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Q&A with the Clay Insider Clay Supervisor Damian Ulatowski

The Clay Insider conducted a Q&A with town of Clay Supervisor Damian Ulatowski to show what the town has been up to for the first half of 2010.

With half of 2010 behind us, what do you see as the focus for the town of Clay for the remainder of the year?

The Town will be focusing on crafting a sustainable budget for next year. The Town Board has always been committed to providing quality local government. It is my intention to continue delivering the level of service that Clay residents deserve, while living within the boundaries of a manageable budget.

What are the biggest changes the town has seen so far?

Damian Ulatowski

With the cooperation of the Federal Government, the town has been able to launch a green initiative and we are currently in the process of retrofitting our Highway Garage with energy efficient upgrades, including weatherization measures and green lighting, that will lower our utility costs now and into the future. We have also been able to modify and change some of our employee benefit programs which will save the town thousands of dollars annually. This will go a long way towards delivering a manageable budget.

How do you feel the economy has affected the town, both in positive or negative ways?

On the positive side, the slow down in the economy has allowed us the opportunity to take a deep breath and really look at what we have been able to accomplish over the past several years. We have the chance to evaluate our results and take the time to redirect our efforts going forward, to reflect the needs and wants of our residents, as well as those of businesses and developers who want to become a part of our community. On the negative side however, the slower pace takes a bit of a toll, as some of the revenue that sustains our budget comes from the very growth and development that we are now taking a breather from.

What advice would you give to residents or local business owners who are nervous about the new sales tax agreement?


Shear Forté, a salon located in the town of Clay for almost 15 years was voted best salon in the recent Y94 FM “Best of the Burbs” contest for Liverpool. Cindy Hayes, of Baldwinsville, left, and her business partner Debbie Corapi, of North Syracuse, stand inside their salon they opened in November 1995. Read more about the salon and its efforts in local community fundraisers in this month’s edition. For the full story, please see page 14

Remembering Clay This month’s “Remembering Clay” story took a trip to Pennsylvania to catch up with long-time Clay visitor C. Allan Gilmour. Gilmour is the author of a manuscript, “Foibles and Fables of the Gilmour Family,” dated December 1985. Several excerpts were printed in the Star News and Liverpool Review on his visits to his grandfather’s Route 31 farm, about a quarter-mile west of the railroad tracks at the Clay Historic Park, Gilmour made several summer trips to Clay to visit his grandfather. He has recently celebrated his 100th birthday and he had a few more stories to tell. For the full story, please page 7

I believe that every resident should take a long hard look at the top line of their January tax bill under the category of State Mandated Services. This is a total of both state and county charges combined. I would question the Onondaga County Executive and your County Representatives, as to how it is fair to pull from the town the sales tax dollars that are generated here, and redirect them to help Please see Q&A, page 14

Volunteers needed for Aflac Iron Girl Syracuse Triathlon Brewerton area triathlon sold out


C. Allan Gilmour in Doylestown, Penn.

Volunteers are needed for the 2010 Aflac Iron Girl Syracuse Triathlon, taking place Saturday Aug. 7 in and around Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton. All volunteers will receive a free event T-shirt and experience the excitement of being involved with a National Event Series. Examples of volunteer duties include the following: water stations,in-processing body marking, parking attendant, venue set-up, venue tear down, transition area, course marshalls, registration – bike check in, aid stations on course, timing and chip retrieval, finish line and medals, breakfast café and more.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the 2010 Aflac Iron Girl Syracuse Triathlon should contact Volunteer Coordinator Darryl Nielsen, at 877-3969 or by e-mail Registration for the second annual event sold out in late February with over 900 females signed up. The Aflac Iron Girl Syracuse Triathlon consists of an 800-meter swim, 30K bike and 5K run. The triathlon will start in Oneida Lake, with the bike course leading athletes along the surrounding rolling countryside. The run features a course along the Oneida Lake shoreline. For more information on Iron Girl, visit

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The town of Clay Recreation Department will operate ten playgrounds to serve the town, staffed with a director and several recreation aides to provide supervised and organized play for children ages six to 14. The playgrounds open Monday June 28 and close Friday Aug. 13. This program is for town of Clay residents only.

Playground schedule

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Allen Road Elementary School, Bear Road Elementary School, Morgan Road Elementary School and Soule Road Elementary School. 12:15 to 3 p.m. – Monterey/Pine Hollow Parks and Pinegate Park (both Tuesday and Thursday) Clairmont Park and Kimbrook Park (both Monday, Wednesday and Friday) 9 to 11:45 a.m. - Monterey/Pine Hollow Parks (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) Cherrington East (Tuesday and Thursday) Bayberry green area off Quail Path (Monday through Friday)

Preschool play program

The current offering of the preschool play program will be highlighted by outdoors and gymnasium activities. Arts and crafts, music, parachute games, story time and relays will be the main activities for the program. The preschool play program is open to four and five-year-olds. This program is for town of Clay residents only. It will begin June 30 and end Aug.11 The schedule will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Allen Road Elementary and Soule Road Elementary.

Arts and crafts

A summer crafts program will be available throughout the summer playground program with the following schedule for youth between the ages of six and 14. This program is open to town of Clay residents only and begins June 28 and closes Aug. 13. All programs wun Monday through Friday. Allen Road Elementary – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Bear Road Elementary – 2 to 3 p.m. Morgan Road Elementary – 10:45 a.m. to noon Soule Road Elementary School – 9 to 10:15 a.m.

Extended playground program

Participants require a $100 pre-registration fee, a birth certificate and a town of Clay tax bill or other proof of residency. Programs are for kids between the ages of six and 14, who are town of Clay residents. This program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Monday June 28 and ending Aug. 13. Locations include Allen Road Elementary, Bear Road Elementary, Morgan Road Elementary and Souls Road Elementary schools. Space is limited for this program with a minimum of 30 participants for each indicated site. The town of Clay Recreation Department reserves the right to cancel programs at anytime.

Pool safety 101

Summer is here, plan for safe trips to the pool

Chances are that if you have a backyard pool, the cover is off and the filter is humming. Fun in the pool is easily achieved, but an enjoyable day can quickly turn sour if an accident occurs. Play it safe while swimming and you minimize the risk of injury. Swimming is a popular pastime when it is hot outside -- providing good exercise and keeping you cool. However, on average 4,000 water-related injuries occur every year. Many of them are related to swimming and boating. One in four fatal drownings is a child under the age of 14. Even non-fatal drownings can be dangerous. Brain damage can occur from when denied oxygen for prolonged periods. That is why pool safety should be an utmost priority this season. * Set up barriers: A self-latching, four-sided isolation pool perimeter fence can prevent children from wandering into the pool area, accidentally falling into an in-ground pool, or scaling the ladder of an above-ground pool. Aim for fences at least 4-feet-high. When possible, ladders should be removed when the pool is not in use. * Remove enticing toys. Children may be drawn to floats or toys remaining in a pool. Take them out of the water when the pool is not being used. * Swim with a buddy. Everyone -- regardless of age -- should swim with someone else present in the pool. In case of an emergency the other person can call for help. * Children should always be monitored. Designate a responsible adult to watch children who are swimming. This person shouldn’t be engaging in any distracting activities, such as talking on the phone or browsing the Internet. * Learn to swim. Enroll the family in a certified swimming course. Not only will you learn the basics of swimming, you can learn techniques to stay afloat and save someone’s life. * Wear a life jacket. Children or adults who are not good swimmers should wear a Coast Guard approved flotation device when around water. Water wings or foam float toys are not adequate safety devices. * Turn off the pump. Injuries have occurred across the country when children get stuck to filter intake sources. While many of these injuries occurred in larger, commercial pools, accidents can still occur at home. At the least the filter suction can cause bruising. At the worst, it can disembowel a young child. Turn off the filter for safety sake when the pool is in use. * Learn CPR. If a person does become injured in a pool, prompt commencement of CPR can help clear the airways and revive an individual. Sign up for a class in your area. * Don’t drink and swim. Alcohol impairs the ability to make decisions and can compromise motor skills. Therefore, drinking and swimming don’t mix. * Prevent falls around the pool: Encourage swimmers to walk around the pool perimeter, not run. Otherwise they could trip and fall. Ensure children and others are safe while swimming.


