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Dave & Cheryl: Positive influences

May 25th, 2007

by Zachary V. Zagger

Cheryl Vermilya sat at the dining room table on the third floor of the Town Shop Youth Center cutting cloves of garlic for a future meal or cooking lesson. She was still indignant.

Only recently a man getting coffee next door accused her of “cooking the books” for the Town Shop, which she and her husband have run for the past 36 years. She was infuriated by the accusations, but tried to stay calm. She told of the volunteer work the teens do around the village of Camillus, at places like the St. Paul’s Samaritan Center, the Sunshine Horse Rescue and soup kitchens in Syracuse.

But she said the man was not appeased. At the next village board meeting, he stood up and said Cheryl had approached him, angry and yelling. She was not at all happy how he portrayed her to the community.

“Where does this depth of hatred come from?” she asked. “I don’t know.”

Teens Not A “Problem”

Since the Town Shop opened in 1971, the Vermilyas have understood that some dislike the Town Shop because it sits on the main street. But the Town Shop has been at its current location for almost its entire 36-year history, and Dave and Cheryl think the teens are not the problem some portray them as.

“They’re nice kids but they are not the athletes or the national honor society students for the most part,” Dave said. “But they are still good kids, kids who in other places are under served.”

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Trip to NY

May 16th, 2007

By Aaron Stukey

Hello, my name is Aaron Stukey and I am writing about the Town Shop trip to the “big apple” this past April. For starters, it was my first trip to New York (I thought I went when I was eight years old, but it was technically New Jersey). For being my first time in the city, I had an amazing time, and everything flowed together nicely, it was an absolutely picture perfect weekend.

The drive was definitely scenic, and didn’t take too much time it seemed. There was a lot to look at out the windows on 81 South and then further down. We then arrived at the host families house in Glen Rock, NJ. They were very nice people and had a very beautiful home. The family was Julie (a former Town Shop youth), her husband Jeff who graduated from Syracuse University, and their two children Nathan and Emma, who were very adorable. We got all of our stuff situated and then hit the road for the short drive into the city.

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May 5th, 2007

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If you’re interested in being involved in an event, check out the calendar. Current weekly outdoor activities involve kayaking and volleyball, as well as picnics at Onondaga Lake Park. Any questions regarding these activities can be answered via phone at 672-8874. We look forward to seeing you!