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Introducing George Betts, Town Justice

Zone rangers Town of Elbridge hears from residents on proposed re-zoning By Ned Campbell

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300-plus scenes Fay Road Baptist Church in Westvale will showcase an impressive collection of nativity scenes from around the world.  ...See page 3


Lighting sightings Pictured are Kevin and Dawn O’Hara at last year’s tree lighting in Marcellus. Ceremonies are scheduled for the villages of Marcellus, Jordan and Camillus.  ...See pages 2 and 3

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George Betts is no stranger to local government. For the last seven years he has been a councilor and deputy supervisor for the town of Elbridge, and for seven years before that he was a village of Jordan Trustee. Betts graduated from Jordan-Elbridge in 1980 and went on to attend Moody Bible Institute, where he earned a degree in pastoral/ Christian education. He lives in Elbridge with his wife of 26 years, Melanie, who is employed at New England Motor Freight. Their daughter, Sarah Pashchuk, 24, is a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital with her husband, Yuri. Betts is the buyer/ manager at M. Lemp Jewelers in downtown Syracuse, where he has worked for more than 22 years. Betts was elected to the position of Elbridge Town Justice on Nov. 2. He will join Judge Gale Mitchell, an Elbridge Town Justice of three years, in January, and take the seat left vacant by Patricia DeRue, who is about to complete her 12th year in the position. Eagle Observer: What led you to run for town justice? George Betts: I have enjoyed working in public office the last 14 years; the position of town justice is a new

George Betts area for me to serve. The opportunity for such a seat does not become available all that frequently, so when the door opened up I was eager for a new challenge. EO: What attracted you to the position? GB: I have always had a great deal of respect for the law and process; this is a tremendous opportunity to uphold the law at the local level. EO: What do you bring to the table? GB: As a longtime member of our community, who is civically involved, I have knowledge of our community and our residents. While holding public office I have See Betts, page 11

An open door Thanks to volunteers, the Marcellus loan closet just won’t stay shut By Ned Campbell Ever since World War II, the residents of Marcellus have had a loan closet to turn to for medical supplies. Many people go their entire life without knowing about this valuable, free resource, even though it’s right in their own backyard – loans are facilitated by town clerk Karen Pollard and supplies are stored in the basement of the Marcellus Pharmacy. It’s not a town function; the closet runs on dona-

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Loan closet equipment is stored in the basement of Main Street Pharmacy. tions and volunteer efforts alone. “I’m involved because it’s a constant phone number that they can give to somebody, so the town allows me to give some of my time to it,” Pollard said. See Loan closet, page 7

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The town of Elbridge is preparing for its first re-zoning in 15 years. Now is the time to express any opinions on what’s been drafted. “The goal is to get as much input as you possibly can,” said Supervisor Ken Bush following a Nov. 17 town board meeting. “Make the ordinance and the map as responsive to peoples’ concerns as possible.” David Rochman, of 5936 Sandbank Road, presented the board with a petition signed by him and about nine of his neighbors, who all reside between his property and Whiting Road. They were concerned about the drafted rezoning of the district, from agricultural to rural/residential – a change that would bridge the gap between agricultural and typical residential housing.

“ It’s your town, it’s your street, it’s your neighborhood.” – Ken Bush, Elbridge Town Supervisor

An agricultural district requires a minimum of three square-acres per property, whereas a rural/residential requires just two. “The only reason we’re doing it is to protect the rural nature of our community,” Rochman told the Observer. “… The bigger the lots, the less development.” The rural landscape of the area is what attracted Rochman and his fiancée, Beth Miccio, to move to Elbridge from Camillus four years ago. The couple lives in an 1870s farmhouse that they are fixing up, and they‘d like to one day have chickens on their property like their next door neighbors. Rochman said Beth would love to have a roadside egg stand – and maybe even a herd of Alpacas. Bush responded to the petition by assuring Rochman that the drafted zoning and ordinance changes were See Zoning, page 19

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Dec. 2

At Camillus Elks Lodge, 6117 Newport Road, Camillus, and hosted by C & S Entertainment. Open to the public. Info: 672-3106.

The Board of Trustees for the Marcellus Free Library will meet in The Friends Community Room of the Marcellus Free Library, 32 Maple St.

6 to 10 p.m.: Karaoke Night with the Elks

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Church of the Holy Family, 127 Chapel Drive, Syracuse. Evening Prayer with Adoration and Benediction immediately following the 5 p.m. Mass.

Nov. 28

8 a.m. to noon: Breakfast Buffet

Camillus Elks Lodge. All you can eat. Adults $7.50, kids 4 to 10 $4, under 4 free. Call 6723106 for info.

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Nov. 29 9 to 10:30 a.m..: Yin Yoga Class

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10 to 11 a.m.: Home School Expeditions

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Join Baltimore Woods Nature Center educators and discover the wonder and excitement of science in the great outdoors.   Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration required, accommodates 5 to 20 students. Members $8; nonmembers $12.

10 to 11 a.m. CSI: Baltimore Woods

Students help solve a classic case of predator/prey who-done-it.. With the help of our environmental educator and simple field guides, students identify who’s been eating whom at Baltimore Woods.

7 p.m.: ‘Friends’ to meet

Dec. 4

11 a.m. to noon: Fly-Ties

As fishing season wraps up, Baltimore Woods invites you to bring your tools and materials for fly-tying.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Lunch with Santa

Dec. 6

10 a.m.: Home School Expeditions

Dec. 10

6:30 p.m.: Rosary and Healing Mass

Family Church, 127 Chapel Drive, Syracuse. In keeping with a centuries-old tradition of bringing flowers to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, at the altar there will be vases where you may present your flowers. Call 488-3139 for info.

Dec. 11

Santa’s lap and enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies in the gymnasium with your family. 7 p.m.: Budget meeting scheduled

6:30 to 9 p.m.: Village of Camillus Tree Lighting

The village of Camillus will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in Village Hall, 37 Main St., to consider the budget for 2011.

7:30 p.m.: After the Ball Meeting

Marcellus High School cafeteria. All senior Follow the class students of 2011 and parents are urged to attend. Call Jack Murphy, 673-4248, with Observer on questions. Facebook! Dec. 1 6:30 p.m.: Jordan Tree Lighting Jordan Memorial Park on North Main Street. theeagleobserver Following the ceremony, refreshments will be

available directly across the street at the Masonic Lodge. Free horse drawn-wagon rides will be offered, and there may even be a surprise visit from someone in a red suit! For more information, call Village Hall at 689-7350.

Amboy Belle Isle United Church, 6190 Airport Road, Amboy. Come choose your Christmas cookies from a big variety. Only $7 per pound!

Following the tree lighting at Village Hall, the festivities will move to the Senior Center for pictures wih Santa, crafts, a silent auction and a talent showcase.

6:15 p.m.: Holiday sing-along

Elbridge Free Library will host a holiday evening with Santa and a Christmas concert singalong Santa will be there from 6:15 to 7 p.m. and will provide every child with a book. The Elbridge Community Band will then perform a Christmas sing-along concert. Free refreshments will be served.

7 to 8:30 p.m.: Caroling in the woods

Pick up a lantern and song sheet and enjoy a beloved tradition at Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Bring natural treats to hang for the birds and holiday treats to share with fellow carolers. Finish up the night with hot drinks in the Interpretive Center where a




Hosted by the First Presbyterian Church, Marcellus. Led by the church choir and brass ensemble and featuring an array of local guest artists.

Dec. 14

10:30 a.m.: Not a creature was stirring…

“A Tribute to Rohe Farm” An exhibit featuring the paintings of Syracuse artist Robert Glisson can be viewed during regular hours at Maxwell Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. The Rohe farm on Onondaga Hill, whose dairy herd was sold Oct. 10.

Dec. 4, 10, 17, 18 Project FeederWatch

The project kicks off from 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Naturalists will lead a talk, about birds in winter and discuss how you can attract more birds to your own yard. The project continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17. $5 for members, $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.

Through Jan. 15

This is the time of year when mailboxes are bursting with calendars from every organization there is. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus, encourages you to bring in extras for 2011. The library will distribute calendars to residents in local nursing homes. Notepads and greeting cards are also in demand.

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Study up on good study habits at Maxwell Library

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Report cards are out! How did you do? Are you a student who works hard but doesn’t get the grades to show for it? Are you a parent who sees your student struggling to stay focused? Do you spend hours reading a textbook, only to realize that you haven’t retained much information? Students in grades four through 12 and their parents can get help with these issues and more in a study skills workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 30 at Maxwell Memorial

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Ongoing events Nov. 1 to 30

No scheduled program; however, Baltimore Woods will be open. Come out for a family snowshoe adventure. The nonmember rental fee is $5 per person; members borrow snowshoes free of charge. 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Annual Cookie Walk

Municipal Building, 4600 West Genesee Street (at the Gazebo). Bring the little ones to sit on

Dec. 12

This time of year, many critters are nestled in their beds for the winter waiting out the winter at Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Discuss the wintering habits of several animals found in Central New York over warming refreshments. $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers.

