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Allen Road students, laborers of love Elementary school completes several projects for charities By Farah Jadran Pike

I have been meaning to donate some items to the Haiti relief effort. The Salvation Army could also use some donations, not to mention the North Area Meals on Wheels. But wait, I shouldn’t forget the men and women serving overseas, they need care packages from home, too. What about doing all of the above? Sounds impossible for most, but for Allen Road Elementary, the entire month of February was a “Labor of Love.” Students in all grades participated in each donation effort. The month kicked off with the second annual Labor of Love Valentine Dinner and Silent Auction held Feb. 11 at the school. For $4, an attendee was served an assortment of soups and salad, a menu that was “simple but very delicious,” according to Barbara Rachetta, the event’s coordinator. Rachetta, also the publicity chairperson for the Allen Road Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, said the community’s attendance and enjoyment made the effort “worth while.” Community members were invited to bid on hand-painted ceramic bowls, designed Please see Allen Road, page 12


GET ON YOUR FEET: Dominic Bellardini’s accordion tunes lifted Carter Petranchuk, 2, to his feet during the Labor of Love dinner. Petranchuk attended with his family, including his older brother and sister, who are kindergartners at Allen Road Elementary.

Got spring? Club Rec in Cicero Spring break is coming up soon and that means it is time for Club Rec. This program is a good way to ensure your child stays active during the spring break. Every day of the program includes a field trip, endless games, arts and crafts, and other activities. It’s also a great way for your child to make new friends. The days always fly by because participants say they are having so much fun, and parents don’t have to worry that their child is bored at home. Club Rec is for children currently enrolled in first through sixth grade and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday April 19 through Friday April 23 at Sacred Heart Church. Registration for Cicero residents and non-residents is already underway. Fee for residents is $135 and for non-residents is $145. For any additional information please call 6992533.

Brewerton firefighters proud to serve Onondaga County Serving Clay, Cicero and Hastings for fire and EMS emergencies By Susan E. Lindsley

Anywhere you live in the town of Clay, if there is a fire, you are covered. The town of Clay, which covers a wide area of Northern Onondaga County, has volunteer fire departments ready when we need them. The Brewerton Fire Department covers approximately 23 square miles in the towns of Clay, Cicero and Hastings. They even respond to emergencies on Oneida Lake and the Oneida River. Because they are located near Oneida Lake, the Brewerton Fire Department responds to calls in both Onondaga County and Oswego County. There are 63 active members in the department, which responded to 339 calls, not counting ambulance calls. Like many fire departments, their members are voluntary, working full-time jobs, raising families and still finding time to volunteer. The firefighters are required to take a Firefighter 1 course and there are many opportunities for additional training throughout the year. They have Tuesday night drills for training on varied topics. Currently, they are learning the new radio system that will be going into effect in the whole county. There are refresher courses each year to keep their skills and knowledge up to date on a variety of topics. In addition, there are state required mandatory training classes that the firefighters complete. The department has five fire commissioners who answer to the town. There is a fire chief and two

assistant chiefs. The chief and assistants are one-year positions and there are elections every year. The elections are coming up in April. There are two station houses. Station 1 is located right on Route 11 and Station 2 is located on Muskrat Bay Road. Station 1 has two engines with a ladder and a bucket, a heavy rescue vehicle and a boat for water rescues. Station 2 has one engine, a squad for EMS calls and light rescue, and an air boat for ice and swamp calls. The department has a dive team that is certified for both underwater and under ice missions. The fire departments complement each other, helping out when needed. An example of this COURTESY OF THE BREWERTON FIRE DEPARTMENT is Engine 91, where an engine crew covers any alarm in the Outside the Brewerton Fire Department, which serves the towns of Clay, town of Cicero. It cuts response Cicero and Hastings. time. what it is. It’s an emergency on the part of the person. The Brewerton Fire DepartThere’s a reason why the person made the call. They ment has Fridays from 9 a.m.-2p.m. This kind of coopexpect us to be there.” eration among the departments helps the residents. When asked why he became a volunteer firefighter, Chief Duane Otis Jr. started when he was just 16 Chief Duane Otis Jr., said, “To serve the community. years old. He has dealt with a variety of situations over the years. “Every alarm is important no matter Please see Brewerton, page 7

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Capitol Press Room welcomes award-winning reporter Jay Gallagher to co-host WCNY radio show The Capitol Pressroom, a daily one-hour public radio news magazine broadcast presented by WCNY in Albany, welcomes the addition of longtime award-winning Capitol reporter Jay Gallagher, who will join host and Capitol correspondent Susan Arbetter as co-host for the popular show three days a week. Gallagher has covered Albany for Gannett News Service since 1984 and has been Albany Bureau chief since 1989. He is also the author of “The Politics of Decline” and has been a guest on The Capitol Pressroom several times since the show began in November 2009. “There is no one better than Jay Gallagher at analyzing politics and policy in Albany,” said Arbetter. “I feel honored and thrilled to have him beside me during what is shaping up to be another significant and historically crazy year for New Yorkers.” The Capitol Pressroom features analysis from seasoned political beat reporters who work for newspapers and wire services around New York. The broadcast also features one-on-one interviews with newsmakers and politicians. The Capitol Pressroom is for the public. The show covers all of the questions viewers have about government, public policy, and public officials. “I’m honored to be able to sit beside a real pro, Susan Arbetter, and help people better understand what’s going on at the Capitol,” Gallagher said. “It’s more important than ever that we keep close watch on what happens in Albany.” The Capitol Pressroom airs weekdays at 11 a.m. Listen to the show live and browse the podcast archive at


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What’s important in your life? Remembering Liverpool’s Pat Mouton It’s been a few weeks since it happened. More than a few weeks, since Pat Mouton’s unfortunate death shocked the Liverpool community. The following week’s board meeting didn’t go without her memory or recognition. Even a pink flower was laid behind her name plate as the Board of Education made its best efforts to carry on. I remember attending my first Board of Education meeting more than one year ago, and that Pat was the first person who spoke to me. Undoubtedly, I looked lost because I was worried I had gone to the wrong the building. Steering me right, Pat introduced herself and began talking to me as if we were long-time acquaintances. She was welcoming then and always has been. If I ever had a question or concern after a meeting, I could ask her, no problem. I saw her openness as a sign of having a true commitment to the education of thousands of kids that have passed through Liverpool Schools’ hallways. No one invests time like this, unless he or she is really committed to a purpose. Unfortunately, some people view the Board of Education as an “entity,” and not a group of individuals. I only observed this as of lately,

in light of budget concerns and the closing of Wetzel Road Elementary. This observation came full circle when I saw many attendants of the March 15 board meeting ignore what was happening before their eyes. Pat was fighting for her life in front of everyone while people began to leave after the WRE vote, not even looking back to see that something terrible was happening. I know that we are passionate individuals, and some decisions as school closings can be tough to handle. However, I don’t think that can ever trump the life of person, and in reality, makes me feel that all the hustle and bustle in the “real world,” just isn’t worth it when it comes to losing someone you cared about. I will leave all of you with one more thought. Months ago, I rushed home to Chicago to be with my father during the Madison County elections. I experienced brash behavior from candidates who were angry that I was out of touch for part of the week before elections. I had to take a deep breath and wonder, how important is something like an election when a loved one’s life hangs in the balance? My sentiments go out to Pat’s family, close friends and past students.

In your town Weight matters Start the year off right 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.

Volunteer opportunity Well, who did you think we meant? Yes, you. Now is the time to think about the North Syracuse Village Festival, that big family event in Lonergan Park on Saturday, May 29, 2010. Call Charlotte at 458-0375 and say, ‘Yes, count me in!’ She’ll fill you in on all the details and when the next committee meeting will be. See you then.

HOPE Ambassadors HOPE’s Ambassadors, a therapeutic movement group for older teens and adults with special needs, meets from 4 to 5:15 p.m. every Thursday at Northside Baptist Church. Please call Lory for more information at 652-3160. HOPE’s Angels, a therapeutic movement group for children with special needs, meets from 4 to 5:15 p.m. every Tuesday at Northside Baptist Church. Please call Lory for more information at 652-3160.

Joyful Noise Concerts Joyful Noise: Concert Series for the Community will host two shows in April at Liverpool First United Methodist Church. 604 Oswego St., Liverpool. A piano recital, featuring Jacob Hahn, will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday April 8. The concert series will then host the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music at 4 p.m. Sunday April 18. Admission is free, church is accessible for all. Call 457-5180 for more information.

