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An introduction from the new editor

COLUMN

The past two weeks have been a transitional period at the Eagle Bulletin, as we said goodbye to previous editor Allie Wenner, I started taking over the reins at EB — while also continuing my work as editor of the Cazenovia Republican — while we at Eagle Newspapers worked to hire a full-time reporter to assist me on both newspapers. This is a new editorial configuration for us, having one editor and one reporter work together on two newspapers, but one we feel will generate better newspapers as we move forward.

On the campaign trail: Maffei agrees to debates

During the 2012 season, Rep. Dan Maffei participated in just two debate. He's upping that number this time around. The Democratic incumbent running for the 24th Congressional District has announced a series of debates and joint appearances with Republican challenger John Katko. Four debates will be televised by local stations, and two will be broadcast on public radio.

Brass Inc. brings horn-driven rock to Carnegie Café

Trumpeter Brian Burke blows hot and sings cool. Burke and his band, Brass Inc., will bring its energetic funk-rock  to the Carnegie Café at the Maplewood Inn, 400 Seventh North St., starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12.

Should town clerk be appointed or elected?

GUEST COLUMN

This question will be voted on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the DeWitt Town Hall by the residents of DeWitt. If you want to vote come to town hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and cast your ballot on “yes” to change the town clerk position to appointed or “no” to keep it as an elected position every two years. I am writing this letter to help clarify so when you vote you are voting on facts and not scare tactics.

On the campaign trail: First responders endorse Maffei

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) announced last week that he had earned the endorsement of local public safety officials in his campaign to keep his seat in the 24th Congressional District. Several first responders joined Maffei at a press conference to announce their support for the incumbent, who is running against former federal prosecutor John Katko of Camillus.

We’re still learning hard lessons from 9/11

Sometimes it takes a while before it all sinks in. Now, on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, maybe we can finally reflect upon the horror and try to learn something from the tragedy. At Nichol’s deli counter a couple weeks ago I bumped into Donna Marsh O’Connor – the former Liverpool Central School District Board of Education member. We chatted about her work, teaching writing and rhetoric at Syracuse University, and about her husband’s book-in-progress.

On the campaign trail: Katko responds to allegations: ‘I was the victim of a crime’

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko is fighting back against accusations of wrongdoing relating to a gun crime that took place in April of 2000. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Katko purchased a personal firearm to protect the safety of his family in late 1999. On April 3, 2000, Katko and his wife attended an event at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on the city’s west side. He left the gun, loaded, out of view in his car. While Katko was inside the church, someone broke into his car and stole a duffel bag, which contained the gun.

Saying goodbye to the eastern suburbs

I have never been a huge fan of writing personal columns, but I have to step out of my comfort zone a bit this week to announce that my last day as the editor of the Eagle Bulletin will be Aug. 29, as I’ll be moving to Princeton, New Jersey the next day.

Summer rains chased eight bands from Johnson Park

This may not have been the wettest summer on record, but it sure seemed to rain every Monday and Wednesday. Those are the evenings on which free concerts are scheduled at Johnson Park. As the program director for Liverpool Is the place, a sub-committee of the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, I book those concerts and present the bands.

Preserving our future

There are many exciting new initiatives taking shape this year. This is not an accident, but part of a conscious effort to choose a constructive, sustainable path for our community.

Take precautions against mosquitos

Every year, the Onondaga County Department of Health begins surveillance and control of the mosquito population in May. They monitor more than 20 traps across the county, testing mosquitoes for West Nile and EEE. EEE was identified in the Cicero Wildlife Management area in early July which prompted an aerial spraying on July 22 after obtaining the necessary approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This helped to reduce the mosquito count, but with the recent wet-weather, additional spraying throughout the neighborhoods surrounding the management area was authorized and the truck spraying occurred Aug. 17. This will continue to be monitored by the department of health.

Visit the Great New York State Fair on a budget during Special Fair Days

Here in Central New York, we have the benefit of being right next door to The Great New York State Fair, which brings a wide variety of attractions and events for the entire family and showcases the best products our state has to offer. This year, consider taking advantage of Special Fair Days that can enhance your experience at the fair and even save you money.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Not just an internet fad

COLUMN

It’s everywhere. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Even on the 6 p.m. news. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a sensation, and although it may be funny to see friends freak out after dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, the cause of the challenge is not funny.

Chapter 17: The Adventures of Frankie

The gift

Paulette bounced up behind Frankie digging fingers into both sides of his ribs. He nearly cleared the jewelry counter at the discount department store. Good thing nobody was waiting on him, she’d a freaked them out too.

Chapter 16: The Adventures of Frankie

Charge

“Dad,” Frankie whispered out of the corner of his mouth. “Dad,” a little more insistent. “DAD,” he nearly shouted as he tugged at his father’s shirt. “Yeah, yeah, what?” Dad turned his attention from the wall of fishing lures lined in neat rows. “Those people are buying some of my worms!” His voice was down to a whisper again, but still very excited.