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November 2008


This photo of Sharon Denton’s music class at Soule Road Elementary, taken by Jamie De Pould, is just one of the thousands that SU students shot during their Fall Photojournalism Workshop in Clay this October. See page 18 for more.

New Supervisor takes office

Putting out the welcome mat CanTeen serves as a safe haven for local teenagers By Melissa Renahan

Damian Ulatowski (above, right) being sworn into the office of supervisor by Vivian Mason (bottom left). Board members Robert Edick and Joseph Bick look on.

On Oct. 13 town clerk Vivian Mason swore the new Clay Supervisor into office during a special board meeting. Damian Ulatowski, formerly the deputy supervisor, took over for Jim Rowley, who is now officially CFO of Onondaga County. Ulatowski will finish Rowley’s term and remain


Please see Supervisor, page 22

In This Issue: Budget Cuts ............... Page 2 Inside Town Hall..........Page 5 Reader Opinions........Page 6 LCSD Budget..............Page 9 School News.............Page 10 In Business................Page 13 In Good Faith.............Page 15 Out to Eat...................Page 17 Clay Real Estate ..... ...Page 19 Local Calendar........Page 20 Alternative Heating..Page 21 Local VFW.................Page 22 Classifieds...............Page 23

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There used to be a commercial on television at least 15 years back that asked parents “do you know where your children are?” It was intended to make parents stop and question not only a child’s physical location, but also what they were up to when they were out of the house. The CanTeen, located along Route 11 in Brewerton, provides an answer to that question and is where many parents in the NSCSD can find their kids after school. So far this year, close to 50 percent of the kids attending live in Clay. Their slogan states, “It’s not a program, it’s a relationship;” and that is reinforced when you walk inside and learn that the people who come there feel at home. They choose to show up, there is no mandatory attendance policy in effect, and it seems like a perfect hang out. Though the facility does not have Internet access for recreational teen use, it does have huge televisions for watching approved DVDs, a full kitchen stocked with snack food and a variety of games, from pool tables and an air hockey table to ping-pong. The program is open to students, spanning ages 13 to 18, regardless of where they live. On average the center will have 40 to 60 teens per day and a staff of four. “Some days are calm,” CanTeen director Jenna Ogden comments, “while others are filled with drama.” “Though the NSCSD is part of the CanTeen, all teenagers are welcome,” stresses Toni’Lyn Brauchle, the Youth Development Program Leader for the Cicero Youth Bureau. “This place is about building relationships between kids and adults. Especially when the kids in question are unlikely to befriend or trust an adult. The CanTeen gives them access to adults who are non-judgmental.”

The only requirement of the kids is to complete a basic information card the first time they visit for the year, including their name, age, address, phone number, emergency contact information and birthday. Then every time a student shows up at the CanTeen they are asked to mark off on their card that they’ve attended. This way, Ogden explains, they have an idea of who is there should a parent call. Not to mention that it gives them an accurate estimate of weekly and monthly attendance should any of their municipal funding ever be called into question. The North Syracuse school district contributes by providing busing for the kids from school, Monday through Friday. Additionally there is a busing option from the CanTeen to students’ homes, Monday through Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. On Fridays there is no transportation home provided; kids must arrange for their own. The CanTeen does have its own 12-passenger van, but that is not relied upon for rides home. Other than the transportation donated by the NSCSD, the CanTeen has an average annual budget of $160,000. a good portion of which goes toward staffing costs and benefits, while the rest is attributed to gas, rent, and utilities. Overseen by the town of Cicero, a non profit, “The Friends of the CanTeen” 501C3 designated group has been established to accept donations and coordinate fundraising efforts. Yearly, their fundraisers and donations account for $20,00 to $25,000 and the towns of Clay, Salina, Cicero, and the village of North Syracuse (which comprise the Cicero Youth Bureau) fund a portion as well. Fund-raisers include an upcoming spaghetti dinner on Nov. 8 and Please see CanTeen, page 24

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Town budget delivers tax cut, as promised But it’s a one-time thing, says former supervisor Rowley By Sarah Hall Clay residents will see a nearly 20 percent cut in their town taxes this year, as promised by former Supervisor James Rowley during the police consolidation proposal. Rowley, who resigned Oct. 13 to take a position with Onondaga County, attended Monday night’s Clay Town Board meeting in order to present the budget he helped prepare. “As promised during the consolidation proposal, we will deliver on the nearly 20 percent tax cut,” Rowley said. “It’s about $10.02 per $1,000 in assessed value. The savings are there, and they’re real.” But, given the state of the economy, Rowley emphasized that the tax cut was a one-time thing. “Things are terrible, as we all know,” he said. “This tax cut will not be kept next year.” Rowley said, given the likely reduction in building and inspection fees, CHIPS aid and mortgage tax from the state, the town would have to raise taxes in 2010 by about $4.45 per $1,000 next year just to cover the shortfall, or 10.5 percent. “Now, that number is a little misleading,” he

said. “We reduced taxes by a very large amount this year, and that skews the numbers a bit.” Rowley calculated that residents’ taxes would have been about $12.20 per $1,000 had the police merger not gone through. “On a house valued at $112,360, that’s over $60,” he said. “It’s a significant amount.” The town of Clay’s budget is actually three budgets in one: the general fund, which includes everything (the expected tax levy is $652,342, up 11.1 percent from $579,384 from 2008); the parttown fund, which covers everything in the town except for the village of North Syracuse (the expected tax levy is $919,032, down 60.5 percent from $2,296,223 in 2008); and the highway fund (the expected tax levy is $3,974,315, up 1.1 percent from $3,876,444 in 2008). The total tax levy is $5,545,689, a decrease of 19.1 percent from 2008. The budget also includes the following: the hiring of a full-time comptroller, which Rowley said will save the town money in the long run because it will allow for more efficient management of town funds; increased money for salt and fuel in the highway department; labor contract increases of 3 percent in the highway department and 4 percent for clerical workers; the use of sales tax money

to offset the debt service of the reconstruction of Waterhouse Road; and delaying the purchase of a snowplow, which Rowley said was a $250,000 to $300,000 savings. The budget also calls for the water department to start paying more for overhead costs – up from $10,000 last year to $80,000 this year. “They have been significantly undercharged for their overhead costs for a long time, in my opinion,” Rowley said. Board member Clarence Rycraft objected to the increase expected for the water department and voted against approving the tentative budget. “I think we need to do a full analysis of every department and their costs of operations,” Rycraft said. “I’m withholding my approval until we do some more research.” The rest of the board voted to approve the tentative budget as the preliminary budget for the town. A public hearing will be held at 7:54 p.m. Nov. 3 to discuss adopting it as the actual 2009 budget. In other business: Supervisor Damien Ulatowski appointed board member Robert Edick as his deputy supervisor. Please see Budget, page 5

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Politics in a teenager’s life By Zachary M. Romano The 2008 Election Season is in full gear with campaign ads, candidate mottos, debates, and that repetitive line of, “I am ‘so-and-so’ and I approve this message.” Every candidate makes their claims and what they promise to do for our country. Despite the fact that myself and other teenagers across the country are too young to vote, how does all this effect our lives? Our voices and opinions are equally as important as anyone else’s. Even though we may be seen as clueless or apathetic about politics and current events, it really does have an effect on our lives. This year’s election has many teenagers wondering, if I could vote, who would I vote for on Nov. 4th? Many of these presidential candidates’ policies will have an effect on our families, but also on us. By the end of their four year term, current 15-year olds, like myself, will be 19 and most likely on their way to college and facing the world. That is why it’s critical for our next president to create change for the better in that, it will have a huge impact on our lives. An example of this would be the plans that both Barrack Obama and John McCain have to aid the financial crisis. The one that gets elected needs to be able to intelligently mend the issue or else it’s our families that will pay, and even teenagers. If the financial crisis continues for an extent, our families’ retirement funds and investments could be drained to almost nothing. Also for the families that have a college fund put away for their teenagers, if that money is lost, it will become much harder to pay for college, since college is getting increasingly more expensive. Lenders are tightening up on loans as well, so many college students may decide that they can’t afford a certain college, or may not go to college at all. This issue of finances is one that our next president needs to take on with great care, along with the several other issues including global warming, the war in Iraq, and our relationship with other countries. For the past two years, I have been elected the treasurer of my class and get to see what politics are like on a much smaller and more modified scale. It requires a good work ethic, determination to get the job done, and communication in order to

be an effective officer. The peers of your class and their opinions always come first. At times, just like in the federal government, it can get very stressful to the point where you just cannot deal with it. However, I am not the type of person to simply walk away from a situation despite how difficult it may seem. This is a quality that most politicians should have. You

need to accept your mistakes and grow from them. That is a piece of advice that the average politician has trouble grasping, accepting your mistakes. Just because they are in an official position does not mean that they are not allowed to make any mistakes, they are only human. Politicians try not to accept the mistakes that they make in order to maintain an image of perfection. I would see it as more honorable if a politician was able to accept the mistakes that he or she has clearly

