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Post-Standard (Newspaper) - December 25, 2005, Syracuse, New York SUNDAY The PostStandard Affiliated with SUNDAY DECEMBER 25 2005 FINAL EDITION 2005 The PostStandard SYRACUSE nCRRT QHRI Al Campanie Staff photographer WITH A WAVE Santa takes a skate around the Clinton Square ice rink in Syracuse GOOD MORNING A GRAY CHRISTMAS Sorry skiers Unseasonable warmth will continue to blanket Central New York today bringing areas of fog and rain later in the day Youll need to wait only a day as temperatures dip down close to freezing on Monday as a cold front moves in Warmer weather should return to the region again on Complete Wednesday HIGH 42 LOW 32 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAYS NEWSPAPBt Index Anniversaries H9 Business El H Dkktose EtSloriais Engagements BI C2 H8 Real Weddings World A37 Online news updates The PostStandards reporters update the news of Central New York from morn ing until night seven days a week Get the latest you want it at Corrections Manlius Pebble Hill trip to The Rev Kenneth Reeds Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 4702240 to discuss a correction on a news story Subscription questions Call 470NEWS THE POSTSTANDARD For home delivery call 4706397 Far from loved ones theyre glad to be alive Farmworkers injured hi house explosion Oct 6 celebrate Christmas together in Fulton By Molly HennessyFiske Staff writer Their villages spent the past nine nights celebrating families walking house to house across the Guatemalan and Mexican coun tryside Sitting in their Fulton home the farmworkers recall processions accompanied by guitars and singing often ending in a homemade meal of tamales This year the men could not join the celebration Stuck thousands of miles north in Central New York they are recovering from an Oct 6 ex plosion at a Schroeppel farmhouse that left them homeless many pen niless So Posada the Spanish word for lodging commemorating Joseph and Marys search for a place to stay in Bethlehem came to them A dozen guests lighted candles shook maracas and tambourines and sang in Spanish Como primavera al reverdecer una nueva vida nos viene a they Like spring revives ev erything he promises to bring us new In the rented house that volunteers Al Staff photographer MARCO JIMENEZ a farmworker hurt in an explosion Oct 6 is prayed for by the Rev Moritz Fuchs left of Fulton and Deacon David Sweenie of the Catholic Dioceses Spanish Apostolate in Oswego County Jimenez suffered a head injury and burns over 60 percent of his body found and furnished for the farm workers there are piles of gifts under a donated tree sparkling with orna ments Clothing games phone cards and grocery gift cards await unwrap ping today several thousand dollars worth of good will from Central New York care of the Migrant Worker Co alitions of Onondaga and Oswego counties But what the nine farmworkers in jured in the explosion really want is not under the tree Three months after Less fighting means more pilgrims for Bethlehem More than people expected to visit town hi largest turnout since 2000 By Sarah el Dceb The Associated Press Bethlehem West Bank Thousands of tourists flocked to Bethlehem for Christinas Eve celebrations Saturday bringing a longmissing sense of holiday cheer to Jesus historic birth place The festivities capped the most peaceful year since the out break of IsraeliPalestinian fight ing in September 2000 But Isra els imposing separation barrier at the entrance to town damp ened the Christmas spirit and provided a stark reminder of the unresolved conflict The gray concrete wall which Israel said it erected to keep at tackers out of its cities divides Bethlehem and blocks access to neighboring Jerusalem The 25foothigh slabs drew as much CHRISTUM PAW Happy and Merry Christmas We visit with some families who will be celebrating both today IOCAI PAGE 11 The GMoc story begins How Gerry McNamara be came a prep school legend SfOKTS PAttTH Saving an Iraqi baby soldiers work to arrange free care for infant who was left to die in Iraq STOUT Whats coming in 06 We kick off a series with looks at new state laws CKY Football AllStars HoMay coloring contest A talk with Amy Tan See the firstplace entries from Aubum Cicero Liverpool Which high school players made the team SPORTS PAGES The NFL gomes Who won who lost SPORTS PAGED1 For the night games story contest Check out all the winners of our holiday writing contests STARS 5 The author of The Joy Luck Club talks about her latest novel STARS 17 Babys first christmos CNY babies who are enjoying their first holiday CUT PAGO Hl 0 Hl 1
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