Friday, December 30
No. 1 SU shuts down Seton Hall
Wednesday evening inside the Carrier Dome, what was projected to be a competitive contest turned into yet another landslide victory for Syracuse University's no. 1-ranked men's basketball team. The Orange was run off the court last season and lost to Seton Hall in overwhelming fashion 77-61. However, this time around was a completely different story as SU, out for revenge and atoned by pummeling the Pirates 75- 49.
St. Joe's rallies past Grimes, Brothers for first place
St. Joseph's, A powerful boys basketball program from the Buffalo area, cared little about local sentiment in the 25th edition of Christian Brothers Academy's Bottar-Leone Holiday Classic. The Marauders didn't let the undefeated mark of Bishop Grimes, or the powerful motivation of CBA trying to get long-time head coach Buddy Wleklinski his 400th career victory, stand in the way of grabbing the first-place trophy by the time the tournament was done Friday night.
Marcellus girls donate birthday gifts to ‘Toys for Tots’
This past Saturday, Dec. 17, both Jillian O’Connor and Hannah Fagan became “new minted” six-year-old kindergarten schoolmates at KC Heffernan Elementary School in Marcellus. Both Hannah and Jill realized that, as fortunate as they are, each would be in receipt of Christmas gifts and birthday gifts alike, given the proximity of the two celebrations.
Budget season isn’t a season, at all. It’s a never-ending cycle of facts, figures and effects for towns and villages. With Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature on the property tax cap of 2 percent, tough times were had for local towns.
Helicopters are, apparently, a hard habit to quit. The county legislators voted to defund the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office aviation unit, commonly known as Air One. But the helicopter will still fly as Sheriff Kevin Walsh takes aim at corporations, surrounding counties, private donations and any other willing entity to raise $595,000 to pay for fuel, pilots and operating costs of the helicopter.
In sports, like life, people mess up, so why act surprised?
Lazy thing for a writer to do at the end of the year – list all the big events that happened, offer some pithy commentary, then proceed to 2012, hands washed of the dirt of 2011. More instructive, though, would be to take what happened and gleam some sort of lesson from it, and that’s what we’ll do here.
There's a new theatre company in town.
Chris Hayden recently announced his support of the Baker High School Keep the Ball Rolling senior ball after-party slated for Friday, May 25.
Silver Fox seniors enjoyed an intergenerational celebration last Tuesday, Dec. 20.
All in all, 2011 was a good year for New York State. Many things were accomplished in Albany and we finally turned a corner, away from emergency spending bills and Albany gridlock. We passed a property tax cap.
After five years serving in the Onondaga County Legislature in addition to his stint as a Lysander Town Councilor, Rich Lesniak has decided to retire from public service.
A portion of State Route 92, just west of West Lake Road in Cazenovia, was closed for about one hour on Dec. 28, after two cars were involved in a collision at approximately 3:54 p.m.
The Cazenovia Lions Club is one of the area’s leading service organizations, whose strength is derived from the membership of men and women dedicated to community service.
Waterman Elementary School is accepting kindergarten registration for eligible students for the 2012-2013 school year.
Letter to the Editor
On Jan. 1, I will have the privilege of succeeding Jim Rhinehart as the Onondaga County Legislator for the 6th District.
Sherman hikes more than 2,000 miles in less than five months
Earlier this year, Chris Sherman laced up his hiking boots and set off on a 2,181-mile, five-month camping trip along the historic Appalachian Trail.
Letter to the Editor
The businesses of Skaneateles would like to thank each and every one of our residents for sharing our village with the thousands of visitors to Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles.
On a single Saturday night in December, the Dean Brothers Band sold out the little RedHouse Arts Center in Armory Square. What blew the audience away, besides the Deans’ lush vocal harmonizing and actual command of their instruments, was the band’s arrangements of their own new and old material.
Letter to the editor
The banner that the Cazenovia High School varsity ice hockey team was awarded for winning last year’s state championship, will be raised on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Morrisville Iceplex.
On the evening of Dec. 8, the Mottville Fire Company held its annual election of officers. Elected to the position of chief of fire was Geoffrey Pitman. Geoff was serving as the department’s deputy chief. He replaces Chief Tim Baker who is stepping down after seven years as the chief of fire.
Letter to the editor
The holiday season is generally thought to be the giving season, and the Humane Association of CNY has been the recipient of a number of furry “gifts” left during the night.
Mike Avery and Fiona Runwick may remember Christmas 2011 as the best holiday of their lives: on Dec. 23 they won a $10,000 engagement ring from Skaneateles Jewelry and then made their engagement official at the end of the Skaneateles Pier.
Warriors get first win of the season over St. Joe's Villa
First, the Liverpool boys basketball had to deal with losing 6-4 senior center John LaRue to injury, which depleted the Warriors’ inside game. Then the Warriors started 0-4, and amid the slump head coach Jerry Wilcox was ousted, with Matt Jacobs taking over after a long stint as the JV coach.
CNS's Mastro takes third at 285 pounds
Though the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team faced high-level competition at this week’s Teike-Bernabi Tournament at Spencerport, it wasn’t completely overwhelmed.
A state-wide law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo could provide a difficult twist for the village budget planning in Central New York.
Mark Olson’s term as Fayetteville mayor is up this spring, but he has announced his plans to run for the seat for a third term
With county funds cut, Sheriff Walsh looks elsewhere to keep Air-1 flying
A public battle over Air One’s helicopter service has drawn many parallels between the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office air service and other local entities, sometimes unfairly, said Sheriff Kevin Walsh.
Thursday, December 29
Camillus Police reports for Dec. 14 to 27
Lakers go 1-4, get only win over South Lewis
During its lone action of the holiday break, the Skaneateles wrestling team went to Lowville and appeared in the Lewis County Duals, taking one of five matches.
Westhill beaten by Little Red, Massena
West Genesee proved to be too nice a host in its Booster Club Basketball Holiday Tournament. The Wildcats advanced to Thursday night's final, but had no answers for a strong Ithaca team waiting for them. The Little Red earned the first-place trophy, pulling away from WG in a 68-55 decision.
WG, with no. 1 state ranking, improves to 10-0
With the 2011 portion of its winter schedule done, the West Genesee ice hockey team can claim a perfect 10 - or, more specifically, 10 consecutive victories and a no. 1 state ranking earned in part by shutting out seven opponents so far.
Black Knights edge Nottingham, rout Corcoran in finals
Now it's a routine for the Henninger boys basketball team - to not just contend for league and sectional championship honors each winter, but in late December go to Le Moyne College and pick up the big trophy as the champions of the Mayor's Roundball Classic. It's now six consecutive years that the Black Knights has won bragging rights among Syracuse's larger city high schools, the title earned again Thursday night as Henninger pulled away from Corcoran in a 65-41 victory.
These reports were compiled for the month of December from East Syracuse, Manlius and DeWitt police departments.
Aside from a few dustings, Onondaga County has been virtually snow-free this season, a far cry from last winter when 179 inches fell, about a foot short of the record 192.1 that accumulated in 1992-93.
Warriors edge Maine-Endwell, fall to Binghamton
As the exclamation point to a tough opening half of the season, the Liverpool girls basketball team ventured to Johnson City, near Binghamton, for a pair of games in the Pete Hyde Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Monnat named MVP as Bees top Whitesboro, ESM
Given little time to rest after its first defeat of the season to West Genesee on Dec. 23, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team got a chance to start winning again – and did so, claiming the top prize in the Vince Celi Memorial Tournament at East Syracuse-Minoa.
Ross, Peinkofer both earn victories in distance races
Getting one more chance to compete in 2011, the Baldwinsville girls indoor track and team took full advantage, rising to sixth place in Wednesday’s Oscar Jensen Holiday Relays at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.
Red Rams, now in state rankings, improve to 6-0
Having blazed to a 4-0 start, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team ventured to the Pete Hyde Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Johnson City, near Binghamton, to face two Southern Tier opponents – and won on both occasions.
Once-struggling Mustangs rebound in time for 2012
Perhaps the Christmas season, with its emphasis on green, had a magical effect on the struggling Marcellus basketball teams. Having not won for much of December, both groups of Mustangs would take tournament titles during the holiday break, the boys Mustangs winning at its own event while the girls staged a big surprise at the Skaneateles Holiday Hoops Tournament.
Leff makes indoor debut, wins 3,00-meter run
West Genesee’s boys indoor track and field team would claim fifth place in a field of more than 20 squads during Wednesday’s Oscar Jensen Holiday Relays at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena. The Wildcats had 35 points, while Westhill/Bishop Ludden slid into 10th place by earning 16.5 points. Cicero-North Syracuse roared to victory with 82 points.
State no. 2-ranked Kings with Rosemary Corcoran Tournament
Effort was not an issue for the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team as it squared off with Rochester-area power Bishop Kearney in Wednesday night’s final of the Rosemary Corcoran Holiday Tournament. However, the Kings’ talent was a big issue, as it simply had too much of it, which eventually boiled to the surface as Kearney beat the Gaelic Knights 64-51 for top honors.
Nourse named top wrestler for Lakers
Cazenovia’s wrestling team would work hard during the holiday break, spending Tuesday and Wednesday at Central Square facing eight different opponents during the Brett Dixon Memorial Duals.
Evans Chevrolet plans interior facility renovations for 2012
Heading north along Route 48 into Baldwinsville, travelers will notice the new façade of Evans Chevrolet. The dealership recently received a facelift, brightening up the south end of the village.
Plan Bee, the Baldwinsville Central School District’s pep band, performed as the house band for the Syracuse University men's basketball game on Dec. 20 in the Carrier Dome.
The Syracuse Crunch are teaming up with B’ville Diner in support of the ‘Shoot to Cure MS’ Program.
Big Chill returns to B’ville next month
The Polar Bear Plunge returns with a number of other events this January during the two-day Big Chill event held in Baldwinsville.
Wednesday, December 28
Skaneateles just five points out of runner-up spot
Even a holiday break was no time for the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team to let up on its work - and its steady improvement. During Wednesday's Oscar Jensen Holiday Relays at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, the Lakers picked up 50 points, good for fourth place and just five behind runner-up Jamesville-DeWitt. Fayetteville-Manlius won the event with 70 points.
Hornets, Red Rams go 1-2 in standings at SRC Arena
Just a few days before 2011 ended, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field team propelled itself to a victory in Wednesday's Oscar Jensen Holiday Relays at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena. The Hornets, in fact, beat out Jamesville-DeWitt for those team honors, earning 70 points as the Red Rams, with 55 points, held off Cicero-North Syracuse (52 points) for the second spot.
Northstars grab second indoor title of season
On the winter's coldest day, Cicero-North Syracuse's boys indoor track and field team kept itself warm - and happy - by earning the top spot at Wednesday's Oscar Jensen Holiday Relays at Onondaga Community College's SRC Field House. The Northstars, with 82 points, claimed its second title of the month, as Fayetteville-Manlius took second with 60 points. Liverpool was fourth, earning 43 points.
Spartans pull away from Auburn in 71-53 final
Far too often in the nine-year history of the Vince Celi Memorial Tournament, the team that Celi once coached at East Syracuse-Minoa has watched someone else snag the top spot. Not this year, though, as the Spartans remained undefeated and moved to 7-0 by knocking off Auburn 71-53 in Wednesday afternoon's tournament final.
Blood drives will be held during the New Year’s Holiday weekend to boost local blood supplies.
Residents of New York can receive 10 flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January.
Although OCRRA doesn’t accept trees in the blue bin, both the Amboy and Jamesville Compost Sites are open select hours, Jan. 3 through 14, for tree drop-off.
Zhang is one of 152 finalists selected from more than 5,000 applications submitted by students from across the country and U.S. territories.
A clean canvas; The future of Onondaga Lake's shoreline will be determined by the Syracuse community
“There is an alignment, I guess, of the stars right now to try to keep the monitoring programs working together and to reduce redundancy,” said Ed Michalenko, president of the Onondaga Environmental Institute.
Too many cooks may spoil the broth, but the more cooks the merrier when making French desserts for a Christmas celebration!
A Manlius man has been charged with possession of child porn.
The necessary $48,000 to ‘save JD sports’ this spring has been raised, according to the organization’s website.
William Hare, Jr., 78, of Baldwinsville was reported missing the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 21. In an attempt to locate Hare, who was considered an endangered person due to a medical condition, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department issued an alert with the New York State Missing Adult Alert system, which informs police agencies and others through a vast communication network of the description, identities and specifics of the missing adults.
The fifth-grade students of Palmer Elementary School kicked off the holiday season by painting the windows of the school’s main hallways with festive and colorful scenes. Decking the halls are (from left) Alexzandra Lutgen, Hanna Pinard, Kaylee LaFrance, and Hailey Boda.
Twenty Baldwinsville students have been selected to perform in the NYSSMA High School Area All-State Music Festival to be held Feb. 3 and 4 in Ithaca.
Hope you all had a lovely holiday season, but here we are again with another year of classes, programs, materials and services dedicated to making your lives just a little better. Be sure to drop in soon and often to see what your library can do for you.
Doctors told Alexis Smith there was nothing wrong with her son Jacob, but maternal instinct told her otherwise. “I started going to all these doctors, and they all told me, ‘There’s nothing wrong. He’s just developing slower,’” the Liverpool mom said. “But I knew in my heart that something wasn’t right. So I started researching what it was like to raise a kid with special needs.”
If you give an average 10-year-old a $100 gift card to Target and tell him he can spend it on anything he wants, odds are he’ll fill his cart with toys and video games. But not Hunter Gasque. The Lakeshore Road Elementary fourth-grader was one of 10 kids to win the Cicero Police Department’s Shop with a Cop contest this December, according to his mother, Lisa, who is the driver coordinator at North Area Meals on Wheels. In addition, her father, Hunter’s grandfather, is a volunteer driver for NAMOW.
