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Look who’s on national T.V. An ABC News camera crew recently followed Ryan Novak, senior business major at Syracuse University and owner of Marcellus’s Chocolate Pizza Company, for a week or so. The result? A feature segment called “From Student to CEO” that first hit the airwaves Dec. 10. The video was produced by Marlei Martinez, a senior broadcast journalism major at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The link to the story can be found at, or posted on our Facebook page,

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Santa arrived in the village of Camillus Saturday Dec. 11 to the tune of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” sung by excited children with plenty of parents joining in. The annual tree lighting ceremony started in front of village hall and, for the first year, moved to the Senior Center where children got to talk to Santa and engage in holiday arts and crafts. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Santa eggs on the crowd as he arrives in the village. Kim Glover, right, joins her son, Ian, 5, in song. Singing beside them is Hannah Jones, 8, daughter of Tracy Webb. Residents were greeted by this impressive Tricerotops snow sculpture on Leroy Street as they walked from village hall to the Senior Center. Did you build it? Let us know by e-mailing and we’ll publish your name in an upcoming edition. Ned Campbell photos


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Honeywell presents plans for lakeshore enhancement By Ned Campbell Honeywell is preparing to dredge 2.63 million cubic yards of sediment from Onondaga Lake. On Thursday night at the Lakeside Fire Department in Geddes, Honeywell presented its plans for what the lakeshore could look like during and after the cleanup. “I think this is a really exciting project. This is the most visible gateway to our community,” said Dereth Glance, chair of the Onondaga Lake Bottom Community Participation Working Group. The volunteer group was established in August 2009 to be a voice for the community independent of the Department of Environment Conservation and Honeywell. The enhancement project is included in Honeywell’s cleanup of the lake as mandated by the DEC. Honeywell revealed two conceptual plans – one for 2011 to 2015 and another for after 2016 – that were arrived upon by surveying around 100 people in a series of public meetings. Those meetings revealed a few common threads among community members. “People wanted to protect the view See Lakeshore, page 13

Ludden tops Skaneateles in historic Dome debut Gaelic Knights stage late rally to beat Lakers By Phil Blackwell Shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday, Skaneateles senior Pat Roberts and Bishop Ludden freshman Dan Kaigler jumped to receive the tip-off – and the first-ever Section III high school basketball game in the Carrier Dome was underway. When things were settled an hour and a half later, it was the Gaelic Knights that finished on top, coming back in the second half to produce a 65-59 victory over the Lakers. Both Skaneateles and Ludden had breezed through their season openers on Friday night – the Lakers taking out Jordan-Elbridge 90-33,

the Gaelic Knights shutting down Cazenovia 66-26. Thus, whoever won this game would have a 2-0 mark, and more importantly, an early leg up in the OHSL Liberty division regular-season race – aside from the warm memories of playing on Syracuse University’s grand basketball stage. Casey Ganley’s jumper 1:45 into the game provided the first points of the occasion, and with tight defense Ludden kept the Lakers cold early and jumped to a quick 6-1 lead. But after Skaneateles head coach Karl Norris used a time-out, the Lakers got comfortable, increasing defensive pressure and converting on the other end, too. And by the time Justin Sisson drained a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the period, Skaneateles had moved ahead, 14-11. Even though Ganley notched seven straight points for Ludden early in the second quarter,

Skaneateles countered with a 15-4 run to close out the half, six of the points coming from Paul O’Donnell. Again, a late basket mattered as Jimmy Atkinson’s 3-pointer from the corner helped the Lakers take a 34-25 edge to the break. To turn it around again in the third quarter, Ludden pounded it inside to Kaigler, Ganley and Corey Hunter, taking advantage of the struggles Roberts was having. A 16-6 run gave the Gaelic Knights the lead back, and six straight points at the end of the period had Ludden in front, 47-42, with one quarter left. Not stopping there, the Gaelic Knights put together a 13-0 run deep into the fourth quarter, Kelly Beaudoin capping it with a 3-pointer that increased the margin to 54-42, forcing Norris to See Dome Classic, page 12

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Artist Wendy Worsham sits beside â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fairfield Barnâ&#x20AC;? during Maxwell Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday celebration Saturday Dec. 11. The painting depicts a barn on the fairgrounds in Worshamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown, Walton, N.Y. Worsham added the rolling hills to the landscape, which in reality is flat. Her artwork will be on display in the community room of Maxwell Library,14 Genesee St., Camillus, through Dec. 29.

Due to popular demand, Reading Fur Fun at Fairmount Community Library, 406 Chapel Drive, Syracuse, has been extended through May. This program allows young readers the comfort of reading books to trained dogs. Time slots are 6 and 6:30 p.m every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.; register at the front desk. For more info, call 487-8933.

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Community News

Making merriment at Maxwell

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Groover graduates basic training

COUNTERCLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Camillus Mayor Michael Montero, right, performs a classical string duet with Joshua Diesti, owner of Arthur May Dance Center in Syracuse, as part of Maxwell Memorial Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Merriment at Maxwell!â&#x20AC;? day-long celebration held Dec. 11. Artist Louise Woodard creates a thumbprint painting for Carson Szotek, 5, while others look on. In background are, from left, Madison Riccardi, 10, Sarah Szotek with her son Cooper, 2, Judy Wilson, 5, and her sister Rachel, 9. John Riccardi, 10, of Marcellus, with thumbprint paintings done by Woodard.

Airman Calvin Groover, Jr. graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex. Groover completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills, earning him four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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Calvin Groover, Jr. Groover is the son of Simone Sease of Harris Drive, Camillus, and Calvin Groover of Brunson St., Crestview, Fla. He graduated in 2007 from Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Local VFW sends stockings to troops The Pulaski VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Post 7289 collected enough donations to send nearly 500 stockings and several care boxes to active military troops in Afghanistan and Iraq in time for Christmas, Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Pulaski) reported last week. Local drop-off sites for the drive included town halls in Camillus, Lysander, Marcellus, Skaneateles and

Elbridge. Leroy and Lois Bowen have spearheaded the donation effort since 2004, Barclay said in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They send hygiene products, snacks and entertainment donated by the surrounding community to the troops.â&#x20AC;? This was the fourth year Barclayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office participated in the drive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;thank youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to all who donated this year to those who have to spend holidays away from family, friends and home protecting our freedoms,â&#x20AC;? Barclay said.

