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Vol. 1, No. 2 Dec. 2, 2009

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Ride the North Pole Express to visit the head elf (Hamilton – Dec. 5, 2009) “Santa called last week and he is ready to visit with all the good little boys and girls until 6 p.m. Then he’s off to visit children around the world,” said Patricia von Mechow, Santa’s local elf. “Of course, he’ll be back, Dec. 24.” On Dec. 5, The Palace Theater will be magically transformed into a wonderland where young and old alike can visit with Santa, Mrs. Clause and elves. The train conductor will greet

everyone as they enter The North Pole with a special ticket to “ride” the North Pole Express. After having your ticket punched, start your journey around the world on your way to Santa. There are places to visit and things to do; holiday crafts and reindeer games to play. Mrs. Claus will help you sign her special quilt so Santa knows who has visited him this year while the Head Elf checks “The List” for your name. Of course there are homemade holiday cookies and hot chocolate. The Hamilton Lion’s Club will be

ready to snap a digital photo of your child with Santa. Stop by their table and make a request. For $5 you’ll be able to take the photo home that day in a decorative holiday card. They’ll also be selling tickets for their holiday basket raffle. All proceeds from the photos and raffle go toward Lion’s projects in the greater Hamilton community. Visit or call 824-1420 to speak to Santa’s personal local Elf. The “North Pole” (Palace Theater) is located at 19 Utica St., in historic downtown Hamilton.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 3 p.m. in a horse-drawn carriage on Saturday Dec. 5 to Hamilton’s North Pole (The Palace Theater). (Photo by John Mayer).

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Now is Not the Time There has been a lot of discussion, debate and dissension on the topic of raises and benefits for members of the Madison County Board of Supervisors recently. It is interesting that more time has been invested in this expenditure – a sum of just about $7,000 divided among 19 supervisors – than any other single item in the county budget.

support from the public on the Board’s slight reduction of the sheriff’s salary, which we feel should have been even lower, or the county’s attempt to reduce the fleet size and implement a central fleet management program. That move could save tens of thousands of dollars on auto purchases, insurance, registrations, maintenance, repairs – all taxpayer money.

We get both sides of the Not one word has been argument, but there are a few mentioned about Budget Officer misconceptions, the biggest Paul Miller’s neither asking for being that the proposal for nor getting a stipend – at least raises was done in some not in the tentative budget – secret session. If that were the for his budget duties this year, intention, it was foolish for a job that paid $5,000 extra the Finance, Ways and Means for the current year and the Committee to invite us. princely sum of $10,000 when All that being said, there is former Personnel Director Mary never a good time for an elected Krause filled the role in 2008. official to vote him- or herself There were no words of

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than usual. Many people here have lost their jobs; many who have kept their jobs have been forced to take unpaid furloughs, lost their benefits or have to pay more to receive them. The general public – the people funding public sector pay and benefits – are not getting raises. In fact, there is an argument to be made that they have gone backward because even if their pay holds steady, they are paying more this year for everything than they did a year ago. The costs that went up when gas prices skyrocketed during the past year never came back down.

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State Faults Jail After Inmate Suicide Report: York told police he was suicidal before arrest, plea Aaron Gifford Two days before he was to be sentenced to 15-years-to-life on sexual abuse charges for molesting a teenage boy, Michael York told his wife that he didn’t want to go back

to prison. According to the state Commission of Corrections, she later told investigators York said ‘don’t wait around for me; get on with your life.’

According to the report, York’s wife, whom the Commission would not identify by name, left the visitor area at the Madison County Jail and immediately asked a correction officer to keep an eye on York, fearing he was contemplating suicide.

It was not the first time authorities were informed of his mental condition, investigators said, yet he was never placed on suicide watch.

York, 44, of Eaton, was found in his cell in the early morning hours of Nov. 3, a torn bed sheet tied around his neck and through a ceiling air vent. According to an investigation report from the state Commission

Cazenovia’s Marvin Provides Technical Advice for Film


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(Hamilton) A video of blindfolded girls walking into the boys’ bathroom at Hamilton High School has prompted several angry parents to ask the district for better oversight of a girls’ club that has existed for nearly a century.

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(Cazenovia) Lt. Col. Daniel “Dangerous Dan” Marvin of Cazenovia expanded his creative experience this year. The latest credit in the local author’s long list of accomplishments is serving as technical advisor on the film “A Lonely Place for Dying.”

The film, starring actor James Cromwell, is an action-thriller telling the story of a Russian operative trying to sell classified information to the Washington Post. The setting is an abandoned New Mexico prison, Marvin said, and it was in the areas of weaponry, tactical maneuvers and uniforms that his expertise was called upon. Marvin, author of “The Expendable

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(Oneida - Nov. 27) - On Nov. 26, 2009, at about 7:50 p.m., on Oneida City Police Department officer was injured in a one-car pedestrian accident on West Genesee Street in the City of Oneida. According to police, the officer was engaged in investigating a previous, uninvolved accident when he was struck by a vehicle eastbound on West Genesee Street.

The officer was treated at the scene by Oneida Fire Department Rescue personnel and transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica by Vineall Ambulance. The injuries are not considered life-threatening. The occupants of the vehicle were uninjured. The names of all involved parties are being withheld while investigation by members of the Oneida City Police Department, New York State Police, NYSP Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the NYSP Collision Reconstruction Unit. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department also assisted with the investigation.

The parents obtained the video several days after the Nov. 4 “Walk of Trust” initiation took place at the school after an evening social event. Parents said the girls complained about the smell of the bathroom, and one of them accidentally bumped her head in the doorway, but no one was injured. E-mail exchanges and individual meetings between parents and Superintendent Diana Bowers preceded a Nov. 23 board meeting that was attended by more than 75 people. Most of the speakers criticized the voluntary initiation ritual and asked for better supervision of club activities. Parents also complained about the club’s rule to prohibit freshman from joining, calling it discriminatory. The club originated as the Almeda Literary Society, said Mary Willson, who is angry over the initiation event even though her daughter is a member.

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Lincoln Plans Community Events In an effort to bring the members of our community together for the holiday season, the Town of Lincoln will be hosting its second-annual tree lighting Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7Â p.m. at the Lincoln Town Hall on Timmerman Road.

This event is being made possible by a tree donated by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Guterl in memory of Eva Schultheis. The tree was planted last year adjacent to the Town Hall. After the tree lighting, refreshments will be available at the fire department, and there will be caroling by the Methodist Church Choir and Youth Group. Anyone interested in singing will be encouraged. Santa will be making an appearance, so please bring your cameras.

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Decorating Contest Deadline Dec. 16 The Town of Lincoln is hosting its second-annual holiday lighting contest. The deadline to enter your home in this contest is Wednesday, Dec. 16. The judging will take place Saturday, Dec. 19, and Sunday, Dec. 20. It is requested that your lighting display be lit on both Saturday and Sunday from dark until 10 p.m. to allow for judging. Prizes will be awarded. To enter this contest, please e-mail your name, street address and phone number to rwarner14@ or call 315697-8837. Information on both events will be available and updated, if necessary, on the Town’s Web site at




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(Cazenovia) The Holiday Season is fast approaching.  Cazenovia Garden Club members Anne Doherty, Diane Burrell and Nancy Hall put the finishing touches on the garland that will decorate the village. The Cazenovia Garden Club is also busily preparing for the upcoming Holiday Plant Sale. This year ’s sale will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library. Shoppers will find many of their traditional favorites, including wreathes, cedar roping, boxwood trees, holly, paperwhites, kissing balls, cyclamen and poinsettias of many sizes and colors.   In addition, there will be many new handcrafted holiday decorations at unbeatable prices, perfect for holiday gift giving. The proceeds of the sale will be used toward village beautification.

Madison County Public Health news H1N1 School Clinics Underway

(Wampsville) On Monday, Nov. 23, Madison County Health Department gave 59 H1N1 flu shots to students at the first H1N1 school clinic, held at DeRuyter Central School District.

“The first school clinic was small and went smoothly,� said Eric Faisst, Public Health Director of Madison County Health Department. “Students got the H1N1 shot and were out in minutes.� The next scheduled clinics by district are Nov. 30 for Brookfield, Dec. 2 for Stockbridge Valley, Dec. 3 for Chittenango, Dec. 7 for Hamilton, and Dec. 8 for Madison. As additional H1N1 vaccine is received, school clinic dates will be announced for Morrisville-Eaton, Cazenovia, Oneida, and Canastota Central School Districts. Clinics for these schools are expected to be held in mid-to-late December. School clinics are only open to enrolled students. The details, times, and locations of each school clinic will vary by district. Each school district is sending home to parents or guardians a letter about their school clinic and a consent form. Only students who have returned their completed consent form will be able to get vaccinated at their school clinic. “Students who missed their school clinic will have the opportunity to get vaccinated at other Health Department clinics,� Faisst said. “In addition, clinics for priority groups for vaccination have begun and will continue throughout the flu


Due to a limited supply of vaccine, clinics are targeting priority populations for vaccination who are at high risk for infection or serious illness from the H1N1 flu. The priority groups for the H1N1 vaccine differ from those for the seasonal flu vaccine. The H1N1 flu priority groups for vaccination, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are: •

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Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

Over the next few weeks, additional H1N1 clinics will be scheduled and announced through the media as more vaccine is received. Residents and family members can go to the Madison County Health Department website www. to view and reserve appointments online. For more information, call the Health Department at 366-2361 or visit

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Community Works to Save Coye Mural

Lee Brown Coye Piece has Been ‘Community Property’ for Decades Maria Parenti Sometimes waiting in line at the post office can create more stress than any of us need; however, at the Hamilton Post Office, there is a mural above the brass mailboxes that triggers an impulse to reflect. The mural is four-by-24 feet

and was commissioned by the old Doanne’s Grill House about 1941. It depicts the history of Hamilton in three sections, with vignettes of local agriculture, the Loomis gang, and historical buildings. A work of artist Lee Brown Coye. At one time, Coye was a local resident of Central New York and was best known nationally as an illustrator. The mural has hung in the post office since 1996 as a loan to the Village of Hamilton and now the current owner wants to sell it. It has been appraised at $70,000. The Coye belongs to Chenango Properties, LLC, and the principles

would like it to sell it to Hamilton for $35,000 and donate the remaining $35,000 to Colgate University in the memory of John Cheshire, a 1972 Colgate alum. Cheshire was the brother of Dick Cheshire, a longtime resident of Hamilton, who was a classmate of James Metz of Chenango Properties. The mural has been on loan to the Village of Hamilton with the agreement that the village would incur the insurance. The village has also acquired expenses for cleaning and some repairs to the painting. This agreement has been

Partnership for Community Development news

PCD Gives Green Light for Intersection Traffic Study Jill Pearson Smith

(Hamilton – Nov. 21, 2009) After a three-hour intensive marathon interview session with three of the top architectural and design firms in upstate New York, the Intersection Task Force made a unanimous decision to retain the services of Elan Planning, Design & Landscaping Architecture of Saratoga. Spearheaded by the Partnership for Community Development, Elan will conduct a comprehensive study and make recommendations regarding vehicular flow and parking, pedestrian safety, and economic opportunities of the Five-Way Intersection in Hamilton. This decision was the compilation of more than three months of planning and deliberation.

PCD Managing Director Roger Bauman, facilitator of the task force, said the decision was not an easy one. “All three of the firms who submitted proposals and presentations were outstanding in their own right,� Bauman said. “However, this study is all about working together as a community. After hearing all the presentations, the task force agreed that Elan demonstrated the professionalism and expertise to perform the study coupled with the sensitivity and negotiable qualities needed to respect and respond to the needs of the community.� Lisa Nagle, Principal of Elan, was delighted with the outcome. “Elan Planning, Design, & Landscape Architecture is pleased to work with the people of Hamilton on this exciting project that builds on this strong tradition of a vibrant community center for residents and visitors alike,� Nagle said. “We feel our project team’s combination of planning, public participation, landscape architecture, and transportation planning

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satisfactory to all parties. At the announcement that Chenango Properties desired to sell the mural, a group of interested Hamilton residents formed a steering committee to “save the painting� and initiated a campaign to raise the $35,000 to purchase it. Once the funds are available, they plan to gift the mural to the village, along with additional funds to support the care and insurance of the piece. Resident artist Denise Leone has taken on the chair position of that committee.

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How to Remove an ‘800-pound Gorilla’? Common Council proposes 10 percent tax increase Margo Frink (Oneida, Nov. 24, 2009) After the second of two special budget meetings, the Oneida Common Council proposed a 10 percent increase to the tax rate, approximately 3.8 percent to fund items cut from Mayor Peter Hedglon’s proposed budget and 6.2 percent to reduce the amount of money taken from the general fund. The vote was 3-2 with Councilors Marcia Rafte, Mike Murawski and Dan Jones in favor; Max Smith and Don Moore were the nay votes. Rob Brown was not in attendance.

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On Monday, Nov. 23, day one of discussion, each department

head sat down with the council one by one and read off cuts they had made to their respective budgets. Each councilor then made recommendations of items they felt should be restored to the budget. A list was compiled. Included on the list was sidewalk replacement at $30,000, a new crosswalk flasher on North Main Street by Vet’s Field at a cost of $6,000, two patrol cars at $58,000 and a new truck for animal control at $18,000, a new 15-passenger senior van at $35,000, the remaining money to build a barrier-free playground at Allen Park for $55,000 and a back flow prevention device at Chapman Pool for $4,500. At the end, $206,500 in budget cuts was placed on a list for discussion on day two. The importance of each budget item was discussed at length by the

Council. Members of the audience and city employees voiced their opinions and concerns about each item that was laid back on the table. In the end it was up to the council to decide which proposed budgeted items would remain and be put up for a vote on Dec. 8. For Rafte it was all about public safety. She proposed the sidewalk program and patrol vehicles be placed into the budget as well as the back flow device for the pool, or a 3 percent tax increase. As for the senior van, Rafte said, “not every senior will use the van but every senior will have to pay for it.”

