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Friday, December 30

Melo's memorable evening at Dome

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.

CBA coaching milestone denied in tournament final

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.

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‘Tis the season

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.

EDITORIAL: Forward-thinking villages understand tax cap law

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.

EDITORIAL: Grounding Air-1

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.

The end of outrage

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.

New theatre company to hold auditions in Mattydale

There's a new theatre company in town.

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KBR donations begin to “roll” in

Chris Hayden recently announced his support of the Baker High School Keep the Ball Rolling senior ball after-party slated for Friday, May 25.

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Christmas fun for young, young-at-heart

Silver Fox seniors enjoyed an intergenerational celebration last Tuesday, Dec. 20.

2011: A Look Back at a Good Legislative Year

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.

Farewell to ‘Legislator’ Lesniak

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.

Caz Fire Dept., CAVAC respond to two-car crash

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.

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Caz Lions Club to host mixer

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.

Kindergarten registration now open

Waterman Elementary School is accepting kindergarten registration for eligible students for the 2012-2013 school year.

Incoming County Legislator Mike Plochocki thanks supporters and reaches out to all voters

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.

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Cazenovia hiker conquers Appalachian Trail

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.

Thank you to the residents of Skaneateles

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.

Review: Dean Brothers evolve in sold out RedHouse show

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.

Caz Varsity Hockey State Championship banner to be raised at next home game

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.

Mottville Fire Dept. elects new chief

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.

Humane Association hopes to find homes for ‘furry friends’ over the holidays

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.

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Skaneateles engagement for Bridal Idol winners

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.

CNS pulls away from Liverpool in hoops tourney final

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.

Battista wins at Spencerport wrestling meet

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.

Villages prepare for budget season; East Syracuse plans to override tax cap

A state-wide law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo could provide a difficult twist for the village budget planning in Central New York.

Fayetteville mayor to run for re-election

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

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Three choppers cover CNY as Air-1's future hangs in the air

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

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Camillus Police reports ending Dec. 27

Camillus Police reports for Dec. 14 to 27

Skaneateles wrestles at Lewis County meet

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.

WG boys fall to Ithaca in hoops tourney final

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.

Hockey Wildcats shut out Potsdam, Canton

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.

Henninger hoops wins sixth straight Mayor's Classic

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.

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Manlius, DeWitt, East Syracuse Police Reports ending 12/26

These reports were compiled for the month of December from East Syracuse, Manlius and DeWitt police departments.

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Lack of snow affects CNY ski areas

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.

Liverpool girls go 1-1 at Hyde Tournament

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.

B’ville girls fight to ESM tournament title

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.

Girls Bees take sixth at Jensen Relays

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.

J-D girls basketball sweeps Southern Tier foes

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.

Marcellus basketball sweeps holiday tournaments

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.

WG boys track takes fifth at Jensen meet

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.

Ludden basketball falls to Bishop Kearney

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.

Caz wrestlers go 4-4 at Central Square meet

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.

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B'ville: Facelift for New Year

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.

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B’ville Pep Band performs at SU Game

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 Crunch and B’Ville Diner ‘Shoot to Cure MS’

The Syracuse Crunch are teaming up with B’ville Diner in support of the ‘Shoot to Cure MS’ Program.

Take the plunge

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

Girls track Lakers get 50 points at Jensen meet

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.

F-M girls indoor track beats J-D at Jensen Relays

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.

CNS boys earn victory at Jensen Relays

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.

ESM wins Celi Tournament, improves to 7-0

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.

Red Cross holds blood drives this holiday weekend

Blood drives will be held during the New Year’s Holiday weekend to boost local blood supplies.

Pay $10 to Arbor Day Foundation, get 10 trees

Residents of New York can receive 10 flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January.

OCRRA turns old conifers into mulch at compost sites

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.

F-M’s Maggie Zhang named national YoungArts finalist in writing

Zhang is one of 152 finalists selected from more than 5,000 applications submitted by students from across the country and U.S. territories.

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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.

Words for Thought: Joyeux Noël! Bon Appétit!

Too many cooks may spoil the broth, but the more cooks the merrier when making French desserts for a Christmas celebration!

Manlius man charged with possessing child porn

A Manlius man has been charged with possession of child porn.

'Save JD Sports' makes first benchmark of $48K

The necessary $48,000 to ‘save JD sports’ this spring has been raised, according to the organization’s website.

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NYS missing adult alert system proves worth

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.

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Students decorate Palmer windows

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.

B’ville students selected for All-State Music Festival

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.

Library Focus: Embrace the New Year with your library

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.

Liverpool mom starts advocacy business for special needs kids, families

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.”