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Town of Elbridge hears back from NYSDOT on Route 5 traffic studies By Ned Campbell The Elbridge Town Board recently heard back from the New York State Department of Transportation regarding multiple requests made on behalf of residents. Town Clerk Deb Stapleton contacted the DOT on Nov. 30 after a local business owner asked her if any decision had been made in response to the fatal car crash that took place on Route 5 in front of the Family Dollar on Aug. 11. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We heard there was a study done a few months ago â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we heard of a possible traffic light, and also possibly widening the road, but people are concerned, and my question is if anything firm has been decided,â&#x20AC;? Stapleton wrote in an e-mail to DOT representative Larry Hasard. Hasard responded on Dec. 1 after speaking with state engineers.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are actually three separate studies, one at Rt. 31 B, one at Hamilton Road, and a third at Sandbank Road,â&#x20AC;? Hasard said. Hasard said a final report should be finished and sent to the town within the next few weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The study results provide some options,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No decisions have been made.â&#x20AC;? Hasard indicated that any changes beyond basic maintenance or pavement markings would require a capital construction project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know there are no projects for Route 5 in the current capital program,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that possible solutions for Route 5 would have to compete for a future slot in the program. Hasard said priority is given based upon the seriousness of the problem and the cost to address it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately there are many more problems to address than we have funding for,â&#x20AC;? Hasard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our planning office, in Syracuse, generally is the best source of information for future projects, and their timing. There will be ample opportunity for local input in the devel-

News from Marcellus Parks and Recreation

Wrestling and ski season are upon us The Town of Marcellus Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a free wrestling clinic for students in grades one through eight with instruction by coach Todd Donovan. The first clinic on Dec. 6 was canceled due to inclement weather, but classes will continue from 6 to 7:30 p.m Dec. 13 and 20 in the Driver Middle School â&#x20AC;&#x153;old gym.â&#x20AC;? Wrestlers are advised to dress in comfortable clothes and sneakers. The department will also hold a winter wrestling program (with a fee) from Jan. 5 through March. The program will include at least three wrestling matches. The next session of Zumba has started and runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday nights at the K.C. Heffernan gym.  The cost is $55 and registration forms can be found

online or at Marcellus Town Hall.  There is also room in the 10:30 a.m. session of Tai-Chi yoga that is held Thursdays in the community room of the Marcellus Library. The cost of this program is $15 for a 10week session. Starting Jan. 8, the Skaneateles Ski Hill will offer four weeks of lessons to Marcellus residents through the recreation department at a fee of $90.  All experience levels are welcome.  Skiers must have their own equipment.   The town of Marcellus Parks and Recreation Office is located at 24 East Main St and can be reached by calling 673-3269 ext. 2 or e-mailing For more information on Marcellus Park, go to

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Hydrofracking moratorium extended At its Dec. 1 meeting, the town board approved a resolution to extend its local moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing to Dec. 31, 2011. Town officials wanted to propose a resolution mandating the local moratorium stay in place until the NYSDEC and EPA determined the drilling procedure was safe, but town attorney Dirk Oudemool advised the board that the moratorium required a specific timeframe. Governor David Paterson vetoed legislation Saturday Dec. 12 that would have suspended the issuance of drilling permits through May 15. In its place, he issued an executive order directing the DEC to do further comprehensive study on the drilling procedure. The order prohibits hydraulic fracturing in New York State until July 1, 2011.



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Ned Campbell

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Opinion Editorial

Now is the time to give blood With the persistent winter storms of last week, cancellations took place across the region. Snow days at schools and places of work were just the start of it. The Madison-Oneida Chapter of the American Red Cross reported a number of blood drive cancellations and fewer people keeping their appointments. As a result, the Red Cross saw a decrease in local blood supply, especially for type 0 blood. The New York-Penn Region lost more than 500 donations from canceled drives, and was expected to lose another 900 by week’s end. The Red Cross is asking for your help — type O negative blood donors are encouraged to donate as soon as possible. Already have an appointment? Keep it — just as long as roads are safe for travel. To find a donation center near you, go to

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Save the earth, buy a real tree I’m of a certain generation — the generation that grew up during the popularization of the artificial Christmas tree. I remember clearly the day I learned my family wouldn’t be getting a real tree for the holidays. I might have been 6 at the time, and as far as I know, nothing else happened that day. My parents had a good reason for going to a fake tree — one of my siblings was allergic to pine. Of course, to a six-year-old, this was hardly an acceptable excuse. But even at that young age, I was mature enough to see right through their promise to make up for it by lighting a few pinescented candles. I don’t think I’m alone in my experience of losing a real tree at a critical age, so when Rob Brown, owner of Brown’s Three B Tree Nursery in Jordan, told me last week that he’d seen a trend among people in their 20s and 30s, my ears perked up. As Executive Director for the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York, Brown talks to a lot of tree farm owners. From his informal research, he’s gathered that young adults are coming out to tree farms in higher numbers — partially motivated, he suspects, by a desire to be “green.” He pointed out that when you buy a fake tree, it often ends up

in the landfill within three years. “Real trees create oxygen,” Brown said. From the “Artificial trees creeditor ate nothing.” When my parents first bought a fake tree, one of their reasons was to protect the environment. This logic doesn’t seem to hold up like it used to. “There’s at least one, if not two, trees planted for every one that’s cut down,” Brown said of farms across the state.

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Even greener After talking to Brown, I stopped by Dusart Nursery in Camillus and asked owner Jim Dusart if he’d noticed the trend of younger buyers. “I see it off and on but I can’t say 100 percent that I see it in a strong way,” Dusart said, noting that most of his customers are his age and up. He did, however, point to another means of “going green.” On top of selling cut trees brought in from farms in Tully and Pulaski, Dusart sells live blue spruces. He had already sold out of them when we talked. “You can take a potted or a bulb tree into the house, decorate it — you don’t keep it in there as long as you would a cut tree — and then you take it out and put it in the

ground,” Dusart said When Dusart sells a live tree, he tells his customers to dig a hole as soon as they get home in a place where the soil will not freeze, and to cover it with leaves or a board. When it comes times to plant the tree, they’ll want to be prepared. “If you’ve got to go out there and shovel off three-feet of snow, do that and plant the tree,” he said. Is there anything greener than digging through snow to plant a tree? So long as you don’t forget to first take off the lights, I can’t think of a more sustainable way to celebrate the season.

