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Wednesday, August 31

Girls soccer Mustangs face roster questions

Seven starters gone from 2010 state finalists

Veteran Marcellus girls soccer coach Laurie Updike has spent much of preseason pushing her team's RPM. So far, it's been slow going.

WG boys soccer aiming much higher now

Wildcats, 11-7 a season ago, have title dreams

For the first time in a while it's okay for the West Genesee boys soccer team to embrace high expectations. Go ahead, project this team into the Section III Class AA playoffs. It's unlikely you'll be disappointed.

Boys soccer Lakers begin next chapter

Skaneateles comes off perfect season, 2010 state Class B title

A smile is still on Skaneateles boys soccer coach Kirk Atwater's face.

ESM could move spring break up one week

East Syracuse Minoa Schools is considering moving its spring break up one week following the state's rescheduling of its English Language Arts exams to April 16-20.

F-M school board meets tomorrow morning to discuss spring break dates

The F-M school board will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the high school conference room to discuss the possibility of rescheduling the dates of spring break. This follows the state’s last-minute scheduling of the English Language Arts assessment during the same week.

Stickley president, CEO given WithIt’s Legacy Award

Aminy I. Audi, president and CEO of L. & J.G. Stickley, Inc. of Manlius, was recently honored with the 2011 Legacy Award, an honor bestowed to a woman who has made significant lifetime contributions to the home and furnishings industries.

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Ten-time Grammy-winning a cappella group to perform at Holy Cross

Formed in 1987, Take 6 has been a pioneer in the world of a cappella jazz, having recorded and performed with such legends as Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder.

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NYS Veterinary Medical Society honors Magee

Assemblyman first to receive organization’s Star Legislator Award

The New York State Veterinary Medical Society is recently presented its first Star Legislator Award to Assemblyman William Magee on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Hall of Veterinary Health at the New York State Fair. The NYSVMS established its Star Legislator Award in March 2011 to honor a state legislator who has demonstrated a strong commitment to working with the NYSVMS to assure the protection and well-being of animals, and safeguard the veterinarian’s professional scope of practice.

CPF congratulates board for continued dedication to village residents

Letter to the editor

This summer the Village Planning Board held three long hearings on the subject of Cazenovia College replacing natural grass with artificial turf on its lacrosse field. Once alerted to the hearings by the grapevine and its emails, neighbors from Liberty, Sullivan, Union and Lincklaen Streets along with some from Lincklaen Terrace and the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation brought up a number issues not addressed by the college’s application.

Caz Garden Club thanks Mark Stinson for service

Letter to the editor

Some of you may not know the name of the person you see diligently watering the hanging baskets, flowers and plantings in and around the village. Certainly, you have seen him — sunglasses and baseball hat on, tunes in his ears, riding on the green tractor pulling the water wagon.

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Students volunteer to ‘Light Up Fenner’

District athletic teams contribute to fundraising efforts

The third- and fourth-grade Cazenovia girls lacrosse team recently held a fundraiser, selling baked goods, drinks and Cazenovia Pizza, which helped them raise $200 to contribute to Light Up Fenner. One of the goals, of the committee is to include as many youth organizations and school teams as possible that will benefit by the new lights at Fenner. We look forward to other teams organizing mini fund raising projects so that all the athletes have some ownership in this project.

Call me a cab, but make sure I’m metered

Four taxis wait patiently at the curb mid block north from the corner of Salina and Washington Streets, just off the heart of downtown. A driver paces nervously back and forth along the row of cabs. How’s business?

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Lensman chronicles Upstate’s urban landscape

Bruce Jackson is Buffalo’s Brahmin of pop culture.

Nominate speakers for new food lecture and film series

An upcoming series of talks and films organized by Slow Food CNY is seeking nominees for local speakers to share their story, idea or perspective about the food system.

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Skaneateles Festival: Week four

Masterpiece (măs’t∂r-pēs΄) n. 1. An outstanding work of art or craft. 2. Something superlative. Stellar musicians like pianist Jon Nakamatsu (Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist), soprano Sari Gruber (Naumburg Competition winner), violinist Steven Copes (St Paul Chamber Orchestra concertmaster), and others close this year’s festival with a week of timeless masterpieces. For ethereal beauty, we’ll hear Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock; for melancholy and soul, the Brahms Clarinet Quintet; for exuberant folk music, Dvorak’s Dumky Trio; for stunning melodic beauty, Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. And the list goes on.

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‘There were a lot of smiles going around’

Athenaeum provides wedding to employee who could not afford one

Alexandria Cioffa and Chris Miles had decided in May to forego having a wedding and instead to simply elope and say their vows in front of a justice of the peace because they did not have the money for such an event. When Trudy Scarr, executive director of the Athenaeum assisted living home in Skaneateles, heard about this, however, she had a better idea. She offered to not only host but also prepare a wedding ceremony for the couple at the Athenaeum.

Support local events this Labor Day weekend

letter to the editor

There will be no lack of things to do this coming Labor Day Weekend. Get to the Great N.Y. State Fair before Sept. 2 because that’s when all the activities in Skaneateles heat up!

Response to your Aug. 24 editorial

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing this as a response to the editorial that was run by the Skaneateles Press on Aug. 24. I would like to add to that editorial with some additional information that I feel was overlooked.

All politics – and taxes – are local

Editorial

The newly announced school tax rate for Skaneateles CSD residents is certainly not welcome news — not really any time, but especially not in the current painful economic situation our country is in.

Labor Day race weekend traffic and parking notice

Skaneateles Labor Day Race Weekend organizers seek the cooperation of Skaneateles residents and motorists to ensure the safety of racers and to minimize traffic disruptions before 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Spafford residents celebrate 200 years

With sunny skies and musical vibes, dozens of area residents ventured out to Lourdes Camp Saturday to take part in the Town of Spafford’s bicentennial celebration.

Two vie for Lysander seat: Fred Burtch

Republican primary set for Sept. 13

The Town of Lysander Supervisor seat is open for election this year. Two candidates, incumbent Barry Bullis and opponent Fred Burtch, are competing for the Republican nomination in the Sept. 13 primary. The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed both men to get a better understanding of each candidate’s qualifications and viewpoints. The following are responses from Burtch:

B'ville Library will be closed Sept. 4, 5

If you’re not off on vacation, doing those last minute school preparation chores or enjoying our great State Fair, it’s prime time to enjoy our cool and (momentarily) quiet library.

Two vie for Lysander seat: Barry Bullis

Republican primary set for Sept. 13

The Town of Lysander Supervisor seat is open for election this year. Two candidates, incumbent Barry Bullis and opponent Fred Burtch, are competing for the Republican nomination in the Sept. 13 primary. The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed both men to get a better understanding of each candidate’s qualifications and viewpoints. The following responses are from Bullis:

Tuesday, August 30

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Hobby Lobby celebrates grand opening in DeWitt

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, O.K., started as an outgrowth of Greco Products, a miniature picture frame company founded in a garage by David Green in 1970. Today, Hobby Lobby has 490 stores across the nation.

Is automating 911 calls the answer to slow emergency response times?

It took the Jamesville Volunteer Fire Department 13 minutes to respond to a burning vehicle with a man trapped inside on Aug. 21. In the meantime, paid DeWitt firefighters say they could have responded in 6 minutes, but were not called to the fire.

Looking for a debate

Letters to the editor

As a candidate for Lysander Town Supervisor in the Republican primary election on Sept. 13, thank you for the opportunity to inform your readers that they’ll have a choice this fall. My opponent, Barry Bullis, has monopolized town politics for three decades. He’s been town supervisor since 1995. He was Republican Committee Chairman from 1982 until then. For the first time in his four terms, Mr. Bullis faces a primary challenge from a fellow Republican.

Addressing lies and half-truths

Letters to the editor

My name is Barry Bullis; I am a Republican and have been nominated by my party for re-election as supervisor of the Town of Lysander. Mr. Frederic R. Burtch is challenging me for this nomination. Contrary to Mr. Burtch’s allegations, I don’t “destroy” people in the press; that’s not my style. I will, however, address the lies and half-truths he has spread in his campaign literature and publications.

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Strasburg sizzles

Right-handed hurler hits 98 mph over five perfect innings as Chiefs down the Red Wings

With one of its joints retooled, the California Cannon exploded off the mound at Alliance Bank Stadium last Saturday. Heralded hurler Stephen Strasburg hit 98 mph while pitching five perfect innings of baseball as the Syracuse Chiefs clipped the Rochester Red Wings, 4-3.

The campus mess

College football's start overshadowed by multiple scandals

Syracuse will take the field Thursday night against Wake Forest. A couple of days later, most of the rest of college football awakens, too, as LSU-Oregon and Boise State-Georgia give us the best two games in the country. So there’s reason to be excited, right?

Noon in Syracuse

What kind of movie would Woody Allen make about Central New York? His most recent movie masterpiece, “Midnight in Paris,” could easily be remade to showcase a notable era in Syracuse history.

Marcellus Memories : 50 years ago - 1961

 “Memories of Marcellus” by Frank Griffing continued…Men whom I have known who made the Village of Marcellus were: William White and Joseph Matteson who had a hardware store on the south side of Main Street.

E ducere

A number of colleges recently revealed that it has become commonplace to offer remediation classes to entering freshman. Remediation classes? 

Supporting one another

After spending a few hours in the office on Saturday morning, I drove out to Camillus to watch my youngest cousin, Anthony aka “Beans” in his Pop Warner football scrimmage.

Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer

According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, when ovarian cancer is found before it has spread beyond the ovaries, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92 percent. But because there is no screening method for early detection of ovarian cancer, only one-fifth of all cases are discovered at this stage. Instead, about 60 percent of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed with advanced or Stage III disease, when cancer cells have spread to tissues outside the pelvis or to regional lymph nodes and may be found on the outside of the liver. At this stage, the survival rate is lower, and any treatment the cancer is much more invasive.