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Cicero boy spends gift card on seniors at NAMOW

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.

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Ending the epidemic Part IV: LGBTQ victims face special challenges

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.

Best Bets: John Lerner Band reunites Friday in Baldwinsville

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.

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A new heart for Carol

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.”

Opinion: What is most likely to influence your kids to start smoking?

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.

DeWitt Police Department signs union contract

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.

Girls hoops Bees take first loss

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.

J-E sweeps Hannibal, wins volleyball tournament

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.

Fayetteville's Four Seasons to host second annual Sled for Red

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.

Solvay hockey beats Corcoran in OT, wins tournament

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

Girls Lakers edge West Genesee in OT classic

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.

F-M girls basketball tops Ludden, 59-48

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.

Skaneateles resident Adam Weitsman featured in National Geographic documentary

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.

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Syracuse: ‘Fight like a girl’ in 2012

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.

City Scuffle: GOP candidates talkin’ primary, school that is

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.

Downtown After Dark: Maheu made his mark on N’awlins

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 Good Ohl Days: As 2011 creeps quietly into the night, 2012 appears on the horizon

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.

40 Below to ring in New Year at Landmark Theatre

Syracuse’s only New Year’s Eve ball drop will be sponsored by 40 Below as the organization rings in 2011.

Village seeks input from Caz community

At the 34th annual Christmas Walk on Dec. 2, the village of Cazenovia announced its Community Survey initiative.

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Hoffman to serve as chair for state safety committee

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.

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Girl scouts care for adopted horses

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.

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B’ville students selected for Sr. High All-County Festival

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.

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All I want for Christmas . . .

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.

Success on the line

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

Coleman, Cavanaugh helps J-D get past Mexico

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.

Basketball Warriors struggle in Jacobs' debut

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.

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Going... going... green!

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.

Westhill girls end Skaneateles win streak

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.

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(The last) Letters to Santa

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.

School buses to receive eco-friendly engine heaters

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.

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Local Great Dane wins big at AKC Eukanuba Nationals

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.

‘Unplug and Play’ at the Caz Public Library

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.

NY snowmobile trail app now available

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

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Skaneateles boys hoops handles Westhill, 58-45

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.

WG hockey tops Solvay, tightens Division I West lead

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.

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ESM’s Morning Show reaches 3,000, Spartan-style

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.

J-D grad's website helps consumers find free samples

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.

Salander on the big screen

'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.

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Skaneateles Press editor to appear on American History TV, release new books

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.

New crosswalk signs needed in village

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.

Skaneateles Press regains official town newspaper status

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.

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Hydrofracking ban may come in March

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.

Town transfer station fees and rules finalized

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.

CNS girls finish 2-2 at Nike Tournament of Champions

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.

CNS hockey blanks Liverpool, 6-0

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.

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B'ville students embrace the season of giving

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.

Resolutions to improve water supply system approved

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.

B'ville grad candidates announced

SUNY Oswego has announced graduate candidates who hail from Baldwinsville.

B’ville boys fall to Proctor, West Genese

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.

Grimes hoops teams get scares from Cazenovia

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.

CBA/J-D wrestlers beat ESM, 51-34

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.

Boys hoops Wildcats win pair of road games

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.

West Genny wrestlers rout Auburn

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

Jerry Wilcox ousted as Liverpool boys basketball coach

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.

Boys hoops Northstars fall to Henninger

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.

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Fremont Bakery closing after 51 years

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.”

Camillus's Feb Fest canceled for 2012

The annual celebration of winter in the village of Camillus has been canceled.

Shake-up in Camillus village offices for 2012

Come January, there will be plenty of changes for the Camillus Village Board.

Jamesville teen charged with possession of child porn

A Jamesville teen has been charged with possession of child pornography

Marcellus to purchase police cars from Manlius for $1 each

The village of Marcellus will purchase two police cars from the town of Manlius at a more than reasonable price.

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Onondaga County Legislature says goodbye to 102 years of service

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.

CNS wrestling beats VVS, Central Square

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.

Hoops: Institute of Technology Central has early leg-up on Syracuse Academy of Science

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.

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B’ville hockey puts scare into West Genny

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.

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'Grinch' steals Cazenovian's shining star

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.

Boys Bees share fifth at Arcaro Invitational

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.

B’ville wrestlers run over Oswego

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.

Town of Camillus moves to four-day trash schedule

Beginning Jan. 1 the town of Camillus will move from a five-day trash/recycling schedule to a four-day schedule.

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Friends of Lorenzo announce winner of Christmas raffle

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.

When trust is broken, it’s time to start talking

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.

Osbornes welcome community to Jephson House

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.

