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Relay for Life

Solvay Electric explores alternative energy

KIMBERLY A. SCHNALL

If you ask residents or businesses in Solvay to highlight some of the great reasons to live or work in the area, they would probably all mention the low electrical costs. Solvay Electric prides themselves on providing one of the lowest energy costs in the country. Most of the energy used to provide power to Solvay comes from hydropower generated by Niagara Falls. The rest is incremental power purchased from the New York Power Authority. Because the cost of purchasing this incremental energy is on the rise, John Montone, superintendent at Solvay Electric is looking into alternative energy sources to ensure that Solvay will be able to continue to provide low cost energy to its residents. Windmills are one alternative source that Montone and others have been researching. "We have already placed one small scale windmill at the fairgrounds. It has been there for about seven months," Montone said. "The windmill is on the grid system and it helps produce power for the fairgrounds." Solvay Electric has looked into other possible alternatives, such as power from wood waste product. "It's important that we research alternative energy sources to ensure that we will be able to provide low cost energy in the future." Monotone is aware that there are incidences where people believe that windmills are detrimental to the landscape. In the event that Solvay does purchase windmills, Monotone said, "we would place them in an area that did not deface the landscape." "I feel that they can be a tourist attraction as well." Montone hopes to be generating some form of alternative energy within a year and a half. "Whether we will use windmills or ethanol, I see any type of green energy as being important for the future of Solvay," Montone said.

MEET JOHN SPILLET,

BAND DIRECTOR FOR

SOLVAY HIGH SCHOOL. SEE PAGE 3.

Solvay supports survivors

KIMBERLY A. SCHNALL

The spirit of recovery and support was in the air at the second annual Solvay-Geddes-Westvale Relay for Life on Friday and Saturday on the athletic field at Solvay High School. Tony Glisinski as well as Carol and Less Ball chaired the event. "I went to a benefit for the Balls' son and I decided that we should host an event to raise money for cancer research in the Solvay area, so we organized the first relay in 2005," Glisinski said. "Last year it rained nonstop for two days, so we are so excited that we will be able to light the luminaries this year." Luminaries are paper bags with candles inside. On the outside of each bag there is space to write down the name of someone that you would like to "donate" the bag to. "When the committee placed the first luminary around the track this year I got choked up," Glisinski said. It is awe inspiring to see the amount of people and businesses who organize teams to not only raise money for cancer research, but to show there support for survivors, those fighting cancer and especially those who have lost their struggle. At 6 p.m. Friday there were already hundreds of

New display highlights dangers of reckless driving. SEE PAGE 2.

CALENDAR .......... 2 CLASSIFIEDS ...... B1 EDITORIAL ........... 4 OBITUARIES ....... 18 PUBLIC NOTICES ............ 23 SCHOOL NEWS ..... 6 SPORTS ............. 10

people and tents set up behind Solvay High School. Katie Flynn, 24, was among those who walked the first lap of the event designated for survivors. Flynn was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the muscle when she was just 4 years old. She completed treatment when she was 6 and has been free and clear ever since. Although, she has suffered some side effects of the illness, including heart complications and a stroke, she is healthy and in positive spirits. Flynn participated in the Solvay-Geddes-Westvale Relay for Life last year as well and was excited to walk the first lap with her grandfather this year who survived prostate cancer. "We walk together for ourselves and in memory of my Uncle Bill who lost his battle with cancer," Flynn said. "I hope that I can participate in this event for years to come." Flynn was a part of the ACMG Credit Union team. "I want to help raise as much money for this cause so that I can help make a difference," Flynn said. "When I was sick, so many people supported me, without their help I wouldn't have made it. I just want to give someone else that same support." Another survivor, Donna Bove also spoke about the importance of having a support system of family, friends and co-workers. Bove, who was diagnosed with

Please see Relay, page 8

Cops: Stores, bars sold alcohol to minors

KIMBERLY A. SCHNALL

Despite the recent alcohol related deaths of a number of teenagers in Syracuse and surrounding areas, some local businesses in Camillus and Geddes aren't taking precautions to prevent underage drinking. Charges are pending against sales clerks at six different stores and bars for selling alcohol to minors. This is the third sting set up by police in the towns of Camillus and Geddes. In the town of Camillus, the underage buys happened at the Hess Mart at 5323 W. Genesee St., Fairmount Liquor at 4119 W. Genesee St. and Bittermans Pub located at 4050 Milton Ave. In the town of Geddes, the underage buys happened at the Hess Mart at 3400 W. Genesee St., Terry Road Market at 224 Terry Road and Macks Liquor Mart at 527 Charles Ave. According to Lt. Steve Rotunno of the Camillus Police Department, three individuals have been arrested for unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree. Referrals will also be sent to the New York State liquor authority to inform the agency of the establishments that sold alcohol to minors. The state Liquor Authority then has the power to decide whether or not these businesses will lose their liquor license. "It is really disturbing that these stores and bars are willing to sell alcohol to minors without proper identification," Rotunno said. "We offer programs that explicitly outline the consequences of selling alcohol to minors." The Camillus Police Department will continue to send minors into these establishments until they are assured that they have 100 percent compliance. For more information regarding free training on consequences of selling alcohol to minors, contact the Camillus Police Department at 425-2333.

"It's important that we research alternative energy sources to ensure that we will be able to provide low cost energy in the future."

­ John Montone

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from 1:45p.m. to 2:30p.m. Shot Makers ages 6 to 8, from 2:30p.m. to 3:45p.m. Level I Players age 8 to 12 and from 3:45p.m. to 5p.m. Level II players ages 12 and up. Early registration is until July 5; the fee for Shot Takers & Makers is $35 for Town of Onondaga residents, $45 for Holy Family offers adult education course Holy Family Church, 124 Chapel Drive, Fairmount, will offer De- all others. Fee for Level I & Level II players is $45 for residents and $55 fending Your Catholic Faith, an adult education course designed to for all others. After July 5 add $5.

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Editor: Kimberly A. Schnall 434-8889, ext. 337 [email protected]

instruct Catholics how to use the Word of God to defend their beliefs. Taught by instructor Pat Kane, the one-hour sessions begin on begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 in the church hall. The classes run for eight consecutive weeks. There is a fee of $5 for course materials. To register or for more information, call the Holy Family Parish Office at 488-3139.

Sports: Phil Blackwell 434-8889, ext. 348 [email protected]

Jason Ryan will be coordinating football camp for children ages 5 to 7 and their parents. A mandatory meeting will be held at 6p.m. on Wednesday July 5 at the Onondaga Senior Center. Children will work one-on-one with a parent, learning throwing, catching, kicking/punting, running/agility. Each child will receive their own participant Vacation Bible camp kit. Program starts 6p.m. to 7p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. A vacation Bible camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday Early registration is until July 5 after July 5 add $5. The fee for through Thursday form June 26 -29 for 4 to 12 year olds at Fay Road residents is $40 and for non-residents it is $50. Baptist Church at the corner of Ronnell Drive. Kids will enjoy Bible Soccer camp stories, crafts, snacks, and outdoor games. Experienced teachers. The town of Geddes Department of Parks and Recreation will be Free, but registration is required. Call the church office today at 468- offering Soccer Camps. The camp for children in grades 3 to 7 will run 2071. from 4p.m. to 6p.m. and will run from 6p.m. to 8p.m. for teenagers in

Football camp

Concert with the Mario DeSantis Orchestra

Display Advertising: Jack Gardner 434-8889, ext. 313 [email protected]

(deadline: 5 p.m. Friday)

A Camillus community blood drive will take place at 12:30 to 5:30, Thursday July 6, at the North Banquet Room at the Camillus Elks Playground program Logdge. To schedule an appointment to donate call Mary J. Coyne at The town of Geddes Department of Parks and Recreation is offer- 634-1254 or go to donatebloodnow.org for further information. ing a summer playground program for Geddes residents ages 5 to 14. The program runs from 10a.m. to 3:30p.m. Monday through Friday Community garage sale from July 5 to Aug. 11. Register for activities such as bus trips, Starting at 9 a.m. on July 8, the Elbridge Community Library will special events, board games, crafts, athletics and more. This is not a hold a community garage sale at its Main Street location. Please babysitting service. For more information, call 487-8238. purchase your permit at the library.