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Ray sworn in as the newest village of Marcellus police officer

Shannon Ray was introduced as the village of Marcellus’ newest officer on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the village office.

Ophelia’s Place looks to raise some green

If you’re looking for an excuse to shut down the office early on a weekday afternoon for a good cause, think about taking part in the 10th annual Raise the Green golf tournament at Foxfire Golf Course in Van Buren.

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Cicero church sends teens on mission trip to Appalachia

Amanda Coyle was 15 the first time she went on an Appalachia Service Project mission. It changed her life. Now, she’s using the project to change the lives of teens here in Cicero. “I used to live in New Jersey, and I started going on ASP when I was a teenager,” Coyle said. “Then I grew up, got married and moved to Cicero, and when I started attending Cicero Methodist Church, I asked the pastor if I could do it because I wanted to bring it to the teens here in Cicero.”

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Brewerton revitalization on hold again

The residents of Brewerton will have to keep waiting for their revitalization project to come to fruition. The project, which started in 2006 under then-Supervisor Chet Dudzinski, has yet to move beyond the planning phases. The town has received numerous grants for the proposal, which town and state officials have said will make the riverfront hamlet a tourist attraction, and, according to various sources, has expended anywhere from $435,000 to close to $900,000 of that money.

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Marcellus High School class of ‘81 celebrates 30 years

The Marcellus High School class of 1981 traveled back to its old stomping grounds for a weekend of good company, food and drinks on Aug. 19 and 20 to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Laughs were plenty while reminiscing about the good-old-days stretched for miles.

Non-profit seeks special permit in residential Fayetteville

The Fayetteville Village Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at village hall to consider granting a special use permit to a non-profit agency that wants to move into a residential zone.

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Newest WG BOE member looks to expand the roll of technology in the classroom

Vladimiro Hart-Zavoli is anxious to increase the roll of technology in the educational process as the newest West Genesee Board of Education member.

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Waiting for take-off in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu

Most people are lucky if they get to go up in a hot air balloon once. I’ve done it twice now, and in case you were wondering — it hasn’t gotten old.

B'ville football players’ support appreciated

On behalf of the "Out Of Love" ministry of St. Mary’s, I would like to thank the Baldwinsville football players for contributing their time and talents for the success of the St. Mary’s Church Attic Treasures, Book and Bake Sale

Monday, August 29

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Scene Around Syracuse: Opening day at the Fair

Herm Card captured opening day of the 2011 Great New York State Fair in photos last Thursday, Aug. 25.

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Help paint the Fair teal in memory of Liverpool woman

Frieda Weeks got the best gift of her life in 1984 when she gave birth to her daughter Heather. “She was born on my birthday, Aug. 17,” Weeks said. “The greatest gift I ever received on my birthday.” Weeks got to keep that gift for 24 years. On June 10, 2008, Heather was diagnosed with an aggressive form of colon cancer. Though she had surgery to remove a tumor on July 1, cancer cells had already spread to her liver and bone marrow. After extensive chemotherapy, Heather, a 2002 Liverpool High School graduate, passed away on Nov. 14, 2008. But in her brief life, Heather Weeks did what we all hope to do: she made an impact.

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New choral director at First Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles has appointed Crawford R. Thoburn its new chancel choir director following the recent retirement of Dr. Thomas Baker after 28 years of service.

Village parking and traffic law changes voted

Village parking and traffic issues were the main focus in a busy meeting of the village trustees on Aug. 24, with one local parking law voted to be withdrawn and one local traffic law voted to be drawn up.

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Filicia opens home, raises funds for historical society

While Thom Filicia may be best known to others for his role on the former hit-show, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” it was his generosity Saturday that Skaneateles residents were discussing inside his East Lake Road summer-home.

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Leadership pilot program to fight student-athlete substance abuse

Honor the Code the first program of its kind in the country

A cadre of athletic directors and student athletes from four area school districts – including Skaneateles – last week held the inaugural meeting for a new pilot program created to fight substance abuse among student athletes.

ELA dates conflict with spring break

Districts across New York state may have to change their spring break so that they don’t conflict with English Language Arts state assessment exams. State Education Commissioner Dr. John King announced last week that the dates of the exams had been changed to the week of April 16. That’s the same week spring break is scheduled to take place for 10 percent of districts statewide, including Liverpool and North Syracuse. In fact, all districts that are part of Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES follow the same schedule. King has made it clear that the dates will not be changed.

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Taste of Cazenovia to be held at Owera Vineyards

The grapes are growing in preparation for the fall harvest at Owera Vineyards and the anticipation is building for an evening of celebration at the annual Taste of Cazenovia which will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, under the big tent at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia. Come and celebrate our 40th anniversary along, with the beginnings of the new vineyard. Enjoy an enlivening and delightful community evening while sampling area restaurant’s finest delicacies.

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CPF, local students cheer up weeping willows

The willow patch off of Mill Street is no longer weeping, thanks to the handful of Cazenovia varsity crew rowers and their siblings. On a sunny Aug. 11, the kids volunteered their time to help clean up the overgrown weeds and grass, clear away fallen branches, trim the willow branches and expose the view of the wetland area.

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Caz native to embark on ‘Journey of Freedom’

Altus Captain will bike, run 250 miles to honor fallen heroes

Air Force Captain Chris Pace, 58th Airlift Squadron instructor pilot, is planning to bike from Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, for approximately 150 miles and then run another 100 miles to Ground Zero in New York City, Sept. 10 to11, without stopping to rest. “I am going to finish. Whether I have to walk the last 50 miles or however far it is, I am going to finish. I have told myself that,” Capt. Pace said about his upcoming challenge. “No one is going to let me stop, I have already told my family not to try and stop me. It is going to be very mentally and physically demanding.” Pace is calling his athletic quest the “Journey of Freedom” and he is doing it in support of The Disposable Heroes Project, a non-profit organization that supports wounded and fallen warriors and their families.

CCSD approves tax warrant, residents discuss Fenner lights

At the most recent Cazenovia Board of Education meeting on Aug. 22, board members approved resolutions confirming the tax roll, and tax warrant. The district tax collector is now authorized to being the collection of real property taxes.

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Area resident to form bocce league

Ancient sport of strategy and finesse gains popularity, again

Bocce, a traditional Italian sport first popularized in ancient Rome, has begun to gain a local following. A league is expected to form soon, under the direction of former Cazenovia resident, Dennis Incitti. A retired director of business operations for the New York State Insurance Fund, Incitti currently resides in Erieville, and has constructed a regulation-size bocce court overlooking Tuscarora Lake. “The court is named the ‘Biancone-Lakeview Bocce Court,’ after an old family name,” Incitti said. “Bocce is America’s fastest growing sport and can be played by all ages. Like bowling and golf, it is a very social sport. I would really like to start a bocce league so friends and family will be able to enjoy the court.”

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Volunteer opportunities are abundant at Syracuse Home

Now that summer is winding down, why not consider volunteering at Syracuse Home Health & Rehabilitation Center? There are plenty of exciting volunteer opportunities to choose from.

Looking for a debate in Lysander

As a candidate for Lysander Town Supervisor in the Republican primary election on Sept. 13, thank you for the opportunity to inform your readers that they’ll have a choice this fall. My opponent, Barry Bullis, has monopolized town politics for three decades.

Sunday, August 28

Maffei announces congressional run

Letters to the editor

Since January, a shockwave of Tea Party driven partisanship and inflexibility has rolled across Congress.

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Skaneateles local in the running for walk-on TV role on ‘Mad Men’

Since Thursday, Aug. 11, Raven DiSalvo-Hess has been constantly online looking at herself, and telling everyone she knows to do the same. It’s not ego, but a constant tracking — and voting — for an online contest to win a walk-on role in the Emmy-award winning AMC television show “Mad Men.”

Saturday, August 27

Bees go for sectional football three-peat

Rouse leads B'ville into opener against CBA

Two decades passed for the Baldwinsville football team before it could return to the top of the Section III Class AA ranks. Now the Bees are after a third championship in a row.

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Hypnotic Circles

An old fad becomes a new exercise phenomenon

Who knew playing with a bit of irrigation pipe could be so much fun?

Friday, August 26

CNS football seeks major improvement

Northstars, 3-6 a year ago, boast 25 seniors

Pre-season optimism in sports is nothing new, but the Cicero-North Syracuse football team has a high amount of it as Friday's opener at Central Square looms.

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Turf field approved for Cazenovia College Athletic Complex

Planning board examines impacts, consents to construction

Following the third public hearing held by the Village Planning Board on Aug. 22, a resolution officially approving Cazenovia College’s request to build an artificial turf field at their Schneeweiss Athletic Complex was adopted by board members. The college was cleared to begin construction on an improved drainage system, sub-surface, and synthetic playing field. Stadium seating, additional parking and a lighting system are not planned.

Life for football Lakers still a challenge in Class C

Skaneateles opens against defending champ General Brown

Do not think, for one second, that the Skaneateles football team will have an easier time because it was moved from Class B to Class C for the 2011 season.

American Primitive enters Westcott Battle of the Bands

Best Bets: Music

Russ Tarby's musical picks for the coming week.

State Fair drops Dixie dudes

Downtown After Dark

After seven years of entertaining New York State Fair goers with authentic Dixieland jazz, the State Fair Four have been let go.

Big steps forward

Visitors have no doubt noticed our websites' new look. You may have also noticed that some features may be intermittent or unavailable as we transition to this new platform.

Brothers open with another shot at B'ville

CBA football primed for rematch of 2010 sectional final

Almost from the moment Riley Dixon’s game-winning field try drifted wide of the goalposts in the waning seconds of last November’s Section III Class AA final, the Christian Brothers Academy football team pointed toward 2011 and a shot at redemption.

An old promise, unkept

School Is In

As the new school year approaches, it is important to understand something. In 1996, The New York State Board of Regents implemented an overall plan for raising education standards for all students

Strasburg possible Saturday

Best Bets: Baseball

The Syracuse Chiefs have just a few games left to play at Alliance Bank Stadium this season.