CRIS thanks volunteers for success of CRIS-CAT

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.

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CCP prepares for 2012-13 enrollment

Cazenovia Community Preschool, Inc. has recently begun to plan for the incoming class of students for the 2012-13 school year.

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CAVAC receives donation of two wheelchairs

For many in the community, the medical equipment loan program at Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps plays a vital role when the need arises.

Indoor track Lakers take fourth at Arcaro Invitational

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.

Skaneateles hockey edges Clinton

Amid the tight race for Division II regular-season supremacy, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team continues to keep pace, for the most part.

Manahan, Wilkinson, Curry win at Arcaro meet

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.

YMCA offering swimming and lifeguard classes

The Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center offers various different levels of group swimming lessons including parent and child lessons, preschool lessons and private lessons.

Why football again

Editorial

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.

Ring in the New Year at Onondaga Lake Park

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.

Cazenovia wrestlers rout Skaneateles

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.

Best Bets: SU basketball gets Tulane tonight; Hall Wednesday

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.

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Fourteen B’ville students qualify for spelling bee

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.

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DAR presents ‘Life on a Farm’

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.

Library Focus: Library will close this, next weekend for holidays

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.

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Elden first graders use iPads

First-graders Nick Pangaro, left, Jake Falconer, center, and Graham Jackson use iPads to draw at Elden Elementary School.

Wednesday, December 21

J-D girls rise to top at Arcaro meet

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.

Warriors beat Northstars, take Arcaro Invitational

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.

Downtown After Dark: The reporter who unmasked organized crime in Syracuse

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.

School is In: Career day musing

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.

City Scuffle: A need for great expectations

Samadee became a school teacher quite by accident.

Messenger named ‘favorite’ on Twitter list for job seekers

Anne Messenger, president of Messenger Associates, was named to youtern.com’s “Top 100 Twitter Accounts Job Seekers MUST Follow: 2012.”

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Key Bank in Nottingham Plaza robbed by man with gun

DeWitt Police are searching for a suspect in a morning bank robbery in Nottingham Plaza.

Liverpool swimmers handle CNS, 101-80

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.

Girls hoops Bees hold off Proctor

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.

B’ville swimmers edged by Auburn

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.

The people’s priest: My memories of Father Gregg LeStrange

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.

ESM boys rally past Fowler, stay unbeaten

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.

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Other driver in crash that killed Taylor Fleming charged with DWI

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.

Local coaching legend Jack Reed to sign books at Creekside

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.

Skaneateles basketball sides sweep Solvay

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.

UPDATE: Near-miss at bus stop in Clay leaves little girls shaken

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.

Solvay, WG hockey win to set up showdown

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.

Ludden hoops teams sweep Homer

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.

Caz indoor track gets second straight MVITA win

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.

Jordan-Elbridge girls hoops edges Caz in overtime

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.

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Cazenovia hockey gets past Auburn, Fulton

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.

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B'ville teachers integrate technology into traditional research paper

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.

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Elden chorus performs at B'ville celebration

Members of Elden Elementary School’s fourth grade chorus sing at the Village of Baldwinsville’s annual tree lighting held Saturday, Dec. 3.

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Rotarians celebrate the Christmas season with B'ville senior citizens

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.

B'ville community project a success

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

Girls hoops Hornets top Liverpool again

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.

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Depleted Crunch struggle: J.F. Jacques scores hat trick in loss to Adirondack

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.

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Caz Lions Club raffles off plasma TV

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.

Owera, Marquardt receive NYS funding

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.

Caz Library to host ‘Book to Film Club’

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.

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'Doing the most good'

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.

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Ending the epidemic Part III: Colleges seek to create respectful environment

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.

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Mattydale church opens clothing closet for those in need

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.

From the Publisher: Ol’ Burdock left Manlius a better place

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.

Village of Manlius appoints new clerk/treasurer

The village of Manlius Board of Trustees appointed Martha Dygert as its new clerk/treasurer during its regular meeting Dec. 13.

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Tipp Hill’s ‘Mrs. Claus’ gives back

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.

CNS girls advance to Nike Tournament semis

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.

Girls Warriors finish second at Central Square tourney

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.

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Baker students raise money for Mission

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.

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Comic Dan Frigolette went from Baker High to the Big Apple

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.

Something different, a trip back in time

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.

Ephesus lights up Baldwinsville

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.

Lysander fire protection study released

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

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Committee studies consolidation report for Manlius fire service

The fate of the three fire departments and one fire district in the town of Manlius could be decided by a committee next year.

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Honeywell proposes wind turbines, solar panels for water treatment plant

Two wind turbines and solar panels are being planned at the water treatment plant on Gere Lock Road in Camillus.

