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In the community Local stylist heads up fund-raiser for Alzheimer’s Association

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From the farm to you New farmers market opens at Great Northern Mall By Sarah Hall In the market for farmfresh produce? Look no further than Great Northern Mall. It’s not a new shop or store; the Route 31 mall is now home to a new outdoor farmers market featuring more than 30 local vendors. Open

from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday from now until the end of September, the market is the brainchild of Michael Musumeci, whose family owns Musumeci Farms off Buckley Road. According to Sandy Graham, marketing manager for Macerich Inc., the company that operates the mall, Musumeci moved the market to Clay this year after trying it out at ShoppingTown, another Macerich center, last summer. “Mike is a local grower who is very active at the Regional Market,” Graham said. “He loved the idea of doing something at the mall and took on the project of organizing vendors to participate in a farmers market.” Graham said Musumeci led the way in putting together the effort. “Since Mike has been in the business for

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Going out with a bang! Sarah Hall

Fresh produce from Hoxie Farms in Fulton awaits customers at the new farmers market at Great Northern Mall in Clay. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday from now until September.

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NSCSD’s Peavey wins national award By Farah Jadran Pike

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If you’re familiar with the Cicero-North Syracuse High School National Honor Society or the Career Center, then the name Ellie Peavey is probably even more familiar. After 21 years of helping students find their academic passions and career paths, Peavey will be retiring, but not without going out with a bang.

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From the editor

A heartfelt farewell to my readers I assume many of you are Star-Review readers and already know that this will be my the last edition of the Clay Insider. However, a good reporter never assumes! I was recently offered a career opportunity and accepted. For those that know me well, I moved to Syracuse two years ago after finishing a mass communications degree to pursue a master’s degree at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. While working on my master’s, I was working at Eagle Newspapers as an editor with a supportive team of employees. That degree, in magazine, newspaper and online journalism, was completed in June 2009. Since then, I have been enjoying the people and places I have the honor of experiencing as the editor of both the Star-Review and the Clay Insider. However, I worked hard in my undergraduate and graduate education so that I would be able to move up in the field of communications.

Although it is hard to leave these posts, I hope all of you understand my decision to move forward in my career path. I cannot begin to describe the pleasure it was to serve you as editor of your community newspaper. I can only hope that you continue to read the paper because I believe that Eagle Newspapers gives you the best personal coverage of the places you live, work, play and go to school. You will notice this edition has a new design, something I was pleased to be a part of, if even only for the July Clay Insider. This new look will continue into future editions of the newspaper. Please continue to send news items and inquiries to because this e-mail will stay active for my successor’s use. Soon an announcement will be made as to who will fill my shoes as editor. To stay in touch, please feel free to e-mail me at

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You will be missed. I cannot thank you enough for all of your support and time you gave us at Meals on Wheels. I do hope we can stay in touch. Thank you so much for taking the time to attend our Spring Gala and writing a story about this event. You’ve been a friend to our seniors and to all of us at North Area Meals on Wheels. Your support has been invaluable to NAMOW. It’s been a pleasure, Farah. Best of luck in your future endeavors! Best regards, Donna Barrett North Area Meals on Wheels Director of Operations

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 8:30am-4:30pm!

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Remembering Clay

Memoirs of Ernie Balch Ernie Francis Balch, whose Parent’s homestead is right down the road from us, invited us to his annual Alumni Dinner as he is the last of the Phoenix Class of 1930. We are in the Phoenix School District, one of five that Clay students attend. It started him on a trip down “memory lane.� First let’s

go back and find out how he ended up being raised in Clay. Balch was born Sunday morning Aug. 6, 1911, to Elsie Stabbins Balch and Albert Victor Balch. From his story: “Before I start to write these memoirs, I want to thank the Dear Lord for my being able to live in such a time in history. Never before

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News from the North Syracuse Central School District