Free summer playground program for Clay residents

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Spring Gala raises $10K for North Area Meals on Wheels Gala-goers dress their best for a good cause By Farah Jadran Pike

The 2nd Annual North Area Meals on Wheels Gala attracted more than 100 guests from around the county during the May 7 event held at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. The first ever Spring Gala held in 2009 raised $7,000 for the program located in North Syracuse. This year’s event blew that total out of the water with more than $10,000 in proceeds, according to Donna Barrett, director of operations for NAMOW. Area businesses also volunteered services to contribute to the event. Mario’s Bakery Inc., donated several tiered cakes, while Sears-MiddletonJones Funeral Home purchased all the flower décor for Savannah Rose Florist to arrange for the banquet. Special guest Tom Marullo, the chief financial officer for the national Meals on Wheels program, spoke to the attendants that included community members, North Syracuse school faculty and staff, several area government officials and the NAMOW Board of Directors. Marullo has been part of the Meals on Wheels effort for more than 17 years when he first volunteered as a delivery person for his local chapter.

Now part of the national program, Marullo said he is one of many who are “trying to end senior hunger by 2020.” Among his travels, Marullo said many people ask him what he does for a living, a question in which he finds every acquaintance having an experience with Meals on Wheels. “They always tell me their connection with Meals on Wheels,” Marullo said. “Whatever the connection, there’s always a connection.” Such connections were a common theme among the gala’s guests since many are current volunteers or have a family member or friend who benefits from the program. Planning to be a volunteer when FARAH JADRAN PIKE she retires, North Syracuse Mayor Diane Browning, said the gala is a AT THE GALA: Enjoying the night’s festivities, from left, Lynn Jennings, Cicero town councilor; Diane Browning, North Syracuse mayor; Jessica Zambrano, Cicero town councilor; Chuck “fantastic event.” Henry, North Syracuse village trustee; Casey Jordan, Onondaga County Legislator, and North “When I retire as mayor I will Syracuse Central School District Superintendent Dr. Jerome Melvin. become a full time volunteer,” Browning said. “Donna [Barrett] date of the event last year. been a participant in Mayors for Meals, does a tremendous job and this is an “The best part about Meals on an annual event held in March. event where we can give back as a com- Wheels is that visiting the seniors beNicotra, who also attended the gala, munity.” comes a highlight of their day, somesaid the night represents “such a great Also at the Friday night gala was Ci- thing they look forward to,” Corl said. program.” cero Town Councilor Jim Corl, a five“I hope this event just keeps growing “For the small amount of time it year member of the NAMOW Board of and growing.” takes to deliver the meals, you’re doing Directors. Corl said he was glad to be Like Browning and Corl, Salina so much for those people,” Nicotra said. able to attend this year’s gala as his son Town Supervisor Mark Nicotra has had his first little league game on the

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What’s the Buzz, The CanTeen? Submitted by Stephanie Bailey

Oh, the wonderful staff. At the CanTeen there are three of the loveliest staff members the teens could ever ask for. If you’ve ever wished for mother-like features, you look for Miss Toni. She’s been there from the beginning and is willing to help you with any of your problems. “When I was 13, I had to give a speech, and Miss Toni persuaded me to do it,” said Nicole Bulles, from Clay, age 15. Since Toni has done this, Nicole doesn’t have stage fright anymore. A new member of the staff has joined our family recently. Jen Smiley. Since she has been working here she has provided the teens with bringing her sense of humor into play with them. Brandon Moore, age 15, of clay, described Jen as a “good staff member and fun.” Other teens would agree. The third staff member has been with the CanTeen for a

while now, Jenna Ogden. The kids would say that she is funny, loud and extremely entertaining. You would often find teens yelling, “HELP MAMA, HELP!” She would respond with a smile and come to you. Melisa Reynolds, 15, of Clay, was asked if Jenna works well with herself and the other teens. “Yes, she does,” she said. “She interacts with us. If you don’t know her, she gets to know you. Like it or not.” All three staff members bring their own flavor to the CanTeen. They will continue to do so, even if they don’t know it. As of May 17, Jennifer Smiley will be working at the Town of Cicero, Youth Bureau Office as the Recreation Attendant. Ethan Taylor, a long time volunteer of the CanTeen, will be working for the CanTeen. Stephanie Bailey is a member of the CanTeen.

North High School Hall of Fame The North High School Hall of Fame committee is looking for nominations for the first Hall of Fame induction dinner which has been scheduled for September 11, 2010, at the Doubletree Hotel in Dewitt. By July 8, nominations will be verified and alumni will be notified. We encourage all to participate in the nomination process by identifying graduates you know who were, or are, prominent in the areas of business, science, athletics, community service, education, government service, volunteerism, visual and performing arts and journalism. We are also honoring those NHS service men and women who died while serving our country. A drive to secure sponsors and patrons for the Alumni dinner Program Book is also underway. Write to North High School Hall of Fame, P.O. 914 Syracuse, NY 13206, or download Please call Vince Stagnitta, Board of Directors at 877-8741 for more information. This announcement is being published by request of the committee to seek North High School graduates who have moved to different suburbs.

Village of Liverpool Memorial Day festivities Memorial Day in the village of Liverpool will be celebrated beginning at 9 a.m. Monday 31 in Johnson Park. A parade will form, following the park services and proceed to the Liverpool Cemetary and return. All Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, war

veterans, civic and fraterna; groups are invited to participate. Garrey Curry will act as parade marshal. For more information, call parade chairman Ken Palmer at 457-3486 or Curry at 451-1558.

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In your town Weight matters Maintain a healthy lifestyle and achieve your weight loss goals. Weight issues can cause a host of problems, such as heart attack, diabetes and stroke. Weight issues often stem from emotional problems such as sadness, anger or guilt. Weight Matters, a new weight loss support group, focuses on both the physical and emotional issues that surround weight loss. Learn healthy strategies for losing and maintaining weight, what emotional triggers cause binge eating and how to make healthy food choices. Above all, receive support from other individuals contending with similar issues. Weight Matters meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month in Bayberry. For further information, call Monica Gullotta at 622-5596.

Hydrofest The annual Syracuse Hydrofest begins June 18 and ends June 20 during Father’s Day weekend at Onondaga Lake in Liverpool. The schedule includes: June 18 - 9 a.m. gates open and racing begins at 10:30a.m.; June 19 - gates open at 9 a.m. and racing begins at 10:30 a.m.; June 20 - gates open at 9 a.m. and racing begins at 10:30 a.m. To volunteer at this event, call Josie at 391-6892.

MOMS Club of Cicero holds open house The MOMS Club of Cicero its holding its annual open house from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday June 5 at the Clay Park Central pavilion located at 4821 Wetzel Road, next to the YMCA). All are welcome to the park to find out what the MOMS club has to offer you. A picnic lunch will be provided and a year’s membership will be raffled off. For more information, please email

IDMR lectures The institute of Devine Metaphysical Research, 2826 Le Moyne Ave., Salina, will host a lecture every Wednesday in June from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. every Saturday in June. The topic is: What is Spirit?” these lectures are free and open to the public. This is a non-denominational gathering for a non-profit religious and scientific research organization. Call 699-5422 or visit for more information.


This club is a social group for teens and adults with special needs that meets from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Friday at Northside Baptist Church. Call Carissa at 243-8897 for more information.

Attention Residents! There is a Lost & Found box in town hall, located by the clerk’s desk. All items left behind in the building or during a town meeting are collected and held. If you have reason to believe you lost something there, please stop by and check the box, M-F 8:30am4:30pm!

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June 2010

News from the Liverpool Central School District

Liverpool nears stadium completion Renovation to be finished in August By Farah Jadran Pike

In mid-May, the Liverpool Central Schools administration unveiled the progress of the renovated high school turf and track. Almost 100 percent of the turf has been laid down, glued and sewn by May 15, according to Mark Potter, Liverpool’s executive director for secondary education. The construction crew is now in the process of creating hash marks for the field while the remainder of the turf will be completed this week. Stadium bleachers were put into the final stages Monday May 17. After that, the black top surface needed for the track will be set in. Potter said there would be a pause in the momentum of progress at that point because this layer needs to rest for about 28 days before the surface coat and spray will be installed. During the 28-day period, the crew will finalize portable bleachers. If all goes to plan, Potter said Aug. 1 would be the finish date for the entire project. However, any setbacks could delay the use of the track and field until later in the fall. Although the track will have a lifetime of seven to eight years, similar to the old one, Potter said the new pad under the turf will add a few years to the material’s usage.