Nationwide, while the rate of violence in the LGBTQ community mirrors that of straight relationships, less than 25 percent of all victims report their abuse. There are a number of reasons for that disparity, but largely, it’s a lack of resources — lack of support from family and friends, fear of further isolation and a lack of specific LGBTQ services. If a victim has not admitted his or her sexuality, utilizing existing services (such as a shelter, attending support groups or calling a crisis line) can mean lying or hiding the gender of the batterer to be perceived as a heterosexual. Or it can mean coming out, which is a major life decision. They may find that shelters are gender-specific, which makes it difficult for transgender or transsexual victims to find help.
The classic rock party band performs from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at the Fireside Inn, 2345 W. Genesee St., in Baldwinsville.
It looks like Carol Kankoski might just be home for New Year’s after all. When we last spoke to Kankoski, she had been waiting at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Strong Memorial Hospital for a new heart (“Give the gift of life,” Eagle Star-Review, Dec. 14). On Dec. 15, she got it. “My doctor thinks I’ll be going home around the first of the year,” Kankoski said. “I’ll celebrate Christmas day and maybe New Year’s here, but it will be worth it.”
We would like to believe that our kids are not so impressionable that they will be influenced by smoking ads, but research shows that the ads matter.
The DeWitt Police Department has finalized its contract with the town after being without one since 2009, Chair of the Police Committee Ken Andrews said Tuesday.
WG tops B'ville after close win over Proctor
Not until its fifth outing of the season did the Baldwinsville girls basketball team taste defeat. That came on Friday night, when the 4-0 Bees went to West Genesee and, thanks to major struggles at the start of each half, took a 47-39 loss to the Wildcats.
Eagles also top Port Byron, Weedsport
As it does each year during the holiday break, the Jordan-Elbridge girls volleyball team hosts a tournament, welcoming Hannibal, Port Byron and Weedsport to the Eagles’ gym on Tuesday afternoon.
AIDS Community Resources will hold its second annual Sled for Red Cardboard Sledding Derby Saturday, Jan. 21, at Four Seasons Golf & Ski Center in Fayetteville.
Webb nets game-winner on short-handed break
Part of the changes the Solvay ice hockey team underwent after its departure from State Fair Coliseum was the title of its annual holiday tournament. Instead of the “King of the Coliseum”, it was now “King of the Arena”, as four sides gathered at Allyn Arena in Sknaeateles, including the Bearcats, who were looking to find top form again after a 4-2 defeat to first-place West Genesee on Dec. 23.
Tuesday, December 27
Skaneateles shines, but loses tourney final to Marcellus
For the Skaneateles girls basketball fans who patiently waited for the Lakers to return home after a 26-day stretch, the reward was a classic that will be remembered for the rest of the winter. In Tuesday night's opening round of the Holiday Hoops Tournament, the Lakers and West Genesee battled into overtime before Emily Call's basket with 11 seconds left gave Skaneateles a 57-56 victory.
Hornets set up showdown with CNS
One more major hurdle stood in the way of the Fayetteville-Manlius girls basketball team before its Jan. 3 showdown with Breanna Stewart and Cicero-North Syracuse. And the Hornets would surmount that obstacle, going to Bishop Ludden Tuesday and giving the 5-0 Gaelic Knights its first loss of the season, prevailing by a score of 59-48.
Ben Weitsman of Syracuse selected out of thousands of scrap recyclers worldwide
Skaneateles resident Adam Weitsman, president of Ben Weitsman of Syracuse, will appear in a new special one-hour documentary series, “Pricing the Priceless: Eiffel Tower” on the National Geographic channel this month.
Baldwin, Bregou families unveil CMB Fund vehicle
With a small gathering of family and friends, the Baldwin and Bregou families unveiled a Jeep Laredo donned with the “Fight Like a Girl” logo to spread awareness for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY, Inc.
While President Obama has expected, and for the most part dealt evenly, with a stream of criticism from Republican presidential primary contenders, he also faces a less publicized but equally steady hammering from his Green Party challenger Dr. Jill Stein, most recently for a White House overruling of the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to expand access to the Morning After Pill.
A century after its origin, traditional jazz remains the definitive music of New Orleans and an international hallmark of the City that Care Forgot.
The end of the calendar year and the beginning of the next seems to be a most natural time to offer some assessments on the status of the issues on the local landscapes.
Syracuse’s only New Year’s Eve ball drop will be sponsored by 40 Below as the organization rings in 2011.
At the 34th annual Christmas Walk on Dec. 2, the village of Cazenovia announced its Community Survey initiative.
On Monday, Dec. 19, Rural/Metro Medical Services of Central New York announced that Butch Hoffman, a NREMT-paramedic and special operations supervisor from Cazenovia has been selected to serve as the chair of the Safety Committee for the New York State Emergency Medical Services Council.
Daisy Girl Scout Troop No. 10134, of Baldwinsville, and three Junior Girl Scouts Troop No. 10130, also of Baldwinsville, held a fundraiser for Sunshine Horses a rescue horse farm in Syracuse.
Forty-eight Baldwinsville students have been selected to perform in the band, orchestra and chorus at the Senior High School All-County Music Festival, scheduled for Jan. 13 and 14 at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.
Amanda Newcomb of Lysander visits with Santa during a breakfast held at the Lysander Fire Department on Sunday, Dec. 18 in the hamlet of Lysander.
I read, happily, Karen Abbott’s letter about Sheets dried on the line, laundry hung outside. I enjoyed it very much, since I am a confirmed user of outside clotheslines.
Saturday, December 24
Girls Rams still unbeaten after rout of Tigers
Here was the start of the fourth quarter, and the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team was allowing Mexico to dream a little. The Red Rams only had a six-point lead on the Tigers Friday night, and thoughts of a monumental upset drifted through fans in Mexico's gym.
Liverpool falls to Oswego, is still winless
At Liverpool High School Friday night the scene was packed with reporters, news stations, fans, alumni, and even a play-by-play radio crew as the sudden departure of boys basketball head coach Jerry Wilcox drew a curious crowd. Despite just learning of the firing of Wilcox the day before, the Warriors knew it had to put it aside and, under new head coach Matt Jacobs, go out and play basketball as its had a huge test in visiting Oswego.
Burton Street uses new technology, becomes environmentally friendly
Even though blue and gold are the official colors of the Cazenovia Central School District, Burton Street Elementary has been slowly turning green.
WG hands B'ville first defeat; Ludden still unbeaten
A busy Friday night of local high school girls basketball saw three teams remain on early-season hot streaks. At Westhill, sophomore standout Anna Ross helped the unbeaten Warriors defeat visiting Skaneateles, 49-36, Friday night in an OHSL Liberty Division game.
The following letters to Santa were submitted by second-grade students at Burton Street Elementary School. They have been printed as-is. This is the third and final installment, so we at the Cazenovia Republican hope each of the students receive what they were wishing for and have a happy holiday.
At the Dec. 19 meeting of the Cazenovia Board of Education, District Transportation Supervisor Karen Cowherd presented board members with 2010-11 use statistics, outlined the new emission-reducing Espar engine-heating systems 21 buses will utilize this winter and proposed the acquisition of four new buses and a Chevrolet Suburban.
Don and Kathy Barone recently traveled to Orlando, Fla., with their 145-pound three-year-old Great Dane, Izzy, and returned to Cazenovia with two first-place awards from the 2011 American Kennel Club Eukanuba National Championship.
The Cazenovia Public Library will debut a new activity, “Unplug and Play,” from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 30 in the Community Room.
Mohawk Valley GIS, creators of the NYSnowmobileWebMap.com interactive trail map and trip planner website, has just released a trail app for Android smart phone users.
Friday, December 23
Lakers avenge sectional final defeat to Warriors
Nine and a half months had passed, and most of the players on the court were different. But there was no disguising the Skaneateles boys basketball team's desire to get back at Westhill, and it did so Friday night, topping the two-time defending Section III Class B champion Warriors 58-45 in front of a loud and appreciative home crowd.
Wildcats prevail 6-3 for eighth straight win
West Genesee doubled up Solvay, 6-3, Friday night in matchup of Division I West division ice hockey leaders at Allyn Arena in Skaneateles, which serves as the Bearcats' home ice. The Wildcats, who again sit atop the state Division I rankings, moved into sole possession of the West lead at 4-0 and is 8-0 overall. Solvay, no. 10 in those same state rankings, is 3-1 in league play, 7-2 overall.
In a sometimes-serious, sometimes-goofy way, a television family delivered, and celebrated, its 3,000th episode last week, continuing a 19-year run of success, fun and starting careers in the industry.
A significant amount of traffic to SnagFreeSamples.com comes from people searching the Internet for keywords like “free samples by mail,” and that type of traffic has been increasing as the site grows as an authority in the free sample and coupon space.
'Dragon Tattoo' film maintains book's character
Long ago, the drumbeat started. It was faint at first, but over weeks and months it gradually built, and by December it turned loud and unavoidable.
Skaneateles Press editor and independent historian Jason Emerson will appear on C-SPAN 3’s “American History TV” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, with a rebroadcast at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1.
The Village Board of Trustees had a short session for its last meeting of the year, with the only matter of new business being the need to apply to the state for new “pedestrian channelization devices” — or, in layman’s terms, crosswalk signs.
The Skaneateles Press will be the official newspaper for the town of Skaneateles during the 2012 year, the town board voted at its Dec. 22 meeting.
Town board approves third moratorium while in final stages of drafting local law
The Skaneateles Town Board is in the final stages of crafting a local law to ban hydraulic fracturing within the town limits, and could be ready to take action on such a law by mid-March.
The Skaneateles Town Board finished its work updating user fees at the town transfer station at its Dec. 22 meeting by agreeing to new fees and regulations for commercial trash haulers and home contractors.
Northstars earn respect with fourth-place finish
If ever there was a time where a 2-2 record was an unqualified success, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team managed it while attending last week’s Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz. Both in victory and defeat, the Northstars enhanced the entire reputation of Central New York high school hoops, as Breanna Stewart and her teammates put up four supreme efforts against some of the nation’s best programs.
Warriors rebound with OT win at Watertown IHC
Securing its command of a local rivalry, the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team smothered Liverpool Wednesday night, claiming a 6-0 shutout over the Warriors at Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena in Lysander.
Schools throughout the Baldwinsville District have demonstrated generosity this Christmas season with various donations to the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau, which collects donations and distributes food and gifts to local families in need.
The year’s last legislative session, held Dec. 20, 2011, usually contains mainly “housekeeping” budgetary items; however, this session included some very important issues like necessary improvements to our water system.
SUNY Oswego has announced graduate candidates who hail from Baldwinsville.
Bees slip to 2-4, go to ESM tournament next week
No matter where it turned, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team was confronting first-rate competition and big obstacles in its quest to reach the post-season.
Home wins leaves Cobras unbeaten
All of Bishop Grimes’ basketball fans left the home gym in East Syracuse happy on Thursday night, glad that their teams are still unbeaten – but not without fraying some nerves along the way. First, it was the girls Cobras put to a grinding test from Cazenovia, needing to lean on its defense to fight to a 37-30 victory. Then the boys Lakers gave Grimes its most difficult test so far, but again the hosts held on, prevailing by a 59-54 margin.
F-M earns first league win against ITC
A local wrestling showdown in the OHSL Freedom division saw CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt go to East Syracuse-Minoa Wednesday night and emerge with a 51-34 victory over the Spartans.
Allen stars as WG tops Auburn, B'ville
The West Genesee boys basketball team played twice on the road in a span of three nights, but won them both to improve to 4-2 in advance of its own brand-new holiday tournament.
J-E, Marcellus both fall to OHSL Liberty foes
A string of six consecutive wins from 152 to 220 pounds proved the backbone for the West Genesee wrestling team’s 58-18 romp over Auburn Wednesday night in CNY Counties League action.
Thursday, December 22
Warriors off to 0-3 start; assistant takes over
After starting the season 0-3, Liverpool boys basketball head coach Jerry Wilcox has been fired. The news broke of the firing through current members of the varsity team and through some of the fans just before the Warriors were set to play Oswego on Friday night.
Late comeback against AA champs falls just short
Charging down the stretch, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team made it difficult for Henninger on Thursday night, but could not quite complete the rally. Instead, the Black Knights held on to beat the Northstars, 59-54, in a clash of the last two Section III Class AA champions. This put a halt to CNS's three-game win streak.
A sign hanging among decades worth of wedding cake photos reads out the mantra of Fremont Bakery: “This is my work, my blessing, not my despair.”
The annual celebration of winter in the village of Camillus has been canceled.
Come January, there will be plenty of changes for the Camillus Village Board.
A Jamesville teen has been charged with possession of child pornography
The village of Marcellus will purchase two police cars from the town of Manlius at a more than reasonable price.
On Dec. 20, the Onondaga County Legislature held its final session of the year. While it is typical at the end of a term to bid farewell to a few legislators, this year’s final session marked the departure of nine of the 19 sitting legislators with 102 years of service between them.
Both inside and outside the CNY Counties League, the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team earned a fair amount of success before hitting the holiday break.
Well, it’s a two-sided rivalry now. Syracuse Academy of Science had beaten its city neighbor, Institute of Technology Central, in all five boys basketball games the two relatively new schools played against each other, dating back to the 2009-10 season.