The town of Geddes Department of Parks and Recreation and Solvay Bank are sponsoring a concert with the Mario DeSantis Orchestra from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. on Thursday July 6 at the Memorial Park Gazebo at Milton Avenue in Solvay. The concert is free, bring your own chairs. For more information, call 487-8238

grades 8 to 12. The camps will be from Monday July 10 to Friday July 14 at Hadley Field in Solvay. The fee is $35 for Geddes residents and $40 for non-residents. For more information, call 487-8238.

Blood Drive

Karate camp

Classified Advertising: Julie Galvin 434-1988 [email protected]

(deadline: 5 p.m. Thursday)

A karate camp for beginners will be offered by the staff from Syracuse Karate-Do to beginners ages 6 and up from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday from July 10 to July 14. The registration deadline is July 5 and the fee is $25 for Town of Onondaga residents Farmer's market open and $35 for all others. After July 5 add $5, uniforms are optional but The Camillus Farmers Market will be open on the front lawn of the may be purchased on the first day for $17. Camillus Municipal Building on West Genesee Street and Male AvSoccer camp enue. The market will be held rain or shine through Oct. 27. Anyone A soccer camp taught by UEFA or FA qualified British coaches, will with questions or any interested vendors should contact the town be offered by Onondaga Parks & Recreation. Two sessions will by clerk at 488-1234. offered, one for ages 5 to 7 and the other for ages 8 to 14. The camps will Octagon House gives tours run from 9a.m. to noon July 17 to July 21 at Santaro Park, Velasko The Octagon House of Camillus is open to the public for guided Road. The registration deadline is July 10 and the fee for Town of tours every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., April through December. Group Onondaga residents is $99 all others is $109. After July 10 add $10. Fee tours may be arranged by appointment for other days by calling 488includes T-shirt, certificate of achievement, and fun soccer specific 7800. fitness testing. Erie Canal Park

Ongoing

Tennis camp

Camillus Erie Canal Park, Devoe Road, trails open daily year The CNS girls' and Liverpool boy's tennis coach will be running a round. Sims Store Museum: Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays 1-5 tennis camp this summer which will emphasize fundamentals, skill- p.m. Canal Boat tours to the 1844 Aqueduct on Sundays between 1-5 building and games. The schedule is as follows: Shot Takers ages 4 to 5, p.m. For more information, call 488-3409.

Gone4Ever unveiled

Students, community, react to exhibit to prevent drunk and reckless driving

BY SUSAN ASHLEY

DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway has heard too many stories of teenagers dying due to unsafe driving. He, along with a committee of concerned public officials, unveiled the results of 11 months of effort to address the tragic situation at a press conference Wednesday June 7. Gone4Ever aims to make real to students the risks of driving dangerously due to alcohol or recklessness and the grief that follows. "This exhibit should not have to happen," Conway said. "The loss of young lives by way of vehicle crashes is a problem that can be solved." Conway found support for the project all across the community. County Executive Nick Pirro obtained a grant through the STOP DWI program to fund the interactive exhibit. Pirro noted that although DWI statistics are decreasing in general, numbers are on the rise among young people. "Gone4Ever will be a harsh reminder that life is too precious and fragile to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs," he said. Family members of victims of recent crashes Matthew Angelillo of Skaneatles, Brittany Bowers, Janay Davis and Kimberly Dix of LaFayette and Kaitlin Kozlowski of Cicero, worked closely with the committee to design a display that would touch the hearts and minds of audiences of young drivers. "Let the sorrow, the heartbreak and emotions this exhibit will bring provide a deep impact that changes lives," Conway said. Gone4Ever was on display at Jamesville-DeWitt High School through Friday of last week. Principal Paul Gasparini, who served on the Gone4Ever committee, said all students would tour the exhibit. "We'll make it an active part of our physical education and health curricula," he said. "We're very moved by the exhibit and we hope young people respond to it." Schools may host the exhibit at no charge. The 20- by 20- foot display includes photographs, an audio-visual element and laptops for observers to record reactions. J-D senior Natasha Kabir, a member of Students Against Drunk Driving, said the display was a much-needed reminder for students. "At every prom, at every social event, there's always someone

"At every prom, at every social event, there's always someone drinking.This needs to stop. I don't want to go to a funeral."

­Natasha Kabir

SUSAN ASHLEY

Student members of the Jamesville-DeWitt High School Students Against Drunk Driving Club view the Gone4Ever exhibit at its unveiling June 7.

drinking," she said. "This needs to stop. I don't want to go to a funeral." The exhibit hit home for her in a way other presentations

haven't. "It's definitely an eye-opener," she said. "These kids went to school 40 minutes away from me. I could have played basketball with them."

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OPINION

EDITORIAL Laundromat thief

There were a number of topics that I pondered writing about this week, then I went to the laundromat Sunday night and the decision was no more. Sunday night was easily the hottest day in Syracuse in a year, so I decided that it was a good idea to go stand in a room with 100 washing machines and dryers running at the same time generating an immense amount of heat. While loading the machines I noticed that a pair of my shoes were in a bag at the bottom of my basket. I knew that I should probably take the shoes and put them back in my car. I put a bag of hangers on top of my shoes and I went to the next aisle of washers to throw in my whites. By the time I returned to my basket to bring my shoes to the car, they were gone. I was so upset, yet not that surprised. Sure there are signs at the laundromat that say "premise under 24-hour surveillance," but

Alternative energy sources

Anyone who has paid a heating bill or filled their car with gas recently can attest to the fact that the rising cost of energy prices is really taking a toll on our wallets. Buying more blankets or a smaller car can help ease some of the burden; however, these are essentially only quick fixes. Solvay residents have enjoyed low electricity bills for years because of the dedication of the Solvay Electric Company. Despite providing some of the lowest energy prices in the country, Solvay Electric is looking into alternative, green energy sources, such as windmills and ethanol to ensure that they can guarantee low-cost energy in the future. Green energy rhetoric is often heard around election time and then the topic vanishes in a pile of paperwork. Looking into alternative fuels and energy sources should be a top priority for all communities. It is already possible to convert any car engine to run on vegetable oil. Sure, you have to absorb the initial expenditure, but in the long run you will save thousands on fuel costs. Yes, your car my smell like french fries, but would be saving your money and the environment. There are also already windmill farms around the country that help generate power and save money. A small scale windmill has been operational at the fairgrounds for seven months. It only requires a small amount of wind to generate power. Some people may feel the windmills are detrimental to the landscape, but the benefits far outweigh the negative aspects. Implementing alternative energy sources into any community would not be a cheap or easy task, but eventually the savings would benefit the community.

Kimberly Schoeneck Schnall

Kim's whims

really there are no cameras. And no one ever answers the number that is left for you to call if there is a problem. Of course why bother putting up any signs unless it's the one that says "we are not responsible for lost or stolen items." I am usually aware of my surroundings and know that the laundromat is a hot spot for thieves, but it still doesn't mean that I am shocked at the behaviors of some people. The person who stole my shoes probably doesn't even wear the same size as me anyway. There definitely wasn't time to try them on. No, this person

simply blindly decided that they would take something that didn't belong to them simply because they were given the opportunity to. I have never had anything stolen from the laundromat before, but I have had my car broken into. The only way that I can even find any peace in situations like this one is to tell myself that if someone was so desperate or needy that they had to steal shoes then maybe they need them more than I do. Still, it is so frustrating that I work hard every week, so that I can buy a nice pair of shoes that I really liked, just to have someone steal them the second I'm not looking. To the person that stole my shoes, I hope that they don't fit, they stink and you end up bringing them to the Rescue Mission so that someone who really needs them more than you or I do can have them.