IDMR lectures The Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research hosts regular lectures from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday and 7 to 9 p.m. every Saturday at the Salina Civic Center, 2826 LeMoyne Ave., Mattydale. The lectures are free and the public is welcome.

HOPE Club 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.

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News from the Liverpool Central School District EE to Host Ninth Annual Empty Bowl Supper The Liverpool community is invited to attend a soup dinner to help combat hunger in Central New York! On April 13, Elmcrest Elementary will host its ninthannual Empty Bowl Supper to raise money for the Food Bank of Central New York. There will be two seating: 5 and 6 p.m. Soup, bread, dessert and a drink will be available, and every family receives a beautiful souvenir ceramic bowl created by EE third- or fourth-grade students. The “Empty Bowl” is a symbol of the hunger experienced by people everywhere. Cost for the supper is $2 for adults, $1 for children and $5 for the whole family. “This annual event has unified the staff, parents and students in the common cause of helping to alleviate hunger in our community,” Elmcrest Elementary third-grader Kyle Richardsaid EE art teacher Deb son, center, works on his bowl with the help of Dahlin. his mother, Sarah Richardson, left, and his father, Many EE teachers and staff members have created “The students have a great time special bowls for a Celebrity Bowl Aucmaking their bowls,” Dahlin said. “They tion. take great pride in their work and enjoy There also will be a “kids only” raffle. sharing their creative efforts with their All proceeds collected will be donated family and friends.” to the Food Bank of Central New York.

Morgan Road holds Winter Olympics On February 5, Morgan Road Elementary held its very own version of the Winter Olympics. Students braved the cold weather to participate in a variety of activities ranging from a marathon run to sled relays. The activities introduced students to opportunities for physical activity that they can do in cold weather and helped promote the importance of staying physically active all year round.

SRM student’s photography appears in local shows

A photograph taken by Soule Road Middle eighth-grader Payton Morrell will be featured in two local art shows this spring. Morrell’s award winning photo “New Beginnings” will be featured in a special showm at the Delavan Art Gallery, 501 W. Fayette St. Pieces from the show were chosen from among the gold key and special award winners from the Central New York Scholastic Art Competition held in February. The Delavan show ran through March 27. The art gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, visit The photo also will appear in a special exhibit at the Syracuse Technology Garden this spring. Payton Morrell An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.,April 8, at the Tech Garden, located at 235 Harrison Street. This show also will feature several gold key and special award winners from the Central New York Scholastic Art Competition. Morrell is the only Liverpool student featured in this show. For more information, visit

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Student government visits Albany The Liverpool High School Student Government and Class Officers spent the day in Albany on March 2 observing the New York State government in action. The 23 students and five advisors visited the NYS Museum and the Corning Tower Observation Deck, met and had their picture taken with NYS Senator John DeFrancisco, and observed a session in the Senate Gallery. “The group worked hard to raise the money to pay for this valuable experience as this was funded without district aid,” said LHS health teacher and student council advisor Todd Aemmer. Visiting the state capital were: senior Micaela Altieri, senior Nick Blaney, senior Lauren Bruening, senior Ashleigh Caruso,

sophomore Gretchen Goble, junior Kyle Gordon, sophomore Alexandria GrilloSaya, senior Samantha Gullotto, junior Bethany Hudson, senior Michelle Just, senior Kaleigh Lipp, sophomore Elisabeth Marchbanks, junior Catherine Martin, junior Sydney McAlmont, junior Ian Pauchard, senior Tyler Sadonis, sophomore Courtney Szczesniak, senior Eamonn Vaughn, freshman Sydney Szczesniak, freshman Taylor Sanders, freshman Ryan Dudash, freshman Breanna O’Reilly and freshman Christina Lewis. The advisors who joined them were health teacher Todd Aemmer, health teacher David Hunter, math teacher Jennifer Olden, social worker Beth Hughes and physical education teacher Elizabeth Acee.

WRE closure approved

Unanimous decision will close elementary school at the completion of the year model mid-year. The motion was passed 5 - 4 among the Board of Education. With this vote, WRE will not be restructured into any of the district’s proposed academies next fall. Cook emphasized the importance that it was not necessary for the district to “rush into anything,” if it was not to be the best effort possible. “I don’t want to superimpose any shortterm plans,” Cook said. Because there is the budget to consider, Cook said he would like to have his “unanswered questions” taken care of before he can focus on a restructuring plan in the high school.

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education voted unanimously to close Wetzel Road Elementary at the end of the current school year, during its March 15 meeting. The meeting commenced at 7 p.m. with a live Web feed streaming to community members who could not attend. By 10:50 p.m. Board of Education member Donna Marsh O’Connor made a motion to close the school and “end the agony.” “I have not heard any arguments that have persuaded us that we can’t the closing of a building,” O’Connor said. Before the vote, Mouton added that the closure of one of the district’s buildings has been under discussion for about two years. Board member Richard Pento said he didn’t want anyone to “overlook the impact” that a building closure would have on other buildings, with such matters as class size kept in mind. Earlier in the night, Donald Cook, board member, made the motion to cease the possibility of implementing the high school academy program into the district for at least one year. FARAH JADRAN PIKE With this delay, Cook Wetzel Road Elementary, located off Wetzel Road next said the district should to Liverpool High School, will be closed at the end of the avoid implementing year because of budgetary restraints. the proposed academy

The Liverpool High School Student Government and Class Officers spent the day in Albany on March 2 observing the New York State government in action. Pictured with NYS Senator John DeFrancisco are, in the first row from left, freshman Taylor Sanders, freshman Sydney Szczesniak, freshman Breanna O’Reilly, junior Bethany Hudson and sophomore Courtney Szczesniak. In the second row, from left, are senior Michelle Just, freshman Christina Lewis, sophomore Gretchen Goble, senior Ashleigh Caruso and senior Micaela Altieri. In the third row, from left, are senior Kaleigh Lipp, senior Lauren Bruening, sophomore Alexandria Grillo-Saya and senior Samantha Gullotto. In the fourth row, from left, are senior Eamonn Vaughn, junior Sydney McAlmont, junior Catherine Martin and sophomore Elisabeth Marchbanks. In the fifth row, from left, are math teacher Jennifer Olden, junior Ian Pauchard, junior Kyle Gordon, freshman Ryan Dudash and physical education teacher Elizabeth Acee. In the sixth row, from left, are senior Tyler Sadonis, senior Nick Blaney, health teacher David Hunter, social worker Elizabeth Hughes and health teacher Todd Aemmer.

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News from the North Syracuse Central School District

Six graduates inducted into Wall of Distinction Six graduates and attendees of North Syracuse Central School District high schools were inducted into the School District’s Wall of Distinction during hte March ceremonies at the Cicero-North Syracuse High School. This year’s inductees are Lewis Fergerson, North Syracuse High School Class of 1937; Susan E. Tehon, North Syracuse High School Class of 1963; Ronald Leonard Grethel, North Syracuse High School Class of 1968; Roger Chandler, North Syracuse High School Class of 1958; Mary Patricia Bronner, M.D., Cicero High School Class of 1980 and Helen Byrnes, attended North Syracuse High School and graduated from St. Vincent’s due to family relocation. Lewis A. Fergerson, a 1937 graduate of North Syracuse Union Free High School. At 92 years of age, he is currently the Director and Vice President of the North Syracuse Cemetery Association, where he has worked and served as Secretary since 1978. In addition to graduating from North Syracuse High School, Fergerson attended Central Business Institute and Syracuse University. From 1946 until 1952 Lewis was a member of the North Syracuse Union Free Board of Education and as the District became centralized, he served as treasurer from 1952-1981. Fergerson’s employment history includes nearly 30 years with Die Molding Technologies, LLC in Syracuse, from where he retired in 1982. Prior to joining that company, he was an accountant with Stover, Butler and Murphy in Syracuse. He was married for 55 years to Ruth Bradford Fergerson, a graduate of North Syracuse High School and 25-year District employee. Together, Lew and Ruth have one daughter, Sondra F. Corso, who also graduated from the North Syracuse Central School District in 1964. Sondra currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her three daughters, Jennifer, Rebecca and Megan, graduates of Georgia Moorehead and Purdue University. Additionally, Fergerson is a lifetime member of the North Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department, Past President of the Syracuse Chapter of the Tax Executive Institute, Inc., Treasurer of Central City Business Institute, 43 year member of the North Syracuse Rotary Club and he served on the financial committee of the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. in New York City. Susan E. Tehon, a 1963 graduate of North Syracuse High School. Susan received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Applied Linguistics from Pacific Western University. After teaching English as a Second Language in Japan for several years, Susan relocated to the Adirondack mountain area of Saranac Lake, New York in 1998 to teach English as a Second Language at Paul Smith’s College. After the Foreign Language Center at Paul Smith’s College closed, Susan began working at the Crisis Center, and then became coordinator of volunteers for ComLinks. Today, she works as coordinator of volunteers for two non-profit agencies, High Peaks Hospice and Literacy Volunteers. Susan also volunteers her own time in the state prison system, where she teaches English as Please see Induction, page 7