Being the best you can be SRE music teacher Becky Hall named Teacher of the Year By Farah Jadran Pike She walked the same halls and she even had some of the same teachers. What could be better than having someone who has talked the talk and walked the walk? According to the North Syracuse Central School District, having someone like Becky Hall, an educator of 11 years, is invaluable. Hall, a Smith Road Elementary music teacher, was chosen as the districts 2009-10 Teacher of the Year. Several teachers were nominated and strenuously interviewed, and in the end, Hall was awarded the honor. She is a music teacher and the director of the third grade Chorus Club and the fourth

grade Music Club. Hall’s teaching career has become an extension of her own education she has had in the NSCSD. As a child, Hall attended Roxboro Road elementary and middle schools, North Syracuse Junior High School and finally graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse Central High School in 1995. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and performance instrument in flute at Ithaca College. She also earned a master’s degree in elementary music education, also at Ithaca College. Throughout all of her education in the district, much of her passion of music was discovered when she was in third and fourth grade. While growing up in the Mattydale and Cicero area, Hall said she felt “shy and awkward,” even though she had two older, outgoing siblings. “I remember having reluctance to do a solo and try out,” Hall said about her budding interest in music. Even though many performers start out

with “robust personalities,” according to Hall, she said she was “amazed” when she broke through despite her shy character. “I can tell those same students, ‘You can do it because I did it!’” Hall said. “That’s where it all began for me. The arts kind of shaped me.” Among her musical interests, Hall participated in Symphonic Band, Vocal Jazz and was a drum major in Field Band. Hall’s long-time connection to the district has generated several teachers-turnedcolleagues in her professional career. Then Roxboro Elementary teacher, Janette Gilkey, who is currently a Gillette Road Middle School music teacher, said Hall was an “excellent student.” “Although Becky seemed shy as a child she never showed it in music class. She was always eager to try new things and participate,” Gilkey said. “Her enthusiasm for music as a child has continued with her as a teacher.” Dave Morton, district director of fine arts, has known Hall since she began her

chapter who have put others before self and while value of giving, grew in stature and character and helped others understand that true leadership is leadership through service.” During her time at C-NS, she said being a part of both the NHS and Career Center gave her the opportunity to connect with students in several aspects of education. What did she want students to take away from the programs? “To have students realize that they have access to the ‘real world’ through the applied learning experiences that are available to them only because we have a Career Center touches my heart greatly,” Peavey said. “I looked forward to coming to school every day because I knew that at least one student would benefit from my being here. What more can a professional educator ask?” What’s a busy Peavey to do with all this free time? “I’m going to turn my alarm clock off and enjoy the summer playing tennis,” she said. Peavey also plans to travel to places such as Maine and North Carolina to

spend time with family, especially her two with students on a daily basis has been an granddaughters, Bella, 5, and Sophie, 2. energizing force in my life,” Peavey said. As a hot commodity in education, “It’s a wonderful thing to look forward to Peavey will be entertaining some op- coming to work every day for 21 years. I portunities to work part time. However, wish everyone that gift.” she will be focusing on relaxing and not rushing i nt o any t h i ng so to “stop and smell the roses,” Peavey said. The consensus around the district hums a c onst ant tu n e that Peavey will be missed; however Superintendent Dr. Jerome Melvin said he wishes her the best and knows Farah Jadran Pike many students have benefited Ellie Peavey, center, holds her Rynearson National NHS Adviser of the Year Award, from her pres- with outgoing NHS president Sarah Kirschenheiter, left, and newly elected presience over the dent Ryan Frantzis. Peavey accepted the award in front of numerous students years. “Interacting during the June 7 NSCSD Board of Education meeting.

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Smith Road Elementary music teacher Becky Hall is the 2009-10 NSCSD Teacher of the Year. days as a drum major in the C-NS Field Band. He remembers how she moved up from an assistant to lead drum major by her senior year. “That year, I gave the kids a pep talk prior

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Peavey From page 1 Peavey is the recipient of the 2010 Rynearson National NHS Adviser of the Year, a prestigious honor that many students witnessed at the June 7 NSCSD Board of Education meeting. What makes her most proud of this award? “The members! It is the members who have volunteered endless hours to provide childcare for elementary school parent-teacher organizations,” Peavey said. “It is the members who have sought pledges and walked to support the research for breast cancer, suicide prevention and multiple sclerosis.” Peavey proudly boasted the honor of having her students raise $10,000 to be spread among charities such as the Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Vera House. The students efforts in Dollars for Scholars fundraisers are also among Peavey’s favorite moments; however, she said there are many more things the students have done in the realm of volunteering. “The list goes on and on and on,” she said. “There are over 200 members in the