The top layer of the track will of course have to battle against ultraviolet damage, which Potter said does more damage to the track than the time its covered with snow and keeping cool. In addition to immediate use of the facilities, Potter said this construction plan has implemented plumbing and electrical for future installation of new locker rooms and lighting. During the May 6 Board of Education meeting, the board agreed on an amount of $20,000 for change orders for the work done by Bovis Lend Lease. With everything on the tab for an estimated $5.4 million project, Potter said he believes the district could finish significantly under budget, if everything else goes to plan. “We were very judicious on finding the best budget plan and the best use for spending of district dollars,” Potter said. While the high school teams will be getting back to their home field, Potter said the Liverpool Board of Education is currently working on a policy for community use of the track and field. “We certainly believe that if anyone wants to use it [track and field], they should be able to,” Potter said. “We want to have an open door to community use, as well as school events.” Potter said the policy could possibly be drafted and approved during this summer.

News from Liverpool Dollars for Scholars Community encouraged to support local scholarship chapter Submited by Susan Lotierzo

Committee members are working hard to prepare for our seventh annual Liverpool Dollars For Scholars Reception for donors and scholarship winners. Selection of approximately 170 scholarship winners and alternates will take place at the end of May in order to allow enough time to invite the winners to the reception planned for 7 p.m. Thursday June 24. Each winner will receive a folder with information about the name and the value of the scholarship. tunity to meet each other, which personalizes the process for both parties. Refreshments will be served. It’s a rewarding evening for those of us who believe in helping our Liverpool High School graduates achieve their academic goals. Contact John Cerrone at 451-4653 if you would like to make a donation of $100 or more to sponsor the reception and help offset the cost of the event.

Board member Don Budmen is hard at work putting the finishing touches on plans for the eighteenth annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament. That event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday June 29 at Foxfire Golf Course in Baldwinsville. The cost is $90/person, which includes greens fees, golf cart, coffee and donuts, refreshments on the course, lunch, dinner, and door prizes. If you’re not a golfer, but would like to support the event, then pay $25 and come for dinner. Another way to help the cause is to donate $300 for a business/individual hole sponsorship. Encourage family members and friends to participate in this worthwhile event. Proceeds from the 2010 tournament will fund scholarships for Liverpool High School students planning to graduate in June 2011. Contact Don Budmen at 652-1702 for additional information, to register a foursome, or to sponsor a hole. Please see Scholars, page 11

Liverpool passes 2010-11 budget The Liverpool Central School District held elections and budget voting Tuesday May 18. The results are as follows: Liverpool Public Library Board of Trustees: one 2010-11 budget $131,277,809: passed elected Yes 2,066 Marlene Ward 2,129 No 1,638 Liverpool Board of Education: five elected Busing proposition (purchases): passed John Kennedy 2,604 Yes 1,950 Donald Cook 2,509 No 1,703 Seven 66-passenger buses David Watson 2,435 Two 30-passenger buses with air conditioning Stacey Balduf 2,380 One 15-passenger bus with wheelchair access Joe Unangst 2,295 Liverpool Library budget: passed Kennedy, Cook and Watson have been elected to three-year terms while Unangst and Balduf Yes 2,279 will serve one-year terms No 1,343

LHS senior athletes, Athletic Hall Inductees to be honored

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IN THE BEGINNING: Above, is the Liverpool High School track and field during the early stages of construction. A bare bones look at stripped bleachers and turned dirt. ALMOST THERE: Pictured center, construction crews work on layers of the new high school field with the “L” in its finishing stages, center field. The project is planned for an Aug. 1 completion date.

Liverpool High School senior athletes, along with six new inductees to the LHS Athletic Hall of Fame, will be honored during a banquet at the school on Wednesday, June 2. The Hall of Fame Inductees for 2010 are: Middle Era - Tom Furr (1988); Present Era Tom Cook (1999), Caitlin Lamison (2005), Kenna Moran (1995), Brandon Spillett (2001); and Coach - Dee Darley. The banquet will begin in the LHS gymnasium foyer with the unveiling of plaques to Hall of Fame inductees at 4:45 p.m., followed by the presentation of plaques to inductees at 5:30 p.m. and senior athletes at 6 p.m. After the presentations, those in attendance will enjoy a dinner catered by Outback Steakhouse in the LHS cafeteria. The cost of the banquet is $18 per person, and those interested in attending should send their name and address, along with a check made out to the Liverpool Varsity Club, to Frank Sofia, c/o Liverpool High School, 4338 Wetzel Road, Liverpool, NY 13090. Reservations are due by Friday, May 21. For more information, call the high school is 453-1500.

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June 2010

News from the North Syracuse Central School District

Dollars for Scholars turns 25 North Syracuse chapter invites past recipients to celebratory reception

gram as it started out as a small mission to help fund college education. He said the first efforts consisted of a few friends of teacher going door-to-door asking neighbors for $1 to go into a scholarship fund. When the nationwide program began in 1958, it was By Farah Jadran Pike considered a success as 24 scholarships were awarded, he said. Nowadays, the national chapters award more than The North Syracuse Dollars for Scholars Chapter will 42,000 scholarships each year. In 2009, the scholarbe celebrating the program’s 25th anniversary during ship awards totaled more than $72 million across the the scholarship awards ceremony scheduled for 5:30 country. p.m. June 8 at the Cicero-North Syracuse High School Between 1985 and 2010, the North Syracuse chapter cafeteria. will have awarded approximately 1,572 scholarships Twenty-year chapter president Bob Crabtree said equal to more than $750,000. he hopes to see many past recipients attend the awards “That is an achievement in itself,” Crabtree said. “We ceremony where 112 scholarships will be given to North have come a long way.” Syracuse students. This year, 186 students applied for a Dollars for SUBMITTED PHOTOS Past recipients interested in attending or those who Scholars award, which are not only based on academic PAST WINNER: President of the North Syracuse Dollars for know past recipients should contact Barbara Richardson, Scholars Bob Crabtree, left, stands with a 2004 scholarship performance but volunteer work, musical talents, chair of the anniversary committee, by e-mailing her at intended area of study in college, BOCES participation recipient Miranda Hazard. Crabtree said this is one of his most memorable scholarship ceremonies because Hazard was his and other criteria. music student at Bear Road Elementary. Previous scholarship winners are also encouraged to “Some day every student that applies will get a send the committee a brief bio to give an update on where scholarship,” Crabtree said of goal he has for the local at the cost of $30. their educational and career pursuits have taken them. A Registered golfers will have the following covered: chapter. compilation of stories and photos will be presented at the green fees, golf cart cost, refreshments on the course, Crabtree said the number of kids receiving these ceremony. lunch, dinner and door prize entry. The deadline for awards makes the fundraising activities all worth while. The overall mission of Dollars for Scholars includes a registration is June 4. The North Syracuse chapter hosts several annual events value in education and a view of education as “the most Businesses can sponsor a hole for $100, which will such as a spring phone-a-thon, a bowl-a-thon and the important freedom in America,” Crabtree said. include signage at the hole on the course and a quarter15th Annual North Syracuse Dollars for Scholars Golf Crabtree said he admires the beginnings of the proTournament, which is slated page advertisement. Corporate sponsorships are also available. for 1 p.m. Sunday June 13 Members of the community are also invited to make at the Foxfire Golf Course donations to the Friends of the Dollars for Scholars in Baldwinsville. Scholarships. A $1,000 donation will include the scholarDuring the past 14 The North Syracuse Central School District held elections and school budget voting ship to be given in the donor’s name and a complimenyears, the golf tournament Tuesday May 18. The resulats are as follows: tary foursome entry into the golf tournament. has raised more than 2010-11 budget $135,467,060: passed Yes 108 For more information on the tournament or on how $170,000. Individuals can Yes 1,908 No 71 your local business can get involved, call Steve Corapi at register for $90; teams for No 948 North Syracuse Board of Education: three 698-8804. $360 each or dinner only Busing proposition: passed elected Yes 1,694 Patrick Svoboda No 1,137 Catherine Cifaratta-Brayton Salina Free Library budget: Sandra DiBianco

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NSCSD plans night of family fun, fitness The students and families of all North Syracuse Central School District elementary schools are invited to attend the district’s first annual “Family Fit n’ Fun Night” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday June 8 North Syracuse Junior High School, 5353 West Taft Road, in North Syracuse. Participants will rotate through a variety of physical activities such as baseball golf, cup stacking, square dancing and an adventure project. Students and family members can register for the free event, designed to promote fun family fitness activities, by completing a registration form and returning it to each school’s physical education teacher by June 4. Registration forms are available at each elementary school or by clicking on the “Family Fit n’ Fun” link from the North Syracuse Central School District home page at




Su Keiser, back row, Cicero-North Syracuse Optimist member was one of many Optimist members who recently helped out at the Math Science Technology Fair held for the district elementary students. Pictured with Keiser, from left, are Daniel Clifford, Daniel DelFuoco and Julia towers.