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made, and grow from them. That is why it is so important to vote for the candidate that seems to have the right qualities that will benefit them in office. Yet at this point, we as teenagers can only watch from the sidelines as the elections unfold. We hope that those who plan on voting keep in mind that this election will also have a great effect on their teenagers, and youth across the nation. - Zach Romano is a sophomore at LHS and resides in Clay.

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Insider Icon Contest is being continued... For the past two months we have been requesting that you, the readers, lend us a hand and tell us what represents Clay to you. We have received some good submissions (see below), but to be honest the response has been lacking in number. Before we select a winner we really would like to have the most imput possible...and we know there’s a lot of you reading!

So as of now we are extending our contest deadline to Nov. 22. We are hoping that those of you who have been considering getting involved will. Those of you already submitted photos will still be actively considered in the contest but cannot submit further enteries. The winner will receive a prize in addition to a photo credit. - Melissa Renahan, Editor

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By Damian Ulatowski, Town Supervisor

Oct. 13 marked the beginning of a new administration when I was installed as the 55th supervisor of the town of Clay. The reigns of power were handed over to me from the strong, decisive and committed local leaders who preceded me. At the time of my installation, I swore an oath to uphold those constitutions that have helped shape and hold our country, state and, most importantly, the town of Clay together. As I begin my duties as supervisor, I must not forget that I am but an heir in a long succession of like-minded individuals, each who sought to make our town a better place to live by providing good stewardship. Together with the Town Board, I pledge to move the town of Clay confidently into the future by remembering you the citizens who have placed your faith in the government that serves you. The above aside, this it not to say that there will not be challenges. We are faced with tough economic times taking nothing away from what the town board has accomplished over the past 12 months. The road ahead will press this administration to reach further to maintain the balance that supports and sustains those services that the people so richly deserve. It is not by accident that the Town of Clay has grown to become the 17th largest Town in New York State,

the largest Town in Onondaga County and the 59 th best place to live in the United States. On Oct. 17, 18 and 19 of this year, over 40 Syracuse University students from the Newhouse School of Communications, along with their instructors and journalists from many parts of the country, descended on our town to photograph and video the people, places and activities that make Clay a great place to live, work and raise a family. In the months to come, their work will be published and made available on the World Wide Web for all to see. All of this has come from delivering good government, and I intend to continue that tradition. Together there is little we cannot accomplish if we commit to share a vision of fellowship. As the New Year dawns, your town board and I will keep our promise and each of you will realize the commitment that we made to lower taxes without compromising vital services. In the shadow of that promise to deliver a 20 percent tax savings, we will continue to keep our streets safe, our parks places to enjoy watching our children play, our senior programs viable and our community one that is second to none. I am ready to accept the responsibility of being your supervisor and I pledge that your voices will continue to be heard, your questions answered and your ideas considered.


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The board scheduled public hearings on the Special Districts, Fire and Uniform Water budgets. They will take place at 7:41, 7:47 and 7:50 p.m., respectively, on Monday Nov. 3. The board issued a resolution honoring Rowley for his years of service to the board and the town of quiring numerous grants benefiting Clay. The resolution is as follows: the town, and being the ‘architect’ for “Whereas, James J. Rowley (“Jim”) the consolidation of the Town of Clay has served the residents of the town of Police Department into the Sheriff ’s Clay since 1996 in a number of im- Department of the County of Ononportant capacities and roles, as a mem- daga and negotiations to enter into a ber of the Clay Town Board, deputy contract with the county of Onondaga for police services; and supervisor and supervisor; and “Now, therefore, be it resolved, “Whereas, Jim announced his resignation as supervisor of the town of through the efforts of Jim and the town Clay, effective Oct. 13, 2008 in or- board, the town of Clay continues to be der to accept an appointment made by a better place to reside and work; and Joanie Mahoney to serve as chief fis- the town board on behalf of themselves cal officer for the county of Onondaga; and the community wish to publicly acknowledge their heartfelt gratitude and “Whereas, Jim has had a positive and appreciation for his many years of influence on the residents by contrib- dedicated service to the town of Clay uting in specifically significant ways and offer their best wishes and success through his dedicated service in ac- in all his future endeavors.”

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New book provides inside look at the political hustle-bustle Former NYS GOP leader to appear in Clay

Oswego native Richard Rosenbaum, a central figure in Republican politics in New York and nationally for decades, offers firsthand insights to some of the behind-the-scenes events that have been the backbone of history the past half century in his new book: No Room for Democracy: The Triumph of Ego Over Common Sense (RIT Press, September 2008). Rosenbaum will be at the Barnes & Noble, located in Clay on Route 31, on Election Eve - Monday, Nov. 3 - to sign books and discuss the 2008 presidential race at 7 p.m.

Beginning with a foreword by Henry A. Kissinger, No Room For Democracy walks readers through Rosenbaum’s unique life - which started in 1931 as a Jewish boy growing up in a predominately gentile community in Oswego County with the rare disease, alopecia, which results in a premature loss of hair - to a college boxing star - to Nelson Rockefeller’s right hand man and an integral part of the Republican Party nationally. The book puts readers front and center of key events in our nation’s modern political history - events that Rosenbaum both witnessed and affected. Henry A. Kissinger says of No Room For Democracy, “As Dick’s personal story unfolds, we also see the reshaping of American politics, as a tide of conservatism washes over the liberal wing of the Republican Party. We follow him through serious issues of governance to incidents that are uproariously funny. We feel the adrenalin rush that comes from a tough political battle, and the quieter problems of facing personal adversity.� “Dick Rosenbaum’s enormous energy, hearty laugh, and shiny bald pate made him a presence known to thousands in political circles across the country.  His rise from humble beginnings, overcoming personal challenges and prejudice to become the ultimate political insider is a story as lively as the man.� No Room for Democracy: The Triumph of Ego Over Common Sense is available on and as well as at area bookstores.


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Viewpoints Dear Readers, As the town paper, we want to be your medium for voicing your opinions on all issues related to the town, or any other local matter. Please send your editorial content to news@ and we will do our best to print it all each month. Thanks, Melissa Renahan, Editor Dear Editor, Just before Thanksgiving of 2003 I received the saddest phone call of my life. My daughter called my home on a Saturday morning and told me her brother-in-law, George Wood, had been killed in Iraq! I fell to my knees. I asked how it happened and Tara told me George got out of his tank and stepped on a road side bomb (I.E.D.) and his head went back and it killed him instantly. Tara and Brian lived in Syracuse where Brian was in medical school. George Wood was a Cornell grad, a young husband, and father of a little girl, Maria. Maria was named after George’s mother who then had to fly to Texas, with George’s now widowed wife Lisa, and identify her son’s body and bring him home to Marcy, N.Y. for the funeral at their church in Utica. A parade of friends, firefighters, and police escorted the family and body down the N.Y. State Thruway and drove by George’s boy-hood home where all his friends and neighbors came out to witness the young man they had watched grow up take his last ride home. That night the whole city packed into a little Utica church to say goodbye to this tall handsome native son that had joined the military after college to get a little experience before fulfilling his dream of teaching Military History at West Point. One of George’s college buddies stood up at the church and told the crowd the kind of heart George had, he explained, “During the first year in their college room together at Cornell, George told him if his sick grandmother back in Utica needed him for one minute he was out of there!� George’s grandmother did fine and George graduated from Cornell. After everyone left the church I peeked back in to see one person still sitting in front of the flag draped coffin; it was my daughter’s husband Brian, saying one last goodbye to his older brother. George’s body was removed for the final resting place at the cemetery.

