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Funky Flea: Rain or shine, June 4 The Funky Flea, a one-day, open air marketplace will debut June 4 at an open lot on the corner of Marcellus and Wyoming streets on the Near Westside. Modeled after The Brooklyn Flea Market and Syracuse’s own Salt City Urban Art & Craft Market, organizers say this one of a kind event will be a little bit flea, a little bit crafts, and a dash of surprises. Rain or shine, the event will host more than 40 vendors offering retro collectibles, repurposed furniture, vintage goods, handmade crafts, artwork, records, thrift store finds, jewelry, and unique one-of-a-kind items. There will also be delicious offerings from

Emily Prado, center, and Anaigeliz Romero-Ortiz autograph “Peace,� a book they wrote along with 10 fellow authors from Delaware Academy. Thirty-three students from Delaware Academy, Seymour Dual Language Academy, and John T. Roberts School Say Yes After School third and fourth grade became first-time authors this year as part of the Say Yes to Education Young Authors Series supported by the National Grid Foundation. Three new children’s books were published, one from each school, including a bilingual book from Seymour Dual Language Academy. The books were brought to life by 21 Syracuse University Illustration students under the direction of SU Professor James Ransome. Books are on sale for $10 each to raise money for the Say Yes Scholarship Fund. To purchase a bookcall Say Yes at 443-4260.



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Confident in SURA Census figures estimate that of 55,945 occupied housing units in the city of Syracuse, 58.2 percent are inhabited by renters. Which means the majority Syracusans, every day and across the board, are at the mercy of their landlords when it comes to securing and maintaining housing. On top of that, nearly three-fourths of properties seizable by the city are occupied buildings. Between those two large percentages, there is bound to be significant overlap between seizable buildings, and the renters living inhabiting them. To a degree, that’s something all renters must deal with: the underlying reality that someone else has more control over your living situation than you do. For some, that’s a small price to pay for never having to mow the lawn or fix the roof; for many others, renting is less of a choice and more a circumstance. That second group of renters is the one that concerned us most while researching this week’s cover story (on page 12). Would the “new” SURA end up dumping renters out of their homes because their landlords couldn’t (or didn’t) keep up on taxes? We spoke with two people in the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, and they both made clear to us that while the Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency could seize any property on the list at any time, vacant or not, it wasn’t a technique they had any intention of using. There are some who would say, “we’ve heard that before,” and they’d be right. But -- cautiously -- we have to admit we are impressed by the way things are being done here. Addressing Syracuse’s vacant, unfit and tax delinquent housing in a “surgical” manner, as Commissioner Paul Driscoll put it, won’t solve the problem overnight. Or even in a couple of years, at this rate. But it has the potential to result in thoughtful, well-managed solutions that respect city neighborhoods and their residents, and that’s already more than we can say for SURA’s past.

Are we really taking care of our veterans? I recently had the experience of being directly involved in the treatment of someone who was in need of services offered by the Veterans Affairs. Like most Americans, I didn’t have a clue as to how the process works, especially in case of an emergency. Let me say, I’m not going to rail on doctors or staff because, from what I saw, they all hustled and did the best they could, given the availability of staff on a Saturday night. The problem is not the staff, it’s the system. For most of us used to having health insurance and using regular hospitals, the veteran’s hospital is an eye opener. I would have thought that complex -- whose massive infrastructure is creeping down University Hill -- would be better equipped to handle life-threatening health crises. My first emergency room visit was to determine a proper needle for insulin injection, and after waiting from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., the needles were given to the patient. I thought, “oh, they’re just busy today,” since it was the middle of the week. (By the way, they happened to give him the wrong needles!) What happened next was like watching a

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bad medical show on television (to be fair, I don’t watch hospital shows since I find nothing entertaining about being sick). Imagine going through kidney dialysis and realizing partially through the process that the blood is not circulating as it should. In fact, it’s pooling, bulging in your arm. Not to worry, you’re told, “just use ice, 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, and use heat the following day.” That’s what they told a veteran at the local dialysis center, where he was sent by the VA while visiting Syracuse from Portland, Maine. Blood began flowing into his arm, pooling at the arm pit from inside and then cascading internally down the arm, working its way down to his fingers like water filling a balloon. When I arrived he was in excruciating pain, the kind of pain that morphine can’t diminish. The intensity of pain caused by blood filling your arm -- blood that was destine for cleansing, circulating through a machine and returned back to the body. As we near Memorial Day and focus on our veterans and the service they’ve given to our country I have to ask out loud, are we giving our service veterans the best medical

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treatment available? The system is so overwhelmed that patients in the waiting areas are happy to share their tales of waiting all day for a script or visit. As our Congress, and most notably our own Congresswomen Anne Marie Buerkle, vote to eliminate the best working medical system for the aged, they need to spend a day or two at the Veteran’s Administration Hospitals. They’d be shocked at what they would observe. Perhaps a better lesson for our elected officials would be that any member of the United States House and Senate must use the exact same medical services made available to our brave men and women through Veterans Affairs. When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our veterans, we are dropping the ball and if you think this is a challenge, just wait until thousands of men and women return from their multiple tours of duty in our ongoing wars. What are we fighting for, if we can’t take care of the medical needs of our own veterans? Ken Jackson is the editor of Urban CNY and a weekly columnist for The Eagle. Reach him at kjackson@urbancny.com.

