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Local World War II veterans Karl W. Monson, of Cazenovia, and Don Fida, of Syracuse, were honored Wednesday, Nov. 11, by their friends, family, fellow veterans and local congressmen during a Veterans Day ceremony at Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango. Monson, 97, received the World War II Victory Medal from Cazenovia area Congressman Richard Hanna, and Fida, 91, received a flag from the Seventh Infantry — his regiment during his service in World War II —from Syracuse Congressman John Katko.
More than 1,000 people stood in line, in groups, in the parking lot of the new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango Tuesday waiting for the area’s newest tourist attraction to officially open its doors. Some people started lining up at 11 p.m. Monday night in order to be the first ones inside the casino.
The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday morning that the storm that killed four people in Smithfield Tuesday night was a tornado. The round of severe storms that hit Madison County Tuesday evening caused widespread damage in the towns of Smithfield, Sullivan and Lenox. Hardest hit was Goff Road and Northrup Road in Smithfield, where the tornado came through, completely destroying four residential structures, damaging three residential structures and completely destroying one barn, Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley said during a press conference Wednesday morning.
Shutdown won’t deter local veterans’ visit to DC memorials
Volunteers and vets with Honor Flight Syracuse tore down a roadblock at the Iwo Jima Memorial and crossed the barrier at the Lincoln Memorial during their trip to Washington on Saturday, Oct. 5, refusing to let a government shutdown bar them from visiting national memorials to themselves, their comrades and their military branches of service.
There has been a slow, steady and excited buzz permeating Cazenovia in recent weeks that can all be boiled down to the fact that the nationally-known “Fabulous Beekman Boys” — bestselling authors, farmers, entrepreneurs and recent winners of television’s “The Amazing Race” — are coming to town on Saturday, Jan. 26. The two-hour event, sponsored by the Historic Cazenovia Business District committee of the chamber of commerce, will feature Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge giving a special book signing of their “Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” and Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times best-selling nonfiction book, “The Bucolic Plague: How two Manhattanites became gentleman farmers: An unconventional memoir,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street.
The Skaneateles village board approved critical impact for its current village hall at 46 East Genesee Street and other actions taken by the board at their Jan. 10 meeting.
The Skaneateles school district is moving forward with plans to make major improvements to the middle school and high school buildings during the next six years at a currently-projected price tag of $19.5 million.
The village of Skaneateles has started renovating the old fire station on Fennel Street which will become the new village hall.
New book looks at Lincoln’s possible medical conditions
With the huge success of Steven Spielberg’s recent movie, “Lincoln,” it is a great time for any historian to come out with a book on Abraham Lincoln and anything surrounding him or the American Civil War. Historian Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein has, however, recently come out with a fascinating study of the medical history of the Lincoln family that would arguably gain attention and praise no matter when it was released.
January calendar filled with offerings for kids, adults, families
With a new director and a new year, the Skaneateles Public Library is offering new events for the public to enjoy — and not just one or two. The library recently released an announcement, and posted on its website, a list of public events being offered for the month of January, which include not only story times for kids, but also an iPad training class, family movies, an author event and a new monthly movie group for adults.