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FRONT PAGE HEADLINES
July 20, 2016



Solar Project Hits Snag
A long-running plan for installing energy-generating solar arrays in the Town of Kirkland took a devastating - and possibly project-ending - hit as National Grid estimated the interconnection fee for the project at $500,000. Kirkland town Councilman Garry Colarusso said the figure came “totally out of the blue” at the town meeting last week. “It’s a staggering amount of money that quite frankly no one expected,” Colarusso told town Supervisor Bob Meelan; fellow council members Donna Yando and Fred Lomanto; Clerk Donna Maxam; Superintendent’s Assistant Patricia Maxam; deputy town Clerk Diane Wightman; Kirkland Police Department Chief Dan English and a few others in the audience July 13. Meelan said the town’s projected money savings over the first decade after installing a solar array wasn’t much more than the interconnection fee. Colarusso remained optimistic, however, saying they would negotiate for a lower charge. If that doesn’t happen, he admitted the project seems to have suddenly become more expensive than it would be worth in the long run. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!
 

Former Clinton Woman On List for Rio Olympic Team
Mary Jordan sat on her first horse at 4, competed in her first show at 12, and then defied the gods – when multiple sclerosis and a botched spinal tap left her unable to stand – by riding onto the world stage. She was 36 and teaching therapeutic riding when she was diagnosed with MS. She thought her equestrian days were over. Conventional wisdom and her own family history said she was right. Jordan’s father, a philosophy professor at Hamilton College and an Episcopal minister, also had MS. He was a quadriplegic; she never saw him stand or walk. But with better treatment, an upbeat attitude and an unwavering commitment to diet and exercise, Jordan remains active and horses remain at the center of her life. “I was scared to death,” she said. “When I was able to sit on a horse again, it was the one thing that made me feel like myself.” In 2009, seven years after her diagnosis, Jordan resumed competing. The horse-loving girl from Clinton traveled to Holland for training, then rode in the European Para-Equestrian Dressage Championship in Kristiansand, Norway. She’s remained a world-class equestrian athlete, competing nationally and internationally in dressage and earning a spot on the U.S. Para-Equestrian Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. There, she closed out the competition with a moving freestyle test that earned a score of 66.00 and 15th place. Afterward she said, “I ride to be a living, breathing example of what someone with MS can do.” Since then, she’s twice been an alternate on U.S. teams, for the 2012 Paralympics in London and the 2014 WEG in Normandy. Now she’s training and competing for a spot on Team USA in the September 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Jordan has been long-listed and will learn soon if she makes the team. She’s optimistic about her chances at going, “but anything can happen,” she said. “I don’t take anything for granted.” For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!


Waterville Field Days This Week
The Waterville Fire Department hosts its annual Field Days this week at the Firemens Pavilion. The event opens Thursday, July 21 with the kiddie parade at 5:30 p.m. The field opens at 6 p.m. with rides by Hawkins Amusements and Looking Back DJ from 7 to 10:30 p.m. On Friday the field opens at 6 p.m. with music by All Tuned Up from 8 p.m. to midnight. The softball tournament starts Saturday at 8 a.m. and the field opens at 1 p.m. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. D&D Powerwheels will host a power wheels demo derby for kids ages 3 to 10. Loaners available for kids who need them. Painted Black will play at the field from 8 p.m. to midnight. The weekend wraps up Sunday with the softball tournament starting at 8 a.m. and the popular chicken barbecue on sale at noon. Rides will not run Sunday.


 


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July

July 25-29
Augusta: Augusta Presbyterian Church, annual Vacation Bible school, 6 to 8 each evening and will include stories, music, games, crafts, snacks and other fun events. Open to all kids age 4 to 12 and is free.
 

Tuesday, July 26
Oriskany Falls: Annual picnic of Limestone Ridge Historical Society, Oriskany Falls Fire Department pavilion, 6 p.m. Members are asked to bring a dish to share and own table service and beverage. Following the meal, the EZ Strings band will entertain.
 

Saturday, July 30
Rome: Golf Tournament sponsored by the Joseph Michael Chubbuck Foundation, Rome Country Club, to benefit cancer patients in financial need. Registration 12:30 .m., shot gun start 1:30 p.m. Registration $ 70 per golf by July 24, $75 after. Cash payout for top three teams. Tee-hole signs available for $50, green signs In memory or honor of $10. Call 339-5993 or contact@the jmcf.org to sign up or buy a sign.

Madison: Pancake breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., Madison United Methodist Church