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Hank Thomas, James Peck, and jail, but prevailed. Frederick Leonard, Genevieve It was only proper and Houghton, Charles Person, fitting that PBS, through its Blackwell William Harbour, Mae Moultsuperior “American ExperiRandom ence” series, broadcast a tworie, Jim Zwerg – all these folks are great Americans. Thoughts hour film about this momenMore than likely, you have tous journey, which, like so not heard of them. Their many other things today, is names are not splashed over the pages of just unimaginable to all of us accustomed to history or celebrated in the way presidents basic human rights. or generals are. Yet in their own quiet and Credit James Farmer with the idea. In dignified way, they forced this country to 1961, Farmer became head of the Congress face up to its greatest sin. of Racial Equality (CORE), which felt that They are, of course, the Freedom Riders. it had not offered a sufficient contribution Fifty years ago this month, these men and to the burgeoning civil rights movement in women, and others of similar courage and the way that Southern pastors and students conviction, boarded buses and ventured had done from Montgomery to Little Rock through the Deep South. In doing so, they to Nashville. exposed virulent racism, enduring beatings So, noting that in 1947 the Supreme

Court ruled that segregation on interstate transportation was illegal, they set out on a “Freedom Ride” to, among other things, get the attention of new president John F. Kennedy and his brother, Bobby, the attorney general. Nothing big happened until the two buses hit Alabama. Then, in one day, a mob attacked and firebombed one bus in Anniston while, in Birmingham, Bull Connor offered no protection as a second mob beat up the other riders. Fearing for their lives, the CORE group went home. But students from Nashville, fearing that the movement might flag if violence stopped the Freedom Ride, volunteered to take over, irritating both the White House and Alabama’s governor, John Patterson, who didn’t want any “outside ▷


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agitation�. After a week of wrangling, the new Freedom Riders set out from Birmingham, protected by Alabama troopers – until they got to Montgomery and the troops vanished, replaced by a third mob that offered yet another beating, even to Justice Department official John Siegenthaler. It almost got worse. That night, Martin Luther King Jr. led a rally at Montgomery’s First Baptist Church, which quickly got surrounded by the largest mob yet. Only when JFK declared martial law and sent in the National Guard were the people in the church saved. Seeing all this, the good folks in Mississippi promised no violence to the Freedom Riders – they just sent them to jail. Yet what no one anticipated was that more than 400 men and women from across the country, inspired by what was happening, came to the Magnolia State as replacements. The consequences of the Freedom Riders’ acts were many. For one, interstate transportation was integrated from that point forward. And civil rights leaders learned that it could draw national and international attention to their cause by spotlighting the racism they had to face and, by exposing it, would hasten its end. At the same time, though, it sowed the

seeds of division within the movement. Younger Freedom Riders were upset with Dr. King for not joining them on the bus in Montgomery, and the gap between civil rights groups would only intensify in the years before Dr. King was murdered. And, of course, it hastened the rush of Dixie politicians toward a GOP embrace once Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy� became apparent. None of this, though, can detract from the most important aspect of the Freedom Ride – that it was started, nurtured, and executed by men and women of ordinary backgrounds, black and white, without title or political power behind them. Simply for doing what the law said they could do, and saying nonviolent despite the orgy of violence thrown at them by mobs and men in uniform, they gave America a crystal-clear example of grace and human dignity and won millions to their cause. In this jaded day and age, when we consider even the slightest tax increase as a so-called grave threat to our “freedom�, maybe it would be wise to consider the real risks the Freedom Riders took just half a century ago. No big reward awaited them – just the acknowledgement that they moved this nation forward to a better place. Phil Blackwell is the sports editor at Eagle Newspapers. Reach him at pblackwell@eaglenewsonline.com.

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For instance, bc Restaurant downtown at 247 West Fayette St., is now featuring the work of illustrators/painters Jim and Noma Bliss. This particular collection of the couple’s mixed-media paintings evokes a strong, spiritual relationship between nature and mankind. Recently relocated to Central New York from the Hudson Valley, the Blisses create seamless and evocative artworks executed in oil, acrylics and collage. Their work hangs in corporate and private collections worldwide. The couple is also currently showing at the Schweinfurth Art Museum in Auburn, The Rochester Memorial Art Gallery Museum Store, and Aurora Art and Design. The Blisses also plan to participate in the Everson Museum’s 60/60 show on June 17. A collection of their paintings are presently hanging in “the room,” at bc, in the city’s Armory Square neighborhood. The artwork us can be viewed during normal business hours Tuesday through Saturday. An artists’ reception was scheduled at bc for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday May 25.

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Considered by many gourmands to be best upscale eatery in town, Gentile’s Restaurant hangs work by a different artist each month. Now through mid-June the photographs of Carlisle Wiley adorn the restaurant’s brick walls. Wiley’s sharp eye manages to capture the elements of design in everyday objects, making art out of their fascinating colors, shapes and beauty. Chef Kevin Gentile’s eclectic Italian restaurant is located on the near North Side at 305 Burnet Ave.; 474-8258. During the week check out Gentile’s theme nights including Quiz Kevin – give him the ingredients and see what happens – plus wine night with no corking fees and Pasta Thursdays.

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Rise N Shrine

Speaking of restaurants with precious pictures hanging on the walls, if you’re a fan of local musicians, you’ve got to check out the Rise N Shine diner at 6393 Thompson Road, across from Carrier. The quaint little diner sports vintage photos, LP covers and gig posters from artists such as Carmen & The Vikings, Jimmy Cavallo, Wilmer Alexander & The Dukes, The Seven, Ronnie James Dio, Dave Hanlon and CRAC. Near the front door there’s a supercool poster from 1961 advertising house performers George Orelli and Rosalinda along with all the big names booked that autumn at Three Rivers Inn, including Jimmy Durante, Connie Francis and Nat “King� Cole. Besides nostalgia, the Rise N Shine also serves up the fluffiest omelets in the area; 432-5510.

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Ragtime-Jasstime in Alex Bay

The Grand International Ragtime-Jasstime Festival presents three trad-jazz bands and five ragtime piano acts May 27-29 at Bonnie Castle Resort, in Alexandria Bay. Bands include the Smugtown Stompers, the River Dogs and Le Dixieband. Pianists include Jon Seiger, Don Burns and Jack Hutton. Admission costs $125 per person; (519) 744-2665; alexbayjazz.wordpress.com.   

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Best Bets: Music Soul and blues at Al’s

A band simply named Soul will celebrate DJ Chad Roy’s birthday at 9:30 p.m. Thursday May 26, at Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge, 321 S. Clinton St., just a stone’s throw from Armory Square, downtown. Then at 10 p.m. Sunday May 29 Los Blancos plays the blues at Al’s. Expect a crowd swelling with festival goers fried and wired after a long afternoon at the Blues, Brews and Barbecue at the Fairgrounds. Admission is free at Al’s; 703.4773.