Keeping motorists safe from drunk drivers

It's summertime and New York's roads and highways are as busy as ever. While many of us just want to enjoy traveling with our families, others are getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink ­ not only endangering their own lives, but also the lives of those they share the road with. To keep drunk drivers off the roads and to protect our families, I worked with my colleagues in the Assembly to pass important legislation that helps keep motorists safe. Unfortunately, the Syracuse region has played witness to senseless deaths that took place when repeat drunk-drivers got behind the wheel. Brandi Woods was a 15-year-old student from Memphis, N.Y., who was killed while delivering Girl Scout cookies on March 17, 2005 ­ by a drunk driver with three prior DWI arrests. The driver received a sentence of only one- to threeyears. Bill Leaf was a 25-year-old reporter for Syracuse's WSYR radio station, who was killed by a drunk driver on Jan. 8 of this year. The driver also had a history of driving while intoxicated. Working with Maria Leaf, Bill's sister, and representatives of the Woods family, I introduced the Bill Leaf­Brandi Woods Law, which increases penalties for repeat drunk drivers who kill or seriously injure others while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. By stiffening these penalties, we can hopefully make people think twice before deciding to drink and drive. I am working with Senator DeFrancisco on passing this measure, and am confident that we will come to an agreement. Making sure out-of-state DWI convictions are considered Currently, out-of-state drunk driving convictions are only considered traffic infractions. Legislation I authored will eliminate one of the loopholes that allow repeat DWI offenders to face lesser penalties simply because their prior convictions occurred out of state. The bill focuses on repeat offenders in New York who received prior out-of-state convictions for

IN HISTORY

June 22, 1870 - The U.S. Justice Department was created. June 23, 1868 - Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called a `'Type-Writer.'' June 26, 1959 - The St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, was opened. June 27, 1922 - The Newbery Medal for children's literature was first awarded. June 28, 1894 - Labor Day became a federal holiday by an act of Congress.

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alcohol-related convictions to the county Stop-DWI programs where the convictions occurred (A.953-A). Our proposal also raises the public's awareness of drowsy From driving as a serious safety hazard by providing information the on its dangers through television Assembly and radio public service announcements, printed material distributed with each applicaoperating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or tion and renewal of a driver's license or vehicle registration, drugs. With my measure, the prior out-of-state offenses of these and other sources (A.4473-A). Enhancing roadway safety drivers will be given the same The Assembly's bill package weight as a prior New York equips police and the courts to offense when determining better monitor highway safety by: penalties (A.10369-A). · Providing for the collection Punishing reckless motorists and analysis of traffic data to Too many motorists make a help the state quickly address habit of driving recklessly. dangerous traffic locations. That's why the Assembly is · Setting guidelines for traffic sending a clear message that ticket information to help driving without regard for the effectively prosecute dangerous law or the safety of others will drivers and not be tolerated. · Creating a State Police I supported a bill to create the motor vehicle collision reconnew crime of "vehicular homistruction unit to help prosecute cide," so that motorists with a collision-related crimes and record of repeated, extremely calling for the designation of dangerous driving would be charged with a felony punishable vehicular crimes prosecutors by district attorneys. by up to four years in jail if they Policing our roadways is a kill another in a collision. I also difficult task, and we must ensure supported another bill that that law enforcement officers authorizes courts to issue an have the right tools to protect order requiring a person conmotorists. These bills will help victed of leaving the scene of an prevent future accidents and keep accident, or of a repeat moving violation, or whom the court has our roadways safe. In 2005, the Legislature passed reasonable grounds to believe is a law I sponsored to increase the not qualified to drive a motor vehicle, to submit to reexamina- penalties for leaving the scene of tion by the Department of Motor an accident without reporting it, and VaSean's Law, which I Vehicles. supported ­ to strengthen the Encouraging responsible penalties for vehicular assault driving One of the largest arsenals New and vehicular manslaughter when serious physical injury or York has in the war on drunken death is caused by a person driving are the county Stop-DWI driving drunk or impaired by programs, which successfully drugs. reduce the number of DWI I am committed to improving fatalities. With Assembly measures I supported, these programs the safety of our roads. As the will now receive more funding to summer travel season kicks into gear, this package of legislation help keep drunk drivers off the takes a proactive stance in roads. alleviating some of the dangers The Assembly's safe driving we all face on the roadways. proposal allocates fines received by courts when offenders violate the terms of their conditional licenses (A.1688) and distributes mandatory surcharges from

William Magnarelli

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OPINION

LETTERS POLICY

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Chamber unveils Bill to double DWI bench at Erie Canal license suspension

KIMBERLY A. SCHNALL

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the Camillus Erie Canal, the Camillus Chamber of Commerce donated a special bench with a plaque to the park on June 15. Dr. and Liz Beebe of the Erie Canal Park hosted an after-hours ribbon cutting for the bench that the chamber purchased with proceeds from a golf tournament held last year. Members of the chamber were able to enjoy the ceremony either from a canal boat or on the trail. The new bench is on the Sim's Store side of the canal and is a half mile walk from the museum. "I got the idea after seeing other parks with similar benches, got a bench template and started building the benches by hand," said Dr. Beebe. "It's a lot of work, but it's fun so I'm going to keep doing it." Three benches have been unveiled so far. The preceding benches were donated by two former canal park volunteers, Shirley Rider and Marie Miczen. The Beebes are committed to improving the park. They also strive to give their visitors an authentic canal experience. "They work so hard to raise money for canal restoration, not to mention the school fieldtrips they host every day-- they even dress up in period clothing," Kathy Kitt, Chamber president said. "We just wanted to support the Beebes." Benches cost $350 plus the cost of a customized engraved plaque. Each bench is handmade by Dr. Beebe and Gary Tyler, one of 130 volunteers of the Town of Camillus Erie Canal Park Society. The Camillus Erie Canal park is open year round. Regular boat tours are taking place now through October on Sundays. Dinner cruises will be starting on July 1 and continuing through late August. Dinner cruises are $20 and reservations are required. For more information, call Dr. or Liz Beebe at 488-8624. To join the chamber or find out about upcoming events, call Kathy Kitt at 468-4741. State Sen. John A. DeFrancisco announced that the State Senate has passed a bill (S2450A) which, if enacted into law, would create a mandatory minimum license revocation period of one year upon an individual's first Driving While Intoxicated conviction and double the period of revocation for other DWI convictions. Under existing law, a Driving While Intoxicated conviction for a first offense calls for a sixmonth license revocation. This measure would increase the penalty to a mandatory minimum revocation period of one year. If an individual with a prior DWI conviction is convicted of a second DWI offense, he or she would lose their license for two years. Currently, it is a one-year penalty. "It is time that we put some serious teeth in our DWI laws by making sure that those who make irresponsible decisions to get behind the wheel of a car drunk receive a punishment that is severe enough to prevent them from endangering others in the future," said Senator DeFrancisco. The Senate today passed another measure (S7216) sponsored by DeFrancisco that would ensure that drivers previously convicted

Spillett

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fore switching to music education. What's it been like working with the community? It's been extremely rewarding to bring student musicians to perform for numerous community organizations. How do you deal with tense situations? Calm down and get advice from family, friends, colleagues and counselors What other activities are you involved in? I participate in music ministry at Holy Family Church in Fairmount. Numerous professional organizations dedicated to music education and jazz. What are your goals? To continue to grow personally, professionally and spiritually, to continue to play, teach and listen to jazz music, to seek inner peace and happiness in life and to glorify God For more information visit JohnSpillett.com.

of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in other states would be penalized as if they had been convicted of the prior violation within New York. On May 10, 2006 the Senate also passed the Bill Leaf-Brandi Wood's Law (S7233), a measure introduced and sponsored by Senator DeFrancisco. The Bill Leaf-Brandi Woods Law would increase penalties for certain vehicular crimes committed by persons who have previously been convicted on one or more occasions of an alcohol or drug related driving while intoxicated or driving while ability impaired charge. Senator DeFrancisco is urging the Assembly to pass the bill before the close of session on June 22. The bill is named after the late 25 year-old WSYR reporter and WTVH sports anchor Bill Leaf of Liverpool, who was killed on January 8, 2006 by an alleged drunk driver who was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 81, and Brandi Woods, a 15 year-old from Memphis, New York, who was delivering Girl Scout cookies on March 17, 2005 when she was struck and killed by an individual who was driving while intoxicated.

