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July 1, 2015 Front Page Headlines

Brookfield Graduation 2015
By the time Jared Alsante and Julie King gave the farewell for the Brookfield Class of 2015, every graduate had spoken during the ceremony. For Cassandra Rogers and Abby Reilly, it was as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Ashley Blake and Dan Gray led the BCS gym of family, friends and faculty in the Pledge of Allegiance. Makayla Rutherford welcomed everyone and Donald Reed and Colby Wratten introduced commencement speaker Shaun Carney. Brooke Terrier and Skyler Suydam thanked people who had helped the class and explained that orange carnations would be given to special people for each graduate. The 11 members of BCS’s graduating class turned out to be a truly great group, Superintendent Jim Plows told the audience. “The last two years they’ve been the idea group,’’ he said. Junior Matthew Harrison played ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ on the piano as the graduated walked in. Principal Carrie Smith introduced the class. In her welcome, Rutherford told parents they no longer had to be the personal alarm clocks for their son or daughter every day.  For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Fire Call
Firefighters from several departments work to knock down a fire at 191 Stafford Ave. in Waterville last Thursday morning. The house, next to St. Bernard’s Church parking lot, filled with smoke starting in an upstairs room. The son of the owners, his friends and a guinea pig got out safely and called 911. Mutual aid came from Oriskany Falls, Deansboro, Clayville, Hamilton and Clinton. No cause had been given as of this week. Family members set up a GoFundMe donation page for the Prindles. To help, go to

WCS Graduate Killed In Accident
Michael Oltmann is being remembered as a caring young man who worked hard and loved the outdoors. Oltmann, 19, died when car drove into his path on Route 12 in New Hartford June 22. He was traveling south when Melissa Gehrke, 23, of Sauquoit, attempted a left turn off Route 12 onto Brimfield Street and collided with Oltmann, who was on a motorcycle. The 2013 Waterville Central School graduate died at the scene. As of last week, the investigation into the cause of the accident was continuing. While at Waterville, Oltmann played both varsity soccer and baseball. He was a fierce competitor, once sliding into third base on a steal. In trying to beat the throw he dove head first, landing on his chin and cutting it in the dirt. When the throw went past the third baseman, Oltmann jumped up and stole home to bring in a run, oblivious to his injury. He is survived by his parents, mom and step-father Wendy and Matthew Trippi and dad and step-mother Robert and Tanya Decker. He is also survived by his grandparents, Robert and Bonnie Decker and Jacalyn Williams, seven sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Services were Monday at MKJ Farm in Deansboro.

Madison Graduates 40 In Class of 2015

Go on picnics, read to your kids and make the life of one person better every day provided the final words of advice for the 83rd graduating class at Madison Central School. The 40 graduates, one of Madison’s largest classes, selected retired science teacher Dan Saulsgiver for the commencement address. Saulsgiver, who also gave last year’s graduation speech, talked about his memories of the class, how to live a good life and gave a decent imitation of President Richard Nixon. “At the end of the day be thankful for everything,’’ he told the graduates, parents, family, friends and teachers who filled the warm gym. Superintendent Perry Dewey said the Class of 2015 possessed character, knowledge and integrity. Salutatorian Gavin Lopata kept his speech short, thanking people for helping the class over the years. “Good luck. Have fun. Be safe,’’ he told his classmates. Valedictorian Sydney Coon reviewed some shared class memories, including a bus in New York City in 87-degree heat without air conditioning. “Dance, sing, try new things,’’ she said. “Floss your teeth, follow your gut and enjoy life.’’ For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

School Health Center Moves Forward
Waterville Central School District will proceed to look into setting up a school based health center. At last week’s WCS Board of Education meeting, the board discussed the idea proposed by Bassett Health Center two weeks before. Bassett has set up health centers in 14 school districts. Students who were enrolled would use the school as needed for medical matters. The centers accept all insurance plans, eliminating any co-pays. For families without insurance, there is no charge. Superintendent Chuck Chafee said Bassett’s goal is to bring in $150,000 a year and have 80 percent of student enrollment in three years. Bassett uses grants to make up for any gap between the $150,000 and insurance payments for services. Chafee said it takes up to two years to get a center set up once a district says it wants one. Because of the district’s enrollment, centers would be set up at both the High School and Memorial Park School. Board member Russell Stewart said he talked to people in the community about the idea. “There are some concerns about students going here and their regular doctors, how that works.’’ Chafee said students who see doctors in the Bassett health system will have their records updated via a shared computer network. For students who have primary care doctors elsewhere, Bassett would send over records of treatment and prescriptions. Board vice president Roberta Williams said the school-based clinics she works with run very well. “It sounded all inclusive,’’ she said. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!


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