Moore on the other hand agreed on most of Rafte’s items but he made a motion that a new senior van is purchased and all the funds needed to operate it be placed in the 2010 budget. Moore’s

proposal would mean at 5 percent tax rate increase. No one seconded his motion. However, Craig Arnold and his mother, Helen, attended the meeting to urge the Common Council to keep the senior van program running. She said she uses the van to get to and from doctor appointments and hair appointments and that as a taxpayer she has paid her fair share of taxes over the years. “I can’t imagine removal of that van,” Helen Arnold said. “I can’t tell you how necessary it is for us. I’m asking you folks to please consider us old folks. We need the van.” Hedglon continued to stand behind what he’s been saying repeatedly, that the senior van is a

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Your Government

Becker: End Supervisors’ Free Health Insurance Resolution Would Raise Salaries, End Free Healthcare

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Martha E. Conway (County Seat – Nov. 24) Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John M. Becker presented a surprise resolution during day three of annual session Tuesday Nov. 24. Becker said the proposition was in response to all the contention surrounding members of the Board of Supervisors voting themselves a 3-percent raise Nov. 9. “I’ll start the discussion on this,” Becker said. “There’s been a lot of talk about our benefits and how the raises were handled for the Board of Supervisors. I thought about it for quite a while, and I spoke to some supervisors about this. I am proposing we move the salary for supervisors to $20,000 a year and do away

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with health insurance.” Becker said supervisors wishing to keep their health insurance benefits through the county would then have to buy them back at a cost of about $13,000 a year. He said the move would save taxpayers about $45,000 the first

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This is nothing more than a shell game: moving a short-term $45,000 savings into a retirement package that will cost the taxpayers $100,000’s over the life of the supervisors’ retirement under an outrageously generous NYS employee retirement system. The pensions received by State and Local government employees under the NYS system  are 100-percent sheltered from state taxes and they don’t have to pay NYS tax on the next $20,000 of pension income from their private retirement plans. These are just the freebies that legislators all over the country are helping themselves to. The health benefits are no real “give-back.” Most have full-time jobs and spouses with coverage. They all took it because it was free, so they’ll keep that $12,000 and pick up another $8,000 and a lush retirement plan. And they complain about the Oneida Nation? These are part-time jobs with better than full-time benefits. The right thing to do? Give back the health benefit with no trade-offs, or require contribution to the current plan.

Town of Lenox to Fund Fireworks for Bicentennial

Supervisor proposes committee to discuss consolidation of services

Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica asked the board to consider organizing a lay committee to discuss consolidation of services with the village of Canastota.

“When I was running for office, the taxpayers asked for it,” Margo Frink DiVeronica said. “I think it’s got to (Town of Lenox, NY) A request be addressed for the benefit of the by the Canastota Fire Department taxpayers.” to pay all or a portion of the DiVeronica said one issue he’d fireworks display that will kick-off like studied is one taxing identity Canastota’s Bicentennial next year for village residents and one was accepted. At the regular town taxing identify for taxpayers living board meeting held Nov. 9, the outside the village. board voted to fund the $1,700 for Water district 12 about 20 minutes of fireworks. Public hearing bids for Consolidation of services surveying of water district 12 were

opened. Myers and Associates of Canastota’s bid came in at $46,400 and Delta Engineering of Vernon’s bid was $49,275. No bids were accepted at the meeting.

A resolution was passed to borrow $100,000 on a Bond Anticipation Note for water district 12. The BAN is for engineering fees, consultants and other tests. DiVeronica said all of the $100,000 may not be spent and the town will draw it as needed. The notice of intent was accepted for the district with one abstention by Councilman Anthony Palamara. The board also approved a resolution authorizing

Lebanon Board Adopts 2010 Budget with Small Tax Cut Seismic testing request withdrawn

(Lebanon, NY) Lebanon town board members unanimously adopted a 2010 town budget that will contain a small tax decrease at its monthly meeting Nov. 9, 2009, and also reached an agreement with Norse Energy and Conquest Seismic Services that the request to do seismic testing on town roads,

primarily Deep Spring Road, would be withdrawn by the company in favor of them doing the testing on private lands where they actually have signed agreements. Supervisor Jim Goldstein had scheduled the public hearing on the use of town and county roads for seismic testing with Town Board approval due to concerns that not all the property owners on that road had signed seismic testing permits or

had gas well leases. He also said that the town’s new policy on seismic testing, recommended by Town Attorney Steven Jones, was to have the town board review any seismic testing request that involves town rights of way to ensure no seismic trespass occurs and that all resident with concerns about impacts are heard. Lyanne Hoefer of Conquest Seismic Services, who does seismic testing

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DiVeronica to apply for USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) funds.

John Dunkel, engineer for Dunn & Sgromo submitted costs for the archaeological study for water district 12. DiVeronica said the project may be held up because the Oneida Indian Nation wants a consultation with the state Department of Environmental Conservation before these projects can be approved and move forward. “They (Oneida Indian Nation) say they want to work government to government but it looks like they

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Council Approves Fire Truck Purchase Special meeting held concerning bids margo frink

(Oneida – Nov. 23, 2009) A special meeting was held of the Oneida Common Council to discuss why the lowest responsible bidder for the city’s proposed fire engine was not accepted by the fire truck committee. City Attorney Michel DeBottis was concerned that the committee tightened its design specifications to the point that only one company could meet the criteria, which was the Sutphen Corporation. Sutphen’s bid of $440,000 was about $60,000 higher than the lowest bidder. Committee Chairman James Dowd and fire Chief Donald Hudson prepared a color-coded spreadsheet outlining the truck specifications, each bidder and which bidders did not meet criteria. Hudson said that if each bidder takes exception they need to give a detailed description of why and neither did that. He also said many

truck manufacturers want to sell you their truck, any truck. “We get multiple bids,” Hudson said. “They don’t always come close to our specs.” Hudson explained that the specifications are compiled and given to all that want to bid. Main specifications the committee made were a stainless

“If they don’t meet the specs it tells me they don’t want the job.” Chief Donald Hudson steel body and frame rails. Only Sutphen modified its assembly line product to meet the committee’s criteria, Hudson said. DeBottis said he was not comfortable with the way the bid was handled and that it opened the city up to lawsuits. He said the committee should go back to each bidder and give them options as to

whether they would or could meet the criteria. DeBottis asked Hudson and Dowd to make two phone calls, explain the criteria again and ask them if their bid still stands. Hudson explained that every specification that went out was applied to all bidders. “What it boils down to is what they’ve got on the shelf so they don’t have to spec that item,” Hudson said. “We could be three years just getting answers from all the bidders. If they don’t meet the specs it tells me they don’t want the job.” After Mayor Peter Hedglon went down the list of specifications and how each explaining which bidders met the criteria and which didn’t, DeBottis changed his mind. He said he had looked at it from a legal point of view but since the explanation was made in detail, he had no misgivings about the bid. The Council decided to take a roll call vote. With the exception of Councilwoman Marcia Rafte, who was unable to attend the

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Cazenovia Village Board Calendar

Public Hearing on Social Host Ordinance Continues

Dec. 7

6:45 p.m.: Continued Public Hearing - Discussion of Social Host Ordinance 7 p.m.: Village Board meeting to include update on Riverside Drive with initial presentation from prospective developer

Dec. 14 7:30 p.m.: Planning Board – To include: Caz Dental - sign application, The Show Trunk – sign application; Bill Carr – new garage application; T. Gerhardt – 19 Forman St. addition and alterations; Upstate Animal Clinic – addition

Dec. 15 7 p.m.: Zoning Board of Appeals – To include: Caz Dental sign application

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Out of the Dust Murder in Pratts Hollow

By Bob Betz

Michael Kelly, who, Sept. 29, 1894, fatally stabbed James George, an Indian, in a swamp near Pratts Hollow, has been arrested in New York. The capture was made yesterday on Blackwell’s Island.

soon be removed to the Morrisville jail, in Madison County. His victim died Oct. 3, and the Grand Jury indicted him for murder in the first degree. In the metropolis the alleged murderer is known as Corey, and of his case today’s New York Herald says:

The prisoner B ob is known to the B etz “Inspector police as Michael McLoughtin received a Corey, alias “Kelly” and “Burns.” October 19, a man communication on October 20 from Deputy Sheriff J. E. was arrested in Watertown Stimson, of Canastota, in this who was believed to be state, asking him to arrest the alleged murderer. The Corey. A full description of description of the real Corey was given, and it was Kelly, even to the scars said that he had killed James on the head, was very George on September 27. similar, but the Madison “The inspector concluded County officers quickly from the description that Corey was a general thief, decided that it was a case known in the city under of mistaken identity. There is no doubt, however, that the New York detectives secured the right man, for he has made a confession. He is now in jail in New York, and will

various aliases. Detectives John G. O’Brien and Patrick Lawlor were detailed to hunt Corey up. They traced him to the Charity Hospital on Blackwell’s Island. He was entered under the name

of John Burns, and gave his residence as No. 301 Mulberry Street, which is opposite Police Headquarters. “They brought Corey before Inspector McLoughlin yesterday, and the Inspector recognized him as an exconvict who had served several terms in the penitentiary and State Prison by Judge Gildersleeve, for Grand Larceny, and on March 26, 1890, Judge Fitzgerald sentenced him to a term of 2 years and 8 months. “After some persuasion, Corey made a full confession, in which he said that he killed Indian George at a dance held at the home of Mr. Webb, a half-breed Indian near Pratts Hollow. George sas an admirer of Susie Webb, Corey’s sweetheart. Corey said that George threatened to kill him. George got drunk and during the dance drew a knife and tried to stab Corey. He said that he knocked George down, took the knife from him, stabbed him and fled. George died. Corey took a freight train and reached the city on Oct 2.

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Cazenovia Curmudgeon You gotta keep’em separated* As promised – sorry, Grandma – in a previous column: sex, politics and religion. No, wait; family newspaper. No sex.

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Fortunately for the integrity of public education, concerned parents and teacher, Education progressive schools instead, okay? boards (trustees of school funds) and U.S. Supreme such groups as the Court Justice Hugo American Civil Black said back in Liberties Union 1947 in the case of D onald and Americans K rueger Everson v. Board for the Separation of Education, “In of Church and the words of Jefferson, the State have fought in the clause (the establishment courts to have schools clause ‘Congress shall and churches respect make no law respecting the Constitution. It is an an establishment of ongoing battle. Among the religion…’) was intended successes are McCollum to erect a “wall of separation” between church v. Board of Education District No. 71, 1948, the and state.” Supreme Court declaring Churches do not pay unconstitutional religious taxes, which has not teachers coming into public prevented the “church school classrooms during lobby” and its tame “released time” from politicians from efforts regular classes – religious to find their way around instruction during school or through the wall of hours! separation and to feed at In Engle v. Vitale, the trough of taxpayers’ 1962, the Court struck funds for their church

down New York State’s Board of Regents daily prayer in public schools. “(I)t is no part of the business of the American people to recite as part of a religious program carried on by government.” A year later, in Abingdon School District v. Schempp, the Court did away with Pennsylvania’s in-school Bible reading. The Court decided in Wallace v. Jaffree, 1985, Alabama’s ‘moment of silence’ in schools violated the First Amendment. The Court has outlawed prayer at school graduations (Lee v. Weisman, 1992) and has banned student-initiated prayers before school athletic events (Santa Fe Independent School District V. Doe, 2000). It has outlawed displays of the Ten Commandments in schools and public buildings, and there was

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Pig City Garden Calendar Think ‘lavender’ for the winter ‘growing season’ Let’s talk about a very special plant: the Hardy Lavender. It’s famous for its fragrance and a real blessing because we can grow it well in Zone 4.

with about an inch of loose gravel at the bottom. Root rot is one of the few problems experienced by lavender plants. Use a loose, soilless mix for planting, and remember that container-grown lavender will require more water D onald K rueger than garden-grown plants.

Sure, it is late in the year to think about planting lavender, if we were going to plant it out in the garden, but you can always start to grow your lavender in pots and move it to follow the sun in windows indoors for the winter or keep under a fluorescent light.

Keep in mind that although lavender has a large, spreading root system, it prefers growing in a tight spot. A pot that can accommodate the root ball with a couple of inches to spare would be a good choice. To prevent water pooling in the pot, start

How much more depends on the environment and the type of pot. Water when the soil, not the plant, appears dry, and water at the base of the plant to limit dampness on the foliage. Compact varieties make the best choices for containers. Go to trusted garden centers with whom you have dealt in the past to

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Your Voice Letters

Kopp thanks voters To

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I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the voters in the Town of Sullivan for re-electing me to another term on the Town Board. I appreciate their confidence in me to help lead the Town forward for the next four years. We will continue to be openminded to the concerns of all citizens in the Town of Sullivan. Tom K opp C hittenango

Lebanon Supervisor Holds Illegal Meeting? To

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The Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 issues of the Mid-York Weekly printed legal notices from the Town of Lebanon, announcing a budget workshop on Oct. 26 and a budget hearing on Nov. 5, both beginning at 8:00 p.m. A copy of the legal notice is here: com/photos/lebanon_ ny/4136857401/ Two members of the public, who attended the budget workshop, arrived at 7:45 to find that Supervisor Goldstein had called the meeting to order at 7:30. They objected that the meeting announcement had

said 8:00. Mr. Goldstein denied it, and continued the meeting. I raised the subject of this event at the Nov. 9 Lebanon Town Board meeting. Supervisor Goldstein again denied that the budget workshop meeting notice had said 8:00 rather than 7:30, and further denied that the meeting announcement had been in the form of a legal notice. The Public Access TV folks have it on tape. Starting a public meeting well before the published start time appears to violate the NYS Open Meetings Law. I find it disturbing that the Supervisor would do this, especially while running for re-election on an “open government” platform. I find it considerably more disturbing that Mr. Goldstein didn’t suggest that perhaps he, or the town clerk, or even the newspaper, had made an error that he had been unaware of. He just flatly, emphatically denied that the meeting notice said what it said, and was in the form it was in. There is a word for this. Perhaps Mr. Goldstein believes that image is more important than substance, and that facts don’t matter at all if he denies them vigorously enough.  I intend to bring a

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Madison County Courier

A Fresh Persepctive

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning About a year and a half the first column I wrote. ago, I discovered through Someone suggested that the Internet the school choir if the United States of of P.S. 22 from New York America had stronger City’s Staten Island moral principles, (http://ps22chorus. then perhaps things would be different. I enjoy music I do not necessarily of all varieties, disagree with but I especially that thought. appreciate Unfortunately, this T. S cott passionate is not the case. B urgess singers. What We live in a makes this group world that believes in few of children so dynamic absolutes. Contemporary is how emotive they are society seems to say that when they sing in their anything is all right as own exquisite harmony. I long as you do not hurt have watched many of their others. We live in a modern videos, and I have great culture that preaches to do affection for a number whatever makes you feel of their interpretations of good. It is all about “me.” songs. However, the song To those that agree and video that has most with this last paragraph, let impressed me is their me give you something to rendition of “Let There Be ponder. If that is true, then Peace On Earth.” there is little that we can I read with great do to change our world. interest the responses to However, we can change this column because, in as individuals. The second essence, I want to see line in the song “Let There people discussing some Be Peace On Earth” says of the thoughts presented. “and let it begin with me.” I am not writing because I often think how I think that I have the ineffective I am as an agent final word on spiritual of change in the world topics; rather, I think it is important that conversation around me, because there is much in me that still takes place and that it needs to change. However, becomes more crossthough I am not perfect and generational. there is a strong probability Thus, I read with that I will not be perfected anticipation some of the while I am here on earth comments that people (1 John 3:2), that does not posted online in regards to Is Your Source For Quality Daily Local & County News Coverage To Submit Your News, Email To Place An Ad, Call 404-8200 or Email Join the tens of thousands of visitors each month & Log on today... Your news. Your voice.

mean that I cannot change. At my work, I was talking to somebody who said that she was “a selfish pig” (her words, not mine). She decided that she was going to volunteer some of her time this holiday season to those less fortunate than herself. If that is the perspective of the world, how much more does the church need to change? It is not always the things that people see that need to change, but sometimes the unseen things: our thinking, the words that come out of our mouths, or maybe our attitudes. No matter what it is, there are things in all of us that need to change. As the world becomes increasingly voyeuristic (YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, to name a few vehicles), it is more essential than ever that we become who Christ called us to be both individually as Christians and communally as the church. But this change has to be authentic and not just for the sake of portraying a religious façade. Otherwise, the world will have plenty to say in response and, believe me, it will not be peaceful. T. Scott Burgess is Youth and Young Adult Leader at Hope Christian Fellowship in Canastota

Cazenovia Bridge Club News

Lessons available at library Dave Bull These last few weeks we’ve been noting the differences between rubber bridge and duplicate bridge. If you play bridge at all and wish to get involved in a great, low cost, enjoyable game either through lessons on Tuesday Morning or at duplicate on Tuesday Afternoon at the Cazenovia Public Library, please give Jane Fuller a call. She’s listed in the Cazenovia directory and might even be able to pair you up with a partner for the duplicate game. The results of our November 24 duplicate game showed Alice Angelo and partner, Ellie Ludwig, finishing first, overall and win the East/West side. Al Getman teamed with John O’Dwyer to take North/South honors. Jane Fuller and Carl Bjork edged Joyce and Gary Droege for second, N/S, while Toni and Bob Salisbury finished ahead of Barbara and Sam Roller for second E/W. Dave Fuller is volunteer publicist for the Cazenovia Bridge Club.

