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On this day in history in The Citizen: Feb. 13, 2013

2013-02-13T03:05:00Z On this day in history in The Citizen: Feb. 13, 2013The Citizen staff Auburn Citizen
February 13, 2013 3:05 am  • 

Feb. 14, 1938

(No paper Feb. 13, 1938)

The work horse and the mule, outmoded by the tractor and automobile, are dying out, the census bureau said today.

The last agricultural census taken in 1935 showed the birth rate of colts was only half as much as needed to replace dying animals.

Experts said seven colts should be born per year per 100 animals to keep the horse and mule population from declining, but the national average has been only 3.6 new colts.

Feb. 13, 1953

Seven past presidents of the Fulton St. School Parent-Teacher Association and one past principal of the school were honored last night at the association's 56th Founder's Day Anniversary banquet.

Past presidents at the banquet were Arthur P. Hemans, Mrs. Carl R. Brister, who is also a past president of the state PTA, Mrs. Roy F. Taylor, Mrs. Joseph Berry, Mrs. Edgar S. Mosher, Mrs. S. Willard Hamilton and Mrs. Lewis C. Cooper.

Mrs. Minnie Howell, past principal of Fulton St. School, was also present.

Feb. 13, 2003

AURELIUS — There were few questions but plenty of answers at Thursday night's question-and-answer forum hosted by the Aurelius Town Board. Representatives of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma were warned any attempt to build a bingo hall without following local land-use regulations by claiming sovereignty will be vigorously opposed.

With more than 100 people attended the hour-long forum, Aurelius officials had to move the discussion from a meeting room into the town's more spacious garage.

Although conversation was occasionally muddled in the drone of an idling truck parked just outside, the sentiment of most who attended — including many members of Upstate Citizens for Equality from Seneca and Cayuga counties — was quite clear: Tribal businesses that don't pay local or state taxes are not welcome.

Town Supervisor Ed Ide set the tone during the town board's 35-minute regular meeting that preceded the forum when he proposed Aurelius retain a Syracuse law firm, Hiscock & Barclay, to advise it on matters relating to the Seneca-Cayugas' planned $25-million bingo hall. His motion was approved unanimously.

Feb. 13, 2008

The Cayuga County Board of Elections has chosen the new voting machine it believes voters will use in the November election.

The elections board has ordered optical scan machines manufactured by Sequoia Voting Systems to tally votes on paper ballots, according to elections officials. Officials say that the machines are the best of the choices offered by the state that will be compliant with the Help America Vote Act.

A January decision by the state Board of Elections called for each county to chose HAVA-compliant, handicap-accessible machines by Feb. 8. The new machines are part of a statewide process to comply with the 2002 act, which was passed as an effort to avoid a repeat of the 2000 presidential election in Florida.

Though the county will likely have to spend up to $1 million on equipment and training for the new machines, the county elections board has not yet made a final tally of machines to purchase, Sedor said. While the state has mandated that one new machine be placed in all 65 of the county's polling places, the elections board could replace all of its voting machines.

That decision will be based on whether or not the new machines will allow more people to vote on them than the previous ones, Sedor said.

Sedor also said that the process of choosing new machines has also been bogged down by legal wrangling within the federal and state government, making it difficult to say for certain exactly which new machines, and how many, voters will use come November.

 — Compiled by Jean Bennett

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