Warners United Methodist Church, 6514 Canton Street, Warners. Children’s Shopping Center, bake sale and lunch available.  Santa arrives at 11:30 p.m.!

7 p.m.: Town of Camillus Tree Lighting

special guest may stop by to visit! This event is free for both members and nonmembers if you bring cookies to share.

Library. Matthew Capogreco, regional director of Syracuse Sylvan Learning Centers, will talk about what makes good study habits, tell how to take great notes, and share test-taking tips. The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required; call 672-3661 or drop by the library to sign up. Maxwell Memorial Library is located in the Village of Camillus at 14 Genesee St. For more information, drop by the library, call 672-3661 or go to

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Community News

‘Scene’ around town Church to showcase 300plus nativity scenes

Marcellus Rotary announces Christmas tree sale The Marcellus Rotary Club will offer Fraser Fir and Canaan Fir Christmas trees at this year’s sale, which takes place at 31 N. St., Marcellus. The sale runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 2 for pre-orders, and any remaining trees will be sold from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and starting at noon Dec. 5. These trees, ranging from six to eight feet tall, cost $28 for early orders (otherwise $30) and can be purchased from any Marcellus Rotarians. Call Ed and Anita Diefes (673-4447), Donna Scuderi (673-3701), Bob Shields (673-1493), Bill Grossman (882-5097) or Tom Brown (673-4584) to order a tree. Proceeds from the tree sale will support Rotary Student Scholarships, the Youth Exchange Program, Polio Immunization, Mentoring, Clean Water to Third World Counties, and numerous service projects.

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Pictured are just a few of the nativity scenes that will be on display at Fay Road Church Dec. 4. The wooden scene pictured above is from Jamaica. The event will feature holiday gifts from the Hand-to-Hand Gift Shop at the Spiritual Renewal Center, Christmas crafts, a bake sale and a snack bar with homemade soups and chili. Adults are asked to donate $5, and families $15. Proceeds to benefit the Westside Ministry

The village of Marcellus will host its annual Starlight Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. Thursday Dec. 2 across from village hall. Following the tree lighting, find the following attractions throughout the village: 3Santa at the Steadman House 3 C ookies and Hot Chocolate at the American Legion 3Cookie decorating with Mrs. Clause and Elfie at the American Legion 3Harpist at the Marcellus Free Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 3Horse drawn hay rides around the village

Food Pantry. Visitors are invited to bring a nonperishable food item for the pantry. Fay Road Baptist Church is located at 750 Fay Road, off West Genesee Street in Westvale, corner of Ronnell Drive. For more information, call the church office at 468-2071.

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ABOVE: Santa Claus listens carefully as Claire Curtin tells him what she would like for Christmas at last year’s tree lighting festivities. LEFT: Expert ice scupltor Jerry Perun works his magic on Halloween in the village of Marcellus. Perun will sculpt ice at around 3:30 p.m. on the day of the tree lighting, Dec. 2.

Honeywell agrees to close waste beds, fund local projects Must reimburse town of Camillus up to $50,000 a year Honeywell International has entered into a cleanup agreement to properly close waste beds formerly used for industrial operations off Airport Road in the towns of Camillus and Geddes, announced the Department of Environmental Conservation last week. The settlement orders the company to pay a $100,000 penalty, investigate potential off-site impacts, reclaim the site by planting a vegetative cover and fund an array of local environmental projects to benefit the public. In addition, Honeywell must reimburse the town of Camillus up to $50,000 a year for costs associated with the closure.

Subject to review and approval by the DEC, Honeywell must submit and implement a closure plan for the waste beds nine through 15 area – waste bed 13’s Sediment Consolidation Area and the active construction debris disposal facility operated within waste bed 15 by the town of Camillus not included. “This is a good settlement for the environment and for the people of Central New York,� said DEC Regional Director Kenneth Lynch. “It not only mandates the closure of the waste beds but also sets forth a plan for reclaiming the land using a ‘green remedy.’� Consisting of approximately 670 acres, waste beds nine through 15 were the primary means of disposal for the waste produced by the Solvay op-

erations of Allied-Signal (formerly Solvay Process Company and currently Honeywell International Inc.). Solvay Process wastes, primarily composed of calcium carbonate, calcium chloride and magnesium hydroxide, are the predominant materials found in the waste beds. Analytical sampling on and in the vicinity of waste beds 9-15 has indicated that the waste bed material does not constitute a significant threat to public health or the environment. However, because the waste beds have yet to be closed to current environmental standards, the chlorides have impacted the surrounding groundwater and surface water, including nearby Nine Mile Creek – which drains to Onondaga Lake – necessitating a modern closure plan.


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Looking to see your first nativity scene of the season? Why start with just one? “Nativities Around the World� goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 4 at Fay Road Baptist Church and will feature more than 300 nativity scenes from international artisans and craftsmen. Rev. David Movsovich and his wife Donna have been collecting nativity scenes for many years. Members of the church congregation will also provide nativities for this unique holiday show. The public is invited to see how artisans from all parts of the world interpret the story of the manger and Christ’s birth.

Starlight Tree Lighting draws near

 Eagle Observer, Nov. 24, 2010

Opinion Editorial

Wishing you safe travels “Have a safe trip!” It’s normal to hear those four words before hitting the road for a family getaway or holiday trip. So, before you load up the car this winter to visit loved ones, we have a few suggestions to help make your trip a safe one. 3 Check tires: Make sure to check the tire pressure and tread depth on each tire, including the spare, when the tires are cold. Also look for uneven tire wear as it can indicate alignment, suspension or wheel balance problems. 3 Examine wiper blades: Your wiper blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace them if they leave streaks or miss spots. And don’t forget to top off your windshied washer fluid reservoir. 3 Inspect the battery: Make sure battery cable connections are tight and terminals are free from corrosion. If the battery is more than three years old, you might want to have it tested to see how much life it has left. 3Prepare an emergency road kit: The winter emergency kit should include an ice scraper and snow brush; sand, cat litter, or traction mats; a small shovel; gloves, hats and blankets; flashlight with fresh batteries; paper towels; jumper cables; warning flares or triangles; drinking water; non-perishable snacks; extra warm clothes; first-aid kit; basic hand tools; and a mobile phone and car charger with important numbers preprogrammed, including a roadside assistance provider. 3Conduct a vehicle maintenance inspection: Take the opportunity to have your vehicle serviced before a trip, especially is it’s almost time for its scheduled maintenance. Don’t let being unprepared put a damper on your trip. We hope everyone traveling for Thanksgiving and the coming holidays arrives safely at their destination. Happy holidays! Tips courtesy of AAA.


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When will Honeywell start covering the Camillus waste beds? In 1974, the town of Camillus and the then Allied Chemical Corporation entered into an agreement to cap the waste beds as an important part of the compact to permit the final expansion of the Allied industrial waste beds into the town of Camillus. Along came 1986, the year in which Allied closed its local industrial operations. Camillus has been waiting since then for Allied to meet the conditions hammered out in the 1974 agreement. The waste beds have remained relatively unchanged, and definitely uncapped for the past quarter-century. Now, fast forward to 2010. Apparently, the capping of the industrial waste beds, an important ingredient in the reasons for the town of Camillus to grant the expansion, no longer serves the purposes of the current Allied-Honeywell Corporation. The capping-covering agreement of 1974 apparently has been discarded to the scrap heap of history. The town of Camillus, now seemingly only a bit player in the issues

involving the waste beds, has little voice in any of the stipulations developed by Allied-Honeywell and agreed to by what seems to be a relatively compliant DEC. Allied has been very effective in delaying the implementation of the agreement since the closing of the old Allied industrial plant in 1986. The most recent strategy of delay was employed to the pretext of looking at so-called green-friendly technologies, such as the proposal to cultivate groves of willows in the 500 or so acres of the waste beds in Camillus. Also, Allied-Honeywell has very been effective in lobbying our toooften timid local and state leaders to defer and ultimately eliminate the covering of the 500-plus acres of waste beds. Local governments, such as Camillus, may have waited until too late in the game to fully protect Camillus’ long-term interests. The recent Post-Standard story on the Allied-Honeywell initiatives serves as a testament to the success of their efforts to avoid a more acceptable covering for the waste beds.

Why would they do this? The answer is quite simple. Covering the waste beds is estimated to cost Honeywell-Allied upwards of $120 million of their own money. This is in addition to the federal court order to dredge and treat the contaminants presently in Onondaga Lake. There is small wonder AlliedHoneywell has been casting around for anything, anything to avoid paying for the traditional type of cover for waste beds. A proper covering consists of approximately three feet of imported soil and appropriate plantings to aid in the evapo-transpiration process. . It is well to remember the ultimate goal of Honeywell-Allied is to resolve the waste bed issues and get out of town as soon as possible and at the lowest possible cost. New Governor-elect Cuomo, the new Attorney General-elect, along with a new incoming commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation should investigate this situation so as to ensure HoneywellAllied implements the agreement signed so many years ago. See related story on page 3.