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Lizard at the Dinosaur

Syracuse’s classic rock and R&B combo, The Coachmen, perform with their new vocalist, Elizabeth “Lizard” Fern, at Dinosaur at 10 p.m. Saturday May 28. This will be Fern’s first date as a full-fledged member of The Coachmen. The last time the band had an added performer was in the late-1960s and early-70s when it featured The Reflections, a soul vocal group. The Coachmen – Dickie Cappotto, C.T. Putzer, Wayne Muller, Joe Neri, Mark Wildrick, Rick Cap-

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2011 Wing Tournament: Southside / SU Hill Results uniquely flavorful sauce, peppery garlic wings that were some of the hottest in the tournament, excellent crispness, and a separate bin filled with chunky blue cheese and big pieces of fresh celery. No battle in this one. Swallow’s wins hands down with completely original, spicy, and superior all-around wings and easily deserve the title of best wings in this bracket. Winner and champion of the Southside/ SU Hill bracket: Swallow’s In the final round, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

will take on Change of Pace, and Nibsy’s Pub faces Swallow’s, with winners advancing to the championship game. It should be a tight race. Make sure to check for the Final Four results and Pulled Into Syracuse’s 2011 City Wing Tournament Champion in the June 9 issue of The Eagle. Josef Lorenz is a Syracuse resident and blogger who contributes bi-weekly to The Eagle. His extensive list of restaurant reviews are online at pulledintosyracuse.blogspot.com.

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South Side/SU Hill Game 1 (1) Swallow’s “Hot” wings: 5 points (4) Dorian’s Gourmet Pizza & Deli’s “Hot” wings: 1 point

This match-up featured two muchanticipated wing joints going head-to-head. Swallow’s, a small tavern on South Avenue that many people (including myself) may have heard of but have never before ventured to, brought some serious competition with their hot wings. The standout, without a doubt, is their signature hot sauce which blends a bit of peppery spice, garlic, classic Buffalo sauce, and even a hint of an Asian chili sauce mixed in. Not only were they substantially hot, but it’s a sauce I had never tasted before and was certainly a welcomed surprise. Dorian’s wings, on the other hand, were a slight let down. Although the meaty wings were a good size and packed a punch in the heat department, the classic hot sauce flavor lacked depth, and more critically, their extremely soggy skins made them unappetizing after about half a dozen. While the tangy and chunky blue cheese and crispy celery was some of the best in the tournament, the wings themselves were no match for Swallow’s. My mouth may have remained on fire and the sauce may not be classified as Buffalo (despite looking like it was), but Swallow’s easily took the match-up with tender wings, perfectly crispy skins, and a surprisingly bold and original flavor. Winner: Swallow’s

Josef Pulled Into Lorenz Syracuse South Side/SU Hill Game 2 (2) Varsity Pizza’s “Hot” wings: 4 points (3) Chuck’s Cafe’s “Hot” wings: 3 points

Next up was Varsity Pizza taking on Chuck’s Cafe in what would turn out to be a less than exhilarating match-up. Chuck’s hot wings didn’t have much going for them: a thin skin with no crunch, no heat (some of the mildest sauce in the tournament), and a flavor that seemed nonexistent. While the one redeeming quality of Chuck’s was the jumbo-sized wings, Varsity’s wings were able to pick up points where Chuck’s could not with good chicken meat and a medium heat. Despite Varsity winning 4 to 3, I wasn’t too keen on the flavor of the sauce, which was a bit thicker than typical Buffalo sauce, and they also suffered the same fate as Dorian’s with a slight sponginess to them. Both Varsity and Chuck’s were underwhelming, but Varsity was able to move forward and take on Swallow’s in the championship game. Winner: Varsity Pizza

South Side/SU Hill Championship Game (1) Swallow’s “Hot” wings: 5 points (2) Varsity Pizza’s “Hot” wings: 0 points

Even though Swallow’s wings were undermatched in Game 1, it wouldn’t take much for them to pull out a win in this match-up. Varsity’s meat and wing size were above average and on par with Swallow’s, but suffered a shutout in every other category. It’s hard to fault Swallow’s in any aspect with a great amount of

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of seizable buildings in the city are occupied

By Ami Olson editor@theeaglecny.com In Syracuse, projects labeled “urban renewal” have garnered a reputation, and it isn’t a good one. But after four decades of relative dormancy, the Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency is energized to take on the most blighted areas of the city, one vacant, uninhabitable or tax delinquent property at a time. In December, SURA established an urban renewal plan, a significant step toward speeding and simplifying the process of reselling vacant lots and deteriorating buildings to developers. “What we’re trying to do now is use this agency as a tool to vet developers that want to develop seizable and vacant properties,” said Katelyn Wright, a land use planner with the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development. The repurposing of SURA -- an agency whose reputation in Syracuse is less than gleaming -- with a comprehensive, long-term plan is huge. But it will be slow going to clean city properties, one by one, using an agency many Syracuse residents distrust.

A disjointed history

The Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency was formed in 1962, a requirement to access new urban renewal funding through the federal government; when the funds dried up in the late 70s, SURA became more or less inactive. But for a span of about 15 years, projects listed under SURA razed historic landmarks, built a concrete barrier through the heart of the city, destroyed entire neighborhoods and displaced their residents. Still, the program was responsible for some great developments, pointed out Dennis Connors, curator of history at the Onondaga Historical Association. The Everson Museum of Art, originally planned as the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, was created largely through urban renewal efforts, Connors said. On the other hand, SURA is widely

More often than not, tenants are living in properties that they’re unaware could be seized.”

considered responsible for wiping out the 15th Ward, demolishing historic Clinton Square and starting projects it couldn’t afford to finish. Around the mid1970s, Connors said, there was a shift toward rehabilitating historic buildings and districts. “There was kind of, like, this ‘aha moment’ and they realized, ‘well, we don’t have to just tear something down and hope something gets built there.’” Hanover Square, Syracuse’s first historic district, is a product of SURA and the urban renewal efforts, Connors said. But not long after that, federal funding dried up and “urban renewal” as a technique was replaced by “community development,” Connors said, and SURA went dormant.

