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Obits
Hilda Roberts Guido

AUBURN — Hilda Roberts Guido, formerly of Johnson Drive, Aurelius, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at The Auburn Nursing Home.

Hilda was born in Moravia, and was the daughter of the late James and Mabel Haynes Roberts. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church and was a graduate of Moravia High School. She worked as a bookkeeper in numerous commercial locations in the area and ultimately as a clerk with the Cayuga County Board of Elections. Mrs. Guido was a charter member of the Moravia Fireman’s Auxiliary, where she was active for the past 60 years. She was also a member of the Italian Heritage Society.

Hilda is survived by Ralph's children; his son, Thomas Guido; his two daughters, Catherine Garropy and Mary Husebo, and by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews stemming from the Mulvaney, Guido, and Roberts families. Mrs. Guido was extremely fortunate to be additionally survived by a very special and caring niece, Mrs. Faye Hatfield, as well as her husband, Gary, of Moravia.

Beside her parents, Mrs. Guido was predeceased by her first husband, Mr. Thomas Mulvaney, who tragically perished in a car accident in 1949. Hilda held precious her relationship with his family and has maintained it over the years. Hilda also lost her second husband, Mr. Ralph Guido; as well as her brother, Mr. Edward J. Roberts.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held for Mrs. Guido at noon Wednesday, Feb. 13, in St. Mary’s Church. Entombment will follow thereafter in St. Joseph’s Cemetery Mausoleum, Fleming, N.Y. Calling hours will be conducted on the same day from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Cheche Funeral Home, 1778 Clark St. Road, Auburn.

Mrs. Guido was an affectionate woman with a pleasant look on her face at all times. However, that look would turn into an infectious smile whenever she was dancing or just together with her late husband, Ralph.

The family has asked, that contributions may be made in Hilda’s memory to the Moravia Fireman’s Auxiliary, P.O. Box 855, Moravia, NY 13118 or to the charity of one’s choosing.

To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.chechefuneralhome.com.


Local
ENVIRONMENT
Cayuga County Conservation District holding seedling, groundcover, fish sales

The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for its annual spring tree seedling and groundcover sale and spring fish stocking sale.

The Cayuga County Soil and Water District has started taking orders for its 48th annual spring tree and groundcover sale, as well as this spring's fish stocking sale.

For the tree sale, the district offers a number of types of New York-grown conifers, hardwoods, shrubs and groundcovers. According to a release from the district, the seedlings, transplants and other plants provide a low-cost way to prevent erosion, improve water quality, promote wildlife, and create noise and visual buffers that double as wind and snow breaks.

The fish stocking sale offers a variety of fish to be used in ponds, including rainbow trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, black crappie, channel catfish and minnows.

Additionally, grass carp will be available for purchase for landowners with appropriate state Department of Environmental Conservation permits.

For the tree sale, the district is taking orders through April 23, with a pickup date of May 3. For fish, orders will be taken until May 7, with a pickup date of May 13.

Order forms for both sales are available at cayugswcd.org, by calling 315-252-4171 ext. 3, or by visiting the District's office on County House Road in Sennett.


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NEW YORK
Cuomo reconsidering proposed aid cut to NY towns, villages

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reexamining his state budget proposal that calls for eliminating aid to several towns and villages across New York.

During a press conference at the state Capitol Monday, Cuomo defended the proposed cuts while adding that his administration will be "taking a second look" at changes to the Aid and Incentives for Municipalities payments in the budget. 

In his 2019-20 executive budget, Cuomo proposed slashing total AIM payments from $715 million to $656 million. The cuts would affect a municipality if state aid accounts for less than 2 percent of its total budget. 

Under Cuomo's budget plan, AIM payments would be eliminated for most towns and villages. 

Cuomo said the proposal would affect local governments that receive "a very small amount of AIM money." But he's heard from local officials who are concerned that the cuts would have a major impact on their budgets. 

"In these tough times, it is a big effort for them," Cuomo said. 

Nearly every town in Cayuga County would lose AIM funding under the governor's plan. In Onondaga County, eight towns that receive more than $100,000 wouldn't receive that aid. 

Cities would be exempt from the cuts. Auburn would receive $4,982,093. Syracuse would get more than $71.7 million. 

Interest groups representing local governments, including the New York Conference of Mayors, have spoken out against the proposed cuts. Local government leaders in Cayuga County oppose the governor's plan. 