Town councilors approve 2012 lake treatment

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.

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Schools and community members join together in holiday cookie drive

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.

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Barrow Art Gallery seeks funds for restoration

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.

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Caz basketball players share holiday spirit

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.

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New York Agri-Women sends Marietta pumpkin farmer to Tokyo

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.

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Local band ‘Give Us Jersey’ releasing new album

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.

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(More) Letters to Santa

The following letters to Santa were submitted by second-grade students at Burton Street Elementary School. They have been printed as-is.

Skaneateles football investigation documents released by district

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.

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Bootleg BBQ grows in Skaneateles

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.

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Christmas spirit shines through donations

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.

B'ville Turkey trot fumble

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.

Coast Guard honors top CNY auxiliarists

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.

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B’ville native writes children’s book inspired by father, daughter

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

Camillus, Jordan Police reports ending Dec. 16

The following reports were submitted by the Camillus and Jordan Police Departments.

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In search of funds, a little ‘Madness’ helps

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.

SPCA seeks town funds for cruelty investigations

A new contract offered to local towns could decide the SPCA’s involvement in local animal cruelty investigations.

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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.

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Santa Claus spreads holiday cheer, candy canes to Camillus kids

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.

Solvay hockey upends unbeaten Corcoran

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.

Caz hockey splits, falls to Skaneateles

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

F-M girls hoops tops CBA, wins tournament

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.

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Syracuse woman opens natural pet supply store in Manlius

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.

Westhill claims girls hoops showdown with West Genny

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.

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F-M boys conquer Corcoran, go to 5-0

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 Town Board could extend local hydrofracking ban

Marcellus’s town and planning boards held a combined meeting Saturday morning to discuss hydrofracking and subdivision/development issues.

Indoor track Lakers win MVITA opener

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.

Boys hoops Northstars tear past CBA

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.

ESM, Grimes basketball keeps perfect marks

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.

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Skaneateles boys hoops tops Marcellus, 55-38

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

Ludden boys hand Cazenovia first defeat

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.

B'ville hockey hands Lloyd 300th win

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.

Monnat pushes Bees past Oswego

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.

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Wigge Reviews: The Sitter

It was my choice to see “The Sitter.” I chose poorly.

The other side of high school sports

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.

CNS girls basketball heads for Arizona tournament

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.

Cazenovia: Tree City

Editorial

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.”

DEC bans disposing of rechargeable batteries in NYS

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.

J-D volleyball rallies past ESM in five sets

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.

B’ville bowlers sweep Central Square, F-M

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.

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East Syracuse-Minoa students research alternative energy at village facility

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.

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Corcoran Cougars rely on defense in early season

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.

Amaus Health Services awarded $10,000 prize

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.

Wrestling Lakers beat Marcelllus, 42-37

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.

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Van Buren Christmas food collection

Van Buren Elementary School recently collected for the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau.

Radisson Board’s answers to YMCA questions unsatisfactory

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 announces top 13 seniors

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.

Memphis First Baptist to move to Camillus

The First Baptist Church of Memphis has come full circle since its roof collapsed under the weight of heavy snow last winter.

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Caz girls hoops falls to Skaneateles, Ludden

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

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Stone Quarry Hill Art Park to sell paintings of local artists

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.

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Project CAFÉ launches new gift-matching campaign

As residents of Cazenovia plan their year-end charitable giving, Project CAFE hopes they’ll keep them near the top of their lists.

CRIS compiles material for senior resource directory

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.

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St. Joe’s parishioner lights up the night for the holidays

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.”

North Syracuse creating Baseball Hall of Fame

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.

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Caz boys b-ball teams to host fundraising dinner

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.

To be there and here, at the same time

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.

Clearspeak: Judge not, lest ye be judged

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.

CNS sweeps to historic titles at Morse relays

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.

Indoor track Bees debut at new OCC arena

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.

B’ville swimmers knock off Syracuse

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.

Marcellus Town Board could appoint new councilor Jan. 3

The Marcellus Town Board met Monday night and set an organizational meeting for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at town hall.

J-D indoor track sides takes second at Morse Relays

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.

Boys hoops Hornets, Cobras stay unbeaten

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.

J-D/CBA boys swimmers improve to 2-0

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.

ESM, CBA/J-D wrestlers fall to long-time powers

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.

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B'ville FUMC offers journey through Bethlehem

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.

Paper Mill Island rate structure to change

Officials have approved a new rental fee for Paper Mill Island in Baldwinsville.

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First United Methodist Church erects steeple

After nearly two months of anticipation, Baldwinsville’s First United Methodist Church now has its steeple.