A valuable profession: The ins and outs of being a greeter “So,” she asked in that patronizing kind of way, “What are you doing now?” She was not someone I would consider to be a friend… an acquaintance, one who was always looking for an edge. “I’m doing some volunteer work at St. Joe’s Hospital,” I said. “Oh,” she said, with an even more annoying tone. “What are you doing there… surgery?” I smiled. It’s easy to smile when you are fully aware of the motivations of such a query… Not yet,” I replied. “Right now, I’m spending some time in the front lobby, greeting and assisting visitors and patients.” She could hardly wait to get the words out of her mouth… “Do you mean like a Wal-Mart greeter?” You could probably hear me dragging my soapbox out. I have great respect for those that work as greeters at WalMart. In one of my past lives, as the director of an employment program for older Americans, I was able to find such a job for a wonderful man, a photographer who had lost his sight. It gave him an income and, more importantly, dignity…. But… I am digressing. I an-

swered my interrogator with something like this: “Visitor or patient, almost everyone who comes to a hospital has some level of stress. My job is to help alleviate some of that stress if only in a small way. Answering questions, giving directions, providing a wheelchair or escort to those that need help… it all has value. I began with these two stories. It was late in the afternoon when a very young mother came through the front door with a baby in an infant seat, an apnea monitor, a diaper bag and a two-year-old boy old in tow. There was an air of purpose about the cleanly but shabbily attired trio. The lost look in the mother’s eyes raised an alarm for me. She had come from the southern tier to get specialized help for her apneamonitored infant. And, of course, she was headed to one of the farthest places from the lobby. Walking at the speed of a two-year-old and weighed down with her baby and equipment, it would take her a very long and tiring time to get to her appointment. I offered to help by carrying her boy down the several

long corridors to the doctor’s office. I sat with her for a bit as she waited to be seen and she told me that she had just moved from New Jersey, away from her doctors, to be nearer to her husband’s family while he was away. She was hoping that on that day, the doctors would free her little girl from the monitor. “It hasn’t gone off in a month,” she said optimistically. She left later holding her little boy’s hand, still carrying the baby carrier and the diaper bag… but without the monitor. She smiled as she passed me in the lobby. A rough looking man came to the front desk and asked how to get to the ER. He was big, really big, with a wild white beard and tattooed forearms. His T-shirt was spattered with paint as were his hands. I offered to escort him. On the way, in a voice breaking with emotion he told me that his mother was just brought in by ambulance. “I’m here,” he said. “I think to say goodbye.” All I could say was, “She’ll be glad you’re here.” I was glad that I was able to be there to help. I was tempted to stick out my tongue in a childish “so there” at my interviewer, but I thought better of it.

From the mailbag Privileged, honored to serve the 124th To the editor: I am writing to thank the voters of the 124th Assembly District for their support on Election Day. It has been a privilege to represent this area in the state Assembly and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve another term. In this next legislative session, I pledge to continue to do what I have been doing since I was first elected and that is to advocate for reform in Albany and reduce the tax burden on our already overtaxed residents. Further, I will continue to support and introduce legislation that

will implement policies that will cut the cost of energy for small businesses and lower property taxes to create a better environment for job creation. Since being elected, we have taken steps to achieving these goals but there is still much more to be done. I would also like to thank the many volunteers and committee members who assisted my campaign. Without their countless hours of hard work, I could not have been successful. Thank you again for your support on Election Day. Will Barclay Member of the Assembly




Eagle Observer, Nov. 24, 2010 

Marcellus Memories

50 years ago, 1960 “Memories of made in Utica, N Y. There were Mary Jane no better furnaces made than Marcellus” by Frank Griffing conDomurat the International. We put one tinues… In the late fall in for Albert Marshfield. Calvin and early winter of 1917Years ago Spade used one and it did a good 18, I had a very bad cold. job heating his home. I thought I could wear it In October of 1918, the I. off, but in January I had to give up work O. O. F. building was being finished and and go to bed. Dr. Weidman came to so Griffing and Curtis moved from the our house and said that I had bronchitis. building at 18 Main St. We had the north Ward Curtis attended my store. When I side of the building on South Street where got well enough to go back to work, we the New York State Gas and Electric Co. formed a partnership. The firm name are. My harness and shoe shop was in the was Griffin and Curtis. Ward was a betback room with the store in front. We ter bookkeeper than I was and was also added more goods to our line of harness, a better storekeeper. I was always busy we added Perfection and Tolerance oil repairing shoes and making and repairing cook stoves, Round Oak heating stoves, harnesses. About that time, there were also the Kerner Coal Ranges. We also lots of what was called one-pipe furnaces took on suitcases and traveling bags. We being installed. They were easy to install had the nicest looking store at that time in an old house as there was no piping to anywhere around. We used a Model T be done, just one big square hole in the truck to deliver goods and bring goods floor. The heat came up in the center and home from Syracuse. At that time, I cold air went down the edge of the regdrove to Syracuse every Thursday to buy ister. We sold the International furnace goods and truck them back to the store.

I did not have much time to make new harnesses and collars, so we bought them from the factory. Lots of older men used to come my shop to sit and visit. I had a long low bench and a couple of chairs for them to sit on. It was interesting to hear them tell about the old times around Marcellus. A good many of them were retired farmers and some were still farming and some came in from the village just to visit. (to be continued) “I’m Fine,” written by an Oldster… There is nothing whatever the matter with me. I’m just as healthy as I can be. I’ve arthritis in both my knees. When I talk, I talk with a wheeze. My pulse is weak, my blood is thin, I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in. Arch supports I have for my feet, or I wouldn’t be able to be on the street. Sleep is denied me night after night. And every morning I am a sight. My memory is failing, my heart in a spin, I’m practically living on aspirin. I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in. The moral is, as this tale I enfold, that for you

and me who are growing old, it’s better to say I’m feeling fine with a grin, than to let them know the shape we are in. Lester Norris, mayor of Marcellus, was host to a crowd of folks who love the old Steam Traction Engines. Not since the heyday of steam power on the farm has there been in operation at Marcellus a more thrilling sight for the old timers. Mr. Norris had three of his four steamers in operation near the freight station area of the Marcellus and Otisco Lake Railroad and in the adjacent Marcellus Park. Special guests at the “Steam Up” were the owners of historic steam engines, which were the big attraction at the State Fair in 1959. Many of the owners and several old timer Steam Threshing Machine operators drove the old engines to the delight of the large crowd. One observer said that he never knew anyone who really loved a gasoline tractor. The old steamers have been loved by almost everyone who had anything to do with them.

and even turned a profit for the local organizing committee. No doubt, the folks in Rochester were ready to do better in 2011 – if only they got the chance. What went wrong? You can point fingers in a thousand different directions, but I’m pretty sure most of the fingers (I’m not telling you which finger to use) will get aimed at Albany, always an easy target in times good and bad. Here, though, the odium is justified. Our state got into fiscal trouble for all kinds of reasons, and all kinds of things can be done to even things out. But why go after the Empire State Games? You see, their impact went far beyond a line in a budget. Their mere presence, for one week every See Empire, page 10


As you can probably tell, summers are, for me, a quieter time – maybe too quiet. One can only play so much golf before the desire to watch other, far more talented athletes compete for high honors takes over again. Fortunately, there was something to quench that thirst for competition at the tail end of July with the Empire State Games. Not only was covering it great fun, but seeing familiar faces in a grand and exciting setting served as a reunion of sorts. Note that I talk about this in the past tense – which is, at best, sad and, at worst, shameful. You might have heard that the state, citing its well-documented budgetary issues, pulled the plug on the ESG last week, just as plans were being made for next year. That means no Winter Games in Lake Placid. No Senior Games, either. No Games for the Physically Challenged. And no Summer Games in Rochester, completing the wipeout. Part of what makes this news so jarring and depressing is that the open wounds of the ESG, made plain when the planned Summer Games in the Hudson Valley in 2009 got canceled, appeared to be healing. They put on a great show in Buffalo last summer. Without asking for a big ransom (sorry, participation fee), but with a great deal of First Niagara and other corporate money, the summer version of the ESG thrived,


An Empire worth saving

 Eagle Observer, Nov. 24, 2010




West Genesee serves as model for social networking J-D looks to use Facebook, Twitter to its advantage By Michael Leess Contributor Facebook, Twitter and other social networking services have proven powerful communication tools worldwide, and following other area districts, the JamesvilleDeWitt School District is taking steps to more fully embrace and monitor the use of such tools in its education. During the district’s Nov. 1 school board meeting, board members established a committee on social media to examine policies adopted in other districts in the Syracuse area. The committee members, Board President Ginnie Murphy and Jack

McLoughlin, will present their findings throughout the winter to the rest of the board, and will make recommendations to the district regarding new and existing policies. “Our committee will review the current use of social networking sites and help to create guidelines that will address content integrity, ethical obligations and legal standards, disciplinary sanctions, and compliance with other district policies,” Murphy said. “We will also make a recommendation as to creating, or not, an official district presence on these social networking sites.” Murphy said that while many teachers, coaches, choral directors and clubs already use the networking site Facebook to keep in touch with students about meeting times and club events, the district does not have an officially sanctioned and maintained page.

