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LETTER: What’s going on with the Manlius gazebo?

To the editor: What happened to the gazebo? Will it be rebuilt? These are the questions the Spade and Trowel Garden Club received at our annual perennial sale recently. We answered that, because of major deterioration, the gazebo had to be replaced and this is planned to happen during 2014.

LETTER: ESM lacrosse grandparents thank J-D varsity girls team, coach

To the editor: On May 8, the ESM girls’ varsity lacrosse team hosted rival J-D on Senior Night. Our granddaughter, Samantha Dooling, is four-year varsity player for ESM and because of an injury; she was unable to play in this game. Samantha is a very prolific goal scorer and at the time of her injury she was the No. 2 goal scorer in Section III.

LETTER: Responsibility for maintaining streets and highways

To the editor: Recently, my County Representative Kevin Holmquist published his reasoning for voting against the county funding maintenance of some streets in the city of Syracuse. His reasoning must have made his seventh grade social studies teacher proud. He remembered learning that back in the 1930s; cities in New York State were the economic engines with major industries and commerce. Villages were communities of local shops and homes and the rest of the areas in most were rural farm lands. He remembered that most residents of villages only went into the cities to conduct important business or for special events and that their primary life and family activities revolved around their separate villages.

LETTER: Thanks for buying Girl Scout cookies

To the editor: Thank you for saying Yes to Girl Scouts! Thank you for opening your hearts and wallets to Girl Scouts who asked you to buy cookies and support their Cookie Program goals. Your simple business transaction with a Girl Scout is helping her to build a lifetime of real world skills including money management, decision making, goal setting, business ethics and communications.

LETTER: DeWitt Police congratulate Manlius Police Department’s reaccreditation status

To the editor, I would like to take this opportunity to further acknowledge and recognize the recent reaccreditation status awarded to the Manlius Police Department.

No good movies playing? No way! Check out your local arts cinema

The spring and summer months after the Oscars come out can be a difficult time for American movie goers. It seems like all of the well-crafted, interesting movies have gone into hiding and in their place have arrived jarring blockbusters and action flicks designed solely to overstimulate the senses. While those movies can sometimes be fun (Thor, I'm thinking of you here), overall they don't offer much satisfaction to people who see cinema as an art form on par with great literature or painting.

OPINION: Teaching to Greatness

Since moving to Syracuse from the Boston area in 2012, I have been captivated by the impassioned public push back here in Central New York on state-mandated accountability testing – high stakes testing that is lately driven by an approach to elementary and secondary education known as the Common Core Standards.

Who is John Katko?

At the request of the Dewitt Republican Committee, I met with John Katko to discuss his views on a number of issues related to the 24th Congressional race. The committee, and even our non-political neighbors, have been concerned that candidates are too often being defined by the negative ads and sound-bites provided by their opponents. This is an effort to have Katko define who he is and how he will represent the people.

LETTER: Minoa trustees thank residents

To the editor: John Champagne and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the residents of the village of Minoa for re-electing us to the office of trustee.

Get rid of the GEA now

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York is looking at a $2 million budget surplus. Cuomo has talked a lot about the surplus and his plans for it. Unfortunately for him, it’s not his money to spend.

LETTER: Camp Good Days thanks F-M for successful Dance Marathon

To the editor: The 23rd annual Fayetteville-Manlius Dance Marathon fundraiser (FM DM) came to an end at 12 a.m. on Sunday. March 2. Earlier in the night, a check for $105,000 was presented to Camp Good Days and Special Times. The funds raised will send more than 150 children who have been affected by cancer to camp at no cost to their families this summer.

Why I still do this

State finals remind writer of joys inherent in covering sports

So you want to know - after all these years spent jotting illegible things down in notebooks, doing hundreds of interviews, writing thousands of stories, covering untold numbers of contests both mundane and meaningful, and then hammering it out in front of an inanimate computer screen, why keep doing it?

LETTER: Holmquist endorses Brazill and Champagne

I am honored and privileged to formally endorse the candidacies of Bill Brazill and John Champagne for reelection to the Minoa Village Board. I have had the pleasure of working with both Bill and John very closely on a litany of issues over the years. The citizens of Minoa will be well served to reelect both of these great public servants.

OCC to host business conference

Onondaga Community College is more than just an asset for students seeking an associate’s degree in one of the numerous programs they offer. OCC is home to the NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC provides one-on-one advisement to start up and existing businesses. OCC staff at the SBDC consists of small business advisors who can advise an entrepreneur on making their business a success. The SBDC works with businesses of all varieties; home based, e-commerce, manufacturing firms — small to large. Services provided by the SBDC are free and confidential. Additionally, the SBDC partners with statewide agencies which provide a strong network of support. Some of the support the SBDC can assist with is business plan development, small business start-ups, organizational structures, exporting, cost analysis, marketing, financial management, financing strategies, training programs, business expansion, selling a business and research.

A committee’s thankless task

Group that decides NCAA Tournament field deserves some love, right?

This Sunday night, just after 6 p.m., anyone who cares about college basketball will see the only bracket that matters. Ron Wellman, athletic director at Wake Forest, and the rest of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will unveil the 68 teams for our annual Dance – who they are, where they are going, when they’ll be playing.