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July 30, 2014 Front Page Headlines

Band In The Bandstand
The Floyd Community Band entertained people in the Waterville Village Park earlier this month; the band, which played a mix of familiar songs, returns for another free concert in the park Thursday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. The concerts are sponsored by the Village of Waterville.

Trucking From Point A to B
Many people check the expected weather and traffic conditions before they head out on a long drive. For Marv Van Slyke of Waterville, those concerns multiply by up to 70 every day. Van Slyke has worked for the past four years at R.B. Humphreys, a truck transportation company in Westmoreland that has been in business since 1961. In 2012 Van Slyke became president of the company and since then, Humphreys has been on a growth spurt that continues. “I was called in at the right time,’’ said Van Slyke, who for 20 years before joining Humphreys in 2010 had run his own brokerage company. “We emerged from the recession and that just crushed everything. We made some changes necessary to grow the company and it’s worked,’’ he said. When Van Slyke joined Humphreys, he handled the brokerage area, which includes sales, marketing and other duties essential to the trucking operations. He had familiarity with some of that, as his company and Humphreys merged. Humphreys transports refrigerated food products. The company’s territory for delivery and pickup spans the Northeast corridor, into the South and some of the Midwest. “The refrigerated food delivery business in the Northeast is by far the most challenging,’’ Van Slyke said. “It seems every day there’s some weather situation we have to pay attention to.’’ In the last few years, Humphreys has increased revenues significantly as well as grown its work force. The company, just off the Thruway in Westmoreland, has 30 non-drivers and a fleet of about 70 trucks. With that comes about 65 drivers, a jump up from 2012 when there were 30. Van Slyke said one of his first moves was to have the company spend $5 million in new equipment. “That was required if we were to grow the driver fleet,’’ he said. “We also brought in a good sales staff that helped expand our customer base.’’ About 20-25 new core customers have been added in the last two years and Van Slyke said none of the company’s longterm customers left while adjustments were being made. Some of Humphreys’ customers include Byrne Dairy, Hillshire Food, Crowley and HP Hood. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Storm Damage

This truck on Sanger Hill Road took the brunt of a storm that rolled through Waterville last week, also bringing down wires.

Scholarship Offered
The Madison County Retired Teachers Association is offering a scholarship to graduated Madison County students. The student must be a college junior planning a teaching career. Interested people can request an application from: PO Box 6, Clockville, NY 13043. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 1.

Real Estate Announces New Hire
Jennifer Dapson has joined Noyes Real Estate’s sales agent team. Dapson, a Waterville Central School graduate and native of Waterville, brings 15 years of design experience as a licensed real estate sales person. Dapson, who joined Noyes Real Estate in May, has a degree in fine arts and owns her own design business. She is a certified interior designer through the State of New York, as well as a LEED accredited professional through the U.S. Green Building Council.

New Faces at BCS
Brookfield Central School District will have some new faces in the fall. At last week’s board of education meeting, attended by new principal Carrie Smith, the board hired Kim Brennan-Lee for second grade. She replaces Sabrina Denton, whose resignation and that of librarian Karen Zaleski were accepted with regrets. Michelle ZaIa was hired as a social studies teacher and Daniel Plows as a science teacher, both for the junior-senior high school. Superintendent Jim Plows said the process is underway to hire a special education teacher and a library media specialist. Also the district has started looking for coaches for the varsity and junior varsity basketball teams.


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