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September 17, 2014 Front Page Headlines

Diversity Programs Discussed
Waterville Central School District will decide soon which outside programs to use to enhance the diversity awareness of students and staff. At last week’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Chuck Chafee said he met recently with two groups who provide diversity training. He is waiting to hear details, including costs, before bringing a recommendation to the board, he said. Chafee said improving the diversity awareness in the district will not come with one presentation or academic year. “We’re looking at a two to three year program and probably even past that,’’ he said. “It’s not going to happen overnight or even in a year.’’ After Class of 2014 graduate Joey Burnett shared with the board and the Facebook community his thoughts after being picked on at WCS over being a black student, board president Bud Dorr challenged the district and community to take steps to prevent similar situations. Chafee said the programs would start with the High School staff and then work down to students. Dorr said after his letter ran in the Waterville Times Sept. 3, he talked to Deansboro resident Gary Ford. Ford, a retired social studies teacher, developed a program called Lead USA. Waterville used to use the program to teach students in the junior class about leadership. Dorr said the program develops ambassadors of the older students, who then take those leadership skills to work with younger students. “We need to build a foundation,’’ Dorr said. “To change the way things are done here we need to find ways to roll it forward from year to year.’’ Board member Susy Quayle thanked Dorr for his letter. She suggested that one way students can learn to tolerate people not like them is to learn about religion and cultures. “I’m not sure how it is addressed in the curriculum,’’ Quayle said, “but we shouldn’t be afraid to discuss religions other than what we find around here. It’s another step toward stopping bullying and understanding each other.’’ Board members said an event such as a Diversity Fair for students would provide a way to introduce other cultures. In other matters from the just over one hour meeting, Chafee and Business administrator Tracy Leone said the district is close to receiving a grant from Oneida County to develop a fuel depot. Using the district’s existing diesel gas pumps and tanks, the depot would be open for local municipalities to use to refuel when in Waterville. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Residents Upset With Dog Officer
The Brookfield Town Board met last week and heard complaints about Dog Officer Ed Dineen. At last week’s Town Board meeting Dineen not present. Councilman Dewitt Head said he has heard complaints regarding the town employee. Residents Jim and Mark Tilbe were invited to speak during the discussion. The Tilbes said they had concerns that Dineen carries pepper spray, which they said was illegal. The Tilbes also questioned Dineen’s right to go into a home to see dogs. They said Dineen should carry photo identification. In other matters Planning Board Chairman Marylou Rhodes said the minimum lot size of 1.5 acres includes the property surveyed to the center of the road and the subdivision regulations will reflect that. Town Clerk Sherry Perratta said 20 building permits and 57 dog licenses were issued last month. Town Supervisor John Salka said the Board of County Supervisors would vote to raise the property tax cap despite the $11 million received in the Oneida Indian Nation settlement. Settlement money will be used for the county’s fund balance and highway repairs. Councilman Jeff Mayne said $100,000 still owed to town from FEMA. Mayne and the board also discussed a salt shed; Mayne said the Town of Hamilton has been told by DEC to construct one and he feels Brookfield will be next. Head said the Audit Committee will be doing the town clerk and supervisor audits in the next two or three months. Salka said employee benefits are up for 2015, including 6 to 8 percent for medical insurance. He said a 2 percent cut to the contractual line in Highway Department funding is to be expected. Head reported a recap of the survey line error in the Barnes and town property lines by the North Brookfield Park. Town Attorney Paul Hadley expressed concern that the Road Use Law is taking too long. The town has hired Delta Engineering to provide a template. Head asked about the straw vote survey to ask residents voting in November about their view of hydrofracking and natural gas drilling. He was told no decision has been made on who will set the wording of the question. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

That Is A Face

Patrick, one of the two robots from Oneida- Herkimer-Madison BOCES Regional Information Center, paid a visit to science students at Brookfield last week. Patrick showed his skills at identifying pictures that students held up. He also sang and told stories. Photos, Page 12

Calling All Irish
This year’s Cruise In to Waterville parade will mark the halfway point to St. Patrick’s Day. To celebrate, all leprechauns are invited to march in the parade, which kicks off at noon. Lineup is at 11 a.m. on Putnam Street near the old knitting mill. Grand Marshalls will be on a float to salute some area "seasoned" Irish men and women of the village. The parade comes during a full day of events and activities at the ninth annual Cruise In in Waterville. Events will be on Main Street and the Village Park, with the classic car show at Harding Nursing Home. The parade will also include floats and appearances by several others, including cars, motorcycles and tractors on display. Weather forecast calls for a day mostly sunny and in the high 60s.

Book Tells Adirondack Stories
Robert Elinskas, a Waterville native, has published his latest Adirondack book, ‘Into the Woods with Adirondack Sportsmen’. The book, which is Elinskas’ sixth and his fourth on wild Adirondack adventures, features stories on several well-known hunters and trappers from the Lows Lake, Stillwater Reservoir and Moose River Plains areas in the Adirondack Park. The book, illustrated with color photographs, has 196 pages and is available at locations throughout the Adirondack Park, as well as at Barnes & Nobles in New Hartford and through North Country Books at north countrybooks.com.

Local Primary Results
Assemblyman Bill Magee will keep the Democratic line in the November election after being challenger Mike Hennessy in last week’s primary. Magee earned 58 percent of the vote with 1,924 votes. Hennessy had 1,364 votes. Hennessy has filed to be on the Nov. 4 ballot with an independent party, but that is being challenged in court this month. Magee filed a challenge regarding Hennessy’s petitions for the line. If he wins, he will give voters in the 121st Assembly District a choice of three candidates. Magee is also being challenged by Brookfield Town Supervisor John Salka, who is the Republican nominee. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will also keep the Democratic line, beating challenger Zephyr Teachout with 62 percent of the vote. He faces Republican Rob Astorino in November. For Oneida Family Court Judge, Dawn Catera Lupia won the Democratic line and Julia Brouillette won the Republican primary for the November election.


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