The twisting, distorting, ignoring and even disdaining of the truth by Owera Vineyards owners and attorneys has by now, unfortunately, become commonplace in this months-long soap opera occurring in our town. The latest evidence of this occurred at last week’s State Liquor Authority hearing when Nancy Muserlian and attorney John P. Sidd, of the Syracuse firm Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, both told the SLA they had no idea there were any violations issued against Owera by any municipalities. These latest false statements are so outrageously egregious they would be laughable if they did not occur in front of a governmental body.
Two stories in this week’s paper quote newly sworn-in town supervisors Mary Bean in Spafford and Mary Sennett in Skaneateles. As both these women took office, they showed great excitement, enthusiasm and dedication toward making positive changes in town government.
It’s amazing how quickly a year passes away. And when the weeks are replete with news, events and achievements — such as 2013 was — the time only expires that much more rapidly. Cazenovia has seen its share of moving and important stories this year, as we have reviewed in this week’s issue. The Cazenovia Republican also has experienced great changes and evolutions in 2013 and, looking back, it’s impressive how far we have come.
As indicated in the lead of our year in review story, a lot of the top stories of 2013 dealt with the community dealing with issues that will shape the future of the Skaneateles area.
On the Move
Snow shoveling is a repetitive activity that can cause muscle strain to the lower back and shoulders.
To the editor: Yes, Halloween is over, but our gratitude and appreciation for our mail carrier will live on. We have a young lady who faithfully delivers mail in our Pitcher Hill community. On her own time, she puts together treat bags for more than 140 children. I must add, no candy. This is Lori Clarks’ fourth year. She really enjoys what she is doing.
To the editor: I would like to thank all of the people in the town of Cicero who supported me in my campaign for town councilor.
The results of the recent election will mean a number of new people will be taking office on the Skaneateles town board, it as a victorious campaign, but their work is far from over.
There are many items of interest we could opine on this week: the impressive athleticism of our high school athletes, the results of the recent election, the inspiring actions of two of our Cazenovia police officers — but we feel compelled to comment once more on the situation with Owera Vineyards and its appearance before the town planning board last week. How can the Muserlians even conceive of a situation in which the planning board would reward them with more freedom after repeatedly ignoring local laws and regulations?
Election Day is coming up fast, and the town of Cazenovia has five positions up for election as well as ballot propositions to extend the supervisor’s term of office and to change the town clerk from an elected to an appointed position. As our readers are most likely aware, the seats for town supervisor, town board, town clerk and town justice are all uncontested — but this should not be a reason to avoid voting on Nov. 5.
In theory, the more chances for residents of a community to have their voices heard via a vote, the better the government can be “for the people,” but is there such a thing as too much?
This year is an important one for anyone concerned with local government and looking to make a choice that they feel will benefit the community. On Nov. 5 the residents of Cicero, Clay and Salina will elect new town officers.
There is no compelling argument against voting for the upcoming referendum to replace the turf and running track at the Michael J. Bragman Athletic Complex at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, as well as make repairs to the field’s drainage system and upgrades to the high school’s security system. The project will cost a total of $2,020,000. The local share of $302,000 would come out of the district’s C-NS Athletic Complex Reserve Fund, which was approved by district voters on Oct. 14, 1998, according to Assistant Superintendent for Management Donald Keegan.
To the editor: "Bundling" may be a good way to save money on your phone, TV and internet bill, but it's yet another subterfuge by the North Syracuse school board, who would have the taxpayers believe that classroom security and refurbishing the athletic field and stadium are somehow related.
We have been thinking in recent weeks that despite the fact that we are a “college town” there seems to be a large disconnect between the college and the village communities. And this really should not be so.