Sara

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Warren took the time to call me and say, "Hey, how ya' doing?" And that's awesome, that is what a pastor should do and he excels. Warren is just great, everyone should be a little more like him because he isn't just nice, he is real. He told the entire church that he used to be a drinker and a smoker but that he turned his life around and found God. You can relate to Warren; you know he's been there and that he'll do anything he can to help. He's a sturdy and steady person who can catch you when you're falling and it's nice to know I have two men in my life who care about me in a way that is completely unselfish.

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who was enjoying the shade and breeze near my feet. I think one of the Goldfish actually hit her on the nose before bouncing into the grass, where it remained. "Lily!" I said, trying to alert her to the presence of food. She looked up at me, unconcerned. "Lily, hey! Look!" I pointed to the Goldfish in the grass. Lily stared at my finger, then looked at me like, "Yeah? And?" "No! Right there! Look!" "Lily," my cousin called to her.

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breast cancer three years ago underwent extensive treatment, but is now in remission. "Look down." Bove marched with the "The Lily looked at my cousin with Return of the Pink Panthers" an expression that suggested I'm team, which was comprised of correct about her choice of a family, friends and co-workers of Thoreau-like existence. hers. "What is WRONG with you "So many people come out to people?!" her square face said support the cause, it's just inspirAs she turned back, she ing," Bove said. "Solvay is such a detected the crackers on the unique place, there is such a lawn, which she chomped up quickly, then trotted off to take a strong sense of community here it is a great place to host this event." nap in the dirt with her head Bove is a Camillus resident and stuck comfortably in a Hosta teaches fifth grade at Onondaga Hill bush. It's a simpler life. And frankly, Middle School. She has also participated in the Race for the Cure and I'm a little envious.

"I'm here and I'm happy I'm here. After this I can handle anything."

­ Donna Bove

volunteers at the State Fair at for the Carol Baldwin Group. "I'm here and I'm happy I'm here." Bove said. "After this I can From page 1 handle anything." rifleman. "I'm not nervous at all," Bryant said. "My great-grandfather served in WWII and my grandfather served in Vietnam." Bryant decided last November to join the Marines when he spoke to his neighbor who had recently returned from Iraq. "He really inspired me to join," Bryant said. Bryant, who will be stationed in either North Carolina or California, plans on serving for four years, getting his associate's degree and then attending a State Trooper Academy. "I'm just really excited to serve my country," Bryant said. Whether they go onto higher education, get a job or join the military, the class of 2006 will leave their mark.

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POLICE BLOTTER Town of Camillus Police

May 9

Deborah A. Szpak, 43, of 110 Mansfield Drive, Camillus, was charged with a first degree criminal order of protection at 321 May 15 Germania Ave., Syracuse. She Alexis was held on $1000/2000 cash/bond Patricia West, bail. She is scheduled to appear in 48, of 4808 Beef court June 8. St., Syracuse, June 4 Donald J. Gates, 24, of 12 ½ Wawas charged with first degree ter St., Baldwinsville, was charged Local News unlawful deal- with unlawful possession of mariing with a child, juana on Horan Road in Camillus. and selling alcohol to someone He is scheduled to appear in court under 21 on 4202 W. Genesee St. on June 21. Peter J. Lunn, 27, of 1018 Avery She was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear Ave., Syracuse, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana in court June 14. Kim S. Lawrence, 28, of 132 West on Horan Road in Camillus. He is Borden Ave., Syracuse, was scheduled to appear in court June charged with speed in zone, third 21. degree aggravated unlicensed op- June 5 eration, and failure to obtain David B. Nelk, 34, of 2549 Kamm driver's license in Camillus. She Road, Marietta, was charged with was issued an appearance ticket petit larceny, at a Wal-Mart at 3657 and is scheduled to appear in court West Genesee St. He was issued an May 24. appearance ticket and is schedMay 29 uled to appear in court June 21. Greta Jengo, 40, of 18 Scotch June 8 Hill Road, Marcellus, was charged Stephen P. Knobloch, 60, of 9 with driving while intoxicated, Genesee St., Apt. number A-8, third degree aggravated unli- Camillus, was charged with trescensed operation, and having an pass at the Sims store in Camillus. open container in vehicle. She was He is scheduled to appear in court held on $1500/3000 cash/bond bail. June 20. She is scheduled to appear in court June 6. Bradley S. Addison, 33, of 403 ½ Merriman Ave., Syracuse, was charged with second degree harassment on 47 Gordon parkway. He is scheduled to appear in court June 6. Heather M. Rendino, 24, of 909 McBride St., Syracuse, was charged with petit larceny at 3657 West Genesee St. She is scheduled to appear in court June 14. Elizabeth Keuchler, 51, of 1003 Railfence Road, Camillus, was charged with allowing her dog to run loose in the street and harass pedestrians in violation of the town ordinance. She is scheduled to appear in court June 20. Camillus. He was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in court June 14.

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Catherine Riker of Camillus, a student enrolled in the College of Human Services and Health Professions at Syracuse University were named to the deans list for the Spring 2006 semester. To qualify for Local News t h e d e a n s list, students must achieve at least a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester. Riker is a senior majoring in child and family studies.

SCHOOLS AND SCHOLARS Riker named to SU dean's list

Kristen Rachfal, a sophomore majoring in arts and sciences; Kate Vanderpool, a sophomore majoring in art history, and Bryan Zarpentine, a sophomore majoring in English and textual studies. Warners residents Anna Stewart, a junior majoring in biology, and Thomas Stewart, a junior majoring in biology. The College of Arts and Sciences, a liberal arts college at the heart of a national research university, is both the founding college and the largest college of Syracuse University. The college offers more than 40 majors from 22 academic departments in the traditional disciplines of the humanities, sciences and the social sciences. Students from throughout the University register for its liberal arts core courses, while Arts and Sciences students take advantage of programs in the professional schools and colleges at Syracuse.

Moyne College. Dusart was able to earn her degree while raising five children. Her husband, children and family are all proud.

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Cavallaro makes dean's list

The proud grandparents of Salvatore Cavallaro would like to congradualte him for making the dean's list at Le Moyne College. Cavallaro completed his sophomore year with a 3.54 GPA. Cavallaro is a graduate of Solvay High School. Stephen Orlando was named to the dean's list at Hamilton College for the 2006 spring semester. Orlando is majoring in creative writing and Russian studies. He is a West Genesee High School graduate.

Orlando named to dean's list

Area students named to SU dean's list

The following area students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University were named to the Deans List for the Spring 2006 semester. To qualify for the Deans List, students must achieve at least a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester. Camillus residents Jessica Cain, a senior majoring in political science and broadcast journalism;

Christopher J. Neves earned a bachelor's degree in Dusart earns masters finance from RIT's school of degree business. Neves is a Camillus On Sunday, May 21 Rebecca resident and a 2001 graduate Dusart received her master's of West Genesee. degree in education from Le

Neves earns bachelors from RIT

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Carol A. Galtieri, 42, of 306 Onondaga Road, Syracuse, was charge with having a no seat belt driver, driving while intoxicated, and having a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more on West Genesee Street. She is scheduled to appear in court June 20. Dawn Renshaw, 35, of 40 North St., Camillus, was charged with allowing her dog enter the property of 38 North Street and attack the owner's dog. She was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in court June 14. Gerald Roberts, 76, of 131 Hillside Way, Camillus, was charged with allowing his dog to run loose in the street and chase a pedestrian in violation of town ordinance. He is scheduled to appear in court June 21. Carl J. Lahah, 41, of 5670 Hamilton Road, Jordan, was charged with driving while intoxicated and having a blood alcohol content of over .08 percent in

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Honored track star

TRACK HONOR: Jordan-Elbridge track and field star Chris Weingarth, right, was honored along with Marcellus star Becky Zurek by the Skaneateles track and field teams as Most Respected Opponent at the Lakers' season-ending banquet at Auburn's Springside Inn.

