Star-News Year in Review

"We've grown out of the facility," said Chuck Hawks, former chief of the department and current chairman of its building committee.

There was no change at the fire station since 1955 when it was originally erected. The whole project was estimated to cost around $1.5 million. Frank Toce, a local citizen, donated $300,000 and South Bay applied for a low-interest loan in the amount of $300,000, leaving $900,000 on the table, a number that has decreased since publication.

Spotlight on South Bay, was held on Saturday Mar. 31.

"The benefit is very necessary because without that and also continued fundraising, we wont be able to do this project at all," Hawks said.

Town of Cicero begins year-long bicentennial celebration

At its Feb. 12 regular board meeting, the town of Cicero commemorated its bicentennial by beginning a bell-ringing tradition at regular board meetings that would run all the way up to the town's last meeting in December.

The bell itself came from a 1958 fire engine that was in a fatal accident tending to a fire on Lakeshore Road. The actual bicentennial celebration was held from June 8 to June 11, but was recognized throughout the year at meetings.

Cicero Supervisor Chet Dudzinski's mother was one of the first five citizens to ring the bell. Cicero resident Ed Zaluski was the final "ring-man" at the December meeting. Ending the year-long celebration with one final pull of the rope.

Blizzard pounds North Syracuse

With snow accumulation totals over four feet in areas of North Syracuse, plowing roads in the village of North Syracuse was a "never-ending battle," according to DPW Superintendent Gary Wilmer. For four straight days the plows were out from 2 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. trying to keep the roads clear.

Village of North Syracuse mayor John Heindorf spent an hour or so riding the wing around in one of the plows at the on-set of the storm.

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