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News from the Liverpool Central School District

Best From page 4 to their trip to the Gator Bowl,” Morton said. “Becky returned and excitedly told me, ‘It worked.’” The Field Band placed first at that competition after he advised the students to “be in perfect cadence.” Morton describes Hall as a “model teacher,” who took notice of the district’s further potential in music education. “She asked my permission and took a leadership role in coordinated district elementary classroom music,” Morton said. “She initiated a rewriting of district curricula applying MENC national learning standards.” Hall’s personal passions for music have been pertinent to her teaching strategy since she knows her roots of learning are the same as her students. “If you can get kids passionate about it

[music] by the age of 10, it remains in them for life,” Hall said. Morton said Hall’s exceptional personality was most likely influenced by her parents Rick and Betty Gay, of Cicero. “To me, who has known Becky, her brother and sister, and especially her parents through the years, it is no surprise,” Morton said. “She’s the pride of North Syracuse!” Hall said she obtained years of wisdom about learning and leadership from her parents. Her siblings Loretta Bowne, of Cicero, and Clifton Gay, of Cicero, were also among Hall’s support system and inspiration to be more outgoing. Hall currently resides in Fayetteville with her husband of seven years, Peter Hall, and their 3-year-old daughter Julianna.

Liverpool High School juniors Tara Carlesco and Sydney McAlmont recently were honored during the CNY Reads Fourth Annual Essay and Poetry Contest. Carlesco earned second place honors and McAlmont earned third place honors in the essay category. Students participating in the essay contest were asked to answer one of four questions based on the novel, “March,” by Geraldine Liverpool High School juniors Sydney McAlmont, left, and Tara Brooks. Carlesco was Carlesco recently were honored during the CNY Reads Fourth Anawarded a pair of tickets nual Essay and Poetry Contest. to a Syracuse Stage proNew York State. The CNY Reads Conduction, while McAlmont sortium, coordinated by the Onondaga received a $25 gift card to Barnes & County Public Library, promotes readNoble. ing, research, discovery and sharing of Since 2001, representatives of Central perspectives among local citizens by New York’s cultural, educational and encouraging them to read the same social service organizations have sponbook and to participate in programs sored CNY Reads, the largest “one book, related to that book. one community” reading program in

LHS students earn honors during Bar Association Contest LHS senior Trina Bills earned first place honors in the essay category for her thoughts on freedom of speech and how it has evolved over the years at the 2010 Onondaga County Bar Association Law Day Poster, Photography and Essay Contest. Junior Katelyne Everson won first place in the poster category for her take on texting and driving. Senior Justin Hambrecht earned first place honors in the photography category for his collage that focused on the evolution of the courtroom and the law.

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alternative housing and found a place for their mother at Clare Bridge almost 18 months ago. Wood said her mother’s depression had dissipated soon after she moved and that her overall attitude was much Christine Wood more enthusiastic. “Even though the first day of moving in was the most difficult,” Wood said. “A few days later she perked up. She has had many moments of happiness while being there.” The opportunity to be “higher functioning” but have assistance nearby has made Wood and her family feel at ease. “It really is a nice place,” Wood said. “If you can’t be home, it’s definitely the next best place to be.”