Support Bullis in Lysander election

I am writing to you to endorse Barry Bullis for another term as supervisor of the town of Lysander. I have known Mr. Bullis for many years and have always felt he did a great job for his constituents.

Lysander Republicans to host primary election campaign rally

The Lysander Republican Committee will host a primary election campaign rally and barbeque for its candidates in this year’s primary election. The event will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Timber Banks Golf Course on River Road in Baldwinsville.

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The Exchange Experience: Day two, a bit of a culture shock

First, I'm fine, but definitely in "culture shock" mode. There isn't too much English to be found, though Riko (the daughter) and my host father speak a little. Often, I'll ask something in English, and they'll respond with the Japanese. It’s working okay, especially since I learned a ton the first day.

Thursday, August 25

Football Warriors look to master small details

Much excitement and pageantry surrounded the Liverpool football team as, in 2010, it finally returned home from a two-year exile to play on its new artificial-turf field at LHS Stadium.

11th hour change: school tax rates to increase this year

Skaneateles CSD forced into corner by state tax equalization rate

Due to a recent change in the Spafford town equalization rates, residents in the town of Skaneateles — as well as district residents in Marcellus and Sennett — will pay a nearly 4 percent increase in their tax rates beginning in September. This is a significant raise over the previously projected tax rate increase for the 2011-12 school year.

State Fair opens Aug. 25

Best Bets: Gatherings

New York State Fair opens Thursday, Aug. 25 and runs till Labor Day.

Where have all the taxis gone?

City Scuffle

Back in the day, 6 a.m. buses were packed with workers heading for the factories, which then still provided the Salt City with its stability.

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Pulled Into Syracuse Review: Darwin on Clinton

A sunny summer afternoon called for lunch at Darwin, a quaint and tiny deli tucked away on Clinton Street just north of Clinton Square. The restaurant springs out of the mind of Terry Riley, owner of Riley’s on Park Street, and has been serving up gourmet sandwiches to weekday downtown lunch-goers since opening in the spring of 2010.

J-E Board of Education rejects settlement proposal offers

The Jordan-Elbridge Board of Education unanimously rejected two settlement proposal offers from suspended, fired employees Wednesday night at Ramsdell Middle School.

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Tait joins workforce at Hunt Real Estate

Hunt Real Estate Corporation proudly announces the addition of Thomas Tait to their team at the Cazenovia office. Tait, a lifelong resident of Cazenovia, serves as a realtor and will cover Madison and Onondaga Counties. Professionally, Tait has served in a sales capacity for the past 21 years, the majority as a certified arborist with the F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company.

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Local chefs to compete in culinary competition

envIRONmental CHEF homegrown fundraising event focuses on farm-fresh foods

As a way to celebrate the abundance of locally grown and produced foods in Central New York, Baltimore Woods Nature Center is hosting its inaugural “envIRONmental CHEF homegrown” competition and fundraiser, which will feature four CNY regional chefs — three of whom are from Skaneateles — at Baltimore Woods in mid-September.

Marcellus Memories : 50 years ago - 1961

  “Memories of Marcellus” by Frank Griffing continue…the men who I have known who built the village of Marcellus are Edward Moir, father of John. He came to Marcellus from Canada to operate the lower woolen mill.

Lights on Fenner field need discussion: Let the Cazenovia community decide

Letter to the editor

At the July 13 Board of Education meeting, the installation of four 70-foot-tall light towers and an on-site electric generator at the Fenner Fields Complex was declared to be a Type II Action requiring no further review under SEQRA, and no additional community input. I attended the meeting, and introduced myself from the floor as the head of the Cazenovia Restoration Corporation, owner of property on three sides of the Fenner Field Complex.

The smell of pigskin is in the air

Thursday night Wes and I ventured down to my Uncle Mike’s and Aunt Karen’s house to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the San Diego Chargers in an NFL preseason matchup.

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CCSD announces 2011-12 bus schedule

Cazenovia Central School District Transportation Supervisor Karen Cowherd recently released driver and route information for the 2011-12 bus schedule.

In future, Liverpool village taxpayers could pay via credit card

The village of Liverpool may soon allow its taxpayers to pay via credit card. “We’ve had many requests from residents who’d like to use credit cards to pay their tax bills,” Mayor Gary White said at the Aug. 15 meeting of the village board of trustees. “It’s a way for them to manage their personal cash-flow problems.”

With fall just around the corner, parks and rec going strong

It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. The kids will be heading off to school but the Town of Marcellus Parks and Recreation office has plenty of fun activities to keep everyone busy and entertained.

A tale of two villages of Camillus: The first village of Camillus, circa 1960s

With 1,200 residents, Camillus was a bustling, relatively self-sufficient village serving as the population, business, social and manufacturing canter of the town.

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Did you know?

Weddings are one of the many milestones in life that are marked with celebrations both religious and festive. Following are some facts and figures related to the sacrament of marriage.

Menu madness

In a fit of organizing last week, I began to clean out a tightly packed recipe box that I’ve had since I was a young bride. Those were the halcyon days when we entertained with enthusiastic and elaborately planned dinner parties that started with no less than four cooked hors d’oeurves (was I nuts?) At the time I subscribed to, Cuisine, a magazine that lavishly researched and lusciously presented a wide variety of food traditions. I loved, read that last word with emphasis, that periodical.

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Take the cake

Choosing the confection of your dreams

There are many different designs, types, colors and shapes of wedding cakes to choose from. The best way to choose what you like is to look through books and magazines and then look at pictures of your cake maker’s work.

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Will Facebook help solve Mark Clark’s shotgun slaying?

Last week, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office added a new “unsolved crimes” section to its website and Facebook page, and specifically focused on the April 21, 2008 murder of village of Liverpool resident Mark A. Clark. Clark’s body was discovered that Monday morning by his father, Harry Clark, in the bedroom of the house Mark rented at 109 Cleveland St., in Liverpool. A toy collector who was raised in the village, Mark Clark was just four days shy of his 40th birthday.

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Diamonds are forever

Found the right guy? Help him find the right ring

Historically, the man has been the one who has chosen the ring with which to surprise his beloved. Nowadays, that practice is not done as frequently, and the bride-to-be gets to put her two cents in.

Football Wildcats look for push as AA-2 contender

Nine starters, including Naton, back on offense

Sure, it didn’t seem like much to brag out – a 3-4 regular season, a fourth-place league finish, a one-sided ouster by Christian Brothers Academy in the Section III Class AA playoffs.

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Small things that add a personal touch

Sometimes the devil is in the details, and the little things can get lost during the planning process. The following is a list of some of the small items that can help make your day complete.

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Responsibilities of the Groomsmen

Happy couples choose friends and family members to serve as attendants in their weddings. Bridesmaids and groomsmen each have different responsibilities in the wedding.

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Wedding Finery

One of the most exciting, and sometimes stressful parts of planning your wedding is picking the wedding dress. The following tips will help you not only select your dream gown, but the bridal party's finery as well.

Teachers shine amidst uncertainty

The agenda was quite lengthy during last Thursday’s Jordan-Education Board of Education meeting. However, The meeting was uplifting, encouraging and a sign of what is to come for this school district that has been turned upside down throughout the recent months. 

Solvay starts over with new coach, new approach

Bearcats turn to veteran Shutts to reverse recent struggles

Forget everything you’ve ever read, everything you’ve ever seen, and everything you’ve ever known about the Solvay football team.

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Meaningful wedding photos:

Five things every bride should know

Three years ago I was married to a wonderful man in Jamaica. There were so many special details of that day that I swore I would remember forever. The truth of the matter is with every year I remember less and less of the details. Old age is a real bummer! Every year on our anniversary I force my husband to go through our wedding album, and recall all those funny stories or special moments we shared on our special day.

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Madison Row maker says project could spark development on Fayette Street

When it came to finding the right location for Madison Row, developer Michael Dougherty says the village of Manlius was perfect.

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Francis House benefit to be held at former Fairfield Estate

The Auxiliary of Francis House will host its annual Silver Tea to benefit the Francis House from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. This year, the couple that opened their house for the occasion is Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dodd, who live at 7078 East Genesee Street, Fayetteville. Their beautiful, historic house was called the Fairfield Estate and was established in 1864.

Congratulations!

You and the love of your life have found each other and an exciting time in your life is beginning to unfold, a time when you proclaim your love and devotion for one another in the company of those most important to you.

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Stephanie Crockett announced as 40 Below steering committee chair

40 Below is proud to announce Stephanie Crockett, management supervisor at Eric Mower and Associates, as the company’s new steering committee chair.

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St. John’s Catholic Church celebrates 40th anniversary

Parishioners and neighbors gathered Sunday afternoon at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church on Soule Road in Clay to celebrate a momentous occasion: the church’s 40th anniversary. Many of the church’s 850 families gathered along with guests to enjoy food, games, music, a video retrospective and more in recognition of the momentous event.

Skaneateles hosts 2nd annual New York Wine Festival

The 2nd annual New York Wine Festival will take place in the picturesque Skaneateles village serving as the Eastern Gateway to the Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Red Cross provides assistance to family of five

A Disaster Action Team of the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter responded to a fire at 812 Onondaga Avenue Syracuse, Sunday morning. 

Runner's high

Empire State Marathon set to take off in October; Cicero native puts Syracuse on the running map

Baffled. That’s what Brian Collins felt when he would travel back home to Syracuse in regards to a marathon and half marathon destination point for running die-hards in Central New York.

FocalPoint helps three students pursue dreams with scholarships

FocalPoint Federal Credit Union, a Syracuse-based, not-for-profit financial cooperative that serves employees of more than 100 area companies, labor unions, schools and organizations is pleased to congratulate the 2011-12 winners of its annual FocalPoint College Scholarship program.