Calendar April 2 - no school (Good Friday) April 5 - Board of Education meeting April 7 - senior citizen luncheon at KWS Bear Road Elementary School at noon (there will be activities and entertainment prior to lunch) April 7 - 9, the Gillette Road Middle School is doing a production of Seussical at the school each night at 7 p.m April 10 - is kindergarten vision screening for students attending Allen Road Elementary, KWS Bear Road Elementary, Roxboro Road Elementary School and St. Margaret’s from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church (435 South Main Street) in North Syracuse April 14 - is the North Syracuse Junior High School Small Ensembles Concert at the school at 7PM April 14 and 15 is Roxboro Road Middle

School’s musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” at 7 p.m. each night April 19 - 23 spring recess - no school April 26 - Board of Education meeting April 29 - half day for pre k through grades 4 for parent conferences - there is no AM kindergarten and PM kindergarten will take place in the morning April 29 - at CiceroNorth Syracuse High School is the Band Concert at 7 p.m May 3 - Registration for the District’s Universal Pre-K program begins. Registration is at the Administrative Office Building between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon and 1 and 4 p.m It is necessary to bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization records, last physical and proof of residency. If you have any questions regarding the program, call Dan Bowles at 218-2124.







All presenters were North Syracuse Wall of Distinction Committee members.1. NSCSD Director of Elementary Education and Languages Daniel Bowles and Inductee Susan Tehon 2. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Stanley C. Finkle and Inductee Mary Bronner’s mother, Mena Bronner. 3. William Brown and Inductee Helen Byrnes. 4. Vince Hollopeter and Inductee Roger Chandler. 5. Sister Catherine Laboure and Inductee Lew Fergerson. 6. Vera Desimone and Inductee Ronald Grethel.

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Trying to argue that the world in which we live has not changed tremendously in the past few decades is undoubtedly a futile effort. The fact is, we now live in a world constantly connected by technology and with immediate access to information. While the soft skills necessary to succeed in life are largely unchanged, the way that we acquire those skills is vastly different. Conversations are taking place nationally and internationally about developing learning environments that will allow students to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century and beyond. Twenty-first Century Skills or 21st Century Learning are terms that are well known, discussed and sought after in schools throughout the United States and the world. Fourteen states, including New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio and North Carolina, have

currently joined the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education, to develop learning environments that allow their students to succeed as citizens and workers in the 21st century. P21 brings together the business community, education leaders and policy-makers to define a vision of success. In an effort to ensure that OCM BOCES; students and those of our component districts are prepared for life and work in the 21st century, OCM has also become an affiliate of P21. Five BOCES employees with diverse roles in the organization have been trained by the Partnership in order to provide professional development and support to our staff and component districts regarding 21st Century Skills. Additionally, OCM BOCES is hosting a three-day conference around 21st Century Skills, from July 13 through 15, 2010. The conference, entitled, What? Why? How? Join the Conversation, is a BOCES-wide collaboration and a major initiative bring-

ing international experts on 21st Century Skills, including Ken Kay, the president of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, to Central New York. In addition to encouraging participation among OCM BOCES and component district staff, the conference is also targeted at higher education and area businesses. OCM BOCES Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services, Jeff Craig, who has been the key-player, is organizing the conference, said, “There will be several learning and discussion tracts available throughout the conference. The Partnership [for 21st Century Skills] was started by businesses.” For more information about the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, CNY21 or to register for the July conference at Driver’s Village, visit OCM BOCES CNY21 Web site at or contact Jeff Craig at Laurie Cook is the OCM BOCES School Information Officer.

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Induction From page 7 a Second Language. Tehon has taught parenting, self-awareness and relationship courses and has helped in the prison chapel while the Chaplain is serving with the National Guard. Additionally, Susan has been involved in hunger relief initiatives through her church, holding monthly fundraisers for various projects. Susan is the mother of three grown children. Ronald Leonard Grethel, who graduated from North Syracuse High School in 1968, is very involved with the communities of Cicero and North Syracuse. In 2002, Ronald retired as a Lieutenant from the Syracuse Fire Department after having served 30 years. During his time with the fire department, he received several professional awards and honors including the Emergency Medical Service Award from the City of Syracuse and the Francis Hendricks Medal for Bravery, which is the highest award given by the City of Syracuse. He has been married to his wife, Darlene Grethel, for more than 38 years and together the two have three children. While his children were attending school in the North Syracuse District, Ron was very involved with school activities and continued to be after they graduated as well. Some of the many tasks to which he devoted time included as a parent volunteer for the Cicero-North Syracuse marching band, President of the C-NS Winterguard parent group and volunteer for the Northstars Winterguard floor crew. In addition to volunteering within the school district, Grethel was an elected Cicero Town Councilman, Town of Cicero Conservative Party Chairman, mentored for the Big

Brother Program, volunteered for several years at the St. Rose of Lima Harvest Festival, coached and served as past president of the Cicero Youth Soccer League, founded the Town of Cicero Senior Center in Marketplace Mall and initiated the PEACE luncheon program for Town of Cicero seniors. On several occasions, Grethel used his artistic talents to benefit the schools and community. In addition to painting the “Young at Heart” mural in the Cicero Senior Center and the “Trolley” mural in the North Syracuse Public Library, Ron also worked on the “Lakshore Leopard” mural at Lakeshore Road Elementary School with another PTO parent volunteer. Mary P. Bronner, M.D. graduated from Cicero High School in 1980 and received her Bachelor’s of Science from Cornell University. She pursued her Doctoral of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. She has become an incredibly accomplished gastrointestinal pathologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio and a Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic/Lerner College of Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Bronner has had more than 100 professional papers, nine book chapters and editorials published. In addition to her professional publications, she has been involved in dozens of research grants from the National Institute for Health, pharmaceutical organizations and health foundations. Dr. Bronner has had more than 70 speaking engagements, both nationally and internationally.

She is a member of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and President of the Rodger C. Haggett Gastrointestinal Pathology Society. Dr. Bronner has been very active as a volunteer for the past 16 years with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). This is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. From 1993 to 1997 she served on the Board of Trustees of the Washington State Chapter of CCFA and volunteered for many fundraising activities with the group. Additionally, Bronner has performed significant community service with the Greyhound Adoption of Ohio, a rescue group for retired racing greyhounds. She volunteers annually for the group’s Canine Fun Days, assists during holiday fundraising events and volunteers at local businesses which are dedicated to helping the group. Mary and her husband Peter Cooley have one daughter, Lauren Cooley and their family has adopted five of the greyhounds over 20 years. Roger Chandler graduated from North Syracuse High School in 1958, continued his education at SUNY Morrisville and went on to found Chandler Automotive Service in Cicero, a business that now employs 16 people within Cicero. In 1996, Chandler Automotive received the Cicero Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award. Addition-


ally, each year from 2004 to 2009, AAA named the company as “Top Shop” for Onondaga County. Roger is a member of Cicero’s oldest living family, as documented by the town and he continually supports local school and community organizations as well as his church and family. Chandler Automotive is the oldest sponsor of Cicero Little League and additionally supports Cicero Pop Warner, Cicero Mattydale Lions Club, Cicero PBA, C-NS Sports Boosters and the Cicero, South Bay and Bridgeport Fire Departments. Helen Byrnes attended North Syracuse High School for three years prior to graduating from St. Vincent’s in Syracuse in 1945 upon her family’s relocation. After high school, Helen attended the College of St. Rose. Helen began working for the North Syracuse Central School District, where she remained employed both at the high school and district office for nearly 40 years. Helen has been a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima church in North Syracuse for more than 50 years. Through the parish, she has served as a Catholic Education Instructor and on the Altar Rosary Society. She is a past member of the Knights of Columbus. Helen currently lives in North Syracuse. For additional information about the Wall of Distinction, please contact Stanley Finkle, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, North Syracuse Central School District at 218-2118.