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June 2010 Please see History, page 14

Remembering Clay

A trip to Doylestown By Dorothy Heller

A few years ago, C. Allan Gilmour presented me with a copy of his manuscript, “Foibles and Fables of the Gilmour Family,” dated December 1985. Several excerpts were printed in the Star News and Liverpool Review on his visits to DOROTHY HELLER his grandfather’s Route 31 farm, about a quarter-mile west of the railroad tracks at the C. Allan Gilmour and his wife Marianne Gilmour. Allan, who celebrated his 100th birthday Clay Historic Park, March 1, spent many summers visitng his grandfather in Clay. On the occasion of his 100th birthday in 2010, he asked us to visit him at his home in Doylestown to reminisce. His actual birth date was March 1, 1910. First we should review his family history and how his grandfather ended up at the farm. To begin, James and William Gilmour were sons of Allan Gilmour of Paisley, Scotland — William became wealthy with his baking business, but James lost everything through a bad business venture and so took passage to Canada with his wife Elizabeth and their daughter. He soon moved east of Morristown to a place called Scotch Bush in 1820. There he founded the Second Presbyterian Church of Oswegatchie, now called the Old Stone Church. However, in 1867, fire struck the house where Allan, the son of James, lived with his Insure your home & car with son James and his family, including grandfather to our C. Allan, Allan (also). The grandAllstate, and we can help you save father tossed all the children out the window to Allan (then a young boy but the oldest on both policies. Call us today. of the eight children) and all were saved. (315) 622-1208 Economic pressures of being the oldest caused him to leave home and set out on his life’s journey. 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Summertime is almost here. The weather is getting warmer and the kids will soon be out of school. And you will start wondering, “How can I keep them entertained?” The town of Clay has the answer for you. The town offers many summer programs in all different categories for children and adults. There are playground programs, camps for subjects such as art, drama and science, and lessons for rowing, diving, tennis, swimming and golf. The complete list of the programs can be found at townofclay. org under the recreation department. The town of Clay has planned Tuesday night concerts throughout the summer. They will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning Tuesday June 15 and running until Aug. 10 at Clay Central Park off Wetzel Road, located near the YMCA. The Aug. 10 concert will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. because of shorter days. Bring your lawn chairs, coolers, have a picnic or grill food for the whole family. Food and refreshments from a different local restaurant each week will also be available for purchase.

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Timeline; food by Applebee’s Restaurant “My friend and I grab our chairs and walk over,” Carol Shifflet, of Clay, said. “It’s a great time with good music.” Clay Recreation Commissioner Wayne Morris said the concerts are the town’s best family-oriented recreational program. “You can cook your food or buy food; you can bring children and grandparents. It encompasses a lot of things: music, family, food and relaxation,” Morris said. The concerts draw big crowds. The average crowd is between 200 and 300 people, but as many as 700 people have gathered for some shows. Information about each band’s style of music is also available at If Tuesdays aren’t a good night for you, there are Monday and Wednesday concerts from 7 to 9 p.m. in the village of Liverpool at Johnson Park. There are different performers each night with many styles of music represented. The schedule

starts June 7 and runs until Aug. 25. Some of the music genres include rock and roll oldies, jazz, country, folk, Latin, polka, R&B and bluegrass. There is something for everyone. The complete list is on their website at North Syracuse also has its own concert series held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday nights at Lonergan Park which is located behind Goldberg’s Furniture on Route 11. There are 10 concerts planned throughout the summer beginning June 30 and ending Sept. 2. Food from local restaurants will be available to buy. More information is available at northsyracuse. org. So, when summertime comes to Clay, the living will be easy, or at least the evenings can be. Three different convenient venues, a huge variety of music, available food from local restaurants, and what’s more, no big ticket prices. Enjoy and let the good times roll!





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News from the Baldwinsville Central School District

BCSD Board of Education honors students

The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education honored several students for their accomplishments at its May 17 meeting. The board recognized Ray Middle School’s sixth-grade orchestra for earning a silver medal at the NYSSMA Majors Ensemble Festival held in April. The group is directed by teacher Jennifer Bearup. The orchestra performed several pieces at the board meeting. Members of the Ray Middle School sixth-grade orchestra are:

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SUBMITTED PHOTOS Board of Education President Victor Jenkins, right, congratulates Baker High School student Shane O’Neil for competing in the New York State Math League Competition in April. Below, Board of Education President Victor Jenkins congratulates Ariana Ambrose, left, and Maria Grammer for being invited to attend the Girls’ State leadership conference this summer.

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Above, The Ray Middle School sixth-grade orchestra performs at the May 17 Baldwinsville Board of Education meeting, under the direction of Jennifer Bearup.

District awarded grant for wellness efforts

The American Dairy Association and Dairy Council has awarded a $1,000 grant to the Baldwinsville Central School District’s Wellness Council in recognition of the district’s efforts to increase breakfast participation in the district’s schools. The ADADC awarded the grant at a Wellness Summit it sponsored at the beginning of May in Rochester. Brian Wright, the district’s food service director and co-chair of the Wellness Council, Kristen Foote, a guidance counselor at Baker High School and the Wellness Council’s other co-chair, and Melanie Huburt, R.D., BOCES registered dietician and a member of the Wellness Council, attended the summit. About 25 school districts from Buffalo to Syracuse sent representatives to the summit. Participants shared their strategies and ideas for increasing breakfast participation in their schools as well as for increasing the number of students who eat breakfast at home. A healthy breakfast each morning helps students to focus in the classroom for optimal academic performance. According to Wright, breakfast purchases district-wide have Please see Wellness, page 10


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Liverpool lives strong By Mike Ortiz

You wear them mostly everyday. They come in different sizes and styles. They even have different meanings. They are socks and for the Liverpool Boys and Girls lacrosse team, they mean even more. Junior, Nina Tassone is a multi-sport athlete in basketball and lacrosse. She has scored 260 points off of 92 field goals made and 50 of those field goals were threepointers. In her lacrosse career Nina has scored 18 goals and produced 21 assists. Not only has Nina performed well but she as also been a great asset to every team that she has played on, especially one. That team is the fight for Cancer. During basketball season, Nina and her teammates participated in a Coaches vs. Cancer tournament, which was brought together to raise awareness for Cancer. Liverpool did more than just play in the tournament but they also showed it. Every single player on the Liverpool Girls basketball team wore pink socks in honor of Breast Cancer. “It showed how much our team

cared about the cause” said Nina Tassone. These fabulous and very creative socks were made by Liverpool’s own Nina Tassone. Several months later Liverpool Senior Bryan Wilbur was finishing up his second fight of Cancer and he won as he put it into remission. Unfortunately for Kara MacDougall, a foreign exchange student and lacrosse player from East Syracuse-Minoa, died of liver cancer. These two students went threw something that is just un-believable and for someone to have to go threw that is just horrifying. On May 7 Liverpool, ESM, the Carrier Dome, and several other sponsors all supported these two families and students by holding both the Boys and Girls lacrosse games at the Carrier Dome. They didn’t stop there as every single cent that was earned would be given to both the MacDougall and Wilbur families. Once Liverpool found out about this magnificent game that would be held to raise awareness for Cancer, well Nina went right to work. Just like she did for the Coaches vs. Cancer,


except this time would be different. This time it was for a friend, a student, and for different type of Cancer. Though she put all of that aside as this time she was ready as those blank yellow socks “lit up” field as Nina’s 3 goals and 1 assist helped Liverpool pull off a remarkable 11-9 win. Reporter Mike Ortiz discovers the recipe to the socks Q&A with Tassone Ortiz: So how did you get the idea to make the yellow socks? Tassone: Well earlier this year our basketball team played in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament in central square and I made pink socks and they came out very well. It showed how much our team cared about the cause. So once I heard that we were playing at the Carrier Dome for Bryan and Kara I thought, why not do it again? Ortiz: How did you get them to come out perfectly and to keep the black Nike logo still black? Tassone: I bought white Nike socks and put them in the wash with dye.

