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Canastota: 2006 - A year in review

Canastota bicentennial planning underway

Now that Madison County's 200th birthday has come, the Canastota Canal Town Corporation has come up with some cleaver ideas for how the village can help the county and its residents celebrate. Canal Connections will be held June 17 and include a living history open house at the Nathan Roberts House and a mock boxing match with Canastota's own Billy Backus and Dickie DiVeronica.

A story of hope

Canastota was home to the ivory-billed woodpecker for a short time Jan. 14. Cornell University researcher Melanie Driscoll, one of the team dispatched to Arkansas in search of the bird, spoke about her find at the Great Swamp Conservancy's annual meeting, hosted by the Canastota Public Library.

Distinguished citizens honored

The Charles Miller Post 140 of the Canastota American Legion held its 24th annual Distinguished Citizen dinner and honored Donald Cerio Sr., former mayor and lifelong resident of Canastota.

Honored by the Canastota Area Association of Churches at the annual Appreciation Banquet was Kenneth Halsey, David Hamilton and Richard King of the Canastota Fire Department; Douglas Loucks of the Wampsville Fire Department; John Eisaman, accepting on behalf of his deceased uncle Keith Eisaman of the Lincoln Fire Department and Steven Evans of the Greater Lenox Ambulance Service.

Local medic travels to Nicaragua

Greg Wright, a Canastota resident, traveled with a team of healthcare workers from across the country to particpate in a volunteer mission to Nicaragua to provide medical treatment to its people.

No snow, still a blast

The Canastota Recreation Department's Snowblast Weekend was planned out with all the elements of a fun winter: a snow sculpture contest, snowshoeing, ice skating, broom ball, a human dogsled race and more. There was only one tiny problem: Mother Nature failed to cooperate. There wasn't a flake to be found on Friday evening when the weekend began.

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