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In a little chapel at the cemetery one more good-bye military style took place. There were 3 or 4 soldiers there as their leader gave a roll call of the soldiers present. The leader had one more name to call and he called it 3 or 4 times, “Captain George Wood, Captain George Wood, Captain George Wood!� Before the leader could say the name one more time I heard the loudest silence ever, only to be broken by a gut wrenching cry from George’s mother. At this moment everyone in the little chapel was soulfully aware of George’s absence. Yes, George was gone and on that eerie cold day with an early snow squall outside the window of the chapel, we lost our hearts. George has been gone for 5 years now; his little daughter has grown and a Post Office in Utica has been dedicated to his name. I’m not an advocate of the war but I am an advocate for George Wood and the other soldiers, unknown to most except to those that love them, who need to be thanked, and remembered for the gift of themselves; that they offer us. After George died I wrote this poem for him. To George, and all serving in Iraq and around the world during this holiday season, thank you! Just before Thanksgiving You may think the war is right, You may believe it wrong. But George Wood is a Hero, We knew it all along. Back home in America George has a family. Wife, Daughter, Mother and Father, Brothers there are three. George Wood was killed Before Thanksgiving in Iraq. It’s not how we wanted it, But he’s finally coming back. Over 100,000 soldiers Are in Iraq to stay. George was one of three Who lost their life that day. When George headed for Iraq He knew it was no game. He gave us the ultimate gift, Please don’t forget his name! You may think the war is right, You may believe it wrong. But George Wood is a Hero, We knew it all along. No place is bigger than freedom, No wealth is greater than love. George Wood was taken from us, And now he sits with the Angels above.

Sincerely, H. Steven Soehnel Clay resident

November 2008

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Clay at a new online junction: e-government How a town’s website can draw in residents

familiar with all the services provided the “What is New” page which is basi- local waterfront revitalization plan is by the town and how they can make cally announcements for the town’s accessible online. use of them. As an example, the recre- current events and notices. This allows The concept of e-government is ation department has a rather lengthy one to quickly see what is currently to make it easier for citizens to learn By Murugan Pandian list of all the recreational activities taking place in the town from inforabout and interact with the governE-government is the use of internet available for all age groups. Upon mation about leaf pickup to various ment. This is exactly what this web technology as a stage to digitally pres- visiting this section, one can easily town-sponsored holiday events. At site provides; plenty of useful informaent to citizens information about the be surprised by the extensive number times, important documents that are tion for residents to be knowledgeable government and in some cases allow of services the town provides to its being reviewed by the town governabout their town. for citizen-to-government transactions. residents. ment are also available for the public - Murugan Pandian is a Clay The Internet has made it possible The last major section of the site is to view in this section. Currently, the resident and concerned citizen. for the delivery of information to be extremely fast and easy. The push for a knowledge based society is now the goal for many regions around the world and the introduction of e-government is an integral part of that transformation. The town of Clay has a web site at and provides a variety of useful information to its residents. The ability to access information about the town’s government is the essence of e-governJudge David Murad Tom Cerio ment. The web site contains a wealth of Years of Legal Experience 21 12 information pertaining to the town and its government. There is an YES NO Full-time Acting Supreme Court Justice “About the Town of Clay” section that Surrogate’s Court Judge YES NO contains information about the history, its Census statistics, geographical Acting Family Court Judge YES NO location, directions to the town, and a frequently asked questions page. This Acting County Court Judge YES NO is a good starting point for someone who wants to learn more about the Certified Public Accountant, uniquely qualified to town. review the complex financial issues in Supreme Court YES NO Another section is the “Town Government” where information can be found about all of the elected representatives as well as their contact information. The contact information is very important as it provides other means for Clay’s citizens to get in touch with their elected representatives. Dear voter of the Fifth Judicial District, In addition, another very important The election for State Supreme Court Justice is not about political asset of this site is the access to the parties. It’s about which candidate is the most experienced and best town board’s agenda and minutes of qualified for the position. Please carefully consider each candidate’s all their recent meetings. This enables credentials and select the candidate you believe is the best qualified Clay’s residents to keep an eye on what person for the job. Thank you. is happening in their local government and at the same time, monitor their Hon. David A. Murad elected representatives in the decisions Acting Supreme Court Justice they make. This collection of information helps strengthen the local government to be by the people and for the people. The “Departments” section also contains a wide variety of useful information about all the different departments and the services they provide to the town. In addition, contact mation to members of each department is available in this section. This Paid for by allows for Clay’s residents to become Committee to Elect Judge Murad Supreme Court Justice

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SRN player Eddie Nedells pitches to a batter from the opposing team while catcher Sean Duffy waits behind the plate.

Football was not the only thing young athletes had to look forward to this fall since baseball became another option. The Seneca River North Little League can be thanked for that. SRNLL provides baseball for young people in the communities of Clay, Liverpool, and Baldwinsville and has been around for more than half a century. The main focus of the league, of course, is the kids who are usually in their early teens or younger. Some of the biggest contributors to the league are the parents, with more than 80 volunteers every year. One of the main attractions of this particular league is the continuation of the baseball season into the fall, which is appropriately named Fall Ball. The program was designed by the league to allow young kids a chance to continue playing after the regular season ends. Fall Ball allows those involved to take what they learned during the spring sessions and continue practicing. Fall Ball is coordinated by the SRNLL, but all other aspects are managed by District 8 which coordinates more than 30 little leagues across counties Onondaga, Oswego, and Cortland. SRNLL teams often compete with other teams that are in the same district on other fields (which are called host sites); due to this the games may not always be played at SRNLL. The number of participants each year may vary due to registration being based on a first come, first serve policy. The number of volunteer coaches can also play a

factor in the number of kids that are involved, so the more volunteers available the better. Over 500 kids enroll each year and that number is expected to grow with the excitement that Fall Ball adds. Fall Ball begins in September and runs for five consecutive Sundays, totaling an extra 10 games per team. The fee for registration is $100, but that covers everything from the games to umpires and the cost of paperwork. Each game is a given a tow hour time limit due to the shortage of day light hours in the fall, and the league is split into five different divisions with the ages of the kids ranging from eight to as old as 16. Each division follows a basic set of rules including game times, time limit, and allowing each player to play in one division only. While other in-game rules may vary, all of the divisions share the same goal of giving the kids a chance to further their play and develop unique skills in the game of baseball. Seneca River North Little League has been a success for over 50 years and it is easy to see why. Their commitment to the kids and the large number of parents lending a helping hand is just one of the reasons why they have excelled. Fall Ball adds even more to an already established league and is perfect for those who just can’t play enough baseball. SRNLL continues to set the gold standard for what a little league should be, and with the addition of Fall Ball it will break new ground.

