older children, encourage feelings of ownership by allowing them to choose and justify the places for their things. • Encourage your kids to frequently assess what they need and don’t. Have a bag available to donate toys once a month and let the kids take it in and be proud. Then encourage them to tell others what they’ve done. Even older kids feel good about helping others. No plan is perfect. One of your kids (or maybe two) will likely try to stage a coup during all of this and dump a freshly filled wicker basket of Barbie shoes all over the floor. (Don’t ask how I know, I just do.) Either way, good luck and happy cleaning! - Christina Lackey lives in Clay with her husband, three children...and all of their toys.

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