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July 29, 2015 Front Page Headlines

Farming Here By Choice
Thirty years ago Jeff and Shirley Kellogg stood at a life-altering crossroads. Living in western Massachusetts, they farmed on property that had been in Jeff’s family for three generations since the 1930s. Shirley’s family, also multi-generational farmers, lived in a nearby town. After Jeff’s dad passed away at a young age, Jeff, Shirley and their sons Lee and Mike moved to the Kellogg family farm to run it. They lived in a house they had built using lumber from trees on the property. They lived on Kellogg Road. But Jeff’s mom had decided the time had come to sell the property as developers offered good money for farm land at the foot of the Berkshires. More and more farmers followed that route, depleting the once-strong agriculture area to condos and malls. If they stayed in western Massachusetts, where all their family lived, where their sons attended school, where they were involved in community groups, they would have to leave farming and find another way of life. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

For The Love Of Wandering
To better understand her students, Grave Wivell decided she needed to be like them. If they were going to learn a new language, then so was she. To prepare herself to teach high school students in Indonesia, Wivell taught herself Indonesian. Wivell returned home to her family’s farm in Deansboro this summer after spending nine months teaching in Malang, Indonesia. She leaves shortly for another nine months, this time in a more remote area. Wivell postponed graduate school last year, and did so again this year, to take on the challenge of going some place she had never been to teach students. In 2014 she graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in English education focused on teaching high school students. Her student teaching and volunteer work in Ithaca exposed her to students learning English as a second language. “I knew that was what I wanted to do,’’ she said. She applied to, and was accepted, into Stony Brook University’s program. She also applied for a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. About 1,900 college graduates a year are chosen to do teaching, research or studying in countries around the world. “When I looked at it, Indonesia’s program caught my eye,’’ said Wivell, who spent a semester studying in London while at Ithaca. “For a farm girl from the middle of nowhere, it sounded like an amazing opportunity.’’ Technically Wivell is a graduate of Waterville Central School, having spent a semester there after being home-schooled until her senior year. She spent her last semester in high school taking classes at Mohawk Valley Community College. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Keeper Of History
Marshall Town Board member Dan Williams presents Dorothy McConnell with an engraved clock as a thank you gift during a board meeting earlier this year. McConnell retired as the town historian after 25 years. She also founded the town’s Historical Society and served as its first president for a number of years. Since retiring as the longtime town clerk, McConnell has devoted time to writing five books about local history. The town board spoke about her years of service and everything she has done to document the history of the Town of Marshall for people to remember for generations to come. McConnell is recovering from some health issues. Cards can be sent to her at Dorothy McConnell, 2816 Post Street, Clinton, NY 13323.

Brookfield Looks To Change Offices

Brookfield residents will decide on modifying two elected town offices. At this month’s Brookfield Town Board meeting, board members approved two proposals to put to residents. One would change the length of the term of the town supervisor from two years to four years. The other would decrease the number of town justices from two to one. Town Supervisor John Salka said the supervisor’s office is the only one in the town with a two-year term. “Going to four years puts it more in line with the others,’’ said Salka, who is seeking his fifth term as supervisor this year. He said a two-year term means the supervisor is running for office every 18 months. “It’s counterproductive to getting things done, since sometimes what you put in place doesn’t have time to fully happen in 18 months.’’ After a public hearing on this at the board’s next meeting Aug. 10, the town will put this to voters on the November ballot. The hearing will start at 6:30 p.m. before the meeting, which is in the North Brookfield firehouse. If approved by voters in November, the person elected supervisor also at that time will serve for four years. Salka said there is no waiting period even though the person elected this year will not know if the term is for two or four years. Town Justice Marylou Rhodes, who was elected to fill the vacancy created with the death of David Ray, not only was new to the job in January but also became the town’s only judge when Don Brown retired. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Oneida County Fair Opens Up
The 127th Boonville Oneida County Fair runs this week through Sunday. Gates open at 8 a.m. every day. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Children 12 and under are free. Country star Josh Turner performs at the Grandstand Saturday, Aug. 1. Tickets are $30. Other events include tractor pulls, horse shows, a demolition derby and horse pulls. The Coleman Brothers Midway will offer ride specials from 12-4 p.m. every day but Saturday. cost of $4,254,000.

Village of Waterville
At last week’s Waterville Village Board meeting, once again the development of the Putnam Street property owned by the village dominated the discussion. About 40 people attended the meeting, which began when Trustee Bruce Treen, who missed the last meeting, said he understood from the meeting prior that the village board agreed to get three appraisals for the Putnam Street property. Treen said he also thought the five members agreed to sit back for six months before making a decision to sell the property. Treen said he wants to put the village-owned land back on the market for six months and contract with a realtor. He said the village needs to do more to advertise the property besides a sign on the property and an advertisement in the Waterville Times. Trustee Brian Bogan said a recent third appraisal of the property for $19,000 was just done. Bogan said he is not in favor of a six-month contract with a realtor. 
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