The Chittenango area saw its share of comings and goings this year. Numerous businesses packed up their storefronts and left town, many pointing to the two-year road construction project as the chief cause of their loss of clientele. Leaving were Lori's Dancewear, Chittenango Variety and Craft and Roma's Pizzeria, to name a few. Others moved in, such as the Oneida Indian Nation-owned Name Brand Deals in the former Ames plaza and the newly built Dollar General across the street from the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
On the flip side, low-key "activists" are putting their heads together and forming groups with tremendous potential. One such bunch is the local snowmobile enthusiasts who banded together to form the Chittenango Polar Bears Snowmobile Club. The group is partnering with other clubs to expand its network and trail prospects.
Another such grassroots initiative is the Chittenango Village Image Committee, which is working to encourage the establishment of a plan to make village amenities more uniform, instead of "spot fixes" that beautify limited areas.
At the county level, Citizens for Responsible Government filed an Article 78 proceeding against Madison County and the Madison County Board of Supervisors. The group wants to see a change in the county's meal and mileage reimbursement policy, with better justification for such expenditures. In addition, the suit alleges the Board of Supervisors has been holding meetings in violation of the state's Open Meetings Law. The parties will return to court in January.
New Yorkers for Verified Voting have been vocal about the potential problems in the changeover from lever voting machines to computerized systems. They have joined the League of Women Voters in endorsing optical scanning equipment, which they say is more reliable and verifiable.
In no particular order, here are some of the top stories from the village of Chittenango and the town of Sullivan this year.