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Thumbs up or thumbs down in the western suburbs As a person who has lived and worked in western Onondaga County for these past fifty or so years, I have observed a lot of water going “over the dam,” so to speak. As one looks back as we move one year further away from the first decade of the 21th century, it may well be appropriate to offer a report card on some of the ups and downs resulting from decisions made up to a half-century ago. First Thumbs Up: Camillus Erie Canal The first thumbs up would go to the Camillus Erie Canal Society for its almost forty-year effort on behalf of restoring the Camillus portion of the Erie Canal. The original canal was

established in the 1820s and abandoned in the early 1900s. The culminating activity for the society was the recent reconstruction of the Aqueduct carrying the canal over Nine Mile Creek. The future of the Camillus Erie Canal looks bright. Plans are under way for long-term enhancements to the canal park, including museum expansion, an added boat house and bridges. First thumbs down: Waste Beds A thumbs down would have to be given to what seems to be “ final” resolution on the 500 or so acres of the Allied waste beds ultimately situated in Camillus. Little thought was given by the town’s elected officials over fifty years

as to what would eventually happen if Allied ever ceased operations. The waste bed agreements of 1953 and 1974 provided little in the way of protection for the future long-term interests of Camillus. It would have helped if there had been iron-clad agreements as to any final resolution to the reclamation of the area. The final Allied legacy for Camillus apparently will be the creation of a large-scale deposit site for Onondaga Lake waste, as well as a willows growing plantation, neither of which will produce much benefit for Camillus. Second thumbs up: Lacrosse The long-term success of the local

federal government, and that the county has no control over. Medicaid is the main culprit here. With the county’s share of Medicaid now at close to $100 million per year, and the new county levy at $153 million, you can see the direct impact on our county budget. The sales tax redistribution vote in May passed unanimously by all legislators present. At no time did I, Bob Warner, insinuate that the town of Elbridge hasn’t been “transparent.” In fact, it has been just the opposite. I stated repeatedly that the new sales tax agreement would be difficult for some towns (including Elbridge) in the county who had done the right thing using past sales tax revenues as a “credit against” county property taxes. Some towns did not do that, taking the cash instead and spending

it within their own budget. However, because the new sharing agreement is based on assessed valuation, there are some areas of the county where county property taxes will increase. During the recent county budget process, the legislature addressed this with a number of “cuts and adjustments” to the budget, as we had promised last year. This was to soften the affects of the new sales tax agreement, and it is why I voted for the “compromise” agreement. Unfortunately, the county executive vetoed a number of our reductions, resulting in the property tax increases in several suburban towns. I supported the compromise because I insisted that the county “phase out” the towns; not eliminate them as originally proposed. I also

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From the mailbag Warner responds to Elbridge Town Board resolution

To the editor: New York State Law allows cities and counties to impose a sales tax. Some counties choose to share the sales tax revenues with towns, villages and sometimes schools. Last year, after notifying all parties involved, the county revised its sales tax sharing agreement to rectify a number of inconsistencies. Towns, villages and schools were notified, up front, that the county’s intent was to retain more of its sales tax revenues, and therefore share less. The reasoning for this is the ever increasing state mandates that the New York State Legislature passes down to counties for federal and state programs, that are not fully funded by the state and

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Opinion Marcellus Memories


50 years ago, 1960  “Memories of Marcellus” by Frank Griffing continues… In 1930, and for eight long years, our factories were either closed down or on part time. People who worked in the factory didn’t have much money to spend and some were on welfare. Lots of families lost their homes, had to Mary Jane some go back to Domurat their parents to live. The Years ago people who were on county jobs or straight salary, like school teachers, were OK, because the goods they bought were cheaper, but it was tough on people that owned their homes to pay their taxes. The welfare had to be paid for. In 1933, we had to reduce our overhead in our store, so we moved our hardware all to the south side and closed the arch so the I.O.O.F. rented the north side to the NYS G&E. In 1934, Ward Curtis thought he would retire from business as his eyes were failing him and he was not feeling too good so I bought out his half of the hardware business and carried on under the name of Griffing Hardware. In 1939, WWII started and of course the government started to make war goods and that got men and women working again and money began to circulate so goods started to move again. All during the war, all goods were hard to get. I could not buy harness parts but was able to buy harness leather. I had a good stock of harness buckles and snaps, so I started making harness parts and had calls for double harness. So, I made five double harness and sold them for $100.00 each with the repairing and making breast straps, horse halters, cow halters and other parts. With the hardware business, it kept me very busy. I sometimes wonder now how I ever did it. I would go to Syracuse every Wednesday afternoon and buy what goods I could get. Nails were very hard to get, but I was able to buy some, not all sizes, but I took any size that was available. All tools were scarce, but I guess I got my share. I bought most all of my

hardware goods from Burhans and Black at that time and if there was anything available, they would let me have it. I remember pocket knives were very scarce. I would order them from Walden, NY. Before they were sold out, I would send and order more. Each time they would say that they wouldn’t be able to furnish any more, but I would try again and always got more. I remember one man, a Boy Scout leader, called me and said he heard I had knives and so he came and bout 18 knives. (to be continued) Learn to love yourself, even with your faults. You will love your friends in the same manner, seeing what is good and dear in each one. All residents, except for members of the Garden Club are eligible for judging in the Christmas Lighting Contest sponsored by the Marcellus Garden Club during the week between Christmas and New Year. Residents who wish to be judged must send the coupon found in the Observer by December 23rd. First prize will be $15, second prize is $10. The Garden Club urges all residents to enter.   Morning Star Chapter #289, Order of the Eastern Star, will have annual reports and election of officers at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday evening, December 12th in the Masonic Temple. The meeting will be preceded by a covered dish supper for members and their families. Secret Pals will be revealed at the meeting, so do not forget to bring your Christmas gifts. The MCS Varsity basketball team consists of the following players: Tom Mullen, Dick Rosa, Tim Taylor, John Parry, David Driver, Chris Wiles, Gerry Hunt, Leo Miller, Joe Norman and Larry Bates. Mr. Bond Shaw is coaching Junior Varsity and Mr. Dick Lane will be coaching the Varsity team.  It is hard for a person to keep a chip on their shoulder if you let them take a bow. Happy Birthday greetings to Norma Jean Frost on Dec. 13, David Wick and Martin Hale on Dec. 14, Ron Ramsden on Dec. 16.

county taxes close to where they were

From page 4 before the new sales tax compromise. A

supported the villages “infrastructure improvement” program that was created by the Republican Caucus and added to the compromise. I have always supported, and will continue to support, the town of Elbridge in my many years of service to Onondaga County. Secondly, I fought against the county executive’s proposal to close Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery, and this is not the first time I had to fight to keep the hatchery open. I have never supported a proposal to close the hatchery, and remain a “friend of Carpenter’s Brook.” Lastly, during the recent county budget process, 12 suburban legislators worked many days, nights and weekend hours to reduce the county tax burden on all county towns, including Elbridge. Our adjustments would have put Elbridge

two-thirds majority of 13 was needed to override the executive vetoes. We repeatedly fell one vote short, resulting in property tax increases in some towns. I will continue to work hard for reductions in county spending, smaller government, as well as fair and equitable county services to our taxpayers.


by-pass has produced a mixed blessing for

Bob Warner Onondaga County Legislator This letter was written in response to a resolution passed by the Elbridge Town Board on Nov. 17. Warner represents the 13th district, which includes the towns of Van Buren, Elbridge and portions of Camillus. He welcomes constituent feedback and can be reached at 635-5689. Read the Elbridge Town Board resolution online at

From page 4 the town.

lacrosse team earns strong thumbs up. Starting in the early 1960’s, Central New York has gained national fame as a bastion of both high school and college lacrosse. Proof rests on the fact that college lacrosse coaches comb Central New York for college-level talent. At one time, they were conspicuous by their absence. Now, dozens of local high school grads receive scholarships to college all along the East Coast and beyond. Second thumbs down: The Camillus by-pass The 1965-era design of the Camillus

The blessing part provides for easier access into Syracuse for town residents. However, it provides only one egress, the little-used Milton Avenue, for eastbound traffic. Westbound traffic, leaving from the bypass, has the benefit of four exits in town. However, the four exits offer as unappealing, unattractive vistas as one can imagine. Some limited initiatives to improve our town entrances have occurred, most notably at Hinsdale Road. However, a great deal more should be done.

