Getting inside the head of animals
Along the Lakeshore column from the Oct. 8 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
There are movies you go to for light entertainment, a few laughs and maybe to shed a tear or two. If you’ve seen the trailer for “Prisoners,” then you already know this is not one of those movies. Asking big questions and providing no easy answers, “Prisoners” is an intense film about revenge, morality and the slippery nature of justice.
After 119 years, the Liverpool Historical Society has given up the ghost. Established in 1894 by local teacher Anna O’Neill, the LHS disbanded in September. The society had its roots in the Chautauqua movement, an adult-education crusade spawned at Lake Chautauqua in the Southwestern corner of the Empire State. The movement, spurred by its most popular speaker William Jennings Bryant, became immensely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the early 1890s, O’Neill had apparently attended lectures at Chautauqua and spread its gospel to Liverpool where she created historical society to encourage self-education among women. Members were required to present short programs on topics regarding local history.
The importance of controlling the lake levels
Along the Lakeshore column from the Oct. 2 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
On Labor Day, Patrick J. Oneill from Massena left his 2-year-old black Labrador locked inside a vehicle parked at the State Fair. Temperatures hovered at a hundred degrees. More than four hours passed. Concerned fairgoers and a State Trooper made a valiant effort to save the animal, a female named Ali, but their first aid came too late. Oneill, 66, was charged with animal cruelty and failure to provide sustenance, a misdemeanor under the Agriculture & Markets laws. Turns out he was already accused of mistreating 22 horses he owned in Massena.
Baldwinsville resident Erin Scala just returned from a week, Sept. 6 through Sept. 13, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Below, the athlete chronicles her experience.
Along the Lakeshore column from the Sept. 25 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
Stories at Cornell, B'ville highlight troubling issue
Cornell University, academic bastion, Ivy League stalwart, producer of so much talent in so many fields – the school has every right to feel proud about its place, both as an institution and as the source of so much pride within the Ithaca community. And while sports are important for the Big Red, it tries hard not to reflect the larger ugliness that surrounds big-time college athletics and has been profusely documented everywhere you look.
Not as many sailors, thoughts on Affordable Care Act
Along the Lakeshore column from the Sept. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
The All Lake Regatta
Along the Lakshore column from the Sept. 11 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
As identity theft continues to be a major problem, it has become increasingly important to make sure your information remains private. Identity thieves can use information, such as your Social Security number, causing sometimes irreversible damage to your credit and your future. As the father of a teenager, the current trend of child identity theft is very alarming.
My Poppy loved limburger cheese. But, as the story goes, he was only allowed to indulge in it after my Nina and mom went to bed. He would then break out some rye bread, onions and mustard, spread on the cheese, and, as I can only imagine because there were never any witnesses, proceeded to savor each bite with a long, slow chew to prolong his night-time pleasure — all by his lonesome. I do know he kicked it back with a Genesee beer to complete the Old World tradition.
For many years, 207 Oswego St. — which looks more like Old Liverpool Road to me — was the site of Ponderosa Steakhouse. Whenever my brother and his family visited from the West Coast, they’d enjoy digging deeply into Ponderosa’s all-you-can-eat buffet. A few years later, it became Wisteria, a Chinese restaurant, and in 2009 Juanita’s Mexican Kitchen relocated in from Syracuse’s North Side. Later that same year, another venerable North Side business, Squadrito Foods, moved into a storefront on the west side of the building.
The county legislature’s Ways and Means Committee received a detailed presentation from New York State’s Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) on new legislation pertaining to the Basic STAR exemption. What we learned is simple: All homeowners receiving Basic STAR benefits must register with DTF by Dec. 31 in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and beyond. Senior citizens already receiving Enhanced STAR benefits are not impacted by this new legislation.
‘Skinny’ vs. ‘Skanny,’ museum additions
Along the Lakeshore column from the Sept. 4 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
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