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Third annual duck race to raise money for Bridgeport Food Pantry

It’s not news that times are hard, especially in Bridgeport, which straddles the Madison-Onondaga county line. Just ask Patti Hedrick; she sees it firsthand. Hedrick is the coordinator of the Bridgeport Food Pantry, which operates out of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Waking up with First Cup

Family owned business fuels Marcellus community

It’s not quite like Cheers, but everyone does know your name at First Cup in Marcellus.

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Syracuse must break out of the ‘box’

The city of Syracuse is requesting feedback regarding the upcoming reconstruction of Route 81. This is a great opportunity to explore the possibilities of creating a pedestrian- and bike-friendly city. While downtown Syracuse, particularly, Hanover and Armory Square, attract a small percentage of the outlying population on specific days and hours, it is simply not enough for Syracuse to thrive.

A call for contributors, young and old

High school students, college students, first-time parents and those of you just starting on a new career: we want to hear from you. Think of the Eagle Bulletin as your microphone.

Bears football full of switches for 2011 season

Chittenango moves to B West; Phelps replaces Christopher at QB

A new league alignment (again), a new quarterback, a new role for the old quarterback, a smaller roster – such is the state of flux for the Chittenango football team.

Outreach requires openness

One thing that stuck with us after the interview was that Amanda put the onus on the Muslim community to reach out and make sure they are understood by, and welcoming to, the greater population.

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The ‘Weekend’ that wasn’t

Demetrios Tsimis had a plan: turn a vacant lot on the Near West Side into a gathering place every Friday and Sunday, where neighborhood residents could find food, music and vendors, for free.

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Pastor settles in at B'ville Temple Baptist

Church to launch grieving program Sept. 19

Bruce Craig appreciates the dedication of his new congregation. “They are serious about the Christian life,” said the new pastor at Baldwinsville’s Temple Baptist Church.

B’ville Y to host music lessons, CPR classes, more

The YMCA of Greater Syracuse is expanding its offerings at its Baldwinsville branch. The Baldwinsville Y, on West Entry Road in Lysander, serves as one of six Baldwinsville-area locations for the YMCA’s school-age childcare program on weekdays. On weekends and weeknights starting in September, the branch will host music lessons, CPR classes, first aid classes, prenatal classes and the Y’s Lego Club.

Gestapo tactics here in Lysander

Quoting James Cagney on the great old movie “Mr. Roberts”, “Who Did It”? Someone or some organization has hired William B. Sullivan from Forensic Consulting Specialities Inc. to dig up anything he can on Supervisor Candidate Fred Burtch. Fred is not one of my best friends by any means, but he doesn’t deserve this.

Wednesday, August 24

ESM football plans for own set of big games

All but three starters back for Spartans in 2011

On the third weekend of November, all the attention of high school football fans in Upstate New York will zero in on East Syracuse-Minoa, which will play host to the New York State semifinals, the last step until the championship games in the Carrier Dome a week later.

Board of Education to meet Monday, Aug. 29

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 29, in the Eagle Hill Middle School Library.

F-M offers personalized bus stop information; school starts Sept. 6

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District uses a personalized bus stop information system available online to give families the information they need, when they need it.

Holy Cross community trunk sale in need of vendors

Organizers are looking for vendors for a community trunk sale to be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the parking lot of Holy Cross Church in DeWitt.

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Henn to attend Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Cazenovia native Kali Henn will soon launch her medical school career when she enrolls at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City this month. Henn grew up in Cazenovia, and attended Cazenovia High School. She majored in biology at Syracuse University, graduating summa cum laude in 2010. She has worked as an emergency medical technician for the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps since 2006 and for the Syracuse University Ambulance from 2008-10.

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Caz FFA visits Washington, create plans for service

This summer, Cazenovia FFA Secretary Carly Hazer, Cazenovia FFA Reporter Courtney Banac, chapter member Marian Foster and president Molly Woodworth, attended a national youth leadership program. The program is called Washington Leadership Conference. They spent a week at our nation’s capital, touring the mall and memorials, making friends from around the country and learning about the world’s problems.

Editorial: To everything (turn, turn, turn)

With the passing of Bouckville Antique Weekend, and the dispersal of Route 20 traffic jams, we are reminded that just one more month of summer remains. And what a summer it’s been so far.

Nelson resident hopes his property will remain farmland forever

Letters to the editor

Thank you for publishing the letter regarding hydrofracking from Jeff and Jodi Andrysick. It confirms other reports that I have been reading about and listening to on local and national radio stations. My wife and I have been living on our farm in the town of Nelson for nearly 40 years. We have taken several steps to keep it “forever farmland,” including granting a permanent easement to the DEC, keeping our woodlot harvesting to a bare minimum, maintaining our century old barn in good repair and following good farming practices on our cropland.

NWRHS spreads summertime Christmas cheer

Letters to the editor

The New Woodstock Regional Historical Society held a Christmas in July Raffle during the Old Home Day celebration on July 30.

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CPF visits community farm

On Aug. 6, a breezy summer morning, the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation sponsored a trip to Greyrock Farm Community Supported Agriculture, as part of their Summer Walk Series. Visitors were treated to a full tour of the farm and its inner-workings by owner, Matt Volz.

Marcellus football relishes role as title challenger

Hastings, Decker lead Mustangs into opener against Homer

Just five years ago, according to head coach Joe Fiacchi, the Marcellus football team hoped to win games. Now, it’s a lot different.

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Let it rain, let it rain

Village takes steps toward stormwater conservation

Plans to implement the Village of Cazenovia’s Stormwater Runoff Harvesting Project have been mapped out. After Labor Day, rooftops belonging to 12 of Cazenovia’s historic buildings will undergo renovations. Drainage systems will be installed, redirecting collected rain water into a 10,000 gallon cistern or three existing wells in the area.

J-D wants upgrade into contender status

Rams enter third year under Ormond with higher goals in mind

Everyone connected to the Jamesville-DeWitt football program is just about tired of ho-hum regular seasons and brief post-season stays.

B'ville: Sissy’s to host summer soiree Saturday

Sissy’s Boutique in Baldwinsville invites the public to come out and enjoy a fun-filled day of shopping, food, entertainment and refreshments as the shop kicks off its second annual summer soiree.

Of course, sugar ‘floats’ to the bottom

I love blueberries. This time of year, when they’re in season locally, I eat a pint a day. I pile them up in a cereal bowl, splash on some milk, and add a quick whoosh of sugar from the sugar bowl.

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Upstate Chiropractic Race thrives despite rain, mud

Sunday began grey and wet. As rain and thunder rolled in, there was concern about cancellation of the 8th annual Upstate Chiropractic Beaver Lake Run.

Tuesday, August 23

Drama over, J-E football heads back home

Eagles hope to be home for Sept. 16 ITC game

And the Jordan-Elbridge football team thought it was difficult playing its entire 2010 season on the road.

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Hornets, on new turf, look to thrive again

F-M football defends AA-2 title in 2011

Just like anyone else, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team is eager to take the field for 2011. Only in the Hornets' case, the eagerness is quite literal.

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456 kids, teens take part in FFL's summer reading program

Sue Considine, executive director of Fayetteville Free Library, extends a warm and heartfelt thank you to all of the families that participated this summer.

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LCSD holds public hearing on grade reconfiguration proposal

Though about 40 people attended a public hearing on a grade reconfiguration proposal in the Liverpool Central School District Tuesday Aug. 23, few spoke out on the changes proposed to the board of education in a report made by a subcommittee last month.

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CBA seniors named section III scholar athletes; O'Brien given AXA scholarship

Christian Brothers Academy graduating seniors Rachel Zajdel and Jack O'Brien were given Scholar-Athlete Awards by Section III Athletics at a dinner held June 6 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota.

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Former IC students prepare for college

Seven former Immaculate Conception students graduated from high school June 5 and are all getting ready to start their college life.

Words for Thought: The cancer experience

Recently a friend contacted me about her sister: she had just learned that she has cancer. Since I just recently finished going through cancer treatment — surgery, chemotherapy and radiation — I am completely awed by the intensity of the experience. Here are the thoughts I shared with my friend and perhaps others will find them helpful.

Local businesswomen to host bridal and baby expo

Brides and expectant moms are invited to join the owners of Photos by Tiffany, Cloud9 Baby Planning and Mama’s Licious Cakes for “Weddings, Babies and Sweets, Oh My!” for an evening out from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Initial Impressions, a custom invitation shop in Fayetteville.

Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital earns elite accreditation

Accreditation is a voluntary commitment practices make to their clients and patients, and AAHA is the only organization in the U.S. and Canada that accredits companion animal hospitals based on standards that go above and beyond state regulations.

Our new Eagle look

Though style changes, commitment to local coverage does not

Well, now you see it, here on these pages or on a computer screen. Eagle Newspapers has a new and exciting look, and I hope you enjoy what you see.

MPH announces fall sports schedule

Ridall after 500th win in boys soccer opener at ESM

Manlius-Pebble Hill’s long-time boys soccer coach and athletic director, Don Ridall, could win his 500th career game when the defending Section III Class C champion Trojans face East Syracuse-Minoa next Tuesday at 4:30 at Spartan Stadium.

Town of DeWitt to conduct tree inventory Sunday

The Town of DeWitt will conduct a street tree inventory at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, in the Franklin in the Franklin Park and Park Hill neighborhoods. 

DeWitt Police investigate fatal Jamesville crash

Dewitt police are investigating a fatal single-car crash that occurred early Sunday morning in Jamesville, said chief of police Eugene Conway. There was one fatality, the driver of a stolen van registered to Catholic Charities, who has not been identified.

DCL announces senior-focused programs for fall

Starting weekdays this fall, the DeWitt Community Library and its community partners will offer senior-focused programs on topics recommended in a survey of senior patrons conducted by the Library’s Senior Advisory Board.

DeWitt firefighter appointed to international ‘green’ committee

The DeWitt Fire District announced the appointment of Glen LeComte to the International Association of Fire Chiefs Environmental Sustainability Committee.