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Gem and Mineral Society Annual Expo fun for kids

Kids can get wet and dirty mining for semi-precious stones and fossils at the water sluice during the Gem and Society of Syracuse's 40th annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show on July 8 and 9 at the Verizon Center of Progress Building. A long-standing tradition, the sluice is a water-driven channel where kids sift through a bag of sand for mysterious and fun fossils, minerals and gems. Jasper, onyx, blue calcite, tumbled stones, pyrite or Fool's Gold, Herkimer diamonds, light blue larimar from South America and garnets are known to suddenly appear through the mushy mix providing a great deal of excitement for the children. "You cannot imagine the cheers of joy when the children find something amid the sand and water," said Carol Hamilton-Gibbs, Sluice Engineer for the club. "The kids are usually attracted to the bright colors of the stones and love to learn about the different rocks and fossils they uncover. It is a lot of fun!" Radio Disney is making a special appearance on Sunday, July 9th from noon- 2pm at the show. Children will have a chance to win prizes from the Radio Disney Prize Wheel and play interactive games with their favorite local Radio Disney DJ. Another popular attraction for the kids is the soapstone carving by Bob Graham. Graham is known for his beautiful and natural carved images and will be available to teach his art to children during the show. The show is open to the public Saturday, July 8th 10am 6pm and Sunday, July 9th, 10am- 4pm. with nearly 100 exhibitors, wholesale and retail dealers and vendors from all over the United States showcasing gem and rock collecting, jewelry making and repair, beading, fossil collecting. A host of inter-active educational displays, demonstrations, materials, tools and resources will also be available. Groups are welcomed and encouraged to attend. A donation for adults of $6 - at the door, and children under 12 years old are free with an adult. The event is wheelchair accessible and there will be food vendors on-site. The Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse Inc. is devoted to the education and understanding of mineralogy, paleontology and the lapidary arts including the personal interests of its members - collecting, identification and display of minerals and fossils as well as the many aspects of jewelry design and fabrication.

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POLITICALLY SPEAKING New property tax abatement program for senior volunteers

SenatorJohnA.DeFrancisco(R-IC-WF,Syracuse)recentlyannounced that the New York State Senate has passedabill(S6622A)hecosponsored which,ifenactedintolaw,wouldgive senior citizens who volunteer in their communities up to a $750 reduction in their real property taxes. The legislation would establish a tax abatement for residential real property tax owned by a person who is sixty years or older and who participates in the volunteer program created by this bill. "This is a way to give back to the senior citizens in our communities who give so much of themselves to enrich the lives of others said Senator DeFrancisco. Through their wisdom, knowledge, and volunteer efforts, senior citizens contribute so muchtoourneighborhoodsandthey improve the quality of life for all of us. Unfortunately, as property taxes increase, more and more seniors are finding it difficult to keep their homes. This volunteer program would provide some property tax relief for senior citizens who help to improve Central New York through their volunteer efforts. We need to encourage these mentors and volunteers to stay in our neighborhoods so they can continue to make a difference through their contributions, sharing and caring. This legislation would provide an opportunity for communities to opt into the volunteer program and design and implement the program. Senior citizens would have an opportunity to participate in volunteer activities such as caregiver support, respite, senior services and intergenerationalservices,including after school programs, reading programs and mentoring. A community advisory council would be created to develop and implement the volunteer program. Local stakeholders would determine what types of volunteer activities would be most beneficial to their respective communities and they could make additions above and beyond what the legislation outlines. The legislation is modeled after a similar program that has been successfully implemented in Massachusetts.

IN BRIEF

Bishop Grimes offers Drivers Ed.

Summer Driver Ed at Bishop Grimes and Bishop Ludden will begin on July 5. This is available to any student who is 16 or older by July 1 regardless of what high school they attend. The fee is $415. Mail-in registrations forms and further information can be obtained by calling 468-4595. Students who successfully complete the course receive a "blue card" and an insurance discount. Freedom Camp are children with foodbankcny.org. special needs (disabilities). Cayuga Museum Bus Candidates must be at least 15 years of age, have an interest in Trip to Baltimore working with special needs chil- includes Yankees Game dren. The Cayuga Museum will run For more information and an a bus trip to Baltimore, Maryland application call 253-5465. Friday, Aug. 4 to Sunday, Aug. 6, Food Bank Golf Open Trip includes two nights lodging with breakfast at the Holiday Inn scheduled for July 11 Express, tickets to the Orioles/ The Food Bank of Central New Yankees game on Friday night York annual golf open, held at the (lower box seats on the first base Links at Sunset Ridge in line), and a guided tour to the U.S. Marcellus, has been scheduled for Naval Academy at Annapolis on Tuesday July 11. The Golf Open, Saturday. Saturday afternoon which has come close to maximum and evening, guests will have capacity for the past two years, plenty of time to enjoy the many raised a net of $9,225 last year to attractions of Baltimore - the Inhelp feed the hungry in central and ner Harbor, the aquarium, Fort northern New York. Major sponMcHenry, museums, shops and sors this year include First restaurants galore. On Sunday, Niagara Bank, Hancock & the bus will stop in Gettysburg, Estabrook LLP, Levonian Brothers PA and guests can choose the and ACC Technical Services. Visitor Center, shopping, or Teams will compete in a shotsight-seeing. gun start, captain and crew format The price is $385 per person in for bragging rights and prizes, fola double room, $546 per person, lowed by a steak dinner. Prizes will single. be awarded for the winning team, A deposit of $100 per person as well as the longest drive (men's will secure a reservation, on a and women's) and closest to the pin first paid, first reserved basis. (men's and women's.) Registration Don't wait, this trip will sell out is $110 per single or $400 per fourquickly. Payment in full is due by some, and includes greens fees, cart, June 7,. Checks should be made lunch, dinner and tee prizes. To regpayable to the Cayuga Museum. ister, or to become a sponsor , interFor further information, call the ested parties can call the Food Bank Museum at 253-8051. at 437-1899 ext. 246 or visit

Bishop Ludden 12th Annual Gaelic Knight Open

Gaelic Knight open golf tournament is Monday, Aug 7 at Tuscarora Golf Club in Marcellus. It is a four person captain and crew with 11:30 a.m. registration lunch 12:30 p.m. shotgun tee-off. For more information or an entry form, call 468-0053.

Freedom has openings

Sally Salisbury, president of Freedom Recreational Services for Youth with Disabilities recently announced that Freedom Camp has several openings for junior staff members. Freedom Camp operates four weeks during the summer at the Casey Park Recreational Facility on North Division Street in Auburn. The children who attend

Bill Would Create Office Of Medicaid Inspector General

SenatorJohnA.DeFrancisco(R-IC-WF,Syracuse)recentlyannounced that the New York State Senate has passed a bill (S6872B) he cosponsored which, if enacted into law, would establish the Office of Medicaid Inspector General. This legislation would dramatically reform New York State's process for preventing, detecting and investigating Medicaid fraud activities by putting this single office in charge of combating Medicaid fraud, facilitating the recovery of improper Medicaid expenditures and assisting in the prosecution of criminal acts related to Medicaid fraud "If we are going to make significant reforms to our Medicaid system we need to target those individuals who are taking advantage of the system through fraudulent means," said Senator DeFrancisco. "These individuals are the ones who are responsible for the waste within our system. Medicaid fraud and abuse is costing our taxpayers billionsofdollarseachyear.Byestablishing an office to specifically pursue and prosecute fraud within the system,wecancutcostssignificantly and save municipalities and our taxpayers money. More importantly we can preserve the quality of care for those who legitimately depend on this program." The legislation would create the newOfficeofMedicaidInspectorGeneral within the Department of Health. TheOfficewouldfocusonthe prevention, detection and investigation of fraud and abuse within the State's Medicaid program. It would facilitate the referral of appropriate cases for criminal prosecution and assist in the recovery of improperly expended Medicaid funds. The measure would also strengthen criminal penalties for Medicaid fraud. It would authorize and direct the development of new technology and promote accurate billing procedures among Medicaid providers. The legislation would also provide alternate mechanisms for the prosecution of criminal acts relating to Medicaid fraud and would enable counties and district attorneys, under certain conditions, to participate in the recouping of funds.