Girls indoor track Lakers rise to fifth at Morse Relays

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.

Indoor track athletes make debut at SRC Arena

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.

WG swimmers handle Fayetteville-Manlius

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

B'ville wrestlers push late, beat Liverpool

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

Caz Cans holds second fundraiser for CazCares

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.

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Stevens team up at Hunt Real Estate

Hunt Real Estate is proud to announce a new realtor team working in Cazenovia, Manlius, Chittenango and the surrounding areas.

Young Life provides fun activities for youths, thanks to community support

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.

CCP director reminds residents of UCC fund drive

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.

SQHAP reminds Cazenovia residents of annual fund

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.

Peer family thanks Tait for compassionate care

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.

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CazCares, CAP receive donation

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.

Police warn of potential traffic backup for pastor's funeral services

Camillus Police are warning motorists of potential traffic backups or delays associated with funeral services for Rev. Gregg LeStrange.

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Driscoll, Brandi wed in September ceremony

William Burns Driscoll and Carolyn Knighton Brandi were recently married on Sept. 4, in Skytop, Penn.

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Housing development could build on Milton Avenue in Camillus

A senior-housing, townhome and single-family home development is being proposed for Milton Avenue in the green space between Vanida and Richlee Drives.

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Village of Manlius announces storefront contest winners

Twenty-five participating businesses were judged on daytime/nighttime decorations, how well they followed the theme and creativity.

Spartans get big hoops win over Brothers

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.

Girls Red Rams, Brothers get big hoops wins

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.

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Robert Shepard, owner of bygone Fayetteville Home Fair, dies at 76

“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.

Town of Camillus passes law banning left turns at six intersections

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.

Former Skaneateles resident authors local geneology book

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.

Minoa Mayor announces candidacy

Village of Minoa Mayor Richard Donovan announced today that he will run for a third term.

Dobrovosky helps Skaneateles girls rally past Caz

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.

Mitchell, Solvay girls coach, gets 100th win

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.

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Fayetteville Free Library to build first public 3-D imaging lab in U.S.

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.

WG wrestlers handle Skaneateles

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.

Caz boys hoops beats Skaneateles in overtime

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.

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Everybody wins with The Customer Advantage

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.

Police blotter: Five face DWI charges

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.

Lysander town officers-elect seek candidates for town boards

The officers-elect of the town of Lysander continue to make progress in rebuilding town government to make it more representative of the people.

B'ville: Y continues to review sites, engage supporters

The Greater Baldwinsville YMCA Board of Managers is continuing its efforts to find the best site for the Northwest Family YMCA.

Telephone scam hits Onondaga County

A telephone scam has surfaced in Onondaga County.

Tuesday, December 13

Skaneateles hockey topples Cazenovia, 4-2

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.

J-D boys hoops rallies past Cortland, 59-51

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.

Shop with a cop this weekend in Fayetteville

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.

Manlius Police to add patrol for drunken driving this month

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.

Downtown After Dark: Tech Garden exhibit pays homage to Apple visionary

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.”

On top, but the best?

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.

Village of Manlius to celebrate Chanukah

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.

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Historical society receives second donation regarding WWII hero Gen. Wainwright

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.

City water commissioner explains lake levels

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.

Chamber announces raffle winners

The Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of its Dec. 8 Skaneateles Special Shopping Day Raffle.

Two Skaneateles projects to receive state funds

Two local Skaneateles businesses will receive more than $600,000 in state economic aid, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week.

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Toggenburg hosts holiday youth ski camp

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.

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SLWAP reviews 2011, looks ahead to 2012

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.

Spafford town board looks at increasing road bond

The Spafford Town Board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8, covered several agenda items, including bonding for road projects, transfer station issues and hydrofracking.

Village elective terms extended to 4 years

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.

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Sentimental Serenade performs Sunday in Oran

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.

City Scuffle: How about a smoke free neighborhood?

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.

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Salina woman awaiting heart transplant encourages people to think about organ donation

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.

LETTERS: Mayor explains Fayetteville fire station finances

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.

Grimes basketball teams stay unbeaten

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.

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Ending the epidemic: High schools try to change the culture

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.

CBA/J-D hockey has 1-0-1 week

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.

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'I'll love you to the moon and back': Loved ones remember Taylor Fleming

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.

Skaneateles wrestlers beat Jordan-Elbridge

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.

Residency requisite removed in B'ville

Baldwinsville officials have amended a local law requiring the treasurer to live within village limits.

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B'ville Key Club holds food drive

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.

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B'ville celebrates the Christmas season

This year’s Baldwinsville Tree Lighting was made possible with the help of a local business and a village trustee.

