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May 25, 2016

Plan For Park Voted Down
Waterville Village Board members said other priorities have to come ahead of creating a park near Big Creek. At last week’s Village Board meeting, trustees Bruce Treen, Tom McNamara and Doug Plourde voted against further development of a plan for a park near the Firemen’s Little League Field. Possible expansion of that area for a park might have included a second baseball field, a picnic area and walking trails. Treen and McNamara asked Trustee Brian Bogan, who voted to proceed with the plan, when the village board actually decided to go ahead with the plans. Bogan and former Mayor Dave O’Brien, in conjunction with Waterville First, had secured a commitment of $10,000 from the Brothertown Optimist Club to match the first $10,000 in money raised for a ballfield. McNamara said there is no need for a second ballfield since Waterville no longer has two Little League teams. Treen said there were several things still to be decided about a park, while Plourde said the expansion at Babbott Park should be finished before another park is started. “Will it bring in a grocery store, a bank?’’ McNamara said. “No. Our sidewalks are terrible in places. Let’s look at those.’’ Treen said the board sees other priorities for the village, including the sewer plant just discussed. “It’s a beautiful plan,’’ he said, “but I wouldn’t have Ok’d we spend $134,000 to finish Babbott Field if we had this first.’’ All three trustees said the public has not had an opportunity to weigh in on a park, whether it is needed and what would go there. “How much will it cost for maintenance?’’ McNamara said. “Where does that money come from?’’ Plourde said putting in such a park could undermine the work being done this year at Babbott, which includes bathrooms and a walking track in the final phase of improvements. Mayor Gene Ostrander did not vote or join in the discussion. Resident Lorena Lenard thanked the three who voted against proceeding. “I would think you want the public to have a say.’’ For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Sectional Schedule
It’s a busy week coming up with a number of local teams moving on to the playoffs. Here's the schedule: Waterville softball is the No. 7 seed in Class C and will host No. 10 Thousand Islands Tuesday. The winner plays either No. 15 Beaver River or No. 2 Sandy Creek Thursday at the home of the higher seed. Brookfield baseball earned the No. 1 seed in Class D. The Beavers have a bye and play either No. 8 Sackets Harbor or No. 9 Lafargeville at Brookfield Thursday. The winner plays Saturday at DeLutis Field in Rome at 1 p.m. Clinton baseball earned the No. 8 seed in Class B and plays No. 9 Bishop Grimes at Clinton Tuesday. The winner takes on No. 1 Solvay. Brookfield softball is the No. 5 seed in Class D and hosts No. 12 Remsen Tuesday. The winner plays either No. 13 IHC or No. 4 West Canada Valley Thursday at the home of the higher seed. Madison softball at No. 9 travels to No. 8 Sackets Harbor while Madison baseball is No. 6 and hosts No. 11 DeRuyter Tuesday. In addition, Clinton track and field hosts the Class B sectionals Thursday.

Memorial Day Events
The area will observe Memorial Day Monday, May 30 with a number of parades and activities. In Waterville, the parade begins at 9 a.m. and heads to Soldiers and Sailors Monument Park. Parade lineup is at 8:30 a.m. In Clinton, this year’s events are sponsored by the Clinton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9591 in conjunction with Helmuth-Ingalls American Legion Post 232. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the College Street bridge. Following a brief ceremony at the bridge, the parade will proceed up College Street to the Village Park where a Memorial Day Service will be held. Deansboro’s festivities begin with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial on Route 315 at 10:15 a.m. The parade begins at 10:30 followed by a ceremony in the Deansboro Cemetery. Memorial Park School Principal Maureen Gray is the speaker. Kids who want to ride their bikes in the parade can go to the Town Hall at 9 a.m. to decorate them. In Oriskany Falls, the parade begins at noon and heads to Douglass Park. This year’s speaker sponsored by the Kelley-Phillips American Legion is Waterville High School Class of 2007 graduate Barry Fitzgerald. In Brookfield, the ceremonies begin at 7:30 a.m. ceremony at Unadilla Forks, 8 a.m. at South Brookfield, 8:30 a.m. in North Brookfield, the parade in Brookfield at 9 and then one in Leonardsville at 11 a.m.

Pinsetters At Work
Joe Falk, president of the Waterville Historical Society, and member Kent Cole set up the pins in the bowling alley in the basement of the Society’s Main Street building. Cole spent three years restoring the bowling alley, which debuted to the public at the Society’s Open House Sunday in observance of 2016 being the 50th anniversary for the historical organization. Photos, page 4.