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Twenty Emmys, 16 for outstanding sports host or play-by-play, eight-time National Sportscaster of the Year in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997 and 2000. Who is this? Syracuse University Alumni Bob Costas, and guess what, he’s back. Costas, not Bryant Gumbel or Greg Gumbel as Costas told guests at the Boy Power Dinner held May 5 at the Oncenter that he has been once mistaken for each of them. Some wondered how anyone could mistake the “face” of sports broadcasting, the face of NBC or the face of so many historic Olympic moments?

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Before getting a job at NBC in 1979, he worked for WSYR radio broadcasting Blazers Hockey games, Syracuse’s minor league team, while he attended grad school Costas was paid $30 a game, a lot less than his current take home per broadcast gig. On his first day at NBC the owner that hired him asked, “How old are you? Fourteen? I wonder how old you would look if we grew you a mustache.” Costas said the owner asked because he was not tall at the time and he still isn’t. Costas went through the typical hazing period of a junior broadcaster, but said it was worth it, as that job at NBC opened so many doors for him. He broadcasted the World Series, professional football games, you name it he did it. Most importantly, he never forgot where he came from as he’s always showing his gratitude toward the training her received at Syracuse University. “You know I think back to my years at Syracuse and there’s no question that this University, in every respect gave me my start,” Costas said. “Not just academically, but it put me in touch with like-minded young people who were passionate about broadcasting and about sports.”

Costas was born in Queens, March 22, 1952. He then grew up in Commack, where he attended Commack High School. At Commack, Costas found his “niche” for what he would later become, a broadcast journalist. Costas had a love of sports. He especially enjoyed reading about it in the New York Times. Sometimes this would backfire, as he would get picked on for reading. It wasn’t until a school bus ride where he was catching up on the latest news when a school bully confronted him about reading the sports pages. Costas said to the bully “I can teach you how to read.” Costas told the audience at the Boy Power Dinner “That was a mistake.” The bully then took Costas and picked him up by the collar and held him up against the bus window. Costas was up against the window until the other kids “Snuck back like special ops,” to save him. This didn’t stop Costas as he continued doing what he loved and that was writing and broadcasting sports stories. Though he said he did stop one thing; and that was making fun of bullies. Costas attended Syracuse University where he prospered COURTESY MIKE ORTIZ … becoming one of the greatest broadcast journalists of his time, Mike Ortiz, right, met Bob Costas, left, after the reknowned of all time. However, this didn’t sports broadcaster spoke during hte Boy Powe Dinner.

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From page 9 increased from last year’s numbers. Last April, there were 180 breakfast purchases in the district each day at the district’s non-secondary schools. This April there were 220 purchases each day. Wright said food service has been working collaboratively with staff and administrators at Ray Middle School this year to increase the number of students purchas-

ing breakfast in the school cafeteria. Students who are bussed to school are encouraged to obtain a special pass from the main office so that they can enter school to purchase breakfast before all the buses are unloaded. This gives students the opportunity to eat before they are required to report to their homerooms. Wright said the number of students purchas-

ing breakfast this year at Ray is roughly double the amount of students who purchased breakfast last year. The district’s Wellness Council will be meeting to discuss how to use the ADADC’s grant to further the district’s efforts to promote physical activity and nutrition education to Baldwinsville’s students and staff.

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In good faith It’s In God’s Hands Yolanda Skinner submitted this story as a tribute to her daughter Karen Bellavigna, of Kirkville. I had never realized how special problems persisted for the better part of her “Mother’s Day” could be until the premafirst year. But we knew God would keep her ture birth of my daughter’s baby. Kiara in his care because she had been loaned to Morgan Bellavigna arrived in this world us. Whatever he saw fit we accepted with at 10:49 a.m. October 30, 1999, weighing a love and gratitude for each day that she mere seventeen ounces. Pink transparent survived. skin, resembling a skinned rabbit covered When Karen could finally accept that her twelve inch long body. A faint heartbeat Kiara was able to be in the care of somefluttered inside a tiny chest covered with one other than herself or her husband, she wires connected to a monitor. A plastic tube gave me the opportunity to baby-sit for my inserted down her throat protruded from granddaughter one night. I was thrilled! I her cherub lips. was grateful for the time I could actually For the present time a miniature isolette spend with her alone. I could truly bond in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at with her, give her a bottle and change her Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital would tiny diaper. My whole being was filled with serve as a womb like home for Kiara. Highly wonder and thankfulness to God for this skilled doctors and nurses monitored her vi- child. tals around the clock, but in my heart I knew When I was sure Kiara was fast asleep I it would take more than skilled doctors - it searched for a magazine to read. Mixed in would take a miracle for Kiara to survive. with the magazines under the coffee table At that moment I asked God to give was Kiara’s baby book. Browsing through Kiara whatever was necessary to obtain that it I came across this beautiful letter that my miracle. (In Romans 10:13 it says), “For daughter had written to Kiara: whosoever shall call upon the name of the Dear Kiara, Lord shall be saved.” We love you because you are the strongest, I immediately called my minister. I knew bravest, and most adorable little girl that we that his prayers, as well as our congregation, know. We love you because you fought the family, and friends were desperately needed. toughest fight that anyone can fight. You have Each day I would reach out to customers I proven to be a “miracle” to us. We love you waited on in my job to appeal to them for because you chose to go the long haul and have prayers. us for your parents. We are so proud of you. Although Kiara was given a slim chance We love you because you are so special. You for survival my daughter’s faith never waivcuddle with us as much as we love to cuddle ered. Even when Kiara turned blue and doctor’s said nothing more could Kiara Bellavigna, be done, Karen never gave 10, celebrating the Easter season up hope saying, “It’s in with her famGod’s hands.” ily and friends a I marveled at such few months ago. strength and faith in my Each day with her family has been young daughter under a blessing in her such overwhelming odds. grandmother’s But God didn’t abaneyes. don us - he heard our prayers. Kiara continued to thrive each day enabling her to go home on Feb. 28, 2000, weighing four pounds nine ounces. We thanked God, doctors and nurses for letting us keep his “little angel.” Karen stood vigil day and night because there were many times when Kiara had to be admitted to the hospital for respiratory problems because her lungs were too small to function properly. COURTESY YOLANDA SKINNER

Liverpool Community Chorus The Liverpool Community Chorus, directed by Joseph M. Spado Jr., is pleased to announce the following performances, “The Way We Sing Tonight.” The concert will be held one night only at 7:30 p.m. Saturday June 12 at Liverpool high School on Wetzel Road. Also performing, is the Liverpool Youth Voices under the direction of Lisa Cowles. Tickets are $8 at the door and $6 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased in advance through chorus members. These concerts have benefited numerous Liverpool community projects as well as providing scholarships for LHS students who have exhibited outstanding musical talent.