Bees, tied in third period, fall to late Wildcat flurry
A period remained in Wednesday night's game, and the Baldwinsville ice hockey team found itself on even terms with four-time defending Section III Division I champion West Genesee – and this was on the Wildcats’ home ice at Shove Park. This proved that the Bees had traveled a long way from the 7-0 beating it took at WG’s expense in last February’s sectional playoffs.
Not everyone wrote letters to Santa this year. Nancy and Joan Stoker, of 23 Farnham St., wrote a letter to the "Grinch" who stole a piece of their Christmas spirit.
Peinkofer, Carnovale earn runner-up finishes
Each of Baldwinsville’s indoor track and field teams would earn high finishes during their second visit to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena for Wednesday night’s John Arcaro Memorial Invitational. In the event named in honor of B’ville’s long-time track coach, the boys Bees tied Jamesville-DeWitt for fifth place with 26 points. Liverpool, with 53 points, earned the top spot.
For the most part, the Baldwinsville wrestling team rest in the period between the North Country Invitational on Dec. 17 and the Mountain Duals late next week in Dolgeville. Only once did the Bees compete, and that turned into a lopsided affair with little real competition as the Bees hosted Oswego Wednesday night and rolled past the Buccaneers 66-6.
Beginning Jan. 1 the town of Camillus will move from a five-day trash/recycling schedule to a four-day schedule.
Throughout the year, The Friends of Lorenzo support numerous preservation and educational activities at Lorenzo State Historic Site with a host of creative and energetic fundraisers.
Letter to the editor
When a respected funeral director is accused of sexual assault on young girls in the community, we need to have an open discussion.
Letter to the editor
We want to thank the people of Cazenovia, as well as all the town boards for all their help and support over the past several months.
Letter to the editor
Community Resources for Independent Seniors would like to sincerely thank the over 40 volunteers in the community who have driven for CRIS-CAT (Community Area Transportation) over this past year.
Cazenovia Community Preschool, Inc. has recently begun to plan for the incoming class of students for the 2012-13 school year.
For many in the community, the medical equipment loan program at Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps plays a vital role when the need arises.
Fiutak second in pole vault; Adams second in 1,500
Off to a strong start this winter, the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team again beat most of the field during Wednesday night's John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.
Amid the tight race for Division II regular-season supremacy, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team continues to keep pace, for the most part.
Both Marcellus teams earn top-10 finishes
For a second time, local indoor track and field teams made their way to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, this time to take part in Wednesday's John Arcaro Memorial Invitational, where three different individuals earned impressive wins.
The Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center offers various different levels of group swimming lessons including parent and child lessons, preschool lessons and private lessons.
In this issue of the Press, we report on the public release of the school district’s investigative reports concerning the high school varsity football program.
Thousands of people are expected for the second annual Americu Credit Union's First Night CNY at Lights on the Lake on Saturday, Dec. 31 at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool.
Three pins are earned in 21 seconds or less
Cazenovia’s wrestling team took a large step toward the front of the OHSL Liberty division standings when it went to Skaneateles Wednesday night and dominated the annual battle of Laker teams, winning by a score of 62-18.
The Syracuse University men’s basketball team hosts the Tulane Green Wave at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at the Carrier Dome. Thursday’s game will be telecast by Time Warner Cable Sports.
On Nov. 16, the Baldwinsville Central School District held its Oral Spelling Bee Championship to determine 14 finalists for the Post Standard/WCNY Regional Spelling Bee, which will be given on Jan. 14.
The November meeting of the Betsy Baldwin Chapter DAR was held at the New Legacy Community Room in Baldwinsville. Following the meeting, John Henderson, of Baldwinsville, talked about growing up on a farm in the area.
The reindeers are training as we speak and next week it will all be over but the cleanup. Nevertheless, there’s still time to drop in to find a special recipe, a special holiday week project or just some good music, books and movies for some family down time.
First-graders Nick Pangaro, left, Jake Falconer, center, and Graham Jackson use iPads to draw at Elden Elementary School.
Wednesday, December 21
Red Rams beat CNS, earn 53 points overall
The way it worked for Jamesville-DeWitt's girls indoor track and field team was that it was second the first time around in the 2011-12 season, and first the second time around. Or, to put it another way, the Red Rams emerged victorious from Wednesday night's John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.
Liverpool grabs second indoor meet at SRC Arena
A week earlier, the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team had watched Cicero-North Syracuse sweep both ends of the Jack Morse Relays, the first-ever high school sports event at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena. But when the same two sides returned Wednesday night for the John Arcaro Memorial Invitational, it was the Warriors' turn to take the top spot on the boys side, edging the Northstars 53 points to 47, while the CNS girls were second to Jamesville-DeWitt and Liverpool got third place.
It was only a matter of months after Dick Long began working as a reporter for the Herald-Journal that he began to suspect the cops were on the take.
I recently made my annual appearance at Roberts School’s career day. It’s an enjoyable event where seventh and eighth graders have the chance to talk with people who have pretty good jobs and learn that even successful people have had to struggle in one way or another to get where they are — a valuable lesson in itself.
Samadee became a school teacher quite by accident.
Anne Messenger, president of Messenger Associates, was named to youtern.com’s “Top 100 Twitter Accounts Job Seekers MUST Follow: 2012.”
DeWitt Police are searching for a suspect in a morning bank robbery in Nottingham Plaza.
Burdo leads Warriors; Werksman wins twice for Northstars
Not only did the Liverpool boys swim team earn its first win of the season, it did so at the expense of local rival Cicero-North Syracuse. The Warriors’ 101-80 conquest of the Northstars Tuesday night at the LHS pool included two relay titles for the hosts.
Bees head to West Genny with 5-0 mark
All is in place for the Baldwinsville girls basketball team as it goes to Camillus Friday night to defend a perfect 5-0 mark against 5-1 West Genesee. But the Bees nearly didn’t make it Camillus undefeated. Utica Proctor came to the Baker High School gym last Tuesday night and made it difficult all night long before the Bees pulled out a 55-51 win over the Raiders.
Dan Burke and the Baldwinsville boys swim team nearly utilized its depth to knock off Auburn in Tuesday night’s home opener, but came up just short in a 47-45 defeat to the Maroons.
It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Father Gregg LeStrange. He was there for three important milestones in my life – my wedding and the baptism of both of my children.
Spartans are 6-0 entering Vince Celi Tournament
So many times in seasons past, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys basketball team entered its own Vince Celi Memorial Tournament as a definitive host, but not a definitive favorite. Not this time, though, as the Spartans took a 6-0 record into its annual holiday gathering after making a big comeback Tuesday night to beat visiting Fowler 77-70.
While Taylor Fleming’s family and friends plan a balloon release at Cicero-North Syracuse High School for Thursday afternoon, charges are being filed against the other driver in the crash that claimed the 17-year-old’s life. The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department reported Wednesday morning that Timothy Williams, 45, of Phoenix, has been charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with the Dec. 8 accident at the intersection of Totman Road and Northern Boulevard.
Join author Jack Reed for a special book signing of “Back to the Front” and “Been Dead Already” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at Creekside Books & Coffee.
Girls win fourth in a row; boys top Bearcats 60-41
Each of the Skaneateles basketball teams are heading into high-profile games against Westhill on Friday night with lots of momentum.
Several students were left shaken after a young girl was nearly struck by a vehicle near a school bus stop Tuesday morning, according to an e-mail sent out by Liverpool Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns. According to the e-mail, a Morgan Road Elementary student was crossing Huntingcreek Lane in the Cherrington East subdivision off Morgan Road with three other girls to board her bus. Johns said the driver of the Jeep didn’t break the law by passing the bus, but was turning in front of the bus at the intersection of Old Meadow Road and Huntingcreek.
Bearcats rally past Ithaca; Wildcats trip B'ville
If the Solvay hockey team wanted to enjoy a happier holiday season than normal, it has to do what few other Division I foes in recent memory have pulled off – namely, beat West Genesee.
Both sides stay unbeaten in OHSL Liberty; Solvay swept
Both of the Bishop Ludden basketball teams had little trouble maintaining perfect marks within the OHSL Liberty division.
Biviano claims high jump, 55 hurdles for victorious Lakers
Make it two consecutive victories for the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team in Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meets. In the second of the contests, held Tuesday at Colgate University’s Samford Field House, the Lakers again finished on top, its 90 points well clear of runner-up Clinton (65 points) and the rest of the nine-team field.
Hourigan's triple-double overcomes Kleine's 24 points
Part of the reason for the Cazenovia girls basketball team’s rough start, as defending Section III Class B champions, is that it has faced a long list of high-quality opponents – including Jordan-Elbridge.
Late surge negates 52 saves from Maroons goalie
By the time it neared the holiday break, the Cazenovia ice hockey was enjoying the familiar – and happy – sensation of a win streak. A key in that process was Tuesday’s game against Auburn at the Morrisville State IcePlex, which was in doubt before a clutch play in the third period turned it in the Lakers’ favor and led to a 3-1 win over the Maroons.
At Durgee Junior High School, ninth-grade English teacher Elizabeth Chetney and school library media specialist Lindsay Cesari added a twist to the traditional research paper. This fall, as they taught the ninth-grade teen issues research unit, they were also teaching students how an iPad can enhance learning.
Members of Elden Elementary School’s fourth grade chorus sing at the Village of Baldwinsville’s annual tree lighting held Saturday, Dec. 3.
Baldwinsville Rotarian Pam Falleson loads lunches to be delivered to homebound seniors who were unable to make the service club's 39th annual Senior Christmas Party held Wednesday, Dec. 14, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Church in Clay.
Christmas is a time of giving, getting together with family and friends, and thinking of those less fortunate. This year, Educational Support Professionals Association collected monetary donations of more than $500 to "Adopt a Family" for Christmas.
Tuesday, December 20
Road win over Warriors is second in four nights
While it was nice that the Fayetteville-Manlius girls basketball team earned the championship of the Traci Zimmer Memorial Tournament at Central Square on Dec. 16-17, it still left something unfinished. This was due to the fact that, while it beat Liverpool in the tournament final, it had to play the Warriors again three nights later.
With top scorers Kyle Palmieri and Nick Bonino and defenseman Nate Guenin currently soaking up some California sunshine with the Anaheim Ducks, the Syracuse Crunch lost two games in a row at the Onondaga County War Memorial last weekend.
Cazenovia resident Scott Griffin was recently awarded a 50-inch LG Plasma Television by the Cazenovia Lions Club. Griffin was the winner selected from the local Lions Club’s TV Raffle.
The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council recently received $103.7 million of in-state economic development funds for 74 projects in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties.
A “Book to Film Club” is one of the enriching new programs planned for the upcoming year for the Cazenovia Public Library at 100 Albany St.
Students volunteer for Salvation Army, collect community donations
As holiday light displays add to the festive sights around town, the spirit of the season can also be heard ringing from volunteers standing in front of the familiar Red Kettle.
The numbers will shock you. Liz Claiborne Inc., a corporate leader in dating violence awareness, commissioned a poll in September of 2011 among college students to research the issue. The results were staggering. According to Liz Claiborne Inc.’s Love Is Not Abuse 2011 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll, some 43 percent of college women have experienced violent or abusive dating behaviors. Nearly a quarter — 22 percent — reported actual physical abuse, sexual abuse or threats of physical violence. However, 38 percent of college students said they wouldn’t know how to get help on campus if they found themselves in an abusive relationship. “The findings of this survey prove that colleges and universities need to provide a more comprehensive response and additional creative educational programs to address dating violence and abuse,” said Jane Randel, senior vice president of corporate communications for Liz Claiborne Inc. But here in Central New York, colleges actually have a pretty comprehensive list of services that they provide to students, and they make sure that students in unhealthy relationships are aware of what’s out there. In addition, each of the three major schools in Onondaga County has preventative education programs in place to help students understand how to maintain a healthy relationship.
When Alicia Wood and other members of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Mattydale sat down and looked at the demographics of the community, they were surprised to see how many young families lived in the area. “I thought it was an elderly community, but it’s not.,” Wood said. “There are a lot of ground-level families just starting out.” Wood said many of those families are fighting to make ends meet. “We feel like in Mattydale, we have a lot of working families that are still struggling,” she said. “Sometimes clothes or winter boots or winter coats are the last thing you can afford.” That’s how Wood came up with the idea of Easter Morning, the clothing closet located in the basement of the church at the corner of Molloy and Mitchell roads in Mattydale. The organization offers clothes for infants, kids, teens, women and men, all free of charge, to anyone in the community.
When I was a young editor of the Eagle Bulletin in the mid-1990s, Hamilton Armstrong initially treated me as a know-nothing. On several occasions, he called to belittle my editorial opinions, or question why I wasn’t following up on a story he felt deserved coverage. His phone calls, like his letters, could be harsh.
The village of Manlius Board of Trustees appointed Martha Dygert as its new clerk/treasurer during its regular meeting Dec. 13.
As the owner of a successful antique shop, which last year saw a spike in customers bringing in gold for cash, Selma Adydan is in a position to make Christmas bright for kids in need.
Northstars surprise Bolingbrook, rout Dr. Phillips
No doubt, the central presence of Breanna Stewart was the primary reason why the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team earned a spot in the most elite portion of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona. Yet if the Northstars were to make any headway against the nation’s top programs, it would need something special from players other than Stewart – and that’s what it got.
Liverpool boys fall to West Genesee, 69-58
In the follow-up to its run-in with Cicero-North Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, the Liverpool girls basketball team recovered enough to earn second place in the Traci Zimmer Memorial Tournament at Central Square.
