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May 20, 2015 Front Page Headlines

Apartments Denied
Village of Waterville board members unanimously voted last week to reject a zoning change to allow an apartment complex on Putnam Street. The 5-0 vote followed a one-hour public hearing during which 20 people spoke. Thirteen said they opposed the project in some or all forms, six were in favor and one person said he had not decided. In saying no to the zoning request by Dave Sullivan, some board members encouraged him to modify the project to better fit the size of the former Waterville Knitting Mill property. The proposal was for three buildings - two with four units and one with two - on that corner. Trustee Brian Bogan said he thought three buildings was too much. Mayor Gene Ostrander said he agreed with Bogan. “I think eight would fit nicely,’’ Ostrander said. “With that said, this planned development is denied.’’ The village acquired title to the lot after spending $200,000 to knock down the old brick mill, deemed unsafe after being empty for many years. Sullivan had a purchase offer for $20,000 to the village contingent upon a zoning change from industrial to planned development. At this week’s meeting the board is expected to vote to void the contract, essentially giving Sullivan no more claim to the property than anyone else. That would address the issue of developing apartments there without a zoning change, as might be allowed on an industrial-zoned parcel. Sullivan said he would have to examine whether it was feasible for him to downsize the project and try again. Despite the large turnout for the hearing - about 70 people - comments moved quickly, in part due to the Village’ Board’s rules that allowed for a maximum of five minutes per person to talk. Local business man Art White opened the comments, reminding people that a shopping center in Sangerfield once failed to get approved. “It didn’t happen and if it did we would have more people living here and shopping here,’’ he said. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Memorial Day Events Schedule
Monday’s kickoff to summer will feature the usual assortment of Memorial Day parades and honors for deceased military members. Waterville’s parade begins at 9 a.m. and will go down Main Street from the firehouse to Soldiers and Sailors Monument Park. Parade lineup is 8:30 a.m. Oneida County Executive Tony Picente is the guest speaker.
Deansboro’s ceremonies start at 10:15 a.m. with a tribute at the Veterans Memorial on Route 315. The parade goes north on Route 12B to Deansboro Cemetery and a ceremony there.
The Oriskany Falls parade begins at noon and proceeds down Route 12B and then to Douglass Park for a ceremony and tribute.
Town of Brookfield’s ceremonies 8 a.m. with a graveside service at South Brookfield Cemetery. The Johnson-Rogers Post then goes at 8:30 a.m. for a graveside service at North Brookfield Cemetery. The parade begins at 9 a.m. in the hamlet of Brookfield, with another at 11 a.m. in Unadilla Forks. A graveside service at Leonardsville Cemetery immediately follows the parade at Unadilla Forks.

‘West Side Story’ Up For Awards
Waterville High School’s production of ‘West Side Story’ was named one of seven finalists for the Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical in Central New York. The first Syracuse High School Theatre Awards will be announced at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse Saturday, May 30. The evening, patterned after the Tony Awards that recognize the best in Broadway musicals, will feature hundreds of high school music students in song and dance numbers. Fourteen awards will be given; Waterville’s March musical is in the running for six of them. Twenty-four schools submitted their musicals for consideration. In the Outstanding Musical category, Waterville’s competition is ‘Bye Bye Birdie’, Bishop Ludden; ‘Cabaret’, Manlius Pebble Hill; ‘Damn Yankees,’ Moravia; ‘Kiss Me Kate’, Jordan-Elbridge; ‘Mary Poppins’, Camden and ‘Once On This Island’, Fowler. Waterville is also up for honors in five other categories. Tessa Hildreth is one of 10 students up for the Outstanding Performance by  a Leading Actress award. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

The Deansville Depot

Marshall Historical Society members Yvonne Brady and Dorothy McConnell, along with Brothertown Association president Dave Sullivan, unveil the new historic marker at the entrance to the Deansville, now Deansboro, Train Depot on Route 315. The Pomeroy Foundation provided the funds for the sign.

Distinguished Service
School Boards Institute executive coordinator Jim Van Wormer, former superintendent of Wateville, congratulates Waterville School Board President Bud Dorr, who received one of SBI’s Distinguished Service awards last week. Superintendent Chuck Chafee, his wife Annette, business administator Tracy Leone, board clerk Julie Ingalls and board members Russell Stewart, Susy Quayle and Jennifer Neff joined Dorr’s brother-in-law Tom Davis, Dorr’s wife Jean and their son Chris at the event at the Radisson.

Band Back At Disney
Left, left, left, right, left…. Wait, am I in step? March, don’t walk, roll heel to toe. Slow down, you’re getting too close to the person in front of you; wait, now you’re too far back, speed up! Stay in line, stay in rows! Be sure to snap your instrument up on beat four and keep it parallel with the ground. Be sure to take a breath before you come in. Look straight forward, not at the audience. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!
 


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