Salsarita’s Restaurant, Liverpool, is the presenting sponsor of the Liverpool Is the Place 2010 summer concert series. Other sponsors that made early commitments for this year’s season are Wegmans, concession sponsor; BASCOL, concession sponsor. (LITP holds Monday night and Wednesday night series); Rural Metro, schedule sponsor; and Haylor, Freyer & Coon Insurance. This year’s concert series is tentatively set to begin June 7 and run throughout the summer. A complete schedule will be announced later in the Spring. “We could not do this without our sponsors,” says Colleen Gunnip, committee chair. “We are so grateful to all the area businesses that have helped keep arts in this community over the years.” Gunnip says that band sponsorships are still available and needed. LITP is a committee of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. The committee is made up of volunteers who coordinate all aspects of the concert series, from fundraising to booking and scheduling bands, doing the promotion, and working at the concerts. To find out about being a LITP volunteer, contact the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, 457-3895. To be a concert sponsor, contact Colleen Gunnip, 652-5029.

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The 2010 Taste of Baldwinsville, held March 6, drew more than 550 attendants. Netting approximately $19,120 from auction ($10K) and ticket sales ($9,120), the most lucrative auction item was a signed SU basketball poster. In addition, Baldwin Hill had the highest bid for the coveted neighborhood basket competition with a Kitchen Chef-theme basket containing cookbooks, serving ware, utensils, gourmet spices, place mats and napkins.

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Billy Fuccillo, president of Fuccillo Automotive Group, was recently welcomed into the exclusive 2009 Kia President’s Club presented by Kia Motors America, Inc. (KMA). Of Kia’s more than 670 U.S. dealers, 15 elite dealers proved they were the “best-of-the-best� by achieving the highest overall sales volume and outstanding customer satisfaction. Fuccillo Kia was No. 1 in the country. Fuccillo Automotive Group has three Kia dealerships including Fuccillo Kia of Clay in Liverpool, N.Y., Fuccillo Kia of Rochester in Greece, N.Y., and Fuccillo Kia of Schenectady in Schenectady, N.Y. In 2009, Fuccillo Kia of Schenectady sold more than 3,000 Kia vehicles. “President’s Club members have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the Kia brand,� said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. “In a very competitive market, they have exceeded expectations in sales and customer satisfaction and I congratulate Billy Fuccillo for this great accomplishment.� The Kia President’s Club began in 1999 and recognizes top-performing dealers. Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 670 dealers throughout the United States. For 2009, KMA recorded its 15th consecutive year of increased U.S. market share and recently achieved its best quarter of sales ever. Kia Motors subscribes to a philosophy of building high value, high quality, safe and dynamic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are exciting and enabling and evoke the Kia tagline “The Power to Surprise.� The launch of the allnew 2011 Sorento CUV, the official vehicle of the NBA and the first vehicle to be built at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG)[1], Kia’s first U.S.-based manufacturing facilities in West Point, Georgia, further enhances the lineup. Kia Motors America is the “Official Automotive Partner of the NBA.� Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its Web site, Fuccillo Automotive Group is the largest chain of automobile dealerships in New York State. Owned by Billy Fuccillo, the Fuccillo Automotive Group comprises 20 dealerships and 31 franchises with locations across New York State.

B’ville business promotes Liverpool man Research & Marketing Strategies (RMS) has announced the promotion of George Kuhn to Research Projects Manager. As the Research Projects Manager, George brings a unique blend of analytical and project management skills to the position. George oversees various types of quantitative and qualitative research studies for RMS. He excels in working with clients to better understand their George Kuhn research needs, determine project goals and deliver actionable business solutions. He manages a team of research analysts and associates. George joined RMS in 2007 as a Senior Research Associate having experience in the Transportation, Television Media, and Government sectors. While working at RMS, George has gained valuable experience working in the healthcare, educational and banking industries. He has more than five years experience working with Fortune 500 clients as well as smaller, more localized clients. George has an M.B.A. from Clarkson University in New York with a concentration in Innovation and New Venture Management. He earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Statistics from Castleton State College in Vermont. He currently resides in Liverpool. Research & Marketing Strategies (RMS) is a full service marketing and market research firm located in Central New York. As a national organization, RMS offers business solutions using marketplace intelligence and industry knowledge and customizes every project to the needs of its clients. Formed in 2002, RMS conducts both primary and secondary research. Research activities include telephone, written and electronic surveys, focus groups and executive interviews. With an on site call center, RMS also offers an independent means to conduct personalized satisfaction studies and prospect qualifying surveys. RMS aims to improve your bottom line performance with superior marketing intelligence and strategies.

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News from the Baldwinsville Central School District

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Maria Halstead, a student at Baker High School in Baldwinsville, pilots the boat she and her teammates, Dominique Ryan and Emily Williams, built for their Drawing for Design and Production/Project Lead the Way course. Students in the class recently tested their skills by designing cardboard boats that would float with the weight of at least one person in it. They had to use their knowledge of concepts such as buoyancy, surface area and mass and weight calculations.

BCSD receives Safety Excellence Award The Baldwinsville Central School District received the 2010 School Safety Excellence Award from the Utica National Insurance Group on March 16, 2010. The district received a plaque to commemorate its safety efforts as well as a $500 award to use to further these efforts. The Utica National Insurance Group evaluates school districts in several categories, including playground safety and indoor air quality.

Science stars Palmer Elementary School and McNamara Elementary School in Baldwinsville held their annual science fairs on March 18. Students demonstrated their knowledge of the scientific method with their projects, which included simulations of volcanic RIGHT: Bianca Gascon, a first-grader at McNamara Elementary School, presents her science project to her classmates before the school’s annual science fair on March 18. She studied how salt water can affect buoyancy, using eggs in her experiment. BELOW: Thirdgrader Antonia Jones created volcanoes for her science project for the Palmer Elementary School science fair. On March 18 she presented her project and created a simulated volcanic eruption.

eruptions, the study of the effect of various liquids on growing plants, and optical illusions.

A continental affair On March 12, thirdgraders at McNamara Elementary School in Baldwinsville celebrated the end of a unit in social studies with a continent party. They rotated through four classrooms to experience various aspects of the cultures of Japan, China, India and the Philippines. In Japan they ate sushi and tried origami. In India, parent volunteers painted henna designs on the students’ hands. When they visited the Philippines, thirdgraders tasted babingka, a rice dessert, and in China, they made a craft. Through hands-on activities, and with the help of parent volunteers, McNamara’s third-grade teachers reinforced the information their students had just learned.

TOP: Jacob Russell, a third grader at McNamara Elementary School in Baldwinsville, tries sushi under the watchful eye of his curious classmate Alex Rawda. ABOVE: Third-graders Nick Glamos, left, and Faith Scheemaker make origami swans during a continent party at McNamara Elementary School in Baldwinsville.

Outstanding winter athletes The following is a list of the achievements of eight of the Baldwinsville Central School District’s varsity winter athletic teams as well as of athletes on these teams. Boys’ Basketball CNYCL 3rd Team All League – Kevin Roy Girls’ Basketball CNYCL 1st Team All League – Claire Monnat CNYCL 2nd Team All League – Maggie Monnat CNYCL Honorable Mention All League – Lauren McVey, Megan Collins Girls’ Bowling Winners of 1st Martin Luther King Baker Tournament in Oswego CNYCL 2nd Team All League – Annie Peterson Cheerleading 3rd Place – Section III Cheerleading Championships Ice Hockey CNYCL Division I Coach of the Year - Mark Lloyd CNYCL 1st Team All League – Connor Bertrand, Mark Miller CNYCL 2nd Team All League – Brett Earle, John Waldon CNYCL Honorable Mention – Brad Burlingame Exceptional Senior Game Participants – Connor Bertrand, Brett Earle, Mark Miller and Brad Burlingame. Boys’ Indoor Track CNYCL National League Champions CNYCL 1st Team All League – Nathan McCabe, Andrew Hoover, Brian Kane CNYCL 2nd Team All League: 4x400 Meter Relay Team – Brian Wisely, Andrew Hoover, Jon Hingre, Joe Morra 3200 Meter Run – Shaun Thompson 55 Meter Dash – Rudy Sapp 1000 Meter Run – Josh Perez 600 Meter Run – Charles Parker 4x200 Meter Relay – Rudy Sapp, Todd Mitchell, Andrew Hoover, Alex Nagy Section III AA Championships – Team took 2nd place 55 Meter High Hurdles Champion – Andrew Hoover High Jump Champion – Brian Kane Section III Boys Sportsmanship Award – Brian Kane State Track Championships Rudy Sapp competed in 55 meter dash, placing 22nd in preliminary round Brian Kane placed 2nd in NYSPHSAA State Finals in the high jump at 6’4” and 3rd place in the NYS Federations

