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June 22, 2016

Waterville Graduation 2016
In a ceremony marked by music, tears, laughter and memories, the Waterville Central School Class of 2016 became the 142nd group of alumni Saturday. Outside, a perfect summer day awaited the time for photos and parties. Inside the Waterville Junior-Senior High School auditorium, a perfect blend of speeches and ceremony reigned for 90 minutes. As befitting this class, which has led Waterville to Central New York outstanding awards for the musical the past two years, seniors in the choir sang the Alma Mater after the 52 graduates processed through the auditorium. And as fitting their personality, they entered with smiles, waves and in the case of Micah Frye, with an impressive array of dance moves. Class president Kaelee Cleary welcomed everyone and thanked the community for its support over the years. “Everyone was so undeniably optimistic about everything we’ve done over the years,’’ she said. Salutatorian Alexis Decker echoed that sentiment, using the theme of saying thank you in her address. Her dad, Jamie, she said, always told her to try her hardest, for which she thanked him, even thought at times “I wanted to choke him.’’ She thanked her mom, Karen, sister and brother, her friends with whom she made so many memories. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

ABC House Finishes 44th Year
Around the table, the talk turned to Game 7, specifically, would there be one. Down at the end of the table, in the place of honor for seniors, Omega Casey shook his head at Marley Glasgow. “There will be a Game 7,’’ Casey said. “Do I think the Cavs will win? I don’t know, but there will be a Game 7.’’ At the other end of the table, Travis Hill reminded the eight high school students at the table that studying for finals and Regents at Clinton Central School came before watching the NBA Finals. “And cleaning up after dinner,’’ Liz Doherty said, as Bennett, her and Hill’s 16-month-old son, banged his spoon on his highchair in agreement. Since 1972, the Clinton community has participated in A Better Chance, a national program that brings in high school students from urban areas and helps prepare them for college. The program began in 1963 and Clinton’s is one of the longest running of the 25 in the country. This week, as the eight boys finish their studies at Clinton, they will return to their homes. Two of them will graduate Saturday at CCS, with the other six come back to ABC Clinton in the fall to continue at CCS. Casey, a senior from Brooklyn, will attend SUNY Cortland to study physical therapy, with a goal of being an athletic trainer at the high school or college level. While at CCS, he pursued his love of sports as a member of the football and basketball teams. Casey spent three years attending CCS and living in the ABC House on the Hamilton College campus. The non-profit program is a coordination of CCS, Hamilton College and community input, including financial support from area businesses. It took him a while to adjust to living in a small town, he said. “It was not a hard decision to come here,’’ Casey said. “Do I miss the city life sometimes, like catching a bus or a train? Yes. “But this is a taste of how life will be after college when I might live in a place that’s small like this,’’ he said. This year’s other senior, Kevin Ampofo from Bridgeport, Conn., spent two years at ABC House. He will attend Emerson College as a marketing communications major. Ampofo took part in Clinton’s musical and drama productions, Model UN and particularly enjoyed his English classes. “This was one of the best decisions I ever made,’’ he said, “to come here. Although when we drove here and I saw all the farms I got a little scared.’’ His favorite memory describes the unique blend of being a high school student living on a college campus. Ampofo had an English final project that needed sound. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Going Google At Waterville Central
The Oxford English Dictionary recognizes the word ‘google’ as a verb meaning to search for information on the Internet using the search engine Google. At Waterville Central School District, 18 teachers learned that Google can also be a means to better ways to teach and reach students. Four teachers gave a presentation at last week’s WCS Board of Education meeting on the success of using Google Apps for Education this year. Three groups of six teachers phased in using Google and shared Google Chromebooks in their classes at the Junior-Senior High School and at Memorial Park School. English teacher Karen Chronkhite said the teachers found many benefits. “It drastically changed our teaching for the better this year,’’ she said. “Google is all about access.’’  For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Brookfield Receives Grant From State
The Town of Brookfield received a grant to cover 65 percent of the cost of needed streambank stabilization. At last week’s Town Board meeting at the Leonardsville firehouse, Town Supervisor John Salka said the town received $15,000 from the New York state Soil and Water Conservation. Total cost to stabilize streams is $23,000. In other grant news, Salka said the engineering firm hired to put together a grant application for a salt storage shed said Brookfield has a very good chance of being awarded money for the construction. In other matters from the 90-minute meeting, Planning Board chairman Dan McCoach said of the three seats up for reappointment in January, one might be a vacancy. The town is looking for people to serve as alternates now with the idea of taking a seat on the board when vacancies come up.  For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Arrest In Stabbing
On June 13, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Augusta man in connection with a domestic incident at 2404 North Road involving a stabbing. Ty N. Cross, 25, of that address, was taken into custody following a 911 call from another resident at that address stating that he had stabbed somebody. Cross was charged with assault in the second degree and strangulation in the second degree, both felonies. He was sent to the Oneida County Jail with bail set at $30,000. The victim sustained non-life threatening injures.  For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Town of Kirkland
A nearly-completed new camera surveillance system at Clinton Arena will increase the safety for persons using the facility, Kirkland Police Chief Dan English said. English gave his report at the regular meeting of the Town Board last week. “It’ll make a nice, safe environment both inside and out for the kids,” English told town Supervisor Bob Meelan; council members Donna Yando, Garry Colarusso, Fred Lomanto, and Mike O’Neil; town Clerk Donna Maxam; Attorney Anthony Hallak; Highway Superintendent Jon Scott; Supervisor’s Assistant Patricia Maxam and deputy town Clerk Diane Wightman at their June 13 meeting. Hallak questioned how long the recorded footage would be available. Meelan said if there was an incident in question a hard copy could be preserved, but Hallak noted incidents aren’t always reported right away. English and Hallak agreed to meet to discuss that issue in more detail. English’s department report for May showed 243 calls and complaints with 11 persons arrested.   For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

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Friday, June 24
Clinton: Fourth annual CCS Coach Jean Vicks Field Hockey Clinic. Guest appearance by Syracuse University national champ goalie and USA Field Hockey Team goalie Jess Jecko. Registration, 12:30 p.m. Clinic 1 to 4 p.m. Clinton field hockey field. To register, contact Event Coordinator Christina Buschmann, CCS Physical Education Teacher and Coach,, 841-8532

Saturday, June 25
Madison: Madison United Methodist Church, Pancake Breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m.

Sunday, June 26
Waterville: Sacred Concert, 6 p.m., Waterville Baptist Church

Monday, June 27
Waterville: Teen Event sponsored by Waterville Baptist Church, 6 to 9 p.m. at Waterville High School


Tuesday, June 28
Brookfield: Town of Brookfield Historical Society, speaker Chuck D'Imperio from Oneonta. He has written several books about upstate New York. 7 p.m. after which refreshments will be served and a business meeting will follow.

Oriskany Falls: Barbara Granato will present “The Surprises in Genealogy Research”, Limestone Ridge Historical Society. She plans to highlight many interesting discoveries she has made in her research. The program will begin after a brief business meeting at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the talk.