Property tax relief plan passed

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I-Pulaski) has announced a recent Assembly passage of a new property tax reduction plan designed to address some of the constitutional and technical concerns that Gov. George Pataki has with similar legislation in the enacted state budget. Today's action creates the School District Property Tax Credit, with credit amounts dependent on each homeowner's location. The credit is equal to $9,000 multiplied by the 2004-05 school property tax rate, with the credit increasing if the county median home sales price is higher than the statewide median home sales price. For senior citizens eligible for Enhanced STAR and whose incomes are less than $67,850, the amount of the credits would increase by 67 percent. "We are constantly working to save money for taxpayers," said Barclay. "Central New York property tax bills seem to creep higher and higher each year, and we hope this plan provides relief for seniors and all homeowners alike." If the legislation is signed into law by the governor, the state Department of Taxation and Finance would be required to send property owners a claim form in the amount of the credit each taxpayer qualifies for by September 1. Taxpayers who do not want to claim the advanced payment would be eligible for the same amount of credit when they file their personal income tax returns. To claim early, taxpayers must submit applications by November 15. After the 2006 taxable year, taxpayers claim the credits when filing their personal income taxes. "I think we have cleared up many of the issues that kept property tax savings out of homeowners' pockets," stated Barclay. "I am confident the property owners will see that money returned to them soon."

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On the weekend of July 21-23, come to where the sights, sounds and sensuous aromas of an authentic Middle Eastern village fill the air. The St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival beckons. Hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday July 21, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday July 22 and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday July 23 at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 4988 OnondagaRoad. Featured will be genuine homecooked Arabic dishes like the tasty Shish Kebobs, Kibbee, lemony grape leaves and Tabouli. Scoop up

Middle Eastern Cultural Festival set

hummusinfreshArabicbreadand save room for the syrupy-sweet Baklawa and Zalaby. There is no charge for parking or admission. Families are welcome and there's a playground for the kids. Attendants will be entertained by the live Arabic music and colorful dance performances. Also featured will be unique Middle Eastern giftware, religious tokens and the church's popular Arabic cookbooks, now in their third printing, available at the Souk Marketplace inside the church hall.

St. Joseph's continues Walkway of Caring program

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center Foundation is continuing its Walkway of Caring campaign this summer, which allows the public to purchase engraved bricks to remember loved ones or honor someone special. The Walkway of Caring is located in the courtyard area underneath the Hospital's cardiac catheterization laboratory. A peaceful garden setting, it is a place where patients and their families can go for a moment of quiet reflection. The Walkway of Caring sidewalk is made of bricks engraved with the names of thousands of people who believe in the work and mission of St. Joseph's. Bricks also are engraved to recognize personal and corporate contributions, or to provide a lasting legacy for those who wish to pay tribute to a living or deceased loved one. Bricks are available for $115 or $135, depending on the size, and the tax-deductible gift will not only honor a loved one or allow one to leave his or her own message for future generations, it will also help St. Joseph's continue to carry on its mission of caring. The bricks have threeor five-line limits of 14 characters each, including spaces and punctuation. Engraved bricks are installed three times each year--in April, August and November. For more information, contact St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation at 703-2137, visit the website at sjhsyr.org/foundation or e-mail [email protected] St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care network providing services to patients from Onondaga and 15 surrounding counties. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. St. Joseph's is designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest honor bestowed on a hospital for nursing care.

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Stephen M. Kulba, 72 Enjoyed traveling

Stephen M. Kulba, 72, of Constantia, died June 7, 2006 at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center. Born in Syracuse on May 29, 1934, he was the son of Stephen Kulba and MaryLischak.HelivedinConstantia for 40 years. He received his bachelor's degree from LeMoyne College, master´s degreeinlaborrelationsfromSyracuse University and doctorate in psychology from Midwestern University. Asteamfitter,Stephenwasamember of Local Steamfitters 221. Stephen was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Pastime Athletic Club. He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. He enjoyed traveling to different parts of the world. Surviving are his wife of 19 years, Katie Kulba; daughter and son-inlaw, Gwenn and Timothy McDonald of Baldwinsville; son and daughterin-law, Norman and Debra Kulba of Lisbon;mother,MaryLischakKulba of Syracuse; sister and brother-inlaw, Mary Ellen and Michael Colucy of Syracuse and grandchildren, NormanKulbaJr.,SamanthaKulba, MichaelS.Kulba,CarolynSitnikand Thaddeus Sitnik Jr. His father, Stephen, died in 1998. ServiceswereheldattheBuranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus and in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church where The Very Rev. Ivan Kaszczak andTheRev.Dr. Myron Kotch celebrated a DiStephen vine Liturgy for M. Kulba the Deceased. Friendscalledat thefuneralhomewhereaPanakhyda service was also held. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian CatholicCemetery,Syracuse. Contributions may be made to North Shore Volunteer E Squad, 136 Bridge St. Cleveland, NY 13042. One may sign the guest book at BuranichFuneralHome.com.

Charles W. Highbrown, 73 Services planned for Saturday

Charles W. Highbrown, 73, formerly of Camillus, died May 23, 2006 in Florida. Born in Summit, N.J., ChucklivedinCamillusbeforemoving to Florida. He spent the past severalyearsbetweenWestPalmBeach and his summer cottage in Baldwinsville. Chuck started his career at Lipe RollwayCorp.andlateroperatedthe Constantia Supermarket. He went on to become president of several local True Value Hardware stores. AfterhismovetoFlorida,heworked in catering and eventually as a butler in a private residence in Palm Beach. Chuck was a Past Master of Sapphire Lodge 768 F & AM in Camillus and past Assistant Grand Lecturer for the 2nd Onondaga District of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York. His daughter, Wendy Riker and grandson,Matthewpredeceasedhim. Surviving are his son, Ronald G. Highbrown of Baldwinsville; grandsons, Timothy, Grant and Kevin Riker; three sisters, Marian Vryhof of Camillus and Helen Dayal and Laura (Allan) Bigness both of Jordan; a brother, Orville Highbrown of Phillipsburg, N.J. and several nieces andnephews. A memorial service and Masonic Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Bush Funeral Home,120E.MainSt.,(Rt.5)Elbridge. Contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundationinmemoryofhisbeloved daughter,WendyRiker.

Michael J. Donley, 24 Enjoyed small engine repair

Michael J. Donley, 24, of Port Byron, died following surgery at University Hospital. Born in Auburn M i c h a e l graduated from Port Byron High School and e n j o y e d working on small engines and fixing up his truck. He was Michael J. predeceased Donley by his grandfather, Robert "Bud" Radcliffe. Surviving are his parents, Mark and Ruth "Nina" David of Port Byron; beloved brother of Marcus David of Elbridge and Cody David of Port Byron; a sister, Misty David of Fort Benning, Ga.; grandmother, Susan Hand; an aunt, Monique Radcliffe and a cousin, Jeffery Radcliffe. Calling hours and services were held at Throopsville Community Church, 2026 Turnpike Rd, Auburn. Arrangements were by B.L. Bush & Sons Funeral Home, 10 Genesee St., Camillus. Burial was in Elbridge Rural Cemetery. One may sign the guestbook BLBUSH.com.

Frances Fitzpatrick, 92 Avid traveler

Frances Michaels Good Fitzpatrick, 92, of Manlius, entered unto rest June 16, 2006 at St. Camillus Residential Health Center. Born in Syracuse, she graduated from Warners High School. She retired as secretary/time keeper from W i g t o n Abbott Corp. She loved to travel. She was predeceased by her husband, Dudley Frances Fitzpatrick; Fitzpatrick her parents, Arthur and Sarah Cadd Michaels; a brother, Arthur R. Michaels and a sister, Mary E. Michaels. Surviving are her son, James Good of Camillus; two grandchildren, William Good of Camillus and Steven Good of Ithaca and four great-grandchildren. Services were held at EatonTubbs-Schepp Funeral Home. Burial was in St. Agatha's Cemetery, Canastota. A calling hour was held at the funeral home, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. For local florists or a guestbook, visit SCHEPPFAMILY.com. Contributions may be made to The Manlius Fire Department, Stickley Drive, Manlius, New York 13104.