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In addition to using Twitter, West Genesee Superintendent Chris Brown posts on his blog (pictured) to interact with and inform district students and parents. J-DTechnology Coordinator Philip tors are always prepared.” Luckette said the district does not curLuckette said the district utilizes an rently provide its students access to social internal networking service called Blacknetworking sites from school computers, board, which offers a controlled environdue to the distraction associated with the ment teachers can use to keep in touch with “social” side of social networking and con- their students. “We even have a chemistry cerns about cyber-bullying. teacher that holds review sessions online,” “If we expand our social networking use, Luckette said. we need policies that prepare us to react A 2009 survey conducted by the New properly to new issues as they come up,” York State Education Department indicated Luckette said. “A lot of the bullying prob- students’ desire to lift restrictions on certain lems we’ve seen start outside of school and types of technology in schools, especially in spill over into the school setting. Although See Tweet, page 11 we haven’t seen problems here, good educa-

dents were proud of their accomplishments.” Project themes were diverse and included: Genetics at Your Fingertips, Ways to Clean Up Oil Spills, Distracted Drivers, Vegetable Forest and Balloon Cars. Parents were invited in the evening to view the projects and attend the awards ceremony. The following students participated in the fair:

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Forty-nine students created 34 exhibits that were entered for judging in the Camillus Middle School Science Fair Nov. 16.

Science teacher Jacqueline Mills coordinated the fair. “The students presented their projects with great enthusiasm,” Mills said. “It was evident that the stu-

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Optimists honor WG teachers, students By Bonnie Russell

Courtney Shoults and Aaron Jones at WGMS, Monica Andrews and John Buttner at CMS, and Elizabeth Byrne and Benjamin Seketa at the high school were honored by the Camillus Optimists with the David Kenna Optimist Youth Appreciation Award. Stonehedge Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Kelli Barbuto, CMS mathematics teacher Kathleen Callahan and high school art teacher Gail Glagola received the 2010 Joseph A. Witowski Teacher of the Year Award. Honorees and their fam-

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Teachers and students honored by the Camillus Optimists sitting in front, from left to right: Monica Andrews, Gail Glagola, Kathleen Callahan, Kelli Barbuto and Courtney Shoults. Standing in the back, from left to right, are John Buttner, Benjamin Seketa, Elizabeth Byrne and Aaron Jones.

ilies were guests of the Optimists on Nob. 9 at Gilfillan’s West Hill Catering Club. School administrators introduced each honoree and described their unique contributions. Optimists

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Pollard takes calls from residents in need of medical equipment – canes, walkers, commodes, shower chairs, etc. – and schedules a time to go across the street to the pharmacy, “sometimes twice a day,” she said. “It goes in spurts,” Pollard added. “Especially around ski season.” Pollard said the pharmacy is more than accommodating – “they’re very accessible,” she said. Pollard said seniors can take out items like hospital beds for the long-term, but the service is often most helpful to people who suddenly find themselves in a bind. Jane Walker recently visited Marcellus from San Diego to assist an ill family member. She learned of the loan closet through a visiting home health physical therapist. “What a pleasant surprise to discover a vast variety of durable medical equipment, donated and stored across from the town hall,” Walker wrote in a letter to the Observer dated Sept. 9. “[Karen Pollard] was pleasant and efficient as she allowed us to pick up the equipment we needed and then to check it out with some simple paperwork; a borrow and return concept.”

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Kneeling in front row, from left to right: Kate Morris, Mary Colella, Anna Perry, Kayla Fogg, Zach Weiler, Kyle Denka Ben Fedorenko, Jack O’Hara, and Paige Tomeny. Standing, from left: Kaitlyn Foster, Kaleigh Kemp, Taylor Crysler, Meghan O’Brien, Mikenzie Lader, Captain Thomas Kanaley, Brendan Shanahan, Cameron Finnie, Sam Grattan, Ben Beratta, Pavel Bendura, Bryce Bowen and teacher Sandy Carey. Submitted by David Taddeo MCS Public Information Consultant Students in Sandy Carey’s fifth grade class at Driver Middle School paid respect to our nation’s veterans last week simply by getting know one. Each student interviewed a United States Military Veteran and then completed a written report on their experience. Each student presented a visual display to the class and shared their insights on the veteran they spoke with, taking questions

from their classmates as well. A highlight of the Veterans Day project was a classroom visit from U. S. Navy Captain Thomas Kanaley, who was the subject of Megan O’Brien’s report. Kanaley is also O’Brien’s uncle. Kanaley described his military experience in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps and how he was responsible for more than 3,000 people as he handled the logistics operation for the Desert Storm campaign. Kanaley, dressed in full uniform, explained that his See Veterans, page 14

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Humble roots Nine Mile Country by Kathryn Heffernan describes the loan closet’s origins: “In 1941 a public health nurse was assigned to the town of Marcellus, where she was to establish a one year program designed to improve the general health of the community,” Heffernan writes. On Oct. 1 of that year, a group of women were invited to meet with the nurse to discuss the health needs of Marcellus. From there an overall health committee


was formed, and would go on to sponsor health clinics and produce equipment such as layettes and obstetrical bundles for home deliveries. “When the nurse left at the end of the year,” writes Heffernan,” the local group voted to continue the loan closet project, and then individually, and as a group, launched into all the home-front activities necessitated by World War II.” These included home nursing, providing first-aid and nutrition classes, and the establishment of a casualty station in the basement of Marcellus Central School. Those women would reorganize in 1943 under the Marcellus Health Council name, continuing to aid the war effort and, after the war, turning their attention back to the needs of the community. A healthy council The Marcellus Health Council remains alive and well today. Joan and Roger Fields kept the organizations functioning for many years before it restructured in 2007. The Fields continue to volunteer, but with the assistance of many others. Mary Daley, an attorney in the village, has since helped the loan closet become incorporated, and the current board consists of Maureen Curtin, president; Kathy Coccia, vice president; Paulette Quinn, treasure; and Linda Robson, secretary. “Marcellus is fortunate that this volunteer organization has continued for so many years,” Curtin said. The loan closet is always looking for donations in order to keep the operation running. Curtin said it is currently in need of overhead bed tables or transfer boards. To add to the collection, or to borrow medical equipment, call the town clerk’s office at 673-3269.

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West Genny, JE announce winter sports schedules West Genesee High School’s 2010-11 winter sports schedule, which includes the defense of a state ice hockey Division I championship. All dates and times are subject to change. Ice Hockey Dec. 6: at Central Square, 5 p.m. Dec. 8: Watertown IHC, 7:30 Dec. 14: at FayettevilleManlius, 7:30 Dec. 17: Solvay, 7:30 Dec. 18: at Potsdam, 1 p.m. Dec. 22: Ithaca, 7:30 Jan. 7: Hamilton, 7:30 Jan. 11: at Liverpool, 7:15 Jan. 14: Rome Free Academy, 7:30 Jan. 18: at Cortland, 7:30 Jan. 21: Corcoran, 7:30 Jan. 25: FayettevilleManlius, 7:30 Jan. 28: at Baldwinsville, 7 p.m. Feb. 1: Ontario Bay, 7:30 Feb. 3: at Utica Proctor, 7 p.m.

