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Christina Alexander

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Support your local libraries

This week the Friends of the Marcellus Free Library and Maxwell Memorial Library in Camillus are getting ready to celebrate “National Friends of Libraries Week” Oct. 16-22.

A very short trip to Gannon University

There are times when Syracuse takes its toll on me. There are times when living with the parents, believe it or not, wears on me and I just need to get away, even if it’s for a day. (After being so independent for four years, coming home is a culture shock).

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West Genesee Wildcats Marching Band place second at marching band competition in Virginia

The West Genesee Wildcats Marching Band placed second at the U.S. Scholastic Band Association gold competition in Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Brown addresses transfer system, explains reasoning in presentation

West Genesee Superintendent Christopher R. Brown took to his blog, Notes from the Superintendent, Tuesday morning to address criticisms of the new transfer system raised at last Wednesday’s school board meeting.

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Longley raises awareness for MS

Camillus Rotary Club recognizes Winn and makes a special donation to the MS Resources of CNY.

Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures was just what the Camillus Rotary Club asked for as it celebrated its Community Recognition luncheon and welcomed News Channel 9 Chief Meteorologist Dave Longley as its keynote speaker Thursday afternoon at the Camillus Elks Lodge.

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Physical education stalwart proves perseverance pays off

Janine Corning has a ferocity about her. Ask her fellow colleagues at Camillus Middle School and they will use words like “spitfire” and “great” when describing the physical education teacher of 10 years.

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WG high school seniors named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program

West Genesee High School seniors Nathaniel Brusa, Cheyanne Fedder, Martin Leff and Alyssa Zeman have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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OCC nursing students teach preschoolers good health habits, ease fears

On Friday, Sept. 30, 28 preschoolers visited "stations" manned by 12 pediatric clinical nursing students, including one where students demonstrated proper bandaging technique on each child's favorite stuffed animal.

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West Genesee/Town of Camillus Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22

The West Genesee/Town of Camillus Sports Hall of Fame will recognize Anne Schmutzler, Kevin Donahue, Jim Ouderkirk, George Mezey, John Desko and the 2001 West Genesee girl’s varsity lacrosse team as this year’s 2011 inductees 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at McNamara’s in the village of Camillus.

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Marcellus JV football coach suspended two games without pay, will donate remaining salary to St. Francis Xavier cemetery for upkeep

Marcellus JV head football coach Jim Marsh has been suspended two games without pay for making his players lie down in St. Francis Xavier cemetery in Marcellus following a loss to Skaneateles Superintendent Craig Tice announced in a press conference Thursday, Sept. 29.

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Composting project gains steam

On Monday, Sept.  26, the village of Marcellus Board of Trustees awarded bids for its composting project, set to be completed by the first of the year.

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The Erie Canal Cloggers start back up with its 2011-12 campaign

It started with a percolated interest. For Dale Burl, his interest in clogging lead to the founding of the Erie Canal Cloggers in 1994.

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Schermerhorn learns the tricks of the trade as an administrative intern at J-E High School

Mark Schermerhorn’s time is precious. The Jordan-Elbridge High School technology teacher is balancing more than just his teaching responsibilities, but as an administrative intern, too. Schermerhorn is working alongside Acting Principal Mary Thomas-Madonna and Associate Principal and Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Eric Varney with a majority of administrative tasks from Sept. 6 to June 22.

Around town: Village dissolution discussion continues in Camillus

Village and town of Camillus dignitaries gathered at Town Hall Wednesday, Sept. 7 for a special work session regarding the dissolution of the village. 

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West Genesee wins communications contest awards

The West Genesee school district will be awarded by the New York School Public Relations Association in its 32nd annual Communications contest for outstanding district publications. Awards will be presented at the 2011 NYSPRA Awards Luncheon Oct. 28 at the 2011 convention of the New York State School Boards Association in Buffalo.

Future of receiver of tax office hangs on Sept. 20 Town of Camillus referendum

Town of Camillus residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to vote whether or not to abolish the town’s receiver of taxes office.

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ELA date changes continue to frustrate area superintendents

West Genesee modified sports programs say, "Thank you" to the community

It has come as no surprise the topic of conversation at West Genesee Board of Education meeting on a rainy Wednesday evening was the recent spring break date change school districts now face in Onondaga and Madison counties so it doesn’t conflict with the English Language Arts state assessment exams.

A love, hate relationship with words

The concoction of words and I are a lethal combination.  Letters, sentences and paragraphs are things that I come into contact every day as an editor. Intertwined together, words have made me proud and at the same time, have caused me great distress.

Town and village of Camillus hold special work session regarding the dissolution of the village

Village and town of Camillus dignitaries gathered at Town Hall Wednesday night for a special work session regarding the dissolution of the village.

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Pastor finds niche at Immanuel United Methodist Church

Pastor Heather Williams is a mother, friend, consoler, listener and an example within the Immanuel United Methodist Church community. Her journey has been long and it hasn’t always been on a quick or easy path, but Williams has been truly fulfilled and content as the churche’s pastor for the past three years.

In brief: the village of Marcellus

The village of Marcellus board meeting highlighted a few notable items on Aug. 22 including its amending of Chapter eight, section 8-35 of the existing local law.

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First Street Family Daycare one-of-a-kind

Sitting on her spacious porch, surrounded by every toy imaginable, Theresa Greenfield, owner of the First Street Family Daycare in Marcellus, is enjoying a moment before she heads back into the house to finish up painting and prepping for the upcoming school year, set to start after Labor Day.

J-E restores varsity tennis, golf, indoor track, modified basketball teams

AD’s cost analysis report shows there is enough to operate for the 2011-12 school year.

Jordan-Elbridge Athletics Director Eric Varney has been busy calculating and number crunching to make this year’s sports programs - varsity tennis, golf, indoor track and seventh-grade and eighth-grade modified basketball teams — a reality. 

Supporting one another

After spending a few hours in the office on Saturday morning, I drove out to Camillus to watch my youngest cousin, Anthony aka “Beans” in his Pop Warner football scrimmage.

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Ray sworn in as the newest village of Marcellus police officer

Shannon Ray was introduced as the village of Marcellus’ newest officer on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the village office.

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Marcellus High School class of ‘81 celebrates 30 years

The Marcellus High School class of 1981 traveled back to its old stomping grounds for a weekend of good company, food and drinks on Aug. 19 and 20 to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Laughs were plenty while reminiscing about the good-old-days stretched for miles.

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Newest WG BOE member looks to expand the roll of technology in the classroom

Vladimiro Hart-Zavoli is anxious to increase the roll of technology in the educational process as the newest West Genesee Board of Education member.

J-E Board of Education rejects settlement proposal offers

The Jordan-Elbridge Board of Education unanimously rejected two settlement proposal offers from suspended, fired employees Wednesday night at Ramsdell Middle School.

The smell of pigskin is in the air

Thursday night Wes and I ventured down to my Uncle Mike’s and Aunt Karen’s house to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the San Diego Chargers in an NFL preseason matchup.

Teachers shine amidst uncertainty

The agenda was quite lengthy during last Thursday’s Jordan-Education Board of Education meeting. However, The meeting was uplifting, encouraging and a sign of what is to come for this school district that has been turned upside down throughout the recent months. 

Runner's high

Empire State Marathon set to take off in October; Cicero native puts Syracuse on the running map

Baffled. That’s what Brian Collins felt when he would travel back home to Syracuse in regards to a marathon and half marathon destination point for running die-hards in Central New York.

Waking up with First Cup

Family owned business fuels Marcellus community

It’s not quite like Cheers, but everyone does know your name at First Cup in Marcellus.