November 2008

LCSD board approves corrective action plan

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Baldwinsville Students Selected for Area All-State Music Festival

By Melanie Hicken At its meeting on Oct. 20, the Liverpool school board approved a corrective action plan required by the state in response to district mismanagement of $250,000 found by a July audit report from the state comptroller’s office. More than 100 residents packed the district office to attend the meeting, which was the last in a string of recent meetings addressing the audit report. Residents expressed a mixture of frustration and anger with the district as well as hope that the district can start to move in a positive direction. “It’s imperative for this district to get rid of the dark cloud that is over our head,� said Jim Farrell, former Liverpool mayor and former county legislator. The board voted 6-1-1 to approve the plan, which will now be sent to the state comptroller and the state education department. Board member Joseph Unangst abstained from the vote. Board member Donna Marsh O’Connor voted not to approve the action plan. O’Connor said she voted against the plan because she felt it did not pay enough attention to the audit report’s first recommendation, which stated board and district officials “should establish a strong control environment by exhibiting a ‘tone at the top’ that shows employees there is an expectation that everyone, including top management, will conform to established controls and uphold the public trust.� “I don’t think there was enough attention paid to that recommendation,� she said. Some of the corrective plan’s highlights include: the continued investigation of missing computer equipment, payment from the Syr-

acuse Catholic Diocese for the 56 wireless airports that disappeared from the district and ended up at local Syracuse Catholic schools and the seeking of proposals for legal counsel which will be voted on at the Dec. 8 meeting. To many Liverpool residents who expressed their frustration at the meeting, questions and concerns linger even with the corrective action plan. Throughout the meeting, many residents shouted out unanswered questions. Many residents focused their frustration on the district’s current legal counsel and urged the board to turn over all cases to a new firm. “Legal counsel was either directly or indirectly tied in to all of the findings,â€? former board member Terri Cook said of the audit report. While many residents have called for the resignation of Superintendent Jan Matousek, one resident offered words of support. Liverpool taxpayer Rosemary Gelormini said that much of the mismanagement came under former Superintendent John Cataldo. “If Jan Matousek is guilty of anything, she is guilty of uncovering improper and questionable practices of the prior superintendent, she’s guilty enforcing rules that weren’t enforced under the prior superintendent,â€? she said. At the beginning of the meeting, O’Connor acknowledged the district’s difficult times. “We’re going through tough times in this community O’Connor said. “But we really have citizens who are about the schools‌ and are really showing the power and sticking to it and helping the board to go forward in these difficult times.â€?

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(L to R) Tyler Pelkie, Kiara Osilinsky, Taylor Pelkie, and Antonio Martinez, students at Durgee Junior High School, will attend the NYSSMA Junior High School Area All-State Music Festival in November.

Six students from the Baldwinsville Central School District have been selected to attend the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) Junior High School Area All-State Music Festival to be held in Cortland on November 7 and 8. These students are: Kiara Osilinsky, ninth grade, violin; Taylor Pelkie, ninth grade, violin; Tyler Pelkie, eighth grade, violin; Antonio Martinez, eighth grade, cello; Eve Mercer, seventh grade, violin, and Noah Johnson, seventh grade, violin.



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Liverpool High School Executive Principal Greg Avellino recently announced that senior Daniel Salem has been selected as a 2008-2009 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholar. Salem is one of approximately 5,000 students from across the country to receive recognition from NHRP this school year. Students that take the 2007 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and achieve a minimum score, as well as identify himself or herself as Hispanic, are eligible for this honor. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are designated as Scholars. The NHRP was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students across the country.

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activities to be inducted into the Wall of Distinction. Candidates for the Wall of Distinction must be recommended by members of the greater school district community including: Cicero, Clay, North Syracuse, Mattydale, Bridgeport and Brewerton. Candidates must have graduated from one of the high schools that have been a part of the NSCSD. Persons who have attended NSCSD schools but graduated from another school district are eligible as candidates upon a majority vote of the advisory committee. Information such as the candidate’s name, present address (if know), year of graduation, the high school from which the candidate graduated,

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Baldwinsville second graders sprechen sie Deutsche Second-grader Allexia Kimball knows the answer that Baker High School students (l to r) Scott Hudson and Zacharie Shirk are looking for during a German lesson at Elden Elementary School. German 4 and 5 students visited each second-grade classroom at the school every day for a week at the beginning of October to teach lessons using visual aids they created themselves.

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51 Baldwinsville Students Receive AP Scholar Awards

Students in Mrs. Barbuto’s second grade class at KWS Bear Rd. Elementary made dinosaur dioramas as part of student teacher Mrs. Schaubroeck’s dinosaur unit. Showing off their dioramas are: (front row) Courtney Wade, Kaitlyn Meigel, Matt Townsend, Alec Rischke, Cameron Wilson. (Second row) Alyssa Ervin, Briaunna Bonilla, Holly McRobbie, Sean Riley, Maxine Cooper, Mariah McGlown, Mitch Tuohey, Emily Potts. (Back row) Matt Mullen, Kyle Burgmeier, McKayla Haines, Makalya DeLaurier, Joseph Metrick, Nick Sweet, Mackenzie Fassett, and Mrs. Schaubroeck.

LMS Participates in Trick or Treat for UNICEF This year, Liverpool Middle School is participating in the annual United Nation’s Children Fund’s (UNICEF) “Trick or Treat” campaign. During the month of October, students were asked to bring in loose change and place it in collection boxes located in their homerooms. The money collected will be sent to UNICEF to help provide water, polio vaccinations, school supplies, and other important items to children around the world

who are less fortunate. “The ‘Trick or Treat’ campaign allows the students at LMS to partake in a community and global service,” said social studies teacher Michael Crosby. “They end the campaign knowing that they are making a difference and have helped to save the lives of children around the world.” This is the first year LMS has participated in Trick or Treat for UNICEF.

Fifty-one students from Baker High School in the Baldwinsville School District have received AP Scholar Awards from the College Board in recognition of their achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams. Students took AP Exams in May after finishing their studies in college-level courses at the high school. Ten students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are: Garrett Biedermann, Jenifer Hajzus, Kara Johnson, Emma Mrowka, Michael Noll, Chloe Parker, James Parmele, Maureen Quinn, Daniel Ventre, and Alexandra Warren. Thirteen students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more

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Walgreens planned for West Taft, Buckley intersection By Gina Barletta Big changes are in store for one of Clay’s busiest intersections. Plans are in the works to build a 14,820-square-foot Walgreens pharmacy and drugstore at the northeastern corner at West Taft and Buckley roads. Its target opening date has not been determined. One of the project’s biggest hurdles has been its appearance, still under discussion in the town planning board. A flat-roofed structure found in many communities around the country, including nearby Cicero was presented earlier in October, but board members rejected that initial design. Getting a visual “We’re looking for something more than a box in the middle of a site,” stated Chairman Walter Lepkowski at the board’s Oct. 8 meeting. He also cited issues with pedestrian access to nearby businesses, the size of a monument-style sign near the road,

and the site’s landscaping and lighting – both on or around the building itself and in the parking lot. But the revised architectural style presented two weeks later by David Colegrove of the Harmony Design Group met a warmer reception. The new design features a large, gabled

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Variances will be requested for some of the design elements, such as the height of the main tower in the front corner of the building and the size of the proposed monument sign, in order to keep the property’s neighborhood commercial zoning. Without the variances, the site would need to be rezoned, which could be a lengthy process. Colegrove explained to the board that the illustrations depicted a design that would not be found in many other communities. He noted that a Walgreens in Irondequoit, currently under construction, featured similar detailing; another, built a few years ago in Canandaigua, also sported a similar look. Overall, the board agreed the new design was more in line with how they wanted the town’s first Walgreens to look. Colegrove said after the meeting that the project eventually would go to the Zoning Board of Appeals as long as the planning board eventually gave it “their blessing.” “[The building] will definitely be attractive,” he said. “It seems like now we’re fine-tuning it.” The Walgreens project is still in the public hearing phase at the planning board. The hearing was adjourned to the board’s Nov. 12 meeting at the town hall, 4401 State Route 31.

