2013: The year that was

“It’s really kind of sad, how it ended up. I really didn’t think it would end like this,” said Friends President Pam Sprague. “Our group is full of just amazing people. They’re so dedicated. Our membership is up to around 375 people. They did a lot of work, and that work is worth a lot of money. Communities depend on volunteers to do the work that an employer or organization won’t pay for.”


Molly Project launches

When Kristin Romane Atkinson lost her mother, Molly, to cancer, she realized she had very few pictures by which to remember her. In talking with two friends, Kristin Wicks Johnston and Tara Lesko Polcaro, they realized it was a common problem among women: they tended to position themselves behind the camera. So they decided to do something about it. They founded the Molly Project to coordinate free, on-location photography sessions for women whose lives are being redefined by cancer or terminal disease.

Polcaro, a professional photographer, and other volunteer photographers offer up their services for free to women facing or taking care of someone with cancer so that they and their families can have photographs that “capture the beauty of their bond for generations to come.” Families are provided with not only the portraits, but a digital copy of the images, as well.

“Being moms, being women, we wanted to help women,” Atkinson said. “Our focus is on the woman, whether she’s a caregiver or the one that is actually battling the disease.”

Dudzinski appointed to county legislature

In a surprise move, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney appointed former Cicero Supervisor Chet Dudzinski to replace outgoing Legislator Bill Meyer, just hours before the Cicero Republican Committee unanimously nominated current Supervisor Jim Corl for the position.

The vacancy occurred when Meyer, a Republican, resigns to take a position with the county Veterans’ Administration. The third district covers the town of Cicero and part of the town of Manlius, but Manlius’s Republican committee deferred to Cicero’s for the nomination.

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