Baker High School sophomores (back row, from left) Grace Santoro, Sarah Karl, Melissa Voyer, Sarah Dugan, Chrissy Linnenbach, (front row, from left) Katie Schumacher, Emily Soeder, Elizabeth Wisely and Kirby Socker recently collected more than $2,000 in pledges for the Rescue Mission by spending the night outside without shelter, water or food.
After graduating from Baker High School in 2001, Dan Frigolette wasted no time in pursuing his chosen profession. He debuted as a stand-up comic in 2002 as part of Joe DeLion’s Viva Debris, a variety show which toured area nightclubs.
I took time to sit by the river yesterday. It’s one of my favorite things to do, and I often take time to do it. It was my designated “day off,” after all. I felt I had already used up the time I had a right to waste, so I was wavering on what to do next.
Village Square goes ‘green’ with 65 percent more efficient lighting technology
The Village of Baldwinsville flipped the switch Thursday, Dec. 15, on 15 street lights retrofitted with cutting-edge LED technology built by local company, Ephesus Technologies.
Merging fire organizations, new equipment on the table
Lysander fire officials are on the right track, according to an independent study recently released by independent consultant Michael P. Dallessandro.
Monday, December 19
The fate of the three fire departments and one fire district in the town of Manlius could be decided by a committee next year.
Two wind turbines and solar panels are being planned at the water treatment plant on Gere Lock Road in Camillus.
Councilors unanimously approved the commencement of the application process for the 2012 chemical treatment of Cazenovia Lake, at the Dec. 12 meeting of the Cazenovia Town Board.
Classes and clubs within the high school and middle school joined forces with the community to produce close to 300 dozen cookies for families in the Skaneateles Food Basket program this year.
In the five years since the John D. Barrow Art Gallery acquired 34 original Barrow paintings from the Onondaga County Public Library, 12 of the 34 have been fully restored to their original condition. This year, in commemoration of the five-year anniversary of the acquisition, the gallery has decided to have one of the most severely damaged paintings receive a complete treatment, and is in need of financial contributions to complete the project.
Varsity squad donates time to CazCares, serves up dinner for community
This holiday season, the Cazenovia varsity boys basket ball team has been doing more than just practicing their layups and free throws - they have been busy helping out local organizations and fundraising for the community basketball program.
New York Agri-Women member Erica Leubner, of Marietta, inspired Japanese women involved in agriculture during her recent presentation to The Rural Women Empowerment and Life Improvement (“WELI”) Association in Tokyo, Japan.
Local teen band Give Us Jersey is flying high as the year 2012 approaches — they have a new album coming out, a multi-state tour coming up and their latest song has nearly 70,000 downloads on YouTube. And none of these guys is even 21 years-old yet.
The following letters to Santa were submitted by second-grade students at Burton Street Elementary School. They have been printed as-is.
Details give facts, insights into program suspension
In response to a Freedom of Information Law request from a local resident, the Skaneateles Central School District has released 16 pages of documents relating to the recent investigation into charges of illegal recruitment and residency in the high school varsity football program.
When he first started, Tom Armstrong bottled his homemade barbecue sauce in wine bottles and sold it out of his car trunk. Now, 14 years later, Tom’s Bootleg BBQ Sauce is sold in stores across Central New York, used in multiple restaurants and recently was named one of the best barbecue sauces for chicken by the National Barbecue News.
Residents of McHarrie Towne bring donated toys and gifts to the seasonal Christmas Bureau Drop-Off location in Smokey Hollow Plaza in the village of Baldwinsville.
I would like to make a few comments about this year’s Turkey Trot. This is the second year that my son and his girlfriend have participated in this event. They enjoy running the 10K, not only for the exercise but with the knowledge that they are contributing to a worthy cause.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary held a Division 2 Change of Watch banquet Dec. 4 at the Fireside Inn in Baldwinsville. During the banquet, John Steinbarge, of Baldwinsville, and Helen "Lou" Cummings, of Utica, were sworn in as Division 2 vice commander and commander, respectively.
Returning home to Baldwinsville for her father’s funeral, Wendy Kunst Massey traveled without a story book she read daily to her child in utero. Rather than forego the bonding tradition, Massey made up a story for her unborn daughter. That one story, the sweet pea story, inspired others, which Massey has turned into a children’s book, titled “Spenders’ Vegetable Garden: From Land to Plate.”
Sunday, December 18
The following reports were submitted by the Camillus and Jordan Police Departments.
At an event chock full of town spirit, and the color red, another step was taken toward ensuring that it’s going to be a happy New Year for several Jamesville-DeWitt spring sports teams.
A new contract offered to local towns could decide the SPCA’s involvement in local animal cruelty investigations.
How government agencies, the public, and one large corporation are bringing Onondaga Lake 'back to life'
President Nixon, who had shown little interest in environmental issues before the first Earth Day celebrations in 1970, suddenly began to take note of the political possibilities.
Though Santa Claus left his sleigh and reindeer in the North Pole, he was able to hitch a ride with the Camillus Fire Department as he visited the eager children of both the town and village Saturday.
Bearcats hang on for 4-3 win, meets WG on Friday
Twice in the span of a week, the Solvay ice hockey team would meet up against the front-runners in Division I West and get a good picture on where it stood. It started Saturday night, at Allyn Arena in Skaneateles, where the Bearcats, on its new home ice, met Corcoran, whose 6-0 start included a win in the Bobby Conklin Memorial Tournament at Baldwinsville, where Solvay had placed third and not met the Cougars.
Lakers rebound with home win over New Hartford
Instead of the constant winning drumbeat enjoyed a season ago en route to a state championship, the Cazenovia ice hockey team is still searching for consistency in a tough early slate.
Saturday, December 17
Hornets get past Liverpool in C. Square final
Now with a full complement of players on hand, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls basketball team is riding a four-game win streak. The Hornets topped both Christian Brothers Academy and Liverpool to claim the first-place trophy in the Traci Zimmer Memorial Tournament at Central Square, which raised money for Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society.
DellaContrada, who runs the business with help from her husband, Dave, says customers love the program, along with the personal, caring service they get at the shop. The couple lives in the Sedgwick neighborhood of Eastwood, Syracuse, with their two teenage sons and DellaContrada’s 82-year-old grandmother.
Warriors take lead late in first half, prevail 51-40
Maybe it lacks the depth of some of its opposition, but so far, the Westhill girls basketball team has not let that fact get in the way of putting together a perfect 5-0 start. West Genesee was after the same goal when it visited the Warriors' gym on Saturday afternoon, but the sophomore combination of Sam Peebles and Anna Ross proved too much to handle as Westhill beat the Wildcats 51-40.
Schurman nets 30 in 86-45 romp of Cougars
True, it was not a league game, and it's still quite early in the season. But the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team still made a loud statement Saturday afternoon by going to Corcoran and ripping the Cougars 86-45 in a clash of two undefeated sides.
Marcellus’s town and planning boards held a combined meeting Saturday morning to discuss hydrofracking and subdivision/development issues.
Caz holds off Clinton, earn 80 points for top spot
All through the 2011-12 indoor track and field season, Cazenovia will compete in Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association events at Colgate University's Sanford Field House. In the first of those MVITA meets Friday night, the girls Lakers finished on top, earning 80 points to fend off Clinton, who was second with 69 points.
Brantley nets 24 as CNS win streak hits three
Just a week after seeing a 25-point lead disappear in its season opener against Fairport, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team found itself with another large advantage during Friday night's home opener against Christian Brothers Academy. This time, though, the Northstars weren't surrendering anything. Vaughndell Brantley's career-best 24 points set the pace as CNS smashed the Brothers 83-49 to win its third consecutive game.
Spartans top Fulton; girls Cobras hold off Hannibal
Basketball teams from East Syracuse-Minoa and Bishop Grimes remain unblemished - but not without some stress. The girls Cobras were tested for the first time this season Friday night at Hannibal, but held off the Warriors 57-53 as, back home, the Grimes boys team routed Hannibal 70-34. Just down the road, ESM's boys avoided a possible letdown and moved to 5-0, zooming past Fulton 75-55.
Teams raise money for 'Hoops For the Hospital'
Host Skaneateles controlled the second half to defeat rival Marcellus, 55-38, in an OHSL Liberty division boys basketball game Friday night. The game was part of the “Hoops for the Hospital” charity promotion. All proceeds from the night - which featured seventh grade, eighth grade, junior varsity, and varsity games between the schools - benefitted Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Upstate Hospital Cancer Center.
Friday, December 16
Westhill squeaks past Solvay, 43-40
Painful as the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team's 46-39 defeat to archrival CBA in the Carrier Dome on Dec. 11 was, it also, said head coach Pat Donnelly, served a useful purpose for his young Gaelic Knights - that despite its enormous talent, it simply could not show up on the court and expect an opponent to step aside.
Bees get much-needed shutout of Cortland-Homer
Having spent more than a quarter-century coaching the Baldwinsville ice hockey team, head coach Mark Lloyd always deferred credit to others for the Bees' success. However, Lloyd could not avoid a small moment in the spotlight Friday as, with a 3-0 shutout of Cortland-Homer at Greater B'ville Ice Arena in Lysander, B'ville gave Lloyd his 300th coaching win.
B'ville girls hoops enjoys 4-0 start
Even if she can't share the experience with her sister on the court, Maggie Monnat is doing whatever she can to keep the Baldwinsville girls basketball team a major force. Monnat led the way for the Bees in Thursday night's 48-36 victory over Oswego which moved the team to 4-0 on the season.
It was my choice to see “The Sitter.” I chose poorly.
Just when I thought I was on a good roll, finding only good things to write about in my education column, I came across parents wearing these sweatshirts at a high school indoor track meet.
Northstars to face four national powers in four days
With the preliminaries behind them, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team will soon embark on a long trip to Arizona for its most concentrated, intense action of the season.
At the Dec. 5 Cazenovia Village Board Meeting, Deputy Mayor Amy Mann accepted a check for $550 from National Grid and updated citizens on the progress for the village’s application to become a “Tree City USA.”
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced a provision in the New York State Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act, prohibiting disposal of most rechargeable batteries as a solid waste in the state, started Dec. 5.
CBA wins twice, improves to 4-2
Making a big comeback, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls volleyball team erased a 2-0 deficit and beat local rival East Syracuse- Minoa in five sets on Thursday night.
Peterson shoots 278 in win over Red Hawks
Baldwinsville girls bowler Annie Peterson was just short of perfection during her team’s 3-0 shutout of Central Square last Tuesday at Green Acres Bowl.
Students will take part in an effort to turn waste into gain, thanks to a hands-on class offered at East Syracuse-Minoa High School.
After delivering defensive knockouts in its first two games, the Corcoran girls basketball team experienced what it was like to be on the other end of the punches, falling to West Genesee 47-32 on the road Thursday, Dec. 8, in Camillus.
Founded in 2007, Amaus Health Services is a free medical clinic located in the city of Syracuse that serves people who are without insurance and who have limited access to health care.
Brillo, Gray, Saunders each earn key pins
Amid a stretch where it would have seven contests in 16 days, the Skaneateles wrestling team would face rival Marcellus on Thursday night. And the Lakers would gain a satisfying victory, dominating in the upper weight classes and holding off the Mustangs 42-37.
Van Buren Elementary School recently collected for the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau.
The following questions and answers were published in the Dec. 2 edition of Radisson’s Reflections by the Radisson Community Association. The questions were brought up during the Nov. 21 Radisson Board of Directors meeting and the answers are the BOD’s responses.
Baker High School in Baldwinsville has announced its “Baker’s Dozen,” the 13 students from the Class of 2012 with the 13 highest grade point averages.
The First Baptist Church of Memphis has come full circle since its roof collapsed under the weight of heavy snow last winter.
Defending Class B champs have 1-4 record
Even with a new coach and mostly new personnel on the floor, the Cazenovia girls basketball team, as the defending Section III Class B champions, is getting every opponent’s best shot.
Thursday, December 15
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park recently announced that unique pieces by Betty Munro and Rodger Mack will be available for purchase during this holiday season.
As residents of Cazenovia plan their year-end charitable giving, Project CAFE hopes they’ll keep them near the top of their lists.
Community Resources for Independent Seniors recently applied for, and received, a grant from the Central New York Community Foundation to develop a senior resource directory for the Cazenovia, Nelson and Fenner areas.
Drive down Cedarpost Road next to the Wegmans on West Taft Road at night this month, and you will notice a house at the corner of Harvest Lane. In fact, it would be pretty difficult not to notice it. The house and the lawn are blanketed in Christmas decorations and lights — lots and lots and lots of lights. “[We’ve got] somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000,” estimates St. Joseph the Worker parishioner John Bianco, the house's owner and architect of “lights on the corner.”
The rich history of baseball in the North Syracuse Central School District will be celebrated in more formal fashion beginning on May 18, 2012 when the NSCS Baseball Wall of Fame is dedicated in weekend festivities at the Gillette Road varsity diamond.
From 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, the Cazenovia boys basketball teams will serve dinner to community residents and athletic supporters at Dave’s Diner.
Without moving, I travel the universe searching for an eternal passageway, a landmark to the infinite, the razor’s edge. Perhaps it’s just a concoction, this portal to enlightenment, to be there and here at the same time, but this quest for the holy has become my holy quest.
A respected Cazenovian businessman and a long-time Syracuse basketball coach are each accused of separate crimes involving sexual abuse – terrible acts that are difficult to mention in a community newspaper, let alone contemplate.
Northstars prevail as Liverpool girls take third place
Just by itself, the Cicero-North Syracuse indoor track and field team’s sweep of the top spots in Wednesday’s season-opening Jack Morse Relays was not a headline maker. What did make it special was the fact that the Northstars prevailed in the first high school events ever contested at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, which opened earlier this month.
