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FRONT PAGE HEADLINES
February 3, 2016



HS Sectionals Start
The first year of the Clinton Warriors girls varsity hockey team, composed of players from 10 local school districts, ended in the first round of the playoffs. Last week the Warriors played the final game of their inaugural season, which ended with a 3-0 loss at Alexandria Bay. Clinton played in Section Ten. Clinton finished with 6 wins, 5 losses and 2 ties. While basketball continues for another week, next up for playoffs is volleyball, with three local teams in Section Three play. Clinton earned the No. 2 seed in Class B behind Canastota; the Warriors host No. 7 South Jefferson Friday. The winner plays Altmar-Parish-Williamstown or Lowville Feb. 9. Waterville, which is co-champs of their division, is the No. 7 seed in Class C. The Indians host No. 10 Little Falls Tuesday. The winner plays either No. 2 Herkimer or No. 15 Dolgeville Friday. Brookfield is the No. 8 seed in Class D and travels Friday to No.1 Remsen. The winner plays Feb. 9 either Belleville-Henderson or Morrisville-Eaton.


Sweets and More
The Dessert Booth relocated to Kirkland Avenue in Clinton and has expanded its menu to include several dessert and dietary options. Story, page 6
 

WCS Works On 2016-17 Budget
A first look at the budget for 2016-17 in the Waterville Central School District brings a familiar scenario. Expenses, Business administrator Tracy Leone told the WCS Board of Education last week, are higher than expected revenues. As the district begins forming next year’s budget, it is with a potential $500,000 gap in revenue. Leone said she made some assumptions in setting out next year’s financial plan. These include having the district go with a 2 percent tax increase, planning on a 3.8 percent increase in expense-drive state aid and that the district’s capital project will be finished by mid-October to have state building aid kick in. Superintendent Chuck Chafee said any additional state aid is not viewed by him as an increase, but instead paying on the $8-9 million in aid the district has been shortchanged since 2010. Leone said with her budget draft, expenses for next year increase by 5 percent. While that sounds large, she said, about 3 percent, or $470,000, will be from the debt that will go on the books from the capital project. “It’s not going up 5 percent because of salaries or programs, but because of debt,’’ she said. Last year Waterville district residents adopted a budget of $16.7 million with a slight tax increase, staying under its allowed budget cap. That budget began in draft form with a gap of over $1 million in revenues. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!
 

Clinton Hears About Budget
The latest chapter in the unfolding 2016-17 budget construction was presented at Clinton Central School’s Board of Education meeting. Assistant Superintendent for Business Joseph Barretta updated district Superintendent Dr. Stephen Grimm, Board of Education president Mary Lou Lauchert, vice president Courtney Zoller, board members Megan Burdick, Amy Franz, William Huggins, Erica Shaw and Timothy Thomas, district clerk Julia Scranton and their audience last week. Included was the most recent information available from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office that will impact preparation of the local budget plan. Barretta’s 2016-17 Executive Budget Analysis of Cuomo’s budget proposal announced two weeks earlier revealed a $991 million increase in state aid, or 4.2 percent increase, compared to the 2015-16 New York state budget. The Clinton district’s projected state aid is planned to increase by $320,007, going from $10.1 million to $10.4 million, he said. There were also substantial changes being made to the STAR program. The Executive Budget also continues the Gap Elimination Adjustment at $244 million for the upcoming school year, Barretta explained. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!
 

Few Volunteers Hurts Ambulances
For the last year, the Oriskany Falls and Waterville ambulance services have shared the servides of a paid paramedic supplied by Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corp. Without that, said Oriskany Falls ambulance director Russ Petrie, many daytime calls to both local agencies would have to instead roll to a service farther away. Petrie and Steve Dziura, EMS chief of COCVAC, updated the Oriskany Falls Village Board last week on the possibility for changes in how the local volunteer agencies respond to calls. Both men assured the board that the goal is to keep responses locally based. “Volunteers are the only system that works in rural areas,’’ Dziura said. “But the unpredictability of it, having to staf for what-ifs around the clock, make it hard.’’ Waterville and Oriskany Falls now work together to handle weekday daytime calls - when finding volunteers is most difficult - in both areas. That means, the men said, an ambulance from one village could be the vehicle that responds to a call in the other. COCVAC is also a volunteer ambulance service. Because of its larger base - Westmoreland, Kirkland, Whitestown, New Hartford, Rome and Vernon - it can draw from a larger volunteer area. About 80 people volunteer, Dziura said, with another 15 employees who are paid. The agency has three ambulances and two stations, one in Clark Mills and the other in Whitesboro. For the two local ambulance services, the Waterville Central School District encompasses most of their area. “Volunteerism continues to decline,’’ Petrie said. “We’ve seen just second generations come on as volunteers for us and the fire department.’’ Dziura said that trend is a problem statewide. “The intent is to find a way to use volunteers to sustain a service with some career people. We don’t want to see either one of these agencies go away.’’ This month and next members of the local agencies and Dziura are visiting local municipal boards to explain that changes are likely as an answer to combat the growing problems. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!


