In the last year and a half, the town of Cicero has been interested in advancing the economic development of our community. As liaison to the zoning and planning department, I have been active in encouraging new residential and commercial projects. One measure taken has been to create a streamlined approach for business owners and representatives to come in and work with the planning board, and this has been key to successes that have come to pass.
East of the playground at Willowfield Elementary, there’s a 20-year-old red maple tree nestled among the greenery. I helped plant that tree as a sapling, tossing in a shovelful of soil along with dozens of others who finished the sixth grade at WFE in the summer of 1993, because that shovelful of dirt was all we could offer to honor the friend in whose memory the tree was planted. Nick Isgro passed away after a battle with leukemia on June 19, 1993. He’d had a bone marrow transplant in Boston not long before, but developed complications after the surgery. That very day, we’d held a car wash in order to raise money for his care at the school; we all danced around and sang a song we made up (the lyrics and tune escape me now) and sprayed each other with the hose and threw sponges at each other (I doubt too many cars actually got clean) while Nick breathed his last. It took me years to stop feeling guilty about that.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: Cazenovia College asked the state supreme court to reject a decision by the village zoning board of appeals requiring the college to seek approval to build a fence around its new turf field ... The attempt to evade review and push through the fence plan is unfriendly and confrontational, contemptuous both of abutting neighbors and the village at large.
The warm weather is here, and as I drive around town I notice that many people are out and about doing yard work and keeping their lawns looking neat and tidy. Thank you, Salina residents, for showing pride in your homes and keeping Salina looking beautiful. Unfortunately, there are a number of properties that don’t look as nice. As stated in Salina’s property maintenance code, if a property owner’s lawn is found to be too long, a notice will be sent to that property owner to remedy the issue within a specified period of time, usually 10 days. If this issue is not taken care of within the allotted timeframe then the town of Salina, with the use of an approved contractor, will go in and cut the lawn, with the cost being placed on the taxes of the property owner who is in violation. If you notice a property in your neighborhood that has property maintenance issues, please don’t hesitate to contact the supervisor’s office to report them.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Dear friends and neighbors: It has been a privilege to serve you as the village of Cazenovia mayor for the past two years. I ask for your support and your vote on June 18 so that I might continue in that role.
Parishioners at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church will gather Saturday afternoon to help out one of their own, the young and lovely Sarah Wansart who faces a lengthy recovery after being hospitalized with a serious MRSA infection. The daughter of St. Joe’s parish council member Jane Wansart, Sarah has been hospitalized for more than a month after developing complications. “Like her mother, Sarah is an energetic and compassionate person dedicated to serving others,” noted the parish music director, Eileen Brody. Besides serving on the parish council, Jane Wansart sings in the church choir under Brody’s leadership.
To the editor: Vicki Reutter, library media specialist at Cazenovia High School, is retiring. If you are currently the parent of a high school student or had a child attend Cazenovia High School since 1978, this news matters.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: My mom, Bette McNear Campbell, a former Cazenovia community leader, died at the age of 89 last month in Delaware. We spent many years in Cazenovia while growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Mom and dad, Jim McNear, started the Hi Neighbor paper from our kitchen, before moving it to an office behind the Chocolate Shop.
Trip to Virginia, dairy farms
Along the Lakeshore column from the June 12 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
A dark cave. In the middle, a caldron boiling. Thunder. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble That Bill Shakespeare certainly had a way with words! The Liverpool Is The Place Committee apparently has a soft spot for The Bard. The committee, which brings you two dozen free concerts every summer at Johnson Park, is trying something new this year. At 7 p.m. on Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 16, LITP has engaged Syracuse’s Redhouse Arts Center to present a one-hour adapted version of Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Macbeth,” at Johnson Park. The performance is designed for all ages, and admission is free. Considered one of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedies, “Macbeth” was originally staged circa 1607 in London. Set in Scotland, the action boils over with blood and betrayal as Lord Macbeth kills his king to fulfill his own lust for power. Wracked with guilt, Lady Macbeth leads her lord down a maelstrom of madness and death.
Letters to the editor from June 5 issue
Letters to the editor from June 5 issue of the Skaneateles Press.
Thunderstorm wreaks havoc on trees
Along the Lakeshore, from the June 5 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Guest column submitted by the Skaneateles Board of Education asking for the public's support of two referendums up for vote on June 11.
Local athletes making it big at college, pro level
Section III’s athletes are going after state championships this week, from boys lacrosse in Pittsford to baseball in Binghamton to girls lacrosse at Cortland to softball at Queensbury to track and field at Middletown to girls golf at Delhi. They do so amid a year where, everywhere you look, from the college to professional ranks, local athletes are seizing their moments in the spotlight and shining brightly.
Hot on the heels of a Gold-Rated performance at the recent Oneida Jazz Festival, the Liverpool High School Jazz Ensemble has a busy week coming up. At 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, the student musicians present their 16th annual Jumpin’ Jazz Jam featuring the Manhattan-based DIVA Jazz Orchestra, at the high-school auditorium at 4338 Wetzel Road. Then, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 3, they make their annual appearance to kick off the Liverpool Is The Place summer concert series at Johnson Park.
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