B'ville gets high finishes in relay races at Morse meet
For the first time this winter, the Baldwinsville indoor track and field teams got to line up in a new venue – Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.
The Baldwinsville boys swim team improved to 2-1 on the season Wednesday night when it beat the combined Syracuse city team by a score of 101-78 at the Nottingham High School pool.
The Marcellus Town Board met Monday night and set an organizational meeting for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at town hall.
Meet was debut for new SRC Arena at OCC
Long road trips to far-off locations for local indoor track and field teams are now in the past as a new venue, Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, is open for activity. And the indoor athletes christened it during Wednesday’s Jack Morse Relays. Jamesville-DeWitt finished second in both the boys and girls meets, winning several events along the way.
F-M outlasts B'ville; Grimes rolls past Homer
In a pair of road games Wednesday night, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Bishop Grimes boys basketball teams both maintained perfect marks - the Hornets going to 3-0, the Cobras improving to 4-0.
Red Rams oust Weedsport; F-M falls to West Genny
Quickly moving to the top of the Onondaga High School League standings, the Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA boys swim team hosted Weedsport Tuesday night and, led by Cory Knapp and Garrett Farchione, registered a 95-82 victory over the Warriors.
Fulton, Phoenix put on impressive displays
It just so happened that, on the same Wednesday night, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa wrestling teams met up with, arguably, the area’s two top programs. For the Brothers, that meant facing Fulton, and taking a 57-28 loss to the Red Raiders. Meanwhile, the Spartans ran up against Phoenix and were overwhelmed by the Firebirds in a 76-12 defeat.
The story of the birth of Jesus Christ will be told again this year at the Live Nativity at First United Methodist Church in Baldwinsville.
Officials have approved a new rental fee for Paper Mill Island in Baldwinsville.
After nearly two months of anticipation, Baldwinsville’s First United Methodist Church now has its steeple.
Skaneateles wins sprint relay; Merritt third in 55-meter dash
In a brand-new venue, the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team made an immediate impact during Wednesday night's Jack Morse Relays.
WG, Westhill/Ludden athletes earn wins at Morse Relays
A bit of history was made late on Wednesday afternoon as indoor track athletes from the CNY Counties League and Onondaga High School League staged the first-ever sports event at Onondaga Community College’s new SRC Arena.
Wildcats lined up for showdown with Oswego
As the reigning Section III champions and holders of the George Falwell Cup, the West Genesee boys swim team knows that defending the title in 2011-12 will prove quite difficult, with the likes of Oswego, Auburn and Jamesville-DeWItt/CBA poised to make a run at the Wildcats.
Wednesday, December 14
Win gives Bees early edge in CNYCL National race
Three different win streaks helped the Baldwinsville wrestling team keep the upper hand against its neighbors from Liverpool. But it was the last of these win streaks that was the most vital, as it allowed the trailing Bees to zoom in front and topple the visiting Warriors 41-31 on Wednesday night
The holiday season has arrived once again, and that means lots of giving. Jessica Amidon, owner of Caz Cans regularly collects bottle and can donations for CazCares throughout the year, rasiing an average of about $400 annually.
Hunt Real Estate is proud to announce a new realtor team working in Cazenovia, Manlius, Chittenango and the surrounding areas.
Letter to the editor
Friday nights in Cazenovia have gotten a little more interesting for high school students, thanks to the support of so many families, local businesses and community groups.
Letter to the editor
The annual fund drive for the United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson has begun with a goal of raising $40,000.
Letter to the editor
The Board of Directors of Stone Quarry Hill Art Park would like to wish you a joyous holiday season, and to express our appreciation those who have responded to our Annual Fund letter with generous contributions.
Letter to the editor
We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Brian Tait, of Tait Funeral Home, for the heartfelt way he handled everything at the time of Anne Giddings’ death.
CORE Federal Credit Union in Morrisville recently donated $1,000 to local food pantries, splitting funds between CazCares and Community Action Partnership’s food pantry programs.
Camillus Police are warning motorists of potential traffic backups or delays associated with funeral services for Rev. Gregg LeStrange.
William Burns Driscoll and Carolyn Knighton Brandi were recently married on Sept. 4, in Skytop, Penn.
A senior-housing, townhome and single-family home development is being proposed for Milton Avenue in the green space between Vanida and Richlee Drives.
Twenty-five participating businesses were judged on daytime/nighttime decorations, how well they followed the theme and creativity.
ESM, down 10 in first half, rallies for 57-47 win
Perhaps the East Syracuse-Minoa boys basketball team is turning a corner toward serious contention in the OHSL Freedom division and Section III Class A ranks. Already 2-0, the Spartans earned its biggest win in years when it came from behind last Tuesday night against Christian Brothers Academy and knocked off the Brothers 57-47.
J-D holds off Cortland; CBA topples ESM
Taking an enormous first step to reach the top of the OHSL Freedom American division, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team went to Cortland Tuesday night and held off the Purple Tigers by a score of 43-39.
“It was a time when New York had a small town feel to it,” Bob Shepard said about Fayetteville in the 1960s. At the top of the hill and the center of town, the Shepard’s Home Fair served the community’s home improvement needs.
Turning left at six intersections in Camillus will now be illegal and enforceable by Camillus Police. A public hearing was held on the issue during the regular town board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13.
The Lader family has lived in the Skaneateles area for more than 150 years. One of the members of the current generation, Skaneateles native Frank Lader, has recently released a new book about his family’s long local history.
Village of Minoa Mayor Richard Donovan announced today that he will run for a third term.
Sophomore forward has 16 points, seven blocks
From an 0-2 start, the Skaneateles girls basketball team has quickly found its footing during its long three-week stretch of road contests. In Tuesday's game at Cazenovia, the battle of Laker teams turned in the vistor's direction as, led by sophomore forward Joanna Dobrovosky, Skaneateles rallied in the second half and prevailed by a 42-40 margin.
Bearcats knock off Phoenix in overtime, 48-46
More than anyone else, Shawn Mitchell has helped the Solvay girls basketball program transform from an afterthought to a vital part of the winter scene. And the Bearcats’ head coach gained a milestone last Tuesday night, winning his 100th career game when his Solvay side engineered a dramatic 48-46 overtime win over Phoenix.
Efforts are underway at the Fayetteville Free Library to add a fab lab to its inventory of community assets. The “fab” is fab as in fabrication, but those involved also hope the addition is fabulous.
Wildcats also second at Blue Devil Duals
In its only action last week, the West Genesee wrestling team hosted Skaneateles Tuesday night and won the non-league meet over the Lakers by a score of 49-30.
Lakers' win streak broken in loss to Ludden
Even before 2011 would end, the Cazenovia boys basketball team had a chance to really announce its presence as an OHSL Liberty division and Section III Class B title contender. Step one in that process was taken last Tuesday night, at Skaneateles, where a tense battle of Laker teams spilled into overtime before Cazenovia pulled out a 57-55 victory to move to 4-0 on the season.
Radisson resident invites greater Baldwinsville to check out website
Mike Jablanski is connecting consumers with local merchants. The Radisson resident is a member of The Customer Advantage, an online tool for consumers to save money in their local community.
At 1:35 a.m. Nov. 14, a vehicle was observed on E. Genesee Street failing to use a designated lane. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was identified as Benjamin R. Gibbs, 28, of 124 Patrick Street, Pulaski.
The officers-elect of the town of Lysander continue to make progress in rebuilding town government to make it more representative of the people.
The Greater Baldwinsville YMCA Board of Managers is continuing its efforts to find the best site for the Northwest Family YMCA.
A telephone scam has surfaced in Onondaga County.
Tuesday, December 13
Win avenges three defeats from 2010-11 season
While the Skaneateles ice hockey team would enjoy any victory it attains, Tuesday night's 4-2 conquest of Cazenovia at Allyn Arena had to be particularly sweet. Three times last winter, the two Laker sides had met. Each time, Cazenovia prevailed as it made an undefeated run to the state Division II championship.
Rams prevail with defense, big second half from Coleman
In a short amount of time, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team has found, in Cortland, someone willing to stand up for them for supremacy in both the OHSL Freedom division and Section III Class A ranks. The Red Rams got tested again by the Purple Tigers Tuesday night, trailing by seven at halftime before turning up its defense - and turning to Dajuan Coleman - to rally for a 59-51 victory.
The annual Shop with a Cop will be held this weekend, Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Fayetteville Target. The Manlius and DeWitt Police Department Benevolent Associations are sponsoring the annual event starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
The holidays will renew a push to curb drunken driving in the town of Manlius. The police department will put out additional forces to patrol for drunken drivers Dec. 16 and 17, and Dec. 30 and 31.
As a computer entrepreneur and inventor, Steve Jobs changed the world. The co-founder, chairman and chief executive of Apple Inc., and former executive of Pixar Animation Studios, died Oct. 5 from pancreatic cancer. To honor this leading innovator of our time, The Gallery at the Tech Garden is displaying an exhibition titled “Open Apple Steve — Memoriam: An Aesthetic Homage to Steve Jobs.”
SU basketball took different path to no. 1 ranking
So it came to pass that, 12 days before Yuletide, an early gift appeared under the tree of Syracuse University basketball fans that did not involve birds, gold, maids, dancers, lords, pipers or drummers.
Join the village of Manlius at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, for a Chanukah celebration at the Village Menorah on the corner of Fayette and East Seneca streets in Manlius.
Just weeks after receiving the donation of a portrait of WWII hero Gen. Jonathan Wainwright — whose wife had a Skaneateles connection — the Skaneateles Historical Society has received a second donation regarding the famed general.
The Skaneateles Lake water level is within the acceptable monthly range. That was the brief message sent from Syracuse Water Department Commissioner Deborah Summers to Skaneateles Town Supervisor Terri Roney last week.
The Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of its Dec. 8 Skaneateles Special Shopping Day Raffle.
Two local Skaneateles businesses will receive more than $600,000 in state economic aid, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week.
Toggenburg Junior Race Association’s Gatebuster 2011-12 season opens with a three-day camp Dec. 27 through 29 at Toggenburg Mountain, in Fabius. The camp is designed for skiers ages 5 to 8 and focuses on fun, foundational ski skills, and a basic introduction to ski racing.
It’s been an exciting and productive year of conservation for the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agriculture Program, with numerous projects successfully accomplished, new office space acquired and renewed support from state and federal elected officials, although funding is getting tight.
The Spafford Town Board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8, covered several agenda items, including bonding for road projects, transfer station issues and hydrofracking.
Beginning with the March 2012 local elections, village trustees and the village mayor will be elected to four-year terms of office instead of the current two-year terms, with elections to be held biennially in odd-numbered years.
The Sentimental Serenade invites the community to attend their holiday show at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Oran Community Church. The Serenade will be joined by Brownie Troop 86 and by young vocalist, Christina Bell. The concert is free, but an offering will be taken to benefit the Oran Community Church Roof Fund.
The Senior Editor sat in the room that used to be the restaurant in the downtown YMCA, with seven other people who had come to listen to Kyle Miller from ACHIEVE share the results of a Cathedral Square Neighborhood Survey.
Carol Kankoski won’t be home for Christmas. She won’t be home for New Year’s or Presidents Day. If she’s lucky, she’ll be home for St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s not likely. Kankoski, of Mattydale, will be spending those holidays in the same place she’s spent the last eight weeks: the cardiac care unit of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where she is awaiting a heart transplant. Kankoski was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy—literally translated as a deterioration in the function of the actual heart muscle—in 1999. Her heart function began to decline in 2009 to the point where her regular cardiologist, Dr. Daniel Fuleihan of the New York Heart Center in Syracuse, decided to send her to Strong for regular checkups. Her last checkup was this past October. Kankoski has been at Strong ever since.
The recent special meetings and ultimate override of the 2 percent tax cap in the town of Manlius have caused some discussion around the renovated Fayetteville Fire Department station.
Boys topple New York Mills; girls get trio of wins
Between the records threatened by one side and the torrid pace set by the other side, it is fun following Bishop Grimes basketball in the early stages of the 2011-12 season. Not only are both the boys and girls Cobras teams undefeated, they’re doing so with an entertaining style that leaves opponents either breathless or baffled – but so far, always beaten.
Every Friday morning, about 40 students at Liverpool High School give up their academic advisement period—a kind of study hall—to bandy about ideas concerning hot topics like bullying, homophobia and dating violence. The students are part of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, a Vera House initiative that started at Liverpool and Manlius-Pebble Hill this year. It will soon also be coming to Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Nottingham High School and Henninger High School.
F-M splits league games, blanks Liverpool
At least in the early stages of this season, there’s a profound difference in the CBA/J-D ice hockey team between its home and road performances - though the gap is starting to shrink a bit.
Anyone you ask will tell you Taylor Fleming could light up a room just by walking into it. But her light won’t shine anymore. Taylor, 17, died Sunday night when her family decided to remove her from life support so that her organs could be donated. Taylor was critically injured in a car accident Dec. 8 when her 2003 Dodge Neon was struck broadside by a 2000 Lincoln Continental driven by 45-year-old Timothy Williams of Phoenix. The Cicero-North Syracuse High School senior leaves behind her father Daniel, mother Michelle, four sisters, Kaliegh, Jordan, Schuyler and Reilley, and countless others who were touched by her during her all-too-brief life.
Lakers also compete at Portville Invitational
Having a full roster provided immediate benefits for the Skaneateles wrestling team. The Lakers lost most of the contests on the mat in last Wednesday’s season opener against Jordan-Elbridge, yet still emerged with a comfortable 54-31 victory over the Eagles.
Baldwinsville officials have amended a local law requiring the treasurer to live within village limits.