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Dec. 2, 2009

Your Voice

Letters from page 10 recent newspaper with me to any public meetings I attend in Lebanon henceforth, in case I need to prove what the meeting announcement said. We are fortunate to live in a place where open government is not just a slogan it is a legal right of citizens and a legal obligation of our elected officials. It is a right worth defending. D aniel C lark , S outh L ebanon

Kunkel Signs Letter with Other Clerks Dear Paterson:


We were greatly troubled to read published reports that the State, at your direction, plans

to proceed with the manufacture of the new Empire Gold license plates, despite commitments by you and legislative leaders on both sides of the political aisle to scrap the controversial reissuance plan (“Paterson admits license fee was a ‘revenue grab,’ � Democrat and Chronicle, Nov. 18). County Clerks from across the State have gathered more than 100,000 names of New Yorkers who are opposed to the license plate reissue, through online and paper petitions that were delivered to you and legislative supporters of the original plan. The people of the state have spoken up and said that they don’t want the Empire Gold plates, nor do they feel that the reissuance plan was justified by Albany’s desire for more revenue.

Facing a $3.2 billion budget gap, and in light of the Legislature’s pledge to undo the license plate mandate, it makes no sense that you should continue to produce these plates, at a cost to the state that you have placed at $32 million. County Clerks respectfully ask that you rescind the order to begin manufacturing the new plates pending legislative action on the repeal of this ill-advised plan. County Clerks have proposed additional ways to cut state spending and improve government efficiency to help deal with the budget deficit, and we await your response to our request for a meeting to discuss these and other ideas. K enneth K unkel , M adison C ounty C lerk

Dust from page 9 “Corey is a sullen-looking, stockily built man of thirtythree years old. He was arraigned before Justice Ryan, in the Tombs Police Court yesterday afternoon and remanded to Police Headquarters to await the arrival of an officer from Canastota, where his is wanted to answer an indictment for murder in the first degree.�

A dispatch from New York this afternoon says that Kelly was arraigned before Justice Ryan in the Tombs Police court this morning and turned over to Deputy Sheriff Stimson, of Canastota. Detectives O’Brien and Lawler found

Kelly working as a cook in the Charity Hospital on Blackwell’s island. Kelly was to have left the Island on the 1:30 boat yesterday for Baltimore. He insists that the Indian attacked him with a knife and in selfdefense he stabbed him. He did not know he killed him. Kelly’s, or Corey’s, story differs greatly from that told by the “Swamp Angel� over whom they fought. She said that Kelly hung around the house in which she and the Indian sat together and invited the latter to go out and fight. He refused and finally Kelly rushed upon

the Indian and inflicted the wounds which caused his death. If there was a dance in progress when the assault took place, it was not known to the people in the vicinity. Robert Betz is an independent amateur historian who has volunteered for the past two years in the Madison County Archives in the Clerk’s Office. While working there three days a week, Betz has recaptured stories of Madison County’s past ‘out of the dust.’ His columns are taken directly from the county’s historic documents and written in the vernacular of the era.

Lavender from page 9 supply those type of plants, and see what they have available. Order it as soon as you can, as it is near impossible to purchase it in the middle of winter. One type of lavender is “Hardy Lavender.� Even the foliage smells sweet. The plant forms neat, grayishgreen mounds, 15 to 20 inches high, dotted with pretty purple flowers from June to frost. A favorite for sachets and potpourri. Hardy Lavender is best transplanted from pot to where you can enjoy next

spring, making certain you plant it in full sun and in well-drained soil. Plant it in your pot with the crown just at or slightly below the surface. When you move it outside, space the plants about 13 inches apart and in 2010 shape it into a  low, informal but beautiful hedge that is pleasant to see and smell. Happy Gardening! Daniel Marvin of Cazenovia is an author and gardener. Readers can email him at

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Madison Cortland ARC news Toys for Children Honors ARC Jolene Cleaver On Dec. 12, New York State Troopers, Utica and Deerfield Fire Departments and other local law enforcement will be holding “Toys for Children Uniformed Services Christmas Party for the ARC� at the Sons of Italy Lodge on Bleecker Street in Utica. The party will be for children who receive services at Madison Cortland ARC and the Arc of Oneida Lewis, and their families. Madison Cortland ARC and the Arc of Oneida Lewis are sister chapters of NYSARC, Inc., an agency that serves people with developmental disabilities. Santa Claus and his elves will be on-site to hand out gifts. The party will also have food, fun, gifts for the children and face-painting. “We are going to have a fire truck and police cars there so that pictures can be taken with each child and the firefighters and police officers as a special remembrance of the day,� said His Eminence, the Most Rev. Stephen J. Enea, Archbishop of the Italo-Greek Orthodox Church, whose parish, the Cathedral of the Theotokos of Great Grace in Utica, is the coordinating entity for the annual Toys for Children Project. “We wanted to do something truly special for organizations who give so much to the community. This party is a wonderful opportunity for local fire departments and law enforcement agencies to build a stronger, personal bond with the community,� adds Father Stephen. The Archbishop continued by saying, “Law Enforcement Officers and firefighters have big hearts and are very caring people. Events such as this give them an opportunity to be with the people in circumstances other than difficult ones.� “These are very trying times for many of the families we help at Madison Cortland ARC,� says Raymond Lewandowski, Executive Director of Madison Cortland ARC, “The generosity of the Toys for Children Project, the New York State Troopers and the Utica and Deerfield Fire Departments give the magic of Christmastime meaning. It’s like ‘Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’. We can’t thank them enough.�

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Your Police Police Briefs

Property Damage Accident Leads to DWI (Brookfield) On Nov. 20, 2009 at 8 p.m., Morrisville State Police arrested Louis J. Tyler, age 42, of Leonardsville for driving while intoxicated following a two-car property damage accident on Academy Road in the town of Brookfield. Tyler was southbound on Academy Road in a 1996 Buick four-door sedan when he struck a parked car.

town of Brookfield Court, and remanded to Madison County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.

Tyler was processed at State Police in Morrisville where a breath sample of .11 percent BAC was obtained. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, Driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and aggravated unlicensed operation.

Glynn was operating a 2000 Ford Pickup on State Route 20 in the Town of Eaton when he was stopped for erratic operation.

He was arraigned in the

Aggravated DWI arrest made in Town of Eaton (Morrisville) On Nov. 22, 2009, at 2:10 a.m., Morrisville State Police arrested Phillip D. Glynn, age 35, of Smithfield for aggravated driving while intoxicated.

He was processed at State Police in Morrisville, where a breath sample of .21 percent was obtained. He was released

on tickets to appear in the Town of Eaton Court on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.

Bridgeport Man Arrested for DWI (Bridgeport) On Nov.

4, 2009 the State Police in Sylvan Beach arrested Michael J. Schalk, age 40, of Galileo Circle in Bridgeport for Driving While Intoxicated. Schalk had a .12 percent BAC at

the time of his arrest. Schalk was released after being issued several traffic tickets and was scheduled to appear in the Village of Sylvan Beach court on Dec. 10.

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Eaton Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Charge (Eaton – Nov. 24, 2009) On Nov. 19, Trooper Lawrence Puccio – SP Morrisville, arrested John H. Hitchcock, 26, of Deansboro, for third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class E felony, following a traffic stop. According to police, Hitchcock was stopped

for the alleged illegal operation of a 2000 Honda moped, a limited use vehicle, on State Route 26, in the Town of Eaton. Police say Hitchcock was found to be in possession of more than eight ounces of marihuana and other drug paraphernalia.

Hitchcock also was charged with vehicle and traffic law violations for operating a limited use vehicle in a restricted area and improper signaling. He was released on tickets to appear in Eaton Town Court Dec. 2.

Your Farms

Madison County One Step Closer to Crop Insurance

Soybeans, a ‘nontraditional’ crop, not covered under current policies By Martha E. Conway The Madison County

Board of Supervisors recently received a letter from the USDA acknowledging receipt of Chairman John M. Becker’s Nov. 10 letter asking the department to expand crop coverage to include soybeans. The request was based on 114 growers with more than 11,000

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acres planted, Becker said, and another 85 farmers have expressed interest in growing the crop if they can get insurance for it.

for soybeans would benefit farmers as they transition from the dairy business, which took a tremendous economic hit this year, to crops.

Becker began lobbying for soybean drop protection early this summer during a trip to Washington, D.C. A former dairy farmer, Becker said crop insurance

According to Becker, the ability to visit the USDA offices in person to explain the impact may make the difference in getting

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USDA computes DCP Program payments using base acres and payment yields established for each farm. Eligible producers receive direct payments at rates established by statute regardless of market prices. For 2010, eligible producers may request to receive advance direct payments based on 22 percent of the direct payment. We will issue advance direct payments beginning Dec. 1. Counter-cyclical payment rates vary depending on market prices. Counter-cyclical payments are issued only when the effective price for a commodity is below its target price. The effective price is the higher of the

national average market price received during the 12-month marketing year for each covered commodity and the national average loan rate for a marketing assistance loan for the covered commodity. Call us for an appointment. Supplemental Disaster Assistance Program (SURE)

The 2008 Farm Bill amended the Trade Act of 1974 to create five new disaster programs, collectively referred to as SURE. To be eligible for these programs, you must purchase at least catastrophic risk protection (CAT) level of crop insurance for all insurable crops, and/or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage for

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Dec. 2, 2009

Your Young People

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Madison FFA News

Club Reflects on Past, Celebrates Present and Looks to Future Zachary Taylor

Senior Recognition

The 79th annual Madison FFA Parent Member Banquet was held at Madison Central School Nov. 13. It was a huge success, with more than 400 people in attendance.

Nick Winn, Julia Brouillette, Breanne Galler, Shana Martinez

The banquet began with a fabulous harvest dinner prepared by Mona and her wonderful food service staff. Besides the traditional turkey, stuffing, and potatoes, guests were treated to sweet corn, which was grown and harvested by the Madison FFA members. Another special treat this year was a slide show that highlighted Madison FFA through the years. There were also several special guests in attendance, including state FFA President Ken Quick, and state FFA Vice President Laura Elberth from Tri-Valley. The guest speaker was Bruce Erath, former National FFA Officer from Tri-Valley FFA and retired agricultural teacher from SherburneEarlville Central Schools. Madison FFA currently has 195 members in sixth through 12th grades. The following students, staff and community members were recognized:

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Sierra Abrams, Reilly Barker, Makenna Bridge, Zachary Bridge, Emily Carroll, Marissa Caroll, Shelby Coon, Emily Davis, Justin Fogg, Isaiah Forward, Michaela Greenwood, Victoria Hysell, Dyland Kimball, Brady Klein, Katie Luenberger, Alexander Lighthall, Alaina Maine, Autumn McLain, Megan Newman, Amara Rutledge, Krista Scalzo, Brooke Williams, Jonathan Williams, Tristian Wilson, Zachary Wratten, Trenton Yancey

ABOVE, Madison FFA members are honored for their involvement and leadership in chapter, state and national FFA. BELOW, young women from Madison FFA learn about auto repair in the old Ag shop. Anyone look familiar?

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Talon Abrams, Daniel Brasiel, Jesse Brenon, Ian Camp, Isaac Camp, Casey Coon, Sydney Coon, Toby Davis, Tyler Dapson, Sundance Davenport, Gabby Dixon, Wayne Dixon, Dakota Kimball, Ashley LaForce, Micheal Leverich, Ryan Looman, Gavin Lopata, Dillan Murray, Booke Nassimos, Lucas Nassimos, Raina Nichols, Alexis Peavey, Tessa Peters, Haley Ponton, Evan Rivers, Makayla

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Your Athletes

Colgate University Athletic News Dougherty, Ritt Named First Team Patriot Honorees

John Gilger, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

(Hamilton – Nov. 17, 2009) – Colgate’s Kaylee Dougherty (Landisville, Pa.) and Casey Ritt (Colorado Springs, Colo.) were named as first team all-Patriot League honorees as the league office announced its end of season volleyball awards, Tuesday afternoon. Ritt, a repeat first team honoree, finished the regular season with 213 kills and 100 blocks. The junior heads into the Patriot League Tournament with eight matches of 10 or more kills and has posted eight performances of five or more blocks. Two of her top efforts of the year include a season-high 14 kills and seven blocks in a four-set loss to Albany and an 11kill, career-high 10-block effort as the Raiders rallied to post a five set victory over Binghamton. Ritt’s .266 hitting efficiency ranks seventh in the league, while her 0.98 blocks per set is

second overall. Against league competition, she hit .278 and tallied .92 blocks per set.