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Nook winner chosen, B'ville Library fundraiser a success

Char Hart, second from left, was the winner in the Baldwinsville Public Library’s drawing for a Nook.

Monday, December 12

Principal outlines ‘A Day in the Life’ at Tecumseh Elementary

Members of the Jamesville-DeWitt Board of Education went back to school last week, at least for an hour.

F-M school board to consider hiring school resource officer

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.

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Enable staff honored at state conferences

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.

District continues to reach out to community through various mediums

The holiday season, a time of joy and excitement, is a perfect time to review the achievements of our students and staff members.

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‘Green’ lights donated to village of B'ville

Baldwinsville’s Village Square has been chosen as a beta test site for a local company’s new, ‘green’ product - the B’ville Lite™.

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Memphis church to rebuild after February roof collapse

The First Baptist Church of Memphis has come full circle since its roof collapsed under the weight of heavy snow last winter.

Choking law used sparsely in first year

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.

EDITORIAL: Help save the Drug Quiz

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.

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Drug Quiz Show in running for $25K Pepsi grant

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.

J-D hoops goes 1-1 in D.C. tournament

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.

SU basketball survives Marshall, rips GW

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.

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Caz students send letters to Santa

The following letters to Santa were submitted by second-grade students at Burton Street Elementary School. They are being run as-is.

CPF to send student to DEC camp

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.

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Troop 111 collects, donates community gifts

Cazenovia Junior Girl Scout Troop 111 planned a community service project for each month of this past year.

Village moves towards developing Riverside Drive

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.

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Cazenovia parents and teens plan trip to Haiti

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.

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Presbyterian Church to present annual pageant

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

Russo helps CBA get past Bishop Ludden

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.

Basketball Bees rally past Liverpool in 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.

Jordan businesses to host 'Tween shopping day

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.

CNS basketball sides sweep Dome games

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.

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Syracuse ‘food-preneurs stand on her shoulders’

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.

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Frustrated fans toss toys: As Crunch stall, stuffed animals fly onto ice

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.

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Onondaga Lake: How it became ‘the most polluted lake in America’

Ironically, a European obsession with cleanliness eventually lead to Onondaga Lake being considered “the most polluted lake in America,” according to upstatefreshwater.org.

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C-NS High School to open this afternoon in support of student's family, friends

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.

Basketball Wildcats beaten by CNS in Carrier Dome

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.

Hornets outscore RFA, Chittenango in quick start

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.

ESM boys hoops roars to 2-0 start

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.

Cazenovia Police Blotter

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.

Just delivering the news

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.

Hockey Bees upended twice in Conklin tournament

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.

B’ville wrestlers rout Auburn, 73-12

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.

Clearspeak: Black Friday isn’t what it’s cracked up to be

Missed Black Friday? Too full of turkey? Too tired? Too sane? Not to worry. The best is yet to come.

CCH urges support for UCC fund drive

Letter to the editor

The United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson has launched the Neighbors Helping Neighbors 2011 campaign drive.

Skaneateles boys hockey settles for pair of ties

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.

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Caz elementary students celebrate pride

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.

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Skaneateles boys basketball starts 1-1

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

Leff finishes third at Foot Locker Nationals

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.

NSCSD to conduct random searches at high school

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.

Skaneateles girls top Hannibal in league opener

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.

Hourigan, J-E girls hold off Nottingham

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.

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Caz JV girls soccer team honors teammates

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.

Hockey Lakers edge Oswego in home opener

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

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Manlius resident, pediatrician pens teen road map to good health

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.

Police blotters for East Syracuse, Manlius and DeWitt ending Dec. 7

These reports were compiled between Nov. 17 and Dec. 7 in East Syracuse, DeWitt and Manlius.

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Ronald McDonald House, National Grid team up for holidays

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.

Jordan-Elbridge reinstates lost lacrosse coaching positions

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 named top mall by Travel & Leisure

Carousel Center has been named one of the top malls in the nation by Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Onondaga Lake Parkway commercial vehicle ban now in effect

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.

Bleak budget outlook for Skaneateles school district

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.

CNS wrestling topples F-M, West Genesee

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.

Thanks for a successful Turkey Trot

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.

Thank you to the community

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.

Pay to preserve but not use?

Editorial

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.

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Cazenovia funeral director pleads not guilty at arraignment

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.

WG girls basketball tops Corcoran, 47-32

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.

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King of Kings presents ‘The Story of Christmas’

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.

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B'ville seniors celebrate 85 years and more

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.

Note to new county leg: keep pressure on Sheriff regarding Air-1

The Onondaga County Legislature held their regular session on Dec. 6 with a packed house and a long agenda.