Re-renewal

But after 30 years, SURA is back in action, a big way. Last December, the Common Council approved the agency’s new urban renewal plan outlining areas of the city designated as the most blighted neighborhoods, and setting up a framework for how SURA would be able

The Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency’s new boundaries include Washington Square, the North Side, Prospect Hill, Lincoln Hill and the Hawley-Green area, the Near Eastside, the Near Westside, Southwest neighborhood and South Side, Brighton, Skunk City and the Park Avenue neighborhood. to put seizable properties into the hands of developers with the means and intentions of improving them. “Rather than execute urban renewal plans that involve mega-infrastructure projects, we’re trying to tailor it to address our vacant housing,” said Paul Driscoll, commissioner of neighborhood and business development and the only non-voting member of the SURA board. Why? The bottom line, Driscoll said, is that state law sets very constricting limits on how cities can legally convey property ownership to new owners. Which, in many cases, is a good thing -- a city couldn’t, for example, seize your home solely for the sake of building a new interstate highway on your land. But with 1,647 vacant buildings in Syracuse, finding a more efficient way to turn

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Summer Rec & Travel Come down to the Downs! Vernon Downs Casino Hotel expands its Events Center Thursday May 12 Vernon Downs Casino-Hotel hosted “hard hat tours� of its Phase 1 of a proposed $16.5 million Events Center expansion at their facility located at 4229 Stuhlman Road in Vernon, NY 13476. The purpose of the proposed three-phase project is to expand the capacity of Vernon Downs as a tourism destina-

tion center in order to take full advantage of the existing 160 all-suites hotel and add to the current appeal of harness racing and video gaming machines. According to Jeff Gural, chairman of American Racing and Entertainment, the parent company of Vernon Downs, “I hope anyone thinking about having a wedding, high school

or college reunion, holiday party or just a plain meeting will give us a look, as I think they will be very pleasantly surprised with the improvements we have made to our facility.�

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Vernon Downs will hold a ribbon cutting for the new Events Center on Thursday July 21 with a grand opening concert presenting The Fabulous Thunderbirds on Friday July 22.

The Vernon Downs expansion includes a state-of-the-art The proposed three-phase project will expand the capacity of Vernon Downs as a tourism des75-seat simulcast tination center. facility, 16,000dings and corporate meetings a 34,000-square-foot gaming square-foot multi-purpose have already been reserved in facility featuring over 750 vidroom for bridal shows, meet- anticipation of its opening!) eo gaming machines, restauings, conferences and events, Vernon Downs will hold rants, lounges and an arcade a rooftop garden area for a ribbon cutting for the new in addition to live racing and catering events overlooking Events Center on Thursday simulcasting. The property the racetrack, 70-seat dine-in July 21 with a grand opening also offers an all-suites hotel restaurant, two-tier outdoor concert presenting The Fabu- and employs approximately patio space and 1,000-square- lous Thunderbirds on Friday 345 people. Vernon Downs foot lounge and bar area on July 22. Casino Hotel is open yearthe third floor. (Projection for Opened in 2006, Vernon round and is located on Routes opening this newly-expanded Downs Casino Hotel occupies 5 and 31 in Vernon. venue is mid-June. Many wed-

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King of Trucks show comes to Syracuse New event by Syracuse Nationals producer Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates the economic impact of the inaugural three-day event to result in an estimated $2.1 million in travel spending for Onondaga County. “Our plan is to build off of the huge success of the Syracuse Nationals and use the same business model to pro-

mote King of Trucks and give truck enthusiasts an event to call their own,” said Rob O’Connor, event director for Right Coast Inc. Syracuse Nationals is held at the New York State Fairgrounds in July. In its 12th year, the event has grown to See King of Trucks on next page

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The Onondaga Lake Park Marina and Boat Launch is now open. Boaters should note that there is still a no wake zone on the lake and on the Seneca River and floating debris is likely to be encountered, so caution is recommended. The Onondaga Lake Park Marina & Boat Launch off of Vine Street in the village of Liverpool is the only paved public launch on Onondaga Lake. Daily launch for boats is $7.50, season passes for $77 per boat includes use of the Oneida Shores Boat Launch. For more information, call 453-6712 or visit OnondagaCountyParks.com.

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Where the family fun never stops Enchanted Forest/Water Safari stay ‘n play packages offer more fun, big savings Overnight guests to the Enchanted Forest/Water Safari have even more options when it comes to Staying ‘N Playing in 2011 – Great discounted package deals are available between Water Safari and the Old Forge Camping Resort or the Water’s Edge Inn. Located right next door and directly across the street respectively, the campground and the hotel offer the most fun, convenient overnight accommodations in the Old Forge area. Stay ‘N Play packages include discounted weekday (Sunday through Thursday) overnight accommodations and discounted tickets to the Enchanted Forest/Water Safari.

“They are the only places in town you can stay and get a discounted Enchanted Forest/Water Safari package deal,” says park President Timothy Noonan, who originally created the Stay ‘N Play package with the campground in 1996. Stay ‘N Play Packages now have add-ons for Calypso’s Cove Family Fun Center – including discounted attraction tickets or the Family Fun Deal, which includes four personal pan pizzas, one two-liter bottle of soda,

EnchantedForest/Water Safari features over 50 rides and attractions, including 32 water rides all with heated water.

King of Trucks be one of the largest classic car shows in the country with more than 7,300 cars, 82,000 spectators and 350 vendors representing 30 states and three Canadian provinces. “We are very excited about the King of Trucks event and are confident that it will be a tremendous success,” said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. “We know the great work Right Coast Inc. has done with the Syracuse Nationals and I am pleased we could help them get King of Trucks going. It will be a big economic boom to our region.” King of Trucks is open to every year, make and model of truck, Jeep, van and SUV. The New York State Fairgrounds will provide ample room for a variety of events including a huge off-road playground, mud bogs, show and shine field, manufacturer’s row, swap meet area, campgrounds, pulling track and live entertainment stage. More than 2,000 vehicles from tractor

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trailers to lowered mini-trucks are expected to come from across the Northeast and Canada to display their blinding chrome, huge wheels, slammed or lifted suspensions, and thundering stereo systems. For truck owners who like playing in the dirt, two huge obstacle courses will be built to test their driving skills. Activities such as the teeter-totter, RTI ramp, motor dyno, balance logs, mud-pit, Kids Rule! inflatable play land, R/C truck playground, rock crawling demos and more, will take place throughout the weekend. Tickets are now available online at Kingof-Trucks.com. One-day tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children (ages 6 to 12). Three-day tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children (ages 6 to 12). Children ages 5 and under are free. Event parking is free; attendees should enter through Gate 6. For more information, visit King-ofTrucks.com or call 668-9703.