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Wood said she has noticed what a great staff and environment Clare Bridge maintains, and suggested that she wanted to give back to the cause of the local Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s association by hosting a cut-a-thon where her mother calls home. Wood, a stylist with more than 20 years of experience, is also a stylist at Shear FortĂŠ in the town of Clay. Also volunteering her time for the cut-a-thon will be Woodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fellow co-worker Laura Gerardi. Wood said people are welcome to arrive with wet (clean) hair or have their hair washed at Clare Bridge

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some time now and knows most of the local growers, he spearheaded the process of contacting local vendors to set up at the farmers market,” she said. “He then presented the plan to the town of Clay for approval.” Musumeci’s attempt at ShoppingTown didn’t attract as many customers as he would have liked due to poor visibility. Graham said the local farmer hopes to see more traffic in front of Sears at Great Northern. She said she expects he’ll be successful. “Great Northern has great visibility, plenty of free parking and is centrally located in the northern suburbs, providing more convenience for the population north of the city of Syracuse,” Graham said.  Indeed, Graham predicted that the market will fill a need for Clay residents as it helps attract traffic to the mall itself. “The farmers market offers another opportunity for the community to purchase locally grown food that is fresh, and it also supports the local growers,” she said. “It offers an op-

portunity for our patrons and employees of the center to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables without having to travel into the city of Syracuse. It also brings additional traffic to the center.” Clay Supervisor Damian Ulatowski attended the market in its second week to encourage the growers to continue to peddle their wares at the mall. “I was at the farmers market and welcomed all of the vendors personally and encouraged them to give Clay a chance, as I was confident that once the residents knew that the market was open and available, word would spread and more and more area residents would frequent the market,” Ulatowski said. “I took comfort in knowing that the market would regularly attract more than 20 vendors all with different and diverse products to meet client demand. [Recent rainy weather] did put a damper on some of the residents coming out, but not so the vendors, as they came from as far away as Wolcott to be a regular at the mall site in Clay.”

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In good faith Submitted by Jeremiah Gumm Hope is a rare commodity these days. Effects of the recession still linger. Answers for the oil spill in the Gulf still remain elusive, while natural disasters rock our nation and world. Reports of violence at home and abroad seem to fill the headlines every day, while families and marriages disintegrate. Those we entrust with authority and responsibility fail us often in very public ways. The list goes on and on. It is really no wonder that real hope is so rare. That â&#x20AC;&#x153;hopeâ&#x20AC;? is not a wish that something will happen in the future, such as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope the Orange will win tomorrow.â&#x20AC;? No, this hope is founded on the absolute guarantee that what has been promised is going to happen. You are not going to find that kind of hope in yourself. We often fail to keep our promises to others and ourselves. You are not going to find that kind of hope in your job or your family or your hobbies or even in your community, but you will find that hope in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;author of hope,â&#x20AC;? Jesus Christ. You might wonder, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can I find hope from a guy who lived 2,000 years ago?â&#x20AC;? Consider what he has already done for you! He came to bring hope to the hopeless. He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He proclaimed sins forgiven, even yours. Jesus came to forgive that guilt you feel for something you did years ago or something you did yesterday. For you, Jesus died on a cross to remove that guilt forever. If that is where the story ended, there would be no reason for hope, but Jesus left his tomb empty three days laterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something we could never do. Because he did, you can have real hope guaranteed. You can have the hope of guilt wiped away by his sacrifice for you. You can have the hope of peace in a troubled life. You can have the hope of eternal life in heaven without pain or tears or trouble. There you will enjoy an eternity of the fulfillment of that hope guaranteed in your Savior Jesus Christ. So during these troubling

Bridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fellowship to move to Phoenix July 11 grand opening worship service planned Submitted by Ranelle Bovenzi

Last year the church reached out to the community by providing backpacks and school supplies to several families. They were also able to help several families at Christmas time with meals and gifts for their children. They also have a food pantry for those in need. The Bridge Syracuse, now at Three Rivers, has a heart and desire to impact the north area in many ways to show the love of God. The church has hosted many classes

from Streams Ministries and will be doing more in the future, along with marriage and parenting classes. They currently offer a foundational class for anyone wanting to learn about the Christian faith or strengthen their faith. You can visit the website at for more information.

