To the editor:
As the seasons begin to change, I am reminded that Manlius didn't become the oldest village in Onondaga County by happenstance. We did it by building on the nearly 200-year-old bedrock of hard work and responsibility of our founders. We did it by knowing we rise or fall together... One community... One village... One people... All of us vested in one another.
The tragic destruction of Faye and Manny's first clutch of eggs resulted in an incredible outpouring of love and support for not only our swans but for the village of Manlius as well. On April 8, the day we discovered the broken eggs, Michael Bean, our “Swan Guru” and benefactor who donated Faye and Manny was on site to assess the situation and determine the well being of our beloved surviving swans.
I publically hoped for a neighborhood watch for our Swan Pond and the next day we had over thirty calls from individuals wanting to volunteer. The Swan Patrol was underway within 24 hours!
I am also proud of our business community who stepped up and wanted to help. Rick DeCuffa, owner of Bella Cigna, and his family, who established the Swan Pond Reward, were the first to make a contribution. They also provided shelter and nourishment to our volunteer Swan Pond patrol members.
Lois Ross, owner of New Dimensions, kicked off the “Save Our Swans” campaign that featured a dynamic graphic on t-shirts and hats. Every penny from the sale was donated to the Swan Pond Reward/Renovation funds. Lois also donated T-shirts to the Swan Pond Patrol. To date, over $5,000 has been raised.
A heart felt thank you from LaVerne, Holly, Bella and Dazzle!
But most of all, I am inspired by our village residents. Neighbors who give selflessly of their time, talent and spirit everyday to make the quality of life even better for all of us who live and work in Manlius... Whether you are one of our brave fire department volunteers, are a member of our Planning or Zoning Boards, or are part of our Beautification Committee... You are proof positive that by encouraging each other and standing together there is nothing we cannot achieve or overcome. That is the essence of what has made Manlius not only the oldest village, but one of the very best villages in the county for nearly 200 years.