Charles D. Eyler, 74 Retired from New Process Gear

Charles "Mike" D. Eyler, 74, of Camillus, died June 10, 2006 at home. BorninShippensburg,Pa.,heretired after30yearswithNewProcessGear. Mike was with the Airborne Division of the US Army, serving in the Korean War as a paratrooper. He was predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Frances T. Coraci Eyler in 1993. Surviving are two daughters, Mickey A. Womack of Woodgate and Roxanne E. Wightman of Marietta; oneson,MichaelD.EylerofFlorence, S.C.; six grandchildren, Jason Womack,Shannon,ErinandJimmy Wightman and Brooke and Josh Eyler; five sisters and two brothers. Graveside services were held in Onondaga Co. Veterans Cemetery. There were no calling hours. Services were by Whelan Bros. Funeral Home.

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Frank J. Fatti Sr., 75 Grandfather of 11

Frank J. Fatti Sr., 75, of Camillus, died June 8, 2006 at his home. Born in Syracuse on May 24, 1931, he was the son of Carlo Fatti and Maria Cagnardi. He lived in Camillus for 43 years and was a 1949 graduate of Solvay High School. A Frank J. Fatti Sr. homebuilder and developer for 40 years, he was president of Camperlino & Fatti Builders. He was an Air Force veteran, having served from 1949 to 1952. Frank was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church. He was a member and former president (1984) of the Home Builders Association of Central New York, member and former president of the New York State Home Builders Association and member and life director of the National Home Builders Association. Other memberships included the Solvay-Geddes Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign War of Camillus and Tyrol Club of Solvay. He was a former member of the board of directors at the Solvay Bank. Frank's hobbies were many. He enjoyed golf and was a member of the Tuscarora Golf Club. An avid hunter, he is listed in the Boone and Crockett Registry. A member of Trout Unlimited, he also enjoyed fly-fishing and was a life member of the NRA. He enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family and following the activities of his 11 grandchildren. His daughter, Lisa Marie Fatti, died in 1980. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Patricia Ann Potter; daughters, Mary Pat (Dan) Suits of Jamesville and Carol (Todd) Barrigar of Camillus; sons, John F. Fatti, MD of Skaneateles and Frank J. (Kathy) Fatti Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, Bruno Fatti of Solvay; sister, Selma DelPrato, of Solvay and 11 grandchildren, Chris, Colin and Katy Fatti, Nicola and Daniella Fatti, Genevieve, Michael, Natalie and J.P. Suits and Alexander and Alissa Mora. Services were held at St. Joseph's Church where Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin, The Rev. John S. Finnegan and Msgr. Ronald C. Bill celebrated a funeral Mass. Friends called at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus. Burial was in Assumption Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Guardian Angel Society, c/o Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 259 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse, NY 13202. One may view the Fatti Video Tribute and sign the guest book at BuranichFuneralHome.com.

Dennis J. Crane, 51 Thomas M. (Desimone) Meck, 48 Jordan Fire Dept. life Served during the Gulf member Dennis J. Crane, 51, of Pump War

Thomas M. (Desimone) Meck, 48, of Elbridge, died June 10, 2006 in the V.A. Medical Center, Syracuse. Born Sept. 21, 1957, he was the son of the late Louis and late Barbara Diello Desimone as well as his adoptive parents, Joseph Meck of Baldwinsville and the late Florence (Diello) Meck. He was a truck driver for Express Services, Inc. Tom served in the US Army from 1978 to 1981 and was activated during the Gulf War in 1990. Tom's favorite pastime was spent with his children. He enjoying hunting and fishing. He was full of life and cherished each moment of every day. He was predeceased by two stepsisters, Judy Desimone and Theresa Desimone. Surviving are his daughters, Heather Price and Ashlyn Meck and a very special little girl, Sarah, who he raised as his daughter; two grandchildren, Dashany and Kiara Turner; his stepmother, Ann Desimone; stepbrothers, Louis Desimone Jr. and Jimmy Desimone and stepsister, Stephanie May. He also leaves behind many, many loving uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. We will miss him dearly, but Tom will be remembered for his wonderful outlook on life and how he touched so many. "`Til we meet again, Tom," your loving family. Services were held in St. James Episcopal Church, 96 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. Burial was in Oakwood-Morningside Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Tom's memory to Sarah and Ashlyn Meck, 304 E. Main St., Elbridge, NY 13060. The Bush Funeral Home of Elbridge had charge of the arrangements.

John S. Hummell, 81 Former Hummell's Grocery Store, Liquor Store and Real Estate owner

John S. "Honest John" Hummell, 81, affectionately known as the "Mayor of Lakeport," died unexpectedly June 14, 2006 at Oneida Healthcare Center. He was born April 1, 1925 in Syracuse, the son of Joseph and Flor e n c e Hummell. He marJohn S. Hummell r i e d Josephine DiVeronica Oct. 20, 1951 in St. Agatha's Church, Canastota. John had been a resident of Lakeport since 1958. He and his wife, Jo owned and operated the former Hummell's Grocery Store and Hummell's Liquor Store in Lakeport for many years. He was employed in real estate for more than 45 years and was the owner of Hummell Real Estate in Lakeport for 35 years. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church, Chittenango. He was a US Army veteran of World War II serving in the European Theater and was a member of the William Cain American Legion Post 1287 in Chittenango. Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Geoff Zimmer of Chittenango; a brother, James Hummell of Camillus; four sisters, Florence Cardarelli of Frederick, Md., Delores Babylon of Smithburg, Md., Shirley Bosell of Fairmount and Doris Hall of Eastwood; four grandchildren, Geoffrey, Kristin, Kelsey and Patrick and a great-granddaughter, Madilyn Kay. He was predeceased by his wife, Jo who died March 13, 2006; a brother, Edward Hummell and a sister, Helen Weed. Funeral services were held at St. Patrick's Church, Chittenango. Burial was in St. Agatha's Cemetery, Canastota. Calling hours were held at the G.F. Zimmer Funeral Home, 702 Legion Drive, Chittenango. Contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Patrick's Knights of Columbus Council 10924, St. Patrick's Church, Murray Drive, Chittenango NY 13037.

Road, Jordan, died June 16, 2006 at home following a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Auburn, Dennis was a life resident of the Jordan area. He was a mechanic with Vitale Construction Co. of Auburn. He was formerly employed at Page Transportation, Weedsport. Dennis was a member of the Jordan United Methodist Church. He was a life member of the Jordan Fire Department. For many years Dennis was active in the Jordan Community Council and the Jordan Fall Festival where he was head electrician. Surviving are his wife, the former Carol Rolls; his mother, Elaine Crane of Maryland; a step-son, David (Nichole) Moose of Cato; a stepdaughter, Carolmary Shaw of Central Square; three brothers, Richard (Pam) Crane of Georgia, Henry (Liza) Crane of Maryland and Donald (Gwen) Crane of Maryland; four sisters, Sallyann (John) Pelmear of Oswego, Nancy Crane of St. Croix, Roxanne Crane of Weedsport, and Paula (Paul) Austin of Maryland; five grandchildren; one greatgrandchild and several nieces and nephews. Services were held in the Jordan United Methodist Church. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends called at the Bush Funeral Home, 15 N. Main St., Jordan. Contributions may be made to the Jordan Community Council, P.O. Box 582, Jordan 13080.