Scholars From page 5 Dollars for Scholars Board members are also beginning to think about events for the fall. We’re planning another bowl-a-thon and considering other fundraisers. With the help of our Student Board, we continue to come up with new ideas for events that appeal to our high school students and the community at large. We continue to be grateful for your generosity and support as we work together to raise money for the students who graduate from Liverpool High School.

with you. We love you because you are an inspiration to us. We love you because you are “ours.” Our precious little girl that we both wanted so much. The one who brightens each of our passing days. Most of all, we love you because you are you, and there could never be another one like you. You are our precious gift from God and the “biggest”, “little” miracle we could have ever asked for. We will always love you Kiara! Thank you for being such a special part of our lives. Our dreams for you are to be the happiest, healthiest, and smartest girl in the world. No matter whatever lot in life you choose, we will always be right there by your side. We hope and pray that you will always take each day as it comes. Make sure that you live each moment to its fullest. Enjoy the time you have with your family and friends. We want you

to be whatever you want to be and we’ll help you to get there. Never regret anything. Know that God has a reason for everything and that we learn from our mistakes. Whether you are the highest paid brain surgeon in the world, or the lowest paying shoe shiner on the corner, do what makes you happy. We will always be proud of you. Being healthy and happy are two of the best gifts anyone could ever have and we wish them both for you. Forever, your Mom and Dad P.S. Love you more than you’ll ever know and I love you more than you’ll ever know also Karen! Happy Mother’s Day. Kiara is now a beautiful, witty, 10 -year old who captures your heart.

Worship Listings Congregation Ner Tamid 5061 West Taft Rd., N. Syracuse 315-461-9226 Sabbath services Friday night at 8 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. Grace Covenant Church Stearns Rd. and Route 31, Clay 315-699-1551 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. North Central Assembly of God 7463 Buckley Rd., N. Syracuse 315-458-0896 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Liverpool First United Methodist Church 604 Oswego Street, Liverpool 315 457-5180 Sunday Services: 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Our Lady of Walsingham Parish (Catholic, Western Rite) 8573 Van Heusen Rd,. Clay Sunday Service: 10 a.m. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 904 Vine St., Liverpool 315-457-4633 Sunday Service: 8:00 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. Messiah’s Church (Reformed Presbyterian) 8181 Stearns Rd., Clay 315-451-2148 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Calvary Chapel Syracuse 103 Grampian Rd., Liverpool 315-451-1556 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wetzel Road Church Of Christ 4268 Wetzel Road, Liverpool, 315-652-3195 Worship is at 8:30 & 11 a.m. Cross of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Route 57 and Soule Rd., Clay 315-622-2843 Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m. Northminster Presbyterian Church 7444 Buckley Road, North Syracuse 315-458-0393 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.; Youth & Adult Sunday school 9 a.m.

315-457-3161 Sunday Service: 10:15 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 a.m., 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 4889 Bear Rd., Liverpool Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Liverpool Community Church 800 4th St., Liverpool 315-701-0857 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church Driver’s Village Conv. Ctr., E Circle Dr., Clay 315652-5379 Sunday Services: 10:15 a.m.; Sunday school for all ages 9 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. Grace Baptist Church 17 Oneida River Rd., Pennellville 315-695-2341 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church 4947 Route 31, Clay 315-699-7268 Blessed Hope Church 8791 Oswego Rd., Clay 315-695-6710 United Church of Christ in Bayberry 215 Blackberry Road, Liverpool 652-6789 Church services are on Sundays at 8:30 am and 10:30 am weekly, September thru June. North Syracuse Baptist Church 420 South Main St., North Syracuse 458-0271 Sunday Services held at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 9:30 a.m. New Beginnings Christian Center 7247 State Fair Blvd. Syracuse 315-635-3989 Sunday service: 11 a.m.; Wednesday service: 7 p.m.

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June 2010

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How natural disasters and commodities mingle Area residents hired to During last month, I wondered what commodity I would write about next. Then an explosion occurred, on Earth day the rig sank, and for the following coulple of weeks, we were cautiously informed of the worst disaster in the history of rigs unfolding on our Southern shores. As I write, most of us cannot comprehend the girth of the crisis this will bring to the ecosystems of the area. New Orleans residents may forget about hurricanes for awhile as their wildlife populations struggle for survival. So this week’s commodity is oil, or black gold, to the traders and brokers that make it their livelihood. Oil is found naturally in the ground, the result of thousands of years of decomposition of organic material compressed. When a well is located, it is tapped, and drained. The “crude oil� may then be exported to a refinery overseas. It is put through a process of “fractional distillation�, which separates the components of the oil as they are heated. If you have ever driven through Houston to the main port area, you have seen these overgrown pieces of chemistry equipment, looking much like the silos and farms of the Northeast, yet vast and almost overwhelming in size and number. Different crude oils may separate into different liquids as they are refined. Some of the more familiar ones are petrol, naptha, kerosene, heating oil, and diesel. Heavier materials are like the more familiar oil for you vehicle, ship oil, and lubricating waxes. Most of us have a general idea of our usage of

oil. It is the most common source of energy in the United States. It keeps the lights going (for many of us) at night, keeps our vehicles running, our established commerce flowing; mail, groceries, retail goods, our boats catching fish, and it allows the production of some of our favorite items. We may not realize how much of our current lifestyles are supported by oil. When countries industrialize, attempting to reach similar standards of living to our own, their dependence on oil also increases rapidly. If these countries are the same that formerly exported much of their fuel to us, rather than export, they may keep it for their own utilization, hence lowering global availability, and raising prices. In 2009 the countries producing the most oil were Russia, Saudi Arabia, the US, Iran, China, Mexico, Canada, UAE, EU, and Venezula. Consuming countries have rather a different composition; the US, China, Japan, Russia, India, Germany, Brazil, Canada, and Saudi Arabia. As imaginable, this discrepancy between production and consumption creates the trading arena. If you are interested in trading oil you may do so through specific ETFs (exchange traded funds), or individual companies owning rigs and tankers. It may behoove you to research other forms of energy as well, before rushing into play with black gold. Just because it is ‘natural’, doesn’t mean it is good for you!



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The Summit FCU welcomes Robin Waite as the Branch Manager of the Liverpool Branch. Waite has more than 6 years experience in the credit union industry, most recently with the Syracuse FCU. Waite’s duties include overseeing the daily functions of the Liverpool branch and its staff employees. Waite lives in North Syracuse,. Robin Waite Linda Kurpiewski was hired as the branch manager of the Cicero Branch. Kurpiewski has more than 23 years experience in the financial industry, most recently with the Syracuse FCU. Kurpiewski’s duties include overseeing the daily functions of the Cicero branch and its staff employees. Kurpiewski lives in Mattydale. Linda Kurplewski Elaine Brown was hired as senior manager of risk management. As the senior manager of risk management, Brown will be responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the indirect audit, disaster recovery, loss prevention and compliance functions of the credit union. Brown has more than 20 years experience in the credit union industry, most recently Elaine Brown with the Syracuse FCU. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Le Moyne College and lives in Hastings. Andrea Thune has been hired as manager of sales lending. As the manager of sales lending, Thune’s duties include overseeing the development of new business for the credit union in the indirect lending and Andrea Thune mortgage areas. Thune has more than 9 years experience in the credit union industry, most recently with the Syracuse FCU. Thune lives in Cicero.

Community UCC Nursery celebrates International Week

LORI LUNDUSKI The children at UCC Nursery School, located in Bayberry, enjoy making their own tacos to celebrate Mexican Day. This was part of their celebration to honor International Week.


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Lavelle, Katie Lindovski, Marisa Madonna, Colleen Magowan, Maryn Margrey, Ciarra Martinez, Hunter McAlhaney, Kyle Micho, Kayla Nadelen, Derek Nelson, Maddie Nice, Stephany Oemcke, Miranda Oot, Michelle Ornat, Tayeesa Ososkalo, Emily Pascale, Cole Patnode, Andrew Roberts, Bree Root, Kayleigh Sattler, Macie Shum, Melanie Speach, Catherine Spohn, Mindy Striep, Kathryn Terasaka, Marisa Tommarello, Jonathan Treichler, Nicole VanBrocklin, Karin Walker, and Nick Walker. The board also honored three students from Baker High School who received awards in the OCM BOCES “Don’t Stop Believing� Hair Show, held in March. Students honored were: Kalah Arquette, who earned third place in the “Vegas� category; Hope Brown, who earned first place in the “Punk Rock� category; and Jessica Marquart, who received third place in the “Retro� category. Three Baker High School students who received awards in the SkillsUSA Regional

Competition held at Delhi College in March were honored: Jonathan Graham, who received second place in the Culinary Category; Britany Hurteau, who received third place in the Related Technical Math Category; and Kiersten Norton, who earned second place in the Job Demonstration Category. Abigail Johnson, Shane O’Neil and Ethan Pacheck, students at Baker High School, were honored for competing on Team B for Onondaga County at the New York State Math League Competition in April. The board recognized several juniors from the high school who will be attending the prestigious Boys’ State and Girls’ State leadership conferences this summer. Students who will attend Boys’ State are Thomas Carter, Alexander Haima, Thomas Lefancheck, Christopher McCabe, Alexander Nagy, Michael Tarsel, Andrew Tiner and Nicholas Yando. Students who will attend Girls’ State are Ariana Ambrose and Maria Grammer.