Dougherty, a middle blocker, earns her first Patriot League team selection. The sophomore is ranked among the league leaders in hitting percentage and blocking. In 26 matches, Dougherty tallied 204 kills and 76 blocks on the year. She posted nine matches of 10 or more kills and had seven outings of five or more kills. In two efforts versus league rival Holy Cross, she tallied 24 kills on 39 attacks for a .590 hitting percentage. Dougherty recorded a career-high nine blocks (two solo and seven block assists) in a five-set loss to Siena on September 12. Her .369 hitting percentage against Patriot opponents is second in the league rankings, while her 0.85 blocks per game is sixth. She heads into the tournament as one of the



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In her last five performances, she is hitting at a .520 clip (58 kills, 8 errors, 96 attacks). Dougherty was named the Patriot League player of the week on November 9 for her efforts versus Lehigh and Lafayette. In addition to the two first team selections, Colgate placed Kaleigh Durket (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) on the second team. The freshman posted 17 matches of 10 or more kills and had 11 double doubles on the year. Durket finished the regular season with a .250 hitting percentage, 316 kills, 243 digs, 49 blocks

and 31 service aces. She ranked fifth in the Patriot League in kills per game (3.06) and seventh in aces per game (0.31). Once named the league rookie of the week (10/5) and player of the week (10/12), Durket posted a season-best 20kill performance versus Harvard and had a seasonbest 15 digs against Long Island U; however, her highlight of the season came on October 3, as she hit .520 with 13 kills and posted five blocks as the Raiders snapped an 18-match losing skid to the Eagles in four sets. “I am extremely proud of Casey, Kaylee, and

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Kaleigh. This is a testament to all of their hard work throughout the off-season and regular season,� said Colgate head coach Ryan Baker. “They would be the first to tell you that these awards are in large part due to their teammate’s efforts and daily contributions as well.� Colgate, 15-12 overall, travels to West Point this weekend to participate in the Patriot League Tournament. The Raiders, who are already guaranteed of their third consecutive winning season under Baker, will square off against second-seeded American in the opening round.

Boxing Hall of Fame to Announce Newest Class of Inductees News conference scheduled for Dec. 8 (Canastota – Dec. 8, 2009) The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced a news conference will be held at the Hall of Fame Events Pavilion on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. to announce the newest Hall of Fame Inductees. Inductees will be named in five categories: Modern, Old-Timer, Pioneer, Non- Participant and Observer. Members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an international panel

of boxing historians cast votes. Voters from Japan, England, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Germany, Puerto Rico and the United States are among those who participate in the election process.

“The Hall of Fame’s annual announcement is an exciting moment for the boxing community. All eyes turn to Canastota to see who will be among the new class of inductees,� said Executive Director Edward Brophy. “All inductees receive a permanent place on the Hall of Fame Wall and living honorees will be presented with a gold Hall of Fame Ring at the Official

Induction Ceremony.�

The 21st Annual Induction Weekend will be held June 10-13, 2010 in Canastota. More than 20 events, including a banquet, parade, golf tournament and the official induction ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds, are scheduled. A celebrity lineup of over 50 boxing greats of yesterday and today is anticipated. For more information on the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, or the news conference announcing the newest inductees, please call the Boxing Hall of Fame at 697-7095.

Colgate No. 1 in Graduating Student-Athletes

NCAA GSR Rating shows 99 percent graduated Anthony Adornato

(Hamilton) Colgate is No. 1 in the nation, along with Notre Dame, in graduation rates for its Division I student-athletes, according to a report issued

by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data show that 99 percent of athletes at Colgate and Notre Dame graduated. “We’re proud of our continued success in supporting our studentathletes,� said Interim President Lyle Roelofs.

“Having an athletics program that is successful both on the field of play and in the classroom requires hard work, dedication, and support on the part of all, our athletes, coaches, faculty, and administration. That’s what we aspire to at Colgate.� The GSR differs from federal graduation

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Colgate University news Pilka Named Patriot League Diver of the Week John Gilger (Hamilton) – For the second time this season, Colgate’s Kim Pilka (Great Falls, Va.) has been honored as the Patriot League Female Diver of the Week; it was announced by the league office the

afternoon of Nov. 24. In the Raiders’ 203-94 victory at Dartmouth, Sunday afternoon, the freshman copped both diving events. She placed first with a season-best 262.00 off the one-meter board, while posting a

Morrisville Mustangs news Picardo, Brunschmid named Morrisville State Athletes of the Week (Morrisville – Nov. 22, 2009) The Morrisville State College athletic department has named women’s basketball sophomore forward Thelma Picardo (Queens, NY) and sophomore wrestler Wheeler Brunschmid (Sherburne, NY) the Mustang Athletes of the Week for the week ending Nov. 22. Picardo averaged 12.0 points per game this week for the Mustangs while playing on average 34 minutes per game at the forward position. In three games, she tallied 19 rebounds, one block and four steals while shooting 37.5 percent from the floor, including hitting 31.6 percent from behind the arc. The graduate of Long Island City High School, Picardo is majoring in nursing at Morrisville State. She is the daughter of Regina Picardo of Queens.

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Morrisville State College to Hold Poinsettia Sale Crop of premium plants grown by horticulture design students

selling its annual colorful crop of the holiday decoration destined to stun tabletops, offices, mantles and friends.

Franci Valenzano (Morrisville) Deep velvet red, bright red mixed with baby whites, rich pink, white and peppermint; a hearty harvest has reaped a bountiful feast for the public eye. We’re talking poinsettias, and they’re plentiful at Morrisville State College where the Horticulture Institute is

The festive blooms will be sold for 10 days at the Spader Horticulture Complex on-campus. The sale, which is open to the public, runs through Dec. 4 from noon to 5 p.m., and Dec. 7 to 11 from noon to 5 p.m. Plans are to also sell the plants at the Syracuse Regional Market on Dec. 5 and 12. The college’s annual sale promises an array of

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ABOVE: Staci Hawkinson (front), a horticulture floral design student, arranges poinsettia plants for Morrisville State College’s upcoming poinsettia sale, along with Christine Cosman (background) horticulture floral design student. BELOW: Valerie Agresta-Franck, of Norwich, and Tim Austen, of Clifton Park, both horticulture business management bachelor degree majors prepare plants for Morrisville State College’s upcoming poinsettia sale. They are among students in a Horticulture Production class who grew the plants from rooted cuttings.





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Immediately following the Tree Lighting in the front yard of the church, there will be a carol sing in the sanctuary featuring Christmas music from the string ensemble of the Cazenovia High School under the direction of Mary Coburn. The Sounds of Chimes and Jubilate Bell Choirs under the direction of Catharine Wheat will also add to the festivities. So stop by the Cazenovia Presbyterian for some warm soup, tasty desserts and wonderful Christmas music on Friday Dec. 5. Then go on the streets and enjoy the Christmas Walk in downtown Cazenovia. For more information contact the church at 6553191 or

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Smart Shopper Books Still Available Sale Benefits Red Cross Programs

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The books have many BOGO (buy one get one) offers. For people that like to eat out there are plenty of restaurant coupons. For skiers, there are passes to McCauly

(Madison County) The Madison-Oneida Chapter of the American Red Cross is still selling the 2009-2010

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The Season of Advent: Anticipation and Hope

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Kaercher, Carney to provide special music

The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate the Advent Season by lighting of the Bethlehem Candle, the second candle on the Advent wreath at its morning worship service at 10:00am on December 6th. The public is invited. The Rev. Dr. Steven R. Thomas will deliver the sermon will be. “Prepare the Way of the Lord” The service will feature Christmas in Brass with trumpeters Nathan Kaercher and Patrick Carney playing special music and accompanying the hymns. The Sound of Chimes will play “In The Bleak MidWinter” The Senior Choir will be singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” and yes, you may sing along! The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing, of hope.

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Let There Be Christmas Lights Lebanon Historical Society to host holiday decorating contest (Lebanon, NY) The Lebanon Historical society will again sponsor the Holiday House Decorating Contest, with the winners receiving prizes during the Dec. 12 holiday program, which will be co-sponsored with the Community Club. To participate, call Penny Hughes at 8374883 or Deland Niles at 837- 4835 and specify a lit or unlit display, so the judges can view it at the appropriate time. Displays must be ready for judging by Saturday, Dec.5. The holiday program will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and include crafts for the kids, storytelling, wagon rides and

Shown is St. Pat’s Shining Angels performing at a past Christmas Open House at the historical society. This year ’s Madison County Historical Society’s Christmas Open House is Dec. 13 from 1- 4 pm.

Jubilation! Plans Christmas Show Portion of proceeds benefit Hope House Babies Home

(Hamilton – Dec. 13, 2009) Music lovers will have the opportunity to once again enjoy a concert of vibrant and engaging Christmas choral music, performed by one of the area’s newest music organizations. Jubilation! Women’s Vocal Ensemble will present a concert for the Christmas season, “Winter, Wonder, Joy, Peace,” on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3:30 p.m. at Park United Methodist Church, 17 Broad St. in Hamilton.

Admission to the event is $8 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Hope House Babies Home in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Hamilton Business Alliance news Tree Lighting to Feature Santa Visit (Hamilton) – Santa Claus will perform his first official duty of the holiday season in Hamilton – flipping the switch on the holiday tree on the Village Green. This year, the live tree at the south end of the Green will be festooned with decorations and lights for the occasion. The official tree lighting celebration will take place on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to gather at the south end of the Village Green at 5 p.m. for the start of this annual tradition. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by horsedrawn carriage at 5:15 greet the village, and Santa will light the tree at 5:30 p.m. sharp. The festivities will continue immediately following the tree-lighting as local choral groups share a variety of seasonal songs and carols. Horsedrawn trolley rides will be available for all ages from

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5:45 to 7 p.m. Complimentary hot chocolate and baked goodies will be available on the Green near the Village Office. In addition to the sparkling lights on the tree, the Village Green will also be illuminated by the cheerful glow of luminaries which will edge the pathways to the tree. Luminaries are white paper bags, weighted by sand and nestling a tea light candle. When lit, the bags glow with the light of the candle. Residents are encouraged to decorate their front porch, stoop, or walkway with luminaries in time for the holiday tree lighting event. Luminary kits of five bags can be purchased at Adventure Bikes and Boards at the corner of Broad Street and Lebanon Street in Hamilton for $5. The kit includes bags, sand and candles – everything you need for a simple and

festive decoration for a doorstep or front walk. Saturday, Dec. 5, will be a day of celebration with children and families in mind. Santa Claus will return to Hamilton in time for the annual Breakfast with Santa at Colgate Inn from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $11.95 for adults and $5.95 for children, with a grand buffet including pastries, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, and more. A complimentary photo with Santa is included with each breakfast. Reservations are recommended by calling 824-2300. From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Colgate Bookstore will offer a free English Christmas children’s program featuring silly holiday stories penned by British writers and dramatically read aloud by bookstore staff, followed by traditional English

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Great Swamp Tree Sale Dec. 5 and 6

The Great Swamp Conservancy will hold its annual holiday tree sale Dec. 5 and 6 at the nature center located on North Main Street about four miles north of the village of Canastota in the town of Lenox. The sale, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature Balsam Fir trees, along with other unique gifts. Among special offerings will be Canastota Cut glass, sea shell ornaments and gifts made by Amellia’s Treasures, blue bird boxes, bird treats, and GSC t-shirts and hats. Proceeds from this event to benefit the Great Swamp Conservancy’s environmental education programs. For more information or to pre-order a tree, call 697-2950.

Christmas Art and Craft Show Planned

The United Church of Canastota will hold its annual Christmas Art and Craft Show Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 144 W. Center St. in Canastota. A wide variety of crafters and artisans will be on hand offering home-made products, portrait gift certificates, and the church will feature “Grandma’s Attic� with gently used items for sale. There will be crock pot meals for sale, as well as homemade cookies and candy for sale by the pound. Crafters interested in purchasing a table may call 363-6504 to reserve a spot. Space is limited.

Poinsettias from page 16 potted decorations, but this year’s crop is “spectacular,� according to Dave Soucy, assistant professor of horticulture who heads the sale with students.   Reasonably priced, the plants were grown by students in the college’s Horticulture Production class as part of an assignment. They started as rooted cuttings at the beginning of the semester, which when cultivated with students’ care and prime weather conditions, flourished into magnificent sights. New this year is a rich, red poinsettia flanked with white Euphorbia, giving the effect of baby’s breath, Soucy said. Sizes range from six- to eight-inch potted plants, but don’t let the pot size fool you, Soucy said. “The crop as a whole is bigger and showier than ever before,� Soucy said.

“These are extra-large, premium plants you don’t see in the industry today.�

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The college’s Horticulture Institute plans and runs the sale, which raises money to enhance the college’s horticulture program. Through the institute, students are gaining hands-on entrepreneurial experience that is enhancing their skills and making them marketable in their field.

December 12 is National Poinsettia Day and the United States has observed this official day since the mid-1800s to honor the man and the plant he introduced.Â

Protect plants from exposure to wind or cold when transporting as they are highly sensitive to cold

Only cash and checks are accepted as payment for the sale.

Origin of the Poinsettia and Other Facts Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, an amateur botanist and first United States ambassador to Mexico, introduced the plant that became known as the poinsettia to this country after he discovered a shrub with brilliantly colored

More than 65 million poinsettia plants are sold nationwide throughout the year. Poinsettias come in a variety of colors from red, salmon, and apricot to yellow, cream, and white. There are also unusual speckled or marbled varieties like “Jingle Bells� and “Candy Cane� with several colors blended together.

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Silver Swans and Tapestry

Bookstore hosts Renaissance musical performance and booksigning (Hamilton, Dec. 5, 2009) The Colgate Bookstore will host a special event with Richard Frost and Tapesty: AllCenturies Singers on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. at 3 Utica St. The choral group will perform on the Bookstore’s main staircase, followed by a book-signing of I Never Saw a Silver Swan: Poetic Introductions to Madrigals of the Renaissance, 1530-1630 by Richard Frost in the firstfloor Fiction Room.  The event is free and open to the public. Tapestry is a Central New York choral ensemble dedicated to performing polyphonic music, usually a cappella but occasionally accompanied by recorders or other period instruments.  The group specializes in music of the Renaissance that the singers introduce with original poetry written by Richard Frost, who is also a charter member of the ensemble.  Tapestry, which is based in Clinton, has several members from the Hamilton area, including Tom Brackett, Richard Frost, Tom Klenck, Deborah Knuth Klenck, Jeanne Rashap, Jay Swain, and Adger Williams. Richard Frost, Tapestry’s esteemed bard and author of I Never Saw a Silver Swan sings bass in the group. As a student he performed musicals and barbershop at Swarthmore College, and oratorios in the city chorus of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Locally he has sung with the Hamilton College Oratorio Society and the Colgate University Chorus. Dick spends several months each year in Santa Fe, NM, where he has sung with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus, the Santa Fe Men’s Camarata and the Canticum Novum and is a regular member of the choir of Church of the Holy Faith. Tapestry will also present a full concert of choral Christmas favorites at 2:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 12 at St. James Episcopal Church, 9 Williams St. in Clinton.  Admission, collected at the door, will be $10 for adults and $6 for students or seniors. For more information about the Bookstore performance and book-signing, please call (315) 2287480.



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Library Announces December Calendar of Events Joseph Sabin Kiddies Korner: Kiddies Korner story hour meets once again Tuesday Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. The topic this week is “From Here to There�. Tree Decorating: It’s time again to decorate our library Christmas tree! It’s happening Monday Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. We will be making ornaments for our children’s room tree, as well as some to take home! Movie Night: There will be a family movie night Friday Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. The movie being shown is the Disney/ Pixar film “Up!� Bring something comfy to sit in and a bag of popcorn to share while you enjoy the show. Friend’s Open House:

The Friends of the Library are having their annual Open House Friday Dec. 11 from 5 until 8 p.m.. There will be some tasty goodies, and you can come see their Christmas tree, so stop in and get to know the Friends of the Library. Kiddies Korner: Kiddies Korner story hour will be meeting once again Tuesday Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m. The topic this week is “Christmas.� Celebrating Winter Holidays: Winter is a time of many holidays, and your friends at the library would like to celebrate all of them. So stop in Wednesday Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. as we learn all about the various winter holidays. There will be stories, crafts, and games as well.