Mayor of Fayetteville congratulates Hullar’s on 100 years

Mark Olson, mayor of Fayetteville, signed a proclamation Monday, Aug. 15, on behalf of the citizens of Fayetteville congratulating Hullar’s Restaurant and the Hullar Family on 100 years serving the community.

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At Ramadan, Muslim community looks within, reaches out

While ISCNY holds a year-round open door policy for guests and visitors, Ramadan offers a unique opportunity to engage with the community. Just after sunset, Muslims pray the sunset prayer and share Iftar, a community meal.

Walk for the Woods registration opens

The Canton Woods Senior Center will host the second annual Walk for the Woods Saturday, Sept. 24. “This is truly a fun fundraising event promoting wellness at any age,” said Ruth Troy, director of Canton Woods Senior Center. “Come join the fun.”

From the legislature: County budget presents many fiscal obstacles

The Onondaga County budget presentation is just around the corner. Each department will have an opportunity to come before the Ways and Means Committee and present their individual budgets.

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Pinckney Hugo hires B’ville woman

Pinckney Hugo Group, a full-service marketing communications firm, has hired Margaret Castellini, of Baldwinsville, as an accounting assistant. Castellini has a master’s degree from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and a bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College.

Pedestrian dies after Lysander accident

A man has died after being struck by a vehicle yesterday evening in the town of Lysander.

Monday, August 22

Westhill aims to stay atop B West football

New faces in backfield add to Warriors' challenge

For the Westhill football team, it had nearly reached the point where a clean sweep of the Class B West division and a run to the Section III championship round was a given.

Ludden football challenges again in C West

Rogers, Works, Montgomery among returning starters

A bit older, and a bit wiser, the Bishop Ludden football team will need that maturity and experience within a Class C West division that only seems to get tougher.

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New faces all over field for Caz football

Lakers saw 21 seniors graduate from 2010 title team

For just about any high school football program, the departure of 21 seniors would constitute a major challenge for the season that followed. However, the Cazenovia Lakers are not like most programs.

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Cazenovia wins Diamond Pioneer League championship

13-and-under team beats Fabius-Pompey in finals

The Cazenovia 13-and-under baseball team won the Diamond Pioneer League championship by rallying twice to defeat perennial rival Fabius-Pompey at Veterans Field on Aug. 6 by a score of 11-9.

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Burrows Chapel renovated roof dedicated

Builders, donors and officials turn out for ceremony

A small but excited crowd turned out Thursday morning, Aug. 18, at Lake View Cemetery for the dedication of the renovated roof on Burrows Chapel. The roof, which was leaking and causing structural damage due to weather and age, now has a synthetic slate covering expected to last about 100 years.

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Rotary clubs raising funds for new Clift Park drinking fountain

The two Skaneateles Rotary clubs and the Village Board of Trustees are working together to replace the old stone water fountain by the Clift Park gazebo with a new cast-iron fountain like the one in Shotwell Park near the village flagpole.

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Skaneateles festival outreach program at the Everson

The Skaneateles Festival will present the Marcus Roberts Trio — three noted African-American jazz performers — at the Everson Museum in a special performance for an audience of school-aged students from several social service agencies serving the inner city. This will be followed by an interactive program designed specifically for this event by the Everson's Curator of Educational Programs.

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Getting your groove on may improve life

Skaneateles Festival unafraid to be weird and wonderful

I admire people who try to talk to a cactus on a tin-can phone. Find the group So Percussion’s portrait in the Skaneateles Festival brochure and just try to tell me they’re not getting something out of that conversation.

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Bijou to host cut-a-thon fundraiser for PARCS

Anybody want to dunk Mayor Marty Hubbard in a dunk tank for charity? This will be just one of many events going on Friday, Sept. 2, at Bijou salon on Jordan Street during its first cut-a-thon fundraiser.

Tell us what you think of our changes

From the publisher

Readers of the Skaneateles Press will see some major changes this week in the newspaper and on skaneatelespress.com.

Skaneateles Festival: Week three

SkanFest kicks it up a notch with a week exploring rhythm.

Skaneateles resident pleads guilty to tax fraud charges

Dorothea Wied Blomquist, 50, of Foxfield Drive, Skaneateles, pleaded guilty in federal court on Aug. 17 to failure to report a foreign bank account and tax fraud, and has agreed to spend 16 months in prison followed by a three-year supervised release.

Elections need candidates

editorial

As we report in this issue, both major political parties have endorsed their candidates for the town elections this November. The four positions up for election are supervisor, two board seats and town justice. Of these three races, only the town justice is contested. Supervisor Terri Roney (R), and incumbent board members Nancy Murray (D) and Jim Greenfield (R) are unopposed.

What goes on in Spafford stays in Spafford — or does it?

letter to the editor

Spafford is one of the best kept secrets in Onondaga County. Few people have ever heard of Spafford, much less know where it is. It’s rural. Farm lands abound. It also harbors two major watersheds: Skaneateles Lake and Otisco Lake.

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Continued cooperation on Emory Avenue

Town approves village request, village improves town property

On Wednesday, Aug. 17, both the Cazenovia Village and Town Boards called special meetings to discuss construction on Emory Avenue. A resolution, titled “Intermunicipal Agreement and Temporary License for Parkland Maintenance and Improvements between the Town of Cazenovia and the Village of Cazenovia” was passed by both boards, allowing a 150-foot long, 3-foot wide portion of the green opposite the high school to be paved as part of the construction project.

Random Thoughts: Our new Eagle look

Well, now you see it, here on these pages or on a computer screen. Eagle Newspapers has a new and exciting look, and I hope you enjoy what you see.

Skaneateles Elementary Parent Teacher Club welcome back to school meeting

Please join us for a meeting mingle at a new place and new time this year: 7:30 pm Monday, Sept. 12 at Waterman School library.

Skaneateles announces fall sports schedule

Among the stories as the Skaneateles High School fall sports season gets underway is that the boys soccer team is defending its first-ever state championship, earned in 2010. Also, the football team moves from Class B to C. Here is the varsity schedule.

More than just mowing grass

Town Parks Department celebrates first anniversary

Town parks employees Sue Murphy and Gene LaForte were applauded and presented with gifts at the Aug. 18 town board meeting for the job they have done during an incredibly busy summer and over the past year since their responsibilities and their department was created.

Candidates nominated for November town elections

Only one race out of four contested

Both political parties have nominated their respective candidates for the November town elections. Of the four positions being filled, however, only one race is contested.

Town board extends hydrofracking moratorium

Another 90 days added to give board more time to consider legal language

In what is becoming a familiar sight in town board meetings around the region, a standing-room-only crowd turned out to oppose hydrofracking in Skaneateles during the Aug. 18 public hearing.

B'ville: Memorial, dedication service planned for 9/11

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the horrific acts of violence on our great country.

Library Focus: Enjoy the peace, quiet before school begins

Here we are again at the end of August. Our programs aren’t quite over but the schedule is light to give our users more time for State Fair, school shopping and college prep. In other words, it is an excellent time to drop in and enjoy the peace and quiet that falls before the school year rush.

Sometimes the story is in reaction to the news

Green Hills, for decades a beloved independent store, has emerged as a key player in launching the local movement here in Syracuse.

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We told you so: SU will save the symphony!

It was Feb. 2, in the middle of the Syracuse Symphony’s Orchestra’s unsuccessful attempt to raise $1.7 million to save its 50th anniversary season. Our headline said it all: “SU should save SSO!”

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Contreras talks test scores, 100-day plan and immediate changes for Syracuse district

“Obviously, when I received the test scores I was extremely disappointed, on several levels,” said Syracuse schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras said last week.

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Owen Shapiro hopes to turn 100 hours of bowling footage into documentary

'Follow the Wood' documentary would tell the story of Syracuse's hosting the United States Bowling Congress 2011 Women’s Championship tournament.

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Home-roasted tomatoes beat store-bought sundried

Cherry tomatoes can range from as small as a salad crouton to as large as an egg.

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Syracuse Poster Project seeks poems submissions for 2012 collection

The Syracuse Poster Project is trying something a little different for its 2012 collection.

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Spreading hope, by the bag

Locals donate comfort, caring to Booth House

Diane Tedesco was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia in April of 2010. Although the illness forced her to resign from her position at the Madison County Health Department, she has keeping busy. Tedesco is the lead organizer behind “Be A Giver Of Hope,” a project that aims to provide simple comforts to runaways and homeless teenagers staying at the Booth House in Syracuse.

Save the Rain monthly update

Each month, we’ll list upcoming Save the Rain events and feature an update on a noteworthy project.

Business briefs: Hires and promotions

Recognizing the new hires, promotions and honors of local businesses and professionals.

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Green Hills Farms says rumors are false, local products remain on shelves

Rumors circulated earlier this month that changes in Green Hills Farms’ management would result in an overall change in the store’s emphasis on local produce and foods. But Green Hills owner Keith Hawkins said last week that while he was aware of the rumors, he did not know how they started.

Sunday, August 21

Watch for signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer

According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, when ovarian cancer is found before it has spread beyond the ovaries, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92 percent. But because there is no screening method for early detection of ovarian cancer, only one-fifth of all cases are discovered at this stage. Instead, about 60 percent of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed with advanced or Stage III disease, when cancer cells have spread to tissues outside the pelvis or to regional lymph nodes and may be found on the outside of the liver. At this stage, the survival rate is lower, and any treatment the cancer is much more invasive.

St. John’s Catholic Church celebrates 40th anniversary

Parishioners and neighbors gathered Sunday afternoon at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church on Soule Road in Clay to celebrate a momentous occasion: the church’s 40th anniversary. Many of the church’s 850 families gathered along with guests to enjoy food, games, music, a video retrospective and more in recognition of the momentous event.

Bridgeport Food Pantry to hold third annual duck race

The duck race will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday Sept. 10 in the parking lot of St. Francis Parish in Bridgeport. It costs $5 to “adopt” a plastic duck. That $5 will feed a family of four for a day. Twenty dollars – which buys a “six quack” (adopt four ducks, get two free) – will feed that same family for five days. And $100, which buys a “box of quackers,” or 35 ducks, will feed that same family for a month.