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Lease manager Mike Segretto of Shapiro Notors in Oswego can get you on the highway to spring/summer driving in this new 2011 Dodge Charger RT with a 390 HP V-8 Hemi engine. This all wheel drive charger is equipped with leather, full power and a sunroof. You’ll find all the popular 2011 vehicles at Shapiro’s. Lease the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2011 dodge Journey, 2011 Jeep Liberty and the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country. Interested in a truck? The trucks are in Oswego at Shapiro Motors. See the 2011 Dodge Ram 1500. In fact – see their entire inventory online at shapiromotors.com. Mike has served the Central New York motoring public at Shapiro’s for over 27 years. Shapiro Motors had served Central New York since 1939. They’re located at 410 W. First St. in Oswego – only 35 minutes from Syracuse. Call 343-6194.

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Enchanted Forest four attraction tickets and 40 game tokens. Guests interested in the Ultimate Adirondack Experience can spend a peaceful summer night beside the fire at the Old Forge Camping Resort in a camping cabin, RV or tent site. Comfortably sleeping four, cabins feature a double bed and a set of bunk

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beds. Heated shower and restrooms facilities are located throughout the campground. For entertainment, the grounds offer private Lake Serene and its beach with boat rentals, fishing, playgrounds, nature trail, recreation room, a family lounge with television and fireplace, free hourly shuttle services

to the Enchanted Forest/ Water Safari, free nightly summer movies, basketball, volleyball and horseshoes. A convenience store, complete laundry facilities and a helpful, friendly staff are on site to meet every camper’s needs. Guests interested in the hotel experience can be “Rest… Assured” directly across the

street at Old Forge’s Premier Lodging Destination, the Water’s Edge Inn. Stay ‘N Play packages at the hotel include weekday stays in and standard room or suite, plus discounted tickets to the Enchanted Forest/Water Safari. The hotel offers complimentary continental breakfast and high speed wireless Internet,

a heated indoor pool, private balconies and refrigerators in all rooms and is located on the lake and close to town! For campground Stay ‘N Play reservations, please call 1-800-CAMPING and visit oldforgecamping.com for more information. For hotel Stay ‘N Play reservations, please call 369-2484 and visit

watersedgeinn.com. NonStay ‘N Play reservations may be made from each website. The Enchanted Forest/Water Safari features over 50 rides and attractions, including 32 water rides all with heated water. The park is located on Rt. 28 in Old Forge, NY and opens for the 2010 season on Wednesday, June 16.

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Submissions and auditions Open auditions for upcoming Red House theatre season Red House Arts Center is gearing up for an ambitious 2011-12 theatre season, with auditions for all of the following productions from noon to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday June 12. (Not interested in auditioning? Here’s a preview of the Red House theatre calendar for the next 12 months!)

Syracuse ball club wins season-high 7 in a row By Russ Tarby

The Syracuse Chiefs’ bats came alive and its pitchers shut down the opposition last week as the team racked up seven straight wins. Ever since designated hitter Michael Aubrey tied a franchise record by blasting four home runs in a row on May 14 at Alliance Bank Stadium, the club has been on a tear, sweeping the Norfolk Tides in a four-game series here before bussing to Rochester where the Chiefs beat the Red Wings in three games at Frontier Field. Last week the Chiefs were the hottest team in all of baseball after a dismal month of April in which the club was just 8-15, winding up at the bottom of the International League North Division. Chiefs Manager Randy Knorr never lost faith. “Every team will go through an 8 and 16 stretch at some point in the season,” he told a reporter. “We got ours early…I tried to show them not to panic.” Knorr’s cool, calm attitude comes from experience. Last year, he opened the season at 12-19 with Double-A Harrisburg but eventually made the Eastern League playoffs with a record of 77-65. After their season-high seven-game win streak, the Chiefs are now 19-22, just four games below .500. Aubrey’s awesome power display May 14 led the Chiefs to a 11-0 shutout of the visiting Durham Bulls while right-handed starter Brad Meyers made an auspicious Alliance Bank Syadium debut by holding the Bulls scoreless over seven innings. Rain canceled games against - Syracuse Chiefs Manager the Bulls here May 15-16, before Randy Knorr Norfolk arrived Tuesday, May 17, to face Chiefs right-hander Craig Stammen. The stalwart starter from Ohio allowed three runs over six innings and the bullpen shut down the Tides as Josh Wilkie notched his fourth save in the 4-3 victory. On Wednesday, Yunesky Maya also turned in a quality start, allowing three runs over six-plus innings before the Chiefs’ offense exploded for 10 runs to subdue the Tides 10-3. Aubrey hit his fifth round-tripper while Chiefs newcomers Gregor Blanco, Adam Fox and Matt Antonelli knocked in two runs each, and reliever Adam Carr earned the win. On Thursday, Aubrey again sparked the home team notching four RBI while the Chiefs breezed by the Tides, 9-4 in a convincing comeback victory. Southpaw starter Ross Detwiler enjoyed solid support from bullpen bulldogs Ryan Mattheus, Lee Hyde and Jeff Mandel. On Friday, the Chiefs completed the sweep of Norfolk after Tug Hulett pushed across the deciding run in the tenth inning with a weak grounder that eluded Tides third baseman Joshua Bell to win 5-4. Chiefs shortstop Chris McConnell tallied two RBI with a solid double, and Collin Balester earned the win in relief.

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Seductive, Pulitzer Prize-nominated comedy about two suburban matrons who travel to India and discover the unexpected. Casting two men, two women. Performances Jan. 12 to 21

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Chiefs’ right-hander Craig Stammen was credited with two of the victories during the team’s season-high seven-game win streak last week. Chiefs left-hander Tommy Milone pitched a brilliant seven innings Saturday in Rochester allowing just three hits while striking out nine. His catcher, Jhonatan Solano, had the game-winning RBI as the Chiefs shut out their Thruway rivals 2-0 for their sixth straight win. On Sunday, Chiefs first baseman Chris Marrero and catcher Jesus Flores each homered to pace Syracuse to a 9-3 win over the Red Wings. Stammen earned his fourth W of the year, and Balester pitched three scoreless innings to preserve the club’s seventh in a row. The Chiefs return home Thursday to start a four-game series against the Charlotte Knights. Games are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 26-28, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Alliance Bank Stadium. Field-level ticket prices range from $9 to $20, while upper-deck seats cost $8, and $4 for kids and seniors. Parking costs $5 per vehicle; 474-7833; syracusechiefs.com.