Feb. 9: Cicero-North Syracuse, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball Dec. 10-11: at Baldwinsville Tip-Off Classic Dec. 16: at Utica Proctor, 7 p.m. Dec. 28-29: at Marcellus Tournament Jan. 5: at Baldwinsville, 6:30 Jan. 7: at Auburn, 7 p.m. Jan. 11: at Corcoran, 6:30 Jan. 13: Rome Free Academy, 7 p.m. Jan. 15-16: at UticaNotre Dame Juggler Classic Jan. 18: Liverpool, 7 p.m. Jan. 21: Henninger, 7 p.m. Jan. 27: Cicero-North Syracuse, 7 p.m. Feb. 1: at Oswego, 7 p.m. Feb. 4: at FayettevilleManlius, 7 p.m. Feb. 8: Nottingham, 7 p.m. Feb. 11: Central Square, 7 p.m. Boys Basketball Dec. 15: Blessed Virgin

Mary, 7 p.m.] Dec. 21: at Watertown, 7:30 Dec. 27-28: at Bishop Ludden Holiday Classic Jan. 4: Baldwinsville, 7 p.m. Jan. 7: Auburn, 7 p.m. Jan. 11: Corcoran, 7 p.m. Jan. 13: at Rome Free Academy, 7 p.m. Jan. 18: at Liverpool, 7 p.m. Jan. 21: at Henninger, 7 p.m. Jan. 28: at Cicero-North Syracuse, 7 p.m. Feb. 1: Oswego, 7 p.m. Feb. 4: Fayetteville-Manlius, 7 p.m. Feb. 8: at Nottingham, 6:30 Feb. 11: at Central Square, 7 p.m. Feb. 18: Utica Proctor, 7 p.m. Boys Swimming Dec. 9: at Nottingham, 5 p.m. Dec. 15: FayettevilleManlius (at Nottingham), 6 p.m. Dec. 21: Oswego, 4:30 Jan. 5: Auburn, 4:30 Jan. 14: at Cicero-North

Syracuse, 7 p.m. Jan. 19: at Liverpool, 5 p.m. Jan. 27: Baldwinsville, 4:30 Wrestling Dec. 4: Andersen Tournament at Cicero-North Syracuse, 10 a.m. Dec. 8: Cazenovia, 6 p.m. Dec. 11: Blue Devil Duals at Cato-Meridian, 10 a.m. Dec. 14: Cicero-North Syracuse, 6:30 Dec. 16: at Institute of Technology, 7 p.m. Dec. 22: at FayettevilleManlius, 7 p.m. Dec. 29: Brett Dixon Memorial Meet at Central Square, 9 a.m. Jan. 5: Oswego, 6:30 Jan. 8: Leo J. Sammon Tournament at Ilion, 9 a.m. Jan. 12: at Rome Free Academy, 7 p.m. Jan. 15: at Cazenovia Invitational, 10 a.m. Jan. 19: Liverpool, 6:30 Jan. 26: at Baldwinsville, 7 p.m. Feb. 2: Auburn, 6:30 Feb. 5: Section III Class

AA Championships at CNS, 9 a.m. Feb. 12: Section III Championships at Utica Auditorium, 9 a.m. Feb. 25-26: State Championships at Times Union Center, Albany Boys, Girls Bowling Dec. 7: at Baldwinsville, 3:30 Dec. 9: at Liverpool, 3:30 Dec. 13: at Utica Proctor, 3:30 Dec. 15: at Cicero-North Syracuse, 3:30 Dec. 17: at Rome Free Academy, 3:30 Dec. 20: at Henninger, 3:30 Jan. 4: at Auburn, 3:30 Jan. 6: at FayettevilleManlius, 3:30 Jan. 11: Central Square, 3:30 Jan. 12: Oswego, 3:30 Jan. 14: Corcoran, 3:30 Jan. 18: Auburn, 3:30 Jan. 20: FayettevilleManlius, 3:30 Jan. 25: at Central Square, 3:30 Jan. 27: at Oswego, 3:30 – Phil Blackwell

Jordan-Elbridge Jordan-Elbridge High School’s 2010-11 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change. Boys Basketball Dec. 8: Hannibal, 7 p.m. Dec. 10: at Skaneateles, 7 p.m. Dec. 15: Solvay, 7 p.m. Dec. 17: at Marcellus, 7 p.m. Dec. 28-29: at Hannibal Holiday Tournament Jan. 5: at Bishop Grimes, 7 p.m. Jan. 7: at Westhill, 7:30 Jan. 12: Bishop Ludden, 7 p.m. Jan. 14: Cazenovia, 7 p.m. Jan. 21: Skaneateles, 7 p.m. Jan. 28: at Solvay, 7 p.m. Feb. 2: Marcellus, 7 p.m. Feb. 9: Bishop Grimes, 7 p.m. Feb. 11: Westhill, 7 p.m. See JE, page 12

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Sports Empire Games canceled for 2011 Just as it looked like the Empire State Games, the annual Olympic-like summer sports festival for New York’s top athletes that flourished for more than three decades, was back on sound footing, they are gone again – and perhaps for good. The news came out last Tuesday in a letter to athletes from Winter Games administrator Lisa del Signore. In it, she said that both the Winter Games in Lake Placid and the Summer Games in Rochester for 2011 are canceled. “We have been informed that there will be no appropriation for any of the Empire State Games programs in the coming year,� the letter said. “Two of our five staff members have been laid off effective the end of the year. The other three have

been re-assigned within the State Parks agency. With no money and no staff, we have no program.� Started in 1978 and held for its first seven years in Syracuse (and last held in the Syracuse area in 2002), the ESG went uninterrupted for 31 years until the state’s budget woes caught up. Originally, the Summer Games were to be held in the Hudson Valley in 2009. But when funding from the state’s parks department (which has run the ESG from its inception) dried up and local officials tried to implement a large participation fee, the negative response led to the first cancellation in the event’s history. To have the Summer Games revived in Buffalo in 2010, First Niagara Bank committed $1 million – half in sponsorship, half in operations – and became the event’s sponsor, and other companies jumped in to

offer private funding, too. In return, the state’s operating budget fell from $2.7 million to $1 million, and a small participation fee was used. And the Summer Games went on, thousands of athletes from six regions – Central, Western, Adirondack, Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island – vying for medals in more than two dozen sports. Other than bad weather that shortened some events, it was, by all accounts, a successful venture, even turning a profit for the local organizing committee in Buffalo, so plans appeared in order for the next ESG round in 2011. Instead, with the state facing a severe budget deficit, the ESG’s funding was wiped out – leaving no games for 2011, and doubt that, even with private funding, it could come back.


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In the meantime, maybe we can fire up some good old-fashioned populism and get our state officials riled up about this. And maybe there’s an ally right near the top. As noted, the ESG Summer Games of 2011 were set for Rochester. And its mayor, Robert Duffy, just received a promotion – to lieutenant governor, no. 2 behind Andrew Cuomo. In the immediate aftermath of the ESG cancellation notice, Duffy said he was “certain that the incoming administration will revisit this decision after Jan. 1.� That leaves five weeks, folks. Five weeks for athletes and officials from across the state to put their geographic, economic and sociological differences aside and work together to put some pressure on the powers-to-be (Cuomo, Duffy and every state legislator) to bring the ESG back. The point is to be loud, and consistent, and insistent. Tell them that, yes, the state has many, many problems, but that the ESG is not one of then. There’s no appreciable impact on taxpayers to fund it, and the good will generated by a new administration can’t hurt, either. In some form or another, funded in some way or another, the Empire State Games are a proud part of our athletic history. By getting pro-active to save them, we can make sure that the history can continue to be written, year by year, for a long time to come.

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observe practices and procedures, along with a significant variety of cases. The most significant preparation will take place when I start the “Taking the Bench” course commencing shortly. This is a course mandated by New York State prior to being allowed to serve in this capacity. EO: You were a town of Elbridge councilor for seven years. What was your proudest moment as councilor? GB: The completion of the Elbridge West Water District was a significant undertaking and I was very pleased with the outcome. The project had been stalled for lack of funding for many years. Shortly after coming on the board we were able to obtain funding, gather support and get it built. The end result has been additional jobs and business growth in this portion of the town along with several new houses. EO: What will you miss the most about the position? QB: The interaction with our residents as we have worked together to tackle the challenges before us. EO: As deputy supervisor, was there a time when you had to step in for Ken Bush that stands out in your mind? GB: It has been very seldom that I have had to step in for Ken; however, I am known for having efficiently run meetings of brief duration. EO: Looking ahead, what challenges do you expect to face as town justice? GB: Keeping on top of the changes of law that occur on a regular basis while handling our very active court. The state comptroller ranked Elbridge as the 10th busiest town court in Onondaga County for last year. EO: What part of being Elbridge town justice do you look forward to the most? GB: At this point the training is daunting; I look forward to completing this and doing the job to the best of my ability.