Candidate For 121st Assembly
John Salka, supervisor of the Town of Brookfield, announced his candidacy for 121st District Assemblyman. Salka seeks the Republican Party’s endorsement in his second bid for the seat. “We were narrowly defeated two years ago and are now receiving a groundswell of support and encouragement to finish the job,’’ he said. “We are working to replace our local representative and bring change to Albany that reflects the needs of the district.” Salka takes the position that high taxes and regulations are driving people and businesses from our state. He spent seven years serving on the Brookfield Central School Board, which he said give him an insight into educational issues. As a licensed health care professional, he will concentrate on how to improve delivery of better health care to all, and will work hard to bring better services to rural areas. Salka and his family have resided in North Brookfield for 25 years.
 

heART KAC Party Feb. 5
What do an outing at the Utica Curling Club, a private mixology class at The Tailor & The Cook, an Animal Encounter at the Utica Zoo, a day apprenticing with a fiber artist and tango lessons have in common? They are just some of the experiences featured in a silent auction at the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton Friday, Feb. 5. That’s the night of a fundraising party in the KAC Gallery, which will be transformed for an evening of fine food, live music and fun. “The Kirkland Art Center shines bright in our community and we are going to roll out the red carpet and put on a great party for everyone. The KAC Gallery is a great venue for this celebration, and we’re going to make it an evening fit for the stars,” said KAC Board President Elizabeth Tantillo. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!
 


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CALENDAR

February

Wednesday, Feb. 3
Clinton: Hamilton College, John Dau, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, will give a lecture titled ‘Between Two Worlds’ 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel. Free and open to the public.
 

Thursday, Feb. 4
Clinton:  Dr. M.K. Dorsey, interim director for the Energy and Environment Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, will present a lecture titled “Pathways Beyond Paris: Towards Energy & Climate Justice” 7 p.m., in the Red Pit, Kirner-Johnson Building, Hamilton College.

Westmoreland: Waterville boys junior varsity and varsity basketball at Westmoreland, 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Brookfield: Brookfield girls varsity basketball home vs. McGraw, 5:30 p.m.
 

Friday, Feb. 5
Cooperstown: Clinton boys junior varsity and varsity basketball at Cooperstown, 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Skaneateles: Clinton boys varsity hockey at Skaneateles, 7 p.m.

Waterville: Waterville girls junior varsity and varsity basketball home vs. Westmoreland, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Brookfield: Brookfield boys junior varsity and varsity basketball home vs. Cincinnatus, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Hamilton College: 12:15 p.m. First Friday Focus Tour, Wellin Museum of Art. 7:30 p.m. Choir musical. Sondheim on Sondheim. Wellin Hall in Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts. $10 adults/$8 senior citizens and students. Also Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.
 

Saturday, Feb. 6
Waterville: American Hero's Dog Sled Race. Pancake breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. Races start at 9 a.m. Winter games available through the day at the CJ Fulmer Post 92.

West Winfield: Waterville boys junior varsity and varsity basketball at Mount Markham, 2 and 3:30 p.m.
 

Sunday, Feb. 7
Waterville: American Hero's Dog Sled Race starting at 8 a.m. Pancake breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. Chicken barbecue 11:30 a.m.. Award ceremony and trophies following the final race at CJ Fulmer Post 92.

Clinton: Sunday Funday at Snow Ridge. Sign up for the bus that leaves 8 Fresh at 9 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. $45 includes transportation, lift ticket and breakfast burrito. Go to www.snowridge.com to sign up in advance.
 

Monday, Feb. 8
Clinton: Clinton boys junior varsity and varsity basketball home vs. Frankfort-Schuyler, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Rome: Clinton boys varsity hockey vs. Proctor, Kennedy Arena, 8 p.m.

Middleville: Waterville girls junior varsity and varsity basketball at West Winfield, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Clinton: Claudia Rankine, poet and professor of creative writing at Pomona College, will read from her works and present a discussion on racism, 7 p.m., in the Chapel on the Hamilton College campus. The talk is sponsored by the Dean of Faculty Office and is free and open to the public.
 

Tuesday, Feb. 9
Clinton: Clinton boys varsity hockey home vs. Cazenovia, 7:30 p.m.

Sauquoit: Clinton boys junior varsity and varsity basketball at Sauquoit Valley, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Frankfort: Clinton girls junior varsity and varsity basketball at Frankfort-Schuyler, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Hamilton: Local Music Project presents singer-songwriter Rob Norris from West Edmeston, 7 p.m., Colgate Inn. Donation suggested.
 

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Clinton: LutheranCare Ashes to Go – the imposition of ashes to individuals while in their vehicles – Ash Wednesday, 7 to 8:15 a.m. at the gazebo area on the LutheranCare campus.

Augusta: Augusta Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m. with worship and the imposition of ashes.

 

Thursday, Feb. 11
Fulton: Clinton boys varsity hockey at Fulton, 6 p.m.
 

Saturday, Feb. 13
Clinton: Annual Chocolate Lover’s Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stone Presbyterian Church. All kinds of homemade chocolate treats. Also available will be chocolate items from Fair Trade Shoppe. Proceeds will be used to support Hope House in Utica.