New School Record – Brian Kane – High Jump: 6’6” Girls Indoor Track CNYCL Girls Indoor Track Championships (Top Scorers) 3000 Meter Run – Kristen Biedermann - 5th Place 4x400 Meter Relay – 6th Place - Jaimee Balloni, Aubrey Francis, Shannon Hines, Quaneisha Ivey 100 Meter Run – Ashley Shaheen – 4th Place 300 Meter Dash – Quaneisha Ivey – 5th Place 4x200 Meter Relay – 5th Place - Gina Carnovale, Kaitlin Hogan, Allie Vroman, Taylor Pastore Shot Put – Sierra Earl – 5th Place CNYCL 2nd Team All League Meter Relay Team - Jaimee Balloni, Laura Farleman, Lindsay Varga, Ashley Shaheen High Jump – Laura Farleman – 2nd Place Section III AA Girls Indoor Track Championships – (Top Scorers) 4x400 Meter Relay – 6th Place - Aubrey Francis, Alyssa Hingre, Shannon Hines, Abigail Nelson 3000 Meter Run – Kristen Biedermann – 8th Place 1000 Meter Run – Lindsay Varga – 7th Place; Ashley Shaheen – 8th Place 55 Meter Dash – Jasminn Bean – 11th Place; Gina Carnovale – 13th Place 600 Meter Run – Jaimee Balloni – 8th Place 1500 Meter Run – Liz Connors – 8th Place 55 Meter Hurdles – Laura Farleman – 8th Place 300 Meter Dash – Quaneisha Ivey – 10th Place 4x800 Meter Relay – 6th Place - Ashley Shaheen, Lindsay Varga, Julia Johnson, Jaimee Balloni 4x200 Meter Relay – 8th Place - Gina Carnovale, Kaitlin Hogan, Allie Vroman, Taylor Pastore High Jump – Laura Farleman – 3rd Place Shot Put – Sierra Earle – 7th Place Long Jump – Laura Farleman – 10th Place Boys Wrestling John Arcaro Sportsmanship Award CNYCL National Champions Section III Class AA Champions 100th Career Win – Ken Brown CNYCL National Division Coach of the Year - Ken Brown Anthony Finocchiaro - participated in State Championships

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Generation Orange

Jets make a splash in Binghamton

SU recruits already on the map for next year’s basketball season By Mike Ortiz

The Syracuse Orange are having their best season since their championship team with Carmelo Anthony. Actually, they’re doing better – everyone is talking them about. There is speculation of this team going very far in the big dance, possibly a repeat of 2003. The downfall is that junior forward Wes Johnson may skip his senior year and declare for the NBA draft, where he would probably be at least a top 10 pick. Many Syracuse fans would love to see him stay for his senior year; even if he chooses to leave, Syracuse has already prepared by recruiting four great players for next year. Three of these recruits are in the ESPN-U top 100. First is Fabricio Melo, a 7-foot, 274pound ‘animal’ in the paint from The Sagemont School in Florida. Melo is already getting the nickname “Fab Melo”, a nickname after Carmelo Anthony, who will never be forgotten by Orange fans. Fab Melo is the ranked second for the position of center in the nation and number 20 in the top 100. Melo should progress very well at Syracuse, as he was one of the hottest recruits before committing.

Second is Dion Waiters, a 210-pound shooting guard standing at 6 feet 4 inches. Waiters is from Life Center Academy and is the second ranked shooting guard in the nation, 15th in the top 100. Waiters has a very balanced game, though he’s a better explosive player who likes to attack the rim instead of shooting the 3. Another is Baye Moussa Keita, 6 foot 11-inch, 210-pound, center from Oak Hill Academy, home of Syracuse legend Carmelo Anthony. Though Keita isn’t in the ESPN-U top 100, he’s still a great player and a huge presence on the defensive end as he blocks shots on and off the ball. Last but certainly not least is 196-pound and 6 foot 7-inch, small forward C.J. Fair, who has impressed his classmates at Brewster Academy. He’s the 13th ranked small forward and 62nd in the ESPN-U top 100. He’s a very long and athletic forward who impresses many with his acrobatic moves and dunks. That’s not all: he has a great work ethic to match. Fair’s motto is “No days off” for a reason. These four recruits, next year’s freshmen, will have some big shoes to fill; their high school talents and their hard work give them great potential to become not only stars, but legends.

Q&A with C.J. Fair: Reporter Mike Ortiz sat down with C.J. Fair to talk about his past and his career prospects. Ortiz: Has basketball always been the only sport that you have played? Fair: No. Baseball was my first sport, then football and then basketball. Ortiz: What made you switch to basketball? Fair: It was my best sport, but football was my favorite. Ortiz: What position did you play for football? Fair: Wide receiver. Ortiz: What was your best moment in high school basketball or AAU? Fair: When I watched my high school win the state championship last year…I was injured. That was back at my old school in Baltimore. Fair: I’m at a prep school in New Hampshire called Brewster Academy.

C.J. Fair on the court.

Ortiz: Do you like your prep school better than the one in Baltimore? Fair: No, its nothing like home. Ortiz: So what made you choose Syracuse over the other colleges? Fair: I felt it was the best fit for my game. Also I like how the offense is and how the coach lets you do your thing. Ortiz: Now that you have been accepted to Syracuse, does that make you play harder or less? Fair: That makes me play harder because now I have to be ready for the competition for next year, and guys are going to be coming at me harder now. Fair: So no days off. Ortiz: So how does it feel to go to Syracuse, especially after seeing the success that they’re having right now? Fair: It feels good, knowing that the team before you had good success. Ortiz: Now did you know the other incoming recruits at Syracuse before you knew they were recruited? Fair: Yeah, I’ve known Dion for a couple years and I met Fab Melo this year, they were all cool. Ortiz: Are you the only player on your team that got a scholarship? Fair: Will Barton is on my team and he going to Memphis. Another is Melvin Ejim whose going to Iowa State, Austin Carroll to Rutgers, and a 10th grader named Richy Peters who’s going to Oklahoma. Ortiz: Do you have any advice for high school students who want to succeed at basketball the way you did? Fair: Just work hard, even when you don’t want to and when you think “I didn’t make it yet”. Still continue trying. Ortiz: This isn’t really a question but, I saw your videos and you have talent. Fair: (Laughs) Thanks man, look out for part two.

COURTESY OF THE LIVERPOOL JETS The Liverpool Jets Swim Club sent a contingent of 23 swimmers to compete in the Niagara District of USA Swimming Silver Meet in Binghamton, NY on the weekend of Feb. 26 to 28. Many swimmers posted personal best times and the competitors earned dozens of place ribbons and medals. Some of these swimmers headed to Rochester March 18 to 21 for the Niagara District Short Course Championship Meet. Go Jets!

Liverpool, CNS runners set sectional indoor marks By Phil Blackwell

Indoor track runners from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse were far from done after their respective successes at the March 6 state meet at Cornell University. A week later, going their separate ways, Warrior and Northstar standouts would both alter the Section III record books. In the Nike Nationals, contested at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, Liverpool set a Section III record in the distance medley relay. Zavon Watkins ran the first 1,200-meter leg in 3:02.9. Then Alex Wilke covered the 400-meter leg in 51.2 seconds before Chris Clemons, in the 800-meter leg, ran to a time of 2:01.3. And as the mile anchor, Colin Savage covered it in 4:13.1 for a

combined clocking of 10:08.50. Watkins also competed on his own in Boston, finishing 12th in the 800-meter run, though his time of 1:54.65 set both national and state marks for sophomores. Meanwhile, CNS sent its top girls runners to the simultaneous National Scholastic Indoor Championships at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City and set its own Section III mark on its way to a victory in the distance medley. Taylor Wendler, Nicole Campagna, Chelsea Davidson and Maria Lamontagne finished in a time of 12:03.19, beating Bruin Track Club by more than three seconds. Wendler’s mile anchor leg was accomplished in 4:55.1.