Friday, August 19

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Boyke announces run for reelection

Judy Boyke announced Friday that she will run for reelection as Cicero town supervisor.

CNS releases fall sports schedule

Among the highlights in Cicero-North Syracuse’s fall sports season is that, for the second year in a row, it will host the state field hockey championships, on Nov. 19 and 20.

Liverpool announces fall sports schedule

Football Warriors play St. Francis in Carrier Dome Sept. 3

Liverpool’s fall sports season includes, on Labor Day weekend, the football team opening against Buffalo-area power St. Francis in the Carrier Dome as part of the annual Kickoff Classic.

F-M announces fall sports schedule

New turf field to host football, soccer, field hockey

It’s a momentous fall sports season at Fayetteville-Manlius, with the debut of a new, privately-funded artificial turf field that football, soccer and field hockey teams will all use.

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B’ville Community Band to perform Aug. 20

The Fulton Community Band will host the second annual CNY Community Band Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Fulton War Memorial on Route 3 West.

B’ville youth to ride in NYS Fair

Jennifer Sandore, of Baldwinsville, stands with Kat County, also known as Toby, during the Onondaga County 4-H Youth Fair, which the two participated in. Sandore is a junior at Baker High School and belongs to the 4-H group 4-H, 4-Ever Horses in Baldwinsville. She qualified to ride during the New York State Fair for 4-H in Dressage, English and Western. She also received High Point for Gynkhana during the Onondaga County 4-H Youth Fair.

A Piece at a Time

I’d really like to do some quilting. I have a piece started – blue and yellow solids with a butterfly print. Double-pinwheel, one of my favorite patterns. I started it a couple weeks ago to pass the time. I have a sewing machine, but so far I’ve been hand-piecing, It’s easy to take with me on the go, and it’s calming to focus on one straight stitch at a time.

Thursday, August 18

ESM releases fall sports schedule

School to host state football semis Nov. 18-19

A big highlight at East Syracuse-Minoa High School this fall will be on Nov. 18 and 19, when Spartan Stadium will play host to the state football semifinals after successfully hosting the regional playoffs a year ago.

J-D announces fall sports schedule

Boys, girls soccer Rams are defending sectional champs

Due to capital project work, home football games at Jamesville-DeWitt this fall will feature temporary bleachers on what is normally the visitor’s side. But the games will still start at the same time and in the same location.

CBA releases fall sports schedule

Brothers to meet B'ville in football opener

The fall sports season at Christian Brothers Academy gets a high-profile kickoff when the football team takes on Baldwinsville Sept. 2 at Alibrandi Stadium.

Bishop Grimes releases fall sports schedule

Cobras football returns from one-year hiatus

Following a one-year hiatus, varsity football has returned to Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School under a new head coach, Bill Clonan, a member of the Grimes Class of 1996. The season opens Sept. 3 at Beaver River.

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CACDA to host ‘Barn & Fork’

Event will honor local couple Bob and Bobbie Constable

On Friday, Aug. 19, the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association will host “Barn & Fork: A Celebration of Community Investment,” and have invited the many residents of Cazenovia to join in on the festivities.

Marcellus announces fall sports schedule

Successful volleyball program makes move to fall for 2011

Among the highlights in the 2011 Marcellus High School fall sports season is seeing the girls soccer Mustangs try to make another run to the state finals and the girls volleyball team debut in the fall after previously having a winter schedule.

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Community members support Ronald McDonald House

Charity receives overwhelming support during third annual Christmas in July

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York received more than $8,500 in donations through its recent Christmas in July event.

New Lysander political party seeks second endorsement

Lysander 1st, a new bipartisan political party in the town of Lysander, has announced that it will seek the endorsement of the Lysander Democratic Committee, which will meet in caucus at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 to choose candidates for this fall’s election.

Lysander supervisor candidate shares viewpoint

I’m writing this letter because I’d like to be your next Lysander Town Supervisor. But regardless of whether I win or lose the Republican primary, you deserve to know the truth. My opponent, Barry Bullis, has been town supervisor since 1995, and before that was the Republican Committee Chairman since 1982.

Syracuse Silver Knights to hold tryouts in Van Buren

The Syracuse Silver Knights will hold the club’s first set of open tryouts from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 and 28 at the CNY Family Sports Centre in Van Buren. The tryouts are open to any player who may have what it takes to play for the Silver Knights in their inaugural season in the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Five Baldwinsville schools awarded grants for wellness efforts

Five schools in the Baldwinsville Central School District have been awarded Fuel Up to Play 60 grants, to be used to promote nutrition and physical activity to students and staff. Baker High School, Elden Elementary School, Palmer Elementary School, McNamara Elementary School and Van Buren Elementary School will each receive about $2,000 in grant money for their wellness efforts.

Wednesday, August 17

West Genesee announces fall sports schedule

Wildcats start football season at Oswego Sept. 2

West Genesee High School’s 2011 varsity fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

J-E releases fall sports schedule

Football Eagles open at Hannibal Sept. 2

Jordan-Elbridge High School’s 2011 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Westhill releases fall sports schedule

Westhill High School’s 2011 fall sports varsity schedule, including girls volleyball, which moved from a winter to a fall season.

Solvay announces fall sports schedule

Girls volleyball moves from previous winter slate

Solvay High School’s 2011 fall sports varsity schedule, featuring a move of girls volleyball to the fall after playing in the winter in seasons past.

Bishop Ludden releases fall sports schedule

Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School’s 2011 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Sheriff's office to use Facebook to reexamine unsolved crimes

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office has announced that unsolved crimes will now be added to its Facebook page and website.

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B'ville FUMC to host second Grillin’ and Chillin’ event

Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church will host its second Grillin’ and Chillin’ of the summer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 on the church grounds, 17 West Genesee St., Baldwinsville, rain or shine.

B'ville Y seeks alternate sites

Volunteers remain energized about bringing facility to area

Despite a heartbreaking decision earlier this summer, the YMCA has decided to push forward with building a Northwest Y.

County Leg candidate Shepard will improve greater B’ville

I am supporting Derek Shepard in the primary race for Republican County Legislator for the 13th District.

Volunteer Connections: Golden Harvest Fest, Oktoberfest seek help from community

Do you have extra yarn and no plans to use it? Our Christmas Bureau knitters can put it to good use. Every year they lovingly knit hats, scarves and mittens, which are given to families in need. Yarn can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at the Volunteer Center, located at 44 Oswego St., Baldwinsville.

Tuesday, August 16

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Vintage Vadeboncoeur

Downtown After Dark

Like many newspaper reporters, Joan Vadeboncoeur met plenty of famous people. When her estate was auctioned off last weekend, autographs inscribed by entertainers such as Judy Garland and Erroll Flynn were among the items sold.

Letters: That ‘first moment in the room’

A reader responds to Herm Card's School Is In column.

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Summer Camp in Syracuse

School Is In

Anyone driving in the vicinity of Syracuse’s Thornden Park on July 27 would have noticed an inordinate amount of traffic — hundreds of cars and trucks and dozens of school buses filling the parking lots and adjoining streets at 8:30 in the morning. The third annual Say Yes to Education’s Summer Camp Festival was under way.

Harry Potter and the Citizen Review Board

Urban CNY

From YouTube to the local news, we’ve been shown images of a man being led to a Syracuse police car as a neighbor’s cell phone camera recorded his head being slammed into the window of an awaiting patrol car. After the incident the subject of the video was shown with a black eye.

Four things in the Fourth sounding familiar

City Scuffle

Asked to sit together with a tape recorder for a campaign conversation, the 4th District candidates for the Syracuse Common Council — Democrat Khalid Bey, running with the Working Families endorsement, and perennial Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins — both brought the big picture into focus.

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Edible flowers pack flavor

Many Central New York CSA farms offer the opportunity to come onto the farm and pick your own flowers and herbs. Did you know many of the flowers you’ll find on the farm, and in your back yard, are edible?

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SAVES gets new video laryngoscopy device

Technology makes it easier for first responders to establish airway in patients

Skaneateles Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Services has become the first ambulance service in Onondaga County to purchase a new video-enhanced laryngoscopy device to be used outside a hospital setting.

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DIY, or don't even try?

Some Syracuse homeowners are skipping the real estate agent in favor of sell-it-yourself sites, with mixed results

Websites like Zillow and For Sale By Owner make selling a home without the help of a licensed real estate agent a tempting prospect, allowing sellers more control over their listings and the opportunity to keep the 6-percent sales commission they’d traditionally have to fork over to an agent. But how likely are houses to sell without the guidance of a full-time real estate expert?

Is anyone in favor of hydrofracking?

There has been a bonanza of hydrofracking news and events this summer, and especially this month, with two specific events coming this week. The public hearings on the issue in both Skaneateles and Spafford in recent weeks have been highly attended, and the opposition has not been shy in voicing their criticism.

Todd’s Fund 10th Annual Fundraiser for Kids of CNY

On Saturday, Sept. 10, Todd’s Fund will hold its 10th annual fundraiser. As in the past, we will have a golf tournament at Dutch Hollow and then dinner at the Skaneateles Country Club, which will include raffles and silent auctions. Entertainment will be provided by the band, Atlas. We have also added an event to the day, a motorcycle “Ride to Remember.” Our aim is to celebrate the accomplishments of Todd’s Fund over the past decade and to keep the momentum going.

Thank you from the Samaritan Center

The board of directors, the staff of the Samaritan Center and the members of the Beach, Blues & Bar-B-Que steering committee together send a hearty thank you to all who supported this year’s August 7 event at Skaneateles Country Club.

The state of the Skaneateles Lake Association

The Milfoil Eradication Project is progressing well. The two crews are now starting to pick up the geotextile mats laid out in late spring, mostly in the southern portion of the lake. If funds allow, some newly identified small patches in the northern end can also be pulled before the season ends.

