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I am proud to be in the position of trust as village mayor. It is a special place to live and raise a family. Enjoy the summer and thank you for all the kind words of support for the village.

Sincerely,

Mark Olson

Fayetteville Mayor

History abounds for 2013 bicentennial

To the editor:

"The door opened and history walked in," was the way Jeff Martin, Eagle Hill eighth-grader, described his recent experience interviewing Anne and Ernest Brosseau for the Manlius Village Bicentennial project.

Onondaga County's oldest village will celebrate its 200-year anniversary in 2013.

Ninety-five students in Melissa Pietricola's social studies classes interviewed 21 long-time Manlius residents about their memories of village life. Then the students wrote about their interview experiences for Scott DeForest's English class.

Student reflections on their interview experiences are rewarding to read.

For example, Vanessa Smith wrote: "It was great to talk to Mr. Cottrell about how different Manlius was when he was growing up and how Manlius has changed between then and now."

And Erica reflects about her experience interviewing Margot Cheney Bourke, who was born in Manlius 91 years ago: "All these stories that make up her life piece together the history of Manlius."

Thank you to the students for making such a significant contribution to the village's Bicentennial. Thank you, Melissa Pietricola and Scott DeForest, for your work incorporating this project into your classrooms. And thank you to the Manlius residents who participated in this project.

The project was organized by Anne Menter, a member of the village's Bicentennial Committee. The project's goal is to make a permanent record of the changes to the village these older residents have seen and to acquaint the students with how their home town has changed. The committee hopes to use the information shared in the interviews during the celebrations in 2013.

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