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been known for being upfront and handling my job with respect and diligence. I work hard at being a discerning listener. EO: Can you briefly describe the duties of town justice? GB: The town justice presides over the town court, and in Elbridge each justice convenes court every other Monday evening. Town court has jurisdiction over a broad range of matters, including vehicle and traffic matters, small claims, evictions, civil matters and criminal offenses. Furthermore, town justices need to be available for arraignments, many of which may be late at night. The position also allows me the opportunity to perform marriages. EO: How have you prepared yourself to take up this role? GB: I have invested considerable time in interacting with our court personnel in Elbridge; our current justices have been very gracious in allowing me access to educational materials offered to them and our two court clerks have been patient to answer my questions. In the Fifth Judicial District, new town justices are assigned a mentor judge; Judge Stephen Poli of Camillus was selected as my mentor. The mentoring process involves meeting with my mentor as well as attending their court. I have completed this; there will be further interaction as I go along. Recently I attended a technology training session to introduce me to some of the electronic resources, the e-mail system and the digital recorder that is used every time court is in session. On my own I have visited all 19 town courts in Onondaga County, along with several village courts as well as a day visiting Syracuse city courts. This has exposed me to many hours of court time to


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cases where they can benefit learning and communication. In reaction to that survey, the Board of Regents passed the Statewide Learning Technology Plan, which will ensure New York schools access to learning opportunities through digital content while giving individual districts the flexibility to create their own digital content policies. West Genesee Central School District, which has extensively incorporated social media into its curriculum, could serve as a model for J-D’s social media committee. Christopher Brown, the superintendent of West Genesee, uses the rapid communication capabilities of Twitter to keep parents, teachers and other administrators informed about day-to-day activities and breaking district news. He said that his tweets, in conjunction with information posted on the school’s website, have decreased the district’s load of incoming phone calls – giving administrators more time to work and interact with students during the day. “Anyone who follows me on Twitter would know that it is a snow day before the local news on television or radio,” said

Brown, who has used Twitter for more than two years of his three-year tenure at West Genesee. “We also use Skype and a program called Movi for one-on-one conversations between students and teachers, and for virtual field trips.” Brown said one of the ways in which West Genesee uses the online video-chat programs is to have its classes interact with students from as far away as Japan. “The digital field trips have had an outstanding response,” Brown said. “They’re cheaper than school bus trips, and often more rewarding, because students get a chance to interact with people they would never have the chance to otherwise.” Brown said that the strongest advice he could offer to a district that is exploring social networking possibilities is to have clear policies behind the use of the technologies. “Solid policy is a web that gives you control over what is put out over social media, and it keeps that content as appropriate as possible,” Brown said. “However, part of the benefit of social media is the creativity it can offer to the education system, so you don’t want to suffocate that, either.”


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Solvay announces winter sports schedule Jan. 21: Marcellus, 7 p.m. Jan. 25: Phoenix, 7 p.m. Jan. 28: Jordan-Elbridge, 7 p.m. Feb. 2: at Bishop Grimes, 7 p.m. Feb. 4: Westhill, 7 p.m. Feb. 8: at Bishop Ludden, 7 p.m. Feb. 10: Skaneateles, 7 p.m. Feb. 15: at Cazenovia, 7 p.m. Feb. 18: at Hannibal, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball Dec. 7: Phoenix, 7 p.m. Dec. 9: at Marcellus, 7 p.m. Dec. 15: Jordan-Elbridge, 7 p.m. Dec. 17: at Bishop

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Feb. 16: at Bishop Ludden, 7:30 Feb. 18: at Cazenovia, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball Dec. 7: at Hannibal, 7 p.m. Dec. 10: Skaneateles, 7 p.m. Dec. 15: at Solvay, 7 p.m. Dec. 17: Marcellus, 7 p.m. Dec. 21: at Onondaga, 7 p.m. Dec. 28: at Marcellus, 2 p.m. Jan. 5: Bishop Grimes, 7 p.m. Jan. 7: Westhill, 7 p.m. Jan. 11: at Bishop Ludden, 7:30 Jan. 13: at Cazenovia, 7 p.m. Jan. 19: Hannibal, 7 p.m. Jan. 21: at Sknaeatlees, 7 p.m. Jan. 28: Solvay, 7 p.m. Feb. 8: at Bishop Grimes, 7 p.m. Feb. 11: at Westhill, 7:30 Feb. 15: Bishop Ludden, 7 p.m. Feb. 17: Cazenovia, 7 p.m. Wrestling Dec. 4: at APW/Pulaski Dual Meet, 10 a.m. Dec. 7: at Port Byron, 6 p.m. Dec. 9: Onondaga, 6:30 Dec. 15: Hannibal, 6:30 Dec. 22: Cazenovia, 6:30 Dec. 29: Brett Dixon Memorial Meet at Central Square, 9 a.m. Jan. 5: at Skaneateles, 6:30 Jan. 8: at Port Byron Invitational, 9 a.m. Jan. 12: at Marcellus, 6:30 Jan. 15: at Southern Springs Duals, 10 a.m. Jan. 19: at Solvay, 7 p.m. Jan. 21: at LaFayette, 6 p.m. Jan. 26: Oswego, 6:30 Jan. 29: OHSL Liberty/Patriot Championships, 10 a.m. Feb. 5: Section III Class C Champion-

ships at Lowville, 10 a.m. Feb. 12: Section III Championships at Utica Auditorium, 9 a.m. Feb. 25-26: State Championships at Times Union Center, Albany Girls Volleyball Dec. 3: at Chittenango, 7:30 Dec. 8: at Solvay, 7 p.m. Dec. 11: at Marcellus Tournament, 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13: at Marcellus, 7:30 Dec. 16: at Hannibal, 7 p.m. Dec. 22: Cato-Meridian, 7:30 Dec. 28: J-E Tournament, 10 a.m. Jan. 4: Westhill, 7:30 Jan. 6: CBA, 7:30 Jan. 8: at Jamesville-DeWitt, 1:30 Jan. 11: Solvay, 7:30 Jan. 13: Marcellus, 7:30 Jan. 15: Phoenix, 12:30 Jan. 20: Hannibal, 7:30 Jan. 27: at Westhill, 7:30 Feb. 1: at CBA, 7 p.m. Boys, Girls Indoor Track Dec. 11: Jack Morse Relays (SUNY Cortland), 9 a.m. Dec. 18: George Constantino Invitational (Hamilton College), 9 a.m. Dec. 28: Fred Kirschenheiter Relays (SUNY Cortland), 2:30 Jan. 8: OHSL Championships (Colgate University), 11 a.m. Jan. 16: John Arcaro/Bob Grieve Memorial Meet (SUNY Cortland), 1:30 Jan. 23: Boys Section III Championships at Hamilton, 9 a.m. Jan. 28: Girls Section III Championships at Colgate, 4 p.m. Feb. 26: State Qualifier at Colgate, 5 p.m. March 5: State Championships at Cornell University, 9 a.m. – Phil Blackwell

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Solvay High School’s 2010-11 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change. Boys Basketball Dec. 8: at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Dec. 11: at Marcellus, 7 p.m. Dec. 15: at Jordan-Elbridge, 7 p.m. Dec. 17: Bishop Grimes, 7 p.m. Dec. 21: at Westhill, 7:30 Jan. 4: Bishop Ludden, 7 p.m. Jan. 6: at Skaneateles, 7 p.m. Jan. 11: Cazenovia, 7 p.m. Jan. 13: Hannibal, 7 p.m.


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Obituaries Maria Santa Ferrara, 85 Avid gardener, Yankees fan

Maria Estelle Santa Ferrara, 85, of Fairmount, passed away Friday Nov. 12, 2010, with her loving family by her side. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday Oct. 15, 1925, she was the daughter of Juan and Maria Rivera. She was a communicant of Holy Family Church. An avid gardener, Maria enjoyed her huge rose garden with its many varieties of roses. She was a Yankees fan and also enjoyed strawberry picking and bowling. Maria was predeceased by her husband, Carbino Santa Ferrara; and sister, Marie Demchak. Maria is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Michele Maria Romano of Solvay, Karen and Gregg Kidd of Manlius and Barbara and Santa Ferrara Matthew Wadach of Camillus; grandchildren, John Berardi, Leslie and Tom Azzolino, Elizabeth and Richard Bartlett, Brandon, Jeremy and Carly Kidd, Luke and Michael Wadach; several great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and two stepchildren. Rev. Gregory Kreinheder and Deacon Nick Alvara celebrated a mass of Christian burial at 1 p.m. on Monday Nov. 15 in Holy Family Church. Maria was laid to rest in Assumption Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208. A special thank you to everyone at Loretto. Please share condolences at

Lorraine M. Olney, 84

Retired from Kings Storage and Warehouse Lorraine M. Olney, 84, of Macedon, formerly of Liverpool, passed away Wednesday Nov. 3, 2010, at Highland Hospital. Born in Richfield Park, NJ, she worked for Sears and retired from Kings Storage and Warehouse. Lorraine was a long time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Liverpool. She was predeceased by her husband Leslie Olney, grandson Mark Hoefen, parents John and Edna Stokes Huber and brother Jack Huber. Lorraine is survived by her daughters Judy (John) Hoefen of Marion, NY, and Gail (Dennis) Simmons of Pompano Beach, Fl; son Richard (Donna) Olney of Syracuse; grandchildren John (Karen) Hoefen, Jeff (Rhonda) Hoefen and Richard Olney and great grandchildren Austin, Anastasia and Jasmine Hoefen. Services: 11 a.m. Monday Nov. 8 at the Plis Funeral Home, 33 North St. Marcellus. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Onondaga County Veterans Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.