Baldwinsville announces fall sports schedule

Five teams defend sectional titles in 2011

In the fall of 2010, five of Baldwinsville’s varsity sports teams won Section III championships. Four of them went to state semifinals and one, in girls volleyball, earned a state title for the first time.

In total opposition to hydrofracking

I would like to express my total opposition to allowing the natural gas industry to install “hydrofracking” wells in our region or, for that matter, in any region.

No decision yet on parking waiver fee issue

Public hearing closed on Aug. 11 after month-long examination

The village board of trustees officially closed the public hearing period on the contentious village parking waiver fee issue at its Aug. 11 meeting after opening the floor one last time for public comments. Despite the large resident turnout at the July 14 public hearing, the August meeting had few spectators in the audience and no public comments were made.

Spafford to hold public hearing on hydrofracking moratorium

Spafford’s Town Board voted on Aug. 11 to hold a public hearing next month to discuss the possibility of issuing a six-month moratorium on hydrofracking within its borders.

Skaneateles Historical Society to receive OHA medal

Award is highest honor given by Onondaga Historical Association

Due to its ongoing work in restoring the Creamery museum and in expanding its public programming, the Skaneateles Historical Society in September will be honored by the Onondaga Historical Association with the group’s most prestigious award, the OHA Medal.

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The Savvy Wine Cellar offers a unique take on fine wine

Dale Record and Allison Palermo-Record knew the path back to their roots in the Syracuse area, particularly to western Onondaga County, would come; it was just a matter of time.

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Taking a stand against suicide

Elbridge mom raises money, awareness for Liverpool walk in memory of her father

Tara Olmstead Kinsella has happy memories of her father from her childhood. “My dad was truly a great guy,” she said. “He had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone.” Though her parents were divorced and she lived with her mother, Kinsella described Wayne Olmstead as “a wonderful father.” “He would take me for a week every summer and plan something for the two of us every day,” she said. “I remember him taking me to the Alpine Slide at Song Mountain as a kid, go-cart racing, putt-putt golfing, lunch cruises on Skaneateles Lake, he would plan something for every day. I’m an only child and he was always proud of me.” That didn’t change when Kinsella had children of her own.

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Goodies galore

Oh, Goody, Goody set to host event at Rosalie's

This Thursday, Aug. 18, Linda Erb, of Camillus and owner of Ohgoodygoody.com will be hosting an event at Rosalie's in Skaneateles.

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Canton Woods draws 45 vehicles for show

More than 45 gorgeous cars filled the grounds at Canton Woods Senior Center for the facility’s second annual car show held Monday Aug. 8. “[The] show was a great success,” said Ruth Troy, director of Canton Woods Senior Center. “The support from local merchants and the community was tremendous.”

Cazenovia HS announces fall sports schedule

Field hockey Lakers begin state title defense Sept. 6

Following a 2010-11 school year which included three state championships, along with numerous other Section III titles, the next chapter begins for Cazenovia High School athletics. Here is the 2011 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Chittenango releases fall sports schedule

Chittenango High School’s 2011 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

A-B InBev to receive PILOT proposal for Lysander brewery

After nearly nine months of negotiations, Anheuser-Busch InBev may have its Payment In Lieu of Taxes agreement.

The Codes Corner: Prepare for winter weather as summer comes to a close

It’s that time of year again ─ You see snowblowers for sale at your local home improvement center, the New York State Fair is almost here and school is starting soon. That’s right summer is almost gone, and we all know that winter and all it brings for property owners, is just around the corner.

Support Shepard for county legislator

I urgently suggest that you join with me, the Van Buren Republican Committee and the County Republican Convention and cast your vote on Sept. 13 for Derek Shepard to be the candidate for County Legislator.

Back to the high school gridiron

Start of new season brings a full slate of changes

So it’s Monday, Aug. 15, and despite all the rain, in 79 venues around the vast scope of Central New York young men in shorts and T-shirts put on helmets, and all was normal with the world again.

Monday, August 15

Library Focus: Cozy up with activities at your library

Summer programs are winding down as we head into the last gasp vacation season but they’re hardly over. There’s still plenty of time to pick up a new craft, master new computer skills or meet a new group of friends before those school bells start ringing.

B'ville Police Blotter: Three face DWI charges

At 9:12 p.m. July 9, officers received a report from Sheriff’s deputies who were working the traffic control crossing detail at Syracuse and Marble streets of an operator of a vehicle that failed to comply with their directions.

B'ville: Students receive visit from Taiwan

Mary Beth Cavalieri’s third-grade students at Elden Elementary School received a special visitor June 19.

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Fayetteville woman connects 97-year-old Manlius native with past

Malcolm Bender, of Fayetteville, and business partner Aaron Bort purchased the house at 303 E. Genesee St. in Aug. 2008 with plans to renovate and restore.

Our view: A chance for Syracuse to take the lead

We've waited long enough to take a stance on the controversial hydraulic fracturing method of gas drilling.

‘PeaceSongs CNY’ contest seeks socially aware submissions

The Syracuse Peace Council is seeking submissions of original and traditional songs to be compiled into “PeaceSongs CNY” a CD that will commemorate the SPC’s 75th Anniversary and highlight local talent and activist spirit.

I-81 Challenge expected to release public input findings next month

Mario Colone, program manager for the I-81 Challenge, says the project is on track and he expects to present conceptual designs to the public for additional input this winter.

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Soldiers’ Stories

One local group is helping heal America’s defenders through the written word

Their numbers are small but their words speak volumes on the challenges of life in uniform. The handful of members of the Syracuse Veterans Writers Group who meet once a month on the SU campus are part of a wider national movement that is redefining what the American military story is all about.

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Go-local advocates fuming over rumors of shake-up at Green Hills

Advocates of the go-local movement in Syracuse were shell-shocked Friday as rumors circulated about an alleged new initiative at Green Hills Market raising concerns the store might scale back it’s emphasis on locally-sourced foods.

Friday, August 12

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Three injured in Van Buren accident

Incident raises question of speed reduction in area

Michele Walters was driving this 2006 Chrysler 300 east along Route 31 with her 12-year-old son, Mark, as a passenger before Keith Conger, 52, of Baldwinsville drove through a stop sign at the 690 south exit along Route 31/Downer Street, which caused Walters to t-bone Conger’s minivan, totaling both vehicles.

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‘Annie’ affirms Baldwinsville Theatre Guild future

Stage-savvy kids assure BTG success for years to come

Having first staged “Tish” in 1943, the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild is the longest-running community theater group in Central New York, and it keeps that torch burning by passing it on to young entertainers.

B'ville FACS teachers prepare for state changes

The New York State Association of Family and Consumer Science (FACS) Educators held a professional development conference July 26 and 27 in Owego, which proved energizing for approximately 50 teachers from around New York State.

Mom’s Morning Out begins fall session

Community Wesleyan Church will begin a new session of Mom’s Morning Out from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Vote for Shepard in county primary

As a public servant for 37 years, in various capacities, I believe I have a good idea of the attributes that the public is seeking in their county legislator. We are very fortunate to have a candidate of the caliber of Derek Shepard.

Onondaga falls short in World Series title quest

16-18 baseball all-stars reach quarterfinals, lose to Cape Cod

Onondaga Babe Ruth Baseball’s 16-18 All-Stars tried to accomplish what nine previous Syracuse-based teams could not - namely, win the biggest event of all, the Babe Ruth World Series.

Thursday, August 11

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Search for a WWII American Hero

Baldwinsville woman reunited with lost brother's Purple Heart medal

While Joyce Fike was Christmas shopping for her son, Vermont Army National Guard Capt. Zachariah L. Fike, she discovered a WWII medal in an antique shop that she thought would make the perfect gift for her son. But this wasn’t just any medal; it was a Purple Heart medal, which she purchased for $100. Inside the box with the medal was a dog tag with the same name as was engraved on the back of the medal, Corrado A.G. Piccoli, below the words “For Military Merit.”

Student parking changes at Baker HS

Student parking will no longer be available in the Word of Life’s parking lot. The Baldwinsville Central School District has decided to eliminate this parking option for Baker High School students during the 2011-12 school year due to the addition of a parking lot near the athletic fields on the district campus, as well as to save roughly $10,000 in snow plowing and a stipend to pay a district staff member to monitor the lot.

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Local students take part in National Grid engineering pipeline program

For one week in August, students from all over Central New York converged at National Grid’s Technical Training Center in Liverpool to explore their interest in engineering.

County, town, schools are working with InBev

I read a recent article in Messenger from Andy Reeves regarding “Working Together for InBev Pilot” that raised some concerns of misinformation.

Queen of cupcakes

It took an Oprah “Favorite Things” Episode for Pamela Vincent to choose a different career path. A segment on cupcakes would cause Vincent to move away from the corporate world and into a world of sprinkles and an overabundance of flavored icing, flour and eggs. Cupcakes and Smiles was born and found its home among a bustling Camillus plaza along West Genesee Street.

North Syracuse teams appear in Babe Ruth regionals

13-year-olds fall in close Mid-Atlantic semifinal

Only one of two North Syracuse Babe Ruth Baseball All-Star teams made it to elimination play during last week’s Mid-Atlantic Regionals, despite the teams sharing equal 2-2 records in round-robin play.

Wednesday, August 10

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Highpoint takes off for new adventures in B'ville

Community Wesleyan Church in Baldwinsville invites all children in kindergarten through fifth grade 5 to the mid-week program called HighPoint.

Conservatives back bi-partisan slate in Lysander, other political news

The Onondaga County Conservative Party has announced its slate of candidates for this fall’s election in the Town of Lysander. The Conservative Party will back a bi-partisan ticket this year.

B'ville: Members sought for facilities feasibility study committee

One of the Baldwinsville Central School District’s major projects for the 2011-12 school year will be to explore building usage as enrollment in the district’s elementary schools is decreasing.