Holiday Scavenger Hunt: Join library manager Michelle Forward Friday Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. for a winter holiday scavenger hunt. This will be a wild and crazy program you won’t want to miss. Gifts for mom and Dad: With the winter holidays upon, it’s important to remember your parents. That’s why your friends at the library are devoting a whole morning to making gifts for Mom and Dad. It’s happening Saturday Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m. The Library will be closing at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and will remain closed until Jan. 2 in observance of winter holidays. Joseph Sabin is library programmer for the Morrisville Public Library.

Healthcare Presentation Scheduled Assistant Attorney General to Speak at Canastota Public Library (Canastota – Dec. 9, 2009) Assistant Attorney General Juanita Williams will offer a presentation on health care at the Canastota Public Library. Williams will speak at the library on Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Williams’ presentation is entitled: “Healthcare.� The Healthcare Bureau protects and advocates for the rights of all Healthcare consumers statewide. The Bureau operates a toll-free Healthcare

Helpline, 1-800-428-9071.

The Attorney General’s office works to assist New Yorkers with individual Healthcare and insurance problems; investigates deceptive business practices; and take law enforcement actions to address systemic problems in the operation of the Healthcare system. This free presentation will help attendees learn how to be a smart healthcare consumer. The program will be held in the library’s Lawson Community Room on the lower level of the library, located at 102 W. Center Street in Canastota.

New Woodstock Free Library news attend. Library honors The library is open Monday through volunteers, Student Friday 1 to 5 p.m., Monday and Wednesday evenings 7 to 9 p.m., and art show opens Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Norm Parry Saturday, Dec. 5, the New Woodstock Free Library will recognize the contributions of volunteers and open the Cazenovia Central Schools student art exhibit, which will continue through January 2010.

The library is also open whenever the library flags are displayed out front. A children’s program is held every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon.

Refreshments will be served, and there will be activities for children of all ages.

For more information about these events and the other programs at the library, call 662-3134 or visit the library’s web page at newwoodstock.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, with ceremonies at 11 a.m. The event is free and the public is invited to

Norm Parry is director of the New Woodstock Free Library.

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Colgate Bookstore Holds Food Drive Supports Hamilton Food Cupboard Heather Elia (Hamilton – Through Dec. 31, 2009) Over the past month the Hamilton Food Cupboard has provided food to more than 170 individuals in our area, through donations of non-perishable canned goods. As the holidays approach - and many of us look forward to tasty treats and warm, filling, holiday meals - let’s not forget those in our community who might need some extra help feeding their families

and supplementing their food budgets this year. The Colgate Bookstore will be collecting donations of canned goods (and other non-perishable food items) for the Hamilton Food Cupboard this holiday season. Beginning Saturday, Nov. 21 through the end of the year local residents are encouraged to leave donations in the large box marked “Hamilton Food Cupboard” in the foyer of the Bookstore on 3 Utica Street, during the Bookstore’s normal business hours. All donated items should be unused, unopened, and unexpired. The types of items

needed are cans/jars of: soup, vegetables, fruit, tuna, beans, pasta sauces, peanut butter, jelly, gravy, cranberry sauce, baby food, etc. Boxes/bags of dry goods such as breakfast cereal, pasta, rice, instant potatoes, powdered milk, macaroni and cheese dinners, and other boxed meals or meal helpers, etc. are also needed. The Food Cupboard will also accept donations of unused, unopened personal hygiene items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, toilet paper, etc. The Bookstore will match all collected

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Cox’s Toy and Food Drive a Major Success (Hamilton) For the previous two seasons, Colgate men’s hockey player Ethan Cox (Richmond, B.C.) has hosted separate canned food and toy drives to help bring holiday cheer to needy families in the immediate Hamilton area and received successful results.

Due to the fact last weekend’s games versus Quinnipiac and Princeton were the last games at Starr Rink until late January, the senior was forced to hold a combined drive and the community of Hamilton shared an overwhelming response. Last Saturday’s drive brought in 1,000 pounds of canned food items, 150 toys and $650 in cash for one evening. Last year’s canned food drive raided 350 pounds of food and $207 in cash during a twoday home weekend. The toy drive brought in 200 toys and raised $800 in cash – again, over a twonight period. “This year’s toy/canned food drive was the best one yet,” said Cox, who once

again will be nominated for the BNY Mellon Hockey Humanitarian Award. “It is an amazing feeling to see such a big response by the Colgate and Hamilton community. Without our fans, these events wouldn’t be possible. It really speaks volumes on the local community that we can gather around a common cause and help less fortunate families during the holidays.”

Once again, proceeds of this event will help restock the shelves of the Hamilton Food Cupboard and the Interfaith Holiday Council.

Hartshorn Elected to ARVC National Campground Board (Hamilton) At the recent InSites Convention and Trade Show sponsored by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) in Orlando, Fla., Truman Hartshorn from Lebanon Reservoir Campground in Hamilton was elected to the Board of Directors representing Area Two that includes the states of New York, Pennsylvania,

Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia. The 3,700 member association of campgrounds, RV parks and resorts, industry suppliers, and manufacturers promotes the growth and development of the outdoor hospitality industry. Delegates at the convention had an opportunity to hear from business leaders from the RV and camping industry and network among their peers to share ideas to improve the value of camping. Unlike the manufacturers of RVs and other segments of the hospitality industry including hotels and theme parks, the camping industry has weathered the recent recession quite well. Revenue per camping night remains strong and camping represents a real value to the consumer as it is the cheapest way to enjoy a family vacation, and even though campers are taking shorter trips, they are taking them more frequently.

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community donations by contributing an equal number of canned or boxed food items to the Food Cupboard.

For more information, call the Bookstore at 2287480 or email helia@

Coye Reception Planned Son expected to attend

The Hamilton Historic Commission will hold a reception Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. to honor the work of Lee Brown Coye. The event will be held at the Hamilton Public Library. At that time, the large diorama of the Chenango Canal that was created by Lee Brown Coye for the library in the mid-1970s will be available for viewing for the first time in eight years. The diorama has recently been relocated to the library’s first floor. Coye’s son, Robert W. Coye, an artist himself, will be one of the honored guests for the reception.

Concert from page18 together women who love choral singing and value participating in a musical community that explores and performs a wide variety of musical styles and genres. Its 20 members hail from throughout the area, including Hamilton, West Edmeston, Waterville, Munnsville, Morrisville, Pitcher, and Remsen.

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Crowe’s Sponsors Children’s Film

Pictured is Pat McGaugh of Crowe’s Drug Store, sponsors of the showing of Igor at the Hamilton Theater.

(Hamilton – Dec. 5, 2009) The next feature in the Alliance Bank Children’s Matinee series is a holiday classic double feature with Rudolph and Frosty on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 12:30 p.m., sponsored by Leigh Baldwin and Co. Come early and visit with Rudolph’s reindeer friend. Admission is free.

Your Hometown Heroes

Canastota Army National Guard Soldier Reenlists (Canastota) Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto, The Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.Sergeant Amy Mcconkey from Canastota has reenlisted

to continue service with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

“This is something many have never thought possible in their careers and still we continue to grow,” Taluto said.

“I’m especially proud to say that the New York Army National Guard and New York Air National Guard have both reached full strength,” Taluto said in remarks to the force.

“As our force increases in strength, we are able to retain or even add more structure to better meet both state and federal missions. We are well postured for our role in state and national defense,” Taluto said.

Cherry Orders Being Taken Proceeds benefit American Red Cross Paulette Loomis

The elves are busy making chocolate-covered cherries at the Madison-Oneida Chapter of the American Red Cross. They are now taking Christmas orders for their famous handmade chocolatecovered cherries to benefit the local Chapter’s many

programs. There will be a cost of $10 per box of 12 longstemmed cherries. Orders will be taken by any Chapter Board Member or by calling the Chapter at 363-2900 until Dec. 11. Pick up your cherry order between Dec. 16 and Dec. 18 at the Red Cross office, 100 Washington Ave., second floor,


traditional Christmas snacks; free. Saturday, Dec. 5 - Open House at Evergreen Gallery; 10 am-3 pm; free sampling of Japanese cuisine; one-day sale with 20% discount on vintage kimono scarves and tea sets. Saturday, Dec. 5 – A Holiday Classic Double Feature at Hamilton Movie Theater with Rudolph & Frosty; 12:30 pm; sponsored by Leigh Baldwin & Co.; visit with a real reindeer; free. Saturday, Dec. 5 – Richard Frost and Tapestry: All Centuries Singers; vocal performance and booksigning; Colgate Bookstore 1st Floor; 3 p.m.; free Saturday, Dec. 5 - Santa visits the Palace Theater/North Pole; 3-6pm; crafts, reindeer games, cookies and hot chocolate; free. Saturday, Dec. 5 - “Share the Spirit” reception and silent art auction at MAD Art, Inc.; 5-7 pm; features the art and photography of Greece; beer, wine, tasty hors d’oeuvres and door prizes will be offered. Bring a friend and join MAD Art! Thursday, Dec. 10 – Steph Boutique; 5-7 pm; complimentary Scottish

shortbread; select sale item of the evening. Thursday, Dec. 10 Hamilton Book & Movie Club presents “A Good Year”; 5:30 pm movie followed by dinner & discussion; $16 for book/ movie/dinner, $8 for movie/ dinner. Sign up in advance at the Bookstore. Saturday, Dec. 12 – The Muppet Christmas Carol at the Hamilton Movie Theater; 12:30 pm; sponsored by Dunn, Bruno and St. Leger; featuring a performance by HCS instrumental groups; free. Saturday, Dec. 12 - Family entertainment at the Palace Theater - Babes in Toyland; 1:30 pm; general admission $7 students/ seniors, $10 adults, children under 2 sitting on lap are free. Monday, Dec. 14 - Sushi Blues hosts the 3rd Annual Bentley the Dog Memorial Dinner and Auction, benefitting the Norwich SPCA; 5 pm - on; contact store for more details. Tuesday, Dec. 15 Tabernacle Chorus, Colgate Inn Lobby; 7-8 pm; free Thursday, Dec. 17 – Steph Boutique; 5-7 pm; complimentary Scottish shortbread; select sale item of the evening.

For more information, contact the Chapter at 3632900 or 1-800-915-1372 or visit our new web site at Don’t forget to buy extras to offer as a special treat on your holiday table.

Santa from page 19 holiday activities and snacks. At 12:30 p.m., the Hamilton Theater will present a free holiday classic double feature showing of the movies Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, sponsored by Leigh Baldwin & Co.

popular with local shoppers and encourage residents and visitors alike to support local businesses and enjoy the fun of learning about how holidays are celebrated around the world.

The Hamilton Business Alliance is the sponsor of the second annual A World of Holidays, celebrating global community right Before the movies here in Hamilton. To learn begin, children may visit more about the HBA and a real reindeer outside the activities the organization theater. sponsors all year ‘round, After Santa takes a mid- attend their regular day break and feeds his membership meetings held reindeer, he will head over the first Wednesday of the to the Palace Theater (a/k/a month at the Colgate Inn. the North Pole) from 3 to For information about 6 p.m. to speak one-on-one A World of Holidays, or with children about their to obtain a passport, visit holiday wishes. There will any of the participating be crafts, reindeer games, merchants: Adventure cookies and hot chocolate Bikes & Boards, Alliance for all. Bank, the Barge Canal Village merchants Coffee Company, Colgate continue to sponsor Bookstore, Colgate Inn, countries from around the Curtis Lumber, Evergreen world in their stores, as Gallery, Hamilton Massage well as stamp passports Therapy, Hamilton Village for those who wish to Real Estate, The Hour enter their names in the Glass, Joy’s Dance Studio, drawing for one of several La Iguana Restaurant, fabulous prizes, including a MAD Art, Inc., Maxwell’s grand prize overnight stay Chocolates, Nichols & at the Renaissance Hotel Beal Bar and Grill, Oneida in Syracuse and a giftSavings Bank, Palace certificate to SpaZend. Theater, The Peppermill, Passports have become Porter Studios and Fine

Arts Gallery, Steph Boutique, Sushi Blues, or 22 Utica St. Café.

Hamilton’s World of Holidays 2009 Event Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 3 – Steph Boutique; 5-7 pm; complimentary Scottish shortbread; select sale item of the evening. Friday, Dec. 4 – Open House at Colgate Bookstore; 9 am-9 pm; 10% off entire purchase (some restrictions); 2-6 pm in Gift Wing: Vera Bradley giveaways, free paraffin hand treatment, and raffle to benefit local breast cancer fund; free hot, mulled cider, tea, and traditional English holiday treats throughout the day. Friday, Dec. 4 – Open House at Hamilton Village Real Estate; 5-7 pm; holiday refreshments; free. Friday, Dec. 4 – Annual tree lighting on the Village Green & appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus 5:30 pm; refreshments; trolley rides from 5-7; free. Saturday, Dec. 5 - Breakfast with Santa at the Colgate Inn; 8-1 1am; $11.95 adults, $5.95 children (5-12 yrs), under 5 free; price includes photo with Santa. Saturday, Dec. 5 - English Christmas children’s program at Colgate Bookstore; 11 am; featuring Christmas stories by English authors and

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‘Community Host’ hired at Common Grounds M & M Press Sponsors Children’s Film “I have recently Board Seeks ways been hired for the new to utilize space as ‘community living room’ Community Host position, (Cazenovia, NY) The Project C.A.F.E. (Community Activities for Everyone) Board has been pondering ways to utilize Common Grounds as Cazenovia’s “community living room,” an intimate setting for local groups and individuals to hold meetings and events, according to Steven Googin.

where I will be available to assist with all aspects behind space usage,” Googin said.

Googin said that comfortable accommodations can be met for groups of around 40 people downstairs, and 18 in the upstairs meeting room, and the space is fully equipped to meet basic audio/visual needs for music, presentation, and

speaking engagements. “We are dedicated to the prospect of Common Grounds becoming an increasingly constructive space for the community,” Googin said. “I am looking forward to helping with your event.” For more information, call Googin at 345-0330 or by email at googin@riseup. net. Common Grounds is located at 35 Albany St., in Cazenovia.

World War II Photos Exhibited Yevgeny Khaldei work to be displayed through Dec. 20

(Hamilton, NY) The Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University currently presents “Yevgeny Khaldei: The Great Patriotic War,” on view through Dec. 20. Khaldei photographs tell the story of World War II, as seen by the most important Soviet photojournalist of that era. The programming is co-sponsored by the department of art and art history, Jewish studies, and the Picker Art Gallery. The Ukrainian-born Jewish photographer Yevgeny Khaldei is credited with many iconic images of World War II, including a picture of Red Army soldiers raising the Soviet flag on the roof of the Berlin parliament. Published all over the world, this

became the definitive image of the allied victory over Nazi Germany.

