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Local family gets home makeover from TV series

By JERREMY BOYLAN
Staff Reporter

makeoverPhotos by Misha T. Kwasniewski/staff photographer
Kim Rowland watches Friday’s episode of the Live with Regis and Kelly television show as she holds her daughter Kristin, while her husband, Seth Rowland, holds their son Joshua and daughter Melissa in his lap in the background. Kim Rowland was featured in the program’s “Mom’s Dream Come True” series that aired Friday. Rowland was one of five mothers chosen for the annual special

CORTLANDVILLE — Kim Rowland sat in her living room Friday morning, watching herself on national television.
Her 2-year-old twins, Joshua and Kristin, cried out, “Mommy,” as they saw their mother appear on the Live with Regis and Kelly “Mom’s Dream Come True” series.
“Her story is one of grace, dignity and courage,” Regis Philbin said to millions of viewers.
Kim, 26, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. She was also one of five mothers chosen to be part of the show’s 16th annual Mother’s Day Special. An Alabama woman’s husband and children will be brought back from Iraq to go on vacation with her in the Caribbean. Another was given a $30,000 wheelchair for her disabled daughter. Kim Rowland was given a place to come home to after she undergoes a double mastectomy Friday.
The Rowlands left their home on Pendleton Street Extension May 5 to live with Kim’s mother in Dryden. They returned to find that volunteers from the Regis and Kelly show, Lowe’s Department Store, Pottery Barn and HGTV’s Divine Design had transformed their house.
“We were only gone for four days. I figured, ‘How much could they do?’” Kim Rowland’s husband, Seth, said. “Well, they did a lot.”
More than 25 volunteers, mostly from eight different regional Lowe’s stores, worked through the weekend on the house. The renovations included new landscaping, decorating and furnishing two bedrooms, and totally redesigning the kitchen, complete with all new appliances from General Electric.
Kim, a nurse, and her husband, a city police officer, have been working for the last six years to update their home, built in the 1860s.
The formerly gutted upstairs bedrooms are now equipped with new bedroom sets, a new banister, carpets and dozens of special touches from designer Candice Olson.
“Everything looks wonderful,” Kim said. “I never would have been able to design something like this. I love it.”
Joshua, Kristin and baby Melissa’s bedroom now features three new beds, chairs and a small play area, but Kim can’t get enough of the walls. Three blue walls surround a fourth green wall, which is home to a painting of a tree, complete with flowers, birds and the children’s names over each of their beds.
“The kids love the room,” Kim said. “On the first night they knew it was their room and kept taking our hands and dragging us up there.”
Kim had only heard stories about the other mothers featured on the program. She was introduced to their stories Friday morning.
“The other moms are amazing,” she said after watching the show. “I’m out of my league.”
But her family would disagree. Kim’s sister Kristin, who sent in a letter to the show detailing Kim’s trials, read that letter to America. Kristin told of what a dedicated mother Kim has been through the months of cancer treatments and chemotherapy.
“She has never once thought about how the disease has affected her,” Kim said. “She is only concerned about her kids.”
With her surgery date looming, Kim has written letters to be given to her children on graduations, wedding days and other landmarks, should she not make it through her battle with cancer.
After Kim’s surgery and recovery, the Rowlands will take a week vacation to Canyon Ranch Spa in Massachusetts. But in the meantime she will continue to fight the disease and continue to be a model mother.

 

 

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Dryden hears emergency update

By IDA M. PEASE
Staff Reporter

DRYDEN — Lee Shurtleff, director of Tompkins County Emergency Response, updated the Town Board Thursday about plans for the county emergency communications replacement project.
He said contracts have been signed and plans finalized. Of 10 sites for the project, two are in Dryden — one on Walker Road and the other on Mount Pleasant Road. Both are current sites for emergency communications and only need upgrades to handle the new equipment.
All of the sites will be equipped with various types of antenna and microwave dishes, and include access drives, concrete shelters for emergency generators and electrical equipment, above ground propane tanks, security fences and electrical service. The Dryden sites would include new fencing and shelters, Shurtleff said.

 

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Medicare Part D deadline looms

By COREY PRESTON
Staff Reporter

The looming May 15 deadline for enrolling in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program is leaving many local seniors scrambling to register.
According to the latest data from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services, there were more than 7,000 people in Cortland County who were Part D eligible as of April 27, said Carol Deloff, director of the Cortland County Area Agency on Aging. Of those 7,000, Deloff said, 1,995 were without prescription drug coverage.
“Hopefully by now that number’s quite a bit smaller,” Deloff said Thursday, adding that her office has been counseling people on enrolling in Part D since November.
Medicare Part D is a prescription drug insurance program that provides assistance to people who are already enrolled in Medicare Part A or Part B, generally people over the age of 65 or younger people with disabilities. The program is government subsidized, but is administered by private health insurance companies, offering a range of coverage options for beneficiaries.

 

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Homer Senior earns distinction as merit scholar

By ADAM SAMROV
Staff Reporter

HOMER — At a recent board meeting, high school Principal Fred Farah said that senior Elizabeth Siegle was a semifinalist for a National Merit Scholarship award, talking for nearly 10 minutes about all of Siegle’s accomplishments, both in and out of the classroom.
Siegle was named May 3 as a winner of a $2,500 award.
The National Merit Scholarship Program started in 1955 and students qualify by taking the Preliminary SAT, or PSAT, and receiving a certain score on the test. The cut-off to qualify is 218, which is the equivalent of a 2180 out of 2400 on the new SAT.
The award, which is only given to 2,500 high school seniors nationwide, is awarded based on students’ abilities, skills and accomplishments, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) Web site. Students are evaluated on academic records, activities and the test scores for the PSAT and the SAT.

 

 

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Harford seeks input on Town Hall project


By ADAM SAMROV
Staff Reporter

HARFORD — A town meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 23 to solicit ideas from residents about plans to expand the Town Hall and the fire station.
Town officials have to either renovate the Town Hall and fire station or build a new building to hold both. A committee of seven people, comprising Town Board members and other local officials, has been looking at the feasibility of each option since January.
Town residents will have to vote on a referendum later this year to choose between the two options.
State voting commissioners have said the Town Hall is not up to state code because it lacks wheelchair accessibility. The main reason the issue was brought up is because voting in Harford takes place at the Town Hall.

 

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