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Village-town-school cooperation alive and well

While some talk of turf wars and the lack of cooperation between neighboring groups, an excellent example of inter-municipal cooperation took place in the community of Marcellus recently.

The creation of a number of outdoor murals on the walls of buildings in the village center was an idea that developed a number of years ago when Fred Eisenberg was mayor of the village. It has now become a reality. On Saturday, Oct. 2, the first in a series of murals created by local high school art students, working with the support of the entire community, was unveiled in the village.

Months previous, a committee of Marcellus residents, government officials, business people and school personnel at Marcellus Central School began to meet on a regular basis to discuss the idea and promote its implementation. The committee consisted of myself, Julie Brissette, Deborah Glisson, Betty Tross, Scott McClurg, Will Hoyt, Peg Nolan, Tara Charles, Kelly Pangman, Wayne LaFrance, Karen Hanford, Donna Nicholas, Ruth Ann Reagan and Anthony Clubine.

The community project was designed to beautify the downtown area of the village, encourage broad-based volunteerism, and attract visitors to the Marcellus community. It was also designed to work in concert with Marcellus Central School programs on the continuous development and execution of a series of large-scale murals primarily depicting scenes from historic Marcellus.

Under the supervision of Donna Nicholas and Tara Charles of the Marcellus Arts Department, as well as the mentorship of recognized muralist, Anthony Clubine, student artists at Marcellus High school including Colin Hewitt, Zachary Garrison and Brennen Dooley of the Class of 2010 as well as Anne Dailey and Zoe Mullan Stout of the Class of 2011, painted the mural, adapting a picture of the 1914 Olde Home Days Parade and substituting pictures of themselves at a young age into the image. With the help of MCS teacher Mark Hagen, technology students, including Joe Kinsella, Michael Cherchio, Noah Hunt and Brian Kershaw, then installed the mural on the side of Nojaims Grocery Store in the village.

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