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June 2010

Upcoming Events LPL June activities Independent and Foreign Film Series, 1pm in the Carman Community Room. Call the library at 457-0310, ext. 130 for film title, or go online at

June 2

Board meeting for the Liverpool Public Library at 6:30pm in the Carman Community room. The public is always invited to attend. Brown Bag Lunch and Learn presented by Dennis Hebert, CFP. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for registration and networking. Co-sponsored with the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. Bring your lunch - drinks and dessert provided. Registration required. In the Carman Community Room. This program is presented by the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Liverpool Public Library.

June 3

After Dinner Books, 7 to 8 p.m. in the Sargent Meeting Room, Book discussion group for adults. New participants welcome. No registration. “The Help� by Kathryn Stockett. Copies available at the Check Out Desk one month in advance. Independent and Foreign Film Series, 6:30 p.m. in the Carman Community Room.

June 8

Teen Library Council, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Sargent Meeting Room. This program is for grades 7 through 12. Tell us what you want for library programming, new books, and ways to improve the library. Council members must be available most second Tuesdays during the year. Applications are available at Teens

June 9

Drop In for Mother Goose for infants 10am in the Carman Community Room. Stories, songs and fingerplays for children ages birth to three years old with caregiver. Drop in Crafts, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., summer is almost here. Make a special Father’s Day card and welcome the season with a Flag Day windsock, a movable giraffe and a seasonal coloring page.

June 10

Armchair Traveler. This month we will visit Portland Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge. Travel the world through this series of 50 min. videos. Arrive at 1 p.m. for coffee, cookies, and conversation. The film starts promptly at 1:30. No registration and everyone welcome. Hearing assistance available. World Religion Series, 7 p.m. in the Carman Community Room. Quests and Pilgrimages in Religion and Culture What makes a place important? SU’s Cordell Waldron will discuss journeys by taking a look at mythological quests, religious pilgrimages and modern vacations.

June 11

Teen Friday Flix, 3:30 p.m. in the Carman Community Room. Grades 7 through 12 only. You’ve been asking for it, now you’ve got it! Teen Friday Flix are movies based on books. Read the book on your own time, come to the library to see the movie, and we’ll discuss the similarities between the two afterward! Popcorn and drinks provided.

June 15

Card Making and Paper Crafts, 1pm in the Sargent Meeting Room For a materials fee of $15 per class, you will make and take home at least 3 projects. Each month the projects will be the same for both the daytime and evening sessions – choose the day and the time that is best suits your schedule. Fee is payable at the time of each class. Adults and children over nine

Town of Clay offers two-week classfor kindergartners

years of age accompanied by an adult are welcome. Registration required.

The town of Clay Recreation Department will host a two-week safety education program for children entering kindergarten beginning July 12. The program will feature several recreational components, which will relate real-life June 16 situations and safety lessons concerning safety with busing, swimming pools, fires, poiConnection CafĂŠ, 1pm in the Carman Community Room. Join us the third Wednes- son, dealing with strangers and bicycle and pedestrian crossing. Parents can choose from a 9 to 10:30 a.m. class or an 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. class, day of each month for conversation, guest both held Monday through Friday beginning July 12 and ending July 23 at Allen Road speakers and Wii bowling. Elementary School. June 17 A registration fee of $45 is required for this two-week program. The registration is Card Making and Paper Crafts, 6:30 p.m. now open and ongoing. in the Sargent Meeting Room For a materials To register, call the parks department at 652-3800. fee of $15 per class, you will make and take home at least three projects. Each month the projects will be the same for both the daytime Coffee Talk at 407 and evening sessions – choose the day and Come join the discussion with Joslyn Smith, of Ophelia’s Place, who will kick off the the time that is best suits your schedule. Fee is Cafe at 407 Coffee Talk series at 6 p.m. June 16. This event will be held at the cafe, 407 payable at the time of each class. Adults and Tulip Street in the village of Liverpool. children over 9 years of age accompanied by Pick up Geneen Roth’s “Women, Food and God,â€? at your local library or bookstore an adult are welcome. Registration required. and come ready to engage in great conversation. Creating a Bird Friendly Yard, 7 p.m. in the Carman Community Room. Do you enjoy watching birds in your yard? On Sunday June 27, the Central New York Mopar Association presents the 21st AnLearn some interesting facts about some of nual Mopar Madness at Long Branch Park, Liverpool. CNY’s favorite backyard birds, such as humGates open at 8 a.m. with $12 fee for car entries and a $5 donation to Spectator Domingbirds chickadee, and others. Learn how nation to the Clark Burn Unit. Kids under 12 are free. to enhance your yard so it appeals to even There will be special free raffles for children under 16 for three Mopar R/C vehicles, more birds, and how you can help conserve 50-50 raffle, food by the Valley Men’s Club and all-day oldies tunes presented by a disk birds beyond your own yard. jockey. Door prizes will be passed out throughout the day. June 19 For more information call Peter Ciciarell at 676-5546 or visit Reception for the Outlandish Longarmers, quilting group, 10:30am.-1pm. NOPL Cicero to host annual ice cream social

Mopar Madness

June 20

The Library closed Sundays from June 20 to Sept. 5.

June 22

New Release Films at 1:30 p.m. in the Carman Community Room. Newly released films shown Tuesday afternoons and an encore showing on Thursday night June 24 at 6:30 pm.

The Friends of the Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero are having their 25th Annual Ice Cream Social to benefit the Cicero Library. This community event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday June 3 at the library, 8686 Knowledge Lane in Cicero. Strawberry and chocolate sundaes will be on sale for $1.50 each. Support your local library by attending this event. Visit for more information or call 699-2032.

June 24

Register for the 2010 Teen Summer Reading Club, 11am. Make Waves at Your Library. Read books, attend programs and win weekly prizes. 7th through 12th grades. Online registration continues through August 7. Reading Club runs June 28-August 7. Sign up for the 2010 Childrens Summer Reading Club, 11am. Make A Splash READ. Make summer crafts. Pre-K- 6th grades. Reading Club begins June 28 and ends Aug. 7. Online sign up continues through Aug. 7. Register for the sixth annual Adult Summer Reading Club! Read as many books as you like, participate in exciting programming, win prizes, and more! Online registration continues through August 7. Club runs June 28 through Aug. 19. New Release Films at 6:30 p.m. Carman Community Room.

June 25

Games on the Lawn, 2 to 3 p.m. for parents and children in grades K-6th, on the library’s side lawn (weather permitting). Games may include bubbles, juggling, parachute, hooping and other active fun games. Call 457-03110 for more information.

June 28

Kickoff the 2010 Teen Summer Reading Club 1 to 3 p.m. at the library. Enjoy gaming and snacks to get your summer started! Carman Community Room.

June 29

Summer Goose, 10:30 the Carman Community Room. Pre K Storytime, 7 p.m. in the Carman Community Room.

June 30

Pre K Storytime, 10am in the Carman Community Room. Summer crafts, Splash into summer. Make summertime and patriotic crafts. All materials provided. Craft instructions given at 1p.m. For kindergartners through sixth graders..


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Shear Forté boasts ‘Best of the Burbs’ title Clay area salon of 15 years thanks clientele, community By Farah Jadran Pike

The votes poured in for Clay area salon Shear Forté when Y94 FM held its “Best of the Burbs” contest this spring. Salon owners Cindy Hayes, of Baldwinsville, and Debbie Corapi, of North Syracuse, both said they were honored to receive support from their clients and the community. “It was really nice to win the award,” Corapi said. “We work very hard to keep a positive work atmosphere.”