Working for the Moscow news agency TASS, Khaldei also covered the Red Army in central Europe, the Potsdam conference, and the Nuremberg trials. This exhibition includes 40 photographs that Khaldei donated to Colgate students and faculty during his first visit to the United States in 1995, and is complemented with a documentary film featuring Yevgeny Khaldei.

(Chittenango, NY Nov. 24, 2009) FocalPoint Federal Credit Union’s holiday coloring contest will ensure one lucky kid in Madison County gets exactly what he or she wants this holiday season.

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The Picker Art Gallery is located in the Charles A. Dana Arts Center on Lally Lane (just off 12B), on the Colgate University campus in Hamilton. The gallery is open Dec. 1to 11 Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to5 p.m; and by appointment Dec. 14-18. For more information on programming or hours, call 228-7634 or visit

FocalPoint Celebrates the Season Offers Coloring Contest to Children in Caz, Chittenango

Pictured is Ed Dixon of M & M Press, sponsor of Alvin and the Chipmunks shown at the Hamilton Theater. The next feature in the Alliance Bank Children’s Matinee series is A Holiday Classic Double Feature with Rudolph and Frosty shown on Saturday Dec. 5 at 12:30 p.m., sponsored by Leigh Baldwin and Sons. Come early and meet Rudolph’s reindeer friend. Admission is free.

“We at FocalPoint are responsible for serving the student, teachers and employees at schools in Madison County,” said FocalPoint’s Chittenango Branch Manager Vicki Voutsinas. “With our new branch recently opening in Chittenango, we felt it was time to give back to those students within our field of membership.”

The coloring contest, which runs through Dec. 12, will award five finalists from grades three through five with a $10 gift deposited into their FocalPoint Little Star Savers Account.

Coloring contest forms will be sent home with third, fourth and fifth-graders in the Chittenango and Cazenovia schools, and will be available to pick up in FocalPoint’s Chittenango branch, located at 278 Genesee St.

These accounts are established to help children in the community learn responsible money habits early in life.

The contest ends Dec. 12, and contestants will be judged by in-branch voting Dec. 14 through 18.

Winners will be notified via phone on The grand-prize winner will also receive a $50 gift certificate to Toys R Us. or before Dec. 21.

Classes Include: tAgricultural Economics tMarketing Agricultural Products tFarm Management and Finance tCancer Biology and Related Topics tBusiness Communications tThe Film Experience tIntermediate Algebra with Trigonometry* t Introduction to Presentation Software t Introduction to Spreadsheet Software tKeyboarding 1-A tData Entry tBeginning College Spanish I tBeginning College Spanish II *Not available online.

Want to stay out of the snow? Take these classes online! Most courses are open to non-majors if pre-requisites are met. For more information and course descriptions, go to Download a scheduling form here: To register for a winter term course, contact the Office of the Registrar: 315-684-6066 or Registration ends December 18 an equal-opportunity institution

Courses run December 21 – January 15

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Disaster from page 12 non-insurable crops under SURE, TAP, and ELAP. Producers, who meet the definition of a Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource Producer, or Beginning Farmer or Rancher, do not have to meet this risk management purchase requirement. Call us for more information. Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP)

ELAP provides compensation to eligible producers of livestock and honey bees for losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other loss conditions. Producers who suffered losses in 2008 must file a notice of loss and application for payment at

the county office no later than Dec. 10. Producers who suffered losses Jan. 1 through Sept. 10 must file a notice of loss by Dec. 10 and an application for payment no later than Jan. 30. Producers who suffer losses Sept. 14 through Dec. 31 shall file a notice of loss within 30 days of when the loss is apparent but no later than Jan. 30. There are no late file provisions for ELAP. Producers with eligible losses must timely file an acreage report on grazing land acres, honey bee colonies. Eligible physical losses of honey bees and honey bee hives, lost due to adverse weather or loss

conditions are eligible under ELAP. You will be required to provide documentation of beginning and ending inventory of honey bee colonies when claiming a physical loss of honey bees or honey bee hives. Physical losses will be compensated at 60 percent of the actual replacement cost of the honey bees or honey bee hives. Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) Coverage

NAP was designed to reduce financial losses that occur when natural disasters cause a catastrophic loss of production or prevented

planting of an eligible crop by providing coverage equivalent to catastrophic (CAT) insurance. Statute limits NAP to each commercial crop or agricultural commodity, except livestock, for which CAT is not available. The application deadline date for the 2010 coverage on fruit tree, nut trees & perennial crops is Nov. 20. For Honey and Maple Sap, the application closing date is Dec. 1. In order to be eligible for disaster assistance programs like SURE, producers are required to timely purchase, at a minimum, CAT coverage for all insurable crops and/

or NAP coverage for all non-insurable crops on their entire farm. NAP coverage for 2010 costs $250 per crop, but not more than $750 per producer per county, or not more than $1,875 total per producer for all counties. Producers who already have coverage on 2009 NAP crops may choose to continue coverage on the same crop or crops for 2010, if the applicable service fee is submitted by the application closing date. A new CCC-471, application for coverage is not required to be signed when applying for continuous coverage of the same crop or crops.

FFA from page 13 Rogers, Matthew Russell, Jack Sehn, Logan Snyder, Sergey Stashesku, Matthew Stolarczyk, Patience Winn, Kristi Wratten Eighth grade

Andrew Bikowsky, Dakota Bridge, David Bridge, Adam Caswell, Conor Cleveland, Dakota Davenport, Ryan Dhayer, Dylan Diehl, James Dixon, Dominique Frost, Allison Galler,Tiffany Hicks, Jeffrey Jenkins, Lucas Kerr, Morgan Lewis, Andrew Livermore, Dovie Millington, Amanda Pisiak, Shane Renfrew, Megan Rockhill, Alex Smith, Kristi Snell, Heather Staelens, Ashley Strain, Allan Swartfiguer, Daniel Winn, Krystal Wormuth, Wayne Wratten Greenhand Degree

Taylor Best, Rachel Camp, Dylan Cook, David Davenport, Tyler Delaney, Cassandra Derby, Bailey Forward, Alex Galler, Heather Greenwood, David Horstman, Shelby Johnson, Kaitlyn Looman, Nicole Lowery, Nikkia Mackey, Daniel Nassimos, Ashley Relf, Jhon Robertson, Ashley Russell, Kristal Sherman, Mindy Smith, Cassie Stone, Jack Tallman, Nikki Tubbs, Billy Williams, Chapter Degree

Nick Barnes, Corinne Camp, Shannon Chapman, Brandon Dougherty,

Maggie Leuenberger, Lorraine McLaughlin, Tyler Meeker, Joshua Peavey, Chris Post, Christina Risley, Hunter Roberts, Vincent Stolarczyk, Vance Tallman, Chad Winn Empire Degree

Trevor Collins Chad Blinebry Julia Brouillette Nick Winn Madison FFA Jacket Winners

Mackenna Bridge, Shelby Coon, Nikki Tubbs, Alaina Maine, Zachary Wratten, Dillan Murray, Lucas Nassimos, Evan Rivers, Ashley LaForcem, Dakota Kimball STARS

Star Chapter Discovery - Dakota Bridge  Star Chapter Greenhand - Ashley Relf 

Senior High Outstanding Achievement Award - Vincent Stolarczyk Senior High Outstanding Service Award - Zachary Taylor Senior High Outstanding Leadership Award - Jasmine Wratten

Degree - Randy and Julianne Taylor Honorary Chapter Degree - William Langbein Appreciation Award Peter Clifford - TSC Appreciation Award Bruce Erath

Guest Speaker Appreciation Award - Price Chopper Special Helper Award Outstanding Sophomore - Micah Bresloff Award - Orin Brouillette Distinguished Service Award - Lenny Giardino Outstanding Junior Award - Brittany Livermore  - Madison High School Principal  Honorary Chapter Outstanding Freshman Award - Taylor Best

If you would like to receive an Advent devotional, stop by our church office at 27 Albany Street or pick one up during the Sunday service.

If you are looking for an open and friendly place to celebrate Sunday morning worship, please join us at the Cazenovia Presbyterian Church.

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Star Chapter Agribusiness - Jenna Pisiak

Seasonal camping also represents a growth segment of the industry wherein families leave their unit at a campground year around. Camping opportunities take many forms from tenting to travel trailers, motor homes, cabins, and lodges, offering value to every demographic and market segment. Expanding rental unit offerings at campgrounds offers considerable promise for the future as it opens up the leisure travel market and attracts more nontraditional customers to parks.

Junior High Outstanding Achievement Award - Mahala Nyberg  Junior High Outstanding Leadership Award - Shelby Coon and Zachary Wratten Junior High Outstanding Service Award - Ashley Strain 

Zachary Taylor is Madison FFA Senior Reporter.

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Star Chapter - Brady Lollman 

Star Chapter Ag. Placement - Chad Blinebry

A disappointing surprise this year was Mr. O’s announcement of his retirement in June. Mr. O has been teaching at Madison for 30 years. Madison FFA Members are looking to the community, Madison FFA Alumni and other supporters to keep the Agricultural Department and Madison FFA as strong as it has been throughout the years here at Madison Central School.

At Lebanon Reservoir Campground,

Child Care and Sunday School are available during the service. For more information contact the church at 655-3191 or

seasonal camping has become very popular with just over one-half of the 135 sites occupied seasonally by families that use their RV as a summer home. The campground has just completed its 46th year of operation. The Hartshorns are charter members of both the Campground Owners of New York association and the national campground association. For more information visit www.

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Curmudgeon from page 9 the famous Dover, Pa., creationism case. There have, however, been setbacks. Despite its decision in McCollum, the Court (Zorach v. Clauson, 1952) allowed New York state – that’s us! – to release students during regular school hours to attend offcampus religion classes. Justice Hugo Black said in dissent, “I see no difference between the invalid Illinois system and that of New York‌(e)xcept for the use of school buildings in Illinois.â€? Justice Felix Frankfurter dissenting: “The result in the McCollum case was based on a principle that received unanimous acceptance by the Court‌ I agree with Mr. Justice Black that these principles are disregarded in reaching the result in this case‌ I draw hope that in the future variations of the problem which are bound to come here, these principles may again be honored in the observance.â€? That New York state taxpayer-funded schools can get away with mixing religion and real schooling is the result of what is called an “enabling statuteâ€? in its school laws (Section 16:25): “A student may be released during school hours for religious instruction upon written request from his or her parent or guardian‌at a time to be fixed by the school authorities.â€? Does religious instruction include “creationism?â€?

The statute does say, “School districts have no authority to transport students released for religious instruction to and from a church‌where the religious instruction is held.â€? School authorities get around that by leasing buses to the churches, but we taxpayers can’t be sure the payments cover the entire real cost of buses and drivers. How does it look, our school buses standing in front of churches? The statute says nothing about the students – the majority – “left behindâ€? (sorry) during religious instruction for the few. Nor does it say anything about the student body having a voice, by poll or vote, in their school’s ignoring the Constitution. As one recent Cazenovia High School graduate wrote, “It’s unfair and unjust‌Neither the school district nor any outside organization offered us any non-religious activities‌ Teachers told us to be quiet and inactive in our seats‌ (t)he school district took away my time so that other kids could go to religious [instruction] (his emphasis added)‌it doesn’t take much effort to smell a breach in the separation of church and state.â€? So how many school district in Madison County, in New York state, are still climbing over or tunneling under the wall of separation? Canastota’s school board saw the light a couple of years ago and did away with their release time program.

The folk at St. Agatha’s Church got in a dither for a brief time, said having religious instruction after regular school hours would interfere with athletic practice schedules; if on Sundays, it would present a parking problem. In the McCollum case, the Supreme Court said, “The public school is at once the symbol of our democracy and the most pervasive means for promoting one common destiny‌(it is) vital to keep

out divisive forces from its schools, to avoid confusing, not to say fusing, what the Constitution sought to keep strictly apart. ‘The great American principle of eternal separation’ – Elihu Root’s phrase bears repetition – is one of the vital reliances of our Constitution system‌it is the Court’s duty to enforce this principle to its full integrity.â€? Surely, then, there are concerned citizens, parents, teachers and school board

members – taxpayers, all – out there who will join – with help from the ACLU and A4SCS? – in fulfilling Justice Frankfurter’s hope: â€œâ€Śthat I the future‌these principles may again be honored in the observance.â€? Lyrics from “Come Out and Playâ€? by The Offspring. Donald W. Krueger of Cazenovia is a retired professor and active contrarian. Readers can email him at madnews@

Oneida Indian Nation news

Nation Distributes $5 Million-Plus in Bonuses (Oneida Indian Nation – Nov. 27, 2009) Oneida Indian Nation Director of Media Relations Mark Emery announced today that the Nation awarded $5.1 million in bonuses this week to about 90 percent of its 4,800 employees. “Despite the yearlong downturn in the U.S. economy and significant failures in the gaming

industry, the Nation’s enterprises, including Turning Stone Resort Casino, performed exceedingly well and was one of the few entities to exceed 2008 economic performance,� Emery wrote in the press release. “This year’s bonuses topped last year by about $400,000. These incentive checks are a way for the

Oneida Nation to reward employees who went above and beyond what was expected of them.� According to Emery, the money was awarded just before Thanksgiving and will help jumpstart the holiday shopping season by injecting several million dollars into the local retail economy.

Free Compost Available

Sharon Driscoll

Free compost will be available to residents of the Madison County Sewer District on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with an open house announcing the completion of the Madison County Sewer District Compost Project. The event will take place at the Madison County Waste Water Treatment Facility on Route 13 in Cazenovia, one mile north of the village. The Madison County WWTF was one of the first facilities in New York to apply bio-solids to farmland, which proved to

be a very successful program; however, land application is weather-dependent, and composting is not.

The finished product will be granular and brown in color with some small pieces of wood chips in it and it will have an earthy smell. The compost can be used as a soil amendment on lawns, around trees and shrubs and on flower gardens. It cannot, however, be used on vegetable or herb gardens or any other crop that will produce food for consumption. Sharon Driscoll is public information officer and recycling coordinator for Madison County.