The Bridge Syracuse Christian Fellowship opened its doors in May of 2009. The Bridge Syracuse is part of the Association of Bridge Churches along with Ranelle Bovenzi is a lead pastor at the about 30 others nationwide. John Paul Bridge Syracuse Christian Fellowship. Jackson started the Association and it has impacted regions. The church has outgrown its starting spot in Liverpool. They are currently in the process of restoring the old Three Rivers Inn in Phoenix, N.Y., to be their new home. The grand ppening service will be held at 10:15 a .m. Sunday July 11. They have captured the old mystique of the Three Rivers Inn keeping with a dinner theatre atmosphere. The church has been building its core team over the past year and is still 2006 Jeep Liberty Limited 2009 Dodge Avenger 2007 Sebring Touring doing so. The Lord has sent amazing SE Sedan Inferno Red Leather people with a desire to advance the 3 to choose from kingdom of God in this region. $ 12,995.00 $ $ 14,295.00 only 14,395.00 Anthony and Ranelle Bovenzi are STK# 8808 Longley Price 35,000 miles STK# 8930 16,000 miles 47,000 miles STK# 8941 the lead pastors and are extending an 2006 Chevy 2500 H.D. 2006 Sebring Touring 2009 Dodge Journey SXT invitation to anyone who feels that 2 to Full Power 1 owner choose from they have a call of God on their life $ $ $ and want to contribute their gifts and 22,995.00 17,995.00 9,995.00 only STK# 8938 STK# 8820 only 26,000 miles 30-35,000 miles 36,000 miles STK# 8918 talents in extending Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love to the 5339#Fku| vohu#Sdf lĹ f d#Wr xulqj 2008 P .T. Cruiser Touring 2009 Grand Caravan SXT community. They are still currently All Wheel Drive looking for more musicians and Leather, Sun Roof youth and children leaders. $ $ 00 $ 00 10,995.00

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News from the Baldwinsville Central School District

Durgee students selected for Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra Three students from Durgee Junior High School in Baldwinsville have been selected for the Syracuse Symphony Youth String Orchestra for the 2010--11 season. Andrea Carvalho will play bass with the orchestra. Jessica Oemcke and Shannon Santmyer will perform in the viola section. The three students are all members of the junior high school’s orchestra, directed by Patricia Hollis.

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From left, Shannon Santmyer, Jessica Oemcke and Andrea Carvalho have been invited to join the Syracuse Symphony Youth String Orchestra for the 2010-11 season.

Palmer students deliver hand-crafted quilts to Golisano’s Children Hospital

On June 8, Palmer Elementary School teacher Denise Nolan’s fourth-grade class from visited the Golisano Children’s Hospital to deliver 27 quilts they created for pediatric patients. The project is an annual one for Nolan. Throughout the school year, she challenges her students to read a minimum of 12 books to earn enough squares to make an infant-sized quilt in May. Nolan said the project motivates Submitted Photo her students to read and Brittany Cole watches as Karen Demmerle begins stitching together the squares expand their literacy skills while they are per- of the quilt she designed. students designed patterns with colorful quilt forming community service. At the end of May, Nolan transformed squares and volunteers stitched the squares the school gym into a sewing shop, where the together.

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League From page 8 the teams. The league continues up to age 18. The Majors are 10 to 12 year olds. The Juniors are 13 to 14 year olds. The Seniors are 14-16 year olds and the Big League which are the 16 to18 year olds. Jimmy Bradley, who is 10 years old, is on the Diamond Jaxx team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been playing for five years since kindergarten,â&#x20AC;? Bradley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite position is shortstop because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned how to cover and tag. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a lot of fun playing all these years.â&#x20AC;? Vet Mason, who is the President of the SRNLL knows the benefits of the league. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an instructional program that our participating families can take pride in. It generates community spirit,â&#x20AC;? Mason said. He and his wife, Laura Mason are very involved in running the program, even


though their children have grown out of the league The Seneca River North Little League has a board of 27 voluntary members who are committed to the quality of the program. The league also maintains the fields and buildings. Parents volunteer in different aspects from coaching, helping out in the concession stand to taking care of the field. For fundraisers, the league has an opening day raffle, concessions, a coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lottery, and a pancake breakfast at Applebeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. In the past they have also had a golf tournament. The SRNLL is a place where children can learn the game of baseball while having fun. Who knows? Maybe the next Derek Jeter is in the own town of Clay. Play ball!