Marcellus Library News

Friendly elves spread holiday cheer


It begins with garland and ends with the menorah – every year the Friends of the Marcellus Free Library decorate the library for the holidays as part of their December Luncheon meeting. A group that is growing in numbers, the Friends spent the afternoon celebrating the holiday themes throughout the library. This year is especially festive as the friends are offering unique gifts for the book lover on your list. In need of a one-of-a-kind evening bag or hostess gift? Re-purposed hardcover titles have been made into beautiful book purses. Submitted photo Each unique purse was created by the tal- Under the designer label of “Ex Libris,” one-of-a-kind book ented Friends of the Library. Under the purses designed and created by the Friends of the Marcellus Free designer label of “Ex Libris,” the purses Library are available for purchase through the holidays. come in a variety of titles and styles. And what do you buy for that “non-purse toting” book lover on your list? The Friends have provided a lovely selection of gently used books in gift-giving condition from the Friends Book Nook. Funds raised from the sale of items in the Book Nook and book purses go toward purchasing special items not included in the library budget. For more information about events at the Marcellus Free Library, go to

 Eagle Observer, Dec. 15, 2010




Hamer to retire in February

News broke last week that Jordan-Elbridge Athletic Director Brad Hamer will retire Feb. 28, 2011. Hamer, 54, worked for JE for 13 years and is currently associate principle for the middle school. Also, Special Education Director Beth Russ, an employee at J-E for five and a half years, will resign effective Jan. 2 to take a similar position in a another school district. The Jordan-Elbridge school board will meet at 7 p.m.Wednesday Dec. 15 in the high school auditorium.

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Keela Dates presents to fifth grade students in Katrina Ercole’s and Sandy Carey’s classes at Driver Middle School.

For the past several years Keela Dates, Executive Director of Reason2Smile and daughter of Marcellus Athletic Director Brad Dates, has visited schools throughout New York State sharing her vision and her mission in support of the Jambo Jipya School in Kenya, Africa. Reason2Smile is an organization dedicated to providing immediate and long-term financial support to the Jambo Jipya School, located in the center of Mtwapa, Kenya. The school was founded and is directed by Christine Mwende. Mwende began the school in 2004 with one mud hut and 20 students in attendance. Today, thanks to support from organizations like Reason2S-

mile and the dedication of Mwende and Dates, the school has over 300 students and 12 concrete classrooms. Dates visited Katrina Ercole’s fifthgrade class at Driver Middle School on Nov. 23 and presented students from Sandy Carey’s 5th grade class along with Ercole’s students with an overview of the Jambo Jipya School during Dates’ first session. In addition to sharing the progress made by students at the school, Dates discussed why the school only employs Kenyan teachers, as they talked about the common language, cultural literacy, proximity, and most importantly “the Kenyan teachers provide a role model to each student that says you can achieve anything that you want,” Dates said. See Dates, page 19

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Where are the Cocoa Puffs?

Marietta author stresses empathy in debut novel about one family’s struggle with mental illness

Is it fiction? And what’s up with the title? These are the questions people ask Marietta resident Karen Winters Schwartz most often when they learn she’s written a book. Winters Schwartz did her best to answer both at a book reading and signing Dec. 2 at Creekside Books in Skaneateles — her first bookstore event as a published author. And yes, it’s fiction. “I wrote ‘Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?’ as a novel — fiction — not only to protect myself from family wrath, because it is at the core of my story, but primarily so I could tell this story from everybody’s point of view,” Winters Schwartz told the standing-room-only crowd gathered at Creekside. In “Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? A Family Journey Through Bipolar Disorder,” two parents learn that their 18-year-old daughter Amanda is more than just a moody teenager when the father, a psychiatrist, diagnoses her with bipolar disorder. Winters Schwartz, an optometrist by profession, tried her hand at writing about mental illness 10 years ago using research alone, and without much success. She claims she knew nothing about mental illness at the time. “But when mental illness assaulted my world in a very personal way, I was moved to write again,” Winters Schwartz said. “But this time I wrote with a voice and an honesty that you really can’t get without going through the effects of having a loved one with mental illness.” When their own daughter’s behavior turned beyond normal teenage angst, Winters Schwartz and her husband, Paul, struggled. They needed community and family sup-

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Karen Winters Schwartz discusses her novel at Creekside Books on Dec. 2. port, but Winters Schwartz realized it just wasn’t there. “What got to me the most was the very real, or perceived, lack of support from my friends and my family,” she said. “There was no one.” She was often met with either anger toward her child, or well meaning wordings of “you and Paul are so nice, you’re such good people — you don’t deserve this.” She realized that those sentiments were at the core of the stigma surrounding mental illness, which according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness affects one in



five people in the U.S. “It insinuates that there are people that aren’t nice, that aren’t good, that deserve such a thing,” she said. Winters Schwartz stresses that empathy, not sympathy, is the key to breaking through the stigma, which “slows the vital process of moving out of despair and into acceptance.” This is why her novel is told from the point of view of all the major characters. So what about the title? Winters Schwartz concluded her talk by reaching into a box of Cocoa Puffs and spelling out the metaphor once and for all. “Think of these little chocolaty nuggets as little balls of empathy, and compassion, and comfort,” she said. “The answer to the question of ‘Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?’ lies within us, and all of you, with organizations such as NAMI, with getting the word out there, with opening up the closet, with talking and advocating and breaking down the 100 years of false evidence, and not being afraid to do so.” “Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?” has received positive reviews from the professional community, including Alan Gettis, Ph.D., author of the award-winning “The Happiness Solution: Finding Joy & Meaning in an Upside Need Gutters? Down World.” 5” resideNtial “Welcome to the world of 6” CommerCial mental illness,” Gettis wrote. Seamless Gutter “This emotionally raw novel Systems pulls you into the belly of the • Gutter Covers beast — in this case, into the • Fascia/Soffit Replacement • Many Colors Available chaos of the Benson family, • Manufacturer Warranted where survival and sanity hang by a thread. There is no CliNtoN, NY escape; it feels like you are See Cocoa Puffs, page 8