Tim Whittles, left, and Jonathan Price, members of Baker High School’s Key Club, sort through food items the student organization collected at the high school to prepare Thanksgiving baskets for those in need.
This year’s Baldwinsville Tree Lighting was made possible with the help of a local business and a village trustee.
Char Hart, second from left, was the winner in the Baldwinsville Public Library’s drawing for a Nook.
Monday, December 12
Members of the Jamesville-DeWitt Board of Education went back to school last week, at least for an hour.
The Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education will vote on whether to hire a school resource officer following a recommendation from a 41-member task force at tonight’s regular board meeting. The vote is expected to take place at the board's Jan. 9 meeting.
Enable’s employees are truly what makes the agency great, and the hard work of four staff members was recently recognized at two statewide conferences. Sally Johnston was recognized by the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State for her pioneering work in the areas of self-advocacy and consumer-directed services.
The holiday season, a time of joy and excitement, is a perfect time to review the achievements of our students and staff members.
Baldwinsville’s Village Square has been chosen as a beta test site for a local company’s new, ‘green’ product - the B’ville Lite™.
The First Baptist Church of Memphis has come full circle since its roof collapsed under the weight of heavy snow last winter.
A new law put on the books to help levy stiffer penalties toward people who choke their victim has been used sparingly in Onondaga County.
The Drug Quiz Show is struggling for funds and the community can help. Saving the program is a personal appeal from at least three of our staff members who participated through two different schools in the early 2000s.
Drug Quiz Show, formerly sponsored by Eckerd and Rite-Aid, is seeking a new sponsor to save the program. The show, brought to the students in middle-schools across the state, is a buzzer-style competition among students. The questions range from the technical aspects of hallucinogens, depressants and alcohol to social topics including decision-making, conflict-resolution and self-esteem.
Red Rams fall to DeMatha, beat St. John Baptist
Mere hours after the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team finished its 75-70, overtime win over Henninger in the Peppino's Invitational, it boarded a bus and headed to the Washington, D.C. area for two games against elite opposition. And the Red Rams emerged with a split from that event, proving effective as long as its two stars, Dajuan Coleman and Tyler Cavanaugh, were on the floor and not in foul trouble.
Pair of wins lead to 10-0 start, top national ranking
It appeared simple enough for the Syracuse University men’s basketball team – two more home games, two more wins. Yet circumstances outside of their control, in the form of road defeats for the nation’s top two ranked teams (Kentucky and Ohio State) meant that, on Monday, the 10-0 Orange had a chance to inherit the no. 1 spot in the polls.
The following letters to Santa were submitted by second-grade students at Burton Street Elementary School. They are being run as-is.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Summer Camp Program offers one-week adventures in conservation education for students, ages 11 to 13, at four locations in New York state, including camps in the Adirondacks, Catskills and Genesee River Valley.
Cazenovia Junior Girl Scout Troop 111 planned a community service project for each month of this past year.
During the Dec. 5 Cazenovia Village Board Meeting, trustees unanimously approved a resolution naming Sphere Development, LLC., as the lead agency for development of the Riverside Drive project.
Travellers look to combine faith and service for an ecumenical experience
Dec. 26 to 31, Cazenovia teens and parents from Eastern Hills Bible Church and St. James Catholic Church will travel to Haiti sharing faith and providing service to St. Ives Catholic Church in northern Haiti.
The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate the Advent Season by lighting the angel candle, the fourth candle on the Advent wreath, during the morning worship service at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18.
Sunday, December 11
Brothers claim 'Holy War' renewal in Dome
Faced with the possibility that its long win streak in the 'Holy War' was about to end, the Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball team found another way to fight past Bishop Ludden. It came in the form of sophomore Charlie Russo hitting critical shots, from the field and at the foul line, as the Brothers topped the Gaelic Knights 46-39 in Sunday night's Holiday Tip-off Classic at the Carrier Dome.
Perhaps this is not the same old Baldwinsville boys basketball team. The Bees of seasons past may have, when confronted with a double-digit deficit against a familiar nemesis like Liverpool, faded away toward another frustrating defeat in another frustrating slog through the winter.
The village of Jordan is not typically known for its shop-ability, but Saturday, Dec. 17, local ‘tweens are invited to bring their creativity and their wallets downtown for a unique shopping experience.
Northstars show support for Taylor Fleming
With purpose and with heavy hearts, both of Cicero-North Syracuse's basketball teams swept to victories in Sunday's Holiday Tip-Off Classic in the Carrier Dome. The defending state Class AA champion girls Northstars opened its title defense with a 61-19 romp over rival Liverpool, this right after the CNS boys held off West Genesee 61-52 for its first win of the season.
Food blogger Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows makes last local appearance Wednesday
J. B. B. — three little letters that translate to one name that, for many, means so much.
It was a simple enough pre-Christmas promotion, a step above the usual request for non-perishable food items for the needy. But even the best-laid plans can go awry.
Ironically, a European obsession with cleanliness eventually lead to Onondaga Lake being considered “the most polluted lake in America,” according to upstatefreshwater.org.
The North Syracuse Central School District has announced that it will open the high school from 4 to 6 p.m. this afternoon, Sunday, Dec. 11, in support of the family of Taylor Fleming. The Cicero-North Syracuse High School student sustained serious injuries in an automobile accident Thursday, Dec. 8, when her car collided with another vehicle on Northern Boulevard.
Late rally attempts fall short in decision
Introduced to the big stage of the Carrier Dome, the West Genesee boys basketball team could not quite make the experience a full one with a victory. The Wildcats fell, 61-52, to Cicero-North Syracuse in Sunday afternoon's Holiday Tip-Off Classic, and moved to 1-1 on the season.
F-M girls welcome back Shoemaker, improve to 2-1
Young and at times overmatched, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team spent the 2010-11 season taking all sorts of licks from bigger, more imposing competition on its way to a 9-11 mark. This winter, though, head coach Tom Blackford’s Hornets are bent on dishing out the punishment, and are off to just the right start with a pair of non-league road victories.
Spartans outscore Marcellus, pull away from Central Square
Originally, the plan for the East Syracuse-Minoa boys basketball team was to tip off its 2011-12 season on Dec. 1 against Skaneateles, but that game, and the team’s opening slate, got pushed back for a good reason.
A 17-year-old from Cazenovia was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, operating out of class, illegal turn signal and two junior driver violations.
Downstate, where I grew up, they called it “protection.” It went beyond the police department or the government; it was more personal. Basically, the bullies in the neighborhood would ensure my safety for a fee.
B'ville gives up late leads to Corcoran, Solvay
By the time it emerged from its own Bobby Conklin Memorial Tournament, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team knew that, as much as it may have improved over last season, a lot of steps remain before it can threaten the top of the ranks.
Bees also earn second place at General Brown Duals
Returning from its Andersen Tournament title at Cicero-North Syracuse on Dec. 2, the Baldwinsville wrestling team ripped through last Tuesday’s home opener against Auburn, topping the Maroons 73-12.
Missed Black Friday? Too full of turkey? Too tired? Too sane? Not to worry. The best is yet to come.
Letter to the editor
The United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson has launched the Neighbors Helping Neighbors 2011 campaign drive.
Girls Lakers earn first win of season over Lake Placid
Already jostling for top spots in Division II, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team maintained an active travel schedule, making two more road trips in the first full week of December and not losing either time – but not winning, either.
The teachers at Burton Street Elementary School are not only educating students in reading, writing and arithmetic; they are also teaching the children how to be good people.
Lakers get past Hannibal, fall to Cortland
Except for the harsh way it ended, it would prove difficult to top what the Skaneateles boys basketball team did in the 2010-11 season. Propelled by a core of four strong senior starters, the Lakers tore through a 19-2 campaign and claimed the OHSL Liberty division title, only to get upended in the Section III Class B final by a Westhill side it had beaten twice in the regular season.
Saturday, December 10
West Genny sophomore tops most of elite field in San Diego
Less than 13 seconds separated West Genesee's Laura Leff from the biggest victory of her career at Saturday's Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals in San Diego, Calif. Still, the Wildcats sophomore beat most of the field on her way to an impressive third-place finish, also finishing as the top 10th-grader in the field.
On Nov. 28, a message was discovered in one of bathrooms at Cicero-North Syracuse High School threatening violence against the property and staff of the school on Dec. 16. The district is investigating who is responsible for the threat. As a result, beginning the week of Dec. 12 through Dec. 16, the North Syracuse Central School District will perform random searches of students at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. According to Board of Education Policy 5311.7 regarding student searches, seizures and interrogations, random searches may be authorized with reasonable suspicion.
Lakers drop overtime decision to Cortland
In the course of three weeks, the Skaneateles girls basketball team would play six consecutive road games, five of them against OHSL Liberty division opponents. At least the first of them turned out well, as the Lakers went to Hannibal Friday night and gave new head coach Jill Blasi her first win at the helm, beating the Warriors 56-47.
Eagles, Ludden take openers; Westhill moves to 3-0
Local girls basketball fans may have a whole lot to look forward to this winter within the OHSL Liberty division, given the way teams like Jordan-Elbridge, Westhill and Bishop Ludden have started. Of course, it’s the Eagles that carry the most recent success, led by senior center Molly Hourigan, who is on her way to Holy Cross next year to play Division I hoops.
On Sunday, Nov. 20, the 2011 Cazenovia junior varsity girls soccer team assembled together one last time to celebrate their season, and honor their teammates’ achievements.
Big second-period surge enough for 3-2 win
Whatever concerns that arose when the Cazenovia ice hockey team lost its Nov. 30 season opener to CBA/J-D have quickly been cast aside. The Lakers are meeting its own high expectations and gliding into the Division II race again, as evidenced by Friday night's 3-2 victory over Oswego in the home opener at the Morrisville State College IcePlex.
Friday, December 9
More than just a survival guide for teens and their parents, “Dying to be Perfect: How Teens Can Stay Happy, Healthy and Alive” is a new book by physician and father Robert Michael Cavanaugh, Jr., MD, of Upstate Medical University. His book is a call to arms to combat the powerful societal pressures that threaten the health and well being of young people today.
These reports were compiled between Nov. 17 and Dec. 7 in East Syracuse, DeWitt and Manlius.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York and volunteers from National Grid teamed up for the first time Thurday, Dec. 8, to decorate the Central New York Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse with outdoor, energy-efficient holiday lighting.
After a controversial spring vote that swept aside more than 50 years experience of coaching lacrosse at Jordan-Elbridge, the board of education voted Wednesday to restore the original positions.
Carousel Center has been named one of the top malls in the nation by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced Friday, Dec. 9, that commercial vehicles are banned from the Onondaga Lake Parkway – Route 370 – between I-81 and the village of Liverpool. The commercial vehicle exclusion took effect late Friday morning when the last of the signs announcing the ban was installed. The ban is aimed at preventing over-height vehicles from crashing into the low CSX railroad bridge over the Parkway.
Teacher and staff layoffs possible next year
The 2012-13 financial outlook for the Skaneateles Central School District is bleak and uncertain due to insurance and benefit increases, loss of state and federal aid and the new state tax levy cap.
Northstars top Wildcats with pins in last five matches
With a pair of impressive meet wins, the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team quickly moved to the top of the CNY Counties League National division.
Letter to the editor
The lovely weather of Thanksgiving Day brought about 1,000 people to run or cheer fellow Turkey Trotters on. Grand Master Denny Owen set the runners on their way at 9:30 a.m.
Letter to the editor
We wanted to thank the special donors and friends who helped to make this year’s Holy Trinity Preschool’s Annual Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction on Nov. 4 the most successful to date.
The disagreement between the town of Spafford and the Finger Lakes Land Trust over tax exemption for the Cora Kampf Dickinson Preserve is as silly as it is important.
The owner of Tait Funeral Home pleaded not guilty to forcible touching, third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child on Friday, Dec. 9.
Wildcats improve to 3-0, also rip ESM
Already off to a strong start, the West Genesee girls basketball team would have a better idea of its own position following Thursday night’s key early clash with Corcoran. And by the time it was done, the Wildcats were feeling even better, having mostly relied on its defense to take over in the second half earn an impressive 47-32 victory over the Cougars.
King of Kings Lutheran Church will once again present an outdoor “Living Nativity” pageant, which will be held on the church grounds at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.
Ed Barlow, president of the senior activity group at Canton Woods Senior Center, congratulates Eleanor Schurman at the facility’s annual 85 Years and Over Birthday Celebration.
The Onondaga County Legislature held their regular session on Dec. 6 with a packed house and a long agenda.
All of the Baldwinsville Central School District’s fall athletic teams have qualified for recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for outstanding academic achievements.
Thursday, December 8
Coleman nets 32 points; Gainey 3-pointer at buzzer forces OT
As far as early-season high school boys basketball games in Central New York went, none carried as much promise as Jamesville-DeWitt's trip to Henninger in Thursday night's Peppino's Invitational opener - and somehow, the game managed to exceed those high expectations. A physical battle through four quarters spilled into overtime thanks to a wild shot at the regulation buzzer, but the four-time defending state Class A champion Red Rams shook this off and still beat the reigning Section III Class AA champion Black Knights 75-70.
The West Genesee School District is looking to reorganize its buildings.
As of Friday, Dec. 9, commercial vehicles will no longer be allowed on Onondaga Lake Parkway due to a ban enacted by the NYS Department of Transportation. Since the main entrance to Onondaga Lake Park's popular Lights on the Lake event is on the Parkway, Onondaga County has created an alternate entrance via Willow Street in the Village of Liverpool for commercial vehicles visiting the show
The Christmas season officially started in Jordan with the arrival of Santa to the lighting of the village Christmas Tree Wednesday, Oct. 30.