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World party

We have a lot of sports in America - maybe too many. One can end up getting spoiled by the wide variety of athletic competitions played at a high level within our borders. Consequently, no single sporting event stops society. Even the Super Bowl, played on a Sunday night in the middle of winter, doesn't close down stores. Contrast that with what's going on right now in Germany - merely, the world's biggest sporting event. In at least two-thirds of the 32 nations involved in the World Cup, whenever one of their teams is in a match, all normal life comes to a halt. Happiness depends entirely on whether 11 men can put a round ball into the net, and keep the other side from doing the same. You can say this glibly, without trepidation, and still that doesn't even begin to describe the passion soccer carries worldwide. Even those countries not involved in the World Cup will be glued to every contest between now and July 9, when the championship is settled in Berlin. Cool symbolism bleeds ev-

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erywhere. Iran, an international pariah these days, played (and lost) its initial match in Nuremburg, where all kinds of Nazi atrocities took place, contrary to what Iran's anti-Semitic president thinks. And the fact that it ends in Berlin's Olympic Stadium, exactly 70 years after Jesse Owens stood up to Hitler, shows that the human race can come a long way. By now, you've probably figured out that I really love this thing. Admittedly, I don't follow soccer on a normal basis, but no other sporting event is so captivating, simply because of the incredible emotions it evokes among people all over the planet. Of course, sometimes those emotions go too far. In 1994, a Colombian player was shot to death weeks after accidentally

letting in a goal in their loss to the United States. The violent behavior of English "hooligans" is well-chronicled. In this country, some display a peculiar and troubling kind of xenophobia, using wellpublicized incidents like this to scorn and curse the entire sport. Apparently, it's okay when well-oiled American fans act badly, but God forbid if someone else does. The other criticism brought up in this country, over and over, is the dearth of scoring. Again, major hypocrisy is at work here. A 1-0 game can be quite exciting if there are tons of scoring chances and spectacular saves, just as a 1-0 hockey game with great goaltending or a 1-0 baseball game with first-class pitching is interesting. Really, what's the difference? Face it, America will never dominate soccer, and that's okay. True, that flies in the face of a stubborn mentality in this country that we have to be the best at every game, or it isn't worth following. But that should only make the chase more worthwhile. In the meantime, it's worth your while to tune in to ESPN

for the matches - or even go to Univision, the Spanish-speaking channel for whom every goal (say that word for about 20 seconds, really loud) is an event. You wouldn't have any problem finding a team to root for. It could be Brazil, the only fivetime World Cup champions, whose style, flair and pure joy makes everyone happy, even as they seem to win all the time. Think the Yankees, but with a smile. Or you could be partial to England, if only for the language similarity and David (Bend It Like) Beckham, international icon. And there's all kinds of plucky underdogs to get behind, from Trinidad to Togo, adding spice to the mix. No matter what the game, though, you'll find no cheerleaders, no souped-up rock music, no artificial means to get the crowd going. The fans bring it themselves, whether it's Mexico's green-clad partisans giving "Ole!" a whole new meaning, or the Brazilians keeping that samba beat going for two hours straight, or the Dutch partisans that can turn an entire stadium bright orange

(Syracuse, take notes). In just about every nation outside the States, the pressure is beyond comprehension. Any injury, any hiccup, any poor performance can cause mass psychological panic, but that's a willing price they pay for the chance at unimaginable glory. Consider that in 1998, when France won it all in their home country, at least a quarter of a million people filled every inch of the Champs-Elysses to celebrate. No Olympic gold medal would do that. That's what happens when a real world championship is at stake. In baseball, they call it the World Series, and the NBA and NFL claim to hand out "world championships", and they're right - if the world is just the United States. But it isn't. The World Cup is, quite simply, the only sports contest on Earth where most of its inhabitants care about who prevails, brushing aside politics and conflict to celebrate a simple game and its best practitioners. So join the party, while it still lasts.

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FLAG DAY CELEBRATED LOCALLY

Onondaga Road students are patriotic

To celebrate Flag Day at Onondaga Road, the Respect and Responsibility Committee organized a parade for all the students to partake in. Each grade level was asked to prepare something patriotic to wear or hold as they walked in the parade. In addition to the flags that students made and carried, a banner was made for the third grade class. The morning of the parade, three classes got together for a big discussion of positive character attributes. The students discuss these traits each month, individually, but the school felt the need to emphasize the traits as a whole. After a 45 minute discussion and review of the 10 traits we recognize, each student was asked to choose one boy and one girl from their class that they felt exhibited each of the character traits throughout the entire year. The students who were chosen, were asked to lead all the third graders in the parade while holding the banner.

East Hill students celebrated Flag Day

On June 14 East Hill Elementary School students celebrated Flag Day in a big way. Students prepared by making red white and blue shirts, hats, banners or other items. Special guests were invited including, Mary Ann Coogan, Town Supervisor, Mayor Ed Flether and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. John Henderson, neighbors of the East Hill Children, members of the WG Board of education, as well as Administration. Families line the streets as the children paraded through the neighborhood escorted by the Camillus Police Department. The fifth grade band played the National Anthem while the rest of the fifth grade students raised Old Glory. Parents, students and teachers said the Pledge of Allegiance together and sing a rousing chorus of "You're a Grand Old Flag.

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O b i t ua r i e s

John J. Del Priore, 60 Holy Family Church communicant

John J. Del Priore, 60, of Fairmount, died June 15, 2006 at home. Born in Syracuse on Oct. 1, 1945, he was the son of the late Dominic and Rose Del Priore. He lived in Fairmount for two years.HewasacommunicantofHoly FamilyChurch. John`s wife, the former Janet Green, died in December 2003. Surviving are his daughter, Tammy Wilson; sons and daughtersin-law, Anthony and Danyelle Del Priore and John and Karen Del Priore; sisters and brother-in-law, Theresa and Frank Montalto and Antoinette "Toni" Graham; brother andsister-in-law,RichardandLucille DelPrioreandseveralgrandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 17 at Holy Family Church. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 16 at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus. Inurnment will be in Assumption Mausoleum. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 356 North Midler Ave., Syracuse, NY 13206. One may sign the guest book at BuranichFuneralHome.com.

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Alberta A. Winters, 77 Services planned for Saturday

Alberta A. Winters, 77, of New Port Richey, Fla., died Oct. 22, 2005 at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. She was born in Syracuse and moved to Florida from Syracuse in1983.

She was a retired dietician at CrouseHospitalinSyracuseandwas of the Catholic faith. She is survived by her sons, Robert Spurr and John Winters and sisters, Pat (Clyde) Selbig and Lillian

Levee,allofSyracuse. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 24 at Greenlawn in Warners. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes,CongressStreetChapel,New Port Richey had arrangements.

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73 DE AMATEUR RADIO Change of exams - soon

BY VIVIAN E. DOUGLAS, WA2PUU

As you read this, less than 10 days are left if you plan to take your FCC Element 2, Technician Volunteer Examiner Test, to receive your first Amateur Radio license, after studying from the "old question pool" distributed by the Volunteer Examiner Coordinators. A new pool of questions and answers go into effect July 1. The revised material was released to the public six months in advance to allow preparation time if the applicant planned to take their exam after the July 1 date. Three license levels are now available in the United States. Level one is No-code Technician, followed by the General and Amateur Extra, both still requiring 5 word-per-minute code. In the past they have revised the question and answer pools on a three-year cycle, alternating with the General and Amateur Extra. This year, starting with Element 2Technician, the Questions and Answer Pool will begin a fouryear cycle period. The tech pool has 365 questions, along with the answers, exactly as they will be seen on the test. The test itself contains 35 questions, with no graphics or diagrams. For all class levels, questions, along with multiple choice answers, are submitted to the National Volunteer Examining Question Pool Committee, (QPC), by the Amateur Radio community. They are reviewed, and if accepted, become part of the revised pool. The VE program became in existence in 1983 when the Federal Communication Commission delegated the administering of exams to the Volunteer Examiner system. A basic VE team includes three or more accredited VEs, generally holding the Amateur Extra ticket. Most card carrying VEs in New York State are registered with either the American Radio Relay League, (ARRL), located in Connecticut or W5YI/VEC, in Texas. Those registered and holding cards in both ARRL and W5YI/VEC, can participate with either VE teams. Although the same basic study material is always valid, if you plan to take your tech exam "before" July 1, you will find it contains questions and answers from the present, older pool. Be prepared for whichever exam you plan to attend. Check for updated study material through ARRL, Main Street, Newington, Ct. 06111 or <ARRL.org>. The next pool to be revised will be the general class.

Visit emergency exercises this weekend

Final reminder of the largest operating event by Amateur Radio operators all across United States and its possessions. Their Emergency Preparedness Field Day Weekend will be on-the-air from Saturday 2 p.m. to Sunday 2 p.m. June 24 and 25 for a 24-hour continuous operation. Sponsored by the ARRL, the rules and regulations allow clubs, groups, and individuals to begin their antenna raising and site set up on Friday afternoon. All hams, and particularly non-hams, are invited to stop by a field day site to see how Amateur Radio plays an important part in emergencies and disasters. If you are looking for a site to visit in Onondaga, Cortland or Madison counties, call 698-4558 for locations. Mark two Hamfests on your calendar for July. Utica, July 22 and Batavia, July 29, I will give special details of each early in the month.

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