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West Genesee Middle School announces honor roll High honors Devin Doughty Honors Andrew Bowman Grace Ferner Ahmed Khattab Drew Sauro

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High honors Jenna Amidon Krista Baraniewicz Chelsea Barber Meagan Barnes Conor Bartlett Kyra Bednarski Annika Bergquist Breanna Binns Sydney Bleecker Caitlyn Bobik Jayson Body Brendan Bourque Kylie Bryant Hunter Buza Dominic Calabria Alexandra Cardinal Kathryn Clancy Abby Collins Samantha Colombo Kelsee Darling Katelyn Dattellas Daniel Davico Chad De la rosa Caitlin Deaver Nicole Delany

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part of the family. Ultimately, this is a love story. It’s about the love that binds a family together in the midst of dealing with everything that threatens to pull them apart. Very highly recommended!” Schwartz is an active board member of the Syracuse affiliate of NAMI, and encourages others looking for support to become involved. For more information on NAMI, go to namisyracuse. org. Support can also be found in the pages of “Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?,” which is on sale now at Creekside Books, Amazon, Borders and Barnes & Noble. Winters Schwartz will be at Downtown Books & Coffee in Auburn from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 18 to sign copies of her book. Visit the author online at

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Sports Marcellus volleyball handles Westhill By Phil Blackwell Without question, the path back to championship glory for the Marcellus girls volleyball team is clearer absent two large roadblocks. Cazenovia won the Section III Class B championship in 2009. Then Skaneateles made an unbeaten run to the championship last winter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all this after the Mustangs had won eight sectional titles in nine years. But this fall, both Cazenovia and Skaneateles moved to the fall season in order to qualify for the state championship. Skaneateles reached the state tournament, only to lose to Victor in the regional playoffs. Thus, Marcellus is favored to end its brief championship drought â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something evidence in last Thursday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opener, a three-game sweep at Westhill. In a match moved back two days due to the massive winter snowstorm, the Mustangs steadily putting the Warriors away, winning the first game 25-16, the second game 25-17 and the third game by a 25-19 margin. Nicole Fletcher delivered 13 kills, with Devon Landers adding four kills and five assists. On the back line, Jenna Annable and Jessica Cost both finished with 10 assists as Veronica Raymond put up four assists. On Westhillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, Annaleigh Gedney had five assists, three kills and two digs, with Mackenzie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien adding eight digs and Sarah Dailey earning five digs.

Hockey Wildcats beaten by Suffern; 25-game win streak ends By Phil Blackwell Nothing can top perfection - which is what the West Genesee ice hockey team pulled off in 2009-10. Twenty-five teams, that special group of Wildcats took the ice. All 25 times, they left victorious, not conquered once as WG claimed the State Division I championship in Utica, capping it off with a 3-0 shutout of Saratoga Springs. Once it was done, head coach Frank Colabufo had to deal with the next chapter - how to replace nine departed seniors, including the great defensive tandem of Ryan Michel and Tim Bubnack, plus Zach Lewis, Adam King, Erich Haney, Casey Schattner and goaltender Anthony Militello. Also, WG had to deal with a realignment of Section III hockey that radically altered - and enlarged the Division I ranks. All sorts of teams moved up, and the Wildcats were placed into Division I-A with Central Square, Cicero-North Syracuse, Corcoran, Hamilton, Ontario Bay, Liverpool and Ithaca. Division I-B, meanwhile, has Baldwinsville, Cortland-Homer, Fayetteville-Manlius, Rome Free Academy, Solvay, Utica Proctor and Watertown IHC. The enlarged

division means that league teams will play each other only once in the regular season, and the top eight will advance to the playoffs. With all this as background, the Wildcats were set to open the season earlier this week against two of the Division I newcomers - Central Square and Watertown IHC - but both games were snowed out. Thus, WG had no choice but to play its first games against elite foes in the Wildcat Classic at Shove Park - and it was here that any far-flung dream of another undefeated season got swept away. The Wildcats did make it through a tough opening-round game against Niagara-Wheatfield (Section VI), beating the Falcons 2-1 for its 26th consecutive victory. Ryan LaValleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal in the first period put WG on the board, but it was a 1-1 tie when, just 29 seconds into the second period, Shawn Lynch, the Wildcatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; top returning scorer from last season, put in the go-ahead goal. From there, WGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new-look defense did everything it could to keep Niagara-Wheatfield from pulling back even. That included the work of a big new goalie, Max Barone, who used his 6-3, 250-pound frame to block 15 of the 16 Falcon shots he faced.

This led the Wildcats into Saturday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final - against Suffern. This was, of course, the same Suffern team that appeared to have WG beat in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state semifinals in Utica before a miraculous late comeback and goal in overtime produced a 4-3 Wildcat victory and kept the perfect dream alive. The exact same scenario presented itself - but this time, Suffern won 3-1. Down 1-0 in the second period, WG tied it on Shawn Lynchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal (fed by Jon Lauer), but Suffern surged in the third period, Willie Baker and Jake Jaeger putting shots past Barone. And this time, the Wildcats could not make another rally. Barone finished with 19 saves. So the win streak is over, and WG will turn to the revamped Division I this week for games against Fayetteville-Manlius at Cicero Twin Rinks and a home date with Solvay. The Bearcats are off to a 1-1 start, having finished third in Baldwinsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bobby Conklin Tournament. Solvay lost 2-1 to Clarence in the opening round, Mike Sniffen getting the only goal in the second period as Tom Missert got the assist. Goalie Ryan Bonk recorded 29 saves. In Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consolation game, the Bearcats bounced back, beating Central Square 5-2.







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Boys hoops Mustangs Solvay girls push past Marcellus need OT to beat Solvay By Phil Blackwell

By Phil Blackwell Accustomed to winning in recent years, the Marcellus boys basketball team knew the task in 2010-11 would be taller without a strong departing senior class. However, new heroes have already emerged, such as Steve Raven and Chaz Hayes, who helped carry the Mustangs to a 63-55 overtime victory over Solvay in last Saturday’s season opener. It provided a small amount of revenge for Marcellus, as Solvay had gone to the Mustangs’ home court in the opening round of last season’s Section III Class B playoffs and prevailed 67-61. Now the Mustangs had to deal with significant changes in the lineup, while the Bearcats returned seven players, including Dan Aiello and John Savo, from a side that went 9-11 a season ago. Solvay, indeed, would double up Marcel-

lus in a 14-7 first quarter. But the Mustangs pulled even, 20-20, by halftime, and spent the rest of regulation trading baskets with the Bearcats as the tensions grew. What became apparent was that Raven could not miss. Every time it was needed, the Mustangs guard knocked down a key basket, especially in the four-minute overtime, where he helped break a 51-51 tie with some big shots. All told, Raven had 28 points, more than half of it from five 3-pointers. Hayes, keeping pressure off Raven with his inside work, finished with 16 points, his own career mark, while Mike Tross put up 10 points. Aiello led Solvay with 21 points, while Nick Leonardo got 10 points, Deon Knighton-Kearse eight points and Mike Avella six points. Both Solvay and Marcellus have games this week against Jordan-Elbridge, with the Mustangs also playing league newcomer Bishop Ludden and the Bearcats taking on Bishop Grimes.