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Lebanon from page 7 for Norse Energy, confirmed their intentions to seismic test land adjacent to Deep Spring, Vosburgh and South Lebanon Road but also said that after phone consultation between Goldstein, Norse Energy Director of Geological Services Stu Loewenstein, Town Attorney Jones and her, it was agreed that Norse and Conquest would restrict all seismic testing to private land where permits were granted. Michael Caton of Deep Spring Road reported at the meeting that he and his neighbors had not been notified of the planned testing, that he had not signed a lease or seismic permit and objected to the testing. He also cited concerns that none of the neighbors have been advised of this intended activity. While he and Steven Bartlett of South Lebanon Road were critical of how Norse Energy and Conquest has handled seismic testing issues in the town. Lyle Warren of Lebanon Hill Road, who has several gas wells and pipeline running through his property, stated a positive experience with the company. Hoefer and other Conquest officials present said that Conquest plans to do seismic testing on private land with permits utilizing dynamite that is buried and exploded that is intended to send shock waves into the ground that can then be recorded to detect the presence of natural gas deposits. Seismic listening equipment will be connected to cables that may be seen at crossings off Deep Spring, South Lebanon and Vosburgh Roads but no use of 44,000 pound thumper trucks using Vibroseis will be permitted on town roads. Goldstein said he is in contact with the county which had not granted a permit for testing as well up to this point. He also encouraged all resident who have signed leases or seismic permits to consult their lease agreements and legal counsel about what is permitted in the area of seismic testing. Conquest officials projected that testing will begin in late November with primary testing off of Deep Spring road and cable crossings across Vosburgh and South Lebanon Roads. Since the meeting, Goldstein said he has been visited by contractors for Norse Energy who are planning extensive seismic testing of private property beginning in south Lebanon and traveling down through Smyrna, Plymouth, Preston, Oxford and Greene on permitted land. Goldstein reports that the company is taking water samples for turbidity and solids

for pre-seismic activities for any water wells within 1,000 feet of testing areas, and then postseismic including residents who have not signed seismic testing agreements. The testing will originate in the Billings Hill Road area and move downward across South Lebanon Road and into Smyrna on properties owned by Barker, Muscarella, Romey, Riolo and Keller off South Lebanon Road before entering Smyrna and continuing downward. Concerned residents can contact Supervisor Goldstein at or 837-4152 or consult a local attorney if they have a current agreement and contact Norse Energy or Conquest about the planned testing on private permitted land. Lyanne Hoefer can be reached at (607) 857-7582. Information on water testing is also available through the Madison County Public Health Department and can be accessed through the Madison County,New York website. Norse Energy can be reached at (716) 568-2048 or can be faxed at (716) 568-2221. Town officials approved a 2010 town budget unanimously that includes a small reduction in the town tax levy and a 25 percent reduction in the town tax rate. Before acting, town officials listened to a request by Susan Galbraith of South Lebanon Road who advocated the town cut its road budget by 12 percent to give taxpayers a bigger break, citing her own research, which suggested that the town of Lebanon was spending more per mile on its roads then its neighbors in Georgetown and Brookfield. Her figures claimed that the town could cut the tax rate 12 percent and save $42,115 in the town budget. She said she based her numbers on highway repairs and capital improvements budgeted for 2009 in Lebanon, Georgetown and Brookfield. Goldstein and Highway Superintendent Hodge explained that the figure of cost per mile of road was not a good measure since it does not take into account the actual roads being repaired and the level of work required. Hodge noted that he has had to replace a significant number of road culverts not replaced when previous work was done prior to his taking office, which led to greater road deterioration from water damage. Town roads being repaired since he took office involve replacement of all damaged culverts and slurry seal, which includes a seven-

year warranty on road repairs. Goldstein said that several times, repairs to those roads were covered by the vendor warranties. Goldstein reviewed the preliminary local road budget for 2010 which includes $10,000 for 300 tons road patch, $20,000 to oil and stone Briggs Road, $28,000 to crack seal and repair and slurry Musician Road and $4,000 to replace culvert pipes and gravel Bird Road at a total of $62,000. Goldstein noted that this was preliminary and that the town board and highway superintendent usually wait until after the spring thaw to assess priorities, publish a proposed road plan and take public comment in the spring before adopting the final plan. He said such policies have been followed since 2002 and that no one has ever requested a reduction in road repairs. He notes that usually, residents want to see additional road work completed that the town may not be budgeted for. Goldstein noted that the proposal by Galbraith would effectively gut the local road program and that a 12 percent cut in the local tax levy would eliminate about $44,000 in local road repair materials, since the state Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funds she included in her estimates is a separately funded program by the state Legislature on an annual basis that can only be used every 10 years to reconstruct a road. CHIPs funds has been used to repair Musician Road, Lebanon Hill Road, Thompson Hill Road and now is in the process of repairing Vosburgh Road. CHIPS requirements are quite specific for the type of repairs and reconstruction that has to be completed. Goldstein said the local road repair plan is budgeted at $64,000 for materials to account for unpredictable increases in stone and road oil prices. Reducing it to $20,000 would limit the town to primarily patch work and perhaps Bird Road. He added that he strongly felt that portions of Chamberlain Hill Road also needed road work and that residents of that road blamed those impacts on Norse Energy gas development activities the past two years which will be the subject of further negotiation next spring. Galbraith also suggested that the town negotiate with Norse Energy to rebuild some of the roads differently to reduce future

impacts. Hodge and Goldstein reviewed the nature of the road repair agreement in which Norse Energy and the town inspect roads before and after and then three quotes from local vendors are obtained and Norse Energy chooses the vendor and the Highway Superintendent oversees the project repairs to his specifications. No money is given to the town and no town labor is utilized in the repair process. Goldstein said that if town highway employees were engaged in these repairs, it would put the other regularly scheduled road projects behind at least a year or longer in some cases. Goldstein said that the agreement requires Norse to repair damages that are identified and doubted they would agree to rebuild a road as that was not part of the agreement. He said that there has been much debate between the gas developer and the town about the nature of impacts before repair agreements are finalized as it is. He said Norse Energy would have to agree to the additional work. Hodge has said that keeping the current road repair schedule in place ensures more preventive maintenance and that the town would end up paying more if they let road maintenance lapse. Supervisor Goldstein has also supported that view and noted that the Town regularly solicits feedback from residents on its annual road plan, that there have been three straight years of tax cuts or no tax increase. Annual town surveys done of residents favor a flat budget but there has been little or no support indicated for a major cut in highway repair programs. In other town board action, town officials: -- Authorized the Supervisor to seek Bond Anticipation Note bids for the final year of payment of the 2008 Stadium International Heavy Duty Truck. -- Approved a temporary workplace violence policy that is now becoming a new requirement by the New York State Department of Labor that cited the town in a recent inspection. -- Approved a resolution requesting that the state Legislature include in any regulatory changes all municipal governments as local agency designation for consideration of any gas development proposals and SEQR reviews regarding proposed gas wells that would be permitted by the Lebanon - 27 DEC,

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Council from page 6 “nicety� not a “necessity.�

support the van,� he said.

“If you don’t cut it now when I take the heat for it, when will it be cut,� Hedglon said at Monday’s meeting. “I cut it out and I stand by it.�

In the end, it was Jones’ proposal to amend the budget by adding the sidewalk program, the patrol vehicles, the animal control officer’s vehicle, and the backflow device for the pool and $2,500 for the Sherrill-Kenwood Library that will be up for vote on Dec. 8, a total of $113,000 or about a 3.8 percent tax increase.

Mayor-elect Leo Matzke disagreed with Hedglon and said that the council has to look at the bigger picture and that is to promote the city. “I look at it as an investment in the city,� Matzke said, something he believed the city would see a return. “More people will move into the city because they like what they see. It’s not a quality of life issue but a perception of what people outside the city coming in will see. “I

But the increase did not end there. City Engineer Jim Bacher, who spoke as a citizen said he felt the council should take less money from the general fund balance or else they would be kicking themselves down the road. “We need to get serious

here,� Bacher said. “We are raiding the piggy bank. We’ve got to quit doing that.� Bacher proposed the Council add 10 percent to the tax rate for the general fund. He also asked the Council to break it down into dollars and cents because people get “hung up� on percentages. He used his assessment for example and said he would be looking at about $200 a year more in taxes. Bacher said he is assessed at $194,000. Matzke said he disagreed with Bacher 100 percent. He said that twothirds of the families in the city have an income of $50,000 or less.

Lenox from page 7 are stalling government,� DiVeronica said. “Once we do our archaeological study I would hope they wouldn’t hold us up. We are diligent in our studies.� Another fly in the ointment is the annual amount allowed each household in the district. According to DiVeronica, the state Comptroller is allowing $626 a year and including water usage the amount exceeds that. Town attorney Peter Finocchairo said he is working with the state on the issue. Street light proposed Councilman Richard Rossi proposed a street light at the intersection of Route 31 and Stephens Road. Rossi said residents living in the area had asked him if a street light could be installed. DiVeronica

said if it’s at an intersection then he recommends a light. The cost would probably not exceed $150 he said. A motion was made and approved. In other news Lenox resident Dave Taylor approached the board on setting up a small butcher shop in the town. Taylor had applied for a permit with Code Enforcement Officer Richard Stagnitti but because the location he’s proposing is zoned AR (Agriculture/Residential), Stagnitti denied the request because it doesn’t fit the use. AR zones allow use of residence and operation of farms. Taylor said the shop would be located on a piece of property off of Bruce Road. He has put

a purchase offer on the property but said the seller may not hold it until Taylor gets approval. He’s proposing a small butcher shop for personal use only with possible plans to expand into a custom slaughter house. Taylor said he doesn’t plan to sell anything at this time. DiVeronica told Taylor he needs to apply to the Zoning Board of Appeals. After further review by the state Department of Transportation, a request to have the speed limit lowered on South Court Street from Route 5 to Seeber Road was denied. The board agreed to split the cost with the village for upgraded maintenance of the elevator at the Municipal Building at an increase of $300.

“It’s obvious you are going to have a tax increase but you are hitting a large group of people who are already trying to survive,� Matzke said. “That amount is outlandish.�

“But when the fund balance is gone as projected in four years, these same people are looking at a 47 percent tax increase or about $5 a week,� DeBottis said.

“Nobody likes a tax increase but I’m willing to save money not to spend it, if we take Bacher’s advice,� Rafte said.

“As my mayor elect, I ask you to start thinking about what is going to happen when the train hits the wall,� DeBottis said. He told Matzke that if he thought otherwise then he was living in a fantasy world.

Dave Cimpi wanted to know what kind of message the council was sending. “We are spending money on the justice center, we bought a new fire truck but you also want to raise taxes to save money,� Cimpi said. City Attorney Michel DeBottis appeared to be doing a little of his own math and laid a few dollar amounts out. He recited some figures that were suggested by Matzke earlier. He said that if the city’s median income was $53,000 and that homeowner owned a $75,000 to $80,000 house then their taxes are about $500 a year. A 10 percent tax increase would amount to less than $1 a week and 20 percent tax increase would amount to less than $2 a week, he said.

“I ask you to get off your political soapbox and do the math,� DeBottis said. He asked Matzke to allow the city a modest increase to remove what adds up to be an 800-pound gorilla. By raising taxes an additional 6.2 percent for the general fund, it will decrease the amount taken from the general fund by $180,000, if the budget passes as amended. The Common Council will meet again Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. Margo Frink is managing editor of the M3P Media, LLC. She can be reached at 315-363-4254 or 315-4818732 or at Margo@m3pmedia. com.


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Lebanon from page 26 given local towns the opportunity to have comment and input before a gas well permit was approved. This would require the DEC and other state agencies to request input from the town planning board and town board regarding gas well development and allow more local input. -- Approved fund transfers to balance out the 2009 town highway budget. -- Discussed a planned Nov. 30 meeting at the Earlville Opera House being planned for future users of the new Earlville Water District. -- Discussed the Madison County budget which includes a 2 percent increase

in the county tax levy and proposed repairs to Randallsville, Lebanon and Armstrong roads, which are county roads, in the township that Goldstein said he has advocated for these past few years. Goldstein also reported on his unsuccessful opposition to salary increases voted in by his fellow supervisors in a close vote and his plans to seek insurance cost sharing of health insurance by county supervisors and management at the county level during these difficult economic times. The Town Board will next meet on Monday, Dec, 14, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.



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Film from page 3 Elite,” has experience in Special Forces operations. His book, printed and distributed several years ago by a small publishing firm, brought a lawsuit from about a half-dozen members of the team he commanded in the late 1960s and early 1970s. According to the book, Marvin’s unit became expendable when they refused to comply with an assassination request. The technical advisor process began about 18 months ago when Marvin got a phone call. He said he wasn’t exactly sure how his name came up. “I think Oliver Stone recommended me to Justin Evans, the producer,” Marvin said of ongoing conversations with the award-winning director. “The story involves Green Berets, the CIA and the Washington Post.” “Justin told me a little about the movie and said I’d been recommended because of my experience because I was a trained assassin for the U.S. Army,” Marvin said.

“That’s why he wanted me to be the technical advisor: I’d been through that stuff myself. I thought he was a man who was trying to do a movie that was as close to the truth as possible and yet be a feature film. I don’t know about what kind of language he will use, but I told him to be as realistic as possible.” Marvin said Evans consulted him on almost every detail. “He sent advance photos and moving pictures, so I could give him my advice on whether anything should be changed,” Marvin said. “I don’t think he could have done a better job. I think it’s going to hit the market good, too, and I think it’s a good time with all the actions against the CIA.” It cost Marvin and his publisher nearly a quarter-million dollars to successfully defend themselves in the suit against the book. The plaintiffs sought $700,000 and removal of the book from the public domain, losing on both counts. Marvin said about $50,000

of that debt remains unpaid; most of it was paid for through furniture restoration he performs in a home-based shop. But the technical advising stint, paying a percentage of the film’s sale, may be more profitable than originally expected because of the involvement now by more highly recognized actors. “Justin said, ‘At first, you were going to get a little money, but now you stand to make quite a bit,’” Marvin said, adding that his unpaid legal debts would be the top priority for the proceeds. After a whirlwind tour of film festivals, Forward Motion Entertainment, owned by Paco Alvarez, purchased the foreign distribution rights. “So, here we are, we’re finally going to market the proper way,” Evans wrote in a recent email to Marvin. “We have a distributor who truly loves the film. We have a team who understands how to sell low-budget projects. And, according to Paco, he believes we have an unusually good movie

Hazing from page 3 Willson said the club is mostly a social organization that performs some community service and organizes an annual holiday dance. “The last thing we want is the club to be discontinued,” Willson said. “Every time an issue comes up, the ones who get punished are the kids. At this point, we’d like to see a policy where the school is held accountable. Our children are in their care for seven hours a day.” At the board meeting, Superintendent Bowers read the following statement: “We do not believe that the trust walk created a risk of emotional, physical or psychological harm to the participating students, but do understand that some of the activities may have caused discomfort among some students. The trust walk was not meant to haze. It was intended to foster positive working relationships among the members of the group.  We have reviewed the trust walk activities with the Almeda students and discussed how levels of comfort with regard to parts of the trust walk might vary from student to student and, as a result, might not accomplish the group’s goal of fostering positive working relationships. Almeda will be reviewing its activities for new members with this understanding

on our hands...something worth putting into theaters. “We just jumped the hurdle that most indies cannot overcome. We have someone with capital who wants to push our movie into theaters and onto TVs around the world. That means one more full year of promoting the movie. That means my job is far from over, but I can’t complain. I finally get to go to Berlin, Cannes and a host of other film markets around the globe selling my movie. It’s going to mean lots of late nights, juggling my duties as a father and husband, frustrations, negotiations and compromises...but, I can’t complain. This is going to be fun!” Marvin said “The Expendable Elite” is a story of the Green Berets on an independent operation where the commander commands all the forces in an area without any checks and balances. “That’s the danger of an independent operation, if you’re not straight morally,” Marvin said. “We were not afraid of anybody because we

assumed the enemy would fear us. We feared only our government, if we were declared expendable.” All rights to “The Expendable Elite” have been purchased by Sidney Wilkinson who is working to turn that book into a movie. Marvin is working with a collaborator on a second book expected out next year, “The Devious Elite.” Marvin recently received the second printing of “Expendable Elite.” For more information on purchasing a copy, call 655-3053. Google “A Lonely Place for Dying” for more information or to see the movie trailer or sizzler. Martha E. Conway is Content Development Editor for the Madison County Courier. She can be reached at 315.813.0124 or by emailing Martha@ Follow her on Twitter at http:// or become a friend on Facebook at http://facebook. com/meconway.