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Tutor Time: much more than just another daycare By Sue Lindsley When looking for a place to leave your precious child(ren), there are many choices to be considered. A good resource that can give you lists of NYS registered daycare centers in a certain area is Child Care Solutions. Some of these are in private homes, small centers or the bigger ones that you may pass by all the time while traveling around town. There is even one where you shop, which is Tutor Time, located in Great Northern Mall (down by Sears). You have probably passed it many times but not noticed it. Though Tutor Time is a national chain, this is the only one in the immediate area. It is a secure (fingerprint access) facility where children are loved and taken care of. The staff knows the names of all the children since they routinely rotate and work at different levels. This provides the children with continuity since they really know the faces of all the teachers, which helps to generate a real sense of family. By the same token, this is more than just a place to take your children during the day since there are many extras. Besides providing standard general care there are added bonuses, such as age-appropriate curriculum for all ages from six weeks to 12 years old. In keeping with the curriculum theme, there is before and after school care for Willowfield Elementary, Cicero E l e m e n t a r y, a n d B r e w e r t o n Elementary students. They have a private bus and employ a licensed driver to service schools outside the Liverpool district. The Pre-K program, whose teacher has 12 years of experience, follows the NYS curriculum and is child based through creative problem-solving and engaging activities. The facility has an outdoor play area with separate sections for younger and older age groups. There is also an indoor play area separate from the classroom area that allows for gross motor activities during all seasons. Along with the play theme, there is a creative movement class for children 18 months to three years old. Also, there is a dance and karate program for children three years and older. Both these programs come at a small additional cost, but pay for themselves with convenience.

The classes are held right at the center during normal business hours. Recitals and ceremonies are held so that parents can witness the progress the children are making. Taking advantage of these programs allows for more family time once the children are picked up from the center since there is not as much need for outside activities. Another highlight is Parent’s Night Out, which happens about once a month. Tutor Time understands that life can be hectic when you have kids and it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find people you can trust to watch them. On this special night, the school stays open for extended hours, usually on a Friday night, so parents can have some time for themselves. They provide dinner, games and crafts, and they will even have them ready for bed in their pjs when you pick them up. All this for less than the cost of a babysitter! The final perk for families involves filling their stomachs as well as simplifying their lives. Sometimes after working all day and barely seeing your kids you can’t be bothered with figuring out dinner. Every once in a while, Tutor Time will take the hassle out of dinner with pizza night. You can order your dinner from them, and have it delivered right to the center. It is ready for you when you pick up your child. That means no waiting for delivery, no hassling with drive-thrus, and best of all, no cooking. Between all these extras and a dedicated and caring staff with many years of service (in some case 8-12 years) it stands to reason that this facility should be the top-choice among working parents. The location in a busy mall may be a concern to parents but according to one parent the location is helpful when having such a hectic schedule. “I can run errands and shop quickly before picking up my daughter since I have to come into the mall. The center is in a quiet section of the mall and the playground is totally fenced in. Obviously there are cars in the parking lot and people driving around but that would be the case anywhere. You always have to keep an eye on your children so

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Orange-Sage Roasted Turkey Ingredients • 1 (15-pound) fresh or frozen turkey, thawed • Cooking spray • 1/2 cup chopped fresh sage • 2 tbsp grated orange rind • 1 1/8 teaspoons salt, divided • 1 1/4 cups fresh orange juice (about 3 oranges), divided • 2 tbsps honey, divided • 1 orange, quartered • 1 tbsp cornstarch Preparation Preheat oven to 325°. Remove and discard giblets and neck from turkey. Rinse turkey with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under turkey. Place turkey on the rack of a broiler pan or roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Combine the sage, rind, and 1 teaspoon salt. Rub sage mixture under loosened skin and inside the body cavity. Combine 1/4 cup juice and 1 tablespoon honey; pour over turkey. Place orange quarters inside body cavity.

Insert meat thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch bone. Bake at 325° for 3 hours or until meat thermometer registers 180°. Cover turkey loosely with foil, and let stand for 10 minutes. Discard the skin and orange wedges. Remove turkey from pan, reserving pan drippings for sauce. Place turkey on a platter; keep warm. To make the sauce, pour reserved pan drippings into a zip-top plastic bag. Seal bag; snip off 1 corner of bag. Drain drippings into a medium saucepan, stopping before the fat layer reaches the opening; discard fat. (You should have about 2/3 cup drippings; add enough water or fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth to make up the difference, if necessary). Add 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup juice, and 1 tablespoon honey to drippings in pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 minute. Combine 1/2 cup juice and cornstarch in a small bowl; add to drippings mixture. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Serve sauce with turkey. - as taken from Cooking Light


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Holiday eating without giving up all the flavor... just some of the fat By Susan E. Lindsley As our thoughts turn to the inevitable hectic holiday season, we also begin thinking about all the wonderful food that accompanies it. From the treats collected on Oct. 31 to the champagne and appetizers consumed on Dec. 31, there are usually a lot of tasty choices in this two-month period. And it seems that just as we are scarfing down the last bite of Halloween candy (that we probably took from our child’s bag), it’s time to turn our thoughts to the Thanksgiving meal. Family and friends are the important part but we as a society tend to socialize over food. You can probably smell them right now: roasted turkey with stuffing, sweet potatoes fixed just how your family prefers, apple and/or pumpkin pie fresh out of the oven and maybe even green bean casserole or turnips (one of my favorite parts of the meal). Did I whet your appetite for the upcoming holiday or are you thinking about the “disputed” number of pounds that people seem to gain every year? I say disputed because there is an urban legend of people gaining five to seven pounds during this season every year, but apparently researchers have narrowed it closer to only one pound, on average, per person. So, does this give us “license to eat” ‘till our heart’s content? Of course not, but there are different ways to make our favorites healthier. Now the turkey goes without saying, it is a healthier, less fatty meat to begin with - unless you deep-fry it. I know the people who like to deep-fry it are not thinking, “Whoa, this is going to be good for me!” Obviously, cooking it in the oven is healthier. There are many butter alternatives to coat the skin with instead of butter or oil. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter even has a spray pump. Gravy can be made with less fat by using a fat separator or freezing the pan drippings to remove hardened fat. Apparently, the white meat vs. dark meat controversy over which is healthier is misleading. White meat has less fat (1 gram vs. 3 grams) and calories (only about 20) but dark meat has more nutrients (iron and zinc), so the

experts agree enjoying either one is fine, but without the skin. Even appetizers and snacks can be pared down. Vegetables and dip, fruit trays or baked tortilla chips and salsa are just a few of the many types of snacks that help you stay on track. They may also fill your stomach a little before its time to fill your plate, so you start out with less of the main course calories. Side dishes also can be adjusted a little as well. Stuffing can be made with whole grain bread and mashed potatoes can be made with skim milk and butter substitute. Of course, fresh steamed vegetables are always considered healthy, especially if you avoid the big pats of butter by using a low-fat or non-fat substitute. Which brings me to the meal’s finale and the topic of dessert. Though considered the most decadent of the courses, dessert can also be the easiest place to cut calories and fat. Some ways to “lighten up” desserts include using Splenda instead of sugar (use half the amount of Splenda to sugar called for in the recipe); using whole wheat flour, which provides more fiber and nutrients; substituting applesauce or fruit puree instead of vegetable oil. Plus to keep cakes moist, use nonfat buttermilk. All of these alternatives were found on different web sites such as:,,, and www. In addition to these tips, there are many recipes out there for ways to prepare healthier holiday meals. Another easily implemented thought on holiday eating is moderation. We have a tendency to fill our plates with big portions of these delights at the holidays, but you can still enjoy the full taste of them in a smaller portion. Of course if you are one of the people thinking that Thanksgiving and Christmas only come around once a year and you may as well live it up, so be it. You can just always have a New Year’s resolution or two come Jan. 1 – you won’t be alone!