Wrestlers work again in series of meets By Phil Blackwell Winter weather has curtailed, to some degree, the early-season schedules of the area’s high-school wrestling teams. But at least it cleared up in time for the weekend. Jordan-Elbridge won both of its matches at Thursday’s Port Byron TriMeet. The Eagles edged past Fabius-Pompey 45-36 and topped the host Panthers 38-35. Colin Ennulat (140 pounds), Mitch Cooper (145 pounds), Mitch Alpha (112 pounds), Dallas Denise (119 pounds) and Brian Cuipylo (125 pounds) all had pins against the Falcons. In the Port Byron match, J-E won seven of the first 10

contests to clinch matters early. Andy Chambers, at 189 pounds, pinned Nick Vitale in just 44 seconds, with Adam Van Wart (119 pounds) needing 38 seconds to finish off Trevor O’Connor. We st G e ne s e e ha d opened its season Dec. 4 in the Andersen Tournament at Cicero-North Syracuse, where it had finished 11th in a 17-team field. Ian Coolican took third place at 119 pounds, beating Zach Ayen (Gouverneur) 62 for that honor, while Matt Nichols got fourth at 171 pounds. Wajeeh Hasan finished sixth at 140 pounds. A week later, WG went to the Blue Devil Duals at Cato-Meridian and went 3-2, with Coolican, moving up to 125 pounds, garnering top wrestler honors for

his squad. In order, the Wildcats lost 43-36 to Cortland, beat the hosts from Cato 69-10, handled Southern Springs 57-21, got past Oswego 56-21 and fell to champion Newark Valley 52-24. Marcellus fit in a nonleague match on Friday night, blasting East Syracuse-Minoa 55-13 as it got ready for a Wednesdaynight showdown with rival Skaneateles. The Solvay and Westhill wrestlers that compete with CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt saw the team finish seventh out of 21 entries at Saturday’s Herkimer Invitational. That included Aaron Benedict, at 140 pounds, pinning Oneida’s Connor Lomonaco in the third period to win that division.

Indoor track teams open at Morse Relays By Phil Blackwell Just weeks after cross country ended, it was time for local indoor track and field teams to get started – which they did at Saturday’s Jack Morse Relays at SUNY-Cortland. In boys competition, West Genesee picked up 27 points, finishing fifth in a crowded field where Liverpool won with 44 points. Westhill was 10th with 14 points, while Solvay got eight points and JordanElbridge picked up two

points. The Wildcats won the mile relay, as Billy Gabriel, John DeLallo, Matt Byrnes and Martin Leff combined for times of 18:42.03, more than a minute ahead of the field that included J-E in fifth place. WG also was second in the pole vault (18 feet 6 inches) and fourth in the triple jump. All the Bearcats’ points were attained in the 4x800 relay, where Eric Goodrich, Cody McCarthy, Matt Battaglia and John Salvagno finished in a time of 9:10.84, only behind Liverpool (8:57.79) at the

line. Westhill’s best finish was third in the 55-meter hurdles, two times adding up to 20.50 seconds. On the girls side at the Morse Relays, WG had 16.5 points, taking eighth place. It was second in the triple jump, going a combined 54 feet 10 ½ inches behind Phoenix (64 feet 6 ½ inches), and also got second in the 55 hurdles (21.93 seconds). Westhill took third in the pole vault with 7 feet 6 inches. J-E got sixth in both the 1,600 sprint medley and 4x200 relay. Solvay tied WG for fifth in the pole vault.

It’s one thing to carry over momentum from one game to the next - but perhaps it can be done from one season to the next, too. Just ask the Solvay girls basketball team, who won six straight late in the 2009-10 campaign, including a Section III Class B playoff romp of Canastota (48-31) before falling to Clinton in overtime in the quarterfinal round. Nine long months later, the Bearcats began a new season with four returning starters and a whole lot of confidence - something that was evident in Thursday night’s 57-44 victory over Marcellus. Led by senior Tessa Pucello and junior Abbey Jones, who finished with 20 points apiece, Solvay moved out in front midway through the first quarter and never trailed again, the host Mustangs unable to overcome the foul trouble that plagued its top returning scorer, Melissa Lee. Both Marcellus (12-7 a season ago) and Solvay faced the same common dilemma going into the game - a lack of court time. Both sides had been sidelined all week due to the massive, four-day winter snowstorm, which caused the postponement of both teams’ season openers on Tuesday - the Mustangs against Bishop Grimes, the Bearcats against Phoenix. Given that, the quality of play proved quite good, especially from Pucello and Jones. Already with more than 1,000 points to her credit, Pucello pushed her team out in front in the first quarter with nine points, everything from a rebound putback basket to a 3-pointer. And when the Mustangs closed in on Pu-

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Solvay’s Denyel Busch works to get the ball past mid-court against the full-court pressure of the Mustangs’ Emily Brissette. cello, Jones found herself open for a series of inside baskets, all of which helped the Bearcats lead 19-8 going into the second period. It helped, too, that Lee, who could match with Pucello and Jones in the paint, sat with two early fouls and missed most of the first half. Marcellus did cut the margin to 20-15 in the second period and were also within five, 30-25, early in the third quarter as Emily Brissette came up with a seven-point burst in that latter frame. Each time, though, Pucello or Jones or Tiffney Guinta (who finished with seven points) would offer an answer, and Solvay would get back its double-digit margin. Lee, despite all the time she spent on the bench, still led Marcellus with 12 points. Brissette and Bethanie Abbott each had eight points, as the Mustangs were playing shorthanded without senior Sophie Jackson, who sat out due to illness. On Saturday, the Mustangs would try again for its first win when it made up the snowed-out date with Bishop Grimes at East Syracuse.