Support Shepard for Onondaga County legislator

To the voters who will be choosing the county legislator candidate to represent District no. 13 (towns of Van Buren, Elbridge and Camillus) in the upcoming primary elections.

Tuesday, August 9

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F-M Schools getting ‘green’ improvements

Fayetteville-Manlius Schools has begun work on four “green” improvement projects that school officials say will save the district $24,892 annually in energy expenses.

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Manlius woman opens ‘drop-in childcare’ center

As a stay-at-home mom, Mary Ellen Jordan imagined a childcare center that could accommodate the full-time parent. About a decade later, the Manlius mother of three has opened Daytime Playtime in Fayetteville — which she hopes will do just that.

A pattern of innovation

Innovation is everywhere, and your community is no exception. Need proof? Look no further than the local business scene.

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DeWitt wellness center moves to bigger, smarter space

After five years in business, Back 'N Touch Wellness Center has moved from the corner of Erie Boulevard to 6800 E. Genesee St., across from Wegmans, to accommodate a growing customer base. The new location opened July 13 and will host a five-year celebration Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Van Buren: Christ Community receives new senior pastor

Rev. Adrienne L. Phillips is the newly appointed senior pastor of Christ Community United Methodist Church in Van Buren.

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Tenbelow: The new face of outdoor repair

The newest addition to Baldwinsville's service industry offers convenient and dependable repairs at an affordable rate.

Thank you for hero’s homecoming

Cpl. Kyle Schneider’s family would like to extend our deepest appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to the outpouring of support for our fallen hero; we are deeply touched by your continuing show of respect and gracious gratitude.

Monday, August 8

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B’ville man works towards second $100,000 goal in Pan-Mass Challenge

After decades without serious cycling, Chris Arnold bought his first “adult” bike when he turned 40 and on his actual birthday, he participated in his first Pan-Massachusetts Challenge choosing the 190-mile, two-day classic course.

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Cast of 'Annie' raises money for local charity

The cast of “Annie” has been very busy this summer. The youth have been rehearsing and raising money for The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy site located in downtown Syracuse.

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CBA baseball team wins summer playoffs

The CBA boys’ baseball team won the 2011 Greater Syracuse Baseball Association, Connie Mack league title on Sunday, July 24. Following the close of the regular summer season during which the Brothers competed against 10 other league teams, they won two consecutive playoff games to take the title at Fabius Pompey field on July 24, beating Solvay 10-4 and Mexico-Pulaski 21-10 in the championship game.

Baldwinsville residents go above and beyond

This month we had several appointments in support of the management of the county. First, Kevin Wisely, a past member of the Belgium Cold Springs Fire Department, was appointed as commissioner of emergency management. Wisely will take over for retiring Commissioner Peter Alberti, who had a long and distinguished career with Onondaga County.

The Codes Corner: Address numbers must be legible from distance

There are times that we as home and business owners overlook the small details of our properties. One of the details that is so important is our address number.

Hudson & Mowins goes 'green'

Greg and Cathy Hudson are being environmentally responsible. As the owners of Hudson & Mowins, a domestic and foreign auto repair shop in Baldwinsville, the two have opted to install solar panels on their building's roof, harvesting their own electricity from the sun.

Kneading dough, the old-fashioned way

After 22 years of faithful use, my Cuisinart food processor finally died. It had a little help, I admit. I had recently learned I could use it to make pizza dough. In a family of three girls who wanted to order pizza every weekend, it was getting a preemptive workout.

Talented BTG cast offers optimistic ‘Annie’

In this age of recession and economic woes, it’s a comfort to bring back a little orphan who helped pull America out of its doldrums. “Annie” has returned to the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild with an air of optimism and a whole lot of talent.

CNS teammates pace CNY hoops to gold

Stewart, Bowles on girls championship squad in Johnson City

Mere days after returning from her gold-medal experience in Chile, Breanna Stewart joined up with Cicero-North Syracuse teammate Sarah Bowles, and the pair went to Johnson City to pursue more basketball glory.

CBA, Grimes hoops stars lead title run

Heiselman, Wiese, Romeo all win gold in Johnson City

A handful of basketball stars from Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Grimes were on hand for last weekend’s Basketball Coaches Association of New York Tournament in Johnson City, near Binghamton – and three of them returned home with gold medals.

Zimmerman named to U.S. women’s lacrosse team

Westhill great could play in 2013 World Championships

Laura Zimmerman, who set every meaningful girls lacrosse record at Westhill High School before starring at the University of North Carolina, is now a member of the United States senior national women’s lacrosse team.

Kara Cannizzaro makes U.S. national lacrosse team

Former Caz record-breaker now a standout at North Carolina

An extraordinary year for the Cannizarro family of Cazenovia continues to get better as Kara Cannizzaro, a standout at the University of North Carolina, was named to the United States national senior women’s lacrosse team.

Seeing blue? Finger Lakes Realty Partners is growing fast

Driving through Skaneateles, one cannot help but notice the profusion of dark blue realty signs around the village and town. It's not so much the number of houses being offered for sale but that so many are represented by the same, new company that is striking to the casual observer.

Schwartz exhibition opens at Imagine

Paintings by Georg Schwartz will be featured throughout the month of June at Imagine, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St.

Local poet reads from new book at Creekside

"Wisdom is always born out of the wearing of time," said poet Mark Povinelli while reading the title poem to his book, "Hunting for Box Turtles," at Creekside Books and Coffee on Thursday, July 28.

Skaneateles named in top 500 U.S. high schools

School receives highest ranking to date in annual Newsweek study

For the sixth year in a row, Skaneateles High School is one of the top-ranked high schools in the United States, according to the recently-released annual ranking by Newsweek magazine. Based on a consideration of factors such as student-to-teacher ratios, graduation rates, percentage of college bound students and college-level test scores, Skaneateles ranked 280 in Newsweek's top 500 schools, which puts it in the top 2 percent of all high schools nationwide.

Skaneateles teen leads book drive for Golisano Children's Hospital

Graduating Skaneateles senior Sara Wetzel found many ways to turn her scary and disabling health crisis in middle school into something positive while she was in high school. As a result of one of her positive actions, young adults who are hospitalized in Syracuse will have more to do with their time.

Rocket science

Fifth-grade girls take first place in Junior Division of MOST challenge

Three teams of State Street School students were among the youngest participants in the 2011 Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) Rocket Team Challenge that finished with a launching on Syracuse University's Skytop Field earlier this month.

Middle school science club members help monitor Asian Clams

When the 2011-12 school year begins this September, the Skaneateles School District will have two new members on its special education team: a full-time occupational therapist and a part-time physical therapist.

Raising money for cancer research one can and bottle at a time

Marietta teen Celena Carfagno has spent the past ten months working to raise $1,000 for cancer research — 5 cents at a time. With a little more than one month and a little less than $200 left to meet her goal and hand in her donation to the Carol Baldwin Ride for Research on Sept. 11, Carfagno continues to collect refundable cans and bottles from every source possible.

Antique Boat Show draws more than 10,000 visitors

There were only two winners of best in show prizes at last weekend's Antique and Classic Boat Show, but judging by the mood of the participants at the after party it seemed as if everyone took top honors. The festive 33rd annual event brought together 85 boat owners from across the east coast, and visitors and boat enthusiasts from across the CNY region.

Matthew House: a decade of comfort and care

Only two-bedroom comfort-care home in region has helped nearly 200 terminal patients and their families over past 10 years

There is a nondescript, white, two-bedroom ranch-style house on a quiet side street in Auburn where terminally ill people go to spend their final days.

Skaneateles Festival opens Wednesday, Aug. 10, with Hyperscore II community celebration

Hyperscore is a revolutionary software program developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This software allows participants with little or no formal musical training to create significant, coherent, and listenable musical compositions through use of a new type of graphic notation. The software can be easily operated by any person familiar with basic computer skills.

Friday, August 5

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CBA baseball team wins summer playoffs

The CBA boys’ baseball team won the 2011 Greater Syracuse Baseball Association, Connie Mack league title on Sunday, July 24.

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Two days, 190 miles

Baldwinsville man works towards second $100,000 goal in Pan-Mass Challenge

After decades without serious cycling, Chris Arnold bought his first “adult” bike when he turned 40 and on his actual birthday, he participated in his first Pan-Massachusetts Challenge choosing the 190-mile, two-day classic course.

Thursday, August 4

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CBA golfers win Futures Pro-Junior Challenge

Quartet shoots 29 in best-ball format, edges B'ville in tiebreaker

Way back in 2007, when the Pro-Junior Challenge was added to the week-long festivities surrounding the LPGA Futures Tour's Alliance Bank Golf Classic, Christian Brothers Academy took top honors.

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Ekey rolls to Alliance Bank Classic golf title

Alabama alum wins by three shots at Drumlins East

Kathleen Ekey has said that, since childhood, she has aimed at reaching the LPGA, the top level of women’s professional golf. “Not many people get to do what they have dreamed of their whole life,” she said.

Stewart, Team USA wins U-19 World Championship

CNS basketball star earns another gold medal

For the third consecutive summer, Cicero-North Syracuse basketball star Breanna Stewart is bringing home a gold medal from international competition.

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Century of picnics in B'ville

Seneca Street residents participate in 100th annual celebration

Seneca Street was bustling last Thursday during its residents’ annual picnic. The July 26 event marked the 100th anniversary of the first picnic, which was held Aug. 3, 1911.

Wednesday, August 3

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The ultimate Syracuse bildungsroman

In his gripping debut novel, “Transgressions,” Jim Jacobs has imagined Syracuse as the principal setting in an era when Frankie Carbo of Murder, Inc. and “Blinky” Palermo controlled pro boxing through the International Boxing Club.

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Looking for a new three-way light signal

Trustees seeks changes at Kane and W. Genesee

A flashing yellow light is not enough to handle the traffic at the intersection of Kane Avenue and West Genesee Street and a three-color light should be installed in its place, the Skaneateles Village Board wrote to the state Department of Transportation in mid-July.