There is no better way to describe the Muppets – or “The Muppets,” the movie – than sweet, charming and very funny.
The Grace Bible House Church has recently moved to their permanent location in Fayetteville.
Burke wins twice, but Bees fall to Bucs 98-82
For its 2011-12 season opener, the Baldwinsville boys swim team got a chance to compete against two of the area’s best talents.
Hamilton records third straight hat trick in 11-1 win
A wild and uneven start for the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team continued in Wednesday night's game against Ontario Bay at the Twin Rinks, where it silenced the Storm in an 11-1 romp.
December has arrived and we’re all caught up in the Christmas crunch trying to fit in some seasonal festivities along with our regular chores and we’re here, as always, to provide a little backup and some needed stress relief. Stop in soon and share the season.
Winter-Spring Registration will begin Dec. 12 for the Lysander Parks and Recreation Department.
Defense helps Wildcats earn third shutout of season
A three-win opening week, and the conquest of its own Wildcat Classic, propelled the West Genesee ice hockey team forward on another championship quest. The following week proved quieter, with just one game on the docket. And the Wildcats were ready for it, again leaning on its superb defense in Wednesday night’s 4-0 shutout of Ithaca at Shove Park in Camillus.
The property once home to the Marcellus Free Library finally has a buyer. The village of Marcellus bought the property at 2-4 Old Slocombe Ave. in February 2009 in order to provide parking for village hall, which had no off-street parking, with plans to sell the building itself.
Lakers also claimed Sherburne-Earlville Tournament title
So far at least, the Cazenovia boys basketball team has found nothing but success. Fresh off winning the Sherburne-Earlville Tournament on Dec. 2-3, the Lakers entered OHSL Liberty division play Tuesday night, going to Solvay and taking over in the second half to beat the Bearcats 52-34.
Blanding wins showdown with Finocchario in 5-3 decision
Both individual and collective narratives were found for the Chittenango wrestling team in last Wednesday night’s 57-24 defeat to Canastota.
To call Henninger’s 2011-12 boys basketball schedule anything but front-loaded would be misleading. Blasphemous, really.
Fights are part and parcel of professional ice hockey, but you don’t often see a team’s top scorer trading punches with opponents. But that’s what Syracuse Crunch fans saw Saturday night at the Onondaga County War Memorial as 20-year-old sharpshooter Kyle Palmieri threw down his gloves and went at it with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins winger Ryan Craig in the middle of the second period.
Wednesday, December 7
Freshman helps vets Conroy, Meluni in Warriors win
Despite a season-opening defeat to Class A power Cortland on Dec. 2, the Westhill boys basketball team emerged with some confidence, knowing that, with four new starters, it would only improve as the winter progressed. In fact, the Warriors would break into the win column in its next outing as it pulled away from Mexico 55-41 in Wednesday night's home opener.
Families with high school or college students are invited to join Paul Celuch, co-founder of College Assistance Plus, for a stimulating workshop entitled “Get a Degree…Not Debt,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Community Room of Cazenovia Public Library.
The Solvay-Geddes-Camillus Kiwanis recently presented a check for $650 to Marine Toys for Tots to help purchase Christmas gifts for children in need.
The Drug Quiz Show is an interactive drug prevention program for middle school students with a 26-year history of providing essential information and life skills to Central New York youth.
Jazzy versions of “Jingle Bells” and “Let It Snow” will be heard along with standards such as “Sweet Georgia Brown” when the Jazz Appreciation Society of Syracuse hosts its annual holiday jam session from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.13, at McNamara’s Pub in Camillus. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
National Grid awards $550 to village board, tree commission
Following the removal and replanting of 11 trees under power lines along Lincklaen Street this past spring, National Grid recently presented the village of Cazenovia with $550.
I would like to express my appreciation to the voters of DeWitt for their overwhelming support.
It’s Christmas time again and I, like many people, hold on to that old concept of decorating the house with lights for the holidays. There are traditional lights that are clipped to the gutters or strung around the frame of the house or a lonely tree giving the neighborhood a light show and National Grid additional profits.
Two years ago Howie Hawkins tallied 41 percent of the vote running as a Green Party candidate against three-time incumbent Democrat Tom Seals, without a Republican in the race, for the 4th District Common Council seat. Last month he tallied 48 percent against Khalid Bey, whose Democratic Party endorsement was enhanced by support from the Miner administration. He was beaten this time, as last, in his estimation, by the about one-third of the voters he calls Zombie Democrats.
Talk about dark. It doesn’t get any darker than a grown man taking sexual advantage of young boys. But it gets worse.
It’s not yet a white Christmas, but the lack of snow did not stop a dozen or so volunteers from getting into the Christmas spirit Dec. 5.
Football, religion at heart of debate surrounding Broncos star
Okay, it sounds straightforward enough. The Denver Broncos were once 1-4, boring and irrelevant. Then it turned things around, winning six of seven to give itself a shot at the AFC West title in the closing stretch.
Trains are alive and well at Besser’s Whistlestop. An American tradition is the toy train running around the Christmas tree or little bright-eyed children staring in amazement at a new train layout on a table that Santa Claus had somehow found time to build while the kids were snugly tucked away in their beds.
The need is very great this year with nearly 180 families here in the Baldwinsville community asking for help from the Christmas Bureau.
Doug Rowe has been recognized by the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce as the 2011 Business Person of the Year.
I stopped at Silver Fox Senior Center this spring with my daughter as part of her Girl Scout community project. The staff there was especially excited to show us their view of the Seneca River, noting that they’d spotted bald eagles from time to time.
Tuesday, December 6
Defense forces long Bearcat drought in 39-22 decision
While the personnel and leadership on the bench may have changed, the Cazenovia girls basketball team still understands what its winning formula contains. Mostly, that involves lots of effective defense, which was on display Tuesday night during the Lakers' 39-22 victory over Solvay at refurbished Buckley Gym.
The Lincklaen Shamrocks 4-H group has been very active in the past two months doing arts and crafts, cooking and community service.
Following a month-long, area-wide contest to find a new company slogan, Cazenovia Jewelry recently chose a victor, and the winning catchphrase.
‘Jobs Express’ visited 200,000 times in first weeks
New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that “Jobs Express,” the state’s new website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment, now lists 52,000 job openings and has introduced improved search tools.
While the 4-year-old students at Cazenovia Children’s House are relatively new to this planet, they have already learned a great deal about prehistoric species that once inhabited it.
Water district project was completed in late-November
The Hart Lot water district has undergone the largest infrastructure upgrade in the district’s history, said Elbridge Town Supervisor Ken Bush.
A Jamesville man has been charged with second-degree burglary in connection to a 2010 home invasion in Oneida County.
State DEC’s hunting regulations put burden of knowledge on landowner
According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, Hunters have a right to enter land that is “unimproved, apparently unused and unfenced (or not otherwise enclosed to exclude intruders).” This can pose a problem for property owners who do not want hunters trespassing on their land.
In this community, you’d think dating violence would be an all-too-familiar topic of conversation. Last fall, Jenni-Lyn Watson was murdered by her ex-boyfriend because she refused to stay in an unhealthy relationship. She did everything she was supposed to do – she severed ties with him, she kept her family informed and involved in the situation, her parents intervened on her behalf. In an attempt to be mature and finally end the relationship with Steven Pieper with one final meeting, Jenni-Lyn lost her life. But incidents of dating violence are still seen as isolated. Sadly, they’re not. According to studies by Liz Claiborne Inc., a corporate leader in intimate partner violence prevention, one in three teens will experience some form of abusive behavior in a relationship. Meanwhile, 48 percent of college students report the same thing, as do one in four adults.
As of Thursday, Dec. 1, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department will no longer staff the former Clay Police Department building on Route 31. The town opted not to renew a contract for enhanced services with the sheriff’s department as part of its 2012 budget. According to Clay Supervisor Damian Ulatowski, there just isn’t room in the town’s $12,166,584 budget for the nearly $1.5 million annual expense. However, the sheriff’s department had the option to continue to lease the building for $1 a year. Due to budget cuts, however, Sheriff Kevin Walsh said he didn’t have the staff to support the continued use of the building.
Two area churches have joined forces to put on a classic Christmas story as an Advent gift to the community. “Amahl and the Night Visitors” tells the story of three kings, a widowed mother, and her crippled son, who gives his only possession, his crutch, to the Christ child and is healed on the first Christmas. The one-hour opera, penned by Gian Carlo Menotti, was first produced for NBC Television Theater on Christmas Eve 1951. Now it’s being brought to the Liverpool community by St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church and Liverpool First United Methodist Church.
Stephanie Piston has seen some awful things in her lifetime, but a recent incident in particular makes the North Syracuse mom’s blood run cold. “Not too long ago, I was at the gas station,” Piston said. “This young girl was walking by, carrying a bag, and this guy was walking with her and berating her. They were young – teens. And he just kept getting right up in her face, and she’s trying to get away from him, and he’s yelling at her. I’m at the pump, and I yell across the station, ‘Hey, leave her alone. She doesn’t want you to talk to her. I see what you’re doing.’ I’m watching, and he’s getting in her face. A cop pulls into the gas station, and I grabbed the police officer. The kids had walked across the street, and it looks like it’s going to come to blows. I told the cop, ‘He’s going to hurt her. He’s verbally abusing her and getting in her personal space and won’t leave her alone.’ And this other woman says, ‘I’ve been watching, too.’ And there were men coming in and out of the station, and not one of them pulled this kid aside and said, ‘Hey, let’s go for a walk.’ Not one man intervened to help this girl, but two women did. By that time, the kid had grabbed the girl and spilled the bag, and food was all over the place, and she was scared. The cop got him away from and took her home. “At one point, I was that girl, and no one knew enough to help me,” Piston said.
Lakers sweep home meet, go 4-1 at M-E Duals
By the time the Cazenovia wrestling team makes its way to Marcellus for Wednesday’s OHSL Liberty division opener, it has a fair amount of confidence generated by the way it performed in its first two outings of the season.
Members of Girl Scout Brownie Troop 403 of Baldwinsville (from left, top row) Hailey Leppard, Gracie Wheeler, Madison Graff, Katie Wilburn, Jocelyn Lafrance, (middle row) Jessica Searle, Molly Sofia, Libby Roser, Dakota Pinti, Kennedy Wilson, (front row) Seleena Mowers, Brianna Kennedy and Sarah Macleod visit the Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse.
On Dec. 9, Hillview Coffeehouse will present The Revs, a husband and wife duo that will kick off the holiday season with an inspirational, musical performance.
I am once again kicking off the holiday season by calling on you to help our military personnel call home.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has recognized 10 outstanding contractors across the state including Energy Doctors of Baldwinsville, whose efforts have helped low-income households reduce their use of electricity, improve the efficiency of their heating systems and increase the comfort of their homes.
The Cazenovia College Chorale and Cazenovia College Singers recently performed "Amahl and the Night Visitors," along with other seasonal pieces on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Chittenango Presbyterian Church.
Monday, December 5
Warriors fall in defense-dominated season opener
It's a high-profile opening stretch for the Liverpool girls basketball team, culminating in Sunday's appearance in the Carrier Dome against defending state Class AA champion Cicero-North Syracuse in the Tip-Off Classic.
For all intents and purposes, if elected, you’re allowed to be a county legislator and a mayor. You’re allowed, and capable, of holding two positions at the same time. State law says that. Numerous attorneys agree. The law is the law. But is the law what’s best for the community?
Holiday spirit prompts teachers to stop shaving
Fifteen teachers and students stopped shaving this fall to let their facial hair grow for the second annual Tom Selleck Mustache contest, a fundraiser for Toys for Tots.
The firefighters at Manlius Fire Department say it’s cramped quarters at their station on Stickley Drive.
Home Again for the Holidays will set up on Genesee Street, saved from last-minute cancellation
Christmas has come early for a number of businesses in Skaneateles — and for residents too — thanks to a generous gift by a local downtown building owner.
Less than one year after an electrical fire devastated Chestnut Cottage Christmas shop on Genesee Street in downtown Skaneateles, the store has been renovated and has reopened for business.
Skaneateles Town Supervisor Terri Roney has sent a letter to the Syracuse City Water Department urging them to keep the levels of Skaneateles Lake low to avoid the flooding and personal property damage that occurred to lakeside residents this past spring.
Trustees award bid for new wastewater treatment plant RBCs
Contractor bids for new equipment at the village wastewater treatment plant came in more than $100,000 below the anticipated costs, and the lowest bid was accepted by the village board of trustees at their Nov. 28 meeting.
In an effort to update the user fees at the Skaneateles Transfer Station, the Skaneateles Town Board agreed at its Dec. 1 meeting to leave residential fees the same, increase fees on businesses and reduce brush and wood scrap fees. The issue of fees for commercial trash haulers was tabled by the board for further discussion.
Madison County chair says state tax cap is ‘unsustainable’
For the 2012 budget year, New York state has ordered counties to do more with less. Counties have seen an increase in responsibility for mandate funding, despite a limit on increasing taxes.
The town of Spafford will fight the Finger Lakes Land Trust in state court over the organization’s claim to tax exempt status for its 20-acre Cora Kampf Dickinson Preserve along the Skaneateles Lake shoreline.
Although the snow was sparse, holiday cheer was plentiful at the 34th Annual Cazenovia Christmas Walk and Village Tree Lighting, Dec. 2. More than 1,000 residents from Cazenovia and the surrounding area gathered downtown for caroling and the ceremonial lighting of the village tree, a Norway Spruce on the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church.
District lines for New York’s 25th Congressional District will have changed by election day next year, but candidates have already declared their intent to join the race to be the district’s next representative.