Owasco Supervisor Ed Wagner told The Citizen in January that if the town lost AIM funding it would create budget difficulties. Last year, Owasco received $27,099 in base state aid. The town's 2019 budget is more than $1.9 million. 

With a loss in state aid, the town would need to find a way to make up revenue. That would be challenging, Wagner explained, because sales tax receipts are declining. 

"This puts more burden on the taxpayers to make up the difference," he said. 

State lawmakers have urged Cuomo to restore the AIM funding in his budget proposal. Last week, state Sens. Bob Antonacci and Rachel May, called on the governor to abandon the plan to slash AIM payments. 


Obits
Edith Bogart

AUBURN — Edith Bogart, 84, of Auburn, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, surrounded by her family.

She was the daughter of the late Clinton and Mildred Thompson Smith, life residents of Levanna, N.Y. As a very young girl, Edith drove trucks for the family-owned milk hauling business. She worked for P&C Markets and retired from Welch Allyn where she was employed 19 years. Edith was a very active member of the United Church of Auburn, volunteered at City Hall and Westminster Manor, and was a past member of the Scipio Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. Edie and her husband were well-known in Auburn as “The Walkers” as they would be seen enjoying a four-mile walk every morning and afternoon throughout the city.

She is survived by sons, Ronald (Doreen) Pullen, and Roger (Pamela) Pullen; two stepdaughters, Debra (Gary) Saville, and Lisa (Timothy) Corfield; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and another on the way.

In addition to her parents, Edith was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Wesley Bogart; two brothers, Arthur and James Smith, and a stepdaughter, Penny Fay.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the Brew Funeral Home, 48 South St., Auburn, with a service to immediately follow. Burial will be in Fleming Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Edith has requested contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204, American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., East Syracuse, NY 13057, or United Church of Auburn, 77 Metcalf Drive, Auburn, NY 13021.


WEATHER
Winter storm warning

A winter storm warning has been issued for a large portion of Cayuga County.

The National Weather Service announced Monday that the winter storm warning will be in effect from 3 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday for southern Cayuga, Cortland, Chenango and Otsego counties.

Warnings have also been issued for areas that include Seneca, Tompkins, Onondaga and Oswego counties. Northern Cayuga County and Wayne County are under winter weather advisories.

According to the warning for the southern half of Cayuga County, heavy snow and mixed precipitation is expected, according to the alert. Total snow accumulations of six to nine inches, with ice accumulations of up to one-tenth of an inch, are in the forecast. 

Snow will develop around sunrise and become heavy between 8 and 10 a.m. Snow will mix with sleet and freezing by early afternoon and continue overnight into Wednesday. 

The storm could create difficult travel conditions. Wind gusts as high as 30 mph are possible. 

Get your latest weather updates at auburnpub.com/weather.


Obits
Mary Jane Sawyer

AUBURN — Mary Jane Sawyer, 82, formerly of Howard Street, Auburn, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in The Commons on Saint Anthony, Auburn.

Mary Jane was born in Auburn; she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret DeStephano Caruana. She was a graduate of Auburn Central High School. Throughout her life she was an avid reader, enjoying suspense and thriller novels. She was an active member of Auburn’s Italian American Club.

Mrs. Sawyer is survived by her wonderful and caring son, Thomas and by his equally loving and caring wife, Rebecca, of Auburn; also by her precious, beloved granddaughter, Carly Rose Sawyer; one brother, John, of California; as well as several nieces and nephews. It should be noted that Mary Jane was lucky enough to be survived by her tremendous, devoted, and helpful neighbor, Maggie O’Keefe.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sawyer was predeceased by her husband, George “Cousin” Sawyer; as well as her son, Mark, of New York City, both of which were devastating losses to Mary Jane. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Leo and Steve Caruana.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered for Mrs. Sawyer at noon Thursday, Feb. 14, in Sacred Heart Church, Auburn. Burial will follow thereafter in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fleming, N.Y. Calling hours for Mary Jane will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cheche Funeral Home, 1778 Clark St. Road, Auburn.

Mary Jane was known around town as an impeccable dresser. She loved traveling to New York City, taking the train every few weeks to visit her wonderful son, Mark, who was involved in the fashion industry there. He would treat her to the newest trends in garments and beauty products, long before they would reach the shelves in Central New York.

To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.chechefuneralhome.com.