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November 19, 2014 Front Page Headlines

Another Prized Evening
Ten students at Waterville High School honored one of the longest traditions in high school history by participating in the 141st annual Prize Speaking competition. A good crowd of proud parents, family, friends and classmates attended the event Thursday evening. The Waterville boys varsity and junior varsity basketball teams provided some loud cheers for the participants. As Waterville Rotary Club president Frank Pudney said when handing out the prizes, the event continues a long tradition. Waterville carries the longest streak of such an event in the United States. Students competed in three categories: Comedy, Poetry and Drama. For the 50th year, the Rotary Club provided monetary prizes to all competitors. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Assessor’s Office Outlined
Under its new assessor setup as of Jan. 1, the Town of Marshall will have one assessor and one clerk. Board members discussed the idea at their regular meeting last week. They were expected to formally approve it at a special meeting Saturday. Current assessor Kathy Fitzgerald will be appointed the town’s sole assessor. Current assessor Nancy Peck will be appointed as the assessor clerk. In September the board voted to switch from a three-person office elected by voters to a one-person one appointed by the board. The change was done to save money and make the office more efficient. Town Supervisor Morrie Sturdevant said next year the town will save about $5,200. He and town councilman Jack Buschmann said they favored the move to have Peck serve as clerk at her current salary rate of $6,120 as an assessor. “For the first year,’’ Buschmann said, “we need to see how it goes. Let’s do one year to try it and then see. We’re not stuck with it.’’ Councilwoman Sue McConnell said she had no qualms about the individuals, but was concerned about paying a clerk the same pay as a current assessor. “We went to one assessor,’’ she said. “If we pay the clerk the same amount it looks like we have two assessors.’’ Because councilmen Dan Williams and Rick Schachtler were absent, the board did not vote on the measure since McConnell’s no vote would have defeated it. Buschmann said having a clerk who is certified as an assessor could prove useful for the town. “She’s going to be able to help set things up and get things settled.’’ In other matters, the board passed the town’s 2015 budget after a public hear-ing. No one attended the hearing. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Brookfield Discusses Straw Poll Results

At the Brookfield Town Board last week, residents asked about the straw poll regarding hydrofracking. The poll, conducted at the town’s three polling sites on Election Day, showed a large percentage of residents who said they supported a ban on hydrofracking in the town. The vote, however, was informal and does not dictate any direction the town needs to take. Some questions came up during the public portion about concern over lawsuits and whether the poll was scientific. Supervisor John Salka said the poll was done to enlighten the board on what the people want. He also said he needed time to look into it, given the town’s limited legal funds if a ban is fought. Salka said he expects the state to start to issue drilling permits soon since the elections are over. He said he would talk to the attorney in the Town of DeRuyter, who is looking into it.

Pop Warner Teams Make It To Regionals
Waterville Pop Warner’s two Junior Pee Wee teams - football and cheerleading - competed last weekend in regional events. Both teams had their seasons end after good efforts. For the Eagles, they came up on the short end of a 21-0 score to the Albany Falcons. Waterville held the Falcons, from a much larger school, scoreless at the half. Waterville ends the season as the champs of the Tri Valley Section III Junior Pee Wee division. The cheerleading squad went to Albany Sunday and competed. Their scores came up a little short for them to move on. Both teams had a great sendoff Friday at Memorial Park School. The pep assembly involved the entire MPS student population. All Pop Warner players were recognized at the ceremony. The Junior Pee Wee team did one of its routines and the event even featured an Eagle mascot. For a final sendoff the team had a parade down Main Street in Waterville.

A Whoville Christmas
The Waterville Parade of Lights Committee has chosen the theme ‘A Whoville Christmas’. This year the parade is Friday, Nov. 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m., line up for anyone wanting to participate in the parade is at 6 p.m. at the Village Park on Madison Street. For the parade and decorations, the committee encourages using holiday music. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet the kids at the firehouse and listen to their Christmas wishes. Anyone that would like to have a booth at the firehouse is asked to contact a committee member. Any questions please contact a committee member, Lisa Belfield, Doc and Kathy Upcraft, Don and Jennifer Neff, Diane Marceau, Angela Plante, Megan Upcraft, Sandy Manion or Scott Whitehead.

Village Of Oriskany Falls News
At the Oriskany Falls Village board meeting in September, the board hears a report on getting quotes for fixing the fire truck. Oriskany Falls Fire Department member Mike Neidhart was promoted from junior member to full active status. Fire contracts for the Town of Augusta, Town of Marshall and Town of Sangerfield with a 2 percent increase from last year were all approved. There was a discussion regarding the property on Broad Street with the roof caving in. A letter will be sent from the Codes Officer and the DPW will tape the property off. A letter will also be sent to the owners of a trailer on Broad Street with the roof falling in. DPW Superintendent Bob Bowie said he is looking into the cost of putting a booster station on College Street or putting individual pumps in the homes of upper College Street. The Main Street Committee approved the guidelines for Main Street. The board voted to adopt those guidelines.

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