Pink’d: Curb appeal with a cause
It takes a “real man” to wear pink, but it takes a stronger, community-invested man to lug a pink trash can to his curb.
Battista, Osborne reach finals; B'ville takes team honors
No one would say that the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team eases into a new season. The Northstars saw its first competition Saturday when it hosted the annual Andersen Tournament, a gathering of 20 teams from inside and outside the Section III ranks.
Liverpool prevails, 5-3, for second win of season
As it moved toward the first tough stretch of its schedule, the Liverpool ice hockey team carried a 2-1 record, nearly matching its entire win total (three) from a season ago.
CBA drops season opener to Westhill, 52-41
Normally at the start of December, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls basketball team would get its early-season competitive fix by playing at Jamesville-DeWitt’s annual tip-off tournament. But since that wasn’t on the schedule, the Hornets instead went much further north for a high-profile tournament in Oswego, where it nearly knocked off a perennial Class AA contender and emerged with a third-place finish.
Hornets, 3-16-1 a year ago, rip Watertown IHC
For the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team, forgetting about last season’s 3-16-1 struggles was not the best option. Instead, the Hornets resolved to do better on all fronts for 2011-12, and maybe that method is working, as F-M started its season last Friday night with an 8-2 romp over Watertown IHC.
Coat drive helps local people in need stay warm
The need has never been greater and it’s never been easier to make a difference in your community. Here is your opportunity to make sure that nobody goes without such a basic necessity as a coat this winter.
Sorting through half of the items collected for the Ray Middle School food drive are (back, from left) Tyler Bausch, Thor Sutphen, Renny Simone, Jake Naples, Zach Perez, (front, from left) Camryn Scott, Lilli Foote, Molly Conway and Patrick Penfield.
Per “Radisson Use and Maintenance Covenants,” Section 5.0 Advertising and Signs (RCA/ASC Sign Policy), the YMCA's sign on the "residential property" at the corner of Route 31 and Drakes landing, is and has been for years, a clear violation of Radisson Declaration, Article VI, Section 5, Advertising and Signs.
Retired Police Agent John C. “J.C.” Merritt was honored for a distinguished 34-year career with the Baldwinsville Police Department during the Nov. 17 Village of Baldwinsville board meeting.
Sunday, December 4
Orange hang on for crucial early-season win
For all the well-chronicled issues off the court in the wake of the Bernie Fine case and firing, the Syracuse University men's basketball team doesn't have any problems off the court. In a marquee match-up Friday night in front of 24,490 at the Carrier Dome, the Orange battled no. 9 Florida and, powered by a fine all-around effort from Scoop Jardine, beat the Gators 72-68. The Gators who are one the best offensive teams in the country were held in check despite out shooting the Orange 45-40 percent from the field. It was a very competitive battle, but Syracuse knocked out Florida 72-68 thanks to an 18-7 second half run. In addition, SU forced 20 turnovers and converted a high percentage, 17 out 21, free throws en-route to their seventh straight outcome.
It’s safe to say the editors at The Daily Orange, Syracuse University’s independent student newspaper, have been preoccupied. “It’s really hard to think about anything else going on but Bernie Fine,” said News Editor Meghin Delaney.
Onondaga Lake Partnership sets sights high for the future of Onondaga Lake
The Onondaga Lake Partnership Nov. 29 held a community forum to discuss the progress and future of Onondaga Lake. More than 100 Syracuse area residents came to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo to hear about the current clean-up efforts and the partnership’s vision for Onondaga Lake’s future. Over the coming weeks, The Eagle will research this topic in a series of features that explore the history of the lake, the improvements that have taken place over the past decade, the legal and political influence, the current partnership effort around continuing those improvements, the vision of that partnership, and the education efforts that will inform the public about what’s happening at Onondaga Lake, and why Syracuse should be proud.
Civil disobedience is a powerful tool, and when used appropriately, can change history. The 31 drone protesters who were arrested and found guilty for disorderly conduct for a staged ‘die-in’ at the main entrance of the Hancock Air Base in Syracuse missed their mark.
Saturday, December 3
Bees beat 19 other teams at CNS meet
It took all of three days for the Baldwinsville wrestling team to cast aside its season-opening defeat at Holland Patent and attain a much bigger prize. The Bees would finish ahead of 19 other teams at Saturday's Andersen Tournament at Cicero-North Syracuse, despite having just one individual champion - Pat Nasoni, at 195 pounds.
Host side holds off Suffern, wins Wildcat Classic
Working on a streak of four consecutive Section III Division I titles, the West Genesee ice hockey team is in avid pursuit of five in a row - and are already headed in that direction. The Wildcats won three times in a five-day span to open the 2011-12 season, culminating with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Suffern in the championship game of its own Wildcat Classic.
Hornets overcome adversity, claim Nike Nationals in Portland
No amount of woe or difficulty was going to keep the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team from sustaining one of the most remarkable streaks in all of American high school sports. The Hornets again went west to the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore., and again finished on top, holding off state rival Saratoga Springs Saturday to win its sixth consecutive national title.
The ban against Mixed Martial Arts in New York is being challenged in federal court by Zuffa, the parent owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC. The suit, filed in mid-November, names the state’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, claiming the ban on the sport is unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment. The suit requests an injunction be placed on the state of New York, preventing the state from enforcing the ban.
Heiselman hits eight 3-pointers against Tully; boys rip past Clinton
In different venues, and in different manners, each of the Bishop Grimes basketball teams offered strong opening statements for the 2011-12 campaign.
Lakers get hat tricks from Haberstock, Longtin in wins
With an opening weekend of defense-centered activity behind them, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team was all too glad to display the other side of its game in its first league action of the season.
Northstars rip Cortland-Homer, fall to B'ville
No longer is the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team an easy mark for more-established opponents in local Division I play – but opening-week results indicate that much work remains, especially on the defensive end.
Cortland's Reagan scores 31 to beat Warriors
Two straight years, two straight trips to the state Class B final four in Glens Falls and a state title in 2010 – is seeking more glory for the Westhill boys basketball team asking too much?
Solvay routs Fowler; Marcellus beaten by Mexico
A frenzy of activity in the first two days of December saw a trio of local high school girls basketball teams take the floor, all of them looking to improve on last season’s shared 6-12 marks.
Chittenango holds off Oneida 30-28 in season opener
Having claimed two of the last three Section III Class B championships, the Cazenovia girls basketball team know that, in 2011-12, it would not be as easy. From a 21-2 side that went all the way to the state final four in Troy last March, the Lakers saw four starters depart – Ashley Stec, Raeanne Clabeaux, Ellen Burr and Taylor Malmsheimer.
Nine different players score in 10-5 win over Northstars
By its own high standards, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team was nowhere near normal a season ago, floundering to an 8-12-1 record and a quick Division I playoff exit.
ESM, J-D split first matches; Grimes prevails twice
Four area girls volleyball teams began their seasons in the waning days of November, two of them against each other. In that head-to-head contest last Tuesday night, Christian Brothers Academy swept East Syracuse-Minoa in three sets.
Eagles open with four-set loss to CBA
One by one, Jordan-Elbridge watched as three other local girls volleyball teams – Marcellus, Westhill and Solvay – moved from a winter to fall schedule, stripping away most of the OHSL Liberty division However, the Eagles did not follow, choosing instead to see if it could find some more success in a revamped winter league.
Bears beaten by Cortland, Mexico
Without wasting any time, the Chittenango girls volleyball team leapt into its 2011-12 season with a long battle at Cortland last Tuesday night. And while the Bears lost in five sets to the Purple Tigers, it gave early notice that it could improve upon last season’s 9-11 mark.
Friday, December 2
Four Warriors score in double figures in 54-41 win
Barely into December, the Westhill girls basketball team is 2-0, and already staking its claim as a prime contender for both league and Section III honors. The Warriors earned an impressive win Friday night, relying on a new/old defensive scheme and balanced scoring to beat Christian Brothers Academy 54-41.
From Dec. 3, 2011 to Jan. 28, 2012, visitors to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery can enjoy unique and varied artworks exhibited by the MAD Art Group.
Cazenovia Community Preschool’s “Cut Your Own Christmas Tree” sale is a great way to start the holiday season.
From the Cazenovia Garden Club
This time of year, the Cazenovia Garden Club members are gathering greens for all of our projects. We need to fill village store front window boxes for the holidays and assemble centerpieces and baskets for the sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Community Room at the Cazenovia Public Library.
My dream is to be an Olympic athlete in Tae Kwon Do. I remember watching the summer Olympics on television when I was 7-years-old. I was in awe of all the athletes and the gold medals hanging around their necks.
Black Friday, that carnival of capitalism, has come and gone. The day after Thanksgiving is when retailers across the country lure shoppers out of bed by opening their doors at dawn and offering deep discounts.
The phrase “silent majority” fits well as a euphemism for the dead.
An environmentalist, Baker served 12 years on county legislature, four on town board
Vicki Baker is retiring from local government after years in the county legislature and one term on the DeWitt Town Board.
(From left) Billy Loadwick, David Teska, Olivia Richards and Kyleigh Anderson, fifth-graders at Palmer Elementary School, collect food items from classrooms in the school for the Baldwinsville Basket Brigade, an annual Thanksgiving food collection organized by Baldwinsville residents Peter and Debbie Rahalski.
Music to fill the air
This December, treat yourself to the gift of music at a winter concert in the Baldwinsville Central School District. Orchestra, band and chorus students in all of the district’s schools will be showcasing their talents at concerts throughout the month. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Enjoy the familiar tunes of winter and Christmas during the Baldwinsville Public Library’s Songs of the Season Sing-Along.
Once again, choir members and clergy from 15 local congregations will combine for a magnificent festival of Advent Lessons and Carols.
Thursday, December 1
Skaneateles sees Spartans get away late in Blasi coaching debut
Much is new and exciting with the Skaneateles girls basketball program, but much work remains, too. That was the verdict from Thursday night's season opener, a 50-39 defeat to East Syracuse-Minoa in the Skaneateles gym, a place the Lakers won't see in game action for nearly four weeks.
A teen reported missing this weekend has been found. Brittney Ruggireo, 15, of Camillus, was located by Onondaga County Sheriff's Office deputies and is safe. Ruggireo was reported missing after being last seen in Syracuse at a family member's house.
The protesters charged with disorderly conduct in April after a "die-in" at Hancock Air Base were found guilty of disorderly conduct Thursday.
For more than three decades, the festive tradition of “Christmas at Lorenzo” has been delighting visitors of all ages to the 1807 estate and home of Cazenovia’s founder, John Lincklaen.
Come Jan. 1, East Syracuse Mayor Danny Liedka will be sworn in as a member of the Onondaga County Legislature. As of now, he plans to also continue as the village’s mayor until the regular election in the spring.
Students design “Shoe Tree” for city festival
Cazenovia College’s Fashion Connection Club says, “We Wish Shoe a Merry Christmas,” with a small holiday tree decorated with hand-made shoe ornaments.
Edlestein to play Witch Winter White in ‘Rudolph’
A Central New York holiday tradition, “The Adventures of Rudolph” live stage show, is celebrating its 33rd anniversary this year.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), an Air Force Veteran, is once again calling on Central New Yorkers to support the troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers.
The teachers of the Cazenovia Central School District all deserve a pat on the back.
If it were not so blessedly charming, “The Descendants” would be rackingly heartbreaking.
The Everson Museum’s 26th annual Festival of Trees runs for ten days, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., from Friday, Dec. 2 through Dec. 11, at Shoppingtown Mall, DeWitt.
Samadee, reluctantly, but of necessity, added that ultimate fifth layer for the beginning of that odd Thanksgiving week, during which downtown foot traffic steadily evaporates to a holiday emptiness, followed immediately by a shoulder-to-shoulder capacity as 74 feet of lights shape the tree the next evening, with the feeling of being in almost a real city.
The month of December gets under way in Skaneateles with a traditional holiday event and a new one.
On Dec. 2, the community will gather for Skaneateles Sings (formerly known as Locals Night). The celebration starts at 6 p.m. at the Skaneateles Library, with Father Christmas and Mother Goose greeting children, reading stories and posing for photos.
Pompey Town Historian Ruth Hotaling gave an interesting lecture on Abraham Lincoln at the Skaneateles Historical Society Creamery on Nov. 22.
Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun newspaper, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.
It is a magical time of year, the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The spirit of the season surrounds us and springs from numerous sights and sounds.
On Nov. 30, New York State Police in Morrisville investigated a two-vehicle, head-on collision which occurred on Constine Bridge Road in the town of Cazenovia.
Celebrity photos, sports items and local memorabilia are among dozens of items that customers can bid on at the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Dewitt.
Burkinshaw is new coach for Bees
Much has changed for the Baldwinsville wrestling team – except, of course, the desire to attain collective and individual glory by the time the 2011-12 season is done. Tony Burkinshaw is the new head coach, replacing Ken Brown. Burkinshaw, a Jordan-Elbridge graduate, has mat credentials, as he won the 1995 Section III championship at 105 pounds while wrestling for the Eagles.
Two members of the Baldwinsville Police Department were presented with Police Administrator’s Special Recognition Award’s by Chief Michael W. Lefancheck and Mayor Joseph Saraceni during the Nov. 17 village board meeting.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Donna Willsey of Punta Gorda, FL and Old Forge, NY, formerly of Baldwinsville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Marissa Katherine Willsey, to Jason Eric Brinson, son of Donald and Christine Brinson of Yorktown, Indiana.
The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education will conduct its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School.
Senior center to host appreciation event for volunteer drivers
B’ville Express is a lifeline for area seniors.