Hysterical and deliciously dark comedy explores what happens when an embittered, self-involved bachelor arrives to care for the dying aunt he hasn’t seen since childhood. Casting one man, one woman. Performances May 3 to 12 Actors should select two of the following categories to prepare for the auditions: 12 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song; Shakespeare comedic monologue; contemporary comedic monologue. Equity and non-Equity actors welcome. Reserve an audition appointment with Kristian Rodriguez at 425-0405 or kristian@theredhouse.org.


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The annual Memorial Day Watchfire will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday May 29 at Veterans Memorial Watchfire Park at the New York State Fairgrounds. Organized by the Syracuse Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, the event properly disposes of worn or soiled American flags and symbolizes the “watchfires” traditionally used to help lost soldiers find their way back to their comrades. The watchfire is free and open to the public.

Music & Movement Class. 10 AM & 6:15 PM. For ages 1-4 and a caregiver. KidzClub Indoor Play and Party Place. 219 County Route 57, Phoenix. $50/6 week session. Pre-register. 695-2211. Teen Art Program. 4-6 PM. Liverpool Art Center. 101 Lake Drive, Liverpool. $60/ month. 234-9333.

Gatherings

Environmental Coffee House. 6:30-9 PM. Coffee, open mic, and environmental presentations. Montezuma Audubon Center. 2295 State Route 89, Savannah. 365-3588.

Outdoors

Trail Tales. 1 PM. Ages 3-5. Stories and walk with a naturalist. Free w/park admission. 638-2519. Farmers Market. 4-8 PM Tuesdays, 10 AM-5 PM Thursdays, 7 AM-2 PM Saturdays. CNY Regional Market. 422-8647.

Sports

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 PM. Vs. Charlotte Knights. Alliance Bank Stadium. $. 474-7833.

Theater

‘Die Another Death.’ 6:45 PM. Interactive comedy/mystery dinner theater, presented by Acme Mystery Theater Company. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St. $32.50 plus tax. ‘Into the Woods.’ 8 PM. Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. New Times Empire Theater, NYS Fairgrounds. $10-$25. Notanothertheatercompany.com.

Friday May 27 Family

Home School Nature Series. 10 AM-noon and 1-3 PM. Hands-on learning about the natural world for home-schooled children ages 6-13. Montezuma Audubon Center. 2295 State Route 89, Savannah. $7/child. Pre-register. 365-3588. Game On! 11 AM. Teens can play games on the Wii and Xbox Kinect. Fayetteville Free Library. 637-6374. Yoga. 5:30-7 PM. All levels welcome. $5/ class. Zen Center of Syracuse. 492-6341.

Lecture

El Punto Reading. 6 PM. Book presentation and reading by El Punto’s young authors, followed by reception. Point of Contact Gallery, 914 E. Genesee St. Free.

Sports

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 PM. Vs. Charlotte Knights. Alliance Bank Stadium. $. 474-7833.

Theater

‘Into the Woods.’ 8 PM. Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. New Times Empire Theater, NYS Fairgrounds. $10-$25. Notanothertheatercompany.com.

Saturday May 28 Family

Literature Live: Maisy! 10 AM-8 PM. Meet Maisy and enjoy literature-related activities for the whole family. Included with admission. Strong Museum of Play, Rochester. 585-410-6359. Magic Circle Children’s Theatre. 12:30 PM. Interactive children’s theater featuring Snow White. Spaghetti Warehouse, Syracuse. $5/person. Pre-register. 449-3823.

Outdoors

Morning Bird Walks. 7:30 AM. Beaver Lake Nature Center. 638-2519. Public Fishing. 9:30-11:30 AM Saturdays through May 28. Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Elbridge. $5/person. Pre-register. 451-7275. Weekend Walks With A Naturalist. 1:30 PM Saturdays & Sundays. Beaver Lake Nature Center. Free w/admission. 638-2519. Weekend Wildflower Walks. 2-3 PM. Baltimore Woods. 673-1350.

Sports

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 PM. Vs. Char-

lotte Knights. Alliance Bank Stadium. $. 474-7833.

Theater

First Act Only: ‘Into the Woods.’ 2 PM. Family-friendly first act of Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. New Times Empire Theater, NYS Fairgrounds. $10-$25. Notanothertheatercompany.com. ‘Into the Woods.’ 8 PM. Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. New Times Empire Theater, NYS Fairgrounds. $10-$25. Notanothertheatercompany.com.

Sunday May 29 Family

Sciencenter Tactile Time. 10:30 AM. Toddlers and preschoolers explore their world through touch. Sciencenter, Ithaca. Included with admission. (607) 272-0600. Literature Live: Maisy! Noon-5 PM. Meet Maisy and enjoy literature-related activities for the whole family. Included with admission. Strong Museum of Play, Rochester. 585-410-6359. Yoga. 1-2 PM. All levels welcome. $5/class. Zen Center of Syracuse. 492-6341.

Gatherings

Memorial Day Watchfire. 8 PM. Memorial Day Watchfire in the Veterans Memorial Watchfire Park at NYS Fairgrounds. Free.

Music

Memorial Day Concert. 2:30 PM. Sponsored by the Syracuse City Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs. Palace Theatre, Eastwood. Free. 473-

4330. Blues, Brews and BBQ. 3 PM. Featuring Max Weinberg, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Coco Montoya, Fabulous Ripcords, Chris Terra Band and The Super Delinquents. NYS Fairgrounds. Free.

Outdoors

Weekend Walks With A Naturalist. 1:30 PM Saturdays & Sundays. Beaver Lake Nature Center. Free w/admission. 638-2519. Weekend Wildflower Walks. 2-3 PM. Baltimore Woods. 673-1350.

Sports

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 6:30 PM. Vs. Charlotte Knights. Alliance Bank Stadium. $. 474-7833.