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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 Marissa Kubinyak. Though I grew up without a title to place on my spiritual beliefs, I always knew what faith meant, and certainly what it felt like. As a child, faith was in the cool summer evening, as I ran barefoot across the lawn to cup my hands about a flickering firefly. It was feeling the sharp winds of autumn as my feet crunched through vibrantly colored leaves, and my neck snuggled deeper into my scarf. Faith was listening to the furnace creak on in the silent chill of my bedroom, knowing that just outside my window sparkly flakes fell softly. And it was the smell of spring, when the wet earth gave way to a fresh season of life. I recognized my spirit simply as a feeling; a fiery tingling deep in my gut that told me when I was experiencing a moment of greatness. This became more developed through my teen years, as I struggled with questions beyond my ability to answer. Who was I really? Why am I here? What am I meant

emotional spiral. For me they brought a sense of simple peace and happiness like nowhere else I knew. In particular, I became attached to a small apple tree that grew alone in the local green area behind the neighborhood I grew up in. Notebook and pen in hand, I would walk to the tree and sit beneath it, discovering myself inside-out on a blank page, sometimes for hours. I would watch the seasonal growth, and celebrate the array of wild birds and bunnies that also visited in silent wonder. In winter, when I could not stay, I would walk the length of the field to simply lie down and make a snow angel for company in my absence. My spirit has always been a bit wild. But that intense emotion has only further allowed me to feel my soul’s capacity. I am spiritual in a unique way. Just as each of us are faithful differently, on a personal level, from our companions. For that is the irony behind faith. Though we may share its hope

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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.

Marissa under her favorite inspirational tree; luckily no snow yet!

to do? What does my future hold? As I rejoiced in my imagination, love of adventure and close friends, that feeling would return often to tell me I had a place among the world’s beauty, even when I felt it least. The gardens, which filled my backyard and mind with life and wonder, seemed to be where I would spend time when I needed to be raised out of a downward

and congregate in its comfort, we may dedicate buildings, books or and artwork to it; we may rejoice in beliefs both alike and not; none of us can really feel it as another does. Faith is experienced both worldwide and personally, whole and separated. Just as a tree is branched and each leaf grows differently, so do our souls. Yet it is still one tree, still one community and still one faith.

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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Baldwinsville cross country running strong By Paul Lyboult Since the beginning of the season only one thing has been on the mind of Baldwinsville’s cross country (XC) team: a championship. The Baldwinsville runners are getting closer to achieving that goal as the season winds down. They look to build on the success they have had so far this year with future contests against CNS and Tully, and race to the finish line hoping for a title the team craves so desperately. In the coming weeks B’ville will face several tough challenges including another matchup with CNS and Utica Proctor that could dash their title hopes. For the team to be successful look to Ethan Pacheck to help lead the way. During the Tully invitational which was held on Oct. 4. Pacheck recorded a time of 17:47 on the three-mile course which helped Baldwinsville finish fourth. The Runners were behind only F-M, CNS, and Maine-Edwall in the standings. The team’s finish was possibly due to the fact that Coach Mike Foster rested most of his varsity. The move certainly paid off as the next week B’ville rolled past CNS to complete a 4-0 record and kept a strong lead in the National Division of the CNYCL. The victory was a direct result of the B’ville runner’s incredible display. The average of the team’s top five

The team walking onto the track at the annual Manhattan College XC Invitational held in October.

runners was 16:33 and four of the top five runners that finished were from Baldwinsville. Not to be forgotten, the boy’s JV team also duplicated the Varsity team’s success by also defeating CNS. Josh Bean’s 17 minute, 54 second finish of the course helped seal the deal for the junior varsity. As the team prepares in the coming weeks for future opponents such as Utica Proctor, one thing

is clear, the team wants to win. “If we beat them we will accomplish our goal of being regular season champions for the National Division of the CNYCL,” said head cross country coach Mike Foster. While claiming the division will be challenging, the team should be up to the task. If the past number of weeks is any indication, BaldPlease see Cross Country, page 18



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A bite at Barbieri’s II By Betty and Richard Wiese

There was a good crowd at Barbieri’s (formerly Oscar’s) on Tuesday evening as we entered the main dining room. There was a lively mix of couples, families and friends in the main of three dining areas. This is a very casual dining venue, located at 304 S. Main St. in North Syracuse, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Service was attentive, friendly and informative. The owner roamed the dining room making sure everyone was content. Daily specials were listed on a chalkboard including the Tuesday night unlimited pasta and pizza for $8. We decided instead to choose from the regular menu. Soups and appetizers range from $3.25 for onion rings to $7.50 for an appetizer sampler. We chose the garlic pizza with extra cheese, which arrived hot and crispy. We may have found the thin crust pizza we’ve been looking for. The reason, we learned at the end of the evening, was that Dominic Brancatta (formerly of La Pizzeria) was at the pizza oven. The little pizza was a delicious hand shaped oval with a delicate garlic taste. We also had to try the onion soup for $3.25. It had a wonderful cheese cap with lots of croutons and onion bits in a homemade beef broth (which we knew when we found a large bay leaf in the soup). Salads with dinner were forgettable dishes of iceberg lettuce with a few olives, grape tomatoes and cucumber slices. Dressing on the side was a nice touch. The menu includes lots of pizzas in the $10 to $12 range. Daily specials are under $10, and the list of entrees ranges from $8.95 for a pork chop dinner to $18.50 for the porterhouse steak. But since Italian cuisine seems to be the focus, we tried

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two dishes I had the Italian sampler, which included two stuffed shells, two manicotti, a meatball, a sausage patty and a slice of chicken parmigiana all served over farfalle pasta under a generous layer of sauce. He had chicken cacciatore, comprised of a large bowl of boneless chicken pieces, peppers, mushrooms and onions served over rigatoni. This too had a copious amount of sauce. Though homemade, the sauce was much too bland for our taste and tasted like unadulterated plain jarred sauce. A generous addition of herbs and spices would have done the sauce a lot of good. When we mentioned this to the owner, he said he catered to an older clientele that liked the sauce that way. Fair enough, but it did nothing to enhance either dish. The sampler’s elements were basically sound. The filling for the manicotti and shells was nicely seasoned. The meatball was a bit tough, but all the flavors were good. The chicken cacciatore was a very pleasant dish except for the aforementioned sauce problem. All the pasta was cooked al dente. Desserts are made on the premises, so we took a piece of coconut cream pie home for dessert. It was delightful with a heaping layer of whipped cream over a silky coconut cream layer. After a $5 coupon, the bill with one beer and one ice tea came to a reasonable $33.91. We took home enough food for another dinner. The unlimited pizza and pasta special is still in our heads however, so consider this review… to be continued. - Betty and Richard Wiese live in Clay and spend many of their weekends visiting local eateries.

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winsville is poised to accomplish Coach Foster’s goal. The experience the runners have against CNS, along with their past success against the North Stars, gives them an excellent advantage with the upcoming dual meets. During the Manhattan College XC Invitational, which was held in New York City on Oct. 11, Baldwinsville placed 16th and was ranked 4th among the New York schools. Competing in the top seeded Eastern States Championship race, Baldwinsville was able to finish behind only race winner Don Bosco Prep (NJ) and finished ahead of two teams that were ranked among the top 10 teams in New York State. Shaun Thompson led Baldwinsville with a 23rd place finish despite the fact that he was tripped and fell during the race. Amazingly he completed the last two miles of the race with only one shoe. The Bees JV team participated in the race as well and finished a respectable 9th behind team champion Shenendehowa. The runners have a several more events taking place this month before finishing off their year with the Federation Championships which take place Nov. 15. The team will continue to focus throughout these events and work towards the goal set prior to the season by Foster. For more information on the B’ville Runners team including scheduling, contact info, and photos visit their official website

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SU students make history in Clay By Melissa Renahan

For just under a decade, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University has opened its doors to the surrounding communities and unleashed its talent. Each fall, Newhouse’s Visual and Interactive Communications Department documents a town near Syracuse and this year’s workshop focused on Clay. The annual workshop allows students access to both accomplished professionals and 72hour submergence in their work. This year the program was able to entice two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michel DuCille to be a workshop faculty member. He is currently the Assistant Managing Editor for photography at the Washington Post and was joined by Nikki Kahn and Preston Keres, both of whom are award-winning photojournalists with the Post. Workshop faculty were either assigned to be a team leader or a coach. The team leader’s primary responsibility was to help student photographers with their stories by critiquing shoots in terms of content, composition and quality. They also were on hand to help edit the final

product. Others were tasked with being a coach and were responsible for going on location with students to help with storytelling, quality and lighting. Bruce Strong, an associate professor at SU, was the “executive producer” of this year’s project and estimates that 65 students and 25 faculty members took part. He says that he looks forward to this every year as much as the students, maybe more. The real advantage of this program is the continuous guidance offered by experts in the photojournalism field. Furthermore, the multi-day shoot gives students the chance to return to a location at different times and retake previous shots with different lighting and from a new angle; something that doesn’t always happen with a normal assignment. “Working with professionals from all over the country was a good experience. Being able to talk to them in the middle of shooting an assignment and getting instant feedback was immensely helpful. Normally we have days in between shooting the assignment, and getting feedback in class,” explains student Jamie De Pould.