Baldwinsville fall athletes score high in the classroom

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

J-D basketball wins overtime classic over Henninger

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.

West Genesee looks to balance enrollment

The West Genesee School District is looking to reorganize its buildings.

Onondaga County Parks announces special entrance for commercial vehicles to Lights on the Lake

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

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Jordan hosts tree lighting

The Christmas season officially started in Jordan with the arrival of Santa to the lighting of the village Christmas Tree Wednesday, Oct. 30.

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Wigge Reviews: The Muppets

There is no better way to describe the Muppets – or “The Muppets,” the movie – than sweet, charming and very funny.

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Grace Bible Church House finds permanent home

The Grace Bible House Church has recently moved to their permanent location in Fayetteville.

B’ville swimmers drop opener to Oswego

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.

CNS hockey runs over Ontario Bay

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.

Library Focus: Send a letter to Santa

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.

Lysander Parks and Recreation registration begins for the winter-spring season

Winter-Spring Registration will begin Dec. 12 for the Lysander Parks and Recreation Department.

WG hockey blanks Ithaca, improves to 4-0

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.

Former Marcellus library building has buyer

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.

Boys hoops Lakers shut down Solvay, go to 3-0

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.

Chittenango wrestlers beaten by Canastota

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.

Amid lofty expectations, no tip-toeing into season for Black Knights

To call Henninger’s 2011-12 boys basketball schedule anything but front-loaded would be misleading. Blasphemous, really.

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Killer Kyle: Syracuse’s top shooter scores then slugs it out against Penguins

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

Westhill pulls away late, beats Mexico

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.

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Library to host college financial aid workshop

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.

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Kiwanis helps Toys for Tots fill Christmas needs

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.

Drug Quiz Show Director: Your votes are needed

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.

Musicians ring in holidays with jam session Tuesday at McNamara's

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.

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Cazenovia recognized for responsible tree management

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.

DeWitt Supervisor: Thank you voters, and happy holidays

I would like to express my appreciation to the voters of DeWitt for their overwhelming support.

Urban CNY: Blue lights at Christmas time

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.

City Scuffle: What’s next for Howie Hawkins?

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.

Downtown After Dark: Rising above the unimaginable ugliness

Talk about dark. It doesn’t get any darker than a grown man taking sexual advantage of young boys. But it gets worse.

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Trees for Troops: Jordan tree farm serves as pick-up point

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.

The Tebow question

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.

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Besser’s Whistlestop...CNY’s largest discount model and train store

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.

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B’ville Christmas Bureau seeks community’s help

The need is very great this year with nearly 180 families here in the Baldwinsville community asking for help from the Christmas Bureau.

GBCC names Coach Rowe Biz person of the year

Doug Rowe has been recognized by the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce as the 2011 Business Person of the Year.

Seniors spot Bald Eagles in Baldwinsville

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

Caz girls basketball gets first win over Solvay

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.

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Lincklaen Shamrocks report on fall activities

The Lincklaen Shamrocks 4-H group has been very active in the past two months doing arts and crafts, cooking and community service.

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Cazenovia Jewelry names winning slogan

Following a month-long, area-wide contest to find a new company slogan, Cazenovia Jewelry recently chose a victor, and the winning catchphrase.

Governor announces new website with 52,000 job openings in NYS

‘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.

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CCH students recreate history, with cardboard

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.

Elbridge: Hart Lot will see lower water rates

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.

Jamesville man charged in connection to 2010 home invasion

A Jamesville man has been charged with second-degree burglary in connection to a 2010 home invasion in Oneida County.

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Posted: State DEC’s hunting regulations put burden of knowledge on landowner

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.

Talk to your kids about dating violence

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.

Sheriffs will no longer maintain substation in Clay

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.

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Two Liverpool churches to stage Christmas opera

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.

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Ending the epidemic: Dec. 8 is ‘It’s Time to Talk Day’

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.

Cazenovia wrestlers roar to fast start

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.

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Girl Scout Troop collects pop tabs

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.

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Christmas at the B'ville Coffeehouse

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.

Supporting our soldiers this season

I am once again kicking off the holiday season by calling on you to help our military personnel call home.

B’ville contractor one of 10 honored in NYS

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.

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Caz College Chorale debuts 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'

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

Liverpool girls basketball beaten by J-D

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.

EDITORIAL: County should amend law allowing officials to hold two positions

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?

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Second annual mustache contest grows

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.

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Manlius fire department seeks to renovate stations

The firefighters at Manlius Fire Department say it’s cramped quarters at their station on Stickley Drive.

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Unique holiday sales event coming to town

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.

