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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. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Local Man 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 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.

Clothing Giveaway
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 bail.


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