The atmosphere is one of the main reasons Hayes said she enjoys being a part of the Shear Forté family. “I always thought we were just a little salon and we were doing our work every day,” Hayes said. “But our clients went home and voted. It shows that our clients are happy to have us.” Hayes and Corapi met more than 16 years ago when they worked together briefly at another Clay area salon, which later closed. Corapi only worked with Hayes for about three months, but she mentioned to Hayes, casually, that she would like to open a salon with her if the opportunity ever came up. When their former shared employer was closing up shop, Hayes said Corapi called and asked if she would take her up on the offer. The two long-time stylists opened the doors of Shear Forté, a full service salon, in November 1995 by Seneca Mall, and now call their second location, 8203 Oswego Road, Liverpool, their home in the town of Clay. Hayes has been a stylist for 23 years and Corapi, 24 years. Their salon consists

of 14 independent stylists who all have at least 12 years of experience or more.

As time goes by

Now that her oldest son Chris, 17, a junior at CiceroNorth Syracuse High School, is just one year away from college, Corapi said she feels even more involved with the salon and its place in the community. Hayes, who has two grown children and an 11-yearold, said with one child in grade school, she has seen the pace of her home life slow down. Therefore, she shares Corapi’s re-charged focus on Shear Forté. The salon now sponsors the Hopkins Road 19 and up girls softball team as a part of their community involvement. With recent disasters off the Gulf of Mexico, the owners thought of how they could do their part to help. Like some other salons across Onondaga County, Shear Forté has been collecting hair clippings to send to the gulf area in the name of an organization, Matter of Trust, creating hair mats to aid in soaking up oil from the body of water. “As you get older you realize the importance of giving back to your community,” Hayes said. “Rather than just focusing on your own life.” On a local level, both Corapi and Hayes are in support of Maureen’s Hope Foundation, a local not for profit offering practical support and assistance to people in the Please see Best, page 15

History From page 7

FARAH JADRAN PIKE Outside Shear Forté, located at 8203 Oswego Road in Liverpool. Six of its 15 years of business have been at this location.

Q&A From page 1 balance City and County government budgets. Local government is the most visible and the very government upon which most of us depend for everyday services. As government gets larger, it moves further away from the everyday taxpayer, but the impact that it leaves on us is an ever increasing weight that we are forced to shoulder, with little recourse to change it. Let your voices be heard.

Which services or events should residents, young or old, look forward to?

With the summer season upon us, the Town of Clay once again has a variety of programs for both young and old alike. We offer a summer concert series that runs all summer at Clay Park Central, as well as a wide range of programs for our children through the Parks and Recreation Department. Please feel free to stop by the Town Hall and pick up a brochure filled with information about our various programs or go to to explore all that Clay has to offer.

One last message from your town supervisor

The Town of Clay is constantly working to deliver value for your tax dollars and to keep our residents at the forefront of every decision that we make. We enjoy being one of America’s “100 Best Places to live” and we plan to retain that status well into the future.

Gilmour, we thought we were in a forest of beautiful wild flowers, trees and shrubs. The whole neighborhood is like that, each lot being an acre. The home is filled with original paintings. So, when I presented him with a print of my painting of Immanuel Church in Clay, it brought back memories.* His grandmother used to make the homemade ice cream for the strawberry and ice cream socials at the church. First bringing the cream to a boil, letting it cool and adding the vanilla, sugar and possibly fruit. Cranking it in an old-fashioned hand ice cream maker. Another memory was of taking the train from the city to his Uncle Neil’s graduation from North Syracuse High School on Main Street. Later it became the grammar school. They were picked up at the Clay Railroad Station to attend. This would have been in 1920, when C. Allan was 10. They would always have to stop and say “hello” to Charlie Zoeller. He also remembers taking the trolley up to South Bay on Oneida Lake where he caught his first fish.

He also believes that his grandmother Belle was a cousin of the Youngs (Will?), who owned property on Maple Road and each spring they would tap the sugar maple trees. Another tree memory was the chestnut tree on his grandfather’s farm on Route 31. They would dry the chestnuts in the attic and then roast them. It became diseased and was cut down in 1920 and cut into slices to make a silo, but unfortunately it warped. At that time it was believed to be the largest chestnut tree in New York state. As he goes through an attic full of memories, C. Allan has promised to give me more information that brings back stories of his childhood and visits to Clay. He is still full of stories. *Stories of childhood visits to Clay from the original manuscript can be found in past Eagle Newspapers. Information for this article came from “Foibles and Fables of the Gilmour Family,” Immanuel Church records and an interview with C. Allan Gilmour. Dorothy Heller is the town of Clay historian.

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Enjoy environmentally friendly recreation Chances are unless “green” is your mantra, you may have not given much thought to sports and recreational activities that are environmentally friendly in nature. There are ways to enjoy some downtime and protect the planet simultaneously. * Camping: Camping is a good activity for enjoying the outdoors, but many people do not take the outdoors into consideration when camping. Overcrowding, especially during the summer and fall seasons, can lead to infringement on wildlife and off-limits areas. Rather, choose an off time to go camping and be especially conscious of how you treat the surrounding foliage and wildlife. Remember to carry out what you’ve carried in so you don’t litter. Be conscious of campfires you have started so they can be properly extinguished. And importantly, don’t feed wild animals. They can become dependant on food from humans, and fail to forage properly on their own. * Beachside excursions: A trip to the water’s edge is a relaxing and rejuvenating recreational activity. However, the world’s oceans are continually under attack from trash, microscopic bacteria and other contaminants. While many of these contaminants leach into ocean and lake water via drainage systems or public water supplies, peak vacation season at the seaside can also contribute. If you are visiting the beach, be mindful of your litter, including cigarette butts, plastic bottles, foil, baggies, etc. Seeming innocuous items can wreak havoc on marine life, suffocating them

or compromising internal organs if ingested. Also think twice about pets sharing the beach. Man’s best friend is a good companion, however, his feces, if left on the beach, can promote dangerous bacteria and some parasites, such as hookworm, which multiply in warm, moist conditions and where waste is present. * Boating: If you will be traveling the nation’s waterways, consider doing so in a wind-, water- or human-powered vessel. Sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and the like are emission-free ways to navigate the water. If you must use an engine, investigate ones with an eco-friendly generator that puts the boat on auto-pilot, helping to cut back on fuel consumption and pollution. * Fishing: Reeling in your catch and cooking it for dinner is an environmentally responsible recreational activity. But fishing green can be foiled if you don’t learn about the species for which you are angling. Find out the appropriate size, habitat and feeding preferences of your chosen fish. This way you avoid by-catch, reeling in some other marine life by accident. Also, you want to toss back fish that are not of adequate size so that you ensure populations of species can continue to breed. * Swimming: You may want to skip the chemical-laden swimming pool for one of nature’s natural watering holes. Provided the water is clear and safe, you can dive into lakes, rivers or oceans. Seek out a hot spring and you can turn your swimming adventure into a therapeutic one. TF104240

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Cicero Community Festival The 18th Annual Cicero Community Festival, presented by the Cicero Chamber of Commerce and Driver’s Village, kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday June 11. Parking will be available in the parking lot and grounds behind Sacred Heart Church, 8229 Brewerton Road, Cicero. Festivities on June 11 will run until 11 p.m. and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday June 12.

Best From page 14 community facing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis or life altering disease. The salon has been participating in the planning of the foundation’s dinner and gala event to be held at the Links at Erie Village Fayetteville Friday Oct. 22. Tickets are $75 and the night’s activities include a silent auction and dancing. Corapi said the salon would most likely donate a salon package to the silent auction or volunteer in whichever way possible. Shear Forté has bracelets for sale that also benefit the foundation. To learn more, visit For appointments or salon questions, call Shear Forté at 622-4040 between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Spend a while on the Nile!

FARAH JADRAN PIKE Shear Forté owners Debbie Corapi, left, and Cindy Hayes take a moment to celebrate their recent win as “best salon” in Liverpool.

Where: Grace Evangelical Covenant Church 5300 State Route 31, Clay, NY When: June 28 – July 2 Time: 9:00 AM – Noon Who: 3 year olds – completing 6th grade To register call 699-1551 or register online at


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