January 28, 2015 Front Page Headlines
Waterville Central School Pilots Farm To School
Eight Waterville High School students ignored the coffee but went
right for the cookies. Taking some bites, they all pronounced the
Golden Butternut cookies pretty tasty. "If this is what we do,''
student Kaelee Cleary joked, "this is going to be a great class.''
Actually the students were taking part in a class activity. As
Waterville becomes the test case for how to get more locally
produced food in not just Waterville but all schools in the region,
students will be a big part of that enterprise. The cookie serves as
example. The squash, applesauce and honey used were all produced
locally and it was baked by Madison-Cortland ARC. Through a grant
provided by the Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer
Counties, Waterville and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida
County will partner on a pilot Farm to School plan. It is the first
of its kind in the county and region to specifically explore how to
tap into the local markets. As a press conference about the grant,
Waterville Board of Education President Bud Dorr thanked fellow
board member Russell Stewart and the district's business
administrator, Tracy Leone, for finding a way to do this. "It's
exciting for us,'' Dorr said, "to see something we've talked about
happen.'' Superintendent Chuck Chafee said the goal is to start a
pipeline of locally produced food to reach school cafeterias.
"There's also a way to educate kids from kindergarten up on the
benefits of locally grown.'' That education extends into the
classrooms with the students, who will experiment with recipes and
nutritional balance. "It has to taste good,'' Chafee said. "We need
to meet the requirements but if the kids don't like the offerings,
it won't matter.'' Teacher Zach Abbe, chair of the district's Health
and Wellness committee, said another goal is to find ways to get
more students involved. "The Family Nutrition class can find ways to
try the food and make it so kids like it.'' Abbe said another avenue
is to build on the Healthy Food day done by Tammy Alcott's Health
class each semester. "That works,'' Abbe said, "so we can use that
as a starting point.'' A committee of local farmers, Oneida County
Legislator Colin Idzi and others, including Marty Broccoli, ag
development specialist for Cooperative Extension, will work with the
district. The grant helped fund a part-time coordinator position;
Tiffany McConn started in December and has an office at the High
School. Waterville has about 20 percent of its food provided
locally, McConn said. "This has lots of possibilities,'' she said.
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Receives Two Ag Awards
At the 183rd New York State Agricultural Society’s annual forum in
Syracuse, Central New York’s passionate grass farmer, Madison County
Soil & Water Conservation District grazing professional and
freelance media guy, Troy Bishopp, aka The Grass Whisperer, was
awarded two prestigious Cap Creal Journalism Awards. Named for
farmer, Ag Society member and Assemblyman Harold ‘Cap’ Creal, the
Cap Creal Journalism Award was created in 1978 to inspire more
coverage of the positive aspects of agriculture in New York state.
Awards are presented and sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at
Cornell University. Bishopp was awarded in two categories:
Audio/Video for the Internet at OnPasture.com for explaining how to
Quickly Estimate Pounds of Dry Matter in Pasture November 2013 and
in Photography for the cover photo of Curious Holstein Heifers at
Morrisville College in the Lancaster Farming Newspaper in June 2014.
“I appreciate the honor in representing New York grass-based
agriculture and all the farmers I work with on a weekly basis,’’
Bishopp said. “It was also great working with local video producer,
Mike Femia, to capture conditions in the field.’’ Bishopp thanked
the other media people for their work as well. “This recognition
means I was at the right place at the right time to capture a moment
on the farm,’’ he said. “There’s no better place to work or tell the
story than from the land.”
Carbon Detectors Are Mandatory In 2016
All commercial buildings will need carbon monoxide detectors as of
2016. At last week’s short Waterville Village Board meeting, Codes
officer Whitey Brown said the New York state changed its
requirements. Originally all public kitchens needed one this spring.
Instead, Brown said all commercial buildings will have to have one
next year. In other matters, Brown said a barn that collapsed on
Main Street will be torn down this spring. Geoff Stevens was
approved as a member of the Waterville Fire Department. Spring
elections were set for Wednesday, March 18.
Meeting Set For Run
The organizational meeting of the sixth annual Ruth Allen Run and
Fun Walk is Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Town Hall.
Discussion will be on committees and their responsibilities; prize
options and possibly discuss ways to change or improve the Run/Walk.
The run is planned for Saturday, Aug. 8. The meeting is open to
anyone who would like to become a part of this event in the Town of
Marshal. If unable to make the meeting but would like to be
involved, call Janet Dangler at 841-4707.
St. Bernard's Church will again host a clothing giveaway Saturday,
Jan. 31, 8:30 a.m. to noon at the church. The give-away is sponsored
by the Waterville Food Pantry, Waterville Senior Citizens and the
Social Action Committee of St. Bernard's Church. The give away is
open to the public and there is no limit on the quantity of items
people may take. There will also be small household items, bedding,
kitchen items, shoes and toys.
Arrests In Thefts Made
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Speed Wash
Laundromat in Waterville Jan. 16 for a larceny being committed.
Deputies determined the suspects made entry into a service area in
the Laundromat by cutting a hole in the wall. The suspects then
stole items and fled. Taken were a window blind, blankets, keys, a
Visa prepaid credit card, several pieces of floor tile, a vacuum
cleaner and a bag of recyclable cans and bottles. Arrested and
charged with burglary were Tamara Perrin, 31, and James Furner Jr.,
24, at their residence on Sanger Avenue. Both Perrin and Furner Jr.
were sent to Oneida County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000
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