The AARP Onondaga Chapter No. 243 Annual Picnic will be held at noon Tuesday Aug. 3 at Willow Bay Shelter, 7199 Onondaga Lake Park Trail in Liverpool. The cost is $12 per person. Games, raffle and Bingo will follow the picnic. Advance registration and payment is required by July 22. Checks should be made payable to: AARP Chapter No. 243.

The menu includes pulled pork, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, sweet sausage with onions, peppers, tomato-cucumber salad, baked beans, water, soda and strawberry shortcake. Your picnic lunch must be consumed at the picnic site unless you pre-arrange take-out (same price). If you are 50 years of age or older, then you and friends are invited to join us. If you are not a member

of the national or local AARP, then this is a good time to sign up. Applications are available at our picnic. If there are any questions, call our office phone 4580050. Send checks (attention to Linda Rankin) by July 22 to: AARP Onondaga Chapter No. 243 7251 Janus Park Dr. Liverpool, NY 13088

Hope From page 9 days, find hope in your Savior Jesus, just as King David sang so long ago, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.â&#x20AC;? (Psalm 62:5) Jeremiah Gumm is pastor of the Cross of Christ Evangelical Church, corner of Soule

Road and Route 57 in Liverpool. Sunday bible hour starts at 9 a.m.; worship at 10:15 a.m. in Liverpool; Second and fourth Sunday of each month â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. gatherings in Watertown, off I-81 on Arsenal Street across from the Salmon Mall at the Ramada Inn.

Memoirs From page 3 has there been the changes in lifestyle that I have been able to witness. Travel was made by horses, mules, trains, boats, bicycles or on foot. Inside plumbing, telephones and electricity were rare, even in villages. There were newspapers, books, magazines and printing presses, but hand writing was done with lead pencils, quill pens dipped in ink, fountain pens or with very crude typewriters. I am using a computer. I want to thank my parents, neighbors, pastors, friends and my kids for their help. But most of all to my friend for over 50 years and companion and wife for over 47 years, Myrtle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometime in 1912, Dad decided we should go to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;New Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, so he made the necessary arrangements planning to settle in Canada. A few years earlier, my Great Aunt Belle and her husband, Sid Jacobs, moved to Canada, found

the weather too cold so moved to the USA. So Dad did the same â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Landed in Canada in April 1913 and then to America by way of Niagara Falls. His destination was Phoenix, N.Y., and Uncle S. Jacobs. Dad said, while coming through Canada by train, the weather was so cold, the wheels â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;creekedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the rails. He found a job working on a farm near Phoenix. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As soon as he found work, Dad wrote to my Mother to prepare to come. We immediately began to pack everything we could, mother packing the precious wedding gifts and china between feather pillows and a feather mattress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At this same farm, my folks had a black and white dog that liked to catch mice as my Dad loaded shocks of corn the wagon. One day while doing this, the wagon ran over the

dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leg and broke it; Dad set it and using some small pieces of kindling and cloth made a splint. A few days later she was catching mice again. The really big event at this farm was the birth of my sister, Dorothy on May 20, 1916. The story has it, I said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;we are not going to sell her, we are going to raise her.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I vaguely remember when Christmas was near, my folks sellinga calf to buy some presents for me that year. One gift was a wooden horse and cart; the wheels would not turn easily so Mom said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Santa was so busy making so many toys that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have time to make the wheels work.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; During the winter months when the wind was blowing and the snow flying, we would have a lighted lantern under the blankets to keep our feet warm while riding in an open horse drawn â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cutterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or sleigh.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we next moved to the Porter Farm. I started school while here, but it must have been uneventful for all I recall is walking home with some other kids. The next home was on the Carrier Farm, just north of Phoenix where the land bordered the Oswego River. I can remember a big chestnut tree down by the River and picking up the nuts but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember eating them. Here I went to a two-room school. World War II was on; with pennies we bought â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;War savings Bonds.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; At times I was sent to the store in Phoenix, about a mile away, with eggs to buy groceries for our family. *Quotes are from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Autobiography of and by Ernie Balchâ&#x20AC;? with some editing by me â&#x20AC;&#x201C; grammar, punctuation, spelling and a few deletions. Dorothy Heller is the town of Clay historian.

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