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December 17, 2014 Front Page Headlines

Santa’s Helpers
Santa Claus and his helpers made a stop at Waterville Village Hall Saturday to prepare some of the stuff 51 families, with 127 kids, will receive through the efforts of the Waterville Community Christmas Committee. Along with toys and clothing, children will also receive new winter attire. Families will also be assisted by getting items to make a Christmas ham dinner from the Waterville Fire Department. The Waterville Library provided books and the Tower Foundation gives each family a gift card to help with their utility bills. The committee used monetary donations to buy toys and stuffed animals to round out the presents to children. Families pick up their bags at Village Hall Thursday.

Residents Ask About Ban
The Brookfield Town Board met last week. Town Supervisor John Salka gave a brief update on the town setting up a hydrofracking ban. In a non-binding straw poll taken last month, residents overwhelmingly favored a ban on the gas drilling process. Salka said he had been in communication with David Slottje, who is assisting 35 other towns in New York state with bans or moratoriums. The town has a moratorium in place, which is temporary. Salka said Slottje is waiting to become involved until he sees where the board stands. “So maybe the Board can discuss this at some time,” Salka said. Salka said since the town is without an attorney, he thought it would be very premature to do anything on this at this point. During the public comment period, resident Honna Bowen tried to get clarification on the delay in dealing with discussing the ban on gas drilling. She polled the board, which showed a 3-2 split against having a ban. Resident Tammy Krauss asked Salka if the town is done dealing with the ban. Salka said it is up to the people of the community to speak to their elected officials. Krauss said residents already did that with the poll taken during the November election. Krauss asked Head if he had any gas leases or any members of his family had gas leases. Head said no. Salka said it was part of the process that town residents have to go to the five board members now. Councilman Jeff Mayne, who said he did not support a ban at this time, said if the town had a public hearing he might be persuaded to change his mind. Salka told Krauss it was incumbent upon her and each person to persuade each individual board member to support a ban. Resident Kristen Wiles said the individual persuasion of board members is not right. Wiles said the straw poll was enough to show what town residents want. She said the precedence has been set for bans already. Resident Jonathan Haar said he believed the next legal step for gas companies would be to bring the gas drilling lawsuits to federal court. He said “straw polls are nice but we’re not being run by mob rule. We’re run by law.”  For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Barber Shop Opens In Waterville

Fred Hinderliter spent Saturday mornings as a boy watching his town’s barber work on the hair of the men of Russell. Now, Hinderliter will be the guy people can watch, or for men, at least come to get their haircuts. “Since I was little I wanted to be a barber,’’ said Hinderliter, who earlier this month opened Fred’s Barber Shop at 120 W. Main St. in Waterville. The road to becoming a barber took a while. He grew up in Russell, where his dad was a pastor. After four years in the Navy, Hinderliter spent the next 34 years driving tractor trailer. When his company closed, he needed to find another career. Before that, his truck driving days used to bring him to Covidean, then in Oriskany Falls. There he met, dated and about nine years ago married the former Sharon Hemming. When at a doctor’s appointment at the VA hospital, someone suggested Hinderliter think about going back to school to learn a trade. He remembered his childhood wish to be a barber. A spot opened up in a BOCES-run program in Norwich. To emphasize that he had chosen right, Hinderliter graduated at the top of his class. He worked for about a year and a half in Cazenovia at Twisted Scissors. There he did men’s haircuts. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Blood Drive Scheduled
A Community Blood Drive will be at Marshall Town Hall, Deansboro, Thursday, Dec 18, 1 to 6 p.m. Call MaryAnn at 821-7875 or 1-800-RED-CROSS for an appointment. Please consider Double Red Cell donation if you are O-, O+, A- or B-.

Christmas Church Services
St. Bernard’s Church, Waterville: Sunday, Dec. 21. Penance service, 3 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Mass and Pageant, 4 p.m., Mass at 10 p.m. Christmas Day, Dec. 25: Mass, 9 a.m. New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, Mass 5 p.m. New Year’s Day, Jan. 1: Mass, 9 a.m. St. Joseph’s Church, Oriskany Falls: Monday, Dec. 22, Penance service, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: 11 a.m. to noon, Penance service; Mass and Pageant, 4 p.m. Christmas Day, Dec. 25: Mass, 9:30 a.m. Sauquoit Valley United Methodist: Christmas Eve service, Dec. 24, 5 p.m. Waterville Baptist Church: Candlelight Christmas Service, Sunday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m. Concert of beautiful Christmas favorites. Free and open to the public. Augusta-Vernon Center Presbyterian Church: Candlelight Christmas Eve service, Dec. 24, featuring musical selections by the Augusta trio, Amedee Williams on viola and the the choir. 7 p.m. Waterville First United Methodist Church: Christmas Eve service, Dec. 24, 8 p.m. East Hamilton United Methodist Church: Christmas Eve service, Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, Brookfield: Dec. 21, Children’s Christmas Pag-eant Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: Services 6 and 8 p.m.

 


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