WG boys basketball wins twice; girls split By Phil Blackwell Getting off to a quick start in the 2010-11 season, the West Genesee boys basketball team swept through its season-opening tournament far from its home base in Camillus, looking to improve upon last season’s 5-13 mark. First, the Wildcats defeated LaSalle 60-36 on Friday night, overcoming a slow start. WG trailed, 11-7, going into the second quarter, having struggled to find rhythm after missing practice most of the week due to winter weather. But the Wildcats found its offense in the second quarter, outscoring LaSalle 24-7 to move ahead for good, and after an evenly played third quarter WG’s defense secured the outcome, holding LaSalle to three points in the last period. Phil Allen led WG with 20 points, with Eric Spencer close behind as he got 15 points. Brian Burns worked his way to nine points and Shaiquan Baggett finished with six points. A day later, in the finals against Frederick Douglass, the Wildcats had a closer call, but still won by a 61-51 margin. From a 14-14 tie, WG inched out in front in the next two periods, then outscored Douglass 19-14 in the final period to wrap it up. Eric Spencer, quiet in the opener, stepped out here, his 24 points including seven field goals and 10 successful free throws. Allen picked up seven points with Baggett, Patrick Patnode and Matt Naton gaining six points apiece. As this went on, West Genesee’s girls basketball team was playing much closer to

home, in Baldwinsville’s Bill Middleton TipOff Tournament, and came close to earning the championship before falling to the host Bees 42-38 in the championship game. Having barely missed the playoffs a season ago with a 7-11 mark, WG needed a quick start - and got exactly what it wanted in Friday’s opening round against Henninger, easing to a 48-28 victory over the Black Knights. It got decided early, as WG clamped down on the defensive side, forcing turnovers that led to baskets and an 18-2 advantage. Though it would cool off, the Wildcats nursed that lead the rest of the game, and unveiled a new possible star. That would be freshman Melissa Fumano, who posted 14 points. Marie Temara and Kerri Taylor each had six points, while Katie Kolinski and Stephanie Kotula got five points apiece. WG nearly avoided B’ville - but the Bees’ Liz Giromini hit a buzzer-beating shot near half-court to beat Rome Free Academy 39-37, setting up an enticing final that would prove just as close. In each of the first three periods, the Wildcats trailed. Every time, it came back, using a surge from Fumano to lead 10-7 after one period and making a 9-1 run late in the third quarter to move back in front 32-30. But the Bees’ defense took over late, holding WG to just one field goal in the last 4:45 - Fumano’s jumper in the final minute that cut B’ville’s margin to 39-38. But Maggie Monnat hit a running basket with 43 seconds left, and her free throw with seven seconds left sealed the Bees’ win. Fumano still led all scorers with 15 points, while Katie Regin (who joined Fumano on the All-Tournament team) added six points.

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Aimi Drummond and her mother, Linda, admire some of the 300 nativity scenes that were on display during “Nativities Around the World” at Fay Road Baptist Church in Westvale Dec. 4. Proceeds from the day benefited the Westside Ministry Food Pantry. Many of the international nativities will remain on display for the congregation and visitors to enjoy during the 10 a.m. Christmas service Dec. 19, which will feature special Christmas music and a children’s nativity story pageant. Submitted photo

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plus some key free throws from Tyler Young, sealed Ludden’s win. Ganley led Ludden with 17 points. Close behind, Beaudoin had 14 points, with Hunter contributing 12 points, Young earning 11 points and Kaigler earning eight points. O’Donnell had 12 points before fouling out and Rice also had 12 points, though just one in the second half. By contrast, all but one of Roberts’ 12 points came after the break.

TOP: The Jackson kids try their hand at arts and crafts with their grandmother, Margaret, during the village’s holiday celebration held Dec. 11 at the Senior Center. From left to right: Mackenzie, 9, Nolan, 6, and Kasey, 7. LEFT: Mary Lomolino poses with a basket of homemade salsa she won in the silent auction. The salsa was made by her neighbors, Anne and John Sullivan, who live on Cobbler Way in Camillus. Local business owners donated an array of gifts for the auction, and all proceeds will go toward purchasing some new playground equipment for Munro Park. Mayor Michael Montero said he plans to invite kids to a future board meeting and let them pick out equipment from a catalog. Ned Campbell photos


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Obituaries Edward J. Gorman, 69

Jeannette M. Payne, 46

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Jeannette M. Payne, 46, of Camillus, passed away Wednesday Dec. 1, 2010 at home. Surviving: Her husband, Henry D. of Syracuse, two sons, James Edward Payne and Larone Paulk, his mother, Doris E. Kratzer of Camillus, three brothers, Gary P. Kratzer, James D. Kratzer and John R. Kratzer all of Baldwinsville, a sister, Joyce L.

Chapman of Baldwinsville, and a grandson, Sean N. Payne. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 8 at Gates Funeral Home, Inc. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Baldwinsville. Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 7 at the Funeral Home, 29 West Genesee St., Baldwinsville.


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Edward J. Gorman, 69, of Baldwinsville and formerly of Fairmount, passed away Thursday Dec. 2, 2010, at Syracuse Home Association. Born in Syracuse on Monday Feb. 3, 1941, he was the son of Ruth Lilley Gorman and Edward J. Gorman. A lifetime resident of the Syracuse area, he was employed by Crucible Steel Corp. for 37 years. Ed was an Army veteran and former communicant of Holy Family Church. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, the former Patricia Poppe; daughters, Heather Coleman of Syracuse and Deborah DiFlorio of Baldwinsville; sister, Colleen Endress of Mass.; grandchildren, Lynndsi, Taylor, Kaleigh and Riley Coleman and Leah DiFlorio; great-granddaughter, Chanel; greatgranddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his

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NOTICE OF FORMATION NOTICE OF FORMATION of Joe’s Deli Washington Street, LLC. Art. of Org. filed with NY Secretary of State (SSNY) 11/ 12/10. Office location: Onondaga County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 3100 West Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus, NY 13108. Purpose: Any lawful activity. EO-52 Notice of Formation Notice of Formation of KJHP PROPERTIES LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State on 9/24/ 10. NY Office location: ONONDAGA County. Secretary of State is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. Secretary

of State shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to C/O R. KEVIN JOHNSON, P.O. BOX 10, CAMILLUS, NY 13031. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. EO-52

brother, William. The family would like to thank the Syracuse Home Association for their loving care and compassion for Ed. Relatives and friends called from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday Dec. 6 at the Buranich Funeral Home, Edward J. 5431 W. Genesee St., CaGorman millus. Services were at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 7 at the funeral home and 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church where Rev. Gregory Kreinheder and Deacon Nick Alvaro celebrated a funeral mass. Edward was laid to rest in Greenlawn Cemetery, Warners. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Syracuse Home Foundation, 7740 Meigs Rd., Baldwinsville, NY 13027. Please view the Gorman Family Video Tribute and share condolences at