Eileen W. Hamann, 80

Former elementary school teacher Eileen (nee Wurst) Hamann, 80, of Syracuse, formerly of Camillus, passed away on Sunday Nov. 7, 2010. Eileen led a life blessed by a good family, a strong faith and many good friends. She was a loving and caring woman who was both a loyal friend and a wonderful neighbor. Born on Sunday March 2, 1930 in Great Neck, NY, Eileen graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1951. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Upstate New York and Boston before the birth of her children. She was involved in many volunteer activities while living in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, including Faith Lutheran Church Women, and school PTAs. After returning to Camillus in 1974, she worked for Eileen W. the West Genesee School District as a librarian at West Genesee High Hamann School, East Hill and West Genesee Middle School for 20 years. She retired in 1996. Eileen enjoyed many volunteer activities while in Camillus. She was a volunteer tutor for children in grades 1-3, helping with the reading program. She was also active in St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Women, Community General Hospital Auxiliary and the Camillus Erie Canal Park. She was a long time member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Camillus. She loved helping others, especially children. Family was important to Eileen. She enjoyed cooking, having fresh flowers on the dinner table and completing her family dinner with a homemade dessert. She also spent time sewing for her family, gardening, and playing tennis. Eileen was the beloved wife of 58 years to Richard “Dick”. She was the loving mother of Carla (Bill) Hoenigmann of Park Ridge, New Jersey, Marlene (Tom) Hamann-Whitmore of Geneseo and Bruce (Natalie) of New York, New York; and adored Nana of Sarah, Stacy, Ben, Alex, Nora and Cooper. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Carol and George Brown of Flat Rock, North Carolina; a niece and two nephews and their children. Relatives and friends called from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 12 at Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 West Genesee St., Camillus. Rev. Janet Fechner-Pelletier and Rev. Kenneth C. Heuermann officiated a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday Nov. 13 in St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. Burial was private at Greenlawn Cemetery in Warners. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eileen’s name to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 5108 West Genesee St., Camillus, NY 13031 or to one’s favorite charity. Please share condolences at

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Eleanora J. Piekielniak, 85 Former director of nursing

Eleanora J. Piekielniak, 85, of Marcellus, died Tuesday Oct. 26, 2010. She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, and Syracuse University. She was employed by St. Joseph’s Hospital for 20 years, 10 as director of nursing. She was also employed by the New York State Dept. of Health as director of nursing services. Survivors: several stepchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Services: 9 a.m. Saturday Oct. 30 from the Plis Funeral Home, and 9:30 a.m. In St. Francis Xavier Church, Marcellus. Burial in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Calling hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 29 at the funeral home, 33 North St., Marcellus.

Rosemary C. Smith, 87

Enjoyed traveling and time spent with children, grandchildren Rosemary C. (Deal) Smith, 87, of Fairmount, passed away Thursday Nov. 11, 2010, at Van Duyn Home & Hospital after a long illness. Born in Syracuse on Friday Feb. 2, 1923, to the late Mary Bell (Dillon) Deal and Allen S. Deal, Rosemary graduated from St. Vincent DePaul High School in 1941. She married Robert E. Smith in 1946 and lived in Fairmount for 53 years. Rosemary was a homemaker. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren. A communicant of Holy Family Church, she was a former member of its Altar & Rosary Society. Rosemary She was also a member of the “Sherwood Avenue Girls.” C. Smith In addition to her parents, Rosemary was predeceased by her brothers, John H. “Jack” Deal and J. Allen Deal. Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Robert; daughters and son-in-law, Sharon Hall of Breezy Point, Minnesota and Shelley and Scott Brim of Jordan; sons and daughters-inlaw, Gary and Nancy of Syracuse, Barry and Doreen of Knoxville, Tennessee and Gerry and Vicki of Camillus; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends called from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday Nov. 14 at Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus. A funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday Nov. 15 in Holy Family Church with Rev. Gregory Kreinheder and Deacon Nick Alvaro officiating. Rosemary was laid to rest in Resurrection Chapel Mausoleum, St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, c/o Funeral Luncheon Committee, 127 Chapel Dr., Syracuse, NY 13219. Please view the Smith Family Video Tribute and share condolences at

Michael E. Hart, 44

Navy veteran of the Persian Gulf War Michael E. Hart, 44, of Camillus, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday Nov. 9, 2010. Born in Auburn on Tuesday July 19, 1966, he grew up in Moravia and lived in Rochester for 10 years. He resided in Camillus for the past 10 years. Michael was an engineer for Lockheed Martin for 10 years and was previously employed by Xerox in Rochester. A Navy veteran, he served in the Persian Gulf War and was a plank owner of the USS Wisconsin. He attended Grace Chapel in Skaneateles. Michael was predeceased by his father, Milton E. Hart. Surviving are his wife of 21 years, the former Lesley Clark; children, Sarah and Ian of Camillus; mother, Mary Little Hart of Moravia; brothMichael E. Hart ers and sisters-in-law, Douglas E. and Kendra Hart of Moravia and Jeffrey B. and Catherine Hart of Marshfield, Massachusetts; mother-inlaw, Jean Clark of Rochester; brother-in-law and wife, David and Cindy Clark of Texas; sister-in-law and husband, Audrey and Stephen Warren of Arizona; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday Nov. 13 in Grace Chapel, 1674 Cherry Valley Turnpike, Skaneateles 13152 with Pastor Barry Sisson officiating. Arrangements were by the Buranich Funeral Home, Camillus. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or to the American Heart Assn., P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241. Please share condolences at

Makenzie Grace McIlroy Infant daughter

Makenzie Grace McIlroy, the infant daughter of Brian and Jessica McIlroy of Clay, went to be the Lord on her birth on Nov. 17, 2010 at Crouse Hospital. She will be buried next to her paternal grandfather Thomas McIlroy, Sr. in Maplewood Cemetery. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her maternal great grandparents, Judy and Larry Poth and George and Cecile Caron; maternal grandparents Michael and Renee Caron; paternal grandmother Dolly McIlroy; many aunts, uncles and relatives. Graveside services were private; friends were invited to Fairmount Fire Department to greet the family. Arrangements by the B.L. Bush & Sons Funeral Home, 10 Main St., Camillus. Please sign her guestbook at

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interest in the Navy was fueled as a student at Villanova University in the early 1960s. He served as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy from 1963 through 1970. He then re-enlisted in 1981 and began his involvement with the Supply Corps. Kanaley gave each student in the class an American flag and presented a variety of his medals and awards. When asked what he liked most about military service, Kanaley explained: “I would not give back one day of my service in the Navy. I traveled the world, I learned about a variety of cultures, and I made many friends.” Listed are the students in Sandy Carey’s class and the veteran they interviewed: Pavel Bandura – Vitaly Bandura, Army Bradley Bednarski – Tom R. Bednarski, Army Benjamin Beratta – Maj. Richard John LaMarre, Army Bryce Bowen – Charles Jankowski, Army Mary Colella & Anna Perry – Peter C.



Colella, Navy Taylor Crysler & Sami DiMarco – Jeffrey Allen Berwald, Coast Guard & Air Force Kyle Denka – Thomas Anthony Fantauzzi, Army Benjamin Fedorenko – Sergey Fedorenko, Army Cameron Finnie – William A. Finnie, Air Force Kayla Fogg – Tom Kay, Navy Kaitlyn Foster – Santo Richard Palmano, Army Samuel Grattan – Clifford Sherman Sparling, Air Force Kaleigh Kemp – Terri Cheshire, Army Mikenzie Lader – Corporal Frank Lee Graves, Army Kate Morris – Dennis Muff, Marines Meghan O’Brien – Capt. Tom Kanaley, Navy John O’Hara – Edward A. O’Hara, Jr., Navy Brendan Shanahan – Andrew Boyan, Dept. of Defense Paige Tomeny – Charles V. Tomeny, Jr., Navy Zachary Weiler – Kenneth Earl Lott, Sr., Marines

Students perform at Area All State Audrey Turner

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KCH third graders reach out to classmate By David Taddeo “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, involve me and I will understand.” These ancient words by Confucius take on a special meaning when applied to the challenges experienced by students with disabilities as they navigate their way through the educational system. Understanding and communication become the key elements to school success for everyone involved. Students in Rose Battaglia’s third grade class at K.C. Heffernan (KCH) Elementary School took a giant step toward that understanding as Michelle Stottlar shared her experiences as the mother of Trevor Stottlar, a student with disabilities in Battaglia’s class. Among the topics touched upon by Mrs. Stottlar were: 3Diet and eating habits: “Trevor’s mouth muscles don’t work well, so the more spicy or strong the taste the better.” 3Transportation: “Trevor rides a unique bus with a wheelchair lift.” 3School: “Trevor at-

