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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Community Development offers many programs

Have you ever wondered just what Onondaga County’s Division of Community Development does? This department offers some of the most visible programs and projects in the county.

Top cop retires

Walsh leaves office after 20 years as sheriff

Kevin Walsh always wanted to be a police officer. “I always wanted to be a cop, from the time I was very young,” the retiring Onondaga County Sheriff said. “Sarto Major, who was the sheriff from the late 1950s to the early ‘60s, went to the same church I went to in Skaneateles. My father and he were friends. I used to see him from time to time going out on some sort of an emergency, and that kind of engendered a desire to be involved.” But that doesn’t mean he always wanted the sheriff’s position. “It probably wasn’t until my later years [that I wanted that position],” he said. “The opportunities were there and the timing was right.”

Local vets visit Pearl Harbor

Two of Central New York’s last remaining Pearl Harbor survivors visited Hawaii on the 73rd anniversary of the infamous attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on the United States’ naval base. While it was 91-year-old Syracuse resident Ed Stone’s 10th visit to Pearl Harbor, it was the first time 94-year-old Larry Parry of Baldwinsville had returned to Hawaii since World War II.

J-D sends in final turf field plans

Discusses safety of materials used in installation

The Jamesville-DeWitt School District has approved and submitted to Albany final plans for approval on the $3.1 million capital project to update the district’s main athletics facility field, including the installation of a turf field.

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Corl leaving legislature

Third district representative taking job in Onondaga County Family Court

Onondaga County Legislator Jim Corl has announced he is stepping down from his seat.

Last call for ‘Ash for Trash’ public comments

Time is running out for those who want to share their thoughts on the proposed “Ash for Trash” solid waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties. There will be a public hearing on the proposal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at the Van Buren town hall. People have until Jan. 17 to submit written comments on the subject.