Monthly Archives: January 2014

Eagle Bay FD plans Chili Cook-Off

The Eagle Bay Fire Department invites all local restaurants, professional and amateur cooks, and those who cook for local fire houses and organizations to enter its inaugural Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, February 22nd.

Chili will be judged in the following categories: Professional, Amateur, Fire Department and People’s Choice.

Individuals, organizations and restaurants will compete to win cash prizes while fire departments vie for bragging rights and the honor of having their name engraved on a rotating trophy.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fire hall on Route 28.

Judging will begin at 1 p.m. Cooks need not be present at the time of judging to win.

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VIEW: Self-portrait class starting February 5, registration available

Cory Card, exhibition manager at View, will instruct a five-week Self-Portrait Series in Charcoal class at the arts center on Wednesdays evenings.

The classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. and run from February 5 through March 5th.

Card, who has a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, has taught drawing and design at the university level.

The series will focus on learning to accurately depict the proportions and anatomy of the face, while simultaneously exploring self-portraiture and charcoal in an expressive manner.

Materials necessary for the class are vine charcoal (soft), compress charcoal, charcoal pencils (one soft, one medium, one hard), white plastic eraser, one peel-off or click-style stick eraser, one 20-inch by 24-inch newprint pad, one piece of 30-inch by 40-inch Arches Cover Stock or Rieves BFK paper.

The fee for the class is $75 or $50 for View members. Space is limited and pre-registration for each workshop is required.

For more information or to register, visit, call View at (315) 369-6411 ext. 201, or email

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Webb students heading to Bi-County Winter Music Fest

Ten vocal and instrumental students representing the Town of Webb and Inlet Common Schools have been selected to participate in the Jefferson-Lewis Counties Music Teacher Association’s Winter Festival that will be held at South Jefferson Central School on Saturday, February 1st.

Webb UFSD Bi-County Participants, front row, from left, K. Thornton, R. Johnston, R. Smith and E. Rudolph. Back row, N. Lamphear, M. Ritz-Kenny, N. Olsen. Missing from photo: N. Brownsell & C. Russell. Photo by Gina Greco

Webb UFSD Bi-County Participants, front row, from left, K. Thornton, R. Johnston, R. Smith and E. Rudolph. Back row, N. Lamphear, M. Ritz-Kenny, N. Olsen. Missing from photo: N. Brownsell & C. Russell. Photo by Gina Greco

Performing with the Junior High Chorus will be Webb students Fern Bailey, Caitlin Russell, Rachel Smith, Ryan Johnston, Noah Lamphear, Nicholas Olsen and Macgregor Ritz-Kenny, all students of Webb vocal music instructor Valerie Gaudin.

Students of Webb instrumental teacher Emily Herrmann who will be performing with the Elemen-tary Band are Inlet student Natalie Brownsell and Webb students Karen Thornton and Emily Rudolph. The concert is open to the public and begins at 2 p.m. Admission is $2.

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Assemblyman Butler unveils education plan

Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I-Newport) unveiled the assembly’s new APPLE Plan to local educators at the Herkimer BOCES, on Wednesday, January 29.

APPLE stands for Achieving Pupil Preparedness and Launching Excellence, and has been crafted as a counter-measure to the Common Core, the state’s controversial education standard that was introduced last fall.

The APPLE plan was conceived after 11 public hearings throughout the state on Common Core Standards and their impact on New York’s students.  Continue reading

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Sen. Farley introduces senate bill to replace school suspension with community service

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) has joined Assembly member Patricia A. Fahy (D-Albany) in introducing legislation that will allow for community service to be made an option to be in place of or in conjunction with suspension of students in public schools.

“Our bill would provide schools with greater flexibility in disciplining students.

While suspension may be appropriate in many cases, there are other situations where an alternate approach may be more effective and more beneficial to both the student and the affected community,” said Senator Farley.

The bill (A.8509/S.6282) would amend the state’s education law to include a provision that allows for flexibility for school administrators to provide the option of community service to students who violate the district’s code of conduct.  Continue reading

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Service set for Katherine L. Farmer Wright, 97

Katherine “Kate” Wright, 97, died on Monday, January 20, 2014 at her home in The Villages, Lady Lake, FL while being cared for by her children and Hospice.

Kate was born in Herkimer, the youngest child of William W. Farmer and Frances Lindsay Farmer.  carol, Kate, Kay Lynn

The family moved to Old Forge in 1918 where Kate attended school and later operated the original Kate’s Diner, across from the Strand Theatre, with her husband, Elmer (Al) Wright.

She moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1957 where she was head chef at the Royal Admiral in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.  Continue reading

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LETTER: Cuomo attacks the very constituents that pay his salary

Last week, Governor Cuomo made a very insensitive statement about those Republicans (and numerous Democrats) who have disagreed with some of his recent proposals and laws.

Frustrated that his agenda has consistently met bipartisan opposition from across the state, the Governor took to the radio to call those of us who have legitimate disagreements with him “extreme” and stated that those who agree with us “have no place in the state of New York.”

As an elected official, I’m used to being called names, but for the Governor to levy such an insult on people he is paid to represent crosses a line.

It is unconscionable for him to spend his time attacking such “extremes” as private religious views held by several million New Yorkers, while remaining painfully silent on the extremes that are having a very real and very negative impact on New Yorkers in their everyday lives. Continue reading

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