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Chestnut Cottage gift shop reopens

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.

Roney urges city water department to keep lake levels low

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.

Village to spend $272K on clean water equipment

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.

Skaneateles transfer station fees to change

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.

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County budget leans heavy on reserve funds

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.

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Spafford to fight land trust in court over tax exempt status

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.

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Residents flock to the 34th annual Christmas Walk

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.

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Congressional race in the 25th promises to be a challenge, again

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.

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Manlius couple supports Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund

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.

CNS wrestlers claim fourth at Andersen Tournament

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.

Hockey Warriors hold off Central Square

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.

Girls hoops Hornets go 1-1 in Oswego tourney

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.

F-M hockey roars to season-opening win

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.

Warming Baldwinsville, one coat at a time

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.

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Ray Middle School holds food drive

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.

Remove YMCA sign in Radisson

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.

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B'ville PD 34-year veteran honored

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

Jardine leads no. 3 SU past no. 9 Florida

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.

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From the epicenter of scandal: Daily Orange editors report on Syracuse situation

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.

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A new beginning

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.

Drone protesters missed their mark

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

B'ville wrestlers lay claim to Andersen Tournament

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.

West Genesee hockey whips to 3-0 start

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.

F-M girls cross country wins sixth straight national championship

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.

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A fighting chance: State's ban on mixed martial arts taken to federal court

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.

Grimes basketball dominates season openers

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.

Skaneateles hockey lights up Fulton, Whitesboro

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.

CNS hockey has wild 1-1 start

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.

Boys hoops Warriors, Mustangs drop season openers

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?

WG girls basketball edges Auburn, 52-48

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.

Caz girls hoops edged by Cortland, 38-37

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.

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B’ville hockey lights up CNS in season opener

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.

CBA volleyball roars to 2-0 start

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.

J-E volleyball maintains winter schedule

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.

Chittenango volleyball has 0-2 start

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

Westhill girls basketball topples CBA

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.

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Cazenovia Public Library to showcase MAD Art

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.

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Holiday trees ripe for the picking at CCP sale

Cazenovia Community Preschool’s “Cut Your Own Christmas Tree” sale is a great way to start the holiday season.

Floral Notes: Dreaming of a ‘greens’ Christmas

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.

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How I will achieve my American dream

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.

Clearspeak: Buyea’s forever!

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.

Doing the math together

The phrase “silent majority” fits well as a euphemism for the dead.

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Her lasting legacy: DeWitt's Vicki Baker retires from public office

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.

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Palmer Elementary basket brigade

(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.

B’ville schools offer many concerts this holiday season

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.

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B'ville Library to host Songs of the Season

Enjoy the familiar tunes of winter and Christmas during the Baldwinsville Public Library’s Songs of the Season Sing-Along.

Choirs combine for 'Lessons and Carols' at Immaculate Conception

Once again, choir members and clergy from 15 local congregations will combine for a magnificent festival of Advent Lessons and Carols.

Thursday, December 1

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New-look girls hoops Lakers fall to ESM

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.

Camillus teen located

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.

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Drone protesters found guilty of disorderly conduct

The protesters charged with disorderly conduct in April after a "die-in" at Hancock Air Base were found guilty of disorderly conduct Thursday.

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Lorenzo prepares to host holiday gatherings

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.

East Syracuse mayor to represent county district, village simultaneously

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.

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Caz College fashion club donates tree to Everson

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.

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Cazenovia ballerina to take center stage

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.

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Senator DeFranciso kicks off annual ‘Cell Phones for Soldiers’ drive

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.

Those who can do, teach

Editorial

The teachers of the Cazenovia Central School District all deserve a pat on the back.

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Wigge Reviews: The Descendants

If it were not so blessedly charming, “The Descendants” would be rackingly heartbreaking.

Festival of Trees begins Friday at Shoppingtown

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.

City Scuffle: Almost like a real city

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.

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Stroll, Sing and Shop During Dickens Special Events

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.

Skaneateles Historical Society news

Pompey Town Historian Ruth Hotaling gave an interesting lecture on Abraham Lincoln at the Skaneateles Historical Society Creamery on Nov. 22.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

editorial column

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.

The spirit of Christmas

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.

Three sustain injuries in car accident

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.

Dewitt Applebee’s auction to benefit Make-A-Wish of CNY

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.

B’ville wrestlers open, fall to Holland Patent

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.

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B’ville officers recognized for outstanding service

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.

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Willsey/Brinson to wed

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.

B’ville Board of Education to meet Dec. 5

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.

Thank you for the ride

Senior center to host appreciation event for volunteer drivers

B’ville Express is a lifeline for area seniors.