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Though no official grades are given to participating students, they certainly get something in return for their hard work - the experience. Not to mention the incredible additions to their portfolios. “The workshop was pretty intense; it was non-stop action for two and a half days. I definitely feel like I learned some important lessons though, and there has been some instant improvement in the quality of my work. I definitely feel like I’ve progressed as a storyteller and journalist,” adds De Pould. A number of the students were pulled from the MPJ program, or Military Photo Journalism, which SU holds yearly for all four branches of the military. The program, which awards a collegiate-level degree, runs for 10 months and is known as being intense and among the best in the country. “Mike Holzworth was the peer choice winner,” claims MPJ student Marine Cpl. Mark Fayloga, of fellow photographer Air Force Staff Sgt. Holzworth. “Have you seen it?”

The project, which depicted the modern-day differences between a local farmer and his 26-year old son, told quite a complete story using only visual means. Though the workshop lasted for a little longer than three days, the project really culminated with a slideshow at Town Hall on the night of Oct. 18, which was the second day of shooting. Approximately 150 people, not including the students, were present to watch the presentation. Subject matters varied from glimpses of life on the farm, to families of all ages, to actual historic sites like the Cigarville Station. According to town historian Dorothy Heller, who was followed around by student Mary Jones, “Clay made history tonight. I was happy to be a part of it.”

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Joe Petta, 14, of Baldwinsville, skates over friends in Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool. Photo by Sarah Stapp, part of her project “Wheel-wishers.”

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Clay housing market steadfast despite national fluctuations By Christina Lackey With all the media attention surrounding the recent economic troubles and reports of housing markets entering serious slumps, many Central New Yorkers are beginning to express their concerns about our local market. While the recent changes in criteria to qualify for a prime rate mortgage do have some effect on the market, we seem to have been insulated from the large price drops that most areas have seen. The Syracuse area has been known for its affordable housing for quite some time; a house priced at $150,000 here is much larger and in a better area than a house at the same price point in many other locations. When the national news reports a large loss of value in homes, the reference is to those areas that grew very quickly and that had very high prices a short time ago. Many areas of Florida and Nevada are examples of areas that suffered this type of decrease. In contrast, the town of Clay has remained a steadfast community. Over the last few years, there has been little change in the amount and quality of housing sales within the town. According to data kept by the Multiple Listing Service, in September of 2006, just within the town of Clay, 65 total single family homes had sales close. This was a well recognized sturdy market. The average price for those sales was just over $144,000 and they were on the market an average of 41 days before accepting an offer. Just a year later, in 2007, there were 63 homes closed in the month of September. These homes waited about 44 days to accept an offer and closed with an average sale price of about $137,000. This year, despite all of the media attention and news about a difficult economy,

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the town of Clay boasted a total closing volume of 53 homes in the month of September, taking an average of 48 days to sell and closing at just under $144,000. Over these last three years, we really don’t see a large swing in value, market time, or number of units sold. This data reinforces the thought that real estate is a solid investment and should not depreciate. In 2006, there was a lot of national media attention to the housing boom, the seller’s market and how common it was to see houses selling within hours of being placed on the market. This data shows that the average market times during that period are just slightly under the average market times we are experiencing now, and the average sale price is virtually the same. This is a time when some may be better positioned to move than others. Since the housing market is driven by and closely tied to the mortgage market, the stricter policies and lower numbers of lending institutions will have an effect on who can

According to there are over 100 homes currently for sale in the Clay area with prices ranging from $170,999 to $549,900.* *as of printing 10.29.08

qualify for a mortgage. Banks are looking for higher minimum credit scores, which means that many homeowners who had blemished credit but got mortgages a short time ago would have a harder time getting them now. Another factor that has changed significantly is the use of no money or little money down loans. Many people, even just last year, would finance the entire cost of their new home and also the closing costs into the loan. Now, banks are appraising more carefully and they want to see some cash coming from the buyer. So, buyers who have a home with some equity that they will be able to use toward the home they want or buyers who have a cash down payment are still in a great position to buy. Interest rates are still very favorable, there is a healthy market with good choices, and our local housing seems to be a worthy investment. Buyers who are stretching every penny and who are hoping to move into a new home with little or no cash outlay, however, will have a difficult task in this market. The better choice would be to prepare for that new mortgage payment by saving some extra money each month, and then use that fund for a down payment when it grows. - Christina Lackey is a licensed real estate agent and Clay resident. She can be reached at 569-8627.

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Craft fair at Baker High School set for Nov. 8

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Upcoming Events Veterans Day Open House On Tuesday, Nov. 11 the Clay VFW, Post 951, will host an open house from 12 - 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome! They are located on 5366 Caughdenoy Road, just past the Stearns Road intersection. Town of Clay Recreation

Boater Safety For ages 10+ held at the Clay Senior Center, 4948 Rte. 31 on Mondays, Nov. 10, 17, 24 & Dec. 1 from 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration required.

Silk & Satin, Baker High School’s vocal jazz ensemble (pictured above), will hold its annual craft fair on Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school, located at 29 East Oneida St. in the village of Baldwinsville. The craft show provides the community with the opportunity to stretch their holiday budgets and purchase hand-made items for gifts. A bake sale will also be held and door prizes will be awarded. Food will be available to purchase for lunch. Silk & Satin will perform at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Please come out to show your support for Silk & Satin and to support CNY crafters and vendors.


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St. Rose of Lima Silent Auction and Casino Night

The 8th annual event will be held on Sat. Nov. 8, from 6-10 p.m. at the school, located at 411 S. Main St. in North Syracuse. Tickets are available in the school office or by calling 458-6036. Advance sale ticket are $10, $15 at the door.

CanTeen holds Spaghetti Dinner Fund-raiser

The Selkirk Shores Committee from the CanTeen will host a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Cicero Young at Heart Senior Center on Lathrop Drive in Cicero. Funds raised will go towards the annual Selkirk Shores Retreat. Dining time is available to accommodate all schedules 2– 7 p.m. Dinners will include spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, bread and butter, salad, drinks and dessert. Tickets are on sale now for $5, and will be sold at the door for $6. Takeout will also be available. Contact the CanTeen at 699-1391 for more information.

The North Syracuse ARTSTARS hosts “An Evening with the Arts”

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m. at Roxboro Road Middle School (300 Bernard Road) in Mattydale. The event is the second annual art showcase and music recital for current and retired employees of the North Syracuse Central School District. The event is free and open to the public.

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The town of Clay Irish Book Circle, led by Professor Kate Costello-Sullivan from LeMoyne College, will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19 (“The Master” by Colin Toibin) and Dec. 17 (“The Land of Heart’s Desire” by William Butler Yeats) at the Center for Town of Clay Seniors, Route 31, Clay. For reading questions, please call Kate at 445-4215; for program questions call Chrissy at 652-3800 ext. 137.

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LHS to host presentation regarding drugs and kids

Liverpool High School will hold a panel presentation about teen drug use called “Everything Every Parent Should Know” at 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 6 in the Liverpool High School auditorium. A panel of professionals from the school and community will present information regarding current trends, substance use and keeping children safe. The presentation is free. All parents and community members are welcome. For more information, call the high school at 453-1500.