Cuse Kids Basketball Association Camp The Cuse Kids Basketball Association will be offering a basketball camp for boys and girls in second through eighth grade from April 19 to 23 at the St. Joseph the Worker Gym in Liverpool. Staff will teach the fundamentals for both experienced and first-time campers. All players will receive a basketball, camp T-shirt and evaluation. The tournament fee is $125 per camper. For questions or registration please contact Brad Dufrane, Camp Director at

B’ville native sets records Senior Michelle Reddinger of Baldwinsville produced a double-double in her final game, a near upset of conference regular-season champion Skidmore, and was named Liberty League Forward of the Week for her performance in the final weekend as a Clarkson University Women’s Basketball player. Reddinger, who shared the honor with a player from Vassar, averaged 15 points and 9.5 rebounds per game over the weekend against conference foes Union College and Skidmore College. She also shot 9-for-16 from the floor and 12-for-15 from the free throw line. Against Union, she had 11 points and six rebounds, while versus Skidmore she produced her sixth double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds to go along with a pair of Michelle Reddinger blocked shots. Reddinger closed out her career with 949 points and 622 rebounds in 98 games, finishing seventh all-time at Clarkson in both categories. Additionally, she ended her career with 140 blocks, which ranked second on Clarkson’s all-time list, and became only the second player in Clarkson history to have three seasons in which she shot better than 50 percent from the floor.

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In good faith

Don’t go to church, be the church Putting faith into action

This month’s In Faith article was submitted by Trinity United Methodist Church Pastor Patience Kisakye and Cathy Bryant. Trinity United Methodist Church is located in the town of Clay.

When asked what faith is or what we believe there are diverse responses. Trinity UMC recognizes and values the diversity of peoples’ experiences of faith. Faith as defined in Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” What we hope for is to become more like Jesus or to become the hands and feet of Jesus everyday in our own community. We are fortunate that Trinity United Methodist Church in Clay, will be joining millions of others throughout the world in a global event on April 24 to 25 that calls on the church and community to make a difference locally and globally. During that weekend, Trinity UMC will participate in activities that help effect positive and long-lasting change, by identifying the needs in the neighborhood and seeking to meet the people in the neighborhood. Trinity UMC, is committed to a culture of diversity that listens to the voices, struggles, differences and perspectives in Church and society. We believe that it is important for the church to understand and appreciate human struggle, develop a capacity for competence and commit to promoting inclusion in church and society. “We will be doing this by being present and available to our neighbors everywhere through listening, serving and caring, “Rev. Patience Kisakye, the pastor at the church said. “Our hope is that not only will church members participate, they will invite neighbors in the community to work side-by-side with them to make a sustainable difference in diverse ways.” One of the events being planned by Trinity United Methodist Church is a free car-wash from 9 noon in the

church parking lot at 8396 on Morgan Road. This car on Wheels, a sing-along at a senior citizen center, a wash is one of the many opportunities to meet our walk to support autism awareness and a book drive for neighbors outside the walls of the church. donations of gently used adult and children’s books. On April 25, which is also World Malaria Day, The For Trinity UMC, don’t go to church, be the church United Methodist Church will formally launch a $75 campaign is much more than a one weekend event- it million campaign called, “Imagine No Malaria” to is a way of interacting with others around us everyday eradicate deaths caused by malaria. Churches are beand we encourage others to join us as it gives all of us ing asked to host events such as camp-outs to experia chance to make a difference in church and society. ence sleeping under bed nets like families in Africa If you have any questions, please contact Pastor who rely on mosquito netting for protection against Patience Kisakye at 652-9186 or through the church malaria. At Trinity we will be collecting money to help email at buy mosquito nets which have been shown to dramatically reduce the number of malaria-related deaths throughout the world. The statistics are overwhelming in that every thirty seconds a child dies from Congregation Ner Tamid 315-457-3161 malaria. The nets are used 5061 West Taft Rd., N. Syracuse Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m. to prevent the malaria 315-461-9226 Community Christian Reformed Church carrying mosquito from Sabbath services Friday night at 8 p.m. 7823 Hicks Rd., Baldwinsville biting people and the nets Trinity Assembly of God 315-638-1664 are only $10. Just imagine4398 Route 31, Clay -our spare change can help 315-652-4996 King of Kings Lutheran Church eliminate this life threaten- Sunday Services: 10:15 a.m. & 6 p.m. 8278 Oswego Rd., Liverpool ing disease throughout the 315-622-2077 Trinity United Methodist Church Sunday Services: 8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. world. 8396 Morgan Rd., Clay Other events being 315-652-9186 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints planned include a walk Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m. 4889 Bear Rd., Liverpool through a nearby neighborSunday Service: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. hood to pick up litter, a Grace Covenant Church Liverpool Community Church Stearns Rd. and Route 31, Clay food collection for Meals

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April 10 Consignment sale

Teens are invited to watch movies based on books at 3:30pm in the Sargent Meeting Room at the Liverpool Public Library. Popcorn and drinks provided. Registration requested, online at, in person or call 457-0310.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Liverpool Community Church, 800 4th Street, Liverpool, will host a lunch fro children 10 and up, complete with candy, treats, a puppet show, pictures with the Easter Bunny and prizes. This is a free event. For more information call 701-0857.

The Cicero Senior Center will be hosting a consignment sale on Saturday April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center is located at 5924 Lathrop Dr. in Cicero. For more information contact the center at 4523298.

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Calvary Chapel Syracuse 103 Grampian Rd., Liverpool 315-451-1556 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 10:30 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. Liverpool 1st Presbyterian Church 603 Tulip St., Liverpool

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Liverpool First United Methodist Church 604 Oswego Street, Liverpool 315 457-5180 Sunday Services: 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Messiah’s Church (Reformed Presbyterian) 8181 Stearns Rd., Clay 315-451-2148 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

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Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church Driver’s Village Conv. Ctr., E Circle Dr., Clay 315-652-5379 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.

Is your church, synagogue or place of worship in Clay missing? Send us the information at and we will include it next month.

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Allen Road From page 1 by ARE staff and faculty. All proceeds made from the silent auction were donated to the North Area Meals on Wheels. “We raised $700 last year for a charity,� Rachetta said. “And somehow it turned into something more this year.� The dinner and silent auction raised $1,250 for NAMOW, which allowed the school to present the organization with a “big check.� “I was in awe of people’s generosity,� Rachetta said.

“Everyone was excited to donate and get to take something home, too.â€? Rachetta said the idea that people “get something in return and still helping made the community’s excitement show.â€? In addition to the dinner, the school participated in Aeropostale’s Jeans for Teens collection for Haiti. The Salvation Army also benefited from the school’s generosity with a large collection of blankets. Bins for both efforts were located in the entrance of the elementary school. ARE Principal Dave Lunden said he is “very proudâ€? of his school and the families who were so with Cleaning and X-Ray “generous during these New Patients (Town of Clay) • Exp. 9-1-10 financial times.â€? The entire North Syracuse Central School District has been making efforts to have students focus on “character building.â€? “The students aren’t talking, they’re actually Dr. Suzanne Shapero doing,â€? Lunden said of the



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At any given time there are always people looking to buy a house. These individuals are a Sellers new best friend. However, this ready-to-go Buyer will be wasted if your home is overpriced for the market. Buyers show around and compare properties the same way you’d shop for an appliance. See what model you want and find it for the best terms. Some Realtors

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Above, sporting a “big check� for $1,250, from left, is Donna Barrett of North Area Meals On Wheels, Barb Ackerman-Rachetta, Labor of Love event coordinator, and Allen Road Elementary Principal Dave Lunden. RIGHT: Village of North Syracuse Mayor Diane Browning browses through the many handpainted ceramic bowls. Each bowl received bids with a silent auction. All proceeds from the Labor of Love Valentine’s Dinner were presented to NAMOW.

Eventually the buying public sets an accurate price for all home sales. Don’t let your home be the one that everyone uses as that bad example. We may end up selling one priced more realistically (even if it is not as nice.) We can help you determine appropriate pricing and a strategy to be successful. Donna Rausch is the Branch Manager of the Liverpool office of RealtyUSA. Donna is an Associate Broker and holds the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist designation. Donna, or any one of the 30 agents in the Liverpool office, can be reached at 622-2111. Real Estate Matters to us all. Please make well informed decisions.