Monday May 30 Gatherings

Eastwood Memorial Day Parade. 9 AM. Begins at Eastwood American Legion Post 1276 at Nichols Road and James Street and concludes with wreath-laying at Veterans Memorial at corner of James Street and Grant Boulevard. DivorceCare Support Group. 7 PM Mondays. Northside Baptist Church. 7965 Oswego Road, Liverpool. 652-3160. GriefShare Support Group. 7 PM Mondays. Northside Baptist Church. 7965 Oswego Road, Liverpool. 652-3160.

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Kiddie Café. 10 AM-2 PM Wednesdays. Puzzles, coloring, kids music, snacks, and fun. Fayetteville Free Library. 637-6374. Teen Game Day. 2 PM Wednesdays. Dewitt Community Library. 446-3578. Teen Art Program. 4-6 PM. Liverpool Art Center. 101 Lake Drive, Liverpool. $60/ month. 234-9333. Story Art Wednesdays. 4:30 PM Wednesdays. For kids age 5-10. Maxwell Memorial Library, Camillus. Free. 672-3661. Preschool Art Show. 5-7 PM. Public is invited to join Erwin Nursery School, Sumner Head Start and Montessori Discovery School for community event. Friendship Hall, Erwin First United Methodist Church, 920 Euclid Ave. Free. 472-5580. Pokemon for Beginners. 6:30 PM. Bring plenty of energy and basic cards and learn how to play Pokemon. For ages 7-11. Onondaga Free Library. Pre-register. 492-1727. High Point. 6:45-8:15 PM Wednesdays. Faith-based songs, games, and activities for kids in kindergarten through grade

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potto and Michael Davis – recently revamped their repertoire to spotlight Fern on several memorable “girl group” tunes and songs like “Tweedle Dee” by Laverne Baker and “Wheel of Fortune” by Kay Starr. Fern previously worked with The Coachmen on the show, “Cruizin’ Thru the ’50s Dance Party.” The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que stands at 246 W. Willow St., at the corner of South Franklin, downtown. Admission is free; dinosaurbarbque.com; 476-4937. The Coachmen with Elizabeth Fern will also entertain from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Brewerton Family Days outside the Brewerton Fire Hall, 9625 Brewerton Road; 676-7724.

Port City pig roast

The Water Street Stompers Washtub Orchestra will be among the performers at an all-day pig roast starting about 1 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Old City Hall, 159 Water St., just off Bridge Street on Oswego’s West Side. The Stompers – comprised of members of area jug bands including the Water Street Boys, the Gourmet Jug Band and the Port City Stompers – will reunite in the city of their origin to play classic country blues and humorous originals. Also performing will be Elephant Shoes featuring guitarists Joe Bisignano and John Lerner and the Sammy Award-winning duo

Just for Dads. 5:30-7:30 PM. Parenting workshop for fathers. Children’s Consortium, 2122 Erie Blvd East, Syracuse. $15. Preregister. 471-8331. Multiple Moms Mingle. 6:30 PM. Club for mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Ruby Tuesday’s, Dewitt. Free. 308-0277.

Music

Civic Morning Musicals. 12:30 PM. Pianist Sar-Shalom Strong and soprano Lori Larson. Hosmer Auditorium, Everson Museum of Art. Free. Civicmorningmusicals.org.

Outdoors

Morning Bird Walks. 7:30 AM. Beaver Lake Nature Center. 638-2519. Wellness Walking Group. 10 AM. Beaver Lake Nature Center. Free w/admission. 638-2519.

Colella Orch plays Palace

The Stan Colella Orchestra will perform a free Memorial Day concert at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 29, at the Palace Theater, 2384 James St. in Eastwood. The 12-piece big band is now led by Stan’s son, Leonard Colella, and features vocalist Dave Baker. The Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs hosts Sunday’s tribute to fallen heroes with support from B104.7, Veterans Fasteners Supply Corp. and Syracuse Firefighters Local 280. Admission to Sunday’s concert is free; 4639240.

Johnny, Max & Coco!

TK99’s annual Blues, Brews and Barbecue festival rocks out starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Chevy Court, at the State Fairgrounds in Geddes. This year’s headliners are Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Coco Montoya and the Max Weinberg Big Band. Three hot regional blues bands also perform – The Fabulous Ripcords, the Chris Terra Band and the Super Delinquents featuring vocalist Pete McMahon. Admission is free; 472-9111.

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those properties around has become a priority. And while SURA is governed by a board comprised of the mayor, Common Council president, commissioner of finance, and commissioner of business and neighborhood development, the agency is a separate entity from the city government and operates under different restrictions. Driscoll described SURA as a sort of purgatory into which vacant, tax delinquent or underutilized properties can be inventoried until a developer proposes a new plan for the property. Driscoll said SURA, unlike the city, is granted two specific authorities by state law that will make it an effective tool for rehabilitating Syracuse’s vacant housing. First, the agency can sell properties for below their assessed value. Which means SURA can establish a selling price for a property that takes into account the amount of money the new owner would put into the building to bring it up to code or make it inhabitable, Driscoll said. Second, SURA is required to include a clause that holds new owners to executing the plans they agree to prior to the sale. If a new owner agrees to bring a property up to code within a year of the sale, and they fail to do so, SURA has the authority to take ownership of that property, Driscoll said. “Would we? Probably not, but it builds in flexibility that general municipal law doesn’t have,” he said. Driscoll also noted that SURA has the power of eminent domain. “That’s a tool in the toolbox, but we have no intention of using it,” he said.

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But the process is slow going: since Jan. 1, when SURA’s plan became effective and their new mission launched, no properties have been seized. Partly, Driscoll said, because there’s a long process of notifying property owners -- twice -- that their property is tax delinquent and will be seized. “We have roughly 20 properties in the

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How did you start as a promoter?

“Way back in the day, I worked with local bands all through the 80s, travelled the bar circuit, which back then was huge for bands. Then I worked for both a large scale concert lighting and sound production company, travelling regionally doing large scale venues with acts such as Liza Minelli, Rodney Dangerfield, The Robert Cray Band, South Side Johnny, Sam Kinison, Chaka Kahn, Spyro Gyra and lots of one-off dates with bands such as Charlie Daniels, Starship, Phish - when they were just a college band - just to name a few.”