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Keeping warm without burning your money Heating options that can help your winter budget By Melissa Renahan At a time when everyone is watching their wallets, families are looking to cut expenses any way they can. In some cases that means not going out to dinner or on vacations, for others it means bringing their lunch to work or only stopping at Dunkin’ Donuts once a day. Yet among all the costs we can cut without a second thought, there are some that require more planning and are not as simple as just going without. Things like transportation, groceries and heating costs are staples and can’t be reduced...or can they? Many years ago families relied on a concept called “area heating” and in order to save money they would live in only a portion of the house during the winter, thus spending less to heat less. That concept may be out-dated, but the logic is still sound. Now, with the cost of heating (be it electric or gas) steadily climbing, this coming winter CNY residents are sure to feel the impact harder than other areas of the country. So much so that the state Assembly has been in constant discussions about rebates, offering incentives to those using energy-efficient alternative heating methods and limiting what gas companies can charge in an effort of ensuring that no one goes without heat. However, there is an alternative – literally, a heating alternative that could be both more efficient and cost-effective. Mike Frushell, owner and general manager of Plank Road Fireplace & Stove Shop, claims that by switching to a gas, wood, pellet or coal stove consumers can save, at minimum, 15 to 20 percent on their energy bills. At a time when savings are at a premium, that is substantial and could really help residents through the impending long winter. A BTU, or British thermal unit, is the standard unit of measurement used to measure the heat value or energy content of fuels. When used as a unit of power, it is written as BTU ‘per hour’ (BTU divided by hour or BTU/h) and is something you might have noticed on your heating bills. When comparing a normal furnace with a gas fireplace, the fireplace can heat the same amount of space for approximately half the BTUs; meaning a bill that is half as much. Though wood stoves are the cheapest option, they require the most work and are not advisable for seniors or anyone unable to chop wood or load the stove. A gas stove is typically the easiest, most reliable option and since it is run from natural gas, will never go out during a blackout. The future however, clarifies Frushell, is in the renewable fuel source of bio-

mass pellets. It’s true that all these alternative options are green – even the burning of wood is more ecofriendly than running your furnace – but the bio-mass pellets are the “greenest.” They can be produced from the residues left over from harvesting food crops like wheat straw, barley straw, corn stalks; thus giving the crops a dual purpose and

potentially lowering fuel costs. Frushell says that switching to these heating methods is a trend throughout the Northeast and is not limited to just CNY. Though, he adds, his Cicero store is sold out of coal stoves until at least Feb. 2009 since the manufacturers in this specialized industry can’t seem to keep up with the growing demand. In fact this year he was doing fall business in May and June, which are usually the slowest months out of the year.

However, if you are not ready to switch to alternative heat there are other ways to ensure you are getting the most for your heating dollar. Things like having your furnace inspected and cleaned before using it; checking on and installing weather-stripping around windows and doors; having the chimney swept; replacing any worn roof tiles or shingles; and insulating exposed plumbing pipes can impact the amount of heat held within your home.

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A time for honor

November 2008

Veterans Day serves as a reminder for Post 951 in Clay By Melissa Renahan Veterans Day, celebrated on Nov. 11, was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. The significance of which stemmed from the fighting stopping on Nov. 11, 1918 - specifically at 11 a.m., during the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In 1954 the name of the holiday was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor those who had served in World War II (19391945) and the Korean War (19501953). Today, the holiday honors all veterans. In 1968 Congress changed the date of the holiday to the fourth Monday in Oct. to give Americans a three-day weekend; yet due to the meaning behind Nov. 11, the holiday was moved back by law in 1978. This year marks the 90th celebration of the holiday and comes at a time when the number of veterans is growing. In a 2006 census there were 23.7 million veterans living in the United States and though that number is estimated to drop dramatically by about 2030, it is holding steady in 2008. When asked


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their thoughts about the upcoming holiday, the men at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 951 in Clay tease that they remember quite a few of them. Post Commander Jerry Lepinske clarifies that on Nov. 11 Post 951, located at 5366 Caughdenoy Road, will host an open house from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. and hope to share their memories, knowledge and history with any interested people in the community. As a non-profit, the VFW is constantly working to raise money and its most lucrative method is through renting out its facilities for parties and functions. Having recently obtained a grant from the national board, the post will be adding an outdoor pavilion (measuring approximately 70’ by 40’) before next summer. They also work with the LCSD to promote patriotism and awareness among middle and high school students, through an annual essay contest, called Patriot’s Pen, and the painting of a mural on the exterior of the post building. Despite the number of men and

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Members of Post 951 that comprise the board pose last year for a photo.

women currently serving in the armed forces, VFW membership is down nationwide and a membership drive is in full effect. The Clay post, which had 78 members last year, is now down to 66 and without a younger influx of members, that number will only continue to drop. To join visit or drop by during their meetings, which are the first Wednesday of every month starting at noon. Dues are $35 per year if you opt for a yearly membership; the other option of a lifetime membership is close to 40 percent less.


Veterans Day is an honored tradition but often it comes at a bittersweet price. Aside from honoring all those who’ve served, we remember those that have been lost. My husband has served two tours in Iraq and though he is currently safe at home with me, he is still on active duty. Suffice to say I have lived my own version of the Lifetime drama Army Wives and have known people who lost their spouse, father or relative to war. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, be it for or against the war, liberal or conservative, you need to appreciate the sacrifice being made by all those serving in combat. Be sure to take a moment on Nov. 11 to say thank you.

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November 2008

Respecting the Stars and Stripes The proper way to display the American Flag By Melissa Renahan

The teens at the CanTeen have free reign of the kitchen and the pantry...but they must clean up after themselves.

gift-wrapping presents on Sundays at Great Northern Mall during the holiday season. They depend on word of mouth and presentations given twice a year in the schools to drive attendance. Those in charge also strive to involve the teens in the community, by volunteering with organizations like Meals on Wheels, and interaction with the towns’ senior centers. Throughout each month representatives from the County Health Dept., Probation, The Salvation Army and other services also visit the CanTeen to talk with the teenagers confidentially. On Thursday nights the CanTeen is open until 8 p.m. and dinner is prepared in-house by the group, which is nicknamed the “Teen Feed”. Friday evenings offer a variety of outings such as bowling, mini golf or tie dying t-shirts. In the summer, when no transportation from school is provided, the teenagers in attendance are usually out on day-trips four days out of the week, rather than spending eight hours in

the building. These trips serve as more than just a way to pass time, they help accomplish another CanTeen goal. “We’re trying to get them to see the world beyond just their town,” explains Brauchle. “Come once, try it out,” encourages Ogden. Whether the kids embrace it and then come all the time, which she reveals is the most typical reaction, or continue to come only occasionally, Ogden and the staff are happy. The teenagers on hand are also more than happy to voice how much they love the CanTeen and how they appreciate having somewhere to go – whether to escape, make friends, or just be themselves. This year the CanTeen will mark its 10th anniversary and plans to host a celebration sometime early next year. To find out more, call the staff at 6991391, visit or If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by 8837 Brewerton Road – new faces are always welcome.

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According to the United States Flag Code the American Flag represents a living country and therefore is itself considered a living thing. So it stands to reason that the flag has rights, or more accurately, regulations on how it is to be treated. Whether or not they are all being followed is another story. In fact, many people who display the flag at their home are unwittingly mistreating it. Though there are no federal penalties for misuse of the flag, each state can impose its own punishment. The following guidelines are taken from Public Law 94-344, also known as the Federal Flag Code, and apply to residential flag display: • The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement. • No other flag or pennant should be placed above the American Flag; if there is another flag on the same level it must be to the left of the American Flag. • When the flag is in such condition (badly torn, soiled or faded) that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. Flags can be brought to a local VFW or American Legion if you cannot dispose of it yourself.

• Flags should be displayed only from sunrise to sunset; if they are on display 24 hours a day, they need to be properly illuminated. • Except as a signal of distress, the flag should never be flown upside down. • The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water or merchandise. • Flags should only be flown at half-staff following orders of the President upon the death of principal government figures like a governor, as a mark of respect to their memory. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon, and then raised. On all other holidays the flag should be flown at full staff. As our neighborhoods begin to face harsh elements like high winds, rain, freezing temperatures and snow please keep these rules in mind if you choose to show your patriotism by flying the flag.

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