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During their lunch periods on March 10, CiceroNorth Syracuse sophomores, juniors and seniors visited with employers who are seeking part-time and summer employees. The purpose of the Fair is to give students an opportunity to meet employees on a one-to-one basis, so they could learn about area employment for the remainder of the school year and during the summer months. According to Career Education Teacher/Coordinator Ellie Peavey, students had the opportunity to complete applications and schedule job interviews with the businesses in attendance. Many had worked with Peavey in advance to be able to present a resume when they talked with the employers. The goal of the Career Center is to encourage every student to develop a workforce prepaPlease see Fair, page 15

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Local Achievements

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LHS Arctic Warriors collect third regional title

Newvine completes Air National Guard basic training Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Caitlin A. Newvine graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Newvine of Club Road, Plattsburgh, and granddaughter of Charlotte Lowery of Bear Road, North Syracuse. Newvine is a 2009 graduate of Plattsburgh High School.

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TOP BOT ENGINEERS: The Liverpool High School Arctic Warriors, also known as three-time FIRST Finger Lakes Regional Champions, celebrate with their first place banner after the 2010 competition held in Rochester.

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compete, though. The focus of FIRST is to put high school students in contact with professionals in engineering and science. Each group teams up with mentors from the community who work in those fields and help students learn about and build their robot. Carrier Corporation is a sponsor of the LHS team and contributes mentors each year, as does Lockheed Martin. “Kids never really get to see engineers in action,” Dischinger said. “They get to see the work they produce but not them actually doing that work.” And, according to Dischinger, seeing the team mentors in action is doing its job. “Most of the kids who compete on our team go on to some kind of technical career,” he said. With their win at the regional competition, the team is now eligible to compete at the FIRST National Championship in Atlanta. The team won’t be attending, however, because of budgetary restraints. “With the economy the way it is, going to nationals just doesn’t make sense,” said Dischinger. “We just appreciate the fact that we still have a team.” With more than enough drive and determination to go around, there is no telling what these kids could do with Cameron’s $500 million budget.

Move over, James Cameron. There are some new technical whiz kids ready for the spotlight. Last weekend, the Liverpool High School robotics team won the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Finger Lakes Regional competition in Rochester. The Arctic Warriors have won three years running, taking the gold this year with a robot named “Snobot” they spent six weeks engineering. “We have a reputation now that we’re a good team,” said team advisor Todd Dischinger, a technology teacher at LHS. In the annual contest, teams are randomly placed into alliances that compete in different games that are changed every year. This forces the teams to construct a new robot each season. “It’s a totally different challenge, different obstacles and different ways to score,” Dischinger said. “FIRST definitely keeps it interesting.” The team consists of 40 to 45 students each year, males and females, ranging from freshmen to seniors, first-time members to seasoned fouryear veterans. The team members also have a wide and varied set of interests, and some aren’t even technology students. According to Dischinger, the team doesn’t cut anyone, any student is welcome to join. The one thing the team members do have to be is dedicated. Dischinger estimates that each student devotes about 15 hours a week over a six-week span to being an Arctic Warrior. Each group is allowed to build their robot for a month and a half, including planning, mechanics, programming, and practice for the competition itself. Dischinger said that the squad spends half of its time COURTESTY OF THE ARCTIC WARRIORS on planning alone. That time isn’t just about LHS Arctic Warriors’ engineered robot, ‘Snobot,’ putting together a robot to in action during the FIRST Finger Lakes Regional

Kaval named to Villanova dean’s list Kevin Kaval, of Baldwinsville, has been named to the dean’s list for the 2009 fall semester in the Villanova School of Business. Kaval is currently in his senior year. Every year, students with established outstanding academic records are honored by the dean of each college. To qualify for the Dean’s List in the Villanova School of Business, one must be a matriculated full-time student and earn a semester grade point average of 3.5, with no missing or non-passing grades. Villanova University, a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842.

Marine Corps Pfc. Anthony L.Guidi, son of Belinda M. Cook of Richmond, Ky., and Mark A. Guidi of Liverpool, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally. Guidi and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Guidi spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand

combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training. Guidi and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values--honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. Guidi and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as “Marines” for the first time in their careers.

CBA 8th grader joins Baldwinsville Youth Court

Christian Brothers Academy eighth grader Zachary Grzelka has had many brushes with the law – but only the positive kind. He’s studied it, seen it in action in the courtroom, and had the opportunity to weigh in on decisions that truly impact the lives of peers in his community. Grzelka is a member of the Onondaga County Youth Court, a unique system of justice where students work to keep first-time offenders from repeating their mistakes. Grzelka first heard of this volunteer program through his participation in CBA’s Junior High Student Senate. He thought it would be a good fit and a chance to develop his leadership skills, so he decided to apply. He was accepted in the Fall of 2009 and has since been hard at work learning the ins-and-outs of the law. “We act as bailiffs, attorneys and judges,” said Grzelka, who is the son of Gina and Robert Grzelka of Baldwinsville. “We study the cases, question the offenders, deliberate and actually Zachary Grzelka impose sentences.” The Youth Court serves only first-time offenders, who range from age 7 to 15 and have been involved in non-violent misdemeanors usually related to property, not individuals. Members of the court are 13 to 19-year-old students who attend Onondaga County public and private high school. Each volunteers his or her time with the court and must complete an extensive training program, an apprenticeship to “shadow” an experienced court member in various roles, and a “bar” exam to show sufficient knowledge of the law. Members of the legal community supervise the program. While Grzelka serves in the Baldwinsville branch, Youth Court is held many times each month in actual courtrooms across the county and provides over 20,000 hours of community service annually. Cases are referred to the Youth Court through the Probation Department and other law enforcement agencies. To have a case heard in Youth Court, offenders must have already agreed to plead guilty and abide by the decision of the court, which typically includes community service of up to 100 hours and classes on topics such as anger management, theft deterrence, drug/alcohol education and peer pressure. Individuals who do not complete the program are automatically sent back to Family Court. However, according to Onondaga County statistics, the program has a very low rate of recidivism. “I’ve learned a lot about how the system works and will be able to take on greater roles in the process as I gain experience,” said Grzelka. “It’s great, and I plan to keep doing it. It’s an awesome program and a way to give back to my community.” Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) is Central New York’s premier Catholic, collegepreparatory school for young men and women in grades 7 through 12. We welcome qualified students without regard to race, gender, national or ethnic origin or religion. For more information, contact CBA at 446-5960 or visit the Web site at

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April 2010

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ABOVE: Unidentified friend with Byrl Farley on Horseshoe Island on Oneida River in the 1950s. TOP: Rick Frass celebrates a catch. RIGHT: The “Rites of Spring Gang,� from left, Mike Masucci, John Bartley, Rob Goffredo, Jim Batruch and Rick Frass. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DOROTHY HELLER

Meals on Wheels receives grant County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney and Lisa D. Alford, Commissioner of Onondaga County’s Department of Aging and Youth, are pleased to announce that Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth has been awarded $15,000 through a Walmart Foundation grant to the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA). The money will provide Meals on Wheels of Syracuse and North Area Meals on Wheels with much-needed delivery vehicle upgrades and a computer tracking system, which are critical to continue serving seniors in our county. This financial support is desperately needed as many Meals On Wheels programs across the country are struggling to survive during this economic downturn. The “Walmart Foundation Impact Grant� is intended to help the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth and local Meals on Wheels programs to continue to meet the long term equipment needs of providing meals to our seniors in Onondaga County. “Thanks to the Walmart Foundation Impact Grant, we now have better tools to keep feeding seniors for years to come,� said Commissioner Alford of the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth. “This grant will help us provide the next meal to many of our clients in need and will truly make a difference for the seniors of Onondaga County.�


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Upcoming Events Zumba Classes Is it hard to motivate yourself to exercise? Do you like to dance? Then come check out Zumba! Zumba is a dance fitness class that involves Latin dances such as the Samba, Merengue, Salsa and more. This 6 week program will allow you to have fun while exercising. Classes will run every Tuesday from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. starting on April 27 and ending June 1 at Smith Road Elementary. Registration is going on now and can be done in person or by mail at the Cicero Town Hall on Route 11.For additional information, contact the Town of Cicero Youth Bureau, Parks and Recreation office at 699-5233.

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The NAMOW Spring Gala will be held on Friday, May 7 at the Holiday Inn on Electronics Parkway, Liverpool. This event will help raise money for the North Area Meals on Wheels to help support our seniors and homebound in our the community. If you would like more Information in this event, please call Donna Barrett at 452-1402.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 8396 Morgan Road in Clay, will host a free community car wash which from 9 a.m. to noon April 25. This is part of “Don’t Go To Church-Be The Church” campaign.