Solvay Feb. 11: at Skaneateles, 7 p.m. Feb. 15: Cazenovia, 7 p.m. Feb. 17: Hannibal, 7 p.m. Girls Volleyball Dec. 8: JordanElbridge, 7 p.m. Dec. 11: at Marcellus Tournament, 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13: at Hannibal, 7 p.m. Dec. 15: at Fulton, 7 p.m. Dec. 16: Westhill, 7 p.m. Dec. 20: at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Jan. 3: CBA, 7 p.m. Jan. 5: Marcellus, 7 p.m. Jan. 8: at Marcellus Tournament, 9 a.m. Jan. 11: at Jordan-Elbridge, 7:30 Jan. 14: Hannibal, 7 p.m. Jan. 19: at Westhill, 7 p.m. Jan. 24: Homer, 6:30 Jan. 25: at East Syracuse-Minoa, 6:30 Jan. 27: at CBA,

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Students in Rose Battaglia’s third grade class trace their hands on a sweat shirt for Trevor Stottlar. From left to right: Dakota Higgins, Matt McManus, Trevor Stottlar and Michelle Stottlar. tends school all summer long in North Syracuse.” 3Daily schedule: “Trevor’s schedule is very similar to all of yours.” Mrs. Stottlar responded thoughtfully to students’ questions. When asked why Trevor sometimes shakes his arms, Mrs. Stottlar said that movement is controlled by a part of the brain and that “Trevor does not always have control, no one knows why.” When asked, she also shared that “coming to school is Trevor’s favorite activity, he loves being with friends.” Students in the class also expressed an interest in the braces that Trevor wears

From page 12 7 p.m. Jan. 31: Living Word, 7:30 Feb. 2: at Marcellus, 7:30 Ice Hockey Combined team with Marcellus, Westhill, J-E Dec. 7: at CiceroNorth Syracuse, 5 p.m. Dec. 10-11: at Baldwinsville Coughlin Tournament Dec. 13: at Watertown IHC, 5:30 Dec. 17: at West Genesee, 7:30 Dec. 21: Fayetteville-Manlius, 7:15 Dec. 27-28: King Of the Coliseum Tournament Jan. 11: at Hamilton, 7 p.m. Jan. 14: Liverpool, 8 p.m. Jan. 18: at Rome Free Academy, 7 p.m. Jan. 21: Cortl a n d / Ho m e r, 8 p.m. Jan. 27: at Corcoran, 7 p.m. Feb. 1: Baldwinsville, 7:15


on his legs. Mrs. Stottlar explained that the AFO braces keep Trevor’s ankles strong enough so that he can work on standing. She demonstrated the process for putting on Trevor’s braces as the class attentively looked on. Students and staff in Battaglia’s class showed their empathy; one by one tracing their hands on a special sweatshirt for Trevor. Mrs. Stottlar expressed the class’s sentiment best when she shared that “talking about Trevor makes us feel real good that Trevor is here with his special friends.”

Feb. 3: at Ontario Bay, 7:30 Feb. 8: Utica Proctor, 7 p.m. Feb. 10: Corcoran, 7:15 Wrestling Combined team with Westhill Dec. 15: Cazenovia, 7 p.m. Dec. 22: Marcellus, 7 p.m. Jan. 5: at Hannibal, 6 p.m. Jan. 12: at Skaneateles, 6 p.m. Jan. 19: JordanElbridge, 7 p.m. Jan. 29: OHSL Liberty/Patriot Tournament, 10 a.m. Feb. 5: Section III Class A Championships at Mexico, 10 a.m. Feb. 12: Section III Championships at Utica Auditorium, 9 a.m. Feb. 25-26: State Championships at Times Union Center, Albany Boys, Girls Bowling All matches at Strike-N-Spare Lanes Dec. 1: Fulton,

3:30 Dec. 8: CBA, 3:30 Dec. 9: Cortland, 3:30 Dec. 15: Chittenango, 3:30 Dec. 16: East Syracuse-Minoa, 3:30 Dec. 22: Fowler, 3:30 Jan. 5: Bishop Grimes, 3:30 Jan. 6: Fulton, 3:30 Jan. 12: CBA, 3:30 Jan. 13: Cortland, 3:30 Jan. 19: Chittenango, 3:30 Jan. 20: East Syracuse-Minoa Jan. 27: Fowler, 3:30 Feb. 1: Bishop Grimes, 3:30 Feb. 9-10: OHSL Championships Feb. 13: Girls Section III Championships at Pin-ORama, Utica Feb. 19: Boys Section III Championships at StrikeN-Spare Lanes – Phil Blackwell

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not at all final. “We need to hear from the people,” Bush said. “ It’s your town, it’s your street, it’s your neighborhood.” Rochman confirmed the supervisor’s positive outlook as accurate: “That’s why we moved here,” he said. Bush told the Observer that in addition to changes in the zoning map – which he said only affect about 10 percent of Elbridge residents – modifications have been made to the ordinance, or wording. “If people end up becoming non-conforming and then their house burns down, what happens?” Bush said. “The ordinance was changed to allow them to build up on their old foundation.” Less expensive this time around Bush estimated that 15 years ago, when the town zoning was last adjusted, the town board spent more than $30,000 of taxpayer funds in the process – which included a failed attempt to change the ordinance. “This time I was not going to spend all that money; we just couldn’t afford it,” Bush said. So the town created a volunteer citizens’ committee, led by Councilor Rita Dygert, to work on the changes. Bush noted that town attorney Dirk Oudemool “hasn’t charged us a nickel more” for the additional time he has put into the zoning and ordinance update, a task not required in his contract. JET gets its wings The Jordan-Elbridge Transport program, started in July 2009, will soon see an upgrade. The board authorized Bush to sign an

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Councilor Bill Kuhn, right, reads from the town’s drafted dog control law. Pictured left is Town Supervisor Ken Bush. agreement with Onondaga County to become part of its United We Ride project. The agreement calls for the town of Elbridge to expand its door-to-door JET van shuttle service to include trips to destinations beyond medical appointments. By joining the county project, JET will be eligible to receive $23,000, a matching grant awarded based on the JET’s assessed need of $46,000 – that includes upkeep of the vehicle, which seats 12 total and features two wheelchair stations, as well as gas expenses. Dygert estimated that 100 individuals took advantage of the program in 2010, and 140 will use JET in 2011. She expects one-way rides to increase from about 800 in 2010 to 1,120 next year. The program will continue to provide seniors and people with disabilities with transportation to places within a 40 mile radius, but JET will no longer have to do all the legwork; thanks to the town’s participation in the United We Ride project, JET drivers will be able to drop off passengers at a station in a more central location like Camillus, where another service will step in. “Our vehicle can then return back to the town of Elbridge and transport others to more

local destinations,” Dygert said. “It will free our vehicle up. It’s certainly a more efficient and effective way of handling the transportation.” Dygert said the JET program was inspired by Skaneateles’ Laker Limo Volunteer Organization, which she estimates to have about 60 volunteers. JET is more than a few drivers behind in that department with just six, and Dygert is always looking for more. Drivers need only a driver’s license to participate; JET will provide the training. To become involved, call Dygert at 689-9461, or call the town of Elbridge clerk’s office at 689-9031. Hydrofracking ban considered As Elbridge’s six-month moratorium on horizontal drilling approaches the end of its grace period, Nov. 30, the town is considering where to go next. The board proposed a permanent ban at last Wednesday’s meeting, though quickly leaned toward simply extending the moratorium. “The last time this was brought up... It was permanent then, too,” said Elbridge resident Dan Conroy. “And the reason why the town didn’t do it permanently was because the state was still collecting information to see if it was hazardous to the environment … I would think extending the moratorium would be the way to go.” John Meixner spoke next, noting that he hadn’t signed a lease to allow horizontal drilling on his property. “I don’t like the word ‘prohibit;’ I think it should be up to the resident,” he said. Bush noted the general consensus of those opposed to the ban – “they’d rather see a sunset on it,” he told the Observer. “But the bottom line is, the state’s going to tell us what’s going

to happen. We’re not going to have much say in it.” So why enact a moratorium in the first place? Bush said it’s more of a symbolic gesture than anything. “To basically just say to the community and the bigger world, that Elbridge is concerned about its community and its environment,” he said. Dog Law considered Before discussing hydrofracking, the town board held a public hearing to consider a statewide issue that has received far less media attention – dog law. The state will hand all dog patrol responsibilities over to towns Jan. 1, requiring all towns to pass local laws before that date. The town’s law doesn’t change much from before, though licensing fees will increase from $5.50 for $7 for spayed dogs and from $13.50 to $14 for unspayed dogs. The law defines an at-large dog as any dog unleashed on public property “not under voice command of the owner” or on someone else’s private property without permission. Councilor Bill Kuhn had crossed out one part of the law that read: “No unspayed female dog in season shall be permitted to be outside a building or a fenced enclosure.” “I don’t think it’s fair for someone who owns a female dog to have to know, so my opinion is going to be to take that out of there,” Kuhn said. “[Someone else’s] male dog in your backyard is the one that shouldn’t be there, not your own dog.” The town board agreed to give further consideration to both items heard that night before taking any action.

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