Graduates Told ‘Make It New’
At Hamilton College’s 204th commencement Sunday, the remarks to the graduates included those from one of their own. Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, the first online payment system, described his life as an investor as ‘thinking about the future is what I do for a living.’’ Thiel earned his undergraduate and then law degree from Stanford University. After seven months and three days, he left the law firm that hired him after graduation. “Do not squander your ignorance,’’ Thiel said to hundreds of parents, family, Hamilton faculty and the 489 graduates. “go out and do what your parents thought couldn’t be done.’’ Thiel quoted 1905 Hamilton College graduate Ezra Pound, noted American poet. “Make it New,’’ said Thiel of the phrase that became Pound’s tagline. Thiel also cautioned graduates to not follow the common thought of living each day as if it were their last. “Live each day as if you will live forever,’’ he said. “Today is the beginning of forever.’’ Thiel, along with David Ferriero, the 10th archivist of the United States; Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo and Michael Shapiro, a 1071 Hamilton graduate who is director of the High Museum in Atlanta, were all awarded honorary degrees. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Voters Approve School Budgets
Waterville, Clinton, Brookfield and Madison all have 2016-17 school budgets set to go. In all four districts, voters approved the proposed spending plans last week, including Brookfield, which required a 60 percent majority saying yes. In Waterville, voters also selected Tom Zenon for the board, along with bringing back board members Susy Quayle and Russell Stewart. Mike Campion, appointed in the fall in the vacancy created by the death of board president Bud Dorr, came in fourth. Breakdown of votes in each district: Waterville’s $17.7 million budget passed 251 to 121 and a proposition for new buses was approved 242-130. Budgets at Waterville and Oriskany Falls libraries were also approved. Quayle received 260 votes, Stewart 256, Zenon 248 and Campion 184. Zenon will serve the one year remaining on Dorr’s term. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Waterville Might Get Eastman’s Grave
A report last week out of Rochester has raised the issue of whether George Eastman’s grave should be in his hometown. According to a report by television station WHAM of Rochester, Kodak Co. CEO Jeff Clarke has twice visited Waterville Cemetery. He found the Eastman family burial plot that contains George Eastman’s parents and sister. Eastman, who founded the Eastman Kodak Co. whose headquarters is in Rochester, was buried in Kodak Park after his death in March 1932. He was born in Waterville and his family moved to Rochester when he was in grade school. Clarke told WHAM he thinks there is a space at the Waterville family plot intended for George, who never married or had any children. He said he plans to speak to the family to discuss the possibility of relocating Eastman’s final resting place. While several years ago there was exploration of moving Eastman’s grave, the idea was not supported by all of Eastman’s relatives.

Town Of Brookfield
The Brookfield Town Board had a brief special meeting last week to review the revenues and expenses for road repairs this year. While the town has about $350,000 available for road work through CHIPs and other funding, Deputy Highway Superintendent Mark Zediker said the eight roads on schedule are about all that can be fit in this summer. That will cost about $234,500. Work on Minor Road will include stabilizing banks and adding guard rails. Zediker said he will combine sealing on the roads chosen to save the $1,500 a day it will cost to rent equipment for the work. Along with Minor, other roads for repair are Chesebro, Wratten, Mill Hill, Faulkner, Hoey and Waterman and Hollow.

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Tuesday, May 24
Deansboro: Bishopp Family Farm, twilight pasture walk, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 2809 Rt. 12-B in Deansboro. To register call 841-3336.

Clinton: Kirkland Town Library, Capturing Their Pasts: A Veterans’ Oral History Project. Gary Ford, local historian, shares veterans' stories, especially from those who can no longer speak. 7 to 8 p.m. E-cycling: Recycle your old electronics at the library, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. or until the truck is full.

Brookfield: The next meeting of the Town of Brookfield Historical Society is May 24, 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Kathleen Yassas, who will discuss progress made since the Friends of the Sherburne Inn was formed to preserve and restore this building. Refreshments and a business meeting will follow her presentation.

Saturday, May 28
Madison: Madison United Methodist Church, Pancake Breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m.



Saturday, June 4

Clinton: Clinton Garden Club Plants Plus Sale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Clinton United Methodist Church. Plants and baked goods for sale. Garden-themed items and master gardeners for garden advice. Proceeds benefit Village of Clinton planted barrels, Kirkland Library, Lutheran Care, student scholarships and local and national conservation.

Clinton: Stone Presbyterian Church’s Annual Spring Pie Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All kinds of delicious homemade pies will be available for sale. All proceeds support mission projects of the Women’s Association.

Waterville: Waterville Garden Club Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to noon. Methodist Church. Featuring mature perennial plants, garden accessories and raffle. All proceeds support community projects.

Waterville: American Red Cross blood drive, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Waterville Municipal Hall. To schedule a time, call 800-REDCROSS or go to

Clinton: Mickey Adams Memorial Blood Drive, Sponsored by Kirkland Community organizations, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nolte Auditorium, LutheranCare campus. For an appointment, call Bill Rudge, 853-6300 or

Sunday, June 5
Brookfield: Brookfield Central School Alumni Picnic, 1 p.m., school gymnasium. Bring a dish to pass and table service. Beverages will be provided. Classes ending in 6 and 1 will be honored. All alumni are welcome. For information:

Waterville: Ice cream social from 4-7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Hosted by the Brothertown Music Boosters. Performances by the music department.

Saturday, June 18
Waterville: Waterville Public Library, free NYS Boating Safety Course, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone 10 and older. Call Travis at 853-8480 to register. Leave a message. Do not call the library.