YMCA events: All-American Girls: North Area Family YMCA, 4775 Wetzel Road, Liverpool, will host and American Girl event from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. April 6 and 13. Featured American Girl: Kirsten; historically based young girls through fun activities including crafts, dramatic play, storytelling, hair and dress up for your dolls. Bring any doll and be ready for a fun-filled time. Ages 5 through 8; Members: $15, Guests: $25, registration ends April 4. Call 451-2562.

Explorations & Creations: This creativity event will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 7 and 14. Children will express their creativity and explore their imaginative side a these classes. They’ll learn how to recycle household items into masterful art and delve into the world of science. Ages 3 through 5; Members: $15, Guests: $25, registration ends April 5. Call 451-2562.

Yankee Day Trip Watch the New York Yankess in person April 30 when they take on the Chicago White Sox. Cost is $75 per person includes roundtrip Greyhound coach bus and grandstand ticket. Bus leaves North Area Family YMCA, 4775 Wetzel Road in Liverpool at noon and returns 4.5 hours after end of game. Stop by the YMCA for tickets, limited number. For more information call Tess at 451-2562.

American Girl Place Trip to NYC The trip is Saturday April 17, bus leaves North Area Family YMCA 6:30 a.m. and drops off in front of American Girl Place, includes: Lanie’s Nature Activity 2 to 4 p.m., meet the author Jane Kurtz 4 to 6 p.m. The bus leaves New York City at 7 p.m. Members’ fee is $50 per person and guests $60 per person. Registration ends April 5. For more information call Tess at 451-2562.

James Joyce 2010 Writing Contest The James Joyce 2010 Writing Contest awards will be presented as part of a significant event in the Syracuse Joyce Club history during our 17th Bloomsday, Wednesday, June 16 at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, Le Moyne College, Syracuse. Bloomsday is celebrated around the world with the reading of James Joyce’s classic: Ulysses - voted the No. 1 novel of the 20th Century by American literary scholars. For the third year the marathon reading event from noon until 10pm follows a Dublin-style Bloomsday when a diverse group of leaders in media, theatre, academia, literature, sports and political life, of the Syracuse area community will read five minutes of their own selection from Joyce’s writings. The Syracuse Joyce Club ‘performance’ annually attracts over 300 people, and is part of the CNY chapter, Irish American Cultural Institute. The 2010 James Joyce ‘Nancy Duffy Award’ – in memory of the ‘Irish Trailblazer’ and community leader - will again be first prize. This award combines a cash prize along with a gift of a rare 1919 edition of Joyce’s only play, EXILES, a donation from Geoffrey Hoefer of New York City in memory of another extraordinary woman, his grand aunt, Rosi Moses-Scheuer. Rosi was German and Jewish, and survivor

of the Holocaust. The 2010 contest seeks ‘essays’ from high school seniors and all college students in Central New York. An additional ‘short-story’ contest is offered for the 8th year. For the latter, in the preface of the short story, the author must describe its pertinence to Joyce’s characters, settings or techniques. Other cash prize awards totaling $500 are again sponsored by Le Moyne College. The winners will also receive attractive Joyce award certificates. Essays must relate to James Joyce or his works, for example: his contribution to modern literature; an intellectual enigma; censorship; the influence of Nora Barnacle on his writings; Joyce and Dublin; writer in exile; stream of consciousness; portrait of the artist. The Scholarship Awards are intended to recognize intellectual curiosity of our young people while promoting the awareness in our schools of Joyce’s contribution to modern literature. Essay or short story should be submitted to, or further information requested from: Basil Dillon-Malone, Chair, James Joyce Contest 2010 4083 Sweetgum Lane, Liverpool, N.Y. 13090, or call (315) 622-1132, e-mail: (for information only, not submissions)

Liverpool Public Library: A look ahead

Activities, of particular interest to seniors, taking place during the month of April. All programs listed are held at the library and are free although registration is required if indicated by a * symbol. April 1, After Dinner Books – discussing, South of Broad by Pat Conroy. 7 p.m. April 1 & 6, Foreign & Independent Film Series – a 2009 film about an illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child and is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes of changing her life. Go to the library web site for the title. April 8, Video Series for the Armchair Traveler – Hot & Cold; Fiji Islands and Alberta, Canada - 1 p.m. for coffee and cookies followed by the film at 1:30 p.m. April 8, Controversial Classics Cinema Series – starts at 5:30 p.m. because of the length (195 min.) of this film about the Nazi occupation of Poland. April 11, Arts Al!ve in Liverpool – Bookends of the American Songbook: Stephen Foster to Broadway Masters – 2 p.m. April 13, Local Authors Book Signing & Reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. Local authors will greet the public, discuss, sell and autograph books. 6:30-7 p.m. reception. 7 p.m. Mark Twain Author Event. Get details from Web site, April 14, Web Wednesday:Web Sites for Good Books. 7 p.m. A bibliophile’s dreams come true. Alan Napier, Liverpool Public Library Librarian Assistant, will share his extensive knowledge of web sites that every book lover should know about. April 15 – CNY PC Users Group – Genealogy with Computers – 2 p.m. Everyone welcome, free and open to the public. April 16 – Movie Marathon – Movies at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Check Web site for titles. April 17 – Wizard of Oz Festival 12 p.m. View the 1910 silent film based on the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz fol-

lowed by the classic 1939 version. 2 p.m. Munchkin Munchies in the library. 2:30 Games, crafts and more for children. April 18, 3rd Annual Folk Music Series - Enzian Bavarian Band, German Dance Music at 2 p.m.. April 21, Connections Café – Conversation, guest speakers, Wii bowling and more. 1 to 3 p.m. April 22, Thursday Morning Book Klatch – discussing, Profiles in Courage, by John F. Kennedy. 11 a.m. April 22, World Religions Series - Ancient Egyptian Religion, presented by Syracuse University’s Cordell Waldron. 7 p.m. April 23, Did I Ever Tell You? – 4 to 5:30 p.m. 6 week series. Writers of all skill levels will learn how to develop techniques of memoir--recalling, drafting and refining some of the events that have shaped their lives. *Registration required starting 4/1. April 27 & 29 – New Release Film Series – A new spin on a favorite movie detective series starring Robert Downey Jr. Go to the library web site for the title. Need to learn computer basics? Call 457-0310 x150 for available dates and times. AARP Tax Preparation for Seniors: It’s almost over, don’t miss out! Call 622-1841 (only) for an appointment at the Liverpool Public Library. Appointments are Mondays and Fridays from noon until 4 p.m., April 1 through April 12. You must have an appointment. No walk-ins. Any questions about our programs or to register, visit our Web site at or call 457-0310, ext. 130.

Job Preparation Seminar A free job preparation seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday May 8 at the Family Worship Center, 8480 Morgan Road, near the Great Northern Mall off of Route 31. Topics include Job Search and Entrepreneurial Resources, Networking and New Media Social Networking, Basic Computer Skills, Resume, Cover Letter and Application. This event is free and open to the public. A continental breakfast and complimentary lunch will be served. More information can be found at Registration is required. Call 652-3491 or e-mail

Compline Services at Liverpool First UMC A service of contemplation and meditation for the community will beheld the last Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. at the Liverpool United Methodist Church through June 27. The church will be transformed into a candle-lit sanctuary with James O. Welsch, church director of music ministries, will officiate and lead as cantor. This service is offered to all who seek time to worship. There will be a ecumenical choir singing plainsong,

responses and hymns as worshipers pray and meditate in silence, leaving in quiet contemplation at the close of the service. The services will be held at 8 p.m. on the following dates: April 25 May 30 June 27 For more information call Liverpool United Methodist Church at 457-5180.

MOMS Club of Cicero We are looking for stay-at-home moms or moms that work part-time, to join our group. Our activities include weekly play dates, field trips and a monthly MOMS night out. We are a charitable organization supporting our community and our moms. If you live in Cicero, Clay, North Syracuse, Liverpool or Baldwinsville, contact us at

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ration resume before they graduate. Businesses attending the Part-time Employment Fair this year were: Aspen Athletic Club, CNY Works, Elderwood Health Care @ Birchwood, Iroquois Nursing Home, Loretto, NY Army National Guard, Ponderosa Steak House, Ray-

mour & Flanigan Furniture and Wegmans. For more information about the C-NS Career Center, please view its website at or call Ellie Peavey during school hours at 218-4193.

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