We interviewed Ed and Patricia Fletcher for this story on Wednesday May 19. Patricia, 73, died unexpectedly on Friday May 21. As of Monday, parade committee chairs were hopeful that Ed would serve as the parade’s sole marshal. Patricia will be honored at Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the day. For some 40 years, Ed and Patricia Fletcher were affiliated with the Camillus Memorial Day Parade. For this year’s parade on Monday May 30, they were selected to be grand marshals. “It’s great, once in a lifetime,” said Ed Fletcher, who was parade chair for 43 years before stepping down two years ago due to fading vision. Pat was his side through it all. “I’m really proud,” he added. This year’s 65th annual parade is chaired by Don Laxton and Bernard Bunce and will feature the alumni band, which returns every five years. Around 400 current and former West Genesee Marching Band members are expected to line up for the parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the top of the hill in the village of Camillus. Prior to that will be the annual 5k run. The band will be one of more than 40 groups marching in the parade “It’s overwhelming to me, it’s got to be so big today, so big,” said Ed Fletcher about the parade that is put on by Camillus veterans. “It’s unbelievable what we first started and now … We were lucky if you had 28 participants, now it’s up in the 40s.” If Ed rides in a convertible during the parade this year his driver will be Bunce, who is also the Camillus American Legion Commander. Ed was in the Navy during the Korean War years and upon his return to Central New York he and Pat were married in 1957. They have lived in the same house on Elm Street in the village ever since. Ed has been affiliated with the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Camillus for about 40 years — 13 years as commander. Pat was with the Camillus VFW Ladies Auxiliary for 39 years and was a past president of the New York State VFW Ladies Auxiliary. “It’s important to belong to a veterans’ organization, no matter which one it is, because they have all the information on what’s available out there [for veterans],” said Pat Fletcher. Ed served eight terms (16 years) as mayor of the village and was once a village trustee. Patricia was the town of Camillus receiver of taxes for 16 years and was previously Camillus town clerk for 10 years. After the May 30 parade, Ed may be part of the program at the Memorial Day services held

What was the biggest show you brought to Baldwinsville?

“I would say the last few years has been the 93Q Summer Island Jam. We usually get close to 3,000 people at those shows. We also have another great line up for that show coming up on Monday June 6.

Ed and Patricia Fletcher in front of the senior center. Awards will be presented and Col. Charles Dorsey, Vice Commander of the 174th New York Air National Guard, will speak. Memorial Day festivities will start at 7:30 a.m. Monday May 30 with a veterans’ dedication at the Municipal Building, 4600 West Genesee St.

- Ned Campbell editor@eagle-observer.com

Back stage at Paper Mill Island

Paper Mill Island will begin rocking this weekend. Friday night features an opening set by Just Joe, followed by 3 Inch Fury then Under the Gun. These great acts are brought to the venue by Baldwinsville resident Mike Chemotti. While he isn’t the only promoter for Paper Mill Island, he certainly boasts the most extensive resume having easily brought in more than 100 acts over the past 10 years. The Messenger editor Erin Wisneski recently caught up with the very busy Chemotti to learn more about the man behind the stage.

What are your ties to the Baldwinsville community?

“I moved here in 1990 and rented a floor in the house that I now own. I was one of those people that left town on the weekends years ago. Along with promoting Papermill Island, I am a partner in The B’ville Diner as well, so I have a strong interest in the success for all local business, here in B’ville.”

Why do you do it?

“It’s show business, baby! It gets in your blood, it’s entertainment. You work hard to put on a show, the weather is right, the band is good, people come out and just forget about their everyday grind, and just have a good time. There are two perspectives in this business: being in the crowd, looking up at the band and being on stage and looking out into the crowd. Not too many people experience both, no matter what the size of the venue.”

How would you describe the bands you bring to Paper Mill Island?

“In recent years, most of the bands I have promoted on the Island are tribute bands from Canada, New York City area and points south from here. They are typically bands you will not see in this area all the year through, so when they do come to town, people that like to see or hear that band make it a point to come out to our show.”

What can people expect for the coming season?

“Another great summer of talented musicians playing the amphitheater for sure, and lots of dry weather we hope. With such a terrible winter and spring, I think people are ready for a lot of outdoor activities and we hope that our shows are in their plans!”

Where can people find your schedule of events for this summer?

“Go to island-fest.com for updates and show schedules and we also have Papermill Island on Facebook. Don’t forget, Friday July 1 - we have an AeroSmith Tribute band from Boston and we will kick off the Independence Day weekend

with a fireworks show sponsored by the B’ville Diner.”

- Erin Wisneski editor@baldwinsvillemessenger.com

JE meets new superintendent

The Jordan-Elbridge school board last Wednesday unanimously approved the contract of the district’s next superintendent of schools. James Froio, who has been principal at CiceroNorth Syracuse High School since 2004, was selected for the top job at JE in April. Froio attended the meeting and told a roomful of residents that when the news first broke at J-E, he turned to a close friend of his at C-NS High School and said, “When that superintendent seat opens up, I’m applying there.” Jordan-Elbridge High School Principal David Zehner was put on paid suspension in September just days into the school year, which was followed by news that Superintendent Marilyn Dominick, scheduled to retire early in November, was being forced out by the school board. Froio told residents that he knew they’d heard their share of rhetoric, and they might be “somewhat skeptical of words.” “July 1 is when the action starts, and I will by embarking on a series of listening sessions throughout this community, throughout all the schools, to hear what you have to say,” Froio said. “And as we do that together, we will forge a pact designed to help us do what we’re all here to do: create the best educational environment we can for our kids. I’m very confident that we’ll be able to do that. The road is going to be difficult and hard, and there will be disagreements along the way, I have no doubt. But there is a silver lining to all of this, and you know what it is? It’s your kids.” Froio said he recently spoke with some “extraordinary high school students at JordanElbridge,” and asked them if they were proud of their school. “They said, absolutely. They said, ‘We’re proud to be Jordan-Elbridge Eagles,’” Froio said. “I thought what a remarkable statement for these young people to make because they realize that the actions that have occurred – that they have had no control over – should not be a reflection on them. And they know that. They are proud to be Jordan-Elbridge Eagles.”

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