Supervisors from page 7 guiding its future plans. We believe that the issue has been appropriately addressed.”

The Board of Education listened to complaints and concerns but did not take any action. In an interview the following day, Superintendent Bowers said district officials, based on interviews with Almeda members, did not find any evidence of hazing; no students or faculty members will be disciplined; however, she said, the club will be told not to conduct its “Walk of Trust” event in the boy’s bathroom. “The bathroom,” she said, “was a concern.” Bowers said changes to club rules allowing freshmen to join will not be considered at this time. “The dance is something that goes from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.,” she said. “Freshmen aren’t at that maturity level. This is something for our kids to look forward to [as upperclassmen]. It’s a good–sense policy instead of a board policy.” Aaron Gifford is contributing editor to the Madison County Courier and www.MadisonCounty Courier. com. He can be reached at aaron@

year. “After the next class of supervisors that are coming in, Cazenovia, Georgetown, Hamilton and Nelson, they will be the last ones to receive the 10-year provision for free lifetime health insurance,” Becker said. “They will receive it, but it will be phased out for the supervisors.” Becker said supervisors could discuss the matter on the spot. “But I suggest we table this resolution for people to really think about it,” Becker said. “On the last page, you will notice that if this plan goes into effect, this is what it will cost you. When fully implemented, the

transition would save the county a little more than $100,000 annually. Supervisor Alexander Stepanski (R – Stockbridge) moved to table the resolution; Stepanski’s motion was seconded by Supervisor John Salka (R,C,I – Brookfield). The matter will be first up on the agenda on day four of annual session Dec. 4. Martha E. Conway is Managing Editor for the Madison County Courier. She can be reached at 315.813.0124 or by emailing Follow her on Twitter at http:// or become a friend on Facebook at

Soybeans from page 12 more comprehensive crop coverage. “I think this has a good chance of getting expanded to Central New York,” Becker said. Martha E. Conway is Managing Editor for the Madison County Courier. She can be reached at 315.813.0124 or by emailing Martha@ Follow her on Twitter at marthaeconway or become a friend on Facebook at meconway.

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Jail from page 3 of Corrections obtained by the Madison County Courier under the Freedom of Information Law, correction officers thought nothing was unusual when they made their rounds and saw York apparently standing near the urinal with his back to them, refusing to acknowledge them during cell checks. When they circled back a few minutes later, one of them observed that York “appeared taller.” They opened the cell door to find him dead. The report indicated York left suicide notes for his wife and the judge, but did not detail their content. There was no entry of the suicide in the jail log book, only a note that said “unusual activities noted in E-21.” According to the report, the corrections officer ignored the woman’s request to keep an eye on York and did not pass that information along to a superior officer. State correction investigators also said a psychiatrist and a social worker from the county Mental Health Department didn’t provide adequate care for York and failed to provide an appropriate treatment plan for him. York was arrested in July 2008, several days after a pair of hikers witnessed him and a teenage boy engaging in sexual activities in the

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Intersection from page 5 woods. York, after finding out that he was wanted for questioning, called a Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigator before his arrest and left three messages noting that he was contemplating suicide, according to the report. On the day of his arrest, he told authorities that he overdosed on medication in a suicide attempt a few hours earlier, but they did not bring him to a hospital, according to the report. After his arrest, York told a psychiatrist from MHD that his wife had cancer and that he previously attempted suicide. The doctor noted signs of depression and a history of mental health and sex offender treatment, but correction officers noted in jail log records that the inmate “has no thoughts of suicide at this time,” according to the report. York pleaded guilty to a felony criminal sexual act charge on Nov. 25, 2008. In the jail time that followed he appeared polite and pleasant with jail staff, and he visited with his wife regularly, according to the report. A few days before the suicide, he was observed working on a puzzle and conversing normally with jail staff. York was already a Level 3 sex offender, the highest classification in the state, due to a previous conviction for abusing a 7-year-old. He also served

prison time following a 1997 burglary conviction. His criminal record would have been considered when correction officials considered whether York should ever be released from prison. During York’s guilty plea, defense attorneys said it was unlikely that York would ever be released. As a result of the investigation’s finding, Sheriff Ronald Cary was ordered to have correctional faculty and medical personnel that works at the jail retrained, though the report did not specify in which areas the training would occur. Cary has since resigned the office of sheriff. The Commission of Corrections has also asked the sheriff’s office to review the performance of the officer who spoke to York’s wife after she observed the suicidal behavior. The state Commission of Mental Health has been asked to review the performance of the psychiatrist and social worker who were involved in York’s case. The report did not include a response from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Aaron Gifford is contributing editor for The Madison County Courier. He can be reached at aaron@

Mural from page 5 Leone said, “The painting is about the history of Hamilton and it should stay in Hamilton,” Leone said. “It would be a terrible loss if we should lose it.” Leone added that the deadline for raising the funds is Jan. 31, and the committee is encouraged by the response so far. To benefit the fund, plans are underway to auction off a total of 23 pieces by Coye. The auction is planned for Thursday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the historic Colgate Inn in Hamilton. The event follows the Inn’s annual holiday celebration. Refreshments will be available. A preview of the donated artwork will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. the same day. The Coye artwork is being donated by the Estate of Lee Brown Coye. “The committee deeply appreciates the generosity of Director Scott Habes,

Pickard Art Museum, and that of JoAnn Borflitz, Colgate University, for all their assistance,” Leone said. “With the short lead time presented to us, [committee members] are heartened by the momentum the campaign has appreciated so far,” said committee member Hugh Humphreys. “We look forward to the upcoming auction. There are so many people who have stepped forward to help in the effort.” For more information feel free to contact Leone at 824-1751, or Humphreys at 824-3618 To make a donation to the “Save the Painting” effort, please mail it to the Village of Hamilton, P.O. Box 119 issued to the Village of Hamilton, noting “For Coye Mural.” Maria Parenti is a freelance writer and Hamilton resident. She can be reached at

will efficiently address the identified issues of proficiently moving vehicles without disrupting the pedestrian environment and enhancing the public spaces.”

Community Development is a not-for-profit community economic development corporation created to enhance sustainable economic opportunity and community vitality in the village and town of Hamilton and the surrounding areas.

Elan hopes to begin the first phase of the intersection study after the holidays. Their first steps will be gathering data on the site area.

For more information on the Partnership for Community Development, call 825-3537 or email

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Fire truck from page 8 meeting, a resolution passed 3-2 to purchase the truck. Councilors Max Smith, Dan Jones and Rob Brown all were in favor. Councilors Mike Murawski and Donald Moore voted nay. Hedglon said there may not necessarily be a tax increase for the purchase of the truck. “It depends on how it’s paid for in the budget,” Hedglon said. Sutphen agreed to hold its price until Dec. 31, Hudson said. If the truck is ordered now, it won’t be available until the spring

of 2011. In the meantime, Hudson said the Verona Fire Department is on standby if needed. One of the city’s trucks has been put out of commission because it didn’t pass the state Department of Transportation’s inspection last month. Hudson said he applied for a grant but according to reports from Senator Charles Schumer’s office, grant applications from 2008 are still under review. Dowd said the grant would be $285,000 if approved, bringing the cost of the truck to $155,000.

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Bridgeport Dec. 10 The South Shore Trailblazers will meet at 7 p.m. at the Bridgeport VFW for a general meeting and Christmas party. Canastota Dec. 3 A blood drive will be held at Canastota High School, 100 Roberts St. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Double red cell machines will be available. To schedule an appointment, call (800) 448-3543. Dec. 4 and 5 The Canastota Children’s Council will present Willy Wonka Junior from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Vincent V. Albanese complex auditorium. Tickets sell for $5 adults and $3 for students. Dec. 5 The United Church of Canastota will hold its annual Christmas Art & Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm at 144 W. Center Street featuring home-made products and portrait gift certificates. The church will offer “Grandma’s Attic,” gently used items for sale. Food, bake goods and more. Crafters who are interested in purchasing a table can call 363-6504 to reserve a spot today. Space is limited. Dec. 5 and 6 The Great Swamp Conservancy will hold its annual tree sale (Balsam fir) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the conservancy at 8375 North Main Street Road. Other gifts will be available for sale as well. To preorder a tree, call 697-2950. Dec. 6 Canastota Canal Town Museum will hold an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Art show dedicated to the memory of Carol Raineri, artist of Canastota Lift Bridge. Harp music and refreshments provided. The exhibit features more than 30 local artists and will also be open Dec. 12 and 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Historical ornaments and 2010 calendar available. The Canastota Public Library will hold a Victorian tea at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call 697-7030. The Whitelaw Ringers of Praise will perform a holiday concert at the Canastota Public Library at 3 p.m. The concert is free. Dec. 9 Assistant Attorney General Juanita Williams will offer a presentation on health care at the Canastota Public Library at 1:30 p.m. in the Lawson Community Room. The library is located at 102 W. Center St.

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schedule an appointment, call (800) 448-3543.

Dec. 5

Winterfest begins in the village featuring a craft fair, fruitcake curling competition, gingerbread house competition, scavenger hunt, house decorating contest, music, tree lighting ceremony, chili cook-off, parade and more. For a complete list, visit www.

The Cazenovia Garden Club will hold a Holiday Plant Sale from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library featuring poinsettias, wreathes, cedar roping, boxwood trees, holly and more. Proceeds benefit village beautification.

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A financial education seminar will be held at the Cazenovia Public Library in the community room at 7 p.m. Topics include how insurance works, understanding mortgages, budgets, building a financial house, avoiding credit cards, compound interest and planning for college. The event is free. For more information, call 655-9322.

A blood drive will be held at Colgate University, Oak Street from 1 to 6 p.m. Double red cell machines will be available. To schedule an appointment, call (800) 448-3543.

Chittenango Dec. 4 The Greater Sullivan Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Silent Auction from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Whitetail, Woodcrest Golf Club featuring table top trees and wreaths decorated for holidays. Silent auction includes variety of merchandise, gift certificates. Pre-sale tickets $15 at Oneida Savings Bank, Lamb’s Ear, The Olive Branch Flower and Gift Shoppe, Curves and Fisher Bay Restaurant or at the door for $20. Dec. 5 Tree lighting ceremony will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Dr. West Park (Genesee and Russell Street. Activities include Horse Drawn Rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Face Painting, Crock Pot Chili Cook-off, Free Refreshments, Bike give a way, Door prizes and Holiday songs sung around the Christmas tree with the park surrounded with luminary bags. To enter Crock Pot Chili Cook-Off, call Alexander’s Hair Studio 687-1100 by Dec. 1st. Please bring a canned good for the local food pantry. Dec. 5 and 12 The Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will hold a Christmas bake sale and gift shop sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For sale includes children’s and adult books on the Erie Canal and local history, food items grown and made in New York such as jams, preserves, maple syrup and more, handcrafted items such as jewelry, baby sweaters and soaps, golf shirts and many more items. The museum is located at 7010 Lakeport Road.


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As part of the 32nd annual Christmas Walk on Dec. 4, the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library invite all Christmas walkers to a special

A blood drive will be held at the American Legion, 1 Legion Dr. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Double red cell machines will be available. To

Dec. 5 Santa arrives at 3 p.m. at Hamilton’s North Pole (The Palace Theater), 19 Utica St. The Colgate Bookstore will host Richard Frost and Tapestry: AllCenturies Singers at 3 p.m., 3 Utica St. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 228-7480. Share the Spirit with MAD Art, Inc. Artists reception and silent auction at the MAD Art Community Art Space in the Lebanon Street Alley from 5 to 7 p.m. Contact madartinc.@ Dec. 13 Jubilation! Women’s Vocal Ensemble will perform a Christmas concert at 3:30 p.m. at the Park United Methodist Church, 17 Broad St. Admission is $8. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Hope House Babies Home in Kenya. Lebanon Dec. 5 Holiday House Lighting entries must be received by the Lebanon Historical Society. Winners will be announced Dec. 12 at the holiday program. To enter, call Penny Hughes at 837-4883 or Deland Niles at 8374835. Lincoln Dec. 5 The town will hold its annual tree lighting at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Town Hall on Timmerman Road. Refreshments will be available at the fire department and caroling will take place by the Methodist Church. For more information, visit Dec. 16 This is the deadline to enter your home in the town of Lincoln tree lighting contest. Judging will take place Dec. 19 and 20. Participants are asked to leave lights display from dark until 10 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. To enter contest, email name, address and phone number to rwarner14@ Madison county

Dec. 8 Free compost will be available to residents of the Madison County Sewer District on between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in conjunction with an Open House announcing the completion of the Madison County Sewer District Compost Project. The event will take place at the Madison County Waste Water Treatment Facility on Route 13, one mile north of the Village of Cazenovia. Morrisville Dec. 2 Kids join can join the Morrisville Public Library at 6:30 p.m. for decorate the children’s room and tree. Dec. 3 A blood drive will be held at Morrisville State College, 159 Main St. from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Double red cell machines will be available. To schedule an appointment, call (800) 448-3543. Dec. 4 Family Movie Night is back at the Morrisville Public Library, showing the movie, “Up” at 6 p.m. The village’s annual tree lighting festivities will take place at 7 p.m. at the Crouse Community Center followed by horse-drawn wagon rides, photos with Santa and caroling. Refreshments will be served. Morrisville State College will hold its poinsettia sale from noon to 5 p.m. at the Spader Horticulture Complex. The sale continues Dec. 7 to 11 from noon to 5 p.m. Open to the public. Dec. 11 The Morrisville Public Library will hold its annual open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Silent Auction held. The library is seeking unwrapped gift items such as toys, games, books and art supplies. New Woodstock Dec. 5 From 10 a.m. to noon the New Woodstock Free Library will hold a holiday reception and volunteer appreciation day. Cazenovia children’s art will be on display through Jan. 31. Dec. 8 Story hour at the New Woodstock Free Library at 11 a.m. This week’s theme is Snowy Day. Oneida Dec. 8 Madison Cortland ARC will host its annual winter holiday concert at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 551 Sayles St. Performances include ARC Sunshine Choir, Wind Dancers and the Mighty Fortress. The event is free. For more information, call 363-3389, ext. 1510. To have your event listed in the calendar, email MadNews@

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