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June 29, 2016

Clinton Graduation 2016
The 85th Commencement of Clinton Central School took place in the high school auditorium at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25. To begin the ceremony, graduates walked down either aisle of the auditorium to their seats on stage, while the CCS band played the graduation theme. Members of the Chamber Choir then performed an acapella rendition of the national anthem before Principal Matthew Lee gave his welcoming address. Lee began by congratulating the Class of 2016, as well as thanking their parents and asking them to stand so they could be recognized for all of the hard work they have put towards the success of their children over the years. The speech then took an emotional turn when Lee paid tribute to CCS student Will Coleman, who was to graduate with the Class of 2016 before he died in a car accident at the beginning of March. “We are here to honor and celebrate the graduates including Will,” Lee said. “He possessed a memorable smile, rare compassion and witty sense of humor that will never be forgotten.” Superintendent Stephen Grimm then presented Coleman’s family with his diploma. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Madison Graduation
Madison graduate Dylan Peckham gives a hug and flower during the thank you ceremony at MCS’s graduation. Story, Page 8.

Brookfield Graduation
Brookfield graduates Derek Beeching, Justin Barber and Kevin Abrams leave the stage after Saturday’s graduation ceremony. Story, Page 9.

Clinton Student Shares Reward
A 10-year-old Clinton Central School student recently took the recognition for her outstanding character and commitment to the needs of others a step further, reinvesting a $50 good citizenship award into a massive donation for patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Kaylee Almond received one of the school’s Santoli Awards, earning $50 for community outreach that she was asked to pay forward in a way close to her heart. At the district’s Board of Education meeting June 21, Middle School Principal Shaun Carney told the board and audience how the youngster wanted to do something special for young cancer patients at the Syracuse hospital. She found a creative way to turn that money into even more to benefit those children. On the advice of her dad Bill Almond, Almond decided to raffle off a gift card to try to raise more funds for her donation, Carney said.   For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

O. Falls Will Repair Sidewalks
The Village of Oriskany Falls Board will repair sidewalks in front of Tallman’s Diner and Village Hall. At last week’s Village Board meeting, board members learned that the sidewalks in front of the two places cannot be paid for by state CHIPs funding. Because the sidewalks do not border the road, the state will not pay for repairs. “It’s a sidewalk,’’ said Trustee Gerald Pedersen. “It’s a technicality to say it is not.’’ A quote to repair the area in front of the diner came in at $200. The board will seek a quote for the walk in front of Village Hall. Pedersen, Trustee Brian Bell and Mayor Steve Jeffers approved doing the work. Trustees Tom Kilts and Aimee Cornish were absent at the 45-minute meeting. Village clerk Amber Bell said kids can sign up for the village’s Summer Recreation program Thursday, June 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Clark Memorial Library. The program begins July 5; kids can sign up once the program starts also.  For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Annual Clinton Parade July 4
Clinton's annual July 4 parade will honor the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department on its 150th anniversary. This year's parade will feature vintage equipment from many surrounding fire departments. The parade forms on Elm Street and Sanford Ave. at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 4. It will step off at 7 p.m. Participants are asked to line up by entering from Norton Avenue and lining up along Elm Street. The fire equipment will line up on Sanford Avenue. Fireworks will follow at dusk, usually starting around 9:20 p.m. and may be viewed from the fields behind Clinton Central School.

A sentence in the June 22 story about Waterville Central School District using Google apps might have implied that some teachers had chosen not to use the new methods. Because Waterville has done just one year with the Google tools not all teachers have had an opportunity to take part.

Village Of Waterville
While one bid for work at Babbott Field came in lower than expected, the other came in significantly higher. At last week’s Waterville Village Board meeting, the board accepted a bid of $61,000 from Parks Paving and Sealing of Sauquoit. It was the lower of two bids by about $16,000. However, DPW Superintendent Jamie Bechy said the only bid for the bathroom building came in extremely high at over $100,000. “We’re still going to do the bathrooms,’’ Bechy said, “just not those.’’ Bechy said the plan for the bathrooms will be looked at and will be rebid. Parks will do the paving of the St. Bernard’s parking lot in the fall.

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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.

Wednesday, June 29
Brookfield: The Town of Brookfield Republican Committee will meet Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall to interview candid- ates for the November election. Anyone interested in running for a three-year term as Highway Superintendent or the Town Council should call chairmen Gail Abrams at 1-804-437-6363 or 899-6266 or Jeff Mayne at 571-4700 or 899-6215 or attend the meeting.



Sunday, July 3

Knoxboro: Sketchers reception, 12 to 3 p.m., Knoxboro Artist and Writers Guild presentation, Knoxboro Community Church. Presentation will include local members of the Knoxboro Church who will host an inside picnic style luncheon after the morning church service, followed by gospel and hymn singing. Members of the Crossroad Camp Travelers including Kathy and Marie Foster, Ellie Abel. For details or on FB.

Monday, July 4
Utica: Westmoreland resident and local singing sensation Ryan Quinn will perform at Proctor Park, Utica, 7 p.m.

July 7 - July 10
Brookfield: Madison County Fair.

Friday, July 8
Clinton: Pie Sale on the Village Green, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clinton United Methodist Women

Thursday, July 14
Oriskany Falls: Kelley-Phillips American Legion Post, hamburger/hotdog night at Kelley Phillips, 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 16
Bridgewater: Flea market, Western Star 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Western Star building. Food and bake sale also.