NOTICE OF FORMATION Notice of Formation of NicePowerUSA, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/ 26/2010. Office in Onondaga Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to PO Box 995 Tully, NY 13159. Principal Business location:3965 Bailer Road, Syracuse, NY 13215. Any lawful purpose. EO-2

Notice of Formation Notice of formation of Camillus Vocational Services LLC. Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 09/23/2010 Office location: Onondaga County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process: LEGAL NOTICE 201 Windcrest Dr. Camillus, Legal Notice of NY 13031 Purpose any Formation of LLC. Robin’s lawful purpose. EO-51 Song Too, LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/ NOTICE OF 23/2010. Office location: FORMATION Onondaga County. SSNY OF designated as agent of the MGKP, LLC (Under Section 206 of the LLC upon whom process may be served and SSNY shall Limited Liability mail process to c/o Gerald F. Company Law) 1.The name of the limited Stack, Esq., Hiscock & liability company is MGKP, Barclay, LLP, 300 South State Street, Syracuse, NY LLC. Purpose: any 2.The date of filing of the 13202. articles of organization with business permitted under the New York Secretary of law. EO-2 State was July 23, 2009. The articles of organization became effective on that date. NOTICE OF 3.The office of the limited FORMATION liability company is located Notice of Formation of a in Onondaga County at 3922 Fennell Street, Skaneateles, Limited Liability Company (LLC): Name: BAPS New York 13152. 4.The New York Syracuse, LLC, Application Secretary of State has been for Authority filed with the designated as agent of the Secretary of State of New York limited liability company (SSNY) on 11/28/2007. upon whom process against Jurisdiction and Date of it may be served. The Formation: Delaware, 11/07/ Secretary shall mail a copy of 2007. Office location: any process served to the Onondaga County. SSNY limited liability company at has been designated as agent the following address: PO of the LLC upon whom Box 70, 3922 Fennell Street, process against it may be Skaneateles, New York served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: 81 13152. 5.The purpose of the Suttons Lane, Piscataway, NJ Address in limited liability company 08854. shall be to transact any and Jurisdiction of Formation: all business which may be 344 Churchmans Rd, New transacted legally by a Castle, DE 19720. LLC is in limited liability company existence in its jurisdiction pursuant to the New York of formation at the time of Limited Liability Company filing of this application. Name and Address of Law. SK-1 Secretary of State in Jurisdiction of Formation: DE Secretary of State,

Division of Corporations, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. EO-3 Notice of Formation Notice of Formation of CHADES’S GARAGE DOOR SERVICE, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secy. of State OF NY (SSNY) on 12/6/2010. Office location: Onondaga County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Chad C. Etienne, 225 Emann Dr., Camillus, NY 13031. Purpose: any lawful activities. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: no specific date. EO-3 NOTICE OF FILING OF ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF RYAN PHELPS AUTO SALES LLC 1.Name: Ryan Phelps Auto Sales LLC (the “LLC”) 2.Date Filed: December 2, 2010 3.County of Office: Onondaga 4.The Secretary of State has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The street address of the principal business location and the address to which process shall be mailed is c/o the LLC, 6 Route 31, Jordan, New York, 13060. 5.Purpose: Any lawful business not statutorily prohibited. EO-3 Notice of Formation Notice of Formation of CHADES’S GARAGE DOOR SERVICE, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secy. of State OF NY (SSNY) on 12/6/2010. Office location: Onondaga County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Chad C. Etienne, 225 Emann Dr., Camillus, NY 13031. Purpose: any lawful activities. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: no specific date. EO-3

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Obituaries Mary Anne Burns, 78

Partner for Burns Truck Service Mary Anne Burns, 78, of Marcellus, died Monday Nov. 29, 2010. Born in Syracuse, she was a partner for Burns Truck Service. She was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Skaneateles and the CNY Bluegrass Assoc. Surviving are her husband John “Jack”


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Dates also shared what a typical day for a Jambo Jipya student would look like. “Students leave for school about 5:45 a.m., often walking two hours to get to class,” she said. The daily schedule involves instruction in math, science, English, Swahili, physical education, art, music and library. Students receive snack and lunch and also participate in a variety of after school activities before beginning the trek home at 5 p.m. Dates, who has visited Ercole’s class several times over the past few years, held a second session targeted to students in

Raymond A. Lowe, 69

Avid fan of the Syracuse Crunch Burns, five children Michael, Carol (Gerald Jr.) Merriman, Kathleen (John) Copeletti, Susan (Don) Van Camp and Julie Higgins and four grandchildren Casey and Katy Merriman, Collin Higgins and Anegelina Van Camp. Services were held Thursday Dec. 2 at the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles and in St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. Burial was in Shepard Settlement Cemetery. Contributions may be made to SAVES or Marcellus Ambulance. seventh and eighth grade focusing on the changes at the Jambo Jipya School since she had last spoken with these students when they were in fifth grade. Dates closed out her presentations by highlighting “our likeness and differences” and sharing a special song written by one of the Jambo Jipya students and performed by that student and Keela’s brother, C. J. Dates: Wherever you may go/Life is good/You can shine like the sun/Run like the rain/Sail like the stars/Despite all your pain. Ercole’s class will hold “Spell-a-thon” in the spring to raise money for the Jambo Jipya School. For more information on the Jambo Jipya School, go to reason2smile. org.

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Raymond A. Lowe, 69, of Liverpool, passed away Wednesday Dec. 1, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. Born in Syracuse on Sunday Aug. 17, 1941, he was the son of Charles Leslie Lowe and Geraldine Luce Lowe. A lifetime resident of the Syracuse area, he was employed by RAK Express for more than 20 years and more recently by Rapasadi & Sons in Canastota. Ray was an avid fan of the Syracuse Crunch, enjoyed attending their games with his daughter, and was also an avid SU sports fan. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Ray was predeceased by his sisters, Joan Scofield and Jeanne Meyers. Surviving are his wife of 34 years, the former Diane Ouimet; daughters and sonsin-law, Kim and Fred Perez of North Syracuse and Danielle and Shannon O’Brien of Syracuse; sisters and brother-in-law, Debbie and Chip Miller of East Syracuse and Betty Minikhiem of Syracuse; brother,

James Lowe of Auburn; grandson, Jefferey Perez of North Syracuse; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends called from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3 at Grace Baptist Church. Services were at 10 a.m. Saturday Raymond A. Dec. 4 at Grace Baptist Lowe Church with Rev. Gary C. Welling officiating. Gail Healy was organist and Al Corrice and Christopher Heckman were soloists. Burial was private. Arrangements were by the Buranich Funeral Home, Camillus. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ray may be made to Exodus 3 Ministries, c/o Grace Baptist Church, 423 Valley Dr., Syracuse, New York 13207. Please view the Lowe Video Tribute and share condolences at

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